Sunday, January 22, 2017
The Women's march organizer link to Hamas operative. Also, she was appointed an Obama "Champion of Change"
Posted By Chuck Ross On 12:37 PM 01/21/2017
Sarsour, the head of the Arab American Association of New York and an Obama White House “Champion of Change,” was speaking at last month’s 15th annual convention of the Muslim American Society and Islamic Circle of North America.
While there, she posed for a picture with Salah Sarsour, a member of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee and former Hamas operative who was jailed in Israel in the 1990s because of his alleged work for the terrorist group.
Salah Sarsour, who is also a board member of American Muslims for Palestine, served as a bodyguard of sorts at the convention for Sumeyye Erdogan Bayraktar, the daughter of Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (RELATED: Ex-Hamas Financier Spotted At Muslim Convention In Chicago With Turkish President’s Daughter)
Sarsour has denied having any contact with the terror group. She told The New York Times in 2012 that she would not have been appointed an Obama “Champion of Change” if she had.
The activist has risen to national attention recently. She served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, and she is one of four lead organizers for the Women’s March.
The event is expected to attract 500,000 people and will feature several high-profile progressive speakers. But it has been heavily criticized for excluding pro-life women’s groups. Meanwhile, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil rights group which opposes abortions past 20 weeks, was asked to take part in the event.
HLF was found to have funneled money to Hamas, which was designated a terrorist group in the 1990s.
Salah Sarsour has ties to that group.
Sarsour was implicated in Hamas activity in the West Bank in the 1990s, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
ADL cited a Nov. 2001 FBI memo detailing information provided by Sarsour’s brother, Jamil, to Israeli investigators in 1998.
“According to statements given to Israeli investigators by his brother Jamil, Sarsour was personally involved in fundraising for Hamas. According to a November 2001 FBI memorandum, Jamil Sarsour was arrested in 1998 for funding Hamas and told Israeli investigators that Salah Sarsour was involved in funding Hamas through his fundraising for the Holy Land Foundation (HLF),” ADL reported.
The FBI memo stated that the Sarsours passed money in $1,000 and $2,000 increments to a Hamas operative named Adel Awadallah through their Milwaukee furniture store.
Awadallah was a commander in the Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ militant wing.
Salah Sarsour met Awadallah in 1995 while serving an eight month prison sentence in Israel for supporting Hamas.
Sarsour has not been charged with any crimes in the U.S. His brother Jamil was arrested and charged in 2003 with money laundering after returning back to the U.S. from Israel. He served a four year jail sentence for his work for Hamas.
January 22, 2017 | 4:38am | Updated
Muslim women can really let their hair down at this salon.
Huda Quhshi, 37, is opening the city’s first female-only beauty parlor catering to hijab-clad clients.
Since it’s forbidden in Islam for women to show their hair to men outside their family, getting a haircut can be a dreaded chore for some.
“I have always had a difficult time finding a salon that could accommodate me, even for a simple haircut,” said Quhshi, who wears a hijab herself.
Quhshi, married with three children, said she has heard countless horror stories of Muslim women being shoved into cramped closets, jammed in creepy basements or denied services altogether.
“I once decided to go to a salon and when a man walked in I had to throw my head scarf over my wet hair and run to a back room,” she recalled.
“After that experience, I was like, ‘You know what? We can’t do this.’ ”
Her beauty parlor, on Fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, is called Le’Jemalik Salon — “for your beauty” in Arabic.
The salon will shield customers from male gazes by having an opaque revolving door that opens to a reception area blocking the view to the salon floor.
“We want women to be able to come in and feel completely relaxed,” Quhshi said.
The man-free sanctuary will offer up a range of typical beauty services such as hair, waxing, facials and manicures and pedicures, while providing unique services like henna and halal nails and eyebrow shaping.
“We’re always coming up with ways to accommodate women who want certain things but can’t get what they want because of their religion,” Quhshi said.
A range of services will be offered, from $25 no-frills haircuts to $700 bridal packages. And while it will specialize in Muslim services, “women of all faiths, races and ethnicities” are welcome, Quhshi said.
The opening is slated for next Sunday.