December 7, 2019

Sarsour Says Israel Being ‘Built On the Idea That Jews Are Supreme’ Comment Was About Nation-State Law

BROOKLYN, NY - NOVEMBER 13: Womens March Assistant Treasurer Linda Sarsour attends Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Glamour)

Former Women’s March, Inc. leader Linda Sarsour tweeted on Dec. 3 that her Nov. 29 remark about Israel being “built on the idea that Jews are supreme” was referencing Israel’s nation-state law.

Sarsour tweeted, “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.”

She added in a subsequent tweet that she had asked, “How can some be against white supremacy in America but support the state of Israel that operates on a supremacist system?” Sarsour later tweeted, “We need to be consistent and challenge the State of Israel on its system based on valuing one people over another. We are against a supremacist state in America that values race/class over others [and] we need to be honest in how we speak about Israel.”

Some weren’t satisfied with her explanation.

“There’s a cycle here: Linda Sarsour does something anti-Semitic, Jews speak out, Linda gaslights and victim-blames Jews, Linda Sarsour does something anti-Semitic again…” pro-Israel activist Hen Mazzig tweeted.

Reservists on Duty tweeted, “That wasn’t a ‘confusion’ that was a deliberate hateful speech you didn’t think [would] get out.”

Earlier in the day, Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt called Sarsour’s Nov. 29 comments “shocking. She slanders the founders of Israel as supremacists, invoking a centuries-old anti-Semitic trope when she describes them as having believed that Jews are ‘supreme to everybody else.’”