“Building Bridges” NYC Muslim Day Parade 2017

The ANNUAL Muslim Day Parade, September 24, 2017. With CAIR and Rabbi Marc Schneier as Honorary Grand Marshal, the theme this year was “Building Bridges”: a message of UNITY.

The New JDL said, “Since CAIR will use the parade as an opportunity to recruit and promote their false agenda, exposing CAIR should be everyone’s mission.”    [see AFDI subway ad from 2014]


In 2010, Nihad Awad Exec Dir and Founder of  Council on American-Islamic Relations was a Grand Marshal. (Hamas-loving, Nihad, is second from right.)

And now,for the first time in the parade’s history (in 2017) a Jewish leader will be honored: Rabbi Marc Schneier will serve as the honorary grand marshal.”

Who is this bridge-building rabbi?

“Rabbi Marc Schneier , the philandering spiritual leader was booted from the Rabbinical Council of America two years ago after dumping wife No. 4 so he could marry wife No. 5. He is now married to wife No. 6.  …. one congregant told The Post last year, “It’s like, ‘Marc cheated on his wife again — what’s new?’ It became a running joke: the annual Marc Schneier wedding.”

This desperate attempt to jump-start the dwindling Muslim Day Parade, with a philandering rabbi and terror-loving CAIR, came to naught. It remains a fragmented event … yearning to “build bridges” to no where.

After 32 years, not even the Muslim community is motivated to show up.

I heard more than one reporter/photographer comment on the very THIN turnout this year .


They had expected a larger crowd due to claims of Trump-Islamophobia, but that was NOT the case.

As usual, the parade started with tarps laid out on Madison Avenue for the noon-day Dhuhr prayer.

“All Muslims must have to support this noble cause. We must have to come out, stay united and show our strength minimum at this platform which called a Muslim Day Parade.”

“It’s not me it’s not you. It’s US brothers & Sisters. It’s all of US and all about US.  Building Bridges.”

“As salamo Alikum brothers & Sisters. Come with your entire family. Remember together we strong and unbreakable strength divided we fall. Show your strength. Send the message to entire world thru your unity. God bless you all. Ameen.”

 10 years I’ve observed this annual event. And now, with dwindling stats perhaps it begs for a look-back …. before I walk away.

Flickr Slide show – Part 1 – the prayers:

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Press interview Shmasi Ali

The PRAYERS

allahu akbar – takbir takbir

“Friends, try as much as possible to participate. Many reasons why it is crucially important to take part.”

 Flickr Slide Show Part 2 (after the prayers)

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Typos aside, as I re-read their mission statement from Imam Shmasi Ali, I noticed near the end, an allusion to a ‘lack of interest’ in the parade.

      ” 1)This is new yorker. Muslims are an integral part of this great city.

2) This is the city of bridges. With our non Muslim friends we continue building those bridges as our theme says it.

3. We must response to the current challenges (hate, racism, Islamophobia, anti Semitism, xenophobia) by action.

4. This parade shows brotherhood/sisterhood, both on communal and human level.

5. More importantly, this parade is dedicated in solidarity with Rohingya people. Are you a part of that one body?

6. Either you believe in the parade, or not (as it the case to some), I am sure you’re all believers in faith unity (wihdah imaniyah) and human family (usrah insaniyah).

God bless you all. Ameen. Regards, Imam Shamsi , Shabir Gull & Sheikh Tauqeer ul haq.”

Part 2

The NEW JDL  peacefully protested the parade and its organizers. “No Bridges With Terrorists” NO CAIR !


How do you build bridges when one of your sponsors works with the Muslim Brotherhood and finances Hamas?

The organizers claim the parade will address anti-Semitism. Really? With CAIR on-board the parade supports attacks against Jews in Israel. 

Predictably, the ‘progressive’ Jewish groups were there lending support to CAIR and terrorism. (Capos.)

The Turk-undertaker (Erhan Yildirim), also a community co-ordinator for the NYPD, gave a hard-stare to the JDL signs.

 The Muslim Day Parade legitimizes CAIR as a positive advocacy group, which we know they aren’t, and the idea that Islam means peace.

After the prayers, I decided to skip the walk down Madison Ave. But the New JDL went the whole distance. This was their report.

“Yes, we walked with them, however we started to feel less love the closer we got to the staging area. (25th St and Madison Ave) One “lady” insisted on calling us “Hitler’s children”.

“On the flip side, a very nice black guy, who was a medic assigned to the parade, gave us ice packs and a male participant from the parade shook James’ hand. When we got to the speakers’ area, the love was gone.”

 The stage in 2015

“One rather angry “lady” took our pic and then went to parade “security”. A large black dude who told us since CAIR is part of the event, we can’t stand there with the signs. He told us if we didn’t leave he would get the police”

“We told him very nicely fine, get the police. If the police ask us to leave, then we will go. His final attempt at having us removed, he went to a couple of large police officers in riot gear and told them about the “bad Jews”. (the saga ends)

The speeches were boring as all hell. Most of the speakers could not be understood. They should have spoke in their native languages. Carolyn Maloney spoke. I understood her. The rabbi (Mark Schneier) … the rabbi spoke liberal gibberish.”

The rabbi speaking to www.itvusa.tv Global Dawah Television : “Call to Peace, Save Humanity . Our primary objective is to propagate Islam and it’s true nature of love and care for the humanity.

The NEW JDL continues, “They spoke of love for the U.S. but then spoke of standing with Kapernick & other football players.  They spoke of standing with the president but then condemned DACA and his policies towards immigrants. One speaker praised Sarsour a few times.” (Note Sarsour and Schneier at “I am a Muslim, too” – Times Square 2017)

“Oh yes, there were three floats. THREE . We couldn’t figure out why there was a Turkish flag and two others (not sure where they were from) on the Temple Mount float. They called it Al Aqsa. Tried to inform them otherwise but they wouldn’t listen.”

Floats in 2011- they are the same every year

2010

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“We tried to decide which float was the best. It was very challenging because there was such a variety. (snark intended)

One more thing, no Muslim Day Parade would be complete without some hard core “I love Jesus” people coming over. One of them danced some sort of jig. Now their t shirts were “inflammatory”. On it was – Muslims bad, Homosexuals bad, etc. (I’m paraphrasing.) No one said anything to them. Only the bad Jews/JDL.

This had to have been the most boring parade I have ever been to. Good grief. We decided we were probably the most entertaining people there.

On a good note; we brought awareness about CAIR. Many people never heard of CAIR. Now they have. End the silence! Anti-Semites have no place on our streets!”

IN CONCLUSION: Part 3

Supported by CAIR and the very LEFT Jewish BDSers, these elements did not make the bridge inviting nor strong. Obviously. And it is not the first time that terrorism made it’s presence known within the ranks of the Muslim Day Parade.

In 2013 – the militant flags marched down Madison.

2013 – The Muslim Brotherhood Black Hand salute.

2014, plastic guns and virgins.

Plastic guns. Jailed virgins. What were they thinking?

Women hung. The scaffold. The noose.  These were the parade ” floats” in 2014.

 In 2017, the creeping jihad was still at work. As the Indonesian/Indian Muslims, historical victims of the Muslim invasions, marched in praise of their  conqueror. Islam forced upon their countries and yet, they do not, cannot change. Living the lie that Islam can live in peace with America (and perhaps the world).

This year the signs of worldly discord exposed were the HINDUS “anti-Islam” Myanmar uprising. Who is the victim? Who is the aggressor?

“The media and the international elites are framing the jihad in Burma as another “Muslims are victims” story. But it is not. It is another Islamic supremacist holy war to kill and conquer — more of what we are seeing in the Philippines, Nigeria, Kenya, Israel, Congo, Thailand, Chechnya, etc. etc. “Rohingyas threat to national security, they have link with Jihad.” [Pamela Geller]

Is this the Crusades. Andalusia. Taking back their countries from centuries of Muslim horror. Perhaps Myanmar has had ENOUGH.

An addendum:

And then, I remembered my NYC niqab and hijabs photo essays from 2012, more evidence of creeping Islam- CAIR- ISNA- ICNA – the Linda Sarsours- Muslim Brotherhoods, Muslim Student Assoc., slowly but surely bringing the 7th century to the public square – making it the ‘norm’.

Are the second- third generations  of Muslims assimilating? Or not. Since I found the 7th Century walking around Times Square. I wondered. It was unsettling.

 Compilation of Parts 1 and 2 (slide show)

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Part 2- 2012 (slide show)

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Part 1 – 2012 (slide show)

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[Where indicated pictures and videos are property of Pamela Hall]

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