Supplementary title... BUT WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN
The following is a response to what are low level homophobic and bigoted blog posts and Facebook discussions that are about Palestine.
This post contains images of heterosexuals exposing themselves in front of THE CHILDREN.
It is easy to spot the heterosexual male because few have any sense of style.
I support the rights of people to be homophobic or bigoted, that is a choice for the individual to make. What I will never support is lies and deception. If you plan on being a bigot don't make stuff up or use poor quality information, blame it on God and a religious text.
Defining responsible publishing
Freedom of speech is the right to communicate one's opinions and ideas. The term freedom of expression is sometimes used synonymously, but includes any act of seeking, receiving and imparting information or ideas, regardless of the medium used.
Governments restrict speech with varying limitations. Common limitations on speech relate to libel, slander, obscenity, pornography, sedition, hate speech, incitement, fighting words, classified information, copyright violation, trade secrets, non-disclosure agreements, right to privacy, right to be forgotten, public security, public order, public nuisance, campaign finance reform and oppression. Whether these limitations can be justified under the harm principle depends upon whether influencing a third party's opinions or actions adversely to the second party constitutes such harm or not. Governmental and other compulsory organizations often have policies restricting the freedom of speech, for example, speech codes at state schools. (Wikipedia)
Free speech isn't the end of this discussion. There is a level of responsible authorship and academic integrity. 'Authorship confers credit and has important academic, social, and financial implications. Authorship also implies responsibility and accountability for published work (ICMJE).'
Free speech isn't a right to plagiarize the work of another. Plagiarism is defined by Merriam Webster as:
- to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
- to use (another's production) without crediting the source
- to commit literary theft
- to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source
Whether you cite an source or not, if you copy a body of work without substantial comment it is reasonable to assume that you are in full agreement with the source.
The rainbow filter
WASHINGTON — In a long-sought victory for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court ruled by a 5-to-4 vote on Friday that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.
“No longer may this liberty be denied,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the majority in the historic decision. “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.”
Marriage is a “keystone of our social order,” Justice Kennedy said, adding that the plaintiffs in the case were seeking “equal dignity in the eyes of the law.”
26 June, 2015, the US Supreme Court rules in favor of equal rights. In this case the right to get married. While media attention has been paid to the call for marriage equality in recent years, this request started in 10 October, 1972: The U.S. Supreme Court dismisses Baker v. Nelson, one of three cases brought by same-sex couples. challenging the denial of marriage. A Minnesota couple, Richard Baker and James Michael McConnell, were denied a marriage license by the Hennepin County District Court's clerk on May 18, 1970. The full history of this rights struggle can be viewed here.
In response to this Facebook created the rainbow filter. A very simple application of code by Facebook to apply the rainbow over a social media profile image. Particularly effective as profile pictures are applied to every comment and application that uses Facebook. However a win in the supreme court is not a win against bigotry, it is just a win within the legal system and only applies to America. Apparently, like children who should be seen and not heard, gays can do what they like as long as they are never seen as identifying as gay. Meanwhile in the Middle East, ISIS is throwing people off buildings for being gay, going through their phone contact lists and entrapping others that are suspected as gay. So let us thank those who I'm about to demolish for allowing us to live because in some countries if you have your life you have too much. A struggle for equality however is just that. It isn't a pleading to be allowed to live, to have some level of rights, it is for full and equal rights that are established in law and cannot be revoked with the strike of a pen. The act of marriage, while of little direct interest to many in the gay community, we really aren't the marrying kind, embeds equality in the fabric of society. Some people will want their relationships formalized and some may chose to adopt children, although it very likely that the majority of these adoptions will be the children of their spouse.
Publicity and currency give the topic a reason for discussion. Not everyone is going to embrace the idea of gay marriage.
The gay rights movement, too, has been transforming itself before our very eyes. Once a movement fighting against persecution and discrimination, which is the reason why its initial demands enjoyed wide public support, it has gone from one triumph to another and won the war. Today, the issue is moot. But the gay movement has not declared victory and gone home. Central to achieving their goal is bending society to their will and forcing it to acquiesce to their agenda.
That's where same-sex marriage comes in. It's no mystery why it commands considerable support. After all, what can be more "American" than the idea of granting equality to a formerly persecuted group that has done nothing untoward other than being different in its sexual proclivities? Sort of like being discriminated because of the color of one's skin (even though many black leaders, jealously guarding their highly lucrative victimhood, take strong exception to equating gay liberation with the civil rights struggle). So recognition of gay unions as legitimate marriages seems to be an eminently innocuous idea. But appearances can be deceptive. Few things are more destructive than gay marriage, a poison pill devised to corrode the very core of a healthy society -- the institution of marriage.
A rights struggle against discrimination should end when those rights have been achieved and you have the right to live. What more do you need than a right to live as long as you are not seen or heard.
Gay Middle East
Before further comment let us recognize that some people in the Middle East are gay. If no one in the Middle East was gay ISIS would have no one to throw off a building. The Middle East is not immune to homophobia or bigotry, Islam in its judgment on this is no better or worse than Christianity or Judaism. In fact a considerable amount of the homophobic religious ethic is originally derived from the Jewish text, the Old Testament. While there are plenty of documented cases of abuse of gays in the Middle East it is worthy to note that in the Ottoman Empire, homosexuality was decriminalized in 1858, as part of wider reforms during the Tanzimat. That in Jordan in 1951 a revision of the Jordanian Criminal Code legalized private, adult, non-commercial, and consensual sodomy, with the age of consent set at 16. The current situation in Jordan is presented in the table below.
|Same-sex sexual activity legal||(Since 1951)|
|Equal age of consent|
|Anti-discrimination laws in employment|
|Anti-discrimination laws in the provision of goods and services|
|Anti-discrimination laws in all other areas (incl. indirect discrimination, hate speech)|
|Recognition of same-sex couples|
|Step-child adoption by same-sex couples|
|Joint adoption by same-sex couples|
|Gays and lesbians allowed to serve openly in the military|
|Right to change legal gender|
|Access to IVF for lesbians|
|Commercial surrogacy for gay male couples|
|MSM allowed to donate blood|
Clearly, the Middle East was well ahead of the west on issues of gay rights during the latter part of the Ottoman Empire and in the 50s in Jordan. While the situation is less than perfect today, any claim that 'Arabs' are backward thinking, generally doesn't hold water. Indeed in my own experience and that of my friends our collective view is that young Arabs in particular are insulted by claims they lack modern values.
The connection between rights battles in the US and those is Palestine is to say the least distant. Gays in the Middle East don't particularly appreciate assistance from outside on their rights issues. The process by which rights are advanced is different as the social environment is not the same. Respecting this includes respecting that creating higher levels of bigotry is just as unwelcome. More generally, if you are going to blog at or for Palestinians, be responsible about what it is you blog. Accurate reporting helps to deal with hasbara claiming that all information is 'Pallywood', some mythical place where everything terrible that happens in Palestine due to Israel's occupation is an invention. Israel loves to pinkwash itself as being a haven for gays including Palestinians. This is simply not true, Palestinians are as unwelcome in Israel if they are gay as when they are not.
The Middle East has a mixed set of historical outcomes on issues of gay rights. Given the 1858 reforms in the Ottoman Empire which decriminalized homosexuality over 100 years earlier that such reforms in many western nations, it is more than reasonable to conclude that it was the impact of break up of the Ottoman Empire and the European colonization of the Middle East that sent the clock on rights spinning backwards.
Being gay in the Middle East is a variable level of challenge depending on country, location and family. The interest here is in Palestine which inherits laws from Jordan, hence the limitation of perspective to that area.
ISIS is not a contained ideology but a radical fundamentalist version of Islam. While we could argue that ISIS is more about a quest for power and its religious credentials lacking, it has unquestionably been viewed as a true expression of Islamic faith by some. And that includes some people in Palestine, including that throwing homosexuals off building is 'god's work'.
Gay groups in the Middle East have been 'burned' by involvement with the western gay rights movement. Particularly problematic is associations with organizations that are funded by Jewish interests. This creates a space where there is critique of whose interests are being served.
The general attitude is that while people who are gay in the Middle East appreciate the support of people in the west they struggle to deal with issues of Orientalism that are attached to that understanding.
Since the publication of Edward Said's Orientalism in 1978, much academic discourse has begun to use the term "Orientalism" to refer to a general patronizing Western attitude towards Middle Eastern, Asian and North African societies. In Said's analysis, the West essentializes these societies as static and undeveloped—thereby fabricating a view of Oriental culture that can be studied, depicted, and reproduced. Implicit in this fabrication, writes Said, is the idea that Western society is developed, rational, flexible, and superior. (Wikipedia)
Blogger responsibility—Primum non nocere... first do no harm! Understand the issues and the difficulty faced by those people in the Middle East that are gay, start with a perspective of do no harm. While you may not have been asked to help, you are most certainly NOT asked to make contributions that make the situation worse. And that most definitely includes projecting western homophobia into the Middle East. The west has a rich history of making things worse in the Middle East via colonialism, Orientalism, the installation of national boundaries that previously didn't exist, installing leaderships to the benefit of western interests that were not to the benefit of the population and clearly as is seen from the history of decriminalization of homosexuality in 1858 by the Ottoman Empire, western Victorian values were exported to the Middle East.
The Palestinian blog-o-sphere and Facebook-a-thon
How did this play out on the internet? As I'm not capable to watching everything, my viewpoint on this is via Facebook comments which includes blog posts. The examples that follow are in order of discovery.
Vickie, Palestinian married with children living in the US posts this... "This chick can't be anymore odious!" in reference to a blog post by Nahida Exiled Palestinian entitles Celebrating Sexual Orientation, the Road to Liberation?
Nahida Exiled Palestinian says...
The global and annual LGBT exhibitionist celebrations under the banner of fighting for human rights against “persecution”, is coupled with persistent attempts to insert this “fight” in every other liberation and/or human right movement.
Juxtaposing the six colours (hijacked rainbow bright colours which are for CHILDREN, which lures and attracts the little ones) over every other flag, became the litmus test for measuring the “progressiveness”, “civility” and “worthiness” of support of any particular organization, country and movement.
Fact is that many of us were already using the 'Gaza Siege Stand' as our profile picture. That the Facebook rainbow filter was applied to it was purely due to current events. The rainbow flag was never hijacked from children, the idea of that is insane.
“A true flag cannot be designed — it has to be torn from the soul of the people.” — Unknown
Inspired, Baker began working on a flag. He dyed the fabrics himself and, with the help of volunteers, stitched together eight strips of brilliant color into a huge banner that spoke volumes: hot pink stood for sexuality, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for the sun, green for nature, turquoise blue for art, indigo for harmony and violet for spirit. He remembers vividly the moment when his new flag was first raised:
“It all goes back to the first moment of the first flag back in 1978 for me. Raising it up and seeing it there blowing in the wind for everyone to see. It completely astounded me that people just got it, in an instant like a bolt of lightening – that this was their flag. It belonged to all of us. It was the most thrilling moment of my life. Because I knew right then that this was the most important thing I would ever do – that my whole life was going to be about the Rainbow Flag.” (San Francisco Travel)
Perhaps Baker should have thought, 'what about the homophobes and their children' but this wasn't something on his mind at the time.
Nahida Exiled Palestinian says...
Why on earth should “progressiveness” be defined by how much one takes pride in the sexual behaviour of a small group of people?
Why on earth should mankind be classified and divided according to their sexual preferences?
Why on earth should anyone be called “hater” and “intolerant” if one says they do not like their children, nor themselves to be exposed to live-porn?
Why on earth should anyone be labeled as “homophobic” If they kindly request from their brothers in humanity to keep bedroom acts where it belongs, in the bedroom, and spare our children the obscenity of premature exposure to unwanted sexuality or nudity?
Nahida Exiled Palestinian then continues in her rave using the image of child looking at a man in the nude and pulling a face, because this is an example of what gays do, they stand there exposing themselves to children. Where did this image come from? It was the San Francisco Fun Run, Bay to Breakers, where all costumes are acceptable including no costume at all. Here's another image of the San Francisco fun run, clearly it is not a gay event with exclusive participation and nudity is optional. Without the cropping the image Nahida used has a different context and the dude concerned is far more likely to be a relic of the hippy movement than a gay man.
San Francisco’s Zappos.com Bay to Breakers is the oldest consecutively run annual footrace in the world, a staple to the City by the Bay since May 1912. With a starting point near the San Francisco Bay, a few blocks from The Embarcadero, the 12K race runs west through the city and finishes at the Great Highway where breakers crash onto the Pacific Coast’s Ocean Beach. A quintessential San Francisco experience for 103 years, the race is interwoven into the fabric of the city and is a true reflection and celebration of life between the breakers and the Bay.
The 2016 edition will take place on Sunday, May 15.
ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY
Please note that no alcohol and no wheeled devices (including floats) will be allowed on the race course during the Zappos.com Bay to Breakers. Violators will be removed from the race course immediately and will not be issued a refund.
NO SMOKING EVENT - Zappos.com Bay to Breakers is a non-smoking event!
Clearly, Nahida Exiled Palestinian, has a zero tolerance policy to critique as after writing long explanations on her blog they were all deleted. Clearly using heterosexuals in the nude to make derogative comments on homosexuals is the new standard in homophobic projections and quality blogging. You can read Nahida blog post in full and you are welcome to agree with her barely disguised bigotry if you wish, When you are writing about your own bigotry there is no need to do any research into the quality of the sources or to maintain the comments people make to refute your claims.
Nahida Exiled Palestinian ends her article as follows...
It is obscene that a self-profiled “supporter” of Palestinians, would completely ignore, reject and campaign to change fundamental aspects of Palestinian culture, ethics, model of society etc.
The Palestinian model of society has been successful in peacefulness, harmony, tolerance and family cohesiveness, since centuries and more, contrary to the imposed “Western” model, which arguably has failed in these respects.
No one is gay in Palestine apparently. I'm sure Al-Qaws welcomes the assistance of exiled Palestinian bigots and their friends in support of their struggle. I am not a self-profiled “supporter” of Palestinians, I am merely a rational being who sees the resolution of conflict in Palestine as the cornerstone to the resolutions of conflicts in the world. I have Palestinian friends who live in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Australia and other places. Some are Muslims, others Christian and some are gay. We don't always agree with each other but we do try to get to mutual understanding of truth. The idea that the Palestinian model of society has been successful in peacefulness beyond that of other societies is clearly deluded. The Holy Land is the most contested piece of real estate in the history of the world and the site of numerous wars since the beginning of recorded history. Honor killings, while rare today, have been a feature of the society.
Linah Alsaafin The Electronic Intifada Ramallah 12 July 2013
Although quite young and small, the Palestinian queer movement is far from homogeneous. It includes numerous groups of diverse, dynamic and nimble activists who, within the framework of the wider social justice and national liberation struggle, seek to raise awareness about issues >considered taboo in their society.
There were no documented or known gay, lesbian or transgender groups in Palestine before the second intifada.
That changed in 2001, when Palestinian queers from the occupied West Bank and present-day Israel started to convene in the Jerusalem Open House, an Israeli initiative that primarily offered Palestinians a space for expression and interaction, and served as an umbrella organization in terms of securing funds and international outreach. The following year, the group Aswat: Palestinian Gay Women was founded as part of an independent project within the Palestinian feminist organization Kayan in Haifa.
In 2007, activists broke away from the Jerusalem Open House and established Al-Qaws, a group campaigning for “sexual and gender diversity” in Palestinian society.
Response to Nahida Exiled Palestinian on Facebook
Gilad Atzmon Nahida Izzat I guess that next they are going to expel the Hamas for failing on the LGBT front
Vickie Mansour-Hasan I'm Palestinian in exile as well...and I find this post odious. Admittedly, Palestinians have been struggling to remain in existence to worry about social reform. That hardly means it's not necessary.
Gilad Atzmon Vickie Mansour-Hasan... on my page,,, people produce arguments,,, if you want to engage in thought policing JVP is the place to do it...@Nahida Izzata will answer you if you state your problem...
Gilad Atzmon actually find it it slightly peculiar that a bunch of LGBT activists impose their 'progressive' values on a traditional society that is devoted to family values (Gazans).. It only suggests you solidarity enthusisasts make love with yourself (literally) on the expense of the Palestinian people... i hope it feels good...
You can read the whole outcome on Gilad's wall, look for the post 30 June at 16:59 What exactly is Gilad's argument here? He proudly posted this bigoted trash on his Facebook page and offers no apology for it. Gilad has never defined himself as an activist for Palestine or as part of the human rights movement but as a critical thinker on the topic of Jewish identity. As a claimed critical thinker surely he should not support an article where even the image misrepresents the facts? Apparently you can claim the title of critical thinker and be blind to bigotry, the new form of critical thought. Several of us have pointed out that this sort of 'critical thinking' undermines his position as a critique of Jewish identity because it exposes him to critique that his thinking isn't critical at all. Popularism isn't critical thinking, the expectation is that you are engaging the brain and doing quality research to build a case that is difficult to refute.
Oddly enough there are people in Gaza who have progressive values, some people who are gay, they were born in traditional families and not cloned. If there is anyone who is imposing a value set on people in Gaza it is fundamental Islamists. They don't do this by putting a flag over a profile picture but via assassinations. Gayness is not a prerequisite, merely standing out in the crowd is sufficient. To be gay and outspoken in Gaza would indeed be foolish.
The Electronic Intifada 15 April 2011
Palestinians and international solidarity activists around the world are collectively mourning the shocking death of Vittorio Arrigoni, an Italian journalist and solidarity activist. Arrigoni was also an occasional contributor to The Electronic Intifada (see “Gaza’s record-breaking children,” 16 August 2010 and “No words to console Gaza child after mother is killed by Israeli shelling,” 26 July 2010).
Arrigoni, 36, was found dead early this morning in Gaza City, hours after a video of him blindfolded and apparently beaten had surfaced on the Internet. In the video, his captors threaten to execute Arrigoni unless the Hamas government in Gaza released the little-known group’s imprisoned leader.
The case of Ariyana Love
My introduction to Ariyana Love was based on her being a journalist living in Helsinki, Finland who was engaged in efforts of Palestinian solidarity and helping to promote products from Palestine. She had done some good work in creating a site to sell olive oil. I had not taken any notice of her blog until recently and in connection to a discover process following the above. The assumption is that if you are a journalist your blog is mainly content you generate or at least comment on content by authors. Needless to say her blog is of little importance, not excessively read and likely to have no impact on the situation in Palestine. However, it is reasonable to expect a level of integrity and an understanding of the notion of Primum non nocere. I'm not sure why anyone would create a blog on the Middle East and then add in the following articles with no connection to the Middle East or what they would expect the benefit to be.
By Jonathon Moseley
A genetic cause for homosexuality is not scientifically possible. A homosexuality gene, if it existed, would quickly die out. However, it gradually becomes clear that liberals and progressives are poorly-educated about science. They passionately believe in evolution, yet they don’t understand it.
Public discussion is driven by an assumption that one may be “born homosexual.” Being ‘born’ homosexual is a medical impossibility unless there is a specific gene causing it. That is, heterosexuals would have one genetic DNA sequence while homosexuals have a different DNA sequence in its place.
Also, a homosexuality gene would be concentrated in one geographic location on Earth and in the ethnic group where it started. Of course that is radically in conflict with the observable evidence. We don’t observe any such concentration.
We would also see no homosexuality at all in cultures where people were not pressured into a heterosexual marriage. Ironically, in cultures where people were free to follow their desires, homosexuals would have no offspring and the genetic line would die out almost immediately. But even when homosexuals were pressured into a heterosexual marriage they would – by definition – engage in a lower frequency of heterosexual sex.
The article is pure bunkum, homosexuals would die out if we were are product of our genes, seriously this is science? Oddly enough that same would apply to genetic influences that cause sterility.
Shah K, Sivapalan G, Gibbons N, Tempest H, Griffin DK.
Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after one year of regular unprotected intercourse; approximately one in six couples wishing to start a family fall into this category. Although, in many cases, the diagnosis is simply 'unexplained', a variety of reasons including lack of ovulation, mechanical stoppage, sperm deficiencies and parental age have been implicated.It is difficult to assess accurately the overall magnitude of the contribution of genetics to infertility as most, if not all, conditions are likely to have a genetic component, for example susceptibility to infection. Nevertheless, a significant number of infertility phenotypes have been associated with specific genetic anomalies. The genetic causes of infertility are varied and include chromosomal abnormalities, single gene disorders and phenotypes with multifactorial inheritance. Some genetic factors influence males specifically, whereas others affect both males and females. For example, chromosome translocations affect both males and females, whereas Klinefelter syndrome and the subsequent infertility phenotype caused by it are specific to males.
One in six couples experience infertility and in many cases there are genetics linkages. Based on Moseley's 'science' infertility would be nonexistent. Further, there is a significant body of research that indicates genetics is a factor in sexual orientation.
New Scientist 17 November 2014
A genetic analysis of 409 pairs of gay brothers, including sets of twins, has provided the strongest evidence yet that gay people are born gay. The study clearly links sexual orientation in men with two regions of the human genome that have been implicated before, one on the X chromosome and one on chromosome 8.
The finding is an important contribution to mounting evidence that being gay is biologically determined rather than a lifestyle choice. In some countries, such as Uganda, being gay is still criminalized, and some religious groups believe that gay people can be “treated” to make them straight.
“It erodes the notion that sexual orientation is a choice,” says study leader Alan Sanders of the NorthShore Research Institute in Evanston, Illinois.
The region on the X chromosome picked out by the study, called Xq28, was originally identified in 1993 by Dean Hamer of the US National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, but attempts to validate the finding since have been mixed. The other region picked out is in the twist in the centre of chromosome 8. Known as 8q12, it was first signposted in 2005.
The author, Jonathon Moseley, could best be described as a Christian Zionist who fails at climate science and supports gun ownership and the tea party. (Articles on the American Thinker) Perhaps there is a new rule in Palestinian solidarity, don't lend credibility to Zionists sources unless they help in projecting homophobia on the Middle East. Aridana also has an interest in transgender issues.
By Michael W. Chapman
(CNSNews.com) — Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, said that transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment, that sex change is “biologically impossible,” and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder.
Dr. McHugh, the author of six books and at least 125 peer-reviewed medical articles, made his remarks in a recent commentary in the Wall Street Journal, where he explained that transgender surgery is not the solution for people who suffer a “disorder of ‘assumption’” – the notion that their maleness or femaleness is different than what nature assigned to them biologically.
Michael W. Chapman is a first class bigot and another tea party faithful. (More articles by him here.) More interesting here is the work of Dr. Paul R. McHugh.
By Erica Goode, Published: August 5, 2002
The center of controversy is not an unfamiliar spot for Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the psychiatrist whose appointment recently to the lay panel assembled by the Roman Catholic Church to look into sexual abuse by priests drew protest from victims' groups and some mental health professionals.
His penchant for riling colleagues with his outspoken and often contrarian opinions on topics like multiple personality disorder and sex-change operations has often landed him in the midst of furor.
But David Clohessy, the director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, said it strained credulity to believe that Dr. McHugh's appointment had not been influenced by his stance on recovered memories, and that what Dr. McHugh said about the church scandal was irrelevant.
''What matters is what he does,'' Mr. Clohessy said. ''And he has testified in court repeatedly on behalf of molesters and accused molesters. I have yet to see him speak out in any way, shape or form on behalf of abuse victims.''
The choice of Dr. McHugh as the panel's lone mental health professional was disturbing, said Dr. Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea, a psychologist and psychoanalyst in New York, because there were so many other experts available who specialized in treating victims of sexual abuse.
What exactly creates this phenomena whereby people who are not gay or transsexual suddenly develop this sudden expertise? Do we need to have a course on responsible authorship? For Ariyana to proclaim her role as a savior for Palestinian children then project an author who is a professional bigot and Catholic pedophile protector at best lacks good sense.
The butterfly effect
In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state. The name of the effect, coined by Edward Lorenz, is derived from the metaphorical example of the details of a hurricane (exact time of formation, exact path taken) being influenced by minor perturbations such as the flapping of the wings of a distant butterfly several weeks earlier. Lorenz discovered the effect when he observed that runs of his weather model with initial condition data that was rounded in a seemingly inconsequential manner would fail to reproduce the results of runs with the unrounded initial condition data. A very small change in initial conditions had created a significantly different outcome. (Wikipedia)
The butterfly effect is in fact what we seek in our writing on Palestine. "Maybe this post will be the one that changes everything." Or perhaps how one person can change something or someone by being a positive influence. If we accept this reverse is also true, one person can be a destructive force and usually this requires far less effort than being a creative one.
Khaled Jarrar– who, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage is now legal in all 50 states, drew the LGBT rainbow on the wall to draw attention to the Israeli “occupation”– was disappointed that his own people decided to abruptly paint over his art on a security barrier.
The security walls, which divide the West Bank and Israeli territory, were erected following the first and second intifada – when Palestinian terrorists launched wide-scale attacks against Israel’s Jewish population.
The painting “ignited angry responses and activists whitewashed the gflad on Monday night, just a few hours after it was painted,” the Associated Press reports.
Jarrar told the AP that the whitewashing “reflects the absence of tolerance and freedoms in the Palestinian society.”
“People don’t accept different thinking in our society,” he added.
Muhammad al-Amleh, a lawyer, disagreed that Jarrar should have the right to free speech, telling the AP, “It would be shameful to have the flag of gays in our refugee camp.”
Another man named Muhammad, who participated in erasing the painting, said, “We cannot promote gay rights” in the Palestinian-controlled West Bank.
Israel, which sits on the other side of the fence, has a flourishing LGBT community. Earlier in June, over 100,000 people attended the annual gay pride parade in Tel Aviv.
Haaretz, the proclaim beacon of publishing for the Israel left had this to say...
Gay Palestinians tend to be secretive about their social lives and some have crossed into Israel to live safely.
A 1951 Jordanian law banning homosexual acts remains in effect in the West Bank, as does a ban in Gaza passed by British authorities in 1936.
Israel, meanwhile, has emerged as one of the world's most gay-friendly travel destinations recently, in sharp contrast to the rest of the Middle East where gay culture is not tolerated and gays are persecuted and even killed. Earlier this month, over 100,000 people attended a gay pride parade in Tel Aviv.
Never miss an opportunity to promote Israel and demote Palestine. It seem Mohammed Daraghmeh and Ian Deitch have learned their journalistic skills at the same institution on Ariyana, a place where you copy and paste but don't check the facts. "A 1951 Jordanian law banning homosexual acts remains in effect in the West Bank" as I pointed out, Jordan legalized NOT criminalized homosexual acts in 1951.
Haaretz manages a comment policy that allows the following 'insights' from its readers.
Iran decorates lamp posts with dead gays.
By BUILD BABY BUILD !!!
pals love to murder more than they love life.
It clearly is...
Seeing someone took the time and effort to paint that whole wall white (which isn't a 5 minutes job). Also, I don't think you're getting the point of the article... It's supposed to point out the intolerance in Palestinian society (although it's the same in the whole Muslim world).
Haaretz comment police is hardly surprising, as when 16yo Mohammed Abu Khdeir was burned alive by insane Zionists, Haaretz published a comment that said he was killed by his family for being a gay prostitute. This is the more 'subtle' level of oppression that is faced by Palestinians, insane Zionist crap projected at them everyday. What about the parents, didn't they have the right to expect the same level of censorship as Haaretz apply to comments about the occupation?
Palestine, like the Middle East more generally, has some distance to go in various rights and equality resolutions. Right are not about running nude though the street or having some opportunity that is not accessible to to others. It is about people having the same opportunities, equal wages, freedom from abuse, acceptance in families... there is nothing sinister about equality. The battle lines are fought over understanding. Sexual behavior between same sex couples is not more or less deviate than that of different sex couples. Sexuality doesn't change people for good or bad. Substantial quality research exists that indicates that part of our sexual and emotional partnering is genetic and rather than being a black and white case we sit on a sliding scale between fierce heterosexuality and limp wristed girly boys or motorcycle riding dykes.
My personal experience hanging out with people that are engaged in Palestinian solidarity and in my time in Palestine is certainly NOT one of being engaged with deep seated homophobia. In fact it is the exact opposite. Very early in my involvement I was outed in a forum called 'We are with Gaza' (as Facebook page with more than 50,000 members) by a Zionist thug who over the years as manage to send me three death threats. What happened? A young guy whose icon was a man holing an AK47 with an arm missing went ballistic. "How fucking dare you insinuate that all Arabs are homophobic and backward. How dare you! Leave Yani alone he is our friend!" Some 20 private messages followed from people that were concerned that I was OK. It was on that day that my remaining reservations about supporting Palestinian freedom from occupation evaporated. Importantly, I was released, it was so public that my sexuality, which was of little importance to me in the dialog, would never be something I could hide. I don't define myself as a gay activist, a Palestinian activist or any other sort of activist. I'm a photographer with web skills. One who could use a well paid job in a functional organization that does worthwhile work (case you have one to offer). What I care about is truth and justice, that is the topic. It's not about antisemitism, the gay agenda, supporting Muslims or being in some dream about the state of the world. It's about truth and justice.
"I don't care what people do in the privacy of their bedrooms." It is as good as "I don't mind if Palestinians exist in the privacy of Jordan". We have a right to be and to do our being as equals. To exist in a society where we are not abused or seen as second class citizens. No black man ever had to face their parents and come out as black. And there is no reason why any gay man or woman should be in fear of stating a sexual preference.
So with all respect to those people flagged above for their soft bigotry, who on other issues I have respect for, why the hell when the resolution of world issues, of which justice in Palestine is a cornerstone, do they feel it is OK to ignore truth, skip fact checks, make false claims or let bigotry pass without critical comment? Do you think you are part of the solution when you maintain a position that is as part of the problem? If so you have earned a fail mark and need to step up to the plate with an improved game.
I hope this helps!