Linda Sarsour under fire for criticizing American Jews for dual loyalty to Israel

Linda Sarsour speaking at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C, Jan. 21, 2017. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Linda Sarsour speaking at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C, Jan. 21, 2017. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Activist Linda Sarsour appeared to criticize American Jews for dual loyalty to Israel in a Facebook post calling for support for Congresswoman-elect Ilhan Omar, following a backlash over her announcement that she supports boycotting Israel.

Sarsour wrote in the post on Thursday that Omar is “being attacked for saying that she supports BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions against Israel) and the right for people to engage in constitutionally protected freedoms. This is not only coming from the right-wing but some folks who masquerade as progressives but always choose their allegiance to Israel over their commitment to democracy and free speech.” [Read more…]

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Hate crimes against Jews in U.S. rise by 37 per cent

(JTA) – Hate crimes against Jews in the United States rose by more than a third last year and accounted for 58 per cent of all religion-based hate crimes, according to data released Tuesday by the FBI.

Overall, hate crimes increased by 17 per cent in 2017, the data showed, with 7,175 hate crimes reported, up from 6,121 in 2016. Some of the increase may be because more police departments are reporting their hate crimes data to the FBI than ever before, six per cent above the previous year. [Read more…]

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