Organizers of the 'DC Dyke March' against displacement and gentrification in Washington, DC sparked outrage from some Jewish groups by banning Israeli flags and symbols from their rally on Friday.
The organizers of the event explicitly asked their participants via Facebook to avoid bringing any nationalist symbols, specifically mentioning Israeli flags and rainbow flags bearing the Star of David... Еще, although not including the Palestinian flag.
Some Jewish and pro-Israel organisations in turn condemned the Dyke March calling the ban anti-Semitic.
«It's not a ban, we are not banning all Jewish symbols,» said a march organiser who added the pro-Israeli group who had showed up with Jewish symbols were not ejected from the rally.
A Jewish participant however condemned the ban saying, «I found that completely anti-Semitic that any other religious symbol was not explicitly banned or any other national symbol was not explicitly banned.»
Gabriel, one of the event's organisers, explained that «All the people that are here, the other group that has come here will march with us, we are not pushing them out, we will not take away their flags. We can co-exist in the same space and we can all march as dykes.»
The DC Dyke March was reportedly last held over a decade ago but similarly styled events have continued in other cities throughout the United States. The marches are often more explicitly rooted in left-wing activism than the more commercial mainstream LGBTQ pride parades that have become common in recent years.