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

Aaron Bandler is a staff writer for the Jewish Journal, mainly covering anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias. Originally from the Bay Area, his past work experience includes writing for The Daily Wire, The Daily Caller and Townhall.

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Aaron Bandler
Aaron Bandler is a staff writer for the Jewish Journal, mainly covering anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias. Originally from the Bay Area, his past work experience includes writing for The Daily Wire, The Daily Caller and Townhall.

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.’”

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