Three thousand people attended the first Gay Pride Parade in the central Israeli city of Kfar Sava on Friday. The parade took place over a 750-meter strip in the city center, and concluded without incident. It was organized by members of the gay community youth group "Israeli Gay Youth," commonly referred to as IGY.
Police initially set different terms for the parade's execution, which included setting up 2-meter tall fences and blocking intersections converging with its route with large vehicles – all at the expense of the organizers.
According to police, the reason was the "sensitivity of the event and a fear the marchers would be harmed." The parade organizers appealed before the High Court of Justice, following which Israeli police retraced their demands.