Archive for May 1st, 2007

Rights for Illegal Aliens

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

After the way some of the illegal aliens have acted today, there is only one set of rights they need to hear:

You have the right to remain silent.
Anything you say may be used against you in a court of law.
You have the right to an attorney.
If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you at interrogation time and at court.

Illegal Aliens: “We are indigenous! The ONLY owners of this continent”

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

Really? My ancestors, who arrived on the Eastern Seaboard of what was to become the United States, before this nation was founded, would have cause to argue with that statement.
But putting all that aside, the bottom line is, anyone in the United States illegally needs to leave and come back legally. It is not right to flaunt our laws and it is very unfair to the people who have gone through the difficulties of coming here legally.

Lining up behind slogans such as “IM A Imigrant” and the diatribe of a convicted murderer, demonstrators at hundreds of sites across the U.S. are using May Day to demand a long list of special accommodations for illegal aliens, and one group advocating for stricter immigration control actually is pleased.

William Gheen, the chief of Americans for Legal Immigration told WND that when such demonstrations happen, his list of supporters grows.

“We’re happy they’re going to march again, because our supporter base almost doubled last May [during the last May Day protests],” he told WND.

Demonstrations have been planned in Los Angeles, Phoenix, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Dallas, as well as other locales, with a slogan of: “We are indigenous! The ONLY owners of this continent!” signed by a group called stolencontinent.

“No human is illegal!” said another, and still another “Stand for immigrant rights.” There was a picture of a young girl with the words “IM A Imigrant” on her cheek.

The list of demands being distributed by the National Immigration Solidarity Network said all “anti-immigrant legislation” and “the criminalization of the immigrant communities” must go.

The list of demands also included a “no” to “militarization of the border” “immigrant detention and deportation.” Also “no” to guest worker programs and employer sanctions.

What this group, and others carrying the same message, are demanding is a “path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants,” speedy family reunification, access to all “civil rights” and “labor rights” as well as education and privileges for the “LGBT immigrant.”

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One of the rallying points being circulated this year is a special message from former radio journalist and Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of drawing his .38-caliber revolver and shooting Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulker in the face.

It happened on the night of Dec. 9, 1981, when Faulker, then 12 days short of his 26th birthday and still a newlywed, spotted William Cook, Abu-Jamal’s brother, driving the wrong way down a one-way street. After Faulkner pulled Cook over, a scuffle followed and Abu-Jamal, who was sitting in the taxicab he drove at the time, ran across the street to the scene. According to prosecutors, Abu-Jamal, who was armed with a revolver, fired at Faulkner, hitting him in the back. The wounded officer turned and returned fire, hitting Abu-Jamal in the chest. Abu-Jamal then shot Faulkner in the face.

Abu-Jamal maintained his innocence and claimed he was shot by police as he ran toward the scuffle. He was convicted and sentenced to death in 1982, but he’s become a celebrity and a federal judge overturned his death sentence in 2001.

In a statement publicized by several pro-illegal alien organizations, he called for support for the immigrants.

“There are only two peoples living on the land we call America who weren’t immigrants – the Indigenous – so-called Indians – and African Americans who were dragged here in chains and terror,” the convict wrote. “Every other person immigrated here or his ancestors did from Europe, from China, from India, from Ireland and yes, from Mexico. Truth be told, America was a land of Spanish settlement long before it because English and there’s the rub.”

He said the “brouhaha over immigration” now is “mostly a fear of the browning of America.”

“Celebrate May Day by building workers’ movements. On the move! Viva May Day!” he said.

Gheen was upset over his comparison. “It is ridiculous to compare Africans sold into slavery, put into chains, murdered on ships on their way here with people who intentionally and knowingly violate our borders and break into the country every night,” he said.

A report in the Suburban Chicago News noted that the two sides cannot even agree on what to call the people involved in the dispute: immigrants or illegal aliens.

The protests and demonstrations aren’t for everyone, however. “We work. We have to continue to pay taxes so the illegals can continue to get their free benefits,” Rosanna Pulido, director of Illinois Minuteman, told the newspaper in Chicago.

Gheen also said the arguments over “civil rights” aren’t valid.

“No offense to the fine and law-abiding people of Mexico, but no Mexican should ever lecture an American about civil rights. We invented it and we are the home of civil rights. There have been no successful civil rights movements in Guatamala, Brazil, Mexico or El Salvador,” he said.

A website called Mayday Movement has compiled information about the various demonstrations and protests, and one e-mailer noted that he does look at the “human side” of immigration.

“They’ve stolen my neighborhood where I had a lovely home for 19 years, and planned to live there through retirement. … Gangs, illegitimate births, filth became the norm … Property values went to hell, crime rate went up … yep, I definitely look at the human side of it … they all cost me my life,” he wrote.

He cited a small protest in Houston that happened in the days leading up to May Day.

“About 300 to 400 participants beat drums, blew whistles and carried signs and banners along with U.S. and Mexican flags. One sign read ‘Today we march, tomorrow we vote,'” according to a report.

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PA Arabs Forbidden by Muslim Leaders to Flee Street Violence

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

The average folks, living in pali-land, are starting to wake up to the reality that voting in Hamas wasn’t a very smart thing to do. Coupled with generations of hate for all things Israeli, taught at all levels of their society, the Arabs living in pali-land are continually subjected to random acts of violence from their peers.
In an effort to flee this violence, many pali-land Arabs want to immigrate to a peaceful place, namely Israel. But a pali religious leader has forbidden them from doing do, not that this is stopping them from going.

(IsraelNN.com) The Arab “man in the street” living under the Hamas-ruled Palestinian Authority government is starting to realize that voting for the terrorist organization has not brought the shining salvation it promised.

Thousands of Muslim worshippers living in PA-controlled territories are trying to flee their increasingly violent surroundings. Their religious leaders are doing what they can to force them to stay.

On Sunday, a 55-year-old man was killed in Gaza City by members of a rival clan. Two Arab residents of Gaza were moderately wounded in a shooting attack near Khan Younis. Several gang members were also arrested in Gaza City after attempting to kidnap a child outside of a local school; the members confessed that they planned to hold the child for ransom.
Israel Independence

Sheikh Hamad Al-Bitawi, a Muslim religious leader and Hamas member, has announced that Arab Muslims are forbidden to emigrate from Israel.

Al-Bitawi ruled recently that Muslims must remain in order to counteract the fast growth of the Jewish population. Thousands of Jews arrive in Israel each month, Al-Bitawi said. It “makes the heart weep,” he told PA residents.

Despite Muslim leaders’ protests, however, thousands of Arabs are abandoning their homes and flooding out of Israel every month, particularly from Judea, Samaria, and Gaza.

At a news conference in Ramallah last November, PA Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Suboh told reporters that 10,000 Arabs had received permits from Western diplomats to enter their countries since July 2006. He said that most are university graduates or potential immigrants able to invest financially in their new country and called for a halt to the Arab brain drain.

Suboh added that some 45,000 more had requested permission to emigrate since the deterioration in the economic situation and constant violence between the Fatah and Hamas terrorist groups.

Firefights between factions have continued to pour blood into the streets, particularly in Gaza. And the frequent “ceasefires” between Hamas and Fatah and the recent cobbling together of a “unity government” have done little to stem the violence.

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Subway System in US Capital to Host Posters With Anti-Israel Rhetoric

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

Just think of the outcry if the posters had been anti-Muslim…

Commuters travelling on Washington DC’s subway will be inundated with posters placed by an anti-Israel organization, the Canadian Jewish News (CJN) reported .

The ‘US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation’ placed 20 poster ads showing “an imposing tank pointing its main firing turret at a child with a schoolbag walking along a dirt road,” the CJN said.

“‘Imagine if this were your child’s path to school. Palestinians don’t have to imagine,’ the poster states, before continuing to call for an end to US aid for ‘Israel’s brutal military occupation… paid for by US taxpayers like you,'” the report added.

It said that “CBS Outdoor, the New York-based firm that places in-station advertising for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), at first refused to consider the poster, but eventually relented to pressure from WMATA and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).”

The report quoted CBS Outdoor’s Vice Executive, Jodi Senese, who is Jewish, as saying: “I’m very proud (of being a Jew). I thought the image was inflammatory, but I also believe in our First Amendment rights. As Jews (in America), we thrive on that right as well.”

ACLU’s Legal Director in Washington, Arthur Spitzer, who is also Jewish, “told the Washington Jewish Week it wasn’t ‘a case about Judaism or Israel… but about establishing someone’s right to freedom of speech, which I agree with regardless of whether I agree with their particular political position,'” the report added.

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Audio from CAIR’s Meeting on 6 Imams at ADAMS Center

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

This information has shown up at the Vigilant Freedom/910 Group Blog concerning a meeting that CAIR held, concerning the six imams who were removed from a flight for suspicious behavior, and the following law suits they have filed.

There were 196 cases reported by the Justice Department for Muslims in civil rights cases. There were over 1008 cases reported by the Jewish faith. We need to do a much better job not only in recognizing our civil rights but also in reporting it to the government. Which is very critical and very important.

And that is why, I think, this kind of program is important to the purpose of being able to inform the government official places …[garbled].

We will talk about the case, about the case of the imams, about the implications, about where the case is now…we’ll talk about the 6 imams case…Muslims who fly within the states, and also the lawsuit that we helped file, and the reaction, both in public, in the media and in Congress. What it means to civil rights and what it means to Muslims. This is very important. You will know that history is being made.

…It is very important for Muslims to understand the law, and it’s also very important for Muslims to exercise their legal rights in the country. And it’s also important that if these rights are violated, that Muslims recognize that these rights are violated. Many Muslims,they are discriminated against or mistreated, they overlook or ignore or they are afraid to say or challenge or report these mistreatments. Which means, more of the same will take place against the same person or persons or against Muslims. And when people stand up and say something and challenge them, then there will be change.

But the psyche of Muslims have to change. The laws are there, fortunately, but the laws are not utilized. They’re not understood and they’re not followed by the victimizers or the victims. So there’s a lot of ignorance about the law, and that’s why Muslims usually find themselves being mistreated or discriminated against. Reporting to an organization like CAIR is important, because it is empowering. It is empowering to the Muslims themselves who report, it is empowering to the organization, and it is important to the status of Muslims within the United States. Also it is a powerful tool and message to the government and the legislators, to those who make the laws in the country, to know that this phenomenon has to be dealt with, it has to be dealt with effectively, and results have to be seen….

The Department of Justice, in their annual report, don’t be surprised that if you feel Muslims are not treated well in the country, that the number of reports of incidents against Muslims or hate crimes is very low. Whereas the number of incidents and hate crime cases against the Jewish community is very very high. Maybe dozens of [incidents] against Muslims, but against Jews are in the thousands. But when you examine the situation you say, We really feel our community is more targeted. 54% – this is one of CAIR’s surveys – 54% of all Muslims surveyed said they had been subject to discrimination. 54% which if you put numbers down, we’re talking about tens of thousands of cases, not dozens, as is reported in the Justice Department’s annual report.

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Interview with Sandmonkey

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

Yesterday, I posted that Egyptian blogger, Sandmonkey, has decided that it is too dangerous to continue blogging in that country. The blogger, Atlas Shrugs, interviewed Sandmonkey to find out specifics on why this very down to earth, Egyptian blogger decided to hang up his keyboard.

CONFESSIONS OF A SANDMONKEY, SANDMONKEY TALKS TO ATLAS

Here are some excerpts. On reform:

SANDMONKEY: “Any kind of democratic reform in the country [Egypt] for the past 3 years has been rolled back specifically because there is no more pressure coming from Washington anymore.”

ATLAS: Why? What happened to the pressure in Washington?

SANDMONKEY: You know what happened to the pressure in Washington. The Democrats won the Congress. There is no more pressure coming from Bush because he is not able to push people anymore to do those things. He is not able to push the Egyptian government anymore because the American public is suddenly not interested in reforming the Middle East because of what’s going on in the Iraq. So suddenly the Egyptian government is not afraid of the American pressure. They are doing whatever they want to do. They are beating up demonstrators, they are cracking down on activists, they are changing the constitution, and eroding civil liberties once and for all and they are using proxies to take down bloggers.

On personal security:

SANDMONKEY: Security people began to ask more and more questions about me. I ignored it. But I don’t think about stuff like that. You can die any day. Is that going to stop you from living? No. So they can crack down and and they can get me any day. There is no point in worrying about that. But when are on my doorstep, and coming down on me and you see people in Egypt getting arrested left and right for no reason and being charged with the most ridiculous charges….. the majority of the Egyptian blogosphere is becoming silent. People that were vocal before are censoring themselves big time.

ATLAS: Who are they arresting and for what?

SANDMONKEY: They’re arresting activists. People they don’t like. They are threatening to arrest any journalists with the new terrorism law who might voice any opinion that contradicts with the government. They are calling anybody the defends that is deemed a terrorist as a terrorist collaborator and should be thrown in jail. And the thing is there is no definition of “terrorist.” Anybody can be a terrorist. They actually stated that trying to pressure the government is a form of terrorism. Anybody that talks bad about the government ………..lawsuits left and right for “defaming Egypt’s reputations.”

On the Democrats embracing Muslim Brotherhood:

Atlas: Where you shocked when Hoyer met with the Muslim Brotherhood?

SANDMONKEY: Let me tell you something. I was in Turkey a couple of weeks ago and I met a couple of Syrian activists. They one thing they told me that was really funny about the Pelosi visit. After Pelosi came to Syria two things happened. People on Syrian TV were saying, “We forced the Americans to knock on the Damascus gate!” Sort of like an admission that we messed things up in Iraq so much that America had to come and beg for their help.

But the day after Pelosi’s visits there were immediate arrests of Syrian activists. That was the fruit she yielded. “Oh the Americans came over and they said they have a different foreign policy and they’re more interested in placating Bashar’s ego.” And he went out and got [arrested] everyone he wanted because he knew he had an ally in Washington that wouldn’t pressure him as much.

ATLAS: Isn’t that disgusting?

SANDMONKEY: Yeah, but what are you going to do?

ATLAS: We have to educate the American people. You think the American people know this?

SANDMONKEY: No, but do they even care at this point? I don’t think they are interested in the discussion any more. There are people that have made up their mind, they think we need to placate the dictators because America is wrong and everyone else is always right. That’s how they operate.

SANDMONKEY: What they are doing is completely irresponsible.

ATLAS: THe world is watching………

SANDMONKEY: Of course the world is watching and the world is gloating.
Everyone wanted Bush to lose the 2004 elections. If he had lost 2004 we would not have had our push for democracy in 2005. The moment Bush won again that’s when Mubarak said maybe we should have democracy because Bush didn’t go away. And had Bush gone awaythere wouldn’t be democracy right now …… like there wouldn’t be two years of freedom and fresh air that we were able to breathe and that’ we’ve had.
After 2006 [elections] the change went in the opposite agenda.

ATLAS: As an Egyptian who understands democracy, life, liberty the pursuit of happiness….and who admires America. Looking at America, I want to know what you see.

SANDMONKEY: I’m seeing a country in great danger. Simply speaking, I don’t think the people get what’s at stake anymore. I don’t think they see where they are heading.

Iran Arrest Women for “Improper” Clothes; U.N. Women’s Rights Commission Bashes Israel

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

“Say what?” you might ask? No, these are not two completely unrelated articles that I happen to paste together.
While Iran continues to arrest and jail women who wear, what the rulers of Iran deems to be “inappropriate” clothing, the U.N. Woman’s Rights Commission (oxymoron) bashes Israel.
Comparison and Contrast time:

Women bear brunt of Tehran’s crackdown

BEIRUT, Lebanon – Iranian police shoved and kicked them, loaded them into a curtained minibus and drove them away. Hours later, at the gates of Evin prison, they were blindfolded and forced to wear all-enveloping chadors, and then were interrogated through the night.

All 31 were women — activists accused of receiving foreign funds to stir up dissent in
Iran. But their real crime, says Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh, was gathering peacefully outside Tehran’s Revolutionary Court in support of five fellow activists on trial for demanding changes in laws that discriminate against women.

During her 15 days in prison, “I tried to convince them that asking for our rights had nothing to do with the enemy,” Abbasgholizadeh told The Associated Press by telephone from Tehran. “But they insisted that foreign governments were exploiting our cause.”

The March 4 arrests highlight how women’s rights, which were making some advances under the reformist presidency of
Mohammad Khatami, are being rolled back by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who succeeded him in August 2005.

Activists say that while world attention has focused on the West’s standoff with Iran over its nuclear program, the abuses of women’s rights have intensified, using fear of a U.S. attack as a pretext.

Over the past 10 months, security forces have “become more and more aggressive even as women’s actions have become more peaceful and tame,” said Jila Baniyaghoub, an activist who has also spent time in jail.

“By tightening the noose on us, they are trying to warn us that they will not tolerate even the mildest criticism,” she said.

Iranian authorities are reluctant to answer specific questions about the treatment of women. Several officials and lawmakers approached by the AP to talk about the issue refused to be interviewed.

But Intelligence Minister Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei recently pointed a finger at women activists when he claimed that “the enemy’s new strategy is to finance and organize various groups under the cover of women’s or student movements.”

The aim, he told a state news agency, is to depict the government as incompetent and to turn people against it.

A rite of spring in Iran: fashion crackdown

TEHRAN: The Iranian police force has come under criticism for its clampdown on women over their dress, an annual exercise that began over the weekend and has affected thousands of women.

Women here have been required by law since the 1979 Islamic revolution to cover their hair and wear long loose clothes to cover the shape of their body. The ideal dress is considered to be a black head-to-toe chador that covers all the body except for the hands and the face.

But many women defy the law and the regime has been engaged in a constant battle with them over what they can wear and how they should look.

The police have launched a clampdown every year at the beginning of the summer, because women start wearing fashionable and shorter coats and show more hair because of the heat.

Since the weekend, the police have been stopping women in major squares and at subway stations in Tehran to warn them over their appearance.

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Nazanain, 28, a reporter who thought she had dressed more modestly than usual, said she had been stopped in Vanak Square in Tehran and told her coat was tight and showed her body shape.

“I just joked with them and tried to stay calm but they told me to sit so that they could see how far my pants would pull up in a sitting position,” she said.

Nazanin was told by the police that they were trying to help her so that she would not look awkward and attract the attention of men.

She received a warning for her large sunglasses, her coat, her eyeliner and her socks, which they said should be longer. She was allowed to go after she signed a letter saying she would not appear in public like that again.

But a friend, Niloofar, who responded angrily to the police when she was told to fix her head scarf, was kept in a bus for five hours.

“They want to intimidate us,” said Somayeh, 31, who was crying after she was stopped at the Mirdamad subway station. She was asked to call home and get her national ID number for the letter she was asked to sign.

A photographer who accompanied a police team said many women reacted angrily to the warnings.

The traffic police have also stopped women drivers – dragging them out of their cars to check their clothes, newspapers reported.

Meanwhile, back at the U.N. Women’s Rights Commission…

UN Women’s Rights Commission Bashes Israel

In its latest report concerning the worldwide state of women’s rights, the United Nations reached only one conclusion against a nation: the “occupation of Palestine” by Israel is wrong.

What does that have to do with women’s rights? Good question. The UN’s Commission on the Status of Women resolution had very little to do with women’s rights, if anything at all.

The resolution, which condemned Israel for the injustices “the occupation of Palestine imposes on Palestinian women,” passed almost unanimously—by a vote of 40 to 2. It doesn’t take much to see under the surface of such rhetoric. Anne Bayefsky wrote, “Only the United States and Canada confronted the move for what it was: the hijacking of yet another UN body to spin world opinion against Israel and toward the Palestinian Authority” (National Review Online, March 19).

No other nation besides Israel was condemned over women’s rights issues—despite the mountains of atrocities occurring against women around the world, particularly within Muslim nations. Even among Palestinians, supposedly the victims of Israeli crimes against women, “honor killings” of a female by a male member to protect the family name, for example, are regarded as a minor crime, and sometimes not a crime at all, according to Palestinian law. “The Women’s Center for Legal Advice and Counseling (wclac) report for 2000 states that the Palestinian judiciary exhibits views of women as ‘inferior’ and that women generally are ‘looked down upon and treated with scorn’” (www.freedomhouse.org). Is Israel to blame for this?

For a specifically commissioned group to target Israel while overlooking reports of harsh governmental crackdowns against women in Iran, Saudi Arabia and Sudan is preposterous. In Israel, women are not beaten or legally discriminated against for being raped, as they are in surrounding nations. The UN’s Commission on the Status of Women bilked its responsibility to promote women’s rights in exchange for an opportunity to bash Israel.

The deprived women of the world could lodge a complaint, if they were allowed freedom of speech.

See video and more information at Michelle Malkin’s Blog.