Brooklyn: Muslim killed wife for cooking lentils for dinner instead of goat

via Man killed wife for making vegetarian dinner: prosecutors | New York Post.

A Pakistani immigrant beat his wife to death in their Brooklyn home after she made the mistake of cooking him lentils for dinner instead of the hearty meal of goat meat that he craved, according to court papers.

Noor Hussain, 75, was so outraged over the vegetarian fare that he pummeled his wife, Nazar Hussain, 66, with a stick until she was a “bloody mess,” according to prosecutors and court papers.

“Defendant asked [his wife] to cook goat and [his wife] said she made something else,” the court papers indicated as Hussain’s murder trial opened on Wednesday.

“The conversation got louder and [his wife] disrespected defendant by cursing at defendant and saying motherf- -ker, and . . . defendant took a wooden stick and hit her with it on her arm and mouth.”

Defense attorney Julie Clark admitted Hussain beat his wife — but argued that he is guilty of only manslaughter because he didn’t intend to kill her. In Pakistan, Clark said, beating one’s wife is customary.

“He comes from a culture where he thinks this is appropriate conduct, where he can hit his wife,” Clark said in her opening statements at the Brooklyn Supreme Court bench trial. “He culturally believed he had the right to hit his wife and discipline his wife.”

Honor kill even. What kind of woman willingly defends such an animal? Furthermore, why do we allow such animals to immigrate to the U.S.?

Prosecutors, however, said Hussain meant for his wife to die.

“His intentions were to kill his wife,” Assistant District Attorney Sabeeha Madni said in court. “This was not a man who was trying to discipline his wife.”

Madni said that Hussain “brutally attacked his wife as she lay in her bed” — leaving deep lacerations on her head, arms and shoulders, and causing her brain to hemorrhage.

He beat her with a stick that the family had found in the street and used to stir their laundry in a washtub, the court papers state.

He then tried to clean up the blood that had splattered onto their bedroom wall before calling his son for help, Madni said.

“I killed her. Hurry up and come over,” Hussain told his son, according to prosecutors.

Madni also said Pakistani women who lived in the same building as the Hussains would testify about the beatings Nazar received at the hands of her husband.

“They have told us about years of abuse they witnessed,” Madni said.

Hussain met his wife in Pakistan and the couple married before moving to Brooklyn, prosecutors said.

The trial continues Thursday before Judge Matthew D’Emic.

 More via Multicultural Mayhem in Brooklyn

In her opening statement at the Brooklyn Supreme Court bench trial, Ms. Clark advocated on behalf of cultural diversity when she explained that her client “comes from a culture where he thinks this is appropriate conduct, where he can hit his wife.” 

While fleshing out her argument, counselor Clark forgot to mention that in Pakistan, abuse of women is “endemic in all social spheres.”  It is customary to genitally mutilate females, deform their faces with acid, rape them, kill them in the name of honor, and, for a lack of an adequate dowry, burn young brides alive in a “stove death.”

Yet Julie Clark does make an excellent point.  If America prides itself on embracing multiculturalism and our president feels it’s his duty to dispel negative stereotypes associated with Islam, how can America switch gears and justify prosecuting a Muslim man for exercising the diverse strength and beauty extolled by Maya Angelou and those like her?

NY: Imam who decried 9/11 museum film arrested in $140,000 tax fraud

via EXCLUSIVE: Imam who ripped 9/11 museum film could get jail in 140G tax scheme – NY Daily News.

An imam who made headlines for trashing a film shown at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum is facing prison time in a tax cheat scam, the Daily News has learned.

Sheik Mostafa Elazabawy, a retired NYCHA employee who also heads Masjid Manhattan, faces up to 15 years in prison for swindling at least $140,000 while working as a “tax preparer” at a Hell’s Kitchen Ethiopian restaurant in a side business, prosecutors said.

He also allegedly failed to clear the side gig with the Conflicts of Interests Board while working at the city Housing Authority.

Elazabawy, 60, did state tax returns for Queen of Sheba on Tenth Ave. under an alias between 2005 and 2009, bilking the state out of the six-figure sum, prosecutors said.

“There’s evidence that the defendant prepared the sales tax returns without any records at all although he was in the restaurant many times and had access to those records had he asked for them,” Assistant District Attorney Maurice Mathis said at the clergyman’s Feb. 5 arraignment in Manhattan Supreme Court, according to a transcript.

“It appears that he actually was making up the numbers of the sales tax returns,” Mathis added.

Queen of Sheba had allegedly been reporting less than a tenth of its sales but collecting sales tax from customers on all of the checks.

Elazabawy, of Gravesend, Brooklyn, worked at the New York City Housing Authority for 27 years before retiring as an analyst in the agency’s budget department on Jan. 31. Just days later, he was busted on second- and third-degree grand larceny charges.

He also cheated on his own taxes, raking in about $3,000 over two years, prosecutors said.

As Daniel Greenfield noted, Elazabawy is as bad as they get: Imam Who Claimed 9/11 Museum Defames Muslims says Jews are a “Cancer”

Elazabawy’s demands for interfaith sensitivity were absent during the 2008 sermon, which came during Israel’s Operation Cast Lead incursion into Gaza aimed at curbing Hamas rocket-fire toward civilian communities in Israel.

“And they use the hypocrites of the Muslims to help them, and the Muslim follow them, because they control the money, they control the weapons, they do everything.”

Jews were spreading mischief in Egypt, Sudan and Somalia, he said.

They are cancer in everywhere, in every generation as they get in power. People turn their face, and they know they are tyrants, they know they are oppressors. They know that they kill the children of Muslim[s] all the time. But everybody permits it because they controlling the money and the position in the whole entire world.”

 As Creeping Sharia noted here, tax fraud ain’t the only illegality going on at Masjid Manhattan: The other mosque at Ground Zero. Watch the video here.

 

Terror-linked CAIR wants to remove ‘Islamist Extremism,’ ‘Jihadism’ From 9/11 Museum Video

 

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via CAIR: Remove ‘Islamist Extremism,’ ‘Jihadism’ From 9/11 Museum Video | CNS News.

Days before the National September 11 Memorial Museum opens in New York, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is stepping up its campaign to urge organizers to edit a video presentation on al-Qaeda, to remove terms such as “Islamist extremism” and “jihadism.”

An earlier CAIR initiative – a letter last month co-signed by several other Muslim and Arab-American organizations, complaining to museum directors about what they called “academically controversial terminology” – met with no success.

On Monday CAIR’s New York chapter began asking “all Americans” to lobby national and New York leaders on the issue.

A “click and send” letter made available by the chapter calls for the short video entitled “The Rise of Al-Qaeda” to be edited to remove “anti-Islamic terminology,” before the museum opens to the public next Wednesday.

The appeal is addressed to President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, New York Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and City Councilwoman Margaret Chin, who represents lower Manhattan.

On Thursday the museum and memorial will begin a six-day “dedication period,” open to 9/11 families and survivors, 9/11 rescue and recovery workers, active duty first responders from agencies that lost members in the 9/11 attacks,  and lower Manhattan residents and business owners. It then opens to the general public on May 21.

The museum’s website includes a question-and-answer section.

An entry entitled, “What is an Islamist extremist?” states: “‘Islamists’ see Islam as a guiding ideology for politics and the organization of society. That is, they believe that strict adherence to religious law should be the sole basis for a country’s law, as well as its cultural and social life. While some Muslims believe this, many do not. Islamist extremists believe violence is acceptable to achieve these ends. al-Qaeda is one of many Islamist extremist groups.”

 Don’t let the terrorists in suits rewrite history. Contact Your Elected Officials and museum officials and demand that history be told accurately for future generations.

There are numerous links on the left hand sidebar under Hamas-CAIR – send them with your email.

 

 

Shoplifting while Muslim not a crime in New York City

via Shoplifting charges dropped against Muslim woman held in Macy’s detention center for hours | PIX 11. h/t Jihad Watch

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – Juweria Khalid said she was a frequent Macy’s shopper, never missed their popular one day sales and this past October was no different, but little did she know how that day would change her life.

Khalid said after she already purchased a bracelet from the jewelry department, she spotted some earrings she also liked. Since she was already headed to the children’s department to shop for her two-year-old and 10-month-old, Khalid decided to pay for all of her items together on the 7th floor.

With her arms were full of bags from previous purchases, Khalid said she placed the earrings in her purse, fully intending she insists, to pay for her items. That’s when she was stopped by Macy’s loss prevention guards.

“I took out the jewelry and said to them I’m not stealing it. I’m going to buy it on the 7th floor. They never listened to me,” said Khalid.

Khalid was taken to the now infamous detention area of Macy’s, which she described to us as nothing short of a jail with bars. The Muslim woman, who wears a hijab, a Muslim head scarf, was forced to remove it.

“They kept me locked there for hours. They never allowed me to take calls. My husband kept on calling like nine times,” explained Khalid.

Despite insisting she would pay for her items, which her attorney said added up to less than $100, Khalid said she was forced to pay a $500 fine with her Macy’s credit card.

The NYPD was called, then Khalid charged with petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

Khalid has now been vindicated, a judge dismissed her case for insufficient evidence.

But it appears the damage has already been done. Khalid was eight weeks pregnant at the time of the ordeal. She lost her baby just days after. Khalid and her doctors believe because of the stress she suffered.

This latest case, according to Doug Wigdor of Wigdor, LLC., who is heading up a larger federal civil case with now more than a dozen plaintiffs, only illustrates further Macy’s consistent targeting of innocent customers. Wigdor said Macy’s and other department stores desperately need to revamp their loss prevention program.

“They’re preying on the most innocent people on our society. People of color, often people from out of the country, often people who don’t speak English or speak English well. There’s a big problem at Macy’s with who they stop, why they stop them and the cover up after the fact to justify the stop,” said Wigdor.

Pot calling kettle black? Could it be the aforementioned are stealing from Macy’s? Redistributing wealth to offset income inequality to use progressive’s language.

“Macy’s policies strictly prohibit any form of profiling and we have zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind,” the retailer said to PIX11 News in a statement Wednesday evening.

 

NYC street won’t be renamed for cop killed by Muslims, will be for Muslim killed by Muslims

Offending Muslims is essentially a crime in NYC, via Renaming street for slain Officer Phillip Cardillo could ‘open old wounds’ – NY Daily News.

A plan to honor a Harlem cop killed by Nation of Islam radicals is drowning under a flood of racial tensions created more than four decades ago, but no one wants to throw it a lifeline — not even the NYPD’s new top cop.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton is distancing himself from the controversial push to get the street in front of the 28th Precinct renamed in honor of Officer Phillip Cardillo, who was shot and killed inside a mosque run by Louis Farrakhan in 1972 — noting that the community should make the final decision.

“The Police Commissioner always welcomes the honoring and memorializing of fallen NYPD officers,” Deputy Commissioner Stephen Davis, the NYPD’s top spokesman, said when asked if Bratton favored the street renaming. “However, the issue of street naming is primarily a decision for the community board and other local leaders.”

Cardillo’s family, friends, and former police officers marked the 42nd anniversary of the cop’s death with an annual motorcycle ride from his grave at Calvary Cemetery in Queens to the W. 123rd St. cop shop — and were not shy about lashing out against how Bratton sidestepped the issue.

“I don’t think it’s a good representation of his brotherhood of blue,” said Christopher Cardillo, 46, the fallen cop’s first cousin. “Why should the community’s vote have such a strong presence when we are talking about renaming a street outside a police station for a police officer? How could that be a bad thing for the community?”

Manhattan’s Community Board 10 hasn’t reviewed the proposal since last May, even though advocates pushing for the renaming handed over thousands of petition signatures and Inspector Rodney Harrison, the former commanding officer of the 28th Precinct, made a personal plea to honor Cardillo.

Before the issue was shelved, board members voiced concerns that the street renaming would displease local Muslims and “open old wounds.”

Yet ignoring and offending 9/11 victims and survivors is standard protocol, via Muslim 9/11 First Responder Gets New York City Street Named After Him

The New York Daily News reported Monday that “a police cadet who died helping World Trade Center victims on 9/11 was honored Monday at a Queens street renaming — 13 years after being accused of involvement in the attacks. Residents and elected officials came together to formally rename 204th St. at 35th Ave. ‘Salman Hamdani Way’ after Mohammed Salman Hamdani, the son of Muslim immigrants from Pakistan who lived a block from the Bayside street.”

Endless concessions and accommodations to Islamic demands only give way to more. Not to rain on anyone’s proselytizing parade, but why this guy? Why does this first responder get a street named after him? Because he’s a Muslim? What about the other hundreds of first responders who died that day? Why don’t they have streets named after them?

Is it because Mohammed Salman Hamdani is a unicorn? Is it really so extraordinary that a Muslim helped people that he gets singled out? Why is his sacrifice greater than that of all the other first responders who were killed?

How many people did Salman Hamdani save? He responded to an emergency. That was his job. Just like the other 2993 victims who went to work that day. They deserve streets named after them, too.

New York: US offers Tunisian terror plotter plea deal, deportation

via US Backtracks on Terror Claim Against Tunisian Man – ABC News. h/t Atlas

The government revealed Tuesday that it is offering a plea deal that may result in freedom for a Tunisian man who last year was accused of plotting to build a U.S.-based terrorism cell and radicalizing a Canadian man charged in a train derailment plot.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Ferrara announced the offer in federal court in Manhattan at a pre-trial hearing for Ahmed Abassi.

The plea would be to charges of making false statements and possessing an identification document with intent to defraud the United States. Abassi has pleaded not guilty. The false statements charge carries a maximum of five years in prison while the other charge, a misdemeanor, carries a potential sentence of up to one year in prison.

Ferrara said federal sentencing guidelines would call for a sentence of up to six months in prison if the government declines to ask for a terrorism enhancement at sentencing. If it did, the guidelines would call for six years in prison, he said.

Assistant Federal Defender Sabrina Shroff said her client has not yet decided whether to accept the deal or go to trial. He has been incarcerated without bail since his arrest.

Abassi was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport on April 22, 2013, five weeks after he arrived from Canada and began being watched by law enforcement.

Authorities said Abassi met regularly with an undercover FBI agent and with another Tunisian citizen, Chiheb Esseghaier, who later was arrested in Canada in the plot to derail a train that runs between New York City and Montreal.

Prosecutors had claimed Abassi had radicalized Esseghaier, who was charged in Toronto with conspiring with al-Qaida members in Iran in the plot. He is awaiting trial.

Manhattan’s top federal prosecutor, Preet Bharara, said a year ago that Abassi wanted to remain in the United States to commit acts of terror and develop a network of terrorists that could use the U.S. as a base to launch international attacks.

Shroff told U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum on Tuesday that Abassi was entrapped by the government after an undercover agent provided him with a life of luxury in downtown Manhattan.

She said the government sought to “build up a case that they thought would be the case of the century which never came to bear because Mr. Abassi refused to engage in any concrete plan of terrorism.”

Ferrara said the United States does not currently seek to ask for a terrorism enhancement to the sentence if he accepts the deal, but said prosecutors could eventually decide to do so. He also said Abassi would have to agree to be deported if he pleads.

Deport him ASAP rather than pay for his halal meals and Koran readings.

Back story on the chemical engineering student jihadist: Muslim Immigrant Arrested, Wanted to Use Green Card to Recruit, Plot Jihad

NYC: Muslims want to purge “jihad” from 9/11 memorial museum (updated)

Rather than purge jihad from Islam and authoritative Islamic texts, Muslims – and their new cohorts Interfaithists – have only one goal: purge all evidence of Islamic jihad from history.

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via Interfaith Panel Denounces a 9/11 Museum Exhibit’s Portrayal of Islam – NYTimes.com

Past the towering tridents that survived the World Trade Center collapse, adjacent to a gallery with photographs of the 19 hijackers, a brief film at the soon-to-open National September 11 Memorial Museum will seek to explain to visitors the historical roots of the attacks.

The film, “The Rise of Al Qaeda,” refers to the terrorists as Islamists who viewed their mission as a jihad. The NBC News anchor Brian Williams, who narrates the film, speaks over images of terrorist training camps and Qaeda attacks spanning decades. Interspersed are explanations of the ideology of the terrorists, from news clips in foreign-accented English translations.

The documentary is not even seven minutes long, the exhibit just a small part of the museum. But it has suddenly become over the last few weeks a flash point in what has long been one of the most highly charged issues at the museum: how it should talk about Islam and Muslims.

At issue is whether it is inflammatory for the museum to use terms like “Islamist” and “jihad” in conjunction with the Sept. 11 attacks, without making clear that the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful. The panel has urged the use of more specific language, such as “Al Qaeda-inspired terrorism” and doing more to explain the meaning of jihad.

Museum officials are standing by the film, which they say was vetted by several experts on Islam and terrorism. A museum spokesman and panel members described the contents of the film, which was not made available to The New York Times for viewing.

“From the very beginning, we had a very heavy responsibility to be true to the facts, to be objective, and in no way smear an entire religion when we are talking about a terrorist group,” said Joseph C. Daniels, president and chief executive of the nonprofit foundation that oversees the memorial and museum.

Apparently they’ve already bent over backwards for Muslims, but Muslims want to purge any reference to the true meaning of jihad.

The response from the museum was immediate, though accidental: Clifford Chanin, the education director, inadvertently sent the group an email intended solely for the museum’s senior directors, indicating he was not overly concerned.

“I don’t see this as difficult to respond to, if any response is even needed,” he wrote.

The museum did remove the term “Islamic terrorism” from its website earlier this month, after another activist, Todd Fine, collected about 100 signatures of academics and scholars supporting its deletion.

Why?

“What helps me sleep at night is I believe that the average visitor who comes through this museum will in no way leave this museum with the belief that the religion of Islam is responsible for what happened on 9/11,” said Mr. Daniels, the president of the museum foundation. “We have gone out of the way to tell the truth.”

Nothing truthful about that. It is truly Orwellian.

Yet Muslims around the world rejoiced the act of jihad on 9/11 and handed out candy that day in celebration, and have every year since then. 

Atlas Shrugs notes, Imams and Dhimmi Clergy Condemn Mention of “Jihad” and “Islamist” at 9/11 Museum Exhibit:

We don’t associate their religion with what they did; the jihadists associate their religion with what they did. How insane is this conversation? The last letters left by the 19 Muslim terrorists said that the attack was in the cause of Islam, and cited Allah 90 times. Is that in the film?

Update via ACT for America:

Can we count on you to take a moment to contact the 9/11 Memorial Museum about this issue today?

*** IMPORTANT AND TIME-SENSITIVE ACTION ITEM! ***

Please contact the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center today to let them know that you fully support their film, “The Rise of Al Qaeda,” as it currently stands and that you oppose any modification of that film to whitewash historically accurate depictions of who perpetrated the 9/11 attacks on our nation.

Let them know that including the words “Islamist” and “jihad” are historically accurate and in no way impugn the entire Muslim community.

We have provided all the contact information you need to take this action.

We have also written a sample call and e-mail script for you, to make this as easy as possible. (NOTE: The e-mail script is modifiable if you wish to convey the message in your own words. We ask that you please be respectful at all times.)

Click HERE TO CALL and click HERE TO E-MAIL.

Then, please pass this along to everyone you know. Time is of the essence.

Thank you. Together we are making a difference!

NYPD’s ‘Muslim mapping’ saved lives

via NYPD’s ‘Muslim mapping’ saved lives | New York Post.

Federal agents knew that a would-be terrorist had likely arrived in New York City from Florida over Thanksgiving weekend in 2012. However, they didn’t know where in New York City he was — a worrisome prospect, considering that Raees Alam Qazi was gathering information on the best places to detonate bombs in Manhattan, Times Square and Wall Street among them.

The NPYD’s Intelligence Division, it turned out, knew exactly where to look — because it already knew places in the metro area that might be inclined to open their doors for the night to a cash-strapped transient enamored with al Qaeda. It then sent an NYPD undercover officer into one of those locations and confirmed Qazi’s presence there. That allowed federal authorities to initiate surveillance and arrest Qazi on terrorism charges as he stepped off a bus in Ft. Lauderdale on his way home soon thereafter.

Similarly, as Seth Lipsky reported in Thursday’s Post, had the Boston marathon bombers made it to New York with their explosive devices, the NYPD would’ve been in a good position to know where to look for them because of some mapping it had done in Brighton Beach and elsewhere.

These assessments of where a terrorist might land in order to find as cheap place to stay, a job off the books, an Internet café or even a restaurant for comfort food, were done by a small NYPD unit initially called the Demographics Unit and later the Zone Assessment Unit — which was dismantled last week.

Its critics inflated the unit’s role and wrongly painted it as having engaged in unconstitutional spying. Hopefully, terrorists who want to return to kill more New Yorkers don’t believe it’s now easier for them to elude New York law enforcement, or interpret this as a prelude to further dismantling of the NYPD counterterrorism program.

That would be potentially tragic — considering terrorists’ relentless post-9/11 efforts to again target New York.

Read it all.

New York cabbie who severed tourist’s leg back on the road

via New York cabbie who hit British tourist – causing her to lose her leg – is back on the road | Mail Online.

A New York City cab driver who ran over a British tourist in midtown Manhattan last year – causing her to lose one of her legs – is back on the road.

Following the incident that left Leicester beauty queen Sian Green without a leg, cabbie Mohammed Faysal Himon told reporters that the incident was so horrified by the incident that he didn’t want to be a cab driver anymore.

However, he reportedly has been back behind the wheel for months.

‘He has been driving regularly, uneventfully — thank God — and just doing what he has to do,’ Himon’s lawyer, Cynthia Fisher, told The New York Post.

In August of 2013, the cab Himon was driving jumped the curb near West 49th Street in Manhattan and hit Green, 25, who was sightseeing with a friend.

Himon claimed at the time that he was cutoff by a man on a bicycle, 41-year-old Kenneth Olivo, and then sped up to try and get around him, which caused him to lose control of the vehicle and jump the curb.

Following the incident, New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission suspended Himon’s license for 30 days. However, no charges were ever filed against him, so the Commission was forced to reinstate his license.

After the Commission had to reinstate Himon’s license, officials asked him to voluntarily surrender it, according to a spokesman for the TLC. He refused.

Himon, a Bangladeshi native who has been in America for about five years, has a history of dangerous driving – even Himon thinks he’s a bad driver, he admitted to the Post last year.

Since 2011, Himon has been cited for running a red light and for driving 65 mph in a 45-mph zone, amongst other citations.

After it was announced in the November that no criminal charges would be brought against Himon, Green’s lawyer released a statement in which he said his client was continuing to make progress in her recovery after returning to the U.K.

‘While she is incredibly dismayed by this decision, she does not let it affect her positive spirit, unbelievable strength and incredible poise, which she demonstrated to the world throughout this ordeal,’ the statement from Daniel Marchese read.

He insists that the incident that has left his young client without a leg is not an accident, but rather the result of ‘a negligent act of calculated recklessness.’

The Muslim cabbie admitted road rage led to crash that severed woman’s leg:

Himon, a native of Bangladesh who has been in the United States for nearly five years, admitted he flew into a fit of road rage when he and bike messenger Kenneth Olivo crossed paths.

“He was in my way and I got upset, so I gave him notice that I wanted to pass through,” he said, meaning he leaned on his horn.

“He started pounding on my car with his hands and was yelling things at me. I suddenly felt like I had to get out of there. It was becoming a bad situation. So I accelerated to get in front of him.”

At that point, Himon went on, “everything becomes cloudy” as he crashed into Green, who was munching a hot dog with her best pal, Keshia Warren, at the northwest corner of Sixth Avenue and 49th Street, near Radio City Music Hall.

“I don’t know how, but I just lost control of the car,” Himon said.

Note how far onto the sidewalk Mohammed’s car went.

The question is not be whether Mohammed should be allowed in a yellow cab but whether he should be allowed to stay in the United States. He has at least five moving violations and nearly killed a woman. He’s not a productive member of society, he’s a threat.

 

NYPD Dissolves Unit That Sought Out Jihadi Hotspots

Will they dissolve units that spy on drug dealers next? End spying on Italian mobsters? Russian mobsters? Not likely, only the Muslim Mafia.

Contrary to the Muslim-influenced media, a majority of city voters believe the New York Police Department has acted appropriately in anti-terrorism efforts that have focused on Muslims. The NJ Attorney General stated it was legal and a judge ruled the Associated Press, not the NYPD, harmed Muslims.

via NYPD Dissolves Unit That Spied On Muslim Communities « CBS New York.

The NYPD has disbanded a unit that drew widespread criticism for reports that it conducted broad surveillance on Muslim neighborhoods.

As CBS 2′s Tony Aiello reported, the NYPD announced Tuesday that police Commissioner Bill Bratton decided to disband the “Demographics Unit” after he took office – following a review determined that its intelligence could be gathered in other ways.

The unit was put in place by Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s police commissioner, Ray Kelly, 18 months after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

According to a report The New York Times, the unit had already been largely inactive since Bratton took over Jan. 1. Its detectives have been reassigned.

While campaigning for office last fall, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would end broad spying on Muslims. He said on his watch, NYPD surveillance tactics would only be authorized to follow up on specific leads and that the police force would be under the supervision of a new inspector general

“Our administration has promised the people of New York a police force that keeps our city safe, but that is also respectful and fair,” the mayor said in a statement Tuesday. “This reform is a critical step forward in easing tensions between the police and the communities they serve, so that our cops and our citizens can help one another go after the real bad guys.”

Meanwhile, Bratton met last week with Muslim community leaders to work on improved relations.

Working with community leaders who defend jihadists and seek sharia law in the U.S.?

New York: Muslim hate preacher trial set to begin

He conspired “to set up an Al-Qaeda-style training camp in Oregon in late 1999.”  via British hate preacher goes on trial in New York – Daily News Egypt.

British hate preacher Abu Hamza goes on trial in New York on Monday, facing the rest of his life behind bars if found guilty on kidnapping and terror charges that predate the 9/11 attacks.

It is the second high-profile terror trial to be heard by a Manhattan jury since Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law and former Al-Qaeda spokesman Suleiman Abu Ghaith was convicted on March 26.

Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, better known in Britain as Abu Hamza Al-Masri, is blind in one eye and lost both arms, blown off above the elbow, in an explosion in Afghanistan years ago.

His trial will begin with jury selection on Monday and is the culmination of a 10-year legal battle.

On its second day, Tuesday, he will celebrate his 56th birthday.

Abu Hamza was first indicted in the United States in 2004 and served eight years in prison in Britain before losing his last appeal in the European Court of Human Rights against extradition.

In the US, authorities lost no time removing his trademark prosthetic hook that he wore in the place of one hand.

He is charged on 11 counts, over the 1998 kidnapping in Yemen of 16 Western tourists, of whom four were killed, and of conspiring to set up an Al-Qaeda-style training camp in Oregon in late 1999.

In the 1998 hostage-taking, he is accused of providing the kidnappers with a satellite phone, acting as an intermediary and dispensing advice by telephone from home.

Two of the kidnapped tourists were Americans.

He is also accused of providing material support to Al-Qaeda, and just days before the 9/11 attacks he allegedly discussed plans to open a computer lab for the Taliban in Afghanistan.

New York: Muslim gets 16 years for plotting jihad

aka Muhammad Yousuf. via ‘Lone wolf’ terrorist Jose Pimentel gets 16 years in prison  – NY Daily News.

“Lone Wolf” would-be bomber Jose Pimentel was sentenced to 16 years in prison Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court following his guilty plea last month to attempted criminal possession of a weapon in the first degree as a crime of terrorism.

The Al Qaeda sympathizer — who spoke to an informant about his plans to attack law enforcement, American soldiers and Jews — was in court but was glum looking as he sat before the judge at his brief sentencing.

It was a far cry from his Feb. 19 appearance when he flashed a sick grin as prosecutors read aloud his disturbing terror plans.

Pimentel quietly said “no” Tuesday when he was offered the chance to speak before he was brought back to his holding cell, on the way to serving a stiff state prison sentence.

Authorities said he had nearly completed a powerful pipe bomb when he was busted in his Harlem apartment in November 2011.

“Local law enforcement is not only uniquely situated to identify threats of terrorism — we are ready and able to stop acts of terrorism before they occur,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said in a statement.

Pimentel avoided a life sentenced by taking the plea deal. His lawyers declined to speak after the proceeding.

Reread this post: When a jihadist’s parents aren’t Muslim:

The mother of Jose Pimentel, an “al Qaeda sympathizer” who wanted to kill US military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, said she could not deal with her son after he started reading the Koran in 2001.

“I didn’t raise my son in that way,” Carmen Sosa said. “I feel bad about this situation.”

“This is a tragedy and we need the time to cope with this,” the suspect’s cousin, Giselle Rodriguez told CBS 2′s Sean Hennessey. “We’re in pieces, you know? We’re in pieces. It’s like you don’t know who you live with.”

Sosa said her son was going to change his name to Osama Hussein to celebrate his heroes Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein.

New York: Muslim diplomat, wife kept Bangladeshi man in slave-like conditions

via Bangladeshi man says he worked in slave-like conditions for consul general in W. 57th St. apartment: suit  – NY Daily News. h/t LOOK UNDER THE BURKA OF ISLAM

A Bangladeshi man says he was lured to the U.S. with the promise of a “good” $3,000 a month job working for his country’s counsel general — and wound up spending 18 months in their luxury Manhattan apartments in “slavery-like conditions.”

In papers filed in Manhattan Federal Court, Mashud Parves Rana says consul general Monirul Islam and his wife, Fahima Tahsina Prova, forced him to work from 6:30 am to 11 pm, seven days a week for 18 months — and never paid him a dime.

They kept the man “in forced labor in slavery-like conditions” in their sprawling, $8,000-a-month W. 57th St. apartment, the suit says, barring him “from leaving their residence under his own volition, threatening to beat him or kill him, threatening that the police will arrest him or kill him if he left their residence, physically assaulting him on at least two occasions, (and) maintaining possession over Mr. Rana’s passport and visa,” says the suit.

Rana was introduced to the high-powered diplomat by his step-father, who’d grown up with Islam and had recommended him as a domestic worker for his posting in the United States, the filing says.

He was told he’d be paid $3,000 a month for his services, would get some time off every day and the couple would help him renew his visa.

The suit says he took his first ever plane flight to come to New York in September 2012, and found out after he arrived the job was far different than advertised.

Calls and emails to the Bangladesh consulate were not immediately returned.

Rana is being represented by Dana Sussman, the same lawyer who’s representing the domestic worker who was allegedly underpaid by Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade. Khobragade was indicted for allegedly lying about the worker’s status, setting off an international firestorm.

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Islam said that they found all on a sudden that Rana left their residence. “We did not find him at home one day after returning from a social gathering of the (Bangladeshi) community. I contacted all possible places, but failed to trace him. “From which I concluded he had got a shelter somewhere. I even consoled myself that if he wants to be an illegal resident, then how am I to stop him?” Islam told bdnews24.com.

 Aren’t there enough unemployed Americans to fill these positions? Or is it Americans are less willing to be enslaved?

Muslims file $5M lawsuit after prevented from making Empire State Building deck personal Islamic prayer room

via Muslims booted from Empire State Building for praying: suit | New York Post. h/t BNI

A Muslim family from Long Island slapped the owners of the Empire State Building Tuesday with a scathing $5 million lawsuit that claims they were booted from the building’s observation deck for praying.

Fahad and Amina Tirmizi of Farmingville said their civil rights were violated when they were “assaulted, battered and forcibly removed” from the famed observatory last July.

The suit, filed against Malkin Properties, security company Andrews International Inc. and others, claims that Fahad, 32, and his 30-year-old wife were unfairly targeted because they were Muslim and wearing traditional Muslim attire.

“We weren’t doing anything wrong,” Fahad said. “We just wanted to enjoy the view like everyone else.”

The couple and their two children were on the 86th-floor outside deck when they walked over to a quiet spot to recite evening prayers, the suit says.

Although Amina briefly prayed without incident, a security guard quickly confronted Fahad and “menacingly poked” him and loudly told him he was not allowed to pray on the deck.

Another guard joined the fray and told all the family members that they had to leave, and “forcibly escorted” them down to the lobby and out of the of the building, the suit says.

Fahad told The Post that he has prayed in public before and tries to be respectful.

“Earlier that same day at the Staten Island Ferry terminal, I needed to pray the afternoon prayer and wanted to make sure I’m not in the way,” ­he said.

“I confirmed with a police officer who was standing right there to make sure it was a good spot. The officer responded, ‘Go for it, it’s not illegal to pray.’ ”

The Tirmizis’ lawyer, Phil Hines, said the family outing became an experience of intolerance.

“To most, the Empire State Building is one of the great landmarks of this city, but for my client and his family, it is a building of ignorance and injustice,” Hines said.

The World Trade Centers were one of the great landmarks of the city too. Until your client’s co-religionists knocked them down killing 3,000 innocent people.

“A family trip to enjoy the cityscape was cut short after security officials threw them out of the building for exercising their religious beliefs.”

Representatives for Malkin Properties did not immediately return messages.

Empire State Building responds:

In response, an Empire State Realty Trust spokeswoman, Brandy Bergman, told CNN Wednesday, “The claims are totally without merit and we will respond to them in court.”

NYC: Will Mayor de Blasio boycott Muslim Day Parade for gays?

via De Blasio wins no fans with St. Patrick’s Day Parade boycott | New York Post.

Mayor de Blasio drew a line in the sand when he marched through Sunnyside, Queens, last week in the gay-friendly St. Pat’s for All parade. Posing for pictures with the manly Irish drag queen known as Panti Bliss, who rocked false eyelashes, lipstick and enough foundation makeup to support a three-story building, the mayor could not hide a horrified expression plastered on his face that screamed silently — “Help me!”

He needs all the help he can get.

De Blasio announced last month that he’s boycotting the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, set to run up Fifth Avenue March 17, in solidarity with homosexuals, who are prohibited from carrying banners, waving signs or wearing lapel pins that identify their sexual persuasions. Public Advocate Letitia James will be a no-show. Any City Council member who dares march won’t wave a city government sign, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito decreed.

Guess what — no one cheered.

The mayor also angered members of the city’s Irish-Catholic community who see his boycott as no less than an expression of intolerance.

“De Blasio, he has no respect for diversity,’’ William Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, told me.

“I really find this very scary. I’ve been kicked by lesbians in the street!” In the mid-1990s, Donohue said, he was physically attacked while taking pictures of lesbians assembling in front of the Mid-Manhattan Library on Fifth Avenue on the morning of the parade.

“You’re dealing with people who are fascist.”

Let me clear up one misconception. Gays are not banned from this parade. Everyone, whether Irish, Jewish, Hindu or pansexual, is welcome to attend the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the nation’s largest. The event dates to 1762, when the British still ran this country, New York was more than a century away from acquiring five boroughs, and people still friended each other in person.

All can attend — provided they don’t carry signs identifying themselves as gay.

Or straight.

Or vegan, neo-Nazi or pro-gun, to name just a few categories. Civic groups and colleges can carry signs.

So the mayor’s stubborn insistence on skipping the parade (he also did so while serving as public advocate from 2010 to 2013) has nothing to do with gay exclusion. It has everything to do with de Blasio’s lack of respect for people with whom he disagrees.

“We’re angry. Frustrated would be a better word,’’ Emmaia Gelman, an organizer for the group Irish Queers, told me.

Gelman said her outfit is considering suing the city, claiming parade rules violate city human-rights laws.

Will de Blasio (real name Warren Wilhelm) boycott or will Irish Queers protest the not-so-gay-friendly, not-for-all Muslim Day Parade? Would either dare even consider the idea?

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