A 16-year-old Palestinian boy was stabbed by his two brothers in Tel Aviv because of his sexuality. Like many cases of violence in the Arab community of the 1948 Palestinians, the incident elicited little attention because it was an LGBTQ attack
كاد خبر طعن فتى فلسطيني يبلغ من العمر 16 عاماً على أيدي اثنين من إخوته، في مدينة تل أبيب، بسبب هويته الجنسيّة والجندريّة يمرّ مرور الكرام، كما هو حال العديد من حالات العنف المتفشّية في المجتمع العربي في فلسطين 48
the more I see women and young girls aware of what’s going on, they become more independent, they become more capable, self-sufficient, and articulate. [Having this knowledge] liberates you, and frees you, and allows you to achieve your goals
One of the techniques Israel uses in its pinkwashing campaigns is to fabricate myths about “saving” Palestinian queers from their homophobic and oppressive families and communities by bringing them to live in Tel Aviv – the ultimate gay haven. Tel Aviv may be a gay heaven for Jewish Israeli citizens, or even for the hundreds of visitors who engage in gay tourism.
As a grassroots organization, we are part of the community of beneficiaries for whom we work. We involve the community of queer Palestinian women in all of our activities, and we design our projects based on their needs and well-being, as well as the gaps that exist in the knowledge and sovereignty of the wider Palestinian societies.