Israel, Hamas and Gay Rights: Who Are the Real “Pinkwashers”?

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Which is gay-friendlier? Hamas or Israel?

According to queer theorist leftist Judith Butler, Hamas and Hezbollah are progressive movements that are on the left. The Israelis however are “pinkwashers” who exploit their record of not stoning gays to death to divert attention from their record of killing Islamic terrorists after repeated provocations.

Hamas is on record as saying that homosexuality deserves the death penalty and it’s punishable by ten years in Gaza.

The left claim to be the true supporters of gay rights… and of Islamist groups that believe in killing gays. It would almost seem as if it is the left that exploits its record of supporting gay marriage to divert attention from its record of supporting Islamic thugs who kills gays.

It is the left who are the true pinkwashers.

Professor Aeyal Gross (TAU,Law), who is considered the intellectual father of “pinkwashing,” has returned to the subject in the context of the Israeli election. He charges that Israel’s liberal policy toward gays is a ploy to hide its “sins” of occupation.  The broad array of civil and political rights that gays enjoy in Israel – which Gross himself lists, as well as the robust condemnations by assorted politicians of anti-gay sentiments – are all an elaborate plot to mask the violations of human rights against the Palestinians and others.

The inherent admission in Gross’ argument is that gay rights, like feminism or civil rights for any group, is not an end in and of itself, but part of an indivisible collective project whose end is not the fulfillment of any set of rights, but the success of the left.

Thus gay rights can be subtracted for Hamas, but they cannot be added for Israel. Gay rights are only of value when they serve the program of the left, and the left, as Judith Butler says, views Hamas and Hezbollah as “part of the global left” but with problematic dimensions, such as wanting to take away the civil rights of women, gays, non-Muslims, etc. But these dimensions do not detract from their place on the left. On the other hand Israel’s rejection of Islamic terrorism does.

It speaks volumes about the real agenda of the left that fighting Islamic terrorism is a dealbreaker but killing gay people isn’t.

The real pinkwashers are those like Judith Butler, Gross, Chomsky and the rest of the pro-terrorist left.

  • Mary Sue

    The latest tactic of the Identity Politics left, as it concerns "pinkwashing", is the concept of "intersectionality", where basically oppression is placed in a loaded hierarchy. Under such a theory, it is conceivable that "the rights of the brown peoples (to be Muslim)" (their words not mine) could rank higher than gay rights.

    I don't know what it is about the Left and associating Islam with "the brown peoples". Not every brown person is Muslim, and not every Muslim is "brown". It's so simplistic it makes me sick.

  • JacksonPearson

    Islam hangs, or publicly and brutally executes gays. Unless there were other reasons, I don't believe I've ever heard of Israel executing homosexuals, or lesbians, just because they were gay…anyone?

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Hamas/Islamists hang gays, but Israel is so tolerant it is off the charts. Heck, they parade down the middle of Jerusalem, our thousands yr old holy city, not that this blogger agrees with allowing such a display there either.

    But never mind. Facts are facts. In fact, this topic is explored at a recent interview featured herein – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/01/27/presenting-pa

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • Ar'nun

    Yes, evidence of being human rights advocates is all a big ploy. And Obama switching from anti-Gay Marriage in 2008 to talking about his gay brothers and sisters in 2012 was all above board and not just to gain votes of simpleminded gay rights activists.

  • LooeyNoorey

    (Saw "Super Bowl Gay-la?" on Google. BTW, how come Culliver, accidentally speaking for 97%, needs "re-education," but Ayanbadejo, purposely angering the 97%, doesn't?)

    Super Bowl Gay-la?

    Jesus stated in Luke 17 that just before His return to earth as Judge, two big "crazes" will happen worldwide at the same time: (1) insane violence ("days of Noah"), and (2) outrageous sexual perversion ("days of Lot" – see Gen. 19). Aren't beheadings, cannibalism, and school shootings violent? And what's more perverted than a mob trying to rape LITERAL angels (see Gen. 19 again)?! So, America, keep spitting on God but you'd better duck when He spits back!! (PS – For a bigger enchilada, Google "when DIVERSITY becomes PERVERSITY.")

    [Spied above blast on the net, for what it may be worth.]

  • shadow

    you are sick in the head.