Xtra Magazine, Publication For LGBTQ+ Community, Produces Shameless Anti-Propaganda Accusing Israel Of Pinkwashing

June 20, 2024

On June 10, Xtra a so-called “non-profit online magazine and community platform covering LGBTQ+ culture, politics, relationships and health,” published a video article entitled: “Activists call on Prides to divest from Israel”.

Xtra’s pro-Palestinian video article recycles oft-repeated libelous accusations against Israel, which are unfortunately two a-penny. However, this LGBTQ+ publication levelled another accusation: pinkwashing.

Mel Woods, a senior editor at Xtra, wrote that “as Pride Month kicks off, there is a growing movement of activists working to call out queer organizations for pinkwashing and asking them not to take money from companies who have financial ties to Israel’s current military operation in Gaza.”

Pinkwashing is the accusation that Israel – or others on its behalf – use Israel’s positive treatment of the LGBTQ+ community to white – or rather pink-wash its treatment of the Palestinians.

It is a ludicrous new level of contortion of the facts to fit the desired anti-Israel narrative, as if Israel granted gay rights only to distract attention from the Palestinian issue. And what pinkwashing accusations do is delegitimize LGBTQ+ support of their only home in the Middle East, which is unfortunate, because they have nowhere else to go.

Woods continued by saying that Pride organizations have been called on to “divest from sponsors and affiliations with companies that, in the words of one group, ‘enable the occupation and ethnic cleansing of Palestine.’”

Ethnic cleansing refers to the effort to forcibly do away with an undesirable population. The fact that one-fifth of Israelis are Arabs with full and equal rights ought to stop this accusation right there.

However, Xtra joined this accusation with their next statement; “Al Jazeera reports that as of June 9 at least 37,084 people in Gaza have been killed and 84,494 injured in Israel’s war on Gaza since October. This comes after Hamas attacked Israel on Oct. 7—some 1,200 Israelis were killed, and more than 200 were taken hostage.”

This is a flawed equation that supposes equivalence where there is none. This is because it denies the genocidal intent and culpability of the instigators of the war: Hamas. In doing so, it delegitimizes the Israeli response.

Hamas’s “attack” was a massacre where they beheaded, raped, and burned their victims. They intend to repeat it until they have ethnically cleansed Israel of Jews or excised Jews from the world via genocide. Hamas official Ghazi Hamad was transparent about Hamas’s aims, and their charter puts it in writing – one example is in article 7 of the 1988 Hamas Covenant where it says, “The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews) when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.”

Israel has been forced into a fight for its survival. Yet it has behaved with exemplary humanity, doing its best to limit civilian casualties. But Hamas’s long-term strategy of using its civilians as human shields makes this an exceptional challenge. They have shot at the IDF from emergency wards, used schools and UN buildings for cover, and recently fired at Israel from inside the humanitarian zone in Rafah.

Conveniently leaving this out, Woods quoted Al Jazeera’s casualty figures as evidence of ethnic cleansing. Firstly, Al Jazeera is a “news” outlet that has been judged in court as a threat to Israel’s security, for example, its posting videos of how to destroy an Israeli tank. Furthermore, this propaganda arm of the Qatari regime counts among its contributors an individual who held Israelis hostage.

Secondly, the figures quoted are based on the Gaza Health Ministry which is controlled by Hamas terrorists and is therefore suspect. Additionally, these figures do not distinguish between combatants and civilians and include deaths due to natural causes or Palestinian on Palestinian fire. Their rate of increase also belies a war zone, among other criticisms.

What Xtra’s senior editor has really attempted to do is to whitewash Israel’s multi-colour democracy, labelling it with damning accusations that are without basis, but that are nonetheless designed to dangerously gain traction. In doing so, it partners with Hamas, a radical Islamic terrorist group which endorses murdering homosexuals. Xtra has certainly chosen strange bedfellows.


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