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Israel: German partner of victim slain at gay community center must leave this month

Associated Press

JERUSALEM -- Israel says it is expelling the German partner of an Israeli killed in a shooting at a community center in Tel Aviv.

A masked gunman opened fire in 2009 at a meeting of gay and lesbian youth, killing two Israelis. Police are still searching for the assailant.

Thomas Schmidt, 27, was in the process of registering himself as the partner of an Israeli citizen when his partner, Nir Katz, was killed.

A spokeswoman for Israel's Interior Ministry said Wednesday a special humanitarian committee decided last year to allow Schmidt to extend his stay in Israel because of the unique circumstances, but that he would have to leave this month.

Gay community leaders and an Israeli lawmaker are calling on the interior minister to allow Schmidt to stay in the country.

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