Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Toronto Gay Pride vs QuAIA Update

Well, it's official. The Pride Toronto committee confirmed today in a news conference that the words "Israeli Apartheid" would be banned from all Pride events.

About 100 protesters gathered outside Pride Toronto's offices for the announcement, chanting "Resign! Resign! and demanding the committee reverse the decision to impose censorship on Toronto gay pride events - the first time in its 30-year history that such a measure has been imposed.

Pride Toronto's official press release is here.

QuAIA's response is here.

The Facebook group Pride Coalition for Free Speech is here.
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  1. On a link through the QuAIA website, "There are no Israelis," I would like to confirm if it is true that Arab Israelis are not allow to purchase land reserved for Jews. In theory, Jewish and Arab Israelis are considered equal. Both groups of people should be able to own land anywhere in Israel. However, there apparently is a legal distinction between the Jewish and Arab nationality. This nationality is different from being a citizen. Jews can own land anywhere whereas Arab Israelis cannot. Can someone tell me that this is not apartheid?

  2. I haven't been following this issue for long, having been drawn into it via Harper's de-funding Toronto's Gay Pride week. But from what I've been reading, it certainly does seem like apartheid. It even has echoes of the "Final Solution", the way people are being confined in walled compounds and their property being seized or destroyed.