Gay Pride events have become a battleground for the Israeli/Palestinian conflict with Madrid Pride now deciding to ban an Israeli float from its Parade, which is set to take place on the 3rd of July.

The float was meant to represent the city of Tel Aviv but has been barred because the city has refused to condemn the recent attack by Israeli forces on a convoy intending to provide humanitarian support to the Gaza Strip.

The incident, in which nine people were killed, was slammed by governments and human rights organisations around the world.

“After this attack and taking into account that there has been no condemnation on the part of the mayor of Tel Aviv we decided not to allow the float to participate,” said Madrid Pride organisers.

They added, however, that “any Israeli organisation defending human rights, and in particular LGBT rights, may participate in the parade”.

According to the president of the Spanish Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals, Antonio Poveda, “We would accept this with joy, especially if they favoured a peaceful solution to the Arab-Israeli situation”.

This follows news that Pride Toronto earlier this week banned the use of the words “Israeli Apartheid” by a participating group called Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA) from its upcoming parade after the event came under pressure from the city and sponsors.

The move has caused a backlash by LGBT activists against the organisers of Pride Toronto who have been accused of restricting participants’ freedom of speech.

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