Openly gay Israeli politician Nitzan
Horowitz has asked President Shimon Peres to refrain from receiving a
Russian delegation of journalists headed by Dmitri Kiselyov.
Kiselyov (also spelled Kiselev)
attracted international condemnation when he said that Russia's law
outlawing “gay propaganda” to minors doesn't go far enough.
“I think that just imposing fines for
homosexual propaganda among teenagers is not enough,” Kiselyov told
viewers in 2012. “They should be banned from donating blood,
sperm. And their hearts, in case of an automobile accident, should
be buried in the ground or burned as unsuitable for the continuation
In later comments, Kiselyov said he
supports the government's “gay propaganda” law because “according
to [Sigmund] Freud any child is bisexual.”
President Vladimir Putin recently
appointed Kiselyov to head the state news agency Rossia Segodnya
Jerusalem Post, Peres has refused to cancel the Wednesday
meeting. A Peres spokesperson said he would instead speak about
Horowitz is vying to become Tel Aviv's
first openly gay mayor.