On Friday, Women’s March leader and anti-Semite extraordinaire Linda Sarsour, attacking Jews who pointed out the anti-Semitism of new Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar, used a vicious and ancient anti-Semitic slur on Facebook, accusing Jews of having dual loyalties.
Even leftist Jews who had supported Sarsour before were offended:
This week, Omar revealed in an interview with the “Muslim Girl” website that she supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) that targets Israel. As Jordan Schachtel of Conservative Review noted, “The statement marked a stark reversal from Omar’s previous position on BDS. Prior to the election, Omar told Minnesota Jews that she was opposed to the boycott movement. Aaron Bandler of The Jewish Journal reported Omar said that BDS wasn’t “helpful in getting that two-state solution … I think the particular purpose for [BDS] is to make sure that there is pressure, and I think that pressure really is counteractive. Because in order for us to have a process of getting to a two-state solution, people have to be willing to come to the table and have a conversation about how that is going to be possible and I think that stops the dialogue.”
The charge of dual loyalty against Jews goes back thousands of years to the story of Esther, when Haman, the anti-Semitic right-hand man of the Persian king Ahasuerus, who wanted to eradicate the Jews, said, “there is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the poples in all the provinces of your realm. Their laws are different from every other people’s and they do not observe the king’s laws; therefore it is not befitting the king to tolerate them. If it pleases the king, let it be recorded that they be destroyed.”
That slur was echoed by Flaccus, the Roman governor of Alexandria Egypt, in the first century, who tried to appease rioters targeting the Jews who were successful there. The charge persisted through the centuries; in the late 19th century the French, during the Dreyfus affair, launched charges that the Jews had dual loyalties. Ironically, it was the Dreyfus affair that convinced Theodor Herzl, a secular Jew, that Jews could not live freely in Europe and to spearhead the movement for the reestablishment of the state of Israel. The charge was used in the Stalinist Soviet Union; echoes of it were promulgated after the 1991 Gulf War and the Iraq war.
Sarsour was ripped on Twitter: