Actress Susan Sarandon has come under fire after claiming that Jewish people are “getting a taste of being Muslim” amid the war with Hamas.
The 77-year-old Oscar winner attended several rallies in New York She joined the chant of “From the river to the sea,” a battle cry used by pro-Palestinian and Hamas activists alike and which many see as an anti-Semitic call for the destruction of Israel.
The chant was given a new lease of life in the wake of Hamas’ deadly attack on southern Israel on October 7 and the Israeli bombing of the Gaza Strip.
In other shocking new comments, Sarandon said at a recent rally: “There are a lot of people who are afraid to be Jewish at this time, and they are starting to get a taste of what it feels like to be a Muslim in this country.”
The Rocky Horror Picture Show star also retweeted posts on X celebrating Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, who has been hounded for years by anti-Semitism allegations.
Meanwhile, American Muslim journalist Asra Nomani criticized Sarandon for comments she made at a rally on Saturday, by highlighting how good life is for her and her immigrant parents in the United States.
Susan Sarandon was spotted at a pro-Palestine rally in New York City last month. She attended another party over the weekend, where she was seen chanting “from the river to the sea,” a phrase that has been described as anti-Semitic and calling for the destruction of Israel.
“Hi Susan Sarandon,” Nomani, a former Wall Street Journal journalist, wrote. “Let me tell you what it means to be a Muslim in America.”
Nomani then recounted the freedoms that she and her parents – who immigrated from India – enjoy in their new home.
She talked about how her professor father was able to get a job, while her mother enjoyed going without a hijab and opening a business in Morgantown, West Virginia, where they settled.
“Please do not diminish the experience of Jewish Americans by sanitizing the hell that Muslims live in Muslim countries and denigrating America for the life — and freedoms — it offers Muslims like my family,” Nomani concluded.
“Go live like a Muslim woman in a Muslim country.”
“You will return to America and kiss the ground beneath your feet.”
Nomani spoke as Sarandon, who won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1995 for Dead Man Walking, took to X to praise the appearance of Pink Floyd singer Roger Waters at an event in Uruguay.
“Despite attempts by the Israeli lobby to cancel the event, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters took the stage in Uruguay, wearing a keffiyeh and called for an end to the Israeli genocide in Gaza,” the post read. Sarandon retweeted it to her 850,000 followers.
Waters, who has been repeatedly accused of anti-Semitism, told journalist Glenn Greenwald that he believed Hamas’ terrorist attacks were blown out of proportion because “the Israelis made up stories about children being beheaded.”
Sarandon raised eyebrows 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.
It joined the slogan “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” – a call that many see as calling for the destruction of Israel. New York Post mentioned.
“There are a lot of people who are afraid, afraid of being Jewish at this time, getting a taste of what it feels like to be a Muslim in this country,” she told the crowd.
Asra Nomani, an Indian-born American Muslim, took issue with Sarandon’s claim that he is a Muslim in the United States.
Nomani is pictured with her parents. She told Sarandon that she is grateful for the life America has given them all
“It’s important to listen, and it’s important to get the facts. You don’t have to look at the entire history of that area, all you have to do is show the kids dying in incubators.
“These pictures are enough to show you that something is completely wrong. We need a ceasefire now.
Her comments about being a “Muslim in America” particularly angered Nomani. She was born in India to Sunni Muslim parents and lived and worked in Pakistan.
One of her Wall Street Journal colleagues, Daniel Pearl, was killed by Islamists.
Nomani became an ardent advocate for Muslim women’s rights.
Nomani disagreed with Sarandon in his criticism of the United States’ treatment of Muslim women.
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