WorldPride in Jerusalem cancelled

Troy Espera | July 24, 2006

TEL AVIV — An international 'gay pride' parade scheduled for next month in Jerusalem has been called off due to Israel's war with Hezbollah.

Some rabbis who have urged that the World Pride parade to be cancelled see the war as God's judgment for the Israeli government's tacit support of the homosexual-activist celebration, reports WorldNetDaily.com.

"We have not protested enough against this parade of abomination and therefore we have received this warning," warned Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch, the head of the extremist Eda Haredit rabbinic court, in a hand-written message to his followers. "Who knows where things will get to if we do not act further and more stringently against it."

But YnetNews.com reports that Israeli authorities stated they lacked the manpower to guarantee participants' safety in light of Israel's ongoing hostilities with Hezbollah in Lebanon, WorldPride spokeswoman Cathy Renna said.

On Friday afternoon, Israel was massing tanks and troops on the Lebanese border and preparing for a likely ground invasion, the Associated Press reported.

Organizers of WorldPride, while reluctant to declare the parade canceled, were scrambling Friday to program a substitute event. They emphasized that all other WorldPride meetings and cultural activities will be held as scheduled starting Aug. 6.

The last international gay parade, which took place in Rome in 2000 despite the wrath of the Vatican, attracted about half a million participants, while local organizers expect tens of thousands of revelers for the Jerusalem event this summer.

A public opinion poll released last year found that three-quarters of Jerusalem residents were opposed to holding the international gay event in the city, while only a quarter supported it.

But in light of current events, Hagai El-Ad, director of the event�s main organizer Jerusalem Open House said now is �not the time for celebrations." – Issued by Gay Link Content

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