Developing Story: Discrimination Against Gays Even After Death

An investigation revealed that members of Chevra Kadisha, Jewish burial services, across Israel aren’t prepared to bury homosexuals: “If it is possible for them to be buried in another place, it is preferable.”

Israel has dozens of burial societies and all of them operate independently. They receive their burial fees from Israel’s National Insurance and an operating license from the Ministry for Religious Services but they interpret Jewish law on their own. This has adversely affected the gay community in Israel.

In a phone conversation, a representative from Chevra Kadisha explained why homosexuals are not eligible to be buried like everyone else: “If it is possible to bury him in another place, it is preferable. This is to prevent the anguish of the soul…” Continue reading on Jerusalem Online