Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s trip to Israel next week to speak at an LGBT conference and take part in a trade mission will cost taxpayers about $36,000.

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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s trip to Israel next week to speak at an LGBT conference and take part in a trade mission will cost taxpayers about $36,000.

Murray’s spokesman previously said Israel’s foreign ministry would pay for the trip to the conference but now says Seattle is covering some expenses, including $24,000 for flights for a staff member and security guards and lodging for the guards throughout the trip.

In addition, the Seattle Fire Department is paying about $10,000 to $12,000 for two of its officials to participate in the trade mission, which was added after the mayor agreed to speak at the conference. They’ll meet with Israeli emergency medical service workers.

“This is an opportunity for the city of Seattle to highlight its role as a leader internationally in LGBT issues and also an opportunity to build valuable economic and trade ties,” Murray spokesman Viet Shelton said. “It’s important to note that a significant portion of the trip is being paid for by private and other non-taxpayer funds.”

The public itinerary for Murray’s five-day tour, released to The Seattle Times by his office Friday, includes time in a West Bank city with the chief Palestinian negotiator in peace talks with Israel and with other Palestinians.

The mayor will meet Monday with negotiator Saeb Erekat. While in Ramallah, Murray will also meet with Palestinian students and Palestinian columnist and businessman Sam Bahour, according to the itinerary, which Shelton described as “95 percent” confirmed.

Murray has been criticized by activists with the groups Queers Against Israeli Apartheid Seattle and Jewish Voice for Peace for taking part in the 40 Years of Pride Conference in Tel Aviv and for allowing the Israeli government to help pay for the trip.

The activists have accused Murray of “pinkwashing” Israel by representing the Jewish state as gay-friendly in order to obscure mistreatment of Palestinians.

In response, Murray last month called himself “a strong supporter of the state of Israel’s right to exist” and also a believer in a two-state solution. He said it was his intent to visit with Arab members of the Knesset and to visit the West Bank.

The mayor will meet with Knesset members Tuesday and is working to ensure that there will be Arab members among them, Shelton said.

The itinerary includes a meeting with Israel President Reuven Rivlin, visits to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and the Western Wall in Jerusalem, a journey to Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip and meetings about high-technology startups.

The mayor, who is gay and who was a leader in legalizing same-sex marriage in Washington when he was a state senator, will give the keynote closing address for the LGBT conference Thursday and will participate Friday in Tel Aviv’s Gay Pride Parade.

“We fully support the mayor’s trip and look forward to hearing about his experience both in Israel and in the Palestinian territories so we can become a stronger, more diverse community here,” said Jackson Holtz, spokesman in Seattle for J Street, which promotes U.S. leadership to achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

“We believe that engagement and dialogue is the best way to reach a two-state solution peacefully and we’re encouraged that Mayor Murray is showing an example to the Seattle community by going over there and engaging not only the LGBT community but also talking with both Israelis and Palestinians,” Holtz added.

When The Seattle Times first reported on the mayor’s Israel trip, in April, Shelton said Israel’s foreign ministry would be paying for it, minus the trade mission, the details of which hadn’t been determined.

The spokesman clarified this week that the ministry is paying only for three nights of lodging, during the LGBT conference, and only for Murray and a staff member.

Murray will use his office fund to pay for his own airfare to and from Israel, but taxpayers will cover his staff member’s flights, plus airfare and five nights of lodging for the mayor’s Seattle Police Department security detail, Shelton said.Murray’s office fund is made up of contributions from private donors.

For his remaining two nights of lodging and other “on-the-ground” expenses, Murray will get help from the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle, plus his office fund, if necessary.

His staff member’s costs are expected to total about $5,000 and the security detail’s are expected to be about $19,000.

Murray’s husband, Michael Shiosaki, is accompanying the mayor and paying his own airfare.

The couple left Seattle on Monday for a vacation ahead of the Israel tour, Shelton said.

Both Murray and Shiosaki are among a dozen people listed as members of the trade mission. The members traveling at least in part with taxpayer money include Fire Department Deputy Chief Charles Cordova and Battalion Chief Rebecca Gonzales, and the mayor’s international programs coordinator, Stacey Jehlik.