- The Washington Times - Friday, January 18, 2019

Women’s March national co-chair Tamika D. Mallory refused to say whether Israel has a “right to exist” during an interview that’s set to air on PBS Friday night.

Speaking to “Firing Line” host Margaret Hoover, Ms. Mallory argued that Palestinians are “native to the land” and are being “brutally oppressed” by the Israeli government.

“I understand the history that there are people who have a number of, sort of, ideologies around why the Jewish people feel this should be their land,” she said. “I’m not Jewish. So, for me to speak to that is not fair.”

“Is it your view that Israel has a right to exist as a nation?” Ms. Hoover asked.

“I have said many times that I feel everyone has a right to exist,” Ms. Mallory responded. “I feel everyone has a right to exist. I just don’t feel that anyone has a right to exist at the disposal of another group.”

“In your view, does that include Israelis in Israel?” Ms. Hoover pressed.

“I believe that all people have the right to exist,” Ms. Mallory repeated, growing visibly irritated. “And that Palestinians are also suffering with a great crisis. And that there are other Jewish scholars who will sit here and say the same. I’m done talking about this. You can move on.”

“OK, I just don’t think it requires scholarly knowledge to be able to say that Israel has a right to exist,” Ms. Hoover argued.

“Again, I believe everyone has a right to exist,” Ms. Mallory fired back.

The interview comes as Ms. Mallory and her fellow Women’s March national co-chairs battle accusations of anti-Semitism ahead of their third march on Washington this Saturday. Appearing on ABC’s “The View” Monday, Ms. Mallory refused to explicitly condemn Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, a notorious black nationalist and anti-Semite who recently compared Jews to termites.

Numerous politicians, celebrities and progressive groups who were previously involved with the Women’s March have dropped their support amid the backlash.

Ms. Hoover appeared surprised by Ms. Mallory’s comments in a tweet Friday.

“If you are vigorously defending allegations of anti-semitism, seems like affirming Israel’s right to exist would be a no-brainer,” she wrote. “Unfortunately, that’s not what happened.”

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