Gay Pride Toronto organizers have caved in to pressure from Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA), allowing this inflammatory group to join the 2010 parade once again. Only a month ago, Pride Toronto’s Board of Directors had voted to ban the term “Apartheid” from all Pride-related events. But that decision was met by resistance from QuAIA which successfully framed opposition to its presence as a free speech and censorship issue. After QuAIA garnered enough support, Pride Toronto surrendered.
In a disturbing sub-standard report in support of QuAIA, propaganda and outright lies against Israel are brazenly displayed. The reporter falsely states that reception to QuAIA was mostly positive with the exception to a couple of people. Not true, it created a furor.
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Despite the deceptive portrayal of this event as being well received, it has stirred up considerable controversy. Traditionally, gay pride has been widely noted as a boisterous, yet peaceful parade. When QuAIA entered the scene, it immediately became a divisive, and fear-inducing event. From a National Post report:
Pride’s reputation will suffer, with material losses to the city.
It’s no good pretending the vicious anti-Zionism of the apartheid crowd is free of anti-Semitism. Many Jews do feel threatened by it, and rightly so. Some will no longer attend the parade out of discomfort. Typically of others I interviewed, lesbian Denise Alexander told me that the 2009 parade was “the first time I’ve ever felt unsafe as a Jew in Toronto.” It wasn’t only the words, “Down with Israel” or “The end of Israel”: “It’s the tone … and the veins sticking out in their necks, like in Nazi Germany.”