When a Tel Aviv gay group marches at a gay pride event in Berlin this June, they’ll be leaving their country’s flag at home. Apparently “out and proud” doesn’t include being proud to be Israeli.
In the case of both gays and Israelis, not everyone is self confident enough to stand up to ignorance, stereotypes, and hatred.
But, astonishingly, this coming June in Berlin, we will see an example of self- loathing literally on parade. A delegation from Tel Aviv is planning to march in that city’s pride events, yet this gay Israeli group doesn’t have the balls to carry an Israeli flag. To avoid the jeers of Israel-bashers and anti-Semites, they’ve decided to leave behind flags and other symbols that would call attention to their national identity.
It’s both ironic, and pathetic.
Israel is the only nation in the Middle East where gay people don’t live in constant fear of persecution or execution, and yet, there are gay Israelis who can’t bear to express their patriotism in the anti-Semitic climate of 21st century Europe.
Writer Michael Lucas adds:
Isn’t it also a bit ironic these Israeli marchers would deny their flag in Berlin, of all places? They’re going there, after all, as representatives of a country created as a result of Nazi Germany’s murder of six million Jews in World War II. These people don’t have enough pride in themselves, nor enough respect for the dead, to announce themselves as gay Israelis.
Shameful. Love of Israel has become the love that dare not speak its name.