City with a Wall of Stone
In the immediate aftermath of this summer’s Jerusalem Gay Pride parade, Saeed Taji Farouky interviews several people regarding the issue of sexual identity and religion, including Yonatan Gher, Executive Director of the Jerusalem Open House, Likud MK Moshe Feiglin and Talya Lev, a 2009 ROI alum and a spokesperson for Bat Kol, an organization for Orthodox Lesbians.
Jerusalem is SO weird. Feiglin is the co-founder and president of the Likud party’s Manhigut Yehudit (“Jewish Leadership”) faction which was started to, in Feiglin’s words, “return the country to the people and lead the State of Israel through authentic Jewish values”. Often at odds with the leadership of Likud, Feiglin has also distinguished himself for his work on behalf of Jonathan Pollard, a Jewish American incarcerated since 1986 after being found guilty of espionage. I know that several members of Bat Kol are supporters of Feiglin and have also had leadership positions in the campaign to free Pollard. Feiglin for his part, remains a vocal critic of the Jerusalem Pride parade and the gay rights movement in Israel. Go figure, right? Well, you know what they say – one in every minyan!