Jews and Christians in Victoria, Texas have been heartfelt in their eagerness to lend their churches and synagogue for use by local Muslims, while the local mosque, destroyed by fire, is rebuilt. Jews and Christians, and not just in Victoria, have also been generous in helping to raise more than $1.1 million to rebuild the mosque. And while this was going on, Muslims in turn have been raising money — $125,000 so far — to help repair two Jewish cemeteries that have recently been vandalized, the Chesed Shel Emeth Society Cemetery outside St. Louis, and the Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Philadelphia, where tombstones have been toppled. This Muslim effort has been mentioned several times on NPR, and gotten a lot of press, to judge by what has been posted online. It may be churlish to suggest, but the Muslim fundraising effort is not quite so guileless an effort as that in Victoria, Texas, because at the center of the Muslim campaign is Linda Sarsour, who has quite a history of heartfelt hate.
Linda Sarsour, the “Brooklyn Homegirl in a Hijab,” who has been made much of by the New York Times and, unsurprisingly, by Mayor Bill de Blasio, for whom she has consulted, is a longtime activist for the “Palestinian” cause.
Still, shouldn’t we be pleased that Linda Sarsour is raising that money to put those toppled tombstones back in place? Shouldn’t we take at face value her current claim that she wants “to send a unified message from the Jewish and Muslim communities that there is no place for this type of hate, desecration, and violence in America”? Alas, no. Linda Sarsour’s sincerity might not be questioned if she hadn’t spent the last decade working toward the same ends as Hamas, that is, the undoing of Israel. If there is “no place for this type of hate” – the toppled tombstones in the Jewish cemetery – there is a type of hate for which Linda Sarsour does manage to make space, and find a place. For any examination of her record shows quite an extensive display of hate – for the American government, for the C.I.A. and the F.B.I., for the New York Police Department, for Israelis and for those who support them. On her Twitter account she proclaims that “nothing is creepier than Zionism.” I take that to be a declaration of hate. She continues to insist, long after the truth was revealed, that a certain “Underwear Bomber was the C.I.A. all along.” This particular Underwear Bomber was a Saudi double-agent, and had nothing to do with the C.I.A. but don’t confuse Linda Sarsour with facts.
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