Monday, September 26, 2011

Sharif El-Gamal and the Ground Zero mosque; fear and loathing in New York

El-Gamal has a long rap sheet with the NYPD and has been heard to tell that beating people up is good exercise.  It is no surprise that locals, and people close to the Park51 project are expressing their angst at El-Gamal, and are fearful for the future.  They have every right to be scared, Islam is known to fly off the handle at the least provocation and El-Gamal is the perfect example.

From the New York Post September 26 by Andrea Peyser

Mosque falls short

“We don’t know what they’re really going to do. They’ve said they wanted to do a lot of things,’’ said a board member who asked not to be named for fear of retaliation. Still, he confessed to being weary of the fight.

“It’s been emotionally and physically draining. After the anniversary [of 9/11] passed, I have to 
distance myself from it.’’

“I don’t trust this guy as far as I can throw him,’’ said another board member, concerned about El-Gamal’s long rap sheet, another thing you’ll never read about in the Times.

El-Gamal has been busted at least seven times since 1990 for DWI and disorderly conduct, and charged with failing to pay more than $200,000 in taxes. Most recently, in 2005, El-Gamal was arrested for assaulting a man who sublet an apartment from his brother, punching the guy and breaking his nose and cheekbone. El-Gamal at first said he didn’t hit the man, but WCBS/Channel 2 discovered records that show El-Gamal conceded “his face could have run into my hand.’’

I tried to talk to El-Gamal and give him a chance to turn me around to the sunny face of Islam. He refused. Can you blame him?

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