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In pictures: Jerusalem gay gathering

Participants carry a rainbow gay flag during a gay pride happening in Jerusalem

A gay pride happening has been held in Jerusalem, despite fierce opposition from Israel's religious leaders.

Participants of the gay pride happening in Jerusalem

About 4,000 people gathered at a university sports stadium, which was ringed by some 3,000 riot police.

Two Israeli gay men hold each other during the happening

The event was originally planned as a march through the city, but organisers agreed to turn it into a rally at a secure place.

A music band performs at the Jerusalem happening

It was a party atmosphere, with many people dancing to live music or simply enjoying making new friends.

Drag queens race one another

Others decided to organise drag queen races taking advantage of the venue of the gathering.

An Israeli homosexual displays stickers during the happening

Many wore T-shirts or held banners and flags, celebrating their sexuality.

Israeli police detain a protester in Jerusalem

There were minor scuffles as several ultra-Orthodox protesters tried to disrupt the meeting.

The gay pride happening in Jerusalem

Police were on high alert following Palestinian threats to attack Israel after this week's shelling in Gaza in which 18 Palestinian civilians died.

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