There’s more jihad talk coming from the Left’s favorite anti-Israel Muslim, Linda Sarsour.
It seems she’s quite upset that conservative media took her threat of jihad against President Trump very seriously. So much so, that she penned an op-ed for The Washington Post to help us get to the “true” meaning of the word:
Most disturbing about this recent defamation campaign is how it is focused on demonizing the legitimate yet widely misunderstood Islamic term I used, “jihad,” which to majority of Muslims and according to religious scholars means “struggle” or “to strive for.” This term has been hijacked by Muslim extremists and right-wing extremists alike, leaving ordinary Muslims to defend our faith and in some cases silenced. It sets a dangerous precedent when people of faith are policed and when practicing their religion peacefully comes with consequences.
So, jihad has claimed the lives of children and innocents around the world and yet, we have all misinterpreted it’s true meaning? We’re the ones defaming the name of Islam. Got it.
Sarsour also took issue with the recent piece in The Algemeiner, covered here, which reported that a director of a Jewish cemetery in Colorado has yet to receive $100,000 in funds raised by Sarsour to repair damaged graves. Sarsour launched legal jihad in a Facebook post:
I have the unfortunate receipts of what it costs to be a target of the right wing, alt-right, right wing zionists. This has caused my family great emotional stress & trauma. It's not free to keep my family safe. I just want people to know I am taking names of media outlets and prominent individuals who have used the last few months to defame my character. I may be quiet but they will pay with their pockets.
Today's most recent outrageousness is questioning my integrity around the campaign to raise money for Jewish cemeteries. Algemeiner a right wing Zionist media outlet regurgitated a story that I already had responded to a few weeks ago. You can call me what you want BUT DO NOT EVER QUESTION my integrity.
We set out to raise $20K and raised over $100K thanks to generosity of so many people. We ensured that the St. Louis Cemetery (the original focus) received the funds they needed, and we found others who also had incidents of vandalism, etc. The money is being administered by CelebrateMercy, NOT me. There still is money left over and Tarek El-Messidi found a cemetery in Colorado that has been in shambles for years being cared for by a legally blind man. Tarek went and visited them (you can read more in this article) and said that once they had a plan to take on this huge project Tarek would be ready with the funds.
I am exhausted. I am tired of the lies, lies, and more lies. It's too much and it reignites the most vitriolic human beings on this earth. I am not safe and someone will pay for this with their pockets. Big time.
The tirade continued on Twitter, as posted by Legal Insurrection:
Define jihad anyway you want, but the truth is the truth, and a threat is a threat.