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Israel kowtows to Russia’s demands and bans LGBT people from adopting Russian children

Israel and Russia have signed a deal banning LGBT+ people from adopting Russian children, after a decade of negotiations. The agreement, signed on January 22, stipulates that same-sex couples cannot adopt children from Russia. Ze’ev Elkin, Jerusalem affairs minister, met with a senior Russian delegation Wednesday ahead of president Vladimir Putin’s scheduled Thusday visit to attend the Fifth World Holocaust Forum. The senior Russian delegation included Russia’s foreign minister, economics minister and education minister, according to the Jerusalem Post. Israel and Russia finalised two agreements at the meeting, one on...
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Thousands of students take to the streets to protest Israeli education minister who said being gay isn’t ‘normal or natural’

Israel’s education minister Rafi Peretz is facing protests from young people, after claiming that his kids couldn’t be gay because they grew up in “a healthy and natural way.” Peretz, the head of the right-wing Jewish Home party, has faced anger after he insisted in an interview that “a normal family is a man and a woman.” When asked how he would respond if one of his own children came out as gay, he had said: “Thank God my kids grew up naturally and healthy. They’re building their families from...
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Israeli Education Minister Asked About Gay Kids: ‘Thank God, My Children Grew Up in a Natural and Healthy Way’

Israel Education Minister Rafi Peretz, who last year endorsed gay conversion therapy, was asked by a top Israeli newspaper how he would react if one of his kids turned out to be gay. Said Peretz: “Thank God, my children grew up in a natural and healthy way. They are building their homes on the basis of Jewish values. I don’t bother my head with ‘what if’ thinking.” The remarks sparked impromptu tolerance classes, the New York Times reports, and a rebuke from Justice Minister Amir Ohana, an out member of...
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Schools in Israel hold impromptu tolerance classes after education minister says being gay is not ‘natural’

Schools in Israel have held impromptu “tolerance” classes for children in the wake of anti-LGBT+ comments by the country’s education minister. Minister Rafi Peretz – who is also head of the Jewish Home party and a former chief rabbi in Israel’s Defence Forces – made the comments in an interview with Yedioth Ahronoth. Asked how he would respond if one of his own children came out as gay, he replied: “Thank God my kids grew up in a healthy and natural way… They’re building their families from Jewish values.” He...
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Israel education minister says his kids can’t be gay because they grew up in a ‘healthy, natural way’

The education minister in Israel has said his kids couldn’t be gay because they grew up in “a healthy and natural way.” Minister Rafi Peretz – who is also head of the Jewish Home party and a former chief rabbi in Israel’s Defence Forces – has been widely criticised for the remarks, which he made in an interview with Yedioth Ahronoth. When asked how he would respond if one of his own children came out as gay, he replied: “Thank God my kids grew up in a healthy and natural...
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