Deborah Pauly Can't Even Escape Anti-Muslim Controversy in DUI Arrest

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Madame Hot Mess Assemblywoman Pauly?
Deborah Pauly, who aims to get elected to the state Assembly out of the 68th District in 2016, was recently arrested for allegedly driving under the influence in Anaheim, where police claim she made anti-Muslim remarks while getting popped.

Thought not the type of behavior many want in an elected representative, trashing Islam and an embarrassing DUI incident are not foreign to the former Villa Park city councilwoman. In 2011, she attained national notoriety for telling a rabid crowd that tried unsuccessfully to shut down a Muslim charity event in Yorba Linda, "I know quite a few Marines who would be very happy to help these terrorists to an early meeting in paradise."

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CAIR Applauds OC High School's Pledge to Correct its Islamic Inaccuracies

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The Qur'an
An Orange County high school agreed to change its lesson plans on Islam after pressure from parents and a Muslim civil rights group. The Anaheim-based local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) applauded the swift decision made yesterday by the school and the publisher of the texts.

"Such bias in the curriculum exposes Muslim students to contempt and ridicule among their peers and subjects them to unnecessary marginalization," says CAIR-LA Senior Civil Rights Attorney Fatima Dadabhoy.

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Refurbished Statue of Alex Odeh, Slain Arab-American Activist, To Be Unveiled Today


Alex Odeh's statue has been part of Santa Ana's civic center identity for years, standing outside the city's public library with a book in one of Odeh's hands and a dove perched atop the other.

The Palestinian activist worked for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) as its Southern California regional director. But on October 11, 1985 a rigged bomb exploded when Odeh opened the door to his Santa Ana workplace, instantly killing him.

Time had left the memorial with rust and chipped edges. In keeping Odeh's memory pristine, his refurbished statue will be revealed in a noontime ceremony today.

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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

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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

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"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

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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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