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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.”

Alan M. Dershowitz

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