March against gay parade takes place in southern Israeli city
A petition was sent to the Israeli Supreme Court on Sunday after the gay parade in the southern Israeli town of Mitzpe Ramon was banned from its main route and an anti-LGBT rally was allowed instead.
The gay parade was scheduled for Friday and was approved by local authorities last month, but organizers were informed the week before the event that the route was changing.
According to the police intelligence LGBT parade on the original road would cause severe and serious damage to the public safety and order.
Instead, local yeshiva Midbara K’Eden received permission to hold a demonstration against the gay parade where it was originally scheduled.
Rabbi Tzvi Kustiner, head of the yeshiva, spoke out against Israel’s gay parade in May, and described it as “evil” and full of violence and sexual assault. He called upon his followers to “be brave. Wherever you work, say ‘LGBTs go home, homos go home’.”
LGBT parade organizers condemned the police ban and claimed that “basic human rights are being violated in Israel.”
LGBT parades are held in Israel every year. They are often met with protests from the far right and orthodox groups, and last year the Mayor Roni Marom, said externalizing their sexuality was a grave mistake made by the LGBT community.