The CEO, president, and “part-owner” of the Shangri-La, a “chic hotel in Santa Monica,” one Tehmina Adaya, a Muslim, now claims to have, “condemned anti-Semitism and declared her support for Israel.” Hmmm… That’s strange. In July 2010, she belched out, “Get the [expletive] Jews out of the hotel.” The expletive was the word “fucking.” Back then, her vulgar, hateful words were aimed at a group of pro-Israel young people, many of them Jews, members of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) — surprise, surprise. Why now Adaya’s sudden admiration for Jews and Israel?
The pro-Israel group sued Adaya and on August 15, “convince[d] [a] jury that Adaya and the hotel had violated the Unruh Civil Rights Act, a far-reaching California state law that outlaws discrimination on the basis of ‘sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, medical condition, marital status, or sexual orientation.’” The jury, “in California Superior Court ordered the hotel and Adaya to pay the plaintiffs a combined $1.65 million in damages, statutory payments and punitive damages.”
In my humble opinion, Adaya is no friend of Israel or of Jews. She’s just trying to save face, protect her hotel’s income, and possibly practicing taqiyya, “employed in disguising one’s beliefs, intentions, convictions, ideas, feelings, opinions or strategies. In practical terms it is manifested as dissimulation, lying, deceiving, vexing and confounding with the intention of deflecting attention, foiling or pre-emptive blocking. It is currently employed in fending off and neutralising any criticism of Islam or Muslims.”
If Adaya is so contrite, why has she, “reaffirmed her intent to appeal the jury’s decision?” Also note that Adaya has backtracked on a few of her pre-trial claims:
… Attorneys defending Adaya and the Hotel Shangri-La maintained throughout the trial that the FIDF group had not made a formal arrangement with the hotel to hold its party there, and therefore the hotel and Adaya were justified in their actions.
Yet in cross-examination on the witness stand, Adaya retreated from some of her previous allegations about the plaintiffs. Adaya acknowledged that, contrary to the report prepared by the hotel’s head of security, the FIDF group was not behaving in a raucous manner. And when Turken asked Adaya about a lawsuit she had filed against his clients, in which she alleged that they had posted libelous and defamatory comments on various Web sites about her hotel following the ill-fated event, the hotel owner admitted that she had no evidence that it was Turken’s clients who posted the comments. …
In an attempt to be fair, I’ll admit that Adaya has made promises to reach out to the Jewish community. I personally consider these attempts to be feeble and transparently spin-doctored. I will only believe in her “outreach” when I see it. But who knows? Maybe she learned something about being an American.
I’m not making any of this up. The facts presented in this article come from the minds of an American jury after hearing testimony and being presented evidence. This is jurisprudence, made great in the U.S., and a legacy of our progenitor civilizations like ancient Israel, Greece, and Rome. Here are more details:
… This story dates back to two years before, to July 11, 2010, when the plaintiffs, most of them affiliated with the Young Leadership Division of the local chapter of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF), all attended a pool party organized by the group at the Shangri-La.
The group had made arrangements for the event through an event promoter, Scott Paletz, who had been bringing people to the hotel’s rooftop restaurant since March of that year. Starting at 11 a.m. on that Sunday, the FIDF group had been allotted a cordoned-off area on the pool’s deck, where members had installed a pair of banners announcing their presence. At a check-in table in the courtyard, a blue shirt was displayed with the word “Legacy,” the FIDF program the group was fundraising for that day. It’s a program that brings the young relatives of Israeli soldiers killed in the line of duty for a month-long stay at a summer camp in the U.S.
Adaya, 48, a Pakistani-born Muslim, was also at the pool that day, there to watch the World Cup final game in her cabana. After examining some of the FIDF group’s promotional literature, Adaya instructed members of her staff to take a number of actions against the group — including forcing the FIDF group to take down its banners, literature and other evidence of the organization’s presence. Many of the plaintiffs testified to seeing hotel security guards inform some of the FIDF guests, all easily identified by the blue promotional wristbands they were wearing, that they were not allowed to swim in the pool, or even dangle their feet into the water. The plaintiffs also alleged they heard from a hotel employee that Adaya had made comments about wanting to remove “the [expletive] Jews” from the hotel or the pool. …
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