Rainbow Report / Reconsidering a tragedy on the eve of Tel Aviv Pride
For the past four years, the Bar Noar shooting has been a rallying cry for the Israeli gay community, a symbol of the hate it still faces. What if that turns out not to be the case?
On August 1, 2009, a masked man walked into the Bar Noar, a small meeting place for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teenagers, and opened fire, killing two. The shooting rattled a community that had come to see itself as fully integrated and immune to such hate – at least in Tel Aviv.