As criticism of Israel becomes more en vogue among the progressive left, Mayoral candidate Eric Adams’ years- long ties to anti-Israel, far-left activist Linda Sarsour had become an issue in the Jewish community. Sarsour – who has praised Palestinian terrorist Rasmea Odeh, fiercely defended repressive Shariah Law, and even been disavowed by the leftist Women’s March organization – has been a close ally and supporter of Adams throughout the years.
Sarsour has a long history of anti-Israel activism and has been accused of anti-Semitism. In 2017, she shared a stage with Rasmea Odeh, who was convicted in Israel of killing two Hebrew University students in a 1969 terrorist attack and of planning an attack on the British Consulate. Despite Odeh’s history, Sarsour praised her, saying that she was “honored and privileged to be here in this space, and honored to be on this stage with Rasmea.”
Sarsour also once tweeted that “nothing is creepier than Zionism,” and is a supporter of the radical Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions movement which denies Israel’s right to exist. The Anti-Defamation League has pointed out that her BDS advocacy “encourages and spreads anti-Semitism.”
From when she supported his first Borough President campaign in 2013, Sarsour has been supportive of Brooklyn Borough President and leading candidate for mayor of New York City, Eric Adams. She has tweeted in support of Adams and participated in events his office has hosted. Adams has returned the friendliness, appearing at a series of events with Sarsour throughout the years, and even appearing on stage alongside her.
As leftist criticism of Israel for its response to Hamas terrorists intensify, Jewish New Yorkers are increasingly worried of the prospects of having a mayor work close ties to Sarsour, who never even criticized – let alone disavowed – Sarsour’s extreme views.
When contacted by Yid Info regarding Mr. Adams’ ties to Sarsour, the Adams campaign refused to comment.
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