Thousands march in a subdued Jerusalem gay pride parade


Jerusalem on Thursday held its annual gay pride parade under heavy security and with a subdued vibe, given the solemn mood in Israel after months of war. LGBTQ supporters marched the streets of Jerusalem carrying rainbow flags, Israeli flags and yellow ribbons, a symbol for hostages still held in Gaza. Absent were the vibrant cheers and music that usually accompany the event. Organizers estimated that 10,000 people marched. Police said some 2,000 officers were on guard. The turnout was smaller than in previous years. Last year’s parade in Jerusalem was estimated to have drawn 30,000 people. Netanel Shaler, executive director at Havruta, an LGBTQ group for those with a religious leaning, said the goal was to be sensitive to the overall security situation while still allowing people to march.

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