I am neither shocked or surprised by Linda Sarsour’s Jew-hatred. Evil exists in the world, and Islamic Jew-hatred is in the Quran. What is horrific is the left’s exaltation of Sarsour. She was a leader of the Women’s March after President Trump was inaugurated — a woman wearing the hijab, which girls have been beaten and killed for not wearing, stood as a feminist leader. She was chosen by CUNY to give the keynote speech at the university’s commencement ceremonies, and CUNY stuck to its guns despite the massive protest I led against their choice in Manhattan, and many other calls for them not to honor this savage. Linda Sarsour called for jihad against President Trump. And now it’s the New School. asking her to be on a panel against anti-Semitism. Well, she certainly knows a lot about it.
And it’s not just the political and academic left, but left-wing kapo Jews who stand with Sarsour.
Evil is made possible the the sanction you give it.
Sarsour’s rhetoric is evocative of German propaganda in the run-up to the Holocaust. Goebbels pounded the victim narrative and the Jews the oppressors. Same incitement, next century.
“The New School Invites Linda Sarsour to Lead Panel on Anti-Semitism,” by Liel Leibovitz, Tablet, November 13, 2017:
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Founded in 1919 by progressive New York intellectuals, The New School rose to prominence two decades later, when it took in a small band of Jewish intellectuals fleeing the Nazis. Eminences like Hannah Arednt, Leo Strauss, and Erich Fromm all benefited from the institution’s commitment to taking in the victims of the world’s most ancient and persistent hatred and giving them a place to pursue their ideas in peace.
How things change: Later this month, the university will co-sponsor a panel on anti-Semitism that will feature, among others, Linda Sarsour, who opined that “nothing is creepier than Zionism,” praised Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, and believes one cannot support the right of Jews to a homeland of their own and still be a feminist. Alongside Sarsour will be Rebecca Vilkomerson, who heads the odious Jewish Voice for Peace. The group, as an ADL report aptly put it, “uses its Jewish identity to shield the anti-Israel movement from allegations of anti-Semitism and to provide the movement with a veneer of legitimacy.” Among JVP’s recent achievements are the enthusiastic support of Rasmea Odeh, a Palestinian terrorist convicted of a bombing attack on a Jerusalem supermarket that left two young students dead and who was recently deported from the United States after lying about the incident on her immigration forms. The group is also a frequent supporter, despite its allegations to the contrary, of Alison Weir, an activist robustly promoting modern-day blood libels against Jews.
It goes without saying, sadly, that the event—which is co-sponsored by prominent progressive institutions like the radical magazine Jacobin—features not a single actual scholar of anti-Semitism, nor one voice that doesn’t belong comfortably in the deep left. In supporting this pathetic farce, then, the New School betrays its mission and its heritage twice: First by inviting some of the leading purveyors of anti-Jewish prejudice to discuss anti-Semitism, and second by failing to invite to the panel anyone who might disrupt the torrent of invective with dispassionate facts and real expertise….
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