I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic
A friend mentioned to me yesterday that someone, probably the Australian Labor Party, has been trying to slur Marrickville Green candidate Fiona Byrne. Street posters have been appearing which claim that in supporting Palestinian rights, she must be homophobic.
Antony Loewenstein reports on other dirty tricks against the Greens here. ALP tactics seem to include fake phone surveys, whilst the local press has apparently been making up random numbers to claim that Marrickville’s BDS decision will cost the taxpayer thousands of dollars.
Palestine is undoubtedly a socially conservative society where many people are not comfortable with same-sex relationships. So, for the record, is most of Israeli society, despite Tel Aviv’s efforts to market itself to the pink pound. There’s a good blog post by FagBurn on the subject here. FagBurn also reminds readers that in ‘tolerant’ Israel a gay centre was attacked by gunmen in 2009, injuring several gay teenagers, and according to Ha’aretz gay activists and gay pride marches have been targeted by bombers, apparently from the religious Jewish community.
On the subject of whether Palestinian society is homophobic, the complexities of that are best left to two excellent Palestinian gay and lesbian organisations, Aswat and Al Qaws.
Al-Bab’s links page for gay organisations in the Arab world is here.
Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism (QUIT Israel) are here.
And Arwa Aburawa‘s interview with Aswat’s Rauda Morcos is here.