The Jerusalem WorldPride March has been cancelled because of hostilities in the region, but the rest of the festival will go on, say the event’s organisers, Jerusalem Open House.
According to a statement issued by the organisers, “As a result of the current hostilities in the region, the Jerusalem police denied a permit to the Jerusalem WorldPride march, that was scheduled to take place on August 10 in Jerusalem.”
They go on to say that, “The Jerusalem WorldPride march requires extensive security, which the police are unable to provide for at these challenging times. Therefore, Jerusalem Open House will hold the march at a later date, as soon as the circumstances in the region allow for the march to take place.”
Other Jerusalem WorldPride events – including conferences, film festival, exhibitions, shows, religious and activist events and literary events – will take place as originally planned, from August 6 through August 12, in Jerusalem.
The organisers say that a new date for this year’s Pride March in Jerusalem will be announced as soon as a cease fire is achieved in the region.
“We hope and pray together with our colleagues and supporters around the world for an end to hostilities and suffering in the region”, concluded the statement.