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In North Carolina, Linda Sarsour Defends Anti-Israel Attacks and Denies Her Antisemitism

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Linda Sarsour, left, and Tamika Mallory during the Third Annual Women’s March in Washington, D.C., Jan. 19, 2019. Photo: Reuters / Joshua Roberts.

What happens when a fan of Linda Sarsour has some power over the county budget? The answer could be seen in Orange County, North Carolina this weekend, when the county’s Human Relations Commission, chaired by Deborah Stroman, brought Sarsour in to speak for Women’s History month.

The Commission reportedly spent $5,000, plus travel and security expenses — all paid for in tax dollars — to do it. I wasn’t the only one unhappy with the decision, because there were protesters outside the building. The event was billed as filled, but only about 100 people attended, with plenty of empty chairs.

Linda Sarsour is a notorious critic of Israel, and has also expressed many antisemitic views, along with constant support for Congresswomen Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).

In her speech, Sarsour desperately wanted to claim that Muslims could be placed in internment camps, just as America did to Japanese-Americans during World War II. She spoke of propaganda against Muslims, and then “years of propaganda against Japanese Americans. I’m going to take out Japanese and put in fast forward to 2019, I’m going to take out Japanese and put Muslims in there.”

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She mixed this in with Holocaust denial, calling the internment camps “concentration camps.” Yes the Japanese internment camps were a terrible blight on this country, but did the US round Japanese-Americans up to murder them? No. Did they starve them to death? No. Work them to death? No. Experiment on them? No. Yet Sarsour did not hesitate before using that terminology.

“We practice modern day slavery in the United States of America,” she said, speaking of the American prison system.

On antisemitism, she stated, “Let’s be clear about who the real antisemites are. When you focus on somebody like me, something bad is going to happen … the Pittsburgh white supremacist shooter was not citing Farrakhan.”

On Israel, she said: “People call me anti-American … but I would not have this life if I were living under the longest standing military occupation in modern history. The way I move people … is by appealing to the morals and values of people … which is why more people are becoming more to the left on Palestine.”

“If your way to get more people to support the State of Israel and make it a bipartisan issue is by vilifying black people, criminalizing people of color and Palestinians, by protesting free speech events, guess what — you’re losing,” she outrageously claimed.

Vilifying black people? Who has done that? And she appeals to morals and values? More likely, she appeals to gullible people who believe her intersectional chatter, and overlook or even support terrorism — as long as it’s against Israeli Jews.

Finally, she noted, “I am always going to be a critic of the State of Israel as long as it continues to violate the human rights of the Palestinian people; that doesn’t make me antisemitic.” She said she also criticizes Saudi Arabia. An audience member asked if she would criticize Hamas, but she didn’t answer.

Next came the Q&A period, where Deborah Stroman fawned all over Sarsour, asking her tough questions like “how do you feel about forgiveness,” and “do you plan to run in 2020”? On forgiveness, Sarsour said, “Who gets forgiveness and who doesn’t? It’s never the people of color.”

Heroically, Sarsour claimed: “Some of us got to sacrifice, like I’m never gonna have a job, ever in my life. … I’m not going to be able to work at a corporation, that was a sacrifice that I had to make. … I’m not going to have a 401K plan, my retirement plan is my children. I’ve given up a lot.”

At $5,000 a pop, it’s hard to feel sorry for her. I want my tax dollars back.

Amy Rosenthal is the co-founder of the North Carolina Coalition for Israel.

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