Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.
In 2017, Nancy Kaufman, the CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women (NJCW), signed on to a letter defending Linda Sarsour against charges of antisemitism, that blared, “We will not stand by as Sarsour is falsely maligned, harassed and smeared”.
The Sarsour letter was organized by the Soros group, Bend the Arc, and the other signatories came from a range of anti-Israel hate groups, including J Street, If Not Now, and, T’ruah.
Those are some of the same anti-Israel hate groups with which NCJW joined in the so-called Hatikvah slate endorsed by Peter Beinart who has backed BDS and wrote a New York Timeseditorial declaring, “I No Longer Believe in a Jewish State”.
Now Sheila Katz, the current CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women, popped up to defend Kristen Clarke against charges of antisemitism. Clarke, Biden’s racist pick to head the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, has an ugly history of hate dating back to the time when she took part in an event with Tony Martin: the author of The Jewish Onslaught.
The Black Students Association headed by Clarke had invited Martin despite an antisemitic history which began when he was promoting The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and ]ews: the Nation of Islam’s version of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
In The Jewish Onslaught, Martin wrote that, “Minister Farrakhan is one of African America’s most popular and respected leaders” and that “he has been the butt of every vile epithet that the Jewish spokespeople could conjure up.” Martin ranted about the “continuing Jewish onslaught against the entire Black nation”, the “last three decades of Jewish assaults on Black progress”, and reprinted a letter which claimed that the “Jews passing themselves off as descendants of the biblical Hebrews as one of the biggest frauds in history.”
Beyond the antisemitism, Martin followed the black supremacist line, talking up Marcus Garvey, an admirer of Hitler, and denouncing the NAACP as “assimilationists”.
The Harvard Crimson noted that, “Martin devoted much of his hour-long address to what he alleged was a Jewish ‘tradition’ of persecuting blacks.”
Kristen Clarke defended Martin’s antisemitic rants by claiming that, “Professor Martin is an intelligent, well-versed black intellectual who bases his information on indisputable fact.”
A letter to the Harvard Crimson describes Martin being introduced by Clarke, before ranting about “the Jewish tradition and the Jewish people” and claiming that the “so-called Sages” of the Jewish people were “the earliest racists of recorded history”.
Martin praised Clarke for inviting him. Clarke had introduced Martin, and she defended his antisemitism after the speech. Note of this is seriously in dispute, but like Warnock, Clarke is the pick of Biden’s political allies, and that means the nomination will move forward anyway.
“I’m a pretty good judge of what an anti-Semite is, and I do not believe she is an anti-Semite,” Attorney General Merrick Garland insisted.
Would Garland or the Democrats put forward a nominee who had invited David Duke to speak at her college? It’s one of those questions that doesn’t even need to be seriously asked.
There’s no obvious sign that Clarke had jettisoned the ugly attitudes of her Harvard days. Garland, like other Bidenites, doesn’t care. And Clarke’s allies are happy to defend her.
NCJW’s Katz awkwardly describes The Jewish Onslaught as a “book about the controversy that many at his college labeled anti-Semitic.” The CEO of a group with ‘Jewish’ in its name can’t bring herself to label a book titled, The Jewish Onslaughtas anti-Semitic, and misleadingly describes Martin’s anti-Semitic rant as “an academic event” that Clarke had “participated” in.
The NCJW boss concludes this defense of a bigot by complaining about the “disappointing silence from many Jewish organizations that claim they are committed to civil rights and yet have failed to publicly support Clarke.” Nothing says civil rights like supporting anti-Semites.
Few Jewish groups have indeed taken a stand against Clarke or any of Biden’s other deeply disturbing anti-Semitic appointees with the exception of the Zionist Organization of America.
“Ms. Clarke’s longstanding and recent promotion of antisemitism and racism disqualifies her to head a government office entrusted with combating these scourges,” a statement from ZOA President Morton Klein warns.
No wonder that NCJW filed a complaint against the ZOA in 2018. In 2020, former NCJW CEO Nancy Kaufman, who had stood with anti-Semites against Jews, claimed to be “appalled and outraged by the bigotry and hatred expressed and promoted by Morton Klein” and demanded ZOA’s expulsion for its willing to call out anti-Semitism by the Black Lives Matter movement.
And that’s why the National Council of Jewish Women continues to support anti-Semites.
After the former CEO had defended Sarsour, Sheila Katz appeared in a “faith vote” video which also featured Sarsour. When the furor broke over the Women’s March whose leaders, including Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour, were in trouble over anti-Semitism, former NCJW CEO Nancy Kaufman declared that her organization’s agenda, “is in complete alignment with the national policy agenda of the Women’s March and the Women’s March movement.”
“I have 60 chapters across the country. And they’re reading about Louis Farrakhan, who, you know, hates Jews and is anti-Semitic, and why is the Women’s March supporting Louis Farrakhan. And you’re trying to message this and have conversations. It isn’t easy,” Kaufman later whined at a discussion with Sarsour and Mallory.
There’s no leftist anti-Semite that the National Council of Jewish Women won’t defend.
The NCJW had issued a press release blasting the Jewish State for denying entry to anti-Semitic House members Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar.
Beth Gendler, the head of NCJW-Minnesota, which had previously offered Omar a platform, defended her anti-Semitic comments and argued that she didn’t believe Omar was anti-Semitic.
“She listens to us, and has been a really important partner of ours,” Gendler argued. “Have some of the things she said been antisemitic or played into antisemitic tropes? Yeah, sure, antisemitism is in the air we breathe. Is some of the backlash because she’s a black immigrant woman wearing a hijab? I would hazard to say yes.”
The NCJW is quick to dismiss anti-Semitism by its allies while accusing Jewish critics of racism for noticing the anti-Semitism.
The CEOs and local heads of the NCJW have followed the same pattern when excusing their anti-Semitic allies whether it’s Sarsour, Mallory, Omar, and now, Clarke.
Despite its ugly history of defending anti-Semites, many American Jews still view the NJCW as one of the country’s old bland Jewish organizations even if they’re vague about what it does.
In some ways the NJCW is no different than a lot of the alphabet soup of Jewish organizations which exist for little reason other than the familiar diet of salaries, egos and liberal politics. But the NCJW was always radical back to its founder Hannah G. Solomon, who mingled a contempt for Judaism and Israel with the anti-war politics of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom whose chapters would eventually be taken over by the Communists.
In her autobiography, Solomon cheerfully marveled at her visit to Stalin’s USSR, praising Soviet Communism as the “Great Experiment” of a “mild and kindly people” while claiming that Jews were being treated well at a time when they were being murdered and tortured by the regime.
Solomon visited the Anti-Religious Gallery, and crowed that “hundreds of children” were “being taught Communism and a contempt for old superstitions.” Those “superstitions” included Judaism which was being violently suppressed with beatings, bullets, and gulags.
But the NCJW founder noted the “revolutionary treatment of prisoners” in the “criminal colony”.
The National Council of Jewish Women did not begin defending leftist anti-Semites last year or last decade. It was acting as a shameless apologists for them since at least the Stalin era.
Its founder also despised the idea of a Jewish State ever since it was first founded.
The NCJW did not take a sudden turn for the worse. It did not switch from liberalism to leftism. It was always leftist. Its impassioned defenses of Sarsour, Omar, and Clarke are a continuation of Solomon’s cheerful visit to the USSR to witness Stalin’s “great experiment” in political terror.
Not everyone associated with the NCJW is aware or understands what the group is, and as it continues acting as an apologists for anti-Semites, it’s important to begin to change all that.
The NCJW is as radical and as anti-Israel as any of the groups it aligns with and defends. And its defense of Kristen Clarke’s anti-Semitism ought to instead be viewed as a indictment.
The NCJW has defended Stalin, Sarsour, Omar, and Clarke against charges of anti-Semitism.
When the NCJW claims that a leftist isn’t anti-Semitic, the safe assumption is that they are.