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NYC mayor doesn't address Muslim boycott of event

 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...

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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...

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg held his annual interfaith breakfast, but he didn't directly address a boycott by Muslim leaders upset about police spying on their followers.
Friday's morning's breakfast was held without 15 Muslim leaders. 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.
The AP series detailed police department efforts to infiltrate Muslim neighborhoods and mosques with aggressive programs designed by a CIA officer. Bloomberg has defended the tactics.
At the breakfast, Bloomberg quoted his father as telling him that "discrimination against anyone is discrimination against everyone."
He also said: "We have to keep our guard up, but if we don't work together we won't have our own freedoms."