Harming Our Troops

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On Monday morning, Aug. 28, the ACLU filed a lawsuit in the federal district court of Maryland challenging the constitutionality of the Trump Administration’s transgender service member ban. A study done by the RAND Corporation (a non-partisan organization) and focused on Israel and three other countries (Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom), found that none […]

Former Israeli Soldier on Front Lines in Battle for Free Speech

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Hen Mazzig, an openly gay former Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) commander was a panelist at a free speech event in Toronto organized by LGBTory, the Canadian Institute for Jewish Research and Hasbara Fellowships He made it through five years in the Israeli army coordinating the construction of roads, hospitals and schools in the West Bank […]

Military Reservists to the State: Fire Homophobic Rabbi

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A group of LGBTQ military reservists have published a letter calling on the Israeli government to fire chief rabbi of the city of Safed, following his extreme homophobic remarks. Or Vaxman Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, chief rabbi of Safed, has referred to the LGBTQ community as “terrorists” and to the community’s struggle as “LGBT terror attacks” […]

One Military That Has No Problem With Transgender Soldiers: Israel’s

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The Israel Defense Forces have knowingly included transgender soldiers since 1998. In 2014, the Israeli military said it had at least five transgender members and would support future such conscripts. As of last year, it was among 19 countries, including the United States, that allowed transgender people to serve in the military. Waving the Transgender Pride flag at Tel Aviv […]

As A Jewish Trans Woman I’m Horrified By The New Military Ban

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Writer and transgender activist Hannah Simpson thinks that Donald Trump’s recent transgender military ban isn’t really about the army. She thinks that Trump is watching his administration crumble and must pander to his right-wing base before they jump his sinking ship. Regardless, Hannah calls American Jews to hold a clear line on inclusion, especially for […]

Transgender IDF Captain: “I Am Not Special. I Am Instead Equal.”

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The first transgender officer in the Israeli army, Captain Shachar Erez, in a personal testimony: “Let me be clear: barring transgender individuals from serving their country is not a policy based on credible professional opinion, it is simply pure transphobic discrimination.” Captain Erez with Freedom to Marry Founder Evan Wolfson in Tel Aviv on the AWB […]

I’m The First Transgender Army Officer In Israeli History. This Is My Story.

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Following a tour of talks across the United States, Capt. Shachar Erez, an FTM transgender soldier, shares his experience in an op-ed, encouraging other governments and militaries still struggling with the issue of transgenderism to look to Israel for guidance. Last week, four years after I graduated from the Israel Defense Forces officer course, I […]

Top Israeli Army Officials Meet With LGBT, Women’s Groups to Discuss Coed Service

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Civil society groups voice concerns about mixed-gender units and the exclusion of women in the IDF in ‘historic’ meeting. Omer Nahmany, founder and director of Pride Blue and White, in a meeting with Artillery Cops soldiers Representatives of women’s organizations, the gay community and the Reform movement met with top Israel Defense Forces officials on […]