(JNS.org) Jewish gay pride flags were banned Saturday at Chicago’s annual Dyke March.
Three people who were marching with Jewish pride flags were asked to leave the event after they were told their flag, which featured the gay pride flag’s design and a Star of David, might be “offensive.” A Dyke March organizer told Chicago’s Windy City Times the flags “made people feel unsafe,” and that the march was “anti-Zionist” and “pro-Palestinian.”
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, called the move a “disgrace” to the ideals of the LGBTQ community, which “is dedicated to equal rights for all. Equal rights, that is, except for Jews who dare to celebrate their ties to their people and the Jewish homeland.”
Cooper noted that in Israel, the LGBTQ community enjoys widespread acceptance, in contrast to the rest of the Middle East.
“The unbridled hypocrisy and anti-Semitism of these campaigners degrades the cause for equality for all in our society and for LGBTQ rights around the world,” he said.
Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, similarly said, “The community of LGBTQ supporters is diverse and that is part of its tremendous strength. Both the act [to ban the flags] and the explanation were anti-Semitic, plain and simple.”