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Tel Aviv: Bewaffneter tötet 2 Menschen bei Coming-out-Treff
#38 society at largeAnonym
- 02.08.2009, 16:49h
- Adir Steiner, one of the central pillars in the gay community in Israel and coordinator of Tel Aviv pride events, got word of the shooting while in Copenhagen as a representative of the city of Tel Aviv to the gay Olympics. "Over the past week we have painted Israel on every possible podium as a wonderful place for homosexuals, lesbians and transgenders. This idyllic state which we wanted so badly to believe in exploded in our faces," he said.
Steiner further stated, "At this moment I think the main thing that should be voiced is that no murderer will get us back in the closet. We shall proudly keep fighting for our right to live our lives without fear, even if today the road before us seems longer than ever."
'Tel Aviv bubble burst'
Steiner also added that whoever shot at youths in the center meant to burst the "idyllic bubble" that is Tel Aviv. "These shots were directed at all of us. The message is clear: Someone, somewhere is lurking, waiting for all of us with a loaded gun, wishing us dead. This is very serious and is not just a problem of the community but of Israeli society at large."
The murderous killing spree on the gay and lesbian youth center in Tel Aviv received wide coverage in foreign media around the world. The Los Angels Times, which reported the incident on its website's homepage wrote, "The crime shook the freewheeling coastal city, which has a reputation as a relatively tolerant place for gay people and focused criticism on Israel's ultra-Orthodox religious community for calling homosexuality an abomination."