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.

Israeli Summer

Prices are high and salaries are low… that is not news.

Last week a record number of Israelis left on summer holiday,

and fewer tourists came for the Israeli summer heat,

 but the streets are not empty, for there are demonstrations, protests and parades.

Some of the ‘tent city’ folks joined with the Gay Pride Parade

in Gan Ha’atzmaut, Independence Park.

 There have been comparisons to the “Arab Spring”,

but the policemen were sitting on the grass, not attacking the crowds.

The demonstration had colorful balloons and hundreds of tank tops, not tanks.

Cameras fill the streets, as the media is out to capture every minute of this one.

In Paris Square, a counter demonstration is small and loud,

but only a few security people seem to pay attention.

A new sign was posted specially for this Israeli summer event.

Noam Shalit, father of Gilad Shalit, came out of his protest tent

and joined the crowd to watch the Gay Pride Parade.

Main streets were closed, but many people were unaware of the parade,

so they got to experience the traffic jams of another protest in the Israeli summer.

The doctors’ strike continues,

 and the head of the medical association is on a hunger strike.

Since everyone is protesting this summer, I protest…

 that with so many police on the corner, not one would help direct traffic.

On Friday morning, thousands of mourners stood in the blazing summer sun for

 the funeral of the Baba Elazar who was murdered in his home in Beer Sheva,

but buried in Har Hazeitim Cemetery in  Jerusalem.

A year ago was the funeral of Rav Yehudah Amital z”l.

The month of Av has only just begun…

more Israeli summer to come.