Tamika Mallory, co-president of the Women’s March, is continuing her pattern of anti-Semitism. Last week, she suggested during an interview on PBS that Jewish people are white supremacists.
Mallory was responding to a question from PBS’ “Firing Line” host Margaret Hoover, who asked the Women’s March leader about a New York Times article in which she said, “White Jews, as white people, uphold white supremacy.”
“When you talk about Jews upholding white supremacy, I mean, there are white supremacists in this country who target Jews,” Hoover expressed, referencing the racially motivated shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh last year.
“So,” Hoover continued, “when you accuse Jews of upholding white supremacy, it feels and seems inappropriate in the context of this mass white-supremacist slaughter in a synagogue.”
At that point in the conversation, Mallory was clearly frustrated with Hoover’s line of questioning. The progressive activist pushed back at the PBS host for referencing a clear instance of anti-Semitism as a result of white supremacy.
Women's March co-President Tamika Mallory appears to suggest that Jews are white supremacists during an interview about the allegations that she is an anti-Semite. pic.twitter.com/sa6z0fXqG5
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 19, 2019
After begrudgingly agreeing with Hoover’s suggestion that Jews were victims of white supremacy during the Tree of Life attack, Mallory said her claim that Jews benefit from white supremacy “makes perfect sense” when one considers “the overall context of how we exist in America.”
“Let’s do both,” Hoover replied, pressuring Mallory to explain how Jewish people are both benefactors and victims of white supremacy.
“I mean, it doesn’t change,” Mallory shot back. “The bottom line is that, people who have white skin, including white Jews, benefit from white privilege. I mean, even Jewish people say that.”
What else did Mallory say?
At another point in the interview, Hoover pushed Mallory to say whether she believes Israel has a right to exist in the Middle East — a simple question to which the Women’s March co-president would not provide a simple answer.
The co-president of the @womensmarch refuses to affirm Israel’s right to exist— saying “everyone has a right to exist…I just don’t feel that everyone has a right to exist at the disposal of another group." pic.twitter.com/6BEwkAYVKT
— Firing Line with Margaret Hoover (@FiringLineShow) January 18, 2019
When Hoover asked if Israel has the “right to exist,” Mallory replied, “I feel everyone has a right to exist. I just don’t feel that anyone has a right to exist at the disposal of another group.”
Moments before, she told the PBS host Palestinians are “native to the land” and are being “brutally oppressed.” Mallory — who is neither Israeli nor Palestinian — refused to offer any defense of the Jewish state because she’s not Jewish, and therefore, argued it’s “not fair” for her to speak in Israel’s defense.
Hoover kept trying to get a straight answer from Mallory.
“I believe that all people have the right to exist,” Mallory repeated, visibly frustrated once again. “And that Palestinians are also suffering with a great crisis. And that there are other Jewish scholars who will sit here and say the same. I’m done talking about this. You can move on.”
“OK,” Hoover answered. “I just don’t think it requires scholarly knowledge to be able to say that Israel has a right to exist.”
Hoover, seemingly surprised by Mallory’s refusal to say Israel has a right to exist, tweeted it should be a “no-brainer” to defend Israel’s sovereignty when one is facing accusations of anti-Semitism.
If you are vigorously defending allegations of anti-semitism, seems like affirming Israel’s right to exist would be a no-brainer. Unfortunately, that’s not what happened.
— MargaretHoover (@MargaretHoover) January 18, 2019
For Mallory, it’s apparently not that obvious.