New York,  By: Dr. Walid ElNaggar

Captain Gonzalez and his squad play a positive role in preventing hate crimes. They are active and careful in protecting the events of the Arab and Muslim communities in Bay Ridge in Brooklyn, where a huge Arab community exist. It is an occasion where the Arab and Muslim communities present thanks and show gratitude to the marvelous efforts Captain Gonzalez and his squad are exerting in all occasions of Muslims, which sometimes extend for more than a month; as is the case of Ramadan (the holy month of Muslims) followed By Eid (feast). This includes night prayers that extend for more than an hour, and sometimes to the dawn!

Captian Gonzalez and his squad do their duties with a sincere smile. Such a smile makes one feels real safety and love within the community; a matter that strengthens the feelings of belongingness and affiliation to this great country, which is successful in melting all cultures and religions in one pot. One good example is what this photo records, when this beautiful young woman (a teacher with a master degree in education) wanted to express her respect and gratitude to the police department of Brooklyn, in a way to show the US society that we all is one fabric with all colors! Ms. Islam ElSalawy (the beautiful young woman) said that the values she teaches her pupils in schools has seen and applied in reality. Ms. ElSalawy said that officer Fernando, the responsible for community service from police department 72 in Bay ridge, also did considerable efforts in organizing and communicating with different Arabic and Muslim centers to make their event safe and successful. Also all such efforts and training to officers of different ethnic backgrounds would not have been possible without the real and sincere vision of the officials in higher levels to create a successful atmosphere of love and cooperation, which is free of hate crimes.

No doubt that we, as Arabs and Muslims communities encourage Ms. ElSalawy for her sensitive feeling of responsibility toward her small community as an Arab Muslim, as well as her big community as the great USA. This true relation between police department and the society, specially the Arab/Muslim, creates a positive environment that encourages more development in all fields to our society.

So God Bless America.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016 15:56

Don't Allow Egypt to Fall

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Are the Egyptian airstrikes against the Libyan Jihadists which came in response to the slaughter of the 21 Egyptian Christians effective? Was it the right move to make? It is too early to confirm or deny. But those strikes show the kind of struggle Egyptians are going through and which the world is unable to understand. Egyptians are standing bravely against a group of terrorists adopting the very same ideology of the so called Islamic State but in a different phase. While theEgyptian president is calling for religious reform and is battling against local terror groups and those across the borders, the world has ironically decided to equip and train other Islamic militant so as to neutralise the Islamic militants known as ISIS, instead of facing the reality and find radical solutions to the problem of terrorism.
Worthy to note that it is the second time the Egyptian president shows historic respect to the Copts as citizens regardless of many other grievances and regardless of the situation itself. The need is for a brave dialogue and for facing the ideology of hatred by the enlightened Muslims and the whole world; not by denying facts but by explaining and re-interpretation. The pressure is immense and the situation is so complicated. Don't allow Egypt to fall. Global support is required. Prayers for global peace.