The “Hideous Hypocrisy” of BDS and Pinkwashing.

Michael Lucas calls out BDS Movement for demonstrating against what he calls an anti-occupation, pro-Palestinian LGBTQ Film Festival. The movement’s attempt to ban it just because it takes place in Israel, only proves to him that what the BDS movement is really after is the destruction of Israel and the Jewish people.

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“The hideous hypocrisy of those who hate Israel knows no bounds”.  That indictment of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, along with its supporters in the “Pinkwashing Israel” group, came this week from Evan Cohen, who heads an LGBT organization called “Likud Pride” within the ruling Israeli political party.

The statement came in response to the pullout of several participants from the Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival, known as TLVFest.  The festival began June 1st and lasts for ten days; those who withdrew include a South African director, a Canadian-Pakistani screenwriter and actor, a Swiss actor and a Palestinian jury member now living in Denmark.

They all, apparently, caved under pressure from “Pinkwashing Israel”, which absurdly claims the annual event “promotes the cynical use of gay rights – known as pinkwashing – to distract and normalize Israeli occupation, settler colonialism, and apartheid”.

I have participated in TLVFest;  my documentary “Undressing Israel:  Gay Men in the Promised Land” was screened there in 2013, and the pinkwashing “theory” would be utterly laughable if it were not such an obvious cover for the hatred of Jews and the demonization of Israel.

Who are the creators and organizers of TLVFest?  They are among the most liberal, anti-occupation, pro-Palestinian voices in Israel.  How do I know this?  Because when I was pitching my documentary to them, they initially rejected it, calling my film pro-Israel propaganda, and wrongly referring to my stand against human rights violations in Muslim countries as “Islamophobia”.   It was only due to the intervention of many people in the Israeli LGBT community that the documentary was ultimately accepted.  Continue reading on HuffPost