Linda Sarsour: Resisting Trump Is a 'Form of Jihad'

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July 6, 2017

Anti-Israel activist Linda Sarsour said that resisting President Donald Trump is a "form of jihad" at the Islamic Society of North America's 54th annual convention on Saturday.

Sarsour, who has vocally expressed sympathy towards terrorists, was the keynote speaker at a community service recognition luncheon during the convention.

"I hope that when we stand up to those who oppress our communities, that Allah accepts from us that as a form of jihad," Sarsour said of Trump's administration.

"We are struggling against tyrants and rulers not only abroad in the Middle East or on the other side of the world, but here in these United States of America. Where you have fascists and white supremacists and Islamophobes reining in the White House," Sarsour said.

Sarsour spent a good portion of her address attacking Trump.

"When I wake up every morning and remember who is sitting in the White House, I am outraged," Sarsour said.

"Our number one top priority is to protect and defend our community. It is not to assimilate and please any other people in authority," Sarsour said.

Sarsour, a leading Palestinian activist, has publicly sympathized with terrorism and promoted anti-Israel causes for several years.

"My Arab pride was hurt… I felt humiliated by the way Hussein was caught and shown, disheveled and pathetic-looking, on international television," Sarsour said after U.S. forces captured former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

Sarsour tweeted out a photo in 2015 of a Palestinian child holding rocks in his hand facing Israeli soldiers and called him courageous.

The Islamic Society of North America's convention was held in Rosemont, Ill. from June 30 to July 3.