After leftists designated sharia supporter and notorious Jew-hater Linda Sarsour a “leader” of the feminist movement, her ugly past came to the fore (scroll). In a bid to deceive and deflect, Sarsour staged a narcissistic publicity stunt.
Hundreds of Jewish gravestones were desecrated and destroyed at various cemeteries (most likely by her coreligionists), so Sarsour glommed onto the news story and made it her own. She jumped on a campaign to raise money to repair the the vandalism (and her reputation due to her long history of antisemitism).
Sarsour hijacked the horror for her own personal aggrandizement, and the elite media ate it up.
The campaign — named “Muslims Unite to Repair Jewish Cemetery” — had raised $162,468 through the Muslim crowdfunding site LaunchGood, far beyond its set goal of $20,000. Only 30% of the proceeds were disbursed, while designated cemeteries plead for promised funds. Their calls are met with deafening silence.
She’s defrauded people before with hoaxes, but exploiting dead Jews, that was a new low, even for that lowlife.
People are on to her. Thousands of freedom lovers attended an anti-Sarsour rally I held last month.
An outspoken critic of Israel, Sarsour avidly supports the Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) movement, a Hamas-inspired initiative that uses various forms of public protest, economic pressure, and lawsuits to advance the Hamas agenda of permanently destroying Israel as a Jewish nation-state.
Vis-a-vis the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict, Sarsour favors a one-state solution where an Arab majority and a Jewish minority would live together within the borders of a single country. She made clear her opposition to Israel’s existence as a Jewish state when she tweeted in October 2012 that “nothing is creepier than Zionism.”
In 2004, Sarsour acknowledged that a friend of hers as well as a cousin were both serving long sentences in Israeli jails because of their efforts to recruit jihadists to murder Jews. Moreover, she revealed that her brother-in-law was serving a 12-year prison term because of his affiliation with Hamas.
Speaking of creepy realtives, Sarsour’s husband, Maher Judeh, mourned the 1998 death of the Hamas “master terrorists” Adel and Imad Awadallah; he praised the heroism of a Palestinian Authority police officer who had carried out a shooting attack at a checkpoint in Israel; he has expressed support for the terrorist organization Fatah; and he has lauded the founder of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a Marxist-Leninist revolutionary organization.
In October 2011, Linda Sarsour, who holds free-market economics in low regard, expressed, on behalf of “Muslim New Yorkers,” “solidarity and support” for the pro-communist Occupy Wall Street movement. In 2011 as well, the Obama Administration honored Sarsour as a “champion of change.” Not surprisingly, Sarsour visited the White House on at least seven different occasions during her beloved president’s tenure.
In May 2012 Sarsour tweeted that the so-called “underwear bomber,” an Al-Qaeda operative who in 2009 had tried to blow up a Detroit-bound passenger jet in mid-flight, was actually a CIA agent participating in America’s “war on Islam.”
In November 2012 in Baltimore, Sarsour—ever eager to peddle her woeful tale of Islamic victimhood—spoke at a Muslim Public Affairs Council conference titled “Facing Race: Xenophobic Hate Crimes.” This is the same Council that views the murderous Jew-haters of Hezbollah as members of “a liberation movement” that is “fighting for freedom.”
Sarsour was outraged when a police officer and an FBI agent shot and killed a young black Muslim named Usaama Rahim in Boston on June 2, 2015, when Rahim lunged at them with a military-style knife as they attempted to question him about suspected terrorism-related activities. Naturally, Sarsour’s assessment of the incident confidently traced everything back to race: “At the end of the day, a Black man was shot on a bus stop on his way to work and we should treat this like any other case of police violence.” Period. End of story.
According to CounterJihad.com, Sarsour has attended and spoken at numerous rallies sponsored by Al-Awda, a group that views Israel as a terrorist, genocidal state whose very creation was a “catastrophe” for Arab peoples.
She lied and wrongly portrayed the honor killing of Shaima Alawadi by her husband as a racist-islamophobic-anti-Muslim killing.
She faked a hate crime against herself, scoring political points nationally by portraying a mentally ill black homeless man as a violent racist.
Director of Colorado Jewish Cemetery Promised $100,000 by BDS Activist Linda Sarsour in March 2017 Says Money Still Hasn’t Arrived
A Jewish cemetery in Colorado that has fallen into severe disrepair has yet to receive a check for some $100,000 from a group associated with Palestinian-American BDS activist Linda Sarsour, despite being promised the money several months ago, The Algemeiner learned on Tuesday.
Neil Price of the Golden Hill Cemetery in Lakewood, CO said he had left three unreturned voicemails for Tarek El-Messidi, the founder of non-profit Islamic education organization Celebrate Mercy, who led the high-profile effort by the Muslim community in February and March to raise money for vandalized Jewish cemeteries in the US. El-Messidi’s partner in the effort was Sarsour.
Price has been the primary caretaker of the Colorado cemetery for 35 years, and has tried doggedly to raise money to restore the area containing 800 graves of impoverished tuberculosis victims, buried there in the 19th and 20th centuries. Over the years, Price said there have been numerous false starts in his attempts to get grants for landscaping and security for the site.
“The Jewish community has many needs, and the focus is mostly on the needs of the living, or the active part of the cemetery,” he said.
Price was first told about the Celebrate Mercy campaign’s money by Jennifer Goodwin, a local who had never before been involved in the cemetery rehabilitation efforts.
The campaign — named “Muslims Unite to Repair Jewish Cemetery” — had raised $162,468 through the Muslim crowdfunding site LaunchGood, far beyond its set goal of $20,000. A total of $50,000 was distributed to three Jewish sites that had been vandalized: Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in St. Louis, MO ($40,000), the Waad Hakolel Cemetery in Rochester, NY ($5,000) and the Chicago Loop Synagogue ($5,000). The director of the Missouri cemetery confirmed to The Algemeiner the receipt of the check, while other news sources have reported the New York and Illinois locations got the money as well.
El-Messidi and Sarsour also made public announcements that funds raised would go to fix Jewish graves in Philadelphia desecrated in February. Locals in charge of the Pennsylvania effort said they were approached by Celebrate Mercy, but they turned down the money as they were not in need of further assistance.
On March 24, the Celebrate Mercy campaign organizers announced on the website:
With extra funds raised, we have decided to embark on a major project to restore a neglected and vandalized Jewish cemetery in Colorado which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Costs will be over $100K. Learn about the story of this historic cemetery here. We are now hoping to raise a total of $200,000 to ensure we have the funds for this project while helping other vandalized sites as well.
The $200,000 mark set for Golden Hill did not appear to have been reached by the time the campaign ended on May 31.
Ted Ruskin, who has been involved with Golden Hill since 1989, took el-Messidi on a well-publicized tour of the cemetery in April. He told The Algemeiner in May that el-Messidi seemed “willing and ready to give the money,” but he had no contact with Celebrate Mercy following that visit.
Price, Ruskin and others involved in the cemetery restoration effort met in June to determine what to do with the Celebrate Mercy money.
“We divvied up the tasks to get bids on landscaping, a fence and other security,” said Price. “Plans are in place. We just need the money.”
But Price has not heard from Goodwin for weeks. At his most recent attempt to get in touch, Goodwin’s husband, David Elustij, told him that she was sick.
Goodwin spoke with The Algemeiner on Tuesday. She described herself as a “person who works by opening my mouth to the right people, and getting grant money by connecting people with the right people.” She became interested in Golden Hill after her mother, a reporter, wrote about the site for a local paper. Goodwin said that el-Messidi contacted her after reading that article and expressed interest in helping out the effort.
Goodwin said she was last in touch with el-Messidi over Facebook at the end of the Ramadan fasting period, which concluded on June 24.
She said she expected the money would eventually exchange hands, though it might take time.
Despite Price’s three calls to el-Messidi, Goodwin pinned Price’s inability to connect with the Celebrate Mercy founder on the former’s lack of understanding about crowdfunding and social media (the best way to reach el-Messidi, according to Goodwin, is Facebook).
“Neil is used to the formalized traditional structure [of grant-giving],” Goodwin said. “We need to get Neil in front of Facebook Messenger or something. You know, Tarek is raising money for multiple causes at the same time, and he had a lot going on with Ramadan and dealing with Islamophobia.”
Goodwin added that she and Elustij would like to “make Golden Hill our priority,” but that for the last few years, she has been working through a disability and her husband has been recovering from a “severe TBI [traumatic brain injury].”
Going forward, she noted, “I will be kicking to a support role on Golden Hill and my husband will be working on the project full time.”
Concerns were raised about el-Messidi and Sarsour’s handling of the crowdfunded money earlier this year. In May, Sarsour accused Jewish New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind of “put[ting] out lies…without any backup, to cast doubt and to defame me,” after Hikind wrote on Facebook about the Celebrate Mercy crowdfunding effort: “How much of that money — if any — actually went to these cemeteries?”
Price told The Algemeiner that he has no expectation that he will ever see the Celebrate Mercy money.
“I’ve been doing this [non-profit work] a long time, so I know how it works,” said Price. “You need budgets and time tables, and none of that is here.”
El-Messidi did not respond to The Algemeiner‘s request for comment by press time.