BERNIE SANDERS CAMPAIGN SURROGATE LINDA SARSOUR CLAIMS ISRAEL IS BUILT ON JEWISH SUPREMACY.
December 4, 2019
Coming only a month after Bernie Sanders said that he would withhold U.S. defense aid from Israel in favor of Palestinians and Hamas terrorists, Sanders’s campaign surrogate and anti-Israel activist Linda Sarsour claimed that Israel was built on the idea of Jewish supremacy while speaking at the American Muslims for Palestine conference last Friday in Chicago.
“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 you support a state like Israel that is built on supremacy, that is built on the idea that Jews are supreme to everybody else?”
Additionally, Sarsour called out “progressive Zionist” and supporters of a Jewish nation-state as being incoherent. “Ask those who call themselves progressive Zionists to explain to you how can they be against the separation of children on the U.S.-Mexican border? How can they be against building a wall between us and Mexico? How can they be against agencies like ICE—Immigration Customs Enforcement? But then you tell me … ‘you can’t push me out of the movement because I’m also against white supremacy.'”
Although Sarsour’s comments may seem shocking, especially with those in connection to the strong U.S. ally, this is not the first time Sarsour has received criticism for her anti-Israel stance. Just last month, Sarsour and six other proponents of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement held a pro-Palestinian event at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, which drew large swaths of criticism and concern for pro-Israeli students. The event also came a week after five swastikas were found painted on the Fine Arts Center at the University.
Linda Sarsour’s anti-Semitic rhetoric and pro-Palestinian stance is not much of a surprise anymore, however, it is concerning to see her connection and support from one of the top leading Democratic candidates. Bernie Sanders has begun siding with other Democrats and activists who are fighting against the state of Israel. Only a couple of months ago, Sanders received endorsements for President from Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, two anti-Semetic members of Congress.
It’s a shame that the Democratic party is abandoning our loyal ally, and it’s a shame that Bernie Sanders has chosen to stand behind anti-Semitic figures such as Linda Sarsour, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib.