Daughter-in-law of hostage Yoram Metzger takes the stage at Jerusalem Pride

Hostage family member Ayala Metzger speaks to crowd at Jerusalem pride parade in Independence Park on May 30, 2024. (Charlie Summers/Times of Israel)
Hostage family member Ayala Metzger speaks to crowd at Jerusalem pride parade in Independence Park on May 30, 2024. (Charlie Summers/Times of Israel)

Ayala Metzger, the daughter-in-law of Hamas captive Yoram Metzger, is speaking to a large crowd at Jerusalem’s annual pride march.

Metzger says she has not seen any “vision of a better future outside of violence” from the government and calls on Israeli leaders and calls on the cabinet to “stop this stupidity and bring everyone back home, as fast as possible.”

“Go out on the streets, bring more people with you, everyone that wants to live in an equal state needs to understand that we are in a war for its [the country’s] face, and that we need each and every one of you.”

Metzger speaks as the names and faces of Hamas hostages flash on the screen. She mentions that last year, her daughter completed a year of national service with Israel Gay Youth, Israel’s LGBTQ youth movement, to cheers from the crowd.

A group of hostage families led the thousands of marchers through the city’s downtown, and are now taking center stage during concluding speeches in Independence Park.

The crowd, sitting on the grass, is chanting “All of them, now!” and cheering Metzger between pauses in her speech.

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