December 28, 2009, - 2:09 pm

Ford Motor Company Kept Workers Who Praised 9/11 Employed for 3 Years

By Debbie Schlussel

Last week, Ford Motor Company finally won a suit by a former employee, Arab Muslim Saleem Shariff, who cheered the 9/11 attacks and high-fived fellow Arab Muslim employees on the day of the attacks.  Three others–Khalid Ali Alward, Abdul Mohamed, and Saleh Mohamed Omar–also Arab Muslims, participated and did the same thing:  they cheered and high-fived the 9/11 attacks.  And they all sued when they were not hired for permanent employment, but only Shariff appealed after losing at the trial court level.  The Michigan Court of Appeals, in an unpublished decision (which I obtained and you can read here), decided in Ford’s favor.


This case is yet another refutation of the mainstream media claim that Muslims in America didn’t cheer the 9/11 attacks and were upset like every other group of Americans.  That simply wasn’t the case.  And Saleem Shariff and his three buddies weren’t the only Muslim U.S. residents (AINOs–Americans in Name Only; pronounced:  “Ay-Nuhss”) who celebrated the mass murder of thousands of Americans.

I’m glad Ford won, but only kinda glass-four-fifths-empty glad.  You see, I’m perplexed as to why a major American automotive manufacturer with a name brand to protect, would keep in its employ four employees who cheered the wholesale murder of nearly 3,000 Americans.  Ford didn’t fire Shariff or the others until 2004, three years after he cheered and high-fived the attacks. Why not?  There is simply no excuse for it.  And it’s basically saying, well, yes, we’re a company based in America, but we’ll tolerate employees who cheer the mass murder of Americans, because we have no backbone and worship at the altar of political correctness and uber-tolerance.

Part of the problem is the union–the UAW, which also didn’t have a problem with these schmucks praising the attacks on America, and pressured Ford to keep them on.  But, certainly, this behavior would have constituted just cause for firing, even under the UAW collective bargaining agreement.  I believe Ford simply didn’t care enough to fire them immediately and stick to its guns.

Here’s a sampling of why I’m so ticked off by this and why I see the ghost of Hitler fan Henry Ford in the behavior of officials at the company he founded.

Plaintiff was a temporary employee at defendant’s [Ford’s] engine plant on September 11, 2001, and was perceived, along with a coworker also of Arabic descent, as exhibiting signs of celebration when the World Trade Center was attacked [DS:  he high-fived and cheered; that ain’t perceived–it’s quite blatant].  Dave Allen, one of defendant’s labor relations employees, and the plant’s union agreed that plaintiff would be allowed to finish his temporary employment, and thereafter would be considered for further employment with defendant only at other locations. . . .

Plaintiff asserts in his brief that his conduct was misinterpreted “because he is Arab.”  This constitutes speculation whether laughing and exchanging high-fives after learning of the deadly terrorist attack would have been deemed acceptable if he had belong to another ethnicity. . . . Moreover, we find it illogical to suggest that the determination whether such conduct is appropriate is determined by the ethnicity of the person engaginf in the conduct, rather than the conduct itself along with the circumstances under with it occurs.

Three cheers for Michigan Court of Appeals Judges Pat M. Donofrio, David H. Sawyer, and Donald S. Owens, all of whom had the good sense in their opinion that Ford Motor Company lacked in continuing to employ these scumbags for three years after they praised attacks on America and mass murder of nearly 3,000 Americans.

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23 Responses

Yessir, just the kind of information that would make you comfortable behind the steering wheel of your new Ford.

Little Al on December 28, 2009 at 2:22 pm

Ford’s non-action is no surprise to me. Like GE and other major corporations operating in and profiting from middle America, they hold no love or honor for it. They are scavengers who will adapt to whatever ruling entity happens to take command here.

I have zero respect for them and even less for the unionists looking out for their own interests rather than those of their country. Despite all their flag-waving platitudes, they are traitors who would sell out (and did) in a heartbeat.

Sadly, our children and grandchildren will likely be fighting Muslims on American soil within a generation.

JLin on December 28, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Like with the flying imams and other provocations, everyone is fearful of being sued. Right being right doesn’t matter to the courts, so often. Being right (in this case firing the idiots) can cost in the millions to do what should be done.

I agree with you, but I see the sad situation as a minefield for companies in our land today. As you chronicle on your site every week, we have lost our way with our PC crap.

BB on December 28, 2009 at 3:19 pm

If I was an employer, I’d show people with views like that the door and advise other employers not to hire them. There some things its unacceptable for an American to do – period.

NormanF on December 28, 2009 at 3:31 pm

That corporations are afraid of being sued or investigated by EEO is a given these days. But what of the workers who stood by as their colleagues celebrated the deaths of their fellow Americans. In an earlier era unionists would have beaten the crap out of them, as happened to German American Bundists in New York in the run-up to the war.

Raymond in DC on December 28, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Thanks Debbie. I’ll be buying a GM product next time.

Lars on December 28, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Why the heck would you buy a car from Government Motors?
    At least Ford is still private and is not run by Obama and other clueless Government bureaucrats who I bet have never once even changed a tire or checked their oil before.

    Who Cares? on December 28, 2009 at 5:14 pm

      Hate to tell you this but Ford is a PUBLICLY held company, not private. Also, what difference does it make if they’ve changed a tire or not. I AM a GM guy.

      Lars on December 28, 2009 at 5:53 pm

As an HR professional I can tell you that the management team at Ford didn’t do anything because of fear of legal and judicial repercussions. Period. All this PC BS we have to enforce because of the EEOC and the unions and the courts is getting to be more than I can stand. I just have to hold out a few more years for retirement.

That said, I don’t understand why fellow workers did not take these guys out into a dark alley somewhere and let THEIR feelings about 9/11 be known. I suspect the Detroit police would have taken an NHI approach to investigating the matter.

DG in GA on December 28, 2009 at 3:57 pm

“pronounced: “Ay-Nuhss”)” . . . Girl, you slay me!

Brian O'Kelley on December 28, 2009 at 5:55 pm

Ford made it’s workers take tenderness training before.
It’s a program about not offending fellow employees in anyway, on company property or not offending a fellow employee off company property also.
So if you made a joke about someone. looked at them wrong or pointed and laughed at them you would be fired! Even if you were not on company property. We joked at work calling it tenderness training, it was mostly geared towards not offending blacks, but it all encompassed other ethnicities too.
It was mandatory training. I feel it caused more tension afterwards, whites felt as if they were unprotected and Otherw were overprotected.

Pc is Bs on December 28, 2009 at 6:42 pm

God bless America,its people,our ways,our families. And to HELL with those that hate us.

R.S. on December 29, 2009 at 8:48 am

This is really disappointing because it leaves Americans with really no choice who want to buy domestic vehicles (GM and Chrysler are government owned). Ford was already a big sponsor of homosexual causes, and now this?

Really disappointing.

Oscar on December 29, 2009 at 11:08 am

The other plant employees should have ganged up on these despicable people cheering the mass murder of thousands of Americans and beat them to a bloody pulp. These Arabs would have never returned to the plant again.

Stewart on December 29, 2009 at 12:08 pm

Guys, that’s why I drive A TOYOTA RAV4…so I can also stick it to those carbon tax loving global jihadists namely Al Gore!

Bob Porrazzo on December 29, 2009 at 12:12 pm

Ford did not beg for or take bailout money. They are publicly owned by people who voluntarily chose to buy Ford stock.


neal desruisseaux on December 29, 2009 at 1:06 pm

And so begins my boycott of Ford! Spineless b*stards! As always, great find Debbie. You’re the best.

Jeff Patriot on December 29, 2009 at 4:11 pm

Like DG in GA I blame the reluctance to deal with this trash appropriately to the PC Environment created and maintained by EEOC and our Legal Community (employment law vultures). After 30 plus years in HR/Labor, I can’t retire soon enough. Pity those who are trying to build efficient businesses in North America!

Larry on January 4, 2010 at 11:47 am

I would like to start with asking Debbie first where did she get her sources from? First of all Ford Labor Relations laid off the people that were accused of clapping and cheering during the 9/11 attacks until further investigation. Secondly after the investigation the allegations turned out false. The witnesses that claimed that they seen their co-workers clapping and cheering all had different stories therefore the investigation determined they were giving false information. Do to the economic crisis the employees were stayed laid off and the group of employees that worked with the accused were also laid off indefinitely. As far as the comment regarding Henry Ford, his history speaks for it selves. Henry Ford was the first to employ handicap people, to pay $5 a day which was significant at the time and was the first to encouraged his immigrant employees to learn the language of their new home English. For the people that claim to be patriots and think that Ford Motor Company didn’t take the right actions during 9/11, Ford Motor Company donated money and vehicles more then any foreign and domestic automotive company. In addition I suggest to the people posting comments to review their sources and not talk out of their minds ignorantly.

W: My source is the Court of Appeals written decision, which contains the facts, unlike the lies and propaganda in your comment. In fact, the incidents DID happen, and that’s why these men finally lost their jobs. Your apologism and revisionism won’t change that. DS

Walid on March 20, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Yo walid PISS OFF YA Wank. You Muslim Sympathizer.

    Terry Morlan on August 10, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Might I add that the other auto company, General Motors sold to the Nazis — during WW II !! but before the US entered it — the complete rights to produce and a complete manufacturing opperation — for tetra-ethyl-lead; the high performance anti-knock compound that the Nazis needed so that their bombers could reach England and thus kill English civilians. FORD had manufacturing plants in England at that time.

John Wolfe, Moab, Utah on September 13, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Dear Americans, I am Muslim and I am not your enemy. I am your friend and neighbor. Most Muslims were appalled by the attacks of 911. Nobody I know celebrated. I hope one day we can all live in peace. Amen. Shalom. Salem.

Osama on November 23, 2015 at 11:00 pm

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