Electronic Intifada: Toronto queer group that won right to say “Israeli apartheid” wraps up

Members of QuAIA carry a banner depicting the progress of Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestine, at World Pride Toronto, June 2014.

“It wasn’t an easy decision to make,” group member Tim McCaskell explains in a press release. “But we decided that retiring QuAIA allows us all to develop new strategies for supporting the Palestine solidarity movement and to make new links across oppressions in our communities.”

Founded in 2008, QuAIA has played a leading role in educating people in its community and far beyond about “pinkwashing” – Israel’s effort to promote itself as allegedly progressive on LGBTQ issues in order to distract from its atrocious abuses of Palestinian human rights.

Among QuAIA’s many important contributions is successfully fighting a censorship campaign that attempted over several years to effectively ban the group from marching in Toronto’s city-sponsored pride parade.

As a result, QuAIA won legal rulings that the term “Israeli apartheid” is a legitimate form of political expression…