Israel grants asylum to gay Palestinian Arabs - and others

  • mwolverine

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    Jun 10, 2017 5:23 PM GMT
    || A gay Palestinian man seeking asylum in Israel has reportedly been assured that he will not be sent back to the West Bank.

    || the unnamed Palestinian came to Israel five years ago from the West Bank after fleeing for his life, and was given a temporary residence permit by the IDF’s Civil Administration.

    || “My client, and others fleeing to Israel for asylum and protection, are recognized by the state and are given permits. Nonetheless, because the issuing of permits is not coordinated between the police and the Civil Administration there often results a gap of several weeks in which they do not have a permit. Due to this, they end up getting arrested and have to stand trial,” Hagai Kalai, the man’s lawyer, said.

    || Police said in response: “The police are carrying out comprehensive operations to enhance security. This includes, among other things, arresting Palestinians defined as illegal aliens, and prosecuting them. Issuing permits that recognize the legal status of these illegal residents is not the responsibility of the police.”

    Evidently the Israeli security services are a bit more efficient than the paper-pushing bureaucrats.

    But the point is that Israel grants a special residency permit to gay Palestinian Arabs fleeing their homes in areas under the control of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas.

  • mwolverine

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    Jun 10, 2017 5:27 PM GMT
    A 26-year-old man from Eritrea applied for asylum to avoid persecution in his country of origin after being found out by other Eritreans in Israel; his lawyer explains that he would be in danger if forced to return to Eritrea.

    The Population and Immigration Authority (PIA) recently granted asylum to a 26-year-old gay Eritrean man on the grounds that his returning to his country would endanger his life due to his sexual orientation.

    The Eritrean was born in the capital of Asmara and forced into military service at the age of 17. In 2009, he tried to flee his country through the border into Ethiopia, but he was caught and incarcerated for 16 months. Afterwards, he was returned to his military service.

    He hid the fact that he was gay whilst in his home country, where it is illegal and entails a prison sentence of up to three years.

    In 2011, he managed to flee to Israel and stayed with a person he knew from Eritrea. After other tenants discovered his sexual orientation, however, he was thrown out of his apartment and began living in Tel Aviv's Levinsky Park. Since then, however, he managed to rehabilitate his life, find a job and rent an apartment by himself.

    His lawyer, Oded Dugma, filed his asylum application in 2014. Dugma welcomed PIA's decision, "My client lived in the closet his entire time in Eritrea, and contrary to other cases that I've handled, he wasn't tortured or imprisoned for long stretches in his country of origin because of his sexual orientation. Nonetheless, the Interior Ministry accepted our position regarding the danger to him due to his coming out of the closet in Israel.

    "I would hope that the decision also stemmed from the consideration presented whereby returning a gay asylum seeker to a homophobic country means a life of fear, self-hatred and lack of freedom, or in other words: a violation of his human dignity. I can only wish the asylum seeker an easy and quick integration into Israeli society."
  • mwolverine

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    Jun 10, 2017 5:29 PM GMT
    See also:

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    Oct 01, 2017 6:08 PM GMT
    Thank God for Israel. With all the ugly history between Israel and Germany...they still both ended up becoming countries that are big champions in gay rights. Maybe one day the Muslim countries can learn from their atrocities too, repent, and become good human beings.
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    Feb 12, 2018 8:19 AM GMT
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  • PennsyGuy

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    Feb 13, 2018 12:26 AM GMT
    I'm sure any minute now this topic will devolve into the usual Israel vs Arabs war.