Isolated by their ‘allies,’ LGBTQ Jews gather to parse Pride’s anti-Israel leanings


Leah Forester knows what rejection feels like. When the Orthodox Jewish comedian came out as a lesbian several years ago, her Haredi family stopped speaking to her. But that “was nothing compared to the hate and vitriol I felt from my own Queer community during Pride month,” Forester told a packed room at The Glasshouse in Manhattan on July 1. Forester was speaking on a panel, “Proud in Pride: Deconstructing the Queers for Palestine,” during a two-day conference sponsored by the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM). Israel’s ongoing war against Hamas has highlighted the complicated relationship LGBTQ Zionists have with the LGBTQ community writ large, particularly the Queers for Palestine movement.

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