Linda Sarsour, the Muslim feminist activist who was the driving force behind the “Women’s March” in Washington, D.C., has been accused of covering up a sexual assault and badgering the victim with threats and intimidation in an attempt to keep the incident away from the public eye.
Asmi Fathelbab, a 37-year-old former employee of the Arab American Association, approached the Daily Caller with her story.
“She oversaw an environment unsafe and abusive to women,” Fethelbab, told the Daily Caller. “Women who put her on a pedestal for women’s rights and empowerment deserve to know how she really treats us.”
Fethelbab states the problem began in 2009 when Majed Seif, who lived in the same building where the Arab American Association offices were located, began to “stalk” her. She said that he would corner her when she was alone and touch her inappropriately and that he would rub his groin area up against her.
She says that Seif would do the rubbing at times where she was in front of children.
“It was disgusting,” Fethelbab told the Daily Caller. “I ran the youth program in the building and with that comes bending down and talking to small children. You have no idea what it was like to stand up and feel that behind you. I couldn’t scream because I didn’t want to scare the child in front of me. It left me shaking.”
Fethelbab said Sarsour, who has advocated for Sharia Law, viciously tore into her verbally when she informed her of the sexual assaults.
“[Sarsour] called me a liar because ‘Something like this didn’t happen to women who looked like me,’” she said. “How dare I interrupt her TV news interview in the other room with my ‘lies.’”
Fethelbab said when she raised her assault claims to the President of the board for the Arab American Association she was told she was a “bad Muslim” for reporting the abuse and that Seif could never have done it because he’s “always at the mosque.”
Sarsour not only continued the harassment against Fethelbab during her time at the Arab American Association, but Sarsour has also followed up on a threat to make sure the sexual assault victim was unable to maintain work in the New York area.
“She told me I’d never work in NYC ever again for as long as she lived,” she says. “She’s kept her word. She had me fired from other jobs when she found out where I worked. She has kept me from obtaining any sort of steady employment for almost a decade.”
Sarsour says the claims of Fethelbab are nothing more than an attempt at character assassination.