Police search for gunman who attacked gay youth club; scene of attack

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(2 Aug 2009)
1. Rainbow gay flags outside gay youth club, the shooting location
2. Close up of sign reading (Hebrew) Aguda (Association of Gays, Lesbians Bisexuals and Transgender of Israel), Tel Aviv branch
3. Close up of sign reading (Hebrew) “Enough with Homophobia”
4. Police car outside the gay youth club, pan right to police, zoom in
5. Wide of police at scene
6. Set up shot of Mike Hamel Head of Israel’s GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender) Association, speaking to reporter
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Hamel, Head of Israel’s GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender) Association:
“We’re demanding that the government, the Knesset, the politicians, will do something to prevent the abuse of the parliamentary system that gives politicians immunity for absolute disregard for human life, that gives them a free hand in spreading hatred.”
8. Various of rainbow flags and police outside gay youth club
9. Candles on the pavement forming the word (Hebrew) “Ahava”, in English “Love”
10. Low shot of candles
Hundreds of police officers were scouring the streets of Tel Aviv on Sunday in a door-to-door manhunt for a gunman who opened fire on a gay youth club.
A masked man entered a club for gay teens late on Saturday, pulled out a pistol and shot in all directions, killing two and injuring 11, police said.
A police spokesman said the man then holstered his pistol and fled the scene by foot to the busy streets of Tel Aviv.
Mike Hamel, Head of Israel’s GLBT Association, urged Israeli politicians to do something about the problem of intolerance and accused some of them of “spreading hatred” against homosexuals.
Gays and lesbians enjoy great freedom and liberties in Israel.
Tel Aviv in particular is one of the more liberal cities in the world – it holds a festive annual gay parade, rainbow flags are often seen waved from apartment windows and the there is even a city-sponsored open house for the community.
However, ultra-Orthodox Jewish leaders often incite against the community.
In conservative Jerusalem, clashes have been frequent between religious and gay activists.
In 2005, for instance, an ultra-Orthodox protester stabbed three marchers at a Jerusalem gay parade.
The ultra-Orthodox Shas party, a frequent critic gays in Israel, issued a statement condemning Saturday’s attack.
The attack sparked other swift political reactions.
The mayor of Tel Aviv, Ron Huldai, pledged that Tel Aviv would continue to maintain its pluralistic nature.
Opposition leader Tzipi Livni expressed shock and sorrow from the attack.
Thousands took to the street in an impromptu march after Saturday night’s attack to mourn for the victims and call for tolerance.
The names of the victims have yet to be released, but they were identified as a 17-year-old girl and a 24-year-old man.

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