The Bigotry Of Linda Sarsour: You Cannot Be A Zionist And A Feminist
In case it wasn’t already obvious, Women’s March organizer and faux feminist Linda Sarsour is a bigot. And if that wasn’t already obvious, this interview with The Nation – in which she posits you cannot be a Zionist and a feminist – makes that clear.
Can You Be a Zionist Feminist? Linda Sarsour Says No
In her op-ed, Emily Shire asks, “why should criticism of Israel be key to feminism in 2017?” I think she was being a bit flip there, but I’d love if you can answer her question in earnest.
I was quite surprised and disturbed by her piece. When you talk about feminism you’re talking about the rights of all women and their families to live in dignity, peace, and security. It’s about giving women access to health care and other basic rights. And Israel is a country that continues to occupy territories in Palestine, has people under siege at checkpoints—we have women who have babies on checkpoints because they’re not able to get to hospitals [in time]. It just doesn’t make any sense for someone to say, “Is there room for people who support the state of Israel and do not criticize it in the movement?” There can’t be in feminism. You either stand up for the rights of all women, including Palestinians, or none. There’s just no way around it.
Zionism is the aspiration of the Jewish people to return to their historical homeland. Sarsour would deny Jews that aspiration, and discount any Jew who holds that desire from being a feminist.
Meanwhile, the hypocritical Sarsour, who just said “You either stand up for the rights of all women, including Palestinians, or none” does not seem to include Saudi Arabian women in that blanket rule.