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World Pride parade canceled due to Middle East conflict

But the rest of the festivities will be held. (JPost):

The contested parade, which was to have been the highlight of a week-long international gay festival in the capital, was nixed due to the security situation in the country, and the fact that police would not be able to allocate sufficient forces needed to secure such a major event, said Hagai El-Ad, the Executive-Director of Jerusalem’s Gay and Lesbian Center, which is hosting the event.

He added that the festival’s other smaller indoor events, including a film festival and workshops, would take place as scheduled.

The organizer’s dramatic decision to cancel the event for the second year in a row was made after police let organizers know that they could not allow the event to take place due to the current security situation in the country, and came amidst mounting concerns over violence at the event.

The Jewish, Christian and Muslim zealots united in the effort to stop the parade, even accusing gays of fomenting violence by simply wanting to gather for the parade (see More attempts to stop Pride in Jerusalem)

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