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Posted on 07/29/2014 6:21:58 AM PDT by KeyLargo
Thousands attend EID prayer at Toyota Park
BY NICK SWEDBERG Correspondent
Updated: July 29, 2014 2:08AM
Thousands of Muslims filled the field at Bridgeviews Toyota Park Monday morning for an unusually somber Eid prayer ceremony in the light of heightened hostilities between Israel and Gaza.
Volunteers collected signatures for the 5,000 postcards brought to the event. They intend to mail them to President Obama over the latest deaths in recent violence between Israelis and Palestinians.
The postcards, which 10 chapters of the American Muslims for Palestine across the country distributed Monday, demand that the White House intervene in the fighting in the Gaza Strip and stop the deaths of Palestinians, AMP spokeswoman Kristin Szremski said.
Szremski hopes that the postcards, which also sought an end to U.S. military aid to Israel, will be seen as a call that American citizens are not going to accept the military targeting of civilians.
More than 1,000 Palestinians have been killed over three weeks of violence that began July 8 in an Israeli-led military campaign to destroy rockets and tunnels in Gaza. The clash also has claimed the lives of 43 Israeli soldiers.
A truce day was sought to put a temporary halt to the fighting for Eid al-Fitr, but more deaths from attacks on both sides were reported Monday.
Eighty percent of the Palestinian deaths have been civilizations and about 20 percent are children, Szremski said.
Sheikh Jamal Said, of the Mosque Foundation, lead both the Eid prayer and a funeral prayer for the 1,034 Palestinians who have died.
Envelopes addressed to the White House also were handed out to children, who were asked to write a personal message.
(Excerpt) Read more at southtownstar.suntimes.com ...
Thousands men women gather Monday for prayer inside ToyotPark for Eid al-Fitr which signals end Ramadan. | Nick
“...the Bridgeview Mosque Foundation (home to the largest Arab-Muslim community in the Midwestern U.S. outside Metro Detroit),..”
Eighty percent of the Palestinian deaths have been civilizations and about 20 percent are children." I think they are all civilians, no?
Obama Thanks Muslims For Building The Very Fabric Of Our Nation
Via White House website:
As Muslims throughout the United States and around the world celebrate Eid-al-Fitr, Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to them and their families.
In the United States, Eid also reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy
Whenever the Palis feel like they've had enough and want to surrender their offensive weapons and rockets, reveal to the IDF the location of EVERY tunnel for demolition, surrender top HAMAS leaders to the Israelis, fully and publicly recognize Israel's right to exist and definitively renounce terrorism...
The fighting can stop. They could stop all this today, if they really wanted.
Really? Brainwashed folks with nowhere to go. Are they really that misinformed? Wonder why they don’t turn it into a Gay rights parade, then they would really get the medias’s attention.
It’s amazing to me that Arabs, who want all Jews dead and who start unwinable wars with Israel, put on such drama such as this. And even more disturbing is this, the US gives aid to the Hamas, who use that money to buy arms and weapons and explosives to kill Jews. The Hamas Charter calls for the extermination of all Jews and the destruction of Israel. Ironically, Gaza and the West Bank rely on Israel for water, power, sewer, road services and municipality services. They have no services of their own nor do they have any intention of creating such. So if they destroy Israel, (Which is what this prayer time is about, praying for the destruction of Israel) who do they think will take care of those items for them? The US? The Fairy God mother? Their Moon god doesn’t take care of them. In fact, the meteor in Mecca doesn’t do anything at all except sit there. So why do they pray in the public places with long faces so they can be seen by others? It’s all make believe. They are fake prayers and fake religious leaders involved in a fake religion.
So Oussama Jammal says basically that Muslims should only take pride in “their country and heritage.”
Yep, come here to the U.S. and take every benefit available and them and then some. Forget about assimilating here.
“Szremski hopes that the postcards, which also sought an end to U.S. military aid to Israel, “
State Sen. Steven Landek, D-Bridgeview, who spoke at the event, said that a Village committee is examining a proposed park by the Mosque Foundation. The park would be located on ComEd land within the village.
Oussama Jammal, vice president of the Mosque Foundation, said the park and other similar projects are meant to encourage Muslim-American children to take pride in their country and their heritage.
AMP is based in Palos Hills and works toward raising awareness about Palestine.
The Mosque Foundation is located in Bridgeview and serves more than 50,000 Muslims.
An enterprising American could fly a drone over the gathering, dropping flyers that state “If Christians were like Muslims, you’d all be dead now”
What a load! And this administration seems to endorse it. Unbelievable.
I thought the headline said IED.
"Back in 2004 Sheik Jamal Said, imam of the Bridgeview mosque, stood before the packed mosque and worked the crowd like an auctioneer. While religious leaders often mine congregations for charity, this scene at the Mosque Foundation in suburban Bridgeview stands out for two reasons.
The recipient of the worshipers generosity was Sami Al-Arian, a Palestinian activist accused by the U.S. government of aiding terrorists. And the prayer leaders passionate appeal is a reflection of the ascendancy of Muslim hard-liners at the mosque, one of the most outspoken and embattled in the U.S."
Was immediate surveillance set up to track their movements after the service?