Queers Against Israeli Apartheid has been banned from this year's Pride Parade in Toronto. Members can participate, but as individuals. The a-word is now forbidden.
Yet the Globe & Mail notes:
In a statement at the Herzeliya Conference earlier this year, Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak used the term himself.
“If the Palestinians vote in elections, it is a binational state,” he said, “and if they don't, it is an apartheid state.”
But that's in Israel, where free-wheeling debate on the issues is permitted, or, more accurately, is impossible to shut down. This is Canada, 2010, where that other a-word is used once again as a political bludgeon to squelch any and all criticism of Israeli state policy. And by acquiescing, the organizers of the Pride Parade have struck a cowardly blow against their own proud legacy of resistance against injustice. Shame on them.