Hollywood Chooses Swank Sharia-Owned Hotel Over LGBT Boycott

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Source: Polo Lounge Rises Back to Heights of Power Lunch Ranks After Fizzled Boycott – Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood shunned the beloved Beverly Hills Hotel spot in 2014 over its owner the Sultan of Brunei’s implementation of anti-gay laws, but the industry gradually has crept its way back to the old-school eatery, now at No. 6 on THR’s annual list.

“It’s back,” declares WME partner Richard Weitz.

The movie musical? Jazzercise? The Hummer? No, what Weitz is referring to is the Polo Lounge.

For a while, it wasn’t looking too good for the old-school haunt at the Beverly Hills Hotel. It had plummeted in The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual Power Lunch survey to No. 22 from No. 2 between 2014 and 2015.

That was after a boycott led by the Human Rights Campaign — in response to the Sultan of Brunei’s new anti-gay policies in his country — gained traction.

At the height of the protest, in May 2014, the restaurant was a ghost town, as evidenced by a THR lunchtime visit. Stars like Jay Leno showed up to protest the implementation of Sharia law in Brunei and major philanthropic events chaired by the likes of J.J. Abrams and Jeffrey Katzenberg relocated to other facilities.

Ellen DeGeneres tweeted that she wouldn’t visit until the issue was resolved. Longtime guests Elton John and David Furnish stated, “We can’t lie in a suite at the Beverly Hills and ignore the fact that the hotel is stained with the blood of gay people.”

Yet the shunning was short-lived, whether due to questions over its efficacy or merely the lure of those McCarthy salads (“a favorite,” says philanthropist Barbara Davis).

By last year, visitors who are either out or maintain close ties to the LGBTQ community had returned to the hotel, including Megan Ellison, Miley Cyrus and Dita Von Teese.

Now the love fest is fully in session once again for what awards consultant Lisa Taback calls the “iconic” patio and reality TV producer Arthur Smith describes as “an hour of vacation in the middle of day.”


Previous posts on the boycott here:

Hollywood catches sudden case of Islamophobia, protests sharia

John Legend catches Islamophobia, boycotts Beverly Hills Hotel, sharia law in Brunei

Muslims Terrorize Jewish Students at UC-Irvine Movie Screening, Police Rescue

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Islamo-supremacy and militancy will not be reported by the media.

Source: Muslim Students Disrupt Jewish Movie Screening

Two student groups at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), ambushed a movie screening held by Students Supporting Israel (SSI).

The protesters belonged to the Muslim Student Union and the Students for Justice in Palestine. Apparently, the presence of two former Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers sent them over the edge and feared for their safety.

Yes, the group actually believed that the two former IDF soldiers “threatened our coalition of Arab, black, undocumented, trans, and the greater activist community.”

But their protest left those in the event fearing for their life as the demonstrators blocked the exits and would not let people leave. People frantically called campus police for help, who “had to escort Jewish students away from the scene.”

Kevin Brum, SSI’s vice president, said the police only escorted them away because the protesters had a right to be there.

The Jewish Federation & Family services and Hillel at UIC said the protesters “physically intimidated and threatened on student attempting to enter the event.” The incident will not deter the groups from moving forward with more events:

Hillel and Rose Project continue to work with the university administration to investigate the incident. We encourage the administration to hold accountable the protestors who threatened our students. We continue our work to ensure that Jewish and pro-Israel students are able to engage in programming in a safe environment.

Our students are not intimidated. Today’s Artists for Israel event on the main thoroughfare is going forward as scheduled, with Hillel adding further protections to ensure student safety. We are also providing support for students who need to talk about Wednesday’s incident.

We appreciate your continued support, as Hillel and Rose Project work to ensure students are free to express their support for Israel on campus, and all students are protected against threats and intimidation.

UCI released this statement:

“Last night, an incident occurred on campus that we believe crossed the line of civility, prompting me to re-emphasize our position on free speech, safety, and mutual respect.

“The incident centered on a film-viewing event sponsored by Students Supporting Israel. A group of protesters reportedly disrupted the event, blocking exit paths. Participants feared for their safety, calling on our police for assistance.

“While this university will protect freedom of speech, that right is not absolute. As I mentioned in a campus message at the beginning of the academic year, threats, harassment, incitement, and defamatory speech are not protected. We must shelter everyone’s right to speak freely—without fear or intimidation—and allow events to proceed without disruption and potential danger.

“We are thoroughly analyzing all reports and information regarding this incident and investigating whether disciplinary or legal actions are appropriate.

“The month of May is filled with cultural celebrations and remembrances that highlight the diversity of this brilliant campus. Please respect your colleagues’ right to recognize their heritage and express opinions in a safe environment.”

Chancellor Howard Gillman condemned the Muslim protest:

“A group of protesters reportedly disrupted the event, blocking exit paths. Participants feared for their safety, calling on our police force for assistance,” Gillman continued. “While this university will protect freedom of speech, that right is not absolute. As I mentioned in a campus message at the beginning of the academic year (freespeech.uci.edu), threats, harassment, incitement and defamatory speech are not protected. We must shelter everyone’s right to speak freely – without fear or intimidation – and allow events to proceed without disruption and potential danger.”

In March, the University of California regents adopted a document from January, which included an amendment that added “anti-Zionism” as a form discrimination.


More: Jewish Woman Forced to Hide From Muslim Thugs at UC-Irvine

Sophomore Eliana Kopley had just left a Holocaust-related event when she was walking toward the facility featuring a screening of “Beneath the Helmet,” a documentary about the Israel Defense Forces. As she arrived at the event hosted by Students Supporting Israel, Ms. Kopley was met by an angry crowd pounding on the doors and windows—engaged in violent chants targeting the Jewish state.

“I was terrified. There is no other word to describe how I felt,” Ms. Kopley told the Haym Salomon Center.

As the mob tried to gain entrance to the event, one protestor shouted, “If we’re not allowed in, you’re not allowed in!”

As Ms. Kopley was being rescued by police, local and campus law enforcement agencies also arrived to protect Jewish students and pro-Israel activists from the protestors. Police brought Ms. Kopley to the screening safely, but as she was comforted by fellow students she was overtaken by emotions and began to cry. The dozen attendees, as well as two veteran IDF soldiers who were invited to participate in a panel discussion, were escorted by police in two groups back to campus to ensure their safety.


UC-Irvine is a Hamas/Brotherhood hotspot. Previous posts here.

‘Islamophobia Studies’ Are Coming To A College Near You

The sharia supremacists are taking their media-backed cottage industry big time. From the junior circuits of public school indoctrination where only the elite profit to college campuses.

Source: ‘Islamophobia Studies’ Are Coming To A College Near You, And There Won’t Be Any Debate About It – Campus Watch

by Cinnamon Stillwell

“Before I get started, I just wanted to say that we are meeting on stolen indigenous people’s land. That’s really important to acknowledge.” So declared San Francisco State University race and resistance studies professor Rabab Abdulhadi, at the University of California, Berkeley’s Seventh Annual International Islamophobia Conference in April.

Muslims chiding others about stealing land is quite ironic…as the doctrine of hijrah is ongoing…even in the United States.

Rabab Abdulhadi

Rabab Abdulhadi

Abdulhadi’s seemingly disjointed declaration was typical of the post-colonial, “intersectionality”-driven jargon of the entire conference, which sought to link the mythical plight of America’s prosperous, content Muslim population, with the struggles of every oppressed minority known to man. It was also an opportunity for two academic centers at opposite ends of the country to join forces and promote what was euphemistically referred to at the 2015 UC Berkeley conference as “Islamophobia studies.”

While UC Berkeley Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project (IRDP) director and conference convener Hatem Bazian gave the opening remarks, John Esposito, founding director of Georgetown University’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU) and project director of ACMCU’s Bridge Initiative, “a multi-year research project that connects the academic study of Islamophobia with the public square,” was the undisputed star.

Esposito was introduced by Munir Jiwa, director of the Center for Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, who, after noting that one of the scheduled speakers on the same panel was unable to attend, added with a smile, “I’m sure Dr. Esposito will be happy to take up the time.” Esposito did not disappoint, delivering a long, rambling talk filled with humorous asides and one-liners to which the audience responded with hearty laughter. He clearly reveled in being the center of attention and joked at the outset about his family, “They think I’m a humble person; my wife will tell you that I’m faking it.”

Musing on his experiences in academe regarding Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution, Esposito claimed that prior to that, “there was no Islam unit in the American academy” and thus, “no jobs when I finished my degree.” He later returned to the subject: “The first half of my career, people treated me like an academic, which means they ignore you. You’re in the Ivory Tower, who cares? The Iranian revolution changed that.”

Esposito lamented that the “lens through which Islam and Muslims came to be seen was people chanting, ‘Death to America,'” and, blaming the U.S. instead of Iran’s bellicose theocracy, concluded, “The danger was that we’re looking for a new global threat” and “Islam was the only global ideology.”

Presenting “Islamophobia” as an empirical fact, Esposito wondered aloud that there are “still those who want to say it does not exist.” He criticized “the mainstream media” for promulgating this alleged bigotry beginning with the Ground Zero Mosque controversy and, after announcing that “media coverage of Islam hit an all-time high” in 2015, conceded that “the causes are fairly obvious and some of them are good reasons to be concerned: international terrorist attacks.” Yet, he accused the media of “hyping the threat in America and Europe” and insisted, referencing to the April 19 anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, that the “main terrorist threat is from white, anti-government, also often Christian-identity type movements. That has to come out.”

Turning to the “anti-Islamophobia” movement, Esposito praised reports from biased, complicit sources such as the Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR)—a conference cosponsor—and the Center for American Progress for exposing a “cottage industry” and funding “for these kinds of things,” before directing the audience to the Bridge Initiative website. He said nothing about the conflict of interest in Bridge’s substantial Saudi funding, instead focusing on the initiative’s efforts to “set up alternative narratives,” “penetrate social media,” and achieve “search engine optimization,” before deducing, “It’s the storytelling.”

Clearly, that “storytelling” has had its intended effect in Western academe, for, in a revealing statement, Esposito pointed out that, “As someone who speaks at a lot of conference and universities, the last few years, ninety percent of my invitations [in the U.S. and UK] have to do with Islamophobia.”

It’s little wonder that “Islamophobia studies” appears to be proliferating. IRDP is certainly doing its part with its politicized bi-annual publication, the Islamophobia Studies Journal, and by linking this year’s conference with the Bridge Initiative and by extension, the East Coast with the West.

“Islamophobia studies” may be in its infancy, but the growing number of national and international conferences devoted to the subject indicate a disturbingly bright future for this anti-intellectual endeavor. And why not? Given the politicized, pro-Islamist nature of Middle East studies and victimology’s pride of place in contemporary academe, it’s a Faustian bargain for our time.


There’s a war going on. Future generations will ask why you chose to stay silent and let this happen.

California: Saudi at Culver City mosque linked to 9/11 attack

Source: Worker at LA-area mosque may be linked to 9/11 attack | abc7.com

In the three years following the terror attacks the 9/11 Commission found no evidence the Saudi government or high-ranking Saudi officials funded Al Qaeda.

But John Lehman — a former member of that investigative commission — said a classified section of the investigation shows that as many as six Saudi individuals may have played a role in the attacks. One of those people, he said, is a man who worked at Culver City’s King Fahad Mosque.

Mahomed Khan, who handles public relations for the King Fahad Mosque, said if that was the case, the man was clearly not a representative of the mosque.

Khan also questioned the timing of the new concern, pointing out that the 9/11 Commission wrapped up its investigation 12 years ago.

“You wonder, ‘Does this have to do with the election cycle?’ I’m not saying it is or isn’t but why now? Why couldn’t the commissioners deal with it back then?” he said.

But Lehman said the investigation didn’t look hard enough into lower-level Saudi involvement. Former Federal Prosecutor Richard Ben-Veniste agreed

“We would not be so arrogant as to think that we, with our limited time and resources, have investigated every single aspect that there is to look at in the 9/11 disaster,” he said.

Ben-Veniste and Lehman were calling for a new federal probe and the release of 28 pages of classified documents from the original investigation, even though Lehman admitted they contain no smoking gun.

The Saudi government supports releasing those pages as does Khan, but in situations like this, he worries about misguided backlash against Muslims.


Meanwhile, Obama Signals Veto of Senate Bill Allowing 9/11 Families to Sue Saudi Arabia.

More:

Memos on Alleged Saudi-Affiliated Support of the 9/11 Attacks

The National Archives released a series of memos written by Sept. 11 Commission staff members, a compilation of numerous possible connections between the hijackers and Saudis inside the United States. The document appears to be a glimpse into what is still contained in the classified 28 pages of the congressional inquiry into the 2001 attacks.

 

California: Muslim fugitive caught, files lawsuit over hijab removal

Once again we see the fake piety. This broad had at least 3 warrants outstanding for vehicle theft, resisting arrest and petty theft. She had no problem committing crimes, but to remove the head covering was just intolerable.

via Long Beach police respond to lawsuit filed over removal of Muslim woman’s headscarf

Police said they have a duty to protect all people who are in their custodial care.

The Greater Los Angeles Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations filed the lawsuit today in Los Angeles federal court on behalf of Kirsty Powell, who alleges that the incident occurred May 5, 2015 at the Long Beach police station.

Long Beach City Attorney Charles Parkin said his office has not yet been served with the lawsuit, and therefore had no comment.

In a statement late Monday, the police department said it removed Powell’s headscarf – as it does for other items such as belts, neckties and shoelaces – for the safety of the individual, staff and other prisoners.

“We respect the religious rights and beliefs of all people and understand the sensitivity of this matter,” said Chief Robert Luna said in a statement.”

According to CAIR, Powell and her husband, Deshawn Smith, who are both African American, were driving home near Market Street and Long Beach Boulevard when they were pulled over by an officer with the Long Beach Police Department.

Police said officers pulled over the car Powell was riding in for having an unsafe hydraulic suspension. Officers discovered she had three outstanding misdemeanor warrants, for vehicle theft, resisting arrest and petty theft.

During the arrest she was told by the officers that she would have to remove her hijab, according to CAIR, which says Powell made several requests for a female officer to search her. Police said the scarf was removed and “placed into her property bag where it was secured.” Her bail was set at $36,000.

The political advocacy group says officers informed Powell that she was “not allowed to wear her hijab” and that they were “allowed to touch a woman.”

While handcuffed at the police station, the arresting officer forcibly removed Powell’s head covering and forced her to remain exposed overnight, in plain view of other male officers and dozens of inmates, the suit alleges.

CAIR-LA Civil Rights attorney Yalda Satar says Powell’s First Amendment rights to the free exercise of religion were violated.

At least four female officers were at the station and available to remove Powell’s hijab, which she repeatedly requested, Satar said. One female officer escorted Powell to a holding cell, after her headscarf had been removed, Satar said.

“It’s usually done in private, having them remove it, patting it down so there’s no kind of weapon in there or contraband,” Satar said. “Initially, the request was made at the intersection.”

Police said they have a duty to protect all people who are in their custodial care.

The department “takes great pride in our community partnerships,” according to the statement. “We will continue to work with local religious leaders to make sure we are mindful of cultural sensitivities while ensuring the safety of all involved.” Officials added they will also reach out to other local law enforcement agencies to ensure that the department’s policies and practices are consistent with industry standards.


Apparently the media or police department did not make the mugshot available. Why not?

Meanwhile, Tareq Oubrou, director of the Bordeaux Mosque, said on May 7 that wearing a hijab, or Islamic headscarf, is not a mandatory religious practice for women.

Los Angeles: Tens of Thousands Rally at Turkish Consulate Over Genocide of 1.5M Armenian Christians

You probably didn’t see this on the tv news.

Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times Armenian protesters, foreground, and a group of Turkish protesters, top, yell back and forth to each other during the rally outside of the Turkish Consulate on Wilshire Boulevard.

Armenian protesters, foreground, and a group of Turkish protesters, top, yell back and forth to each other during the rally outside of the Turkish Consulate on Wilshire Boulevard. (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

Source: Over 60K Rally in the US to Commemorate Genocide of Armenian Christians as Obama Calls It ‘Mass Atrocity’

Tens of thousands of Armenian Christians gathered in California and Idaho Sunday, calling for justice, on the 101st anniversary of the Armenian genocide, which President Barack Obama chose to call “mass atrocities.”

Some in the crowd of about 60,000 that rallied at the Turkish Consulate on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon chanted “Get your hands off our land!” while others shouted, “Eastern Turkey is western Armenia!” according to Los Angeles Times.

In Twin Falls, Idaho, several others gathered at City Park to commemorate the anniversary, according to KMTV. “Forget me not. That’s exactly what we are doing. We will never forget that,” Svetlana Movsesyan, an Armenian, was quoted as saying.

“It affects everybody when we have a sort of tragedy like this so it’s important that we come together and make remembrance of such events,” Father Michael Habib of St. Ignatius of Antioch Church was quoted as saying. “Forget culture, forget religion. As people we need to support one another. Especially in times like this.”

April 24, 1915, marked the beginning of the Armenian genocide, which refers to the Ottoman Empire’s alleged systematic extermination of its minority Armenian subjects in their historic homeland within Ottoman Turkey and of those who lived in other parts of the territory constituting present-day Turkey. About 1.5 million people were killed in the genocide, according to estimates.

Armenians want the world to recognize the mass killings and forced relocations as genocide.

While more than 40 U.S. states have recognized the genocide, Turkey is a close U.S. ally in the Middle East, and President Obama chose not to mention the word genocide when his office made a formal statement on the anniversary.

“Today we solemnly reflect on the first mass atrocity of the 20th century — the Armenian Meds Yeghern — when one and a half million Armenian people were deported, massacred, and marched to their deaths in the final days of the Ottoman empire,” the statement read. “As we honor the memory of those who suffered during the dark days beginning in 1915 — and commit to learn from this tragedy so it may never be repeated — we also pay tribute to those who sought to come to their aid.”


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California: Cafe Countersues Muslim Women Fraudulently Claiming Discrimination

An update on the Muslim freeloaders who refuses to leave cafe and then waged legal jihad when kicked out.

Source: Urth Caffe Retains AFLC to Countersue Muslim Women Fraudulently Claiming Discrimination | American Freedom Law Center

Shortly after being served with a fraudulent lawsuit alleging religious discrimination, the Urth Caffe in Laguna Beach retained the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) to respond to the litigation.

David Yerushalmi, AFLC co-founder and senior counsel, issued the following statement:

“This lawsuit is a fraud and a hoax on the courts and the media.  Beware.”

Yerushalmi went on to explain:

“The Urth Caffe did not discriminate against the women who have filed this fraudulent lawsuit.  The claim that these women were asked to leave the café because they were wearing hijabs is laughable.  That night, as every Friday night, a large number of young people, including a majority of whom are Muslim and of Arab descent, make up the base of Urth Caffe’s customers.  Not surprisingly, many of these customers are women wearing hijabs.  None of these other Muslim women were asked to leave.  The women who now claim victim status were not asked to leave, but only to abide by the café’s policy to give up their high-demand outside patio table after 45 minutes to allow other customers, including those wearing hijabs, to enjoy the experience.”

Several key facts have been lost in the media frenzy to present this story in the wake of the hyped press conference of yesterday announcing the filing of the lawsuit.  First, one of two owners who manage the Urth Caffe is herself a Muslim woman.  Jilla Berkman, a co-owner of the Urth Caffe with her husband, was the one who actually authorized the call to the police after the women now claiming victim-status were loud and abusive to the Urth Caffe employees and refused to give up their table per the stated policy.  Second, the lead plaintiff in the frivolous lawsuit is Sara Farsakh, a college-age activist for Palestinian causes who self-promotes her involvement in radical organizations, at least one of which calls for the destruction of Israel.  Third, the organization behind the scenes organizing this fraudulent lawsuit is CAIR, or the Counsel on American-Islamic Relations.

Robert Muise, AFLC co-founder and senior counsel, explained:

CAIR, currently named a terrorist organization by the UAE, was previously named as an unindicted co-conspirator and Muslim Brotherhood-Hamas front group by the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the successful prosecution of a terrorist funding cell organized around one of the largest Muslim charities, the Holy Land Foundation (HLF).  HLF raised funds for violent jihad on behalf of Hamas, and top CAIR officials were part of the conspiracy.”

Muise added,

“It is not surprising that the FBI has publicly terminated its outreach activities with CAIR.  Moreover, this fraudulent lawsuit is what the Muslim Brotherhood itself describes as ‘civilization jihad.’  In other words, this lawsuit is being waged to use our anti-discrimination laws not for equal protection, but to attain special protection and rights for sharia-adherent Muslims who reject America and the Judeo-Christian values it stands for.”

AFLC has a history of successfully defending law-abiding Americans and American businesses against CAIR-induced lawsuits.  Just recently, a federal court in Florida dismissed a CAIR lawsuit against a gun store owner in Florida and a court in Michigan ordered a CAIR client to pay thousands of dollars in sanctions for issuing abusive subpoenas.

Yerushalmi remarked:

“This case will be no different. We intend to sue Farsakh and her co-conspirators for trespass and to seek damages for filing this fraudulent lawsuit.”

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