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“Let’s start with a video put out by Jewish Voice for Peace two years ago in which activist Linda Sarsour speaks “on antisemitism.” She claims that “the same people that hate Jews hate Muslims, they hate LGBTQ people, I mean they’re usually pretty anti-black and unconditionally pro-law enforcement, so there’s a connection among these groups of people.”
Ok, great. Good point. But she doesn’t stop there. “I want to make a distinction that while antisemitism is something that impacts Jewish Americans, it’s different than anti-black racism or Islamophobia because it’s not systemic.”
So Sarsour makes a point of first noting that Jews suffer discrimination, but then hiving them off and claiming hatred of Jews is different; it’s not even systemic.
“As a Jewish American, particularly a white Jewish American, you can still get services at a government agency.”
So she seeks to turn Jewish Americans into a separate category and also to label them “white.” Notice, in her discussions of Muslims, she doesn’t differentiate between white Muslims and black Muslims. Only Jews get the additional label “white.””
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