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Where to begin here…?

Evidence of a regrowth of anti-semitism worldwide continues, and seems now to be rearing its ugly head even in what many might see as among the unlikeliest of places.

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For example, at a gay pride rally, of all things, held last Saturday in Chicago, attendees carrying Jewish LGBT Pride flags were forced to leave by organizers.

According to one marcher, identified by Newsweek as Laurel Grauer, she was harassed by other march attendees and eventually told she needed to leave with the flag she’d been bearing during the event.

“It was a flag from my congregation which celebrates my queer, Jewish identity which I have done for over a decade marching in the Dyke March with the same flag,” said Grauer. “They were telling me to leave because my flag was a trigger to people that they found offensive. Prior to this I had never been harassed or asked to leave and I had always carried the flag with me.”

“People asked me if I was a Zionist and I said ‘yes, I do care about the state of Israel but I also believe in a two-state solution and an independent Palestine,’” Grauer continued. “It’s hard to swallow the idea of inclusion when you are excluding people from that. People are saying ‘You can be gay but not in this way.’ We do not feel welcomed. We do not feel included.”

Newsweek reports that march organizers saw the event as pro-Palestinian and anti-Zionist, in addition to (obviously) pro-gay, and that flags displaying the Star of David made others feel unsafe.

By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large

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