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Palestine Bans LGBT Activities on the West Bank

Palestine Bans LGBT Activities on the West Bank

The Palestinian Authority has banned members of the Palestinian Lesbian, Gay, Transgender and Bisexual (LGTB) community from carrying out any activities in the West Bank because they are “harmful to the higher values and ideals of Palestinian society.”

The ban came after the grassroots group Al-Qaws, was planning to hold a gathering for its members in Nablus at the end of this month. The group operates both in the West Bank and among Arab Israelis.

Called Al-Qaws for Sexual & Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society, the group is a civil society organization established in 2001 with the goal of “fighting for vibrant Palestinian cultural and social change, building LGTB communities and promoting new ideas about the role of gender and sexual diversity in political activism, civil society institutions, media, and everyday life.”

Luay Zreikat, spokesperson for the Palestine Authority Police, said that such LGBT activities are “harmful to the higher values and ideals of Palestinian society.”

Zreikat also said that the group’s activities were completely “unrelated to religions and Palestinian traditions and customs, especially in the city of Nablus.”

A member of Al-Qaws said that since the police announcement of the banning of the groups gathering that they have received hundreds of threats and hate messages from Palestinians, especially through Facebook. “The attack on us is unprecedented. They are calling us traitors and corrupt people and many are calling for our execution. We are afraid for our lives.”

(LGBT) people in Palestine face legal challenges and discrimination not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Homosexuality is illegal in the Gaza Strip but usually not in the West Bank, although LGBT rights are not protected in either.

Gay Palestinians frequently seek refuge in Israel fearing for their lives, especially fearing death from members of their own families.

SOURCE: Jerusalem Post

Israeli TV Bans Public Service Ad Supporting Same Sex Marriage – VIDEO

Israeli TV Bans Public Service Ad Supporting Same Sex Marriage - VIDEO

A public service announcement in Israel has been banned from television because of its message in support of same-sex marriage.

The message from the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), titled “Human Rights: Because without I’m not Equal,” was banned by the Second Authority for Television and Radio, the public body that supervises Israel’s commercial television and radio station.

The ad ad includes appearances by man well-known Israeli celebrities and public figures.

In the ad, [Miss Israel Titi] Aynow , says: “The right to choose and marry whoever I want.” Her words are immediately followed by Adir Steiner, an LGBT activist who participated in the legal battle for the rights of same-sex couples, saying: “Even if I’m gay.”

The Second Authority banned the ad due to this sentence, stating that the law governing commercial television states the broadcaster will not broadcast any advertising that has a message on a “political, social, public or economic matter” that is in “public dispute.”

Dan Yakir, the chief legal counsel of the ACRI, sent a letter to the Second Authority arguing that its decision severely harms freedom of expression. He added that the ACRI is prepared to go to court if the Second Authority does not reverse its decision.

 

LGBT Activists Protest In Jerusalem After Knesset Kills 5 Gay Rights Bills

LGBT activist protest in Jeruselum

Over 200 members of Israel’s LGBT community protested in Jerusalem on Saturday evening, days after the Knesset voted against five bills that would improve LGBT rights in Israel.

The Knesset vote on Wednesday — 24 hours after parliament marked an LGBT rights day for the first time rejected bills which sought to recognize same-sex spouses of fallen IDF soldiers, introduce civil unions, ban conversion therapy for minors, and require medical professionals to study gender and sexual orientation prior to receiving their licenses. The proposals were all opposed by the coalition.

The Zionist Union party condemned the Knesset for rejecting the bills a day after LGBT rights day, and accused the government of hypocrisy.

“It turns out the coalition merely uses the members of the LGBT community for public relations, and in the moment of truth opposes all the laws benefiting it,” the statement read.

 

 

 

16-Year-Old Stabbed By Religious Extremist At Jerusalem Pride Dies – נוחי על משכבך בשלום

Israel Stabbing Rally

 

A 16 year old Israeli teenager who was stabbed by a crazed Jewish religious extremist at Jerusalem’s  gay pride parade last week died from her wounds today, just hours after thousands of Israelis held anti-violence rallies across the country protesting attacks by Israeli assailants against gays and Palestinians.

An ultra-orthodox Jewish man, recently freed from prison, wielded a knife at the gay pride parade on Thursday, stabbing six attendees before he was apprehended.

One of those injured, was LGBT ally teenager Shira Banki

“Our magical Shira was murdered because she was a happy 16-year-old – full of life and love – who came to express her support for her friends’ rights to live as they choose. For no good reason and because of evil, stupidity and negligence, the life of our beautiful flower was cut short,” 

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin told crowds in Jerusalem on Saturday night that “the flames are spreading in our land, flames of violence, flames of hatred, flames of false, distorted and twisted beliefs. Flames which permit the shedding of blood, in the name of the Torah, in the name of the law, in the name of morality, in the name of a love for the land of Israel.”

נוחי על משכבך בשלום

 

Israeli Labor Leader Shelly Yacimovich Slams Jerusalem Conference Over Gay Conversion Therapy Panel

Isreal labor leader

 

Former Israeli Labor leader  Shelly Yacimovich has asked to have her name removed from advertisements for the 12th annual “Jerusalem Conference on Modernity and the State,” after a session on “conversion therapy for those with same-sex tendencies” was on the schedule of the event.  “If there is something that needs to be cured it is homophobia, racism and the hatred of the other. Publicizing my name embarrasses me and my world view,”

The former Labor party leader was meant to take part in a discussion on Israel’s response to the unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state  a different session at the Jerusalem Conference, and now has yet to confirm her participation.

In a letter Yacimovich sent to conference organizers on Saturday afternoon, the Labor MK wrote: “Conversion ‘treatments’ are an attempt to ‘cure’ people who are attracted to people of their own sex and gender, as if it was a defect or disease. These imaginary and false treatments in the hands of various and sundry charlatans stem from a primitive and dark world view. It is sad and worrying that in 2015 there is a need at all to explain that there is nothing wrong with attraction to members of your own sex, and the LGBT community are citizens with equal rights that there is no reason to cure them of anything.”

In October 2014, Israel’s Health Ministry issued a public warning against conversion therapies

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

Israel To Erect Monument In Rememberance Of LGBT’s Persecuted By The Nazis

Gay nazi prisoners

Although an exact number will never be known, between 1933 and 1945, under the notorious Paragraph 175 of the Nazi penal code, which banned homosexual relations between men, somewhere between 7,000 and 10,000 gay men were murdered in Nazi concentration camps and over 100,000 were either arrested jailed, beaten and tortured.

World War II experts believe that the death rate of homosexuals in concentration camps may have been as high as 60%.- 80%.

History has proven that in the concentration camps gay and lesbian prisoners were treated to unusual and heinous punishments and and cruelties, even worse than the Nazi captors were known for.  Not only did the Nazis abuse the gay prisoners, but so did other prisoner as well.  They were considered to be the lowest of low. They were beaten, tortured, experimented on and some were used for target practice by SS soldiers, who aimed at the pink triangles that the gay men were forced to wear to designate that they were homosexual on their chest.  And of course some met their ends in the same way as the six million Jews, Poles, and Gypsies from that horrible time.

Persecution of gays and lesbians by the Nazis remained little known for decades, and what was known was spoken in whispers. It wasn’t until 2002 that the German government apologized to the gay community and until  2005, the European Parliament approved a resolution on the Holocaust that finally acknowledged the persecution of gays.

Now Israel’s plans to build it’s first monument to homosexuals persecuted by the Nazis will be erected in central Tel Aviv’s Meir Park (Gan Meir) later this year, near the headquarters of the Gay Center.

At the center of the monument will be a concrete triangle containing a pink triangle, the symbol used by the Nazis used to mark homosexuals. A bench and plaque beside the monument will give information about the persecution of homosexuals during the Holocaust which will be inscribed wiht the following statement: “To the memory of those persecuted by the Nazi regime for their sexual preference and gender identity.”

The monument, was the idea of attorney Eran Lev, a member of the municipal council from the Meretz party.

This will be the first and only memorial site in Israel to mention the victims of the Nazis who were persecuted for anything other than being Jewish,” Lev has stated. “As a cosmopolitan city and an international gay center, Tel Aviv will offer a memorial site that is universal in its essence.”

Memorials to the LGBT victims of Nazi persecution exist in Berlin, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Sydney and San Francisco. Most of them contain the pink triangle.

Source: Hareetz.com

Israeli LGBT Youth Club Shooter Admits He Was Driven By “Biblical Edict Against Gays”

Tel Aviv LGBT center shooting 2009

The long awaited explanation to the 2009 mass shooting at a Tel Aviv LGBT youth club took another turn today as the shooter admitted that he was driven to do it because of the “biblical edict against gays”:

“[Hagai] Felician, motivated by feelings of anger and revenge, killed and tried to kill innocent young people… solely because they happened to be at the Bar Noar club,” read the indictment, filed by the Tel Aviv district prosecution. “This despicable and criminal act caused the death of two people as well as grave damage to the minds and bodies of everyone who was in the club on the night of the murder.”  After a state informant turned him in, Felician confessed his actions to an undercover officer planted in his jail cell. According to the indictment, Felician also told the undercover officer he had carried out the shooting “because of the biblical edict to attack homosexuals.” “You have everything on me, you can give yourself a pat on the back,” Felician reportedly told investigators after he realized he had spilled the beans.

Originally Felician said that he went to the youth club that night to kill its founder, whom he had been told had molested his then 15 year-old cousin which turned out to untrue.

The 2009 attack resulted in one of the largest and most expensive manhunts in Israeli history.

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.