“Are you gay? You know, they’d fucking rape you up the ass.”
As Israel bombs Gaza to rubble, some supporters of Israel are resorting to a frequently used tool in their discursive arsenal: pinkwashing. This involves characterizing Arabs and Muslims as irredeemably homophobic, while simultaneously upholding Israel as an oasis of gay rights in the Middle East. In doing so, they exalt Israel as beyond moral reproach and dismiss Palestinians as unworthy of liberation from the Israeli military occupation.