From IPT News
November 1, 2012
An Islamist activist honored by the White House last December as a “Champion of Change“ called Zionism “racism” this week and said “nothing is creepier” than the belief in a Jewish homeland.
Linda Sarsour also posted two links on her Twitter feed to a rabidly anti-Israel video by a New York poet that accuses Israel of ethnic cleansing and mocks interfaith dialogue as selling out.
Sarsour has been invited to at least seven White House meetings since April 2010, records show. All but one were with Paul Monteiro, associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. The most recent meeting took place seven months ago. Last week, the Investigative Project on Terrorism reported on hundreds of White House meetings involving radical Islamists like Sarsour.
Sarsour, director of the Arab American Association of New York, is on record defending terror suspects, casting skepticism over law enforcement investigations and advancing conspiracy theories. Despite her access to the administration, Sarsour describes support for President Obama as a “lesser of two evils” proposition for Muslim voters.
She also believes there is a government conspiracy against Muslims and that the authorities were behind Malcolm X’s assassination. During a Feb. 23, 2012 interviewwith Russia TV, Sarsour claimed that “Islamophobia” today is a continuation of the genocide of native Americans and the slavery of African Americans. “This has happened throughout the history of our country; our country was based on, you know, genocide on native Americans, based on slavery, racial profiling has existed for centuries in this community,” she said.
During the same interview, Sarsour cast Malcolm X’s assassination as part of a New York Police Department conspiracy which uses informants in the same way today. “As a matter of fact, on the chief body guard of Malcolm X was an NYPD informant,” she said, “and we know that Malcolm X was assassinated in cooperation with the government, so it’s very, for me it’s just a continuation of history.”
The occult hand of government lurks behind many corners in Sarsour’s world. In May, she dismissed reports about an al-Qaida plot to blow up an airplane using a more sophisticated, more difficult to detect, underwear bomb. Rather than celebrate this outcome, Sarsour leapt to a false conclusion, claiming that in a May 8 Twitter post that it was a CIA inside job.
“Underwear bomber was the #CIA all along. Why did I already know that?! Shame on us – scaring the American people.”
In fact, the bomb plot was quite real. The would-be terrorist turned out to be an informant for Saudi intelligence. When he took possession of the bomb, he promptly gave it to his handlers, averting a deadly attack and giving Saudi and American intelligence a chance to dissect the latest attempt for terrorists to evade security. Because he had travel papers and seemed willing to be a suicide bomber, theWashington Post called the informant “a perfect dangle, in the parlance of spycraft, and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula took the bait.”
That, to Sarsour, is bad.
“The value of Arab life – whether nameless Palestinian children bombed by American-funded fighter jets or American youth profiled, questioned and incarcerated for frequenting a particular mosque – is spiraling downwards rapidly in the US and at a more accelerated rate in the Arab World,” she wrote in a March 22, 2012 Al-JazeeraEnglish opinion piece.
But it is her Palestinian advocacy that seems to set Sarsour most at odds with American policy and ideals. She expressed misgivings about Saddam Hussein’s 2003 capture by American forces in Iraq, saying she felt humiliated by his appearance because he was a hero to Palestinians. “”I think he’s done a lot of things he shouldn’t have done, but I was hurt. My Arab pride was hurt,” she said. “Palestinians are under so much oppression and no other Arab country ever helped them.”
There is little in Sarsour’s record to indicate introspection about Palestinian actions that have made peace more difficult to attain. She does not condemn Hamas leadership, its history of suicide terrorism or its indiscriminate firing of rockets at Israeli communities.
Instead, she promotes videos like the one on her Twitter feed Wednesday. The video, “Normalize This!” by poet Remi Kanazi, offers an uncompromising attack on Israel and its advocates.
“No! I don’t want to normalize with you,” Kanazi says. “I don’t want to hug, have coffee, talk it out, break bread, sit around the campfire, eat s’mores and gush about how we’re all the same. I don’t want to share the stage, co-write a poem, submit to your anthology and talk about how art – instead of justice – can forge a better path.”
“Your dialogue group, it’s a breeding ground for injustice. Just look at the board members and the ZOA sponsorship. Zionism is a real demographic threat.”
Sarsour, the White House “Champion of Change,” directed her followers to this message twice on Wednesday. It’s certainly within her right.
But any notion that she’s a responsible and moderate voice for the Muslim community, one worthy of access to the halls of power, ignores a darker, extreme record.
Read the entire article by IPT over at The Investigative Project on Terrorism