Former Bernie Sanders substitute: ‘Stop condemning anti-Semitism’
A former campaign substitute for Senator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.,) Urged people to “stop condemning anti-Semitism” in a recent tweet.
“Stop that. We’ve been doing this for generations. So stop. You’re not helping. If they didn’t believe us now, that’s okay with us. Stay focused. #Palestine free @bellahadid @GiGiHadid,” wrote Amer Zahr, comedian and activist.
Stop condemning anti-Semitism. Stop that. We have been doing this for generations. So stop. You are not helping. If they didn’t believe us now, that’s not our problem. Stay focused. #Free Palestine @bellahadid @GiGiHadid pic.twitter.com/xBRrU5r8lN
– Amer Zahr (@AmerZahr) May 22, 2021
He tagged models GiGi and Bella Hadid and referred to a recent full-page ad in the New York Times who called on models to condemn Hamas. While the ad read: “Hamas calls for a second Holocaust” and included excerpts from the terror group’s charter that said “Judgment Day will not come before [Muslims] Fight the Jews and kill them, “Zahr said, the ad actually saying the Hadids were” in favor of a second Holocaust.
“Stop it! They’re playing games,” Zahr said in the uploaded video. “Don’t condemn shit.”
“We have a cross and intersectional movement that is winning, and they are scared, and they are panicking, and they are trying to distract you all,” he added.
Zahr is a former Sanders 2020 presidential campaign substitute and an ally of “Squad” member representative Rashida Tlaib (D., Michigan).
Zahr, the chairman of advocacy group New Generation for Palestine, previously introduced Sanders at a campaign event in Dearborn, Mich., And recently posted a photo to Facebook with Tlaib at one of the group’s events. He included the hashtag “Free Palestine” in the caption of the photo.
He also visited Tlaib’s office during his swearing-in. At the time, he shared a video of himself putting up a post-it with “Palestine” written on it and showing Israel on a map.
Zahr defended his words in a statement to Fox news, claiming that those involved in the pro-Palestinian movement “have condemned anti-Semitism and all forms of racism” for decades.
“We have been very clear in making this distinction between Zionism and Judaism – Zionism as a political movement, and Judaism as a people and religion, many of which are part of Arab culture and have lived in Palestine for centuries. “, He mentioned. “And so we have condemned anti-Semitism for decades.”
“The question I ask when people ask us to condemn her is, what makes us think we wouldn’t do it?” Zahr added.
He wouldn’t say if he thinks his video would spark more anti-Semitic violence in America amid an increase in hate crimes against Jews across the country. as hostilities between Israel and Hamas escalated over the past week. The two sides agreed to a ceasefire late last week after eleven days of Hamas rocket attacks and Israeli retaliation.
Last week, pro-Palestinian rioters marched through the Diamond District of Manhattan, a historically Jewish neighborhood, shouting anti-Semitic chants, disrupting traffic and harassing customers of local businesses.
Rioters launched fireworks at passers-by, sending a woman and two police officers to hospital with injuries.
Also on Thursday, Palestinian protesters were filmed beating a Jewish man with an object. The NYPD is investigating several incidents.
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