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Israeli transgender diva sparks controversy after appearing with children in gay pride video

  • Mideast Israel U.S. Pride Parade-1.jpg

    A U.S. flag is raised alongside a pride flag on the U.S. Embassy a day before the Gay Pride Parade in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, June 12, 2014. In June, Tel Aviv celebrates its annual, week-long event that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and their supporters, also known as the LGBT community. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty) (The Associated Press)

  • Mideast Israel U.S. Pride Parade-2.jpg

    A U.S. flag is raised alongside a pride flag on the U.S. Embassy a day before the Gay Pride Parade in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, June 12, 2014. In June, Tel Aviv celebrates its annual, week-long event that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their supporters, also known as the LGBT community. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty) (The Associated Press)

A video promoting Tel Aviv's Gay Pride Parade has been taken offline after the family of a youngster claimed they did not provide consent to participate.

The video features Israeli transsexual star Dana International dancing in a synagogue in the presence of religious children.

The controversy comes on the eve of the annual parade Friday.

The director said the theme of the video was clear from the outset. But the family of one of the children says it was told the boy, who was 11 or 12 years old, was appearing in a video about tourism.

Dana — born Yaron Cohen — made international fame in 1998 after winning the Eurovision song contest. The victory stirred a backlash, but she has gone on to a successful career as an entertainer.