For the second year in a row, Palestinians gathered at City Hall in Paterson on Sunday to raise their flag, another small step in their long and relentless drive for statehood.
The flag-raising was sponsored by the Paterson-based Arab American Civic Organization and coincided with Nakba Day, which Palestinians observe each May 15. Nakba in Arabic means “catastrophe,” and refers to the displacement of 700,000 Palestinians after Arabic forces from Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia attacked Israel after the Jewish state declared its independence in mid-May1948.
To Muslims, the independence of Israel was a catastrophe – now celebrated by dhimmi politicians in the United States.
Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. attended last year’s ceremony but was absent this year. Although invited, Pascrell, D-Paterson, had a scheduling conflict but sent a proclamation instead, Pascrell spokesman Tom Pietrykoski said.
Paterson is host to one of the largest Palestinian communities in the United States, so there were plenty of political leaders present. Lauren Murphy, the wife of Passaic County and state Democratic Chairman John Currie, stood alongside Paterson City Council President Andre Sayegh, who finished second in Tuesday’s mayoral election. Also present were Paterson city Councilman Mohammed Akhtaruzzaman and Maritza Davila, who was elected to the City Council on Tuesday.
“South Paterson is a major piece of Palestine,” said Sayegh, who represents the city’s heavily Arabic 6th Ward. “We are a better Paterson because of Palestinians.”
And just like ‘Palestine’, there are a lot of Hamas supporters and members living in Paterstine.
The most prominent is immigration fraud and Chris Christie pal, Imam Mohammad Qatanani. Qatanani’s Hamas background was uncovered and he was about to be deported until Chris Christie intervened and so far has prevented the deportation.
Imam Mohammad Qatanani speaks before the raising of the Palestinian flag outside Paterson City Hall. Paterson Mayor Jeffrey Jones is on the right.
Funny how Muslims like to invoke the Founding Fathers when it comes to Palestinian terrorist activities but never miss a chance to slander the Founding Fathers as invaders, racists and slaughters. Meanwhile, back in so-called Palestine, here’s what Qatanani’s peeps are saying:
“Hamas will not recognize Israel,” Mousa Abu Marzouk, deputy chairman of Hamas’ political bureau, told Al-Monitor in an exclusive interview.
“This is a red line that cannot be crossed,” said the 63-year-old Hamas leader who played a pivotal role in achieving the reconciliation deal with Fatah on April 23.
Abu Marzouk’s remarks come as Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas meet in Qatar. The Hamas leader added that the Quartet’s requirement that Hamas recognize Israel “do not concern us one bit.”
“We would have spared ourselves seven years of misery under the siege and two wars in 2008 and 2012 had we wanted to recognize Israel,” he said.