An Arabic-language website set up by two Israeli-Arab literary figures will tackle the issue of homosexuality.

Qadita.net, launched this week, is an online magazine devoted to politics and culture.

Writers are expected to include Arab and Palestinian critics and intellectuals.

Its creators, author Ala Hlehel and journalist Anton Shalhat, say it will tackle ‘taboo’ issues in Arabic culture.

According to Hareetz.com, Mr Hlehel said: “We’ll post controversial texts that touch on social and cultural sensitivities.

“The margins of freedom of the press in Arabic are shrinking under political and social tension from the whole Arab-Islamic scene, with its suffocating effect on free creation.”

He added that a section on gay and lesbian issues will be “featured prominently” on the homepage.

“It will include texts written by Arab gays and lesbians who, naturally, will publish anonymously,” he said.

There is another Arabic/English-language website devoted to LGBT issues. Behksoos was set up by lesbian group Meem two years ago.