From Lori Ziganto on Snark and Boobs:
Earlier this week, a group called Queers Against Israeli Apartheid boasted about the fact that the Pride Toronto organizers had voted to reverse a decision which would now let them march in the Gay Pride parade. They proudly touted it as a blow against censorship and then issued this statement:
“This is a victory for the Palestine solidarity movement, which has faced censorship and bullying tactics from the Israel lobby for far too long,” says Tim McCaskell, a member of Queers Against Israeli Apartheid. “The Israel lobby learned a tough lesson today about our community’s proud history of standing up to censorship and human rights abuses.”
Not only does this group try to equate Israel with apartheid, which is odious in and of itself, but they are either grossly intellectually dishonest or they are in abject denial. They are embracing a culture that goes against our very core principles as human beings. They are embracing a culture that considers women as chattel and non-human. They want to be “inclusive”, and defend no less, a country that kills people — for being gay. They are marching to show pride so that gay people in the West don’t have to stay in the closet longer than desired. Yet, they are supporting Palestine, where they would need to stay in a steel-encased panic room, forever.
They are vilifying the one country in the middle east that truly embraces diversity by believing in Freedom; Israel. The Judeo-Christian ethic has done the most good in the World. Always has and always will. The Judeo-Christian ideals of freedom and respect for the individual rights of men – and women, gay or straight, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist – all are welcome in Israel.
If you are a homosexual living in the Muslim Middle East, the smartest thing you can do is emigrate; the safest place for you to be in the Middle East is in Israel.
The useful idiots aligning with Palestine don’t even realize that Hamas, a terrorist organization intent on “wiping Israel off the map“, is also oppressing some of its own people, particularly women and homosexuals. But, see, this doesn’t matter to them. Hamas is anti-Israel and anti-America. This is all that matters. Because George Bush. And evil capitalist America. They are willing to turn a blind eye to true oppression and homophobia so rampant that it results in bloodshed and death, as long as it fits with their preferred global agenda.
Perhaps they should celebrate diversity by being, you know, honest. And by truly being open-minded, letting themselves out of their ideological closets.
I have to admit it: sometimes the positions of our friends on the left baffle me. I get that they sympathize with the Palestinians, and think that Israel is being a bad ol’ bully, and I understand that a lot of people just naturally sympathize with the underdog. But to identify yourself as “queer,” and somehow being “queer” leads you to support the Palestinians, is just unfathomable: they really have to know what the Palestinians, and what all of the Muslim-ruled states in the Middle East, would do to them as self-identified “queers.” If being gay is how they identify themselves, rather than OK, that’s part of who I am, then it is wholly irrational to march in support of the people who would jail or kill you; it’s like seeing a “Jews for Hitler” march.
I went to the Queers Against Israeli Apartheid website and copied their banner, and their slogan: “We Stand With Queers in Palestine.” Don’t they realize that if they are standing with homosexuals in Palestine, they are standing, hiding really, deep within the closet?
¹ – The Sunday Times of London reported, in 2007, that an Iranian MP, Mohsen Yahyavi, said that homosexuals “deserve to be executed or tortured and possibly both.” The link above is to a story documenting the execution of two Iranian teenaged boys for homosexual activity.