Israel: Lesbian teenager attacked with stones in homophobic assault

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A teenage lesbian has been reportedly attacked by a group of ultra-Orthodox students in central Israel.

The Times of Israel reported that the incident occurred on Sunday 30 December in the small town of Ganei Tikva, which is close to Tel Aviv.

The 17-year-old alleged that she was assaulted because of her sexual orientation and appearance.

She told police that she encountered a group of students outside a school while she was walking in a religious neighborhood, after taking her bicycle to be repaired.

The victim said she was called “a lesbian” and taunted because of her short hair.

Stones were then thrown which injured her face.

Police in Ganei Tikva say they are investigating the incident.

In September of last year, research showed 20% of gay youngsters surveyed in Israel had undertaken suicide attempts – 112 times the rate of the general population.

The figure was even higher for religious LGBT youngsters.