Women’s March Losing Support from Democrats in Light of Anti-Semitism Controversy
Groups like EMILY’s List, the National Council of Jewish Women and high-profile Democrats like Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) are distancing themselves from the march.
At the center of the controversy are leaders’ ties to and statements about radical Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. Both Linda Sarsour, a Palestinian activist who has embraced the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, and co-President Tamika Mallory have ties to Farrakhan. The controversy picked up after Mallory attended a Farrakhan speech last February.
“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,” Farrakhan said in that sermon.
Sarsour, in particular, has made a number of controversial statements related to Israel. She defended Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., when she was attacked for her support of BDS and said that the criticism was coming from the right-wing as well as “folks who masquerade as progressives but always choose their allegiance to Israel over their commitment to democracy and free speech.”
In a USA Today op-ed, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) said she could not support the Women’s March because of its leaders refusal to “repudiate anti-Semitism.”
“While I still firmly believe in its values and mission, I cannot associate with the national march’s leaders and principles, which refuse to completely repudiate anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry. I cannot walk shoulder to shoulder with leaders who lock arms with outspoken peddlers of hate.”
I must walk away from the national Women’s March organization, and join local marches who distanced themselves from national leaders allied with bigotry. We must demand the same principles from our movement as we do from our society.https://t.co/Lid5yClHTj
— Debbie Wasserman Schultz (@DWStweets) January 18, 2019
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