Ofer Erez, the CEO of the Jerusalem Open House.
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An event honoring a country’s first openly transgender military officer is one of the last places you would expect to encounter a protest by self-proclaimed “progressive” activists. To the contrary, it’s reasonable to assume that anyone championing human rights and equality would celebrate a society with a positive record on LGBTQ rights while also condemning one that persecutes gays and lesbians. Reasonable, that is, unless the activists are supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and the transgender officer is an Israeli. And so, true to form, an early October event in Portland featuring Captain Ofer Erez, now the CEO of the Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance, was marred by several anti-Israel protesters for whom any favorable portrayal of Israel is simply too much to bear.
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