Muslim Brotherhood in The U.S.A.: Democratic Convention Delegate Linda Sarsour, and her Hateful, Radical Islamist Views
When it comes the political left’s favorite Islamists, they have chosen a champion in Linda Sarsour. You may have seen her on a CBS panel of ordinary Muslim Americans. Perhaps you’ve seen her discussing the struggles of fasting on Ramadan in a new Huffington Post video; or, maybe you read the glowing profile of her last year in The New York Times.
Sarsour is the executive director of the Arab American Association of New York (AAANY). She is an activist with political aspirations and she makes it a point to be seen at the events of any and every social justice cause known to man. Recently, she was featured on the cover of the ACLU’s magazine Stand. Her activism even led her to be honored by the White House as a “champion of change.” Because of her close connection to New York Mayor, Bill de Blasio, her organization AAANY was able to secure millions in funding from the Mayor’s Fund.
Last year, Sarsour caused a stir when she announced that she was going to the Democratic National Convention as an at-large delegate and couldn’t decide if she was “going to behave or not.” In an interview with Politico, Sarsour explained that “not behaving is protesting” and that “the onus is on the party to make sure our voices are heard.”
Who is the real Linda Sarsour, and what views does she “voice” that need to be heard? Here are a few things the journalists writing glowing reviews of Sarsour kept out of their articles.
When she wasn’t busy vainly promoting herself and vying for people’s attention, she was stumping for Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders. According to the leftist Israeli newspaper Haaretz, she told a crowd of Bernie supporters in New York that she supports him because he “cares about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” Sanders has been strongly critical of Israel.
Sarsour likes to highlight her support for a Jewish presidential candidate, and has made pronouncements condemning the use of anti-Semitic language. She has received condemnation from her Palestinian compatriots for recognizing Israel’s existence. However, she herself has a long history of anti-Jewish and anti-Israel statements.
In addition to supporting the discriminatory and terror-tied BDS Movement, she claims that “nothing is creepier” than the Jewish right to self-determination. She regularly jumps onto Twitter to attack Israel.
She has hysterically claimed that Muslim kids are being “executed” in the United States, and claims that the CIA was behind the underwear bomber.
She falsely claims that “Palestine existed before the State of Israel,” and expresses hopes to one day “bring back” a Palestinian State. No such State has ever existed. She has promotes the misleading image of Israel that describes the “loss” of Palestinian lands, which was once used by MSNBC. MSNBC later admitted the image was false.
She has called for people to show solidarity with Muhammad Allan, a member of the terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Allan has a history of recruiting suicide bombers.
Despite having a wife in the spotlight, Sarsour’s husband, Maher Judeh (a.k.a., Maher Abo Tamer) believes that Muslim women should censor themselves on social media, saying “they can socialize on Facebook with friends but to an extent [sic].” Judeh works as a cashier at a deli/convenience store in Brooklyn. The deli is known for selling alcohol to minors.
In the past, Judeh has expresses a fondness for Fatah. He praised Palestinian Authority police officer Amjad Sukkari “Abu Omar” as a hero. Sukkari carried out a shooting attack at a checkpoint in Israel. He mourned the death of the brothers (and Hamas “master terrorists”) Adel and Imad Awadallah. .Judeh has also spoken of the founder of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), George Habash, in glowing terms. Habash has been describes by some as the “godfather of Middle East terrorism.” Judeh at one point in time was allegedly facing deportation.
Sarsour has solicited donations for the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF). This is an organization whose founder, Stephen Sosebee, has justified acts of terrorism attacks as “revenge.” PCRF regularly took money from the Hamas fundraising group The Holy Land Foundation; PCRF was also considered a “Partner Organization” of Al-Awda, the Palestinian Right To Return Coalition.
Al-Awda is an organization that promotes the destruction of the State of Israel and the views of terrorist groups. It routinely utilizes the slogan “from the river to the sea,” a clear call for Israel’s destruction.
Al-Awda co-founder and Hezbollah fan, Abbas Hamideh, categorizes Jews as either “real Jews” or “Zionists.” He regularly praises Hezbollah and their leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, calling him “the most honorable man on the face of the earth.” Additionally, Hamideh calls for the entire region to be ethnicallycleansed of Jews (all in the name of ‘justice’ of course).
Sarsour has more than just a third degree association with Al-Awda and Hamideh. She has attended numerous rallies sponsored by Al-Awda; promoted and solicited donations for their events; and she has spoken at their rallies. You can regularly find Sarsour and Hamideh playfully teasing each other on Twitter .
Not only is Sarsour associated with Hezbollah groupies, in a 2004 article, Sarsour revealed that men pictured in an Arab newspaper recruiting suicide bombers for Hamas were relatives and friends. One of them was her brother-in-law.
In addition to her associations, Sarsour’s finances are suspect as well. AAANY financial disclosure forms show she does not receive a high salary for her 50 hour per week job (50 hours according to the forms). She claims that she chooses work that does not pay big bucks, often describing herself as a “struggling activist.” She even needed to create a GoFundMe campaign in order to pay for her attendance as a delegate at the Democratic National Convention.
This all seems consistent, yet in 2013, while kibitzing with her Hezbollah-loving bestie Hamideh, she remarked that she does not get money back while when filing taxes. This is fascinating. A “struggling” working mother of three, who needed to publicly solicit funds just to travel 90 miles from New York to Philadelphia, does not get any money back when filing taxes? Perhaps, her husband makes a sizable income?
This financial inconsistency, while perhaps small, may be the subject of future scrutiny should she consider running for political office in the future.
Sarsour is seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party. However, when she’s not busy with narcissistic self-promotion, she spews hatred. As the Democratic National Convention grows closer, it will become more apparent that Democrats need to take a hard look at the people they see as role models.