Who we are and what we stand for
Pinkwashing is a cynical Israeli PR strategy. Israel uses claims that they support LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer) rights to try to divert attention from their human rights crimes against Palestinians. Pinkwashing plays on racist stereotypes – that Muslims and Arabs are all violently homophobic and transphobic, while Israelis are western and “civilised”.
The reality is that Israel is an apartheid state built on the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. Israel doesn't want peace – Israeli settlers are seizing Palestinian land to build settlements, illegal in international law, which now control 42% of the West Bank. Binyamin Netanyahu stated in March 2015 that as long as he is Israeli Prime Minister there will be no Palestinian state. Israel's attack on Gaza in 2014 killed over 2,000 people – including over 500 children.
“I know firsthand that Israel has created an
apartheid reality within its borders and
through its occupation.”
LGBTQ Palestinians say No to Pinkwashing
Groups exist in Palestine that are campaigning for sexual freedom as part of the Palestinian people’s struggle for their rights. They call on people worldwide, whatever their sexual orientation or gender identity, to reject pinkwashing and stand in solidarity with the Palestinians.
Haneen Maikey, Al Qaws group, which runs
a phone support line, queer parties, cultural
and health projects in Palestine.
What We Do
- Joining the Pride marches in London, where we distributed over 2,000 postcards
- Speaking at Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign in Derry, and joining the Pride march there
- Supporting anti-pinkwashing marchers on Bristol Pride
- Producing a statement about accusations of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, headed "It’s legitimate to oppose Israel and pinkwashing"
- Issuing a statement in support of US campaigners, some of them Jewish, smeared as anti-Semites
- Speaking at events around Britain
- Continuing to liaise with organisations including Palestine Solidarity Campaign and UNISON to raise awareness of pinkwashing