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Climate activist Thunberg flogged for ‘crush Zionism’ chant

Cnaan Lidor is The Times of Israel's Jewish World reporter

Climate activist Greta Thunberg, left, is hugged by Afghan Sahar Shirzad after Thunberg was interrupted by a climate activist for expressing solidarity with the Palestinians in Amsterdam, Nov. 12, 2023. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Climate activist Greta Thunberg, left, is hugged by Afghan Sahar Shirzad after Thunberg was interrupted by a climate activist for expressing solidarity with the Palestinians in Amsterdam, Nov. 12, 2023. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Footage showing climate activist Greta Thunberg chanting “crush Zionism” at a recent pro-Palestinian rally in Sweden is provoking harsh-worded criticism of her by prominent Jewish environmentalists.

The actions by Thunberg, whom many regard as a symbol of the environmentalist movement, reflect how “large parts of ‘the left’ or ‘progressives’ have been intellectually captured by a naive, distorted and frankly bigoted anti-Zionism,” Nigel Savage, a UK-born environmental activist and founder of Jewish environmental nonprofit organization Hazon, tells The Times of Israel Tuesday.

Savage, whose Jerusalem-based group was established in 2000 and holds environmentally oriented bike rides in New York, adds: “It is a microcosm of a far larger and far greater challenge. It’s sad and disturbing.”

Thunberg has not immediately replied to attempts to obtain her reaction.

Alon Tal, a former Israeli lawmaker and a prominent environmental studies scientist, says that Thunberg has had “a historic role in raising global awareness about climate change,” but has “misused her stature to promote racist, violent positions.”

A Swedish 20-year-old who dropped out of school in 2018 to pursue a full-time activism career against what she warns is an impending climate-related crisis, Thunberg is a vocal supporter of Palestinians and has posted photos of herself with signs supporting Gaza, including ones reading: “Stop the Holocaust” and “Jews for the liberation of Palestine.”

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