By Lee Walzer
Astonishingly, Israeli lesbians and gays were capable of in attaining many political objectives that also elude America´s homosexual neighborhood. Israel´s preferrred courtroom has mandated same-sex spousal advantages; the army, which by no means barred gays to start with, has got rid of its final legit regulations; Israel´s parliament boasts a Subcommittee for the Prevention of Sexual Orientation Discrimination; and college curricula are gay-friendly -all of this in a rustic the place non secular pursuits wield amazing energy and whose id this present day is the thing of fierce fight. among Sodom and Eden, the 1st publication to discover this quickly altering panorama, is predicated on interviews with over 100 Israelis, in addition to Palestinians. Lee Walzer explores how, inside a decade, Israel has developed from a society that marginalized homosexuals to at least one that gives one of the most broad felony protections on this planet. He lines the political, spiritual, and social elements that make Israel a homosexual rights trendsetter, interpreting the interaction among Judaism and homosexuality, the growing to be prominence of homosexual topics in Israeli literature, movie, song, and tv, and the function of the media in advancing lesbian and homosexual political development.
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What clearly irked MK Dayan during my interview with her is the possibility of having an openly gay or lesbian Knesset member, a development that is most likely to occur because of Gei’ut’s work within Meretz. ” She pointedly added that “a gay Knesset member would end up doing less for the community” than she had been able to accomplish. ” MK Sarid, in contrast, told me that he welcomed a gay representative in the Knesset. 30 Together in Pride, Together in Hope Dayan’s views are not unique. In December 1995, when Professor Even announced that he was running in the Meretz primaries, Israeli historian and journalist Tom Segev wrote an opinion piece about Even’s candidacy titled “One-Issue Politics” in Ha’aretz.
We made it to the hotel, my taxi driver/con artist/con- 10 Introduction versation partner pocketing thirty shekels and, perhaps, a new perspective on gay people. At the end of our trip Kevin and I decided to spoil ourselves with some five-star luxury in Tel Aviv. On the rooftop of the Carlton Hotel, on chaise lounges perched alongside the inviting swimming pool, we chatted with one of the British guys who’d attended the conference with us. Besides regaling us with his tales of after-hours adventures at the conference, he told us that when we left the country we should tell the security agents at the airport that we were a couple.
The Arabs want to destroy us, eliminate us, in all sorts of ways”) yet sits uneasily in a government coalition with the ultra-Orthodox whose religious coercion it opposes. As for gay rights, Zandberg says that he supports it as a “liberal,” but that it was not a major issue for him. He did everything possible to downplay his involvement in the issue, although I found his reticence puzzling. In fact, he spoke at the festival following Tel Aviv’s Gay Pride Parade in 1998, the only figure from the Israeli right to do so that year, and often offers his views on the issue in the Israeli press.