October 22, 2019

Sarsour Faces Criticism for Not Mentioning Jews in Holocaust Statement

Activist Linda Sarsour speaks during a Women For Syria gathering at Union Square in New York City on April 13. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Women’s March co-leader Linda Sarsour has been criticized for not mentioning Jews in her Holocaust Remembrance statement.

Myriad Twitter users have pointed out that in 2017, Sarsour criticized the Trump administration for not mentioning Jews in their Holocaust statement at the time.

“How do you have a Remembrance Day for the holocaust and not mention Jews?!” Sarsour tweeted. “Absolutely outrageous. Definition of anti-semitism.”

On Sunday, Sarsour wrote on Facebook, “May the memories of those who perished inspire us to love and protect one another. May we never forget history so that we may never repeat it. May their stories instill a sense of commitment and determination in our movements and communities to never leave anyone behind. May they rest in an eternal peace knowing that we will fight for each other no matter the consequences. #HolocaustRemembranceDay”

Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said in a statement sent to the Journal, “Linda Sarsour’s omission of Jews in her statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, where one third of world Jewry was murdered, is an ever greater omission than for a speaker not to mention women at the Women’s March.”

Sarsour and the other national Women’s March leaders have been plagued by accusations of anti-Semitism due to their warmth toward Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. Sarsour issued a statement addressing anti-Semitism in November, although it was heavily criticized for failing to explicitly condemn anti-Semitism.

H/T: Washington Free Beacon