Jerusalem: Gay Parade Photos You Did Not See

It is hot outside.

It is so very hot that the cold water from the tap needs ice to cool off.

Wild forest fires were burning.

The smell of burnt wood filled the air last night.

Shira Banki, the girl stabbed at the

 Jerusalem March for Pride and Tolerance died of her wounds.


JustinRoths and now Laura have been writing,

 many more friends are posting on Facebook.

I posted on the parade on Israellycool last week.


I did not do a RJS Shabbat Shalom greeting.

But not to say something, to ignore events turning Jerusalem,

Israel, and Israelis inside out?


That fateful Thursday afternoon,

I went to see what was happening,

and I want to share some photos of scenes you did not see.

gay parade

Gan Ha’atzmaut, Independence Park

had a nice size crowd gathered for the start of march,

 rainbow colors were even on cars.

The crowd seemed larger than previous years.

The route was different from last year,

horse and police patrol

 as always the police horses were worthy of a look.

I was on Lincoln Street minutes before the stabber.

wedding carcar decorated for wedding

There was a car decorated for a Tu B’Av wedding,

this is wedding season, heat or no heat wave.

street blocked for gay parade

City buses blocked traffic for the parade,

and some people were held up for two hours.

Jerusalem street photo

Walking was best way to get around.

But, there were so many other things happening too.

networking group

Made in Jerusalem was celebrating

Jerusalem’s ranking as one of the top 50 start-up cities.

People were also gathering near them at First Station

for a Klezmer band to start performing,

part of Klezmer Festival taking place in many venues.

Muslim pcinic

Muslim families were picnicking in this park,

while at Kraft Stadium the annual Woodstock Revival was rocking on.

train that takes tourists around old city

The new tourist train to Old City was running.


The new elevator at the Cinematheque is coming along,

to provide better access for the disabled.

construction Jerusalem

 Isrotel Hotel across from First Station is going up.

Jerusalem street photo

At least one women on Emek Refaim was using her head,

Jerusalem cafe street photo

while others at this cafe were looking down.

Really big news,

Jerusalem Street photo

 a 5 shekel cafe has opened in the German Colony.

Around the corner,

building Jerusalem photo at night

the Christian Embassy lights go on as it gets dark,

always a beautiful scene.

There are all kinds of jokes and myths about full moons,

but that night was also a ‘Blue Moon’.

Jerusalem sunset

Blue moons are not blue,

they just happen once in awhile.

That night the full, blue moon rose over the Kidron Valley.

As traffic was stopped for emergency crews and police,

 just a few minutes and meters away,

all was so peaceful looking.

Today it was so very hot,

Jerusalem street photo bus stop

as these women were waiting for a bus,

at the stop along the march route,

another day on the Jerusalem, Israel streets.

0 thoughts on “Jerusalem: Gay Parade Photos You Did Not See

  • August 3, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    The title is a misnomer, though – most of the pictures are not of the parade itself.
    But, they are beautiful. Can you share your photography secrets?

    • August 3, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      True, there was so much more going on at the time of the parade. As always bad news sells, one dreadful, awful and terrible incident was all the press covered. Just wanted to share what other people were doing. Thank you, glad you like the photos.

    • August 4, 2015 at 9:39 am

      Exactly, there was so much more happening in Jerusalem, Israel. There always is, it just does not get reported.

  • August 5, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Gorgeous. That last one … no words…

  • August 8, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    So the news should have been?:
    I think there was only one truly notable news story from Jerusalem that day…

    • August 8, 2015 at 11:19 pm

      The stabbing to death of a young girl is inexcusable and tragic, no question. However, Jerusalem, Israel, is more complex and much more is happening than just “conflict” and terror and bad news.

  • August 11, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    I commend you for your ability to use not only your photography but writing skills and to show and contain the whole picture. It is a challenge, not an easy feat, to be able to do this – to acknowledge and condemn the inexcusable and tragic events and to also be able to acknowledge and show resilience and love for living. This helps healing and to be able to find a way to continue on and to have the hope that we will find a way to bring more good news into our lives.


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