participants marched through Jerusalem in its annual gay
pride parade. The march was followed by a rally, both
passing without incident.
Police said they
had about 2,000 officers on duty to protect the marchers
Past marches have
been marred by violent demonstrations by ultra-Orthodox
Jews, but there were only small-scale protests on Thursday,
held away from the march route. Police said one
protester was arrested.
with the often flamboyant atmosphere of gay pride
parades in other cities, most of the marchers in Jerusalem
wore everyday clothes and walked calmly down the city
streets, a few holding banners or multicolored