Women's March Founder Linda Sarsour cost her organization several friends and endorsements after we discovered her hateful view of Israel. In 2017, she told The Nation that there is no such thing as a Zionist feminist. It was apparently an unfortunate trend among the Women's March organizers. Tamika Mallory was found to have ties to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, a seething anti-Semite who is known to proclaim things like, “powerful Jews are my enemy.” While the Women's March has released statements distancing itself from Farrakhan's rhetoric, it wasn't enough to stop the likes of The National Council of Jewish Women, the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York, several celebrities and activists from cutting ties.
It hasn't deterred Sarsour from once again sharing her intolerance for Israel. In her speech at the 12th Annual Conference for Palestine in the U.S over the weekend in Chicago, she suggested that a progressive could not, and should not, support Israel.
“Ask those who call themselves progressive Zionists to explain to you how they can 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," Sarsour said. "But then you tell me ‘Oh, you can’t push me out of the movement because I’m also against white supremacy,’” Sarsour said at the conference. “Ask them this, how can you be against white supremacy in America and the idea of being in a state based on race and class, but then you support a state like Israel that is based on supremacy, that is built on the idea that Jews are supreme to everyone else.”
Leaders like former New York state assemblyman Dov Hikind said enough is enough.
Great thing about antisemites like @lsarsour is that they can’t help but reveal their true feelings of hate:— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) December 2, 2019
“Israel is built on Jewish supremacy”?!
No, Linda, it’s built on 3,500 years of Jewish self determination fighting those who seek our annihilation in each generation! pic.twitter.com/JkOxyRQl7J
Sarsour again found herself having to explain her outrageous comments. The only thing she "apologized" for, however, was the "confusion" she caused.
THREAD:— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) December 3, 2019
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. I apologize for the confusion.