Bar Ilan U Nixes Public ‘Gay’ Event
Religious university refuses pro-homosexuality public on campus event planned for June 22.
Bar Ilan University, Israel’s second-largest academic institution, has refused to permit an event promoting homosexuality on campus.
The head of the gay students’ group at Bar Ilan, Omer Mahluf, met Tuesday with the Bar Ilan Students’ Dean, Prof. Uri Nir, and filed a formal request to hold a “happening” on June 22, in the campus’s central square. The group said that the event would be held in a way that respected the university’s religious-Zionist character and would focus on passing out information brochures to religious students – “for many of whom, the university is one of the only life stations in which they can experience unmediated contact with homosexuals and lesbians.”
The dean made clear that the event was forbidden, as was the passing out of written materials. The most the university was willing to agree to, he said, would be a closed session in an auditorium, with a list of speakers that had been approved by the university.
Mahluf said that there is great importance in holding a public event, because many homosexual students who are not yet at peace with their sexual orientation will otherwise be afraid to approach the activity.
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