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About half of New York City’s 50,000 cabbies are Muslim and for many of them, remaining observant isn’t easy in an urban environment where it’s hard enough to find a place to pee, let alone a place to park and pray. Muslims are required to pray five times daily between sunrise and sunset for a […]

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There are no mosques in Cuba. The closest thing there is to a public prayer room for Muslims is an exhibit of a prayer room at a state-run Arabic museum in old Havana. Inside the Casa de los Arabes, which translates to “House of Arabs,” there are mannequins and dioramas of old school-looking Arabs in […]

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Two civil rights groups will argue their appeal to overturn a court’s decision that allowed the NYPD to surveil Muslim communities as part of an anti-terrorism campaign. Muslim Advocates and the Center for Constitutional Rights will convene in a Philadelphia courtroom on Tuesday to make their case that the NYPD violated the rights of Muslims by profiling […]

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In a broad “anti-terrorism” campaign, the NYPD has been surveilling Muslims without cause. Now, the de Blasio administration is continuing the Bloomberg/Kelly defense of the program. The AP first brought attention to the Demographics Unit — a division of the NYPD given the task of infiltrating mosques, developing relationships with young Muslims and focusing intelligence gathering on “ancestries […]

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It turns out the NYPD’s unwarranted surveillance of New York muslims was worse than anyone initially thought. After 9/11, the department began using a police tool known as a “terrorism enterprise investigation” (TEI) to target entire mosques as potential terrorist groups, allowing the surveillance of any person who attends. According to the AP, TEIs were often […]

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New Jersey Muslims filed a lawsuit today against the City of New York, citing invasive, discrimanatory and unlawful surveillance that infringes upon their lives and 1st Amendment rights. The suit, Hassan, et al. v. City of New York, was filed by Muslim Advocates, a prominent national advocacy group. Back in February, the AP released a […]

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New documents reveal what Mayor Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Kelly, and NYPD Spokesman Paul Browne had been lying about all along: the department was spying on Muslims because they were Muslims. According to new documents regarding the NYPD’s Demographics Unit, a division whose existence was initially denied by police spokesperson Paul Browne, plainclothes officers were instructed […]

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After pressure from orthodox Jewish leaders in Brooklyn, a landlord in the heart of Williamsburg rejected a billboard critical of religion by an atheist group. When the outdoor advertising company came to install it, property owner Kenny Stier wouldn’t give them access reports The Brooklyn Paper. Instead, the billboard was placed near the BQE which […]

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On Monday, Congressman Peter King, a Long Island based politician with significant (and well documented) ties to a known terrorist organization, convened a rally of “Muslim activists” who reportedly welcome the wholesale surveillance of Muslim communities by the NYPD despite no criminal wrongdoing in the name of fighting terrorism. Approximately three dozen people showed up […]

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The NYPD has been busy, busy, busy in its wholesale surveillance of Muslims and in addition to keeping tabs on students at colleges across the Northeast, undercover officers also fanned out across Newark and Long Island to spy on the communities there, despite any evidence of criminal wrongdoing whatsoever. Detailed maps were drafted as police […]

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