chicagodykemarchcollective

anonymous asked:

chicagodykemarchcollective org/2017/06/27/chicago-dyke-march-official-statement-on-2017-march-and-solidarity-with-palestine/ The Chicago dyke march people released a statement about what happened. It includes the line, "Zionism is an inherently white-supremacist ideology." I... I... I am speechless. I don't know how they managed to fuck it up that badly, but they did. I'm almost impressed. (they do know that white supremacists don't like Jews, right?) -pocket-knife (I have returned!)

What’s great about this – archived here – is not only that they doubled-down to excuse their antisemitism, but that they managed to completely destroy their position by failing to smear one of the Jewish women that was thrown out.

“It was later revealed that Laurel was aware of Dyke March’s anti-Zionist position from pro-Palestine memes and art that were posted on the Dyke March page, and was also aware of the fact that her flag could be interpreted as being at odds with that position.”

Oh? Is that true, Dyke March organisers? Well, that could change with the next messages that the March then poste–

Oh. So basically, they’ve managed to unironically put up messages that basically say that a Jewish woman was worried about using the flag that she’s been using for years because of some Facebook posts on the Dyke March’s page, one of the organisers admits to seeing it before and that the flag was fine, as well as saying that they were against antisemitism, and the Jewish woman was grateful for the quick chat…

And that translates as, again:

“It was later revealed that Laurel was aware of Dyke March’s anti-Zionist position from pro-Palestine memes and art that were posted on the Dyke March page, and was also aware of the fact that her flag could be interpreted as being at odds with that position.”

Wow. A Jewish woman saying that she’s worried about harassment over her nothing-to-do-with-Israel Jewish Pride flag is her “being aware” that antisemites would conflate Jewishness with Israel. Because a symbol of Jewishness “could be interpreted” as something that other Dyke Marchers might harass. 

Nice retroactive victim-blaming and obvious gaslighting there, Dyke March.

And that goes straight into the Dyke March saying:

“Upon arrival at the rally location in Piotrowski Park, Palestinian marchers approached those carrying the flags to learn more about their intentions, due to its similarity to the Israeli flag and the flag’s long history of use in Pinkwashing efforts. During the conversation, the individuals asserted their Zionist stance and support for Israel. At this point, Jewish allies and Dyke March organizers stepped in to help explain why Zionism was unacceptable at the march.”

So, again, a Jewish woman asked the organisers if she would be safe from harassment if she brought her Jewish Pride flag, since it was nothing to do with Israel. An organiser said it was fine because they’d seen it on previous marches. And then Dyke March organisers admit that the Jews were just marching until Palestinian marchers deliberately went over there to harass them for seeing nothing but a Star of David on the Jewish Pride flags.

“Anti-Zionism has nothing to do with antisemitism! But we’re going to presume that a universal symbol of Jewishness = Israel and deliberately go over to start antagonising Jews!”

The antagonists started a conversation about Israel. The Jews then tried to defend themselves, even though the earlier messages prove that they weren’t even there about Israel, but for themselves, and the organisers accepted that.

And then, to top it all off, the organisers then admit not to break up that antisemitic harassment, or say, “Hey, this is just a Jewish Pride flag, we’re not here to talk about Israel, they’re not even here to defend Israel, so separate.” No, they decided to continue the harassment of the Jews there and then eject them from the march entirely.

I’m not even going to go into their ramblings about attacking Israel, because Israel here isn’t the point. Actual Jews and actual antisemitism is the point. Israel here does not matter even one bit.

If the Dyke March organisers had tried to claim something like the Jews went over and started something with Palestinians, then I could say, “Well, they were being troublemakers when they knew it wasn’t going to go down, so that wasn’t antisemitism, that was their own fault.” 

But the Dyke March’s statement proves absolutely otherwise.

They reassured a Jewish woman, who made it clear she was only there for herself, that her Jewish Pride flag was good and she wouldn’t be harassed.

They then let her be harassed for her Jewish Pride flag by antisemites.

They then supported those antisemites to be antisemitic themselves.

They then get backlash online for their antisemitism.

And then they make a statement admitting that a universal symbol of Jewishness makes Jews an acceptable target for antisemitic harassment.

But they’re totally not antisemites, guys.