Just a few days after being appointed to the board of The Women’s March, Islamic activist Zahra Billoo has been kicked out of the radical feminist organization when it was found that her history of anti-Semitic rhetoric didn’t fit the “inclusive” nature of the group.
Zahra Billoo has been removed from board membership effective immediately. We found some of her public statements incompatible with the values and mission of the organization. Women's March will continue to build an inclusive and effective movement that holds space for all women.
— Women's March (@womensmarch) September 19, 2019
According to Fox News, Billoo was ousted only a few days after co-founders Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory, and Bob Bland were voted off the group’s national board for similar reasons in an effort to address the progressive group’s “anti-Semitism problem.”
One could easily argue that anti-Semitism is just one of many problems over at the Women’s March, but that goes without saying.
Billoo was one of the 16 new board members of “diverse backgrounds,” appointed alongside three Jewish women, a transgender “woman,” a former legislator, two religious leaders and a member of the Lakota nation’s Oglala tribe, to replace Sarsour, Mallory, and Bland. According to The Washington Post, the new board was meant to help the organization recover from “a failed attempt to trademark the Women’s March name and fractured relationships with local activist groups and the Jewish community.”
As it turns out, Billoo also happens to be an executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a notorious Islamist group long accused of ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.
The Anti-Defamation League called for the Women’s March to “condemn the statements and sentiments” of Billoo, describing her “long history of deeply offensive and antisemitic statements.”
Fox News reports:
Billoo has described Zionism as “racism” and voiced seemingly hateful views toward Israel and those supporting it, going as far as to say in 2014, “I don’t think we can work on civil rights together in the US” if someone supports Israel, which she compared to “baby killers.”
“I’m more afraid of racist Zionists who support Apartheid Israel than of the mentally ill young people the FBI recruits to join ISIS,” Billoo, a friend of Sarsour’s, wrote on social media in 2015, floating a conspiracy that the FBI recruited young people to join the Islamic militants in Syria and Iraq.
In 2014, she tweeted: “Blaming Hamas for firing rockets at [Apartheid] Israel is like blaming a woman for punching her rapist.”
Early on Thursday morning, Billoo spoke out regarding her ouster in a massive 25-tweet thread, claiming to be the victim of “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.”
Oh, right, she’s the victim here. These people!
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