In contrast to the 2017 marches, which drew more than three million, and last year when hundreds of thousands rallied, Washington police said they expected perhaps 20,000 demonstrators this year, not far from the 16,000 people who indicated interest on the event's Facebook page.
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"I just don't feel that anyone has a right to exist at the disposal of another", Mallory added.
When asked if that criteria includes the people of Israel, Mallory became very defensive.
"I believe that all people have a right to exist and that Palestinians are also suffering with a great crisis, and there are Jewish scholars that will say the same", Mallory said. "I mean you're not Palestinian either". "You can move on".
Ms. Wasserman Schultz cited the refusal of Women's March national co-chair Tamika D. Mallory to condemn Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, described by the Anti-Defamation League as "America's leading anti-Semite". The Anti-Defamation League describes the NOI as having "a consistent record of anti-Semitism" since the 1930s.
On The View last week, Mallory said that she did not "agree with many of Minister Farrakhan's statements", but would not condemn the man who has called Jewish people "termites".
"We understand that there will be schisms", Sarsour told ABC News, acknowledging that the movement had requested access to smaller venues for their marchers this year.
"I didn't call him the greatest of all time because of his rhetoric".
At a 2016 leadership meeting for the march, Mallory and fellow march leader Carmen Perez "allegedly first asserted that Jewish people bore a special collective responsibility as exploiters of black and brown people-and even, according to a close secondhand source, claimed that Jews were proven to have been leaders of the American slave trade", Tablet magazine reported in December.
Marches are also being organised by volunteers in Canberra and Melbourne.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.), who attended the 2017 Women's March, distanced herself from the event on Friday by writing in a USA Today opinion piece: "I can not associate with the national march's leaders and principles, which refuse to completely repudiate anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry".
- Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D- Fla.
WASHINGTON-Women will march in hundreds of US cities and overseas on Saturday to mark the second anniversary of demonstrations that drew millions of protesters to the streets the day after Republican President Donald Trump's inauguration in January 2017.
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