Gays are not alone in being unwelcome as refugees, as are the African Blacks whether gay or not who have been treated violently by the far right in Tel Iviv, Israel Facts that AIPAC wants hushed to keep that US money flowing.

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    Jun 17, 2012 10:54 PM GMT
    Be informed an read, All is not what it seems in Israel who benefits from Millions in tax dollars and Christian Donations based on ignorance of where and what our money supports against the human rights of many. This time its the african refugees. We're told that its anti jew, anti semitic, Israeli hate and seeking to delegitimize Israel everytime we expose the truth to dispel ignorance

    But spread the truth is a Patriotic duty, so here's some more facts.


    Published on Sunday, June 17, 2012 by In These Times

    Israel’s Anti-migrant Violence Fueled by Racial and Economic Segregation

    by Michelle Chen


    Israel has always had issues with space, displacing Palestinian populations and carving out new settlements. Now, a growing migrant population has evoked a fresh wave of xenophobic rage. Last month, Tel Aviv was the site of rabid attacks on shops and residents in African migrant communities.

    CNN reported:


    Israeli protesters chanted slogans such as "infiltrators get out" and "Tel Aviv: A refugee camp". Three members of the right wing Likud party--part of the governing coalition--were among the politicians who attended. One of them, Miri Regev, was quoted as saying that "the Sudanese are like a cancer in society."

    Amin, an Eritrean migrant whose business, a local bar, was destroyed by rioters, told the Jerusalem Post in bewilderment, “They just smashed the place up. They destroyed everything. Why? What for? What have we done to them?”

    In this nation built by refugees of war and genocide, the protesters seemed oblivious to the historical refraction of this display of mob terror and smashed glass.In this nation built by refugees of war and genocide, the protesters seemed oblivious to the historical refraction of this display of mob terror and smashed glass. If anything, their hatred for migrants living and working among them resonated with bigotry overseas, particularly anti-Latino jingoist campaigns in the United States.

    Haaretz quoted a shoe seller in the Hatikva neighborhood who seemed inspired by America’s legacy of racism.


    "It will become Harlem here," Kuzarov warned. "You walk here on Shabbat and you don't see anyone our color. This was the happiest place in the world; now it's become a black grave."

    For besieged migrant communities, the state of Israel has become a dead end for human rights. Since citizenship is linked to racialized religious identity, the typical migrant is the ultimate Other, to be vilified as pariahs, or exploited for cheap labor. Like other immigrants to richer nations, Israel's migrants often work in low-wage sectors with minimal protection from abuse. Meanwhile, many refugees from Sudan and Eritrea are trapped in a legal limbo and technically barred from working. The recent anti-migrant violence also appears to be partly incited by sexual assault accusations involving African migrants.

    Michal Schwartz of Workers Advice Center, a Tel Aviv-based independent trade union, said via email that the recent influx of African migrants are fleeing war and poverty only to encounter more crippling oppression in a nation that refuses to recognize their humanity:


    Most of them just seek work, escaping areas that are subject to famine and tyrannical regimes. Because Israel does not know what to do with them, some are thrown to detention camps, the rest are picked up by Israeli police or border police, and then put on a bus to Tel Aviv and dumped in poor Jewish neighborhoods, living in extremely poor conditions and without … the right to work.


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    Jun 18, 2012 2:32 AM GMT
    Michael Oren pinkwashes the truth about Israel and gay Palestinians
    The appropriation of gay rights in Israel diverts the conversation from Palestinian oppression in an attempt to present Israel as a liberal democracy.
    By Aeyal Gross May.09, 2012 | 6:23 PM | 6

    "Israel did not fight for the rights of gays, not in the sixties nor in the seventies. Only at the end of the eighties and in the nineties, in the wake of vigorous activism on the part of members of the LGBT community and a small number of politicians who supported them, did any progress take place. This included the cancelation of the criminality of homosexual intercourse and the creation of a law and a ruling that would prevent discrimination. Now, said progress, part real and part imagined, is being appropriated for Israeli hasbara.

    Not only is the LGBT community being appropriated, but so are the Palestinians. Oren claimed in his speech that Israel provide asylum for LGBT Palestinian organizations that cannot freely operate in the territories. In reality, Israel has refused to take in LGBT Palestinians. A report published in 2008 by the Refugee Rights Clinic of Tel Aviv University describes Israel's refusal to even weigh the requests for asylum by LGBT Palestinians. While the headquarters of two LGBT Palestinian organizations that operate in both Israel and in the West Bank are located in Israel, the state does not give them "shelter," and their appropriation for Israel's propaganda needs is outrageous – not only because of the ongoing oppression of Palestinians in Israel and in the territories, but also because the appropriation is done in order to divert the conversation from Palestinian oppression in an attempt to present Israel as a liberal democracy.

    The protesters, among them Israelis, were right to blame Oren for what is known across the world as "pinkwashing." Now, with Pride Month is just around the corner, the question that the Israeli LGBT community faces is whether or not it will participate in Oren's tactics, under the framework known as "homo-nationalism," or to celebrate the achievements and progress toward equality of the LGBT community in Israel, out of a commitment to equality for anyone who suffers oppression and discrimination, including the Palestinian community. "
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    Jun 19, 2012 10:54 PM GMT
    LIL'AIPAC (W4), would you care to relate this documentation showing how both gays and African Refugees are turned away by the IDF and the 'softer' side of the IDF allowig gays in its ranks ? It appears that its just a "PINKWASHING" effort.

    Facts are such hard things to deal with when everything you say is based on propaganda to hold up a very very unfair and illegal Occupation and its attached Settlement program.

    How about making some admissions? All in Israel is not what the AIPAC crowd would have us believe.
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    Jun 19, 2012 11:57 PM GMT
    RJ fucked up Israelis? Well?


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