Updated: 12:03 p.m., July 25, 2017: includes link to original story from the Algemeiner.
After the organizers of Chicago Dyke March caused a national scandal by banning flags with Jewish symbols, the city’s SlutWalk organization has followed suit, announcing that it would prohibit “Zionist symbols” at an upcoming rally.
“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 chairs of SlutWalk wrote, in a story first reported by the Algemeiner. The demonstration will take place in early August.
Engaging with critics on Twitter, the SlutWalk defended the Dyke March’s interpretation of the Star of David as a Zionist symbol, opining, “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.”
“Slut walks” are organized to protest the shaming of women’s sexuality and to fight rape and sexual assault. They have occurred across the world, including in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
Daniel J. Solomon is the former Assistant to the Editor/News Writer at the Forward. Originally from Queens, he attended Harvard as an undergraduate, where he wrote his senior thesis on French-Jewish intellectual history. He is excited to have returned to New York after his time in Massachusetts. Daniel’s passions include folk music, cycling, and pointed argument.
Chicago SlutWalk Bans ‘Zionist Symbols’