Empire State Building lit green to end Ramadan, again

September 20 the Empire State Building was lit Islamic green for Eid-al-Fitr, once again, marking the end of the month of jihad – aka Ramadan.


And in a strange twist, the Empire State Building will be lit all green again on September 24 for The Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Emerald Gala Celebration, yet Iranians are apparently hijacking the lighting. From the Wall Street Journal:

Iranian activists — trying to blanket New York City with their trademark green color — lobbied to bathe the top of the Empire State Building in green light all this week during their rallies against Iran’s president, who is visiting the United Nations.

The request was rejected. But on Thursday, to the protesters’ delight, it will be green anyway, for another reason: an “Emerald Gala” for the 70th anniversary of the film “The Wizard of Oz.”

Organizers have notified their email lists, and many demonstrators plan to stand under the building and cheer when it lights up in the evening. Photographers documenting the protests plan to post the view online for inspiration around the globe, organizers said.

“The universe is smiling and the stars are aligned!” wrote one blogger, named Anonymous Iran. “I’m so happy I could cry!”

The green lighting will happen the same day demonstrators plan to unfurl a nearly mile-long green banner across the Brooklyn Bridge. Sadra Shaba, a 24-year-old graduate student and protest organizer for Voices for Iran, said protesters “consider anything that’s green part of our movement. Even the Statue of Liberty is green.”

Meanwhile officials in NYC scramble to halt a potential terrorist attack by Muslims somewhere in the city.

From the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point:

The color green in Islamic tradition is always linked to the Prophet Muhammad, and is therefore synonymous with Islam itself.  It is used ubiquitously throughout the Islamic world, as well as in jihadi imagery, to indicate the Prophet specifically and Islam in general.

While the act of “coloring” a state (or a flag, an individual, or a symbol) green, may seem simple and of little consequence, it should be remembered that the color green is deeply significant to all sectors of the Islamic world, and the act of “coloring” specific symbols green is an overtly political and explicitly Islamic statement.

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