CAIR Condemns al Qaeda Attack in France as CAIR-LA to Warn Locals About "Crisis of ISIS"

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As France deals with Wednesday's terrorism blamed on al Qaeda sympathizers, Orange County Muslims will conduct a free community forum Friday night to address another deadly group: ISIS.

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Rachel Corrie's Mother to Deliver Keynote Address at Annual Alex Odeh Banquet

Alex Odeh statue in Santa Ana

Alex Odeh and Rachel Corrie share an unfortunate thing in common: both political activists suffered tragic, violent deaths.

Odeh, a Palestinian-American activist, died in 1985 when a rigged bomb exploded as he opened the door to his work office in Santa Ana. Nearly 20 years later an Israeli army Caterpillar bulldozer crushed Palestinian solidarity activist Rachel Corrie to death in the Gaza Strip.

Their shared legacy and deaths will intertwine this Sunday when Cindy Corrie, Rachel's mother, delivers the keynote address during the annual Alex Odeh memorial banquet in Anaheim.

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Cussing at Muslim Woman and Removal of Her Hijab Probed as Hate Crime in Long Beach

Courtesy of the Long Beach Police Department
Artist's sketch of man who removed woman's hijab.
Long Beach's police chief says a hate crime happened when a man cursed at and pulled the head covering--known as a hijab--off a Muslim woman in a shopping center.

The Anaheim-based greater Los Angeles area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) is working with police to find the mystery man, calling on the public to out him.

The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. July 2 in a shopping center parking lot in the 4000 block of Atlantic Avenue, according to Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell. As the 32-year-old woman loaded her car, the hater came up from behind and twisted and pulled off her black hijab, which he referred to by name while cussing her out. That indicates he's familiar with Muslim culture in McDonnell's eyes.

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Little Arabia Protests Israeli Ground Invasion of Gaza

Gabriel San Roman / OC Weekly
"Gaza, Gaza, don't you cry, Palestine will never die!"

Two hundred demonstrators took to the streets of Anaheim's Little Arabia Friday afternoon chanting and waving the green, red, white and black flag of Palestine. In the latest in an ongoing conflagration, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered a ground invasion of Gaza, an ultra-dense, besieged strip of land on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

The restaurants and markets of Little Arabia are now officially a tourist attraction, but protests show that it continues to be the OC heart and soul of Middle Eastern politics, too.

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Anaheim's Little Arabia: Now an Official Tourist Attraction!


After months of courting local communities, politicians and convention officials, Little Arabia marked another milestone yesterday. The ethnic enclave of family-friendly Middle Eastern restaurants and markets mostly along Brookhurst Street in Anaheim is now recognized as a tourist attraction by the city and the Anaheim Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau. A profile of the district went live online on the latter's website making things official!

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'World Refugee Day' Celebration to Take Place in Anaheim This Weekend

Here's a fact for you to refry: Anaheim takes in more of the world's population seeking a safe haven than any other city in the county. Marking World Refugee Day, organizations, elected officials and members of the public will gather for an event at the Pearson Park Amphitheater.

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Dana Rohrabacher Tweets His Love for New Strongman Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Dana Rohrabacher, Twitter twit
The official results of Egypt's elections aren't going to be announced until next week, but the winning candidate couldn't be clearer. Exit polls show former Egyptian military chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi taking a Hosni Mubarak-like landslide victory with over 90% of the vote over his sole opponent. The election is under intense scrutiny with a crackdown on dissenters in the lead up and intentionally low turnout. But Orange County's own congressman Dana Rohrabacher couldn't be happier.

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Darrell Issa Calls GOP Governor Candidate Tim Donnelly "Stupid," "Unfit for Any Office"

See Update No. 2 at the end of Page 3 on U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Dana Point) blasting the "stupidty" of Tim Donnelly and saying the GOP candidate for governor is "unfit for any office." Update No. 1 is on Donnelly's foe Neel Kashkari swearing he's not pushing for Sharia law.

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Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Hesperia) is seeking the GOP nomination for governor.

ORIGINAL POST, MAY 7, 7:32 A.M.: Tim Donnelly, the Tea Party favorite for governor of California, apparently noticed that his primary election opponent, Irvine's Neel Kashkari, picked up endorsements from such nationally known "moderate" Republicans as Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush and Pete Wilson. It might explain why Donnelly, a member of the state Assembly out of Hesperia, is now playing the "Sharia" card.

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Boomers! in Irvine Blasted for Two Incidents Involving Muslim Kids at Go-Karts: Update

See the update at the end of this post on two of the incidents involving Irvine's Boomers! and the company's response.
Boomers! has amusement parks in Irvine and Fountain Valley.

ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 29, 7:03 A.M.: The refusal of Boomers! amusement parks to allow religious head coverings on attendees who want to ride go-karts is spurring multiple complaints to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, it will be announced this morning at the offices of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Anaheim and Santa Clara.

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Gustavo's Latest KCRW "Orange County Line": On the Push for Little Arabia!

The push to make Anaheim's Little Arabia a legal reality has been going on for a couple of years now, with the best examination being Gabriel San Román's treatise back in 2012. Last month, the Los Angeles Times took a crack at it; this week, I decided to take on the subject in my weekly "Orange County Line" commentary for KCRW-FM 89.9--not because it was breaking news, but because any sort of coverage I can give to the issue, I will do.

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