The leftist Muslim advocate Linda Sarsour has been accused of enabling the sexual assault of a subordinate.
The Daily Caller is reporting that the country’s most visible defender of Sharia Law turned a blind eye – and even enabled – the constant harassment and assault of one of her own feminist activists.
The allegations were brought to her while she headed the Arab American Association. In response, Sarsour – who touts herself as a champion of women – attacked the women, threatening and ridiculing her.
The most serious allegations were dismissed after an in-house investigation because Sarsour was a ““good Muslim” who was “always at the Mosque.”
“She oversaw an environment unsafe and abusive to women,” said the victim, Asmi Fathelbab, a former employee at the Arab American Association. “Women who put [Sarsour] on a pedestal for women’s rights and empowerment deserve to know how she really treats us.”
Fathelbab worked for Sarsour for almost a year. She is a 37-year-old New York City native who was raised in a Muslim household, The Daily Caller writes. She was excited in 2009 to begin working at the Arab American Association of New York as a contractor. At the time, Sarsour was the executive director of the organization.
She said the Arab American Association is an unsafe work environment where she was sexually assaulted, intimidated and “body-shamed.” Oftentimes, Sarsour was directly involved, she said.
The problems began in early 2009 when a man named Majed Seif, who lived in the same building where the Arab American Association offices are located, allegedly began stalking Fathelbab.
“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,” Asmi Fathelbab tells TheDC. “He would pin me against the wall and rub his crotch on me.”
One of Seif’s favorite things to do, Fathelbab said, was to sneak up behind her with a full erection.
“It was disgusting,” she tells The Caller. “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.”
She said she went to Sarsour to report the sexual assault. Sarsour dismissed her claims. “She called me a liar because ‘Something like this didn’t happen to women who looked like me,’” Fathelbab says. “How dare I interrupt her TV news interview in the other room with my ‘lies.’”
Sarsour then turned around and attacked the victim.
“She told me he had the right to sue me for false claims,” Asmi recalls, adding that the assaulter allegedly “had the right to be anywhere in the building he wanted.”
The victim’s story was confirmed by two other former employees.
Both collaborate her story, recalling that Asmi would return “emotionally distressed and in a panic” from work, often describing it as an “unsafe” work environment.
Another New York political operative, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, claims that Sarsour was “militant against other women” at the Association. This operative, who has worked for over 12 years with the Arab American Association, says they remember Asmi and witnessed her getting harassed in the building.
“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.” Habib Joudeh is the vice president of the Arab American Association of New York.
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