Gay and Dead in Tel Aviv

What the Newswire Said:

By IAN DEITCH, Associated Press Writer Ian Deitch, Associated Press Writer 1 hr 57 mins ago

JERUSALEM – Israeli police say a gunman entered a youth club for gay teens in central Tel Aviv on Saturday night and sprayed the interior with automatic rifle fire, killing three people and injuring 11.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said it was “most likely a criminal attack and not a terror attack.” Tel Aviv has been a target for Palestinian militants in the past.

He said the gunman burst into the basement of the Tel Aviv Gay and Lesbian Association and opened fire on a support group for gay teenagers.

Police are searching the area for the gunman, who fled the scene, he said. Roadblocks were set up.

Rescue services said six of the wounded were badly hurt.

“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. He said the injured were “very young.”

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Interesting that this event follows closely on the heels of virulent anti-Gay former Knesset member, Schlomo Benizri, having his punishment for certain criminal activities upped from 18 months to four years. A week ago, The Supreme Court of Israel rejected the former cabinet minister’s request to reconsider his sentence of four years in prison for accepting a bribe, fraud and breach of faith and obstruction of justice, of which he was convicted.

Earlier last year, Benizri, of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish Shas Party, said earthquake tremors had been caused by lawmaking that gave “legitimacy to sodomy“.

Benizri made his comments while addressing a committee of the Israeli parliament, or Knesset, about the country’s readiness for earthquakes. He called on lawmakers to stop “passing legislation on how to encourage homosexual activity in the state of Israel, which anyway brings about earthquakes.”

Benizri has a history of making anti-Gay comments, and he has been part of a larger group of ultra Orthodox politicians who have verbally harassed the GLBT community, especially during the Pride Parades.

Benizri’s lawyers requested further discussion of the matter, claiming that the court had set a new bar of harsh punishment for offenses related to government corruption.

The government essentially agreed that the punishment was harsh. But Justice Eliezer Rivlin rejected the claims, writing in his decision that while Benizri’s punishment was indeed made much more severe, it was clear that the court had been aware of the various considerations when making its decision. Rivlin stated that the Supreme Court was sometimes required to raise the bar on punishments for certain offenses when it became clear that the previous guidelines had not fulfilled their purpose.

Interesting timing. Just sayin’.

More comments about the tragedy in Tel Aviv from our community at Joe.My.God.


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