Linda Sarsour Thinks You Can’t Hear or Read – Algemeiner

Posted By on December 7, 2019

Linda Sarsour. Photo: Festival of Faiths via Wikimedia Commons.

The first thing Linda Sarsour likes to say in her speeches is that she is unapologetic. Unapologetically in favor of a boycott against the worlds lone Jewish state. Unapologetically for a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and that one state isnt Israel.

But on Tuesday, Sarsour was uncharacteristically apologetic.

Over the weekend, I made comments about Israel that require context to understand. I was specifically referring to the racist argument at the heart of the nation-state law recently passed by the Israeli government not the Jewish people, she wrote. I apologize for the confusion.

In a series of Twitter posts, Sarsour said criticism of her comments during a session before the virulently anti-Israel group American Muslims for Palestines (AMP) annual convention is a further attempt to paint the left in USA & UK as antisemitic.

December 6, 2019 10:04 am

No, Linda. It wasnt an attempt to cast the Left as antisemitic. Just you.

In fact, she did not mention Israels nation-state law in her remarks. But she did speak in a session titled, Palestine, Islamophobia, Racism and Zionism: What is the Connection? It is Zionism she found illegitimate, not a controversial new law. And she repeated her previous argument that liberal Zionists and their supporters can never be allies

You tell me, Oh, Im with you. You cant push me out of the movement because Im also against white supremacy,' Sarsour said. Ask them this: How can you be against white supremacy in the United States of America, and the idea of living in a supremacist state based on race and class, but then support a state like Israel that is built on supremacy? That is built on the idea that Jews are supreme to everybody else. How do you, then, not support the caging of children on the US-Mexican border, but then you support the detainment and detention of Palestinian children in Palestine? How does that work, sisters and brothers?

Thats consistent with what she told the AMP convention in 2016, well before the nation-state law was proposed.

We have limits to the type of friendships that were looking for right now, Sarsour said, and I want to be friends with those whom I know have been steadfast, courageous, have been standing up and protecting their own communities, those who have taken the risk to stand up and say we are with the Palestinian people, we unequivocally support BDS when it comes to Palestinian human rights and have been attacked viciously by the very people who are telling you that theyre about to stand on the front line of the Muslim registry program. No thank you, sisters and brothers.

Still, Sarsour claimed Tuesday that she is a consistent advocate for human rights for ALL oppressed people all over the world. My track record is CLEAR. [Emphasis original]

She is right about that, just not in the way she thinks.

For as long as she has been in the public eye, Sarsour has opposed Zionism the idea of a country for Jews in their ancestral homeland that can serve as both a free society based on law, and as a refuge from oppression that Jews have faced throughout history.

Theres no confusion in Sarsours 2012 statement, Theres nothing creepier than Zionism. The statement, for all the controversy it generated, remains on her Twitter feed today.

Her record is clear when she refers to Israel as an oppressor and tells Muslims to stop actually trying to humanize the oppressor.

Theres no context required to understand her antisemitic beliefs, including her claim that Jews contribute to police shootings of unarmed black people in the US because of an Anti-Defamation League program that takes police officials for a week of seminars in Israel, so they can be trained by the Israeli police and military, and then they come back here and do what? Stop and frisk, killing unarmed black people across the country.

She made similar comments in a 2015 speech at the 20th anniversary of avowed antisemite and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhans Million Man March.

The same people who justify the massacres of Palestinian people and call it collateral damage are the same people who justify the murder of black young men and women, she said.

Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews, is among the examples of antisemitism detailed by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. So is Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.

Sarsour checks both boxes. She served until recently on the governing board for the national Womens March, which was dogged by repeated antisemitic incidents, including a stubborn refusal by Sarsour and her colleagues to renounce Farrakhan. She reportedly has used Nation of Islam officials for security, both personally and for the March.

Despite this record, Sarsour is an official surrogate for Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. And somehow, her hateful rhetoric did not stop Simon & Schuster from publishing Sarsours book, which is due out in March, and ironically described as a memoir of love and resistance.

Its not clear what prompted Sarsour to walk back her hateful comments from the AMP conference. But both the Sanders campaign and Simon & Schuster might be glad to see it.

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Linda Sarsour Thinks You Can't Hear or Read - Algemeiner

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