This week, a new threat against the Jerusalem queer community took a familiar form. Ultra Orthodox Jewish communities throughout Israel and the diapsora often shun internet and television, and instead communicate through pashkvilim (singular: pashkvil), large posters plastered in public spaces. When the JOH hosted the LGBT festival World Pride in 2006, homophobic pashkvilim appeared all over the city.
This week, a new pashvkil appeared, directing hate towards the approaching annual Pride Parade. Its appearance coincided with the somber Jewish holy day of Tisha Be’av, that commemorates the destruction of the first and second Temples in Jerusalem. In this Op Ed in the Jerusalem Post, JOH director Elinor Sidi describes the fundamental incompatibility between the hatred of homophobia and the tenets of Judaism. Read it here: