Man With Bomb At Jerusalem Pride Parade

Blowing a shofar against Jerusalem Gay Pride
An ultra-Orthodox protester blowing a shofar during a prayer at a demonstration against the Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem. (Haaretz/AP) reports:

(Jerusalem) Moments before Thursday’s gay pride march was to begin in Jerusalem police arrested a man carrying a homemade bomb.

Police said the 32 year old said he planned to detonate it near the parade route to scare people away.

The arrest was one of nearly 200 as members of the haredi, an ultra-Orthodox sect, rioted for the past several days in opposition to the parade. Garbage cans were set on fire and stones thrown at police. Twenty-two officers were reportedly injured.


Some 7000 police — many brought in from other cities — were stationed along the parade route, far outnumbering the marchers estimated at about 1000.

At one point police routed about 500 haredim armed with eggs and bags of excrement. At another point on the parade route, only a few blocks long, protestors tried to pour cooking oil on the road so marchers would slip and fall.


Earlier in the day a conservative member of the Israeli Parliament called for gays to be placed in internment camps. „Like we have institutions to rehabilitate drug abusers, we should establish special teams with psychologists to help them return to a normal life,“ said Nissim Ze‘ev, a member of the Shas party.

Ze‘ev also said that gay sex should be „recriminalized.“