In a daring decision, Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat did not attend the city's gay pride parade last month, so as not to offend religious sentiments. In an interview on Army Radio he said, “I stand by their right to march, but we must remember that there are people who are offended from the existence of the parade.”
Jerusalem's Alpert Youth Music Center will become AMEN, a weeklong joint house of worship for Jews, Christians, and Muslims between September 5 to 11. Jews, Christians, and Muslims of faith are invited to join the worship event, which is part of the Mekudeshet (Blessed) festival — part of Jerusalem's Season of Culture.
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