The Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and the Hamas de facto administration in the Gaza Strip continued to crack down on dissent, including by stifling freedoms of expression and assembly, attacking journalists and detaining opponents. Torture and other ill-treatment of detainees were committed with impunity. Women faced discrimination and violence, including killings as a result of gender-based violence. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex LGBTI people continued to face discrimination and lacked protection. In the West Bank, authorities made widespread use of administrative detention without charge or trial. In Gaza, civilians continued to be tried before military courts.
LETTER: Foreign Policy Cannot Survive a Double Standard
Israel and Arab Countries Are Miles Apart on LGBT Rights
I write regarding U. It consists of America giving money to Israel for its defense on the condition that Israel buys from American industries. Hence, U. If the Crimson Staff wants to talk about using aid in accordance with American principles, then it should first propose that the U. This aid is given without setting conditions on the Arab governments to adopt true democratic ideals, follow the rule of law, respect women, support gay rights, and observe basic liberties such as freedom of the press—these are all principles shared by America and Israel. Therefore, the Crimson Staff should first suggest that the U.
LGBT rights in the State of Palestine
On his avatar on an instant message app, Jamil looks like a happy young man, with glasses and a trendy haircut. But Jamil not his real name says he lives in a state of constant fear, and his most cherished dream is to leave his homeland and break free from his family. Jamil says he first recognized his sexual orientation at the age of 14, when he traveled abroad and met there, for the first time in his life, an openly gay person. When he returned home, he started searching the web and the social networks, looking for people like himself. But the person you are talking to could be an [undercover] officer from Hamas in Gaza.
Israel has a government that has programs and policies that many consider to be anti-Palestinian. For that reason, some people have embraced a boycott of Israel. A boycott of Israel, which is a government, is not in itself anti-Semitic, unless you connect it to religion and attack that religion rather than the state. That would be anti-Semitic. LGBT activists in Palestine, specifically the group alQaws, are calling them out, and we should be too.