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Minister responds to demonstrators who booed him at Jerusalem Pride march

Justice Minister Amir Ohana, Israel’s first openly gay minister, puts out a video statement responding to demonstrators who booed him at the Jerusalem Gay Pride parade today.

“The Jerusalem [pride] march is very important to me because Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and the seat of government and legal institutions. As a liberal who believes with all his heart in freedom of expression, I said to the group of protesters who demonstrated against me — [who] weren’t ultra-Orthodox or religious — it is important they came here,” Ohana says.

“I hope this doesn’t overshadow the main message meant to come out of this event: It doesn’t matter if you’re religious or secular, left-wing or right-wing, LGBT or no, the message is one of tolerance.”

Justice Minister Amir Ohana, Israel’s first openly gay minister, attends the annual Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem on June 6, 2019. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)

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