Ultra-Orthodox Jewish groups had turned out to protest the parade. A representative of the far-right organization Lehava compared homosexuality to “robbing a bank” in an interview with The Jerusalem Post. 

“The threat posed to the Jewish family doesn’t just come from assimilation but also from undermining the sanctity of marriage. It cannot be that something that is declared in the Torah as an abomination will become a source of pride, and there is certainly no place for this in the heart of Jerusalem, the holy city,” Lehava CEO Benzi Gopstein said.

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