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July 22, 2012 3:44 pm

New York City Funding for Anti-Israel Hate-Fest

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Gay pride parade in Tel Aviv. Photo: wiki commons.

The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) at the City University of New York (CUNY) has announced a two-day conference which serves no purpose, except to condemn Israel, reflecting a simple double standard.

In Gaza, Kuwait & Lebanon, homosexuality is illegal and the guilty (if lucky) face 3-10 years in jail. In the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Iran, and Saudi Arabia, homosexual acts are punishable by death. After Qatar was awarded the 2022 Football World Cup, the President of the sport’s governing body in the country, said that gays should “refrain from sexual activity”.  The Arab world, to put it mildly doesn’t tolerate homosexuality.

In Israel, gays are treated as equal citizens, and there are laws against discrimination. So, it is only in a world where the Jews are always the bad guys, that a conference could be planned by the gay community to attack Israel. As if that isn’t bad enough, New York City tax-payers, by footing the bill, are being used to further the Anti-Israel political agenda of this despicable conference. Israel has been a champion of gay rights, a place where tens of thousands march in an annual gay pride parade, same sex cohabitation is recognized and gays serve openly in the military and government. The Mayor of Tel Aviv recently said, “We are trying to create a model for openness, pluralism, tolerance – live and let live.” So, do you think it’s fair and decent for New York tax payers to fund this racist conference against Jews?

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“Faced with intensifying criticism and the threat of economic boycott,” the conference website states, “the Israeli government expanded their marketing plan by harnessing Homonationalism to reposition its global image.”  No matter what Israel does, to some they are simply evil.  The fact that gays would be put to death in much of the Arab world is simply ignored.

A few months ago, Abdellah Taia wrote an article in The New York Times headlined “A Boy to Be Sacrificed”, where he discussed growing up in the Arab world as an effeminate boy, where “homosexuality did not, of course, exist.”

An excerpt from the article:

I no longer remember the child, the teenager, I was. I know I was effeminate and aware that being so obviously ‘like that’ was wrong. God did not love me. I had strayed from the path. Or so I was made to understand. Not only my family, but also by the entire neighborhood. I learned my lesson perfectly.” “Now, over a year after the Arab Spring began, we must again remember homosexuals. Arabs have finally become aware that they have to invent a new, free Arab individual, without the support of their megalomaniacal leaders. Arab homosexuals are also taking part in this revolution, whether they live in Egypt, Iraq or Morocco. They, too, are part of this desperately needed process of political and individual liberation. And the world must support and protect them.

These issues are ignored – but the Jewish state isn’t. Zionist leader Ze’ev Jabotinsky once said: “It is not the anti-Semitism of men, it is, above all, the anti-Semitism of things, the inherent xenophobia of the body social or the body economic under which we suffer.”

Nobody could have said it any clearer than the great civil rights leader Martin Luther King: “When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews, You are talking anti-Semitism.”  This conference is plainly and clearly Anti-Semitic.

Ronn Torossian is the Founder of 5WPR, a leading NY PR Agency, and author of PR Book “For Immediate Release.”

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  • Dustin

    If this is true and there is not a better reason than is described (and I seriously doubt that this is being arranged by a glbt center), then I condemn it.

    The GLBT community in no way supports or even tolerates anti-semitism and, if deeply proud and respectful of the tolerant politics of israel. After all, with GLBT men and women having been sent to the gas chambers along with the Jewish people, we have a brotherhood that cannot be undone.

  • kevobx

    Where are semitic people from? Jerusalem was already inhabitant before 1948. Remember God is light, (Day). The world wants night, (darkness). Samson got his eyes put out in Gaza. The first covenant is broken! *Jeremiah 11:10 They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, which refused to hear my words; and they went after other gods to serve them: the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken my convenant which I have made with their fathers. *Hebrews 8:7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. (Jeremiah 31:31) *Acts 7:51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. (1st Corinthians 2:14 the Holy Ghost teacheth, comparing spiritual things with spiritual) *Isaiah 47:6 I was wroth with my people, I have polluted mine inheritance, and given them into thine hand: thou didst shew no mercy; upon the ancient hast thou very heavily laid thy yoke. *(The white man is thou who loves art his images, out conqueringas they go, pride is the yoke, reading Isaiah 47:7)

  • I guess Bloomberg is too busy telling New Yorkers what they can and cannot eat to bother to condemn this latest tax payer payed for antisemitism.

  • gadi katani

    self hating NYC liberal left wing gay Jews. Im sure they would have backed uncle adolph too if they had a chance… Such Schmucks

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