Hate crimes in Israel

by tobybee

Yesterday a gunman walked into a gay and lesbian center in Tel Aviv and shot and killed two people, injuring 15 others. From Haaretz:

“Witnesses told Israeli television that the black-clad, masked gunman stormed into the Tel Aviv Gay and Lesbian Association building and opened fire in a basement room where gay teenagers were holding a weekly support group.
Most of the casualties were minors, a police spokesman said, adding that the assailant was believed to have used an automatic weapon such as an M-16 rifle.”

Also from Haaretz, in an article by Yossi Sarid:

“I recently read in the papers about an officer who was promoted to deputy battalion commander in his reserve unit, an exemplary man by all accounts, yet whose subordinates complained: No way will a homosexual be in charge of us, it does not befit men’s men like us. I also recently read in this newspaper that Israel will escalate its public relations campaign against Iran. Our foreign ministry plans to enlist the gay and lesbian community worldwide to expose the persecution of homosexuals led by the ayatollahs and their people. We should hope that this campaign is being undertaken with the blessing of the entire coalition, some of whose members have characterized homosexuals as ‘deviants who should be put to death.’

The anti-Iranian campaign has now been short-circuited and poured down the drain. Here they don’t just shoot the prime minister. They also shoot homosexuals.”

What can I say, beyond the obvious – that it’s distressing and angering news, and that my thoughts are with all those directly and indirectly affected by this.