Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at rally in Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, April 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
With the U.K. election in the news, talk of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s antisemitism has been at the forefront. About 90% of Britain’s Jews believe him to be anti-Semitic and his past statements and actions certainly bolster that.
Yet, it’s not only in Europe that we are seeing a normalizing and mainstreaming of antisemitism. One of the best examples of this is the elevation of Linda Sarsour to prominence within the mainstream media and Democrat political circles. While she claims to be “anti-Zionist,” she’s actually a well traveled anti-Semite who continually pushes terrorist propaganda from the Palestinian perspective.
Take this latest example. A leaked video has emerged showing Sarsour going on an anti-Semitic rant
— Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) December 2, 2019
Excerpt via The Daily Caller.
Anti-Israel activist Linda Sarsour said at the American Muslims for Palestine conference Friday that Israel is “built on the idea that Jews are supreme to everybody else.”
“How can you be against white supremacy in the United States of America and the idea of living in a supremacist state based on race and class, but then you support a state like Israel that is built on supremacy?” Sarsour said at the conference held Nov. 28-30 in Chicago.
This is a very, very common anti-Semitic trope. The idea that “white supremacy” and Jews are somehow linked, despite their history of persecution at the hands of real white supremacists. It’s a perverse viewpoint common in Islamic societies, which seek to paint the Jewish people as somehow responsible for the Holocaust. You can see an example of that here.
Israel was not “built on supremacy.” Jews are the historical inhibitors of the land and much of Israel was purchased legally. The expansion of the state has come from winning wars. Weirdly enough, when you attack Israel and try to destroy it, you don’t get to have your land back when it’s over. Further, Israel is the only free society in the Middle East. It is the only place in the region where race and class do not define one’s rights within the country.
Regardless, it’s not really surprising that Sarsour would say stuff like this. Anti-Semites are going to anti-Semite. The real problem here is the complete lack of curiosity by our mainstream media regarding her serving as a surrogate for Bernie Sanders. Try to imagine what the reaction would be if Richard Spencer served as a surrogate for the Donald Trump campaign. Do you think Trump might get questions about it? Not only would he be questioned about it, he’d be labeled a racist by association (and rightly so if you knowingly associate with Spencer). But Sanders can have someone like Sarsour out there stumping for him and The Washington Post, CNN, etc. simply don’t care.
The double standards regarding antisemitism in this country are dangerous. We’ve seen were they’ve led in Europe and that’s more and more becoming our reality here. People like Sarsour, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib have become more brazen in their rhetoric and the positions they hold (boycott, divestment, and sanction). Instead of pushing back, our political elite stand idly by and pretend this is normal. It’s not. It’s journalistic malpractice that there’s not a reporter in Sanders’ face right now asking him if he agrees with this kind of rhetoric.
It won’t happen though because Sanders is part of the “right” party. It’s good to be a Democrat.
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