“Every right-wing Zionist outlet in the country engaged in coordinated attacks against me to discredit my leadership.”
Video has surfaced of Women’s March organizer Linda Sarsour blaming a “coordinated,” “Zionist” plot to discredit her reputation. The speech, which had anti-Semitic overtones, was delivered at the same conference where she called for Muslims to commit to “jihad” against President Trump.
Sarsour explained to the crowd how she received blowback as a Women’s March organizer, proclaiming how proud she was to lead the march as a supporter of BDS, the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement.
She then alleged a coordinated right-wing smear campaign that seeks to damage her reputation.
“Every right-wing media outlet in the country. Every right-wing Zionist outlet in the country engaged in coordinated attacks against me to discredit my leadership,” Sarsour told the 54th Annual Islamic Society of North America Convention.
Sarsour added that she is thankful to have a platform as a Women’s March organizer and past keynote speaker at a City University of New York school, because it allows for her to continue to push for the boycott of Israel.
“There are people and Palestinians and solidarity activists who have been working on the issue of BDS for a long time,” Sarsour said. “Because I am privileged to have a platform, I have been able to have our country reckon with this conversation about what does it mean for a Muslim or a Palestinian-American to be part of the resistance, and to be working with allies who are now taking up the cause of BDS.”
Sarsour added that she refuses to condemn terrorism as a Muslim, because “terrorism should never be framed as a conversation that should be just had with Muslims in a country where white supremacists have killed more people since 9/11 than Muslims have.”
She later seemed to imply that U.S. foreign policy — not Muslim extremists — is responsible for terrorism.
“We have to get to the root of the problem when it comes to terrorism. The root of the problem doesn’t come from within the Muslim community – it comes from a politicized foreign policy of war on our people,” Sarsour added.
She revealed that she has “people on the inside” of Qatar state-run Al Jazeera who “can help frame those stories” to portray her side in a positive light.
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