Linda Sarsour is an activist and a co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington. She has received many threats and condemnation for her use of the word jihad in a speech delivered to a Muslim audience.
Op Ed, by Linda Sarsour: “This week, conservative media outlets took a speech I gave to the largest gathering of Muslims in America out of context and alleged that I had called for a violent ‘jihad’ against the president. I did not.”
Sarsour goes on to state: “Sadly, this is not a new experience for me. Since the Women’s March on Washington, which I had the privilege of co-chairing with inspirational women from across the country, my family and I have received countless threats of physical violence. These ugly threats come from people who also spout anti-Muslim, xenophobic and white-supremacist beliefs. Their sole agenda is to silence and discredit me because I am an effective leader for progress, a Palestinian American and Brooklyn-born Muslim woman. In short, I am their worst nightmare.”