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Tel Aviv activists protest homophobia in front of Russian Embassy

Hundreds of people protested on Saturday evening in front of the Russian Embassy in Tel Aviv, as similar events were held around the world amidst calls for an international boycott of next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Protesters carrying signs in support of the international campaign to boycott the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and slamming Russian President Vladimir Putin. (photo: Sarit Michaeli)

According to reports from the protests, the atmosphere was generally positive, with police accommodating an impromptu “kiss-in” that resulted in the road being blocked for roughly half an hour. Protesters chanted messages against homophobia and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and held signs in support of the international boycott campaign.

A protest against homophobia in front of the Russian Embassy in Tel Aviv. The sign in the center calls on Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai to “cut ties with Moscow.” (photo: Sarit Michali)

Russia has come under growing criticism over a law recently passed banning “gay propaganda.” British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted on Saturday that he would not boycott the Olympics, in a direct response to a widely publicized open letter from actor Stephen Fry.

Amnon Brownfield Stein, one of protest’s organizers said: “We stood in solidarity with the LGBT community in Russia and called for global action against the Russian authorities. Russia has been a discriminatory place for gays for years, but it has become harsher nowadays. Last June the parliament passed two laws, which de facto make it impossible to live an openly gay life in Russia and not get arrested. There are underground groups that abuse homosexuals and the international community cannot stay silent any longer.”

No politicians attended the demonstration, but activists affiliated with political parties were in attendance, including those from Finance Minister Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party and the ruling Likud party. Supporters of Nitzan Horowitz – a Tel Aviv mayoral candidate, who is openly gay – were also among the crowd.

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    1. Queers for "Palestine"!

      Hilarious!

      Just last week you Leftists – in alliance with Russia – killed over 1,000 Syrians. You Leftists support Shari’ah/”Palestine” where open homosexuality is punished with Quranic execution.

      And you’re going to protest against Russia!? Ha!

      Don’t you get it? When you Leftists merged with the Ummah you forfeited your right to criticize any country about anything. You have no right to criticize your morally superior Jewish enemy. And you certainly have no right to criticize the Russians.

      Simply put – Russia treats its gays infinitely better than the way “Palestine”/Shari’ah does.

      You Leftists need to stop your pinkwashing and stop your wars. Protesting against Russia does not absolve you of your Ummah’s crimes against gays.

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      • ronit

        the day that there is a palestinian embassy in israel i will gladly protest in front of it if they were denying gays their rights.

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    2. In my opinion, this is just another typical liberal diversion. If LGBT people insist on being used as imperial auxiliaries, they will just precipitate real repression in anti-imperialist countries, because they will be perceived as imperial fifth columnists. It is class issues that underlie all other political issues. Non class issues are diversionary and should be avoided. If you want a better world, restrict yourselves to class issues. If you truly understand this, you will cease to prostitute your political talents to liberal imperialist diversions.

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      • XYZ

        I am curious where you got this idea that class divisions are the crucial political issue. What about nationalism? What about all these jihadists and the suicide bombers who are making political havoc in so many Muslim Middle East countries? What about the powerful anti-abortion activists in the US? What has class distincitions have to do with these people’s motivations?

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        • Just as individual societies have class systems, so the world as a whole has a ‘class system’ for nation states. This determines the economic stature of each nation and the industries permitted to its nationals. If you live in Namibia, for example, you won’t find any well-paid work outside of the uranium mining industry (Don’t worry, none of it goes to Iran). This ‘class system of nations’ is called ‘imperialism’ or sometimes, slightly anachronistically, ‘colonialism’. We have a whole jargon for this (none of it dependent on the thoughts of the monstrous Lenin). A colonial working class is ‘super-exploited’. So you can very easily interlock your class based theory of social struggle and eventual revolution, with the national struggle. You can also fairly easily detect where national liberation struggle, that is, a national uprising aimed at unseating the ‘colonial, comprador,running dog proxy ruling class puppets of imperialism’ (ha ha) passes over into nationalism in a nasty chauvinist sense, which it often does. That doesn’t mean you can do anything about it, but knowing you’re right is a considerable confort (unless you happen to actualy be there, and talk about it, in which case they will probably shoot you).

          Religion is a colossal encumbrance to this, every time. I am very dubious about the utility even of south American ‘liberation theology’, which is a hybrid between marxism and popular catholicism. I doubt, looking back, whether all the paraphrases and playing with words were worthwhile. But if you like verbal gymnastics, the works of Gustavo Gutierrez and Leonardo Boff on ‘liberation theology’ are classics of their kind.

          A major problem for this theory is the fact that a good proportion of the population of such countries is still engaged in small-scale agriculture (‘the peasants’). They are invariably highly religious, because religious law and administration is actually the form that local government takes in peasant society. That is to say, it regulates and legitimates economic exploitation. It isn’t ‘class rule’ yet, because the peasants are not yet constitututed into classes. That happens when the big landowners amalgamate all the small land-holdings into huge latifundia, and organise the peasants into a wage-earning workforce, a rural proletariat. This always happens, just by capitalist logic; it doesn’t require a Stalin to come along and do it. So then, among other things, they lose their religion. It no longer serves any social function, since even their families are broken up and dispersed, and they no longer have any family-level link to the land. Religion becomes something that has to be artificially maintained, as a misleading and futile form of surrogate politics.

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    3. David T.

      >You have no right to criticize your morally superior Jewish enemy.”

      That’s what certain Germans claimed anout themselves, too. Any ideological affiliation?

      >Russia treats its gays infinitely better than the way Palestine”/Shari’ah does.

      Russia also treats Palestinians – including gays – infinitely better than the way “Israel”/Halacha does.

      “You Leftists need to stop your pinkwashing and stop your wars. Protesting against Russia does not absolve you of your Ummah’s crimes against gays.”

      Yeah, Israel’s pinkwashing has to stop and does not absolve it of its crimes against Palestinians, including Palestinian gays.

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      • Queers for "Palestine"!

        >> You have no right to criticize your morally superior Jewish enemy.”

        > That’s what certain Germans claimed anout themselves, too. Any ideological affiliation?

        Absolutely! “Palestine”/Shari’ah is identical to Nazism. And just like a tiny band of “certain Germans” criticized their morally inferior Nazi enemy, so too ALL people of good will have the right and responsibility to criticize the Leftist “Palestinians” with the same vehemence as certain Germans criticized Nazism.

        It’s humbling to be compared to those ‘certain Germans’ who resisted Hajj Amin al-Husseini and the morally inferior behavior of German Socialism during the 1930′s and 40′s. So, thank you!

        >> Russia treats its gays infinitely better than the way Palestine”/Shari’ah does.

        > Russia also treats Palestinians – including gays – infinitely better than the way “Israel”/Halacha does.

        Why are you changing the subject? You support “Palestine”/Shari’ah and that’s the issue here. You can prattle out a long list of things of diversions and whatabouts. The issue here is that the Left is working with Russia to kill the Syrian people. The Left has merged with the Ummah that executes folks for the “crime” of homosexuality. In what alternate universe do you Leftists think you have a right to criticize others about anything?

        When Gaza resembles a human society, then – and only then – can you Leftists begin to think about protesting others’ behavior.

        And have you been to Russia? LOL!

        >> “You Leftists need to stop your pinkwashing and stop your wars. Protesting against Russia does not absolve you of your Ummah’s crimes against gays.”

        > Yeah, Israel’s pinkwashing has to stop and does not absolve it of its crimes against “Palestinians”/Shari’ah-adherents, including “Palestinian”/Shari’ah adherent gays.

        First of all, as your Leader said, there are no gays in the dar al-Shaytan. Read some Joseph Massad. He explains that gayness is a liberal, progressive concept which is not accepted by your fascist and racially pure Ummah. Why not ask your leader Hajj Amin al-Husseini what the Quran has to say about gayness and racial purity. Heck, at the next suicide bombing party, why don’t you ask your friends what they think about “Palestinian” gayness.

        But so what? You and Judith Butler support the Ummah. Who cares what your Jewish enemy does? The only issue that the Left has a right to address is its own behavior – that of “Palestine”/Shari’ah. You Leftists are not absolved of your Ummah’s crimes just because you blow up a schoolbus full of Jewish children or burn an Israeli flag. Your liability remains unchanged because you can point to something you don’t like about your Jewish enemy.

        So please David, stop just shouting “Joooooooooossssss” every time someone criticizes Mohammed and explain clearly what moral authority Leftist genocidaires who support the Ummah have to criticize the morally superior Russians?

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        • JG

          You really should crawl back under your PI-Antideutsche stone where you came from.
          No one really buys your propaganda crap anymore….

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          • Queers for "Palestine"!

            Awwww . . .

            The Leftist is upset because someone criticized his pweshus suicide bombers. LOL!

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        • David T.

          ““Palestine”/Shari’ah is identical to Nazism.”

          LOL. You don’t know what Nazism is. That could be the reason for your delusion:

          “It’s humbling to be compared to those ‘certain Germans’ …”

          It’s quite delusional to assume anyone did. You spoke of the “morally superior … enemy.”. That’s fascist talk.

          “Why are you changing the subject?”

          The subject was how Russian treats certain people.

          “You support “Palestine”/Shari’ah and that’s the issue here.”

          I don’t support denying people their rights. Unlike you:

          “In what alternate universe do you Leftists think you have a right to criticize others about anything?”

          That’s actually a question I would expect from a fascist.

          “… then – and only then – can you Leftists begin to think about protesting others’ behavior.

          According to what fascist law?

          “… your leader Hajj Amin al-Husseini … You … support the Ummah. … you blow up a schoolbus full of Jewish children or burn an Israeli flag … your Ummah’s crimes … your Jewish enemy.”

          You have to find a way back to reality, but I doubt anyone can help you.

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        • David T.

          ““Palestine”/Shari’ah is identical to Nazism.”

          LOL. You obvioulsy don’t know what Nazism is. It’s racist Herrenrasse-ideology was not imitating Islam.

          “It’s humbling to be compared to those ‘certain Germans’ …”

          It’s quite delusional to assume anyone did. You spoke of the “morally superior … enemy.”. That’s not the way the “certain Germans” talked you’re trying to identify with. To the contrary.

          “… so too ALL people of good will have the right and responsibility to criticize the Leftist “Palestinians” with the same vehemence as certain Germans criticized Nazism.

          Of course. As all people of good will have also the right and responsibility to criticize the Rightist “Israelis” with the same vehemence.

          “Why are you changing the subject?”

          The subject was how Russian treats certain people.

          “You support “Palestine”/Shari’ah and that’s the issue here.”

          I don’t support denying people their basic rights. Do you support keeping Palestinians expelled?

          “In what alternate universe do you Leftists think you have a right to criticize others about anything? … then – and only then – can you Leftists begin to think about protesting others’ behavior.”

          Sounds quite fascist to me. Reminds me of the fact that Hitler put the “Leftiest” into the concentration first to prevent their protest about his behaviour towards Jews.

          “… your leader Hajj Amin al-Husseini … You … support the Ummah. … you blow up a schoolbus full of Jewish children or burn an Israeli flag … your Ummah’s crimes … your Jewish enemy.”

          LOL, your hallucinations just sound psychotic.

          Btw. Zionist terror organisation started bombing Arab busses and market places allready after 1939. What do you make of that?

          “So please David, stop just shouting “Joooooooooossssss” …”

          OMG, auditory hallucinations, too?

          “… the morally superior Russians?”

          “… explain clearly what moral authority Leftist genocidaires who support the Ummah have to criticize …”

          It may shock you, but it is called freedom of speech.

          “… the morally superior Russians”

          “morally superior Jews”, ” morally superior Russians” … Let me guess, morally superior Russian Jews like Avigdor Lieberman? LOL.

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          • Queers for "Palestine"!

            “Fascist” – You keep using that word! I don’t a-think it means what you think it means! LOL!

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    4. XYZ

      I have to agree that it is interesting how this relatively secondary issue gets Israeli “progressives” more worked up than the fratricidal slaughter going on in Syria which is fed by countries like Russia and the Gulf States who keep giving weapons to their favorite proxies in Syria. Like I have said before, many (most?) “progressives” are not really interested in human rights and no human right is more important than the right not to be killed for political reasons or to be caught in the cross-fire between two criminal groups (even if they have a flag and a seat at the UN like Assad does).

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    5. if this was done in the times of Stalin: there would be a huge number of people find their ways to the Gulags, these gay activist are only trouble makers and very oppressive, we must come against them

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