The Sunday Telegraph
Citizens Advice staff trained on Israelis’ use of ‘pinkwashing’
ISRAEL used “pinkwashing” to “legitimise” human rights abuses against Palestine, a website used to train Citizens Advice Bureau staff on diversity says.
“Woke” guidance documents urge the charity’s staff to educate themselves about the “key concepts” such as alleged pinkwashing of Palestinians, microaggression and toxic masculinity.
Mandatory equality and diversity training is being rolled out for staff to demonstrate “good allyship” when helping members of the public on issues such as benefits, debt and employment.
But MPs condemned the guide’s “anti-Israel propaganda”, while sources warned the training is creating a culture of fear for those not subscribing to the “woke creed”.
In between diversity sessions, which are run by an external agency, consultants give Citizens Advice staff a self-help library with 26 key terms. One is “pinkwashing”, which links to an external webpage that defines this as “an attempt to legitimise Israel’s human rights abuses against Palestinians”.
The cited webpage adds: “Perhaps the most noted example of pinkwashing is Israel’s public relations campaign to promote itself as the ‘gay mecca’ of the Middle East.” It says Israel “positing itself as the saviour of Palestinian and Arab queers” is an “inherently orientalist and Islamophobic rhetoric”.
Andrew Percy, co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, said: “This is anti-Israel propaganda.”
Other key concepts in the guide include whitewashing and double consciousness, described as an inward “twoness experienced by African-Americans”.
A source close to the charity added: “It’s deeply troubling for an organisation that
‘It’s troubling for an organisation that receives millions from the Government’
receives millions from the Government to advise people without fear or favour.”
A Citizens Advice spokesman said last night there are plans to remove parts of the library guide following a review, but could not confirm when.
Chief executive Dame Clare Moriarty, said: “Our learning programme has been designed to help staff and volunteers build knowledge and have open discussions about equity, diversity and inclusion. We’ll continue to ensure that we’re an inclusive organisation for all.”