Monday, June 6, 2011

IGLYO Out of Israel

Join our campaign to urge the International Gay and Lesbian Youth Organization (IGLYO) to move its General Assembly out of Israel, to stop being an active participant in Israel's cynical Pinkwashing campaigns, and to stop ignoring Israel's illegal occupation, apartheid policies, and violations of international law.
Use the form below to send an email to IGLYO's board of directors, urging them to reconsider their participation in Israel's Pinkwashing.

Dear IGLYO Board of Directors,
I am disappointed with the International Gay and Lesbian Youth Organization’s [IGLYO] decision to hold its General Assembly for 2011 this December in Tel Aviv, Israel. This decision accompanied with your 'Open Letter – 2011 GA' misleads LGTBQ member organizations into normalizing and providing a cover to the Israeli apartheid and oppression of the Palestinian people.

Israeli policies and occupation do not distinguish between queer and straight. All Palestinians---queer and straight--- must deal with the effects of the apartheid wall, checkpoints, and illegal settlements, and settlers violence, not to mention living under Israeli military law that strips them off their rights as civilians.  All Gazans, including queers, live under an illegal siege in the de-facto open-air prison that is the Gaza strip.  And like all Palestinian citizens of Israel, queers are subject to institutionalized discrimination in laws, education, and throughout their public and private lives.

As an organization whose mission is to “combat all forms of exclusion, discrimination, and persecution,” it is disheartening that IGLYO is ignoring the oppression of Palestinians, queer and straight alike, and moreover pinkwashing Israel’s grave violations of human rights and crimes against the Palestinian people by accepting the Israeli government funding and playing an active role in it’s re-branding, whitewashing, and pinkwashing campaigns.

In your letter, you claim that by holding the GA in Tel Aviv, you are being neutral on the subject, but I have to remind you that in the case of immense injustice, being neutral is taking the side of the powerful.
I hope that once and for all, IGLYO will move the General Assembly out of Israel, and truly become an organization that values the rights of all queers, including Palestinians.

Sincerely,

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