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Can You Be a Zionist Feminist? Linda Sarsour Says No
Since Donald Trump was elected to the presidency, millions of women across the country have become active in a newly resurgent feminist movement. But, like in all feminist movements before it, tensions between groups of women are bubbling to the surface. The latest fissure making its way into public consciousness is about the role of Zionism in feminism, raised last week by Bustle politics editor, Emily Shire, in a New York Times op-ed.
The International Women's Strike, an international day of action "by and for women who have been marginalized and silenced," took an anti-colonial, anti-imperialist position, calling for the destruction of walls "from Mexico to Palestine." Organizers of the strike wrote in its platform that the decolonization of Palestine is "the beating heart of this new feminist movement." The day before the strike, Shire, who identifies as a Zionist, expressed her dismay over the platform's stance on Israel and wrote that she felt like she was being forced to "sacrifice" her Zionism for the sake of her feminism.
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