Linda Sarsour, that faux feminist, faux woman of color, but very real Israel hater, was recently a speaker at the annual Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) convention in Houston, Texas. And by recently, I mean pre-arrest.
As Steve Emerson reports, she warned against humanizing Jewish Israelis.
Speakers warned of “Islamophobia” as a dire threat lurking just outside their doors. And while a travel ban upheld by US courts targets people from only five Muslim-majority countries among dozens, the policy was repeatedly described as a complete “Muslim ban.”
Leading the charge was Linda Sarsour, a co-chair of the national Women’s March and founder of a political activist group called MPower Change.
Her tone often was not aimed at inspiring Muslims to be more politically active, as much as it was to shame them for not doing so. If they aren’t sufficiently engaged in advocating for the Palestinian cause, she said, “you as an American Muslim are complicit in the occupation of Palestinians, in the murder of Palestinian protesters. So when we start debating in the Muslim community about Palestine, it tells me a lot about you and about the type of faith that you have in your heart.”
Worse still, “if you’re on the side of the oppressor, or you’re defending the oppressor, or you’re actually trying to humanize the oppressor,” she said, “then that’s a problem sisters and brothers, and we got to be able to say: that is not the position of the Muslim American community.”
I guess Sarsour must be in the 25%.
Muslim Americans remain tremendously misunderstood, said Dalia Mogahed, a pollster and research director at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding.
“Muslims are more likely than any other faith community in America to reject” attacks on civilians, she told an audience during a session on “Islamophobia.”
She cited a Pew poll, which “found that Muslims were more likely to say such actions — which means, referring to violence against civilians — can never be justified. Seventy-five percent of Muslims saying this versus 59 percent of the general public.”