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January 15, 2019 3:09 pm

Jewish Democrats Praise DNC Decision to Cut Ties With Women’s March Over Antisemitism

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Protesters attend the Women’s March on Washington in January, 2017. Photo: Mobilus In Mobili.

The Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) welcomed the news on Tuesday that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) had chosen to disassociate itself from the national Women’s March following a series of antisemitism scandals.

Halie Soifer — the JDCA’s executive director — said in a statement, “JDCA supports the objectives of the Women’s March and stands with sister marches across the country this weekend. At the same time, we welcome the DNC, SPLC, Emily’s List, and other organizations’ decision to not sponsor and participate in the Women’s March and take a principled stand against anti-Semitism.”

The DNC’s move came shortly after leading progressive groups the Southern Poverty Law Center and Emily’s List disassociated from the march as well, marking a major exodus by prominent left-wing groups.

Controversy has swirled around the Women’s March for months after connections were revealed between its leaders — particularly Tamika Mallory — and antisemitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who recently referred to Jews as termites. Mallory appeared at an event with Farrakhan, was photographed with him, and dubbed him the “GOAT” or “Greatest of All Time” on social media.

It was further alleged that Mallory and Women’s March co-leader Carmen Perez had berated a Jewish activist with antisemitic rhetoric, in particular claiming that Jews were responsible for the trans-Atlantic African slave trade.

Another Women’s March co-leader, anti-Israel activist Linda Sarsour, accused Jews who support Israel of dual loyalty, calling them “folks who masquerade as progressives but always choose their allegiance to Israel over their commitment to democracy and free speech.”

Mallory and the other Women’s March co-leaders have thus far refused to condemn Farrakhan. Given another opportunity to do so in a Monday appearance on the talk show “The View,” Mallory would only say, “I don’t agree with many of Minister Farrakhan’s statements.”

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