Below is one of two leaflets distributed by the Working Class Queeroes to hundreds at Dublin Pride 2017. The other was a general leaflet about the Working Class Queeroes “Fucking Dregs” bloc and what we stand for.
Pinkwashing is not about furthering the cause of LGBT rights – it is the cynical use of LGBT rights to distract from and normalise the settler colonial and apartheid reality that the State of Israel has established in Palestine. It is designed to cover up these violations with a façade of progressiveness and equality.
It provides an ideological cover and explicit support for Israeli militarism and occupation and apartheid – including a military surveillance unit whose job it is to discover closeted LGBTQ Palestinians and blackmail them into becoming informers by threatening to out them.
Pinkwashing perpetuates racism by portraying Israel as a haven for lgbt people while it conducts ethnic cleansing and demonises surrounding Arab and Muslim countries and societies, painting them as barbaric, uncivilised and brutal.
Major PR Techniques
Israel and its supporters use several PR techniques to re-create the image of Israel in the international arena, while brutalising the Palestinian people. More recently, pinkwashing has become a major component of the Brand Israel PR campaign. Becoming more aware of pinkwashing and being able to recognise it are the first steps of being able to fight it.
Any group or organisation that actively participates in Pinkwashing Israeli war crimes should be boycotted. Join the global movement for queer powered BDS – the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Palestinian-lead movement.
PayPal discriminates denies its service to Palestinians – though not to Israeli settlers – in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Bank of Ireland
In 2016 Bank of Ireland closed the accounts of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign. To date they have not given any reason for this closure other than the IPSC no longer met the bank’s “risk appetite”. Meanwhile, the bank was sponsoring whiskey tasting sessions in Tel Aviv while touting for business. Do you really want to risk your money with a bank that believes Palestinian rights are a “risky business”, but doing business in Apartheid Israel is just fine?
While Palestinian people are being evicted from their homes, Airbnb are profiting off their stolen homes. Airbnb is listing properties for rent in Israeli settlements that violate international law and occupy Palestinian land illegally. Last year alone Airbnb made almost $1.7bn in revenue, and the company is worth $31bn, yet it continues to profit off the illegal settlements.
What you can do: Tell Airbnb to divest and stop listing accommodation in occupied Palestine. Ireland is the main base for Airbnb business outside the US, and we can demand they stop profiting off stolen land now.
LGBT Tourism in Israel
Any group/organisation that is part of the LGBT tourism in Israel project to promote TLV and Israel as the haven of the Middle East should be boycotted.
Cultural & Academic Institutions
All Israeli cultural and academic institutions unless proven otherwise, receive state funding and are therefore complicit in maintaining the Israeli occupation and should be boycotted. This means events organised by any of those or cooperation with them should be avoided. This includes Tel Aviv Pride.
More info from Palestinian LGBTQ groups: Al Qaws www.alqaws.org; Aswat www.aswatgroup.org and Palestinian Queers for BDS www.pqbds.wordpress.com