After the stabbing at the Gay Pride Parade in Jerusalem on Thursday, it was the first time Sarah Weil felt scared walking through the Holy City with a pride flag.
“I never felt afraid, being gay in Jerusalem,” the activist says. “I can pass as a straight woman, that’s how I’ve survived in this community, to avoid confrontation and live my life. But walking around with a gay flag in Jerusalem, I received insults and was worried that someone would throw something at me from a moving car. One person yelled at me ‘animal,’ in Hebrew, one group of teenage boys passed me and said, ‘You should burn in hell.’”