Thursday, May 1, 2008

Commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day, and remembering CAIR's censorship of it

We fly Israel's flag in spite of CAIR's attempt to censor it.

We recognize this week’s international commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day, vowing to never forget. And in our remembering, we recall the attack by CAIR-Ohio officials, namely Ahmad Al-Akhras, against Holocaust Remembrance Day in April 2001. Islamofascist thug Al-Akhras was joined by Andy Amid and several other leaders demanding that the city of Gahanna strip down Israel’s flag flown in commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

CAIR crowed about their success in a press release (now conveniently disappeared after I mentioned in an expose of Al-Akhras last year).

Here’s the now-removed April 2001 CAIR-OH press release:

Israeli flag taken down in Ohio following protests from Muslims

The mayor of a Columbus, Ohio, suburb has agreed to take down an Israeli flag that flew for a day from the city’s flagpole. The flag had been flown as part of the “Days of Remembrance,” a national commemoration of the mass killing of Jews in Europe during World War II.

Mayor Jim McGregor of Gahanna, Ohio, took the flag down after meeting with representatives of the CAIR’s Ohio chapter (CAIR-OHIO), Arab Americans of Central Ohio, the Islamic Society of Greater Columbus, the Islamic Foundation of Central Ohio, and the Muslim Student Association.

“We want to thank Mayor McGregor for understanding that the desire to honor and remember all those who died at the hands of the Nazis is a completely separate issue from flying the Israeli flag. For the Islamic and Arab communities in Ohio, that flag is a symbol of the ongoing oppression suffered by Palestinian Christians and Muslims,” said CAIR-OHIO President Ahmad Al-Akhras.

Al-Akhras cited the fact that more than 700,000 Palestinians were driven from their homes and more than 400 Palestinian town and villages were wiped off the map by the creation of Israel in 1948. He also noted that today is the fifth anniversary of the Qana massacre in Lebanon during which Israeli troops, using American weapons, killed more than 100 Lebanese civilians who sought shelter in a U.N. compound.

“Americans cannot, without a strong sense of hypocrisy, praise the principles of Holocaust remembrance on the one hand, and turn a blind eye to the daily atrocities committed by Israel on the other,” said Andy Amid, a founding member of the Islamic Council of Ohio, who also attended the meeting.
It is, of course, hypocritical to cite the events of 1948 as justification for removing the Israeli flag, as the Palestinians were not driven off by Israelis, but the invading Muslim armies who attacked Israel vowing to finish the genocide that the Nazis had begun. And the feigned concern for Palestinian Christians is equally hypocritical, as the HAMAS allies of these organizations are the biggest persecutors of Christians in Palestine. We also remember the ongoing liquidation of Christian communities in virtually every segment of the Muslim world. Where’s the CAIR press release on that?

Jim McGregor is no longer mayor of Gahanna, but now serves as a state representative.