D285. June 13. A Rainbow in Tel Aviv

Capture d’écran 2014-06-18 à 21.56.44Last Friday, ten of thousands of people took part in the city’s annual gay pride parade.

Capture d’écran 2014-06-18 à 21.55.4280 000 persons according to the police, 100 000 according to the organizations.

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And 25 000 tourists were there.

Capture d’écran 2014-06-18 à 21.53.49The city has emerged as one of the world’s most gay-friendly travel destinations in recent years, in sharp contrast to the rest of the region.

Capture d’écran 2014-06-18 à 21.52.48A marche by the beach, not to bad, isn’t it ?

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Capture d’écran 2014-06-18 à 21.56.31 Drag queens wearing heavy makeup, dresses with sequins and high heels bounced along to the music alongside scantily clad men and women.

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Capture d’écran 2014-06-18 à 21.54.21 Gays serve openly in Israel’s military and parliamentCapture d’écran 2014-06-18 à 21.53.08      Capture d’écran 2014-06-18 à 21.53.41Capture d’écran 2014-06-18 à 21.53.22

Officially, there is no gay marriage in Israel, primarily because there is no civil marriage of any kind. All Jewish weddings must be conducted through the Jewish rabbinate, which considers homosexuality a sin and a violation of Jewish law.

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But the state recognizes same-sex couples who marry abroad.

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Among most Palestinians, gays tend to be secretive about their social lives. In the West Bank, a 1951 Jordanian law banning homosexual acts remains in effect, as does a ban in Gaza passed by British authorities in 1936.

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Tel Aviv’s openness to gays stands in contrast to conservative Jerusalem, just a short drive away, home to some of the holiest sites to Judaism, Christianity and Islam… You will see tomorrow… But before, that :

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “D285. June 13. A Rainbow in Tel Aviv

  1. so close from the place in the world were people died just because they think or pray differently, Tel Aviv is a big exemple of liberty and tolerance for the big world !! and just for that, this town should be protect for everyone and by everyone !!

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