Tel Aviv launched gay pride festivities Friday.
The activist group Queers Against Israeli Apartheid is planning to return to the gay pride parade in Toronto, setting up another battle with Jewish groups and the city.
Tens of thousands of Israelis marched through the streets of Tel Aviv for the city's annual gay pride parade. The event kicked off Friday at the city's Meir Park, with dancers, singers and speakers. Afterward the parade proceeded through the city's streets. The event culminated with a dance party featuring international DJs at Gordon Beach.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he will withhold more than $100,000 in city funding to the annual gay pride parade if an anti-Israel group again is allowed to participate. Ford, who was elected on a right-wing, waste-slashing agenda last November, told the Canadian Jewish News last week that he will cut funding to the annual Pride Toronto event if Queers Against Israeli Apartheid is allowed to participate in this summer's parade.