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Standing up for tolerance on Tisha Be'av

The Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance is trying to act responsibly in the face of threats; the complicated social fabric of Jerusalem will not be torn apart by brotherly hatred.

Marchers take part in the J'lem Gay Pride Parade.
Photo by: MELANIE LIDMAN
This week the Jerusalem LGBT (Lesbiain, gay, bisexual and transgender) community again encountered hateful signs plastered across the city, as seen in the below pashkevil (Yiddish wall poster). We were surprised to see this once familiar relic we came to know so well from 2005 and 2006 when the city was burning with hatred. This pashkevil again quotes the same survey justifying homophobia on the basis that it is found in all three monotheistic religions. This new pashkevil refers to the Jerusalem March for Pride and Tolerance as the “Abomination March” and commands that we “leave them alone.”





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