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