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March 8, 2019 1:21 pm

Sarsour and Her Islamist Entourage Protect Rashida Tlaib From Critic

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Opinion

Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory, two organizers of the Women’s March, walk together on Pennsylvania Avenue during the Third Annual Women’s March in Washington, DC, Jan. 19, 2019. Photo: Reuters / Joshua Roberts.

Antisemitic activist Linda Sarsour on Wednesday ordered people associated with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to physically block former Wall Street Journal journalist and Muslim Reform Movement leader Asra Nomani from entering Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib’s (D-MI) office.

Nomani, a longtime CAIR critic, posted video of the encounter.

Sarsour is overheard in Arabic telling her associates to block Nomani’s entry. “Don’t let her [Nomani] be one of the first ones in. Do you all hear me? Come stand here. Don’t let her be one of the first ones in.”

The video shows Sarsour with CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad, Ahmed Bedier — former director of CAIR’s Tampa chapter — and CAIR’s Government Affairs Director, Robert McCaw.

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The group was on Capitol Hill to lobby against a resolution condemning antisemitic statements from Tlaib’s colleague, Ilhan Omar, even though the resolution did not name Omar.

At its creation, CAIR was part of a Hamas-support network called the Palestine Committee. Awad was featured on a list of Palestine Committee officials whose mission, the Fifth US Circuit Court of Appeals found, was to “support Hamas from abroad.”

Sarsour has espoused antisemitic smears worse than Omar’s, and advocates for a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“I am an unapologetic pro-BDS, one-state solution supporting resistance supporter here in the US” Sarsour told an audience at the Islamic Society of North America’s (ISNA) annual convention in September, the Investigative Project on Terrorism exclusively reported.

These are the types of characters who meet privately with Rashida Tlaib to defend Ilhan Omar.

Criticism and condemnation rained down last month on Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, after she tweeted, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby” to explain why she and Tlaib draw attention for their “criticisms of Israel.”

And who is the source of this cash? “AIPAC!” Omar added, referring to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Facing serious backlash from many in her party, Omar issued a caveated apology. Omar has since doubled down on purveying antisemitic tropes, by depicting support for Israel as a form of dual allegiance.

From the outset, Omar and Tlaib’s radical Islamist backers immediately came to their defense. Wednesday’s footage shows that they will not back down.

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