Linda Sarsour’s continuing distortions

UPDATE: Mirabile dictu, the PuffHo, of all places, has published an opinion piece called “Linda Sarsour is dangerous, so let’s all stop pretending otherwise.

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We may be at the beginning at a new intifada, as there have been troubles on the Temple Mount of Jerusalem. As best I can make it out, this is what happened:

1.) On July 14, three Arab Israelis stormed the Temple Mount, a holy site for both Jews and Muslims in Jerusalem. They killed two Israeli policemen without provocation; these policemen were Druze, an autonomous religion that’s related to Islam. The automatic weapons the Arabs used had apparently been stored in the Al Aqsa mosque.

2.) The three Arab gunmen were shot and killed.

3.) To prevent anyone from bringing more weapons into the compound, the Israelis closed it for three days, and then opened it, but required that everyone pass through a metal detector manned by Israeli security. This was seen by Palestinians as a violation of the agreement about who controls access to the Temple Mount. Israelis saw it as a way to prevent further killings, and a reasonable measure that’s practiced worldwide (including on pilgrims to Mecca).

4.) Many Arabs refused to pass through the detectors and worshiped behind them (see pictures below).

5.) Last Friday riots ensued; three Palestinians were killed and five Israeli police officers were wounded.

6.) In apparent retribution for the metal detectors and the Israeli decision to add that security measure to entering the compound, that evening a Palestinian, Omar al-Abed, entered a Jewish home on the West Bank on Friday evening, stabbing to death three people, a grandfather and the aunt and uncle of a baby boy whose birth was the cause of the gathering. Another woman was stabbed but didn’t die. Before the killing, the terrorist, Omar al-Abed, posted on Facebook that he was going to “die for Al Aqsa,” a mosque on the Temple Mount. You can see the bloody scene of the murders here. The terrorist was shot but survived, and is being treated in an Israeli hospital.

You can argue about whether the metal detectors and cameras installed by the Israelis, without consulting the Muslim caretakers, were an offense to Muslim sensibilities, but I don’t think you can argue that the killing of the Druze policemen, or the stabbing of three civilians, has any justification at all.

Meanwhile, our Women’s March Hero Linda Sarsour, posted what’s below on her Facebook page, saying, falsely, that the praying Muslims were denied access to the mosque (they weren’t; they had to go through metal detectors to pray), and not mentioning any of five Israelis who were murdered without provocation.

Sarsour is willing to lie, and ignore terrorist acts, so long as the victims of terrorism are Israelis. I’d say it’s a greater injustice to murder people, depriving them of life, than to make people go through metal detectors to get to their mosque. Sarsour apparently feels otherwise. This woman is a hero to many feminists and Regressive Leftists.

I wonder when people will wake up to Sarsour’s mendacity. She donated money to repair a vandalized Jewish cemetery (one says they haven’t gotten the dough), but can’t bring herself to say a word about Israelis murdered by terrorists. No, she spins this as a case of Israeli injustice.

Sarsour is a heartless woman besotted with her own renown—or should I say notoriety.

31 Comments

  1. kirbmarc
    Posted July 24, 2017 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    Sarsour is an opportunist. She saw that the SocJus needed a token hijabi and she could lobby for muslim identity politics, so she spewed a few feel-good slogans about how much she’s progressive and pro-gay and the US left loves her.

    She’s actually a conservative muslim who is hostile to ex-muslims, to reformers, to all critics of islam, is friends with Salafi clerics, is an apologist for Saudi Arabia, a fan of the Nation of Islam and a conspiracy theorist who thinks the CIA fabricates terrorist attacks.

    She’s the Ann Coulter of islam.

  2. Posted July 24, 2017 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    All I can say is how relieved I am that Jerry posts about this. I’m disgusted by Sarsour’s influence on the Left.

    Some of the greatest acts of horror have been committed by those who thought they were in the moral right. The Left now intuits that they are right about most causes, including all things Palestine, and has allowed authoritarians, masquerading as justice advocates to speak for them.

    If I had realized the depth to which Sarsour had influenced the Women’s and Science March, I’d have spoken out more loudly against its illiberal contingent. I did speak out some at the time and was demonized on Twitter by people on the Left, some calling me “alt-right”. I was accused of being against the trans community because I RT’d Steve Pinker’s admonition to reframe the Science March’s original and obviously illiberal mission statement. People accused me of HATE.

    As Jerry points out often, Twitter is not the place to wage battles, but for me, not being famous and not having a website or blog, Twitter is the only truly public venue I have. That said, I am learning that I pay a huge price in the academic community for voicing my concerns about Sarsour and those like her (many unfollow me each time I post anything that is against religion, especially Islam). It really isn’t safe to do so, as a researcher without tenure. But, I RT Jerry and others (i.e., Haidt and Pinker) anyway, as I see it as important to continue to resist the herd.

    At any rate, I’m grateful Jerry shares his incisive thoughts with so many. I hope he gets the 50k mark, soon!

    • Posted July 24, 2017 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

      +1!

    • Posted July 24, 2017 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

      “I am learning that I pay a huge price in the academic community for voicing my concerns about Sarsour and those like her (many unfollow me each time I post anything that is against religion, especially Islam). It really isn’t safe to do so, as a researcher without tenure.”

      I can empathize completely with this, and I would say it is the second reason that I don’t use Twitter (despising the 140 character limit is #1). It is definitely the reason I don’t write anything that could be considered socio-politically charged on my website’s blog, unless there is some obvious science involved. My social media presence is on Instagram, where I limit myself to wildlife photos.

      It’s difficult to say how a potential university employer would weigh a researcher’s social media presence. Judging from what we’ve seen at some universities, I think it is prudent for non-tenured researchers to protect themselves. Unfortunately, that means pretty much keeping your mouth shut, all or some of the time. It’s anathema to the whole idea of academia, but such is the modern state of some of academia it seems.

      By the way, I just clicked on your name and checked out your webpage. Very cool research! Hit me up if you ever need a stats consult, especially about causal matters and observational research design. Absolutely fascinating stuff in epidemiology and cancer research. I’m always interested to get more involved!

  3. Steve Pollard
    Posted July 24, 2017 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Hear hear. I hope Sarsour doesn’t take it into her head to visit the UK. We’ve got enough apologists for Islamism of our own, thanks.

    FWIW, I understand that the Israelis have had metal detector gates at the entrance to the Wailing Wall for some time. What is the objection to reasonable security procedures at a location that has been shown to need them?

    • Tom
      Posted July 24, 2017 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

      Well for one thing, the followers of the Religion of Peace can’t smuggle in armaments and turn the “Mosque” into an arsenal.

    • Craw
      Posted July 24, 2017 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

      The objection is to the temerity of an unbeliever placing limits on a Muslim. Especially a Muslim visiting a mosque. That reaction — “how dare the kuffar” — is precisely what Sarsour is celebrating, and precisely what her followers are swooning over.

      • Tom
        Posted July 24, 2017 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

        If they truly think that then time is running out for Islam. More than 3/4 of the worlds people WILL place limits on Islam.
        Just as the old European Empires crumbled under pressure from the MAJORITY of the worlds population so will this antiquated superstition.

        • Posted July 24, 2017 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

          I can hope so. But the 3/4 are a fractious and uncoordinated lot. Meanwhile the 1/4 is… less so.

  4. Posted July 24, 2017 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    The most effective propaganda is usually based on some element of truth. It is important that such misrepresentations as put forward by Sarsour are called out. Thank you, Jerry.

  5. Heather Hastie
    Posted July 24, 2017 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    I predict that Sarsour will do something that cannot be ignored by her supporters before too much longer. The problem with being deified is you start to believe your own press. She will become less and less cautious and her true colours will be exposed.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted July 24, 2017 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

      I didn’t finish the sentence … exposed in a way that means most can no longer remain blind to what she’s a really like.

      • Craw
        Posted July 24, 2017 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

        I’ll take that bet and raise you. She runs in a safe dem district in 2018. How about $10 paid by the loser at the end of Sept 2018, to a charity named by the winner? (Honor system.) I name the American ALS society.

        • Heather Hastie
          Posted July 24, 2017 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

          I’ll take that bet, assuming you mean the US Senate and not her state senate. (I don’t know enough about her state to judge.) I nominate NZ Doctors Without Borders.

          • Craw
            Posted July 24, 2017 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

            I mean US House or Senate. Congress. I expect a house seat, but yes federal not state. If that’s agreeable — agreed!

    • Posted July 26, 2017 at 4:04 am | Permalink

      Linda Soursewer is a Judas goat, and I can’t believe how many supposedly-intelligent women go faithfully baa-ing after her. Maybe they’ll wake up when they realize they’re inside the slaughterhouse.

  6. Dave137
    Posted July 24, 2017 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    “This is resilience. This is perseverance. This is faith. This is commitment. This is inspiration.”

    This is pathetic, with submissive bowing perfectly representing how pathetic religion is.

  7. Paul S
    Posted July 24, 2017 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    The PuffHo piece will be duly ignored by the regressive left because Dr. Munr Kazmir has voted republican and is obviously a Nazi.

  8. claudia baker
    Posted July 24, 2017 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    “But you still can’t keep them from God.”

    Yes, you can, Linda. Because there is no god.

  9. Posted July 24, 2017 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    The Palestinian’s “own homeland?” You have to admit, the Arabs were the most successful imperialists and colonialists of all time.

    • Posted July 24, 2017 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

      How long does a people have to live in a place for it to be considered their homeland?

      • Posted July 26, 2017 at 4:00 am | Permalink

        The Jews, who have lived in “Judea” for over 4000 years (ask the archeologists) were quite willing to share the land with the “Palestinians” (who, at most, were the soldiers who came a-conquering with Muhammed around 650 AD); it was the “Palestinians” (who never called themselves that before at least 1900 AD) who refused to share the land with the Jews. They refused the “Two-State Solution” initially because *they wanted the whole thing for themselves*. Given their behavior over the past century, I think they deserve to be all rounded up and deported to Mecca — and not allowed back again.

        • Posted July 26, 2017 at 7:20 am | Permalink

          The Jews have not lived in Judea for 4,000 years. Judaism in its modern form really only dates back to the end of the Babylonian Exile. Prior to 1948, the area in the modern state of Israel was only really under the control of the Jews for the period between the end of the Exiles and the arrival of Alexander and the period after the Maccabean revolt until the arrival of the Romans.

          If you want to say Mohammed and his followers only took control of the land in the seventh century, well fine. But by the same token, the Normans need to give England back to the Saxons. The Saxons need to give England back to the Welsh and let’s not even think about what the people of European descent who live in North America need to do.

          The Palestinians who live in the area have been there for several generations at least. Their grandfathers saw Britain carve out a new state for the Jews in 1948 based on no more justification than a myth in a religious fable. Many of the Jews have also been there for generations, but many also immigrated after 1948.

          Please don’t misunderstand me: there’s no justification for what some Palestinians are doing. The state of Israel was created under dubious circumstances, but it’s there now and it provides a progressive oasis in an area that’s otherwise blighted by Islam. However, Israel is not completely innocent in this mess either.

  10. mordacious1
    Posted July 24, 2017 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    One of the three rioters was not killed by anyone, he blew himself up trying to light a petrol bomb. Also, not everyone has to go through metal detectors, just the ones security becomes suspicious of.

  11. somer
    Posted July 25, 2017 at 6:35 am | Permalink

    There is an amazing level of naivety about Muslim Brotherhood trolls like Sarsour in the west. A couple of years ago Phillip Adams, who is usually very good on Late Night Live, ran a segment praising Sayyid Qutb as a protector of non materialist western values and of culture in general. The brotherhood are considered liberal and reformist by some e.g. https://theconversation.com/the-irresistible-rise-of-muslim-democrats-in-the-middle-east-7433. Faisal Saeed Al Mutar and Yasmine Mohammed often warn of their influence in the US too.

  12. roadworker
    Posted July 28, 2017 at 12:12 am | Permalink

    “I wonder when people will wake up to Sarsour’s mendacity”

    It isn’t a question of her supporters waking up to her mendacity when they share in telling the lie. Unlike the general public who are ignorant of the facts, because of the way the media has handled the story and don’t care about Linda Sarsour, her supporters tend to be aware of the facts and like her, applaud the killing of any Israelis and particularly Jews.

  13. Posted July 28, 2017 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    Someone please explain to me the difference between an Arab Israeli and a Palestinian.

    And please differentiate between an Arab Israeli attacker under the circumstances that occurred and a terrorist.

    Does it matter that the Israeli policemen who were murdered were not Jewish but were Druze — an early offshoot of Islam?

    Does it matter that the policemen were standing still, out of the way, not patrolling or appearing in anyway offensive or threatening?

    In what other country could this happen and not be described as an act of terrorism?

    • Posted July 28, 2017 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

      Worth watching: CCTV (surveillance video) showing the actual terrorist attack, with English explanation:


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