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City gives $500K to activist at center of Palestine-Israel Twitter war
by Rich Calder
City First Lady Chirlane McCray is handing over more than $500,000 to an Arab-American activist who came under fire for denouncing critics on Twitter as "Zionist trolls."
The Arab-American Association of New York, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit run by Linda Sarsour, was selected as one of 14 groups by the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York to receive $10 million over five years to integrate mental-health services into their community programs. McCray oversees the fund.
Sarsour, a longtime ally and vote-getter for Mayor de Blasio, got into a Twitter war last October with Queens Councilman Rory Lancman, who is Jewish, when she posted a picture of a Palestinian boy clutching rocks in front of Israeli soldiers, labeling it "The definition of courage."
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