The AFDI demo against CUNY’s obscene invitation was a smashing success, with over a thousand people who came out in a downpour of pelting rain on East 42nd Street outside CUNY’s headquarters on Thursday afternoon to oppose the mainstreaming of evil — CUNY’s obscene invitation to a pro-terror Jew-hater to keynote their commencement address. It was an amazing event, a turning point, despite Mayor de Blasio’s nefarious attempts to undermine and destroy the rally.
Background: Linda Sarsour is a leader of the illegal and inhumane Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. Sarsour has publicly argued that Jews who support Israel can’t be feminists. She does not recognize Israel or its right to exist, and has made several tweets indicating she supports armed resistance to Israel. NY State Assemblyman Dov Hikind considers Sarsour’s views on Israel to be condoning terrorism, and he, along with a large number of mainstream Jews, believe Sarsour is strongly anti-Semitic.
“Linda Sarsour’s record of advocating for terrorists speaks for itself. If she had only called Arabs who hurl rocks at moving cars ‘the definition of courage,’ that would have been enough,” said Hikind. “But there’s so much more. Sarsour publicly called for violence against Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a feminist Muslim author who opposes violence. She recently shared a stage with and praised Rasmea Yousef Odeh, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine convicted by an Israeli court for her role in the murder of two students, Leon Kanner and Eddie Joffe, in a Jerusalem supermarket bombing.
Mayor De Blasio is a longtime supporter of jihad and Muslim supremacists, and most especially terror-supporter Linda Sarsour. Mayor De Blasio gifted Sarsour’s “organization” with more than $500,000. She was instrumental in getting de Blasio to partly dismantle the New York Police Department’s program of spying on the city’s Muslims, and has worked with officials in City Hall to close public schools for the observance of Muslim holy days, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. From her base at the Arab American Association of New York, the group whose focus is the sharia device, “Islamophobia,” Sarsour is working to do the same on immigration policy, voter registration, mass incarceration, Islamophobia and the Police Department’s stop-and-frisk tactic.
When Sarsour faked a “hate crime” against herself, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted a reminder that the City “will never condone such glaring acts of bigotry and intolerance.”
In fact, Sarsour’s attacker was Brian Boshell, a mentally ill homeless man well-known in the Bay Ridge area for public outbursts. As National Review reported at the time, Boshell, a regular presence in the neighborhood for more than two decades, had been arrested nearly 60 times before accosting Sarsour, and even Muslim residents of Bay Ridge expressed skepticism that she didn’t know who he was. (National Review)
De Blasio issued no mea culpa.
And of course, the Mayor’s office has refused to answer whether the de Blasio Administration exerted any pressure on CUNY to invite Sarsour as the keynote speaker.
All that being said, Mayor de Blasio went to extraordinary lengths to undermine our rally and silence our voices. New York City is no stranger to protests. Protest is a thriving tradition, and with the election of President Trump, is a weekly, sometimes daily, exercise for leftists. So, at this point, the NYPD has it down to a science. Protest organizers apply for a permit, and if there is to be a counter protest, their area is set up across the street, or catacorner to the main event. This is standard operating procedure. During our Ground Zero Mosque protests, the opposition was penned one block over. Every rally and demo is set up in this same way. Which is why what happened at our event was so very extraordinary.
The vicious, vocal and violent protesters were placed right next to the stage, not three feet away from the stage and our crowd. And they screamed, blew deafening whistles, and screamed abusive chants tweets (“Grab that pussy!,” to which I chanted back, “No clit cutting!”). There was no letup (which is why I am shouting the whole of the rally) and at the end of the demo, the leftists attacked our people and were arrested.
That said, despite de Blasio’s attempt to undermine our rally, it didn’t work. It was huge. And the happy warriors took a stand.
In this photo, you can see how close the two pens were. As a rule, the opposition is always across the street. Always. I have been holding protests and going to them for almost twenty years.
The enemedia did not report on this at all. They drummed up the narrative that the event was violent, with the New York Daily News going so far as to say “WILD BRAWL” in their headline. That’s what de Blasio wanted. He wanted our people attacked and hurt. And the enemedia eagerly advanced the big lie. De Blasio must be defeated in the incoming mayoral election. Bo Dietl for Mayor.
Here is how one attendee described his experience at our rally:
“AFDI: Today’s protest on E. 42nd Street Protesters were given front row standing space to disrupt the speakers,” by Robin Ticker, May 25, 2017:
I wanted to be close to the Podium of this Protest against Linda Sarsour.
Oops. I maybe accidentally went to a Protesters section of the Protest..or very close by Next to me were loud protesters yelling Shut the F— Up and other insults to the Speakers at the Podium behind their barricade.
I asked the police that they should move the protest to the protest so that we can hear the speakers. The policeman told me he couldn’t hear what I was saying.
These protesters who were screaming “Go Home Fascists” and “Shut the F- Up” had the best standing room of the entire protest. Everyone else was further back.
I was told that the Police’s Legal team said that they couldn’t move the protesters. Apparently it didn’t matter that they were drowning out the speakers. Legally they were protected!
Couldn’t they go across the street to where the Neturei Karta were protesting. It was very annoying and extremely provocative having them right up front to the point that they were clearly disrupting and distracting the ones on the Podium from speaking. For whatever reason, the loudspeaker was not loud enough to hear the speakers clearly from where I was standing which was very close to the podium. People way in the back apparently did hear better. There was too much loud disruptive and obscene protesting drowning out the speakers from my position. This was their intention and they succeeded. Ok I didn’t see them get actually physically violent but it was very stupid to allow them there. Verbally they were extremely abusive and physically potentially so.
>Why is it that unrestrained freedom to Protest is legally given only to those that disrupt those that Protest for Israel? Pro Sarsour, anti Israel, anti America, anti AFDI, anti Trump who are a scary bunch gets legal protection to stand in close proximity….
I suppose that if the Police would have moved them they would have caused a riot. Clearly a security threat!.
No other explanation….The anti Sarsour protester were on the street itself. At least part of it.
Why in heaven’s name did the police give these Pro Sarsour space on the sidewalk in very close proximity to the podium? They also needed a large police force on the sidewalk to contain them? Couldn’t the Police tell the protesters of the protest that the sidewalk is only for pedestrians?
The police were busy rushing the pedestrians who were walking down the street. They wanted to make sure that the sidewalk remained passable, as it was now one third of its normal space.
After all, there was plenty of room across the Street adjacent to Neturei Karta protest.
They have no problem putting Neturei Karta protesters, across the street far away. Neturei Karta are docile and respectful to the police. They don’t get violent. In fact, when Neturei Karta protesters were annoyed at a Jewish female wearing an IDF sweatshirt who was in their face they got the Police to protect them and she was almost arrested.That clearly shows that the Police can get really tough when needed especially when this women was holding an Israeli flag and and wearing an IDF sweatshirt and clearly provoking the Neturei Karta. I wonder if she was singing. That really would have been a provocation and could easily cause a confrontation.
PRO Sarsour foul mouthed whistle blowers (they literally blow loud whistles to drown out the speaker) are protected to do so, because according to the Police’s legal advice they weren’t doing anything wrong legally. We can’t disrupt their freedom of speech to protest the protest.
Get this. The police allowed a bunch of very foul mouthed pro Sarsour, anti Islamaphobic, anti Trump, and anti America protesters, right next to the podium and in very close proximity to Pamela Geller. The Police knew fully well that Pamela Geller and her speakers would talk negatively of Mohammad and Sharia.
This protest could potentially have gotten violent.
But probably the police were afraid. My guess is that they were intimidated. Look carefully at the signs of the counter protest.
Signs at the counter protest of the anti Sarsour protest
The signs read
“Smash Fascism and White Supremacy PeoplesPowerAssemblies Peoplespower.net”
“Smash Racism and Islamaphobia”
They also chanted “From the River to the Sea Palestine Will be Free”….
“No KKK no Fascist USA”
Now it make sense. The Police didn’t want to be accused of being Islamaphobic and in so doing engage in Police Terror according to this crowd of protesters. Police were intimidated to openly say that this group of seasoned police protesters actually might be a physical threat to Pamela Geller and her team.
Surely, the incident at the AFDI Mohammad cartoon contest and recent terror attacks across the globe in Manchester etc. should have been sufficient reason to place them across the street.
Policed didn’t even need any excuses as they commonly put protesters like Neturei Karta across the street far away and keep the sidewalks free for pedestrians.
Another question to the Police Legal team is Isn’t disrupting Freedom of Speech to Protest also illegal?
Thank G-d this time there was no Physical confrontation. We wouldn’t want a repeat of the violent confrontation in DC when Police tried to separate protesters and anti protesters..
Do you really want to wait for a physical confrontation to prove our point?.
Sadly, Linda Sarsour, an anti Semite, anti women and anti women’s rights, pro Sharia and a Liar gets to speak at CUNY Commencement with probably lots of protection for her freedom of speech and Pamela Geller and Noni Darwish etc have no physical protection to speak of nor the freedom and protection to protest without serious disruption all because the other side are bullies and are legally protected!
And another person’s account:
I think there was something more sinister going on. I was one of the first people there. In fact, I offered to help set up. If anyone remembers, I was the guy with the short sleeve purple polo/golf shirt with my law firm name and had a backpack. I only got to talk with David Wood and Marie for few mins and Gavin (I think Pam may know who I am and David and Marie know Scott from Boston, Gavin has my card). When the radicals first showed up, you could see that this vile degenerate loser, Heather Morris, was their leader. She was talking with two others who asking if her group was with CPUSA, she responded that they were affiliated( all radical group’s r affiliated whether they know it or not)If you looked out from the stage, I was at the very front row,at the farthest left. Nearly right in front of a speaker that was covered from the rain.I was right against the front rail and left side rail with the ululating ninnies in my right ear. Originally, the Marxists were directed down the street toward the back. I observed Morris talking on a cell phone along with another man. Soon thereafter, some other men arrived, including a short, fat bald guy, there was some discussion with a policeman in charge and the Marxist were moved up to where they were originally, directly next to me. I saw 2 of the Marxist men huddle with Morris and they were all giggly and smiles, including the short, fat, bald guy, who quickly wiped his grin off his face when he saw me glowering at him intently. I stared at them nearly the whole time. They were vulgar to everyone, especially Heather Morris, swearing at everyone who passed by, thrusting out her middle finger in peoples faces, trying to grab peoples American flags and signs. There was a short policeman, with red hair that was next to me the whole time. He was a nice guy and clearly disgusted by there antics. I asked him why the Marxists were allowed back at the front, blocking and harassing foot traffic, he said he didn’t know but someone higher up changed the cops, who were there, original call. I was the one who first made the immediate request to the officers to have them moved back, to clear pedestrian traffic, not disrupt speakers,and more practical in keeping the peace and safety of all. As it was the obvious, logical thing to do, the police did just that. I believe these Marxists have a direct line into someone at “Red-Bill’s”office or Red Bill himself.The cops there did not seem happy.I read Morris lies about her arrest, if she was any whiter, she’d be translucent. And Nobody that I saw, with our group had any sticks, all our flags, both USA and Israel, had no sticks…I helped hold up both flags.The only people carrying sticks were the hyenas with there Soros made signs. I didn’t know anyone from our group that I was standing with, but there was a brotherhood/sisterhood, a real bond we quickly formed with each other. Lots of hugs and high-five’s. We also looked out after each other because Ms. morris, et al, were clearly trying to provoke and we would calm our fellow patriots down when it seemed like it was getting heated. Nobody tried to calm the radicals down. Morris had to be warned a few times as she assaulted and technically battered several people walking past who were not even paying attention to her. It may be a good idea in the future, if we can get 2 of our good people who will volunteer to just video the antifa/Marxists the whole time. It really was a great event, kudos to Pam, amazing given the lousy weather.