Everyday Feminism is a popular progressive blog that boasts more than 4.5 million visitors each month from 150 countries. And earlier this week, it demonstrated its commitment to the true spirit of feminism by publishing an article that denounced the most successful female movie star working today and praising instead a terrorist convicted of murdering two innocent young men.
Repeating Linda Sarsour’s odious claim that one cannot be both a Zionist and a feminist, the article argued that “feminism is built on the liberation of all women and their families and requires peace, dignity, and security for all—things which the Israeli occupation of Palestine goes directly against.” It then called on readers to resist normalizing Gadot’s “Zionist feminism,” and offered instead alternative wonder women to adore. Rounding up the list? Rasmea Odeh.
Odeh, Everyday Feminism breathlessly told its liberal-minded readers, was “a courageous freedom fighter” targeted “because she was a Palestinian woman.” Not mentioned in the article was the pesky business of the bomb Odeh had laid in a crowded Jerusalem supermarket in 1969, killing 21-year-old Leon Kanner and 22-year-old Eddie Joffe, two Hebrew University students buying groceries for a field trip, and injuring nine others. Odeh, a member of the terrorist group the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was arrested shortly thereafter and confessed her involvement in the attack and in another bombing, several days later, targeting the British Consulate in Jerusalem. She was released in 1980 together with 77 other convicted terrorists exchanged for an Israeli soldier captured in Lebanon, and eventually emigrated to the United States. She did not reveal her arrest and conviction to federal authorities, and in October of 2013, was indicted for failing to do so and arrested a few days later. After a lengthy legal process, she accepted a plea bargain in March of this year, was stripped of her American citizenship, and will soon be deported.
That a publication dedicated to equality and justice would throw its weight behind a convicted terrorist should, at this point, surprise no one who’s been paying attention to the regressive left’s animosity towards Israel and the Jews alike. Maybe the Wonder Woman sequel, soon to kick into production, could have Diana Prince address this problem, busting a few murderous terrorists along the way and showing the world, again, what real kickass feminism looks like.
Liel Leibovitz is editor at large for Tablet Magazine and a host of its weekly culture podcast Unorthodox and daily Talmud podcast Take One.