Haredim Riot In Jerusalem, Police Injured, Anti-Gay Bomb In Eli

The Jerusalem Post reports:

The third night in a row of Haredi protests against the Gay Pride parade planned for next week in Jerusalem turned violent Thursday.

Five police officers and one Haaretz photographer were lightly injured by protesters, who burned trash and tried to block off a main road as they threw stones, steel pipes, gasoline, chairs, eggs, and whatever other objects they could find at police who arrived to restore order.

About 2,000 protesters came out for a third night in a row of demonstrations against the city’s decision to hold the parade in the capital.

"We tried to block Bar Ilan Street," one protester told Army Radio, "but we couldn’t do it. Automatically, within half a minute, six or seven horses tore into the crowd…"…

On Thursday evening, a makeshift explosive device was discovered at the entrance to the neighborhood police station in the Samarian settlement of Eli.

The bomb was connected to a sign that read: "Sodomites Out!".

Bomb disposal teams destroyed the homemade device, which police said was "primitive but dangerous," in a controlled explosion. Police did not immediately arrest any suspects in the incident.



Filed under Crime, Gay Pride March, Haredim, Israel, Jewish Leadership, Modern Orthodoxy

2 responses to “Haredim Riot In Jerusalem, Police Injured, Anti-Gay Bomb In Eli

  1. The idea that the sin of Sodom was homosexuality is not Jewish in nature.

  2. Yochanan Lavie

    “The idea that the sin of Sodom was homosexuality is not Jewish in nature.”

    I think you’re right. It is a Christian intrepretation. Would it be okay if the men of Sodom raped Lot’s daughters instead of the men? I think not. The sin of Sodom was the lack of hospitality. The midrashim support this. Vayikra condemns homosexual anal intercourse, but not human beings with a Gay orientation. The Jewish religious right don’t want to be out-frummed by the Christian fundies, so they compete over who hates Gays more. So much for Jewish culture being hermetically (and hermeneutically) sealed-off from the rest of the world.

    That being said, I appreciate the Christian right’s support for Israel, and as a conservative-Libertarian agree with them on certain issues.

    What both Jewish and Christian fundies (not to mention the Muslims, most egregiously of all) need to learn is believe and let live.

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