July 17, 2015

Eid ul-Fitr

Eid ul-Fitr, often abbreviated as simply Eid, is an Islamic
holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting.

This morning I heard Middle Eastern music in the park and Muslim praying - reminding me it was Eid ul-Fitr.

One could not help but notice a police presence as I entered the park ... Hey this is NYC.

I quickly walked to the far end of the park where a Eid ul-Fitr celebration was ending as the music played on.

In the park I met a man named Mahmoud, his family, and other Egyptians who live locally.

Mahmoud told me about his life here over the past 20 years and that he feels safe. He currently works as a taxi driver as many Egyptians, and other foreigners do. We talked about Isis potentially entering Egypt, but he said the Egyptian army was too strong. One should not underestimate the power Isis has over the minds of the mentally ill and wounded souls who seek purpose. Just yesterday in Chattanooga, Tennessee Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez opened fire on two military installations killing four members of the United States Marine Corps. Three others were wounded. Abdulazee was killed at the site of the second shooting. Fort Hamilton is just down the block from the park ... the gates currently closed.

Over in Egypt today ...
Egypt: Six killed in clashes amid Brotherhood protest   BBC - July 17, 2015
At least six people have been killed in clashes between Islamist protesters and police in Egypt's capital Cairo. The violence broke out during demonstrations in support of ousted President Mohammed Morsi and the banned Muslim Brotherhood after prayers at the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The authorities blamed unknown assailants for firing on the march. But the Muslim Brotherhood said the deaths occurred when the police broke up the protest.

Back in NYC
I live on 4th Avenue and 101Street. Today a neighbor told me that an Isis terrorist was arrested a few days ago who lived on 4th Avenue and 96th Street. Neighbors fear a global Muslim take-over by Isis.

Also happening today ... Weapons scare in Staten Island as fear motives behavior

There were heavy traffic delays Staten Island bridges Friday evening due to a police investigation. Police received a report of people getting into two SUVs at a Midland Beach parking lot, possibly with weapons. The person who reported the incident sent these photos to investigators, saying they were trying to locate the people in these two SUVs. NYPD: Rifles on Staten Island apparently paintball guns

  Paintball Guns Spark Massive Police Response During Commuter Rush   NBC - July 18, 2015
The security scare led to police checkpoints and vehicle searches on bridges and major roadways on Staten Island. It was a headache for commuters, with traffic going into New Jersey backed up all the way to and across the Verrazano Bridge by 4:15 p.m. Police also flooded the area, with added patrols looking for the vehicles. Two nearby Coast Guard facilities were placed on a brief lockdown.