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Why Did a Chicago Pride March Allegedly Ban Jewish Flags?

Three women carrying Jewish Pride flags (rainbow flags bearing the six-point Star of David) were reportedly asked to leave yesterday’s Dyke March in Chicago, Illinois by some of the march’s organizers. A member of the Dyke March collective said that the flags “made people feel unsafe” and that the march was “anti-Zionist” and “pro-Palestinian.” But the women who were ejected contend that their flags represent their intersectional identities as queer women of Jewish faith.

One of the women, Laurel Grauel, said that an organizer told her that her Jewish pride flag was “offensive” and “a trigger to people.”

Grauel told The Windy City Times:

“People asked me if I was a Zionist and I said ‘yes, I do care about the state of Israel but I also believe in a two-state solution and an independent Palestine.’ It’s hard to swallow the idea of inclusion when you are excluding people from that. People are saying ‘You can be gay but not in this way.’ We do not feel welcomed. We do not feel included.”

Interestingly, Grauel is the Midwest Manager of a group called A Wider Bridge, a pro-Israeli group that has been accused of “pinkwashing” (in this case, using Israel’s LGBTQ rights record to distract from its human rights abuses against LGBTQ Palestinians). The group’s reception at the 2016 Creating Change national conference on LGBTQ equality was heavily protested by hundreds of queer and pro-Palestinian activists.

The Chicago Dyke March has not yet made an official statement about the alleged ejection, but commenters on the collective’s Facebook page have begun leaving one-star reviews accusing the organization of anti-Semitism and preferential treatment. Some commentors point out that flags of other nations were allowed at the march and that the Jewish pride flag is not an Israeli flag, although the two bear the same star at their center.

UpdateThe Chicago Dyke March has responded to claims of anti-Semitism after ejecting three people with the Jewish pride flag by stating (via Twitter):

“This decision was made after they repeatedly expressed support for Zionism during conversations with Chicago Dyke Mark Collective members…. The Chicago Dyke March Collective is explicitly not anti-Semitic, we are anti-Zionist. The Chicago Dyke Mark Collective supports the liberation of Palestine and all oppressed people everywhere. From Palestine to Mexico, border walls have got to go!!”

Another tweet of theirs reads: “AND EVEN THO THIS SHOULD BE OBVIOUS, QUEER AND TRANS ANTI-ZIONIST JEWISH FOLKS ARE WELCOME HERE 💖 💖💖 WE LOVE YOU AND NEED YOU.”

However, commenters continue to question their methods and motives regarding the incident.

  • Ernst Blofeld

    So were swastikas allowed?

  • Mark Pointon

    Looks like it.

  • Huskystar

    Next year let them march in Iran~

  • SWSimpson

    I had an absolute meltdown on some of my gay, liberal friends around election time last year. Well-meaning, bless their hearts, but ignorant of some very important information- which is why I didn’t block any of them- I expressed my self as best I could without accusing them of anything (because I understood their intent– oops, I lied. I ended up having to block one person after I gave him about 5 chances, and it seemed he was trying to understand but wasn’t getting it)- a couple of people were disseminating what they thought were pro-human rights material but its origins came from… you got it, white supremacist/KKK crap. People need to understand the history here. It isn’t as simple as reading a flyer- it is much more complex than that. Yes, FREE GAZA– from Hamas. I’m going to try to keep this brief– the name “Palestine” is what the Romans renamed the land of Israel when they made it part of the Roman Empire– the name the land was called during the “Roman Occupation”. The Romans called the Israelites “Palestinians” as a way to separate the people from their Hebrew identity. The name “Palestinian” is taken from Jewish history, not Arab history. This situation in Israel would be like if the American Quakers claimed they were the original “Indians” who greeted the Mayflower and ate turkey for thanksgiving with the Pilgrims- not exactly, but kind of… and add to that, the fact that there is no “p” sound in Arabic, so the “palestinians” inadvertently call themselves “Philistines” all too often. Yasser Arafat once claimed that they were “Jebusites” and another occasion he said they were “Philistines” living in the land for over 4,000 years. Former Arab member of Israeli Parliament (yes, Arabs are members of the Israeli government) said “There is no Palestinian nation. Never was. Its a colonial invention.” Hamas Minister of Interior & National Security said “Half of the palestinians are Egyptian, the other half are Saudis.” Chief Palestinian negotiator Erekat said “We are Caananites and lived in the region 5500 years before Joshua Bin-Nun came and burned my hometown Jericho.” The Ottoman Empire ruled for more than 600 years
    and came to an end in 1922, when it was replaced by the Turkish
    Republic and various successor states in southeastern Europe and the
    Middle East. The middle east countries didn’t exist during Ottomon rule– they became their own countries as follows: Turkey – 1923; Syria – 1946; Iraq – 1930; Jordan – 1946; Egypt – 1922; Libya – 1951
    Saudi Arabia – 1932; Cyprus – 1960; Lebanon – 1946; and Israel – 1948. Between the Ottomans and the formation of these nations, the British governed the lands. Jews immigrated back to their historic homeland and leased the land they lived on. They even established the “Bank of Palestine”- they hired arabs to work for and with them. They seemed to get along, for a time. Israel later declared their independence as a nation, approved by the United Nations. At that time, the arabs who had been living in the territory were offered their own state too; but the surrounding arab nations told them to decline, to depart from Israel and they would come together and drive all the Jews into the sea within 3 days. So, a palestinian state was offered, and declined. Now, there’s some amazing stories of war to read about here…. Needless to say, the arab nations failed, Israel somehow won- barely armed at all, they won. Wars here and there, Israel always the victor- Egypt’s military destroyed so they signed a treaty recognizing Israel and Israel returned the Sinai Peninsula and Gaza to Egypt. The same offer was made to their neighbors.. at some point Jordan recognized Israel; but the arabs living in the land refused, so very little of the territories lost in to the Israelis in battle was returned to them. All they had to do is say “Israel has a right to exist”. Surrounding arab nations deported palestinian refugees and they were forced into camps. Israel didn’t do that, their Arab neighbors did… there’s more to the story, but I encourage people to read about this amazing history and you can draw whatever conclusions you like; but this blanket I’m anti-zionist and pro-palestinian nonsense is nonsense. Palestinian who? Israel doesn’t encourage acts of terror on palestinians, but Hamas and the PA do. In fact, a family and their baby killed by an act of terror and the PA praises the attacker. Murder an old Jewish woman or a little girl, get praise from the PA and Hamas. Many times these two sides have come to the table, but the PA will not recognize Israel’s right to exist. I’m not quite sure what the definition of “zionist” that these people are against, I have learned it means different things to different people… But “pro-palestinian”, really? I’m pro- everyone coming to a fair, honest, decision of mutual respect, but how is that to be? There are communities of Jews and arabs who live and work next to each other and they get along well- they protested having a wall put between them because they worked the fields together- so there is hope. And the “dome on the rock”– that’s a story right there too… the story told by one side, is not necessarily the truth. Fascinating. Its unfortunate there is so much hatred, lies and mistrust. But, I won’t be a part of ANY anti-Israel anything- though I may disagree here and there… and No, I am not Jewish.