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New Bipartisan Black-Jewish Caucus Sparks Backlash

It would appear that “what’s good for the goose” isn’t necessarily “good for the gander” — at least if you’re Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour.


She apparently feels that the establishment of a bipartisan Congressional Black-Jewish Caucus, announced on Monday poses some sort of threat to the credibility of Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.).

The bipartisan caucus sponsored by Rep. Lee Zeldin, a Jewish Republican from New York, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz a Jewish Democrat from Florida and Rep. Brenda Lawrence a Democrat from Michigan seems to have caused a backlash among progressive lawmakers within the House.

The Women’s March co-leader apparently doesn’t like a level playing field when it comes to responding to the likes of anti-Semitic Muslims like Omar and Tlaib, especially having Rep. Lee Zeldin as a leading Caucus member and a prime critic of the two freshmen lawmakers.

Zeldin, Wasserman Schultz and Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.) took to the platform at the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Global Forum in Washington on Monday to announce the formation of the new caucus.

Lawrence was credited with envisioning the initiative, and the other founding members were named as Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Will Hurd (R-Texas.)

Sarsour well known for her overwhelming support of Omar recently acknowledged that “Sister Ilhan Omar is the best that our community has to offer: She’s black, she’s Somali, a former refugee.”

Adding, “She’s bold, she’s unapologetic, she’s anti-war and anti-imperialist. She’s a supporter of the anti-Israel boycott, divestment, sanction movement,”

Sarsour continued. “She stands with poor people. She stands with the most marginalized people in America. And she represents everything that is beautiful about Islam.”

That ringing endorsement by Sarsour was apparently the “straw that broke the camel’s back” for another of the three lawmakers, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz who earlier this year broke away from the Woman’s March over concerns regarding Sarsour’s open hostility to the State of Israel and the organization’s growing ant-Semitism by the likes of Omar and Tlaib.

In an ongoing war of words Sarsour took to Twitter to denounce both Wasserman Schultz and Zeldin.

“Ah I see, Wasserman Schultz didn’t want to march with the Women’s March citing ‘bigotry’ but has no problem aligning & partnering with Zeldin, a notorious anti-Arab, anti-Palestinian, anti-Muslim bigot who also targeted a Black Muslim Congresswoman. We know the truth. This is a joke.”

Zeldin returned the favor, responding directly to Sarsour by highlighting the formation of the new caucus, which once again angered the Muslim activist, responding, “Meanwhile, you target and attack the Black Muslim Congresswoman & Palestinian Muslim Congresswoman putting their lives in danger.”

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The war of words escalated drawing a sharp response on Twitter from Neil Boylan Strauss, the national spokesman for the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC).

“You, Omar and Tlaib traffic in some of the most vile anti-Semitism. Threats of violence are absolutely unacceptable. No exceptions. Do not, however, blame [Zeldin] for shining light on the racist, anti-Jewish filth you spew.”

The verbal battle continued, with Sarsour taking direct aim at the RJC, “The only bigot in this equation is you. That any Democrats would march with   u is the true moral failure.”

According to the AJC, the caucus “will raise awareness of each community’s sensitivities and needs, in Congress and out, and provide resources to members of Congress to empower them to bring African-American and Jewish communities together, combating stereotypes and hate and showcasing commonalities.”

Adding, “The African-American and Jewish communities have a history of standing together for the promotion of social justice and civil rights,” said Lawrence in a statement released by the AJC. “There are very few segments of America that have invested themselves in these struggles as much as these communities.”

Perhaps someone needs to remind Sarsour and company. “What’s good for the goose” is “good for the gander.”


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