Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour, a Muslim with known ties to Hamas, was arrested for disorderly conduct on Wednesday after leading a protest outside Trump International Hotel in New York City.
Sarsour, who is executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, was given several warnings to disperse by the NYPD, but she ignored them all. The Washington Free Beacon reported that the officers had no choice but to arrest Sarsour and 12 of her fellow protesters after they refused to move.
Sarsour was spotted being removed from the scene in handcuffs.
Linda Sarsour was just arrested outside Trump International for disorderly conduct. pic.twitter.com/SOais39G7L
— Isaac Saul (@Ike_Saul) March 8, 2017
She had previously accused the NYPD of “manufacturing” terrorism cases that target Muslim-Americans. However, it will be a bit difficult for her to spin this arrest into a hate crime!
Sarsour has made headlines in the past for her disturbing comments about Israel. She has referred to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a “waste of a human being” and a “bigot.”
Netanyahu is a waste of a human being.
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) October 22, 2015
She also once wrote that “nothing is creepier than Zionism,” equating it with racism.
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) October 31, 2012
Sarsour is a strong proponent of Shariah law, and is set to be a featured speaker for an organization that “seeks an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem.” Back in 2003, she said her “Arab pride was hurt” after U.S. forces captured former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, who she said had done much to help Palestinians.