Netanyahu calls attack on gays ‘terrorism’

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The attack on a gay youth club in Tel Aviv was terrorism, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu on Thursday visited the scene of Saturday evening’s shooting attack, which left two young people dead and several injured.

"While the Prime Minister said that all murders were shocking, last Saturday night’s were particularly so," a statement from his office said. "He said that the fact that somebody entered a youth center and perpetrated a serial murder qualified the events as a terrorist attack."

The statement said Netanyahu rejected "gratuitous hatred" and added that "Prime Minister Netanyahu acknowledged that the gay community has special needs and expressed his desire to promise openness and sensitivity."

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