One former Women’s March leader is claiming that the rest of the controversial leadership team pushed her out of her position due to her Jewish heritage.
These claims support reports that some key leaders of the movement have had issues with anti-Semitism in the past. Vanessa Wruble, a New York activist, spoke to The New York Times about her experience.
During her time in leadership, Wruble was told that the march “really couldn’t center Jewish women in this or we might turn off groups like Black Lives Matter.”
Leaders such as Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory have also spoken highly of known anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, repeatedly posting pictures and meeting with him.
Other members of the march also saw evidence of anti-Semitism, with organizer Evvie Harmon witnessing their treatment of Wruble at a meeting.
“They were talking about, ‘You people this,’ and ‘You people that’ and the kicker was, ‘You people hold all the wealth,’” said Harmon to The New York Times. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, they are talking about her being Jewish.’ The greatest regret of my life was not standing up and saying ‘This is wrong.’”
Wruble left shortly after the 2017 Women’s March, and in an email to one of the group’s advisors, she warned that their outlook would cause issues.
“The one thing I would suggest you discuss with them is the anti-Semitic piece of this,” Wruble said. “Their rhetoric around this stuff will hurt the movement.”