April 30, 2015, - 6:15 pm

UPDATED: No Tears From Me For Halal Arab Pizza Shop Owner Torched in Baltimore

By Debbie Schlussel

*** UPDATE: Reader Ralph Adamo points out that Papa Palace Pizza is halal. ***



Several “conservative” websites are shedding tears over an Arab pizza owner’s torched Baltimore shop (a story they ripped off from the mainstream Baltimore media without credit). Not me. And here’s why.

Several websites from what my friend Adam Taxin aptly calls “Conservative, Inc.” are upset over the torching of an Arab-owned (likely Muslim-owned) pizza shop in Baltimore (including Independent Journal Review and BizPacReview). Moreoever, they’ve repeated the claims of Papa Palace Pizza shop owner, Essam El Ghannam (BizPac calls him Chamman”–yay fact-checking!), that the Baltimore rioters doused him with gasoline and were going to set him on fire. While his pizza shop was indeed burned down, there’s no proof of the rest of his story. But Arabs never lie, right? So, we should take him at his word, just like the mainstream media does, huh?

Here’s why I don’t feel sorry for him: I wonder what Mr. El Ghannam’s views on HAMAS and Hezbollah are. Ghannam is often a Palestinian surname. Sometimes it is Egyptian or Lebanese. It means “shepherd” in Arabic (his first name, “Essam,” means “safeguard” or “security”). He could be Christian, but more likely, he’s Muslim. And, the thing is, I doubt El Ghannam will denounce either of those Islamic terrorist groups mentioned above-both of them terrorist groups that torch innocent civilians’ businesses regularly, especially if they suspect those business owners of being Christian or pro-Israel or, allah-forbid, Evil Zionist. And not only do they torch businesses AND douse people alive with gasoline (a la ISIS Jordanian pilot videos), but they bomb innocent people’s homes. They throw gay people off of ten-story buildings. They drag people through the streets via motorcycle to rip apart and bleed to death.

Does Essam El Ghanam condemn HAMAS and Hezbollah publicly? Don’t bet on it. (Even if he is Christian, which I doubt, most Christian Arabs won’t condemn these groups.) In fact, he probably privately supports them, morally and who knows how else. So sue me if I don’t feel sorry for a member of a group which regularly torches innocent people’s property and takes their lives daily–no, by the moment and the second, when it happens to him. I don’t support this kind of violence, but I don’t shed a tear for an alleged “victim” of it who might also be a moral supporter of it. Unless he’s asked to and specifically does condemn specific Islamic terrorist groups by name, other than Al-Qaeda and ISIS.

Do you know if Mr. El Ghannam belongs to a hateful mosque? Or if he’s giving to hate groups in zakat? Or an anti-Israel, anti-Semitic Arab Church, of which there are plenty in the Detroit area, including St. Mary’s in Livonia, the Arab priest of which regularly marches in pro-HAMAS and pro-Hezbollah rallies. I’m sure there is at least one of the same in the Baltimore area. Do you know where his pizza profits have been going? I don’t. And I’d like to know. But nobody bothered to ask him because we’re not allowed to ask these very legit questions anymore. That would be “hateful” and we’re always lectured now, “Don’t Judge!” Don’t judge Bruce Jenner’s plans to cut off his penis and wear a mesh illusion dress, don’t judge Islamic terrorists, and don’t judge a pizza shop owner because his place was burned down, so nothing he thinks or does is relevant.

Pizza shops are easy places to use to divert funds elsewhere because it’s hard to keep track of how many pizzas were actually made, how much dough and toppings went bad and had to be thrown out for a “loss,” and so on. This is the same reason Islamic terrorists nearby used halal chicken farms to launder terrorist funds.

Do you know if Mr. El Ghannam cheered when Palestinians murdered Jews? When Muslims, like Hezbollah and Al-Qaeda, murdered Americans? No? You don’t know? Then, why feel sorry for him unless you do know for certain he’s worthy of your commiseration?

Yes, it is possible that Essam El Ghannam is Christian and not Muslim. But I don’t know that and neither do you.

Here’s what I do know: I know that another, nearby Baltimore pizza shop was twice involved in helping Islamic terrorists evade authorities. Is Essam El-Ghannam friendly with the owners of Safa Pizza? As I told you on this website, Safa Pizza owners twice helped Muslim illegal aliens planning terrorism on American soil, giving them “employment” there and even hiding them from nationwide manhunts.

When 11 Egyptian Muslim “students” skipped out on their student visa condition of attending school at Montana State University (in fact, they never showed up and, instead spread around the country), two of the “students” were found at Safa Pizza, where they were illegally given jobs. The FBI led the investigation because it was believed this was no longer an immigration investigation, but a terrorism one. Before that, the FBI arrested two Muslim illegal aliens plotting to blow up the Baltimore Fort McHenry and Harbor Tunnels. Guess where they found them employed? You guessed it. The same Muslim pizza shop.

Now, I don’t know if Essam El-Ghannam supports Islamic terrorism. I don’t know if he launders money to Islamic terrorists or fudges numbers (a listing with the State of Maryland shows his company’s status was twice “forfeited” and “not in good standing,” so rather than pay the fees and returns, he kept creating new entities for the pizza shop). But I do know that most Muslims and many Christian Arabs won’t publicly denounce Hezbollah and HAMAS, most won’t endorse Israel’s right to exist, and in fact, most of them quietly–and many not so quietly–cheer when Jews and Americans are murdered by Islamic terrorists. And it’s safe to assume he is the rule, not the microscopic fringe exception. And not an innocent “victim.” The statistics, the cues, and the clues are telling.

Show me Essam El-Ghannam is different.

Until then, no tears from me that rioters torched his pizza place. A pox on his and all of their houses (or public housing projects and mosques and anti-Israel churches).

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24 Responses

Is the name, “PAPA PALACE”, a plagiarization of “PAPA JOHN’S”?

John Robert Mallernee on April 30, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    ~and each serve equally shitty pizza.

    #1 Vato on April 30, 2015 at 7:32 pm

Ironically the scum rioters who did this equally share his antisemetic views. Karma is such a real bitch!

Recalcitrant Zionist on April 30, 2015 at 8:39 pm

Moreoever, they’ve repeated the claims of Papa Palace Pizza shop owner, Essam El Ghannam (BizPac calls him Chamman”–yay fact-checking!),

When words are transliterated from a foreign alphabet, “g” and “c” are often confused.

MRS: Nope. Transliteration is when someone prints in English the phonetics for a foreign language. It is not “transliteration” to rip off a pandering story from Baltimore media written in the English language and then spell the name completely wrong. That’s just incompetence and/or poor fact-checking. DS

Miranda Rose Smith on May 1, 2015 at 2:11 am

    MRS: Nope. Transliteration is when someone prints in English the phonetics for a foreign language.

    You mean when somebody hears the word or the name and puts down what he thinks he heard?

    Miranda Rose Smith on May 3, 2015 at 4:10 am

“most of them quietly–and many not so quietly–cheer when Jews and Americans are murdered by Islamic terrorists.”

He definitely looks like a cheerer. I avoid mulsim gas stations and businesses like the plague. I wouldn’t eat at one of their restaurants if I was starving to death.

DS_ROCKS! on May 1, 2015 at 2:21 am

While I will shed no tears WHEN all those left-liberal European suckers for Arab propaganda, all those people who go around calling for boycotts, divestiture and sanctions against Israel and noplace else, all those people who call Israel an apartheid country when most of them know that it’s the least apartheid country on the planet, get their comeupance, when they find out what their precious Arabs are REALLT like, I always say “The Arabs can’t help it if their whole culture is hatred, lies and propaganda.” The Europeans pretend to be civilized, pretend to be moved by Anne Frank, may the Al-mighty avenge her blood, have access to facts. The Arabs don’t know facts from Frosted Flakes. So yes, I feel sorry for this man, and all the people in Baltimore who had their property destroyed.

Miranda Rose Smith on May 1, 2015 at 2:40 am

Hope you’re feeling better Deb, see you next Tuesday.

SeeYouNextTuesday on May 1, 2015 at 6:06 am

    ….Deb, see you next Tuesday.

    Is this post a threat?

    DSR: That’s what I took it as. But, on the other hand, I think that person is calling me the C-word. See U Next Tuesday can be abbreviate as SUNT, and the person’s fake e-mail address listed starts “SUNT@—.com.”

    DS_ROCKS on May 1, 2015 at 11:21 am

Baltimore blacks targeted Korean stores serving the black community. What was accomplished?


Korean store, disproportionately, targeted. Some owners were assaulted. Sung Lee; heartbreaking.

“I don’t know what I should do,” business owner Sung Lee said.
Lee’s store is among 42 Korean grocers, delis and carry-outs that have been destroyed or damaged during the unrest. The total number of Korean businesses affected is still being tallied

bobguzzardi on May 1, 2015 at 9:18 am

Every Arab owned store or eatery is filthy. They don’t care what they serve up to non-Arabs. I recall back many years ago when an Arab store owner was changing the dates on the milk cartons so he could sell past dated milk. These pigs could care less about our health. Burn baby burn! It’s just too bad the rioters didn’t get stuck in the building and toast also.

MuzzCrusher on May 1, 2015 at 10:16 am

I doubt that Ghannem would condemn any Muslim terrorist organisation because they are there in the riots with their anti-Israel propaganda. My support goes to Mrs Graham for belting the living daylights out of her son for participating in the riots.

Sootys mum on May 1, 2015 at 10:45 am

OK, I did some research. On the menu for this place is HAM. As in BLT. As in Ham and Cheese Subs. So perhaps we have an EX-Muslim here….

Annie on May 1, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Annie, although Papa Pizza may say on their menu that they offer products with “ham,” do not assume that those products actually are ham. I know that sounds strange, but there are Halal restaurants that list ham or pork products on their menus, but they’re not actually selling those products.

    Here’s a cut-and-paste of someone who researched such a case:

    “Donair is a restaurant in Saskatoon which serves sandwiches and pizza. Although their website doesn’t mention it, they are a halal restaurant. They are listed on the Saskatoon Muslim Foundation website as well as a halal site. Saskatoon has a growing Muslim population and I’m sure that there is growing demand for halal restaurants and groceries.”

    “Whether a restaurant is halal or not most likely doesn’t matter to non-Muslims. I don’t care if the beef or chicken is halal or not although I’d rather not pay extra for halal if I have a choice.”

    “In this situation, the halal designation does matter because the restaurant sells pizza and their toppings include ham, sausage, pepperoni, and bacon. Or should I say “ham”, “sausage”, “pepperoni”, and “bacon”? It’s all fake.”

    “Here’s the explanation straight from the owner via an e-mail forwarded to me:

    I think some misunderstanding about my business may have arisen because I have advertised “ham” toppings on certain pizzas. I want to assure you that this “ham” topping is actually composed of beef and chicken. This “ham” topping is a common name given to synthetic ham. This topping is mostly advertised towards the non-Muslims who frequent my business because most non-Muslims are expecting some sort of ham toppings on their pizza. However, I would like to fully assure the Muslim community of Saskatoon, that the “ham” and “pepperoni” that I sell are synthetic and are actually made of halal beef and halal chicken. This practise [sic] of selling halal pepperoni and halal ham are common practise [sic] in cities with larger Muslim communities. This is done so that a halal business can remain competitve [sic] with non-Muslim businesses. I regret not clearing this topic earlier, but I had assumed that the Muslims in Saskatoon would already be familiar with this concept.”

    “Did you understand that? The halal restaurant calls the meat products ham and bacon and pepperoni so that non-Muslims will think that they are getting the real thing. Muslims will know the truth *wink, wink*.”

    “The owners of this restaurant should clearly state on their menus that all products are made of beef and chicken. They should let their customers know that the ham and bacon are not real. Anything less than full disclosure is lying to their customers.”

    RA: Exactly. There are Muslim-owned halal pizzerias in the Detroit-area that advertise ham and pepperoni toppings when those toppings are actually halal beef. DS

    Ralph Adamo on May 1, 2015 at 2:11 pm

The odds are in Debbie’s favor. According to Foodler.com, Papa Pizza in Baltimore is Halal. Of course, many restaurants that are not Muslim owned elect to be Halal to maximize business, but the fact that the owner is Arab makes the election more than a coincidence.

And yes, pizza shops make for ideal front businesses. I learned that many years ago when several pizzerias in a city where I once lived were found to be running a drug ring, and the newspaper stories explained why the pizza business was a good cover for that racket, and others.

Additionally, based on Papa Palace’s mostly negative reviews, they don’t even seem to care about their reputation. Can business be that good that they just don’t care? Or maybe the business is a front for something else, so they aren’t concerned about what customers might think.

Here’s some Papa Palace Pizza Reviews I cut-and-pasted below:

Review #1

I should have listened to the comment that is posted. Pizza was cold and horrible. Took TWO hours for me to get my pizza. I also was suppose to receive a can of coke. No coke . DO NOT ORDER!!

Review #2

We placed an order through seamless this weekend to be delivered. Wait times were 45-60 mins, we waited for an hour and 15 mins and then called the restaurant to ask when we could expect our order. She asked for my name and address and after I told her she said that our order had left with the last delivery and we could expect it shortly. We waited another 20 mins before getting a call from seamless that Papa Palace had cancelled our order and that the restaurant wrongly advertised their delivery zone on seamless. Papa Palace LIED to us over the phone. I would not recommend this place to anyone based on terrible customer service. At least the team at seamless was friendly and let us know what actually happened.

Review #3

If I could give this place no stars I would. I have ordered from them several times with no problems. Today was a whole different story! I ordered two cheesesteaks and they BOTH were wrong. I called to see if I could get the correct subs and the guy that answered tried to talk over top of me and eventually hung up on me. Told me that I could not get new subs and I could not get my money back either. I was told to call tomorrow so I could speak with the manager. The crazy thing is that, he put everything in the system correctly but, I guess they decided to give me whatever subs they wanted!This has to be the WORST customer service I have EVER experienced. I will NEVER order from them ever again.NEVER order delivery from them EVER! and they charge your card which is not advertised anywhere on their flyer!

Ralph Adamo on May 1, 2015 at 1:36 pm

I will remain silent until there is more information on that owner. Conservatives are often too ready to extend their sympathies to persons or groups that they know little or nothing about, which is a foolish inclination.

Worry on May 1, 2015 at 3:30 pm

Debbie, I don’t like Radical Islam any more than you do, but I don’t think ANY shop owner deserved to have their livelihood taken from them and until you show me that he was in fact muslim and an antisemite and/or pro Pali, I won’t take any glee from his loss. He could be as you speculate yourself, be Christian for all we know. You would have spent your time better reading the news from JTA instead and writing about the destruction of a landmark Baltimore institution, Levy’s, by the thugs in Baltimore. The owner(s) of this store are Jewish and have been in business for generations. If they reopen after this in Baltimore, they are out of their minds. They should go to the suburbs and stay away from the City run by a racist Mayor, Police Chief, etc.

S: Um, there is no such thing as “Radical Islam,” just Islam, which is inherently radical. The sooner you face that, the better. Sad you actually read and believe the left-wing propagandists at JTA funded by the Jewish Welfare Federation. I will NOT allow links to JTA–which has attacked me and sided with Muslims and HAMAS CAIR against me–on my site and have removed it. But that tells me a lot about you that you think so highly of that group of propagandists. If you wanna feel bad for Jew-haters (and assume that if he is a Christian Arab, he’s a good guy, despite the fact I’ve written about the vast majority of Christian Arabs who are anti-Semitic/anti-Israel – RIF: Reading Is Fundamental), then you are part of the problem, NOT the solution. It’s very likely he’s a HAMAS and/or Hezbollah supporter. And I won’t shed a single tear for the loss of livelihood and/or property by a likely Jew-hater. Would you have shed a tear if Himmler or Eichmann or their supporters lost their businesses to rioters? DS

Susan on May 1, 2015 at 4:17 pm

DS: What exactly do you mean by “Conservative Inc.”?

Charles Rector on May 1, 2015 at 5:21 pm

Well, Living in OZ I see things differently. Looking at the pics of the burnt out shop it doesn’t look to me as though it was ever profitable with the DIY shop front. Even if you lived in Baltimore (and I have watched “the wire” on the tube and looked at it on google earth ) you wouldn’t seriously go into a shop to buy food that looked like the front was made of used plywood? …or would you? .My health is too important to me to consider even thinking of buying food in a dump like that regardless of the cult beliefs of the proprietor.

AB: Who knows? He may have burned it down himself for the insurance money. DS

Aron.B on May 1, 2015 at 5:44 pm

You are completely insane. I’m horrified that you attribute evil to Islmam out of hand simply because you are Jewish and violently pro-Israel. There are so many honest, peace loving Jews who detest your kind of filth as simply an Apartheid reaction to anything other than Ashkenazi Judaism; unfortunately these folks are always, always shouted down by rabid pro-Israeli hate mongers Clearly your readers are in the same boat. Well done to peace loving, American Jews in ruining any real dialogue between those of differing positions on Israel and Palestine. Zionism has destroyed discourse and set in place a violent, counter-reaction. Suicide bombers are terrorists clear and simple. But given how Zionists have treated Palestinians since the creation of Israel, Hawks can go ahead and blame themselves for a good portion of the idiot “martyrs” who strap on bombs and do Ala’s bidding.

Chris on May 4, 2015 at 7:07 pm

How pathetic reading some of the comments that don’t like if you open your mouth and speak there Truth . Screw them ,they are full of shit . Go to Google plus and see the thousands of posts of hate and doctored photos on Israel and Jews ,where are those liberal then ? Collecting their food Stamps and signing up more losers on Obama care

Rajiv mookergee on May 6, 2015 at 5:20 pm

nothing like going off the deep end and smearing people you actually know nothing about, huh Deb?
Looks like you’ve totally lost connection with both reality and decency

Leeada on May 8, 2015 at 8:16 pm

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