IDF Forbids, Allows Soldiers March in Pride

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Ynetnews reports: Following Ynetnews coverage of the story, the IDF released a clarification to a previous statement, saying that soldiers are not allowed to march in next week’s Jerusalem Gay Pride parade, even out of uniform.

Issuing a new response due to the vehement criticism its first statement had raised, the IDF then explained that soldiers are in fact allowed to participate in Pride events, provided they wear civilian clothing, are not on duty and provided they not issue any political statements.

The initial prohibition came prior to the upcoming Be’er Sheva and Jerusalem parades, despite the fact that soldiers out of uniform were allowed to march in previous Pride parades this year in other cities throughout Israel. It was based on the fact that the army now considers the parade a “political statement.”

In an interview with Ynet, IDF reserve soldier Omer Nachmani came out against the directive. “The IDF Spokesperson, the chief of staff’s Women’s Affairs Advisor (who also deals in matters of sexual orientation and gender) and all the top officials are now saying that those who serve in the Israeli defense forces cannot march in the Pride parade.”

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