Jews wel­come, says SlutWalk

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY JC RE­PORTER

A US group that cam­paigns against rape cul­ture, SlutWalk Chicago, has an­nounced — in an ap­par­ent u-turn — that it will al­low peo­ple bear­ing Jewish or Zion­ist sym­bols to join its march in the city on Au­gust 12.

The group had pre­vi­ously sig­nalled on Twit­ter that it would fol­low the lead of the gay rights col­lec­tive Chicago Dyke March, which banned Jews from its June 23 demon­stra­tion rea­son­ing that any “ex­pres­sion of Zion­ism” made other pro­test­ers feel “un­safe”.

But a SlutWalk Chicago or­gan­iser told Haaretz last Sun­day that the group would wel­come all par­tic­i­pants who wish to protest against sex­ual vi­o­lence.

The or­gan­iser, named as “Red”, also said SlutWalk needed to make amends with the Jewish com­mu­nity.

He said: “I do think that at SlutWalk Chicago we have some apol­o­gis­ing to do around the con­fu­sion with some of our tweets. We are not ban­ning any sym­bols or any kind of eth­nic or her­itage flags.”

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