Two Views on the Women's March
The Women's March has finally dumped (or they just left) Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory, and Bob Bland. While some anti-Semites have left, Carmen Perez still remains. And just to make sure the Women's March remains intolerant toward Jews, Zahra Billoo, who is also executive director of CAIR in the San Francisco bay area. She also, as you can well imagine, has very little fondness for Jews.
ZOA and the ADL have both released statements on this latest development.
The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) applauded the reported departure of Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory and Bob Bland from the board of the Women’s March, all of whom have tolerated and promoted anti-Semitism.
However, anti-Semitism problems still plague the board: Despite a troubling anti-Semitic record, Carmen Perez is reportedly remaining in her position as co-chair. In addition, one of the newly added board members, Zahra Billoo, who is executive director of the San Francisco Bay area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, has repeatedly promoted hatred and lies about Israel and denied Israel’s right to exist. Both Perez and Billoo must go.
At the first meeting of what would become the Women’s March, Perez and Mallory reportedly told the group’s founders, “Jewish people bore a special collective responsibility as exploiters of black and brown people.”After the first march in 2017, Evvie Harmon, one of the original Women’s March organizers, told Tablet that Perez and Mallory were “berating” another early organizer, Vanessa Wruble, for being Jewish, with words of “Your people this, your people that.”
In July 2014, Billoo tweeted, “Blaming Hamas for firing rockets at [Apartheid] Israel is like blaming a woman for punching her rapist’In February 2015, Billoo tweeted, I’m more afraid of racist Zionists who support Apartheid Israel than of the mentally ill young people the #FBI recruits to join ISIS.”In April 2015, Billoo tweeted, “Israel commits war crimes and terrorism as a hobby.”In July 2018, Billoo tweeted, “JUST IN CASE THE ZIONISTS DIDN’T HEAR ME: “Israel is an apartheid, racist state, which engages in terrorism against Palestinians.”
Susan B. Tuchman, Esq., director of the ZOA’s Center for Law and Justice, praised the departures of Sarsour, Mallory and Bland from the Women’s March board, and strongly urged the Women’s March to drop Perez and Billoo from the board immediately: “On my own behalf and on behalf of the men and women at the ZOA who are proud Jews, strong Zionists, and committed feminists, we are glad that there’s been some much-needed housecleaning on the board of the Women’s March.
“But there’s more to do to give integrity to this organization. Bigots – and that includes anyone who promotes the hatred of Jews and Israel – should be condemned and shunned, not welcomed, by the Women’s March. The organization must cuts ties with Perez, Billoo and anyone else who is tainted by anti-Semitism or any other bigotry, so that the Women’s March can move forward and truly be an advocate for women’s rights and human rights.”
From the ADL:
New York, NY, September 17, 2019 ... ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) issued the following statement today concerning the new board of directors at the Women's March:
The Women’s March is a major progressive organization, and it recently announced a more inclusive and representative board of directors. Unfortunately, this includes an individual – Zahra Billoo – who has a long history of deeply offensive and anti-Semitic statements. Billoo repeatedly and unapologetically has said that she views Zionism – the belief in Jewish nationhood – as racism. She has equated Israel to that of an apartheid regime, and clearly rejects the very idea of a Jewish state, calling for a Palestine “from the river to the sea.” She has lifted up statements that defend the terror organization Hamas’ intentional targeting of rockets to murder Israeli Jewish civilians, and has done so under the guise of someone working for peace. And in 2010, Billoo retweeted a highly offensive tweet that there is “no need for a holocaust museum, seeing as Israel has taken it upon itself to recreate it. #Israel #Nazis.” Billoo also has said that Zionism has no place in the LGBTQ+ community and antiracist movements; thereby, excluding the overwhelming majority of the American Jewish community. Fair criticism of any government and its policies, including Israel, is an important aspect of democracy. But outright rejecting Jewish nationhood and singling out solely the Jewish state with inflammatory and virulent rhetoric is anti-Semitic, plain and simple. We call on its leadership to condemn the statements and sentiments of Billoo.
When even the ADL gets it, you know there's some serious anti-Semitism going on.