Jerusalem's ultra-Orthodox residents thought they were dreaming Monday morning, when they encountered an unlikely sight on the city's public notice board – a "pashkevil" endorsing the gay pride parade, scheduled to take place in the capital on Thursday.
Pashkevils are leaflets or flyers – usually of an instigating nature – posted on city walls and notice boards in haredi neighborhoods.
The flyer, signed by "Citizens for an equal, sane Israel" called upon all citizens of Jerusalem to take part in the parade, caused an outraged among the ultra-Orthodox community.
The flyers (Photo: Dana Levy)
Beginning in the traditional pashkevil manner, the flyer called upon its readers to "hail the call of the shofar," but continues in the none-traditional way by "warning against the hate and incitement…God have mercy of those who slander against their brethren.
"…Let us come with our masses to this great, peaceful, dignified and democratic march and defy the minority inciting us to violence," continued the flyer. "Hatred is a dangerous, infections disease. Let us all prove that Judaism does not mean fascism and bloodshed."
The pashkevil, illustrated with a drawing of two men holding hands, ends with a call to the city's residents, of all religious affiliations, to take part in the parade.
Ynet has learned that the "Citizens for an equal, sane Israel" group is believed to be associated with Meretz youth.
The Jerusalem Police confirmed that they gave the Jerusalem Open House the go-ahead for the parade and authorized counter protest rallies by the haredim.