A huge crowd of
43 Â 30 + Â Muslims and Â a few Â concerned infidels came out in solidarity with the NYPD, among them Tareq Fatah and Zuhdi Yasser. A pathetic attempt to show that the mythical “moderate muslim” exists.
In a twist, Muslim groups were the organizers and support what some call “spying.”
“Muslims: Hoo-Ray! Group backs NYPD surveillance effort,” by Jessica Simeone for theNew York Post, March 6:
WhileÂ many Islamist organizations are aiming their attacks at the NYPD, some Muslim voices have been raised in support of the Police Department.
“The NYPD is not spying. The NYPD is carrying out effective surveillance,” Rep. Peter King told CBS 2’s Tony Aiello.
The Department has been under fire for monitoring mosques, Muslim merchants and student groups. Critics,Â like many seen over the weekend, call it race-based spying.
But on Monday, many Muslims gathered to say it’s not spying;Â it’s good police work, necessary to keep the city safe from terror.
“Those who undermine the NYPD â€” trust me â€” they are the enemies of freedom, liberty. They may not say so but their hidden message is very clear,” said Tarek Fatah of the Muslim North American Congress.
One sign didn’t say “New York,” but rather “American Muslims Support NYPD.” Most of the speakers came from outside the state. There was one New Yorker who took the podium, a young Muslim who’s a senior at a Catholic school on Staten Island.
“My name is Samir Abdelkhalek,” he said, adding he would have no problem with the NYPD conducting surveillance at his mosque.
“No, I would not. I’m in a public place. I have nothing to hide. I love my country and I really have nothing to hide from the NYPD,” Abdelkhalek said.
But other local Muslims had harsh words for the event.
Linda Sarsour of the Muslim-American Civil Liberties Coalition said police should not be monitoring Muslims without reasonable cause.
“I think this is a shameful event. We will continue to say that the NYPD is religiously profiling the entire Muslim community,” Sarsour said.
From “pro-NYPD” to “con”Â there’s no sign this dispute is going away.
Krispy Kreme Christie Â declares his support for the jihad:
The NYPD surveillanceÂ effort crossed over into New Jersey, angering Gov. Chris Christie. On Monday, Christie said he “may” revoke the policy that gave the NYPD limited authority to operate in the Garden State.