[UPDATE: OC Democrats Blast Pauly] Video Captures Protesters, Politicians Berating Muslims at Yorba Linda Charity Function
UPDATE, MARCH 8, 2:31 P.M.: Rumors were flying this morning that video of an anti-Muslim rally in Yorba Linda last month was pulled down from YouTube due to allegations the Council on American-Islamic Relations spliced together footage from two separate protests.
But an official with nonprofit CAIR's Greater Los Angeles office in Anaheim tells the Weekly this afternoon that the video was taken down due to a copyright infringement claim by a videographer.
"The owner of the video clips in question contacted YouTube, in what appears to be an attempt to shut down a widely viewed video of the intense hate promotion at the protest, by wrongfully claiming 'copyright infringement,'" explains Munira Syeda, CAIR-LA's communications manager. "Use of these clips is a permitted fair use, and we're confident this issue will be resolved quickly and our video will be up soon."
A card that comes up near the beginning of the video, which the Weekly linked to in this update's original post, identifies the footage CAIR used of having been culled from the Orange County Register, KABC/Channel 7 and Santa Ana TV, a website owned by George Collins.)
A mayoral candidate and local gadfly often seen riding around downtown Santa Ana on a Segway. Collins previously declared he's running for mayor again next year.
In the previous update to this post, Rabbi David Eliezrie, who leads the North County Chabad Center and attended what he called the more-peaceful of two overlapping protests of a Muslim charity event in Yorba Linda on Feb. 13, claimed CAIR "spliced together video from two separate events. They lied."
Since Eliezrie is now drawing a distinction between rally participants 100 yards from the Yorba Linda Community Center and others who were near the facility's entrance, he was asked if the other protesters were, in his opinion, engaging in hate speech.
"There is no question that those near the building spoke in a hateful manner," Eliezrie told the Weekly in an email. "Personally, I was deeply offended by their expressions at the time and told people not go over there."
But he believes there is a "vast chasm" between what the hate speech makers were saying "and supporting a group" that advocates "murders of innocent civilians"--a reference to Hamas and Amir Abdel Malik Ali, one of the invited speakers at the Muslim charity event that was protested.
"I heard Ali a few months ago saying on 'I support Hamas,'" Eliezrie explained. "Just last week missiles hit the town of Beer Sheva from Hamas. I have witnessed the horror of a suicide bombing [with] seven killed. The Hamas charter calls for the destruction of Israel and the war with Jews the world over."
Eliezrie holds similar disdain for CAIR. Besides issuing a "doctored" video and press release that "whitewashed these terror supporters"--the other, in his view, being another invited speaker, Imam Siraj Wahaj--CAIR had a "run-in" with the rabbi a few years ago when he says the group refused to condemn suicide bombing.
UPDATE, MARCH 7, 6:16 P.M.: Rabbi David Eliezrie, whom the Council on American-Islamic Relations identified as having participated in a Yorba Linda anti-Muslim rally last month, e-mailed the Weekly this morning to allege CAIR "lied" about a video now firing up the Interwebs.
The video that you can see farther down in this post features footage CAIR says it culled from The Orange County Register, KABC/Channel 7 and Santa Ana TV, but the North County Chabad Center leader claims the Muslim-advocacy organization "spliced together video from two separate events. They lied."
The video shows people with American flags and signs behind a barricade a relatively safe distance away from the entrance to the Yorba Linda Community Center as mostly Muslim men, women and scared-looking children enter and leave a charity fund-raiser. Spliced in are close-ups of Villa Park City Councilwoman Deborah Pauly and U.S. Representatives Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) and Gary Miller (R-Diamond Bar) firing up a crowd. Pauly even seems to advocate death for American citizens who happen to be Muslim.
It's obvious from the video that the politicians spoke during the daylight hours, and that the crowd gathered near the community center entrance grew smaller and nastier as the sun went down. (Whether entering during the day or leaving at night, the kids sticking close to their parents appear frightened, though.)
Eliezrie's contention is there were two separate events, one about 100 yards away from the center and the other near the entrance. "Those in the second rally spoke harshly, as indicated on the video," the rabbi said. "We did not join them; in fact, we told people not to go there."
The "peaceful protest" the rabbi attended featured Yorba Linda's mayor, City Council members and congressional representatives speaking to those rallying against the Islamic Circle of North America having invited as speakers Amir Abdel Malik Ali and Imam Siraj Wahaj. Eliezrie called Malik Ali "a supporter of Hamas that demands Israel be eradicated and Jews killed all over the world" and says Wahaj is "an un-indicted co-conspirator in the first World Trade Center bombing."
"This video spliced images from the two events," Eliezrie writes. "It does not show me or other speakers with this group near the building entrance since I did not join them. Nor does it mention that the speakers at this event for a Muslim organization have a long history of supporting terror."
He claimed the video plays into CAIR's "long history of distorting the truth." Another distortion, according to the rabbi, was not fully identifying the speakers for what was billed as a charity event.
Eliezrie also took issue with CAIR's "Hate Comes to Orange County" headline with the video.
"Peaceful protest against those who call for the murder of Jews is not hatred," Eliezrie counters. "If we don't speak out, then we allow these to spew hatred against Jews to do so freely. The Hamas charter calls for the destruction of Israel. It also states that 'The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews [and kill them], until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: Oh, Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me; come on and kill him!'"
Eliezrie also posted a statement about the video on the North County Chabad Center site.
The Weekly has asked CAIR for a response. Stay tuned.