(JTA) — Three of the founding and most prominent board members of the Women’s March stepped down from their positions, the organization announced Monday.
But that was not the only shakeup for the group — 17 new board members have been appointed.
One of them, Zahra Billoo, a lawyer who serves as executive director of the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, has repeatedly made comments sharply critical of Israel.
On Twitter, Billoo has said several times that Israel engages in war crimes and terrorism, and that it is an “apartheid, racist state.”
Last year she tweeted that her comments on Israel led to an interfaith group withdrawing an award it was set to give her. In a series of tweets, Billoo wrote the unnamed organization told her “that pressure opposing my award was mounting. The organization’s institutional funding was being threatened and their Jewish members were threatening to leave.”
We discussed that this was par for the course for Muslim leaders, that when we become visible, we are subject to selective silencing, because when we speak about Palestine it makes some people uncomfortable.
I explained that I could not remain silent when my tax dollars fund the ongoing theft of land and Israeli killings of Palestinians, and that I do indeed oppose Zionism. I see it as racist, just like I do any other ethnic nationalism.