Jewish And Arab People Posing Together Online, ‘Refusing To Be Enemies’
In the midst of news about the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, some people are posting photos online for an international social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter, with the hashtag, #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies.
Gal Gadot @ Cass Bird | GQ US, 2017: I don’t want to seclude myself from society. I want to be part of everyone, and I enjoy talking to random people sometimes. It’s easier for me here [in Israel], ‘cause profiling people is really easy for me.
Then listen to this, you and all the people of Israel! You nailed Jesus Christ of Nazareth to the cross. But God raised him from the dead. It is through Jesus’ name that this man stands healed in front of you. You can’t be saved by believing in anyone else. God has given people no other name under heaven that will save them. — Acts 4:10,12
hey, sorry if this has been asked before but could you explain what pinkwashing means? thanks ✨
Pinkwashing is defined as the “disingenuous effort by the Israeli government to use the country’s generally positive record on LGBTQ+ rights to distract attention from human rights abuses in Palestine.” And it’s definitely a real thing! There are absolutely contexts where the Israeli government has said “Oh, don’t look over there, look here! See? Progressive!” Also, it’s not just Israel. One of the reasons why people have been protesting the presence of both police officers and banks at Pride is because both of them have a tendency to try to use their involvement as PR whilst simultaneously targeting vulnerable populations, often at the expense of brown and black LGBTQ+ people.
I also personally feel that when people make statements that dismiss Palestinian concerns or desires for self-determination by throwing the gay rights records of the OPTs in their faces and saying they should be praising Israel instead, that it is also an example of pinkwashing. It’s in very poor taste to say that people shouldn’t be able to seek improvements for themselves as a sub-group within their own society on their own terms. This isn’t much different from atheists telling LGBTQ+ Orthodox Jews they can’t exist, or that they are oppressed for choosing to leave their communities and assimilate. Overall, I like Tablet as a publication, but they wrote a trash fire of an article on CDM debacle that did effectively use this tactic, amongst other problematic things and it really, really pissed me off.
All this being said, however, and I can’t stress this enough:
LGBTQ+ people existing in Israel is NOT pinkwashing.
The Tel Aviv Pride Parade is not pinkwashing. Beit Hillel rabbis in Israel urging better inclusion of gay Orthodox Jews is not pinkwashing. Same-sex partners of Jewish people fleeing persecution being allowed to come with them to Israel is not pinkwashing. And of course, gay Jews being visibly Jewish at a pride march in Chicago is not pinkwashing, either.
Calling pinkwashing out when it happens is not in any way problematic. Seizing upon any instance of Israelis—or now, it seems, all openly Jewish people—just living openly as LGBTQ+ people, however, is, because it politicises existence, which in term effectively demands that the people in question stop existing.
There’s a huge difference between saying the Israeli government engages in shady publicity campaigns to distract from their treat of Palestinians, and saying that until gay people in Israel personally stop their government from engaging in oppression that they can’t advocate for themselves or openly exist in public.
I just publicly called out+unfriended a FB acquaintance who went on a while thing about "but what about Israel??" in response to an article about anti Semitic crime(Dw Im not here for validation) Now that I think back, I worry that I'll seem out of place for speaking out, since I'm not Jewish myself, and nobody else has called her out. So: would you feel like it was weird or overstepping a boundary for a non-Jewish person to defend Jewish people or israel? Sorry if this is a little weird 🐝
No it wouldn’t.
Not to pick on you specifically, but I’d just like to say this is a problem I encounter a lot on social media.
For some reason a lot of people feel like it would be “inappropriate” to step in to step up for Jews. I’m not even getting into Israel here (as an aside saying “but Israel” on a topic that’s not specifically about Israel is derailing and antisemitic), I mean Jews WITHOUT the subject of Israel being raised. We are told people don’t share Jewish concerns because they are concerned it would be overstepping. And yet I don’t see many of the same people being so cautious about other minorities and I don’t understand why. I’m sure I speak for many Jews when I say we are deeply frustrated by how hesitant people are to step up for us.
Since I am at my last level with the frak Goy are giving Gal Gadot with her being in the IDF especially today let me the Jewish Person Educate you before you drag her in the mud.
1) Israel has been always been an important part of our culture and our religion. It is the foreground of our founding. It is considered the promised land the holy center of Jewish Culture…basically, just like Mecca is the center of Muslim Faith, Israel is the center of Jewish faith. So Naturally, because Israel is our Holy Land, almost every Jew including Gal Gadot and myself is going to probably support the safety and well being of Israel.
2) Israel was created because a jackass named Adolf Hitler decided to systematically terminate us one by one We were killed by the Millions and those still alive were fucked up by it for the rest of their lives. Many of us tried to run and were turned away leaving of this and left to die.
[EDIT: we also faced discrimination in other countries which even drove us out]
Because of this The UN created this nation so let’s say Trump gets impeached and God-Fearing-Mike Pence becomes our president and Pence’s wrath turns out to extend to Jews. Israel will be there for people to run to god forbid we have another Shoah.So again, knowing the world is a scary place, having somewhere to run to makes us Jewish people feel better
3) Israel is a small country. Like even New York has more people than Israel and from the beginning of the Country’s inception, anti semetic hatred had fueled wars. It is because of this Israel cannot afford the luxury of having a volunteer Army. It is because of this EVERY SINGLE ISRAELI CITIZEN MUST SERVE AT LEAST 3 YEARS IN THE ARMY FROM THE TIME THEY ARE 18. Some Israelis who immigrate to other countries choose not to, but it means if they travel to Israel they have a limit before they are automaticly enlisted. Therefore Gal Gadot did not go to the army by choice. Even if she did, some of your favorite Actors: Adam Driver, Morgan Freeman, James Earl Jones and LEONARD NIMOY were part of the US Army, who had been bombing the shit out of Middle Eastern and Asian Countries for years, BY CHOICE! Why do these male US Soldiers get a free pass and Gal Gadot who was required by Law doesn’t? Oh let me think -cough Antisemtism-cough–cough-
Also not all Israelis once they do their required training are shipped off to war during their service. On my birthright trip we had some soldiers join us as part of the program, one was a doctor, another trained other soldiers, hell ONE OF THE WOMEN WAS A SOCIAL WORKER IN A PRISON HELPING OTHERS GET BACK ON THEIR FEET. So Millitary doesn’t necessarily mean killing people! It means helping other citizens. Gal Gadot could have never seen the battlefield for all we know!
and fourth and Finally
4) I am not sure Gal Gadot straight up said this, but while I admit I have a family memember who is racist as hell, but we don’t want people dying in the crossfire between this endless and bloody war. Just like we know the size of ISIS is compared to the size of a tiny pebble to the worldwide Muslim population and therefore doesn’t reflect Muslims as a whole, alot of us don’t believe Palestine should be condemned for the actions of Hamas. Hell it breaks my heart there are innocent victims dying on both sides and everyone has to grow up in such war. At this point I dont care if Israel and Palestine combines into a super country as long as my people still can visit our holy sites and we have a safe place to go if the goy attack. Basically the point of this is final point is not all of us want to kill everyone when we say good things about Israel, we want peace and safety for the people in the Gaza as much as you do. And Gal Gadot i think said she wanted peace and the killing to stop as well.
Anyway I hope this post coming from an actual Jewish person will help educate you and understand before you drag Gal in the mud. And honestly, I don’t care if I lose followers over this, I tried and I educated and thats all that matters to me.
If you have any questions feel free to come to my inbox, I am always welcomed to statements and questions as long as long as I dont get “YOU MURDEROUS SWINE“ comment [that’s totally unkosher -drumsnare-]