Evidence that the anti-Trump Women’s March movement has been infected by anti-Semitism, beginning with at least two of its leaders, has been accumulating for some time; a recent exposé in Tablet brought the issue to a head. To Christine Rosen, the new revelations are all too predictable:
In the two years since the Women’s March came together in Washington, the fog of intersectionality descended over it. The umbrella organization lists a broad range of missions on its website, including “gender justice,” racial justice, economic justice, and environmental justice. It pursues these missions, it claims, on behalf of “all women—including black women, indigenous women, poor women, immigrant women, disabled women, Muslim women, lesbian, queer, and trans women.”
The four female public faces of the organization are Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, and Bob Bland. Notably absent from this vision of gender justice and from the leadership of the Women’s March organization? Jewish women.
This should come as no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to the relentlessly anti-Semitic career of Women’s March leader Linda Sarsour, a Palestinian-American professional activist who has been confidently tweeting her bigotry for years. “Nothing is creepier than Zionism,” she tweeted a few years ago. She’s also argued that “while anti-Semitism is something that impacts Jewish Americans, it’s different than anti-black racism or Islamophobia because it’s not systemic.” (Sarsour might want to examine the statistics on hate crimes in the U.S. The group most frequently targeted isn’t blacks or Muslims; it’s Jews.) . . .
The leadership of the Women’s March likes to cloak itself in the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil-rights movement. As their bigotry, their comfort with anti-Semitic conspiracists, and their questionable ethics reveal, their behavior is much closer to the “white-nationalist patriarchy” they denounce than it is to the ideals embraced by movements for equality.