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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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Brown People for Black Power Cancels Workshop at Creating Change Conference 2016

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There is no “constructive dialogue” to be had about the deliberate genocide of Palestinians, or the detainment of queer and trans people of color.  There is nothing good that can come out of the “inclusion” of those who occupy, those who kidnap, those who incarcerate and those who terrorize. As Brown people for Black power, we recognize that the actions and positions of I.C.E. and A Wider Bridge not only affect Palestinians and Latinos, but also affects Afro-Palestinians, Afro-Latinos, and undocumented Black people.

Continue reading at http://brownpeopleforblackpower.tumblr.com/post/137748233892/brown-people-for-black-power-cancels-workshop-at

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Israeli occupation, Palestine & the LGBT community: pinkwashing 101 by Pauline Park

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Israel’s record on LGBT rights justifies the illegal occupation of East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Many non-Muslim, non-Arab countries in the world have terrible records on LGBT rights, including Russia, Hungary, Nigeria, Jamaica; no one suggests that they deserve to be subjected to foreign military occupation. Would anyone support or even propose a German invasion and occupation of Russia simply because Germany has a much better record on LGBT rights than Russia? No amount of progress of LGBT rights in Israel can possibly justify the illegal and increasingly brutal Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem or the incremental genocide being pursued against the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip all of which the United States subsidizes with more than $3 billion in US aid to the Israeli government a year. LGBT organizations based in Israel, Europe and especially the United States play a crucial role in advancing the discourse of pinkwashing, often directly coordinating with the Israeli government and sometimes funded directly by the Israeli government.

Continue reading at http://www.paulinepark.com/2016/01/israeli-occupation-palestine-the-lgbt-community-pinkwashing-101/

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LGBT group cancels conference reception with Israeli activists on Washington Blade

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“It is not an organization focused on LGBT Jews, or an organization focused on LGBT Israelis,” wrote Spade. “It is an organization focused on linking LGBT people in the US to Israel, the settler colonial nation engaged in apartheid, condemned by the world.”

“It is an organization whose promotion of Israel is designed to make people think of Israel as a site of liberation and freedom rather than a regime producing colonization and genocide,” added Spade. “As a Jewish trans activist who has sometimes attended Creating Change over the years, I like the idea of having a Shabbat service at the conference, but I do not want Creating Change to invite any Israel advocacy organization to lead it or host programming focused on promoting propaganda about Israel.”

Continue reading at https://www.washingtonblade.com/2016/01/18/lgbt-group-cancels-conference-reception-with-israeli-activists/

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