Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour took to Facebook on Thursday to respond to claims made by Democratic New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, that $100,000 of the money she had helped raise in February for the reparation of vandalized Jewish cemeteries across the U.S. may not have been used on what it was supposed to have been.
"I have the unfortunate receipts of what it costs to be a target of the right wing, alt-right, right wing Zionists," Sarsour wrote. "This has caused my family great emotional stress and trauma. It's not free to keep my family safe."
Sarsour was responding to a Facebook post by Hikind who, calling out Sarsour, asked where $100,000 of the money had gone, claiming that one of the cemeteries due to receive money had not done so.
The campaign, "Muslims Unite to Repair Jewish Cemetery,” was set up in February to raise funds to repair a number of Jewish cemeteries that had been vandalized, and far exceeded its goal of $20,000.
Responding directly to the claims, Sarsour said that St. Louis Cemetery, the original focus of the campaign, had received the funds they needed, and that other cemeteries that had also been damaged in the wave of vandalism had also been helped by the fund.
As for the remainder of the funds, Sarsour said that Celebrate Mercy, an Islamic non-profit educational organization that launch the campaign, were in touch with a Jewish cemetery in Colorado for whom the money has been earmarked.
"There still is money left over and Tarek El-Messidi found a cemetery in Colorado that has been in shambles for years being cared for by a legally blind man," she explained on Facebook.
The BDS and women's rights activist made it clear that she would no longer remain silent in the face of such accusations, and that those responsible for her defamation would pay with their pockets.
"I just want people to know I am taking names of media outlets and prominent individuals who have used the last few months to defame my character," she wrote, hinting at legal action.
"You can call me what you want, BUT DO NOT EVER QUESTION my integrity," she wrote. "I am exhausted. I am tired of the lies, lies, and more lies. It's too much and it reignites the most vitriolic human beings on this earth. I am not safe and someone will pay for this with their pockets. Big time."
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