Gays Control Israeli Media and Tell Us What to Think, Lawmaker Says

Two weeks after teenager stabbed to death at Jerusalem Pride Parade, Habayit Hayehudi MK Smotrich claims opinions of 95 percent of population against gays are being silenced.

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Bezalel Smotrich.
Habayit Hayehudi MK Bezalel Smotrich.Credit: Olivier Fittousi

Israel's media is controlled by the gay community, which uses it to determine what Israelis think and say, an Israeli lawmaker from the religious-Zionist Habayit Hayehudi party said on Thursday, about two weeks after an ultra-Orthodox man stabbed six people at the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade, killing a teenage girl.

"There are many, many senior officials in the media market in the State of Israel, those who hold the microphone and determine for all of us what to think and what to say, many, many who are like that (gay)," Smotrich told Galey Israel radio station.

Smotrich accused the media of silencing his position, which he said is shared by most people: "After all I am convinced that 95 percent of the citizens of Israel would very much like for their children to establish beautiful families and give them grandchildren. A healthy person, a normal person, that is what they want.”

According to him, "These people have enormous power in the ability to shape our consciousness as a society So naturally they cannot listen to an opinion such as mine."

This is not the first time Smotrich has spoken or acted against the LGBT community. In 2006, he was one of the organizers of an anti-gay protest against the annual Pride Parade, in which hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews and right-wing activists marched with goats and donkeys in the Rose Garden in Jerusalem.

The protest was meant to "illustrate" homosexual acts, Channel 2 reported at the time. In an interview with Arutz Sheva before the event, Smotrich said the Pride Parade was “worse than the acts of animals.” He added, “This is a group of deviants carrying out an act that the Israeli public is revolted by.”

After four anti-gay protesters were arrested at a rally held after the deadly attack on the last Pride Parade, Smotrich tweeted: "The witch hunt has started. Anyone who dares to oppose same-sex marriage and abomination parades is arrested by the police. A black day for democracy. Enough with the silencing!"

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