Tensions Rise as Homosexhibitionist Parade Nears

The High Court has been asked to order the cancellation of the homosexual exhibitionist march in order to avoid violence. Apparent supporters of the parade vandalized a synagogue in Tel Aviv.

Hillel Fendel, | updated: 13:14

Worshipers at the Geulat Yisrael synagogue in central Tel Aviv arrived this morning to find broken windows and this message scrawled on one of the walls: "If we don't march in Jerusalem, you won't walk in Tel Aviv." The police have begun an investigation.

Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, a former Neturei Karta member who now heads the Zaka emergency rescue and recovery organization, has filed a suit with the Supreme Court against the parade. The suit, filed against Israel Police and Jerusalem Police Chief Ilan Franco, demands that the march be called off in order not to endanger the public.

"Already today," Meshi-Zahav told Ynet, "the hospitals are preparing, police won't be allowed to go on vacations, thousands of security force personnel are being enlisted, there is tension, disturbances and demonstrations - and there's no reason for this whole mess."

Asked why he is taking action against the homosexuals and not those who threaten violence against them, Meshi-Zahav said, "The marchers have the alternative of marching somewhere else, but the opponents of the parade have no alternatives."

As others before him, Meshi-Zahav cites the ban on Jews entering the Temple Mount most of the year because of a fear of Arab violence. Col. (ret.) Meir Indor, of the Almagor Terror Victims Association, said that if the police do not cancel the parade but rather provide increased protection, "I will petition the Supreme Court to allow and protect Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount, despite the threats of Arab violence that will result."

Two months ago, when the marchers wished to hold the offensive event on the day before Rosh HaShanah, the Supreme Court oversaw a "compromise" in which the date would be pushed off to Nov. 10. "But they didn't take into account what has been happening in Jerusalem over the past two days," Meshi-Zahav said. "Maybe [Franco] thought he would get it done easily, but he is not, and the public leaders told him clearly that it would not pass easily."

Similar homosexual marches in Israel and around the world have not limited themselves to dignified calls for equal rights, but included also exhibitionist men and women in various states of undress. "What may be acceptable in Scandinavia or Amsterdam has no place in the Holy Land," say both Jewish and Moslem leaders.

Pro-Arab and anti-Israel messages are often promulgated at these marches as well.

Among the planned protest activities will be a mass public recital of Psalms outside the Great Synagogue on King George St., beginning at 9:00 on the morning of the planned march, Nov. 10. Many synagogue will hold services on the street this Sabbath, and rabbis' sermons will concentrate on the sanctity of marital relations and the obligation to protest against evil.

The route of the Friday afternoon march will take it from Independence Park, not far from the Great Synagogue, down Agron and King David Streets, and then to Liberty Bell Park, where the marchers will hold a concluding rally.