9:49 AM, Nov 25, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
New Jersey governor Chris Christie directly challenged an account from presidential rival Donald Trump that "thousands" of Muslims in the Garden State cheered on the day of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
"Thousands of people did not cheer in Jersey City on 9/11. It just didn’t happen. I was there that day. Nothing like that was ever shown on the news. There’s no video of that. It didn’t happen," Christie told THE WEEKLY STANDARD Tuesday. "As I understand it, he says he saw it on the news. It didn’t happen!"
Christie had previously said Sunday he did not recall the incident Trump has recently described. At a rally last week, Trump said "thousands and thousands of people were cheering" in Jersey City as the World Trade Center buildings across the Hudson River in lower Manhattan. There were no reports of such a large celebration, although the Washington Post did report on September 18, 2001, that law enforcement authorities detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops while they watched the devastation on the other side of the river." There have also been reports that in Paterson, about 20 miles northwest of Jersey City, a small group of teenagers of Arab descent celebrated in the streets.
But Christie says any celebrations in his state weren't documented on video and were much smaller—"a small number of people, allegedly"—than Trump has claimed. "As I said Sunday, that was a very emotional, difficult day for me, so I can’t say I have perfect recollection of the day, except for the things that I was really concerned about that day, which was the safety of my wife and my brother," he said. "But if that had happened, thousands of people in New Jersey cheering, and I’d been named U.S. attorney the day before, I think I would have remembered."
Christie, who gave an address to the Council on Foreign Relations Tuesday afternoon, spoke about New Jersey's "large Muslim-American population," the second largest percentage-wise after Michigan, in defense of his position that more Syrian refugees should not be allowed into the U.S. until the vetting process is improved. President Obama has criticized governors opposed to allowing in refugees in the wake of the ISIS terrorist attacks in Paris, and leading Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has said blocking those refugees engenders distrust among Muslim-American communities and law enforcement.
"What I'll tell you is Muslim Americans are not nearly that sensitive," Christie responded. "Not nearly as sensitive as some of the people in opinion places here in Washington or in the White House believe they are. They're Muslim Americans, and they understand that the safety and security of their families are at risk, just the way the safety and security of Catholics are at risk, Protestants are at risk, Buddhists are at risk, when the American homeland is not safe and not secure."
Christie also criticized Clinton's unwillingness to refer to "radical Islamic terrorism" and called on leaders to stop using "euphemisms" to describe the threat. "She thinks, somehow, that this will be insulting to the rest of the Muslim world," he said. "I think it's clarifying. See, if you say you're going to war with radical Islamic terrorism, then by definition you're not going to war with the rest of Islam."
8:12 AM, Apr 16, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A prominent Pakistani-born women's rights activist is asking presidential candidates, including Hillary Clinton, to pledge not to accept donations from foreign nations that oppress women. Raheel Raza, the Canadian journalist behind the documentary film Honor Diaries, is requesting all the presidential candidates, from both parties and both "men and women," to sign her pledge.
1:05 PM, Feb 11, 2015 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
The tragic slaying of three Muslim college students in North Carolina is dominating the headlines today. According to his Facebook page, the killer was a committed atheist and a political liberal. I think it's very rarely helpful or fair to connect political beliefs to the acts of possibly deranged or mentally ill individuals, and thankfully some of the smarter liberal commentators such as Steve Benen agree with me on this point.
4:01 PM, Feb 2, 2015 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
The website Vox.com appears to still be thriving, despite my best efforts to warn people off of their willfully ignorant "explanatory journalism." As I have previously observed, we're on the tail end of a media "golden age for liberals where, to paraphrase Kipling, all the young turks were paid for their writing, and none of them paid for their sins."
3:01 PM, Jan 20, 2014 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
The young state of Kosovo—with an Albanian majority of more than 90 percent, of whom 80 percent are Muslim—declared its independence in 2008, but now faces a “risk from extremist religious currents, which requires . . . counter-measures at a strategic level.” Further, Kosovar Albanians have an agenda for a return of their people and culture to Europe, not an orientation toward the Middle East.
10:01 AM, Jul 29, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Secretary of State John Kerry will host "an Iftar dinner for Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni," according to a copy of his schedule released by the State Department. The dinner will also be attended by "Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat."
The event will be closed to the press.
Kerry's schedule for today reads:
7:18 AM, Apr 12, 2013 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
Away from the eyes of the world, ideological Islamists pursue infiltration of the moderate Muslim communities in Kosovo and Albania. But in nearly all cases, they continue to be rejected.
"We ♥ Prophet Muhammad"3:46 PM, Sep 28, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Muslim Americans in Michigan, including a local newspaper editor, will be rallying Friday in Dearborn to protest the YouTube film, "Innocence of Muslims" and advocate for blasphemy laws. Here's an image of a poster advertising the rally:
4:04 PM, May 11, 2012 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
While most of the informed Western public is aghast at the economic and political chaos that appears to be overtaking the government in Athens, southeast Europe has seen aggravated Islamist turmoil in the Balkan Muslim-majority lands and minority communities on and near Greece’s borders.
6:14 PM, Jul 29, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
ABC News reports:
When Army Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo, accused of plotting planning a deadly bombing and shooting attack on soldiers at Fort Hood, made his first appearance in court in Waco, Texas, today, he yelled the name of accused Fort Hood shooter Major Nidal Hasan.
Hasan is facing the death penalty for allegedly killing 13 people and wounding more than 30 in an assault on Fort Hood in November 2009.
12:33 PM, Mar 29, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Illinois senator Dick Durbin opened his Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing this morning on civil rights for Muslims by quoting George Washington. "In this land of equal liberty, it is our boast that a man's religious tenets will not forfeit the protection of the laws," Durbin said, making it clear that this is the principle he's aiming to uphold today, as he tries to tackle concerns about how Muslim Americans are treated in this country. But his main focus was placed on rhetoric, not civil rights abuses, toward Muslims.