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Woke Wars: Queers for Palestine Block Philly Pride Parade

At the Philadelphia Pride Parade, an unexpected war of the woke unfolded when anti-Israel protesters brought the celebration to a standstill. As drummers marched, their progress was blocked by demonstrators chanting for Palestine. This disruption at an event symbolizing inclusivity and rights for the LGBTQ+ community by a group named Queers 4 Palestine Philly underscores a bewildering conflict of interests that truly underscores the Queers for Palestine movement.

The irony is palpable—Queers 4 Palestine, a group standing for LGBTQ+ rights, supports Hamas, an organization that has historically oppressed homosexual individuals. The chants of “Palestine will live forever” and calls to “burn Israel to the ground” echo deeply Antisemitic hysteria, all while wearing the symbols of LGBTQ+ pride–it’s almost too ridiculous to fathom. This contradiction highlights a perplexing disconnect: advocating for one group’s human rights while seemingly disregarding the harsh realities faced by LGBTQ+ individuals under Hamas’s governance in Gaza. The stark disconnect crystallized into reality when Queers for Palestine not only metaphorically but also physically barred their fellow LGBTQ individuals at the Pride event from moving forward.

The statement from Queers 4 Palestine Philly on Instagram calls for a global intifada against oppression, yet the method of their protest—stalling a parade meant to celebrate freedom and diversity—seems counterintuitive. They push for an end to “colonial genocide” while simultaneously disrupting an event that marks the liberation from societal chains for many attendees. The hypocrisy is evident, yet they are far too steeped in their own delusion to recognize the folly of their ways. In time, this will inevitably come back to haunt them.

This incident at the Philadelphia Pride Parade is not just a local disruption but a microcosm of larger, ongoing global tensions. It begs us to question the alignments and contradictions within movements that, on one hand, champion the cause of freedom and rights but, on the other, support entities that directly spit on the same principles. It’s a stark reminder that the battle for rights and recognition isn’t just external but often involves navigating complex, sometimes contradictory, internal landscapes of ideology–and the woke ideology is no exception.

Robert B. Chernin

Robert B. Chernin

Robert is a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser, and former radio talk show host. He studied political science at McGill University in Montreal and has spent over 25 years deeply involved in civic affairs at all levels. Robert has consulted on a variety of federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition.