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TLVFest Hit with Wave of Cancellations Ahead of Opening this Week by Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)

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Linn da Quebrada, a prominent voice of marginalized Black and poor LGBT people in Brazil, was expected to take part in the Festival’s Queer Party on June 6. She said:

Knowing that in Israel there are also people who suffer from oppression over their bodies and desires, I decided to cancel my participation, joining the cultural boycott that has grown in the last few months around the world, as a form of protest against Israel and its genocidal policies over Palestinians.

In coordination with Quebrada’s cancellation, Brazilian directors Claudia Priscilla and Kiko Goifman announced they are withdrawing their documentary “Bixa Travesty” from TLVFest. The film, which won the Teddy Award for best documentary at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival, is an intimate biographical portrayal of the life of Linn da Quebrada.

Goifman made the announcement on Facebook:

We decided to BOYCOTT TLVFest due to our profound disagreement with Israel’s genocidal policies. We cancelled the participation of the film “Bixa Travesty”. ENOUGH MASSACRES. Respect for the Palestinian people

Continue reading at https://bdsmovement.net/news/tlvfest-hit-wave-cancellations-ahead-opening-week

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Solidarity with Chicago Dyke March: Oppose Zionist “pinkwashing” by Workers World Chicago bureau

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“Pinkwashing” is a public-relations strategy used to portray Israel as the only place in the Middle East that is friendly to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people. It relies on a broad-brushed slander of the entire Arab and Muslim world, which is presented as “backward.” It is further based on the egregious lie that the Israeli settler state treats LGBTQ Palestinians as equal to LGBTQ Israelis.

… Another essential component of pro-Israel propaganda is the conflation of Judaism and Jewish identity with the settler state of Israel, a lie which anti-Zionist Jewish organizations, like Jewish Voice for Peace and the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, have rejected. This conflation allows Zionists to smear anyone who criticizes Israel as “anti-Semitic,” providing a cover for Israeli genocide of the Palestinian people, and erasing the voices and work of Jews worldwide who reject Zionism.

Continue reading at http://www.workers.org/2017/06/26/solidarity-with-chicago-dyke-march-oppose-zionist-pinkwashing/#.WVIOmNOGP1I

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Trans-Led Coalition Shuts Down Chicago Pride Parade on Radical Faggot

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We rise in solidarity with Palestinian liberation, including the call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions!
The Chicago Pride Parade has a long history of allowing organizations that engage in pinkwashing–the promotion of Israel’s supposed positive record on LGBTQ rights as a means to distract from their brutal crimes against Palestine–to participate in the Parade. The presence of groups like A Wider BridgeStand With Us, and the Israeli Consulate General dishonors the legacy of the trans women of color who galvanized our movement. As an explicitly anti-Zionist collective leading an explicitly anti-Zionist coalition which includes Jewish, Muslim and Palestinian organizers, we reject any celebration of the illegal Israeli state in the Chicago Pride Parade. Trans and queer people will not be used as propaganda for a genocidal, settler-colonial state, in an attempt to spread racist and Islamophobic tropes about Palestinian culture. Pinkwashing, Zionism, settler colonialism, and genocide have no place in queer struggle. As a coalition, we proudly join the calls to free Palestine!

Continue reading at https://radfag.com/2017/06/25/happening-now-trans-led-coalition-shuts-down-chicago-pride-parade/

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Let it B: official poster for the 2017 Pride Parade in Tel Aviv (Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution, April 2017)

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The whole “bi theme” of the pride parade is little but a PR trick, having no effect over actual community policy, budgeting or acknowledgement of our actual issues.

Instead, its main function is to present a marketable image of Israel and Tel Aviv as the “gay capital” of the Middle East, draw in white gay tourists from “the West”, and draw attention away from the genocide, occupation and apartheid taking place here every day.

Needless to say, this does nothing for bi Palestinians… 

Continue reading at https://www.facebook.com/bi.revolution/photos/a.488964837828134.109330.484788434912441/1488553204535954/?type=3&theater

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