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Divided LGBTQ communities on Israeli-Palestine conflict

Divided LGBTQ communities on Israeli-Palestine conflict

As Secretary of State John F. Kerry flies to the Middle East to broker an Israeli- Palestine cease-fire, the tensions of this conflict have also divided our Boston LGBTQ communities.

In a recent protest rally—of the many that have been on the streets of Boston I've seen, watched and read about—members in our community go at each other’s throat, demonstrating not only how we're not a monolith when it comes to passion and politics, but also how LGBTQs are inextricably tied to world events. 

“You’re a traitor to your people,” Malkah Feldman of Cambridge shouted in a heated exchange with a Jewish Zionist protester at a pro-Palestinian rally outside the Boston Public Library that the Boston Herald captured both in a photo and on video. “This is what’s come to the Jewish culture in Israel — we’ve lost our ground. We’ve lost our morals. We’ve lost our values and our humanity. I will do everything in my power to restore that humanity to the Jewish community.”

Feldman, a bisexual feminist activist, has recently returned home from her trips to both Israel and Palestine. She traveled with the Health and Human Rights Delegation, a project of American Jews For A Just Peace. On her journey from Ramallah to Jerusalem Malkah dropped me a line that she gives me permission to print.

"As my time in Palestine is closing out this week, I am hoping that I will find ways to integrate these experiences into my life. I think that I must re-evaluate and begin to have a deeper appreciation for the unearned privileges that come along with being white in the USA, and being Jewish and part of a community that has colonized the land of Palestine. I hope and pray for the ability to take constructive action and to use my privileges in ways that will help bring about the downfall of racism and other oppressions, as well as the underlying systems keeping them in place."

To pro-Israel activists, Feldman's pro-Palestinian passions, however, are viewed not only as anti-Semitic but also as traitorous.

“What they’re trying to do is demonize Jews, demonize the Jewish state. They don’t really care about justice. They don’t really care about these dead children,” 21-year-old Brandeis University student Daniel Mael told the Herald while holding a photo in front of Feldman and pro-Palestinian protesters of the three