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Progressive Zionist Group Blasts Women’s March Leaders for Association With Antisemitic Farrakhan

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Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan speaking in Detroit, Mi. in February 2017. Photo: Reuters/Rebecca Cook.

The progressive Zionist group Zioness has condemned three leaders of the Women’s March movement for aligning themselves with antisemitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

Noted for years for his ferocious hatred of Jews, Farrakhan’s most recent tirade — at last week’s 2018 Saviour’s Day event in Chicago — was particularly vicious. In it he said that “Jews were responsible for all of this filth and degenerate behavior that Hollywood is putting out turning men into women and women into men. … 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.”

All three leaders of the Women’s March, Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, and Linda Sarsour, have longstanding connections to Farrakhan and have declined to condemn his speech.

In a statement on Friday, Amanda Berman, president of Zioness, said, “No one expects progressive leaders — who are humans — to be perfect. We expect them to be inherently good, as opposed to profoundly racist. It would be absolutely unacceptable to Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, and Linda Sarsour if a leader made heinous and hateful comments about their respective communities. And we would join them in loudly condemning that leader.”

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“Thus, it is hypocritical beyond words that they continue to align themselves with Louis Farrakhan, who is an unapologetic bigot that spews hate targeting the Jewish community, LGBTQ community, and others,” she continued. “There is no ambiguity on this issue. Either the Women’s March leaders endorse the vilification of the Jewish people or they don’t. It’s that simple. This episode only reaffirms the need to activate and empower new leaders in the feminist movement who show up to fight for the civil and human rights of all people, not just some people.”

Farrakhan is the leader of the Nation of Islam, a black supremacist group most famous for producing Malcolm X, who later left the movement and was assassinated by its members.

According to the Jerusalem Post, Mallory posted a series of defensive posts on Twitter after being criticized, saying, “Funny how folks interpreted my mention of one having enemies the same as Jesus, as me describing a certain group of people. That’s your own stuff.”

Perez — who has also praised Farrakhan on social media — later said, “there are no perfect leaders” when called on to distance herself from Farrakhan’s most recent statements.

Sarsour, a religious Muslim, took part in a 2015 event sponsored by Farrakhan’s organization and later praised his “youthful demeanor.”

She has not responded to a request for comment from The Algemeiner.

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