Natan Sharansky, the former Soviet political prisoner and Jewish Agency chairman, put forth a “3D test” to distinguish between criticism of Israel and anti-Semitism. Criticism crosses into anti-Semitism when it delegitimizes or demonizes Israel, or subjects it to double standards. Thus, when Israel is cast as evil, when only Israel is held accountable in a conflict, and when Israel’s fundamental right to exist as a Jewish homeland is questioned, criticism crosses into anti-Semitic territory.
Through her actions and statements about Israel and Jews, celebrity Islamist activist Linda Sarsour fails the “3D test.”
In a recent Newsweek article, Sarsour argues that she has been labeled an anti-Semite because of her participation in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement. “This is a deliberate attempt to smear me, as a prominent leader in the progressive movement,” she told the magazine. “They’re basically criminalizing and defaming my work calling for human rights in Palestine. They equate activism on Palestine with anti-Semitism and that is an unfortunate equation.”
“The reason why Israel gets singled out in this debate is because the majority of military aid … goes to Israel … which they use to occupy Palestinians,” Sarsour said in a radio interview last month on SiriusXM radio.
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