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As Antisemitism Evidence Grows, Prominent Sponsors Bail on Women’s March

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Women’s March co-organizer Linda Sarsour speaking at a panel on antisemitism at The New School on November 28, 2017. Photo: Screenshot.

First it was actors Alyssa Milano and Debra Messing.

But in recent weeks, a slew of prominent liberal groups have — mostly quietly — withdrawn their support for the national Women’s March. The third march is scheduled for this Saturday, and it apparently will take place without support from the NAACP, the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Emily’s List, and the National Organization for Women (NOW).

March leaders have struggled to put accusations of antisemitism behind them since February, when Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan gave a speech calling Jews “powerful” and “Satanic,” and saying they “are my enemy.” March co-president Tamika Mallory, who has called Farrakhan the “greatest of all time,” was present for the speech.

She has refused to condemn Farrakhan’s antisemitism and homophobia, most recently during an appearance Monday on “The View.” The most Mallory would say is that she does not use the kind of rhetoric Farrakhan espouses, but “I called him the greatest of all time because of what he’s done in black communities.”

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Activist Tali Goldsheft has been comparing this year’s list of “partners” on the Women’s March website to previous years, finding a decrease from more than 500 organizations initially to about 200 today. She noticed the DNC’s name missing from the list on Tuesday morning. The ACLU and Planned Parenthood are the most prominent sponsors still listed.

In addition to the Farrakhan connection, a Tablet investigation published in December cited former Women’s March officials recounting antisemitic diatribes from Mallory and board member Carmen Perez, arguing that “Jewish people bore a special collective responsibility as exploiters of black and brown people,” including the slave trade. March Co-President Bob Bland denied the accusation on The View.

But former March spokeswoman Mercy Morganfield told Tablet that the March was plagued with ideological and fiscal problems: “I told them over and over again: It’s fine to be religious, but there is no place for religion in its radical forms inside of a national women’s movement with so many types of women. It spoke to their inexperience and inability to hold this at a national stage. That is judgment, and you can’t teach judgment.”

The March’s other prominent leader, meanwhile, is Islamist activist Linda Sarsour. A strident foe of Israel, Sarsour embraces conservative and extreme Islamist clerics, and in 2017 said that she said she was “honored” to share a stage with Rasmea Odeh, a terrorist whose 1969 Jerusalem grocery store bombing left two college students dead.

In September, Sarsour claimed a police training program in Israel organized by the Anti-Defamation League directly leads to police “killing unarmed black people across the country.” Sarsour also spoke at Farrakhan’s 20th anniversary Million Man March in 2015, saying that black liberation and Palestinian liberation are “bound up.”

A petition that Goldsheft launched calling on these March leaders to step down has attracted more than 8,500 signatures so far.

Steven Emerson is considered one of the leading authorities on Islamic extremist networks, financing, and operations. He serves as the Executive Director of The Investigative Project on Terrorism, a non-profit organization that serves one of the world’s largest storehouses of archival data and intelligence on Islamic and Middle Eastern terrorist groups.

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