Actress Susan Sarandon was criticized for claiming that Jews “got a taste of what it feels like to be Muslim” amid the war against Hamas.
The Oscar winner, 77, attended several rallies in New York where she joined in chanting “from the river to the sea,” a battle cry used by both pro-Palestinian activists and Hamas and seen by many as an anti-Semitic call for the destruction of Israel.
The song found new life following the deadly devastation of Hamas in southern Israel on October 7 and the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip.
In other shocking remarks, Sarandon said at a recent rally: “There are a lot of people who are afraid of being Jewish right now and who are getting a taste of what it feels like to be Jewish.” Muslim in this country.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show star also retweeted messages on X celebrating Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, who has been dogged for years by allegations of anti-Semitism.
Meanwhile, Muslim American journalist Asra Nomani criticized Sarandon for “liking what you feel,” a remark the star made at a rally on Saturday, emphasizing how good life is for her and his migrant parents in the United States.
Susan Sarandon is seen at a pro-Palestinian rally in New York last month. She attended another one this weekend, where she was seen chanting “from the river to the sea”, an anti-Semitic phrase calling for the destruction of Israel.
Nomani, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, wrote: “Hi @SusanSarandon,” she tweeted. “Let me tell you what it means to be Muslim in America.”
Nomani then listed the freedoms she and her parents – who emigrated from India – enjoy in their adopted country.
She explained how her father, a professor, was able to get his job, while her mother enjoyed not wearing a headscarf and opening a business in Morgantown, West Virginia, where they settled.
“Please do not minimize the experience of American Jews by dismissing the hell that is that of Muslims living in Muslim countries and vilifying America for the lives – and freedoms – it offers to Muslims like my family,” Nomani concluded.
“Go live like a Muslim woman in a Muslim country.
“You will return to America and kiss the earth beneath your feet.”
Nomani spoke as Sarandon, who won a best actress Oscar in 1995 for Dead Man Walking, took to X to greet an appearance by Pink Floyd singer Roger Waters at an event in Uruguay.
“Despite attempts by the Israel lobby to cancel the event, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters took to the stage in Uruguay, donning a Kufiyyah and pleading for an end to Israeli genocide in Gaza,” the post read. Sarandon retweeted it to her 850,000 followers.
Waters, who has been repeatedly accused of anti-Semitism, told journalist Glenn Greenwald that he believed Hamas terrorist attacks were blown out of proportion by Israelis “making up stories about baby beheadings.”
Sarandon raised eyebrows Friday when she attended a protest outside Penn Station in New York.
The actress, a left-wing activist known for her protests alongside Jane Fonda against the Iraq War, her embrace of environmentalism and her support for Bernie Sanders, led provocative chants.
She added: “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” – a call many see as demanding the destruction of Israel, the New York Post reported.
She told the crowd: “There are a lot of people who are afraid, who are afraid to be Jewish right now, and who are getting a taste of what it feels like to be a Muslim in this country. .
Asra Nomani, a Muslim American born in India, disputed Sarandon’s claim that she was a Muslim in the United States.
Nomani is pictured with her parents. She told Sarandon she was grateful for the life America had given them.
“It’s important to listen, it’s important to have facts. It is not necessary to trace the entire history of this region, it is enough to show the babies who die in the incubators.
“These images are enough to show you that something is seriously wrong. We need a ceasefire now.
Her comments about being a “Muslim in America” particularly infuriated Nomani. She was born in India to Sunni Muslim parents and lived and worked in Pakistan.
One of his Wall Street Journal colleagues, Daniel Pearl, was assassinated by Islamists.
Nomani became a strong advocate for the rights of Muslim women.
And Nomani took issue with Sarandon’s criticism of the United States’ treatment of Muslim women.
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