Monday, May 29, 2006

Jerusalem Has to Pay Up

From Haaretz: (check out the lovely Talkback comments on the link!)

Court Orders J'lem Municipality to Fund Gay Pride Parade (and all the other community services that the JOH provides in addition to the parade - my edit)

The Jerusalem District Court on Monday ordered the Jerusalem Municipality to fund the Gay Pride Parade held by The Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance.

Judge Judith Tsur accepted a petition submitted by the Open House and ordered the municipality to pay NIS 350,000 as part of the funding for the cultural and social activities held by the establishment in the years 2003-2005.

The Open House's petition demanded that the municipality include the gay rights establishment on the list of non-profit organizations to which the municipality allocates funding.

According to the Open House, which serves the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community in Jerusalem the municipality discriminates against it, and does not follow set criteria for financial administration.

The Open House has filed several lawsuits against the municipality, run by ultra-Orthodox mayor Uri Lupolianski. The lawsuits protest the city's refusal to fund the establishment's ongoing activities and its attempts to prevent the Gay Pride Parade from taking place.

The Open House has been acting as a non-profit organization since 1997 for the promotion and encouragement of social pluralism and tolerance in Jerusalem. It also works for the integration of the gay-lesbian community into the city's social fabric.

Here's the Ynet Article: (The differences are interesting!):
Court: J'lem discriminated against gays

Capital's district court says city municipality guilty of 'discriminatory criteria for granting budget,' says 'gay community is part of city's embroidery'

The Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance has once again defeated the Jerusalem Municipality: The capital's District Court instructed the municipality to transfer a fund of NIS 375,000 to the organization, which represents the gay community in the city. The ruling comes after a petition submitted by the organization over discrimination. The Open House will also receive NIS 25,000 to cover legal costs.

The petition was submitted following the refusal of the Jerusalem Municipality to allocate funds out of its culture budget for the organization, for years. In the last three years, payments were stopped to the Open House altogether.

Judge Yehudit Tzur ruled that the criteria set by the municipality are discriminatory.

"The way the municipality conducted itself in relation to the Open House's request creates reasonable suspicion for discrimination," Judge Tzur wrote. "Even if clerks in the municipality have a hard time accepting the gay community, and believe this is an unwanted phenomenon, the municipality cannot swerve from fundamental principles and ignore this community. It must treat this community with equality, out of recognition of the supreme value of equality, and out of respect for the values of tolerance and pluralism, which exist in the heart of democratic society," the judge wrote in the ruling.


At 5/30/2006 12:20 PM, Anonymous katherine said...

wow, the comments on that article are ridiculous. Please john could you keep us posted via your blog as to when the next gay pride march is in jerusalem? I'd like to make sure to be there. thanks!

At 5/30/2006 1:24 PM, Blogger John said...

Katherine: Thanks for your support! It's going to be more than just a march - 6 days of workshops and conferences during August 6-12, 2006! There will be busses coming to Jrslm from all over Israel for the march...I'll keep you all updated!

In the meantime checkout (It has annoying music, but you can turn it off.)

At 5/30/2006 4:16 PM, Blogger Sam said...

WOW! Love the judge's statement, quoted at the end of your post.

At 5/31/2006 6:48 PM, Blogger Kalvin said...

This is really quite fascinating. I love how they say that the city was defeated in the second article, when the city was just being asked follow what I assume is the law. And for god's sakes, if you don't think you celebrate straight pride, (from the trackback) take your goddam fucking wedding band off, stop kissing in public, and stop getting married in huge places, setting up stupid events like prom as being life changing while...whatever, that topic just really sets me off.

At 6/06/2006 5:27 PM, Blogger Katherine said...

I know this is an old post, but take a look at this article new today in ynet - homophobia is pretty much rampant in israel it seems. the comments on the article are again really extreme,7340,L-3259404,00.html

At 6/08/2006 8:44 AM, Blogger John said...

Katherine: Thanks for that link. I am going to make a new post featuring it today. Discrimination is not fun. See you at the parade in Aug!


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