NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — More than a dozen Muslim clerics and community figures skipped Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s annual interfaith breakfast which is aimed at bringing people together.

In a letter to the mayor, the group said the rights of Muslims are being “flagrantly violated ” and have boycotted the event to protest what they see as excessive and illegal surveillance of Muslims by the NYPD.

“We strongly value the civic and interfaith relationships celebrated at this event,” the leaders of the Muslim groups wrote. “However, this year we have decided to respectfully decline your invitation.”

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports

While the leaders praise Bloomberg for his defense of the Islamic cultural center located near the World Trade Center site, they take issue with the NYPD sending undercover officers into mosques, Muslim neighborhoods and groups in an effort to thwart terror plots. The practice was disclosed as part of an Associated Press investigation.

Despite the boycott, the breakfast went off without a hitch and Bloomberg didn’t directly address the protest.

He did however quote his father as telling him that “discrimination against anyone is discrimination against everyone.”

“We have to keep our guard up, but if we don’t work together we won’t have our own freedoms,” he added.

Prior to the breakfast, Bloomberg defended police on his weekly radio show Friday morning, saying the NYPD doesn’t target any ethnic group.

“It’s like saying you are going after people that are my height with brown hair. If a perp is described that way in the neighborhood, you look at everybody in the neighborhood that’s got brown hair, my height, you stop them,” he said.

Bloomberg said all ethnic groups contribute to the city and none of them are targeted.

“The city’s police department has worked very hard to bring crime down and prevent terrorism,” Bloomberg had said. “We’ve done it in a ways that is consistent with making sure that we obey the law and don’t target anybody.”

He and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly insist the counter terrorism programs are legal.

“Contrary to assertions, the NYPD lawfully follows leads in terrorist-related investigations and does not engage in the kind of wholesale spying on communities that was falsely alleged,” police spokesman Paul Browne said in an email Thursday.

Imam Shamsi Ali of the Islamic Cultural Center of New York told 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks that he doesn’t agree with the boycott.

“Michael Bloobmerg is not a perfect mayor, certainly, but he’s done a lot for the community and I think we need to appreciate [that],” he said.

The Imam said he has no evidence of authorities spying on the Muslim community but he looks forward to a meeting with Kelly.

More than 350 people attended the breakfast which was held at the New York Public Library.

Comments (17)
  1. Elroy says:

    Some muslim…? I guess thats a start, hopefully one day they’ll all boycott and go home. We sure as heck don’t want them here….

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  3. James says:

    Ah yes, the same Muslim “activists” who would sue the City of New York in a heartbeat if there’s another terrorist attack and one of their loved ones is killed. HYPOCRITES!

  4. pugphan says:

    Yo mooses- what prophecies did your prophet make? What miracles did he perform?

  5. Pound D'Pork says:

    It’s only because they are serving bacon and the muslims don’t want to be seen as cannibals.

  6. Tommy says:

    Bloomy should have dragged them to the breakfast and jammed bacon down their throats!!!

    1. Suk D. Tookusjuices says:

      Allah be grazed! Gee Hard!! Yabba dabba doo, I’m glad I’m not a spew! Fat Wah my ass.

  7. DRJJJJ says:

    Boycott any muslim countries/groups that support terrorism/international crime! Stop all tourism, trade and support to these countries and toerrorism will slow dramatically!

  8. Randall says:

    This is the same mayor Bloomberg that supported a ground zero mosque/islamic center. Mayor Bloomberg is not a bigot – he is the BEST mayor New York City has ever had (miles above that loud mouthed, hypocrit Giuliani).

    1. Randall says:


      1. The Real Randall says:

        Hey (2nd) fake Randall.
        Do you work in the construction industry?
        I have a hard one for you – what is 2 + 2?

        1. The Real Randall says:


  9. mohamed said says:

    cmon my muslim brothers,take him out

    1. Moe Hammock says:

      Wanna smell my ass? It has deep healing properties and has converted many an idiot to the highest levels of atheism. Breath deep my brother.

  10. DanTe says:

    Islam: It’s a Disease in need of a Cure.

    FACT: Everywhere where there are mu-slimes, sh-!t happens.

    China — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill little children and run amok with metal pipes in the streets)

    India — sh-!t happens
    (mu-slimes burned 100s of Hindus alive in packed trains and burned villagers alive while they slept)

    Middle East — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill little children)

    Russia — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill women and children in crowded theaters)

    South East Asia — sh-!t happens
    (muslime thugs who kidnap teachers, school children, nurses, priests for ransom, than murder them all)

    Europe — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill little children)

    USA — 9/11 happened

    Notice the pattern here? Even you sanctimonious twits can’t be that dense.

    Goes to reason, no mu-slimes, no sh-!t.
    All these camel turds understand is violence and lies anyway. I say we oblige them by killing them all and then lie about how sorry we are.

    Islam. It’s a disease. And like any other infestations of boils, pox and pestilence, it should be eradicated. You don’t talk to diseases. You eradicate them like you did polio and small pox.

    And some bleeding heart imbecile here will write that it’s just a few “radical” individuals that are murderous, just like any other society. But then conveniently forgetting about the Fact that it happens worldwide and by a LOT MORE than just a few individuals. And they also continues to blank out of their empty heads the worldwide muslime jubilee celebrations as people burned on 9/11.

    1. Randall says:

      Dante – you are a useless bigot. Go to hell!

      1. Want to learn PC speak says:

        So FACTS are bigots?

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