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Following threats and fear of violence against him ahead of the parade on Friday in Mitzpe Ramon and the protest rally that will be held today (Thursday) against the parade, a security detail was attached to Rabbi Zvi Kostiner, head of the Mitzpe Ramon yeshiva.

In the meantime, Rabbi Yigal Levinstein, the head of the Eli seminary, announced a short while ago that he will come to the pro-family rally today at Mitzpe Ramon. He is expected to give a speech, in addition to Rabbi Zvi Kostiner and a number of other rabbis and public figures.

Mitzpe Ramon has become the main arena of the struggle between the LGBT organizations and their opponents, and tonight and tomorrow significant friction is expected in the city.

In a special letter sent to the commander of the police station in Mitzpe Ramon, the members of the religious community in the city demand significant police security for the pro-family rally that is planned for today (Thursday).

Israel National News has learned that the organizers of the pro-family rally are receiving many threats, and according to them there have already been incidents of violence against people who expressed opposition to the LGBT agenda.

In the letter they sent to the commander of the local police station, they demand significant security for the rally they will hold and explain that while hundreds of policemen will secure the "Pride Parade" in the city, the rally will be secured by far fewer policemen, despite the fact that the threats and violence are directed against them, while they explicitly tell all members of the community to avoid any confrontation and stay away from the Pride Parade.

Moti Yacovi, one of the organizers of the events for the family in the city, says: "Just a few days ago, a violent LGBT activist severely bit Gali Bat-Horin, who was giving a talk about family values. Dozens of activists stood at the entrance to the event and tried to disrupt it by force. On the other hand, conferences they hold in the city on a daily basis pass quietly and without any confrontation."

Efrat Ziv, a resident of the city, says: "Since that conversation of Gali Bat-Horin in which we were met with blatant suppression, we have not stopped feeling hostility and violence directed towards us: a boycott of a business owner who refused to sponsor them, the said biting incident, curses and slurs on the streets and on the internet. I don't understand why it is forbidden to think differently from them, what is the great fear that causes such suppression? This violence and fear only make us steadfast in our position and continue to cry out loudly for the entire people of Israel."

One of the organizers of the protest says that the protest expanded far beyond the borders of the religious nucleus. Dozens of non-religious residents turned to him and the other organizers, asking for signs with messages in favor of the traditional family unit and in favor of the right to express a free opinion, and he added that whoever walks around Mitzpe Ramon will see that in all the streets there are many signs in favor of the family and against LGBT suppression.