The report includes abundant examples of persistent persecution, torture and murder directed at anyone in the PA territories even suspected of homosexual behavior and orientation. This intolerance against same-sex relations crosses factions, philoso­phies, and geography, and is firmly entrenched throughout Palestinian society.

The report includes abundant examples of persistent persecution, torture and murder directed at anyone in the PA territories even suspected of homosexual behavior and orientation. This intolerance against same-sex relations crosses factions, philoso­phies, and geography, and is firmly entrenched throughout Palestinian society. Despite attempts to blame Israel for not offering blanket ref­ugee status to LGBT Palestinians, Israel did not create the persistent persecution of this community and she cannot solve it. Since neither the PA nor Hamas is committed to changing societal attitudes towards the LGBT community in their territories, if there is to be any positive change, it is incumbent upon the world bodies and international community to condemn the PA and Hamas for their flagrant human rights violations and exert pressure through diplomatic and financial means. Otherwise the LGBT com­munity in the PA, as well as the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, will be left to the same bitter and dangerous fate.

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