One of the leaders of the Women’s March is under fire after she made remarks calling Israel a “human rights crime.”
Tamika Mallory, a co-president of the Women’s March organization, has previously incited controversy based on the fact she took a picture with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and posted it to her Instagram.
During that controversy, supporters said she was working with Farrakhan because the Nation of Islam was also a major community activist organization, “(s)o to say she is anti-Semitic is totally untrue.”
Defenders are probably going to have to think twice about statements like that after she appeared via telecommuting at an event called “Palestine Is Everywhere” at the Center for Constitutional Rights and Justice Delegation, according to The Daily Wire.
Following her trip to Israel and Palestine, and days before the big Israeli event @CelebrateIsrael #togetheron5th, TamikaDMallory answered critics and supporters who asked her if she believes Israel has a right to exist during pic.twitter.com/tEk1TChmgz
— Taly Krupkin (@TalyKrupkin) June 3, 2018
“My soul would not rest, standing by and doing nothing about it, to know that the U.S. government — my taxpayer’s money, $10 million a day — is going to a government, a military, that takes the lives of people who were there first,” Mallory told the audience.
“There are a lot of people who will say, ‘Do you believe that Israel has the right to exist?’ I believe we all have a right to exist, I want to see all of us live in a free society, where we are all able to raise our families and to be fruitful and have occupations. This is not about stopping one side,” she said.
“This is about ensuring that the native people are able to enjoy their land. They shouldn’t ask anybody for their land! This is their land! When you go to someone’s home and you need a place to stay, you ask ‘Can I come into your home and can I stay here, and can we peacefully coexist?’ You don’t walk into someone else’s home, needing a place.
“It’s clear you needed a place to go — cool, we got that! I hear that! But you don’t show up to somebody’s home, needing a place to stay, and decide that you’re going to throw them out and hurt the people who are on that land. And to kill, steal, and do whatever it is you’re gonna do to take that land! That to me is unfair. It’s a human rights crime.”
This isn’t the first time the Women’s March has attracted controversy for its position on Israel, either.
Linda Sarsour, another co-chair of the organization and arguably its public face, has called Israel an “apartheid” state and compared it to North Korea, among other things.
Anti-semitism has always been an issue with the Women’s March with Sarsour as a co-chair. The great thing about this, however, is that Mallory was apparently attempting to answer a question to whether or not Israel ought to exist.
Her answer is more or less a dog whistle, depending on what side you’re on. For those on the left, she didn’t explicitly call for Israel to be put out of existence, even though that seemed to be the conclusion she reached.
To anyone else, this was basically a farrago of anti-Semitism, designed to minimize the fact that Jewish people have been in the Holy Land for millennia and that Palestine is more or less a made-up state. But, hey, whatever works. Except this didn’t, since Mallory has already been uninvited from a conference in Australia.
A statement from the Melbourne-based Good Life Summit said that they made their decision “both by comments Ms. Mallory made in recent days regarding Israeli-Palestinian affairs, and the capacity for these remarks to overshadow the Good Life Summit.
“The Good Life Summit is about setting a positive vision for a fair and just Victoria. We don’t want anything to detract from that vision.”
You probably already did that by inviting a supporter of Louis Farrakhan, but at least you made the right decision in the end, Good Life Summit. We hope in the future, more conferences will make such a decision preemptively.
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