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Anti-Semitic Feminism?

The growing legitimacy for anti-Semitism shouldn’t surprise anyone, because two generations of social-science and humanities students have been raised on the indoctrination à la Edward Said

Gadi Taub
Gadi Taub
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Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory at the 2019 Women's March, Washington D.C., January 19, 2019.
Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory at the 2019 Women's March, Washington D.C., January 19, 2019.Credit: AP
Gadi Taub
Gadi Taub

The Women’s March in the United States, which began as a protest against Donald Trump, has embraced BDS, the global boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel. Linda Sarsour, one of its leaders, said this explicitly at a recent demonstration in Washington, and the movement’s new manifesto specifically refers to objection to legislation designed to ban the boycott.

If anyone still needs proof that anti-Semitism has made inroads into the mainstream of the American left, here’s some more evidence. The Women’s March is a good indicator of which direction the wind is blowing.

The growing legitimacy for anti-Semitism shouldn’t surprise anyone, because two generations of social science and humanities students have been raised on the indoctrination under the tutelage of Edward Said’s holy scriptures and identity politics. No wonder they’re ready to accept Sarsour’s anti-Semitism as progressive and her fondness of sharia as feminism.

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But the seeds of anti-Semitism in the New Left didn’t begin with Said at the end of the ‘70s. They sprouted in the mid-’60s in the civil rights movement, from the time Martin Luther King’s leadership started to be undermined, shortly before he was assassinated.

In other words, Tamika Mallory, admirer of the blatant anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, represents a deeper, older more institutionalized stream than Sarsour, her Muslim colleague in the Women’s March.

The civil rights movement has been the American left’s Holy of Holies since the ‘60s, therefore political correctness forbids criticism of it. It’s even advised to avoid referring to its betrayal of the cause of King, whom the radicals started calling Uncle Tom. The young radicals who called for voluntary segregation, contrary to the integration King espoused, advocated black pride and black power.

The turning point can be traced with some accuracy to May 1966. That was the moment the radical Stokely Carmichael took over the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, one of the major civil rights groups of the ‘60s, and kicked out the whites, many of them Jewish. Here ended the alliance between Jews and blacks from the New Deal days.

From here the radicals – students of Elijah Muhammad (for example Malcolm X and Farrakhan) and with them the Black Panthers and other partners – became the movement’s radical, i.e. holy, spearhead. The radicals ranged from the old kind of anti-Semitism, which described the Jews as economic parasites, to emulating the hatred from the Muslim world, mixed with populist, third-world-style Marxism, which describes Zionism as the vanguard of the West’s imperialist capitalism.

The civil rights movement’s holy aura made most of the New Left say amen to all this, or at least to politely ignore it. This was the breach in the immune system of American liberals through which flagrant anti-Semitism penetrated the left’s heart; thus the undeclared ban on criticizing black activists became leniency toward explicit anti-Semitism.

It isn’t easy to be Jewish at an American university today. The boycott movement is thriving on campus. BDS supporters already have a bridgehead in Congress. Black Lives Matter has also embraced BDS, and this hasn’t raised significant public protest.

Now Mallory is praising Farrakhan, who compares Jews to termites. The proximity to such a blatant racist caused a small furor, a few protests and even the withdrawal of a number of groups and a few high-profile women from the Women’s March. Indeed, the ranks have dwindled.

But Mallory wasn’t forced to resign. On the contrary. Now the Women’s March is standing behind her and her anti-Semitic views, as implied by the march’s defense of BDS against legislation as one of its declared goals.

In the Israeli context, unsurprisingly, Breaking the Silence did Mallory the honor of taking her on a tour to Hebron, as Ben-Dror Yemini of the daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported. Apparently there’s no anti-Semitic bonfire that this organization and its lies don’t provide fuel for. Now this too. This isn’t surprising either.

The difference is only that this bonfire is much more dangerous than the others because it’s already destroying the heart of the U.S. political establishment.

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