Dozens of LGBTQ Israeli activists joined forces to denounce homophobia in Israel and take a stand against the Israeli occupation of Palestine in a statement published Monday.
The statement, signed by more than 50 activists and NGO workers, read, “To racist homophobes: There is no pride in occupation. There is no pride in expelling asylum seekers. There is no pride in throwing families into the street. Your violence, and that of the state are nothing to be proud of.”
The public denouncement comes after an Israeli rapper targeted LGBTQ activists in a violent Facebook post. The post listed five Israeli LGBTQ activists who work closely with social justice causes — including ending Israeli aggression against Palestine.
The group of activists responded to the hateful post with the following message, “We will continue to oppose injustice everywhere, and to point out the connection between Israel’s violation of Palestinian rights and its discrimination against other communities.
“And as a reminder to our friends in the LGBTQ community — our safety and security cannot depend on the trampling of others’ security. We are here to stay, and we will continue to tell our community: End the occupation, end the repression and end the discrimination. We all deserve a better future.”