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The Imperial UniversityAcademic Repression and Scholarly Dissent$
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Piya Chatterjee and Sunaina Maira

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816680894

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816680894.001.0001

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Citation and Censure

Citation and Censure

Pinkwashing and the Sexual Politics of Talking about Israel

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Jasbir Puar

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on the relationship of gay and lesbian sexual rights to the Israel-Palestine conflict. It first surveys the literature on sexual rights within the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It then examines implications of this regional framing of sexual rights for diasporic locations, specifically the United States and Canada, by surveying the Brand Israel campaign. One of the most prominent features of the Brand Israel campaign is the marketing of a modern Israel as a gay-friendly Israel. The chapter explains this so-called Israeli pinkwashing and its effects. Pinkwashing’s effects are being widely contested, especially at gay and lesbian events and despite the censorship of gay and lesbian groups that actively oppose the Israeli occupation. The chapter also discusses some of the locational politics of the pinkwashing debate.

Keywords:   Israel-Palestine conflict, sexual rights, pinkwashing, gay, lesbian, gay-friendly, Brand Israel campaign

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