Gay Event Promoter In Israel Faces Backlash Over ISIS-Themed Party

A gay party organizer in Israel took heat this weekend after it began promoting an ISIS-themed party with imagery similar to the now-infamous beheading videos released by the terrorist group ISIS.

The Israeli promoter Drek, a popular organizer of gay parties in Tel Aviv, advertised the ISIS-themed party on Friday, reported Israeli media outlet Ynet.

The gimmick included a photo posted on the group’s Facebook page, depicting one man as a black-clad ISIS member and the another as a Western hostage in an orange jumpsuit, similar to those worn by slain American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff (who was also an Israeli citizen).

The image, taken down following backlash in the press and social media, remained preserved on Twitter:

Ynet also reported on the ISIS theme contained in the event’s description:

[T]he organizers wrote “as the new Islamic State gains traction in the Middle East, we at Drek have decided to give in to Sharia law and cheer the stubborn Daesh,” using the Arab acronym for the group, and invoking a veiled play on words – “stubborn” in Hebrew can be written as “hard necked”, a reference to the group’s infamous executions.

h/t NY Mag