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August 20, 2013 0

The One Million Muslim March On 9/11

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Rabbi Alam and Brigitte Gabriel appear on Sean Han­nity program

The Amer­i­can Mus­lim Polit­i­cal Action (AMPAC), an orga­ni­za­tion with a rel­a­tively insignif­i­cant pres­ence among Amer­i­can Mus­lims, cre­ated a strong media reac­tion by announc­ing its inten­tion to orga­nize a “One Mil­lion Mus­lim March” to the U.S. Capi­tol on Sep­tem­ber 11, 2013. AMPAC was founded and is run by Mr. Rabbi Alam (“Rabbi” is his first name), an Amer­i­can war vet­eran orig­i­nally from Bangladesh with a past record of mak­ing con­tro­ver­sial and big­oted statements.

Sev­eral US media out­lets and activists have high­lighted some of Alam’s past anti-Semitic and con­spir­a­to­r­ial remarks imply­ing Jew­ish involve­ment in the 9/11 attacks. For exam­ple, in 2009 Alam posted a com­ment on Topix, a web-based forum, on the dis­cus­sion topic “Was 9/11 a con­spir­acy?” He wrote “a big yes from my own under­stand­ing.” In the same post, Alam ques­tioned why 9/11 was an “offi­cial holidy for all jew­ish peo­ple [who] worked in the WTC [sic]” and added “who can tell me how many of the Jew­ish peo­ple died on the 9/11 tragedy? [sic].”

AMPAC’s web­site also states, “The his­tory of the Jewish-Zionist lobby AIPAC shows that it is more effec­tive to be ‘rad­i­cal’ and express one’s views strongly and hon­estly, than to be fear­ful and timid. The best defense is a good offense.”

Alam recently appeared on Fox News with Brigitte Gabriel, leader of  Act! for Amer­ica, to dis­cuss the march with Sean Han­nity. The inter­view called into ques­tion his abil­ity to orga­nize a large event, and under­scored his will­ing­ness to stir con­tro­versy. By his state­ments, he made it read­ily appar­ent why some anti-Muslim groups would find him a con­ve­nient exam­ple to cite in pro­mot­ing their agenda.

To date, there is lit­tle evi­dence of sup­port for the march from Amer­i­can Muslims.

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July 19, 2013 1

Christopher Wade Briggs, Would-be Gunman, Posts Picture Of Self In Front Of White House

Secret Ser­vice agents in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., arrested an armed man in Lafayette Park across from the White House on July 16.  The man, Christo­pher Wade Briggs of San Anto­nio, Texas, report­edly took a loaded hand­gun out of a back­pack.  Briggs also had two addi­tional mag­a­zines of ammu­ni­tion, over 170 more rounds of ammo, and two hunt­ing knives.christopher-briggs

Accord­ing to court doc­u­ments, Brigg told offi­cers “I was only going to fire a cou­ple of shots if no one con­fronted me.”   Offi­cers charged him with car­ry­ing a pis­tol with­out a license, two counts of pos­ses­sion of pro­hib­ited weapons, and other related charges.

Briggs is a com­puter pro­gram­mer who grav­i­tated to right-wing causes and devel­oped an antag­o­nism towards Barack Obama, as expressed in a num­ber of on-line post­ings.  These include a post on one Web site made ear­lier in 2013, in which he claimed to believe, “with all my heart, God has a plan for all the elected or appointed lead­ers, even Obama and Hitler.” 

Briggs oper­ated a Twit­ter feed and, briefly, a small Web site, both dubbed Your Free­dom News.  The Web site gen­er­ally fea­tured arti­cles from a far right-wing posi­tion.  One arti­cle on the Web site (pre­sum­ably by Briggs) claimed that every day the author woke up to see “some gov­ern­ment official…subverting the Con­sti­tu­tion of These United States” and asserted that the POTUS (Pres­i­dent of the United States) “is pur­posely try­ing to destroy this coun­try.”  In another arti­cle posted by Briggs but writ­ten by a rel­a­tive named Wal­ter Briggs with the title “Let the Cais­sons Roll!”, Wal­ter Briggs asserted that Obama wanted to make it a crim­i­nal offense in the United States to be a Christian.

On July 14, Briggs posted a pho­to­graph to his Face­book pro­file of him­self stand­ing next to a life-size replica of Barack Obama (such as one might find at a wax museum), with a fist raised as if to strike the Pres­i­dent.  When his mother expressed sur­prise at the pho­to­graph, Briggs responded, “Can I not take a vaca­tion?”  On Tues­day, July 16, the day Briggs would be arrested, he posted another pho­to­graph of him­self, this time stand­ing with a back­pack in front of the White House.  A Face­book friend asked Brigg if he were allowed there after “that last felony con­vic­tion,” but Briggs did not reply.

At some time before 5:00pm, Briggs made a last post to his Face­book pro­file, addressed to the “news media,” call­ing on them to leave his friends and fam­ily alone.  In an appar­ent ref­er­ence to what was to come, Briggs stated that “[I] do this nei­ther as a left winger or a right winger” and that he just could not live with him­self any more.  He urged peo­ple to “come together as a nation and solve the issues” and “do what is best for this country.”

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November 19, 2012 0

“Israel should be Ended Once and For All,” “Crucify Him, Crucify Them…Israel’s Policy:” A Round-Up of Anti-Israel Protests in the U.S., November 17–18

Over the week­end, more than two dozen anti-Israel protests were held in cities across the United States. Below is a round-up of the extreme mes­sages and signs that were on dis­play at just a small sam­pling of these demonstrations.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

New Haven, CT

Approx­i­mately two dozen pro­test­ers gath­ered out­side the New Haven cour­t­house and then pro­ceeded to march in down­town New Haven. An activist with the ANSWER Coali­tion addressed the crowd first and said, “We’re here to say to peo­ple that Israel should be ended once and for all.” She also advo­cated for Boy­cott, Divest­ment and Sanc­tions (BDS) and encour­aged the crowd to fight “U.S. impe­ri­al­ism.” Pro­test­ers engaged in chants of “From the river to the sea, Pales­tine will be free!,” “Long live Intifada!,” and “Viva, Viva Palestina.” They held signs that read, “Resist Zion­ism and Impe­ri­al­ism” and “Israel – Guilty of war crimes.”

Fort Laud­erdale, FL

About 150 peo­ple gath­ered out­side the United States Fed­eral Cour­t­house in Fort Laud­erdale hold­ing signs that read “This isn’t war, this is geno­cide,” “Stop the new Holo­caust,” and “Apartheid+occupation=Israel.” Other signs read “Stop the Pales­tin­ian Holo­caust by Israel,” “If 9/11 deserves a moment of silence… Then Pales­tine deserves to never speak again,” and “The geno­cide goes on. Gaza needs your voice NOW.”

Activists at the rally chanted a vari­ety of slo­gans includ­ing “Hey hey, ho ho, this occu­pa­tion has gotta go!” “From the [Jor­dan] River to the [Mediter­ranean] Sea, Pales­tine will be free!” and “Gaza will never die! Free, free Gaza!” A par­tic­i­pant at the protest wore a t-shirt that said “Stop the Pales­tin­ian Holo­caust by Israel.”

Austin, TX

Activists demon­strated out­side the Texas Capi­tol build­ing for a rally called “Austin stands with Gaza.” Signs at the rally included “Israel is killing chil­dren in Gaza, stop U.S. com­plic­ity,” “Zion­ism is racism,” “Zion­ism is theft and anti-Semitic ter­ror,” and “Stop Israeli ter­ror­ism!” In addi­tion, a young child at the rally held a sign that said “Chil­dren like me are being killed with your tax dollars.”

Chants at the rally included “Netanyahu go to Hell, USA of Israel,” “Self-defense is a lie, what they do is geno­cide!” “The Pales­tini­ans are oppressed, boy­cott, sanc­tions, divest!” and “From Pales­tine to Mex­ico, all the walls of have got to go.” The lat­est chant refers to an increased effort by anti-Israel activists to link the Pales­tin­ian strug­gle with immi­grant issues in the U.S. and the U.S.-Mexico bor­der fence.

San Fran­cisco, CA

Approx­i­mately 100 pro­test­ers gath­ered out­side the Israeli Con­sulate for the third straight day. Signs were held that said “Stop U.S.-Israeli geno­cide,” “Free Pales­tine, sup­port the right of return,” and “Stop Israel’s slaugh­ter in Gaza. Cut off all U.S. Aid.”

Fol­low­ing the demon­stra­tion out­side of the Con­sulate, activists marched to Union Square chant­ing var­i­ous slo­gans includ­ing “Long live the intifada, intifada, intifada,” “No peace, no state,” “While you’re shop­ping bombs are drop­ping,” and “not another nickel, not another dime, no more money for Israel’s crimes!”

 SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18

Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

Pro­test­ers gath­ered at the Israeli Embassy hold­ing signs that read, “Obama Grow a Spine End the Geno­cide in Pales­tine! Quit Being Israel’s Pup­pet,” “G-d’s ‘Cho­sen Peo­ple’ Guilty of War Crimes,” “Is Wash­ing­ton Under Israeli Occu­pa­tion?” and “Cru­cify Him, Cru­cify Them…Israel’s Pol­icy,” which seemed to sug­gest that Israel was respon­si­ble for Jesus’s death. Other signs that were printed by some of the anti-Israel orga­ni­za­tions that coor­di­nated the rally read, “Stop Israel’s Slaugh­ter in Gaza” and “End the Siege on Gaza.”

Press TV, an English-language Iran­ian news sta­tion, inter­viewed some of the pro­test­ers who used extreme and inac­cu­rate lan­guage to con­demn Israel, includ­ing describ­ing Gaza as a “land prison” and claim­ing that Israel “mas­sa­cred thou­sands of civil­ians” in Gaza dur­ing Oper­a­tion Cast Lead.  

New York

Approx­i­mately 500 peo­ple demon­stra­tors gath­ered in Times Square hold­ing signs that read “Israel is a ter­ror­ist state” and “Judaism Yes! Zion­ism No! State of Israel Must Go.” The lat­ter sign was held by a mem­ber of Neturei Karta, an ultra-Orthodox anti-Zionist orga­ni­za­tion that is a fix­ture at anti-Israel ral­lies in New York and Wash­ing­ton, D.C. A sep­a­rate pro­tester who was inter­viewed by FarsNews, an offi­cial Iran­ian agency, said that Israel is able to “get away with it” because of the U.S.: “Amer­ica is the real ter­ror­ist state and as long as Amer­ica uncon­di­tion­ally sup­ports Israel, the blood of Pales­tini­ans will con­tinue to be shed.”

San Diego

An anti-Israel protest to counter a pro-Israel event was orga­nized by the Al-Awda chap­ter in San Diego. After the event ended, the leader of the group posted a mes­sage on Face­book thank­ing peo­ple for attend­ing the protest. The  activist, Zahi Damuni, wrote that par­tic­i­pants in the pro-Israel rally were a “lot of obnox­ious racist peo­ple” and that the counter-protest “damp­ened the cel­e­bra­tion of the car­nage that their Zion­ist racist state is com­mit­ting.” He also called for all of Pales­tine to be free “from the River to the Sea,” which is a call for the destruc­tion of the state of Israel.

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