Linda Sarsour is a controversial public figure, to put it mildly.

We have covered her here, including:

  • her embrace (both verbally, politically, and physically — see Featured Image) of convicted terrorist murderer and immigration fraudster Rasmea Odeh;
  • her organizing of the Women’s March movement;
  • her tweet saying that Female Genital Mutilation victim Ayaan Hirsi Ali should have her vagina taken away;
  • her “little lie” at an appearance regarding the tweet, in which she implied the Hirsi Ali tweet may never have happened, which included a racially-based attack on the white student asking the question;
  • her involvement with the anti-Israel movement, where she has appeared with Keith Ellison;
  • her fiery speech at an event organized by Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam;
  • her tweet that the “definition of courage” is a very young Palestinian child throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers;
  • her public fight with Courtney Love, who called Sarsour a “Fraud”, “Vile disgrace to women and all mankind”;
  • and her demand that Zionist women (who constitute the overwhelming majority of Jewish women) not be permitted in the feminist movement.

Sarsour was all over the news recently when she called for “Jihad” against Trump. Many people construed that as some form of call to religious war or violence — something understandable given the common current usage of the term by Islamic terrorists and extremists.

Sarsour took offense to that accusation in an Op-Ed in the Washington Post, Islamophobes are attacking me because I’m their worst nightmare:

… Most disturbing about this recent defamation campaign is how it is focused on demonizing the legitimate yet widely misunderstood Islamic term I used, “jihad,” which to majority of Muslims and according to religious scholars means “struggle” or “to strive for.” This term has been hijacked by Muslim extremists and right-wing extremists alike, leaving ordinary Muslims to defend our faith and in some cases silenced. It sets a dangerous precedent when people of faith are policed and when practicing their religion peacefully comes with consequences…..”

Many people who are far more familiar with Islam than I am disagree with Sarsour on the meaning of the term “Jihad.” But that’s an argument for others to have.

Using Sarsour’s definition of Jihad, Sarsour has declared legal Jihad on her critics, threatening to hold them monetarily accountable.

The spark for this legal Jihad threat appears to have been an article in The Algemeiner, Colorado Jewish Cemetery Promised $100,000 by BDS Activist Linda Sarsour in March 2017 Says Money Still Hasn’t Arrived:

A Jewish cemetery in Colorado that has fallen into severe disrepair has yet to receive a check for some $100,000 from a group associated with Palestinian-American BDS activist Linda Sarsour, despite being promised the money several months ago, The Algemeiner learned on Tuesday.

Neal Price of the Golden Hill Cemetery in Lakewood, CO said he had left three unreturned voicemails for Tarek El-Messidi, the founder of non-profit Islamic education organization Celebrate Mercy, who led the high-profile effort by the Muslim community in February and March to raise money for vandalized Jewish cemeteries in the US. El-Messidi’s partner in the effort was Sarsour.

The Algemeiner then goes into details of the cemetery’s frustration trying to obtain the funds. What’s interesting is what The Algemeiner article does not say — it doesn’t accuse Sarsour of stealing the money, keeping it in her bank account, or doing anything else. The Algemeiner added this update regarding Sarsour’s response:

UPDATE: In a response she issued following the publication of this story, Sarsour told The Algemeiner that El-Messidi was “awaiting a proposal from the cemetery for potential costs so they can be allocated. This proposal/estimates have not been delivered to Tarek and Celebrate Mercy, who too have to maintain the intention and integrity of the donations received. We promised people they would all go to helping Jewish cemeteries and that’s where they will all go.”

On Facebook, however, Sarsour threatened legal action in a post that seemed disconnected from the actual Algemeiner article content:

I have the unfortunate receipts of what it costs to be a target of the right wing, alt-right, right wing zionists. This has caused my family great emotional stress & trauma. It’s not free to keep my family safe. I just want people to know I am taking names of media outlets and prominent individuals who have used the last few months to defame my character. I may be quiet but they will pay with their pockets.

Today’s most recent outrageousness is questioning my integrity around the campaign to raise money for Jewish cemeteries. Algemeiner a right wing Zionist media outlet regurgitated a story that I already had responded to a few weeks ago. You can call me what you want BUT DO NOT EVER QUESTION my integrity.

We set out to raise $20K and raised over $100K thanks to generosity of so many people. We ensured that the St. Louis Cemetery (the original focus) received the funds they needed, and we found others who also had incidents of vandalism, etc. The money is being administered by CelebrateMercy, NOT me. There still is money left over and Tarek El-Messidi found a cemetery in Colorado that has been in shambles for years being cared for by a legally blind man. Tarek went and visited them (you can read more in this article) and said that once they had a plan to take on this huge project Tarek would be ready with the funds.

I am exhausted. I am tired of the lies, lies, and more lies. It’s too much and it reignites the most vitriolic human beings on this earth. I am not safe and someone will pay for this with their pockets. Big time.

Sarsour also took to Twitter with a series of tweets along the same lines:

Sarsour has many powerful friends, including the ACLU which issued a statement supporting her:

There also is a huge pool of sympathetic leftists “journalists” ready to come to her aid.

But she’ll need more than the help of the ACLU and friendly leftist journalists to win a defamation suit. If it’s ever brought.


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