Islamic activist Linda Sarsour spoke at an event on anti-Semitism on Tuesday night and blamed the “Jewish media” for painting her as the “existential threat” to the Jewish community.
The event, hosted by the New School in New York City, came under intense criticism for its organizers’ decision to invite speakers that had strong ties to anti-Semitic figures, Fox News reported.
Jonathan Greenblatt, who serves as the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, expressed his shock over the school’s decision before the event.
“Having Linda Sarsour & head of (Jewish Voice for Peace) leading a panel on #antisemitism is like Oscar Meyer leading a panel on vegetarianism,” Greenblatt tweeted. “These panelists know the issue — but unfortunately from perspective of fomenting it rather than fighting it.”
During the event, Sarsour blamed the “Jewish media” for portraying her and Louis Farrakhan as threats to the Jewish community.
According to The New York Times, who called Farrakhan an unapologetic racist, Farrakhan warned the Jews that “When it’s God who puts you in the ovens, it’s forever!” The Times also noted that Farrakhan praised Hitler as “a very great man” on national television.
Sarsour’s attempt to paint the Trump administration as a threat to the Jewish community is completely unfounded in reality as she offered no proof to substantiate her claims.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly expressed how pro-Israel the Trump administration is and how much Israel appreciates his support.