Police Quell Heckling by Gays, Activists at Habayit Hayehudi Event

Homosexuals and public-housing activists disrupted gathering hosted by right-wing party's contender Ronen Shoval, who rejects gay marriage.

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Ronen Shoval at a conference of the right-wing Im Tirzu movement on November 25, 2014.
Ronen Shoval at a conference of the right-wing Im Tirzu movement on November 25, 2014.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
Chaim Levinson
Chaim Levinson

Homosexuals and public-housing activists disrupted an election gathering held by Habayit Hayehudi primary contender Ronen Shoval at Beth Hatfutsoth, the Museum of the Jewish People, in Tel Aviv on Monday night.

Several minutes after the event began, some 20 homosexuals unfurled the trademark rainbow flags and began to heckle Shoval, who last week said he opposed legal recognition of gay marriage. In response, Shoval's supporters raised Israeli flags, and songs were played on the public address system to drown out the protesters. When police arrived the gay activists left.

After about an hour, a group of public-housing activists and residents of Givat Amal, a Tel Aviv neighborhood of single-floor homes and shacks that is slated for destruction, disrupted the proceedings to protest Habayit Hayehudi’s alleged misappropriation and sale of public-housing units. The arguments got heated and there was some shoving between the activists and the Shoval supporters, who were separated by the police.

At that point, the gathering was stopped, and ended with the screening of a short video and the singing of “Hatikva.”

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