The mosque developers and the Imam, Feisal Rauf, have claimed they are "bridgebuilders" and represent "moderate Islam." However, Gamal's attendance at the fundraiser is yet another reason to question their claims. CAIR has been linked to the Islamic terrorist group Hamas, and was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land terror funding trial.
One of the people in attendance was Geraldine Davie, whose daughter, Amy Doherty, was killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11. She was 23.
A couple of attendees from the CAIR event talked with Davie (they didn't want their faces on camera), and one even said the whole controversy over the victory mosque was "hurtful," because she believed "Islam had nothing to do with 9/11." The CAIR attendee went into the usual red herring question, "if a mosque shouldn't be there, what should be there?"
A couple of the CAIR attendees took photos or videotaped those of us outside, including some on the inside.
This CAIR attendee in the video below took a photo and then made a weird slashing motion under her chin.
Pamela Geller (Atlas Shrugs) and Robert Spencer (Jihad Watch) were there, as both are leaders of SOIA (Stop Islamization of America).
Channel 4 news was there and filmed their report. I just viewed it on the 11 o'clock news, here's the link:
Gamal was "unavailable" for interviews, according to CAIR, and they wouldn't let anyone film in the hotel. The station did interview James Yee, a former US Army Muslim chaplain who had court-martial charges (later dropped) brought against him. Yee slandered us as "being full of hate-speech" and implied we were un-American.
Let me who the real bigots are, Mr. Yee? I saw your friends at CAIR were also honoring anti-Semite Helen Thomas tonight, months after she told a cameraman in May the Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine" and go back to Germany and Poland. So, put The Islamophobic Card in the sheredder, it's way overdrawn, and the fact you said this on film while across the street from us shows just how much of a coward you really are!
And one more thing, Mr. Yee, I don't need a lecture about American values from someone who serves as a propaganda tool for Islamic radicals on their TV networks.