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Israel: Interior Minister condemns Beit Shemesh mayor who said gays ‘do not exist’ in his city

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  1. Israel is a state like Iran.

    it’s not as extremist as Iran (just as murderous though) but religion isbthe foundation for its legal system and its apartheid regime.

    Israel needs separation of church and state.

    1. “Church”?

    2. SteveC, that is incorrect and ignorant anti-Israeli rubbish.

      Israel has no entrenched constitution, but freedom of religion is anchored in law. While the Basic Laws of Israel that serve in place of a constitution define the country as a “Jewish state,” these Basic Laws, coupled with Knesset statutes, decisions of the Supreme Court of Israel, and various elements of the common law current in Israel, also protect free practice of religion in the country.

      Iran is led by a cleric, the Supreme Leader of Iran, the head of state and highest ranking political and religious authority in the Islamic Republic. There is simply no meaningful comparison.

    3. If the Mayor of a city in Iran said there were no gays in his city he would not be condemned by the Iranian Interior Minister.

      That is a fundamental difference between the two countries.

    4. de Villiers 12 Nov 2013, 7:09pm

      That is not right. The Israeli Supreme Court has declared the superiority of the secular laws over the religious laws.

  2. I do not like Israel as a country and government, but I am glad to see the correct line being taken on this.

    It’s a fact that if someone is elected to serve the people of a community, they DO NOT have the luxury of picking and choosing who to represent.

    This “mayor” should be removed from office immediately, he is clearly not capable of doing the job he was elected to do, which is to better the lives of EVERYONE in the electorate.

    He has to go, as does every elected official who expresses any view which clearly harms or neglects a group within the electorate.

    These people have to do the job for every citizen, or they are not capable of doing the job.

  3. Beit Shemesh — schwulenrein!

  4. Justin Fort 13 Nov 2013, 9:05am

    Israel is amazing country who welcomes The Lgbt community for years, It is nothing like Iran and for sure not apartheid regime (just say you are antisemistic and cut the crap, you see too much Tv and apparently blind how radical muslims act)The Lgbt community are free ppl, no one hang them or murder them or beat them like in Arabic states or for that matter like is Russia, I suggest ppl to visit there or know a bit more before making false statments about Israel or their government i am visting there every year and i am having a great time as gay person.
    And way to go to this person.

  5. Glad to see the police gave the LGBT community permission to parade in Beit Shemesh. I really hope the route goes by the widow of the mayor!

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