Palestinian police have banned LGBT activity in the West Bank, according to reports from NBC News and per a statement released early this week.
The news creates fresh embarrassment for anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian Democrats who have previously insisted support for “Palestine” is a progressive position.
The alQaws LBGT rights group said on Sunday:
Last night (Saturday, August 17th), the spokesperson for the Palestinian Authority police, Louai Irzeqat, issued a statement concerning alQaws’ activities in the West Bank. This first-ever statement about alQaws declared that the PA police would prohibit any event organized or held by alQaws for Gender and Sexual Diversity in Palestinian Society. The police claimed it goes against “traditional Palestinian values” accusing us as “foreign agents.” The statement went further, calling on citizens to complain about any “suspicious” activities and for the persecution of alQaws staff and activists.
Police said Sunday they would “pursue this gathering” and seek charges against anyone involved in it, according to The Associated Press. The Palestinian police are under the Western-backed Palestinian Authority, which governs parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
Word of the gathering had sparked fierce debate on social media, with some Palestinians defending the activists and others condemning them for violating religious and traditional norms.
The announcement is awkward for “woke” Democrats who have been virtue signaling over “Palestine” in recent weeks following Israel’s banning of Rep Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rep Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) for their support for the public boycott of the Jewish State.
Wonder why Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib still haven’t commented on the Palestinian Authority banning anything LGBT related in the West Bank. 🤔🤔🤔 pic.twitter.com/s7TicoAaqO
— Harry Khachatrian (@Harry1T6) August 19, 2019
Following the ban, the freshmen Congresswomen shared an image from a known anti-Semitic cartoonist once affiliated with Iran’s Holocaust Cartoon Contest.
In 2016 the official Democrat National Convention saw more Palestinian flags being flown than American ones.