ABOMINATIONS IN JERUSALEM - WEEP FOR YOURSELVES AND YOUR CHILDREN
"Go through the whole city, through all of Jerusalem, and mark a tau on the forehead of all those who sigh and weep because of all the abominations that are committed there" (Ezekiel 9:4)
On Wednesday Jerusalem authorities issued a permit for a gay pride parade sponsored by the homosexual-lesbian Open House organization. The parade is to take place in the heart of Jerusalem on Thursday, and is expected to go forward with 7,000 police officers assigned to keep order. Both the organizers and the police fear violence during the march, after an Orthodox man stabbed and wounded three marchers during the 2005 parade.
A poll conducted last week by Geocartography Knowledge Group found that 64 percent of Jewish Israelis oppose holding the Gay Pride Parade in Jerusalem. The 64% either voiced complete opposition to the parade or agreed with the following statement:
"Even if authorities permit the homo-lesbian pride parade in Tel Aviv or in other cities, it should be banned in Jerusalem due to the sanctity of the city in the eyes of many in Israel and in the world, and because of the sensitivity of more than half of Jerusalem's population who are religious."
Jerusalem Open House Director Noa Satat said the survey reflected a marked rise in support for the parade, which would go ahead on Thursday as planned.
"The Gay Pride Parade in Jerusalem is not a provocation and not a party," Satat said. Holding it in Jerusalem, with its heavily religious population, "expresses a [special] message of both pride and tolerance.
Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, the honorary president of a revived version of the Sanhedrin, issued a press release calling on Jews to protest the parade. He stated: "The previous parade brought upon us the Second Lebanon War, with 150 dead and 1 million refugees... We call on all Jews to come to Jerusalem to use lawful means to stop the parade".
Meanwhile, Protesters against the scheduled homosexual pride parade gathered in several of Jerusalem's neighborhoods to express their disgust at the event. Dumpsters were set ablaze and garbage was tossed into the street. The enraged residents also hurled rocks at police vehicles.
An organization known as hareidi-religious community have warned that it will not tolerate the spectacle of homosexuals and lesbians parading down the streets of the holy city.
“There is a groundswell of intense emotions that I think will turn violent,” warned Shmuel Popenheim, a spokesman for the Eida Hareidit Religious Council.
The same council is organizing a massive demonstration on Sunday in Jerusalem, in which at least 100,000 people are expected to protest the homosexual march. Sunday’s event, to be held on a main road near the Mea Shearim neighborhood, has also been granted a permit by police.
Last year’s parade was cancelled and a much smaller, private event was held in the Givat Ram campus at Hebrew University after it became clear that the security risks were too high to ignore.
Vice Premier Shimon Peres, elected this week to become the next president of Israel, has promised hareidi-religious leaders he will do what he can to block this year’s gay parade.
Meanwhile, the state has been ordered to respond by Monday to a High Court of Justice petition filed by anti-parade activists seeking to stop the parade on the grounds that it will provoke "unprecedented violence."
"Blow the trumpet in Zion, proclaim a fast, call a solemn assembly.… Between the porch and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep and say: 'Spare, O Lord, your people, and make not your heritage a reproach with the nations ruling over them" Joel 2:15-17
Compiled from various news sources