Stop Oppressing the LGBTQ+ Community

Target: Rami Hamdallah, Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior of Palestine

Goal: End the unjust treatment of  LGBTQ+ individuals.

Members of the LGBTQ+ community in Palestine have been banned from carrying out any activities in the West Bank. The prohibition came after a grassroots group named Al-Qaws for Sexual & Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society, which operates among Arab-Israelis too, announced a meeting for its members in Nablus. The organization had managed to previously hold an event in the city, only because the police found out about it days after it was held.

A spokesperson for the PA Police, Luay Zreikat, claimed that such activities are “harmful to the higher values and ideals of Palestinian society” and that the group’s activities were completely “unrelated to religions and Palestinian traditions and customs, especially in the city of Nablus.” Zreikat warned that people behind the LGBTQ+ group will be chased by the police and brought to trial once they are arrested. He even advised other Palestinians to report any person connected to the group. The spokesperson blamed unnamed “dubious parties” of working to “create discord and harm civic peace in Palestinian society.”

In response, the organization condemned the police threat as “incitement,” and vowed to continue its work regardless of any challenges. “The Palestinian police announcement about our activities is very unfortunate,” Al-Qaws said. “It’s very strange that they are accusing us of being a suspicious entity working to take apart Palestinian society. Al-Qaws is a Palestinian organization that has been operating since 2001, and is carrying out educational and professional programs on sexual and gender diversity. We totally reject the attempt to create an atmosphere of prosecution and intimidation, as well threats of arrest.” Sign below to demand that human rights groups be left alone to carry out their activities in peace.

PETITON LETTER:

Dear Minister Hamdallah,

Members of Al-Qaws, an organization advocating for LGBTQ+ rights, are receiving threats after the Palestinian police publicly denounced them. The rights group is currently barred from carrying out any activities. 

“The Palestinian police’s statement regarding the barring of the gathering of ‘gays’ and activists from the Al-Qaws organisation and threatening to pursue them and asking citizens to secretly inform on ‘suspects’ is very bad,” Ahmad Harb, commissioner-general of the Independent Commission for Human Rights, wrote on his Facebook page. “It rises to the level of calling for ‘community violence and inciting a crime.’ Many understood this statement as a call to wastefully spill blood and take the law into one’s hands by implementing killing operations.” The police force is meant to protect its citizens, regardless of their sexual orientation. I urge you to allow people to freely express themselves in a safe environment. 

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Daniel James


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