Local police have arrested a man carrying a knife near the Jerusalem Pride parade today (6 June).
According to a police statement, the man aroused the suspicion of undercover officers. Plainclothed officers subsequently searched him and found out he was carrying a knife.
After the suspect refused to identify himself, police officers took him in for questioning.
Police arrested three people ahead of the parade
Israel Police National Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld has confirmed three people have been arrested today, i24News reports.
Officers also detained two people on suspicion that they were planning to disrupt the parade.
At this stage, police haven’t offered further details on the two suspects’ identity or their plans.
The annual march celebrating the LGBTI community began in 2002. The first parade, called Love Without Borders, then became an annual tradition in Jerusalem.
Now in its 18th year, Jerusalem Pride raises security concerns after Orthodox extremist Yishai Schlissel stabbed Pridegoers in 2015. Schlissel’s killing spree resulted in the death of 16-year-old girl Shira Banki.
2,500 officers were, in fact, deployed to protect the estimated 30,000 participants.
Israel’s first openly gay minister
Israel’s first openly gay minister Amir Ohana has arrived at the Jerusalem Pride parade among derogatory chantings from the crowd.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed Ohana yesterday (5 June). A member of the right-wing Likud party, the politician will serve as justice minister in the transitional government ahead of the elections on 17 September.