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Islamberg

Four Men Arrested In Plot To Bomb Islamberg

4 Men Arrested

In Bombing Plot

Against Islamberg

Andrew C. Crysel, 18, Vincent R. Vetromile, 19, and Brian F. Colaneri, 20

A group of high school students at Odyssey Academy in Greece, near Rochester, tipped off police that one of their classmates was allegedly part of a plot to bomb Islamberg, the small Muslim community in Delaware County.

Officers with the Greece Police Department Saturday arrested Brian F. Colaneri, 20, and Vincent Vetromile, 19, both of Greece, and Andrew C. Crysel, 18, of East Rochester, as well as a 16-year-old student at Odyssey Academy after the tip, allegedly finding three improvised explosive devices, packed with nails and powder, at the home the 16-year-old suspect.

Police additionally found 23 firearms — a combination of shotguns and rifles — across the suspects’ residences.

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PEACE, LOVE ISLAMBERG!

PEACE, LOVE

ISLAMBERG!

1960s Mantra Is Updated Today

By Outpouring At Sufi Enclave

Five "American Patriots Against Jihad" motorcycles and five vehicles pass by Islamberg this afternoon, a much-feared confrontation that was over in a few seconds. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Five “American Bikers United Against Jihad” motorcycles and five of their vehicles pass by a supportive crowd in front of Islamberg this afternoon, a much-feared confrontation that was over in a few seconds. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • for AllOTSEGO.com

Oneonta NAACP President Lee Fisher tells a celebration that follows: "When we shoed up like we did today we tured a lot of evil-doers away."
Oneonta NAACP President Lee Fisher tells a celebration that follows: “When we showed up like we did today, we turned a lot of evil-doers away.”

ISLAMBERG – In the end, love won.

Five-hundred supporters from Oneonta, Cooperstown, Hancock and as far as South Carolina and Georgia stood united with the residents of Islamberg this afternoon against about a dozen “American Bikers United Against Jihad.”

The motorcyclists had threatened to harass the Muslim community en masse.  But today, only five bikers and five vehicles drove past the Sufi community on a dirt road between Routes 11 and 17 in Delaware County.

Even after it was over, the “American Bikers” website was claiming 74 attended.

Brief Confrontation, Then 500 Celebrate

BULLETIN

Brief Confrontation,

Then 500 Celebrate

ISLAMBERG – About a dozen “American Bikers United Against Jihad” from Tennessee – not the 70-some feared – showed up at this Sunni enclave in Delaware County early this afternoon in a display that last a few seconds.

After the five motorcycles and seven accompanying car passed along a dirt road between Route 11 and 17 near Hancock, the community invited in 500 supporters – many from Oneonta and Cooperstown – for a celebration, lunch and speechifying.

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On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor Discusses Local Support For Islamberg

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor

Discusses Local Support For Islamberg

Islamberg Mayor Rashid Clark briefs an NAACP rally last Sunday in Oneonta on possible threats against his Delaware County Sunni Muslim community.  (AllOTSEGO/com)
Islamberg Mayor Rashid Clark briefs an NAACP rally last Sunday in Oneonta on possible threats against his Delaware County Sunni Muslim community. (AllOTSEGO/com)

WAMC-logo_1 (1)Jim Kevlin, editor/publisher of www.AllOTSEGO.com (and Hometown Oneonta & the Freeman’s Journal), tells WAMC’s David Guistina on today’s “Morning Headlines” segment how Oneontans rallied to Islamberg’s support at a NAACP rally on Sunday.

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Islamberg Muslims Win 100’s Solidarity

Islamberg Muslims

Win 100’s Solidarity

More than 100 people almost filled Oneonta's Unitarian Universalist Church, where Lee Fisher, president, NAACP's Oneonta chamber, offered encouragement and support to representatives of Islamberg, Delawares County. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com) Ford Av
More than 100 people almost filled Oneonta’s Unitarian Universalist Society this afternoon, where Lee Fisher, president, NAACP’s Oneonta chamber, offered encouragement and support to representatives of Islamberg, Delawares County. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

If Bikers Show Up, So May Local Folks

Islamberg's Mayor Rashid Clark reported the community recently hosted 21 state troopers, part of a continuing effort to maintain good relations with law enforcement.
Islamberg’s Mayor Rashid Clark reported the community recently hosted 21 state troopers, part of a continuing effort to maintain good relations with law enforcement.

By JIM KEVLIN • for AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – More than 100 wellwishers – from Oneonta, Cooperstown and beyond – almost filled the Unitarian Universalist Society this afternoon to offer solidarity to Muslims from Islamberg, Delaware County, where bikers from Tennessee are threatening mayhem on May 15.

Common Council member Michelle Osterhout reads a supportive proclamation from Mayor Herzig.
Common Council member Michelle Osterhoudt reads a supportive proclamation from Mayor Herzig.

“Never again,” said Nathan Battalion, an Oneontan who lost family members in the Holocaust.  “We can never allow this to happen again on our planet.”

Battalion spoke near the end of an applause-punctuated session organized by Regina Betts and Lee Fisher of the NAACP, Oneonta chapter, after the news surfaced that a motorcycle gang from Tennessee is threatening a militia attack on Islamberg, a community of Moslems that has been living at peace with their neighbors near Hancock, Delaware County, for years.

Unity Counter-Rally Planned Vs. Biker Rally In Islamberg

Unity Counter-Rally Planned

Vs. Biker Rally In Islamberg

Unity-Button-(0899)ONEONTA – The Oneonta chapter, NAACP, is planning an Anti-Discrimination & Unity Session 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1, to counter a Bikers Rally planned in Islamberg, Delaware County, in mid-May.

“The whole community and surrounding areas are urged to attend,” said Lee Fisher, NAACP president, in an e-mail distributed today.

Fisher said the NAACP has been in touch with state police, the state Office of the Attorney General, clergy and Legal Redress of the NAACP New York State Conference to express concern.

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