Rabbi Alissa Wise of Jewish Voice for Peace claims Linda Sarsour is fighting antisemitism


The Jewish newspaper “The Forward” never met an antisemite that it didn’t want to kiss up to, but never had a nice word to say about me or any other proud, fierce Jew.

Rabbi Alissa Wise is Deputy Director of Jewish Voice for Peace, which is nether Jewish or peaceful. Jewish Voice for Peace is another neo-kapo leftist anti-Israel group like J Street. According to Discover the Networks:

Founded in 1996, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) is a national nonprofit organization focused on supporting the Palestinians in the Mideast conflict through targeted sanctions against Israel – designed to punish the Jewish state for its alleged human-rights violations. According to its mission statement, JVP is “inspired by Jewish tradition to work … for peace, social justice, equality, human rights, [and] respect for international law.” Indispensable to the realization of these ideals, says JVP, is the group’s primary objective: “an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem.” While claiming to support “security and self-determination for Israelis and Palestinians” alike, JVP aims the vast majority of its criticism at Israel. Impugning also the U.S. for the “critical role” it has played in the Arab-Israeli conflict over the years, JVP calls on America to “stop supporting repressive policies in Israel and elsewhere.”

Rabbi Alissa Wise makes no mention of Sarsour’s many antisemitic comments, or her ties to terrorists and Jew-haters. Wise needs no gun to her head; she would have eagerly volunteered to be a kapo at the camps, rubbing her cloven hooves together with glee.

“Smearing Linda Sarsour Is The Opposite Of Fighting For Racial Justice,” by Alissa Wise, Forward, October 4, 2017 (thanks to Mark):

Linda Sarsour is many things. As she often introduces herself, she’s unapologetically Muslim-American, Palestinian-American and from Brooklyn, New York. And she’s also a critical leader in the fight against all forms of oppression, including anti-Semitism.

Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), of which I am the Deputy Director, recently released an anthology called On Antisemitism. In it, Sarsour writes the following:

Islamophobia is one branch on the tree of racism. Islamophobia, homophobia, anti-Black racism, and anti-Semitism are all connected and [we] cannot dismantle one without the other. Our liberation is intertwined, our stories are intertwined, our identities are intertwined. Our opposition is united, so we too must be united.

Linda Sarsour is articulating a vision of a world where truly every single one of us —Jews and Palestinians, Muslims, and Christians — can be safe and free. In the service of these beliefs, Sarsour has shown up for the Jewish community, from the high profile effort to raise money for desecrated cemeteries to the more quiet and less visible work of showing up to countless meetings, phone calls, marches, rallies, and workshops to work alongside Jewish partners in campaigns for social justice.

Despite Linda’s years of organizing for racial justice, including longstanding relationships with Jewish organizations like Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) and JVP, her increased visibility this year has brought with it unprecedented hate and vitriol. From the far right to the liberal corners of the pro-Israel community, the attacks on Sarsour betray an obsessive focus that can only be explained by an inability or unwillingness to recognize a Palestinian, Muslim woman as a genuine leader whose calls for justice, equality and dignity encompass all of us.

Most recently, Emily Shire wrote about Sarsour in these pages in a piece titled “Practice What You Preach, Linda Sarsour.” Shire excoriated Sarsour for saying that she would “not be intimidated by right-wing Zionists” at Sunday’s March for Racial Justice. Shire also took issue with the fact that Sarsour felt unsafe at the March, possibly due to the presence of a contingent from Zioness, a group that Shire wrote “stands in solidarity with those who seek social justice while promoting self-determination for the Jewish people,” quoting from their Twitter profile.

It’s false advertising. Zioness was founded by Amanda Berman and Brooke Goldstein, both of The Lawfare Project, a right-wing Zionist group that uses legal action to oppose activists on college campuses and beyond.

Berman may have written on the Zioness Facebook wall yesterday that “all human beings deserve dignity, equality and the protection of their inalienable human rights.” But The Lawfare Project’s record is anything but progressive. Goldstein has been skeptical not only about Islamophobia, but about the Palestinians, too.

In an interview with Megyn Kelly in May 2017, Goldstein claimed, “Islamophobia … is a contrived term that was invented by the Muslim Brotherhood with the sole purpose of stigmatizing those who are engaged in dialogue about militant Islam.” And at an anti-BDS conference in 2016, Goldstein asked an audience, “Why are we using the word Palestinian? There’s no such thing as a Palestinian person.”…

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