About

Palestinian Queers for BDS (PQBDS) is a group of Palestinian queer activists who live in the Palestinian Occupied Territory and inside Israel, who came together to promote and stand for the Palestinian civil society call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, that was launched in July 2005. As an integral part of Palestinian society we believe that the struggle for sexual and gender diversity is interconnected with the Palestinian struggle for freedom. We believe that the BDS campaign is an effective way of resistance that represents the majority of Palestinian people: the refugees in exile, Palestinians under occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and the subjugated Palestinian citizens of the Israeli state.

As Palestinian queers, our struggle is not only against social injustice and our rights as a queer minority in Palestinian society, but rather, our main struggle is one against Israel’s colonization, occupation and apartheid; a system that has oppressed us for the past 63 years. Violations of human rights and international law, suppression of basic rights and civil liberty, and discrimination are deeply rooted in Israel’s policies toward Palestinians, straight and gay alike.

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3 Responses to “About”

  1. Reena Katz April 24, 2010 at 8:02 pm #

    Dear PQBDS;

    I write as a member of QUAIA Toronto, sending you BIG LOVE for your courage, passion and resistance. We salute YOU and feel the intensity and importance of your struggle. Regardless of what happens with Pride Toronto and their draconian measures, there are literally hundreds of queer and trans people here who stand in solidarity with PQBDS and all the Palestinian LGBT’s worldwide.

    much love,
    Reena Katz
    Toronto

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  1. Palestinian Queers for BDS: A Struggle Against Israel’s Colonization, Occupation and Apartheid - Bekhsoos - April 26, 2010

    […] Palestinian Queers for BDS (PQBDS) is a newly launched group of Palestinian queer activists who live in the Palestinian Occupied Territory and inside Israel, who came together to promote and stand for the Palestinian civil society call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, that was launched in July 2005. Four days after PQBDS’ first public statement, Bekhsoos got a chance to interview the team behind this long-awaited initiative. […]

  2. Queer Palestinians call for BDS - News - August 20, 2010

    […] Palestinian Queers for BDS recently formed to rally support for the unified BDS movement, which began in 2005. The group issued a statement in June calling for all queer organizations to join the campaign. […]

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