The Tel Aviv Gay Massacre, the
Lethal dynamite has made Sunday, September 15, 1963, a Day of Sorrow and Shame in
Society in a free country has a solemn responsibility to itself and those who make it up. Free men are bound by an irrevocable civic contract to safeguard the rights, safety, and security of all of its members.
More than 70,000 people thronged Tel Aviv on Saturday evening, August 8th, 2009 for an event to express solidarity with the homosexual community after a deadly attack on a gay club a week ago, organizers said.
President Shimon Peres was among speakers at the meeting on
"The shots which struck this proud community affected us all as human beings, as Jews and as Israelis. The man who targeted the two victims targeted all of us," Peres said.
Two people died when a masked, black-clad gunman opened fire on the group of young gays and lesbians at the entrance to the community center in the heart of
These two horrible incidents 46 years apart reflect how bigotry and hatred have not changed in five decades. Whether it is right wing zealots or racist politicians, the Reverend Dobson or the late Gov. George Wallace, the result is the same. People will be driven to violence when a group of people, a minority gays or African Americans are minimized and discriminated against.
Both deadly actions were followed by demonstrations and pleas for understanding. In 1963 two additional youths lost their lives in bloody riots. Thankfully, so far no additional lives were lost in
The Orthodox Jewish community of
Have a peaceful and inclusive week.