Israel activists protest rising influence of anti-gay lawmakers

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04/06/2021

Hundreds of people demonstrated in Jerusalem on Tuesday against a group of newly elected Israeli lawmakers who oppose gay rights, in a Middle Eastern country seen as progressive in promoting LGBT equality. A coalition of groups marched and held signs outside Israel’s parliament, where 120 lawmakers were being sworn in following elections last month. The protesters included groups supporting women’s and LGBT rights and others calling for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s resignation. Activists have raised particular concern about a new far-right parliamentary bloc called Religious Zionism, which controls six seats. Within that group are three members openly hostile to LGBT rights, including Avi Maoz, leader of the Noam party. Activist Or Keshet said Maoz had made demeaning homosexuality the centrepiece of his political career.

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