EXCLUSIVE: Trigger Happy on European Arrest Warrant Use, Romania Prepares For Key EU Role

Romania is scheduled to take on the rotating presidency of the European Union in 2019 despite the bloc’s criticisms of its alleged abuses of the controversial European Arrest Warrant (EAW).

Introduced by the EU in 2004, it permits any EU country to issue an arrest warrant to another EU country; many lawmakers have argued the EAW is “fundamentally flawed” and needs significant reform.

The EAW has been abused in the past. In November, Spain’s prosecutor called for the controversial law to be used against Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four members of his government after they refused to appear in court over accusations of the misappropriation of public funds, rebellion, and sedition. Puigdemont reportedly said the charge was politically motivated.

Brexit, the historic referendum during which the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU, would stop the country and its inhabitants from being subjected to this law. While the UK voted successfully to leave the EU, the details of the withdrawal have yet to be finalised, which leaves British citizens vulnerable to the European Arrest Warrant.

Last year, Gabriel Popoviciu, a Romanian businessman who fled the country for England as a fugitive, was sentenced to seven years in prison for real estate fraud. He was detained in London and reportedly turned himself in after Romanian police tracked him down there.

There are several of these cases in Romania. Human Rights Without Frontiers wrote that “Romania is one of the countries that is problematic” when it comes to EAWs and noted that “such circumstances put the unifying judicial system in Europe at grave risk”.

Last year, the European Court of Human Rights blasted Romania for its dismal prison conditions, calling them inhumane and degrading for overcrowded jail cells, unhygienic sanitary conditions, poor food, and being infested with rats and insects.

Under the European Convention on Human Rights, said conditions are forbidden.

The court reportedly said these poor conditions are “part of a general problem originating in a structural dysfunction specific to the Romanian prison system”.

The overcrowding and poor conditions in Romanian prisons resulted in the release of thousands of inmates last year, which reportedly included murderers, rapists, and pedophiles.

The Romanian government, to its credit, is working to crack down on corrupt individuals; however, many innocent individuals have seemingly gotten caught up in the process, which has sometimes been politicised.

One of the most prominent cases of this abuse of EAWs is perhaps that of Alexander Adamescu, the son of the late Romanian businessman, founder of the Nova Group, and of România Liberă, an independent Romanian newspaper, Dan Adamescu.

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România Liberă covered the U.S. presidential elections in 2016 and has covered Trump’s presidency since then. It published several articles that were favourable towards then-candidate Trump; a view that is rare in Romania where the mainstream media was against the billionaire real estate tycoon. Dan Adamescu also believed in Trump.

Dan Adamescu was arrested in 2016 and sentenced to four years and four months in prison for allegedly bribing judges at insolvency trials related to his companies. He died under house arrest in January 2017. However, Alexander Adamescu believes his father was targeted by the Romanian government for supporting a candidate that was opposed to the socialist president.

Now, Alexander faces a similar fate.

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Alexander has no formal relations with Romania except for the fact that his father lived there and România Liberă is there. He has been living in the United Kingdom since 2012 working as a playwright and is a German citizen with Jewish roots.

Adamescu believes Romania’s government has attacked the newspaper and today is trying to wrestle it away from the family in an attempt to nationalise it, which has all the makings of Communism returning to Romania.

Alexander has made the case through international arbitration that the family businesses should be the family’s and not the Romanian government’s.

The Romanian government has realised that the only way it can shut down the arbitration was to extradite Alexander as to ensure there is no one to represent the Adamescu family in court, and to quash the international arbitration between them.

One of the family businesses that the Romanian government took away from the family, was Astra Insurance. Reuters reported that since the government has taken the business away from the family, the company has gone bankrupt.

According to Alexander’s wife, 50,000 jobs were lost when the Romanian government took the company away from the Adamescu family. The company had 300 branches in Romania and was also operating in Hungary, Bratislava and Germany and grossed approximately 270 million Euros a year in revenue.

Romania-Insider reported that Romania’s Financial Supervisory Authority (ASF) “arbitrarily blocked the group’s efforts to recapitalize Astra Asigurari and that the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) abusively froze the group’s assets”.

A website named “Friends of Alexander Adamescu” has been created to help Alexander raise enough signatures to get him released from a prison in England and escape extradition at the hands of Romania’s government. The Romanian government is now trying to extradite Alexander to the country to prevent him from retaliating over its attempts to take over the family business.

“His crime was to challenge the Romanian state — for Romania’s mistreatment of his father, for the economic raid on the businesses his father built, and as an owner of the country’s independent România Liberă newspaper,” the website writes.

Although Alexander is not a Romanian citizen, the European Arrest Warrant allows any country to issue an arrest warrant for any country in the EU.

Alexander’s wife also said the Romanian judge who was assigned to Alexander’s case, and who issued a European Arrest Warrant against him, spent just 30 minutes reviewing his case file, which included more than 37 folders of documents.

It is possible that Romania is violating the internationally-recognised Magnitsky Act with their extradition attempt on Adamescu. Should the extradition request come to fruition, Alexander may face the same fate as his late father Dan.

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Truck Drivers Strike Over Unacceptable Wages in Iran

Truck drivers in dozens of Iranian provinces have reportedly gone on strike in the country over low wages and analysts are speculating this could usher in a wave of new protests throughout certain parts of the Islamic Republic.
The strikes arrive weeks after President Donald Trump announced the United States’s withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or Iran nuclear deal.The Associated Press reported that “The semi-official ILNA news agency reported on Wednesday that the strike is taking place in Qazvin, Lorestan, East Azerbaijan and Mazandaran province.”

The truck drivers began striking on Tuesday and complained that their expenses have increased since last year. According to the Voice of America’s Iran news service, the increase in expenses include the costs for tires, air filters, insurance, road tolls, commissions, repairs and spare parts.

The strikes reportedly took place in 93 cities in 25 provinces, including the provinces of West Azarbaijan, East Azarbaijan, Kermanshah, Kurdistan, Isfahan, Ilam, Khorasan Razavi, North Khorasan, South Khorasan, Chahar Mahal and Bakhtiari, Khuzestan, Zanjan, Sistan and Balouchestan, Semnan, Fars, Qazvin, Kerman, Gilan, Mazandaran, Markazi, Hormozgan, Hamedan, Yazd and Bushehr.

The strikes have reportedly caused fuel shortage in some parts of Iran because the trucks are instrumental in delivering gas to fueling stations.

According to the VOA, “It was not clear how long the strike would continue. There was no immediate response to the truckers’ demands from Iranian authorities on state media.”

Nationwide protest took place on December 28 over rising costs, financial mismanagement, and the Iranian regime’s decision to use billions of dollars to finance terrorism and involvement in foreign countries like Syria and Libya, instead of taking care of its ailing people at home.

The December protests, which have carried on in varying stages, were the largest since the so-called “Green Revolution” of 2009 over the fraudulent re-election of former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who won in a “landslide.”

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Documents, Letter Reveal Dual U.S.-Turkish Citizen Allegedly Used Cash to Skirt U.S. Sanctions on Iran

A number of dual United States citizens have skirted U.S. sanctions on Iran, to the benefit of the Islamic Republic’s recently-sanctioned Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). While several of these cases have been brought to light recently, there are still many others that have potentially been overlooked by the United States Treasury Department.

These individuals and companies have illegally bypassed sanctions through wholesale methods or by opening businesses in countries not listed on the U.S. Treasury Department’s sanctions list to conduct business with Iran. However, the Treasury Department’s sanctions apply to U.S. citizens and U.S. residents, all defined as “U.S. persons” under the law.

For example, in February, the Department of Justice charged multiple dual U.S. persons and a foreign airline with attempting to skirt federal anti-terror restrictions by illegally shipping aircraft parts to Syria, where Iran has a substantial presence. These parts have dual military and civilian uses.

In October, three dual U.S.-citizens pleaded guilty in a Miami, Florida federal court to conspiring to defraud the U.S. and to illegally exporting dual-use military parts to Syrian Arab Airlines; a government-run airline that the Treasury Department says is “blocked by OFAC for transporting weapons and ammunition to Syria in conjunction with Hezbollah, a terrorist organization, and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).”

There is also an ongoing probe and lawsuit into an Iranian-born Turkish businessman Reza Zarrab for “conspiring to use the U.S. financial system to conduct hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of transactions on behalf of the government of Iran and other Iranian entities, which were barred by United States sanctions.” Also charged in the same case is Hakan Atilla who is the deputy manager of a Turkish state-owned bank named Halkbank.

However, one dual United States-Turkish citizen could potentially be in violation of U.S. sanctions law for allegedly skirting U.S. sanctions on Iran by paying the Iranian regime with cash while he was the owner of a privately-held, Turkey-based jet company.

Exclusive documents and a hand-written testimony indicate that Dr. Yalcin Ayasli, the former owner of Turkey-based Borajet, which has offices in Iran, allegedly paid cash to the Iranian regime, thus violating U.S. sanctions which prevent said transactions from taking place as a result of the Iran nuclear deal.

Ayasli was living in Massachusetts for over 25 years before moving to New Hampshire, where he has lived for the last decade. In his own words, Ayasli said he has “lived in the U.S. for over 40 years.”

U.S. law prohibits American citizens located anywhere in the world, from conducting business with or trade with Iranian companies. The Treasury Department notes that “both an Iranian citizen who is a permanent resident alien of the United States and an individual who is a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen meet the definition of a U.S. person set forth in section 560.314 of the ITSR, regardless of where in the world they are located.” Treasury Department sanctions apply to both U.S. citizens and U.S. residents, all defined as “U.S. persons” under the law.

There are also questions as to whether Borajet, which also had offices in Iran, transported IRGC fighters which is a common practice for other Iranian airlines.

In 2016, a Turkish company, SBK Holding acquired Borajet for $260 million. The airline had 10 small airliners and at least two other jets for its charter business. In April, just before the opening of the new airport in Istanbul, it suspended operations

However, documents acquired exclusively indicate Dr. Ayasli’s company allegedly paid Iran in cash during the years he owned the corporation.

On the first page of a 36-page document, dated from 2013, a line reads, “$20,000 USD is delivered by Borajet aviation transportation aircraft maintenance and commerce corporation to Ali Cemal Arslan.”

There are three signatures on the page. The first is from the person giving the money (Onder OLGE), the second signature belongs to the receiving party (Ali Cemal Arslan), and the third signature is from the person approving the transaction (Kadir Peker); who was Borajet’s general manager before the sale of the company.

The document is written in both Turkish and Persian (or Farsi).

Another page from that same document includes a hand-written note that reads, “From myself, $5,000 USD is given to Mr. Ali Shams and $5,000 to Valeh Alizadeh.” Both these names are Iranian.

On the third page of said document, another handwritten note states the funds were used to pay for “Iran per diem”, meaning an allowance for a trip to Iran.

The document also lists conditions or terms of the transaction. It states, “The Representative is responsible for ensuring the smooth and uninterrupted service of Borajet Flight, including the designation of the required flight permits on the Iranian side, the designation of the hours of trial work, the designation of top travel permits, contracts for all round trips, airports.”

It also notes that, “Borajet will instantly notify the representative of any touristic transportation, passenger, cargo, ticket reservation and sales, airplane rental, etc. that will come from the Iran airport” and states that “each ticket, cargo, airplane sales, etc. that is collected from the representative shall be transferred to the Borajet account within three business days.”

The letter is signed by Kadir Peker, Borajet’s general manager. It is addressed to Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization and the Iran Ministry of Road and Transportation.

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The letter of testimony from Peker indicates Borajet was operating in cash in Iran to evade U.S. sanctions.

Part of Peker’s letter reads, “In the files against me by Borajet at the bankruptcy court, the source of the debt is shown as the money withdrawn from the company as an advanced payment to me. However, the money was really for the purpose of these expenses we listed but due to the embargo, they listed me as the payee (receiver).” Peker goes on to note, “in reality, the money is a payment for the office in Iran, and the company’s establishment [in Tehran] and the people making the connections.” He wrote, “All these payments are made by the instructions of the board member in charge of finance. Zahideh, and Yalcin Ayasli were aware of these payments.” He also stated that he does not owe money to anyone and kindly requested his testimony to be accepted as a petition in proceeding with the case.

Although Peker’s letter does not specifically mention cash, it says “in hand” which is known to mean “cash” in Turkish business transactions.

It further states that due to the American capital or money in the company, they had to pay cash, indicating their intention to conceal the transactions.

It is not uncommon for dual United States citizens to dance with the targets of U.S. sanctions, to the benefit of the Islamic Republic’s recently-sanctioned Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

The letter was written because Borajet declared bankruptcy in court and because of the SBK Holdings group filed a lawsuit against Borajet’s previous owners.

On page four of a 17-page document, Peker addresses a typed letter to Mr. Mohsen Goharkhah listing him as the “mandate to negotiate and collect offers for Iran Civil Aviation Organization.” The letter is dated August 14, 2012.

The Turkish-focused news outlet Turkish-American News posted a response to its article “How Did Borajet’s Previous Owner Yalcin Ayasli Bypass Iran Sanctions?” on Sept. 12The outlet also posted a letter to the editor by Dr. Ayasli on Sept. 18:

First of all, contrary to the allegations made in the article, BoraJet was not founded in the United States. It happens to be a Turkish company established in Turkey and is a part of the $400 million investment that I, as a Turkish citizen, have made in Turkey. Furthermore, the allegations in the article about BoraJet establishing a company in Iran and flying to Iran concern the years 2012-2013, when I was not on the BoraJet board, contrary to what is reported.

According to sources familiar with the case, Dr. Ayasli has not showed up to the Turkish court that summoned him, breaking both Turkish law and U.S. law in the process. 

His case is likely one of several others that will soon be brought to the Treasury Department’s attention.

Democrat Group Pulls Anti-GOP Pickup Truck Ad After Terrorist Uses Pickup Truck to Kill People in New York

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Just one day after the Democratic Latino Victory Fund released an anti-GOP ad featuring a man driving a pickup truck, with a Confederate flag and bumper sticker supporting Republican governor hopeful Ed Gillespie, chasing down a group of minority children, an immigrant from Uzbekistan plowed a rented pickup truck into a group of patrons, killing eight people and seriously wounding 11 others, including children.

Sayfullo Saipov, who legally entered the United States in 2010 under the “Chuck Schumer beauty” Diversity Immigrant Visa program from Uzbekistan, shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he drove into the crowd of innocents.

The Latino Victory Fund pulled their ad after the terrorist attack. But the damage was already done.

The ad was meant to paint the Republican party, and its supporters, as racist, anti-immigrant bigots whose immigration policies translate into disdain for minority children. The pickup truck touch appeared to be an attack on “rednecks.”

It was released just one week prior to the highly-anticipated November seventh Virginia gubernatorial elections.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie’s campaign decried the Latino Victory Fund’s ad as “disgusting” and an “attack on the people of Virginia.”

On Wednesday, President Trump pointed out over Twitter that the Diversity Immigrant Visa program was introduced in part by then-Rep. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in 1990. On Thursday, he called for its termination and said it was “a disaster for our country.”

Instead, Trump wants merit-based immigration; immigration that would reward points to applicants based on education, high-paying job offers, their past achievements, and their proficiency in English.

Democrat Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, who is running against Gillespie in Tuesday’s gubernatorial election, did not disavow the Latino Victory Fund’s attack ad on Gillespie and Trump supporters. In fact, he even approved of a Democratic mailer that sought to link Gillespie to white nationalists who marched in Charlottesville. Gillepsie repeatedly condemned white supremacism. In return, Republicans blasted Northam and accused him of exploiting the violence, that resulted in one death, for personal political gain.

The left-leaning Washington Post editorial board, which endorsed Northam, also slammed the Latino Victory Fund’s ad saying it “was vile” and had “no place” in the Virginia governor’s race. “Among other faults, it glossed over the fact that Mr. Gillespie condemned the white-supremacist violence in Charlottesville far more directly than did President Trump,” they wrote.

On November 7, the people of Virginia will decide who they believe better represents their values.

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Iranian Official Warns Saudi Arabia: ‘The Moment We are Provoked, We Will Obliterate’ You

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A high-ranking Iranian official issued a stern warning to Saudi Arabia, letting them know that if Iran is provoked by the Sunni Kingdom, they will “obliterate” them.

“Please realize that we are people who control our anger,” Mohsen Rezaee, the secretary of Iran’s Expediency Discernment Council and a former commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), said in a July interview on a state-run TV network that was posted on the Internet. “It takes a lot to make us angry. But the moment we are provoked, we will obliterate Saudi Arabia. We will not allow insecurities to continue.”

Rezaee added, “Therefore, we have told all our friends and supporters, such as Hezbollah to cool down and, for the time being, not to do anything against Saudi Arabia.” He said the Iranian regime has told their “supporters from Saudi Arabia to Yemen and many other places … to keep quiet for now.”

However, Rezaee predicted that a confrontation between both nations will likely occur. “But our prediction is that the path that Saudi Arabia has begun on is a harsh and painful path which may lead to a limited conflict. For example, Saudi will probably attack somewhere that will encourage us to respond.”

Saudi-Iran relations have deteriorated significantly, with each country supporting opposite sides in the conflicts in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. Both countries have accused each other of destabilizing security in the region.

“If we face Saudi Arabia and even if they beg us to leave them alone, we will not leave them alone.”

Asked by the interviewer if he has ever warned Saudi Arabia, Rezai said, “Yes. My interview is a warning to them.”

The IRGC accused Saudi Arabia of being behind the Islamic State attack on Iran’s Parliament and shrine of the leader of the Iranian revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on June 7. The Islamic State officially took responsibility for the attack which left 17 dead and dozens wounded.

Syria, in particular, has been a point of contention between both countries. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is backed by the Iranian regime and the nation has no formal diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia.

Last month, during the annual Hajj pilgrimage, Assad’s government slammed Saudi Arabia for “politicizing” the pilgrimage and blocking Syrians from visiting the holy city. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani responded by saying Saudi Arabia “should stop backing terrorists” in Yemen and Syria.

Last week, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir reportedly said Iran’s talk of a possible rapprochement with the kingdom was “laughable” after Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif said the Islamic Republic would soon exchange diplomatic visits with Saudi Arabia.

“The comments of the foreign minister are laughable,” al-Jubeir said, according to Reuters. “If Iran wants to have good relations with Saudi Arabia, it has to change its policies. It has to respect international law.” He added, “at this time, we do not see… that they’re serious about wanting to be a good neighbor.”

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Bernie Sanders ‘Sickened’ That Man Who Shot Scalise Volunteered for His Presidential Campaign

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Wednesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said, in prepared remarks delivered on the House floor, that he was “sickened” that the man who shot Rep. Steve Scalise (R-AL), and wounded four others, volunteered for his presidential campaign in Iowa.

Sanders condemned the shooting carried out by James T. Hodgkinson, 66:

I have just been informed that the alleged shooter at the Republican baseball practice is someone who apparently volunteered on my presidential campaign. I am sickened by this despicable act. Let me be as clear as I can be. Violence of any kind is unacceptable in or society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms. Real change can only come about through nonviolent action, and anything else runs counter to our most deeply held American values.

I know I speak for the entire country in saying that my hopes and prayers are that Representative Scalise, congressional staff and the Capitol Police Officers who were wounded, make a quick and full recovery. I also want to thank the Capitol Police for their heroic actions to prevent further harm.

According to Politico, Sanders aides would not allow reporters to question the senator. Instead, they handed out the prepared statement Sanders read on the House floor.

Hodgkinson, who was neutralized by Capitol Hill Police, was a member of many left-wing, anti-Republican groups, including “Terminate The Republican Party.” Breitbart News also reported that other groups he was part of include:

Hodgkinson wrote several to his local paper, the Belleville News Democrat, criticizing Republicans, tax policy, and income inequality.

Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) told a reporter that Hodgkinson “was there to kill as many Republican members as possible.”

In addition to Scalise, Zachary Barth, Matt Mika, Special Agent David Bailey, and Special Agent Crystal Griner were also shot.

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Sharia-Advocate Linda Sarsour Asks CUNY Graduates to ‘Embody Courage and Selflessness’ of Men Who Died Saving Muslim Teen

NEW YORK, NY — Leftist Sharia advocate Linda Sarsour asked the graduating class of the CUNY School of Public Health if they were “ready to embody the courage and selflessness” of three men who were stabbed to save a Muslim teenager and her friend from a man who was harassing them in Portland last month, during her commencement speech at the historic Harlem Theater.

“Taliesin [Myrddin Namkai Meche], Ricky [Best] and Micah [Fletcher] were strangers to one another,” Sarsour said. “In a matter of mere minutes, they made separate decisions to go from bystanders to heroes, to defend one African-American young woman student and her Muslim friend wearing [a] hijab as they were being aggressively harassed by a man on a train in Portland. Taliesin and Ricky lost their lives, but their courage will live on forever and has restored a small, empty place in my heart.”

She asked the audience, “Are we all ready to embody the courage and selflessness of Taliesin and Ricky and Micah? I am here tonight during the holy month of Ramadan,” Sarsour said. “This is a month of contemplation and reflection, increase in spirituality, closeness to God and charity.” She added, “We in this room must commit to never being a bystander to poverty, lack of jobs and health care, sexism and violence, discrimination, racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and homophobia. We will stand up, we will speak truth to power no matter what the consequences.”

Sarsour’s invitation to speak at the CUNY commencement was not without controversy. Jewish groups, Democrats and Republicans alike called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to bar Sarsour from speaking due to her support for and involvement with the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. She was one of the leaders of the Women’s March against President Donald Trump in Washington the day after his inauguration.

Instead of saying “as-salamu alaykum,” Sarsour opened up her speech by uttering the English translation of the Arabic greeting. “May peace and blessings be upon you all,” she told the audience. After giving “a huge shoutout to the graduating Class of 2017,” Sarsour said, “We made it! I made it here, and you already know it’s been a more than a eventful experience for me, and I’m still standing and still unapologetically Muslim-American, Palestinian-American and from Brooklyn, New York!”

She said, “I’m from Brooklyn, and I came here to tell it like it is. We live in difficult and uncertain times. And tonight, I use my platform to honor three men and to hold them up as beacons of life for all of us.”

According to the New York Post, approximately a group of demonstrators protested Sarsour outside of the CUNY graduation ceremony.

Rory Lancman, a leading New York City Democrat from Queens, previously called on his fellow progressives to recognize Sarsour as a bigot. “I want to emphasize that Linda’s statements on social media and at rallies are Linda’s– she owns them,” Lancman told the Algemeiner. “They have a history of antisemitism, of anti-Zionism – if you can believe that is something someone would still traffic in, in 2017 – and of hostility and threats towards people who disagree with her.”

New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) created a video asking Sarsour to explain her “support for terrorism on many different occasions. That’s the question that all of us have that we don’t understand,” he said inviting her to publicly address this. Sarsour never did.

Sarsour also stated that she was “honored and privileged” to share the stage with convicted Palestinian terrorist Rasmea Odeh who was recently deported from the United States for lying about past conviction, as a result of her involvement in the murder of two Israelis, on her immigration papers.

Morton Klein, the president of the Zionist Organization of America, addressed a letter to Cuomo expressing his “shock and horror” that Sarsour was tapped by CUNY’s Graduate School of Public Health & Public Policy as their commencement speaker, and had urged him to cancel her appearance at the taxpayer-funded university.

“Sarsour is a bigot and a divider,” Klein wrote. “It disgraces the state and city of New York for a taxpayer-funded university to confer this honor on her.” He pointed out that “Sarsour’s values conflict with American values.”

Despite this, and other incidents, on Wednesday, over 100 leftist Jewish individuals and organizations signed a letter, published on Medium, supporting the social justice warrior and condemning attacks against her.

“We will not stand by as Sarsour is falsely maligned, harassed and smeared, as she, her organization and her family suffer vicious public threats and intimidation, ” part of the letter reads. “We unequivocally oppose these assaults against her, and publicly state our commitment to working alongside her for a more just and equal society.”

The letter also reads, “We may not agree with Sarsour on all matters. We do not offer our stamp of approval to every tweet or message she has ever posted.”

Sarsour has tweeted that “nothing is creepier than Zionism,” has suggested that ” and said that Zionism and feminism are not compatible. She also tweeted that anti-Islamist writers Brigitte Gabriel and Ayaan Hirsi Ali deserve an “a$$ whipping” and that she wishes she could have their “vaginas taken away” for their opposition to Sharia law, which she supports.

Signatories to the letter include J Street’s Jeremy Ben-Ami, the National Council of Jewish Women’s Nancy Kaufman, T’ruah’s Rabbi Jill Jacobs, HIAS’s Mark Hetfield, Rabbis from Congregation B’nai Jeshurun (a reform synagogue in New York), playwright Tony Kushner, and New York City Council member Brad Lander.

Sarsour later added in his speech, “I love my country. It gave my Palestinian immigrant parents who lived under military occupation the opportunities to give me and my siblings a better life; and I am forever grateful,” she said referring to Israel in the way the left often does. Quoting Malcolm X, she said, “Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.”

She completed her talk by reading a quote attributed to an Aboriginal woman named Lilla Watson. “If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”