California: Prominent Mideast Studies Profs Sexually Harassed Students

Source: Prominent Mideast Studies Profs Sexually Harassed Students

By Cinnamon Stillwell

The famously self-righteous field of Middle East studies, which lambasts outside criticism as “censorship” and condemns America, Israel, and the West while lauding Islamists, now finds itself on the defensive. Two of its leading lights, the University of California, Berkeley’s Nezar AlSayyad and the University of California, Los Angeles’s Gabriel Piterberg, have been accused of sexually harassing female graduate students.

In October, UC Berkeley concluded an investigation, finding that, between 2012 and 2014, AlSayyad, who chairs the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) and teaches architecture, built a relationship, including frequent social invitations and hugs, with graduate student Eva Hagberg Fisher in an effort to “groom” her. A car ride during which he put his hand on her thigh and proposed a trip together to Las Vegas was the final straw.

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The report found that AlSayyad isolated the student from other professors and was on the exam committee whose approval was required for her to complete her dissertation. He also edited a journal in which many students hoped to be published.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that two other students complained about AlSayyad’s conduct, including one who filed a complaint in April alleging they had sex over twenty years ago under similar circumstances. While AlSayyad denies the charges, the investigation upheld Hagberg Fisher’s claims and the university suspended him for a semester.

Berkeley graduate students, upset at the university for its initial silence, expressed their disapproval by walking out of AlSayyad’s section, protesting outside his department, and marching across campus chanting, “Protect Students, Not Tenure.” They have the option of completing one of his required courses with a new instructor.

Some current and former students sent a letter to Berkeley’s administration defending AlSayyad and asking that the university “withhold judgement” until the investigation has concluded. Transforming the Egyptian-born AlSayyad into the victim, the signatories asserted an atmosphere of “increased conflicts and racist sentiments” could lead to a rush to judgement, “especially when the subject is being identified in the news as a Middle East scholar.” It’s little wonder he claimed earlier, “I actually feel terribly victimized.”

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The case of UCLA history professor and former Center for Near Eastern Studies director Gabriel Piterberg is even more abhorrent. In September, UCLA settled with two graduate students who sued the university in 2015 for taking insufficient action and for discouraging them from filing formal complaints against Piterberg, whom they alleged had repeatedly sexually harassed and assaulted them over a period of years.

Piterberg had served as one of the student’s dissertation advisor, while the other had to work in the same building with him. His position on the departmental funding committee forced her to seek funds outside of the history department.

UCLA’s settlement with Piterberg fined him $3,000, ordered him not to meet with his students in his office with the door closed, required him to attend sexual harassment training, and suspended him for one academic quarter.

The university’s leniency sparked student protests, faculty outcry, and a petition demanding his dismissal. Another petition calling for his removal from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy led to his resignation as a visiting scholar.


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Christmas party triggered Muslims to slaughter 14 in San Bernardino, 1 year ago

More likely they were motivated by Muhammad, the party gave them the opportunity to wage jihad and strike terror. Source: Holiday party may have motivated San Bernardino terrorists – NY Daily News

One of the terrorists who slaughtered 14 people at a California office’s holiday party was furious that her Muslim husband had to attend the festive luncheon, which was studded with Christmas decorations, police said.

Days before San Bernardino health inspector Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, launched their grisly terror attack on the county health department’s holiday celebration, Malik wrote online that she didn’t feel it was appropriate to mix work and holidays.

“She didn’t think that a Muslim should have to participate in a non-Muslim holiday or event,” San Bernardino police chief Jarrod Burguan told ABC News of Malik’s online terror prelude.

Friday marks the first anniversary of the shooting rampage. The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health scheduled a training session for its health inspectors on Dec. 1, 2015, and followed up the work meeting with a holiday luncheon.

Farook attended the training session, and even posed with coworkers in front of the conference room Christmas tree before abruptly leaving the office.

He came back as the holiday party was kicking off — and he brought Malik and weapons with him, police said. The pair opened fire on the merry coworkers, killing 14 of them and injuring 22 more. The couple fled, but were shot dead four hours later in a gun battle with police.

In the year since the shooting, police have struggled to determine an exact motive for the shooting, although officials quickly labeled it an act of terrorism. Malik’s online gripes about the holiday party have helped investigators determine what sparked the violence.

Police who are struggling with a motive should be re-assigned.

“That really is one over the very, very few pieces of potential evidence that we have that we can truly point to and say, ‘That probably is a motive in this case,’” Burguan told ABC News.

Federal investigators are still trying to determine if anyone knew about the pair’s meticulously planned shooting plot. In the months before the attack, Malik and Farook gathered a cache of guns and made bombs inside their home, police said.

“There are unanswered questions in this case,” FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller told the Los Angeles Times.

Muslim Group CAIR Leader: Overthrow the U.S. Government

Source: CAIR Leader: Overthrow the U.S. Government :: Daniel Pipes

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) successfully presents itself to the media as a benign civil rights organization, comparable to the NAACP or the ADL, a description that conservatives ineffectively rail against. In this light, perhaps a tweet sent out just after midnight EST on Nov. 9 by Hussam Ayloush, long-time head of CAIR’s Los Angeles office, will help awaken the press to CAIR’s true Islamist identity. Ayloush wrote:

Ok, repeat after me:
Al-Shaab yureed isqat al-nizaam.
(Arab Spring chant)

That second line is Arabic (“الشعب يريد إسقاط النظام‎‎”) for “The people wants to bring down the regime.”

In other words, Ayloush unambiguously and directly called for the overthrow of the U.S. government.

California: Uber Driver Raped Unconscious 17-Year-Old Girl Passenger

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Source: Uber Driver Charged With Raping Unconscious 17-Year-Old Passenger : LAist   h/t garyfouse.blogspot

An Uber driver has been charged with raping an unconscious teenage passenger as he ferried her to her home in Laguna Beach.

According to the Orange County District Attorney’s office, 23-year-old Samer Alaaeldin Mahran of Huntington Beach was charged Tuesday with a string of felonies, including rape by use of drugs, forcible oral copulation on a minor over 14, unlawful sexual intercourse and sexual penetration of a child over 14 by foreign object.

The charges stem from an incident on November 5, in which authorities say a relative of a 17-year-old girl called for an Uber to take the teen from a bar in Huntington Beach to her home in Laguna Beach at about 2 a.m., KTLA reports. Mahran was the driver assigned to the ride. Relatives became concerned when the estimated drop-off time had passed and the girl still wasn’t home. One of them used Uber’s GPS tracking to locate Mahran’s car, which they found parked near the girl’s house. Upon approaching the car, the relative reported finding Mahran and the teen both in the backseat of the car.

The relative removed the girl from the car and Mahran allegedly got back behind the wheel and drove away. The relative called police, who were able to use Mahran’s driver profile on the Uber app as well as his license plate to find and arrest Mahran on Saturday.

The District Attorney’s office states that Mahran not only knew that the girl had passed out due to drinking, but that he was also aware that she was 17 years old.

He will next appear in court on December 2. He faces a maximum sentence of 28 years, if convicted, ABC 7 reports.


More via: Uber driver charged with sexually assaulting teenage girl in Laguna Beach – The Orange County Register

Mahran had worked for Uber for less than a year.

“We’re devastated by what this family has gone through and our hearts are with them,” Uber spokeswoman Tracey Breeden said in a statement. “We’ll continue working with police to support the investigation and proceedings. The individual has been permanently barred from the app.”

In January, another Uber driver was charged with raping a 21-year-old woman in an Anaheim motel after giving her a ride from a Fullerton bar.

Omar Mahmoud Mousa, 53, of Anaheim had pleaded not guilty to felony charges of rape, forcible oral copulation and sexual penetration by foreign object in connection with the Oct. 2015 incident, authorities said.

Mousa is due in Orange County Superior Court for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday.

The rapidly growing ride-sharing company, based in San Francisco, has faced scrutiny in the wake of high-profile incidents.

In April, Uber agreed to pay at least $10 million to settle a consumer protection lawsuit filed by district attorneys in Los Angeles and San Francisco claiming the company misled passengers about the quality of its driver background checks.s



The Muslim Uber rape/assault posts are starting to grow…as the Muslim population in America grows.

California: Mosque Uses Lawsuit to Abolish Zoning Power of Small Rural Community

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We refer to this on Creeping Sharia as the “zoning jihad” and there are dozens of examples across the U.S. Read our previous coverage of the San Martin imposition here, here and here. The article below adds important additional details.


Source: American Thinker: Mosque Uses Lawsuit to Abolish Zoning Power of Small California Community

By Georgine Scott-Codiga

In a small rural area of Santa Clara County California lies a geographically unique area of land called San Martin, close to, but not of, Silicon Valley.

In 1981 the Board of Supervisors established the San Martin Planning Advisory Committee (SMPAC), the only entity of its kind in the county, to give local residents and land owners a voice in decisions affecting San Martin.  Members were appointed by the Board of Supervisors to review interim land use policies, the San Martin Water Quality Study, and to make recommendation to the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors on land use matters of interest to the San Martin Community.197349_5_

Special care was taken to protect these unique rural agricultural areas, rich in important resources, agriculture, mineral deposits, forests, and wildlife.  Two years later the Board adopted ‘Special Area Plans’ to its General Plan.  These policies limited overall growth and development in rural areas limiting them to non-urban low-density uses that supported the needs of the local community.  The Plan sought to minimize the demand for public services (i.e. roads, Sheriff, postal, crime, graffiti control, etc.) and the cost to the general public for providing and maintaining these undeveloped rural areas.

In 2006, the South Valley Islamic Center proposed to build Cordoba Center (Cordoba) in the San Martin planning area.  In 2011 Cordoba’s project description proposed a 5,000 sq. ft. mosque, 5,000 sq. ft. multipurpose hall, 1-2 covered patios for group picnic, bathrooms for picnic/retreat area.

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The tight knit community of San Martin rallied together rejecting the project. They commented at numerous public meetings how the project was too large; unsustainable environmentally; uncharacteristic to San Martin; and that it violated the longtime ‘Local-Serving’ ordinances implemented decades earlier.  Traditional Muslim beliefs forbid non-Muslims from being buried in their cemeteries and since less than 1/10th of 1% of the local residents are Muslim, Cordoba wasn’t considered to be of a ‘Local-Serving’ nature to the community.

Cordoba’s documents were scrutinized.  Previous owners of Cordoba’s parcels had abandoned building permits due to failed percolation tests.  Decades of observations by residents attested to flooding on the property and reported reverse direction of water flow, contradicting reports in Cordoba’s documents.

Cordoba’s application was on the heels of the San Martin perchlorate contamination. The Olin Corp. had improperly dumped toxic chemicals into the soil polluting hundreds of San Martin wells, forcing residents to rely on bottled water for years, some still doing so.  This made the safety of the residents’ drinking water a priority when questioning Cordoba’s septic system and proposed ‘green’ cemetery.  Almost all of San Martin residents rely on well water as their only source of drinking water.  With no city water company or piped in water available, understandably, water is a major concern.

Muslim custom is to bury their dead directly into the ground without caskets or embalming.   “Green” or natural cemeteries started popping up in the U.S. in 2007.  A fairly recent addition, and with all neighboring entities to current green cemeteries having piped in city water available to them, there aren’t any studies on the effects of green burials (i.e, decaying bodies directly exposed to the soil) on nearby wells.  Understandably, San Martin residents, demanded studies showing Cordoba’s proposed cemetery would be safe to their drinking water.  To date, no studies have been provided.

In 2012, the County somehow excused Cordoba from obtaining an Environmental Impact Report (E.I.R.), allowing them to go forward with only a Mitigated Negative Declaration.  A Negative Declaration is a document that states upon completion of an initial study that there is no substantial evidence that the project may have a significant effect on the environment.   In contrast, an E.I.R. is an informational document that informs the public agency/public of significant environmental effects of a project, possible ways to minimize them and reasonable alternatives.

Local residents, noting the County’s willful desertion of its duty to protect and enforce the ordinances enacted to preserve their ‘Special Area’, filed a lawsuit against the County and Cordoba.  The lawsuit resulted in Cordoba withdrawing its application, and executing a settlement agreement mandating it obtain an E.I.R. if they refiled.

Cordoba, apparently not willing to build anywhere else; i.e. in an urban area of the County devoid of numerous ‘Special Area’ ordinances or other restrictions on noise, traffic, septic, building design, etc., instead threatened to sue the County for violating federal RLUIPA law (Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act).   Continue reading

California: Muslim immigrant from Sudan gets 30 years for trying to help ISIS

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Yet another Muslim immigrant jihadist whom U.S. taxpayers will be burdened with for life. Source: Ex-college student sentenced to 30 years for trying to help ISIS

A former California college student was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison for trying to aid the Islamic State group.

Muhanad Badawi, 25, was also sentenced to a lifetime of supervised release during a hearing in federal court in Santa Ana. He was convicted earlier this year of conspiracy to aid a foreign terrorist organization and other crimes.

Authorities said Badawi and now-25-year-old Nader Elhuzayel concocted a scheme for Elhuzayel to fly to the Middle East to fight for the Islamic State and that Badawi lent him his debit card to buy a one-way plane ticket to Israel with a six-hour layover in Turkey.

The men, who were arrested last year, shared their support for the Islamic State in conversation and on social media. In recorded conversations, the pair discussed how it would be a blessing “to die in the battlefield,” the U.S. attorney’s office said.

“The significant sentence the defendant received illustrates the gravity of this crime and the threat the defendants posed to the United States,” Deirdre Fike, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles office, said in a statement.

Federal authorities had asked for the 30-year sentence for Badawi with lifetime supervised release, which is the same sentence that Elhuzayel received last month from U.S. District Judge David O. Carter.

Defense attorney Kate Corrigan, who has said Badawi never actually intended to fight for the Islamic State, had requested half the amount of prison time and 20 years of supervision.

She cited his lack of criminal history and age and said she planned to appeal the sentence.

“The real message from today’s hearing is that anyone who thinks they want to support ISIS or even dabble in its rhetoric better be ready to serve a lot of time in prison,” she wrote in an email.

Badawi was born in Sudan but moved to the United States as a child and lived in Orange County, where he studied engineering, Corrigan said.

While in custody, he stopped eating and dropped from 140 to 109 pounds before a judge ordered him force-fed last December.

 

California Passes Bill Giving Muslims Special Protections (aka Sharia Law)

Muslims supremacists have again succeeding in elevating themselves above all others in America. Just like in Kansas City and New York. Plague-like.

Taxpayers will fund this effort. Source: California Gov. Signs Law to Address Muslim, Sikh, South Asian American Bullying – NBC News

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed new legislation last week aimed at giving students a safer school environment, according to his office.

Bill AB-2845, also known as the “Safe Place to Learn Act,” seeks to address bullying of South Asian, Muslim-, and Sikh-American students as well as those mistaken to belong to those groups by providing school staff with school-site and community resources as well as require the superintendent of public instruction to publish anti-bullying resources related to religious and perceived religious affiliation on its website, according to Asian-Americans Advancing Justice — California (AAAJ-CA), one of the organizations behind the law.

The law was sponsored by Assemblymember Das Williams (D-37) and developed in collaboration with The Sikh Coalition, the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), AAAJ-CA, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

“This is a landmark bill for California that will curb bullying and discrimination in the classroom,” Harjit Kaur, community development manager for The Sikh Coalition, told NBC News. “AB 2845 ensures the right of every child to practice his/her faith freely in public schools. We look forward to implementing this bill and engaging with communities and schools across California to address bullying and discrimination in the classroom.”

The bill passed unanimously in the California Assembly 79 to 0 and passed 34 to 3 in the California Senate.


Comment from the terrorist-named Muslim organization CAIR removed.

Suffice it to say they dragged along (or propped up) the Sikhs, whom would normally be a target of jihadists outside the US just like all other non-Muslims.

American students – if you question Islam, speak ill of Islam or are merely accused of looking at a Muslim funny – you will go to jail in California. That is sharia law.

 

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