Pro-Palestinian activist Linda Sarsour is currently pushing back against allegations that she enabled sexual harassment at the Brooklyn-based Arab American Association by body-shaming the victim and telling her “something like that doesn’t happen to someone who looks like you,” the accuser told Fox News Wednesday night.
Asmi Fathelbab also told “The Story with Martha MacCallum” that Sarsour warned her that she would “never work in New York City ever again” for as long as she lives if Fathelbab stepped forward with her claims.
Fathelbab was working at the Arab American Association in 2009, and Sarsour was the executive director when the alleged harassment took place.
Sarsour headed the organization for 11 years before leaving her position earlier this year.
Fathelbab told The Daily Caller that Sarsour called her a liar and told her the man Fathelbab accused of harassing her “had the right to sue me for false claims” and “had the right to be anywhere in the building he wanted.”
Sarsour’s response to The Daily Caller story was via a Twitter post in which she called the allegations a “new low.”
Newest waves of attacks. Every woman has a right to her story and I have a right to defend myself, my character and my commitment to women. This was a new low. https://t.co/JtoEtYfvEy pic.twitter.com/gtql5Xpw2v
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) December 19, 2017
“Every woman has a right to her story and I have a right to defend myself, my character and my commitment to women,” Sarsour wrote.
Fathelbab has been under attack on social media since The Daily Caller story was published.
“There’s more body-shaming. I’m being told that I’m doing this for attention. It’s politically charged, somehow,” Fathelbab said. “I’m not really sure how that’s possible because I’m not doing this for any reason other than wanting my story out there.”
However, Sarsour’s defenders have reportedly told Fathelbab that by going public with her allegations, she was setting herself “against Islam.”
“I’ve studied Islam. Nowhere in there does it say that you can’t say anything,” Fathelbab said, “and nowhere in there does it say that … you’re against the religion if you actually stand up for yourself.”
Addressing her critics on social media, Fathelbab put out a tweet of her own in which she pointed out that Sarsour’s defenders are just piling onto an innocent woman who has already been hurt.
“You’re re-enacting it, telling me that I’m not a good Muslim, this never happened, I’m making up stories,” said Fathelbab, addressing her social media critics. “Those are [Sarsour’s] words during that whole entire ordeal. So now, everybody’s just re-tweeting it. They’re just doing the same thing that she did.”
So to be clear:
1) everyone has the Right to state their #MeToo story but me
2) politics has more say than actual sexual harassment and abuse
3) if I stand up against Linda Sarsour I am a bad Muslim or against Islam
You all realize you’re just re-enacting what I’ve been through
— Asmi Fathelbab (@Asmi1121) December 20, 2017
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