August 17, 2012. 3:30 PM . Times Square . 42nd St and 7th Avenue.
Al-Quds means “the holy place” .
“The “holy place” they refer to is Jerusalem, which has a history going back about a thousand years BCE. Mohammed lived in 7th century Arabia, about 1,500 years after the city of Jerusalem arose. But he met (and waged war) against Jewish tribal peoples in the Arabian desert, borrowed ideas from Christianity and Judaism, and then had to discover a divine right to three holy places: Mecca, Medina, and Jerusalem. (…)
The Muslim “right” to Jerusalem was solved by mythology. Mohammed flew on his horse to heaven, when he died in a tent in Arabia. But he flew from the Mosque of Omar in Jerusalem, so Muslims own Jerusalem, too. “
A day of anger dedicated to “hatred and racism“. An event created thirty years ago ” by the Ayatollah Khomeini”. A day ” to whip up genocidal rage against Israel”, the United States and, of course, The World. (…”because the WHOLE world belongs to Allah and his faithful”)
” The International Day of al-Quds” (aka JERUSALEM, the Capitol of ISRAEL)
“The epicentre of Al-Quds Day is Iran, where homosexuals are publicly executed, women stoned to death, dissidents gang-raped and then murdered, the Holocaust denied, and international terrorism planned and financed.
Tehran is the model that many of the people at the centre of this protest admire and would like to see replicated everywhere.
These protestors are nothing but genocidal “People of Conscience” who spew chants like, “From the River to the Sea“. A chant that that calls for the annihilation of Israel.
They couldn’t give a damn about the Palestinians, and see their plight as another way to extend their own ideology.”
“All CIVILIZED people condemn public pleas for violence and genocide”
Their savagery denied as they display posters that claim to be in “solidarity with all the oppressed human beings of the world”
“The innocent civilians of Palestine” who they claim are victimized by the “oppressive, racist Zionist regime they refer to as the so-called “State of Israel”
Cyrus “the Raskol Khan” McGoldrick is an artist and community activist, an American Muslim of Iranian and Irish descent. A recent graduate of Columbia University in New York City, he is the Civil Rights Manager at the NY chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and serves on the Board of Directors for Getting Out & Staying Out, a program dedicated to helping young men coming out of prison to stay out of prison. As an independent world/hip-hop musician specializing in voice, beats and live instruments (tenor sax, violin, piano), he has been performing since 2004 with various groups around the country. He is a voice for Islam, human rights and cultural understanding, featured in hundreds of concerts, rallies, panels, and local, national and international media.
Cyrus called for the boycotting of ‘Zionist” aka Jewish companies, invoking the image of the murderous Che and invited all “peace-loving people to voice their opposition to the “unjust and illegal occupation” of the great Al-Aqsa Mosque and the usurpation of the Holy Land by the Zionist regime. ”
Peace-loving? Like in “Hamas? Hezbollah?” (VIDEO)
A disgusting and arrogant display of Jew-hatred and animosity for the U.S as well. Nothing changes as they chastised the U.S. for supporting this ‘so-called’ State.
This was a lame event; poorly attended. Only about 100 showed up. Yet the organizers optimistically scheduled a huge block of time: 3:30 to 7 PM.( Big Fail).
If interested, their face book page posted a few pictures up “tight and close” so the ‘pens’ look ‘packed’. Usually whole families come out to these rallies. They were noticeably missing.
Every sign you read. Fiction. Fraud. A”history” of how Islam.. And claims that the Jews, the Brits and the U.S. have all ‘stolen’ the Holy Land for the Muslims.
Their genocidal banner was larger than the crowd.
The view looking north…
Only posted brief moments of a couple of speakers .
The rest of the hour was our MC (and some more ridiculous rapping) VIDEO
“ARTISTS” ( a questionable category) as the only “artists” I heard were rappers (3 of them)
Yusuf Abul-Mateen, MC, Boston based Blak Madeen
Muslim MC Yusuf Abdul-Mateen is one-half of the elite Boston unit Blak Madeen. Born in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts to an Irish-American family in the late 70s, Yusuf’s passion for hip hop culture was developed while attending a Catholic high school in Lawrence, MA. His interest in music was only superseded by his interest in Islam, which he started reading about as a child. He finally converted to Islam in 2003. By then his recording career had already begun but now his lyrics would take on a spiritual and political edge. His calm, dead-pan delivery consists of powerful words and contain a message with every song.
Tahani Salah is a performer, poet, and activist based in Brooklyn, New York. She currently serves as a youth outreach coordinator and member of the Word Wide Youth Leadership Board with Urban Word NYC. She is also a member of the Nuyorican Slam Team and author of the forthcoming book Respect The Mic. Tahani has been featured on HBO’s Def Poetry Jams and participated in the Mike Geffner’s Inspired Word NYC Poetry Spoken Word Event. As an artist dedicated to bringing light and solutions to silenced communities she has performed across the United States, Africa and Europe. Rebel Diaz, Political hip hop artists, South Bronx (tentative)
Rebel Diaz is a political hip hop duo out of the Bronx, New York and Chicago, IL consisting of the Chilean brothers Rodrigo Venegas and Gonzalo Venegas. Rebel Diaz uses their music as an organizing tool and to spread knowledge about injustice. A Slideshow of the remaining pictures: