The week-long WorldPride event, however, including the conferences, film festival, exhibitions, and "Youth Day" outside the Knesset, are still scheduled to take place during the week of August 6-12 in Jerusalem.
For this reason, some leading opponents of the events are saying there is no room for complacency. "This is not a significant victory for those who want Jerusalem to be a moral haven," says Rabbi Yehuda Levin, of the Jews for Morality organization. Having come to Israel for weeks at a time on several different trips specifically to fight the Gay Pride events, Rabbi Levin calls upon Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupoliansky not to allow the organizers to use city facilities such as Binyanei HaUmah (the Jerusalem Convention Center) or the Cinematek for what he calls their "moral terrorism."
Levin told Arutz-7 he has been working with a group of doctors who sent the Health Ministry statistical proof that previous gatherings of homosexuals around the world have led to an increase in AIDS in those locations (see below).
Pre-empting the Police
The police had been under great pressure from political, religious and grassroots leaders to refuse to approve the march. Many assume that this is the explanation for the announcement issued yesterday (Sunday) by the Jerusalem Open House:
"As a result of the current hostilities in the region, the Jerusalem WorldPride march will be postponed. [It] requires extensive security, including police reinforcements from other parts of the country, which the police are unable to provide for at these volatile times. Therefore, Jerusalem Open House will hold the march at a later date, as soon as the circumstances in the region allow for the march to take place."
Dr. Daisy Stern of Kiryat Arba, the initiator of the medical statistical study presented to the Health Ministry, quotes European researcher Francois Hamers. Hamers is an advocate of surveillance of sexually transmitted infections at a continental level, because of their sharp increase in many European countries.
The 22% increase of HIV diagnoses in 2002, for instance, was "largely driven by the UK," Hamers writes, but "increasing trends were also noted recently in most other countries…Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and especially Ireland, where the rise has been even more striking than in the UK.” Except for Belgium, these countries were the sites of large international gay pride events.
Similarly, Stern writes, a study in Rome found that new HIV infections increased between 2000-2003 - right after "half a million gays and lesbians reveled there in a week-long homo-lesbian extravaganza."
Furthermore: In German, new HIV diagnoses among men who engaged in homosexual activity almost doubled from 2001 TO 2004 - more than twice the increase of previous years.
"If one correlates the figures of new incidence of HIV in the various years and localities where EuroPride, WorldPride, and such events occurred," Dr. Stern writes in her six-page study, "there is no doubt that the correlation with new cases of positive HIV... is striking. Add to that the dramatic rise in associated sexually transmitted diseases, the increase in high risk behavior, the use of recreational drugs, the mobility from country to country, and the fact that Israel, of all 'European' countries, has the largest relative rise in new HIV cases, and the recipe for an absolute disaster [is clear]."