Zionist Union MK Itzik Shmuli confirms: I’m gay. “The knife is being wielded at my community,” Shmuli wrote in a column he penned for ‘Yediot’. “We’ve kept silent. I’ve kept silent. No more.”
Zionist Union MK Itzik Shmuli announced on Friday morning that he is homosexual. The young lawmaker penned a column in Yediot Aharonot reacting to the horrific stabbing spree in which six people were wounded during the Jerusalem gay pride parade on Thursday. “The knife is being wielded at my community,” Shmuli wrote. “We’ve kept silent. I’ve kept silent. No more.”
“It is impossible to remain silent because when the knife is being pressed against the entire gay and lesbian community, my community, it won’t stop there,” he wrote. “Now is the time to combat this great darkness.”
“Israeli society is wounded, stabbed in the stomach,” he added. “It loses its compassion for other people just because they are different. It loses its acceptance of others.”
“In the name of some religion, [the attacker] pulled out his knife and began to stab once. And again. And again,” said Shmuli.
Jewish law strictly forbids homosexuality, although religious figures including both chief rabbis lost no time in strongly condemning the attempted murder and noting the attack breaches Jewish law.
This is the first time that Shmuli has publicly commented on his sexuality, despite longtime speculations on the matter. Several months ago, Gal Uchovsky, a well-known gay Israeli journalist published a column in which he hinted that one of the MKs of the Zionist Union is gay and closeted.
Uchovsky is controversial in Israel, especially in the LGBT community, for his habit of outing several public personas and celebrities as gay.