merig00 (merig00) wrote in ontd_political,

Israeli gays told they are not welcome on Madrid parade

Israeli gays had been invited to take part in the pride parade for the first time

The Israeli gay community in Spain is reported to be angry after organisers of the Madrid Pride Procession have blocked their planned presence among the floats at the start of next month.

The ‘Orgullo’ parade organisers have removed their earlier first-time invitation to Israel following the international outcry following the Israeli assault on the flotilla attempting to take aid to Gaza across the Israeli blockade, and following pressure from Palestinian groups.

The Israelis say they have been told by the parade organisers in Madrid that they are worried about their security, but El Mundo reports the Israeli Association of Homosexuals and Lesbians, and the Israeli Foreign Ministry have described the decision as ‘a victory for the extremists’.

The parade takes place on Saturday July 3.
Tags: israel, lgbtq / gender & sexual minorities, spain

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