Thursday, November 01, 2012

Do You Support 'Palestinian" Lesbians?


The most valuable lesson we Palestinian feminists can learn from the Islamist movement is that women’s issues, and gender issues more broadly, cannot be postponed or marginalized. They are at the core of the Palestinian struggle for liberation and justice. It is heartening to see a new generation of activists rejecting this paradigm and insisting on the indivisibility of the struggle for liberation. The lesbian group Aswat and the queer groups Al-Qaws and “Palestinian Queers for BDS [Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions]” offer new models for political work that do not believe in postponing issues relating to sexuality and gender for later time.

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