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queer activists disrupt "Stand With Us" IPride, refuse to be a propaganda tool for Israel
Queer Activists
On June 11, a group of queer activists from Israel (backed by Palestinian-Israeli LGBTQI co-operative preparation) came to protest the cynical use of gay rights by a right wing American group called “Stand with Us” (SWU). The activists disrupted an event called I-Pride, organized by SWU, exploiting queer issues in order to advance and support Israel’s existence as an apartheid state and its occupation over Palestinians. The queer activists have also pointed out SWU collaboration with homophobic organizations such as Christians United For Israel, and homophobic individuals such as Gary Bauer and John Hagee who has stated in the past that Hurricane Katrina happened for the city’s “sinful homosexual rally.” SWU’s presentations of all Palestinians as killers, and Islam as the enemy of the west, were also denounced by the activists in the event, and SWU campaign of defamation against, and pressure to exempt, academics who are critical of Israel.

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