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(en) Canada, La Commune UCL Montreal: No, homosexuality is not imposed on the Arabs by the West* (fr) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 12 Feb 2013 06:39:50 +0200

Paternalism and ignorance did not come this time where I was waiting. ---- According to the article listed on Rue89 Street Press, Indigenous of the Republic argue that homosexuality Western identity is not adapted to the Arab world and Africa. And, by analogy, it is not really welcome in what is called in France the "neighborhoods". --- If we follow this logic through the marriage for everyone is not the priority. It would not even a new offensive "gay imperialism" and "white world", which wants to impose on the whole world "universalization of homosexuality." ---- I Moroccan writer homo, I'm shocked -- Without going into the political analysis (easy enough to do) of these theses, and what motivates these people to make such remarks, I would like to say that I, Abdellah Taia, gay Moroccan writer 39 years living in France since 13 years, I am shocked and disgusted by these words, these denials. By ignorance.

I seem to hear the old Moroccan attached to a glorious past that never existed, a fantasy identity. Members of my family who, once they insulted me well, I leave the main argument:

"Homosexuality is not us, it is not our culture. Us, we are Muslims. The pure. Others do not know God. They are disbelievers. '

But now: a speech that mixed all the religious as traditional racism as an ideology of another time, is completely overwhelmed in the Arab world.

Voices fighting for us to exist

Morocco, Lebanon, Egypt and elsewhere, we have seen emerge in recent years voices are struggling to be gay Arabs take them out of shame where they are locked, to protect them from unjust laws and glances kill.

And it is not only the Arab associations homosexual who do this work. Organizations of human rights, including Morocco, require the same thing: the recognition of homosexuals as individuals, as citizens, not as criminals.
Call for individual freedom and for all sexual, heterosexual as homosexual. Finally, install a space where the individual can be free Arab group, to fully enjoy all the rights that come without him rehashing of traditional discourses that are more of an identity than perfect reality.

Of course, governments in Arab countries do absolutely nothing to listen, assist these associations. Changing attitudes on issues as important is often imposed by individuals who sacrifice themselves, who are abused, and yet, do not give up. The Moroccan press over the past ten years, has played a great, courageous, to accompany this movement, giving it credibility.

Participate in this mission: liberate homosexuals and at the same time, all the others. I could, me personally about my homosexuality in Morocco, giving interviews and conferences on this topic. All my books, published by Editions du Seuil, are available there, some translated into Arabic.

Five monthly gay Arabic

Since the beginning of the Arab Spring, the movement has even taken on an unprecedented scale. We saw the emergence of the Internet other gay associations. Arab homosexuals have taken part in this revolution, despite the electoral victories of Islamist parties is changing society in depth and Arab thought.

Better: there are now at least five monthly gay in Arabic: "Aswat" Morocco, "Ihna" in Egypt, "My Kaly" Jordan and "Mawaleh" in Syria. They are all available on the Internet freely. They are all run by young Arabs who work seriously in this mission, change the look of the social and historical homosexuals.

Young people who have understood that freedom will not come from conservative societies nor powers, as well as the Islamists, orchestrate all day Islam to subjugate Arabs even more.

Examples to show how Arabs are trying now to work for the release of individuals (heterosexual as homosexual) and exceeded all ideologies (including the West) are very numerous. For some, this is still underground, shy, and does not represent anything within Arab societies today.

From 747 writers have spoken freely

I may, through this paper, to assert the contrary. I would remind the Arab history where homosexuality was not always condemned. Some of the greatest Arab writers, Abu Nouass (747-815), Al-Jahiz (781-869), Ibn Arabi (1165-1240), Ibn Hazm (994-1064), have spoken freely. Their books are still studied throughout the Arab world.

I would repeat this, which seems to me the simple proof of what I say: there, for about six years, an Arabic word to refer to the neutral and homosexual. This word is very simple: "Mithly." It is now used throughout the Arab world, in newspapers and on television.

So when I hear this talk about homosexuality from the Indigenous of the Republic, I'm just bruised. I feel like a double punishment. Above all, and this is the worst, I find myself once again in France against total ignorance of what is happening in the Arab world. Rely on these false visions to impose a speech on "neighborhoods" and the way to express a latent homophobia seems to me both sad and dangerous.

Marriage is for all first equality for all. All the French of all backgrounds. They live in Gennevilliers, or Saint-Germain-des-Prés. It is historical evidence that we should remember. And not fantasize again past for too long gone and identities that are simply fiction.
* Abdellah Taia article, Moroccan writer born in Rabat in 1973,
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