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  • » 05/28/2007, 00.00

    ISRAEL

    Ministerial committee calls for ban on Gay pride in Jerusalem



    Draft bill proposal is approved and ready for Knesset vote. It would grant Jerusalem City Council the power to ban public gatherings deemed dangerous for public order or offensive to religious sentiments.

    Jerusalem (AsiaNews) – A ministerial committee approved a bill to ban the gay pride parade. The Ministers Committee for Legislation voted on Sunday in favour of a bill that would give Jerusalem city council power to ban next month’s gay pride parade. The draft legislation is to go before the Knesset on Wednesday.

    Religious parties and Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann are pushing for this legislation. Under the new law it would be more difficult for gay groups to hold their annual gay pride parade in Jerusalem. The city's municipal council would be invested with enough power to reject public gatherings it deemed a danger to public security or offensive to the feelings of the religious public.

    Four ministers voted in favour of a Knesset vote on the bill while three opposed the move.

    Last year the annual Gay pride parade had led to strong tensions in the city as a result of opposition by religious leaders.

    Protests turned in some cases into violent clashes with the police in the days leading up to the event.

    A solution was found when the parade was allowed to take place on November 10 in Jerusalem’s Hebrew University stadium.

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    05/07/2006 ISRAEL – VATICAN
    Chief Rabbi asks Pope to stop Jerusalem gay parade
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    Muslims and Christians meet in Cairo for Jerusalem, 'the cause of causes'

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    A conference was held on 16-17 January at al-Azhar. Many prominent figures from Lebanon took part, including the Maronite Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi. The Arab world is divided between "complicit passivity" and "noisy but ineffective speeches". For a former Lebanese premier, coordinated actions are needed to ensure greater efficacy on behalf of Jerusalem’s "pluralistic identity " and "religious freedom". Card Al-Rahi called for joint prayers, Islamic-Christian interfaith solidarity in the Arab world, and support for the Palestinians.


    CHINA
    Yunnan: Christians accused of membership in an apocalyptic sect get up to 13 years in prison



    The Three Grades of Servants cult, an underground pseudo-Protestant sect founded in Henan, is especially strong in the countryside. Those convicted claim they are just ordinary Christians and know nothing about the sect. Defense lawyers have been threatened with loss of their license to practice.


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