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Police reject route for Jerusalem gay pride parade

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel police rejected the proposed route of a gay pride march through Jerusalem.

Police said the route request by the Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance was rejected for security reasons, Ynet reported. According to the Jerusalem Post, police rejected the route because it passed by a yeshiva.

Organizers wanted the parade, scheduled to coincide with the July 29th anniversary of an attack on a gay youth club in Tel Aviv that killed two, to end at the Knesset.

Police said they told the group they had to end their parade in a public park, offering Liberty Bell Park or the Wohl Rose Garden.

The Israel Religious Action Center has threatened to take legal action to change the route.

Last year’s march began in Jerusalem’s Independence Park and ended in Liberty Bell Park.
 

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