Anti-LGBT incidents in Israel increase by 36% in 2019

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02/11/2020

Anti-LGBT incidents in Israel increased by 36 percent in 2019, according to a report published Thursday by the Aguda — Israel’s LGBT Task Force nonprofit. According to the annual report, which was published for the seventh year, 2,125 case were recorded last year — or one almost every four hours. Most incidents happened online, primarily on social media, according to the report. Online attacks spiked by 58% in August, a month after newly appointed Education Minister Rafi Peretz backed gay conversion therapy and the fringe anti-gay Noam party launched its election campaign, the report said. The report added that some 39% of the incidents of anti-LGBT bias came from state branches, particularly discrimination by employees of the Administration of Border Crossings, Population and Immigration (PIBA) dealing with marriage and parenthood records, requests to change one’s gender listing, and surrogacy abroad.

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