A gay soldier from Israel says that it is completely unfair that he has to go into the battle for a country which considers him a citizen of the second class.
Israel as a country always stood on the conception of secularism and religion, representing itself as a secular state for the historical Jewish and the only democratic country in the Middle East. But not everything is so good there.
Last week, a day after commemorating LGBT Rights Day, Israel’s ruling coalition shot down a package of bills meant to give LGBT people more rights and legal protection. Introduced by the political opposition to Knesset (Israel’s parliament), and spurred on by the violent attack at Jersusalem’s Gay Pride Parade over the summer, which left a 16-year-old girl dead, the proposed legislation would have introduced secular civil unions, a ban on conversion therapy, and a provision that would have treated the partners and children of gay soldiers on equal terms as their heterosexual counterparts.
For a combat soldier Omer Nahmany, the failure of the Prime Minister, who insisted on equality in rights just a day before, to rally his government to support such basic human rights was an egregious insult. Taking to Facebook, he penned an impassioned note, in which he admitted that there is no discrimination in the military surrounding – soldiers are all equal. He asked his country to fight for him as he fights for it.