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  • 20,000 take part in largest ever Jerusalem Pride March

    Under heavy security, 20,000 members of the LGBTQ community and their supporters march in Jerusalem, three years after a religious extremist stabbed 15-year-old Shira Banki during the parade. Photos by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org Tens of thousands of members of the LGBTQ community and their supporters took part in the largest ever Jerusalem Pride March on Thursday. The event, which began in the afternoon in Jerusalem's Liberty Bell Park and ended in Independence Park, took place under heavy police security, three years after the stabbing of 15-year-0ld Shira Banki at the hands of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man during the march. A number of leading LGBTQ activists took…

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  • LGBTQ activists block Tel Aviv Pride March: 'There is no pride in occupation'

    The activists were protesting what they called the Israeli government's cynical exploitation of the LGBTQ community to appear liberal and progressive and cover up its violation of Palestinians' human rights in Gaza and the West Bank. By Yael Marom Several hundred LGBTQ activists briefly blocked the path of the Pride Parade in Tel Aviv on Friday. The activists said they were protesting the Israeli government’s use of the LGBTQ community to cover up its discriminatory and racist policies and the maintenance of the occupation of the West Bank and siege of Gaza. The activists voluntarily dispersed when police declared it an illegal demonstration. [tmwinpost] The…

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  • Why is Israel still denying the kidnapping of Yemenite children?

    Between the years 1948 and 1952, thousands of babies, children of mostly Yemenite immigrants to the newly-founded State of Israel, were taken away from their parents. After decades of being silenced, it is time to look those parents in the eye and say: you were wronged. This is not a tall order, it is the bare minimum. By Rachel'i Said The facts behind the Yemenite children's affair are clear for all to see. Hundreds of testimonies by parents of children who disappeared tell a similar story: the children were taken away from their parents, often by force, and some of…

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  • No more waiting: LGBTQ Israelis must take the rights they deserve

    The Israeli government doesn't believe LGBTQ Israelis should be able to adopt children, yet continues to tell the world what a wonderful place Israel for the queer community. By Yael Marom The past few days have been a stark reminder of just how the Israeli government views the LGBTQ community. The Welfare Ministry's statement calling LGBTQ families "irregulars," who should not be allowed to adopt children, is just the latest in a number of legislative moves and court decisions that go directly against LGBTQ rights. As the annual Jerusalem pride march approaches, the queer community in Israel can clearly see the…

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  • Anti-occupation LGBTQ activists block Tel Aviv pride parade

    Activists hold up signs resembling the separation wall reading: 'There's no pride in occupation.' By Yael Marom Dozens of Israeli LGBTQ activists against the occupation blocked Tel Aviv's annual pride parade on Friday, holding up signs that read "There's no pride in occupation," and for a few minutes preventing the march from proceeding through the city center. [tmwinpost] The police immediately responded to the action, pushing the activists toward the sidewalk. Members of "Likud Pride," the LGBTQ group affiliated with the ruling Likud party, joined the police and began shouting at and shoving the activists. As opposed to the police,…

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  • Why I interrupted a pro-army LGBTQ event in Tel Aviv

    Our community's struggle is one for human and women's rights. It is a struggle for liberation and justice. Those who support the oppression of another people are disparaging 100 years of struggle by women and LGBTQs. By Alma Biblash This past week saw the launch of a new project that calls to integrate women and LGBTQ Israeli into combat units in the IDF. A group of queer activists, myself included, decided to pay a visit to the launch party in order to protest against the use of our community and its resources to promote the oppression of others. [tmwinpost] The event was…

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  • Ahead of Tel Aviv Pride, queer activists bring the occupation home

    LGBTQ activists hang banners and graffiti anti-occupation slogans across Tel Aviv in the run-up to the city's annual pride parade. 180,000 people are expected to take part in the festivities, at least half of them tourists. By Yael Marom In the run up to Friday's Tel Aviv Pride festivities, Israeli LGBTQ activists hung banners and spray-painted anti-occupation graffiti across the city. The signs, which read "Occupation: Israeli Pride" and "You cannot pinkwash the occupation" were hung from bridges at the main entrances to the city. Meanwhile activists graffitied slogans such as "You can't pink wash occupation" in both Hebrew and English…

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