Friday, August 27, 2010

Brody's Notes... Survivors Of Israeli LGBT Centre Attack Visit Berlin

Tel Aviv Memorial Service  Photo By Getty Images
By Brody Levesque (Washington DC) AUG 27 | This past week in Berlin. Germany, survivors of last year's bloody attack on an LGBT outreach and youth centre in Tel Aviv, Israel, are being hosted by the youth outreach programme Rainbow, which is organised by Maneo, a Berlin-based LGBT hotline.
The global Jewish news service JTA reported:
A German gay advocacy group is hosting 11 Israeli teens who survived a deadly attack a year ago on a center for gay youth in Tel Aviv.
Two youths were killed in last August's attack on the Agudah center for for Gay, Lesbian, Transsexual and Bisexual youth. Eleven people were wounded, four of them critically.
This week, the Israeli teens are being hosted by a new program called Rainbow, run by the Berlin based Maneo LGBT hotline service. Members of Maneo visited Israel earlier this summer, according to a report on Deutschland Radio, and devised the program as a demonstration of solidarity with the survivors of the Tel Aviv attack.
The visitors -- including Ayala Katz, whose son, Nir Katz, was killed in the Tel Aviv attack -- were to meet with members of the Berlin and Cologne Jewish communities, with public officials and advocates from the GLTB communities in both cities. One aim is to exchange ideas about how to educate the general public and law enforcement regarding tolerance and prevention of violence. Participants in the trip will also have a chance to visit gay bars in both cities, Deutschland Radio reported.
Organizers held a ceremony in Berlin honoring the memories of the two people murdered last year Nir Katz, 26, a counselor at the center, and Liz Tarboushi, 17.
Maneo director Bastian Finke told Deutschland Radio that his group had contacted friends in Tel Aviv shortly after the attack, and suggested the "Rainbow" invitation for the following year.