Court Denies Restraining Orders Against Rightists for Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade

The court said the intelligence was inadequate, even against the backdrop of a murder at Jerusalem’s parade last year.

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Israelis and foreigners celebrate during the 17th annual gay pride parade in Tel Aviv on June 12, 2015. Credit: AFP

A court has denied the police’s request for restraining orders against  right-wing and ultra-Orthodox Jewish activists they suspect might interfere with Tel Aviv’s Gay Pride Parade on Friday.

The judge at the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court ruled that the police had not provided adequate intelligence on the suspects. The list was compiled by studying social-networking sites and considering previous crimes and actions by the activists.

On Tuesday, Knesset members harshly criticized the police for not sending a representative to a meeting on crimes against the LGBT community held by the legislature’s LGBT caucus. The police had said they would send someone.

At the meeting was singer Hovi Star, who had represented Israel in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. He spoke of the attack on him in the resort city of Eilat when youths brandished a glass bottle.

Part of the discussion Tuesday was devoted to the murder of Shira Banki, the 16-year-old who was stabbed to death at Jerusalem’s Gay Pride Parade a year ago by an ultra-Orthodox Jew.

The Tel Aviv festivities will begin at 10 A.M. Friday with an event at Gan Meir park followed by the parade throughout the city. The theme this year is "Women in the Community."