SEATTLE LGBT COMMISSION SHUTS DOWN ISRAEL’S LGBT VOICE
Reports have come in from the Seattle commission’s meeting tonight that in an act of unprecedented cowardice the Seattle LGBT Commission has silenced the voices of a group of Israeli LGBT leaders by cancelling a meeting which was to be held tomorrow for the purpose of dialogue about common issues impacting our LGBT youth and communities. The information was received tonight from a source at the commission meeting.
When does anti-Israel activism step on the toes of pro LGBT activism? Well I can say tonight it did and the Seattle Commission bought into the diatribe of a small group of anti-Israel propagandists.
No matter which side of the Israel-Palestine conflict one finds oneself, I believe the most important duty for an LGBTQI commission is to recognize the commonality of all LGBTQI people in the world; we are unified in a worldwide struggle for equality and acceptance. While some endorse the so called ‘pinkwashing’ of Israel and others denounce it as mere anti- Israeli or anti-Semitic smoke-screening, I believe the argument has no relevance in our mutual quest for LGBTI acceptance and equality.
At a Commission meeting this past Thursday, the room was filled with members of the same small group of anti-Israel activists who regularly misrepresent the situation in the Middle East around Seattle, accusing Israel of atrocities that are unverified, of horrors that have never taken place, using false and fabricated statistics. These anti-Israel activists represent the smallest percentage of our community and their allegations are rarely accepted or given any credence by our decision makers or historians.