When Arab American social justice activist Linda Sarsour was invited to give the commencement speech at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Public Health, some went into a frenzy. Traditional proprietors of hate, from Pamela Geller to Milo Yiannopoulos, were joined by the likes of New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind to demand her invitation be cancelled. As a former member of the Jewish Defense League, Hikind is pretty comfy with hate too. When these outrageous protests didn’t work, people turned to slander. For tweeting  out a picture of a Palestinian child confronting Israel’s occupation army with a stone, Linda was accused of “supporting terrorism”. For supporting the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement to pressure Israel to comply with international law, she was accused of anti-Semitism. The assault continued, culminating with death threats against Linda. It goes without saying but we will say it anyway: None of these deplorable tactics will ever work on Linda. We were pleased to see that they didn’t work on CUNY either. Last night, Linda delivered a powerful social justice-focused speech.  Now, that this manufactured controversy is over, maybe we can all spend some time paying attention to the message of that speech and leave the hate behind.

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