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Gay men in Tel Aviv attacked by group hurling homophobic slurs

Second anti-LGBT attack in Tel Aviv in as many weeks
Sunday, January 12, 2014

TEL-Aviv, Israel — A group of gay and straight friends were violently attacked in Tel Aviv on Saturday by mob of 11 people hurling anti-gay slurs, just one week following a similar attack on a transgender woman.

Moshiko Hadad, 29, Or Azulay, 25, suffered injuries, and three other friends were accosted as they left a friends home to Ha’Uman club in south Tel Aviv.

Courtesy photo to LGBTQ NationOr Azulay (left) and Moshiko Hadad.

Courtesy photo to LGBTQ Nation
Or Azulay (left) and Moshiko Hadad.

“It was around 2 a.m., Moshiko walked in front of us with two straight friends when my partner put his hand affectionately on my shoulder,” Azulay told LGBTQ Nation. “This was at once spotted by an 11 person strong mob, of which one was a 45 year-old male, two women and the rest male teenagers aged 16-18.”

“They hurled every imaginable anti-gay slur at us, like ‘disgusting,’ ‘you faggots taking it up your asses’ and so on,” said Azulay.

“I just wanted to avoid any trouble and ignore them but they continued and followed us,” he said. “One of the mob approached my partner asking for a cigarette, and then snatched a drink from his hand and threw it at him.”

“At this point I intervened and asked ‘what’s going on?’ to which one of the mob responded: ‘to whom are you speaking?’ and slapped me so hard that I fell to the ground,” recounted Hadad. “Then three of them jumped on top of me and furiously kicked me continuously though I managed to escape, hide behind a bush and called the police.”

Hadad said the attackers punched Azulay in the face and kicked his legs repeatedly.

“While the police reacted quickly, arriving and arresting all the 11 people, officers refused to log the incident as ‘hate crime’, rather registering it as ‘sexual assault’, despite all of us demanding otherwise,” said Hadad.

Hadad was hospitalized overnight for medical treatment and is expected to require on-going physical therapy for his back injuries.

The three main attackers are now under house arrest and likely to be charged with assault, police told Ha’aretz.

Lest weekend, a transgender woman was brutally attacked in Tel-Aviv by a group of border officers.

While Israel legally bans employment and other forms of discrimination on the basis of sexuality and gender identity, it’s hate crime law is rarely enforced when it comes to LGBT people.

According to Pew’s 2013 global survey, Israel lags behind western countries when it comes to accepting its LGBT citizens: only 40 percent of Israelis think the LGBT community should be accepted, versus 60 percent in the USA and 88 percent in Spain.

“I can’t see why this would happen in Tel Aviv in 2014 … why we have to fear walking in the streets,” said Azulay. “There needs to be stronger legislation, homophobic hate crime equals imprisonment.”

“As much as I regret saying it, Tel Aviv, isn’t the perfect gay paradise it’s made to be, there is homophobia and hate,” he said.

“Lawmakers must be act to legislate for LGBT rights and protection rather preoccupy themselves with projecting an inaccurate image,” added Azulay.

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  1. :(

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 12:56am
  2. Shame, shame

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 12:56am
  3. sad. You have the right to be who you are without fear and intimidation. Be proud of who you are and just be you. Be stong as the world is ina tansition of change.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 12:57am
  4. it was an angry mob of women upset that that the one on the left is gay.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 12:58am
  5. Beautiful couple, my heart goes out to you and your family.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 12:59am
  6. That’s horrible.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 12:59am
  7. I fucking hate people who are homophobic.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 12:59am
  8. Oy vey what a holocaust.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 1:02am
  9. I was just in Tel Aviv two weeks ago. This kind of thing rarely happens there because the city is very LGBTQ friendly. So when one of my Israeli friends posted about this I was very saddened. Hate is everywhere unfortunately.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 1:04am
  10. Oh well they might have been mistook for Palestinians ; not very Pink Triangle friendly ; a denial that exists among Zionists and orthodox Jews!

    Replied on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 3:07am
  11. I was very shocked to read that this happened especially in Tel Aviv of all places

    Replied on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 4:38am
  12. Hum ,though the case should be registered as a hate crime,at least the police acted quickly,which would not even happen in Gaza AT ALL: the Gazan the police would have joined the aggressors and the two victims would ended up dead.

    Replied on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 4:49am
  13. Tel Aviv is very gay friendly. Hope they caught the scumbags.

    Replied on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 6:12am
  14. Something tells me Michael hates Jews. Clearly Israel isn't as right wing as you think, and I highly doubt you have been there.

    Replied on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 12:47pm
  15. Sad Lord handle the gay hate

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 1:05am
  16. This makes me so angry. My prayers are with these men and other gay people there.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 1:06am
  17. Now just imagine what gay Palestinians have to go through :(

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 1:08am
  18. Prayers for the young men

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 1:10am
  19. In spite of the Pew Report figures, attacks on LGBT in the US are proportionately higher and growing.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 1:11am
  20. then it's high time we took action...

    Replied on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 5:55am
  21. Unacceptable .. The gays need to get together and make a change ASAP

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 1:11am
  22. Sorry to hear that guys:-(

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 1:15am
  23. So Boycott Israel?

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 1:15am
  24. Sad! :(

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 1:23am
  25. So sad

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 1:32am
  26. AMAZING…SAD :(

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 1:32am
  27. Kill those homophobes!

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 1:35am
  28. Gay people need to put aside our differences and come together to tackle this homophobic world.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 1:36am
  29. Evil

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 1:43am
  30. No place is without hate.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 1:57am
  31. ITS TIME THAT LGBT PPL EVERYWHERE START FIGHTING BACK!!! AND I MEAN VICIOUSLY AND VIOLENTLY!! THE STONEWALL RIOTS IN NYC IN 1969 BROUGHT US FREEDOM FROM OPPRESSION ONLY BECAUSE THE GAY PPL THEN HAD FINALLY HAD ENOUGH AND DECIDED TO DEFEND THEMSELVES!! NO ONE WANTS TO FIGHT BUT WE ALL MUST!!! MAKE THESE HATEFUL HATERS THINK TWICE B4 FUCKING WITH US!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 2:14am
  32. ^^^ Word.

    Replied on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 5:54am
  33. Hate breeds hate..#SoSad

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 2:16am
  34. Does it EVER END?! In the Holy Land no less? What a joke…..the people there must be some Arab homophobes or Germans….IDK..

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 2:18am
  35. Let these men BE! It’s hard enough to find love yet….these a-holes think it’s ok to attack them? I hope they get their come-uppance

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 2:19am
  36. Israel is not noted for being accepting of differences.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 2:21am
  37. Really go as a gay couple there and tell me if you have a problem then go to any surrounding country and tell me if you make it out alive.

    Replied on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 6:13am
  38. I’m furious and sad but I agree with Rita hate breeds hate

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 2:30am
  39. Proud of Spaniards, but ashamed of Israelites. They need to stop persecuting gays before someone bigger, stronger comes around persecuting Jews again.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 2:45am
  40. THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 2:46am
  41. Guys, get yourself some guns and blast the bigot’s butts clear off the planet.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 2:54am
  42. ^^^^^^ word.

    Replied on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 5:57am
  43. Sad indeed. The police in Israel need to get on top of this and arrest these thugs who attack others. So sorry to hear about it. I have been in Tel Aviv and enjoyed my stay.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 2:57am
  44. I don’t like that these guys were attacked but I do like it being posted to increase awareness of these disgusting crimes against innocent people.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 2:58am
  45. Time for gays to arm themselves ….. nothing stops an attacking bigot faster than a bullet right between the eyes!

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 3:00am
  46. AMEN. Hate to say it, i used to be a pacifist, but hell if the tea party can do it, it's high time we threw the towel in and stopped bigotry before it starts.

    Replied on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 5:54am
  47. Israel is among the most RIGHT WING nations on EARTH!

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 3:09am
  48. yes I am surprised that this happened but homophobia is everywhere and all should be very careful

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 3:21am
  49. I think everybody is forgetting that the State of Israel is VERY gay friendly. Before you be anti jewish look at the states around Israel and then talk!!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 3:23am
  50. :-(

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 3:23am
  51. fuck Israel! they have much bigger problems then some gay sex… my god!

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 3:25am
  52. So sorry!

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 3:35am
  53. it isnt hate it is not understanding.it is up to the gay to make them understand

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 3:54am
  54. Excuse me? 11 LGBT individuals and their supporters were attacked. That doesn't sound like "not understanding", sweetheart. Although it IS up to us.

    Replied on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 5:57am
  55. God is love. Hate is purely wrong!

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 3:58am
  56. This is so sad.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 4:04am
  57. :n(

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 4:24am
  58. When will all this craziness stop. Don’t these people realize we should live and let live!

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 4:28am
  59. When will the ignorant learn that our choice of love does not define us. I do believe the world is full of homophobic people. Hmmmm I wonder why so much homophobia.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 4:47am
  60. What is up with the human race????

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 5:25am
  61. We have a long way to go.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 6:31am
  62. Sad to hear of these attacks in Tel Aviv ……. I always found it to be a very relaxed and easy going city . I certainly never felt unsafe there !!
    Looks like there are still people out there who resent us and feel uncomfortable with any public show of male to male affection …….. still a long way to go I’m afraid. !!

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 6:52am
  63. disgusting.

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:19am
  64. Nurture each other and take care of each other In steps

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:54am
  65. Carry heat !

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 3:24pm
  66. Poor soul

    Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 4:47pm