Jerusalem WorldPride Events Rescheduled to August 6-12, 2006
Following the Israeli Prime Minister’s decision to postpone the launch date of the Gaza pullout to August 16 and in consideration with a most difficult political climate expected at that time, the Jerusalem Open House Board has decided to reschedule WorldPride to August 6-12, 2006.
-The last couple of weeks were very difficult for all of us in the Jerusalem Open House and for our supporters in the GLBT community in Israel and around the World. The past weeks were filled with difficult decisions, as we were facing one of the most complicated challenges in the history of the Jerusalem Open House.
-Following the Israeli Prime Minister’s decision to postpone the launch date of the Gaza pullout to August 16 and in consideration with a most difficult political climate expected at that time, the Jerusalem Open House Board has decided to reschedule WorldPride to August 6-12, 2006.
The reasoning behind our decision was to avoid an overlap between WorldPride and the disengagement, out of a sense of public responsibility and sensitivity to the complexity of the disengagement and the general feelings surrounding it. This decision has gained wide support from GLBT organizations in Israel and abroad, and was approved by InterPride.
-The annual, local Jerusalem Pride will take place this year on June 30. As in years past, and in preparation for WorldPride2006, this highly popular and successful march will serve to demonstrate, yet again, our commitment to being an integral and inseparable part of our city of Jerusalem.
-The JOH Board’s decision arose from our being a part of the community at large, and from our wish to accomplish our part in promoting the message of ‘love without borders’. Our strong wish to celebrate WorldPride in its original planned date notwithstanding, we are certain this decision is the right one, and will only serve to make WorldPride2006 an even grander, more visible event. This rescheduling, in effect, allows us to better convey our message of tolerance, pluralism and equality.
-The decision to reschedule WorldPride was fueled by our feeling of responsibility for our members, volunteers, supporters, the larger GLBT community in Israel and the delegations planning to arrive from abroad. By postponing the events, we allow the delegations time to reorganize their agenda duly. We are well aware of the difficulties involved in this decision, and of the forbearance required of the many community members. We are continuously thankful for the many volunteers and supporters who’s invaluable involvement in the making of WorldPride and the recent deliberations concerning its schedule, is helping us through this difficult time. JOH is also grateful for the work of so many within the community, including the support of its many different organizations that have been working together with us towards WorldPride. With this fast support we are certain to achieve the great success we expect for the coming, 2006 events.
Having said this, JOH is still, and always, committed towards building and empowering the GLBT community in Jerusalem, whilst working full steam toward the WorldPride events in August 2006. The GLBT community will continue to be an integral part of Jerusalem, with the inherent right to gather, march and be seen.
Looking forward to seeing you in WorldPride 2006!
JOH Board and Staff
An Official Statement from the Jerusalem Open House Regarding the Rescheduling of WorldPride Events to August 6-12, 2006