Linda Sarsour, #WomenForSyria NYC Union Square
“In New York this Saturday, Women’s March organizers are planning vigils in 34 cities in the U.S. and abroad to call attention to the plight of the Syrian people and to demand a humanitarian response to the situation. Hundreds will call for the United States to take in Syrian refugees.
– Solidarity with all those displaced by bombs, markets, or discrimination
– Abolish borders, and the nationalism and racism that depend on them
– Free entry for Syrian refugees, and everyone else!”
“NYC’s Women For Syria vigil is to be led by Muslim activist, Linda Sarsour, National co-chair of the Women’s March.”
Sarsour is the Exec Director of the Arab-American Association of New York. She is a “proud Muslim woman” who finds no fault with CAIR or the Muslim Brotherhood and supports Sharia LAW, who became one of the main organizers of the recent Women’s March on Washington and now, was a leader for their next project, #WomenForSyria
The crowd was comprised of the usual Leftists, anti-Israel protesters and “social justice” warriors, like “NO! REFUSE Fascism“.
#WomenForSyria makes the claim that Americans are waking up:
” […] sections of the United States have begun to wake up and take to the streets, confronting the bourgeois state and the murdering racist police that protect it.”
As Linda took the ‘stage’, speaking with her usual THICK Brooklyn accent, she reminded this small but very supportive crowd that she’s just a GIRL from Brooklyn. Deftly adding a convenient photo-op by holding a friend’s toddler.
Video of Sarsour’s opening speech was engaging, but scattered. Predictably, she managed to include mention of “Palestinian” solidarity and Islamophobia.
The United States must take-in MORE Syrian refugees. A plea I’ve heard often over the past 5 years, during Obama’s presidency, and now Trump’s. SYRIAN REFUGEES must be given sanctuary.
++ A brief look back at previous mostly anti-Assad, Sanctuary for Syrian Refugees signs and flyers; the anti-Bush, anti-Obama screeds etc, in posts from Sept 2012, Aug 2013, Sept 2013, Aug 2014, Sept 2015, Dec 2015 ++
In 2013, from a World Can’t Wait protest. A familiar message while holding Assad’s two-star flag. [Not the revolution three-star flag.]
In 2013, World Can’t Wait, DEFENDING Assad?
A 2013 Face book complaint felt misled by the “World Can’t Wait” action:
By 2014, the message was clearly against Assad and gassing Syrians.
Back to 2017. A man from Refuse Fascism ranted that Trump does NOT care about the “beautiful children.” Saving the Children is just a U.S. war machine ploy. The Commie contingent fomenting turmoil. Confusion. Conflicting messages.
But, saving the refugees, the women, the babies, the families from the terrors of gassing has complications; caveats that preclude thanks.
From their press release:
“We are outraged that the President and his cabinet are banning the very refugees that are escaping the same terrorism we are claiming to fight. The United States has taken in a very small number of Syrian refugees. We demand that we be a sanctuary and safe haven for Syrian refugees. We call on the administration to let in at least 75,000 refugees. This will help alleviate some of the suffering of the children and their families. There is no easy solution — but providing Syrians with a life of safety and security is the least we can do.”
Amongst the few speakers I heard was a Muslim man, a social justice leader and best friend of Linda’s, a male ally.
Followed by a Christian Syrian woman.
The speaker mentioned that there are NO opposing factions in Syria. Then WHY are there TWO flags?
From Wiki: there are currently two governments claiming to be the de jure government of Syria, using different flags to represent the state. The incumbent government, led by Bashar al-Assad and the Ba’ath Party, is using the red-white-black United Arab Republic flag in use since 1980; while the Syrian Interim Government, led by the Syrian National Coalition – seeking to overthrow the Assad government – readopted the green-white-black Independence flag in 2012.
AND this clarification: “The Assad regime is backed by Iran and other Shias.
Seems like factions, to me. But, in Union Square, we saw only the flag of the revolution opposing Assad.
(slideshow of a few pictures)
Peace and Love. Love not War.
A young woman, Hibah Javed, stands with friends at #WomenforSyria
Apparently these Social Justice warriors are THE BEST arbiters of Peace. Linda said we must LISTEN to the SYRIANS, they are the only ones qualified on how to deal with Assad, etc. All decisions should come from SYRIANS.
[From 2013 – Times Sq.]
So, if Syrians are the only ones qualified to fix the Syrian problems, WHY aren’t they fixing them? IN Syria? And, why is the U.S. being pressured to take in Syrian refugees? More and more.
Sarsour has the answer (in Salon):
“We absolutely have to take responsibility for the refugee crisis. Our flawed foreign policy in the Middle East has created the fertile ground for groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda. We can’t act like we have nothing to do with that.”
“Hate is not going to divide us. People need to be held accountable for hate speech … words that are inspiring actual violence against innocent people who have nothing to do with these terrorist attacks happening.”
Who is doing the HATING? From today’s gathering, one would surmise it’s America. America is characterized as a racist and hate-filled State. America, she is BAD.
“Stop the War. Stop the Hate.” Refers only to the U.S. imperial war machine. No one else seems to be responsible.
Sept 2015 – The Nation explains why:
“The Syrian civil war has displaced more than 4 million people, most of them to other countries in the region—though conspicuously not to the Persian Gulf states or Saudi Arabia, friend to the West and armorer of Islamist fighters in Syria. The rise of the Islamic State, or ISIS—now terrorizing Syria and Iraq and threatening neighboring countries—was sparked by the aftermath of the Iraq invasion and further fueled by the misguided tactics of the United States and Britain in Syria. Yet the United States has accepted just 1,500 Syrian refugees since the civil war began.”
Listen UP President Trump, the #WomenForSyria are calling you to task:
“If you stop bombing and OCCUPYING their countries, there won’t be MILLIONS of refugees trying to flee…”
AMERICA, YOU MADE THEM. LET THEM IN.
++ Pictures and videos are property of Pamela Hall++