A few days ago, I posted how the Women’s March had severed ties with antisemites Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory. But the joy was short-lived as antisemitic, terror-supporting tweets of one of the new appointees – Zahra Billoo – surfaced.
Well, guess what?
A newly appointed board member of the Women’s March has been voted off it just days after her new role was announced, after tweets promoting extreme anti-Zionism and conspiracy theories were revealed.
Zahra Billoo, a lawyer and executive director of CAIR (the Council on American Islamic Relations) in San Francisco, tweets included: “Zionism is the violent ideology responsible for the genocide and displacement of indigenous Palestinians and the destruction of Palestinian land.”
She described Zionism as “racism”, and wrote in 2015: “I’m more afraid of racist Zionists who support Apartheid Israel than of the mentally Ill young people the #FBI recruits to join ISIS.”
The previous year, she tweeted: “Blaming Hamas for firing rockets at [Apartheid] Israel is like blaming a woman for punching her rapist.”
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the American antisemitism watchdog, had called on the Women’s March to “condemn the statements and sentiments” of Ms Billoo, describing her “long history of deeply offensive and antisemitic statements.
“Fair criticism of any government and its policies, including Israel, is an important aspect of democracy. But outright rejecting Jewish nationhood and singling out solely the Jewish state with inflammatory and virulent rhetoric is antisemitic, plain and simple.”
Here are some of the “Best of…” from new Women’s March board member, CAIR leader Zahra Billoo, who told Palestinian activists last year she does NOT believe Israel has a right to exist. The agenda is clear: one state called Palestine with “right of return” by Palestinians pic.twitter.com/aiNshKjfdP
— Asra Q. Nomani, PI (@AsraNomani) September 16, 2019
Can you guess her response? Clue: it is directly from the Sarsour playbook.
- Claim this is the result of an Islamophobic smear campaign
- Remind people she is ‘a women of color’
In a Twitter thread she sent after she was removed, Ms Billoo claimed to have been the subject of “an Islamophobic smear campaign led by the usual antagonists, who have long targeted me, my colleagues, and anyone else who dares speak out in support of Palestinian human rights and the right to self-determination.”
Regarding the Women’s March, she said: “To see and experience its new leaders caving to right-wing pressure, and casting aside a woman of colour, a Muslim woman, a long-time advocate within the organization, without the willingness to make any efforts to learn and grow, breaks my heart.”
You can read the entire thread here.
We all know what she means when she speaks of the “usual antagonists.” The Jews right-wing Zionists, of course.
This is good news because it seems to show the Women’s March really acting against antisemitism, not to mention the hijacking of the movement by the nefarious CAIR. But time will tell – and this may not be the end of it.
But another new member of the Women’s March board, Charlene Carruthers, also appears to be a suppporter of Mr Farrakhan, who regularly makes antisemitic and homophobic remarks.