Two of these Palestinian members of the Knesset, Aida Touma-Suleiman and Ayman Odeh, have been particularly outspoken on LGBTQ rights as an intersecting struggle for equality. He is the author of Queer Palestine and the Empire of Critique (Stanford University Press, 2020), August 12, 2020 at 2:44 pm EDT | by Sa'ed Atshan. She’s the owner of the Al Arz tahini factory. Her decision hit a sensitive nerve with many Palestinians, particularly after Aguda publicly expressed their appreciation for Zaher’s contribution on July 1. And Zaher became the rare woman to lead a major Arab-owned company. Dozens of … The Arab-Israeli owner of a popular tahini brand facing a boycottfor donating to an Israeli LGBTQ rights group has some friends in the Israeli diplomatic community. They recognize that there are queer Palestinians who would prefer to utilize Aguda’s hotline. Touma-Suleiman is eloquent and known for her pioneering feminism and leadership. Then international media became involved, with some Palestinian activists accusing the New York Times of “erasing” Palestinian queer organizations, including their existing hotline service, from its coverage. Zaher was lauded by several politicians and LGBT rights activists and criticized for the donation, with critics claiming the action may lead to "normalization" of a LGBT lifestyle. Zaher catapulted the business to its current success of millions in profit and exporting globally. Both Odeh and Touma-Suleiman have faced formidable opposition to their principled positions. While Odeh, leader of the Joint List, the third largest faction in the Knesset, is also widely respected in their community. Palestinians today are deeply splintered geographically, with varied experiences in diaspora or refugee communities, in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and within Israel. Al Arz, based in the northern city of Nazareth, is one of Israel’s largest producers of the popular sesame spread, making an estimated one-fifth of the country’s commercially sold tahini. Julia Zaher is an Israeli Arab businessperson, philanthropist, and former schoolteacher. Today, her company’s two plants in the Nazareth area produce a whopping 20 to 25 tons of tahini a day. Many of these individuals also recognize that Palestinian citizens of Israel often have no choice but to utilize services from Israeli institutions, such as government agencies, universities, hospitals, and employers; they do not believe in an exception prohibiting LGBTQ Palestinians from accessing resources within queer Israeli organizations. Her husband died from a heart attack in 2003. Her company employs a large number of Arab women in addition to Jewish, Muslim, and Christian residents from Jezreel Valley. Julia Zaher is an Israeli Arab businessperson, philanthropist, and former schoolteacher. She is known for her philanthropic actions to benefit women's rights, people with disabilities, and LGBT health. Upon taking over the company, Zaher paid off its debts and upgraded the manufacturing process. Zaher catapulted the business to its current success of millions in profit and exporting globally. For instance, individuals may feel more secure when it comes to anonymity or confidentiality, or they could have differences in opinion with the queer Palestinian organizations’ political platforms and approaches to community organizing. Pandemic exacerbates holiday blues, Congressional Chorus plays first virtual concert, DCATS art sale to benefit National Binder Exchange. She is owner and CEO of Al Arz Tahini, a tahini manufacturing company. If Al-Arz’s owner supports LGBT rights, it is her business.” Musa, the chef and owner of Lux, a high-end seafood restaurant in Haifa’s fashionable port, … She is an advocate for diversity and women in the workplace. She has donated towards women's rights and people with disabilities. Al Arz was recently voted as the best Tahini in Israel by a very popular investigative TV program called Kolbotek. Many of these individuals are also concerned about pinkwashing: an Israeli state-led campaign to draw attention to Israeli LGBTQ rights in order to detract attention from Israel’s gross violations of Palestinian human rights. She’s the owner of the Al Arz tahini factory. They must confront systemic racism and discrimination within a settler-colonial context, and struggle for equal rights within the state. These activists declined to be interviewed for the story unless the NY Times journalist agreed to not interview the Aguda, leading the journalist to reject that stipulation, and things took off on social media. © Copyright Brown, Naff, Pitts Omnimedia, Inc. 2020.