On Shabbat, the Times of Israel reported that half a dozen Arab Members of Knesset condemned a stabbing outside a Tel Aviv LGBT shelter of an Arab youth who before collapsing identified the fugitive assailant as his brother. May he have a complete and speedy recovery.
We’ve come a long way and these lawmakers deserve a lot of credit for their new moral leadership on this issue.
The subject is an Israeli Jew and a Muslim from the (by the PA) Occupied Territories falling in love. The story is at least as old as Romeo and Juliet.
The movie is very well done.
It has pace throughout.
It’s painfully honest and realistic.
It’s not steamy or pornographic at all.
It’s about love, not lust.
Worth anyone’s 90 minutes.
Meanwhile, I have a little update on the Mizrachic Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem who blew up at homos last week. I answered his case at length but I left one thing out: that he sounded so bitter.
Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach once gave a concert somewhere. Until the very start of the performance, one of the local Orthodox Jews campaigned against going to listen to him. Reb Shlomo said: Tell me about him. The answer: He has 12 children and just lost his job. Ah, Reb Shlomo replied, no wonder he sounds so bitter. He arranged that all proceeds went to this guy, with him knowing from where the money had come.
I wrote about the attack by the Chief Rabbi, that he is not the issue. After that, I got some more information.
Needless to say that homosexuality in his surroundings is completely taboo. So, no wonder that Gay young men close to him kept their identity and affair a secret. When he found out after five years, he must have been very distraught. (Don’t you think for a second that I’m outing anyone. If gayness happens to 5% of any population, then there is a whopping 33% chance that a close relative of anyone is non-Straight.)
The moral of the story: The rabbinic attack was fueled by personal frustration and no one needs to take it to heart at all.