Women’s March drops Zahra Billoo from board after outcry over anti-Semitism

“It degrades the brand even more that it took them three years to find someone more anti-Semitic and more vehemently anti-Zionist,” said Nisi Jacobs, founder and CEO of WoMen Fight AntiSemitism.

Amid an outcry over anti-Semitic and anti-Israel tweets made by Zahra Billoo, the Women’s March reportedly voted to drop her from the board of the women’s rights group just days after her appointment.

Billoo was among 17 new board members appointed to the Women’s March after three of its founding and most controversial board members—Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory and Bob Bland—resigned in July after accusations of anti-Semitism.

“While Ms. Billoo should never have been appointed, we applaud the Women’s March, Inc. leadership for voting to remove her. After years of waffling and empty statements in response to the Jewish community’s attempts to communicate our pain and alienation, this swift, decisive action is welcomed,” the Zioness Movement said in a statement.

While the Women’s March has not yet released a statement on the decision to drop Billoo, she took the Twitter on Thursday morning in more than two-dozen tweets claiming to be the subject of an “an Islamophobic smear campaign led by the usual antagonists, who have long targeted me, my colleagues, and anyone else who dares speak out in support of Palestinian human rights and the right to self-determination.”

Sarsour, Mallory and Bland, along with co-chair Carmen Perez, remained at the center of controversy for failing to condemn and promote anti-Semitism in the movement. Mallory also has ties to—and has refused to disavow—anti-Semitic rhetoric long reverberating from Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

A single, civil-rights lawyer who serves as executive director of the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Billoo has over the years made numerous anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic comments. She has accused Israel of committing “war crimes and terrorism as a hobby,” being a racist state and “a settler colonial nation engaged in ongoing apartheid.”

She tweeted “Zionism is racism” in 2018, and wrote in 2015, “I’m more afraid of racist Zionists who support Apartheid Israel than of the mentally ill young people the #FBI recruits to join ISIS.”

According to Canary Mission, Billoo—also a supporter of Farrakhan, the BDS movement and Students for Justice in Palestine—has defended terror financiers and Iran terror proxies Hamas and Hezbollah. She equated the Israel Defense Forces with ISIS and Nazi Germany, and among her demonization of American Jewish institutions compared the Anti-Defamation League to Hamas.

https://www.jns.org/womens-march-drops-zahra-billoo-from-board-after-outcry-over-anti-semitism/

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