borders without love

borders without love
i saw the police separate us, surround the queeruption group, and the jerusalem open house security form a line to push everyone out of the park.
I saw the queeruption people screaming for help, and the middle class 40 somethings from the synagogue delegations flee.

i saw a beautiful banner unfurled that said : BORDERS WITHOUT LOVE, visible for about one minute until
the security confiscated it.

seems pretty fascist to me, they didnt get bullets in their heads here, those are saved for when they protest at the wall.
( a kid was shot the next day at a protest in the town of bilin. http://www.palsolidarity.org/main/2006/08/11/bilin-4/)


Anti-war protest and scuffles
with cops mar gay-pride event
By Rebecca Zeffert
August 10, 2006

JERUSALEM, Aug. 10 (JTA) — War may be raging in the North, but it’s not the only issue roiling Israel.
A rally Thursday by the organizers of Jerusalem World Pride, a week-long gay-pride event, turned sour when police and anti-war demonstrators scuffled.

According to Jerusalem Open House, which organized the event, the “Protest Against Hatred — Continuing to Live — Continuing to Love” rally was a “protest against the hatred and ongoing incitement that has been targeted at our community in the name of religion.”

However, a group of 40 to 50 protesters demonstrating against the war in Lebanon drew attention away from the gay-rights issue.

Protesters scurried in all directions when scuffles with police ensued.

“The police started provoking us, pushing, stepping on and kicking people,” claimed Yaron Schweizer, a representative of Queeruption, the group that staged the anti-war demonstration.

Some participants felt the anti-war demonstrators had hijacked what was intended as a peaceful event. Lebanese flags were waved alongside Israeli ones, while banners called for a halt to the war in Lebanon.

Some protestors chanted “Israel is a fascist state.” However, as one participant who preferred to remain anonymous said, “If Israel were a fascist state, they’d all have bullets through their heads. The fact that they’re able to protest is proof of Israel’s democracy.”

“This was a misguided attempt by a small group of individuals to try to cynically use the event to express messages that are not related to what this protest was about,” said Hagai El-Ad, executive director of Jerusalem Open House.

A spokesman for Israel Police headquarters said two people were brought in for questioning on suspicion of disturbing public order. Police denied that they used unnecessary force.

The rally was held even though police denied organizers a permit, and after a planned World Pride March through the capital was cancelled because of the war.

The planned march had elicited opposition from Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious leaders in Jerusalem. Posters recently were distributed in Jerusalem’s fervently Orthodox Mea Shearim neighborhood offering a $4,500 reward to “whoever causes the death of one of the people of Sodom and Gomorrah.”

That tension, and the war in the North, played a part in the event’s low turn-out. Yet despite original estimates that 20,000 would attend World Pride, organizers said they weren’t disappointed.

“It’s not an easy decision to travel to this part of the world, especially considering the almost impossible circumstances under which this event has taken place,” El-Ad said.

Rabbi Mark Solomon of the London Liberal Jewish Synagogue was one of hundreds of people who traveled from overseas, despite the war and the cancellation of the march.

“The rally was a provocative move,” he said. “However, it’s an assertion that Jerusalem is a free city, for everyone, not just for the ultra-Orthodox.”

Queeruption’s Schweizer dismissed criticism of the anti-war protest.

“Today was an opportunity for all people to stand together. It is very sad that this is happening at a time of war, but the two issues are not separate,” he said.

“We understand claims that we hijacked today’s event,” he said. “But we are all a part of the rainbow, with many colors in it. The issue of social justice in the Middle East has been hijacked by claims of security. However, security is not the only issue here.”

also posted to oneinaminyan, transjews, and my journal.
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WorldPride Update

Hello community!

I hope there are still people reading this.

First of all, I would like to apologize for the less than active status of the community. This has been due to a change in my volunteer role for WorldPride as well as in more professional people taking over parts of the work.

A big resource for anyone wanting to make contact with others planning to come (in a few languages), people looking for things to do, or advertising them, and people looking for house guests, or for a house in which to be a guest. All this can be found at the official WorldPride message board. Open House officials are also wandering around the boards, ready to answer any official type questions you have.

And finally, to those already in Israel, there will be a WP fund raiser this Thursday, June 22nd at 10pm, at the Shushan club (4 Shushan St., Jerusalem). Other than a great party, it will also offer drag performances from the most fabulous of Jerusalem's drag queens and drag kings. Entrance is 40 NIS (or 30 NIS for Open House members).
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Hello anyone who still reads this community!

As you are probably aware, WorldPride didn't take place in August, but it will this August!

In honor of this occasion, I have updated the banners post with correct ones, as well as the icon post. Anyone still using the banner code doesn't need to change the link, just the date at the bottom. All preexisting links will go on working, but with the new image.

I hope this community can revive itself and grow in the next 9 months.
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Jerusalem's WorldPride set to be postponed - May 6, 2005 - Gay.com/PlanetOut.com Network

Gaza pullout postpones Jerusalem's gay parade - May 8, 2005 - Toronto Inside Story (scroll down)

GROUPS CALL FOR BOYCOTT OF JERUSALEM GAY PRIDE CELEBRATION - May 9, 2005 - Out in America, and all Out in America publications

Jerusalem's WorldPride postponed and World News - May 11, 2005 - Windy City Media Group

Conflicting reports cloud Jerusalem’s WorldPride event - May 13, 2005 - Southern Voice

US Gays Launch Boycott of Jerusalem Gay Pride - May 15, 2005 - Bulletproof Dandy

Jerusalem WorldPride 2005 postponed for one year - May 15, 2005 - Washington Blade

World Gay Pride Celebration Cancelled - May 16, 2005 - 365gay.com

J'lem gay parade delayed to avoid clash with disengagement - May 16, 2005 - Ha'aretz


Commentary & News Briefs - May 16, 2005 - Agape Press (small note: Religious extremist news site. Remember that)

Disengagement Preempts 'Gay Pride' Event in Jerusalem - May 16, 2005 - CNSNews, reproduced elsewhere

World Gay Festival in Jerusalem is Cancelled - May 16, 2005 - Christian Today

Jerusalem WorldPride moves to 2006 - May 17, 2005 - PlanetOut/Gay.com, also on Yahoo! News

Jerusalem gay rights group delays WorldPride events due to Gaza withdrawal - May 17, 2005 - The Advocate

Palestinian Police Will Be Allowed to Carry Weapons in the West Bank Collapse ) - May 18, 2005 - NY Times - This article has been reprinted in many publications

Jerusalem WorldPride rescheduled - South Floridians among those changing plans - May 19, 2005 - Contax Guide Florida

Jerusalem gay rights group delays WorldPride events due to Gaza withdrawal - May 19, 2005 - San Frascisco Gate (Story from AP) (scroll to second story)

Postponed pride - May 22, 2005 - Jerusalem Post

WORLD ROUNDUP: WorldPride postponed - May 25, 2005 - Windy City Media Group

Holy City Pushes Back Homosexual Heyday Planned for This Summer - May 26, 2005 - Agape Press

*wipes brow* These things take forever to gather...
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The official announcement

Jerusalem WorldPride events rescheduled to August 6-12, 2006

Principles of tolerance, pluralism, and equality guide postponement decision.

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Personally, I am still committed to doing my part to have WorldPride be as amazing as possible next year, and I hope any of you who have planned to attend still do.

Ugh. Someone on the radio is talking about WP being postponed. And the ugh is because the way it's being handled is very very annoying.

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Media Round Up - May 7th

But first, a clarification. WorldPride is not cancelled. It's not postponed. So far, it's going ahead as planned. The Jerusalem Post misunderstood this press release from the JOH and WP staff, and ran the story. From there, the snowball just kept rolling. Most websites have since posted corrected stories (except for the Jerusalem Post). So all plans are go, we're all very excited, and it will be very very fabulous.

And another thing. I see there are a lot of relatively new members in the community. Welcome. Feel free to post about anything related to WorldPride. You want to come? You will come? You wish you could come? You have questions you'd like to discuss with the other members of this community. Go ahead. Create as much discussion as you want.

And with that, on to the updates:

JOH Response to the Gaza withdrawl

Jerusalem WorldPride may be postponed - May 5, 2005 - gay.com/planetout.com

Clerical Support for WorldPride

'You won't see any underwear' - April 19, 2005 - YNet English News
Liberal Jewish movements turn out to defend gay pride parade in Jerusalem - April 19, 2005 - Haaretz
Pro-Gay Backlash In Jerusalem - Apr. 22, 2005 - The Jewish Week

Personal note: that's my cousin there! Yay!

Clerical Opposition to WorldPride

Clerics fear the Sodom effect in gay festival - April 01, 2005 - The Times
Jerusalem ‘gay pride’ festival sparks opposition - April 21, 2005 - Florida Baptist Witness
Reigning on the parade - Apr. 22, 2005 - The Toronto Star
Opposition To Jerusalem World Pride Continues To Mount - May 3, 2005 - 365gay.com


Suicide bombers don't go to Pride, do they? - October 24, 2003 - gay.com
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 From 365gay.com:

"We look forward to a meaningful, successful World Pride in Jerusalem - and preparations towards it are proceeding as originally planned."
Hagai El-Ad, the executive-director of Open House disputing reports that it was postponing World Pride.

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