Ronn Torossian On CUNY Funding Anti-Israel Activites
Ze’ev Jabotinsky, the Zionist leader said: “Silence is despicable, it leads to a loss of flesh and blood” – so why is it that Jew-haters are allowed to organize with impunity. The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) at the City University of New York (CUNY) has announced a two-day conference which will do nothing except condemn Israel. And it’s a simple double standard.
In Gaza, Kuwait & Lebanon, homosexuality is illegal and the guilty (if lucky) face 3-10 years in jail. In the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Iran, and Saudi Arabia, homosexual sex is punishable by death. In Kuwait, Palestine (Gaza), and Lebanon the penalty is 3-10 years imprisonment. After Qatar was awarded the 2022 Football World Cup, the President of the sport’s governing body, said that gays should “refrain from sexual activity”. The Arab world doesn’t tolerate homosexuality.
In Israel, gays are treated as equal citizens, and there are laws against discrimination. Yet, in a world where the Jews are always bad, a conference is being planned by the gay community to attack Israel. And NYC tax payers are being used to further Anti-Israel political agendas in a despicable conference. Israel is a champion of gay rights, a place where tens of thousands march in an annual gay pride parade, same sex cohabitation is recognized; gays serve openly in the military and government, and gay rights are protected. The Mayor of Tel Aviv recently said, “We are trying to create a model for openness, pluralism, tolerance – live and let live.” Think it’s fair for New York tax payers to fund this racism against Jews?
“Faced with intensifying criticism and the threat of economic boycott,” the conference website states, “the Israeli government expanded their marketing plan by harnessing Homonationalism to reposition its global image.” No matter what Israel does for some, they are simply evil. I am, therefore I must be bad. The fact that gays would be put to death in much of the Arab world is simply ignored.
A few months ago, Abdellah Taia wrote an article in The New York Times called “A Boy to Be Sacrificed”, where he discussed growing up in the Arab world as an effeminate boy, where “homosexuality did not, of course, exist.”
An excerpt: “I no longer remember the child, the teenager, I was. I know I was effeminate and aware that being so obviously ‘like that’ was wrong. God did not love me. I had strayed from the path. Or so I was made to understand. Not only my family, but also by the entire neighborhood. I learned my lesson perfectly.” ”Now, over a year after the Arab Spring began, we must again remember homosexuals. Arabs have finally become aware that they have to invent a new, free Arab individual, without the support of their megalomaniacal leaders. Arab homosexuals are also taking part in this revolution, whether they live in Egypt, Iraq or Morocco. They, too, are part of this desperately needed process of political and individual liberation. And the world must support and protect them.”
These issues are ignored – the Jewish state isn’t. Zionist leader Ze’ev Jabotinsky said: “It is not the anti-Semitism of men, it is, above all, the anti-Semitism of things, the inherent xenophobia of the body social or the body economic under which we suffer.” “Anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism” – these are the words of the great civil rights leader Martin Luther King.
About the Author: Ronn Torossian is the CEO of NY based 5W Public Relations, 1 of the 25 largest PR Agencies in the US. He is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), a Jewish philanthropist and active in a number of worldwide Jewish organizations. More about Ronn Follow Ronn on: Facebook Google Plus Amazon RonnTorossian.com