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The complex politics of being Queer and Palestinian

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Published: 14 June 2022

Last updated: 5 March 2024

LGBTQ Palestinians in Haifa enjoy a supportive community. In East Jerusalem, they escape to the Jewish side of the city. Across the Green Line, living authentically is more complicated

Like all relations between Jews and Palestinians, a deep dive into the Palestinian LGBTQ community reveals complexities and shades of gray.

But what is certain is that Palestinian society is undergoing an extraordinary – albeit slow and cautious – social transformation, one that comprises all the colors of the rainbow, both overtly and covertly.

What It Really Means to Be Queer and Palestinian in Israel and the West Bank

Techno, Parties and the Occupation: The Gap Between Young Palestinians and Their Parents

Israeli group launches first-ever LGBTQ+ campaign for Arab sector (Ynet)

Israel's Openly Gay Health Minister Talks Conversion Therapies, Surrogacy and Religion (Haaretz)

Photo: A demonstration of queer Palestinians in Haifa, in 2019 (Amir Levy/Haaretz)

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