Angered by the presence of clerics at the Jerusalem Pride March, the city’s chief rabbi Shlomo Amar let his aversion to LGBTs explode by believing that they behaved less well than “wild animals”.
Former Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel and current Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Shlomo Amar called the Jerusalem Pride March, which took place on June 3, a “Walk of the Abomination” and compared its participants to “Wild animals,” Israeli media report I24News and The Times of Israel.
“They lent themselves to the march of the abomination of which they claim to be proud,” he declared the same day in remarks relayed by radio Kan. “Wild animals themselves don’t behave this way,” he further explained. The rabbi was unhappy that clerics participated in the parade which gathered around 8,000 people according to AFP.
Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar chooses incitement to hatred against the LGBT community and denigration instead of conveying a message of tolerance and inclusion
“We have reached this degree of dishonor, degradation, this corruption that makes people qualified as nuns, men who wear a kippah,” he said according to The Times of Israel, adding that the latter had to remove the latter and eat pork “rather than behaving like this” while parading during this walk.
As soon as it was revealed, these remarks aroused the condemnation of LGBT rights defenders: “The Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, Shlomo Amar, chose incitement to hatred against the LGBT community and denigration instead of transmitting a message of tolerance and inclusion, ”said Alon Shachar, director of the Open House for the Prides and Tolerance of Jerusalem, quoted by the Israeli media.
The rabbi had already in 2019 made similar remarks about the religious who participated in the Pride March: “It would be better if they gave up their kippah and their practice of Shabbat, and that they show their true face … They commit a sin against the Jewish people by their body ”, he had among others declared, according to The Times of Israel.
Another Pride March is scheduled for June 25 in Tel Aviv after a year of hiatus due to the coronavirus. In 2019, 250,000 people took part in this parade, which is one of the most famous LGBT events in the world and the most important in the Middle East. In 2015, the Jerusalem Pride March was mourned by the death of a 16-year-old girl, stabbed by an ultra-Orthodox homophobic Jew already convicted in 2005 for a similar crime and who was this time sentenced to prison. for life.