America's most prominent trans activist Caitlyn Jenner will be receiving the Champion of Israel and LGBTQ Rights Award from the U.S.-based World Values Network, sparking outrage from LGBT activists.
“Israel is a bastion of global human rights and a great light to the nations,” Boteach said in a press release. “But the Middle East is sadly a cesspit of human rights abuses, especially toward LGBTQ citizens who are routinely murdered, beheaded, and even hung from cranes.”
Rabbi Boteach said that Jenner "is uniquely suited to highlight Israel’s incredible record on human rights and LGBTQ rights and protection to the LGBTQ citizens, which is utterly unique and unprecedented in the Middle East.”
LGBTQ activists have met the news with outrage, noting the conservative leanings of the group. Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer will be an “honored guest" at the event where Jenner will receive his award.
World Values Network is also funded by Sheldon Adelson, who supported Donald Trump's bid for president and is credited with playing a critical role in the Trump administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December.
Rabbi Boteach also previously praised former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon as a “stalwart friend of the Jewish State.”
On social media, LGBTQ activists have accused Jenner of being complicit in "pinkwashing" Israel's supposed "apartheid" policies and have used the situation as an opportunity to push the anti-Semitic, anti-Israel BDS movement: