Jaffa: Arrests made during protest against police killing
Jerusalem pride parade: 12 suspects arrested, 1 carrying knifeLarge police forces are securing the Jerusalem gay pride parade. 12 suspects were arrested, one of whom was carrying a knife.
This evening (Thursday), under heavy security and high-alert, the annual Jerusalem gay pride parade began. Approximately 12,000 participants arrived to take part in the parade. 2 years after Shira Banki was murdered during the parade, the Israel Police isn’t taking risks.
12 suspects have been detained so far for attempting to disrupt the parade, 1 of whom was carrying a knife. All of the suspects were brought in for questioning.
Approximately 1,000 police officers are deployed along the route of the parade in a number of security positions, including the location of suspects, undercover detectives, cameras and aerial technologies. Many streets have been blocked.
Yesterday, the Jerusalem District Police arrested a 33-year-old Haredi Jew from Beit Dagan after he posted inciting Facebook posts. “You lost one,” he wrote in reference to Banki’s murder. “I hope there will be more extremists.” The man was released on the condition that he doesn’t enter Jerusalem during the parade.
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.
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