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Family Abducts, Tortures Gay Relative in 'Honor' Kidnapping


A family has been indicted in Israel for the torture and kidnapping of a gay relative, ynet reports:

"They kidnapped and threatened their family member over his sexual preferences. Angel's family, who kidnapped him from Tel Aviv in an outrage over his gay and cross-dressing lifestyle, was indicted Thursday in Tel Aviv District Court for a series of serious charges, including kidnapping and false imprisonment. The indictment states that the family viewed Angel's sexual orientation and his work as a drag queen in Tel Aviv's clubs as a violation of the family's honor, which, in their eyes, justifies killing him. Eight of his family members, including one minor, are charged with kidnapping him on a number of occasions, imprisoning him, and beating him."

The Jerusalem Post offers this version of events:

The first kidnapping attempt occurred in May. The accused told their victim that him mother is sick, and they should visit her in Tamra. When he refused, they dragged him into the car, and brought him to his parents' home, where they beat and slapped him, tied him up, and locked him in the room. The victim's brother released him, after the victim told a friend to call the police.

He was attacked again at a family wedding, during which he ran into the woods and did not come out until police came. Three weeks before the wedding, his mother called and warned him to remove the pictures in which the victim is in drag, saying "the family will come get you, and that'll be the end of you."

On August 23, the family members came to the victim's Tel Aviv apartment, sprayed pepper spray in his face, and pushed him into a car that was waiting for him outside. They tied his hands with belts, blindfolded him with scotch tape and threatened to stab him if he resists. Once they arrived in Tamra, the accused chained him to a window and locked him in a room.

Eight family members have been charged and a request has been filed to arrest seven of them until sentencing proceedings.

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  1. Ah, family. The ties that bind. And gag. And torture.

    Posted by: MikeMick | Sep 3, 2010 12:37:47 PM

  2. Thank you, God, for your healing gift of religion.

    Posted by: homoDM | Sep 3, 2010 12:49:23 PM

  3. If this family's bigotry was a result of orthodox religious views, then it just goes to show you how hateful almost all orthodox religions are, regardless of the culture or group from which the orthodoxy arises.

    Posted by: veg | Sep 3, 2010 12:55:56 PM

  4. an eye for an eye... do the same to the family

    Posted by: me | Sep 3, 2010 12:56:56 PM

  5. Monotheism is a virus, and every one of its strains must be stamped out

    Posted by: Christopher | Sep 3, 2010 1:01:03 PM

  6. Islam is an evil religion that causes people to do evil things.

    Posted by: TANK | Sep 3, 2010 1:10:10 PM

  7. Was he an Israeli Jew or Palestinian?

    Posted by: Mike C. | Sep 3, 2010 1:11:35 PM

  8. I think the loony left would have an orgasm if it turned out that this was a jewish family...see, they don't like jews. But no, it wasn't. These were muslims acting on their religious beliefs.

    Posted by: TANK | Sep 3, 2010 1:19:32 PM

  9. Definitely Muslim. He comes from Tamra, which is an Arab town.

    Posted by: Lev | Sep 3, 2010 1:23:24 PM

  10. Isn't Scotch tape clear? Strange choice for blindfolding purposes.

    Ugh with the "sexual preference" and "gay/transgender lifestyle". Doesn't ynet have a style guide against such inaccurate and outdated terminology?

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Sep 3, 2010 1:25:07 PM

  11. What bullshit, Tank. I'm pretty left in my views and have nothing against Jews. I loathe extremism in all religions. I think the people who did this should be locked away for a long, long time, regardless of their religion.

    Or are you trying to turn this into a Palestinian/Israel debate, which has nothing to do with this?

    Posted by: Tranquilo | Sep 3, 2010 1:27:27 PM

  12. @Tank: And, um Catholicism and Christianity are any better? Let's see, The Crusades, the homophobia/sexism in the bible, oh and let's not forget the many wonderful hate killings in the name of our lord and savior Jesus in the U.S. alone.

    ALL organized religions have their own levels of hatred.

    AND FOR THE LOVE OF GOD I AM SICK OF LEFT AND RIGHT POLITICS. I swear this is the reason more people are becoming ex-Pat's, this country is going to hell in a hand-basket as politicians are laughing at how socially divided we have become over stupid issues.

    Posted by: Cory | Sep 3, 2010 1:27:48 PM

  13. Don't look now, but I think Tank's bigotry is showing. He hates Islam and the "loony left," but projects his hate onto the left by falsely stating that lefties hate Jews. Turd.

    Posted by: ColinATL | Sep 3, 2010 1:28:28 PM

  14. @TANK, then so is Christianity. Christian families do this, and similar, to their gay kids right here in THIS country on a regular basis.

    Posted by: Daryll | Sep 3, 2010 1:28:28 PM

  15. I think all the Abrahamic religions, and their offspring, are evil.

    Posted by: Paine | Sep 3, 2010 1:30:31 PM

  16. Well, no. I'm not trying to turn this into yet another predictable palestinian/israel debate...but now that you mention it, if this occurred in gaza, do you believe the family would be prosecuted...or an investigation would be launched? lol

    Posted by: TANK | Sep 3, 2010 1:32:06 PM

  17. Really, daryll? There are christian honor killings in the united states? Do you have any information that makes its prevalence equal to that of muslim honor killings in the islamic world and even in europe amongst muslim immigrants and their descendents?

    No, even those horrendous christian reorientation camps aren't honor killings, or this. Not even in the occasional abortion clinic bombing, or abortion doctor murder...because broadbased support for that amongst american christians just doesn't exist, and statistically, it's extremely rare (I can't say the same for honor killings in islam). It's not that they don't call it something else, it's that it's entirely something else. And any equivalence is simply loony...loony leftist, actually.

    Posted by: TANK | Sep 3, 2010 1:39:12 PM

  18. I've never encountered a christian whose first impulse after learning that his daughter had been raped, is to murder her...never...and that's not uncommon in the muslim world (and to say otherwise is to lie and make excuses for the brutality women regularly suffer in islamic countries). What we're dealing with is a campaign of mass confusion and flat earthing from the left...everything's the same because diversity's a good thing for diversity's sake....

    Posted by: TANK | Sep 3, 2010 1:43:43 PM

  19. @TANK Honey, you sound like you just had a major Jan Brewer Brain Fart.

    Um, I know this will be hard for you to wrap your ever-shrinking brain around, but the "left" has been supportive of Israel since its inception.

    Most blog posts I am seeing these days from the reich-, I mean, right-wing are against Israel.

    Support for Israel spans the spectrum, left, right or in-between.

    What rankles many on the left is the abominable treatment the Palestinians suffer under the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories as recognized by several United Nations Security Council resolutions agreed to since June 1967, as well as the continuing settlements by radical Orthodox Jews in the West Bank and other areas that belong to the Palestinians.

    Israel is virtually an apartheid state. The treatment of the Palestinians is comparable to and, many times, worse than the conditions suffered by African-Americans during the Jim Crow Era in the South. It is as bad or worse than what black South Africans endured during the entire apartheid era of South Africa.

    The only people I see having orgasms where Israel is concerned are the reich-, I mean right-wing, evangie-fundies and the rest of the bag-head, wing-nut, whiny cons. It's all that "The Lord is a-comin'" crap.

    So, @TANK, why don't you go take your nappy-wappy now? Or, better still, hurry on down to the nearest GOPround meeting. I'm sure they could use you to serve coffee and cake.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Sep 3, 2010 1:58:39 PM

  20. Gee, Tank, wasn't there a posting a few threads down on this very site about a Tea Party religious nut condoning killing gays over traditional marriage issues?

    It could be very well justified to state that many anti-homosexual acts in the U.S. are based from religious beliefs.

    Posted by: Cory | Sep 3, 2010 2:01:06 PM

  21. What really amuses me most about religion and the "apocalypse" is not that the apocalypse will occur as the bible states, but that humanity will most definitely bring about an apocalypse BECAUSE religion claims it will occur. It's a self-fulfilling prophecy, I find it ironic.

    Posted by: Cory | Sep 3, 2010 2:04:38 PM

  22. jamal, I don't think you're an intelligent person. I've read some of your posts, and they're usually without a point, or coherent argument. I am a member of the left. The loony left is a fringe element on a par with the loony right (they're both harmful to an effective political process)...mainstream left is different. But I don't expect nuance or, really, anything from a person who probably lumps all republicans in with newt gingrich.

    As to the apartheid state talking point you've just regurgitated, it is without reasonable comparison (you simply can't compare it to, say, south african history...that is gross propaganda and belies a degree of ignorance that you should be ashamed/embarrassed of). I am opposed to much of israel's treatment of palestinians, and so are many israelis. But the antizionist fervor vomited up by the radical left (and the radical right actually embraces the existence of israel far more than the left does... and you'd know that if you'd bothered anything about the situation) is antisemitism. It goes far beyond a criticism of israeli policy to full on denial of israel's right to exist (and that is antisemitism when you look at how selective they are about applying that belief when there are many countries, including the united states, who have worse human rights records...).

    But...when you have no point, you can always call someone a racist...right? Isn't that your tractic of choice?

    Yeah, the radical right hates israel...that is absolute rubbish. They rabidly support israel (since well before the days of tom delay on down) for their own confused religious reasons.

    But this is a critique of islam, and specifically, muslim treatment of lgbt people. Derailing that into a discussion about the israeli palestinian conflict is yet another tactic, and talking point...part of that campaign of mass confusion.

    Posted by: TANK | Sep 3, 2010 2:14:13 PM

  23. TANK, what the fuck are you talking about? I said that Christian families in this country do to their children what THIS particular family did to THIS PARTICULAR kid and you somehow go off on a tangent about honor killings and parents who kill their daughters for being raped. Please, for the love of your God, learn to read or at least learn to not make a complete fool of yourself every time you express your opinion.

    You truly are as stupid and as insane as everyone says you are!

    Posted by: Daryll | Sep 3, 2010 2:53:57 PM

  24. TANK needs to take Jesus' cock out of his mouth and Abraham's cock out of his ass long enough to open his eyes to the reality that all of the religions that the middle east shit onto the human race (including Islam, Judaism and Christianity) are evil and to be avoided by intelligent, free thinking people.

    If Abraham would have kept his dick outa two women it would have saved countless millions of people from subsequently being fucked by him.

    Posted by: Abrahamsucked. | Sep 3, 2010 3:02:05 PM

  25. No, daryll... There is no parallel between this "honor kidnapping", which is leading directly to honor killings amongst muslims and what you say happens to kids in the u.s. due to their family's parellel in either rate of incidents, nor severity. This isn't an isolated, minority event in the islamic world, and you'd know that if you knew anything about it. But you don't, and therefore, your attempt at drawing a moral equivalence has failed.

    And yes, muslim parents who murder their daughters for having been raped (this is common) is directly related (it doesn't get any more directly related, actually) to this "honor kidnapping," torture, and run up to murder, essentially. And without direct intervention by the proper authorities, he would have been murdered by his family; and moreso, is that what you're saying routinely happens in the u.s. and with state sanction...because if it is, it's false, and you've got something called faith that you're pushing. It all comes from the same source: their islamic faith. Having said that, I realize that there were a lot of balls for you to juggle in trying to comprehend the many faces of islamic tryranny toward women and lgbt people (which is the flipside of the same coin)...idiot.

    Posted by: TANK | Sep 3, 2010 3:11:42 PM

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