Israel Investing Nearly $3 Million in Homosexual Tourism

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2015 Tel Aviv Pride Parade| Photo Credit: U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv

TEL AVIV Israel’s Ministry of Tourism says that it plans to invest NIS 11 million ($2.9 million) to promote the nation as a tourist attraction for homosexuals.

While the annual Tel Aviv homosexual pride parade is one of the largest in Israel, attracting an estimated 100,000 participants, the campaign will broaden in a push for homosexual tourism all year round.

“We’re building a plan for a long-term strategy,” Israel’s Tourism Minister Yariv Levin told reporters. “Different organizations that we work with have marked the LGBT community as one that has significant potential for growth, and I certainly want to break into larger numbers than we have today.”

The Tel Aviv Municipality and Israel’s Ministry of Tourism had tapped “drag queen” Arie Oshri earlier this year to represent Israel at Germany’s tourism trade fair.

“I’m really proud of the choice and am happy that this is finally happening. I am full of respect for the people working behind the scenes, but when it comes to marketing, they need a colorful and interesting visual character,” Oshri told Ynet News.

“Tel Aviv has a lot to offer the gay crowd, and they are beginning to understand this in Israel,” he said. “I think that Israel is in a very good place, especially for the Middle East, as the only state in which it’s legal to be gay. The Germans really like the political thing but that’s really not my interest. I’m coming to talk about Tel Aviv, the pride parade, and that’s it.”

As previously reported, in February, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his support for the Knesset’s designation of an “LGBT Rights Day.” The Knesset is the legislative body in Israel similar to the American Congress.

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“I came here in the middle of my schedule, which was no less busy, to say one sentence to the members of the LGBT community: ‘Every man was created in the image of God.’ That is the idea brought by our nation to mankind thousands of years ago, and it is the principle that must guide our national lives today,” Netanyahu stated.

Homosexuality was legalized in Israel in 1988, and homosexual adoption was permitted following a 2008 court ruling. The Tel Aviv pride parade has been held each June since 1998, and some characterize the city as “the gay capital of the Middle East.”

In 2009, a pair of lesbians filed suit against Yad Hashmona, a Messianic Jewish kibbutz near Jerusalem, for declining to host a “marriage” celebration at the moshav. In 2012, the Jerusalem Magistrate Court ruled against Yad Hashmona, rejecting the hotel owner’s arguments that they should have the right to practice their religion.

The case was then appealed, but in June 2014, Judge Moshe Yoad Cohen upheld the ruling and agreed that Yad Hashmona was guilty of violating Israeli law. As a result of the rulings, the owners of the hotel closed the wedding hall due to fear of further lawsuits.

“I feel sad that people are getting so far from God and celebrating the victory of sin,” manager Tsuriel Bar-David told reporters. “I feel shame that this behavior is now officially becoming ‘normal’ and accepted. I feel that we are getting closer and closer to the days when being a follower of Jesus—Yeshua–will not be accepted anymore, and that those who would like to stay faithful will have no choice but to be set apart from the ‘normal’ society.”


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  • Paige Turner

    Business is Business. The link goes to Breitbart which is an extreme right wing site. Not good.

  • Amy

    Many Christians don’t realize how many secular Jews live in Israel. Any place that has a lot of atheists and agnostics also has plenty of sexual perversion. As Paul observed in Romans 1, there’s a definite linkage between atheism and sexual deviance.

    • Paige Turner

      Oddly there is also a link to sexual deviance, specifically pedophilia and the Catholic church clergy too. Interesting.

      • ComeOnPeople!

        Truth is not based on mans beliefs but on the words of God himself. Therefore… Truth and the Catholic church are total opposites. You might as well be an atheist. Both do their own thing in total rebellion of what is written. Adam and Eve’s terrible mistake still in action. Still pointing fingers at others, still blaming the devil, instead of just saying, “I knew it was wrong according to your word and I did it anyway.” Some old hag in a different dress!

        • Paige Turner

          Im not sure what your post is about at it made no sense at all.

          There is a correlation between religious institutions and child abuse. There is none between homosexuality and child abuse. Most child abusers are heterosexuals.

          • ComeOnPeople!

            Both are in sin is my point. Neither live according to God’s word. Obedience to the word of God is what pleases God, not a religion or mans ways. Both are the same old hag just in a different dress.

          • Paige Turner

            So obedience to God based on the bible?

          • ComeOnPeople!

            Yes because HE said “If you love ME, you will keep MY commandments.” The bible defines sin… Sin is the transgression of the law. The bible says homosexuality is wrong, unfaithfulness is wrong, divorce is wrong, etc etc.

          • Paige Turner

            The bible also says that you should be put to death for;

            Working on the Sabbath
            Wearing clothes of a different cloth
            Eating Shell fish
            Touching the skin of a dead pig (football for example)
            Eating pork products

            Im sure you’ve done at least one of these things. How would you like me to put you to death? Stoning?

          • ppp777

            Try to separate moral law with diet laws e t c , you will find the bible a lot easier to understand , let the word [ context ] etch into your head .

          • Paige Turner

            You have said that one needs to be obedient to God and do what is said in the Bible.

            The Bible is very clear on all of these things. Its not a pick and choose. If you are going to condemn a minority group with the Bible then be prepared to be challenged with regard to all of its contents.

            There is a difference between “understanding” the Bible and using selected passages to further your dislike for a minority which is what is happening here.

            The Bible also talks about slavery and polygamy.

            Should we be bring that back as well?

          • ppp777

            Again you are showing your wilful ignorance , and if I thought you were a truth seeker I would try the put you straight , but you are clearly not .

          • Paige Turner

            You are dodging the question.

            You are conveniently using the bits of the bible you like to vilify gay people and ignoring the bits that are inconvenient.

            You need to own all of the book.

          • ppp777

            What does it take to get through to you ? you need to get out of that demonic lifestyle of yours and start to think straight , homosexuality is under moral law [ eternal ] , diet laws e t c are not , they were temporary and are not soul destroying and were put there for different reasons and good practical reasons for that matter , the bible is about redemption and recorded history and Jesus is in the very D N A of the whole book , slavery was a world wide institution and the slaves [ as you call them ] were treated a hell of a lot better in jewish society than anywhere else because of Gods law , you should try to read a bit of history for yourself and stop listening to this P C atheistic propaganda , that is the work of the devil .

          • Paige Turner

            Who said that I was gay?

            What moral law? What DNA of a book? Nonsense. Its a book. It has no DNA or moral law.

            You are making things up from the bible to suit your hatred filled agenda.

            You are also not answering any direct questions but it seems that you think that slavery is OK.

          • ppp777

            Considering homosexuals make up for less than one per cent of the worlds population your remark maybe somewhat justified in your head , but homosexuals exist in the main because of some sort of abuse in the family .

          • Paige Turner

            Are you saying that we should treat minorities differently because there are only a few of them who are different to the majority? That’s not very Christian.

            The prevailing professional opinion is that exclusively homosexual people make up around 4% of the population however there are no hard numbers as it is impossible to determine.

            Your comment about homosexuality being the result of abuse has been debunked long ago along with other Freudian theories regarding domineering Mothers and absent Fathers.

            The overwhelming medical evidence as well as anecdotal evidence and reports from gay people themselves is that they were born gay and that it is a genetic trait not an environmental outcome.

            It is also medically proven that you cannot change a persons sexuality which is why reparative therapy is banned in many states and that Exodus international (the worlds largest ex gay group) closed its doors last year, apologised to the people it had hurt and admitted that no one had ever been changed in all the years that they operated. JONAH has also closed its doors after it was proven to be quackery.

          • ppp777

            Your lying points have disproved a long time ago , and the only cure for your perversion [ and make no mistake it is an perversion , like incest child abuse beastiality etc ] is Christ ,
            Buggering men does not come natural it is a disease of the mind like all other perversions , so cut out your propaganda and admit what you really are , and one percent is being generous , you just happen to be very load and aggressive , typical Satan’s lackys .

          • Paige Turner

            You were given a cogent, respectful and informed response which you have ignored. You were also given facts which you have denied. You then resort to ad hominem which is the lowest form of debate.

            Conflating child abuse and beastiality with homosexuality is ridiculous. Children and animals cannot consent which is why it is illegal and why you cant marry your under aged daughter or your dog. Consenting adults consent hence why homosexual activity is not like pedophilia or beastiality in any way. Its offensive to conflate these things.

            Around 20% of Heterosexuals also engage in “buggery” so if I used your numbers of “less than 1%” for the homosexual community in total then by sheer force of numbers heterosexuals are doing it a lot more than homosexuals.

            You can accept facts, open your mind and live in reality which I have provided or remain closed off to anything other than what you want to believe. My guess is you will stay with the latter as it requires no critical thinking.

          • ppp777

            I am tired of debating reprobates like you , you are hell bent on destruction , Jesus said ” don’t cast your pearl at swine ” , and you are the perfect example .

          • Paige Turner

            You’ve been treated respectfully, been given facts and evidence and have been challenged on your bigotry and homophobia and you don’t like that because you have no cogent response.

            Nothing I have posted in untrue or without a solid base in truth.

            You on the other hand have conflated gay people with sex offenders, pedophiles and beastiality. You have condemned and judged them and then you have the audacity to condemn me and call me a reprobate.

            Shame on you.

          • ppp777

            The truth is the truth you have given no facts but act on emotion , your life style is a perversion , the only difference between your perversion is yours is legal at the moment , and as for the word ” reprobate ” well if the shoe fits .

          • Paige Turner

            You know nothing of me. You don’t know my gender, sex, sexuality nothing. You’re making assumptions and projections based on your twisted world view.

          • ppp777

            I go by what comes out of your mouth , and I have read enough of your posts to come to that conclusion

          • Paige Turner

            Judgement and condemnation are your forte aren’t they?

            Projecting all of your fears and anxieties onto a random, genderless stranger on the internet and not knowing the first thing about them shows the depth of the problem for you.

          • ComeOnPeople!

            Wow I came back to see everyones comments but the pot stirrer. Like most with his views, he must have shown his true colors and then ran when he saw the gig was up. What a horrible spirit. I seriously feel pity for those so confused and tormented. Pawns in a spiritual chess game which they have no clue they are in.

          • peanut butter

            You can’t change DNA either, so no matter what you do with your own body, you are still the gender that God made you. You seem to have no idea what the Christian religion is based on, and you sound atheist. So your points are null and void. You have only read the Bible to pick and choose those parts that fit your arguments. Read it with real intent and you will begin to understand what the whole Book says. I hope you do it and change your stance, for your sake in eternity.

          • Paige Turner

            You are now conflating the issues of;

            Gender
            Sex
            Sexual identity
            Sexuality

            These are 4 different things.

            This is on top of the conflation of homosexuals with pedophiles and child abusers. You are all over the shop with this. None of these things are related except in your head where you are labelling anything you don’t understand as “perversion” which it is not.

            Before you shoot your mouth off with these subjects can you please do some research and understand the difference and what they actually mean because you’re doing a lot of damage with your limited understanding,

            I am very familiar with the Bible and Christianity. Its very hypocritical to say that I am picking and choosing as this is simply your projection.

    • ComeOnPeople!

      Another definite linkage is the rainbow to destruction. A sign from God right after He destroyed the earth and everything in it, that stated He would never destroy the world with water again. Next time, because of mans rebellion He will destroy it with FIRE .

      • Paige Turner

        You sound nice.

  • Luke Sulla

    Gays and Jews. In the desert. I can visit Palm Springs for a lot less.

    • acontraryview

      ROFLMAO

    • acontraryview

      LOL

    • Peter Leh

      ok that is funny

  • ComeOnPeople!

    Supporting a destructive cause to bring in money is just plain wrong and it will eventually destroy the one supporting it. I have a gay brother and I love the mess out of him but I will never support his lifestyle , not even if it makes our lives easier. Not even if it makes him happier with me. If I ever support it, my own morality and reason will eventually go out the window. The Emperor has no clothes on folks and I’m not afraid to say it. By the way. Don’t give me this your intolerant junk. I tell my kids, there is no excuse for poor behavior. Truth is Truth whether it agrees with your actions or not. “You’re not being tolerance” is the new catch phrase for … “I know I’m in the wrong but don’t point that out cause it makes me uncomfortable.” We seriously are in a new age of immature adults who can’t reason or make good judgements anymore, who would rather wear rose colored glasses, then to speak truth and offend someone. Come on!

    • Paige Turner

      You condemn your own Brother. Your own flesh and blood.

      Wow. Pious much?

      How you can think that this is the way Jesus would handle this situation is remarkable. I hope that your brother has dropped you like a hot rock for that behaviour.

      • ComeOnPeople!

        Jesus would have condemned it as well but still loved. I can love my brother yet not agree with his actions , just as he can do the same to me. Families don’t always agree with one another. Love isn’t passive as you imply. Love when it sees someone in a destructive behavior , tells that person before it’s to late. Love doesn’t agree with things that will in the end kill those they love. If my brother was drinking to much, I’d disagree. If he were doing drugs, I’d disagree. If he were married and cheating, I’d disagree. If he were sleeping around (which he does) I’d disagree. All are destructive. I’d die for my brother , yet this lifestyle has turned him inward. It has left him with partner after partner. It is destroying him and I love him to much to agree with a lifestyle that is hurting him. Men with men, women with women, will always be wrong, not because I’m pious but because it is destructive behavior & God is Holy. His words are true and forever settled. Men can argue till they are blue in the face & remain in rebellion till the day they die & still God’s word will stand. Are His words against destructive behaviors hateful? NO! His word is to draw you back to ways that bring you close to your creator and to give you life more abundantly. I would hope if I were in a burning house my brother would try to rescue me. That’s love, that’s what God did. He saw we were in danger and rescued us. He didn’t leave us in danger only for us to continue playing with fire. You talk a totally different Jesus. The love you imply is fickle and passive. His love is takes action. Now if you love that Jesus, HE said, “If you love me keep my commandments.” He also said to the adulterous woman. “Go and SIN no more.”

        • Paige Turner

          So you speak on behalf of Jesus and God as well as, judging and condemning your own flesh and blood. You are not only pious but judgemental as well. Conflating your brothers unchosen sexuality and a house burning down is non sequitur.

          It also does not sound like your brother is going to change so your judgement of him is your impotent rage. He would be justified in turning his back on you.

          Your entire argument is predicated on your brother making a choice which he did not no matter how much that you say that he did. Perhaps you should discuss this with him and he will tell you however its unlikely that you would believe him as your views seem fixed in order to preserve your biblical view.

          His sexuality simply displeases you and you use the scriptures as a way of justifying that and let you off the hook.

          I have 3 up-votes. You have none. It seems like the readers agree with me.

          • disqus_O2BUmbLecp

            MATT.10: =

            21 “Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. 22 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. 23 When they persecute you in this city, flee to another. For assuredly, I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the
            Son of Man comes…….

            Christ Brings Division

            34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’[e] 37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.

            38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.

          • Paige Turner

            3 upvotes for me and none for you and no explanation as to how you became God’s agent.

            Put down your bible and love your brother for who he is not who you want him to be. You will be a lot happier I guarantee it.

            Post as many bible verses as you want, it doesn’t make it true or right.

          • disqus_O2BUmbLecp

            R u a 6 yo kindergartener, needing stars n upvotes to feel good about yrself.?

          • Paige Turner

            Am I a 6 year old? No, however given your inability to construct a coherent sentence and spell complete words you may want to address this for yourself.

            Up votes show that others approve of the comments and are agreeing with me as opposed to the venom that you are spewing about your gay brother.

          • ComeOnPeople!

            I find your argument not only silly but much more judgmental then what you accuse me of. I simple state what the bible says on subjects and what nature itself teaches us. Oh and using plain ole comment sense helps also. As to the Gay lifestyle? It is just that, a lifestyle. Being with someone sexually is always a choice. Some people are attracted sexually to animals . Some are attracted to children. Some are attracted to group sex. All of which are a perversion of nature itself. Sexual behavior is all by choice & same sex relationships depart from nature itself and only account for roughly 1% of the people. Two males or two females can never produce a child. If it were natural for two of the same sex to be together, the human race would cease to be. Same in the animal kingdom. Also noteworthy is that up until movies and television shows started promoting same sex relationships not to many years back, it was and always has been a big no no in society . The reason no one ever spoke of same sex partners is because it was so far from the norm and looked down upon in every society. But hey movies and TV always seem to have a way of retraining the public view and perverted Hollywood has always had an agenda. So Paige Turner my last words to you are these. Study history, nature and the bible on the topic of same sex partners. Then maybe we can have a logical discussion .

          • Paige Turner

            You simply do not understand human sexuality. There is no gay “lifestyle” just like there is no straight “lifestyle”. None of these things are choices. They are innate. This is a fact. You did not choose to be straight and your brother did not choose to be gay.

            Perhaps you should talk to your brother and try and understand him rather than condemning him and an entire community.

            Ask him “Brother, when did you choose to be Gay and why did you choose to be Gay?” and see what he says.

            The Bible has been proven to be wrong on a number of issues and homosexuality is one of those. Eating pork and shell fish as well as working on the Sabbath are others. These also are now the norm. Unmarried couples cohabitate, divorce and re marry. The Bible condemns these things too yet these things are totally accepted and celebrated. Why is homosexuality any different? It’s just that you don’t like it and has nothing to do with religion. Man up and admit it. You just don’t like gay people.

            Your argument that homosexuality is something new because its now on TV is post hoc ergo propter hoc. Gay people have been around forever its just now they are visible and can live openly. You just don’t like it.

          • ComeOnPeople!

            What happened to the comments trashing everyone. Hmmm just like a coward. They run in stir up the pot and then when it gets to hot or they are loosing the war they retreat!

          • gizmo23

            Yep

          • gizmo23

            Big deal

          • Paige Turner

            I bet that your password

            is “password”

          • ppp777

            There is no getting through to you is there , your very last comment I suppose sums you up perfectly .

          • Paige Turner

            You’re yet to provide any relevant points to the contrary. It doesn’t matter what you do or don’t like, its just better if you keep your ignorant and bigoted opinions to yourself and let people live their lives as they see fit.

          • ppp777

            Reading your comments you have proved beyond any reasonable doubt seem to be beyond redemption , your soul seems as black as hell itself .

          • Paige Turner

            Its a bit arrogant to claim to speak on behalf of God don’t you think?

            And a bit Pious to condemn me for disagreeing with you?

          • ppp777

            I wrote the word [ seem ] , and that is a key word , I am going by the evidence not certainty , and this is not about disagreement , but a debate about soul saving truth .

          • Paige Turner

            I didn’t ask for my soul to be saved. This is your projection.

          • ppp777

            I rest my case .

          • Paige Turner

            There is no case to rest. You weren’t asked to do any soul saving.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Doesn’t Israel know what had happen to Sodom and Gommorah? History indeed repeats. Such abhorrence in the Holy Land. Israel should fear the Lord instead of appeasing the Sodomic West and their dogs.

    • Peter Leh

      what happened to sodom? It was not just because gay people were present as we have been taught

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        Sexually immoral people ruled the land. Sodomites = gay supporters. The supporters are more evil than the offenders themselves. ( Romans ch. 1) Read Genesis ch. 18-19 and the Book of Jude. It was abnormal sexual sins that perv regions were wiped out. Israel must not defile God’s Holy Land. Not again. You secular Westerners have been thoroughly spoiled and too well-fed and bored for the longest time to understand anything in life. Poor your Christian forefathers. What a tragic waste of all their hard works; the global Christian population is their remedy.

        • Peter Leh

          what did Ezekiel say?

  • Jo Lux

    Guess they don’t take Tanakh literally …

    • ComeOnPeople!

      Amen! They need a new heart!

  • Robert Taylor

    It’s no surprise that many of the Israeli people in government are supporting this sinful abomination against God. The jewish people have been disobeying God since he brought them out of Egypt! They are still doing so today. The messianic Jews, those who have found their Savior Jesus, are definitely against supporting this sinful lifestyle!

    • Becky

      Amen.

    • ComeOnPeople!

      So true, most Torah observant believers would rather obey God then men. There is no way people can condone the Gay life style if they read and obey the word of God. The only one who can change a mans heart to obey the word of God is Yeshua. This shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, said the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. Israel need only to turn back to their God and a new heart will come that desires to keep His ways.

  • Robert Taylor

    God will not judge on the what man says or does or what laws he passes. He will judge righteously by his own word. Those who live such lifestyles will be condemned whether they believe in God or not. Those who condone and support such a lifestyle will be judged guilty also. They can still be saved if they repent and turn from their sins!

  • Becky

    Typical rebellion from Israel.

  • Bertha Warren

    Wow, there are organization called wing of Eagle. Trying raise money for Jew in Russia, medical needs, and air fare, to get out of Russia. We are talking about that generation that went through prescution. Announcing that they are going raise money for gays tourism. I know they have forgotten about Solomon and Gomorrah. Use the money and bring they Seniors that are caught in Russia and bring them home. I am afraid, for them, because they have forgotten their history and Wrath of God.

    • disqus_O2BUmbLecp

      “Solomon n Gomorrah”.? ……. Pls edit.

  • Harry Oh!

    Anyone who is still under the misguided notion that the Jews are God’s chosen people, and have a separate covenant from the Gentiles, need to open their eyes. God doesn’t reward evil, never has, never will.

  • disqus_O2BUmbLecp

    Likely, this is bc not many tourists r going to Israel bc of Muslim terrorist attacks everywhere in Israel, esp around Jerusalem, eg knife-attacks. So, the Jews of Israel hv to resort to attracting the gays to tour Israel n Muslim terrorists.
    .
    If Christians value their life n work in Christ, they should not visit Israel or Paris or Brussels or Egypt = hotbeds of Muslim terrorists.

  • Truthhurts24

    The Jews are showing there true colors now never were chosen people in the first place. God does not play favorites with any race on earth.

  • Peter Leh

    Seem to me christians here were supportive of christian businesses taking money from gays as long as it was not a wedding cake. What gives the double standard with judging Israel taking their money?

  • peanut butter

    No matter what this article makes you think, there are still two things to always remember: Israel is still God’s chosen people, no matter how some of them may act. And it is written that those who bless Israel will be blessed, and he that curses Israel will be cursed.

  • ppp777

    Its no wonder the Jews seem to be under such judgement .

  • Peridot Path

    God’s everlasting judgment of homosexuality , which was and is to be an eternal
    example for all of humanity , was the dissolving of Sodom & Gomorrah in a rain of sulfur.
    The State of Israel is disgracing itself with its open arms to sin and those who parade
    that sin . The only right the sexually immoral have is to repent of their sins.