The palestine in which the people that handed out candy and celebrated 9-11. The one that has a soccer team named after suicide bombers, the one that has a museum honoring suicide bombers. The one whose area refuses to recognize Israel right to exist and in whose constitution states this. The same people who elected Hamas......
Amid flags and cheers, Paterson celebrates Palestinian-Americans
PATERSON — The raising of a flag at City Hall on Sunday was like any of the dozen or so similar events held in the city each year in a nod to its diversity.
Except it wasn’t.
That’s because the flag raised — for the first time in Paterson, and possibly at any city hall in the United States — was Palestinian. Symbols or assertions of Palestinian statehood are fraught with political sensitivities, and Khader Abuassab, the event’s organizer, said he received harassing phone calls before Sunday’s event.
But no problems were on display Sunday when the flag was raised in the rain before elected officials and about 150 people. People cheered, danced, shared sweets and shouted, “Long Live Palestine.”
“Palestine is our country and we are proud of that,” said Clifton resident Salwa Ramadan. “We’re happy [to be] recognized finally.”
Paterson had never held the event because no one had asked, Mayor Jeffery Jones said. The mayor read a proclamation proclaiming May 19 as Palestinian American Day in the city and honoring the group’s heritage and contributions.
He said he wasn’t concerned with potential political backlash.
“If they’re citizens of the city of Paterson, they have every right to raise the flag,” Jones said. “There’s nothing that precludes them as long as they follow the process.” Turks, Haitians, Peruvians and other groups have had had their flags raised at City Hall.
Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-Paterson, and Assemblyman Thomas Giblin, D-Clifton, showed up — with Pascrell presenting a letter of Special Congressional Recognition and Giblin presenting an Assembly resolution marking the event.
Shavonda Sumter and Benjie Wimberly, both Assembly members, and state Sen. Nellie Pou also sent a joint citation.
Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations, said in a speech that the Palestinian leadership thanked the city for its gesture. He urged local Palestinians to be good citizens and to continue supporting the struggle for justice in Palestine.
Many Palestinian Americans live and run businesses in South Paterson, area some call “Little Ramallah” after the West Bank city. Abuassab, a member of the Arab American Civic Organization, said it was time the community was recognized.
He put ads in Arabic newspapers about the flag raising and texted an invitation to friends, community leaders, politicians and law enforcement officials.
He said he got some calls from blocked numbers cursing him. One text message, Abuassab said, came from Charles Meyers, business administrator in the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office and former acting sheriff. The text said simply: “Drop dead.”
Meyers denied sending it in an interview Friday, although he later answered the phone number that was the source of the text.
“I look forward to an investigation to prove that it’s not true,” he said.
Bill Maer, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office, said it was investigating the complaint.
Palestinian Americans say the flag-raising is timely, following a vote by the United Nations General Assembly last year to recognize Palestinian statehood.
Local and national Arab-American leaders say they can’t recall any other U.S. municipality or agency endorsing a Palestinian flag-raising.
Samer Khalaf, a Paramus resident and member of the national board of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination committee, said that’s probably because no Palestinian groups had asked.
“Maybe a lot of people haven’t because of fear,” he said.
The Arab American Institute, based in Washington, D.C., also was unaware of any Palestinian flags raisings at municipal buildings in the U.S.
“It’s great, and a testament to the growing influence of the Arab American community inPaterson as well as their importance as a political constituency," said James Zogby, the organization's president.
Mahmoud Attallah of Paterson, president of the Arab American Civic Organization, said he was opposed to holding the event this week — a sensitive time when Israel celebrates its establishment, while Palestinians mark what they call the Nakba, or their displacement from Palestine.
He said he and the organization hadn’t approved the event.
“We are a peace-loving people and we recognize both states.” Attallah said. “Let’s not be provocative.”
Although the flag-raising was dubbed a cultural event, there were calls for nationhood, for peace and for an end to occupation.
“We need the country, and not just the flag,” said Paterson resident Manny Simrino. “But it’s a good thing. It’s a start.”
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TAKE ACTION - HAD ENOUGH?
Demand Money to Islamic Nations STOPS-
Say NO to further Immigration from Islamic Nations
While we can not reverse these incidents , we can stop being silent dhimmies and apply presure to stop this population jihad. CALL your state rep - Email - Write- show them where you Stand and that they will lose your VOTE.
IT IS IMPORTANT - look at Dearborne Michigan !! Flooded with Islam ...CHRISTIANS WERE STONED the police did nothing - virtually upheld Sharia !VIDEO PLUS http://9-11domorethenneverforget-stopislam.blogspot.com/2013/05/michigan-federal-judge-allows-muslim.html
WE HAVE A SECURITY ISSUE - most Jihad attacks and attempts were commited by Islamics here on Visa ( Bush Reduced - OBAMA HAS INCREASED AND FAST TRACKED CITIZENSHIP)
WE HAVE Immigration Reform that is being examined - we need to halt until we settle the issues
WE HAVE a huge unemployment problem - Americans need jobs
We HAVE a major Deficit Problem - STOP ISLAMIC AID
Statics show that the flooding in of Islamics does not aid assimilation - UK has tripled in crimes that reflect Islamic horrors ( gang rapes of non muslims , sex trafficing, firced marriages, female genital mutaltion , honor killings , acid attacks ....)
Don't turn to the UN - they investigate the USA and Israel for torture- without sanctioning Islamic Nations - all of which by Islamic Law religiously persecute.
They UN that voted for Palestine statehood - is useless. IRAN sits on both woman's rights and nuclear arms committees - forget the UN.
NY JET DRAFT CHOICE NEWS- http://9-11domorethenneverforget-stopislam.blogspot.com/2013/05/islam-ny-jets-draft-self-proclaimed.html
Celebrating the Jihad attack of 9-11
A number of Palestinians danced in the street in celebration of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the deaths of Americans. Fox News reported that in Ein el-Hilweh, Lebanon's largest Palestinian refugee camp, revelers fired weapons in the air, with similar celebratory gunfire heard at the Rashidiyeh camp near the southern city of Tyre as well. The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) condemned the attacks and attempted to censure and discredit broadcasts and other news reports. with many newspapers, magazines, Web sites and wire services running photographs. The PNA claimed such celebrations were not representative of the sentiments of the Palestinian people, and the Information Minister Yasser Abed Rabbo said the PNA would not allow "a few kids" to "smear the real face of the Palestinians". In an attempt to quash further reporting, Ahmed Abdel Rahman, Arafat's Cabinet secretary, said the Palestinian Authority could not "guarantee the life" of an Associated Press (AP) cameraman if footage he filmed of post-9/11 celebrations in Nablus was broadcast. Rahman's statement prompted a formal protest from the AP bureau chief, Dan Perry.
Palestinians celebrating the fall of the twin towers. ... 9/11 Video Clips Dan Rather ...
Video 9-11 http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=ogNdQ-CSQww&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DogNdQ-CSQww