Antisemite of the Week: Olivia Katbi-Smith, the Terrorists’ Loving Socialist
Olivia Katbi-Smith is the North American Coordinator for the antisemitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) movement and a prominent member of the radical-left organization Democrat Socialists of America (DSA) (Portland chapter).
Katbi-Smith is an active BDS promoter, who disguises her Jew-hatred and affiliation with Palestinian terrorists under the mask of social justice activism.
Katbi-Smith openly supports convicted terrorists, such as two time plane hijacker Leila Khaled, by sharing her photos, romanticizing Khaled’s obsession with Jews and the Jewish state, and defending her past violent actions as heroic.
In 2018, Katbi-Smith shared an article on Facebook campaigning to free convicted murderer and Secretary General of the terror group Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PLFP) Ahmad Sa’adat. That same year, Katbi helped fundraise for him. Sa’adat was convicted and imprisoned for the 2001 assassination of Israeli Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze’evi.
Last month, after violent riots erupted in many cities across the U.S., Katbi-Smith was quoted in a Washington Post article declaring her support of destruction of property as a legitimate form of protest – “People are opening up to the idea that a riot is the language of the unheard. Property destruction is not violence.”
This is not first time Katbi-Smith openly defended violence. In 2018, when the terror organization Hamas launched more than 450 rockets at Jewish civilians, Katbi took to Twitter to scold anyone daring to criticize the terrorist group. When Israel rightfully defended herself against the terror attacks, Katbi tweeted her outrage about the lack of Jewish fatalities, completely ignoring the fact that nearly all of the Gazans killed were terror operatives.
Olivia Katbi-Smith currently co-chairs the Portland chapter of the DSA, a radical leftist group which continuously promotes antisemitism and boasts notorious antisemites such as Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib.
In 2017, Katbi-Smith played an instrumental role in the passage of a BDS resolution at the DSA convention. As a delegate and member of a group within the DSA called ‘Democratic Socialists for Justice in Palestine’, she helped to draft the text of the resolution.
Following the 2017 resolution, in 2019 the DSA approved another antisemitic resolution that established a national working group dedicated specifically to BDS. Katbi-Smith remains deeply involved with the group, strategically using the “progressive intersectionality” mask to propel her dangerous antisemitic beliefs to a wider audience.
As many other BDS promoters, Olivia Katbi-Smith successfully disguises her Jew-hatred and terrorists’ sympathizer under the mask of social justice activism. It is only a matter of time before we see more and more antisemitic activity from DSA thanks to its leaders like Olivia Katbi.