The Women’s March has been rocked by its association with anti-Israel and anti-Semitic figures almost from inception.

In February 2017, we wrote how Convicted terrorist Rasmea Odeh co-organized March 8 #DayWithoutAWoman, and we followed up in January 2018, Anti-Israel activists attempt to hijack Women’s March – again:

During the 2017 Women’s March on Washington and follow up Women’s Strike, anti-Israel activists attempted to hijack the movement.

Anti-Israel activist Linda Sarsour attempted to steer the movement against Israel, and the Women’s Strike was co-organized by and honored convicted supermarket bomber murderer (and immigration fraudster) Rasmea Odeh.

This fits a consistent pattern of such hijackings, something we have documented for years. I summarized years of such hijacking in my post about how a U. Illinois “anti-fascism” event turned into an anti-Israel event, Anti-Israel Rally at U. Illinois: “No Zionists, no KKK, resisting fascists all the way”…

There is a movement to counter this anti-Israel narrative, by the Zioness Movement, a pro-Israel progressive women’s group.

At some point groups will refuse to allow the hijacking of their causes by anti-Israel activists. I don’t think we’ve reached that point yet, though.

Linda Sarsour, one of the leaders of the Women’s March, has made a concerted effort to exclude Zionist women from the progressive movement.

The controversy over the trajectory of the Women’s March exploded when it was revealed that the leaders of the Women’s March were associated with and admired Louis Farrakhan, a notorious and open anti-Semite.

The Women’s March tried to deflect criticism, Women’s March Fails to Deal With Its Co-Founders’ Farrakhan Connections:

Women’s March co-chair, Black Lives Matter activist, and gun control proponent Tamika D. Mallory attended a Farrakhan speech in Chicago last month. The Savior’s Day speech, honored Nation of Islam founder Wallace Fard Muhammad.

During the speech, Farrakhan railed against the “Satanic Jew.” …

This isn’t Mallory’s first tango with Farrakhan. It’s not like she curiously attended a speech seeking to broaden her horizons, only to find out Farrakhan was a despicable antisemite. Mallory shared the stage with Farrakhan at a 2015 Savior’s Day speech and eagerly awaited his “hardcore truth.” …

Mallory isn’t the only Women’s March co-chair and Farrakhan fangirl. Carmen Perez and Linda Sarsour are also Farrakhan acolytes.

In 2015, Perez and Mallory posed, holding hands with Farrakhan. Perez referred to him as The Minister Farrakhan and said she was “humbled to work with these special people” …

These women have been mentored by Farrakhan for years, so why is this time any different? Mainstream media pressure. Despite copious amounts of information and evidence showing three of four Women’s March co-chair’s involvement with Farrakhan, only now is the press taking an interest.

The reaction from many Women’s March members was to vote with their feet, Women’s March Loses Members Due to Leaders’ Ties to Farrakhan.

A group called Women’s March For All was founded as an alternative.

There’s no doubt about the group’s left-wing and anti-Trump politics.

But what stands out is the refusal to adopt implicit and sometimes explicit anti-Semitic agenda of the Women’s March leadership. The group describes its founding as the reaction to the Farrakhan embrace by Women’s March leadership:

Women’s March for All was formed in response to the National Women’s March leadership’s support for and affiliation with Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam, both of which are highlighted on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch List. We started with a petition demanding that the Women’s March Leaders resign to restore viability and integrity to the Women’s March. Due to overwhelming support for our objective, our numbers grew and we evolved into a watchdog and action group. Maintaining affiliations with persons or organizations that promote homophobia, anti-Semitism, misogyny, and transphobia or Islamophobia is unacceptable for any progressive group.

It’s hard to tell how much the group has grown, but it has taken a bold move that goes directly to the anti-Semitism of the Women’s March and the broader progressive activist community.

The Algemeiner covered the story, Progressive Feminist Group Calls on Democratic Party to Adopt Definition of Antisemitism:

A liberal women’s rights group is calling on the Democratic National Committee to adopt an official definition of antisemitism to combat a “rising tide” of anti-Jewish discrimination in the party.

In a petition launched on Friday and signed by some 120 people, Women’s March For All (WMFA) warned that antisemitism — “often cloaked as anti-Zionism” — “has now become a serious problem in liberal movements worldwide,” including in Canada and the United Kingdom….

An official statement distancing the Women’s March from Farrakhan was dismissed by some as insufficient, with several regional chapters criticizing movement leaders and nearly 4,000 people signing a petition calling for their replacement.

Nisi Jacobs, who helped draft that petition, later went on to launch WMFA. The group has since drawn attention for its opposition to antisemitism in left-wing spaces, as well as for its fundraiser on behalf of the Occupy Lafayette Park protests outside the White House, which has raised more than $13,000.

“Being anti-Zionist is inherently anti-Semitic if the person claiming to be anti-Zionist is not against self-determination for any other oppressed group,” the WMFA petition read. “If one supports Palestinian self-determination, or Armenian self-determination, or Kurdish self-determination, but not Jewish self-determination (Zionism), that would be antisemitic.”

It warned that some candidates from the edges of the Democratic Party “have made horrible and libelous remarks about Jews and Israel,” including Maria Estrada — who accused Israel of “genocide” and expressed support for Farrakhan — and Leslie Cockburn, who wrote a book that a New York Times reviewer said suggests that Israel is “somewhere behind just about everything that ails us.”

Also identified are Julia Salazar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, two candidates affiliated with the Democratic Socialists of America, which supports the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel — a Palestinian-led movement whose co-founder has rejected the notion that Jewish people have a right to national self-determination.

Noting that “most Jews are both Democrats and Zionists (i.e. supporters of Israel’s right to exist),” WMFA called on the DNC to endorse the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, which has been adopted by 31 members countries including the US.

The Petition is here, and contains this explanation (in part):

We have seen an upsurge in antisemitism making its way into the Democratic party.  Often cloaked as anti-Zionism, antisemitism has now become a serious problem in liberal movements worldwide, including the National Democratic Party in Canada and the Labour Party in the UK.  The left is not immune to antisemitism and it has become just as alarming as rightwing antisemitism.  Being anti-Zionist is inherently anti-Semitic if the person claiming to be anti-Zionist is not against self-determination for any other oppressed group.  If one supports Palestinian self-determination, or Armenian self-determination, or Kurdish self-determination, but not Jewish self-determination (Zionism), that would be antisemitic.  The UK Labour Party’s antisemitism problem was left unchecked for years and it has now come to an ugly crescendo and will likely cause the party to split.

We have seen examples of this ilk creeping into the Democratic Party, with candidates like Ilhan Omar, Maria Estrada, Leslie Cockburn, Kyrsten Sinema, Thomas Lopez-Pierre, Julia Salazar, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the latter two belonging to the Democratic Socialists of America organization that has singled out Israel on their platform by promoting its destruction, and standing politicians such as Trayon White and Diane Richardson.  Each of these candidates and standing politicians have made horrible and libelous remarks about Jews and Israel.  We’ve also seen a tacit version of this antisemitism when standing politicians who happen to be Democrats are willing to meet with, hug, and otherwise normalize a vicious antisemite like Louis Farrakhan.

To combat the rising surge of antisemitism within the Democratic party, we feel it’s important to define antisemitism.  The rightwing version of antisemitism is easy to spot, but the leftwing version often hides behind a mask.

The proposed definition of anti-Semitism provides, in part (emphasis added):

Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.

  • Accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust.
  • Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.
  • Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.
  • Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.
  • Using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g., claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterize Israel or Israelis.
  • Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.
  • Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel.

This definition is a direct challenge to the anti-Israel contingent in the Democratic Party, because it recognizes that in the real world, anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism are one and the same. Yes, there is a theoretical difference, but on the streets of Paris and other European cities, on U.S. campuses, and throughout the Middle East, theory gives way to reality.

It will be interesting to see if this gains any traction. Don’t hold your breath.


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