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  1. How does it throw the Israeli LGBT folks “under the bus” to object to Israeli hasbara use of them? If they are happy in Israel, let them be happy there. There, not here.

    Do American LGBT folks go abroad to celebrate, e.g., freedom to marry in some USA states? And if they do, are they paid or their expenses subsidized by DoD, DoS? Perhaps to placate people in Iraq and Afghanistan and Pakistan who may, for all I know, be unreasonably upset with the USA and its DoD and DoS for the unrequested intrusion of USA’s troops and drones into their countries?

  2. RE: “One wonders how she [SWU founder Roz Rothstein] would square her ardor for homophobe Hagee with an op-ed she wrote for The Advocate in which a major reason she offered for opposing the Palestinian bid for statehood in the UN was that gays would be oppressed in the new state.” ~ R.S.

    ALSO NOTE: Israel’s Treatment of Gay Palestinian Asylum Seekers ~ by Caroline Esser, The Washington Note, 6/06/11

    (excerpts)…The newest way to sell Israel to Americans: LGBT rights. Search gay rights on the Anti-Defamation League’s website and what do you find? A ready-to-print and available for order poster that reads, “Which of the Middle East nations protects the legal rights, safety & freedom of the LGBT communities? Only Israel.”…
    . . . In their 2008 study, “Nowhere to Run: Gay Palestinian Asylum-Seekers in Israel,” Michael Kagan and Anat Ben-Dor describe in detail Israel’s unsympathetic and unbending policy towards gay Palestinians. . .
    …In pursuit of protection and the ability to openly express their sexuality, there have been at least ten cases in which gay Palestinians have sought refuge in Israel. However, despite their desperation, Israel refuses to even
    review gay Palestinian applications for asylum
    (those who have successfully received asylum have had to submit their cases directly to the UNHCR headquarters in Geneva). Moreover, gay Palestinians who have illegally entered Israel have been arrested and promptly deported–returned to the very environments in which their lives were at risk and in which they will now face further danger as they are questioned not only for their sexuality but for their choice to spend time in Israel…

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.thewashingtonnote.com/archives/2011/06/israels_treatme/

  3. “denying these incredible visitors the chance to meet …”

    Strangely enough, some organizations prefer credible visitors.

    1. Were the visitors themselves not credible?

      I thought it was more to do with the involvement of Stand With Us and the like.

      It seems that the actual LGBT activists who came over were perfectly reasonably folks.

        1. Is Stand With Us the outfit you are referring to or were there others? Did they know they were being co-opted? Have they made any comments on that front?

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