'Gay parade' in Jerusalem becomes 'rally' in university stadium
The 'gay pride' parade, the prospect of which in Jerusalem had raised such violent opposition from the radical Orthodox, and opposition also from Muslims and Christians, including the Holy See, has been converted into a rally at the Hebrew University stadium, according to Israeli newspapers. Haaretz reports:
Police will deploy 3,000 police officers to secure the rally, instead of the planned 12,000. The entire remaining manpower of operational policemen will be deployed across the country to prevent possible terror attacks, Army Radio reported on Friday morning.
Ultra-Orthodox leaders agreed to the compromise proposal following a meeting held Thursday between Jerusalem police commander Ilan Franco and a delegation of ultra-Orthodox leaders headed by Rabbi Yitzhak Tuvia Weiss.
The stadium had been planned to be the endpoint of the parade. When, next year, Deo volente, there is no need for the Israeli police to be preoccupied with threats of Palestinian reprisal attacks, we shall revisit this event and see what sort of political compromises can be reached.