conference will begin at 1PM at the southwest corner of Zuccotti Park,
at Trinity Place and Cedar streets in lower Manhattan. Take the subway. The
best way to get down there.1) take the 4 or 5 downtown to Fulton and Broadway and then walk south on Broadway about three blocks to Zuccotti Park.
2) take the 1 train down to Rector St, walk 1 block east to Trinity
Place, make a left going north and then about 3 blocks up to park.
NEW YORK, August 21 —
The human rights organization the American Freedom Defense Initiative
(AFDI), a group of 9/11 family members, and noted human rights activists
are holding a joint press conference and memorial service at Ground
Zero in New York City on September 11, 2013, the twelfth anniversary of
the 9/11 jihad terror attacks.
The press conference will be hosted by AFDI’s Executive Pamela Geller
and Associate Director Robert Spencer. Featured speakers will be 9/11
family members Rosaleen Talon and Nelly Braginsky, 9/11 first responder
Alan T. DeVona, Sudanese human rights activist Simon Deng, and Coptic
Christian human rights activist Ashraf Ramelah.
Nelly Braginsky is the mother of
Alexander Braginsky, who was killed also killed at the WTC on 9/11. Alan
T. DeVona was the Port Authority Police Department World Trade Center
Patrol Sergeant at the time of the 9/11 jihad attack.
Ramelah will explain how the appeasement of jihadists and Islamic
supremacists such as is represented by the direction of the National
September 11 Memorial and Museum only aids and abets the wholesale
persecution of non-Muslims in Sudan, Egypt and elsewhere.
Geller said in a statement: “The Million Muslim March on 9/11 in
Washington is an attempt to obscure the reality of what happened on
9/11, portray Muslims as victims, and intimidate government and law
enforcement officials into ending surveillance of suspected jihadists.
Our memorial and press conference puts the focus back where it should
be: on the victims of 9/11, and our need to be vigilant in the face of
the ongoing jihad threat.”
The press conference will advocate
for the honorable and respectful interment of unidentified 9/11 human
remains at Ground Zero – not inside the Museum, as planned. Nearly a
decade ago, 9/11 families were promised in writing by the Lower
Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) in 2003 that these remains
would be located in a “separate and distinct repository – separate from
any museum or visitor center.” But city officials and the Museum
directors reneged on that promise, and plan to place 9,000 unidentified
remains 70 feet (seven stories) below ground – where their relatives
will be charged $25 admission to visit.
The press conference
will also address the non-patriotic theme of the National September 11
Memorial and Museum, including the absence of American flags on the site
(there is only one flag at the site, and that one was originally put up
by construction workers and then moved to the edge of the site where it
can barely be seen at all). This is consistent with the initial
rejection by National September 11 Memorial and Museum creative director
Michael Shulan’s initial rejection of the iconic flag-raising photo in
the Museum, complaining that it was “too rah-rah American.”
Press conference speakers will also note the fact that the photos of the
9/11 jihad terrorists, plus their martyrdom quotes, will be prominently
displayed in the Museum, while information on the victims will be in a
kiosk, much less prominently displayed. The
victims’ photos will be
twelve feet above the floor on one wall (3,000-plus photos), while
those of the 19 jihadis will have their own wall, with their murderous
statements and artifacts at eye level.
Geller concluded: “We
will be calling upon the federal government to take over the
administration of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. It
should be a national museum. 9/11 family members should not have to pay
$25 to visit the remains of 9,000 victims deep underground.”
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