How Can Rabbis Defend Linda Sarsour and Rasmea Odeh?
The New York Daily News has an op-ed by rabbis Ellen Lippman and Barat Ellman, in which they fully endorse Linda Sarsour’s activities, and defend her from accusations of antisemitism and supporting terror.
How they treat and downplay the most damning piece of evidence about Sarsour’s support for terrorism shows how intellectually dishonest Sarsour’s supporters are:
Still others point to her friendship with and support of Rasmea Odeh, who was convicted of involvement in a 1970 supermarket bombing in Israel that killed two people. They ignore Odeh’s claim that she was tortured and coerced into confessing guilt, a contention worth exploring.
This is simply disgusting.
There is overwhelming evidence of Odeh’s guilt, not the least of which is her friend bragging about Odeh’s role in killing Israelis in a film that is sympathetic to Palestinian terrorists..
There is also overwhelming evidence that Odeh was not tortured; in fact, she confessed to the murders only one day after her arrest, not after “25 days of torture” as she claims.
The Legal Insurrection blog tells the entire Odeh story in great detail; no one can credibly claim that she is not a terrorist after reading it. Odeh herself admits to plotting to attack the British Consulate in Israel.
Clearly, Lippman and Ellman care more about supporting those who want to destroy Israel than telling the truth. More sickeningly, they give credibility to convicted terrorists, and cast aspersions on Israel’s justice system, even though Odeh’s trial was transparent and fair (even according to the ICRC).
Lippman and Ellman are also spitting on the memories of Edward Joffe and Leon Kanner, the two students that Odeh murdered. Instead, they choose to endorse someone who supports terrorism, Sharia law, the destruction of Israel, and who claims that feminists cannot be Zionists.
These “rabbis” don’t give a damn about the facts of the case. They will support their anti-Israel friends no matter what.
They are beneath contempt.