The Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade celebrates its tenth anniversary today, but one contingent doesn’t want to ride a float—they’d like to drag eight live donkeys on the parade route to draw a connection between same-sex love and bestiality.
Baruch Marzel told the Jerusalem Post he and other anti-gay activists want to bring the beasts of burden from the West Bank to march along King George Street with some 5,000 celebrants, but local authorities “are currently giving us problems.”
Elinor Sidi, the director of Jerusalem’s Open House, said that Marzel attempts to bring donkeys to the parade every year: “This is animal abuse, and we really hope the Agricultural Ministry will get involved to stop this.”
Haredi extremists are approved to stage a counter-demonstration in Shabbat Square, though tensions have been high since three paradegoers were stabbed in 2005. This year, the parade returns to its original route for the first time since the incident, and victim Adam Russo is expected to address the crowd.
While Tel Aviv’s Pride celebration is bigger and brasher, “The Big Orange” is by no means safe from anti-gay attacks: Today marks the third anniversary of a senseless shooting at Tel Aviv’s LGBT teen center that saw two killed and more than a dozen wounded.
We have faith Jerusalem Pride will go off peacefully, but the Post did report the event was already marred by one incident this morning: Police discovered the city’s “Welcome to Jerusalem” sign had been covered with rainbow paint.
That’s what our bubby would call “a real shanda.”