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Five months into the Israel-Hamas conflict, Pride Toronto has released a one-sided statement calling for a ceasefire and decrying the treatment of the poor “innocent” Palestinians at the hands of the Israeli Defense Force.

The statement is chock full of mistruths and half-truths, as can be expected from a board that knows more about the correct pronouns than the complicated situation in the Mideast.

The board of he/hims, she/hers, and a co-chair who identifies as  “gender mysterious” said in their statement that they “stand in solidarity with the innocent civilians, including LGBTQI+ Palestinians who are already deeply marginalised,” affected by the “devastating consequences of the conflict.”

LGBTQI Palestinians? Who knew?

They accept without question — as did the federal NDP when it recently moved its anti-Israel motion — the death statistics, which come directly from the Hamas-led Gaza health ministry.

Those figures say that 30,000 Palestinians, including 13,000 children, have lost their lives.

These statistics have not been called into question or verified or broken down based on how many terrorists are among the death toll, which include at least 13,000.

But a series of analyses have recently been produced suggesting the Gaza ministry is fabricating its numbers.

The statement also perpetuates the blood libel that the Israeli military has engaged in “indiscriminate bombing.”

Using UNRWA – officials of which have been shown to be in cahoots with Hamas – and the highly antisemitic South African court case as sources, the statement repeats the same lies that have already perpetuated that Israel – not Hamas – is preventing food and medical supplies from getting into Gaza.

“The UN Secretary General accused the state of Israel of committing ‘clear violations of international humanitarian law’ and multiple UN Human Rights experts have identified alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity,” the statement says, claiming the Jewish state has deliberately deprived Gazans of food and medicine.

There is no context given. No attempt to provide the truth or the other side of the story. 

There is no mention whatsoever of the atrocities – the rapes, the burnings, the murders of innocent Israeli citizens – committed on Oct. 7.

To avoid appearing entirely antisemitic, the Pride statement makes a brief reference in passing at the very end to the Israeli hostages.

But one should not be surprised with this organization, which has been hijacked by anti-Israel and defund the police types.

Pride showed its true colours back in 2009 with the appearance of Queers Against Israeli Apartheid in the parade and has banned Toronto cops from marching in the parade since 2017.

Back in 2010, I revealed that now MPP Kristyn Wong-Tam paid for and owned the Queers Against Israeli Apartheid website until a month before she first ran for Toronto city council in 2010.

That terribly confused group of Israel haters refused in 2010 to accept the fact that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East that accepts and gives rights to members of the LGBT community. Those of us who tried to argue that Israel was accepting of gays were accused of pinkwashing. Nothing has changed.

Pride Toronto and the radical queer folk that now prop it up are in wilful denial about the fact that the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank would have no issue tossing a gay person in jail for up to 10 years. 

Many gay people from Arab countries find their way to Israel for safe haven.

Let’s not forget that Pride Toronto recently found itself in hot water for taking $1.8-million in grant money for projects that were never completed.

It has been ordered to repay a mere $505,000 of that amount.

One of the grants for $1-million came with the agreement to let police back into the parade.

But in January of 2019, beholden as they were to BLM, Pride members voted 163-161 to renege on the agreement and uphold the ban.

Now those running Pride seem to think they need to meddle in Mideast affairs instead of getting their own house in order.

I wouldn’t be surprised if they vote to ban Zionists from marching next.

They have deviated so far from their mission of celebrating gay rights, I’m convinced they’re intent on self-destruction.


  • Sue-Ann Levy

    A two-time investigative reporting award winner and nine-time winner of the Toronto Sun’s Readers Choice award for news writer, Sue-Ann Levy made her name for advocating the poor, the homeless, the elderly in long-term care and others without a voice and for fighting against the striking rise in anti-Semitism and the BDS movement across Canada.