New Jersey police officers confirm that Muslims of Jersey City celebrated on September 11, 2001, cheering the destruction of the Twin Towers in New York City. Cries of “Allahu Akbar!” were heard by residents and police officers as Muslims celebrated on rooftops. Some held their children on their shoulders to get a better view of the devastation. Celebrants also went into the street to cheer the Muslim terrorists who carried out the attack on the World Trade Center.
 
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This evidence comes as U.S. officials and media have continued to question claims made by Republican candidate Donald Trump that thousands of Muslims celebrated in New Jersey on 9/11. Some news organizations reported that Trump’s claims are “baseless.”
 
However, reporters have found new evidence to show that there were “at least two modest celebrations” that occurred on the day that the Twin Towers came down. Retired police officer Peter Gallagher alleges that he cleared a rooftop celebration involving as many as 30 people on the day of the attack. Gallagher said, “Some men were dancing, some held kids on their shoulders.” He added, “The women were shouting in Arabic and keening in the high-pitched wail of Arabic fashion.” Gallagher also said, “They were told to go back to their apartments since a crowd of non-Muslims was gathering on the sidewalk below and we feared for their safety.”
 
Later, the apartment building where the celebrants resided was visited by agents of the FBI. Some residents were taken into custody, according to the Star-Ledger.
On John F. Kennedy Boulevard in Jersey City, eyewitnesses allege that near the mosque where Omar Abdel-Rahman (a.k.a. the blind sheikh) had preached. Abdel-Rahman was convicted for his participation in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. 
 
“When I saw they were happy, I was pissed,” said 56-year-old Ron Knight. Knight claimed that he heard cries of “Allahu Akbar” as he made his way through a crowd on JFK Boulevard. Another witness, Carlos Ferran, remembered coming across the gathering while he was walking to a liquor store. “Some of them had their hands in the air,” Ferran told NJ.com. “They were happy.”
 
When police officers were called to 2801 John F. Kennedy Blvd. that day, they were not able to enter the building and investigate a party there because the front door was locked. Retired officer Bruce Dzamba said “By the time I got to the roof, no one was there.” Trump had earlier singled out a local news report of the incident by journalist Pablo Guzman to support his claims. Citing unnamed sources, Guzman said on the air that federal officials had detained eight men at this scene who were cheering. 
Retired police officer Arthur Teeter, who worked in the radio room on 9/11, told NJ.com that this was one of several addresses where citizens witnesses saw cheering after the fall of the Twin Towers. “They said they were witnessing this,” Teeter said. “We don't send out cars based on someone saying somebody else saw it.” 
 
NJ Advance Media journalists talked to other officers about their recollections, but could not get them to go on the record. The officers fear repercussions from Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, who has repeatedly said that the celebrations did not happen. “There are no records of this, and over time, what has happened is that it has become urban legend in many cities where people say they heard or saw something,” Fulop said in the wake of Trump’s claims. “At the end of the day, the only thing we can go on are facts. There is no media record. There is no police record. There is nothing.”

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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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