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

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

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In recent years, the Palestinian LGBTQ community has deeply shaken its society’s conservative norms and traditional core, in both Israel and the West Bank. From city to city, a chain of cultural and communal phenomena has appeared: from raising the rainbow flag in Haifa’s German Colony to LGBTQ graffiti in the alleyways of Ramallah. This has prompted a new conversation, one about sexual and gender identity, alongside the Palestinian national struggle and the desire to break off from Israel – all while preserving the gains the LGBTQ community has made within the Green Line.

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