Stop Partnering with Israeli Consulate
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Stop Partnering with Israeli Consulate

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      Jason Lydon

      Boston, MA

In 2005, Palestinian artists and civil society called for a boycott of the Israeli government due to its appalling disregard of international law and human rights.  Since then, people of conscience worldwide have heeded the call. We, the undersigned, stand in solidarity with Palestinians against the Zionist colonization of Palestine. In addition, we stand against the use of queer identity as a shield with which to deflect criticism of ethnic cleansing and apartheid policies.

The Consulate General of Israel to New England is touted as both a “Community Sponsor” and “Top Supporter” of the Boston LGBT Film Festival. Through this partnership with the Israeli government, the Boston LGBT Film Festival is taking a side in the conflict. Whether intentional or otherwise, the festival’s cooperation with the State of Israel undermines its claim to supporting justice, equality and dignity for all people. Moreover, when the LGBT film festival collaborates with the State of Israel, it lends credibility – in the name of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender individuals – to a government censured worldwide for its nearly 65 years of ongoing colonization and ethnic cleansing of Palestine. The festival’s complicity in the pinkwashing of Israel’s crimes offends our conscience as queers and as human beings.

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    • Jonathan Winters EMERYVILLE, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm visiting South Africa, where they are dead serious about the comparison of Israel's treatment of Palestinians to the Apartheid regime's treatment of black Africans. Boycott, Divest, Sanction Israel.

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    • Marla Erlien CAMBRIDGE, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am saddened to learn that the Boston LGBT Film Festival accepted sponsorship by the State of Israel. Israel has the unique position today of separating gay rights from human rights--supporting the former and degrading the latter--reminiscent of the white South African gay group (GASA) in the 80s that was kicked out of ILGA in 1987; whereas our Palestinian lgbt/queer allies work to deepen and expand the meaning of self-determination, standing up to homophobia within their freedom struggle. Boston has a grassroots tradition of lgbt folks building alliances with those who stand for freedom and self determination for all people. Unfortunately the film festival breaks with that tradition. Israeli government representatives when speaking to Zionist audiences direct their supporters to stop discussing "the conflict" (where they lose morally and ethically) and rather sell Israel to select constituencies. Gays are one market and I'm afraid the film festival became an extension of Israeli propaganda.

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    • Robert Sides BRIGHTON, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      The LGBT group forgets that what Nazis did then to gays, Ashkenazis do now to Palestinians.

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    • Rik Hildebrand NEWPORT, VT
      • over 2 years ago

      Let the Consulate General of Israel quit the Boston LGBT film festival and do something to ease the misery the Israeli government has created in Palestine.

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    • Amy Pett JAMAICA PLAIN, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am an American Jew and a lesbian and I object to Israel's trying to use our GLBT struggle to obscure its occupation of Palestine and oppression of Palestinian people.

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