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Star of David banned during Chicago Pride

Star of David banned from Chicago Pride.
Photo credit:
Windy City Times

The Star of David was not welcome at an alternative Chicago Pride event over the weekend, according to Newsweek

Jewish people who were a part of the Dyke March celebration, displaying the symbol were asked to take them down as some people found them “offensive.”

The Star of David was banned from the annual Dyke March reports the Windy City Times and marchers carrying the symbol were harassed because it, “made people feel unsafe.”

One participant waving the Star of David said she was scorned by other Dyke March attendees and was told she needed to leave.

“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," she told Windy City Times.

“They were telling me to leave because my flag was a trigger to people that they found offensive,” she added. “Prior to this [march] I had never been harassed or asked to leave and I had always carried the flag with me.”

The Windy City Times reports that the Dyke March was pro-Palestinian and anti-Zionist and the flags with the symbols were making people feel unsafe. 

Also, the article reports, "Supporters added that American flags were similarly not welcome as they too are considered signs of oppression."

The revered symbol is also on the Israeli flag, a country which many believe contributes to the oppression of Palestine people.

And their support of LGBT rights is their way of  “pinkwashing” to distract from the ongoing conflict between Palestine and Israel.

In a statement released on the Dyke March Chicago social media page, they addressed the issue:

"Sadly, our celebration of dyke, queer and trans solidarity was partly overshadowed by our decision to ask three individuals carrying Israeli flags superimposed on rainbow flags to leave the rally. This decision was made after they repeatedly expressed support for Zionism during conversations with Dyke March Collective members."

The prohibition was not met with enthusiasm from some marchers who say Pride is not about exclusion.

"This is not what this is community is supposed to be about," marcher Ruthie Steiner told the Times reacting to people being thrown out because of the Star of David/rainbow flag. 

"I'm German-born. Am I pinkwashing by being here and supporting my community? Is every nation which does not have a clean civil-rights record and also hosts a Pride parade guilty of pinkwashing? With all the people that so hate the LGBTQ community, for it to tear itself apart in self-hatred makes no sense at all,” she added.

Correction: The Star of David issue was during the Dyke March on Saturday, not the Chicago Pride parade on Sunday as previously reported. This article has been updated to reflect that delineation.