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Between Sodom and Eden: A Gay Journey Through Today's Changing Israel (Between Men--Between Women)

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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.

Book News Annotation:

Presents readers with an overview of Israel's lesbian and gay community, focusing on the period between 1988, when Israel's sodomy laws were repealed, and April 1999. Material draws on interviews with about 110 people from all walks of life, both gay and straight, Jewish and Palestinian, immigrant and native born, and reflects attitudes on coming out, gays in the military, same-sex families, and gay life in the kibbutzim. Paper edition (11395-1), $19.00.
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Synopsis:

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780231113946
Author:
Walzer, Lee
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Author:
Walzer, Lee
Subject:
Middle East - Israel
Subject:
Israel
Subject:
Gay Studies
Subject:
Lesbian Studies
Subject:
Gays
Subject:
Homosexuality
Subject:
Gays - Israel - Social conditions
Subject:
Lesbians -- Israel -- Social conditions.
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-General
Copyright:
Series:
Between Men--Between Women
Publication Date:
20000331
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.19x6.13x.89 in. 1.22 lbs.

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Product details 368 pages Columbia University Press - English 9780231113946 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , 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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