3:12 pm Oct. 20, 2011
Tomorrow at 1 p.m., a Muslim group will hold a traditional Friday prayer ceremony in Zuccotti Park to express solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street protesters.
"Our message will be that Muslim people were part of Occupy Wall Street since the beginning," said Linda Sarsour, director of the Arab American Association of New York. "We share the same frustrations."
No doubt, this ceremony will be watched closely by Bill Kristol's Emergency Committee for Israel, in hopes of funding grist, or at least suggestive visuals, to support the idea that Occupy Wall Street is anti-Jewish. The Republican National Committee's director has criticized Democratic leaders for not denouncing the "extreme anti-Semitic, anti-Israel comments" at some Occupy protests around the country.
There will likely be some police interest in this very public event, too. As the Associated Press has reported, the NYPD has, as part of its anti-terrorism efforts, ordered certain officers to obtain "local flyers" and write "reports of rhetoric heard in cafes and hotspot locations."