the Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival had been hit “with a wave of cancellations” ahead of its opening “following calls from Palestinian LGBT collective Pinkwatching Israel and human rights activists around the world.”
Pinkwashing is the public relations strategy that deploys Israel’s supposed enlightenment toward LGBTQ issues to deflect criticism from its human rights abuses and appeal particularly to Western liberal audiences.
It often involves gross exaggerations of Israel’s progressive policies, accompanied by outright lies about Palestinians.
“For the second year, queer filmmakers are standing in solidarity with Palestinians by refusing to lend their art to ‘pinkwash’ Israeli war crimes,” Haneen Maikey of the activist group alQaws stated.
“Withdrawing from TLVFest 2018 exposes the Israeli government’s cynical and deliberate use of queer culture and visibility to cover up the colonization and occupation of Palestine.”