Far-right Knesset Member Avi Maoz, who is known for strident anti-LGBT views, said he will see to it that the Pride Parade in Jerusalem is abolished, calling the annual event “a promiscuous parade of abomination.”
In an interview for the weekend edition of the Olam Katan newspaper, Maoz further said he will stop what he termed the “radical, progressive brainwashing” of senior police and military officials by private organizations, and declared that removing the position of gender advisory officer from the IDF is vital for the country’s security.
“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.” Leviticus 18:22
(Noam party leader MK Avi Maoz speaks during a faction meeting at the Knesset, on November 28, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
“The Pride Parade in Jerusalem needs to be canceled first of all,” Maoz said. “I will make sure to cancel it. It is a disgrace. I am quite straightforward about this.”
Presumed incoming prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to Maoz’s remarks by saying the “Jerusalem Pride Parade will continue to march.”
Maoz, who has signed an agreement with Netanyahu to become a deputy minister in the emerging government, said the subject had not come up in coalition talks, “but I don’t hide that certainly I would want to cancel it.
“Do you know how much those marches harm holy Jerusalem, its public space?” he said. “You want to demonstrate — demonstrate. But a parade of promiscuous abomination in public?”
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