(JTA) — The DC Dyke March is returning after a 12-year hiatus, with a new request: no “nationalist symbols” including flags and banners that represent “nations that have specific oppressive tendencies.”
This includes the Jewish Pride flag of rainbow colors with a white Star of David in the middle, which organizers say too closely resembles the flag of Israel.
Palestinian flags will be welcome, however.
The march will take place on June 7th, a day before the annual Capital Pride Parade. Its theme is “displacement.”
A coalition of LGBTQ, Jewish and feminist organizations on Wednesday in a statement called on the DC Dyke March “to apologize to the community, and reverse course by allowing Dykes wishing to carry all Jewish and Israeli symbols to march as their full, authentic selves.”
The Anti-Defamation League called the Dyke March’s decision “outrageous” in a statement.
“Banning the Star of David in their parade is anti-Semitic, plain and simple,” said its national director, Jonathan Greenblatt.