Following the announcement that the 2011 General Assembly (GA) of the International LGBTQ Youth and Student Organisation (IGLYO) would take place in Tel Aviv, Israel and that the GA would be hosted by Member Organisation Israeli Gay Youth (IGY), IGLYO had received a number of requests to change the location of the 2011 GA. The Board of IGLYO responded with an open letter and a statement , then moved into a process of consultation with the Member Organisations of IGLYO, a process that included a vote on the location of the GA.
Groups such as alQaws for Sexual & Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society, Aswat - Palestinian Gay Women and
Palestinian Queers for BDS raise questions on IGLYO's decision to hold its GA in Tel Aviv, Israel. They assert that Israel's apartheid policies could affect IGLYO delegates and their ability to attend the GA. Even more so, with Israel's structural racism and apartheid policies, holding the GA in Tel Aviv remains problematic in itself, and is the least neutral act that any international
organization could adopt.
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