Friday, June 11, 2021. New York City – The 2021 Queer Liberation March will be on Sunday, June 27, 2021. People will gather in Bryant Park at 2:30 PM. The march will step off at 3 PM. They will march from Bryant Park to Washington Square Park.
Queers Against Israeli Apartheid invites you to join the Free Palestine Contingent at Queer Liberation March 2021! June 27th at 2 PM, meet at BRYANT PARK LAWN @ the corner of 41st Street and 6th Avenue, New York City. Party first! Music, food, & speakers at 2 PM, step off at 3 PM.
Queers Against Israeli Apartheid say, “While LGBTI+ and queer people celebrate Pride, Palestinians are UNDER ATTACK for resisting 70+ years of Israeli settler colonial rule, apartheid and military occupation. Queer and straight Palestinians alike are arrested, harassed, assaulted, and killed by Israeli soldiers and colonizing settlers. Many of the weapons are US-made and funded. Palestinian queers have called for urgent global solidarity for political, social, and human liberation — and we’re bringing it!”
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QAIA’s Calls to Action:
1. Palestinian and queer liberation are inseparable. Justice in & for Palestine is organically linked to gender and sexual justice.
2. We uphold Palestinians’ right to resist violence, harassment, ethnic cleansing, apartheid and the colonization of their land.
3. Zionism is racism because it means imperial nationalism, racial violence, settler colonialism, the theft of land by an ever-expanding country, and the erasure of whole peoples.
4. We support the Palestinian Right of Return.
5. We support conscientious objectors who refuse to be drafted into the service of the colonial, racist and occupying Zionist State.
6. End all US aid to Israel, in particular military aid, diplomatic cover, advocacy, and support of the Israeli arms and policing industry.
7. The Anti-Defamation League is not an ally to our movements — #DropTheADL.
8. End NYPD and “law enforcement” cooperation with the Israeli police, military, and tech sector – abolish the police, abolish the IDF.9. Support and join the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions.
Organizations are invited to sign onto these demands by joining on the day and co-sponsoring! tinyurl.com/qlmpalestine.”
PALESTINE IS A QUEER ISSUE.
New York City Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (NYC-QAIA) is a group of queer activists who support Palestinians’ right to self-determination, and challenge Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem as well as the military blockade of Gaza. We endorse Palestinian civil society’s call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, and the call by Palestinian queer groups to end the occupation as a critical step for securing Palestinian human rights as well as furthering the movement for Palestinian queer rights.*
NYC-QAIA also calls for an immediate end to Israel’s siege of Gaza and the collective punishment of its people, which are clear and widely recognized violations of international law. NYC-QAIA opposes the continued construction of illegal settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and the demolition of Palestinian homes. NYC-QAIA calls for the release of all political prisoners in Israeli jails. Lastly, given that Israel’s brutal treatment of Palestinians depends so heavily upon our own government’s support, NYC-QAIA demands an end to U.S. military and financial aid to Israel.
As queers, NYC-QAIA recognizes the myriad ways in which various forms of oppression—including colonialism, racism, homophobia and transgenderphobia—are deeply entwined. As queers, we refuse to accept state violence against ourselves or others. As gay rights gain support in the US and Israel, the Israeli government and its defenders have increasingly co-opted the rhetoric of gay rights to veil Israel’s racist, colonialist state violence—and this pinkwashing we also adamantly refuse to accept.
To those who claim Israel is a haven for queers, NYC-QAIA replies: queer rights in Israel have not been granted by a benevolent government—they were demanded, fought for, and to some extent, won. Because Apartheid Israel applies different rules and laws to Jews, non-Jews and particularly Palestinians, those minimal rights do not universally apply to queer Palestinians, nor to queer Israelis of any ethnic group who build families with Palestinians, nor to queers who support BDS and oppose Israel’s crimes against Palestinians, nor to many others. The presence or absence of the same minimal rights in Palestine is not comparable; apartheid and occupation strip Palestinian queers of the basic human rights that have permitted queers in Israel to make their small gains. Apartheid is the issue.
NYC-QAIA does not speak on behalf of Palestinians—we stand in solidarity with Palestinians in their struggle. NYC-QAIA does not support any formal political entity and we do not all necessarily stand behind a one- or two-state solution. We reject outright all systems of domination and hate, including Islamophobia and anti-Semitism. Despite what our detractors claim, we are not self-hating queers. And the many Jewish members of NYC-QAIA are not self-loathing Jews but rather Jews who refuse to support an apartheid state.
*The BDS document and its original signers are posted at www.bdsmovement.net. For more information, see the websites of Palestinian Queers for BDS, Aswat, and al-Qaws.
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