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“Jewish groups [engaging with Women’s March organizers asked] whether the official march would get into the Israeli-Palestine issue. The answer was no — the parts of the platform discussing issues and struggles beyond the immediate definition of women’s rights, will not veer toward the question of Israel.”

– from: http://forward.com/news/national/360573/israel-palestine-issues-didnt-hijack-the-womens-march-why-not/


image2-6In her speech at the D.C. march, Linda Sarsour, one of the National Co-Chairs of the March (and undeniably an official representative of its agenda), explicitly brings in the Palestinian issue in the context of the movement.

Angela Davis‘ speech at the D.C. march did as well, and moreover indicated unequivocal alignment of the march’s human rights agenda with a very clear positionality on the Israeli-Palestine issue:

“Women’s rights are human rights all over the planet and that is why we say freedom and justice for Palestine.”

It is not only fair — but also in the best interests of all advocates for women’s rights — to ask the Women’s March organizers to be accountable for explaining why they rescinded on their assurances to Jewish women leaders that the official march would not to get into these issues. And since they did, despite these assurances, it is also fair — and in everyone’s best interests moving forward in their activist work — to ask the Women’s March to clarify if their movement is explicitly aligned with any particular positioning on the Arab-Israeli conflict or not.