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Schools Criticized for Bringing Anti-Semitic BDS Activist on Their Campuses

03-01-2019
Prominent BDS activist Linda Sarsour
Linda Sarsour (Photo: AP)

Several universities are under fire for hosting an anti-Israel activist on their campuses. Linda Sarsour, who is accused of Jew-hatred that was seen during her work on the Women's March, was recently invited to speak at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill's Minority Health Conference.

Her speech was intended to discuss "why advocacy is important, her path as an advocate, the spectrum of advocacy and application to the field of public health." However, The College Fix reports Sarsour took the time to focus more on criticizing Israel than actual health. 

During her speech, Sarsour pointed out that she is a supporter of the "boycott, divestment and sanctions" movement on Israel. BDS seeks to penalize Israel and impose harsh economic restrictions to punish Israel for its disagreements with the Palestinians.

The appearance caused multiple groups to address their school officials, and some students were even planning to protest. 

This is not the first time Sarsour is in the spotlight for anti-Semitic beliefs. Last year, Sarsour and other Women's March leaders, were accused of anti-Semitism, causing multiple sponsors to pull their support from the march. 

Sarsour is slated to speak at New York University next month. The speech is supposed to be focused on "a lecture on migration, refugees, and the politics of sanctuary."

The Zionist Organization of America, a pro-Israel group, has criticized the decision to invite Sarsour. The president of the organization has called her "a bigot, a Jew hater, an Israel hater and a divider," and that the decision to bring her is "utterly appaalling." 

The Zionist Organization of America released a memo sharing multiple Anti-Semitic moments from Sarsour:

"In 2017, she shared a platform with, and extolled the virtues of, convicted Palestinian Arab terrorist Rasmea Odeh, who is responsible for the murder of two Israeli university students in a 1969 Jerusalem supermarket terrorist bombing," the organization shared. "At that event, Sarsour gushed that she was  'honored and privileged to be here in this space, and honored to be on this stage with Rasmea'."

"Sarsour has openly associated with America's most prominent, avowed veteran anti-Semite, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, tweeting in praise of him in 2012 that, 'When we write the history of Islam in America, the Nation of #Islam is an integral part of that history'," they continued. "In 2015, during a speech at the 20th anniversary of Farrakhan's 'Million Man March,' Sarsour stated, 'The same people who justify the massacres of Palestinian people and call it collateral damage are the same people who justify the murder of black young men and women'." 

Farrakhan has been known for anti-Jewish comments such as referring to Jews as "termites" and their religion as a "synagogue of Satan." 

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