Israel Seek Gay Envoys New term: "pinkwashing"

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    Jan 05, 2012 9:38 PM GMT

    Israel has posted a request for volunteer gay envoys to promote the nation's diversity.

    The Israeli government is launching a program to recruit homosexuals to be unofficial envoys. In a bid to boost its international image, the country's ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs has established a cadre of diverse volunteers who speak about Israel around the world. In a recent post on its website, the ministry encouraged minorities and members of the homosexual community to step forward. Ministry spokesman Gal Ilan said Thursday that the goal was to highlight Israel's diversity. He said when people think about Israel, the homosexual community is often overlooked.
    Some have charged Israel with pinkwashing in order to promote gay tourism.

    From the New York Times:


    "The growing global gay movement against the Israeli occupation has named these tactics “pinkwashing”: a deliberate strategy to conceal the continuing violations of Palestinians’ human rights behind an image of modernity signified by Israeli gay life. Aeyal Gross, a professor of law at Tel Aviv University, argues that “gay rights have essentially become a public-relations tool,” even though “conservative and especially religious politicians remain fiercely homophobic.” Pinkwashing not only manipulates the hard-won gains of Israel’s gay community, but it also ignores the existence of Palestinian gay-rights organizations. "


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    Jan 05, 2012 9:56 PM GMT
    Seems full of propaganda to me, with how they repress Palatine, and just want them gone, just as many people see us poofs, and want us gone from sight. I don't see much diversity in Israel I am sorry. They are just trying to manipulate us gays for their own propaganda.
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    Jan 05, 2012 10:48 PM GMT
    ehh... regardless of the motives, anything to equalize homosexuality is A-OK for me
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    Jan 06, 2012 12:54 AM GMT
    Uh, how is that "pinkwashing"? If this were Egypt, I'd understand the charge. But Israel is a country in which this:

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    Is being supported amidst a sea of Islamic countries waiting to behead us.

    I see no reason to hitch the gay rights wagon to the Palestinian short bus.
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    Jan 06, 2012 1:20 AM GMT
    Larkin saidUh, how is that "pinkwashing"? If this were Egypt, I'd understand the charge. But Israel is a country in which this:

    israel-july-6-1.jpg

    Is being supported amidst a sea of Islamic countries waiting to behead us.

    I see no reason to hitch the gay rights wagon to the Palestinian short bus.


    WOW! I love these hot Jewish men!
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    Jan 06, 2012 3:14 AM GMT
    distract with shiny objects, hot guys and babes.


    Just cause I'm gay, doesn't mean I won't see the short bus behind those hot guys.
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    Jan 06, 2012 2:55 PM GMT
    Here is the full op ed piece

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/23/opinion/pinkwashing-and-israels-use-of-gays-as-a-messaging-tool.html

    I like the writer's opening line: “IN dreams begin responsibilities,” wrote Yeats in 1914. because it speaks to honesty and integrity as a solid foundation for change.

    On the one hand, regarding the evolution of gay rights, it is a quintessential dilemma of asking whether "the means justify the ends"

    On the other hand, regarding so-called pinkwashing, propagandizing so that a society becomes more humanitarian in one regard even though to supposedly mask human rights atrocities in another regard could very well lead to the dismantling of the very same abuses it seeks to hide because as the society opens its heart to clear thinking (in accepting those who are different) it could become less tolerant of the nonsense it inflicts upon others (who are different in a different way).

    So I might argue that what temporarily pinkwashes eventually comes out in the wash.
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    Jan 08, 2012 12:00 AM GMT
    Israel seems like a very diverse country: on the one hand, some of it is as tolerant and open as any western European country; on the other, as closed as Saudi Arabia or Iran.
    It does strike me that the existence of a gay movement/some equal rights(compared to it`s neighbours) in Israel is being potentially co-opted by the government for it`s own political purposes(to disguise its failings elsewhere.)
    I think Israeli gay men should be very wary of these overtures as much of the support for this government comes from conservative, Orthodox, and ultra-Orthodox groups with sectarian agendas.
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    Jan 08, 2012 12:10 AM GMT
    theantijock saidHere is the full op ed piece

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/23/opinion/pinkwashing-and-israels-use-of-gays-as-a-messaging-tool.html

    I like the writer's opening line: “IN dreams begin responsibilities,” wrote Yeats in 1914. because it speaks to honesty and integrity as a solid foundation for change.

    On the one hand, regarding the evolution of gay rights, it is a quintessential dilemma of asking whether "the means justify the ends"

    On the other hand, regarding so-called pinkwashing, propagandizing so that a society becomes more humanitarian in one regard even though to supposedly mask human rights atrocities in another regard could very well lead to the dismantling of the very same abuses it seeks to hide because as the society opens its heart to clear thinking (in accepting those who are different) it could become less tolerant of the nonsense it inflicts upon others (who are different in a different way).

    So I might argue that what temporarily pinkwashes eventually comes out in the wash.


    Agreed.

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    Jan 08, 2012 4:04 AM GMT
    Upper_Cdn saidAgreed.

    (what is the expression an izmel cuts both ways"?



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