We Are Not Your Enemies — Pinklying, Pinkwashing and the Decline of the LGBTQ Left

From Huffington Post:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dana-beyer/we-are-not-your-enemies_b_9128730.html

 Dana Beyer
01/31/2016

Many of you are aware of the crisis that occurred two weeks ago at the National LGBTQ Task Force’s (Task Force) annual Creating Change conference, which I and many others have covered at this site and elsewhere. Today I’d like to examine in greater detail the club used by the radical left to slander and libel their Jewish compatriots. I call that weapon “pinklying”; they call it “pinkwashing.”

The term “pinkwashing” has been around for awhile, but has gotten new life thanks to this manufactured crisis at Creating Change. Kudos to the disruptors for getting the word out — Creating Change is now the go-to destination for the young activists who demand attention and create drama rather than change — but now they will have to defend it against an engaged and better-educated opposition.

I will start with the definition used by Sarah Schulman, one of the leaders of the Jewish wing of the BDS movement (her followers are known as “Schulmanites”):

“pinkwashing”: a deliberate strategy to conceal the continuing violations of Palestinians’ human rights behind an image of modernity signified by Israeli gay life.

So let’s do a bit of exegesis on this definition. I think it’s fair to say that most leftist Jews have a real problem with “the continuing violations of Palestinians’ human rights.” I work for a two-state solution because I’m appalled not only at those human rights violations, but the violation of the core integrity of the Jewish soldiers asked to carry them out. That my children’s generation feels obligated to carry out those orders causes me despair. I am very grateful to Breaking the Silence for speaking out on this very issue.

Israel does have “an image of modernity” because it is a modern state. Denying that is absurd. Is that modernity “signified by Israeli gay life”? To a degree, and that “gay life” sets it apart from the Arab world in general. One should know, however, that while the law in Israel is quite supportive of LGBT citizens, only 40% approve of homosexuality (though compared to only 4% in Palestine). The rabbinate, which controls all family law in the state, is vociferously opposed, and the most extreme fundamentalist Jews are inciting murderous violence against the queer population. A Wider Bridge (AWB) exists to build relationships with organizations like the Agudah and Jerusalem Open House to help them confront the daily threats to their existence, threats that exist even in the “modern” state of Israel.

Continue reading at:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dana-beyer/we-are-not-your-enemies_b_9128730.html

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