Jewish marchers were banned from Chicago’s LGBT pride parade if they carried Jewish Pride flags – a rainbow flag with the Star of David on it. Three individuals were asked to leave the “Dyke march” after displaying the flags.
Laurel Grauer and her friends reported that they were harassed several times when carrying the flags. “It was a flag from my congregation which celebrates my queer, Jewish identity which I have done for over a decade marching in the Dyke March with the same flag,” she said.
An Iranian-Jewish woman was also asked to leave. “I was here as a proud Jew in all of my identities,” she stated. “The Dyke March is supposed to be intersectional. I don’t know why my identity is excluded from that. I felt that, as a Jew, I am not welcome here.”
March organizers responded to accusations of anti-Semitism by expressing support for Palestine, saying that “Zionist” signs were making people feel threatened. Iliana Figueroa, a Dyke March Collective member, stated that, “Yesterday during the rally we saw three individuals carrying Israeli flags super imposed on rainbow flags. Some folks say they are Jewish Pride flags. But as a Collective we are very much pro-Palestine, and when we see these flags we know a lot of folks who are under attack by Israel see the visuals of the flag as a threat, so we don’t want anything in the [Dyke March] space that can inadvertently or advertently express Zionism. So we asked the folks to please leave. We told them people in the space were feeling threatened.”
What the conflict between Israel and Palestine have to do with LGBT rights in the U.S. is still unclear.
The Daily Caller reports:
The Windy City Times looked for a response from a Dyke March collective member who claimed the Jewish pride women were asked to leave the parade because their flags “made people feel unsafe,” and the march was “anti-Zionist” and “pro-Palestinian.”
Newsweek reported that though Israel supports LGBT rights, LGBT activists often brush off Israel’s good will toward the LGBT community as “pink washing,” instead accusing the Jewish state of attempting to detract from the continuing issues between the Palestinians and Israel.