The Israeli attorney general has approved a gay pride march in Jerusalem despite concern from police and condemnation from religious extremists. During last year’s march, an ultra-Orthodox Jew stabbed three people.


Menachem Mazuz said there was no legal justification for banning the march.

Mr Mazuz’s comments came after talks with senior police officers who had sought the ban because of concerns about public safety.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews have been holding angry protests against the parade and have threatened more violence if it goes ahead.

Mr Mazuz said he took the decision to authorise the parade “so that freedom of expression is respected” in Israel.


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