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LA Times Columnist Dismisses Women’s March Leaders’ Anti-Semitism

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Mike Brest Reporter

A columnist for the Los Angeles Times dismissed the accusations of anti-Semitism levied against the leaders of the Women’s March because she said they are “advancing the causes of women,” in a piece published on Friday.

The piece, titled, “Can you admire Louis Farrakhan and still advance the cause of women? Maybe so. Life is full of contradictions,” was written by Robin Abcarian.

The article focused on the fact that the Women’s March was started by women who were upset at the outcome of the 2016 election, and she shared her personal experiences from the march as well. (RELATED: CNN And MSNBC Don’t Cover Rep. Comparing Trump To Hitler)

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 03: Linda Sarsour speaks onstage at the Ms. Foundation for Women 2017 Gloria Awards Gala & After Party at Capitale on May 3, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for The Foundation for Women)

Abcarian then transitioned the piece to known anti-Semite and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. Three of the Women’s March leaders — Linda Sarsour, Carmen Perez and Tamika Mallory — have ties to Farrakhan.

“Personally, I find Farrakhan’s world view vile,” she wrote. “Yet, I think it is possible to be repulsed by his hateful rhetoric about white people, especially Jews, and still appreciate some of the empowerment work that he has done in the black community, including leading the 1995 Million Man March to promote African American family unity.”

Another emphasis of the article was the hypocritical nature of a march dedicated to supporting minorities while also excluding one of the most targeted groups of people. However, after Abcarian pointed out that hypocrisy, she then turned it on Trump supporters asking how they could be willing to “overlook his constant and casual expressions of racism.”

According to a piece in Tablet Magazine, Perez and Mallory accosted a Jewish woman in attendance at the planners’ first meeting over an anti-Semitic claim that was pushed by Farrakhan despite being proven false. Tablet also reported that the Nation of Islam provided security and acted as drivers for the leaders. (RELATED: REPORT: Women’s March Full Of Anti-Semites, Has Ties To Nation Of Islam)

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 16: Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan delivers a speech and talks about U.S. President Donald Trump, at the Watergate Hotel, on November 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 16: Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan delivers a speech and talks about U.S. President Donald Trump, at the Watergate Hotel, on November 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

In October, Farrakhan referred to Jewish people as termites during a speech to mark the 23rd anniversary of the Million Man March. (RELATED: Twitter Rules Louis Farrakhan Comparing Jewish People To Termites Doesn’t Violate Guidelines)

Abcarian’s column failed to mention either of these specific points.