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A Response to the Anti-Defamation League

Finkel, David & Greenspon, Don

Publisher:  Against the Current
Date Written:  01/11/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article

The Anti-Defamation League's statement published in Detroit Jewish News (July 24, 2017, "Jewish Voice for Peace Increases Anti-Israel Radicalism") contains numerous distortions, which can't all be addressed in detail in the limited space available to us here.



To be sure, popular support for LGBTQ rights in Israel is very real. That's because much of the Israeli public, across the political spectrum, despises the Orthodox rabbinate that exercises so much power in Israeli civic life -- including marriage, conversion, etc. -- whose hatred of lesbian and gay people is well known. (Notoriously, condemning Jerusalem's Pride parade is one of the few things where Orthodox rabbis and Muslim clerics in the city come together.)

Closer to home, the ADL cites the alleged "expulsion of the Jewish group, A Wider Bridge, from the Chicago Dyke March on the grounds that they carried rainbow flags that resembled Israeli flags." Reports of this purported act of censorship have been widely circulated, but they're far from accurate. An often neglected detail is that "the Jewish group" A Wider Bridge is in fact an Israeli-linked organization and that its staffperson Laurel Grauer apparently showed up as a provocation in full knowledge that the 2017 Chicago Dyke March was explicitly opposed to Zionism.

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