- - Thursday, March 22, 2018

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The Women’s March movement should be condemned for failing to immediately oust and sever ties with three of its most prominent leaders — Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez and Linda Sarsour — who publicly supported Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan following a Feb. 25 speech in which he called Jews “Satanic” (“Women’s March under fire over links to Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan, anti-Semitism,” Web, March 7).

Real supporters of women’s rights would salute the contributions by Jewish-American women. They would extol Israel — where a majority of college and graduate students are women and where women have become national leaders (Golda Meir), Nobel Prize-winning scientists (Ada Yonath) and even “superheroes” (Gal Gadot) — as a light unto the nations. They would criticize the Arab world for often treating women as second-class citizens and condoning honor killings, female genital mutilation and marital rape. And they would condemn Mr. Farrakhan’s racism and bigotry. For the Women’s March leaders, however, bigotry is their overriding agenda; they have hijacked the women’s movement to promote and legitimize it.

Sadly, anti-Semitism, especially when couched as anti-Zionism, is increasingly condoned. At least five times during the past year American imams have called for the deaths of Jews during religious sermons. At an Islamic center near the University of California, Davis, for instance, an imam decried “the filth of the Jews” and told worshipers to “annihilate them down to the very last one” and “make this happen by our hands.” At San Francisco State University, Jewish students have sued the university administration for supporting pro-Palestinian students’ efforts to threaten, marginalize, intimidate, silence and exclude Jewish and pro-Israel students from campus life.

Last week, a member of the D.C. Council, Trayon White, even blamed the weather on a Jewish conspiracy.

Anti-Semitism is a scourge that must be stopped. The Women’s March leaders’ bigotry is only one manifestation of a much larger, and growing, problem.

STEPHEN A. SILVER

San Francisco


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