Linda Sarsour Praises Non-violent Palestinian Resistance, Fails to Mention West Bank Attack

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File photo: Linda Sarsour addresses attendees at a vigil for Nabra Hassanen, who was killed by a bat-wielding motorist near a Virginia mosque, Manhattan, New York, U.S., June 20, 2017.
File photo: Linda Sarsour addresses attendees at a vigil for Nabra Hassanen, who was killed by a bat-wielding motorist near a Virginia mosque, Manhattan, New York, U.S., June 20, 2017. Credit: AMR ALFIKY/REUTERS

Linda Sarsour, the Palestinian-American activist who spearheaded the 2017’s Women’s March, praised Palestinians demonstrating against Israel’s recent measures on the Temple Mount. However, some on social media have been quick to criticize Sarsour for failing to mention the three Israelis killed in the West Bank Friday night stabbing attack.

Sarsour, who has recently come under fire for her stance on the BDS movement and Twitter wars with figures from the U.S. Jewish establishment, posted: “This is resilience. This is perseverance. This is faith. This is commitment. This is inspiration. This is Palestine. Denied access to pray at Al Aqsa Mosque in their own homeland, Palestinians pray on the streets in an act of non-violent resistance. They are met with tear gas and rubber bullets. But you still can't keep them from God.”

“While the world powers continue to turn a blind eye to the blatant injustice against and the suffering of the Palestinian people, they remain steadfast and teach us life, determination and patience. Palestine will be free, it's not a question of if, its when. Long live Palestine," Sarsour continued.

Sarsour’s post comes 24 hours after one of the most violent days the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has seen in years. Three Palestinians were killed and hundreds were wounded in clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces over recent Israeli security measures on the Temple Mount. The deadly attack that left three Israelis dead took place a few hours later.

Sarsour’s post failed to mention reports of violence or the three Israelis stabbed to death in their home in the West Bank settlement of Halamish. Many were quick to note Sarsour’s omission, posting links to news articles about the attack and graphic pictures of the murder scene on the Facebook post’s comments. The assailant, a 20-year-old Palestinian identified as Omar al-Abed, posted on Facebook less than two hours before the attack that he was “going to die for Al-Aqsa.”

Palestinian protesters destroying a mock Israeli metal detector during a protest against Israel's newly installed security measures at the entrance to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, in the West Bank citCredit: ABED OMAR QUSINI/REUTERS

Sarsour’s Facebook post comes days after she accused CNN’s Jake Tapper of “joining the ranks of the alt-right to target me online” after he criticized Sarsour’s celebration of Assata Shakur’s birthday. Tapper, in fact, was named one of the Jewish journalists most frequently harassed by the alt-right online during the 2016 election campaign.

Many American Jews have been quick to defend Sarsour, however, noting her work in solidarity with progressive Jews for many years. More than 100 leading Jewish figures published a letter in support of Sarsour last month prior to her commencement speech at CUNY’s School of Public Health, saying that “we may not agree with Sarsour on all matters. We do not offer our stamp of approval to every tweet or message she has ever posted,” read the letter. “But in this time, we are committed to bridging communal boundaries and standing in solidarity with one another.”

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