A month after an LGBT march expelled three Jewish women for carrying ‘Jewish Pride’ flags bearing the Star of David – a traditional Jewish symbol – a radical feminist march has announced its own ban on all symbols it deems “Zionist”.
In June, three Jewish women were removed from the 21st annual Chicago Dyke March, after they waved flags organizers deemed to be excessively “Zionist”. The flags in question were not the flag of the State of Israel, but rather included the rainbow flag design, an LGBT symbol, with the Star of David in the center.
A member of the Dyke March collective told the Windy City Times that the Jewish symbols “made people feel unsafe,” and clashed with the “anti-Zionist, pro-Palestinian” character of the event.
In a Facebook post, one of the marchers denied that the symbol was in anyway “Zionist”, and was simply an expression of Jewish identity.
“The flags that ‘triggered’ people were NOT a flag of the modern state of Israel, they are PRIDE flags adorned with the star of David. The star of David is, first and foremost, a Jewish symbol, long before the modern state of Israel was even a thought. It’s been a symbol of the Jewish people for centuries, and those marching put it on their flags to represent their intersectionality as LGTBQ+ JEWS. They were not using the dyke march to show support of Israel. They were not making a political statement regarding it. They were simply displaying who they are and that their religious faith is part of their identity. Removing those flags, and the people who marched with it, shows a deep level of ignorance, and yes, it also shows anti-Semitism masquerading as liberal values,” the post said.
Earlier this month, the organizers of the Dyke March again sparked controversy after they used an anti-Semitic slur popular with neo-Nazi groups.
“Zio tears replenish my electrolytes!” the group wrote via Twitter. The term “Zio” was popularized by ex-KKK leader David Duke and other white supremacists to disparage American Jews.
Now, a radical feminist group has adopted the Chicago Dyke March’s ban, announcing it will not tolerate symbols it deems to be “Zionist”.
Organizers of the Chicago SlutWalk declared their support for the Dyke March’s targeting of Jewish symbols under the guise of anti-Zionism, saying that such symbols will not be permitted at the August 12th event, the Algemeiner reported.
“We still stand behind Dyke March Chicago’s decision to remove the Zionist contingent from their event, & we won’t allow Zionist displays at ours,” organizers tweeted.
In recent years, radical feminists have promoted so-called “slut walk” events to combat what they describe as the “rape culture” of the West. Participants in “slut walks” typically march in their underwear, holding placards or writing messages on their exposed skin denouncing “rape culture”.
Slutwalk organizers on Twitter fired back at critics who chastised the Dyke March’s behavior, claiming the three Jewish women had “made their Zionist beliefs known”, and were thus legitimately removed.
“They were kicked out after a discussion where they made their Zionist beliefs known and refused to back down.”
Organizers appeared to suggest that the ban on Zionist symbols would, like the Dyke March’s ban, not simple cover official Israeli flags, but the Star of David in general
The star, they wrote, was banned “because its connections to the oppression enacted by Israel is too strong for it to be neutrali & IN CONTEXT it was used as a Zionist symbol.”