One month after a religious zealot stabbed to death Shira Banki and seriously wounded five others at Jerusalem’s annual Gay Pride Parade, hundreds gathered in Safra Square to call for greater tolerance of the capital’s marginalized LGBT community.
Amid markedly heightened security, a cross-section of gay rights supporters expressed their hope that the lessons of the tragedy had been learned.
Holding a sign saying “Love is Love,” David Yogev of Kibbutz Tzuba joined his wife, Yonit, at the rally to support their 23-year-old gay daughter, whom they accompanied at the parade.
“We were walking together and our daughter was holding a sign like this,” said Yonit, pointing to her husband’s rainbow- imbued placard.
“We’re here because we are proud of all our children and we believe that people should live in security and freedom, and love who they want – not just in Tel Aviv, but in Jerusalem. Jerusalem belongs to all of its citizens.”
“We don’t want people to forget,” added David, with tears in his eyes. “We want to keep it on the agenda.”