Linda Sar­sour Slammed for Ex­ploit­ing Hur­ri­cane Har­vey Do­na­tions

Anti-Is­rael ac­tivist calls to do­nate to 'hur­ri­cane re­lief fund' which turns out to be a left-wing po­lit­i­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion

The Jewish Voice - - NEW YORK - By: Tzvi Lev

Pales­tinian Arab-Amer­i­can Mus­lim ac­tivist Linda Sar­sour is un­der fire af­ter she mis­rep­re­sented a Po­lit­i­cal Ac­tion Com­mit­tee (PAC) as a fund for Hur­ri­cane Har­vey re­lief. Crit­ics ac­cuse her of try­ing to ex­ploit the hur­ri­cane that dev­as­tated the re­gion for po­lit­i­cal aims.

Sar­sour had tweeted last week for her fol­low­ers to "do­nate to the Har­vey Hur­ri­cane re­lief fund". The fund's web­site stated that "your do­na­tion is vi­tal to en­sur­ing that we have the re­sources we need to or­ga­nize and fight for Tex­ans dev­as­tated by Hur­ri­cane Har­vey!"

Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion un­earthed that the fund was a sub­sidiary of the Texas Or­ga­niz­ing Project, a left-wing com­mu­nity or­ga­niz­ing group that is sup­ported by the or­ga­ni­za­tions SEIU and MoveOn.org, and whose web­site stated that they would be "shin­ing a spot­light on in­equal­i­ties that emerge in the restora­tion of lives, liveli­hoods, and homes, am­pli­fy­ing the needs of hard­hit com­mu­ni­ties, and pro­vid­ing le­gal as­sis­tance for res­i­dents wrong­fully de­nied gov­ern­ment sup­port."

Crit­ics charged that Sar­sour was mis­di­rect­ing char­i­ta­ble funds for po­lit­i­cal aims. "This week, Sar­sour has also ac­tively dis­cour­aged peo­ple from do­nat­ing to the Red Cross, sug­gest­ing in­stead that they con­trib­ute to sundry po­lit­i­cal-ac­tivist or­ga­ni­za­tions. Sar­sour has al­ready shown her will­ing­ness to use dis­unity to turn a profit. Now we know she’s will­ing to ex­ploit dis­as­ter in the same way." wrote Alexan­dra De­sanc­tis in the Na­tional Re­view.

Un­der fire, the Texas Or­ga­niz­ing Project posted a state­ment on their web­site say­ing that "we have an iron­clad com­mit­ment that 100 per­cent of the money raised into this fund will be spent di­rectly on en­sur­ing low in­come and peo­ple of color are not for­got­ten in the re­lief, re­cov­ery and re­con­struc­tion ef­forts."

Sar­sour has made a long line of in­flam­ma­tory re­marks against Is­raelis and Zion­ism. Sar­sour has praised con­victed PFLP ter­ror­ist mur­derer Ras­mea Odeh, when the two ad­dressed a left­wing con­fer­ence in Chicago in April, say­ing she was “honored and priv­i­leged to be here in this space, and honored to be on this stage with Ras­mea.” Odeh was deprived of her US cit­i­zen­ship and de­ported in mid-Au­gust.

Sar­sour also re­cently called for Ji­had (Is­lamic holy war) against the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion. She later claimed that her re­marks were taken out of con­text, writ­ing in the Wash­ing­ton Post that "I sent not a call to vi­o­lence, but a call to speak truth to power and to com­mit to the strug­gle for racial and eco­nomic jus­tice."

Sar­sour has made a long line of in­flam­ma­tory re­marks against Is­raelis and Zion­ism.

Pales­tinian Arab-Amer­i­can Mus­lim ac­tivist Linda Sar­sour is un­der fire af­ter she mis­rep­re­sented a Po­lit­i­cal Ac­tion Com­mit­tee (PAC) as a fund for Hur­ri­cane Har­vey re­lief. Crit­ics ac­cuse her of try­ing to ex­ploit the hur­ri­cane that dev­as­tated the re­gion for po­lit­i­cal aims.

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