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Far-Right Activist Walid Shoebat: ISIS Promoting The 'Homosexual Agenda' - VIDEO

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Walid Shoebat, a Palestinian American who converted from Islam and a former Muslim Brotherhood member, has claimed that ISIS is promoting the “homosexual agenda” by raping men and using recordings to blackmail them, reports Right Wing Watch.

Shoebat was writing on BarbWire, the virulently homophobic website belonging to anti-gay wingnut Matt Barber.

6a00d8341c730253ef01b8d070687c970c-800wiReferring to a documentary broadcast on August 27th on the Kurdish station STERK TV in which ISIS members claim that the group has been raping and gang raping men in a ceremony it describes as "marriage” and using the footage to force them to join the terrorist group, Shoebat inexplicably states that the terrorist group’s use of rape as a weapon “is truly the manifestation of the purest form of the homosexual agenda.”

Oddly referring to “human rights” to show that rapes and gang rapes are used “to assassinate [victims] while they are still alive”, Shoebat of course makes no coherent argument - in fact no argument at all - to back up his ridiculous, inflammatory and vile opinions connecting homosexuality with rape.

Watch a disturbing clip of the documentary in which an Iraqi official interrogates an ISIS terrorist about the use of rape as a recruitment tool, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Israeli Gay Club Promoter Criticized for Parody Image of ISIS Beheading

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An Israeli gay event promoter has sparked outrage for publicizing a party using an ISIS-inspired photo shoot, The Independent reports:

Dreck, which holds events around Tel Aviv, used pictures imitating the beheading videos showing the murders of David Haines, James Foley and Steven Sotloff ahead of a club night on Friday.

One image shows a man in a desert kneeling in the sand with a black-clad man behind him with his hand on his shoulder.

The poster has the “black flag” of Isis in the top left hand corner and text running below in the style of Isis’ brutal propaganda videos.

Drek2A second image [pictured right], which was more heavily circulated, featured a scantily clad man flying a black flag symbolic of ISIS. 

The Guardian adds:

The Israeli news website Ynet, which reprinted the photos, said the imagery had provoked an angry reaction on Drek’s Facebook page. “Disgusting! Getting a laugh off of the murder of innocent victims,” wrote one.

On its Facebook page, Drek wrote that after Isis’s rise in the region, “we at Drek have decided to give in to sharia law and cheer the stubborn Daesh”, using the Arab acronym for the group. The use of “stubborn” was a play on words in Hebrew connected to beheading, Ynet said, as it can be written as “hard-necked”.

Amiri Kalman, one of Drek’s founders, told the website that the club night itself had not had an Isis theme. He said: “We are trying to react to current events. We have been doing it for a number of years. But we reject violence in any form and that includes the videos intended to scare the world. Therefore we also refuse to participate with this fear and refuse to become hysterical. This is satire, and our way of showing our contempt of them and their videos.”


A Look at the Invisible Lives of Gay Palestinians In Israel

In a fascinating piece over at The Daily Beast, Itay Hod looks at the the unique trials that gay Palestinians must face in Israel.

Many of these men are forced to deal with opposition from both sides - from their Palestinian families who feel"dishonored" for having a gay family member and from Israeli security forces for being Palestinian. 

Writes Hod:

Israel-mapIt’s hard to say how many gay Palestinians live and work in Israel. There are no studies on the matter, not that it would help. “When you’re in survival mode, it takes over,” said Anat Ben-Dor of the Refugee Rights Clinic at the Tel Aviv University Law Faculty. “In this case, a big part of that survival is hiding.”

The ones who’ve managed to elude authorities are mostly from the West Bank. Few, if any, are from Gaza, partly because of the blockade and partly because Hamas has pushed gays even deeper into the closet. So far no gay Palestinian has ever been granted asylum in Israel. In fact Palestinians, gay or straight, are barred from even applying for refugee status in Israel. [...]

But experts say even if there was a way for them to apply, many can’t. “To get help, gay Palestinians have to get through incredible hurdles,” said Ben-Dor. “They have to meet Israelis or other Palestinians they trust enough to confide that they’re both gay and living in the country illegally. That person has to then be willing and able to find the right organization that could direct them to the appropriate lawyers, and even then, there is no chance of getting protection against deportation back to the Occupied Palestinian Territories.”

Check out the full article HERE


Israel Will Now Allow Jews To Immigrate, Gain Citizenship With Non-Jewish Same-Sex Spouses

Screen Shot 2014-08-14 at 8.35.36 AMIsraeli interior minister Gideon Saar [pictured] gave word on Tuesday that immigration authorities should not distinguish between same-sex and opposite-sex couples when granting citizenship. The new allowance amends a previous law allowing Jews to immigrate to Israel along with a non-Jewish relative/spouse.

USA Today reports:

In a few cases in recent years, Israel only naturalized non-Jewish same-sex spouses of Jews following threats of Supreme Court petitions, says Israeli immigration attorney Nicole Maor.

Israel does not permit gays to marry in the country, but recognizes same-sex marriages if they were performed legally abroad. 

Despite its same-sex marriage laws, Israel can add this as further evidence of its generally supportive legislation about LGBT-identified people. Along with recognition of citizenship, the Israeli Supreme Court grants same-sex couples inheritance and survivors' benefits, among other rights.


Hillary Clinton Sits Down with Jon Stewart, Suggests She Wouldn't Mind an Oval Office: VIDEO

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Hillary Clinton joined Jon Stewart on The Daily Show last night to talk about writing her book Hard Choices, whether she enjoys a certain shape for her home office (such as oval), the "cottage industry" of attacks on her, the "dead broke" comment, income inequality, and doing something about young people who are neither in school, nor in work.

The interview is in four parts, AFTER THE JUMP...

Part 2:

Modernizing the State Department, the bureaucracy of government, the empowerment of people by the internet and how it affects government and leadership, the context of the U.S., what it stands for, and how we've tried to move the world toward democracy and freedom, how American culture and ideas are important in teaching the world about who we are.

Parts 3 and 4:

The conflict between Hamas and Israel, and the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. The peace process and previous attempts to come to agreements in the region, and making....hard choices.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Israeli Education Minister Apologizes for Attacking Gay Families

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Shai Piron, Israel’s Education Minister, has apologized for the homophobic comments he made against same sex families earlier this month. Piron was met with a fierce outpouring of backlash from Israel’s prominent LGBT community after asserting that “[i]t’s a Jewish state’s right, maybe even its duty, to say to same-sex couples who decide to live their lives together—that’s not a family,’" in an interview with the Israel National News.

Hagit Rimon, Piron’s lesbian sister, came to the Education Minister’s defense soon after his comments were made public. “I wasn’t offended. I don’t get offended by general statements, and I trust his intentions,” Rimon said to Israel’s Walla News. “He does work for many different communities, and he is a pluralistic guy.”

Piron took to his Facebook account to issue an awkwardly articulated backtracking of his previous stance.

”You can disagree with the wording of words, yet it reflects the reality in Israel and the difficulties of the religious community with changes in family structure.” He wrote, “Every day I try to build a bridge between groups and communities, the first phase of the bridge is to accept and understand.” Piron went on to faux-pologize “if [his] words were understood incorrectly” in the post, prompting for yet another, appropriate apology. Chairman of the Knesset Gay Pride Lobby MK Nitzan Horowitz, called the apology “feeble” and “inadequate.”

“Piron is the education minister and his comments affect the entire system,” he said yesterday. “Students in the education system, children of gay families, gay teachers, and gay parents, all were hurt by the statement of the man who is in charge of education in Israel.”


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