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TEL AVIV – The Palestinian leadership has banned members of the local LGBTQ community from holding any activities or events in the West Bank because they are “damaging” to the fabric of Palestinian society.
Palestinian Authority security forces have been instructed to arrest any people participating in such events and PA police released a statement warning that such arrests would lead to trial.
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The ban came after it was announced that a grassroots group, Al-Qaws for Sexual & Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society, was planning to hold an event for its members in Nablus at the end of the month.
Earlier this month, Al-Qaws held an event in Nablus focusing on sexual and gender diversity in Palestinian society, the Jerusalem Post reported. The PA police were only made aware of the event after it had taken place.
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Defending the ban, spokesperson for the PA police Luay Zreikat said that such activities are “harmful to the higher values and ideals of Palestinian society.”
Zreikat added that Al-Qaws activities contravened “Palestinian traditions and customs, especially in the city of Nablus,” which is a predominantly conservative Muslim city.
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He further charged such “dubious parties” of working to “create discord and harm civic peace in Palestinian society,” and called on Palestinians to report any person connected with the...
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