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|Boston bombing suspect ordered deported after Obama meets with Saudi minister|
|The Saudi National, Abdul al-Harbi, who has been questioned after the Boston Marathon bombing, is being immediately deported on "national security grounds."|
Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs reports:
He is from a very powerful Saudi family with many terrorist ties. Abdul al-Harbi is a devout Muslim from Medina.
Why suddenly is al-Harbi being sent out of the country as the terror investigation is yet, ongoing?
On Wednesday evening, Reuters reported that President Obama held an unscheduled meeting this afternoon with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal at the White House.
The meeting, was closed to the press, as was Secretary of State John Kerry's Tuesday meeting with al-Faisal.
White House spokeswoman, Caitlin Hayden, described the curiously timed meeting in a statement, saying: "The president and Prince Saud al-Faisal reaffirmed the strong partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia and discussed developments in the region, including the conflict in Syria."
Curiously enough, the Boston Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation scheduled a press conference for Wednesday afternoon to give an update on the investigation, and perhaps, to announce an arrest.
That briefing never happened.
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|[Arutz Sheva] The Jewish community in New York is protesting an attempt to silence Jewish activist Pamela Geller, who warns against the dangers of Islam.|
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|San Francisco Leaders Denounce Bus Ads About Islam|
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Civic officials joined Arab and Muslim leaders to denounce what they call offensive anti-Islamic ads that will appear on 10 buses for the next month in San Francisco.
At least one of the ads contains a quote attributed to the militant Islamic group Hamas that reads: "Killing Jews is worship that brings us closer to Allah."
Officials said the ads were racist.
"These offensive ads serve no purpose than to denigrate our city's Arab and Muslim communities," District Attorney George Gascon said on Monday.
Board of Supervisors president David Chiu was expected to introduce a resolution on Tuesday condemning the ads.
Similar ads have appeared on transit systems in Washington, D.C., Chicago and Portland, Ore. The group ran similar ads in San Francisco in August and has also posted ads in New York City, including one in September that called enemies of Israel "savages."
Officials with San Francisco's Municipal Transportation Authority believe a First Amendment court decision protecting freedom of speech means it must accept the advertising.
As it did last summer, the transit agency plans to give the $5,000 paid for the ads to the city's Human Rights Commission to study the impact of discrimination on San Francisco's Islamic communities and run its own ads against discrimination.
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|Pamela Geller unmasks CAIR director as operative advancing Shariah|
The Hamas-tied Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, took off its mask last week and joined the modern-day caliphate, the 57-government Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Cairo to discuss the No. 1 issue to the Muslim world: “Islamophobia to be major issue discussed at meeting of heads of state.”
Islamophobia: in other words, the imposition of the Shariah. You might think that the leaders from every Muslim country would convene to discuss the brutality of Shariah: the persecution, oppression and slaughter of non-Muslims in Muslim countries and the subjugation of women. You would think that they might look inward – but you’d be wrong. They want more of all that.
Hamas-CAIR Director Nihad Awad’s Facebook page carried this announcement: “CAIR Director to Tweet from OIC Summit in Cairo: Nihad Awad, the national executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will tweet updates (@NihadAwad) from the two-day summit of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Cairo that begins on Wednesday.”
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|Ad Wars: anti-jihad and pro-Muslim ads go up in DC, NYC|
|Ads countering anti-jihad campaign to go up on New York subway|
[Times of Israel] Advertisements preaching religious tolerance and an end to bigotry are going up in Manhattan subway stations.
A court decision forced the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to accept ads implying that enemies of Israel are "savages" and urging subway riders to "support the civilized man" and "Defeat Jihad."
Now the MTA has sold additional space to groups that disagree with the message of those ads.
The ads by Rabbis for Human Rights America were to go up Monday. They proclaim: "Help stop bigotry against our neighbors."
Rabbi Jill Jacobs of the group told the Huffington Post that the ads were meant to show that the majority of American Jews seek cooperation with their neighbors.
"We will not ... allow the actions of a small minority to be an excuse for dehumanizing an entire people," she said.
The Christian group Sojourners is paying for ads, also going up Monday, that say: "Love your neighbors."
Critics say the anti-jihad ads equate all s or Paleostinians with savages. But ad sponsor Pamela Geller has insisted the term applies only to people who support violence against Israel.
The anti-jihad ads are sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) in response to a series of ads placed by a group that attacks Israel by name.
Pamela Geller, executive director of AFDI, told CNN that the group's motivation for placing the anti-jihad ads was to challenge the hatred expressed toward Israelis in the ads placed by the group.
Recently Geller was forced to get a court order to mandate that her ads be allowed on the mass transit systems in D.C. Initially the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority refused to allow the ads to be displayed. But a court order issued Friday forces the transit authority to allow the ads.
opposition to Geller and her organization has been mounting from groups dedicated to promoting "Paleostinian" causes which would result in harm to the nation of Israel and its citizens.
One of those organizations is Sojourners. Founded by "evangelical liberals" in 1971 and headed by Jim Wallis, Sojourners has a long history of supporting causes that have brought the opposition and condemnation of conservative Christians.
During the 1970s Sojourners sent thousands of dollars to support Communists in Central America. Wallis has often been accused of adhering to the very same "liberation theology" as that espoused by 's pastor in Chicago, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Wallis' views were often pushed by liberal professors in seminaries owned and operated by the 17 million member Southern Baptist Convention during the 1970s, which was cited by conservatives as one of the factors that led to the massive "conservative resurgence" of 1979, during which conservative Baptists gained an overwhelming majority on all of the denomination's boards and agencies, eventually leading to a massive purge of liberals from the six Southern Baptist seminaries.
Critics in evangelical Christian circles condemned Wallis and Sojourners as being neither evangelical nor Christian but a Marxist group that couched it's socialism in Christian terminology.
Sojourners has also routinely condemned Israel while practically giving the groups in the region a blank check when they attack Israel and its citizens. The group appears to be doing the very same thing with regard to the ads in NYC, as it was announced Friday that Sojourners had joined with a left-leaning Rabbi group and the "United Methodist Women," another ultra-liberal arm of the United Methodist Church, to launch a series of ads in NYC claiming that Geller's ads amount to "bigotry against our neighbors."
But nothing in Geller's ads attack all s. The "jihad" represents a small minority of s. Thus, unless all s agree with and support jihadists, then the ads being placed by Sojourners and United Methodist Women fail to pass the fact-check test.
The one-page ruling from U.S. District Judge Mary Collyer follows a similar court order in New York that cleared the way for anti-jihad ads to go up in that city's subway system last month. The ads read: "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad."
Debate over the ads flared two weeks ago against the backdrop of violent reaction in the Middle East to the online video, "Innocence of s," which denigrated the prophet Muhammad. Metro had delayed approving the ads because of safety concerns and the uproar over that video.
The transit system's lawyers called the ad's message "fighting words in the context of current events" and said the FBI was investigating a promise of violence if the ads ran in Washington. Still, the violence that roiled the region has largely abated since then, and there have been few reports of mischievous or hostile reactions to the ads since they appeared in New York.
The New York ads went up in 10 stations across Manhattan on Sept. 24. Since then, an Egyptian-born U.S. columnist was for spray-painting the ad, though two religious groups say that, starting Monday, they'll hang ads urging tolerance alongside the anti-jihad ones. The ads also appeared recently on city buses in San Francisco, where some have been defaced or have had words removed.
The ads won't be particularly visible in the Metro system. One ad will appear in each of four Metro stations for one month, said Metro Dan Stessel.
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|Muslims Riot Over Having Nothing To Riot About|
Mahmoud Iwannariotbad, a local businessman who sells detonators, wire, and dynamite to the local mosque construction industry, stated that the violence began when a group of men hanging around in his store began discussing the fact that no new anti-Islam films, subway advertisements, or Pamela Geller blog postings had appeared for a number of days.
One of them began shouting, "They are NOT INSULTING us because they think we are all violent, stupid thugs and not peace-loving sons of the prophet. This is an insult to Islam! Let's kill them!"
"Suddenly, they all wanted to buy detonators, wire, and dynamite," Mr. Iwannariotbad continued. "I thought they were going to break ground for a new Islamic cultural center or something. There's no reasoning with peaceful religious types when they get in the mood to build new mosques - they're like animals."
The small group, which became larger as it roamed through the town visiting other retailers of detonators, wire, and dynamite, decided to target the American consulate in Itsnotsobad.
Upon arrival, they discovered that the consulate had not yet been rebuilt after its destruction during last month's riot and film seminar. Many felt offended by the fact that America no longer wished to have a consulate in their peace-loving religious nation, which was perceived as a sign of Western racism and yet another insult to Islam.
At this point, the crowd went on a largely peaceful but enthusiastic rampage, destroying most of the commercial enterprises in the city, which were predominantly warehouses storing detonators, wire, and dynamite.
President Obama made no immediate comment, having a prior commitment to appear on "Bowling for Dollars" hosted by Whoopi Goldberg's cousin Yippee.
The State Department described the violence as a "pre-scheduled terrorist attack," which had nothing to do with a lack of anti-Islam films. "President Obama's policy is to defend freedom of speech and improve relations with the Muslim community by arresting anyone who insults Islam - or doesn't insult Islam as an underhanded way to insult Islam," stated Phillipe Rains, Hillary Clinton's personal spokesman. "This policy is working, so you'll do well to shut your pie-hole," he added.
White House Press Secretary James Carney reiterated earlier president's statement, "The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam, don't slander the prophet of Islam, and anyone in between. We can't be allowed to use free speech for selfish purposes, such as, expressing our opinions."
Having praised the President's determination to protect free speech, the professional American media quickly resumed their important work of playing Mitt Romney's speeches backwards in the hopes of uncovering hidden gaffes and dog whistles.
However, speculations by unprofessional bloggers and second-rate foreign media insinuate that the "true facts" (as they put it) were being covered up in an attempt to avoid damage to President Obama's re-election prospects - a ludicrous reasoning, since not even Univision could possibly damage his 20-pt lead in the national polls.
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|Fed Judge Rules In Favor Of Attack Ads At MTA Stations Targeting Radical Muslims|
| [CBS] A legal fight over freedom of speech is spilling into New York's subway tunnels. A sign about "Jihad" is set to debut next week. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it crosses the line, but a judge disagrees.|
On the region's subways and buses, most ads we see don't get much attention. But that may change with a pro-Israel ad that will soon grace MTA property which reads: "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat jihad."
The ad is a clear swipe against radical Muslims.
"It's going to create problems for no reason, you know?" Maguid El Ghazzawi of Astoria told CBS 2's Sean Hennessey on Wednesday night.
At a Manhattan Mosque, not all were pleased with the fact the ad will soon go public.
"It is negative, not positive," Harlem's Abdus Khan said.
"I think it is something stupid. For somebody they are very ignorant," El Ghazzawi said.
For almost a year, the MTA fought the running of the ad, saying the words "savage" and "jihad" demean a group, but in the lawsuit a federal judge ruled that barring the ad violated the First Amendment and the "....fundamental importance of the free flow of ideas..."
"What the court said, 'no demeaning' is too general a phrase," said Leon Friedman, a constitutional law expert at Hofstra University. "Government just can't say 'I like this ad, I don't like that ad.' They just can't do that."
While the MTA said its hands are tied, the ad's sponsor celebrated the victory.
"Political speech is the most protected speech," said Pamela Geller of the American Freedom Defense Initiative.
Geller said the ad isn't anti-Muslim, but a response to an anti-Israeli ad the MTA ran last year.
"Honestly anyone that disagrees with me, I would take a bullet for their right to disagree with me. This is the beauty of America, the free exchange of ideas," Geller said.
On the subways, some said they understand the court's wisdom.
"I don't necessarily agree with what the ad says, but you shouldn't be suppressing free speech," said Doug Quayle of Darien, Conn.
While others said the ad should be derailed.
"I feel like it's disrespectful to other cultures," said Ayana Sanchez of Union City, N.J.
The MTA said it may revise its advertising standards. In the meantime, the ads will be seen on subway platforms beginning next week. The ads will be seen in 10 Manhattan subways stations and will run for a month.
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|Controversial 'Islamorealism' Ads Go Up In Metro-North Stations In Westchester|
An anti-Islamic advertisement has gone up at several Metro-North Railroad stations in Westchester County.
It reads: "It's not , it's Islamorealism."
The Defense Initiative is led by blogger and political activist Pamela Geller.
The group won a federal court decision this summer that said the MTA violated its First Amendment rights when it rejected one if its ads, WCBS 880′s Paul Murnane reported.
Some Metro-North commuters were shocked to see the ads early Friday morning, but others didn't see it as much of an issue.
"I think generally you want to be neutral with advertising if they're getting a lot of complaints," one person said.
"Maybe some people are offended, but today, people are so easily offended by so many things," another said.
Last month, pro-Paleostinian and pro-Israel ads appeared at Metro-North stations
|EDL in Stockholm for 'counter-jihad' meet|
|The English Defence League (EDL) and a collection of far-right and anti-Islam groups are planning to come to Stockholm to hold an international meeting on Saturday.|
The EDL have been invited by a sister group calling themselves the Swedish Defence League (SDL) and Stockholm has been chosen for the rally as it was the scene of a failed in December 2011.
"Stockholm was chosen for the Global Counter Jihad rally because of the actions of an Iraqi-born Swedish citizen, Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly, who travelled to central Stockholm on December 11, 2010 in order to commit mass murder," a group associated to the meeting explained in a statement.
According to Jonathan Möller at Swedish anti-racism newspaper Expo the various groups are united in their belief that there is an ongoing war between the West and Islam and that this will lead to the introduction of Sharia law in Europe and the US.
"They are going to have a large demonstration... to broaden and deepen, as they put it, the counter-jihad network," Möller told TV4 on Monday.
According to the group's own estimates some 200-300 people are to be expected to attend the meeting.
English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson is listed among the speakers as well as US anti- bloggers Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller.
Pamela Geller has made her name within the US Tea Party movement and was a frontline figure in the campaign to prevent the founding of a Islamic centre near to the Ground Zero site on Manhattan.
She is furthermore attached to the so-called "birther" movement which seek to cast doubt on 's nationality and thus credentials as US President.
News of the demonstration has led to the mobilization of anti-racist opposition groups who plan to hold a counter-demonstration under the slogan "Stop EDL - Breivik's footsoldiers" in reference to Anders Behring Breivik who killed 77 people in twin terror attacks in Norway last year.
Breivik wrote of having strong links to the English Defence League, had 600 EDL members as Facebook friends, and claimed that he was guided by an English mentor after having been recruited to a secret society in London.
The Local has made attempts to contact the English Defence League but our calls have not been returned.
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|New York bus system can't bar pro-Israel, 'defeat Jihad' ads|
The opinion by US District Judge Paul Engelmayer in Manhattan said a 1997 rule by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority that barred demeaning language in advertisements was a violation of free speech.
While the rule was well intentioned, the judge found, it had the effect of discriminating against certain advertisers based on the content of their proposed message.
The advocacy group American Freedom Defense Initiative sued the MTA in September 2011 after the transit agency denied its proposed ad.
The American Freedom Defense Initiative, based in Sherman Oaks, , has been one of the most vocal opponents to the planned construction of a mosque and Islamic center near Ground Zero in lower Manhattan.
The group says the prayer center is funded by Islamists and would sully the memory of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack victims.
"This is a great victory for the First Amendment," the group said on its website.
"Disallowing a pro-Israel ad was clearly a politically correct, politically motivated denial of free speech," said Pamela Geller, the group's executive director.
The MTA said in a statement that it was reviewing the opinion and "is evaluating its existing advertising standards in light of the court's ruling."
The judge said the advertising space on public buses should be considered a public forum. The judge also ruled that because the ad in question was political speech, it was entitled to the "highest level of protection under the First Amendment."
"By differentiating between which people or groups can and cannot be demeaned on the exterior of a city bus, MTA's no-demeaning standard ... discriminates based on content," the opinion said.
The judge said his preliminary injunction would take effect in 30 days, at which time the MTA would be prevented from enforcing the standard.
The standard bars any ads that "contain ... information that demean(s) an individual or group of individuals on account of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation."
While MTA officials had been correct to regard the ad as "demeaning a group of people based on religion (Islam)," the standard itself does allow for demeaning statements on a host of other topics, such as where they live, their job or their political affiliation, the judge said.
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