Saturday, June 27, 2015

Rainbow flags of Tel Aviv

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Tel Aviv has long been known in the world as a very gay-friendly city.

UPDATE/Correction: A reader adds that the rainbow flag in the photo above has nothing to do with gay pride. See more in the comments. 


Here are some of Tel Aviv's many rainbow flags that I photographed a week ago, way before yesterday's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.


You might be surprised by some things in the Wikipedia article LGBT rights in Israel.
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13 comments:

yael said...

It is almost a year since i was there, i must be there soon.(אם יש יותר מדי שגיאות את יכולה לא לפרסם את התגובה:)

VP said...

Gay-friendly Communists are quite a recent thing: history sadly says otherwise...

Dina said...

Yael, good luck with your visit; one day a year in Tel Aviv is enough for me. ;)

VP, it's a strange combination of flags, you're right.

Birdman said...

Interesting. They recognize a union of another country but won't perform the rite in the country. ?????????

Dina said...

Birdman, I refer you to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marriage_in_Israel

There are many other cases in which Israelis go abroad (the closest is Cyprus)for a few days to get married because, for example, members of two different faiths may not intermarry in Israel. Also, a Cohen (a Jew descended from the priestly clan) may not marry a convert or a divorced woman. Or they marry outside the country because the couple wants a civil ceremony. According to strict Orthodox Jewish law, a halakhic mamzer, someone born of an adulterous or incestuous relationship, cannot marry anyone other than another mamzer; and a woman whose husband cannot or does not grant her a Jewish divorce also cannot remarry.

Dina said...

Birdman, here is another article on the subject: http://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/civil-marriage-in-israel/

Petrea Burchard said...

I'm happy to see these flags.

Gerard Michaud said...

Everyone has a right to happiness, same sex or otherwise.

Kay said...

I see Israel is more advanced or tolerant than we are. It's taken the U.S. so long to get this done.

crystal said...

Interesting about the laws around marriage in Israel - a combination of modern and traditional. I saw a news show once about Tel Aviv and it mentioned too that it was known as a gay friendly place. The beaches look very nice too :)

William Kendall said...

An odd combination- the rainbow flag and the hammer and sickle. That last shot is outstanding!

Jimmy Mac said...

As I am sure most readers know, the rainbow flag in the top photo is not indicative of gay rights but, rather, the common European peace ("Pace") flag with the rainbow motif.

Dina said...

Jimmy Mac, thanks for your correction. Obviously, many of us non-Europeans were not aware of this European rainbow peace flag.

Wikipedia says this:
"The most common recent design is a rainbow flag representing peace, first used in Italy at a peace march in 1961. The flag was inspired by similar multi-coloured flags used in demonstrations against nuclear weapons....
The most common variety ... is emblazoned in bold with the Italian word PACE, meaning "peace".
It became popular with the Pace da tutti i balconi ("peace from every balcony") campaign in 2002, started as a protest against the impending war in Iraq. The flag was flown from balconies in all Italian cities by citizens against the war. Its use spread to other countries too ..."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace_flag#Rainbow_flag