Women's March Organizer Linda Sarsour has made her way into the news again after calling for "jihad" against President Trump. Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro has the lowdown on it here, but Sarsour's latest statement and the leftists defending her statements highlight just how radicalized the Left has become in their embrace of Sarsour.
Here are seven things you need to know about Sarsour.
1. Sarsour was irked by Barack Obama's call for Muslims to help eradicate Islamic extremism. Shortly after the San Bernardino terrorist attack, Obama stated that "extremist ideology" is "a real problem that Muslims must confront without excuse."
This was apparently triggering for Sarsour, who responded by saying, "We would never ask any other faith community to stand up and condemn acts of violence committed by people within their groups." She later added, "The fact that this is only directed at the Muslim community is something that I personally can't accept."
Perhaps Sarsour's reaction to Obama's statement is due to her own vitriolic extremism.
2. Sarsour is warm toward Louis Farrakhan. Sarsour actually appeared onstage with Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who has a record of anti-Semitism and vitriol himself, at Farrakhan's #JusticeOrElse rally in 2015: (H/T: Algemeiner)
The three-minute clip shows Sarsour opening her talk “in the name of god, the most beneficial, the most merciful,” addressing the crowd repeatedly as “sisters and brothers.” Anyone familiar with Farrakhan’s antisemitic efforts to blame Jews for problems and hardships experienced by blacks in the US could hear a similar message from Sarsour, who asserted: “The same people who justify the massacres of Palestinian people and call it collateral damage are the same people who justify the murder of young black men and women.” In yet another echo of Farrakhan’s rhetoric, Sarsour assured her “sisters and brothers” that the “common enemy … is white supremacy;” she also insisted that “the liberation of the Palestinian people is bound up with the liberation of Black people in America.”
After the rally, Sarsour said of Farrakhan, "The brother does not age. God bless him." Prior to the rally, she lavished praise on Farrakhan's Nation of Islam (NOI):
Yet, in 2012, Sarsour publicly embraced the NOI as “an integral part” of “the history of Islam in America,” emphasizing that “Sunni, Shia, Sufi, Nation of Islam — we are #Muslim, we are all part of one ummah, one family. #Islam.” Two years later, Sarsour insisted that it was not possible to “learn or teach about the history of Islam in America without talking about the Nation of Islam (NOI).”
Farrakhan, of course, has a lengthy record of anti-Semitism and anti-white racism, as The Daily Wire has detailed here.
3. Sarsour seems to like a number of Islamic terrorists. These include:
- Calling Siraj Wahhaj, who Shapiro notes was "a possible unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombings, and testified on behalf of the Blind Sheikh," her "favorite person in the room."
- Embracing Rasmea Odeh, who faces a life sentence in Israel for her involvement in a plot to bomb the British consulate in Jerusalem as well as a bombing at a Jerusalem grocery store that resulted in two Hebrew University students dead and nine injured.
- Taking a picture with Salah Sarsour, who was imprisoned in Israel for laundering money to Hamas.
- Tweeting for the release of Muhammed Allen, who is currently in an Israeli jail for his work with the terror group Islamic Jihad.
Sarsour has also perpetuated a bizarre conspiracy theory that the underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was somehow working with the CIA.
4. Sarsour was "hurt" by the death of Saddam Hussein. Here's what Sarsour said in 2003: (emphasis bolded)
Linda Sarsour, who is American-born and of Palestinian descent, said many
Palestinians viewed Hussein as a hero because he steadfastly supported
Palestinians in their struggle against Israel. She and other Palestinian New
Yorkers felt humiliated by the way Hussein was caught and shown, disheveled and
pathetic-looking, on international television, Sarsour said.
"I think he's done a lot of things he shouldn't have done, but I was hurt.
My Arab pride was hurt," said Sarsour, 23, of Bensonhurst. "Palestinians are
under so much oppression and no other Arab country ever helped them."
Here is a list of crimes that Hussein committed during his reign in Iraq:
1980 — Fayli Deportations and Killings
Thousands of Kurds of the Fayli sect were persecuted. Some were expelled to Iran, others killed. Saddam thought of them as Iranian, and therefore as enemies. Fayli women were often imprisoned or put into camps.
1983 — Barzani Abductions
After the Iraqi-based Kurdistan Democratic Party allied with Iran during the Iran-Iraq War, Saddam sought to punish the clan and its leader, Massoud Barzani. More than 5,000 males, some as young as 10, disappeared. Decades later the remains of 512 Barzani men were discovered in a mass grave. They were reinterred in 2005. A letter that shows Saddam's direct involvement in the crimes was discovered in Baghdad.
1988 — Al-Anfal Campaign
From February to September 1988, Saddam conducted what has been called a genocidal campaign against the Kurdish population. Gen. Ali Hassan al-Majid, or "Chemical Ali," Saddam's cousin, carried out the Al-Anfal operation using chemical weapons. Human Rights Watch estimates between 50,000 and 100,000 died. Kurdish officials and some international human rights groups put the number killed as high as 182,000. Saddam was on trial for the Anfal campaign at the time of his execution. Six defendants remain in the Al-Anfal case, including "Chemical Ali," who is facing charges of genocide.
1988 — Halabja Gassing
During the Anfal campaign, "Chemical Ali" ordered an attack against civilians in the town of Halabja. Iraqi forces dropped bombs containing mustard and nerve gases. An estimated 5,000 men, women and children died in a single day. Many more died from long-term medical problems, and birth defects are still common in the area.
1990s — Marsh Arabs Devastated
Saddam attacked the Shiite "Marsh Arabs" by destroying their land. Once a significant wetland, the marshes in southern Iraq were devastated by a government drainage plan that left behind a wasteland. In 1991, 250,000 Marsh Arabs lived in the region. Now 90 percent of the area is in ruins and only an estimated 20,000 people remain. Tens of thousands live in refugee camps in Iran. Efforts are now underway to restore the marshes. Human Rights Watch calls the campaign against the Marsh Arabs a crime against humanity and other rights activists call it genocide. There are claims chemical weapons also were used.
1990 — Invasion of Kuwait
In August of 1990, Saddam ordered the Iraqi military, the fourth largest military in the world at the time, to invade Kuwait, leading to the 1991 Gulf War. Iraqi soldiers are accused of torturing and executing hundreds of Kuwaitis, as well as taking hostages and looting. More than 700 oil wells were set on fire and pipelines opened, spilling oil into the Gulf.
1991 — Kurdish and Shiite Rebellions
After heeding President George H.W. Bush's call to rebel against Saddam, Shiites and Kurds were crushed by immense Iraqi military force. Saddam turned his military against the people as part of his widespread crackdown after the war. The rebels thought they would have the backing of the U.S. military. Thousands have been discovered in mass graves.
1999 — Al-Sadr Assassination
Ayatollah Muhammed al-Sadr, father of prominent Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, and two of his sons were assassinated in 1999. Al-Sadr was a well-liked Shiite leader, and his death spawned Shiite uprisings in Baghdad. As he had previously, Saddam cracked down on the rebellion and hundreds were killed.
In a statement responding to the execution, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki said, "Let the families of Iraqi martyrs killed in mass graves, Anfal, Halabja or those executed in the cells of the dead regime be happy. The mothers, orphans and widows should celebrate the death of the buried dictator."
It's one thing to debate whether or not going to war with Iraq was good policy; it's quite another to suggest that the death of Saddam Hussein "hurt my Arab pride."
5. Sarsour is an advocate for Sharia law.
Harry Khachatrian smacked Sarsour for her whitewashing of Saudi Arabia:
The Tower also excoriated Sarsour for her Sharia apologism:
“Sharia law is reasonable and once u read into the details it makes a lot of sense. People just know the basics,” Sarsour wrote on social media in 2011. That would be the same fundamentalist Islamic code that is enslaving, mutilating, and killing hundreds of millions of Muslims and non-Muslims across the Islamic world. Let’s go, as Linda demands, into details for a moment.
Brunei, a small oil-rich sultanate bordering Malaysia and the South China Sea, known as a popular tourist’s destination, is currently in the process of implementing full Sharia law for all citizens regardless of religious denomination. Draconian punishments such as amputation of hands for theft and floggings for indecent behavior have already been initiated. Phase three is expected to come into effect in 2018 and includes the most severe punishments. Adultery, abortion, homosexuality, apostasy and blasphemy will all be punishable by death, including stoning.
Now that we have more gory details than most of us wanted to digest, perhaps Linda can explain what exactly is “reasonable” about chopping off limbs and stoning women to death.
How can Sarsour claim to be a champion of women's rights when she advocates for a backward, third world system that actually oppresses women?
6. Sarsour has a searing hatred for Israel. Sarsour has openly stated that there shouldn't be a two-state solution due to Israel's building of settlements in Judea and Samaria. Instead, she thinks that Israel should just cease to exist.
"My hope is that it will be one state, one man one vote, that everyone is treated equally," Sarsour told Haaretz. "Then you can say that part of the world is a true democracy."
In the perverse mind of Sarsour, her hope is that a one-state solution would turn Israel into a Palestinian state because the Palestinian voters would outnumber Israeli voters. Of course, this would not come to fruition, as "Jews outnumber Palestinian Arabs outside of the Gaza Strip by a factor of two-to-one, and Jews now have the equivalent birth rate of Palestinian Arabs, and will soon have a higher birth rate," according to Shapiro, but the fact that her goal is for the Jewish state to be replaced by a Palestinian state shows her extremism on the issue.
Sarsour's hate for Israel has even caused her to tweet out a photo of a Palestinian child preparing to stone Israel Defense Forces with the caption "The definition of courage. #Palestine."
Additionally, Sarsour has called Zionism "creepy" and stated that it's not compatible with feminism.
"It just doesn't make any sense for someone to say, 'Is there room for people who support the state of Israel and do not criticize it in the movement?'" Sarsour told The Nation. "There can't be in feminism. You either stand up for the rights of all women, including Palestinians, or none. There's just no way around it."
Sarsour has also downplayed anti-Semitism in that it "can’t exactly compare . . . to anti-black racism or Islamophobia."
7. Sarsour once tweeted something vile about Brigitte Gabriel and Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Sarsour tweeted in 2011, "Brigitte Gabriel = Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She's asking 4 an a$$ whippin’. I wish I could take their vaginas away- they don’t deserve to be women."
That tweet has been deleted, but she hasn't really owned up to it. When she was confronted by a student in May in an appearance at Dartmouth, Sarsour deflected by claiming that because the student was white he couldn't relate to the struggle of minorities and that he had gotten his information from "a right-wing blog." She also bloviated that people say "stupid sh*t sometimes," although she refused to say that she had actually issued that vile tweet toward Gabriel and Ali.
"I will be judged by my impeccable track record," Sarsour said.
Sarsour will be judged by her track record, and her record states that she is a Sharia-supporting, Israel-hating, terrorist-sympathizing lady who has called for "jihad" against President Trump. And she is a rock star among the Left.
This article has been modified to correct Siraj Wahhaj's name.