“There are provocateurs all across the city” waiting for you to rip down “their little posters …They have their little people all around the city…They are everywhere. They are on your college campus, they are outside the supermarket…”, said Linda Sarsour to a pro-Palestine New York crowd, Saturday.

Who is Linda Sarsour?

Linda Sarsour is an American political activist and co-chair of the Women’s March. Born on March 19, 1980, in Brooklyn, New York, she has been recognized for her advocacy work on issues related to civil rights, social justice, and Muslim-American rights.

Sarsour’s activism gained prominence after the September 11 attacks when she became involved in defending the rights of Muslim Americans facing increased scrutiny and discrimination. She co-founded the Arab American Association of New York in 2001, an organization dedicated to empowering Arab immigrants and promoting their civic engagement.

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One of the notable moments in Sarsour’s activism career was her involvement in the Women’s March in 2017, following the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The march, which aimed to advocate for a range of progressive issues including women’s rights, immigration reform, and racial equality, drew attention globally.

Sarsour has been a vocal critic of various policies, including those related to immigration and law enforcement. She has also been involved in advocating for Palestinian rights, which has at times sparked controversy and criticism. Her stance on Israel and her association with the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement have been particularly divisive.

Despite her advocacy work, Linda Sarsour has faced criticism from some quarters for her political positions and affiliations. Critics argue that her stances on certain issues, especially those related to Israel, have contributed to polarization within the broader activist community.