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John Jay College in NYC is exhibiting and helping to sell artwork by al-Qaeda jihad terrorists at Guantanamo Bay

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But we cannot draw Muhammad or display Muhammad. After my free speech event in Garland, Texas was attacked by jihadis in 2015, Bill O’Reilly, Laura Ingraham, Greta Van Susteren, Martha MacCallum and the entire mediaverse made it clear that they believed we should adhere to the barbaric prohibitions on speech mandated by sharia. Don’t poke the bear, they say. What they didn’t seem to realize is that the bear is poked, and only submission and surrender will now satiate these savages. There were no cartoons on 9/11. The bear is poked. There were no cartoons in 1993 when jihadists bombed the World Trade Center. Khobar, Cole, Fort Hood, Times Square, Federal Reserve building, Holland Tunnel, NYC subway, etc. — there were no cartoons. The bear is poked.

And now this. John Jay College celebrates and displays artworks by jihad terrorists. Would John Jay College ever have a free speech display of Muhammad artworks? Not on your life. Like virtually all academic institutions in the U.S. today, John Jay College is ideologically aligned with the jihad force, hating America, hating Western civilization. And so for it to display these artworks is entirely consistent with its present worldview and mission. To display Muhammad cartoons would be a betrayal of that anti-American mission, and would bring John Jay College the condemnation of the academic establishment, which has entirely submitted to sharia speech restrictions.

I, for one, will never submit. I, for one, will never respect an ideology that calls for creed apartheid, gender apartheid, Jew-hatred, violence and murder against the unbeliever.

“Pentagon, NYC college feud over gallery of artwork made by suspected terrorists,” by Isabel Vincent, New York Post, November 25, 2017:

A New York City college is at war with the Pentagon over exhibiting and helping to hawk artwork created by suspected al Qaeda terrorists at Guantanamo Bay.

Thirty-six paintings and sculptures by Gitmo detainees have been on display at John Jay College, but the Department of Defense now wants them destroyed, and administrators at the taxpayer-funded school are bracing for a possible seizure of the works.

In the last few days, more than 350 people rushed to sign a John Jay professor’s online petition protesting a Pentagon policy that would see most of the Gitmo Picassos’ works incinerated.

“Let them know that burning art is something done by fascist and terrorist regimes — but not by the American people,” reads the petition to the Department of Defense, President Trump and the Joint Task Force Guantanamo, among other branches of the military. “Art is an expression of the soul. This art belongs to the detainees and to the world.”

The exhibit, titled “Ode to the Sea: Art from Guantanamo Bay,” opened Oct. 2 on the Upper West Side campus of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Curated by John Jay art crime professor Erin Thompson with archivist Paige Laino and artist and poet Charles Shields, the free exhibit is on view in the President’s Gallery until the end of January.

The exhibition catalog includes an e-mail address for people interested in buying the art.

“Please contact curator@artfromguantanamo.com if you are interested in purchasing artwork made at Guantanamo by artists who have since been cleared by military tribunals and released,” it reads.

The art was obtained through the detainees’ lawyers. Ramzi Kassem, one of the lawyers and a professor at CUNY School of Law who works with a legal clinic that represents Guantanamo detainees, recently told The Miami Herald that, as a result of the school’s exhibit, “art would not be allowed out of the prison . . . and would be incinerated instead.”

In the past, prisoners at Guantanamo could fill out a form to have their art reviewed by prison authorities for release to their lawyers. The lawyers could safeguard the work until their release or send it on to the families of the detainees. Now that process has been halted.

The Department of Defense’s abrupt change in policy has further politicized the already-controversial exhibit at John Jay.

Many 9/11 families, who had been unaware of the exhibit until they were contacted by The Post last week, expressed outrage that detainee art was being shown at a taxpayer-funded institution in the city. They also noted that many of the victims had attended John Jay.

“I can’t understand how this college in particular would allow such a thing. Where’s their decency? Where’s their dignity? . . . It’s denying and softening what happened. What’s next, hanging up the art of John Wayne Gacy?” said Michael Burke, whose brother, FDNY Capt. Billy Burke, died on 9/11 and went to John Jay.

But Thompson urges tolerance.

“I hope that people will come visit the show and see the art, because, at this point, I don’t know what will happen to it,” she told The Post. “It might go back to the artists — or it might go into an incinerator.”

The exhibit features mainly paintings of seascapes and flowers created by detainees as they were shackled at the ankle to their cell floors. Some of the suspected terrorists also sculpted and crafted model boats between 2015 and 2016.

“They created this art under strict regulations,” Thompson said. “They cannot produce violent images or anything that might contain a hidden message. Every blank sheet of paper . . . had to be inspected and cleared for use.”

While the catalog lists the works — some bearing red and black “Approved by US Forces” stamps — and provides brief descriptions of the paintings and sculptures, there is no mention of the artists’ alleged wrongdoing. The catalog was written by the three curators.

In the bio for Ahmed Rabbani, there is no mention that he is suspected of having worked for Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the architect of the 9/11 attacks.

“Detained and tortured by the CIA before arriving at Guantanamo, Rabbani has protested by undertaking years-long hunger strikes,” the copy reads, introducing two untitled paintings — a still life and a painting of sets of binoculars pointed to the moon.

Other detainees, especially those from landlocked countries, seem obsessed with the ocean, and the hit 1997 disaster film “Titanic,” which they were allowed to view at the facility, the catalog says.

The sea is obscured at the Guantanamo facility behind a series of fences and tarps. In 2014, when a hurricane threatened Cuba, the tarps were taken down for a few days, wrote one of the artists in the online catalog.

“We faced one direction — toward the sea,” wrote Mansoor Adayfi, a former detainee who was accused of being an al Qaeda operative. “It felt like a little freedom to look at it. I heard an Afghan guy shout, ‘Allahu akbar.’ ”

Adayfi was released in 2016 and now lives in Serbia.

Since the artwork is on loan to the college, Thompson says potential buyers are referred to the detainees’ lawyers.

“I just pass on inquiries to lawyers,” she told The Post. “I do know that only artwork of former detainees who have been cleared of wrongdoing and released, is available.”

Thompson said prices “were in the hundreds of dollars” for works, but she did not know if any had been sold. Lawyers for the artists did not return The Post’s requests for comment.

Inmates in federal prisons are permitted to keep their artwork, and, in some cases, have been permitted to sell them….

The Critics

Families of 9/11 victims were outraged by the John Jay College art exhibit “Ode to the Sea: Art from Guantanamo Bay.”

“A lot of guys who passed away during 9/11 went to John Jay College, including my brother. I can’t understand how this college in particular would allow such a thing. Where’s their decency? Where’s their dignity? They’re delivering the completely wrong message. It’s denying and softening what happened. What’s next, hanging up the art of John Wayne Gacy?”

— Michael Burke, of The Bronx, whose brother, FDNY Capt. Billy Burke, 46, died on 9/11

“It’s like a slap in the face, completely out of nowhere. Let them display that at Guantanamo, not here. It’s a terrible precedent to set.”

— Jim McCaffrey, of Yonkers, retired FDNY lieutenant whose brother-in-law, FDNY Battalion Chief Orio Palmer, 45, died on 9/11

“I feel completely betrayed. Someone’s job should be on the line for this. Using taxpayer money to hang the artwork of criminals in our college for criminal justice makes my blood boil. This is going way too far and is rubbing our noses in the loss we have to carry with us every day.”

— Rosaleen Tallon, of Yonkers, stay-at-home mother whose brother, firefighter Sean Tallon, 26, died on 9/11

“I think it’s sick and insulting. I was down in Guantanamo and saw these guys in court. [They] have no respect for anyone. They murdered our kids and families and don’t deserve their art shown anywhere. The families weren’t consulted about this at all. It’s like having Hitler do a drawing and hanging his work up. It’s a complete disgrace. [Mayor] de Blasio and [Gov.] Cuomo should be held accountable.”

— Jim Riches (right), of Brooklyn, retired FDNY deputy chief whose son, firefighter Jimmy Riches, 29, died on 9/11

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  • Davey Dunn

    Keep guns close for obamas Quran pig book followers

  • Dan Knight

    John Jay is spinning in his grave so fast we could hook him up to the grid and light up Manhattan …

  • Dan Knight

    Essentially it is art for Islam: Viva Islamic Supremacy, racism and bigotry.

    It is so offensive because it is both a truth and a lie: The truth is that Islam is winning – at least in the minds of the Establishment and the drones. The lie is that we deserve it – and that we are the horrible things they say about us to justify destroying us.

  • peg_c the Deplorable ✓ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ

    I’m in NY but grew up in L.A. (where American history was barely even taught 40+ years ago). Even I know from living here that John Jay was one of our Founding Fathers, NY governor, and first Chief Justice of the U.S. Many things here have his name on them (a number of former co-workers went to John Jay High School here in the Hudson Valley). He must be spinning in his grave over this!! If I were one of his descendants I’d be calling for this college to be stripped of his name and all association. This is just beyond appalling!

    And why are any of these savages in Gitmo allowed to do artwork, much less sell it??? Insanity! Political correctness is killing us!

    • Tm.

      Stealth, diversion, sowing discord, these are techniques that have been used on us, for the bigger purpose, to feed the machine. Who would have informed us of this had we not read it here? You are so right, political correctness, and all the rest of the iceberg of insanity beneath it is killing us, insidiously. People should read, educate themselves, and ask questions. Educate the next generation.
      If it sounds nonsensical and insane, it probably is. We have been given this chance to right ourselves to some extent. Read your history, learn, turn off the reality shows, the shore shows and read something. Good luck to all.

      • ladywarrior

        I got Pamela’s “FATWA” book and plan to read it between the hectic Christmas and New Year’s Eve…..suggest all of you do the same to support her work.

        • Ludlow Porch

          I’m giving them as gifts.

      • peg_c the Deplorable ✓ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ

        I haven’t watched TV news since 2010 and have never watched a reality show (nor a shore or wives show! OMG people must be braindead to watch such garbage). Just very grateful the grandkids are being homeschooled and as a result are 2 to 3 grades ahead of their public school peers – and getting a CLASSICAL education.

    • Ludlow Porch

      Political Correctness should be killing them! 3000, 9/11/01 lives, still unpaid for. France, Germany, California, Florida, Nevada, Boston, London, even Egypt still unpaid. For over 1400 years Muslims have been killing infidels and their own kind! Time for the piper to be compensated! Eye for an eye.

      • peg_c the Deplorable ✓ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ

        1,400 years – exactly! What was the one and only thing that held back the savage, slaving hordes for most of those centuries? CHRISTENDOM. Exactly what Europe is trying hard to destroy and have already accomplished in the UK, France, Germany and Sweden, with other countries not far behind. Christendom was the only thing standing between civilization and Muslim domination. And it’s willfully committing suicide.

  • Mahou Shoujo

    By all means have interested parties purchase the art, then use it for training puppies.

  • RCCA

    Completely outrageous. Erin Thompson is a self admitted Obama bot, and that’s it. She started this project as a political cause after Trump won. Puzzling to me that she started her art historian publishing career bemoaning the fate of antiquities being destroyed and smuggled out of Syria at the hands of ISIS. Somehow along the way she has become a propagandist and champion of terrorists and is hawking their work, imo jeopardizing her credibility as an art historian to promote student level art of convicts. For what? Some facts are clearly missing from this story.

    She claims that, ““I do know that only artwork of former detainees who have been cleared of wrongdoing and released, is available.” I wouldn’t count on that. When I looked at the website connected with the exhibition and cross referenced it with NYTimes Interactive Projects Guantanamo Detainees I found men with very considerable connections to terrorism.

    I found these are bad guys with artistic ability. In one example, Moath al-Alwi, she actually wrote a letter of recommendation for his model making skills. I’m sure he’d be an excellent bomb builder if given a chance.

    https://www.artfromguantanamo.com/moath-alalwi/

    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/guantanamo/detainees/28-moath-hamza-ahmed-al-alwi

    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/07/201373145723725101.html

  • IzlamIsTyranny

    The dying atheist West is rotten to the core.

  • SNOWDIN

    GITMO is a prison camp. Prisoners have no rights. As far as i am concerned, Let them eat Pork.

  • Tm.

    I understand that art therapy is relaxing and therapeutic in some cases, but this is wrong, as is the selling of art work from Gacy, or other murderers. We have been programmed to feel guilty and to accommodate all manner of activity, the left forgets itself. There are consequences to our actions. People died unnecessary, horrifically terrifying and painful deaths on 9/11. This John Jay college should feel ashamed, but more than that, liberal policies and ideology which has been pressed upon us are nonsensical, unjust, imbalanced, and hurtful. Like when serial killer Speck was allowed to hang up pictures of the young women he slaughtered in his cell. Decades ago, that would not have been permitted. Decades ago, monsters like him, Manson, terrorists, would have received the death penalty, not in twenty years, when the iron is cold, but in a timely fashion. Voting is more important than ever. Vote carefully. Bring back sanity, thank on it. Afterthought, have any of the prisoners ever apologized?

  • Would John Jay posthumously exhibit the secret artworks of the late Charles Manson? Why not? Manson would probably have done a sketch or a painting of a fork sticking into Sharon Tate’s body to kill her and the unborn child inside her, which happened during the massacre of Tate and her guests. So, why not exhibit the fifth-rate “art” of Gitmo killers? American universities and other institutions of “higher” submission to Islam are as anti-American now as any madrassa in Pakistan or Saudi Arabia or Iran. The Pentagon has every right to seize and destroy these paintings because we, the taxpayers, were forced to pay for them. Hitler was a killer, too. Also, one of the reasons he drifted to politics was because he was a failed painter of mediocre art that wouldn’t even be worthy of postcards.Why would John Jay think anyone would be interested in seeing the daubs and dabs of jihadist prisoners of war, unless it represented a middle finger gesture to Americans and America?

  • ladywarrior

    So…let me see….the violent, radical prisoners in Gitmo….people who want to murder the world and enslave the ones left……get to sit around all day and “paint”?!!! They need to be doing hard labor…..not art…..

    And John Jay College wants to glorify this?!! Do they think this will humanize the animals….who the minute they get out will start killing people again for Allah?!

    Isn’t John Jay College either the oldest law school in America…or at least one of the oldest? And what the hel# kind of lawyers are they turning out there? Future lawyers to promote Islamization of America? And how does one know if there are hidden messages in the paintings to their followers to plan attacks?
    Anyone reading this story needs to withdraw their support for the college immediately. That is the only thing these bastions of Globalism understand.

    It sounds like John Jay College has fallen into the category of Dhimmis for Islam….very dangerous….

  • American 1st.

    Cover it in pork fat and burn it!

  • freepetta

    Why would John Jay be selling terrorists artwork? There’s NOT enough artiste in NYC? Oh I know why the terrorist loving POS DeBlasio!! That 🐷 doesn’t even use his real first and last name.

    Why did NYC vote this garbage back into Gracie Mansion?? Beats me!! They are imbeciles!!

  • Ludlow Porch

    Those paintings, are they fireproof? Got a match?

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