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