Just when you thought that the shameless exploitations of the mosque shootings in New Zealand had reached their peak, the Women’s March, that cozy den of Farrakhan fans, finds a new low.
A co-leader of the Women’s March shared a post blaming the “American Jewish Establishment” for its role in the attacks on two New Zealand mosques, and then apologized.
Bob Bland on March 17 shared a post from Jesse Rabinowitz, a social justice advocate, who wrote that: “The same language and hate that folks spew against Sisters Linda Sarsour and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) killed 54 Muslims in New Zealand. You can’t stand in solidarity with the Muslim community and simultaneously disavow Muslim women for speaking their truths. American Jewish Establishment, I’m looking at you.”
That’s to say that if you criticize anti-Semitism by Linda Sarsour and Rep. Omar, you have Muslim blood on your hands.
It’s the same argument that Chelsea Clinton was hit with, courtesy of BuzzFeed.
Let’s backtrack for a little context on Bob Bland and the takeover of the Women’s March.
On Nov. 12, 2016, a group of seven women held a meeting in New York. They had never worked together before—in fact, most of them had never met—but they were brought together by what felt like the shared vision of an emerging mission.
There were effectively two different cohorts that day. The first one included Breanne Butler, Karen Waltuch, Vanessa Wruble and Mari Lynn Foulger—a fashion designer turned entrepreneur with a sideline in activist politics, who had assumed the nom de guerre Bob Bland.
Mari/Bob became the only surviving leader of the new Women’s March, which included a purge of Jewish members.
Bland not only backed up Tamika Mallory’s claims of having never made anti-Semitic statements, but played a key role in hijacking and taking over the organization.
For her part, Bland had her eyes on more outward-facing tasks. At some point, according to Shook, Bland asked her for access to her event page for the March. Soon after, Bland created a new page—designated as the official March page—and bought the womensmarch.com URL. Bland then deleted Shook’s original event page without asking, or even notifying, her.
And Bland had allegedly defended Farrakhan.
Beem described a sense of awkwardness as Mallory went on to defend Farrakhan to over 40 women on the call. And she wasn’t alone, Beem said; Perez and Bland jumped in to defend him as well. “They said to us: ‘You know, he has done some great things for people of color.’
Farrakhan has praised Hitler and compared Jews to termites.