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Jerusalem Police Reject Pride Parade Route

Jerusalem Police Reject Pride Parade Route


Jerusalem police want pride parade organizers to change the parade route, which was to pass a religious school and end at the Knesset building, where Israel's parliament meets.

Authorities objected to the parade passing a yeshiva -- a Jewish religious school -- according to The Jerusalem Post.

Police also suggested that the parade follow the same route as last year, which went from one public park to another. Mikie Goldstein, chairman of parade organizer Open House for Pride and Tolerance, told Ynet News he found the decision infuriating.

"We are determined to rally for our rights -- and this year we wanted to end the march at the Knesset ... We get the sense that it is easier for the police to tell us, 'March along last year's route.'"

The parade, set for July 29, will commemorate the one-year anniversary of an attack on a gay youth center in Tel Aviv, in which two people were killed.

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