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Authorities Bring Israeli-Palestinian Gay Couple Together

A Palestinian man has been granted a temporary residence permit by Israeli authorities to live with his partner in Tel Aviv after the Palestinian man claimed his life was at risk in his hometown of Jenin.

BubbleYnet News reports:

"The permit was issued by Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Maj.-Gen. Yosef Mishlav. Several years ago, the Palestinian has filed a request with the Israeli Interior Ministry to receive residency status in Israel that would enable him to live with his lover for the past eight years, a computer engineer in his forties. After he realized that obtaining the permit may take several years, the young man decided to seek the help of the IDF representative in the territories. In a letter to Mishlav he noted that ever since his family learned of his gay relationship with an Israeli man, he has been facing an ongoing threat to his life. In an unprecedented move, Mishlav decided to grant the request and issue the Palestinian a temporary permit, which needs to be extended every month."

Mishlav did say, however, that the approval was an exception, and any further permits would depend on an Interior Ministry ruling.

I haven't seen Eytan Fox's film The Bubble but it sounds like life is imitating art here, and probably not the first time. Watch the trailer AFTER THE JUMP...

IDF allows gay Palestinian to reunite with Israeli lover [ynet]

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  1. Eytan Fox is great! loved Yossi & Jagger!

    Posted by: daveynyc | Mar 25, 2008 9:38:58 AM

  2. Perhaps one should actually see a film before declaring that life is imitating art. Other than a gay Israeli and a Palestinian falling in love, nothing is similar. The film is quite tragic.

    Posted by: Brad | Mar 25, 2008 9:46:29 AM

  3. The Bubble, IMO, is TEN TIMES better than Yossi & Jagger. The trailer doesn't do it justice but i am Very Glad that this film is finally getting some much deserved attention here on TR. Thanks, Andy!

    Posted by: virgoboy | Mar 25, 2008 9:46:36 AM

  4. The Bubble is a teriffic film. What's happening here is that the film's tragic story has affected real gay Israeli and Palestinian lives for the better. Fox is known n the art house circuit stateside, but he's a MAJOR name at home in Israel.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Mar 25, 2008 10:25:20 AM

  5. Nice to know that there is at least one civilized country in the world with enough compassion to make pro-human decisions.

    Posted by: Jack | Mar 25, 2008 11:39:27 AM

  6. The Bubble is terrific and well worth seeing. Two thumbs up.

    Posted by: sam | Mar 25, 2008 11:40:25 AM

  7. "The Bubble" had some of the best writing, acting and directing I saw last year. It is indeed a quantum leap past "Yosi and Jagger" and "Walk On Water"; however, the last half hour takes a turn which some might find melodramatic or manipulative plotwise, in that it sacrifices characterization for thematic impact. Still, this is the Middle East; there are all too few happy endings to any stories.

    Posted by: dback | Mar 25, 2008 12:50:23 PM

  8. As we all know, gay romance cannot end well in movies.

    Posted by: anon | Mar 25, 2008 1:56:07 PM

  9. Though no Israeli "Brokeback Mountain," and less textured and "rich" as the ultimately unbelievable "Walk on Water," "The Bubble," despite having several soggy gaps typical of such films, is ultimately a very good work of dare I say political art which I hope won't put anyone off from renting it. It is simultaneously a love story and a hate story.

    And Mr. Ehrenstein makes a marvelous point about the sometimes limited perspectives of those [in every culture really] who don't look beyond their own borders for greatness. And though the film makes clear that there's still a great deal of homophobia in Israel, it is amazing the progress they've made given that it is the country most identified with the source of our religious oppression everywhere.

    Gays have been allowed in the Israeli military FOR TWENTY-FIVE YEARS; service in intelligence and top-secret positions added 10 years later. It was one of the few countries in the Mideast that showed "BBM" and the only one that did not censor it. One of my fondest possessions is a one-sheet from its Israeli run with most everything but the title in Hebrew.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Mar 25, 2008 2:07:43 PM

  10. This film is interesting~`I am so excitting about this! You moviegoers can check more Oscar related information at Richromances .com where hollywood celebrities are looking for true love. It's a site for beautiful people!

    Posted by: Mariebgv | Mar 25, 2008 10:55:12 PM

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