A rally was held in Tel Aviv’s HaBima square to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the repeal of the ban on male mishkab. Thousands of people, including artists and members of the public participated in the event titled “Being a proud people in our country”, which marked the cancellation of the ban on male and female intercourse in the Knesset by Shulamit Aloni and Uriel Lin in 1988. The event served to remind people about the importance of values such as tolerance, liberality, equality, and acceptance. Singer Neta Barzilai delivered a speech, stating that the country is currently facing a crisis and urged people to continue fighting for their rights. Ran Denkar also gave a speech, calling on leaders to make sure that there will be democracy in the country. Hila Par, chairman of the Association for the LGBT community, demanded an independent justice system that will protect human dignity and minorities in Israel. No comments were published at the time of writing.
Thousands of people, including hundreds of artists and members of the public, participated this evening (Tuesday) in a rally to mark the 35th anniversary of the repeal of the ban on male mishkab in Tel Aviv’s HaBima square.
The event, which took place under the title “Being a proud people in our country”, was intended to mark the decision of Knesset member Shulamit Aloni and Chairman of the Constitution Committee Uriel Lin on March 22, 1988 to cancel in the Knesset the ban on male intercourse and female intercourse “not according to her”.
“The purpose of the rally is to remind – especially in the days when the State of Israel is struggling for its democratic nature – the importance of the values of tolerance, liberality, equality and acceptance that mark the essence of the gay struggle that the gay community has been leading for years,” the invitation to the event reads. The event is also taking place against the background of the crisis and protest in the country surrounding the legal reform.
“There is a feeling in Israel of a blockage in the sewer pipe,” said singer Neta Barzilai on stage. “None of us thought to take care. We are resistant, because we are already used to eating shit. We plugged our noses, and continued as usual. The water reached our ears and no one can hear anyone anymore. The desperation, the anxiety and the need to look for culprits, is greater and more destructive than ever. Please don’t Don’t give up on explaining your position even if it seems that no one is listening. Don’t give up on turning on the light where light and darkness reign. Don’t give up on choosing to truly love. Love yourself – and one another no less.”
“Everyone says to me, ‘Danker, it will be fine, let go! What are you afraid of?! What, are you afraid that the conversion treatments will be brought back? What, are you afraid that surrogacy will be banned again in Israel? Come on! What, are you afraid that they will ban male sex again?’ Really?! Are you really afraid that homophobic content will be introduced into the education system again? Does it really make sense to you that they won’t let you, your husband and your daughters walk freely on the street?’ Leave me alone, lest you be afraid that there will be no democracy here. Let me go!” Ran Denkar said on stage.
“Leaders of Israel, I call on you from here to pull yourself together and make sure in a responsible and unambiguous way that there will be democracy here,” he continued. “Don’t answer in generalities and try to smear and calm down, but take care of it in a concrete and real way. Write a constitution, a bill of human rights, that protects minorities and protects them from the whims of the government, any government. Take care to calm the discourse and the violence and calm the fear in all parts of the people. This is your responsibility, leaders Israel. That’s what you were elected for! And just a last sentence for the girls and the youth. We are proud of you and always stand behind you. We are proud of your courage to be whoever you choose to be and we will always strengthen you and make sure that you live in a country that you deserve – a safe, loving and accepting country. This is on us. This is the role of All of us, all of you to take care of it. I wish the politicians would take this responsibility, I wish. Otherwise we wouldn’t be here at this moment.”
Later, the chairman of the Association for the LGBT community, Hila Par, came up to give a speech. “Tonight 35 years ago, the struggle of the gay community towards equality was officially launched in the Knesset, but from then until today we have obtained our rights thanks to the courts and not thanks to the Knesset,” she said. “As much as they did not incite against us – we stood. No matter how many demonstrations and cries we knew, how many fought against us, incited against us, beat us, murdered us, and we stand and stand. As much as they tried to push us back, we became stronger. Without democracy there is no pride. We do not beg, we demand demand equality and an independent justice system that will protect human dignity and minorities in Israel. We stand as a unified and strong wall not only for what we have not yet achieved, but also for what we already have and the gay community will not give up and will not stop in its struggle until full equality.”
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