Tamika Mallory, co-president and founder of the Women’s March, refused to say that Israel has a right to exist in an interview with Margaret Hoover on PBS’s “Firing Line.” Hoover asked Mallory multiple times to explain why she believed the Palestinians were native to the land, but would not say the same for Jewish people.
“I’m not Jewish, so for me to speak to that is not fair…because I’m speaking of the people who we know are being brutally oppressed at this moment,” Mallory said. “Everyone has a right to exist…I just don’t feel that everyone has a right to exist at the disposal of another group.”
“I believe that all people have the right to exist. 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,” she said.
“I’m done talking about this. You can move on.”
This clip aired after a week of allegations of anti-Semitism stemming from the Women’s March leadership. On Monday, Mallory refused to condemn anti-Semitic comments made by the Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. On Tuesday, the Democratic National Convention quietly ended their partnership with the march.
Prominent Democratic leaders are also steering clear of this year’s march, which is scheduled for Saturday. At the 2017 Women’s March, Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris both spoke, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Amy Klobuchar both attended. This year, all will be absent, except for Gillibrand who is set to speak at the Iowa Women’s March.
The full episode of “Firing Line with Margaret Hoover” will air on Friday.