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Muslims upset by NYPD to boycott mayor's breakfast

 FILE - In this March 10, 2011 file photo, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The CIA said it is...
 New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly speaks at a news conference as Mayor Michael Bloomberg listens in Brooklyn, N.Y., Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011...
 Linda Sarsour, director of the Arab American Association of New York, poses for photos in front of a canvas painted by the association's youth group ...
 Imam Al-Hajj Talib Abdur Rashid poses for a portrait,  Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 in New York. Fifteen Muslim clerics and community leaders say they wil...

NYPD Intelligence

FILE - In this March 10, 2011 file photo, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The CIA said it is...

NYPD Intelligence

New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly speaks at a news conference as Mayor Michael Bloomberg listens in Brooklyn, N.Y., Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011...

NYPD Intelligence

Linda Sarsour, director of the Arab American Association of New York, poses for photos in front of a canvas painted by the association's youth group ...

NYPD Inteligence

Imam Al-Hajj Talib Abdur Rashid poses for a portrait, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 in New York. Fifteen Muslim clerics and community leaders say they wil...

The table is set for Mayor Michael Bloomberg's annual interfaith breakfast with some controversy added to the menu.
The breakfast set for Friday morning will be held without 15 Muslim leaders. They are boycotting the event to protest Bloomberg's support of the police department's surveillance of Muslim communities.
They told the mayor in a letter that they disagree with his position following a series of articles by the Associated Press exposing the police department's methods.
Rabbi Michael Weisser (WISE-er) says he'll attend the breakfast even though he signed the letter. He says Muslim community members told him they'd prefer he speak directly with the mayor.
Bloomberg's office says about two dozen Muslim community members will attend breakfast. Police spokesman Paul Browne says allegations that police spy on communities are false.


Updated : 2021-05-11 07:26 GMT+08:00