Look at a map of the Middle East, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a nation with any semblance of gay rights – with the exception of Israel.
That’s why it was even more bizarre to see that small nation singled out for criticism at Chicago’s Gay Pride Parade yesterday when they banned rainbow flags bearing the Star of David. Why? Because it made some marchers “feel unsafe” – which apparently some people can’t differentiate from actually being unsafe.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, Chicago’s “Dyke March” has been held since 1995, and Jewish marchers have not previously been banned for expressing their Jewish identity. However, the march’s organizers have increased their focus on far-left political causes such as anti-Zionism, and this year its “pro-Palestinian” stance has justified censoring Jewish expression.
Rainbow American flags were also censored as “signs of oppression,” according to the Windy City Times.
“I was here as a proud Jew in all of my identities,” said Iranian Jew Eleanor Shoshany-Anderson. “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.”
Laurel Grauer, another marcher, claimed to have carried her Jewish Pride flag for a decade, and only faced censorship this year. Organizers criticized her for being a part of A Wider Bridge, an organization they accused of “connections to the Israeli state and right-wing, pro-Israel interest groups.”
“They were telling me to leave because my flag was a trigger to people that they found offensive,” Grauer said. “Prior to this [march] I had never been harassed or asked to leave and I had always carried the flag with me.”
The march’s organizers consider Jewish expressions of gay pride to be a ploy to distract from Israel’s “violent occupation of Palestine.” Pro-Palestinian groups call this “pinkwashing,” but other non-Jewish marchers criticized the march organizers for accepting that framework.
“This is not what this community is supposed to be about,” marcher Ruthie Steiner told the Windy City Times. “I’m German-born. Am I pinkwashing by being here and supporting my community? Is every nation which does not have a clean civil-rights record and also hosts a pride parade guilty of pinkwashing?”
According to the march organizers, “The Chicago Dyke March Collective is explicitly not anti-Semitic, we are anti-Zionist. The Chicago Dyke March Collective supports the liberation of Palestine and all oppressed people everywhere.” I always get a chuckle over the “I’m not anti-Semitic, I’m anti-Zionist!” defense. They’re essentially saying “I’m not anti-Semitic, I just don’t think Israel has a right to exist!”
Surely these pride organizers will be thrilled to know that an entire one percent of the Palestinian population shares their support for LGBT rights.
Meanwhile in Israel…..
Feminist Jill Filipovic couldn’t help but notice the hypocrisy of it all – and pointed out (to my knowledge) that these crazies banned American flags too.
This is insanity, pure and simple.
Were the flags of nations that implement the death penalty for homosexuality banned? Nope.
In an attempt to be “progressive,” these activists are tying the noose they’re going to be hung with.
But at least they wouldn’t have been “Islamophobic.”