Published On: Wed, Jul 1st, 2015

Haredim hire Mexicans to protest NY pride parade

Rabbis forbid yeshiva students to participate in anti-gay demonstration in Manhattan for fear of 'what they would see, ' Orthodox Jewish group forced to employ foreign protesters.

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Some Orthodox Jews who wished to protest the gay pride parade in New York City on Sunday were forced to hire Mexican laborers to replace them after rabbis forbade yeshiva students from taking part in the demonstration for fear of being exposed to “immorality, ” Ynet news report.

The surprising decision to use hired protesters was explained by one of the demonstration’s organizers, Heshie Freed, who said they were filling in for the Jewish students who would normally be called upon to demonstrate.

“The rabbis said that the yeshiva boys shouldn’t come out for this because of what they would see at the parade, ” he told the NY Times.

Orthodox Jews protesting the gay pride parade in New York City on Sunday were forced to hire Mexican laborers for reinforcement, after rabbis forbade yeshiva students to take part in the demonstration for fear of being exposed to “immorality.”

“The rabbis said that the yeshiva boys shouldn’t come out for this because of what they would see at the parade, ” he told the NY Times.

The protesters, who are affiliated with the Jewish Political Action Committee (JPAC), carried signs reading, “God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve” and “Judaism prohibits homosexuality.”

The protesters were guarded by security forces fearing a flare-up, which indeed arrived. Late in the afternoon, the NY Times reported, a fight broke out. Bystanders said the gates separating the Jewish group opened and parade-goers swarmed in.

“It’s been a lot of confrontation, ” Freed said NY Times, “Whenever you have emotions, you have a situation.”

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