Somali press conference (finally) held in Minnesota on missing youths

Update Feb. 11th:   More details on the press conference here.

Postponed a couple of times, the press conference about the missing Somali youths was held today.   Hat tip:  Dinah Lord.   It is a snore…. the story that is!  Not Dinah Lord, her post is lively!

Mosque folks deny deny deny, say families are wrong;  mosque leaders say they love their home in America; and  CAIR says law enforcement needs to get on the ball and find the real culprits in the disappearance.

The leaders of a south Minneapolis mosque on Tuesday renewed their denials that the mosque is connected to the disappearance of young Somali men from Minnesota.

For the second time in recent weeks, the leaders of the Abubakar As-Saddique mosque said they have been unfairly accused. Some Somali families have said they’re concerned their teenage sons or nephews may have been brainwashed to return to Somalia to fight in that country’s civil war.

Families are mistaken.

“It is unfortunate that some individuals in the Somali community unfairly accused Abubakar Center to have links to the disappearance of the Somali young men. We strongly deny these unsubstantiated allegations. Abubakar Center didn’t recruit, finance or otherwise facilitate in any way, shape or form the travel of these youth.”

We know from previous reports that these teens, former refugees, spent most of their free time at the mosque.

Then note that CAIR (unindicted co-conspirator) has to throw its two cents worth in:

Kashif Saroya, outreach director for the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations, called on law enforcement to investigate and resolve the appearances (disappearances) as soon as possible.

We deported 367,000 illegal aliens last year, trend looks like it will continue

I know it doesn’t have anything to do with legal refugees but I thought this article sent by  Blulitespecial today was pretty interesting and thought you might want to see it too.

This (a recent flight taking off from O’Hare) is U.S .Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Flight Repatriate, a booming airline ferrying illegal immigrants out of the country.

Flying worldwide from O’Hare and 22 other airports, the so-called ICE Air planes transported more than 367,000 illegal immigrants, including 11,500 from the Chicago area, out of the U.S. from October 2007 to October 2008—a 26 percent increase over the previous fiscal year and 77 percent more than in 2006.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano recently called for ways to “expedite removal” of thousands more illegal immigrants. The directive surprised advocates who have been lobbying for fewer deportations while they build momentum to reintroduce Immigration reform legislation in Congress by July.

So they are aiming for July for Immigration reform legislation.

Iraqi Palestinians blast Arab countries, call them hypocrites

We have written in many past posts that the Palestinians are kept as refugees from generation to generation to fuel Arab hatred toward the Jewish people and  to serve as the sore in Israel’s side.    So I am completely stunned to read at the Times this account of Iraqi Palestinian’s anger toward Arab countries and other Muslim groups for not helping them.   These Palestinians trapped in a no-man’s land between Syria and Iraq are speaking out.

Arab solidarity is not a phrase that Salim Ahmad wants to hear any more. On a battered television inside a windblown tent he watches with scepticism as the crowds demonstrate in the streets of Damascus over Israel’s war in Gaza.

“If they really cared anything for Palestinians, they would not leave us here in this terrible place,” he said, gesturing around him. “Don’t tell me about solidarity when nobody cares that we are here at all.”

For the past three years this desolate spot between the Iraqi and Syrian border posts has served as home to hundreds of Palestinians fleeing persecution in Iraq. Favoured by Saddam Hussein as proof of his solidarity with the Palestinian cause, they were among the first targets of vengeful Shia militia after the fall of the regime.

When they tried to flee to Syria, however, they found their paths blocked. While Iraq citizens swanned through the border post Palestinians were turned back, unable to enter Syria but unable to return to Iraq either. Stateless and without passports the Palestinians sat down where they were dumped, in the walled-off layby by the road between the two glowering border posts.

Screw Palestine!

Shiia Muslim Militia men (no doubt displaying that famous Muslim charity toward fellow Muslims) captured some of the Palestinians:

“They shouted screw Palestine, screw Jerusalem,” Mr Abdullah said. “They said, ‘We want to empty Iraq of Palestinians’.”

When the UN wanted to set up more comfortable camps for the displaced Iraqi Palestinians, other fellow Muslims in a Muslim country disallowed it.

The Syrian authorities forbid the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from providing any help that might make the camp more permanent, so the refugees live in tents by the side of the road.

Now for the astounding truth:

Resettling the refugees was not an option then. “Resettlement is a dirty word when it comes to the Palestinians,” Laurens Jolles, the head of the UN refugee mission in Damascus, said. The Palestinian Authority and the governments of Arab states oppose resettlement on grounds of political principle, an abrogation of the right to return to Palestine and an abandonment of hopes of a Palestinian state. “We don’t agree with that,” Mr Jolles said.

Neither do the refugees.”We don’t have a nationality, a passport, a home,” Mr Ahmad said. “We want to be settled. Who are they to tell us what is good for Palestinians? No Arab country wants us so if a European one does then I will go there. It is about our children’s future.”

The government in Gaza is a hypocrite!

“We wanted to end our isolation from the world,” Yunis, one of them said. Another member of the group contacted news organisations when the Gaza protests began, telling them: “The Government are hypocrites. We are Palestinians and they don’t care about us at all.”

Now if only more news organizations would join the Times in telling the truth we would be making major strides in bringing peace to the Middle East. 

Here are some of our previous posts on the plight of the Iraqi Palestinians.

Check it out: Coalition formed to protect the American Worker

I saw an ad on TV today for the Coalition for the Future of the American Worker.   You can see it too by going here.

From their mission statement:

CFAW has been formed to help America understand the needs of American industry and commerce to ensure the best outcome for both workers and industry. The growing practice of seeking large numbers of workers abroad, rather than committing to the training and advancement of American workers, is ultimately harmful to both labor and industry. It is CFAW’s goal to find solutions that will ensure that employers can gain access to workers they truly need, while protecting job opportunities for American workers and students and allowing them to advance their skills and maintain high wages.

Just yesterday I told you about a scuffle that broke out between refugees in an employment line in Shelbyville, TN.   It’s the first we have heard about, but likely won’t be the last.  Here is a comment worth noting that just came in from reader Vicky Carder:

I live in Shelbyville. The population of this town is approximately 18,000 people. There has already been cultural problems in this town because of the Somali’s attitudes toward the citizens.

We have as large a crisis with jobs as any other area. Since September, approximately 300 jobs have been lost in this town. By the end of March, another 300 will definitely be leaving.

It is like a slap in our face to have immigrants brought to a town this size which is already suffering and will continue to suffer.