Linda Sarsour accused of enabling sexual assault

Arab-American activist Linda Sarsour has been accused by a former employee of enabling sexual assault and harassment against her.

Sarsour, who forever endeared herself to feminists for inspiring the Women's March on D.C., has now put women's rights activists in the uncomfortable position of either supporting her or throwing her under the bus.

Daily Caller:

Allegations of groping and unwanted touching were allegedly brought to Sarsour during her time as executive director of the Arab American Association. In response, Sarsour, a self-proclaimed champion of women, attacked the woman bringing the allegations, often threatening and body-shaming her, these sources alleged. The most serious allegations were dismissed, Asmi Fathelbab, the alleged victim told The Daily Caller, because the accused was a "good Muslim" who was "always at the Mosque."

"She oversaw an environment unsafe and abusive to women," said Fethelbab, 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 is a 37-year-old New York native and was raised in a Muslim household. 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. Fathelbab worked for Sarsour for almost a  year, according to employment documents reviewed and authenticated by TheDC.

Fathelbab claims the Arab American Association was an unsafe workplace where she was allegedly sexually assaulted, body-shamed and intimidated.

Oftentimes, Sarsour was directly involved, according to the ex-staffer's account.

The pretzel logic it takes for feminists to embrace a woman whose religion excuses and even promotes unwanted sexual advances from men would be mystifying if we didn't know better.  A faith that denies women personhood, identifying them as property and sexual objects, cannot be compatible with feminism under any circumstances.

Unless those circumstances have political value.

"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."

Asmi claims one of Majed's alleged favorite past times was sneaking up on 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."

And what did this champion of women, this icon of feminism do about it?

Fathelbab says she went to leadership at the organization to report the sexual assault. She alleges she was dismissed by Sarsour outright. "She called me a liar because 'Something like this didn't happen to women who looked like me,'" Asmi says. "How dare I interrupt her TV news interview in the other room with my 'lies.'"

Asmi Fathelbab says Sarsour regularly body-shamed her and enabled Seif's sexual assault.

According to Fathelbab, Sarsour threatened legal and professional damage if she went public with the sexual assault claims.

"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."

Sarsour needn't worry.  This story – with the exception of Fox News and a couple of other outlets – has already disappeared down the rabbit hole.  Asmi Fathelbab becomes perhaps the first woman who was sexually assaulted to be disbelieved and, moreover, whose story has been deliberately squelched to advance the political agenda of feminists.  Inconvenient facts like this will not disturb the narrative of a heroic Arab-American woman battling oppression and the white male hierarchy. 

One wonders, however: if it had been Sarsour on the receiving end of that abuse, would she remain silent and acquiesce to it as her religion demands?

Arab-American activist Linda Sarsour has been accused by a former employee of enabling sexual assault and harassment against her.

Sarsour, who forever endeared herself to feminists for inspiring the Women's March on D.C., has now put women's rights activists in the uncomfortable position of either supporting her or throwing her under the bus.

Daily Caller:

Allegations of groping and unwanted touching were allegedly brought to Sarsour during her time as executive director of the Arab American Association. In response, Sarsour, a self-proclaimed champion of women, attacked the woman bringing the allegations, often threatening and body-shaming her, these sources alleged. The most serious allegations were dismissed, Asmi Fathelbab, the alleged victim told The Daily Caller, because the accused was a "good Muslim" who was "always at the Mosque."

"She oversaw an environment unsafe and abusive to women," said Fethelbab, 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 is a 37-year-old New York native and was raised in a Muslim household. 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. Fathelbab worked for Sarsour for almost a  year, according to employment documents reviewed and authenticated by TheDC.

Fathelbab claims the Arab American Association was an unsafe workplace where she was allegedly sexually assaulted, body-shamed and intimidated.

Oftentimes, Sarsour was directly involved, according to the ex-staffer's account.

The pretzel logic it takes for feminists to embrace a woman whose religion excuses and even promotes unwanted sexual advances from men would be mystifying if we didn't know better.  A faith that denies women personhood, identifying them as property and sexual objects, cannot be compatible with feminism under any circumstances.

Unless those circumstances have political value.

"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."

Asmi claims one of Majed's alleged favorite past times was sneaking up on 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."

And what did this champion of women, this icon of feminism do about it?

Fathelbab says she went to leadership at the organization to report the sexual assault. She alleges she was dismissed by Sarsour outright. "She called me a liar because 'Something like this didn't happen to women who looked like me,'" Asmi says. "How dare I interrupt her TV news interview in the other room with my 'lies.'"

Asmi Fathelbab says Sarsour regularly body-shamed her and enabled Seif's sexual assault.

According to Fathelbab, Sarsour threatened legal and professional damage if she went public with the sexual assault claims.

"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."

Sarsour needn't worry.  This story – with the exception of Fox News and a couple of other outlets – has already disappeared down the rabbit hole.  Asmi Fathelbab becomes perhaps the first woman who was sexually assaulted to be disbelieved and, moreover, whose story has been deliberately squelched to advance the political agenda of feminists.  Inconvenient facts like this will not disturb the narrative of a heroic Arab-American woman battling oppression and the white male hierarchy. 

One wonders, however: if it had been Sarsour on the receiving end of that abuse, would she remain silent and acquiesce to it as her religion demands?

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