“Watchers” for the family gather in Jerusalem
JERUSALEM – As in Paris and throughout France, and increasingly abroad, spontaneous gatherings are organized in Jerusalem to fight the Taubira law (named after the present Justice Minister, Christiane Taubira) allowing homosexual couples in France to marry. The law passed on Tuesday, April 23. In fact, for the past two evenings, French citizens living in the Holy Land were invited to gather peacefully in candlelight vigils to demand the withdrawal of the law.
One week ago, the movement “Watchers” was born in Paris to fight the Taubira law. These vigils were renewed each evening with more and more success throughout France and now abroad: Milan, Hamburg and Jerusalem. On Tuesday night, April 23 – the day of the law’s passage – a number of “watchers” gathered outside the French Consulate General in Jerusalem during the visit of the Deputy Minister for the French overseas, Hélène Conway-Mouret.
The French (of all beliefs and mixed religions) living in the Holy Land are invited to gather in front of the Consulate General in Jerusalem from 19:30 to 20:30. The dates of the upcoming events are posted on the Facebook page and Twitter account (@manifpourtous.jeru) of “veilleurs de Jérusalem” for Thursday, April 25, Saturday, April 27, Monday, April 29 and so on, every other day… until the law is withdrawn.
Bishop Shomali “admires” the watchers
The Program: in a candlelight ambiance; songs, philosophical and poetic readings and texts (Victor Hugo, Charles Baudelaire, Alexis de Tocqueville …) nurturing freedom of conscience. All are united in the same certainty that inner strength is the greatest strength. A song of hope is sung at the end of each evening. “These evenings allow us to gain depth and peace” says Capucine, a volunteer nurse in Jerusalem.
Bishop William Shomali, Auxiliary Bishop of Jerusalem is moved by this development. Noting what has happened over a period of five months in France and the ongoing evening gathering in the Holy Land, the Bishop, expressed “his admiration for the young and the not-so-young who protest silently, peacefully and with dignity, in defending a noble cause: the protection of family and children’s rights.” And since the ‘watchers’ point out that “these are universal values,” they invite their foreign friends, the French of all quarters, of all faiths, children, teenagers, parents, etc…