Monday, August 03, 2009

I Just Don't Get It...

Once again an unexpected and tragic shooting has rocked the gay community in Israel on Saturday night after a masked gunman walked into the Tel Aviv Gay and Lesbian Association building and 'fired all over the place' in which three were killed, among them a 16-year-old teen and a 26-year-old youth counsellor, and 15 wounded.

President Shimon Peres on Sunday called the incident a "shocking murder, in which a civilised and enlightened nation cannot accept."

"Murder and hatred are the two most serious crimes in society. The police must exert great efforts in order to catch the despicable murderer, and the entire nation must unite in condemning this abominable act," the president said.

Nitzan Horowitz, an openly gay legislator, told the Haaretz Newspaper that the shooting should be considered a hate crime against the community, regardless of the real motive of the gunman.

"Someone who goes in with a mask, with the goal of killing as many gay young people as possible, has committed a hate crime."

"We will continue our activities. We will fight back at anyone who tries to kill us. Years of unremitting incitement from MKs [Member of Knesset (Israeli parliament)], rabbis and public figures have exacted a heavy price," he continued.

He said that he had no doubt there was a connection between the latest killings and what he termed incitement against the gay community in Israel.

"I attribute this to the general incitement and hate with which we have been contending for years in this community."

The Haaretz reported that within 90 minutes of the attack on the center, hundreds of people gathered nearby, spontaneously. Some embraced one another and cried.

Said Nadav, 31, who arrived at the scene with his partner, "We thought these children were growing up in a different world from the one in which we lived at their age. But it was actually they who suffered a blow, which we never knew even in the darkest periods of the past."

I'm very sympathetic towards our innocent brothers and sisters who have lost their lives and injured in this COWARD act. I hope all the victims rest in peace and may the injured ones would heal quickly and return home with their loved ones.


dougie said...

I have to say I do not get it either. Who really care whom we sleep with or love? You would think the Jewish people especially would not discriminate after what they have gone through. Shocking.

Joe said...

I don't understand why there are still this kind of people in the world. What's with us? I mean, we don't do anything to harm anybody! I just don't get it