In Israel, like in some other countries, there is a “tradition” of extreme Right gunmen.
Baruch Goldstein murdered 29 Palestinians and wounded 150 in Hebron because he hated Palestinians.
Today, news of an anti-gay massacre in Tel Aviv. Though we don’t know all details of the motives for this murder yet, we may note that this happens under the new Rightist coalition government in Israel, which includes far Rightists and homophobes.
From Pink News in Britain:
Spontaneous demonstrations held following anti-gay massacre in Tel Aviv
August 2, 2009 – 1:33
Thousands of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) Israelis have held an impromptu march through the streets of Tel Aviv after a masked gun man opened fire at a centre for gay teenagers, killing three late last night.
At least three gay teens have been murdered and a further 12 injured at a shooting at a meeting for gay teenagers in Tel Aviv, Israel. Eye witnesses described the scene like a “slaughterhouse”.
Israeli media report that the incident took place during a meeting for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) teenagers. Many of the teenagers meeting at the venue were not yet out to their families.
Protestors held home made banners, rainbow flags and just simply marched with their friends in an act of defiance against the gun man.
Others lit candles in honour of the three teenagers who are now known to have died.
Israeli media report that a masked gun man dressed head to toe in black entered the venue, underneath Cafe Noir in Tel Aviv, 28 Nachmani Street at the junction with Ahad Ha’am Street. He shot at least 14 people, spraying the interior of the club with automatic rifle fire and reportedly attempted to enter another venue. Media report that the venue was the scene of a “blood bath.” …
A police spokesman said that the incident was “most likely a criminal attack and not a terror attack.”
What does this policeman mean by this? Does he imply that in order to be a terrorist, one has to be Palestinian; and that a non-Palestinian far Right homophobe does not qualify?
Gays in Lebanon: here.