Actress Mayim Bialik (left), and Palestinian activist Linda Sarsour.
Actress Mayim Bialik responded to Palestinian activist Linda Sarsour’s claim that a person cannot be a Zionist and a feminist.
“Zionism is the belief in the right of the Jewish people to be an autonomous state in Israel,” Bialik, an Orthodox Jew, wrote in a message on its website GrokNation. “I am a Zionist. Feminism is the belief that a woman-driven movement can bring about race, class, and gender equality, and that women deserve all the rights and privileges afforded to men. I am a feminist.”
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Bialik went on to say, “As a feminist Zionist, I can’t believe that I’m being asked to choose or even a defense of my religious, historical and cultural identity. The left must reexamine the microscope that they use to search on Israel, and we should all take a step back and remember that we are stronger together: women, men, lovers of peace and lovers of freedom and justice.”
The “Big Bang Theory” star’s post was a response to Sarsour the comments that feminism and Zionism can not exist alongside each other.
“When you talk about feminism you talk about the rights of all women and their families to live in dignity, peace and security,” Sarsour told The Nation. “Israel is a country that is still occupied areas in Palestine, and has people under siege at checkpoints…not to…feminism. You either stand up for the rights of women, among Palestinians, or not.”
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Sarsour and Bialik does not return Fox News’ request for comment.
This is not the first time Bialik has defended her faith and the support of Israel. She told Fox News in 2015 that they received anti-Semitic threats for a trip she made to Israel.
“It doesn’t really matter what I support or believe that the fact that I’m Jewish, and there is enough – that should be alarming to most people.”
While the threats she received were from fans, Bialik said at the time that the entertainment industry is not friendly to people of faith.
“I think it’s never going to be trendy to observe or religious in Hollywood circles,” she said candidly. “There are people I know of faith, and we have a tendency to occur together. I study Jewish texts per week. That is something that is really positive when you are a person of faith, it stays with you the whole time.”
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