Fliers condemning event planned for June found near detonation site; one minor injury reported
Police suspect anti-gay Pride protesters are responsible for a bomb set off in the Jerusalem village of Beit Jimal on Friday morning, April 20, according to the Jerusalem Post.
Fliers condemning Jerusalem’s Pride March, set for June 21, reportedly were found near the site of the detonation. One man who had been operating a tractor nearby suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital.
“Morally bankrupt religious bigotry will never deter us from our struggle for freedom of expression and full and equal civil and religious rights,” said Noa Sattah, executive director of Jerusalem’s Open House, which is planning the march.
“We urge the Jerusalem police to find the perpetrators of this despicable action and bring them to justice,” he added.
The Pride Parade was originally scheduled to take place last summer, but was canceled several times. It was first pushed off to November due to the outbreak of the Second Lebanon War in July.
Then, due to the overwhelming threat of violence from parade protesters, the event was reworked into a rally that was confined to the Hebrew University campus in Givat Ram.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, April 27, 2007.