2000-06-21

Jerusalem’s Pride parade marchers encountered hundreds of Haredi, Israel’s bizarre Ultra Orthodox sect, who arrived with eggs and bags of human excrement to hurl. Before the parade, police arrested a 32-year old man carrying a bomb which he said he’d planned to detonate near the parade to “scare people away.” Two hundred Haredi were arrested by the 7000 police officers brought in from all over Israel to protect the marchers, who numbered only 1000. For over a week before the parade the Haredi had rioted in protest of Jerusalem Pride. The previous year they had succeeded in getting the Pride observances cancelled entirely.