Linda Sarsour, the controversial Muslim activist who was also an organizer of the Women’s March on DC, may have a covered up her own links to abuse scandals, according to an exclusive report from The Daily Caller.
The allegations come from a former staffer by the name of Asmi Fathelbab, a 37-year-old New York Democrat of Egyptian Muslim descent, who worked under Sarsour in 2009 during her time as executive director of the Arab American Association, as evidenced in NYU’s student newspaper reports and employment documents Fathelbab presented to journalists.
Speaking with The Daily Caller (who cite two unnamed sources, another association employee and a political operative they claim were “directly familiar” with Fathelbab’s story), Fathelbab alleges that the controversial Palestinian-activist was made aware of instances in 2009 where a male associate was making uncongenial sexual advances, without consent, towards workers under her watch.
“She oversaw an environment unsafe and abusive to women,” Fethelbab told The Daily Caller. “Women who put [Sarsour] on a pedestal for women’s rights and empowerment deserve to know how she really treats us.”
She described scenarios that involved “groping and unwanted touching,” detailing one man, Majed Seif, who lived in the same building where the Arab American Association offices are located, who allegedly began stalking Fathelbab.
“He would sneak up on me during times when no one was around,” Fethelbab continued. “He would touch me, you could hear me scream at the top of my lungs. He would pin me against the wall and rub his crotch on me.
It was disgusting. I ran the youth program in the building and with that comes bending down and talking to small children. You have no idea what it was like to stand up and feel that behind you. I couldn’t scream because I didn’t want to scare the child in front of me. It left me shaking.”
When this abuse was reported, however, Fathelbab claims that Sarsour — a known feminist activist heavily critical of accused sexual assaulters like President Trump — reportedly “fat-shamed” the woman for her large size.
Sarsour said on twitter that America was beautiful because she was beautiful. I'm not kidding. She has called herself beautiful etc., & not as a joke, several times. It is typical stupid Linda to imply a woman w/ a big butt couldn't be harassed. THIS prevents harassment though. pic.twitter.com/wq6kryKP1U— Charmian Neary (@CharmianNeary) December 18, 2017
Thanks for the correction and retweets. And yes, some women BELIEVE that just because you have a big butt you are no longer a woman and do not run into women issues as they do. As some men see you should be grateful that they even considered assaulting you— Asmi Fathelbab (@Asmi1121) December 18, 2017
Fathelbab went on to say her story could have resulted in Weinstein-level blacklisting from leftist activist circles where Sarsour had influence, which she suggests actually may have happened. This accusation, in particular, suggesting the feminist narrative of the powerful suppressing their worker’s cases of abuse may be present in the same movements who protest against them.
“She told me I’d never work in NYC ever again for as long as she lived,” Fathelbab swore. “She’s kept her word. She had me fired from other jobs when she found out where I worked. She has kept me from obtaining any sort of steady employment for almost a decade.”
Fathelbab claims that she then went to the president of the Arab American Association’s board of directors, Ahmed Jaber, who gave her the ol’ Sharia Kangaroo court logic. Telling Fathelbab the accused was incapable of performing such sexual allegations because he was a “good Muslim,” as well as a “God-fearing man” who was “always at the mosque.”
“He wanted to make it loud and clear this guy was a good Muslim and I was a bad Muslim for ‘complaining’ [about him].”
The New York political operative, who The Daily Caller reports having worked for over 12 years with the Arab American Association, spoke on the condition of anonymity saying Sarsour was “militant against other women” working at the Association.
“They made it about her weight, saying she was not attractive enough to be harassed and then swept it under the rug,” the source said.
“It was Linda Sarsour, Ahmad Jaber and Habib Joudeh who took care of it.” Joudeh being the vice president of the Arab American Association based in Brooklyn, New York.
The source then identified the accused. “Majed Seif,” she told them, supposedly without any prompt, “the man who lived in the building.”
The Brooklyn Arts Council lists Majed Seif’s address as the same building as The Arab American Association.
TrigTent has previously reported on the unpopularity and controversy surrounding the feminist activist. Two weeks ago, Sarsour was in hot water for her comments blaming the “Jewish media” for questioning her pro-Islamist and anti-woman statements of the past:
“If what you’re reading all day long, morning and night, in the Jewish media is that Linda Sarsour and Minister Farrakhan are the existential threats to the Jewish community, something really bad is gonna happen and we gonna miss the mark on it.”
Mr. Farrakhan, of course, being a repeat public admirer of Nazi Germany’s former leader Adolf Hitler, calling him on several occasions, on national television in front of an audience, “a very great man.”
Sarsour has gotten into trouble for calling for “jihad” against the Trump administration, insulting Islam critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an ex-Muslim turned atheist who suffered Somalia’s female genital multination (FGM), with the quote “I wish I could take their vaginas away — they don’t deserve to be women,” as well as her corruption scandal regarding funds raised for a Jewish cemetery critics claim never saw their bank accounts.
“Sarsour is only a feminist outwardly,” the insider said. “Her interactions toward women in that building were atrocious. She would protect the patriarchy and in return they would promote her.”
“Just wait until more people start to talk,” Fathelbab concluded. “Sarsour is no champion of women. She is an abuser of them.”
Here is the full statement that Asmi Fathelbab gave to the Daily Caller:
“Linda Sarsour supervised my sexual assault.
I cannot stand by any longer and watch everyone praise a woman that claims to be for women’s rights and someone that fights for women when she herself allowed for abuse to occur to women.
The #METOO movement angered me because it gave me flashbacks to things that occurred while working for a non-profit in 2009.
In 2009, I was contracted under AmeriCorps to work for the nonprofit The Arab American Association of New York, in Brooklyn where Linda Sarsour was the acting director of the organization. The following occurred to me during that 12 month nightmare called a job.
I was stalked to and from work and inside the building. I complained to a supervisor that there was a strange man stalking me and was informed that he did not actually work there but lived upstairs above the office.
He would sneak up on me during times when no one was around and, depending on what floor I was on, you could hear me scream at the top of my lungs.
I would be thrown and pinned up against the wall by him.
He had a tendency of sneaking up behind me to touch me.
While this would go on, the acting director, Linda Sarsour, would tell me each time that I was over reacting, even threatened to fire me once when she heard me screaming from the second floor because this man came out of nowhere and touched me. According to Sarsour, something like that did not happen to someone that looked like “me” and no one would ever believe me if I ever told them what happened. How dare I interrupt her TV news interview in the other room with my lies.
I went to the president of the organization and was told my stalker was a God-fearing man who was always at the Mosque so he wouldn’t do something like that and that I wasn’t his type anyway, so I was just making things up because I wanted attention.
I was told this was a man that worked at the United Nations and it was made loud and clear that whatever I was saying to defame his name could be used against me when he wanted to sue me.
The stalking was worse. I was under an AmeriCorps contract and they had sent me a message asking how I liked my job and to rate how safe it was etc. I told them the truth. I told them I did not feel safe. I told them I did not want to be there anymore. I told them to find anywhere else to place me.
I received a call from the supervisor from Detroit where she asked me to tell her in detail what was happening and told me she’d take care of it.
I thought I was saved and everything would be OK until I received a call from her the next day calling me a liar, threatening to cancel my contract and write me up. At the same time, Linda Sarsour was informing me that she would make sure I would never work in New York City ever again for as long as she lived.
On top of that, later that afternoon I had a visit from a community liaison Detective from the NYPD. He came to my office locked the door and proceed to tell me he was there to arrest me for making a false statement regarding being stalked, sexually harassed and sexually assaulted.
I had to talk him out from arresting me that night and explain that I was the victim.
I didn’t know what to do.
I’ve had several jobs that I was let go of since then when she had discovered that I was working there.
I’ve had several people tell me that I was unemployable because of what I did at that job. All I wanted was to feel safe and not worry some stalker was going to pin himself up against me so I would be fully aware that he was erect.
I wanted to be able to go home without the worries of him waiting to grab me in front of my house to rape me.
I’ve had several political jobs where Sarsour told the candidates that if they wanted to win the Muslim vote, they had to fire me and hire her instead because I was the most hated person within the Muslim community in all of NYC.
I haven’t been able to obtain a steady job since 2009 because AmeriCorps decided I shouldn’t be able to stay within the program because of the horrible write up I had obtained from my supervisors.
This is not the only story pertaining to Sarsour about what she does to women. This is one of many. I cannot stand by and watch women put her on a pedestal and not know the truth. Here is the truth: If you were in front of Linda Sarsour being sexually harassed, she wouldn’t help you, she’d try to shut you up for complaining.
I know because it happened to me.”