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Linda Sarsour exploits New Zealand terrorist attack in fundraising bid for Women's March


Email pleads for donors to 'give the gift of justice'

Women's March co-founder Tamika Mallory (left) and Linda Sarsour (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The Women's March wasted little time before using the recent New Zealand terrorist attack to raise money for the left-wing activist organization.

What are the details?

On Friday, a gunman stormed two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, murdering 50 worshippers in a horrific massacre. Women's March co-chair and Muslim activist Linda Sarsour did not want to let such a crisis go to waste, emailing supporters Tuesday and invoking the tragedy to drum up donations.

According to the Daily Caller, Sarsour made the plea on her 39th birthday, which she noted was "the age Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was when he was assassinated."

Sarsour went on to write, "51 of my fellow Muslims were murdered in New Zealand as they prayed, killed for just being who they are." The death toll has widely been reported at 50, leading the Caller to point out Sarsour's apparent inaccurate figure.

The activist then made a call for donations "so that we can continue to stand up boldly against Islamophobia and be ready to show up for our neighbors in times of need," and asked supporters to "give the gift of justice" by sending money to the Women's March.

Muslim author, journalist, and President Trump supporter Asra Nomani also confirmed receiving the email, calling out Sarsour on Twitter for "exploiting" the New Zealand mosque attacks in order to raise funds. Nomani posted an image of the email as evidence.

Anything else?

Sarsour is no stranger to controversy. The feminist has received criticism for repeatedly making remarks perceived as anti-Semitic and was labelled New York City's "queen of hate" by the Jerusalem Post's Lahav Harkov.

The Women's March itself has also faced scrutiny for anti-Semitic and anti-Israel ties, so much so that several groups — including the Democratic National Committee — ended sponsorship of the movement ahead of this year's march, after the organization's leaders repeatedly refused to condemn the views of Louis Farrakhan.

Farrakhan is the leader of the Nation of Islam and has compared Jewish people to termites and referred to them as Satanic.

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