MEDIA MATTERS: NYC Funding Anti-Israel Activities

Why don't all these Israel bashers travel around the Middle East - we will see what happens to them when they get a taste of civil rights in Arab countries.

Ronn Torossian

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The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) at the City University of New York (CUNY) has announced a two-day conference which is essentially created to bash Israel. 

In Gaza & Lebanon, homosexuality is illegal and those deemed guilty face 3-10 years in jail.

In the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Iran, and Saudi Arabia, homosexual acts are punishable by death.

In Kuwait, Palestine (Gaza), and Lebanon the penalty is 3-10 years imprisonment.

After Qatar was awarded the 2022 Football World Cup, the President of the sport’s governing body, said that gays should “refrain from sexual activity”. 

And as we know if we listen to Ahmadinejad, in Iran, there are no homosexuals – but if one is found it’s punishable by death. .

But Israel,  the country where gays are treated as equal citizens - although the act is forbidden by the Torah - is being bashed ? Yes, that’s the plan – and public funds from the City Of New York are being used to further anti-Israel political agendas in this despicable conference.

Do you think it’s fair and decent for New York taxpayers to fund this racism against Jews?

The Mayor of Tel Aviv recently said, “We are trying to create a model for openness, pluralism, tolerance – live and let live.”  

“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.”

This statement couldn’t be further from the truth – as Martin Luther King once stated: “Anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism” and this conference exists solely to bash Israel. It’s just another anti-Semitic way to satisfy people looking for another reason to attack the country.

If these people are so passionate about the Middle East, why don’t some of these gay activists travel in the Arab Middle East? Could it be that they wouldn’t survive? They wouldn’t be safe (just as Jews aren’t), but it seems that Jew-haters will always find a reason to hate the Jewish state, and will use anything to make their case.

A few months ago,Abdellah Taia wrote an article in The New York Times called “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: "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,  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.”

Naturally, rather than address these issues, it’s the Jewish state being attacked – the only open society in the region. 

As the Zionist leaderZe’ev Jabotinsky 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." It's simple anti-Semitism.