Fires scar J'lem valley after gay parade

Blazes were allegedly started by opponents of the city's gay pride march.

June 23, 2007 22:40
Fires scar J'lem valley after gay parade

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Strollers in Jerusalem's pastoral Valley of the Cross this weekend could still see and smell the charred remnants of the brush fires allegedly started there by opponents of the gay pride parade that was held in the capital's downtown on Thursday. The early-summer shades of green, yellow and light-brown of the trees, shrubs and weeds in the park were now marred by black scars, though no great damage was caused. "I smelled the smoke while I was sitting at home, and pieces of ash were flying around in the air on the street," a resident who lives nearby told The Jerusalem Post a day after. "So I decided to take my dog and walk down there." He said he saw a fire engine fighting three or four "not very big" blazes, shrouding the valley in thick smoke. "There is a beehive somewhere there, and the bees were panicking and flying all around." Another man who was walking in the valley told the Ynet Web site he heard people, apparently the arsonists, chanting prayers in the background. Protest fires were also lit in other locations, including in Beit Shemesh.

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