Our banner on the Foyle Pride march

A warm welcome in Derry for the fight against pinkwashing

No to Pinkwashing travelled to Derry this August to take part in Foyle Pride and meet up with local Palestine campaigners.

Members of Derry IPSC with the No to Pinkwashing banner
Members of Derry IPSC with the No to Pinkwashing banner

On Friday 26 August, Colin Wilson from No to Pinkwashing and Abdul Rawashda, a Palestinian activist living in Norway, spoke at a meeting of the Derry branch of Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC). Both speakers talked about how Palestine solidarity and BDS overlaps with LGBT issues, and discussed Israel’s pinkwashing propaganda. Local activists also discussed how they can take forward the struggle for BDS in Derry, and about campaigning around the forthcoming football match between Dundalk and Maccabi Tel Aviv, an Israeli team – the match is to take place in Dublin shortly.

On Saturday 27, Derry ISPC brought their banner on the Pride parade, and local activists and also visitors helped to carry the No to Pinkwashing banner. Abdul spoke from the stage outside the Guildhall, receiving warm applause for his call for freedom for both LGBT people and Palestinians. All those of us who visited Derry were delighted by the warm welcome we received from local LGBT and Palestine activists, and are determined to maintain the links we’ve made.

Palestine campaigners on the Foyle Pride march
Palestine campaigners on the Foyle Pride march