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Some 7,500 take part in Jerusalem Pride Parade under heavy security

People take part in a rally marking the annual Pride Parade in Jerusalem, June 3, 2021. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)
People take part in a rally marking the annual Pride Parade in Jerusalem, June 3, 2021. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)

The Jerusalem Pride Parade is going ahead under heavy security, with Hebrew media estimating the number of participants at some 7,500.

Many streets in the capital’s city center have been closed and thousands of police officers are securing the parade’s route.

The event demanding LGBT equality began with a ceremonial prayer for Shira Banki, who was stabbed to death by an ultra-Orthodox extremist during the 2015 parade when she was 16 years old.

The parade didn’t go ahead last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and even this year, organizers have said there won’t be a mass event at Independence Park concluding the event.

A counter-demonstration is held by members of the far-right Lehava organization.

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