Australian Forum Cancels Women’s March Leader after Anti-Israel Comments

After calling the establishment of Israel a “human rights crime,” Tamika Mallory, a leader of the Women’s March, who supports Rev. Louis Farrakhan, was disinvited to speak next week at an event hosted by an Australian social service agency, The Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday.

The Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) had invited Mallory to speak at its “Good Life” summit in Melbourne. However, Jews in Australia raised their concerns about Mallory’s ties to Farrakhan, an anti-Semite, in addition to her comments disparaging Israel.

Mallory had recently traveled to the Middle East under the auspices of a Manhattan-based group, the Center for Constitutional Rights. During her trip, she met only with Palestinians and pro-Palestinian activists. In a speech at the Center last Friday upon her return, Mallory seemed to acknowledge a right for a Jewish homeland, but then she said, “But you don’t show up to somebody’s home, needing a place to stay, and decide that you’re going to throw them out and hurt the people who are on that land. And to kill, steal, and do whatever it is you’re gonna do to take that land. That to me is unfair. It’s a human rights crime.”

In its War of Independence, Israel was attacked by five Arab armies after it declared its independence, and was forced to defend itself.

A spokesman for VCOSS told The Australian that the group feared that Mallory’s remarks would “overshadow” the event. “VCOSS is concerned both by comments Ms Mallory made in recent days regarding Israeli-Palestinian affairs, and the capacity for these remarks to overshadow the Good Life Summit.”

Mallory had been slated to speak between Victorian premier Daniel Andrews and Opposition leader Matthew Guy. A spokesman for Andrews said that VCOSS had “made the right call in this matter.”

Mallory has been public with her support for Farrakhan, including wishing him happy birthday on Instagram and appearing at his Savior’s Day events. Farrakhan frequently disparages Jews; earlier this week, in a Chicago sermon he referred to Jews as “satanic.”

One of Mallory’s co-leaders of the Women’s March, Linda Sarsour, also is critical of the Jewish state. Sarsour supports the anti-Semitic boycott, divestment, and sanction campaign, known as BDS. Sarsour has voiced her support for a one-state solution that would create a shared country for Jews and Palestinians — this is considered a formula for the end of a Jewish Israel. And in 2012, she tweeted “Nothing is creepier than Zionism” — the right of the Jewish people to have a homeland – equating it to racism.

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