#CeasefireNow: Call for LGBTQIA2S+ Organizations to Demand a Permanent Ceasefire in Gaza

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Why this petition matters

We urgently call upon major LGBTQIA2S+ organizations to abandon their silence and “neutrality,” imploring them to publicly advocate for an immediate and permanent ceasefire in Gaza. We urge prominent LGBTQIA2S+ civil rights organizations to align with their mission statements. Offering constructive criticism is fueled by our genuine concern, emphasizing our commitment to ensuring active fulfillment of LGBTQIA2S+ equality goals through accountability.

With the death toll in the Gaza Strip surpassing 20,000 and continuing due to Israel’s sustained bombardment over the past 10 weeks, choosing silence equates to complicity in an ongoing genocide and settler colonialism.

We condemn the Israeli Occupation Force (IOF) for their reprehensible use of “pinkwashing” — a deceptive practice wherein they portray themselves as champions of LGBTQIA2S+ rights, using symbols like the rainbow flag and LGBTQIA2S+ friendly marketing to divert attention from their nefarious actions. This manipulative strategy aims to sway public opinion in their favor while engaging in genocide and various war crimes.