Planned Parenthood is standing by Women’s March, even as accusations of anti-Semitism roil the left-wing activist group.
An investigation published by Tablet Magazine on Monday revealed that Women’s March leaders repeatedly made anti-Semitic remarks, including spreading conspiracy theories about Jews being responsible for the slave trade.
The investigation also revealed that ties between Women’s March leaders and Nation of Islam — a notoriously racist and anti-Semitic organization — go even deeper than previously known.
But Planned Parenthood is proudly standing with Women’s March, Planned Parenthood communications director Erica Sackin said in a statement to left-wing website Refinery29 on Thursday.
“Over the last two years, we’ve seen unprecedented attacks on our health and rights from the Trump-Pence administration. The Women’s March has become a symbol of our collective resistance to these damaging and discriminatory policies and Planned Parenthood is proud to once again, join our progressive partners for the #WomensWave mobilization to protect and advance the progress we’ve made as a movement dedicated to equity and justice for all people,” Sackin said.
The hashtag “#WomensWave” refers to Women’s March’s third annual march against President Donald Trump’s administration.
Women’s March previously came under fire over its leaders’ consistent support for Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who has praised Hitler, referred to Jews as “Satanic” and denounced interracial marriage.
Left-wing activist Alyssa Milano withdrew her support for Women’s March last month due to the organization’s ties to Farrakhan
The Tablet investigation uncovered further ties between Women’s March leaders and Farrakhan.
Women’s March leaders knowingly used Nation of Islam members to handle their security, Tablet reported.
Wow. Former @womensmarch spokeswoman: “[co-president Bob Bland] called me secretly and said, ‘Mercy, they have been in bed with the Nation of Islam since day one: They do all of our security.’” https://t.co/zA5lgxqMpe
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) December 11, 2018
Three of Women’s March’s national co-chairs — Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez and Linda Sarsour — have ties to Farrakhan stretching back to October 2015, when all three attended a rally organized by Farrakhan.
This past February, Mallory attended a Farrakhan speech where he praised her by name for her activism. She was seen applauding through the speech, which was laced with anti-Semitism.
A month before that, Perez defended Farrakhan in an interview with Refinery29.
“In regards to Minister Farrakhan, I think that is a distraction,” Perez said at the time. “People need to understand the significant contributions that these individuals have made to Black and Brown people.”
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