Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory and Bob Bland alienated donors and the grassroots with their unapologetic embrace of Louis Farrakhan, despite his notorious anti-Semitism. Rival groups sprang up and donations slowed. Sarsour & Co. didn’t even organize a march on Washington this year.
So now they’re stepping aside — but not letting go. The new board included Zahra Billoo, who has tweeted that “apartheid Israel kills children as a hobby” and that she see no “difference between American youth leaving the country to join isis or idf . . . both are murderous, war crime committing terrorist entity.” That’s ISIS and the Israeli Defense Force, the law-bound army of a democratic US ally.
An instant outcry led the new board to vote her out, but its members still include:
Charlene Carruthers, who in 2018 after a trip to the Middle East, dropped an extended Twitter rant about the “massacre in Gaza,” adding that she is “afraid . . . to speak out against the Israeli occupation [because she’s] witnessed the consequences”
Samia Assad, a Palestinian activist with the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice, retweeted a video with the caption “Israel = worse than the devil.” In a “Voice of Santa Fe” podcast, she ranted that, under President Trump, “[Muslims] are going to be targeted like no other time in history . . . I feel like I’m in Nazi Germany.”
Rinku Sen penned a San Francisco Chronicle op-ed complaining of America’s acceptance of the “supremacist aspects of Zionism.” She also called Zionism — the movement that created a country whose population consists of at least 30% Sephardic Jews and 20% non-Jews, including Muslims — as a “movement that claims all of the land from Iraq to Egypt for Ashkenazi (white) Jews”
This is no course correction: The Israel-haters have colonized the Women’s March, and they’re not letting go.