The LGBTIQA+ Jewish community group Dayenu Sydney is at a crossroads, contemplating withdrawing from the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Their 24-year participation is threatened by what they describe as an “anti-Semitic campaign” by Pride in Protest. The contention revolves around Pride in Protest’s portrayal of the conflict in Gaza and their Mardi Gras float theme, “Trans Pride Not Genocide,” which Dayenu views as a direct attack on Israel’s policies.
The Core of the Controversy
Dayenu’s concerns stem from the perceived hostility in Sydney’s Queer spaces, citing safety worries for its members. They argue that the activist group’s actions, including the display of Palestinian flags and messages during the parade, contribute to an atmosphere of aggression. In contrast, Pride in Protest emphasizes their solidarity with Palestine, linking queer/trans struggles with anti-colonial movements.
Mardi Gras’ Stance
In response, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras emphasizes their commitment to peace and inclusivity, advocating for the rights of all LGBTQIA+ communities. The organization stresses its neutral stance, advocating for both Israeli and Palestinian LGBTQIA+ communities. Mardi Gras aims to foster a safe and respectful environment for all its participants, highlighting the importance of understanding the complexities of such issues within the community.