Chicago Dyke March Collective “clarifies” yet again why they told Jewish dykes to take a hike

Social media has been alight about the story of how two very proud Jewish lesbians were repeatedly harassed and eventually told to leave the Chicago Dyke March last Saturday, June 24.

The Chicago Dyke March Collective made statement after statement, changing its story each time, and then posted an official statement on the 27th on their website. And the group is very unhappy at being labeled anti-Semitic, but well, let’s see, shall we?

March organizers who claim to be anti-Zionist only, ejected a couple attendees who were carrying Jewish Pride flags upon which were Stars of David, NOT Israeli flags. Some on the left were as outraged as others. Even were anyone to believe the “Collective,” the organizer’s own words about the brouhaha do nothing to make themselves look any better, in fact they only make themselves look worse.

First, the March organizers said they told the two young women to leave the proceedings because the Jewish Pride flag resembled the Israeli flag and some attendees did not want to see a flag that could be construed as support for Zionism or Israel. The women said this had not happened before at previous Collective marches and rallies; one of the women had carried that flag for over 10 years.

Later that day, a Collective member said they asked the ladies to leave because they were carrying “Israeli flags superimposed on rainbow flags.” And the organizers felt the flags symbolized a threat to Palestinians.

(So now, anytime the most recognizable symbol of the Jewish people is placed on any surface, even a Rainbow flag which without the Star of David would not remotely look like an Israeli flag, that surface is an Israeli flag? By the way, this Jewish Pride flag was not a new invention but has been used for years, much as other Rainbow flags upon which are other types of symbols, even other religious ones.)

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Organizers then later on the same day added the Jewish women “repeatedly expressed support for Zionism during conversations with Chicago Dyke March Collective members.” To be more accurate, the women were confronted and asked if they were Zionists, and according to one, “…because of one belief I have that I shared when asked, because of the one symbol I carried, I was asked to leave.”

On Tuesday the Collective put out a statement on its website with new “facts.”

Two young women became a small group, and this cadre of two say that for much of the parade they were not even together. The Collective claimed the “group” was disrupting March chants. “… replacing the word ‘Palestine’ with ‘everywhere,’ saying: ‘From everywhere to Mexico, border walls have got to go.’” Horrors!

The two women say all of this chant disruption is nonsense and false. They chanted when they agreed with the words, and were silent when they did not.

The June 27 Collective statement links to a video made by an attendee. He labeled it, “jewish people were not asked to leave the dyke march, zionists were [sic].” He says, “They weren’t asked to leave for being Jewish, they were asked to leave for being pro-Zionist.”

After acting as an authority on what constitutes anti-Semitism, this attendee adds, “Yesterday, people at the Dyke March, who carried Jewish Pride flags were asked to leave because others felt threatened by their presence.” OK, so the presence of two people, young women, among 1,500, was threatening. Right.

The mortified “witness” then whines, “One of the chants that we said at the march was, ‘From Palestine to Mexico, border walls have got to go.’ Up until this point, they were participating in all of the chants. And I noticed that they didn’t participate in this chant. And then after a couple of times of repeating that chant, they then did participate in the chant, but replaced ‘Palestine’ with ‘everywhere,’ thus changing the chant from, ‘Everywhere to Mexico, border walls have got to go,’ as though all borders need to go.”

As I mentioned, the two women deny this, and I believe them, but if they chanted “everywhere,” so what? Grow up! What a baby.

By the way, this witness who looks to be in his 20’s or so and acts like a two-year-old, is against gay marriage. That’s right, he says so for all to hear in another video on his youtube channel. I wonder, how do you, the “Collective,” feel about this gay man not supporting what you have been fighting for all your lives, what is essentially at the core of your being? Would any other individual with such a view be credible to you? But he hates Zionism, so he is OK.

The statement then makes it appear as if one of the women was a professional connected-to-Israel agitator. Laurel Grauer, of A Wider Bridge, a pro-equality, pro-Israel, LGBTQ organization, actually checked via instant messaging with the Collective to make sure she would not be harassed – and she had not been in the past, because of dialogue she had recently seen. The Collective uses this exchange, her being considerate and careful, as if it was sinister.

The statement continues: “Zionism is an inherently white-supremacist ideology. It is based on the premise that Jewish people have a God-given entitlement to the lands of historic Palestine and the surrounding areas.” Aside from the “inherently white-supremacist ideology” part, um, yeah. From the time of Abraham. I guess the first Jew was a white supremacist as well. For the fools who think they know all that it represents, Zion is actually a biblical word, not a word made up within the last 100 or so years.

Far left progressives do indeed progress. Backward. From the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement and related groups, to the Sharia-supporting fake feminists, and now to, with all the world to see, the hateful and babyish Chicago Dyke March Collective, you all bristle at being called anti-Semites, but here are a few simple truths.

When you obsess over everything Israel does in relation to the Palestinians, but say nothing about the terrorism and human rights violations made by Palestinians in Gaza and the Palestinian Authority – and indeed, you say nothing, you are an anti-Semite.

When you speak so vitriolically about Zionism and Zionists in much the same manner as the Nazis spoke about Jews in their efforts to delegitimize Jewish people as human beings, you are an anti-Semite.

When you criticize a country, Israel, which very openly has a Gay Pride parade, the most recent one attended by 200,000 people, but you turn a blind eye to any governing body which, if any of you marched down its streets, would torture you and then kill you, guess what? You are an anti-Semite.

(Imagine any one of these sanctimonious, bigoted, Chicago Dyke March Collective crybabies marching in Gaza. They wouldn’t last five minutes. Make it one minute. “Why are you hurting me? I hate Zionists too!” A lot of good that will do you as you are beaten up, dragged behind a truck, and then thrown off a building.)

When you say, “the premise that Jewish people have a God-given entitlement to the lands of historic Palestine and the surrounding areas,” is “an inherently white-supremacist ideology,” yep, you are an anti-Semite.

When a Star of David on a cloth held by two young ladies among well over a thousand people is viewed by you as “triggering” some kind of toxic threatening invasion of a “safe space,” making you feel “unsafe,” you know what? You are an anti-Semite. (And also a complete lunatic.)

When you point to self-hating Jews who support you – in effect, Jewish anti-Semites – as some kind of credible legitimacy because they spew the same filth you do, take a breath now, you are an anti-Semite.

When you keep having to explain with one changed statement after another why you are not anti-Semitic – methinks thou dost protest too much, that’s right, you are an anti-Semite.

I must thank you though, Chicago Dyke March Collective. You did the Jewish people a favor. By your racist actions, you exposed for all to see that anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism are actually one and the same.

About the Author
Shia Altman who hails from Baltimore, MD, now lives in Los Angeles. His Jewish studies, aerospace, and business and marketing background includes a BA from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the University of Baltimore. When not dabbling in Internet Marketing, Shia tutors Bar and Bat Mitzvah, and Judaic and Biblical Studies to both young and old.
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