Islamophobia

Women kicked out of cafe for wearing hijab are waging “civilizational jihad,” lawyer claims

Soondus Ahmed and other plantiffs and attorneys representing the women hold a press conference in Laguna Beach. (Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP)

The Muslim women who sued a California restaurant after allegedly being kicked out for wearing hijabs in April, have been accused by a lawyer for the restaurant of waging a “civilizational jihad” on the part of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) aimed at weakening Western civilization. The restaurant, Urth Caffe in Laguna Beach, claims that the women were kicked out for violating the limited seating time policy, and that women not wearing hijabs that night were kicked out, too. Lawyers for Urth Caffe have filed a countersuit against the women for trespassing. Their lawyer, David Yerushalmi, stressed that one of the cafe’s owners is Muslim and called the discrimination suit an “extortion.” However, Yerushalmi is a controversial figure who has been designated as an “anti-Muslim activist” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which describes him as a leading proponent of the idea that the U.S. is under threat of the imposition of Shariah law. Yerushalmi refuted those claims, saying, “I represent Muslim Americans, running from jihad and seeking asylum. If you want to say I’m an anti-jihad lawyer, you’re 100 percent right. Am I anti-Sharia? Yes, I am. Am I anti-Muslim? Not if he doesn’t have a gun in his hand shooting at me.”

The executive director of the Los Angeles branch of CAIR, Hussam Ayloush, denied Yerushalmi’s claim that his organization was behind the case: “I’m not privy to the details of the case, of their claim, and I would hope that a fair trial would allow us to know what happened,” he said. “But if anyone had any doubts about what happened on that day, those doubts are eliminated by the fact that the owners of Urth Caffe decided to retain David Yerushalmi.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.

 

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