The later date was set last week: Sept. 21, the day before the eve of the holiest period on the Jewish calendar - the High Holidays. The police, however, said that such timing would be overly provocative, and refused to issue the requested permit for that date.
The police added that they also could not afford the man-hours that would be needed to maintain security at the event during such a sensitive time.
JOH leaders said the police were merely giving excuses, and promised to take the matter to court.
Andrew Friedman, writing for Ynet last week, said he asked JOH head Noa Sattah why the parade is not routed through the Muslim and Christian quarters of Jerusalem. "We don’t want to offend them [the Arabs]," she explained, to which Friedman responded, “But many Jews are also offended by the march. Seems to me that means you are careful not to offend Arab residents, but feel it is your right to offend Jewish ones.” Friedman wrote that Sattah's "silence in response was deafening."
Jerusalem Councilwoman Mina Fenton, who holds the city's Foreign Relations and Jewish heritage portfolios, has written to Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupoliansky and Jerusalem Affairs Minister Yaakov Edry (Kadima) about the issue. Noting that the police refusal to approve the parade is only "time-related," Fenton wrote,
"The time has come for the national leadership, including the Chief Rabbis, [other] leading rabbis, ministers, Knesset Members and others, to issue an unequivocal statement to the effect that no gay pride parade of any sort may ever take place in the Holy City of Jerusalem."