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Ultra-Orthodox man caught with explosive device, but gays parade anyway June 30, 2007

Posted by infidelkafirwatch in Uncategorized.

Despite a last-minute effort to cancel the gay pride parade via a High Court petition, the parade in Jerusalem went ahead as planned, starting at 5 pm.

There were some rough protests, and 20 Orthodox demonstrators were arrested, some roughed up by police.

But the raucus demonstration didn’t stop the gay paraders from completing their brief walk through west Jerusalem, down King David Street to Liberty Bell Park.

Police arrested a 32-year-old ultra-Orthodox man who was planning to set off a homemade explosive devise to scare people away from attending Thursday’s scheduled gay pride parade in Jerusalem, said Jerusalem Police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby.

The man, who was a resident of the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea She’arim, was arrested when Jerusalem police caught him with the device.

A group of 500 ultra-Orthodox men, settlers and rightwing activists demonstrated against the parade at the entrance of Jerusalem.

Earlier, protesters set fire to trash cans, disturbing traffic.

Jerusalem police have been preparing for the hotly protested parade, planning to send out 7,000 police officers to regulate the expected 5,000-strong crowd.

Israeli rescue services are also preparing for an “unprecedented operation.” According to a statement, they are preparing 200 medics, 45 ambulances, 11 mobile intensive care units as well as a field command center.

In a last-ditch effort to get the parade cancelled, two activists, Yaakov Sternberg and Itamar Ben-Gvir, petitioned the High Court of Justice Thursday to stop the parade on the charge that it would violate the city’s fire safety regulations due to a current firefighters’ strike.

The court was expected to ruled Thursday that the parade will be held as planned.

Jerusalem Police chief Cmdr. Ilan Franco told the court that the march could still proceed despite the firefighters’ strike because police had other means in case of an emergency.

According to prominent gay community leader and Jerusalem City Council member Saar Netanel, if the court does cancel the parade, it will be promptly rescheduled.

“I’m certain that the Israel Police will find a solution to the firefighters’ strike. It is in the police’s interest that the parade be held today as scheduled,” he said.

“The firefighters issue will not prevent the pride and tolerance parade from taking place.”  [read more]



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