A US activist who labelled the foundation of Israel a “human rights crime” has been dumped from a conference line-up where she was set to appear with Victorian premier Daniel Andrews and Opposition leader Matthew Guy.
Tamika Mallory, a co-chair of the US Women’s March, was the keynote speaker for next Wednesday’s Victorian Council of Social Service ”Good Life” summit in Melbourne.
Ms Mallory helped to organise the 5 million-strong march last year in Washington and other US cities against US President Donald Trump. She was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2017 for her efforts.
But Jewish groups in Australia were concerned by her appearance at the VCOSS summit next week, due to her recent comments on Israel and her links to controversial Muslim cleric Louis Farrakhan.
She was scheduled to speak directly after the Premier and directly before the state Liberal leader at Wednesday’s summit.
Ms Mallory, via video-link, addressed the US Centre for Constitutional Rights in Manhattan on Friday and said the foundation of Israel in 1948 was a “human rights crime.”