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Seattle's pro-Palestinian supporters appear to declare 'Homosexual Intifada' following pro-Hamas rally
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Seattle's pro-Palestinian supporters appear to declare 'Homosexual Intifada' following pro-Hamas rally

Activists in Seattle have plastered city property with posters declaring a gay uprising following a march in support of Gaza's ruling government, Hamas.

Posters with "Homosexual Intifada" on them have been widely circulated online, originating from Seattle, Washington.

The posters also showed what appeared to be two men kissing while wearing keffiyehs, headcloths for men typically worn in the Middle East. The men's faces were covered.

The signage was put up around downtown Seattle after a pro-Hamas/anti-Israel march and rally, according to 770 KTTH.

One sign was posted over another that read "Save Sheikh Jarrah Free Palestine," referring to a town in Jerusalem.

Seattle activists have used #ShutItDown4Palestine to promote their protests, which took place on both February 4 and February 17, 2024.

The protests have been promoted by a group called the Party for Socialism and Liberation, who have consistently posted video coverage of the rallies.

While it is not immediately clear whether the posters are a parody, groups such as "Queers for Palestine" have received prior news coverage despite unironically presenting what seems to be a contradictory viewpoint about the Middle Eastern conflict.

The phrasing of a "homosexual intifada" is not new either; it has been promoted through messaging for many years. Posts dating back to 2015 with merchandise featuring the phrase are viewable on X.

In a 2021 post, some of the merchandise was promoted through a progressive website called Threadless, which sells apparel, stickers, and home decor.

The retailer has lengthy diversity statements promoting "racial equity," "LGBTQIA+ Love," gender equity, and body positivity.

The website even openly states that it promotes "artists from underrepresented communities to boost their visibility, voices, and sales."
Under the heading "no hate," identified by the letter H and number 8 with a line through it, the website states that it does not "tolerate any designs with hateful and/or offensive language, symbols, or phrases."

Despite this claim, the website appears to allow merchandise using nearly any design.

Homosexuality has been punished in Gaza for many years, including criminalizing sexual activity between males and those who are "LGBT," according to the Human Dignity Trust.

A high-profile case of a 25-year-old gay Palestinian was also reported in 2022, in which he he was decapitated.

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