A crowd of five hundred people gathered outside the Tel Aviv LGBT Task Force building in Meir Park on Saturday night to commemorate the third anniversary of the attack on a LGBT youth center in the city by a masked man.
The rally was attended by Tel Aviv mayor Ron Huldai and Nitzan Horovitz – the only openly gay member of the Knesset.
Speakers included Tzipi Livni, the former leader of the Kadima party and Judy Shepard, the mother of hate crime victim Matthew Shepard who was murdered in Wyoming in 2005.
‘This is not just a memorial for the murdered, but a reminder to Israeli society,’ Livni told the crowd.
‘We are talking about the right to live in the state of Israeli with honor.
‘Equality and justice are not superficial words, and they do not belong to the left. They should be everybody’s.’
Earlier in the week a new center dedicated to combating homophobia in the city was opened in the park.
The Nir Katz Center, named for one of the victims of the Bar-Noar shooting, will collect hate crime data and provide legal support and counseling for victims of homophobic crimes.
Three years on from the killings Israeli police are yet to charge anyone over the attack.