Virulently anti-LGBT MK Maoz vows to scrap annual Jerusalem Pride Parade

Noam's sole MK Avi Maoz speaks during his party's faction meeting at the Knesset, November 28, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Noam's sole MK Avi Maoz speaks during his party's faction meeting at the Knesset, November 28, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

MK Avi Maoz, the ultra-conservative, anti-LGBT incoming head of a new body in charge of Israel’s “Jewish identity,” vows to cancel Jerusalem’s annual Pride Parade, calling it “a march of public whorish abomination.”

“The Jerusalem Pride Parade should be canceled first,” the Noam party leader and its only MK tells Olam Katan, a conservative religious right-wing weekly. “I will make sure to cancel it. It’s an utter disgrace. I am very direct and honest about this.”

Maoz acknowledges that the matter hasn’t been part of his coalition agreements with presumed incoming prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but says he is “not hiding it; of course I would like to cancel it.”

A 16-year-old girl was murdered by an ultra-Orthodox extremist during the 2015 parade. It run annually since 2002.

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