Thousands of participants at rallies LGBTQ in Israel

Des milliers de participants à des rassemblements LGBTQ en Israël

Thousands of people wearing masks were involved, Sunday night, in several rallies LGBTQ in Israel, where the number of patients of the outbreak of the COVID-19 is on the rise again after the déconfinement.

Due to health regulations, the israeli police limited the number of participants in each of the gatherings, and the traditional marches were prohibited.

In Tel Aviv, the participants are gathered at the Rabin square for a concert of local stars, including a former Eurovision winner, singer, transgender Dana International.

The police had mobilized large forces, especially in Jerusalem, where a jewish ultra-orthodox had taken, in 2015, participants of the gay Pride.

July 30, 2015, Shira, Banki, a teenager, had been killed, stabbed by Yishaï Shlissel. Six other people were injured.

On Sunday, police arrested 27 people before the start of the rally in Jerusalem “in order to avoid any incident,” according to a spokesperson of the police.

Hundreds of people observed a minute of silence in memory of Shira Banki and “of all the victims of homophobia”.

Rallies were held also in the cities of Haifa and beer sheba, these events taking place under the common title “The revolution is not completed”.

The date of 28 June had been chosen to mark the 50th anniversary of the first gay Pride held in June 1970 in New York.

The participants in the various rallies on Sunday were wearing masks, in which the port is compulsory in public places. More than 2000 fines have been distributed in recent days in the country, to those who did not comply with the instruction.

Until recently, Israel boasted of its management of the pandemic with less than 20 000 patients and 300 deaths for the 9 million inhabitants, a low ratio of deaths compared to that of countries in Europe and north America.

But, as the déconfinement, the number of contaminated is on the rise again.

Six deputies openly homosexuals to serve in Parliament, a record for a country which is considered as one of the pioneers in the field of human rights LGBTQ, but where homosexuality remains a taboo in religious circles.

To Jerusalem, a city holy to jews, muslims and christians, the homosexual community has, however, more difficult to be accepted to Tel-Aviv.

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