Dispute as to Bay Ridge Palestinian activist’s presence at City Hall disruption of Holocaust event and against CC members going to Israel — In any case, Sarsour’s Tweets indicate more support than criticism of disruptive demonstrators
Why it matters — Linda Sarsour is not just a local Islamist operative and general rabble-rouser, she is a Democrat active in Bay Ridge and City-wide politics
According to a report in the Daily News, “Pro-Palestinian activists disrupted a City Council meeting Thursday to protest Council members’ planned trip to Israel next month. *** Protesters in the balcony of the Council chamber unfurled a Palestinian flag and began yelling “Palestinian lives matter,” “Don’t support genocide,” and “Melissa, you’re a hypocrite,” a slam on Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who will lead the Israel delegation. *** Council members reacted furiously to the demonstration - especially because the disruption began as they were concluding a vote on a resolution commemorating the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp....” (See “Pro-Palestinian activists disrupt City Council meeting” by Erin Durkin, 1/22/15, NY Daily News/ Daily Politics [http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/pro-palestinian-activists-disrupt-city-council-meeting-blog-entry-1.2088801]). There were similar reports of these goings-on from other news outlets.
Later, the demonstrators and some of their supporters emphasized that what was being protested was the fact that fifteen NYC Council members were planning to take a nine day trip to Israel paid for by the Jewish Community Relations Council and the UJA Federation of New York starting on February 15th.
The events at City Hall on Thursday almost immediately sparked a confrontative exchange on social media involving a leading local pro-Arab/ pro-Palestinian/ pro-Islamist activist, Linda Sarsour, whom this blog has been discussing quite a bit lately.
Among other things, some people believe that she was at the demonstrations Thursday — which is something that she denies. Also a bone of contention is whether her criticisms of those involved in the pro-Palestinian disruptions were sincere, because her earliest Tweets seemed to voice support for the exercise.
I think that her Tweets tell a tale.... [the snarkier remarks back and forth give context and flavor to what I have posted below, however time and space preclude their full reproduction in this post — more complete “conversations” are contained a Linda Sarsour’s Tweets (Linda Sarsour @lsarsour). Here are what I consider the pithier remarks from Ms. Sarsour concerning the fracas inside the CC Chamber at City Hall:
Linda Sarsour @lsarsour Jan 22 [10:59 AM]
I commend those who stand 4 justice and a #FreePalestine amidst the villification, division tactics, attacks. You inspire me.
Linda Sarsour @lsarsour Jan 22 [11:48 AM]
Strategy people. Strategy. Always strategy.
Linda Sarsour @lsarsour Jan 22 [6:56 PM]
I was not involved in the events at NY City Hall today. Don't feed me something I didn't taste or cook.
Linda Sarsour @lsarsour Jan 22 [7:01 PM]
People begging me to sue them for slander. Like actually begging me.
Linda Sarsour @lsarsour Jan 22 [7:10 PM]
.@b_ellicott asking questions, being critical is cool, but folks putting out lies is what I don't accept. ;-)
Linda Sarsour @lsarsour Jan 22 [10:06 PM]
If u want 2 protest against Israel & its policies - leave holocaust out of it. Freedom of speech yes, but strategy & timing is everything.
Linda Sarsour @lsarsour Jan 22 [10:15 PM]
@NYCCouncilWatch can't speak for everyone. I wasn't there and have nothing to do with it. Clearly it was bad timing.
Linda Sarsour @lsarsour Jan 23 [2:25 AM]
@Yidel5 @YossiGestetner I support their right 2 protest & their criticism of Israel trip but obviously not during holocaust commemoration
Strategy and timing is everythingWhat is the take-away from Linda Sarsour's Tweets ?
It's all about "...Strategy people. Strategy. Always strategy...." and that "...strategy and timing is everything..."
Some might say that this is merely a tempest in a tea cup — They would be wrongThese demonstrations show that local Islamists have become so emboldened that they can take a disruptive anti-Israel-pro-Palestinian demonstration right into the New York City Council Chamber. This could easily have been a tactical exercise for something more formidable in the near future [Don’t forget a not-so-long-ago murderous rampage and shoot-out that occurred in the very place of Thursday’s disruption]. Unfortunately, we are not likely to have all the necessary intelligence about any of that, or have the ability to have the best security in place against it. Thanks to the efforts of Ms. Sarsour and others of her ilk, Mayor deBlasio has directed the NYPD to cut back its surveillance of radical Islamists in many of their meeting places, including in parts of Brooklyn like Bay Ridge.
Remember, it's all about "...Strategy people. Strategy. Always strategy...."
— and "...strategy and timing is everything..."