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Chicago Dyke March accused of further antisemitism after Zio tweet
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Chicago Dyke March accused of further antisemitism after Zio tweet

The Chicago Dyke March Collective, which threw Jews out of its march last month for carrying LGBT Pride flags with a Star of David on, has been criticised for using a phrase popularised by neo-Nazis.

On the Friday, the collective tweeted out pictures of the pop star Beyoncé, along with the phrase “Zio tears replenish my electrolytes!”

The term “Zio” was first popularised by the far-right, with antisemitic hate preachers such as former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke using it on a regular basis.

However, the term has since gained popularity on the far left.

The Dyke March collective initially responded angrily to criticism of their use of the phrase. When one tweeter described it as “reprehensible… Do you want to associate yourselves with the KKK? Because that's what you're doing”, the Dyke March response was: “Wow, trying to compare a group of queer people of color to the KKK, so f***ed up”.

However, when criticism grew, the collective deleted their tweet, saying:

“Sorry y'all! Definitely didn't know the violent history of the term. We meant Zionist/white tears replenish our electrolytes.”

However, as pointed out by another Twitter user, the majority of Israel’s Jews are of Middle Eastern heritage, rather than European – and that by identifying Israel as “white”, the Dyke March was “erasing” the existence of millions of Jews. 

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017
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