August 3, 2018 at 1:19 pm EST | by Michael K. Lavers
Tens of thousands attend Jerusalem Pride parade

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Tens of thousands of people attended Jerusalem’s annual Pride parade on Aug. 2, 2018. (Photo by Wayne McLean; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

The annual Jerusalem Pride parade that took place on Thursday drew tens of thousands of people.

Media reports indicate the parade took place under heavy security.

The Jerusalem Post cited a police spokesperson who said four people were arrested “for causing public disturbances in the area during the parade.” Haaretz, another Israeli newspaper, published a picture that shows two police officers removing an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man from the parade route.

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man stabbed to death Shira Banki, a 16-year-old teenager, during the 2015 Jerusalem Pride parade. The man who killed Banki had just completed a 10-year prison sentence in connection with stabbing three people during the same event in 2005.

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Shira Banki was stabbed to death during the 2015 Jerusalem Pride parade. (Photo courtesy of Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance)

This year’s parade took place less than a month after the Israeli Knesset passed a highly controversial bill that prevents gay couples from using surrogates.

The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem — which the Trump administration now recognizes as the capital of Israel — opened in May. It had previously been located in Tel Aviv, a city on the country’s Mediterranean coastline that is known for its large and visible LGBTI community.

The Israeli government’s policies towards the Palestinians continue to spark outrage in the country and around the world.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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