Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon is under scrutiny for her comments made during an anti-Israel rally in New York. The rally, which took place in Union Square and Bryant Park, saw Sarandon passionately advocating for Palestinian rights.

However, her remarks have stirred controversy and criticism from various quarters, especially within the conservative community, as many say it is insensitive and divisive.

At the rally held in New York’s Union Square and Bryant Park, Sarandon, who has repeatedly voiced support for Palestinians amid the Israel-Hamas war while ignoring the fact that Hamas pushed Israel, was spotted chanting, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”

This slogan, while expressing solidarity with Palestine, is widely viewed as anti-Semitic and has been criticized for its implication of the destruction of Israel.

The use of the phrase not only earned a lawmaker, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), heavy criticism but also got her censured by the House.

What sparked even more controversy for Sarandon was her assertion that Jews in the United States are now “getting a taste of what it feels like to be a Muslim” in the United States.

“There are a lot of people that are afraid, that are afraid of being Jewish at this time, and are getting a taste of what it feels like to be a Muslim in this country,” she stated, adding, “It’s important to listen, it’s important to have facts — you don’t have to go through the entire history of that region, you just have to show the babies that are dying in incubators.”

Of the many social media users who criticized Sarandon, Journalist Asra Nomani stands out with an extensive tweet that literally took the actress back to school. Sharing her family’s experiences as Muslims in America, Nomani offered a perspective counter to Sarandon’s claims.

According to the journalist, her father, after obtaining his PhD, had the opportunity to work in a Muslim country but chose to come to America, where he became a full professor. She emphasized that being Muslim in America meant enjoying rights and opportunities that are often denied in some Muslim-majority nations.

“That’s what it means to be Muslim in America. You get your full rights, like @DrZuhdiJasser has wished for his family in the Muslim nation of Syria, where a Muslim dictator destroys the lives of Muslims,” she wrote.

Nomani went on to highlight her mother’s entrepreneurial success in America, something she said would have been challenging in certain Muslim countries. She spoke of her own experiences as a Muslim woman, being able to study and give birth without fear of persecution, unlike in some Muslim-majority nations.

Going further, Nomani wrote, “In another “taste” of being Muslim in America? My family got a pathway to citizenship. You think the Muslim dictatorship of Qatar allows a pathway to citizenship for Muslim slaves, servants or Palestinian Muslims? Hell no. The Muslim Al-Thani family just buys citizenship for Muslim soccer stars from countries in Africa to steal World Cup wins. But otherwise it treats non-Qatari Muslims like slaves. America? My family waited, took the test, studied the constitution and we are citizens — hallelujah!”

Nomani concluded by asking Sarandon to stop vilifying the United States and go “live like a Muslim woman in a Muslim country.”

“You will come back to America and kiss the land beneath your feet,” she predicted.