Israel: the Bridgehead of Western Homo-Imperialism in the Middle East
The Norwegian multicultural media outlet Utrop reports of a visit by a Palestinian gay rights organization to Oslo recently. Haneen Maikey, spokesperson for the organization, expressed her annoyance that Western media reports favorably on gay rights issues in Israel at the expense of Palestinian society. Israel is presented as liberal and open to the LGBT community, and the Palestinian society as homophobic.
She labels it “homo-imperialism in Western media”.
What irks Haneen Maikey is that this form of “imperialism” gives the impression that the Palestinian LGBT community suffers more from Palestinian homophobia than from Israeli occupation.
The logical consequence must be that Western media should refrain from reporting on homophobic persecution of Palestinians and how Palestinian lesbians and gays escape to Israel to live openly there. Instead of “romanticizing Israel”, Haneen Maikey thinks that Western media should focus on the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders.
First of all: romanticizing Israel? What Western media does she refer to? Please send me a link – it would do my blood pressure much good.
Secondly: if the Palestinian gay rights activists actually think that there’s too much emphasis on the situation of the Palestinian LGBT community in the media, then Palestinian lesbians and gays surely don’t need any enemies.
You can read the whole surreal article here.