Political activist Linda Sarsour has been named a surrogate for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, JTA reported on Sunday.
Sarsour, a Palestinian-American who backs the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, spoke in support of Sanders’ bid for the White House over the weekend in Brooklyn.
“At a time of a startling rise in white nationalism and anti-Semitism, I would be so proud to win, but also to make history and elect the first Jewish American president this country has ever seen and for his name to be Bernard Sanders,” Sarsour said in a video excerpt of the speech tweeted by the campaign.
Sarsour, a co-founder of the Women’s March, said that Sanders believes in a foreign policy “that sees Palestinians as human beings deserving of human rights and self-determination.”
She added that he does not ask how much foreign policy, heath care and higher education for all will cost, “because only people who don’t believe we deserve these things will ask us how to pay for things like health care, but never ask us how to pay for endless and unjust wars.”
Sarsour lost the support of some Jewish women after she was accused of allowing anti-Semitism in the Women’s March and failed to immediately condemn Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan for his anti-Jewish rhetoric.
Sarsour has also accused Jewish Americans of dual loyalty to Israel, according to the Washington Examiner.
In addition, she said that those who are against the BDS movement “masquerade as progressives but always choose their allegiance to Israel over their commitment to democracy and free speech.”