- The Washington Times - Friday, July 21, 2017

Following the Chicago Dyke March’s controversial decision to eject pro-Israel participants from last month’s rally, the SlutWalk march has announced it is also banning “Zionist displays” from appearing at its August protest.

SlutWalk, which describes itself as a “an international movement that fights rape culture, victim blaming, and slut shaming,” insisted its decision to ban pro-Israel displays during its Aug. 12 march at Lake Shore Park is a decision rooted in anti-Zionism, not anti-Semitism.

“We still stand behind @DykeMarchChi’s decision to remove the Zionist contingent from their event, & we won’t allow Zionist displays at ours,” the Chicago SlutWalk Twitter account tweeted.

Asked if Jewish marchers will be protected during the demonstration, the account tweeted, “all participants will be well protected, so ppl making Zionist or any other similarly nationalist, imperialist displays will be ejected.”

The news comes several weeks after the Chicago Dyke March ejected three pro-LGBT, pro-Israel marchers who were reportedly waving flags with the Star of David superimposed over the LGBT rainbow. Despite facing backlash from several Jewish groups, the Dyke March defended its decision to eject the marchers, saying the marchers had “repeatedly expressed support for Zionism” and made people feel unsafe, Breitbart News reported.

SlutWalk defended the Dyke March in several tweets this week, explaining that it’s not the Star of David that’s offensive, but that the marchers “refused to back down” from their pro-Israel beliefs.

“[T]he people carrying the flags in question were altering chants to remove the word ‘Palestine,’” the account tweeted. “[A]fter Palestinian participants expressed discomfort the people were asked what was up, & it became clear they were zionists & there 2 troll.”

“The group in question was ejected by a coalition of Jewish & Palestinian anti-zionists BECAUSE THEY WERE ZIONISTS,” it added.

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