What A Scary Phrase: “Jewish Supremacist”

Image for post
Image for post
People carry Israeli flags while participating in the “Celebrate Israel” parade along 5th Ave. in New York City (Stephanie Keith/Reuters).

We must hold Jewish supremacy to account in the same way we are holding White supremacy to account!

When Linda Sarsour, the executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, tweeted “Nothing is creepier than Zionism” on Oct. 31, 2012, she unleashed a backlash that made her comment sound “controversial” in a way that the same tweet about White (instead of Jewish) nationalism would never have been regarded. A supporter (Steven A. Cook), writing in Salon in 2017 in Sarsour’s defense, says: “One can understand Sarsour’s anti-Zionism. She is Palestinian-American.”

But anyone should be able to understand anti-Zionism!

Recently, I had the following conversation with a friend on Facebook, who had read one of my blogposts on the topic of Jewish supremacy:

Israeli friend: What a scary phrase: “Jewish supremacist” — Need to think about that one.
Rima Najjar: It is scary, X, much more for us than for you, and I am so glad you are “looking into it.”
Israeli friend: Rima Najjar, it is deep and destructive.

Image for post
Image for post
BDS rally with a Palestinian flag that says, “Ignorance is a Choice”

If you understand how bad White nationalism is, there is no reason to stop there and refuse to educate yourself on how bad Jewish nationalism is. Jewish supremacy is at the core of Zionist ideology and justifies the ongoing dispossession and oppression of the Palestinian people as a Jewish supremacist “right”. That is simply plain wrong, morally as well as according to a body of international law and human rights.

Please take a little time to read the following posts that address some aspects of Jewish supremacy and its impact on Palestinians:

Oppose Jewish Nationalism

Israel, Not The ‘Way It Spozed To Be’

Why Jewish Supremacy In Palestine Must Be Called Out

Palestine, Annexation and the Wrong Story

‘Ordinary’ Israelis Don’t Perceive Themselves As Ordinary People

Medium, When Will the Statue of Theodor Herzl Fall?

When Will The Weight Of History Bear Down On Israel?

Don’t call me Ishmael; don’t call me Israel — call me one democratic state!

Rima Najjar is a Palestinian whose father’s side of the family comes from the forcibly depopulated village of Lifta on the western outskirts of Jerusalem and whose mother’s side of the family is from Ijzim, south of Haifa. She is an activist, researcher and retired professor of English literature, Al-Quds University, occupied West Bank.

Written by

Palestinian and righteously angry

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store