Petition – Olly Alexander: Boycott Eurovision 2024 by Palestine Solidarity Campaign

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Responding to the Palestinian call to boycott the event, over 450+ queer artists, activists and organisations have signed an open letter to the UK’s contestant, Olly Alexander, asking him to withdraw. The letter calls on him to “commit not to perform at Eurovision while it provides cultural cover for an ongoing genocide.” 

We, the undersigned, add our voices and ask Olly Alexander to heed the Palestinian call to withdraw from the Eurovision Song Contest 2024.

Continue reading at https://palestinecampaign.eaction.online/Eurovision2024

Liberation is a Daily Practice also during Christmas by Queers in Palestine

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  • While these blatantly racist genocidal declarations take the stage, activists in Palestine and internationally are being silencedharasseddetainedcriminalized, workers fired from their jobs, and students suspended from universities. International feminist and queer activists, in solidarity with Palestine, are facing attacks and harassment by Zionists under the premise that those who support Palestine will be “raped” and “beheaded” by Palestinians for merely being women and queers. Yet more often than not, rape and death are what Zionists wish upon queers and women who stand in solidarity with Palestine. Zionist fantasies of brutalized bodies do not surprise us, for we have experienced the reality of their manifestation on our skin and spirit. Yet they never seize to accelerate in their explicit vehemence. It becomes evermore absurd when such framings are constructed against Palestinian society, in light of countless testimonies, reports, and documentations of sexual violence Palestinians have been facing throughout Israel’s 75 years of military occupation. From the thousands of Palestinian prisoners, men and women, who are subject to sexual torture and rape since Israel’s inception to this very day, to daily and escalating settler violence against Palestinians in the West Bank, to Israeli “civilians” filming themselves torturing kidnapped Palestinians as a TikTok trend, and the most recent harrowing footage published on social media platforms by Israeli soldiers which document the lengths of torture and sexual abuse soldiers and settlers inflict on our bodies regardless of their sexual orientation and gender – all forms of violence, including sexual violence are systematically and structurally part of Zionist domination over Palestinian life. And yet Israeli society continues to weaponize queerness for the purposes of justifying war and colonial repression, as if their bombs, apartheid walls, guns, knives, and bulldozers are selective of who they harm based on sexuality and gender.
  • We refuse the instrumentalization of our queerness, our bodies, and the violence we face as queer people to demonize and dehumanize our communities, especially in service of imperial and genocidal acts. 

Watch at https://queersinpalestine.noblogs.org/

Shohini Ghosh on Love Queer Cinema. Hate Apartheid. hosted by Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Movement

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https://www.facebook.com/BDSNationalCommittee/videos/357924045481913

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…

Watch at at https://www.facebook.com/BDSNationalCommittee/videos/357924045481913

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

After Israel controversy, trans activist Janet Mock cancels Brown U. speech on LGBTQ Nation

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Trans activist and bestselling Redefining Realness author 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.”

Continue reading at http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2016/03/after-israel-controversy-trans-activist-janet-mock-cancels-brown-u-speech/

Outside the Frame: Queers for Palestine Film Festival

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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.

Continue reading at https://outsidetheframefest.org/background/

UC Santa Cruz Students for Justice in Palestine: “Dialogue has no meaning while apartheid and genocide continue.”

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.

Continue reading at https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=920382951314977&permPage=1

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