Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism

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Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism (QUIT!) is a gay San Francisco Bay Area political action group supporting "boycott, divestment & sanctions against Israel"; and opposing "Pinkwashing" of the "ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people".[1] It was founded in early 2001 by a member of LAGAI-Queer Insurrection[2] and individuals formerly associated with DAGGER (Dykes & Gay Guys Emergency Response), which was active during the first Gulf War.[citation needed]


QUIT activists outside Macy's San Francisco store on Valentine's Day, 2004. Banner says, "Killer Products from Estée Slaughter." referring to Estée Lauder Companies

The group "supports divestment, the right of return for all Palestinians, immediate Israeli withdrawal from Palestinian territories and describes Zionism as racism."[3]

The group opposes "Pinkwashing" (promoting through an appeal to "queer-friendliness") of the Israeli government and its allegedly anti-Palestinian policies.[1]



Founder Arrested in West Bank & Israel[edit]

In December, 2004, one of QUIT!'s founders, Kate Bender-Raphael was arrested by Israeli authorities while "filming a clash between Israeli soldiers and activists protesting the building of the separation barrier in the West Bank village of Bil'in."[12][13][14] Bender-Raphael had been arrested in Israel and deported in 2003 "also for filming the Israel Defense Forces' reaction to a demonstration against the barrier."[12] As a result of her arrest, QUIT! staged a protest outside the Israeli Consulate in San Francisco.[13][15]

Boycott World Pride Jerusalem[edit]

In late 2004, in response to Interpride's decision that the Israeli group Jerusalem Open House would host the second World Pride parade in 2005, QUIT! launched a Boycott World Pride[16] campaign. The boycott picked up steam after the event was postponed until August 2006 because of the pullout of the Israeli settlements from the Gaza Strip. QUIT and many other individuals and organizations contended that it was inappropriate to hold an event titled "Love Without Borders" in a city bisected by a 30-foot concrete wall. The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC)[17] decided, in March 2006, not to participate in World Pride Jerusalem, stating, "IGLHRC recognizes that many LGBTI people in the region who wish to attend World Pride 2006, named 'Love without Borders,' will be unable to do so due to travel restrictions and conditions that limit mobility and participation."[18]

San Francisco LGBT Film Festival[edit]

In March, 2007, QUIT! and the South West Asian, North African Bay Area Queers (SWANABAQ)[19] initiated a campaign to pressure Frameline, the organizer of the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, to cut its ties with the Israeli government.[20] In an open letter signed by more than 100 artists and writers, including Sophie Fiennes, Elia Suleiman, Ken Loach, Haim Bresheeth, Jenny Morgan, John Berger, Arundhati Roy, Ahdaf Soueif, Eduardo Galeano, Brian Eno, and Leon Rosselson, Frameline was asked "to honor calls for an international boycott of Israeli political and cultural institutions, by discontinuing Israeli consulate sponsorship of the LGBT film festival and not cosponsoring events with the Israeli consulate."[20][21]


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  2. ^ "queerrevolution.org". queerrevolution.org. Retrieved 2013-12-02.
  3. ^ a b c "U.S. Anti-Israel Activity". Adl.org. Retrieved 2012-11-12.
  4. ^ "This time, divestment is an anti-peace movement | j. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California". Jewishsf.com. 2002-03-01. Retrieved 2012-11-12.
  5. ^ "Workers World July 11, 2002: Pride in San Francisco". Workers.org. 2002-07-11. Retrieved 2012-11-12.
  6. ^ "Workers World Sept. 5, 2002: Resistance in Israel undercuts settler regime". Workers.org. 2002-09-05. Retrieved 2012-11-12.
  7. ^ "ZCommunications | Queer 'Settlers' Land on Berkeley Starbucks by Quit | ZNet Article". Zmag.org. 2002-08-20. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2012-11-12.
  8. ^ "Latest News". Advocate.com. Retrieved 2012-11-12.
  9. ^ "Anti-Israel protest at film fest irks local gay Jews, consulate | j. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California". Jewishsf.com. 2003-06-20. Retrieved 2012-11-12.
  10. ^ Greenspan, Judy (2006-07-03). "It's time to revive militant legacy of LGBT movement". Workers.org. Retrieved 2012-11-12.
  11. ^ Resist Grants of 2004 Listed by Category "Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism (San Francisco, CA) $1,500 for the "Estee Slaughter" campaign, which uses street theater to promote a boycott of companies that significantly aid the Israeli economy."
  12. ^ a b "Shorts: Mideast | j. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California". Jewishsf.com. 2004-12-17. Retrieved 2012-11-12.
  13. ^ a b "Protesters rally for jailed Berkeley radical, condemn security fence | j. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California". Jewishsf.com. 2004-01-09. Retrieved 2012-11-12.
  14. ^ "Berkeley radical released from jail, may be deported | j. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California". Jewishsf.com. 2004-01-16. Retrieved 2012-11-12.
  15. ^ Demian Bulwa (2004-01-06). "SAN FRANCISCO / Activists to protest at Israeli Consulate". SFGate. Retrieved 2012-11-12.
  16. ^ "de beste bron van informatie over boycott world pride. Deze website is te koop!". boycottworldpride.org. Retrieved 2012-11-12.
  17. ^ "International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission". IGLHRC. Retrieved 2012-11-12.
  18. ^ International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission - Human Rights For Everyone. Everywhere[dead link]
  19. ^ [1] Archived January 1, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  20. ^ a b Nour Joudah. "San Francisco Queers Say No Pride in Apartheid". The Electronic Intifada. Retrieved 2012-11-12.
  21. ^ Bajko, Matthew S. "The Bay Area Reporter Online | Political Notebook: Queer activists reel over Israel, Frameline ties". Ebar.com. Retrieved 2012-11-12.

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