Sunday, August 2, 2009

LGTBQ Youth Center Target of Gunman in Israel

Sad news this Sabbath morning: a lone gunman--with homophobic issues--shot three young gay teenagers in Tel Aviv, Israel yesterday, and six were badly wounded.

This from

This was a hate crime, a premeditated attack," witness Yaniv Weisman told Channel 10 TV. He said Cafe Noir, the basement club, was popular with youth.

"Those hurt were very young," he said.

Openly gay Knesset lawmaker Nitzan Horowitz said it was "without a doubt the biggest ever attack on the Israeli gay community, we are all in shock."

Witnesses told Israeli media that the gunman was dressed all in black, and described the scene as a "bloodbath."

In a land that struggles between Israelis and Palestinians, there is, within Israel, a bigotry that is known well here in the States. Homophobia and heterosexism is as insidious as racism, sexism, handicapism...and the list goes on. It is all part of the same tree, and that tree is fear and thus hatred of the Other.

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Pace, B

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