From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Indybay Feature
Thu Jun 18 2009 (Updated 06/19/09)
StandWithUs I-Pride Protested by Queer Activists for Exploiting Gay Issues
Thu Jun 18 2009 (Updated 06/19/09)
Queer Activists Disrupt StandWithUs I-Pride, Refuse to be a Propaganda Tool for Israel
On June 11th in Tel Aviv, a group of queer Israeli activists (backed by Palestinian-Israeli LGBTQI co-operative preparation) protested the cynical use of gay rights by a conservative American group called StandWithUs (SWU). The activists disrupted an event called I-Pride, organized by SWU, exploiting queer issues 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 that Hurricane Katrina happened for the city’s “sinful homosexual rally.” SWU’s presentations of all Palestinians as killers, Islam as the enemy of the west, and SWU pressure to fire and censure academics who are critical of Israel, were also denounced by the activists in the event.

At the event panelists and speakers preferred to focus on liberal issues inside Israel and showed total disregard for human rights violations by Israel. They presented the gay Palestinian community as suffering mostly from the Palestinian society ( not from Israel’s brutal occupation) and as being in need of a western salvation embodied in Israel’s apartheid regime.

Haneen Maikey, an organizer for Al-Qaws ("Rainbow") - for Sexual and Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society, has commented that “the patronizing and arrogant attitude towards the Palestinan LGBT community, the use of our struggle and speaking in our name are not new phonomena. What is worrying is the easiness in which a right wing and racist pro-Israeli agenda is presented as a celebration pride and rights which is designed to present Israel (in collaboration with local gay Israeli organizations) as an oasis of liberalism and tolerance. This is a cynical use of gay issues for political gain, as human rights violations that are committed by Israel hurts all Palestinians-regardless of gender and sexual preference.”

Inna Michaeli, a member of Coalition of Women for Peace, and a feminist lesbian activist stated “I’m not surprised that our struggle for gender and sexual freedom is used as a propaganda tool at the hands of radical right wing groups from America. What is left to ask is where is the shame of gay organizations in Israel who claim to speak in our name, and whether from a total silence on human rights violations, they are moving now to a complete co-operation with the American radical right.” Read more

imc_pdf.gifFlyer - Queer activists confront StandWithUs I-Pride | iPride: Stand With Us’ Pro-Israel Gay Fraud | "Israel Truth Campaign" Commemorates Land Day with New Billboard | first independent palestinian lgbtq organization! | Rainbow over Palestine | ASWAT
10/21/16 32-Year-Old Man with Garden Rake Deemed Threat, Killed by Santa Cruz Police Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Santa Cruz Indymedia10/19/16 NFL Quarterback Kaepernick Inspires Resistance to Mindless Nationalism at Athletic Events Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | Anti-War | Education & Student Activism | San Francisco | East Bay | U.S.10/19/16 Despite Interference by Oakland Police, Protesters Marched for Keith Lamont Scott Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | East Bay10/10/16 Identity Evropa Leader Operating Out Of CSU Stanislaus, Spreading Fascist Propaganda Front Page | Racial Justice | Education & Student Activism | Arts + Action | Central Valley | San Francisco | California | U.S.10/10/16 Mothers and Fathers Speak Out In SF Against Racist Police Murders and Executions Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | San Francisco10/09/16 Diallo Neal's Mother Continues to Demand Justice for Son Despite Statute of Limitations Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | East Bay10/04/16 Bay Area Rallies on International Day in Solidarity with People of Haiti Front Page | Peninsula | California | Haiti | Americas10/04/16 "Bye Libby" Campaign Collecting Signatures for Special Election to Remove Oakland Mayor Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | Health, Housing, and Public Services | East Bay | Government & Elections10/02/16 Historic California Law to Rein in Asset Forfeiture Abuse, Paving Way for Other States Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Drug War | California | Government & Elections10/01/16 Timelines Map San Francisco and Hayward Killings by Law Enforcement, 1990 - Present Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | San Francisco | East Bay10/01/16 Legal Victory Overturns Plan to Open 1 Million Acres of California Public Land to Fracking Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Central Valley | California | Santa Cruz Indymedia
Related Categories: Palestine | International | LGBTI / Queer | Front Page
Forum/Foro, Palestine: A forgotten issue in the 2016 Elections Party for Socialism and Liberation Sunday Oct 23rd 11:18 AM
This Week in Palestine, October 14th, 2016 IMEMC Friday Oct 14th 6:21 PM
2016 San Francisco Gaza 5K UNRWA USA Wednesday Oct 12th 1:52 PM
This Week in Palestine, October 7th, 2016 IMEMC Saturday Oct 8th 10:05 PM
Recent History of Assaults on Universities Regarding Academic Freedom, the Right of Free Speech and Dissent via California Scholars for Academic Freedom Saturday Oct 8th 1:45 AM
Kickoff Indigenous People's Weekend: Protest Facebook Censorship Party for Socialism and Liberation Monday Oct 3rd 9:33 PM
Hebron and Beyond: Settlements, Occupation, and Youth Resistance Nancy Tubbs, Monday Oct 3rd 9:43 AM
This Week in Palestine, September 30th, 2016 IMEMC Friday Sep 30th 6:24 PM
Bennis Is "rear guard of the Israel Lobby." repost (1 comment) Tuesday Sep 27th 9:36 AM
More News...