The Arab American Association of New York’s website describes its executive director, Linda Sarsour, as,
a working woman, community activist, and mother of three. Ambitious, outspoken and independent, Linda shatters stereotypes of Muslim women while also treasuring her religious and ethnic heritage. She is a Palestinian Muslim American and a self-proclaimed “pure New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn!”
She is also quite influential: she is a frequent visitor to the Obama White House and has the ear of far-Left New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. And now she has set her sights on “Islamophobia,” claiming that there is a wealthy group of “Islamophobes,” including Steve Emerson and me, whose full-time job is to “vilify Islam and Muslims.”
In an interview published last Tuesday in Middle East Monitor, Sarsour claimed that,
it’s a very dangerous industry in this country. This is not just Steven Emerson doing this as a side job, or something he just writes about when he has free time. This is what people like Steve Emerson do every morning from when they wake up to when they go to bed. Their job is to vilify Islam and Muslims.
This is a sterling example of how leftists and Islamic supremacists advance the “Islamophobia” myth: as far as they are concerned, Islam and Muslims are entirely guiltless in all respects, and the only reason why anyone is suspicious of them is because of a well-heeled “Islamophobia industry” that works full-time, for unaccountable reasons, “to vilify Islam and Muslims.”
But back in the real world, people are suspicious of Islam and Muslims because of “Islamophobes” like these, who seem very much indeed to have made it their full-time job to “vilify Islam and Muslims”:
1. Abubakar Shekau.
Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the Nigerian jihad terror group Boko Haram (whose official name is the Congregation of the People of the Sunnah for Dawah and Jihad), recently claimed responsibility for the mass murder of hundreds of people in the Nigerian town of Baga. “We killed the people of Baga,” Shekau announced. “We indeed killed them, as our Lord instructed us in His Book.”
The book to which Abubakar Shekau is referring is, of course, the Qur’an. Somehow he got the crazy, Islamophobic idea that it calls for the murder of unbelievers. No doubt Barack Obama is on his way to Nigeria right now, to warn Shekau that he has to stop perpetuating “offensive stereotypes of Muslims.”
2. Zak Ali.
Last week, a young man named Zack Davies ran amok in a Tesco supermarket in the north Wales town of Mold. He attacked a Sikh, Sarandev Brahambra, with a hammer and a machete, leaving him with serious injuries. This story from The Mirror identifies the victim by name but describes him only as “Asian,” without ever saying he was Sikh, and also says: “The attacker was shouting ‘White power’, witnesses said, and detectives have confirmed the assault appeared to be racially-motivated.”
So this was presented to the British public as a an attack by one of those right-wing racists that British authorities are much more concerned about than they are about Islamic jihadists, and this attack appeared to substantiate their concern.
There’s just one catch: Zack Davies is a Muslim who calls himself Zak Ali, and who warned on his Facebook page on the morning of his attack in Tesco: “The wrath of Allah is about to come down upon the kaffir, I will have my revenge.” He also posted four Qur’an verses (identifying the suras as “books”) that call for violence against unbelievers:
Book of Al-Anfal, verse 12 ( 8:12) – “I (Allah) will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off.”
5- Book of Al-Baqara, verse 191 (2:191) – “Kill them wherever you find them, and drive them out from wherever they drove you out.”
6- Book of Al-Baqara, verse 193 (2:193) – “Fight them on until there is no more tumult and religion becomes that of Allah”
7- Book of Al-Tawba verse 29 (9:29) – “Fight those who do not believe in Allah and the last day… and fight People of the Book, (Christian and Jews) who do not accept the religion of truth (Islam) until they pay tribute (Jizyah tax) by hand, being inferior.”
The fact that Zak Ali is a Muslim who clearly believes in jihad against unbelievers doesn’t mean that this wasn’t a “white power” attack. Neo-Nazis have an affinity for Islam, based on their shared Jew-hatred. The British media, however, has not reported on the jihad aspect of this attack at all. Yet two reports strongly suggested that at least some British journalists know that the perpetrator was a Muslim, and are covering up that fact. The Mirror ran a photo of Zack Davies that appears on Zak Ali’s Facebook page — but it is remotely possible that they got it from somewhere else, and didn’t see Zak Ali’s page.
Also, the Daily Post ran a story Monday with the headline, “Mold Tesco attack sparks fear in Sikhs across Wales.” Only Sikhs? But wasn’t this a “white power” attack against an “Asian,” which would mean that Muslims should be just as fearful as Sikhs? But neither this story nor any other says anything about Muslims being afraid after this “white power” assault on an “Asian” — a strong indication that the British media knows that the attacker was a Muslim, and are concealing this from the British public. “Community cohesion” must be preserved at all costs!
3. Omar S.
A Muslim identified only as Omar S. was arrested on January 9 in the Catalonian city of Manresa. He was screaming “Allahu Akbar!” and “You will all die!,” as well as “I am a Muslim and Allah is great!,” and tried to grab a policeman’s gun. After his arrest, he screamed, “You killed my brothers in Paris. I’m going to kill everyone. Christians, you will die!”
4. The five statue-destroying Muslims in Italy.
On the same day in Perugia, five Muslims entered the chapel of St. Barnabas, where they smashed a statue of the Virgin Mary to pieces and then urinated on it.
Monsignor Paolo Giulietti, auxiliary bishop of Città della Pieve, imitated Western leaders such as Barack Obama and David Cameron by immediately moving to absolve Islam of all responsibility for this act, saying:
For Islam, the figure of Mary is very important: she is the mother of the Prophet Jesus conceived in virginity, and the Blessed Virgin is the most holy woman. Muslims pray at the Marian shrines in the Middle East. We cannot see in this act of vandalism—which as I said is wrong in every way—an episode of religious hatred. It is important not to feed mutual suspicion, especially at this time.
5. The #IAmAKnife Palestinians.
On Thursday, a Muslim named Hamza Muhammad Hassan Matruk stabbed 13 Israelis on a Tel Aviv bus, seriously wounding four of them. Instead of condemning this attack against innocent civilians, some Palestinians are celebrating this jihad attack on social media with the hashtag #JeSuisCouteau — “I am a knife,” and calling for more jihad.
6. Ugandan imam Abudalah Ali.
Imam Abudalah Ali of Bwita mosque in Uganda’s Kaliro District became enraged when he discovered that his two daughters, aged twelve and fifteen, had converted to Christianity after attending an evangelistic campaign. A source said:
Their father got the information that his daughters have converted, and he organized a small group of fellow Muslims, about 17 people, to go and attack the Christians. He found the campaign had finished but went back to his home and waited for the daughters. When they went back home, the father picked up the club and started beating them badly till one called Jamirah died.
Saidah, her twelve-year-old sister, escaped, arriving at a Christian pastor’s home in blood-stained clothes and walking with a pronounced limp. She recounted:
My father took us to the house and then locked the house. He questioned us why we attended a Christian meeting and started beating us up with a club. My sister was hit on the forehead and fell down. I tried to hide myself in the bed, but he got me out and began beating me up as my sister lay down bleeding.
Imam Abudulah was arrested for murder, but he denied the charge and was quickly released on bail. Said a source:
The police were later bribed and accepted the words of Ali, and he was released on bail. When he came home he went to the [local] chairman and said that he had disowned Saidah, and that if she tries to go back that she will be killed just like her sister, and that he is leaving Saidah in the hands of born-again Christians.
7. Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah.
Last Wednesday, a grand jury in Cincinnati indicted Christopher Lee Cornell, a convert to Islam who insists on being called Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah. The indictment says that Ubaydah wanted to “kill officers and employees of the United States while (they) were engaged in and on account of the performance of their official duties; specifically, by attempting to attack the United States Capitol Building.”
According to the FBI, Ubaydah got involved in this plot because he wanted to “wage jihad.” He asked for a prayer mat and a clock in his prison cell, so that he could pray his Islamic prayers properly, and at the right time. If Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah planned to wage jihad by committing mass murder, why allow him to strengthen and deepen his commitment to the ideology that incited him to do this? Were Nazi POWs given copies of Mein Kampf during World War II?
All this is just in the last few days. But as far as Linda Sarsour is concerned, there are rich people whose full-time job is to vilify Islam and Muslims, and they’re the problem, not the jihadis. In reality, Muslims like the ones who perpetrated the jihad attacks I’ve listed here are doing a great job of vilifying Islam and Muslims on their own. And what is Sarsour doing to stop the spread of the beliefs and attitudes that led to all this Islamic violence and so very much more? Why, nothing at all.
Sarsour is, of course, a practiced exploiter of the “hate” smear against foes of jihad terror and Islamic supremacism, and has never apologized for using the Islamic honor murder of Shaima Alawadi to spread lies about the prevalence of hate crimes against Muslims in America. She is also rabidly antisemitic (and, of course, a darling of the leftist media), and has said that “nothing is creepier than Zionism” and has equated it with “racism.” In line with her denial of the reality of jihad, she has claimed that the jihad underwear bomber was a CIA agent — part of what she claims is a U.S. war against Islam.
Her inversion of reality here, as ridiculous as it is, is mainstream. And that’s the problem.