Despite Pushback, Zioness Movement Roars On

From The New York Jewish Week:

At first event, proudly progressive, pro-Israel movement is harassed, but not deterred.

Amy Sara Clark
August 16, 2017

They are (Jewish progressive) women, hear them roar.

The 1972 Helen Reddy song that became the anthem of feminism’s second wave could very well be the slogan of Zioness Movement, the new progressive group that made its official launch on Saturday at Slutwalk Chicago, part of a national effort to protest rape culture.

Despite significant harassment during the event, the Zionesses remain undeterred.

“What we’re asking for is to be included in important movements in the United States. We are asking not to be excluded,” Amanda Berman, a 30-something attorney who lives in New York City, told The Jewish Week. “We are true progressives, this is sincere for us,” she added. “It’s something that [Zionist] progressive women have been struggling with for a long time.”

When Berman’s group arrived at the rally, she said, she and her group “were super friendly; we walked around, we made friends.” The group gave away several T-shirts — black with a rainbow colored Star of David — and posters — a woman wearing a countenance of courage and a Jewish star around her neck, drawn in the red-white-and-blue block style of Shepard Fairey’s Barack Obama “Hope” sign, and, more recently, his portrait of a Muslim woman wearing a hijab made from an American flag.

But the good feeling was fleeting.

“We were clearly unwelcome from the moment we got there,” Berman said. Once the rally started, she said, other protesters “chased us around the entire time with red umbrellas” trying to cover up the Zioness signs.

Berman, however, remains positive.

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