In the Wake of the Murder of Shira Banki Israeli Bigotry Comes to the Fore
Israel likes to portray itself as the gay capital of the civilised world. 'Go to Tehran or Gaza where they hang gays' Netanyahu tells his anti-Zionist critics. The reality is that most Israelis oppose any form of equal rights for gays, the major nationalist party in the Coalition, HaBayit HaYehudi believes being gay is an 'abomination'.
|Students at the High School where Shira Banki was a student|
|Bezalel Smotrich - organised 'beast parade' in Jerusalem - part of governing coalition|
|The murderer - Ultra Orthodox Schlissel had only just been released after similar crime in 2005|
What is true is that anti-gay attitudes in Arab society was largely introduced by western colonialism, as it was in Africa. But in Israel, although anti-gay attitudes are just as common in Arab as Jewish areas there is one difference. The attacks on gay people come from Jewish Orthodoxy and nationalist groups not Palestinians.
|Tel Aviv Rally Against Murder of Shira Banki|
Shas MK condemns decision to cancel president’s visit to Jerusalem school, which was reportedly ordered by rabbinic leadership
An ultra-Orthodox school disinvited Israel’s president Reuven Rivlin from its opening ceremony for the new school year next week over his support for the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade in the wake of last month’s stabbing attack at the event.
Rivlin has generated a hail of criticism online over his denunciation of racism and homophobia in Israeli society following the attack on the parade that left five wounded and 16-year-old Shira Banki dead, and the arson attack by suspected Jewish terrorists in the West Bank village of Duma that same day that killed 18-month-old Ali Saad Dawabsha and his father Saad.
“President Rivlin has become a ‘persona non grata’ at the school,” reports Army Radio, who broke the story. The publicly funded Kehilot Yaakov school in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramot, disinvited Rivlin “at the instruction of its rabbis,” according to an official at the Jerusalem Municipality who notified the President’s Residence Monday of the cancellation.