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cair-net Digest of: get.101_200

Topics (messages 101 through 200):

CAIR-NET: CA Officials Reject ADL Attempt to Exclude Muslim Speaker
	101 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Jewish Defense League Leaders Arrested in Bomb Plot
	102 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Foiled Bombings Incited by Anti-Muslim "Smear Campaign"
	103 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Video Shows Bin Laden's Complicity in 9-11 Attacks
	104 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Another U.S. Muslim Charity Shut Down
	105 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Contact AG Ashcroft to Demand Due Process of Law
	106 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Hispanic Muslims: New Minority Makes Itself Known
	107 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Breaking News - INS Detains Muslim Group Board Member
	108 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Ohio School Board Backs CAIR Speaker
	109 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Poll - 2/3 Say War is Against Terrorism, Not Islam
	110 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR-FL Meets With Officials About "Voluntary" Interviews
	111 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Student Beaten/New Civil Rights Coalition Being Formed
	112 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Latino Muslims/Fox Pulls Israeli Spy Stories
	113 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Globe Column Slams Daniel Pipes for Smearing U.S. Muslims
	114 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: "Teach Them Our Decadent Way of Living"
	115 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Protesters Seek Release of Muslim Detainees in Florida
	116 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Secret Service Agent Removed From Flight
	117 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: President Bush Responds to Profiling of Muslim Agent
	118 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Student Organizations Say They're Misunderstood
	119 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Ohio Mosque Vandalism Prompts Call For Police Protection
	120 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Ann Coulter: Middle Easterners are "Camel Riding Nomads"
	121 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Columbus Dispatch Profiles CAIR-Ohio
	122 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Passenger Supports Agent's Claim of Profiling
	123 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Lawyers for Profiled Muslim Agent Hold News Conference
	124 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Rep. Conyers Outraged Over Closed Hearing for Muslim
	125 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Witnesses: Secret Service Agent Didn't Act Angry
	126 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Trial of Imam Jamil Set to Begin
	127 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Imam Jamil Held in Contempt for Media Interviews
	128 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Airport Guard Forces Muslim Teen to Remove Hijab
	129 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Magazine "Regrets" Misquote of CAIR Official
	130 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR to Appear on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal"
	131 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: DC Mayor to Visit Mosque/USF Faculty Object to Al-Arian 
Firing
	132 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Mosque Shooting Suspect Found Innocent by Reason of Insanity
	133 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Turbulence on Flight 363: Prudence, or Profiling?
	134 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Government Zips its Lips on Frozen Funds
	135 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Tides of Support Buoy a City's Displaced Muslims
	136 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Woman Strip-Searched at O'Hare Airport
	137 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Delta Apologizes to Muslim Teen Forced to Remove Headscarf
	138 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Alan Dershowitz Says Make Torture an Option
	139 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: The Prime-Time Smearing of Sami Al-Arian (A Must Read)
	140 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Justice Officials, Muslims Face Off
	141 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Correctional Institutions Offered Guide to Islamic Practices
	142 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Rights Groups Press for Names of Muslims Held in New Jersey
	143 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CA Officials Again Reject ADL Attempt to Exclude Muslim 
Speakers
	144 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Testifies on Capitol Hill About Impact of Profiling
	145 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Offers NASA Sensitivity Training Workshop
	146 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Urges President Bush to Promote Freedom for All
	147 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: ACLU Files Challenge to Closed Immigration Hearings
	148 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Support Freedom of Speech in Florida/News Briefs
	149 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Breaking News - Steven Emerson to be Featured on CBS "48 
Hours"
	150 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Launches Billboard Campaign to Promote Tolerance
	151 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims to Take Part in Hajj
	152 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Calls for Release of WSJ Reporter
	153 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Newsweek Cover Story Focuses on Quran and Bible
	154 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Quite the Odd Couple: Al-Arian and Sharon
	155 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Urged to Contact President on Palestinian Rights
	156 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Wash. Post Calls for Open Immigration Hearings
	157 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Ashcroft Asked to Clarify Offensive Remarks on Islam
	158 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Congressional Briefing on American Muslims Post 9-11
	159 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Leaders Meet With FBI Director
	160 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Launches Eid ul-Adha Voter Registration Drive
	161 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Daniel Pipes Exposed on Fox's "On the Record"
	162 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Sponsors Calif. Candidate's Forum/News Briefs
	163 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Imam Jamil Trial Testimony Begins/Islam's Female Converts
	164 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Sample Eid ul-Adha News Release/News Briefs
	165 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: DC-Area Muslims Hold Voter Drive at Hajj Festival
	166 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Canadian Muslims Call for Investigation of "Coercive" 
Questioning
	167 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Group Starts An Effort to Increase Voter Registration 
(NY Times)
	168 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Robertson's Claims Called "Incitement to Violence Against 
Muslims"
	169 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Sudan Slave Redemption Exposed as "Hoax" and "Scam"
	170 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Michigan Columnist Says "Islam Sucks"
	171 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Learn New Skills at CAIR's March 30 Training Conference
	172 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Slave/Palestine/India/Chechnya/Profiling
	173 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Indian Government Must Do More To Halt Violence
	174 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Salon.com Slams "Terrorism Expert" Steven Emerson
	175 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Provocation Helped Set India Train Fire/News Briefs
	176 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Call for an End to the Killing in Palestine
	177 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: New Immigration Bill/Israeli Spies in US/Imam Jamil
	178 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: White House: Israel Attacks Must End/Witness: Imam Jamil Not 
Gunman
	179 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Jury Convicts Imam Jamil of Murder
	180 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims React to Imam Jamil Verdict
	181 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Canadian Univ. Accommodates Muslim Prayer Room Request
	182 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Outrage Over Death of Handcuffed Suspect
	183 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Editor Suggests "Nuking Mecca"
	184 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Senator Says Palestinians "Did Not Exist"
	185 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Detainees Deprived of Human Rights - AI
	186 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims React to Violence in India and Palestine
	187 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Using New Law on Secret Evidence
	188 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims Condemn Church Attack in Pakistan
	189 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Columnist Says More Palestinian Deaths Will Bring Peace
	190 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Dershowitz Editorial Draws Fire
	191 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: New "Voluntary" Interviews Create Perception of Profiling
	192 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Publication Obtains DEA Report on Israeli Spy Ring
	193 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Outraged by Government Raids
	194 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Call Raids "Fishing Expedition"
	195 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Canadian Professor Apologizes for Classroom Comments
	196 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Groups Criticize US Raids
	197 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Raids to be Topic of March 25 Town Hall Meeting
	198 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Act Now to Prevent More Raids
	199 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Florida Mosque Attack Result of Anti-Muslim Rhetoric
	200 by: CAIR

 
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Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2001 12:35:10 -0500
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Subject: CAIR-NET: CA Officials Reject ADL Attempt to Exclude Muslim Speaker

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 12/11/2001

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HEADLINES:

* VERSE OF THE DAY: ALL THE PROPHETS
* CA OFFICIALS REJECT ADL ATTEMPT TO EXCLUDE MUSLIM SPEAKER
* ANOTHER CONVERT FOR ISLAM (Los Angeles Times)

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VERSE OF THE DAY: ALL THE PROPHETS

Say ye: "We believe in God and the revelation given to us and to 
Abraham, 
Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses and 
Jesus, 
and that given to (all) Prophets from their Lord. We make no difference 
between one and another of them and we bow to God (in Islam)."

The Holy Quran, Chapter 2, Verse 136

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CA OFFICIALS REJECT ADL ATTEMPT TO EXCLUDE MUSLIM SPEAKER

(WASHINGTON, DC - 12/11/2001) - In the third such incident in a month, 
a 
demand to have a Muslim speaker excluded from a public forum designed 
to 
promote intercultural understanding has been rejected by event 
organizers.

Sources say the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) had demanded that Helal 
Omeira, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations 
Northern California chapter (CAIR-NCA), be denied the right to offer 
testimony at a December 6th public hearing hosted by the State of 
California Select Committee on Hate Crimes.

SEE: http://santaclaracounty.org/ohr/ohr_events.html

(CAIR has recorded more than 1400 reports of bias-related incidents 
against 
Muslims, Arabs and those who appear to be "Middle Eastern" following 
the 
terrorist attacks of September 11th. SEE: http://www.cair-net.org)

Officials who were approached by the ADL told Omeira that his 
participation 
in the hearing was important and that they would not let international 
issues divide California's diverse population.

"It is sad that the ADL seeks to promote divisions in our community 
instead 
of working together for the common good. This is just the latest effort 
in 
an ongoing politically-motivated smear campaign by the ADL and other 
Islamophobic groups designed to marginalize the Muslim community in 
America. We thank the hearing's organizers for not allowing tactics of 
exclusion to succeed," said Omeira.

In his testimony, Omeira spoke of the need to fund educational programs 
for 
the Network for a Hate Free Community. He is a member of that network.

In two incidents last month, officials in Connecticut and Florida also 
rejected demands by Jewish groups to exclude Muslim speakers from 
similar 
events.

SEE: "'Islamophobic Smear Campaign' Goes Public" at
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?articleid=4&articletype=3

The American Jewish Committee (AJC) had asked that Ghazi Khankan, 
executive 
director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations New York chapter 
(CAIR-NY), be denied the right to speak at a panel discussion, titled 
"Understanding Islam - after 9/11," sponsored by the Connecticut 
Humanities 
Council and the World Affairs Forum.

Earlier in November, the Florida Commission on Human Relations rejected 
a 
demand by that state's chapter of the ADL to exclude a CAIR 
representative 
from a panel discussion at an annual civil rights conference.

                                         - END -

CONTACT:        Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787
                 E-MAIL - cair@cair-net.org
                 CAIR-NCA - Helal Omeira, 408-986-9874
                 E-MAIL: cair_nca@cair-california.org

ACTION REQUESTED: Contact the event organizers to express appreciation 
for 
their refusal to be intimidated by an Islamophobic smear campaign.

CONTACT:

Ms. Judy Chu
Assemblymember, 49th District California Legislature
State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814

TEL: 916-319-2049
FAX: 916-319-2149
E-MAIL: assemblymember.chu@assembly.ca.gov
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org, cair_nca@cair-california.org

James P. McEntee, Sr.
Director, Office of Human Relations
County of Santa Clara
70 West Hedding Street
Lower Level
San Jose, CA  95110-2463

TEL: 408-299-2206
FAX: 408-297-2463
E-MAIL: jim.mcentee@hrs.co.scl.ca.us
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org, cair_nca@cair-california.org

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ANOTHER CONVERT FOR ISLAM
By SOLOMON MOORE, Los Angeles Times, 12/11/2001
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-121101convert.story

No one expected Dia Richardson to get religion, and certainly not the 
one 
she got.

After all, she had lived fast for many years. If the clubs were open, 
Richardson was there. At Thanksgiving dinner one year, her uncle--one 
of 
three Christian ministers in her family--asked her reprovingly, "Just 
how 
many beers are you going to drink?"

"As many as I brought," she sassed.

Then her friend Khadijah Shabazz, who is Muslim, invited Richardson to 
a 
mosque wedding in Culver City. Richardson accepted, even though she 
knew 
she would have to wear a skirt that covered her legs, "my best asset."

It was the first time she had been inside a mosque. The simple 
reverence of 
the ceremony, the Arabic prayer resonating in the domed hall, awakened 
something in her, Richardson said. So did the sound of her 10-year-old 
son's voice when he intoned the Koranic verse Shabazz had taught him: 
Bismallah Ir-Rahman Ir-Rahim. In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the 
Merciful.

But not until Sept. 11 did Richardson begin to imagine what it might be 
like to be a follower of Prophet Muhammad. As reports of anti-Muslim 
incidents mounted, Richardson witnessed Shabazz's forbearance.

"People told her to take off her head scarf to be safe, but she 
wouldn't do 
it," Richardson said. "I saw how disciplined and calm they were. And I 
don't know any Christian who prays at the same time five times a day."

Richardson, 30, became her friend's protector, and eventually, her 
fellow 
believer...

CONTACT: letters@latimes.com
You must include your full name, street address and daytime phone 
number. 
Letters should be no more than 250 words.
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org, cair@nayzak.com

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Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C.  20003
Tel: 202-488-8787
Fax: 202-488-0833
E-mail: cair@cair-net.org
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Subject: CAIR-NET: Jewish Defense League Leaders Arrested in Bomb Plot

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 12/12/2001

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HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: GENTLENESS
* TWO JEWISH DEFENSE LEAGUE LEADERS ARRESTED IN ALLEGED BOMB PLOT (CNN)
* CONGRESSMAN BONIOR OFFERS EID GREETINGS
* POLICE SEEK MICHIGAN ARABS WHO DIDN'T ANSWER LETTER (Wall Street 
Journal)
* MUSLIM BAR ASSOCIATION OFFERS VOLUNTEER ATTORNEYS FOR INTERVIEWEES
* MORE ARABS, MUSLIMS ALLEGE BIAS ON THE JOB (Washington Post)
* JUDGE ASKED TO EXCLUDE STATEMENTS TRIAL OF FORMER H. RAP BROWN (AP)
* GROUP TO MONITOR AL-AMIN HEARING (Atlanta Journal)
         - TRACKING DOGS WILL GET THEIR DUE AT AL-AMIN'S TRIAL
* 'GOD HAS COMPLETELY CHANGED EVERYTHING' (Atlanta Journal)
* EDITORIAL: GETTING TO KNOW YOU (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
* PRAYERS AIM TO CONVERT MUSLIMS (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: GENTLENESS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "He who is deprived of 
gentleness is deprived of good."

Sunan of Abu Dawood, Hadith 2238

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TWO JEWISH DEFENSE LEAGUE LEADERS ARRESTED IN ALLEGED BOMB PLOT
CNN.com, December 12, 2001 Posted: 2:06 PM EST 
http://www.cnn.com/2001/LAW/12/12/jdl.arrests/index.html

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Two leaders of the Jewish Defense 
League 
were arrested Wednesday by federal authorities in an aborted plot to 
blow 
up what law enforcement sources said were Arab-American institutions in 
the 
Los Angeles area, including a prominent mosque.

Irv Rubin and Earl Krugel were taken into federal custody following 
early 
morning raids by members of an anti-terrorism task force, said Thom 
Mrozek, 
a spokesman for U.S. Attorney John S. Gordon. More details are expected 
to 
be released at a Wednesday afternoon news conference.

...The Jewish Defense League is a militant Los Angeles-based group that 
advocates use of "all necessary means -- even strength, force and 
violence" 
to defend the interests of Jews, as well as the return of all Jews to 
Israel, according to its Web site. Its logo contains a silhouette of a 
clenched fist over the Star of David. Rubin is identified as the 
group's 
chairman on the Web site...

SEE: http://www.jdl.org/

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CONGRESSMAN BONIOR OFFERS EID GREETINGS

Rep. David Bonior (D-MI) is sending the following message to Muslim 
constituents: (NOTE: Bonior has a long history of support for the 
American 
Muslim community and its concerns.)

As we approach the end of Ramadan, I want to extend my heartfelt 
greetings 
to you and your family. Ramadan is a time for reflection. It is a time 
for 
fasting and for cherishing our blessings. It is a time to remember lost 
loved ones and those less fortunate. Ramadan reminds us of what is 
truly 
important-our family, our traditions, our deepest values and our faith.

We all share grief and sorrow over the attacks of September 11. Such 
attacks do not represent Islam. By the same token, the bigotry and 
intolerance against Muslims which has followed does not represent the 
ideals on which this great country was founded.

Throughout my career, I have tried to show that bigotry and intolerance 
have no place in America's future. I led the effort to repeal secret 
evidence and spoke out against profiling at U.S. airports, in shopping 
malls and on highways. After the September 11 attacks, I introduced the 
resolution condemning bigotry against Muslims, Arab-Americans and 
Americans 
of South Asian descent. I have also continued to reach out to the 
Muslim 
community.

Whenever I attend religious services reflecting the rich diversity of 
religious traditions in Michigan, I speak about the need for tolerance 
and 
understanding. This is a time for Americans of all faiths to pull 
together. 
The magnitude of this moment calls upon us to focus on what unites - 
not 
what divides us.

As a Catholic, I will be heeding Pope John Paul II's call to fast on 
December 14 as a sign of unity with the Islamic faith and a gesture of 
tolerance and peace. The great religions of the world need to draw 
closer 
together at this time of crisis, not further apart.

Again, I want to wish you and your family a happy Eid and best wishes 
for 
the new year.

Sincerely,
David E. Bonior
Member of Congress

SEND NOTES OF APPRECIATION TO:

Congressman David E. Bonior
59 N. Walnut, Suite 305
Mt. Clemens, MI  48043-5677
TEL: 810-469-3232
FAX: 810-469-7950
E-MAIL: david.bonior@mail.house.gov
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org
URL - http://davidbonior.house.gov/

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POLICE SEEK MICHIGAN ARABS WHO DIDN'T ANSWER LETTER
By Norihiko Shirouzu, The Wall Street Journal, 12/11/2001

DETROIT -(Dow Jones)- Local and federal law-enforcement agencies will 
go 
door-to-door in Southeastern Michigan looking for the 152 Middle 
Eastern 
men who didn't respond to a letter from the U.S. Attorney's office in 
Detroit asking them to come in for questioning about knowledge they 
might 
have about terrorist activity.

U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Collins told reporters in Detroit Tuesday that 
his 
office and other law enforcement agencies will try to "make personal 
contact" with the individuals who didn't respond...

...The effort in eastern Michigan is part of the nationwide terrorist 
investigation aiming to interrogate some 5,000 men of Middle Eastern 
origins, aged between 18 and 33, who had entered the U.S. from 
countries 
where terrorists are known to operate...

...Haaris Ahmad, director of the Michigan office of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations, based is in Southfield, Mich., said those 
men 
"should have responded whether they are planning to decline or agree to 
be 
questioned because (law enforcement agencies) will come after them 
regardless, and then they will be in trouble." The CAIR and other Arab 
rights groups in Michigan have been advising men who received the 
letter to 
respond regardless of whether they agree to be questioned or not...

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MUSLIM BAR ASSOCIATION OFFERS VOLUNTEER ATTORNEYS FOR INTERVIEWEES

The Muslim Bar Association, in cooperation with the American Civil 
Liberties Union, the National Lawyers Guild, and other organizations 
has 
initiated a program to provide volunteer attorneys to assist 
interviewees 
prior to questioning, representation at the interview sessions and 
referrals for representation should the interviews result in detention 
or 
other legal action against them.

The MBA has agreed to provide volunteer attorneys with experience in 
immigration and criminal defense law for this program, to assist 
interview 
subjects. Two training sessions have been planned for noon and 6 p.m. 
on 
Monday, December 17, 2001 at the ACLU offices, 180 N. Michigan Ave., 
Suite 
2300, Chicago.

CONTACT: MBA President Anthony Simpkins at asimpkins@cityofchicago.org 
or 
(312) 744-8710, or MBA Past-President, LaDale George at 
lgeorge@foleylaw.com or (312) 755-2524 to volunteer.

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MORE ARABS, MUSLIMS ALLEGE BIAS ON THE JOB
By Kirstin Downey Grimsley, The Washington Post, 12/12/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A28251-2001Dec11.html

The number of workplace discrimination complaints filed by Arab 
Americans, 
Muslims and Sikhs has more than doubled since the Sept. 11 terrorist 
attacks, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reported 
yesterday.

Between Sept. 11 and Dec. 6, officials said the EEOC received 166 
complaints of illegal discrimination from members of those groups, 
mostly 
involving Muslim workers who were fired from their jobs. During the 
same 
period one year ago, only 64 such claims were filed.

EEOC Chairwoman Cari M. Dominguez said at a public hearing at the 
agency's 
headquarters that no other topic could be "more timely and more 
appropriate." It was the first hearing she has held since becoming head 
of 
the commission in August.

She and other commissioners said they would act vigorously to pursue 
such 
allegations. And they praised as a "success story" the action many 
companies took to tell employees after the attacks that harassment and 
anti-Arab discrimination would not be tolerated...

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JUDGE ASKED TO EXCLUDE STATEMENTS TRIAL OF FORMER H. RAP BROWN
Associated Press Newswires, 12/12/2001

ATLANTA (AP) - A Superior Court judge has been asked to exclude from 
Jamil 
Abdullah Al-Amin's murder trial statements that he made when he was a 
black 
activist known as H. Rap Brown.

In the fiery rhetoric of the 1960s, Brown once declared violence "as 
American as cherry pie." Lawyers for the Atlanta Muslim leader accused 
of 
fatally shooting a Fulton County sheriff's deputy argued Tuesday that 
such 
inflammatory remarks could prejudice jurors.

Judge Stephanie Manis said she would rule later on the defense request 
to 
block prosecutors from introducing any of Al-Amin's political and 
religious 
ideas and writings during his trial next month...

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GROUP TO MONITOR AL-AMIN HEARING
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 12/11/2001

Amnesty International will send a representative to monitor a hearing 
in 
Fulton County court today involving Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, the West 
End 
Muslim imam accused of murdering one sheriff deputy and wounding 
another.

Lawyers for Al-Amin want to block prosecutors from introducing at trial 
any 
of his political and religious ideas and writings. Al-Amin, once known 
as 
H. Rap Brown, made headlines in the 1960s with combative phrases such 
as 
"violence is as American as cherry pie."

"Our main concern is this is another attempt by [Fulton District 
Attorney] 
Paul Howard's office to pursue a death sentence," said Ajamu Baraka, 
director of the southern region for Amnesty International. "He seems to 
be 
much more aggressive in pursuing this penalty than his predecessor."

SEE ALSO: TRACKING DOGS WILL GET THEIR DUE AT AL-AMIN'S TRIAL
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/metro/1212alamin.html

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'GOD HAS COMPLETELY CHANGED EVERYTHING'
Ex-Fayetteville dance club now a Muslim community center
By ADD SEYMOUR JR., The Atlanta Journal - Constitution, 12/12/2001
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/metro/1212mosque.html

First it was a grocery store, known for its meat market.
Later, it became The Market club, where teenagers did bump-and- grind 
booty 
dancing --- until a judge put a stop to it.

Now, the building near Fayetteville's town square has again come to 
life 
--- with Islam.

Muslims, who recently purchased the building, have transformed it into 
the 
Fayetteville Muslim Community Center...

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EDITORIAL: GETTING TO KNOW YOU
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 12/11/2001

Sometimes, all it takes to get beyond fear and distrust is a little 
education. As Americans have taken the time to learn more about Muslims 
since Sept. 11, American attitudes have changed - for the better.

A survey released recently by the Pew Research Center for the People & 
the 
Press shows that 59 percent of Americans had a favorable view of U.S. 
Muslims in November, compared to 45 percent in March. Conservative 
Republicans showed a big change, with 64 percent feeling favorably 
toward 
the group, compared to 35 percent in March. The survey indicated that 
Americans are heeding President George W. Bush's call for tolerance...

...At the same time, interest in Islam has grown. The Islamic 
Information 
Center in Manchester and the Dar al-Islam mosque in west St. Louis 
County 
have received many requests for information. The mosque here and others 
around the country have opened their doors to people of other faiths in 
an 
effort to show the differences between mainstream Islam and the 
counterfeit 
version practiced by the terrorists...

...Still, the Council on American Islamic Relations in Washington 
reports a 
steady stream of complaints. Initially the organization received many 
reports of violence and property damage, but more recently there's been 
a 
shift to workplace discrimination and airline profiling...

...Treating Muslims right, helps convey the message to the world that 
the 
United States is fighting terrorism, not Islam. It also is an 
all-American 
thing to do.

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PRAYERS AIM TO CONVERT MUSLIMS
By PATRICK McGEE, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 12/11/2001

Some Christians are praying for Muslims' conversion during Ramadan, the 
Islamic holy month, but others say the timing is wrong.

...Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Washington-based Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, said he doesn't object to Christians such 
as 
Humphries praying for Muslims, but he takes issue with the kind of 
missionary work espoused by Stewart.

"They come in with a lot of money, a lot of backing, a lot of resources 
and 
they use these to their advantage," Hooper said. "We're confident in 
our 
faith, but when they go to vulnerable individuals, this is when we have 
some objections..."

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CAIR: FOILED BOMBINGS INCITED BY ANTI-MUSLIM "SMEAR CAMPAIGN"

(WASHINGTON, DC - 12/12/2001) - A prominent American Muslim group 
tonight 
blamed what it called the "ongoing anti-Islamic smear campaign" by 
right 
wing and pro-Israel extremists for creating an atmosphere of 
Islamophobia 
that may have incited the Jewish Defense League (JDL) to plot a 
terrorist 
bombing at a California mosque and other sites. (SEE: www.jdl.org)

JDL chairman Irv Rubin and another member of that group were arrested 
Tuesday night on suspicion of plotting to blow up the King Fahd Mosque 
in 
Culver City and the offices of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and the Muslim 
Public Affairs Council. Rubin was arrested after the last bomb-making 
components were allegedly delivered to his co-conspirator's home. Other 
bomb components were seized at the home. In court documents, 
authorities 
quoted one of those involved in the plot as saying that Arabs "need a 
wake-up call."

"Since the horrific terrorist attacks of September 11, a number of 
extremist conservative and pro-Israel groups and individuals, 
apparently 
alarmed at the growing prominence of American Muslims, orchestrated an 
ongoing anti-Islamic smear campaign seeking to marginalize the our 
community and its leadership," said Omar Ahmad, board chairman of the 
Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

"Words do have an impact, particularly on those who already hold 
deep-seated hostility toward Islam and Muslims. For the safety of our 
community, this malicious campaign must stop," said Ahmad.

"We extend thanks to the FBI for preventing a domestic terrorist 
attack. We 
call on President Bush to condemn all those who may have been involved 
in 
the plot. We request that law enforcement authorities offer added 
protection for mosques nationwide and investigate the possibility that 
other JDL terrorist cells may exist. And finally, we ask that 
commentators 
not link Judaism or the Bible to terrorism as many have done with Islam 
and 
the Quran," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad.

Awad also offered support for Rep. Issa, an Arab-American lawmaker who 
has 
come under vicious attack by some of the same commentators who vilify 
Muslims.

In three incidents within the last month, the Anti-Defamation League 
(ADL) 
and the American Jewish Committee (AJC) sought unsuccessfully to have 
Muslim speakers barred for public events designed to promote 
intercultural 
understanding. CAIR has received many reports of similar 
behind-the-scenes 
efforts.* (See note below.)

The smear campaign recently went public when the Los Angeles Times 
wrote: 
"Pro-Israel or Jewish organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League, 
the 
Jewish Defense League and the Middle East Forum think tank have 
provided 
news organizations with reams of critical documentation on Muslim 
leaders 
in recent weeks." (Los Angeles Times, 11/3/2001)

A Washington Post reporter wrote on November 18 that, "Jewish groups 
and 
some conservatives have been lobbying the president to stop courting 
certain Muslim leaders."

CAIR also cited several recent articles by the Middle East Forum's 
Daniel 
Pipes in which he made the bizarre claim that American Muslims seek to 
impose Islamic law in the United States.

* NOTE: In 1999, the ADL agreed to pay $25,000 to a community relations 
fund that resolved a class-action lawsuit filed in 1993 accusing the 
ADL of 
spying on Arab-American, pro-Palestinian and anti-apartheid groups and 
individuals. (AP, Sept. 28, 1999)

Other Jewish groups protested the ADL leadership's 1990 attendance at 
the 
funeral of anti-Arab extremist Meir Kahane, whose group is now listed 
as a 
terrorist organization by the State Department. (Tikkun, July 1, 1994) 
Kahane founded the JDL in the 1960s. An off-shoot of Kahane's group 
continues to raise funds in the United States. (SEE: www.kahane.org) 
The 
FBI raided offices associated with that group in January.

                                         - END -

CONTACT:        Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-489-5108
                 E-MAIL - cair@cair-net.org
                 CAIR-LA - Hussam Ayloush, 714-776-1847
                 E-MAIL: cair_sca@cair-california.org

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SUSPECTED ISRAELI SPIES HELD BY U.S.
By Carl Cameron, Fox News, 12/12/2001
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,40679,00.html

In a related development, Fox News is reporting that some 60 Israelis 
are 
among those detained by authorities following the September 11 attacks. 
According to Fox:

"The Israelis, a handful of whom are described as active Israeli 
military 
or intelligence operatives, have been detained on immigration charges 
or 
under the new Patriot Anti-Terrorism Law. Federal investigators said 
some 
of them failed polygraph questions inquiring about alleged surveillance 
activities against and in the United States.

"There is no indication the Israelis were involved in the Sept. 11 
attacks, 
but investigators suspect that they may have gathered intelligence 
about 
the attacks in advance and not shared it...

"...Numerous classified documents obtained by Fox News indicate that 
even 
prior to Sept. 11, as many as 140 other Israelis had been detained or 
arrested in a secretive and sprawling investigation into suspected 
espionage by Israelis in the United States..."

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 12/13/2001

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HEADLINES:

* VERSE OF THE DAY: SPEAK FOR JUSTICE
* HADITH OF THE DAY: MURDER
* CAIR: VIDEO SHOWS BIN LADEN'S COMPLICITY IN 9-11 ATTACKS
* MUSLIM CONVERT TAKES ON LEADERSHIP ROLE (Christian Science Monitor)
* RUNNING TOWARD, NOT FROM, ISLAM (Contra Costa Times)
* QUESTIONING WITH A POWDER-PUFF EDGE (New York Times)
         - KNOCK, KNOCK: THE FBI'S HERE (USA Today)
         - U.S. STEPS SOFTLY WITH ANTI-TERROR INTERVIEWS (Chicago 
Tribune)
         - INS ARRESTS FOREIGN STUDENTS IN SAN DIEGO CRACKDOWN (San 
Diego 
Union-Tribune)
* PALESTINIAN MEN FIND SUSPICION TRANSCENDS CONSTITUTION (AP)
* PEW RESEARCH CENTER: MUSLIM-AMERICANS MORE ACCEPTED
* JURY NOTICE STRIKABLE IN CIVIL CASES INVOLVING ARAB MUSLIMS (Lawyers 
Weekly)
* CHRISTIAN GROUP SHIPS GIFTS TO AFGHAN KIDS (Newsday)
* CATHOLICS HEED INTERFAITH CALL BY THE POPE (Orange County Register)
* JDL LEADER ACCUSED IN MOSQUE BOMB PLOT (Los Angeles Times)
* FBI INVESTIGATES INCIDENTS AT (INDIANA) MOSQUE (AP)
* SCARF PARTIES PROVIDE AN OUTLET FOR MUSLIM WOMEN (Seattle Times)

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VERSE OF THE DAY: SPEAK FOR JUSTICE

Show forgiveness, speak for justice and avoid the ignorant.

The Holy Quran, Chapter 7, Verse 199

HADITH OF THE DAY: MURDER

The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, "The biggest of Al-Kaba'ir (the great 
sins) are (1) to join others as partners in worship with Allah, (2) to 
murder a human being, (3) to be undutiful to one's parents (4) and to 
make 
a false statement..."

Sahih Al-Bukhari 9:10

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CAIR: VIDEO SHOWS BIN LADEN'S COMPLICITY IN 9-11 ATTACKS

(WASHINGTON, DC - 12/13/2001) - The Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR), a Washington-based Islamic advocacy group, today offered its 
reaction to the videotape of Osama bin Laden released by the Pentagon.

CAIR stated:

For anyone who was not convinced of Osama bin Laden's complicity in the 
events of September 11, the content of this videotape should remove all 
doubt. Bin Laden clearly spoke as someone who had foreknowledge of the 
attacks.

The tape was particularly disturbing for several reasons:

1. Bin Laden seemed to revel in the death and destruction in Washington 
and 
New York.

2. He falsely implied that the acts of the hijackers were justified by 
Islamic beliefs.

3. He made the sickening statement that the attacks "benefited Islam 
greatly."

As we have stated repeatedly, the tragedy that occurred on September 11 
cannot be justified by any cause or religion. We restate our 
condemnation 
of those who committed this crime and look forward to seeing the 
perpetrators brought to justice.

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MUSLIM CONVERT TAKES ON LEADERSHIP ROLE
By Jane Lampman, The Christian Science Monitor, 12/13/2001
http://www.csmonitor.com/2001/1213/p16s1-lire.html

Ingrid Mattson had her own brush with the Taliban before they came to 
power. Back in 1989, just out of a Canadian university, she worked in a 
crowded Afghan refugee camp near Peshawar, Pakistan, teaching young 
girls 
and trying to improve conditions for their families...

...A small, slender woman with an arrestingly calm demeanor, Mattson 
has no 
reluctance about speaking out on issues of import. Her articulate voice 
was 
one of the first after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to call publicly 
on 
Muslims to condemn not only the attacks, but any resort to violence in 
the 
name of Islam.

"Who has the greatest duty to stop violence committed by Muslims 
against 
innocent non-Muslims in the name of Islam?" she asked. "The answer 
obviously is Muslims."

And her voice is one that is heard. Earlier this fall, she was elected 
by 
members of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), perhaps the 
largest 
and most diverse Muslim organization on the continent, to a two-year 
term 
as vice president. She is the first woman to hold that position.

It may seem surprising that a young Canadian-born convert should be the 
first. "Ingrid is seen by our community as a woman par excellence as 
representative of both Western and Muslim traditions," explains Sayyid 
Syeed, executive director of ISNA. "She is Western-born and raised, but 
has 
been well educated in Islamic scholarship."

And her election has significance beyond these borders, Dr. Syeed adds. 
"America is giving women the role that the Koran and the Prophet had 
given 
them originally, but has been denied them for cultural reasons in many 
regions," he says. Women, for example, are members of executive 
committees 
of Islamic centers across the country. "To have a woman vice president 
is a 
message from the Islamic community in North America to those in other 
countries..."

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RUNNING TOWARD, NOT FROM, ISLAM
KAREN HERSHENSON, Contra Costa Times, 12/12/2001
www.contracostatimes.com/news/columnists/hershenson/stories/karen12_20011212.htm

...Such a beautiful religion. So appealing that this young woman 
severed 
her Roman Catholic roots and embraced Islam six years ago at age 19. 
Now 
she goes by Joharrah Al-Tawil and studies network engineering at Diablo 
Valley College, splitting her time between households in Fairfield and 
Richmond.

...Instead of turning people off, the Sept. 11 tragedies have drawn 
people 
to Islam, with some clerics claiming conversions have quadrupled.

"America right now is having a colossal conversation on Islam," says 
Agha 
Saeed, a UC Berkeley teacher and national chairman of the American 
Muslim 
Alliance.

"People are seeing things and reading things for themselves," he says, 
"and 
I think reading the Quran is having an impact..."

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QUESTIONING WITH A POWDER-PUFF EDGE
By JODI WILGOREN, The New York Times, 12/13/2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/13/national/13MUSL.html

The conversations have been less probing than most job interviews, more 
comfortable than many a visit to the doctor. Sometimes, law enforcement 
officials sit in armchairs next to the young foreigners rather than 
across 
the table, to make it less confrontational. They make small talk, 
little 
digs about the quality of passport photos. Often, they apologize for 
questions that seem redundant or ridiculous.

After a while, according to people who have sat in and to tape 
recordings, 
the meetings sound like a broken record. Investigators read a 
monotonous 
list of questions -- Do you know anyone who has recruited terrorists? 
Raised money for them? Trained in a camp? -- and their subjects, some 
clearly nervous, others feigning nonchalance, reply in monosyllables: 
No, 
no, no. "You know, when you ask 5,000 people the same questions, at 
some 
point somebody's going to say yes to some of these, O.K.?" an F.B.I. 
agent 
said in a recent interview, according to an audiotape provided by a 
lawyer 
who attended. "So if you're thinking these are odd questions, perhaps 
to 
some people they're not."

A month after the Justice Department announced its plan to question 
5,000 
men ages 18 to 33 who arrived in this country over the last two years 
from 
nations suspected of links to terrorism, the canvass is just beginning 
in 
much of the nation...

SEE ALSO:

KNOCK, KNOCK: THE FBI'S HERE
Interviews of Muslim students create tension on campuses
By Mary Beth Marklein, USA Today, 12/13/2001
http://www.usatoday.com/news/attack/2001/12/13/muslim-students-usat.htm

For some, it began with a cordial letter of introduction; for others, 
an 
unceremonious knock on the door.

Either way, Muslim and Arab students on college campuses from Florida 
to 
Colorado to California to Vermont are wondering how it is that they 
fell 
under the scrutiny of federal agents.

As investigators seek answers to the Sept. 11 attacks, the foreign 
student 
population isn't the only one with questions. But with each new shift 
in 
immigration policy and each new twist in the investigation, many campus 
communities -- students and administrative officials alike -- feel 
vulnerable anew...

U.S. STEPS SOFTLY WITH ANTI-TERROR INTERVIEWS
By Shia Kapos and Cam Simpson, The Chicago Tribune, 12/13/2001
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-0112130298dec13.story

U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald told Arab-American leaders Wednesday his 
office will send letters in the coming days to scores of Middle Eastern 
men 
here who are on a list of 5,000 people nationwide sought for 
questioning by 
the Justice Department, community leaders said...

INS ARRESTS FOREIGN STUDENTS IN SAN DIEGO CRACKDOWN
By Anna Cearley, San Diego Union Tribune, 12/12/2001
http://www.uniontrib.com/news/nation/terror/20011212--n22372.html

SAN DIEGO - Federal immigration authorities took 10 people into custody 
early this morning as part of an ongoing investigation of students of 
Middle Eastern descent suspected of violating their student visas.

The operation is the first of its kind in the nation, according to 
immigration authorities, and is part of the agency's effort to better 
track 
foreign students following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11...

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PALESTINIAN MEN FIND SUSPICION TRANSCENDS CONSTITUTION
By TOM WELLS, The Associated Press, 12/13/2001

LABELLE, Fla. (AP) - LaBelle is an unlikely place to find a family of 
Palestinian heritage.

It seems a man with a prayer rug and whose wife wears traditional 
Middle 
East garb would be out of place in a place where the big deal of the 
year 
is the crowning of the Swamp Cabbage Festival queen in February.

But Fathi Mustafa, 66, has never tried to draw attention to himself and 
knows how to keep a low profile, how to fit in.

When Mustafa took the pledge of allegiance in becoming a U.S. citizen, 
nothing prepared him for what he and his oldest son went through in 
Texas 
after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The father spent 11 days in 
federal 
detention in Houston, his son 67 days. It appears their mistake was 
straying from home at the wrong time and having the last name 
Mustafa...

..Mustafa had been thinking about retiring, and for the first time took 
the 
oldest of his five sons, 29-year-old Nacer Mustafa, with him to Mexico 
on 
an annual trip to buy goods for the shop. The father has a heart 
problem, 
had prostate surgery for cancer two years ago and wears a hearing aid.

They left for Mexico on Sept. 9 and came back through the Bush 
International Airport in Houston on Sept. 15. It couldn't have been a 
worse 
time.

Federal authorities accused them of having put an extra layer of 
lamination 
on their passports, raising suspicion that they had altered them.

"My dad and I were taken to separate rooms and questioned about why we 
had 
altered our passports," Nacer Mustafa said.

"The worst part was when I heard my dad pleading, crying in the next 
room. 
The poor guy has never had so much as a parking ticket. I was scared he 
was 
going to have a heart attack.

"Some anti-terrorist task force guy tried to get me to admit I had 
laminated my passport. He said that in case I was deported, he wanted 
to 
know what country I would want to go to. I told him I was a U.S. 
citizen, 
but that didn't faze him.

"Dad and I were put in the same cell together, just us in there for one 
night. I thought it would be a one-day investigation. But then they put 
us 
in separate cells in isolation for four nights and then we were back 
together again.

"For a week we didn't see anyone else, just the hands of someone 
sliding 
food through a space in the door," he said...

"...I'll never forget how they humiliated my dad. They took us to court 
twice. Each time we had to undress before we went into the court and 
when 
we got out before they took us back to our cells."

All four times there was a body cavity search, Nacer Mustafa said...

...The father has difficulty talking about the experience without his 
eyes 
getting moist and his voice choking.

He says they gave him an extra jail shirt to use to put on the floor 
for 
his prayers, so when he touched his head and the palms of his hands to 
the 
floor he wouldn't get dirty. They also gave him a copy of the Quran, 
the 
Muslim holy book. And he was grateful they did not serve him pork, an 
unclean food for Muslims...

...Charges against both were dropped...

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PEW RESEARCH CENTER: MUSLIM-AMERICANS MORE ACCEPTED
http://www.people-press.org/120601rpt.htm

The survey finds clear evidence that Americans are heeding President 
Bush's 
call for tolerance toward Muslims, and the president's own core 
constituents  conservative Republicans have shown by far the biggest 
turnaround. Nearly two-thirds of conservative Republicans (64%) feel 
favorably toward Muslims in this country, up 29 percentage points since 
March.

Despite the improving image of Muslim-Americans, few Americans know 
much 
about the Muslim faith and even fewer feel their religion has much in 
common with Islam. Roughly four-in-ten (38%) say they know something 
about 
the Muslim religion and its practices, while 31% see common ground 
between 
their own religion and Islam.

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JURY NOTICE STRIKABLE IN CIVIL CASES INVOLVING ARAB MUSLIMS: JUDGE
By John Jaffey, The Lawyers Weekly (Canada), 12/14/2001

An Ontario Superior Court judge has concluded that it would be 
appropriate 
to strike jury notices in civil cases involving Arab Muslims, because 
of 
the likelihood of juror bias caused by the September 11 terrorist 
attacks.

"I am not confident that at the present time in the prevailing climate 
created by unprecedented coverage in the media a strong caution to the 
jury 
would be sufficient to ensure that all prejudices could be set 
aside,"said 
Justice John Jennings.

Based on their racial heritage, two Arab Muslim plaintiffs argued they 
would be the subject of prejudice and would not receive a fair trial in 
front of a jury. Justice Jennings interpreted his court's Rule 47.02(3) 
as 
permitting trial judges to strike juries in cases other than those 
enumerated in the rule's sub-section (1)...

...Henry [the plaintiffs' attorney] told The Lawyers Weekly he believes 
this is the first time an Ontario jury has been struck in a civil 
matter 
for reasons of prejudice.

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CHRISTIAN GROUP SHIPS GIFTS TO AFGHAN KIDS
By Carol Eisenberg, Newsday (NY), 12/13/2001
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/ny-usgrah132508018dec13.story

With an icy wind bearing down on him on the tarmac of Kennedy Airport, 
the 
Rev. Franklin Graham's blue eyes teared and his cheeks turned ruddy.

But the son of the Rev. Billy Graham seemed exuberant yesterday as he 
thanked dozens of New York City kids who had formed a human chain to 
load 
90,000 green and red shoeboxes filled with gifts for Muslim children in 
Afghanistan onto a Russian cargo plane.

"I want children around the world to know that, yes, there is a God 
that 
loves them and cares for them," Graham, 49, told a cheering crowd of 
several hundred people. Graham, who is heir to his father's worldwide 
ministry, did not share with the crowd his belief that the God he spoke 
about was not the same as the God to whom Muslim children prayed. Nor 
did 
he explain why he had recently called Islam "a very evil and wicked 
religion" in a nationally televised interview...

..Graham said he was not calling Muslim people "evil," but only 
criticizing 
the evils that he had seen done by Muslims in the name of their faith.

He also insisted that Operation Christmas Child, which would send more 
than 
5 million shoeboxes to children in 90 different countries this year, 
was 
not about proselytizing Muslim children...

...While the dozens of children who turned out yesterday with arms 
around 
shoeboxes packed with Barbie dolls, toy cars, coloring books and 
crayons, 
were enthusiastic about the campaign, some American Muslims questioned 
the 
group's agenda.

"When they start off by saying that the religion of one-fifth of the 
world's population is evil, it makes you wonder about their motives," 
said 
Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations 
in 
Washington, D.C...

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CATHOLICS HEED INTERFAITH CALL BY THE POPE
By Carol McGraw, The Orange County Register, 12/13/2001
http://www.ocregister.com/sitearchives/2001/12/12/news/fast01212cci.shtml

SANTA ANA, Calif. _ Many of Orange County's one million Catholics will 
heed 
Pope John Paul II's call to fast on Friday, the last day of the Islamic 
commemoration of Ramadan.

The event _ to pray for world peace and promote understanding between 
the 
two faiths and others _ "is an extraordinary event," said Father Rafael 
Luevano, ecumenical officer for the Catholic Diocese of Orange. "No one 
can 
remember anything like this ever happening," he said. "Who would have 
imagined a year ago we would all be joining in something like this? It 
is a 
sign of the times, and an inspiration for hope."

Local Muslims said they are heartened by the Catholics' actions.

"This will create a bond of brotherhood between believers in God, 
between 
Muslims and Catholics, and others," said Hussam Ayloush, executive 
director 
of the Southern California Council on American-Islamic Relations.

The pope said this past weekend that he hoped the "common attitude of 
religious penitence will increase the reciprocal comprehension between 
Christian and Muslims, called more than ever in the current era, to be 
constructors of justice and peace together..."

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JDL LEADER ACCUSED IN MOSQUE BOMB PLOT
By GREG KRIKORIAN, RICHARD WINTON, The Los Angeles Times, 12/13/2001
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/la-000098987dec13.story

...In her 15-page affidavit, the FBI's Hogan alleged the following 
account 
of events following her initial contact with the informant:

On Oct. 20, the informant made a tape-recording of a meeting with 
Krugel 
and Rubin where the two discussed various potential targets, including 
mosques.

During that discussion, "Rubin stated that it was his desire to blow up 
an 
entire building," the affidavit says, "but that the JDL did not have 
the 
technology to accomplish such a bombing (apparently alluding to the 
Sept. 
11 terrorist attacks).

"Rubin also said that the JDL should not go after a human target 
because 
they still had not heard the end of the Alex Odeh incident," the 
affidavit 
says, adding that Rubin referred to the Muslim Public Affairs Council 
in 
Los Angeles as a "viable target."

On Oct. 29, at another meeting secretly recorded by the FBI informant, 
Krugel directed the informant to take photographs of the Muslim 
council's 
office.

And on Nov. 4, Krugel reviewed numerous photos of the building that 
houses 
the Muslim council's offices and said he and the informant could build 
a 
bomb to destroy the office. "Krugel also stated that they should plant 
the 
bomb at night because if they injured anyone it would bring 'heat' on 
the 
JDL," the affidavit says.

But at a Nov. 29 meeting, Krugel no longer seemed concerned about that 
prospect. During another discussion about bombing the Muslim council's 
offices, "the [informant ] asked Krugel about the possibility of an 
Arab 
getting killed should a bomb explode at the office . . . Krugel 
replied, 
'C'est la vie . . ,' " the affidavit says. Hogan said the alleged 
plotting 
continued until Tuesday, when the informant met with Rubin and Krugel 
"to 
finalize plans for the bombing."

At that meeting, Rubin specifically identified Issa's office and the 
King 
Fahd Mosque as targets, and plans were made for the informant to drop 
off 
explosive powder at Krugel's garage so the bomb could be assembled. 
After 
the powder was delivered to Krugel's garage, FBI agents and Los Angeles 
police served a search warrant...

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FBI INVESTIGATES INCIDENTS AT MOSQUE
The Associated Press, 12/13/2001

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. - The FBI is investigating the firing of shots at 
the 
Northwest Indiana Islamic Center as a possible hate crime.

Members discovered two bullet holes in a window of the center last 
week. It 
was the third threatening incident reported by the center since the 
Sept. 
11 terrorist attacks.

The incidents are being investigated under federal civil rights laws, 
Special agent Charles Porucznik at the FBI's Merrillville office said 
Wednesday.

Police recovered two bullets last week after someone shot at windows in 
the 
basement while people were praying upstairs...

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SCARF PARTIES PROVIDE AN OUTLET FOR MUSLIM WOMEN
By Florangela Davila, The Seattle Times, 12/13/2001
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/
Search using the term "scarf."

SEATTLE _ Without a hub of Islamic clothing shops, contemporary Muslims 
have found the next best thing: the at-home scarf party.

Women only, please.

Need a scarf with some heft, one that can withstand a round of tennis?

Or a shimmery one, perhaps, for an evening out? "I can see some 
Pakistani 
sisters wearing these," says Michaela Corning, the afternoon's hostess, 
holding up a sparkly fuchsia scarf.

She points to some lime-green squares. "And the Somali sisters might 
like 
these..."

...Today's scarf party, a shoeless affair, is the brainchild of Corning 
and 
friends Nehal Hamdan and Kristen Jawad.

As Muslim women who cover their hair _ which not all Muslim women 
choose to 
do _ the three figured they could serve their community by offering a 
selection of imported clothing as well as from Hamdan's hometown, 
Dearborn, 
Mich., home to the country's largest concentration of Arab Americans.

In Seattle, scarves are sold at downtown department stores, 
particularly at 
this time of year, as well as a number of shops on The Ave in the 
University District or along Broadway on Capitol Hill.

But some women prefer shopping only among other women, with the 
freedom, 
literally, to let down their hair...

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS  12/14/2001

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HEADLINES:

* ANOTHER U.S. MUSLIM CHARITY SHUT DOWN (Business Wire)
* DETAINEES WORKED FOR ISRAELI COMPANY THAT HAS U.S. PHONE RECORDS 
(FOX)
* ET TU, ISRAEL? (antiwar.com)
* DETAINEES COULD BE JAILED INDEFINITELY (MSNBC)
* MUSLIM GROUP DEMANDS AN ACCURATE ACCOUNTING OF DETAINEES
* AMERICAN MUSLIMS FEAR NEW ANTI-ARAB VIOLENCE (Houston Chronicle)
* JEWISH DEFENSE LEAGUE LINKED TO VIOLENCE SINCE ITS FOUNDING IN 1968 
(San 
Jose Mercury News)
* AT MOSQUE, RELIEF AND THANKS (Los Angeles Times)
* FORUM ON ISLAM ADDRESSES FAITH, TERRORIST ATTACKS (Imperial Valley 
Press)
* SOME VIEW TAPE WITH SKEPTICISM (Washington Post)
* ISLAMIC SCHOLARS CALLING BIN LADEN TAPE A PERVERSION OF ISLAM (San 
Francisco Chronicle)
* BIN LADEN TAPE HAS PEOPLE TALKING (AP)
* LETTERS: FANNING FLAMES (National Post)
* MUSLIM GROUPS TRYING TO SAVE STAMP (AP)

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ANOTHER U.S. MUSLIM CHARITY SHUT DOWN

GLOBAL RELIEF FOUNDATION REACTS TO FREEZE ORDER
Business Wire, 12/14/2001

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. - In response to government action freezing its 
assets, 
the Global Relief Foundation made the following statement:

"A compound tragedy has occurred today. We just commemorated the 
three-month anniversary of the first one. The second was inflicted this 
afternoon when the assets of Global Relief Foundation were frozen by 
our 
government. By halting medicine, food and other humanitarian aid, we 
risk 
the slow starvation and gruesome death in parts of the Muslim world 
that 
rely on such badly needed aid.

In return for a false sense of security, our government has inflicted a 
great tragedy on countless innocent victims. "For weak, suffering and 
innocent victims, the timing of this action could not have been worse. 
This 
is the month of Ramadan, when Muslim-Americans are most generous in 
opening 
up their pocketbooks to help those in need. With only two days 
remaining, 
while maximum resources were making their way through GRF, the assets 
were 
frozen and the group's world-wide humanitarian operations were 
immediately 
halted. While GRF fully expects to be vindicated, with its assets one 
day 
released, this action to halt the flow of charitable aid from the most 
generous nation in the world will forever cast a blemish on America's 
reputation to give to the world's needy.

"As President Bush prepares to host Muslim children in the White House 
to 
celebrate the holy day of Eid-ul-Fitr, we ask him to explain why 
Muslim-Americans cannot send aid to Afghan, Palestinian and other 
children 
in Muslim regions through Muslim charities. Why must religiously 
obligated 
charity destined to help the freezing, starving children of Afghanistan 
languish in a U.S. bank on this holy day and beyond?

"Representatives and supporters of Global Relief Foundation (GRF), a 
non-profit humanitarian organization founded in 1992, strongly deny any 
links to terrorism. We are in the business of helping innocent 
civilians 
and take every precaution to ensure our aid does not go to support or 
subsidize any nefarious activity. Just as we would call the police if 
our 
collection box or computer equipment were being stolen, we would 
certainly 
alert the authorities if we had reason to believe the intended 
humanitarian 
purpose of our aid were being subverted to harm innocent lives.

"GRF understands and appreciates both the seriousness and urgency of 
identifying potential threats to the United States and of locating 
terrorist operatives and those who sponsor them. At the same time, GRF 
also 
emphasizes the equal seriousness and urgency of conducting such 
investigations with precision and care. GRF intends to fully cooperate 
with 
the investigation and seeks a dialogue with federal authorities in 
order to 
determine standards of conduct and suspicious activity reporting. We 
owe a 
religious and legal obligation to ensure that this money goes to 
intended 
victims of disaster, famine, war and terrorism.

"Our national security interests are best guarded through the good will 
generated from acts of kindness. It is no coincidence that American 
Muslims 
are perceived by Muslims throughout the world as their 
benefactors-in-chief. By importing this generosity, the U.S. will 
foster 
genuine admiration, a form of public diplomacy that cannot be bought 
with a 
billion-dollar PR campaign or photo opportunities with 
Muslim-Americans. By 
shutting the flow of this aid to the Muslim world, we risk losing the 
one 
aspect that could make us rise above any other developed nation: acts 
of 
giving."

CONTACT: Global Relief Foundation, Bridgeview
Roger Simmons, 240/603-7183 URL: http://www.businesswire.com

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DETAINEES WORKED FOR ISRAELI COMPANY THAT HAS U.S. PHONE RECORDS

FOX NEWS: CARL CAMERON INVESTIGATES PART 2
Carl Cameron, Fox News, 12/14/2001
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,40747,00.html

BRIT HUME, HOST: Last time we reported on the approximately 60 Israelis 
who 
had been detained in connection with the Sept. 11 terrorism 
investigation. 
Carl Cameron reported that U.S. investigators suspect that some of 
these 
Israelis were spying on Arabs in this country, and may have turned up 
information on the planned terrorist attacks back in September that was 
not 
passed on.

Tonight, in the second of four reports on spying by Israelis in the 
U.S., 
we learn about an Israeli-based private communications company, for 
whom a 
half-dozen of those 60 detained suspects worked. American investigators 
fear information generated by this firm may have fallen into the wrong 
hands and had the effect of impeded the Sept. 11 terror inquiry. Here's 
Carl Cameron's second report.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

CARL CAMERON, FOX NEWS CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Fox News has learned 
that some American terrorist investigators fear certain suspects in the 
Sept. 11 attacks may have managed to stay ahead of them, by knowing who 
and 
when investigators are calling on the telephone. How?

By obtaining and analyzing data that's generated every time someone in 
the 
U.S. makes a call.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What city and state, please?

CAMERON: Here's how the system works. Most directory assistance calls, 
and 
virtually all call records and billing in the U.S. are done for the 
phone 
companies by Amdocs Ltd., an Israeli-based private telecommunications 
company.

Amdocs has contracts with the 25 biggest phone companies in America, 
and 
more worldwide. The White House and other secure government phone lines 
are 
protected, but it is virtually impossible to make a call on normal 
phones 
without generating an Amdocs record of it.

In recent years, the FBI and other government agencies have 
investigated 
Amdocs more than once. The firm has repeatedly and adamantly denied any 
security breaches or wrongdoing. But sources tell Fox News that in 
1999, 
the super secret national security agency, headquartered in northern 
Maryland, issued what's called a Top Secret sensitive compartmentalized 
information report, TS/SCI, warning that records of calls in the United 
States were getting into foreign hands in Israel, in particular.

Investigators don't believe calls are being listened to, but the data 
about 
who is calling whom and when is plenty valuable in itself. An internal 
Amdocs memo to senior company executives suggests just how Amdocs 
generated 
call records could be used. “Widespread data mining techniques and 
algorithms.... combining both the properties of the customer (e.g., 
credit 
rating) and properties of the specific ‘behavior….’” Specific behavior, 
such as who the customers are calling.

The Amdocs memo says the system should be used to prevent phone fraud. 
But 
U.S. counterintelligence analysts say it could also be used to spy 
through 
the phone system. Fox News has learned that the N.S.A has held numerous 
classified conferences to warn the F.B.I. and C.I.A. how Amdocs records 
could be used. At one NSA briefing, a diagram by the Argon national lab 
was 
used to show that if the phone records are not secure, major security 
breaches are possible.

Another briefing document said, "It has become increasingly apparent 
that 
systems and networks are vulnerable.…Such crimes always involve 
unauthorized persons, or persons who exceed their 
authorization...citing on 
exploitable vulnerabilities."

Those vulnerabilities are growing, because according to another 
briefing, 
the U.S. relies too much on foreign companies like Amdocs for high-tech 
equipment and software. "Many factors have led to increased dependence 
on 
code developed overseas.... We buy rather than train or develop 
solutions 
U.S. intelligence does not believe the Israeli government is involved 
in a 
misuse of information, and Amdocs insists that its data is secure. What 
government officials are worried about, however, is the possibility 
that 
Amdocs data could get into the wrong hands, particularly organized 
crime. 
And that would not be the first thing that such a thing has happened. 
Fox 
News has documents of a 1997 drug trafficking case in Los Angeles, in 
which 
telephone information, the type that Amdocs collects, was used to 
"completely compromise the communications of the FBI, the Secret 
Service, 
the DEO and the LAPD."

We'll have that and a lot more in the days ahead Brit.

HUME: Carl, I want to take you back to your report last night on those 
60 
Israelis who were detained in the anti-terror investigation, and the 
suspicion that some investigators have that they may have picked up 
information on the 9/11 attacks ahead of time and not passed it on.

There was a report, you'll recall, that the Mossad, the Israeli 
intelligence agency, did indeed send representatives to the U.S. to 
warn, 
just before 9/11, that a major terrorist attack was imminent. How does 
that 
leave room for the lack of a warning?

CAMERON: I remember the report, Brit. We did it first internationally 
right 
here on your show on the 14th. What investigators are saying is that 
that 
warning from the Mossad was nonspecific and general, and they believe 
that 
it may have had something to do with the desire to protect what are 
called 
sources and methods in the intelligence community. The suspicion being, 
perhaps those sources and methods were taking place right here in the 
United States.

The question came up in select intelligence committee on Capitol Hill 
today. They intend to look into what we reported last night, and 
specifically that possibility Brit.

HUME: So in other words, the problem wasn't lack of a warning, the 
problem 
was lack of useful details?

CAMERON: Quantity of information.

HUME: All right, Carl, thank you very much.

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ET TU, ISRAEL?
Did the Israelis have advance notice of 9/11? Probably.
By Justin Raimondo, antiwar.com, 12/14/2001
http://www.antiwar.com/justin/justincol.html

…THE PLOT SICKENS
Ah, but now some government officials are talking, and we know a lot 
more. 
We know that some of the detainees have been identified as Israeli 
military 
or intelligence agents, and that some failed polygraph tests when asked 
whether they had engaged in covert operations "against and in the 
United 
States." We also know, courtesy of Fox News, that as many as 140 
Israeli 
agents may have been rounded up in the US before 9/11: the extent of 
Israel's covert action operation is described as "sprawling…"

...When asked for details about the detention of the Israelis, a highly 
placed investigator huffed that "Evidence linking these Israelis to 
9-11 is 
classified, I cannot tell you about evidence that has been gathered. It 
is 
classified information." Aside from affirming that such evidence 
exists, 
this same source admitted to the Los Angeles Times that there were 
certain 
"tie-ins" with 9/11. Some patriotic law enforcement officials seem to 
have 
leaked just enough information to practically confirm our worst 
suspicions. 
As Brit Hume put it in his lead-in to the first of Carl Cameron's 
four-part 
investigative report, top US law enforcement officials now believe the 
Israelis "may have known things they didn't tell us before September 
11..."

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DETAINEES COULD BE JAILED INDEFINITELY
By Tom Curry, MSNBC, 12/13/2001
http://www.msnbc.com/modules/exports/ct_email.asp?/news/671114.asp

Dec. 13  Some of the non-citizens being held on immigration charges in 
the 
post-Sept. 11 dragnet may remain in jail for life, or at least 
indefinitely, if their home countries refuse to take them back and if 
the 
U.S. government convinces judges that they are too dangerous to be 
released. But some of the people in custody are seeking political 
asylum in 
the United States, which will create new legal challenges for the Bush 
administration.

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MUSLIM GROUP DEMANDS AN ACCURATE ACCOUNTING OF DETAINEES

The Human Rights, Education, and Law Project (HELP), an organization 
dedicated to protecting the civil and human rights of Muslims, has 
issued 
the following statement:

“HELP demands that the Justice Department provides a complete and 
accurate 
accounting of all detainees being held as a result of the investigation 
of 
the September 11 attacks. HELP further demands that the Justice 
Department 
move more quickly to clear existing cases and release those who are not 
linked in any way to the tragedy.

"According to the Attorney General’s report of 11/27/2001, the number 
of 
FBI detainees is 104; the number of INS detainees is 548, for a total 
of 
652. However, HELP has learned from reliable sources that the Passaic 
County Jail in New Jersey holds over 400 inmates that were connected 
with 
the 9/11 investigations. It is unrealistic to believe that there were 
400 
inmates in one county jail and approximately 250 in the all other jails 
in 
the nation. Such misleading accounting can only further diminish any 
trust 
in the Justice Department…

CONTACT: Sohail Mohammed, ESQ, at (973) 779-6589
41 Watchung Plaza, #210, Montclair, NJ 07042-4117
Phone: (973) 676-5660, Fax: (877) 865-5026
E-Mail: HELP4Muslims@ureach.com

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AMERICAN MUSLIMS FEAR NEW ANTI-ARAB VIOLENCE
By EDWARD HEGSTROM, The Houston Chronicle, 12/14/2001

After spending months trying to convince Americans that theirs is a 
peaceful religion, moderate Muslim leaders watched in horror Thursday 
as a 
nationally aired videotape showed Osama bin Laden justifying mass 
killing 
in the name of Allah.

On the tape, bin Laden quotes the Quran as saying: "I was ordered to 
fight 
the people until they say there is no God but Allah, and his prophet 
Mohammed." He says the terrorists were following the teachings of 
Mohammed, 
and claimed the attacks of Sept. 11 "benefited Islam greatly" by 
bringing 
new converts.

The tape also speaks of support for the terrorism among sheiks in Saudi 
Arabia, suggesting a broader base of influence for the violent strain 
of Islam.

"This film reinforces many of the worst stereotypes Americans have 
about 
Muslims," said John Voll, the assistant director of the Center for 
Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University in Washington, 
D.C. 
"It showed men in turbans sitting around quoting the Quran to justify 
violence."

Voll claims that by taking pleasure in the slaughter of innocent 
people, 
bin Laden clearly strays from the teachings of Islam.

Some experts disagree.

"Osama bin Laden does represent Islam, though in a particularly ugly 
and 
radicalized form," argued Daniel Pipes, director of the Middle East 
Forum, 
a think tank based in Philadelphia...

…Some experts warn that it would be neither accurate nor productive to 
blame the world's billion Muslims for the actions of a few. Voll said 
Islam 
is not the only religion whose tenets can be contorted to justify 
violence.

"Jesus said: Don't think I came to bring peace. I came to bring the 
sword," 
Voll said, paraphrasing Matthew 10:34 to show how the Bible might be 
cited 
by a religious fanatic to push for bloodshed…

…In Washington, the Council on American-Islamic Relations released a 
statement calling bin Laden's declaration "sickening."

"As we have stated repeatedly, the tragedy that occurred on Sept. 11 
cannot 
be justified by any cause or religion," CAIR said in the statement...

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JEWISH DEFENSE LEAGUE LINKED TO VIOLENCE SINCE ITS FOUNDING IN 1968
By John Woolfolk, San Jose Mercury News, 12/14/2001

SAN JOSE, Calif. _ Nearly 10 years ago, police dropped murder-for-hire 
charges against Jewish Defense League Chairman Irv Rubin, and he swore 
then 
it wouldn't be his last arrest.

So it wasn't completely surprising when the militant group's burly, 
combative leader and an associate were arrested Wednesday on charges of 
plotting to bomb a mosque and a Congressman's office…

…Hussam Ayloush, director of the Southern California chapter of the 
Council 
on American-Islamic Relations, refused a recent request to debate 
Rubin.

"It would be the same answer if I was invited to debate the KKK," 
Ayloush 
said. "It's not a legitimate organization to debate with. It's a 
violent, 
hateful and racist organization…"

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AT MOSQUE, RELIEF AND THANKS
Culver City site was an alleged terrorism target. New war of words 
breaks 
out between Jewish, Muslim groups.
By TERESA WATANABE, The Los Angeles Times, 12/14/2001
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-000099262dec14.story

Inside the King Fahd Mosque, as sunbeams danced off marble walls and 
deep 
chants in Arabic filled the hall, dozens of Muslims bowed, prostrated 
themselves and offered silent prayers. A dominant emotion here Thursday 
was 
gratitude--to be alive, to be protected by God, to still have a place 
to 
pray after FBI agents this week foiled an alleged plot by the Jewish 
Defense League to bomb the Culver City mosque…

…In a stream of news releases, national Muslim organizations seized on 
the 
alleged bomb plot to urge fair play: Treat JDL Chairman Irv Rubin and 
his 
associates with the same severity that Muslims and Arabs have 
experienced, 
particularly since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Rubin and another 
JDL 
official were arrested Tuesday on federal conspiracy charges.

The Muslim Public Affairs Council called on the Justice Department to 
freeze the JDL's assets, just as federal authorities recently shut down 
the 
Holy Land Foundation, one of the nation's largest Islamic charities, on 
charges that it funneled money to terrorist organizations.

The Los Angeles-based council, which federal authorities alleged was 
Rubin's initial target, also called for the closure of all JDL offices. 
Mimicking the language used against Islamic groups, the council said 
the 
JDL operated "alleged terrorist cells" in 11 countries and more than 20 
U.S. cities. (The Anti-Defamation League estimates that Irvin's group 
has 
no more than a dozen followers locally and 200 nationwide.)

The alleged JDL plot made clear that "Jewish terrorism is just as 
dangerous 
as Muslim terrorism," said council Vice-President Aslam Abdullah. He 
called 
on authorities to profile those who "look like Rubin," just as 
thousands of 
Arabs and Muslims have been questioned at airports on suspicion of 
terrorism.

In an even sharper statement, the Council on American-Islamic Relations 
demanded that the Anti-Defamation League, American Jewish Committee and 
other pro-Israeli groups stop fomenting what it called "an atmosphere 
of 
Islamophobia" that may have incited Rubin and other alleged plotters.

Omar Ahmad, board chairman of the Washington-based council, said 
pro-Israel 
groups have "orchestrated an ongoing anti-Islamic smear campaign 
seeking to 
marginalize our community."

The council said the ADL and American Jewish Committee had 
unsuccessfully 
tried to bar its members from testifying at public hearings on hate 
crimes 
in Los Angeles, Orange County and Santa Clara, as well as Florida and 
New York…

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FORUM ON ISLAM ADDRESSES FAITH, TERRORIST ATTACKS
By KELLY GRANT, Imperial Valley Press, 12/13/2001
http://www.IVPRESSonline.com/display/inn_news/news04.txt

CALEXICO  Seeking to foster greater cultural understanding of Islam, 
San 
Diego State University-Imperial Valley campus and its Committee for 
Diversity and Equity hosted a forum about the religion Wednesday night.

While an overview of the Islamic faith was presented, the discussion 
also 
covered the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the differences between 
Islam 
and the extremist beliefs of those suspected in the attacks.

Though there are some 7 million Muslims in the United States, including 
200 
to 300 in the Imperial Valley, Islam is a religion many Americans know 
little about. In the aftermath of Sept. 11, many Muslim Americans want 
to 
answer questions people have about their faith and dispel myths.

Contrary to what many may think, Islam is actually a peaceful religion, 
explained Omaram Abdeen, a representative of the Council on American 
Islamic Relations...

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SOME VIEW TAPE WITH SKEPTICISM
'There Are Too Many Open Questions'
By Hanna Rosin, The Washington Post, 12/14/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A40846-2001Dec13.html

Friday, December 14, 2001; Page A32 In the Albelad market in Cleveland, 
the 
Abu Dhabi TV news station is always on, and it gets the customers 
talking. 
Yesterday, there was only one thing to talk about: the Osama bin Laden 
videotape, mostly what was suspicious about it.

"You can't hear the Arabic too well. Who knows what they're actually 
saying?" said the day's first customer, a Lebanese man who bought 
chocolate 
bars, owner Ameen Hammad recalled.

The second customer, an Iraqi, thought the dialogue must have been 
fabricated, dubbed onto an old home video of bin Laden having dinner…

…For some leaders of major U.S. Muslim organizations who have been 
criticized for failing to condemn bin Laden, the tape was enough to get 
them on record. For other Muslims in the United States who were more 
suspicious of the nation's eagerness to justify the war in Afghanistan, 
no 
number of independent, nongovernment translations would be enough to 
convince them...

…Before yesterday, the Council on American Islamic Relations would take 
no 
position on the government's allegation that bin Laden was behind the 
Sept. 
11 attacks. "Now, it's clear from the statements in the videotape that 
he 
was complicit in the attacks and had foreknowledge of the attacks," 
spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said, adding that he was "sickened" by bin 
Laden's 
contention that Islam had somehow benefited from the attacks…

…Altaf Husain, president of the Washington-based Muslim Student 
Association, was not so sure. "I make it a huge point to stay away from 
uninformed conspiracy theories," he said. "But this doesn't sit well 
with 
me..."

…Some who accepted the tape as a smoking gun did so anxiously, worried 
that 
the tape, with its talk of fatwas and snippets from the Koran, would 
set 
off a new round of anti-Muslim sentiment.

"When I was in my car this morning, I heard this was being released and 
I 
thought, 'Oh no,'" said Mohamed Magid, director of the All Dulles Area 
Muslim Society in Sterling, which was vandalized Sept. 12. "What came 
to 
mind is that people should not stereotype us because of bin Laden. And 
that 
bin Laden is quoting the Koran and is misunderstanding the Koran…"

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ISLAMIC SCHOLARS CALLING BIN LADEN TAPE A PERVERSION OF ISLAM
By Nanette Asimov, The San Francisco Chronicle, 12/14/2001

Rahmah Lutz had one word for Osama bin Laden laughing on tape about the 
Sept. 11 attacks: "deluded."

Lutz, a Muslim who works for a Berkeley nonprofit that helps teachers 
understand the Arab world, believes that few educated Muslims subscribe 
to 
the brand of Islam portrayed by bin Laden on the tape released 
yesterday by 
the Pentagon.

"Educated Muslims will see this for what it is -- an act of evil," Lutz 
said. "It is a transgression of the limits of Islam." The tape shows 
bin 
Laden and an unidentified sheikh recalling the planning of the 
terrorist 
attacks and the delight of followers at seeing them carried out. The 
sheikh 
tells a smiling bin Laden that Muslims who do not support the actions 
are 
"mentally impotent" and hypocrites.

"It's an absolutist view," said Hatem Bazian, who lectures on Islam at 
the 
University of California at Berkeley and is director of the Al-Qalam 
Institute in Berkeley. "It's definitely outside the mainstream."

He fears that non-Muslims who don't see that could lash out at the 
Islamic 
religion in general.

"…Bin Laden seemed to revel in the death and destruction in Washington 
and 
New York," the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington, 
D.C., 
said in a statement. "He falsely implied that the acts of the hijackers 
were justified by Islamic beliefs, and he made the sickening statement 
that 
the attacks 'benefited Islam greatly…' "

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BIN LADEN TAPE HAS PEOPLE TALKING
By CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press, 12/14/2001

…U.S. legal experts called the tape devastating, a "virtual 
confession," in 
the words of one.

Even so, some skeptics abroad remained unconvinced that bin Laden did 
anything more than express pleasure at the success of attacks that 
killed 
more than 3,000 people. There was even a suggestion America cooked up 
the 
video using a stand-in. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage 
found 
such skepticism in the face of bin Laden's words "absurd."

"Some people think we didn't walk on the moon and others think Elvis is 
among us," Armitage added on NBC's "Today" show Friday.

In an even, low voice, with the occasional chuckle, bin Laden recounted 
at 
length his reaction to the attacks on New York City and Washington. The 
apparently candid video, which was shot at an Afghan guest house before 
U.S.-backed forces overran the Taliban, was released Thursday by the 
Pentagon.

"We calculated in advance the number of casualties who would be 
killed," 
bin Laden said, according to the U.S. translation.

But he said he had not figured that the World Trade Center twin towers 
would come down entirely, instead believing only floors at and above 
the 
planes' impact sites would be destroyed.

On the operation's planning, he said "we did not reveal" to the hijack 
crews the details of what they were expected to do until just before 
they 
boarded the planes.

They knew only that they were preparing for a martyrdom operation, he 
said…

…The Pakistani government said the tape vindicated its decision to back 
the 
U.S. war in Afghanistan despite the heated opposition from many of its 
citizens.

And in Washington, a Muslim group that has been critical of aspects of 
U.S. 
policy in the anti-terror campaign found the tape convincing.

"Bin Laden clearly spoke as someone who had foreknowledge of the 
attacks," 
the Council on American-Islamic Relations said in a statement. The 
group 
found particularly "sickening" bin Laden's claim that the attacks 
advanced 
the cause of Islam.

Imad Hamad, director of the Dearborn, Mich., regional office of the 
American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, said the translation 
provided 
by the government with the help of outside experts seemed accurate.

"It's clear in the tape that he had the prior knowledge," Hamad said. 
"And 
he was happy about it. This is insane…"

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LETTERS: FANNING FLAMES
By Ben Houston, The National Post (Canada), 12/14/2001

I hope the many commentaries and editorials published in the National 
Post 
on the subject of Islam's association with terrorism are motivated by a 
desire to influence the situation for the better. Unfortunately, you 
are 
more likely ostracizing and discrediting the community and its leaders. 
If 
the Post does care about Muslims I recommend that it start to treat the 
Muslim community with dignity and some empathy rather than simply 
working 
to inflame, discredit and polarize the Muslim community.

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MUSLIM GROUPS TRYING TO SAVE STAMP
By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID, Associated Press, 12/14/2001

WASHINGTON (AP) - After working five years to get the United States to 
issue an Islamic holiday postage stamp, Aminah Assilmi uses it on all 
her 
mail. But now she also adds a United We Stand stamp, even if the extra 
postage is unnecessary.

Assilmi, of Taylor Mill, Ky., isn't trying to solve the post office's 
budget problems. In the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, she wants to show 
that the Muslim community is part of America too.

The dark blue and gold "Eid Greetings" stamp was issued just 10 days 
before 
the terrorist hijackings.

Now, the Islamic community that greeted the stamp with joy is 
struggling to 
save it from oblivion.

"We are trying to reach our followers and members, whoever, to go into 
the 
communities to get people to use the stamp. Not just Muslims but 
friends 
from other religions as well," said Faiz Rehman, communications 
director of 
the American Muslim Council.

The stamp carries English text saying "Eid Greetings" plus Arabic 
script 
that reads "Eid mubarak," a phrase Muslims use to wish each other well 
during major festivals…

…Assilmi, of the International Union of Muslim Women, started the 
effort 
after a Muslim fifth-grader who collected stamps saw the 1996 Hanukkah 
issue and asked her what "our" stamp looked like.

"I told him there wasn't one and he said: 'You can get one for us,"' 
she 
recalled.

The result was more than 10,000 letters to the postmaster general, 
8,000 
proposed designs from school children, a mile-long banner and a 
postcard 
drive that culminated in release of the Eid stamp...

…Postal Service spokeswoman Cathy Yarosky said the Eid stamp seems to 
be 
popular but it is too early for accurate sales numbers. About 75 
million of 
the stamps were printed…

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CAIR EID UL-FITR ALERT #318 (NOTE: An MS Word file of this alert 
suitable 
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CONTACT ATTORNEY GENERAL ASHCROFT TO DEMAND DUE PROCESS OF LAW

(WASHINGTON, DC - 12/16/2001) - At this time of Eid ul-Fitr, CAIR is 
calling on Muslims nationwide to contact Attorney General John Ashcroft 
and 
demand that we receive the same civil, religious and legal rights as 
any 
other Americans.

Within the last week, three of the largest Muslim charities (Holy Land 
Foundation, Global Relief Foundation and Benevolence International 
Foundation) have been shut down without any judge making a ruling or 
any 
jury hearing evidence of criminal behavior. These actions against 
American 
institutions were taken through administrative procedures that would 
normally apply to foreign entities.

Our community's zakat and sadaqah are now being held by the government, 
instead of going to poor and hungry Muslims in Palestine, Kosova, 
Afghanistan, and other areas afflicted by deprivation.

In the past three months, American Muslims have been subjected to 
secret 
detentions without legal recourse, denial of basic due process of law 
and 
widespread racial and religious profiling.

More than 1,000 people were detained in sometimes humiliating 
circumstances. Little information has been revealed about these 
detentions. 
To date, only one detainee has been charged with any crime related to 
the 
terrorist attacks. Some 5,000 legal Muslim visitors to this country are 
currently being singled out for questioning based on their religion and 
national origins.

Many Muslims have been thrown off airplanes merely because they had an 
Islamic name or appeared "Middle Eastern." CAIR also recorded more than 
1400 incidents of anti-Muslim backlash since September 11, including 
several murders.

American Muslims are now under a cloud of suspicion produced by a 
drumbeat 
of anti-Muslim rhetoric from those who are taking advantage of the 9-11 
tragedy to carry out their agenda of silencing our community and its 
leadership once and for all. (President Bush has set a tone of respect 
for 
Muslims and Islam, but his call for tolerance is being overshadowed by 
virulent attacks from extremist Islamophobic groups and individuals.)

While we have been patient, knowing that the crime that prompted these 
abuses was so horrific and understanding that the war against terrorism 
will require sacrifices by all Americans, we are now coming to a time 
when 
we must again assert out full legal and civil rights.

ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE and RESPECTFUL.)

Contact Attorney General John Ashcroft to demand that we receive the 
same 
rights as any other Americans. We will not stay silent as we are 
relegated 
to second class status in this society. We will speak up in defense of 
our 
rights and in defense of the Constitution on which they are based.

Ask that he:

1) Allow those Muslims charities who have been shut down to immediately 
have their day in court before a judge and jury who can hear evidence 
and 
determine whether any laws have been broken.

2) Provide information about the number of Muslims detained, the 
conditions 
under which they are held and the status of their future release.

3) Put an end to the widespread use of racial, religious and ethnic 
profiling.

CONTACT: (Letters are best, followed by calls and then e-mails.)

Attorney General John Ashcroft
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

TEL: 202-353-1555 (Public Comment Line), 202-514-2001 (Attorney 
General's 
Office)
FAX: (202) 307-6777

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS  12/17/2001

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HEADLINES:

* EID MUBARAK
* HISPANIC MUSLIMS: NEW MINORITY MAKES ITSELF KNOWN (NY Times)
* WASHINGTON TIMES SAYS JDL HAD “REASON TO FEEL MURDEROUS RAGE”
* ANDY ROONEY DISTORTS THE QURAN, AGAIN
* LETTERS: DON'T BLAME ISLAM FOR THE ACTIONS OF A FEW (NY Times)
* ISLAMIC CHARITY CRACKDOWN TROUBLES S. FLORIDA MUSLIMS (Sun-Sentinel)
* THE CLASH (The Washington Post)
* U.S. ARRESTED OR DEPORTED SOME 200 ISRAELIS SUSPECTED OF BELONGING TO 
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EID MUBARAK

CAIR wishes everyone a very blessed Eid ul-Fitr.

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HISPANIC MUSLIMS: NEW MINORITY MAKES ITSELF KNOWN
By EVELYN NIEVES, The New York Times, 12/17/2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/17/national/17LATI.html

They file into the mosque when Sunday school is over and the conference 
rooms are cleared, staking a small piece of turf in the main hall. For 
many, Spanish is their only language, and this is a whole new world. 
They 
are new immigrants, new to the big city and new to Islam.

Over the last year, the Islamic Center of Southern California has been 
conducting these weekly 90-minute Spanish-speaking sessions for new 
Muslims 
by popular demand. Marta Galedary, who converted after immigrating here 
from Mexico two decades ago, has helped lead them. She finds that the 
group, which can include 20 to 50 people in any given week, is 
intensely 
interested and a little nervous. "Something in these Latino meetings 
that 
we keep telling people," Ms. Galedary said, "is that you don't leave 
your 
culture because you convert to Islam. You have to continue to be proud 
of 
whatever part of Latin America you are from…"

…Indeed, Spanish-speaking immigrants, the nation's fastest-growing 
minority, are converting to Islam to such an extent that a national 
organization, the Latino American Dawah Organization, founded in 1997 
by a 
handful of converts in New York, now claims thousands of members in 10 
states.

Why Islam, a religion cloaked in mystery in Latin America -- as it was 
in 
this country before Sept. 11 -- is attracting so many Latino converts 
has 
several answers. For many women who attend the Islamic Center of 
Southern 
California here, the path is a relationship with a Muslim man. Many 
others 
say they chose Islam because they preferred a religion without the 
trappings of a vast hierarchy or the complicated dogma that they saw in 
the 
Catholic Church.

For new immigrants, Latino Muslim leaders say, the close-knit Hispanic 
Muslim community is also an attraction, helping Latinos understand the 
society as the Latinos help Muslims become more mainstream.

Religion scholars say that Islam also attracts those who prefer a more 
rigorous way to worship than what they find here in the modern Catholic 
Church...

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WASHINGTON TIMES SAYS JDL HAD “REASON TO FEEL MURDEROUS RAGE”
The Washington Times, 12/15/2001
http://www.washingtontimes.com/op-ed/20011215-71311384.htm

Knaves: The Jewish militants arrested in a plot to blow up Arab and 
Muslim 
buildings in the Los Angeles area.

While the Jewish Defense League's Irv Rubin and Earl Krugel may have 
had 
reason to feel anger, and even murderous rage towards Arabs, there is 
no 
excuse for plotting to take their lives. Indeed, federal 
law-enforcement 
authorities say Mr. Rubin and Mr. Krugel targeted not just any mosque 
or 
building, but also a building in San Clemente that occupies the offices 
of 
an American Rep. Darrell Issa, a grandson of Lebanese immigrants.

ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE. To be considered for 
publication, 
your letter must include name, address, and a phone number where you 
can be 
reached.)

Contact the Washington Times to inquire whether they would offer 
similar 
justification for terrorist activities by other groups.

CONTACT: letters@washingtontimes.com, hbering@washingtontimes.com, 
fcoombs@washingtontimes.com, mforbes@washingtontimes.com
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ANDY ROONEY DISTORTS THE QURAN, AGAIN

NOTE: CAIR has received a number of complaints about the commentary 
below 
from Muslims concerned about its stereotypical and distorted portrayal 
of 
the Quran, Islam’s revealed text.

CBS 60 Minutes, 12/16/2001
Commentary by Andy Rooney
WHY ISLAM HAS A HOLD ON MUSLIMS
Andy Rooney Has Been Reading The Koran
http://www.cbsnews.com/now/story/0,1597,321447-412,00.shtml

NEW YORK, Dec. 16, 2001 - A weekly commentary by CBS News Correspondent 
Andy

ROONEY: Several weeks ago in a good speech, President Bush referred to 
the 
Koran.

BUSH: Let me quote from the Koran itself. "In the long run evil in the 
extreme will be the end of those who do evil."

I don't know whether the president has read the Koran or not. I've been 
reading it for the past six weeks now and I'm so pleased with myself. I 
keep telling people that I've read it.

These are all versions of the Koran - all a little different...like the 
difference between these versions of the Bible.

Anyone who's worried about what's happening in the world ought to read 
some 
of the Koran because it dominates the lives of 1.6 billion Muslims in 
the 
world, many of whom are unfriendly to us.

The Koran is divided into 114 chapters that get progressively shorter 
as 
they go along. The second is 27 pages long and the last one is only six 
lines.

I suppose I could get in trouble for saying so, but the Koran is 
probably 
more important to Muslims than the Bible is to Christians. I also think 
Islam has a stronger hold on Muslims than Christianity has on 
Christians.

I don't know a lot of Christians who'd strap a bomb to themselves to 
kill 
people they don't know but hate. Fanatic Muslims do it because they 
think 
they'll go to heaven. I don't know whether they will or not, of course, 
but 
I doubt it.

You don't have to read the whole Koran to get the idea what it's like.

Religion has a strong hold on Muslims, too, because they aren't allowed 
to 
think there might be some truth to any other religion.

Listen to this: "And whoever desires a religion other than Islam, it 
shall 
not be accepted from him, and in the hereafter he shall burn in hell."

Of course, there's some of that in the Old Testament, too.

I was surprised to find out that Muslims believe Jesus Christ was a 
good 
guy - a prophet - they just don't believe that he was the son of God or 
that he rose from the dead.

Another reason Islam has a strong hold is, there's no such thing as 
separation of church and state in most Muslim countries.

Religious Americans, on the other hand, tolerate the First Amendment 
because it protects them. Even if their minister, priest or rabbi makes 
them think theirs is the only one true religion once a week, for the 
rest 
of the time, out in the real world, they have to act as though there 
could 
be some truth to the other religions.

This Constitutional necessity for being broad-minded gives religion 
less of 
a grip on Americans than Islam has on Muslims and thank God for that.

IN A SIMILAR EDITORIAL EARLIER THIS MONTH, ROONEY WROTE: “In case you 
think 
I'm doing missionary work for Islam in recommending that you read the 
Koran, let me assure you that I don't think many Americans would be won 
over to Islam by doing so.” (The Times Union [Albany, NY], 11/24/2001)

ROONEY ON DON IMUS: On the September 27 Don Imus radio show, Rooney was 
asked, "Do we need to have a better understanding of Islam?" He 
replied, 
"Oh, no. Have you read the Koran? …There are things in the Koran that - 
you 
would be shocked. I mean, ‘Make not friends with Jews or Christians for 
they are friends to each other.' …I mean, 'women are rebellious, beat 
them.' " Then Imus asked: "Are the beliefs of these terrorists a 
perversion 
of the Koran?" Rooney answered, "I'm not sure it is a perversion. I 
mean, 
read it." (New York Post, 9/28/2001)

ROONEY DISTORTED VIEWS ABOUT ISLAM ARE NOTHING NEW, IN 1989 HE WROTE: 
(Note 
that the content of this 12-year-old article is very similar to 
Rooney’s 
commentary of last night.)

”…There are estimated to be as many as 6 million Moslems in the United 
States. I don't want to make you nervous, but their numbers are growing 
here faster than those of any other religion.

…The Moslems don't reject Christ, as I understand it. They think 
Abraham 
and Christ both were good guys and legitimate prophets, but they 
believe 
Christ took over from Abraham and that Muhammed took over from Christ.

I took the Koran out of the library the other day and spent several 
hours 
reading it. The translation I read didn't seem as poetic or as rich in 
ideas as the Bible and I was surprised how tough it is on unbelievers. 
You 
can see where the ayatollah got his ideas. According to the Koran, if 
you 
don't buy the idea of God as told by Muhammed, there isn't anything bad 
enough that can happen to you. If the Moslems are right, a lot of 
Christians are going to hell.

"Yet, there is among men such a one as disputes about God. Make him 
taste 
the penalty of burning fire."

Of a more serious unbeliever, it says: "Add to him a double penalty in 
the 
fire."

Followers of Islam believe they go to heaven when they die. This makes 
being a Moslem attractive for many people. Because Islam developed in 
the 
desert heat of the Middle East, heaven is described as a cool, shady 
place 
with running water, beautiful women and lots of food…

…One Moslem sect was called the Assassins. They were given hashish, and 
their job was to murder the enemies of Islam. (The San Diego 
Union-Tribune, 
3/11/1989)

THIS IS A PUBLISHED RESPONSE FROM A CONCERNED TO ROONEY’S EARLIER 
COMMENTS 
ON THE QURAN:

Rooney, Quran and Muslims

This letter is in response to the column printed in the Nov. 26 paper 
titled, "The great book of Islam not easy to understand" by Mr. Andy 
Rooney. In this column, he states: "If someone really believed it would 
please Allah to bring down an airplane, you can understand a devout 
person 
might believe it was the right thing to do."

On the basis of the Quran, how could Mr. Rooney explain that bringing 
down 
a plane would be fighting in the path of God or would please God? The 
Arabic word "jihad" means "a struggle." Each of us experiences this 
"jihad" 
(struggle) while trying our best to live a virtuous life. For example, 
abstaining from alcohol, drugs and gambling. This is Jihad. It also 
includes fighting only to defend lives, property and right to practice 
the 
faith. Jihad has well-defined limits.

In the first 13 years of the prophet's time in Makka, in spite of 
severe 
persecution and torture by the non-believers, the Muslims were not 
allowed 
to fight even in self-defense. Only after they fled to Madinah, they 
were 
given the permission to defend themselves.

The translation of some of the verses from the Quran explaining this is 
as 
follows:

1. Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you, but do not 
transgress 
limits, for Allah loves not transgressors (2:190).

2. And we ordained therein for them: "life for life, eye for eye, nose 
for 
nose, ear for ear, tooth for tooth, and wounds equal for equal." But if 
anyone remits the retaliation by way of charity, it is an act of 
atonement 
for himself (5:45).

3. With respect to those who do not fight you, because of your 
religion, or 
drive you out of your homes, you should deal with them kindly and 
justly: 
for Allah loves those who are just (60:8).

God commands in the Quran (22:40) to respect and honor all places of 
worship including monasteries, churches, synagogues and mosques. It is 
very 
clear in the Quran that if anyone killed a person, it would be as if he 
killed all mankind; and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he 
saved 
the life of all mankind (5:32).

Millions of Muslims practice the teachings of the Quran, yet they live 
peacefully with the non-Muslims, more specifically with Christians and 
Jews. Muslims do not relate the actions of singled out Christians, and 
Jews 
to the teachings of Christianity and Judaism. Isn't it only fair that 
people like Mr. Rooney treat Muslims and Islam the same way?... (The 
Advocate [Baton Rouge], 12/28/1999)

ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE.)
Contact 60 Minutes to express your concerns about Rooney’s distorted 
and 
biased view of the Quran.

CONTACT:

Mr. Don Hewitt
Executive Producer
60 Minutes
524 West 57th St.
New York, New York 10019

TEL: 212-975-2867(Don Hewitt’s Office)
or 212-975-2065 (Rooney’s Direct Line)
FAX: (212) 975-2019
E-MAIL: bm@cbsnews.com
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LETTERS: DON'T BLAME ISLAM FOR THE ACTIONS OF A FEW
By ARSALAN TARIQ IFTIKHAR, The New York Times, 12/17/2001
The writer is Midwest communications director, Council on 
American-Islamic 
Relations.

Thomas L. Friedman's "memo" to the Saudi minister of Islamic affairs 
("Dear 
Saudi Arabia," column, Dec. 12) assigns culpability to Islam for not 
being 
cosmopolitan to modern humanity.

Mr. Friedman implies that Islam is not a tolerant and peaceful faith by 
telling the minister that "we need you to interpret Islam in ways that 
sanctify religious tolerance and the peaceful spread of your faith." 
Islam 
is inherently a religion of tolerance and peace and does not need to be 
interpreted by a Saudi sheik to prove that. If, as the Bush 
administration 
has repeatedly said, the war on terrorism is not a war on Islam, why 
does 
Mr. Friedman want Islam to rectify itself?

There are more than 1.1 billion Muslims on earth, and as many as seven 
million living in America. As a contributing member of society, I 
should 
never have to apologize for my unflinching belief in Islam, nor should 
I 
ever have to be questioned about my loyalty to America.

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ISLAMIC CHARITY CRACKDOWN TROUBLES S. FLORIDA MUSLIMS
By Tanya Weinberg, The Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL), 12/16/2001

By the time millions of American Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadan 
today, many will have made sure to fulfill Islamic obligations of 
charity. 
Yet as the monthlong daylight fasting comes to a close, so have the 
activities of some of the country's largest Islamic charities.

Federal agents announced Saturday they had raided the Illinois and New 
Jersey offices of the Global Relief Foundation and Benevolence 
International on Friday. The Treasury Department has frozen assets of 
the 
groups, which are suspected of sending money to terrorists. These 
moves, 
along with a search of Global Relief's Yugoslavia offices, followed a 
Dec. 
3 raid on the Texas-based Holy Land Foundation.

"It's very disturbing," said Hollywood resident Nadeem Uddin, 36.

The lab technician and Pakistani native has contributed to Holy Land 
for 
the past 10 years, with the assumption that his dollars would reach 
poor 
Muslims abroad. This year he gave to a local mosque instead, but 
worries 
that the money won't reach those most in need.

"Basically it makes it tough because normally we wait till the last 10 
days 
of Ramadan to make a donation."

South Florida visits

Some of the charities under investigation have raised money in South 
Florida mosques. South Florida donors and community leaders say that 
they 
had no indication the charities were linked to terrorist, and that they 
would never knowingly support terrorist activity. They also say 
judgment 
should be reserved until the allegations are proved.

As Muslims prepared Saturday for today's end of Ramadan celebrations, 
many 
were not aware of the latest raids, said Altaf Ali, who leads the South 
Florida chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations.

"When this news hits the community it's going to be a triple blow," Ali 
said…

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THE CLASH: Two professors, two academic theories, one big difference. 
depending on which is right, September 11 may mark a brief battle 
against 
terrorism, or an endless struggle between Islam and the West
By Joel Achenbach, The Washington Post, 12/16/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A34207-2001Dec12.html

…Muslims felt stereotyped and homogenized by Huntington. There are more 
than a billion Muslims on the planet and they don't think and act 
alike. 
"For Huntington to say that there is an Islamic civilization, he has to 
impose an unbelievable uniformity on the world of Islam, all the way 
from 
Morocco in the west to Indonesia," says Johns Hopkins political 
scientist 
Fouad Ajami. Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on 
American-Islamic 
Relations, points out that millions of Muslims live in the West. If 
Huntington's thesis is true, he says, "what are we doing here, then?"…

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U.S. ARRESTED OR DEPORTED SOME 200 ISRAELIS SUSPECTED OF BELONGING TO 
“ORGANIZED INTELLIGENCE-GATHERING OPERATION"
Fox News, 12/17/2001
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,40981,00.html

Part 4: Carl Cameron Investigates
Monday, December 17, 2001

TONY SNOW, HOST: This week, senior correspondent Carl Cameron has 
reported 
on a longstanding government espionage investigation.Federal officials 
this 
year have arrested or detained nearly 200 Israeli citizens suspected of 
belonging to an "organized intelligence-gathering operation."The Bush 
administration has deported most of those arrested after Sept. 11, 
although 
some are in custody under the new anti-terrorism law.

Cameron also investigates the possibility that an Israeli firm 
generated 
billing data that could be used for intelligence purpose, and describes 
concerns that the federal government's own wiretapping system may be 
vulnerable. Tonight, in part four of the series, we'll learn about the 
probable roots of the probe: a drug case that went bad four years ago 
in L.A…

…Asked this week about another sprawling investigation and the 
detention of 
60 Israeli since Sept. 11, the Bush administration treated the 
questions 
like hot potatoes.

ARI FLEISCHER, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY:I would just refer you to 
the 
Department of Justice with that.I'm not familiar with the report.

COLIN POWELL, SECRETARY OF STATE:I'm aware that some Israeli citizens 
have 
been detained. With respect to why they're being detained and the other 
aspects of your question  whether it's because they're in intelligence 
services, or what they were doing  I will defer to the Department of 
Justice and the FBI to answer that.

CAMERON: Beyond the 60 apprehended or detained, and many deported since 
Sept. 11, another group of 140 Israeli individuals have been arrested 
and 
detained in this year in what government documents describe as”an 
organized 
intelligence gathering operation," designed to "penetrate government 
facilities." Most of those individuals said they had served in the 
Israeli 
military, which is compulsory there.

But they also had, most of them, intelligence expertise, and either 
worked 
for Amdocs or other companies in Israel that specialize in wiretapping. 
Earlier this week, the Israeli embassy in Washington denied any spying 
against or in the United States…


SEE ALSO:

ISRAELI COMPANY PROVIDES WIRETAPPING EQUIPMENT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,40824,00.html

Carl Cameron Investigates Part 3
Friday, December 14, 2001

BRIT HUME, HOST: Last time we reported on an Israeli-based company 
called 
Amdocs Ltd. that generates the computerized records and billing data 
for 
nearly every phone call made in America.As Carl Cameron reported, U.S. 
investigators digging into the 9/11 terrorist attacks fear that 
suspects 
may have been tipped off to what they were doing by information leaking 
out 
of Amdocs.

In tonight's report, we learn that the concern about phone security 
extends 
to another company, founded in Israel, that provides the technology 
that 
the U.S. government uses for electronic eavesdropping.Here is Carl 
Cameron's third report.

CARL CAMERON, FOX NEWS CORRESPONDENT (voice-over):The company is 
Comverse 
Infosys, a subsidiary of an Israeli-run private telecommunications 
firm, 
with offices throughout the U.S.It provides wiretapping equipment for 
law 
enforcement.Here's how wiretapping works in the U.S.

Every time you make a call, it passes through the nation's elaborate 
network of switchers and routers run by the phone companies.Custom 
computers and software, made by companies like Comverse, are tied into 
that 
network to intercept, record and store the wiretapped calls, and at the 
same time transmit them to investigators.

The manufacturers have continuing access to the computers so they can 
service them and keep them free of glitches.This process was authorized 
by 
the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, or 
CALEA.Senior 
government officials have now told Fox News that while CALEA made 
wiretapping easier, it has led to a system that is seriously vulnerable 
to 
compromise, and may have undermined the whole wiretapping system.

…Adding to the suspicions is the fact that in Israel, Comverse 
worksclosely 
with the Israeli government, and under special programs, getsreimbursed 
for 
up to 50 percent of its research and development costs bythe Israeli 
Ministry of Industry and Trade.But investigators within theDEA, INS and 
FBI 
have all told Fox News that to pursue or even suggestIsraeli spying 
through 
Comverse is considered career suicide…

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BREAKING NEWS - 12/17/2001

INS DETAINS MUSLIM GROUP BOARD MEMBER
By ALEXANDRA R. MOSES, The Associated Press, 12/17/2001

DETROIT (AP) - A Muslim who serves on the board of a group suspected of 
funding terrorism has been detained by federal immigration officials on 
a 
visa violation, his attorney said Monday.

Attorney Ashraf Nubani said his client, Rabih Haddad, was detained by 
the 
Immigration and Naturalization Service on Friday, the same day federal 
agents raided the offices of Global Relief Foundation of Bridgeview, 
Ill. 
Haddad, 41, is on the group's board of trustees.

INS officials refused to comment on the case and the FBI referred all 
questions to the immigration agency. Nubani said INS officials told him 
Haddad, a Lebanese native who lives in Ann Arbor, would be held without 
bond or a detention hearing. He has a wife and four children here…

…Nubani said Haddad came to the United States in 1998 on a tourist visa 
that has since expired. He said Haddad has applied for permanent 
residency 
and blamed the detention on the post-Sept. 11 political climate.

Michael Steinberg, legal director of the ACLU of Michigan, called 
Haddad a 
beloved member of the community.

“In my view the federal agents are destroying any trust that exists 
between 
the law enforcement and the Arab community,” Steinberg said.

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MCA ANN ARBOR MEMBERS QUESTION TIMING OF INS DETENTION OF MICHIGAN 
PASTOR
www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/f_headline.cgi?day0/213510268&ticker=

ANN ARBOR, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 17, 2001--In response to the 
INS' 
detention of a prominent pastor [sic], the Muslim Community Association 
of 
Ann Arbor and the Vicinity had the following comment:

"Pastor Rabih Haddad is a well-known and respected member of the 
community, 
with strong ties to his family and community. Friends and colleagues 
know 
Pastor Haddad as a compassionate, law-abiding individual with no 
criminal 
record who has made significant contributions to the Ann Arbor 
community as 
a whole. He has been successful in his goal of bringing people together 
through his participation in numerous community open houses, town hall 
meetings, interfaith services and presentations at churches, colleges 
and 
universities. His message of inclusion has been especially pertinent 
following the tragic events of September 11th.

"A true humanitarian, Pastor Haddad's arrest raises troubling 
questions. He 
is the only known Muslim to have been detained a day and a half before 
one 
of the holiest holidays in the Muslim year, Eid-ul-Fitr. Over a billion 
Muslims around the world including the U.S. celebrate this holiday that 
commemorates the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Taking him away from 
his 
wife and four young children during this sacred time is akin to 
arresting a 
Christian unjustly on Christmas Eve.

"The INS has offered no credible basis for its determination that he 
should 
be held without bond because he was both a flight risk and a danger to 
the 
community. He has been detained since the evening of Friday, December 
15 in 
Monroe County, Michigan, under the jurisdiction of the INS' Detroit 
District Office."

CONTACT:  Muslim Community Association of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, Humam 
Albaroudi, 734-276-0694

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HEADLINES:

* VERSE OF THE DAY: LOVE AND MERCY
* AMERICAN MUSLIM POLL TO BE RELEASED
         - THE MOSQUE IN AMERICA: A NATIONAL PORTRAIT
* SCHOOL BOARD BACKS MUSLIM [CAIR] SPEAKER (Columbus Dispatch)
* ISLAMIC CHARITY CITES MIX-UP (Chicago Tribune)
         - A FLIER FAXED BY RELIEF WORKERS MAY HAVE TRIGGERED RAIDS (LA 
Times)
* LIVES TURNED UPSIDE DOWN (Newsday)
* EDITORIAL: ROUNDUP OF SAN DIEGO STUDENTS WAS THE PRODUCT OF 
OVERZEALOUS 
AND SELECTIVE ENFORCEMENT BY INS (San Jose Mercury News)
* HATRED CONVICTION UPHELD (Toronto Star)

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VERSE OF THE DAY: LOVE AND MERCY

And among His signs is this that He created for you mates from among 
yourselves, that ye may dwell in tranquility with them, and He has put 
love 
and mercy between your (hearts); verily in that are signs for those who 
reflect.

The Holy Quran, Chapter 30, Verse 21

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AMERICAN MUSLIM POLL TO BE RELEASED

On Wednesday, December 19, Project MAPS: Muslims in the American Public 
Square, will release results of a poll by Zogby International outlining 
the 
demographic makeup, religious practices and political opinions of the 
American Muslim community.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 19, 9:30 - 11 a.m.

WHERE: National Press Club, First Amendment Room, 529 14th Street NW, 
Washington, D.C.

CONTACT: Ayub Alam at 202-687-0291 E-Mail: zhb@georgetown.edu
URL: http://www.projectmaps.com/

SEE ALSO: THE MOSQUE IN AMERICA: A NATIONAL PORTRAIT
http://www.cair-net.org/mosquereport/

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SCHOOL BOARD BACKS MUSLIM [CAIR] SPEAKER
By Mary Bridgman, The Columbus Dispatch, 12/18/2001
http://www.columbusdispatch.com/
Search using the term "Asma."

A Bexley mother blasted the school board and superintendent last night 
for 
inviting a Muslim speaker to a school assembly that she said 
deteriorated 
into a forum for anti-U.S. sentiments.

"Don't you think some organizations and ideas (are) too dangerous to 
bring 
into the schools?" Emily Haninger asked board members.

The speaker, Columbus pediatrician Asma Mobin-Uddin, is associated with 
the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations...Bexley Superintendent Michael 
Johnson said Mobin-Uddin, an American born to Pakistani parents, "made 
no 
comments which were anti-American or against any ethnic or religious 
group 
in the United States."

Mobin-Uddin was invited to speak at the Bexley assembly Nov. 5 after 
President Bush appealed to the public to better understand Muslim 
Americans, Johnson said...

ACTION REQUESTED:

Contact the Bexley City School District to express support for their 
decision to allow students to hear a Muslim perspective on important 
issues.

CONTACT:

Dr. Michael L. Johnson, Superintendent
Bexley City School District
348 S. Cassingham Road
Bexley, Ohio 43209
TEL: (614) 231-7611 FAX: (614) 231-8448

E-MAIL: mjohnson@bexley.k12.oh.us, ahyland@bexley.k12.oh.us, 
efocht@bexley.k12.oh.us, krobbins@bexley.k12.oh.us
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org, ohio@cair-net.org

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ISLAMIC CHARITY CITES MIX-UP
Group shut by U.S. disavows flier that cited threat
By Laurie Cohen, The Chicago Tribune, 12/18/2001
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0112180230dec18.story

An attorney for a Bridgeview-based Islamic charity said Monday that the 
Treasury Department shut down the organization because of an apparent 
mix-up over a threatening flier circulated near the charity's office in 
Kosovo.

Federal agents froze the assets of Global Relief Foundation and seized 
its 
records on Friday, alleging links to Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda 
network. 
The U.S. action followed a raid on the group's Kosovo operations by 
NATO 
forces and United Nations police, in which three people were detained, 
NATO 
said. A federal source said the U.S. moved quickly because of concerns 
that 
Global Relief's officials in the Chicago area had been tipped off about 
the 
raid in Kosovo and that evidence was in danger of being destroyed.

But Roger Simmons, Global Relief's attorney, said the action against 
the 
group seemed to stem from a "terrible misunderstanding" relating to an 
anonymous flier, written in English and distributed in Kosovo, that 
warned 
about "some horrible act that was going to follow."

"Some flaky organization blanketed the whole countryside" with the 
flier on 
Thursday, and Global Relief's staff in Kosovo faxed it to the group's 
Brussels office, Simmons said. Intelligence agents may have monitored 
the 
fax line and linked the flier to Global Relief, he said.

"If somebody misinterpreted this nasty flier, maybe that's what 
triggered 
all this nonsense," said Simmons, who has not seen the document but was 
told about it by one of the charity's workers in Belgium.

A Treasury spokesman in Washington and a NATO spokesman in Pristina, 
Kosovo, declined to discuss specific evidence against Global Relief...

...Both Global Relief and Benevolence International Foundation of Palos 
Hills, another Muslim charity that was shut down Friday, have denied 
any 
connection with terrorism. The two groups, which raised a total of $8.9 
million last year, say the money is used for humanitarian aid, such as 
funding schools and health clinics.

Simmons said he knows of no link between the two charities, which were 
both 
founded in Illinois in early 1992. In the past year, both groups 
collaborated with the Canadian Relief Foundation to distribute aid in 
Afghanistan at a time when the Taliban had imposed restrictions on many 
Western charities...

...Rabih Haddad of Ann Arbor, Mich., one of Global Relief's board 
members, 
was detained Friday by the Immigration and Naturalization Service for 
an 
alleged visa violation, Simmons said...

SEE ALSO: A FLIER FAXED BY RELIEF WORKERS MAY HAVE TRIGGERED RAIDS
By LISA GETTER, Los Angeles Times, 12/18/2001
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-000100268dec18.story?

The president of a Chicago-based Islamic charity remained in INS 
custody 
Monday and two Iraqi-born members of the group overseas were being 
detained 
as part of a widening investigation into the group's possible ties to 
terrorists.

But Roger Simmons, the charity's lawyer, said he believed that last 
week's 
global raids were mistakenly sparked by a flier the charity's workers 
in 
Yugoslavia faxed to relief workers in Belgium, warning of possible 
terrorist attacks.

...a U.S. government official said Monday that the agency did not yet 
have 
enough evidence to prove that either group was funneling money to Al 
Qaeda.

...Simmons confirmed Monday that the charity's offices in Albania had 
been 
searched and its officers interviewed, but he said the men were 
released 
with an "apology."

He said it was an outrage that U.S. officials classified the 
justification 
for the search warrants it used to raid the charity's offices and homes 
of 
charity officials. He said agents took computers, software and 
documents, 
including computer games played by one of the official's young 
daughters.

"They opened up the presents they got for Ramadan and searched them," 
Simmons said.

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LIVES TURNED UPSIDE DOWN
Post-attack visa crackdown lands new husband in jail
By Bart Jones, Newsday (New York, NY), 12/18/2001
www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-lideta182513834dec18.story?

Newlyweds Jennifer DeMarco and Issam Sadak curled up in their tiny 
apartment near Times Square one Saturday night last month to watch the 
famous movie about his storybook hometown, Casablanca, Morocco.

Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman played out the last scenes of 
"Casablanca," and the couple turned in for the night. Early the next 
day, 
Nov. 18, DeMarco headed to her hometown of West Hempstead to help her 
mother prepare for Thanksgiving.

At 9:30 a.m., FBI and Department of Justice agents knocked on the 
couple's 
apartment door and handcuffed Sadak. He was under arrest in the 
government's anti-terrorism campaign, detained partly because he 
overstayed 
a tourist visa. He's been in jail since, caught in one of the largest 
dragnets in U.S. history - one involving 1,200 people held in secret, 
with 
the government releasing neither their names nor the allegations they 
face.

It has turned life upside down for DeMarco, 22, a 1997 Floral Park 
Memorial 
High School graduate now forced to speak with the man she loves through 
scuffed-up windows at Passaic County jail in Paterson, N.J.

"We're supposed to be in the honeymoon stage, and it's just a 
nightmare," 
DeMarco said yesterday. "He's a good, loving man who came here to make 
a 
better life for himself ... Just because he's Moroccan doesn't mean 
he's a 
terrorist."

DeMarco said her husband, also 22, has done nothing more than overstay 
the 
tourist visa. They were in the process of applying for legal residency 
for 
him as the spouse of a U.S. citizen. She said the notion of him being 
connected to terrorists is laughable...

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ARAB DETAINEE IN U.S. FACES KAFKAESQUE SITUATION
By Alan Elsner, Reuters, 12/18/2001

YORK, Pa., Dec 18 (Reuters) - For the past three months, Alaa Abdullah 
has 
been living a Kafkaesque nightmare, trapped indefinitely in a U.S. 
prison, 
one of hundreds of people caught in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 
attacks.

Abdullah, 31, is stuck in a legal labyrinth with few civil or legal 
rights 
and no word on when he might be released. He is not suspected of any 
connection to or contact with terrorism but nobody seems ready to take 
the 
responsibility of letting him go.

A Jordanian citizen who has lived most of the last 13 years in the 
United 
States and is separated from his American wife, Abdullah was arrested 
in 
November, 2000, and convicted last June of bank fraud.

With jail time he served awaiting trial added in, he had completed his 
sentence on Sept. 14, three days after the hijacked aircraft attacks on 
New 
York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon near Washington.

In normal times, the next step for Abdullah would have been deportation 
back to his native land. His deportation order was signed, all his 
other 
documents were in order, Jordan had agreed to take him back and 
Abdullah, 
who was not fighting the expulsion, was ready to go.

But these are not normal times. Instead, Abdullah finds himself in 
indefinite detention in York County prison, together with many others 
stuck 
in the same legal black hole.

"Instead of taking me to the airport, they brought me here. I'm here 
because I am from the Middle East and I have no idea how long I have to 
stay," he said.

When Abdullah, interviewed through a glass partition, asked for a Koran 
during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, he said an immigration 
official 
told him, "We don't have Korans in here. We can give you a pilot's 
manual..."

...Abdullah falls into a different group -- people arrested well before 
Sept. 11 who are still being held even though they have served their 
sentences. The number of people in this category is unknown...

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EDITORIAL: ROUNDUP OF SAN DIEGO STUDENTS WAS THE PRODUCT OF OVERZEALOUS 
AND 
SELECTIVE ENFORCEMENT BY INS
The San Jose Mercury News, 12/17/2001
http://www0.mercurycenter.com/premium/opinion/edit/053712.htm

WITH the drama of a high-risk drug raid, the Immigration and 
Nationalization Service swooped down on dozens of San Diego homes 
Wednesday 
and rounded up 10 college students.

The nature of their crimes? Not complying with the terms of their 
visas, 
which could range from not taking enough college credits, to dropping 
out 
of school. And, oops, one of the students, it turns out, was mistakenly 
picked up. He was released. None of the students had anything to do 
with 
the Sept. 11 attacks, or posed a security threat to the United States.

Their high-profile arrests in the name of national security are the 
product 
of overzealous and selective enforcement by the INS, and a continued 
targeting of the very community that investigators should be courting.

Similar transgressions -- entering or staying in the country illegally 
-- 
are being committed by some 6 million to 7 million others. An estimated 
40 
percent of them originally entered on a valid visa, three-quarters of 
them 
as tourists.

For the INS to investigate the 2.4 million to 2.8 million holders of 
expired visas would be an expensive, herculean and -- in furthering 
national security, likely unproductive -- undertaking.

But of course the INS is not going to chase down all visa overstayers. 
In 
San Diego, it simply targeted students from Middle Eastern, South Asian 
and 
Muslim countries...

...President Bush proclaims he's not waging war on Muslims or Arabs. He 
encourages Americans not to vilify people by race or religion. Yet his 
administration's deeds speak differently, and are frightening and 
alienating the very people whose cooperation this country needs.

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HATRED CONVICTION UPHELD
By Tracey Tyler, The Toronto Star, 12/18/2001

A 46-year-old cabinet maker and self-proclaimed Christian pastor must 
begin 
performing 340 hours of community service for Muslim organizations as a 
result of an Ontario court decision to uphold his convictions for 
hate-mongering.

The Ontario Court of Appeal ruled 3-0 yesterday to dismiss Mark 
Harding's 
appeal of his 1998 convictions for willfully promoting hatred against 
Muslims through pamphlets and telephone messages. At his trial, Harding 
admitted writing and distributing two fliers around Weston Collegiate 
Institute in 1997 that accused Muslims of practicing a "false religion" 
full of violence and hatred, and warned of Muslim terrorists living in 
Canada.

He also recorded a phone message describing Toronto Muslims as no 
different 
than those who "torture, maim, starve, beat and kill Christians around 
the 
globe in the name of their God." He later said his comments were 
confined 
to Muslim fundamentalists.

Madam Justice Karen Weiler said being willfully blind to the effect of 
the 
pamphlets and telephone message was virtually the same as willfully 
promoting hatred...

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 12/19/2001

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HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: THE BEST JIHAD
* MUSLIM POLL: TWO-THIRDS SAY WAR IS AGAINST TERRORISM, NOT ISLAM
* COURT HEARING TODAY FOR RABIH HADDAD
* SUPPORTERS CALL FOR RELEASE OF MUSLIM MAN DETAINED BY INS (AP)
* EX-LAWMAKER FROM JORDAN IS HELD IN CHICAGO (New York Times)
* BENEVOLENCE INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION RESPONDS TO ASSETS FREEZE
* CONTACT ATTORNEY GENERAL ASHCROFT TO DEMAND DUE PROCESS OF LAW
* RIVERA, FOX RIPPED BY RIVALS OVER WAR COVERAGE (Washington Times)
* FAITH AND TOLERANCE IN MUSLIM AMERICA (National Geographic Magazine)
* SOUTH AFRICAN JEWS POLARIZED OVER ISRAEL (The Washington Post)
* INFORMATION CENTER DEPLOYS ITS OWN TROOPS (USA Today)
* STATE DEPT. GETS INTO BIZ (Variety)
* IN PRAISE OF THE VEIL (Chicago Tribune)
         - MUSLIM WOMEN DISCUSS ISLAMIC LIFE (Christian Science 
Monitor)
* MD LT. GOVERNOR VISITS MUSLIM COMMUNITY CENTER

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HADITH OF THE DAY: THE BEST JIHAD

The Prophet Muhammad was asked "what is the best type of Jihad." He 
answered: “Speaking truth before a tyrannical ruler.”

Riyadh us-Saleheen Volume 1:195

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MUSLIM POLL: TWO-THIRDS SAY WAR IS AGAINST TERRORISM, NOT ISLAM
Ascribe Newswire, 12/19/2001
http://www.ascribe.org/onthewire/livewire.html

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (AScribe Newswire) -- The first ever systematic 
poll of 
American Muslims finds a 58 percent approval rating of President Bush 
for 
his handling of the terrorist attacks on September 11 and two-thirds 
agree 
with the Bush Administration's assertion that the war is being fought 
against terrorism, not Islam. Two-thirds also responded that a change 
in 
America's policy in the Middle East is the best way to wage the war 
against 
terrorism.

"The Poll clearly shows the determination of the Muslim community," 
said 
Project MAPS Co-Director Zahid Bukhari of Georgetown University's 
Center 
for Muslim Christian Understanding. "Although it took the heat after 
September 11, more than 50 percent experienced incidents of backlash, 
the 
community is yet very much eager to fully participate in the American 
Public life. The American Muslims have great potential to become a 
moral 
voice in the society."

The poll results were released today by Project MAPS: Muslims in the 
American Public Square at the National Press Club. Zogby International 
interviewed 1,781 persons nationwide who identify themselves as Muslim 
from 
November 8 through November 19, 2001.

John Esposito, University Professor and Director of the Center for 
Muslim-Christian Understanding, said "This opinion poll, part of a 
major 
project sponsored by the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and 
the 
PEW Charitable Trust, provides important new insights into the 
demographics, voting habits, and participation of Muslims in American 
public life."

The poll results also suggest that American Muslims favor big 
government 
solutions to issues like health care and poverty but are conservative 
on 
other social issues like the death penalty, gay marriage, abortion, and 
pornography. American Muslims report significant involvement in the 
broader 
community through donations to non-Muslim social service programs and 
participation in the American political process.

For a copy of the executive summary of the poll results, please contact 
Doug Shaw at 202-687-4327.

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COURT HEARING TODAY FOR RABIH HADDAD

A court hearing for Rabih Haddad is set for today at 2:30 p.m. in 
Detroit. 
The Judge will be asked to allow Haddad to post bail. (See article 
below.)

The hearing will take place at: 1155 Brewry Park Blvd., Room 450, 
Detroit, 
MI 48207

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SUPPORTERS CALL FOR RELEASE OF MUSLIM MAN DETAINED BY INS
By DEE-ANN DURBIN, The Associated Press, 12/19/2001

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The wife of Muslim leader Rabih Haddad met with 
supporters to protest his detention, but got little response from 
federal 
officials who remained tight-lipped about the case.

Haddad, 41, serves on the board of a group suspected of funding 
terrorist 
activities. He was detained on a visa violation by the Immigration and 
Naturalization Service on Friday afternoon, the same day federal agents 
raided the offices of Global Relief Foundation in Illinois.Haddad's 
wife, 
Salma al-Rashaid, denied that the organization has terrorist links.

"I don't know why the media's saying that," she told about 40 
supporters 
gathered at an Ann Arbor community center on Tuesday.

Haddad was scheduled to have a bond hearing at U.S. Immigration Court 
in 
Detroit at 2:30 p.m. EST Wednesday, said his attorney, Ashraf Nubani… 
(703-256-1300)

…Al-Rashaid said INS officers never explained why her husband was being 
taken and refused to tell her where he was going when they arrested him 
on 
the eve of Eid al-Fitr, the feast at the end of the Muslim holy month 
of 
Ramadan.

"They should have told us why they took him," she said, saying the 
incident 
frightened her and the couple's four children, ages 3, 7, 9 and 11. She 
was 
told she couldn't visit or call Haddad.

Greg Palmore, a spokesman for the INS in Detroit, said he couldn't 
comment 
on the case…

…Tariq Colvin, a member of the Muslim Community Association in Ann 
Arbor, 
questioned why Haddad is being held without a hearing and without bond 
in a 
Monroe County jail.

"Is this America or not?" he asked. "We won't stand for these KGB 
tactics, 
of coming in the middle of the night and taking people and throwing 
away 
the key."

Michael Steinberg, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union 
in 
Detroit, said American citizens may be held for no longer than 48 hours 
without a hearing.

"If they have something on him, let's see it," Steinberg said. "The 
Constitution protects people within the United States, regardless of 
their 
citizenship."

Nubani said Haddad has been in the United States on and off for 14 
years 
and first came on a student visa. Haddad attended the University of 
Nebraska at Lincoln….

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EX-LAWMAKER FROM JORDAN IS HELD IN CHICAGO
The New York Times, 12/19/2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/19/national/19ARRE.html

A retired Jordanian lawmaker who was here to lead local Muslims in a 
celebration to mark the end of Ramadan is being held on immigration 
charges.

The former official, Sheik Dib Aneef Shihadeh, is being detained on 
accusations that his visa was revoked on Nov. 21, 2000, said Mr. 
Shihadeh's 
lawyer, Zuhair Nubani. Mr. Nubani said Sheik Shihadeh, who is 75, 
entered 
the United States assuming his visa was valid.

"He's been in and out of the U.S. many times over the last few years," 
Mr 
Nubani said. "He had no idea there was a problem. He came in legally, 
and 
if there was a problem, he should have been told about it immediately 
and 
sent on the next plane back. You can't tell me that they can read the 
license plates of cars in Afghanistan, but they missed someone's 
expired 
visa…"

…Marilu Cabrera, a spokeswoman for the immigration service here, said 
Mr. 
Shihadeh was charged with immigration violations on Monday. Ms. Cabrera 
said he was originally held on a $15,000 bond on Friday, but is now 
being 
held without bond. She would not comment on the change…

…The sheik was the second prominent Muslim detained in the Midwest last 
week. In Ann Arbor, Mich., Rabih Haddad, the co-founder of the Global 
Relief Foundation, was arrested on Friday in his home by federal 
officials 
for an alleged immigration violation, his family and lawyers said…

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BENEVOLENCE INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION RESPONDS TO ASSETS FREEZE

December 18, 2001 - This statement is issued by Benevolence 
International 
Foundation in response to the seizure on December 14, 2001, by the 
Federal 
Bureau of Investigation of financial records and other documents from 
Benevolence International Foundation offices in Chicago and Newark. 
These 
actions were apparently taken pursuant to the newly enacted Patriot 
Act. In 
addition, on the same day, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign 
Assets Control blocked the organization’s assets pursuant to the 
International Emergency Economic Powers Act.

Benevolence International Foundation is a humanitarian organization 
dedicated to helping those afflicted by wars, natural disasters, and 
extreme poverty.  Specifically, Benevolence International carries out 
its 
mission by raising funds to assist orphans and to provide emergency 
food 
distribution, health care and education in the neediest areas of the 
world.

We join the rest of the country in mourning the loss of life caused by 
the 
terrorist attacks of September 11. We abhor terrorist activities and 
strongly deny any involvement in terrorism, including the funding of 
terrorist activities. We are a law-abiding United States charity, and 
have 
nothing to hide. We will fully cooperate with the government’s 
investigation of our activities as well as the activities of the 
recipients 
of our funding.

We are deeply disappointed by the government’s actions in seizing our 
documents and freezing our funds, effectively shutting down our ability 
to 
provide greatly needed assistance throughout the world. It is 
devastating 
that the government has successfully prevented thousands of innocent 
people 
overseas from receiving essential services without providing any basis 
for 
its suspicion that Benevolence International is connected to terrorist 
activities or groups. That the government acted at the end of the holy 
month of Ramadan was especially unfortunate because of the generous 
donations that Muslim-Americans had made to Benevolence International 
in 
order to fulfill their religious obligation to provide aid to those in 
need.

The government’s drastic actions were not only disruptive, but 
unnecessary.  We have always stood ready and willing to cooperate with 
any 
legitimate government investigation. Executive Director of Benevolence 
International Foundation, Enaam Arnaout, said: “Benevolence 
International 
is engaged in critically important charitable work in many of the 
neediest 
parts of the world.  We will cooperate fully in the government’s 
investigation and hope that it will be resolved quickly so we can 
return to 
our mission of providing charitable funds to impoverished, war-torn 
regions 
all over the world.”

For further information, please contact Matt Piers or Mary Rowland at 
Gessler, Hughes, Socol, Piers, Resnick & Dym, Ltd. at (312)580-0100.

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CONTACT ATTORNEY GENERAL ASHCROFT TO DEMAND DUE PROCESS OF LAW
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?articleid=535&articletype=2

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RIVERA, FOX RIPPED BY RIVALS OVER WAR COVERAGE
By Jennifer Harper, The Washington Times, 12/19/2001
http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20011219-47404456.htm

Is it Geraldo bashing  or Fox bashing? A peeved press has accused Fox 
News 
Channel correspondent Geraldo Rivera of false reporting, warmongering 
and 
questionable antics during his assignment in Afghanistan. But the 
discord 
may run deeper.

Mr. Rivera has not cried on camera yet, as CBS' Dan Rather did back in 
September. But he has carried a pistol, rolled in the sand, sported a 
suede 
bush hat and offered his portrayal of Geraldo as Hemingway, of he-man 
reportage, rife with guts, glory and meaningful pauses. Even his own 
cameraman (cameramen, who can't fake anything, are the real captains of 
derring-do) said, "They don't make a helmet big enough for his head."

Bombast notwithstanding, critics have questioned Mr. Rivera's 
credibility, 
both for the content of his dispatches and his decision to carry a gun 
in a 
war zone. The chorus includes CBS and ABC, a hint that the old 
unwritten 
rules of civility among broadcast competitors are eroding. Things are 
getting personal. (The newspaper and magazine correspondents, who 
generally 
regard the TV journalists as more entertainers than reporters, anyway, 
take 
a more bemused view of the contretemps).

"Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera, who couldn't bear being away 
from 
the action in Afghanistan, was hundreds of miles from the site of a 
friendly fire incident he reported on," CBS noted in a story, posted on 
its 
Web site yesterday, captioned "Where's Geraldo? Nowhere near site of 
U.S. 
casualties, as he claimed."

Indeed, on Dec. 6, Mr. Rivera told his viewers he was in Kandahar, on 
the 
"hallowed" spot where three Americans had been killed the day before. 
But 
Baltimore Sun television columnist David Folkenflik called him on it, 
eventually getting Mr. Rivera to concede via satellite phone that he 
had 
been to the north in Tora Bora  confused, he said, "by the fog of war…"

…Mr. Rivera has caught flak, meanwhile, for carrying a gun, an act that 
might be misinterpreted as hostile in war-torn Afghanistan and endanger 
the 
lives of other correspondents.

But guns fit the Fox News image, at least according to Vanity Fair's 
James 
Wolcott, who recently wrote, "Geraldo Rivera and the Viagra posse at 
Fox 
News refilled their gas bags and began taking turns on Mussolini's 
balcony 
to exhort the mob…"

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FAITH AND TOLERANCE IN MUSLIM AMERICA
National Geographic Magazine
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/
Scroll down and click on “Learn more about Islam in America.”
Note also that the latest magazine has a section called: “In Focus: The 
World of Islam”

…Since September 11 there have been more than a thousand 
incidentsranging 
from threats and vandalism to murdertoward Muslims or the 1,209 known 
mosques in America, according to the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR), a Washington, D.C.-based organization that tracks civil rights 
and 
political issues for Muslims in the United States. CAIR activists 
believe 
American Muslims are vulnerable and under undue scrutiny, singled out 
at 
airport-security checkpoints and unlawfully detained and questioned by 
federal agents.

Amid that societal fall-out from the attacks, religious prejudice 
against 
Muslims still remains even from the Reverend Franklin Graham, son of 
the 
Reverend Billy Graham, one of America’s most respected Christian 
evangelists. Speaking at an October dedication of a chapel in his home 
state of North Carolina, the younger Graham said, “We’re not attacking 
Islam, but Islam has attacked us. The God of Islam is not the same God. 
He’s not the son of God of the Christian or Judeo-Christian faith. It’s 
a 
different God, and I believe it is a very evil and wicked religion.”

Graham’s remarks touched off dismay among Muslims, leading CAIR 
Executive 
Director Nihad Awad to respond: “We have found that negative 
impressions of 
Islam are most often based on a lack of accurate and objective 
information.”

Last spring, long before the terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, the 
country’s 
major Islamic organizations published an exhaustive report: “The Mosque 
in 
America: A National Portrait…” (www.cair-net.org/mosquereport)

The study found that Islam is a fast-spreading faith in America, with a 
25 
percent increase in the number of mosques over the past seven years. 
About 
30 percent of worshipers at an average mosque are converts from another 
religion. Behind the large numbers, however, the study discovered that 
Islam in America is itself a multicultural society.

“One of the most significant findings in this survey is that mosques 
are 
quite ethnically diverse,” says Ihsan Bagby, the report’s primary 
researcher. Bagby noted that 93 percent of all mosques are attended by 
more 
than one ethnic group. At the average mosque, ethnic groups are almost 
equally divided, with South Asians making up the largest third. 
African-Americans are next, followed by members from the 
Arabic-speaking world…

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SOUTH AFRICAN JEWS POLARIZED OVER ISRAEL
Anti-Racism Leaders Equate Country's Treatment of Palestinians to 
Apartheid
By Jon Jeter, The Washington Post, 12/19/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A63012-2001Dec18.html

It is a brief document, occupying less than half a page in a local 
newspaper here. But since the "declaration of conscience" was published 
10 
days ago, it has polarized South African Jews like no issue since the 
collapse of white-minority rule seven years ago.

Written by two Jewish heroes of South Africa's liberation struggle 
against 
the white government's apartheid system, and signed by 220 Jews, the 
document asserts that Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories is 
the 
cause of the escalating violence in the Middle East and denounces 
Israel's 
campaign of violence. Titled "Not In My Name," the declaration 
acknowledges 
Israel's right to exist and its valid security concerns but compares 
Israel's treatment of Palestinians to the oppression of South Africa's 
black majority under apartheid.

"It becomes difficult," Ronnie Kasrils and Max Ozinsky write, 
"particularly 
from a South African perspective, not to draw parallels with the 
oppression 
experienced by Palestinians under the hand of Israel and the oppression 
experienced in South Africa under apartheid rule…"

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INFORMATION CENTER DEPLOYS ITS OWN TROOPS
By Judy Keen, USA Today, 12/19/2001
http://www.usatoday.com/news/attack/2001/12/19/war-room-usat.htm

WASHINGTON -- A little-noticed but critical component of the war on 
international terrorism operates beneath lamp-bearing cherubs in a 
building 
next door to the White House.

There, amid message boards that list upcoming events and clocks that 
display the time in Washington, London, Afghanistan and Pakistan, the 
Coalition Information Center has a mission nearly as important as 
winning 
the war: controlling the story.

Operating from the historic Indian Treaty Room in the Eisenhower 
Executive 
Office Building, 30 people huddle over computer screens as phones ring 
constantly. Most staffers are borrowed from the White House and 
administration agencies. Three are on loan from the British Embassy. 
The 
public-relations operation stretches from downtown Washington to 
London, 
Islamabad and Kabul, where people are stationed to help choreograph 
foreign 
reporters' perspectives on the war. "We've learned that you either 
start 
the news wave or you're swamped by it," says Jim Wilkinson, a White 
House 
communications aide who runs the center…

…War room staffers in four countries have set up news conferences and 
photo 
ops. When reports surfaced that many in the Arab world were not 
convinced 
of Osama bin Laden's guilt after last week's videotape ran on TV, they 
culled from news accounts 10 quotes from people of Arab descent who 
said 
the tape did convince them.

They organized last week's remembrance ceremonies in 110 countries to 
mark 
three months after the attacks. They wrote speeches for President Bush, 
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell. 
They 
made sure that administration officials talked to Arab media outlets to 
counter inaccuracies and wild rumors…

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STATE DEPT. GETS INTO BIZ
By PAMELA McCLINTOCK, Variety, December 17, 2001 - December 23, 2001

WASHINGTON There's a certain spookiness to a new series of radio PSAs 
urging every American to sign up for $ 25 million in reward money by 
aiding 
in the hunt for Osama bin Laden and his Al Qaeda terrorist network.

Produced by the U.S. State Department, the PSAs bowed last week and are 
expected to get heavy play in the days to come. There's a separate set 
for 
newspapers. Washington has never been known to have the Lubitsch touch, 
and 
it shows in the PSAs. Mostly, the promos rely on fear --- cold, 
straight-up 
fear --- to drive the point home.

"Do you know a terrorist? Not long ago this would have seemed like a 
ridiculous question. But not anymore," intones one of the four radio 
PSAs.

"Stop and think about it. Information about suspicious activities 
involving 
aircraft. About stolen explosives or biological materials. About 
letters or 
packages. It could all add up to preventing at terrorist attack. Now, 
do 
something about it," the voice says…

…The PSA program is a co-production of the State Dept. and the 
nonprofit 
Rewards for Justice Program, set up years ago as a clearinghouse for 
terrorist tips. After the Sept. 11 attacks, a special fund was set up 
to 
help in the capture of bin Laden and top Al Qaeda leaders.

Of the three other radio PSAs, one plugs the rewards fund by asking for 
donations; another again encourages Americans to phone in any tips and 
take 
part in the rewards programs.

The fourth PSA is narrated by an American Muslim woman, interspersed 
with 
info about the $25 million reward.

"These terrorists do not follow the teachings of Islam," the woman 
says. 
"They worship only evil. I beg you to come forward if you can prevent 
further acts of terrorism."

The ABC Radio Network is helping to distribute the PSAs, which are 
likely 
to set off a rewards frenzy. Let's just hope they don't turn neighbor 
against neighbor.

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IN PRAISE OF THE VEIL
By Barbara Brotman, The Chicago Tribune, 12/19/2001
http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/women/chi-0112190006dec19.story

It is a lightning rod for both devotion and hostility. Banned in 
government 
offices in secular Turkey, mandated in its most severe form by the 
Taliban 
in Afghanistan, the Muslim head covering for women has been used as a 
weapon in battles for and against modernity.

The head scarf is part of observing hijab, the Muslim practice of 
modesty. 
The word comes from the Arabic for hiding or concealing, and, for 
women, 
also encompasses covering the body completely with loose clothing. The 
head 
covering itself usually drapes around the neck and covers the bosom 
too. 
Hijab is also a state of mind, its practitioners say, a public modesty 
that 
requires both men and women to lower their gaze if confronted by an 
inappropriate sight…

…These Chicago-area women choose to wear the head scarf, and here 
explain why.

Toni Khatib

"…I've been wearing the hijab three years now. For me, it's been very 
liberating. To tell you the truth, it allows you to be a person, and 
not 
just a woman/thing to be looked at. People listen to you. I used to be 
very 
heavy. ... When I lost the weight again, I noticed those looks and 
things, 
where ... someone is talking to you, but they're looking at your chest. 
With the hijab, I notice it's gone away…

…A glossary of garments

Hijab: From the Arab word meaning "to hide or conceal," hijab is the 
practice of women covering their heads, and often their bodies with 
loose 
clothing, when out in public. Hijab also commonly refers to the head 
scarf 
itself.

Niqaab: A face veil that leaves only the eyes visible.

Gilbab: An ankle-length coat worn in public, covering any style of 
clothing 
beneath it, worn in Jordan, Lebanon and by Palestinians.

Abaya: A full-length black silk dress worn in Saudi Arabia, often with 
a 
matching head scarf.

Chador: A head-to-toe cloak, which exposes the face, worn in Iran.

Burqa: The head-to-toe covering with a mesh opening for the eyes that 
was 
mandated by the Taliban, and is worn by some in the Persian Gulf and by 
Bedouin women in Egypt.

SEE ALSO: MUSLIM WOMEN DISCUSS ISLAMIC LIFE
Women in conservative Islamic societies talk about their lives, and how 
the 
West perceives them.
http://www.csmonitor.com/2001/1219/p1s3-wogi.html

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MD LT. GOVERNOR VISITS MUSLIM COMMUNITY CENTER

WHERE: Muslim Community Center (MCC), 15200 New Hampshire Ave., Silver 
Spring, Maryland

WHEN: Wednesday, December 19, 2001, 6 PM - 7:30 PM

CONTACT: president@mccmd.org or 301-384-3454 ext 6.
For directions, link to: http://mccmd.org/directions.htm

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 12/20/2001

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HEADLINES:

* HADITHS OF THE DAY: MOTHERS
* 'PASSENGERS COMPLAINED' (AND I GOT THE BOOT) (Charlotte Observer)
         - FACT SHEET: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions Concerning 
the 
Air Travel of People Who Are Or May Appear to Be of Arab, Middle 
Eastern or 
South Asian Descent and/or Muslim or Sikh
* CAIR-FL MEETS WITH OFFICIALS ABOUT "VOLUNTARY' INTERVIEWS
* MUSLIMS, FDLE BUILD TRUST (Sun-Sentinel)
* THE DISMISSAL OF DR. SAMI A. AL-ARIAN BY THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH 
FLORIDA
IS POLITICALLY MOTIVATED AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL - STATEMENT BY TAMPA BAY 
COALITION FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE
         - USF WILL FIRE AL-ARIAN (St. Petersburg Times)
         - USF DECIDES TO FIRE AL-ARIAN (Tampa Tribune)
         - FOX'S BILL O'REILLY OFFERS HIS VIEWS OF AL-ARIAN'S FIRING
* PALESTINIAN PROFESSOR CHALLENGES HIS DETENTION AS UNCONSTITUTIONAL
         - FREEDOM SOUGHT FOR AL-NAJJAR (St. Petersburg Times)
* CHARITY'S LEADER STAYS IN JAIL (Chicago Tribune)
         - VIGIL FOR RABIH HADDAD
         - INS LETS SHEIK GO TO RETURN TO JORDAN
* AL-AMIN JURY SELECTION OPEN TO PUBLIC (Atlanta Journal)
* LETTER: MURDEROUS RAGE ALL AROUND (Washington Times)
* ARAB SCIENTISTS RECOUNT HOSTILITY AND HARASSMENT AT MILITARY ANTHRAX 
LAB 
(Hartford Courant)

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HADITHS OF THE DAY: MOTHERS

A man came to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and asked, "Who is more entitled 
to 
be treated with the best companionship by me?" The Prophet said, "Your 
mother." The man said. "Who is next?" The Prophet said, "Your mother." 
The 
man further said, "Who is next?" The Prophet said, "Your mother." The 
man 
asked for the fourth time, "Who is next?" The Prophet said, "Your 
father."

Sahih al-Bukhari, 8:2

The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: "Sometimes I enter prayer and I 
intend to 
prolong it, but then I hear a child crying, and I shorten my prayer 
thinking of the distress of the child's mother."

Fiqh us-Sunnah, Volume 2, Number 51b

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'PASSENGERS COMPLAINED' (AND I GOT THE BOOT)
By Shaun Ahmad, The Charlotte Observer, 12/20/2001
http://www.charlotte.com/observer/opinion/pub/forum1220.htm

I was flying from Charlotte to New York. Soon after I took my seat, a 
passenger of South Asian descent sat down next to me. Although I am an 
American, I too have brown skin as my parents are from Pakistan 
originally.

A couple of minutes later a US Airways security agent came to our row 
and 
asked my neighbor to leave the plane. Another agent then asked me to 
take 
my bags and follow him. When I asked why, he refused to answer.

After being escorted off the plane, I was searched. When I asked again 
why 
I had been removed from the plane, I was told that I and the passenger 
I 
was travelling with had acted erratically. When I asked why the agent 
thought I was travelling with this other South Asian, he remained 
silent.

When I suggested that I had been discriminated against because of to my 
skin color, he replied that in this day and age the airlines had to 
take 
any sort of threat seriously and that "Passengers had complained."

I have brown skin and I am a Muslim, but I am also an American. I 
should 
not have to put up with harassment because of my ethnic or religious 
background. And although Attorney General Ashcroft continues to insist 
that 
justice in America remains blind to race and religion (I'm not so 
sure), 
one thing is for certain: US Airways certainly does not.

FACT SHEET: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions Concerning the Air 
Travel 
of People Who Are Or May Appear to Be of Arab, Middle Eastern or South 
Asian Descent and/or Muslim or Sikh
http://www.faa.gov/acr/DOTAT-RNO.doc

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CAIR-FL MEETS WITH OFFICIALS ABOUT "VOLUNTARY' INTERVIEWS

FLORIDA ­ Representatives of the Florida office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) met this week with Department of 
Law 
Enforcement (FDLE) Assistant Commissioner Bob Cummings and 
representatives 
from the Florida Commission on Human Relations in Tallahassee to 
discuss 
the "voluntary" interviews of legal Muslim visitors in that state. The 
interviews are part of a nationwide effort targeting some 5,000 Muslims 
and 
Arabs.

CAIR-FL representatives expressed concerns as to how the interviews in 
Florida were conducted, whether attorneys could be requested and what 
type 
of questions was asked. Cummings, along with newly appointed Chief of 
Domestic Security Steven Lauer and Public Information Director Al 
Dennis 
sought to address CAIR-FL's concerns.

CAIR-FL and the FDLE have agreed to build better relations in order to 
facilitate national security objectives while protecting the civil 
rights 
of Muslims. An action plan will be developed to provide sensitivity and 
educational training about Muslims for agents. Further, the FDLE will 
develop a dialogue with the Muslim community in Florida through various 
means including CAIR-FL's newsletter.

"Had this initiative occurred earlier there would have been less 
apprehension within our community. We thank the Florida Commission on 
Human 
Relations for establishing the avenue through which we can build better 
relations and help to serve our country. Now as a team we are better 
equipped to fulfill our obligations as citizens," said CAIR-FL 
Executive 
Director Altaf Ali.

CONTACT: Cair-Florida ­ Altaf Ali, 954-797-7493
E-mail: Florida@cair-net.org

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MUSLIMS, FDLE BUILD TRUST
Group Urges Legal Help for Detainees
By Tanya Weinberg, The Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale), 12/20/2001
www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/search/sfl-smuslims20dec20.story

This much community activists know: dozens of South Florida Muslims 
have 
been detained and hundreds have been questioned statewide in connection 
with the federal government's terrorism investigations.

What they do not know are the names of most of the individuals affected 
or 
the reasons some are being detained.

On Tuesday, officials with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, 
known 
as CAIR, met with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to discuss 
the 
questioning of 500 Florida Muslims and Arabs and to ask that his group 
be 
consulted as a community liaison. "The problem is we're working in the 
dark," said attorney Khurrim Wahid, Florida's civil rights director for 
CAIR.

In order to ensure people are treated justly, CAIR is building 
relationships with law enforcement and helping detainees get legal 
representation.

"We established a very positive relationship," FDLE spokesman Al Dennis 
said...

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THE DISMISSAL OF DR. SAMI A. AL-ARIAN BY THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH 
FLORIDA
IS POLITICALLY MOTIVATED AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL - STATEMENT BY TAMPA BAY 
COALITION FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE

CONTACT: Abe Kader (tbcjp@yahoo.com)

December 20, 2001, Tampa- University of South Florida president Judy 
Genshaft's decision yesterday to dismiss Dr. Sami A. Al-Arian from his 
tenured position at the university is clearly an affront to principles 
of 
free speech and academic freedom, principles that have been sacrosanct 
and 
protected in the U.S. constitution throughout American history. 
Genshaft's 
decision was undoubtedly politically motivated- because of Dr. Sami 
Al-Arian's political opinions. It is a blatant abuse of the power and 
authority that the academic community entrusts in a university 
president. 
If there is any institution that must be protected from political 
influence 
or pressure, it is the university campus. Hence, this wrong decision 
will 
have a huge negative effect on the academic community as well as an 
enormous impact in chilling free speech.

President Genshaft provided flimsy and flawed reasons to dismiss Dr. 
Al-Arian. The four reasons she cited for her unjust decision are: 1) 
that 
he did not make clear that his off-campus speeches reflected his views 
and 
not the university's, 2) that he is insubordinate because he visited 
the 
campus once after he was put on paid leave, 3) that USF fundraising and 
other activities were hurt by the national media coverage, and 4) the 
amount of disruption and security concerns that the university has to 
deal 
with because of the controversy and the death threats. We will address 
the 
legitimacy of each one of these claims.

First, Dr. Al-Arian never claimed to speak on behalf of the university 
before, during, or after his appearance on FOX news on September 26. In 
fact, in his open letter to the community on October 4, 2001, he 
stated: "I 
also told [the FOX producer] that although I was on the faculty of USF, 
I'd 
like to be introduced as chairman of the coalition that was established 
to 
defend civil rights and political freedom."  Since that appearance, Dr. 
Al-Arian was interviewed many times by many reporters who jokingly 
asked 
whether he spoke on behalf of USF to which the answer was obvious. Many 
excerpts of his speeches that were shown on TV were from old speeches 
dating back 10 or even 13 years.

The only public speech that Dr. Al-Arian gave since his paid leave 
began on 
September 27 was at the Amnesty International Human Rights day on 
December 
9, 2001. He spoke for 20 minutes about civil rights concerns, 
especially 
the case of Dr. Al-Najjar and the use of secret evidence. It was clear 
that 
the speech represented his views. More pointedly, does anyone in their 
right mind think that when any of the thousands of USF professors speak 
that they would speak on behalf of the university? Even if any of the 
professors speaks on any issue including his or her specialty, does 
anyone 
think that they speak on behalf of the university? Does the standard 
that 
the USF president apply to Professor Al-Arian apply to all other USF 
professor?

As for the violation that Dr. Al-Arian defied the administration in 
coming 
to campus on October 5 after being warned not to come to campus 
earlier, 
that is simply untrue. On the day that he was put on paid leave that 
issue 
never came up. When the Provost sent a letter to Dr. Al-Arian giving 
him a 
so-called "final warning" for coming to campus, Dr. Al-Arian wrote back 
that he was not aware that he could not come to campus. This condition 
was 
never communicated to him neither in his letter nor in any other 
manner. 
Dr. Al-Arian was on campus on October 5 in his capacity as an advisor 
to 
the USF Muslim Students' Association (MSA). Dr. Al-Arian has not set 
foot 
on campus since that date but the so-called "final warning" was not 
final 
after all.

As for the other two reasons given by the USF President, it is clear 
that 
it falls in a "blame the victim" type argument. Instead of prosecuting 
the 
perpetrators of the death threats, the USF administrators are punishing 
the 
victim of the death threats. The most dangerous death threat that USF 
received was on September 27. According to the USF police report, the 
terrorist that threatened to kill Dr. Al-Arian and threatened the 
computer 
science department called the second day and said that:  "He couldn't 
control himself", and " did not mean to harm or frighten anyone. And 
that 
he was sorry." The report also said: "He sounded very proper, no 
noticeable 
accents. His voice was Caucasian."

It is not clear why other death threats were not investigated or 
prosecuted 
since many of them were easily traceable. Rev. Sharon Streater of the 
Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality (HOPE), who 
attended 
the USF Board of Trustees meeting said: "Though I am not a student or a 
professor, I was there for the whole sad event. It was very depressing 
to 
observe the lack of courage and the classic "blame the victim" 
syndrome.  What I witnessed was a horrible example of so-called 
leadership 
teaching bad lessons about how to get trustees to vote your way!"

The disruption that the university had to endure has nothing to do with 
Dr. 
Al-Arian's actions. The sensationalism of some media outlets and their 
inaccurate and biased reporting after the September 11 tragedy was 
beyond 
his control. Most of his appearances were in conjunction to condemn the 
September 11 horrible crimes and to defend Islam as President Bush has 
urged the nation. Furthermore, the failure of some USF administrators 
to 
deal with the irrational behavior of some only exacerbated the problem. 
They fell victim to the real perpetrators of terrorism on campus.

We call upon USF President Genshaft to reconsider her hasty decision in 
the 
hopes of protecting academic freedom and defending First Amendment 
rights.  Please contact President Genshaft with your call for the 
reinstatement of Dr. Al-Arian. His loss sets a tragic precedent for us 
all.

President Judy Genshaft
University of South Florida
Office of the President
4202 E. Fowler Ave.
Tampa, FL 33620
(813) 974-2791
(813) 974-5530 (fax)
jgensha@admin.usf.edu
http://www.usf.edu/board/contact.html

SEE ALSO: USF WILL FIRE AL-ARIAN
http://www.sptimes.com/News/122001/TampaBay/USF_will_fire_Al_Aria.shtml

USF DECIDES TO FIRE AL-ARIAN
http://www.tampatrib.com/MGASXUE5GVC.html

USF leaders concentrated on events triggered by Al-Arian's appearance 
Sept. 
26 on the national television program of Bill O'Reilly, who revived 
accusations the professor condones terrorism. That appearance, in 
essence, 
made Al-Arian the first topic of conversation in most any discussion 
involving USF.

"It comes down to reaction to one five-minute television appearance in 
which he was accused unjustly by a TV bully," said Hussein Ibish, 
spokesman 
for the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in Washington.

Al-Arian got 12 documented death threats while Genshaft and other USF 
leaders were inundated with questions or backlash. USF cited security 
reasons for suspending Al-Arian with pay, just as it had put him on 
paid 
leave during a federal investigation years ago...

FOX'S BILL O'REILLY OFFERS HIS VIEWS OF AL-ARIAN'S FIRING
The O'Reilly Facto, 12/19/2001

...the University of South Florida continues to run and hide. Their 
president, board of directors dodging the media. State of Florida also 
has 
not been forthcoming about Professor al-Arian. But because of THE 
FACTOR, 
the citizens of Florida rightly ask, What the heck's going on?

Thus the university trustees have now voted to dismiss al-Arian. He can 
appeal that dismissal.

Talking Points doesn't think that's fair. We would not have fired al- 
Arian 
without a complete investigation into acts-- his activities. Even 
though it 
looks like this guy is sympathetic to terrorism, it hasn't been proved.

So this could be a case of a cowardly administration at the University 
of 
South Florida just taking the easy way out and dumping al-Arian. What 
should happen here is that the authorities in Florida should 
investigate 
the guy. Sami al-Arian may be a person who should not be teaching in 
any 
American classroom, but at this point Americans have a right to know 
exactly what he did or did not do.

THE FACTOR has serious questions about him and his pals, but we don't 
take 
any joy in seeing the man fired. Once again, we are calling for a 
complete 
and professional investigation into Sami al-Arian's conduct...

CONTACT: Dr. Sami Al-Arian 813-300-9393

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PALESTINIAN PROFESSOR CHALLENGES HIS DETENTION AS UNCONSTITUTIONAL
Detained on Charges of Terrorist Ties that Have Been Proved Unfounded

A Statement by Dr. Al-Najjar's Attorneys, Dr. Al Najjar s family and 
Tampa 
Bay Coalition for Justice and Peace

Miami, Florida, 12/19/2001 - Lawyers for Dr. Mazen Al Najjar, a 
Palestinian 
professor who spent more than 31/2 years in detention based on secret 
evidence, and was released from detention on December 15 of last year 
but 
placed back in detention last month - returned to federal court today 
to 
challenge his latest re-arrest and detention as unconstitutional.  Al 
Najjar was released from immigration custody in December 2000 after a 
federal judge declared his detention unconstitutional and an 
immigration 
judge ruled that there was no basis on the public record to justify 
detaining him.  On November 24, 2001, however, the INS rearrested Al 
Najjar, and he is now detained at the Federal Correctional Complex in 
Coleman, Florida. Today, Al Najjar filed a renewed petition for habeas 
corpus seeking his immediate release...

...Write to Dr. Al-Najjar

Since Nov. 24, 2001, Dr. Mazen Al-Najjar has been in solitary 
confinement 
at the maximum security section of a federal correctional facility. His 
prison conditions are extremely harsh and punitive as he is in a 23 
hour 
lock down and under 24 hour observation. Everyday, he is strip searched 
twice. He has no access to the library, TV or papers. He has very 
limited 
access to phones and has just been afforded limited non contact visits 
with 
his immediate family members. Amnesty International has protested his 
arrest and prison conditions in its report last month to Attorney 
General 
John Ashcroft.

If you want to write Dr. Al-Najjar, this is his mailing address:

Mazen Al-Najjar (#35673-019)
SHU: C-8
Federal Correctional Complex Penitentiary
P.O. Box 1033
Coleman, FL  33521

Contact Persons: Attorney David Cole (202) 662-9078
Attorney Joe Hohenstein, 215-893-8400
Attorney Nancy Chang, 212-614-6420
Attorney Randall Marshall, 305-576-2337
Attorney Martin Schwartz, 813-269-7421

SEE ALSO: FREEDOM SOUGHT FOR AL-NAJJAR
http://www.sptimes.com/News/122001/TampaBay/Freedom_sought_for_Al.shtml

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CHARITY'S LEADER STAYS IN JAIL
Muslims, ACLU protest secrecy
By Stephen Franklin and Laurie Cohen, The Chicago Tribune, 12/20/2001
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0112200209dec20.story

DETROIT -- An official from a Chicago-area Islamic charity whose assets 
were frozen last week by the federal government remained in detention 
here 
Wednesday as U.S. officials sought more time for a hearing on his 
release.

Rabih Haddad, 41, chairman of Global Relief Foundation based in 
Bridgeview, 
Ill., had faced a bond hearing in a U.S. Immigration and Naturalization 
Service court. After limited testimony, the hearing was continued until 
Jan. 2 because government officials said some witnesses were 
unavailable.

Several hundred supporters were on hand for the hearing, which was 
closed 
at the government's request. Haddad's lawyer and supporters protested 
the 
closed session, saying it implied a far more serious issue than his 
staying 
in the U.S. on a lapsed visa.

"Given the fact that the hearing is closed, it is clearly a pretext for 
something else," said Michael Steinberg, legal director for the 
American 
Civil Liberties Union in Michigan. He said Haddad's detention and the 
closed proceedings were "extremely unusual" because Haddad had recently 
applied for permanent residency...

VIGIL FOR RABIH HADDAD

The Ann Arbor Ad Hoc Committee for Peace is sponsoring a candlelight 
vigil 
to call for the release of Rabih Haddad and the protection of civil 
liberties.

WHAT: Candlelight vigil
WHEN: 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 21
WHERE: Gather in front of the Federal Building, Liberty between 4th & 
5th 
Ave., Ann Arbor, Michigan

CONTACT: communications@mca-aa.org

SEE ALSO: INS LETS SHEIK GO TO RETURN TO JORDAN
The Chicago Tribune, 12/20/2001
www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/nation/chi-0112200226dec20.story

An immigration judge Wednesday gave a Jordanian man being held on a 
visa 
violation permission to return home, his attorney said.

Sheik Dib Aneef Shihadeh arrived in Chicago last month to take part in 
Ramadan services with members of the local Islamic community. The U.S. 
Immigration and Naturalization Service Dec. 13 took Shihadeh into 
custody 
for carrying a visa that expired in November 2000.

He believed his visa was in good standing, said Shihadeh's attorney, 
Zuhair 
Nubani.

Shihadeh, a 75-year-old cleric who is retired from Jordan's parliament, 
was 
held in jail and missed the Sunday services culminating Ramadan...

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AL-AMIN JURY SELECTION OPEN TO PUBLIC
Cobb police admit tape of arrest erased
By LATEEF MUNGIN, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 12/20/2001
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/metro/1220alamin.html

The public and the media will be able to witness the selection of the 
jury 
that will decide the fate of accused cop killer Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Manis decided not to bar 
the 
public from the jury selection process, at a pre-trial hearing 
Wednesday, 
after listening to objections from Al-Amin's defense attorneys and 
lawyers 
representing local media outlets, including The Atlanta 
Journal-Constitution.

Al-Amin is charged in the March 16, 2000, shooting of Fulton County 
deputies Ricky Kinchen and Aldranon English. Kinchen died in the 
shooting. 
The deputies were looking to arrest Al-Amin on a Cobb County warrant 
when 
they were shot...

...In other events in the hearing, Cobb County police Cmdr. Robert 
Sampson 
said Cobb police have erased a videotape of the May 1999 arrest of 
Al-Amin...

...The trial will begin on Jan. 7.

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LETTER: MURDEROUS RAGE ALL AROUND
By MOHAMMED QUADIR, The Washington Times, 12/20/2001

The Washington Times in an editorial "(Nobles and Knaves," Dec. 15) 
tried 
to justify in a roundabout way the activities of the Jewish Defense 
League 
(JDL). The editorial, stated that JDL members had "reason to feel 
murderous 
rage." Now what I would like to know is whether the editorial board of 
The 
Washington Times would offer similar justification for terrorist 
activities 
by other groups such as Muslim fanatics. Somehow I am positive it would 
not.

If American Muslims were implicated in such a plot to blow up 
synagogues 
and offices of pro-Israeli politicians, it wouldn't surprise me to see 
your 
paper link their terrorist activities directly to the Koran and the 
Islamic 
faith. If you would do this with Muslim extremists, why aren't you 
doing 
the same with Jewish extremists. Why aren't you making the claim that 
the 
JDL was motivated by the Torah and the Jewish faith?

The Washington Times is responsible for helping to foster a climate of 
hatred against Muslim Americans. Your words defaming the Koran, the 
Islamic 
faith, and American Muslims in general, give comfort, aid, and 
encouragement to men with racist, criminal, and terrorist tendencies. I 
understand that you probably want to serve Israel and the Israeli 
lobby. 
Can't you possibly do it without spreading hatred?

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ARAB SCIENTISTS RECOUNT HOSTILITY AND HARASSMENT AT MILITARY ANTHRAX 
LAB
By Lynne Tuohy and Jack Dolan, The Hartford Courant, 12/19001
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/134380111_detrick19.html

Days before the anthrax attacks became known, Dr. Ayaad Assaad sat 
terrified in a vault-like room at an FBI field office in Washington, 
D.C. 
The walls were gray and windowless. The door was locked. It was Oct. 3.

Assaad, an Egyptian-born research scientist laid off in 1997 from the 
Army's biodefense lab at Fort Detrick, Md., was handed an anonymous 
letter 
describing him as "a potential terrorist" with a grudge against the 
United 
States and the knowledge to wage biological warfare against his adopted 
country.

"I was so angry when I read the letter, I broke out in tears," Assaad 
recalled during a recent interview. "That people could be so evil."

After a brief interview, the FBI let Assaad go and assured him that 
they 
believed the letter was a cruel hoax. But for Assaad, the incident was 
another in a series of humiliations he traces to a decade-long 
workplace 
dispute at the Fort Detrick lab.

He and other scientists allege that ethnic discrimination was 
tolerated, 
and even practiced, by the lab's former commander. A cadre of coworkers 
wrote a crude poem denigrating Arab Americans, passed around an obscene 
rubber camel and lampooned Assaad's language skills...

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 12/21/2001

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HEADLINES:

* VERSE OF THE DAY: GOOD NEWS
* NEW POST 9-11 CIVIL RIGHTS COALITION BEING FORMED
* CAIR MEETS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS ABOUT JDL BOMB PLOT
* TAKE CAIR'S SURVEY ON MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE CAMPAIGN
* MUSLIM STUDENT BEATEN BY MEN IN CAMPUSTOWN (News-Gazette)
* CRIMES AGAINST MUSLIMS MULTIPLY (Los Angeles Times)
* EGYPTIAN DOCTOR FILES SUIT OVER RAID (Post-Gazette)
* EDITORIAL: USF'S CHARADE (St. Petersburg Times)
* THE SECRET WAR: Pre-9/11, we fought a covert war on American soil - 
against Israel (Antiwar.com)
* JESUS, THE MUSLIM MESSIAH (National Post)
* HOLLYWOOD PRODUCING PSA STARRING ALI (Variety)
* THE MEDIA'S FAVORITE ARAB EXPERT (Salon.com)
         - JOHN WALKER'S BROTHERS AND SISTERS

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VERSE OF THE DAY: GOOD NEWS

Those who eschew evil and fall not into its worship, and turn to God 
(in 
repentance), for them is Good News. So announce the Good News to My 
Servants.

The Holy Quran, Chapter 39, Verse 17

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NEW POST 9-11 CIVIL RIGHTS COALITION BEING FORMED

CAIR met yesterday on Capitol Hill with national civil rights leaders, 
elected officials, congressional staffers, and Muslim and Arab-American 
activists to discuss the creation of a new coalition to address civil 
liberties concerns following the attacks on the World Trade Center and 
the 
Pentagon.

"All Americans suffered from the tragedy of September 11, but we must 
recognize that civil liberties abuses will not make our country more 
secure. The erosion of civil rights for one group means the erosion of 
rights for all," said CAIR Director of Governmental Relations Jason 
Erb.

CAIR MEETS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS ABOUT JDL BOMB PLOT

Erb, along with other national American Muslim and Arab-American 
groups, 
also met yesterday with Ralph Boyd, Assistant Deputy Secretary for 
Civil 
Rights in the Department of Justice (DOJ) to discuss the alleged plot 
by 
leaders of the Jewish Defense League (JDL) to bomb a mosque and other 
sites 
in the Los Angeles area.

After thanking Boyd and the other DOJ officials attending the meeting 
for 
working with the Muslim community to establish an open dialogue, Erb 
raised 
the concern of the Muslim community about the perception of double 
standard 
in the fight against terrorism.

"We have seen Muslim charities have their assets frozen with little or 
no 
public evidence. Yet here is a group that was allegedly caught planning 
an 
attack on Muslim institutions and that group's assets have not been 
seized 
nor their offices closed down," said Erb. Erb added that the perception 
of 
this double standard is eroding trust between the Muslim community and 
law 
enforcement authorities.

Boyd asked that members of the community be patient and to wait for the 
indictment and prosecution to see what steps are taken.

CONTACT: Jason Erb, jerb@cair-net.org, 202-488-8787, ext. 6066

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TAKE CAIR'S SURVEY ON MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE CAMPAIGN
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/openmosque.asp

CAIR's Research Center is trying to measure the public response to the 
mosque open house events organized by Islamic centers nationwide since 
September 11. If you attended or organized such an event, please fill 
out 
this survey or have someone from your mosque fill it out.

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MUSLIM STUDENT BEATEN BY MEN IN CAMPUSTOWN
By PAUL WOOD, THE NEWS-GAZETTE (ILL.), 12/20/2001
http://newsgazette.com/story.cfm?Number=10714

CHAMPAIGN - A Muslim student was beaten by a Campustown mob Sunday 
morning 
in what he described as a racially motivated attack.

Saleem Mahjub, a senior in mechanical engineering at the University of 
Illinois, was attacked shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday outside an 
apartment 
building near the intersection of Fifth and John streets, in Champaign.

While his brother and friends were held back by several men, Mahjub was 
beaten by at least six men, one of whom hit his nose with a blunt 
object. 
Mahjub was taken by ambulance to Carle Foundation Hospital, where he 
received stitches and was treated for a broken nose.

He is recovering in Barrington, a Chicago suburb where his parents 
live.

Mahjub said Wednesday that the men who attacked him blamed him for the 
Sept. 11 attacks on America. His family is originally from Tunisia.

The student had left a celebration with his brother, also an 
engineering 
student, and a couple of Muslim friends.

"These people attacked us because we are Muslim/Arabs," said Mahjub, 
24, in 
an e-mail to the News-Gazette. "(We) are 100 percent American..."

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CRIMES AGAINST MUSLIMS MULTIPLY
Since Sept. 11, number of attacks on Middle Easterners in O.C. is six 
times 
the total for all of last year.
By MIKE ANTON, RICHARD WINTON, The Los Angeles Times, 12/21/2001
http://www.latimes.com/editions/ventura/la-000101018dec21.story

Middle Easterners and Muslims will probably top the list of groups 
targeted 
for hate crimes in Orange County for the first time this year, 
authorities 
say.

In the three weeks after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, 37 hate crimes 
were reported against those groups or people perceived to be members of 
them, according to the Orange County Human Relations Commission.

That's six times the number reported against the group in all of 2000, 
and 
the most since 1991, when 14 attacks against Middle Easterners were 
reported against the backdrop of the Gulf War.

"There's been an unprecedented number of hate-related incidents in such 
a 
short period of time," said Rusty Kennedy, the commission's executive 
director. "We're probably only seeing the tip of the iceberg." The 
surge 
comes as the number of hate crimes in Orange County has steadily 
declined 
since 1998. Since 1994, Jews have been the most targeted group in 
Orange 
County; last year, they were victims of 31 of the county's 122 hate 
crimes.

Kennedy said that while a full report for 2001 won't be available until 
March, it appears that the Sept. 11 backlash against Middle Easterners 
and 
Muslims will push them to the top of this year's list.

The one piece of good news: The surge in attacks dropped off quickly 
since 
early October, with only a couple since then, Kennedy said. He did not 
have 
a number.

That falloff, however, hasn't fully dampened the unease among Orange 
County's Muslims, said Ra'id Faraj, a spokesman for the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations in Anaheim.

"The community is very intimidated," he said. "The fear is still very 
much 
out there. People still don't know what could happen next..."

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EGYPTIAN DOCTOR FILES SUIT OVER RAID
By TORSTEN OVE, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 12/21/2001
http://www.post-gazette.com/headlines/20011221hussein1221p3.asp

On Sept. 11, within hours of the terror attacks in New York and 
Washington, 
D.C., things got a little crazy in quiet Neshannock Township outside 
New 
Castle.

A building manager at The Meadows Apartments walked into the unit 
rented by 
Dr. Basem Moustafa Hussein, saw some items she considered suspicious, 
and 
called the state police.

Federal agents swarmed in, television news crews set up shop on the 
street, 
neighbors gawked and talked.

In the days that followed, Hussein endured repeated questioning from 
agents, lost his job in New Mexico, was evicted from his apartment, and 
had 
his name mentioned as a potential terrorist in media reports before the 
U.S. attorney's office finally exonerated him. He says Egyptian police 
also 
ransacked his parents' apartment in Egypt at the request of U.S. 
authorities, causing $200,000 in damage. Now he has filed a federal 
civil 
rights suit against the woman he says started the whole thing by 
mistaking 
a computer game for terrorist plans.

Hussein, 36, an Egyptian-born radiologist, has sued apartment manager 
Sherri Lynn Wilson and her employer, Universal Development Management 
Inc., 
of Girard, Ohio. UDE of Mitchell Road, Ltd., of Girard, a limited 
partnership that owns the building, is also a defendant...

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EDITORIAL: USF'S CHARADE
St. Petersburg Times, 12/21/2001
http://sptimes.com/News/122101/Opinion/USF_s_charade.shtml

The flawed logic of the university's case for firing controversial 
professor Sami Al-Arian sets dangerous precedents for USF's future 
governance...

...Ensuring the safety of students and staff is a fundamental 
responsibility of any university. Security concerns led Genshaft to 
suspend 
Al-Arian with pay several weeks ago. Fundraising and student 
recruitment 
also are vital university concerns. However, the freedom of expression 
of 
members of the university community should not be held hostage to the 
sensitivities of every current or potential donor, much less those of 
every 
crackpot who calls in a death threat.

By the contorted logic USF officials used Wednesday, any student or 
faculty 
member could be run off campus if his words offended enough donors, 
lawmakers or threatening cranks. USF trustee Connie Mack, the former 
U.S. 
senator, raised that concern during Wednesday's discussion, but he 
ultimately joined the majority in calling for Al-Arian's removal. Only 
Howard University president Patrick Swygert, the USF board's only 
academician, cast a dissenting vote...

...Academic freedom is not absolute even for tenured professors, and 
Al-Arian overstepped his bounds a decade ago. But in contriving a 
belated 
excuse for getting rid of a nuisance now, USF officials may have left 
the 
university vulnerable to much more serious encroachments on its 
academic 
integrity in the future.

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THE SECRET WAR:
Pre-9/11, we fought a covert war on American soil - against Israel
By Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com, 12/21/2001
http://www.antiwar.com/justin/justincol.html

You really have to hand it to the Israelis: they are nothing if not 
blatant. Their response to Fox News reporter Carl Cameron's devastating 
exposé of Israel's massive spy operation in the US can hardly be 
repeated 
with a straight face. Mark Regev, a spokesman at the Israeli embassy in 
Washington is quoted by the Jerusalem Post as saying:

"The report on Fox News contains no quoted source, it has in no way 
demonstrated anything more than anonymous innuendo, and should be 
regarded 
accordingly. Israel does not spy on the United States of America."

Gee, Mark, does the name Jonathan Pollard ring a bell?

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES

Naturally, the law enforcement sources who utilized Cameron's 
investigation 
to voice their concerns didn't dare allow their names to be used: as 
Cameron related in his report, any question regarding the possibility 
of 
Israeli spying in the US is "career suicide" for those who dare raise 
it. 
Question: is it also career suicide for journalists to raise it?

I have seen a few news items reporting on the Cameron exposé, but, 
given 
the implications and scope of what we're talking about here, the answer 
is, 
apparently, yes. For Cameron and Fox News are not merely saying that 
the 
Israelis have been conducting a "sprawling" spy operation in the US, 
involving the massive penetration of our communications systems and 
government agencies...

...One would think that the sheer enormity of such a charge would 
provoke a 
storm of outrage from Israel's many defenders in the media: the 
columnists, 
the think-tankers, the publicists who dote on Ariel Sharon's every 
word. 
But, no: instead, there is an ominous, one might almost say a guilty 
silence.

THANKS BE TO GOOGLE!

It's frightening, really, when you think about it. Here, after all, is 
a 
reporter's dream: a heretofore-undiscovered angle on the biggest story 
of 
our time. Yet no one will touch it. Why? It couldn't be because you'd 
need 
an army of researchers: you don't. All that's necessary is internet 
access, 
and, of course, the miracle of Google: anyone can go to google.com and 
type 
in the appropriate words and phrases, such as "Israelis detained," or, 
better yet, "Israeli art students" along with the word "detained." Go 
ahead: do it, and see what happens....

HOW ODD

The Arab detainees, as we have seen, have been the subjects of a 
national 
controversy between civil libertarians and the Bush administration. We 
have 
John Ashcroft denouncing those who would spread the "false fear" of a 
police state as "aiding the terrorists," while on the other hand 
Arab-Americans and the ACLU are rallying opposition to the round-up. 
But 
when it comes to the Israeli detainees, there is no controversy, 
virtually 
no mention of it in the national media, no nothing. Jewish groups are 
not 
rallying to the defense of these poor defenseless "art students," held 
without bail and without lawyers, for the most part, in very 
uncomfortable 
and worrisome circumstances. Doesn't anybody find this odd?...

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JESUS, THE MUSLIM MESSIAH
John Casey, National Post (Canada), 12/21/2001
http://www.nationalpost.com/
Search using the term "Jesus."

Years ago, an agnostic friend of mine married a Jewish woman who 
practised 
her faith seriously. He took instruction in Judaism and seemed likely 
to 
convert -- but eventually did not. His chief reason was that he 
remained 
agnostic. But another obstacle surprised even himself: "I found that I 
just 
did not want to give up Jesus."

In European culture, there is no getting away from Jesus even if you 
are 
agnostic. True, Nietzsche tried to reject him with detestation and 
contempt, calling him an "idiot," a purveyor of a sick, decadent view 
of 
the world. Yet the very ferocity of Nietzsche's onslaught showed how 
strong 
in his heart was the image he wanted to destroy.

What if my friend had married a Muslim? The interesting thing is that 
he 
could have kept Jesus -- not the Jesus who was the Son of God, 
admittedly, 
and who was crucified, but certainly the Jesus who was Messiah and 
miracle 
worker, who conversed regularly with God, who was born of a virgin and 
who 
ascended into heaven...

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HOLLYWOOD PRODUCING PSA STARRING ALI
By Pamela McClintock, Variety, 12/21/2001

WASHINGTON (Variety) - The committee mulling Hollywood's war effort has 
greenlit its first international public service announcement (PSA), in 
which Muhammad Ali will emphasize that the war on terrorism isn't a war 
against Islam or Arabs.

The PSA, which is in production, will be translated into numerous 
languages 
for audiences in the Middle East, Pakistan and elsewhere in the Muslim 
world.

Motion Picture Assn. of America president-CEO Jack Valenti, de facto 
chair 
of the special wartime committee, revealed details about the PSA at a 
press 
conference Thursday announcing a parallel series of PSAs unveiled by 
cable 
channel Starz! Encore. The Starz! campaign was hatched separately from 
the 
Hollywood committee...

...At the press conference, Valenti was asked if Hollywood has turned 
Arabs 
into villains.

"In Hollywood, we have equal-opportunity prejudice," since nearly every 
ethnic group has been made the bad guy at one time or another, Valenti 
said.

The international PSA featuring Ali, a Muslim, should get to audiences 
in 
the next couple of months.

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THE MEDIA'S FAVORITE ARAB EXPERT
By By Eric Boehlert, Salon.com, 12/21/2001
http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2001/12/21/ajami/index_np.html

Scholar Fouad Ajami has garnered more prime-time airplay than any other 
commentator on Arab-Muslim issues. But critics say he's far from a 
representative voice...

...what most viewers and readers don't realize is that Ajami, who comes 
across on TV and in print as a representative Arab voice, is widely 
seen in 
the world of Muslim studies as a distinct outsider whose skeptical 
vision 
of the contemporary Arab world and tendency to avoid criticizing Israel 
are 
not shared by many of his colleagues. (Ajami did not respond to several 
phone requests for an interview.)...

SEE ALSO: JOHN WALKER'S BROTHERS AND SISTERS
By Anthony York, Salon.com, 12/21/2001
http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2001/12/21/converts/index_np.html

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 12/22/2001

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HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: A CHEERFUL FACE
* LATINO MUSLIMS BALANCE 2 CULTURES (Chicago Tribune)
* FOX NEWS PULLS ISRAELI SPY STORIES (Antiwar.com)
* CAIR-NY SETS UP HOTLINE FOR INTERVIEWEES
* COMPLAINTS OF ANTI-ARAB BIAS CRIMES DIP, BUT CONCERNS LINGER (NY 
Times)
* DUKE PROFESSOR REBUFFED PAKISTANIS (AP)
* LETTERS: RIGHTS HAVE BEEN ABUSED IN FIRING OF SAMI AL-ARIAN
(St. Petersburg Times)
* A DIFFERENT ENDING FOR RAMADAN (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: A CHEERFUL FACE

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Do not consider the 
smallest good deed as insignificant. Even meeting your brother with a 
cheerful face (is a good deed).”

Riyadh us-Saleheen Volume 1:121

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LATINO MUSLIMS BALANCE 2 CULTURES
Converts face cultural challenges from family and friends while staying 
true to their newfound faith
By Teresa Puente, The Chicago Tribune, 12/22/2001
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-0112220141dec22.story

As he has for many years, Ricardo "Rashid" Pena will join his family 
for 
Christmas Eve dinner. He will eat the turkey, and Puerto Rican rice 
without 
sausage, but he will skip one of his favorites, the pork-filled 
pasteles, 
akin to tamales.

A former Roman Catholic who converted to Islam six years ago, Pena also 
has 
given up the after-dinner tradition of drinking tequila shots with his 
uncle. And he does his best to refrain from dancing to salsa and 
merengue 
music.

Because he practices Islam, Pena doesn't dance, drink or eat pork. But 
he 
joins his Puerto Rican mother and Mexican father for their holiday 
celebration out of respect.

Experts say the number of Muslims of Latino descent is small, but 
growing. 
Just as some Latinos have left the Catholic faith for Evangelical 
churches, 
others are choosing Islam…

…When Pena joins his parents for dinner Monday, he will not be the only 
one 
at the table to have changed his religion. Two of his siblings, his 
fiance 
and his brother-in-law also have converted to Islam in recent years…

"…There's an answer for everything in Islam," said Pena, 27, a Web site 
designer who lives with his parents in their Sauganash home…

…When Cristina Figueroa wears a head scarf, or hijab, she notices that 
some 
people look at her differently. Once at a Mexican restaurant, a Mexican 
man 
made disparaging comments in front of her in Spanish, not realizing she 
could understand.

After several minutes, Figueroa told the man in Spanish, "I think I'm 
more 
Mexican than you are, and I've given you no reason to disrespect me…"

"…I was looking for God and to live the right type of life with morals. 
It's been a life change, a personal change," said Figueroa, who like 
many 
modern Muslim women doesn't wear the hijab all the time. "I still 
consider 
myself Hispanic. I haven't changed cultures, but I have changed my 
behavior…"

…The Figueroas, Pena and Cruz said Muslims have welcomed them as 
family.

"I looked at it as joining a larger brotherhood," Pena said. "We don't 
look 
at each other as Mexicans, or Arabs. We look at each other as Muslims."

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FOX NEWS PULLS ISRAELI SPY STORIES

NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DON'T: A NOTE TO MY READERS
By Justin Raimondo, antiwar.com, 12/22/2001
http://www.antiwar.com/justin/j122201special.html

For the past week or so, I have been writing about the ominous 
implications 
of Carl Cameron's four-part Fox News exposé of Israeli intelligence 
operations in the US. My most recent column on the subject was posted 
today 
(December 21).

Cameron's reports are, of course, key to understanding the context of 
these 
columns: without them, there is no way to understand either the context 
or 
the content of what I have written. We provided links to these reports 
in 
the column, and fully expected the links to remain valid, as Fox 
usually 
keeps its stories up for a month or so. But not this time…

The news that Fox had pulled the Cameron reports from its website was, 
to 
me, quite surprising…As disturbing as it is to contemplate, it seems 
that 
censorship is indeed a strong possibility in this case  that is, Fox 
News 
is engaging in self-censorship, for reasons of its own.

Our readers may wish to ask questions for themselves, or protest. They 
can 
do so by writing foxnewsonline@foxnews.com or special@foxnews.com.

Meanwhile, we have redirected those links to the posted articles at 
FreeRepublic.com...

* Part 1 - http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/fr/589762/posts
* Part 2 - http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/fr/590068/posts
* Part 3 - http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/fr/590668/posts
* Part 4 - http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/fr/592499/posts

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CAIR-NY SETS UP HOTLINE FOR INTERVIEWEES

CAIR-NY has set up a telephone hotline to help protect the civil rights 
of 
those contacted by the FBI for an interview as part of a plan to 
interview 
some 5,000 Muslim visitors.

CAIR-NY General Counsel Omar Mohammedi is negotiating with the US 
Attorney 
General's Office in New York about the manner in which the interviews 
will 
be conducted. Mohammedi is suggesting that a lawyer, a member of the 
Muslim 
and Arab-American community or other observer be present at the 
interview.

As a civil rights organization, CAIR-NY will monitor these interviews 
so as 
to avoid intimidation and abuse.

Anyone approached for an interview may contact:

Omar Mohammedi, Esq.
General Counsel, CAIR-NY
200 Madison Avenue, Suite 1901
New York, NY 10016
Phone: (212) 725-3846

CAIR-NY MEDIA CONTACT: 212-725-3846
E-Mail: cair-ny@cair-ny.com
Web: www.cair-ny.com

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COMPLAINTS OF ANTI-ARAB BIAS CRIMES DIP, BUT CONCERNS LINGER
By JACOB H. FRIES, The New York Times, 12/22/2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/22/nyregion/22HATE.html

Complaints to the Police Department of hate crimes against 
Arab-Americans 
and Muslims have dropped sharply since the terrorist attack on the 
World 
Trade Center, falling to less than one incident a week in the past 
month 
compared with 39 reported hate crimes in the week ending Sept. 22.

The downward trend in New York typifies what has occurred across the 
nation: after an initial spate of bias incidents ranging from verbal 
taunts 
and threats to physical assaults, reports of hate crimes against 
Arab-Americans have settled to levels common before Sept. 11, according 
to 
Muslim organizations that collect national statistics. But while police 
officials, criminologists and Arab-American groups generally agree that 
the 
worst is behind, theories about what arrested the outpouring of 
violence 
and hate vary widely, as do opinions about the significance of recent 
statistics…

…Hodan Hassan, a civil rights coordinator for the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations in Washington, said that while criminal 
verbal 
and physical attacks had subsided in recent weeks, subtler forms of 
discrimination have taken hold. The council, which collects complaints 
from 
a dozen branches across the country, has noted a marked increase in 
school 
and workplace complaints as well as continued profiling at airports, 
Ms. 
Hassan said…

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DUKE PROFESSOR REBUFFED PAKISTANIS
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/htx/ap/20011221/us/attacks_duke_1.html

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - A Duke University professor rebuffed three 
Pakistani 
students who inquired via e-mail about medical lab jobs, replying: “It 
is 
not worth our trouble to try to determine if you are a well-disguised 
terrorist.”

Michael Reedy, a cell-biology professor who has worked at Duke for 32 
years, said Thursday that he regretted his reply. He said he has since 
volunteered to help find the Pakistani students positions at Duke. “I 
was 
distressed beyond words by the futility of the deaths of suicide 
bombers,” 
he said. “My imagination was headed in a paranoid direction rather than 
a 
healing direction.”

Reedy sent the e-mail reply Dec. 6, shortly after the country was 
placed on 
heightened alert for further terrorist activity following the Sept. 11 
attacks. In the e-mail, he told the students from Aga Khan University 
Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan: “Your ethnicity and your age ... 
are 
so similar to those of jihad-minded terrorists from the schools that 
nurtured the Taliban and Al-Quaeda that it is not worth our trouble to 
try 
to determine if you are a well-disguised terrorist or a real 
learning-motivated medical student.”

Reedy and R. Sanders Williams, the medical school dean, apologized to 
the 
students…

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LETTERS: RIGHTS HAVE BEEN ABUSED IN FIRING OF SAMI AL-ARIAN
The St. Petersburg Times, 12/22/2001
http://www.sptimes.com/News/122201/Opinion/Rights_have_been_abus.shtml

I was saddened by the University of South Florida's decision to fire 
Dr. 
Sami Al-Arian. This man has been thoroughly investigated over a number 
of 
years and is apparently guilty of the "crime"of speaking freely.

Freedom is the quality that makes America great, including freedom of 
speech. Our Bill of Rights guarantees free speech, even for those who 
do 
not express the views of the majority. In fact, the purpose of the Bill 
of 
Rights is to protect minorities from the tyranny of the majority.

These rights have clearly been abridged in the case of Dr. Al-Arian. I 
am 
afraid the America I love doesn't even exist anymore. Melva Underbakke, 
Temple Terrace

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Not USF's finest hour

As a long-time supporter of the University of South Florida (a 15-year 
member of the President's Council) and former adjunct professor, I 
attended 
the emergency meeting of the board of trustees on Wednesday at 9 a.m. I 
was 
surprised to learn that most faculty had not learned of the meeting 
since 
the notice had been sent out at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. The board of 
trustees 
seemed to accept the positions of the chairman and the administration 
without serious questioning. Only previously designated people were 
permitted to speak and no faculty representative. However, it is the 
failure to ask searching questions that raises the issue of the board's 
responsibilities. A few of the questions that begged to be asked:

1. Since Dr. Sami Al-Arian has not violated any laws, the charges 
against 
him seemed a stretch. One of the main accusations was that he passed 
himself off on television as a spokesperson for USF by not disclaiming 
otherwise. Yet, how often do USF professors appearing on radio or TV 
state 
that they do not represent the university? Virtually never. It is 
understood.

2. The principal cause for the near-unanimous vote to recommend 
dismissal 
of Dr. Al-Arian was the "disruption"that his case has caused to USF. 
How 
serious has the "disruption"been? Only the dean of engineering was 
called 
upon to speak. No other deans were asked for their opinion.

3. Have the threats of violence against Dr. Al-Arian or USF been 
investigated by law enforcement agencies? If so, what have they learned 
about those making the threats?

4. Since Dr. Arian's alleged ties to terrorists and public statements 
all 
relate to the Palestinian resistance to the Israeli occupation of 
Palestinian territory, it was curious that the board agreed that the 
"content"of his remarks was not relevant to the main issue of 
"disruption"versus freedom of speech. One might have at least asked if 
there has been any effort by USF to determine if it has been the object 
of 
a campaign orchestrated by pro-Israeli elements?

5. Finally, the chairman of the board said Al-Arian demonstrated a 
"character flaw"by voting in an election when he was not a citizen 
since at 
that time he had been in the country more than 10 years and was a Ph.D. 
How 
did this come about? Did it really prove a "character flaw"? No 
questions 
were asked.

This hearing was not USF's finest hour.

Arthur L. Lowrie, Lutz

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Where are the defensible arguments?

Good decisions made for bad reasons put a university's academic 
reputation 
at risk.

No university should fire any professor whose views hurt fundraising. 
University trustees know that they should not be bullied by donors into 
making decisions that hurt the university. Somewhere there are donors 
who 
take the opposite view.

And I have never heard a faculty member make clear that his off-campus 
speeches reflect his own views rather than the university's. That's 
because 
everybody knows it already.

Connie Mack was right to ask whether a professor with unpopular views 
can 
be protected at the University of South Florida.

If the University of South Florida wants to continue its prosecution of 
professor Sami Al-Arian, I'd like to see some truly defensible 
arguments.

Adam Kissel, Clearwater

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A DIFFERENT ENDING FOR RAMADAN
By Riad Z. Abdelkarim, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 12/21/2001
web.star-telegram.com/content/fortworth/2001/12/21/opinions/fw010408-1221-XB015-3.htm
Riad Z. Abdelkarim is the Western Region communications director for 
the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations in Anaheim, Calif.

This year, Eid-ul-Fitr was somehow different. The Eid - which marks the 
end 
of the holy month of Ramadan and represents the first of two major 
holidays 
on the Islamic calendar - was marked Sunday by the world's 1.2 billion 
Muslims and our nation's estimated 7 million American Muslims.

As always, American Muslims gathered at mosques and convention centers 
and 
halls early Sunday morning to offer communal Eid prayers. At one of the 
larger gatherings in our nation in Southern California, an estimated 
14,000 
worshipers gathered at the regional fair grounds to pray and celebrate 
together. Men, women and children of all stripes and backgrounds - 
brown, 
white, black, yellow - dressed in their best clothes.

But the differences in the Eid celebration this year were also 
apparent. 
Many worshipers wore red, white and blue pins with phrases such as 
"Proud 
American Muslim," demonstrating their pride in both their nation and 
their 
faith.

Also, tight security prevailed this year from the parking lot to the 
prayer 
hall entrance. Large signs declaring that personal belongings were 
subject 
to search seemed ubiquitous. And a sheriff's bomb squad team made its 
rounds around the premises - complete with a bomb-sniffing dog...

…the arrest of two Jewish Defense League militants who were accused of 
plotting a terrorist bombing attack on a Los Angeles area mosque and 
the 
offices of a Muslim advocacy group and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., 
have 
heightened the American Muslim community's concerns about safety and 
security.

The traditional sermons following the Eid prayers this year were also 
different. The usual upbeat talks were replaced by more somber, 
reflective 
sermons. Prayers were said for the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist 
attacks and the loved ones they left behind. More prayers were uttered 
for 
the loss of innocent life in Afghanistan, Palestine, Kashmir and other 
hot 
spots around the world.

Preachers spoke of their concerns for the erosion of civil liberties in 
the 
post-9-11 era, which have hit the American Muslim and Arab-American 
communities especially hard…

…This Eid was also different in a few positive ways.

American Muslims are particularly grateful to our nation's Christian 
community, which has offered overwhelming support to us in these past 
few 
months. The pope's call for Roman Catholics to fast with Muslims on the 
last Friday of Ramadan stood as a powerful example of this solidarity, 
and 
one not soon to be forgotten by Muslims worldwide. Here at home, many 
Christians of differing denominations also broke bread with their 
Muslim 
neighbors by hosting them for the evening fast-breaking meal of Iftar.

American Muslims are quite appreciative of the support they have 
received 
from our Christian neighbors, and we hope to be able to reciprocate 
with 
similar displays of generosity and kindness in the near future. Such 
acts 
demonstrate that shared spiritual bonds among adherents of different 
faiths 
can transcend superficial differences and promote genuine interfaith 
harmony…

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 12/24/2001

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HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: KINDNESS TO ANIMALS
* GLOBE COLUMN SLAMS DANIEL PIPES FOR SMEARING U.S. MUSLIMS
* WRITER DISTORTS ISLAM (San Diego Union Tribune)
* GERALDO RIVERA, IN THE HEAT OF BATTLE (Washington Post)
* STEREOTYPING RANKLES SILENT, SECULAR MAJORITY OF AMERICAN MUSLIMS
(NY Times)
         - THE MOSQUE IN AMERICA: A NATIONAL PORTRAIT
* ISLAMIC SATELLITE CHANNEL PLANNED (Gulf News)
* HOLLYWOOD ENLISTS ALI'S HELP TO EXPLAIN WAR TO MUSLIMS (NY Times)
* EDITORIAL: NAME THE DETAINEES (Washington Post)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: KINDNESS TO ANIMALS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "A man walking along a 
path 
felt very thirsty. Reaching a well he descended into it, drank his fill 
and 
came up. Then he saw a dog with its tongue hanging out, trying to lick 
up 
mud to quench its thirst. The man saw that the dog was feeling the same 
thirst as he had felt, so he went down into the well again and filled 
his 
shoe with water and gave the dog a drink. God forgave his sins for this 
action." The Prophet was asked: "...Are we rewarded for kindness 
towards 
animals?" He said, "There is a reward for kindness to every living 
being."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, 3:551

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GLOBE COLUMN SLAMS DANIEL PIPES FOR SMEARING U.S. MUSLIMS

THE REAL 'DANGER WITHIN; IS RELIGIOUS HATRED
By H.D.S. Greenway, The Boston Globe, 12/24/2001
http://www.boston.com/globe/
Search using the term "Daniel Pipes."

IN THE YEARS when I was living and working in the Middle East I used to 
hear endless and misinformed complaints about the Jewish takeover of 
the 
United States.

The Zionist octopus had its tentacles into everything, went the story 
line 
- the press, the government, the banks, you name it. Later I heard 
echoes 
of such talk among Serbs and Croats in Bosnia who spoke of the Muslims 
among them as different, alien, outlandish, not to be trusted, a danger 
within.

It was with sadness, then, that I picked up a copy of Commentary last 
month 
to find that professor Daniel Pipes, a distinguished author, director 
of 
Philadelphia's Middle East Forum, and columnist for the Jerusalem Post, 
had 
written an article entitled: "The Danger Within: Militant Islam in 
America."

After mocking editorial writers, politicians, and the president of the 
United States for having "tripped over themselves" to describe American 
Muslims as just ordinary people who "love their country," Pipes warned 
that 
the "Muslim population in this country is not like any other group, for 
it 
includes within it a substantial body of people...who share with the 
suicide hijackers a hatred of the United States..."

Thus having set the stage for the entire Muslim population in this 
country 
to be considered "not like any other group," Pipes goes on to 
cherry-pick 
statements from Muslims, not all of them Americans, that would indicate 
their evil intentions.

...One Muslim is quoted as saying that American Muslims are "ordained 
by 
Allah to help replace evil with good." Another is charged with saying 
that 
he had a vision of America in which Muslims owned property, businesses, 
factories; Muslim pilots (Pipes knows the hot buttons), Muslim trucks 
rolling down highways, and Muslim street names. But what immigrant 
group 
has not wished much the same for its people?...

...to say that all of Muslim America is different from the rest of us 
because there are a few fanatics among them, or to call for an 
"immediate 
reform of immigration procedures to prevent a further influx of 
visitors or 
residents with any hint of Islamist ideology," smacks of the 
intolerance 
and scare- mongering that was once used against Catholics, Jews, and 
Asians 
among us.

This kind of rhetoric is the real face of the danger within.

SEND NOTES OF APPRECIATION TO: letter@globe.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

SEE ALSO: WHO IS DANIEL PIPES?
http://www.cair-net.org/misc/people/daniel_pipes.html

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WRITER DISTORTS ISLAM

THE LINKS BETWEEN JUDAISM AND ISLAM
By Michael Gotlieb, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12/23/2001
Gotlieb, a former San Diego resident, is the rabbi at Kehillat Ma'arav 
Congregation in Santa Monica.
www.signonsandiego.com/news/uniontrib/sun/opinion/news_1e23gotlieb.html

Islam, like Christianity, is an offshoot of Judaism. Both early Muslims 
and 
Christians actively sought Jewish converts, largely to substantiate 
their 
religion's theological claims. Muhammad initially targeted Jews for 
that 
purpose. But for historical as well as theological reasons, the Jews 
overwhelmingly rejected his teachings as they had Jesus' 700 earlier...

...In Sura 28:38, he mistakenly has the Pharaoh of Egypt asking the 
Jew-hater Haman to build a brick tower, much like the one described in 
the 
story of Babel.

When Islam was being formed, Muslims prayed in the direction of the 
Jewish 
holy city, Jerusalem. Muhammad fashioned Muslim dietary restrictions 
around 
the Jewish practice of Kashrut, or Kosher laws. He also included in his 
ritual observance the Jewish High Holiday of Yom Kippur, where food and 
water were avoided for a full day, once a year.

But as soon as Muhammad realized that the Jews would not accept him as 
the 
"final" prophet and convert to Islam, he promptly reworked what would 
later 
become "normative" Muslim practice.

So, Mecca was substituted for Jerusalem, and instead of one day of 
fasting 
during Yom Kippur, the month-long fast of Ramadan was instituted, and 
various dietary laws were either maintained or dropped -- observant 
Muslims 
will, to this day, avoid eating pork products.

Muhammad's desire for Jewish recognition reflected a similar need of 
early 
supporters of Jesus, even though Jesus, unlike Muhammad, was himself a 
Jew. 
No one could substantiate Muhammed's religious approach like the Jews, 
and 
for that matter, no one could theologically undermine his religious 
convictions like they could.

...Many early Muslims, just like early Christians, were unadulterated 
Jew 
haters. Significantly, that attitude of hatred fomented and grew long 
before the modern state of Israel was created; it thrived long before 
the 
Palestinians existed, and long before the West Bank and Gaza were ever 
conceived, long before America was discovered.

...no one ever asks how the Moors arrived in Spain. No one asks about 
the 
imperial expansion of Islam, the Arab conquests of Syria and North 
Africa 
-- somehow all that is forgotten.

No one openly confronts the Muslim world's treatment of non-Muslims, 
let 
alone treatment of their own religious adherents. No one comments on 
how 
the Muslim world's push toward Islamic sovereignty has led to an 
exclusive 
application of Islamic law, referred to as sharia. When the religious 
Muslim leadership openly addresses these issues, then true interfaith 
dialogue can occur between Muslim, Christian and Jew.

In the meantime, we will continue to hear shallow apologies for Muslim 
behavior, with its justification predictably based on external stimuli 
like 
the U.S. policy in the Middle East or colonialism or economics or 
Israeli 
oppression of Arabs living on the West Bank and Gaza...

ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE. Hostile comments will be used 
to 
further defame the Muslim community and Islam. Include scholarly and 
historical analysis in your reply. Letters to be considered for 
publication 
should include your contact information.)

CONTACT: letters@uniontrib.com, readers.rep@uniontrib.com, 
opinion@uniontrib.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org, cair@nayzak.com

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GERALDO RIVERA, IN THE HEAT OF BATTLE
By Howard Kurtz, The Washington Post, 12/24/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A19486-2001Dec23.html

Geraldo Rivera is offering to resign from Fox News.

If, that is, a panel of media analysts decides he did anything 
unethical in 
Afghanistan. Which, he insists, is ridiculous.

Rivera acknowledges that he made an "honest mistake" by saying he was 
at a 
"friendly fire" incident in which three American soldiers were killed 
in a 
U.S. bombing raid. He was hundreds of miles away, near what he 
maintains 
was a second such incident in which two or three Afghan opposition 
fighters 
were killed...

...Sun writer David Folkenflik "has slandered a journalist who is an 
honest 
person and has contributed arguably much more to American society than 
he 
has," Rivera says. "This cannot stand. He has impugned my honor. It is 
as 
if he slapped me in the face and challenged me to a duel. He is going 
to 
regret this story for the rest of his career."

Folkenflik says he was "very careful" in framing the story and could 
find 
no military official or journalist in the region who could confirm 
Rivera's 
account. "I don't know how many bites of the apple he gets to get a 
version 
that works," Folkenflik says. "There may be an explanation for this 
that 
bears up to scrutiny, but we haven't seen it..."

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STEREOTYPING RANKLES SILENT, SECULAR MAJORITY OF AMERICAN MUSLIMS
By LAURIE GOODSTEIN, The New York Times, 12/23/2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/23/national/23MUSL.html

Khalid Pervaiz is an American Muslim, an investment banker in Los 
Angeles 
with two young daughters. On the door of his home is a Christmas wreath 
made by his 7-year-old, and in the living room is a Christmas tree with 
an 
angel on top. His daughters go to the mosque, or masjid, on Sundays for 
classes in the Koran, but Mr. Pervaiz himself goes once a year on the 
major 
Muslim holiday of Id al-Fitr.

"I had the privilege of being exposed to other religions from the very 
beginning, so I wasn't so fixed on the idea that Islam is the only way 
to 
live," Mr. Pervaiz said. "Every once in a blue moon I will go for my 
Friday 
prayers, but I still think I'm a good Muslim. If I don't go and pray 
five 
times a day, I don't think I'm less of a Muslim. I'm just not a 
practicing, 
going-to-the-masjid Muslim."

In behavior and belief, Mr. Pervaiz is among an overlooked silent 
majority 
of Muslims in America. They call themselves moderates, but another way 
to 
describe them is as cultural Muslims, akin to the assimilated cultural 
Jews 
who identify as Jewish, eat gefilte fish and celebrate Passover, but 
are 
for the most part not observant and not affiliated with a synagogue.

"...There are a large number of Muslims that hold on to their identity 
as 
Muslims, but choose not to practice, not to act out their beliefs in 
everyday life," said Ihsan Bagby, a professor and an imam at Shaw 
University in Raleigh, N.C., who helped write the report of a large 
study 
on American Muslims this year. "Most of them would not view the world 
through the lens of religion and basically have put religion to the 
side to 
a certain extent to function in the world. A large portion of the 
American 
Muslim community are in this group."

Just how many American Muslims fit this description is hard to gauge, 
but 
by one measure the number could be significant. The report that Dr. 
Bagby 
helped write, "The Mosque in America: A National Portrait," revealed 
that 
only a fraction of the Muslims in the United States attend weekly 
prayers 
in one of the nation's 1,209 mosques. Of an estimated four million to 
six 
million Muslims in the United States, the study found, only about 
350,000 
on average attend the Friday midday prayers -- congregational prayers 
expected of men, though not required, and optional for women...

SEE: THE MOSQUE IN AMERICA: A NATIONAL PORTRAIT
http://www.cair-net.org/mosquereport/

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ISLAMIC SATELLITE CHANNEL PLANNED
By Dahi Hassan, Gulf News, 12/24/2001
http://www.gulf-news.com/Articles/news.asp?ArticleID=36116

The Executive Council of the Islamic Educational, Scientific, and 
Cultural 
Organization (ISESCO) yesterday approved a draft project for 
establishing a 
multi-language Islamic Satellite Channel at an estimated cost of $30 
million, as part of a strategy to promote Islam and present the true 
image 
of Muslims worldwide...

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HOLLYWOOD ENLISTS ALI'S HELP TO EXPLAIN WAR TO MUSLIMS
By JIM RUTENBERG, The New York Times, 12/23/2001
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/national/AP-Attacks-Hollywood.html

Hollywood, in search of a pitchman to explain America and its war to 
the 
Muslim world, has recruited Muhammad Ali.

The writers, producers and studio executives who have formed their own 
campaign to bolster America's image abroad believe that Mr. Ali will 
have 
special credibility with an audience believed to be deeply suspicious 
of 
the United States. In the 1960's, he rattled American conventions by 
converting to Islam, then defied the American government by refusing to 
serve when drafted, an act that cost him his world heavyweight title...

...Mr. Valenti has said, and several Hollywood executives confirmed, 
that 
Mr. Ali has tentatively agreed to do a one-minute public service 
announcement designed for broadcast in several translations over 
networks 
like Al Jazeera, the Middle East Broadcasting Centre transmitted to the 
region from London and the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation in Beirut.

Although Hollywood 9/11 wants to avoid being seen as a government 
propaganda arm, the announcement's themes parallel some of the 
administration's. "Ali will hopefully be able to convey the idea that 
Muslims in America lead a free life, practice their religion in a form 
in 
which they choose to practice it," Mr. Valenti said. The second point: 
"It's not a war against Islam. It's a war against murderers who kill 
innocent people..."

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EDITORIAL: NAME THE DETAINEES
By Russ Feingold, The Washington Post, 12/23/2001
The writer is a Democratic senator from Wisconsin.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A15225-2001Dec21.html

Who are the people the Justice Department has detained in its 
investigation 
into the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and why are they being held? I 
have 
asked the Bush administration this question repeatedly, but to little 
avail. The Justice Department has provided scant information about the 
identities and basis for detention of more than 1,100 people who have 
been 
or are currently being detained, the vast majority of whom, Justice 
Department officials admit, have no link to Sept. 11 or the al Qaeda 
terrorist network...

...Instead of expending resources to prevent the release of information 
about the detainees, the administration should show that it has 
confidence 
in the Justice Department's investigation by opening the department's 
actions to public scrutiny. The administration can begin by identifying 
all 
those who have been or are still in custody and the basis for their 
detention. By insisting on keeping this information secret, the 
department 
only furthers suspicions that it is doing so to conceal abuses of 
innocent 
people.

SEE: http://feingold.senate.gov/

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 12/25/2001

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HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: TOLERATION AND KINDNESS
* QUOTE OF THE DAY: TEACH THEM OUR DECADENT WAY OF LIVING (Ad Age)
* DANIEL PIPES COMPARES ISLAM TO NAZISM AND COMMUNISM (NY Post)
* LETTERS: FIGHTING BIAS (Chicago Tribune)
* MD FUNDRAISING DINNER TO HELP MUSLIM DETAINEES

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HADITH OF THE DAY: TOLERATION AND KINDNESS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once told a man: “You have two 
qualities which God, the Most Exalted, likes and loves. One is mildness 
and 
the other is toleration.”

Riyadh us-Saleheen Volume 1:632

The Prophet Muhammad also said: “God is kind and likes kindness in all 
things.”

Riyadh us-Saleheen Volume 1:633

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: TEACH THEM OUR DECADENT WAY OF LIVING

HOW WOULD YOU SELL AMERICA TO THE MUSLIM WORLD?
Three Top U.S. Agency Executives Weigh In
By Richard Linnett, Ad Age, 12/17/2001
http://www.adage.com/news.cms?newsId=33667

Jim Ferguson
President-chief creative officer
WPP Group's Y&R Advertising, New York

"I would hire a guerilla marketing unit. They could have fashion shows 
over 
there. They could have movies, dances. They can teach them our decadent 
way 
of living, how the infidels live over here and why it's so much fun. We 
could recreate the Monkey Bar over there and invite them in. You have 
to 
infiltrate their lives, and I don't think making commercials is going 
to do 
it. You set up events. You show them movies: Boogie Nights, I'd show 
them 
that. When I worked on the [current] president's campaign, we kept in 
mind 
what was brand Bush. So a lot of it is like selling soap. There's no 
doubt 
about it. The first thing is to get people to like you. You always buy 
something from someone you like."

SEE ALSO: SHOULD AMERICAN VALUES BE MARKETED TO MUSLIM NATIONS?
http://www.adage.com/news.cms?newsId=33659

Researcher Mr. Zogby noted that "90% of Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, 
Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates put the Palestinian problem in 
their 
top three concerns -- that's a huge cultural bridge to cross. To the 
Arab 
world, the lack of a Palestinian state in 2001 is what taxation without 
representation was to us in 1776. You're not going to address it by 
using 
Julia Roberts to sell the West."

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DANIEL PIPES COMPARES ISLAM TO NAZISM AND COMMUNISM

JOHNNY WALKER GREEN

By DANIEL PIPES, The New York Post, 12/24/2001
http://www.nypost.com/seven/12242001/postopinion/opedcolumnists/37336.htm

…Green (militant Islam) has replaced brown (Nazism) or red (communism) 
as 
the ideology of choice for Westerners who loathe their own societies…

SEE: DANIEL PIPES SLAMMED FOR SMEARING U.S. MUSLIMS
“The real 'danger within; is religious hatred,” The Boston Globe, 
12/24/2001
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/358/oped/The_real_danger_within_is_religious_hatred+.shtml

SEE ALSO: WHO IS DANIEL PIPES?
http://www.cair-net.org/misc/people/daniel_pipes.html

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LETTERS: FIGHTING BIAS
By Jill Sevelow, The Chicago Tribune, 12/25/2001

Homewood -- A few weeks after the terrorist attacks, my daughter and I 
were 
trying to regain some sort of normalcy and went dress shopping for her 
upcoming homecoming dance. We were waiting in line at Carson's in 
Orland 
Park when I noticed a young Islamic mother in a hijab (the head 
covering 
many Muslim women are required to wear in public) walking down the 
aisle, 
pushing her young child in a stroller. I held my breath while watching 
the 
crowd, painfully aware of the stares and sneers she was getting from 
people 
in the store as she walked.

My heart pounded into my ears; my cheeks flushed with embarrassment. As 
she 
approached me, her child dropped a hat out of the stroller. I gently 
called 
to her, and let her know. A simple gesture--but when she bent to 
retrieve 
it, and our eyes met, each set was laced with tears.

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MD FUNDRAISING DINNER TO HELP MUSLIM DETAINEES

With a Q&A on American-Muslim civil rights

WHEN: Saturday, January 12, 2001, 4 p.m.
WHERE: Masjid Al-Rahmah, 6631 Johnnycake Road, Baltimore MD 21244

SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

Umar Mustafa, President, Islamic Society of Baltimore
Dr. Sayyid Syeed, Secretary General, Islamic Society of North America
David Rocah, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

ORGANIZED BY: CIVIL RIGHTS GROUP OF AMERICAN-MUSLIMS
11 E. Chase Street, Suite 7C, Baltimore, MD, 21202
PHONE: 410-385-0085 FAX: 410-385-5897

CONTACT: 410-747-4869

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 12/26/2001

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HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: KINDNESS TO WIVES
* CAIR-OHIO OPEN HOUSE - 1/2/2002
* PROTESTERS SEEK RELEASE OF 52 MUSLIMS DETAINED IN S. FLORIDA SINCE 
SEPT. 
11 (Sun-Sentinel)
* IT CAN HAPPEN HERE IN FACT, IT IS (Creative Loafing)
* UNDERSTANDING, TOLERATING THE RELIGIONS OF OTHERS (San Diego 
Union-Tribune)
* LETTERS: MUSLIM CHARITIES (San Francisco Chronicle)
* LETTERS: AL-ARIAN FIRING REVEALS SKEWED USF PRIORITIES (St. 
Petersburg Times)
* MUSLIMS, CHRISTIANS BRIDGE GAP IN PALOS (Chicago Tribune)
* PRO-WAR RESOLUTION DRAWS CHARGES OF RACISM AT UNIVERSITY (AP)
* ARAB, MUSLIM STUDENTS WEATHER DOMESTIC WAR ON TERRORISM (AP)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: KINDNESS TO WIVES

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "The most perfect in 
faith 
amongst believers is he who is best in manner and kindest to his wife."

http://www.discoverislam.com/21.html

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CAIR-OHIO OPEN HOUSE - 1/2/2002

CAIR Ohio invites you to a monthly open house. Please come and join us 
in 
discussing issues of concern to you and our community

WHERE: CAIR Ohio, 4700 Reed Road, Suite B, Columbus, Ohio

WHEN: Wednesday, January 2, 2002, 6 - 8 p.m.

CONTACT: 614-451-3232, ohio@cair-net.org

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PROTESTERS SEEK RELEASE OF 52 MUSLIMS
DETAINED IN S. FLORIDA SINCE SEPT. 11
By Susannah Bryan, Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL), 12/26/2001
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/miami/sfl-cprotest26dec26.story

Nearly 30 people gathered Christmas Day in downtown Miami to protest 
the 
detention of 52 Muslim and Arab men at Krome Detention Center following 
the 
Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

The men are being detained by the Immigration and Naturalization 
Service in 
connection with the federal government's terrorism investigations. The 
protestors are asking that the men be released and given 30 days to get 
their affairs in order before leaving the country. Dozens of South 
Florida 
Muslims have been detained and 500 questioned statewide, said Sofian 
Abdelaziz, director of the American Muslim Association of North 
America, 
which organized the protest in front of the federal courthouse in 
downtown 
Miami...

...Reached after the demonstration, INS spokesman Rodney Germain said 
that 
INS does not detain people based on nationality or race, but on 
immigration 
violations...

...Simbad Elhaddad, 29, of Southwest Ranches, joined the demonstration 
with 
his wife, Taghrid Hassan, and their 5-month-old daughter, Amina.

Elhaddad said he was born and raised in New York City and had Muslim 
friends who died in the attack on the World Trade Center. But the 
tragedy 
is no reason to persecute Muslims, he said.

"We have people in jail right now just because of their nationality and 
religion," he said. "We have to wake up and see what's going on."

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IT CAN HAPPEN HERE IN FACT, IT IS
BY JOHN SUGG, Creative Loafing (GA), 12/26/2001
http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/2001-12-26/fishwrapper.html

Here are two recent episodes that should scare the hell out of 
Americans as 
we try to measure the craters in our national soul left by the 
explosions 
of Sept. 11.

First, on Nov. 20, U.S. Rep. Saxby Chambliss told cops in Valdosta that 
officials should "just turn [the sheriff] loose and have him arrest 
every 
Muslim that crosses the state line..."

...Chambliss (R-Dumbasarock), who wants to move his bigotry to the U.S. 
Senate, didn't realize that Bill Roberts, a reporter from the Valdosta 
Daily Times, was tape recording his remarks...

...Was Georgia outraged? Hardly. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 
yawned 
about it in a half-dozen minor stories and columns. Jim Wooten, the 
rightwing bullhorn of the AJC, did his damnedest to salvage Chambliss' 
image by writing off the remarks as "lame attempts at humor." Ha, ha.

Compare that to the dozens of strident columns and stories bashing U.S. 
Rep. Cynthia McKinney for urging that New York take a $10 million 
donation 
from a Saudi sheik. McKinney opined that America should be more 
even-handed 
in dealing with the Middle East (a position, polls show, that holds 
widespread support).

Demagogues, such as U.S. Sen. Zell Miller (D-Kill 'em All), 
mendaciously 
sought to twist McKinney's reasonable position into an assertion that 
America's foreign policy was at fault for the Sept. 11 attacks...

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UNDERSTANDING, TOLERATING THE RELIGIONS OF OTHERS
By OMAR HAMDI, The San Diego Union-Tribune, 12/26/2001
http://www.uniontrib.com/news/uniontrib/wed/opinion/news_1e26lets1.html
(Hamdi is with the Islamic Center of San Diego.)

Rabbi Michael Gotlieb ("The links between Judaism and Islam," Opinion, 
Dec. 
23) is correct in identifying the notion that there is "no God but God" 
as 
the single most important tenant of Islam. However, the remainder of 
his 
claims about Islam are unfounded.

First, Islam is not an offshoot of Judaism as he claims. Rather, Islam 
asserts that all the prophets including Adam, Noah, Moses, Jesus and 
Muhammad came forward with the same exact message of the "Oneness of 
God." 
Prophet Muhammad, however, came forward with that message to all of 
humanity as opposed to one group of people related by a common 
ancestry.

Second, prophet Muhammad's message sought the reversion of all of 
humanity 
to the message of the oneness of God whether they were Jews, 
Christians, 
Buddhists, Animists or Pagans.

Third, Gotlieb's claim that Jews were hated under early Islamic rule is 
contradicted by historical facts. Jewish scholars -- Maimonides, for 
example -- flourished under Islamic rule. Moreover, Jews lived 
peacefully 
and gained tremendous acceptance in society under both Islamic Spain 
and 
the Ottoman Empire.

Fourth, his claim that Muslims, by virtue of their faith, harbor hatred 
toward Christians and Jews is a shallow discussion of a complex 
reality. On 
a global level, current day apparent animosities stem mainly from the 
oppression suffered by the majority of world Muslims at the hand of 
non-Muslims.

Unfortunately, the rabbi's unfounded claims about our faith and our 
prophet 
only serve to foster hatred and cast a net of suspicion on all devout 
Muslims. Men of religion should search for common ground and emphasize 
the 
need for mutual respect and understanding.

SEE THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE AT:
www.signonsandiego.com/news/uniontrib/sun/opinion/news_1e23gotlieb.html

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LETTERS: MUSLIM CHARITIES
By HYDER ALI, The San Francisco Chronicle, 12/26/2001

Shutting down Muslim charities without due process is wrong. President 
Bush's decision to close three Muslim charities, including the Holy 
Land 
Foundation, flies in the face of his repeated rhetoric that this is not 
a 
war against Islam or Muslims.

The timing of these closures during the month of Ramadan, when most 
Muslims 
fulfill their obligations of charity, was akin to shutting down the 
American Red Cross after Sept. 11. Many Muslims see the pattern of 
incarceration of American Muslims, FBI interviews and now the closure 
of 
charitable institutions without due legal process as a witch-hunt 
against 
the Muslim community.

Our president chose to shut down these charities without due process 
for 
political expediency and to show support for Israel rather than uphold 
the 
American principle of "innocent until proven guilty." American 
principles 
of the rule of law and civil liberties must be able to withstand these 
tough times in order for them truly to be our principles.

Organizations such as the Holy Land Foundation have been reviewed and 
cleared before. Zealous action has now resulted in the loss of meager 
support for sustenance of many innocent women and children in war-torn 
and 
occupied nations.

Do we not value human lives besides our own? Ironically, isn't this the 
very principle for which we claimed to shut down these organizations?

Unfortunately, most Americans do not see such draconian laws as 
affecting 
them, nor do they know anyone whose life is touched by these shutdowns. 
We 
need to be grateful for the lifestyle we enjoy and show empathy for 
less 
fortunate human beings regardless of race, religion or national 
borders.

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LETTERS: AL-ARIAN FIRING REVEALS SKEWED USF PRIORITIES
St. Petersburg Times, 12/26/2001
http://www.sptimes.com/News/122601/Opinion/Al_Arian_firing_revea.shtml

FOR BACKGROUND, SEE:
http://www.sptimes.com/News/122001/TampaBay/USF_will_fire_Al_Aria.shtml

Re: Al-Arian firing and the future of USF.

It is so unfortunate that USF President Genshaft chose the easy route 
in 
the Al-Arian saga...The greatness of a university is not measured by 
the 
size of its endowments. It is measured by the strength of a diverse 
student 
body, a talented faculty, a courageous administration, and all the 
ideas 
all three are allowed to contribute. Any less and that university is 
just 
another school.

What sort of university does President Genshaft want USF to be?

Robert Ela, Lutz

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USF should fight for freedom

Clearly, the reason for Mr. Al-Arian's termination is that the USF 
trustees 
and president bowed to the pressure of domestic terrorism.

It almost makes one feel sorry for President Genshaft, who must know 
that 
the insubordination and breach of contract charges are phony and that 
the 
real reason she must fire the public's prey is that he has uttered 
unpopular words. None of these words, I might add, were sufficient to 
justify termination before Sept. 11.

Antone Aboud, Clearwater Beach

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The purpose of academic tenure

I am a retired professor from Yale University, where I taught and did 
research for more than 35 years which included the difficult McCarthy 
years, when many of its professors were persecuted because of their 
outspoken views. Yale supported its faculty despite the adverse 
repercussions it had to face. That support helped bring the community 
together.

I read that Professor Al-Arian, whom I only know through the 
newspapers, 
was to be fired from USF by President Genshaft because he "failed to 
make 
clear that remarks made in off-campus speeches reflected personal 
opinions 
and not those of the university."

President Genshaft's act destroys the very concept of academic tenure, 
which guarantees his right to freely express his opinions...

Evangelo Canellakis, Clearwater

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Guilt by association

The University of South Florida has moved to fire a Palestinian 
professor 
who is tenured. Folks should recall that the institution of tenure was 
established around the time of World War I in order to protect free 
speech. 
The only objective of tenure is to allow speaking truth to power...

...Al-Arian has been investigated by the FBI and never charged with any 
crime. He is "guilty" only by association and as a Palestinian. By this 
precedent we should note that the head and members of the JDL (Jewish 
Defense League) have recently been arrested for planning domestic 
bombings. 
It follows that all Jewish professors and Zionists should be fired by 
USF.

Glayde Whitney, Tallahassee

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MUSLIMS, CHRISTIANS BRIDGE GAP IN PALOS
By Darlene Gavron Stevens, The Chicago Tribune, 12/26/2001
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-0112260132dec26.story

More than a year ago, the sedate suburb of Palos Heights became a 
reluctant 
international celebrity, a town linked with racism after some council 
members tried to block a mosque from buying a local church building.

The Al Salaam Mosque Foundation backed out of the deal, the church 
pulled 
its building off the market, and the City Council was slapped with a 
$6.2 
million civil rights lawsuit. But the community accused of being 
hostile 
toward Muslims is now the home of a successful peace experiment--a 
small 
group of Christians and Muslims who began meeting at the urging of the 
U.S. 
Department of Justice, and who continue their interfaith chats 
voluntarily 
to this day.

Members of the Christian Muslim Dialogue Group were drafted for the 
project 
by their pastors, preachers and imams after the mosque controversy 
flared. 
When the group began meeting in summer 2000, the discussions were not 
always peaceful...

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PRO-WAR RESOLUTION DRAWS CHARGES OF RACISM AT UNIVERSITY
Associated Press Newswires, 12/26/2001

SEATTLE (AP) - To Richey Kemmling, it seemed simple: University of 
Washington students should go on record in support of the war in 
Afghanistan.

Instead, the resolution he introduced in the Senate of the Associated 
Students of the UW was assailed as racist and some are pushing a 
resolution 
that urges the school to adopt an anti-war stance.

Debate on the issue is scheduled to resume Jan. 15.

Kemmling, 21, a senior accounting major and president of the College 
Republicans, lost the first round when his resolution died in committee 
in 
late October. He later tried without success to revive it on the senate 
floor...

...He said he expected opposition from Muslim students and peace 
activists 
but was surprised when black and Hispanic groups chimed in.

"The reason why a lot of students from the (minority clubs) were 
against 
the war resolution was because our purpose for existing is to make 
things 
more equal and get rid of institutional racism - and, in this war, a 
certain ethnic group was singled out," said Alex Narvaez, an Associated 
Students board member. "There are a lot of innocent people in 
Afghanistan."

Anthony Rose, a senator and freshman in the Black Student Union, 
criticized 
a passage stating, "The students of the University of Washington put 
their 
trust in the United States and our government," at a time when 
discrimination and racial profiling remain pervasive...

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ARAB, MUSLIM STUDENTS WEATHER DOMESTIC WAR ON TERRORISM
By GREGG AAMOT, The Associated Press, 12/26/2001

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Sulieman Nader was sailing through his senior year 
at 
the University of Minnesota when the morning of Sept. 11 threw 
everything 
out of whack.

Since then, the senior from Amman, Jordan, has been spending less of 
his 
life in the stacks of Wilson Library and more time hunkered down at the 
Minnesota International Student Association, where he's the secretary 
general.

A recent 36-hour stretch involved phone calls to U.S. Sen. Dianne 
Feinstein's office, dozens of e-mails to other foreign students, no 
sleep 
and a stinging letter to The Minnesota Daily in which Nader criticized 
the 
U.S. Justice Department's decision to question 5,000 Arab and Muslim 
men.

"The pressure has been mounting," he said on a recent afternoon, 
slumping 
into a beat-up couch at the MISA's office on the Minneapolis campus. 
"It's 
like the guns are blazing from all sides."

Faced with new and pending visa restrictions and grilling from law 
enforcement agents, many Muslim and Arab students are feeling the brunt 
of 
the domestic war on terrorism...

...A bill introduced by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee - 
Feinstein, D-Calif., is a co-sponsor - would generally prohibit the 
issuance of visas to students from countries the United States 
considers to 
be sponsors of terrorism - Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan 
and 
Syria. There would be some exceptions.

During the 1999-2000 academic year, 3,370 students from those seven 
countries attended United States colleges, according to the Institute 
of 
International Education...

The bill also would require colleges to provide the U.S. Immigration 
and 
Naturalization Service with a foreign student's date of entry, date of 
enrollment, date of graduation (or date of dropping out), and degree 
program or field of study.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MUSLIM SECRET SERVICE AGENT REMOVED FROM FLIGHT
American Airlines asked to apologize, clarify policy on profiling

(WASHINGTON, DC - 12/27/2001) - The Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR), a Washington-based Islamic advocacy group, today demanded an 
apology from American Airlines for removing a Muslim Secret Service 
agent 
from a flight apparently based on religious and ethnic profiling.
SEE: http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/27/national/27AGEN.html

The agent (for security reasons, CAIR is not releasing his name) 
alleges 
that he was kicked off American Airlines Flight 363 from Baltimore to 
Dallas on December 25 because the captain had concerns about his 
identity, 
even though the agent went through the proper procedures for armed 
security 
personnel who are passengers. The agent's identification was 
subsequently 
checked several times by American personnel and by local police. He 
even 
offered to have the Secret Service confirm his identity.

When the agent asked to go back on the plane to retrieve his jacket, 
the 
captain said: "I don't want him back on that plane." A code denying the 
agent access to other flights was also allegedly entered into 
American's 
computer system.

In a letter faxed today to American Chairman Donald J. Carty, CAIR 
wrote: 
"We are concerned that American Airlines would arbitrarily deny 
boarding to 
a Muslim passenger, particularly someone who has one of our nation's 
highest security clearances, merely because of his religion or 
ethnicity. 
The passengers on Flight 363 would actually have been more secure had 
Agent 
----- been allowed to board."

"All Americans are concerned about improving safety for the traveling 
public, but religious and ethnic profiling is not the way to make 
flying 
more secure," said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. Hooper 
suggested instead that all passengers be subjected to heightened 
security 
checks, that new security screening technologies be funded and 
implemented 
and that airlines adopt strict baggage matching procedures.

CAIR asked that American Airlines clarify its policy on racial and 
religious profiling so that a similar incident does not occur in the 
future. The group's civil rights department has received more than 160 
reports of airport profiling of Muslims or those who are perceived to 
be 
"Middle Eastern" since the terrorist attacks of September 11.

                                         - END -

CONTACT:        Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787
                 E-MAIL - cair@cair-net.org

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SEE ALSO: WHY PEOPLE OF ALL COLORS SHOULD (STILL) RESIST RACIAL 
PROFILING
By Chisun Lee, The Village Voice, 12/26/2001
http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0152/lee.php

...The question today isn't whether law enforcement is engaging in 
racial 
profiling, it's how much. By all indications, a lot. The FBI and INS 
have 
targeted over a thousand people based on their national origin and 
locked 
them up for immigration technicalities or sometimes for nothing at all.

The Justice Department has tagged 5000 young men, also based on 
nationality, for voluntary interviews that are not entirely free of 
coercion or consequences and therefore not entirely voluntary. Muslim 
names 
prompt airport security checks-getting "wanded" is a part of the 
customer 
service experience for certain travelers. No space where police or 
federal 
agents patrol is free for those who appear Middle Eastern...

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 12/28/2001

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HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: DO NOT CREATE HATRED
* PRESIDENT BUSH RESPONDS TO PROFILING OF MUSLIM AGENT
* CONGRESSMAN CHAMBLISS SAYS HE "REGRETS" COMMENTS ON MUSLIMS
* READER SAYS DANIEL PIPES IS "INTELLECTUALLY IRRESPONSIBLE" (Boston 
Globe)
* THE MISADVENTURES OF GERALDO (Washington Times)
* CAIR ON FOX'S HANNITY & COLMES
* A LESSON IN SELF-INTEREST (Weekly Planet)
* EDITORIAL: MOB RULE AT UNIVERSITY (Palm Beach Post)
* ATTACKS ALTER MUSLIMS' MEETING (Atlanta Journal)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: DO NOT CREATE HATRED

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Make things easy and 
convenient and don't make them harsh and difficult. Give cheer and glad 
tidings and do not create hatred."

Riyadh us-Saleheen Volume 1:637

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PRESIDENT BUSH RESPONDS TO PROFILING OF MUSLIM AGENT

WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING
December 28, 2001, Friday, 11:52 AM Eastern Time

Q: Sir, were you upset that that Secret Service agent was kept off that 
plane, because you've been saying this is --

PRESIDENT BUSH: Yeah, I was. I talked to the man this morning; I told 
him 
how proud I was that he was by my side. He's here on the ranch, and 
he's 
guarding me, and of course I was. We'll let the facts -- you know, 
they're 
going to get the facts out. There's an inquiry going on as to 
specifically 
what took place, but if he was treated that way because of his 
ethnicity, 
that's -- it may be -- that will make me madder than heck.

FOR BACKGROUND, SEE: MUSLIM SECRET SERVICE AGENT REMOVED FROM FLIGHT
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?articleid=559&articletype=3

FEDERAL AGENT ACCUSES PILOT OF DISCRIMINATION
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A32362-2001Dec27.html

AGENT'S OUSTER FROM FLIGHT PROMPTS PROBE
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2001/12/28/MN60124.DTL

PILOT'S CONCERN KEEPS FEDERAL AGENT OFF FLIGHT
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-000102683dec28.story

AIRLINE DENIES ETHNIC PROFILING KEPT BUSH GUARD OFF FLIGHT
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/28/national/28AGEN.html

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CONGRESSMAN CHAMBLISS SAYS HE "REGRETS" COMMENTS ON MUSLIMS

The following message is being sent to constituents of Rep. Chambliss 
(R-GA) who expressed concerns about his comments to Georgia law 
enforcement 
personnel suggesting they "just turn [the sheriff] loose and have him 
arrest every Muslim that crosses the state line."

Dear Constituent:

Thank you for contacting me about recent statements I made about 
Muslims 
during a meeting in Georgia.

My remarks about Muslims were not a serious suggestion. I absolutely do 
not 
believe Georgia law enforcement officers should or would target 
innocent 
Muslims for arrest. Those present at the meeting understood I was not 
being 
serious. I regret making the comment and have apologized for it. As the 
son 
of a minister, I strongly believe in the importance faith plays in our 
daily lives. We must be inclusive and tolerant of the world's different 
religions, and as a Member of Congress I am committed to keeping our 
Constitutional freedom to practice religion intact.

As Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland 
Security, I 
agree wholeheartedly with President Bush that we are engaged in a war 
against terrorism--not Muslims. As elected officials, it is our duty to 
set 
the example of equal and fair treatment of everyone. I supported, and 
the 
House of Representatives unanimously passed, a resolution on September 
15, 
2001, condemning bigotry and violence against Arab-Americans and 
American 
Muslims. I regret that my joking comments have been misconstrued and 
distorted.

I understand your feelings about my comments. Let me say again, that my 
comments were made purely tongue-in-cheek, for which I regret and 
immediately publicly apologized.  Since you felt moved to contact me, I 
am 
happy to reiterate that apology to you now.

Sincerely
Congressman Saxby Chambliss
1019 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

URL: http://www.house.gov/chambliss/

FOR BACKGROUND, SEE: LAWMAKER TRIES TO EXPLAIN REMARK
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A60899-2001Nov20.html

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READER SAYS DANIEL PIPES IS "INTELLECTUALLY IRRESPONSIBLE"

LETTERS: MANY SCHOLARS PROMOTE BIAS
By JASON W. HANNAN, The Boston Globe, 12/27/2001

I WAS EXTREMELY IMPRESSED WITH H.D.S. GREENWAY'S PIECE "THE REAL 
'DANGER 
WITHIN' IS RELIGIOUS HATRED" (OP ED, DEC. 24). NOT ONLY IS IT A HIGHLY 
JUSTIFIED DENUNCIATION OF THE INTELLECTUALLY IRRESPONSIBLE DANIEL 
PIPES; IT 
IS ALSO AN INCISIVE PIECE OF SOCIAL COMMENTARY. Pipes is but one of 
countless scholars in America who enjoy academic careers 
misrepresenting 
entire peoples and cultures. It is disturbing that some 20 years after 
Edward W. Said's indictment of this scandalous profession of 
Orientalism 
that a solid academic market still exists for such fraudulent 
scholarship.

Unfortunately, our television culture thrives on these oversimplified 
images of reality. In the past four months, we have witnessed an 
unprecedented number of hate crimes against Arabs and Muslims, to which 
Japanese-Americans have rightly responded with shock and concern. If we 
ever hope to overcome the menace of ethnic bigotry, it is imperative 
that 
we rise above the childish tendency to make wholesale condemnations and 
commit ourselves to understanding our fellow human beings.

FOR BACKGROUND, SEE:

GLOBE COLUMN SLAMS DANIEL PIPES FOR SMEARING U.S. MUSLIMS
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?articleid=558&articletype=1

WHO IS DANIEL PIPES?
http://www.cair-net.org/misc/people/daniel_pipes.html

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THE MISADVENTURES OF GERALDO
R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., The Washington Times, 12/28/2001
http://www.washingtontimes.com/commentary/20011228-2739736.htm

Geraldo Rivera is up to his old tricks again, namely, reporting 
falsehoods 
and bullying those who oppose him.

The falsehood this time is that he is to the Afghan war what war 
correspondent Ernie Pyle was to World War II, a blood and guts 
journalist 
wriggling under enemy fire with the GIs. The bullying this time is 
being 
perpetrated upon a Baltimore Sun reporter, David Folkenflik, who, 
according 
to Mr. Rivera, "is going to regret this story the rest of his career." 
The 
offending story exposed Mr. Rivera, once again, as a fraud...

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CAIR ON FOX'S HANNITY & COLMES
December 27, 2001 Thursday

GUESTS: Ibrahim Hooper, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

HOSTS: Joe Scarborough, Alan Colmes

COLMES: Welcome back to HANNITY & COLMES. I'm Alan Colmes.

First, the trial of attempted shoe bomber Richard Reid is leading back 
to a 
London mosque, where Reid apparently worshipped along with indicted 
terrorist conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui. According to "The Times of 
London," the leader of the mosque claims to have warned London police 
repeatedly that Muslim radicals were recruiting young people in the 
area. 
So, is Reid another victim of a radical interpretation of the Islamic 
faith 
or is Islam unfairly being blamed for one man's violent act?

Joining us here to talk about it, the communications director for the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations, Ibrahim Hooper.

Mr. Hooper, good to have you with us.

IBRAHIM HOOPER, COUNCIL ON AMERICAN-ISLAMIC RELATIONS: Thanks for 
having me.

COLMES: Unfortunately, Islam has become associated with hijacking, with 
terror, with people who do extreme acts. Why don't we hear about, 
though, 
these same kinds of -- this same kind of behavior associated with 
Christianity, with Judaism, people doing in the name of Jesus what some 
people now do in the name of Allah? Why not the same with other 
religions?

HOOPER: Well, I think it is a lack of understanding of the context in 
which 
to place these kinds of unacceptable acts. When somebody like David 
Koresh 
carries out acts of violence, or someone like Baruch Goldstein 
massacres 
Muslim worshipers in a mosque in Hebron, these things are put in 
context. 
People say, well, of course I'm not going to generalize to Judaism. Of 
course I'm not going to generalize to Christianity based on these 
actions.

But if a Muslim does something, many people don't have the context in 
which 
to place these, the knowledge that 99.999 percent of all Muslims will 
live 
and die without ever coming close to an act of violence or political 
instability. So they don't have that context. So they say, well, maybe 
I 
can generalize to the faith of Islam...

...SCARBOROUGH: Mr. Hooper, you are hearing obviously from a lot of 
Arab-Americans Muslim-Americans about what they are facing 
post-September 
11. You have given the media a fairly good score on how they handled 
the 
situation. You say some commentators have been irresponsible. How are 
Arab-Americans and Muslim-Americans, though, rating American society in 
general? Are they saying, for the most part, it's understanding? How 
widespread is the discrimination that they are facing now?

HOOPER: Along with the more than 1,500 incidents of anti-Muslim 
backlash 
that were reported to us, we also received many, many messages of a 
Muslim 
couple going into an Old Country buffet in West Virginia and having 
other 
customers pick up their tab just out of a feeling of solidarity for 
what 
they are going through. We have had a number of these kinds of things.

America is a country in which a Muslim can freely practice their faith. 
It's something that can't always be said of countries in the so-called 
Muslim world. For instance, an American-Muslim woman has the legal 
right to 
wear a head scarf while she's on the job. In Turkey, she couldn't go to 
the 
university wearing a head scarf.

So we see America as a place were there is religious diversity, where 
we 
can practice our faith. Sometimes we differ on American foreign policy 
issues, but that's part of the society: the right to dissent...

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A LESSON IN SELF-INTEREST
BY SUSAN EDWARDS, The Weekly Planet, 12/28/2001
http://www.weeklyplanet.com/2001-12-27/notebook.html

The University of South Florida Board of Trustees had an opportunity 
last 
week to set an example of courage in the face of adversity. They had a 
chance to teach a lesson in tolerance and in standing up for academic 
freedom and free speech, even though that speech may be unpopular and 
may 
cause hardship, fear and even -- gasp -- expense to the university.

Instead, they staged a kangaroo court, filled with half-truths and 
self-righteous speechifying. The accused was not even allowed to 
witness, 
much less rebut the systematic assassination of his character. The 
trustees 
and university President Judy Genshaft opted to put politics, money and 
image first, trampling on the rights of an employee, even as they 
invoked 
the documents that govern those rights.

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EDITORIAL: MOB RULE AT UNIVERSITY
The Palm Beach Post, 12/27/2001
http://www.gopbi.com/partners/pbpost/
Search using the term "Al-Arian."

In the first hard test of academic freedom for the state universities' 
new 
governing boards, the University of South Florida's board flunked. It 
played to the mob...

...Before the vote, board member Connie Mack, the former U.S. senator, 
asked if a less controversial professor offended part of the public, 
"would 
we not find some way to protect that individual?" Don't bother to wait 
for 
the answer. Mr. Mack voted with the majority against Mr. Al-Arian. The 
answer seems ominously apparent.

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ATTACKS ALTER MUSLIMS' MEETING
By Maurice Tamman, The Atlanta Journal, 12/28/2001
www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/epaper/editions/friday/news_c3c2a0d76499428f1062.html 


An annual meeting of Muslims from the Southeast that opens in Atlanta 
today 
is expected to take on added weight in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 
attacks in New York and Washington.

The Islamic Circle of North America selected the theme of the three-day 
conference --- "Living Islam in America" --- before the attacks, but 
the 
topic seems especially pertinent these days, said Zulfiqar Ali Shah, 
the 
organization's president.

"Muslims are used to participating quietly and politely on the 
sidelines 
[in the United States]," Shah said.

"We're not used to playing in the major leagues."

And Muslims must be more effective telling others that their faith 
abhors 
terrorism, he said.

Regional President Manzoor Khalid said Muslims must develop a mantra of 
sorts.

"They have to continue with their side of the story as to who Muslims 
are 
and what they believe," he said...

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Subject: CAIR-NET: Muslim Student Organizations Say They're Misunderstood

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 12/30/2001

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HEADLINES:

* HADITH/VERSE OF THE DAY: MODESTY AND HUMILITY
* CAIR-PA PARTICIPATES IN LECTURE SERIES ON ISLAM
* CAIR DISCUSSES PROFILING OF MUSLIM SECRET SERVICE AGENT ON CNN’S 
TALKBACK 
LIVE
         - CAL THOMAS CALLS FOR “ISRAELIZATION” OF AMERICAN AIRLINE 
SECURITY (Washington Times)
         - * AMERICAN AIRLINES: TWO BLOOPERS (Washington Post)
* MUSLIM STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS SAY THEY'RE MISUNDERSTOOD (San Francisco 
Chronicle)
         - BRICKS HURLED AT MUSLIM-OWNED STORE DRIVE OUT S.F. MAN * 
SOMALI 
IMMIGRANTS LEARNING AGAIN TO LIVE WITH FEAR (AP)
* BEWARE PATRIOTISM WHEN IT SEEKS TO TAKE AWAY RIGHTS (Chicago Tribune)
* MUSLIMS MUST WORK TO DISPEL MISINFORMATION, LEADERS SAY (Atlanta 
Journal)
* THE STORY OF ISLAM'S GIFT OF PAPER TO THE WEST (New York Times)
* ARABS PLAN MEDIA BLITZ TO IMPROVE IMAGE IN WEST (Reuters)

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HADITH/VERSE OF THE DAY: MODESTY AND HUMILITY

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Modesty results in good 
alone and nothing else.”

Riyadh us-Saleheen Volume 1:682

“And the [true] servants of [God] the Most Gracious are those who walk 
on 
the earth in humility, and whenever the foolish address them, they 
reply 
with [words of] peace.”

The Holy Quran, Chapter 25, Verse 63

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CAIR-PA PARTICIPATES IN LECTURE SERIES ON ISLAM

Muslim faith to be discussed
The Harrisburg Patriot, 12/29/2001

The Presbyterian Congregation of Middletown, Union and Water streets, 
will 
examine "Our Muslim Neighbors and Their Faith" 9:15- 10:15 a.m. Sundays 
during January. The Contemporary Issues and Faith Class is sponsoring 
the 
series.
The schedule is:

*Jan. 6 -- "What Islam is All About" with Dr. Parvez Ahmed, chair of 
the 
Central Pennsylvania Chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations;
* Jan. 13 -- "Welcome to the Quran" with Imam Rassan Sonday of the 
Islamic 
Center of Lancaster, who will present overview of the basic message and 
theme in the Quran, the sacred writings of Islam;
*Jan. 20 -- "Rights and Responsibilities in Islam" with Dr. Rand 
Arnout, 
who is a female physician and teaches classes for women on Islam as 
well as 
communications director of the CAIR. She will discuss the rights and 
responsibilities of all members in society including women, men and 
children; *Jan. 27 -- "The Life of the Last Prophet" with Dr. Parvez 
Ahmed 
and Imam Rassan Sonday.

The class is open to the public. For more information, readers may call 
the 
church office at 944-4322.

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CAIR DISCUSSES PROFILING OF MUSLIM SECRET SERVICE AGENT ON CNN’S 
TALKBACK 
LIVE - 12/27/2001

IBRAHIM HOOPER, COUNCIL, AMERICAN-ISLAMIC RELATIONS: They don't say, 
"get 
off the plane, you stinking Arab," they -- you know, there are other 
things 
that occur that indicate what's going on here. I think it's clear that 
if 
this person had been non-Muslim, non-Arab American, that there wouldn't 
have been a problem.

SEE ALSO:

CAL THOMAS CALLS FOR “ISRAELIZATION” OF AMERICAN AIRLINE SECURITY
http://www.washingtontimes.com/commentary/20011230-84230236.htm

CONTACT: letters@washingtontimes.com, hbering@washingtontimes.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

AMERICAN AIRLINES: TWO BLOOPERS
By Colbert I. King, The Washington Post, 12/29/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A37200-2001Dec28.html

…Contrast that level of scrutiny with the experience of a Secret 
Service 
agent and member of President Bush's security detail on Christmas 
evening 
at Baltimore Washington International Airport. The armed federal agent 
was 
kicked off an American Airlines flight from Baltimore to Dallas, 
notwithstanding his U.S. government identification and his reported 
offer 
to have the Secret Service confirm who he was. The pilot, according to 
airline spokesman Gus Whitcomb, reviewed the agent's paperwork to carry 
a 
gun and was not satisfied "with the short-term results." Federal 
airline 
regulations allow a captain to refuse passage to a customer if he 
thinks it 
might "compromise the safety of a flight," said Whitcomb.

The rule sounds prudent. But if a federal agent with government 
credentials 
can get kicked off an American Airlines plane, what are my chances of 
making the cut? Does it all depend on which pilot I draw?...

…Now, please visualize Richard Colvin Reid in Row 29 on American 
Airlines 
Flight 63 high over the Atlantic busily trying to fire up his 
explosives-laden sneakers with a match. Next imagine the federal agent 
on 
his way to his assignment to protect the president of the United States 
being forced off AA on Christmas Day. And then hear spokesman Burke 
yesterday on the presence of the suspected would-be suicide bomber on 
board 
AA Flight 63: "Obviously, the captain felt there was no compromise with 
the 
safety of the flight." And next, the airlines' defense of the agent's 
expulsion: "During this time of heightened security, we feel no one is 
above the approved security procedures."

No offense, American Airlines, but I'd just as soon take the bus.

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MUSLIM STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS SAY THEY'RE MISUNDERSTOOD
Some groups fear being persecuted for raising funds
By Elizabeth Bell, The San Francisco Chronicle, 12/30/2001
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2001/12/30/MN129435.DTL

One of the first things Samrana Ihsan did when she got to college was 
track 
down the Muslim Students Association, so she could join her fellow 
students 
in prayer, friendship and outreach to dispel misconceptions about her 
religion.

As vice president of the Muslim student group at the University of 
California at Davis, she's helped raise money for Afghan refugees, 
organized lectures on Muslim culture, and invited members of local 
churches 
to join Muslim students in breaking the Ramadan fast.

Muslim Student Associations, called MSAs, exist on college campuses 
across 
the country, but in recent weeks students like Ihsan feel they've come 
under suspicion. Media reports and some government officials have 
speculated that some campus groups might be wittingly or unwittingly 
funneling money to terrorists.

"Many of us are really starting to feel there's this witch hunt 
starting. 
It's all right to be Muslim, but to be Muslim and active, you're going 
to 
get in trouble," said Muhammed Esam, an officer with the Islamic 
Society of 
Stanford University…

…Students, however, say speculation that they are actively working to 
support terrorists is absurd. They worry it's hurting the image of 
groups 
that are more focused on the social and spiritual needs of members than 
with fund-raising or politics.

The national Muslim Student Association, the umbrella group for campus 
chapters, has begun receiving hate mail based on reports alleging that 
it 
is openly raising money for groups suspected of supporting terrorists.

The group says that is false, and students feel their side of the story 
isn't getting out.

"People just don't know about the good work Muslim students do on 
campus," 
said Ghaith Mahmood, a student at the University of California in Los 
Angeles and vice president of MSA West, which includes all California 
chapters...

…National chapter president Altaf Husain said students' fund-raising 
efforts are meant only to help the poor.

"We're the second generation, we have been raised here, you can sense 
our 
balance of priorities," said Husain. "We look to the social welfare of 
our 
neighbors, Muslims and non-Muslims, but we never forget there are just 
as 
many Muslims around the world who are in need of our assistance."

SEE ALSO:

BRICKS HURLED AT MUSLIM-OWNED STORE DRIVE OUT S.F. MAN
Marsha Ginsburg, The San Francisco Chronicle, 12/29/2001
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2001/12/29/MN193186.DTL

For now at least, Ahmad Namrouti is giving up on America.

It's just too difficult to be an Arab and live here, said the San 
Francisco 
grocer.

"I'm afraid," said the native of Jordan, who came here seven years ago 
to 
follow his dreams.

"I came here for freedom, to live here . . . for the good life," he 
said, 
figuring he would eventually bring over the seven children he left 
behind. 
At 59, Namrouti had just received his U.S. citizenship when the 
terrorist 
attacks took place Sept. 11. Within the week, an angry young man 
stopped by 
his small store at Third Avenue and Balboa Street, poked his head in 
and 
said, "Are you Arab?"

Namrouti said yes, and told the man to have a nice day. About 4 a.m., 
as he 
slept in a single bed in a small back room, a 15-pound brick came 
flying 
through the front window of his store.

It shattered the window and would have hit him squarely in the head had 
he 
been sitting in the chair behind the counter that he occupies most of 
the day.

He isn't holding a grudge against America -- he knows the lone man who 
harassed him is angry or ignorant or both. And tears well up in his 
eyes 
when he talks about the kindness of neighbors who have tried to offer 
him 
money toward the $1,500 repair on his window, which he can't afford…

…Still, three months later, Namrouti can't forget it. The store where 
he 
has occasionally given away candy bars to neighbors is up for sale and 
he 
plans to return to his native Jordan…

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SOMALI IMMIGRANTS LEARNING AGAIN TO LIVE WITH FEAR
By LIZ SIDOTI, The Associated Press, 12/29/2001

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Fear has crept back into the lives of refugees 
who 
found a Midwest haven after enduring years of violent clashes between 
clans 
fighting for control of their native Somalia.

Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Somali immigrants say they have 
faced 
so much ridicule and violence that they worry they will never become 
established in their new country.

"As Americans and Somalis, we've become victims again. So, where are we 
going to run now? Nowhere. This is our home," said Nasro Iman, who 
immigrated in 1992 to Columbus. "But some wonder what will happen to 
us. 
Are we going to be kicked out or sent back? There's a lot of 
questions."

At the root of the fear is that their Muslim religion leads to 
suspicions 
that they support Osama bin Ladin's terrorist al-Qaida network. There 
also 
has been speculation that Somalia could become a target if the United 
States broadens its war on terrorism, or that bin Laden could take 
sanctuary in the African country.

An estimated 15,000 to 17,000 Somalis live in Columbus, the nation's 
second-largest Somali immigrant community. Only Minneapolis has more, 
20,000 to 30,000…

...Since the attacks, Somali immigrants have shared stories about 
violence, 
vandalism and verbal assaults.

In Minneapolis in October, a 66-year-old Somali immigrant, Ali W. Ali, 
died 
two days after he was found injured and unconscious at a bus stop.

The coroner ruled that Ali died of natural causes. But members of the 
Somali community in Minneapolis contend he was a victim of a hate crime 
and 
that a white man struck Ali in the face.

Somali women say they have been targeted by people who see them wearing 
their traditional veils…

..Other Somalis tell stories about drivers trying to run their cars off 
the 
road, people throwing trash at them and generally not being as friendly 
as 
they once were.

Some say the worst part is when their children are ridiculed…

"…I am an American and I have a right, too, not to be afraid. We came 
all 
the way to America to have peace and be safe," said Salah, a 
41-year-old 
computer teacher at a Somali-owned Columbus business, Rite Technology. 
"We've been through civil war, killings, starvation. We've learned how 
to 
survive and we'll survive again."

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BEWARE PATRIOTISM WHEN IT SEEKS TO TAKE AWAY RIGHTS
M Cherif Bassiouni, The Chicago Tribune, 12/30/2001
(M Cherif Bassiouni is a professor of law at DePaul University.)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/perspective/chi-0112300204dec30.story

The mirror held up to America's national tragedy in the immediate wake 
of 
Sept. 11 reflected strength, courage, generosity and hope amid the 
ruins.

The brutal destruction of the World Trade Center towers could not match 
the 
heroism of New York City firefighters, police officers and civilians 
who 
became living metaphors of American strength, courage and selflessness 
on 
that terrible day and in the days that followed. At the Pentagon, the 
same 
was equally evident.

Throughout the nation, thousands of Americans rushed to give blood and 
make 
contributions, raising in a matter of weeks an unprecedented $1.2 
billion 
in aid for the survivors and families of those who fell on Sept. 11. 
These 
Americans, too, demonstrated how deep and wide is the generous spirit 
that 
pervades this nation.

The generosity of American spirit and deeds is not limited to grand 
gestures at times of national crisis. It recurs daily in countless acts 
of 
charity and volunteerism; thousands of charitable and humanitarian 
initiatives in every major city across the nation draw hundreds of 
thousands of people from all walks of life, whose help reaches millions 
at 
home and abroad…

…But even as the mirror held up to our national tragedy has reflected 
American good, it also has begun to reflect an incipient encroachment 
on 
human values and civil rights, all in the name of patriotism…

…in a climate of fear in which existence has become suddenly 
unchartable 
and clouded by the prospect of further acts of terrorism and violence, 
there have been lapses into racial prejudice. Hundreds of Muslims have 
been 
attacked and vilified. Several people were killed, including two Sikhs, 
who 
are not Muslim. Mosques and churches in Arab communities were defaced; 
Muslim women wearing head scarves were insulted and intimidated.

Worse than the aberrations of misguided individuals, though, the 
collective 
political will has been expressed in ways reminiscent of the treatment 
of 
Japanese-Americans during World War II. Official racial profiling has 
been 
used by the FBI and Immigration and Naturalization Service to detain 
more 
than 1,200 Muslims, one of whom died in custody.

Few were charged with anything other than immigration violations, which 
are 
common among many nationalities. None of them has been charged with a 
crime 
related to the World Trade Center attacks. But this new racially driven 
policy has deprived the detainees of their constitutional rights, such 
as 
not being arrested without probable cause, the right to remain silent 
and 
the right to counsel…

…Congress' legislative package known as the USA Patriot Act contains 
several violations of constitutional standards. Bush has announced that 
defendants in terrorism trials will be subjected to military tribunals 
in 
which evidence can be secret and procedural rights can be abridged. 
This is 
precisely what we steadfastly threw in the face of the former Soviet 
Union, 
China and others we deemed undemocratic…

…The mirror held up to our national tragedy reflects back a disharmony 
of 
images at home and abroad--a clash between war and humanitarianism, 
morality and legality and the limits of military power…

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MUSLIMS MUST WORK TO DISPEL MISINFORMATION, LEADERS SAY
By MARK BIXLER, 12/29/2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution
www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/epaper/editions/saturday/news_c3d2963b7171325e00ba.html

Muslim leaders urged followers in the Southeast on Friday to try to 
dispel 
misconceptions about Islam.

"Take advantage of any opportunity to let people have firsthand 
experience 
with Islam and with Muslims," said Souheil Ghannouchi, president of the 
Muslim American Society. He spoke at the three-day "Living Islam in 
America" convention at the Atlanta Airport Hilton and Towers. About 
1,000 
people attended Friday.

The convention is sponsored by the Southeast region of the Islamic 
Circle 
of North America, made up largely of Muslims who live in Georgia, 
Alabama, 
North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The region's president, 
Manzoor A. Khalid of Gwinnett County, said more Americans have 
associated 
Islam with terrorism since the Sept. 11 attacks.

…Khalid said the government has unfairly targeted Muslims in its 
investigation, citing FBI interviews with about 5,000 Arabs and the 
prolonged detention of hundreds of Middle Eastern immigrants for 
reasons 
authorities will not divulge…

…He said Muslims should visit churches and synagogues, hold open houses 
at 
mosques and speak to civic groups. Khalid addressed the Roswell Kiwanis 
club last week. Ghannouchi agreed that Muslims should venture outside 
mosques and community centers to involve themselves in the larger 
community.

"I think the isolation has lasted much longer than it needs to," he 
said.

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THE STORY OF ISLAM'S GIFT OF PAPER TO THE WEST
By Holland Cotter, The New York Times, 12/29/2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/29/arts/design/29SHEL.html

The paper on which these words are printed comes to you courtesy of 
Islamic 
civilization. Not directly, of course. Paper was invented in China 
around 
the first century. But it was Muslim merchants traveling the Silk Road 
in 
the eighth century who first brought the light, thin, pliable stuff 
west. 
And it was through Islamic culture in North Africa that paper arrived 
in 
medieval Europe, where it took on an explosive life.

Islam seldom gets credit for this contribution to Western life, one 
integral to advances in every aspect of the sciences and the 
humanities. 
Instead, accounts of how paper developed tend to jump from ancient 
China to 
15th-century Germany and Johann Gutenberg's invention of movable-type 
printing, ignoring the centuries in between. A new book called "Paper 
Before Print: The History and Impact of Paper in the Islamic World" 
(Yale 
University Press) fills that gap. Written by Jonathan M. Bloom, a 
professor 
of Islamic and Asian art at Boston College, it is an engaged, detailed, 
lucidly argued study of paper's progress...

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ARABS PLAN MEDIA BLITZ TO IMPROVE IMAGE IN WEST
By Rawhi Abeidoh, Reuters, 12/29/2001

MUSCAT, Dec 29 (Reuters) - Gulf Arab leaders, worried that the West 
increasingly sees Arabs and Muslims as "evil," plan to launch a 
multi-million-dollar media campaign to improve their peoples' image at 
a 
summit opening on Sunday.

The annual conference of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) 
was 
expected to approve a plan to counter what it sees as a campaign of 
"hatred 
and enmity" towards Arabs and Muslims since the September 11 attacks on 
the 
United States, delegates said on Saturday.

Gulf governments have condemned the attacks, but decry what they see as 
Western media attempts to link Islam with terrorism.

"The campaign against Arab countries, especially Saudi Arabia, is 
itself a 
form of terrorism," Omani Foreign Minister Youssef bin Alawi bin 
Abdullah 
said on the eve of the two-day summit…

…A ministerial panel to implement the media blitz would be led by UAE 
Information Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zaid al Nahayan, who runs Abu 
Dhabi satellite television, one of the most prolific state-owned 
channels 
in the Arab world.

It calls for setting up three satellite television channels -- in 
English, 
French and Spanish -- to woo public opinion in North America and 
Europe, 
which have seen a spate of hate crimes against Arabs and Muslims since 
the 
September attacks…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OHIO MOSQUE VANDALISM PROMPTS CALL FOR POLICE PROTECTION

(COLUMBUS, OH - 12/30/2001) - The Islamic Foundation of Central Ohio 
(IFCO) 
and the Ohio Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR-Ohio) today called on law enforcement authorities in that state 
to 
step up protection of Muslim institutions and businesses following an 
attack by vandals on the Islamic Center of Columbus.

The vandals caused severe damage overnight to all three floors of the 
center. Copies of the Quran, Islam’s revealed text, were shredded.Water 
pipes were ripped out of walls and broken in a way that would cause 
maximum 
damage to the center.

CAIR-Ohio has recorded several incidents of anti-Muslim harassment, 
threats, discrimination, and violence over the past three months.

"Muslims has received many messages of support from people of other 
faiths 
who abhor the anti-Islamic backlash that is now taking place. 
Unfortunately, the bigoted acts of a small minority are creating an 
atmosphere of apprehension and fear in the American Muslim community," 
said 
CAIR-Ohio Executive Director Jad Humeidan. Humeidan called on elected 
officials to reiterate their statements rejecting anti-Muslim hysteria 
and 
discrimination.

“This attack is not against a mosque, it's an attack against all 
religions, 
against our liberties and against our values,” said IFCO President 
Mohammed 
Shareef.

IFCO is offering $1,000 reward for any leads that result in the capture 
and 
prosecution of the perpetrators.

The attack was not the first against Ohio religious institutions. 
Immediately after the September 11th terrorist attacks, the Greater 
Cleveland Islamic Center was attacked by a drunk driver who smashed his 
car 
through a wall, knocked over three pillars and landed on top of a 
fountain 
in the mosque rotunda. A drive by shooting also occurred at the Islamic 
Center of Greater Toledo.

CAIR-Ohio is calling on Muslims and people of other faiths to help 
repair 
the damage done to the mosque.

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CONTACT: Tel: 614-451-3232 E-Mail: Ohio@cair-net.org

ACTION REQUESTED:

1) Please Call the Islamic Center of Columbus and offer your support, 
Tel: 
614-253-3251

2) Send you donations to:

Islamic Foundation of Central Ohio
C/o CAIR-Ohio
4700 Reed Road, Suite B
Columbus, OH 43220

3) Call the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, Columbus Regional Office 
(614-466-5928) to ask for their assistance in ending hate crimes 
against 
Muslims.

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ISLAMIC CENTER VANDALIZED
By EMILY SWARTZLANDER, The Associated Press, 12/30/2001

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Members of the Islamic Center of Columbus said they 
discovered holes drilled in floors, water pipes pulled from walls and 
water-saturated floors and ceilings when they arrived Sunday morning…

…No damage estimate was available, though Shareef said the three-story 
building would have to be completely renovated because of the damage. 
Members of the center, which serves as a mosque and has classrooms, 
discovered the damage when they came for prayer services about 7 a.m., 
said 
Siraj Haji, one of the first to arrive at the building.

Vandals apparently broke into the center through a side door, said 
Ahmad 
Al-Akhras, president of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in 
Columbus.

They then went to a third floor bathroom and pulled the water pipes 
from 
the sink and walls, Al-Akhras said…

…In addition to the water damage, several copies of the Quran, the 
Islamic 
holy book, were shredded or thrown into the parking lot, and light 
fixtures 
also were pulled from the ceiling, Haji said…

…Police have no suspects and made no arrests, said spokesman Sgt. Earl 
Smith. Officers will investigate whether the vandalism is related to 
the 
attacks...

…Mosques around Ohio have been targets of attacks since the Sept. 11 
terrorist attacks, which have linked with Muslim groups.

At least one window was damaged by gunfire at The Islamic Center of 
Toledo, 
while a mosque in Parma, near Cleveland, has reported damage to 
windows.

On Dec. 12, a suburban Cleveland man pleaded guilty to felony charges 
of 
burglary, ethnic intimidation and vandalism for ramming his car into 
the 
Islamic Center of Cleveland six days after the terrorist attacks…

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 12/31/2001

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HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: SEARCHING FOR KNOWLEDGE
* ANN COULTER CALLS MIDDLE EASTERNERS "CAMEL RIDING NOMADS" (Daily 
Barometer)
* ISLAMIC CENTER RANSACKED (Columbus Dispatch)
* (GA.) MUSLIMS HOPE TERRORIST ATTACKS DON'T HURT CEMETERY (AP)
* EDITORIAL: RACIAL PROFILING? (Sacramento Bee)
* MUSLIMS HELP BINGHAMTON BUILD BRIGHTER FUTURE (Commercial Appeal)
* MUSLIMS IN THE MOSAIC (Essence)
         - ADDRESSING THE MEDIA'S PORTRAYAL OF MUSLIM WOMEN (Azizah)
* 'MY DAD BUYS ME BOOKS ABOUT ISLAM' (Sunday Telegraph)
* AD WOMAN CHARLOTTE BEERS'S NEW CAMPAIGN: GETTING THE WORLD TO BUY 
AMERICA 
(Washington Post)
* 'GOOD VS. EVIL' VIEW OF THE WAR MAY BRING DEFEAT (Baltimore Sun)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: SEARCHING FOR KNOWLEDGE

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "A person who goes (out 
of 
his house) in search of knowledge, he is on God's way and remains so 
until 
he returns."

Riyadh us-Saleheen, Volume 1:1385

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ANN COULTER CALLS MIDDLE EASTERNERS "CAMEL RIDING NOMADS"

WHO'S IRRATIONAL NOW, COULTER?
By Joel Fowlks, OSU (Oregon State U.) Daily Barometer, 11/28/2001

...An OSU College Republican invitee, Coulter gave a rousing, if not 
controversial talk at the MU Ballroom, Nov. 18. As well as criticizing 
the 
political intelligence of college students, she raised the ire of many 
audience members by referring to Native Americans as "Peyote Smoking 
Indians" and Middle Easterners as "camel riding nomads." ...

...In fact, her insensitivity to Middle Easterners even got her fired 
from 
one the countries' most conservative publications. The National Review 
canned Coulter for suggesting in her online column that in response to 
the 
Sept. 11 terrorist attacks "We should invade their countries, kill 
their 
leaders, and convert them to Christianity..."

POLITE COMMENTS TO: (Hostile comments will be used to harm the image of 
Muslims and Islam.)

Lee Salem
Editorial Director
Universal Press Syndicate
4520 Main St, Ste 700
Kansas City, MO 64111-7701

E-MAIL: lsalem@uexpress.com, gmelvin@uexpress.com, 
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ISLAMIC CENTER RANSACKED
By Michelle Everhart, The Columbus dispatch, 12/31/2001
www.dispatch.com/news-story.php?story=dispatch/news/news01/dec01/1009808.html

The 15 Muslims who came to worship early yesterday morning at the 
Masjidka 
Islamic Center did not let the vandalism they encountered stop them -- 
they 
prayed in the parking lot in sub-freezing temperatures.

"People don't wake up in the morning and just decide they are going to 
do 
something like this," Siraj Haji said. "These things brew in their 
hearts 
for years, and we have to change their hearts and minds."

The group arrived for morning prayer to find water pouring from the 
ceiling, light fixtures hanging precariously from the walls and copies 
of 
the Quran scattered throughout the building.

Sometime after 10 p.m. Saturday, vandals broke into the center at 1428 
E. 
Broad St. through a side door.

They ransacked the three-story building, pulling light fixtures from 
the 
walls and overturning furniture.

A school project was ruined in a third-floor classroom. Picture frames 
and 
a chandelier lay broken in the mosque.

"We have been violated in a place of worship," said Ahmad Al-Akhras, 
president of the Ohio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations. 
"The sacred Quran was thrown everywhere..."

...The center has received numerous threatening calls and letters since 
the 
Sept. 11 terrorist attacks but nothing specific, Shareef said. "We got 
a 
letter a few weeks back saying we should all leave the country," he 
said...

DONATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED TO REPAIR THE MOSQUE:

Send you donations to:

Islamic Foundation of Central Ohio
C/o CAIR-Ohio
4700 Reed Road, Suite B
Columbus, OH 43220
614-451-3232

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MUSLIMS HOPE TERRORIST ATTACKS DON'T HURT CEMETERY
The Associated Press, 12/31/2001

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - The Georgia Islamic Institute will go before 
the 
Board of Commissioners in January to ask for a permit to create an 
Islamic 
cemetery.

The Gwinnett County government had put off consideration of the 
controversial plan, responding to Muslims who were concerned after the 
terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

Commissioner John Dunn said the anti-Muslim sentiment is no longer an 
issue 
and that tabling the matter will not be necessary. The groups are 
scheduled 
to meet Jan. 22.

"I think that we've had several months to cool off," Dunn said. "I 
think 
people watch the news and understand it. They know Muslims are peaceful 
people."

The proposed 1,500-plot cemetery was to go before a county planning 
board 
and its full county commission in September. Both boards postponed the 
hearings at the request of Muslim community leaders.

Hafiz Abdal Ghaffar Khan, the leader of the Georgia Islamic Institute, 
said 
asking for a postponement was difficult. The imam worries that the 
anti-Muslim sentiment will hurt their chances.

"It's still going on in this area," said Khan. "Waiting would give us a 
better chance to make our case..."

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EDITORIAL: RACIAL PROFILING?
Agent's treatment sure sounds like it
The Sacramento Bee, 12/29/2001
http://www.sacbee.com/content/opinion/story/1389987p-1464038c.html

An Arab American Secret Service agent was pulled off an American 
Airlines 
flight in Baltimore by the plane's captain the other day. The pilot, 
who, 
by law, has ultimate authority aboard the airplane, said there was a 
discrepancy in the paperwork the agent was required to fill out to 
carry 
his gun aboard the plane.

Because the details of the discrepancy have not been made public, it's 
impossible to know for sure whether the pilot's action was justified or 
another instance of racial profiling.

The agent himself has no doubts, though. He has filed a complaint with 
the 
Council of American-Islamic Relations.

Unfortunately, it is hard to believe the airline's contention that the 
Secret Service agent's ethnicity was not a factor. This incident is all 
too 
similar to a number of other instances in which perfectly law-abiding 
Arab 
Americans or people of Middle Eastern descent have been thrown off 
flights 
for no good reason...

...When told of the incident involving the agent on his security 
detail, 
the president said that if the investigation shows that the agent was a 
victim of racial profiling, he would be "madder than heck." All 
fair-minded 
Americans should be, too.

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MUSLIMS HELP BINGHAMTON BUILD BRIGHTER FUTURE
By Jacinthia Jones, The Commercial Appeal, 12/30/2001
www.gomemphis.com/mca/local_news/article/0,1426,MCA_437_924443,00.html

The first Muslim-sponsored housing initiative in Memphis is under way 
in 
the Binghamton neighborhood.

Local Muslims and Binghamton residents are partners in building a house 
at 
3015 Crystal as a demonstration project aimed at attracting grants and 
other funding for future building projects.

The three-bedroom, two-bath brick home's foundation was poured this 
month, 
the first visible sign of progress on the often-delayed project.

The house-raising effort has been a labor of love for Hamidullah Adam, 
who 
is spearheading the project with initial money contributed by a local 
mosque after the group was unable to get a federal grant or a loan from 
a 
bank.

"We don't want it to seem like we're begging," Adam said. "All we want 
is 
the opportunity to help in the community. Our first approach is small, 
but 
we hope it will grow."

Eventually, the group hopes to build and sell houses to low- and 
middle-income families...

"...We are very excited about all of this," said Dr. Nabil Bayakly, 
director of Masjid An-noor. "We tried to do this five years ago, but we 
were small and couldn't make it."

Since then the Muslim community has grown and now are ready to try 
again, 
Bayakly said.

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MUSLIMS IN THE MOSAIC
BY EISA NEFERTARI ULEN, Essence Magazine, January 2002
(Eisa Nefertari Ulen teaches literature at Hunter College in New York 
City.)
http://www.essence.com

I am an American Muslim, a woman who freely chose Islam, the second 
largest 
religion in the world, as my personal path to spiritual power. I am 
also 
African-American, instilled with a legacy of activism since childhood.

I am blessed to inhabit what many people think of as two different 
worlds 
-- I live in the secular, democratic United States, where many 
religions 
are practiced, and I also devoutly follow Islam. As a woman I can 
attest 
that these worlds are essentially parallel. Among all people there is 
good 
-- and evil...

...In both worlds I bear witness to sisters constrained by man's 
convenient 
misinterpretations of law. I also bear witness to my brothers -- Black 
men 
in sleek cars -- who are profiled by the police. Now, since the 
terrorist 
attacks, it's my Muslim brothers -- men in knitted kufis -- who are 
profiled by their neighbors. And there are my American Muslim sisters 
who, 
because they wear the hijab (veil), now hesitate to leave their homes. 
Yet 
no one profiled scrubbed-faced White men in button-down collars after 
Timothy McVeigh bombed the Oklahoma City federal building...

...I chose Islam because I insist on justice and because I love Allah. 
I 
think Allah chose me because I write, teach and demonstrate. Black life 
has 
often been held in opposition to American life. But since September 11, 
as 
a Muslim, I've felt my life held in opposition yet again. With more 
than 1 
billion Muslims, Islam represents about 20 percent of the world's 
diverse 
people. The United States, too, is a mosaic of cultures, and Islam -- 
with 
up to 6 million American Muslims, approximately 30 percent of them 
African-American -- belongs in that mosaic.

At congregational Jummah prayer at the mosque, I sit with my many-hued 
Muslim sisters. I celebrate the sanctity of difference in Islam. But as 
we 
Americans rightfully insist on justice and legal retribution for the 
attacks, we African-Americans must remember our history. If we forget 
our 
shared experience as people of color in America, if we shrink and cower 
from one another because some of us don't know or understand Islam, we 
simply acquiesce to more death, more war.

...We sisters, Black women of all faiths, must unite and protect the 
ideal 
of American freedom, standing up for any sister in this country who 
feels 
vulnerable to taunts and threats because she is veiled. We must do this 
because we understand that beneath her hijab, that sister is one of us.

SEE ALSO: ADDRESSING THE MEDIA'S PORTRAYAL OF MUSLIM WOMEN
http://www.azizahmagazine.com/issue4Pg.htm

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'MY DAD BUYS ME BOOKS ABOUT ISLAM'
By Jonathan Petre, The Sunday Telegraph, 12/30/2001
www.portal.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2001/12/30/nmus3
30.xml

The son of a former British cabinet minister is one of a growing number 
of 
members of the British middle classes to convert to Islam.

Joe Ahmed-Dobson, 26, was brought up in an atmosphere which he 
describes as 
"agnostic at best."

He now prays to Allah five times a day "unless prevented by some act of 
God," reads the Koran and is planning a pilgrimage to Mecca. Unlike 
many of 
the estimated 10,000 to 20,000 Britons who have converted to Islam over 
the 
past 20 years, his decision was not greeted with horror by his family 
-- 
even though his father, Frank Dobson, was the secretary of state for 
health 
at the time.

Speaking publicly about his faith for the first time, he said his 
initial 
impressions of Islam were almost entirely negative.

When he was 16, however, a friend gave him an English translation of 
the 
Koran.

"Reading through it was a revelation," he said. "It was entirely 
contrary 
to all the perceptions I had of Islam.

"It praised education, for both men and women. It said that you had to 
treat everyone with respect...

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AD WOMAN CHARLOTTE BEERS'S NEW CAMPAIGN: GETTING THE WORLD TO BUY 
AMERICA
By Peter Carlson, The Washington Post, 12/31/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A43213-2001Dec30.html

...early this year, Powell summoned Beers to the State Department, 
hoping 
to use her advertising talents to help sell America overseas. She 
accepted 
his job offer, but by the time she was confirmed by the Senate on Oct. 
2, 
the country had been attacked by terrorists and Beers found herself 
running 
America's propaganda war.

...Beers stands in her office at the State Department, holding up a 
copy of 
an advertisement headlined, "Can a Woman Stop Terrorism?"

It's part of her first ad campaign for the feds and it's designed to 
promote the State Department's Rewards for Justice program, which pays 
people who provide information on terrorists. Beers and Powell are 
about to 
preview the ad campaign at a news conference, but first, dressed in 
black 
pants, a brown turtleneck sweater and a long string of beads, she's 
showing 
it to a handful of reporters in a sort of pre-preview preview.

"We're talking about the way this campaign will work," she says. "At 
the 
moment, we have it in print and radio in English. We intend to 
translate it 
into Spanish and Arabic..."

...Under her tutelage, the department distributed a pamphlet about the 
September attacks that is illustrated with dramatic photos of the 
victims 
as well as a four-minute video with footage of the attacks, set to 
ominous, 
pulsing music. At Beers's behest, a State Department Web site aimed at 
foreigners has added a feature on "Muslim Life in America," illustrated 
with pictures of mosques and smiling Muslim families...

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'GOOD VS. EVIL' VIEW OF THE WAR MAY BRING DEFEAT
By Molly Ivins, The Baltimore Sun, 12/30/2001
http://www.sunspot.net/news/opinion/oped/bal-op.ivins30dec30.story

...It seems to me it does no one any good to keep saying, "Our enemies 
are 
evil people who hate us because we are successful." That's certainly 
not 
the way they look at it - and, at the very least, it is necessary to 
understand your enemy in order to fight him.

We have already reached such a pass with oversimplification that the 
words 
"root causes" are used as a scornful code for wussiness ("He thinks we 
should try to understand the 'root causes.' What a wimp!"), as though 
trying to understand someone else's point of view is a weakness.

As many others have pointed out, we are probably dealing with at least 
two 
aspects of terrorism. One is the perverted holy-warrior fantasy of 
Osama 
bin Laden, and the other is the consequence of history and policy.

If you drive people off their land - say, the Palestinians - and leave 
them 
to rot in refugee camps for three generations, you are going to get 
terrorism. If you further aggravate old wounds by sending settlers into 
Palestinian territory and ruthlessly occupy same, you will get more 
terrorism.

This is not a great mystery, nor is it caused by envy of American 
success.
There is no weakness in re-examining policies that lead to terrorism. 
We'd 
be fools not to do so.

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 1/1/2002

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HEADLINES:

* VERSE OF THE DAY: MEN AND WOMEN
* COLUMBUS DISPATCH PROFILES CAIR-OHIO
         - NEIGHBORS REACH OUT TO MOSQUE
         - OHIO STUDENT DEFENDS CAIR SPEAKER
* AS DRAGNET CONTINUES, CITIZENSHIP FILINGS RISE (New York Times)
* EDITORIAL: DETAINEES WRONGLY TREATED (St. Petersburg Times)
* MUSLIM TIES MAY HAVE PROMPTED ADL FIRING (Los Angeles Times)
* DETROIT EDITOR SAYS 15 PERCENT OF MUSLIMS ARE “EXTREMISTS” (Detroit 
News)
* VA MOSQUE COLLECTS WINTER CLOTHING FOR AFGHANISTAN

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HADITH/VERSE OF THE DAY: MEN AND WOMEN

“The believers, men and women, are protectors, one of another. They 
enjoin 
what is just and forbid what is evil.”

The Holy Quran, Chapter 9, Verse 71

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “The best thing in this 
world is a virtuous woman (wife).”

Riyadh us-Salaheen, 1:280

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COLUMBUS DISPATCH PROFILES CAIR-OHIO

COUNCIL SEEKS TO ATTACH TRUE FACE TO U.S. ISLAM
By Michelle Everhart, The Columbus Dispatch, 1/1/2002
http://www.dispatch.com/news-story.php?story=dispatch/news/news02/jan02/1011102.html

…Members of the Ohio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
have been trying to teach people about Islam since long before the 
Sept. 11 
attacks on the United States.

They say more education is needed because Muslims have not been 
represented 
properly in the news media.

"We are the first to say that terrorism is against our religion, so why 
is 
it I have to prove my patriotism?” said Ahmad Al-Akhras, president of 
the 
Ohio chapter.

To curb ignorance about the religion, the group has committed itself to 
teaching the community, improving relations with the news media and 
protecting the civil rights of Muslims.

"We are similar to a Muslim NAACP,” said Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman 
for 
the national group based in Washington...

"…We try to focus on domestic issues and mobilize the Muslim 
community,'' 
he said.”We've had tremendous success.” [Alhamdulillah]

The success stems in part from educational pamphlets. Guides on Islamic 
religious practices for employers, educators and health-care providers 
explain time and scheduling considerations, dietary requirements, 
Muslim 
clothing and other facts about the religion, Hooper said...

…The Ohio chapter, formed in June 1998, opened its office at 4700 Reed 
Rd. 
in May, said Dr. Asma Mobin-Uddin, the vice president.

The local chapter helps workers such as Abdirahim Sheikh protect their 
rights to pray. After the group contacted DecisionOne, a 
computer-technology support provider in Columbus, work accommodations 
were 
made last year for Sheikh and about 60 other Muslim workers to pray…

…Sheikh said DecisionOne originally denied Muslims breaks for prayer.

"CAIR contacted the company and sent them information about our 
religious 
activity,” said Sheikh, an immigrant from Somalia. "The company was 
completely understanding.”

The local council also has helped Muslim women overcome 
misunderstandings 
in their workplaces. As part of dressing modestly in public, many 
Muslim 
women cover their head with a scarf.

"Before, people didn't pray or wear religious clothes because they were 
afraid to,” Mobin-Uddin said. "We are a solid resource for those people 
to 
educate their schools and companies.”

Jim Stowe, executive director of Columbus' Community Relations 
Commission, 
said the council has done an extraordinary job of teaching the 
community 
about the Islamic faith. The commission has worked with the group to 
help 
ensure workers' religious rights…

…The Council on American-Islamic Relations Ohio chapter has an open 
house 
from 6 to 8 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at its offices.

CONTACT: ohio@cair-net.org

SEE ALSO:

NEIGHBORS REACH OUT TO MOSQUE
Muslims want vandalism pursued as a hate crime
By Felix Hoover, The Columbus Dispatch, 1/1/2002
http://www.dispatch.com/news-story.php?story=dispatch/news/news02/jan02/1011076.html

Central Ohio Muslims said yesterday that weekend vandalism at Columbus' 
oldest mosque was obviously a hate crime, but police haven't yet 
declared 
it so.

While the investigation continues, non-Muslims are responding with 
offers 
of space, money and other support for worshippers who cannot use the 
ransacked and flooded Islamic Center on E. Broad Street.

Mayor Michael B. Coleman, officials at the city's Community Relations 
Commission and local Muslim leaders visited the historic building 
yesterday 
afternoon.
"Whether a burglary or a hate crime, this is unacceptable,” Coleman 
said.

Police are investigating whether the damage was a hate crime, said Sgt. 
Earl Smith, Police Division spokesman.

Muslim community leaders said the indication is clear: Qurans and other 
religious artifacts were desecrated, but no money was taken from 
collection 
boxes near the rear entrance. The money has since been moved elsewhere 
for 
safekeeping…

…Earlier yesterday, Frank Morris of Bexley knocked on the front door of 
the 
center, 1428 E. Broad St., and handed a check to a mosque member "just 
because I think what happened was terrible,” he said.

…Congregation Tifereth Israel, a nearby church and the Rotary Club of 
Columbus have offered assistance while the center is closed.

…The vandalism has increased apprehension among Columbus-area Muslims, 
who 
had hoped that such incidents were abating 3 1/2 months after the 
terrorist 
attacks, said Dr. Asma Mobin-Uddin, vice president of the Ohio chapter 
of 
the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

"It's scary…This was obviously planned,” she said, citing reports that 
the 
vandals had used drills to maximize the water damage.

"It shows in such a concrete way how much anger and how much hatred 
there 
is against the (Muslim) community,” she said.

DONATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED TO REPAIR THE MOSQUE

Send you donations to:

Islamic Foundation of Central Ohio
C/o CAIR-Ohio
4700 Reed Road, Suite B
Columbus, OH 43220
TEL: 614-451-3232

OHIO STUDENT DEFENDS CAIR SPEAKER

LETTERS: THOUGHT POLICE WOULD FIT IN WELL WITH TALIBAN
By Ted Endo, The Columbus Dispatch, 12/28/2001

I am appalled by Bexley resident Emily Haninger's personal crusade to 
eradicate all beliefs that she feels are "dangerous” or "anti-American” 
from the Bexley school system ("School board backs Muslim speaker,” 
Dispatch article, Dec. 18).

As a junior at Bexley High School, I attended the assembly, and I found 
all 
three speakers, especially [CAIR representative] Dr. Asma Mobin-Uddin, 
to 
be very fair and informative. To say that Mobin-Uddin's presentation 
"argues that American foreign policy is so horrible that we can blame 
it 
for the terrorist attacks” is such a stretch of the truth that it is 
laughable.

In truth, Mobin-Uddin thoroughly explained that she was not justifying 
the 
actions of the terrorists. Instead, she gave us a series of reasons 
that 
the terrorists use to justify their attacks on America.

Mobin-Uddin and the other two speakers presented cold, hard facts to 
us. 
There is no need for another speaker to rebuff what was said by the 
Muslim 
speakers because they did not, in any way, try to malign the U.S. 
government.

Furthermore, each and every student in our school knows the U.S. 
viewpoint 
on this subject; we do not need to hear it from someone else. It is our 
responsibility as students and as Americans to understand both sides of 
this conflict so we can help to bring about a better resolution.

It is time that Haninger's quarrel with the Bexley school board and 
superintendent is exposed for what it really is: a biased, unwarranted 
and 
purely anti-American attack on free speech that she is trying to pass 
off 
as some sort of patriotic crusade. If Haninger is really looking for a 
school in which all viewpoints support the decisions of the government, 
regardless of what they may be, she can always move to Afghanistan.

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AS DRAGNET CONTINUES, CITIZENSHIP FILINGS RISE
The New York Times, 1/1/2002
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/01/01/national/01IMMI.html

The government's clampdown on the civil liberties of noncitizens since 
the 
attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon has led to an increase 
in 
naturalization requests by Arab and Muslim immigrants, some immigration 
lawyers are reporting.

Although federal officials say naturalization applications are down 
over 
all, lawyers in some of the nation's largest Arab and Muslim 
communities 
say applications for citizenship from members of these groups have 
increased by as much as a third since mid-September. Steven N. Garmo, 
an 
immigration lawyer with clients in Dearborn, Mich., where one in four 
people are Arab-American, said he processed 80 to 100 requests for 
citizenship last year, the majority of those for Arabs and Muslims with 
permanent resident status. Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Mr. 
Garmo 
said, filings are up by more than 30 percent.

"I attribute this to so-called aliens who feel that their liberties are 
jeopardized" since the Bush administration began its domestic war on 
terror, he said. "They are treated as foreigners and are deportable…"

…Since the government's investigation into the September attacks began, 
hundreds of Middle Eastern immigrants have been detained on charges of 
immigration violations. The Patriot Act, approved since the attacks, 
gives 
Attorney General John Ashcroft broad latitude in indefinitely detaining 
foreigners if they are deemed a security threat.

Now, permanent residents lacking citizenship status face the 
possibility of 
detention -- even deportation -- for such infractions as violating 
visas.

"Obviously, you have greater protection now if you are a citizen," said 
Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, 
an advocacy group in Washington. "If you are not an absolute 
card-carrying 
citizen, anything can be done to you."

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EDITORIAL: DETAINEES WRONGLY TREATED
St. Petersburg Times, 1/1/2002
http://www.sptimes.com/2002/01/01/Opinion/Detainees_wrongly_tre.shtml

As reports come in from some of the 1,200 people the Justice Department 
has 
detained in the course of its investigation into the terrorist attacks 
of 
Sept. 11, it becomes clear that the FBI has mishandled some of the 
cases…But what makes some of the detainees'stories so disturbing is the 
way 
a number of them were condemned to spend days and even weeks in jail 
even 
after it became clear that they had nothing to do with terrorism or 
al-Qaida...

…there is the case of Floridians Nacer Mustafa and his father, Fathi 
Mustafa, both American citizens, who were jailed in Texas on Sept. 15 
as 
they were returning from a business trip to Mexico. Federal officials 
claimed their passports had been altered with an extra layer of 
laminate. 
The elder Mustafa, 66, was held for 11 days before being released on 
bond 
with an ankle bracelet. Nacer Mustafa, 29, was held for 67 days until 
the 
charges against both him and his father were dismissed…

…The federal agents conducting this investigation don't want to admit 
mistakes. That makes the fact that they are still holding hundreds of 
people without accounting for them that much more of a concern.

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MUSLIM TIES MAY HAVE PROMPTED ADL FIRING

LONGTIME L.A. JEWISH LEADER IS DISMISSED
By TERESA WATANABE, The Los Angeles Times, 1/1/2002
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-000000190jan01.story

David Lehrer, the Los Angeles regional director of the Anti-Defamation 
League, has been abruptly dismissed from his post after 27 years with 
the 
nation's premier Jewish civil rights organization.

The dismissal, delivered Dec. 21 in New York by the league's national 
director, Abraham Foxman, drew immediate statements of shock, sadness 
and 
outrage Monday from Jewish community members in Los Angeles.

It was not clear why Lehrer was dismissed, and he said he was "stunned" 
by 
the news…

…Los Angeles, some of Lehrer's differences with national leaders 
surfaced 
in his relations with Muslims. Lehrer was one of the first area Jewish 
leaders to step forward and forge a code of ethics with Muslim leaders 
to 
civilize debate between the two sides in 1998. He also was known to 
differ 
with the national league's opposition to Los Angeles Muslim leader 
Salam 
Al-Marayati's appointment to a national counterterrorism commission. 
(Al-Marayati's nomination was subsequently withdrawn after Jewish 
opposition.)

"Probably he is paying the price for the more balanced view he took 
toward 
Muslims," said Aslam Abdullah, vice president of the Muslim Public 
Affairs 
Council…

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DETROIT EDITOR SAYS 15 PERCENT OF MUSLIMS ARE “EXTREMISTS”

MUSLIM WORLD MUST FIND MEANS TO RESOLVE ISSUE OF ISLAMIC EXTREMISM
By Nolan Finley, The Detroit News, 1/1/2002
http://www.detnews.com/2002/editorial/0201/01/a15-378387.htm
(Nolan Finley is editorial page editor of The Detroit News. Contact him 
at 
nfinley@detnews.com or (313) 222-2064.)

…Extremists make up about 15 percent of Islam's followers. If not dealt 
with before that number reaches 30 or 50 percent, the clash of 
civilizations predicted nearly a decade ago by Harvard professor Samuel 
Huntington will be inevitable. Huntington wrote of "Islam's bloody 
borders" 
-- the chronic inability of Muslim nations to live peacefully with 
neighbors of a different culture.

That fact belies the well-worn declaration that Islam is a religion of 
peace. On paper, perhaps, and in the hearts of its majority. But in 
practice, Islam has a bloody inner lining.

The well-being of the modern world rests on subduing this ancient 
religion's violent practitioners. That will require Muslim states that 
side 
with civilization to take a more aggressive stand against radicals, 
recognizing that the pre-modern, unified Islamic theocracy they 
envision 
will doom Muslims to poverty, isolation and ignorance…

CONTACT: letters@detnews.com, nfinley@detnews.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org, cair@cairmichigan.org

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VA MOSQUE COLLECTS WINTER CLOTHING FOR AFGHANISTAN

WHERE: DAR AL-HIJRAH ISLAMIC CENTER, 3159Row Street, Falls Church, VA

WHEN: Wednesday January 2, 2002, From Zuhur Prayer (12:30 p.m.) Until 
Isha 
Prayer (8:30 p.m.)

Please bring winter clothing and shoes (in a clean and good condition) 
to 
Dar Al-Hijrah on Wednesday. Please drop off all items in the truck. The 
truck will depart immediately after Isha Prayer

For More info please contact Br. Dawud at dawud3@netzero.net or call 
(703) 
536-1030.

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 1/2/2002

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HEADLINES:

* VERSE OF THE DAY: KINDNESS TO PARENTS
* PASSENGER SUPPORTS AGENT'S CLAIM OF PROFILING
         - EDITORIAL: BIGOTS IN THE COCKPIT (Denver Post)
* OHIO MUSLIMS RALLY IN SUPPORT OF VANDALIZED MOSQUE
* RANKS OF LATINOS TURNING TO ISLAM ARE INCREASING (New York Times)
* LETTERS: IMPRISONED (National Post)
* LEARNING ISLAM, TEACHING AMERICA (San Francisco Chronicle)
* ISLAM PORTRAYS A SENSUAL AFTERLIFE (Atlanta Journal and Constitution)
* BATTLING ISLAMIC 'PURITANS' (Los Angeles Times)

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VERSE OF THE DAY: KINDNESS TO PARENTS

Thy Lord hath decreed that ye worship none but Him and that ye be kind 
to 
parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in thy life, say 
not to 
them a word of contempt nor repel them, but address them in terms of 
honor.

And out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility and say: "My 
Lord! 
bestow on them Thy Mercy even as they cherished me in childhood."

The Holy Quran, Chapter 17, Verses 23-24

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PASSENGER SUPPORTS AGENT'S CLAIM OF PROFILING
Seatmate of Muslim Secret Service agent says profiling was "blatant"

(WASHINGTON, DC - 1/2/2002) - The passenger sitting next to a Muslim 
Secret 
Service agent who says he was removed from an American Airlines flight 
because of racial and religious profiling has come forward to support 
that 
allegation.

The passenger told the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a 
Washington-based Islamic advocacy group handling the agent's civil 
rights 
complaint, that the actions of the flight crew amounted to "blatant 
profiling." "He was kicked off the plane because of his race," said the 
passenger.

That assessment is based on the comments and demeanor of the flight 
attendant who allegedly searched the agent's jacket after he was pulled 
off 
the plane. The agent's seatmate reports that the flight attendant 
indicated 
she was not comfortable with the presence of the agent, particularly 
after 
she found a book on Middle Eastern history in his jacket.

The agent (for security reasons, CAIR is not releasing his name) 
alleges 
that he was kicked off American Airlines Flight 363 from Baltimore to 
Dallas on December 25 because the captain had concerns about his 
identity, 
even though the agent went through the proper procedures for armed 
security 
personnel who are passengers. The agent's identification was 
subsequently 
checked several times by American personnel and by local police. He 
even 
offered to have the Secret Service confirm his identity.

SEE: "Federal Agent Accuses Pilot of Discrimination" at 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A32362-2001Dec27.html

When the agent asked to go back on the plane to retrieve his jacket, 
the 
captain said: "I don't want him back on that plane." A code denying the 
agent access to other flights was also allegedly entered into 
American's 
computer system. President Bush has said that he would be "madder than 
heck" if the incident was caused by profiling.

"We thank the agent's seatmate for coming forward and ask that American 
Airlines reconsider its position based on this new information," said 
CAIR 
Executive Director Nihad Awad.

Awad added that CAIR's civil rights department has received more than 
160 
reports of airport profiling of Muslims or those who are perceived to 
be 
"Middle Eastern" since the terrorist attacks of September 11. The group 
asked that American Airlines apologize to the agent and clarify its 
policy 
on racial and religious profiling. The agent has retained legal 
counsel.

                                         - END -

CONTACT:        Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787
                 E-MAIL - cair@cair-net.org

SEE ALSO:

EDITORIAL: BIGOTS IN THE COCKPIT
The Denver Post, 1/2/2002
http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1002,417%257E308934,00.html

That an Arab-American Secret Service agent assigned to guard President 
Bush 
was bumped off an American Airlines flight from Baltimore to Dallas on 
Christmas Day is an appalling example of outright bigotry no amount of 
spin-doctoring can remedy...

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OHIO MUSLIMS RALLY IN SUPPORT OF VANDALIZED MOSQUE

WHAT: On Friday, January 4, 2002, at 3 p.m., central Ohio Muslims and 
their 
supporters will gather at the Islamic Center of Columbus to show 
solidarity 
and pledge to rebuild the Columbus Islamic Center.

Vandals recently caused severe damage to all three floors of the 
center. 
Copies of the Quran, Islam's revealed text, were shredded, water pipes 
were 
ripped out of walls and broken in a way that would cause maximum 
damage.

WHEN: Friday, January 4, 2002, 3 p.m.

WHERE: Islamic Center, 1428 E Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio

SPONSORS: American Islamic Waqf, Arab-Americans of Central Ohio, 
Christian 
Peacemaker Team, Council on American-Islamic Relations-Ohio, Islamic 
Foundation of Central Ohio, Islamic Society of Central Ohio, Islamic 
Society of Greater Columbus, Muslim Community Center, Muslim Student 
Association OSU

CONTACT: Jad Humeidan, 614-395-3583, Mohammed Shareef, 614-570-1133, M. 
Nabih Tarazi, 614-668-7119

NOTE: Cliff Kindy (N. Manchester, Ind.) began a pilgrimage, a walk of 
faith, leaving from Goshen, Ind., planning to reach Columbus, Ohio, 
January 
4. Cliff's pilgrimage is sponsored by Christian Peacemaker Teams, a 
violence-reduction ministry sponsored by Church of the Brethren and 
Mennonite congregations and Friends Meetings. Cliff Kindy cell phone on 
the 
road: 312-933-8986, Rich Meyer (base support) 219-642-3920

DONATIONS BEING ACCEPTED TO REPAIR COLUMBUS, OHIO MOSQUE

Send you donations to:

Islamic Foundation of Central Ohio
C/o CAIR-Ohio
4700 Reed Road, Suite B
Columbus, OH 43220
TEL: 614-451-3232
E-MAIL: ohio@cair-net.org

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RANKS OF LATINOS TURNING TO ISLAM ARE INCREASING
Many in City Were Catholics Seeking Old Muslim Roots
By DANIEL J. WAKIN, The New York Times, 1/2/2002
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/01/02/nyregion/02HISP.html

The Alianza Islamica has bounced from East Harlem to the Bronx, 
buffeted by 
local resentments. Like its green-lettered sign, hanging crookedly 
close to 
the ground in front of its brownstone, it is keeping a low profile for 
now.

But the Alianza endures as a touchstone for Latino Muslims, a 
little-known 
but growing population and one of the more surprising examples of the 
kaleidoscopic nature of Islam in America. It is a population trying to 
assert itself through community organizations like Alianza Islamica, 
Web 
sites and publications. It is also a subset of American Islam that 
endures 
a particular set of pressures, and presents an unusually diverse set of 
paths to the faith.

Alianza Islamica, founded in 1975, is one of the oldest organized 
Latino 
Muslim groups in the United States.

It found a home on Lexington Avenue, off 107th Street, in East Harlem 
in 
1985, serving as something of a community center as well as a mosque. 
It 
took a stand against crime in the neighborhood and tried to spread the 
word 
of Islam...

...Nationwide, Latino Muslims number in the low tens of thousands, 
according to their own estimates and those of national Islamic bodies. 
They 
are mainly converts, concentrated in Southern California, Chicago, 
Miami 
and New York. They span the spectrum of Hispanic people, from recent 
Mexican arrivals to Puerto Ricans born on the mainland to Central 
American 
immigrants.

They are making their presence felt through groups like Alianza Latino, 
Piedad, which tries to bring together Latino Muslim women, and the 
Latino 
American Dawah Organization, which promotes the faith through a 
newsletter 
and a Web site, Latinodawah.org. Another site, HispanicMuslims.com, 
also 
tries to link people through the Web. The Islamic Society of North 
America 
has a Latino coordinating committee. Other groups publish the Koran and 
educational materials about Islam in Spanish...

...The process is similar to how some blacks view the adoption of Islam 
as 
an invocation of their African roots, said Hisham Aidi, a political 
science 
graduate student at Columbia University. He has studied Latino Muslims 
as 
part of a university project examining Muslim communities in New York 
City.

At the same time, there has been a movement among scholars of Islam in 
recent years to show the religion's influence on Spanish culture, Mr. 
Aidi 
said. "These scholars are taking on these works of art and literature, 
considered unassailably Western, sacrosanctly Spanish, and showing how 
there's a strong Islamic influence, an Arab component, a Moorish 
component," he said.

For many Hispanics, turning to Islam is also a way of countering 
feelings 
of being downtrodden. "Islam historically has always started with 
slaves 
and moved up to kings," Mr. Aidi said. "In New York, you find a similar 
phenomenon. Islam is entering America through the streets, through the 
inner city, the ghetto, the prisons...

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LETTERS: IMPRISONED
By Riad Saloojee, The National Post (Canada), 1/2/2002
Riad Saloojee, Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, 
Ottawa.

Psychiatrist Theodore Dalrymple's column, Why Islam Appeals to 
Prisoners 
(Dec. 28), does little to illuminate the psychology of religious 
conversions in prison.

In attempting to account for the comparative success of Islam in making 
converts among whites and blacks, Dr. Dalrymple never once asks the 
inmates 
themselves. He presents no testimonials. Moreover, Dr. Dalrymple's only 
sample is the prison he works in. His conclusions reek of 
generalizations 
about both inmates and the Islamic faith.

Converts I have spoken to in prison have indicated a wide variety of 
motivations. But I suspect Mr. Dalrymple can't hear them -- imprisoned, 
as 
he is, in his own intellectual binary of Islam versus the West.

CONTACT: canada@cair-net.org

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LEARNING ISLAM, TEACHING AMERICA
South Bay school shows how Muslims meld 2 cultures
By Katherine Seligman, San Francisco Chronicle, 1/2/2002
http://www.sfgate.com
Search using the term "Granada."

They are best friends who love basketball, roller coasters and the same 
television shows. They would rather talk, preferably to each other, 
than 
read. Both dream of becoming doctors.

And for eighth-graders Mariam Abdelgawad and Israa Ahmad, the Granada 
Islamic School in Santa Clara has been a cornerstone of their lives. 
It's 
where they started kindergarten, memorized their first Koran passages, 
learned fractions and became teenagers who wear the traditional head 
scarf.

Lately, it's also become the place where they explain to visitors from 
the 
press and the neighboring community just what it's like to be both 
Muslim 
and American. Straddling two worlds is something they used to take for 
granted.

Before Sept. 11, the biggest events at the school were holidays and 
well- 
attended family nights when students and their parents met to 
socialize. 
Now, students have spoken and sung at open houses at the mosque next 
door 
and have been urged to write to magazines and talk to outsiders...

...The parents come from 25 countries, including the United States, and 
varied backgrounds. They are Chinese, Vietnamese, French, Latino, 
African 
American and Arab -- some born here, some not.

'This is the beauty of California,' said Obeid. 'You don't feel like 
you're 
a stranger here. You feel you are part of society.'

What unites students is Islam. Each afternoon they cross the connecting 
corridor and remove their shoes to pray in the mosque. In class, they 
study 
not only the standard California curriculum in math, science and 
English, 
but also Arabic, the Koran and Islamic history...

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ISLAM PORTRAYS A SENSUAL AFTERLIFE
By JOHN BLAKE, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 1/2/2002
www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/terrorism/backgrounders/0102afterlife.html

"We shall wed them to maidens with beautiful, big and lustrous eyes. 
There 
can they call for every kind of fruit in peace and security."

Beautiful women who serve your every need. Monogamy not required. Wives 
who 
never age or stray. Some men would call that paradise. So does the 
Quran, 
based on that description of heaven in the 44th chapter of Islam's 
holiest 
text.

Christianity portrays the afterlife as an ethereal meet-and-greet 
filled 
with disembodied spirits. But Islam depicts heaven as a place where the 
righteous sample all sorts of physical pleasure...

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BATTLING ISLAMIC 'PURITANS'
UCLA professor, once a fanatic himself, is now a leading scholarly 
voice 
against intolerance among Muslims. Death threats don't deter him.
By TERESA WATANABE, Los Angeles Times, 1/2/2002
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-010202scholar.story

The most incendiary Muslim in American academia knows a thing or two 
about 
Islamic fanatics. He says he used to be one as a seventh-grader in his 
native Kuwait.

UCLA law professor Khaled Abou El Fadl remembers beating up other kids, 
condemning his parents as unbelievers and destroying his sister's Rod 
Stewart tape, "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?"

"I found it remarkably empowering to spew my hatred with the banner of 
God 
in my hand," he says.

But challenged by his father to take up true religious scholarship, 
Abou El 
Fadl began a journey of Islamic learning that would transform him into 
a 
nemesis of the extremists he once endorsed. Today, at 38, he is a 
leading 
warrior in the intellectual struggle that exploded into America's 
consciousness Sept. 11: Who speaks for Islam? Who defines it? With 
breathtaking bluntness, Abou El Fadl attacks Muslims who promote a 
strict, 
literalist trend in Islam, most prominently the creed of Wahhabism in 
Saudi 
Arabia...

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BREAKING NEWS

LAWYERS FOR PROFILED MUSLIM AGENT HOLD NEWS CONFERENCE

(SOURCE: Relman & Associates)

Lawyers Representing Secret Service Agent Barred From Boarding
American Airlines Flight on Christmas Day To Hold Press
Conference To Discuss Facts of Incident

Additional important details will be provided at the press conference.

WHERE: Jurys Hotel, 1500 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W., Wash. D.C.
WHEN: Noon, January 3, 2002
CONTACT: Relman & Associates, 1350 Connecticut Ave, N.W., Suite 304
Tel: 202-728-1888
Christy E. Lopez - clopez@relmanlaw.com
John P. Relman - jrelman@relmanlaw.com
Kelli M. Evans - kevans@relmanlaw.com

Attorneys representing the Secret Service Agent who was removed from an 
American Airlines flight on December 25 will discuss the incident and 
answer questions at a press conference on Thursday, January 3, 2002, at 
12 
p.m. at the Jurys Hotel, 1500 New Hampshire Ave. N.W., Washington D.C.

The Agent has decided it is necessary to provide accurate information 
about 
his removal from the American Airlines flight because inaccurate facts 
have 
recently appeared in the media.

The Agent, who is assigned to the President's security detail, has 
requested that his account of the facts be released at this time 
because 
inaccurate information has recently appeared in the media that does not 
reflect what transpired. The Agent's attorneys are not authorized at 
this 
time to release his name. The Agent is an American of Arab descent and 
has 
served in Federal Law Enforcement his entire professional life. The 
Agent 
has served with the Secret Service for seven years.

The Agent's own account of the incident makes clear that all proper 
procedures were followed and that he was barred from the flight because 
he 
is of Arab descent.

He was introduced to the pilot on board and provided the pilot with the 
forms authorizing travel as an armed Secret Service Agent. The Agent 
provided all information necessary to confirm his identity as a Secret 
Service agent. The pilot refused to verify the Agent's identity, even 
after 
the Agent tried to give the pilot the telephone number to the White 
House 
switchboard.

The Agent's conduct was professional throughout. When an American 
Airlines 
corporate security employee finally called the Agent's supervisor later 
that evening, after American Airlines had apparently banned him from 
all 
future American Airlines flights, American Airlines was able to confirm 
his 
identity in less than five minutes and the Agent was allowed to fly the 
next morning. American Airlines' discriminatory actions caused the 
Agent to 
miss nearly a full day of work.

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HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: KINDNESS TO CHILDREN
* REP. CONYERS EXPRESSES OUTRAGE OVER CLOSING OF DETENTION HEARING
* JEWISH GROUPS ENDORSE TOUGH SECURITY LAWS (New York Times)
* MAN SENTENCED FOR FALSE TERROR LINK (AP)
* FOREIGN STUDENTS' CONCERN GROWS (Washington Post)
* EDITORIAL: ATTORNEY GENERAL BETRAYS OUR BILL OF RIGHTS 
(Virginian-Pilot)
* A VISIT TO A MOSQUE: BEYOND FEAR, UNDERSTANDING (Newsday)
* WRITING IN SKY SENDS WRONG MESSAGE (Palm Beach Post)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: KINDNESS TO CHILDREN

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Whoever has three 
daughters, cares and provides for them, and shows them mercy, will 
enter 
Paradise."

A man once told the Prophet that he had many children but did not kiss 
any 
of them. The Prophet (pbuh) replied: "Verily, God will only show mercy 
to 
those of His servants who do good to others."

As he carried his grandson on his shoulders, the Prophet was heard to 
say: 
"O God! I love him, so You love him too."

Imam Bukhari's Book of Muslim Morals and Manners

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Congressman John Conyers, Jr.
Fourteenth District, Michigan
Ranking Member, Committee on the Judiciary
Dean, Congressional Black Caucus

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 1/2/2002

CONTACT: Dena Graziano (202) 226-6888

REP. CONYERS EXPRESSES OUTRAGE OVER CLOSING OF DETENTION HEARING FOR 
RESPECTED MUSLIM PASTOR

"When legal proceedings are closed to the public, something very wrong 
has 
happened to the system of justice in America"

Rep. John Conyers, Jr, Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, 
issued the following statement in connection with INS's decision today 
to 
close the Detroit detention hearing for Rabih Haddad, a Pastor in 
Michigan's Muslim community. Both Conyers and the public in general 
were 
denied admission to the immigration proceeding, which are ordinarily 
open.

"The treatment of Pastor Haddad over the last several weeks has 
highlighted 
everything that is abusive and unconstitutional about our government's 
scapegoating of immigrants in the wake of the September 11 terrorist 
attack.

First and foremost, the proceedings to date have all been in secret. 
This 
is an anathema to our system of due process and is more akin to the 
treatment seen in a dictatorship than a constitutional democracy. The 
Sixth 
amendment is clear - "the accused shall enjoy the right to a public 
trial." 
Yet today we witnessed the closing of a detention hearing involving a 
member in good standing of our Arab community. There was a secret list 
of 
'permitted attendees' - but we have not way of knowing who was on the 
list 
or why. Certainly, I was not one of the chosen few. When the Ranking 
Member 
of the House Judiciary Committee - the committee having oversight 
responsibility for our immigration laws and our courts -- is not 
permitted 
to attend such a hearing in our court system, something very wrong has 
happened to the system of justice in America.

Moreover, the decision to freeze the assets of Pastor Haddad's Global 
relief fund have all been in secret as well. This is a group that has 
raised millions of dollars to fight poverty and we have not seen a 
shred of 
evidence linking the charity in any way to terrorism. Here we have a 
man 
facing deportation allegedly because of his links to a charitable group 
linked to terrorism without any foundation in public evidence.

Beyond that, we have one of the most prominent members of the Michigan 
Islamic community -a man who helped bring about interfaith healing in 
the 
wake of the attack - being detained without any bond. The claim that he 
is 
a flight risk and a danger to the community appear to be totally 
unfounded. 
His passport has been taken and he has family in the U.S., so he will 
clearly not flee. And although the INS claims he is dangerous because 
he 
owns arms, his rifle is registered and he is an avid hunter. The Fifth 
Amendment states "no person shall be...deprived of life, liberty, 
liberty 
and property without due process of law." The last time I checked, 
holding 
someone in prison without a valid reason deprived him of his liberty.

Finally, I fear the government is merely seeking a delay so they can 
trump 
up more charges while the Pastor is detained also violates the Sixth 
amendment, which promises a "speedy trial." If the government has 
evidence, 
they should produce it. But in this case, justice delayed translates to 
justice denied.

I am particularly appalled the Bush administration would be championing 
these secret proceedings and the use of secret evidence. During the 
campaign, Mr. Bush promised to oppose the use of secret evidence. Now 
the 
President is not only using secret evidence, but by obtaining and using 
new 
powers for secret evidence for asset freezes derived from the so-called 
'USA Patriot Act,' he is expanding it.

Now some would assert the constitution does not apply to immigrants 
within 
our borders. Yet the reality is every single court which has addressed 
this 
question in recent year has found that the constitution does apply to 
immigrants, that's why secret evidence has been consistently thrown 
out.  If you don't believe me, look at Mathews v. Diaz, 426 U.S. 67 
(1976), 
and Zadvydas v. Davis, 533 U.S. 678 (2001), cases in which the Supreme 
Court upheld this age old principle.

The attack of September 11th should not destroy our Constitution, 
rather it 
should strengthen our commitment to it. Pastor Haddad is entitled to 
the 
full disclosure of any evidence against him.  He should be released 
pending 
future proceedings unless the Government can rely on something better 
than 
the lawful ownership of a gun by a man known to his friends as a 
compassionate, law-abiding individual who has made important 
contributions 
to the Michigan community."

SEND NOTES OF APPRECIATION TO:

Representative John Conyers, Jr.
Michigan 14th district
2426 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202-225-5126
Fax: 202-225-0072
E-MAIL: dena.graziano@mail.house.gov
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JEWISH GROUPS ENDORSE TOUGH SECURITY LAWS
By LAURIE GOODSTEIN, The New York Times, 1/3/2002
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/01/03/national/03JEWS.html

Jewish groups long known for their outspoken defense of civil liberties 
have been silent on or even supportive of the Bush administration's 
counterterrorism legislation, breaking with their allies in the civil 
liberties movement who have criticized the new measures as potentially 
repressive.

But the groups appear to be in step with their constituencies. A recent 
poll of American Jews disclosed a high level of support for the kind of 
surveillance measures that are anathema to civil libertarians, for 
example 
placing cameras in public places and requiring national identity cards. 
"Sept. 11 has forced all but the most doctrinaire on the right and the 
left 
to be open to a recalibration of the balance between security and 
liberty," 
said Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York. "Jewish groups 
are 
perhaps more open to this re-examination, since so many of the threats 
are 
directed not only at Israel but at Jews worldwide..."

...Leaders of major Jewish groups said that after the Sept. 11 
terrorist 
attacks, they decided not to sign statements circulated by groups like 
the 
American Civil Liberties Union and the National Council of Churches 
that 
urged Americans not to sacrifice civil liberties in the fight against 
terrorism.

Richard T. Foltin, legislative director and counsel of the American 
Jewish 
Committee, said his group was among those that did not sign the 
A.C.L.U. 
statement...

...Critics of the antiterrorism legislation have objected to measures 
like 
the use of military tribunals to try people accused of terrorism, the 
indefinite detention of immigrants and permitting law enforcement 
officials 
to monitor conversations between suspects and their lawyers. But other 
than 
civil libertarians, those objecting the loudest have been Muslims and 
Arab-American groups. And many Jewish groups are unwilling to ally with 
them...

...Most Jewish groups sided with the Clinton administration in 
supporting 
the use of evidence that is never revealed to the accused, a method 
used to 
detain several people of Middle Eastern background. Muslims and 
Arab-American groups joined with some civil liberties groups to oppose 
secret evidence...

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MAN SENTENCED FOR FALSE TERROR LINK
The Associated Press, 1/3/2002

NEW YORK - A federal judge handed down a longer-than-normal sentence 
for a 
man who falsely connected his fiancee's Arab-American boss to the Sept. 
11 
attacks.

Judge Nina Gershon of U.S. District Court sentenced Jack Barresi, 38, 
to 21 
months in prison for falsely telling the FBI that his fiancee's boss 
was a 
potential suspect. Prosecutors requested Barresi be given more than the 
normal six-month sentence for such violations because of the 
"heightened 
anti-Arab sentiment."

Barresi told federal authorities right after the attacks that on Sept. 
7, 
his fiancee's boss told him that he could "not wait for you Americans 
to 
blow up and die," authorities said.

Barresi later admitted that he made the claim up...

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FOREIGN STUDENTS' CONCERN GROWS
Many Understand Investigation but Want Rights Protected
By Raymond Thibodeaux, The Washington Post, 1/3/2002
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A52199-2002Jan2.html

When Pakistani student Khurram Rauf learned federal immigration 
officials 
in California had begun cracking down on Middle Easterners suspected of 
violating their student visas, he wasn't surprised.

Like many Muslim students at the University of Maryland in College 
Park, he 
has been interviewed by FBI agents. In his case, agents showed up at 
his 
door wanting to know how he felt about the Sept. 11 attacks, how his 
parents felt about them and whether he knew any fellow students 
involved in 
suspicious activity.

He understands the rationale for singling out students from the Middle 
East 
and central Asian countries on the State Department's terrorism watch 
list, 
but, even so, it disturbs him. "There's got to be a more proper way," 
said 
Rauf, 23, a mechanical engineering student. "You cannot generalize 
about 
all Pakistanis or Middle Eastern people. But it is related to the 
Muslim 
world..."

...Several Muslim students at College Park reported that FBI agents 
interviewed them following the Sept. 11 attacks. Rauf said FBI agents 
spent 
nearly an hour asking him a range of questions, including whether he 
could 
identify any of the suspected hijackers.

"They showed up at my house at 10 a.m., without a warrant, and started 
asking questions. I don't want to make it seem like I'm hiding 
anything," 
he said. "I personally think that I'd be coming around myself asking 
questions, too, but you can't [just] barge into someone's house..."

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EDITORIAL: ATTORNEY GENERAL BETRAYS OUR BILL OF RIGHTS
The Virginian-Pilot, 1/2/2002
http://www.pilotonline.com/opinion/op0102edb.html

...It was bad enough that, to prosecute the war on terrorism, Ashcroft 
sought excessive powers that threaten to undermine precious civil 
liberties. Even worse, the attorney general has shown an alarming lack 
of 
understanding of the importance of debate and dissent to the 
preservation 
of Americans' freedoms.

Recent steps by the administration to authorize secret tribunals 
without 
judicial review, to allow the government to eavesdrop on confidential 
attorney-client conversations, and to blanket detain and interrogate 
Arab-Americans and Muslims have put long-established rights at risk.

At the very least, such actions invite public debate about whether the 
dangers that they pose are worth the aid they bring to the war on the 
terrorism. Yet, incredibly, in congressional testimony earlier this 
month, 
Ashcroft equated legitimate dissent over the government's actions with 
something unpatriotic and unAmerican -- even treasonous...

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A VISIT TO A MOSQUE: BEYOND FEAR, UNDERSTANDING
By Paul Wisenthal, Bill Zimmerman, Newsday (New York, NY), 1/3/2002
http://www.newsday.com/features/religion/ny-sbroot2533100jan03.story

A VISIT TO A MOSQUE Beyond Fear, Understanding AS THEY BOARDED a school 
bus 
to visit the mosque at the Islamic Center of Westbury, a few of the 42 
students from Plainview Old-Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School said 
they 
felt a little apprehensive and fearful.

But hours later, after the visit, the consensus on the bus was that 
they 
were much less anxious.

The field trip by the seniors to visit the center and meet with its 
spiritual leader, Imam Hafiz Ahmad, and other mosque officials, 
occurred a 
few weeks after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade 
Center. 
It was one of a number of activities organized by the school for a 
humanities studies program called Facing History and Ourselves. The 
elective course encourages students to study and confront issues of 
religious and racial prejudice and to understand their responsibility 
in 
dealing with them. The trip to the mosque had stirred fears among those 
eligible to make it. Some students' parents would not grant permission, 
and 
other students decided on their own not to board the bus.

"Many of my friends were saying, 'Why would you want to go there? 
Aren't 
you afraid?'" said student Jamie Gutterman, 17. After Sept. 11, she 
said, 
"there had been a few anti-Muslim remarks made by kids."

During the visit, Al-Haaj Ghazi Khankan, director of interfaith affairs 
for 
the center, spoke about the history of Islam and took questions from 
the 
students. He cited the Quran and the teachings of Muhammad as the true 
sources of Islam...

[Khankan is director of CAIR-NY]

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WRITING IN SKY SENDS WRONG MESSAGE
By Scott McCabe and Alex Navarro Clifton, Palm Beach Post, 1/2/2002
http://www.gopbi.com/partners/pbpost/epaper/editions/wednesday/news_c3237ba656c370a80084.html 


BOCA RATON -- Skywriter Jerry Stevens soared over Palm Beach County on 
New 
Year's Day, filling the heavens with God's praise. But instead of lofty 
inspiration, his message drew dread for some on the ground.

"God is Great," Stevens penned in the clear blue yonder on Tuesday. His 
mile-high message prompted a flurry of worried calls to police and The 
Palm 
Beach Post.

It seems that since Sept. 11, even praising God can seem sinister. "I 
was 
just wondering if a terrorist group was paying for someone to write 
that," 
Boynton Beach resident Jon Rogers asked...

One family, visiting from Grosse Pointe, Mich., saw Stevens' message 
about 
12:45 p.m. Instead of God, they thought about the anthrax-laden letter 
to 
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle that praised Allah -- and then 
called the cops.

"We were out by the pool," one of them said, too afraid to give her 
name. 
"We were ready to take cover..."

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 1/4/2002

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HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: KINDNESS TO NEIGHBORS
* WITNESSES: SECRET SERVICE AGENT DIDN'T ACT ANGRY (CNN)
* FLY THE UNFRIENDLY SKIES (San Francisco Chronicle)
* ARAB-AMERICAN SECRET SERVICE AGENT, AIRLINE DISAGREE ON REASON FOR 
REFUSAL (Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service)
* U.S. JAILING OF CANADIAN MAN MAY BREACH CONSULAR TREATY (Globe and 
Mail)
* MUSLIM MAN DENIED BAIL (Detroit News)
* REP. CONYERS WRITES TO ASHCROFT ON DETENTION OF RABIH HADDAD
* LIVING IN AMERICA: ARAB, SOUTH ASIAN, AND MUSLIM COMMUNITIES
* QUOTE OF THE DAY: FIGHTING MUSLIM ACTIVITY ON U.S. COLLEGE CAMPUSES

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HADITH OF THE DAY: KINDNESS TO NEIGHBORS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said" "[The angel] Gabriel 
continued to recommend that I treat neighbors kindly and politely so 
much 
so that I thought he would order me to make them my heirs."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, 8:43

The Prophet also said: "A believer will not eat his fill while his 
neighbor 
is hungry."

Imam Bukhari's Book of Muslim Morals and Manners

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WITNESSES: SECRET SERVICE AGENT DIDN'T ACT ANGRY
 From Jeanne Meserve, CNN Washington Bureau, 1/4/2002
http://www.cnn.com/2002/US/01/04/agent.passengers/index.html

WASHINGTON (CNN) --Two people who claim to have witnessed events 
surrounding the ejection of an Arab-American Secret Service agent from 
a 
jetliner told CNN they never saw the agent act in an angry manner or 
become 
confrontational during the incident...

...Mark Pueschel told CNN he was sitting in the same row as Shater. He 
said 
a flight attendant twice patted down a leather jacket the agent had 
left 
behind.

Pueschel said the flight attendant also examined a book about the Arab 
world that Shater had left in the sleeve of the seat in front of him, 
and 
when the attendant put it back, she made a hand gesture "like she was 
grossed out." This led him to believe that the flight attendant found 
the 
book offensive, he said.

Pueschel said the flight attendant asked him if he found the agent 
suspicious. He said he did not. At another point, Pueschel said, the 
flight 
attendant asked him "to cover me, keep an eye out for me." And after 
the 
flight left the Baltimore Washington International Airport, Pueschel 
said 
the attendant told him Shater had made the flight crew "uncomfortable."

Pueschel described Shater as "well dressed" and "confident," and said 
he 
did not appear "uncomfortable or nervous or fidgeting." He also said he 
saw 
no angry behavior on the agent's part.

Pueschel said he contacted the Council on American Islamic Relations 
after 
reading about the incident. Both his parents are native German 
speakers, 
and Pueschel said the thought of their being kicked off a plane because 
of 
the way they talked prompted him to get involved.

CNN also spoke with Molly Reeve, who believes she saw and spoke to 
Shater 
several times in the terminal Christmas night. She said she saw the 
agent 
after the events on the airplane, and that even at that point, he 
appeared 
calm.

Reeve also said she caught a glimpse at the disputed paperwork Shater 
filled out to bring his gun on the flight. She described Shater as 
"very 
nice and professional" and said she never "witnessed any yelling or 
hostile 
behavior..."

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FLY THE UNFRIENDLY SKIES
Profiling does more harm than good when airlines start expelling 
elected 
officials and Secret Service agents
Riad Z. Abdelkarim, The San Francisco Chronicle, 1/4/2002
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2002/01/04/ED213035.DTL
(Riad Z. Abdelkarim is Western Region communications director for the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a grassroots American 
Muslim 
civil rights and advocacy organization.)

THE EXPULSION of an Arab American Secret Service agent from an American 
Airlines flight on Christmas Day has once again raised questions about 
the 
use of ethnic, religious or racial profiling in security procedures 
after 
the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

This incident, as well as another which caused Rep. Darrell Issa, 
R-Oceanside, to miss an international flight a few months ago, serve as 
extreme examples of what can happen when profiling practices are 
carried 
out to their logical conclusions.

Since Sept. 11, there have been numerous cases of airline profiling 
resulting in the refusal of service to passengers who are (or merely 
appear 
to be) of Arabic, South Asian or Muslim background.

In one case, a San Antonio businessman was expelled from the plane 
because 
his presence made other passengers uncomfortable. In other cases, 
several 
people traveling together have been removed from flights and in some 
cases 
temporarily detained for lengthy questioning.

More than 160 incidents of airline profiling against American Muslims 
have 
been reported to the Council on American-Islamic Relations since Sept. 
11. 
The actual number of occurrences is believed to be much higher, and 
even 
non-Muslim South Asians and others have been targeted...

...This focus on safety, however, should not come at the cost of 
degrading 
and humiliating Americans of certain race, ethnicity or faith. When the 
odious net of profiling is being cast wide enough to ensnare a 
congressman 
(elected by the people and entrusted with defending our nation's 
Constitution) and a Secret Service agent (entrusted with the 
responsibility 
of guarding the president's life), then something is seriously wrong.

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ARAB-AMERICAN SECRET SERVICE AGENT, AIRLINE DISAGREE ON REASON FOR 
REFUSAL
By Jack Hagel, Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service, 1/4/2002

WASHINGTON _ Lawyers for an Arab-American Secret Service agent charged 
Thursday that his ejection from an American Airlines flight Christmas 
Day 
amounted to racial profiling. American Airlines backed its pilot's 
decision.

"The only reason why he wasn't allowed on that plane was because he is 
an 
American of Arab descent," said John P. Relman, managing director of 
Washington-based civil rights law firm Relman & Associates. "Pure and 
simple, this is a case of discrimination." Officials from American 
Airlines 
say the pilot was erring on the side of caution days after Briton 
Richard 
Reid allegedly made it past security with plastic explosives in his 
shoes, 
threatening an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami.

"Our captain acted correctly in not putting an angry man with a gun on 
an 
airplane," said Andrea Rader, an American Airlines spokeswoman. "Racial 
profiling had nothing to do with it."

The agent, whose name has not been released, was en route to Texas for 
duty 
on the presidential security detail, of which he has been a member for 
two 
years. President Bush said Dec. 28 that he would be "madder than heck" 
if 
the agent had been barred from the flight solely because of his 
Arab-American heritage.

In the pilot's report, released by American Airlines and submitted to 
the 
Secret Service, the pilot said one of the flight attendants was 
"concerned 
about the actions of one of the (passengers)." The passenger _ the 
Secret 
Service agent in question _ left the plane after boarding, according to 
the 
pilot's report, left his carry-on baggage on the plane, and told the 
attendant not to let the flight leave without him.

While the agent was absent, the pilot wrote, a flight attendant 
"observed 
books in the individual's seat which were written in what she assessed 
was 
Arabic-style print."

Attorneys for the 33-year-old agent said the book was a college 
textbook in 
English on Middle Eastern history, that the agent doesn't read Arabic, 
and 
that he bought the book on Amazon.com...

...Attorney Relman said the agent "cooperated at all times," and that 
he 
acted in a "cool and professional manner..."

"...I think it's the airlines trying to reverse-engineer an excuse," 
said 
Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman Council on American-Islamic Relations. "We 
don't 
think it would have happened at all had the guy's name not been Arab or 
Muslim or his appearance Middle Eastern..."

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U.S. JAILING OF CANADIAN MAN MAY BREACH CONSULAR TREATY
By Colin Freeze, The Globe and Mail, 1/3/2002
See www.globeandmail.ca and search for "baloch."

Shakir Baloch is among more than 1,000 people who were detained in the 
United States after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. For most of the 
past 
three months, he has been held in a Brooklyn jail, but even his lawyers 
don't know why.

Mr. Baloch, a doctor in his native Pakistan before coming to Toronto, 
was 
arrested in the United States on Sept. 20, and his lawyers say he was 
not 
told why.

Since the terrorist attacks, U.S. authorities have detained many mostly 
Middle Eastern and Central Asian men for unexplained reasons, often 
saying 
they are wanted for immigration violations.

Advocates say that Mr. Baloch has been unable to talk to his family, 
his 
lawyers and consular officials until recent weeks. Under U.S. and 
international law, prisoners must be allowed such contact with the 
outside 
world.

Canadian officials are perturbed that it took months for them to find 
out 
that Mr. Baloch was being held. Under the Vienna Convention on Consular 
Relations, governments have a duty to notify one another of such 
arrests...

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MUSLIM MAN DENIED BAIL
Ann Arbor community leader may be deported
By David Shepardson, The Detroit News, 1/3/2002
http://detnews.com/2002/metro/0201/03/d01-381167.htm

DETROIT -- An immigration judge refused Wednesday to free an Ann Arbor
Muslim community leader who co-founded an Islamic charity suspected of 
supporting terrorist activities.

Judge Elizabeth Hacker ordered Rabih Haddad, 41, held without bond 
after a 
closed-door, two-hour hearing...

...U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit, tried to attend the hearing, but 
was 
refused admittance.

"John Ashcroft has made a mockery of our criminal justice system. No 
public 
hearing, no oversight, no charges," Conyers said. "This sounds more 
like a 
dictatorship than America."

Carol Jenifer, head of the INS in Detroit, and U.S. Attorney Jeffrey 
Collins declined to comment.

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REP. CONYERS WRITES TO ASHCROFT ON DETENTION OF RABIH HADDAD

January 3, 2002

The Honorable John D. Ashcroft
Attorney General of the United States
U.S. Department of Justice
10th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C.  20510

The Honorable James W. Zigler
Commissioner
Immigration and Naturalization Services
425 I Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C.  20536

Dear Mr. Attorney General and Mr. Commissioner:

I am writing to express my deep concern with the Immigration and 
Naturalization Service's detention of Pastor Rabih Haddad 
(A#74-546-461) in 
general and the INS's decision to close any hearings involving Pastor 
Haddad to the public.  These actions threaten to make a mockery of our 
system of justice, and send a terrible signal to the international 
communities regarding our treatment of foreign nationals.

Pastor Haddad is a prominent member of the Michigan Islamic Community. 
Among other activities, in the aftermath of the September 11 attack, he 
was 
an important participant in an Ann Arbor town hall meeting designed to 
promote healing among faiths. Pastor Haddad has also received petitions 
of 
support from thousands of friends from Michigan and Oregon. The 
apprehension, detention and lack of due process afforded Pastor Haddad 
once 
again highlights many of the concerns raised by our government's 
treatment 
of immigrants in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attack.

Why have the immigration proceedings regarding Pastor Haddad been held 
in 
secret? On January 2, 2002, I went to a previously scheduled detention 
hearing fully expecting to attend an open and fair judicial process. To 
my 
amazement, I personally witnessed the closing of the detention hearing, 
a 
highly unusual practice. When the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary 
Committee - the committee having oversight responsibility for our 
immigration laws and our courts -- is not permitted to attend such a 
hearing in our court system, it seems to me that something is very 
wrong 
with the system of justice in America.  Please describe in detail the 
rational used to close these proceedings to the public.

1. Who was permitted to attend the January 2nd hearing and what was the 
process and criteria for inclusion on the list of "permitted 
attendees"?  When I arrived at the hearing, there apparently was a 
secret 
list of 'permitted attendees' - but I have no way of knowing who was on 
the 
list or why. I do know that I was not one of the chosen few.  Please 
inform 
me of the method by which persons are included or excluded from such 
lists. 
How is it possible for members of Congress to oversee our executive 
branch 
if we are denied access to immigration hearings?

2. Why is Pastor Haddad being prohibited from being released on bond? 
As 
you know, a person must be released on bond, unless he is considered a 
flight risk or a danger to the community. In this case, it appears to 
me 
that Pastor Haddad is neither. His passport has been taken, his family 
is 
in the United States (including his son and brother who are both U.S. 
Citizens), and he is a longstanding and prominent member of the Islamic 
community. Further, the court has received a petition from 5,000 people 
plus 60 personal letters and 6 affidavits from U.S. Citizens in support 
of 
Pastor Haddad's release. To suggest his ownership of a hunting rifle 
makes 
him dangerous fails to take into the account that the rifle is licensed 
and 
that he is an avid hunter.

3. Is Pastor Haddad's detention linked in any manner to his involvement 
with the Global Relief Foundation? According to press accounts, Pastor 
Haddad's involvement in this organization was in part the reason for 
the 
denial of Pastor Haddad's bond request and the unusual treatment he is 
receiving. Please let me know if this is accurate and if so, what is 
the 
legal rationale for linking such involvement with the status of his 
case.  Also, please inform me regarding any basis in fact or law for 
linking the Global Relief Foundation to any alleged terrorist activity.

4. Does the Government intend to use classified evidence in Pastor 
Haddad's 
case or any other immigration case? As you know, President Bush has 
previously stated that "secret evidence" will not be used in 
deportation 
cases. The Judiciary Committee has also previously reported legislation 
prohibiting the use of "secret evidence." It would be helpful if you 
could 
confirm that this is your policy and that "secret evidence" will not be 
used in this or any other immigration case.

Please respond to the aforementioned questions as quickly as possible, 
and 
by no later than January 10, as Pastor Haddad continues to be held in 
detention.  Please also contact me or my staff at 202-225-6504 if you 
have 
any questions.
Sincerely,

John Conyers, Jr.
Ranking Member

ccs:    The Honorable F. James Sensenbrenner, Chairman
         Committee on the Judiciary
         The Honorable Carol Jenifer, District Director
         Immigration and Naturalization Service
         The Honorable Daniel J. Bryant
         Assistant Attorney General
         U.S. Department of Justice
         Joseph Karpinski, Director of Congressional Relations
         and Public Affairs
         Immigration and Naturalization Services

SEND NOTES OF APPRECIATION TO:

Representative John Conyers, Jr.
Michigan 14th district
2426 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202-225-5126
Fax: 202-225-0072
E-MAIL: dena.graziano@mail.house.gov
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LIVING IN AMERICA: ARAB, SOUTH ASIAN, AND MUSLIM COMMUNITIES
The American Museum of Natural History Department of Education
January 12 & 13, January 19 & 20, and January 25, 26, & 27, 2002
http://www.amnh.org/education/jan2002/

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: FIGHTING MUSLIM ACTIVITY ON U.S. COLLEGE CAMPUSES

TIFFS AT THE FAMILY TABLE
By Lily Galili, Haaretz, 1/4/2002
http://www.haaretz.co.il/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=113695&contrassID=2&subContrassID=5&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y&itemNo=113695

The 700 members of Hillel (The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life) who 
participated last month in the General Assembly of the United Jewish 
Communities (UJC) in Washington, D.C. wore on their lapels a 
blue-and-white 
button bearing the slogan: "Israel. We're family..."

The number of students who came to the GA in Washington this year from 
all 
over the U.S. was the largest ever. They were swallowed up in the sea 
of 
VIPs from the Jewish establishment, but it was clear to everyone that 
these 
students constitute the special task force that now has a mission of 
great 
political importance. THE GOAL: FIGHTING ARAB AND MUSLIM ACTIVITY ON 
U.S. 
COLLEGE CAMPUSES...

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HEADLINES:

* VERSE OF THE DAY: STAND FOR JUSTICE
* AL-AMIN ON TRIAL: MORE THAN A MAN ON TRIAL (Atlanta Journal)
         - IMAM JAMIL'S WEB SITE
         - PROSECUTION ARGUES AL-AMIN BROKE GAG ORDER WITH LETTER TO 
CONGREGATION
         - TEXT OF AL-AMIN'S LETTER TO CONGREGATION
         - 60'S FIREBRAND, NOW IMAM, IS GOING ON TRIAL IN KILLING (NY 
Times)
         - PROSECUTOR: AL-AMIN ARREST TAPE USELESS
         - 3/21/2000 STATEMENT BY MUSLIM GROUPS
* MICH. MUSLIMS CALL FOR RESOLUTION ON BEHALF OF DETAINED COMMUNITY 
LEADER
* CAIR ON ABCNEWS.COM SEGMENT ABOUT PROFILING
* SOMETHING IN THE AIR ON FLIGHT 363 (Washington Post)
* CAIR-NY OFFERS "INTRODUCTION TO ISLAM"
* CAIR-OHIO REPRESENTATIVE APPEARS ON MSNBC'S "HARDBALL"
         - FBI JOINS VANDALISM PROBE OF ISLAMIC CENTER
         - HATE BLINDS DESECRATORS OF MOSQUE
         - MOSQUE VANDALS SADDENED MANY BUT DID NOT SHAKE OUR FAITH
* JUDGE DENIES BAIL TO SUSPECTED JEWISH MILITANT BOMBER (AFP)
* NATIONAL PRO-LIFE ACTIVIST NOW TARGETING ISLAM (Decatur Daily)

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VERSE OF THE DAY: STAND FOR JUSTICE

O ye who believe! Stand out firmly for justice as witnesses to God, 
even as 
against yourselves or your parents or your kin, and whether it be 
(against) 
rich or poor: for God can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of 
your 
hearts) lest ye swerve, and if ye distort (justice) or decline to do 
justice, verily God is well-acquainted with all that ye do.

The Holy Quran, Chapter 4, Verse 135

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AL-AMIN ON TRIAL: MORE THAN A MAN ON TRIAL
Ability to ensure justice for all is at stake
By LATEEF MUNGIN, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 1/6/2001
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/metro/alamin/010602.html

Four months ago, the trial of Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin threatened to 
resurrect the divisiveness of the radical '60s. Now, as 1,500 potential 
jurors are summoned to the Fulton County Courthouse this week to start 
the 
murder trail of the man once known as H. Rap Brown, the case raises a 
new 
question: Can a Muslim get a fair trial after Sept. 11?

"This trial is of great concern to Muslims and the Muslim community," 
said 
Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, a 
Washington-based advocacy group. "We see this trial as a barometer on 
whether a Muslim can get a fair trial, free of bias, and whether a jury 
will make decisions based on external factors or look at the facts of 
the 
case."

The trial had been scheduled to begin Sept. 12. But after the terrorist 
attacks, Fulton Superior Court Judge Stephanie Manis delayed the 
trial...

...Al-Amin is charged with the slaying of Fulton County sheriff's 
Deputy 
Ricky Kinchen, 35, and the wounding of his partner, Deputy Aldranon 
English, then 28. The officers were shot in March 2000 as they tried to 
serve a Cobb County arrest warrant on Al-Amin...

...Some legal experts say the case against Al-Amin could be a gauge of 
how 
jurors view Muslims after the terrorist attacks...

SEE ALSO:

IMAM JAMIL'S WEB SITE
http://www.imamjamil.com

PROSECUTION ARGUES AL-AMIN BROKE GAG ORDER WITH LETTER TO CONGREGATION
Fulton County prosecutors are asking that Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin be 
held in 
contempt of court for writing a seven-page letter proclaiming his 
innocence.
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/metro/alamin/010502.html

TEXT OF AL-AMIN'S LETTER TO CONGREGATION
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/metro/alamin/010502letter.html

60'S FIREBRAND, NOW IMAM, IS GOING ON TRIAL IN KILLING
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/01/06/national/06ATLA.html

PROSECUTOR: AL-AMIN ARREST TAPE USELESS
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/epaper/editions/thursday/metro_c333df018119c1110040.html

A police videotape of the 1999 arrest of Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin in Cobb 
County would have been no help to lawyers defending him on charges of 
shooting two deputies, even if it still existed, the Cobb district 
attorney 
said Wednesday.

Lawyers for Al-Amin grilled a Cobb police commander in court last month 
over the tape's erasure, suggesting they believe it may have held 
important 
evidence about the chain of events leading up to the night Fulton 
County 
deputies Ricky Kinchen and Aldranon English were shot, and that police 
should have realized its significance after the shootings and 
safeguarded 
the tape...

STATEMENT MADE BY MUSLIM GROUPS AT THE TIME OF IMAM JAMIL'S ARREST ON 
3/21/2000

A joint statement issued at a Washington, D.C., news conference read in 
part:

"We are not here today to judge the guilt or innocence of any party to 
this 
tragic series of events. Just as we do not prejudge, we ask that others 
wait until all the facts are known. In America, as in Islam, anyone 
accused 
of a crime is innocent until proven guilty.

"At this point, the role of the Muslim community is four-fold.

"First, we wish to remind everyone of Imam Jamil Al-Amin's longstanding 
role as a community leader who had a positive impact on the lives of so 
many people. The charges against Imam Jamil are especially troubling 
because they are inconsistent with what is known of his moral character 
and 
past behavior as a Muslim.

"Second, we want to ensure that Imam Jamil receives proper legal 
representation. To that end, we will offer our services to his legal 
team 
in Atlanta. This team will then address all aspects of the case.

"Third, we will see that his trial is monitored by observers who will 
insist that any legal proceedings be fair and impartial. We also 
believe 
that this process can best take place in a location that allows Imam 
Jamil 
to be tried by a jury of his peers.

"Finally, we make note of a past incident in which Imam Jamil was 
apparently falsely accused of a similar, though far less serious crime. 
At 
that time, the alleged victim recanted and claimed that he was 
pressured by 
the authorities to name Imam Jamil as the perpetrator...

SPONSORS:

American Muslim Council (AMC)
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)
Muslim American Society (MAS)

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MICH. MUSLIMS CALL FOR RESOLUTION ON BEHALF OF DETAINED COMMUNITY 
LEADER

On Monday January 7, 2002, representatives of various Ann Arbor 
grassroots 
organizations, including the Muslim Community Association of Ann Arbor 
and 
the Ann Arbor Ad Hoc Committee for Peace, will join forces to propose a 
resolution on behalf of detained Muslim leader Rabih Haddad.

Haddad was arrested by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) 
at 
his home in Ann Arbor on December 14th in front of his wife and young 
children for alleged visa violations. Since then the INS has held 
Haddad 
without bond alleging he poses a danger to the community and a flight 
risk.

WHEN: Monday January 7, 2002, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Ann Arbor City Hall, 100 North Fifth Ave. (2nd Floor), Ann 
Arbor, MI

CONTACT: Tariq Colvin, MCA: 734-368-6879, Nazih Hassan, MCA: 
734-657-3035, 
Phillis Engelbert, AAACP: 734-662-0818

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CAIR ON ABCNEWS.COM SEGMENT ABOUT PROFILING

RACIAL PROFILING ON BOARD? FLYING WHILE ARAB
http://abcnews.go.com/webcasts/samdonaldsonnew/20020104/index.html

The Arab-American Secret Service agent kicked off a flight on Christmas 
Day 
says he is the victim of racial discrimination. American Airlines says 
he 
was removed because of "inconsistencies" in his paperwork. Sam talks to 
David Stempler, president of Air Travelers Association, and Hodan 
Hassan, 
of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

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SOMETHING IN THE AIR ON FLIGHT 363
By Colbert I. King, The Washington Post, 1/5/2002
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A64767-2002Jan4.html

Word that an Arab American Secret Service agent on the president's 
security 
detail was ordered off an American Airlines flight on Christmas Day 
reached 
George W. Bush down in Crawford, Tex., this week. "If he was treated 
that 
way because of his ethnicity, that will make me madder than heck," said 
the 
commander in chief, which, as swearing goes, ranks right up there with 
dang, doggone and gosh-darn.

American Airlines says not to worry: The agent's ethnicity played no 
part 
in the pilot's decision. "Inconsistencies" in the agent's paperwork 
prompted his removal from the aircraft, said American Airlines 
spokesman 
Todd Burke -- a point dutifully noted in last Saturday's column. But 
lawyers for 33-year-old Walied Shater, the seven-year veteran Secret 
Service agent, say he was a victim of discrimination...

...Missing from the account released by American Airlines, but 
contained in 
a version I obtained last Saturday from supporters of the captain, were 
the 
following two sentences: "During the delay, I was given an AA form E2. 
I 
put the form on the cockpit center console to continue some pre-flight 
duties."

The form notifies the pilot about the presence of an armed passenger. 
In 
both the edited and unedited versions of his statement, the captain 
wrote, 
"It would have been a pleasure to carry an 'armed passenger.' "That 
seems 
supported by his continuation of pre-flight duties. The captain wasn't 
drawn in until the flight attendant contacted him about the actions of 
one 
of the passengers.

He said the No. 1 flight attendant was concerned about the actions of 
one 
passenger who had departed the plane but left carry-on bags on his 
seat. 
The passenger reportedly asked the flight attendant not to leave 
without him.

Wrote the captain: "While the passenger was away a flight attendant 
observed books in the individual's seat which were written in what she 
assessed was Arabic style print." "Upon further investigation, when the 
individual came back, it was determined that he was in fact our 'armed 
passenger.'"

Thus the triggering event that caused the captain to stop his 
pre-flight 
duties and review the agent's form appears to have been the flight 
attendant's report that Walied Shater, a man appearing to be of Middle 
Eastern descent, had "Arabic" reading material.

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CAIR-NY OFFERS "INTRODUCTION TO ISLAM"

On Saturday, January 5, the Queens Borough (NY) Public Library offered 
a 
lecture about the basic beliefs and practices of the Islamic faith by 
Ghazi 
Al-Haaj Y. Khankan. Mr. Khankhan is Executive Director of the New York 
Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and Director of 
Interfaith Affairs at the Islamic Center of Long Island.

CONTACT CAIR-NY: (212) 870-2002, cair-ny@cair-ny.com, www.cair-ny.com

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CAIR-OHIO REPRESENTATIVE APPEARS ON MSNBC'S "HARDBALL" 1/5/2002

MIKE BARNICLE, co-host:

Police in Columbus, Ohio, are investigating who vandalized that city's 
oldest mosque over the weekend. The Islamic Foundation of Columbus has 
been 
shut down after vandals drilled holes in the floor, pulled water pipes 
from 
the walls and ripped up copies of the Quran. Dr. Ahmad Al-Akhras is 
with 
the Islamic Foundation of Columbus and is president of the Ohio chapter 
of 
the Counsel on American/Islamic Relations. He joins us now from the 
vandalized mosque...

...BARNICLE: It would appear from the--the live shot of those pictures 
that 
we just saw as well as the pictures that you're holding up that whoever 
did 
this was inside the mosque for some period of time. I mean, that's not 
the 
sort of thing you do in a couple of minutes. What have the police told 
you 
about their investigation thus far? First of all, what was the police 
reaction toward you when this was reported?

Dr. AL-AKHRAS: Well, all of us were outraged, stunned. We--we could not 
believe it, how anyone could do such a terrible thing, a hateful thing. 
We 
met with the police. They came immediately and--and they checked the 
place.

BARNICLE: Good.

Dr. AL-AKHRAS: They're investigating it. We met with them and i--it's 
still 
early on in their investigation, but we believe it is a hate crime 
against 
the entire Muslim community...

SEE ALSO:

FBI JOINS VANDALISM PROBE OF ISLAMIC CENTER
http://www.dispatch.com/news-story.php?story=dispatch/news/news02/jan02/1015012.html

HATE BLINDS DESECRATORS OF MOSQUE
http://www.dispatch.com/editorials-story.php?story=dispatch/news/editorials02/jan02/1015262.html

MOSQUE VANDALS SADDENED MANY BUT DID NOT SHAKE OUR FAITH
http://www.dispatch.com/news/religion/faith-story.php?story=dispatch/news/features02/jan02/1015330.html

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JUDGE DENIES BAIL TO SUSPECTED JEWISH MILITANT BOMBER
Agence France-Presse, 1/5/2002

LOS ANGELES, Jan 4 (AFP) - A Los Angeles judge on Friday denied bail to 
a 
member of a militant Jewish group who is accused of plotting to blow up 
a 
mosque and the office of an Arab-American Congressman.

Federal Magistrate Judge Victor Kenton ordered Jewish Defense League 
(JDL) 
member Earl Krugel, 59, held without bond saying he and co-accused -- 
JDL 
chairman Irv Rubin -- posed a potential danger to the community.

"My concerns in this case are primarily danger to the community," the 
judge 
said at a bail hearing here.

Krugel and Rubin were arrested in a police raid on December 11 after an 
informant exposed an alleged plot by the men to blow up several Muslim 
targets in Los Angeles.

The two were allegedly planning to blow up the King Fahd mosque in the 
Culver City area, the offices of Arab-American Congressman Darrell Issa 
and 
the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) in Los Angeles, prosecutors 
said.

Bomb making equipment, including lengths of pipe and explosive powder, 
and 
a number of guns were confiscated from Krugel's home in the federal 
anti-terror swoop, prosecutors and the Federal Bureau of Investigation 
said...

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NATIONAL PRO-LIFE ACTIVIST NOW TARGETING ISLAM
By Melanie B. Smith, Decatur Daily, 1/5/2002
http://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/news/020105/terry.shtml

Randall Terry was -- and probably still is -- the country's best known 
pro-life activist.

But, on a Decatur visit Friday, the founder of Operation Rescue spent 
more 
time talking about his new music goals and criticizing Islam than 
denouncing abortion...

...Terry said he hasn't abandoned his pro-life stance but has broadened 
to 
address other issues in contemporary culture. His Loyal Opposition 
organization, based in Windsor, N.Y., has taken on the issue of stem 
cell 
research, for instance, and has landed him on CNN, he said.

He also recently published "The Crescent Terror," a 25-page booklet, 
which 
costs $6, claiming that Islam has been at war with Christendom and 
Judaism 
since its founding...

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 1/7/2002

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HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: TELLING SOMEONE YOU LOVE THEM
* AL-AMIN HELD IN CONTEMPT FOR INTERVIEWS (Atlanta Journal)
* PRESIDENT BUSH SAYS MUSLIM AGENT IS "HONORABLE FELLOW"
         - WITNESSES: SECRET SERVICE AGENT DIDN'T ACT ANGRY (CNN)
* TOUGHER PREFLIGHT QUESTIONS FOR AIRLINE PASSENGERS? (AP)
         - INCREASED SAFETY NEED NOT COME AT THE EXPENSE OF CIVIL 
LIBERTIES 
(ACLU)
* MUSLIMS ASKED TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR FREE SPEECH AT USF SENATE MEETING
* LETTERS: ATTACK ON LOCAL MOSQUE WAS AN ACT THAT HURT ALL (Columbus 
Dispatch)
* NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC RELEASES "THE WORLD OF ISLAM"
* CAIR-MI SPEAKERS TRAINING PROGRAM
* CAIR WRITERS SYNDICATE OFFERS MUSLIM VIEW OF ISSUES
* CANADIAN NEWSPAPER APOLOGIZES TO MUSLIM CHARITY
* DANIEL PIPES SAYS ISLAM GIVEN "SPECIAL PRIVILEGES" IN U.S. (CBN)
         - GLOBE COLUMN SLAMS DANIEL PIPES FOR SMEARING U.S. MUSLIMS

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HADITH OF THE DAY: TELLING SOMEONE YOU LOVE THEM

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "If one of you loves his 
brother, he should tell him that he loves him."

Imam Bukhari's Book of Muslim Morals and Manners

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AL-AMIN HELD IN CONTEMPT FOR INTERVIEWS
By LATEEF MUNGIN and ALAN JUDD, Atlanta Journal, 1/7/2002
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/metro/alamin/010702.html

A Fulton Superior Court judge today found Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin in 
contempt of court for interviews published in news outlets, including 
the 
Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Judge Stephanie Manis said the Muslim cleric, who faces capital murder 
charges in the death of a Fulton County deputy and the wounding of 
another 
deputy nearly two years ago, would not be allowed to make telephone 
calls 
from jail, mail any letters or have any visitors other than his lawyers 
until jury selection is completed.

"I think the comments of the defendant may taint the jury pool," the 
judge 
said.

The New York Times on Sunday published portions of a telephone 
interview 
with Al-Amin. In December, the Journal-Constitution published portions 
of a 
letter Al-Amin had written to members of his mosque. In the letter, the 
cleric proclaimed his innocence.

The judge said the timing of Al-Amin's public statements appeared aimed 
at 
prejudicing jurors.

"He can profess his innocence, but in the courtroom, not in the 
newspaper," 
the judge said.

In the Times interview, Al-Amin was quoted as strongly criticizing the 
judge's gag order and attributing charges against him to a government 
conspiracy dating to his days as the 1960s black activist H. Rap Brown.

"I can't even say I'm innocent," Al-Amin complained in the telephone 
interview with the Times, published in Sunday's editions. "Do you know 
of 
any other defendant who is not allowed to say he is innocent? It's just 
part of the same continual persecution and prosecution against me, just 
part and parcel of the same thing..."

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PRESIDENT BUSH SAYS MUSLIM AGENT IS "HONORABLE FELLOW"

REMARKS BY PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH, WITH Q&A FOLLOWING, AT BEGINNING 
OF 
MEETING WITH HIS ECONOMIC TEAM AND FEDERAL RESERVE CHAIRMAN ALAN 
GREENSPAN 
LOCATION: CABINET ROOM, THE WHITE HOUSE, WASHINGTON, D.C. DATE: 
MONDAY,  JANUARY 7, 2002

Q Mr. President, during the holidays you stood by your secret service 
agent, and American Airlines has come out with a new statement today 
saying 
that he was bitter and hostile.  What are your thoughts about the 
situation 
with your Arab-American agent now, as it pertains to him trying to 
protect you?

PRESIDENT BUSH: Well, I know there's an investigation going on, and I 
look 
forward to see the findings.  But as I said, if he was mistreated 
because 
of his ethnicity, I'm going to be plenty hot. That means angry. 
(Laughter.) 
And I know the man. I am most appreciative of his service to me and my 
wife. He is an honorable fellow, but I don't know enough about the 
details 
of this particular incident. But I know there's an investigation going 
on, 
and I look forward to seeing it. I would be surprised if he was 
hostile, 
but I wasn't there, so it's hard for me to comment on something which I 
did 
not see.

FOR BACKGROUND, SEE: WITNESSES: SECRET SERVICE AGENT DIDN'T ACT ANGRY
 From Jeanne Meserve, CNN Washington Bureau, 1/4/2002
http://www.cnn.com/2002/US/01/04/agent.passengers/index.html

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TOUGHER PREFLIGHT QUESTIONS FOR AIRLINE PASSENGERS?
By DAVID CRARY, The Associated Press, 1/7/2002

NEW YORK - Did you pack your bags yourself? Have they been out of your 
possession? The questions asked of airline passengers aren't designed 
to 
trip up a terrorist, and that raises another question: Should passenger 
questioning be tougher?

Israel's airline, El Al, routinely interrogates passengers boarding its 
flights, often probing their background and travel plans. But its 
operation 
is a tiny fraction of the U.S. aviation system, and El Al's painstaking 
security methods would not transfer easily to U.S. airlines.

Some aviation security experts say tougher questioning could be a 
valuable 
tool in the United States, at least in theory. In practice, they admit, 
it 
would be unfeasible to subject all U.S. passengers to such 
interrogation 
and difficult to find an acceptable method of selecting a subset of 
travelers to be grilled. Mary Schiavo, a former Transportation 
Department 
inspector general and now a lawyer for victims of airline accidents, 
said 
intensified questioning would be worth trying - but only after expert 
profilers developed an effective set of questions.

"We'd like to see a more scientific basis," she said. "Just delaying 
people 
while we ask more inane questions won't get us anywhere."

She stressed that authorities would have to develop sound criteria for 
selecting some passengers for thorough questioning.

"There's no way in the United States that you can ever do it on the 
basis 
of national origin or race," she said. "We're a melting pot."

El Al has no compunctions about profiling - Arabs, even if Israeli 
citizens, and some foreigners routinely come under closer scrutiny than 
most Israeli Jews. While many passengers are asked only about their 
luggage, others might be asked to explain their itinerary or past 
travels 
recorded in their passports.

In the United States, Arab-Americans and civil liberties groups see 
pitfalls in emulating El Al.

"I don't know if that's a road we want to go down - Israelizing our air 
transportation system," said Ibrahim Hooper of the Washington-based 
Council 
on American-Islamic Relations. "We've always been in favor of 
heightened 
security for everyone - not offering an illusion of security by 
singling 
out people on the basis of ethnicity."

SEE ALSO: INCREASED SAFETY NEED NOT COME AT THE EXPENSE OF CIVIL 
LIBERTIES
http://www.aclu.org/safeandfree/facts-airport.html

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MUSLIMS ASKED TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR FREE SPEECH AT USF SENATE MEETING

The Tampa Bay Coalition for Justice and Peace calls upon all supporters 
of 
free speech to attend the USF Faculty Senate meeting concerning Dr. 
Sami 
Al-Arian's dismissal by USF president Genshaft and the issue of 
academic 
freedom.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 9, 2002, 3 p.m.

WHERE: Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI) Auditorium. (USF campus 
on 
Bruce B. Down Blvd. between Fowler and Fletcher.)

FOR BACKGROUND, SEE: USF'S CHARADE
http://sptimes.com/News/122101/Opinion/USF_s_charade.shtml

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LETTERS: ATTACK ON LOCAL MOSQUE WAS AN ACT THAT HURT ALL
William Lane, The Columbus Dispatch, 1/6/2002
http://www.dispatch.com/editorials-story.php?story=dispatch/news/editorials02/jan02/1017930.html 


One of the most important lessons from the events of Sept. 11 is that 
our 
freedom is precious and fragile. That freedom is clearly based on our 
willingness to be subject to a rule of law and to have a deep respect 
for 
the opinions and diversity of others. America is a haven and a melting 
pot 
that continues to embrace people from all over the world.

The board of directors of the Rotary Club of Columbus writes to add its 
voice to those who are deeply concerned by the vandalism of the 
Masjidka 
Islamic Center on Broad Street. While the motives of the perpetrators 
are 
still unknown, some of the consequences are very clear. Damaging and 
desecrating any house of worship is itself a contemptible act. And 
vandals 
have done more. They have created a threatening environment for some 
members of our community.

We are all guaranteed by the laws and the core values of this country 
the 
right to practice religion in peace and security. For a healthy 
community, 
we must ensure that this intimidating action does not lead to a sense 
of 
isolation for those who were victimized...

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC RELEASES "THE WORLD OF ISLAM"

WHAT: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC presents an event marking the release of the 
new 
National Geographic book, The World of Islam, a collection of NATIONAL 
GEOGRAPHIC stories and photographs on Islam, published from 1910 though 
2001. The book was edited by NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC senior editor Don 
Belt.

The program will begin with a photographic retrospective narrated By 
Belt, 
followed with presentations by NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC senior editor 
Michael 
Edwards and former NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC writer Tom Abercrombie, who will 
read and discuss excerpts from their own articles. Other excerpts will 
be 
read by National Public Radio's cultural issues reporter Susan Stamberg 
and 
Neal Conan, host of NPR's Talk of the Nation.

The evening will conclude with a panel discussion moderated by Belt. 
Participants will include Edwards, who has traveled widely in Central 
Asia; 
Abercrombie, a convert to Islam who made the pilgrimage to Mecca and 
wrote 
about the experience for the Geographic's readers; [CAIR Board Member] 
Sulayman S. Nyang, professor of African Studies at Howard University 
and 
author of Islam in the United States of America; Richard W. Murphy, a 
former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State and currently director of 
Middle 
East Studies for the Council on Foreign Relations; and Yvonne Haddad, 
professor of the History of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at 
Georgetown University and co-editor of the book Christian-Muslim 
Encounters. Haddad writes extensively on Islam's interaction with 
Christianity and the west and also on the role of women in Islam.

WHEN: Monday, January 14 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: The Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M Street, N.W.

COST: $8 for Society members, $10 for nonmembers

CONTACT: 202-857-7700, Lori Dynan, 202-857-7692; Rock Wheeler, 
202-775-7885 
(Press only)

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CAIR-MI SPEAKERS TRAINING PROGRAM

The CAIR-MI Speakers Bureau is designed to establish a speaker's 
program 
geared towards disseminating and retrieving information about Islam to 
and 
from the general public.

WHEN: JANUARY 12th -Program A: Basic Training
JANUARY 13th -Program B: Intermediate Training
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Both Days

WHERE: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN - ANN ARBOR OR
THE ISLAMIC ASSOCIATION OF GREATER DETROIT
(IAGD MASJID)

(Donations Appreciated)

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Br. Jameel Syed at jameelsyed100@hotmail.com CAIR-MI: 248-910-7396
Registration: cairmi_registration@yahoo.com

CAIR-MI Speakers Bureau is a branch of the Education Department at 
CAIR-MI. 
For more information about CAIR-MI Education email 
cair_education@hotmail.com.

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CAIR WRITERS SYNDICATE OFFERS AMERICAN MUSLIM VIEW OF ISSUES

CAIR's "Independent Writers Syndicate" is designed to offer a Muslim 
perspective on current political, social and religious issues. The 
service 
distributes original commentaries to newspapers and web sites 
throughout 
North America.

Commentaries are offered free-of-charge to one media outlet in each 
market 
area. Permissions for publication will be granted on a 
first-come-first-served basis.

Opinion page editors may also request columns on specific topics.

CONTACT: Riad Abdelkarim, riadzuhdi@aol.com (Those wishing to have 
their 
commentaries considered for distribution on the syndicate should 
contact 
Mr. Abdelkarim.)

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CANADIAN NEWSPAPER APOLOGIZES TO MUSLIM CHARITY

APOLOGY TO HUMAN CONCERN INTERNATIONAL
The Ottawa Citizen, 1/5/2002

An article in the Dec. 27, 2001 edition of the Citizen erroneously 
reported 
that the Ottawa-based charity, Human Concern International, had its 
assets 
frozen by the Canadian government two months earlier as part of an 
effort 
to cut off suspected sources of terrorist financing around the world.

The Citizen further erroneously reported that Human Concern 
International 
had been shut down as part of the FBI's effort to starve terrorists of 
funds ostensibly raised for charitable purposes. These statements are 
incorrect. Human Concern International has never had its assets frozen 
or 
otherwise been closed by Canadian or U.S. authorities.

The Citizen regrets the false impression that Human Concern 
International 
was or is guilty of participating in terrorism or fundraising for 
terrorist 
activities, and apologizes to Human Concern International, its board of 
directors, volunteers and donors for any embarrassment or harm its 
errors 
have caused.

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DANIEL PIPES SAYS ISLAM GIVEN "SPECIAL PRIVILEGES" IN U.S.
CBN.com, 1/2/2002
http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/news/020103d.asp

"Militant Islam is the enemy and we have just begun the fight against 
it."

CBN.com - In this new year, the Middle East will continue to remain at 
the 
center of concern in the war on terrorism. For new insights, Pat 
Robertson 
spoke with Dr. Daniel Pipes, an expert on the Islamic world, and Chris 
Mitchell, CBN News' Middle East Bureau Chief.

ROBERTSON: You have written that the United States government, with 
taxpayer dollars, has actually helped to spread Islam. Could you expand 
on 
that a little bit?

PIPES: You are putting it a little more strongly than me. I wrote an 
article recently showing that, if one takes the last 10 years, if one 
takes 
President Clinton, and to a certain extent President Bush, and their 
aids, 
one finds a constant pattern of promoting Islam, saying that this is a 
wonderful religion and has nothing to do with terrorism, and Americans 
need 
to know more about it, and it's great that there are more Muslims. And 
this 
is a striking contrast to the approach of the American government 
toward 
other religions - in particular Christianity.

One finds over and over again that Islam is given special privileges. 
You 
may have followed that in New York and in Philadelphia; the school 
systems 
at the end of last year permitted Muslim students to use the schools as 
a 
place of prayer. I don't need to point out to your audience that that 
is 
not something that Christians get to avail themselves of. So there is 
this 
contrast, this special treatment of Islam that I think needs to be 
noted. 
And, you know, the government needs to be much more cautious about 
this...

FOR BACKGROUND, SEE:
GLOBE COLUMN SLAMS DANIEL PIPES FOR SMEARING U.S. MUSLIMS
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?articleid=558&articletype=1

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 1/8/2002

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HEADLINES:

* HADITH/VERSE OF THE DAY: MODESTY
* BWI GUARD FORCES MUSLIM TEEN TO REMOVE RELIGIOUS HEADSCARF 
(Washington Post)
* COUNCIL SUPPORTS DETAINEE: RESOLUTION REQUESTS HEARINGS (Michigan 
Daily)
* FLORIDA WITCH HUNT (Salon.com)
* JUDGE WORRIED ABOUT JURY SELECTION SAYS NO LETTERS OR CALLS FROM JAIL 
(Atlanta Journal)
         - PHOTOS FROM IMAM JAMIL'S PRE-TRIAL HEARING
* TEXAS: VISA ISSUED TO DETAINED MUSLIM (New York Times)
* NEW JERSEY: HOTEL ACCUSED OF ANTI-MUSLIM BIAS (New York Times)
* DEMAND GROWS FOR MUSLIM SCHOOLS (The Gazette)
* KAREN ARMSTRONG DISCUSSES JERUSALEM AT LONG ISLAND MOSQUE

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HADITH/VERSE OF THE DAY: MODESTY

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Modesty is part of 
faith."

Al-Muwatta, 47:10

"Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard 
their 
modesty: that will make for greater purity for them: and Allah is well 
acquainted with all that they do.

"And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and 
guard 
their modesty..."

The Holy Quran, Chapter 24, Verses 30-31

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BWI GUARD FORCES MUSLIM TEEN TO REMOVE RELIGIOUS HEADSCARF
Islamic advocacy group says action at airport amounts to "public strip 
search"

(WASHINGTON, DC - 1/8/2002) - A 17-year-old Muslim high school student 
from 
Virginia says that she was intimidated into removing her religiously 
mandated headscarf by a security guard at Baltimore/Washington 
International Airport (BWI). The Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR), a prominent Washington-based Islamic advocacy group, said today 
that the incident amounted to a "public strip search" and called for an 
apology from airport, airline and security officials.

(A Muslim Secret Service agent was recently removed from a flight at 
BWI 
because of what he says was racial and religious profiling.)

The teenage traveler told CAIR that after she went through a security 
checkpoint on her way to a Northwest Airlines flight, a guard shouted, 
"Hey 
you need to take that off," referring to her headscarf. She responded 
by 
asking, "Why do I have to take off my head cover?" The girl was then 
surrounded by military personnel in camouflage uniform with combat 
rifles. 
She became terrified and removed her headscarf immediately.

The student also said that a Muslim airport employee saw what was 
happening 
and came to her assistance. The employee informed the guard that it was 
wrong to force the student to remove her headscarf in public.

"For a Muslim woman, being forced to remove her headscarf in this 
manner is 
equivalent to a public strip search," said CAIR Civil Rights 
Coordinator 
Hodan Hassan.

"This incident reaffirms the need for additional training on policies 
and 
procedures that will improve airport security without violating civil 
liberties and religious rights," said Hassan. She added that CAIR 
provides 
such training for corporations nationwide.

CAIR's civil rights department has received more than 170 reports of 
airport profiling of Muslims or those who are perceived to be "Middle 
Eastern" since the terrorist attacks of September 11. The group is 
asking 
for an investigation of the incident and an apology to the Muslim teen. 
That request is being sent to BWI, Delta Airlines, Northwest Airlines 
and 
Globe Aviation Services, the firm hired to screen passengers at that 
gate.

                                         - END -

CONTACT:        Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-489-5108
                 E-MAIL - cair@cair-net.org

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U.S. SEEKS THOUSANDS OF FUGITIVE DEPORTEES
Middle Eastern Men Are Focus of Search
By Dan Eggen and Cheryl W. Thompson, The Washington Post, 1/8/2002
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A11180-2002Jan7.html

Authorities will soon begin searching for thousands of Middle Eastern 
men 
in the United States who have disappeared after being ordered to leave 
the 
country, according to officials familiar with the operation.

The Justice Department has identified about 6,000 young men from the 
Middle 
East who have ignored deportation orders, and has decided to make the 
arrest and removal of them the highest priority among efforts to locate 
hundreds of thousands of foreign nationals who have defied such 
rulings, 
authorities said.

The men hail from nations that U.S. authorities consider havens for 
members 
of Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda terrorist network, and some have criminal 
backgrounds, authorities said. U.S. officials declined to identify the 
countries of origin or provide other details about the group.

The plan to give priority to a group of Arab and Muslim men over other 
foreign nationals has raised concerns among some Arab American and 
immigrant advocate groups that the Bush administration is practicing 
racial 
profiling in its war on terrorism. The vast majority of people ignoring 
deportation orders are Hispanics from Latin America...

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COUNCIL SUPPORTS DETAINEE: RESOLUTION REQUESTS HEARINGS
By Jacquelyn Nixon, The Michigan Daily, 1/8/2002
http://www.michigandaily.com/articles.php?uniqid=20020108n01

Detained Ann Arbor Muslim leader Rabih Haddad gained the city's support 
yesterday evening after City Council members approved by a partisan 9-2 
vote a resolution proposed by community members requesting due process 
and 
open hearings for his case.

Haddad, co-founder of the Global Relief Foundation, an Islamic charity 
suspected to have terrorist ties, was arrested Dec. 14 by the 
Immigration 
and Naturalization Service for an expired visa and is being held at the 
Monroe County Jail...

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FLORIDA WITCH HUNT
When a tenured professor loses his job for vocally backing the 
Palestinian 
cause, Jeb Bush applauds, Bill O'Reilly boos and academics say it's the 
worst threat to free speech since Sept. 11.
By Bruce Shapiro, Salon.com, 1/8/2002
http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2002/01/08/professor/index_np.html

Jan. 8, 2002 - When Sami Al-Arian, a computer science professor at the 
University of South Florida and a local Muslim community leader, agreed 
to 
go on Fox News' popular "O'Reilly Factor" Sept. 28, he thought he'd be 
discussing American Muslims' reaction to Sept. 11. Instead he found 
himself 
denounced by host Bill O'Reilly as a "terrorist" for his work 
supporting 
Palestinian statehood, with O'Reilly quoting incendiary anti-Israel 
remarks 
Al-Arian made 15 years ago.

Being lambasted on national television wasn't the end of the 
professor's 
ordeal. His O'Reilly appearance triggered hundreds of phone calls and 
e-mails (as well as death threats) from critics outraged that USF would 
employ the supposed "terrorist." Three days after his Fox appearance, 
university president Judy Genshaft suspended Al-Arian with pay; just 
before 
Christmas, she fired him. Genshaft made no pretext that Al-Arian's 
academic 
performance was at issue; he is both tenured and popular with his 
students. 
Al-Arian was terminated, she said, for failing to make clear he was 
speaking for himself and not the university, and thus making the 
university 
the vortex of right-wing fury about his views. "We are experiencing a 
level 
of disruption that no university anywhere is set up to deal with on an 
ongoing basis."

Al-Arian's firing has made this community the storm center of the most 
intense debate anywhere in the nation about academic freedom in the 
wake of 
Sept. 11. The firestorm has pulled in Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who 
praised 
Genshaft's move, and Bill O'Reilly himself, who has defended the 
Palestinian academic's right to his views and denounced the university 
president for firing him.

The firing has been criticized by the American Association of 
University 
Professors and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. On 
Thursday, Al-Arian will get a chance to defend himself to the 
university's 
administration in an appeal required under his union contract...

...the firing of a university professor for his views, past or present, 
has 
its own profound and disturbing echoes of witch hunts past. The plight 
of 
the Al-Arian family -- one member jailed awaiting deportation, the 
other 
fired from his teaching post -- recalls the precise conditions that 
inspired the creation of the American Civil Liberties Union during 
World 
War I: on the one hand, roundups of immigrant radicals, and on the 
other 
hand, the firing of antiwar academics like James McKeen Cattell, the 
founder of Columbia's psychology department, and political scientist 
Scott 
Nearing, who after being fired from the Wharton School of Business, 
achieved cult status for books on "Living the Good Life" in rural 
Vermont 
and Maine.

The very institution of academic tenure was created to ensure that 
scholars 
feel free to speak out on public controversies, whether in or outside 
their 
official academic portfolio. What's more, in a world haunted by 
terrorism, 
the stakes in the Sami Al-Arian case go beyond civil libertarian 
abstraction. If anything helps fuel terrorism, it is a sense that 
politics 
cannot work. Sami Al-Arian may be a militant Palestinian nationalist -- 
but 
he is a militant who proved to himself, and to his communities both in 
the 
US and abroad, that politics and democratic institutions like courts 
can 
work, by clearing his name and freeing his brother-in-law. Firing 
Al-Arian 
because of public hysteria over spurious charges turns the hiring and 
firing at USF over to a gang of hecklers and telephone thugs. And like 
the 
rearrest of his brother-in-law, it sends a disquieting worldwide 
message 
that democracy will betray those most clamoring for it.

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JUDGE WORRIED ABOUT JURY SELECTION SAYS NO LETTERS OR CALLS FROM JAIL
By STEVE VISSER and LATEEF MUNGIN, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 
1/8/2002
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/metro/alamin/010802.html

A Superior Court judge ordered the Fulton County Jail to stop prisoner 
Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin from making phone calls or mailing letters after 
he 
spoke out about his high-profile murder case on the eve of the jury 
selection.

Judge Stephanie Manis cited Al-Amin, who faces the death penalty, for 
contempt of court after a telephone interview with a New York Times 
reporter and after the Muslim cleric answered written questions from 
WSB.

Manis barred Al-Amin from mailing letters, making or taking telephone 
calls 
and meeting with visitors other than his lawyers. The judge said she 
would 
reconsider the restrictions after a jury is chosen and sequestered...

PHOTOS FROM PRE-TRIAL HEARING
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/metro/alamin/photos/image1.html

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TEXAS: VISA ISSUED TO DETAINED MUSLIM
By Jim Yardley, The New York Times, 1/8/2002

A Muslim doctor in San Antonio who was arrested after the Sept. 11 
attacks 
but later released was prohibited from re-entering the country last 
month 
after a trip to Saudi Arabia. A State Department official said the 
doctor, 
Al-Badr Al Hazmi, was issued a visa on Saturday and would be allowed to 
return. Muslim leaders in San Antonio had expressed outrage over the 
situation. On Sept. 12, Dr. Hazmi was handcuffed and dragged away from 
his 
San Antonio home in his pajamas. After 12 days of questioning, he was 
released.

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NEW JERSEY: HOTEL ACCUSED OF ANTI-MUSLIM BIAS
By Steve Strunsky, The New York Times, 1/8/2002

A mosque in Bergen County has charged that a hotel discriminated 
against 
its members by refusing to rent them a ballroom for their post-Ramadan 
celebration. Waheed Khalid, president of the Dar-Ul-Islah Mosque in 
Teaneck, said the Marriott at Glenpointe would not rent the ballroom to 
the 
mosque on Dec. 15 or 16.

The hotel had previously allowed the mosque to rent the room, on Dec. 
27, 
2000, but that was for the first time since the mosque began asking in 
1988, and only after it complained to government agencies. Mike 
Condrat, 
general manager of the Marriot, denied the discrimination charge and 
said 
the room had been booked already when the mosque wanted to rent it.

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KAREN ARMSTRONG DISCUSSES JERUSALEM AT LONG ISLAND MOSQUE

TOPIC: The Holiness of Jerusalem: Some Lessons From the Past for the 
Future

WHEN: SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 2002, 3:30 P.M. - 5:45 P.M.
WHERE: Islamic Center of Long Island, 835 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, 
New 
York 11590
CONTACT: (516) 333-3495
DIRECTIONS: Northern State Parkway Exit 34, left on Brush Hollow Road, 
ICLI 
is half mile down on the right.

Ms. Armstrong's best-selling books include: A History of God; 
Jerusalem: 
One City, Three Faiths; In the Beginning: A New Interpretation of 
Genesis; 
Islam: A Short History.

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 1/9/2002

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HEADLINES:

* VERSE OF THE DAY: VARIATIONS IN LANGUAGE AND COLOR
* MAGAZINE "REGRETS" MISQUOTE OF CAIR OFFICIAL (The New Republic)
* CAIR DISCUSSES AIRPORT HIJAB CASE ON FOX'S O'REILLY FACTOR
         - OTHER CAIR MEDIA APPEARANCES (ABC, CNN)
* HAIR UNCOVERED, APOLOGY SOUGHT (Washington Post)
         - SIKH MAN TO SUE AIRLINE, ISLIP FOR TURBAN INCIDENT (Newsday)
* I.N.S. TO FOCUS ON MUSLIMS WHO EVADE DEPORTATION (New York Times)
         - U.S. TARGETS ARAB, MUSLIM MEN IN SWEEP FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS 
(Wall 
Street Journal)
* COALITION CITES RIGHTS CONCERNS (Newsday)
* DC RALLY FOR CIVIL RIGHTS 1/19/2002
* CONYERS CONDEMNS DISCRIMINATORY INS DEPORTATION POLICY
* EDITORIAL: HADDAD CASE SUSPICIOUSLY SECRET (Michigan Daily)
* COMMUNITY FORUM ON DISCRIMINATORY BACKLASH
* NEW BOOK: "TERRORISM AND THE CONSTITUTION"
* JURY SELECTION IN AL-AMIN CASE SEEN AS LONG, TEDIOUS (Atlanta 
Journal)
* POLICE SEEK LEADS IN VANDALISM CASE (Columbus Dispatch)
* MUSLIM COMMUNITY WEIGHS IN FOR FOOD BANK (Calgary Herald)
* CAIR CANADA JOINS FORUM ON FAITH AND THE MEDIA
* A IS FOR ARABS (Salon.com)

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VERSE OF THE DAY: VARIATIONS IN LANGUAGE AND COLOR

"And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth and 
the 
variations in your languages and your colors: verily in that are Signs 
for 
those who know."

The Holy Quran, Chapter 30, Verse 22

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MAGAZINE "REGRETS" MISQUOTE OF CAIR OFFICIAL

The New Republic, 1/14/2002

DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS: A November 12 piece, "Fevered Pitch," by 
Franklin Foer, and a December 24 Notebook item, "Flopaganda," both 
incorrectly attributed a statement to the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations' executive director Nihad Awad. The statement, about the 
involvement of Mossad and Egyptian intelligence in the 1993 World Trade 
Center bombing, appeared in an unsigned editorial in the March 31, 
1994, 
issue of the Muslim World Monitor, where Awad was the contributing 
editor. 
We regret the error.

[NOTE: We thank The New Republic for making this correction and hope 
other 
media outlets that have used similar misquotations will follow suit.

CAIR and many other American Muslim organizations have recently been 
the 
targets of a vicious smear campaign based on misquotations, 
distortions, 
fabrications, outdated and out of context information, and guilt by 
association.

This campaign relies on the amplification of prejudice and stereotyping 
that resulted from the justifiable rage expressed by the American 
people, 
including Muslims and Arab-Americans, following the World Trade Center 
and 
Pentagon attacks. Every major American Muslim group and leader, without 
exception, has been the target of these unjustified and politically 
motivated smears.

We ask that journalists and policy-makers examine the agenda of those 
who 
are making these false allegations and to refrain from assisting anyone 
who 
would seek to silence the voice of an entire American religious 
minority or 
to undermine the President's assertions that we are engaged in a war on 
terrorism, not against Islam or Muslims.]

FROM: "ISLAMOPHOBIC SMEAR CAMPAIGN" GOES PUBLIC
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?articleid=4&articletype=3

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CAIR DISCUSSES AIRPORT HIJAB CASE ON FOX'S O'REILLY FACTOR
Fox News Network, January 8, 2002 Tuesday
http://fn.emediamillworks.com/fox/

HOST: Bill O'Reilly

O'REILLY: In the "Personal Story" segment tonight, we told you in the 
Talking Points memo that some security screeners at the airports are 
using 
very poor judgment, to say the least.

Now comes a case from the Baltimore-Washington airport where a 
Northwest 
Airlines screener forced a 17-year-old Muslim high school student to 
remove 
her head covering. Joining us now from Washington is Ibrahim Hooper, 
the 
communications director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

All right. So this high school student was wearing a head covering, 
which, 
in the Muslim religion, is a sign of modesty, and these guys wanted to 
see 
what was underneath it, right?

IBRAHIM HOOPER, COUNCIL ON AMERICAN-ISLAMIC RELATIONS: Yes. I -- the 
point 
isn't so much that it was -- that would -- they asked her to remove it. 
If 
they had taken her to a private area and asked -- a female guard had 
been 
there and asked her to check out the head scarf or whatever, that 
wouldn't 
have been a problem.

The problem was, a 17-year-old high school student being surrounded by 
soldiers in camouflage uniforms with M-16s and being forced to remove 
what 
we consider to be a religiously mandated head scarf...

OTHER CAIR MEDIA APPEARANCES:

CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad appeared last night on ABC's 
"Nightline"

CAIR Civil Rights Coordinator Hodan Hassan appeared this morning on 
CNN's 
AMERICAN MORNING WITH PAULA ZAHN.

HOST: Hodan Hassan, do you view this incident as racial profiling?

HODAN HASSAN, AMERICAN-ISLAMIC RELATIONS: Well, it could be racial 
profiling. I think our issue with this particular incident is that 
rather 
than have her have to take off her veil in public, this should have 
been 
done in the privacy of a screening room, a room or maybe a screened off 
area. This isn't the first case. We've actually had at least 13 other 
cases 
of women who have contacted CARE and said that they were forced to 
remove 
their scarves in public.

HOST: I'm sorry. We had a case of a U.S. congressman in the last day or 
two, John Dingle, who was forced to strip down to his shorts because an 
artificial hip set off a metal detector. You know, there is heightened 
security in this country in the wake of the events of 9-11. What would 
you 
like to see happen as a result of this? Are you planning legal action? 
Do 
you want an apology? What'll it take to make this right?

HASSAN: Yes, there's no, at this point, consideration of legal action. 
What 
we're asking, what our organization is asking on behalf of Mrs. Sarsour 
is 
that first that there be an apology to her and her family, that there 
be an 
investigation of this incident and more importantly that there be some 
clear guidelines set as to how searches should be conducted, in this 
case 
of Muslim women...

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HAIR UNCOVERED, APOLOGY SOUGHT
BWI Screening Prompts Complaint From Muslim Teenager in Va.
By Katherine Shaver, The Washington Post, 1/9/2002
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A16470-2002Jan8.html

Enaas Sansour began wearing a black head scarf a year ago as part of 
her 
Muslim faith, so that no man outside her family would see her hair 
until 
she married.

Her hair remained hidden, the Falls Church teenager said yesterday, 
until a 
male airline security screener at Baltimore-Washington International 
Airport forced her to remove her scarf last month. In front of 
strangers. 
In front of men. Even though the metal detector, she said, never 
sounded. 
"No guys are supposed to see my hair until my husband sees it when I 
get 
married," said Sansour, 17, a junior at the Islamic Saudi Academy in 
Alexandria. "It was very humiliating with all those people staring at 
me 
like I did something wrong...It was against my religion."

On Monday, the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations 
filed 
a complaint on the teenager's behalf, seeking apologies from the 
screener's 
employer, Globe Aviation Services, and Northwest and Delta airlines. 
Sansour said the incident occurred when she, her father and two 
brothers 
passed through BWI's Pier C security checkpoint Dec. 18 before boarding 
a 
Northwest flight to San Francisco. Delta Airlines contracts with Globe 
to 
provide security for all airlines that use Pier C, including Northwest.

Hodan Hassan, the Islamic group's civil rights coordinator, said 
requiring 
Muslim women to remove their head scarves, or hijab, is tantamount to a 
public strip search because it violates Muslim teachings about modesty.

Hassan said Sansour's complaint is one of a dozen the group has 
received 
from Muslim women forced to remove head scarves in public at airports 
under 
heightened security since Sept. 11. The group has received about 160 
other 
complaints of racial or religious profiling at airports, officials 
said.

Hassan said the group does not object to Muslim women being asked to 
remove 
their head scarves in a private area and in front of a female security 
screener, as long as they are not singled out for extra scrutiny...

SEE ALSO:

SIKH MAN TO SUE AIRLINE, ISLIP FOR TURBAN INCIDENT
By Lauren Terrazzano, Newsday (New York, NY), 1/9/2002
http://www.newsday.com/ny-lisuit0109.story

A Family Court official who said he was twice barred from flights at 
Long 
Island MacArthur Airport in October because he refused to remove his 
turban 
during a security check has taken the first step toward suing the Town 
of 
Islip, which operates the airport.

Tejindar Singh Kahlon, 64, a practicing Sikh who lives in East Meadow, 
said 
yesterday that he also planned to sue Southwest Airlines on federal 
civil 
rights charges stemming from incidents in October in which he 
subsequently 
missed the wedding of a friend's daughter in Arizona...

...The potential lawsuit raises questions about the difficult balancing 
act 
between civil liberties and airport security in the post-Sept. 11 
world. It 
also comes amid a maelstrom of recent incidents in which Muslim or 
Sikhs 
have undergone increased scrutiny at airports...

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I.N.S. TO FOCUS ON MUSLIMS WHO EVADE DEPORTATION
By NEIL A. LEWIS, The New York Times, 1/9/2002
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/01/09/national/09DEPO.html

Justice Department officials said today that a new effort to find and 
deport people who have fled to avoid previous deportation orders would 
begin with tracking several thousand men from Muslim and Middle Eastern 
countries that have Al Qaeda presences.

The officials said although the men from Muslim and Middle Eastern 
countries constituted a small fraction of those who have ignored 
deportation orders, they would be the initial focus of efforts to 
locate 
evaders and expel them...

...Some civil liberties and Arab American advocacy groups questioned 
the 
fairness of that policy. A spokesman for the Council on 
American-Islamic 
Relations in Washington, Ibrahim Hooper, said the policy was greatly 
dismaying.

"If you add in this new policy," Mr. Hooper said in an interview, "with 
several others announced by this administration like their plans to 
question 5,000 Muslim men who are here legally, the effect is to create 
a 
perception in the Muslim and Arab American community that there is a 
two-tier legal system, one for the majority and another for the people 
who 
are Muslim or Arab American.

"Anybody who breaks the law and ignores a deportation order deserves to 
be 
arrested. But to single people out solely on their religion and 
ethnicity 
goes against longstanding values of equal protection of the law."

Before Sept. 11, the merest hint of using profiles to screen for 
potential 
wrongdoers was widely regarded as a violation of some elementary 
American 
value. But the debate has become more complex...

SEE ALSO:

U.S. TARGETS ARAB, MUSLIM MEN IN SWEEP FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS
By Nicholas Kulish and Gary Fields, The Wall Street Journal, 1/9/2002

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Justice Department is gearing up to locate Arab 
and 
Muslim men who have overstayed their visas as part of a broader push to 
crack down on illegal aliens in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist 
attacks...

...The policy has raised concerns of undue racial profiling in the hunt 
for 
terrorists. "We would ask for enforcement of the law across the board 
and 
not just singling out people based on their religion or ethnicity," 
said 
Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Washington-based Council on 
American-Islamic Relations. "At some point due process and legal 
procedures 
have to be followed..."

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COALITION CITES RIGHTS CONCERNS
Detainees, wiretap surveillance top list
By Deborah Barfield Berry, Newsday (New York, NY), 1/9/2002
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/ny-uscivi092542849jan09.story

Washington - Fearing the impact of Justice officials' sweeping new 
powers, 
national civil rights groups and Arab and Muslim organizations have 
formed 
a coalition to defend against practices they say violate people's civil 
liberties.

The coalition, which includes the American Civil Liberties Union, the 
Arab 
American Institute and the Black Leadership Forum, is calling for more 
congressional oversight, including hearings. It also is demanding that 
Justice Department officials release more information about the 500 
remaining detainees held for immigration violations and stop the 
questioning of 5,000 young male foreigners, most of whom are from 
Middle 
Eastern and Central Asian countries. The coalition will kick off its 
campaign with a rally Jan. 19 in Washington in commemoration of Dr. 
Martin 
Luther King Jr.'s birthday.

"There's a recognition among all these folks that we're all in the same 
boat and we can't sit back while one group gets singled out and think 
it's 
not going to happen to another," said Jason Erb, director of 
governmental 
affairs for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which is also 
part 
of the coalition.

The groups have raised concerns about legislation that expands Justice 
Department powers, including the authority to detain indefinitely 
noncitizens suspected of terrorism and to broaden wiretap 
surveillance...

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DC RALLY FOR CIVIL RIGHTS 1/19/2002

A broad coalition of civil rights groups will hold a rally on January 
19 at 
12:00 to 2:30 p.m., at the Washington DC Convention Center to draw 
attention to the damage done to civil liberties protections in the wake 
of 
new anti-terrorism legislation.

The coalition, including the CAIR, ACLU, National Action Network, MPAC, 
Mexican American Legal Defense Fund, AMC, People for the American Way, 
AAI, 
Black Leadership Forum, Blacks in Government, and other organizations 
will 
rally to remind Americans of the spirit of Martin Luther King.

"The civil rights gains of the 60s and 70s took place in the context of 
immense social change and a foreign war," said Jason Erb, Director of 
Governmental Affairs. "Dr. King recognized that civil rights and 
national 
security are not contradictory, but complimentary," said Erb.

CONTACT: Jason C. Erb, 202-488-8787, jerb@cair-net.org

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CONYERS CONDEMNS DISCRIMINATORY INS DEPORTATION POLICY

Rep. John Conyers, Jr, Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, 
issued the following statement in response to reports that the Justice 
Department will focus on Middle Easterners who have not complied with 
deportation orders:

"We must have a rational law enforcement policy to ensure that people 
who 
are issued deportation orders actually leave the country. The fact that 
there are over 300,000 people in the United States who have ignored 
deportation orders is indicative of INS's lack of resources to enforce 
our 
immigration laws. However, it is un-American to single out individuals 
for 
more aggressive law enforcement scrutiny on the basis of race, sex or 
national origin without evidence of criminal behavior.

A policy that focuses on finding people based on their national origin 
is 
short sighted as it will fail to meet its desired result - to protect 
America from terrorism. The Justice Department should not be using 
racial 
profiling; rather it should treat people in similar circumstances 
equally.  This decision by the Justice Department is just one more in a 
long list of decisions that use race or ethnicity as a determinative 
factor 
to guide law enforcement rather than focusing on specific evidence of 
criminal behavior."

SEND NOTES OF APPRECIATION TO:

Representative John Conyers, Jr.
Michigan 14th district
2426 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

TEL: 202-225-5126
FAX: 202-225-0072
E-MAIL: Rashad.Hussain@mail.house.gov
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

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EDITORIAL: HADDAD CASE SUSPICIOUSLY SECRET
The Michigan Daily, 1/9/2002
http://www.michigandaily.com/articles.php?uniqid=20020109e01

Rabih Haddad, a leader of the Ann Arbor Muslim community, was arrested 
on 
Dec. 14 by the Immigration and Naturalization Service on charges of 
overstaying his tourist visa. Since then he has been detained and has 
been 
denied bond on two separate occasions, the latest reasons proferred by 
the 
court being risk of flight and danger to society.

Haddad has visited the U.S. off and on for more then a decade and in 
that 
time has founded the Global Relief Foundation, taught at a local 
Islamic 
school, served as assistant to the leader of Ann Arbor's mosque and 
applied 
for permanent residency.

While it is within INS jurisdiction to arrest or detain visitors for 
overstaying visas, the elements of secret evidence, racial profiling 
and 
inconsistency indicate justice is not being served in this case...

...While the government warns that terrorism will undermine democracy 
and 
freedom, it should take care to uphold the civil liberties that are 
fundamental to those values.

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COMMUNITY FORUM ON DISCRIMINATORY BACKLASH - 1/16/2002

WHEN: Wednesday, January 16, 2002, Doors Open at 6:30 p.m., Program 
Begins 
at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: George Mason University Law School (Room 329), 3401 North 
Fairfax 
Drive, Arlington, VA, Orange Line Metro Stop - GMU/Virginia Square

* Has your child been harassed by other students, teachers, or 
administrators because of his or her race, national origin or religion?

* Have you been fired from your job or harassed at work because of your 
race, national origin, religion or citizenship status?

* Have you faced discrimination in boarding a plane or during a flight 
because of your race, national origin or religion?

* Have you, a member of your family, or your property been physically 
attacked because of your race, national origin or religion?

Since September 11, 2001, Arab, Muslim, South Asian and Sikh Americans, 
and 
others perceived to be members of these groups have experienced 
incidents 
of discrimination, including assaults, harassment and vandalism.

Please join staff from the Civil Rights Division and Community 
Relations 
Service of the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Equal Employment 
Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. 
Department of Transportation for a discussion about your rights and how 
to 
file a discrimination complaint with the appropriate agency. A question 
and 
answer period will follow agency presentations. Materials will be 
available, and staff will be present to receive complaints.

The law school is accessible.  For further accommodations, please 
contact 
Naheed Qureshi at (202) 514-3831 or at naheed.qureshi@usdoj.gov by 
January 
11, 2002.

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NEW BOOK: "TERRORISM AND THE CONSTITUTION"

Join Jim Dempsey and David Cole for a discussion of the war on 
terrorism 
and the future of civil liberties in conjunction with the publication 
of 
their newly revised and expanded "Terrorism and the Constitution: 
Sacrificing Civil Liberties in the Name of National Security" (First 
Amendment Foundation, 2002).

WHEN: Thursday, January 17, 2002, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Politics and Prose Bookstore,
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC

Dempsey and Cole's book, originally published in 1999, discusses the 
dangers of granting unchecked powers to the federal government in the 
war 
on terrorism. This new edition is fully revised, including a new 
chapter on 
the government's domestic response to the events of September 11.  It 
argues that much of the government's response is not only 
unconstitutional, 
but likely to be counterproductive in the war on terrorism.

David Cole is a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, legal 
affairs correspondent for The Nation, and a commentator on National 
Public 
Radio's All Things Considered.  Jim Dempsey was former assistant 
counsel to 
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights and is 
now 
deputy director of the Center for Democracy and Technology.

For more information about the book, contact Kit Gage at 202-529-4225.

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JURY SELECTION IN AL-AMIN CASE SEEN AS LONG, TEDIOUS
STEVE VISSER, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 1/9/2002
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/metro/alamin/010902.html

A population equivalent to a small town is expected to trudge through 
the 
Fulton County courtroom during this week as lawyers begin picking 
jurors in 
the high-profile trial of Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin.

A total of 1,500 people have been summoned for jury duty --- a number 
several lawyers said is the most they could remember being called for a 
criminal case in Fulton County.

"I've been doing this for well over 20 years, and I've never seen this 
number of jurors called before . . . not in Georgia," said Michael 
Mears, 
director of the Multi-County Public Defender Office. Al-Amin is on 
trial 
for his life on charges of murdering a deputy sheriff. He was once 
known as 
the 1960s militant H. Rap Brown --- who sparked legions of admirers and 
critics --- and now is a prominent Muslim cleric. The case against 
Al-Amin 
was scheduled for trial in September, but was postponed after the Sept. 
11 
terrorist attacks because of fears of a backlash...

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POLICE SEEK LEADS IN VANDALISM CASE
By Felix Hoover, The Columbus Dispatch, 1/8/2002
http://www.columbusdispatch.com
Search using the term "Islamic."

Law-enforcement officials are turning to the community for leads in the 
recent vandalism at the Islamic Center at 1428 E. Broad St.

Finding who caused the damage, which members discovered Dec. 30 when 
they 
arrived at the mosque for morning prayer, "is going to hinge on someone 
knowing something giving us a call," said Columbus Police Cmdr. Paul 
Denton. The FBI joined the investigation last week but has no comment 
about 
it, said Brian W. Lynch, supervisory agent for the bureau's Columbus 
office.

Damage to the mosque is estimated at $100,000. That includes torn 
Qurans 
and extensive water damage that occurred after the vandals ripped 
plumbing 
from a bathroom wall and stopped up a sink to flood the three-story 
building.

On Friday, Denton said, Muslim leaders told authorities about previous 
threatening calls and hate mail received at the mosque.

Most came shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center 
and 
the Pentagon, but one typewritten letter arrived about three days 
before 
the vandalism, said Jad Humeidan, executive director of the Ohio 
chapter of 
the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The letter warned mosque 
members 
to get out of the country...

...The Islamic Foundation, which manages the mosque, and the Islamic 
Society of Greater Columbus are offering a $5,000 reward for 
information 
about the vandalism. Columbus police are encouraging anyone with 
information to call Crime Stoppers, 614-645-TIPS (8477).

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MUSLIM COMMUNITY WEIGHS IN FOR FOOD BANK
By Brendan Richardson, Calgary Herald (Canada), 1/9/2002

The donation of 3,505 kilograms of food and $1,000 in cash Tuesday is a 
sincere gesture aimed at helping the city's less-fortunate, says a 
leader 
of Calgary's Muslim community.

In fact, the charity drive on behalf of the Calgary Inter-Faith Food 
Bank 
is in its fifth year. "We want to show people that this is what Islam 
is 
all about," said Nagah Hage, chairman of the Muslim Council of Calgary.

"Islam is a religion of peace, caring, sharing and compassion. Our 
values 
are to teach our children to be sympathetic towards the 
less-fortunate."

Monica Brinck, community co-ordinator for the Calgary Inter-Faith Food 
Bank, said: "We're very grateful for the donations, and we're extremely 
pleased to be in a partnership with the Muslim community.

"When it comes to helping hungry Calgarians, the Muslim community has 
always come through. This year is no different. They really are a part 
of 
this community..."

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CAIR CANADA JOINS FORUM ON FAITH AND THE MEDIA

On January 21, CAIR-CAN Executive Director Riad Saloojee will join a 
panel 
of media professionals to discuss media coverage of faith after 9/11. 
The 
event is sponsored by The Winnipeg Free Press and Department of 
Canadian 
Heritage. Admission is free. For further Information, call 204-667-1419

WHAT: Media Coverage of Faith After 9/11
WHEN: Monday, January 21, 7-9 p.m.
WHERE: Jubilee Place, 180 Riverton Ave., Winnipeg, MB

PANELISTS:
* Nick Hirst, Editor, Winnipeg Free Press
* Riad Saloojee, Executive Director, CAIR-CAN
* Kirk Lapointe, Senior VP, CTV News
* Gord Legge, Director, Centre for Faith and the Media

Moderated by Donald Benham, CBC Radio One

CONTACT: canada@cair-net.org

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A IS FOR ARABS
By George Rafael, Salon.com, 1/8/2002
http://www.salon.com/books/feature/2002/01/08/alphabet/index.html

 From algebra and coffee to guitars, optics and universities -- an 
alphabetical reminder of what the West owes to the People of the 
Crescent 
Moon.

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CAIR TO APPEAR ON C-SPAN'S "WASHINGTON JOURNAL"

CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper is scheduled to appear 
Thursday 
(1/10) morning on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" at 8 a.m. (Eastern) It 
is a 
call-in program. SEE: http://www.c-span.org/journal/

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 1/10/2002

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HEADLINES:

* HADITH/VERSE OF THE DAY: DOING GOOD
* QUOTE OF THE DAY: ANN COULTER ON PROFILING
* CAIR'S IBRAHIM HOOPER DISCUSSES DEPORTATIONS ON C-SPAN
* DC MAYOR VISITS MOSQUE TO LAUNCH FAITH-BASED INITIATIVE FOR 
EX-OFFENDERS
* WIDOW OF FLIGHT 93 HERO GIVES BIRTH TO HEALTHY BABY GIRL (AP)
* FACULTY LEADERS REFUSE TO BACK AL-ARIAN FIRING (St. Petersburg Times)
* OTHER NATIONS FIND 'TERRORIST' LABEL USEFUL (Christian Science 
Monitor)
         - MUSLIM IN AMERICA
* IN SOUTH AFRICA, MANY BLACKS CONVERT TO ISLAM (Christian Science 
Monitor)
         - 'ALLAH CAME KNOCKING AT MY HEART' (London Times)
* ENFORCEMENT OR WITCH HUNT? (Newsday)
* AL-HAZMI ABUSE TROUBLING TREND (Express-News)
* FBI SAYS WOMAN MADE FALSE STATEMENTS (AP)
* OHIO MAN WHO DROVE INTO MOSQUE SENTENCED (Reuters)
* DON'T BLAME ISLAM (Charlotte Observer)
* I AM AN AMERICAN MUSLIM WOMAN (Kansas City Star)

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HADITH/VERSE OF THE DAY: DOING GOOD

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon hi) said: "Doing good is having 
good 
manners. Doing evil is what troubles you inside and what you would not 
like 
others to know about."

Imam Bukhari's Book of Muslim Morals and Manners

"Bad and good are not equal, even though the abundance of the bad may 
dazzle you; so fear God, O people of understanding, that you may 
prosper!"

The Holy Quran, Chapter 5, Verse 100

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: ANN COULTER ON PROFILING

IF THE PROFILE FITS...
Townhall.com, 1/10/2002
http://www.townhall.com/columnists/anncoulter/ac20020110.shtml

"There is no principled basis for opposition to using Arab appearance 
as a 
factor in airport screening procedures."

POLITE COMMENTS TO: (Hostile comments will be used to harm the image of 
Muslims and Islam.)

CONTACT:

Lee Salem
Editorial Director
Universal Press Syndicate
4520 Main St, Ste 700
Kansas City, MO 64111-7701

E-MAIL: lsalem@uexpress.com, gmelvin@uexpress.com, 
amcdermott@uexpress.com, 
webmaster@uexpress.com, info@townhall.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

ANN COULTER'S BIO: http://www.uexpress.com/anncoulter/bio.cfm

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CAIR'S IBRAHIM HOOPER DISCUSSES DEPORTATIONS ON C-SPAN
http://www.c-span.org/journal/

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DC MAYOR VISITS MOSQUE TO LAUNCH FAITH-BASED INITIATIVE FOR 
EX-OFFENDERS

Washington, D.C., Mayor Anthony Williams is scheduled to speak January 
11 
at a local mosque to help launch "Re-Entry Weekend," a program designed 
to 
assist ex-offenders rejoin the community. Program sponsors have asked 
the 
faith community to partner with this initiative. Mayor Williams will 
address the mosque's congregation following Friday prayers.

WHEN: Friday, January 11, 12:45 p.m.
WHERE: Masjid Muhammad, 1519 4th Street NW (4th and New Jersey Ave. 
NW), 
Washington, D.C. (TEL: 202-483-8832)

CONTACT: Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency
TEL: 202-220-5320 or e-mail Gail Francois at gail.francois@csosa.gov

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WIDOW OF FLIGHT 93 HERO GIVES BIRTH TO HEALTHY BABY GIRL
The Associated Press, 1/10/2002

PRINCETON, New Jersey - Lisa Beamer, the widow of the man who 
confronted 
hijackers on the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania Sept. 11, has given 
birth to a healthy baby girl.

Morgan Kay Beamer was born Wednesday afternoon at Princeton Medical 
Center, 
Diane Morrow, a spokeswoman for the Todd M. Beamer Foundation, said 
Thursday. Morgan was Todd Beamer's middle name...

...Todd Beamer, 32, was one of several passengers aboard United Flight 
93 
who made phone calls to relatives or authorities, alerting them that a 
hijacking was taking place and saying they were making plans to fight 
back.

Beamer ended his conversation with a GTE operator by dropping his phone 
and 
saying, "Let's roll!" A short time later, the plane crashed into a 
field 
near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, killing all 44 on board...

...Lisa Beamer set up the Beamer Foundation to assist other children 
who 
lost parents on United Airlines Flight 93; her own family will not 
receive 
assistance from the fund.

The foundation's Web site asks that in lieu of baby gifts, those 
wanting to 
can make a donation to either the foundation or to a children's charity 
in 
the baby's honor.

ACTION REQUESTED:

Send donations to:

The Todd M. Beamer Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 32
Cranbury, NJ 08512
TEL: 1-866-BEAMER-23
FAX: 609-443-7912
E-MAIL: WBeatty@BeamerFoundation.org
URL: http://www.beamerfoundation.org

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FACULTY LEADERS REFUSE TO BACK AL-ARIAN FIRING
By BARRY KLEIN and BABITA PERSAUD, St. Petersburg Times, 1/10/2002
http://www.sptimes.com/2002/01/10/TampaBay/Faculty_leaders_refus.shtml

TAMPA - There were protestations, denunciations and arguments about the 
difference between free speech and hate speech.

One University of South Florida professor delivered a pointed lecture 
on 
the bad things that happen when universities fail to protect academic 
freedom. Others rose to say that academic freedom should offer no 
protection to Sami Al-Arian, the professor whose controversial 
statements 
had brought them here in the first place. But after more than two hours 
of 
debate Wednesday, a sizable majority of USF faculty leaders voted 
against a 
motion that would have endorsed president Judy Genshaft's recent move 
to 
fire Al-Arian, a tenured professor at USF for 16 years.

Instead, the Faculty Senate approved a resolution calling for the 
creation 
of a committee of professors to help deal with faculty discipline...

...Nancy Jane Tyson, a former president of the Faculty Senate, told 
members 
she thinks the university has deliberately exaggerated the security 
concerns generated by Al-Arian's public statements.

As evidence, she offered a police report on a death threat against 
Al-Arian 
called into USF's computer science department one day after his 
appearance 
on The O'Reilly Factor.

She said the university never disclosed that the caller phoned again 
about 
a half-hour later to apologize for the threat...

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OTHER NATIONS FIND 'TERRORIST' LABEL USEFUL
By Howard LaFranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, 1/10/2002
http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/0110/p2s1-usgn.html

America's zero-tolerance policy against terrorism is being adopted by 
other 
countries confronting protracted internal or regional conflicts - 
sometimes 
with negative consequences.

So far in Afghanistan, the US has demonstrated that blunt force can 
produce 
results. Now, other countries are tracing the American template: 
They're 
defining their own conflicts with a much heavier emphasis on 
"terrorism," 
and - as the US did with Afghanistan's Taliban regime - they're issuing 
ultimatums to adversaries to either topple "their" terrorists, or face 
war.

Israel, for example, lost little time after President Bush made the war 
on 
terrorism his central priority before it began labeling Palestinian 
leader 
Yasser Arafat a "terrorist." Russian President Vladimir Putin has made 
clear that he expects greater international understanding now of his 
country's equation of Chechen separatists with terrorists.

And now, India is seeking an international label for rival neighbor 
Pakistan - a key US ally in the war on terrorism - as a "terrorist 
state."

India's campaign in particular is forcing the US into a tricky 
diplomatic 
dance - and raising questions about how broadly the war on terrorism 
should 
be defined.

Just how the "terrorism" label is used could have far-reaching 
consequences. In some cases, it could provide a cover for internal 
crackdowns on dissident or minority groups. The label could also become 
the 
first step in ratcheting up already-dangerous cross-border conflicts...

SEE ALSO: MUSLIM IN AMERICA
http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/0110/p15s1-lire.html

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IN SOUTH AFRICA, MANY BLACKS CONVERT TO ISLAM
By Nicole Itano, The Christian Science Monitor, 1/10/2002
http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/0110/p13s1-woaf.html

When Bilal Motsau converted to Islam in 1976, he was considered an 
oddity 
in Soweto, a sprawling black township on the outskirts of Johannesburg 
that 
was once the center of anti-apartheid activism. In the South Africa of 
that 
period, Islam was practiced primarily by the country's small South 
Asian 
and Malay populations, and blacks considered it an "Indian" religion.

But these days, Mr. Motsau, who wears short, trimmed beard and a black 
and 
white prayer shawl over dark, Western-style clothes, is being joined in 
his 
faith by a growing number of South African blacks. Though still a small 
force in black townships, Islam is gaining a foothold in many black 
communities in this predominantly Christian country. The faith is 
attracting both poor shantytown dwellers who appreciate Islam's 
emphasis on 
charity, and young intellectuals attracted by the faith's focus on 
lifestyle and social reform...

SEE ALSO:

'ALLAH CAME KNOCKING AT MY HEART'
By GILES WHITTELL, The (London) Times,
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,7-2002010026,00.html

Anecdotal evidence suggests that there has been a surge in conversions 
to 
Islam since September 11, especially among affluent young white 
Britons.

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ENFORCEMENT OR WITCH HUNT?
By Bart Jones, Newsday (New York, NY), 1/10/2002
www.newsday.com/news/printedition/longisland/ny-liins10q2544305jan10.story

Groups favoring tighter controls on immigration yesterday praised a 
government crackdown on 6,000 Middle Eastern and Muslim men who 
overstayed 
their visas and ignored deportation orders.

The groups said it demonstrates that the Department of Justice may 
finally 
be getting serious about enforcing immigration laws.

"It's encouraging," said Dan Stein of the Federation for American 
Immigration Reform in Washington, D.C. "It's certainly a good start."

But Arab-American and Muslim groups said the action is unfair and a 
form of 
racial profiling. The 6,000 men being targeted are a fraction of the 
314,000 immigrants who are ignoring deportation orders, according to 
government officials. Most are Latin Americans, mainly Mexicans...

...A Department of Justice official who asked not to be named denied 
the 
government is targeting Middle Easterners and Muslims. He said that 
within 
a year all 314,000 names will be inserted into the database, but that 
authorities had to start somewhere. They chose nations where Osama bin 
Laden's al-Qaida terrorist network has cells. The network is believed 
responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks.

"You've got to set priorities," the official said. "We are at war, and 
we 
have to use every tool available."

Arab-American and Muslim leaders such as Majid said they don't dispute 
that 
immigrants issued deportation orders should leave the country. But they 
want the crackdown enforced uniformly.

"I call on the INS to do the same for other nationalities and not to 
zero 
in only on the Arab-Americans and Muslims," said Ghazi Khankan of the 
Islamic Center of Long Island in Westbury. "Otherwise it will be racial 
profiling and discrimination..."

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AL-HAZMI ABUSE TROUBLING TREND
By Jan Jarboe Russell, San Antonio Express-News
news.mysanantonio.com/story.cfm?xla=saen&xlb=1055&xlc=573871&xld=1055

You would think that by now the federal government would be tired of 
making 
Al-Badr M.H. Al-Hazmi its whipping boy. Apparently, however, there is 
no 
end to Al-Hazmi's harrowing experiences with the U.S. justice system.

Al-Hazmi, a Saudi Arabian doctor studying in San Antonio, was among the 
first Muslim men rounded up and jailed by the FBI after the Sept. 11 
attacks. Then he got the bull-in-the-china-shop treatment from the 
Immigration and Naturalization Service.

You would think that after holding Hazmi in jail for 13 humiliating 
days - 
seven of them without access to a lawyer - and then determining he had 
no 
connection to terrorism, the government would call off the dogs. 
Incredibly, his victimization continued...

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FBI SAYS WOMAN MADE FALSE STATEMENTS
The Associated Press, 1/10/2002

HOUSTON (AP) - A woman who contacted law enforcement officers and told 
them 
that her husband was a terrorist has been indicted on charges of making 
false statements to the FBI.

During a Dec. 19 hearing, an FBI agent said Shahlah Jaffer Hussain, 39, 
made up the story about her husband, Fouad Esshassah. The agent said 
Hussain was furious with her husband because he left town for an 
extended 
period without telling her where he was going.

Hussain was indicted on Jan. 2 for making the accusation.

Officials said Hussain contacted the FBI four days after the Sept. 11 
terrorist attacks claiming her husband received an e-mail three days 
before 
the attacks that included images of a skull, an airplane and the World 
Trade Center...

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OHIO MAN WHO DROVE INTO MOSQUE SENTENCED
Reuters, 1/9/2002

CLEVELAND, Ohio (Reuters) - A 29-year-old man who smashed his car into 
an 
Ohio mosque six days after the Sept. 11 hijacking attacks was sentenced 
Wednesday to a five-year prison term.

Eric Richley pleaded guilty in Cuyahoga County Court to burglary, 
ethnic 
intimidation, vandalism and drunk driving in the Sept. 16 incident in 
which 
he drove his car at high speed through the glass entrance of the 
Islamic 
Center of Greater Cleveland...

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DON'T BLAME ISLAM
The Charlotte Observer, 1/9/2002
http://www.charlotte.com/observer/opinion/pub/meckminrec0109.htm

Remember, Muslims also were victims of Sept. 11 terrorism

A statement of Mecklenburg Ministries regarding recent criticism of the 
Muslim faith:

These days, when love and acceptance are sorely needed, faith groups 
have 
reached out to those suffering from the tragedy of Sept. 11. People 
everywhere have showed a new kind of sensitivity and civility.

Remember, Muslims, too, have suffered from the attacks on New York and 
Washington. These attacks are all the more painful for them because 
extremists, apparently from their own religion, carried out the 
violence. 
Yet, the murderers of Sept. 11 do not speak for Islam. The violence 
they 
committed in the name of Allah does not admit to the universality of 
the 
Muslim faith.

A major tenet of most religions is respect for others. Too often, we 
hear 
the cries of extremists demeaning other faiths. No religion has 
exclusive 
access to God, other than the vision they themselves have fashioned. 
Religious figures who attack the faith and tenets of Islam exploit this 
linguistic difference only to capitalize on the sorrow we all feel. 
Using 
this time of grief to proselytize for their own benefit is insensitive 
and 
uncaring. It is itself an evil act.

They should adopt real leadership qualities by reaching out and make an 
effort to understand their Muslim brethren instead of declaring that 
their 
own faith is the only way...

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I AM AN AMERICAN MUSLIM WOMAN
By MAHNAZ SHABBIR, The Kansas City Star, 1/9/2002
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascitystar/news/opinion/2427372.htm

I am an American Muslim woman. These words are very powerful for me. 
Words 
I would never have said out loud, yet unquestionably that is who I am. 
Why 
would this be so difficult you ask? Would you have difficulty saying 
that 
you were an American Christian or Jewish woman? Probably not. Yet my 
identification as a first-generation American Muslim woman has been a 
struggle.

The events of Sept. 11 have caused more concern -- but the need to 
share 
and disperse misunderstandings is far greater...

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 1/11/2002

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HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: KINDNESS AND SIMPLICITY
* MOSQUE SHOOTING SUSPECT FOUND INNOCENT BY REASON OF INSANITY (AP)
* QUOTE OF THE DAY: ANN COULTER (AGAIN) ON PROFILING
* AMERICAN AIRLINES VS THE SECRET SERVICE (Antiwar.com)
         - BLACK, ARAB-AMERICAN LEADERS ASSAIL RACIAL PROFILING 
(Detroit 
Free Press)
* 2 JDL LEADERS ARE INDICTED BY U.S. GRAND JURY (Los Angeles Times)
* JUDGE DENIES AREA MUSLIM LEADER BOND AGAIN (Michigan Daily)
* VICTIMS OF HATE CRIMES RECOUNT HORROR STORIES (San Francisco 
Chronicle)
* EEOC SUIT SETTLED (Chicago Tribune)
* FEDERAL JUDGE IN SEATTLE REJECTS CHALLENGE TO MANDATORY BOWING IN 
JUDO (AP)
* OREGON MUSLIMS REACT TO CHARGES BY SEN. SMITH
         - SEN. SMITH'S CLAIMS OF TERRORIST SUPPORT IN STATE RAISE 
QUESTIONS (Oregonian)
         - STEVEN EMERSON'S CRUSADE (FAIR)
* AL-ARIAN NEWS CONFERENCE IN FLORIDA - 1/14
         - USF FACULTY UNION SUPPORTS AL-ARIAN (St. Petersburg Times)
* ST. LOUIS MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE
* TURKEY MULLS PILGRIMAGE BOYCOTT OVER DEMOLITION OF OTTOMAN FORT 
(Agence 
France-Presse)
* LIGHTER SIDE: TRUE COLOR OF THE COSMOS REVEALED, PALE GREEN (CNN)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: KINDNESS AND SIMPLICITY

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Be kind, for whenever 
kindness becomes part of something, it beautifies it. Whenever it is 
taken 
from something, it leaves it tarnished."

He also said: "Make things simple and do not complicate them. Calm 
people 
and do not drive them away."

Imam Bukhari's Book of Muslim Morals and Manners

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MOSQUE SHOOTING SUSPECT FOUND INNOCENT BY REASON OF INSANITY
The Associated Press, 1/11/2002

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A man who critically wounded a Muslim worshipper 
at a 
Memphis mosque nearly two years ago has been found innocent by reason 
of 
insanity and ordered to a mental institution for at least 60 days.

Brent Fong, 28, was charged with shooting and wounding mosque member 
Najeh 
Abdel-Karim, 28, during a confrontation outside the house of worship 
the 
morning of June 20, 2000.

Abdel-Karim sought refuge in the mosque - Masjid Al-Noor located near 
the 
University of Memphis - and his attacker fired into the building after 
him, 
police said...

"...He was tremendously disturbed," said psychologist Dr. Lynne Zager, 
who 
said she feared for her safety when interviewing Fong three days after 
the 
shooting. "He was psychotic."

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: ANN COULTER (AGAIN) ON PROFILING

AMERICAN MORNING WITH PAULA ZAHN 07:00, 1/11/2002

"We are looking for Muslims. We know that's what the next terrorist 
will 
be, and it's preposterous for airlines to be wasting everyone's time."

POLITE COMMENTS TO: (Hostile comments will be used to harm the image of 
Muslims and Islam.)

CONTACT:

Lee Salem
Editorial Director
Universal Press Syndicate
4520 Main St, Ste 700
Kansas City, MO 64111-7701

E-MAIL: lsalem@uexpress.com, gmelvin@uexpress.com, 
amcdermott@uexpress.com, 
webmaster@uexpress.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

ANN COULTER'S BIO: http://www.uexpress.com/anncoulter/bio.cfm

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AMERICAN AIRLINES VS THE SECRET SERVICE
Bush is right to be 'madder than heck'
By Justin Raimondo, 1/11/2002
http://www.antiwar.com/justin/j011102.html

It was Christmas Day, and Walied Shatter, a bodyguard to the President 
of 
the United States, couldn't get a flight to Dallas. Not that he didn't 
have 
a reservation, or a ticket: both had been made and paid for by his 
employer, the Secret Service, well in advance. The problem was the 
pilot: 
no way was he going to let an armed Arab male on his plane. According 
to 
Shatter's lawyer, John Relman, "Pure and simple, this is a case of 
discrimination. Our client believes he was denied the right to fly 
because 
he is an American of Arab descent." Informed of what had happened to 
his 
Secret Service bodyguard, George W. Bush said he would be "mad as heck" 
if 
the allegation of discrimination turned out to be true - and it wasn't 
long 
before the President's conservative supporters turned on him with a 
vengeance.

First up to bat was one Debbie Schlussel, a conservative columnist, who 
proclaimed "Three Cheers for Captain X!" Although "he's President 
Bush's 
least-favorite pilot," nevertheless "we should all applaud the 
embattled 
Captain 'X,' unnamed pilot of American Airlines Flight 363, who refused 
to 
allow a suspicious, belligerent, armed passenger to fly on his 
plane..."

...The woman is a harpy whose last vicious attack on a prominent 
Arab-American - a thoroughly misleading smear job on Rep. Darrell Issa 
(R-California) - almost ended in the death of its target. Schlussel's 
column smearing Issa as a supporter of terrorism - because he observed, 
in 
a congressional hearing, that Hamas runs an efficient charity 
organization 
- could arguably have been a factor in the recent attempt on Issa's 
life by 
the pro-Israel fanatic Irv Rubin and some other Jewish Defense League 
crackpot. Shortly after Schlussel's column came out, Rubin and his 
confederate were caught trying to bomb Issa's office, as well as a 
Southern 
California mosque.

Did she apologize then? Of course not. For this is precisely what 
Schlussel 
and the blindly pro-Israel faction of the conservative movement want: 
to 
import to our shores the tribal violence that makes life in Israel so 
miserable...

...Oh, those dirty rotten Arabs, so "self-important" - well, we know 
how to 
treat them in Israel, now don't we Debbie? The pure hate that emanates 
from 
Schlussel's poison pen is enough to send one reeling and choking...

...Schlussel's incitements are not an isolated case, unfortunately: the 
entire neoconservative apparatus is now mobilized behind a post-9/11 
campaign that runs directly counter to the President's war aims and 
strategy, one intent on inciting hatred against all Arabs...

...George W. Bush was not my choice for President. I oppose this war, 
and 
many if not most of the foreign policy stances taken by this 
administration. But I have to admit that the President has personal 
integrity of a sort that harkens back to an earlier era. He didn't have 
to 
travel to a mosque right after the 9/11 attacks and stand with Arab and 
Muslim Americans. He didn't have to explicitly warn against attacks on 
Americans or immigrants by other Americans, and he wasn't compelled to 
go 
out of his way to defend Walied Shatter. But he did, and for that he 
deserves a lot of credit, especially from the very people who will 
never 
give it to him - the yapping leftists who are marching "against war and 
racism..."

SEE ALSO: BLACK, ARAB-AMERICAN LEADERS ASSAIL RACIAL PROFILING
By NIRAJ WARIKOO, The Detroit Free Press
http://www.freep.com/news/locway/deport11_20020111.htm

Finding a common cause through civil rights, Arab-American and 
African-American leaders met Thursday in Detroit to denounce what they 
see 
as racial profiling against Middle Eastern men by the U.S. government.

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2 JDL LEADERS ARE INDICTED BY U.S. GRAND JURY
By DAVID ROSENZWEIG, The Los Angeles Times, 1/11/2002
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-000002681jan11.story

A federal grand jury indicted leaders of the militant Jewish Defense 
League 
on Thursday on charges of plotting to bomb the Muslim Public Affairs 
Council in Los Angeles, the King Fahd mosque in Culver City and a field 
office of U.S. Rep. Darrell E. Issa (R-Vista).

Irv Rubin, the JDL's national chairman, and Earl Krugel, the group's 
West 
Coast coordinator, could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted on 
the 
most serious charges in the nine-count indictment.

The pair, arrested by the FBI last month, were charged with conspiring 
to 
use a weapon of mass destruction against a U.S. government office, 
which 
carries a maximum life term. They also face charges of conspiracy, 
possession of a destructive device, attempted arson, possession of 
illegal 
weapons, and soliciting another JDL member to carry out the bombings...

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JUDGE DENIES AREA MUSLIM LEADER BOND AGAIN
By Jacquelyn Nixon, Michigan Daily, 1/11/2002
http://www.michigandaily.com/articles.php?uniqid=20020111n2

A federal immigration judge gave Immigration and Naturalization Service 
officials more time to build their case against Ann Arbor Muslim leader 
Rabih Haddad, who was once again denied bail and must remain behind 
bars as 
the federal government pursues evidence to support his removal from the 
country.

In what is being called an unusual course of action for federal 
proceedings, Haddad's hearing yesterday - similar to all his previous 
court 
appearances - was conducted behind closed doors, without the presence 
of 
media or the public.

...William Dance, a partner for Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, a 
firm in Troy that specializes in immigration, said he was surprised 
that 
Hacker had the bond hearing closed to the public. He said deportation 
hearings are normally open...

...Yesterday's decision was met with mixed reactions from some of the 
100 
people who protested outside the court.

"Public opinion and political representatives pushed the judge to say 
enough is enough and that you have to present evidence," said Tariq 
Colvin, 
a trustee of the Islamic Center of Ann Arbor.

"I think what this does is it brings us to a point, a fork in the 
road..My 
worry is that there is going to be some other angle they will come from 
that will potentially subvert the due process," Colvin said.

Nazih Hassan, vice president of the Muslim Community Association for 
Ann 
Arbor said the INS has had ample time to present its evidence.

"If they have something, please put it out in the open and we'll 
examine it 
and act accordingly," Hassan said.

Hassan said he was disappointed that the hearings remain closed to the 
public and media.

"The government is really alienating the Muslim and Arab community," 
Hassan 
said. "We're losing trust we have in the government..."

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VICTIMS OF HATE CRIMES RECOUNT HORROR STORIES
Rachel Gordon, The San Francisco Chronicle, 1/11/2002
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/01/11/MN80674.DTL

Life changed fast for Saif Ataya after the jetliners hijacked by 
terrorists 
slammed into the Pentagon and World Trade Center towers four months ago 
today.

First came the name-calling and death threats. Then the hateful 
graffiti 
and vandalism at his small San Francisco store. The breaking point, 
however, was when his 5-year-old daughter was called a terrorist on her 
schoolyard. "I was devastated," said Ataya, an Arab American who runs a 
corner grocery store in the city's quiet Eureka Valley neighborhood.

Ataya's post-Sept. 11 experience is part of a disturbing trend.

According to figures recited yesterday during a hearing at San 
Francisco 
City Hall, the number of hate crimes and cases of discrimination and 
harassment against Arab Americans and Muslims has soared nationwide 
since 
Sept. 11...

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EEOC SUIT SETTLED
The Chicago Tribune, 1/11/2002

Judge Blanche Manning entered a consent decree in U.S. District Court 
in 
Chicago, ending an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission religious 
discrimination lawsuit against Motorola. The EEOC alleged that in May 
2000 
Motorola failed to accommodate a request by two Muslim workers to leave 
work to attend prayer services and then fired them after they attended 
the 
services. The workers had been placed at a Motorola facility in 
Arlington 
Heights by a temporary agency. The consent decree requires the company 
to 
pay the two $60,000.

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FEDERAL JUDGE IN SEATTLE REJECTS CHALLENGE TO MANDATORY BOWING IN JUDO
The Associated Press, 1/11/2002

SEATTLE (AP) - Requiring judo contestants to bow before a picture of 
the 
founder of the Japanese martial art does not violate freedom of 
religion, a 
federal judge ruled.

In a 13-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lasnik said three 
Seattle-area residents could be required to observe the ritual while 
participating in competitions.

James and Leilani Akiyama, 17 and 14, and Jay Drangeid, 40, had fought 
the 
rule, saying it amounted to a religious ritual being imposed on them. A 
1997 injunction has allowed the three to compete in U.S. judo matches 
without performing the ritual.

"Virtually any restriction or regulation imposed by a public 
accommodation 
could impinge upon a person's religious beliefs," Lasnik wrote in 
dismissing the injunction Thursday...

"...We have a half-dozen Muslim kids who want to compete in the state 
championships coming up Jan. 26 and they can't compete because of their 
religious beliefs," Holm said.

Competitors in judo, which has its roots in Shintoism, bow several 
times 
during competitions, usually to a portrait of Jigoro Kano, the Japanese 
founder of the sport. Bowing is mandatory in international 
competitions.

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OREGON MUSLIMS REACT TO CHARGES BY SEN. SMITH

A news conference with spokespersons from the Council of Islamic 
Organizations of Oregon and South Washington and representatives of the 
interfaith community of Portland will be held Friday, January 11th, 
2002, 
at around 11 a.m, Koinonia House, 633 SW Montgomery and Broadway 
Streets, 
downtown Portland, across the street from PSU Smith Center.

CONTACT: Wajdi Said, Muslim Educational Trust Executive Director, at 
(503)
228-3754

In a statement issued today (1/10), [Oregon] Islamic leaders explained 
their response and the nature of their fundraising.

"The American Muslim community in Oregon and Southwest Washington 
believe 
that Senator Smith's allegations are all the more unfortunate because 
Senator Smith relies on national security concerns to avoid identifying 
the 
basis for his allegations and offering hard evidence, which means that 
all 
Muslim organizations are automatically suspect. By engaging in this 
type of 
campaign, Senator Smith adopts the tactics of the discredited Steven 
Emerson...

We believe that Senator Smith, who is up for reelection, is attempting 
to 
curry favor with the electorate by engaging in Muslim-bashing.  While 
such 
a tactic to exploit the September 11 tragedy and the current war on 
terrorism may improve his visibility with the electorate, it comes at a 
very high price to many already-marginalized citizens...

SEE: SEN. SMITH'S CLAIMS OF TERRORIST SUPPORT IN STATE RAISE QUESTIONS
By ASHBEL S. GREEN, The Oregonian, 1/11/2002

U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith's recent claim that Oregon has been a hub of 
terrorist fund-raising activities has perplexed local officials and 
left 
many questions unanswered.

Smith, R-Ore., citing unclassified information he learned in 
confidential 
security briefings, said terrorism-related fund raising has occurred in 
Corvallis and at Portland State University...

PSU officials said they knew nothing about Smith's claims.

"The article in this morning's Oregonian was the first that we had 
heard of 
the allegations and to our knowledge the university has not been 
contacted 
by any authorities concerning the allegations," said Jeanie-Marie 
Price, 
PSU's director of marketing and communications.

Some PSU students have set up an emergency meeting tonight on campus to 
deal with what they call Smith's "extremely irresponsible accusations," 
said Marc Hinz, a student senator and meeting organizer. Hinz said he'd 
like for Smith to issue a public apology...

...The possible Corvallis connection stems from "Jihad in America," a 
1994 
PBS documentary that said Muslim extremists in America were plotting an 
attack on the United States.

In the documentary, a man identified as a Palestinian said he raised 
$9,500 
for the cause in Corvallis.

Islamic groups have accused the producer, Steven Emerson, of trying to 
smear Muslims. Emerson received wider criticism in 1995 when he wrongly 
theorized a day after the Oklahoma City bombing that Arabs were 
responsible...

FOR BACKGROUND, SEE: STEVEN EMERSON'S CRUSADE - "Why is a journalist 
pushing questionable stories from behind the scenes?" By John F. Sugg - 
http://www.fair.org/extra/9901/emerson.html

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AL-ARIAN NEWS CONFERENCE IN FLORIDA - 1/14

Tampa Bay Coalition for Justice and Peace
Press Conference by Dr. Sami A. Al-Arian

A press conference will take place on Monday, January 14, 2002, at 1:30 
pm. 
Dr. Sami A. Al-Arian and his Attorney Robert McKee will release Dr. 
Al-Arian's response to USF's letter of intent to dismiss him from his 
tenured faculty position at the University. Several national and local 
organizations will be represented at the press conference including 
some of 
the largest Arab-American, Muslim and civil rights organizations in the 
country.

Place: The Civic Center on the Islamic Community of Tampa Compound 
located 
at 5901 E. 130th Ave. in Tampa (Directions: 130th Ave. is off 56th 
street 
between Fowler Ave. and Fletcher Ave.)

SEE ALSO: USF FACULTY UNION SUPPORTS AL-ARIAN
By BABITA PERSAUD, The St. Petersburg Times, 1/11/2002
http://www.sptimes.com/2002/01/11/TampaBay/USF_faculty_union_sup.shtml

TAMPA -- A union representing University of South Florida professors 
voted 
Thursday night to throw its full support behind fired professor Sami 
Al-Arian as he fights to regain his job at USF.

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ST. LOUIS MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE

Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis Invites our Friends and 
Neighbors 
To an Open House. An opportunity to have questions answered about: 
Islam, 
Islamic Cultures, and Muslims in the USA

WHEN: Saturday, January 19, 2002
There will be three sessions of approximately 1 1/2 hours starting at 9 
AM, 
Noon, and 3 PM.
WHERE: 517 Weidman Road, Manchester - MO (Across Queeny Park in West 
County)
CONTACT: For more information please contact Aisha Wilawan at 
636-394-7878 x-12

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TURKEY MULLS PILGRIMAGE BOYCOTT OVER DEMOLITION OF OTTOMAN FORT
Agence France-Presse, 1/11/2002

ANKARA, Jan 11 (AFP) - Turkey will consider the cancellation of 
pilgrimage 
trips by its citizens to Mecca and other Saudi Islamic religious sites 
amid 
a diplomatic spat with Saudi Arabia over the demolition of an ancient 
Ottoman fort in Mecca, the country's chief cleric has said.

In the popular Sabah daily on Friday, Mehmet Nuri Yilmaz, the head of 
the 
state-run religious affairs directorate, said the planned boycott of 
trips 
to the sites would not affect hajj trips already arranged for the 
February 
Eid al-Adha festival, as "this will create some legal problems."

Yilmaz said a government board would convene to discuss whether to 
cancel 
pilgrimage trips to Mecca by Turks outside the Eid al-Adha season, the 
most 
popular time for Muslims to travel to the holy lands...

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LIGHTER SIDE: TRUE COLOR OF THE COSMOS REVEALED, PALE GREEN
http://www.cnn.com/2002/TECH/space/01/10/color.cosmos/index.html

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453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 1/13/2002

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HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: COVERING FAULTS
* CAIR-PA SPONSORS SEMINAR ON ISLAM
* TURBULENCE ON FLIGHT 363: PRUDENCE, OR PROFILING? (Washington Post)
* RACIAL PROFILING MISFIRES AS TOOL IN WAR ON TERROR (Atlanta Journal)
* PROFESSOR'S TERRORIST LINKS DIVIDE UNIVERSITY IN TAMPA (Orlando 
Sentinel)
* FORUM: FOR AFGHANISTAN'S WOMEN, ISLAM IS THE ANSWER (Pittsburgh 
Post-Gazette)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: COVERING FAULTS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “One who covers up the 
failings of someone in this world will have his shortcomings covered up 
by 
God on the Day of Judgment.”

Riyadh us-Saleheen, 240

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CAIR-PA SPONSORS SEMINAR ON ISLAM

WHAT: CAIR-Central Pennsylvania (CAIR-PA) will conduct two seminars on 
Islam at the Bosler Free Library in Carlisle, Pa.The seminars will 
cover 
the following topics:

January 19 - Islam Between Rejection and Extremism - by Dr. Parvez 
Ahmed, 
Chair, CAIR-PA. Description: Islam is the path of moderation - the 
middle way.

January 26 - Muslim Women 2002: Ancient Relics or Friends of the Future 
- 
by Ms. Mumina Kowalski, Muslim Chaplain at the State Correctional 
Institution at Muncy, PA.

WHEN: January 19 and 26, from 1 to 3 p.m. each day.A question and 
answer 
session will follow the 1-hour presentations.

WHERE: The Bosler Free Library, 158 West High Street, Carlisle, PA 
17013

CONTACT: Ms. Tienya B. Smith, Assistant Director at 717-944-4713 
E-mail: 
tsmith@CCPA.net, or Dr. Parvez Ahmed at 717-730-4400 E-mail: 
pahmed11@home.com

CAIR-PA
P.O. Box 4516
Harrisburg PA 17111
TEL: 717-730-4400
FAX: 717-730-0856
E-MAIL: pahmed11@home.com

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TURBULENCE ON FLIGHT 363: PRUDENCE, OR PROFILING?
Secret Service Agent Rebuts Airline Account of Boarding Clash
By Darryl Fears, The Washington Post, 1/13/2002
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A37201-2002Jan12.html

As he sat in Seat 19B aboard American Airlines Flight 1191 to Dallas, 
Walied Shater said he had reason to smile. It was a work day, but he 
was 
dressed comfortably in a knit shirt, khakis and sneakers, plus he was 
collecting holiday pay for volunteering to protect the president on 
Christmas Day, when other Secret Service agents would rather take time 
off.

But events were about to happen at Baltimore-Washington International 
Airport that would wipe the smile off Shater's face. Minutes before 
takeoff, the airplane broke down. Shater had to leave his seat and walk 
to 
a gate next door to catch American Flight 363. The schedule change 
voided 
the E2 form he had filled out to carry his loaded handgun aboard the 
plane. 
He had to get another one. His troubles were about to begin.

In his first public statement since his ejection from the plane and the 
flurry of national news reports that followed, Shater rebutted 
American's 
contention that he was thrown off the plane for acting suspiciously and 
for 
being hostile after he was confronted for improperly filling out 
paperwork 
and not signing it.

"I was never told there was a problem with American's paperwork," 
Shater said.

"If someone had asked me, I could have told him that American Airlines' 
employees made the changes to the first form and that I was simply 
waiting 
for the gate agent to complete his portion of the second form before I 
completed and signed it."

Shater, an agent assigned to the Presidential Protection Division of 
the 
Secret Service, was on his way to Crawford, Tex., to guard President 
Bush. 
He would not comment directly to The Washington Post for this article. 
His 
statement, co-written by his attorney Christy E. Lopez of Relman and 
Associates in Washington, was provided yesterday via e-mail. Lopez said 
Shater believes he was pulled from the flight because he is Arab 
American 
and Muslim...

…Lopez said her client spoke out to give his version of the story and, 
thereby, widen the explanation of what happened aboard Flight 363: 
careful 
policing by the airline or a case of racial intolerance? Two federal 
agencies, the Department of Transportation, where Shater filed his 
complaint, and the Secret Service, where the airline filed its 
complaint, 
are investigating.

A third organization, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, filed 
a 
complaint with the airline in hopes of getting an apology for removing 
Shater from the plane…

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RACIAL PROFILING MISFIRES AS TOOL IN WAR ON TERROR
Cynthia Tucker, The Atlanta Journal, 1/13/2002
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/epaper/editions/today/opinion_c3140201428501021080.html

Sadly, American Airlines' shabby treatment of an Arab-American Secret 
Service agent has not dampened the growing enthusiasm for racial 
profiling 
as a standard security measure.

Among those still supporting this dubious security tool are many who 
ought 
to know better, including Jonathan Turley, a distinguished law 
professor at 
George Washington University and frequent media commentator. Even black 
Americans --- who know the indignities of racial profiling better than 
any 
other ethnic group --- have become enthusiastic supporters of the 
racial 
profiling of citizens of Middle Eastern or Arab backgrounds since Sept. 
11.

American Airlines has been applauded in many quarters for its actions 
toward Walied Shater, 33, a seven-year veteran of the Secret Service. 
Donald Carty, American Airlines' chief executive, issued a statement 
firmly 
supporting the actions of the pilot in denying Shater permission to 
fly. 
The pilot became alarmed after a flight attendant searched the agent's 
belongings and found a book with the word "Arab" in the title. 
Apparently, 
a person who is both armed and literate poses a grave threat…

…The practice is particularly offensive because security experts 
already 
know that it's utterly ineffective. A Justice Department report on 
"citizen-police contacts" in 1999 concluded:

"Although African-Americans and Hispanics were more likely to be 
stopped 
and searched, they were less likely to be in possession of contraband. 
On 
average, searches and seizures of African-American drivers yielded 
evidence 
only 8 percent of the time; searches and seizures of Hispanic drivers 
yielded evidence only 10 percent of the time; and searches and seizures 
of 
white drivers yielded evidence 17 percent of the time..."

…Given the environment, it seems likely that security personnel and 
immigration officials will come to rely more and more on the crudest 
methods --- physical features --- to determine those most likely to 
present 
a security risk. Since the terrorists who carried out the Sept. 11 
attacks 
were all young men of Middle Eastern or Arab heritage, the burden of 
intrusive searches, airline rejections and even detentions will fall 
heavily on young men who share that heritage (or who look as if they 
do, 
which could include large numbers of Latinos and African-Americans.)…

…Nor was racial profiling considered after the bombing of the Murrah 
federal building in Oklahoma. The FBI stepped up its surveillance of 
right-wing hate groups, but federal authorities did not adopt a 
strategy of 
stopping and searching all young white males entering federal 
buildings. 
Instead, the law enforcement strategy depended on old-fashioned 
investigation and intelligence-gathering.

Then as now, those strategies are far more effective than racial 
profiling.

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PROFESSOR'S TERRORIST LINKS DIVIDE UNIVERSITY IN TAMPA
By Scott Powers, The Orlando Sentinel, 1/12/2002
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/orl-asecterrorprof12011202jan12.story

TAMPA -- Anger, fear, charges of terrorism support, death threats and 
cries 
of trampled liberties are tearing at the University of South Florida as 
administrators there try to fire a tenured professor.

Sami Al-Arian, a 43-year-old Palestinian and associate computer-science 
professor, has been investigated by the FBI and the university on 
suspicions that he once supported Islamic extremists who may be 
involved in 
terrorism. He steadfastly denies any wrongdoing, insisting such 
accusations 
are based on old reports that have been investigated and dropped and 
are 
misunderstood when discussed out of the context.

He has never been charged with a crime or -- until now -- with breaking 
university rules.

But Al-Arian's alleged ties to terrorists nonetheless have caused havoc 
and 
fear on the USF campus. The climate has led school officials to 
conclude 
Al-Arian must go. And they're forcing him to fight for his job. Further 
aggravating USF leaders, Al-Arian has continued, against their wishes, 
to 
speak out about allegations of his past. And every time he does, the 
university fields more death threats.

The fight over his job has split the university. And it has gained 
national 
notoriety, becoming a touchstone for two causes that now clash at USF 
since 
the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks: campus safety concerns and freedom of 
speech…

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FORUM: FOR AFGHANISTAN'S WOMEN, ISLAM IS THE ANSWER
By Dalia Mogahed, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 1/13/2002
http://www.post-gazette.com/forum/20020113edmog13p7.asp
Dalia Mogahed, a writer living in Mt. Lebanon, is a contributor to 
Al-Jumuah, an English-language Islamic magazine. She is an MBA student 
at 
the Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh.

After 20 years of ceaseless war and famine, the women of Afghanistan 
must 
heal themselves, and ultimately their nation, by rediscovering their 
identity as empowered, dignified Muslim women.

To many, such an assertion seems like an exact reversal of the truth. 
After 
so much suffering, some think, the last thing these women need is more 
of 
what apparently caused it. However, a brief look at history and women's 
rights through a correct understanding of Islam paints quite a 
different 
picture.

It was Islam, in the 7th century, that established women's spiritual 
and 
intellectual equality with men. Muslim women were granted the right to 
vote, own property, inherit, receive a higher education and even run a 
business in which men were subordinates.

These teachings were immediately put into practice, where 1,400 years 
ago 
women played an active political role, not only voting for their 
leader, 
but also advising him. The Prophet Mohammed's wife, Khadijah, was one 
of 
the most successful businesswomen in Mecca, employing many men, 
including 
at one point the Prophet himself. Aisha, whom the Prophet married some 
years after the death of Khadijah, became a scholar of Islam. A man of 
the 
time described her by saying, "I have not seen a greater scholar than 
Aisha 
in the learning of the Koran, shares of inheritance, lawful and 
unlawful 
matters, poetry, literature, Arab history and genealogy." It was not 
surprising, then, when the world's first institution of higher 
education -- 
Al-Azhar Islamic University, founded in Cairo in 969 A.D. -- was named 
after a woman, Fatima al-Zahraa…

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 1/14/2002

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HEADLINES:

* VERSE/HADITH OF THE DAY: THE MIDDLE WAY
* OHIO MUSLIMS MEET WITH DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE OFFICIALS
* PROFILING IS 'FLAWED' TOOL TO BEAT TERROR (Washington Times)
* GOVERNMENT ZIPS ITS LIPS ON FROZEN FUNDS (St. Petersburg Times)
         - DETAINED MUSLIM LEADER TO BE MOVED (AP)
         - AN OPEN LETTER TO 'LADY LIBERTY' (Ann Arbor News)
* SEEKING UNDERSTANDING (Kansas City Star)
* WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT ISLAM? ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ASK (Newsday)
* BANK ACCUSED OF PROFILING (Seattle Times)
* MUSLIM YOUTHS COLLECT FOOD (NY Daily News)
* AWARENESS OF ISLAM AIM OF DIVERSITY EFFORT AT FORD (AP/Chicago 
Tribune)
* RESOURCES: U.S. POLICY TOWARDS PALESTINE AND ISRAEL SINCE 1945

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VERSE/HADITH OF THE DAY: THE MIDDLE WAY

"And thus have We willed you to be a community of the middle way, so 
that 
[with your lives] you may bear witness to the truth before all 
mankind..."

The Holy Quran, Chapter 2, Verse 143

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "So be moderate in your 
religious practices and do the deeds that are within your ability..."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, 7:577

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CAIR-OHIO MEETS WITH DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE OFFICIALS

(COLUMBUS, OH) - Representatives of central Ohio Islamic organizations 
met 
recently with Department of Justice officials to discuss issues of 
concern 
to the Muslim community in that state.

Regional directors of the FBI and INS, and the Deputy Chief of Columbus 
Police Department met with representatives of the Ohio Chapter of 
Council 
on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio), the Islamic Foundation of 
Central Ohio, the Islamic Society of Greater Columbus, and the Muslim 
Community Center. Meeting participants discussed recent vandalism at 
the 
Islamic Center of Columbus and proposed measures to prevent similar 
incidents from occurring in the future.

Central Ohio Muslim groups will organize a follow-up community forum.

CONTACT: TEL: 614-451-3232 E-MAIL: ohio@cair-net.org

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PROFILING IS 'FLAWED' TOOL TO BEAT TERROR
By Tom Carter, The Washington Times, 1/14/2002
http://www.washtimes.com/world/20020114-3407892.htm

Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on 
Civil 
Rights, answered by e-mail a list of questions from reporter Tom Carter 
on 
airport security, racial profiling and civil rights.

Question: Profiling, including racial profiling, is being used by 
security 
agents at airports in Europe to screen people to identify potential 
threats 
to passenger safety. Is there anything wrong with that? Does it violate 
any 
U.S. civil rights laws?

Answer: Racial profiling is a flawed law-enforcement tactic and a 
flawed 
tactic in the war on terrorism. It is inefficient, ineffective and 
violates 
core American values, including the constitutional guarantee of equal 
protection. President Bush has condemned all forms of racial profiling, 
both before and after September 11, and I commend him for that stance. 
Bipartisan legislation to ban racial profiling is pending in Congress 
and I 
urge its enactment.

While there is widespread agreement that the practice of racial 
profiling 
is unacceptable in routine law-enforcement activities, it is just as 
much 
an unsound tool to combat terrorism. Profiling rests on the erroneous 
assumption that any particular individual of one race or ethnicity is 
more 
likely to engage in misconduct than any particular individual of other 
races or ethnicities...

...Profiling is a crude substitute for behavior-based enforcement and . 
. . 
invites screeners to take a less vigilant approach to individuals who 
don't 
fit the profile, even if they engage in conduct that should cause 
concern. 
This is especially true of appearance-based profiles which may lead law 
enforcement officers to "rule out" individuals on first glance and not 
look 
more closely at suspicious conduct. Profiling creates a sense of 
security 
that could easily be proven false - with tragic consequences...

...Finally, racial profiling violates the most fundamental civil rights 
law: the U.S. Constitution. A government policy that discriminates 
against 
individuals on the basis of race must be narrowly tailored in 
furtherance 
of a compelling government interest. While there is no doubt that 
preventing terrorism is a compelling interest, reliance on inaccurate 
generalizations is not a narrowly tailored way to achieve that goal...

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GOVERNMENT ZIPS ITS LIPS ON FROZEN FUNDS
By MARY JACOBY, The St. Petersburg Times, 1/13/2002
http://www.sptimes.com
Search using the term "Haddad."

Last month, federal agents raided the suburban Chicago offices of 
Global 
Relief Foundation, a Muslim charity. They carted away files, froze bank 
accounts and put the charity's founder in jail, where he awaits 
deportation 
on immigration charges.

The Bridgeview, Ill., charity is "suspected of funding terrorist 
activities 
linked to al-Qaida and other associated groups," said Tasia Scolinos, a 
Treasury Department spokeswoman. It is under investigation.

But that's all the government will say. Under authority of the Patriot 
Act, 
the expansive new antiterrorism law enacted in response to the Sept. 11 
attacks, no further public explanation is required. A federal judge 
issued 
a criminal search warrant against Global Relief, but the government's 
reasons for raiding the charity Dec. 14 remain under seal.

"They've said nothing to us except that they have a reason for what 
they 
did, and it's classified," said Global Relief's attorney, Roger 
Simmons.

Civil libertarians are watching cases like Global Relief closely for 
signs 
the government will not abuse its new powers...

...Simmons, Global Relief's attorney, has mounted an energetic campaign 
to 
clear the charity's name. He has sued the New York Times, ABC News, the 
Associated Press and other news organizations for reporting on the 
charity's alleged ties to terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden.

And he has chastised the government for, he says, trying to scare 
donors 
away from Global Relief on the basis of classified information the 
charity 
cannot view or rebut.

Simmons has written to Rob Nichols, a Treasury Department spokesman, 
protesting Nichols' Dec. 26 statement on National Public Radio that 
"clear, 
credible information that we simply cannot share with you" suggests 
Global 
Relief funds terrorism.

"I don't believe donors now armed with this information will be 
providing a 
lot of resources to these entities," Nichols said in the interview.

In a letter to Nichols, Simmons complained that such statements are 
meant 
to destroy the charity's donor base. He again asked to be shown the 
evidence against Global Relief.

"It is interesting you have said the donors are 'armed with 
information' 
when (Global Relief) has not been armed with any such information," he 
wrote.

Nichols said the Patriot Act makes clear the government's authority to 
use 
classified information in terrorism-related investigations...

...Meanwhile Global Relief's co-founder, a Lebanese man named Rabih 
Haddad 
who had been living in Ann Arbor, Mich., remains jailed for overstaying 
a 
tourist visa. The government is working to deport him.

His attorney has said that Haddad should not be deported because 
although 
his visa had expired, he had applied for permanent U.S. residency and 
was 
awaiting resolution.

SEE ALSO:

DETAINED MUSLIM LEADER TO BE MOVED
The Associated Press, 1/14/2002

DETROIT (AP) - The founder of an Islamic charity accused of funding 
terrorist activities is now in the custody of U.S. Marshals after being 
held by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, a federal official 
said 
Monday.

Lou Stock of the U.S. Marshals Service said officials were in the 
process 
of moving Rabih Haddad to Chicago.

He would not comment on the changes and referred questions to the U.S. 
Attorney's office in Chicago, which had no comment.

Haddad, 41, of Ann Arbor, had been held in the Monroe County Jail on a 
visa 
violations charge since Dec. 14. He recently was taken to an 
undisclosed 
location, The Ann Arbor News reported...

AN OPEN LETTER TO 'LADY LIBERTY'
By Rabih Haddad, Than Ann Arbor News, 1/13/2002
http://aa.mlive.com/columns/index.ssf?/news/stories/20020113aletters113.frm

My Dear Sweet Lady:

You don't know me, yet I am one of your forsaken sons. In my dreams you 
come to me with promises of freedom and great aspirations, in a land 
far 
away. "One nation, indivisible, under God," you said. "Life, liberty, 
and 
the pursuit of happiness were guaranteed to all," you said. "A land 
where 
justice is blind," you said. Your words swept me up in a tornado of 
hope, 
dreams, and inspiration. I answered your call and came to you with open 
arms, and oh, what a sight you were! Standing tall over the world, 
holding 
your torch like a beacon, calling stray ships on a turbulent ocean to 
safe 
harbor.

It was then that I pledged to you that I will uphold and practice the 
values that you stand for. Little did I know that I will be persecuted 
in 
your name, and little did you know what your children were doing behind 
your back, some wittingly, but most unwittingly. They are afraid, my 
dear 
Lady, and fear almost always begets hate...

...Come what may, I will hold true to the pledge I made to you, "truth" 
and 
"justice" will ultimately prevail! With love and hope,

Your forsaken son,
Rabih Haddad
Monroe County Jail

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SEEKING UNDERSTANDING
The Kansas City Star, 1/14/2002

In an effort to dispel stereotypes about Muslims, the Islamic Society 
of 
Greater Kansas City held its first open house Saturday.

"After Sept. 11, it seemed the world was going crazy about who these 
Muslims are - these terrorists," said Khalid Kabbati, a member of the 
mosque at 8501 E. 99th St.

Visitor Betty Waite of Raymore said it was unfortunate that many people 
do 
not accept Islam.

"I'm interested to know what the Islamic people do believe," Waite 
said. 
"I'm sure it's not to blow up the world."

The open house featured tours, calligraphy, food and demonstrations of 
the 
salat, the obligatory prayers that are said five times a day.

Tour guide Belqis Safi said she hoped for a society in which everyone 
can 
live in peace...

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WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT ISLAM? ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ASK
By Romena Yusuf, Newsday (New York, NY), 1/14/2002
http://www.newsday.com/news/opinion/ny-vpyus142550027jan14.story
Romena Yusuf is in the 11th grade at John Bowne High School in Flushing

WHEN MANY people think of the word Islam today, they think of 
terrorism, 
but this is not what the religion is really about. In English, the word 
Islam means "complete resignation to the divine will or command."

There are five beliefs, which are known as the five pillars of Islam. 
The 
first pillar is to believe in one God and that's "Allah." The second is 
the 
daily prayer, which is done five times a day. The third is to help the 
poor. The fourth is to fast during the holy month of Ramadan and the 
fifth 
is to visit the holy city of Mecca once in your lifetime, if you can 
afford 
it. Ramadan is the Muslims' holiest month because it is the month when 
the 
holy Quran was revealed to the people. The rules for fasting during 
Ramadan 
are no eating, drinking or smoking from sunrise to sunset. People are 
not 
to use foul language or lie. Those who are sick do not have to fast, 
but 
they are each required to feed one person two meals a day for 30 days 
if 
they can afford it.

To convert to Islam, all you have to do is go to a mosque and ask the 
priest to convert you. He'll give you an Islamic name and teach you the 
beliefs. Then he will tell you that you should not change the religion. 
"Once a Muslim always a Muslim." Every day people change their religion 
to 
Islam...

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BANK ACCUSED OF PROFILING
By Florangela Davila, The Seattle Times, 1/12/2002
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/home/
Search using the term "profiling."

Seattle businessman Hussain Alshafei operates Alshafei Family Connect, 
a 
money-wiring business popular among immigrants wanting to send money to 
family members in Iraq.

For more than two years, Alshafei, 34, has banked with Bank of America 
without any problems.

But last month, the bank sent him a letter saying it was closing his 
account Jan. 10. "We regret we must take this action," stated the Dec. 
11 
letter, which gave no reason for the closure.

In this post Sept. 11-world, when nothing is taken for granted, 
Alshafei, 
an Arab and a Muslim, says he suspects he is the latest victim of 
ethnic 
profiling.

Bank of America, he says, "had helped and respected me a lot."

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MUSLIM YOUTHS COLLECT FOOD
By RALPH R. ORTEGA, New York Daily News, 1/14/2002
http://www.nydailynews.com/2002-01-14/News_and_Views/City_Beat/a-138115.asp

Zena Mourabet, 7, hands off to Miran Ebrahim, 14, at Islamic Center of 
Long 
Island in Westbury yesterday to go onto Island Harvest truck.

"Islam means love," said the 17-year-old Muslim from East Northport as 
the 
food was driven off to feed the hungry in Suffolk and Nassau counties.

Khan and other youths from the Islamic Center of Long Island, a 
Westbury 
mosque, set out to defend their faith after the Sept. 11 terrorist 
attacks.

The result was the largest collection ever for the mosque's third 
annual 
food drive.

Despite a backlash against Muslims after the attacks, congregants 
responded 
generously, donating 3,000 pounds of canned food and nonperishable 
goods 
during the fasting month of Ramadan...

...Muslims practice charity as one of the "five pillars of Islam." The 
others are faith, prayer, self-purification, and the pilgrimage to 
Mecca 
for those who are able...

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AWARENESS OF ISLAM AIM OF DIVERSITY EFFORT AT FORD
By Ed Garsten, The Associated Press, 1/13/2002
http://www.chicagotribune.com/
Search using the term "Islam."

DEARBORN, Mich. -- The speaker was nearing the end of his lunch-hour 
talk 
on the basics of Islam, and his audience--about 60 Ford Motor Co. 
employees--was beginning to get a little fidgety.

Then he uttered what amounted to verbal caffeine: "On Sept. 11..."

Mohamed E.M. El-Sayed, a Kettering University professor who is an imam, 
a 
Muslim spiritual leader, was trying to help the gathering of white, 
black, 
Hindu, Hispanic and Muslim employees understand how the terrorists who 
carried out the attacks on Sept. 11 may have used Islam as a rationale.

"There is a clear verse in the Koran: Fight those who fight you," 
El-Sayed 
said. He said the terrorists may have confused the Koran's definition 
of 
"fight" with "kill." The Koran forbids killing anything, even a tree, 
he said.

Not everyone accepted the explanation, but they were listening closely.

Although efforts to raise employee awareness of ethnic and minority 
issues 
aren't new at Ford or at competing automakers' plants, a greater focus 
on 
Islam has developed since the attacks. Dearborn is in an area that is 
home 
to one of the country's largest communities of Arab-Americans and 
Middle 
Eastern immigrants, many of whom are Muslim.

After Sept. 11, the need for a series of "Islam 101" sessions became 
acute 
at Ford, said Mona Abdelall, a 17-year employee who heads the Ford 
Interfaith Network, an umbrella group representing seven religious 
groups 
within the company.

"We found we had so many questions to answer, we formed a task force to 
come up with Islam 101 to understand what Islam is all about," Abdelall 
said...

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RESOURCES: U.S. POLICY TOWARDS PALESTINE AND ISRAEL SINCE 1945
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/style/longterm/books/chap1/fallenpillars.htm

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 1/15/2002

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HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: KNOWLEDGE LEADS TO PARADISE
* CALIF. MUSLIMS HOLD TOWN HALL MEETING WITH DOJ OFFICIALS
* TIDES OF SUPPORT BUOY A CITY'S DISPLACED MUSLIMS (Christian Science 
Monitor)
* 2 MUSLIM CHARITIES GET U.S. SUBPOENAS (Chicago Tribune)
* CIVIL LIBERTIES (City News Service)
* DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE INSPECTOR GENERAL NAMES OFFICIAL TO COORDINATE
REVIEW OF CIVIL RIGHTS & CIVIL LIBERTIES COMPLAINTS
* GORDON SMITH: SPECIAL OP OR LOOSE CANNON? (The Oregonian)
* AL-AMIN JURORS SCREENED FOR BIAS (Atlanta Journal)
* AL-ARIAN PLEDGES TO FIGHT FOR JOB (St. Petersburg Times)
* CIVIL RIGHTS COALITION CELEBRATES DR. KING'S LEGACY
* CAL STATE DOMINGUEZ HILLS TO BROADCAST COURSES IN ISLAMIC AND MIDDLE 
EASTERN CULTURE, CIVILIZATION AND POLITICS (Business Wire)
* SEN. LIEBERMAN: AFGHANISTAN AND THE NEXT STEPS IN THE WAR AGAINST 
TERRORISM
* THE ATHEIST-CHRISTIAN ALLIANCE (American Prospect)

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* HADITH OF THE DAY: KNOWLEDGE LEADS TO PARADISE

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “One who treads a path 
in 
search of knowledge has his path to Paradise made easy by God…”

Riyadh us-Saleheen, 245

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CALIF. MUSLIMS HOLD TOWN HALL MEETING WITH DOJ OFFICIALS

CAIR-LA invites community members to participate in a town hall meeting 
with officials from three key branches of the Department of Justice:

- United States Attorney
- Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)
- Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)

The Town Hall meeting will address several issues such as:

- Racial profiling
- The closure of Muslim charity organizations
- Secret evidence/Detentions
- Status of Immigrants who overstayed their visa
- Status of hate crime investigations related to the backlash from the
9/11 attack

WHEN: Saturday, January 19, 2002, 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.

WHERE: The Holiday Inn Select, 14299 Firestone Blvd, La Mirada, CA 
90638, 
Tel: 714-739-8500 (for direction only)

To confirm your attendance or for more information, please contact:
Ra'id Faraj at CAIR-LA, Tel: 714-776-1847, E-Mail: 
CAIR_SCA@cair-california.org

Sponsoring organizations include: The Council on American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR); The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC); The
Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC); The Arab American
Republican Club of Orange County; The Arab American Democratic Club of
Orange County; and others.

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TIDES OF SUPPORT BUOY A CITY'S DISPLACED MUSLIMS
When vandals rendered an Ohio mosque unusable, a nearby church offered 
to 
house its Islamic school.
By Dave Ghose, The Christian Science Monitor, 1/15/2002
http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/0115/p2s2-ussc.html

…Here in Columbus, Ohio, a displaced Islamic school has found an 
unusual 
new home - a Congregational church. For the next several months, nearly 
130 
young Muslims will learn about the Koran and the prophet Muhammad in 
the 
same place where Christians will be taught about the gospels and Jesus 
as 
Savior.

This unprecedented arrangement comes on the heels of the city's most 
notorious example of post-Sept. 11 bigotry. In late December, vandals 
caused $100,000 in damage to the city's oldest mosque, leaving nearly 
500 
worshippers and the city's only Islamic school without a home. But 
within 
hours, donations and letters of support flooded the mosque, members of 
other faiths condemned the attack, and Christian churches and a nearby 
synagogue offered to house the center's Islamic Weekend School…

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2 MUSLIM CHARITIES GET U.S. SUBPOENAS
By Laurie Cohen, The Chicago Tribune, 1/15/2002
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0201150019jan15.story

Representatives of two southwest suburban Muslim charities whose assets 
were frozen last month by the U.S. Treasury Department have been 
subpoenaed 
to testify before a federal grand jury in Chicago.

The grand jury involvement appears to indicate that prosecutors may be 
considering criminal charges in addition to financial sanctions against 
the 
groups, which have been accused of funneling money to Osama bin Laden's 
Al 
Qaeda network.

On Monday a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago 
declined to 
comment.

Lawyers for the charities--Benevolence International Foundation and 
Global 
Relief Foundation--denied any links to terrorism and said Islamic 
charities 
have faced intense scrutiny because of political pressure in the wake 
of 
the Sept. 11 attacks.

Matthew Piers, a lawyer for Benevolence International, said one of the 
group's former employees was among those subpoenaed, although no date 
has 
been set for testimony. A Global Relief employee who received a grand 
jury 
subpoena was questioned by FBI agents and subsequently excused from 
testifying, according to Roger Simmons, a lawyer for that group.

Also Monday, Rabih Haddad, Global Relief's chairman, who had been 
detained 
in Michigan on visa violations since the government shut down the 
charity, 
was moved to the Chicago by the U.S. Marshals Service. A spokeswoman 
for 
the service in Chicago declined to comment on the reason Haddad was 
moved 
but said he would be held in the Metropolitan Correctional Center...

SEE ALSO: MARSHALS TAKE CUSTODY OF HADDAD
http://www.michigandaily.com/articles.php?uniqid=20020115n01

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CIVIL LIBERTIES
By ALEX DOBUZINSKIS, City News Service, 1/14/2002
http://www.socalnews.com/

Community leaders and an ACLU attorney expressed concern today over the 
detention and deportation of Muslims and Arabs since Sept. 11.

"The violation of civil liberties is an addictive behavior. If we allow 
it, 
it will increase. It will not diminish," said Dr. Maher Hathout, senior 
adviser with the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Hathout said his 
organization has assembled a diverse panel to show that the violation 
of 
civil liberties is a concern to "all Americans."

In addition to members of MPAC, the panel includes: attorney Stephen 
Rohde 
of the ACLU; Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Council on 
American- 
Islamic Relations; Ken Fujimoto of Los Angeles Metropolitan Organizing 
Strategy; and Mark Masouka of Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress...

…The ACLU and other groups filed a request in federal court Dec. 5 
under 
the Freedom of Information Act to obtain information on the 425 people 
being detained without charge. Rohde said the ACLU wants to find out 
their 
names and why they are being detained.

Rohde said the ACLU also will challenge the planned deportation of the 
6,000 people singled out from the general population of illegal 
immigrants.

Ayloush said the U.S. Patriot Act was an "assault on the Constitution," 
and 
it violated the principle of due process and allowed for secret 
evidence to 
be used against defendants…

…Ayloush said CAIR will ask Congress to create a citizens commission 
made 
up of academics and civil rights leaders, who would monitor the state 
of 
civil liberties. Ayloush said there should also be a congressional 
committee to monitor the application of the U.S. Patriot Act…

…Masouka, recalling the forced detention of Japanese-Americans during 
World 
War II, said, "One lesson our community has learned: that we must not 
let 
any other community be targeted, isolated or vilified as we have been."

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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE INSPECTOR GENERAL NAMES OFFICIAL TO COORDINATE
REVIEW OF CIVIL RIGHTS & CIVIL LIBERTIES COMPLAINTS

For Immediate Release
Contact:Paul K. Martin (202) 514-3435

January 9, 2002 (Washington, D.C.) - Glenn A. Fine, Inspector General 
of 
the U.S. Department of Justice, today announced the appointment of an 
official to implement a provision of the recently enacted 
anti-terrorism 
law that provides a forum for individuals alleging that Department 
employees have violated their civil rights or civil liberties.

Section 1001 of the USA Patriot Act, signed into law by the President 
on 
October 26, 2001, directs the Inspector General (IG) to designate an 
official to review information and receive complaints alleging abuses 
of 
civil rights and civil liberties by Department of Justice employees. In 
addition, the IG is required to advertise through various media the 
responsibilities and functions of - and how to contact - this official.

"Historically, the Office of the Inspector General has had 
responsibility 
for investigating allegations of misconduct by Department of Justice 
employees," said IG Fine."The USA Patriot Act focuses attention on the 
fact 
that individuals who believe that a Department employee has violated 
their 
civil rights or civil liberties have a place to send their misconduct 
allegations," Fine said.

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has created a special section 
in 
its Investigations Division to process these complaints. This section 
will 
identify the more serious civil rights and civil liberties allegations 
and 
assign them to one of 17 OIG Investigations Division field offices 
across 
the country for investigation. The OIG will refer other complaints to 
Department components for their review and handling. In addition, IG 
Fine 
said the OIG also may conduct audits, inspections, and special reviews 
to 
exam systemic issues related to Department practices implicated by the 
complaints received.

The OIG is recruiting to fill the position of Special Counsel to 
oversee 
and coordinate the OIG's response to the Patriot Act directive. In the 
interim, IG Fine has appointed Paul K. Martin, who serves as Counselor 
to 
the Inspector General, as the acting official mandated by the 
legislation.

Individuals who believe that their civil rights or civil liberties have 
been violated by a Department of Justice employee - such as an employee 
of 
the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Federal Bureau of 
Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, or the United States 
Marshals 
Service - can e-mail the complaint to: inspector.general@usdoj.gov, or 
fax 
the complaint to the OIG at (202) 616-9898, or write the OIG at:

Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Complaints
Office of the Inspector General
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20530

Finally, individuals also can call the OIG's toll-free Hotline at 
1-800-869-4499 to hear information about how to send a complaint to the 
OIG.

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GORDON SMITH: SPECIAL OP OR LOOSE CANNON?
By STEVE DUIN, THE OREGONIAN, 1/13/2002
http://www.oregonlive.com/morenews/oregonian/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/news/10108401445004210.xml

Looking ridiculous is, on occasion, part of a U.S. senator's 
obligation. 
When Oregon's Gordon Smith wagered a truckload of frozen peas -- 
against 
Colorado Sen. Wayne Allard's slab of buffalo meat -- on the Fiesta 
Bowl, he 
aptly illustrated that grand tradition of goofiness.

But when Smith shot off his mouth about terrorist activity in Oregon, 
the 
ridiculous got out of hand.

Following a Salem Chamber of Commerce lunch in mid-December, Smith told 
reporters, "I have reason to believe that there are some finding aid 
and 
comfort here in the state of Oregon who have been a party to terrorist 
activity that found ultimate expression in New York City." Smith -- who 
claims to have been briefed extensively by the FBI and CIA -- was 
reluctant 
to provide details. The information, he said, is classified. In a 
bizarre 
follow-up interview with The Oregonian's Tom Detzel, Smith disdained 
all 
specifics.

Are there people linked to the Sept. 11 attacks in Oregon? Detzel 
asked.

"I'll talk to you at some point," Smith said. "I mean, it's classified. 
I 
can't confirm or deny it."

You're saying there are people linked to the 9-11 attacks in Oregon 
right now?

"That could be. I can't confirm that to you." You can't? "No, it may 
be, it 
may not be."

Smith carries on like this for 10 minutes: "I just can't go there . . . 
There could be . . . It could be . . . I just can't reveal that." The 
only 
non-classified specific Smith was willing to provide was a video titled 
"Jihad in America" that aired on PBS . . . in 1994.

That video -- copies of which were given to all 535 members of Congress 
this fall -- is the work of terrorism "expert" Steven Emerson, who is 
best 
known for suggesting, on the day after the Oklahoma City bombing in 
1995, 
that the bombers were Arabs. "To inflict as many casualties as possible 
-- 
that is a Middle Eastern trait," Emerson said.

Given that Smith had absolutely nothing new -- or responsible -- to add 
to 
the intense, anxious dialogue about public safety in Oregon, he kept 
his 
mouth shut…for all of three weeks…

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AL-AMIN JURORS SCREENED FOR BIAS
By STEVE VISSER, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 1/15/2002
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/epaper/editions/tuesday/metro_c3345d2fe12361821030.html

The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks became an issue almost immediately 
Monday in 
selecting the jury for the trial of Muslim cleric Jamil Abdullah 
Al-Amin.

The second potential juror questioned said she had thought she wouldn't 
be 
able to put someone to death for religious reasons until September.

"I could send [Osama] bin Laden and his group to death, so my views 
have 
changed," the woman said. "Those people need to be brought to justice 
so 
that could never happen again." Al-Amin, 58, is charged with killing a 
Fulton County deputy and wounding another in March 2000. His trial was 
scheduled to begin in September, but was delayed because of concerns 
that 
the events of Sept. 11 in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania would 
bias 
potential jurors.

On Monday, lawyers began the grueling questioning of individual 
potential 
jurors to ferret out their biases.

Last week, a juror had filled out a questionnaire in which she 
expressed 
hesitation about imposing execution, fearing it might be a sin. She 
said 
through studying the Bible and praying she came to the conclusion that 
the 
Biblical mandate "Thou shall not kill" referred to murder, not a legal 
punishment. "I tied that to the situation on Sept. 11," she said.

She said she also had read at her Roswell church about Muslims 
persecuting 
Christians in Pakistan. "That kind of upset me some," she said.

Al-Amin wears a red beard and was dressed Monday in white garments 
associated with Islam.

"As you look at Mr. Al-Amin, do you connect him in anyway to Mr. Bin 
Laden?" asked Jack Martin, the lead defense lawyer.

"The dress, yes, and the beard, yes," the woman said.

"Is that something that could affect you?" Martin asked.

"I would hope not," said the woman.

Superior Court Judge Stephanie Manis stopped lawyers from probing too 
widely into the woman's views on Muslims in general or her feelings 
about 
the terrorist attack.

"Every person in the United States has a feeling about Sept. 11th," 
said 
Manis. "This case is not about Muslims…however, I perfectly recognize 
that 
Sept. 11 has changed the ground rules…"

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AL-ARIAN PLEDGES TO FIGHT FOR JOB
By BABITA PERSAUD, St. Petersburg Times, 1/15/2002
http://www.sptimes.com/2002/01/15/TampaBay/Al_Arian_pledges_to_f.shtml

TAMPA - Accusing the University of South Florida of bigotry, professor 
Sami 
Al-Arian on Monday announced he will fight his dismissal and challenged 
the 
board of trustees to hear his side.

"I am not the culprit here,"Al-Arian said. While his decision to oppose 
his 
dismissal was not surprising, his first step was unusual: Al-Arian 
called 
on the board of trustees, which recommended that he be fired, to give 
him a 
chance to plead his case.

Al-Arian did not have that opportunity when the board met in an 
emergency 
session Dec. 19, with much of the campus shut down for the winter 
break.

Hours later, USF president Judy Genshaft announced that she would 
follow 
the board's advice and fire Al-Arian because he had failed to distance 
his 
outspoken views about Israel and the Palestinians from the university 
and 
he had become a security risk.

Al-Arian had until Monday to respond. His response came in a letter to 
provost S. David Stamps and later at a news conference at the Islamic 
Community of Tampa compound in North Tampa.

"America is the only place you can fight and fight to win,"Al-Arian 
said.

The fight could take months.

If the board rejects his request to hear from him and reconsider its 
recommendation, Al-Arian said he will file a formal union grievance to 
regain the job he has held for 16 years.

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CIVIL RIGHTS COALITION CELEBRATES DR. KING'S LEGACY

WHAT: In the aftermath of September 11, a diverse coalition of civil 
rights 
leaders, elected officials, immigrant advocates and religious groups 
will 
hold a rally and town hall discussion to explore how Dr. Martin Luther 
King, Jr. would face today's challenges to civil liberties.

WHEN: Noon until 2:30 PM on Saturday, January 19th

WHERE: The Washington DC Convention Center 900 9th Street, NW, Metro 
Center/Gallery Place Chinatown

CONTACT: Jenny Salan of the Arab American Institute, 1-202-429-9210; or 
Melissa Schwartz, 1-202-675-2323, or Rachel Norlinger, 1-212-876-5444, 
both 
for the Arab American Institute.

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CAL STATE DOMINGUEZ HILLS TO BROADCAST COURSES IN ISLAMIC AND MIDDLE 
EASTERN CULTURE, CIVILIZATION AND POLITICS
Business Wire, 1/15/2002

CARSON, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 15, 2002--In response to ongoing 
tensions between the Islamic world and the West, California State 
University, Dominguez Hills will broadcast two courses exploring 
Islamic 
and Middle Eastern civilization.

The courses will be broadcast live via television and the Internet on 
Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons beginning in February on cable 
television stations such as L@36 in Los Angeles and on the Internet at 
www.dominguezonline.csudh.edu.

For information, call 877-GO-HILLS or visit the Web site at 
www.csudh.edu/extendeded. CONTACT: California State University, 
Dominguez 
Hills Keith Otterberg, 310/243-3069

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REMARKS BY SENATOR JOSEPH LIEBERMAN (D-CT) AT GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY 
LECTURE 
FUND DISCUSSION RE: AFGHANISTAN AND THE NEXT STEPS IN THE WAR AGAINST 
TERRORISM LOCATION: GASTON HALL, GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, WASHINGTON, 
D.C. 
TIME: 12:14 P.M. EST DATE: MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2001

…We at home should begin with a far-reaching discussion about how to 
protect our national security and promote our values in this 
dramatically 
changing world. And with this in mind, today I want to offer some 
reflections on America's defense and foreign policy after September 
11th.

Specifically, I will propose that as we continue the critical work of 
rooting out terrorist enemies militarily, we must launch a long-term 
geopolitical and ideological initiative akin to the great campaign that 
won 
the Cold War against communism; in this case, to combat the despotism, 
poverty and isolation that terrorists exploit. If we do not help 
Islamic 
nations affirmatively choose the path of progress and peaceful 
coexistence 
by actively encouraging political reform, economic advancement and 
cultural 
integration, the conditions that enabled yesterday's terrorists to kill 
more than 3,000 Americans will spawn many more and even more worse 
threats, 
I fear, to our nation and our people in the future.

In other words, while we drain the swamp, we must also seed the garden. 
We've won the first battles of the war against terrorism in 
Afghanistan, 
but, to paraphrase Churchill, this is just the end of the beginning, 
not 
the beginning of the end.

…Let me take you back to a different time, after the Second World War, 
as 
we now are after the Cold War, and remind you that Winston Churchill 
described the communist domination of Eastern Europe in a speech he 
gave at 
Fulton, Missouri, as an "iron curtain" that had descended across Europe 
"from Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic," separating the 
rigid and repressive orthodoxies of communism from the free and open 
societies of the world.

Today, from Iraq in the Persian Gulf to terrorist camps in the 
mountains of 
Central Asia, from the sands of Somalia, Sudan, and Saudi Arabia to 
terrorist cells in Singapore, Indonesia, and even Hamburg and London, 
the 
fanatical forces of jihad are trying to build a theological Iron 
Curtain to 
divide the Muslim world from the rest of the globe, a new Berlin Wall, 
if 
you will, this one built with bricks made from poverty and tyranny, 
cemented by the mortar of hatred and
violence…

…Now, let me talk about how we might reorient our foreign policy around 
human rights. Our strategy to stop the theological Iron Curtain from 
falling should begin with a fundamental reassessment of our diplomatic 
relations with many Muslim nations…

…the United States must become a vocal proponent of women's rights 
throughout the Muslim world. For years, the United States has muted our 
support for the rights of women, for fear of upsetting our relationship 
with existing regimes. It's time to become a more outspoken advocate 
for 
the right of women everywhere in the world to be educated, to live 
freely 
and to rise as far as their talents and hard work will take them, as 
they 
do in many Muslim countries today, including, for instance, our 
longtime 
great ally, Turkey…

…QUESTION:I, like many other Muslims, agree with you about the dire 
need 
for political, social and economic reforms in the Muslim world. But 
last 
year, I had a roommate from Turkey who told me about the reality of the 
situation there. Muslim women are not allowed to cover their heads in 
most 
public places, such as -- in Turkey -- such as universities. A 
prominent 
Muslim woman was taken from her position as a member of parliament 
because 
she covered her hair. What do you think about setting the precedent and 
making Turkey the example for other Muslim nations?

SEN. LIEBERMAN: It's a very good point. And it's -- you know, as we 
were 
reminded, being in Turkey, in the 1920s, after the collapse of the 
Ottoman 
Empire and the end of the First World War, this remarkable man, Kemal 
Ataturk, came to power, and he, by force of will, personality, 
strength, 
aimed to build Turkey into a modern Muslim state that was, however, 
secular. And interestingly, we were told that in the 1920s he had the 
goal 
of expanding his vision next to Afghanistan, to trying to encourage the 
leadership there to do that -- never quite happened, and there's some 
interest in Turkey in seeing if they could do it this time.

But it is true that in the interest of secular -- a secular state in 
Turkey, some things have been done which we wouldn't tolerate here, I 
wouldn't tolerate here…

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THE ATHEIST-CHRISTIAN ALLIANCE
Chris Mooney, The American Prospect, 1/8/2002
http://www.prospect.org/webfeatures/2002/01/mooney-c-01-08.html

The motley marriage of convenience between serious intellectual critics 
of 
Islam (whatever you may think of them) and the Christian right (who're 
just 
bashing a rival religion) continues. In the latest development, the 
Middle 
East Forum's Daniel Pipes has appeared on Pat Robertson's Christian 
Broadcasting Network to discuss the "need to have a general 
understanding 
that militant Islam is the enemy and we have just begun the fight 
against 
it," as Pipes put it.

I recently wrote an article detailing how the anti-Muslim apostate Ibn 
Warraq, the author of Why I Am Not a Muslim, has been hoisted onto the 
shoulders of the religious right even though he's an atheist. Pipes too 
is 
basically areligious; according to the Washington Post he has described 
himself as an "agnostic Jew." Granted, it's not that surprising to find 
Pipes and Robertson in the same camp when you have the situation that 
Pipes 
describes here:

One finds over and over again that Islam is given special privileges. 
You 
may have followed that in New York and in Philadelphia; the school 
systems 
at the end of last year permitted Muslim students to use the schools as 
a 
place of prayer. I don't need to point out to your audience that that 
is 
not something that Christians get to avail themselves of. So there is 
this 
contrast, this special treatment of Islam that I think needs to be 
noted. 
And, you know, the government needs to be much more cautious about 
this…

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 1/16/2002

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HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: FIGHTING OPPRESSION
* ACLU CHALLENGES STRIP SEARCH OF MUSLIM WOMAN AT O'HARE AIRPORT
* WANT SECURITY? END THE OCCUPATION (Washington Post)
* TREATMENT OF DETAINEES IN CUBA QUESTIONED (Washington Post)
         - CUBA DETAINEES ARE PRISONERS OF WAR-UN'S ROBINSON (Reuters)
* CONYERS TO HOLD FORUM ON CIVIL LIBERTIES AFTER SEPTEMBER 11
* COMMENT: THE NATURE OF ISLAM (Globe and Mail)
* WAR ON TERRORISM VEILS TYRANNY (Atlanta Journal)
         - ANTI-TERROR CAMPAIGN CLOAKING HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE (Human 
Rights 
Watch)
* MINISTER CALLS ISLAM EVIL THREAT FROM PULPIT (The Tennessean)
         - COMPARING BIBLICAL, KORAN QUOTES (Citizen-Times)
* WASHINGTON TIMES DEFAMES ISLAM (AGAIN)

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* HADITH OF THE DAY: FIGHTING OPPRESSION

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Help your brother, 
whether 
he is an oppressor or he is oppressed." People asked, "...It is right 
to 
help him if he is oppressed, but how should we help him if he is an 
oppressor?" The Prophet said, "By preventing him from oppressing 
others."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, 3:624

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ACLU CHALLENGES STRIP SEARCH OF MUSLIM WOMAN AT O'HARE AIRPORT

CHICAGO, Jan. 16 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The following was released today by 
the 
ACLU of Illinois:

An Illinois National Guardsman and three private security personnel at 
O'Hare International Airport engaged in an unnecessary, unjustified, 
illegal and degrading search of a 22-year-old United States citizen of 
Pakistani descent last November, according to a lawsuit filed today in 
federal district court in Chicago.

In the complaint, lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union of 
Illinois assert that Samar Kaukab was pulled out of a group of airline 
passengers and subjected to repeated and increasingly invasive searches 
based on her ethnicity and her religion. Ms. Kaukab's religion was 
evident 
because she was wearing a traditional head covering for Muslim women, 
known 
as a "hijab."  The lawsuit names Major General David Harris, Adjutant 
General for the Illinois National Guard, and Argenbright Security, 
Inc., as 
defendants for their personnel's role in the outrage directed toward 
Ms. 
Kaukab.

The lawsuit asserts that the intrusive search of Ms. Kaukab violated 
the 
United States Constitution's guarantees of freedom of religion, freedom 
from unlawful ethnic and religious discrimination and protections 
against 
unreasonable search and seizure. The complaint filed today asks the 
federal 
district court to issue an injunction preventing any future 
unreasonable 
searches or searches based upon ethnic and religious discrimination, in 
addition to monetary damages.

"Ms. Kaukab was identified and subjected to a humiliating search not 
because she posed any security threat, but only because her wearing of 
a 
hijab identified her as a Muslim," said Lorie Chaiten, a lawyer for the 
ACLU of Illinois, in announcing the lawsuit. "Security personnel 
surrounded 
her, detained her and subjected her to an embarrassing and degrading 
search 
simply based on her ethnicity and religion."

Lawyers for the ACLU of Illinois today cited the harassment of Ms. 
Kaukab 
as one of the numerous documented instances across the nation in which 
Muslims and persons of Middle Eastern descent have been the target of 
insidious discrimination. The ACLU noted that these acts of 
discrimination 
have taken place predominantly in the travel industry, especially for 
passengers on commercial airlines.

"Many of our nation's highest public officer holders have publicly 
decried 
any acts of discrimination or violence being directed at Muslims and 
persons of Middle Eastern descent," said Harvey Grossman, legal 
director of 
the ACLU of Illinois. "This case is symptomatic, however, of the fact 
that 
these same public officials have not provided appropriate training and 
oversight to ensure that no person is singled out for abuse and 
discrimination based upon their ethnicity and religion."

Ms. Kaukab, a citizen of the United States and resident of Columbus, 
Ohio, 
was traveling home on November 7, 2001, after attending a conference in 
Chicago hosted by Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA). Ms. Kaukab 
and 
a number of attendees from the VISTA conference traveled to O'Hare, 
checked 
their luggage and proceeded to the security checkpoint in Terminal 1 of 
the 
airport.

Ms. Kaukab passed through the metal detector without setting off the 
machine.  A member of the Illinois National Guard present at the 
security 
station then approached an employee of Argenbright Security and 
insisted 
that Ms. Kaukab be searched further despite the fact that there was no 
indication that she was carrying any banned materials on her person or 
in 
her carry-on bags. Following the instruction from the National 
Guardsman, a 
security employee repeatedly passed a handheld metal detector over Ms. 
Kaukab's body, including placing the metal detector into Ms. Kaukab's 
boots. In addition, the security employee patted Ms. Kaukab's upper 
body, 
pulled at the straps and hook on her bra.

As a crowd of persons gathered, some delayed by the search of Ms. 
Kaukab 
and others simply watching the event, a security guard passed the 
handheld 
metal detector slowly over and around Ms. Kaukab's head. Although the 
security device was not "set off" on any occasion when passed over and 
around Ms. Kaukab's head, a security employee, again based upon 
instruction 
from the National Guardsman, demanded that Ms. Kaukab remove her hijab. 
Ms. 
Kaukab responded by telling the security personnel that she could not 
remove the hijab in public, but would be willing to do so in a private 
location and only in the company of women. She made it clear that this 
was 
not an attempt to be uncooperative, but was necessary as part of her 
religious beliefs. After a further conversation with the National 
Guardsman, the security employee repeated the demand that the hijab be 
removed in public, ignoring Ms. Kaukab's pleas.

"The security personnel and the National Guardsman were completely 
insensitive to Ms. Kaukab's religious beliefs. Moreover, there was no 
valid 
security concern to justify her removing her hijab," added the ACLU's 
Chaiten. "The search continued to escalate even though Ms. Kaukab 
passed 
through the metal detector without incident, and further searches 
produced 
no indication of anything being hidden beneath her hijab. The 
escalating 
nature of the search was completely unjustified."

After further discussions between the security personnel and the 
National 
Guardsman, Ms. Kaukab was escorted to a small office area adjacent to 
the 
security checkpoint. Despite repeated objections from Ms. Kaukab, the 
male 
employee insisted on entering the small room with her and conducting 
the 
search.  After Ms. Kaukab again asserted her religious beliefs and 
requested that a woman conduct any search involving the removal of her 
hijab, the male security employee finally acceded to her request and 
she 
entered the private area with two female employees.

Once the hijab had been removed, one of the security personnel ran her 
fingers through Ms. Kaukab's hair and over her scalp. The security 
employee 
then felt around her neck and collarbone, opened her sweater and felt 
around her chest and breasts and felt up and down her legs on the 
outside 
of her pants. The security employee then unbuttoned and unzipped Ms. 
Kaukab's pants, opened her pants and patted down her lower abdomen and 
between her legs over her underwear.

At no time did security personnel discover any contraband, nor did the 
initial searches with the metal detectors give any indication that 
contraband might be present, suggesting no reason for the escalation of 
the 
search.

Abruptly, the security personnel ended the search and released Ms. 
Kaukab, 
who felt frightened and humiliated by the entire event.

"During the entire experience, I was scared not only by what was 
happening, 
but also by what might happen next," said Ms. Kaukab at a news 
conference 
today announcing the lawsuit. "I kept wondering what else might happen 
to 
me - would I be detained or subjected to a body cavity search."

"The entire experience was degrading. I felt as though the security 
personnel had singled me out because I didn't belong, wasn't trusted 
and 
wouldn't be welcomed in my own country. Nothing like this ever happened 
to 
me before," added Ms. Kaukab. "When it was over, I went to the restroom 
to 
gather my emotions and telephoned my mother. I was just so humiliated."

Lawyers for the ACLU of Illinois noted that the search of Ms. Kaukab 
fits 
an emerging pattern in which security personnel at airports target 
Muslims 
and persons of Middle Eastern descent. Recent media reports indicate 
that 
many Muslims have been subjected to unnecessary harassment and searches 
because of their ethnicity or religious affiliation. One such incident 
involves security personnel surrounding a 17-year-old Muslim high 
school 
student from Virginia, and intimidating her into removing her hijab in 
public.

Charles Peters, Laura Weinberg and Carolyn Morehouse of the Chicago law 
firm Schiff, Hardin & Waite and Kamran Memon, a Chicago attorney in 
private 
practice, are assisting lawyers from the ACLU of Illinois in this case.

Contact: Edwin C. Yohnka of ACLU of Illinois, 312-201-9740 ext. 305 or 
pager: 312-851-2832

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WANT SECURITY? END THE OCCUPATION
By Marwan Barghouti, The Washington Post, 1/16/2002
The writer is general secretary of Fatah on the West Bank and was 
elected 
to the Palestinian Legislative Council.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A51887-2002Jan15.html

...The only way for Israelis to have security is, quite simply, to end 
the 
35-year-old Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory. Israelis must 
abandon the myth that it is possible to have peace and occupation at 
the 
same time, that peaceful coexistence is possible between slave and 
master. 
The lack of Israeli security is born of the lack of Palestinian 
freedom. 
Israel will have security only after the end of occupation, not 
before...

...Let us not forget, we Palestinians have recognized Israel on 78 
percent 
of historic Palestine. It is Israel that refuses to acknowledge 
Palestine's 
right to exist on the remaining 22 percent of land occupied in 1967. 
And 
yet it is the Palestinians who are accused of not compromising and of 
missing opportunities. Frankly, we are tired of always taking the blame 
for 
Israeli intransigence when all we are seeking is the implementation of 
international law.

And we have no faith in the United States, the provider of billions of 
dollars in annual aid to fund Israel's expansion of illegal colonies, 
the 
"fighter of terrorism" that supplies Israel with the F-16s and 
helicopter 
gunships used against a defenseless civilian population, the "defender 
of 
freedom and the oppressed" that coddles Sharon even as he faces war 
crimes 
charges for his responsibility in the 1982 massacre of Palestinian 
refugees. The role of the world's only superpower has been reduced to 
that 
of a mere spectator with nothing to offer other than a tired refrain of 
"Stop the violence" while doing nothing to address the root causes of 
that 
violence: denial of Palestinian freedom....

...So we will protect ourselves. If Israel reserves the right to bomb 
us 
with F-16s and helicopter gunships, it should not be surprised when 
Palestinians seek defensive weapons to bring those aircraft down. And 
while 
I, and the Fatah movement to which I belong, strongly oppose attacks 
and 
the targeting of civilians inside Israel, our future neighbor, I 
reserve 
the right to protect myself, to resist the Israeli occupation of my 
country 
and to fight for my freedom. If Palestinians are expected to negotiate 
under occupation, then Israel must be expected to negotiate as we 
resist 
that occupation.

I am not a terrorist, but neither am I a pacifist. I am simply a 
regular 
guy from the Palestinian street advocating only what every other 
oppressed 
person has advocated -- the right to help myself in the absence of help 
from anywhere else.

This principle may well lead to my assassination. So let my position be 
clear in order that my death not be lightly dismissed by the world as 
just 
one more statistic in Israel's "war on terrorism..."

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TREATMENT OF DETAINEES IN CUBA QUESTIONED
By John Mintz, The Washington Post, 1/16/2002
Human Rights Groups Urge U.S. to Declare Taliban, Al Qaeda Members POWs
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A51634-2002Jan15.html

As Red Cross officials prepare to inspect the U.S. Navy base in Cuba 
where 
50 al Qaeda and Taliban prisoners are being held, human rights 
organizations are escalating allegations that the detainees are being 
housed under inhumane conditions and should be declared prisoners of 
war to 
guarantee them certain rights.

The detainees from the Afghanistan conflict, who have been transported 
to 
the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay over the past week, are being housed in 
temporary 6-by-8-foot pens exposed to the elements, with metal roofs 
and 
chain-link fencing as walls. The floors are concrete, but the prisoners 
are 
given mats and blankets on which to sleep and pray.

"We're concerned about the conditions, the open cages, the chain-link 
fence 
enclosures," said Jamie Fellner, director of U.S. programs for the 
nonprofit organization Human Rights Watch. "We believe this doesn't 
meet 
international norms."

U.S. military officials deny their treatment of the detainees is 
inhumane. 
The prisoners are being held at the isolated Camp X-Ray until permanent 
facilities can be constructed...

...Human rights groups have criticized the fact that at least some of 
the 
prisoners were hooded during the flight from Afghanistan, saying it 
violates U.N. rules against sensory deprivation...

...Yesterday, Amnesty International joined the International Committee 
of 
the Red Cross and other groups in asking the government to define the 
prisoners as POWs.

"It is not the prerogative of the Secretary of Defense or any other 
U.S. 
administration official to determine whether those held in Guantanamo 
are 
POWs," Amnesty International said in a statement. "An independent U.S. 
court, following due process, is the appropriate organ..."

...Officials from the International Committee of the Red Cross are 
scheduled to visit the prisoners at Camp X-Ray this week...

SEE ALSO: CUBA DETAINEES ARE PRISONERS OF WAR-UN'S ROBINSON

GENEVA (Reuters) - The 50 Taliban and al Qaeda fighters held at a U.S. 
navy 
base in Cuba are prisoners of war and entitled to the protection of 
international law, U.N. human rights chief Mary Robinson said 
Wednesday.

Robinson said most legal experts disagreed with Washington's view that 
the 
fighters were "illegal combatants" and therefore not protected by the 
Geneva conventions on prisoners' rights.

"The situation is complex (but) ... the overwhelming view of legal 
opinion 
is that they were combatants in an international armed conflict," the 
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights told reporters.

"Their status is defined and protected by the Geneva conventions of 
1949 -- 
they are prisoners of war," she said.

Robinson added that if there were any doubt about their status, the 
Geneva 
protocols, which the United States has signed, called for the question 
to 
be decided by a tribunal.

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PRESS ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE 
RELEASE:

CONTACT: Dena Graziano, (202) 
226-6888 

CONYERS TO HOLD FORUM ON CIVIL LIBERTIES AFTER SEPTEMBER 11

Congressman John Conyers, Jr., ranking member of the House Judiciary 
Committee, will hold a forum on Thursday, January 24th to address and 
analyze the civil liberties implications of recent policies and 
programs 
implemented as a part of America's continuing war on terrorism.

Conyers and members of Congress will be briefed on surveillance and 
intelligence gathering, attorney-client monitoring, immigration policy, 
and 
the international impact of national security policy.

WHEN: Thursday, January 24, 2002 at 10 AM - 1 PM
WHERE: 2141 Rayburn HOB, Washington, D.C.

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COMMENT: THE NATURE OF ISLAM
A little knowledge of the Koran is a dangerous thing. A lot has been 
said 
about Islam in the media, says American-Islamic relations expert RIAD 
SALOOJEE. Much of it is wrong. Riad Saloojee is executive director of 
the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations (Canada).
By RIAD SALOOJEE, The Globe and Mail, 1/16/2002
http://www.globeandmail.ca/
Search using the term "Riad."

An enduring aftermath of Sept. 11 is the continued spotlight on Islam. 
Almost daily, self-declared experts dissect Islam in articles, 
commentaries, political prognostications, and, too often, the 
apocalyptic 
scenario of a clash of civilizations. Some of these attempts at 
understanding Islam betray a shocking and simplistic method. Two 
fallacies 
-- one textual, the other sociological -- seem to predominate.

First are those whose analysis reflects their own cultural, historical 
or 
political prejudices. They utilize a crude, cut-and-paste analysis that 
uses Koranic texts self-servingly without concern for context. Verses 
discussing the combative aspect of jihad figure prominently and 
demonstrate, we are told, Islam's dark side.

It is forgotten (or conveniently ignored) that one tenet of Islamic 
interpretation, as in Talmudic interpretation or Christian scriptures, 
is 
that a verse cannot be explained apart from its context. Verses on a 
given 
topic must be read together, holistically, for only then can their 
intent 
be gleaned. In Islamic law, rules pertaining to human interactions 
always 
have a rationale or understandable cause, which, if absent, renders the 
legal ruling inapplicable.

Take one oft-quoted verse: "Kill the unbelievers wherever you find 
them." 
It usually escapes mention that the intent behind legislating the 
combative 
aspect of the jihad here is self-defence. Specifically, this verse 
refers 
to a situation of war at the beginning of the seventh century, when the 
tribal elite in Arabia had persecuted the nascent Islamic community 
unrelentingly for 15 years, intent on eradicating it.

To read this verse as requiring that all non-Muslims are to be killed 
runs 
counter to verses that prohibit killing civilians or non-combatants, or 
to 
this important verse: "God does not forbid you with regard to those who 
do 
not fight you or your faith nor drive you from your homes from dealing 
kindly and justly with them; for Allah loves those who are just" (Koran 
60:8). It is worth noting that the Arabic word for "kind" in the verse, 
birr, is used to express the affection and gentleness mandated to 
parents.

...History has recorded the full entitlements of citizenship granted by 
the 
Prophet to non-Muslims in treaties, the amnesty he gave to those who 
persecuted him, and his moral exhortations to maintain justice: "On the 
Day 
of Judgment, I will be the advocate of non-Muslim subjects who were 
oppressed" and "Observe scrupulously the protection accorded by me to 
non-Muslim subjects..."

...To be fair, there is sometimes another cause of misunderstanding: 
Muslims themselves. Too easily, some Muslims blame modernity for their 
own 
malaise, and all too often act contrary to the universal constants of 
justice, moderation and mercy, which are the essential animating values 
of 
any Islamic individual or social action...

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WAR ON TERRORISM VEILS TYRANNY
By BOB DEANS, Atlanta Journal - Constitution, 1/16/2002
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/epaper/editions/today/news_c354022cf03ca07e0094.html

Washington --- In Zimbabwe, President Robert Mugabe has begun calling 
dissenters and some journalists "terrorists," accusing his political 
opponents of trying to poison him with anthrax.

In Beijing, the Chinese government claims its longstanding oppression 
of 
Islamic minorities is helping the U.S. war on terror.

And in Russia, President Vladimir Putin has stepped up the military 
campaign in Chechnya, asserting that Muslim separatists are part of the 
global terror network targeted by the United States.

In the months since the United States launched its war on terrorism, 
governments around the world have used the campaign to justify human 
rights 
abuses, according to a new study by Human Rights Watch, a New 
York-based 
investigative and advocacy group.

"A lot of countries saw 9/11 as a wonderful opportunity to legitimize 
repressive practices in the name of America's cause," said Tom 
Malinowski, 
advocacy director for the Washington office of Human Rights Watch.

The group's 700-page annual report on human rights practices in 67 
countries will be released today. The use of the anti-terror campaign 
as a 
veil for repression is the dominant theme...

SEE: ANTI-TERROR CAMPAIGN CLOAKING HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE
http://www.hrw.org/press/2002/01/wr2002.htm

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MINISTER CALLS ISLAM EVIL THREAT FROM PULPIT
By ANITA WADHWANI, The Tennessean, 1/16/2002
http://www.tennessean.com/local/archives/02/01/12453042.shtml?Element_ID

A Madison-area pastor has begun a four-part series of sermons on the 
"evils 
of Islam" and says his church's eventual goal is to convert 
Nashville-area 
Muslims to Christianity.

Maury Davis, pastor of Cornerstone Church, began the first sermon in 
the 
series Sunday, titled "Hard Questions - Real Answers. Islam ... The 
Evil 
Religion."

"I want to go on record as telling you that I believe the greatest 
threat 
to the American way of life, to the Constitution of the United States 
of 
America and to the gospel of Jesus Christ, is the religion of Islam as 
it 
stands today," Davis said from his pulpit on Sunday to an audience of 
about 
2,000.

"It is a great task that you and I have to infiltrate the Muslim 
community, 
but we can do it with the help of God."

...Those opposing Davis' messages said he has just gotten it wrong and 
said 
that efforts to promote inclusiveness and diversity in Nashville won't 
be 
affected.

"Members of Nashville's Muslim refugees in particular who are here did 
not 
flee Islam, they fled political extremists who misused Islam as a 
disguise 
for their violent agenda," said Carter Moody, chairman of the Nashville 
Task Force on Immigrants and Refugees. "The mainstream Nashville 
community 
has made a lot of progress in building bridges across cultures and 
across 
faiths and will continue to do so."

Davis said his sermons were also prompted by the increasing visibility 
of 
Islam in mainstream America, which has sometimes resulted in 
evangelical 
faiths like his being eclipsed...

TO COMMENT ON THE ARTICLE, GO TO:
http://www.citizen-times.com/contact/ltr_editor.shtml

SEE ALSO: COMPARING BIBLICAL, KORAN QUOTES
http://cgi.citizen-times.com/cgi-bin/story/letters/5066

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WASHINGTON TIMES DEFAMES ISLAM (AGAIN)

ANGLICAN PRIEST BELIEVES WEST IS UNDERESTIMATING ZEAL OF ISLAM
The Washington Times, 1/16/2002
http://www.washtimes.com/culture/20020116-99672079.htm

The Rev. Patrick Sookhdeo, an expert on Islamic history and politics, 
directs the Institute for the Study of Islam and Christianity in London 
and 
the Barnabas Fund, a charity...The following are excerpts from a talk 
he 
gave Sunday in Fairfax County.

I think we have a greater problem in Islam than we realize. Much as I 
understand why politicians in the U.S. and UK have made the kinds of 
affirmatory statements they have made, I think time will show they have 
made a mistake.

In dealing with Islam, you have to tell the truth. And you have to meet 
it 
head on. It understands power and only power. And so you have to know 
how 
to exercise power. I believe we face a much greater threat from Muslim 
communities within our own countries than we realize...

...With the advent of Islam in the West, the Western countries have to 
come 
to terms with a minority and they didn't know how to do it because of 
civil 
liberties. We have got societies that are strong liberal democracies. 
Our 
own legal framework stops us from dealing with extremist religion.

Historically, Islam has never learned to live as a minority because its 
basis exists in power...

...I think we must drive Islam to have a reformation, which is what 
Salman 
Rushdie is saying, that Islam unreformed will be brutal and barbaric...

...If I say the history of the West has been infinitely superior to 
that of 
the Muslim world; that freedom, democracy, human rights and religious 
liberty have come out of Christianity and the West...

ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE.)

CONTACT the Washington Times to express your concern at the 
Islamophobic 
views presented in the article.

Mr. Fran Coombs
Deputy Managing Editor/News
The Washington Times
3600 New York Ave., N.E.,
Washington, DC 20002

TEL: 202/636-3000
FAX: 202/269-3419

E-MAIL: fcoombs@washingtontimes.com, khanner@washingtontimes.com, 
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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 1/17/2002

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HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: THE IMPORTANCE OF NATURE
* DELTA APOLOGIZES TO MUSLIM TEEN FORCED TO REMOVE HEADSCARF
* KNOW YOUR RIGHTS AS AN AIRLINE PASSENGER
* WOMAN SUING OVER O'HARE SEARCH (Chicago Tribune)
         - AS AN ARAB, I CAN FEEL THE EYES OF SUSPICION (USA Today)
* REMARKS BY U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN ASHCROFT AT AN EVENT 
COMMEMORATING
MARTIN LUTHER KING
* "7TH HEAVEN" EPISODE DEALS WITH ANTI-MUSLIM DISCRIMINATION
* KNOWING YOUR MUSLIM NEIGHBOR (Minnesota Public Radio)
* CAIR-LA TAKES PART IN COMMUNITY DAY FOR NEEDY CHILDREN
* ISLAMIC LEADERS, OFFICIALS TO MEET (Orange County Register)
* EGYPTIAN CLEARED IN AVIATION RADIO CASE (Washington Post)

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* HADITH OF THE DAY: THE IMPORTANCE OF NATURE

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "If Judgment Day comes 
when 
you are planting a seedling, if you are able to plant it before the Day 
arrives, do so."

Imam Bukhari's Book of Muslim Morals and Manners, Hadith 479

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DELTA APOLOGIZES TO MUSLIM TEEN FORCED TO REMOVE HEADSCARF
Airline's president makes personal call to express "regret" for 
incident

(WASHINGTON, DC - 1/17/2002) - The president of Delta Air Lines has 
apologized personally to a Muslim high school student who was forced to 
remove her religiously-mandated headscarf by guards hired by the 
airline at 
Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI).

Delta President and Chief Operating Officer Frederick W. Reid called 
17-year-old Enaas Sarsour after issuing a formal apology for the 
December 
18 incident. In his letter to Sarsour, Reid stated: "We regret and 
apologize for the embarrassment and discomfort you experienced. Be 
assured 
that we take this matter very seriously." He quoted Delta's Code of 
Ethics 
and Business Conduct that states: "...discrimination is not only 
illegal, 
it is wrong and will not be tolerated."

The apology had been requested by the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR), a Washington-based Islamic advocacy group. CAIR said the forced 
removal of a Muslim woman's scarf, called hijab, amounted to a public 
"strip search."

"We appreciate Mr. Reid's personal intervention in this case. The 
safety of 
the traveling public is of paramount concern to all Americans. This 
unfortunate incident demonstrates that religious rights need not be 
sacrificed in the ongoing search for passenger security," said CAIR 
Civil 
Rights Coordinator Hodan Hassan. Hassan said that the security 
inspection 
could have taken place in private with a female guard.

Sarsour told CAIR that after she went through a security checkpoint on 
her 
way to a flight, a guard shouted, "Hey you need to take that off," 
referring to her headscarf. She responded by asking, "Why do I have to 
take 
off my head cover?" Sarsour was then surrounded by military personnel 
in 
camouflage uniform with combat rifles. She became terrified and removed 
her 
headscarf immediately.

CAIR's civil rights department has received more than 170 reports of 
airport profiling of Muslims or those who are perceived to be "Middle 
Eastern" since the terrorist attacks of September 11.

A Muslim Secret Service agent was recently removed from a flight at BWI 
because of what he says was racial and religious profiling. On 
Wednesday, a 
Muslim woman from Ohio filed suit over a strip search at Chicago's 
O'Hare 
International Airport that she says was prompted by her religion and 
ethnicity.

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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS AS AN AIRLINE PASSENGER

* As an airline passenger, you are entitled to courteous, respectful 
and 
non-stigmatizing treatment by airline and security personnel.

* You have the right to complain about treatment that you believe is 
discriminatory.

If you believe you have been treated in a discriminatory manner, 
immediately:

1) Ask to speak to a supervisor.
2) Ask if you have been singled out because of your looks, dress, race, 
ethnicity, faith, or national origin.
3) Ask for the names and ID numbers of all persons involved in the 
incident.
4) Ask witnesses to give you their names and contact information.
5) Write down a statement of facts immediately after the incident. Be 
sure 
to include the flight number, the flight date, and the name of the 
airline.
6) Contact CAIR to file a report. If you are leaving the country, leave 
a 
detailed message, with the information above, at 202-488-8787. You may 
also 
file on-line at www.cair-net.org.

FROM CAIR'S "KNOW YOUR RIGHTS POCKET GUIDE"

To order a free pocket guide, contact publications@cair-net.org or call 
202-488-8787 and ask for the Publications Department.

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WOMAN SUING OVER O'HARE SEARCH
By Amy E. Nevala, The Chicago Tribune, 1/17/2002
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-0201170032jan17.story

An Ohio woman of Pakistani descent who was asked to lift her sweater 
and 
unzip her pants during a security check at O'Hare International Airport 
filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court Wednesday, seeking damages from 
an 
airport security company and the Illinois National Guard...

...Samar Kaukab, 22, was returning home to Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 7 
after 
a conference in Chicago when security employees and a National 
Guardsman 
conducted a 30-minute search that she called "embarrassing, intrusive 
and 
unnecessary..."

SEE ALSO: AS AN ARAB, I CAN FEEL THE EYES OF SUSPICION
http://www.usatoday.com/news/comment/2002/01/17/ncguest1.htm

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REMARKS BY U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN ASHCROFT AT AN EVENT 
COMMEMORATING
MARTIN LUTHER KING

LOCATION: THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, WASHINGTON, D.C. TIME: 11:31 A.M. 
EST 
DATE: THURSDAY, JANUARY 17, 2002

ATTY GEN. ASHCROFT: ...It's a testimony to Dr. King's legacy that 
almost 
immediately following the terrorist attacks of September 11th, voices 
were 
raised cautioning Americans not to turn their anger against 
Arab-Americans 
and people of the Muslim faith. Americans overwhelmingly heeded this 
message. In many cases, individuals reached out to Muslims and to 
others to 
reassure them that they were still welcome and valued members of our 
communities. The vast majority of Americans seemed to understand that 
the 
nation had suffered a great loss. To seek vengeance through ethnically 
or 
religiously motivated violence, most Americans understood, would only 
compound the loss.

Tragically, however, some Americans chose ignore Dr. King's legacy.  
Since 
September the 11th, the Department of Justice has investigated 
approximately 300 incidents, including violence and threats against 
those 
perceived to be of Middle Eastern origin. Misguided individuals have 
made 
bomb threats. They've attacked those they perceive to American -- 
Arab-Americans or Muslim-Americans, and they've threatened mosques and 
businesses.

Dr. King challenged Americans to live out the true meaning of our 
values, 
and today our values are embodied in laws that protect the civil rights 
of 
all Americans. Even in a time of great national tragedy, to strike out 
in 
violence on the base of someone -- basis of someone's race, religion or 
national origin is not merely a violation of our values; it's against 
the 
law. Working together, the Department of Justice, state and local 
officials 
are prosecuting over 60 cases of civil rights violations that stem from 
the 
September 11th tragedy. In these cases, as in all civil rights cases, 
we 
take each complaint seriously. We thoroughly investigate every 
incident, 
and we prosecute violators to the fullest extent of the law...

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"7TH HEAVEN" EPISODE DEALS WITH ANTI-MUSLIM DISCRIMINATION
Monday, January 21, 8 p.m. (Eastern)
http://www.thewb.com/Shows/Episode/0,8201,||596,00.html

Ruthie (Mackenzie Rosman) steps in to protect her Muslim friend Yasmine 
(guest star Ashley Solomon) from bullies who have been terrorizing her 
because of her ethnic and religious background, and gains the support 
from 
the entire Camden family. Eric (Stephen Collins), Annie (Catherine 
Hicks) 
and the other kids all work together to defend Yasmine and her family 
and 
discover in the process the sad truth that many people in their 
community 
share the same fears.

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KNOWING YOUR MUSLIM NEIGHBOR
By Laurel Druley, Minnesota Public Radio, 1/17/2002
http://news.mpr.org/features/200201/16_druleyl_muslimneighbor-m/

Members of Rochester's Muslim community have taught Islam courses for 
years. Over the last few months the classes have grown very popular. 
Since 
Sept. 11, Americans have had a growing fascination with Islam.

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CAIR-LA TAKES PART IN COMMUNITY DAY FOR NEEDY CHILDREN

WHAT: 7th Annual Community Day - "Save the Children II"

In an effort to build bridges between members of various faith and 
ethnic 
groups, CAIR-LA is partnering with H.O.P.E. for Life Foundation in 
organizing a community day joining Muslims, Christians and Jews in 
helping 
needy children.

Special Guests: Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca and other elected 
officials

Exhibits include:

* Health Fair
* Business Expo
* Camp Can-Do
* Food & Clothing
* Job Fair
* Youth Empowerment
* And Much More!

WHEN: Sat., Jan. 19, 2002, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
WHERE: Power of Love Christian Fellowship, 1430 W. Manchester Ave., Los 
Angeles, CA

Hosted by:
H.O.P.E. for Life Foundation, Power of Love Christian Fellowship,

In partnership with:
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
City of L.A., L.A. County Sheriff's Department, County of L.A.

Business Partners:
L.A.M.N Consortium, Centinela Hospital,
Downtown L.A. Motors, Phoenician Lions Club, Felix Chevrolet, Eittocs
International, Lamar & Associates, Burger King, McDonalds, Ralphs, TJC
Financial, Louisiana Fried Chicken

For more information please call (323) 752-6525, (323) 753-HOPE (4673) 
or 
714-776-1847 (CAIR-LA) E-mail: CAIR_SCA@cair-california.org

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ISLAMIC LEADERS, OFFICIALS TO MEET
By JOHN GITTELSOHN, The Orange County Register, 1/16/2002

Representatives of the FBI, Immigration and Naturalization Service and 
the 
U.S. Attorney's Office will join local Islamic community leaders at a 
town 
hall meeting from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Holiday Inn Select, 14299 
Firestone Blvd., in La Mirada.

Topics at the meeting organized by the Anaheim-based Council on 
American-Islamic Relations of Southern California will include: racial 
profiling of Muslims, crackdowns on Muslim charities, secret evidence 
and 
detentions and the progress of hate-crime investigations since Sept. 11

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EGYPTIAN CLEARED IN AVIATION RADIO CASE
The Washington Post, 1/17/2002
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A58742-2002Jan16.html

NEW YORK -- Charges have been dropped against the Egyptian graduate 
student 
accused of lying to federal investigators about an aviation radio found 
in 
his hotel room near the World Trade Center, a U.S. attorney's office 
spokesman said Wednesday.

Another hotel guest came forward after Abdallah Higazy was charged this 
week and told officials the radio belonged to him, said Marvin Smilon, 
a 
spokesman for the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New 
York...

...Higazy had insisted in two rounds of FBI interviews that he knew 
nothing 
of the hand-held radio found in a safe in his room along with his 
Egyptian 
passport, a copy of the Quran and a gold medallion, prosecutors had 
said.

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 1/18/2002

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HEADLINES:

* VERSE OF THE DAY: A GOOD WORD
* CAIR DISCUSSES RELIGIOUS FREEDOM WITH TURKISH OFFICIAL
* DERSHOWITZ: MAKE TORTURE AN OPTION (CBS)
* PAUL WEYRICH SAYS U.S. MUSLIMS ARE "FIFTH COLUMN," "TOLD TO DECEIVE"
* ASSOCIATED WITH WAR, JIHAD ALSO SIGNIFIES A NOBLE, INTERNAL QUEST 
(Detroit Free Press)
* EDITORIAL: USF'S FIRESTORM (St. Petersburg Times)
* SOMALI GROUP PROTESTS "BLACK HAWK DOWN" MOVIE
* MANY AMERICAN MUSLIMS WELL OFF, COLLEGE EDUCATED, POLL SHOWS (Denver 
Post)
* RE-RELEASE OF AL-AMIN BOOK SET FOR APRIL (Atlanta Journal)
* INTRODUCTION TO THE QUR'AN: THE ESSENTIAL TEACHINGS
* REMINDER: CIVIL RIGHTS RALLY AND TOWN HALL DISCUSSION

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VERSE OF THE DAY: A GOOD WORD

Seest thou not how God sets forth a parable: A good Word (is) like a 
good 
tree whose root is firmly fixed and its branches (reach) to the 
heavens. It 
brings forth its fruit at all times by the leave of its Lord...

...And the parable of an evil Word is that of an evil tree. It is torn 
up 
by the root from the surface of the earth: it has no stability.

The Holy Quran, Chapter 14, Verses 24-26

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CAIR DISCUSSES RELIGIOUS FREEDOM WITH TURKISH OFFICIAL

CAIR Governmental Affairs Director Jason Erb, along with several other 
American Muslim representatives, met yesterday with Mehmet Nuri Yilmaz, 
Director General of the Turkish Department of Religious Affairs to 
discuss 
religious and human rights in that country.

The meeting was organized by the State Department's Office of 
International 
Religious Freedom.

CONTACT: jerb@cair-net.org

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DERSHOWITZ: MAKE TORTURE AN OPTION
CBS News "60 Minutes," 1/20/2002, 7 p.m. (Eastern)
http://www.cbsnews.com/now/story/0,1597,324751-412,00.shtml

Alan Dershowitz, the civil libertarian defender of O.J Simpson, 
believes 
the law should sanction torture so it may be applied in certain cases, 
such 
as terrorist acts.

In a report to be broadcast Sunday on 60 Minutes, Dershowitz tells 
Correspondent Mike Wallace that torture is inevitable. "We can't just 
close 
our eyes and pretend we live in a pure world," he says.

After the events of Sept. 11, with many al Qaida members in custody, 
Dershowitz says he wants to bring the debate to the forefront. He gave 
the 
"ticking bomb" scenario - a person refusing to tell when and where a 
bomb 
will go off - as an example of the type of case warranting torture.

The FBI has anonymously leaked to the press the belief inside the 
bureau 
that torture may be an option in these trying times. But Lewis 
Schiliro, 
former New York bureau director, warns of problems with torture.

"If anybody had the ability to prevent the events of Sept. 11... they 
would 
have gone to whatever length...The problem becomes, where do we draw 
that 
line?" he tells Wallace.

Torture is prohibited by the U.S. Constitution, says Human Rights Watch 
Executive Director Kenneth Roth, who also says it's not reliable. He 
points 
out that an Islamic terrorist, convicted in America for terrorist plots 
he 
admitted to after torture by authorities in the Philippines, had also 
admitted to being the Oklahoma City bomber.

"People will say anything under torture," says Roth, adding that 
resorting 
to torture degrades humanity and the idea of democracy. "We, in many 
important respects, become like the terrorists," he tells Wallace. 
"They 
will have won. Our democracy will have lost."

This is a naïve viewpoint, says Dershowitz. "If anybody has any doubt 
that 
our CIA, over time, has taught people to torture, has encouraged 
torture, 
has probably itself tortured in extreme cases, I have a bridge to sell 
you 
in Brooklyn."

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PAUL WEYRICH SAYS U.S. MUSLIMS ARE "FIFTH COLUMN," "TOLD TO DECEIVE"

Conservative Icon Weyrich Warns 'Moral Minority' Still Dwindling
By Lawrence Morahan, CNSNews.com, 1/14/2002
http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewPolitics.asp?Page=\Politics\archive\200201\POL20020114b.html

...if the United States continues to emulate the lax immigration 
policies 
of Western Europe - where Muslim communities are growing in France, 
Germany 
and Great Britain - soon the security of the United States will be at 
considerable risk, he added.

"They're going to, at some point or another, attack us. It's like 
having a 
giant fifth column in your own country."

Weyrich...is also not convinced that Islam requires its followers to be 
up-front with their intentions. "In fact, they're told to deceive, 
which 
makes it very difficult."

These views bring him into conflict with the Bush administration. "If 
you 
were Jewish in Weimar Germany, this is the kind of thing you might have 
heard," said Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on 
American-Islamic relations, in response to Weyrich's remarks...

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ASSOCIATED WITH WAR, JIHAD ALSO SIGNIFIES A NOBLE, INTERNAL QUEST
BY EMILIA ASKARI, Detroit Free Press, 1/16/2002
http://www.freep.com/news/locoak/njihad16_20020116.htm

...Many Americans know that Osama bin Laden has called for his 
followers to 
wage a jihad against the United States. But often, when Muslims use the 
word jihad, they speak of an internal struggle to become better people. 
All 
Muslims are exhorted by the Koran to wage that kind of jihad. In 
effect, 
Muslims are asked by their faith to make New Year's resolutions and 
really 
stick to them.

Haaris Ahmad's jihads, for example, include getting up early to pray, 
not 
sleeping too much, not eating too much, controlling his temper and 
working 
hard.

"When you think about it, self-control is the hardest thing, the 
biggest 
jihad," says Ahmad, Michigan director of the Council on American 
Islamic 
Relations, who lives in Canton.

This other meaning of jihad -- to struggle for personal betterment -- 
is 
the one that thousands of parents of Middle Eastern background have in 
mind 
each year when they choose the name Jihad for their babies. The 
old-fashioned name is usually given to boys, though it can work for 
girls, 
too. It's a bit like naming a child Faith, Hope or Patience.

Even some Christian Arabs christen their children Jihad, though the 
name 
seems to be decreasing in popularity as it becomes more strongly 
associated 
with terrorism. Jihad is also a fairly common last name throughout the 
Arabic world.

There were four Christian boys called Jihad in Jad Kash's grade school 
classes in the city of Ramallah on the Israeli-occupied West Bank. 
Kash, 
who lives in Dearborn Heights, was one of them. Though his first name 
is 
officially Jad, his family and friends all call him Jihad.

"If you know Arabic, you know that it doesn't mean just holy war," says 
Kash, 53, who drives a shuttle between a private parking lot and 
Detroit 
Metro Airport. "It's about being ambitious in life, to work hard and 
get 
over difficulties..."

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EDITORIAL: USF'S FIRESTORM
St. Petersburg Times, 1/18/2002
http://www.sptimes.com/2002/01/18/Opinion/USF_s_firestorm.shtml

The Sami Al-Arian controversy won't go away until university officials 
either reinstate the professor or come up with a better reason for 
firing 
him...

...At this point, Genshaft and the trustees have only two honorable 
options 
for defusing this controversy: Either make a more persuasive case for 
firing Al-Arian, or give him back his job under conditions that protect 
the 
integrity and safety of the university community.

Last month, Genshaft and the trustees offered these rationales for 
firing 
Al-Arian: They said he failed to make clear during his public 
appearances 
that he did not speak as an official representative of USF. They said 
he 
violated an agreement with USF officials when he returned to campus 
after 
being put on paid leave. And they said his presence on campus has 
created 
security problems.

The first two charges are spurious. It is broadly understood that 
Al-Arian 
and the thousands of other faculty at USF speak for themselves and not 
in 
any official capacity for the university. Al-Arian also has generally 
abided by the restrictions placed on him during the periods in which he 
has 
been suspended from his faculty duties.

The issue of security is a more serious one. Ensuring the safety of the 
university community is a core responsibility for USF administrators. 
However, USF officials have offered no public evidence that Al-Arian's 
continued employment would present unacceptable security risks for the 
university. In any case, the academic integrity of a university 
shouldn't 
be held hostage to every crank who phones in a bomb threat...

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SOMALI GROUP PROTESTS "BLACK HAWK DOWN" MOVIE
By RENEE RUBLE, The Associated Press, 1/17/2002

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Local Somali leaders called Thursday for a boycott 
of 
the movie "Black Hawk Down" because it depicts Somalis as savages and 
could 
create a backlash against refugees who fled to the U.S.

"We don't know what Americans will think of us Somalis after they watch 
this movie," said Omar Jamal, executive director of the Somali Justice 
Advocacy Center in St. Paul. Somali groups in Columbus, Ohio, and 
Boston 
also planned to seek a boycott, he said.

"Black Hawk Down," which goes into wide release Friday, portrays the 
1993 
firefight in Somalia that left 18 American soldiers dead and more than 
70 
wounded. The military mission to Mogadishu was to capture two top 
lieutenants of warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid.

A Minneapolis newspaper invited about a dozen people from the Advocacy 
Center to see the movie in advance Wednesday night. Jamal said they all 
left in shock. The film was confusing and didn't have a story or 
message, 
he said.

"The Somali people are depicted as very savage beasts without any human 
element," Jamal said. "It's just people shooting each other..."

...In Columbus, Ohio, Abdi Mohamud, a board member of the Council of 
American-Islamic Relations, said he had not heard about a boycott, but 
added that people should know the movie perpetuates stereotypes.

"I found the movie to sensationalize the whole issue and to put the 
Somalis 
in one category," said Mohamud, who immigrated from Somalia and became 
a 
U.S. citizen.

"There were many Somalis against the warlords..."

Many in the Columbus Somali community, second in size to Minneapolis, 
are 
worried about the timing, Mohamud said.

"Most of the Somalis in Ohio and here in Columbus have family members, 
people they care about, in Somalia," he said. "They're tired of war." 
Some 
also fear a backlash here, Mohamud said.

"There's a segment of society that takes movies for reality," he said.
U.S. Somali groups have worked hard to show they support the war 
against 
terrorism, Jamal said...

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MANY AMERICAN MUSLIMS WELL OFF, COLLEGE EDUCATED, POLL SHOWS
By Virginia Culver, The Denver Post, 1/18/2002
http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1002,53%257E342642,00.html

Friday, January 18, 2002 - Half of American Muslims earn more than 
$50,000 
a year, 58 percent are college graduates, and 36 percent were born in 
the 
U.S., according to what may be the most exhaustive poll ever done of 
American Muslims.

The poll, sponsored by Georgetown University, also shows that 40 
percent of 
U.S. Muslims are Democrats, 23 percent are Republicans and 28 percent 
are 
independents.

Other findings showed that 84 percent want tougher laws to prevent 
terrorism, 79 percent support stronger gun laws, 68 percent favor the 
death 
penalty for murder, and 92 percent want stricter environmental laws.

The poll is part of a three-year project, called Muslims in American 
Public 
Square (MAPS), which, with the support of the Pew Charitable Trusts, is 
documenting the roles of Muslims in America. Further projects will look 
at 
six other major groups in America, including African-American churches, 
Hispanic churches, evangelical Protestants, Catholics and mainline 
Protestants.

A majority, 57 percent, said the opinions of Americans toward Muslims 
and 
Arabs since Sept. 11 has been unfavorable, but only 8 percent said that 
Americans have been disrespectful and intolerant of them in general...

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RE-RELEASE OF AL-AMIN BOOK SET FOR APRIL
By LATEEF MUNGIN, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 1/18/2002
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/epaper/editions/today/metro_c3748c54f64b909700df.html 


An updated version of Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin's autobiography will hit 
bookstores around the same time as a verdict in his death penalty 
trial.

The book, "Die Nigger Die!," will be re-released in April by Lawrence 
Hill 
Books. Al-Amin, the former '60s radical H. Rap Brown, is charged in the 
March, 16, 2000, fatal shooting of a Fulton County sheriff's deputy and 
wounding of another.

Jury selection for the trial is under way, and the trial is expected to 
last two months.

The book, first published in 1969, will stay the same except for a new 
foreward written by Ekwueme Michael Thelwell, a University of 
Massachusetts 
professor who worked with Stokely Carmichael on his as yet unreleased 
biography said Lawrence Hill Books editor Yuval Taylor.

"As of this writing, Imam Al-Amin has been, since March of 2000, 
incarcerated under conditions which seem unnecessarily draconian," 
Thelwell 
wrote. "In solitary confinement, he was for a time deprived of his Holy 
Quran."

Al-Amin previously was kept in solitary, and both the defense and the 
prosecution are under a gag order not to talk about the case...

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INTRODUCTION TO THE QUR'AN: THE ESSENTIAL TEACHINGS
Wed., Jan. 23-March 6, 6 p.m.
http://www.residentassociates.org/com/quran.asp

Gain some insights into the Qur'an (Koran), the Muslim Holy Scripture. 
Imam 
Yahya Hendi, Muslim chaplin at Georgetown University, leads 
participants in 
a thoughtful, thorough discussion of the essential Qur'anic foundations 
of 
Islamic faith and practice; explores the history of the Scripture; and 
examines its teachings on creation, existence, life, inspiration, 
women, 
world religions, laws, morals, and ethics.

LOCATION: S. Dillon Ripley Center, Room 3037; 1100 Jefferson Drive, 
S.W., 
Washington, D.C.

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REMINDER: CIVIL RIGHTS RALLY AND TOWN HALL DISCUSSION

WHAT: Dr. King's Legacy: Protecting Civil Liberties in the
Wake of September 11th

WHEN: Saturday, January 19th, Noon - 2:30 PM

WHERE: DC Convention Center - 900 9th Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
(Metro Center--Gallery Place--Chinatown)

RALLY SPEAKERS: Civil Rights Leaders and Activists

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Mahdi Bray 202-421-3623

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 1/19/2002

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HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: MERCY
* THE PRIME-TIME SMEARING OF SAMI AL-ARIAN (Salon.com)
         - STEVEN EMERSON'S CRUSADE (FAIR)
* NEW MUSLIMS (National Post)
* ISLAM UNVEILED (St. Petersburg Times)

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* HADITH OF THE DAY: MERCY

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “When God created living 
creatures, He wrote in the Book which is with Him in the highest 
heaven: 
‘My mercy shall prevail over My wrath.’”

He also said: “God divided mercy into 100 parts, out of which he 
retained 
99 parts with Him, and sent down one part to earth. From this one part 
emanates all the compassion that all of creation exercises toward one 
another, so much so that an animal lifts its hoof above its young lest 
it 
should get hurt…On Judgment Day, He will perfect and complete His 
mercy.” 
(That is, he will use all 100 parts of mercy for His servants on that 
day.)

Riyadh us-Saleheen, 1:419-420

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(IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a long article, but it is worth reading every 
word.)

THE PRIME-TIME SMEARING OF SAMI AL-ARIAN
By Eric Boehlert, Salon.com, 1/19/2002
http://www.salon.com/tech/feature/2002/01/19/bubba/index.html

HIGHLIGHT: By pandering to anti-Arab hysteria, NBC, Fox News, the 
Tribune 
Company and Clear Channel radio disgraced themselves -- and ruined an 
innocent professor's life.

It may not provide him much comfort, but tenured University of South 
Florida professor Sami Al-Arian, recently fired after his appearance on 
a 
conservative talk show revived discredited, years-old allegations of 
ties 
to anti-Israel terrorists, may be the first computer science professor 
ever 
mugged by four of the nation's most influential news organizations.

USF administrators fired the Kuwaiti-born professor after he appeared 
on 
national television for five minutes of punditry last fall. His crime? 
Not 
telling viewers that his views did not necessarily reflect those of the 
school. It was a tortured rationale that all but guaranteed future 
litigation.

As Salon recently reported, the Al-Arian episode raises disturbing 
questions about free speech, academic freedom and the future of tenured 
status. But what's also important to understand is the crucial role the 
press played in the unfolding saga. The University of South Florida is 
ultimately responsible for firing Al-Arian. But equally culpable are 
Fox 
News Channel, NBC, the Tribune Company (specifically its Tampa 
newspaper) 
and the giant radio conglomerate Clear Channel Communications.

In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, all four media giants, 
eagerly tapping into the country's mood of vengeance and fear, latched 
onto 
the Al-Arian story, fudging the facts and ignoring the most rudimentary 
tenets of journalism in their haste to better tell a sinister story 
about 
lurking Middle Eastern dangers here at home.

The story went national when Al-Arian was invited on the Fox News 
Channel's 
"The O'Reilly Factor" show back on Sept. 26…

…But the Gulf Coast hysteria was entirely created by the media. Without 
the 
Tampa Tribune, which undertook a dubious seven-year crusade against 
al-Arian, there would have been no story to begin with. Without "The 
O'Reilly Factor" -- a showcase for noisy right-wing ranting whose 
producers 
apparently didn't even know that Al-Arian had been cleared of charges 
before they handed him over to their equally ignorant hanging-judge 
host -- 
the controversy would never have been revived. Without incendiary, 
know-nothing Clear Channel radio jocks, led by a gentleman named Bubba 
the 
Love Sponge, there would almost certainly have been far fewer USF death 
threats. And without NBC's sloppy work on "Dateline" there would 
probably 
have been no firing.

The Al-Arian story reveals what happens when journalists, abandoning 
their 
role as unbiased observers, lead an ignorant, alarmist crusade against 
suspicious foreigners who in a time of war don't have the power of the 
press or public sympathy to fight back. It's called a pile-on, and this 
game first began in Tampa, seven years ago. On April 21, 1995, Tampa 
Tribune reporter Michael Fechter wrote a news story about the bombing 
at 
the Oklahoma City federal building, which had been destroyed two days 
earlier by domestic right-wing terrorists. Law enforcement officials 
had 
yet to make an arrest, but Fechter had his own ideas. "More and more," 
he 
wrote, "terrorism experts in the United States and elsewhere say 
Wednesday's bombing in Oklahoma City bears the characteristics of other 
deadly attacks linked to Islamic militants."

Fechter seemed to be an odd choice to write the piece, since at the 
time 
the county news reporter had virtually no experience covering religion, 
politics or terrorism for the Tribune. Instead, he wrote crime stories, 
covered local city council politics and monitored neighborhood action 
groups.

But what readers didn't know was that Fechter had recently befriended 
controversial terrorism expert Steve Emerson -- who has been accused of 
sloppy journalism and with having a pervasive anti-Arab bias -- and 
behind 
the scenes was remaking himself into a self-styled authority on 
terrorism. 
The following month the Tribune would uncork Fechter's sprawling series 
about Al-Arian and the alleged ties between him, his USF think tank and 
terrorists. The story would keep Fechter busy for the next six years, 
as he 
churned out nearly 70 stories on the topic.

But first, as a sort of dry run, Fechter wrote about the Oklahoma City 
bombing case. Taking the cue from his terrorist mentor Emerson, who 
made 
the same bogus claim on national television, Fechter pointed an 
accusatory 
finger at Muslims. Looking back, the glaring mistake should have raised 
a 
red flag among Tribune editors about their new in-house terrorist 
expert…

…When prepping O'Reilly's producers, Fechter never mentioned Judge 
McHugh's 
definitive ruling, which completely exonerated Al-Arian and WISE. "I 
felt 
confident that Dr. Al-Arian would be capable of pointing out the 
judge's 
writings on his own," wrote Fechter in an e-mail response to Salon. "My 
interest is in getting answers to questions Al-Arian does not want to 
face 
and that other reporters choose not to ask."

Incredibly -- or maybe not so incredibly -- O'Reilly's producers 
apparently 
never bothered to look into the legal disposition of Al-Arian's case. 
John 
Sugg, now senior editor of Atlanta's Creative Loafing newspaper, 
recently 
talked to Fox producers when they contacted him about appearing on the 
show 
for a follow-up segment about Al-Arian. "They said they did not know 
there 
was exculpatory information or that a judge had examined this stuff," 
says 
Sugg. "They felt like O'Reilly got blindsided."

So much for the no-spin zone.

For weeks, O'Reilly played up the Al-Arian interview, returning to the 
topic 14 different times. Despite assuring viewers "we researched it 
pretty 
thoroughly," he routinely bungled the facts…

…Certainly the veteran terrorism expert and NBC news consultant, Steve 
Emerson would take credit, not blame, for Al-Arian's firing. Despite 
the 
fact no charges have ever been brought against the USF professor (on 
the 
contrary; he's met personally with both Presidents Clinton and Bush in 
recent years), Emerson has been branding Al-Arian a terrorist for close 
to 
a decade. During a 1996 speaking engagement in St. Petersburg, Emerson, 
citing anonymous sources, assured the audience that Palestinian 
radicals at 
USF were involved in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing…

…Despite that string of hollow indictments, producers at NBC's news 
magazine "Dateline" didn't hesitate to usher Emerson on the air last 
October for a segment to -- what else? -- accuse Al-Arian of aiding 
terrorists.

In her introduction, NBC's Jane Pauley recklessly stressed a connection 
between Al-Arian and Sept. 11: "We're told that it's probable, if not 
certain, that there are still terrorists among us. Now investigators 
say 
there is evidence that an organization with ties to Middle East 
terrorists 
may have been operating in Florida for as long as a decade."

The "investigators" turned out to be…Steve Emerson. In fact, NBC never 
interviewed a single law enforcement official for its Oct. 28 report. 
The 
"Dateline" piece consisted entirely of Emerson, who was given a 
prime-time 
platform to air his creative accusations. (Al-Arian refused to appear 
on 
the show.)

Emerson told "Dateline" reporter Bob McKeown that Islamic Jihad "had 
essentially relocated to the United States in the city of Tampa," where 
it 
was operating as "a shadow government" for the terrorist group.

Emphasis on shadow, since neither the FBI, the INS, the CIA, USF nor 
the 
Tampa police were ever able to uncover it. Only Emerson.

Of course, Emerson never mentioned that Judge McHugh had looked at 
these 
allegations in 2000 and found no wrongdoing. It's not clear whether 
McKeown 
even knew about the judge's ruling…

…Al-Arian's battle to get his job back at USF will likely end up in the 
courts. Perhaps while his attorneys examine the university's egregious 
behavior, they should train their attention on some of America's 
biggest 
media players as well.

SEND NOTES OF APPRECIATION TO: boehlert@salon.com, dtalbot@salon.com, 
kamiya@salon.com, scottr@salon.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

SEE ALSO: STEVEN EMERSON'S CRUSADE
"Why is a journalist pushing questionable stories from behind the 
scenes?"
By John F. Sugg - http://www.fair.org/extra/9901/emerson.html

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NEW MUSLIMS
The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks have served as a catalyst to conversion 
for 
some Americans attracted by Islam's 'mysticism and clear theology'
Marina Jimenez, The National Post, 1/19/2002
www.nationalpost.com/home/story.html?f=/stories/20020119/1180278.html

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Like all Americans, Debra Portmann felt overcome 
with 
grief after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and mourned for the 
slaughter 
of her countrymen.

But she also felt something else: a lingering sadness for Islam itself, 
a 
faith she felt had been grossly abused by the terrorists to justify 
their 
actions.

Ms. Portmann, a Boston native whose Christian ancestors arrived here in 
1649, wrote a note of sympathy and slipped it under the door of the 
Islamic 
students' group at the University of Massachusetts, where she studies 
classical music.

Less than a month later, the 46-year-old liberal converted to Islam, in 
the 
basement of the Islamic Society of Boston's Sunni mosque. It was a 
simple 
ceremony that took only moments. She said the shahadah (There is no God 
but 
Allah and Mohammed is his messenger) in Arabic, a simple testimony of 
faith 
she will repeat five times a day for the rest of her life.

Tiffany Motschenbacher, an extroverted theatre major from Michigan with 
curly brown hair, converted a few days later, sitting on the floor of 
the 
society's cultural centre with a group of sisters, celebrating the 
occasion 
later over pizza and soda.

"I said the testimony and, poof, I was a Muslim. I was shaking and 
weeping," recalls Ms. Motschenbacher, 30, with a laugh. "I really felt 
that 
this religion was the truth and what I'd been looking for my whole 
life. I 
used to feel something was wrong with me because I couldn't grasp the 
concept of God. Now I finally had peace of hear."

The terrorist attacks perpetrated by fundamentalist Islamists served as 
a 
kind of a catalyst for both of these women and at least four others in 
their class of New Muslims, propelling them forward on a long and 
sometimes 
hesitant spiritual journey toward conversion…

"…Americans have bought more flags since 9/11, but they've also bought 
more 
Korans," says Imam Siraj Wahhaj, who runs the al-Taqwah mosque in 
Brooklyn, 
N.Y. "I've had more converts since 9/11 and I've spoken in so many 
different forums and inter-faith meetings..."

…The eldest class member, Karen Courtenay, a 61-year-old linguist who 
said 
the shahadah over the telephone last May, sums up how many of the 
converts 
feel about what she calls Islam's rich mysticism and clear theology and 
rules, which include fasting during Ramadan, praying five times a day 
and 
making a pilgrimage to Mecca.

"Many Christians express dismay about the Trinity, about the 
tri-partite 
God. With Islam, there are no miracles and things you can't understand. 
Also, the congregational prayer, where everyone prays in a certain way 
in 
Arabic and in ritual positions is very powerful. Then there's the 
social 
aspect: If you come from a cold, WASP New England culture, the hugging 
and 
hospitality you get from Arab sisters is just wonderful..."

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ISLAM UNVEILED
By ANGELA MILLER, St. Petersburg Times, 1/19/2002
Muslim women explain their beliefs about God and faith to young, 
curious 
minds.
http://www.sptimes.com/2002/01/19/Pasco/Islam_unveiled.shtml

SAN ANTONIO - Why do you wear that veil and those clothes?

That was the question of the day when six Muslim women visited St. 
Anthony 
Interparochial Catholic School on Jan. 11. Children sat in awe of the 
women, who wore head scarves called hijabs and clothing that covered 
most 
of their bodies.

The students listened attentively while the women explained that their 
modest dress was to preserve their beauty for family members. They also 
talked about how the hijab boosts their confidence by forcing people to 
judge their character rather than their looks.

"The more we can understand other people, the more we can live in peace 
and 
harmony,"said the Rev. Henry Riffle. "(The children) are at a very 
informative age."

The women, who attend the University of South Florida in Tampa, are 
part of 
a student group that promotes the Islamic faith by speaking at events.

"This is a way of life for me and my friends,"said Maysi Hnin, who 
directed 
most of the program. "I try and remain calm and open-minded to 
questions, 
to help people understand."

Four of the women were born into Islam; the others converted.

The women told the students about God, whom they call Allah, which is 
Arabic for God. They also talked of their belief in prophets. Jesus was 
one 
of them, they said, though Muslims do not consider him the Messiah. 
Rather 
than pray through Jesus, they said, Muslims pray directly to God. They 
showed the children their holy book, the Koran, and demonstrated how 
Muslims pray five times a day. They kneel on a rug that faces a certain 
direction, saying the words of a prayer along with body movements.

"We are constantly remembering God this way,"Hnin said.

The women said Islam is a peaceful religion and that they are taught to 
be 
kind to people, animals and nature.

After the program, students said they didn't know that not all Muslims 
are 
Arabs, and that Muslims also speak English, revere Jesus and come from 
all 
over the United States…

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HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: RESPECTING ELDERS
* QUOTE OF THE DAY: V.S. NAIPAUL SAYS OIL MONEY MADE ARABS “MAD”
* RESERVE YOUR HAJJ PACKAGE NOW
* CAIR “KNOW YOUR RIGHTS” SEMINAR IN DC
* JUSTICE OFFICIALS, MUSLIMS FACE OFF (Orange County Register)
         - VIGILANTE JUSTICE COULD BECOME PART OF U.S. FUTURE (Columbia 
Daily Tribune)
* CANDIDATES REACH OUT TO MUSLIM VOTERS (Chicago Tribune)
* AL-ARIAN'S FIRING JEOPARDIZES USF FACULTY TENURE RIGHTS (Tampa 
Tribune)
         - THE PRIME-TIME SMEARING OF SAMI AL-ARIAN (Salon.com)
* BEING PROFILED IS NEVER JUST AN INCONVENIENCE (Washington Times)
* FAIR DEPORTATION IS BEST FOR SECURITY (St. Petersburg Times)
* AL-AMIN TRIAL: BROWN AGAIN AT BAT FOR HIS YOUNGER BROTHER (Atlanta 
Journal)
* MUSLIM WOMEN: AN IDENTITY REDUCED TO A BURKA (Los Angeles Times)
* MUSLIMS OPEN DOORS TO SAY THANKS (Sun-Sentinel)

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* HADITH OF THE DAY: RESPECTING ELDERS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “If a young man honors 
an 
older person on account of his age, God will appoint someone to honor 
him 
when he attains old age.”

Riyadh us-Saleheen, 1:359

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: V.S. NAIPAUL SAYS OIL MONEY MADE ARABS “MAD”

Naipaul on politics and language
The Yomiuri Shimbun (Japan), 1/19/2002
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/newse/20020119woc1.htm

YOMIURI SHIMBUN: We were terrified by the terrorist attacks on Sept. 
11. 
What do you think is the main issue for the world now that the Cold War 
has 
ended?

NAIPAUL: It is nonsense to say that the terrorism of Sept. 11 was due 
to 
globalization or poverty. The terrorism was just what it appears to be: 
an 
expression of Islamic religious hate. The idea of the constant 
religious 
war is an important aspect of Islam. This constant religious war 
implies 
that there is always an enemy. The idea of the eternal enemy implies 
eternal hate for other groups. When you are weak it is enough to 
express 
this hate only in your heart. When you are strong you express this hate 
militarily. The Arabs--especially after the breakup of the Soviet 
Union--now feel themselves rich and strong. Their oil money has made 
them 
mad. So you might say that it was money, and not poverty, that 
encouraged 
Sept. 11. This Islamic religious war is the main issue for the world 
now.

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CAIR “KNOW YOUR RIGHTS” SEMINAR IN DC

WHAT: "Know Your Rights in the Workplace and the Public Domain"

Learn About:

* Your Rights After September 11
* CAIR and How We Can Help You
* How You Can Get Involved

WHERE: Masjid Muhammad, 15194th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

WHEN: Sunday, January 27, 2002, 12:30 p.m., After Dhuhr (Noon) Prayer

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JUSTICE OFFICIALS, MUSLIMS FACE OFF
BY VALERIE TAKAHAMA, The Orange County Register, 1/20/2002
www.ocregister.com/sitearchives/2002/1/20/local/arabs00120cci4.shtml

Ban Al-Wardi knows the federal government is looking closely at Arabs 
and 
Muslims. On Saturday, she had a chance to look back.

Al-Wardi, an immigration lawyer in Los Angeles, was among 120 
Arab-Americans and others who attended a community meeting in La Mirada 
with top regional officials from the Justice Department. The meeting 
was 
sponsored by the Anaheim- based Council of American- Islamic Relations, 
or 
CAIR.

"People are being singled out on the basis of religion," Al-Wardi said, 
referring to a State Department directive about security checks on 
residents of some Muslim nations who apply for visas.

Profiling based on religion and race was only one of the issues that 
arose. 
People also discussed a perceived double standard for Muslim charity 
organizations. And hate crimes. And so-called secret evidence and 
detentions. It made for a sometimes-contentious three-hour meeting.

In the hot seat were John Gordon, the U.S. attorney for the California 
Central District; Johnny Williams, the Immigration and Naturalization 
Service regional director; and Stephen Steinhauser of the Federal 
Bureau of 
Investigation…

"…Focusing our inquiries on people from those countries is not racial 
profiling. It is following practical investigative leads…We are 
speaking to 
anyone who might have information related to these crimes…regardless of 
their religion, their appearance or their nationality..."

…Many in the packed hall seemed skeptical that Arabs, Arab-Americans 
and 
Muslims are not unfairly targeted for questioning and detention…

…Hussam Ayloush of CAIR said Muslims in America were "doubly 
victimized" by 
the terror attacks.

"We were horrified by the attack against our nation," he said. "As 
Muslims 
living in this country ... we were given the looks of suspicion by our 
fellow Americans.

"Thankfully, our president and many officials made it clear that this 
was a 
war against terrorism and not a war against Islam," he said…

"…It was a good start, but we need to do more, definitely," said Sabiha 
Khan, a spokeswoman for CAIR.

SEE ALSO: VIGILANTE JUSTICE COULD BECOME PART OF U.S. FUTURE
http://archive.showmenews.com/2002/Jan/20020119Comm008.asp

…President George W. Bush and his crew tell us not to take our 
frustrations 
out on Arab-Americans. Muslims are not our enemy, he says. The fact 
that 
all the bastards who hijacked the planes were Middle Eastern isn’t 
supposed 
to mean anything? Perceptions in the real world are that if you wear a 
turban, burqa and pajamas or nightgown, you’ll be perceived as an 
enemy…

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CANDIDATES REACH OUT TO MUSLIM VOTERS
By Tom McCann, The Chicago Tribune, 1/21/2002
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0201210206jan21.story

With some of Illinois' top politicians busily pressing the flesh of 
Muslim 
constituents in the other room, Amena Khan leafed through campaign 
literature Sunday at the Islamic Foundation in Villa Park, excitedly 
preparing for her first vote in a U.S. election.

"My husband has been voting for a while, but now I want to join him," 
said 
Khan, 29, after listening to almost three hours of candidate speeches 
as 
part of Sunday's town hall meeting, designed to help the area's 
Muslim-American community learn to flex its political muscle. "Unless 
we 
get involved and reach out politically, people will never get to know 
us," 
said Khan, who immigrated to Streamwood from India six years ago and is 
now 
a citizen. "That's what today is for. The more of us who vote, the 
better."

More than two dozen political candidates, running for everything from 
attorney general to township committeeman, came to the Villa Park 
mosque 
before afternoon prayers to discuss civil rights and political 
participation for Illinois Muslims.

Speakers included gubernatorial candidates Corinne Wood, Roland Burris 
and 
Patrick O'Malley; DuPage County Board Chairman Robert Schillerstrom; 
and 
Illinois attorney general candidate Joe Birkett.

Illinois State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka spoke to the group wearing a 
traditional white hijab over her hair. Wood did the same with her 
flowered 
kerchief. All the candidates took pains to stress Muslim rights should 
not 
be weakened…

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AL-ARIAN'S FIRING JEOPARDIZES USF FACULTY TENURE RIGHTS
By SUSAN GREENBAUM, The Tampa Tribune, 1/20/2002
http://tampatrib.com/News/MGA4M2PLMWC.html

As a USF faculty member opposed to the firing of Professor Sami 
Al-Arian, I 
challenge your editorial “Faculty Ire Over Firing Of Al-Arian Is 
Disingenuous” on Jan. 12. You say faculty members who voted not to 
support 
President Judy Genshaft are arrogant and childish. We fail to 
appreciate 
the gravity of this case, and we foolishly cling to our defense of 
tenure. 
I would like to explain why I think you are wrong.

Tenure, which grants professors very strong protections against 
dismissal, 
is at the heart of this issue. The editorial correctly makes that 
point. If 
the University of South Florida is successful in terminating a tenured 
professor - Al-Arian - given the facts of this particular case, the 
tenure 
rights of all faculty at USF are jeopardized. His termination was not 
based 
on his ideas or speech, or anything that he personally did, but rather 
on 
the reactions of other parties. Death threats and threats to withhold 
donations were the main cause for this action…

FOR BACKGROUND, SEE: THE PRIME-TIME SMEARING OF SAMI AL-ARIAN
By Eric Boehlert, Salon.com, 1/19/2002
http://www.salon.com/tech/feature/2002/01/19/bubba/index.html

HIGHLIGHT: By pandering to anti-Arab hysteria, NBC, Fox News, the 
Tribune 
Company and Clear Channel radio disgraced themselves -- and ruined an 
innocent professor's life.

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BEING PROFILED IS NEVER JUST AN INCONVENIENCE
By CHRISTY E. LOPEZ, The Washington Times, 1/21/2002
http://www.washingtontimes.com/op-ed/20020121-67387484.htm#3

Mona Charen's Jan. 16 Commentary piece "Better to be profiled" asks 
whether 
we are "strong enough to risk being called names" after September 11. 
As 
our client, the Secret Service agent barred from flying on American 
Airlines on Dec. 25, has demonstrated by speaking out against 
discrimination, yes, we are strong enough…

…Ignoring the facts because of stubborn adherence to a stereotype is 
bad 
security and the worst type of discrimination…

…Some say that being subjected to discrimination on the basis of one's 
skin 
color is an "inconvenience" that (other) people should be willing to 
put up 
with. This agent has come forward to say that's just not the American 
way. 
Whether it's being asked to stand at the back of the bus or being told 
to 
come back and fly another day with a pilot who's more "comfortable" 
with 
you, being treated poorly because of the color of your skin is never 
just 
an "inconvenience."

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FAIR DEPORTATION IS BEST FOR SECURITY
By ROBYN E. BLUMNER, St. Petersburg Times, 1/20/2002
http://www.sptimes.com/2002/01/20/Columns/Fair_deportation_is_b.shtml

The announcement came and went with barely a notice and, beyond 
Arab-American and Muslim groups, barely a whimper of protest. The 
Immigration and Naturalization Service said even though a majority of 
the 
314,000 immigrants who have skipped out on their deportation orders are 
from Latin America, the agency is going after men from certain Middle 
Eastern and Muslim countries first. Same goes for student visa 
violators.

Our government has bluntly declared that it is enforcing laws 
selectively 
against a group of people on the basis of their nationality, and no 
one's 
raising an eyebrow. Well, I for one object. Even after Sept. 11, equal 
protection of law has meaning. "Don't be a blind fool,"my critics will 
say.

"The terrorist threat is coming from a certain community. It would be 
political correctness ad absurdem to ignore this reality. The men the 
government is targeting for deportation are here illegally. Our 
government 
is merely enforcing immigration laws in a way that will enhance 
American 
security."

I understand the intrinsic appeal of this argument. But I believe our 
Arabs-first efforts are wrongheaded from both a civil liberties and 
safety 
perspective…

…Tracking down and deporting Middle Eastern absconders because a 
handful of 
Muslims have proven to be terrorists is like enforcing speeding laws 
against young, black males, since there is a greater likelihood of 
catching 
dangerous criminals in the process. Hey, the Highway Patrol can't catch 
every speeder so why not put the resources where they would do the most 
good?...

…Regardless of the law, however, our long-term safety is best served 
when 
we are seen as fair and evenhanded. This is not an "us"against 
"them"situation, but we're making it one.

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AL-AMIN TRIAL: BROWN AGAIN AT BAT FOR HIS YOUNGER BROTHER
By STEVE VISSER, LATEEF MUNGIN, The Atlanta Journal, 1/20/2002
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/metro/alamin/index.html

H. Rap Brown's fiery words made him famous. "Violence is as American as 
cherry pie," he said in the riotous 1960s.

Ed Brown has spent much of his life explaining that quote to defend his 
little brother. For 35 years, whenever H. Rap Brown got into a jam with 
the 
law, Ed appeared to plead the case to the public, marshal support and 
put 
his brother in the best light possible. "Somebody asked me the other 
day if 
I regret that my brother made that statement," Ed Brown said. "I said, 
'Hell no, why should I regret it? That statement is historically 
accurate.' "

Now Ed Brown is fighting to save his brother's life in an Atlanta 
courtroom…

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MUSLIM WOMEN: AN IDENTITY REDUCED TO A BURKA
LAILA AL-MARAYATI and SEMEEN ISSA, The Los Angeles Times, 1/20/2002
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/opinion/la-000005034jan20.story
(Semeen Issa, a schoolteacher in Arcadia, and Laila Al-Marayati, a Los 
Angeles physician, are the president and spokesperson, respectively, 
for 
the Muslim Women's League.)

A few years ago, someone from the Feminist Majority Foundation called 
the 
Muslim Women's League to ask if she could "borrow a burka" for a photo 
shoot the organization was doing to draw attention to the plight of 
women 
in Afghanistan under the Taliban. When we told her that we didn't have 
one, 
and that none of our Afghan friends did either, she expressed surprise, 
as 
if she'd assumed that all Muslim women keep burkas in their closets in 
case 
a militant Islamist comes to dinner. She didn't seem to understand that 
her 
assumption was the equivalent of assuming that every Latino has a 
Mexican 
sombrero in their closet.

We don't mean to make light of the suffering of our sisters in 
Afghanistan, 
but the burka was--and is--not their major focus of concern. Their 
priorities are more basic, like feeding their children, becoming 
literate 
and living free from violence…

What doesn't penetrate Western consciousness, however, is that forced 
uncovering is also a tool of oppression. During the reign of Shah 
Mohammad 
Reza Pahlavi in Iran, wearing the veil was prohibited. As an expression 
of 
their opposition to his repressive regime, women who supported the 1979 
Islamic Revolution marched in the street clothed in chadors. Many of 
them 
did not expect to have this "dress code" institutionalized by those who 
led 
the revolution and then took power in the new government.

In Turkey, the secular regime considers the head scarf a symbol of 
extremist elements that want to overthrow the government. Accordingly, 
women who wear any type of head-covering are banned from public office, 
government jobs and academia, including graduate school. Turkish women 
who 
believe the head-covering is a religious obligation are unfairly forced 
to 
give up public life or opportunities for higher education and career 
advancement…

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MUSLIMS OPEN DOORS TO SAY THANKS
By Nancy L. Othon, Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL), 1/20/2002
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/palmbeach/search/sfl-pmosque20jan20.story

In the days immediately after Sept. 11, the number of Muslims who 
showed up 
to the Islamic Center for evening prayers dramatically dropped, because 
many people were scared.

But according to the center's members, the feeling of safety slowly 
returned, partly because of the support received from the Boca Raton 
Police 
Department's extra patrols at the center.

"Believe me, it was very tense," said Mirsad Krijestorac, security 
adviser 
for the center. "It was very reassuring how much professionalism they 
showed ... just the fact we saw the police around really brought us a 
sense 
of security."

The Islamic Center of Boca Raton said thanks to the department on 
Saturday 
with an appreciation ceremony and meal, opening up the center to police 
and 
members of the public…

…The center had received a number of anonymous threats by phone, and 
the 
center's spiritual adviser was threatened at gunpoint at the end of 
September.

"Those incidents were an unfortunate by-product of the whole thing," 
Fagan 
said.

"The overwhelming majority of Muslims are peace-loving people here to 
make 
a better life for themselves and unfortunately, some were victims of 
people 
who chose to blame them…"

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HEADLINES:

* VERSE OF THE DAY: CARING FOR PRISONERS
* CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS OFFERED GUIDE TO ISLAMIC PRACTICES
* MORE SCRUTINY OVER SUSPECTS' TREATMENT (AP)
         - U.S. SENDS MUSLIM CHAPLAIN TO DETAINEES (Washington Post)
* PENNSYLVANIA PRISON NEEDS QURANS
* CLOSED IMMIGRATION HEARINGS VIOLATE THE LAW (Detroit News)
         - JAILED CHARITY LEADER'S WIFE GETS DEPORTATION ORDER (Detroit 
Free Press)
         - JAILED JEWISH MILITANT PROTECTOR OR TERRORIST? (Los Angeles 
Times)
* MANHUNT PUTS MIDDLE EASTERNERS AT MERCY OF ORDINARY AMERICANS 
(Village Voice)
* RELIGIOUS GROUPS REFLECT ON ROE V. WADE RULING (Toledo Blade)

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* VERSE OF THE DAY: CARING FOR PRISONERS

"...they feed for the love of God the indigent, the orphan and the 
captive 
(saying): 'We feed you for the sake of God alone. No reward do we 
desire 
from you nor thanks.'"

The Holy Quran, Chapter 76, Verses 8-9

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CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS OFFERED GUIDE TO ISLAMIC PRACTICES
New booklet outlines religious requirements of Muslim prison inmates

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/22/2002) - As controversy grows over the treatment 
of 
prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba, a Washington-based 
Islamic advocacy group today announced the publication of a booklet 
designed to sensitize correctional institutions to the religious needs 
of 
Muslim inmates.

NOTE: Excerpts from the guide may be viewed at www.cair-net.org

The Council on American-Islamic Relations' (CAIR) publication, "A 
Correctional Institution's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices," 
contains 
information about the religious rights of inmates, as well as basic 
details 
about Islamic beliefs, dietary and clothing needs and the requirements 
for 
the five daily prayers. The booklet also describes the Islamic 
perspective 
on the issue of inmates' beards. (The booklet costs $3+S/H.)

"Since CAIR's inception as a civil rights and advocacy organization, we 
have dealt with issues related to religious accommodation in schools, 
prisons, hospitals, and the workplace. Each setting has its own 
requirements and limitations. We offer this guide as a tool to be used 
in 
protecting inmate religious rights while at the same time promoting a 
secure correctional environment," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad 
Awad. 
Awad added that CAIR has noted an increase in the number of requests 
for 
Islamic materials from prison officials and inmates.

The correctional institution's guide is the fourth in a series of CAIR 
publications designed to support the religious rights of American 
Muslims. 
Other booklets in this series include "A Health Care Provider's Guide 
to 
Islamic Religious Practices," "An Employer's Guide to Islamic Religious 
Practices" and "An Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices." 
Thousands of these booklets are now being used by corporations, schools 
and 
hospitals nationwide.

There are an estimated 7 million Muslims in America and some 1.2 
billion 
worldwide.

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PENNSYLVANIA PRISON NEEDS QURANS

CAIR has received a request from a Pennsylvania correctional facility 
for 
200 Qurans and 100 prayer rugs. Anyone who would like to sponsor the 
purchase of these items is asked to fill out the form below and return 
it to:

TEL: (credit card donations) 202-488-8787, ext. 3236
E-MAIL: cair@cair-net.org
FAX: 202-488-0833
MAIL: CAIR, 453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C.

AMOUNT PLEDGED:
Estimated cost for purchase and distribution of the items is $3,000. 
Any 
donation is welcome. Donations in excess of the actual cost will be 
used 
for similar activities. Checks should be made payable to "CAIR."

Name:
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MORE SCRUTINY OVER SUSPECTS' TREATMENT
By LYNNE SLADKY, The Associated Press, 1/22/2002

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) - The treatment of detained 
terrorist 
suspects from the Afghanistan war is getting more scrutiny from the 
international community and a federal judge in Los Angeles.

U.S. District Court Judge A. Howard Matz set a Tuesday hearing for a 
petition filed by a coalition of Los Angeles clergy, journalism 
professors 
and civil rights attorneys, including former Attorney General Ramsey 
Clark.

The first court challenge of the detention of al-Qaida suspects at the 
Guantanamo Bay Naval Base demands that the U.S. government bring the 
suspects before a court and define the charges against them.

Meanwhile, the Netherlands, Amnesty International and the International 
Committee of the Red Cross demanded the detainees be given 
prisoner-of-war 
status subject to the Geneva Conventions, and Sweden called for fair 
treatment for a Swedish captive...U.S. officials say stringent security 
is 
needed because some captives have threatened to kill their American 
guards...

...The Red Cross, which has a team at Guantanamo, said Monday it 
considers 
the detainees prisoners of war...Recognizing the detainees as prisoners 
of 
war would mean trying them under the same procedures as U.S. soldiers - 
by 
court-martial or civilian courts, not military tribunals...Guards say 
the 
prisoners mainly eat, pray and meditate in their open-air cells flooded 
by 
security lights at night, and are shackled to go to shower stalls or 
latrines without doors.

SEE ALSO:

U.S. SENDS MUSLIM CHAPLAIN TO DETAINEES
Driver Reports Taliban Leader Barely Eluded Bombs in War's First Days
By Bradley Graham, The Washington, 1/22/2002
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A15725-2002Jan21.html

A Muslim chaplain is being sent to minister to the religious needs of 
al 
Qaeda and Taliban detainees being held at the U.S. military base in 
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, American military officials announced 
yesterday...The 
move follows expressions of concern by rights groups and others about 
U.S. 
treatment of the prisoners, who are being kept in open-air, 6-by-8-foot 
cells under extremely tight security. The prisoners are permitted to 
pray 
several times a day, but have been shown in some photographs kneeling 
on 
the ground in handcuffs...

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CLOSED IMMIGRATION HEARINGS VIOLATE THE LAW
By U. S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., The Detroit News, 1/22/2002
http://www.detroitnews.com/2002/editorial/0201/22/a06-396349.htm

I recently strongly criticized the Justice Department's decision to 
change 
its longstanding practice of holding public immigration hearings behind 
closed doors ("Muslim man denied bail," Jan. 3) I became concerned 
after 
being denied admission to a bond hearing in Detroit involving Rabih 
Haddad, 
a well-respected member of Michigan's Muslim community who was being 
detained for an immigration violation.

In this time of heated passions and rhetoric, we must make the critical 
distinction between our government's detention of suspected terrorists 
based on specific evidence of illegal behavior and the government's 
disregard for the constitutional rights to have a fair and public 
hearing. 
To be clear, I have firmly supported the need to bring terrorists to 
justice, while consistently protesting against government abuses of our 
Constitution...

...Persons charged with immigration violations typically are released 
pending a hearing, and hearings before an immigration judge are open to 
the 
public. What I find objectionable is the fact that Pastor Haddad 
continues 
to be detained without credible evidence being offered regarding the 
need 
for his detention and without the benefit of public hearings...I fear 
the 
Justice Department, in its zealousness to protect our freedoms by 
detaining 
Middle Easterners without disclosing evidence and holding secret 
hearings, 
is quickly whittling away the constitutional foundation that has made 
freedom a beacon for the world.

SEND NOTES OF APPRECIATION TO:

Representative John Conyers, Jr.
Michigan 14th district
2426 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

TEL: 202-225-5126
FAX: 202-225-0072
E-MAIL: Rashad.Hussain@mail.house.gov
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

SEE ALSO:

JAILED CHARITY LEADER'S WIFE GETS DEPORTATION ORDER
http://www.freep.com/news/mich/fed22_20020122.htm

The wife of an Ann Arbor man detained for alleged links to terrorism 
said 
Monday that she had received a deportation order during the weekend 
asking 
her to leave the country. Salma Al-Rashaid, the wife of detained Muslim 
leader Rabih Haddad, admitted Monday that she overstayed her visa. She 
said 
she had applied for an extension and was waiting for a response from 
the 
government...Haddad's case has become a rallying point for local civil 
rights advocates opposed to profiling...

JAILED JEWISH MILITANT PROTECTOR OR TERRORIST?
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-000005577jan22.story

Now, Rubin finds himself behind bars. He and fellow JDL member Earl 
Krugel 
will be arraigned today on charges of plotting to bomb the King Fahd 
Mosque 
in Culver City and a field office of Lebanese American Rep. Darrell E. 
Issa 
(R-Vista). Both Rubin and Krugel are expected to plead not guilty. 
Federal 
authorities, who have tried to connect Rubin with violent attacks in 
the 
past, accuse him of conspiring to commit the same sort of terrorist 
acts 
for which he has long blamed--and reviled--others...

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MANHUNT PUTS MIDDLE EASTERNERS AT MERCY OF ORDINARY AMERICANS
By Chisun Lee, The Village Voice, January 22-28, 2002
http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0204/lee.php

...it is an irony of the post-September 11 times that suspicion in the 
name 
of safety has brought only harm to some. Federal authorities have 
jailed 
over 1000 immigration violators, and tagged for questioning some 5000 
visitors and students, from the Middle East without charging any with 
terrorist activity. Dozens of airport profiling cases and thousands of 
hate 
incidents have been tallied by Arab and South Asian advocacy groups. In 
all, there is "a cumulative effect of fear and apprehension," says 
Ibrahim 
Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations...

...Criticism directed at the Legal Aid Society reflects the bias 
dogging 
immigrants these days, Lonegan says. The frequent accusation is, " 
'You're 
representing terrorists,' " he says. "No, we're representing 
immigrants."
That lack of distinction in the public's mind is no accident, say 
critics 
of policies that target particular groups. The drive to persecute 
immigrants is clearly compensating for a failure to prosecute 
terrorists, 
says Juliette Kayyem, a terrorism expert at Harvard's Kennedy School of 
Government and a former member of Congress's terrorism commission...

"...The hope is, enough vocal criticism of the route the administration 
is 
taking will create some checks," says Kayyem. But "there's not a lot of 
love right now for Arab or Middle Eastern immigrants," and "there's 
absolutely no political will" left around keeping the government from 
doing 
with them what it will...

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RELIGIOUS GROUPS REFLECT ON ROE V. WADE RULING
By JUDY TARJANYI, The Toledo Blade, 1/19/2002
http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/frontpage
Search using the term "abortion."

People of faith will remember the Supreme Court decision legalizing 
abortion as either a tragic reality or an important right in worship 
services around the country today and tomorrow.

For religious groups on both sides of the abortion issue's great 
divide, 
the weekend preceding the 29th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade 
ruling, which falls on Tuesday, is a time to reflect on a decision that 
has 
touched millions of lives since 1973. Some also plan prayer services 
and 
other events on the day of the anniversary...Although most Christian 
and 
Jewish groups have added their voices to the abortion debate by taking 
stands, Muslims have not formally aligned themselves with either side.

Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said 
this is partly because Islamic scholars have varying opinions about 
abortion, although he said that, in general, Muslims want children. "We 
don't seek ways to get rid of our children."

He said Muslims are just coming into their own in terms of coalition 
building on various issues, including abortion.

"Abortion is one of those things there is religious opinion on, but it 
wouldn't be a top priority because Muslims kind of want big families. 
We're 
more likely to go to a fertility clinic than an abortion clinic."

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 1/23/2002

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HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: A STRANGER IN THIS WORLD
* CAIR-LA TAKES PART IN PRESENTATION ON ISLAM TO LOCAL OFFICIALS
* OHIO MUSLIMS HOLD TOWN HALL MEETING WITH DOJ OFFICIALS
* MARCHERS FOLLOW KING'S DREAM OF PEACE (Columbus Dispatch)
* RIGHTS GROUPS PRESS FOR NAMES OF MUSLIMS HELD IN NEW JERSEY (New York 
Times)
* SOMALI SECURITY GUARDS CHARGE BURNS WITH DISCRIMINATION (Star 
Tribune)
* OLD HATES BELONG IN PAST (Denver Post)
* SEARS DENIAL OF RELIGIOUS ACCOMMODATION PROMPTS EEOC COMPLAINT
* CENSUS BUREAU ESTIMATES 115,000 MIDDLE EASTERN IMMIGRANTS ARE IN THE 
U.S. 
ILLEGALLY (New York Times)
* IOWA MOSQUE HOLDS OPEN HOUSE
         - MOSQUES URGED TO HOLD OPEN HOUSES (CAIR)
* JEWISH GROUP VISITS BALTIMORE MOSQUE

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* HADITH OF THE DAY: A STRANGER IN THIS WORLD

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Be in the world as 
though 
you were a stranger or wayfarer."

An-Nawawi's "Forty Hadith," Number 40

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CAIR-LA TAKES PART IN PRESENTATION ON ISLAM TO LOCAL OFFICIALS

In coordination with the Santa Barbara Human Relations Commission and 
the 
Islamic Society of Santa Barbara, CAIR-LA today took part in a 
presentation 
to local government officials and community members called "Islam - The 
Path of Peace."

Topics of discussion included: 1) Understanding Islam, 2) passenger 
profiling, and 3) bias crimes against American Muslims.

CONTACT:  CAIR_SCA@cair-california.org

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OHIO MUSLIMS HOLD TOWN HALL MEETING WITH DOJ OFFICIALS

On Saturday, January 26, CAIR-Ohio invites community members to 
participate 
in a town hall meeting with officials from three key branches of the 
Department of Justice:

Meeting with key representatives of:

- US Department of Justice:
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Immigration and Naturalization Service
- United States Attorney
- Ohio Civil Right Commission
- Columbus Community Relations Commission
- US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
- Columbus Police

The Town Hall meeting will address several issues such as:

- Racial profiling
- The closure of Muslim charity organizations
- Secret evidence/Detentions
- Status of Immigrants who overstayed their visa
- Status of hate crime investigations related to the backlash from the 
9/11 
attack

WHEN: Saturday, January 26, 2002, 3 - 5 p.m.

WHERE: Auditorium, the Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road, 
Columbus, 
Ohio, Tel (614) 292-1342, (800) 637-2316 (Intersection of Olentangy 
River 
Road and Lane Avenue.)

To confirm your attendance or for more information, please contact:

CAIR-Ohio, Tel: 614-451-3232, e-mail: ohio@cair-net.org

SPONSORS: The Council on American-Islamic Relations, Ohio (CAIR-Ohio), 
Islamic Society of Greater Columbus (ISGC), Islamic Foundation of 
Central 
Ohio (IFCO), Muslim Community Center (Imam W. Deen Muhammad), 
Arab-Americans of Central Ohio.

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MARCHERS FOLLOW KING'S DREAM OF PEACE
By Dean Narciso, Columbus Dispatch, 1/22/2002
http://www.columbusdispatch.com
Search using the term "Jad."

Among the banners and flags flapping in the twilight during yesterday's 
Martin Luther King Jr. Day march was a placard hoisted by 
Arab-Americans.

As marchers rounded Marconi Boulevard onto the Broad Street bridge, the 
message "Muslim and Arab-Americans Share MLK's Dream" stood out. "This 
year, more than ever, the message needs to get across to everybody," 
said 
Jad Humeidan, director of the Ohio chapter of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations.

Humeidan said that peace, tolerance and nonviolent confrontation were 
among 
his thoughts as he stepped onto the bridge.

But the reality of increasing scrutiny and hostility toward 
Arab-Americans 
since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks also touched him.

The latest local example was the Dec. 30 vandalism of the Islamic 
Center on 
E. Broad Street. Damages there are expected to exceed $370,000...

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RIGHTS GROUPS PRESS FOR NAMES OF MUSLIMS HELD IN NEW JERSEY
By TAMAR LEWIN, The New York Times, 1/23/2002
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/01/23/national/23LAWY.html

With about half the Muslim men detained on immigration charges after 
the 
Sept. 11 attacks now in county jails in New Jersey, advocacy groups are 
increasing their efforts to find out who, where and how many detainees 
are 
in custody there -- and to ensure their access to lawyers.

In Newark yesterday, the American Civil Liberties Union's New Jersey 
chapter sued Hudson and Passaic Counties, seeking the names of all 
Immigration and Naturalization Service detainees jailed there. "Our 
lawsuit 
is relying on very clear state law, three different statutes, requiring 
that jails make public the names and other information on all those 
being 
held," said Deborah Jacobs, executive director of the A.C.L.U. of New 
Jersey.

Kerry Gill, a spokesman for the immigration service's district office 
in 
New Jersey, said the agency would not comment on pending litigation...

...The government has repeatedly refused to release the names or 
locations 
of the detainees, most recently in its Jan. 11 response to a Freedom of 
Information Act lawsuit brought by the A.C.L.U., the American-Arab 
Anti-Discrimination Committee and other advocacy groups. In its 
response, 
the Justice Department provided information on 725 detainees -- but 
blacked 
out the names and arrest and custody locations. What was left was the 
detainee's nationality, date of arrest, legal charge and date of 
charging 
document. In more than a dozen cases, the documents showed a lag of 
more 
than a month between the arrest and the filing of charges...

...The advocacy groups say they have been stymied in their efforts to 
ensure that all detainees have access to lawyers, through a kind of 
Catch-22: they are only allowed to visit detainees if they know the 
names 
and alien numbers, which the Justice Department will not release...

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SOMALI SECURITY GUARDS CHARGE BURNS WITH DISCRIMINATION
Lucy Y. Her, The Star Tribune, 1/23/200
http://www.startribune.com/stories/1557/1117246.html

A group of Somali security guards has filed complaints against Burns 
International Security Services alleging discrimination, harassment and 
mistreatment.

The guards claim they were threatened and cursed at by supervisors, who 
also made insulting remarks about their Muslim religion. And since 
Sept. 
11, the attacks have intensified, said Cynthia Kain, spokeswoman for 
the 
Service Employees International Union, which is helping the guards file 
the 
complaints and working on a union organizing effort.

The complaints first were filed with the Minnesota Human Rights 
Commission 
in October and then with the National Labor Relations Board in 
December. 
The guards worked at Minneapolis Public Housing Authority buildings. 
Kain 
said that there are 40 public housing high-rises in Minneapolis and 
that 
Somali officers work in 25 of them...

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OLD HATES BELONG IN PAST
By Peter G. Chronis, The Denver Post, 1/22/2002
http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1002,73%257E349753,00.html

Last month, during a University of Maryland seminar for opinion 
writers, I 
scored a family first by visiting a mosque.

In a global context, that's insignificant, considering that about 1.5 
billion of our fellow human beings regularly go to mosques. In the 
narrower 
context of my family's history, however, the visit to Dar al-Hijra 
Mosque 
was singular because of psychological baggage inherited from Greek 
Orthodox 
Christian forebears.

Four centuries of often brutal Ottoman rule engendered an antipathy 
towards 
Islam that survives even in Greek-Americans whose families arrived here 
in 
the 19th century. Many don't know that most of the time, Greek 
Christians 
and Muslims got along fairly well. That doesn't diminish genocidal 
outrages 
by greedy Ottoman overlords who reduced many Christians to serfdom as 
Turkish sultans lost control of their far-flung empire. Dispossessed 
Christians rebelled in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Turkish 
warlords' 
avarice had little to do with Islam.

Indeed, during the Greek War of Independence, Muslim clerics refused a 
Turkish commander's demand for a fatwah for the slaughter of insurgent 
Greeks.

Nonetheless, many modern Greeks and their overseas relatives still feel 
animosity toward Islam and know little about it.

Ancient hatreds, though, have no place in a pluralistic society like 
the 
United States, and thanks to meeting Muslims during college days, I 
learned 
that they worship the same God as Jews and Christians, whom they 
consider 
'people of the Book.'  Nearly 40 years ago, I read the Koran in English 
translation and recently, re-read it.

Several times, the Koran says Muslims shouldn't molest Jews and 
Christians 
who do them no harm - one Surah warns against religious arguments with 
people of the Scripture.

Like the Bible, the Koran can be interpreted many ways, and it would be 
silly to say there aren't theological gulfs among the three faiths - 
Judaism, Christianity and Islam - that share many bedrock beliefs.

I was particularly impressed with the warmth with which our entourage, 
which was studying terrorism, was welcomed at Dar al-Hijra. In addition 
to 
sharing Middle Eastern food, the mosque's members candidly expressed 
concern that the American Muslim community has been unfairly maligned 
in 
the aftermath of Sept. 11.

Despite civil rights issues involving Muslims, Ibrahim Hooper, 
communications director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, 
noted 
that if the tragedies had occurred in another country 'there probably 
would 
have been massacres,' such as the slaughter of thousands of Indian 
Sikhs 
after the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi...

SEND NOTES OF APPRECIATION TO: letters@denverpost.com, 
pchronis@denverpost.com
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SEARS DENIAL OF RELIGIOUS ACCOMMODATION PROMPTS EEOC COMPLAINT
Muslim transfer employee told religious headscarf violates company 
policy

CAIR today filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity 
Commission (EEOC) on behalf of a Muslim woman in Georgia who says she 
was 
denied the right to wear a religiously-mandated headscarf by Sears, 
Roebuck 
and Co. According to the CAIR complaint, the woman applied for a 
transfer 
position with Sears and was interviewed by a manager in the jewelry 
department. (She worked for Sears for five years at other locations.) 
The 
manager informed the woman a position was available, but that she may 
not 
be hired because of a store policy forbidding head coverings.

The applicant sought clarification of this policy from store managers 
and 
was allegedly told there can be "no head covering while working." Sears 
managers were told the applicant's request was religiously-based. 
(Under 
EEOC guidelines, an employer is obligated to accommodate a current or 
prospective employee's religious practices unless the company can show 
that 
the accommodation would create an "undue hardship.") The Islamic 
advocacy 
group is asking that Sears thoroughly investigate the incident, 
apologize 
to the Muslim woman, and offer her a new position and compensation for 
lost 
pay. (Sears did not contact the applicant in its initial investigation 
of 
the incident.)

CAIR publishes a booklet, called "An Employer's Guide to Islamic 
Religious 
Practices," designed to prevent these incidents from occurring.

CONTACT:

Alan J. Lacey
Chairman and CEO
Sears, Roebuck and Co.
TEL: 847-286-2500
FAX: 888-265-9865
E-MAIL: jhatte2@sears.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

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CENSUS BUREAU ESTIMATES 115,000 MIDDLE
EASTERN IMMIGRANTS ARE IN THE U.S. ILLEGALLY
By CHRISTOPHER MARQUIS, The New York Times, 1/23/2002
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/01/23/national/23IMMI.html

At least 58,000 men from Middle Eastern nations are in the United 
States 
illegally, nearly 10 times the number that the United States is seeking 
to 
deport, census data show...

...The new information, based on the 2000 census, has led to criticism 
that 
the government strategy is too narrow.

"It is difficult to overstate the implications of this new report for 
the 
security of our nation," said Steven A. Camarota, research director for 
the 
Center for Immigration Studies, a group in Washington that has pushed 
for 
lowering the number of immigrants who enter the country. "While the 
vast 
majority of illegals from the Middle East are not terrorists, the fact 
that 
tens of thousands of people from that region and millions more from the 
rest of the world can settle in the United States illegally means that 
terrorists who wish to do so face few obstacles."

But advocates for Arab and Muslim Americans argue that the government 
approach is too expansive and unfairly singles out certain citizens and 
residents for legal scrutiny because of their ethnicity.

A spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Ibrahim 
Hooper, 
said the government needed to enforce its immigration rules across the 
board, and not just as they related to Muslims.

"The point is you can't single out a specific race and ethnicity for 
selective law enforcement," Mr. Hooper said. "It's not within the 
American 
value system."

The number of illegal immigrants from the Middle East is a fraction of 
the 
overall underground population, which has exploded in the last 10 
years...

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IOWA MOSQUE HOLDS OPEN HOUSE

WHAT: Darul Arqum Islamic Center of Ames Open House
WHEN: Saturday, January 26, 2002 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
WHERE: 1212 Iowa Avenue, Ames, Iowa

For more information on our new mosque, please visit www.arqum.org

SEE: MOSQUES URGED TO HOLD OPEN HOUSES
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?articleid=612&articletype=2

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JEWISH GROUP VISITS BALTIMORE MOSQUE

WHAT: Jewish Council of Baltimore visits Islamic Society of Baltimore
WHEN: Wednesday, January 23rd, 2002 at 7 p.m.
TOPIC: Women in Islam, Imam Abdul Razzak, Guest Imam
Women in Judaism, Rabbi Ilyse Kramer, Guest Speaker
WHERE: ISB Gymnasium, 6631 Johnnycake Road, Baltimore, MD 21244

Refreshments will be served.

CONTACT: Islamic Society of Baltimore, Tel: (410) 747-7366, 
info@isb.org

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ACTION REQUESTED: Read the release below and then contact the Santa 
Barbara 
Human Relations Commission to express appreciation for their refusal to 
be 
intimidated by an Islamophobic smear campaign.

CONTACT:

Mr. Keith Davis
Administrator
Santa Barbara Human Relations Commission
E-MAIL: kdavis@co.santa-barbara.ca.us
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CA OFFICIALS AGAIN REJECT ADL ATTEMPT TO EXCLUDE MUSLIM SPEAKERS

(LOS ANGELES - 1/24/2002) - In the fifth such incident in three months, 
a 
demand to have Muslim speakers excluded from a public forum designed to 
promote intercultural understanding has been rejected by event 
organizers.

Sources say the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) had demanded that the 
Council 
on American-Islamic Relations Southern California chapter (CAIR-LA) and 
the 
Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) be denied the right to offer 
presentations on Islam to Santa Barbara County officials and employees, 
local organizations and community members at a public event that took 
place 
yesterday.

"It is unfortunate that the ADL feels the need to perpetuate an 
atmosphere 
of exclusion instead of fostering interfaith relations. At a time in 
our 
nation's history when Americans want to learn more about one another, 
it is 
a shame the ADL believes it is more important to divide communities 
along 
religious lines. This unfortunate incident is just one in a series of 
attempts by the ADL to marginalize and silence American Muslims," said 
CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush. "We thank the organizers of 
this 
successful event for rejecting such un-American tactics," Ayloush 
added.

In four other incidents since November, officials in California, 
Connecticut and Florida also rejected demands by Jewish groups to 
exclude 
Muslim speakers from similar events.

In November of last year, the ADL attempted to bar CAIR-LA from 
presenting 
at a hearing on hate crimes organized by Assemblywoman Judy Chu.

Also in November, the American Jewish Committee (AJC) asked that Ghazi 
Khankan, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
New York chapter (CAIR-NY), be denied the right to speak at a panel 
discussion, titled "Understanding Islam - after 9/11," sponsored by the 
Connecticut Humanities Council and the World Affairs Forum.

Again that month, the Florida Commission on Human Relations rejected a 
demand by that state's chapter of the ADL to exclude a CAIR 
representative 
from a panel discussion at an annual civil rights conference.

In December, the ADL demanded that Helal Omeira, executive director of 
the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations Northern California chapter 
(CAIR-NCA), be denied the right to offer testimony at a public hearing 
hosted by the State of California Select Committee on Hate Crimes.

Just this week, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) issued a 
statement demanding that a MPAC leader be prevented from addressing a 
State 
Department forum. That demand was also rejected.

SEE: "'Islamophobic Smear Campaign' Goes Public" at
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?articleid=4&articletype=3

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CONTACT:        CAIR-LA  Hussam Ayloush, 714-776-1847
                 E-MAIL: cair_sca@cair-california.org

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 1/24/2002

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HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: JUDGING BY DEEDS
* CAIR TESTIFIES ON CAPITOL HILL ABOUT IMPACT OF PROFILING
* LAWYER CALLS SEPT. 11 A FACTOR IN KILLING OF AFGHAN FILMMAKER (New 
York 
Times)
* HATE-CRIME ACCUSATIONS AT ALICE GRIFFITH IN S.F (San Francisco 
Chronicle)
* MICHIGAN: LAGGING LAW ENFORCEMENT INTERVIEWS (New York Times)
* HEAD COVERING KEEPS WOMAN FROM GETTING ID PHOTO TAKEN (News Journal)
* AMERICANS ARE UNFAMILIAR WITH ISLAM, BUT MOST SAY IT'S NOT VIOLENT 
(ABC)
* IMAM'S ROLE IN ISLAM ISN'T IDENTICAL TO THAT OF CLERICS IN OTHER 
RELIGIONS (Dallas Morning News)
* RALLYING FOR FREEDOM (The Oracle)

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* HADITH OF THE DAY: JUDGING BY DEEDS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "God does not judge you 
according to your bodies and appearances, but He looks into your hearts 
and 
observes your deeds."

Discover Islam, http://www.discoverislam.com

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CAIR TESTIFIES ON CAPITOL HILL ABOUT IMPACT OF PROFILING

CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad, along with other civil liberties 
advocates and experts, today testified before members of the House of 
Representatives about the impact racial and religious profiling has had 
on 
the American Muslim community since the September 11 terrorist attacks. 
The 
forum was sponsored by Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), ranking member of 
the 
House Judiciary Committee.

In his prepared remarks, Awad stated in part:

First I would like to thank Congressman Conyers and other members of 
the 
Judiciary Committee for inviting me to speak before you today.  I am 
honored to present you with information CAIR has compiled about the 
status 
of American Muslim civil rights since the tragic events of September 
11.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is one of the largest 
grassroots advocacy and civil rights organizations for Muslims in the 
United States. CAIR was founded in 1994 to defend Muslim civil 
liberties 
and to provide accurate and balanced information about Islam to the 
media, 
policy-makers and to the general public.

CAIR also undertakes proactive steps such as sensitivity training and 
the 
publication of guides for religious accommodation of Muslims in the 
workplace, correctional facilities, schools, and in the field of health 
care. Our organization has worked, and will continue to work, with 
local, 
state and federal officials in building a bridge of understanding to 
the 
Muslim and Arab American communities.

Like all Americans, our community was horrified by the terrorist 
attacks 
against America. We again repeat our condemnation of these attacks and 
of 
all terrorist activities. The Muslim community was doubly pained by 
these 
attacks, as they not only struck at our nation, but they also harmed 
the 
image of our faith.

As difficult as these times are, our hope is not diminished that a day 
will 
come when all Americans will understand that the Islamic religion has 
nothing to do with these crimes. We are encouraged by the warmth, 
generosity and openness offered by so many of our neighbors, friends 
and 
colleagues of other faiths.

Muslim physicians, fire fighters and counselors rushed to the scene of 
the 
attacks in New York and Washington to help bring relief to the victims 
and 
their families. Many American Muslims were also victims of these 
crimes.

Since September 11, CAIR has registered 1658 cases of discrimination, 
harassment, profiling, physical assault, and inappropriate law 
enforcement 
behavior. This compares with 640 total cases from the previous year...

In his conclusion, Awad stated:

Every American has the right to legal counsel, the right to face one's 
accusers, the right to protection against unwarranted search and 
seizure, 
and the right to be assumed innocent until proven guilty.

CAIR shares the desire for increased security against terrorism. 
Security 
will only come through time-tested investigative work, not by 
scapegoating 
and profiling vulnerable minorities. Racial and religious profiling, 
anti-immigration measures, indefinite detention, and political 
persecution 
will not make Americans safe, but provide instead a false sense of 
security 
while reinforcing racial prejudice and stereotypes.

To address these civil rights concerns, without prejudicing legitimate 
steps to safeguard the security of our nation, I urge Congress to take 
the 
following steps:

1. Hold quarterly civil liberties oversight hearings on the 
implementation 
of the USA PATRIOT Act.
2. Enact legislation to combat the use of racial and religious 
profiling.
3. Repeal the use of secret evidence.
4. Assure that the most troublesome new laws or regulations issued in 
connection with the events of September 11 are narrowly tailored to 
true 
terrorism activity and are rescinded when they are no longer needed.

We believe that security does not have to come at the expense of civil 
liberties and of the long history of tolerance and multiculturalism 
that 
defines the American experience...

TO VIEW AWAD'S ENTIRE TESTIMONY, GO TO:
http://www.cair-net.org/downloads/housetestimony.pdf

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LAWYER CALLS SEPT. 11 A FACTOR IN KILLING OF AFGHAN FILMMAKER
By ELISSA GOOTMAN, The New York Times, 1/24/2002
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/01/24/nyregion/24DEFE.html

INEOLA, N.Y., Jan. 23 â€" A Queens man charged with murdering an 
Afghan-born filmmaker and then freezing his head was motivated in part 
by 
patriotism and the stress of witnessing the Sept. 11 attack, the man's 
lawyer said today.

The lawyer, Thomas F. Liotti, said that his client, Nathan C. Powell, 
was a 
loyal American who grew angry after the filmmaker, Jawed Wassel, blamed 
the 
United States for instigating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks...

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HATE-CRIME ACCUSATIONS AT ALICE GRIFFITH IN S.F.
By Ilene Lelchuk, The San Francisco Chronicle, 1/24/2002
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/01/24/MN149137.DTL 


San Francisco - Jawad Al-Gazawi sat in his cramped living room at the 
Alice 
Griffith housing project in San Francisco, where one of the few windows 
in 
his apartment that hasn't been broken bears an American flag sticker.

"We came from war," said Al-Gazawi, a devout Muslim who moved to the 
United 
States after fleeing his native Iraq. "And now, we are at war."

His family, he said, has been under siege at the housing project in 
Bayview-Hunters Point since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. And his 
landlord -- the city's Housing Authority -- has moved sluggishly to 
help, 
Al-Gazawi said. Now, the U.S. Justice Department and FBI are looking 
into 
whether the 52-year-old Al-Gazawi, his wife and their four children 
were 
victims of racially charged violence and whether the Housing Authority 
-- 
an agency already under court scrutiny for its lax response to past 
discrimination and hate crimes -- did enough to protect them...

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MICHIGAN: LAGGING LAW ENFORCEMENT INTERVIEWS
By Jodi Wilgoren, The New York Times, 1/24/2002

One month after the federal deadline passed, officials in Eastern 
Michigan 
have interviewed fewer than half the Middle Eastern or Muslim men in 
their 
area wanted for questioning after the Sept. 11 attacks. Of the 521 men 
sought near Detroit, 44 have left the country, 36 have moved out of 
state 
and 8 have declined the voluntary interviews. Law enforcement officials 
have been unable to find 56 of the men, and they are still waiting for 
reports on 119 others. The interviews are part of a nationwide canvass 
of 
5,000 Middle Eastern or Muslim men ages 18 to 33 in the United States 
on 
temporary visas.

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HEAD COVERING KEEPS WOMAN FROM GETTING ID PHOTO TAKEN
By CINDI BROWNFIELD, Daytona Beach News-Journal, 1/24/2002
http://www.news-journalonline.com/2002/Jan/24/AREA2.htm

DAYTONA BEACH -- Najat Tamim-Muhammad considers herself a deeply 
religious 
woman. So devout, in fact, that it may keep her from getting a Florida 
driver's license.

Tamim-Muhammad, 41, a practicing Muslim, is battling the state 
Department 
of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles over the agency's requirement that 
she 
remove her head covering, a scarf called the "hijab," for her 
photograph on 
a state-issued identification card. State law, which also applies to 
driver's licenses, requires "a full-face photograph."

"To take it off would be the equivalent of some other woman being 
forced to 
remove her blouse," said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, a Washington, D.C.-based Islamic advocacy 
group.

Practicing Muslim women are required by their religion to keep all but 
their face and hands covered while in public...

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AMERICANS ARE UNFAMILIAR WITH ISLAM, BUT MOST SAY IT'S NOT VIOLENT
ABCNEWS.com, 1/24/2002
http://abcnews.go.com/sections/us/DailyNews/poll_Islam020124.html

Unfamiliarity seems to direct negative views: Americans who feel 
they're 
familiar with the basic tenets of Islam are much more likely than 
others to 
call it peaceful, to say it teaches respect for non-Muslims and to view 
it 
favorably overall.

But that familiarity is in short supply. Only 31 percent in this 
ABCNEWS/Beliefnet poll say they have a good basic understanding of the 
teachings and beliefs of Islam, a number that's essentially unchanged 
from 
a few months ago...

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IMAM'S ROLE IN ISLAM ISN'T IDENTICAL TO THAT OF CLERICS IN OTHER 
RELIGIONS
By Susan Hogan/Albach, The Dallas Morning News, 1/24/2002
http://www.dallasnews.com/religion/imam_12rel.ART0.6b976.html

Non-Muslims often assume that since imams are spiritual leaders, they 
function like priests, pastors and rabbis. In reality, imams aren't 
needed 
to perform many of the pastoral duties expected of other clergy, such 
as 
officiating at funerals and weddings or visiting the hospitalized.

"Some imams do those things, but not necessarily so," said Kevin 
Jaques, a 
scholar of Islam at Indiana University. "Muslims have developed 
communal 
traditions so when someone dies or is sick, there's family members or 
designated leadership to do that kind of ministerial work."

At the most basic level, imams are prayer leaders. Muslims pray five 
times 
daily: at sunrise, noon, afternoon, sunset and night. Seven days a 
week, 
Kavakci arrives before dawn to prepare for prayers and the lectures 
that he 
leads...

"...As an imam, I'm like a man with a broken leg," he said because of 
the 
long days he spends at the mosque leading prayers, counseling married 
couples, teaching classes and fielding questions.

"I can't easily leave the mosque and go here and there," he said.

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RALLYING FOR FREEDOM
By Rob Brannon, The Oracle (FL), 1/24/2002
http://www.usforacle.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2002/01/24/3c500e31b2a3e?in_archive=1

The Muslim Students Association and the Coalition of Progressive 
Student 
Organizations joined forces Wednesday to march in protest of the 
much-publicized firing of professor Sami Al-Arian.

The protesters called for the reinstatement of Al-Arian and questioned 
the 
decisions of the Board of Trustees and university President Judy 
Genshaft...

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 1/27/2002

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HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: KINDNESS TO CHILDREN
* CAIR OFFERS NASA SENSITIVITY TRAINING WORKSHOP
* CAIR-OHIO MEETS COLUMBUS DISPATCH EDITORIAL BOARD
         - INDEPENDENT WRITERS SYNDICATE (CAIR)
* RELIGION RISES FROM OBSCURITY (Winnipeg Free Press)
* EDITORIAL: PROTECTING SPEECH ON CAMPUS (New York Times)
* SUDAN FACT-FINDING DELEGATION TO HOLD NEWS CONFERENCE
* GHOSTS AND SECRETS AT MASS KILLER'S FUNERAL (Independent)
         - WAS THIS ANOTHER TARGETED KILLING? (Independent)
         - SECRETS SHARON WILL TAKE TO HIS GRAVE (The Herald)
* POWELL ASKS BUSH TO REVERSE STAND ON WAR CAPTIVES (New York Times)
* GOD SQUAD: A STORIED, GLORIOUS RELIGION (Newsday)
* MUSLIM LEADERS MEET U.S. OFFICIALS (Chicago Tribune)
* FOLLOWING ISLAM IN THE UNITED STATES (Washington Post)
* LETTER: RACISM AT O'HARE (Chicago Tribune)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: KINDNESS TO CHILDREN

Aisha (may God be pleased with her), the wife of Prophet Muhammad 
(peace be 
upon him), related the following: “A poor woman came to me along with 
her 
two daughters. I gave her three dates. She gave a date to each of them 
and 
then she took one date and brought it to her mouth in order to eat, but 
her 
daughters expressed desire to eat it. She then divided the date that 
she 
intended to eat between them. This (kind) treatment impressed me and I 
mentioned what she did to the Holy Prophet (Muhammad). Thereupon he 
said: 
‘Verily God has assured her Paradise because of (this act)...’”

Sahih Muslim, Hadith 1210

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CAIR OFFERS NASA SENSITIVITY TRAINING WORKSHOP

CAIR's Sensitivity and Diversity Training Center (SDTC) recently 
conducted 
a sensitivity training workshop for THE National Aeronautics and Space 
Administration (NASA).

Some 35 NASA civil rights directors, engineers and staff participated 
in 
the training. SDTC Director Nancy Hanaan Serag presented an “Islam: 
Myths 
and Stereotypes” seminar, including a brief overview of basic Islamic 
beliefs and practices. Workshop attendees also participated in an 
interactive quiz testing their prior knowledge about the Muslim faith 
and 
group exercises dealing with issues of prejudice and stereotyping.

”Since the horrific attacks of September 11, there has been a quest for 
knowledge and understanding of the Muslim faith. It is now time to 
appreciate our nation’s religious and cultural diversity,” said Serag.

CAIR's Sensitivity and Diversity Training Center offers several 
programs 
for a wide range of environments and needs. For more information 
contact: 
Nancy Hanaan Serag at 202-488-8787, ext. 6052

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CAIR-OHIO MEETS COLUMBUS DISPATCH EDITORIAL BOARD

Representatives of CAIR-Ohio met recently with the editorial board of 
the 
Columbus dispatch. Board members were presented with a content analysis 
of 
their opinion/editorial pages since the terrorist attacks of September 
11. 
This analysis indicated that only a tiny percentage of commentaries 
were 
written by Muslim. CAIR-Ohio pointed out that the Muslim community 
would 
like more opportunities to speak for itself. CAIR’s Independent Writers 
Syndicate was suggested as a source of commentary writer from a Muslim 
perspective.

INDEPENDENT WRITERS SYNDICATE

CAIR's "Independent Writers Syndicate" is designed to offer a Muslim 
perspective on current political, social and religious issues. The 
service 
distributes original commentaries to newspapers and web sites 
throughout 
North America.

Commentaries are offered free-of-charge to one media outlet in each 
market 
area. Permissions for publication will be granted on a 
first-come-first-served basis.

Opinion page editors may also request columns on specific topics.

CONTACT: Riad Abdelkarim, riadzuhdi@aol.com (Those wishing to have 
their 
commentaries considered for distribution on the syndicate should 
contact 
Mr. Abdelkarim.)

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RELIGION RISES FROM OBSCURITY
Panel discovers lack of coverage in the wake of Sept. 11 attacks
By MaryLou Driedgerm, Winnipeg Free Press, 1/26/2002

It wasn't until a couple of hours after the first airliner crashed into 
the 
World Trade Center when CTV News's Kirk Lapointe discovered a 
significant 
gap in the network's reporting.

"Just after 10:30 on the morning of Sept. 11, I remember looking around 
our 
newsroom and realizing I did not see a single Muslim face. We had no 
in-house resource, no one to explain the religion of Islam, or help us 
understand what the Muslim people must be thinking and feeling," 
recalled 
Lapointe, the senior vice-president of CTV News, during a forum on 
Faith 
and the Media held this week in Winnipeg…The media received praise, 
however, from Riad Saloojee, executive director of the Canadian Council 
of 
American- Islamic Relations. He noted Canada's 500,000 Muslims have 
found 
some things about the coverage given their faith community in recent 
months 
encouraging.

"There has been a sincere attempt to understand the Islamic 
perspective," 
he said. "Particularly during Ramadan, a significant effort was made to 
provide information which would help Canadians understand their Islamic 
neighbours."

Saloojee, hastened to add that some negative things needed 
highlighting, 
too. "Certain reporters have tried to minimize the backlash against 
Muslim 
Canadians. They have suggested the reaction has been limited to 
name-calling and verbal slurs. In fact, police have documented over 115 
incidents including death threats and assaults."

Saloojee also suggested some columnists have thoughtlessly linked the 
words 
Muslim or Islam with the words terrorist, fundamentalist or holy war. 
Lapointe agreed with him. "We don't call terrorists in Ireland 
Protestant 
or Catholic," he noted…

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EDITORIAL: PROTECTING SPEECH ON CAMPUS
The New York Times, 1/27/2002
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/01/27/opinion/27SUN3.html

Wartime is precisely the moment when unpopular views and the role of a 
university as an open forum for ideas must be most vigorously defended.

The case involves Sami Al-Arian, a tenured professor of computer 
science 
active in the Islamic movement. In 1988, he gave a speech in which he 
called for "victory to Islam" and "death to Israel." Last September, in 
a 
television appearance, Mr. Al- Arian was reminded of his words 14 years 
ago 
and asked about militant Muslims whom he had invited to the university. 
Mr. 
Al-Arian distanced himself from his previous statements and from 
violence 
of any kind.

Nevertheless, the next day, the university, in Tampa, received hundreds 
of 
phone calls and e- mail messages, some threatening the university and 
others threatening Mr. Al-Arian.

The university has sent him a letter of dismissal. It said that he 
failed 
to make clear on television that he was not representing the University 
of 
South Florida and that his presence on campus was such a disruption 
that 
the business of the university could not proceed. Both complaints are 
groundless and make a mockery of free speech and academic freedom. 
Governor 
Bush has compounded the problem by publicly backing the university's 
approach.

University officials say they are not getting rid of Mr. Al-Arian 
because 
of his views. That is disingenuous. The documentation they have 
produced 
focuses on the "disruption" he is said to have caused and refers 
repeatedly 
to a drop in contributions. In other words, Mr. Al-Arian's politics are 
costing the university too much so it wants to get rid of him.

If Mr. Al-Arian were a moderate receiving threats from militant 
Muslims, 
there is little doubt that the university would stand up for him…Free 
speech and academic freedom must be blind to politics. Conservatives 
deserve as much protection as liberals. Critics of affirmative action 
have 
been harassed or threatened at colleges. Firing a professor because his 
views are causing others to criticize or threaten the university is a 
betrayal of the academic code. No campus should be run that way.

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SUDAN FACT-FINDING DELEGATION TO HOLD NEWS CONFERENCE

An American fact-finding delegation which recently returned from Sudan 
will 
report on its trip in a press conference Monday, Jan. 28 at 9:30 a.m. 
in 
the Lisagor Room of the National Press Club, 529 14th St. N.W. in 
Washington, D.C.

The trip was organized by the Coalition to Give Peace a Chance in 
Sudan, an 
ad-hoc group of organizations and individuals seeking to promote peace 
in 
Sudan and improve U.S.-Sudan relations.

CONTACT: Coalition to Give Peace a Chance in Sudan, 301-728-8949

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GHOSTS AND SECRETS AT MASS KILLER'S FUNERAL
By Robert Fisk, The Independent, 1/27/2002
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=116610

Hobeika was ready to give evidence against Ariel Sharon, Israel's Prime
Minister, in Belgium in March - evidence he believed would prove that 
the 
then Israeli defence minister was directly culpable for the Beirut 
massacre. The car bomb that killed Hobeika and three of his bodyguards 
- 
two of their coffins flanked his yesterday - exploded less than two 
days 
after he had agreed to testify against Mr Sharon. So all of us felt 
another 
presence in the ugly little concrete church of Mar Tackla, with its 
blood-red stained-glass windows: that of the Israeli Prime Minister for 
whom Hobeika once worked and who, the Lebanese believe, ordered his 
murder.

The Lebanese police have already identified the car that blew Hobeika 
to 
bits. The professional assassins had erased the chassis serial number 
which 
would have allowed the owner to be traced, but Lebanese intelligence 
men 
found the engine number and telephoned Mercedes headquarters. It came 
back 
with the chassis number, and the police immediately traced the vehicle 
to a 
man living in the town of Jezzine - notorious under Israeli occupation 
for 
19 years as a headquarters for Israeli Shin Beth intelligence men.

SEE ALSO:

WAS THIS ANOTHER TARGETED KILLING?
http://www.independent.co.uk/story.jsp?story=116256

SECRETS SHARON WILL TAKE TO HIS GRAVE
http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/archive/25-1-19102-0-11-9.html

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POWELL ASKS BUSH TO REVERSE STAND ON WAR CAPTIVES
By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE, The New York Times, 1/27/2002
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/01/27/politics/27DETA.html

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26  Breaking with other cabinet officials, Secretary 
of 
State Colin L. Powell has asked President Bush to declare that the 
United 
States is bound by the Geneva Conventions in its treatment of the 
captives 
in Afghanistan and at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, administration officials 
said 
today.

Seeking a review of a presidential decision made nine days ago, when 
the 
administration determined that the captured fighters were not prisoners 
of 
war and hence not fully protected by the Geneva Conventions, Mr. Powell 
and 
his lawyers at the State Department urged Mr. Bush to affirm that the 
international law of war does govern the United States' treatment of 
all 
captives of the Taliban military and the terrorist network Al Qaeda.

Mr. Powell asked for the review after allies and human-rights advocates 
suggested that the United States had skirted some of the conventions' 
technical requirements…

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GOD SQUAD: A STORIED, GLORIOUS RELIGION
By Rabbi Marc Gellman & Msgr; Thomas Hartman, Newsday, 1/26/2002
http://www.newsday.com/features/religion/ny-p2dexmaster2565686jan26.story

Q. It's tough to love your enemy. Since Sept. 11, I find myself 
consumed 
with anger toward Muslims. I know only a few are terrorists, but I keep 
hearing that the Quran tells Muslims to kill unbelievers.

I don't know what to think about Islam, and I don't know how to control 
my 
anger. - S.B.

A. Islam is not a good religion - it's a great religion. For 1,600 
years, 
it has had no Inquisitions, sponsored no Crusades and had no Holocaust.

In 1492, when the Jewish people were expelled from Christian Spain, 
they 
were warmly accepted in Muslim Turkey. The Muslim King Hassan of 
Morocco, 
who was allied with Hitler and Mussolini during World War II, refused 
Hitler's orders to transport even a single Moroccan Jew to Europe for 
extermination. Islamic translators and philosophers, called 
mutikalimun, 
translated Plato, Aristotle and the Greek classics into Arabic when 
Europe 
was in the Dark Ages.

In view of this glorious past, it's particularly tragic that today 
Islam 
has been hijacked just like those planes on Sept. 11. A small number of 
fanatics have used Islam to justify their political agenda and their 
murderous obsessions.

Islam also teaches that both Moses and Jesus were holy prophets from 
God. 
Jews and Christians are not unbelievers (kafirs), according to explicit 
Muslim teaching. In fact, the clear teaching of Islam is that "to kill 
one 
single innocent person is like killing the whole world."

Islam teaches that jihad, which means struggle, justifies holy war only 
as 
a defense of one's homeland (very much like the "just war" teaching of 
Christianity and Judaism). It forbids killing innocent noncombatants 
and 
never allows people who are not respected Muslim scholars to issue 
fatwas, 
or religious orders.

Osama bin Laden is not a scholar. His version of fatwas, his terrorism 
and 
his teachings are against every tenet of Muslim law. So condemning all 
of 
Islam for the Sept. 11 attacks is like condemning all of Christianity 
for 
the Crusades or the Inquisition.

Sometimes, religions go through a time of trial and testing, and need a 
reformation to return to their true teachings of love and compassion. 
Islam 
seems to be going through such a time now, and we must hear the voices 
of 
those Muslims speaking out against this perversion of a great religion 
and 
pray for their ability to reclaim their faith.

We non-Muslims must keep hatred out of our hearts and guard against 
making 
all Muslims scapegoats for the hateful distortions of a few maniacs.

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MUSLIM LEADERS MEET U.S. OFFICIALS
By GLEN ELLYN, The Chicago Tribune, 1/26/2002

Seeking to bridge racial and cultural rifts they say have deepened 
since 
the Sept. 11 attacks, more than two dozen area Muslim leaders attended 
a 
forum led by local U.S. Department of Justice, federal law enforcement 
and 
immigration leaders this week at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

Alleged incidents of racial profiling by law enforcement, airport 
officials 
and Immigration and Naturalization Service agents, along with concerns 
about the closing of Islamic charities accused of aiding terrorism and 
Muslims being detained by the INS and Justice Department, dominated 
discussion during the nearly two-hour forum Thursday night. "We are 
Americans too. This is where we live. This is where we are born. This 
is 
where we bury our dead. This is where we raise out children. But we do 
not 
feel like we are being treated like Americans," said Oussama Jamall, a 
member of the Council of Islamic Organizations in Lombard…

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FOLLOWING ISLAM IN THE UNITED STATES
The Washington Post, 1/26/2002

"Islam in America," a free symposium examining the emergence of Islam 
in 
the United States from the 19th century to the present, will be held 
from 
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Library of Congress, Thomas 
Jefferson Building, Room 119, First Street SE between Independence 
Avenue 
and East Capitol Street. 202-707-3302.

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LETTER: RACISM AT O'HARE
By Arsalan T. Iftikhar, Council on American-Islamic Relations
The Chicago Tribune, 1/26/2002

When a woman's integrity is jeopardized for no other reason than what 
demographic she belongs to, it amounts to nothing less than 
discrimination. 
Regarding Ronald Rodriguez's letter calling profiling the Muslim woman 
at 
O'Hare justified ("Profiling at O'Hare," Voice of the people, Jan. 22), 
he 
fails to remember that the equal protection clause of the 14th 
Amendment 
forbids the racial classification of members of a certain racial group 
solely for that purpose.

It seems if it were up to him and many others, the Constitution would 
just 
be used as a floormat that they could just walk right over.

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 1/28/2002

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HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: ESTABLISHING JUSTICE
* CAIR URGES PRESIDENT BUSH TO PROMOTE FREEDOM FOR ALL
         - FL MUSLIMS REACT TO STATE OF UNION ADDRESS (CAIR)
* WESTERN UNION APOLOGIZES FOR FREEZING MUSLIM'S FUNDS (CAIR)
* CAIR DISCUSSES STUDENT VISA TRACKING ON CNN
* GLOBAL RELIEF FOUNDATION SEEKS JUDICIAL REDRESS AGAINST FEDERAL 
AGENCIES 
OVER ASSET BLOCKING
         - HADDAD FAMILY WAITS FOR ANY NEWS (Ann Arbor News)
* FORUM ADVISES LOCAL MUSLIMS ON HANDLING DISCRIMINATION (Columbus 
Dispatch)
* NOT ALL MILITANT ISLAMIC GROUPS ARE OUT TO GET AMERICA (St. 
Petersburg Times)
         - WHO IS STEVEN EMERSON?
* ARAB STUDENTS REDISCOVER VOICES SILENCED ON SEPT. 11 (New York Times)
* IMMIGRANT DEPORTED AFTER 3 MONTHS IN JAIL (Newsday)
* MUSLIMS KEEP AN ANCIENT FAITH IN A MODERN TIME (Post-Gazette)
* NO LAND'S MAN (Weekly Planet)
* INTO THE PUNDITRY VACUUM, FRESH WIND (Washington Post)
         - HOW THE MEDIA HAVE COVERED THE WAR ON TERRORISM (PEJ)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: ESTABLISHING JUSTICE

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, "...for every day on 
which 
the sun rises there is a reward of a charitable gift for the one who 
establishes justice among people."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, 3:870

The Prophet also stated that God said: "O My servants, I have forbidden 
oppression for Myself and have made it forbidden amongst you, so do not 
oppress one another."

Hadith Qudsi, 17

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CAIR URGES PRESIDENT BUSH TO PROMOTE FREEDOM FOR ALL

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Washington-based 
Islamic advocacy group, today sent the following letter to President 
Bush 
in anticipation of Tuesday's State of the Union address:

Dear Mr. President -

I hope this letter finds you in the best of health and spirits.

First, I would like to thank you for your efforts to reach out to the 
Muslim community during this time of national crisis. Your meetings 
with 
Muslim leaders just after the horrific terrorist attacks of September 
11 
were particularly appreciated.

While you prepare for your State of the Union address, I would like to 
offer suggestions that could serve to strengthen America's image and 
interests worldwide.

As you have stated repeatedly, we are not in a war against Islam or 
Muslims. Unfortunately, a perception seems to be developing that any 
demand 
for freedom by Muslims anywhere on earth is now viewed as a 
manifestation 
of terrorism. Muslims worldwide support freedom and human rights in 
Chechnya, Palestine, Kashmir, China, and many other areas. Our nation's 
interests are best served by promoting the American values of liberty 
and 
justice for all people, including the Palestinians and Kashmiris.

American Muslims, along with many other citizens, also have grave 
concerns 
about the civil liberties implications of several government policies 
ostensibly designed to improve domestic security. These policies have 
specifically targeted American Muslims, thereby creating the impression 
that our entire community is suspect.

America's Muslim citizens and immigrants can serve as a bridge of 
understanding to the Islamic world. Carrying out this important duty is 
made more difficult when Muslims feel besieged by ethnic and religious 
profiling, selective enforcement of laws and a "dragnet" approach to 
immigration policies. (CAIR has received more than 1600 reports of 
anti-Muslim backlash following the September attacks.)

As a candidate, you spoke out against the use of profiling and secret 
evidence. Your leadership is once again needed on these important 
issues.

I would respectfully request that you take these concerns into 
consideration while preparing your address.

Thank you for your kind attention.

Sincerely,
Nihad Awad
Executive Director

                                         - END -

CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-489-5108
E-MAIL - cair@cair-net.org

SEE ALSO:

FL MUSLIMS REACT TO STATE OF UNION ADDRESS

WHAT: On Tuesday, January 29, the Council on American-Islamic Relations 
Florida chapter (CAIR-FL) will invite representatives from the local 
Muslim 
community to participate in the viewing of President Bush's State of 
the 
Union address.  The event is designed to gather Muslims views on the 
issues 
that the president will be addressing.

"Muslims, like all Americans, care about a variety of social, moral and 
political issues faced by our society. This event will offer members of 
the 
Muslim community an opportunity to hear what the President has to say 
and 
to offer their reactions," said CAIR-FL Executive Director Altaf Ali.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 29, 8 P.M. (Eastern)

WHERE: Miami Gardens Mosque, 4305 NW 183rd Street, Miami, FL. 33055. 
TEL: 
(305) 624-5555

CONTACT: CAIR-FL, Altaf Ali, 954-797-7493 or 954-298-8214.  E-MAIL: 
Florida@cair-net.org

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WESTERN UNION APOLOGIZES FOR FREEZING MUSLIM'S FUNDS

CAIR today announced that Western Union has apologized for freezing the 
funds of a Muslim family apparently based on religious and ethnic 
profiling.

An Atlanta Muslim, a five-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, 
was 
informed that the money his family sent him from Virginia was not in 
Western Union records. When his mother called to see what had happened 
to 
the funds she transferred, she discovered that the money was frozen 
until 
her son provided further documentation of his American citizenship. 
(The 
son is African-American.)

In his letter to CAIR, Western Union President Michael C. Yerington 
wrote: 
"We are certainly sorry for any inconvenience caused by the delay in 
the 
delivery of funds to [the Muslim recipient]."

Yerington said the delay in delivery was the result of an Office of 
Foreign 
Assets Control (OFAC) requirement that blocks any funds in which a 
"specially designated national" (SDN) has an interest. He said the 
Muslim 
veteran's name was similar to several on the SDN list.

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CAIR DISCUSSES STUDENT VISA TRACKING ON CNN

CNN LIVE TODAY
January 28, 2002 Monday 1:40 PM Eastern Time
HEADLINE: Studying Student Visas
GUESTS: Ibrahim Hooper, Dan Stein
HOST: Leon Harris

HIGHLIGHT: Among the security reforms touted in the aftermath of 
September 
11th was tighter scrutiny of non-Americans who were living in the U.S. 
on 
student visas.

LEON HARRIS, CNN ANCHOR: Among the security reforms touted in the 
aftermath 
of September 11th was tighter scrutiny of non-Americans who were living 
in 
the U.S. on student visas.

Today, however, the "New York Times" reports that any meaningful 
tracking 
system is still at least a year away.

Joining us now to talk about the process and the principle as well, our 
Ibrahim Hooper. He is with the Council on American-Islamic relations, 
and 
Dan Stein, with the Federation for American Immigration Reform, both of 
them are in Washington. Gentlemen, thank you very much for coming in 
and 
talking with us this afternoon about this topic. Mr. Hooper, I would 
like 
to begin with you, because as I understand it, your stance on this 
issue, 
you are against what's being proposed as this monitoring system for 
students who are coming in from outside the country, but when you look 
at 
what happened here back on September 11th, the biggest terrorist act to 
ever hit this nation was perpetrated by those who were here on those 
particular visas. Why doesn't it make sense to actually target people 
who 
are using they that visa to get into the country?

IBRAHIM HOOPER, COUNCIL ON AMERICAN-ISLAMIC RELATIONS: ...Whether it's 
at 
airports, whether it is by the immigration service, whether it's by the 
Justice Department in terms of the detainees, I think inevitably what 
you 
will have when have you a half million of these students, they are 
going to 
say, well, we can't focus on all of them, we are going to have to focus 
on 
the Muslims and Arabs, and that's what they are saying with airport 
profilings and all of these other policies...

HOOPER: I think that we miss the point also that these students are a 
bridge to the rest of the world. If there is a negative perception to 
America in the rest of the world, hundreds of thousands of students 
going 
back home with a positive image of America is going to help our image 
worldwide.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 28, 
2002
CONTACT: Asim Ghafoor, 202-497-2219

GLOBAL RELIEF FOUNDATION SEEKS JUDICIAL REDRESS AGAINST FEDERAL 
AGENCIES 
OVER ASSET BLOCKING

Bridgeview, IL-Global Relief Foundation, Inc. ("GRF"), a US-based 
501(c)(3) 
charitable relief organization headquartered in Bridgeview, IL today 
announced it has filed a civil lawsuit against the federal government. 
The 
suit was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern 
District of Illinois and suit seeks to overturn the U.S. Treasury 
blocking 
notice issued on December 14, 2001 that blocked all assets and records 
held 
by GRF. The federal government took these actions on December 14, 2001 
purportedly invoking laws designed to seize assets of foreign 
organizations, even though GRF is a U.S.-based corporation.

The allegations against the federal government in the suit include:

* That Section 106 of the USA PATRIOT Act (P.L. No. 107-56) as applied 
against GRF is unconstitutional;

* That the FBI seized and failed to timely return personal items seized 
from GRF's staff during its December 14 raid of GRF's office and the 
home 
of one of GRF's officers;

* That the U.S. Treasury's action in freezing and holding GRF's monies 
is 
unlawful, unjustified, factually indefensible and unconstitutional;

* That the federal government is unlawfully prohibiting the creation of 
a 
legal defense fund to allow U.S. citizens to voluntarily contribute to 
legal and media efforts to defend GRF;

* That government officials have falsely smeared GRF as having ties to 
terrorism but have failed to disclose any credible evidence or provide 
GRF 
with any notice of charges against it even though it has effectively 
shut 
down this Muslim charity.

Plaintiffs are represented by the Frederick, MD-based law firm of 
Gordon & 
Simmons.

Roger Simmons, lead attorney for GRF, said, "GRF is a lawful American 
company. The US government has made no charges against GRF and has not 
given it a day in court to prove its innocence. The blocking of GRF's 
assets, seizure of its documents, and subsequent public statements by 
representatives of the federal government accusing GRF of ties to 
terrorism 
have violated the constitutional rights of this US corporate citizen. 
We 
seek due process and a legitimate means of redressing of GRF's 
grievances."

FOR BACKGROUND, SEE:

HADDAD FAMILY WAITS FOR ANY NEWS
Case grows to epitomize conflict between civil rights, security.
By ART AISNER, The Ann Arbor News, 1/27/2002
http://aa.mlive.com/news/index.ssf?/news/stories/20020127a1015a1haddad27.frm

Salma Al-Rushaid feels trapped in her Scio Township apartment.

Since federal agents arrested her husband, local Muslim leader Rabih 
Haddad, on an immigration violation Dec. 14, information about his case 
has 
come frustratingly slow. Any answers she gets from her lawyers and 
government officials lead not to solutions but only more 
questions...Haddad 
is being held without bail and all of his court proceedings are closed 
at 
the government's request. His attorneys and hundreds of local 
supporters 
believe his detention is tied to the ongoing Justice Department 
investigation into the Global Relief Foundation, a charity he 
co-founded 
that benefits Muslim countries around the world and is suspected of 
supporting terrorists...

U.S. Treasury Department officials won't comment on the case involving 
Global Relief, but it is not among other charities listed by the 
government 
as definite supporters of terrorism, such as the Texas-based Holy Land 
Foundation.

It's a dubious distinction, said Global Relief spokesman Asim Ghafoor, 
because the government has made general allegations that tarnish its 
reputation without legitimate proof...

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FORUM ADVISES LOCAL MUSLIMS ON HANDLING DISCRIMINATION
By Alice Thomas, The Columbus Dispatch, 1/27/2002
http://www.columbusdispatch.com
Search using the term "Muslims."

Although Ohio hasn't had a lot of problems with hate crimes, Muslims 
should 
document any discrimination they encounter.

That was the advice an FBI agent gave more than 100 people gathered 
yesterday at Ohio State's Fawcett Center for a town meeting organized 
by 
the Ohio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Questions from the crowd touched on topics that ranged from airport 
security and racial profiling to the investigation of an attack on a 
local 
mosque and media coverage of the Arab community...

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NOT ALL MILITANT ISLAMIC GROUPS ARE OUT TO GET AMERICA
By SUSAN TAYLOR MARTIN, St. Petersburg Times, 1/28/2002
http://www.sptimes.com
Search using the term "Steven Emerson."

Since that awful September day, millions of words have been written and 
spoken about the 19 hijackers - men of mostly Saudi or Egyptian 
nationality 
who belonged to the al-Qaida terrorist network.

All but overlooked is who the hijackers were not. There were no 
Palestinians among them. Nor Kashmiris, nor Chechens nor Chinese 
separatists from Xinjiang Province. Although each of these groups is 
largely Muslim in makeup, there is no evidence they had anything to do 
with 
the U.S. terrorist attacks or that they bear any murderous hatred for 
America.

Still, the idea persists that there is a monolithic force called 
"militant 
Islamic fundamentalism." And since Sept. 11, it has given rise to the 
related idea that all militant Islamic groups spring from the same 
ideological roots as al-Qaida and must have the same insidious aim - to 
destroy America's democratic way of life and indeed all of Western 
civilization. "Militant Islamic fundamentalism is a phenomenon that 
seeks 
to impose its sovereignty around the world," Steven Emerson, producer 
of 
the 1994 film Jihad in America, said in a recent speech in St. 
Petersburg.

Is that a realistic notion? Or is it a simplistic view that makes the 
United States ill-prepared to recognize and deal with what may be 
legitimate political movements, albeit movements that sometimes use 
violence?...John Esposito, director of the Center for Muslim-Christian 
Understanding at Georgetown University, thinks pro-Israel groups and 
scholars are trying to tie the Palestinian organizations to al-Qaida as 
a 
way of cementing Israel's alliance with the United States.

It is in their interest to foster the idea that "there is kind of a 
militant Muslim monolith out there and that Israel is the only friend 
the 
United States has in the region," Esposito says...

SEE: WHO IS STEVEN EMERSON?
http://www.cair-net.org/html/emerson.htm

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ARAB STUDENTS REDISCOVER VOICES SILENCED ON SEPT. 11
By DIANA JEAN SCHEMO, The New York Times, 1/28/2002
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/01/28/national/28ARAB.html

When hijackers rammed jetliners into the World Trade Center and the 
Pentagon, Arab students at Johns Hopkins University were in the middle 
of 
plans to remember the intifada's start in Israel's occupied territories 
and 
the 1982 massacres of Palestinians at Sabra and Shatila.

A national group, Students for Justice in Palestine, was organizing an 
investment divestiture campaign against Israel, similar to the one that 
had 
isolated South Africa under apartheid. But on campuses across the 
country, 
the carnage and shock of Sept. 11 silenced political activism among 
Arab 
students, and it is only now returning to the forefront. This weekend, 
hundreds of Arab students from around the country gathered here for 
their 
first post-Sept. 11 meeting to pick up their banners again.

The roster of causes students are organizing around has expanded in the 
interim, from opposition to Israel to newer issues of discrimination in 
housing and jobs, the profiling of Arab men at airports and due process 
for 
an unknown number of largely unidentified Muslims being detained by the 
Immigration and Naturalization Service...

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IMMIGRANT DEPORTED AFTER 3 MONTHS IN JAIL
Forced to leave family, job behind in New York
By Indrani Sen, Newsday (New York, NY), 1/28/2002
http://www.newsday.com/news/printedition/longisland/ny-likhan28q2567717jan28.story

Without a coat or a penny in his pocket, Mohammed Khan was put on a 
flight 
to Pakistan Jan. 20 and told by the Immigration and Naturalization 
Service 
that he could never return to his home in Hicksville, his job at P.C. 
Richard & Son and his three American-born children who attend school 
here.

His wife, Shaheen, heard of his deportation when he called her from 
Turkey 
on a stopover, using $4 he borrowed.

Khan, 35, a general manager at the appliances chain, had been in INS 
custody since Oct. 23. He was one of 1,200 people, mostly young Muslim 
men, 
detained in the wake of the terrorist attacks Sept. 11. He was held 
based 
on a tip, but he was cleared by the FBI of any involvement in the 
attacks, 
said his attorney, Roland Gell of Manhattan. "They handled it in a 
lousy 
way," Gell said. "They let him sit in jail for months and months and 
months..."

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MUSLIMS KEEP AN ANCIENT FAITH IN A MODERN TIME
By Dennis Roddy, The Post-Gazette, 1/28/2002
http://www.post-gazette.com/columnists/20020127homefrontroddyp2.asp

Most elders of a congregation worry about the kids falling away from 
the 
faith. Safdar Chaudhary worries about the feds turning up at his home 
with 
questions he can't answer satisfactorily.

Put aside the fact that what most Americans know about Chaudhary's 
religion 
is that members claiming adherence to it flew planes into crowded 
buildings, and the Muslim Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh in 
Monroeville is indistinguishable from the Christian church up the road 
or 
the synagogue a few hundred yards farther up.

The nexus between religion and politics is shaped by economics. 
Chaudhary, 
a Pakistan-born psychiatrist, drives a BMW, lives comfortably, will 
send 
his two sons to college and reads a far different Koran than Mullah 
Omar.

"You can use a knife to cut bread. You can use a knife to kill 
somebody," 
he says. His knives cut bread. His Koran preaches peace and learning...

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NO LAND'S MAN
BY ROCHELLE RENFORD, Weekly Planet
http://www.weeklyplanet.com/current/cover.html

As unpopular as his views are, Sami Al-Arian continues to exercise his 
right to free speech. This is his story.

Part of it is what he says. Since he was a teenager, Sami Al-Arian has 
spoken publicly about his religious beliefs, his political views and 
his 
feelings about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. What he says can be 
tough 
to swallow. He talks about the oppression his people endure under the 
Israeli occupation and he calls for it to end -- passionately, 
intelligently and sometimes harshly. He has inspired some, educated 
some 
and made some angry beyond reason...

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INTO THE PUNDITRY VACUUM, FRESH WIND
By Howard Kurtz, The Washington Post, 1/28/2002
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A47180-2002Jan27.html

A new study says that the media's outpouring of analysis, opinion and 
speculation in the war on terrorism now exceeds the level during the 
Monica 
Lewinsky scandal, a low-water mark for journalistic prestige.

But not all media outlets are created equal: Newspapers have remained 
the 
most factual and balanced, says the Project for Excellence in 
Journalism. 
By November, the newspapers studied were devoting 14 percent of their 
war 
and terrorism stories to analysis, opinion and speculation, compared 
with 
54 percent of the coverage on television.

"This is the Pentagon clampdown coming home to roost," says Tom 
Rosenstiel, 
the project's director. "If the media is largely denied access, it 
fills 
that vacuum with punditry. It's more easily spun and in turn spins the 
public...Everyone suffers if people don't trust the press."

Equally striking, in this era of flag-bedecked networks, is that 
newspapers 
were twice as likely as television to carry criticism of the Bush 
administration...Overall, the media coverage has been "demonstrably 
pro-administration," the group says, with half of all reports 
containing 
only viewpoints that favor American policies and 13 percent mostly 
pro-United States...

SEE: HOW THE MEDIA HAVE COVERED THE WAR ON TERRORISM
http://www.journalism.org/publ_research/normalcy1.html

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 1/29/2002

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HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: RELIGION IS EASY
* CAIR "KNOW YOUR RIGHTS POST SEPTEMBER 11" WORKSHOP IN MD
* ACLU FILES CHALLENGE TO CLOSED IMMIGRATION HEARINGS
      - LAWSUITS FILED FOR ACCESS TO INS HEARINGS (Chicago Tribune)
      - MUSLIM CHARITY SUES U.S. OVER FINANCIAL SANCTIONS (Chicago 
Tribune)
* OPINION: WE TOO WERE ATTACKED (Courier Times)
* COVERED HEADS MEET UNVEILED BIGOTRY (Star Tribune)
* LETTERS: O'HARE SEARCH (Chicago Tribune)
* ABA PROGRAM TO ADDRESS PROFILING OF ARAB AND MUSLIM AMERICANS (PR 
Newswire)
* BUSH MUST SEE PAST THE ACTS OF TERROR TO THE ROOT CAUSES (Los Angeles 
Times)
      - ISRAELI SOLDIERS REFUSE TO SERVE IN WEST BANK, GAZA (Washington 
Post)
      - YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO SAY, 'WE DIDN'T KNOW' (Ha'aretz)
* BOOK HAS 'EXPLOSIVE IMPLICATIONS' FOR U.S.-ISRAELI TIES (Newsmax.com)
* BAIL DENIED FOR JDL CHAIRMAN, MEMBER (AP)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: RELIGION IS EASY

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, "Religion is very easy 
and 
whoever overburdens himself in his religion will not be able to 
continue in 
that way. So you should not be extremists, but try to be near to 
perfection 
and receive the good tidings that you will be rewarded..."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, 1:38

He also said: "...I have been sent with an easy and straight-forward 
religion."

Fiqh-us-Sunnah, 2:153

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CAIR "KNOW YOUR RIGHTS POST SEPTEMBER 11" WORKSHOP IN MD

A Panel of lawyers and civil rights experts will discuss issues facing 
American Muslims in the wake of 9-11. The workshop will be followed by 
Q&A 
session.

PRESENTERS: Ashraf Nubani, Salahuddin Shakir
DATE/TIME: Sunday, February 10, 2002 after Dhuhr prayer (1:40 p.m.)
LOCATION: 5301 Edgewood Road, College Park, Maryland (Take I-495 Exit 
25 
(Route 1 South. Make a left onto Edgewood Rd. Go to the end of street.)

CONTACT: (301) 982-9848, pr@alhuda.org, http://www.alhuda.org

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ACLU FILES CHALLENGE TO CLOSED IMMIGRATION HEARINGS
http://www.aclu.org/news/2002/n012902a.html

CONTACT: Michael Steinberg, ACLU of MI (313) 578-6814, Emily Whitfield, 
ACLU Nat'l Office (212) 549-2566 or 2666, ewhitfield@aclu.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, January 29, 2002

DETROIT--In a case that could open the doors to legal proceedings of 
detainees around the nation, the American Civil Liberties Union today 
filed 
a lawsuit on behalf of two local newspapers and Rep. John Conyers, 
D-MI, 
saying that a categorical block on public access to immigration 
hearings is 
unconstitutional and un-American.

"If hearings of this nature are being conducted in secret, how can we 
be 
sure that our justice system is really working and that detainees are 
being 
treated fairly?" said Kary Moss, Executive Director of the ACLU of 
Michigan.

The lawsuit was filed in federal district court here by the national 
and 
state offices of the ACLU on behalf of Rep. Conyers, the Detroit News, 
and 
the Metro Times, an alternative weekly. They were among hundreds turned 
away from three recent deportation hearings in the case of Rabih 
Haddad, a 
Muslim community leader from Ann Arbor who co-founded an Islamic 
charity 
suspected of supporting terrorist activities.

At issue is a policy set forth in a September 21, 2001 memo from Chief 
Immigration Judge Michael Creppy to all immigration judges, requiring 
the 
closure of all deportation proceedings to the public and the press when 
directed by the Justice Department. That policy was apparently invoked 
to 
close the hearings in Mr. Haddad's case...

The legal complaint is online at http://www.aclu.org/court/haddad.pdf

For more information about the ACLU's fight to stop the war on 
terrorism's 
growing infringement on our civil liberties, go to

http://www.aclu.org/safeandfree/index.html

SEE ALSO:

LAWSUITS FILED FOR ACCESS TO INS HEARINGS
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-020129detention.story

DETROIT -- Two federal lawsuits have been filed seeking to open the 
deportation hearings of a founder of a Chicago-area Islamic charity 
accused 
of funding terrorist activities.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit today on behalf of The 
Detroit News, the weekly Metro Times and Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit.

The Detroit Free Press and The Ann Arbor News filed a separate lawsuit 
Monday...

MUSLIM CHARITY SUES U.S. OVER FINANCIAL SANCTIONS
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-0201290149jan29.story

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OPINION: WE TOO WERE ATTACKED
By SALIHA CATOVIC, Bucks County Courier Times, 1/27/2002
http://www.phillyburbs.com/couriertimes/editorial/0128guest.htm

What planet has columnist Betsy Hart been on for the past four months? 
She 
claims that Muslims have been silent with regard to Sept. 11 or that 
she 
"maybe...she just somehow missed it." Well, she missed it alright!

Within hours of the Sept. 11 tragedy, nearly every major Muslim 
organization in the United States, including Islamic Society of North 
America, Islamic Circle of North America, Imam Warith Deen Muhammad, 
the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations, as well as numerous others, 
issued 
statements condemning the attacks as terrorism that is abhorred by 
Islam...

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COVERED HEADS MEET UNVEILED BIGOTRY
By Manijeh Daneshpour, The Star Tribune, 1/29/2002
http://www.startribune.com/stories/1519/1116263.html

I have worked very hard to be at the place I am today. During my years 
of 
training, I always needed to start with a provocative, almost shocking 
conversation to let my professors, supervisors and mentors know about 
who I 
am and what some of my beliefs are, including the idea that my hijab 
represents my hard-core feminist ideology that women should be 
respected 
for the intelligence and skills they possess, not for their body image. 
I 
tried hard to convince these concerned professionals that maybe my 
people 
skills could go beyond my Middle East accent and my appearance, and 
that 
maybe it was possible for a walking, talking stereotype to be more than 
just that. In fact, I might just be a very capable professional, even 
if 
some people thought I looked like a slave of Ali Baba.

I had become comfortable using my people skills, and had come to think 
that 
I might just have gotten through to a few people who otherwise would 
have 
seen me for what they wanted me to be, when Sept. 11 happened.

The very next day, a struggling contract worker for my in-laws left me 
a 
message about her discovery that I was the terrorist involved. She very 
kindly informed me that her next phone call would be to the FBI. It 
seemed 
she wanted to take advantage of a horrific and mind-boggling tragedy to 
somehow squeeze some extra bucks out of us...

Maybe we can use our cultural sensitivity to push us one step further, 
to a 
world where open-mindedness is just another term for honesty, just 
another 
way to make us understand each other in depths that we never imagined 
we 
could. I believe when coming into contact with people from diverse 
backgrounds we cannot afford to cling to our stereotypes.

So do we have the capacity to use cultural sensitivity as the ultimate 
tool 
to make this world a diversity-loving, stereotype-free place? Or are we 
just pretending to be open-minded?

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LETTERS: O'HARE SEARCH
By Edwin C. Yohnka, The Chicago Tribune, 1/29/2002
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/letters/chi-0201290020jan29.story
Yohnka, Communications director, ACLU of Illinois.

Two letters published by the Tribune on Jan. 22, one by Ronald H. 
Rodriguez 
("Profiling at O'Hare") and the other by Janet Poore ("Get over it"), 
miss 
the point of our recent lawsuit on behalf of Samar Kaukab, a U.S.-born 
woman who was strip-searched at O'Hare International Airport.

The humiliating search Kaukab endured had nothing to do with making 
airline 
travel safe. She was singled out for degrading treatment because she 
was 
wearing a scarf over her hair called a "hijab," in conformity with her 
Muslim religious practices requiring modesty in her manner of dress. 
Solely 
because of the exercise of her religious beliefs, Kaukab was subjected 
to a 
search that included a security employee unzipping her pants and 
sticking 
her hand between Kaukab's legs, as well as placing her hand inside 
Kaukab's 
bra. Others, wearing secular head coverings and not of Middle Eastern 
appearance, were sent on their way without scrutiny.

Kaukab was willing from the start to remove her hijab to dispel any 
concern 
that something might be hidden underneath. She asked only to be 
permitted 
to do so in a private setting, as dictated by her religious practice. 
Kaukab's request that her religious beliefs and practices be respected 
in 
no way jeopardized the security effort under way, and certainly did not 
justify the intrusive examination involuntarily imposed on her...

Permitting security personnel to use ethnicity and religion as a proxy 
for 
suspicion of terrorist intentions will only divert critical resources 
from 
the work that must be done to assure that the flying public is safe.

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ABA PROGRAM TO ADDRESS PROFILING OF ARAB AND MUSLIM AMERICANS

CHICAGO, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- "Confronting Racial/Ethnic Profiling 
in 
the New Millennium:  The Dilemma of Arab Americans & Individuals of the 
Muslim Faith," will be addressed at a program during the American Bar 
Association's 2002 Midyear Meeting at the Philadelphia Convention 
Center, 
Room 113c, Street Level, on Sunday, February 3, 2002, from 9:00 a.m. - 
12:00 noon.

In addition to the issue of profiling of Arab-Americans and individuals 
of 
the Muslim faith, other related subjects to be explored cover the 
Patriot 
Act and its potential for abridging the fundamental civil rights of 
these 
and other people. An overview of the impact of current detention, 
interrogation, immigration, secret evidence, asset freezing and hate 
crime 
policies also will be included.

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BUSH MUST SEE PAST THE ACTS OF TERROR TO THE ROOT CAUSES
By GRAHAM E. FULLER, The Los Angeles Times, 1/29/2002
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/opinion/la-000007196jan29.story
Graham E. Fuller is a former vice chairman of the National Intelligence 
Council at the CIA.

The Israeli-Palestinian situation has moved into what can only be 
described 
as a stage of collective madness. And Washington is walking right down 
that 
same path, apparently unaware of or unconcerned about the abyss yawning 
ahead.

Two basic schools of thought exist. One says: Unacceptable terrorism is 
running rampant in Israel and nothing can be done until the terror is 
brought under control or eliminated. The other view says: The core of 
the 
problem is 35 years of harsh and humiliating occupation. Ending the 
occupation is the sole means of beginning to attain peace.

The first view has triumphed; the second has been largely silenced. And 
things are deteriorating fast. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is 
committed to the first view. He believes he can crush Palestinian 
terrorism 
and is using extreme military power to do so. The Bush administration 
over 
the past month seemingly has accepted this rationale--a tragedy for 
Washington, Israel and the Palestinians because the terror isn't 
abating 
but increasing. Washington is treating only the symptoms of the massive 
Palestinian frustration: bitterness, impotence and rage...

SEE ALSO:

ISRAELI SOLDIERS REFUSE TO SERVE IN WEST BANK, GAZA
By Lee Hockstader, The Washington Post, 1/29/2002
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A50479-2002Jan28.html

Monday, January 28, 2002; 4:12 PM JERUSALEM, Jan. 28 More than 60 
Israeli 
army reservists, half officers and all of them combat veterans, have 
publicly refused to continue serving in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on 
the 
grounds that Israeli occupation forces there are abusing and 
humiliating 
Palestinians.

"We will no longer fight beyond the Green Line for the purpose of 
occupying, deporting, destroying, blockading, killing, starving and 
humiliating an entire people," declared the petition signed by the 
reservists and published in Israel's best-selling daily newspaper, 
Yedioth 
Ahronoth.

Over the years there have been instances of eligible Israelis declining 
to 
serve in the army at all, or refusing to serve in certain places for 
reasons of conscience or politics. What makes the current case unusual 
is 
that so many combat reservists, both soldiers and officers, have come 
forward publicly at one time...

YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO SAY, `WE DIDN'T KNOW'
By Gideon Samet, Ha'aretz, 1/28/2002
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=122464

It's no longer a matter of reports from people obsessed with how the 
good 
boys in the army treat the Palestinians. The oppressive descriptions 
made 
it to the Friday night TV news magazines on both channels last weekend. 
Those who averted their eyes when a few stubborn people brought in such 
stories, can no longer hide behind their denial and rage in their 
living 
rooms. It was on TV.

The programs only showed what could fit into short items. There were 
the 
soldiers who "love" to see the bodies of terrorists and to have (as one 
soldier so graphically demonstrated with a deep inhale) the smell of 
their 
bodies. The small screen carried descriptions of how soldiers abuse 
Palestinians at checkpoints, and the inner torment of embarrassed 
soldiers 
who just followed orders. And there was a mention of the babies who 
died 
while their mothers, asking to reach a hospital, remained stuck in 
those 
traffic jams of the horror's routine...

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BOOK HAS 'EXPLOSIVE IMPLICATIONS' FOR U.S.-ISRAELI TIES
http://www.newsmax.com/showinsidecover.shtml?a=2002/1/28/205623

"There's a lot of talk about an Israeli role" in Chinese spying during 
the 
Clinton administration at Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory, revealed in 
Gordon 
Thomas' new book, "Seeds of Fire..."

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BAIL DENIED FOR JDL CHAIRMAN, MEMBER
The Associated Press, 1/29/2002

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The chairman of the Jewish Defense League and a 
group 
member were denied bail Tuesday on charges of conspiring to blow up a 
mosque and the office of an Arab-American congressman.

U.S. District Judge Ronald S.W. Lew said JDL Chairman Irv Rubin, 56, 
"remains a flight risk, and also clearly there is a danger to the 
community...''

Rubin and Krugel were arrested Dec. 12 after an informant delivered 
five 
pounds of explosive powder to Krugel's home. They have been indicted on 
federal charges of plotting to bomb the field office of Rep. Darrell 
Issa, 
R-Calif., and the King Fahd Mosque in suburban Culver City...

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 1/30/2002

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HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: PLANTING IS A FORM OF CHARITY
* SUPPORT FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN FLORIDA
* CAIR SUPPORTS MICHIGAN HALAL FOOD BILL
* BUSH REACHES OUT TO SKEPTICAL ISLAMIC WORLD (Reuters)
         - U.S. TO FOSTER VALUES IN ISLAMIC COUNTRIES (Los Angeles 
Times)
* TORTURE AND THE SMILE OF POLICEMAN AGADI (Ha`aretz)
         - MAKING TERRORISTS TALK (Weekly Standard)
* CANADIAN ATTEMPTS FREEDOM ON HABEAS SUIT BUT GETS CHARGED (Village 
Voice)
* MUSLIM WOMAN HIT, PUSHED OFF BUS (Toronto Star)
* SAUDI MAILINGS ALARM SCHOOLS (Washington Post)
* CAIR-MI CO-SPONSORS LECTURE SERIES: ISLAM AND AMERICA
* TRAINING FOR MUSLIM FOSTER PARENTS IN MINNESOTA
* CALIF. WORKSHOP: CHALLENGES FACING MUSLIMS AFTER SEP 11
* CAIR-LA PARTICIPATES IN CIVIL LIBERTIES FORUM

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HADITH OF THE DAY: PLANTING IS A FORM OF CHARITY

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "If any Muslim plants 
something and a human being or animal eats of it, he will be rewarded 
as if 
he had given that much in charity."

Sahih Al-Bukhari Summarized, Hadith 2021

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CAIR ACTION ALERT #319

SUPPORT FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN FLORIDA

(WASHINGTON, DC - 1/30/2002) - CAIR is urging Muslims nationwide to 
contact 
the University of South Florida to voice their concerns about the 
firing of 
professor Sami Al-Arian, the Florida academic fired by the University 
of 
South Florida in Tampa for speaking out in support of Palestinian 
rights. 
There has been a recent outpouring of editorial support for professor 
Al-Arian.

Time magazine states: "The dismissal, which al-Arian said last month he 
will fight, adds the free flow of ideas in academia to the catalog of 
freedoms that civil libertarians say is at stake in post-Sept. 11 
America."

SEE: 
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101020204-197629,00.html

The New York Times editors wrote: "Wartime is precisely the moment when 
unpopular views and the role of a university as an open forum for ideas 
must be most vigorously defended...University officials say they are 
not 
getting rid of Mr. Al-Arian because of his views. That is disingenuous. 
The 
documentation they have produced focuses on the 'disruption' he is said 
to 
have caused and refers repeatedly to a drop in contributions. In other 
words, Mr. Al-Arian's politics are costing the university too much so 
it 
wants to get rid of him...Firing a professor because his views are 
causing 
others to criticize or threaten the university is a betrayal of the 
academic code. No campus should be run that way."

SEE: http://www.nytimes.com/2002/01/27/opinion/27SUN3.html

Eric Boehlert of Salon.com wrote in "The Prime-Time Smearing of Sami 
Al-Arian" stated that: "...Sami Al-Arian, recently fired after his 
appearance on a conservative talk show revived discredited, years-old 
allegations of ties to anti-Israel terrorists, may be the first 
computer 
science professor ever mugged by four of the nation's most influential 
news 
organizations...the Al-Arian episode raises disturbing questions about 
free 
speech, academic freedom and the future of tenured status...The 
Al-Arian 
story reveals what happens when journalists, abandoning their role as 
unbiased observers, lead an ignorant, alarmist crusade against 
suspicious 
foreigners who in a time of war don't have the power of the press or 
public 
sympathy to fight back.

SEE: http://www.salon.com/tech/feature/2002/01/19/bubba/index.html

A commentator wrote in Tampa Tribune: "If the University of South 
Florida 
is successful in terminating a tenured professor - Al-Arian - given the 
facts of this particular case, the tenure rights of all faculty at USF 
are 
jeopardized. His termination was not based on his ideas or speech, or 
anything that he personally did, but rather on the reactions of other 
parties. Death threats and threats to withhold donations were the main 
cause for this action."

SEE: http://tampatrib.com/News/MGA4M2PLMWC.html

ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE and RESPECTFUL.)

1) REVIEW the articles above. 2) CONTACT the University of South 
Florida to 
support academic freedom and respect for freedom of speech.

CONTACT:

President Judy Genshaft
University of South Florida
Office of the President
4202 E. Fowler Ave.
Tampa, FL 33620

TEL: (813) 974-2791
FAX: (813) 974-5530
E-MAIL: jgensha@admin.usf.edu
COPY TO: dstamps@acad.usf.edu, reich@admin.usf.edu, 
usflegal@admin.usf.edu, 
dbeard@trustees.usf.edu, cair@cair-net.org

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CAIR SUPPORTS MICHIGAN HALAL FOOD BILL

CAIR is supporting an effort in the Michigan House of Representatives 
to 
introduce a bill that would protect consumers against fraudulent 
"halal" food.

Halal food is processed or prepared in accordance with Islamic 
religious 
requirements, much like kosher food in Judaism. This bill will protect 
against those who intentionally deceive Muslim consumers about the 
nature 
of their products.

There are few states that have laws guaranteeing that halal food has 
actually been prepared according to Islamic guidelines. Both New Jersey 
and 
Illinois currently have laws governing the sale and distribution of 
halal 
food. California, Georgia, New York, and Washington are now considering 
their own halal bills.

CONTACT: Jason C. Erb, Director of Governmental Affairs, 202-488-8787, 
jerb@cair-net.org

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BUSH REACHES OUT TO SKEPTICAL ISLAMIC WORLD
By Joanne Allen, Reuters News Service, 1/29/2002

WASHINGTON, Jan 29 (Reuters) - President George W. Bush tried in his 
State 
of the Union address on Tuesday to reach out to a skeptical Islamic 
world, 
saying the United States had a duty to "lead the world toward the 
values 
that will bring lasting peace."

Addressing Congress, Bush said his leadership on the path to peace 
would be 
guided by values such as religious tolerance, respect for women and the 
rule of law, which he said are shared by Muslims and Americans alike.

"America will take the side of brave men and women who advocate these 
values around the world - including the Islamic world - because we have 
a 
greater objective than eliminating threats and containing resentment," 
Bush 
said. "We seek a just and peaceful world beyond the war on terror."

The United States has fought an uphill battle to rally public opinion 
in 
the Islamic world to its cause in the war on terror, with many Muslims 
complaining about unequivocal U.S. support for Israel in its conflict 
with 
the Palestinians.

A spokesman for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic 
relations 
said he was encouraged by Bush's words but said he hoped all of the 
things 
that the president mentioned would be widely applied and include 
Palestinians.

"What we see often is that these American values are promoted, but are 
promoted only in certain circumstances. We just hope that the things 
that 
he mentions will be applied across the board, not just in selected 
cases," 
Ibrahim Hooper said...

SEE ALSO: U.S. TO FOSTER VALUES IN ISLAMIC COUNTRIES
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-000007645jan30.story

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TORTURE AND THE SMILE OF POLICEMAN AGADI
By Abdel Rahman al-Ahmed, Ha`aretz, 1/30/2002
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=123485
The writer is a Palestinian human rights activist, who was arrested in 
May 
2001 for being in Jerusalem illegally. A few days later he was 
transferred 
to the Shin Bet for interrogation, and was put in administrative 
detention, 
for reasons unknown.

[Ha`aretz - Wednesday - January 30, 2002]:  Finally, they let me go to 
the 
toilet. My body shook with cold. My hands were swollen and my body 
throbbed 
with pain. I fantasized about sleep, about free hands so I could 
scratch my 
nose, about looking for my mother.

In the Shin Bet facility where the good cop is the one who kicks the 
tray 
of food into the cell, and the bad cop is the one who shoves it into 
the 
hole that was the toilet, I could only fantasize about such things: and 
about decent respect; about an interrogation in which the interrogator 
doesn't curse, spit, kick, shake, torture.

But this time something that had never happened before took place. On 
my 
way to the toilet, weaving like a drunk, in a shaking, smashed body, I 
heard someone stammer, "What's happening to this guy. They've destroyed 
him."

The thick hood, stinking of piss and vomit, which was on my head, made 
it 
impossible for me to move my head to see who was speaking. I couldn't 
believe my ears. The torture and lack of sleep had often made me 
delirious...

SEE ALSO:

MAKING TERRORISTS TALK
America doesn't use torture to get information out of terrorists. 
Perhaps 
we just need to use the magic word: "Mossad."
By Victorino Matus, The Weekly Standard, 1/29/2002
http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/000/844kxdzq.asp

So what was it that Murad was expecting the Mossad would do to him? For 
starters, there's sleep deprivation and starvation. Then it gets 
physical. 
The Washington Post reported on Palestinian prisoners lucky enough to 
survive Mossad interrogations. Some of the tactics include "binding and 
gagging them in painful positions, forcing them to wear hoods soaked in 
vomit or urine,...and subjecting them to blasts of cold air and loud 
music." Another method mentioned is "violent shaking."

Upon reading this, the first thought that ran through my head was: Big 
deal. I used to know nuns who specialized in violent shaking. But the 
reality of it is much more serious. "Imagine being shaken for a long 
time--it's like your brain is being scrambled," says one intelligence 
expert. "Unlike other forms of torture, there is no focal point when 
you 
are being shaken violently..."

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CANADIAN ATTEMPTS FREEDOM ON HABEAS SUIT BUT GETS CHARGED
By Chisun Lee, The Village Voice, Week of January 30 - February 5, 2002
http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0205/lee.php

By late December, Shakir Baloch, a Canadian of Pakistani origin 
detained by 
the U.S. government, had been in solitary confinement 23 and a half 
hours a 
day for about 90 days, in a six-and-a-half-by-seven-foot cell, where 
the 
lights were on day and night, in a special jail unit meant for violent 
felons, deprived of contact with family and counsel for most of that 
time-without ever having been charged with a crime.

"He was desperate to get out," says Monami Maulik, an organizer with 
Desis 
Rising Up & Moving (DRUM), the South Asian community group supporting 
Baloch's case.

So on December 20 his lawyers ventured a legal challenge, one that had 
stood the test of centuries but seemed risky in the law enforcement 
climate 
following September 11. They filed a habeas corpus petition in federal 
court, claiming Baloch was being "unlawfully detained," without 
official 
basis. Soon after, the U.S. attorney's office in New York's Southern 
District charged him with a crime, on which he was subsequently 
indicted, 
creating an official basis.

The petition's backfiring means Baloch remains in the Metropolitan 
Detention Center in Brooklyn. But it also has a potentially wider 
significance. For others the Immigration and Naturalization Service 
(INS) 
jailed after September 11-early this month, the official figure was 725 
overall with 460 still in custody, while rights groups suspect many 
more-Baloch's case is an indication that those who claim unjust 
imprisonment could end up paying for it...

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MUSLIM WOMAN HIT, PUSHED OFF BUS
By Colin Perkel, Canadian Press/Toronto Star, 1/30/3003
http://www.thestar.com Search using the term "Muslim," or go to:
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/020130/6/i1u9.html

The bruises under her eyes still bear witness to what Fatema Hussain 
says 
was an unprovoked beating on a TTC bus, one she says provoked laughter 
among other passengers.

The 50-year-old mother of eight children, five still at home, is a 
victim, 
her supporters say, of a post-Sept. 11 backlash against Muslims in 
Canada, 
and something must be done.

"I couldn't sleep from the pain," Hussain, wearing a traditional 
headscarf, 
told a news conference yesterday through an interpreter. "I'm still in 
pain 
and I'm not feeling at peace."

Hussain, who fled violence and oppression in Iraq two years ago, said 
she 
was heading home from a shopping expedition just after 4 p.m. one day 
last 
week when the bus driver rejected her transfer, ripped it up and told 
her 
to pay again.

When she refused, she says the driver and passengers began yelling at 
her 
to get off the bus, while others laughed.

Hussain says a passenger then grabbed her shopping bags, threw them off 
the 
bus and pushed her roughly out the door as she got off to retrieve 
them.

When she turned around, she says the man punched her in the head, 
knocking 
her briefly unconscious...

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SAUDI MAILINGS ALARM SCHOOLS
FBI Receives Calls Asking Whether the Padded Envelopes Are Safe to Open
By Emily Wax and Ian Shapira, The Washington Post, 1/30/2002
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A58626-2002Jan29.html

The Saudi Embassy has mailed out more than 5,000 padded envelopes -- 
bulky 
with videos and books about Islam -- to schools nationwide in the last 
few 
weeks. But the schools, upon receiving the unexpected packages, have 
been 
unsure about the mailings and, in some cases, have even called the FBI 
to 
ask whether they are safe to open.

The packages, which had return addresses marked, "Prince Bandar Bin 
Sultan, 
Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia," included a two-part PBS video called 
"Islam: Empire of Faith," Karen Armstrong's book, "Islam: A Short 
Story," 
and a Saudi-produced publication, "Understanding Islam and the 
Muslims." 
...Saudi Embassy officials said the packages, which were sent to more 
than 
100 schools in the Washington region, were meant to inform the public 
about 
their faith and dispel rumors or stereotypes after the Sept. 11 
attacks, 
said Sherry Cooper, secretary to the ambassador...

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CAIR-MI CO-SPONSORS LECTURE SERIES: ISLAM AND AMERICA

As part of its ongoing Continuing Education lecture series, and in an 
effort to educate the community and to promote understanding, the Wayne 
County Community College District, in conjunction with area Islamic 
organizations will host a conference on Islam, titled "Islam and 
America - 
The Path to Understanding."

The one-day lecture series will be held on February 9, from noon to 5 
p.m. 
at the WCCCD Western Campus, 9555 Haggerty Road, in Belleville, Mich.

The event is expected to bring together more than 1,000 individuals of 
Islamic and non-Islamic faiths. The objective is to educate the general 
public on Islam and to promote an understanding of the faith.

Organizations helping to make the event a success are the American 
Muslim 
Alliance, American Muslim Center, Muslim Community Political Action 
Committee, Muslim Community of Western Suburbs and the Council on 
American 
Islamic Relations of Michigan.

Session topics are geared towards informing participants about the 
basics 
of Islam. Other topics will focus on Islam in relation to America, 
which 
will address the overview of Islam's relationship to America and 
Americans 
in general. Some breakout sessions will focus on specialized issues 
such as 
"Islam and Violence" and "Women in Islam."

Other topics include:

* Islam 101, a basic overview of Islamic beliefs and practices
* Muslims and Islam in 20th Century America: emphasizing the current 
Muslim 
community in America
* Islam in American History: Islam and its interaction with North 
America 
through history

For more information on the lecture series, contact the following:

CONTACT: Council on American Islamic Relations of Michigan, 
248-569-2203; 
The Muslim Political Action Committee, 313-865-6770; or WCCCD Public 
Affairs Department, 313-496-2727

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TRAINING FOR MUSLIM FOSTER PARENTS IN MINNESOTA

Al-Birr Family, Social, & Counseling Services will be hosting a foster 
care 
orientation and training sessions for Muslim parents who are interested 
in 
becoming foster parents.

Foster care is temporary situation. It provides a family setting for 
children who have been removed from their parents. Foster care provides 
them with stability while their parents deal with the issues at hand. 
Foster parents are caring and stable people who can support and nurture 
a 
child. They help the child develop physically, mentally and socially - 
according to their needs.

Children are placed in foster homes when they have been removed from 
their 
birth home because of abuse or neglect or other family issues that 
endanger 
their safety. Children and birth family have visitation rights as they 
work 
to resolve the issues.

Reserve your seat today.  Space is limited.  Please call 612-521-1230.

Orientation Session
Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 5:00-7:30 PM

Training Session
Part I - Wednesday. February 6, 2002
Part 2 - Wednesday, February 13, 2002, 5:00 - 7:30 PM

PILOT CITY HEALTH CENTER
1313 Penn Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Direction: take HWY 94 to Olson HWY west to Penn Ave.

Al-Birr's North Office
1810 Bryant Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55411
(1 block west of Target Store on Broadway/Lyndale Avenues)

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CALIF. WORKSHOP: CHALLENGES FACING MUSLIMS AFTER SEP 11

Organized by Islamic Center of Hawthorne and
Islamic Shura Council of Southern California

WHEN: Saturday, February 9th, 2002
WHERE: Islamic Center of Hawthorne
12209 Hawthorne Way
Hawthorne, CA 90250
CONTACT: Call (310) 973-8000

SPEAKERS:
Dr. Hassan Hathout
Siddiq Saafir, Masjid Ibaadillah
Ra'id Faraj, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Dr. Maher Hathout (to be confirmed)
Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, ISOC (to be confirmed)

Admission is Free...Refreshments Served...All are Welcome

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CAIR-LA PARTICIPATES IN CIVIL LIBERTIES FORUM

The Social Concerns Committee of the Unitarian Church of Orange County 
cordially invites you to a civil liberties forum:

WHEN: Saturday, February 2, 2002, 1 - 3:30 P.M. (Doors open @ 12:15 
P.M.)
WHERE: UNITARIAN CHURCH OF ORANGE COUNTY, 511 South Harbor Blvd., 
Anaheim, 
California (Located on the Southwest corner of Harbor Blvd. and Santa 
Ana 
Street)

SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

RA'ID FARAJ - Mr. Faraj is Director of Public Relations for the 
Southern 
California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). 
He 
holds a B.A. in Peace Studies and a Masters in Organizational 
Leadership 
from Chapman University, where he was the Albert Schweitzer Scholar in 
Peace Studies.

If you have any questions, please call Duane Roberts at (714) 563-9364 
or 
e-mail cair_sCA@cair-california.org.

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

BREAKING NEWS: STEVEN EMERSON TO BE FEATURED ON CBS "48 HOURS"
http://www.cbsnews.com/now/story/0,1597,326185-412,00.shtml

48 HOURS: TRACKING TERROR
CBS, Wednesday, Jan. 30, At 10 p.m. ET/PT

(CBS) Last December, Erin Moriarty was blindfolded and taken to a 
secret 
location somewhere in the Washington DC area.

She was taken to the headquarters of the Investigative Project, where 
workers say they are tracking Islamic terrorists in this country. They 
say 
their lives would be in danger if their identities were known.

The group's leader is former journalist Steve Emerson, who runs this 
group 
of self-appointed terrorist hunters. He himself maintains a high 
profile, 
appearing on TV as a terrorism analyst...In an interview after the 
Oklahoma 
City bombing, Steve Emerson confidently pointed his finger at the wrong 
culprits at Muslim terrorists. As everyone now knows the bombing was 
the 
work of an American Methodist, Tim McVeigh.

"I've been chastened by that experience," he says. "Absolutely, I mean 
I 
learned my lesson..."

FOR BACKGROUND, SEE: WHO IS STEVEN EMERSON?
http://www.cair-net.org/html/emerson.htm

ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be firm, but POLITE.)

1) BEFORE THE PROGRAM, go to "Who is Steven Emerson" (link above) for 
background on Steven Emerson's Islamophobic views.

2) TAKE NOTES while watching the program.

3) CONTACT 48 HOURS to express your views.

E-MAIL: elk@cbsnews.com, 48hours@cbsnews.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

MAIL:

Ms. Susan Zirinsky
Executive Producer
CBS News 48 Hours
524 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019-2902

TEL: (212) 975-6472
FAX: (212) 975-5000

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 1/31/2002

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HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: CHARITY EVERY DAY
* PRAYER RALLY FOR IMAM JAMIL AL-AMIN
* CAIR LAUNCHES BILLBOARD CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE TOLERANCE
* 2ND MUSLIM CHARITY SUES U.S. OFFICIALS ON SANCTIONS (Chicago Tribune)
         - SECRECY IN HADDAD'S CASE SERVES JUSTICE POORLY (Detroit Free 
Press)
         - GROUPS FIND WAY TO GET NAMES OF INS DETAINEES (Washington 
Post)
* MANY ARABS SAY BUSH MISREADS THEIR HISTORY AND GOALS (New York Times)
         - ISRAEL'S ESPECIALLY CRUEL SANCTION (Christian Science 
Monitor)
* WAS IT HATRED OR IGNORANCE? (CBC)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: CHARITY EVERY DAY

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Charity is prescribed 
for 
each descendant of Adam every day the sun rises." He was then asked: 
"From 
what do we give charity every day?" The Prophet answered: "The doors of 
goodness are many...enjoining good, forbidding evil, removing harm from 
the 
road, listening to the deaf, leading the blind, guiding one to the 
object 
of his need, hurrying with the strength of one's legs to one in sorrow 
who 
is asking for help, and supporting the feeble with the strength of 
one's 
arms--all of these are charity prescribed for you."

He also said: "Your smile for your brother is charity."

Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 3, Number 98

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PRAYER RALLY FOR IMAM JAMIL AL-AMIN

ATLANTA - Imam William Abdur-Rahim, other Muslim leaders and local 
clergy 
held a prayer rally for Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin today at Fulton County 
(Ga.) 
Superior Court. A CAIR representative attended the rally. Contact: 
Nadim 
Ali, 404-840-2420.

SEE: http://www.imamjamil.com/

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CAIR LAUNCHES BILLBOARD CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE TOLERANCE
Billboards send messages of goodwill from American Muslims

WHAT: On Friday, February 1, 2002, the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations Southern California chapter (CAIR-LA) will launch a billboard 
campaign designed to promote tolerance, unity and kindness. The first 
billboard, "Even a smile is Charity - a message from your Muslim 
neighbor," 
shows how the simple act of smiling can promote goodwill. (See hadith 
above.)

The billboards will be located along major freeways in Los Angeles and 
Orange counties. Two more billboards are scheduled in San Bernardino 
for 
February. Each month, a new positive theme will be displayed on the 
billboards.

Link: To see Billboard for February:
http://www.cair-california.org/bboard.htm

CAIR-LA has also initiated the "Library Project" in which books on 
Islam 
are donated to libraries across California to meet the public's demand 
for 
accurate information about Islam and Muslims. For more information on 
the 
Library Project, go to: http://www.cair-california.org/library.htm

WHEN: Friday, February 1, 2002

WHERE:

Billboard 1: Hwy 5: Garfield exit on the Santa Ana (5) Freeway facing 
south.
Billboard 2: Hwy 55: Moulton Parkway exit on the Newport (55) Freeway 
facing north.
Billboard 3: Near LAX: Century Blvd. east of Aviation Blvd. facing 
west.

CONTACT: Sabiha Khan at CAIR-LA, Tel: 714-776-1847, 
sabiha@cair-california.org

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2ND MUSLIM CHARITY SUES U.S. OFFICIALS ON SANCTIONS
By Laurie Cohen, The Chicago Tribune, 1/31/2002
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-0201310014jan31.story

A second local Muslim charity hit with financial sanctions by the 
Treasury 
Department because of suspected links to terrorism has charged federal 
officials with violating its constitutional rights and jeopardizing its 
survival.

Benevolence International Foundation of Palos Hills alleged Wednesday 
in a 
lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago that the government 
improperly and unfairly froze its assets and seized its business 
records 
last month without a hearing and without any evidence of wrongdoing.

Earlier this week, another Islamic charity, Global Relief Foundation of 
Bridgeview, filed a similar lawsuit. The government froze the assets of 
both charities on Dec. 14, citing suspected links to Osama bin Laden's 
Al 
Qaeda network. Both organizations have denied any connection to bin 
Laden 
or terrorism...

SEE ALSO:

SECRECY IN HADDAD'S CASE SERVES JUSTICE POORLY
The Detroit Free Press, 1/30/2002
http://www.freep.com/voices/editorials/efoia30_20020130.htm

Closed hearings for an Ann Arbor Muslim leader jailed for overstaying 
his 
visa are unconstitutional and unfair. Government officials say a 
charity 
cofounded by Rabih Haddad, the Global Relief Foundation, has financed 
terrorism. Since his arrest last month for the visa violation, Haddad 
has 
had three deportation hearings -- all closed to the public -- in 
immigration court in Detroit.

Such hearings are traditionally open. The government has so far refused 
to 
say why it wants these closed, or provided any public evidence of 
wrongdoing by Haddad. The Detroit Free Press sued Monday in federal 
court 
asking for access to the hearings. The newspaper wants the right to 
observe 
future proceedings related to Haddad, transcripts of earlier hearings 
and 
copies of all documents related to the case...

Secret hearings, without even a public pretext, are the stuff of 
dictatorships. In its war against tyranny and terror, the U.S. 
government 
must guard against becoming what it detests.

SEE ALSO: GROUPS FIND WAY TO GET NAMES OF INS DETAINEES
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A64559-2002Jan30.html

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MANY ARABS SAY BUSH MISREADS THEIR HISTORY AND GOALS
By NEIL MacFARQUHAR, The New York Times, 1/31/2002
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/01/31/international/middleeast/31ARAB.html

Charlotte Beers, the advertising executive hired by the State 
Department to 
improve America's image abroad, spent three days in town last week 
talking 
to Arabs about mending fences.

But the visit seemed only to magnify the problem. Egyptians who spoke 
with 
her came away shaking their heads, saying American officials do not 
appreciate that Muslims feel picked on by the United States, or how 
deep 
feelings run for the Palestinian cause -- or just how heavily history 
weighs here. "The United States says that U.N. resolutions should be 
applied everywhere in the world except Israel. Why?" asked Muhammad 
Abdel 
Hadi, the editor of diplomatic news at the semiofficial daily Al Ahram. 
He 
complained that American officials brush him off when he makes this 
point. 
"They say, 'Forget about the past, let's talk about the moment.' "

Mr. Abdel Hadi said the sentiments he felt at a lunch for Ms. Beers 
resurfaced in hearing President Bush's State of the Union address, with 
its 
emphasis on war and not a mention of the Palestinians.

"Every American political speech is the same," he said. "Ms. Beers 
expressed herself like President Bush in every possible way. No matter 
how 
hard you try to make them understand, they don't."

Across the Middle East, the region that spawned the terrorists of Sept. 
11, 
the Afghan conflict and American support for Israel in the intensifying 
Arab-Israeli crisis have clearly left a sour aftertaste. Recent 
conversations in several countries underscore the sense that if 
Washington 
is campaigning to win hearts and minds here, it is not making 
headway...

The perception that the United States has taken a scattershot approach 
toward Islamic charities also breeds resentment.

As Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi editor, wrote this week, "A Saudi 
businessman 
cannot prevent himself from signing a check for the benefit of a 
Ramallah 
orphanage just because the Americans happen to be angry with the 
Palestinians these days, while Saudis are encouraged to donate to a 
similar 
orphanage in Kabul because the Americans are content with Afghanistan."

SEE ALSO: ISRAEL'S ESPECIALLY CRUEL SANCTION
http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/0131/p09s02-coop.html

The Bush administration is weighing Israeli Prime Minister Ariel 
Sharon's 
request to break all ties - and end all American aid - to Yasser 
Arafat's 
Palestinian Authority.

Washington should also consider the especially cruel nature of Israeli 
punishments and reprisals - as well as Arab terrorism and resistance to 
Israeli occupation that lead to these reprisals.

One form of Israeli punishment is the destruction of Muslim and 
Christian 
Arab homes with explosives and bulldozers...This odious practice - 
banned 
by the Fourth Geneva Convention on the conduct of foreign military 
occupation - has continued, both in areas under Israeli control and in 
others temporarily conquered by Israeli forces, as in Syria (in 1967 
and 
1973-74) and south Lebanon and Beirut's Palestinian outskirts (between 
1978 
and the Israeli withdrawal in May 2000). I have watched it happen 
repeatedly since 1965...

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WAS IT HATRED OR IGNORANCE?
CBC (Canada), 1/29/2002
http://charlottetown.cbc.ca/template/servlet/View?filename=watson29jan02

Summerside, P.E.I. - A man who attacked a Muslim family near Kensington 
last fall was convicted on two charges Tuesday. Charles Franklin 
Watson, 
75, of Summerside was found guilty of dangerous driving and committing 
an 
unprovoked assault.

The court was told that the incident, which came just weeks after the 
terrorist attacks in the U.S., took place when the couple stopped their 
car 
near Watson's truck. On seeing the woman's traditional Islamic dress, 
he 
yelled "Are you a terrorist? You are a terrorist. What are you planning 
to 
bomb here?"

The couple drove away and Watson pursued them at speed up to 120 km an 
hour 
before going into the ditch.

When police arrived, he said: "They're getting away. The terrorists are 
getting over. You don't know where they are."

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 2/1/2002

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HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: ESTABLISHING JUSTICE
* U.S. MUSLIMS TO TAKE PART IN HAJJ
* HAJJ Q&A
* SOUTHLAND MUSLIMS TAKE A PR APPROACH (Los Angeles Times)
         - MUSLIMS LAUNCH GOODWILL CAMPAIGN ON BILLBOARDS (AP)
* LORENA MAN GETS PROBATION, $500 FINE FOR THREATENING CALLS (Waco 
Tribune-Herald)
* MUSLIM NOT GUILTY (Richmond Free Press)
* HATE HAS NO HOME HERE (PR Newswire)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: ESTABLISHING JUSTICE

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "To administer justice 
between two people is charity."

Fiqh-us-Sunnah, 3:98

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U.S. MUSLIMS TO TAKE PART IN HAJJ

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/1/2002) - On February 20,* Muslims in America and 
around the world will begin observing activities associated with the 
annual 
Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca. (Many people will arrive for Hajj prior 
to 
this date.)

According to visa records at the Embassy of Saudi Arabia, some 9,000 
American Muslims took part in the pilgrimage last year. Embassy 
officials 
say that number has been increasing yearly.

Hajj is one of the "five pillars" of the Islamic faith. (The other 
"pillars" include a declaration of faith, daily prayers, offering 
regular 
charity, and fasting during the month of Ramadan.) The main activities 
of 
Hajj take place during six days (8th-13th) of the Islamic lunar month 
of 
Dhul-Hijjah. Pilgrimage is a once-in-a-lifetime obligation for those 
Muslims who have the physical and financial ability to undertake the 
journey. It is also a form of worship that involves the entire being: 
body, 
mind and soul.

The obligatory and optional activities of Hajj include:

* entrance into a state of self-control called "ihram," during which 
pilgrims are forbidden to harm living creatures, even insects or 
plants, or 
raise the voice in anger. The state of ihram is signified (for men) by 
the 
wearing of two pieces of unsewn white cloth. This clothing signifies 
the 
equality of all before God. No specific clothing is prescribed for 
female 
pilgrims.

* circling of the Ka'aba (Tawaf), the stone building Muslims believe 
was 
originally built by Abraham and his son Ishmael. The Ka'aba is viewed 
as 
the first sanctuary on earth dedicated to the worship of the One God. 
It is 
a symbol of unity for Muslims because all prayers, wherever they are 
performed, are oriented in the direction of the Ka'aba.

* the Sa'i, or "hastening" between two small hills near the Ka'aba, to 
commemorate Hagar's search for water to offer her son Ishmael.

* the "Day of Arafah" on the 9th day of Dhul-Hijjah (February 21*). 
Arafah 
is a mountain and its surrounding empty plain near Mecca. On this day, 
the 
climax of the Hajj season, pilgrims assemble for supplication to God.

* the stoning of three pillars representing Satan's temptation of 
Abraham. 
The stoning indicates the pilgrim's rejection of evil deeds.

* cutting the hair to symbolize the completion of Hajj.

* sacrifice of an animal to help the poor, and in remembrance Abraham's 
willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael at God's command. The meat is 
distributed to relatives and to the needy.

When the major portion of the pilgrimage is completed, Muslims 
worldwide 
gather for communal prayers on the first day (February 22*) of Eid 
ul-Adha 
(eed-al-odd-ha), the second of the two major Muslim holidays.

                                         - END -

* NOTE - Because the beginning of Islamic lunar months depends on the 
actual sighting of the new moon, the start date for Hajj and Eid 
ul-Adha 
may vary by one day. (Eid ul-Adha may occur on February 23.)

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HAJJ Q&A

Q: WHAT DOES THE QURAN SAY ABOUT HAJJ?
A: In the Quran, Islam's revealed text, God says:
"Thus We settled Abraham at the site of the House (the Ka'aba) 
[saying]: 
'Do not associate anything with Me, and purify My house for those who 
walk 
around it, and those who stand there (praying), and those who bow down 
on 
their knees in worship. Proclaim the pilgrimage among mankind: they 
will 
come to you on foot and on every lean (beast of burden); Let them come 
from 
every deep ravine, to bear witness to the advantages they have, and to 
mention God's name on appointed days..." Chapter 22, verses 26-28

Q: WHAT DO MUSLIMS BELIEVE THEY GAIN FROM HAJJ?
A: The main benefit of Hajj for many people is the sense of 
purification, 
repentance and spiritual renewal it instills. After his Hajj, Malcolm X 
wrote in his autobiography: "...I have eaten from the same plate, drank 
from the same glass, and slept in the same bed (or on the same rug) - 
while 
praying to the same God - with fellow Muslims whose eyes were bluest of 
the 
blue, whose hair was blondest of the blonde and whose skin was whitest 
of 
the white. And in the words and in the actions and in the deeds of the 
white Muslims, I felt the same sincerity that I felt among black 
African 
Muslims of Nigeria, Sudan and Ghana...In the past I permitted myself to 
be 
used to make sweeping indictments of...the entire white race...Because 
of 
the spiritual enlightenment which I was blessed to receive as a result 
of 
my recent pilgrimage to the Holy City of Mecca, I no longer subscribe 
to 
the sweeping indictments of any one race. I am now striving to live the 
life of a true Muslim."

Q: WHY DOES HAJJ BEGIN ON A DIFFERENT DAY EACH YEAR?
A: Because Dhul-Hijjah is a lunar month, it begins about eleven days 
earlier each year.

Q: WHY DO MUSLIMS SACRIFICE A LAMB OR OTHER ANIMAL DURING THE FESTIVAL 
OF 
EID UL-ADHA?
A: The sacrifice commemorates the Prophet Abraham's readiness to 
sacrifice 
his son, identified in Islam as Ishmael, at God's request. This is not 
a 
blood offering. In the Quran God states: "Neither their meat nor their 
blood ever reaches God, but heedfulness on your part does reach Him." 
(Chapter 22, verse 37) The meat is distributed to relatives and to the 
needy.

Q: IS HAJJ AN OBLIGATION ON ALL MUSLIMS?
A: Yes, but only for those who are physically and financially able to 
make 
the trip.

Q: WHAT ARE THE MOST VISUALLY STRIKING ASPECTS OF HAJJ?
A: All pilgrims must do tawaf, or circling the Ka'aba. This obligation 
creates a stunning scene as thousands of people circle the building at 
all 
times of the day and night. Also, the standing at Arafah on the 9th day 
of 
the Islamic month of Dhul-Hijjah presents a scene in which several 
million 
people all dressed alike and with the same intention to worship God, 
gather 
on a barren plain.

Q: HOW SHOULD NON-MUSLIM FRIENDS AND CO-WORKERS INTERACT WITH SOMEONE 
WHO 
IS GOING ON HAJJ OR CELEBRATING AT HOME?
A: Hajj is a high point in a Muslim's life. Questions are welcome and 
congratulations are in order. Most communities welcome visitors at Eid 
ul-Adha prayers. Just ask a Muslim friend to act as an escort and 
guide.

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SOUTHLAND MUSLIMS TAKE A PR APPROACH
Advertising: Billboard campaign emphasizes shared values to promote 
good 
relations and counter negative images after Sept. 11 attacks
By WILLIAM LOBDELL, Los Angeles Times, 2/1/2002
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-000008021feb01.story

A new advertising campaign aimed at promoting good relations between 
Muslims and their neighbors will be unveiled today on billboards in 
Southern California.

Two billboards in Los Angeles County and one in Orange County will show 
a 
diverse group of smiling Muslims above the slogan, "'Even a smile is 
Charity'--a message from your Muslim neighbor." Two additional 
billboards 
are scheduled to be put up in San Bernardino County next week. The 
$15,000-a-month campaign, funded by the Southern California chapter of 
the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations, is designed to counteract the 
negative images of Islam and Muslims since the Sept. 11 terrorist 
attacks...

Ayloush said his organization is using Southern California to test the 
potential for a national billboard campaign...

The campaign will change monthly or every other month, depending on 
donations. Other planned slogans include "Family is life, life is 
family," 
"Kindness is a mark of faith" and "A nice thought is an act of 
worship."

The themes are taken from the Koran, Islam's holy book, or the words of 
the 
prophet Muhammad, although they remain uncredited on the billboards...

SEE ALSO:

MUSLIMS LAUNCH GOODWILL CAMPAIGN ON BILLBOARDS
By DAISY NGUYEN, The Associated Press, 2/1/2002

Billboards designed to restore the image of Islam are going up along 
Southern California roads and freeways.

Beginning Friday, three billboards sponsored by the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations of Southern California in Los Angeles and 
Orange 
Counties will show the faces of seven smiling Muslims from various sex, 
age 
and ethnic backgrounds. A message below the pictures reads: "Even a 
smile 
is Charity - a message from your Muslim neighbor."

The image of Islam and its followers was tarnished because of the 
actions 
of a few on Sept. 11, CAIR officials said. Now the group is doing what 
it 
can to try to change that.

"There have been some people who have damaged the image of Islam," said 
CAIR Executive Director Hussam Ayloush. "Our goal is to simply correct 
that 
image..."

"Any effort to promote religious tolerance is a good one," said Rabbi 
Marvin Hier, dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center...

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LORENA MAN GETS PROBATION, $500 FINE FOR THREATENING CALLS
By TOMMY WITHERSPOON, Waco Tribune-Herald, 1/30/2002
www.wacotrib.com/auto/feed/news/2002/01/30/1012451479.05426.5242.1291.html

A Lorena man who threatened a Hewitt truck stop owner whom he thought 
was 
from the Middle East less than a week after terrorists destroyed the 
World 
Trade Center was placed on probation Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Walter S. Smith Jr. sentenced Joe Luis Montes to 
two 
years' probation and fined him $500 during a brief sentencing hearing 
in 
Waco's federal court.

Federal authorities charged Montes, 38, with making two bomb threats 
and 
three life-threatening calls to the Liberty Food Mart/RBD's Truck Stop 
in 
Hewitt on Sept. 17...

Montes asked a store clerk if he was Iranian and said, "There's a bomb 
in 
RBD's where you're standing. In the truck stop, there's a bomb in the 
building," according to court records...

"Those responsible for acts of retaliation against innocent citizens in 
the 
wake of the tragedy in New York and Washington, D.C., will be 
prosecuted to 
the fullest extent of the law," U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman of San 
Antonio 
has said.

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MUSLIM NOT GUILTY
9/11 attacks fueled fear of co-worker
By Phil Wilayto, Richmond (VA) Free Press, January 31 - February 2, 
2002
(Article is not online. Reprinted with permission.)

John Edmonds Blakely, a Henrico County Muslim and former employee of 
Capital One Financial Corp., has been found not guilty of threatening 
to 
bomb the company's West Broad Street offices.

The decision came after a nearly four-hour trial Wednesday in Henrico 
County Circuit Court.

"I can certainly understand why Capital One was concerned, and why they 
took the action they did," said Judge Catherine Hammond in pronouncing 
her 
verdict. "However, the testimony simply does not support the charge."

Cries of, "Thank God! Thank God!" erupted as the judge pronounced the 
words 
"not guilty."

The 36-seat courtroom was standing room only, packed with Mr. Blakely's 
family, friends and supporters, many of whom wore green lapel ribbons 
as a 
sign of solidarity with the defendant...

Though he has no prior criminal record, Mr. Blakely spent two months in 
jail while awaiting trial with bail set at $250,000. His parents were 
finally able to post bond on Dec. 10.

Delane Hall, a co-worker of Mr. Blakely and the prosecutor's key 
witness, 
testified Wednesday that she became suspicious when Mr. Blakely arrived 
at 
work that day with a carrying case she had never seen before.

When he declined to answer her repeated questions about what was in the 
case, she testified that she reported to her supervisor, Chris Bevans, 
that 
she thought Mr. Blakely might be carrying a bomb.

In response to her concerns, Capital One management evacuated the 
four-story building and called Henrico County police. Mr. Blakley left 
the 
building with Mr. Bevans and stood for about three hours with some 500 
other evacuated employees in the company's back parking lot until he 
was 
suddenly arrested by county officers. He was still carrying the case at 
the 
time of his arrest.

As described by Henrico County Police Investigator Sean Hoey, the case 
was 
later found to contain a portable television, one unit of a two-way 
Motorola communications device and a bag for use in martial arts 
exercises.

In his turn on the stand, Mr. Blakely testified he had purchased the 
electronic items and the case over the weekend in preparation for a 
vacation he was scheduled to begin on Oct. 9. He said he had declined 
to 
answer Ms. Hall's questions because, "I thought she was being nosy."

Ms. Hall also testified she became nervous after noticing that Mr. 
Blakely 
was carrying the second Motorola unit on his belt. She testified she 
had 
thought the device, which resembles a cell phone, "looked like a remote 
control device."

Michael Gerrard, Henrico County deputy commonwealth's attorney, 
suffered an 
apparent setback in his prosecution when Ms. Hall testified she 
couldn't 
remember the exact words Mr. Blakely had said to her just before she 
reported her suspicions to the supervisor.

"He told me something like, 'If at any time today I tell you to go and 
get 
some water, go and get it."

He didn't say that you should leave the building? Mr. Gerrard asked in 
several different ways.

Ms. Hall insisted she didn't remember those words being spoken - even 
after 
Mr. Gerrard had her read a section of a written statement she had made 
to 
police after Mr. Blakely's arrest. The section was not read aloud in 
court.

Mr. Gerrard apparently sought to link this case to events related to 
the 
Sept. 11 attacks.

In cross-examining Mr. Blakely, Mr. Gerrard asked the defendant if he 
knew 
that Oct. 8 was one day after the United States began bombing 
Afghanistan. 
Mr. Blakely replied that he hadn't been following the news.

Mr. Gerrard also asked another witness, Capital One employee Edward J. 
Williams, if he knew that Mr. Blakely is a Muslim.

Defense attorney Thomas Bondurant objected that Mr. Blakely's religion 
had 
nothing to do with the case.

"It goes to the question of motive," Mr. Gerrard responded.

At that point, an audible murmur was heard from the spectators, four of 
who 
were wearing traditional Muslim clothing.

Judge Hammond ruled the questioning was permissible.

In his direct testimony, Mr. Blakely said he had told Mr. Williams he 
believed the attacks of Sept. 11 were acts of terrorism, which, he 
said, 
are forbidden by the Islamic faith...

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HATE HAS NO HOME HERE
Minneapolis Residents Request Public Hearings for Somali Security 
Officers 
and Public Housing Tenants Targeted in Hate Campaign

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Community and religious leaders 
presented dozens of petitions with over six hundred signatures 
requesting a 
public hearing for Somali security officers and public housing 
residents 
who were made targets of a hate campaign. Minneapolis City Councilman 
Dean 
Zimmerman (Ward 6) received the petitions at a community meeting in the 
Brian Coyle Center in Minneapolis.

"I want to thank those who brought this problem to my attention. This 
behavior by the company has to stop.  I won't stand for it, not on my 
watch," said Minneapolis City Councilman Dean Zimmerman (Ward 6).

Zimmerman assured the nearly 100 residents who attended the meeting 
that he 
would share the petitions with his council colleagues and the mayor. 
Representatives from Minneapolis public housing also attended the 
meeting 
and said they would be meeting with Burns Security on Friday morning.

Following the attacks of September 11, 2001 many Somali officers who 
work 
for Burns International patrolling Minneapolis public housing 
high-rises 
were victims of hateful remarks, cruel threats and religious 
discrimination 
by Burns supervisors. Burns supervisors also subjected Somali tenants 
to 
crude remarks and innuendo. Security officers who came to the defense 
of 
the Somalis have been harassed and even fired.

Burns International, now owned by the world's largest security company, 
Securitas, holds a contract with the Minneapolis Public Housing 
Authority 
to provide security officers to work with city police and tenant 
patrols.

This is not the first time the Burns has found itself at the center of 
a 
controversy involving Muslim workers. In December 2000, Burns violated 
the 
rights of a Muslim security officer in Illinois after firing her for 
wearing her hajib, a religious headscarf, at her post. Burns was 
ordered to 
modify its uniform policy and pay the officer $50,000 for damages and 
attorneys fees.

CONTACT: Tom Kelly for Service Employees International Union, 
612-309-3303

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 2/2/2002

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HEADLINES:

* AMERICAN MUSLIM GROUP CALLS FOR RELEASE OF WSJ REPORTER
* SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE PROFILES CAIR BOARD CHAIRMAN
* CALIF. CONFERENCE ON AMERICAN MUSLIM IDENTITY
* SECURITY SCREENERS SHOULD FOCUS ON BEHAVIOR, NOT OUTWARD APPEARANCES
* ACLU POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: ARAB AMERICAN ADVOCACY FELLOW

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AMERICAN MUSLIM GROUP CALLS FOR RELEASE OF WSJ REPORTER

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/2/2002) - A prominent national Islamic advocacy 
group 
today called for the unconditional release of Daniel Pearl, the Wall 
Street 
Journal reporter who was abducted Jan. 23 in Pakistan.

In a statement, Omar Ahmad, board chairman of the Washington-based 
Council 
on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) wrote:

“We call for the immediate and unconditional release of Daniel Pearl 
and an 
end to the targeting of journalists in any area of the world. Such 
actions 
by those claiming to act on behalf of Muslims are in sharp 
contradiction to 
Islamic teachings and violate the internationally-accepted neutral 
status 
of journalists during times of conflict. Those who seek justice for 
themselves should not inflict injustices on others.

“As God says in the Quran, Islam’s revealed text: ‘O ye who believe! 
Stand 
out firmly for justice, as witnesses to God, even as against 
yourselves, or 
your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor. 
For 
God can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest 
ye 
swerve, and if ye distort (justice) or decline to do justice, verily 
God is 
well-acquainted with all that ye do.’” (The Holy Quran, Chapter 4, 
Verse 135)

                                         - END -

CONTACT:        Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787
                 E-MAIL - cair@cair-net.org

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SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE PROFILES CAIR BOARD CHAIRMAN

FROM REFUGEE CAMP TO SUCCESS IN U.S.
Santa Clara man promotes Muslim cause
By Jonathan Curiel, The San Francisco Chronicle, 2/02/2002
http://www.sfgate.com/
Search using the term “Ahmad.”

Omar Ahmad has been called many things -- some flattering, some not -- 
but 
even his critics can't argue with his success: Ahmad, who grew up in a 
squalid refugee camp in Amman, Jordan, runs his own software company in 
Santa Clara and is board chairman of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, one of the most influential Muslim organizations in the 
United 
States.

When Ahmad speaks Saturday at CAIR's conference in Santa Clara, he will 
do 
so with the authority of a man who helped get concessions from Nike, 
Burger 
King, DoubleTree Hotels, Anheuser-Busch and other corporations whose 
products or ad campaigns were deemed offensive to Muslims.

Ahmad, a 42-year-old Santa Clara resident, has spearheaded drives that 
have 
boosted Muslim American voter registration and raised millions of 
dollars. 
As a Palestinian American who now gets invitations to the White House, 
Ahmad is seen as a role model for U.S. Muslims. He co-founded CAIR in 
1994.

"Among Muslims, CAIR has become a household name brand," Ahmad says in 
an 
interview at CAIR's Northern California office in Santa Clara. "Even in 
the 
greater Muslim world, CAIR has gotten a good name."

That name received its biggest boost in 1997, when Ahmad and other CAIR 
officials flew to Beaverton, Ore., and asked Nike to recall a line of 
shoes 
because the stitching that spelled "Air" closely resembled the Arabic 
word 
"Allah," which means God.

Initially, lawyers at Nike headquarters told Ahmad's delegation "no." 
When 
CAIR, which is based in Washington, D.C., and has chapters around the 
United States, further explained the sacrilege of the shoes and 
threatened 
a Muslim boycott of all Nike products, the corporation agreed to recall 
the 
line and to build several playgrounds for the Muslim community…

Because the events surrounding Sept. 11 have made many Muslims feel 
vulnerable, CAIR's Northern California office is holding a conference 
on 
Saturday for members and other Muslims to talk about "how to deal with 
the 
aftermath of Sept. 11."

Ahmad expects more than 700 to attend the seminars and panel 
discussions at 
the Islamic Center in Santa Clara. He says donations to CAIR have 
increased 
since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the military campaign in 
Afghanistan, and that CAIR is in a good position to grow even more.

After just eight years, the organization now owns its building in 
Washington, a building in Los Angeles and has 28 full-time staff 
members…

SEND NOTES OF APPRECIATION TO:
letters@sfchronicle.com, jcuriel@sfchronicle.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org, CAIR_NCA@cair-california.org

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CALIF. CONFERENCE ON AMERICAN MUSLIM IDENTITY

We invite you to join us this Saturday,February 2, 2002, at the MCA in
Santa Clara to listen to two prominent Islamic scholars -- Dr. Jamal 
Badawi 
and Dr. Ingrid Mattson. This conference will examine the history of 
Islam 
in America and seek to address that history from the Quranic 
perspective of 
al-Wasitiya (The Middle Path).

TIME: 3-10 PM
DATE: February 2, 2002
LOCATION: MCA, 3003 Scott Blvd, Santa Clara CA
COST: Dinner $10

CONTACT: (408) 986-9874, CAIR_NCA@cair-california.org

SPONSORS:
Muslim American Society (MAS)
Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)
American Muslims for Global Peace and Justice (AMGPJ)
Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)
Muslim Community Association of the San Francisco Bay Area (MCA) 
American 
Muslims for Jerusalem (AMJ)

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SECURITY SCREENERS SHOULD FOCUS ON BEHAVIOR, NOT OUTWARD APPEARANCES
BY FEDWA WAZWAZ, St. Paul Pioneer Press, 2/3/2002
http://www.pioneerpress.com/opinion/ocl_docs/239824.htm

There has been a growing debate in our country about whether racial 
profiling is a reasonable security policy, used judiciously.

Defenders argue that all of the men involved in the Sept. 11 terrorist 
attacks were young Arab Muslim males. So why not target Arabs and 
Muslims 
at airports? Logical, right?

Well, if we think along those lines, then we must believe that the acts 
of 
19 Arab Muslim men outweigh the fact that the overwhelming majority of 
Arab-Americans, Muslim-Americans, and Muslim and Arab residents in our 
country are law-abiding citizens.

We are falsely assuming that any Arab or Muslim is more likely to 
engage in 
terrorism than any particular individual of other races, religions or 
ethnicities. Moreover, we need to study the response of the Arab and 
Muslim 
American communities to being singled out for such profiling. 
Initially, it 
sends a message of implicit blame for the terrorist attacks. Americans 
will 
start to overlook the fact that Arabs and Muslims are victims of terror 
as 
well…

SEND COMMENTS TO: letters@pioneerpress.com, fwazwaz@hotmail.com

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ACLU POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: ARAB AMERICAN ADVOCACY FELLOW

The national headquarters of American Civil Liberties Union, a national 
not-for-profit public interest organization, is seeking a fellow for 
its 
work on racial profiling related to Arab Americans. The Fellow will 
work 
under the supervision of the ACLU's Communications Unit Director.

JOB SUMMARY AND DUTIES:
The responsibilities of the Arab American Advocacy Fellow include 
preparing 
and distributing specialized materials to the Arab and Muslim 
communities; 
conducting outreach to the Arab and Muslim communities; staffing an 
improved racial profiling hotline; monitoring the individuals detained 
following the terrorist attacks; and producing a report on the racial 
profiling of Arab-Americans and Muslims.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Must have knowledge of, and experience in civil liberties and civil 
rights; 
familiarity with community-based, policy and media organizations in the 
Arab American, Muslim and/or South Asian communities. Must be well 
organized and have excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills. 
Law 
degree or other advanced degree and fluency in Arabic preferred.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:
Commensurate with experience, within the parameters of the ACLU 
compensation scale.Excellent health and welfare benefits are provided.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:
Interested persons should submit a letter of interest, a resume, and a 
writing sample no later than February 22, 2002 to: ATTN: Director of 
Communications, AAA FELLOW, ACLU, 125 Broad Street - 18th Floor, New 
York, 
NY 10004

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 2/4/2002

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HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: PRACTICING WHAT YOU PREACH
* CAIR-CAN MEDIA ACTIVISM WORKSHOP FEB. 16
* OKLAHOMA GOVERNOR SAYS RACIAL PROFILING NEEDED (AP)
* NEWSWEEK COVER STORY FOCUSES ON QURAN AND BIBLE
* WIFE, CHILDREN VISIT DETAINED MUSLIM LEADER (AP)
* JUDGE RESTRICTS JURY QUERY BY AL-AMIN TEAM (Atlanta Journal)
* MIXED REVIEWS ON ANTI-TERROR INTERVIEW PLAN (Los Angeles Times)
* AS AUTHORITIES KEEP UP IMMIGRATION ARRESTS, DETAINEES ASK WHY THEY 
ARE 
TARGETS (New York Times)
* AMERICAN MUSLIM PROFILES: MOHAMMAD SULEMAN (Dallas Morning News)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: PRACTICING WHAT YOU PREACH

The Prophet (peace be upon him) quoted a person who will face severe 
punishment on Judgment day as saying: "I enjoined others to do good, 
but 
did not do it myself, and I forbade them to do evil, but did it 
myself."

Riyadh-us-Saleheen, Hadith 198

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CAIR-CAN MEDIA ACTIVISM WORKSHOP FEB. 16

This workshop will outline how to effectively interact with the media. 
It 
will look at the specific tools used for media relations, including: 1) 
letters to the editor, 2) op-ed pieces, 3) interviews, 4) 
statements/backgrounders, 5) press releases, and 6) press conferences.

Space is limited and reservation is necessary. Make a reservation by 
calling (514) 996-0300, or e-mail: rashaayouby@yahoo.com

WHEN: February 16, 2002, 9:30 a.m. - 4:40 p.m.
WHERE: Concordia University Hall building, Room 611
COST: $5 per person, Donations are also appreciated to cover the costs.

CAIR-CAN: http://www.caircan.ca/
E-MAIL: canada@cair-net.org

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OKLAHOMA GOVERNOR SAYS RACIAL PROFILING NEEDED
Gov. Frank Keating, R-Okla., Associated Press, 2/2/2002

The Transportation Department is foolish to tell airport screeners not 
to 
consider some racial and ethnic factors when screening passengers, 
Keating 
said.

The department has instructed "if someone is speaking Arabic or reading 
the 
Koran or praying, that is not to be a factor at all," Keating said. 
"Well, 
that's reckless in my view..."

POLITE COMMENTS TO: governor@gov.state.ok.us
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

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NEWSWEEK COVER STORY FOCUSES ON QURAN AND BIBLE

IN THE BEGINNING, THERE WERE THE HOLY BOOKS
The Bible and the Qur'an both reveal the word of God. Both speak of 
prophets, redemption, heaven and hell. So why the violence? Searching 
the 
sacred texts for answers
By Kenneth L. Woodward, Newsweek, 2/11/2002
http://www.msnbc.com/news/698874.asp

Feb. 11 issue -  He was a pious family man, a trader from Mecca who 
regularly retreated into the hills above the city to fast and pray. In 
his 
40th year, while he was praying in a cave on Mount Hira, the angel 
Gabriel 
spoke to him, saying, "Muhammad, you are the Messenger of God," and 
commanded him to "Recite!"

MUHAMMAD PROTESTED that he could not-after all, he was not gifted like 
the 
traditional tribal bards of Arabia. Then, according to this tradition, 
the 
angel squeezed him so violently that Muhammad thought he'd die. Again 
Gabriel ordered him to recite, and from his lips came the first verses 
of 
what eventually became the Qur'an, regarded as the eternal words of God 
himself by some 1.3 billion Muslims around the world...in just a 
hundred 
years, the Qur'an created an entire civilization that at its height 
stretched from northern Africa and southern Europe in the West to the 
borders of modern India and China in the East. Even today, in streets 
as 
distant from each other as those of Tashkent, Khartoum, Qom and Kuala 
Lumpur, one can hear from dawn to dusk the constant murmur and chant of 
the 
Qur'an in melodious Arabic...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: letters@newsweek.com, kwoodw@newsweek.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org
(Please include your name, address and daytime phone number.)

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WIFE, CHILDREN VISIT DETAINED MUSLIM LEADER
By HERBERT G. McCANN, The Associated Press, 2/4/2002
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-020204haddad.story

CHICAGO (AP) - The wife of the founder of a Muslim charity that was 
closed 
down as part of the government's terrorism investigation was allowed to 
visit her husband in jail Monday for the first time since his arrest 
for 
alleged visa violations nearly two months ago.

Rabih Haddad has been in government custody since Dec. 14, when federal 
agents closed the suburban Chicago offices of the Global Relief 
Foundation, 
which he co-founded.

Arrested in Ann Arbor, Mich., Haddad was transferred to the federal 
Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago, where he has been denied 
visits from his wife and children and allowed limited telephone 
contact.

"It is not right what the government is doing," Salma al-Rushaid said 
Monday before entering the correctional center. "(Attorney General 
John) 
Ashcroft, (President George) Bush, if you can hear this, this is not 
right..."

Haddad, 41, of Ann Arbor is the co-founder of Global Relief, whose 
assets 
have been frozen in the terrorism investigation. He was arrested for a 
visa 
violation the same day federal agents raided the foundation's 
headquarters 
in Bridgeview.

Haddad has had three hearings, all closed to the public, in an 
immigration 
court in Detroit...

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JUDGE RESTRICTS JURY QUERY BY AL-AMIN TEAM
STEVE VISSER, BILL MONTGOMERY, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2/3/2002
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/epaper/editions/sunday/metro_c3c5dd18c2401045006e.html

The potential juror, a gray-haired, white man, had retired early from 
the 
Coca-Cola Co. He favored the death penalty. He certainly didn't fit the 
profile of a juror a defense lawyer would want deciding the fate of a 
former 1960s black militant charged with killing a lawman.

The man, however, said he could be fair and promised to consider all 
punishments --- execution, life without parole, or life with the 
possibility of parole --- should Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin be convicted of 
murder.

"What we're looking for here are honest answers," defense lawyer Bruce 
Harvey said. "That's the only kind I have," the potential juror 
answered, 
with a polite smile.

A short time later, Superior Court Judge Stephanie Manis cut off 
Harvey's 
inquiry, ruling the lawyers questions were improper. "I think you're 
trying 
to have a confrontation with me," the judge warned Harvey, who has a 
history of contempt of court citations.

The judge eventually made Harvey stop questioning potential jurors. In 
fact, she blocked the defense team, except for lead counsel Jack 
Martin, 
from quizzing the jury pool.

By Monday, Harvey and co-counsel Michael Warren sat in the back of the 
courtroom, in silent protest, while Martin protested that the judge had 
pitted him against four prosecutors.

Last week, jury selection in the trial of the murder case against 
Al-Amin, 
the Muslim cleric once known as H. Rap Brown, reached roughly its 
half-way 
point. Al-Amin's trial has become one of the most closely watched 
murder 
cases in Fulton County since the missing and murdered children cases 
two 
decades ago. Jury selection is Feb. 18...

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MIXED REVIEWS ON ANTI-TERROR INTERVIEW PLAN
Michigan: Many of the men sought--most from Arab countries--never 
responded. Officials say program serves purpose.
By TERRIL YUE JONES, The Los Angeles Times, 2/3/2002
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-020302profile.story

He was sought out for questioning by the FBI after the Sept. 11 
terrorist 
attacks, even though he had violated no laws. And, he said, he 
certainly 
hadn't consorted with terrorists.

But the young man--a native of the Middle East who asked to be called 
Mourad--agonized for weeks about whether he should agree to the 
"voluntary" 
interview. "I was shocked. I thought: 'I don't fit the profile. What 
did 
they come to me for?' I don't know anything about the people detained."

After consulting a lawyer, he decided to go ahead with the interview, 
if 
only to show that he had nothing to hide. Two months after federal 
authorities sent out letters seeking interviews with 700 foreign-born 
men 
in Michigan--most from Arab countries--as part of the government's 
investigation into terrorism, only half have been questioned.

In eastern Michigan, where most of the men reside, 250 either have 
declined 
to be interviewed or could not be located as of Jan. 24, the date by 
which 
law enforcement officials had hoped to finish the questioning...

"We try to find them. We'll visit them more than once to try to get to 
them," said Robert Cares, the assistant U.S. attorney in Detroit who is 
in 
charge of the counter-terrorism task force here.

Michigan's operation is part of a nationwide effort by the Bush 
administration to question about 5,000 people holding temporary visas 
from 
a number of countries, mostly Arab, who have entered the United States 
since January 2001...

The operation, Cares added, was not intended to root out immigration 
scofflaws who have overstayed their visas. But Muslim and civil rights 
groups are not so sure.

"That remains to be seen, because [the program] is still being wrapped 
up," 
said Haaris Ahmad, executive director of the Michigan branch of the 
Council 
on American-Islamic Relations.

"The [Immigration and Naturalization Service] can play fast and loose 
when 
they get someone on minor visa violations," Ahmad said. "Now you're 
going 
to take these 5,000 people and get a big chunk of them on visa 
questions..."

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AS AUTHORITIES KEEP UP IMMIGRATION ARRESTS, DETAINEES ASK WHY THEY ARE 
TARGETS
By TAMAR LEWIN, The New York Times, 2/3/2002
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/02/03/national/03INS.html

Much news media attention has moved to the detainees taken to Cuba from 
Afghanistan, but the arrests in the United States continue, with many 
police officers and other local officials playing an aggressive new 
role in 
immigration enforcement.

In Florida, a Jordanian was picked up and detained when he went to 
renew 
his driver's license.

In Virginia, a Moroccan who had registered at a high school the week of 
the 
terrorist attacks was asked for immigration documents. When the 
guidance 
counselor found that his tourist visa had expired, she gave the 
passport to 
the police, who passed it to the Immigration and Naturalization 
Service. 
The youngster has been detained for four months...

Since Sept. 11, Middle Eastern or South Asian men who are in the 
country 
illegally have been subject to much new scrutiny. Some have been placed 
in 
detention after having been stopped by the police for speeding or not 
wearing a seat belt. Others have been picked up at airports, after 
checking 
in for domestic flights and showing passports with expired visas as 
identification.

The immigration agency said the detentions and deportations were an 
outgrowth of the terrorism inquiry, and not a random sweep of Muslims. 
The 
agency emphasizes that the number of Muslims in immigration proceedings 
remains tiny, compared with the number of Mexicans...

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AMERICAN MUSLIM PROFILES: MOHAMMAD SULEMAN
By BILL MARVEL, The Dallas Morning News, 2/3/2002
http://www.dallasnews.com/texasliving/highprofile/stories/suleman_03liv.Zone1.Edition1.c206c.html

It was the largest gathering of Muslims under one roof ever in North 
Texas, 
more than 15,000 men, women and children in the Fair Park Centennial 
Building to celebrate the end of the monthlong fast of Ramadan.

They had much on their minds besides the feast day: Memories of Sept. 
11 
and of the suspicions cast upon the Muslim community were still fresh. 
For 
those who opened their commemorative copies of The Image, the 
publication 
of the Islamic Association of North Texas, there was something else to 
ponder. In an essay, "Life after September Eleven," Mohammad Suleman, 
the 
association's president, offered some sobering words for brother and 
sister 
Muslims.

"Some of us consider it a piety to shun non-Muslims unless it is an 
absolute necessity," Mr. Suleman wrote. "It is taboo to admire or even 
acknowledge the obvious civility of the American system and society we 
live 
in. Yet we have no problem in reaping the benefits of this very system 
with 
both hands. "This is a gross insincerity."

Mr. Suleman's essay also took to task the mostly immigrant Muslim 
community 
for failing to reach out to those Muslims already living in America. By 
which he meant black American Muslims...

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 2/5/2002

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HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: RECURRING CHARITY
* DC-AREA CAIR "KNOW YOUR RIGHTS - POST 9/11" WORKSHOP
* VA COMMUNITY FORUM ON DISCRIMINATION
* QUITE THE ODD COUPLE: AL-ARIAN AND SHARON (St. Petersburg Times)
         - DC RALLY RESPONDS TO SHARON VISIT WITH PRESIDENT BUSH
* LETTERS: MOSCOW BOMBINGS, 1999 (New York Times)
         - REFUGEES ARE FLEEING CHECHNYA'S CIVIL WAR IN RISING NUMBERS 
(Christian Science Monitor)
         - RE: NOT ALL MILITANT ISLAMIC GROUPS ARE OUT TO GET AMERICA, 
JAN. 
27 (St. Petersburg Times)
* SAUDIPHOBES TARGET NEIL BUSH (Antiwar.com)
         - THE WAR AGAINST THE SAUDIS
         - MUSLIMS FEEL SEPT. 11 CHILL AS MECCA PLAYS IT CAUTIOUS (New 
York 
Times)
* GROUPS OFFERS MUSLIM INTERCULTURAL EXCHANGE GRANTS

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HADITH OF THE DAY: RECURRING CHARITY

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "When a person dies, his 
actions come to an end, with three exceptions: Recurring charity 
(sadaqah 
jariyah*), knowledge from which benefit continues to be reaped and the 
prayers of his pious children for him."

Sahih Muslim

* Examples of sadaqah jariyah include the building of a school, a 
hospital 
or a charitable institution from which the community derives continuous 
benefit.

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DC-AREA CAIR "KNOW YOUR RIGHTS - POST 9/11" WORKSHOP

A panel of lawyers will discuss the issues facing Muslims in the wake 
of 
9-11 and will give advice about legal rights on issues such as: 1) How 
to 
interact with the FBI or INS, 2) What to do when profiled at the 
airport, 
3) How to prevent being profiled in the first place.

PRESENTERS:
Ashraf Nubani
Ismail Laher
Saladin Shakir

WHEN: SUNDAY February 10, 2002 after Zuhr (1:40 pm)
WHERE: Dar-us-Salaam Mosque, 5301 Edgewood Road, College Park, MD 
20740          (Tel: 301-982-9849)
DIRECTIONS: Take exit 25 from 495, South on Route 1 towards U of 
Maryland, 
turn left on first traffic light, Edgewood Road. Dar-us-Salaam is at 
the 
end of the road

For more info please contact: Khalid Iqbal, 202-488-8787, Ext., 6060 or 
301-213-2136

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VA COMMUNITY FORUM ON DISCRIMINATION

WHEN: Saturday, February 9, 2002, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
WHERE: ADAMS Center Sterling Branch, 46970 Community Plaza, Sterling, 
Va.

REPRESENTATIVES FROM: Department of Justice, Department of 
Transportation, 
Department of Education, Department of Housing & Urban Development, 
Department of Health & Human Services, EEOC, Council on American 
Islamic 
Relations (CAIR)

Program Includes:
* Explanation of your civil rights as American citizens and legal 
immigrants
* The federal government's definitions of discrimination and hate 
crimes
* Procedures for filing complaints with any government agency
* Definitions of racial and religious profiling
* Department of Justice Initiative to Combat Post-Terrorism 
Discrimination
* Q&A session for community members

For program information, contact: (703) 220-7553
For directions visit www.adamscenter.org or call (703) 433-1325

SPONSOR: Project Resilience

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QUITE THE ODD COUPLE: AL-ARIAN AND SHARON
By MARY JO MELONE, St. Petersburg Times, 2/5/2002
http://www.sptimes.com/2002/02/05/Columns/Quite_the_odd_couple_.shtml

The distance between Tampa and Jerusalem is nearly halfway around the 
world. But politics has a way of making long distances shorter and 
producing unexpected comparisons.

Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said he regretted that 
he 
hadn't had PLO leader Yasser Arafat killed. Sharon had his shot at 
Arafat 
in 1982. Sharon was Israel's defense minister then and leading the 
invasion 
of Lebanon, meant to root out Arafat and the PLO from that country.

He told a newspaper last week that the Israeli government had decided 
not 
to kill Arafat at the time. He added, "I'm sorry that we didn't 
liquidate 
him."

This is what you call inflammatory speech. And it led me to wonder: Why 
can 
Sharon get away with it, and others can't? I'm referring to Sami 
Al-Arian, 
a man Sharon also wouldn't have much use for. As I write this, 
Al-Arian, a 
USF professor, continues to twist in the wind...

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DC RALLY RESPONDS TO SHARON VISIT WITH PRESIDENT BUSH

WHEN: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
WHERE: FREEDOM PLAZA (14th Street and Pennsylvania Ave.), Washington, 
D.C.
CONTACT: American Muslims for Jerusalem, amj@amjerusalem.org

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LETTERS: MOSCOW BOMBINGS, 1999
The New York Times, 2/5/2002

Re "Russian Says Kremlin Faked 'Terror Attacks'" (news article, Feb. 
1):

While the Russian authorities never found the perpetrators of the 1999 
explosions of apartment houses in Moscow, they were quick to blame the 
Chechens for them. Boris A. Berezovsky, the exiled Russian entrepreneur 
interviewed in your article, deserves credit for pointing out that all 
available evidence leads to the Russian Federal Security Service as the 
organizers of the bombings.
SEE: http://www.nytimes.com/2002/02/01/international/europe/01RUSS.html

An international investigation of the Moscow blasts would be a good 
start 
in correcting an unintended side effect of the war on terror: that all 
Muslims are branded as terrorists in some parts of the world.

ILYAS AKHMADOV
Boston, Feb. 4, 2002

The writer, an envoy of President Aslan Maskhadov of the Chechen 
Republic 
of Ichkeria, is visiting the United States.

SEE: REFUGEES ARE FLEEING CHECHNYA'S CIVIL WAR IN RISING NUMBERS
http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/0205/p07s02-woeu.html

Although the world's gaze has shifted to Afghanistan and other zones of 
human catastrophe, the plight of Chechnya's uprooted people has not 
eased. 
With a population of 300,000, the tiny, impoverished republic of 
Ingushetia 
is host to some 180,000 Chechen refugees, and aid workers say the 
numbers 
fleeing Chechnya have increased in recent months.

Tens of thousands are enduring their third winter in overcrowded, 
ill-provisioned tent camps in open fields, just a couple hours' drive 
from 
their ruined homes and villages. Uncounted thousands more are crammed 
into 
barns, warehouses, and deserted factory buildings, where unsanitary 
conditions, malnutrition, and psychological stress are often critical 
problems...

SEE ALSO - RE: NOT ALL MILITANT ISLAMIC GROUPS ARE OUT TO GET AMERICA, 
JAN. 27
By Joseph A. Mahon, The St. Petersburg Times, 2/5/2002

I commend Susan Taylor Martin for an excellent thought-provoking 
article 
about the nature of militant Islamic groups. (http://www.sptimes.com, 
Search using the term "Steven Emerson.")

Steven Emerson and other pro-Israel writers would have us believe that 
there is an enormous Islamic fundamentalist movement that seeks to 
impose 
its will around the world. They see a battle looming between Western 
civilization and the Islamic world. And, of course, they see Israel 
fighting bravely beside the United States against these Islamic demons.

It would be a disaster for the United States to accept and act on this 
view. The interests of the United States are not identical with 
Israel's. 
It is a mistake for the United States to shape its foreign policy to 
accomplish Israel's objectives while giving second priority to its own 
interests.

Your article helps to give perspective to this debate and shows why we 
should be very skeptical about the "clash of civilizations" argument.

SEE: WHO IS STEVEN EMERSON?
http://www.cair-net.org/html/emerson.htm

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SAUDIPHOBES TARGET NEIL BUSH
By Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com, 2/4/2002
http://www.antiwar.com/justin/justincol.html

The climax of a Saudi-bashing orgy in the media comes with Michael 
Isikoff 
taking out after Neil Bush in the latest Newsweek. "What," Isikoff 
demands 
to know, "was Neil Bush doing in Jidda, Saudi Arabia, last week?" After 
weeks, or is it months, of relentless Saudiphobia - the Saudi princess 
in 
Miami who supposedly beat her Indonesian maid was a nice touch - 
Isikoff 
has hit the real target: the Bush family, as I predicted.

NEIL BUSH IN THE CROSSHAIRS
And what is the great crime of the President's younger brother? In the 
present atmosphere, of course, even being in Saudi Arabia is enough to 
provoke suspicion, at least in certain circles. "Officially," writes 
Isikoff, "the president's younger brother was a keynote speaker at an 
international business forum," where he tried to address the public 
relations problem faced by his hosts. Ah, but the real purpose of the 
visit 
was "recruiting Middle East investors for an educational-software firm 
that, industry sources say, may benefit enormously from the new $26.5 
billion education bill signed by President George W. Bush..."

In the context of the current vehemently anti-Arab, anti-Muslim 
atmosphere, 
the mere hint of any business connection to the Middle East (excepting 
Israel, of course) is analogous to the days of the cold war when trade 
in 
Polish hams was considered very close to treason...

SEE ALSO: THE WAR AGAINST THE SAUDIS
http://www.antiwar.com/justin/j012302.html

MUSLIMS FEEL SEPT. 11 CHILL AS MECCA PLAYS IT CAUTIOUS
By ELAINE SCIOLINO, The New York Times, 2/5/2002
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/02/05/international/middleeast/05SAUD.html

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GROUPS OFFERS MUSLIM INTERCULTURAL EXCHANGE GRANTS
http://www.nafsa.org/content/ProfessionalandEducationalResources/GrantsandScholarship/COOP/MuslimCOOPGrants.htm

The Cooperative Grants Program (COOP), implemented by NAFSA: 
Association of 
International Educators and funded by the U.S. Department of State, is 
accepting proposals for Muslim Intercultural Exchange Grants. These 
grants 
are awards in the range of $2,001-$10,000. The deadline for the 
competition 
is March 8, 2002. Projects must accomplish one or more of the following 
objectives:

* Create opportunities for students from predominantly Muslim countries 
to 
engage in substantive exchange with their U.S. peers and their host 
communities;
* Increase resources and understanding on U.S. campuses about the 
Muslim 
world; and/or
* Address issues related to women in Muslim cultures.
Muslim Awareness Grant proposals must include all the components 
required 
for Incentive Grant proposals. Please see COOP application materials 
for 
more details.

A complete application packet includes application guidelines and 
restrictions, as well as the application cover sheets for the grant 
competitions currently open. Application materials have recently been 
revised, so please read the materials carefully.

If you are unable to download a COOP application packet, you may 
request a 
hard copy from COOP staff at coop@nafsa.org

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR ACTION ALERT #320

MUSLIMS URGED TO CONTACT PRESIDENT ON PALESTINIAN RIGHTS

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/6/2002) - CAIR is calling on American Muslims and 
other people of conscience to contact President Bush and ask that he 
support the Palestinian people's right to freedom and justice during 
discussions Thursday with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. (Sharon 
is 
currently facing legal action in Belgium for his involvement in the 
1982 
massacres of Palestinians in Lebanese refugee camps.)

In a statement, CAIR Board Chairman Omar Ahmad said:

"Israel's Apartheid-like policies of collective punishment, political 
assassination, home demolition, land confiscation, settlement building, 
detention without trial, religious discrimination, and ethnic 
segregation 
impose unending suffering and humiliation on the Palestinian people.

"In the past, the administration's silence on these issues has been 
viewed 
by Israeli leaders as a 'green light' for continued oppression. Given 
recent events and foreign policy statements, it now appears that our 
government is actively encouraging those brutal policies. This 
perception 
can only serve to harm our nation's interests throughout the Muslim 
world.

"Israel is a strategic liability to American political and economic 
interests. Uncritical support for that nation's brutal policies makes a 
mockery of our stated commitments to promote freedom and justice in the 
Muslim world. We must put Israel's state terrorism in the same category 
as 
terrorist acts carried out by individuals or groups. All are worthy of 
condemnation.

"As President Bush said in his State of the Union Address: 'America 
will 
lead by defending liberty and justice because they are right and true 
and 
unchanging for all people everywhere. No nation owns these aspirations, 
and 
no nation is exempt from them.' The war on terrorism must be based on 
justice, otherwise our efforts will be wasted and our image as an 
international standard-bearer for freedom will be forever tarnished."

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE and RESPECTFUL.)

Contact President Bush to urge that he support Palestinian rights, 
condemn 
ALL forms of terrorism and promote freedom for ALL people.

CONTACT:

President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

TEL: 202-456-1414, Press 1
FAX: 202-456-2461

E-MAIL: president@whitehouse.gov, vice.president@whitehouse.gov, 
Secretary@state.gov
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

URL: http://www.whitehouse.gov

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SEE ALSO:

BUSH MUST PRESSURE SHARON TO END ISRAEL'S STATE-SPONSORED TERRORISM
BY EDMUND R. HANAUER, The San Jose Mercury News, 2/6/2002
http://www0.mercurycenter.com/premium/opinion/columns/018095.htm

Israel must also heed calls by the international community to withdraw 
from 
Palestinian towns and villages, and lift draconian blockades, which 
prevent 
Palestinians from reaching hospitals, schools and jobs and from getting 
adequate food, water and medicines.

These acts of Israeli state terrorism violate international law; many 
qualify as war crimes.

For the U.S. criticism of Arafat to be effective and credible 
Washington 
must (1) equally condemn Israeli violence, (2) condemn Israeli 
oppression 
of Palestinians, (3) help Palestinians achieve their rights through 
non-violent means, and (4) use diplomatic and economic pressure on 
Israel 
to grant Palestinian rights.

ARMY DISSENT RATTLES ISRAEL
By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun, 2/5/2002
http://www.sunspot.net/news/nationworld/bal-te.israel05feb05.story

"We will no longer fight beyond the Green Line [Israel's pre-1967 
border] 
with the purpose of occupying, deporting, destroying, blockading, 
killing, 
starving and humiliating an entire people. The price of occupation is 
the 
loss of the Israel Defense Forces' semblance of humanity and the 
corruption 
of all of Israeli society."

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 2/7/2002

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HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: CHARITY
* WASH. POST CALLS FOR OPEN IMMIGRATION HEARINGS
* GUANTANAMO PRISONERS BEING TRANSPORTED BY GURNEY, COMMANDERS ADMIT 
(Miami 
Herald)
         - CAPTIVES RESIST U.S. QUESTIONING (Washington Post)
* SOME FILIPINOS SAY U.S. PRESENCE MAY FUEL REBEL SUPPORT (Washington 
Post)
* WHERE ISRAEL'S 'GUNS OF NAVARONE' LIE SILENT (The Independent)
* MUSLIMS MAY GET PROTECTION AGAINST FRAUDULENT FOOD SELLERS (AP)
* CEMETERY VOTE INCONCLUSIVE (Atlanta Journal)
* MUSLIM TEEN INTRODUCES PROTESTANT TEEN TO ISLAMIC FAITH (PR Newswire)
* ARAB STUDENTS RETURN TO CAMPUSES (Seattle Times)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: CHARITY

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Charity does not 
diminish 
wealth.”

Riyadh-us-Saleheen, Volume 1, Hadith 556

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WASH. POST CALLS FOR OPEN IMMIGRATION HEARINGS

EDITORIAL: OPEN UP
The Washington Post, 2/7/2002
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A36253-2002Feb6.html

TEN DAYS after the Sept. 11 attacks, the administration instructed its 
immigration judges to keep certain proceedings closed. Not only would 
hearings be conducted in secret with "no visitors, no family, and no 
press" 
present, but the "record of the proceeding [was] not to be released to 
anyone" either -- including "confirming or denying whether such a case 
is 
on the docket or scheduled for a hearing."

The Justice Department has since been conducting its Sept. 11-related 
immigration cases under these indefensible rules, though the cases thus 
far 
have not involved classified evidence.

Last week two Detroit newspapers, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and the 
American Civil Liberties Union challenged in court both the policy 
generally and the closure of one immigration case in particular -- that 
of 
a man named Rabih Haddad.

Mr. Haddad, the co-founder of a Muslim charity suspected of terrorist 
links, was detained on immigration charges. Whatever the merits of the 
case 
against him, he has a lot of supporters, and they -- along with the 
press 
-- want to attend his immigration trial. Yet, officially, there is 
nothing 
to attend. It doesn't matter that no sensitive or classified 
information 
has been discussed at the hearings to date, the plaintiffs claim. 
Public 
access has been nonexistent anyway…

Immigration cases carry enormous consequences for people's freedom. 
They 
should, like criminal trials, be open for public scrutiny and criticism 
unless there is a compelling reason to the contrary. Holding trials in 
secret is a tactic unworthy of a great legal system.

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GUANTANAMO PRISONERS BEING TRANSPORTED BY GURNEY, COMMANDERS ADMIT
By Carol Rosenberg, The Miami Herald, 2/7/2002
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/2619170.htm

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba _ To assert control and speed up the 
process, U.S. soldiers are using gurneys to shuttle to interrogation 
able-bodied as well as wounded al-Qaeda and Taliban suspects, 
commanders 
confirmed Wednesday on the eve of more arrivals for their Caribbean 
prison 
camp.

Commanders made the admission as news photographers documented for a 
second 
time in less than a week a curious parade through high grass around 
Camp 
X-Ray: Military Police pushing huge-wheeled stretchers along a dirt 
path to 
deliver a manacled and shackled man in an orange jumpsuit to a 
windowless, 
wooden interrogation hut.

"It's a very efficient way to do it," said Marine Brig. Gen. Michael 
Lehnert, a military engineer and commander of the overall prison 
project. 
Prone captives "are not in a position to bolt. They lay down. They are 
not 
chained to the stretcher in any way. It is strictly a security issue." 
Earlier, they had said that the procedure was being used only on infirm 
captives who arrived with leg and foot injuries caused by battlefield 
bullet wounds or exploding shrapnel…

SEE ALSO:

CAPTIVES RESIST U.S. QUESTIONING
By John Mintz, The Washington Post, 2/7/2002
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A35571-2002Feb6.html

Many of the al Qaeda and Taliban captives imprisoned at the U.S. naval 
base 
here are locked in a war of wills with their American captors, 
resisting 
giving information as interrogators devise ways to get them talking, 
such 
as engaging them in discussion about the Koran, U.S. government 
officials 
said.

At the same time, U.S. questioners have begun to make progress in 
unearthing intelligence information from some of the alleged terrorist 
prisoners, especially a few of the younger ones, sources said. 
Government 
officials said the strategy is to make the detainees feel comfortable 
with 
their treatment, while applying subtle psychological pressure…

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SOME FILIPINOS SAY U.S. PRESENCE MAY FUEL REBEL SUPPORT
By Philip P. Pan, The Washington Post, 2/7/2002
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A35241-2002Feb6.html

"The arrival of U.S. troops plays into the anti-American sentiment of a 
lot 
of ideologues who otherwise would be against the Abu Sayyaf," said 
Glenda 
Gloria, a Philippine journalist and author of an acclaimed book on 
Muslim 
insurgencies in the Philippines. "These are Muslims who have been very 
opposed to the Abu Sayyaf. But if the American soldiers get into 
combat, 
there's a risk the political landscape could change…"

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WHERE ISRAEL'S 'GUNS OF NAVARONE' LIE SILENT
By Robert Fisk at Sheikh Abad Hill, The Independent, 2/7/2002
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=118580

Lebanon is where Iranian Revolutionary Guards are supposed to have been 
pouring in from Tehran. The country's National Symphony Orchestra has 
been 
playing Liszt, Tchaikovsky and Saint-Saens. And down here on the border 
with Israel, where 8,000 new missiles have supposedly arrived for the 
Hizbollah, the women are drying tobacco leaves in the sun.

The "centre for world terror" comes from the imagination of Ariel 
Sharon, 
Israel's Prime Minister, who was flying to Washington last night for a 
warm 
welcome from President George Bush. The non-existent Revolutionary 
Guards 
and 8,000 missiles at the weekend, the Israelis upped the figure to 
10,000 
then mysteriously brought it back to 8,000 are the invention of Shimon 
Peres, the Israeli Foreign Minister.

In reality, there hasn't been an Iranian Revolutionary Guard in Lebanon 
since 1984 Mr Peres is just 18 years late with his facts. As for the 
missiles, the Hizbollah would like to know where they are…

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MUSLIMS MAY GET PROTECTION AGAINST FRAUDULENT FOOD SELLERS
The Associated Press, 2/7/2002

DETROIT (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of Detroit-area Muslims who buy 
meat 
that's certified "halal" must take the merchant's word that the product 
was 
processed in accordance with Islamic law.

But Muslim consumers in Michigan may soon have something more tangible 
than 
trust on their side: the law.

Under a bill to appear before the state House of Representatives, food 
sellers and producers may face misdemeanor fraud charges if the 
Department 
of Agriculture finds they have misrepresented food as halal, the 
Detroit 
Free Press reported in a Thursday story.

Legal analysts expect the bill to pass…

Under the law, Michigan residents can ask officials to inspect stores, 
restaurants and other food providers to see if they are abiding by 
halal 
standards…

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CEMETERY VOTE INCONCLUSIVE
Planning Commission forwards Muslims' request
By BRIAN FEAGANS, The Atlanta Journal - Constitution, 2/7/2002
www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/epaper/editions/thursday/gwinnett_c326101490c3b0cd1090.html

Bert Nasuti tried to set the record straight Tuesday night as the 
Gwinnett 
County Planning Commission heard impassioned arguments for and against 
a 
planned Islamic cemetery near Lawrenceville.

"We're not here to make decisions about religion," said Nasuti, the 
panel's 
chairman. "We're here to make land use decisions."

That proved to be much easier said than done.

After two failed motions to approve the cemetery with certain 
conditions, 
the Planning Commission voted to forward the request to the County 
Commission with no recommendation. It was the first time that has 
happened 
in at least a decade, according to longtime observers.

Dennis Still, an attorney for the Georgia Islamic Institute of 
Religious & 
Social Sciences, set the tone early.

Still reminded the commission of his clients' First Amendment right to 
religious freedom. And he urged the commissioners not to treat the 
institute any differently from other religious groups when considering 
a 
rezoning request for the proposed 1,500-plot cemetery.

"This is a Muslim organization," Still said. "It is not some cult. They 
value their dead no less than you or I or anyone else."

Residents of the Grayson Oaks subdivision, which abuts the institute's 
5 
acres at New Hope and Grayson New Hope roads, said Islamic burial 
practices 
should be central to the county's decision…

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MUSLIM TEEN INTRODUCES PROTESTANT TEEN TO ISLAMIC FAITH
PR Newswire, 2/6/2002

Noggin and sister network Nickelodeon help kids understand the world 
around 
them and dispel any myths they may have about Muslims and the Islamic 
faith 
in a new episode of Noggin's original, groundbreaking series, "A Walk 
In 
Your Shoes."The new episode of "A Walk In Your Shoes" will be simulcast 
on 
Noggin and Nickelodeon on Sunday, February 10, 2002 at 8:30 PM ET (7:30 
PM 
Central).

This 30-minute episode of "A Walk In Your Shoes" features Nancy, a 
15-year-old Protestant teen from the suburbs of Boston and Mariam, a 
13-year-old Muslim teen from northern New Jersey.Nancy spends two days 
with 
Mariam and "walks in her shoes" to get a better understanding of the 
life 
of a Muslim-American teen.

Nancy is nervous about terrorism in America and apprehensive about 
Muslims 
since her friends lost family members on September 11.As Nancy explores 
Mariam's life, she gets the opportunity to attend Mariam's Muslim 
school, 
pray at her mosque, wear a hijab (the traditional Muslim head cover) 
and 
celebrate Ramadan, the holiest Islamic holiday with Mariam's 
family.During 
the episode, Mariam teaches Nancy why Muslims fast for Ramadan and that 
Islam is a religion that preaches peace, love and kindness to others, 
not 
violence or anger.The two girls also go ice-skating, shop at the mall 
and 
surf the web together, all typical American activities that both 
teenagers 
enjoy…

Noggin currently reaches over 22 million households via cable, digital 
cable and satellite…Noggin and the network's web site, 
http://noggin.com, 
celebrate kids' natural excitement for learning by asking kids 
themselves 
to help shape the network's agenda and steer its content.

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ARAB STUDENTS RETURN TO CAMPUSES
By Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, 2/6/2002
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/home/
Search using the term “Arab students.”

After watching the horror of suicide pilots destroying the World Trade 
Center on Sept. 11, many nervous Middle Eastern students at Washington 
State University fled to their homelands, fearing a backlash from 
Americans.

But in the past three weeks, most of those Middle Eastern students 
quietly 
have returned to the Pullman campus, meshing in with relative 
anonymity. 
And that, said Saeed Al-Dhaheri, is how he likes it…

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ASHCROFT ASKED TO CLARIFY OFFENSIVE REMARKS ON ISLAM
Attorney General maintains silence despite requests from Muslim groups

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/11/2002) - The Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR) today joined other Muslim and Arab-American groups in calling on 
Attorney General John Ashcroft to clarify offensive remarks he 
allegedly 
made in December about the faith of Islam.

According to an interview with syndicated columnist Cal Thomas 
published on 
the internet site crosswalk.com, Ashcroft said: "Islam is a religion in 
which God requires you to send your son to die for him. Christianity is 
a 
faith in which God sends his son to die for you." Despite several 
requests 
from Muslim and Arab-American groups, Ashcroft has not responded 
publicly.

SEE: "Men of Faith in Washington, D.C., Need Our Prayers"
http://news.crosswalk.com/partner/Article_Display_Page/0,,PTID74088%7CCHID194343%7CCIID1108858,00.html

"If true, these remarks are inaccurate, offensive and are unbecoming of 
a 
law enforcement official who is currently initiating and administering 
policies that have a disproportionate impact on Muslims. His remarks 
are 
also in direct contradiction to President Bush's repeated statements of 
respect for Islam," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. He called 
on 
the president and other public officials to distance themselves from 
Ashcroft's remarks.

Awad cited the hundreds of Muslim detainees held following the 
September 11 
terrorist attacks, the "voluntary" interviews of legal Muslim visa 
holders, 
the closure of immigration hearings, and profiling of Muslim and Arab- 
American airline passengers as examples of policies impacting Muslims. 
He 
added that just last Friday, media reports indicated that law 
enforcement 
authorities will focus on apprehending illegal Muslim and Arab 
immigrants 
who have ignored deportation orders, despite the fact that the vast 
majority of 314,000 so-called "absconders" are not Muslim or Arab.

"It is hard to see how policies such as these, which after all are 
based on 
racial and religious profiling, can be administered in an unbiased 
manner 
given Mr. Ashcroft's apparent hostility toward Islam," said Awad.

There are an estimated seven million Muslims in America and some 1.2 
billion worldwide. CAIR has received more than 1700 reports of 
anti-Muslim 
backlash since the September 11 terrorist attacks.

                                         - END -

CONTACT:        Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787
                 E-MAIL - cair@cair-net.org

ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be firm, but POLITE. Letters are best, 
followed by calls and then e-mails.)

Contact Attorney General Ashcroft to express your concerns about his 
remarks.

Attorney General John Ashcroft
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

TEL: 202-353-1555 (Public Comment Line),
202-514-2001 (Attorney General's Office)
FAX: (202) 307-6777
URL: http://www.usdoj.gov/
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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please distribute CAIR-NET alerts to your family, 
friends 
and colleagues. Invite others to join CAIR-NET by sending their e-mail 
addresses to cair@cair-net.org. To support CAIR's work, see the 
donation 
form at the end of this alert.

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 2/11/2002

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HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: COURTESY AND CORDIALITY
* SAVE THIS DATE: CAIR LEADERSHIP TRAINING CONFERENCE MARCH 30-31
* CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING: AMERICAN MUSLIMS IN THE AFTERMATH OF 9-11
         - EX-NATO COMMANDER SAYS U.S. MUSLIMS "POWERFUL FORCE" OF 
GOODWILL 
(Atlanta Journal)
* DANIEL PIPES ISSUES "ACTION ALERT" AGAINST TEACHING ISLAM IN SCHOOLS
* VILLAGERS RELEASED BY AMERICAN TROOPS SAY THEY WERE BEATEN, KEPT IN 
'CAGE' (Washington Post)
* HIS MASTER'S VOICE (Salon.com)
* BIAS AGAINST U.S. ARABS TAKING SUBTLER FORMS (Los Angeles Times)
* DEPORTATION PLAN CAUSES AN OUTCRY (Orange County Register)
* RELIGIOUS-RIGHTS RULING OKS BEARDS FOR INMATES (Sacramento Bee)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: COURTESY AND CORDIALITY

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "...you should show 
courtesy 
and be cordial with each other, so that nobody should consider himself 
superior to another nor do him harm."

Riyadh-us-Saleheen. Hadith 602

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SAVE THIS DATE: CAIR LEADERSHIP TRAINING CONFERENCE MARCH 30-31

CAIR will hold its annual Leadership Training Conference (LTC) in 
Washington, D.C., on the weekend of March 30, 2002. Conference details 
and 
registration information will be distributed soon, inshallah.

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CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING: AMERICAN MUSLIMS IN THE AFTERMATH OF 9-11

Presented by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

SPEAKERS:

Nihad Awad, CAIR Executive Director
Mohamed Nimer, CAIR Research Director
Jason Erb, CAIR Governmental Relations Director

DATE/LOCATION:

Wednesday, February 13, 2002
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Gold Room-2168 Rayburn Bldg.
Washington, D.C.

Please RSVP with Ibrahim Abdullah at 202-488-8787, ext. 3221, or e-mail 
Iabdullah@cair-net.org. MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY ARE WELCOME.

SEE ALSO:

EX-NATO COMMANDER SAYS U.S. MUSLIMS "POWERFUL FORCE" OF GOODWILL
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 2/10/2002
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/epaper/editions/sunday/news_c366d177b0bf10620044.html

Former NATO supreme commander Wesley Clark said a new-style Marshall 
Plan 
for Central Asia is essential for the long-term security of America...

Clark, who was responsible for security in more than 80 countries, said 
that when the military action is over, the next phase will be to enlist 
millions of Muslims in the United States as a "powerful force" of 
goodwill 
ambassadors...

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DANIEL PIPES ISSUES "ACTION ALERT" AGAINST TEACHING ISLAM IN SCHOOLS

THINK LIKE A MUSLIM
By Daniel Pipes, The New York Post, 2/11/2002
http://www.nypost.com/postopinion/opedcolumnists/41080.htm

Could it be that an important textbook is proselytizing American 
12-year-olds to convert to Islam?

The book in question is "Across the Centuries" (Houghton Mifflin, 2nd 
edition, 1999), a 558-page history that covers the millennium and a 
half 
between the fall of Rome and the French Revolution. In the 
multicultural 
spirit, about half of its eight sections are devoted to the West, and 
the 
other four deal with Islam, Africa, Asian empires, and pre-Columbian 
America...the really serious problem concerns the covert propagation of 
Islam, which takes four forms:

* Apologetics: Everything Islamic is praised; every problem is swept 
under 
the rug...

* Distortion: Jihad, which means "sacred war," turns into a struggle 
mainly 
"to do one's best to resist temptation and overcome evil." Islam gives 
women "clear rights" not available in some other societies, such as the 
right to an education? This ignores the self-evident fact that Muslim 
women 
enjoy fewer rights than perhaps any other in the world. ("Across the 
Centuries" implicitly acknowledges this reality by blaming "oppressive 
local traditions" for their circumstances.)...

* Piety: The textbook endorses key articles of Islamic faith. It 
informs 
students as a historical fact that Ramadan is holy "because in this 
month 
Muhammad received his first message from Allah." It asserts that "the 
very 
first word the angel Gabriel spoke to Muhammad was 'Recite.' " It 
explains 
that Arabic lettering "was used to write down God's words as they had 
been 
given to Muhammad." And it declares that the architecture of a mosque 
in 
Spain allows Muslims "to feel Allah's invisible presence."

Similarly, the founder of Islam is called "the prophet Muhammad," 
implying 
acceptance of his mission. (School textbooks scrupulously avoid the 
term 
Jesus Christ in favor of Jesus of Nazareth.)...

"Across the Centuries" involves a larger issue as well - the 
privileging of 
Islam in the United States. Is Islam to be treated like every other 
religion or does it enjoy a special status? The stakes go well beyond 
7th-grade textbooks.

The next edition of "Across the Centuries" should give a hint of what's 
in 
store. Readers may wish to send their opinions to Houghton Mifflin's 
editorial director for school social studies, Abigail Jungreis 
(Abigail_Jungreis@hmco.com).

FOR BACKGROUND, SEE: WHO IS DANIEL PIPES?
http://www.cair-net.org/misc/people/daniel_pipes.html

ACTION REQUESTED:

Send notes of support to Houghton Mifflin for their effort to educate 
students about Islam by publishing "Across the Centuries."

Ms. Abigail Jungreis
Houghton Mifflin
222 Berkeley Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116

TEL: (617) 351-5000
FAX: (617) 351-1124

E-MAIL: Abigail_Jungreis@hmco.com, collin_earnst@hmco.com, 
letters@nypost.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

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VILLAGERS RELEASED BY AMERICAN TROOPS SAY THEY WERE BEATEN, KEPT IN 
'CAGE'
By Molly Moore, The Washington Post, 2/11/2002
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A55290-2002Feb10.html

URUZGAN, Afghanistan, Feb. 10 -- Afghan villagers who were 
misidentified by 
U.S. military forces as al Qaeda and Taliban fighters said they were 
beaten 
and kicked by their captors and imprisoned in what they described as a 
wooden-barred "cage" at a U.S. base in Kandahar.

Several of the 27 former prisoners, who were released Wednesday, said 
U.S. 
soldiers treated them so harshly that two men lost consciousness during 
the 
beatings while others suffered fractured ribs, loosened teeth and 
swollen 
noses.

"They were beating us on the head and back and ribs," said Allah Noor, 
40, 
a farmer and policeman for the new government who said he suffered two 
fractured ribs at the military base where the men were imprisoned. 
"They 
were punching us with fists, kicking me with their feet. They said, 
'You 
are terrorist! You are al Qaeda! You are Taliban!'"

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HIS MASTER'S VOICE
This just in: President Bush dishes out overblown al-Qaida threats
-- and the press laps them up.
By Eric Boehlert, Salon.com, 2/11/2002
http://www.salon.com/politics/feature/2002/02/11/bush_media/index_np.html

For news consumers prone to anxiety, the end of January was probably 
the 
scariest stretch of time since the first weeks after the Sept. 11 
terror 
attacks. After a fairly quiet month on the home front, a parade of 
senior 
government officials, including President Bush himself, suddenly 
appeared 
on every news channel, detailing a slew of grave and startling 
terrorist 
scenarios.

Bush's State of the Union address contained chilling warnings about 
"thousands of dangerous killers" who have spread throughout the world 
"like 
ticking time bombs set to go off without warning."

Later, White House communications director Karen Hughes told reporters 
100,000 men had been trained in al-Qaida camps and were now scattered 
in 60 
countries...

The bad news came so fast and furious that it was hard to get a handle 
on 
what was strangest about it: that the Bush administration, which has so 
far 
maintained strict secrecy about its domestic anti-terror operations, 
was 
suddenly so talkative, or that the media reported the thinly documented 
terror threats so breathlessly and uncritically.

This is the same administration, after all, that refused to identify 
hundreds of mostly Middle Eastern immigrants jailed in the U.S. since 
Sept. 
11, that ordered many routine immigration hearings closed to the public 
and 
then mandated that records of the proceedings not be released to 
anyone. 
Since then, it has refused to release the identities of al-Qaida 
fighters 
held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and proposed that accused terrorists be 
tried 
in secret military tribunals. It has also refused to release 
information 
about questionable U.S. military raids in Afghanistan that reportedly 
resulted in innocent civilian or Northern Alliance casualties.

Yet when it came to suggestive and potentially deadly terrorist 
scenarios, 
the White House opened the spigots for the press. The administration's 
previous suggestion that Americans go about their normal lives seemed 
to 
have been replaced with the credo, "Be afraid. Be very afraid."

But the new al-Qaida scare was a win-win for the president and the news 
media. Suddenly the story of America's war on terrorism, which for 
weeks 
had been sagging while the Enron scandal gained steam, had new juice. 
It 
came just in time for the Bush's hawkish State of the Union address, 
just 
in time for his proposed $48 billion increase in defense spending, and 
just 
when an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showed nearly half of Americans 
felt 
the nation was back to normal, or nearly normal.

The doomsday revelations also let the media, especially television, 
tease 
viewers with tantalizing hints of new terror threats that would keep 
frightened Americans tuned to the TV again. CNN reported "al-Qaida 
planned 
to crash a hijacked plane into a nuclear power plant in this country." 
A 
concerned Bill O'Reilly informed Fox News' viewers "bin Laden's 
terrorists 
were planning a nuclear attack on America," and that the fresh 
information, 
"escalates the terrorist situation into another realm."

Newsweek dubbed Bush's State of the Union address "scary as hell."

The address was scary, but not because of the news it contained about 
terror threats. It was alarming because Bush used the threat of 
"thousands" 
of al-Qaida terrorists loose in America, and the subsequent alarming 
warnings, to write himself a blank check to prosecute the war, even to 
widen it to fight a new "axis of evil" that includes Iraq, Iran and 
North 
Korea. Even scarier was the way the media mostly let him get away with 
it. 
Of course careful news consumers, those who read deep into news and 
magazine stories and search out lots of different perspectives, soon 
realized the dire warnings coming from the White House were not all 
that 
they appeared to be.

The sweeping concern about dams and reservoirs, for instance, sprang 
from a 
single, unidentified individual with alleged ties to al-Qaida whose 
computer was said to have contained relevant engineering information.

Those 100,000 al-Qaida-trained terrorists roaming the world? One week 
after 
the allegation was made by the White House, Newsweek reported that 
intelligence officials thought the number was inflated by 90,000. The 
magazine also reported many of the "diagrams of American nuclear-power 
plants and public water facilities," cited by Bush during the State of 
the 
Union, had simply been downloaded off the Internet.

Did terrorists set in motion a plan to send a hijacked airliner 
hurtling 
into a nuclear power plant? Asked about it on CNN, Ralph Beedle of the 
Nuclear Energy Institute seemed nonplussed: "We don't believe that this 
threat is real. This is not a credible threat."

One FBI source told the Wall Street Journal that the warning was based 
on 
the same "outdated information we recovered several months ago." The 
FBI 
dismissed the plot at the time.

So the question becomes, Why would the White House coordinate releasing 
a 
laundry list of upsetting terrorist plots, most of which, upon closer 
inspection, appear to be half-baked at best? And why did an obedient 
press 
corps dutifully play up the angle of fear?...

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BIAS AGAINST U.S. ARABS TAKING SUBTLER FORMS
Harassment: Teasing and 'helpful suggestions' are replacing more overt 
acts 
of discrimination. Islamic groups are keeping track of the complaints.
By ERIC LICHTBLAU, The Los Angeles Times, 2/10/2002
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/front/la-021002harass.story

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has received 260 claims of 
discrimination in the workplace from Muslims since Sept. 11, an 
increase of 
168% over the same period a year earlier. Other government agencies in 
Washington and California also report sharp increases, and the Council 
on 
American-Islamic Relations, one of several advocacy groups that is 
tracking 
the Sept. 11 "backlash," says it has received more than 1,700 reports 
of 
public harassment, school confrontations, ethnic slurs, job bias, hate 
mail, threats and other claims of discrimination. California led the 
way 
with 315 complaints...

But as aggressively as many agencies are working, some civil rights 
experts 
suspect that the actual instances of bias may be much higher than the 
numbers suggest. Many Arab Americans, experts say, are reluctant to 
bring 
formal complaints because of cultural and language barriers--and the 
fear 
of getting swept up in the FBI's terrorism investigation.

"There's a perception in the community that if you report a hate crime, 
you're treated as a perpetrator, a suspect, and you're opening yourself 
up 
to questioning," said Ghada Saliba-Malouf, chairwoman of San 
Francisco's 
Human Rights Commission...

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DEPORTATION PLAN CAUSES AN OUTCRY
Immigration: O.C. activists say racial profiling is at the heart of an 
attempt to round up Mideast and Islamic immigrants.
By ALDRIN BROWN, The Orange County Register, 2/9/2002
http://www.ocregister.com/sitearchives/2002/2/9/local/sweep00208cci4.shtml

Orange County Arab and Islamic activists railed Friday against plans by 
the 
U.S. Department of Justice to dispatch "apprehension teams" of federal 
agents to round up an estimated 6,000 Middle Eastern immigrants who 
have 
ignored court orders to leave the country.

The report, detailed Friday in The Washington Post, was based on a 
secret 
government memorandum that also instructed federal agents to look for 
criminal charges on which to hold the immigrants instead of simply 
deporting them, as is typical. In all, about 315,000 people are 
believed to 
be in the country illegally after having been deported.

The decision to focus on illegal immigrants from Middle Eastern or 
Islamic 
nations brought quick condemnation from local activists, who called the 
plan discriminatory...

"While we do not support anyone breaking the laws of our country, the 
authorities should not target individuals based on their race, religion 
or 
ethnicity," said Ra'id Faraj, spokesman with the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations in Anaheim. "To do so would be 
unconstitutional 
and un-American."

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RELIGIOUS-RIGHTS RULING OKS BEARDS FOR INMATES
By Denny Walsh, Sacramento Bee, 2/9/2002
http://www.sacbee.com/content/politics/story/1605982p-1682125c.html

In the nation's first application of a new federal statute governing 
inmates' religious rights, a Sacramento judge Friday barred enforcement 
of 
a California prison regulation against beards grown for religious 
reasons.

In a class-action constitutional challenge by Muslim prisoners, U.S. 
District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton issued a preliminary injunction 
prohibiting the state Department of Corrections from imposing any form 
of 
discipline for half-inch beards related to the practice of a 
religion...

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