Israeli Haredi MK echoes Nazi-style sentiments about gays


Coming out of the ultra-orthodox Jewish communities in Israel today is some deeply disturbing news, emphasising the problems that confront the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender communities in Israel.

Israel is a world leader in GLBT rights in many ways, yet despite this they constantly face stiff opposition from their ultra-orthodox communities when it comes to issues that contradict their religious teachings.

Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin plans to meet with leaders of the gay community in Israel in honor of Gay Pride Month on Monday, raising the ire of haredi MKs.

On Sunday, Yediot Aharonot reported that United Torah Judaism fiercely opposes the event and Rivlin’s participation.

“They aren’t people like everyone else,” MK and Deputy Education Minister Menahem Eliezer Moses told the paper. “In the Torah it says that this is an abomination, and the fact is that a conference like this is in the Knesset means that a coalition that [UTJ] is a part of is giving it patronage and legitimization. It doesn’t make sense.

These words from MK Moses resonate with overtones of Hitler dealing with the “Jewish problem”.  Can he not hear what he is saying?  It alarms me that these ultra-orthodox Jews have very short memories.

2 Responses to Israeli Haredi MK echoes Nazi-style sentiments about gays

  1. Bruce Llama says:

    They aren’t people? Perhaps they’re llamas and better than people.

    It takes a special sort of arrogance for an elected member to stand up and say such outrageous things. Those around him should speak out loudly and make it known that such language is unacceptable.


  2. Richard Olsen says:

    When I read this, it sent a shiver down my spine. This is exactly the sort of thing the Nazi party said about homosexuals and Jews in the 40’s. I was wondering, what sort of twisted world do we live in, when someone can claim such a thing.
    I guess it could be time to make up posters that say, “Everytime a Haredi opens their mouths, God kills a kitten”.


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