Israeli PM Netanyahu Visits Tel Aviv Gay Center as Vigils Continue
"Netanyahu heard from representatives of the community accusations of incitement from ministers and MKs from within his government and he expressed his support of the community. Severe incitement is voiced from many sources, including Knesset members and ministers in your government. (The shooting attack) is the most serious incident the gay community has experienced since the establishment of the State. The day after this horrendous murder is not the same as the days before. Woe to us if the blood of those killed an injured was spilled in vain.' Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar, Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, Police Commissioner Dudi Cohen and Tel Aviv district commander, Major-General Shahar Ayalon accompanied the PM on his visit. During the visit, representatives of the gay and lesbian community presented a letter to the PM saying, 'We, the members of the gay and lesbian community experience verbal and physical violence every single day within the family, in schools and in workplaces."
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The Jerusalem Post reports that Yaniv Weizmann, head of the Gay Youth Organization, was satisfied with the meeting.
Said Weizmann: "The days to come will not be like days past. The prime minister expressed his solidarity. The prime minister's message is very clear; it's a message of support for the community. We expect a ministerial committee to convene [regarding the subject], [we want] full equality for members of the community, that our partnerships will not be outlawed... secondly, it's all about education, education, education; stopping homophobia. Thirdly, there's the issue of incitement. It is absurd that there are ministers and members of Knesset in Netanyahu's administration who defame the community. We asked the prime minister to refer to the attack as a terror attack. It was a very positive meeting, the prime minister gave us his full support."
In addition to the one in Washington D.C., a vigil was held on Monday night in San Francisco, and in Berlin. There are upcoming vigils in Los Angeles and Buenos Aires and Atlanta for victims of the shooting.
Last night a vigil was held in New York City. Jay Michaelson of Nehirim, and Rep. Jerrold Nadler speak at last night's vigil for victims of the Tel Aviv shooting in NYC, AFTER THE JUMP...