Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar, the previous Sephardic chief rabbi of Israel, used harsh language to explain the LGBT group in Israel final week.

Throughout a sermon on Thursday, the day of the Jerusalem Delight Parade, Amar in contrast the LGBT group to animals and mocked non secular members who participate.

“They did the abomination parade, which they’re supposedly happy with,” Amar stated in remarks first reported by the Kan public broadcaster. “Wild animals don’t behave this manner,” he added.

“We’ve got reached this shame, this debasement, this corruption, that there are people who find themselves referred to as non secular, who put on a kippa” who participate within the parade, Amar stated. “If solely they’d take it off, if solely they’d eat pork slightly than do that motion.”

Hundreds of individuals participate within the annual Homosexual Delight Parade in Jerusalem, June 3, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Alon Shachar, the manager director of the Jerusalem Open Home for Delight and Tolerance, slammed Amar’s remarks.

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“Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Amar selected to incite towards and demean the LGBT group, as an alternative of sending a message of tolerance and inclusion,” stated Shachar. “The abomination right here just isn’t the parade, however the tenure and oppressive positions that Amar expresses.”

Shachar stated there’s “no place in Israeli public life for a chief rabbi who holds these views, even much less so one whose job is funded by taxpayers.” He invited Amar to march with the Jerusalem Delight Parade subsequent yr: “If solely non secular leaders like Rabbi Amar might have interaction in bringing individuals along with love as an alternative of inciting them with hatred.”

Amar made related feedback in 2019.

“There are individuals who name themselves non secular who additionally fell into that lure,” he stated on the time in reference to homosexual individuals. “They aren’t non secular. It might be higher in the event that they solid off their kippah and Shabbat [observance] and present their true faces… With their our bodies they sin towards the Jewish individuals,” he stated, utilizing a Talmudic phrase that means they’re irreligious.

Some 7,500 individuals marched in Jerusalem’s annual delight parade Thursday night, chanting for equality and holding aloft brightly painted indicators supporting LGBT rights. Greater than 3,000 law enforcement officials secured the extremely charged occasion, six years after a lethal assault on members.

Proper wing activists display towards the annual Homosexual Delight parade in Jerusalem, on June 3, 2021. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)

The occasion demanding LGBT equality started with a ceremonial prayer for Shira Banki, who was stabbed to demise by an ultra-Orthodox extremist throughout the 2015 parade when she was 16 years previous. As 1000’s stuffed the capital’s streets, a small demonstration protesting the parade was held by members of the far-right and anti-gay Lehava group.

Many streets within the capital’s metropolis heart had been closed and the 1000’s of law enforcement officials on obligation secured the parade’s route. The two.5-kilometer (1.55 miles) march, from the town’s Liberty Bell Park to Independence Park, started at 2:30 p.m., signaling the beginning of delight month occasions in Israel.

The annual occasion is a spotlight for the town’s vibrant LGBT group, which is commonly overshadowed by Tel Aviv’s gay-friendly persona and beset by non secular and political tensions ever-present within the capital.

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