The NY Times has deigned to weigh in on the mosquestrosity going up on a quiet, residential street in Brooklyn.
Local politicians have betrayed this small community. No church, no synagogue or temple (let alone a Wal-Mart of Lowes) would have been allowed to build such a monster in the middle of a quiet street. The Muslim Brotherhood rabat will accommodate thousands on this quiet street -- with no additional parking created or allocated. These politicians assisted in routing this tiny community.
I salute the Sheepshead Bay people for their continuing vigorous fight of this Islamic supremaicst mosque (in an area with few Muslims.)
The enemedia enthusiastically shills for these supremacist mosques. And the Muslim Brotherhood cleverly manipulates this advantage at every turn. Two weeks ago, the Muslim Brotherhood organization behind this rabat, the MAS (Muslim American Society), distributed school supplies to the "needy." (School bag ruse photo right and below)
The media lapped that one up. The media encourages this publicity abuse. They don't mention that of the roughly 50 kids who showed up, over 90% were Muslim, or that they ran out of bags in less than an hour. It doesn't matter. They know that the media will frame it like the Muslim Brotherhood is saving the world. Diabolically clever .... all for PR -- just look at how the NY times described this piece of theater:
A cluster of young Muslims in matching yellow T-shirts and broad smiles handed out free school supplies to a line of needy families in front of a gated construction site in the waning days of summer. Across the quiet residential street, two men glared at them, holding up protest signs.
Look at this mosquestrosity; you don't have to be rocket scientist to see that this Muslim Brotherhood beachhead should never have been built on this street. Where is the money coming from to pay for this fortress?
David Storobin, a fierce, freshman NY State Senator, has taken up the cause. He will be speaking at our 911 Freedom Congress at the UN Plaza on September 11.
The mega-mosque will be able to accommodate up to 1,500 people daily. Where will they park?"A Planned Mosque Inches Along, but Critics Remain," NY Times, September 8, 2012
A cluster of young Muslims in matching yellow T-shirts and broad smiles handed out free school supplies to a line of needy families in front of a gated construction site in the waning days of summer. Across the quiet residential street, two men glared at them, holding up protest signs.Wonderful.
Across Voorheis Avenue, Leonid Krupnik, front, and Victor Benari protested the center and the Muslim American Society, which is behind the project.
The narrow avenue divided the two views of a three-story mosque and Islamic community center that is slowly being built on Voorheis Avenue in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, capturing the lingering tensions over a project that has split this multiethnic, but mostly Russian-Jewish, residential neighborhood that hugs the Atlantic shoreline.
The mosque’s backers say 150 to 200 Muslim families who live within walking distance are in need of a local place to pray. The mosque, they want to reassure neighbors, will be an asset, providing afterschool activities to children, a Boy Scout troop open to all and charity events, like the school supply giveaway.
“Wherever we go, there’s always going to be that negative first reaction, because a lot of people aren’t educated about Islam,” said Jose Luis Solis, 27, of Bensonhurst, who helped at the charity event. “We just got to stand our ground and be positive.”
But a determined group of opponents see in the half-built concrete and brick frame a provocation. To them, it is a blight, a source of future traffic congestion and worse: a beachhead for Muslim expansion in Brooklyn and a beacon for anti-Semitism.
“Yes, they are smiling, but you know what’s behind their smiles?” said Leonid Krupnik, 62, one of the two protesters late last month. Like many of the mosque’s opponents, he has strong memories of anti-Semitism as a Jew from the former Soviet Union. “Hatred. They want to create a caliphate. They want to push people out of this neighborhood.”
It was a variation on a scene that has been repeated across the country when Muslims want to build a mosque, most memorably in the fight over a proposed Muslim community center near ground zero. Though federal law makes blocking construction of a house of worship very difficult, in the decade after the Sept. 11 attacks, the federal Justice Department opened more than 28 investigations of efforts to interfere with the construction of mosques and Islamic centers, according to department statistics.
In Sheepshead Bay, a group of opponents to the mosque who call themselves the Bay People have grown increasingly frustrated as each of their legal efforts failed. Now, they admit they have little legal recourse left.
Mr. Krupnik and other opponents say they are being unfairly typecast as xenophobes and racists. They do nevertheless worry that the neighborhood will change so much that non-Muslims will want to leave and they fear that the mosque will be used to promote radical thinking.
“If the area, suddenly, is like a suburb of some Muslim country, it’s not very pleasant,” said Alexandr Tenenbaum, who lives several blocks away. “I am always scared because you see these kind of people, but we can’t say it.”
The Muslims behind the mosque say they have heard it all before. They have fought the legal challenges with the hope that the anger will subside once the building opens. Even as the dirty looks continue, the level of opposition seems to have eased.
Last year, the back-to-school giveaway drew so many protesters, the police responded to keep order; this year, there were only two, which the mosque’s backers suggested is a good sign.
The dispute began in 2008, when Allowey Ahmed, a Yemeni immigrant and laundromat owner, paid $800,000 for a single-family home on a double lot at 2812 Voorheis Avenue with the intention of replacing the house with a mosque.
Mr. Ahmed did not tell the neighbors about his plans until the initial permits were approved by the city and construction was under way. When they found out, from a worker on the site, they protested to the community board and rallied in opposition.
Eventually they sued, arguing unsuccessfully that the organizers of the mosque, which stretches to the edge of its lot amid small single-family bungalows, should be required to provide parking.
They still hope, though their own lawyers say it is highly unlikely, that the city will change the zoning law and retroactively render the structure illegal.
“We understand that this is the First Amendment, that everyone has a right to pray, but what about our rights as a residents?” said Victor Benari, 58, the other protester last month. “It’s provocation, 100 percent. Why here? Why not build on a nice big commercial street?”
With local elections coming up, politicians, even those who do not represent the area, have amplified the issue in recent months.
David Storobin, who squeaked out a victory in a special State Senate election in March and who is now running in a newly drawn district that spans much of Orthodox Jewish Brooklyn, wrote in June to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, saying the mosque’s institutional sponsor “has links to radical organizations” like Hamas and Hezbollah. Ben Akselrod, who is running for the State Assembly in Brooklyn, has expressed similar fears.
Mr. Storobin’s current district includes the mosque, but the site is outside both his new district and the one Mr. Akselrod seeks to represent.
Mr. Ahmed and the Muslim American Society, which bought the property from him, say the suspicion is unfounded. They also say the statements by the politicians engender hate.
Mr. Ahmed, who has lived in the neighborhood since 1997, said that because of the tolerance he found in Brooklyn over the years, he had not expected such determined opposition.
Though its construction has been slowed by frequent complaints to the city’s 311 help line, and the constant need to raise money — he estimated $500,000 had been spent on the building so far — he was hopeful the mosque would open next spring.
“I wish we could do something to make them like us,” he said, “but thank God our rights aren’t subject to people whether they like us or not. We have guaranteed rights, and that’s what makes this country wonderful.”