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Monday, January 12, 2009

Homosexuals for Hamas ????

Zombietime has some hilarious and/or disturbing pictures up of an anti-Israel protest in San Francisco on Saturday. These two photos, apparently of local gay supporters of Hamas, caught my eye. Talk about cognitive dissonance: homosexuality is officially illegal in the Palestinian territories and can be punished by lengthy prison sentences or even by death if authorized by the Palestinian president. Hamas spokesman Dr Mahmoud Zahar, speaking critically of the rights Israel grants to gays, said in 2005:

"Are these the laws for which the Palestinian street is waiting? For us to give rights to homosexuals and to lesbians, a minority of perverts and the mentally and morally sick?"

Israel is the most tolerant society in the Middle East with respect to homosexuals. Gays & lesbians are allowed to serve openly in the Israeli armed forces. Although gay marriage is not legal in Israel, the state recognizes gay marriages performed outside the country and treats gay common-law relationships as equal to heterosexual ones. It is the only country in the region where homosexuality is neither illegal nor cause for persecution by state authorities.

I know the "gay community" is predominantly leftist in political orientation, but how any western homosexual can protest in support of Hamas, an organization that advocates the death penalty for gays, and against the only country in the Middle East that treats homosexuals as human beings and equal citizens is just beyond parody.

David Bernstein at The Volokh Conspiracy sums it up nicely:
One might think that when the battle is between Israel on the one side, tacitly supported by the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, and Jordan, and Hamas on the other, supported by Iran and Hezbollah, one would at least hope for an Israeli victory, even if one is dubious about its prospects. But I get the feeling that for many, it's more important that Israel, and the world, learn a lesson about the "limits of military force" than that a violent, fanatical, backwards, illiberal, anti-Semitic terrorist organization be defeated.


Anonymous said...

Anti-Isreal protesters are not necessarily pro-Hamas. Your Manachean view of the conflict is not only insidious, but exposes your lack of appreciation for the complexity political issues both domestically and internationally.

Eric said...

Well, anonymous - go to the source of the photos (link was provided) and you'll find that the protest pictured was definitely a pro-Hamas event, and the gay protesters there would certainly have known it. Given the fact that the protest was organized as a result of the current violence between Israel and Hamas, it's safe to say that the two sides represent the two sides of the conflict. I understand the complex political issues just fine, thank you, despite your condescending comment.

By the way, "Isreal" is spelled "Israel", and "Manachean" is spelled "Manichean". Just so you know.

Wayne said...

Scary stuff Eric, thanks.