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LGBTI Rights in Israel


ADDED ON: 06/04/2021

Thousands join Jerusalem Pride march in call for LGBT rights

Thousands of people marched through Jerusalem on Thursday in the annual Pride parade, celebrating LGBTQ rights in the conservative city amid heavy police security. Pride events in Jerusalem, which is home to…

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ADDED ON: 05/09/2021

Trans men mocked and denied entry to Egypt by border guards because they ‘do not look female’

Or Mizan and Titi Katan, both from Haifa, Israel, were travelling to Egypt for a five-day holiday in the Ras a-Satan resort in the Sinai peninsula when they were stopped at the…

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ADDED ON: 05/04/2021

Eitan Ginzburg to become Israel’s third gay cabinet minister on Monday

Israel has a record three cabinet ministers from the LGBT community after Blue and White faction chairman Eitan Ginzburg was sworn in as communications minister in the Knesset plenum late Monday night.…

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ADDED ON: 04/26/2021

Sagi Berman to come out as Israeli top-flight soccer’s first transgender referee

Israeli Premier League soccer referee Sagi Berman will come out publicly as transgender at a Tuesday press conference. She is the league’s first-ever transgender referee. Berman, 27, has been transitioning over the…

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ADDED ON: 04/22/2021

Hate sign put up against lesbian kindergarten teacher in Be’er Ya’acov

A sign which says "[this kindergarten] is run by lesbians" was hung on a short railing near Moatza square in Be'er Ya'acov on Wednesday, as part of an ongoing campaign of harassment…

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ADDED ON: 04/07/2021

Israel activists protest rising influence of anti-gay lawmakers

Hundreds of people demonstrated in Jerusalem on Tuesday against a group of newly elected Israeli lawmakers who oppose gay rights, in a Middle Eastern country seen as progressive in promoting LGBT equality.…

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ADDED ON: 03/29/2021

Israel Election: The anti-LGBTQ Lawmaker Who May Help Form Netanyahu’s Coalition

Israeli election results came as surprise to the far-right Religious Zionism party. The party, which is composed of three lists, ended up receiving six Knesset seats after teetering on the verge of…

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ADDED ON: 03/26/2021

Israel Elections: What is the Religious Zionist Party’s agenda?

The Knesset debut of the ultra-nationalist Religious Zionist Party (RZP), which includes the far-right Kahanist Otzma Yehudit Party and the anti-LGBT Noam Party, has caused not a little anguish on the Left.…

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ADDED ON: 03/16/2021

Israel Elections: Voters must take stock of LGBTQ-phobia in parties

Fighting for its political survival, with the polls pointing to it precariously hovering around the 3.25% electoral threshold, the last thing Meretz needed last week was for Ghaida Rinawie-Zoabi to alienate potential…

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ADDED ON: 03/09/2021

Meretz Candidate Under Fire for Flip-flopping on LGBTQ Rights Ahead of Election

Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi, the No. 4 candidate on the Meretz list, said in an interview in Arabic that she would abstain on a bill prohibiting so-called "conversion therapy," then reversed herself and…

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ADDED ON: 03/08/2021

Israeli Right-Wing Parties Court Gay Votes

With Israel’s next election just three weeks away, the various parties are looking for new sources of votes in order to avoid the kind of political deadlock that has resulted in this…

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ADDED ON: 02/24/2021

Homophobia soared in Israel amid coronavirus lockdowns

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Homophobia and transphobia surged by 27% in Israel during the COVID-19 pandemic, as lockdowns trapped gay and transgender people at home with abusive families, one of the…

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