Anti-Muslim Protesters Terrify Families At Charity Event For Women’s Shelter
A fund-raising event in Orange County last month by the Islamic Circle of North America drew loud, angry protesters hurling insults at families there to fund women’s shelters and help the homeless. Shouted at the participants were chants of “Muhammed was a pervert,” “you beat your wife and rape your children.” Two controversial speakers…
Imam Siraj Wahhaj and Amir Abdel Malik Ali. Wahhaj is an imam at a mosque in Brooklyn. A U.S. attorney named him and 169 others as co-conspirators in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Wahhaj was never charged and has denied involvement.
Malik Ali is a Bay Area Islamic activist who spoke at “Israeli Apartheid Week” at UC Irvine in 2010. There he said he supports Hezbollah, which the CIA labels a terrorist group.
The sponsoring group’s spokesman, Syed Waqas, said the screamers didn’t know the facts, adding, “We have no links to any overseas organization. We absolutely denounce violence and terrorism.” They are trying to raise $350,000 for women’s shelters and to fight hunger and homelessness. One of the Muslim mothers attending, Nusrap Kureishy said the crowd scared her three young children.
“My daughter was so frightened that she just didn’t say anything. She was really terrified because she did realize that these people were against us. As soon as we got out of the car, people started taking pictures and started shouting, there was so much noise,” she says. “My 2-and-a-half-year-old boy who was sleeping got up and started crying.”
Protesters were shouting, “Go back home.” Says Kureishy: “I just thought, ‘If you belong to America, then we belong to America as much as you do.'”
She describes her daughter as “traumatized.” When they got inside, Kureishy had to sit her down and talk to her. “I just said, ‘It’s OK, and these people are not going to hurt you.'” They put down the blinds inside so the children would not have to see the protesters.
Republican Councilwoman Deborah Pauly of Villa Park got laughter and applause from the crowd when she mentioned having a son in the Marines and bragging, “I know quite a few Marines who would be happy to help these terrorists to a, uh, early meeting in paradise.”Click here for reuse options!
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