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A participant dances in the annual Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem, Thursday, June 3, 2021. Thousands of people marched through the streets of Jerusalem on Thursday in the city's annual gay pride parade. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Pride Parade celebrated in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (mocsnews.com)-On Thursday, thousands of people marched through Jerusalem for the annual Pride Parade.

Participants march in the annual Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem, Thursday, June 3, 2021. Thousands of people marched through the streets of Jerusalem on Thursday in the city’s annual gay pride parade. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

The pride events in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish city are often due less raunchy then pride events in other cities in the Middle East due to incidents like a 16-year old getting stabbed to death by a radical ultra-Orthodox Jewish man during a pride parade in 2015.

Yishai Schlissel attacking people with a knife during a Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem Thursday, July 30, 2015 and inset Shira Banki in a picture dated November 2013 taken from her Facebook page. (AP/Sebastian Scheiner and Facebook)

Marcher Fabio Abulafiya discussed the importance of pride events by saying, “It is very important to come to parades like this, not only to party… but also to protest for our rights.” (AP, 2021)

All the while, an group of far right parties, which had some openly homophobic candidates in their ranks, attempted to get elected in the parliamentary elections in March and try to become part of a new government lead by prime minister Benjamin Neanyahu.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on October 27, 2019. (Photo by GALI TIBBON / AFP) (Photo by GALI TIBBON/AFP via Getty Images)

Those efforts were thwarted due to the parties not joining with a small Arab family that turned out to have a big effect in the race.

Thanks to that kingmaker, the opposition of Neanyahu, which is lead by Yair Lapid and his coalition partner Naftali Bennet were able to get a lot of votes.

Yamina party leader Naftali Bennett, left, smiles as he speaks to Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid during a special session of the Knesset, whereby Israeli lawmakers elect a new president, at the plenum in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, in Jerusalem on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. (Ronen Zvulun/Pool Photo via AP)

Bennet is likely to succeed Netanyahu in upcoming elections.

This event is just one of many protests that have occurred in Jerusalem due to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that led to a recent 11-day war in Gaza. 

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