LGBTQ activists block Tel Aviv Pride March: 'There is no pride in occupation'

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LGBTQ activists block Tel Aviv Pride March: 'There is no pride in occupation'
The activists were protesting what they called the Israeli government’s cynical exploitation of the LGBTQ community to appear liberal and progressive and cover up its violation of Palestinians’ human rights in Gaza and the West Bank.
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Several hundred LGBTQ activists briefly blocked the path of the Pride Parade in Tel Aviv on Friday. The activists said they were protesting the Israeli government’s use of the LGBTQ community to cover up its discriminatory and racist policies and the maintenance of the occupation of the West Bank and siege of Gaza.

The activists voluntarily dispersed when police declared it an illegal demonstration.

The demonstrators claimed that the Israeli government is exploiting the LGBTQ community to present itself as liberal while violating the rights of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. The anti-pinkwashing activists said they wanted to remind the Pride Parade participants that while they were celebrating and demonstrating in Tel Aviv, those demonstrating in Gaza at the same time were risking their lives.

“We came here to protest against the cynical exploitation of the LGBTQ struggle for the good of the Israeli government’s crimes, which is why we came with a fence,” said Tamar Ben David, one of the demonstrators. “While we’re demonstrating here, just a few kilometers away [Israeli soldiers] are shooting people exercising the right to protest.”

“Our struggle as LGBTQ people is not disconnected from the struggle for the rights of others,” Yuli Novak said. “In every struggle that celebrates freedom and liberation, we will be here to [protest] the crimes committed in our names.”

Below is the full text of a flyer activists handed out to participants during the march.
We don’t want to bring down the mood, we swear. We are queers who want to celebrate our amazing identities and struggle for our rights together. But not at the expense of the rights of others.​
The Israel government is exploiting us to appear liberal and progressive, while violating the rights of Palestinians on a regular basis — this is called pinkwashing. The government markets Tel Aviv as a city of freedom, and yet 70 kilometers away from here there are two million Palestinians jailed in Gaza. The army says its gay friendly, but it uses intelligence information gathered about Palestinians’ sexual orientation as blackmail.​
Rights are for everyone. We are speaking about the right to marry, while the government prevents family unification between Israeli citizens and Palestinians who live in the West Bank or Gaza. We are struggling for the right to be registered as the parents of our children and raise them in our houses while hundreds of Palestinian children sit in Israeli jails.​
Political protest is the heart of the Pride March. Pride Month is celebrated in June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots when LGBTQ people protested against the oppression and persecution of the community. They were not civil, they were not polite, they rose up.​
Palestinians also have the right to protest, but since the beginning of the Great Return March in Gaza, more than 100 demonstrators have been killed. As members of a community that is still fighting for full rights and equality, we will not be silent in the face of human rights violations and repression of the freedom to protest. We will stand in solidarity with the Palestinians living under occupation and under siege. We oppose pinkwashing. We are proud of who we are, and we are shouting — there is no pride in occupation.​

https://972mag.com/lgbtq-activists-...march-there-is-no-pride-in-occupation/136066/
 





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FWIW, there is a very large gay population in Israel and it is accepted in a way most would never realize. Gays would not last too long in any Muslim nation unless they were ultra closeted. You do realize that the origin of "Pinkwashing" is a made up word by the New York Times (liberal leaning) in 2011. Some dude in NY is not worried because he does not live in the war torn region and instead kicks back in a liberal country where everything goes on all sides of the fence. I bet those disrupting few would get no sympathy from explaining their case to Muslims, who rightfully in their eyes and those of others, including many Christians think anything gay is deplorable. One of these days, some are going to get a rude awakening when they abandon the protection of others only to find the lion.
 





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LGBTQ activists block Tel Aviv Pride March: 'There is no pride in occupation'
The activists were protesting what they called the Israeli government’s cynical exploitation of the LGBTQ community to appear liberal and progressive and cover up its violation of Palestinians’ human rights in Gaza and the West Bank.
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Several hundred LGBTQ activists briefly blocked the path of the Pride Parade in Tel Aviv on Friday. The activists said they were protesting the Israeli government’s use of the LGBTQ community to cover up its discriminatory and racist policies and the maintenance of the occupation of the West Bank and siege of Gaza.

The activists voluntarily dispersed when police declared it an illegal demonstration.

The demonstrators claimed that the Israeli government is exploiting the LGBTQ community to present itself as liberal while violating the rights of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. The anti-pinkwashing activists said they wanted to remind the Pride Parade participants that while they were celebrating and demonstrating in Tel Aviv, those demonstrating in Gaza at the same time were risking their lives.

“We came here to protest against the cynical exploitation of the LGBTQ struggle for the good of the Israeli government’s crimes, which is why we came with a fence,” said Tamar Ben David, one of the demonstrators. “While we’re demonstrating here, just a few kilometers away [Israeli soldiers] are shooting people exercising the right to protest.”

“Our struggle as LGBTQ people is not disconnected from the struggle for the rights of others,” Yuli Novak said. “In every struggle that celebrates freedom and liberation, we will be here to [protest] the crimes committed in our names.”

Below is the full text of a flyer activists handed out to participants during the march.
We don’t want to bring down the mood, we swear. We are queers who want to celebrate our amazing identities and struggle for our rights together. But not at the expense of the rights of others.​


The Israel government is exploiting us to appear liberal and progressive, while violating the rights of Palestinians on a regular basis — this is called pinkwashing. The government markets Tel Aviv as a city of freedom, and yet 70 kilometers away from here there are two million Palestinians jailed in Gaza. The army says its gay friendly, but it uses intelligence information gathered about Palestinians’ sexual orientation as blackmail.​


Rights are for everyone. We are speaking about the right to marry, while the government prevents family unification between Israeli citizens and Palestinians who live in the West Bank or Gaza. We are struggling for the right to be registered as the parents of our children and raise them in our houses while hundreds of Palestinian children sit in Israeli jails.​


Political protest is the heart of the Pride March. Pride Month is celebrated in June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots when LGBTQ people protested against the oppression and persecution of the community. They were not civil, they were not polite, they rose up.​


Palestinians also have the right to protest, but since the beginning of the Great Return March in Gaza, more than 100 demonstrators have been killed. As members of a community that is still fighting for full rights and equality, we will not be silent in the face of human rights violations and repression of the freedom to protest. We will stand in solidarity with the Palestinians living under occupation and under siege. We oppose pinkwashing. We are proud of who we are, and we are shouting — there is no pride in occupation.​

https://972mag.com/lgbtq-activists-...march-there-is-no-pride-in-occupation/136066/
Props to them.........
 





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Haaretz blocks the reading of the article.
Weird, I can read it. I can copy and paste if you’re truly interested.
It just says homosexuals live in fear of persecution in Gaza or any Islamic society really. The issue lies with masculinity issues as well as religious beliefs. One man was imprisoned on false accusations because he was gay and another man was tortured for being accused of a few things homosexuality included. Homosexuals would have a lot easier life in Israel than in any Islamic society which is the point Thunderian was trying to make.
 





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Weird, I can read it. I can copy and paste if you’re truly interested.
It just says homosexuals live in fear of persecution in Gaza or any Islamic society really. The issue lies with masculinity issues as well as religious beliefs. One man was imprisoned on false accusations because he was gay and another man was tortured for being accused of a few things homosexuality included. Homosexuals would have a lot easier life in Israel than in any Islamic society which is the point Thunderian was trying to make.
I figured that was the gist of the article. However, Im unaware of mass killings and etc. of gays in Palestinian lands. Now the KSA and others.... thats a very different story......
 





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I figured that was the gist of the article. However, Im unaware of mass killings and etc. of gays in Palestinian lands. Now the KSA and others.... thats a very different story......
Of course there aren’t any mass killings. They aren’t openly gay for a reason.
 





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I dont think thats what is preventing mass-executions of gay people there but we may have to agree to disagree on that. I did however find this article unblocked on the Haaretz site, and its heartbreaking......
https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east...ells-of-sex-abuse-drugs-and-despair-1.5464038
What do you think is preventing the mass execution of gays then?

That’s devastating :/ Reminds me of the Native American communities here
https://thinkprogress.org/the-shock...use-facing-native-american-kids-883449df0f63/
 





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Haaretz website is blocking it without a subscription.
Not for me...

What It's Like to Be Gay in Gaza: Meeting Israelis on Dating Apps, Evading Hamas and Plotting Escape
In a society where homosexuality could be punishable by death, gay Gazans keep their identity secret

Liza Rozovsky

21.02.2018 | 22:32

On his avatar on an instant message app, Jamil looks like a happy young man, with glasses and a trendy haircut. But Jamil (not his real name) says he lives in a state of constant fear, and his most cherished dream is to leave his homeland and break free from his family. The 21-year-old student from the Gaza Strip is gay and lives a double life: an open one, as a diligent student, the youngest child in his family, busy helping his elderly parents with everyday tasks (shopping, making sure the electrical generator works and there’s water in the house) – and a secret one, a large chunk of which is spent on dating apps and fake accounts on social networks.

Jamil says he first recognized his sexual orientation at the age of 14, when he traveled abroad and met there, for the first time in his life, an openly gay person. When he returned home, he started searching the web and the social networks, looking for people like himself. He says he only came to the conclusion that his homosexuality wasn’t “some kind of a psychological disease” about two years ago, after some gay friends convinced him to accept himself.


“First of all, you talk through a fake [social media] account or on an app that keeps your identity secret,” Jamil says, in a telephone interview. “And then, one of you will work up the courage first, and send pictures of himself. After you’ve talked like this for a while, you may decide to meet. But the person you are talking to could be an [undercover] officer from Hamas in Gaza. You should be careful. You need to talk to this person first – for example on Skype. And he needs to convince you that he is not from Hamas.”

Jamil explains that for a Gaza resident, it’s not difficult to recognize a Hamas agent when you encounter one. Although Hamas is always on the lookout for gays and it monitors the social media, the organization has some blind spots – for example, Jamil assumes, they are not familiar with certain apps that gay men in Gaza can use to get to know each other and chat with people, some of them Jews, from Israel or the West Bank...


Try this
LINK
 





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What do you think is preventing the mass execution of gays then?

That’s devastating :/ Reminds me of the Native American communities here
https://thinkprogress.org/the-shock...use-facing-native-american-kids-883449df0f63/
I think that between their general culture and the current state of their affairs, the will isn't there for that kind of persecution. If they catch a gay dude doing something in public or something egregious in private, that could boil over into a lynch mob situation..... but it doesnt seem like its in their character.
 





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Not for me...

What It's Like to Be Gay in Gaza: Meeting Israelis on Dating Apps, Evading Hamas and Plotting Escape
In a society where homosexuality could be punishable by death, gay Gazans keep their identity secret

Liza Rozovsky

21.02.2018 | 22:32

On his avatar on an instant message app, Jamil looks like a happy young man, with glasses and a trendy haircut. But Jamil (not his real name) says he lives in a state of constant fear, and his most cherished dream is to leave his homeland and break free from his family. The 21-year-old student from the Gaza Strip is gay and lives a double life: an open one, as a diligent student, the youngest child in his family, busy helping his elderly parents with everyday tasks (shopping, making sure the electrical generator works and there’s water in the house) – and a secret one, a large chunk of which is spent on dating apps and fake accounts on social networks.

Jamil says he first recognized his sexual orientation at the age of 14, when he traveled abroad and met there, for the first time in his life, an openly gay person. When he returned home, he started searching the web and the social networks, looking for people like himself. He says he only came to the conclusion that his homosexuality wasn’t “some kind of a psychological disease” about two years ago, after some gay friends convinced him to accept himself.


“First of all, you talk through a fake [social media] account or on an app that keeps your identity secret,” Jamil says, in a telephone interview. “And then, one of you will work up the courage first, and send pictures of himself. After you’ve talked like this for a while, you may decide to meet. But the person you are talking to could be an [undercover] officer from Hamas in Gaza. You should be careful. You need to talk to this person first – for example on Skype. And he needs to convince you that he is not from Hamas.”

Jamil explains that for a Gaza resident, it’s not difficult to recognize a Hamas agent when you encounter one. Although Hamas is always on the lookout for gays and it monitors the social media, the organization has some blind spots – for example, Jamil assumes, they are not familiar with certain apps that gay men in Gaza can use to get to know each other and chat with people, some of them Jews, from Israel or the West Bank...

Try this LINK
Still blocked, but thank you for the re-post......