3 Orthodox Extremists Arrested Ahead Of Jerusalem Pride Rally

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People take part in the annual Gay Pride Parade in Jerusalem, June 6, 2019. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Police in Jerusalem arrested three members of a Jewish extremist group over concerns that they would disrupt a Pride rally in the Israeli capital city.

Members of the Lehava organization had been instructed on how to blend in and infiltrate the gathering in support of the LGBTQ community scheduled for Sunday in Jerusalem, according to reports in Israeli media.

Guidance to group members that circulated online Sunday showed that they had been told to wear colorful clothing, talk with their hands and use slang common among Israel’s gay community.

The arrests came five years after a haredi Orthodox man stabbed to death a marcher, Shira Banki, 16, who was attending the parade in support of her LGBTQ friends. Security at the march was significantly tightened after that attack.

This year’s Pride parades in Jerusalem and across Israel were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, but a smaller-scale, socially distanced gathering was planned instead. Some 1,200 police officers were tapped to protect the rally.

Among the Lehava activists arrested early on Sunday morning was Moshe Ben Zikri, who also was detained before last year’s Pride parade and who for the prior two years dressed up as an LGBTQ activist and infiltrated the parade only to start haranguing attendees from the podium.

“Unfortunately, the Jerusalem Police have not grasped the principles of freedom of expression. We will ask the court to release Ben Zikri unconditionally,” Ben Zikri’s attorney, right-wing activist Baruch Ben Gvir, said in a statement. The three men were released Sunday afternoon.

In all, 27 right-wing activists were detained ahead of the Jerusalem rally.

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20 COMMENTS

  1. And they want to annex more land so they can have more cities to make filthy parades. Shame. Where are the chareidim. Only to come shnore here in America. I have not seen any coming to my house. But if they do I will give them a piece of my mind.

    • BSD
      No one is coming to visit your house from Eretz Yisroel anymore.
      Actually you should be aware that there is way more Torah today in Eretz Yisroel than in US and Europe combined.
      If you would use your Sechel you would join one the 14 scheduled flights of US and England Yidden moving to Eretz Yisroel this summer, before it’s too late to get out.
      But if you prefer a liberal black lives matter environment then continue to stay where you are and keep on criticizing the Tzionim.

  2. Uneducated boro Parker
    Remember while Jews were slaughter in Europe yoeli was walking freely in isreal
    He ran while they died and he criticizes those that saved him
    Get a life fool

    • Ask your rabbi if you’re halachically allowed to call the Satmar Rebbe by his first name like that.
      …assuming you are orthodox.
      …and assuming you have a rabbi.
      Maybe I’m assuming too much.

  3. But in VIN rigged reporting these individuals are labeled extremists/far right
    as in weird people who belong in the middle ages…
    SHAME SHAME SHAME!!

  4. “Orthodox extremists”???
    Is that what you call someone who is opposed to this scum?!
    People who are not enraged by this anti-moral, anti-G-d behavior have big problems!
    VIN shows its true “colors” again!

    • G. Washington- A few years ago, the Israeli police did not take these extremists seriously. As a result, a Hareidi, who had a history of attacking participants in that parade, struck again. He knifed to death a sixteen year old girl in the parade, and showed no remorse. While I don’t promote that parade, nobody has the right to knife participants in that parade.

  5. BSD
    No one is coming to visit your house from Eretz Yisroel anymore.
    Actually you should be aware that there is way more Torah today in Eretz Yisroel than in US and Europe combined.
    If you would use your Sechel you would join one the 14 scheduled flights of US and England Yidden moving to Eretz Yisroel this summer, before it’s too late to get out.
    But if you prefer a liberal black lives matter environment then continue to stay where you are and keep on criticizing the Tzionim.

  6. To YMP
    All the learning is meaningless if chareidim allow toeiva parades in Jerusalem. If you don’t protest you are part of the crime. There should be a half million chareidim to block such a parade.

  7. Educated Boro Parker, first of all where’s the Israeli Satmer community now, why are they not protesting?
    second, most chareidim arent shnorrers, its mainly those that dont money take from the government like satmer.

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