By now, we all know of the incident that occurred at the Chicago Dyke March, in which Jewish marchers were kicked out of the parade for having rainbow flags with the Star of David, a Jewish symbol. Organizers of the march said the flag would make others feel “triggered” and offended. In the following days, the Dyke March, which at one point made their Twitter account private, has resorted to attacking one of the Jewish marchers for being part of A Wider Bridge, an organization that supports the LGBT community in Israel, and spreading delusional falsehoods about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and Zionism. Their new official statement, though, is the icing on the cake.
In Palestinian culture, being homosexual is…a disgrace to [the homosexual’s] entire family and an abomination against Islam. It is also viewed as an act against the Palestinian struggle for independence…the sanctions are extremely harsh, beginning with physical and verbal abuse and often ending in death at the hands of one’s own family or others.
The “Chicago Dyke March Official Statement on 2017 March and Solidarity with Palestine” makes a number of absurd claims, the first accusing Israel of “pinkwashing”. For anyone who does not know what pinkwashing is, it is a concept fabricated by opponents of Israel who claim that Israel is only accepting of its LGBT community so that they can cover up alleged abuses towards Palestinians. It is a laughable premise, but something that these people sadly believe in. What is ironic though is that, despite being first and foremost a pro-LGBT march, they choose to stand with ‘Palestine’, where homosexuality is illegal in the Gaza Strip and where same-sex acts between men are illegal in the West Bank, and choose to vilify Israel, the one democracy in the Middle East that is leaps and bounds ahead of other Middle Eastern countries when it comes to LGBT rights. In fact, the situation is so bad in the Palestinian Territories, where Palestinian Authority Police keep tabs on and blackmail gay Palestinians, that members of the LGBT community in the West Bank have been known to flee to Israel. In a report by Michael Kagan and Anat Ben-Dor of Tel-Aviv University, a Palestinian man describes the situation, saying, “In Palestinian culture, being homosexual is…a disgrace to [the homosexual’s] entire family and an abomination against Islam. It is also viewed as an act against the Palestinian struggle for independence…the sanctions are extremely harsh, beginning with physical and verbal abuse and often ending in death at the hands of one’s own family or others.”
Meanwhile in Israel, anti-discrimination laws against LGBT individuals have been on the book for decades, the state recognizes same-sex marriages, and LGBT individuals serve in all levels of public life, including the military and the government. It is baffling, considering these circumstances, that the Dyke March would accuse Israel of simply “pinkwashing” their record on LGBT rights. What is even more baffling, and certainly delusional, is the fact that, despite these facts, the Dyke March, supposedly standing up for LGBT rights, would choose to align itself as a “pro-Palestine and anti-Zionist” march. The only logical explanation for this is anti-Semitism, pure and simple. There is no reasonable explanation that a pro-LGBT group would align itself with an entity that goes against everything they believe, while seeking to vilify Israel, which stands for everything they claim to stand for.
Zionism is an inherently white-supremacist ideology
Even more delusional, and extremely offensive, is the second assertion in their statement, that “Zionism is an inherently white-supremacist ideology.” How one could come to that conclusion knowing any basic Jewish history is not known. Zionism was born after millenia of discrimination, persecution, and genocide against Jews, mostly by white Europeans, because of the fact that they did not see Jews as whites, but rather as foreigners, and only culminated in the creation of a Jewish state after six million Jews were murdered by the most infamous white-supremacists of all, the Nazis. If they truly believe this, the Dyke March organizers should try to explain to a Holocaust survivor living in Israel that he or she is truly a white-supremacist, just like the people who murdered their family. They should explain to the Israeli Jews from the diaspora in the Middle East and North Africa and their descendants, who were expelled from Arab countries after the creation of Israel and now make up a majority of Israel’s population, on how they are actually white-supremacists. They should find some way to tell the Ethiopian Jews, whom have yearned for thousands of years to return home to Israel, that they are white-supremacists.
As absurd as these assertions are, the sad and alarming fact is that the Dyke March organizers actually believe this is true. No person with a functioning brain could think this unless they have drowned themselves in the venom that is anti-Semitism. Just as Jews faced delusional claims like blood libel in the past, we face equally delusional claims today. It is up to each and every Jew to make clear that this type of anti-Semitism will not be tolerated today, because if we choose to ignore it, we will be dealing with much worse in the coming years.