Thousands are expected today in Jerusalem for the city’s annual — and fraught — Gay Pride Parade, set to begin at 1 p.m.
The Jerusalem parade is a controversial event. Unlike in secular Tel Aviv, where the annual parade is a carnival supported by the municipality and the vast majority of the city’s inhabitants, the Jerusalem event often meets with counter-protests along its route, and occasionally with violence.
Leaders of the Haredi community and other religious groups call for its cancelation each year. Some years have seen more police deployed to protect the event than participants marching in it.