5 Things You Need to Know About Linda Sarsour

Linda Sarsour is a controversial activist who co-organized the recent Women’s March protesting the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump. Now she, along with the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Council on American Islamic Relations, is suing the president over his recent executive order temporarily blocking travel into the U.S. for nationals of seven Middle-Eastern countries.

Here are five facts you need to know about her.

  1. She Attacked Clarion’s Feminist Movie Honor Diaries

    Linda Sarsour was one of those behind the campaign against Clarion Project’s interfaith award-winning movie Honor Diaries, which showcases the struggle of nine women’s-rights activists, some Muslim some not, as they campaign against honor violence and female genital mutilation.

    Sarsour spread #DishonorDiaries on Twitter to tarnish the film, saying it was illegitimate because of who made the film.

    We don’t need Islamophobes to talk to us and tell the stories of oppressed and abused Muslim women,” she told Al-Jazeera America. “It’s just disingenuous.”

    Watch the trailer for Honor Diaries:

  2. She Implied Sharia Governance Would Be Fine

    She tweeted that sharia’s prohibition on interest in banking is an indication of how positive a sharia-run society would be, leaving out the hudud punishments and other problematic elements.

  3. She Whitewashed Saudi Arabia’s Ban On Women Driving

    In 2014 she tweeted her confusion that Saudi Arabia was being criticized for its driving ban when it has 10 weeks of paid maternity leave for women.

  4. She Said Ayaan Hirsi Ali Doesn’t Deserve to Be a Woman

    She tweeted that both Honor Diaries Executive Producer Ayaan Hirsi Ali and ACT For America founder Brigitte Gabriel don’t deserve to be women.

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali hit back in an interview with Fox News.

  5. She posed for pictures with a man convicted of working for Hamas

    At a Muslim American Society joint event with the Islamic Circle of North America, Sarsour posed for a picture with Salah Sarsour, an alleged former Hamas operative who was jailed by Israel in the 1990s on charges of working with Hamas.

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Elliot Friedland
Elliot Friedland is a research fellow at Clarion Project.