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Between Sodom and Eden : A Gay Journey Through Today's Changing Israel - Lee Walzer

Between Sodom and Eden

A Gay Journey Through Today's Changing Israel

Paperback Published: 30th March 2000
ISBN: 9780231113953
Number Of Pages: 368
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Astonishingly, Israeli lesbians and gays have been able to achieve many political goals that still elude America's gay community. Israel's Supreme Court has mandated same-sex spousal benefits; the military, which never barred gays to begin with, has removed its last official restrictions; Israel's parliament boasts a Subcommittee for the Prevention of Sexual Orientation Discrimination; and school curricula are gay-friendly -- all of this in a country where religious interests wield extraordinary power and whose identity today is the object of fierce struggle.

"Between Sodom and Eden, " the first book to explore this rapidly changing landscape, is based on interviews with over one hundred Israelis, as well as Palestinians. Lee Walzer explores how, within a decade, Israel has evolved from a society that marginalized homosexuals to one that offers some of the most extensive legal protections in the world. He traces the political, religious, and social factors that make Israel a gay rights trendsetter, examining the interplay between Judaism and homosexuality, the growing prominence of gay themes in Israeli literature, film, music, and television, and the role of the media in advancing lesbian and gay political progress.

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This engaging journalistic foray into everyday gay and lesbian life and culture in the Promised Land is brimming with surprising information and conclusions. Publishers Weekly

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Transliteration Guidep. xix
Introduction: How a Nice Gay Jewish Boy Came to Write This Bookp. 1
Together in Pride, Together in Hope: Lesbian and Gay Politics in Israelp. 13
Yotzim m'ha-Aron: Coming Outp. 58
The Personal Is the Political: Judaism and Gay People in Israelp. 82
Gays with Guns: Gays in the Military, Israeli Stylep. 114
Media, Culture, and Visibilityp. 141
Hereinafter the Boyfriend: Same-Sex Families in Israelp. 178
Out on the Farm: Gay Life in the Kibbutzimp. 197
Twice Marginalized: To Be Gay and Palestinian in Israelp. 215
Conclusion: Kadima, Looking Aheadp. 248
Afterwordp. 255
Glossaryp. 261
Appendixp. 265
Notesp. 267
Bibliographyp. 283
Indexp. 291
Copyright Acknowledgmentsp. 301
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ISBN: 9780231113953
ISBN-10: 0231113951
Series: Between Men-Between Women: Lesbian and Gay Studies
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 30th March 2000
Publisher: COLUMBIA UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 15.34  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.45

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