The Women's March Dumps Zahra Billoo
It seems Zahra Billoo's Jew hatred was even too much for the Women's March. It was so over the top that they couldn't even pretend it away like they tried to do with some of their previous Judeophobic leaders.
Following the age old practice of bigots of all stripes, Billoo has taken no responsibility for her actions. From a Facebook post:
Earlier tonight, I was voted off the Women's March, Inc. national board. This followed an Islamophobic smear campaign led by the usual antagonists, who have long targeted me, my colleagues, and anyone else who dares speak out in support of Palestinian human rights and the right to self-determination.
To be clear, anti-semitism is indeed a growing and dangerous problem in our country, as is anti-Blackness, anti-immigrant sentiment, Islamophobia, ableism, sexism, and so much more. I condemn any form of bigotry unequivocally, but I also refuse to be silent as allegations of bigotry are weaponized against the most marginalized people, those who find sanctuary and hope in the articulation of truth.
I'd like to believe that she's trying to fool the reader, but I'm sure she really believes this. Even though she then writes:
In looking at the tweets in question, I acknowledge that I wrote passionately. While I may have phrased some of my content differently today, I stand by my words.
Her words were:
“Blaming Hamas for firing rockets at [Apartheid] Israel is like blaming a woman for punching her rapist’
I’m more afraid of racist Zionists who support Apartheid Israel than of the mentally ill young people the #FBI recruits to join ISIS.”
“Israel commits war crimes and terrorism as a hobby.”
“JUST IN CASE THE ZIONISTS DIDN’T HEAR ME: “Israel is an apartheid, racist state, which engages in terrorism against Palestinians.”
So, on the one hand, yes Billoo is right. Anti-Semitism is a problem. On the other hand she is engaging in and promoting anti-Semitism. She is a Jew-hating bigot, and like all bigots, when her bigotry is exposed she blames others (like the people who exposed her) for her self-created ills. And she is weaponizing bigotry. Good riddance to her, and if the Women's March was really about promoting human rights, they never would have had so many Judeophobes among their leadership.