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DC Dyke March bans flags with Jewish symbols

In a joint statement late yesterday Thursday, June 6, Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans CEO Arnie Fielkow, board chairman Henry Miller, JP NOLA chair Dr. Marc Behar and Jewish Community Relations Council chair Bradley Bain, condemned the leadership of the DC Dyke March’s decision to ban the Star of David (and other Israeli symbols) during its march today, Friday, June 7.

A Jewish Pride flag from the 2011 Twin Cities Gay Pride Parade. (Photo by Fibonacci Blue)

“Collectively, we stand for unity, inclusion and diversity, including equal and fair rights for our LGBTQ members and partners, and the DC Dyke March leadership’s position conflicts with all of these important principles. The singling out of Israel, a lone voice in the Middle East region in combating discrimination against the LGBTQ community, is contradictory to all of our collective efforts—including the DC Dyke March leadership—to fight against such discrimination and bigotry,” read the statement.

Federation officials also joined with other Jewish organizations including A Wider Bridge, the JCRC of Greater Washington and Zioness to urge the DC Dyke March leadership “to immediately reverse course on this important matter.”

As a measure of demonstrating a united front and the “full support of an inclusive, intersectional community,” Federation officials urged locals to  join with Touro Synagogue’s annual Pride marching group  and take part in the New Orleans Pride Parade on Saturday, June 8, at 7:30 p.m.

Participants will meet at 5:45 p.m. at 401 Mandeville St. (at the corner of N. Peters) to join in the march. For more information, contact Touro organizer Matthew Lister.

The CCJN covered similar bans in marches sponsored by LGBTQ organizations in Chicago associated with the Chicago Slutwalk and Chicago Dyke March.

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