"A supporter of Hamas and sharia law" – that was how Linda Sarsour, a Palestinian-American activist, was labeled on social media after she pledged her solidarity as a "Palestinian Muslim sister" with the hundreds of thousands attending Saturday's Women’s March on Washington, of which she was one of the organizers.
Following the accusations, Sarsour asked for support on Twitter,
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eading human rights leaders and fellow marchers to stand up for her side with a viral campaign on Twitter.
Women's March organizer Linda Sarsour posing at last month's MAS-ICNA convention w/ ex-Hamas operative Salah Sarsour (unsure if related). pic.twitter.com/LCM1BaiO4L
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The attacks started when The Daily Caller, a conservative newspaper, published pictures of Sarsour alongside Salah Sarsour, which it described as “a member of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee
read more: http://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-1.767187and former Hamas operative who was jailed in Israel in the 1990s." The photos of the two, who are apparently not related, were taken at a charity event in Chicago.
Listen to Linda Sarsour's rousing speech at #WomensMarch in DC: "Fear is a choice... We are this nation's moral compass." #IMarchWithLinda pic.twitter.com/phtOtmLsZG
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Other conservative blogs and web sites, such as the The Gateway Pundit, have labeled her a supporter of Sharia Law (citing Sarsour’s comments about paid maternity leave in Saudi Arabia). Soon after, the accusations spread on social media, where critics of the women’s march were repeating similar claims. That awkward moment when you realize the organizer of the #WomensMarch is pro Sharia Law, the very opposite of women's rights. #AddHerName pic.twitter.com/r3AZywd9oA
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Linda Sarsour, the head of the Arab American Association of New York and the recipient of the White House's 2012 Champion of Change award, has previously dismissed such allegations against her, saying she would not have been awarded the honor had they been true.Sarsour, who is becoming one of the most recognizable Palestinian American women in the country, has always been proud of her activism on behalf of its Muslim community, and has spoken out in support of the rights of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
A community organizer from Brooklyn, Sarsour worked with officials in City Hall to close public schools for the observance of two of Islam’s holy days, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, and marched with Black Lives Matter. She was also one of the most outspoken and memorable speakers in Bernie Sanders' rallies during his primary campaign.
Identifying herself during her speech at the march as an “unapologetically” Muslim and Palestinian, she said, “Sisters and brothers, you are what democracy looks like, sisters and brothers, you are my hope for my community.” Sarour added that she cannot accept an administration that won an election "on the backs of" Muslims, blacks, immigrants, LGBT and other communities.
Sarsour also called out the policies that target Muslims in the United States, and said she is marching for her mother, daughter, and members of her family and community. "Most of all, I am my Palestinian grandmother who lives in occupied territories' wildest dream! Justice for all," she said.
On Monday, Sarsour wrote on her Facebook account: “I need extra prayers sisters and brothers. The opposition cannot fathom to see a Palestinian Muslim American woman that resonates with the masses. Someone whose track record is clear and has always stood up for the most marginalized. They have a coordinated attack campaign against me and it’s vicious and ugly. It’s not the first time, but it’s definitely more intense – the fact that my children see it is what is bothering me the most.
I need extra prayers sisters and brothers. The opposition cannot fathom to see a Palestinian Muslim American woman that resonates with the masses. Someone whose track record is clear and has always stood up for the most marginalized. They have a coordinated attack campaign against me and it's vicious and ugly. It's not the first time, but it's definitely more intense - the fact that my children see it is what is bothering me the most.
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