By Harriet Alexander for Dailymail.com
06:22 November 21, 2023, updated 08:30 November 21, 2023
Actress Susan Sarandon has been criticized for claiming that Jews are “getting a taste of what it’s like to be Muslim” amid the war with Hamas.
The Oscar winner, 77, has attended several rallies in New York where he joined in the chant “from the river to the sea,” a battle cry used by both pro-Palestinian activists and Hamas that many see as an anti-Semitic call for the destruction of Israel.
The chant has been given new life following the deadly Hamas attack in southern Israel on October 7 and the Israeli bombing of the Gaza Strip.
In shocking new remarks, Sarandon said at a recent rally: “There are a lot of people who are afraid to be Jewish right now, and they are starting to get a taste of what it feels like to be Muslim in this country.”
The Rocky Horror Picture Show star also retweeted posts on X celebrating Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, who has been dogged for years with accusations of anti-Semitism.
Meanwhile, American Muslim journalist Asra Nomani criticized Sarandon for the “taste of what it feels like,” a comment the star made at a rally on Saturday, highlighting how good life is for her and her immigrant parents in the United States. Joined.
Nomani, a former Wall Street Journal journalist, wrote: “Hello @SusanSarandon,” she tweeted. “Let me tell you what it means to be a Muslim in America.”
Nomani then listed the freedoms she and her parents, who emigrated from India, enjoy in their adopted home.
She talked about how her professor father was able to obtain tenure, while her mother enjoyed going around without a veil and opening a business in Morgantown, West Virginia, where they settled.
“Please do not minimize the experience of American Jews by sanitizing the hell it is for Muslims living in Muslim countries and vilifying America for the life (and freedoms) it offers to Muslims like my family,” Nomani concluded.
‘Go and 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 the best actress Oscar in 1995 for Dead Man Walking, came to X to greet Pink Floyd singer Roger Waters’ appearance at an event in Uruguay.
“Despite the Israeli lobby’s attempts to cancel the event, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters took the stage in Uruguay, wearing a Kufiyyah and advocating for an end to the Israeli genocide in Gaza,” the post said. Sarandon retweeted it to his 850,000 followers.
Waters, who has been repeatedly accused of anti-Semitism, told journalist Glenn Greenwald that he thought the Hamas terrorist attacks were exaggerated because the Israelis “made up stories about beheading babies.”
Sarandon drew attention on Friday when she attended a protest outside Penn Station in New York City.
The actress, a left-wing activist known for her protests with Jane Fonda against the Iraq War, her embrace of environmentalism and her support of Bernie Sanders, led provocative chants.
She joined “From the River to the Sea, Palestine Will Be Free,” a call many see as demanding Israel’s destruction, 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 are getting a taste of what it feels like to be Muslim in this country.
‘It’s important to listen, it’s important to have facts. It is not necessary to go through the entire history of that region, you just have to show the babies that are dying in the incubators.
‘Those images are enough to show you that something is drastically wrong. “We need a ceasefire now.”
His comments about being “Muslim in America” particularly angered Nomani. He was born in India to Sunni Muslim parents and lived and worked in Pakistan.
One of his Wall Street Journal colleagues, Daniel Pearl, was murdered by Islamists.
Nomani has become a passionate advocate for Muslim women’s rights.
And Nomani took issue with Sarandon criticizing the United States’ treatment of Muslim women.