MK continues verbal attack on homosexuals

Anastassia Michaeli says women who have abortions become lesbians, calls gay pride parades ‘perversion with no limits’

Aaron Kalman is a former writer and breaking news editor for the Times of Israel

MK Anastassia Michaeli's recent comments about homosexuality have provoked outrage. (photo credit: Yossi Zamir/Flash 90)
MK Anastassia Michaeli's recent comments about homosexuality have provoked outrage. (photo credit: Yossi Zamir/Flash 90)

MK Anastassia Michaeli spoke out against the gay community again, saying, “Young girls get pregnant, get abortions — which hurt their chances of having children — and in the end they become lesbians.”

In an interview with Maariv published Wednesday, the Yisrael Beytenu MK and mother of eight, who last week said homosexuals are people who experienced sexual harassment as children and commit suicide at the age of 40, refused to apologize for what she said.

“I won’t retract my comments or apologize,” she said. Some people don’t like the fact that a woman can think for herself, she explained. “If a man had said what I said it wouldn’t have caused such an uproar.”

The legislator said her opinion needed to be respected, and that sexual preferences developed because “explaining family values and educating toward normative sexual behavior aren’t done well enough.”

Michaeli didn’t only defend her previous statements, she also made new statements about the LGBT community.

According to the lawmaker, relationships between a man and woman “should be the only ones accepted in the State of Israel.”

Addressing the phenomenon of pride parades, Michaeli was very clear about her distaste of the event. “Going to the pride parade and marching in underwear, or without underwear, in the streets is crossing the line,” she said. Michaeli explained that such events harm the rights of children, of families, and also of women. “It’s a perversion with no limits.”

The legislator, who made headlines earlier this year for pouring water over MK Raleb Majadele, had no regrets about that incident either.

“He told me to ‘shut up,’ and that’s not acceptable,” she said, wondering if he’d speak that way to his mother or wife. “It was worth it. Now he’ll think twice about how to address me.”

Last week Michaeli also spoke out against television programs that showed homosexuals in a positive light. She lashed out at Channel 10 for “showing how seemingly nice it is to be gay.”

Those comments caused her own party to distance itself from her, and stirred many other politicians and activists of the LGBT community in Israel to outright condemn her.

Following the harsh reactions Michaeli published a statement in which she apologized “if anyone was hurt” by her comments.

“I respect the wishes of every person to live their own way, but a person’s everyday reality sometimes includes coping with difficult adversities, which is sometimes expressed, extremely, by suicide.”

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