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Ani Geh Bisrael: Zionism and the Paradox of Gay Rights


Democracy and human rights have barely reached most of the Middle East. Many women and minorities lack equality. Not surprisingly, life for gays and lesbians can be difficult. Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered communities are frequently harassed, persecuted and sometimes even executed. It’s a place where many lesbian and gay people live in fear and isolation. But in the middle of all this, you’ll find Israel, and open-minded gay-friendly Tel Aviv.

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