THE WOMEN’S MARCH NEEDS TO DEAL WITH ITS ANTI-SEMITIC LEADERSHIP

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So what were the odds of a major anti-semitism problem inside the Women’s March?

Apparently about 100%.

In case you missed the explosive Tablet Magazine piece on the subject, I suggest you read it ASAP.

In the meantime, here is an excerpt to illustrate part of what you are in for:

As the women were opening up about their backgrounds and personal investments in creating a resistance movement to Trump, Perez and Mallory allegedly first asserted that Jewish people bore a special collective responsibility as exploiters of black and brown people — and even, according to a close secondhand source, claimed that Jews were proven to have been leaders of the American slave trade. These are canards popularized by The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews, a book published by Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam — “the bible of the new anti-Semitism,” according to Henry Louis Gates Jr., who noted in 1992: “Among significant sectors of the black community, this brief has become a credo of a new philosophy of black self-affirmation.”

This is jarring to read, but should not be very surprising considering who we are talking about here.

Let’s start with Linda Sarsour, who has a troubled past even beyond her obvious anti-semitism.

This is a woman who said that Ayaan Hirsi Ali — who was a victim of FGM, escaped brutal conditions, and now must travel with bodyguards 24/7 — deserves to have her vagina taken away because Sarsour doesn’t agree with her worldview.

She also paid tribute recently to Imam Siraj Wahaj, a man who was listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and said homosexuality is a disease.

Sarsour praised Assata Shakur, a convicted cop killer who escaped prison and fled to Cuba, where she has been hiding out for almost 40 years.

She has said so many disgusting things about Israel, that I wouldn’t even know where to begin, but I’d say her calling for a one-state solution that would completely wipe Israel off the map might be a decent starting point.

And, of course, there’s her most recent lunacy, which was calling for “Jihad” against President Trump and the American government.

Her later claims about this — that she would never advocate violence and was instead referring to the literal definition of a struggle as opposed to the widely accepted definition of violent overthrow — are so ridiculously disingenuous, that I’d laugh if it wasn’t so pathetic.

Remember, she’s incredibly peaceful, except when she’s lauding the actions of a convicted cop-killer, an accomplice in a bombing, or cheering on Palestinians throwing rocks at Israelis as a profile in courage on Twitter.

Then, there is Tamika Mallory, whom Karol Markowicz did a great job of dissecting in the New York Post.

In a February 2018 speech, Farrakhan said, “Jews were responsible for all of this filth and degenerate behavior that Hollywood is putting out, turning men into women and women into men. White folks are going down. And Satan is going down. And Farrakhan, by God’s grace, has pulled the cover off of that Satanic Jew, and I’m here to say your time is up, your world is through.”

Mallory attended the speech. She once posted a picture of herself embraced by Farrakhan, referring to him as “the GOAT” (Greatest Of All Time). So when she pointedly refused to condemn Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic and anti-LGBT comments after being asked, it was no surprise.

Indeed, none of this is a surprise at all.

I support women fully in their empowerment goals, as I have three daughters, all of whom are incredible people who deserve nothing but the utmost respect and opportunity from society.

But this group as currently constituted is not an appropriate vehicle to reach those ends.

One of the group’s co-founders, Teresa Shook, bravely called for new leadership to step forward recently and she could not have been more right.

Anti-semitism should have no place anywhere let alone a group professing to be fighting for women’s rights.

I hope for the Women’s March’s sake that they understand that and purge those in leadership who do not.

Because being a champion for all women should mean just that.

And that includes women of all races, colors, and creeds, including those of the Jewish faith.

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