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Women’s March continues despite internal anti-Semitism

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Today is the big day for the far left and anti-Trump women. In stark contrast to the March for Life that occurred yesterday in Washington, D.C., the women marching Saturday are all about abortion and ousting President Trump out of office. Those pink pussy hats will come in handy as the weather will be quite chilly. The media will go from start to finish in their coverage of the Women’s March while hardly a peep is uttered about the March for Life, an annual event since 1974.

One statement that caught my eye in the Women’s March Agenda (uploaded by a man) is the first sentence in the introduction. “Historically, protest movements are difficult to sustain.” Sure, interest wanes over time and passionate emotions that inspire people to take it to the streets die down but isn’t it interesting that this statement isn’t true for the March for Life? More than 40 years later, the March for Life continues to grow in numbers while this year the Women’s March is expected to shrink in numbers, after only three years.

Maybe it’s because it is more sustainable to march in favor of a big issue (dignity for all lives) than to march for a hodgepodge of every grievance imaginable. It’s a challenge these days to keep up with all the lingo used by the social justice warriors, but today a big word used by Women’s March supporters is ‘intersectionality’. I confess that only recently did I understand what that word means to the protesters. In a nutshell, it’s been described as a matrix where gender, race, and class overlap in the hierarchy. For example, I am a straight white married woman raised in a traditional family in a Christian church, so I’m at the bottom of the totem pole. The only person with less cred in this structure is my husband who is of the same description as me but the male version. You get the point. The big hurdle this year for the Women’s March is addressing the blatant anti-Semitism of its leadership. Embracing Louis Farrakhan is not a good look and prominent Democrats have finally begun to distance themselves from the march.

Some cities have canceled the marches.

Another Women’s March event has been canceled days before the three-year anniversary of the original Women’s March in 2017 following the election of Donald Trump as president. The Baton Rouge chapter of the Organization for Women announced on Facebook that the New Orleans Women’s March will not be happening because national Women’s March leaders have not resigned.

The late December announcement coincides with the cancellation of two other events in major areas. A Northern California Women’s March was canceled because attendees at the first two events had been ” overwhelmingly white.” Chicago organizers are not holding a January event there, saying a substitute event was held in October to drum up excitement for the midterm elections.

“The controversy is dampening efforts of sister marches to fundraise, enlist involvement, find sponsors and attendee numbers have drastically declined this year. New Orleans is no exception,” the Baton Rouge chapter wrote. “Many of the sister marches have asked the leaders of Women’s March, Inc. to resign but as of today, they have yet to do so.”

A list of 2019 Women’s March Partners can be found HERE. You can see what I mean by a hodgepodge of support. There’s a little bit of everything on that list, except pro-life, conservative organizations. There’s even a special acknowledgment of distillery Johnnie Walker and their campaign of artwork for the Women’s March. I wrote some months ago about their decision to ramp up marketing their products to women and now they are providing downloadable artwork in support of the march.

As far as I can tell, the march will go on in Houston today. USA Today reports 350 cities will have marches. The march in Houston is a “March for Justice”, whatever that means.

In 2018, we worked together to bring an unprecedented wave of voters and candidates to the midterm elections. In 2019 we’re doubling down on the call for justice in our world with the 2019 Houston Women March For Justice Saturday, January 19, 2019.

What does justice look like for you? We’re inviting organizations working for justice regarding violence, ethnicity, gender, the criminal justice system, age, health, education, socio-economic and wage gap, housing, immigration, environmental, representational democracy (anti-gerrymandering!), and more. During the 2019 Houston Women March For Justice, you’ll have the opportunity to join thousands of people to take actions for justice and to learn how help people and organizations in our region.

After the Houston march, a fundraiser is being held for women’s pay equity. Sigh. That widely disclaimed trope continues.

Today will be a day for network reporters to join in on the marches under the pretext of covering them and all the usual celebrities will make appearances. We’ll see how big their attendance numbers are and how it all shakes out amid the recent controversies that have exposed what bigotry looks like on the left side of the aisle. Mostly it is a continuation of mob mentality trying to change the results of an election. Trump Derangement Syndrome is alive and well.

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Sarah Silverman: ‘I’m heartbroken’ over Tamika Mallory’s refusal to denounce Farrakhan

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It’s a sign of the zeitgeist that even reliable lefty Sarah Silverman is signaling her displeasure with Women’s March co-chair Tamika Mallory just a few days before the 3rd march is set to take place.

I have to give her credit here because she really has nailed it. What’s offensive about Mallory is that she wants to castigate the right in general and Trump in particular but she can’t seem to generate an iota of outrage about “Minister Farrakhan” and his blatant anti-Semitism. It’s not just wrong it’s hypocritical too.

Silverman may have been holding out hope for Mallory when she posted that tweet but if she read Mallory’s interview with Elle Magazine she should probably abandon that hope. Here’s what Mallory said:

To be effective when organizing people who have been discarded by society it does not make sense for me to throw away an organization—like the Nation of Islam—that has been very effective at reaching the hearts and minds of young black men to turning them away from violence.

In fact, maybe Silverman did read that because a few hours later she retweeted a link to this opinion piece at Haaretz comparing Mallory’s anti-Semitism to that of Jeremy Corbyn.

One of the founders and leaders of the Women’s March, and a serial booster for Louis Farrakhan, Mallory refuses to see what blatantly stares the rest of us in the face: Farrakhan’s grotesque and explicit hatred of Jews, which is fundamental to his iteration of the Nation of Islam’s ideology.

Watching Mallory being cross-questioned by Megan McCain on The View this week was excruciating for those who still held out some small hope that the Women’s March leadership had in fact turned a corner towards seeing their Jewish sisters. She was given (yet another) nationally televised opportunity to set the record straight, and to reset the March on the right path. But she couldn’t, and wouldn’t…

Those that remain in these movements that stink from the head are either masochists with a moral backbone who have the energy to keep seeking change from within, and those who have blind spots about the specific kind of prejudice called anti-Semitism – or were never so bothered about it anyway.

In any cases, it’s hard to deny that thanks to Corbyn and Mallory, two significant progressive spaces have become unfriendly, if not unsafe, spaces for many Jews.

I don’t really think the Women’s March is an unsafe space for Jews, but you’d have to be crazy to ignore the anti-Semitism of Louis Farrakhan or the fondness most of the Women’s March co-chairs seem to have for him. Silverman deserves some credit for saying as much. In fact, what she said here is a lot more than the DNC or the SPLC did when they dropped their association with Women’s March.

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Meghan McCain to Women’s March leader: Why won’t you condemn Farrakhan?

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Big day for left-endorsed anti-semitism. This was circulating on Twitter last night:

Go read Philip Klein to find out who Abbas Hamideh is. Being a supporter of a “one-state solution” in the Middle East, I’m guessing Rashida Tlaib has some idea.

Today brought Women’s March co-founders Tamika Mallory and Bob Bland to “The View.” It was just last month that the Tablet published an expose accusing Mallory and another leader of the march of, among other things, asserting at an organizational meeting in November 2016 “that Jewish people bore a special collective responsibility as exploiters of black and brown people—and even, according to a close secondhand source, claimed that Jews were proven to have been leaders of the American slave trade.” Those are claims promoted by the Nation of Islam, and Mallory’s a big admirer of NOI leader Louis Farrakhan. She told the Tablet that nothing of the sort was said at that early meeting. But she’s also prone to tweeting things like this in Farrakhan’s defense:

By “same enemies as Jesus,” I don’t think she means the Romans. Sunny Hostin prodded Mallory a bit about the accusations of anti-semitism in today’s “View” appearance but it was Meghan McCain who came to play, grilling Mallory on why she’s okay to share a stage with Farrakhan when pro-life women weren’t welcome to co-sponsor the Women’s March. Watch their exchange below. All McCain wants from Mallory is a clear sign that she doesn’t share Farrakhan’s views on Jews. Mallory won’t give it to her, resorting to gassy deflections about how she wouldn’t choose the same “language” as him. Usually with Democratic Farrakhan apologists, the sin isn’t that they necessarily share his views so much as that they’re willing to overlook them in the name of black empowerment. With Mallory, you’re left to wonder.

The money line, though, which naturally draws applause from the show’s moronic studio audience, is Mallory trying to shut down McCain with “I should never be judged through the lens of a man.” McCain’s not judging her through the lens of a man, whatever the hell that means; she’s judging her based on her own choices, up to and very much including her decision not to denounce him on today’s show when invited to do so. But a tip of the cap to Mallory on a phenomenal use of woke faux-sensitivity about sexism to deflect from her own freely chosen apologetics for anti-semitism. If you’re going to accuse Tamika Mallory of promoting a Jew-hater, you’d best be sure that Jew-hater’s a woman.

To their credit, several local chapters of the Women’s March have distanced themselves from the national group over garbage like this. Planned Parenthood, MoveOn, NOW, and the American Federation of Teachers, among others, have not.

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How Trump appeals to unspeakable emotions

Denial: The Unspeakable Truth by Keith Kahn-Harris

Anyone who takes the faintest interest in politics is bound to wonder why, while behaving in a manner so loutish, shameless and disrespectful of conventional wisdom, Donald Trump has managed to form such a close bond with the American public.

Keith Kahn-Harris touches only in passing on that question, yet succeeds in casting much light on it.

His book has the merit of being short. He examines a phenomenon – the yearning to deny various commonly accepted positions – which could have spawned a treatise of inordinate length.

He manages to write not much more than an extended essay by selecting only a few examples of denial. These include denial of the Holocaust, of the harm done by tobacco, of the link between HIV and AIDS, and of man-made climate change.

One may question how much in common with each other these denials have. The Holocaust has already taken place, while climate change is to a large extent a series of predictions about the future.

And denialism (a term he admits to be “terrible”) as a form of non-argument, where one refuses to listen to the opposing point of view or to take into account strong opposing evidence, and is instead driven by inner compulsions of one’s own, has also been seen quite a bit during our own referendum campaign.

In his frivolous youth, Kahn-Harris tells us in his preface, he developed a love of “nonsense dressed up as scholarship”, and revelled in the “portentous ludicrousness” of books such as Erich von Däniken’s Chariots of the Gods, which in the 1970s contended that aliens had visited earth and inspired the glories of ancient civilisations.

Kahn-Harris’s Jewish upbringing meant he was conscious of the Holocaust from an early age, but when he heard of people who denied it had ever happened, this too “was all a big joke to me”.

It is easier to be heartless in one’s teens than later on, when he begins to worry that those who challenge “real scholarship” are helping  “something deeply poisonous” to grow, and to produce “diseased fruit in our ‘post-truth’ age”.

In some ways, I prefer the earlier and more heartless Kahn-Harris, who shrieks with laughter at the flat earthers and other cranks he comes across. For as he himself says, these people yearn to be taken seriously, and one should be wary of paying them that compliment.

But one advantage of taking them seriously is that he starts to see that they are not just liberals who have somehow gone astray, and only need a bit of education in order to enable them to perceive the truth:

“Denialism is not a barrier to acknowledging a common moral foundation, it is a barrier to acknowledging moral differences… Denialism arises from being in an impossible bind: holding to desires, values, ideologies and morals that cannot be openly spoken of.”

Later on, Kahn-Harris remarks that “all denialists share a burning desire to continue to appear decent while rejecting the path of decency”.  They cannot say what they really want, and

“politics becomes a kind of shadow play, in which – shorn of of real discussions of real differences – all that is left is a battle over who can really claim the mantle of righteousness, who can rightly claim to embody the values we all sign up to.”

We are all, he points out, anti-racists now. The anti-Zionist Left vehemently rejects any idea that it might be anti-semitic. Holocaust deniers similarly reject with indignation the charge that they hate Jews, and indeed find themselves adopting the ludicrous position that Hitler was pro-Jewish, for after all, in their version of events, the Nazis were not actually evil and the Jews were not actually killed.

Kahn-Harris sees “the pathos, the desperation and the fierce hope” that undergird denialist tracts – qualities one is liable to miss if one just debunks such works as ludicrously unscientific and unscholarly.

And here one starts to see Trump’s appeal. There is no way to be a polite racist. It is an inherently rude position, and in, for example, his attacks on Mexicans, Trump embraces that rudeness, revels in it, is authentically and genuinely loutish, appalls respectable society and thus convinces his supporters that he is on their side.

I have just been reading about the Mexican War of 1846-48, in which the United States made vast gains of territory at the expense of an enfeebled Mexico, which was provoked into war, fought bravely but was thrashed by well-led American forces with superior equipment. It was in many ways a disgraceful affair, and people like Abraham Lincoln said at the time that it was disgraceful.

But at the same time, a strong moral case was made for the expansion. It was, the Democratic Review declared in 1845, “the fulfilment of our manifest destiny to overspread the continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions.”

The war was popular – democratic, one might say – and no one supposed afterwards that these gains stretching all the way to the Pacific, including what became the states of California, Utah, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico, and a southern border pushed down to the Rio Grande, should be handed back.

One of the heroes of the war, General Zachary Taylor, who had no political experience, was adopted as a presidential candidate in the election of 1848, which he proceeded to win.

Kahn-Harris does not go in to this history, and if he had done his book would have become unmanageable. But he does observe that denialists have beliefs which used to be regarded as morally defensible and now are not.

In the old days, one could win presidential elections thanks to one’s heroic record in unequal wars waged against native Americans and Mexicans. Today one cannot advocate that kind of thing. But Trump, with brutal skill, knows how to show whose side he is on. He is a more traditional figure than his opponents, whose outlook is usually bounded by their own lifetimes, tend to realise.

Throughout his essay, Kahn-Harris touches on the pleasure to be derived from shocking people, behaving in an outrageous fashion, claiming to be in possession of arcane information, and throwing one’s opponents off balance by saying things they never imagined could be said. Trump has a genius for that kind of performance.

At  the end of his essay, Kahn-Harris admits his book has not been particularly helpful in showing how denialism should be dealt with. He attempts, rather unconvincingly, to frame messages for Holocaust deniers and global warming deniers.

But his purpose is to understand, not to cure, and his essay can be recommended not just to anyone interested in denialism, but to anyone dismayed by the narrow limits within which our political debates take place.

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Anti-Semitic doctor: I’m sorry, but Israel made me do it

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Lara Kollab might not have a future in medicine, but based on this apology, she might have one in politics. The former resident at The Cleveland Clinic issued an apology yesterday for years of anti-Semitic tweets, including at least one threat to misprescribe medications to the “yahood.” After Kollab’s story went viral last week, the clinic fired her, leaving her ability to practice medicine in serious doubt.

Yesterday, Kollab tried to clear the air with an apology … while blaming Israel for the problem. Here is her statement in full:

Several social media comments posted on my twitter account years ago have surfaced recently, causing pain, anguish, and a public outcry. I wish sincerely and unequivocally to apologize for the offensive and hurtful language contained in those posts. This statement is not intended to excuse the content of the posts, but rather to demonstrate that those words do not represent who I am and the principles I stand for today.

I visited Israel and the Palestinian Territories every summer throughout my adolescent years. I became incensed at the suffering of the Palestinians under the Israeli occupation. The injustice and brutality of the occupation continues to concern me, and I believe every champion of human rights owes it to humanity to work towards a just and peaceful resolution of this crisis.

As a girl in my teens and early twenties, I had difficulty constructively expressing my intense feelings about what I witnessed in my ancestral land. Like many young people lacking life experience, I expressed myself by making insensitive remarks and statements of passion devoid of thought, not realizing the harm and offense these words would cause.

These posts were made years before I was accepted into medical school, when I was a naïve, and impressionable girl barely out of high school. I matured into a young adult during the years I attended college and medical school, and adopted strong values of inclusion, tolerance, and humanity. I take my profession and the Hippocratic Oath seriously and would never intentionally cause harm to any patient seeking medical care. As a physician, I will always strive to give the best medical treatment to all people, regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity, or culture.

I have learned from this experience and am sorry for the pain I have caused. I pray that the Jewish community will understand and forgive me. I hope to make amends so that we can move forward and work together towards a better future for us all.

If these were tweets from Kollab’s middle-school years, that explanation might do — but they weren’t, and it doesn’t. Kollab was a first-year resident, which means she had completed her graduate and post-graduate college work. Kollab is 27 years old now (according to the Daily Mail’s reporting), and the tweets began in 2011 when she was 20. The 2012 tweet about misprescribing the “yahood” came when she was 21 years old. According to the site that first exposed Kollab, those anti-Semitic tweets continued into 2017 — not “years before I was accepted into medical school,” but just a year before she graduated from medical school. [Update: Let’s not forget that at that time she was attending a Jewish osteopathic college, too.]

Furthermore, while it’s certainly possible to criticize Israel’s policies in the West Bank, Kollab wasn’t writing political critiques on occupation policy on Twitter. She wasn’t going to practice medicine in Israel, and she wasn’t bragging about her future ability to misprescribe the Israelis running the West Bank. Her crude reference to the “yahood” was meant for all Jews, as were her tweets about praying that “Allah will kill the Jews.” Now she implores “the Jewish community” to “understand and forgive me,” while still trying to shift the blame for her hatred to Jews in Israel.

That’s not much of an apology in real life. It’s the kind of non-apology apology that one usually hears from politicians — trying to eat her cake while still having it too. She wants forgiveness and understanding but no responsibility and especially no consequences for her hate-venting. John Hinderaker hits the mark on this effort:

Is it just me, or do her venomous tweets sound a great deal more sincere than the apology that was released through her lawyers?

Kollab seems sincere in her embarrassment that she got exposed as the author of those tweets, and sincere in her desire to practice medicine without those hanging over her head. That’s about the extent of the sincerity that comes through that non-apology apology. Or perhaps a better term for it is a lying-SOB-Johnson apology from Forrest Gump:

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The curious case of the anti-Semitic doctor — and her alma mater

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“I’ll purposely give all the yahood the wrong meds,” tweeted Lara Kollab in 2012. That thought would be despicable enough without any additional context, but as a number of US media outlets are reporting over the last 24 hours, Kollab wasn’t just another anti-Semitic social-media user. Kollab was studying to become a physician, and six years later was a resident on her way to an MD. Now she has been fired from the program, CBS News reports, but Kollab took a very strange path to her residency in the first place:

Lara Kollab worked as a first-year resident at the Cleveland Clinic from July to September 2018. She has since deleted all of her social media, but screenshots of her posts — dating back to 2011 — have been documented by the Canary Mission, a site dedicated to exposing anti-Semitism in an effort to combat its rise on college campuses.

According to the Canary Mission, Kollab’s posts called for violence against Jews, defended Hamas, trivialized the Holocaust and repeatedly compared Israel to Nazi Germany. The group saved dozens of similar posts from 2011-2017.

In one now-deleted tweet from 2012, Kollab said, “ill purposely give all the yahood the wrong meds…” Yahood is an Arabic term for Jewish people. Other tweets made reference to “Jewish dogs” and said in Arabic, “Allah will take the Jews.”

If it seems a bit amazing that no one noticed a six-year string of anti-Semitic social-media posts from the erstwhile young physician, including threats to poison the “yahoods,” brace yourself for a peek at Kollab’s CV. NBC reports that Kollab graduated from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York, part of the Touro College and University System, which pronounced itself “appalled” at Kollab’s long history of hate speech aimed at Jews. And well they should be, considering their mission:

What sets Touro apart is not simply our top-notch programs, engaged faculty members, or experiential learning opportunities, it’s our culture and curriculum that respect your commitments – to your community, your values, and your future.

Established in 1970 to focus on higher education for the Jewish community, we’ve grown to serve a widely diverse population of over 19,000 students across 30 schools in 4 countries. We are uniquely attuned to the importance of an education that accommodates students from all backgrounds and circumstances.

From liberal arts to law, health sciences to technology, business, Jewish studies, education—and everything in between—Touro provides educational opportunities and career paths to not only the most talented and motivated students but also those who have been overlooked and underserved, who have the drive and potential to succeed.

We have something for everyone. The only question is: To what do you aspire and what do you want to achieve?

The osteopathic medical college opened in 2007, just a few years before Kollab started establishing her anti-Semitism on social media. They take a laudable ecumenical view of education (as do Catholic colleges and those of most other higher-education institutions backed by faith communities). It’s not a surprise that they would accept Kollab as a student and be unmindful of her social-media presence, although they might start reviewing student postings more seriously in the future.

What is surprising is that Kollab went there in the first place. If she had that much hostility toward the “yahood,” why would she enter a Jewish medical college at all? Plenty of Muslims would be happy to study at Touro, but it seems a very odd choice for an Islamist such as the tweets paint Kollab. Was that the only place she could get accepted? If so, their graciousness and hospitality apparently didn’t make a dent in Kollab’s hatred. Or perhaps it did, eventually, but if so she didn’t seem too concerned about a Cleanup On Aisle Twitter. Without hearing from Kollab, it’s tough to square her social-media trail with the professional path she was treading.

At any rate, Kollab has pretty much answered Touro’s question as to her aspirations and goals, which lie in ruins at the moment. The Simon Wiesenthal Center wants to make sure they stay in ruins:

But even though Kollab is no longer a medical resident, the Simon Wiesenthal Center says there is more to be done to keep the public safe.

“While the Cleveland Clinic did the right thing, this person remains a menace to the community-at-large and has made a mockery of the Hippocratic Oath through her hatred. To protect the public, her Medical License should be revoked,” said a statement from Rabbi Marvin Hier, Founder and Dean of the Wiesenthal Center, and Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Center’s Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action.

“We urge authorities to investigate if her threats could be prosecuted,” the statement said.

Prosecution seems very doubtful, as “hate speech” is not a crime in itself; under Brandenburg, there has to be a specific target and explicit incitement to make it a crime. It’s almost certainly enough to keep Kollab from qualifying for a medical license, however, as it seems doubtful that anyone will grant her a residency to complete her program  [see update below]. NBC notes that Ohio’s medical board makes it clear that she won’t get any consideration in that state to practice medicine:

Kollab, who graduated from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York, was issued a training certificate from the state in July 2018. The State Medical Board of Ohio said certificates are only valid if the individual is actively part of a training program.

“It is the mission of the State Medical Board of Ohio to protect the health and safety of all Ohioans. Malicious acts and attitudes toward any population go against the Medical Practices Act and are denounced by the board,” the board said in a statement.

So what’s the moral of this story, apart from avoiding Dr. Kollab at all costs? For one, the “permanent record” that our parents used to frighten us into acceptable behavior used to be a myth, but not so in the era of social media. Young people will have to answer for their stupidity for the rest of their lives in a way that was inconceivable in our teens and twenties.

More basically, though, is this: Don’t be anti-Semitic. Or a hater or bigot of any kind. If one takes that moral to heart, then life will be much brighter, including social-media trails.

Update: Our friend Dr. Pradheep Shanker corrects me on this point. Kollab can’t practice because she didn’t complete her residency (having been fired), but if she had, the DO would have been sufficient for a medical practice. As she no longer has a training certificate, she can’t proceed to a practice, but that’s not because of her DO. My apologies for the confusion, and I have rewritten the paragraph a bit to remove the erroneous information.

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NY Times reports on criticism the Women’s March is anti-Semitic

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Two weeks ago Tablet magazine published a damning, detailed report about anti-Semitism at Women’s March Inc. That report made news but Sunday the message got a boost when the NY Times published a story essentially confirming and re-reporting the story at Tablet. The allegations of anti-Semitism behind the scenes primarily comes down to two meetings, one shortly after the group formed and one just after the first Women’s March. In both cases, Vanessa Wruble, who is Jewish, claims she became the target of current Women’s March co-chairs Tamika Mallory and Carmen Perez. From the NY Times:

Ms. Mallory and Ms. Perez say they categorically condemn anti-Semitism, and that when they asked Ms. Wruble to leave the group, it had nothing to do with her being Jewish. But they acknowledged that the role of Jewish women was discussed in that first meeting.

“Since that conversation, we’ve all learned a lot about how while white Jews, as white people, uphold white supremacy, ALL Jews are targeted by it,” Ms. Mallory said in a statement to The New York Times…

“I was taken aback,” said Ms. Wruble in her first extensive interview about her experience organizing the Women’s March. “I thought, ‘Maybe there are things I don’t know about my own people.’”

She said she went home that night and searched Google to read about the Jewish role in the slave trade. Up popped a review of “The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and the Jews,” a 1991 book by Mr. Farrakhan, which asserts that Jews were especially culpable. Henry Louis Gates Jr., a Harvard professor, has called the book the “bible of the new anti-Semitism.”

Maybe that quote from Mallory makes more sense if you’ve been immersed in intersectionality for a few years. I’m not sure what she’s trying to say. Clearly, she thinks Jews are white people and therefore oppressors, but also she thinks they are targets of white supremacy and therefore victims. Do opposing forces cancel each other out in intersectionality? It’s not clear where this leaves Jewish people in the hierarchy. What is clear is that Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, and Linda Sarsour—three of the four co-chairs of the Women’s March—have expressed their admiration for Farrakhan in the recent past.

The second attack on Wruble happened days after the march was deemed a massive success:

Ms. Mallory and Ms. Perez began berating Ms. Wruble, according to Evvie Harmon, a white woman who helped organize the march, and who attended the meeting at Ms. Mallory’s apartment complex.

“They were talking about, ‘You people this,’ and ‘You people that’ and the kicker was, ‘You people hold all the wealth.’ I was like, ‘Oh my God, they are talking about her being Jewish,’” said Ms. Harmon, whose account was first published by Tablet. “The greatest regret of my life was not standing up and saying ‘This is wrong.’”

Ms. Mallory denied that she disparaged Ms. Wruble’s Jewish heritage in that meeting, but acknowledged telling white women there that she did not trust them.

“They are not trustworthy,” she said, adding that Ms. Wruble gossiped behind the backs of the other march leaders instead of confronting them when she had an issue. “Every single one of us has heard things that offended us. We still do the work.”

So, Mallory did trash white people, collectively, as untrustworthy. That sort of negative judgment of an entire race sounds like outright racism to me, but clearly Mallory doesn’t have a problem admitting to it. She denies having attack Jews. And over at Vox, the spokesman for the Women’s March claims she was at both meetings and that she didn’t hear any anti-Semitism.

Cassady Fendlay, the Women’s March communications director, said in a statement to Vox, “I was present for the conversations in question and the allegations being made are patently false. Those conversations did not happen.”

So you have two people, Mallory and Fendlay, who deny these conversations happened and two people, Wruble and Harmon, who claim they definitely did happen. Which claim is more credible? Tamika Mallory has a clear affinity for Farrakhan who is one of the leading anti-Semites in America. She admits to saying whites can’t be trusted. And she has an obvious reason to lie, i.e. the group is under pressure and she wants to preserve her position in it.

On the other hand, Wruble wrote a final text to one of the group’s advisers as she was leaving it behind which said, ” The one thing I would suggest you discuss with them is the anti-Semitic piece of this. Their rhetoric around this stuff will hurt the movement.” That sounds to me like contemporaneous support for her story that anti-Semitism was a problem from the beginning.

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Iain Dale: Anti-semitism – and how Corbyn is vanishing into the deep pit he has dug for himself

Iain Dale is Presenter of LBC Drive, a commentator with CNN and the author/editor of over 30 books.

When you’re in a political hole, it’s generally best to stop digging. Yet Jeremy Corbyn keeps buying new shovels. Nothing can get him out of the hole he has dug for himself on anti-semitism. Every day, it seems, there is a new revelation which demonstrates his attitude to the subject.

And still there are some of his diehard supporters who continue to believe that there’s nothing to see, and we should just move along. The fact that there are dozens to Labour MPs who are horrified by what is happening means little to Corbyn’s true believers. They are blind to any apparent failing their hero has, and instead think that those who call him out should be expelled from the party.

There’s no way back for Corbyn from this sorry debacle. He’s shown himself to be weak, indecisive and the opposite of a leader. Hodge believes Corbyn to actually be anti-semitic himself. I don’t. But I believe that he tolerates anti-semitism, and has no real comprehension of what the word even means.

His hatred of the state of Israel trumps everything. It’s also more proof of the hold Seumas Milne has over him. You just have to read the latter’s rantings in The Guardian over the years to understand where he’s coming from on the subject. I suspect that he drafted Corbyn’s non-apology on Wednesday, which memorably couldn’t even utter the word Israel. Instead, it was called ‘Israel/Palestine’. Criticism of Israel does not mean automatically that someone is anti-semitic, but in context it often does.

Many Corbyn supporters accuse the media of launching a witch-hunt against him. Just by covering the story we are ‘smearing him’. It’s apparently a non-story. They say we should be covering Islamophobia in the Conservative Party.

When that story broke, I did a phone-in on it. If you remember, the self-appointed Muslim Council of Britain alleged there was widespread Islamaphobia in the Tory Party. But they could only produce nine examples over a number of years.

I have a lot of Muslim listeners, so I decided to test it out. I did an hour-long phone-in, and asked Muslims to phone into the programme if they could cite any examples. Not one could. That’s not to say that it doesn’t exist but, in the two months since then, if it was indeed widespread, you’d think we’d have had a drip-drip of examples.

Unless of course the media wouldn’t print or broadcast them. Don’t make me laugh. I don’t doubt that there are Islamophobes in the the Tory Party. They exist in all political parties and across society. It’s an issue which needs to be addressed.

But let’s not try to conflate a small problem in one party with an endemic problem in another. There are masses of cases of anti-semitism which have been reported to Labour Party HQ, and masses too that have been reported in the media.

And yet there are still people, such as NEC member Peter Willsman, who say they have never seen an example on it. And this man sits on the Labour Party’s National Executive. Not only that, but he sits on their disciplinary panel. Has he been asleep during their meetings?

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My heart aches for Zimbabwe. I’ve never been there, but it’s clear it is the most amazing country, which has been completely ruined by Robert Mugabe and his acolytes. Its GDP per person is now only $2300, lower than that of Yemen. Only six pent of its adults are in full time formal work. Its currency is worthless. I could go on.

When Mugabe was toppled, there was a real hope that things would change. I spoke to a lot of Zimbabwean expats on my radio show, and many of them said that if the new regime proved things would change they would go back to help rebuild their proud nation.

The truth is that little has changed. Emmerson Mnangagwa – known as The Crocodile – has tried to put a new sheen on the Zanu PF government, and declared to the outside world that the country is ‘open for business’, but in reality things haven’t really changed at all.

We saw that in the election on Monday. It’s clear there was widespread electoral fraud and ballot-stuffing. In one town, with a population of 28,000 people, 35,000 ballot papers were counted. Zanu PF won all the seats in Matabeleland – the very area where Mnangagwa is alleged to have led the slaughter of 20,000 people during the 1980s. It hardly seems likely that they would have voted for him.

Meanwhile, it has to be asked what on earth the EU election observers were doing. Their only comment so far has been to regret the delay in announcing the result. What a waste of space they have been.

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On Wednesday, an Appeal Court Judge unwittingly made Tommy Robinson a hero. He was freed on bail over a technicality.

His supporters, who had been accusing the judicial establishment of a plot to lock up their hero, rather had the wind taken out of their sails when the judicial system actually worked as it should. They rather ignored that he hadn’t been found not guilty. A retrial will be held shortly.

But make no mistake, a new far-right hero has been born. The wretched Steve Bannon sees Robinson as someone who can lead a new so-called Alt-Right movement in this country. Ignore the fact that Robinson is a thuggish criminal and an Islamophobic bully.  Bannon sees him as articulate, with an eye for catching the media’s attention, and capable of galvanising people.

He’s right in that judgement, and I suspect there will be a lot of American money flowing into the Robinson coffers. His supporters are true believers. They worship at this altar, and see him as their true saviour. UKIP and its current leadership are going along with this. Gerard Batten is obsessed by Islam, to the exclusion of virtually everything else.

He’s made UKIP an irrelevance in the Brexit debate, but instead has gone out of his way to defend Robinson. He’s leading UKIP down a very dangerous path. The only way it can be reversed is if Nigel Farage returns to the political fray. I’m not sure he wants to, but many people are urging him to take up the cudgels again. Time will tell if he’s up for it.

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