David Yerushalmi, AFLC co-founder and senior counsel, issued the following statement:
“This lawsuit is a fraud and a hoax on the courts and the media. Beware.”
Yerushalmi went on to explain:
“The Urth Caffe did not discriminate against the women who have filed this fraudulent lawsuit. The claim that these women were asked to leave the café because they were wearing hijabs is laughable. That night, as every Friday night, a large number of young people, including a majority of whom are Muslim and of Arab descent, make up the base of Urth Caffe’s customers. Not surprisingly, many of these customers are women wearing hijabs. None of these other Muslim women were asked to leave. The women who now claim victim status were not asked to leave, but only to abide by the café’s policy to give up their high-demand outside patio table after 45 minutes to allow other customers, including those wearing hijabs, to enjoy the experience.”
Several key facts have been lost in the media frenzy to present this story in the wake of the hyped press conference of yesterday announcing the filing of the lawsuit. First, one of two owners who manage the Urth Caffe is herself a Muslim woman. Jilla Berkman, a co-owner of the Urth Caffe with her husband, was the one who actually authorized the call to the police after the women now claiming victim-status were loud and abusive to the Urth Caffe employees and refused to give up their table per the stated policy. Second, the lead plaintiff in the frivolous lawsuit is Sara Farsakh, a college-age activist for Palestinian causes who self-promotes her involvement in radical organizations, at least one of which calls for the destruction of Israel. Third, the organization behind the scenes organizing this fraudulent lawsuit is CAIR, or the Counsel on American-Islamic Relations.
Robert Muise, AFLC co-founder and senior counsel, explained:
“CAIR, currently named a terrorist organization by the UAE, was previously named as an unindicted co-conspirator and Muslim Brotherhood-Hamas front group by the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the successful prosecution of a terrorist funding cell organized around one of the largest Muslim charities, the Holy Land Foundation (HLF). HLF raised funds for violent jihad on behalf of Hamas, and top CAIR officials were part of the conspiracy.”
“It is not surprising that the FBI has publicly terminated its outreach activities with CAIR. Moreover, this fraudulent lawsuit is what the Muslim Brotherhood itself describes as ‘civilization jihad.’ In other words, this lawsuit is being waged to use our anti-discrimination laws not for equal protection, but to attain special protection and rights for sharia-adherent Muslims who reject America and the Judeo-Christian values it stands for.”
AFLC has a history of successfully defending law-abiding Americans and American businesses against CAIR-induced lawsuits. Just recently, a federal court in Florida dismissed a CAIR lawsuit against a gun store owner in Florida and a court in Michigan ordered a CAIR client to pay thousands of dollars in sanctions for issuing abusive subpoenas.
“This case will be no different. We intend to sue Farsakh and her co-conspirators for trespass and to seek damages for filing this fraudulent lawsuit.”
CASE UPDATE (June 22, 2016): AFLC filed its Answer to the lawsuit.
CASE UPDATE (June 22, 2016): AFLC filed its Verified Cross Complaint against the Muslim women.
CASE UPDATE (November 8, 2016): AFLC filed its brief and evidentiary proofs supporting its lawsuit countersuing seven Muslim women for trespass.
CASE UPDATE (June 18, 2018): The Muslim women dismissed their lawsuit.