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Dearbornistan: Muslims In The U.S.
I've asked my dad to send me a copy or two of the Detroit area Muslim hate rags. In the mean time, if you want to have your illusions dashed about how Muslim Americans are just one more flavor in this big melting pot of ours, get a load of this undercover work by Debbie Schlussel at a rally at the Hezbollah hangout, the Bint Jebail Cultural Center, "in the heart of Islamic America" --Dearborn, Michigan:

Sunday's event was no different than the usual Bint Jebail hate fare, minus the bloated, pandering federal officials. It was a Hezbollah rally filled with anti-Semitic and anti-American rhetoric, as well as prayers for the Mujahideen and the Martyrs. What I saw and heard should be must viewing for all Americans.

But you didn't read any of it in the whitewash AP story by a reporter who apparently doesn't speak or understand Arabic--the language of most of the speeches (and probably not English, either, since he couldn't even get the name of the club right). Not that Arabic fluency was necessary. It was quite clear that this was a modern day Nazi hate-fest.

While AP reported that there were 1,000 people in attendance, this was the one time when the mainstream media under-reported numbers at an extremist Muslim rally. There were easily 2,500-3,000 Jew-hating, anti-American bodies in the room that has a maximum capacity of 1,000. No fire marshals, though. The Dearborn police were guarding these Hezbollah supporters in a car outside the venue. The fire was reserved for the speeches.

Among the many speakers, several things were in common: multiple statements about the Jews, cheers for the total destruction of and end to Israel, and support for Hezbollah, the Mujahideen, and the Martyrs.

A very religious Islamic event, I sat with the many bitter-looking, hijab-encrusted women in black (the women were relegated to separate seating in the back). Every imam of every Shi'ite mosque in town was there, white turban et al. That includes Imams Hassan Qazwini of the Islamic Center of America and Mohammed Ali Elahi of the Islamic House of Wisdom--heads of the two largest mosques in North America. (I've written extensively about Elahi's connections to Iran and Hezbollah.) Also there, Imam Husham Al-Hussainy of the Karbalaa Islamic Institute. At a Dearborn rally in memory of Yasser Arafat, he held a poster of his hero, Ayatollah Khomeini. Both Qazwini and Al-Hussainy were hugged by President Bush in media photo ops when he came to town upon Iraq's liberation.

Haj Mohammed Turfe (AP incorrectly called him Mohammed "Torfah"), Founding Chairman of the Bint Jebail Cultural Center, gleefully and repeatedly spoke of how "only a few thousand Jews will survive Armageddon." This mantra, repeated often throughout the event, got raucous, deafening applause and cheers. Well, for once--I thought--extremist Muslims have respect for Christianity...when they can twist it to suit their fascist hopes and dreams.

Dr. Ali Ajami, Lebanese Consul General in Detroit, delivered a fire-and-brimstone anti-Semitic tirade that would make Father Coughlin blush. An open supporter of Hezbollah, sources say he was installed in the position by Hezbollah officials in the Lebanese and Syrian governments. Incredibly, he is constantly feted by Department of Homeland Security officials.

Then, there was Imam Mohammed Ali Elahi. First, he said that Americans and Jews are "diseased," among other attacks. He sang a prayer for the Martyrs and Mujahideen--to the fervent applause of the attendees. He urged those in attendance not to buy new clothes for the next year, and to instead donate the money to "them, our brothers and sisters." It was quite clear he was speaking of Hezbollah (giving money to it is a violation of U.S. law). Incredibly, this Islamic David Duke is still a regular columnist for The Detroit News, thanks to editorial page editor Nolan Finley.

Throughout the speeches there were cheers and statements of support from the crowd for Hezbollah and against Jews. Some of the loudest cheers came for the repeated mantra, "Pray for the Speedy Dismantling of the Jewish State." It was a take on the business card of extremist Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss of the Neturei Karta, a surprise speaker at the event. But his card says, "Pray For the Speedy Peaceful Dismantling of the Zionist State." His audience was not interested in the "peaceful" part, apparently.

Sure, there are moderate Muslims. Again, unfortunately, most are as vocal as bunnies.

Posted by aalkon at August 13, 2006 11:43 AM

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Here these four simple truths, and understand.
1) Muslims don't recognize Jews as God's chosen people.

2) Jews don't recognize Jesus as the Messiah.

3) Protestants don't recognize the Pope as leader of the Christian movement.

4) Baptists don't recognize each other at Hooters.

Posted by: Patrick at August 14, 2006 8:13 AM

Patrick, a warning, please before you make me snort my coffee.

Posted by: Amy Alkon at August 14, 2006 9:09 AM

This is the same town where the member of Congress was quoted as saying "i'm neither for or against Hezbollah". WTF?

Posted by: Rob at August 15, 2006 8:00 AM

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