A number of you will remember my post about the battle I had with the local Jewish community leadership and media about the Israeli LGBT delegation sent here to Seattle on a pinkwashing mission. My effort to have the local Jewish newspaper, the JTNews, either publish a fair news article or an op-ed contribution was rebuffed vigorously by the editor, Joel Magalnick. The publisher, Peter Horvitz and other community leaders to whom I appealed had no interest in correcting numerous errors in their coverage.
At that point I appealed to you, my readers, for an ad to be published in that paper which would lay out the facts and issues as they should’ve been in the original coverage. You contributed generously.
I decided to take a slightly different tack. I published an op-ed in the Seattle Times which laid out my constructive vision of what a future Seattle LGBT presentation should look like. I wrote an expanded essay on this issue that covered not only the local issues in Seattle, but added a pinkwashing incident at a gay rights symposium in Philadelphia that featured Israel’s Ambassador Michael Oren as a keynote speaker.
I also approached Tikkun Magazine about publishing a joint statement by Rabbi Rebecca Alpert and Columbia University law Professor Katherine Franke explaining why they rejected an invitation to speak at the symposium in protest of Israel’s campaign. The editors graciously published the statement.
Now Tikkun has just published my essay at their website under the title, U.S. Gay Rights Activists: Stop Pinkwashing Palestinian Suffering. I hope you’ll read it and promote it in social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. It’s an issue of growing importance as the Israeli government seeks ever newer ways of promoting its brand and white-washing its human rights record.
To all those of you who contributed toward the ad, I now plan to place one to promote both the Tikkun article and an op-ed I wrote which the Seattle Times published on a similar subject. I urge you to contribute to defray the costs if you haven’t already done so.