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Israel city unveils gay Holocaust victims memorial

Friday, January 10, 2014

Oded Balilty, AP
An Israeli man reads the text from a new monument honoring gays and lesbians persecuted by the Nazis during World War II for their sexual orientation and gender identity, In Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. The landmark joins similar memorials in Berlin, Amsterdam, Sydney and San Francisco dedicated to gay victims of the Holocaust.

TEL AVIV, Israel — Israel’s cultural and financial capital 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.

Tucked away in a Tel Aviv park, 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.”

Oded Balilty, APPeople walk by a new monument in Tel Aviv honoring gays and lesbians persecuted by the Nazis during World War II for their sexual orientation and gender identity.

Oded Balilty, AP
People walk by a new monument in Tel Aviv honoring gays and lesbians persecuted by the Nazis during World War II for their sexual orientation and gender identity.

Oded Balilty, APFlowers are placed on a monument honoring gays and lesbians persecuted by the Nazis during World War II for their sexual orientation and gender identity, In Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, Jan. 10, 2014.

Oded Balilty, AP
Flowers are placed on a monument honoring gays and lesbians persecuted by the Nazis during World War II for their sexual orientation and gender identity, In Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, Jan. 10, 2014.

The landmark joins similar memorials in Amsterdam, Berlin, San Francisco and Sydney dedicated to gay victims of the Holocaust. While Israel has scores of monuments for the genocide, the Tel Aviv memorial is the first that deals universally with Jewish and non-Jewish victims alike and highlights the Jewish state’s rise as one of the world’s most progressive countries for gay rights.

“I think in Israel today it is very important to show that a human being is a human being is a human being,” Mayor Ron Huldai said at the dedication ceremony, where a rainbow flag waved alongside Israel’s blue-and-white flag. “It shows that we are not only caring for ourselves but for everybody who suffered. These are our values – to see everyone as a human being.”

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, Tel Aviv councilman Eran Lev thought it was time to add a universal element to the commemoration. Lev is one of many gays elected to public off ice in Tel Aviv, a city with a vibrant gay scene that has emerged as a top international destination for gay tourism.

“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.

As part of their persecution of gays, the Nazis kept files on 100,000 people, mostly men. About 15,000 were sent to camps and at least half were killed. Other Nazi targets included communists, Slavs, gypsies and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Unlike their persecution of Jews, however, there was no grand Nazi plan to exterminate gays. Nazis viewed being gay as a “public health problem” since those German men did not produce children, said Deborah Dwork, director of the Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University in Worcester, Mass.

“The idea was to change their behavior, not to eradicate them, not to murder them,” Dwork said.

The policy was far from sweeping – as evidenced by the rampant homosexuality among the ranks of the Nazi Party’s SA paramilitary wing, which helped pave Hitler’s path to power. The most famous gay Nazi was Ernst Röhm, one of the most powerful men in the party before Hitler had him executed in 1934.

Later, the Nazis outlawed being gay and the Gestapo set up a special unit targeting homosexuality. In the Buchenwald concentration camp, the Nazis carried out experiments to try and “cure” homosexuality. Those sent to the camps were forced to wear pink triangles, compared to the yellow stars that Jews bore on their clothing. Gay Jews wore an emblem that combined the two colors.

Today, despite worldwide criticism of how it handles Palestinian demands for statehood, Israel is one of the world’s most progressive countries in terms of gay rights. Gays serve openly in Israel’s military and parliament. The Supreme Court grants a variety of family rights such as inheritance a nd survivors’ benefits. Gays, lesbians and a transsexual are among the country’s most popular musicians and actors.

Moshe Zimmermann, a professor from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the memorial project’s historical adviser, said the Tel Aviv monument marked a big step in Israel by ridding itself from what he called a monopoly of victimhood.

“We are finally shedding the load of being the lone and ultimate victim,” he said. “We can learn from this that by recognizing the victimhood of others, it does not diminish the uniqueness of your own victimhood.”

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  1. <3

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:22pm
  2. Pisses me off that it took this long!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:22pm
  3. Jody Lima: please use a capital "A" on America, that is the proper way to write it. I'm not slamming you, just wanted to let you know.

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:30pm
  4. Progress in the right direction, I love it!! :)

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:23pm
  5. Its about time

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:23pm
  6. How wonderful. <3

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:25pm
  7. Wonderful.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:26pm
  8. It took a long time to recognize that gay people were victims too. After the war they were not recognized as such and considered by local governments as penal offenders and continued to be held in jails. A nice decision! People must learn the TRUTH about all victims.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:28pm
  9. about damn time

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:28pm
  10. and yet they persecute the Palestinians while the world silently watches…

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:31pm
  11. Thank you! Finally some allusion to the Israel pinkwashing.

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:40pm
  12. You should probably talk to people who personally know what it's like to live in Israel before you speak like that.

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:46pm
  13. Yeah, like getting Aid from the US which equals their National Health Service bills. Or how they steal US and European secrets. Or how they set Policy for immigration and other things in Europe. Yeah, they're so oppressed that they took peoples land and dared to scream bloody murder! They've pushed and pushed to have Israel when a lot of the world didn't want it. It's Palestines land. Not Israels.

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 10:12pm
  14. In 2013. It’s disgusting how long this took. I am happy it’s finally been done, however.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:34pm
  15. Finally! It took way to long!!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:39pm
  16. At least they are acknowledging it. Most American children never even learn Hitler also targeted homosexuals.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:41pm
  17. Berlin had one years before. What took Israel so long?

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:42pm
  18. ... I suppose since they were historically the perpetrators... hmmm... perhaps they should have been recognized much LONGER ago in Berlin than that!!!!

    Replied on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 3:43am
  19. That's ridiculous. Since when did Israel wait until Germany paid tribute to Jewish Holocaust victims? Yet it took this long to recognize LGBT ones.

    Replied on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 5:58am
  20. It’s about time

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:45pm
  21. Finally recognition, for everyone related to holocaust.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:45pm
  22. Israel’s probably progressing faster than America with this. There are still religious old people who oppose homosexuality there though…

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:46pm
  23. Yeah, so progressive in paying £3.5k to shift undesirable immigrants to go from Israel to Sweden

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 10:13pm
  24. O I agree

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:48pm
  25. I read the book homosexuals in nazi death camps I cried so hard!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:49pm
  26. I approve

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:53pm
  27. thank you Israel! Maybe the USA will do that too someday!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:53pm
  28. there's one in S.F. California

    Replied on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 3:55am
  29. Its a about Damn time

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:54pm
  30. Does that imply that there are no Jewish gays and lesbians ? since it recognized non-Jewish victims ???

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:55pm
  31. Thank You Israel

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:56pm
  32. But they have it now, and there is no longer a need to be mad.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:57pm
  33. Yet there is not on for the African Victims or Gypsies in Israel .

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:57pm
  34. ... read the article...

    Replied on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 3:42am
  35. The ultra orthodox still think that homosexuals should be ‘biblically’ done away with :/

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:58pm
  36. Sharing this on my blog,thanks !

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:01pm
  37. About time.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:04pm
  38. It is about time.
    I honor the memory of the man wearing a pink triangle who gave my mother some bread while they were in a concentration camp together.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:08pm
  39. AWESOME!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:08pm
  40. Like to see the United States back this up with a Memorial in honor of LGBT holocaust victims

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:14pm
  41. there's one in S.F. California

    Replied on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 3:54am
  42. now the rest of Europe

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:22pm
  43. All should be remembered not just gays every man woman and child.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:24pm
  44. Respect

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:25pm
  45. That is stupid. Why would it matter if a holocaust victim was gay. They are a victim of a horrible crime and should be respected with no regard to sexual preference. It’s things like this that divide us with useless labels.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:25pm
  46. Right winger?

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 7:06pm
  47. It mattered because they were targeted for simply being LGBT... just as my Family members were targeted for simply being Jewish. This is NOT about 'dividing'... it is about respect, honor, dignity and acknowledgement that bigotry is something that 'targets' minority groups that are 'different.' They were our Beloveds and I remember them with love & kindness. Shalom.

    Replied on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 3:41am
  48. This is pinkwashing, and I find it offensive that the Israeli government hides its racist apartheid policies behind its thin support of LGBTQ issues.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:27pm
  49. what about the ones the mouselim rats killed?

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:41pm
  50. A great messsage Bryan!!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:41pm
  51. When will they do one for the Palestinian children they kill

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:42pm
  52. This does matter. The reality was that all homosexuals wore a pink triangle and were in a separate area. They were treated even worse. So we need to look at what is happening today in our country and others.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:43pm
  53. Fuck off Russian brony, I thought they purged all the freaks there back in the soviet days

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:43pm
  54. They made Homosexuality illegal and anything against the state illegal, like anti-semitism was made an offense punishable by prison.

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 10:15pm
  55. Israel is a criminal state, most of the Jews there hate gays as much as they hate Palestinians

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:44pm
  56. Do you all know Hitler himself was gay? Back in those days when Hitler was found out by doctors for being gay he had two options. 1. He could go to prison for being gay. 2. He could take hormone therapy. Well, sense he knew he wouldn’t be able to be chancellor of Germany if he went to prison because then it would be on his permanent record. He chose the hormone therapy. Which caused him to lose it and become a mental case because of his hormones being unbalanced which caused him to do what he did. And then at the end of everything he committed suicide because he was emotionally unbalanced due to his hormones being unbalanced. If, you don’t believe me do some reach and see for yourself.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:45pm
  57. sorry, but that sounds like bullshit. i've read a lot about Hitler and the 3rd Reich and there is no evidence that Hitler was gay. I do know that there was a libelous book written by right wing bigot , Scott Lively who claimed that all the NAZI's were gay but that was a baseless lie. If you have anything to support your assertion then provide it.

    Replied on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2:49am
  58. That's more than BS... that sounds like propaganda crap! It is unbelievable that not only do these bigots attempt to rewrite history in regards to our Jewish Community, they also use their blatant and misleading lies to insult the LGBT Community. Pathetic assholes.

    Replied on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 3:48am
  59. I certainly hope you guys aren't calling me a bigot? Cuz, if you are I hope you would take note that if I was I wouldn't have liked this page.

    Replied on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 7:21am
  60. It was a long time coming but I am thankful this is finally acknowledged and memorialized.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:52pm
  61. at least THEY did something. what has america done? nothing.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:00pm
  62. better late than NEVER!!..

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:07pm
  63. yes Harry I agree.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:16pm
  64. I had never heard of this until my brother told me about it. Now my granddaughter tells me that she asked and her teacher says they will learn about what happened to gays in there studies of the Holocaust. We should of learned this when we were in school.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:26pm
  65. what about a memorial for the murdered Palestinians by Israel? I bet some of them were gay too.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:35pm
  66. Surely a Holocaust Victim is a Holocaust Victim regardless of sexuality? Just as colour, creed and everything else is :/
    I’m all for equality, especially as I’m part of the community but this is segregation and special treatment.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:40pm
  67. Special treatment? What a load of bs.

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:50pm
  68. I don't think you understand. Homosexuals during the occupation were rounded up as a separate group of people, they wore different armband, these are not Jewish victims of the holocaust, who happened to be gay. There were several other groups besides the Jewish people that were put into concentration camps- I think they need to be recognized too, and this is one step closer to that.

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 7:29pm
  69. Meryll Krolick lesbians wore a black one and men wore a pink one. Do your research.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:45pm
  70. If a human is a human, they should try applying this principle the their palestinian neighbors.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:48pm
  71. about time and they have rights too …..

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:48pm
  72. So Andrea, where’s the memorial specifically for the blacks?

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:59pm
  73. lets have a few here for all the victims

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 7:05pm
  74. It took a long time, but better than never….

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 7:05pm
  75. When will America create a memorial to the genocide of over 100 million natives they killed. Don’t forget the special memorial for all the gay native American bc we have to make sure we keep those dividing lines there so we all know who we’re supposed to single out.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 7:13pm
  76. we should if we haven't. we should definitely recognize the great injustices done to native americans. recognizing the injustices done to gays however does not take away from any other group.

    Replied on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 3:30am
  77. there's one in S.F. California

    Replied on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 3:57am
  78. “I said nothing. Then they came for me.”

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 7:14pm
  79. thank you Israel. Allways knew it but people act like it never happened..

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 7:33pm
  80. Finally

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 7:40pm
  81. This is not special treatment; this is equal treatment for the victims that most people don’t even know existed. The holocaust as history tells it was about the Jewish victims- they skip over the other victims that were systematically sought out, rounded up, labeled, tortured and humiliated, and then killed.
    Be careful, your ignorance is showing, and it looks a lot like shit.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 7:41pm
  82. A wonderful recognition of Jewish human beings who just happened to be born gay.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 7:45pm
  83. Being lgbt and Jewish, this means a lot to me.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 7:46pm
  84. About Time !!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:24pm
  85. It’s about time! And Mr Harry Taco, it also pisses me off it took so long!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:28pm
  86. Thank you Israel!!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:38pm
  87. Yeah!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:44pm
  88. One thing that people do not mention is that when the camps were liberated and the people let out. Most of the gay survivors were sent back to prison because they were gay. There was no freedom for them

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 9:05pm
  89. Awesome…we tend to forget it the Jewish community were not the only victims of those tragedies.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 9:46pm
  90. Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 9:51pm
  91. about time

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 9:56pm
  92. ‘Bout time somewhere did… I wish Britain had managed one small memorial!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 10:09pm
  93. our nation’s victims..May their souls rest in peace..salute

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 10:13pm
  94. right thing. they were among the first groups targeted by Nazis. much honor to them

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 10:17pm
  95. some were jewish you know

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 10:19pm
  96. VERY NICE THE CITY GOV OF TEL- AVIV ISRAEL UNVEILS GAY HOLOCAUST VICTIMS MEMORIAL.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 10:26pm
  97. WELL… It’s ABOUT TIME!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 10:42pm
  98. That is excellent. Coincidentally, I just finished reading “A Natural History of Homosexuality” where the author noted that, although other groups received recognition and reparation for the atrocities committed against them by the Nazis, gays did not.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 11:28pm
  99. Very nice.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 11:35pm
  100. Best honesty of a subject not shared,about time

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 11:48pm
  101. Fuck. Off. Gays and lesbians are human beings, you fucking idiots. Why are arse- hole, fucking faux clever folk still separating people from other people. Twats.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 11:51pm
  102. Beautiful.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:10am
  103. it’s a beautiful thing to be included :)

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:43am
  104. I have to admit I found this a little silly. Tens of Millions of people were killed by the Germans across the globe of all races, creeds ages sexes etc. I find this narrowing down of gays to be a little vain. Almost like those alive today who weren’t persecuted in this war want to relate with those who were to some how bolster their own martyrdom. I’m totally accepting of homosexuals. Races. Age etc. Am I being a prick? Just seems silly to me.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:08am
  105. WE must never forget this is what bigotry and hatred can do when a population is chosen to be hated.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:14am
  106. Funny I only just last night watched schindlers list. I think gay people would be pissed if a group came out sympathizing with heterosexuals who were killed. I don’t know. It was such a global disaster that I find it weird to single out any one group that suffered.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:18am
  107. How about just all the victims. Should not matter gay or straight. We are all equally human.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:28am
  108. Great, truly Great.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:53am
  109. And immediately after ceremony, Palestinians were murdered in celebration. :/ I’m not interested in the emotional pandering of a nation actively committing genocide.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2:08am
  110. i agree to this, but there is still the fact of the on going genocide of Palestinians that are in the region.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2:38am
  111. History

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 3:11am
  112. Should we next sympathize with fat people because of all the fat people who were executed? How about how bout a special day just for women? Sorry but this is a little ridiculous. Instead of focusing on any one minority, focus instead on the big picture. Millions of HUMANS were slaughtered by assholes for political and religious reasons. I think showing people the full extent of the atrocities will be more of a deterrent to repeat occurrences of genocide than minorities grabbing their day in the sun.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 3:36am
  113. didn’t take many decades…..

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 5:59am
  114. Wow!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 6:59am
  115. wow i`m really touched and impressed – super

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 8:55am
  116. Remember

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 9:38am
  117. WHERE is the Palestinian holocaust victims memorial in Israel? #TerroristNation

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 9:47am
  118. We should honour everyone who needlessly died, not just the LGBT people. Though it is nice to see some acknowledgement that not only Jews were targeted.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:05am
  119. most holocaust victims were not all that happy

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:14pm
  120. Tears.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:17pm
  121. Tears :’(

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:31pm
  122. Did everyone forget about the gay Nazis?

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 5:38pm
  123. when you google gay nazis the only information that comes up is by wikipedia which is not a credible source!

    Replied on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 5:40pm
  124. i hate the ignorance

    Replied on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 6:59pm
  125. Prepare for the “pinkwashing” brigade.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 5:39pm
  126. and the world silently watches as they persecute the Palestinians ….

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 5:40pm
  127. This We're all equal as long as we're white......

    Replied on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 6:11pm
  128. Why? Everyone is equal. They all suffered.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 5:40pm
  129. I think is the second country of the world who has a Gay Momorial. The FIRST COUNTRY IS HOLLAND IN AMSTERDAM City. NETHERLANDS…E.U.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 5:40pm
  130. significant shaping of triangles could be the hallmark of future Memorials in countries who have yet to honour their loss of Gay people.

    Replied on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 6:53pm
  131. There is a stone commemorating gay victims of the Holocaust in Holocaust Memorial Park in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.

    Replied on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 7:20pm
  132. Marcos Rivera

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 5:41pm
  133. Wiki is not a credible source? LOLOLOLOL

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 5:41pm
  134. people can go on and edit anything to say anything!!!

    Replied on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 5:46pm
  135. I think Israel still Traditional Conservative State……But I guess is the most friendly Gay Country in the Area (Mid. East of Asia)

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 5:43pm
  136. any life lost for prejudice or ignorance is unforgiving in my gods eyes

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 5:44pm
  137. I LOVE that statement!

    Replied on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 6:00pm
  138. I don't care really about if Jerusalem is a spiritual Center or no. I'm talking about the Gay scenes in Israel Cities.

    Replied on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 6:06pm
  139. Wendy I agree with you

    Replied on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 8:17pm
  140. On the one hand Yay! On the other hand, that is one of the smallest memorials I have ever seen.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 5:45pm
  141. It’s about time Israel finally has one. Even Berlin launched one before.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 5:47pm
  142. Benji Moque-Comique – maybe you can give your stupid irrelevant “gay Nazis” BS a rest since this memorial is about LGBTQ people who were actually persecuted by Nazis.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 5:56pm
  143. Jerusalem is ok……….Better Tel-Aviv – Haffo……………!!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 6:03pm
  144. Good. Somehow I had the impression that some believe the Holocaust only happened to them, forgetting about the many others, including homosexuals, that suffered the atrocities of the Nazi regime.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 6:05pm
  145. Israel is a terrorist nation, where is the Palestinian holocaust victims memorial?

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 6:09pm
  146. Who gives a sh*t about the nazis, gay or not. And let’s not be so ignorant as to put a biased statement about the persecution of the palistinians.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 6:09pm
  147. The Message is the same No matter how you spell the word Jerusalem or Jeruzalem…….Check the word Jeruzalem!!!!!! you Biggott Ignorant

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 6:15pm
  148. Beautiful!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 6:20pm
  149. Finally.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 6:22pm
  150. this is terrible

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 6:29pm
  151. Except this memorial is for NON-JEWISH gay holocaust victims.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 6:30pm
  152. Thank you. :’)

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 6:34pm
  153. Of course, the real test of character will come when this modest little memorial gets vandalized by ultra-Orthodox Jews who /do/ believe that they are the only rightfully-entitled victims/targets of the Holocaust and can therefore pass judgement on everyone else with total impunity…

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 6:38pm
  154. Wow. Are people capable of commenting on one topic without polluting the conversation with their personal political ideology?
    I agree with with GiGi Atkins-Tyson : the intention is good, but the memorial is embarrassingly small, in my opinion.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 6:41pm
  155. Israel never ceases to amaze me. Israel is wonder and I love her for her compassion.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 6:47pm
  156. TOOK ‘em long enough!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 6:51pm
  157. SO SAD

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 6:53pm
  158. I Remember Now Berlin in tier Gaten Park has a Gay Memorail too near the Juwish Memoral Holocaust Very Close to Huntendeslinden and the Braderburg Gates and the USA Embassy.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 7:23pm
  159. I was there too. I visit Berlin Germany often…….he he he.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 7:24pm
  160. Thank you, Israel

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 7:28pm
  161. Many do the know that, when the allied forces liberated the Nazi death camps, the gay survivors remained imprisoned.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 7:47pm
  162. Hmmm…how would the allied forces know which survivors were gay? They wore rags, and the pink triangles sewn on their clothes were long gone...

    Replied on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 8:07pm
  163. This is beautiful. We are all Humen………..

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 8:16pm
  164. Saddening but also very inspiring. Beautiful tribute

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 8:26pm
  165. We will live as long as we are remembered. Never Forget!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 8:31pm
  166. NEVER FORGET

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 8:34pm
  167. This is called PINKWASHING! Stop the terrorism. http://www.pinkwatchingisrael.com

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 8:38pm
  168. Good for Israel, they are sharing ‘the Holocaust’, with the first victims,the ‘gay community’; always a good target for bigorty,…look at Putin; who is next?

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 9:07pm
  169. I feel so conflicted about this, given that a monument could also be made for victims of Israel violence.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 9:07pm
  170. I think it takes real people to do something awesome like this. And it is definitely true that first and for most we are human beings.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 9:23pm
  171. WE THE PEOPLE, the Gay Community in America, need to be much aware that the origin of the PINK TRIANGLE, that is, the treatment of the Gay Man in Germany, WWII, via the intelligence of the Nazi Organization, is no closer than the election of the Right Wing Christian Republican Party in America: VOTE HILLARY TO SAVE AMERICA AND KEEP AMERICA FREE…

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 9:31pm
  172. The design makes me want to go and stand on it…

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 9:44pm
  173. Total pink washing using all this to distract from their gross human rights violations

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 9:46pm
  174. So glad to see this…

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 9:58pm
  175. That is not nearly as fabulous as I expected. Js

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 10:03pm
  176. Awesome

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 10:11pm
  177. Very nice

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 10:40pm
  178. Amen

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 10:41pm
  179. Now, pray tell me, how many living Israeli citizens can tell if any gay people were victimized by the holocaust? And if they can, how? It’s just propaganda. If any other country in the world tried to get away with what Israel gets away with, they would be on trial immediately. Sorry, but it doesn’t wash.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 10:41pm
  180. Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 10:59pm
  181. Every country should have this. We all need to be educated.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:14pm
  182. About time!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:37pm