Commemoration at the Gay memorial site in Tiergarten

One year ago an attack on the gay and lesbian meeting point Aguda (Tel Aviv) took place. On last Wednesday the organizer of the ‘Rainbow-Bridge’ project organized a commemoration service to the Gay memorial site in Tiergarten.

Amongst the guests were: Lala Süsskind, president of the jewish community in Berlin, Yael Dayan, president of the city counsel of Tel Aviv, Rolf Schütte, Berlin state secretary and the group of youths that survived the attack in Tel Aviv. According to the organizers, André Losin (Managing director of the Jewish community in Berlin), Tom Schreiber (Member of the SPD parliamentary group in the Berlin parliament) and Bastian Finke (MANEO project manager), the event was organized to remember as well the pursuit and violence against gay man in the Third Reich as the discrimination of and violence against LGBT members today and back then. As Ayaly Katz, who lost her son in the attack, said: “Being together here today, is a sign of victory and a symbol against the assault form last year”.

Yael Dayan, president of the city counsel of Tel Aviv, welcomed the initiative of the rainbow bridge: the initiative is a clear signal of solidarity in the struggle against discrimination and exclusion which is the foundation of a democratic society. “Even with a street separating the gay memorial site and the holocaust memorial, we are remembering victims on both sides and make a statement against violence and prosecution.”

Lala Süsskind (president of the Jewish community in Berlin) confirmed: „I am proud and happy to live in a city, in which a Rainbow flag carrying the symbol of the Israeli flag can be shown in public and is accepted”

Even when Berlin is generally known as open and tolerant, this does not mean that there are no problems with discrimination and homophobic violence.

In the attac in Tel Aviv, two people died: the 16 year old Liz Trobishi and the 26 year old Nir Katz. Nir Katz’ Mother, Ayalah Katz, thanked the initiators and stressed how important the feeling of support and solidarity is: “condemning a person because he shows some different characteristics is simply, stupid. I am waiting for the day when every single person understands that we are all human creatures”
The ceremony ended putting flowers at the memorial site.

Commemoration at the Gay memorial site

One year ago an attack on the gay and lesbian meeting point Aguda (Tel Aviv) took place. On last Wednesday the organizer of the ‘Rainbow-Bridge’ project organized a commemoration service to the Gay memorial site in Tiergarten.

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