The Spanish F.E.L.G.T.B. (Federación Estatal de Lesbianas, Gays, Transexuales y Bisexuales or State Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals) has decided to veto the participation of Israeli homosexuals from Tel Aviv-Yafo in the gay pride parade, which will be held on Saturday, July 3, 2010, in Madrid, Spain's capital. The Israeli homosexuals who want to participate were notified that their presence was suspended due to security concerns, but the reason given here in Spain by the Federation was that Tel Aviv-Yafo's municipal authorities didn't condemn the operation carried out by the Tzahal against the so-called Gaza flotilla last week.
Antonio Póveda, president of the Federation, has stated (translated as accurate as possible, between quotation marks): "We can't allow that in a demonstration held in the defense of human rights, also in the defense of the murdered activists' rights, an institution which doesn't condemn those facts can participate." Póveda has also declared that Israeli associations of homosexuals are allowed to participate in the parade only if they condemn the aforementioned military operation.
A gay pride parade is supposed to defend lesbians', gays', transsexuals' and bisexuals' rights, regardless of other issues such as the Arab-Israeli conflict. And the F.E.L.G.T.B. has decided to veto Israeli homosexuals just because they're citizens of the Jewish State, which precisely is in many aspects one of the most tolerant countries on Earth towards homosexuals, and even the most one in the Middle East; but Póveda hasn't told anything about those homosexuals from Arab and muslim countries who are being subjected to persecution and repression, including death penalty.
This case reminds me Norwegian homosexual parlamentarian Anette Trettebergstuen, whose case is available in Norway, Israel and the jews (read here), a Norwegian blog which has also covered the case of the F.E.L.G.T.B.
F.E.L.G.T.B.'s attitudes towards Israeli homosexuals, forcing them to officially accept a determined ideal if they want to exercise their right to held a demonstration in the defense of their rights, also remind me Republican Senator from Wisconsin Joseph Raymond McCarthy, who was in charge of a witch-hunt against suspected communists during the 1940s and 1950s. This witch-hunt included unconstitutional measures such as making the suspects to confess their ideology, to reject communism and to swear they weren't communists, thus forcing them to accept an undesired cause in order to exercise other rights such as being free (to refuse to accept the aforementioned... "proposals" and many others used to be severely punished with imprisonment).
And as done by McCarthy himself in the past, the F.E.L.G.T.B. seems to be exclusively centred on Jews.