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Revealed: The Twisted Version of Tikkun Olam in Linda Sarsour’s Playbook

Women’s march organizer Linda Sarsour has found herself in the news again, this time for an ostensibly selfless act of extreme kindness towards the Jewish community in the wake of the Jewish cemetery desecration in St Louis Missouri.

A Palestinian-American activist who has voiced support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to help repair a St. Louis-area Jewish cemetery where at least 170 gravestones were toppled over the weekend.

Linda Sarsour, who played a prominent role in organizing the Women’s March on Washington following US President Donald Trump’s inauguration in January and was a leading surrogate for US Senator Bernie Sanders during the Democratic primaries, started the fundraising campaign with activist Tarek El-Messidi to raise $20,000 for repairs.

As of Wednesday morning, the crowdfunding effort had brought in more than $56,000, close to three times Sarsour and El-Massidi’s intended target.

They said any remaining funds after the cemetery is restored would go toward repairs to other vandalized Jewish centers.

“Through this campaign, we hope to send a united message from the Jewish and Muslim communities that there is no place for this type of hate, desecration, and violence in America,” the activists wrote. “We pray that this restores a sense of security and peace to the Jewish-American community who has undoubtedly been shaken by this event.”

Sarsour, who has said the labeling of her as a Hamas supporter by conservative groups in the US is an attempt to tarnish her work, told the Haaretz daily that she is “a critic of the State of Israel. I always will be. I have come out in full support of BDS.”

Note the tone of the report in the Times of Israel – those opposing her have been doing so only “in an attempt to tarnish her work.” This is indicative of how untouchable she once again seems to be, after having her hypocrisy and vile views exposed – and liberal Jews are among her strongest supporters.

But what is truly behind Sarsour’s fundraising campaign to repair the Jewish cemetery?

I believe we can find the answer by paying attention to what Sarsour has been telling her fellow Muslims – as opposed to the media and those gullibly swallowing the lies she has been feeding them.

At a CAIR banquet last year, Sarsour spoke about helping marginalized peoples, providing some stories as examples, including co-chairing a march after the death of Eric Garner, providing a mosque for non-Muslim protesters to sleep at, and Muslims helping people in Flint Michigan in the wake of the water crisis.

The relevant section is about 10 minutes long, but hearing it is critical in understanding how strategic and calculated her “good deeds” towards non-Muslims are.

If you do not have the patience to sit through the whole thing, listen from 10:50 and 14:20.

Sarsour says it loudly and clearly.

By helping non-Muslims and marginalized groups, they will be “the staunchest supporters and best defenders of Islam against Islamophobia.”

In other words, showing this kindness and support is a way to get people on the side of Muslims, and not because it is the right thing to do. What’s in it for Islam? The support comes with strings and expectations attached to it. We help you and you will be our future cheerleaders.

Compare this to the Jewish concept of Tikkun Olam (the actual concept, and not the corrupted one espoused by Richard Silverstein) which is about doing good deeds because it is the right thing to do.

Sarsour’s fundraising for the Jewish community seems to be a PR stunt straight from her own playbook. And not just for Muslims in general, but also Sarsour personally, who has been reeling from the exposure of her misdeeds, and is engaging in damage control as she prepares herself for what looks like a political career.

Linda Sarsour, a Bay Ridge political activist whose public profile has been raised to a national level thanks in part to her role in organizing the historic Women’s March on Washington last month, is leaving her job as executive director of the Brooklyn-based Arab American Association of New York (AAANY).

Sarsour, who served at the helm of the association for 11 years, announced her decision to leave her post in a letter to the group’s supporters and community members on Tuesday.

“We are in a critical moment as a country and I feel compelled to focus my energy on the national level and building the capacity of the progressive movement, so it is with a heavy heart that I announce that I will be leaving my post as the executive director of the Arab American Association of New York,” Sarsour wrote.

Sarsour said she plans to continue living in Brooklyn and will remain active in the Arab-American community in Brooklyn but that the election of Donald Trump has necessitated that she become more active on a national level.

She also indicated that she is thinking of writing a book.

I feel genuinely bad for the many good people who contributed to her campaign, including supporters of Israel. There is a real cost with every dollar she raises, as her own personal currency increases.

She should not be lauded for her latest act, which I believe is a cynical attempt to curry favor. If she was sincerely worried about the Jewish community and the scourge of antisemitism, she would not be contributing to it by spreading hatred towards Israel and promoting the boycott of the world’s only Jewish homeland. Nor would she be associating with Jew haters.

I guess as her fundraising campaign shows, she sure loves dead Jews more than living ones.

19 thoughts on “Revealed: The Twisted Version of Tikkun Olam in Linda Sarsour’s Playbook”

      1. Nope. All of my Liberal Jewish friends despise her, because we know what she’s about. Werewife, find quotes from Sarsour where she talks about Ayan Hirsi Ali. That should definitely do the trick.

  1. there is no jewish concept of tikun olam as “doing good deeds”
    there are 3 times that tikun olam is mentioned anywhere in judaism
    1. in the aleinu prayer….that is about ridding the world of avodah zarah
    2. in the gemarah when discussing business practices
    3. in kaballah. but in this context, it means to totally destroy the world to remake it
    the modern day concept used by conservative and reform was created in the 50s

    as for sarsour and cair…this is a ploy for them to use their faux love of jews to then claim that they only hate zionists, not jews
    the monies should not be accepted….its blood money
    we can and should raise our own funds
    when i was 15, i organized a group of ncsyers to clean up and repair the historic jewish cemetery in jackson california
    did it without any pr or fanfare
    pushed to have the cemetery placed on the historic registry….which it was
    as a result, other historic jewish cemeteries in cali were also added to the registry and are protected sites
    we did a mitzvah….had nothing to do with tikun olam
    and i couldve done without pence’s photop too
    dont care if goyim love dead jews

  2. As a former muslim, I can state for a matter of fact that Linda Sarsour is a fake and carries seriously anti-jewish sentiment. Majority of muslims do. They have been conned into believing that the Torah was corrupted, that jews were against muhammad and that jews have taken land from Arabs (palestine). When people hold these types of views you cannot reason with them or have a reasonable conversation with them. Linda Sarsour refuses to acknowledge that Israel has a right to exist and still peddles in the corrupt jew nonsense. The irony is that in a New York Times article she stated that she is not religious, so why is she wearing hijab and abaya so frequently? is she trying to portray the image of the innocent religious woman who is exercising her rights as a woman in America? She is playing everyone. she has the con game down pat

    1. you cant really be a “former muslim” just a non practicing one
      not relgious, but agreed to an arranged marriage and wants her kids to only marry another arab muslim?

      1. Antonio Perales

        Yes, you can really be a former muslim. Why? Because you can denounce the teachings. What you see now is Arabs passing their culture off as Islam. And, Linda Sarsour is the very definition of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Or, in her case, bedouin desert clothing

      1. Antonio Perales

        thanks for the kinds words. Couldn’t be happier. the muslim community is one big joke and deeply racist too

        1. Yes it is!

          Arab op-ed says Arab world is racist

          An unusual op-ed in Middle East Eye by Mat Nashed lifts the veil of Arab racism, a topic that is rarely addressed in the media. Excerpts:

          Racism is a problem in the Arab world, yet too many people in the region deny it. Last week, an Ethiopian domestic worker fell from the balcony of her employer’s home in Kuwait. It was caught on camera, and though the woman survived, she later revealed that her employer was trying to kill her.

          “The lady put me in the bathroom and was about to kill me in the bathroom without anybody finding out,” the worker said.

          “She would have thrown my body out like rubbish, so instead of staying there I went to save myself and then I fell.”

          This isn’t an isolated incident. Many Arab countries have maintained the kafala – or sponsorship system – which ties the legal status of low-wage migrant workers directly to their employer, giving the latter power to take away workers’ passports, withhold their salaries, and subject them to harrowing abuse.

  3. My guess is that she knows that Muslims were behind the grave desecration, and this is damage control in case the identities of the perpetrators becomes publicly known.

  4. Another thing: what did she actually do to help? How does setting up a crowdfunding site constitute actual, personal sacrifice? I would challenge her authenticity by asking if she personally contributed any money.

  5. Here’s an idea. The cleanup effort appears to be over funded at this point. At some point the cemetery committee should notify donors that excess funds would be donated to similar efforts – such as restoring desecrated graves on the Mount of Olives. Not right away – give the fund more time to grow. 😉

  6. dba_ vagabond_trader

    All we need to know about islam, deception and lies:

    Muslims are allowed to lie to unbelievers in order to
    defeat them. There are several forms:

    Taqiyya – Saying something that isn’t true as it relates to the Muslim identity.

    Kitman – Lying by omission. An example
    would be when Muslim apologists quote only a fragment of verse
    (that if anyone kills “it shall be as if he had killed all mankind”)
    while neglecting to mention that the rest of the verse (and the next) mandate
    murder in undefined cases of “corruption” and “mischief.”

    Tawriya – Intentionally creating a false impression.

    Muruna – ‘Blending in’ by setting aside some practices of Islam or Sharia in order to advance others.

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