When one thinks of the West Bank and Gaza, one may think of many things: Palestinian national aspirations, terrorism, bad governance, rampaging gunmen, religious fundamentalism… I dunno, Olive trees? And way, way, way down at the very bottom of the list, if it’s there at all is HOT MAN-ON-MAN ACTION! Well, maybe that used to be the case, but not anymore! Turns out that despite appearances, the areas controlled by the Palestine Authority and Hamas are fleshpots extraordinaire that make San Francisco look like Orem, Utah. Scratch under the surface and you are sure to find gay orgies, man-boy love in the mosque and wives who are more than just coveted. This according to Khaled Abu Toameh of the Jerusalem Post who describes various sex scandals involving high ranking Palestinian leaders in both the West Bank and Gaza:
…Fatah men had been spying on several senior PA officials, some of whom were caught on tape having homosexual intercourse… A DVD distributed among a limited number of Hamas representatives features a former PA official having sex with another man. The disc, according to a Palestinian journalist in Gaza City, is being sold on the black market for NIS 20… According to one document, entitled “A Large Number of Homosexuals,” a number of wealthy and influential figures in the Gaza Strip had formed a “gang” for practicing homosexual intercourse … “Some of them were summoned for questioning and they admitted to having sexual intercourse with boys and adult males,” the document, dated May 12, 2005, stated … “Some of them had individual sex, while others preferred group sex. Some of them paid money for sex, while others performed sexual intercourse with males in front of their wives.” … The document described the homosexuals as a “very dangerous group” and warned that the phenomenon might spread to other parts of the Gaza Strip, adding that rival political factions could exploit the case to defame Fatah and “create chaos and confusion … “Another Hamas official said his men had uncovered three brothels that had been frequented by top Fatah officials in the Gaza Strip… In a bid to counter the Hamas campaign, Fatah members have published details about “sex scandals” involving Hamas activists… According to Fatah, a Hamas imam was recently caught having sex with a male minor in a mosque basement… In another incident, according to Fatah, a senior member of Hamas’s armed wing, Izaddin Kassam, was expelled from his refugee camp after he was caught having sex with a male colleague in a vehicle. And according to a report on a Fatah-controlled Web site, a Hamas man was caught naked together with his neighbor’s wife in her bedroom.
Well… at least they, unlike a certain President of Iran, admit to the existence of the dreaded homosexuals in their midst. Frankly, I think all these guys should just come out of the closet already – it might make them a little less aggressive or suicidal if they just come to terms with who they are. Finally we’ll all be able to go to Gaza for Gay Pride celebrations and attend the Ramallah Love Parade. Dude – we already have the Palestine is for Lovers t-shirts in both straight and gay versions!
Well boys, the world awaits your introduction to polite society – that’s going to be one fun cotillion where we will all celebrate your coming out. Till then, keep your gun well oiled and keep looking fabulous in those kicky scarves darlings!
UPDATE: At times like this, when there are contentious issues, it’s always good to ask WWJD? Meaning – What would James Kirchick of The New Republic have to say do when faced with such a story? The answer folks is right here:
That accusations of homosexuality are seen as such a grave issue in Palestinian society (and Muslim and Arab society in general) illustrates a plain lack of liberal values. For the Palestinians, homosexuality itself is redolent with corruption, otherwise Hamas and Fatah would not care to publicize these claims, whether they are true or false. We’ve come farther in the United States (but certainly not far enough), where the mere fact of being gay is no longer a bar to public office or high attainment in the corporate world, and wildly casting aspersions about someone’s private life like this is viewed as improper and crass. Clearly, the Palestinians have a bit farther to go.