The Washington Post sure misses irony, well unless their latest fawning book review is a big joke, because they touted the new memoir of anti-semitic activist Linda Sarsour as a fearless work aimed a destroying the “normalization of hate.”
Really, Linda Sarsour? The Israel-hating, Hamas-fraternizing defender of Sharia law who was removed from far-left orgs like the Women’s March because she was a liability for their image? You’ve got to be joking.
Sarsour’s new book, titled, We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders, was given the royal treatment from Muslim-American guest reviewer, Ausma Zehanat Khan, who began with an appeal to how much of a victim both she and Sarsour are.
“I was afraid to expose the book’s cover, which shows the author in a hijab. As a Muslim woman living in the United States, I am well-acquainted with the different ways American Muslims minimize themselves in public.” Wow, off to a great start.
Yeah, America’s the country you get stoned in for female expression, right?
Khan wrote, “By turns trenchant, painful and amusing, Sarsour’s memoir is packed with hard-learned lessons from the front lines of the social-justice struggle.” Oh do those “lessons“ include her struggles with being outed for palling around with Palestinian terror group, Hamas.
Though we’ll overlook those points because she’s a member of an oppressed class, regardless of all the oppressing she’d love to do.
“It’s a book that speaks to our times, tackling issues of racial injustice, economic inequality, criminal justice reform, the surveilling of Muslim communities and the shortcomings of white feminism,” the reviewer claimed. Of course Sarsour critiques “white feminism.” It’s obviously too free for her liking.
Sarsour is a “Sharia Law” apologist, who has attacked prominent critics of the repressive ideology. In 2011, Sarsour tweeted that Brigitte Gabriel, founder of anti-radical Islamic group ACT for America and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali woman, lawyer and anti-Islamic activist who suffered female genital mutilation as a child, were “asking for an a$$ whippin'”
Sarsour went so far as to say, “ I wish I could take their vaginas away - they don't deserve to be women.” Yeah, there’s that Muslim feminism. You’d have to wonder why Sarsour would’ve ever been considered a safe bet on being a board member of the feminist “Women’s March” organization.
Though her history of terrible comments caught up with her. Fox reported she was dropped by the org “for lauding Farrakhan, objecting to the Jewish right to return to Israel, and even calling for “jihad” against President Trump in 2017.”
But of course, WashPost’s review gave Sarsour the benefit of the doubt, claiming, “Sarsour believes that the allegations were intended to delegitimize her as she gained prominence as one of the march’s organizers.” Yeah, guess we can leave it there, right? Some of the folks at The New York Times disagree.
Yep, and Khan would rather distract us with Trump’s bigotry. “Her memoir speaks out against the normalizing of hate while laying out the real-life consequences of rhetoric such as President Trump’s remark that there were ‘very fine people on both sides’ of a white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville in 2017.” Oh right, compared to Trump, even Jeffrey Dahmer was a saint.
Khan concluded, “The causes Sarsour has championed have taken a toll on her personal life but not on her determination. ‘We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders’ is a tribute to the tenacity and fearlessness needed to stand against injustice.” How bout Khan, you be honest and say something like, “Sarsour espouses terrible beliefs and is a PR disaster. Sorry for wasting your time.”