Musician In ‘Zioness’ Logo Says She Has No Connection To Group by the Forward

Musician In ‘Zioness’ Logo Says She Has No Connection To Group

A South African musician whose face was used in the logo of the Zioness Movement, a Zionist-feminist grassroots group, said on Twitter on Monday that she had nothing to do with the movement.

“I’m just a South African girl who rides a motorbike, makes music and has no ties to Israel or the zionest movement,” the musician Dope Saint Jude tweeted.

On Sunday, Twitter user @ML_ine posted the Zioness logo alongside the Getty Images stock photo from which it was adapted. The woman pictured in the image has a tattoo of Jesus on her right arm, which is missing from the logo.

Other advocacy groups have also used the stock photo.

Zioness says it is a progressive Zionist organization, and had delegations at Women’s Marches over the weekend in New York, Oakland and Washington, D.C.

In an interview with the Forward in October, the group’s founder, Amanda Berman, who works for The Lawfare Project, a legal group, acknowledged that she did not have a background in progressive advocacy. “I don’t know that I have that kind of experience,” she said.

Contact Josh Nathan-Kazis at or on Twitter, @joshnathankazis.

Editor’s note: This story was updated on January 23, 2018 to clarify the description of Zioness and the Lawfare Project.


Josh Nathan-Kazis

Josh Nathan-Kazis

Josh Nathan-Kazis is a staff writer for the Forward. He covers charities and politics, and writes investigations and longform.

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