With Tel Aviv gearing up for the gay pride parade Friday, Haaretz is asking: Is gay pride more complex when it comes to Israel? Should we be questioning whether Israel is using gay rights to “pinkwash” its actions in the West Bank and Gaza, or are pinkwashing charges just an irrelevant ploy to change the subject back to the Palestinians?
Aeyal Gross and James Kirchick will be debating the question right here, on Thursday at 5 P.M. Israel time (10 A.M. Eastern time and 7 A.M. Pacific). If you want to send in your own questions or respond to the debaters, scroll down to the bottom of the Twitter feed on this page and type in a tweet in the box that says “Tweet to @HaaretzDebates,” or send a tweet through your Twitter account and tag it @HaaretzDebates.
Aeyal Gross argues that gay rights in Israel are being appropriated for their propaganda value.
Gross, Haaretz’s legal commentator, is an associate law professor at Tel Aviv University, where he focuses on international law, constitutional law, human rights and queer theory. He is a co-founder of Tel Aviv University’s LGBT and Queer Studies Forum, which organizes the university’s annual LGBTQ Studies Conference.
James Kirchick argues that Israel really has become more gay-friendly – and there’s nothing wrong with saying so.
Kirchick is a Washington-based journalist who has reported from Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, Europe and the Caucusus. He is a fellow with the Foreign Policy Initiative in Washington, D.C., a correspondent for The Daily Beast and a columnist for Tablet. A leading voice on American gay politics and international gay rights, he is a recipient of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association’s journalist of the year award. His 2013 protest of anti-gay laws on Russian state-sponsored television was seen around the world.