A Tale of 2 Gay Refugees: The Serbian In America, The Palestinian In Israel

Atlanta: The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered the Board of Immigration Appeals to review Mladen Zeljko Todorovic’s gay asylum case, where he claims to have fled Serbia after being “raped by other soldiers when he served in the Serbian army, beaten by police officers and disowned by his father.” Tel Aviv: Majed Koka, a Palestinian man who escaped to Israel 12 years ago at age 14 after facing anti-gay threats, and now lives with his Israeli partner, is still waiting to hear whether he’ll be granted residency on amnesty grounds. In the meantime he’s managed to get arrested nine times in 12 years.

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  • Kieran

    What was he arrested for? Being a Palestinian without papers?

  • Bob

    I know it’s wrong to generalize and I love Slavic cultures but they are some of the most homophobic people in Europe.
    Although I’m sure they’re mild compared to people in the Middle East or Africa.

  • Mr. Neo

    Indeed, we had a spate of attacks in my city here in the UK, and it was a Slavic Anti-Gay gang attacking people after they left a local nightclub. It’s a shame a group of people who have been persecuted quite badly see the need to inflict punishment on people who didn’t do anything to them, they bring a bad name to all good Slavic people, of which there are many.

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