250,000 March in Largest Gay Pride Parade in the Middle East

* Tel Aviv-Yafo Mayor: “We will continue to support and celebrate our local LGBTQ culture and act as a welcoming destination for the International gay community.” *International Ambassador for Tel Aviv pride 2019, Neil Patrick Harris: “Tel Aviv Pride has become an important symbol of LGBTQ visibility and acceptance on the world stage. June 14, 2019, … More 250,000 March in Largest Gay Pride Parade in the Middle East

Anti-Semitism at Creating Change 2019 Calls for Immediate Public Apology by National LGBTQ Task Force

“From the River to the Sea…..” is a chant calling for the genocide and destruction of Jews!  When LGBTQ platforms are usurped for an agenda that serves to promote anti-semitism:  Creating Change, a preeminent annual LGBTQ conference which took place in Chicago in 2016 spiraled out of control outside a reception held by the Jewish … More Anti-Semitism at Creating Change 2019 Calls for Immediate Public Apology by National LGBTQ Task Force

A Reflective Mothers Day – Five Generations in My Maternal Line on Five Separate Continents Mothers

Standing with refugees, asylum seekers immigrants, and orphans because it is persecutory and tragic to separate families… This Mother’s day as we stand with refugee and asylum seeking mothers and the orphans who do not have mothers, I reflect on the tragedy of my own family and how the Trump Administration is working policy to … More A Reflective Mothers Day – Five Generations in My Maternal Line on Five Separate Continents Mothers

Some News Americans May Not Be Interested In

Cameroon is not an ideal place for journalists to thrive in, due to laws that constantly threaten their freedom and independence, a recent report by a media rights group has said. Imagine that!  The 2018 Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders said Cameroonian authorities have imposed a climate of fear and self-censorship on … More Some News Americans May Not Be Interested In

An Unsual Attack on a Fellow Jew – After All these Are days of Awe!

“Listen to me you impotent bald fuckwit.,” she noted in her private Facebook message – to one of the loveliest men I am privileged to know. A father, a husband, a citizen, an activist and a well respected professional in his realm of work. Meet the messenger, the purveyor of the insult, one Revital Zarur, … More An Unsual Attack on a Fellow Jew – After All these Are days of Awe!

US Jewish Leaders Plea to Israel for Same-Sex Adoption Rights

In response to the growing controversy in Israel regarding adoption by same-sex couples, A Wider Bridge organized a public letter which was published today. The letter, signed by nearly 200 Jewish Community Leaders from across America, calls on the Israeli Ministries of Justice and Social Affairs to treat same-sex couples equally in the adoption process. Lesbian, … More US Jewish Leaders Plea to Israel for Same-Sex Adoption Rights

Wiesenthal Center Urges Ukrainian Authorities to Take Action Against General’s Threats to Murder Jews

The Simon Wiesenthal Center has called upon the Ukrainian government to take legal action against retired Security Service General Vasily Vovk in the wake of a recent Facebook post of his in which he wrote that he intends to murder Jews, among them Jewish MP Vadim Rabinovych. In a letter sent to Ukrainian ambassador to … More Wiesenthal Center Urges Ukrainian Authorities to Take Action Against General’s Threats to Murder Jews

Trump Divisive Ambassador to Israel Gets Lowest Senate Vote Ever

This week, Trump stooge Mike Pence will administer the Oath of Office to David Friedman, the new AMERICAN AMBASSADOR to Israel- May Hashem help us! ” Friedman was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday and will likely take up his post fully only in June.Friedman, whose appointment was controversial due to his past support for West … More Trump Divisive Ambassador to Israel Gets Lowest Senate Vote Ever

President Obama’s Statement on the Death of Israeli Former President Shimon Peres

September 27, 2016 Statement by President Obama on the Death of Former Israeli President Shimon Peres There are few people who we share this world with who change the course of human history, not just through their role in human events, but because they expand our moral imagination and force us to expect more of … More President Obama’s Statement on the Death of Israeli Former President Shimon Peres

U.S. Pastor Uses Tel Aviv Pride In Antisemitic Tirade

A prominent Pastor from Alabama seems to be having a hissy-fit that smacks of homophobia and antisemitism. Ricky White, Pastor at House of Refuge, from Haleyville, Alabama is expressing his dismay about the fact that Israel, the Holy Land, has accepted gays, lesbians, transgender and bisexual folk, to such a degree, that it was able to … More U.S. Pastor Uses Tel Aviv Pride In Antisemitic Tirade

Tel Aviv Pride Attracts Tens of Thousands of Tourists

Poll Shows Dramatic Increase in Israeli Public Support of LGBT Community Israeli media has reported that 200,000 people attended LGBT Pride festivities as Tel Aviv celebrated its annual Gay Pride Parade on Friday, the largest event of its kind in the Middle East. It is believed that more than 30,000 tourists from around the world, … More Tel Aviv Pride Attracts Tens of Thousands of Tourists

LGBTQ Families Celebrate Purim in Jerusalem

On Thursday last week, LGBT families in Israel celebrated the first ever LGBT family event held by Jerusalem’s LGBT community groups. Members of Jerusalem’s LGBT community celebrated a daylong Purim festival called Puriya b’Tachana. The event, which included arts and crafts projects for children and parents, was promoted as an “LGBTQ-friendly Purim celebration for the … More LGBTQ Families Celebrate Purim in Jerusalem

World Congress of GLBT Jews to hold Shabbaton in D.C.

The World Congress of GLBT Jews, with Bet Mishpachah and GLOE as co-hosts are holding a Shabbaton in Washington DC, at the DC Jewish Community Center, next month from April 8th to April 10th. The Program and contact information is detailed below. The World Congress is a networking resource for LGBTQ Jews from around the … More World Congress of GLBT Jews to hold Shabbaton in D.C.

Unrepentant Convicted Palestinian Terrorist Rasmieh Odeh Plays Victim to get U.S. Citizenship

Rasmea Yousef Odeh , born 1947/1948; also known as Rasmea Yousef, Rasmieh Steve, and Rasmieh Joseph Steve) is a Palestinian woman and former United States citizen. She served as associate director at the Arab American Action Network in Chicago, Illinois.

Odeh was convicted in 1970 by an Israeli military court of involvement in fatal terrorist bombings, and in 2014 by a US federal jury of immigration fraud. Odeh was arrested in March 1969, and in 1970 was convicted and sentenced by an Israeli military court to life in prison for her involvement in two terrorist bombings in Jerusalem and involvement in an illegal organization, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).
More Unrepentant Convicted Palestinian Terrorist Rasmieh Odeh Plays Victim to get U.S. Citizenship

Is Hatem Abuddayeh Intersecting at Creating Change 2016

Hatem Abudayyeh has been with the Arab American Action Network (AAAN) since 1999, and was appointed Executive Director in 2003. The son of Palestinian immigrants who themselves were leaders in Chicago’s Arab community, Hatem was born in Chicago. Back in 2010 the FBI raided the home of Hatem Abudayeh, in connection with a terrorism investigation at Creating Change 2016 … More Is Hatem Abuddayeh Intersecting at Creating Change 2016

Naming Participants in the Creating Change 2016 LGBTQ Jew Bash Fest

The Mob: Who screamed for Israel’s destruction; who displayed hate above unity of purpose; who knew exactly what they were doing and who were the nochschleppers ? SCROLL DOWN for names. By Melanie Nathan, January 30, 2016 Last week the halls of The Hilton Hotel in Chicago, became the scene of a near riot.  The … More Naming Participants in the Creating Change 2016 LGBTQ Jew Bash Fest

LGBT Leaders Call on Task Force for Independent Review of Creating Change Debacle

By Melanie Nathan January 28, 2016. I am proud to be a signatory to this letter addressed to the LGBTQ Task Force. I am also proud to stand with noted and admired leaders in our community.  The letter speaks for itself.  Thank you to Roberta Kaplan and Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum for leading the effort on … More LGBT Leaders Call on Task Force for Independent Review of Creating Change Debacle

Will LGBTQ Task Force Survive The Creating Change Controversy Financially

By Melanie Nathan, January 26, 2016. When the National LGBTQ Task Force found itself in the midst of an Anti-Semitic tempest, at their Creating Change Conference this week,  San Francisco activist and blogger Michael Petrelis was curious about the organizations financial health and so he explored.  It seems its heading for change, perhaps downhill!  Carrying … More Will LGBTQ Task Force Survive The Creating Change Controversy Financially

Equality California Calls Out National LGBTQ Task Force for Disservice to LGBT Movement

“…. conference organizers failed to defend these organizations and correct the false information and gross distortions….,” EQCA By Melanie Nathan, January 26, 2016. Equality California (EQCA) has posted a strong and pointed statement, calling out The National Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Task Force, for its poor handling of the debacle at Creating Change 2016, … More Equality California Calls Out National LGBTQ Task Force for Disservice to LGBT Movement

Israeli Gay Couple Discover Surrogate Baby Mistake

Wrong Baby From Surrogate Mother in Nepal Posted By Melanie Nathan, January 08, 2016. Several weeks after completing the surrogate birth process in Nepal, a gay Israeli couple learned that the baby girl they’d been told was theirs and had been caring for is not their daughter. The error was revealed by the routine tissue … More Israeli Gay Couple Discover Surrogate Baby Mistake

17 Year old Israeli Dies from Stab Wounds Inflicted at Jerusalem Pride

Reposted by Melanie Nathan, August 02, 2015. An Israeli woman, Shira Banki, 17, has died of the stab wounds inflicted on her by an anti-gay radical right wing ultra religious fundamentalist at the Jerusalem Pride parade. Banki was one of the six people injured, two seriously, in a stabbing at Jerusalem Gay Pride. The detained … More 17 Year old Israeli Dies from Stab Wounds Inflicted at Jerusalem Pride

Convicted Radical in another Stabbing Attack at Jerusalem Gay Pride

By Melanie Nathan, July 30, 2015. UPDATED: August 02, 2015. I am devastated to report that a beautiful young woman celebrating ‪#‎PRIDE‬ has been taken from us – Shira Banki, 17, has died of the stab wounds inflicted on her by an anti-gay radical right wing ultra religious fundamentalist at the Jerusalem Pride parade. May … More Convicted Radical in another Stabbing Attack at Jerusalem Gay Pride

Impressions of Israel by Nigerian LGBT Activist Invited to Tel Aviv Pride

June 15, 2015, Posted by Melanie Nathan Respected Nigerian born LGBTI activist and human rights defender, Davis Mac-lyalla, who has personally experienced unconscionable persecution and discrimination, attended what turned out to be Tel Aviv’s largest ever Pride festivities this past week. I asked him to write a brief note about his experience at Pride. Here … More Impressions of Israel by Nigerian LGBT Activist Invited to Tel Aviv Pride

Israel Includes Same-Sex Spouses under Law of Return Immigration

By Melanie Nathan, August 12 2014, Israel has decided that the law of return includes non-Jewish same sex spouses. Directly form the Haaretz report: The Law of Return, which gives Diaspora Jews and non-Jewish family members the right to immigrate to Israel, also applies to legally married same-sex spouses, Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar said Tuesday. … More Israel Includes Same-Sex Spouses under Law of Return Immigration

South African Rally for Israel Speaks Peace in Face of Years of Rising Anti-Semitism

Over 10,000 turn out for South African Rally to Support Israel Posted by Melanie Nathan, Aug 05, 104. Johannesburg – Aug 04- 2014. On Sunday, more than 12,000 South Africans, representing a broad spectrum of society, came together to stand united in solidarity with Israel, while condemning the use of terror by Hamas against the citizens of … More South African Rally for Israel Speaks Peace in Face of Years of Rising Anti-Semitism

Gay Holocaust Memorial Unveiled in Tel Aviv

by Melanie Nathan, January 11, 2014. A memorial honoring gays and lesbians persecuted by the Nazis during World War II has been unveiled in Tel Aviv. The memorial depicts a pink triangle, the symbol gays were forced by the Nazis to wear in concentration camps. The memorial’s dedication is in Hebrew, English and German: “In … More Gay Holocaust Memorial Unveiled in Tel Aviv

South Africa’s Jewish Community Mourns Nelson Mandela with Past President Mbeki

Songs and prayers in all religious congregations all over South Africa | “As we celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela, its become the central task that we reflect on what needs to be done to sustain his legacy to ensure we do not betray what he and other sacrificed for and stood for” former President … More South Africa’s Jewish Community Mourns Nelson Mandela with Past President Mbeki