For most people, there is absolutely no connection between the planned International Women’s Strike USA and the Arab-Israeli conflict. However, the official platform for the strike makes it clear that “the demand for open borders and for immigrant rights and for the decolonization of Palestine are for us the beating heart of this new feminist movement. We want to dismantle all walls, from prison walls to border walls, from Mexico to Palestine.”
How does this even make sense? Across the country, protests against President Donald Trump have been hijacked by anti-Israel activists. At Northwestern University, a liberal philosophy professor went so far as to say that it was an “act of deception and co-option” for protesters to laughably linked President Trump’s first travel ban to Israeli “Apartheid,” a claim which South African Member of Parliament Kenneth Meshoe easily debunks.
The co-option of the Women’s Strike makes a lot of sense when considering that one of its chief organizers is Rasmea Odeh, a convicted terrorist who murdered two students, while intending to also kill the first responders when they arrived on scene (read more on Odeh’s crimes here). Odeh has become a leading anti-Israel activist in America.
The niece of one of Odeh’s victims recently wrote about the absurdity of having Odeh as a leading figurehead of a movement that theoretically espouses nonviolence.
Explain to me how Odeh, who was a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a US designated terrorist group, was chosen to represent American feminists who seek to peacefully stand up for women’s rights. The Women’s Strike lists as its Principle #1 that “Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people. It is a positive force confronting the forces of injustice and utilizes the righteous indignation and spiritual, emotional, and intellectual capabilities of people as the vital force for change and reconciliation.” Rasmea Odeh signed her name to this movement. And she did so with blood on her hands.
Meanwhile, over in the Gaza Strip, Hamas has decided that there will be no day off for the protest, but it is all but guaranteed that we won’t see Odeh organize a rally to protest that decision.
Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip have canceled plans to give students a day off on Wednesday for international women’s day.
The internationally backed Palestinian Authority in the West Bank has declared women’s day a public holiday.
But the Islamic militant Hamas, which has controlled Gaza for the past decade, said Sunday it would not obey the order. It says Wednesday will be a normal work day and schools will be open, though the first hour of classes will include discussions about women’s role in the Palestinian national struggle.
Hamas gave no reason for its decision.
Under the group’s rule, Gazan society has grown increasingly conservative, with Hamas imposing a dress code on female lawyers, principals harassing students who don’t wear headscarves and occasionally banning women from smoking in cafes.