Thursday, July 21, 2016

Under unprecedented security, capital gears up for gay pride march

Marchers at the annual gay pride parade in Jerusalem  on July 30, 2015, before a deadly stabbing attack. (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)
Thousands of people are expected to march through central Jerusalem Thursday afternoon under the banner of LGBT pride, but also under the watchful eye of some 2,000 police on hand to secure the highly charged march, a year after it was beset by deadly violence.
Regular police, border police gendarmes and plainclothes cops will be on hand to keep order at the city’s 15th annual pride parade, which is being dedicated to the memory of Shira Banki, the 16-year-old girl who was murdered by anti-gay religious extremist Yishai Schlissel during last year’s parade. 
Six other marchers were wounded in the stabbing attack. READ MORE