Ironically, who better than a vicious antisemite to sit on a panel about antisemitism?
And of course, Linda Sarsour didn’t disappoint. She wore her Jew-hatred like she wears her hijab.
Increasingly, colleges and universities have become hotbeds of radicalism and Jew-hatred, while US Jewish leadership stands idly by, or worse, aligns with the left. Powerful Jewish voices are silenced and all but banned for engaging in the national conversation. I have warned of the consequences of this suicidal cowardice. And I was right. Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely was right when she slammed Jewish Americans for being insensitive to the realities of being a Jew and living in the face of terror attacks in the Jewish state.
I can assure, my colleagues and I are never asked to speak on such panels, though we are the victims of the vicious Jew-hatred (ie Sarsour’s Jew-hatred) they pretend to address.
Now these panels attack me, a fiercely proud Zionist.
” I hope the Jewish community stands up and says that’s wrong, that under no circumstance should Jewish people align with people like Milo or Pamela Geller or Richard Spencer or Gavin McInnes.” Linda Sarsour, November 28th, 2017.
The Boycott, Divest, Sanction [Israel] movement is this century’s Nazi movement, only on a worldwide scale. Same tactics, same viciousness, same lies, same thuggery — the Germans employed the same tactics. Preceding Kristallnacht, the Nazis held several days calling for Germans to boycott Jewish-owned businesses. This was the direct antecedent to the BDS movement. This is no different. There is little light between the Jew-haters of Germany and Sarsour and her ilk.
Regardless of their feelings toward Israel, said Sarsour, Jews and non-Jews alike “must commit
to dismantling anti-Semitism. The existential threat resides in the White House, and if what
you’re reading all day long in the Jewish media is that Linda Sarsour and Minister [Louis] Farrakhan are the existential threats to the Jewish community, something really bad is going to happen and we are going to miss the mark on it.”
Demonstrators took to the streets in New York City on Tuesday night to protest against a panel debate on antisemitism which featured a prominent Palestinian-American activist.
Linda Sarsour, former executive director of the Arab-American Association of New York, stoked controversy earlier this year by asserting that Zionists cannot simultaneously be feminists because the Israeli occupation of the West Bank was oppressive to women.
She was also a co-chair of the January 2017 Women’s March on Washington that took place on Donald Trump’s first day in office.
Organisers last night warned the audience and participants to expect disruption, but the panel event – hosted by Amy Goodman, the host of television news programme Democracy Now – went ahead as planned at the New School in Manhattan.
More than 21,000 signatures had been collected on an online petition against Ms Sarsour’s participation.
She opened by saying: “Apparently I am the biggest problem of the Jewish community. I am the existential threat, apparently. I am confused, literally, every day.”
Footage of the debate has been viewed tens of thousands of times on the Facebook page for left-wing magazine Jacobin, with angry debate flaring up on social media.
“Having Linda Sarsour & head of JVP leading a panel on antisemitism is like Oscar Meyer leading a panel on vegetarianism,” tweeted Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League, earlier this month.
That's rich coming from @ADL_National – an uber-left wing org who attacks proud, vocal Jews. Their vicious attacks on my colleagues and me are used by Jew-haters the world over. It's because of orgs like the ADL that Sarsour is where she is. #ShameOnYou https://t.co/ndTK1vGhLp
— Pamela Geller (@PamelaGeller) November 29, 2017
He was referring to the US meat company known for its hot dogs, bacon and ham.
Appearing alongside four other panellists who are all Jewish, Ms Sarsour declared that antisemitism was part of the wider social justice movement and should not be the concern of Jewish people alone.
“We cannot dismantle anti-black racism, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, every phobia and –ism, without also dismantling antisemitism,” she said.
“Antisemitism is one branch on a larger tree of racism…You can’t just address one branch, you need to address all branches together so we can get to the root of the problem.”
Critics were angered by her participation because of her vocal support for the BDS, the movement that calls for a boycott of Israel – but Ms Sarsour responded with characteristic defiance.=
“Just in case it’s not clear, I am unapologetically Palestinian-American and will always be unapologetically Palestinian-American. I am also unapologetically Muslim-American. And guess what? I am also a very staunch supporter of the BDS movement.
“What other way am I supposed to be, as a Palestinian-American who’s a daughter of immigrants who lived under military occupation and still has relatives in Palestine that live under military occupation? I should be expected to have the views that I hold.”
The panel also featured Rebecca Vilkomerson, the executive director of Jewish Voices for Peace; Leo Ferguson of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice and Lina Morales, a member of Jews of Color and Mizrahi/Sephardi Caucus of JVP.
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