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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Gay activists continue to boycott only state in Middle East that doesn't execute them

Gay activists apparently don't know how to tell their friends from their foes. In a region where only one country in the world doesn't execute gays, gay activists have chosen that country to boycott. Yes, of course, it's Israel. Ronn Torossian got it right:
It seems that Jew-haters will always find a reason to hate the Jewish state, and will use something asinine to mask that hatred. Peter Tatchell, a leading gay activist, signed a letter this week criticizing Israel for “pinkwashing, trying to use the acceptance of LGBTs (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community) as a “smokescreen” of supposed human rights violations of the Palestinians. In a recent letter to the media, activists from the Gay Liberation Front, Stop Clause 28, and others, stated support for the Palestinian “boycott, divestment and sanctions” campaign against Israel. It added that it is “ironic” that Israel, “in an attempt to gain a veneer of respectability by promoting itself as a liberal,” has grown tolerant towards gay people while the “oppressive regime routinely violates human rights.” So, Israel, the sole country in the Middle East which supports gay rights, is also boycotted by the gay activist community.

One wonders what these gay rights activists can possibly know about these supposed human rights violations and the on-the-ground situation in Gaza or the West Bank. Surely, they haven’t traveled or spent time there, because they would know that they wouldn’t be safe with the Hamas/Palestinian government. Of course, they haven’t spoken out about the violence Jews face in these regions. One wonders what justification Tachtell and other gay activists can have to boycott Israel, their strongest supporter in the Middle East. Tachtell’s boycott started a few months earlier when he criticized the IGLYO – the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Lesbian Youth and Student Organization for accepting an invitation from its Israeli chapter to hold its general assembly in Tel Aviv. He was among the first to criticize IGLYO for agreeing to a conference in Israel and said that he “fears that Israel may not be accessible to delegations from Arab countries.” They neglect the fact that Arabs can visit Israel, unlike Jews that seek to visit Arab countries.

Tachtell was successful in having the meeting moved from Israel, despite the fact that there is not a single member from the Arab world on the general assembly of this organization (for obvious reasons). Just as I wonder where the flotilla for peace to Syria is, so too am I amazed as gays and others pretend there’s a reason for hating Israel other than anti-Semitism. The heroic defender of human rights, Martin Luther King said it right when he said, “Anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism.”
Don Surber thinks this is about socialism:
Gay rights is about socialism. Maybe Israel’s biggest crime is not so much that it is a Jewish state, but that it is a refuge for so many Jewish Russian dissidents. The Soviet Union may have fallen 20+ years ago, and many people on the left are bitter over its demise.

As for Peter Tatchell specifically, I never met the man and I don’t intend to. I have no idea what he thinks of the Soviet Union. I do know that gay rights is just window dressing for his real agenda. Instead of fighting for the lives of gay Arabs, Peter Tatchell is fighting for the men who would hang them.
I disagree. I think it's about priorities. Jew hatred above all else.

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At 7:46 PM, Blogger shimonmatisyahu said...

Actually, this would be a good thing if this means that the gays will stop holding their annual march in the holiest city in the world- Jerusalem. So much for the Israeli government flattering the gays giving them the rights to march, and flattering the Arabs in Gaza by constantly sending them humanitarian aid which the Arabs are ingrateful for and the world ignores. We see that at the end, flattering accomplishes the opposite result of what one wished to accomplish with it. One needs only to turn to the Bible where Jeremiah answered Amen to a false prophet who stated predictions of good news for the Jews, even as Jeremiah immediately challenged this false prophet. Our rabbis tell us that as a result of Jeremiah's Amen flattery, he was punished of being thrown into a pit by none other than a grandson of the false prophet.

At 10:07 AM, Blogger Jack-CPH said...

Maybe it's a bit over-hyped, but I think it is too dangerous to call them jew-haters...

Personally I have no problem with Jews or any other religion, but I am not a big fan of this zionism-freakshow that is going on in Israel, the political part - everyone is closing their eyes, because the media is afraid to show what's going on.

I think they are brave to not support it, and I hope that Israel will stop that horrible treatment towards their surroundings.

And by the way, how can the neighbour countries even worry about gay rights, when they are under constant threat by Israel and US?

At 5:58 PM, Blogger Kimberly Ann said...

Hi there,
Can you please email me? I have a request regarding this post. My email is kim@5wpr.com

I want to also thank you for quoting Ronn Torossian, CEO of 5WPR.



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