If the mere sight of Judaism's most recognizable symbol makes you feel uneasy, you're the one with the problem.
Three revelers were asked to leave the 2017 Dyke March Chicago this weekend on account of their Jewish pride flag, which bore the image of the Star of David.
Organizers for the gay pride event explained the flag represented Zionism, which they said conflicts with the march's pro-Palestine message.
"Yesterday during the rally we saw three individuals carrying Israeli flags superimposed on rainbow flags," Dyke March Collective member Iliana Figueroa told Chicagoist this weekend.
The collective member confirmed that the three march participants were indeed asked to leave because "people in the space were feeling threatened." However, Figueroa added, the three didn't vacate the march immediately, and instead hung around for "a few hours."
"[A]s a Collective we are very much pro-Palestine, and when we see these flags we know a lot of folks who are under attack by Israel see the visuals of the flag as a threat, so we don't want anything in the space that can inadvertently or advertently express Zionism," she said.
Just to be clear, the organizers and some of the march's participants felt threatened by the mere presence of the Star of David, according to Figueroa. There's a word for that sort of visceral reaction.
The Dyke March Collective released a longer statement defending the decision to eject the three attendees.
"[O]ur celebration of dyke, queer, and trans solidarity was partially overshadowed by our decision to ask three individuals carrying Israeli flags superimposed on rainbow flags to leave the rally," read a statement published to the Dyke March Chicago's social media accounts.
"The Chicago Dyke March Collective is explicitly not anti-Semitic, we are anti-Zionist. The Chicago Dyke March Collective supports the liberation of Palestine and all oppressed people everywhere," the statement added. "From Palestine to Mexico, border walls have got to go!!"
The statement retroactively tried to defend its decision by noting one of the attendees it ejected, Laurel Grauer, is a regional director for a Wider Bridge, which they characterize as a pro-Israel, right-wing "interest group." But of course, they didn't know that at the time they asked Grauer and her friends to leave, so it's not quite kosher to fish for that excuse after the fact.
The collective's online statement concluded with a final editor's note: "We want to make clear that anti-Zionist Jewish volunteers and supporters are welcome at Dyke March and were involved in conversations with the individuals who were asked to leave."
Grauer, one of the three participants who were asked to leave this weekend, told the Windy City Times that she is a longtime Dyke March participant, and that she did nothing new this year.
"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," she said.
Grauer's flag also allegedly drew her a significant amount of scorn and derision.
"They were telling me to leave because my flag was a trigger to people that they found offensive," Grauer said. "Prior to this [march] I had never been harassed or asked to leave and I had always carried the flag with me."
One of the other participants who was ejected by the Dyke March Collective, an Iranian-Jew named Eleanor Shoshany-Anderson, said, "I was here as a proud Jew in all of my identities."
"The Dyke March is supposed to be intersectional. I don't know why my identity is excluded from that. I feel that, as a Jew, I am not welcome here," she added.