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May 5, 2017 12:11 pm

Israeli LGBT Activists Demonstrate at Russian Embassy in Tel Aviv Over Persecution of Gay Men in Chechnya

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LGBT activists outside the Russian Embassy in Tel Aviv. Photo: Twitter.

More than 600 demonstrators descended upon the Russian Embassy in Tel Aviv on Friday to protest the persecution of gay men in Chechnya.

Chanting “never again,” the demonstrators — mobilized by “Agudah,” an Israeli LGBT rights organization — shut down Hayarkon Street, a major thoroughfare in downtown Tel Aviv where the Russian Embassy is located.

Speakers at the protest said that around 100 gay men had been detained in the prison camps in the autonomous southern Russian region, where they face beatings and torture. Three detainees have reportedly been executed.

LGBT activists in Israel and around the world have pointed to footage of a survivor of one of the camps telling a French interviewer that Chechen authorities are now instructing the parents of gay men to kill their sons as a matter of family honor.

“The authorities said to them: ‘Your son is a homosexual — sort it out or we’ll do it ourselves,'” the survivor told the France 24 television station. “Now they arrest everyone. They kill people, they do whatever they want.”

Russian authorities have routinely denied reports of the persecution, which first surfaced in April when Sir Alan Duncan, a minister at the British Foreign Office, told the UK parliament that “human rights groups report that these anti-gay campaigns and killings are orchestrated by the head of the Chechen republic, Ramzan Kadyrov.”

Duncan said his sources had told him that Kadyrov — a strongman ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin — wants the gay community in Chechnya, where the majority of the population are Caucasus Muslims, to be “eliminated” before the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which begins on May 26.

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  • It is a big shame that these things happen in Israel. Generations of Jews seem to have prayed for their return to the Holy Land for nothing, since now we have Jews who commit and favour the very abominations for which HaShem destroyed the ancient Gentile nations who lived there before Israel took possession of it. As it is said in Vayikra (18:22-28):

    “[…] And thou shalt not lie with mankind as one lieth with a woman: it is an abomination. And thou shalt lie with no beast to become unclean therewith; and a woman shall not stand before a beast to lie down with it: it is confusion. Make not yourselves unclean in any of these things; for in all these have the nations which I am casting out before you made themselves unclean. And the land hath become unclean; and I visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land vomiteth out its inhabitants. But ye shall observe my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of all these abominations: the home-born, and the stranger that sojourneth among you; (for all these abominations have the men of the land done, who were before you, and the land hath been made unclean); that the land vomit you not out, when ye make it unclean, as it vomited out the nation that was before you.”

    How long will it take before ISIS rockets or other upheaval will descend upon Tel Aviv, The “Gay Capital”? Committing and propagating perversions will bring disaster and divine punishment on the nation. The Torah hasn’t changed.