Yesterday, six people were stabbed at Jerusalem’s Gay Pride Parade by an ultra-Orthodox fanatic named Yishai Schlissel. One of the people is in critical condition. In 2005, Schlissel stabbed three people at the same event.
While a majority of religiously observant Jews in Israel oppose homosexuality, it is clear that this majority also abhors what Schlissel did, including the Chief Rabbis of both Ashkenazi and Sephardic Judaism. Religious objections aside, one cannot have someone wantonly stabbing people. Schlissel is clearly a public menace and must be jailed for a very long time.
With all this said, this gives the Left yet another opportunity to pillory Israel, as was the case with this New York Times headline which reads, “Attack on Gay Pride Parade Shakes Israel’s Self-Image as Bastion of Tolerance.”
Self-image as a bastion of tolerance? Self-image?
Now sometimes writers don’t get to choose their headlines, but I don’t think this was the case with Robert Mackey, who begins the article this way:
As the news spread online that an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man had stabbed six people at Jerusalem’s annual Gay Pride Parade on Thursday, accompanied by terrifying images of the attack, critics of Israel were quick to argue that the rampage undermined the country’s self-image as a bastion of tolerance in the region.
Mackey then posted a series of tweets including one from Rebecca Pierce, which reads, “After watching people bleed on the street today, I never want to hear about how Israel is a ‘haven’ for queers ever again. It is an ugly lie.”
After the tweets, Mackey follows up with this piece of hokum regarding “pinkwashing”:
The Palestinian-American writer and activist Ali Abunimah has derided as “pinkwashing” Israeli efforts “to build up support for Israel among Western liberals and progressives” by drawing attention to the nation’s policies on gay rights. “Pinkwashing,” in Mr. Abunimah’s definition, “is a rhetorical strategy that deploys Israel’s supposed enlightenment toward LGBTQ issues to deflect criticism from Israel’s human rights abuses and war crimes.”
The term was invoked in relation to the attack on Thursday by Pauline Park, a transgender activist who supports the Palestinian cause.
Supposed enlightenment? I wonder if Mr. Abunimah or Ms. Park (or whatever honorific she prefers) has ever marched in annual gay pride parades in Ramallah or Gaza City. Oh, wait!!! There are no gay pride parades in Ramallah or Gaza City. And why would that be? Last I checked, homosexuality is a capital offense in both the West Bank and Gaza and punishable by death. So let’s see. LGBT in Israel: Gay Pride Parade. LGBT in Palestinian territories: Death. I would say Israel is the clear winner in the enlightenment department.
As the late American poet Robert Frost said, “A liberal is a man too broad-minded to take his own side in a quarrel.” In this context, I would say Frost’s words are quite apt, although I think these folks are quite narrow-minded. But that is the intellectual state of liberalism and left-wing thought these days. Unfortunately, it seems the LGBT community prefers to take the road more traveled and condemn Israel for falling short of perfection than condemning the Palestinians, who would kill them on the spot. In short, pinkwashing is just plain eyewash.