Israeli President Calls For End to Incitement Against LGBT Community

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Ynetnews reports: President Reuven Rivlin and his wife Nechama met on Sunday with Uri and Mika Banki, whose 16-year-old daughter Shira was stabbed to death at last year’s Jerusalem Pride parade.

The president called for tolerance, particularly in light of the recent slew of homophobic pronouncements from prominent rabbis.

The president said, “The statements heard from the mouths of rabbis, leaders, and spiritual leaders have hurt me deeply. I would ask to repeat and remind everyone, ‘Beloved is man, for he was created in (God’s) image’; any man, regardless of religion, race, and sex. I am certain that the rabbis that so many pupils look up to, some of them members of the LGBT community themselves, will also find a way to clarify that they don’t think differently.”

Also present at the meeting were representative of the Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance (JOH), which was organized to mark the first anniversary of Shira’s murder and before the Jerusalem Pride parade that is to take place on Thursday.

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