In an interview with Channel 2 News, Beersheba Mayor Ruvik Danilovich expressed his disappointment regarding the cancelled Gay Pride Parade. “I was very clear about the gay community’s right to march also on the main streets of the city,” stated Danilovich.
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Beersheba Mayor Ruvik Danilovich expressed his disappointment regarding the Beersheba Gay House’s decision to cancel the Gay Pride Parade in the city that was scheduled for today (Thursday). “I regret that this is the reputation of the city’s residents [now],” explained Danilovich to Channel 2 Online. “Beersheba is a pluralistic city, which embraces and respects all the communities in it including the gay community.”
In contrast to what Danilovich claimed, the local police department recommended to not conduct the parade in the city in fear for the marchers’ safety. “Unfortunately, radicals are everywhere,” noted Danilovich. “Also in Tel Aviv, there were all kinds of threats made against the parade in the past. We all remember with great pain what happened in Jerusalem. There are dark people everywhere but most of the public in Beersheba is an understanding, receiving and unified public.”
“The gay community doesn’t deserve this, the religious people don’t deserve this, the police don’t deserve this and the municipality doesn’t deserve this,” continued Danilovich. “We all lost. I cannot argue with the Supreme Court that made its decision, after the Police presented its justifications. It appears that there are classified material with which I’m not familiar.”
“I was very clear about the gay community’s right to march also on the main streets of the city and I dedicated a lot of effort to working with the Israel Police in order to make this happen,” he added.
Earlier, it was reported that the Israeli Supreme Court rejected the petition filed by the Beersheba Gay House and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel and determined that the Gay Pride Parade will not pass through one of the city’s main streets. In response to the Supreme Court’s decision, the Beersheba Gay House decided to cancel the parade and hold a protest instead. The protest will be held outside Beersheba City Hall at 6:00 PM today.