When Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley murdered NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu as they ate lunch in their patrol car last Saturday, the only people who could possibly have been surprised were those who have not realized how assiduously Leftist and Muslim activists have worked – long before the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner -- to demonize the NYPD and law enforcement in general. The advent of the killer was only a matter of time.
It has been only lightly reported that Brinsley was a Muslim, and generally when it has been mentioned, it has been dismissed as a motive in favor of his statements about wanting to kill police officers to avenge Garner and Brown. But these two motivations – revenge for the perceived racist killings of two black men and Brinsley’s Islamic faith – are not mutually exclusive. Brinsley’s Facebook page featured a photo of the Qur’an open to the eighth chapter, where Allah exhorts the believers to “strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah” (8:60).
Brinsley may have thought, what better way to strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah than to kill a couple of infidel, racist police officers? Investigative journalist Patrick Poole found an additional sign of Brinsley’s attachment to Islam on his Facebook page, where Brinsley wrote at one point that he was heading to “Al-Farooq Tomorrow inshallah.” Poole notes: “If this reference by the cop killer was from Brooklyn (which is hard to discern since his Instagram account has been taken down), it may indicate that he was going to visit Masjid Al-Farooq in Brooklyn.”
Al-Farooq’s long history of terror support goes back more than 20 years, when the 1993 World Trade Center bombing was hatched by members. One imam from the early 1990s, when Al-Farooq was a hub of the nascent Al-Qaeda and was hosting Al-Qaeda co-founder Abdullah Azzam, was Fawaz Damra, who was charged, convicted and later deported for lying to immigration officials about his terror ties when he applied for U.S. citizenship.
Meanwhile, Muslim activists in New York City – with willing help from their Leftist allies -- have long cultivated a sense of grievance, claiming that they have been unfairly singled out for NYPD surveillance and monitoring. At an October 2011 hearing about the New York Police Department’s counter-terror activities in Muslim areas, New York City Councilman Brad Lander asserted: “It looks like we are targeting Muslim neighborhoods and communities. That’s not good for us. We have people out there who are partners who feel the trust is betrayed.”
New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly defended the NYPD programs, saying, “What we’re doing is following leads.” His critics were not mollified. In February 2012, Muslims in New York held a massive protest against the NYPD. Many protesters were holding printed signs with slogans designed to enhance Muslims’ feelings that they had been targets of NYPD prejudice and discrimination: “FIRE Ray Kelly!”; “Stop NYPD Ethnic, Racial and Religious Profiling”; “Stop Entrapment and Surveillance Without Warrants”; “Muslims Demand Equal Rights”; and “NO to a Police State!” A handwritten sign held by a woman in a hijab foreshadowed the charges widely made against the NYPD after the death of Eric Garner: “GOOD BYE RACIST RAY!”
“Racist Ray”’s days were numbered in October 2013, when, according to CBS NewYork, “Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio told a group of Muslim supporters Wednesday that they won’t have to live in fear of being under constant surveillance if he’s elected mayor.” Linda Sarsour, head of the Muslim Democratic Club, was pleased: “People are tired of a mayor,” she asserted, “that unequivocally stands behind the (police) commissioner and says that everything we’re doing is right.”
De Blasio warmly embraced Sarsour, which in itself was telling, as Sarsour is a rabidly anti-Semitic Islamic supremacist who has said that “nothing is creepier than Zionism” and equated it with “racism.” She is also a frequent visitor to the Obama White House, and has claimed that the jihad underwear bomber was a CIA agent — part of what she claims is a U.S. war against Islam. She is a practiced exploiter of the “hate” smear against foes of jihad terror and Islamic supremacism, and has never apologized for using the Islamic honor murder of Shaima Alawadi to spread lies about the prevalence of hate crimes against Muslims in America.
When he became Mayor, de Blasio moved swiftly, dismantling the legal NYPD Muslim surveillance program in April 2014 – thereby validating the Muslim activists’ claims that the program was racist, discriminatory and unjust. But the end of this program did not end the Muslim and Leftist sense of grievance, which was only fueled by the Brown and Garner incidents. Leftist and Muslim groups continued to fuel the perception that police were “racist” and “Islamophobic.”
The Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has repeatedly exhorted Muslims to contact a lawyer and the nearest CAIR office if contacted by the FBI, and to “Know Your Rights” and say as little as possible. CAIR would, of course, hotly deny that they have given this advice to Muslims to protect those engaged in terror activity from detection and prosecution, but then the only other alternative is that CAIR wants Muslims to believe that law enforcement officials are engaged in an ongoing campaign to entrap and persecute innocent Muslims.
That message, of course, coincides perfectly with that of race-baiters such as Al Sharpton, who have labored so long to foster among black Americans the same idea. In Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley, these dual and interrelated grievances came together, and two policemen are dead. There will be more.
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