UPDATED September 14th, 2012
Original Post Monday, June 07, 2010
As a hot, humid wind blew off New York Harbor, Mitzner joined some 500 others to stir up a rhetorical whirlwind of protest against a proposal to build a mosque and Islamic cultural center near the site of America’s bloodiest terror attack. Unfortunately, this is what Ground Zero has now become — a scene of protests.
Engine and landing gear parts leave smoke trails after United flight 175 struck the south tower. The engine portion came to rest at Church and Murray Streets; the landing gear on the roof of 45 Park Place, the Burlington Coat Factory. Parts of a landing gear from one of the planes that hit the World Trade Center on 9/11 broke through the roof and two floors, see tagged above on loading cart in elevator. The Burlington Coat Factory had not yet opened for busness that day, and employees were having breakfast in the basement. No one there was injured.”
There is no airplane wheel assembly in the Burlington Coat Factory at 45 Park Place NY slated to become a Mosque, 9/11 WTC was a NYPD and FBI crime scene all plane parts were taken to Fresh Kills sorting area.
“It’s insensitive to the 9/11 families because Islam’s faith was so central to the actions of 9/11,” said Corbett, who also drove to the protest rally, held on a plaza across from Ground Zero where families have gathered in recent years on the anniversary of the attacks to mourn loved ones.
In North Jersey, many Muslim leaders say they support the mosque — and, indeed, see it as a way to present a much clearer view of Islamic theology and counteract what they feel is the warped spirituality of the 9/11 hijackers.
“Islam was hijacked by the terrorists,” said Aref Assaf of Denville, who is president of the Paterson-based American Arab Forum and who has donated funds to the Ground Zero mosque. “It was not Islam that caused the events of 9/11. It was the terrorists.”
“I disagree with what they are protesting. It almost seems as if there is a denial of religious rights,” added Salaheddin Mustafa of Clifton, who runs the New Jersey chapter of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.
Such views were unfortunately not on display at Sunday’s rally. Indeed, in tone and in the personalities it attracted, Sunday’s rally (Pamela Geller’s SIOA hate fest) was far different from the many Ground Zero gatherings and memorial services of recent years.
Only a handful of 9/11 victims’ relatives came on Sunday 6/06/2010 to the protest. Sunday’s crowd included representatives of the conservative Tea Party movement, some of them wearing anti-tax T-shirts that had nothing to do with Ground Zero, Islam or terrorism.
“We must take a stand and we must say no” shouted rally organizer Pamela Geller as the crowd roared approval. Moments later, another keynote speaker, Robert Spencer sparked more cheers when he asked,”Are you tired of being lied to?” Spencer, however, did not explain precisely what lies he was referring to (this is his usual M.O.).
Many protesters held American flags. Many carried signs. “A Mosque at Ground Zero Spits on the Graves of 9/11,” one placard proclaimed. Another sign depicted a toilet with this message “This is a Mosque Do You Want it Built at Ground Zero?”
“I’m a Christian,” Nassralla shouted to the crowd, his eyes bulging and beads of sweat rolling down his face. But it was no use. The protesters had become so angry at what they thought were Muslims that New York City police officers had to rush in and pull Nassralla and El Masry to safety. “I flew nine hours in an airplane to come here,” a frustrated Nassralla said afterward (pamela geller mob hysteria) .
Late last month, after New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a variety of political leaders announced their support for the project, the lower Manhattan community board voted 29-1, with 10 abstentions, to approve Cordoba House.
But there is still one hurdle left. Because plans call for extensive renovations to the former Burlington Coat Factory building, the center needs approval from the Landmark Preservation Commission.
See NY Post Article “‘CAR-SCAM’ LINK EYED BY COPS”…While probing the murder of car salesman Collin Thomas outside the showroom of Universal Auto World in Lawrence, L.I., in January, cops unraveled what they said was a massive scam at the dealership. Employees at Universal allegedly stole and bought identities, then used the IDs to obtain at least $1.3 million in financing for fancy cars, court records show.
The luxury models, including Maseratis and Aston Martins, were allegedly sold or transferred under the table to individuals who didn’t want cars in their real names. Nassau County Police Lt. Kevin Smith said his department and city cops were investigating if accused cop shooters Dexter Bostic and Robert Ellis knew Thomas and were part of the scam.
Bostic worked as a car salesman at Five Towns Mitsubishi, just up the road from Universal on Burnside Avenue in Inwood. Ellis, who lived with Bostic, also may have once worked at Five Towns. As part of the homicide probe, Nassau County police raided the dealership, owned by auto czar Michael Oshry, and Oshry’s Hewlett Harbor home and seized business records. Cops found banking records were sent to the house, though the state requires such files be kept at businesses, according to court papers filed in a civil forfeiture action by the Nassau district attorney.
“The dealership knew what was going on,” an investigator said. His ex-wife, Pamela Geller, former associate publisher of the New York Observer and a conservative blogger (Atlas Shrugs), burst into tears when told her ex is under criminal investigation. Although listed in business records as a Universal co-owner, Pamela Geller denied it. “I have nothing to do with this,” Pamela Geller said.
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