D.C. Gay Pride March Bans Israeli Flags, Allows Palestinian Ones

Washington Free Beacon | 6/6/2019 | David Rutz
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BY: David Rutz

A Washington gay pride parade is banning participants from brandishing Israeli flags, Israeli pride flags, or any "pro-Israel paraphernalia" during its event on Friday.

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Yael Horowitz, a Jewish organizer of the D.C. Dyke March, said organizers had decided to ban "nationalist symbols," including flags and banners that represent "nations that have specific oppressive tendencies."

Palestinian flags would be allowed, however, the Forward reported. It was unclear if this was a tacit acknowledgment of Palestinians not having a true state. It was also unclear if organizers were aware of the lack of LGBT protections for gay Palestinians, including the illegality of male homosexual conduct in the Gaza Strip.

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"Jewish stars and other identifications and celebrations of Jewishness (yarmulkes, talit, other expressions of Judaism or Jewishness) are welcome and encouraged," Horowitz wrote in a Facebook message to marcher A.J. Campbell. "We do ask that participants not bring pro-Israel paraphernalia in solidarity with our queer Palestinian friends."

A similar situation developed in 2017 when a Chicago **** march ejected several women for carrying gay Jewish pride flags. Some other marchers claimed the flags made them feel "unsafe" in keeping with the anti-Zionist sentiment of the event.

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Campbell told the Washington Post she felt the march was trying to tell her what kind of Jew she was allowed to be. Israel has the most progressive gay rights record in the Middle East, while homosexuality is illegal in the Palestinian-governed Gaza Strip.

"I just thought, the Chicago Dyke March is happening all over again — here," she said. "I’ve been a Jewish **** for a long time, and it’s never been a problem … They seem to have very specific ideas about what kind of Jew I’m supposed to be, and I don’t feel like they get to say that."

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