The Muslim community in America was done a great disservice by radical Palestinian activist Linda Sarsour, who declared in a speech at the annual Islamic Society of North America Convention that “jihad” needs to be waged against U.S. President Donald Trump.
While many have thoughtfully distanced themselves from those deeply damaging comments, some extreme leaders within the community have made matters worse by attempting to justify Sarsour’s inflammatory, dangerous statement. The director of the Florida branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was recently shut down by Ben Shapiro during a heated Fox News discussion.
Said CAIR executive Hassan Shibly about Sarsour’s “jihad” comments, “She was very clear that it’s our duty as Americans and as Muslims to but forward our best effort and to struggle to speak truth to power, to help the disenfranchised, to stand for the oppressed to matter the cost is of speaking out. And she’s actually paying the price of speaking out and calling out the Trump administration’s attacks on minorities, attacks against woman. Linda is a revolutionary American-Muslim proud hijab-sporting activist and we stand with her, we’re proud of the tremendous work she’s doing.”
Shapiro was having none of it, and said, “I don’t think anybody is claiming that she openly called for violence against President Trump, but jihad means more than ‘internal struggle’ or ‘struggle for good.’ We all know there are terrorists all over the world who invoke the word ‘jihad’ as justification for what they do — and Linda Sarsour knows that too. She knows how to make a headline. She’s a radical anti-Semite who has backed terrorists in the past.”
Shot back Hassan, “You just don’t like a vocal Muslim-American woman proudly standing for justice. Don’t smear a woman who’s not here to defend herself. Shame on you.” Ben rebuked him, saying, “Fine, I’ll talk about CAIR instead. CAIR is an organization that was an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial in 2007.” Are you glad Shapiro put him in his place? Watch below: