Popping Linda Sarsour's Balloon
by Daniel Pipes
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According to a flattering profile about her, Linda Sarsour of Brooklyn has "got her hands in everything" as director of the Arab American Association of New York, the Coordinator of Community Initiatives for the YWCA Brooklyn, a member of the Coalition for Muslim School Holidays, a Palestine activist, and an "activist for women and immigrants." On March 10, she was even honored as one of "Brooklyn's Extraordinary Women" by the borough's district attorney.
Whew. Being so busy, Sarsour surely must find it difficult to keep her facts straight. She's twice discussed me in recent interviews:
YOU'RE WELCOME, Ms Sarsour!
There's just one little problem with these two quotes. I hate to pop Sarsour's balloon, but until this blog I never wrote about her. Indeed, until today, I'd never even heard of her. So, whatever great things you have achieved, Linda, you did them on your own, without benefit of help from me.
(1) Could it be that, in her haste, Sarsour confused me with PipeLineNews.org, a self-described "boutique news service" founded in 1999 that provides "vital information regarding national security matters, including the culture war, the rise of radical Islam and the 'stealth jihad'." Emerson Vermaat is on the PipeLineNews.org masthead and one of its articles both calls Sarsour a Hamas sympathizer and says she has "a power base in Brooklyn's Bay Ridge district."
(2) Sarsour ought to shower PipeLineNews.org, not me, with her affections.
(3) A normally literate person should be able to distinguish between PipeLineNews.org and Daniel Pipes.
(4) What's it about those who disagree with me that they imagine me doing and saying things that are provably false? (For many other examples, see here and here.) It may irritate me but it damages them. Time to stop, gang. Get your facts straight. (March 16, 2010)
Mar. 22, 2010 update: Emerson Vermaat states today: "I never accused Linda Sarsour of anything nor do I happen to know her."
Dec. 15, 2011 update: Leave it to the Obama White House to honor Sarsour as a "champion of change."
Apr. 5, 2012 update: Looks like Sarsour is again too busy to keep her facts straight. This time: she published "My Hjiab is my hoodie" on CNN.com an affecting personal response to the murder of Shaima Alawadi, full of information about the note left beside her body with "Go Back to your country, you terrorist" and a lot of information about supposed anti-Muslim bias in the United States. Only Sarsour overlooked the fact that Alawadi's husband, Kassim Alhimidi, forged that note as a way from deflecting attention from himself as her murderer in an honor killing. June 23, 2014 update: Alhimidi was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to 26 years in prison. Nonetheless, that embarrassing article by Sarsour remains up at CNN, without apology or modification, a stain on its and her reputations.
May 8, 2012 update: Sarsour tweeted in reference to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and his attempt to bring down Northwest Airlines 253 in 2009: "Underwear bomber was the #CIA all along. Why did I already know that?!"
Sep. 30, 2012 update: Sarsour has the audacity to present herself publicly on Instagram in what she styles a mermaid dress; almost as amusing are the gasps of appreciation she garners.
Nov. 1, 2012 update: The Investigative Project on Terrorism has collected lots of useful and interesting information about Sarsour at "More Radicalism from Another White House Guest." Learn about her sophisticated view of Zionism, visits to the White House, the NYPD conspiracy against Malcolm X, and much more of delight.
Jan. 19, 2014 update: Lovely Linda posted the picture below from a Network of Arab-American Professionals promotional; feel free to swoon at what she modestly calls her "striking good looks."
Feb. 2, 2014 update: Sarsour's vanity bursts out again, this time to boast on Twitter "I am beautiful."
Feb. 4, 2014 update: "Without my hijab, I don't really have an identity on the outside." So says Sarsour in a video for "World Hijab Day."
May 13, 2014 update: Sarsour adds this tasteless comment today to a picture of herself and journalist Errol Louis: "Two amazing people in one picture - yes, and I am one of them."
Valdary told Adam Kredo of the Washington Free Beacon:
Aug. 29, 2014 update: How charming. Sarsour entered a CAIR raffle, won a Koran, and now proclaims her good fortune to the world. We had no doubt that she supported CAIR, the illegitimate step-child of Hamas and therefore of the Muslim Brotherhood, but now we have proof.
Sep. 8, 2014 update: In another self-congratulatory statement, Sarsour tweeted about "Such a beautiful photo taken of" her. Has she no shame?
Sep. 9, 2014 update: Sarsour squealed "hate crime" when a street person in Brooklyn accosted her on Sep. 3, winning national attention for her plight and the alleged problem of anti-Muslim bias. For example, the mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, wrote her a tweet: "New Yorkers stand with you, @lsarsour. Our city will never condone such glaring acts of bigotry and intolerance."
But Christine Sisto writes today at "Hate Crime? Not So, Says Brooklyn Community. A hate crime making national headlines is debunked by the locals" that Sarsour has transformed the local drunk into a bigot for her own purposes. Brian Doherty, a retired police officer, speculates that she hopes to succeed Bay Ridge's term-limited councilman in 2016: "She's attempting to make it political because she has her eye on [Vincent] Gentile's seat."
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