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Israeli Party Leader Vows to Cancel Pride

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The ultraconservative also wants to stamp out what he calls “radical, progressive brainwashing.”

The Israeli LGBTQIA+ community truly concerned about the agreement between Israeli Prime Minister-delegate Netanyahu and the single stridently anti-gay member of the Noam party, Avi Moaz, a party whose main goal is to enact anti-gay policies, and considers gay rights to be “the destruction of the family.”

The agreement is for Maoz to be a deputy minister for the Prime Minister, in charge of a new “National-Jewish identity.”

“Do you know how much those marches harm holy Jerusalem, its public space?” he said. “You want to demonstrate — demonstrate. But a parade of promiscuous abomination in public?”

Although Maoz has admitted that subject didn’t arise during discussion, “…I don’t hide that certainly I would want to cancel it,” he said about the Pride, calling the yearly celebration “a promiscuous parade of abomination.”

Noam campaigned on a platform of intolerance for gays and non-Orthodox streams of Judaism, attacking homosexuality and Reform Judaism as abnormalities on billioboards.

He also said in an interview with Olam Katan that he intends to stop what he has called the “radical, progressive brainwashing” of senior police and military officials by private organizations, insists that removing the gender advisory office—which promotes the roles of women in the military—is vital to Israeli national interests, saying that it “is the most important thing for Israel’s security, more than anything else.”

However, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has responded to the media reports, saying the “Jerusalem Pride Parade will continue to march.”

He also tweeted. “The government under me will not harm the LGBT community and the rights of Israel’s citizens. We will provide a mutual guarantee for all citizens of Israel and work to improve all of our lives — this is our mission.”

 

 

Still fears persist. “We can’t find a single person within the gay community who feels at ease since the elections,” said said Hila Peer, chairwoman of The Aguda – the Association for LGBTQ Equality in Israel, to I24 News. “That being said, there is no reason to be so alarmed. We are a strong community, we know our rights and we have fought for them. We won’t be pushed back.”

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