UN Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide and the International Criminal Court Prosecutor: Investigate the Possibility that Israel is Committing the Crime of Genocide Against the Palestinian People
As is known across the world, the government of Israel has, over the decades, carried out systematic and genocidal violence against the people of Palestine, whose land they illegally occupy. The Israeli government has established a regime that is brazenly discriminatory, majoritarian, racist, and Islamophobic. I see such an opposition to be urgent, because people and governments across the world are beginning to find acceptable the absolute violation of the rights and liberties of certain citizens, and the decimation of social and cultural fabrics…
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.
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
Trans activist and bestselling Redefining Realnessauthor Janet Mock has canceled a speech about transgender rights at Brown University after some students there protested that she was going to speak at the campus’ Jewish Hillel House, which the students claim supports Israel’s policies against Palestinians, Campus Reform and The Blaze report.
Those students sent around a petition urging Mock to speak elsewhere on campus. “Hillel as a corporation has consistently defended and even advocated for the Israeli state’s policies of occupation and racial apartheid,” the petition read. “Israel’s violent policies center on colonialism, ethnic cleansing, and genocide of native Palestinians.”
Almost ten years ago, queers who support the Palestinian struggle tried to get Frameline, the San Francisco LGBT film festival, to stop working with, and accepting money from, the Israeli government. This is consistent with the call from hundreds of organizations in Palestinian Civil Society for boycott, divestment and sanctions to oppose the genocidal policies of Israel. Despite emails, postcards, petitions, and protests by the many queers who do not want to partner with the Israeli government, Frameline has refused to seriously consider this issue.
The organization “A Wider Bridge” is one element of a concerted effort by the state of Israel to erase its ongoing genocide of the Palestinian people by portraying itself as a tolerant, modern haven for queer people and a prime site for LGBT tourism, including study abroad programs. Participating in a study abroad program in Israel means participating in the ongoing apartheid and genocide of the Palestinian people. Do not become co-opted by Israel to cover for its violent and oppressive policies.
We are not interested in a dialogue with organizations such as A Wider Bridge and Slugs for Israel. Dialogue has no meaning while apartheid and genocide continue.