Yishai Urges Netanyahu to Cancel Tel Aviv Gay Parade

Interior Minister tells PM, T.A. mayor that event organizers must not be given 'free hand to do what they like.'

Interior Minister Eli Yishai has called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Tel Aviv mayor Ron Huldai to cancel the city's upcoming Gay Pride Parade, Channel 10 reported on Wednesday.

The Shas Chairman sent a letter, signed by a number of Tel Aviv rabbis and religious members of Knesset, urging the city to rethink its decision to hold the parade on Friday.

The letter was submitted by attorney Doron Shmueli, and signed by National Union MK Uri Ariel, United Torah Judaism MK Menachem Eliezer Moses, Tel Aviv council members as well as the city's chief rabbis.

Even if the event would go on as planned, said the letter, the city must "qualify the sexually oriented content [of the event] and not allow event organizers a free hand to do whatever they like."

Yishai objected to last year's Gay Pride Parade as well, in a letter addressed to then prime minister Ehud Olmert and the chief of police.

In that letter, Yishai accused parade organizer of planning "acts of abomination" and said it must be stopped.

Several confrontations occurred during last year's event when a number of right-wing activists confronted participants with signs reading: "Animals - you have nothing to be proud of," "and "No perverts - no terrorist attacks."