Linda Sarsour Campaigns for Sanders: Proud to Help Elect First Jewish President

Political activist Linda Sarsour energized a Brooklyn rally for Sanders and endorsed his 'foreign policy that sees Palestinians as human beings deserving of human rights and self-determination'

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Political activist Linda Sarsour was promoted by the Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign as a surrogate over the weekend in a tweet where she is seen energizing a crowd in Brooklyn, New York with an enthusiastic endorsement of the Vermont senator.

The Women’s March co-founder was speaking last week at a Sanders rally where told the crowd “I would be so proud to ... elect the first Jewish American president this country has ever seen and for his name to be Bernard Sanders."

Sarsour also endorsed Sanders’ worldview saying that she believes in his "transformative foreign policy, one that is centered on peace and diplomacy."

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"A foreign policy that sees Palestinians as human beings deserving of human rights and self-determination," she continued. "Bernie doesn't ask us how much these things will cost, because only people who don't believe we deserve these things will ask us how to pay for things like health care, but never ask us how to pay for endless and unjust wars."

Sarsour started a mini-Twitter war in July after tweeting that Jesus was Palestinian.

“Jesus was Palestinian of Nazareth and is described in the Quran as being brown copper skinned with wooly hair,” she tweeted on Saturday.

This led to a more than 24-hour debate about the Jewish and Palestinian roots of Jesus.

Sarsour noted that Palestinian is a nationality and Judaism a religion, implying that there is no contradiction between Jesus being both Jewish and Palestinian.

“Palestinian is a nationality not a religion. Your point is not negated. Jews lived with Palestinians in peaceful co-existence before there was a state of Israel,” she tweeted.

She then switched from insisting that Jesus was from Nazareth, which currently is in Israeli territory, to reminding her followers that he was born in Bethlehem, which currently is part of the Palestinian Authority.

JTA contributed to this report

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