Leader of DC Women’s March Accused of Covering Up Sex Abuse

by Alexander Slavsky  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  December 18, 2017   

Linda Sarsour endorses radical application of Sharia law

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. - (ChurchMilitant.com) - The organizer of the D.C. Women's March in Washington is being accused of enabling the sexual abuse of a woman who worked in her Brooklyn, New York office.

A report Sunday claims Linda Sarsour failed to take action against claims of sexual assault brought by Asmi Fathelbab, a private contractor who worked for Sarsour at the Arab American Association in 2009. Fathelbab accused Majed Seif, a Muslim man living in the same building, of assaulting her. Rather than taking the claim seriously, Sarsour threatened Fathelbab with legal action if she reported it.

Church Militant spoke with Islamic scholar Robert Spencer, who has written extensively on Sarsour. He argues in his online journal, Jihad Watch, that Sarsour follows Sharia law, which opposes women who speak out against sexual assault. Spencer told Church Militant that the fact that Fathelbab's claims were written off is "in line with Sharia's discounting of women's testimony in cases regarding sexual claims, even the testimony of the victim herself."
Robert Spencer
According to the The Daily Caller, Fathelbab said Seif "would sneak up on me during times when no one was around, he would touch me, you could hear me scream at the top of my lungs. ... He would pin me against the wall and rub his crotch on me."
Fathelbab said the assault would occur during the youth program while she was working with small children. When she initially reported the incidents, Sarsour reportedly harassed her over her weight and dismissed her claims.
"She called me a liar because 'Something like this didn't happen to women who looked like me,'" Fathelbab said.
Fathelbab reported the sexual abuse to the president of the board of directors, Ahmed Jaber. Jaber defended her attacker as a "God-fearing man" who frequently visited the mosque.
"He wanted to make it loud and clear this guy was a good Muslim and I was a bad Muslim for 'complaining,'" said Fathelbab.

She was even forced to speak with a detective from the New York Police Department about the consequences of making false claims to the authorities. She also alleges she could not get a job in New York City for nearly a decade.

"She [Sarsour] told me I'd never work in NYC ever again for as long as she lived," Fathelbab explained. "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."

In a detailed account of her life after the sexual assault, Fathelbab said:

I've had several political jobs where Sarsour told the candidates that if they wanted to win the Muslim vote, they had to fire me and hire her instead because I was the most hated person within the Muslim community in all of NYC. I haven't been able to obtain a steady job since 2009 because AmeriCorps decided I shouldn't be able to stay within the program because of the horrible write-up I had obtained from my supervisors.

Spencer told Church Militant that Sarsour's cover-up of sex abuse reveals the "true priorities" of "American feminists: They hate Donald Trump, conservatives and Judeo-Christian values more than they care about women's rights."

Spencer also commented that the hijab Muslim women wear is their "hero," for "untold numbers of women have been brutalized and even killed for not wearing" it. Feminists like Sarsour, however, praise Sharia, the "decidedly misogynistic legal system."

Sarsour was there to protect the men. She's not for other women. The only women she's for is for herself.

Fathelbab revealed Sarsour's allegiance to Sharia:

This is not the only story pertaining to Sarsour about what she does to women. This is one of many. I cannot stand by and watch women put her on a pedestal and not know the truth. Here is the truth: If you were in front of Linda Sarsour being sexually harassed, she wouldn't help you, she'd try to shut you up for complaining. I know because it happened to me.

Other people who worked with Fathelbab backed up the story, including those who worked at the Arab American Association and a New York political operative. The source mentioned that Sarsour, Jaber and Habib Joudeh, the vice president of the Arab American Association, "made it about her weight, saying she was not attractive enough to be harassed, and then swept it under the rug."

The environment at Sarsour's office was toxic, according to a woman who worked for Sarsour for 12 years, which led to the incidents of assault. "It's always going to be the woman's fault over there. And Sarsour was there to protect the men. She's not for other women. The only women she's for is for herself."

Another witness claimed that "Sarsour is only a feminist outwardly." "Her interactions toward women in that building were atrocious. She would protect the patriarchy and in return they would promote her."

Sarsour led the D.C. Women's March in January following President Trump's inauguration, which turned into a protest. Later this year, she also called for a jihad, holy war, against the Trump administration. Reports revealed that she has family members jailed for their close ties with the terrorist group, Hamas.


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