Muslim women in the hijab.

Muslim women in the hijab.

Several Muslim women who are suing a California restaurant for discrimination – and face a countersuit for trespass – have lost their right to be anonymous in their complaint.

It’s because their lawyer never asked the court for a determination whether or not they could file anonymously, even after a judge advised the lawyer he needed to take that step.

It’s the latest in the dispute between the Muslim women and Urth Caffe of Laguna Beach, California.

WND reported the case arose after restaurant workers asked, in keeping with restaurant policy, a group of Muslim women to move or share their tables in a popular spot at the eatery on a busy night.

The women responded with a discrimination lawsuit, and the restaurant answered with a countersuit against the women, charging they were engaging in Islamic “lawfare.”

The women had been asked by restaurant workers to abide by a publicly promoted policy to give up or share popular patio tables after 45 minutes. But they refused and eventually left only after police were called.

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The women later obtained a lawyer who claimed they were the subjects of religious discrimination and sued. The restaurant’s responding complaint against them cites trespass.

Now the American Freedom Law Center, which is working on behalf of the café, said a judge in Superior Court in Orange County allowed an amended complaint that identifies the women by name.

“The first lawsuit was filed by the seven Muslim women claiming discrimination but only three of the plaintiffs actually sued in their full names: Sara Khalil Farsakh, Soondus Ahmed and Rawan Hamdan,” the legal team explained.

“Four of the plaintiffs sued anonymously, using only their first names and a single letter for their last names: Sara C., Yumna H., Safa R. and Mawra R.,” the team said.

The women repeatedly rejected requests to identify themselves fully.

But an AFDC investigation of the public record revealed their names, and so it moved to add them to the legal documentation.

“The court granted Urth Caffe’s motion and at the oral argument explained that this was not a sex abuse or juvenile case where anonymity might be important and noted that if the plaintiffs had wanted anonymity, their counsel, Mohammad Tajsar, should have moved for a protective order.”

AFLC said the judge “went so far as to chastise Tajsar because the judge remembered actually telling Tajsar (‘or perhaps it was someone he worked with’) that he – the judge – had actually told him to file a motion for protective order if his clients wanted to maintain their anonymity.”

AFLC explained: “The amended cross-complaint for trespass names 30-year old Sara Khalil Farsakh of Corona, California; 30-year old Soondus Ahmed of Lake Forest, California; 25-year old Sara Soumaya Chamma of Irvine, California; 26-year old Yumna H. Hameed of San Juan Capistrano, California; 28-year old Safa Rawag of Sunnyvale, California; Safa Rawag’s sister, 27-year old Marwa Rawag; and 28-year old Rawan Hamdan of Amman, Jordan.”

David Yerushalmi, AFLC co-founder, said four of the seven plaintiffs claimed that their safety would be at risk by disclosing their names.”

“However, they could point to no instance of a single threat to their safety nor could they point to a single instance where Muslims had sued for discrimination, and there are plenty of high-proflie cases to choose from, where a single Muslim was put in harm’s way,” he said.

He said Urth Caffe did not discriminate, insisting its workers were enforcing a longstanding policy for customers either to leave or share tables.

“The claim that these women were asked to leave the café because they were wearing hijiabs is laughable given the number of hijab-wearing Urth Caffe customers.”

The OC Weekly noted the restaurant’s 45-minute policy is publicly posted by the restaurant.

The policy states: “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.”

The restaurant called police and had them ask the women to leave when they refused to comply with a manager’s request.

Commentator Daniel Greenfield at FrontPage Magazine jumped right to the point in a commentary headlined “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.

In “Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance,” renowned activist Pamela Geller offers proven, practical guidance on how freedom lovers can stop jihadist initiatives in local communities.

 

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