Pinkwashing, Redux

One of the “Crazy Lies” that I have debunked in my new book, “The Liberal Case for Israel: Debunking Eight Crazy Lies About the Jewish State,” is the pernicious charge of “pinkwashing”:  anti-Zionists perniciously claim that Israel’s extraordinary LGBT record is merely a pink smokescreen for its other failures.  [Click here to read an excerpt from my book on “pinkwashing” charge.]

Fortunately, I am not the only one up and arms about the claim.  Last week, a Trustee of the City University of New York lambasted that school’s decision to hold a conference on pinkwashing. As The Algemeiner reports:

The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at City University of New York plans to hold a conference on “Homonationalism and Pinkwashing” next year, which intends to accuse Israel of using their strong record on gay rights to detract from the “oppression of Palestinians”, while ignoring “the existence of Palestinian gay-rights organizations”, according to a release from CLAGS.

Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, who sits on the Board of CUNY Trustees calls the conference “disgusting” and plans to bring the issue to the Chancellor’s office, which he believes may be unaware of the issue.

“It’s just amazing to me that one of the few free societies in the world like the state of Israel should be a target for people so stupid that they can’t recognize what their fate would be in any other nation in the Middle East,” Wiesenfeld told The Algemeiner.

Click here to read the full article.


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