Popping Linda Sarsour's Balloon
by Daniel Pipes
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."
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.
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."
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