Palestinian Authority bans LGBT group from West Bank | 8/20/2019 | Staff
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The Palestinian Authority banned an LGBT organization from holding an event in the West Bank amid fears that it might undermine the cultural values of Palestinian society.

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Al-Qaws for Sexual & Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society, an LGBT non-government organization with offices in Jerusalem and Haifa, had planned to hold an event in the West Bank city of Nablus.

Earlier this month, the Palestinian Authority banned the organization after they held an LGBT event. PA police spokesman Luay Zreikat said the group’s activities are “harmful to the higher values and ideals of Palestinian society,” The Jerusalem Post reported.

Zreikat - Activism - Events - Religions - Traditions

Zreikat also said that al-Qaws’ activism and events were “unrelated to religions and Palestinian traditions and customs, especially in the city of Nablus,” and accused “dubious parties” of trying to “create discord and harm civic peace in Palestinian society.”

The Palestinian Authority has called upon their population to report any activity on the part of al-Qaws, with the promise of confidentiality for informants.

Statement - Jerusalem - Post - Monday - Crackdown

In a statement published by The Jerusalem Post on Monday, al-Qaws denounced the crackdown on their organization as “very unfortunate” and rejected “the attempt to create an atmosphere of prosecution and intimidation, as well...
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