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LGBT Pride Parade Held in Jerusalem

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6 Jun 2019 (All day)
LGBT Pride Parade Held in Jerusalem
Police estimated between 15-30,000 people participated in the LGBT Pride parade in Jerusalem on Thursday afternoon, with a few hundred attending counter-demonstrations, all of which was watched over by several thousand security personnel. The march occurred just hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the appointment of Amir Ohana to be Justice Minister, making a point of mentioning that he would be the first openly homosexual senior cabinet member in Israeli history.

“As a Jew, as an Israeli, as the partner of the love of my life Alon Haddad, as the father of Ella and David, as a Mizrachi, as a Likudnik, as a Beersheba native, as a liberal and as a lawyer who has spent thousands of hours in court, it is a great honor to serve Israel as justice minister,” Ohana said.

The LGBT Pride parade in Jerusalem is the first of several such parades scheduled to be held in cities around Israel in the month of June.

Several Large Fires Burning in Hills Around Jerusalem
Firefighters were battling multiple blazes in the hills around Jerusalem on Thursday, with arson being suspected by many local residents and insurers estimating that nearly NIS 700,000 in damage has already occurred. Yossi Dagan, head of the Samaria Regional Council, told Hadashot, “My heart breaks to see thousands of dunams of farmland and pastures being burned.”

Israeli Elected to Key UN Committee
Israeli Diplomat Anat Fisher Tsin was elected to the post of Deputy Chairman of the UN's Economic and Financial Committee this week, breaking a long-standing drought in Israelis elected to positions on UN Committees. “The election of Anat adds to the many victories we have reached in recent years that promote the status of the State of Israel in the international community,” declared Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon.

Here is a podcast giving some insights into Israel's complicated relationship with the UN

Netanyahu Suffers Legal Setback
Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit dealt a legal setback to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday by rejecting his request for a second delay to his pre-indictment hearing beyond October 2-3, despite Netanyahu’s plea that the re-run elections made such a delay necessary.

Archeologists Uncover Gate from King David’s Time
Archeological excavations in the ancient city of Bethsaida in the Golan Heights’ Jordan Park uncovered a city gate from the time of King David (around the 10th to 11th century BC) this week. Professor Rami Arav of the University of Nebraska, chief archaeologist overseeing the excavations, told the Jerusalem Post that “there are not many gates from capital cities in this country from this period. Bethsaida was the name of the city during the Second Temple period, but during the First Temple period it was the city of Zer” before adding that a city by that name is mentioned in Joshua 19:35.

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