During the LGBTQIA Pride Parade in Chicago on June 21, a pro-Israel attempted to co-opt the parades message of inclusion by inserting a message of exclusion and militarism. They were told to leave by the parade organizers, which immediately unleashed the usual false accusations of “anti-semitism”.
Organisers of an LGBT-rights festival in Chicago are being accused of anti-Semitism after they expelled marchers carrying the Star of David.
In a social media post, the Dyke March said: “This decision was made after [the expelled marchers] repeatedly expressed support for Zionism during conversations with Dyke March Collective members.”
In a statement, the Dyke March Collective later accused Ms Grauer’s organistion of “using Israel’s supposed ‘LGBTQ tolerance’ to pinkwash the violent occupation of Palestine”.
Why are pro-Israel groups and Israel itself so desperate to pinkwash the country and its alleged “acceptance” of LGBTQIA people, desperate to get the world’s LGBTQIA people to take its side?
In part it is a numbers game. Israel has long offered citizenship to anyone of jewish descent, even LGBTQIA people. The country is vastly outnumbered in the region. Increasing the population occupies more land and enlarges the country’s military reserves.
Now I suspect the reason is very different. Of all the groups in the world that oppose the apartheid state, LGBTQIA people are the one group that cannot be falsely accused of anti-semitism, having been the victims of the same atrocities during World War II. I’m not referring to blood libel and other repulsive statements which most definitely are anti-semitism. Rather, I’m speaking of opposition to Israel’s militarism and crimes against humanity (e.g. mentioning that Israel used white phosphorus on Gaza in 2009). The false accusations of “anti-semitism” can’t stick the way they do with other groups.
Intersectionality is when the oppressed band together to support each other. Israel is not the oppressed anymore. It is the oppressor, and Palestinians are the oppressed, which is why their fight for human rights must be supported. It is not anti-semitism to support equal rights for all groups. LGBTQIA people are the one group that cannot be falsely accused, which makes saying it all the more important.