Fact Check: Does the Women's March Have Links to Anti-Semitism?

Fact Check: Does the Women's March Have Links to Anti-Semitism?
Fact Check: Does the Women's March Have Links to Anti-Semitism?

For “progressives,” the Women’s March was one of the great political events of the decade, and one that grew into a cause and an organization. Supposedly a protest against President Trump sparked by allegations of sexual misconduct, turned into a broader movement. Leftists and some moderates were lining up to express their support for the marchers and the organizers behind the whole thing. But, soon enough, darker stories began to emerge. Is it true that the Women’s march is tainted by hatred of Jews? Surely not…

Highlights

  • Allegations of anti-semitism started to hit the Women’s March early on, but they really escalated this month in the run-up to the 2019 event, which took place on January 19.
  • The controversy was caused by the fact three of the four co-chairs of Women’s March, Inc. are linked to Louis Farrakhan, the extremist leader of the “Nation of Islam” – a crank group that’s condemned by mainstream muslims and just about everyone else.
  • The three attended one of Farrakhan’s rallies last winter, where the firebrand cult leader made a series of viciously anti-Semitic comments. Among the slurs were claims that Farrakhan had “pulled the cover off of that Satanic Jew” and wild allegations that Jews are using marijuana to feminize black men.
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  • Farrakhan – who previously called Hitler “a great man” – is also notorious for his hatred of gay, lesbian and trans people. He’s one of the most intolerant people in America.
  • Despite Farrakhan’s reputation and public comments, three co-chairs – Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory and Carmen Perez – attended the rally, and were present when he launched his flood of anti-Semitic abuse.
  • Following criticism, the Women’s March committee denied supporting anti-Semites. However, they didn’t publish an official report or any form of condemnation of Farrakhan – steps you’d expect from any other organization facing these accusations.
  • Instead they hired a PR firm, which tried to suppress the original reports of the Women’s March presence at the Farrakhan rally. Contacting journalists who’d shared the first story – it appeared in Tablet magazine – the PR agent offered to give them “corrected” information, but only if they spoke off the record and the journalists deleted their posts sharing the news.
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  • Most of the participants in the Women’s March are sincere, if misguided. But the organization that runs the events is firmly linked to anti-Semitic extremists and the links go right to the very top. Theresa Shook, one of the co-founders of the movement, has called on the co-chairs to resign; she says they’ve “steered the movement away from its true course.” Maybe so, but that’s the course Sarsour, Perez and Mallory want it on, and it’s heading straight for some very nasty places.