4th Jerusalem pride to take place as scheduled
Ross von Metzke | June 28, 2005
TEL AVIV, Israel — This week, the Jerusalem District Court ruled in favor of the Jerusalem Open House�s appeal against the Jerusalem Municipality in their ongoing battle over gay pride in the city.
�The City is not permitted to discriminate against any sector of the public due to the disagreement of any of its officials to the views or sexual orientation of a particular sector," the ruling said in part. "The City�s public facilities are intended for the use of the general public� In the circumstances before us, preference should be given to the freedom of expression and the right to equality.�
Jerusalem District Court deputy president, Judge Arad, added in her judgment: �The decision of the City and the mayor to �wash their hands� of the [Pride] march and the associated rally deviates from the realm of reasonableness and it is only just that it be annulled. Defendants 1 and 2 [the Municipality and the mayor] will execute all the necessary actions in order to allow for the holding of the Pride march and rally on June 30, as detailed in the appeal. They will also ensure the hanging of rainbow flags along the said streets, as soon as possible, ahead of the abovementioned date.�
In her judgment, Judge Arad also ruled costs of an unprecedented NIS 60,000 (US$ 13,200) to be paid in equal parts by the City – and by the mayor personally.
Hagai El-Ad, executive director of the Jerusalem Open House: �Today�s court decision is a victory, not only for the gay and lesbian community, but also a victory for freedom of expression. All those who truly hold Jerusalem dear to them will join in celebrating together on June 30, at the fourth annual Jerusalem Pride: Love Without Borders.�
Program of events for Thursday, 30th June:
18:30 Assembly at the top of Ben Yehuda Street
19:00 The march through downtown Jerusalem: Ben Yehuda, King George and Keren Hayesod Streets to Liberty Bell Park
20:00 Rally and festival at Liberty Bell Park
For further and updated details about Jerusalem Pride week, www.worldpride.net. – Gay Link Content
Jerusalem's 3rd Pride to go ahead despite abuse [03/06/2004]