Zionist Lobby on the Defensive
Islamic Society of Boston suit moves forward
September 30, 2006
A judge ruled yesterday that a lawsuit brought by the Islamic Society
of Boston asserting that news media outlets and other individuals had
conspired to publish false and defamatory information about mosque
leaders could go forward.
The Islamic Society sued a group of individuals and entities including
the Boston Herald, WFXT-TV (Channel 25), a pro-Israel group The David
Project, and terrorism specialist Steven Emerson asserting that they
coordinated a campaign falsely linking mosque officials to Islamic
extremism and terrorist groups in television and newspaper stories.
The plaintiffs say that the connections were fabricated and that the
stories have interfered with their right to the free exercise of their
religion. They also said the stories stalled development of their
planned Roxbury mosque, drying up donations to the project.
The house of worship, which was planned as the largest mosque in New
England, now sits partially completed at Roxbury Crossing.
The defendants reject the conspiracy and defamation claims, and argued
that the case should be dismissed before its merits were considered,
in part because the stories were protected under the First Amendment.
Superior Court Judge Janet L. Sanders rejected that argument and
decided that the plaintiffs' claims should be heard in court.
Islamic Society subpoenas WTTK in defamation suit
Comment by Joachim Martillo - thorsprovoni @ aol.com
The Boston Herald article below is particularly noteworthy for the
important information that has been left out.
All Americans must be concerned with an emerging pattern of attempts
to silence discussion both of collective ethnic Ashkenazi behavior in
English-speaking countries and also of Zionist colonizer behavior in
Stolen and Occupied Palestine. This pattern is not new. Eastern
European ethnic Ashkenazi communities were characterized by a culture
that strictly controlled deviance and divergent opinions among members
until well into the 19th century. Moreover in Eastern and Central
Europe ethnic Ashkenazim have a long history of resorting to slander,
libel, harassment by frivolous law suits and other coercive tactics to
silence external critics of ethnic Ashkenazi behavior.
Alan Dershowitz used an underhanded campaign of smear and insinuation
in an attempt to block the publication of Norman Finkelstein's latest
book entitled Beyond Chutzpah, On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the
Abuse of History. Charles Jacobs and the David Project have put
together a smear campaign (Columbia Unbecoming) against Joseph Massad
and other professors and preceptors at Columbia. There appears to have
been a smear campaign at Princeton against Rashid Khalidi to prevent
an offer of a professorship. We have also seen simultaneous attacks
on Israelis and ex-Israelis sympathetic to Palestinians. The targets
seem to include Gilad Atzmon, Israel Shamir, Jeff Halper, Avi Shlaim
and Ilan Pappe. Sympathetic non-Jews like Susan Blackwell have also
been on the radar screen. In Boston, Fox and the Boston Herald waged a
long running smear campaign against Yousuf Abou al-Laban and other
members of the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB). Charles Jacobs andÂ
the JCRC (Jewish Community Relations Council) Israel Action Center
have been involved just as they have also been involved in the
campaign against Somerville Divestment and in bribing Somerville Mayor
Curtatone with a free trip to Israel (in part sponsored by the
American Jewish Congress-Council for World Jewry).
Dr. Abou al-Laban and the ISB fought back by bringing complaints of
defamation and interference with constitutional rights against various
individuals and groups within the organized Boston Jewish community.
In the course of discovery evidence was found indicating that these
individuals and groups were colluding with Fox and the Herald on the
coverage of the ISB and the ISB's dispute with these individuals and
groups. Many journalists consider such behavior unethical. In this
case such collaboration may approach criminal conspiracy, and the
issue has become part of ongoing litigation, but the history of such
apparent collusion makes it perfectly reasonable for the ISB to seek
materials that talk show host Michael Graham used to support his
remarks in his broadcast.
One has to wonder whether Laura Crimaldi actually read the affidavits,
complaints and counter-complaints in the lawsuits that surround the
Roxbury Mosque or whether there has been a conscious decision on the
part of the Herald once again to mislead its readership about the
motives behind the attack on the Roxbury Mosque project and on secret
collusive role that the Herald has apparently played in the conflict.
 The behavior of ethnic Ashkenazim in the cattle and meat industry
in the Eastern Areas of the German Empire provided a particularly
nasty example of such collective pressure tactics against non-Jews
(and sometimes Jews of other ethnicities) that tried to get a share of
the market. Ashkenazim used vertical, horizontal and middle market
collusion and restraint of trade to bankrupt non-Ashkenazim in the
industry, and, when all else failed, they maliciously used the courts.
To be fair, I have to note that such behavior is common among
practically all ethnic groups in Eastern Europe and the Balkans. -WVNS
Islamic Society subpoenas WTTK in defamation suit
By Laura Crimaldi
Sunday, August 27, 2006
The group building a vast Islamic mosque and social center in Roxbury
has subpoenaed a local radio talk station after one of its prominent
hosts, Michael Graham, discussed the project on the air.
A lawyer for the Islamic Society of Boston said the subpoena is part
of routine evidence gathering for its defamation case against The
Boston Herald, WFXT-TV (Fox 25) and advocacy groups that have
questioned the mosque, including the David Project, a Jewish group.
Some civil liberties lawyers who reviewed the subpoena, however,
expressed concern that it goes too far and could chill free expression.
ISB attorney Howard Cooper said "the appearance for the lawyer of the
David Project on the Graham show is directly relevant to the issues
before the court in the pending litigation, and this is why a subpoena
has been issued simply asking for copies of the broadcast."
But after reviewing the subpoena, attorney Harvey Silverglate, a
Cambridge civil liberties specialist, described it as
âextraordinary.â He noted that it also asks for materials used by
Graham to support his remarks about the ISB, documents related to
David Project lawyer Jeffrey Robbinsâ appearance on the show and
communications between Graham and other defendants or attorneys
involved in the ISB defamation suit.
"Courts have to take seriously their obligation, their duty to protect
the First Amendment, because civil litigation can be overwhelming and
can really easily turn into harassment," Silverglate said.
During the mid-August broadcasts on WTTK-FM (96.9), Robbins and Graham
discussed the ISB and a controversial Muslim scholar, Yusuf
al-Qaradawi, and other issues.
Phil Redo, Greater Media/Boston general manager, said the station will
hand over audiotapes of the broadcasts, but not in time for a deadline
of tomorrow set by ISB.
Regarding the other materials, "We don't have any of those of
things," Redo said.
Cooper said the subpoena is a "simple matter" of gathering evidence
for his lawsuit.
North Carolina attorney W. Andrew Copenhaver, who is not involved in
the defamation suit, said if he was defending WTTK in this matter he
would argue the subpoena is a "fishing expedition."
"They are trying to curtail legitimate public discussion on this
matter," said Copenhaver, who was referring to legal strategy. "They
are going to try to punish people for talking about them."
Graham was fired from Washington radio station WMAL-AM last year after
he refused to soften his on-air description of Islam as "a terrorist
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