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Jerusalem Gay Pride March (28 July) – part two

Marching with the Pride flag by the Knesset (the Israeli Parliament).

There was a strong (and colorfully-dressed) youth presence at the march.

Liberal religious Jews showing their support for gay rights. The sign on the left says “Proud religious community”. Many carry signs with the names of their religious high schools – Hartman, Neve Hana, Horev and others.

These religious people stand in stark contrast to the people in this house, who had anti-gay chants on a loudspeaker and actually threw bags of urine at the front of the march. One person was arrested. Somehow they managed to stink up an entire stretch of road so it smelled of sewage. Not especially smart – we had to suffer for ten minutes at the most, they will have to live with it until it fades away.

Two separate marches: one for gay pride, one for the police securing it.

Rally at the end of the march. There were people of all different ages, groups and races at the march – Jews, Arabs, whites, Blacks, Asians, young people, old people, gay, Lesbian, straight, transsexuals and more.

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July 28 – Jerusalem Gay Pride March

Today the Israeli GLBT community held a huge Pride march and rally in Jerusalem, from the Independence Park (near the center of town) to the Knesset (Israeli Parliament).

Rally in Independence Park before the march.

Merchandise on sale before the march. I bought a small rainbow flag for 15 NIS (approx. $3).

Giant flag representing Meretz (a left-wing Israeli political party).

The Israeli Labor party also had a presence at the march.

Combining causes: tents representing the protests against housing prices in the Pride rally before the march. The signs read, “Where is the achievable youth housing?”, “Low wages, sky-high rent!”.

Marching past the Plaza hotel. There was a heavy police presence securing the march.

Passing the Knesset.

More pictures tomorrow.

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July 22 – Gay pride parade

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Last year’s Jerusalem gay pride parade. This year’s march is being held next week on Thursday 28 July (event link).

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July 21 – “Barack Obama: Please Impose Peace in the Middle East”

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Demonstrator at the July 15 solidarity march for Palestine in Jerusalem.

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July 19 – IAF helicopters in flight

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Israeli Air Force helicopters during an aerial exhibition.

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July 18 – “I love Arabs (ask me how)”

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The sign reads (in Hebrew): “I love Arabs – ask me how”.

From the July 15 solidarity march for Palestine.

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July 16 – Palestine solidarity march, part 2

Marching on Nablus Road, with the old city in the background.

Reporter from Reshet Bet, one of the leading national radio news networks, interviewing a demonstrator. The march received fairly minimal press coverage in the Israeli media.

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July 15 – Solidarity march for Palestine

Today Israeli Leftist groups organized a march for solidarity with Palestine, with the goal of promoting two states for two peoples. Several thousand people participated, despite the scorching heat, marching from Jaffa Gate to Sheikh Jarrah. Most of the participants were Jewish Israelis, though there was a definite Arab presence there too.

Marching past the mosque in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, a controversial area and the site of weekly (albeit smaller) demonstrations.

A Fox News correspondent broadcasting from the march. As I took this picture, one of the other demonstrators came over and muttered “‘Fair and Balanced'” at me sarcastically. I laughed – but still, one point to their credit for covering this story.

Small right-wing counter demonstration next to the rally at the end of the march. The police separated the two crowds so there were no violent confrontations.

More pictures tomorrow.

Full photoset on Flickr (28 images)

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July 14 – Swimming in the Dead Sea

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Swimmers in the Dead Sea. The maritime border between Israel and Jordan runs down the center of the sea – the hills in the distance are Jordanian.

Photo taken by @azphare on his iPhone 4.

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July 13 – Dung gate

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“Dung Gate” is the gate of the Jerusalem old city nearest to the Western Wall.

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