Tag Archives: Israel

Ivri Lider – I Kissed A Girl

Israel’s top openly gay pop star Ivri Lider covers Kate Perry. (Via JMG reader Sheepy)

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Israel: Maternity Leave For Gay Couple

For the first time, the Israeli government has granted maternity leave to a gay male couple. The National Insurance Institute authorized Israel’s first-ever “maternity” leave for a male couple on Thursday. Yonatan Gher, director of Jerusalem’s nonprofit Open House Pride and Tolerance organization, has received institute approval of a 64-day leave from work on the occasion of the birth of …

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Israel Declares Cease-Fire

Just in time so Barack Obama doesn’t have to deal with it, Israel has declared a cease-fire in Gaza. Israel declared a unilateral cease-fire Saturday in its 22-day offensive that turned Gaza neighborhoods into battlegrounds and dealt a stinging blow to the Islamic militants of Hamas. But Israeli troops will stay in the Palestinian territory for now and Hamas threatened …

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Israel Shells UN In Gaza

It will be very interesting to hear Obama’s reaction to this: Israel shelled the United Nations headquarters in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, engulfing the compound and the main warehouse in fire and destroying thousands of pounds of food and humanitarian supplies intended for Palestinian refugees. The U.N. chief, in Israel for the day, demanded a “full explanation.” A senior …

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British Tabloid Reports Threats To Behead Madonna Over Her Ties To Judaism

British tabloid The People claims to have “infiltrated” a radical Islamist website and learned of threats to have Madonna beheaded for her devotion to Kabbalah. According to the publication, Madonna has responded to the threat by increasing her security. Madonna has urgently beefed up her family’s security after being targeted by Muslim fanatics seeking revenge for Israel’s attacks on Gaza. …

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Joe The Plumber Goes To Israel…

…as a war correspondent. And on his first day on the job as a reporter covering the war, he decides that reporters have no business covering wars.

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NYC: Thousands Rally Against Gaza War

Thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters jammed Times Square this weekend to decry the Israeli/Hamas conflict. Chanting “Free Palestine,” thousands of Palestinian supporters demonstrated in Times Square Saturday to protest Israel’s punishing military offensive in Gaza. The wave of protesters stretched across three blocks, dwarfing the dozens of boisterous supporters of Israel assembled across Seventh Ave. “What’s happening in Gaza is something …

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Israeli Army Launches YouTube Channel

Yesterday the Israeli army launched their own channel on YouTube so the world can witness the mighty mighty power of their American-made-and-paid-for technology.

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This Week In Religious Nuttery

– Saudi Arabia’s Islamic Sharia court has ruled that satellite television operators that beam “immodest” programming during Ramadan are subject to to the death penalty. Sheikh Saleh al-Lohaidan: “What does the owner of these networks think, when he provides seduction, obscenity and vulgarity? Those calling for corrupt beliefs, certainly it’s permissible to kill them.” – Some Hassidic Jews in Brooklyn’s …

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PhoboQuotable – Arcadi Gaydamak

“When I’m elected mayor, I would die before allowing the pride parade to be held in Jerusalem. They want to be proud? They’re allowed to. They want to demonstrate? Fine. But the streets of Jerusalem are a symbol, and parading on them would be an aggressive act against our tradition, against our values and against our morale. I would lie …

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NYC: Gay Dad Kidnaps Son From Husband, Flees To Israel

A New York man has kidnapped the boy he and his husband adopted together and fled to Israel. Authorities are calling it the first such case ever involving a married gay couple. A baby boy adopted by two gay men whose marriage soured was abducted and spirited away from New York to Israel by one of the parents, who’s now …

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Impatient With Bush, Israel Decides To End World On Its Own

Saddle them horsemen up. Israel carried out a major military exercise earlier this month that American officials say appeared to be a rehearsal for a potential bombing attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Several American officials said the Israeli exercise appeared to be an effort to develop the military’s capacity to carry out long-range strikes and to demonstrate the seriousness with …

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Israel To Get Memorial To
Gay Holocaust Victims

Tel Aviv will be the site of Israel’s first memorial to the gay victims of the Nazis. Three iron panels, each 5 meters wide and deep, and partially buried, will form a 3-dimensional triangular pit, from which light will stream. Names of the registered homosexual Nazi victims will be inscribed inside in Hebrew, though the actual number of victims and …

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Hillary Goes Nuclear

On Good Morning America today, Hillary Clinton was asked what she would do if Iran attacked Israel with nuclear weapons: “I want the Iranians to know that if I’m the president, we will attack Iran. In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them.” Well, …

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Carter: Hamas Will Accept Peace With Israel

Despite earning the wrath of the left and the right for meeting with Hamas, Jimmy Carter seems to have made some progress where others could not. Jimmy Carter says Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, and other senior members of the Islamic militant group he met with in Damascus have told him they are willing to accept a peace agreement negotiated by …

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Gay Rights Cause Earthquakes!

“A cost-effective way of averting earthquake damage would be to stop passing legislation on how to encourage homosexual activity in the State of Israel, which anyways causes earthquakes.” – Shlomo Benizri, of Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Shas party, speaking in a Knesset debate on earthquake preparedness. Israel’s LGBT Association responded: “It is sad that a religious MK [Member of Knesset] in Israel …

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Israel Grants Adoption Rights To Gays

On Sunday Israel’s attorney general granted to full adoption rights to that country’s gay couples. Before his ruling, gay couples could only adopt if one partner was the biological parent of the child. “I welcome the decision,” said Welfare Minister Isaac Herzog. “There is no reason why same-sex couples who meet the criteria for adoption should not be able to …

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Iran Launches English-Language
Web TV Channel

Iran has launched an English-language 24-hour news channel called Press TV, which with al-Jazeera should satisfy all your anti-American propaganda needs. I’ve watched a couple of hours of the programming late last night and some of it is fascinating stuff, with some apparently English and American-born reporters and commenters joining the male and (headscarfed) female anchors on screen. While much …

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Eggs & Excrement At Jerusalem Pride

Jerusalem’s Pride parade was this morning, where marchers encountered hundreds of Haredi, Israel’s bizarre Ultra Othodox sect, who arrived with eggs and bags of human excrement to hurl. Just before the parade kicked off, police arrested a 32-year old man carrying a bomb which he said he’d planned to detonate near the parade to “scare people away.” Two hundred Haredi …

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A Global Swell Of Anti-Gay Hate

What a strange Pride Month it has been so far for LGBT folks around the world. On the sort of plus side, Colombia tried but failed to grant gay couple similar rights to those of straight couples and Costa Rica is contemplating a similar attempt. On the downside, we’ve got Russia with banned Pride marches, violence against gays, and an …

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