There is truly no limit to their hypocrisy. An LGBT group dubbed the -- wait for it -- Chicago Dyke Collective -- expelled at least three Jewish participants from its "Dyke March" Saturday for carrying rainbow flags emblazoned with the Star of David.
The social justice group asserts that the flags were threatening and made other participants feel "unsafe." You know, because they represent the evil Zionists. JPost reports:
Participants of the 21st annual Chicago Dyke March, a parade geared towards members of the city's lesbian community, found themselves on Saturday at the center of controversy.
The Dyke March was founded by a collective that billed the event as more inclusive and social justice-oriented than the more well-known and mainstream Chicago Pride Parade.
According to a report in The Windy City Times, the three members were told to leave the parade because the flags "made people feel unsafe" and that the Dyke March was a "anti-Zionist, pro-Palestinian" space.
The expelled Jewish members said that "there's nothing offensive about this flag. It's a statement of Jewish identity."
"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," Laurel Grauer, one of the participants, told the Chicago-based publication.
Grauer, who was asked by other marchers if she was a Zionist while holding the flag, further stated, "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."
"I was here as a proud Jew in all of my identities," Eleanor Shoshany-Anderson, another participant who was kicked out, said. "The Dyke March is supposed to be intersectional. I don't know why my identity is excluded from that. I feel that, as a Jew, I am not welcome here."
In response The Chicago Dyke March tweeted the following:
Yesterday, June 24, Chicago Dyke March was held in the La Villita neighborhood to express support for undocumented, refugee, and immigrant communities under threat of deportation. Sadly, our celebration of dyke, queer, and trans solidarity was partially overshadowed by our decision to ask three individuals carrying Israeli flags [sic] superimposed on rainbow flags to leave the rally. This decision was made after they repeatedly expressed support for Zionism during conversations with Chicago Dyke Mark [sic] members. We have since learned that at least one of these individuals is a regional director for A Wider Bridge, an organization with connections to the Israeli state and right-wing pro-Israel interest groups. A Wider Bridge has been protested for provocative actions at other LGBTQ events and has been condemned by numerous organizations (http://tarabnyc.org/cancelpinkwashing/) for using Israel’s supposed “LGBTQ tolerance” to pinkwash the violent occupation of Palestine.
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. From Palestine to Mexico, border walls have got to go!!
Au contraire. To be anti-Zionist is to be anti-Semitic.
The view of leftists regarding Israel illustrates the deranged inner-machinations of a world-view devoid of logic, reason, and intellectual consistency. Israel is the only country in the Middle East with a flourishing, pro-LGBT community. Meanwhile, the "Palestine" that these social justice warriors claim to champion would not simply forget to celebrate their existence, but reject them outright and call for their heads.
The term Zionism has, sadly, been twisted by these knaves for far too long. The return of the Jewish diaspora to its ancestral homeland in Israel is essential to Judaism. It's also the cornerstone of Zionism. Hence, the two cannot be wrested from each other. To be anti-Zionist is to quite frankly reject the self-determination of the Jewish people and preservation of the only place on earth intended as a safe haven for every Jewish man, woman and child escaping bigotry in all its incarnations.