American Jewish Congress Letter to Senator Bernie Sanders

Monday, November 4, 2019 - 10:59am
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Dear Senator Sanders,

I write to you today to encourage you to reconsider Linda Sarsour’s position as your campaign surrogate. As the only Jewish Presidential candidate in the field, and as someone who may become the first Jewish President of the United States, you bear a special responsibility to the Jewish American community.

Linda Sarsour has a long history of flagrant anti-Semitism and hatred for the State of Israel. Her rhetoric on Israel goes far beyond criticism of the government and is well into the territory of anti-Semitism in its own right—one of the more infamous examples is her statement that “nothing is creepier than Zionism.” Her association with, and failure to condemn, Louis Farrakhan is inexcusable. She is also a longtime advocate for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, a thoroughly discriminatory organization which a new United Nations report called anti-Semitic.

As a candidate for the highest position in the land and the trust of the nation, what message are you sending to your constituents by embracing and supporting an anti-Semite? As a proud Jewish American, how can you justify being represented by someone who associates with Louis Farrakhan, a man who has called Jews “termites?”

With the tide of anti-Semitism rising worldwide, it is of utmost importance that Jewish political and community leaders, such as yourself, show Jewish Americans that they will stand up for them. Especially as anti-Semitism seeps into the political sphere from both sides, we need politicians who will take strong stands against it. Many in the Jewish American community including prominent advocacy organizations have taken serious issue with Sarsour, in particular her involvement in the Women’s March has alienated Jewish women from the movement.

Americans must stand together, now more than ever. Senator, I call on you to consider removing Linda Sarsour as your campaign surrogate. It is the right thing to do.


Sincerely yours,

Jack Rosen


American Jewish Congress