It’s time to play: GUESS THE THEME OF THE 2010 MUSLIM DAY PARADE
Grand Marshals Ghulam Nabi Fai and Nihad Awad
SEPTEMBER 26th , 2010
1PM Madison Ave /41 Street NY City
ZAHUR PRAYER ON MADISON AVE.
Famous Muslim entertainer Zain Bhikha to perform in our parade
They say, ” Our parade always has Islamic Theme and a Muslim Grand Marshal. It represents many Muslim nationalities and their cultures. At the end of the parade, we have a bazaar where vendors are selling foods, clothing, books and etc. from different countries. Also included are programs for the kids.”
TSM: So, we went looking for that theme. In 2009 the theme seemed to be the 2010 census:
And here’s the links to the Parade in 2008 That year the “coincidence” was that the parade was infringing on Columbus Day. So they seemed to be “celebrating’ Columbus day.
Looking back, the 2007 Parade was a water-shed year when the average American discovered this parade in the wake of the NYC Intifada T-shirt; a summer very similar the Ground Zero Mosque up-roar.
What surprises lay ahead since it seems, the only poster for a parade that’s planned at the end of this week is from 2009…… What’s up?? There are lots of questions…lots of secrets….and no answers….
Side note from TSM: Last year this blogger was told to stop taking pictures on a public street, at the 2009 Muslim day Parade. then last week I was told to stop taking pictures, again, at a public candle lighting rally on September 10th, 2010. Each time I was told that I was making them (Muslims…Lefties) nervous (taking too many pictures).
Why was everyone else was permitted to remain at this parade,taking pictures, but ME? Public Events at which I do nothing but take pictures and/or video. That’s what they want, right?! They plan this event so we can watch them praying on Madison Avenue and now they say No Pictures cause we’re with our families and we’re praying…. I chose not to leave the Muslim Day Parade, but I was ‘politely” forced to leave on September 10. Not right. So not right.
Interesting observation regarding the Muslim Day Parade we found from a reader at John Derbyshire’s column at National Review ( from April of this year):
Daniel: I’ll register some mild foreboding. To the best of my knowledge, the Muslim Day Parade is the only one currently dedicated to celebration of a religious, as opposed to national, heritage. The history of such things, though sparse, is not encouraging.”
TSM: Not sure if this comment at Derbyshire was correct, but certainly the religious factor is front and center at each Muslim day Parade. Are we supposed to ignore it? On a public street? Are we NO longer permitted to photograph them during this public display? Permission not granted.
This is all too similar to our assault (a NY Post Photographer and myself) in January 0f 2009. At a Hate-Israel (Fakestinian) Rally in Times Square. The paid leftists instigators said with great confidence to the NY Post Photographer , “We don’t want your press”. From what we observed, the police assigned to this protest were mostly Muslim and allowed this shutting down of a free press. Their behavior has only gotten bolder in 2010, as Dearborn, Michigan has revealed.
Now in 2010, what might the unknown theme be for this parade? Looking at the backgrounds of two Grand Marshals, perhaps there might be a clue… or two….
Nihad Awad is the Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). After the Gulf War, he was Public Relations Director for the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), described by U.S. government officials as an Hamas front organization. He has said, “I am in support of the Hamas movement more than the PLO…”
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Nihad Awad is among the founders of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and serves as its executive director. In that role, he has attained a degree of political clout, invited to stand beside President George W. Bush at the Islamic Center of Washington days after the 9/11 attacks. Before that, Vice President Al Gore appointed Awad to a civil rights advisory panel for the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security.
These are influential recognitions for a man with past ties to Hamas, designated a foreign terrorist organization by the United States in 1995. In fact, Awad publicly declared “I am in support of the Hamas movement,” during a March 1994 symposium at Barry University.”
By Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai
19 April, 2010
Dr. Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India’s assertion that “there can be no redrawing of borders in Jammu Kashmir” and former Indian Supreme Court judge Saghir Ahmad’s recommendation “to restore the autonomy to the extent possible” need to be supplemented by some observations from the view point of the people of Kashmir. These deserve to be borne in mind by all those who wish the conflict to be justly resolved once and for all.
When the Kashmir dispute erupted in 1947-1948, the United States took the stand that the future status of Kashmir must be ascertained in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the people of the territory. The U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution on 21 April 1948 which was based on that unchallenged principle. So the issue in Kashmir is about the right of self-determination which was agreed upon by both India and Pakistan, endorsed by the Security Council and accepted by the international community.
The concept to convert the existing cease-fire line into a permanent International boundary is an ideal non-existent solution. Any such suggestion is an insult to the intelligence of the people of Kashmir. One cannot imagine a better formula for sowing a minefield in South Asia that will lead them to a nuclear disaster. The people revolted against the status quo and status quo cannot be an answer? Also, Kashmiris wish to emphasize that their land is not a real estate which can be parceled out between two disputants but the home of a nation with a history far more compact and coherent than India’s and far longer than Pakistan’s. No settlement of their status will hold unless it is explicitly based on the principles of self-determination and erases the so-called line of control, which is in reality the line of conflict.
The idea of autonomy for Kashmir is an absolute fallacy. Here one has to rely on a provision of the Indian Constitution. All Constitutions of the world are subject to amendments and Indian Constitution is no exception. If not now, in the foreseeable future, the Indian legislature can delete this provision in the Constitution and the move will not even need a debate in the Parliament.
Secondly, Kashmiris have had the experience of a limited autonomy, which was first practiced under a personal understanding between Prime Minister Nehru and Sheikh Abdullah and later provided for by Section 370 of the Indian Constitution. Kashmir was granted autonomous powers over all sectors excluding communications, defence and foreign affairs. It was eroded and eventually whittled away by the forces of circumstances.
My opinion was confirmed by a poll conducted jointly by major news outlets on Aug 12, 2007: CNN-IBN and Hindustan Times in India and Dawn and News in Pakistan. A majority of those polled in Kashmir Valley (87% to be precise) preferred freedom (Azadi). The Azadi means both the rejection of line of control into an international border and rejection of concept of autonomy.
However, there is but one fair, just, legal, and moral solution to Kashmir which was provided by the United Nations. The procedures contemplated at early stage of the dispute at the United Nations for its solution may be varied in the light of changed circumstances but its underlying principle must be scrupulously observed if justice and rationality are not be thrown overboard. The setting aside of the UN resolution is one thing; the discarding of the principle they embodies is altogether another. So the settlement has to be in accordance with the wishes of the people; impartially ascertained; in conditions of freedom from intimidation.
Kashmiris are open to a constitutional dispensation that answers all of India’s legitimate national security and human rights concerns. With regard to the former, they are willing to explore permanent neutrality for Kashmir along the model of the 1955 Austrian State Treaty and a renunciation of war or the threat of force in international affairs along the model of Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution. They are willing to consider abandoning a military force like Costa Rica, Haiti, and Panama. Moreover, they hold no objection to providing community quotas in government offices along the lines of the 1960 Constitution for the Republic of Cyprus to safeguard against invidious discrimination of any religious or ethnic group, i.e., Pandit, Buddhist, Sikh, and Muslim alike.
With good faith by all parties common ground leading to a final settlement of the Kashmir tragedy can be discovered. An appointment of a special envoy by President Obama, like Bishop Desmond Tutu will hasten the way of peace and prosperity in the region of South Asia.
Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai is Executive Director, Kashmiri American Council. Dr. Fai can be reached at email@example.com
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s assertion that Kashmir is an integral part of India needs to be supplemented by some observations from the viewpoint of the people of Kashmir.
TSM: Let the Games Begin as we leave you with two proposals:
1. Would love to get a consensus on what the theme might be for 2010 (with these two individuals as the Grand Marshals)…can you guess??
2. How long will I last at the parade this year before I am forcibly removed . The Candle lighting last week was about 30 minutes and the Muzzie Parade 2009 …ditto….
And then if you can, join us at the parade.
This Sunday, September 26, 2010.
1 :00 PM
As they walk from Madison Avenue and 41st street to Madison Avenue and 23rd