Organizers of July's Madrid Pride have announced that because of security concerns, they are canceling an invitation to members of the LGBT Union in Israel and the Foreign Ministry to ride on a bus in the parade.
A delegation made up of members of the LGBT association and the Foreign Ministry, was scheduled to run an Israeli bus in the parade. But organizers say anger among local pro-Palestinian groups and a need for increased security poses too great a risk.
"We regret the fact that the pride organizations in Madrid have decided to focus on issues that have nothing to do with the community," Mike Hamel, chairman of the LGBT Union in Israel, told Y Net News. "The Union was invited as a non-political organization. This is a missed opportunity for dialogue."