Update 7 July 2010 – The pamphlet mentioned in the article is not from the Green Party. I received Emails from Marco Schreuder from the Green Party in which he clarifies that this is not a flyer of them a magazine called “MiGay” which carries them as an ad. I have updated the article accordingly. I apologize to the green party for the misunderstanding.
Vienna – Kawther Salam – Saturday – July 3 2010 – The 15 Anniversary Rainbow Parade “Vienna Gay Pride Parade” or “Christopher Street Day” took place along the Ring Street in Vienna. The Regenbogenparade, as its sister events in many cities around the world, has become a fixture in the cultural life of Vienna. It was a well-organized and peaceful anniversary show in which over thousands of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders from Austria, Europe and other countries participated. The gays who paraded yesterday came from all imaginable backgrounds. Their extraction was from a wide selection of political parties, social organizations, economic groups, educational backgrounds, companies, police, military and other sectors of the society. See more pictures here.
There were many trucks with dancing groups and loud music in the parade, among them DJ Jimmy (oriental & balkan) and DJ Phil (resident queer beat) played music for the masses. It was a lovely summer afternoon with a fresh breeze where the gay and lesbian community of the city made an interesting display, not only for the Viennese but for everybody who was in the city. Hundreds of tourists were seen standing or sitting along the sides of the Ring Street, watching the celebration and making pictures.
A few cars of the Austrian police were near the Opera, but not the 12.000 police officers as we see in the Israel J’lem parade. There was large distance between the Police patrols and the celebrators. Some members of the Police received the flyers from gays, and they were seen laughing and enjoying the show along with the participants, no difference between them and the tourists.
All the many demos and celebrations which take place in Vienna have a different taste, and this parade was no exception. Fun, enjoyment, happiness and civilized shows of creativity, which make you feel the taste of security and living in a civilized country. In Austria, the differentiations in color and beliefs, the personal inclinations and desires, motives, love, ideological and political affiliations, social and intellectual backgrounds, all are treated with reverence and respect. The gays and lesbians celebrated their yearly anniversary, the Rainbow Parade, in a civilized way, and they found respect and admiration. The audience never threw eggs, garbage or stones at them, never spat on them, cursed or humiliated them. They were never attacked, their blood was not spilled.
Such a behavior is only possible in ISRAEL, where the Rainbow Parade and the Police are always stoned by the Ultra-Orthodox crazies and Knesset members.
Last August 2009, a masked gunman shot at the Bar Noar, a Tel Aviv counseling center for gay teens (GLBT) and left 2 dead and over 15 injured. According to Haaretz June 24 2010, the Israeli Police rejected the plan of the Parade organizers plan to march to Knesset to honor those who were murdered at the Bar Noar gay center in Tel Aviv last summer of 2009.
In June 2008 posters hung throughout the western neighborhood of occupied Jerusalem in which the Extremists Jews called on Jerusalem’s residents to “commit their souls” against “the abomination parade” and to stone those taking part in it. The posters were allegedly signed by Yishai Schlissel, who stabbed and wounded three participants of the May 2006 Jerusalem Pride Parade.
Two Israeli Knesset members, (crazy squatters) tried to stop the gay Parade by sitting in the middle of King George V Street. They were eventually dragged away by police.
In May 2006, the ultra-Orthodox terrorist Yishai Schlissel stabbed and wounded three participants at Jerusalem’s gay parade. The terror attack happened in the presence of 12.000 Israeli police officers who had been detached to protect the gay parade in Jerusalem.
Itamar Ben-Gvir, an Israeli terrorist from the “Jewish Underground”, a squatter terrorist organization, did not hesitate to say in public that they will continue to disrupt the parade in protest of the provocateurs who “seek to harm the Jewish identity of Jerusalem”.
Sa’ar Netanel, one of the most prominent leaders of Israel’s GLBT gay community, received several phone calls with death threats; he also received an envelope filled with white powder to his office along with a news article clipping about the parade.
Jewish rabbis, among them even the chief sephardic rabbi Shlomo Amar, have never stopped their incitement against gays. They all urge country-wide protests against gay parades. Israel’s chief rabbinate called Israel’s homosexuals the “lowest of the people”, (as if this garbage had any standing to be judgemental against anybody at all).
According to the police, the parade “increases the fierceness of the terrorist attacks in Jerusalem”, and it has now been moved to Tel Aviv due to the wishes of the Jewish extremists who are the majority of the Israeli society. Behind the scenes, politicians, public figures and rabbis worked together against the parade in Israel, they incited to murdering organizers. As a consequence, the Israeli police recommended to forbid the parade altogether in Jerusalem.
During the Rainbow Parade yesterday in Vienna I received a flyer which I thought because of its style had been issued by the Green Party. It has the picture of Marco Schreuder, who is in the city parliament, over a full cover. The flyer was widely distributed to everybody who was present at the parade.
After reading the magazine, I was shocked not only because of the “statistics” which were published in this flyer, without giving the source of the material), but because of the deliberate disregard and ignorance of the suffering and marginalization of gays, the horrors and murders of gays and lesbians in Israel. While the Rainbow Parade was held under the motto “We are all Family”, it seems that the owners of this flyer deliberately ignore Israel.
Actually, when I saw an IDF guy holding up a placard saying “the IDF protects our values”, I could not less than ask myself how (willfully) ignorant are the organizers of this event to allow people who favor the most racist, bigoted and disgustingly criminal organization on earth to take part in the event. Have the Rainbow Parades in Vienna and around the world been hijacked by zionist interests to cover for their crimes? Are the gay and lesbian communities around the world not more than “useful idiots” who are being used as a propaganda resource to cover up and justify genocide and unspeakable, abject crimes against humanity committed by Israel every day?
The deliberate ignorance of the troubles of the Israeli gays in this flyer is political hypocrisy. The crimes of terror against gays in Israel which is omitted in this flyer are so big that even the Israeli newspapers could not cover them up and instead were forced to openly report about them, funny that at the same time they push unsourced “statistics” about other countries in his propaganda leaflet.
In Israel the rights of gay are regulated in law and exist in name, but still the implementation of these laws concerning the rights of homosexuals are violated and undermined on a daily basis, are denied by a society of extremists, are rejected by the rabbis and trampled upon by the policemen who are supposed to implement these laws and not to demand that the courts of justice deny the gays from holding their Parade in Jerusalem.
I must wonder if the silence about the supposedly part of the big family of gays and lesbians, Israeli gays, has to do with the fact that one can’t expect from a society and justice institutions built around the themes of unbound racism, plunder, mass murder and ethnic cleansing of us Palestinians, to respect the rights of any minority or group which does not conform to the dictates of the righteous crazies at the top.
I personally and the people around me would question why this magazine posts full-page ads of the Green Party on such a flyer that could bring negative effects on other groups because of the un-sourced information, it puts doubt on the Green Party because of their support.
Said pamphlet forgets to mention that the increased number of “murders” of gays in Arab countries took place in states were the laws forbids gays to openly declare themselves. Before that and not so far ago, the European countries and the West denied gays their rights in the same way. The arrests of gays in Arab countries are based on the implementation the law (unjust as it may be) of these countries, but in these same laws, to murder a person who is homosexual is sanctioned as a crime with all its consequences. In fact, many gays and lesbians are for example finding each other via facebook, what makes even standing laws against homosexuality moot and could help accelerate these communities in pushing for their political rights in their respective countries.
The big number of homosexuals killed in Iran pushed by the propaganda flyer (4.000) seems to be bullshit and part of the American and Israeli propaganda campaign to justify a war of aggression against that country and the murder of millions by any means, as they did in Afghanistan and Iraq before in order to make Israel and it’s friends happy.
The laws which criminalize homosexuality in some Arab and Muslim countries foresee the following sentences:
|Lebanon||1 year jail + fine|
|Algeria||2 years jail + fine|
|Syria||3 years jail|
|Morocco||3 years jail + fine|
|Libya||5 years jail|
|Bangladesh||7 years jail|
|Senegal||8 years jail|
|Bahrain||10 years jail + whipping|
|Malaysia||20 years jail + whipping|
|Pakistan||Life in jail + 100 whiplashes|
(Source: Al-Awan / Arabic website)
I mention this because I could not find one word of complaint against many of these countries, apart from Iran, for keeping the death penalty for homosexuals on the books. Personally, I find that criminalizing homosexuality is deeply unjust. Every person determines what to do with their body, and then these laws reflect double standards, as the rulers of many of these countries are known to be homosexuals themselves or to have homosexual relatives.
The Quran does not criminalize homosexuality, but homosexuals are described in a negative light in various revelations. The prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said that those who behave like the people around Lot (referring to the people of Sodoma) are beyond the mercy of God. I think that the validity of this story was in its time and place, and it has to do with the fact that Lot was Prophet. Today, we live in a different time under other conditions. (Last paragraph corrected and expanded).
Lebanon has an organization of gays and lesbians called “Helem Dream”, which regularly releases reports and studies about the situation of homosexuals in Arab countries. They also have private venues, and how the police treats them depends on the political situation and pressures. They have attained an important change in that at least homosexuality is being discussed more openly in media.