Last-Minute Cancellation of Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade a “Victory” for Orthodox Jews (Gudrun Schultz, November 10, 2006,

The long battle over Jerusalem’s Gay Pride parade came to a surprise end yesterday, as organizers were forced to finally cancel the event one day before its scheduled date.

Security concerns, amid relentless pressure from the Orthodox Jewish community against the event, were cited as the reason behind the last-minute cancellation.

“A lot of people are very happy because a level of purity has been returned to Jerusalem,” said Rabbi Yehuda Levin, of the Rabbinical Alliance of America, Mercury News reported. “The holy city of Jerusalem now breathes a sign of relief that it is not going to be sullied by this kind of event.”


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