Linda Sarsour will keynote a conference held at the end of the month by a Muslim advocacy group that has countless connections to radical Islamic actors. Sarsour, who has infiltrated progressive feminist circles as a chief organizer of the Women’s March, will speak in Chicago alongside a who’s who of fringe Islamic extremists.
Sarsour has long been highlighted by the New York Times, Washington Post, and other establishment media as a supposed civil rights activist working to protect the rights of minorities. However, Sarsour’s upcoming appearance at an Islamic hard-liner event reveals that she continues to openly support Islamic supremacist movements, even as she attempts to portray herself as a crusader for minority rights.
The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) — which federal prosecutors have said is part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood network set up to funnel money to Hamas — will feature Sarsour at its annual convention in Chicago from June 30 to July 3, 2017. She will deliver a keynote address there and speak on several panels.
The annual ISNA convention has long featured radical Islamists as its speakers. In 2001, just ten days before the September 11 attacks, the convention featured Anwar al-Awlaki (who later became the leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula), who delivered a lecture on “tolerance.”
But Awlaki is far from the only extremist to be featured by ISNA. The convention is often rife with overt anti-Semitism and support for U.S.-designated terrorist organizations. And the 2017 program reveals more of the same from the nation’s largest Islamic advocacy group.
Featured speaker Nihad Awad — the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a group founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood — has in the past announced that he is a supporter of the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.
Another featured speaker, Mazen Mokhtar, the current executive director of the Muslim American Society (MAS), was once identified in an affidavit as the man behind a website to solicit funds for the Taliban and Chechen mujahedin.
Other speakers sharing a stage with Sarsour include a Holocaust denier, multiple imams who support the death penalty for homosexuals, the daughter of a deported terrorist, and individuals who have advocated for Muslims to not cooperate with FBI terror investigations. One such speaker threatened fellow Muslims with physical violence for cooperating with police.
“There’s really only one reason why anyone would go to speak at ISNA, and that is to associate with, and validate, the efforts of Islamists in the United States,” Kyle Shideler, a counterterrorism expert at the Center For Security Policy tells Conservative Review. “If Linda Sarsour is really going to be the new face for the left, they may want to think again about attending conventions with groups that are known to have funded terrorists.”
A huge hit on the Islamic supremacist speaking circuit, Sarsour has recently addressed several extremist conferences. In 2016, she spoke at events hosted by Islamist Muslim Brotherhood offshoots ISNA, the Muslim American Society, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, among other organizations.
Jordan Schachtel is the national security correspondent for Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @JordanSchachtel.
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