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Israel: Likud Hopes To Have A Gay Member In The Next Assembly (Knesset)

Knesset Building, flat roof, among trees

Knesset Building

In Israel, gay attorney Amir Ohana said it is important to contrast the voting record of Bayit Yehudi (accused of homophobia last week) ministers with the opposing Likud party members on gay rights legislation in the ministerial committee on legislation. According to Ohana, the Likud ministers always vote for gay rights.

He also stated that the Likud, the major right-wing political party in Israel, to which he belongs, hopes to have a gay MK (member of the Knesset) in the next Knesset (Assembly). Ohana describes himself as the first closeted gay person elected in an open primary.

When interviewed by the Voice of Israel, he said the only intolerance in politics he had come across was against his LGBT group from the opposing party’s LGBT group, the Israeli Left, stating that the LGBT group in Meretz attacks the Likud’s gay group “nonstop”.

Ohana said that he sees no contradiction being a ‘Likud hawk’ and gay:

“One can be gay and have other views on other subjects” he stated.

He also said that the head of the ultra orthodox group (the haredi) within the Likud party, Ya’acov Veeder, opposes ‘state discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation’.

MKB

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2 comments on “Israel: Likud Hopes To Have A Gay Member In The Next Assembly (Knesset)

  1. “The only intolerance in politics he had come across was against his LGBT group from the opposing party’s LGBT group..” made me laugh out loud. Seriously??? What about the ongoing oppression and human rights violations of Palestinians? The treatment of African Immigrants in Israel? Right wing settlers? Orthodox treatment of women on buses, treatment of women at Dome of the Rock?

    • Thanks for your comment. The article was only in the context of LGBT intolerance, as Ohana is a gay man. They have also just recently agreed to bring in legislation allowing transgenders to change their birthcerts etc without surgery,so this is another move towards LGBT equality.
      However, in other areas, as you point out,their record is not good. Just as one example of your list above, they need to look at underage marriage, improve women’s access to healthcare, improve women’s representation in government bodies, remove discrimination against women in the family court system etc. All issues on your list are serious and need to be remedied, however, in this instance, we are only looking at LGBT equality (or otherwise as the opposing party have recently been accused of homophobia). MKB

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