The CBS comedy series The Big Bang Theory has gotten a lot of laughs from people on both sides of the political aisle. But recently, one of its main stars, Orthodox Jew Mayim Bialik, got political... and not in the way Hollywood stars normally get political. Bialik wrote an article blasting controversial Palestinian activist Linda Sarsour:
Sarsour, who helped run the Women's Day March, says that Zionism and feminism are fundamentally incompatible: “Israel is a country that continues to occupy territories in Palestine, has people under siege at checkpoints…You either stand up for the rights of all women, including Palestinians, or none. There’s just no way around it.” But Bialik refuted that by writing:
Zionism is the belief in the right of the Jewish people to have an autonomous state in Israel,” Bialik, wrote. “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 of the rights and privileges afforded to men. I am a feminist. There are Zionists who are critical of certain Israeli policies and those who are not; there are Zionists who are anti-occupation and there are Zionists who are pro-settlement; and there are Zionists who fall between these extremes. The definitions of Zionism and feminism are not in conflict with each other.
Then she went where most Hollywood actresses will not -- straight to the hypocrisy of the pro-Palestinian activists who also say they support feminism:
Many countries – many Muslim countries, in fact – perpetrate atrocities against women which include: female genital mutilation, forced marriages, child brides, systematic abuse of women by the justice system, revenge rape and honor killing. Why is Israel held to a standard none of these other countries – whose offenses are, arguably more extreme – are held to?
As a feminist Zionist, I can’t believe I am being asked to choose or even defend my religious, historical and cultural identity. The "left" needs to reexamine the microscope they use to look at Israel, and we all need to take a step back and remember we are stronger together: women, men, lovers of peace, and lovers of freedom and justice.
This isn't the first time Bialik has spoken out in support of Israel. In fact, once she actually donated bulletproof vests to the Israeli Defense Forces.
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