Young Israel Calls for Removal of Women’s March Leaders for Refusing to Condemn Anti-Semitism

November 20, 2018

The National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) today called for the removal of those leaders of the Women’s March who have fostered anti-Semitism and refused to condemn Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who has a history of making racist comments aimed at Jews. The NCYI also praised actress Alyssa Milano and Teresa Shook, who was instrumental in forming the Women’s March movement, for publicly denouncing Bob Bland, Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour, and Carmen Perez, the leaders of the current Women’s March effort, for defending Farrakhan and his anti-Semitic remarks.

“Instead of focusing exclusively on their objective of advocating for women to bring about social change, the current leaders of the Women’s March have sullied their mission by aligning themselves with an individual who regularly spews bigotry and anti-Semitism, and who does not hide his disdain for Jews,” said NCYI President Farley Weiss. “By embracing a notorious anti-Semite like Louis Farrakhan, the principals of the Women’s March, including Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory, have displayed a perplexing reluctance to condemn hate-mongering and an utter failure to comprehend the danger of religious intolerance and overt racism. Their role in perpetuating hatred warrants their immediate dismissal from their positions at the Women’s March.”

“We are grateful to individuals like Alyssa Milano, Teresa Shook, and others, who not only recognized the peril of failing to denounce Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory, Bob Bland, and Carmen Perez for their affiliation with Louis Farrakhan, but who used their public platforms to call attention to the issue and highlight the offensive nature of being aligned with a blatant anti-Semite,” Weiss continued. “With a frightening rise in anti-Semitism in the United States, it is unfathomable that the leaders of the Women’s March would embrace and defend an individual who denigrates Jews every opportunity he gets.”

“The support and defense of Farrakhan, coupled with Linda Sarsour’s own checkered past in making derogatory comments about Jews and her unabashed support for the anti-Israel BDS movement, make for a toxic situation that cannot be allowed to continue,” concluded Weiss. “It behooves everyone associated with the Women’s March to boycott the movement until the group’s leaders disavow Louis Farrakhan, denounce him for his despicable comments and positions relative to Jews, and then step aside due to their insensitivity and inability to refrain from spreading anti-Semitic sentiments.”