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Finally, hundreds of cabbies ticketed for shutting down NYC streets during Ramadan

 Posted on June 29, 2015 by Pamela Geller

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People have written me for years about how NYC Muslim cabbies shut down these streets and police do nothing. Under both de Blasio and Bloomberg as well. But if you jaywalk, deBlasio sics the cops on you.

I have been reporting on this repeatedly: NYC Traffic Snarled By Muslim Cabbies Stopping To Pray

Finally. Equality for all before the law. But that’s not how Muslims see it — it is seen through their supremacist prism:

“I can’t help but to think they are being prejudiced. They don’t understand. We have to be here.”

Uh, no, you have to obey the law just like everyone else.

So why have Muslims gotten a free pass all this time? And why ticket now? Because the threat of Islamic terrorism in this city is so great and Ramadan is particularly violent — this is clearly a counter terror measure.

Back in September 2013 at Atlas:

This is a big problem in NYC: the NYPD lets Muslims break laws ordinary citizens would ordinarily face extensive punitive damages for, simply because they are Muslims. The sharia. If these individuals had been double parked because they were going to church, they would have gotten a ticket right away. This is the NYPD enforcing sharia law. This is not an isolated trend, either.
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Ticketing is a way of life in NYC. Double parking, parking on the wrong side of the street, etc., cost drivers hundreds of dollars, and the NYPD is told to make such tickets a priority. And they do — so why were Muslims exempt all this time?

You know where this leads:

Paris:

PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 16: Muslims take part in Friday prayers outside an old fire station barracks converted for the purpose on September 16, 2011 in Paris, France. A ban on street prayers has been brought into effect across France as of today, with Muslim men and women having to seek alternative spaces in which to practise their religious activities. The move has generated anger within elements of the French muslim population, already restricted in their display of religious symbols, and is viewed by many as a political move by President Sarkozy to attract support from far-right supporters within the French public ahead of the 2012 French presidential elections. (Photo by Franck Prevel/Getty Images)

PARIS, FRANCE – SEPTEMBER 16: Muslims take part in Friday prayers outside an old fire station barracks converted for the purpose on September 16, 2011 in Paris, France.

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Rome:

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London:

Praying in a London street crop

Moscow:

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“Hundreds of cabbies ticketed while praying in mosque,” NY Post, June 26, 2015

The NYPD went on a taxi ticketing blitz outside a mosque on the Upper West Side while drivers were inside reciting Ramadan prayers Friday, The Post learned.

At least one officer handed out nearly 100 tickets on the streets surrounding the Islamic Cultural Center on Riverside Drive near West 72nd Street, said cabby ­Mohammad Zaman.

“This is a special prayer time, a time for religion. We double-park here every Friday and they [allow it], but today they gave us all tickets, almost 100 cabs,” he said.

Zaman, who has been attending services at the mosque for nine years, was slapped with a dreaded orange envelope that held a $115 greeting for double parking.

“This has never happened ­before,” he said.

“I can’t help but to think they are being prejudiced. They don’t understand. We have to be here.”

His ticket incorrectly listed the violation date as Saturday, June 27, he said. The wrong date on the ticket could get him off the hook.

Ramadan this year is observed from June 17 through July 17.

A volunteer at the mosque said cops used to cut cabbies a break.

But this year, “maybe three or four times [this month] I’ve seen them go down the line giving tickets to cabs, and [they’re] getting strict again,” the volunteer said.

An NYPD spokesman said that while individual precincts may make accommodations in extenuating circumstances, such as the Ramadan observation, double parking is never authorized, citing, for example, the need for emergency vehicles to navigate the roads.

A source at the 20th Precinct, which covers the mosque, said he wasn’t aware of an organized ticket blitz.

He added that cops at the precinct have a good relationship with the mosque.

“It is mandatory in our religion to come to the mosque every Friday. It’s our duty. Other places they are OK with double parking — people do it everywhere here — but now they won’t let us? Most of us only come for one hour,” said cabby Mohammad Choudhury.

Driver MD Shomuz, who has been going to the mosque for six years, said, “No one has been given tickets before, but today ­everyone got one.”

“It’s frustrating, but what can I do?” he said.

Courtesy of Pamela Geller.

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