Linda Sarsour Tells Social Justice Rally Attendees to Be Ready to 'Put Their Lives on the Line'

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October 2, 2017

Women's March co-organizer Linda Sarsour encouraged those at a social justice rally in New York City Sunday to be ready to "put their lives on the line" for "the movement," according to footage of her speech seen by the Washington Free Beacon.

"I am willing to die for black people, for indigenous people. I am willing to die for Muslim people, I am willing to die for the most marginalized people in this country. I am not afraid. The question is, are you ready to do that?" chanted Sarsour at the March for Racial Justice.

Sarsour also made pointed remarks toward Zionist activists who participated in the march across the Brooklyn Bridge, which was organized to include those unable to attend a similar march in D.C. on Saturday, due to it being the Jewish high holiday fast of Yom Kippur.

With groups in attendance such as Zioness, which has a feminist-Zionist platform, Sarsour called for anti-Israel indoctrination by and for Jews.

"It is not my job as a Palestinian Muslim to educate Jewish people that Palestinians deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. That is the job of Jewish people," said Sarsour over loud cheers.

Sarsour also once again chanted her oft-repeated cry that "we will not be intimidated by right-wing Zionists, by white supremacists, by racists."

In remarks that Zionist attendees said they believed were directed toward them, Sarsour said she "didn't feel safe" by elements in the crowd.

"If your approach is to shove your issue down our throats and center you then this not the movement for you. If your approach is to tell me there you have conditions to your participation, we don't want you in the movement," continued Sarsour.

Sarah Friedson, a hip hop instructor and long time pro-Israel advocate, said Sarsour is "the biggest hypocrite of them all."

"She wants to preach about 'shoving issues,' but meanwhile, the second she gets up on that stage she starts about Palestinians and Zionists. She can think it's related all she wants, but it's not," said Friedson. "She believes Zionism is racism against Palestinians, but that's utterly ridiculous."

Misha Vilenchuk—chairman of the budding American Union of Jewish Students, a pilot program modeled on national, democratic student organizations outside of North America—said that Sarsour was "distracting" from successful efforts by his group and others to get young Jews to stand up against racism.

"We will not cede the social justice space to people who misrepresent Jewish students," said Vilenchuk, who attended a racial justice march in Rhode Island.

Sarsour was the last speaker in a list that included her fellow Women's March co-organizer Tamika Mallory, with whom she is about to head out on a campus speaking tour.

At the rally, Sarsour claimed that she was assaulted by a white woman outside of New York City's Penn Station while on her way back from the march in Washington, and that no bystanders came to her aid.

"When you turn blind eye and walk away, you are in fact worse than person committing violence," concluded Sarsour.

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