Anti-semitic, pro-Palestinian activist Linda Sarsour has been accused of allowing a woman who worked for her to be sexually assaulted and harassed. The woman also said Sarsour threatened her if she went public with the charges.
The woman who made the claim, Asmi Fathelbab, worked at the time with Sarsour, who was executive director of the Arab American Association, the Daily Caller reported.
Fathelbab said after she started working with the association as a contractor in 2009 she was groped and physically attacked by a man who also worked there. But her reports to leadership at the association were ignored and, she claims, Sarsour dismissed them outright.
“She called me a liar because ‘Something like this didn’t happen to women who looked like me,’” Fathelbab told the Daily Caller. “How dare I interrupt her TV news interview in the other room with my ‘lies.’”
In July, Breitbart News reported that Sarsour called for a “jihad,” or holy war, against the Trump administration.
Sarsour was speaking in Chicago at the annual conference of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a group that the Investigative Project on Terrorism notes was an “unindicted co-conspirator” in a terror-funding prosecution, and was allegedly “created by members of the Muslim Brotherhood” in the United States in the early 1980s. [However, the group itself traces its origins to the formation of the Muslim Student Association in 1963.]
In November, a liberal professor at New York’s New School criticized its inclusion of Sarsour on a panel, saying she is an “anti-Israel activist and ‘hatemonger.'”
“Sarsour is the left-wing’s new hijab heroine, a Brooklyn-born Palestinian activist who has tweeted ‘nothing is creepier than Zionism,’ and shared a podium praising her friends Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan (a virulent anti-Semite) and Rasmea Odeh, a terrorist who spent 10 years in jail for abetting the killing of two Hebrew University students in 1969,” Professor Susan Shapiro said.
Sarsour, one of the leaders of the Women’s March that took place after Donald Trump was elected president, enabled her mistreatment, Fathelbab said, and threatened to damage her career if she spoke out about her mistreatment.
After Fathelbab’s contract with the association was closed, Sarsour allegedly threatened to keep her from working again in New York City, where Fathlebab lives, according to the Daily Caller.
“She told me I’d never work in NYC ever again for as long as she lived,” Fathelbab said. “She’s kept her word. She had me fired from other jobs when she found out where I worked.”
“She has kept me from obtaining any sort of steady employment for almost a decade,” Fathelbab said.
Fathelbab said she came forward with her story in light of Sarsour’s reputation as an advocate for women’s rights.
“She oversaw an environment unsafe and abusive to women,” Fathelbab told The Daily Caller. “Women who put [Sarsour] on a pedestal for women’s rights and empowerment deserve to know how she really treats us.”