On Constitution Day CAIR-Ohio Hosts Anti-Semite Linda Sarsour at Ohio Statehouse


Tuesday was Constitution Day. It was also the 3rd Annual Muslim Advocacy Day hosted by CAIR-Ohio. CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) brought Linda Sarsour, the controversial Muslim activist who has been described as an anti-Semite in National Review, Fox News, and Town Hall, among other media outlets.

Jonathan Tobin wrote one of the most biting critiques of Sarsour at National Review recently:

Sarsour became a celebrity in the months after Trump’s election as one of the organizers of the Women’s March, which mobilized the “resistance” to the new administration even before it took office. The group gave her a prominent platform, but from the very start of the massive anti-Trump rallies that launched it on the day after Trump’s inauguration, it was clearly tainted by anti-Semitism. Some Jewish activists who were initially involved with the March have spoken about how the group’s leaders marginalized them and allowed what many had initially thought to be a mainstream movement to be dominated by radicals, who professed hard-core opposition to Israel’s existence and openness to being allied with anti-Semites such as the Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan.

Sarsour was at the center of the controversy over the group’s anti-Semitic elements, and for good reason. She is an open advocate for the BDS movement, which is drenched in anti-Semitic invective, and unlike some of those who flirt with BDS, she isn’t coy about her objectives. She opposes the existence of a Jewish state no matter where its borders might be drawn and refers to all of Israeli territory as “occupied.” She has made a habit of personally attacking Jews who support Israel. And she has made it clear that pro-Israel women are not welcome in the Women’s March. She has also remained an ardent defender of other March leaders, such as Tamika Mallory, who are open fans of anti-Semitic hatemongers such as Farrakhan.

Sarsour and her apologists on the Jewish left claim that she is misunderstood. They point to gestures such as her fundraising to help vandalized Jewish cemeteries, even if it is unclear how much, if any, help she has ever actually given such causes. And they will surely cite her statement supporting Sanders, which she spoke of her pride in helping elect the first Jewish president and opposition to anti-Semitism, as further proof of their case. But her record and stated beliefs can’t be so easily waved away.

According to the Investigative Project, CAIR was founded in 1994 by members of the Hamas-linked organization Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP).

The year before CAIR’s founding, a group of men with links to Hamas met in Philadelphia and discussed, “…encouraging the Islamic community ‘to be involved n the political life of this country,’ adding ‘We should assist them in this task. This will be an entrance for us to put, through the Islamic community, pressure on the Congress and the decision makers in America’.” CAIR was created for that purpose, according to the Investigative Project’s research.

The Center for Security Policy’s Frank Gaffney also confirmed CAIR is Hamas. “Actually, the U.S. government has proven in federal court that CAIR was established by the designated terrorist organization known as Hamas in the early 1990s,” Gaffney wrote in a public Memo to Rep. (Ilhan) Omar – CAIR is Hamas.

CAIR-Ohio‘s Facebook post about the event said, “Ohio Muslim participants from across the state will hold meetings with more than 30 different legislative offices focusing on bills relating to paid family and medical leave, equal pay for equal work, and voting access.”

They also wrote, “The advocacy day include trainings and a keynote speech focused on the importance of activism for American-Muslims by award winning civil rights activist Linda Sarsour.”


Sarsour has been labeled anti-Semitic. In this tweet she claims, “Nothing is creepier than Zionism. Challenge racism…”


In the Sarsour tweet below, she defended Ilhan Omar who was a newly elected but not yet sworn-in Congresswoman. Omar had announced her support for BDS (Boycott Divestment Sanctions) that targets Israel economically. Sarsour wrote, “…folks who masquerade as progressives but alway choose their allegiance to Israel over their commitment to democracy and free speech.”


A month ago, Ms. Sarsour posted a video to her fellow Muslims, telling them about the upcoming event, “Sisters and brothers the least you can do is show up, represent our community with dignity, stand up for the most marginalized communities because that is in fact your Islamic obligation.”


Amy Mekelburg, whose Twitter followers include Dinesh D’Souza and Michelle Malkin, was one of the few to notice what was happening in Ohio on Tuesday. “Why is the Ohio Gov’t Working With HAMAS? HAMAS-linked CAIR Hosts 3rd Annual Muslim Advocacy Day at Ohio’s State Capitol where they Trained and Lobbied lawmakers…”

Mekelburg linked her tweet to an NBC4i report that can no longer be found on the station’s Twitter or Facebook.

The news report stated, “According to CAIR-Ohio, ‘States can always improve being inclusive and making sure they are uplifting their most marginalized citizens.’ And they believe Ohio has some work to do on a number of issues.”

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Beth Lear is a reporter at The Ohio Star.  Follow Beth on Twitter.  Email tips to [email protected].
Photo “Linda Sarsour” by Festival of Faiths. CC BY 2.0.

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