As you may know, Senator Bernie Sanders last week announced that Linda Sarsour, who rose to national fame as a founder of the Women’s March and who has praised Sharia Law, under which women have few rights, as a campaign surrogate.
This is an alliance that deserves some scrutiny.
Regarding Ms. Sarsour’s apparent support for Sharia law, she has put forward some interesting tweets:
You'll know you're living under Sharia Law if suddenly if suddenly all your loans and credit cards become interest free. Sounds nice doesn't it?
10 weeks of PAID maternity leave in Saudi Arabia. Yes, paid. And ur worrying about women driving. Puts us to shame.
Forget the beheadings and lashings, right?
New York Times writer and author Bari Weiss had disturbing revelations about Sarsour in her much-discussed article headlined “When Progressives Embrace Hate.”
Weiss pointed out that in 2017 Sarsour had used the Women's March official twitter to send birthday greetings to "the revolutionary#Assata Shakur." Assata Shakur is a convicted cop killer who was known as Joanne Chesimard before she took up residence in Cuba. She is on the F.B.I.'s Most Wanted List. Meanwhile, Sarsour has dismissed the work of Islamacist critic and feminist Ayaan Hirsi Ali in "the most cruel and crude terms."
Last December, the Tablet, the respected Jewish magazine, did an explosive expose on alleged anti-Semitism among founders of the Women’s March. Sarsour was prominently featured. Her longstanding ties to Minister Louis Farrakhan, a noted anti-Semite, who has referred to Jews as “termites,” were detailed.
Regarding her new role in the Sanders campaign, Sarsour issued a skepticism-inducing tweet claiming that she would be “proud” to help elect the first Jewish president.
As Jonathan Tobin noted in National Review, the Women’s March was tainted by Sarsour’s political ties and statements, with portions splitting off because of the charges of anti-Semitism. Tobin comments:
Sanders has at times been among Israel’s most strident critics in Congress, denouncing its campaign of self-defense against Hamas terrorists in 2014 and frequently calling for even more “daylight” between the U.S. and Israel than Barack Obama sought to create. But he has always defended Israel’s right to exist, criticized Palestinian terrorists, and spoken of his time as a volunteer on a kibbutz in his youth, which has angered anti-Israel activists and BDS supporters such as Sarsour. By bringing her aboard his campaign, he is tossing these voters a bone.
Sarsour’s designation as a Sanders surrogate passed without a mention in either the Washington Post or the New York Times. Jewish groups such as the Reform Movement of Judaism were silent about the alliance between the man who wants to be the first Jewish president and someone whom even liberals were denouncing for anti-Semitism only a few months ago.
Dr. Qanta Ahmed did discuss the designation on the Ingraham Angle.
Update: It is being reported today that the Women's March has cut ties with Sarsour and two other board members over the matter of anti-Semitism.