Gays bow to At­tacker’s anti-is­rael ap­peal is pres­sure dis­missed

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY JESSICA ELGOT BY JC RE­PORTER

BRI­TISH CAM­PAIGN­ERS have crit­i­cised the can­cel­la­tion of a ma­jor gay and les­bian con­fer­ence in Is­rael, af­ter pres­sure from Pales­tinian gay groups.

The In­ter­na­tional Les­bian, Gay, Bi­sex­ual, Trans­gen­der and Queer Youth and Stu­dent Or­gan­i­sa­tion [IGYLO ] was at­tacked by two Is­rael-based Pales­tinian gay groups, Al Qaws and Aswat, for choos­ing to host its gen­eral assem­bly in Tel Aviv. Lob­by­ing in­ten­si­fied in the wake of Is­rael’s con­tro­ver­sial new boy­cott law, forc­ing Is­rael Gay Youth to with­draw its bid to host the con­fer­ence.

Avner Dafni, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of IGYLO, said: “It’s dis­ap­point­ing to be tar­geted by groups whose sole ex­is­tence is based on liv­ing in Is­rael.”

Rabbi David Mitchell, a gay rights ad­vo­cate, said: “I hope that gay and les­bian youth in Is­rael are not left feel­ing iso­lated.” The Zion­ist Fed­er­a­tion’s Gary Sakol­said:“The­les­bianandgay­commu­nity should be cel­e­brat­ing the free­dom of choice peo­ple have in Is­rael, rather than mov­ing the con­fer­ence away due to pres­sure from small groups.”

A THUG who slashed the throat of a man with a Stan­ley knife in Chinese restau­rant in Gold­ers Green, has been told by judges that he de­served his in­def­i­nite jail term.

Ja­cob Charles Butchoff at­tacked Jonathan Kaae-Mortensen from be­hind be­fore stab­bing him, a court heard.

The pair, who are Jewish, had been in­volved in a long-run­ning feud, stem­ming from the fact they had dated each other’s ex-girlfriends. Butchoff, 20, of Brent Street, Hendon, north Lon­don, was jailed for pub­lic pro­tec­tion — which is al­most iden­ti­cal to a life sen­tence — at Wood Green Crown Court in Fe­bru­ary, af­ter ad­mit­ting wound­ing with in­tent to cause griev­ous bod­ily harm.

This week he chal­lenged the sen­tence at Lon­don’s Crim­i­nal Ap­peal Court, with his lawyers ar­gu­ing that the Crown Court judge was wrong to con­clude he was “dan­ger­ous”. But de­spite chang­ing his pun­ish­ment to in­def­i­nite de­ten­tion in a young of­fend­ers’ in­sti­tu­tion be­cause of his youth, se­nior judges dis­missed the ap­peal, say­ing the orig­i­nal de­ci­sion was “cor­rect”.

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