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Sarsour was selected chosen to give the address to CUNY’s Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy at their June 1 ceremony. Sarsour was recently arrested in New York for blocking traffic along with other protesters outside the Trump International Hotel in New York City. She had been warned several times by police officers before being removed for disorderly conduct.
Sarsour was one of the main organizers of the Women’s March on Washington following U.S. President Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Her “credentials” include:
- Supporter of Sharia law. Sarsour has tweeted:
“sharia law is reasonable and once u read into the details itmakes a lot of sense. People just know the basics.”
“Sharia law is misunderstood & has been pushed as some evil Muslim agenda.”
“If you are still paying interest than Sharia Law hasn’t taken over America. #justsaying.”
“You’ll know when you’re living under Sharia Law if suddenly all your loans & credit cards become interest free. Sound nice, doesn’t it?”
- Belittling the lack of women’s rights in Saudi Arabia. Sarsour tweeted:
“10 weeks of PAID maternity leave in Saudi Arabia. Yes PAID. And ur worrying about women driving. Puts us to shame.”
- Belittling other activists who stand against sharia law. Sarsour tweeted: “Brigette Gabriel=Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She’s asking 4 an a$$ whippin’. I wish I could take their vaginas away – they don’t deserve to be women.”
- Activist in campaign to discredit Clarion Project’s film 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.
- Supporter of the Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) anti-Israel movement