Last month, we documented the surprisingly anti-woman beliefs held by Women’s March organizer Linda Sarsour, who also serves as the Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York.
Over the years she’s fired off a number of tweets defending Sharia law. She claimed that the mandated covering of women in Saudi Arabia is the “least of their worries,” and that it’s fine women can’t drive there, because they get 10 weeks of paid maternity leave, which “puts us to shame.” Memo to Sarsour: Israel gets fourteen — and the women even get to drive!
She also commented that life under Sharia law “sounds nice,” because it doesn’t allow for interest to be charged on things like credit cards and student loans (which is technically true — but you just pay interest by a different name)
So yes, the self-proclaimed inter-sectional feminist behind the Women’s March supports the theocratic legal system that oppresses more women today than the elusive “patriarchy” ever could. But does wanting the same legal system that groups like ISIS fight for mean she supports terrorism? We don’t know that — but we do know she has no problem associating with terrorists.
As the Daily Caller reported:Linda Sarsour is scheduled to speak in April at an event with a Palestinian woman who was convicted of terrorism in a 1969 bombing in Israel. Sarsour will appear alongside Rasmea Odeh at an event in Chicago hosted by the Jewish Voice for Peace, a left-wing group that focuses on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
An alleged former member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a designated terrorist group, Odeh was convicted in Israel in 1970 of taking part in two bombings the year before. One bombing, at a Jerusalem supermarket, killed two Israeli students and injured nine others. She was also convicted for her role in a bombing of the British consulate.
She was freed from an Israeli prison in 1980 as part of a prisoner exchange and emigrated to the U.S. in the 1990s. Odeh has recanted her confession to Israeli authorities that she took part in the bombings, saying that it was procured through tortured and sexual assault by Israeli military police.
Odeh, who currently works for the Arab American Action Network in Chicago, became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2004. But she was arrested in 2013 on immigration fraud charges and convicted in federal court a year later.
She failed to disclose on her visa application that she was jailed in Israel and that she was linked to a terrorist group. She likely would not have been allowed into the U.S. if she had disclosed that information.
Odeh was sentenced to 18 months in prison, stripped of U.S. citizenship and ordered deported from the U.S. She remains in the U.S. pending appeal. Her case has become a rallying cry for many left-wing, pro-Palestinian activists.
Odeh killed two and injured nine, certainly putting Donna Hylton, the Women’s March speaker — who only managed to kill one person in her past — to shame. It’s not like Sarsour would need to conduct a background check any more extensive than typing these people’s names into Google to discover this information. She knows exactly who the people are who she associates with — and she doesn’t care.
[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]