Only Gay Bar in
Jerusalem Shuts Its Doors

Only Gay Bar in
            Jerusalem Shuts Its Doors

Shushan, the only
gay and lesbian bar in Jerusalem, decided to close its
doors this week after serving for four years as a place
where drag queens, Palestinians, and Orthodox Jews
intermingled, according to a story in The Times
of London.

“Shushan
was one of the few places where we could feel that we were
in a free world,” Yan Carmel, a 21-year-old
student at Hebrew University, told The Times.

Gays and lesbians
in Jerusalem frequently face disapproval and violence.
Last year, the city’s gay pride parade was moved to a
stadium because police feared they could not protect
marchers from attacks. The year before, an Orthodox
man stabbed three people during a street procession.

The bar has been
a target of violence as well. Two years ago it was
severely damaged in an arson attack. No one was injured, and
the attack helped the bar’s clientele become
closer-knit, according to patrons.

Now
Shushan’s customers are scrambling to find other
bars.

“I’ve met three boyfriends there, and each
time was magical,” Gil Naveh, a 24-year-old who
performed in the club’s drag shows, told The
Times.
“There was the time I got proposed to
outside Shushan, right in front of everyone.” (The
Advocate
)

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