The Commandment “You shall not murder” is spray-painted on a wall leading to the Tel Aviv LGBT center where two young individuals were murdered a year ago. A masked man entered the center and opened fire on a youth group. No arrests have been made in the case.
Organizers of Jerusalem Pride end a staff meeting with a group hug.
Binyamin Rose is the psychotherapist at the Open Clinic located inside Jerusalem’s Pride House, which is the only anonymous HIV testing center in all of Israel. He is one of those amazing people who work under extremely complicated conditions to help people in need.
There were several protestors from the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, who mostly made sheep noises. When a small group of them started jumping up and down yelling protests, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the Neo-Nazi groups I have encountered so many times in Eastern Europe. When one of the men started a conversation with me, I told him of this similarity between the two. He responded by saying “Good, at least they got something right.”
A lone protestor stands quietly alone along the Pride route. The Ultra-Orthox community may not be as violent as the skinhead protesters in Eastern Europe, but politically they are extremely powerful in Israel.
Ayala Katz, whose son Nir Katz, was one of the victims of last year’s shootings, gave an emotional speech about her hopes of ending homophobia. Ayala now heads an LGBT support organization for parents of the LGBT community in Tel Aviv.
In Tel Aviv, thousands attended a candle light march in remembrance of those injured and killed in last year’s shooting.
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