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Israeli parliament bans discrimination against LGBT youth in schools

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
JERUSALEM, Israel -- The Israeli parliament on Tuesday approved passed a law prohibiting the discrimination in schools against students on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. [ Read more → ]
Yair Meyuhas, via Facebook

More than one thousand rally in Tel Aviv to protest recent anti-LGBT violence

Friday, January 17, 2014
TEL AVIV -- More than a thousand people marched in the streets of Tel Aviv on Thursday to protest against transphobia and anti-LGBT violence in Israel. [ Read more → ]
Courtesy photo to LGBTQ NationOr Azulay (left) and Moshiko Hadad.

Gay men in Tel Aviv attacked by group hurling homophobic slurs

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. [ Read more → ]
Oded Balilty, APAn 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.

Israel city unveils gay Holocaust victims memorial

Friday, January 10, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
Tel Aviv

Israel border officers in home custody after brutal attack on transgender woman

Sunday, January 5, 2014
TEL AVIV, Israel -- A group of 11 men have been remanded to home custody after allegedly attacking a transgender woman Saturday morning in Tel Aviv, reported the Daily Ha’aretz. [ Read more → ]
Workers install the memorial to gays persecuted by the Nazis.

Israel honors gay Holocaust victims in first national memorial

Sunday, December 15, 2013
TEL AVIV -- A new monument to pay tribute to Jewish and non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust who were persecuted by the Nazis for their sexual orientation has been unveiled in Tel Aviv. [ Read more → ]
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Israeli president Shimon Peres endorses same-sex marriage

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Israeli President Shimon Peres on Sunday endorsed same-sex marriage, saying "we must allow everyone to live as is natural to them." [ Read more → ]
Yossi Weiss, Israel Electric Corporation, HOPDThis image released by the Israel Electric Corporation shows Sheka and Teka and a baby puppet used in its latest public service campaign. Sheka and Teka, or “socket” and “plug,” have starred in the company’s ads for more than a decade.

Pair of male, TV ad puppets electrify Israeli gay rights debate

Saturday, October 12, 2013
JERUSALEM -- The goal was merely to promote clean energy in Israel - but television ads starring a pair of male puppets called "plug" and "socket" have instead unleashed a debate about gay pride. [ Read more → ]
via: HaaretzIdan Frumin (right) was granted a visa by the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv after his spouse Elad Ben Yosef got a job in the U.S.

U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv issues first visas to married, same-sex couples

Sunday, August 11, 2013
TEL AVIV, Israel -- The U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv on Thursday issued the first derivative visas to same-sex spouses. [ Read more → ]
Israeli police officers and rescue workers at the site of the shooting attack in Tel Aviv on Aug. 1, 2009.

Prosecutor: Shooter in attack on Tel Aviv youth center motivated by anti-gay bias

Monday, July 8, 2013
TEL AVIV -- Israel’s state prosecution said Monday that the suspect in the 2009 deadly attack on a gay youth center in Tel Aviv has confessed that the shooting was motivated by anti-gay bias. [ Read more → ]

Middle East Gay Pride and LGBT safety exist only in Israel

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Sexual minorities are as unwelcome in the Middle East as are religious minorities. Just as the Muslim-majority countries of the Middle East are generally hostile to Christians, Jews, Bahá’ís, Zoroastrians, and other religious minorities, they are even less welcoming of non-heterosexuals. Except in Israel. And yet it is Israel — absurdly enough — that is consistently singled out for excoriation by human rights groups, college campus activists, and other ostensibly well-meaning individuals. [ Read more → ]
Mourners at a 2009 vigil in Tel Aviv in the aftermath of the shootings.

Israeli police say 2009 killings at gay youth center were not a hate crime

Friday, June 7, 2013
JERUSALEM — Israeli police say the killing of two people at a gay youth center in Tel Aviv four years ago is no longer being treated as a hate crime. [ Read more → ]
Ariel Schalit, AP (File)Israeli police officers and rescue workers  at the site of the shooting attack in Tel Aviv on Aug. 1, 2009.

Israeli police arrest three suspects in 2009 shooting at gay youth center

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
TEL AVIV -- Israeli police have arrested three suspects in connection with a shooting at Tel-Aviv’s gay youth center that took place in 2009. The three suspects were arrested Wednesday and will appear in court Thursday for a remand hearing. [ Read more → ]

Iranian news agency accuses Israel, U.S., U.K. of ‘spreading homosexuality’ globally

Sunday, September 9, 2012
QOM, Iran — The Mashregh News, a state-controlled Iranian media outlet, has published a report asserting that the “Zionist regime” of Israel, along with Jews in the U.S. and the United Kingdom were financing efforts to “spread homosexuality” across the globe. [ Read more → ]
Uri Ariel

Israeli politician: Army must not enlist gays

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
JERUSALEM -- In an interview broadcasted yesterday in the parliamentary Knesset Channel, Member of Knesset Uri Ariel from the right-wing National Union party said that he is against the Israeli army’s policy of enlisting LGBT people. [ Read more → ]

Israel Defense Forces’ Facebook entry marks LGBT pride month

Monday, June 11, 2012
The Israeli army on Monday, making note of LGBT Pride Month around the world, posted this image to its official Facebook page depicting two soldiers holding hands while walking through a street in Tel Aviv. [ Read more → ]

Israeli parliament rejects same-sex, inter-faith civil marriage bill

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
JERUSALEM -- Legislation for the option of civil marriage for Israeli citizens who cannot be wed via religious institutions, including same-sex marriage and marriages between members of different faiths, like Muslims and Jews, was rejected by the Israel parliament, or Knesset. [ Read more → ]

Muslim lesbians fight deportation in Canada in fear of ‘honor killing’

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
TORONTO -- An Arab-Israeli lesbian couple, who fled to Canada from Israel in fear of death at the hands of their Muslim family have been told they can remain in Canada for another chance at receiving asylum. [ Read more → ]

Israel should be applauded for being a safe place for LGBTs in the Middle East

Sunday, March 18, 2012
There is little if any support within the Palestinian authority for any LGBT issues. Hate crimes against gay people happen regularly and, in fact, many LGBT Palestinians move to Israel for safety. ... Israel should indeed be applauded for being the one place in the Middle East that is a relative safe haven for LGBT people. Our community’s first priority is for the safety of our members. [ Read more → ]

Thousands of Israelis take to the streets to celebrate gay pride in Tel Aviv

Saturday, June 11, 2011
Thousands took to the streets of Tel Aviv on Friday as the city celebrated the culmination of Gay Pride Week with its annual pride parade. [ Read more → ]
Israelis wave rainbow flags during a mass rally of solidarity. (AFP)

Thousands Mourn Gay Victims Of Tel Aviv Attack

Saturday, August 8, 2009
Thousands throng Tel Aviv on Saturday evening to express solidarity with the gay community after the deadly attack on a gay club last week. [ Read more → ]
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Gunman kills 2 in attack on Tel Aviv gay youth center

Sunday, August 2, 2009
Israeli police are hunting for a masked man who opened fire at a community centre for gay teenagers in Tel Aviv, killing two people and injuring another 15. A masked man entered the center for gay teens in downtown Tel Aviv late Saturday night, pulled... [ Read more → ]
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