Upcoming Chicago SlutWalk bans “Zionist displays” (but not pro-Palestinian or Iranian ones)

Not too long ago, some Jewish lesbians who were carrying a “Jewish pride” flag—the gay flag with a Star of David on it—were kicked out of Chicago’s Dyke March. When questioned, the organizers couldn’t get their story straight: one said that the booting was in response to Jews’ chanting “no walls anywhere” in response to the marchers’ chant “No walls from Mexico to Palestine.”  (See my posts here and here). Now the Dyke March, which got really bad publicity (even from the New York Times) over this apparently anti-Semitic act, is claiming that the flag-wavers were promulgating an explicitly “Zionist agenda”, though it’s not clear how they were doing that.

What’s clear is that the Dyke March had an explicitly anti-Zionist, pro-Palestinian ideology (they said so), and so they allowed Palestinian flags to be flown at the same time they prohibited Jewish Pride flags. Here’s a photo of the Dyke March:

A Palestinian flag flies at Chicago’s 2017 Dyke March, where Jewish participants were excluded. Photo: Screenshot.

One other development: Gretchen Rachel Hammond, the reporter who broke this story for Chicago’s LGBT paper the Windy City Times, has been removed from her reporting job and assigned to the sales department. This seems like retribution, but the paper won’t comment.

JTA adds this, noting that the Dyke March has used anti-Semitic language:

Hammond, who is Jewish, told JTA that in the wake of her article, she received dozens of threatening anonymous phone calls. She said one caller called her a “kike,” while others told her she should lose her job or said she “betrayed” the LGBT community.

“One of them said, ‘I’m going to get your bitch ass fired,’” Hammond told JTA of calls and text messages she received. “It was vicious. It wasn’t even a request for dialogue. It was, ‘You f**ked with us. We’re going to f**k with you.’ They pretty much blamed me for the whole thing blowing up at them.”

The Dyke March itself has fielded criticism for using an anti-Semitic slur, tweeting on July 13 that “Zio tears replenish my electrolytes.” White supremacists, including former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, have used the term “Zio,” derived from Zionist, as a slur for Jews.

On July 14, the Dyke March deleted the tweet and apologized, saying it “didn’t know the violent history of the term.”

And Hammond sent out this tweet, implying her reassignment (she wants a reporting job) was retributive:

But back to the SlutWalk, scheduled for August 12 in Chicago. The Algemeiner reports (and it’s verified by other sources, as well as by the SlutWalk organizers themselves), that they’ve banned all “Zionist displays” from their own march: 

After the scandal involving the ejection of Jewish women carrying Star of David pride flags at Chicago’s Dyke March on June 28, a sister organization in the city has announced that it will follow suit by banning “Zionist displays” from its upcoming protest against sexual violence and “rape culture.”

The ban was announced this week on social media by the organizers of SlutWalk Chicago — part of an international protest movement that “fights rape culture, victim blaming, and slut shaming.” The Chicago event is set to take place on August 12.

“We still stand behind Dyke March Chicago’s decision to remove the Zionist contingent from their event, & we won’t allow Zionist displays at ours,” the organizers tweeted last Sunday — beginning several days of exchanges with other users over the policy. These were distinguished by the organizers’ continued insistence that anti-Zionism is a legitimate progressive belief, and that any linkage with antisemitism should be dismissed as a discrediting tactic.

In one exchange defending the Dyke March decision to exclude the Jewish women, the SlutWalk organizers aggressively justified the action, declaring: “They were kicked out after a discussion where they made their Zionist beliefs known and refused to back down.”

The Star of David flag was banned, they continued, “because its connections to the oppression enacted by Israel is too strong for it to be neutral & IN CONTEXT it was used as a Zionist symbol.”

Yet they say they’ll allow the Star of David to be displayed. But what “context” would allow that, since the SlutWalk organizers are apparently pro-Palestinan and anti-Zionist? Here are two of their tweets:

I predict that anyone carrying the Jewish Pride flag will be kicked out, even if they keep their mouths shut. But maybe not, since the Dyke March came off looking pretty dreadful after its anti-Semitic machinations and unconvincing explanations for expelling the gay Jews.

What’s sad about all this is that here again American gays align themselves with repressive Muslim states that would kill or imprison them if they tried to have a SlutWalk or Dyke March there. Can you imagine a Dyke March in Gaza? In contrast, Israel is full of gays, all having full rights, and there are regular gay pride parades. (Regressives, who have to somehow comport this with their defense of homophobic Islam, say that it’s Israeli “pinkwashing” and that gay rights are given and proclaimed only to whitewash Israel’s supposed “apartheid” policies.)

Regardless, the SlutWalk and Dyke March would do well to remember that all ten nations where homosexuality can be punished by death are Muslim-majority countries, and that homosexuality is illegal in most Muslim-majority lands:

It’s ineffably sad that LGBT organizations like the Dyke March and SlutWalk still support Islamic countries—the enforcers of some of the most homophobic laws in the world. But of course Muslims are considered people of color, and that trumps any laws or dictates that allow gays to be hanged or thrown from buildings. How dare they say they abhor discrimination and oppression when they say nothing about (or even extol) Islamic countries that would kill them or throw them in jail?

And I haven’t even mentioned Islamic oppression of women.

Two comments: “injustice” is one word. More important, no, they don’t abhor discrimination and oppression—not when it’s practiced by Muslims.


  1. ddpalmer
    Posted July 23, 2017 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    “Sorry y’all! Definitely didn’t know the violent history of the term. We meant Zionist/white tears replenish our electrolytes”

    The history of the term wasn’t the issue. The anti-Semitism was the issue, an issue that is still present in their ‘apology’.

    • mikeyc
      Posted July 23, 2017 at 10:57 am | Permalink

      More to the point…the agressive anti-Semitism and dirty racism inherent in that statement is all anyone need know about this group. They are Stormfront. They are the KKK. I hope it pisses (real) rain on their parafe.

      • mikeyc
        Posted July 23, 2017 at 10:59 am | Permalink

        “Parade”. Stoopid fat fingers.

      • tubby
        Posted July 23, 2017 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

        I thought their apology was meant to convey that while they hate Jews, they’re not like those other people who hate Jews. Maybe they need a Know Your Anti-Semites chart so as to avoid confusion in the future.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted July 23, 2017 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

      Exactly, and how does their correction make anything okay? I’m white, so my tears make them feel good? What a revolting bunch of people if they’re energized by the tears of ANY person.

      • mrclaw69
        Posted July 24, 2017 at 6:48 am | Permalink



        The way I always approach a statement that’s potentially bigoted is to replace the word used with an equivalent for a different race (or gender/sexuality/nation/etc depending on the sentence) and then see if the sentence is obviously repugnant. If it is, then the original sentence was too.

  2. DrBrydon
    Posted July 23, 2017 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    “…they made their Zionist beliefs known and refused to back down.” I believe le mot juste would be “recant.” If I still lived in Chicago, I’d be down at the parade route with an Israeli flag. They can only keep them out of the parade itself.

  3. Malgorzata
    Posted July 23, 2017 at 11:00 am | Permalink


  4. Ken Kukec
    Posted July 23, 2017 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    Banning pro-Israeli marchers from the Slut Walk and Dyke March is completely wrongheaded and fundamentally anti-Semitic. The entire spectrum of viewpoints supporting the marches’ primary goal should be permitted to participate.

    The obverse side of this coin is the third topic addressed in the Andrew Sullivan piece you posted about earlier: the bills pending before the US congress to make support for the anti-Israel BDS movement illegal. I oppose the boycott, but criminalizing it would be, I believe, patently unconstitutional and a derogation of free expression.

    • Posted July 23, 2017 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

      Banning pro-Israeli marchers from the Slut Walk and Dyke March is completely wrongheaded and fundamentally anti-Semitic.

      It’s not anti-semitic to oppose the policies of the secular nation state of Israel.

      The problem arises because the march organisers have conflated the state of Israel (which is evil in their minds, notwithstanding JAC’s comments above about being gay in Israel and being gay in Palestine) with Judaism generally.

      • BJ
        Posted July 23, 2017 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

        It’s more than this. The constant singling out of Israel must have antisemitism behind it. Why constantly try to economically destroy, ban supporters of, and continuously denounce a country that is far more progressive and supports far more of the policies you claim you want enacted, than do the countries you’re supposedly “protecting.” And of those other countries, why are they supporting countries who aren’t just going on a military raid every once in a while to kill terrorists, but who live with a stated goal of killing every Jew and destroying Israel entirely?

        • Posted July 23, 2017 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

          It’s more than this. The constant singling out of Israel must have antisemitism behind it.

          Why must it?

          I don’t know what it’s like in the USA, but the narrative we British are fed by the media is one of poor Palestinians under the cosh from a sophisticated Western style power. So most British who are anti-Israeli are probably that way because they consider the Israelis to be the big bullies of the region and the little people need to be stood up for.

          • BJ
            Posted July 23, 2017 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

            Right, but the question is why the media and government officials continually focus on this particular conflict, when there are conflicts with far more violence, refugees, conflict, starvation, torture, and other horrendous things going on at all times. But they continue to focus on Israel far more. I can think of only one reason why.

            And even for those citizens who have merely been fed this, those citizens know about places like Syria, Sudan, North Korea, etc. Why is Israel so often the one they settle on? Why is it the only one country they want to cripple until it goes away completely?

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted July 23, 2017 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

        Oh, I agree; there’s nothing anti-Semitic about criticizing Israeli policies. Most of my Jewish friends do it regularly, especially since the Likudniks have lurched to the right under Bibi.

      • eric
        Posted July 23, 2017 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

        It’s not anti-semitic to oppose the policies of the secular nation state of Israel.

        Maybe, but Jews are held to an incredible double standard in terms of their signaling that nobody else is held to.

        For example, I oppose Trump’s policies. But I could proudly wave a US flag and nobody would claim that’s a “Trumpist” statement. Wave an Israeli flag, and you are automatically assumed to be supporting all policies of that nation.

        Another example of the double standard is the banning of the Star of David. There is really no more common and universal symbol of Judaism. If they’re going to ban that as ‘Zionist’, then they are really just using the word ‘Zionist’ as an excuse to ban symbols of Judaism.

        I’m weirdly reminded of the rejection of atheist billboards as “controversial”, and how some atheist groups kept making them simpler and simpler to test whether there was any way not to be controversial. For some advertising groups, the answer was clearly no: even a billboard that just says the word “atheist” and gives a web address has been rejected as “controversial”. The same thing is happening to Jews (and to be fair, has happened to them worse than atheists, for much longer…)

        • Posted July 23, 2017 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

          “For example, I oppose Trump’s policies. But I could proudly wave a US flag and nobody would claim that’s a “Trumpist” statement. Wave an Israeli flag, and you are automatically assumed to be supporting all policies of that nation.”

          Exactly. However, here in the USA there is a very strong right-wing contingent that are Holocaust deniers. So there is that.

  5. nicky
    Posted July 23, 2017 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    And it wasn’t even an Israeli flag, but a rainbow flag with a Star of David (a Jewish symbol, not a zionist one), while the flag of much more repressive Palestine could freely be flown. The ‘demotion’ of Ms Hammond, who only reported on this anti-semitic incident is unconscionable and mean.

    I think this is Dawa in action, and the organisers of the Dyke March are it’s ‘useful idiots’.

  6. sensorrhea
    Posted July 23, 2017 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    This kind of historical forgetting and contemporary ignoring is best described as “decadence.”

  7. Posted July 23, 2017 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    May I say “Stupid”, please? How can these people seemingly not realize the weirdness of what they’re doing? Why would you permit Palestinian flags but not Jewish flags in an LGBTQ+ walk? As has been said, the Star of David is a Jewish symbol, not a Zionist symbol.
    That might be somewhat akin to saying that the American flag is a Christian flag that represents only the wealthy 1% and that the Russian flag represents only the oligarchy of the Russian Orthodox Church. Maybe the Jewish marchers should carry their rainbow flags with Stars of David but march with their mouths taped shut.

  8. Harry M. Corrigan
    Posted July 23, 2017 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    Maybe if on their rainbow flags they had used the yellow star imposed by the Nazis it would have been OK. Probably not – “We just didn’t know the history…”

  9. Posted July 23, 2017 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    The oppression repression of Jewish gays/dykes, as they don’t seem to include them as legitimate members of the gay community is facial.
    The “decadence” comment by sensorrhea is valid since living in the west allows them the ‘luxury’ of being discriminatory against Jewish marches in this farce and blind (as Prof(E)points out) to the plight of muslim LGBT.
    It reeks of inequality and coherence the inverse of what they seek for fellow LGBT’s.

  10. Diana MacPherson
    Posted July 23, 2017 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    Another worthy leftist cause taken over by regressives.

    • DiscoveredJoys
      Posted July 24, 2017 at 1:55 am | Permalink

      IslamISTS are winning the competitive victimhood stakes – and their leaders know this and exploit the useful idiots of the Regressive Left and other Western political blocks.

  11. eric
    Posted July 23, 2017 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    I would love if someone would send the organizers a message stating they intend to march, are proudly Jewish, and asking them what symbols of Judaism they will accept as non-Zionist. Just to see the response. I imagine a great amount of double speak and excuse-making would ensue.

  12. Filippo
    Posted July 23, 2017 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    ” . . .(but not pro-Palestinian or Iranian ones)”

    Well, since the Wahhabi (and all that that implies) Saudis oppose the Iranians (according to what I’ve read in the NY Times), I’m looking forward to these pious march organizers vocally condemning the Saudi regime, and similarly preventing its flag from flying in the parade.

  13. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted July 25, 2017 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    The dyke (I assume) on the bike in front of the Palestinian flag … isn’t that the sister that Donald Trump doesn’t like to talk about?
    Or have Trump wigs become a “thing” in the LGBT-ЦРФЕЕРУАГСЛ community. Like a red handkerchief hanging out over the left butt cheek used to mean a certain “something” in the “good time available here” conversation.

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