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 a protest at G4S, who run prisons in Israel and the West Bank – they are now pulling out of these contracts
- Marching on Pride London alongside victorious strikers from the Ritzy cinema
- Joining the huge London protest on 19 July against Israel’s attack on Gaza
- Organising a meeting with speakers from Palestine and America, attended by over 70 people
- Meeting with the LGBT media to discuss their Middle East coverage
- A warm reception at the Palestine Solidarity Campaign AGM, where a motion was passed encouraging local PSC branches and unions to oppose pinkwashing by attending local prides and events for LGBT History Month