Tel Aviv gay and lesbian rights center attacked by gunman

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    Aug 01, 2009 10:35 PM GMT
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8180069.stm

    Police are looking for a black-clad gunman responsible for the death of a man and a women. The man entered into a local gay rights center and opened fire. 8 others were wounded in the attack, which took place on Nachmani St. in Tel Aviv. Authorities and local gay community leaders believe the attack was criminal and motivated by homophobia.

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    Aug 01, 2009 11:56 PM GMT
    Apparently it was at a gay teen support group. 3 teens are dead and 11 are hurt. He sprayed them with automatic rifle fire. Who would do that to young kids? It's awful.
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    Aug 02, 2009 1:59 AM GMT
    TheIStrat saidApparently it was at a gay teen support group. 3 teens are dead and 11 are hurt. He sprayed them with automatic rifle fire. Who would do that to young kids? It's awful.

    Its called an idiot who doesn't understand that his(her) own actions will actually further gay rights causes, rather than set them back- rather than actually achieve... well, who the hell knows what a person who does this thinks they will achieve.

    May those children haunt him (her) the rest of their life.
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    Aug 02, 2009 3:28 AM GMT
    ditto that last bit, Eric.
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    Aug 02, 2009 4:00 AM GMT
    so sad, disturbing and disgusting.....my heart goes out to those kidsicon_cry.gif...
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    Aug 02, 2009 8:00 AM GMT
    From http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1104611.html

    || Tzipi Livni expressed shock and sorrow Sunday morning as hundreds of police officers were scouring the streets of Tel Aviv in a door-to-door manhunt for a gunman who opened fire on a gay youth club.

    || "This grave incident should awaken society to rid itself of prejudice. We must accept and recognize the right of every person to live safely and with dignity," she said.

    || "This event should shake up society, and all the circles inherent in it, including the political establishment and the education system, and on this day deliver an unequivocal message against intolerance, incitement and violence, and to act against any manifestation of these."

    || The mayor of Tel Aviv, Ron Huldai, pledged that the city would continue to maintain its pluralistic nature: "Tel Aviv will continue to provide a welcoming home for the gay and lesbian community, and we will fight for every person's right to live their lives as they see fit," he said.

    || The ultra-Orthodox Shas party, a frequent critic of gays in Israel, issued a statement condemning Saturday's attack: "We are shocked and bereaved, and denounce without reservation the murderous incident that targeted Tel Aviv's gay community," the party said.

    || Defense Minister [Ehud] Barak condemned the attack on Sunday, saying, "This is an atrocious act and all law enforcement authorities must go out of their way to catch the killer."

    || Mike Hamel, the head of the Aguda, Israel's Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) organization, said such an attack was unprecedented in Israel.
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    Aug 03, 2009 11:28 AM GMT
    From http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1104611.html

    Livni to gay Israelis: Don't let hate crime stop you living your lives

    || Tzipi Livni on Sunday urged Israel's gay and lesbian community to continue living their lives, despite the "hate crime" perpetrated in a shooting at a Tel Aviv gay youth center that left two people dead.

    || "This hate crime needs to be a turning point and to give strength," Livni told hundreds of Israelis who rallied in Tel Aviv to protest the attack, in which 15 people were also wounded.

    || "We need to give strength to the child who comes to his parents and says: 'I am gay,' or 'I am a lesbian;' and this day needs to give the strength to everyone in the gay community to live their lives."

    || "This should be a day of self reflection, not only for all of you but for all of us," she said at the event, which had been billed as a protest against hate crime and homophobia. "This is not only a great day of pain for you but it is a day of pain for all of us."

    || A number of other politicians also spoke at the rally, which was held at the intersection of Rothschild St. and Nachmani St., only meters away from the site of the shooting.

    || Nitzan Horowitz, Israel's only openly gay lawmaker, said: "If anybody thinks we'll be afraid, they are wrong. If anybody thinks we'll sit down and take this quietly, they are wrong."

    || MK Yuli Tamir (Labor), a former education minister, called on the school system to make efforts to fight homophobia. "Teachers must open their doors and open their ears to these children who need them," she told the crowd.

    || Earlier Sunday, President Shimon Peres harshly condemned the shooting. "The shocking murder in Tel Aviv last night is the kind of murder that an enlightened and cultured people cannot accept," Peres said. "Murder and hate are society's toughest crimes."

    || The president went on to say that the police force must make the utmost effort to apprehend this "lowly criminal" and that the "entire country must unite in condemning this heinous act."

    || Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also voiced shock and dismay at the attack, saying "I want to condemn the shocking murder." "I extend my condolences to the families of the victims and wish a full and quick recovery to the wounded," Netanyahu said.

    || "I want to say to the citizens of Israel - we are a democratic and tolerant country and we must respect every person as he is," the prime minister went on to say.

    || The mayor of Tel Aviv, Ron Huldai, pledged that the city would continue to maintain its pluralistic nature. "Tel Aviv will continue to provide a welcoming home for the gay and lesbian community, and we will fight for everyone's right to live their life as they see fit," he said.