Protesting ‘pinkwashing’ at Pride Parade, dozens slam Israel’s treatment of Palestinians

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a former political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

Holding signs emblazoned with “stop pinkwashing” and “end to dictatorship,” several dozen protesters against Israel’s military rule of the West Bank move through the party-focused pride parade crowd.

Walking under the banner “pride not apartheid,” Eyal says he is “against the occupation and the way that Israel says its position toward queers is so progressive, while it treats Palestinians this way.”

“We are behaving like we’re so nice, at a time when we have Avi Maoz, [Bezalel] Smotrich, [Itamar] Ben Gvir,” he says, listing far-right members of the government who hold or have previously expressed anti-LGBTQ views.

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