WorldPride supports gay Palestinians
Despite a call from some LGBT Arabs to boycott WorldPride in Israel, WorldPride organisers – Jerusalem Open House - will express solidarity with gay Palestinians today at a demonstration at the city’s separation wall.
As the WorldPride Jerusalem 2006 organisers wrote, "Holding WorldPride in Jerusalem, the city at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is a significant opportunity for our diverse community to raise a different voice, a voice for progressive moral values, inclusion and pluralism."
However, Remy of Helem, an LGBT Lebanese group, said:
“WorldPride in Jerusalem -- a parade for love and acceptance in an occupied land, a land which knows no acceptance nor love? Helem supports the international boycott of Jerusalem WorldPride. Lebanese (and many other Arabs) have no right to enter Jerusalem.”
Israel-based Palestinian lesbian activist Rauda Morcos said, “We don't agree to participate in a WorldPride that does not take a political stand against the occupation”.
The demonstration will emphasise problems of the political situation and offer support to LGBT Palestinians who do not have the same resources as Israelis, including those of the JOH.
Participants will gather in Gan Ha-pa'amon from 830 in the morning and will march to a pre selected spot near the separation wall to express their support.
Other WorldPride highlights this week include an LGBT Clergy Multifaith Convocation: "Reclaiming Our Faith and Our Heritage," a protest highlighting anti-gay incitement and hate campaigns targeting lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people, and conferences on gay youth, human rights and health.