We recognize that we do this work on unceded Coast Salish Territories, the lands of the Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh-ulh Úxwumixw (Squamish), Stó:lo, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. We work in solidarity with Indigenous people resisting settler colonialism on Turtle Island, in Palestine, and around the world.
Queers Against Israeli Apartheid is part of a growing international movement – led by Palestinians – against Israeli apartheid and occupation.
In response to growing criticism of Israeli apartheid and other forms of state violence, Israel has launched an aggressive public relations campaign to market itself as an oasis of liberal tolerance in the Middle East. In particular, Israel is working to brand itself as the only gay-friendly country in an otherwise hostile region. By appealing to the global LGBTQ community to support the Israeli state at the expense of Palestinians, Israel is actively engaged in the pinkwashing of apartheid and occupation.
As queers, trans folks, and allies, we are outraged by the appropriation of queer and trans struggles for liberation in order to obscure, excuse, or justify state violence. When we come out against Israeli apartheid, we interfere with the myth-making that is vital to letting Israel get away with colonialism, occupation, and apartheid.
QuAIA Vancouver supports and is inspired by queer Palestine solidarity work going on in other cities around the world, including other groups that also use the name Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, but we are not officially affiliated with any other groups. QuAIA Vancouver has no chapters or branches.