Israeli Delegation's Shameful Decision at Gay Pride

BY Michael Lucas

April 20 2011 7:50 PM ET

Every country has traitors. Sadly, a few of them in Israel are usurping the voice of the gay rights movement there. When the Israeli public finds out about this delegation to Germany, there will be consequences. They will see the thanks they're getting for their support of gay rights: ungrateful gay activists who travel to Germany to sell out their country. These people could very well bring back homophobia, which is barely alive in Israel today.

Many in Israel will assume that the LGBT movement there is led by self-loathing losers. It will play into stereotypes of sissy gays who are too scared to stand up for themselves. Most gay Israelis would sooner die than betray their identity and deny their flag. Unfortunately, anti-Semitism isn't dead in Europe, and that includes from within the gay community.

Last year a delegation of gay residents of Tel Aviv was barred from joining a gay pride march in Madrid because authorities in the Israeli city had not condemned the recent attack on the Gaza flotilla. So now this Israeli pride delegation is making a pathetic plea: "Please, please let us into your pride. We hate our country as much as you do! We will not even bring our flags, we will just blend in, so you will not even know who we are! We are gays, we are not Israelis."

If this group marches in Berlin — and it's not too late to stop them — it will be a complete misrepresentation of both the strength and spirit of a people who have fought to defend both their country and their place in society.

Israel must send to Berlin individuals who've got the courage to hold their heads — and their flags — up high.







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