Believe it or not, Linda Sarsour, the anti-Israel Palestinian-American activist who once suggested jihad against President Donald Trump, hosted a panel on anti-Semitism at New York City’s progressive university, The New School. This didn’t sit too well with many, including Jewish conservative Laura Loomer, who was escorted out after confronting Sarsour for her anti-Semitism.
“As a citizen journalist, my goal is to always illuminate the truth, and tonight that is what I did,” she wrote. “Tonight I was able to shine a bright light through the dark lies of Linda Sarsour. She claims to be a beacon of women’s rights, the truth is she supports their oppression through Sharia Law and Jihad, and is vehemently anti Israel. I’m proud to use my freedom of speech to help my fellow citizens see her propaganda for what it is. When someone so anti-Semitic was chosen to speak for educational purposes on an ‘Anti-seminitism’ panel, I could not remain silent.”
And indeed she didn’t.
Here’s video of the confrontation:
Loomer openly called Sarsour an anti-Semite as a woman at the panel kept telling her to leave. “You called for jihad in the United States! Calling jihad against Trump!” Loomer said.
This was in reference to a comment Sarsour made while speaking at the 54th Annual Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) Convention in Rosemont, Illinois earlier this year.
“Why sisters and brothers, why are we so unprepared. Why are we so afraid of this administration and the potential chaos that they will ensue on our community?” she asked in her 22-minute speech.
“I hope, that when we stand up to those who oppress our communities, that Allah accepts from us that as a form of jihad,” she said.
At one point, Loomer called Sarsour a “cockroach,” telling a security guard that’s what her name means.
Loomer, by the way, wasn’t the only one upset with Sarsour’s participation on the panel.
According to the Washington Times:
The Tuesday forum, called “Antisemitism and the Struggle for Justice,” features Ms. Sarsour and two representatives of the anti-Israel group Jewish Voice for Peace, prompting critics to decry the event as a “supreme irony,” a “fake panel” and “Orwellian.”
At the same time, the uproar has prompted pro-Israel progressives to push back against the dictates of intersectionality, the political movement that calls for leftists to take sides against Israel in a show of unity against oppression.
The newly formed Zioness Movement, a progressive pro-Israel advocacy group, has gathered more than 18,000 signatures on a petition condemning the “noxious event,” saying it has the “sole purpose of excluding Jewish and Zionist voices from the left.”
Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt, a former Obama White House aide who has come under criticism for aligning the ADL with progressive causes, called it a sad day for The New School.
“Having Linda Sarsour & head of JVP leading a panel on #antisemitism is like Oscar Meyer leading a panel on vegetarianism,” Greenblatt said on Twitter. “These panelists know the issue, but unfortunately, from a perspective of fomenting it rather than fighting it.”
The Forward added:
Sarsour, an organizer of the Women’s March, has been criticized for comments claiming that “nothing is creepier than Zionism” and that Zionists could not be true feminists, and for her praise of convicted Palestinian terrorist Rasmeah Odeh.
“Having an anti-Semite on a panel to discuss anti-Semitism is ridiculous,” Susan Shapiro, a professor who has taught at the New School since 1993, told the Forward.
Sarsour supports the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel, which proponents claim is a non-violent way to protest Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories. Detractors say BDS is anti-Semitic.
“As a result of inviting Sarsour and the JVP to this panel and co-sponsoring this event, The New School is lending cover and credence to an anti Israel agenda and thereby causing great distress to The New School Jewish and Israeli community,” said a letter to the university’s leadership organized by members of the school’s Jewish culture club.
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