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Pink Anti-Semitism is Still Anti-Semitism

A 'pinkwashing' conference - focused on how Israel allegedly uses its protection of gay rights to cover up its treatment of Arabs - is being sponsored by the Gay and Lesbian Studies Center at CUNY's Graduate Center this April.
Medea Benjamin (left), one of the founders of Code Pink.

Medea Benjamin (left), one of the founders of Code Pink.

Now this pinkwashing campaign is coming to the City University of New York. A pinkwashing conference is being sponsored by the Gay and Lesbian Studies Center at The Graduate Center on April 10-11, 2013. It will be yet another hate-fest against Israel, but this time it will cross the line into classic anti-Semitic tropes. Don’t be fooled by its benign pink hue, or its academic pretext. At its core, the newly-fashioned charge of pinkwashing is little different from the old-fashioned charges leveled by brown-shirted anti-Semites – namely, that neither the Jews nor the Jewish state ever does good things without bad motives. And this time, the hate conference is being co-sponsored by the Philosophy and Psychology Departments and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, as well as by the Center for The Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University.

Shame on anyone who exploits his or her sexual orientation to promote anti-Semitic bigotry. And shame on anyone who sponsors those who practice pink anti-Semitism.

Originally published at the Gatestone Institute, under the title, “Pink Anti-Semitism Is No Different from Brown Anti-Semitism.”

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5 Responses to “Pink Anti-Semitism is Still Anti-Semitism”

  1. Charlie Hall says:

    It is one thing for a few individual students and faculty to sponsor something like this, but official sponsorship by two university departments? This isn't about academic freedom, it is about propaganda! I suggest that the people putting on this conference try to do so in Gaza City.

  2. Anonymous says:

    israeli leaders such as shimon peres ehud barak yitzhaq navot el al have taken bribes from america for decades. Because of this israel has refused to transfer arabs out of israel, instead israel forces Jews such as ethiopian Jewish immigrants to use birth control while israel encourages arabs to be fruitful and multiply.
    Israel intelligence controls all Jewish organizations in the diaspora and the cia controls the israeli govt so the cia uses israel to commit a Holocaust on word jewry thru assimilation, abortion birth control and intermarriage.
    TYhe goyerment of israel is the biggest threat to the survival of world Jewry.

  3. Tim Upham says:

    Gay and lesbian rights is a subject matter all into itself. So a Hannah Arendt comparison cannot be made to tie it into treatment of Palestinians. What it should consist of is the freedom that Israeli gays and lesbians have, that they try to achieve that for Palestinian gays and lesbians. Because Palestinian leadership will just use denial when it comes to Palestinian gays and lesbians. Khaled Meshaal wants to get rid of them, by using them as suicide bombers. So a gay man cannot become a leader of Hamas? It seems like that it would be over Hamas' dead body, if that were to happened.

  4. I agree with you Mr. Dershowitz that the groups you refer to here have singled out Israel. That is why Israel is criticized for "occupation" but Turkey is never criticized for Occupying Cyprus,, China for occupying Tibet etc etc.

    These same groups are always spending more time on Israel than on the oppression of gays and women in the Muslim world.

    It is a very ironic situation.

  5. J Ariel Hoffman says:

    We should sponsor a queer trip to Gaza City, i bet tou Hamas will love them, as a target practice!

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