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Activist Linda Sarsour In Midst of Media Firestorm

| by Denise Recalde

Women's March co-organizer Linda Sarsour is at the center of controversy for past comments she made against fellow women's rights activists Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Brigitte Gabriel. Critics have also recently accused Sarsour of supporting terrorism. 

Sarsour is facing backlash for her 2011 tweet concerning Islamic women's champion and fellow activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, as well as progressive liberal activist Brigitte Gabriel, Daily Wire reports.

The tweet read: "Brigitte Gabriel= Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She's asking 4 an a$$ whippin'. I wish I could take their vaginas away -- they don't deserve to be women." 

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The post stirred a heated controversy among social media users in light of the fact that Hirsi Ali was forced to undergo female genital mutilation when she was 5 years old in Somalia. 

According to Twitchy, one Twitter user wrote in response: "Linda Sarsour is more worthless than the dirt on the bottom of [Ayaan Hirsi Ali's] shoe. If you tweeted #IStandWithLinda, you're garbage as well". 

Another user wrote: "Horrible! How was she ever put in charge of the #WomensMarch??"

The Jewish Policy Center tweeted: "Yuck -- Sarsour is a disgrace to women everywhere." 

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"I need extra prayers sisters and brothers," Linda Sarsour, a long-time Muslim American activist and co-chair of the Women's March on Washington, D.C., posted on social media on Jan. 23.  

A number of online sites, including The Daily Caller, The American Thinker, FrontPageMag and The Gateway Pundit, also recently published articles slamming Sarsour for alleged terrorist leanings.

On Jan. 23, The Gateway Pundit published a 2015 photograph of Sarsour holding up her index finger. The site claimed Sarsour was "flashing the ISIS sign," The Huffington Post reports. 

The other sites claim Sarsour has ties to terrorist groups, advocates for the spread of Sharia in the U.S., and is anti-Semitic for her ongoing criticisms of Israel. 

"It’s a shame that the alt-right would spend their time putting out falsehood and discrediting a proven effective activist and leader," Sarsour commented on Jan. 23. "I am still unapologetically Muslim American and proud.  

"I am grateful for the outpouring of support and still committed to fighting for justice for all communities and against fascism."

Sarsour added that her "Twitter mentions are now overpowered by love from celebrities, high-profile activists, faith leaders, and ordinary people.

"It’s remarkable."

Thousands of Sarsour's followers tweeted support for her since the Women's March under the hashtag #IMarchWithLinda.​

Sources: The Huffington Post, Daily WireTwitchy / Photo credit: The Islamic Monthly

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