Further evidence has been offered to support Donald Trump’s claims that he saw reports of Muslims celebrating in the United States following the destruction of the Twin Towers in New York City on September 11, 2001. Donald Trump featured links to the evidence on his Twitter feed on December 1. In one case, a recording of the Howard Stern radio show of September 12, 2001, featured a caller who claimed that her husband witnessed “rioting.” The caller said that her husband was employed by Verizon and that his fellow employees were sent home by their employer because of the rioting in Paterson. “They were out in the streets and doing basically the same thing they were doing in Afghanistan. And you know my only problem with this thing, it is one thing that they’re rioting in their country, which is not even right, but they come to our country and we give them everything and they’re rioting.”

Also on his Twitter feed, Trump featured a link to an opinion article that appeared at the New York Post website on September 13, 2001. The article, which only recently was taken down, was penned by Fred Siegel, and specifically references Muslim celebration in Paterson NJ of the death and destruction in nearby New York City. An excerpt from the article follows:

“Around the world Islamic militants are engaging in a holy war against the infidels - from Coptic Christians in Egypt and the Dinkas in the Sudan, to Hindus in Kashmir, Bahais in Iran, Catholics in the southern Philippines and Christians in East Timor.

“In Sudan, the Islamic militants impose slavery on captured Dinkas - but wherever radical Islam is in power, it subjugates people it regards as infidels. The Coalition for the Defense of Human Rights, an organization supporting those persecuted by militant Islam, argues that "radical Islamism is a world ideology, fielding a world terror-army, which oppresses millions with a racist ideology" that deems non-Muslims less than fully human.

“Here in New York, it was easy to get angry listening to Egyptians, Palestinians and the Arabs of nearby Paterson, N.J., celebrate as they received word of the murderous attacks in New York and Washington. But Mayor Giuliani (who has been tireless and magnificent in this crisis) rightly warned New York- ers that it would be wrong to take their anger out on the city's Arab and Muslim residents. Attacks on Arab-Americans in Paterson or elsewhere are utterly indefensible.”

Apart from the links Trump posted to his Twitter feed, evidence has emerged that terrorists groups threatened to kill journalists who covered the celebrations in the Muslim world that followed the 9/11 attacks. In a September 26, 2001 article, John Podhoretz of the New York Post wrote about the manipulation of media coverage of terrorist attacks by Palestinian Muslims on Israelis.

Here follows an excerpt:

“The PC concern is that the Israelis will somehow “take advantage” of the attacks and therefore that negative stories about Palestinians are to be handled as gingerly as stories about American Arabs and Muslims. “That’s why you probably don’t know about the Palestinian Authority’s death threat against a videographer who took footage of a 4,000-person celebration on Sept. 11 – which led to the seizure of the news footage and its erasure. The fact that bin Laden’s allies on the West Bank targeted a news photographer for death for filming Palestinians dancing at the news of the death of 7,000 Americans didn’t make it anywhere near the front pages. The news media usually make a stink when the media are threatened. Not this time.”



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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