Somali-born activist and author Ayaan Hirsi Ali cancelled her speaking tour of Australia and New Zealand this week in the wake of wild accusations that she’s promoting “white supremacy.”
Days before her tour was scheduled to begin, a group of Muslim women calling themselves “Persons of Interest” released a Facebook video that slammed Ali for her supposed intolerance: “This is the language of patriarchy and misogyny. This is the language of white supremacy. This is the language used to justify war and genocide.”
The activist returned fire at her critics in a Tuesday interview with Australian television outlet Channel Seven, saying, “These are people who are far more interested in defending Sharia law, that’s Islamic law, and the doctrine of radical Islam, over human rights.” She later ripped the “horrible alliance between the far left and the Islamists… using the modern media tool to shut people like me out by smearing us.”
A Monday article from The Guardian disclosed that the event organizer for Hirsi Ali’s tour claimed that “the cancellation was due to a ‘number of reasons including security concerns.’” A spokesperson for the speaker herself blamed the “succession of organizational lapses on the part” of the organizers.
Hirsi Ali also posted a statement on Facebook, where she emphasized that she “hopes to be able to return to Australia in the not too distant future.”
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