Returning from a trip to Palestine, a group of prominent U.S.-based feminists including Angela Y. Davis and Chandra Talpade Mohanty has issued a statement deploring pinkwashing and endorsing the boycott, divestment, and sanctions campaign against Israel.
"Each and every one of us," they write, "including those ... who grew up in the Jim Crow South, in apartheid South Africa, and on Indian reservations in the US - was shocked by what we saw....As feminists, we deplore the Israeli practice of 'pink-washing,' the state's use of ostensible support for gender and sexual equality to dress-up its occupation. In Palestine, we consistently found evidence and analyses of a more substantive approach to an indivisible justice."
Read their statement here.
Last week, lesbian feminist filmmaker Barbara Hammer declined an artistic fellowship in Jerusalem. Although Hammer, unlike the delegation of women of color and indigenous feminists, has not endorsed the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, she writes,
"I accept and exercise my social responsibility as an artist not to lend legitimacy to the State of Israel as long as it continues the occupation. My conscience will not allow me either to participate in programs funded by the current Israeli government at this point in time, or to show my films at venues that receive funding from that government."
This, of course, includes many LGBT film festivals around the world that receive the support as part of Israel's pinkwashing campaign.