Tamar Yonah attended today's same-gender flaunting parade targeted at desecrating Jerusalem. Different from past years, as I wrote in a previous article, the Gedolim specifically said to stay away, stay quiet, ignore it, and not to corrupt our own thoughts (or G-d forbid our young people) with even a discussion about it. (And politically moved to have it routed far away from religious neighborhoods.)
Tamar Yonah reports that the strategy was a rousing success. The parade route was empty. Few marchers, and a grand total of 11 spectators that she counted. There was only media and security, for no one else cared to 'enjoy' the spectacle.
Jerusalem has spoken: Keep your disgusting public behavior to yourself, we won't even give you the satisfaction of a glance in your direction. YOU ARE IGNORED.
Full report at Tamar's blog, with pictures of empty streets.
Photo by Tamar Yonah and Arutz 7.
UPDATE: Tamar Yonah has added these comments of her on-site experience -
(Tamar Yonah) I want to address a couple of things that your readers posted...
1) The parade marchers numbered only around two to three thousand people. I've seen bigger weddings in Jerusalem. It is not a very big turn out. However, the bolder they get, the more future participants we might see, G-d forbid.
2) While the de-facto boycott of the parade took place, in that hardly anyone came to view it, I do NOT believe ignoring them is the answer.
I am the daughter of a holocaust survivor and I know that people said the same thing about ignoring Hitler (y"s). We see what happened to 6 million of our brothers and sisters.
I believe that we must fight tooth and nail to prevent these parades from strutting sexual deviancy. However, if we lose and they win, THEN we should react with not showing up, unless it is to protest it, and say Tehillim in public for a public tshuva.
We must NOT ignore this evil. These marchers are also our brothers and sisters, and they are erring gravely in their ways. Their 'pride' makes this worse, but we need to show them the right way, hopefully with love and respect as we would to any individual who sins, but if they refuse to be respectful, then we must also march/protest against it.
(Tamar Yonah has a regular radio program at Arutz 7, and posts at an associated blog.)
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