Under heavy security on Thursday afternoon, participants in the Jerusalem March for Pride and Tolerance began to gather for what has already become the largest Pride parade in the capital ever. Hundreds of police officers will be securing the event and are carrying out thorough checks of all entering, and over 10,000 participants have already arrived.
The participants are gathering first in Liberty Bell Park. There, a wedding ceremony between Jerusalemites Yochai Werman and Yotam Hacohen kicked off the events. On placing a ring on Werman’s finger, Hacohen recited the biblical verse, “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine.” Werman chose, on placing a ring on his husband’s finger, the verse, “Many waters cannot quench love.”