Angry protesters whitewash rainbow flag on West Bank barrier

Palestinian protesters whitewashed a rainbow flag of gay rights that was painted by a Palestinian artist on six slabs of the West Bank separation barrier.

The artist, Khaled Jarrar, said Tuesday his art was meant as a reminder that Palestinians live under Israeli occupation, at a time when gay rights are in the news after the U.S. allowed same-sex weddings.

But protesters perceived the painting as support for homosexuality, a taboo subject in Palestinian society, where gays are not tolerated.

The artwork ignited angry responses among Palestinians, and activists whitewashed the flag on Monday night, just a few hours after it was painted on the best known section of Israel’s graffiti-covered barrier, next to a portrait of Yasser Arafat and other Palestinian leaders.

Jarrar, 39, who has exhibited in Europe and the United States, told The Associated Press that the destruction “reflects the absence of tolerance, and freedoms in the Palestinian society.”

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Protesters perceived the painting as support for homosexuality, a taboo subject in Palestinian society where gay people are not tolerated. It ignited angry responses and activists whitewashed the flag on Monday night, just a few hours after it was painted on the best-known section of Israel’s graffiti-covered barrier, next to a portrait of Yasser Arafat and other Palestinian figures. read more on The Guardian