Farrakhan Supporter Tamika Mallory Booted Out of Major Australian Conference After New Antisemitic Outburst
Tamika Mallory — a co-organizer of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington, DC, and outspoken supporter of antisemitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan — has been booted out of a major social policy conference in Australia, following a vehemently anti-Israel speech she delivered last Friday.
Mallory had been scheduled to speak at the 2018 Good Life Summit which begins in Melbourne on June 13. The event brings together high-profile politicians and advocates to discuss poverty, education, healthcare access, domestic violence and other social policy questions. Among this year’s speakers are Daniel Andrews, prime minister of the Australian state of Victoria, Matthew Guy, leader of the opposition Liberal Party, and Nayuka Gorrie, a prominent Aboriginal rights activist.
On Monday, summit organizers told The Australian newspaper that the invitation to Mallory had been withdrawn out of concern that her latest incendiary attack on Israel would “overshadow” the event.
Addressing the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights, a far-left organization, via a video link on Friday, Mallory described the creation of the Jewish state 70 years ago as a “human rights crime.”
“It’s clear you (sic) needed a place to go — cool, we got that, I hear that,” Mallory said of the Jewish people in the wake of the Holocaust. “But you don’t show up to somebody’s home, needing a place to stay, and decide that you’re going to throw them out and hurt the people who are on that land.”
She continued: “And to kill, steal, and do whatever it is you’re gonna do to take that land. That to me is unfair. It’s a human rights crime.”
A spokesperson for the summit in Melbourne said organizers were perturbed “both by comments Ms. Mallory made in recent days regarding Israeli-Palestinian affairs, and the capacity for these remarks to overshadow the Good Life Summit.”
The spokesman added: “The Good Life Summit is about setting a positive vision for a fair and just Victoria. We don’t want anything to detract from that vision.”
Mallory was to be paid a speaker’s fee for her speech, according to The Australian. Summit organizers would not comment on the amount or what she would now be paid.
The Anti-Defamation Commission, a leading Jewish group in Australia, welcomed the decision to dump Mallory from the parley.
“Her consistent refusal to publicly denounce Louis Farrakhan … meant that Ms. Mallory was not the right person to deliver a speech about inclusiveness, social justice and community,” ADC chairman Dvir Abramovich said.
“We are glad that VCOSS (the summit organizers) understood that with her latest contemptible remarks about Israel, Ms. Mallory had sunk to a new low,” he said.
Executive Council for Australian Jewry president Anton Block also denounced Mallory.
“Tamika Mallory’s enthusiastic public praise for Louis Farrakhan, a notorious anti-Semite … makes her a dubious choice to speak about inclusion and social justice,” he said.
Mallory is a loyal supporter of the antisemitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. “Thank God this man is still alive and doing well … Happy Birthday @louisfarrakhan!,” she posted on Instagram in May last year, taking a picture with Farrakhan. In March this year, she pointedly refused to condemn Farrakhan after attending an NOI event where he claimed that Jews controlled the media, Hollywood, the FBI, most of Europe, and Mexico, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
The “white people running Mexico are Mexican-Jews,” Farrakhan told the crowd.
The ADL has itself become a target for Mallory. In April, protests from Mallory over the ADL’s links with Israel resulted in the Starbucks chain canceling the Jewish civil rights organization’s participation in a racial sensitivity training program.