Police in Jerusalem prepare for annual gay pride parade

The Jerusalem District Police will be on high-alert on Thursday during the gay pride parade in the city. About a hundred right-wing activists are expected to hold a protest against same sex couple adoptions near the parade. Officers will separate the marchers and protesters.
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As the Jerusalem District Police continues to operate near the Temple Mount, officers in the city are also preparing for this year’s gay pride parade, which will take place on Thursday. As part of the preparations, the officers mapped out the route of the parade and even visited the homes and apartments along the route in order to inform the residents about what is expected on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Israel Police has approved the right-wing Lehava group’s request to conduct a protest against same sex couple adoptions near the parade.

Officers talked with about 50 Israelis, including settlers from the West Bank, throughout the country today. During the conversations, the officers clarified that no provocations would be tolerated during the parade. Some of the Israelis were told by the officers to stay out of Jerusalem on Thursday.

The Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance, which is organizing the parade, said that even though the official estimate for Thursday’s event is 4,000, the actual turnout is expected to be much higher. However, the number of marchers this year’s parade is not expected to exceed the 2016 turnout of almost 30,000 participants.

About a hundred right-wing activists are expected to attend the Lehava protest, which will be conducted under the provocative slogan: “Don’t give them children.” Police officers will be placed between the protesters and the marchers.



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