JERUSALEM, Israel — Jerusalem’s gay pride parade, which celebrated its tenth anniversary Wednesday, is known as the as the more sober sibling of Tel Aviv’s exuberant extravaganza.
This year, someone thought of brightening it up: In the middle of the night, they stealthily crept up to the WELCOME sign that greets all arrivals to the city entrance, a sculpture on the side of the highway leading into town, and painted it in rainbow colors.
Nir Barkat, the mayor of Jerusalem, was not amused. The letters were repainted bright white by midday. As usual, Barkat did not partake of the festivities. But the cheerful die had been cast.
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