TEL AVIV — (05-31-22) — Well known right-wing news network, Channel 14, launched its new anti-LGBT magazine on Monday with the cover showing a cartoon of worshippers surrounding a rainbow “golden calf” with the caption, “LGBT-stan: how radical left-wing organizations control the State of Israel with the LGBT religion.”
This drew immediate condemnation from The Aguda, the Association for LGBTQ+ Equality in Israel, said the outrageous magazine cover is “dangerous incitement that contains nothing but hatred for the sake of hatred.”
“The publication reminds us how much our struggle for security and equality is not over yet and how important it is to fight until we get there,” said The Aguda in an official statement. “We will exhaust every legal proceeding along the way and we will stand up for our rights, even if it is discourse that comes from the margins of Israeli society,” said the Aguda.
How convenient the right wing magazine cover comes out right before Pride Month, which begins on Wednesday June 1, and the Jerusalem Pride March on Thursday June 2, 2022.
The Jerusalem Pride march will take place on June 2 at 3 p.m. It kicks off on Liberty Bell Park and finish at Independence Park, with closing events beginning at 7 p.m.
The cover drew such outrage from locals that journalist Yuval Karni tweeted that he would no longer accept interviews with the right-wing channel.
Naturally the right wing responded by posting pro-Channel 14 comments taken from its website that said “This is exactly the claim against you all in the article. You are a violent, political cartel, unwilling to accept criticism and openly and democratically discuss any issue. Your response proves that Gali Bat Horin (the author of the article in the magazine) is right.”
Activist Sheffi Paz responded to Karni as well, writing “Feel free to come once to a meeting of right-wing LGBT people and hear what the connection between the community and the radical left has done for them. It is impossible to stand on the side of the left in all the struggles and force an agenda on an ultra-Orthodox religious population that goes against their whole worldview on issues of religion, education and family, and then cry about it,” according to Channel 14.
“‘LGBT-stan,’ ‘LGBT religion’ – words that are exactly what the rabbi enflamed from Mitzpe Ramon,” added Meretz head Nitzan Horowitz in response to the right wing anti-LGBT magazine cover. “It’s just hatred towards people because of who they are, because of their identity. It’s not ‘because of the parades’ or a curriculum or equal rights. It is a hatred that was terrible even when the LGBT people hid deep in the closet for fear of their lives. We will not hide anymore.” said Horowitz.
The publication is the latest incident to stir outrage from the LGBTQ+ community in Israel this month, as more and more conservative media outlets are beginning to target the LGBT Community in their markets. LGBT leaders are growing more and more concerned over blatant attacks against the LGBT Community from what is considered the mainstream media in Israel.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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