Nov 2, 2012 Comments Off Pat Dollard
Excerpted from ATLAS SHRUGS: Obama continues to surprise even the most jaded among us. Just when you think you’ve heard it all — comes news like this. If FDR held Bund rallies…
“More Radicalism From Another White House Guest” IPT News, November 1, 2012 (thanks to Jack)
An Islamist activist honored by the White House last December as a “Champion of Change” called Zionism “racism” this week and said “nothing is creepier” than the belief in a Jewish homeland.
Linda Sarsour also posted two links on her Twitter feed to a rabidly anti-Israel video by a New York poet that accuses Israel of ethnic cleansing and mocks interfaith dialogue as selling out.
Sarsour has been invited to at least seven White House meetings since April 2010, records show. All but one were with Paul Monteiro, associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. The most recent meeting took place seven months ago. Last week, the Investigative Project on Terrorism reported on hundreds of White House meetings involving radical Islamists like Sarsour.
Sarsour, director of the Arab American Association of New York, is on record defending terror suspects, casting skepticism over law enforcement investigations and advancing conspiracy theories. Despite her access to the administration, Sarsour describes support for President Obama as a “lesser of two evils” proposition for Muslim voters.
She also believes there is a government conspiracy against Muslims and that the authorities were behind Malcolm X’s assassination. During a Feb. 23, 2012 interview with Russia TV, Sarsour claimed that “Islamophobia” today is a continuation of the genocide of native Americans and the slavery of African Americans. “This has happened throughout the history of our country; our country was based on, you know, genocide on native Americans, based on slavery, racial profiling has existed for centuries in this community,” she said.
During the same interview, Sarsour cast Malcolm X’s assassination as part of a New York Police Department conspiracy which uses informants in the same way today. “As a matter of fact, on the chief body guard of Malcolm X was an NYPD informant,” she said, “and we know that Malcolm X was assassinated in cooperation with the government, so it’s very, for me it’s just a continuation of history.”
The occult hand of government lurks behind many corners in Sarsour’s world. In May, she dismissed reports about an al-Qaida plot to blow up an airplane using a more sophisticated, more difficult to detect, underwear bomb. Rather than celebrate this outcome, Sarsour leapt to a false conclusion, claiming that in a May 8 Twitter post that it was a CIA inside job.
“Underwear bomber was the #CIA all along. Why did I already know that?! Shame on us – scaring the American people.”
In fact, the bomb plot was quite real. The would-be terrorist turned out to be an informant for Saudi intelligence. When he took possession of the bomb, he promptly gave it to his handlers, averting a deadly attack and giving Saudi and American intelligence a chance to dissect the latest attempt for terrorists to evade security. Because he had travel papers and seemed willing to be a suicide bomber, the Washington Post called the informant “a perfect dangle, in the parlance of spycraft, and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula took the bait.”
That, to Sarsour, is bad.
But it fits with her view that there is “War on Islam” led by the United States. That narrative is considered among the most effective messages in radicalizing young Muslims.
“The value of Arab life – whether nameless Palestinian children bombed by American-funded fighter jets or American youth profiled, questioned and incarcerated for frequenting a particular mosque – is spiraling downwards rapidly in the US and at a more accelerated rate in the Arab World,” she wrote in a March 22, 2012 Al-Jazeera English opinion piece.
She demonized law enforcement at a 2010 panel discussion at the Islamic Society of North America’s national convention. “So I think that we need to be clear that when, in any case it’s not just the FBI that, really the resources are not in the FBI. … The resources are in our local communities and the NYPDs, LAPDs and the local organizations. So those black unidentified cars are probably 99.9 percent not FBI. They’re actually probably Intel. So I want to make sure that people understand that this is not a watch out for the FBI. It’s watch out for all law enforcement, whether they’re ICE, FBI, local NYPD.”