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June 24, 2016

A trendy California restaurant targeted by Muslim women who claimed they were the subjects of discrimination now is countersuing the women, alleging their case is fraudulent.

The countersuit on behalf of Urth Caffe in Laguna Beach was filed by the American Freedom Law Center.

AFLC senior counsel David Yerushalmi said the lawsuit claiming religious discrimination “is a fraud and a hoax on the courts and the media.”

“It is nothing short of an abuse of process to extort public apologies and other accommodations from my client, Urth Caffe,” he said.

WND reported the women had been asked to leave the restaurant after they refused to vacate a sought-after patio table after 45 minutes, as restaurant policy requires.

A customer, Sara Farsakh, had posted a video on Facebook charging she and her friends were discriminated against because they are Muslim. Later, the Los Angeles branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said it was investigating.

At the time, the Islamic advocacy organization acknowledged that the café posts a policy that patrons must relinquish their seats after 45 minutes at certain times. But CAIR claimed “the group inquired about the policy [and] were taken aback because the café was not busy, there were plenty of seats available both inside and outside the restaurant and several patrons who had arrived before the group had not been asked to leave.”

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CAIR argued “two different groups approached the Muslim patrons and informed them that they had arrived before them and had not been asked to leave.”

But restaurateur Shallom Berkman – whose clientele in Laguna Beach includes a significant percentage of Muslims and who is working with investors in Saudi Arabia on a restaurant there – told reporters he’s a Jew with a Muslim wife, and they consider themselves “a sign of world peace.”

He confirmed there were customers waiting and said the intent of the policy is to “make things fair and accommodate everyone who wants to enjoy Urth Caffé.”

He said the 12 women in the group were not asked to leave because they are Muslim.

ABC reported the women filed a discrimination lawsuit against the restaurant.

“I felt embarrassed, outraged and shocked by the discrimination my friends and I were subjected to. We committed no crime, we violated no policy. Our only offense to Urth Caffe was that we are a group of Muslim women that visibly stood out, tarnishing their image,” Farsahk claimed at the time.

The law center on Thursday posted a new statement, saying, “On June 22, 2016, the Urth Caffe in Laguna Beach responded to a fraudulent lawsuit filed by seven Muslim women claiming religious discrimination by countersuing the women and alleging abuse of process.”

Yerushalmi explained: “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 peole, 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 swearing hijabs. None of these other Muslim women was 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,” he said.

He said several key facts “demonstrate the contrived and abusive nature of the women’s claims.”

“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.”

AFLC co-founder Robert Muise added, “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 organization around one of the largest Muslim charities, the Holy Land Foundation.”

The London Guardian turned the focus onto Yerushalmi, noting he was described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an “anti-Muslim activist who is a leading proponent of the idea that the United States is threatened by the imposition of Muslim religious law, known as Shariah.”

However, critics have questioned SPLC’s credibility after it recently put retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson on its “hate” list. It retracted the slam against Carson shortly later.

But SPLC also was formally tied to domestic terror in a case several years ago in which a homosexual activist wanted to terrorize and kill Christians. The terrorist, Floyd Corkins, now is serving a long prison term for going to the Washington office of the Family Research Council with plans to kill as many people as he could.

He succeed only in wounding a security guard before he was disarmed. He explained to the FBI he picked FRC because SPLC had the group on its “hate” list, which was due to its biblical position on homosexuality.

When the women filed their complaints against Urth Caffe, there were social media threats against the facility.

The OC Weekly explained the 45-minute policy is publicly posted by the restaurant.

“During our busy rush times, if you have already been at a table for 45 minutes or longer, please share or give your table to someone who is waiting. If tables are available, you are certainly welcome to enjoy Urth for as long as you desire,” it states.

The restaurant called police and had them ask the women to leave when they refused to comply with a manager’s request regarding the policy, multiple reports say.

But commentator Daniel Greenfield at Front Page Magazine jumped right to the point, headlining a commentary “Another Muslim ‘minor inconvenience hate’ hoax gets shot down.”

“Actual minorities have hate crimes. Muslims mainly seem to have minor inconveniences. Like the Muslim passenger who was supposedly refused a can of diet coke by the flight attendant… only because she was Muslim. Or the Muslim who allegedly suffered a dirty look. Or were asked to leave a coffee shop after 45 minutes of hogging a table,” he wrote.

“For some reason, this incredibly Islamophobic coffee shop let her and her friends order, sit and hang out for 45 minutes. And then only asked them to leave after 45 minutes. Which is the policy,” he wrote. “I’m sure Obama will be commenting on this before long. Because tragic minor inconveniences of hate like this cannot and must not be tolerated. Muslims should receive special exemption from all normal rules, whether while flying or at restaurants. The failure to respect Muslim Privilege is itself discriminatory.”

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