Accusations of antisemitism are commonly laid on liberals as well as far-right white nationalists. Conservatives, mainstream Republicans, and moderate Democrats often point out the hypocrisy of the progressive wing of the Democratic party, but even some progressives are starting to see the problems.
Women’s March For All (WMFA) recognizes that the liberal movement they embrace has an ugly side as it pertains to Jews. The group, which detached itself from the original Women’s March on Washington when their antisemitic leadership embraced the teachings of Louis Farrakhan. While much of the WMFA’s agenda is still extremely progressive, it’s refreshing to see them speak out against the radical antisemitic leanings of their previous allegiances.
In a petition launched on Friday and signed by some 120 people, Women’s March For All (WMFA) warned that antisemitism — “often cloaked as anti-Zionism” — “has now become a serious problem in liberal movements worldwide,” including in Canada and the United Kingdom.
The group was formed as an offshoot of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington, after the movement’s leaders — Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour, and Carmen Perez — came under fire in March for their praise of Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader who has railed against “Satanic Jews” and been accused of sharing misogynistic, homophobic, and transphobic views.
The Democratic party is at a crossroads. They are torn between the hateful nature of the socialist movement and the aging moderate wing. This move by the WMFA is brave because it calls for clear lines drawn by the party to prevent it from turning into a purely antisemitic hate group.
Here’s their statement:
Anti-Semitism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, racism and white supremacy are and always will be indefensible.
Please read our statement: pic.twitter.com/bRFqAGf81t
— Women's March (@womensmarch) March 6, 2018