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Israel Accused Of 'Pink-Washing' After Gay Video Exposed As Hoax

GayPrideIsrael A man claiming to be an American activist this week posted a YouTube video in which he said homophobic organizers of Palestine's Gaza flotilla protest ousted him for being gay.

Now that man has been identified as Tel Aviv-based actor Omer Gershon, and Israeli activists are pointing the finger at their government's alleged "pink-washing" against the Palestinians.

"It's highly embarrassing on so many levels," Israeli activist Hagai El-Ad told Salon's Justin Elliot. "I find it outrageous that anyone would try to use the relatively good reality of LGBT rights in Israel to try to somehow hide human rights violations against anyone else."

Gershon's video began made the rounds after an intern from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office, who posted a tweet reading, "New video showing the hypocrisy of the freedom flotilla's human rights venture."

The Israeli government's press office also shared the video, telling their Twitter followers, "Be careful who you get in bed with."

And the Foreign Ministry also got in on the action. Both offices, however, later recanted their messages, with the press office apologizing for supporting "an apparent hoax."

El-Ad tells Elliot the Gershon video is only one example of the Israeli government's "pink-washing:" "The flotilla video is perhaps the jewel in the crown of this pink-washing campaign, but it's certainly not the beginning of it. I hope the embarrassment this should have caused will spell the end of it, but I doubt that it will."

He also says that the flotilla activists do indeed include LGBT people, although does admit that Israel is more progressive than both Gaza and the West Bank.

What say you, reader? Do you think the Israeli government is pulling strings to smear Palestinian activists?

Watch the Gershon video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. @MAX : FYI: criticizing the actions of the Israeli gov't does not make one an anti-Semite, just as criticizing the Americna gov't does't make one anti-American. Stop with the bigoted broad brushstrokes already.

    Posted by: David R. | Jul 2, 2011 11:03:36 PM

  2. @MAX: your comments make you sound authoritarian—is that your intent?

    Posted by: David R. | Jul 2, 2011 11:05:32 PM

  3. @24PLAY: lay off the term "Zionist"—unhelpful, possibly bigoted, not needed.

    Posted by: David R. | Jul 2, 2011 11:15:25 PM

  4. As a Jew,I am proud of the many contributions the State of Israel has made to mankind since becoming a State. It's Gay Rights record in that region of the world stands tall and alone. However, I am also aware that propaganda has always been used by all countries, including the United States. The facts are in all Democracies, you have to consider the source. This episode reminds me of President George W. Bush standing on an aircraft carrier with the sign behind him MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. And 10 years later the war was still on! I am sure that debacle will not go down as a bright spot in Israel's history. As a Gay Jew, I am proud of their history concerning Gay Rights, compared to its neighbors in the region. Flying a Rainbow Flag in Arab countries is like flying a flag with a Star of David on it... Disinformation, when used properly, is part of propaganda. Getting caught, does not help. For all you anti- Israel haters... just compare the facts when it comes to Freedom of religion, sexual preferences, and other rights of their citizens compared to all other Arab States and Israel, the choice is clear, Israel is not perfect but still the best country in the mid-east for all of their citizens, bar none.

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin aka The Bleacher Preacher | Jul 3, 2011 6:16:40 AM

  5. Some of us gay liberal church going bible readers do not agree with Israel and its' treatment of the Palestinian/Arab people they are oppressing, displacing and discriminating against. It does not make us anti-Semitic!

    Posted by: billmiller | Jul 3, 2011 11:19:25 AM

  6. Goebbels would have loved it.

    The zionist colonists in occupied Palestine learned all the wrong lessons from the Nazis. In fact, as their apartheid and ethnic cleansing policies clearly show, they learned to be Nazi-like.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Jul 3, 2011 1:41:59 PM

  7. zionism is racism.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Jul 3, 2011 4:32:31 PM

  8. @BRENDA "comment bait"

    Exactly why I stopped reading Queerty when Andrew Belonsky was the editor.

    Now as to Israelis v. Palestinians: all I know is that neither group is leaving the area. So if they cannot find a way to live together peacefully there will continue to be war. I see no sign that this will be happening anytime soon. They had war in Northern Ireland for hundreds of years.

    Posted by: Charlie | Jul 3, 2011 5:12:52 PM

  9. If you want more evidence of Bill Perdue's nazism, google is your friend. He got driven off of Queerty for his psychotic anti-semitic tirades:




    Anti-zionism is racism. Palestinian nationalism is racism. Islam is a racist, anti-semitic, homophobic, misogynistic death cult just like Christianity. Any gay who supports statehood for gay-bashing death cultists is a traitor. Should we also bring back Nazi Germany as well?

    Notice that NO ONE has defended the fake video and the neo-Nazis calling for Israel's destruction are out in full force.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue Is A Nazi | Jul 4, 2011 12:45:34 PM

  10. stop your anti-Israel crap, homosexuality is outlawed in the Gaza Strip, and why did the Palesinians reject the UN partition in 1947, I will tell you why they don't want Jews there, I have no sympathy for them at all,and you lefties should stop codelling them, they don't want two states, they prefer one with Muslims in control, goood luck to Jews, Christians, and LGBTQ people if they take over!

    Posted by: jeff | Jul 4, 2011 4:52:16 PM

  11. The comment above by "Bill Perdue Nazi' was written by a racist styling himself "Queer Supremacist", an anti-Palestinian racist.

    At Queerty anyone can sign in on anyone's name and he did using mine on a dozen or so occasions because I kept repringting his ugly racist views. Here's a sample (have a barf bag handy): "There are no “Palestinians”. Just Arab land robbers.

    You’re nothing but an Arabist pig defending filthy genocidal homophobic Muslim camel fuckers, while perseverating discredited Stalinist tropes like a severely autistic parrot.

    There is no ethnic cleansing in “Palestine” because there is no “Palestine”, and they keep breeding like rabbits. It’s the worst attempt at ethnic cleansing I’ve ever seen. But because of their genocidal anti-semitism and homophobia, they would deserve it if there were.

    Take your pro-Muslim blood libel elsewhere or I will report your IP address to the FBI for treasonous activity. The land of Israel belongs to the Jews, including the parts illegally occupied by goyische breeder terrorists. They have more of a right to exist than the United States, which is built on land stolen from Indians. This whole continent’s history is one sordid hate crime after another including its settling by slimy limey goyim who killed all the so-called “Native American” ancestors who crossed the Bering Land Bridge millennia ago (and probably killed the real indigenous peoples). This country may have been founded on the concept of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, but the majority of the presidents have tried to impede that in some way, especially the smarmy prick currently occupying the Oval Office. George Washington was a slave owning cracker. Thomas Jefferson struggled with the slave question while committing heterosexual hate crimes against Sally Hemmings (I consider all heterosexual sex acts rape). Abe Lincoln (my favorite President) justifiably killed racist white crackers and destroyed an economy based on the violation of individual rights in order to preserve the Union, but he wanted to send all ex-slaves to Liberia; very few in either the North or the South wanted to associate with blacks as equals. Both Roosevelts and both Bushes had trouble with the concept of individual rights, as did that racist pig Woodrow Wilson. LBJ, Nixon, Ford and Carter are basically responsible for the economic and social malaise of the late 1960s and all of the 1970s. Reagan preached the gospel of limited government but supported a misguided War on Drugs that made criminals out of people for choosing to inhale a freaking plant, apparently having learned nothing from Prohibition. Clinton suckered us into supporting him and what did we get in return? DOMA and DADT, which he could have vetoed at any time. The only thing keeping Obama from becoming a dictator are the constitutional separation of powers.

    On the other hand, Israel’s founding, in a location where there was a Jewish state before the convicted thief Jesus and the child rapist Muhammad were even born, was to protect Jews from further hate crimes from heretic goyim (all gentile religions are heretic), and Arabist-terrorist sympathizing slime like you are reasons why Israel needs to exist as a Jewish state, and needs to do whatever it takes to protect innocent people from being brutally murdered by terrorist scum who worship convicted felons like Jesus and child molesters like Muhammad. It is against their better judgement that they allow Christian and Muslim heretics to practice their religion there.

    And the first equivocation of Zionism (that’s with a capital Z, for the rest of you Pan-Arabist scum) with racism by the United Nazis, I mean the United Nations, was when unapologetic ex-Nazi kraut Kurt Waldheim was its secretary general. Zionism is not racism. Anti-zionism is anti-semitism because it means denying the Jewish people our hard-earned right to sovereignty. Enemies of gays have no right to sovereignty and deserve no consideration for their irrational feelings or their invalid point of view. The so-called “Palestinians” are enemies of gays. Therefore they have no right to a state and even less right to complain about false accusations of violation of their human rights which they forfeit by attacking gays. Forgive me if I don’t shed any tears for the plight of people who consider me target practice and not a human being. I recently attended a play where they were selling goods for a charity called “Embrace Uganda,” and I refused to even entertain the notion of supporting a country that even had to ask whether to make homosexuality a capital crime. Plus the crafts they were selling were just plain gauche. Uganda has no right to sovereignty. Iran has no right to sovereignty. Iraq has no right to sovereignty. Afghanistan has no right to sovereignty. Jamaica has no right to sovereignty. Saudi Arabia has no right to sovereignty. Zimbabwe has no right to sovereignty. The Vatican has no right to sovereignty because of their centuries of anti-semitic and homophobic genocide and their Jihad against altar boys’ right to be protected from sexual abuse. China has no right to sovereignty because despite rudimentary free markets they still pay more than just lip service to a murderous ideology. Most of the western and central European nations have a right to sovereignty (but they are not nearly as sophisticated as they claim to be; giving up liberty for security is not sophistication). The United States, for all its shortcomings, does because it is still freer than most nations on Earth. And Israel does, too.

    If the majority of Jews turn against gays I will become an atheist. If the majority of the gays turn against Jews I will become celibate and actively homophobic. But because I was fortunate enough to be raised in the least homophobic of the three Abrahamic faiths by non-Orthodox Jews who accepted me being gay more than they accepted me turning against Democrats, I do not have to choose my loyalties.

    Meanwhile, how can you condemn Islamists while supporting a cause that is part and parcel of Islamism? That’s cognitive dissonance. Or maybe you’re just another vulgar anti-semite to whom “the enemy of the enemy is my friend.”

    Take your Jihad to Stormfront where it belongs, Eva. I, for one, will continue to support the state of Israel, the people of Israel, and fight homophobia in Israel as strongly as in the United States and in every country on Earth. I will not even entertain the basic notion of a “Palestinian” state while it stands for the principles of anti-semitism, homophobia, terrorism, land robbing and genocide.

    Lest you think I find it admirable, or even logistically feasible, to go around killing innocent people, let me clarify my position. Christian and Muslim apostates I have no problem with. Gays who have the misfortune of being raised under the Islamic hate cult need our help most of all. I support a universal standard of human rights based on the principles of liberty, both economic and social, to which all nations need to adhere."

    QS is one sick puppy.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Jul 5, 2011 3:53:30 AM

  12. QS's comments can be found at http://www.queerty.com/jerusalem-mayor-yitzhak-pindrus-plan-to-tackle-gay-pride-20100729/

    He's the reason why many people view some zionists as latter day Nazi's.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Jul 5, 2011 3:59:04 AM

  13. Just got back from Israel and the PA yesterday.

    My two cents. Much of Israel is much better than the rest of the Middle East on Gay Rights. However, I still feel uncomfortable with people who don't appear to support Gay rights (e.g., much of Bibi's government, Shas, certain settler organizations, many Ultra-Orthodoxers, hardcore Conservative American supporters of Israeli settlements on the West Bank, etc.) trying to use something they dont support (Gay Rights) in order to attempt to influence public opinion on other, non-related, issues such as the blockade of Gaza (which is very complicated).

    BTW, there are exactly two Arab nations where being Gay is not illegal. The Palestinian Authority (West Bank) and Jordan. That doens't mean those nations are pro-gay rights but just sayin'.

    Posted by: Tom in Lazybrook | Jul 5, 2011 10:06:09 AM

  14. Amazing how people will shriek at a supposed lie by an Israeli (the facts are still true - gays are killed under Hamas & safe in Israel), but still swallow all the myriad lies ABOUT Israel "occupying...land-stealing...apartheid...brutal..." None of these are true, & not one of those shrieking them will ever listen to the facts which disprove their hysteria.

    Posted by: Susan | Jul 6, 2011 5:55:48 PM

  15. Nothing he said about Hamas is untrue... It bugs me so much when my supposedly ¨progressive¨friends talk about ¨freeing¨¨palestine.¨ If Hamas is in power--and it would be--the Palestinian state will join the rest of the middle east and ´freely´torture and murder LGBT people. I guess that is what they mean by ¨free palestine.¨

    Posted by: Robert | Jul 8, 2011 6:42:35 AM

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  17. I'm amazed at the number of comments here that seem to be along the lines of "The Palestinians are Muslims, and Muslims are homophobes, so let them rot." I guess most of you are more interested in retribution than social change. How exactly are you benefiting persecuted gays in Muslim countries by defending the policies of Israel? Israeli atrocities against the Palestinians are what keep people like Ahmadinejad in power. West Bank settlements are bad for gay rights everywhere, because they are bad for human rights everywhere.

    Posted by: Dan | Sep 30, 2011 8:40:55 AM

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