“Palestinian Queers for BDS”

Yes, that’s a real thing. A whole organization devoted to Palestinian homosexuals advocating for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. They’ve even got a website. From their “About” page:

a group of Palestinian queer activists who live in the Palestinian Occupied Territory and inside Israel, who came together to promote and stand for the Palestinian civil society call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, that was launched in July 2005. As an integral part of Palestinian society we believe that the struggle for sexual and gender diversity is interconnected with the Palestinian struggle for freedom.

This seems rather insane:

Israel offers far more rights and freedoms to its homosexual citizens than any Arab government ever has. Israel has allowed homosexual adoptions and recognizes gay marriages from other states even if it does not yet grant gay marriage licenses domestically. It’s society is highly tolerant, and more than 60% of its people support gay marriage.

By contrast, most Middle Eastern governments (including the Palestinian Authority) prosecute homosexuality and sodomy as an offense against Islam. And the PA doesn’t come close to the Hamas view on gay rights. Its leadership has argued that tolerance of homosexuality justifies terrorism against Israel and the West. Maybe PQbds should reconsider who they’re boycotting.

If you want to try to untangle the madness, there’s a lengthy interview with the organization’s leadership here. It doesn’t say much, but it does at least convince me that the organization isn’t an elaborate joke.

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