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by Miriam Elman
Sunday, Jul. 30, 2017 at 8:13 AM
Reem’s Bakery in Oakland glorifies Rasmea Odeh, and doesn’t like people holding vigils outside for her victims.
America is a free country, and as the owner of Oakland’s newest Arab restaurant, Reem Assil has every right to feature whatever “art” she wants to on the premises—even though she’s glorifying an unrepentant murderer and immigration fraudster.
It’s morally reprehensible, but Assil’s customers are also entitled to dine while admiring the restaurant décor and its wall of shame.
But what they don’t have the right to do in California—even in its private malls and shopping centers—is suppress the speech of those who oppose the “appalling mural” and what it represents.
Bottom line: The effort to stifle and silence Oakland’s vigils in honor of Rasmea Odeh’s victims is even more offensive and grievous than the fact that Reem’s California is decorated with a giant image of her face.
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