Tel Aviv gay park ‘becoming too dangerous’
A Tel Aviv park popular with the gay community is becoming too dangerous after a series of attacks, campaigners say.
Gan Meir park, where the city’s gay community centre is based, has seen a number of anti-gay assaults in recent months.
Speaking to Haaretz, community centre director Yuval Egertt said he knew of at least four assaults, including an incident two weeks ago in which a young gay couple were attacked by a group of 12-14 year-olds.
One of the victims allegedly suffered a broken jaw. Although the police were called, the suspected attackers were not arrested because they were minors.
After the attack, Mr Egertt asked city officials for new measures to help prevent incidents and it has been announced that CCTV will be put in place early next year with improved police patrols.
Mr Egertt told the newspaper: “It’s just a matter of time. The next violent incident will be a lot worse than a broken jaw.”