General Assembly Declaration – Queer Visions at the World Social Forum: Free Palestine
Watch the historical anti-pinkwashing declaration as read at the General Assembly of the World Social Forum: Free Palestine!
Preamble: Pinkwashing is a tactic that uses gay rights to divert attention away from the continued violation of Palestinian human rights and the conditions of Israel’s apartheid system, occupation and colonization of Palestinian land. The manifestations of pinkwashing include, but are not limited to: gay tourism to Israel, cultural and social promotion of Israel as the only country in the region with gay rights, and all public forums that promote LGBT issues over the universal human rights of all Palestinians.
We, the assembly of the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre in 2012, hereby decide to:
1. identify pinkwashing as one of the main strategies used by the Israeli state and its supporters to divert attention away from the oppression of the Palestinian people;
2. oppose the use of pinkwashing by Israel;
3. actively support the work of organizations resisting pinkwashing as an essential part of the movement;
4. fight against racism, islamophobia, and forms of sexual and bodily oppressions including patriarchy, sexism, homophobia and transphobia in all societies.
By this, we agree to promote the struggle of Palestinian queers and people fighting against pinkwashing as part of the broader Palestine liberation and solidarity movement in the struggle against Israeli apartheid, occupation and colonization.