Sunday, February 5, 2023

Netanyahu slams aides for LGBTQ remarks

JERUSALEM ( Associated Press) – Israel’s prime minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu rebuked his coalition partners on Sunday for saying they would propose legislation to discriminate against LGBTQ people, saying LGBTQ rights would be undermined during his rule. shall not be infringed.

Netanyahu is set to lead the most nationalist and religious government in Israel’s history, his Likud party and others that are explicitly anti-LGBTQ. This has raised fears among the LGBTQ community that the new government, which is expected to take office next week, will reverse the gains made by that sector in recent years.

Religious Zionism party lawmaker Orit Struck said his party would propose changing the country’s anti-discrimination law to allow people to refuse work against their religious beliefs – including discrimination against LGBTQ people in hospitals.

In an interview with Cannes radio on Sunday, Struck said that “as long as there are other doctors who can provide care,” religious health workers should have the right to refuse to help LGBTQ people.

Another member of that party, Simcha Rotman, declared that private businesses, including hotel owners, should have the right to refuse to provide services to LGBTQ people “if it hurts their religious feelings.”

Netanyahu said Struck’s comments were “unacceptable to me and the members of Likud” and that the coalition agreement “does not allow for discrimination against LGBTQ people or the violation of their rights to receive services like all other citizens of Israel”.

The outgoing government has taken small steps to advance the rights of the LGBTQ community, lifting a ban on gay men donating blood, facilitating sex change surgery, and outspoken opposition to “conversion therapy”, which stigmatizes an LGBTQ person. based on assumption. Can be “converted” to be heterosexual with therapy.

The incoming government includes two ultra-Orthodox parties that ban women from politics, and the Religious Judaism Party, a broad movement whose leaders are explicitly homophobic.

LGBTQ people serve openly in the military and are members of the Knesset (the Israeli parliament). Many figures in the arts and entertainment, as well as former ministers, are openly gay. Still, leaders of that community insist that Israel has a long way to go in this regard.

Netanyahu and his allies won a majority in the Knesset in an election held on 1 November. Last week, the leader announced that he had managed to form a coalition to govern. However, the government has not yet been sworn in, and Netanyahu and his allies are still negotiating power-sharing deals.

Netanyahu served as prime minister for 12 years before being defeated in the elections last year.

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