Linda Sarsour is a well-known organizer of the feminist, anti-President Trump Women’s March movement and is often regarded as one of the most vocal American critics of Israel. Now she’s being accused of not only covering up an alleged sexual assault in her organization but viciously bullying the female victim.
The marches Sarsour helps organize often speak out against the harassment of women — and often support abortion, homosexuality, environmentalism, illegal immigration, and vulgar rhetoric directed at Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. But now a woman is accusing Sarsour of sending a very different message.
According to The Daily Caller, Asmi Fathelbab was an employee of Sarsour’s Arab American Association in New York City in 2009 when she was repeatedly assaulted by a male employee who would hold her against her will and touch her in a very lewd manner while at work.
“He would sneak up on me during times when no one was around, he would touch me, you could hear me scream at the top of my lungs,” Fathelbab said of male employee Majed Seif, continuing with more graphic details we won’t print here.
She said Seif would even touch her inappropriately from behind while she was working with small children.
“I couldn’t scream because I didn’t want to scare the child in front of me,” Fathelbab recounted. “It left me shaking.”
Fathelbab reported Seif’s actions to Sarsour, who was the executive director of the organization at the time. But, according to Fathelbab, Sarsour not only blew her off but then turned against her.
Sarsour called Fathelbab’s a liar, and Arab American Association board of directors president Ahmad Jaber said Seif was a “good Muslim” who was “always at the Mosque” and would never act that way, according to the New York Post. And then Sarsour tried to shame Fathelbab for her appearance.
Fathelbab said Sarsour told her that “‘Something like this didn’t happen to women who looked like me.’”
Fathelbab, now 37, added on Twitter Sunday, “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.”
The nastiness continued. Sarsour reportedly didn’t like that Fathelbab took her complaints to the board of directors, and she went on the warpath to destroy her career.
“She told me I’d never work in NYC ever again for as long as she lived,” Fathelbab said. “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 says Sarsour also threatened her with lawsuits if she went public with her abuse claims against Seif. Two sources spoke to The Daily Caller anonymously to confirm Fathelbab’s account. It doesn’t appear that Sarsour has responded to the accusations yet.
“[Sarsour] oversaw an environment unsafe and abusive to women,” Fathelbab said. “Women who put her on a pedestal for women’s rights and empowerment deserve to know how she really treats us.”
On Monday, New York Rep. Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) demanded an investigation, writing on Twitter, "If Linda Sarsour enabled the sexual assault & harassment of a woman who worked for her, as alleged, this should concern everyone. Women everywhere should be demanding an investigation into these charges."
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