Just days after three controversial Women’s March leaders were replaced following a litany of anti-Semitic scandals, one of the new board members revealed she was voted out over what she called “an Islamophobic smear campaign.”
What are the details?
On Monday, The Washington Post reported that inaugural co-chairs Bob Bland, Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour had stepped down from their positions at the organization, noting that the trio had “been dogged by accusations of anti-Semitism, infighting and financial mismanagement.”
Conservative news outlets were quick to point out that many in the 17-member board replacing the former leaders were no better, and exposed an array of anti-Semitic tweets and messages expressing support for black nationalist Louis Farrakhan.
One of the new board members was Zahra Billoo, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The Washington Examiner reported that Billoo’s Twitter feed was “filled with anti-Zionist tweets, which the Anti-Defamation League has deemed ‘anti-Semitic.'”
Billoo previously declared on social media that “Israel is a terrorist state,” “Israel is an apartheid, racist state, which engages in terrorism against Palestinians,” and just this year wrote that she is “a proud anti-Zionist.”
On Wednesday, Billoo revealed that she had been voted off the board of the Women’s March, following “an Islamophobic smear campaign.” She went on to slam the organization for letting her go, saying “it has effectively said, we will work on some women’s rights at the expense of others.”
The Women’s March confirmed the news on Thursday, tweeting, “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.”
The Washington Examiner also revealed Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt’s applause over Billoo’s removal. Greenblatt tweeted, “We welcome the decision by the Women’s March to remove Zahra Billoo from its board. Billoo’s hateful views have no place in any organization, much less one with an admirable and inclusive mission such as the Women’s March.”