Women's March Leader Apologizes for Sharing Post Blaming 'American Jewish Establishment' for New Zealand Shootings

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (Left) and Bob Bland (Right)/ Twitter Screenshot
March 25, 2019

Women's March co-chair Bob Bland shared a Facebook post last week blaming the "American Jewish Establishment" for the deadly attacks at the two New Zealand mosques, but later apologized by blaming her two kids for her not being "mindful" when sharing the post.

Bland shared  a Facebook post by Jesse Rabinowitz, a social justice advocate, that likened the language used against Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) to that used against the 54 Muslims who were killed in New Zealand, according to the Jerusalem Post.

"The same language and hate that folks spew against Sisters Linda Sarsour and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) killed 54 Muslims in New Zealand. You can’t stand in solidarity with the Muslim community and simultaneously disavow Muslim women for speaking their truths. American Jewish Establishment, I’m looking at you," the Facebook post read.

She would later apologize on Friday in the comment section of the post saying, " It has come to my attention that some people are upset that I shared Jesse's post."

"I was juggling 2 kids on a Sunday + not being mindful. I’m sorry. I do agree with the first 2 sentences that Jesse said, except I would extend it to all establishment politicians of both parties, of any or no faith," Bland wrote. "Words matter and I should have clarified. If I had time, I would have also said that white Christian supremacy is the real threat + driver of these terror attacks on a global scale."

This isn't the first time that Bland or one of the other Women's March co-chairs has faced scrutiny for something related to Jewish people. The Women's March founder Teresa Shook slammed Bland and the other co-chairs back in November for "anti-Semitism, anti- LBGTQIA sentiment and hateful, racist rhetoric" becoming "a part of the platform by their refusal to separate themselves from groups that espouse these racist, hateful beliefs."

"I call for the current Co-Chairs to step down and to let others lead who can restore faith in the Movement and its original intent," Shook added.