29 August 2006, 13:42
Russian Jews call upon Jerusalem authorities to bar gay parade
Moscow, August 29, Interfax - The Federation of Jewish Communities in Russia (FJCR) calls the Jerusalem authorities to bar gay parade planned for September 21, the eve of the Jewish New Year.
‘We believe sexual manifestation, be it traditional or not, to be inappropriate in any city of the world, while in Jerusalem, the city that is holy also for Judaism, this is a scandalous blasphemy,’ head of the FJCR department of public relations Boruch Gorin told Interfax on Tuesday.
He thinks that the organizers of the so called ‘pride parade’ count on an ‘effect of indignation and complete shock,’ thus playing on religious feelings, which many people have for Jerusalem.
‘The tragic results of the last action’ when an Orthodox Jew attacked its participants with knife is another reason why the city authorities should bar such actions, Gorin remarked.
‘Such provocations could bring about a tragedy, and their consequences are unpredictable. We urge the Holy City’s authorities to revoke their decision permitting pride parade and consider no requests like that in the future,’ he added.
The pride parade organizers explain their choice of date saying that on the one hand it allows the march in the immediate future and leaves enough time for thorough preparation on the other.
So far, the city authorities have not responded to the pride parade organizers’ request.