Sharia-supporting ‘Women’s March’ leader to join convicted Palestinian terrorist for speaking engagement

Linda Sarsour, a controversial Muslim activist who supports Sharia law and helped lead the ‘Women’s March’ in D.C., is scheduled to appear alongside Rasmea Odeh, a Palestinian woman who was convicted of terrorism in connection to two 1969 bombings in Israel.

One, was of a Jerusalem supermarket that killed two Israeli students and wounded nine others; the second was of the British consulate, the Daily Caller reported.

Convicted terrorist Rasmea Odeh, speaker at the International Working Womens Day 2016
Convicted terrorist Rasmea Odeh, speaker at the International Working Womens Day 2016

After Odeh confessed to the bombings, she was tried and sentenced in 1970 on terrorist charges, but released 10 years later in a prisoner exchange. After emigrating to the United States in the 1990s, she recanted her prior confession, claiming it was procured under torture.

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She became a U.S. citizen in 2004 but was arrested nine years later for her failure to disclose her Israeli prison sentence and her association with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a designated terrorist organization, on her visa application.

She was convicted a year later, stripped of her U.S. citizenship and sentenced to an 18-month prison sentence. She remains in the country while appealing her conviction and now works for Chicago’s Arab-American Action Network, the D.C. reported.

Sarsour, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, was a co-organizer of last month’s Women’s March on Washington.

Linda Sarsour speaking at the Women's March on Washington
Linda Sarsour speaking at the Women’s March on Washington

The two will speak at a Chicago event held by the Jewish Voice for Peace, a left-wing group that focuses on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to The Daily Caller.

Cornell University law professor William Jacobson has researched Odeh’s claims and found them filled with holes. The Daily Caller reported:

Jacobson has reported evidence that Odeh was directly involved in the bombing, despite her denials. He has also noted a 2004 interview in which one of Odeh’s co-conspirators said that Odeh was the mastermind of the bombing.

Jacobson has also written that Odeh’s claims about not receiving a fair trial are false. He has reported that Odeh’s trial was overseen by the International Red Cross and deemed to be fair.

Jacobson criticized JVP and Sarsour for working with Odeh.


“Anti-Israel activists, including Jewish Voice for Peace, have long sought to elevate Rasmea Odeh to iconic stature based on a false narrative as to her background,” Jacobson told The Daily Caller in an email. “That Odeh is a speaker at JVP’s annual conference speaks volumes to the true nature of JVP,” he added.

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“With all the questions raised about Sarsour’s own background, and her attempt to laugh off past comments, one has to wonder whether Sarsour also will embrace Odeh or show courage either by withdrawing from the panel or challenging Odeh during the event,” he said. “It’s not just the credibility of JVP on the line, but also the credibility of Sarsour.”

But Sarsour has her own credibility issues.

Women’s rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali recently exposed Sarsour as a “fake feminist,” and said that her support of Sharia law doesn’t comport with women’s rights.


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