Just days after appointing her, the Women’s March, which has come under fire for the anti-Semitism of its past leaders, was forced to remove its newest board member, Zahra Billoo, for extreme statements she made on social media. Billoo responded by posting a lengthy thread on Twitter denouncing the group and blaming her removal on an “Islamophobic smear campaign.”
The ouster of Billoo came in response to a series of past statements the activist and former executive director at the controversy-riddled Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) made on social media about Israel.
As reported by The Daily Caller, in 2017 posts on Facebook and Twitter, Billoo defended her decision to boycott “Wonder Woman” because it stars Gal Gadot, who once served in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). “I similarly would not watch a movie where the lead actor or actress were proud of their participation in the US military, ISIS, or Al Qaeda,” Billoo explained. “Don’t guess, I’ll just tell you, I believe all of them are comparably evil.” She went on to call Gadot a “murderer” and to condemn “Apartheid Israel.”
In February 2018, Billoo posted on Facebook an account of her encounter with a Marine recruiter in which she compared American military to ISIS and Nazis. “He explained the promise of the educational benefits lured him in. He was otherwise not going to be able to go to school,” she wrote. “I shared that financial benefits are often a recruiting tactic for groups like ISIS also. That was tricky for me. Gently comparing his experience to that of ISIS fighters. I refrained from comparing him to a Nazi cook, who though a cook, was still part of the Nazi operation. It took a lot to not say it.”
She also said in May 2018 that she doesn’t see “any difference between American youth leaving the country to join ISIS or the IDF,” declaring, “Both are murderous, war crime committing, terrorist entities.” (See the posts here.)
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