Tag Archives: Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv, Israel Unveils Monument To LGBT Victims of the Nazi Holocaust

Tel Aviv lgbt memorial

The city of Te Aviv, Israel unveiled a memorial Friday honoring gays and lesbians persecuted by the Nazis, the first specific recognition in Israel for non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

A concrete, triangle-shaped plaque details the plight of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people under Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich. It resembles the pink triangles Nazis forced gays to wear in concentration camps during World War II and states in English, Hebrew and German: “In memory of those persecuted by the Nazi regime for their sexual orientation and gender identity.”

Unlike their persecution of Jews, the Nazis viewed being gay as a “public health problem” since gay German men did not produce children,

Israel was born out of the Holocaust and its 6 million Jewish victims remains seared in the country’s psyche. Israel holds an annual memorial day where sirens stop traffic across the nation, it sends soldiers and youth on trips to concentration camp sites and often cites the Holocaust as justification for an independent Jewish state so Jews will “never again” be defenseless.

But after 70 years, openly gay Tel Aviv councilman Eran Lev thought it was time to add a universal element to the commemoration.

“The significance here is that we are recognizing that there were other victims of the Holocaust, not just Jews,” said Lev, who initiated the project during his brief term in office.

The Nazis kept files on 100,000 people, mostly men. But the excact number of German LGBT sent to concentration camps and killed will never be known but leading scholar Rüdiger Lautmann believes that the death rate of homosexuals in concentration camps may have been as high as 60%.  LGBT prisoners were subjected to harsher labor than smaller targeted groups, such as the political prisoners, and furthermore suffered a much higher mortality rate. They also lacked a support network within the camps and were ostracized in the prison community. Homosexuals, like the mentally ill and many Jews and Roma, were also subjected to medical experimentation in the hopes of finding a cure to homosexuality at the camp in Buchenwald

After the war, the treatment of homosexuals in concentration camps went unacknowledged by most countries, and some men were even re-arrested and imprisoned based on evidence found during the Nazi years. It was not until the 1980s that governments began to acknowledge what happened to the LGBT individuals and not until 2002 that the German government apologized to the gay community . In 2005, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the Holocaust which included the persecution of homosexuals.

The Tel Aviv landmark joins similar memorials in Amsterdam, Berlin, San Francisco and Sydney dedicated to gay victims of the Holocaust.

Let us never forget and never forget.

Source: LGBTNation

Israeli Police Ask Gay Activist Admit To Crime And Turn State’s Witness In 2009 Shooting Spree

Bar Noar shooting

Israeli police are asking a well-known Tel Aviv gay activist to admit to molesting a gay teen so that they can prove that he was known to the three men suspected in the horrific 2009 shooting spree at the  LGBT  youth club Bar Noar that left two people dead, many wounded and resulted in one of the largest manhunts and most expensive investigations in Israeli history.

The activist is himself a suspect in the Barnoar club attack in which a gunman shot two teenagers dead and injured 15. Police earlier this week said the attack had been carried out to avenge the alleged sexual assault of a minor, by the activist. Police are convinced that the activist refuses to admit to having sexual contact with the minor only because he fears for his life. Hagai Felician, the main suspect, allegedly fired into Barnoar after a relative told him he had been assaulted by the activist, police say. Police detectives are trying to persuade the activist to admit to having sexual contact with the minor. That testimony would refute the claims of the other three suspects who say they don’t know him. The activist’s attorney, Ran Alon, would not comment on the matter, saying only “I hope my client is released to go home on Friday.”

According to news sources hree months ago the main informant called police from prison, where he was being held on an unrelated crime, to identify the three suspects. He told police he that as a member of the gay community he had “pangs of guilt” for his role in the crime. Police now say the informant was actually seeking revenge on the other three for “turning their backs on him.” The informant, who was released from prison in order to aid in the investigation, is being placed in Israel’s witness protection program

Meanwhile the Prime suspect Haggai Felician, 23, who is in police custody, has admitted that he carried out the attack because his 15-year-old relative was sexually assaulted by an by activist was surreptitiously taped by a state informant discussing the shooting, saying, “We did it smoothly, no one found out, it was quiet for four years.”

The relative, now 19 years old, denies he was ever molested.

Gay Teenager In Tel Aviv Kidnapped And Assaulted Repeatedly By His Own Family Because Of His Gay Lifestyle – Eight Family Members Formally Indicted

“Angel,” a 19-year-old living in Tel Aviv, was targeted by his Arab relatives for working as a drag queen in the city’s nightclubs and posting photos of himself cross-dressing on Facebook.

“Either erase the pictures from Facebook or your family will come and get you and this will be your end,” His mother chillingly said to him. And come and get him they did. 

Family members allegedly arrived at Angel’s residence in Tel Aviv and attacked him and sprayed his eyes with tear gas when he left his apartment. They then forcibly put him in their car to take him north. They then allegedly proceeded to tie his hands with belts, cover his eyes with tape, and threatened to stab him if he didn’t keep quiet. Once they reached Tamra, according to the indictment, they chained him to the window and locked him in a room for a number of hours.

The indictment states that the family viewed Angel’s sexual orientation and his work as a drag queen in Tel Aviv’s clubs as a violation of the family’s honor, which, in their eyes, justifies killing him. Eight of his family members, including one minor, are charged with kidnapping him on a number of occasions, imprisoning him, and beating him

But this wasn’t the first incident of extreme violence that Angel had to endure.  The first incident, family members arrived at Angel’s place of work and told him his mother was unwell. When he refused to return with them to Tamra, they forcibly held his hands together, forced him into the car, and drove him to his parents’ house in Tamra.  And on another occasion, his father and uncle chased him into a forest during a relatives wedding in a bid to bring physical harm to him so that he will cease the actions found to be unfavorable by the family. Angel hid in the forest until the police rescued him

Having a son who is gay and works as a drag queen will dishonor the family, but murdering him won”t?  INCREDIBLE

 But lets be truthful about this.  This is not only about their warped sense of  so-called family honor.  But this is about intolerance and hate and taught through warped religion views.

It’s a sad story and I hope that the family members get all that they deserve.