Middle East

Israel gay parade

Gay parade in Israel

Israel is unusual in the Middle East where same-sex activity is legal and same-sex marriages performed in other countries are recognised. In stark contrast, Iran and Egypt are both deeply homophobic and dangerous, Iran imposing capital punishment for same-sex activity.

The Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East covers a number of countries but is numerically very small with about 10,000 members.

Presiding Bishop of the Province, Mouneer Anis, is a voice for conservatives in the Anglican Communion, but reflects the Israeli rather than the Arab culture norms and acts as a moderating voice in Global South affairs.

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