Women’s March Leader Tamika Mallory Dodges When Asked if Israel Has the Right to Exist
The co-president of the @womensmarch refuses to affirm Israel’s right to exist— saying “everyone has a right to exist…I just don’t feel that everyone has a right to exist at the disposal of another group.” pic.twitter.com/6BEwkAYVKT
— Firing Line with Margaret Hoover (@FiringLineShow) January 18, 2019
Women’s March co-founder Tamika Mallory found herself struggling to avoid directly saying the country of Israel does not have the right to exist during her interview on Firing Line with Margaret Hoover.
“The Palestinians are native to the land, you know, they were there for a very long time and so they’re native to land,” Mallory said.
“Do you feel that the Jewish people are native as well,” Margaret Hoover asked.
“I mean, I know, I understand the history, that there are people who have a number of sort of ideologies around why the Jewish people feel this should be their land,” Mallory replied. “I’m not Jewish. So for me to speak to that is not fair.”
After Hoover pointed out to Mallory that she is speaking on behalf of Palestinians even though she is not Palestinian herself, Mallory said it was different because they are being oppressed by the Israelis.
“I have said many times that I feel everyone has the right to exist,” Mallory said when asked if Israel has the right to exist. “I just don’t feel that anyone has the right to exist at the disposal of another group.”
When asked if that criteria includes the people of Israel, Mallory became very defensive.
“I believe that all people have the right to exist,” she reiterated. “And that Palestinians are also suffering with a great crisis,” she said, adding that she was done with that line of questioning.
Watch above, via Firing Line.
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