The Women’s March Inc. AntiSemitism issues… here today and…. still here today…


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By Emily Burack

“Many believe the Women’s March leadership has an anti-Semitism problem. They have consistently refused to denounce anti-Semitic remarks, and in doing so, have failed Jews (and particularly Jews of color) in their movement.”

“Tamika is not alone in her support for Farrakhan; Carmen Perez has posted about him praisingly, writing, “There are many times when I sit with elders or inspirational individuals where I think, ‘I just wish I could package this and share this moment with others.‘” Similarly, Linda Sarsour (alongside Carmen and Tamika) participated in Farrakhan’s 2015 Rally #JusticeorElse.

…they’ve been cozy with noted anti-Semite Farrakhan for a while. Read more…

Start with Ms. Sarsour, by far the most visible of the quartet of organizers. It turns out that this “homegirl in a hijab,” as one of many articles about her put it, has a history of disturbing views, as advertised by . . . Linda Sarsour.

There are comments on her Twitter feed of the anti-Zionist sort: “Nothing is creepier than Zionism,” she wrote in 2012. And, oddly, given her status as a major feminist organizer, there are more than a few that seem to make common cause with anti-feminists, like this from 2015: “You’ll know when you’re living under Shariah law if suddenly all your loans and credit cards become interest-free. Sound nice, doesn’t it?” She has dismissed the anti-Islamist feminist Ayaan Hirsi Ali in the most crude and cruel terms, insisting she is “not a real woman” and confessing that she wishes she could take away Ms. Ali’s vagina — this about a woman who suffered genital mutilation as a girl in Somalia.

Ms. Sarsour and her defenders have dismissed all of this as a smear campaign coordinated by the far right and motivated by Islamophobia. Plus, they’ve argued, many of these tweets were written five years ago! Ancient history. Read more…


By P.R. Lockhart

The movement has been embroiled in controversy after a member of its leadership team attended a speech by the Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan.

Last week it was revealed that Women’s March organizer and co-president Tamika Mallory was present at a speech Farrakhan gave before the Nation of Islam in February. During the speech, Farrakhan made several anti-Semitic comments, including saying that “the powerful Jews are my enemy,” according to CNN. The Anti-Defamation League notes that Farrakhan also argued that Jewish people control the media and use that influence to increase the number of gay and transgender individuals in the US, said Jewish people control the US government, and claimed the FBI — under Jewish influence — pushed marijuana onto black men to “feminize” them, in addition to a number of other comments.

“White folks are going down,” Farrakhan said during the speech. “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.” At one point in the speech, Farrakhan gave Mallory a personal shoutout, according to the Anti-Defamation League. Read more…


By Chloe Valdary

“One could argue that Farrakhan and certain progressive movements share this perspective. Why else would the movement for black lives and the Women’s March leadership make statements about no other geopolitical conflict on Earth except for one involving Jews? One group is using political language, and the other is using religious language, but both reflect a cosmic, conspiratorial obsession with the Jewish people, who are positioned as the root of all evil.

“Hitler was a great man.” This and other anti-Semitic statements made by Farrakhan have given way to a bizarre unspoken agreement between white supremacist groups and some leaders in the Women’s March. While Tamika Mallory has asserted that Farrakhan is “definitely the GOAT,” or greatest of all time, the alt-right group the American Renaissance has reached out to Farrakhan because it shares the view that white people and black people need to be separated. Even members of the Ku Klux Klan have donated money to Farrakhan in support of his anti-Semitic rhetoric. In addition to being incredibly racist, all of this activity has led to a breakdown in progressive spaces where Jews are shunned and forced to leave a critical component of their identity at the door.

Intersectionality’s greatest flaw is in reducing human beings to political abstractions, which is never a tendency that turns out well—in part because it so severely flattens our complex human experience, and therefore fails to adequately describe reality. As it turns out, one can be personally successful and still come from a historically oppressed community—or vice versa. The human experience is complex and multifaceted and deeper than the superficial ways in which intersectionalists describe it.

To mend the damage they doing, leaders in progressive spaces need to ground their work in the understanding that we are all human beings—layered and complicated and all containing the capacity to do good or evil, regardless of our skin color or station in life. The question should not be how to trade one supremacist exercise of power for another, but how to empower every community with the necessary tools. Progressive leaders should thus ground their criticisms of social problems in a desire to see all human beings flourish. For example, if one has a problem with something a white person has done to another community, progressives should criticize it not out of a desire to tear that white person down but to uplift every individual—including that white person. This criticism would be constructive, not corrosive and would ensure that unnecessary enmity and discord do not develop between communities in the course of righting wrongs. Progressives should ground their work in love and compassion—which are bulwarks against the stereotype and objectification that the Louis Farrakhans of the world traffic in.” Read more…


Contemporary Left Antisemitism

“Today’s antisemitism is difficult to recognize because it does not come dressed in a Nazi uniform and it does not openly proclaim its hatred or fear of Jews. This book looks at the kind of antisemitism which is tolerated or which goes unacknowledged in apparently democratic spaces: trade unions, churches, left-wing and liberal politics, social gatherings of the chattering classes and the seminars and journals of radical intellectuals. It analyses how criticism of Israel can mushroom into antisemitism and it looks at struggles over how antisemitism is defined. It focuses on ways in which those who raise the issue of antisemitism are often accused of doing so in bad faith in an attempt to silence or smear. Hostility to Israel has become a signifier of identity, connected to opposition to imperialism, neo-liberalism and global capitalism; the ‘community of the good’ takes on toxic ways of imagining most living Jewish people.

Weaving together theoretical discussion with case study narrative in an engaging and interesting way, this book is a global study which is essential reading for scholars working in sociology, politics, Middle East studies, Israel studies, Jewish studies, philosophy, anthropology, journalism and history, as well as anyone interested in current affairs and politics.”


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