Xtra, A Publication For The LGBTQ+ Community, Provides Sympathetic Coverage To Fanatical Anti-Israel Activists Inside Pride Parades

July 11, 2024

Brandon Stanton, in his book, Humans of New York, observed that “if you can prove you’re a victim, all rules are off. You can lash out at people. You don’t have to be accountable for anything.”

This is powerfully observable in the anti-Israel movement. The movement’s credibility is based on its ability to prove victimhood. To do so, they erase Hamas’s bestial massacre on October 7 from their narrative, ignoring the 1,200 innocent Israelis who were raped, mutilated and burned to death. They likewise rarely mention the 250 hostages who were taken captive, and the 120 who unbelievably remain so.

They likewise typically ignore Hamas’ genocidal intent to annihilate Israel, which demands that Israel act in self-defense. They then almost applaud Hamas’s cruel use of human shields to magnify their losses as it provides them with a raison d’etre: victimhood.

This victimhood is the locus where the pro-Palestinian narrative wants to intersect with the LGBTQ+ community and their Pride parades. Indeed, St. John’s Pride issued a statement about their liaison with the anti-Israel movement, saying, “In a continuous effort to honour our commitment to intersectionality and liberation of all peoples, St John’s Pride has engaged in dialogue with Palestine Action YYT.”  The supposed “liberation of all peoples” refers to those currently victimized – apart from Israeli hostages, of course.

On July 5, Xtra Magazine, an LGBTQ+ publication, published a video and accompanying article reporting on these partnerships. Entitled: “St. John’s, Fredericton and P.E.I. Prides drop sponsors named on BDS lists,” senior editor Mel Woods detailed the steps taken by these three pride parades to drop sponsors listed on the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions list (BDS) that details companies who have Israeli connections. To further partner with the pro-Palestinian movement, the article reported that “St. John’s Pride and Fredericton Pride have named local Palestinian solidarity groups in their respective cities as grand marshals of their Pride parades…”

Woods commented in his video that this is “…part of a global movement to use economic and cultural boycotts against Israel, financial divestment from Israel and government sanctions to pressure Israel’s government to end its controversial actions in Palestine.”

Of course, there is no pressure from “humanitarians” on Hamas to stop their war, release the Israeli hostages held by Hamas, and to stop looting the humanitarian aid coming into Gaza. As Stanton said, once your victimhood is established, “all rules are off”, including ignoring the facts.

Woods also mentioned that “Palestinian solidarity protesters disrupted the Toronto Pride parade with calls for similar action.” Indeed, Global News reported that the executive director of Toronto’s Pride parade, Kojo Modeste, was “very disappointed” that the Pride parade had to be cut short due to the roughly 15 anti-Israel protestors. Presumably, the thousands of attendees weren’t best pleased either.

This is not the first time the pro-Palestine movement has disrupted Pride parades. A month ago, they protested New York City’s LGBTQ gala. The pro-Palestine movement has become a virtue-signalling bully in the LGBTQ+ playground. Ironically, the pro-Palestinians – in support of the “victims” – are arguably becoming the aggressors.

Of course, Woods and Xtra Magazine subscribe to it, hook, line, and sinker, providing these fanatical anti-Israel activists, not just with sympathetic coverage, but with credibility and legitimacy. Not for the first time mind you, they provide not a word of query or balance to show that there are at least two sides to the Hamas-Israel war, instead they sign up in support of the anti-Israel BDS movement.

HonestReporting Canada encourages you to send complaints directly to Xtra Magazine’s Chief Content Officer, Jennifer McGuire at: jennifer.mcguire@ptp.media.

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