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LGBTI Rights in Israel


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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ADDED ON: 02/23/2021

Netanyahu, long a supporter of LGBTQ rights, courts homophobes and racists in bid to cling to power

Tel Aviv, Israel (CNN)On the smorgasbord of Israeli politics there's a democratic advantage in offering something for everyone. But when elections here are finely balanced, voters are finding they may have to…

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ADDED ON: 01/24/2021

LGBT group head aims to be Knesset’s first open lesbian

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai announced on Sunday that one of the candidates of his Israelis Party would be Hila Pe’er, the chairwoman of Aguda, the Association for LGBT equality in Israel.…

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ADDED ON: 01/13/2021

Popular rabbi warns followers COVID vaccine ‘could make you gay’

A popular rabbi urged his followers not to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, warning them that doing so, it might "turn them" into homosexuals. Rabbi Daniel Asor's assertion goes against decrees issued…

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ADDED ON: 11/25/2020

Israel’s Gantz announces major step for LGBTQ rights

Israel’s gay community recorded one of the greatest achievements of its long struggle for equal rights on Nov. 19 when Defense Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz instructed that all official…

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ADDED ON: 10/25/2020

‘The LGBT Issue Is Slicing Israel’s religious-Zionist Community in Two’

Rabbi Mordechai Vardi thought he already knew quite a bit about Orthodox LGBT people when he decided to direct the film “Marry Me However,” a documentary on one of the burning issues…

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ADDED ON: 10/13/2020

Israel to Form Government Committee to Assist Transgender Community

Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn and Welfare Minister Itzik Shmuli announced an inter-ministerial team to consider ways to ease hardships for transgender people on Monday. The team is to be the first of…

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ADDED ON: 10/12/2020

Israeli Orthodox leader: Judaism does not forbid same-sex couples from building a family

(JTA) — A prominent Israeli Orthodox rabbi said that Jewish law does not forbid LGBTQ people from building a family. Rabbi Benny Lau made the statement as part of a set of…

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ADDED ON: 10/03/2020

When politicians use hate speech, political violence increases

Politicians deepen existing divides when they use inflammatory language, such as hate speech, and this makes their societies more likely to experience political violence and terrorism. That’s the conclusion from a study…

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ADDED ON: 09/21/2020

Israel’s LGBT tech sector is finally being seen

“I was very concerned about how it would impact my career,” Grembek told CTech when thinking back to coming out of the closet following his divorce. “I was very concerned about how…

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ADDED ON: 09/02/2020

For Right-wing LGBT Israelis, There Are Two Closets to Come Out Of

A week before Israel’s March election, 40-year-old chef Simon Barel decided it was finally time to come out. Again. Barel, who told his family and friends he was gay at age 12,…

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ADDED ON: 07/25/2020

Israeli diplomats buy 600 pounds of tahini to help Arab firm hit by LGBT boycott

The Arab-Israeli owner of a popular tahini brand facing a boycott for donating to an Israeli LGBTQ rights group has some friends in the Israeli diplomatic community. Dozens of Israeli diplomats in…

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