The Democracy Alliance, a shadowy organization of wealthy progressive donors, hosted this week at its secret meeting a prominent anti-Israel advocate who has come under fire for glorifying child terrorists and criticizing Zionism, according to a list of speakers at the group’s Washington, D.C., gathering.
Linda Sarsour, a Palestinian-American activist who has long been critical of Israel, spoke Monday at the Democracy Alliance’s three-day gathering, according to program information first published by Politico’s Kenneth Vogel.
Sarsour, who was dubbed by the Obama administration as a "champion of change," has often come under fire for her views on Israel and defense of terrorism.
Sarsour claimed in 2012 that the New York Police Department manufactured evidence against American-Muslims to create terrorism charges, according to comments at the time.
"The cases that they have supposedly foiled, we believe many of those cases are entrapment cases," Sarsour said. "We believe that the NYPD informants actually manufacture these cases so they can justify the funding that comes to the NYPD."
Sarsour also has praised photographs showing a Palestinian child holding rocks. Palestinians often hurl rocks and other objects at Jews and Israeli security personnel.
"The definition of courage," Sarsour wrote in a tweet accompanying one such photo.
She also maintains that Zionism is "creepy" and racist.
"Nothing creepier than Zionism," she wrote in a 2012 tweet urging her followers to "challenge racism"