Linda Sarsour, center, listens as Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks. (AP /Mary Altaffer) AP /Mary Altaffer
Linda Sarsour, center, listens as Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks.

“There is no room in any political campaign for anti-Semites to have a role,” said National Council of Young Israel’s president.

By United With Israel Staff 

The National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) called on Monday for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to sever his ties with Linda Sarsour, who was recently named “a surrogate” for his campaign.

Sarsour has been forced to step down as one of the leaders of the Women’s March over her connection to anti-Semitism and such figures as hatemonger Louis Farrakhan, who Sarsour has refused to condemn, despite Farrakhan’s lengthy history of Jew hatred.

“The National Council of Young Israel calls on Senator Bernie Sanders to immediately end his campaign’s relationship with Linda Sarsour in light of her controversial history of anti-Semitic comments, anti-Semitic associations, and anti-Semitic support,” said NCYI President Farley Weiss.

“There is no room in any political campaign for anti-Semites to have a role, regardless of whether they are there in an official or unofficial capacity,” said the organization’s leader.

“Bringing Linda Sarsour, who has demonstrated open animosity toward the State of Israel, on board a presidential campaign is a tremendous cause for alarm,” added Weiss.

“Her anti-Semitic statements, her eagerness to vilify Israel, her blatant disregard for the Palestinian Authority’s ongoing glorification of terrorism, and her proud support for the BDS movement, which Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has stated is unquestionably anti-Semitic, are beyond the pale,” the NCYI president stated.

The National Council of Young Israel says that its membership includes more than 25,000 families and some 135 branch synagogues throughout the United States, Canada, and Israel.