Liberals often talk about privilege, asserting that certain groups of people have societal advantages, special rights, or immunities. This so-called privilege comes from a variety of things, such as race, gender, sexuality, or even money. Modern feminism has sought to fight against this privilege as a part of its ideology. And on March 8th, also known as International Women’s Day, feminist women abstained from shopping, working, and “unpaid emotional labor.” This “Day Without Women” was a protest against privilege.
However, this protest showcased a very specific type of privilege, as the liberal media would call it: anti-semitic privilege.
Rasmea Odeh, who helped organize the “Day Without Women” protest, is a Palestinian terrorist who became a United States citizen through lying about her past. Odeh bombed an Israeli grocery store in 1969, killing two young students. Odeh was convicted of immigration fraud in 2014, although she is currently appealing the case.
How should we respond when women like Odeh–a terrorist, criminal, and murderer–are placed at the forefront of a women’s movement? Should we validate that movement and encourage its actions–and, in doing so, endorse anti-semitism?
The Day Without Women provided a platform for someone who murdered Jews and attempted to bomb the British consulate. In doing so, the event organizers intentionally excluded an entire group of women: Jewish women. By choosing a terrorist over other women, they sent a message that Jewish women aren’t welcome. Period, end of story.
Feminism has chosen notoriety over principles of inclusion before. Not too long ago, Lena Dunham published an article in the New Yorker that compared her Jewish boyfriend’s habits to that of a dog’s. Dunham pointedly mentioned the fact that he was a Jew numerous times–including in the article’s title.
This trend in feminism directly relates to anti-semitism. Dr. Phyllis Chesler, a renowned feminist from the 1970’s, found herself excluded from the feminist narrative when she began writing on the systematic abuse women face in the Middle East. Her invitations to conferences stopped. Further, she was called a “Zionist bitch” by female colleagues at the City University of New York. Dr. Chesler observed that anti-Zionism was becoming the new anti-semitism.
Dr. Chesler’s story further demonstrates that Zionism and Jews have no place in feminism, at least not in where the movement is currently.
The modern feminist agenda, as embodied in the recent Women’s March and the Day Without Women events led by Linda Sarsour, has proven it doesn’t support all women. These activists chose a convicted terrorist over Jewish feminists–and that says nothing good about the movement.