Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) stood with a gathering of women today from all walks of Brooklyn life to expose terror propagandist Linda Sarsour. CUNY’s recent invitation to Sarsour to deliver a commencement address at their School of Public Health has been a cause of grave concern to Hikind and other elected officials from both parties, as well as a number of prominent Jewish organizations and numerous women who regard themselves as feminists. Hikind has already called on Governor Cuomo to intercede and last week, the NY State GOP released a petition to block Sarsour from speaking at CUNY.
“Sarsour has openly associated with terrorists, glorified acts of violence, and praised terrorism throughout her career as a so-called social activist,” said Hikind. “This is not a matter of opinion. It’s all there in Sarsour’s own words—her Tweets and the things she has told the press and said on stage. Sarsour is playing liberals and the women’s movement, who want to believe she represents their views. It’s time that elected officials, who have praised her in the past for her public work, take off the blinders and evaluate her other agenda. This includes not only delegitimizing the State of Israel but also promoting Sharia law and glorifying acts of terrorism.”
“I am an immigrant, an attorney, a feminist and a Zionist,” said Inna Vernikov, one of the women who attended Hikind’s press conference. “Linda Sarsour has decided that a woman cannot be a Feminist and a Zionist, but she has no authority on either of these subjects. She advocates for Sharia law and apologizes for Saudi Arabia, both of which subjugate women. That is not Feminism. Is this the best that CUNY can offer as a role model for the future? Today, I stand ashamed to be a CUNY graduate.”
Linda Sarsour in her own words:
April 2, 2017 – Praises convicted PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine) terrorist Rasmea Odeh when the two addressed a conference in Chicago on April 2, 2017. Sarsour told the audience she was “honored and privileged to be here in this space, and honored to be on this stage with Rasmea.”
March, 2017 – Tells The Nation that you cannot be a Zionist and a Feminist. “Is there room for people who support the state of Israel and do not criticize it in the movement? There can’t be in feminism.”
October 2016 – Praises the Intifada, a movement that encourages random stabbings and rock throwing at Israeli civilians. She tweeted “Intifada has brought us some of the most important coverage and Palestine related news. They are invaluable on many fronts.”
October 11, 2015 – Glorified and encouraged Arab stone throwers who target Israelis by calling them “The definition of courage” and tweeting a photo of a three-year-old with rocks.
August 18, 2015 – Tweeted “Free #Muhammadallan” in support of the jailed Islamic Jihad terrorist who was involved in the recruitment of suicide bombers.
March 8, 2011 – Attacked a Somali-born activist and critic of radical Islam, writing on Twitter that Hirsi Ali deserved to be physically assaulted for her views.
2003 – Expressed regret after U.S. forces captured Iraqi dictator and mass murderer Saddam Hussein, telling Newsday, “my Arab pride was hurt… I felt humiliated by the way Hussein was caught and shown, disheveled and pathetic-looking, on international television.”
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