Israel joins the PrEP revolution

Timothy Kincaid

February 23rd, 2016


The Israeli Health Ministry has for the first time approved pre-exposure prophylaxis that will help prevent HIV infection. The PrEP process, as it is called for short, involves taking drugs that substantially reduce the chances of contracting the immunodeficiency virus that causes the infection.

Specifically, the PrEp protocol calls for using the same drugs that are administered to carriers of the virus, and prevents its development in the bloodstream. Taking these precautions when one is HIV-negative effectively prevents possible infection.


February 23rd, 2016

Good for them, too bad any endorsement by Israel with this LGBT community in the US is akin to something being endorsed by Satan.

enough already

February 23rd, 2016

This is wonderful news.
And, yes, Lucrece, that is sadly true.
In Israel we are treated as human. In Islamic ‘states’, we’re murdered and tortured.
I’m gay and pro-Israel and don’t care who gets their panties in a bind about it.

Priya Lynn

February 24th, 2016

“too bad any endorsement by Israel with this LGBT community in the US is akin to something being endorsed by Satan.”

I’ve never heard that.

Timothy Kincaid

February 24th, 2016

Priya Lynn,

Among certain far-left segments of the gay community, Israel is considered to be an aggressive oppressor who colonized Palestine and that the land should be returned to Muslims “from the river to the sea”.

Many of these people believe that Israel is only supportive of gay people because it detracts from the horrible abuses they employ against Muslims. They coined the term “pinkwashing” to explain this phenomenon.

Recently, at the Creating Change conference, anti-Israel activists stormed a reception for Jerusalem House, the LGBT Center in Jerusalem and “shut it down” (their words). This followed on the heels of the tragedy in Jerusalem, where the Pride Parade organized by Jerusalem House was disrupted by an ultra-Orthodox man who stabbed several people, killing a young girl.

Irrespective of what one believes about the tension in the Levant, it has become increasingly obvious to me that the anti-Israel movement contains elements of anti-semitism.

At the above reception, a situation was caught on film. An anti-Israel activist came up behind a man in a yarmulke, threw a Palestinian flag over his head and pulled it against his face. When he pulled it from his face and threw it down, the crowd began screaming abuse at him. It was very disturbing to watch.

This brief comment isn’t enough to explain the complexities of the situation. But Lucrece is correct that among some members of the LGBT community in the US, Israel equates with Satan.

Mark F.

February 24th, 2016

Of course, you needn’t support the current Israeli government to say that their policies on gays are far more enlightened than those in Palestine.

But some of the far left extremists are anti-Jewish, that’s for sure.

Priya Lynn

February 24th, 2016

“But Lucrece is correct that among some members of the LGBT community in the US, Israel equates with Satan.”.

The key word is “some”. Lucrece said (and enough already agreed) “this LGBT community” suggesting it was most or all of the LGBT community thinking any endorsement of Israel is akin to something being endorsed by Satan – that is what I take exception to.

I think in virtually any group you could find “some” who think support of Israel is akin to supporting satan but to make an unqualified smear of the entire LGBT community in that way is nonsense.


February 24th, 2016


That comes off as a very broad and generic term. It reads as if every single member of the LGBT community has the same opinion as when it comes to Israel.

As for myself,

This is a complicated issue, but you do have to admit that on the other side of the extremism you have individuals who state that any criticism of Israel’s policies is tantamount to antisemitism. Individuals in Israel, like PM Netanyahu, are not helping when they use racism to garner votes.

Personally, I do not have an issue with the country of Israel itself. However, I do not like how we are expected to support Israel unconditionally. I also do not like how the government continues to build settlements in areas that it shouldn’t be building.

I also do not like the justification that the area historically belongs to the Jews and that god gave it to them so it must belong to them. Such a claim would seem to mean that native-americans should have a claim to all the land they historically occupied.As an aside here, it’s scary the number of conservative christians that say we need to support Israel because either 1) “god will bless those who bless Israel” or 2) they think Israel needs to exist for Jesus to return.

There are obviously people that criticize Israel because they are antisemitic, but I don’t think that’s the overwhelming case.

All that aside, this is fantastic that another country has realized the benefits of PrEP.

Priya Lynn

February 24th, 2016

Well said Lord Byron. I agree with you.


February 24th, 2016

Don’t take my statement as unconditional support of Israel. Just an observation on how left-wing political evangelism by the likes of Signorile, JoeMyGod and others has created a tribal atmosphere in which for the mostly left-leaning LGBT community, Israel = evil empire.

Just try to promote Israeli LGBT tourism or its LGBT positions in any college LGBT organization, political or academic organization, and you’ll see where the winds are blowing.

I even got a personal encounter with it when my cousin from my dad’s side of the family, a run of the mill progressive, casually said “fuck Israel” when her grandma spoke of traveling there.

It’s fine to condemn Netanyahu’s policies and those of the crazed Orthodox Jewish faction. But Israel has another sizable and popular political party in opposition to settlements and in places like Tel Aviv a two-state solution is highly popular.

Yet a large enough portion of the American left has painted Israel as one big oppressor and major human rights violator while painting Palestinians with the stereotypical Noble Savage image. And while Palestine’s savage human rights violations are waved away as consequence of “colonialism”, that same rationale is not offered to Israel who for all intents meets the same criteria.

enough already

February 25th, 2016

Lucrece, I don’t think the bloggers you mentioned are all that anti-Semitic.
It’s more a case of some of the commentators being rabidly anti-Jewish and expressing it in a ‘politically correct’ manner.
Sadly. You’d think, if anyone could separate the politics of the Israeli government (politics of which the Nazis would be proud) from the people, gay men could.

Timothy Kincaid

February 25th, 2016

Lucrece, well said

EA, discussing Nazis in terms of Israel is always interesting in a historical context considering that during WWII the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem supported Hitler and recruited Muslims for the Waffen-SS.

Needless to say, his views about a Jewish homeland are strikingly similar to those who chanted “from the river to the sea” at the Creating Change conference.

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