Israel-basher, Muslim activist to deliver graduation speech at big city university

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Muslim activist Linda Sarsour, who has publicly expressed her hatred of Israel on numerous occasions, has been asked to deliver the keynote speech for the June 1 graduation at City University of New York’s (CUNY) Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy, according to its web page.

The Brooklyn-born activist was a co-organizer of the “Women’s March on Washington” and “Day Without a Woman,” and is a former executive director of the Arab American Association of New York. Her parents are Palestinian immigrants, and she is a staunch advocate of Shariah law.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind, D-N.Y., of Brooklyn commented on the lunacy of a taxpayer-funded institution like CUNY inviting a supporter of Sharia law to speak.

“She is someone who associates with radical Islamists, supports them, shows support for them. She is someone who has said, clearly, she thinks throwing rocks at cars in Israel is a good thing,” Hikind told reporters. “I mean, it’s just nuts. It makes no sense. It’s crazy to have this woman be the person who’s going to speak to the students.”

Sarsour regularly uses Twitter to spew anti-Israel sentiments, including a photo of a young Palestinian boy with a rock in each hand, which she captioned: “The definition of courage. #Palestine”

In other tweets, Sarsour refers to “Zionist trolls” and states, “Nothing is creepier than Zionism.”

Despite the criticism it is receiving, CUNY is not backing down. “The program has not changed,” said Ayman A.E. El-Mohandes, dean of CUNY’s School of Public Health.

Noting that former President Barack Obama called Sarsour a “champion of change,” El-Mohandes said that she supported efforts by Muslims in St. Louis to raise funds to restore a vandalized Jewish cemetery.

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