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Topics (messages 1101 through 1200):

CAIR-NET: Patriot Act Needs Changes/'The Islamic Contagion'
	1101 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Michigan City May Approve Muslim Call to Prayer
	1102 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Vandals Scrawl Swastikas at NJ Mosque Site
	1103 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Scholar Says Subjugation of Women Not Quranic
	1104 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Md. Student Called 'Son of Bin Laden' Gets Apology
	1105 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Drive-By Shooting Targets Texas Mosque
	1106 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: TX Man Arrested for Bias-Motivated Threat on Mosque
	1107 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Boston Radio Host Says Kill All Muslims
	1108 by: CAIR

ISLAM-INFONET: TX Man Arrested for Bias-Motivated Threat on Mosque
	1109 by: CAIR

ISLAM-INFONET: Boston Radio Host Says Kill All Muslims
	1110 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: OR Mayor Skips Prayer After Muslim Disinvited
	1111 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Renews Call for Boston Radio Host's Firing
	1112 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR-MI Participates in Homeland Security Conference
	1113 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: GA Muslim Police Officer Files Discrimination Suit
	1114 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Prayer for Tolerance/'Raghead Oil'/Adhan Approved
	1115 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Report to Show Sharp Jump in Anti-Muslim Incidents
	1116 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: School Religion Policy/Iraq Jail Abuse/Kill Muslims
	1117 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CA Gov's Israel Trip Disappoints Arabs, Muslims
	1118 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: The Muslim Vote/Mosque Campaign Promotes Caring
	1119 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Anti-Muslim Incidents Jump 70 Percent in 2003
	1120 by: CAIR

ISLAM-INFONET: Spy Charges Dropped, But Fear Remains
	1121 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Spy Charges Dropped, But Fear Remains
	1122 by: CAIR

ISLAM-INFONET: U.S. Muslims Say Congress Must Probe Iraq Torture
	1123 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Urge Congress To Investigate Iraq Torture
	1124 by: CAIR

ISLAM-INFONET: Nader Urges Action on Violations Against US Muslims
	1125 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Nader Urges Action on Violation Against US Muslim
	1126 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: OH Schools Draft Prayer Policy/Con Man Hits Miss.
	1127 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims Call for Rumsfeld's Resignation
	1128 by: CAIR

ISLAM-INFONET: TX Teens Get Probation for Mosque Vandalism
	1129 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: TX Teens Get Probation for Mosque Vandalism
	1130 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Rapper/Islam and Test-Tube Babies
	1131 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Form Airman Halabi Justice Committee
	1132 by: CAIR

ISLAM-INFONET: FL Muslim Families File Legal Notice in Bus Case
	1133 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: FL Muslim Families File Legal Notice in Bus Case
	1134 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Condemns Murder of American in Iraq
	1135 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Gen. Boykin Tied to Iraq Abuse Case
	1136 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Sign CAIR's 'Not in the Name of Islam' Petition
	1137 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Two Florida Islamic Centers Vandalized
	1138 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: NY Muslim TA Fired for Speaking Arabic
	1139 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: AZ Muslim Family Police Fair/NJ Muslim Teen Attacked
	1140 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Ordeal of Chaplain Yee/Remarks Hound Gen. Boykin
	1141 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Brooklyn's Abu Ghraib?/CAIR-FL Meets FBI on Hate Crimes
	1142 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Urge President Bush to Condemn Israeli War Crimes
	1143 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim CEOs Fight Terror/OK Hijab Case Settled
	1144 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Michael Savage - 'America's Laziest Fascist'
	1145 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: NY Univ. Marks Eids/OR Muslim Released/More Abuse Photos
	1146 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Pro-Palestinian Display Torched at Calif. University
	1147 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Challenged to Stand Tall/Mosque Foes' Fear
	1148 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Set to Flex Political Muscles
	1149 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Cleared Man Says FBI Targeted Him as Muslim
	1150 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims Publish Ad Denouncing Terror, Bigotry
	1151 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Treatment of FL Muslim Detainees Condemned
	1152 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: AZ Muslim Sues Intel/Muslim Attacked in California
	1153 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: NJ Schools to Recognize Islamic Holidays
	1154 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Officers Learn Muslim Culture/U.S. Shia Share Concerns
	1155 by: CAIR

CAIR Election Update: Iraq and National Security
	1156 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Pakistani-Americans Lobby Congress/CAIR Turns 10 Today
	1157 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR-CAN Publishes Election Guide/Treasury Names Islamic 
Finance Adviser
	1158 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Texas Muslims Meet with Majority Leader DeLay
	1159 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: American Muslim Swimmers Go to Olympic Trials
	1160 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: TX Muslims Accused of Terror, Then Focus Changed
	1161 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Presidential Election Survey
	1162 by: survey.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Bans on Torture Didn't Bind Bush/Bias Alleged at BK
	1163 by: CAIR

CAIR Election Update: Ethnic Outreach
	1164 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Kid Bashed at NY School/Mexico Allows Hijab
	1165 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: FL Man Alleges Bias for Support to Palestinians
	1166 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Opens New Chapters in Kentucky, New York
	1167 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Evangelical Works to Cool Anti-Muslim Rhetoric
	1168 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Group Decries Terror/Matchmakers for Muslims
	1169 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Still Waiting for Boykin Report/Bilingual Caregivers
	1170 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims to Launch National PSA Campaign
	1171 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Ohio Muslims React to Arrest of Terror Suspect
	1172 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: View CAIR Public Service Announcements Online
	1173 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Calls VA Paintball Sentencing 'Draconian'
	1174 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims Meet with Powell on Foreign Policy
	1175 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Detention of American in Saudi Arabia Protested
	1176 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Condemns Murder of American in Saudi Arabia
	1177 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR-LA Says Jewish Group Endangers Muslim Students
	1178 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Demand Apology for ADL's 'Hate-Filled Rhetoric'
	1179 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: 'Kill All Muslims' Scrawled on Florida Islamic Center
	1180 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Second FL Muslim Community Targeted by Hate
	1181 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: 'Stamp Out Islam'/Muslims Condemn Beheading
	1182 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Lecturer Smears Islam/Condolences to Korean Ambassador
	1183 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Breaking News - Feds Probe Missouri Mosque Vandalism
	1184 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: ADL Apologizes to Muslims/TX, NJ Mosques Targeted
	1185 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Civil Rights Group Marks 10 Yrs of Advocacy
	1186 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim 'Stripped of Identity'/Jewish Groups and Shahada
	1187 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Suffers Brain Damage in TX Immigration Center
	1188 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Slurs Painted on Muslim Home in New Jersey
	1189 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Applauds Rulings on Detainees' Access to Courts
	1190 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Group to Release Voter Survey Results
	1191 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Mosque Opponent Used Aliases/Attack Follows Anti-Muslim Slur
	1192 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Favor Kerry, Nader - Poll
	1193 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CA Cadets Learn About Islam/Easy to Spot 'Islamics'
	1194 by: CAIR

CAIR Election Update: Iraq and Foreign Policy
	1195 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Assaulted in Illinois, California
	1196 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: IL Bias Claim Filed/OSU Hijab/Pakistanis Targeted
	1197 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Launches Anti-Torture Campaign
	1198 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: 5 Detained for Seeking Directions to Fishing Hole
	1199 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: IL Mayor Bows Out of Rally Over Mosque Comments
	1200 by: CAIR

 
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Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2004 17:10:14 -0400
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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR: Celebrating 10 years of community service

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 4/19/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: ACTS OF KINDNESS
* REASON #5 TO JOIN CAIR
* INCITEMENT WATCH: 'THE ISLAMIC CONTAGION'
* THE SUPREME COURT AND GUANTÁNAMO (NY Times)
* MARINES REOPEN INVESTIGATION OF IRAQ PHOTO
	- U.S. Muslims Seek Pentagon Probe on Iraq Photo (CAIR)
* PATRIOT ACT NEEDS CHANGES TO BE LAWFUL (SL Tribune)
	- Report on Patriot Act, Post-9/11 Enforcement Powers
	- Shhh! The FBI's Listening To Your Keystrokes (CNET)
* HOW I'M ABLE TO DRESS SAYS A LOT ABOUT AMERICA (Dallas News)
* U.S. JEWS, ARABS IN VOTE FLIP-FLOP? (Post Gazette)
* TWO FAITHS FIND SOME SIMILARITIES (Journal News)
	- Jews, Muslims Walk Toward Common Goal (Star Ledger)
* U.S. COMPANY PAYS $1.1 MILLION TO PAKISTANI WORKERS
* CATHEDRAL MAY SEE RETURN OF MUSLIMS (Guardian)
* GIS KILL 2 WORKERS OF U.S.-FUNDED IRAQ TV (AP)
* INDIA PARTY MEMBERS CHARGED OVER MUSLIM VIOLENCE (Reuters)
	- Muslims Flee Homes in Riot-Scarred Gujarat (AFP)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: ACTS OF KINDNESS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Acts of kindness 
protect 
one from ruin wrought by evil...The first of those who shall enter 
Paradise 
are the people who do acts of kindness."

Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volum 3, Number 97B

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REASON #5 TO JOIN CAIR

Memberships to CAIR help support free publications like the "Know Your 
Rights" pocket guides. Thousands of "Know Your Rights" guides have been 
distributed to members of the community, informing them of their rights 
as 
employees, students, and airline passengers as well as empowering them 
with 
tools they need to contact the media and public officials.

In our new membership drive, "Building a Better America...One Member at 
a 
Time," CAIR intends (God Willing) to sign up 25,000 new members by its 
10th 
year anniversary celebration scheduled for June 12, 2004.

TO JOIN, GO TO: http://www.cair-net.org/asp/membercamp.asp

If you have any problems signing up as a CAIR member through the web 
site, 
please call 202-488-8787 and ask for "membership," or e-mail:
iabusway@cair-net.org

-----

INCITEMENT WATCH: 'THE ISLAMIC CONTAGION' 
http://web.israelinsider.com/bin/en.jsp?enPage=ViewsPage&enDisplay=view&enDispWhat=object&enDispWho=Article%5El3536&enZone=Views&enVersion=0&

"Whether or not we will be able to effectively combat the Islamic 
Contagion 
is uncertain. If a doctor sees the symptoms of infection but chooses to 
ignore them, how can he treat the disease?...The truth is that Islam 
has 
cruelly held millions in bondage to destructive ways of thinking. It is 
not 
a good religion, as some say, but a deceptive, detrimental trap."

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THE COURT AND GUANTÁNAMO
New York Times, 4/19/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/19/opinion/19MON1.html

The Supreme Court will hear a pair of cases tomorrow that will help set 
the 
ground rules for the war on terror. Detainees at Guantánamo, some of 
whom 
have been held for more than two years, are seeking an opportunity to 
challenge their confinement. The Bush administration insists, however, 
that 
they can be imprisoned indefinitely. That position is legally and 
morally 
wrong, and rather than help America's defense, it makes the nation more 
vulnerable. The Supreme Court should rule for the detainees.

More than 600 detainees are being held in the American military base at 
Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Most were captured in Afghanistan while American 
troops were fighting the Taliban forces there. Their advocates say many 
were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, or innocent men whom 
bounty hunters handed over as terrorists in order to claim rewards. The 
cases the court is hearing involve Kuwaiti, British and Australian 
nationals whose families say they were not involved with Al Qaeda or 
engaged in military action against the United States.

The detainees are seeking only the most basic elements of due process: 
to 
be informed of the charges against them, to meet with their families 
and 
lawyers, and to have a forum for contesting their imprisonment. They do 
not 
claim a right to have the American court systems review their cases. A 
military tribunal would be sufficient.

The administration argues that as noncitizens being held outside the 
United 
States, the detainees have no right to be heard in federal court. But 
the 
law gives the courts jurisdiction over "all civil actions arising under 
the 
Constitution, laws, or treaties of the United States," which certainly 
describes these cases. The federal habeas corpus statute also gives 
anyone 
held by the government, which the detainees certainly are, the right to 
challenge their confinement. Even if the government's narrow view of 
jurisdiction were right, it is irrelevant. Guantánamo, as the Navy 
concedes 
on its own Web site, "for all practical purposes, is American 
territory..."

-----

MARINES REOPEN INVESTIGATION

MARINE FORCES RESERVE, New Orleans-Maj.Gen. John J. McCarthy, 
Commanding 
General, 4th Marine Division has reopened the investigation into the 
photo 
of LCpl Corporal Ted J. Boudreaux Jr., 24, 3rd Battalion 23rd Marine 
Regiment, taken in Iraq. The investigation will focus on the 
authenticity 
of the photograph.  We are retaining the assistance of the Naval 
Criminal 
Investigative Service (NCIS).

Marine Forces Reserve takes this matter very seriously and will conduct 
a 
thorough and complete investigation.

This photo is approximately 1 year old and was taken in Iraq when the 
unit 
deployed to that region during Operation Iraqi Freedom. LCpl. Boudreaux 
maintains that the photo in question has been altered from the 
original.

Marine Forces Reserve would ask that media respect this Marine and his 
family's privacy.

Because this matter is ongoing we cannot comment further on the 
investigation. When the investigation is complete we will provide 
additional information.

The point of contact for future press releases is Capt Patrick Kerr, 
(504) 
678-0700.

SEE ALSO:

U.S. MUSLIMS SEEK PENTAGON PROBE ON IRAQ PHOTO
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=1058&page=NR


-----

PATRIOT ACT NEEDS WHOLESALE CHANGES TO BE LAWFUL
Iqbal Hossain, Salt Lake Tribune, 4/18/04
http://www.sltrib.com/2004/Apr/04182004/commenta/158075.asp

I came to the United States from a country where government safeguards 
of 
civil liberties are virtually nonexistent and government intrusion into 
citizens' personal lives is commonplace. I moved to Salt Lake City from 
Bangladesh 23 years ago to obtain my doctorate degree, but I ended up 
making it my home for one reason: the American Constitution and its 
Bill of 
Rights.

Since Sept. 11, 2001, though, Americans have seen these liberties 
eroded in 
the name of fighting terrorism. The USA Patriot Act, an enormous 
counter-terrorism bill passed in haste a mere eight weeks after the 
attacks, had nestled in it several radical expansions of government 
surveillance and investigative power, which have served to bolster 
neither 
safety nor freedom.

Utah's senior U.S. senator, Orrin Hatch, Republican chairman of the 
Judiciary Committee, held a field hearing on the Patriot Act here this 
past 
week. I applaud Sen. Hatch and his colleagues for their willingness to 
scrutinize the act and raise questions about the propriety of certain 
provisions in the law, which went too far, too fast during the frantic 
weeks after 9-11.

Hopefully, this congressional scrutiny will result in an overhaul of 
the law.

The extraordinarily complicated act was agreed to in late October 2001 
even 
though many lawmakers had not read the final version. In the wee hours 
of 
the morning of Oct. 24, the House leadership replaced a compromise 
version 
of the bill, arrived at after long negotiation between Democrats and 
Republicans on that chamber's judiciary committee, with a sweeping 
piece of 
legislation that weighed in at almost 350 pages. Lawmakers voted later 
that 
morning...

Now many regret the haste. Don Young, the powerful Republican 
representative from Alaska, has said, "It was stupid . . . it was what 
you 
call 'emotional voting' because we didn't follow through, we didn't 
study 
it..."

ALSO SEE:

RESOURCE: THE PATRIOT ACT, OTHER POST-9/11 ENFORCEMENT POWERS AND
THE IMPACT ON CALIFORNIA'S MUSLIM COMMUNITIES 
http://www.sen.ca.gov/sor/REPORTS/REPORTS_BY_SUBJ/GOVERNMENT/PATRIOT4-02.PDF

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SHHH! THE FBI'S LISTENING TO YOUR KEYSTROKES
Declan McCullagh, CNETnews.com, 4/19/04
http://news.com.com/2010-1028_3-5193750.html

The FBI is trying to convince the government to mandate that providers 
of 
broadband, Internet telephony, and instant-messaging services build in 
backdoors for easy wiretapping.

That would constitute a sweeping expansion of police surveillance 
powers. 
Instead of asking Congress to approve the request, the FBI (along with 
the 
Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration) are 
pressing 
the Federal Communications Commission to move forward with minimal 
public 
input.

The three agencies argue that the 1994 Communications Assistance for 
Law 
Enforcement Act (CALEA) permits the FCC to rewire the Internet to suit 
the 
eavesdropping establishment. The bureau's not talking, but it seems to 
be 
all about ease of eavesdropping.
"The importance and the urgency of this task cannot be overstated," 
their 
proposal says. "The ability of federal, state and local law enforcement 
to 
carry out critical electronic surveillance is being compromised today."

Unfortunately for the three agencies, CALEA, as it's written, would not 
grant the request.

When Congress was debating CALEA, then-FBI Director Louis Freeh 
reassured 
nervous senators that the law would be limited to telephone calls. 
(CALEA 
was intended to let police wiretap conversations flowing through 
then-novel 
services like cellular phones and three-way calling...)

-----

HOW I'M ABLE TO DRESS SAYS A LOT ABOUT AMERICA
Souheila Al-Jadda, Dallas News, 4/18/04
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/opinion/viewpoints/stories/041804dnedialjadda.cb2c9.html

The Justice Department's recent defense of a Muslim student's right to 
wear 
the Islamic headscarf to a public school in Muskogee, Okla., comes as a 
breath of fresh air for all Muslims in the United States.

The federal government filed a motion on behalf of sixth-grader Nashala 
Hearn and her family, who sued the school district after Nashala was 
suspended twice for refusing to remove her headscarf.

She was told that her headscarf violated a rule against hats and head 
coverings inside school buildings. But the federal government's motion 
argued that the school district's dress code amounted to religious 
discrimination.

The hijab, or covering, is Islamic-mandated attire. The headscarf 
concealing the hair is the part of the hijab most frequently focused 
on.

More than a year ago, when I was considering wearing the hijab myself, 
I 
spoke to many Muslim women to understand their views on the issue. I 
also 
researched my religion by reading the Quran as well as the teachings of 
the 
Muslim Prophet Muhammad.

Being an American of Arab descent, I often feel caught between two 
worlds, 
struggling to blend into the American melting pot, while also 
maintaining 
my Arab and Islamic identity. At times, I want to be seen as 
all-American, 
minimizing my ethnic background...

-----

U.S. JEWS, ARABS IN VOTE FLIP-FLOP?
Ann McFeatters, Post-Gazette, 4/19/04
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04110/302859.stm

WASHINGTON -- In the 2000 presidential election, a majority of Jewish 
voters pulled the Democratic lever, and a majority of Arab Americans 
voted 
Republican. In 2004, the opposite could occur.

In the Nov. 2 election, which most experts expect to be close, such a 
seismic shift in voting patterns has political consultants for both 
candidates biting their nails.

This year many Jewish voters are leaning toward re-electing President 
Bush, 
who just broke with 35 years of U.S. policies to endorse a plan for 
Israel 
to withdraw from Gaza but maintain disputed Jewish settlements in 
territory 
in the West Bank claimed by Palestinians. Bush also rejected the 
Palestinians "right of return" to disputed territory where they lived 
before 1949.

Meantime, a poll of Arab Americans shows they are disappointed with 
Bush 
and increasingly more interested in John F. Kerry.

Republicans see an opening to snare Jewish voters and are pursuing it 
aggressively. In 2000, Bush got about 19 percent of the Jewish vote, 
and 
the Bush-Cheney campaign is determined to raise that significantly...

Relations between Kerry and Jewish voters have been strained for 
several 
reasons. Kerry seemed to many Jews in the United States to be taking an 
anti-Israel position when he said that Israeli plans for a security 
fence 
that could keep Palestinians from their jobs were a "barrier to 
peace.'' 
Speaking to Arab Americans in Dearborn, Mich., last October, Kerry said 
Israel's security fence was "provocative and counterproductive..."

-----

TWO FAITHS FIND SOME SIMILARITIES
Khurram Saeed, Journal News, 4/18/04
http://www.thejournalnews.com/newsroom/041804/b0118tolerance.html

NYACK - It was not a sight one would expect to see in church.

But yesterday, in the middle of Bradley Chapel at Grace Episcopal 
Church, 
Mostafa Gami, a Muslim, bent, kneeled and touched his forehead to the 
ground while he praised God's glory aloud in Arabic.

It was an act of prayer, but it was also a demonstration to the nine 
Christians in the chapel.

While Gami, a member of the Islamic Center of Rockland, performed the 
Islamic ritual of worship, friend Ezz Hamza translated his words: "God 
is 
the most great. Praise be to God. Compassionate, merciful, master of 
the 
Day of Judgment. You alone we worship. Guide us to the straight path. 
Glory 
to our Lord, the Almighty."

The exercise was another in a long series across Rockland and the 
nation 
since Sept. 11 meant to bring Muslims and Christians closer together by 
better understanding each other's beliefs.

Examining the Muslim prayer ritual was part of the morning activities 
of 
the daylong event, called "An Anglican Response to Islam: 
Intersections, 
Understandings and Possibilities." The Episcopal Diocese of New York, 
which 
has 66 churches in the northern suburbs, sponsored the forum.

Sixteen people attended the morning session, about half of whom were 
Christians and half Muslims...

ALSO SEE:

JEWS, MUSLIMS WALK TOWARD COMMON GOAL
Irina Slutsky, Star-Ledger, 4/19/04
http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-6/108235621678400.xml

Jews and Muslims joined yesterday morning to raise money for 
homelessness 
and to get to know each other in the process.

As the two-mile Walk for Humanity began on the Rutgers University 
campus 
and wound through downtown New Brunswick, the conversations between 
Muslims 
and Jews varied in subject, from religious to academic to a simple 
exchange 
of information of phone numbers and e-mail addresses.

"Take this opportunity to meet people you haven't met before," 
suggested 
Ari Margolis, a student adviser from Rutgers Hillel. "Keep things 
apolitical."

About 70 Jews and Muslims walked to raise money for Elijah's Promise, a 
New 
Brunswick organization that provides meals, job assistance and health 
services for low-income residents of central New Jersey.

Organizers said the event was the first of its kind to mix students 
from 
the two religions...

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STOCKTON STEEL TO PAY $1.1 MILLION TO PAKISTANI-AMERICAN WORKERS, IN 
HARASSMENT SETTLEMENT WITH EEOC, EEOC, 3/19/04
Muslim Employees Ridiculed While Engaging In Prayer Obligations, Suit 
Says

San Francisco, California - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity 
Commission (EEOC) today announced the $1.11 million settlement of a 
harassment lawsuit against Stockton Steel, a subsidiary of Herrick 
Corporation. This resolves an EEOC lawsuit filed in federal court in 
January 2000, charging that Pakistani-American employees were 
repeatedly 
harassed due to their national origin and Muslim religion, at Herrick's 
steel plant in Stockton, California. The workers alleged harassment 
that 
included being ridiculed during their daily Muslim prayer obligations 
and 
derogatory name-calling such as "camel jockey" and "raghead".

Through an interpreter, former machine operator Abdul Rehman stated, "I 
felt that we were humiliated and given the worst assignments simply 
because 
of where we were born and our religious beliefs. But we are Americans, 
and 
with the assistance of the EEOC, I have found that the American laws 
[against discrimination] protect us too."

Under the terms of the consent decree signed today by U.S. District 
Judge 
Morrison C. England, Jr., Stockton Steel denies all charges but has 
agreed 
to resolve the lawsuit (EEOC v. The Herrick Corporation, d/b/a Stockton 
Steel, CIV S 00-0102 MCE DAD). The company will pay monetary damages 
totaling $1,110,000 to four former employees. The company has also 
agreed 
to make policy changes, conduct training to prevent future 
discrimination, 
and to implement a policy guaranteeing an employee's right to request 
an 
accommodation for religious needs.

EEOC Regional Attorney William R. Tamayo stated, "This is a fair 
settlement 
that allows the former employees to move on with their lives and 
ensures 
current and future employees a work environment free of harassment and 
accommodating of sincere religious beliefs."

He noted, "Religion and national origin are two of the fastest growing 
types of discrimination filed with EEOC nationwide. In 2002, charges 
alleging religious bias increased 21% over the previous year, and 
national 
origin discrimination complaints increased by13%. We urge employers to 
take 
prompt and corrective action to prevent such discrimination."

EEOC District Director Susan McDuffie stated, "The EEOC is particularly 
pleased with Stockton Steel's willingness to review their existing 
policies 
and to make improvements as needed. When employers institute training 
programs and maintain clear anti-discrimination policies, everybody 
wins."

To file a complaint, contact the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity 
Commission at (202) 663-4900 and CAIR at 202-488-8787 ext. 6032.

CONTACT: William R. Tamayo, Regional Attorney, (415) 625-5645, cell 
(415)
336-8805, Jonathan T. Peck, Supervisory Trial Attorney, (415) 625-5646
Linda Ordonio Dixon, Senior Trial Attorney, (415) 625-5654, cell
(707) 628-3797

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CATHEDRAL MAY SEE RETURN OF MUSLIMS
Ben Sills, Guardian, 4/18/04
http://www.guardian.co.uk/spain/article/0,2763,1194686,00.html

Muslims across Spain are lobbying the Roman Catholic church in the 
southern 
city of Cordoba to make a symbolic gesture of reconciliation between 
faiths 
by allowing them to pray in the city's cathedral.

Cordoba's renaissance cathedral sits in the centre of an ancient mosque 
complex, and local Muslims want to be allowed to pray there again. They 
have appealed to the Vatican to intercede on their behalf.

Zakarias Maza, the director of the Taqwa mosque in neighbouring 
Granada, 
said yesterday: "We hope the Vatican will give a signal that it has a 
vision of openness and dialogue.

"It would be good if there were a gesture of tolerance on their part.

"Cordoba has been a symbol of the union of three cultures for 
centuries. 
Even now, Jews and Muslims live together with Christians in the 
neighbourhood around the mosque."

But he added: "The church council doesn't seem to be open to dialogue."

The Muslim community in the south of Spain is growing as a result of 
immigration from north Africa, and due to Spaniards converting. Cordoba 
now 
has some 500 Muslims, too many for the city's existing mosque...

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GIS KILL 2 WORKERS OF U.S.-FUNDED IRAQ TV
Associated Press, 4/18/04
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3995361,00.html

BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. troops shot to death two employees of U.S.-funded 
television station Al-Iraqiya on Monday and wounded a third in the 
central 
city of Samara, the station said.

Correspondent Asaad Kadhim and driver Hussein Saleh were killed. 
Cameraman 
Bassem Kamel was wounded ``after American forces opened fire on them 
while 
they were performing their duty,'' the station announced.

The station, which is funded by the Pentagon, interrupted its 
broadcasts to 
announce the deaths and showed photos of Kadhim. It then began airing 
only 
Koranic texts as a symbol of mourning.

The U.S. military had no immediate comment.

Thamir Ibrahim, an Al-Iraqiya editor, told The Associated Press he had 
no 
details on how the shooting occurred. But ``it was on the road leading 
to 
the city of Samara. Before they reached it, they were fired upon.''

They were taken to a Samara hospital, he said. ``We wanted to go (to 
them) 
now, but the road is closed, so we will go tomorrow.''

On March 18, U.S. troops shot dead correspondent Ali al-Khatib and 
cameraman Ali Abdel-Aziz of the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya news station.

Al-Khatib and Abdel-Aziz were shot near a U.S. military checkpoint 
while 
covering the aftermath of a rocket attack on the Burj al-Hayat hotel in 
Baghdad.

With the deaths of the two men, at least 24 Iraqi and foreign 
journalists 
and media workers have been killed during the Iraq war and its 
aftermath, 
according to the Committee to Protect Journalists Web site...

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INDIA PARTY MEMBERS CHARGED OVER MUSLIM VIOLENCE
Reuters, 4/19/04
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/DEL56353.htm

AHMEDABAD, India - Indian police on Monday charged 20 people, including 
two 
members of the ruling Hindu nationalist party and six policemen, with 
involvement in the murder and rape of Muslims during riots two years 
ago.

The charges, filed a day before the country begins voting in a 
five-stage 
general election, came as a second major indictment in just over a week 
of 
the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) role in the worst 
Hindu-Muslim 
riots in more than a decade.

The BJP is expected to win the election easily.

The 20 were charged in the western state of Gujarat in what has been 
called 
the Bilkis case, after Bilkis Yakub Rasool, a pregnant Muslim woman who 
was 
gang raped as she tried to flee a Hindu mob in early 2002.

Twelve of Rasool's relatives, including her three-year-old daughter, 
were 
burnt to death by the mob, A. A. Sheikh, counsel for the Central Bureau 
of 
Investigation, told Reuters...

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MUSLIMS FLEE HOMES IN INDIA'S RIOT-SCARRED GUJARAT AHEAD OF POLLS
Agence France Presse, 4/19/04

AHMEDABAD, India -Hundreds of Muslim families were Monday fleeing their 
homes in Hindu neighbourhoods ahead of voting for national elections in 
India's Gujarat state, where 2,000 people died in riots two years ago.

They headed for homes of relatives in Muslim localities or to take 
shelter 
in public places such as railway stations and mosques despite the heavy 
deployment of security forces in the western state ahead of Tuesday's 
polls...

Another Muslim woman, Noorbibi Mohammad Hanif Ghanchi, who does not 
have 
any other relatives in Ahmedabad, said she and her family had decided 
to 
stay in a railway station or a mosque for one or two days during the 
poll 
period.

"I am really scared of being here during the election. As it is, many 
of 
our names are not there on the voters' list. So we will not be voting 
Tuesday," said Ghanchi.

India's national elections will be held on five dates in different 
parts of 
the country starting Tuesday. Gujarat is among the states where the 
polls 
will be conducted in the first round.

The state's ruling Hindu nationalist BJP party spokesman Jaynarayan 
Vyas 
said omission of some names from the voters' list was not intentional 
but 
due to human error...

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR: Celebrating 10 years of community service

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 4/20/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: DON'T HARM POWs
* CAIR-DC: THE PATRIOT ACT AND YOU
* BE PART OF CAIR, BECOME A MEMBER TODAY
        - CAIR Public Library Update: 7401 Sponsorships
* MI SHOULD NOT SILENCE PART OF MUSLIMS' FAITH (Free Press)
	- MI City May Approve Muslim Call to Prayer (Det News)
* TX: ISLAMIC CENTER RECEIVES E-MAIL THREAT (El Paso Times)
	- El Paso Islamic Center Receives Threat (AP)
	- Islamic Center Receives Hate E-Mail (KTSM)
* CORPS REOPENS INVESTIGATION INTO PHOTO (MC Times)
* CA: CAMPAIGN DISPELS STEREOTYPES (Daily Stanford)
* BRITAIN'S MUSLIMS FEAR 'ISLAMAPHOBIA'(MSNBC)
* AMERICA'S PRISONERS, AMERICAN RIGHTS (NY Times)
	- Detainees Need High Court to Rescue Rights (Free Press)
	- Supreme Court to Hear From Detainees (MSNBC)
* FL: JUDGE DROPS CASE AGAINST IMMIGRANT (Orlando Sentinel)
* MA: MOURNED R.I. COUPLE LED LIVES OF FAITH (Globe)
* JORDAN'S SNUB TO BUSH IS TIP OF ICEBERG (Reuters)
* IRAQI DEAD LIE UNNAMED IN FALLUJA'S GRAVES (Reuters)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: DON'T HARM POWs

A Muslim soldier at the time of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon 
him) 
told of an incident in which a military commander ordered that 
prisoners of 
war be killed. The soldier told the commander: "By God, I will not kill 
my 
prisoner, and none of my companions will kill his prisoner." When this 
incident was related to the Prophet, he raised his hands and said: "O 
God! 
I disavow what (the commander) has done (in ordering the killing of 
prisoners)." He repeated this twice.

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 5, Hadith 628

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CAIR-DC: THE PATRIOT ACT AND YOU

WHAT: The Muslim Student Association of George Washington University, 
Amnesty International, George Washington University and other groups 
are 
hosting a discussion of the Patriot act and the impact it has on 
student 
life in American universities.

SPEAKERS:

Arsalan Iftikhar, Director of Legal Affairs, Council on 
American-Islamic 
Relations (CAIR)
Matt Bowles, National 9/11 Organizer, American Civil Liberties Union 
(ACLU)

WHEN: Tuesday April 20, 2004, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: The George Washington University, Marvin Center Amphitheatre, 
800 
21st Street NW, Washington DC

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BE PART OF CAIR, BECOME A MEMBER TODAY

In our new membership drive, "Building a Better America...One Member at 
a 
Time," CAIR intends (God Willing) to sign up 25,000 new members by its 
10th 
year anniversary celebration scheduled for June 12, 2004.

TO JOIN, GO TO: http://www.cair-net.org/asp/membercamp.asp

If you have any problems signing up as a CAIR member through the web 
site, 
please call 202-488-8787 and ask for "membership," or e-mail: 
iabusway@cair-net.org

SEE ALSO:

CAIR PUBLIC LIBRARY PROJECT UPDATE: 7401 SPONSORSHIPS

The goal of CAIR's library project is to send accurate and objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

For only $150, Muslim individuals and groups may sponsor 18-item 
packages 
about Islam and Muslims, which are then distributed to the library of 
their 
choice.

To sponsor a library call, 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320, or visit: 
www.libraryproject.org.

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MI: HAMTRAMCK SHOULD NOT SILENCE PART OF MUSLIMS' FAITH
Detroit Free Press, 4/20/04
http://www.freep.com/voices/editorials/ecall20_20040420.htm

As the area's premier community of immigrants, Hamtramck surely should 
be 
tolerant of different cultures. But in this city where church bells 
regularly ring, some residents are up in arms over a request that the 
city's five Muslim mosques be able to broadcast daily calls to prayer.

The City Council can cut through the din tonight and amend its noise 
ordinance to let the calls be heard.

There should be no room for religious intolerance in this multicultural 
city, where two-thirds of the public school students speak a language 
other 
than English at home. That's the beauty of the melting pot that America 
is 
supposed to be, and that Hamtramck has actually managed to become. But 
like 
residents who move to the exurbs or rural areas, then cry "no more 
development," Hamtramck's denizens want to say "no more religions."

Ironically, many of them are crying religious freedom as they seek to 
stop 
the measure. They criticize the calls to prayer as proselytizing and 
forcing the Muslim religion on Christians. First of all, the calls to 
prayer will be in Arabic, so they will reach only those who speak the 
language. And second, they are designed to remind followers that it is 
time 
to pray, not encourage those who do not believe in Allah to convert. 
Church 
bells don't turn Muslims or Jews into Christians; there's no reason to 
think the Muslim call to prayer will undermine other faiths.

Arguments for preservation of the town's Eastern European culture, too, 
ring hollow. The city has welcomed residents of other backgrounds, 
perfectly satisfied to reap the benefits of an increased tax base and 
rightly recognizing that America is not homogeneous. To say now Muslim 
residents should keep their religion to themselves is ungracious at 
best, 
and more like discrimination.

Residents may have room to quibble over such things, but leaders need 
to 
see what's right. In this case, that would be changing the noise 
ordinance 
to allow Muslim calls to prayer.

SEE ALSO:

HAMTRAMCK MAY APPROVE MUSLIM PRAYER CALL
Ron French, Detroit News, 4/20/04
http://www.detnews.com/2004/religion/0404/20/b01-127888.htm

HAMTRAMCK - Along with pierogi and paczki, Hamtramck may soon be known 
for 
its Islamic calls to worship.

The City Council is expected today to pass a noise ordinance amendment 
permitting mosques to issue the traditional call to prayer over loud 
speakers.

It's another sign of change in this traditionally Polish community of 
23,000, which has become a magnet for immigrants of all colors and 
creeds 
in recent years.

For decades, Hamtramck has been predominantly Polish. But in recent 
years, 
store signs in Polish have been joined by signs written in Bengali and 
Arabic.

Now, the request by the Bangladeshi al-Islah mosque for permission to 
air 
the Arabic call to prayer via loudspeakers five times a day has 
revealed 
tensions among the groups.

"They can believe whatever they want to, but I'm against them pushing 
their 
content into my head like brainwashing," said Joanne Golen, 68, a 
lifelong 
Hamtramck resident. "There are seven mosques in the city, and I'll be 
in 
the middle of all of them…"

Though the calls to worship are in Arabic, Golen said she's offended by 
words that praise Allah.

"He's not my true God," Golen said. "I can't stay locked in my house 
with 
cotton in my ears every time they do it…"

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ISLAMIC CENTER OF EL PASO RECEIVES THREAT VIA E-MAIL
Daniel Borunda, El Paso Times, 4/20/04
http://www.borderlandnews.com/stories/borderland/20040420-107941.shtml

The FBI is investigating an e-mail that threatened to destroy the 
Islamic 
Center of El Paso if hostages in Iraq are not released, center 
officials 
said Monday.

The threat is the first reported case of anti-Muslim backlash targeting 
the 
El Paso mosque since 1995.

"There was a little bit of a sense of insecurity (after the threat) but 
we 
think the El Paso community is a great community to live in," said 
Mario 
Omar Hernandez, vice president of the center.

The e-mail was sent Sunday under the name "freedom lover" and stated 
that 
if hostages held by Iraqi insurgents weren't freed within three days 
the 
"center will become the center of death and destruction. ... The will 
of 
the people has been portrayed to you and your Satan worshipping faith," 
according to a news release by the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations. 
The threat was discovered Monday morning by a secretary at the center.

Police increased patrols near the center, located just north of 
Downtown, 
officials said.

The threat is the latest in recent anti-Muslim incidents in Texas. An 
arsonist was arrested earlier this month in San Antonio after a series 
of 
fires targeting Muslim-owned businesses. And in March, vandals scrawled 
racist graffiti in a mosque in Lubbock.

"Islamophobic rhetoric is unfortunately on the rise in our society, 
prompting a minority to act out their bigoted views through threats and 
violence," Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, said in a news release...

ALSO SEE:

EL PASO ISLAMIC CENTER RECEIVES E-MAIL THREAT
Associated Press, 4/19/04
http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/2516911

EL PASO -- The FBI is investigating an e-mail sent to the El Paso 
Islamic 
Center that threatened to make it "the center of death and destruction" 
if 
hostages in Iraq weren't released.

The message was discovered on Sunday after it was sent to the center's 
main 
e-mail address from a person called "freedom lover." It said the threat 
would be carried out in three days if hostages in Iraq were not freed.

The note also said, "The will of the people has been portrayed to you 
and 
your Satan worshipping faith."

"It was totally unexpected and caught us by surprise," said Yusuf 
Shere, 
the center's president. He said it was the first threat the center has 
received since one sent in 1995 after the Alfred P. Murrah Federal 
Building 
was bombed in Oklahoma City.

Shere said the center reported the e-mail to the FBI and the El Paso 
Police 
Department, but members don't plan to change any routines or cancel 
events. 
That doesn't mean they aren't taking the threat seriously, however.

"I think we're just going to have to be more aware of our 
surroundings," 
Shere said.

FBI spokesman Art Werge said the agency will try to track the sender 
and is 
looking for information from the community...

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ISLAMIC CENTER RECEIVES HATE E-MAIL
Karla Navarette, KTSM, 4/19/04
http://www.ktsm.com/news/story.ssd?c=be95ae26a9d14417

"Initially, I was shocked," said Shelly Hernandez, secretary at the 
Islamic 
Center of El Paso. Monday morning as she arrived at the center on the 
1600 
block of Kansas, Shelly read the threatening email from "freedom 
rider".

"It said our Islamic center will become the center of death and 
destruction," she added.

Shelly's husband and Islamic Center vice-president Omar Hernandez said 
this 
type of hate mail is the first of its kind in nine years.

"The email said they wanted us to contact terrorist friends in Iraq and 
tell them to release the hostages. We don't have any connections to 
anyone 
in Iraq," said Omar Hernandez.

The person(s) who wrote the email claimed if no progress was made, the 
center here in El Paso and other Islamic centers in the country would 
be 
bombed within the next three days.

"The Islamic center immediately notified us about the email. It could 
someone sitting behind a computer and not be anything. Then again, it 
has 
to be taken seriously and we are investigating," said FBI spokesman Art 
Werge.

Shelly and Omar Hernandez want to reiterate that their religious 
beliefs 
have nothing to do with what is happening in Iraq. They want other 
Americans to realize they are just as Americans as anyone else and also 
want the war in Iraq to come to an end.

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CORPS REOPENS INVESTIGATION INTO CONTROVERSIAL PHOTO
Laura Bailey, Marine Corps Times, 4/19/04
http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-2837622.php

The Marine Corps is reopening its investigation into a controversial 
photo 
circulating on the Internet after the reservist pictured in the image 
said 
the photo was altered from its original state.

The image shows a smiling Marine Lance Cpl. Ted J. Boudreaux Jr., 
posing 
with two Iraqi boys. All three have their thumbs up and, in the version 
that spurred the initial Marine Corps investigation, one of the boys 
holds 
a cardboard sign that appears to read "Lcpl Boudreaux killed my Dad, 
th[en] 
he knocked up my sister!"

Reserve officials began an investigation into the circumstances of the 
photo last month after seeing it on the Internet. Now, Naval Criminal 
Investigative Service officials will be brought in to help determine 
the 
authenticity of the photo, Marine Forces Reserve officials said in a 
press 
release Monday.

The investigation was in its final review the week of April 11 when 
Maj. 
Gen. John J. McCarthy, commanding general of the 4th Marine Division, 
reopened it to take a closer look into whether the photo is authentic, 
said 
Capt. Patrick Kerr, a Reserve spokesman in New Orleans.

At question is whether the digital image was manipulated so that the 
statement on the cardboard sign was altered from the original photo.

The same version of the photo that spurred the Marine Forces Reserve 
investigation was forwarded via e-mail April 2 to the Washington-based 
Council on American-Islamic Relations. The council, which describes 
itself 
as America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, issued a press 
release 
calling for a Pentagon investigation into the photo.

The man pictured in the photo is Boudreaux, a reservist with 
Headquarters 
and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marines, Reserve officials 
have 
confirmed. The New Orleans-based infantry unit deployed to the Kut area 
of 
Iraq in May and returned home in mid-September...

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ISLAM AWARENESS CAMPAIGN DISPELS STEREOTYPES
Stephanie Condon, Daily Stanford, 4/20/04
http://daily.stanford.edu/tempo?page=content&id=13857&repository=0001_article

The Muslim Student Awareness Network (MSAN) launched its seven-week 
Islam 
awareness campaign "A Taste of Islam: Stamping Out Stereotypes" last 
week, 
to celebrate the diversity of the Muslim community as well as to dispel 
negative stereotypes associated with the religion.

"We want to share who we are - we feel like we've spent so much time 
saying 
who we're not," said junior Mabrookah Heneidi, treasurer of MSAN and a 
coordinator of the campaign. "We have so many rich cultures we just 
want to 
share it with people."

In coordination with Bechtel International Center and the Religious 
Studies 
program, MSAN is hosting a weekly dinner series that focuses on a 
different 
Muslim region of the world each week. The dinner features food from 
that 
particular Islamic region, as well as an informational display, 
entertainment and a guest speaker who will address a specific theme.

The guest speakers at the dinners will address a variety of issues, 
including Islam in the Media and Women in Islam....

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BRITAIN'S MUSLIMS FEAR 'ISLAMAPHOBIA'
Jennifer Carlile, MSNBC, 4/20/04
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/4765845/

LONDON - Following afternoon prayers, Hasan Faruq took his daughter by 
the 
hand and led her across the green-carpeted interior of the East London 
Mosque.

On the ground floor, a scattering of men remained prostrate, facing 
Mecca. 
Upstairs, women prayed.

Playing with 5-year-old Zainab in an adjacent room, Faruq, a secondary 
school teacher of Bangladeshi decent, spoke of the importance of 
providing 
his children with excellent education, and cultural and religious 
values.

"People are not given the true image of Islam. I want my daughter to 
have a 
good education, to have freedom, to go where she wants," he said.

British Muslims say that al-Qaida and other militant groups do not 
speak 
for their faith because violence is rejected in Islam. But, no matter 
how 
fiercely imams and community leaders condemn acts of terrorism, they 
feel 
that much of society now views all adherents of the religion as suicide 
bombers in-waiting. "I personally feel really victimized," said Faruq, 
30.

Recalling the recent kidnapping of a 17-year-old Muslim girl in Ilford, 
northeast London, whose abductor carved a cross into her hand, the 
father 
of three young children said, "I often feel full of fear when walking 
around with my kids..."

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AMERICA'S PRISONERS, AMERICAN RIGHTS
David Cole, New York Times, 4/20/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/20/opinion/20COLE.html

WASHINGTON - Today the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on 
whether 
the United States government can detain foreign nationals held at 
Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, as "enemy combatants" without charge and without 
hearings. Next week the court will hear arguments in similar cases 
involving American citizens. Many consider the detention of citizens to 
be 
more dubious legally. But from a constitutional standpoint, citizenship 
should not matter.

All three branches of government have treated citizenship as a central 
issue. The Bush administration says that it can hold the foreign 
detainees, 
most of whom were captured on the battlefield in Afghanistan, without 
any 
legal limitations because they are noncitizens held outside American 
borders. As such, it argues, they have no constitutional rights and no 
standing in American courts to challenge their detentions.

Fifty years ago, the Supreme Court seemed to adopt a similar view when 
it 
upheld the indefinite detentions of a German woman and a Hungarian man 
at 
Ellis Island on the basis of secret evidence that they could neither 
see 
nor confront. Because they were foreigners who had not been admitted to 
the 
United States, the court said, whatever process Congress had provided 
them 
was due process. For its part, Congress in 1971 barred executive 
detention 
without explicit statutory authorization - but applied the prohibition 
only 
to citizens.

These suggestions that noncitizens have less right to be free than 
citizens 
are ill advised. Some provisions of the Constitution do explicitly 
limit 
their protections to United States citizens - the right to vote and the 
right to run for Congress or president, for example. The Bill of 
Rights, 
however, does not distinguish between citizens and noncitizens. It 
extends 
its protections in universal language, to "persons," "people" or "the 
accused." The framers considered these rights to be God-given natural 
rights, and God didn't give them only to persons holding American 
passports...

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DETAINEES NEED HIGH COURT TO RESCUE THEIR LEGAL RIGHTS
Andrew S. Doctoroff, Detroit Free Press, 4/20/04
http://www.freep.com/voices/columnists/edoct20_20040420.htm

Cases that will be argued today before the U.S. Supreme Court address 
the 
legality of the Bush administration's unprecedented policy of 
indefinitely 
detaining so-called enemy combatants.

Today's hearing raises a fundamental question: In times of war, should 
our 
judicial system suspend its responsibility to oversee decisions made by 
the 
executive branch?

Irrespective of the fact that the Bush administration's judgment and 
credibility have been called into question in relation to the war in 
Iraq, 
the answer is no. Courts must vigilantly guard against governmental 
abuse 
of power.

It is Cicero who said that, in battle, the laws are silent.

This observation is conventional wisdom in many quarters, which may 
explain 
the absence of a feverish hue and cry over the government's indefinite 
imprisonment at Guantanamo Bay of hundreds of foreigners captured by 
the 
American military in Afghanistan.

The detainees have never been charged with a crime. Nor have they been 
provided with access to a court that would assess whether the Bush 
administration's contention that they pose terrorist threats is 
grounded in 
reality...

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SUPREME COURT TO HEAR FROM GUANTANAMO DETAINEES
Tom Curry, MSNBC, 4/19/04
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/4779743/

WASHINGTON - The writ of habeas corpus allows U.S. citizens being held 
in 
jail to go before a judge to challenge their imprisonment. In a 
historic 
argument to be heard by the Supreme Court on Tuesday, detainees 
captured in 
Afghanistan and now imprisoned at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay 
in 
Cuba are asserting the same right to challenge their detention.

Lawyers for the detainees say they are being held in a case of mistaken 
identity and should be granted habeas corpus so they can go before a 
judge 
who could order their release.

"The four Petitioners have never been enemy aliens or unlawful 
combatants," 
according to the brief for Pakistani citizen Shafiq Rasul and three 
other 
detainees.

"The four Petitioners had no involvement, direct or indirect, in any 
terrorist act, including the attacks of September 11, 2001. They 
maintain … 
that they are innocent of wrongdoing, and the United States has never 
presented evidence to the contrary," said the brief.

The Guantanamo detainees, it said, "have been cast into a legal limbo, 
held 
… without charges, without recourse to any legal process, and with no 
opportunity to establish their innocence."

The Supreme Court will not address the question of whether the 
detainees 
are al-Qaida or Taliban members.

Instead it will decide whether the writ of habeas corpus extends 
outside 
the borders of the United States to cover non-citizens such as Rasul 
whom 
the president has deemed "enemy combatants."

If the detainees win, it would be first time the Supreme Court has ever 
permitted foreigners held outside the U.S. to use habeas corpus to 
challenge military detention...

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JUDGE DROPS CASE AGAINST IMMIGRANT
Pedro Ruz Gutierrez, Orlando Sentinel, 4/20/04
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/orl-asecdeport20042004apr20,1,4382809

Kussay "Gus" Al-Sabunchi can smile again after learning that the U.S. 
government is no longer trying to deport him.

After a yearlong battle to expel the Iraqi-born Orange County resident, 
a 
U.S. immigration judge has dropped charges that the IBM engineer lied 
on an 
immigration form.

"There aren't enough words to show my appreciation," Al-Sabunchi, 39, 
said 
Monday after seeing the judge's order. "It's truly a fair country."

Al-Sabunchi, whose troubles began when he violated a court order by 
sending 
roses to his estranged wife in 1997, had gained support from national 
civil-rights groups, members of congress and Arab-American advocacy 
groups. 
They had lobbied the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement 
in 
recent months to dismiss the case, which they said was an example of an 
unfair crackdown on Muslim immigrants after Sept. 11.

Juan Carlos Perez, Al-Sabunchi's immigration attorney, said his 
client's 
perseverance was rewarded because he "believes in the American system 
of 
justice..."

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MA: MOURNED R.I. COUPLE LED LIVES OF FAITH
John McElhenny and Nikoletta Banushi, Boston Globe, 4/19/04
http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2004/04/19/mourned_ri_couple_led_lives_of_faith/

SHARON -- A prayer service was held yesterday for Mohamed Selim and 
Zainab 
Marbrouk, an East Providence, R.I., couple who were working to create 
Rhode 
Island's first Islamic school when they died in a car crash on 
Interstate 
495 not far from their beloved mosque in Sharon.

The Saturday afternoon crash left the couple's three children without 
parents. The children, 15-year-old Karim, 9-year-old Amr, and 
4-year-old 
Kawathar, survived the accident with cuts and bruises. The children 
were 
wearing seat belts, but their parents were not, State Police said.

Investigators were trying to determine what caused the family's Ford 
Expedition to swerve and flip, ejecting Selim, 34, and Marbrouk, 33. 
State 
Police reconstructed the one-car accident and were interviewing 
witnesses, 
said David Traub, spokesman for the Norfolk district attorney's office.

The crash occurred in a stretch of highway where workers had cut 
grooves in 
the pavement to help in repaving. Highway work zones are considered 
dangerous areas in the construction and transportation industries, and 
national data in recent years have shown work zone fatalities to be on 
the 
increase.

Selim and Marbrouk were American citizens of Egyptian descent. One 
family 
friend said a local cemetery delayed yesterday's burials by several 
hours, 
an affront to Moslem beliefs requiring burials to be done as quickly as 
possible. The cemetery, Knollwood Memorial Park in Canton, initially 
cited 
a policy of not conducting burials on Sunday, but permitted the burials 
later in the day, said the friend, Samer Gamee.

According to Moslem practices, the dead are washed but not preserved 
with 
chemicals so they must be buried as quickly as possible, said Gamee. He 
said the delay in burial showed a lack of understanding of the Moslem 
faith....

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JORDAN'S SNUB TO BUSH IS TIP OF ICEBERG
Jonathan Wright, Reuters, 4/20/04
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=4880249

CAIRO, Egypt - When the king of Jordan postponed this week's meeting 
with 
President Bush, the snub revealed only a fraction of the humiliation 
felt 
by Washington's Arab friends.

Constrained by protocol and unwilling to burn bridges with the most 
powerful country in the world, Arab leaders like King Abdullah can only 
hint at the dismay they felt when Bush changed U.S. policy last week, 
diplomats and analysts say.

The blow was particularly hard for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, 
who 
met Bush on April 12 and was still in the United States two days later 
when 
Bush gave two key and sensitive concessions to visiting Israeli Prime 
Minister Ariel Sharon.

"They are very much upset. Bush is striking at the hearts of their 
people 
and this makes King Abdullah and Mubarak really angry," said an Arab 
ambassador, who asked not to be identified.

"They are embarrassed and humiliated in front of their own people. Bush 
is 
playing with fire," said another Arab diplomat...

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IRAQI DEAD LIE UNNAMED IN FALLUJA'S SANDY GRAVES
Yasser Faisal, Reuters, 4/20/04

FALLUJA, Iraq - Many of the graves in Falluja's newest cemetery are 
still 
unnamed.

"Unknown, died in al-Khadra mosque," reads an inscription scrawled in 
paint 
on a stone atop a sandy mound marking one grave. "Three children" says 
another. "Martyr Abu Abdallah, mutilated by the Americans," reads a 
third.

The cemetery used to be a sports ground, but was hastily converted as 
the 
death toll from fighting between U.S. Marines and Sunni Muslim 
insurgents 
in the town west of Baghdad swelled into the hundreds.

As relatives wept by the sandy graves Tuesday, bird song replaced 
gunfire 
in Falluja. An agreement between town leaders and U.S.-led coalition 
forces 
has raised hopes a lasting truce is possible. But only if insurgents 
hand 
in their heavy weapons.

Iraqi police have returned to Falluja, where they will mount joint 
patrols 
with U.S. forces to try and restore law and order to a town that has 
seen 
little but chaos since the Marines launched Operation Iron Resolve on 
April 5.

"Thank God the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps and police have returned to 
keep 
the city in order," said Lt. Col. Suleiman Hamid. "As ICDC we have 
always 
been on the side of the townspeople, helping them. We work in the 
service 
of the people of Falluja. Hopefully now we will hold the city."

At a small U.S. camp in the desert outside Falluja, policemen and 
members 
of the ICDC lined up to return to work. Many were out of uniform. All 
were 
frisked by the Marines and warned by their own superiors. 	

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

VANDALS SCRAWL SWASTIKAS AT NEW JERSEY MOSQUE SITE
Islamic center under construction targeted for seventh time

(TOTOWA, NJ, 4/21/04) - The New Jersey office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today called on local and national 
law 
enforcement authorities to investigate the latest vandalism at a mosque 
construction site in that state as a possible hate crime.

CAIR-NJ said vandals drew swastikas over the weekend on the Islamic 
Center 
of Ocean County under construction in Toms River, N.J. They also 
punched 
holes in the newly-erected walls of the mosque and left obscene and 
racist 
graffiti such as "hail Hitler." In addition, the perpetrators damaged 
the 
frame of the building and broke windows on a trailer at the site.

Mosque officials told CAIR-NJ that six previous attacks on the mosque 
have 
included uprooting plumbing, setting fire to the mosque sign and 
trailer, 
breaking windows, and tearing down walls. Damage from all of these 
incidents combined is estimated at $10,000 to 15,000. Local police have 
promised to consider installing surveillance cameras at the site and 
increase patrols.

"We all suffer when any house of worship is desecrated," said CAIR-NJ 
Executive Director Faiza Ali. "This vandalism seems to be part of an 
alarming increase in Islamophobic acts nationwide."

Ali cited other examples of anti-Muslim incidents that took place 
recently 
in Texas, such as an e-mailed threat against the Islamic Center of El 
Paso, 
arson attacks on Muslim businesses in San Antonio and racist graffiti 
scrawled on the interior of a Lubbock mosque.

Last week, CAIR announced a new campaign designed to counter 
anti-Muslim 
hate on radio talk shows. The campaign, called "Hate Hurts America," is 
based on the premise that the increasing attacks on Islam by 
conservative 
talk show hosts harms the United States by creating a downward spiral 
of 
interfaith mistrust and hostility.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in 
Washington, D.C., and has 26 regional offices and chapters nationwide 
and 
in Canada.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR: Celebrating 10 years of community service

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 4/21/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: THE BEST AMONG YOU
	- Subjugation of Women Not Quranic, Scholar Says (WT)
* REASON #6 TO JOIN CAIR - BOTH 911 AND 411
* CAIR-CAN MEETS WITH DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER
* U.S. MUSLIMS SHOW RESPONSIBLE CITIZENSHIP (Observer Disp)
	- Arab-Americans Hold Politicians' Attention (NNS)
* POLITICS AND THE PATRIOT ACT (NY Times)
* WHY THEY HATE US, REALLY (NY Times)
	- Bush Ditches Established Mideast Policy (Wash Times)
	- Bush Outsources Mideast Policy (Antiwar.Com)
* MICH. CITY OKS ISLAMIC CALLS TO PRAYER (AP)
	- Call to Prayer Stirs Tension (Chicago Trib)
	- City Gives Tentative Ok for Calls (Free Press)
* WV: PROPOSED MOSQUE GARNERS PROTESTS (Herald Dispatch)
* KY: VISITING MUSLIMS PRAISE ALI (Courier Journal)
	- NC: Christians and Muslims Learn at Dinner (Journal)
* IL: MUSLIM STUDENT WANTS DAY IN COURT (Daily Herald)
* NY: THOUSANDS EXPECTED AT FUNERAL FOR FIRE VICTIMS (Newsday)
* JUSTICES QUESTION LAWYER ON GUANTANAMO CASE (Reuters)
	- Excerpts from Supreme Court Arguments (NY Times)
* IRAQ VICTIM WAS TOP-SECRET APARTHEID KILLER (Sunday Times)
* ID: DEFENSE TAKES AIM AT RECORDS IN AL-HUSSAYEN CASE (AP)
* ISRAEL'S WHISTLE-BLOWER UNDER A NUCLEAR CLOUD (Wash Post)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: THE BEST AMONG YOU

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "The best among you are 
those who treat their wives in the best manner."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 217

Narrated Aisha - "(The Prophet Muhammad) never beat anyone with his 
hand, 
neither a woman nor a servant."

Sahih Muslim, Hadith 1082

SEE ALSO:

SUBJUGATION OF WOMEN IS NOT QURANIC, SCHOLAR SAYS
Shelley Widhalm, Washington Times, 4/21/04
http://www.washingtontimes.com/culture/20040420-104554-8283r.htm

To westernize the Middle East while abandoning Islam will only cause 
suspicion among Muslims, and do little to bring about political and 
social 
change, one Islamic scholar says. "Many of the social and cultural 
practices of Muslim societies have little or nothing to do with Islam, 
specifically as embodied in the teachings of the Koran," Asma Barlas 
said 
in a lecture last month at the Library of Congress.

The teachings of the Koran support egalitarianism, not patriarchy in 
any 
form, though the Koran recognizes patriarchy's historical existence, 
said 
Ms. Barlas, 54, associate professor and chairwoman of the department of 
politics at New York's Ithaca College.

The West should engage Islam on Islam's own terms and not attempt to 
secularize Islam "or make it over in the Western image of a completely 
privatized religion," said Ms. Barlas in her March 26 lecture, 
"Globalizing 
Equality: Muslim Women, Theology and Feminism…"

Muslim women are not a homogeneous group and are not any more 
subjugated 
and oppressed than non-Muslim women, said Hibba Abugideiri, assistant 
professor of history and international affairs at George Washington 
University.

"Women all over the world, including the West, are relatively less 
privileged than men in terms of their status, access to resources ... 
and 
even in their legal rights," she said. "No, the Koran does not 
subjugate 
Muslim women. If it did, would so many women, some of whom converted of 
their own volition, continue to practice what would amount to be a 
misogynist revelation? This is simply illogical and belittles the 
intelligence of half the 1.2 billion Muslim believers in the world…"

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REASON #6 TO JOIN CAIR

CAIR is the 911 and 411 of the Islamic community in the U.S. and Canada 
and 
for people of other faiths seeking information about Muslims and Islam.

In our new membership drive, "Building a Better America...One Member at 
a 
Time," CAIR intends (God Willing) to sign up 25,000 new members by its 
10th 
year anniversary celebration scheduled for June 12, 2004.

TO JOIN, GO TO: http://www.cair-net.org/asp/membercamp.asp

If you have any problems signing up as a CAIR member through the web 
site, 
please call 202-488-8787 and ask for "membership," or e-mail: 
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CAIR-CAN MEETS WITH DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER
Groups ask for a "full and thorough" review of existing security 
legislation

(OTTAWA, CANADA -4/21/2004) - In a meeting yesterday night with Anne 
McLellan, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, a 
number of 
prominent national organizations asked for a "full and thorough" review 
of 
existing security legislation to ensure that the legislation conforms 
to 
Canada's democratic values and the rule of law.

The meeting, a roundtable discussion attended by representatives from 
faith, ethnic and community groups, was attended by Riad Saloojee, 
Executive Director of the Canadian Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR-CAN), Audrey Jamal, Executive Director of the Canadian Arab 
Federation (CAF), Janet Dench, Executive Director of the Canadian 
Council 
for Refugees (CCR) and Adam Esse, President of the Coalition of Muslim 
Organizations (COMO).

The groups asked for the following:

* That the three-year review of Canada's anti-terrorism legislation 
required by the law be full and thorough, with an emphasis on the "soft 
use" of the legislation by the security establishment.  "Soft use" 
includes 
the tactics and techniques used in visitations in the Canadian Muslim 
and 
Arab communities.

* A full and thorough review of the process of issuing security 
certificates, which the groups argued violates fair trial standards in 
addition to Canada's international human rights obligations.

* That the Minister wait for the recommendations of the Maher Arar 
public 
inquiry before passing C-7, the Public Safety Act.

* That the government create an independent and accountable complaints 
mechanism to oversee the Canada Border Services Agency, and 
particularly 
its activities of immigration enforcement.

In a joint statement issued today, CAIR-CAN, CAF, CCR and COMO stated:

"Our organizations welcome the opportunity to be part of a consultative 
process that aims to ensure the safety and security of Canada.  Canada 
is 
our home and we all have a moral duty to ensure that it is safe from 
all 
forms of hate, violence and extremism.

"We believe that there should be no contradiction between security and 
the 
fundamental values that we share as Canadians.  To make us truly safer 
and 
more secure, security initiatives must respect the values of humanity, 
transparency, accountability, natural justice and the rule of law...

                             -END-

Contact: CAIR-CAN: Naeem Saloojee at 613-254-9704; CAF: Rula Sharkawi 
at 
416-493-8635 Ext 22, CCR: Janet Dench at 514-277-7223

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MUSLIM-AMERICANS SHOW RESPONSIBLE CITIZENSHIP
Observer Dispatch, 4/17/04
http://www.uticaod.com/archive/2004/04/17/opinion/30247.html

No-shows at the ballot box might take a lesson from Muslim-Americans, 
who 
are stepping up efforts to assume an active role in the nation's 
political 
process.

The American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections believes 
that 
this year's presidential race will be close, and even though its 
numbers 
are small, activists say voters could have an impact in November. To 
that 
end, the Associated Press reported Monday that the group aims to 
register 
one million Muslims to vote and will educate them about the 
presidential 
candidates' positions.

"We believe this election will be a very tight one and small 
communities 
can play a major role, particularly in battleground states such as 
Michigan, Ohio and Florida, where a majority of Muslims live," Omar 
Ahmad, 
national chairman of the Council on American Islamic Relations, said at 
a 
news conference on Saturday.

The group hasn't decided which candidate to support, but task force 
chairman Agha Saeed said it would weigh the candidates' positions on 
civil 
rights issues, the economy, crime prevention and education.

"We are going to hold town hall meetings all over the United States for 
the 
community and for the candidates to engage in a dialogue where we bring 
ourselves up to speed on these issues and create common cause with 
fellow 
Americans," Saeed said.

That's responsible citizenship. Whether it be a large group or simply 
an 
individual, it is incumbent upon all Americans to become familiar with 
political candidates - presidential or otherwise - and their positions 
on 
the critical issues affecting our lives...

ALSO SEE:

ARAB-AMERICANS HOLD POLITICIANS' ATTENTION
John Hassell, Newhouse News Service, 4/20/04
http://www.newhousenews.com/archive/hassell042004.html

Not so long ago, Awni Abu-Hadba felt invisible. The Palestine-born 
jeweler, 
who moved to Paterson, N.J., as a young man in 1971, remembers asking 
the 
city's mayor for a favor. He will never forget the mayor's response: 
"Your 
community doesn't vote, so why should I help?"

Today Abu-Hadba is deputy mayor of Paterson, a post he gained two years 
ago 
after the local Arab-American community organized to support a city 
councilman named Jose Torres for mayor. "When Torres won, he wanted to 
pay 
tribute to the people who helped get him elected," Abu-Hadba says. "So 
here 
I am."

The political evolution of Arab-Americans in Paterson reflects the 
growing 
maturity, and potency, of the community nationwide as 
voter-registration 
drives and campaign contributions from affluent Arab-Americans 
transform a 
demographic that was once overlooked -- if not shunned.

Nationwide, Arab-Americans number just 1.2 million, according to the 
2000 
Census. But because of a concentration in battleground states from the 
South to the industrial Midwest, Arab-Americans are likely to wield 
more 
clout in this year's presidential contest than their raw numbers 
suggest, 
political analysts say.

Interest in this year's contest between President Bush and Sen. John 
Kerry 
is especially acute among Arab-Americans because of fallout from the 
attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 -- including the war in Iraq and the passage 
of 
the USA Patriot Act, which many say has infringed on their civil 
liberties. 
The continuing spiral of violence between Israelis and Palestinians 
also 
rankles many Arab-Americans.

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POLITICS AND THE PATRIOT ACT
New York Times, 4/21/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/21/opinion/21WED1.html

President Bush campaigned in Buffalo yesterday, wrapping himself in the 
Patriot Act and urging Congress to extend parts of the law that do not 
expire until the end of next year. The Patriot Act has always been a 
tempting bit of election-year politics, an easy way to seem tough on 
terrorism. But it also is bad law, and the president should be heeding 
calls from conservatives and liberals to remove provisions that trample 
on 
civil liberties.

The Patriot Act sailed through Congress just weeks after the Sept. 11 
attacks, in a climate, and bearing a name, that made it difficult to 
raise 
questions. Instead of conducting a serious investigation of the law 
enforcement flaws that made the nation vulnerable, its drafters came up 
with a rushed checklist of increased police powers, many of dubious 
value 
in fighting terrorism.

Among the most troubling provisions is Section 215, which allows the 
F.B.I. 
to order libraries, hospitals and others with personal records to hand 
over 
such information about individuals. People like librarians can be 
jailed if 
they refuse, or if they notify the targets. Another authorizes "sneak 
and 
peek" searches, in which the government can secretly search people's 
homes 
and delay telling them about the intrusions. As troubling as specific 
provisions like these is the "mission creep" that has inevitably 
occurred. 
Mr. Bush's own Justice Department told Congress last fall that the 
act's 
loosened restrictions on government surveillance were regularly being 
used 
in nonterrorism cases, like drug trafficking and white-collar crime.

Mr. Bush went to Buffalo because it was the site of the prosecution of 
six 
Yemeni-Americans who admitted briefly attending Al Qaeda training camps 
in 
Afghanistan. The administration argues that prosecutions like these 
would 
not be possible without the act's new rules allowing F.B.I. agents to 
share 
criminal and foreign-intelligence information. But the obstacle to this 
sort of sharing - the infamous "wall," much discussed in the recent 
9/11 
hearings - had its roots in the F.B.I.'s bureaucracy and internal 
culture, 
far more than the law...

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WHY THEY HATE US, REALLY
Walter Russell Mead, New York Times, 4/21/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/21/opinion/21MEAD.html

For the last five weeks I have been traveling through the Middle East, 
meeting diplomats, officials, policy experts, military leaders, 
students 
and ordinary citizens. I learned something very important: the greatest 
single cause of anti-Americanism in the Middle East today is not the 
war in 
Iraq; more surprisingly, it is not even American support for Israel, 
per 
se. Rather, it is a widespread belief that the United States simply 
does 
not care about the rights or needs of the Palestinian people.

"The Palestinian issue is really what discredits the United States 
throughout the region," a senior Western diplomat with years of 
experience 
in the Middle East told me. Or, as one student after another put it 
after 
the university lectures I conducted across the region: "Why do 
Americans 
have to be so biased?"

In Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey and other countries, the large 
majority 
of people I spoke with are ready to tolerate the Jewish state - most 
even 
understand that the final boundaries of Israel will include some of the 
heavily settled areas beyond the pre-1967 borders. They also understand 
that few if any Palestinians will return to the homes they lost after 
the 
war that erupted when Israel declared its independence in 1948. And 
they 
are prepared to accept, though not to relish, America's close relations 
with Israel. Beyond that, they want increased American support for 
their 
domestic political reforms and for initiatives to enhance regional 
cooperation for economic growth and fighting terrorism.

But one thing sticks in their craw: Why doesn't America care more about 
the 
Palestinians' future?

They have a point. America's Middle East policy is unnecessarily 
zero-sum. 
We can be more pro-Palestinian without being less pro-Israeli. Indeed, 
to 
the degree that American policies help create support for compromise 
among 
Palestinians, pro-Palestinian initiatives can help Israel too...

ALSO SEE:

BUSH DITCHES ESTABLISHED MIDEAST POLICY
Arnaud de Borchgrave, Washington Times, 4/20/04
http://www.washingtontimes.com/commentary/20040420-084523-5946r.htm

After nine Sharon-Bush tete-a-tetes in three years, it has become the 
hootchy-kootchy show of the now chimeric Middle East peace process.

This time, the tough-talking, wily Israeli prime minister managed to 
black 
out what little bit of sunlight still existed between the U.S. 
president 
and the Israeli prime minister. He talked George W. Bush into ditching 
long-established U.S. policy positions based on U.N. resolutions.

Israeli settlement activities in occupied territories were long deemed 
illegal under international law. No longer. And Mr. Bush's latest 
decision 
has made it that much harder for European and Arab governments to back 
the 
United States in the Middle East. That means Iraq, too, where the new 
Spanish government decided to pull out its 1,000-strong contingent 
without 
waiting for a U.N. decision on accepting responsibility.

What Mr. Bush endorsed as Mr. Sharon's "historic and courageous" 
decision 
was seen as further erosion of the Bush administration's credibility in 
the 
rest of the world.

The wear and tear began immediately after September 11, 2001, when Mr. 
Sharon convinced Mr. Bush his war on Palestinian terrorist groups was 
the 
same as America's war on al Qaeda's transnational terrorism. It wasn't 
then, but quickly became so after the U.S. occupation of Iraq, when 
jihadi 
(holy warrior) volunteers flocked to Saddam's former satrapy like bees 
to 
honey to take on the Judeo-Christian crusaders...

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BUSH OUTSOURCES MIDEAST POLICY
Patrick J. Buchanan, Antiwar.com, 4/20/04
http://www.antiwar.com/pat/?articleid=2350

"Speaking of the Palestinians, they were dealt a lethal blow," exulted 
a 
jubilant Ariel Sharon, "It will bring their dreams to an end."

Sharon was bragging about his trip to Washington where he bullied Bush 
into 
selling out the Palestinians as thoroughly as Neville Chamberlain sold 
out 
the Czechs at Munich.

"Sharon Got It All" blared a banner headline in Israel. Indeed, he did.

And Raging Bull celebrated his diplomatic victory by ordering up a 
Saturday 
night hit on Abdel Rantisi, the Hamas leader who replaced Sheik Yassin, 
whom Sharon had assassinated by Apache gunship in March as the crippled 
sheik was being wheeled out of a mosque after dawn prayers.

As he surely intended, Sharon left the Arab world with the clear 
impression 
that the Americans had given a green light to his "extrajudicial" 
killings. 
Sharon seeks to make his war on the Palestinians America's war. If Bush 
lets him succeed, we are finished in the Middle East.

But how did Sharon, under a cloud of scandal and corruption, at the end 
of 
his tether, badger Bush into abdicating our role as "honest broker" of 
Mideast peace, and into signing on to a "Sharon Plan" even a 
Palestinian 
quisling would reject?

According to the New York Times, Sharon threatened not to come to 
Washington unless Bush, in advance and in writing, agreed to 
capitulate. 
"In a moment of diplomatic brinkmanship," writes James Bennet, Sharon 
threatened to cancel his trip if Bush refused to give him "the 
guarantees 
he wanted in exchange for his plan to withdraw settlers from the Gaza 
Strip."

Still, one must marvel at Sharon's savvy in sizing up Bush, and at the 
man's chutzpah. Look at what he got for giving up less than nothing.

Gaza was captured from Egypt in 1967. Though almost all Israelis wish 
to be 
rid of it, 7,500 Jewish squatters have moved into the enclave that is 
home 
to 1.2 million Palestinians. Israelis now occupy 20 percent of Gaza, 
though 
they are but one-half of 1 percent of the population...

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MICH. CITY OKS ISLAMIC CALLS TO PRAYER
Associated Press, 4/21/04
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-4001758,00.html

HAMTRAMCK, Mich - The City Council gave preliminary approval Tuesday 
night 
to a mosque's plans to send out a call to prayer to Muslims on a 
loudspeaker.

The Bangladeshi al-Islah mosque wants to air the Arabic call to prayer 
via 
loudspeakers five times a day, but agreed Tuesday not to air the calls 
before 6 a.m. or after 10 p.m.

The council indicated it would give the plan final approval next week.

Some Muslims say the call is the equivalent of church bells. Opponents 
argued that church bells have no religious significance and that 
allowing 
the Arabic call, which lasts less than two minutes, unfairly elevates 
Islam 
above other religions.

ALSO SEE:

ISLAMIC CALL TO PRAYER STIRS TENSION
Tim Jones, Chicago Tribune, 4/20/04
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0404210290apr21,1,1527966.story

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. - A festering controversy over a plan to allow mosques 
to 
publicly broadcast their call to prayer over loudspeakers erupted into 
an 
ugly confrontation Tuesday evening in this old Polish enclave 
surrounded by 
Detroit.

About 80 people--Muslims and Christians--jammed the second floor 
chambers 
of the Hamtramck City Council to air their differences over a proposal 
that 
would amend the city's noise ordinance and clear the way for the 
amplified 
Arabic chant five times a day.

The hearing promptly degenerated into noisy arguments over religious 
preferences.

"I object to the content of the Arabic call to prayer. . . . It says 
Allah 
is the only God," said Bob Golen, of Hamtramck, whose remarks were 
greeted 
with applause and amens. "A U.S. citizen should not be subjected to the 
tenets of someone else's religion."

Abdul Alguzali, a Hamtramck businessman, said he and other Muslims "are 
citizens of this country, too." When Alguzali recited the call to 
prayer in 
Arabic, some in the crowd shouted "talk American" and "speak English."

At several times during the contentious hearing, Council President 
Karen 
Majewski called for civility. "We have the eyes of the nation upon us, 
and 
I hope we act appropriately," Majewski pleaded.

The Council voted 5-0 to hold a third and final reading of the 
ordinance 
next week. It would take effect 20 days after the approved measure is 
published.

Majewski said there is nothing preventing the call to prayer now. "What 
this does is allow us to regulate it in 30 days," she said...

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CITY GIVES TENTATIVE OK FOR MUSLIM PRAYER CALLS
Cecil Angel, Detroit Free Press, 4/21/04
http://www.freep.com/news/locway/pray21_20040421.htm

The Hamtramck City Council gave initial approval Tuesday night to 
allowing 
mosques in the city to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer over 
loudspeakers.

The issue, which has divided many of the city's Muslim and Christian 
residents, has attracted national attention and has evolved from a 
debate 
about a noise ordinance to one about religious freedom and tolerance.

Tuesday's meeting became contentious as many residents of the 
2.1-square-mile city said the call to prayer would add to noise 
pollution.

Others said they didn't want Islamic beliefs imposed on them. The 
prayer, 
which is in Arabic, occurs five times a day from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Supporters said the issue is religious freedom and an Islamic 
tradition. 
They cited the city's church bells, which ring at least every hour, as 
comparable.

In the end, the vote on the five-member council was unanimous...

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PROPOSED MOSQUE GARNERS PROTESTS
Bryan Chambers, Herald-Dispatch, 4/21/04
http://www.herald-dispatch.com/2004/April/21/LNtop2.htm

HUNTINGTON -- A group of Huntington residents have asked that the 
city's 
Board of Zoning Appeals overturn a decision to allow the Huntington 
Muslim 
Association to build a mosque in their neighborhood.

The Planning Commission earlier this month voted 5-1 in favor of 
granting a 
special permit to the Muslim Association so it can build a mosque in a 
residential zone. The Muslim Association wants to build the mosque in a 
vacant, wooded area off of Bethel Road in Huntington's Beverly Hills 
neighborhood. An access road would be built from Bethel Road, a 
dead-end 
street with five homes, to the mosque.

Bethel Road residents and some of their neighbors on Norway Avenue say 
they 
fear the mosque would ruin the residential atmosphere and increase 
traffic 
on the narrow roads. One resident also says the property on which the 
mosque would be built is an abandoned cemetery and should not be 
disturbed.

"Our opposition to this has absolutely nothing to do with religion or 
the 
mosque itself," said Roy Childers, a Bethel Road resident who was one 
of 34 
people to sign a petition opposing the mosque. "We just think it's an 
awful 
lot of traffic to put on these narrow streets."

Dr. Mohamed Sadek, a member of the Muslim Association who spearheads 
the 
group's construction committee, said the association has a house in the 
1600 block of 13th Avenue that it uses for prayer sermons. The 
association, 
however, is selling the house to Cabell Huntington Hospital so it can 
build 
the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The vacant property off of Bethel Road is attractive to the Muslim 
Association because it is just minutes away from Marshall University 
and 
Cabell Huntington Hospital, where most of the association's members 
work, 
Sadek said.

The mosque would result in very little traffic flow on Bethel Road 
because 
the Muslim Association only consists of 10 families, Sadek said. The 
mosque 
would primarily be used for midday sermons on Fridays when most 
residents 
are at work or school, he said.

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VISITING MUSLIMS PRAISE ALI
Peter Smith, Courier Journal, 4/12/04
http://www.courier-journal.com/localnews/2004/04/21ky/A1-ali0421-8253.html

A roundtable discussion on fighting religious stereotypes, sponsored by 
the 
Muhammad Ali Center, was held in a University of Louisville television 
studio yesterday. Some Muslim scholars from abroad were among the 
participants. Ali also attended the event. The discussion was 
videotaped 
for distribution to schools and youth groups.

Growing up in Iran in the 1970s, Omid Safi knew of only one Muslim 
outside 
of his native country: Muhammad Ali.

Safi, along with other Muslim scholars from Asia and the United States, 
met 
the former heavyweight boxing champion in person yesterday in Ali's 
native 
Louisville.

Ali, they said, set a lasting example.

"You became famous because of boxing, but you became our role model 
because 
you are a great human being," Safi said at a videotaped roundtable 
discussion aimed at fighting religious stereotypes. The forum was 
sponsored 
by the Muhammad Ali Center at a University of Louisville television 
studio.

Safi, now living in the United States and an advocate for a 
"progressive 
Islam" that fosters democracy and women's rights - said Ali's refusal 
to 
fight in the Vietnam War inspired him. Ali set a powerful "Muslim 
example" 
by "standing up to political power when it is unjust," Safi said.

Safi's was just one of several tributes paid to Ali by visiting Muslims 
during the forum, which focused on ways to prevent religious 
stereotyping 
and violence.

And Ali himself made a plea for tolerance...

ALSO SEE:

NEW INSIGHT
Michael Hastings, Journal Now, 4/20/04
http://www.journalnow.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=WSJ%2FMGArticle%2FWSJ_BasicArticle&c=MGArticle&cid=1031774983361&path=!living&s=1037645509005

RURAL HALL - Like many Americans, members of Kingswood United Methodist 
Church became curious about Islam after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks 
and 
the beginning of the war in Iraq.

Unlike a lot of others, Kings-wood members did something about it.

Since February, about 25 members have attended five sessions of 
videotaped 
lectures as well as discussions with Reda Badeir, an Egyptian Muslim 
who is 
a visiting professor at Wake Forest University.

Still, church members wanted to know more.

What better way, they thought, than to have some Muslims over for 
dinner?

Last week they organized a covered-dish supper with the help of Sam 
Atassi, 
the president of the Muslim Association of the Triad, who brought along 
fellow members of the local Muslim community.

The dinner mixed Christian and Muslim religions as well as American and 
Arab cuisines, and it included people from such diverse places as Iran, 
Tunisia and Pakistan.

"We think we can eliminate some barriers and build some bridges, not 
just 
by learning about Islam but by becoming involved with Muslims in the 
community," said Jerry McLeese, who coordinated the Understanding Islam 
course at Kingswood...

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EXPELLED STUDENT WANTS DAY IN COURT
Catherine Edman, Daily Herald, 4/20/04
http://www.dailyherald.com/search/main_story.asp?intid=380972

The Glenbard North High School student expelled this spring for 
cheating 
wants a judge to review the evidence and overturn the decision.

Ibrahim Ahmed filed a legal request in DuPage County circuit court 
asking 
that a judge examine the case presented against him and then overturn 
the 
school board's one-year expulsion.

"From what I understand, there was no direct evidence he did it," said 
Steven Glink, the Bloomingdale student's new attorney. "Another student 
was 
the witness against him, and that student's credibility was 
questionable."

Ahmed, 18, was implicated in two separate incidents involving 
accusations 
of cheating. First, officials at the Carol Stream school said he stole 
an 
advanced-placement calculus test and then distributed it to students. 
Second, school officials said Ahmed accessed a teacher's computer and 
altered several students' grades.

Ahmed and his parents have vigorously maintained his innocence, saying 
he 
had no motivation to commit the infractions as he wasn't enrolled in 
either 
class...

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NY: THOUSANDS EXPECTED AT FUNERAL FOR FIRE VICTIMS
Luis Perez, Newsday, 4/21/04
http://www.newsday.com/mynews/ny-nyfune213767286apr21,0,2270556.story

Thousands of mourners are expected this week at a funeral for four 
members 
of a West African family killed in Saturday's arson in Brooklyn.

Services for Kadiatou Bah, 41, her 18-month-old daughter, Hadja Diallo, 
and 
two cousins, Mamadou E. Diallo, 30, and Issiaga Diallo, 50, will be at 
1 
p.m. Friday at the New York Islamic Center, 1711 Third Ave. at East 
96th 
Street.

All were found dead near the doorway of their third-floor apartment at 
922 
New York Ave. in East Flatbush. Twelve others also were injured.

Also trapped and killed in the blaze was James Gardner, 74, a retired 
butcher and family patriarch who relatives said suffered from epilepsy 
and 
was partially blind.

His body remained unclaimed yesterday in the city medical examiner's 
office, a spokeswoman said. Gardner's family had not announced funeral 
arrangements.

A homeless man, Rodney Williams, 26, has been arrested, and police say 
he 
admitted setting the fire out of jealousy because a tenant in the 
building 
admired Williams' ex-girlfriend.

Following Muslim tradition, family members will cleanse the bodies of 
Kadiatou Bah, her daughter and cousins in preparation for the funeral. 
Afterward, the bodies will be flown to Guinea for burial, said Mohamed 
Jalloh, president of the Guinean Community of America.

On Monday, thousands of people attended a prayer vigil for the victims 
in 
Brooklyn. Many offered donations to help cover the cost of transporting 
the 
bodies, Jalloh said...

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JUSTICES QUESTION U.S. LAWYER ON GUANTANAMO CASE
James Vicini, Reuters, 4/20/04
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=2QQJXOFS11HB0CRBAELCFFA?type=topNews&storyID=4883788

WASHINGTON - U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday questioned the Bush 
administration's argument that foreigners captured during its war on 
terrorism can be held at a U.S. military base in Cuba without any 
access to 
American courts.

In the first test of President Bush's policies adopted after the Sept. 
11, 
2001, attacks, the justices seemed closely divided on whether the 
Guantanamo Bay prisoners can go to the American legal system to 
challenge 
their detention.

Several justices stressed they were only considering whether U.S. 
courts 
have jurisdiction, not the merits of the claims by prisoners, who say 
they 
are innocent and have been held illegally in violation of their civil 
rights.

U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson defended the Bush 
administration's 
controversial policy, which has come under attack by civil liberties 
and 
human rights groups.

John Gibbons, representing the detainees, said the United States had 
created "a lawless enclave" at Guantanamo. About 595 foreign nationals, 
designated "enemy combatants," are being held at the base as suspected 
al 
Qaeda members or Taliban fighters.

"What's at stake in the case is the authority of the federal courts to 
uphold the rule of law," Gibbons, a retired judge, said in beginning 
his 
arguments in the historic case.

Olson, the government's top courtroom lawyer, replied the federal 
habeas 
corpus law that allows prisoners to challenge their detention does not 
apply to the Guantanamo detainees.

He argued that Cuba, under a lease with the United States concerning 
the 
base, has ultimate sovereignty and that places the detainees beyond the 
control of U.S. courts.

Most of those held at the base were seized during the U.S.-led campaign 
against the Taliban government in Afghanistan and against Osama bin 
Laden's 
al Qaeda network after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The first detainees 
arrived at Guantanamo in January 2002.

The four more liberal justices sharply questioned Olson.

ALSO SEE:

EXCERPTS FROM SUPREME COURT ARGUMENTS ON DETAINEES AT GUANTÁNAMO
Washington Post, 4/21/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/21/national/21STEX.html

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IRAQ VICTIM WAS TOP-SECRET APARTHEID KILLER
Julian Rademeyer, Sunday Times, 4/19/04
http://allafrica.com/stories/200404190944.html

A security contractor killed in Iraq last week was once one of South 
Africa's most secret covert agents, his identity guarded so closely 
that 
even the Truth and Reconciliation Commission did not discover the 
extent of 
his involvement in apartheid's silent wars.

Gray Branfield, 55, admitted to being part of a death squad which 
gunned 
down Joe Gqabi, the ANC's chief representative and Umkhonto weSizwe 
operational head in Zimbabwe on July 31 1981. Gqabi was shot 19 times 
when 
three assassins ambushed him as he reversed down the driveway of his 
Harare 
home.

Author Peter Stiff this week confirmed information that Branfield was 
an 
operative identified in his books, The Silent War, Warfare By Other 
Means 
and Cry Zimbabwe as "Major Brian". He said Branfield, a former 
detective 
inspector in the Rhodesian police force specialising in covert 
operations 
against guerrilla organisations, came to South Africa after Zanu-PF 
came to 
power in 1980.

In South Africa he joined the SA Defence Force's secret Project 
Barnacle, a 
precursor to the notorious Civil Co-operation Bureau (CCB) death squad.

Given the rank of major, Branfield was put in charge of operations in 
the 
urban centres of Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia...

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DEFENSE TAKES AIM AT PROSECUTION RECORDS IN AL-HUSSAYEN CASE
Bob Fick, Associated Press, 4/21/04
http://www.kgw.com/sharedcontent/APStories/stories/D823BB7G1.html

BOISE, Idaho - The defense is attacking government financial experts on 
their analysis of records that prosecutors say link University of Idaho 
graduate student Sami Omar Al-Hussayen to terrorism.

Defense attorney David Nevin emphasized discrepancies between the 
financial 
analyses of bank records performed by FBI forensic accountant Phillip 
Ellsworth and FBI financial analyst Michelle Lewis.

Nevin highlighted differences in government translations of Arabic 
notations on checks for charitable donations made by Al-Hussayen, a 
devote 
Muslim, to support Muslim campaigns against oppression in Palestine and 
Chechnya and the disparity between the two experts' assessment of 
Al-Hussayen's support for the Islamic Assembly of North America and 
those 
associated with it.

The 34-year-old Saudi national is accused of using his computer 
expertise 
to create an Internet network of a score of web sites with the 
assembly's 
web site as the foundation to fund and recruit terrorists for groups 
such 
as the militant Palestinian organization Hamas.

He is also accused of visa fraud and making false statements in trying 
to 
cover up his association with the assembly.

The government raised the charitable contributions and his official 
status 
with the assembly to support its claim of visa fraud since Al-Hussayen 
failed to disclose the charities on visa application forms he filed in 
2002. It also claims the assembly has links to terror, although Nevin 
has 
repeatedly pointed out that the organization has never been placed on 
any 
terror list by the federal government.

Prosecutors also claim Al-Hussayen's involvement with the assembly 
violated 
provisions of his student visa that prohibit business activity. While 
Al-Hussayen claims he was a volunteer to a religious organization 
focused 
on Islamic outreach, the government claims his role in the assembly 
precluded him from spending the time required to pursue his computer 
science doctorate at Moscow...

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ISRAEL'S WHISTLE-BLOWER, STILL UNDER A NUCLEAR CLOUD
John Ward Anderson, Washington Post, 4/21/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A29411-2004Apr20.html

TEL AVIV -- Ordinary things took on extraordinary significance during 
Mordechai Vanunu's 11 1/2 years in solitary confinement, his brother 
Meir 
says.

The most mundane things -- the prison guard's name, the color of a 
visitor's shirt, the number on a postage stamp -- played games with a 
mind 
twisted by sensory deprivation and loneliness and appeared to be 
evidence 
of a vast state conspiracy against him.

Vanunu is to be released from Israel's Shikma prison today after 18 
years 
behind bars for disclosing the existence of the country's nuclear 
weapons 
program -- complete with more than 60 photographs he snapped inside its 
nuclear bomb factories.

He cannot leave the country or go within 300 yards of Tel Aviv's 
Ben-Gurion 
Airport, the West Bank or Gaza Strip, or any other international port 
of 
entry. He cannot meet or converse with foreigners without permission. 
He 
cannot have a cell phone or Internet access. He cannot leave his town 
of 
residence without notifying the police in advance.

And most important -- in fact, the reason for all these restrictions -- 
Vanunu cannot talk about several key topics: Israel's nuclear weapons 
program; the Negev Nuclear Research Center, where he worked for nine 
years; 
and the circumstances of his seizure by Israeli agents in Rome in 1986, 
his 
being spirited out of Italy and onto a ship for a reported seven-day 
interrogation and return trip to Israel, or his closed-door trial, in 
which 
he was found guilty of espionage and treason for leaking top-secret 
information to the London Sunday Times...

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR: Celebrating 10 years of community service

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 4/22/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: PROTECTORS ONE OF ANOTHER
* REASON #7 TO JOIN CAIR - LIBRARY PROJECT
* CAIR-OH EDUCATES LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES
	- CAIR-MD: Muslim Student Called 'Son of Bin Laden' Gets Apology
* CO: SOMALI HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES WIN HARDSHIP FIGHT (AP)
	- Students' Exposure to Islam Varies (Philadelphia Inq)
* CONYERS INTRODUCES HATE CRIMES PREVENTION ACT
* MD: DIVERSITY ON THE RISE FOR PLACES OF WORSHIP (Wash Post)
	- LA: 3 Faiths Team Up On Health Insurance (Times-Pic)
* A PICTURE IS NO LONGER WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS (Salon.Com)
	- Mother Says Sign in Original Photo Innocuous (AP)
* NJ: MUSLIMS SEEK PROBE OF MOSQUE DAMAGE (AP)
* IL: TRUE PATRIOTS WON'T SUPPORT USA PATRIOT ACT (Star)
	- FL: Justice Denied in War that Never Ends (Orlando Sent)
* LIMITED IRAQI SOVEREIGNTY PLANNED (Wash Post)
	- Contractor Fired For Military Coffin Photo (Reuters)
	- Deaths Blamed On U.S. Hospital Occupation (Reuters)
* ISRAEL HELD BOY, 13, AS HUMAN SHIELD (Reuters)
* KASHMIR FORUM AT THE CAPITOL HILL
* SEMINARY SUMMER: PUTTING FAITH INTO ACTION
* MD: NAPA BOARD OF SPONSORS MEETING

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VERSE OF THE DAY: PROTECTORS ONE OF ANOTHER

The believers, both men and women, are protectors one of another. They 
enjoin what is just and forbid what is evil...On them will God pour His 
mercy.

The Holy Quran, 9:71

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REASON #7 TO JOIN CAIR - LIBRARY PROJECT

Over 7,400 public libraries have received information about Islam and 
Muslims through CAIR's Public Library Project, making this material 
accessible to over 90 million people of all faiths.

In our new membership drive, "Building a Better America...One Member at 
a 
Time," CAIR intends (God Willing) to sign up 25,000 new members by its 
10th 
year anniversary celebration scheduled for June 12, 2004.

TO JOIN, GO TO: http://www.cair-net.org/asp/membercamp.asp

If you have any problems signing up as a CAIR member through the web 
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please call 202-488-8787 and ask for "membership," or e-mail: 
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CAIR-OH EDUCATES LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES

(COLUMBUS, OH, 4/22/04) - The Ohio office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OH) held a joint educational seminar 
on 
April 20th with the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations 
Service 
(CRS), the Columbus Community Relations Commission and the Ohio Civil 
Rights Commission (OCRC). The seminar,  designed to foster cooperation 
between the Ohio Muslim community and law enforcement agencies, was 
attended by more than 60 central Ohio law enforcement officials.

"We were extremely pleased with both the large turnout and the great 
interest demonstrated by the officials in what CAIR had to say," said 
Jad 
Humeidan, executive director of CAIR-OH.

Representatives from the FBI, the Transportation Security 
Administration, 
the Columbus Police Department, the Westerville Police Department, and 
the 
Franklin County Sheriff's Office attended the event.

Dr. Asma Mobin-Uddin, a pediatrician and Vice-President of CAIR-OH, led 
the 
discussion of Muslim beliefs and cultural practices. She was joined by 
Arman Abukar, a member of CAIR-OH, who educated law enforcement 
officials 
about Columbus' large Somali community.

"We would like to help law enforcement officials and Muslims have an 
appreciation for each other's needs and concerns," said Dr. 
Mobin-Uddin. 
"This way, we can improve understanding and cooperation between the 
groups."

There are an estimated 150,000 Muslims in Ohio. CAIR, America's largest 
Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in Washington, D.C., 
and 
has 26 regional offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

CONTACT: Jad Humeidan, Executive Director, CAIR-OH 614-451-3232 or 
614-571-2770, E-Mail: Jad@cair-ohio.com

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APOLOGY OFFERED TO MD STUDENT CALLED 'SON OF BIN LADEN'
Islamic civil rights group intervenes on behalf of Hagerstown boy

(BETHESDA, MD, 4/22/04)- The Maryland chapter of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MD) announced today that the case of a 
nine-year-old Muslim student in Hagerstown taunted by classmates who 
called 
him a "terrorist" and "the son of Bin Laden" has been resolved.

Following intervention by CAIR-MD, disciplinary action was taken 
against 
the students who made the biased remarks and a formal apology was 
issued to 
the victim.

"Our children must be taught that such hurtful behavior will not be 
tolerated by parents or school administrators," said CAIR-MD Executive 
Director Rizwan Mowlana. Mowlana thanked the school for its prompt 
action 
in the case.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in 
Washington, D.C., and has 26 regional offices and chapters nationwide 
and 
in Canada.

CONTACT: CONTACT: CAIR-MD, Rizwan Mowlana at 301-986-1900, 301-672-9355

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SOMALI HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES WIN HARDSHIP FIGHT
Associated Press, 4/22/04

DENVER - Three Muslim cross country runners who say a coach's religious 
intimidation forced them to transfer will be allowed to compete for the 
rest of the season without the usual delay.

Mohamud Ige, Yusuf Ahmed and Abdurahman Faki were members of Denver 
West 
High School's two-time state champion team.

The three Somalis transferred to South High in January, but were told 
they 
could not participate until next spring because of the transfer rules 
of 
the Colorado High School Activities Association.

The boys, all 16, took their case to arbitration and former Colorado 
Supreme Court Chief Justice Luis Rovira ruled in their favor Wednesday.

"The boys are happy that they are going to be able to compete," said 
John 
Phillips, the boys' attorney.

The athletes have said Denver West coach Luis Cruz, an ordained 
minister 
and full-time employee of the Young Life Christian Ministries, 
"aggressively applied the ministry's conversion-directed practices 
toward 
the boys." Cruz denied giving religious instruction.

West had only five Muslim students, Ige, Ahmed, Faki and Faki's two 
sisters. South has 130 Muslim students and a prayer room has been set 
aside 
for them...

ALSO SEE:

STUDENTS' EXPOSURE TO ISLAM VARIES
Martha Woodall, Philadelphia Inquirer, 4/22/04
http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/local/states/pennsylvania/8488171.htm

The Sept. 11 attacks by Islamic extremists sent educators scrambling 
for 
ways to include information about Muslims in their lesson plans.

But more than two years later, with the nation involved in an 
increasingly 
violent struggle in Iraq, students' knowledge of the world's 
second-largest 
religion remains spotty at best.

"My sense is that teachers never covered it much, and they still are 
not" 
doing so, said Susan Adler, an associate professor at the University of 
Missouri-Kansas City and former president of the National Council for 
the 
Social Studies. "It would vary from state to state, depending on the 
content standards."

"We do have state standards," said Paul Dennis Dickler, a social 
studies 
teacher at Neshaminy High School in Langhorne. "But which students are 
going to have a major unit about Islam, or a more cursory view of the 
war 
on terrorism and Islam and the West, is going to vary from classroom to 
classroom. That is how things have always been."

For years, the social studies council has recommended that all students 
learn about world religions...

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Congressman John Conyers, Jr.
Fourteenth District, Michigan
Ranking Member, Committee on the Judiciary
Dean, Congressional Black Caucus

CONYERS INTRODUCES BIPARTISAN HATE CRIMES PREVENTION ACT OF 2004

Representative John Conyers, Jr., the Ranking Democrat on the House 
Judiciary Committee, was joined today by more than 170 bipartisan 
cosponsors in the introduction of the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes 
Prevention Act of 2004.  Conyers stated that:

"There is no more important time in the history of this nation, since 
the 
civil rights era, to pass legislation that sanctions hate violence. The 
FBI 
has reported a dramatic increase hate motivated violence since the 
September 11th terrorist attacks which has sent a wave of fear through 
our 
immigrant communities.  While the overall crime rate has grown by 
approximately two percent, the number of reported hate crimes have 
increased dramatically from 8,063 in 2000 to 9,730 in 2001 (a 20.7% 
increase).

Although it is unclear how many of the 2001 reported hate crimes were 
directed at individuals in the aftermath of the September 11th 
terrorist 
attacks, we do know that the number of reported "anti-Islamic" crimes 
increased from 28 in 2000 to 481 in 2001, which represents an increase 
of 
over 1600%.  In addition, the number of hate crimes directed at 
individuals 
on the basis of their national origin/ethnicity more than doubled -- 
from 
911 in 2000 to 2,098 in 2001. Racial bias again represented the largest 
percentage of bias-motivated incidents (44.9%), followed by 
Ethnic/National 
Origin Bias (21.6%), Religious Bias (18.8%), Sexual Orientation Bias 
(14.3%), and Disability Bias (0.4%).

While many of these crimes do and should get prosecuted at the state 
and 
local levels, many do not.  Current law limits federal jurisdiction 
over 
hate crimes to incidents that occur during the exercise of federally 
protected activities, such as voting, and does not permit federal 
involvement in a range of cases involving crimes motivated by bias 
against 
the victim's sexual orientation, gender or disability.

This loophole is particularly significant given the fact that four 
states 
have no hate crime laws on the books, and another 21 states have 
extremely 
weak hate crimes laws.

If enacted, this legislation would give the federal government the 
jurisdictional tools necessary to assist local law enforcement in 
fighting 
the scourge of hate violence. In instances where state and local 
governments do not have the capacity to prosecute such crimes, he 
legislation creates a federal backstop - the ability for the local U.S. 
attorney to ensure that justice will be done, deterring hate violence 
regardless of whether the victim happened to be engaged in a "federally 
protected" activity. And even in those cases, federal prosecution can 
only 
proceed if approved by the Attorney General.

The gruesome, hateful murders of James Byrd and Matthew Shepard remain 
symbols of the incidence of hate violence that have only worsened since 
their deaths.  Hate crimes do not only visit unspeakable violence on 
the 
immediate victims, but also send a message of a desired apartheid that 
its 
sponsors want to violently enforce.

The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2004 is a 
constructive and measured response to a problem that continues to 
plague or 
nation - violence motivated by prejudice.  Our primary desire here is 
to 
ensure that these crimes get prosecuted by state and local governments 
more 
effectively.  That's why the bill authorizes funds to support state 
investigative and prosecutorial efforts.  The bill is not and should 
not be 
treated as a partisan exercise.  As a Congress, we should be in 
unanimous 
agreement that there will be "zero-tolerance" for the hate.  This bill 
takes the first step in that direction."

CONTACT: Keenan Keller (202) 225-6906

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DIVERSITY ON THE RISE FOR PLACES OF WORSHIP
Julie Rasicot, Washington Post, 4/22/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A31342-2004Apr21.html

The gold-plated dome of the Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring 
gleams 
in the afternoon sun. Next door, the bright Mediterranean-blue roof and 
golden-topped spires of the St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Church shine 
in 
sharp religious and architectural contrast. Beside it are the simple 
white 
buildings of the Heritage Christian Church.

These three religious institutions are among nearly two dozen lining a 
busy 
stretch of New Hampshire Avenue, forming a microcosm of the diverse 
religious landscape of Montgomery County.

 >From parishioners who attend the so-called mega-churches to the 
members 
of small start-up congregations of immigrants that rent space in 
schools 
and elsewhere, the diversity of the county's faithful is growing, 
reflecting the changing demographics of the population.

"People bring their own religion with them, just like our forefathers 
brought theirs with them," said Patricia Andersen, librarian at the 
Montgomery County Historical Society's Jane C. Sween Library in 
Rockville.

Several hundred congregations representing dozens of denominations call 
the 
county home. Montgomery County has the largest concentration of Jews in 
the 
Washington area, and in 2000 it became the site of the first Roman 
Catholic 
church in the United States built in a Vietnamese design when Our Lady 
of 
Vietnam Roman Catholic Church opened in Silver Spring.

The world headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is in Silver 
Spring, and the white spires of the Mormon Temple in Kensington are a 
familiar landmark to drivers along the Beltway...

ALSO SEE:

3 FAITHS TEAM UP ON HEALTH INSURANCE ISSUE
Bruce Nolan, Times-Picayune, 4/22/04
http://nola.com/news/t-p/neworleans/index.ssf?/base/news-2/1082626518241180.xml 


A broad coalition of nonprofit groups that includes Christian, Jewish 
and 
Muslim communities hopes to move the plight of the medically uninsured 
to 
the top of the domestic policy agenda during this presidential and 
congressional election year.

About 50 clergy from the three faiths met Wednesday at the Jewish 
Community 
Center in New Orleans. The drive's sponsors asked them to talk from 
their 
pulpits about the need for health protection.

"We are totally nonpartisan," said Erness Wright-Irvin, a field 
coordinator 
for the drive, called Cover the Uninsured Week. "We're not signing on 
to 
any particular solution. But we do want to energize policy-makers to 
put 
this at the top of their agenda. It has fallen down too far."

The national effort is led by former Presidents Ford and Carter; it is 
sponsored by a broad array of sometimes competing groups, including the 
U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO. A number of Catholic, 
Protestant, 
Jewish and Islamic groups also have signed on. A major part of the 
financing comes from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Wright-Irvin 
said.

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A PICTURE IS NO LONGER WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS
Farhad Manjoo, Salon.com, 4/22/04
http://www.salon.com/tech/feature/2004/04/22/doctored_photos/index_np.html

There was a time when photographs were synonymous with truth -- when 
you 
could be sure that what you saw in a picture actually occurred. In 
today's 
Photoshop world, all that has changed. Pictures are endlessly pliable. 
Photographs (and even videos) are now merely as good as words -- 
approximations of reality at best, subtle (or outright) distortions of 
truth at worst. Is that Jane Fonda next to John Kerry at an antiwar 
rally? 
No, it isn't; if you thought so, you're a fool for trusting your own 
eyes.

Some photographers welcome the new skepticism toward images; it's good 
that 
people are learning not to automatically believe what they see, they 
say. 
But many fear that we're losing an important foothold on reality. 
Without 
trustworthy photographs, how will we ever know what in our world is 
real?

ALSO SEE:

MARINE'S MOTHER: SIGN IN ORIGINAL PHOTO INNOCUOUS
Associated Press, 4/22/04
http://www.nola.com/newsflash/louisiana/index.ssf?/newsflash/get_story.ssf?/cgi-free/getstory_ssf.cgi?n4975_BC_LA--Marines-Photograp&&news&newsflash-louisiana

HOUMA La. - The mother of a Marine reservist being investigated because 
of 
a photograph circulating on the Internet says he sent her the picture 
last 
year, and it showed a very different sign than those on the Internet.

However, Ellen Gustafson, who runs a computer store, said she cannot 
prove 
it because lightning destroyed the computer where she had stored 
pictures 
sent from Iraq by her son, Lance Cpl. Ted J. Boudreaux.

"I had one of those cheap store-bought surge protectors," she said.

Boudreaux has told Marine Corps investigators that someone had doctored 
the 
photo, which shows a reservist with two Iraqi children, one of whom 
carries 
a sign.

At least three versions are on the Internet. In one, the sign states, 
"LCpl. Boudreaux killed my dad and th(en) he knocked up my sister." A 
second reads, "LCpl. Boudreaux saved my dad and th(en) rescued my 
sister." 
The third states, "They invaded my country and all I got was this lousy 
sign."

Gustafson said, "They were not the original. The original was in a 
group of 
photos he sent in the e-mail. It said 'Welcome Marines' or something 
like 
that. There was not anything unusual or offensive."

She said her son told her he told investigators that the original sign 
said 
"Welcome Marines."

Those on the Web were electronically doctored, she said, though she 
doesn't 
know who would have done it or why. It was almost certainly someone who 
knew her son, she said, though whoever did it might have gotten his 
name 
from a caption on the original photo...

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MUSLIMS SEEK PROBE OF MOSQUE DAMAGE
Wayne Parry, Associated Press, 4/22/04
http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-6/1082625025176340.xml

A statewide Muslim civil rights group has called for a bias crime 
investigation into vandalism at a mosque under construction in Ocean 
County.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations' New Jersey chapter said the 
damage to the Islamic Center of Ocean County's new mosque in Toms River 
should be investigated as a bias crime. The head of the mosque's board 
said 
the weekend vandalism marked the seventh attack on the facility.

Vandals drew swastikas on the partially finished building, punched 
holes in 
the newly erected walls of the mosque and left graffiti, including 
"Hail 
Hitler."

They also damaged the frame of the building and broke windows on a 
trailer 
at the site.

Mosque officials said the six previous attacks included damaged 
plumbing, a 
sign and trailer set ablaze, as well as damage to other windows and 
walls. 
The vandalism has cost $10,000 to $15,000 to repair, they said...

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TRUE PATRIOTS WON'T SUPPORT USA PATRIOT ACT
Northern Star, 4/22/04
http://www.star.niu.edu/perspective/articles/042104-column.asp

With all that's happening with 9-11 Commission hearings, the USA 
PATRIOT 
Act is showing up in the headlines.

After reviewing parts of the act, I have come to the conclusion that 
the 
Bush administration and supporters of the act need to take a refresher 
course on American history, in particular constitutional history.

According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the Patriot Act 
violates 
countless amendments, including the first, fourth, fifth, sixth, eighth 
and 
14th.

Now, for me, support for the act disappeared when I discovered the 
numerous 
violations.

A Web site by the Department of Justice, "Preserving Life and Liberty," 
was 
established to better explain the act and to dispel the myths the ACLU 
apparently is spreading. When one first visits the site, one is greeted 
with a quote from the Declaration of Independence: "We hold these 
truths to 
be self-evident, that all men are created equal that they are endowed 
by 
their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are 
life, 
liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

I would like John Ashcroft and Donald Rumsfeld to explain how the 
Patriot 
Act helps keep our "inalienable rights" because all I see is how our 
"inalienable rights" are violated.

Let's go step by step with the violations. The First Amendment reads, 
"Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of 
the 
press ..."

SEE ALSO:

JUSTICE DENIED IN WAR THAT NEVER ENDS
Myriam Marquez, Orlando Sentinel, 4/22/04
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/opinion/orl-edpmarquez22042204apr22,1,64550.column

Yusef Al-Sabunchi is only 11, but he understands the meaning of 
justice. It 
means his daddy can stay in America, work hard and live the dream.

It's been a bittersweet lesson for Yusef, whose father, Kussay 
Al-Sabunchi, 
made headlines after federal investigators stormed his house and 
handcuffed 
him in front of his family a year ago. The father's "crime" was sending 
flowers to his ex-wife, Yusef's mother, in 1997.

Because Al-Sabunchi had a restraining order, he shouldn't have sent 
flowers. When he applied for permanent U.S. residency, the now 
remarried 
Al-Sabunchi says, his lawyer forgot to include the flower incident. 
Years 
later, in post-9-11 haste, federal immigration authorities sought to 
deport 
him on this technicality, as if the Iraqi computer engineer were a 
terrorist. Never mind that an Orlando federal judge already had 
acquitted 
him of his "crime."

Federal officials caught lots of flak from civil-rights groups and 
members 
of Congress for good reason. In the name of "homeland security," 
officials 
went after a man whose own father was kidnapped and tortured by Saddam 
Hussein's regime 30 years ago. Finally, the government dropped the case 
Friday.

That night, a smiling Yusef told his father, "You know something, 
Daddy, I 
love the American people because they helped you."

Where are the American people for all the other Al-Sabunchis out there?

Because since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 this nation's system of 
justice, the very core of what America stands for, has been turned 
upside 
down. Rights guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution are now subject to 
imperial decree from our very own King George under the pretext that 
we're 
at war.

Whether it's bypassing the courts or imprisoning foreign nationals 
indefinitely at the U.S. base in Guantanamo, Cuba, or holding suspected 
U.S. citizens, such as "dirty" bomb suspect Jose Padilla, without 
charges 
and without access to a lawyer, the president has imposed policies that 
dictatorial governments love to use.

And in this war that never ends, the Patriot Act stands out as a 
law-enforcement "tool" with no checks and balances, no judicial review 
and 
barely any legislative oversight…

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LIMITED IRAQI SOVEREIGNTY PLANNED
Josh White and Jonathan Weisman, Washington Post, 4/22/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A32753-2004Apr21.html

The new Iraqi interim government scheduled to take control on July 1 
will 
have only "limited sovereignty" over the country and no authority over 
U.S. 
and coalition military forces already there, senior State and Defense 
officials told Congress this week.

In testimony before the Senate and the House Armed Services committees, 
Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz and Undersecretary of State 
Marc 
Grossman said the United States will operate under the transitional law 
approved by the Iraqi Governing Council and a resolution approved by 
the 
U.N. Security Council last October. Both those provisions give control 
of 
the country's security to U.S. military commanders.

Whereas in the past the turnover was described as granting total 
sovereignty to the appointed Iraqi government, Grossman yesterday 
termed it 
"limited sovereignty" because "it is limited by the transitional law . 
. . 
and the U.N. resolution."

Under the current plan, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan's special 
adviser, Lakhdar Brahimi, will appoint a temporary government that will 
run 
Iraqi government agencies for six months and prepare the way for 
January 
2005 elections of an assembly that will select a second, temporary 
government and write a constitution...

ALSO SEE:

U.S. CONTRACTOR FIRED FOR MILITARY COFFIN PHOTO
Sue Pleming, Reuters, 4/22/04
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/04/22/1082616268111.html

WASHINGTON - A U.S. contractor and her husband have been fired after 
her 
photograph of 20 flag-draped coffins of slain U.S. soldiers going home 
from 
Iraq was published in violation of military rules.

"I lost my job and they let my husband go as well," Tami Silicio, who 
loaded U.S. military cargo at Kuwait International Airport for a U.S. 
company, told Reuters in an e-mail response to questions.

The Pentagon tightly restricts publication of photographs of coffins 
with 
the remains of U.S. soldiers and has forbidden journalists from taking 
pictures at Dover Air Force Base where the caskets of slain soldiers 
usually first stop on their return to the United States.

The military says the policy is in place to protect the privacy of 
families 
of those killed, but critics have said the rules are aimed at 
sanitizing 
the war for the public.

The Seattle Times printed Silicio's photograph last weekend and again 
on 
Thursday along with a story about her dismissal. The picture shows 
soldiers 
tending to 20 coffins completely covered with American flags on April 7 
inside a military cargo plane at the Kuwait airport...

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FALLUJAH DEATHS BLAMED ON U.S. HOSPITAL OCCUPATION
Reuters, 4/22/04

LONDON - Iraqi fatalities in Falluja were higher than they might have 
been 
because of the U.S. military occupation of the besieged town's main 
hospital, an international medical aid official said on Thursday.

"If this hospital was working it would have saved a lot of lives," 
Medecins 
Sans Frontieres' Emergency Coordinator for Iraq Ibrahim Younis told 
reporters in London.

Local doctors had to treat casualties in two makeshift operating 
theatres 
inside the battle-scared town after U.S. Marines occupied the outlying 
300-bed Falluja Public Hospital at the start of the siege, Younis said.

Younis travelled to Falluja a week after the start of the U.S. military 
assault on the town, launched on April 5 following the killing and 
mutilation of four private American security guards.

During a stay limited to a few hours by the dangers of the conflict, 
Younis 
inspected the makeshift operating theatres at the town's Al Jamhoria 
medical centre.

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ACTIVISTS SAY ISRAEL HELD BOY, 13, AS HUMAN SHIELD
Cynthia Johnston, Reuters, 4/22/04
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4908037&section=news

BIDDO, West Bank - When older Palestinian boys started throwing stones 
at 
Israeli border police in the flashpoint West Bank village of Biddo, 
13-year-old Muhammed Badwan went along to watch.

He ended up on the hood of an Israeli jeep, at least one of his skinny 
arms 
tied to a wire mesh screen that blocks the windshield from incoming 
stones, 
according to a photograph of the purported incident distributed by an 
Israeli rights group.

"He was a shield for them," Saeed Badwan, a 34-year-old labourer, said 
of 
his only son. "When I saw him on the hood of the jeep, my whole mind 
went 
crazy...It's a picture you can't even imagine. He was shivering from 
fear."

Police said Muhammed's case was sent to the Justice Ministry for 
investigation. Israeli security forces insist they do their utmost to 
avoid 
civilian casualties and accuse Palestinian militants of routinely using 
non-combatants for cover.

Palestinian activists in Biddo, a focal point for protests against 
Israel's 
West Bank barrier, say troops have increasingly responded with 
excessive 
force to disperse stone throwers.

The Israeli human rights group B'Tselem said it was monitoring West 
Bank 
anti-barrier protests after Palestinian complaints of rising violence 
by 
Israeli security forces, especially in Biddo.

Medics say four Palestinians have been shot dead this year in Biddo in 
rock 
throwing protests against the barrier, which Israel says is necessary 
to 
keep out suicide bombers. An elderly man also died of heart failure 
after 
inhaling tear gas.

Palestinians say the barrier, whose planned route snakes deep into the 
West 
Bank, is intended to annex territory captured by Israel in 1967 that 
Palestinians want for a state...

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KASHMIR FORUM AT THE CAPITOL HILL

Washington, D.C. April 21, 2004. - Today, the Kashmir Forum on Capitol 
Hill 
addressed the latest South Asian peace initiatives between India and 
Pakistan and its impact on resolving the 56 year old dispute over 
Kashmir.

Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, executive director of the Kashmiri American 
Council, 
was the featured guest speaker, and was introduced by Congressman 
Joseph 
Pitts. The Congressman had visited Kashmir earlier in the year and 
witnessed the grief and suffering of the Kashmiri people.

Dr. Fai praised the leadership demonstrated by both Indian Prime 
Minister 
B.J. Vajpayee and Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf in recognizing 
the 
time had come for bold moves to negotiate a solution to Kashmir 
consistent 
with humanity and the wishes of 13 million people of Kashmir. The Prime 
Minister, for his part, has accepted that Kashmir may be resolved 
outside 
the Indian constitution and within the parameters of (Insaniat) 
humanity. 
The President, for his part, has accepted that all parties need to make 
concessions so as to reach a final settlement of the conflict and so 
long 
as a solution respects a consensus among Kashmiris.

CONTACT: gnfai2003@yahoo.com

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SEMINARY SUMMER: PUTTING FAITH INTO ACTION

WHAT: The Islamic Internship for Worker Justice is a part of Seminary 
Summer, which reaches out to Muslim, Jewish, and Christian future 
religious 
leaders. The program is inviting Muslim students to participate in 
unique 
summer field placements that help low wage workers. Participants 
receive 
one week of orientation and training, and two days of debrief in 
Chicago.

This program was created by National Interfaith Committee for Worker 
Justice (NICWJ) and the AFL-CIO to educate future religious leaders 
about 
worker justice issues. This year NICWJ is recruiting 5 future Muslim 
students who will be future religious leaders for this unique 
internship 
placement.

Students will receive: a weekly stipend, housing if relocating for the 
summer, transportation costs as needed, possible academic credit, help 
in 
finding a mentor for theological reflection.

WHEN: Deadline for applications May 15
The program runs from June 13 - August 20.

Applications for Islamic Internship for Worker Justice are available 
on-line at www.nicwj.org.

Contact Joy Heine if you have any questions, (773) 728-8400 x 33, 
jheine@nicwj.org.

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NAPA BOARD OF SPONSORS MEETING

WHAT: The National Association of Pakistani Americans (NAPA) is 
inviting 
all Pakistani Americans and friends of Pakistani Americans to attend a 
NAPA 
Board of Sponsors Meeting

WHEN: Sunday, April 25, 2004 at 6:00pm

WHERE: NAPA Office (Business Center), 1724 Woodlawn Drive, Suite 12A, 
Baltimore, Maryland 21207

The National Association of Pakistani Americans (NAPA) is a non-profit 
organization established to enlighten and educate Pakistani Americans 
on 
the American political and democratic process and create grassroots 
awareness among Pakistani Americans of the issues that touch them daily 
and 
that would affect the future generations of Americans.

RSVP is recommended by calling Toll free 1-866-WAW-NAPA or 
410-298-1300. 
Dinner will be served.

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453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DRIVE-BY SHOOTING TARGETS TEXAS MOSQUE
CAIR issues security advisory to Muslims nationwide

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/23/04) - A prominent national Islamic civil rights 
and 
advocacy group today issued a special security advisory to Muslims in 
American following a drive-by shooting last night at a Denton, Texas, 
mosque. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said the 
shooting 
is just the latest in a series of incidents targeting American Muslims.

A spokesman for the Islamic Society of Denton told CAIR that two shots 
were 
fired at the mosque Thursday evening between 6 and 8 p.m. One 
projectile 
penetrated a window and landed in the prayer area of the mosque. 
Another 
projectile damaged the mosque's main door. No one was injured in the 
attack. Local police are investigating the incident. (Following the 
9/11 
terror attacks, the Denton mosque was damaged by two firebombs.)

"An alarming increase in attacks on and threats against the Muslim 
community in America points to the need for heightened security at our 
nation's mosques and Islamic institutions," said CAIR Executive 
Director 
Nihad Awad. "We believe this increase in attacks is a direct result of 
attempts by some radio and television commentators to demonize Islam 
and 
Muslims." He said a CAIR "Muslim Community Safety Kit" booklet, 
designed to 
help local Islamic leaders protect institutions and individuals, may be 
obtained by e-mailing pubs@cair-net.org or calling 202-488-8787.

Awad said he is concerned that there has not been a vocal response by 
state 
and national elected officials to anti-Muslim incidents in Texas. He 
cited 
a recent e-mailed threat against the Islamic Center of El Paso, a 
series of 
arson fires at Muslim businesses in San Antonio and racist graffiti 
scrawled on the interior of a Lubbock mosque.

Similar incidents are occurring across the nation. Just this week, CAIR 
detailed a series of attacks by vandals on the Islamic Center of Ocean 
County in Toms River, N.J. In Florida, a Muslim business owner wearing 
an 
Islamic head scarf was attacked by people who accused her of being 
responsible for the recent bombings in Madrid.

Last week, CAIR announced a new campaign designed to counter 
anti-Muslim 
hate on radio talk shows. The campaign, called "Hate Hurts America," is 
based on the premise that the increasing attacks on Islam by 
conservative 
talk show hosts harm the United States by creating a downward spiral of 
interfaith mistrust and hostility.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in 
Washington, D.C., and has 26 regional offices and chapters nationwide 
and 
in Canada.

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CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: 
cair@cair-net.org; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: 
rahmed@cair-net.org

NOTE: CAIR offers an e-mail list designed to be a window to the 
American 
Muslim community. Subscribers to the list, called CAIR-NET, receive 
news 
releases and other materials dealing with American Muslim positions on 
issues of importance to our society.

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CAIR
Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C.  20003
Tel: 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726
Fax: 202-488-0833
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Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2004 18:39:42 -0400
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Subject: CAIR-NET: TX Man Arrested for Bias-Motivated Threat on Mosque

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR: Celebrating 10 years of community service

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 4/23/04

* VERSE OF THE DAY: EVEN THE BIRDS PRAISE GOD
* REASON #8 TO JOIN CAIR
	- CAIR Public Library Project: 7430
* AUTHORITIES ARREST MAN FOR BIAS-MOTIVATED THREAT ON TX MOSQUE
* NJ: STATE TO PROBE MOSQUE VANDALISM AS BIAS CRIME (AP)
	- Vandalism Plagues New Islamic Center (Star-Ledger)
* TX: INCARNATE WORD DECIDES TO DROP 'CRUSADERS' (Express-News)
* CAN: ARAR FAMILY SUES GOVERNMENT FOR $400M (CBC)
* CONCERT TO CELEBRATE THE VALUES OF 3 FAITHS (Juneau Empire)
* FBI KEEPS YEMENI JAILED (York Daily Record)
	- Vigil to Shed Light on Detainee's Plight (York Dispatch)
* WHITE HOUSE: IRAQ SOVEREIGNTY COULD BE LIMITED (NY Times)
* ISRAEL SAID STILL MAKING NUCLEAR WEAPONS (AP)
	- U.S. Changes Visa Rules for Israelis (ME Newsline)

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VERSE OF THE DAY: EVEN THE BIRDS PRAISE GOD

“Seest thou not that it is God whose praises all beings in the heavens 
and 
on earth do celebrate, (even) the birds (of the air) with wings 
outspread? 
Each one knows its own (mode of) prayer and praise.

The Holy Quran, Chapter 24, Verse 41

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REASON #8 TO JOIN CAIR

The diversity of CAIR’s staff, boards and advisors reflects the 
diversity 
of Muslims in America.

In our new membership drive, "Building a Better America...One Member at 
a 
Time," CAIR intends (God Willing) to sign up 25,000 new members by its 
10th 
year anniversary celebration scheduled for June 12, 2004.

TO JOIN, GO TO: http://www.cair-net.org/asp/membercamp.asp

If you have any problems signing up as a CAIR member through the web 
site, 
please call 202-488-8787 and ask for "membership," or e-mail: 
iabusway@cair-net.org

ALSO SEE:

CAIR PUBLIC LIBRARY PROJECT UPDATE: 7430 SPONSORSHIPS

The goal of CAIR's library project is to send accurate and objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

For only $150, Muslim individuals and groups may sponsor 18-item 
packages 
about Islam and Muslims, which are then distributed to the library of 
their 
choice.

To sponsor a library call, 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320, or visit: 
www.libraryproject.org.

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CASE UPDATE: FEDERAL AUTHORITIES ARREST MAN FOR BIAS-MOTIVATED THREAT 
ON 
TEXAS ISLAMIC CENTER

The Department of Justice today announced the arrest of an El Paso man 
allegedly responsible for threatening to destroy an area Islamic 
Center.  Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights R. Alexander 
Acosta 
and United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas Johnny 
Sutton 
announced the arrest of Jared Bjarnason for allegedly sending a threat 
to 
the El Paso Islamic Center on April 18, 2004.

Bjarnason, a 30-year-old resident of El Paso, Texas, was arrested 
yesterday 
following a complaint filed in the United States District Court for the 
Western District of Texas.  The complaint charges the defendant with 
sending an electronic mail message to the Islamic Center threatening 
violence against the Center and its members. Specifically, the message 
threatened to burn the Islamic Center's mosque to the ground, if 
hostages 
held in Iraq were not freed within three days.

The defendant is scheduled to have an initial appearance today before 
U.S.  Magistrate Richard P. Mesa at 2:00 p.m. MT. The crime charged is 
punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine.  The defendant is 
considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) would like to thank 
the 
Department of Justice for its action. CAIR brought the incident to the 
public’s attention on Monday when it issued a press release calling for 
the 
FBI to investigate the email threat – the latest in a series of 
incidents 
targeting the Muslim community in Texas.  (SEE: 
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=1067&page=NR).

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STATE TO PROBE MOSQUE VANDALISM AS BIAS CRIME
Wayne Parry, Associated Press, 4/23/04
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-nj--mosquevandalized0423apr23,0,4395793.story?coll=ny-ap-regional-wire

NEWARK, N.J. - The state Attorney General's Office will investigate the 
vandalism of a Toms River mosque under construction as a bias crime.

Attorney General Peter Harvey, responding to a request made by local 
and 
national Muslim organizations, has assigned investigators from the 
office 
of bias crimes to pursue those responsible for damage done over the 
weekend.

Vandals drew swastikas on the partially finished building, which is to 
be 
the new home of the Islamic Center of Ocean County, punched holes in 
the 
walls and left graffiti, including the words "Hail Hitler."

They also damaged the framework of the building and broke windows on a 
trailer at the site.

Mosque officials said it was the seventh time the site was vandalized 
since 
construction began in 2000. Previous attacks included damaged plumbing, 
a 
sign and trailer set ablaze and damage to windows and walls. The 
vandalism 
has cost $10,000 to $15,000 to repair, they said.

"Incidents of arson and vandalism are always despicable," Gov. 
McGreevey 
said. "But this site _ a Muslim house of worship, still under 
construction 
_ is more than a piece of private property. It is a sacred place, a 
place 
where people will come to set aside their cares, create inner peace and 
worship God.

"The violent acts at this site are a deep insult, not just to the 
Muslim 
people, but to everyone who values New Jersey's diversity and culture, 
and 
to everyone who believes in America's commitment to be a safe haven 
from 
religious or ethic persecution," the governor said.

Police have assigned extra patrols at the site during nighttime hours.

The attack also drew condemnation from the Anti-Defamation League. Shai 
Goldstein, the group's New Jersey director, decried the vandalism as 
"an 
attack on the essence of our democratic right to freedom of worship _ 
the 
First Amendment right that we all share and treasure."

"It is an attack on the Muslim community, the Jewish community, the 
Hindu 
community, the Christian community and all communities of faith," 
Goldstein 
said.

The Islamic Center currently meets in a building on Route 9 in 
Lakewood.

ALSO SEE:

VANDALISM PLAGUES NEW ISLAMIC CENTER
Maryann Spoto, Star-Ledger, 4/23/04
http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-6/1082701975191780.xml

When construction crews showed up for work earlier this week at a new 
mosque for the Islamic Center of Ocean County, they found what is 
becoming 
a familiar sight: Broken windows, punched-out wallboard and metal 
frames 
twisted around steel beams.

And as they've done so many times before, they've repaired the acts of 
vandalism, then continued construction on the first permanent home for 
this 
small congregation of Muslims located in one of the last rural sections 
of 
Dover Township.

The New Jersey office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations 
called 
the latest vandalism one of the worst cases on a mosque and suspects 
that 
it is more than just pranks by teenagers.

"Now it seems it's a pattern of abuse," said Faiza Ali, the council's 
executive director. "Obviously someone doesn't want this mosque to go 
up."

The latest vandalism, discovered on Monday, was the seventh incident 
since 
construction of the mosque began four years ago, and police are trying 
to 
determine whether to classify it as a bias incident.

Police promised to beef up patrols in the area, and the congregation 
has 
erected a fence around the perimeter of the construction site at 
Whitesville Road and Route 70 west.

The vandalism at the Ocean County site is another example of the 
increased 
violence against Muslims in the aftermath of 9/11, said Rabiah Ahmed, 
spokeswoman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Incidents 
against Muslim-Americans have been on the rise, possibly because of the 
escalation of violence in Iraq between civilians and the U.S. military, 
she 
said.

"It's an alarming concern for us because we have been hearing about so 
many 
of these cases in the past few weeks," Ahmed said...

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INCARNATE WORD DECIDES TO DROP 'CRUSADERS'
Tom Orsborn, Express-News, 4/23/04
http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/stories/MYSA23.01A.COL_UIW_nickname_change.5778672d.html

The University of the Incarnate Word will begin the next school year 
with a 
new mascot for its athletic teams after administrators decided 
Crusaders is 
offensive to Muslims and inappropriate for a Catholic institution with 
a 
multicultural mission.

"We need a mascot that is more culturally sensitive if we are going to 
continue to have international students and international programs," 
said 
faculty member Michael Risku, chairman of the school's mascot task 
force, 
an 11-member committee charged with finding a new symbol...

The Crusader has served as UIW's mascot since 1980. But in the 
post-9-11 
era, the school's planning commission and faculty senate made the 
decision 
to dump it after concluding UIW needs a mascot that is more culturally 
sensitive, Risku said.

Voting among students for a new mascot ends on April 30. The task force 
presented students with a list of 46 mascots to choose from, ranging 
from 
Angels to Wolves...

The Islamic community has welcomed the move. Nearly 3,200 people of the 
Islamic faith are members of a local mosque, according to the American 
Religion Data Archive.

"I'm so glad to hear that they are changing their mascot," said Sarwat 
Husain, executive director of the local chapter of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations. "I am a graduate (of UIW). I loved that 
place. 
But the only thing that bothered me about the school was that name.

"(Crusaders) did not send the right message to the community. Incarnate 
Word is one of the most tolerant places in our community. Using 
Crusaders 
made it sound like the school was not tolerant. It did not match the 
way 
that university is. It would be the same as a Muslim school calling 
itself 
'the extremists' or 'the radicals...'"

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ARAR FAMILY SUES GOVERNMENT FOR $400M
CBC, 4/22/04
http://www.cbc.ca/stories/2004/04/22/canada/arar040422

OTTAWA - Maher Arar and his family are suing the Canadian government 
for 
$400-million, according to the National Post.

The suit claims authorities breached Arar's charter rights and were 
guilty 
of racism when they pursued an investigation into his alleged extremist 
links in 2002.

The court filing contains several allegations, including negligence, 
negligent investigation, defamation, false imprisonment, assault and 
abuse 
of public office.

Other parties named in the suit include CSIS, the RCMP and Foreign 
Affairs 
department officials in Syria and in New York.

The family says the authorities employed illegal and unconstitutional 
means 
to conduct a biased investigation on the basis of unreliable 
information.

A Syrian-born Canadian citizen, Arar is seeking $50 million in damages 
and 
$20 million in punitive damages, as well as unspecified special 
damages, 
interest and costs, the newspaper reported. Eleven family members 
including 
his wife, Monia Mazigh, are seeking $30 million each in damages.

Mazigh is running in the next federal election for the New Democrats in 
the 
riding of Ottawa South...

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CONCERT TO CELEBRATE THE VALUES, ORIGINS AND BELIEFS OF THREE FAITHS
Korry Keeker, Juneau Empire, 4/22/04
http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/042204/thi_faiths.shtml

Last November, longtime Juneau resident Dixie Belcher visited Islamic 
and 
Christian leaders in Lebanon and Syria.

"Syria might be the friendliest country I'd ever been in," Belcher 
said. 
"People would stop us on the street and ask where we were from. If you 
weren't careful, you'd end up in their house for coffee."

The trip reaffirmed her belief in a "common humanity," a theme she 
plans to 
revisit in the 90-minute music festival "A Celebration of the Children 
of 
Abraham," 8 p.m. Sunday, April 25, at St. Paul's Catholic Church in the 
Valley. The night will celebrate the values, origins and beliefs of 
Christianity, Islam and Judaism with more than 80 singers and musicians 
performing chants, folk music, gospel, canons and klesmer music.

A $10 donation will be accepted at the door...

The evening will begin at 8 p.m. with the ceremonial blowing of a ram's 
horn and an Islamic call to prayer. Out-of-town soloists include 
Anchorage 
black gospel singer Shirley Staten and former Juneau performer Rory 
Stitt. 
The night will include speeches from Ann El-Moslimany, director of the 
Seattle Islamic School; Norm Cohen, head of Juneau's Jewish community; 
and 
the Rev. Jay Olson, a Presbyterian minister...

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FBI KEEPS YEMENI JAILED
Caryl Clarke, York Daily Record, 4/22/04
http://ydr.com/story/main/22620/

An attorney for a Yemeni man being held in the York County Prison as a 
possible terrorist had harsh words for the federal government this week 
after recently learning the FBI has no records on his client.

Attorney Farhad Sethna of Akron, Ohio, said the 18-month detention of 
Ashraf Al-Jailani is a great injustice if there aren't any records of 
an 
investigation.

FBI Special Agent Roger Charnesky had testified against Al-Jailani 
before 
Immigration Court Judge Walter Durling in October.

The agent alleged connections between Al-Jailani and suspected 
terrorists 
through five hours of testimony.

Sethna asked the agent if he had ever interviewed Al-Jailani.

Charnesky said he hadn't. It would have been a waste of time, he said, 
because people involved with terrorist organizations don't tell the 
truth.

Al-Jailani, a geochemist, matched the profile for a terrorist as a 
highly 
educated Muslim man married to an American and working in a job beneath 
his 
abilities, the agent said.

If the accusations were true, Judge Durling said at the October 
hearing, 
the defendant should be in the custody of U.S. marshals instead of 
taking 
up time in immigration court.

Al-Jailani, a 40-year-old permanent legal resident who had been working 
in 
a soap-making factory, was arrested in October 2002 for deportation 
based 
on his no-contest plea to a 1998 domestic violence charge, which Ohio 
Gov. 
Bob Taft pardoned in 2001...

ALSO SEE:

VIGIL TO SHED LIGHT ON PROFILING, DETAINEE'S PLIGHT
Lauri Lebo, York Dispatch, 4/22/04
http://www.yorkdispatch.com/Stories/0,1413,138~10023~2101337,00.html

The Peace and Justice Foundation is holding a candlelight vigil 
tomorrow at 
York County Prison on behalf of an immigration detainee and to create 
awareness of what it calls racial profiling by the federal government.

Mohammad Khaldoun Eizeddin, 26, of Syria was detained at an airport 
March 9 
as he was leaving the U.S. Immigration officials have charged him with 
visa 
fraud.

Mauri Saalakham, who heads the Silver Spring, Md.-based Peace and 
Justice 
Foundation became aware of Eizeddin's case through what he calls 
Eizeddin's 
wide range of community support...

Eizeddin, who had been residing in the United States for about a year, 
had 
been employed by an Allentown mosque, but was in the middle of changing 
jobs, Saalakham said.

He was reapplying for a revised visa when he was arrested, Saalakham 
said.

York's Coalition for Immigrants' Rights at the Community Level also is 
participating in the vigil.

Executive director Kathleen Lucas said there is a selective enforcement 
of 
immigration laws and men from predominantly Muslim countries are being 
thrown in jail for minor infractions such as overstaying a visa.

She said the vigil is also to protest against the federal government's 
policy of jailing asylum seekers...

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WHITE HOUSE SAYS IRAQ SOVEREIGNTY COULD BE LIMITED
Steven R. Weisman, New York Times, 4/23/04
http://nytimes.com/2004/04/23/politics/23DIPL.html?hp

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration's plans for a new caretaker 
government 
in Iraq would place severe limits on its sovereignty, including only 
partial command over its armed forces and no authority to enact new 
laws, 
administration officials said Thursday.

These restrictions to the plan negotiated with Lakhdar Brahimi, the 
special 
United Nations envoy, were presented in detail for the first time by 
top 
administration officials at Congressional hearings this week, 
culminating 
in long and intense questioning on Thursday at the Senate Foreign 
Relations 
Committee's hearing on the goal of returning Iraq to self-rule on June 
30.

Only 10 weeks from the scheduled transfer of sovereignty, the 
administration is still not sure exactly who will govern in Baghdad, or 
precisely how they will be selected. A week ago, President Bush agreed 
to a 
recommendation by Mr. Brahimi to dismantle the existing Iraqi Governing 
Council, which was handpicked by the United States, and to replace it 
with 
a caretaker government whose makeup is to be decided next month.

That government would stay in power until elections could be held, 
beginning next year.

The administration's plans seem likely to face objections on several 
fronts. Several European and United Nations diplomats have said in 
interviews that they do not think the United Nations will approve a 
Security Council resolution sought by Washington that handcuffs the new 
Iraq government in its authority over its own armed forces, let alone 
foreign forces on its soil...

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ISRAEL SAID STILL MAKING NUCLEAR WEAPONS
Susanna Loof, Associated Press, 4/21/04
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apmideast_story.asp?category=1107&slug=Nuclear%20Israel

VIENNA, Austria -- Israel continues to produce atomic weapons and 
already 
has hundreds of nuclear warheads, researchers said as the country 
released 
a man imprisoned for 18 years for leaking nuclear secrets.

Because Israel is not party to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, the 
Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency has no power to look 
into 
its nuclear program.

The U.N. agency, however, is seeking contacts with Israel, and 
Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei repeatedly has called for talks on 
eliminating weapons of mass destruction from the Middle East.

Israeli authorities on Wednesday freed Mordechai Vanunu, jailed for 
leaking 
details and pictures of Israel's alleged nuclear weapons program.

Israel neither confirms nor denies it has nuclear weapons, and refuses 
to 
discuss such allegations.

Israel continues to make nuclear weapons, said Friedrich Steinhaeusler, 
a 
former IAEA nuclear safety expert who now is a physics professor at the 
University of Salzburg.

The best estimates put the size of the Israeli arsenal at 150 nuclear 
weapons, Steinhaeusler said. With air, sea and land-based launching 
systems, "they have the Middle East under control," he said...

ALSO SEE:

U.S. CHANGES VISA RULES FOR ISRAELIS
Middle East Newsline, 4/23/04
http://menewsline.com/stories/2004/april/04_23_4.html

JERUSALEM -- The U.S. State Department has agreed to revise regulations 
for 
Israelis who seek entry visas.

U.S. officials said the department agreed to waive visa restrictions 
for 
Israelis born in countries deemed as sponsors of terrorist groups. 
These 
Israelis had been required to undergo special checks and their visa 
applications were reviewed in Washington.

The new regulations allow U.S. consuls in the embassy in Tel Aviv and 
the 
consulate in Jerusalem to decide the visa applications of these 
Israelis. 
They affect Israelis born such countries as Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, 
Syria 
and North Korea.

"It will dramatically ease the burden for Israelis traveling to the 
United 
States," U.S. ambassador to Israel Dan Kurtzer said.

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Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2004 18:46:51 -0400
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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR ACTION ALERT #422

BOSTON RADIO HOST SAYS KILL ALL MUSLIMS
CAIR urges Muslims to call for host’s termination

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/23/2004) – In its first “Hate Hurts America” 
action 
alert, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is calling for 
the 
termination of Jay Severin, a Boston-area radio talk show host, who 
allegedly said, “Let’s kill all Muslims” in his Thursday afternoon 
program.

WTKK-FM General Manager Matt Mills told CAIR that in a discussion about 
how 
Severin claims Muslims want to take over America, even if it takes 
centuries, Severin said, “I’ve got an idea, let’s kill all Muslims.”

While Mills said that he would speak to Severin to “make sure it 
doesn’t 
happen again,” he did acknowledge that if Severin had said the same 
thing 
about African-Americans that he would no longer be on the air.

“I have spoken to Jay Severin and he knows we take this seriously and 
do 
not condone offensive remarks toward any religious groups and he will 
be 
apologizing on his show Monday afternoon,” Mills said in an email. “He 
did 
not intend to offend anyone.”

CAIR Chairman Omar Ahmad said: “We believe a mere reprimand and apology 
is 
insufficient and demand that he be taken off the air as he would be if 
he 
had attacked any other religious or ethnic group.”

Ahmad added that such hateful rhetoric has a direct impact on the 
American 
Muslim community. He cited examples of anti-Muslim incidents that took 
place recently in Texas, such as a shooting at a Denton mosque, an 
e-mailed 
threat against the Islamic Center of El Paso (authorities have made an 
arrest in this case), arson attacks on Muslim businesses in San Antonio 
and 
racist graffiti scrawled on the interior of a Lubbock mosque.

Last week, CAIR announced a new campaign designed to counter 
anti-Muslim 
hate on radio talk shows. The campaign, called "Hate Hurts America," is 
based on the premise that the increasing attacks on Islam by 
conservative 
talk show hosts harm the United States by creating a downward spiral of 
interfaith mistrust and hostility.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in 
Washington, D.C., and has 25 regional offices and chapters nationwide 
and 
in Canada.
					
					- END -

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be firm but POLITE.)

1. Contact Matt Mills, WTKK-FM General Manager, to ask that he fire Jay 
Severin for his anti-Muslim remarks.

Mr. .Matt Mills
55 William T Morrissey Blvd.
Dorchester, MA 02125-3315
Phone:  (617) 822-9600
Fax: (617) 822-6859
E-MAIL: mmills@greaterbostonradio.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

2. Contact Mr. Severin’s sponsors and make them aware of your concerns.

Smile Boston - Dr. Steven Spitz
665 Beacon Street, Suite 202
Boston, MA 02215
617-437-1060
www.smileboston.net

J.D. Associates - A Division of Mander, Inc.
Longview Corporate Center
80 Erdman Way, Suite 301
Leominster, MA 01453
(978) 840-2096 Fax: (978) 840-2098
Toll Free: (800) 564-4488

The Camera Company
858 Providence Highway
Norwood, MA 02062
1-781-769-0210

The Post Club
313 Washington St.
Newton, MA 02458
617-332-2582

EDC-Excell Data & Communications Inc
464 High Street
Clinton MA 01510
Phone: 800-947-3882

Village Restaurant
55 Main St.
Rt. 22 & 133
Essex, MA 01929
1-978-768-6400

Kitchen Sales, Inc.
60 Manley Street
West Bridgewater, Ma 02379
1-508-588-1234
Toll free 1-800-553-4330

The Countertop Shoppe
853 N. Main Street Suite 202
Leominster, MA 01453
Toll free at: (800) 714-8114
Fax: (978) 537- 4694

Yale Appliance
296 Freeport Street
Boston, MA 02122
1-617-825-YALE

Seasonal Pool & Patio
256 Cambridge Street Rte 3A
Burlington MA 01803
Phone: 781 272-8422

(A COMPLETE LIST OF JAY SEVERIN’S SPONSORS MAY BE LOCATED AT: 
http://www.969fmtalk.com UNDER FM TALK ADVERTISERS.)

3.  Join CAIR’s “Hate Hurts America” campaign by listening to radio 
talk 
shows and documenting   any anti-Muslim content with exact quotes from 
the 
program. Record the show. Label and date your tapes, and indicate the 
time 
on the tape of the most offensive quotes. Report all incidents to CAIR 
by 
calling 202-488-8787, faxing 202-488-0833, or e-mailing: 
cair@cair-net.org
		
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Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2004 18:52:27 -0400
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Subject: ISLAM-INFONET: TX Man Arrested for Bias-Motivated Threat on Mosque

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 4/23/04

* VERSE OF THE DAY: EVEN THE BIRDS PRAISE GOD
* TX: AUTHORITIES ARREST MAN FOR BIAS-MOTIVATED THREAT ON MOSQUE
* NJ: STATE TO PROBE MOSQUE VANDALISM AS BIAS CRIME (AP)
	- Vandalism Plagues New Islamic Center (Star-Ledger)
* TX: INCARNATE WORD DECIDES TO DROP 'CRUSADERS' (Express-News)
* CAN: ARAR FAMILY SUES GOVERNMENT FOR $400M (CBC)
* CONCERT TO CELEBRATE THE VALUES OF 3 FAITHS (Juneau Empire)
* FBI KEEPS YEMENI JAILED (York Daily Record)
	- Vigil to Shed Light on Detainee's Plight (York Dispatch)
* WHITE HOUSE: IRAQ SOVEREIGNTY COULD BE LIMITED (NY Times)
* ISRAEL SAID STILL MAKING NUCLEAR WEAPONS (AP)
	- U.S. Changes Visa Rules for Israelis (ME Newsline)

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VERSE OF THE DAY: EVEN THE BIRDS PRAISE GOD

“Seest thou not that it is God whose praises all beings in the heavens 
and 
on earth do celebrate, (even) the birds (of the air) with wings 
outspread? 
Each one knows its own (mode of) prayer and praise.

The Holy Quran, Chapter 24, Verse 41

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TX CASE UPDATE: FEDERAL AUTHORITIES ARREST MAN FOR BIAS-MOTIVATED 
THREAT ON 
TEXAS ISLAMIC CENTER

The Department of Justice today announced the arrest of an El Paso man 
allegedly responsible for threatening to destroy an area Islamic 
Center.  Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights R. Alexander 
Acosta 
and United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas Johnny 
Sutton 
announced the arrest of Jared Bjarnason for allegedly sending a threat 
to 
the El Paso Islamic Center on April 18, 2004.

Bjarnason, a 30-year-old resident of El Paso, Texas, was arrested 
yesterday 
following a complaint filed in the United States District Court for the 
Western District of Texas.  The complaint charges the defendant with 
sending an electronic mail message to the Islamic Center threatening 
violence against the Center and its members. Specifically, the message 
threatened to burn the Islamic Center's mosque to the ground, if 
hostages 
held in Iraq were not freed within three days.

The defendant is scheduled to have an initial appearance today before 
U.S.  Magistrate Richard P. Mesa at 2:00 p.m. MT. The crime charged is 
punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine.  The defendant is 
considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) would like to thank 
the 
Department of Justice for its action. CAIR brought the incident to the 
public’s attention on Monday when it issued a press release calling for 
the 
FBI to investigate the email threat – the latest in a series of 
incidents 
targeting the Muslim community in Texas.  (SEE: 
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=1067&page=NR).

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NJ: STATE TO PROBE MOSQUE VANDALISM AS BIAS CRIME
Wayne Parry, Associated Press, 4/23/04
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-nj--mosquevandalized0423apr23,0,4395793.story?coll=ny-ap-regional-wire

NEWARK, N.J. - The state Attorney General's Office will investigate the 
vandalism of a Toms River mosque under construction as a bias crime.

Attorney General Peter Harvey, responding to a request made by local 
and 
national Muslim organizations, has assigned investigators from the 
office 
of bias crimes to pursue those responsible for damage done over the 
weekend.

Vandals drew swastikas on the partially finished building, which is to 
be 
the new home of the Islamic Center of Ocean County, punched holes in 
the 
walls and left graffiti, including the words "Hail Hitler."

They also damaged the framework of the building and broke windows on a 
trailer at the site.

Mosque officials said it was the seventh time the site was vandalized 
since 
construction began in 2000. Previous attacks included damaged plumbing, 
a 
sign and trailer set ablaze and damage to windows and walls. The 
vandalism 
has cost $10,000 to $15,000 to repair, they said.

"Incidents of arson and vandalism are always despicable," Gov. 
McGreevey 
said. "But this site _ a Muslim house of worship, still under 
construction 
_ is more than a piece of private property. It is a sacred place, a 
place 
where people will come to set aside their cares, create inner peace and 
worship God.

"The violent acts at this site are a deep insult, not just to the 
Muslim 
people, but to everyone who values New Jersey's diversity and culture, 
and 
to everyone who believes in America's commitment to be a safe haven 
from 
religious or ethic persecution," the governor said.

Police have assigned extra patrols at the site during nighttime hours.

The attack also drew condemnation from the Anti-Defamation League. Shai 
Goldstein, the group's New Jersey director, decried the vandalism as 
"an 
attack on the essence of our democratic right to freedom of worship _ 
the 
First Amendment right that we all share and treasure."

"It is an attack on the Muslim community, the Jewish community, the 
Hindu 
community, the Christian community and all communities of faith," 
Goldstein 
said.

The Islamic Center currently meets in a building on Route 9 in 
Lakewood.

ALSO SEE:

VANDALISM PLAGUES NEW ISLAMIC CENTER
Maryann Spoto, Star-Ledger, 4/23/04
http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-6/1082701975191780.xml

When construction crews showed up for work earlier this week at a new 
mosque for the Islamic Center of Ocean County, they found what is 
becoming 
a familiar sight: Broken windows, punched-out wallboard and metal 
frames 
twisted around steel beams.

And as they've done so many times before, they've repaired the acts of 
vandalism, then continued construction on the first permanent home for 
this 
small congregation of Muslims located in one of the last rural sections 
of 
Dover Township.

The New Jersey office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations 
called 
the latest vandalism one of the worst cases on a mosque and suspects 
that 
it is more than just pranks by teenagers.

"Now it seems it's a pattern of abuse," said Faiza Ali, the council's 
executive director. "Obviously someone doesn't want this mosque to go 
up."

The latest vandalism, discovered on Monday, was the seventh incident 
since 
construction of the mosque began four years ago, and police are trying 
to 
determine whether to classify it as a bias incident.

Police promised to beef up patrols in the area, and the congregation 
has 
erected a fence around the perimeter of the construction site at 
Whitesville Road and Route 70 west.

The vandalism at the Ocean County site is another example of the 
increased 
violence against Muslims in the aftermath of 9/11, said Rabiah Ahmed, 
spokeswoman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Incidents 
against Muslim-Americans have been on the rise, possibly because of the 
escalation of violence in Iraq between civilians and the U.S. military, 
she 
said.

"It's an alarming concern for us because we have been hearing about so 
many 
of these cases in the past few weeks," Ahmed said...

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TX: INCARNATE WORD DECIDES TO DROP 'CRUSADERS'
Tom Orsborn, Express-News, 4/23/04
http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/stories/MYSA23.01A.COL_UIW_nickname_change.5778672d.html

The University of the Incarnate Word will begin the next school year 
with a 
new mascot for its athletic teams after administrators decided 
Crusaders is 
offensive to Muslims and inappropriate for a Catholic institution with 
a 
multicultural mission.

"We need a mascot that is more culturally sensitive if we are going to 
continue to have international students and international programs," 
said 
faculty member Michael Risku, chairman of the school's mascot task 
force, 
an 11-member committee charged with finding a new symbol...

The Crusader has served as UIW's mascot since 1980. But in the 
post-9-11 
era, the school's planning commission and faculty senate made the 
decision 
to dump it after concluding UIW needs a mascot that is more culturally 
sensitive, Risku said.

Voting among students for a new mascot ends on April 30. The task force 
presented students with a list of 46 mascots to choose from, ranging 
from 
Angels to Wolves...

The Islamic community has welcomed the move. Nearly 3,200 people of the 
Islamic faith are members of a local mosque, according to the American 
Religion Data Archive.

"I'm so glad to hear that they are changing their mascot," said Sarwat 
Husain, executive director of the local chapter of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations. "I am a graduate (of UIW). I loved that 
place. 
But the only thing that bothered me about the school was that name.

"(Crusaders) did not send the right message to the community. Incarnate 
Word is one of the most tolerant places in our community. Using 
Crusaders 
made it sound like the school was not tolerant. It did not match the 
way 
that university is. It would be the same as a Muslim school calling 
itself 
'the extremists' or 'the radicals...'"

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CAN: ARAR FAMILY SUES GOVERNMENT FOR $400M
CBC, 4/22/04
http://www.cbc.ca/stories/2004/04/22/canada/arar040422

OTTAWA - Maher Arar and his family are suing the Canadian government 
for 
$400-million, according to the National Post.

The suit claims authorities breached Arar's charter rights and were 
guilty 
of racism when they pursued an investigation into his alleged extremist 
links in 2002.

The court filing contains several allegations, including negligence, 
negligent investigation, defamation, false imprisonment, assault and 
abuse 
of public office.

Other parties named in the suit include CSIS, the RCMP and Foreign 
Affairs 
department officials in Syria and in New York.

The family says the authorities employed illegal and unconstitutional 
means 
to conduct a biased investigation on the basis of unreliable 
information.

A Syrian-born Canadian citizen, Arar is seeking $50 million in damages 
and 
$20 million in punitive damages, as well as unspecified special 
damages, 
interest and costs, the newspaper reported. Eleven family members 
including 
his wife, Monia Mazigh, are seeking $30 million each in damages.

Mazigh is running in the next federal election for the New Democrats in 
the 
riding of Ottawa South...

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CONCERT TO CELEBRATE THE VALUES, ORIGINS AND BELIEFS OF THREE FAITHS
Korry Keeker, Juneau Empire, 4/22/04
http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/042204/thi_faiths.shtml

Last November, longtime Juneau resident Dixie Belcher visited Islamic 
and 
Christian leaders in Lebanon and Syria.

"Syria might be the friendliest country I'd ever been in," Belcher 
said. 
"People would stop us on the street and ask where we were from. If you 
weren't careful, you'd end up in their house for coffee."

The trip reaffirmed her belief in a "common humanity," a theme she 
plans to 
revisit in the 90-minute music festival "A Celebration of the Children 
of 
Abraham," 8 p.m. Sunday, April 25, at St. Paul's Catholic Church in the 
Valley. The night will celebrate the values, origins and beliefs of 
Christianity, Islam and Judaism with more than 80 singers and musicians 
performing chants, folk music, gospel, canons and klesmer music.

A $10 donation will be accepted at the door...

The evening will begin at 8 p.m. with the ceremonial blowing of a ram's 
horn and an Islamic call to prayer. Out-of-town soloists include 
Anchorage 
black gospel singer Shirley Staten and former Juneau performer Rory 
Stitt. 
The night will include speeches from Ann El-Moslimany, director of the 
Seattle Islamic School; Norm Cohen, head of Juneau's Jewish community; 
and 
the Rev. Jay Olson, a Presbyterian minister...

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FBI KEEPS YEMENI JAILED
Caryl Clarke, York Daily Record, 4/22/04
http://ydr.com/story/main/22620/

An attorney for a Yemeni man being held in the York County Prison as a 
possible terrorist had harsh words for the federal government this week 
after recently learning the FBI has no records on his client.

Attorney Farhad Sethna of Akron, Ohio, said the 18-month detention of 
Ashraf Al-Jailani is a great injustice if there aren't any records of 
an 
investigation.

FBI Special Agent Roger Charnesky had testified against Al-Jailani 
before 
Immigration Court Judge Walter Durling in October.

The agent alleged connections between Al-Jailani and suspected 
terrorists 
through five hours of testimony.

Sethna asked the agent if he had ever interviewed Al-Jailani.

Charnesky said he hadn't. It would have been a waste of time, he said, 
because people involved with terrorist organizations don't tell the 
truth.

Al-Jailani, a geochemist, matched the profile for a terrorist as a 
highly 
educated Muslim man married to an American and working in a job beneath 
his 
abilities, the agent said.

If the accusations were true, Judge Durling said at the October 
hearing, 
the defendant should be in the custody of U.S. marshals instead of 
taking 
up time in immigration court.

Al-Jailani, a 40-year-old permanent legal resident who had been working 
in 
a soap-making factory, was arrested in October 2002 for deportation 
based 
on his no-contest plea to a 1998 domestic violence charge, which Ohio 
Gov. 
Bob Taft pardoned in 2001...

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VIGIL TO SHED LIGHT ON PROFILING, DETAINEE'S PLIGHT
Lauri Lebo, York Dispatch, 4/22/04
http://www.yorkdispatch.com/Stories/0,1413,138~10023~2101337,00.html

The Peace and Justice Foundation is holding a candlelight vigil 
tomorrow at 
York County Prison on behalf of an immigration detainee and to create 
awareness of what it calls racial profiling by the federal government.

Mohammad Khaldoun Eizeddin, 26, of Syria was detained at an airport 
March 9 
as he was leaving the U.S. Immigration officials have charged him with 
visa 
fraud.

Mauri Saalakham, who heads the Silver Spring, Md.-based Peace and 
Justice 
Foundation became aware of Eizeddin's case through what he calls 
Eizeddin's 
wide range of community support...

Eizeddin, who had been residing in the United States for about a year, 
had 
been employed by an Allentown mosque, but was in the middle of changing 
jobs, Saalakham said.

He was reapplying for a revised visa when he was arrested, Saalakham 
said.

York's Coalition for Immigrants' Rights at the Community Level also is 
participating in the vigil.

Executive director Kathleen Lucas said there is a selective enforcement 
of 
immigration laws and men from predominantly Muslim countries are being 
thrown in jail for minor infractions such as overstaying a visa.

She said the vigil is also to protest against the federal government's 
policy of jailing asylum seekers...

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WHITE HOUSE SAYS IRAQ SOVEREIGNTY COULD BE LIMITED
Steven R. Weisman, New York Times, 4/23/04
http://nytimes.com/2004/04/23/politics/23DIPL.html?hp

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration's plans for a new caretaker 
government 
in Iraq would place severe limits on its sovereignty, including only 
partial command over its armed forces and no authority to enact new 
laws, 
administration officials said Thursday.

These restrictions to the plan negotiated with Lakhdar Brahimi, the 
special 
United Nations envoy, were presented in detail for the first time by 
top 
administration officials at Congressional hearings this week, 
culminating 
in long and intense questioning on Thursday at the Senate Foreign 
Relations 
Committee's hearing on the goal of returning Iraq to self-rule on June 
30.

Only 10 weeks from the scheduled transfer of sovereignty, the 
administration is still not sure exactly who will govern in Baghdad, or 
precisely how they will be selected. A week ago, President Bush agreed 
to a 
recommendation by Mr. Brahimi to dismantle the existing Iraqi Governing 
Council, which was handpicked by the United States, and to replace it 
with 
a caretaker government whose makeup is to be decided next month.

That government would stay in power until elections could be held, 
beginning next year.

The administration's plans seem likely to face objections on several 
fronts. Several European and United Nations diplomats have said in 
interviews that they do not think the United Nations will approve a 
Security Council resolution sought by Washington that handcuffs the new 
Iraq government in its authority over its own armed forces, let alone 
foreign forces on its soil...

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ISRAEL SAID STILL MAKING NUCLEAR WEAPONS
Susanna Loof, Associated Press, 4/21/04
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apmideast_story.asp?category=1107&slug=Nuclear%20Israel

VIENNA, Austria -- Israel continues to produce atomic weapons and 
already 
has hundreds of nuclear warheads, researchers said as the country 
released 
a man imprisoned for 18 years for leaking nuclear secrets.

Because Israel is not party to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, the 
Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency has no power to look 
into 
its nuclear program.

The U.N. agency, however, is seeking contacts with Israel, and 
Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei repeatedly has called for talks on 
eliminating weapons of mass destruction from the Middle East.

Israeli authorities on Wednesday freed Mordechai Vanunu, jailed for 
leaking 
details and pictures of Israel's alleged nuclear weapons program.

Israel neither confirms nor denies it has nuclear weapons, and refuses 
to 
discuss such allegations.

Israel continues to make nuclear weapons, said Friedrich Steinhaeusler, 
a 
former IAEA nuclear safety expert who now is a physics professor at the 
University of Salzburg.

The best estimates put the size of the Israeli arsenal at 150 nuclear 
weapons, Steinhaeusler said. With air, sea and land-based launching 
systems, "they have the Middle East under control," he said...

ALSO SEE:

U.S. CHANGES VISA RULES FOR ISRAELIS
Middle East Newsline, 4/23/04
http://menewsline.com/stories/2004/april/04_23_4.html

JERUSALEM -- The U.S. State Department has agreed to revise regulations 
for 
Israelis who seek entry visas.

U.S. officials said the department agreed to waive visa restrictions 
for 
Israelis born in countries deemed as sponsors of terrorist groups. 
These 
Israelis had been required to undergo special checks and their visa 
applications were reviewed in Washington.

The new regulations allow U.S. consuls in the embassy in Tel Aviv and 
the 
consulate in Jerusalem to decide the visa applications of these 
Israelis. 
They affect Israelis born such countries as Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, 
Syria 
and North Korea.

"It will dramatically ease the burden for Israelis traveling to the 
United 
States," U.S. ambassador to Israel Dan Kurtzer said.

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Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2004 19:03:47 -0400
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Subject: ISLAM-INFONET: Boston Radio Host Says Kill All Muslims

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BOSTON RADIO HOST SAYS KILL ALL MUSLIMS
Islamic civil rights group calls for host's termination

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/23/2004) - The Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR) today called for the termination of a Boston-area radio talk 
show 
host who allegedly said, "Let's kill all Muslims."

CAIR made that demand after receiving a complaint from a concerned 
Muslim 
who heard WTKK-FM (www.969fmtalk.com) host Jay Severin's Thursday 
afternoon 
program. WTKK-FM General Manager Matt Mills told CAIR that in a 
discussion 
about how Severin claims Muslims want to take over America, even if it 
takes centuries, Severin said, "I've got an idea, let's kill all 
Muslims."

"I have spoken to Jay Severin and he knows we take this seriously and 
do 
not condone offensive remarks toward any religious groups and he will 
be 
apologizing on his show Monday afternoon," said Mills in an e-mail. "He 
did 
not intend to offend anyone."

Yet, Mills also acknowledged to CAIR that if Severin had said the same 
thing about African-Americans that he would no longer be on the air.

CAIR Chairman Omar Ahmad said: "We believe a mere reprimand and apology 
is 
insufficient and demand that he be taken off the air as he would be if 
he 
had attacked any other religious or ethnic group."

Ahmad added that such hateful rhetoric has a direct impact on the 
American 
Muslim community. He cited examples of anti-Muslim incidents that took 
place recently in Texas, such as a shooting at a Denton mosque, an 
e-mailed 
threat against the Islamic Center of El Paso (authorities made an 
arrest in 
this case today), arson attacks on Muslim businesses in San Antonio and 
racist graffiti scrawled on the interior of a Lubbock mosque.

The alarming increase of hate crimes against the Muslim community 
required 
CAIR today to issue a security advisory for American Muslims. The 
"Muslim 
Community Safety Kit" booklet, designed to help local Islamic leaders 
protect institutions and individuals, may be obtained by e-mailing 
pubs@cair-net.org or calling 202-488-8787.

Last week, CAIR announced a new campaign designed to counter 
anti-Muslim 
hate on radio talk shows. The campaign, called "Hate Hurts America," is 
based on the premise that the increasing attacks on Islam by talk show 
hosts harm the United States by creating a downward spiral of 
interfaith 
mistrust and hostility.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in 
Washington, D.C., and has 26 regional offices and chapters nationwide 
and 
in Canada.

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202-744-7726, 
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NOTE: CAIR offers an e-mail list designed to be a window to the 
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Subject: CAIR-NET: OR Mayor Skips Prayer After Muslim Disinvited

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR: Celebrating 10 years of community service

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 4/26/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: BETTER TO FORGIVE
* CAIR-CAN: MUSLIMS GIVEN 'KNOW YOUR RIGHTS' GUIDE (CP)
	- Highlights from the CAIR 'Know Your Rights' Guide
* OR: MAYOR SKIPS PRAYER AFTER MUSLIM DISINVITED (Oregonian)
* MI: CALL TO PRAY UPROAR TESTS TOLERANCE (Detroit News)
	- CAIR Rep Discusses Call to Prayer on CNN
* MA: ISLAMIC GROUP SEEKS FIRING OF RADIO HOST (Boston Globe)
* TX: CHAPLAIN'S SON ARRESTED FOR MOSQUE THREAT (El Paso Times)
	- NJ: Teens Charged in Vandalizing Mosque (AP)
* VA: MAN CLAIMS INNOCENCE BUT FACES DEPORTATION (Times-Disp)
	- CA: Muslims Groups Target of Laws (Tri-Valley Herald)
* MUSLIM COMICS LAUGH IN THE FACE OF INTOLERANCE (Wash Post)
* DEMOCRATS SEEK PROBE OF ARMY CHAPLAIN'S TREATMENT (Reuters)
	- Translator's Lawyers Cite Contradictions (Wash Post)
* MN: ISLAMIC GROUP JOINS SOCIAL JUSTICE LOBBY (Star Trib)
* BANISHED FROM THE AMERICAN DREAM (Salon.com)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: BETTER TO FORGIVE

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "It is better for a 
leader 
to make a mistake in forgiving than to make a mistake in punishing."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1011

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MUSLIMS GIVEN HANDBOOK ON DEALING WITH CSIS
RITA TRICHUR, CANADIAN PRESS, 4/25/04
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2004/04/25/436342-cp.html

An Islamic group is distributing a pocket guide to Canadian Muslims 
advising them what to do if CSIS or the RCMP tries to interrogate them 
about terrorism.

Almost 30,000 copies of the Know Your Rights guide are already in 
circulation across the country and demand is growing among Muslims left 
shaken by sensational headlines following recent anti-terrorism raids.

The blue and black soft-cover booklet is smaller than a credit card, 
and 
the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations Canada is 
encouraging 
Muslims on its website to "keep it in your wallet - you may need it 
when 
you least expect it."

"We've received a number of complaints of tactics and techniques used 
by 
primarily CSIS, but also the RCMP, in visitations of Muslims and Arabs 
in 
Canada," said CAIR-CAN director Riad Saloojee, in an interview from 
Ottawa.

"Most people just don't know what to do in that situation."

The 12-page guide is a layman's legal primer, offering counsel on 
Canadian 
legal and human rights. One section advises Muslims they are under no 
obligation to talk to CSIS or the RCMP.

It also directs them not to meet with security agents without a lawyer, 
assuring that such refusal will not imply deception.

Moreover, unless there's a search warrant, people can refuse entry to 
their 
homes or offices, the guide says. And even then, they don't have to 
answer 
questions, it states, while cautioning that lying to investigators is a 
crime.

"We've been encouraging people to speak to CSIS and the RCMP because 
they 
should have nothing to hide, but we've also been telling them to do so 
with 
a lawyer present so that the questions are not intrusive, offensive or 
sort 
of witchhunt-type," said Saloojee, who is himself a lawyer…

A CSIS spokeswoman stressed that CSIS interviews are conducted on a 
"voluntary basis" under strict guidelines.

"And certainly our representatives do so in a non-threatening fashion," 
said Nicole Currier, adding that CSIS does not engage in racial or 
religious profiling.

And neither do the Mounties, said RCMP spokesman Staff Sgt. Paul Marsh.

"The RCMP is aware of concerns that have been expressed by certain 
members 
of the Muslim community concerning interactions with the police and/or 
security agencies," Marsh said. "The RCMP has a zero-tolerance policy 
toward racial profiling and racially biased policing..."

SEE ALSO:

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FREE KNOW YOUR RIGHTS GUIDE
http://www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/WinnipegSun/News/2004/04/26/436554.html

- Your right to be politically active and to hold different beliefs is 
protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

- If you are visited by CSIS or the RCMP remember: You have no 
obligation 
to talk.

- Never meet with them or answer any questions without a lawyer 
present.

- You do not have to permit them to enter your home or office without a 
search warrant. If they say they have a warrant, demand to see it.

- Even if they have a warrant, you are under no obligation to answer 
questions.

CAIR'S 'KNOW YOUR RIGHTS' GUIDE MAY BE OBTAINED BY E-MAILING:

United States: pubs@cair-net.org
Canada: canada@cair-net.org

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PRAYER ORGANIZERS DISINVITE MUSLIM; MAYOR BOWS OUT
RICHARD COLBY, The Oregonian, 4/24/04
http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/news/10828077352517031.xml

BEAVERTON -- Organizers of the annual Mayors' Prayer Breakfast of 
Washington County have voted to bar a local Muslim leader from offering 
a 
prayer at the event, leading Beaverton Mayor Rob Drake and other city 
officials to say they'll skip the May 5 event.

"It's just broken my heart," Drake said Friday of the organizing 
group's 
decision this week to renege on an invitation for Shahriar Ahmed, 
president 
of the Bilal Mosque Association in Beaverton, to sit on the dais and 
give 
the concluding prayer as previously scheduled.

"I thought we had found openness and the ability to honor diversity," 
said 
Drake, mayor since 1993.

He explained that because of a controversy about the event's 
inclusiveness 
last year, he had invited Ahmed and Rabbi David Rosenberg of Portland's 
Congregation Shaarie Torah to help diversify the 19th annual prayer 
breakfast.

Rosenberg said he also would not attend the breakfast. "I don't want to 
see 
this kind of thing, where somebody's blackballed," the rabbi said…

Roy Dancer, the fellowship's registrar for the breakfast, said he 
approved 
Drake's extending the invitations to Ahmed and Rosenberg several weeks 
ago.

He said, however, he later realized that he "had made a grievous error 
by 
not going back to the board" for its approval after some prospective 
attendees complained about having a Muslim giving a prayer.

Dancer said that after a two-hour debate, the organization's board 
voted 
7-1 to bar Ahmed, although board members knew Drake had said he 
wouldn't 
attend the event if they took that action.

"The Muslims are not part of the Judeo-Christian tradition," Peter 
Reding, 
the group's communications director, said Friday. Members objected to a 
Muslim praying to Allah rather than to God as Jews and Christians do.

Reding said he was praying that Drake would change his mind and attend 
the 
breakfast.

Ahmed said he was disappointed about the turn of events but admired 
Drake 
for his stand…

ACTION REQUESTED;

Send a note of appreciation to Mayor Drake for his principled stand in 
defense of religious diversity and the Muslim community.

The Honorable Rob Drake
Mayor
City of Beaverton
P.O. Box 4755
Beaverton, OR 97076

Phone: (503) 526-2497
Fax: (503) 526-2479
E-Mail: mayormail@ci.beaverton.or.us
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

HOME PAGE: http://www.ci.beaverton.or.us/mayor/

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UPROAR OVER ISLAMIC CALL TO PRAYER PITS TOLERANCE, TRADITION
Ron French and Kim Kozlowski, Detroit News, 4/26/04
http://www.detnews.com/2004/metro/0404/26/a01-133933.htm

The Islamic call to prayer is performed five times a day: at dawn, 
noon, 
late afternoon, dusk and evening (the exact times can vary). Across 
most of 
the United States, the call is done inside the mosque; in much of the 
rest 
of the world, it is done outside the mosque, often through loud 
speakers.

English translation of the Call to Worship:

"God is great" (four times);
"I testify there is no other God but God" (twice);
"I testify Muhammad is the messenger of God" (twice);
"Come and pray" (twice);
"Come and flourish" (twice);
"God is great "(twice);
"There is no God but God" (once).
Translation by Masud Khan, secretary of Al-Islah Islamic Center, 
Hamtramck

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HAMTRAMCK - From her front porch, Alice Dembowski has watched her city 
change, one tidy house at a time.

"Chinese, Polish, Bosnian, Polish, Bengali," she recites, her finger 
moving 
down the block. "They were all Polish at one time.

"I've made friends. I go to their weddings. (But) we're losing our 
tradition and I'm getting mad," Dembowski said. "If they're going to 
live 
in America, why can't they be more American?"

Next month, Hamtramck will become one of the few cities in the United 
States where the Islamic call to prayer is broadcast onto public 
streets. 
The impact of that decision is reverberating across the nation.

Loudspeakers on an old brick building in Hamtramck have become a symbol 
of 
the struggle between tolerance and tradition, and raise questions about 
what it means to be American.

Bisera Vlahovljak, a Muslim who moved to Hamtramck 10 years ago from 
Bosnia 
said the call to prayer is about religious freedom.

"This is why I came to America," she said. "I think more people should 
be 
respectful of others' traditions."

But Jamil Olinger, who lives near the Al-Islah Islamic Center, said the 
call to prayer "gets on my nerves sometimes.

"I hear (the prayers) at night," Olinger said. "I try not to pay 
attention 
to it, but it does bug me."

City Council President Karen Majewski said the controversy is about 
"change."

"People are hearing something in this story that may have very little 
to do 
with Hamtramck," Majewski said. "It has to do with change."

Tuesday night, the five-member City Council is expected to give final 
approval to an amendment to Hamtramck's noise ordinance that will 
regulate 
the calls to prayer. Twenty days later, the amendment will go into 
effect, 
and the al-Islah Islamic Center will be allowed to broadcast its call 
to 
prayer over loudspeakers.

The call to prayer, lasting one to two minutes, has been an Islamic 
tradition for 1,400 years. Historically sung from the minaret of a 
mosque, 
today the call often is a recording played over loudspeakers.

Although it is a public event in other parts of the world, mosques in 
the 
United States generally give the call to prayer inside their walls.

In Hamtramck, the call will be made live, five times a day, between 6 
a.m. 
and 10 p.m., said Masud Khan, associate imam and secretary at al-Islah…

SEE ALSO:

CAIR REP DISCUSSES CALL TO PRAYER ON 'CNN: LIVE FROM...' (4/22/04)
http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/live.from/

And one man's prayer is another man's problem in one Michigan town. The 
debate when LIVE FROM... continues. Stay with us.

JACK BURKMAN, ATTORNEY, GOP CONSULTANT: ... just because somebody has a 
faith, that doesn't mean we respect it. Islam, in my mind, has come to 
stand, in many ways, for nothing but violence. It started out 20 years 
ago 
as just a handful of crazies, guys like the ayatollah, on the fringe. 
But 
you know, today I look at this and I wonder, particularly as we have a 
war 
on American soil, if you had a tragedy in the United States again like 
9/11 
tomorrow, God forbid, how many people in the Islamic world -- what 
percentage of the Islamic world would cheer this?

The reality is, in an age where we have this war on terror, on American 
soil, it's sad, but we just can't be as free as we used to be. We just 
can't throw it wide open to everything. We have to have more of a 
crackdown 
and we have to pay attention to some of these things.

PHILLIPS: Ibrahim, is it a peaceful chant or is it a call to arms?

IBRAHIM HOOPER, COUNCIL OF AMERICAN ISLAMIC RELATIONS: Well, it's very 
disappointing when we hear this kind of bigotry displayed, that Islam 
is 
compared to the faith of Hitler and Stalin. This is what gets us into 
this 
downward spiral of hostility and mistrust. And I think allowing a call 
to 
prayer, which is a very reasonable thing, no different than a church 
bell, 
because those who hear it who are not Muslim are just going to hear 
sounds. 
They're not going to understand what it says. So it's very similar to a 
church bell.

This sends a positive message to the Muslim world that America 
accommodates 
its Muslim citizens and it defuses the kind of hatred that spread by 
people 
like Osama bin Laden. And I resent deeply the implication that all of 
Islam 
represents violence...

PHILLIPS: All right. Let me ask -- Ibrahim, Ibrahim, I have listened to 
this chant that's coming out of the mosque in Detroit, in the suburb 
area, 
Hamtramck, and it says Allah is the only god. That's the chant. The 
chant 
is the only god. Now that is very different from church bells, 
Christian 
church bells, that ring on Sunday. That's just music. So there is a 
tremendous difference here.

HOOPER: The call to prayer is not an exclusionist kind of prayer, it 
says 
God is great. Do most people in America not believe God is great? It 
says 
come to prayer. Do most people in America not say, come to prayer? 
These 
are the kinds -- and the people who are not Muslim will not even 
understand 
what is being said here, it will be a sound no different than church 
bell.

BURKMAN: Kyra, part of the problem -- and it's a shame we've reached 
this 
point, but part of the problem is, with modern Islam, not the faith, 
not 
the scripture, not the theology, but modern Islam, the way it's 
practiced 
in many parts of the world, certainly the Mideast, is that it is 
becoming 
very, very difficult to distinguish between the faith and the theology 
and 
the political violence, call to arms. And America must be sensitive to 
that.

HOOPER: I think one problem you see people like my colleague here, not 
making any distinction between someone who is a terrorist and someone 
who 
is a faithful practitioner of Islam, and that's the problem...

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ISLAMIC GROUP SEEKS FIRING OF RADIO HOST
Jessica Bennett, Boston Globe, 4/25/04
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2004/04/25/islamic_group_seeks_firing_of_radio_host/

A national Islamic antidefamation organization called Friday for the 
firing 
of Boston talk-radio host Jay Severin after he allegedly suggested in 
his 
afternoon talk show that the United States should "kill all Muslims."

The statement -- made during Severin's show Thursday on WTKK-FM -- was 
allegedly part of a discussion about how Severin believes Muslims want 
to 
take over the world, said Rabiah Ahmed, a spokeswoman for the Council 
on 
American-Islamic Relations.

She said he then remarked, "I've got an idea, let's kill all Muslims."

The council was notified of the statement by a caller, Ahmed said.

"This type of hate speech affects everyone," Ahmed said, adding that 
she 
spoke with WTKK's general manager on Friday. "It causes a downward 
spiral 
of hostility toward interfaith relations . . . and our society should 
not 
tolerate it."

Matthew Mills, WTKK's general manager, declined to comment on Severin's 
alleged comments yesterday. But WHDH television reported that a WTKK 
representative said Severin would apologize on his show Monday.

Ahmed said that on Friday, Mills told her organization that the 
statement 
was taken out of context.

"He said that [Severin] wasn't talking about American Muslims, he was 
talking about Muslims outside the US…but I don't know how a statement 
like 
`lets kill all Muslims' can be put in any type of context that would be 
OK," Ahmed said. "We recognize the importance of free speech, but 
people 
need to be responsible."

Last week, Ahmed said, her group launched a campaign called "Hate Hurts 
America," asking people to listen to the radio for anti-Islamic 
rhetoric, 
after a surge in hate crimes against Muslims throughout the nation…

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ARMY CHAPLAIN'S SON ARRESTED IN THREAT AGAINST ISLAMIC CENTER
Daniel Borunda, El Paso Times, 4/24/04
http://www.borderlandnews.com/stories/borderland/20040424-109662.shtml

A 30-year-old El Pasoan -- the son of an Army chaplain who served in 
Iraq 
last year -- was arrested by the FBI for allegedly sending an e-mail 
threatening to destroy the Islamic Center of El Paso, officials said 
Friday.

Jared Bjarnason was arrested Thursday by FBI agents at the West Side 
home 
he shared with his parents, John and Rosemary Bjarnason, FBI Special 
Agent 
Art Werge said. Jared Bjarnason was charged with making a terroristic 
threat and faces up to five years in prison if convicted.

A woman at the Bjarnason home in the 6700 block of Camino Fuente said 
the 
family declined to comment.

Officials at the Islamic Center, 1600 N. Kansas, said the arrest lifts 
a 
cloud from their house of prayer.

"The overall feeling ... is that of relief and appreciation of the FBI 
and 
other government agencies and shock because (Bjarnason) is from El 
Paso," 
said Shelly Hernandez, Islamic center secretary.

Monday, center officials discovered an e-mail sent Sunday under the 
name 
"freedom lover" that stated that if the hostages held in Iraq weren't 
freed 
within three days, the "center will become the center of death and 
destruction..."

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THREE TEENS CHARGED IN VANDALIZING OF OCEAN COUNTY MOSQUE
Associated Press, 4/24/04
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-nj--mosquevandalized0424apr24,0,4854547.story

TOMS RIVER, N.J. -- Three teenage boys have been charged with scrawling 
swastikas and other graffiti on a mosque under construction in Ocean 
County.

Dover Township Police Chief Michael G. Mastronardy said the trio _ two 
14-year-olds and a 16-year-old _ told police that boredom drove them to 
vandalize the future home of the Islamic Center of Ocean County a week 
ago.

The youths were arrested Friday, the same day state officials announced 
a 
bias crime investigation into the vandalism and four prior reports of 
damage done to the two-story, 10,000-square-foot mosque.

Police said the teens broke into the building and punched holes in 
walls. 
They also marked doors with graffiti, including "Hail Hitler," a 
misspelling of a spoken salute to the infamous Nazi dictator, Adolf 
Hitler.

The teens, whose names were withheld because of their ages, were 
charged 
with burglary and criminal mischief and released to their parents, 
pending 
a court hearing.

The three told police they did not know the building was to become a 
house 
of worship, Mastronardy said.

"I am happy that they were found because, hopefully, this will put an 
end 
to at least the recent spate of vandalism at the mosque," Faiza Ali, 
executive director of the New Jersey office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, told The Star-Ledger of Newark.

Ali said the teens should be required to attend sensitivity training to 
understand whom such actions harm.

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MAN CLAIMS INNOCENCE BUT FACES DEPORTATION
MICHAEL MARTZ, TIMES-DISPATCH, 4/25/04
http://www.timesdispatch.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=RTD%2FMGArticle%2FRTD_BasicArticle&c=MGArticle&cid=1031775069915&path=!news&s=1045855934842

More than three years ago, Arash Ahmadi agreed to a plea bargain 
convicting 
him of a crime that he says he didn't commit. The deal would allow him 
to 
remain free.

Today, Ahmadi is facing his 10th month in a Virginia jail and possible 
deportation to a homeland with little hope for him and none for his 
22-year-old American wife.

He is one of thousands of legal immigrants across the United States 
sitting 
in jail and facing possible deportation for criminal convictions that, 
in 
some cases, did not even result in jail time…

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MUSLIM GROUPS TARGET OF LAWS
Melissa Evans, Tri-Valley Herald, 4/25/04
http://www.trivalleyherald.com/Stories/0,1413,86~10669~2107529,00.html

FREMONT -- Muslim and Arab groups in California have borne a 
"substantial" 
share of scrutiny through new laws and immigration policies enacted in 
the 
wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according a report by 
the 
state Senate Office of Research.

Requested by two Fremont lawmakers, the report analyzes controversial 
portions of the USA Patriot Act, which expanded the government's 
policing 
powers. The law includes special registration requirements for Arab men 
and 
new laws regarding foreign students.

Researchers, however, found it difficult to get information. The 
Department 
of Justice Office of Inspector General "would not divulge instances of 
abuse," according to the report. And researchers were told the 
government 
does not answer questions on individual cases of those found in 
violation 
of immigration law.

Leaders in the Muslim community are not surprised. The lack of 
information 
has a created a culture of "fear, anger, anxiety and frustration," said 
Samina Faheem, a local civil rights activist.

"Then they have the nerve to say (the new laws) haven't affected 
anybody," 
said Faheem, founder of an organization called American Muslim Voice.

State Sen. Liz Figueroa, D-Fremont, and Assemblyman John Dutra, 
D-Fremont, 
requested the report after receiving numerous complaints from 
individuals 
and Muslim civil rights groups.

A spokesman for Figueroa's office also said the request stemmed from 
the 
number of cities and counties that have passed resolutions opposing the 
USA 
Patriot Act. In California, 206 municipalities -- including Alameda 
County 
and Union City -- have urged lawmakers to reconsider the legislation, 
which 
was passed 45 days after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Dutra said he plans to hold a series of hearings later in the year to 
gather more evidence on the effects of the government's new policies.

"It's very disturbing to hear about what appears to be ethnic profiling 
in 
the Muslim community," he said. "These are American citizens and 
individuals who deserve respect…"

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MUSLIM COMICS LAUGH IN THE FACE OF INTOLERANCE
Caryle Murphy, Washington Post, 4/24/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A39975-2004Apr24.html

Sporting a bushy beard and black skullcap, Azhar Usman bounded onto the 
stage. "I'm Osama bin Laden's cousin," he declared. "They call me 'Bin 
Laughin.' "

His audience chuckled, clearly ready for more. They were seated at 
banquet 
tables in a Rockville office building. It was a family crowd, immigrant 
parents with American-born children. Some wore the traditional dress of 
their native lands in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Others dressed 
Western.

But they all were there on this Saturday night to laugh -- at Usman, at 
themselves and at the tricky predicament of being Muslim in post-9/11 
America.

"I get some dirty looks walking down the street," the Chicago comedian 
protested, in feigned amazement. "People looking at me as if I was 
responsible for 9/11.

"Can you believe that?

"Me responsible for 9/11?

Pause

"7-Eleven maybe?"

Across the country, Muslim comedians are hitting their stride. Like 
their 
Jewish, Irish and African American predecessors, they are embracing 
ethnic 
humor, not just to draw laughs but also to promote Muslim acceptance 
into 
mainstream American society. By entertaining, they say, they aim to 
dispel 
discriminatory stereotypes held by non-Muslims and make Muslims aware 
of 
their own, sometimes self-defeating, foibles…

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DEMOCRATS SEEK PROBE OF ARMY CHAPLAIN'S TREATMENT
Reuters, 4/23/04
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=domesticNews&storyID=4927425&section=news

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two Democratic members of the Senate Armed 
Services 
Committee called on Friday for the Pentagon to conduct an investigation 
into its treatment of a Muslim Army chaplain who was suspected of 
spying, 
detained for months and then quietly released.

Sens. Carl Levin of Michigan, senior Democrat on the committee, and 
Edward 
Kennedy of Massachusetts said the manner in which Capt. James Yee was 
detained and prosecuted "raises serious questions about the fair and 
effective administration of military justice."

They urged Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in a letter "to give this 
issue your immediate attention."

The military initially held Lee, 36, on suspicion of espionage at the 
Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba, where he was a Muslim chaplain 
ministering to terror suspects.

He was arrested last September and placed in solitary confinement for 
76 days…

The senators said the Pentagon should investigate the Army's handling 
of 
the case, "including whether the extensive pre-trial confinement and 
the 
charges against the chaplain were supported by the evidence."

They said the probe should look into "how and why information in the 
case 
was released to the press," noting that media reports had cited 
anonymous 
government sources saying Yee was suspected of espionage, aiding the 
enemy 
and treason.

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TRANSLATOR'S LAWYERS CITE CONTRADICTIONS
John Mintz, Washington Post, 4/24/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A37734-2004Apr23.html

Attorneys for an Air Force translator at the Guantanamo Bay prison who 
faces a variety of criminal charges said military officials have 
offered 
contradictory explanations about whether they consider information 
found in 
his possession to be classified. The continually changing reasons make 
it 
difficult to determine the basis for many of the criminal charges 
against 
him, the lawyers contend.

The complaint came in 40 pages of legal papers filed last week in the 
court-martial of Airman Ahmad I. Halabi. His attorneys said 
investigators 
have repeatedly changed their reasoning about why the translations of 
letters from detainees to their families that Halabi possessed were 
considered classified.

"Halabi remains in jail and has been in pre-trial confinement for nine 
months, and still the government does not have a consolidated, 
consistent 
or intelligible position on the classification of information" in the 
case, 
Halabi's attorneys wrote. "Each time the defense points out the flaws 
in 
the classification logic, a different reason for classification of 
information is created or invented."

The legal documents were filed one month after the U.S. military 
dropped 
all criminal charges against Army Capt. James Yee, a Muslim chaplain 
who 
also worked at the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba for al Qaeda 
and 
Taliban suspects. Yee's case was racked with disputes about whether the 
documents he possessed were properly deemed classified. Yesterday, two 
Democratic senators on the Armed Services Committee, Edward M. Kennedy 
(Mass.) and Carl M. Levin (Mich.), asked the Pentagon to investigate 
the 
military's treatment of Yee.

Halabi, who has been held in solitary confinement on a California 
military 
base, is charged with mishandling classified material and attempted 
espionage, among other charges. The latter charge stems from an alleged 
plan, apparently never carried out, to pass information to someone in 
his 
native Syria…

According to Halabi's court papers, last July, soon after Halabi was 
arrested in Florida following eight months in Guantanamo Bay, officials 
said the copies of detainee letters that he had on his laptop computer 
were 
classified because the letters contained inmate identification numbers. 
The 
combinations of names and numbers made them a secret, they added.

But, in September, officials said having the names alone was a 
violation.

At a hearing last month, officials said neither the names nor the 
numbers, 
nor any combinations, were classified. Air Force Office of Special 
Investigations agent Lance Wega said, though, that the "family names 
and 
addresses of detainees" in the letters remained classified.

In addition, officials said, a CD-ROM that Halabi had with information 
identical to that on the laptop was classified. Defense attorneys said 
that, earlier this month, an official at the Southern Command, the 
military 
unit that oversees the Guantanamo Bay prison, told them why the CD-ROM 
was 
secret, but that he added that the reason was itself classified. 
Halabi's 
attorneys wrote that the official's reason was "completely 
inconsistent" 
with all the other explanations given previously.

Halabi's military lawyers, Air Force Majors James Key and Kim London, 
wrote 
that the letters cannot be classified because they were created not by 
the 
government but by detainees -- and that, in any case, the letters are 
"old 
mail long ago released to detainees or their families." Guantanamo Bay 
translators such as Halabi translated the letters on non-secure 
computers 
and were not warned to treat the letters or inmate numbers as secret, 
the 
lawyers wrote…

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ISLAMIC GROUP JOINS SOCIAL JUSTICE LOBBY
Martha Sawyer Allen, Star Tribune, 4/23/04
http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/4738045.html

The Islamic Center of Minnesota joined with Jews, Catholics and 
mainline 
Protestants on Tuesday to lobby for certain social justice issues in 
the state.

The center, one of the state's most influential Islamic organizations, 
signed on as a member of the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition 
(JRLC) 
in a ceremony attended by 75 of the state's religious leaders. They 
included Catholic Archbishop Harry Flynn, United Methodist Bishop John 
Hopkins, the Rev. Peg Chemberlin, director of the Minnesota Council of 
Churches, and Stephen Silberfarb, director of the Jewish Community 
Relations Council.

The faith groups have worked together for 33 years on social justice 
issues 
and public policy. The Fridley center also agreed two weeks ago to join 
the 
other three groups in their work for the betterment of the poor...

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BANISHED FROM THE AMERICAN DREAM
Michelle Goldberg, Salon.com, 4/26/04
http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2004/04/26/deportee/index.html

The Kesbehs were a hardworking immigrant family with a successful 
business 
and deep roots in Houston. But after 9/11, the U.S. kicked them, along 
with 
thousands of other Arab and Muslim families, out of the country. Now, 
in a 
land the children barely know, they wonder why their life has been 
shattered.

---

Sharif Kesbeh has just heard that America is deporting his eldest son 
to 
Jordan, and he's beaming. "The family will hopefully be reunited today, 
inshallah, after exactly one year," he says. Twenty-year-old Alaa had 
called his parents from the Detroit airport that morning to give them 
the 
news -- he was being freed from detention and would soon be put on a 
plane 
bound for Amman, the last of the Kesbehs to be expelled from the United 
States. "We prefer to live a miserable life anywhere rather than be 
detained," says Sharif as he and his family set off for Amman's Queen 
Alia 
International Airport to welcome Alaa home to a country where he's 
never 
lived before.

At 9:30 p.m., though, three hours after the plane lands, there's still 
no 
sign of the boy. Sharif, his wife, Asmaa, their five daughters and 
youngest 
son slump in their metal chairs, looking very small in the dim, gray 
expanse of the waiting room. Anticipation gives way to anxiety. Maybe, 
they 
worry, the Americans took Alaa back to jail. Or maybe he's being 
detained 
by the Jordanian security services, who might want to know why he's 
been 
thrown out of the country where he and his family made their home for 
11 
years.

When the rest of the Kesbehs arrived in Amman a year ago from their 
home in 
Houston, they were questioned for hours by police incredulous at their 
story. The Jordanians could scarcely believe that an entire family 
would be 
kicked out of the United States with nothing but what they could carry 
unless they had committed some great crime…

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CAIR ACTION ALERT #423

CAIR RENEWS CALL FOR RADIO HOST'S FIRING
Jay Severin says U.S. Muslims 'fifth column', 'kill them'

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/27/2004) - CAIR today renewed its call for the 
firing 
of a Boston-area radio talk show host after a newspaper report showed 
that 
his anti-Muslim remarks were even more offensive than first thought.

CAIR made its original demand last Friday after receiving a complaint 
from 
a concerned listener who said WTKK-FM (www.969fmtalk.com) host Jay 
Severin 
urged the killing of American Muslims. Quotes from a tape of the actual 
program obtained by the Boston Globe show that Severin called Muslims a 
"fifth column"* in America and seemed to confirm the report that he 
wanted 
them killed. (WTKK denied CAIR's request for a tape of the program.)

The Globe reported that in a conversation with a caller who suggested 
that 
the United States befriend Muslims in this country, Severin said:

"I believe that Muslims in this country are a fifth column…The vast 
majority of Muslims in this country are very obviously loyal, not to 
the 
United States, but to their religion. And I'm worried that when the 
time 
comes for them to stand up and be counted, the reason they are here is 
to 
take over our culture and eventually take over our country."

"My suspicion is that the majority of Muslims in the United States, who 
regard themselves as Muslims first and not as Americans really at all, 
see 
an American map one day where this is the United States of Islam, not 
the 
United States of America. I think it pays to harbor those suspicions."

Severin asked the caller: "Do you think we should befriend them?" 
"Yes," 
the caller said.

"I've got good news for you: We have," Severin replied. "Thanks for the 
call and that's what I'm worried about." Then, introducing another 
caller, 
Severin said: "I have an alternative viewpoint. It's slightly different 
than yours. You think we should befriend them; I think we should kill 
them."

Severin told the Globe: "To anyone who may have been offended by 
misunderstanding or misconstruing my remarks, I want you to know that I 
regret that."

SEE: "RADIO HOST SAYS REMARKS MISCONSTRUED"
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2004/04/27/radio_host_says_remarks_misconstrued/

"The actual transcript of the program is even worse than what had 
initially 
been reported," said CAIR's Executive Director Nihad Awad. "Based on 
Mr. 
Severin's claim that Muslim citizens are a 'fifth column' in this 
country 
and his apparent belief that they should be killed, we renew our call 
for 
his termination." Awad added that CAIR will ask for an FCC 
investigation of 
Severin's remarks.

Hundreds of concerned Muslims have already contacted the station and 
its 
advertisers to ask for Severin's dismissal. At least one advertiser has 
pulled its ads from the station.

Last week, CAIR announced a new campaign designed to counter 
anti-Muslim 
hate on radio talk shows. The campaign, called "Hate Hurts America," is 
based on the premise that the increasing attacks on Islam by talk show 
hosts harm the United States by creating a downward spiral of 
interfaith 
mistrust and hostility. A recent spike in anti-Muslim incidents 
nationwide 
has been blamed at least in part on the increase in Islamophobic 
rhetoric 
in America.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in 
Washington, D.C., and has 26 regional offices and chapters nationwide 
and 
in Canada.

(* "Fifth column" is defined by the American Heritage Dictionary as "a 
clandestine subversive organization working within a country to further 
an 
invading enemy's military and political aims." It was first applied in 
1936 
to rebel sympathizers inside Madrid when four columns of rebel troops 
were 
attacking that city.)

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be firm but POLITE.)

1. Contact Matt Mills, WTKK-FM General Manager, to ask that he fire Jay 
Severin for his anti-Muslim remarks.

Mr. Matt Mills
General Manager
55 William T Morrissey Blvd.
Dorchester, MA 02125-3315
Phone: (617) 822-9600
Fax: (617) 822-6859
E-MAIL: mmills@greaterbostonradio.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

2. Contact Mr. Severin's sponsors and make them aware of your concerns. 
(Always be polite and respectful.)

Smile Boston - Dr. Steven Spitz
665 Beacon Street, Suite 202
Boston, MA 02215
617-437-1060
www.smileboston.net

J.D. Associates - A Division of Mander, Inc.
Longview Corporate Center
80 Erdman Way, Suite 301
Leominster, MA 01453
(978) 840-2096 Fax: (978) 840-2098
Toll Free: (800) 564-4488

The Camera Company
858 Providence Highway
Norwood, MA 02062
1-781-769-0210

The Post Club
313 Washington St.
Newton, MA 02458
617-332-2582

EDC-Excell Data & Communications Inc
464 High Street
Clinton MA 01510
Phone: 800-947-3882

Village Restaurant
55 Main St.
Rt. 22 & 133
Essex, MA 01929
1-978-768-6400

Kitchen Sales, Inc.
60 Manley Street
West Bridgewater, Ma 02379
1-508-588-1234
Toll free 1-800-553-4330

The Countertop Shoppe
853 N. Main Street Suite 202
Leominster, MA 01453
Toll free at: (800) 714-8114
Fax: (978) 537- 4694

Seasonal Pool & Patio
256 Cambridge Street Rte 3A
Burlington MA 01803
Phone: 781 272-8422

3. Join CAIR's "Hate Hurts America" campaign by listening to radio talk 
shows and documenting any anti-Muslim content with exact quotes from 
the 
program. Record the show. Label and date your tapes, and indicate the 
time 
on the tape of the most offensive quotes. Report all incidents to CAIR 
by 
calling 202-488-8787, faxing 202-488-0833, or e-mailing: 
cair@cair-net.org

HOW TO CHALLENGE ANTI-MUSLIM RHETORIC ON THE RADIO

1. Force yourself to listen. It may be distasteful and upsetting, but 
unless people of conscience listen to these programs, the bigotry they 
spew 
will go unchallenged.

2. Document the program's anti-Muslim content. Without exact quotes 
from 
the program, any response will be ineffective. Record the show. Label 
and 
date your tapes, and indicate the time on the tape of the most 
offensive 
quotes. You can record programs that are broadcast on the Internet 
using 
sound recording software such as Audacity. SEE: 
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

3. Set up a quick-response list of people in your area who can be 
contacted 
quickly by phone or e-mail to call in to the program.

4. Transcribe the most offensive comments. Distribute these transcripts 
to 
those on your action list.

5. Call in to the show. If several people call in, it can change the 
entire 
direction of the program. REMEMBER - On radio, the first person to get 
angry loses the debate.

6. Write letters to station managers or owners and ask others to write 
letters. Station officials need to hear your views. Even a few letters 
can 
have an impact.

7. Request a meeting between station officials and local Muslim leaders 
and 
activists. Bring interfaith and minority coalition partners along to 
the 
meeting.

8. Notify local media of your efforts. Send a press release about any 
action, such as protests or letter-writing campaigns to advertisers 
that 
you initiate.

9. Organize a demonstration. A demonstration can draw attention to the 
problem. Large signs or placards and a one-page flyer with some of the 
worst on-air statements by the host and your coalition's demands will 
educate the public.

10. Put pressure on advertisers. Make note of the advertisers on the 
offensive program. Contact each one and ask that others in your action 
list 
contact them as well. Ask that they drop their commercials from the 
offensive programs. BE POLITE and PROFESSIONAL in all your 
communications.

11. File a complaint with the FCC, particularly if the host uses 
indecent 
or obscene language.

To file a complaint, go to: http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/complaints.html
E-MAIL: fccinfo@fcc.gov
TEL: 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322)
FAX: 1-866-418-0232

12. Report all incidents to CAIR by calling 202-488-8787, faxing 
202-488-0833, or e-mailing: cair@cair-net.org

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 4/27/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: FIGHT OPPRESSION
* CAIR-MI PARTICIPATES IN HOMELAND SECURITY CONFERENCE
* CAIR-DFW: GRAND OPENING OF ISLAMIC CENTER OF IRVING
	- CAIR-DFW Membership Drives
* CAIR-DC: GROUPS PROTEST AS COURT HEARS CASE (USNewswire)
	- ID: Student on Trial for Aid to Web Sites (NY Times)
       	- Judge: Charges May be Thrown Out (AP)
* OR: 'BREAKFAST CLUB' SHOULDN'T EXCLUDE ISLAM (Oregon Live)
* MI: PRESIDENT'S LUSTER DIMS AMONG ARAB-AMERICANS (AP)
* IRAQIS SAY NEW NATIONAL FLAG WON'T FLY (Wash Post)
	- Gunships Level Iraq Minaret (Telegraph)
* OR: PSU PANEL ON WOMEN AND ISLAM (Daily Vanguard)
	- VT Muslim Works to Increase Understanding (Reformer)
* CO: ATTENTION TURNS TO ARABIC (Rocky Mountain News)
* HINDU-MUSLIM TENSIONS FLARE OVER MONUMENT IN INDIA (AFP)
	- Top Party in India Warms Up To Muslims (Chicago Trib)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: FIGHT OPPRESSION

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Help your brother, 
whether 
he is an oppressor or he is oppressed." The 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 replied: "By preventing him from oppressing 
others."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 3, Hadith 624

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CAIR-MI PARTICIPATES IN HOMELAND SECURITY CONFERENCE

(DETROIT, MI, 4/27/04) - The Michigan office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) participated in the Detroit Police 
Department's annual Homeland Security Reserve/Auxiliary Conference on 
Saturday in Southfield, Mich.

More than 600 Southeast Michigan law enforcement officials attended the 
day-long conference to gain a better understanding of homeland security 
measures, including identity theft, counterfeit identification and 
explosive device procedures. A representative from CAIR-Michigan 
offered 
Islamic cultural sensitivity training to conference participants.

"We were extremely pleased to be invited to participate in the 
conference 
and with the interest that the officers showed," said Umar 
Abdur-Rahman, 
executive director of CAIR-MI.

CAIR-MI Assistant Director Celena Khatib conducted the presentation on 
Muslim beliefs and cultural practices. Much of the discussion centered 
on 
interacting with Muslims and on their religious beliefs.

"We would like to help law enforcement officials understand and 
appreciate 
the growing population of Muslims in Southeast Michigan," said Khatib. 
"We 
hope to improve relationships between our community and the law 
enforcement 
agencies through dialogue and collaboration."

After the presentation, CAIR representatives were invited to conduct 
more 
training sessions for local jails, police departments and the 
Investigations office of the Michigan Secretary of State. (CAIR and 
CAIR-Michigan are available to do similar trainings tailored to 
specific 
audiences such as corporations, community groups, schools, and school 
administrators.)

There are an estimated 150,000-200,000 Muslims in Southeast Michigan. 
CAIR, 
America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in 
Washington, D.C., and has 26 regional offices and chapters nationwide 
and 
in Canada.

CONTACT: Umar Abdur-Rahman, Executive Director, CAIR-Michigan, 
248-569-2203; Celena Khatib, Assistant Director 734-306-9507 E-Mail: 
cair@cairmichigan.org

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CAIR-DFW: GRAND OPENING OF ISLAMIC CENTER OF IRVING

The Dallas Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR-DFW) will help celebrate the grand opening and conference of the 
Islamic Center of Irving Texas on Apr 30 and May 1 2004.

WHERE: Islamic Center Of Irving, 2555 N Esters Rd, Irving, TX

All Day programs starts after Fajr and ends at 10.30 PM.

For more information, call Council of American Islamic Relations - DFW 
at
972-241-7233 or e-mail info@cairdfw.org

ALSO SEE:

CAIR-DFW MEMBERSHIP DRIVES

WHAT: CAIR-DFW chapter is looking for volunteers who can assist us in 
the 
upcoming membership drive.

WHEN: Friday April 30, 2004, after Jummah Prayer and Sunday after Duhur 
prayer

WHERE: Islamic Association of North Texas

PLEASE NOTE: CAIR-DFW will also hold a membership drive at the Irving 
Mosque this Friday April 30th, Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2. 
Please 
call CAIR-DFW at 972-241-7233 or e-mail info@cairdfw.org by Wednesday 
April 
28th.

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GROUPS PROTEST AS COURT HEARS CASE TO DENY RIGHTS TO DUE PROCESS
US Newswire, 4/6/04
http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=166-04262004

WHAT: On Wednesday, April 28, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear 
arguments in 
the cases of Jose Padilla and Yaser Esam Hamdi regarding the ability of 
a 
U.S. President to designate U.S. citizens as "enemy combatants" and to 
deny 
them the ability to challenge the lawfulness of their detention. 
Amnesty 
International is working with a coalition of local and national groups 
to 
conduct demonstrations in front of the court. This will be the second 
time 
the groups have demonstrated the President's claim of virtually 
unlimited 
"wartime powers": the first was on April 20th.

WHEN: Protesters will be present between 9:30 AM and 12:30 PM (To 
arrange 
interviews please contact Edward Jackson at 202-544- 0200, ext. 302)

WHERE: U.S. Supreme Court, Washington, D.C.

PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS: American Friends Service Committee, 
American 
Muslim Voice, Amnesty International USA, Arab American Institute, Bill 
of 
Rights Defense Committee, Blue Triangle Network, Cambios Planetarios, 
Community Solutions Foundation Trust, LLC., Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, Equal Justice USA/Moratorium Now!, First Amendment 
Foundation, 
Freedom Socialist Party, Guantanamo Human Rights Commission, Japanese 
American Citizens League, La Resistencia, Muslim Civil Rights Center, 
National Committee Against Repressive Legislation (NCARL), National 
Lawyers 
Guild, Not in Our Name Project, Oct. 22nd Coalition to Stop Police 
Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation, Pax 
Christi 
USA, Proposition One Committee, Radical Women, Refuse & Resist!, 
Solidarity 
USA, Two- Edged Sword Incorporated, United for Peace and Justice.

The call to action can be found at: http://www.nlg.org/eccases/ 
Contact: 
Edward Jackson of Amnesty International USA, 202-544-0200 ext. 302

ALSO SEE:

COMPUTER STUDENT ON TRIAL FOR AID TO MUSLIM WEB SITES
Timothy Egan, New York Times, 4/27/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/27/national/27BOIS.html

BOISE, Idaho - Not long after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, 
a 
group of Muslim students led by a Saudi Arabian doctoral candidate held 
a 
candlelight vigil in the small college town of Moscow, Idaho, and 
condemned 
the attacks as an affront to Islam.

Today, that graduate student, Sami Omar al-Hussayen, is on trial in a 
heavily guarded courtroom here, accused of plotting to aid and to 
maintain 
Islamic Web sites that promote jihad.

As a Web master to several Islamic organizations, Mr. Hussayen helped 
to 
maintain Internet sites with links to groups that praised suicide 
bombings 
in Chechnya and in Israel. But he himself does not hold those views, 
his 
lawyers said. His role was like that of a technical editor, they said, 
arguing that he could not be held criminally liable for what others 
wrote.

Civil libertarians say the case poses a landmark test of what people 
can do 
or whom they can associate with in the age of terror alerts. It is one 
of 
the few times anyone has been prosecuted under language in the 
antiterrorism law known as the USA Patriot Act, which makes it a crime 
to 
provide "expert guidance or assistance" to groups deemed terrorist.

"Somebody who fixes a fax machine that is owned by a group that may 
advocate terrorism could be liable," said David Cole, a Georgetown 
University law professor who argued against the expert guidance part of 
the 
antiterrorism law this year, in a case where it was struck down by a 
federal judge...

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JUDGE: TIE AL-HUSSAYEN IN OR CHARGES WILL BE THROWN OUT
Bob Fick, Associated Press, 4/27/04

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Federal prosecutors began tediously laying the 
groundwork on Tuesday that they claim will prove a University of Idaho 
graduate student was directly responsible for Internet communications 
advocating terrorism.

But while U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge permitted testimony over 
repeated defense objections, the judge warned prosecutors their 
terrorism 
case against Sami Omar Al-Hussayen was on shaky ground if they fail to 
connect the dots and he is forced to agree with the defense and strike 
testimony or exhibits from the court record.

"If the court ends up having to strike testimony, it is very likely 
going 
to throw out the charges because, as I said yesterday, there is no way 
the 
jury can pick and choose" what is applicable once it has seen evidence 
that 
is thrown out later.

Lodge forced the government to go back the basics of its charges 
against 
Al-Hussayen on Monday when he said jurors would not be allowed to see 
Web 
sites or e-mails promoting terrorist activity unless prosecutors can 
prove 
Al-Hussayen is proven to have created them or specifically embraced 
their 
content.

The 34-year-old doctoral candidate in computer science is charged with 
using his online skills to turn the Web site of the Islamic Assembly of 
North America in Michigan into the foundation for an Internet network 
of 
sites that finances and recruits terrorists. He is also charged with 
visa 
fraud and making false statements to hide his association with the 
assembly...

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'BREAKFAST CLUB' SHOULDN'T EXCLUDE ISLAM
Imraan Siddiqi, Oregon Live, 4/27/04
http://www.oregonlive.com/commentary/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/editorial/1083067061140131.xml

After reading Richard Colby's report about this controversy within the 
Portland area's religious community ("Prayer organizers disinvite 
Muslim," 
Metro section, April 24), I was truly shocked. In a time when we are 
supposed to be teaching religious tolerance and understanding, it is 
sad to 
see the organizers of the "Mayors' Prayer Breakfast of Washington 
County" 
acting in such an uncivilized manner.

Unfortunately, even though Islam is rightfully included under the 
umbrella 
of the "Three Abrahamic Faiths," there has been a concerted movement 
from 
some circles to differentiate the God of Islam from the God of 
Christians 
and Jews. As Peter Reding, the Washington County group's communications 
director, so ignorantly put it: "The Muslims are not part of the 
Judeo-Christian tradition." Members of the group objected to "a Muslim 
praying to Allah rather than to God as Jews and Christians do," the 
article 
reported.

Reding and his fellow board members obviously have very little 
knowledge of 
Islam and its background, or else they would not resort to such 
closed-minded and inaccurate comments. If they would take a moment and 
look 
at their Christian brethren who also live in areas such as Bethlehem, 
Syria 
or Lebanon, they would see that these people often refer to God as 
"Allah." 
Although many would like to portray Allah as some mystical "moon god," 
that 
is completely inaccurate.

Just as Christians and Jews are the descendants of Abraham through 
Isaac 
and Jacob, Muslims are the descendants of Ishmael -- Ismail in Arabic. 
Muslims, in addition to Christians and Jews, believe in the story of 
Haggar 
and Ishmael being banished to a far-off land, which happened to be the 
Arab 
world. While the natural language of Abraham was Aramaic, Haggar 
brought 
Ishmael up among Arab tribes, and therefore he spoke their language. 
The 
Arabic word for the God of Abraham has and always will be "Allah..."

It is time to build bridges within the religious community, not put up 
roadblocks.

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PRESIDENT'S LUSTER DIMS AMONG ARAB-AMERICANS
Toby Eckert, Associated Press, 4/26/04
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/politics/20040426-9999-1n26arabvote.html

DEARBORN, Mich. - In a notable show of unity, Arab-American and Muslim 
leaders warmly embraced George W. Bush's bid for the presidency in 
2000.

Four years later, many of them are again united in their views of Bush, 
but 
they are using words such as "disappointed" and "betrayed" to describe 
their feelings.

In the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Iraq war 
and 
intensified violence in Israel and Palestinian territories, many 
Arab-Americans say Bush has ignored their views and abandoned their 
interests.

That frustration could be expressed at the polls Nov. 2, throwing 
another 
volatile element into the election in Michigan and several other 
battleground states with large Arab-American populations.

"People are very frustrated with the Bush administration," said Imad 
Hamad, 
director of the Michigan office of the American-Arab 
Anti-Discrimination 
Committee. It has headquarters in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, a 
leading 
cultural and political center of the Middle Eastern ethnic population 
in the
United States...

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WOMEN AND ISLAM: CULTURE AND RELIGIOUS CONTRADICTIONS
Jered Fisher, Daily Van Guard, 4/27/04
http://www.dailyvanguard.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/04/27/408dede7712f3

The Islamic woman's veil permeated Thursday night's panel discussion 
"Women 
and Islam," held in the Smith Memorial Student Union.

 From the experience of Islamic women in the United States to 
contradictions between the teachings of the Koran and modern Muslim 
culture 
regarding gender equality, the veil was a motif of Islamic women's 
experience.

Thursday night's panelist contrasted stereotypes of Islamic women with 
realities.

Jan Abushakrah, a professor of sociology at PSU, gave examples of many 
experiences of Muslim women in the United States. "Working class Muslim 
women and immigrants are confronted with exploitation in the 
workforce," 
Abushakrah said. Mocking a common sentiment, she added, "because 
they're 
Muslim, it gives a green light to further exploit."

Abushakrah researched the concerns of Muslim when she conducted a 
Google 
search on "Muslim Women in the West." Finding Web sites "that were put 
there by Muslim women for Muslim women," Abushakrah said she noticed 
that 
"there has been no survey of Muslim women in western society that is 
asking 
them what their concerns are ... someone else is speaking for these 
women."

Finding it reviling to look at Web sites "where women are talking for 
themselves" Abushakrah said she found multiple issues that are 
concerning
Muslim women in western society...

ALSO SEE:

PUTNEY MAN WORKS TO INCREASE UNDERSTANDING OF ISLAM
Carolyn Lorie, Reformer, 4/27/04
http://www.reformer.com/Stories/0,1413,102~8862~2105333,00.html

PUTNEY -- Anas Coburn was born into a white, middle-class Presbyterian 
family. He was raised primarily in Southern California and educated at 
the 
University of California at Berkeley. Coburn has lived and traveled 
abroad 
and is now the executive director of a non-profit organization.

Despite the trappings of a comfortable mainstream life, Coburn knows 
what 
it is like to be pushed to the margins of the dominant culture.

In 1973, on his 24th birthday, Coburn converted to Islam.

"When you become a Muslim, you are relinquishing power. You become a 
minority," says Coburn, 54, who recently moved from New Mexico to 
Putney.

As executive director of Dar al Islam, a non-profit that does public 
education and outreach about his adopted religion, Coburn works to 
counter 
what he sees as an explicit bias in this country against Muslims.

To that end, the organization offers training to high school teachers 
on 
the development of a Muslim-friendly curriculum. It offers education 
and 
support to young men and women born into immigrant Muslim families who 
may 
have grown up unfamiliar with their parent's religion.

While the pervasiveness of anti-Muslim sentiment concerns Coburn, its 
depth 
does not.

"My impression is that there is a very broad bias against Muslims in 
the 
United States but it's also very shallow," he says.

Most of it, he says, is based on ignorance and, given some information 
and 
a chance, most people will come around...

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IRAQIS SAY COUNCIL-APPROVED NATIONAL FLAG WON'T FLY
Pamela Constable, Washington Post, 4/27/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A43438-2004Apr26.html

BAGHDAD  -- It was supposed to be the perfect symbol for a new and 
unified 
Iraq: an Islamic crescent on a field of pure white, with two blue 
stripes 
representing the Tigris and Euphrates rivers and a third yellow stripe 
to 
symbolize the country's Kurdish minority.

But the new national flag, presented Monday after an artistic 
competition 
sponsored by the Iraqi Governing Council, appears to have met with 
widespread public disapproval here -- in part because of its design and 
in 
part because of the increasing unpopularity of the U.S.-appointed 
council.

In interviews in several Baghdad neighborhoods, a variety of residents 
expressed strong negative reactions to the flag, which was reproduced 
in 
most daily newspapers. In particular, people objected to the pale blue 
color of the crescent and stripes, saying it was identical to the 
dominant 
color in the flag of Israel, a Jewish state.

"When I saw it in the newspaper, I felt very sad," said Muthana Khalil, 
50, 
a supermarket owner in Saadoun, a commercial area in central Baghdad. 
"The 
flags of other Arab countries are red and green and black. Why did they 
put 
in these colors that are the same as Israel? Why was the public opinion 
not 
consulted?"

Other residents objected to the removal of the phrase, "God is 
greatest," 
which adorned the previous national flag, and said there was no need 
for a 
new one until national elections are held next January and a new 
constitution is written...

ALSO SEE:

GUNSHIPS LEVEL MINARET AS US CANCELS ASSAULT
David Rennie and Toby Harnden, Telegraph, 4/27/04
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;$sessionid$PWTWOXJBVLXK1QFIQMFCFFWAVCBQYIV0?xml=/news/2004/04/27/wirq27.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/04/27/ixnewstop.html

An American assault on the Iraqi city of Fallujah was postponed 
yesterday 
after local commanders said bloody urban warfare could provoke 
retaliation 
across the country and protests throughout the Muslim world.

The commanders, citing progress in political negotiations on Saturday 
night, agreed to extend the threadbare "ceasefire" for at least two 
more 
days despite residents' failure to surrender heavy weapons as demanded.

But yesterday morning a fierce battle left marines "fighting like 
lions" 
for their lives.

In a potential propaganda disaster, the marines called in helicopter 
gunships to level a 60-ft mosque minaret allegedly being used as a 
firing 
platform by insurgents.

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ATTENTION TURNS TO ARABIC
Nancy Mitchell, Rocky Mountain News, 4/26/04
http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/education/article/0,1299,DRMN_957_2836910,00.html

Linda Castillo is standing in front of her classmates and singing about 
her 
love for her father, shyly reciting from memory an ancient poem about 
paternal devotion.

At least, it sounds like singing. In reality, the freshman at West High 
School is speaking rapidly in the gently rolling tones of Arabic.

Castillo, 15, is one of 22 students wrapping up their first year of 
Arabic 
language classes at the 1,700-student high school near downtown Denver.

Arabic is the newest language at the school's Center for International 
Studies, where students also study less common language offerings such 
as 
Chinese, Japanese and Russian.

The Colorado Department of Education doesn't track data on 
foreign-language 
classes, but interviews appear to confirm that West is the only public 
school in Colorado where Arabic is offered.

Castillo and her classmates, who are learning lessons created daily by 
Tunisian-born teacher Neji Sandi, don't have textbooks or a dictionary. 
But 
to them, that isn't what's most important. Dedication is.

Castillo, like many of her classmates, is a native Spanish speaker who 
already has mastered one of the world's most complex languages - 
English.

She chose to take Arabic largely because of her Christian background, 
she 
said. She wants someday to visit the places where Jesus walked and to 
speak 
a language similar to what he spoke. But she knew little about what she 
was 
getting into last fall...

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HINDU-MUSLIM TENSIONS FLARE OVER DISPUTED MONUMENT IN CENTRAL INDIA
Uttara Choudhury, Agence France Presse, 4/27/04

DHAR, India- While the fate of a mosque destroyed a decade ago in north 
India keeps stoking controversy, Hindu-Muslim tensions are flaring 
farther 
south over a monument both religions claim as their own.

Hindu activists say the grand red sandstone Bhojshala monument in Dhar 
in 
the central state of Madhya Pradesh was a university of the religion's 
sacred language Sanskrit until it was attacked and rebuilt by Muslim 
rulers 
in the 13th century.

After a series of communal skirmishes the government last year 
announced a 
compromise that has left hardliners on both sides simmering.

Hindus are now allowed to pray at the monument every Tuesday. Muslims 
can 
worship there every Friday under a 1997 directive of the Archaeological 
Survey of India which keeps the site open to the public on other days.

Hindu fundamentalist groups argue that the monument is a temple and 
that 
Muslim prayers inside it should be stopped...

ALSO SEE:

TOP PARTY IN INDIA WARMS UP TO MUSLIMS
Liz Sly, Chicago Tribune, 4/27/04
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0404270154apr27,1,5066921.story 


BOMBAY - On Monday, Rashid Patel did something that until recently 
would 
have been unthinkable for almost any Muslim. He voted for the ruling 
Bharatiya Janata Party, the Hindu nationalist party that built its rise 
to 
power on the destruction of an ancient Muslim mosque and its promise to 
assert India's majority Hindu identity.

"There are some people in the Muslim community who think it's time to 
try 
out a new party," said Patel, 65, a retired insurance salesman and 
longtime 
supporter of the secular Congress Party of India's independence hero, 
Mahatma Gandhi. "Congress has been neglecting Muslims for a long time, 
and 
although it is true that the BJP is a Hindu fundamentalist party, 
[Prime 
Minister] Atal Behari Vajpayee is a good leader and he is strong enough 
to 
control the party."

Patel is by no means typical of the Muslims turning out to vote in this 
city of high-rises and shacks, wealthy businessmen and slum dwellers. 
In 
1992 and 1993, Bombay also was the scene of some of the worst 
anti-Muslim 
riots in India's history. Hindus, prompted by the destruction of the 
Babri 
Masjid mosque in the northern town of Ayodhya by a Hindu mob, turned on 
their Muslim neighbors in a rampage of burning, beating and stabbing.

The destruction of the mosque, encouraged by BJP leaders, was a 
defining 
moment in Indian history, one that accelerated the BJP's ascent to 
power 
and accentuated the polarization of India's Hindus and Muslims. The 
Gujarat 
state riots in 2002, in which about 1,000 Muslims died in violence 
partly 
blamed on local BJP authorities, seemed to affirm the worst fears of 
Indian 
Muslims that the party's rule would turn them into a persecuted 
minority...

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GA MUSLIM POLICE OFFICER FILES DISCRIMINATION SUIT
Officer called 'Taliban', mocked in fake wanted poster

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/28/04) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR) today announced that a Muslim police officer has filed a 
discrimination lawsuit against the city of Decatur, Ga., over 
allegations 
of racial and religious harassment.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of 
Georgia, Atlanta Division, claims the Muslim officer faced harassment 
"almost immediately from his start of work." (The plaintiff is of 
Mauritian 
heritage, but was apparently perceived to be Arab or Iranian by 
co-workers.)

According to papers filed with the court:

"[The officer's] supervisors and co-workers persistently hurled racial 
epithets at him, calling him 'Taliban' and shouting at him, 'that's 
what 
you get for bombing us, you damn Taliban!'…Plaintiff's supervisor, 
superimposed [the officer's] picture onto a 'Seeking Information' of a 
Saudi national…suspected to be associated with the September 11, 2001 
bombing…The poster with [the officer's] name and face superimposed over 
that of [the wanted Saudi national] was placed in the break room for 
the 
entire police force to see…At roll call, while both shifts were 
present, 
[the supervisor] passed out to each employee the flyer he had 
prepared."

In September 2002, the Muslim officer filed a formal grievance and was 
placed on administrative leave. He later resigned from the force after 
concluding his complaint was not being taken seriously.

According to the lawsuit: "The City of Decatur continued to insist that 
the…remarks were made in good-natured fun, were not intended to be 
discriminatory and were only teasing that [the officer] should expect 
from 
the Decatur Police."

The lawsuit alleges that the City of Decatur and its employees failed 
to 
provide the plaintiff with a safe work environment and intentionally 
inflicted emotional distress. It seeks unspecified punitive and 
compensatory damages.

"Any officer of the law should be treated with utmost respect, 
particularly 
by his colleagues and supervisors," said CAIR Communications Director 
Ibrahim Hooper. Hooper said workplace discrimination is one of the 
largest 
categories of discrimination cases CAIR deals with. He added that CAIR 
publishes a booklet called "An Employer's Guide to Islamic Religious 
Practices." (The booklet is available by e-mailing pubs@cair-net.org.)

In March, The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) 
announced 
the $1.11 million settlement of a harassment lawsuit against a 
California 
steel company over workplace harassment of Pakistani-American 
employees.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in 
Washington, D.C., and has 26 regional offices and chapters nationwide 
and 
in Canada.

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Date: Wed, 28 Apr 2004 17:44:22 -0400
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Subject: CAIR-NET: Prayer for Tolerance/'Raghead Oil'/Adhan Approved

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 4/28/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: GOOD CHARACTER
* CAIR-OH: PRAYER FOR TOLERANCE AT MAYOR'S LUNCHEON
	- CAIR-Houston: Fort Bend Candidate Forum
	- CAIR-CAN: Security Legislation Cautiously Welcomed
	- CAIR-DC Statement on Hamdi/Padilla SCOTUS Arguments
	- CAIR-NY Attorney Testifies Before Civil Rights Commission
	- CAIR-SC Quarterly Meeting May 8
	- CAIR-CA: Elderhostel Outreach Event
* HATE HURTS AMERICA: BOORTZ - 'DEVOUT' MUSLIMS COMMIT SUICIDE
	- Islamic activists: Terminate Severin (Boston Herald)
	- CAIR Renews Call for Radio Host's Firing
	- 'Raghead Oil' - Stereotypes Cloud Judgment (Miami Herald)
* OR: MUSLIMS WORSHIP SAME GOD (Oregonian)
* TEXAN CONFESSES TO THREAT AGAINST ISLAMIC CENTER (AP)
* MI CITY OKS PRAYER CALL OVER HEATED OBJECTIONS (Det News)
	- Prayer OK Prompts Outrage (Detroit Free Press)
* U.S. SHIA CLERIC WANTS IRAQ TROOPS GONE (LA Times)
* IN FALLUJA, FINDING A PLACE FOR THE DEAD (NY Times)
	- Marines Raid Iraq Village With No Men (Reuters)
* CANADA: ISLAMIC COURTS TO DECIDE DISPUTES (Wash Post)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: GOOD CHARACTER

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "There is nothing 
heavier 
put on the scale of a believer on the Day of Resurrection than good 
character."

Sunan of Abu Dawood, Hadith 2234

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OHIO MUSLIM LEADER PRAYS FOR TOLERANCE AT MAYOR'S LUNCHEON

(COLUMBUS, OH, 4/28/04) - A leader of the Ohio Muslim community 
yesterday 
opened the 5th City of Columbus Mayor's Prayer Luncheon with a call for 
tolerance and justice.

Dr. Ahmad Al-Akhras, president of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relation's Ohio office (CAIR-Ohio), first recited the opening chapter 
(Al-Fatihah) of the Quran, Islam's revealed text, and then said:

"This is an uplifting event. It is a coming together of people from all 
parts of our town, gathered together to give their thanks to God for 
the 
blessings that we have…

"Today is a day to give thanks to God for the blessings that have been 
bestowed upon us, both individually and collectively…

"We all come together in this City with good intentions to do our best… 
We 
come together to make this world a better one for our families, our 
neighbors and our communities…

"We come together appreciating the word of God when He said:

"O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, 
and 
made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other. Verily 
the 
most honored of you in the sight of God is (he who is) the most 
righteous 
of you."

"So, let us be among the most righteous…

"We ask Almighty God to guide us and to show us the path of tolerance 
and 
justice. We ask God to help us see what we all have in common, and to 
set 
aside what may separate us.

"We pray that God may guide this Mayor in making decisions that are 
beneficial for the people of our great City and elsewhere.

"We ask Almighty God to bless Columbus so it may continue to prosper 
and 
become a symbol of peace and tranquility for people of all faiths and 
backgrounds."

Dr. Al-Akhras is a member of the Columbus Community Relations 
Commission.

There are an estimated 185,000 Muslims in the state of Ohio. CAIR, 
America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in 
Washington, D.C., and has 25 regional offices and chapters nationwide 
and 
in Canada.

CONTACT: Jad Humeidan, Executive Director, CAIR-Ohio 614-451-3232 or 
614-571-2770

SEE ALSO:

CAIR-HOUSTON: FORT BEND CANDIDATE FORUM

CAIR-Houston, in coordination with the Islamic Society of Greater 
Houston, 
Muslim Public Affairs Council and Muslim American Republican Caucus, 
will 
host a community forum for the school board and city election.

The event will begin at 2:15 p.m. on May 2, 2004. All the candidates 
will 
be given two minutes to introduce themselves and their vision for Fort 
Bend 
and the City of Sugar Land. A panel of four community members will ask 
questions about concerns of the American Muslim community. A 
questionnaire 
will also to each candidate. The candidate's answers will be 
distributed to 
voters. The floor will then be opened for 20 minutes to the voting 
audience 
to address questions to specific candidates.

WHAT: Fort Bend School Board and City Election Candidate Forum
WHEN: 2:15 pm on May 2, 2004
WHERE: 610 Brand Lane, Stafford, TX

CONTACT: 713-838-2247, http://www.cairhouston.org/

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CANADIAN ARAB AND MUSLIM COMMUNITIES CAUTIOUSLY WELCOME ATTEMPT TO
CREATE MADE-IN-CANADA SECURITY LEGISLATION

The Canadian Arab Federation (CAF) and the Canadian Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) today cautiously welcomed the 
Canadian government's attempt to craft a comprehensive national 
security 
approach that is made-in-Canada.  The two national organizations 
reiterated 
the need that any new policy ensures core Canadian values of democracy, 
human rights, pluralism and the rule of law are respected.

CAF and CAIR-CAN ask that, as part of this initiative, the government 
reviews and addresses a number of pressing and outstanding security 
issues 
presented by our organizations in a recent meeting with the Minister. 
See: 
http://www.caircan.ca/itn_more.php?id=941_0_2_0_C

As indicted before, a full and comprehensive review is needed of the 
anti-terrorism legislation, the process of issuing security 
certificates 
and the proposed Bill C-7 to ensure that our core values remain 
protected.

In a joint statement issued today, CAF and CAIR-CAN stated:

"We welcome the government's initiative to create comprehensive 
security 
legislation that is made-in-Canada and that ensures fundamental 
Canadian 
values are protected and promoted. Our organizations continue to affirm 
that there should be no contradiction between security and the 
fundamental 
values that we share as Canadians. To make us truly safer and more 
secure, 
security initiatives must respect the values of humanity, transparency, 
accountability, natural justice and the rule of law.

"It is important that this policy be tabled with a view to engaging all 
Canadians through a vigorous and essential debate about ensuring a 
future 
that is safe, secure and prosperous.

"We appreciate the idea of a cross-cultural roundtable on security as a 
means to ensure a long-term dialogue between essential and affected 
stakeholders in our society.  Such a policy initiative must not only 
allow 
for an effective and meaningful voice of the Arab and Muslim 
communities, 
but must also see that their concerns are addressed in the actual 
policies 
of the government."

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

CAF: Rula Sharkawi at 416-493-8635, Ext 22
CAIR-CAN: Naeem Saloojee at 613-254-9704

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CAIR-DC STATEMENT FOR HAMDI/PADILLA ORAL ARGUMENT

Rally at The Supreme Court of the United States
Wednesday April 28, 2004
Arsalan T. Iftikhar, CAIR Director of Legal Affairs

Dr. Martin Luther King once said that "Injustice anywhere is a threat 
to 
justice everywhere." Today, as we stand on these steps leading to the 
most 
respected legal institution in the greatest democracy in the world, our 
collective voices seek to ensure that the fundamental legal and civil 
principles upon which our country was founded will continue to serve as 
a 
legacy where any and all Americans, regardless of race, religion or 
socioeconomic status will never have to worry about constitutional 
protections solely for the mere fact that they are Americans.

At a time like this, I reflect back to the Declaration of Independence, 
where the founders criticized the king of England for "render(ing) the 
Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power." In 
establishing 
the American system, they made clear that civil authority has ultimate 
supremacy over military authority. That bedrock of our democracy could 
be 
in perilous jeopardy after today, which would unfortunately exemplify 
the 
adage of President Benjamin Franklin who once said that, "they who can 
give 
up essential liberty for a temporary sense of security deserve neither 
liberty nor security."

On behalf of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation's 
largest mainstream American Muslim civil rights and advocacy 
organization, 
I am not here today to assert the guilt or innocence of the namesakes 
of 
the landmark cases being argued here today. I am here to make 
absolutely 
certain that every American is innocent until proven guilty and given 
their 
day in an open court.

For let us all remember, true legal justice takes place in a civilian 
court, not in a makeshift military tribunal in a South Carolina navy 
brig. 
For only when justice takes place today can we ensure that all 
Americans 
will have a brighter and safer tomorrow.

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CAIR-NY ATTORNEY TESTIFIES BEFORE CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION

(NEW YORK, NY, 4/28/04) - The New York Advisory Committee to the U.S. 
commission on Civil Rights has announced the release of its report, 
"Civil 
Rights Implications of Post-September 11 Law Enforcement Practices in 
New 
York," The report is available online at: 
http://www.usccr.gov/pubs/sac/ny0304/ny0304.pdf

Khurrum Wahid, a private attorney and outside legal advisor to CAIR-NY, 
testified before the commission. Wahid detailed profiling by state and 
federal authorities of New York's African-American and Latino 
minorities. 
He further indicated that racial, ethnic and religious profiling has 
increased since the 9/11 terror attacks, affirming that Muslims, Arabs 
and 
South Asians fear delays or denial of their right to travel because of 
the 
use of federal "no fly" lists and profiling by customs agents.

CONTACT: CAIR-NY, 212-870-2002, 347-277-4061, cair-ny@cair-ny.com

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CAIR-SC QUARTERLY MEETING

"OUR CIVIL RIGHTS IN THE AGE OF TERROR:  Where we are and where we need 
to go"

WHEN: Saturday, May 8, 2004, 5-8 PM
WHERE: BA Building Room 005, University of South Carolina

Complimentary Dinner will be served! RSVP at 750-1236
CONTACT: cair-sc@cair-net.org

FEATURING GUEST SPEAKERS:

Denyse Williams
Executive Director
American Civil Liberties Union-SC

Preston Winkler
Executive Director
Greater Columbia Community Relations Council

Jose F. Monge
Attorney at Law

DIRECTIONS:  From the State House, take Gervais St. east. Turn right on 
Bull St. When Bull St. ends, turn left on Pendelton St. Go 3 blocks and 
turn right on Barnwell. The BA building and visitor parking are at 
Pendelton and Barnwell Streets.

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CAIR-CA: ELDERHOSTEL OUTREACH EVENT

Building Bridges - one CAIR chapter at a time
http://www.elderhostel.org/programs/sanfran.asp

"Learning about a faith that was not as familiar as others, and seeing 
a 
mosque I didn't know was in existence here in the area was what I liked 
most about the event." This was the common theme among Elderhostelers 
as 
they left the Muslim Community Association this past Wednesday on April 
21st.

Elderhostel, a non- profit organization dedicated to providing 
extraordinary learning adventures for people 55 and over, contacted The 
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the idea of building 
bridges among people of faith developed.

The Elderhostel series titled, "A Day of Discovery: Building Bridges to 
Islam," is seen as a pilot-program which ultimately began in the San 
Francisco Bay Area, with the potential to reach out to Elderhostelers 
nationwide. The series in the bay area was held in collaboration with 
Elderhostel, CAIR, the Muslim American Society (MAS) and the MCA 
Outreach 
Committee.

Due to its prior success, CAIR SFBA will host another outreach event on 
Saturday, June 5th. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the 
CAIR 
office at 408-986-9874 or e-mail nocal@cair.com.

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HATE HURTS AMERICA: BOORTZ SAYS 'DEVOUT' MUSLIMS COMMIT SUICIDE
http://boortz.com/nuze/200404/04272004.html
(Scroll down.)

NOTE: CAIR received a number of complaints from concerned Muslims about 
the 
following remarks by radio talk show host Neal Boortz. ACTION 
REQUESTED: 
(As always, be POLITE.) Contact Boortz's sponsors to express your 
concerns 
about his bigoted remarks. GO TO: http://boortz.com/more/sponsors.html

YOU, TOO, CAN HELP FIGHT TERRORISM

Solely as a public service Nealz Nuze has agreed to share a plan with 
you...a plan to eliminate possible Islamic terrorist cells in many of 
America's larger cities.

As you may know, it is a sin for a devout Muslim to see any woman other 
than his wife naked. If he does happen to see another naked women, he 
must 
commit suicide to purge his soul. So, understanding this about devout 
Muslims, at 4:00 p.m. this coming Saturday, May 1st, women in major 
American cities with large Muslim populations are going to strip naked 
and 
walk about their neighborhoods. The plan is to walk about the 
neighborhood 
for one hour in an effort to cause any lurking Al Qaeda sleepers to end 
their own miserable lives. Good luck ladies!  And thanks for the 
effort!

SEE ALSO:

ISLAMIC ACTIVISTS: TERMINATE SEVERIN
Dean Johnson, Boston Herald, 4/28/04
http://news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=3810

WTKK-FM (96.9) afternoon personality Jay Severin is still on the 
hotseat 
for alleged anti-Muslim remarks made last week despite a Monday 
explanation 
he was misquoted and taken out of context.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations called on WTKK-FM to fire Jay 
Severin yesterday, citing transcripts showing he called for killing 
American Muslims during a show last week.

Severin has said his comments during his show on 96.9 FM Thursday were 
aimed at religious fanatics killing Americans.

But CAIR executive director Nihad Awad was not impressed after 
reviewing 
transcripts provided by press sources. WTKK would not provide CAIR with 
a 
tape.

"The actual transcript is even worse than what had initially been 
reported," he said. "Based on Mr. Severin's claim that Muslim citizens 
are 
a `fifth column' in this country and his apparent belief that they 
should 
be killed, we renew our call for his termination."

FOR BACKGROUND, SEE: CAIR RENEWS CALL FOR RADIO HOST'S FIRING
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=167&page=AA

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'RAGHEAD OIL' - STEREOTYPES, SLURS CLOUD JUDGMENT
ROBERT STEINBACK, Miami Herald, 4/28/04
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/opinion/8536987.htm

I recently caught a bit of Phil Hendrie's nationally syndicated radio 
show 
on a night when he set aside his usual faked-voice, comedic 
psuedo-interview format and was testifying from the heart about the 
best 
way for America to settle its problems in the Middle East: End our 
dependence on Arab oil.

The generally conservative Hendrie, of course, couldn't bear to 
acknowledge 
that energy conservation has been a liberal position for decades, but 
no 
matter -- at least he got the point right. Our lust for oil empowers 
Arab 
states where anti-American sentiment thrives. I cheered his 
observations. 
But I repeatedly choked on how he chose to make his point: He kept 
referring to the product in question as "raghead oil."

Why the slur? Why turn a perfectly good point into an ugly put-down?

The demeaning stereotype and the ethnic/cultural/religious slur have 
become 
such a staple of American discourse that it's elbowing aside respectful 
debate. It's typically the first reaction many of us have to dissenting 
opinions: Insult your opponent…

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MUSLIMS WORSHIP SAME GOD
Oregonian, 4/27/04
http://www.oregonlive.com/letters/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/editorial/1083067491140130.xml

Regarding the decision to "disinvite" a Muslim to the Mayors' Prayer 
Breakfast in Washington County, Muslims worship the same God as 
Christians 
and Jews. "Allah" is an Arabic word that means "the God." Even today, 
Arab 
Christians refer to God as "Allah."

Muslims share in the Judeo-Christian tradition and believe that 
Muhammad 
brought the same message of one true God that Abraham, Moses and Jesus 
brought before him. Certainly, the monotheistic faiths -- Judaism, 
Christianity and Islam -- have significant theological differences. 
However, their shared tradition is a basis for mutual respect.

I commend Beaverton Mayor Rob Drake and Rabbi David Rosenberg on their 
decision to stand for understanding between the faiths.

UZMA AHMAD Ann Arbor, Mich.

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TEXAN CONFESSES TO THREAT AGAINST ISLAMIC CENTER
Associated Press, 4/28/04

EL PASO - A West Texas man has reportedly confessed to federal 
authorities 
in connection with an e-mail threat to the Islamic Center of El Paso.

The message, sent earlier this month, had threatened to make the 
religious 
institution "the center of death and destruction" if hostages in Iraq 
weren't released.

"I do apologize and wish I could take it back. It was stupid and 
ignorant," 
Jared Bjarnason stated in a confession to FBI agents, according to a 
criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court.

Bjarnason, 30, became angry while reading the Al Jazeera Arab 
television 
news Web site on the computer near the living room of the West Side 
home he 
shares with his parents on April 18, according to the complaint 
affidavit 
detailed in the El Paso Times' today online edition.

The son of an Army chaplain, Bjarnason was particularly upset about 
hostages taken in Iraq and wanted Muslims to feel fear as he did over 
the 
Iraq war, according to the complaint.

Islamic center officials called the FBI on April 19 after discovering 
the 
e-mail threatening that the mosque would be burned down if hostages in 
Iraq 
were not freed in three days.

The message was sent to the center's main e-mail address from a person 
called "freedom lover."

According to the affidavit, Bjarnason allegedly opened a new Hotmail 
e-mail 
account that matched that described from the e-mail.

Bjarnason was charged with interstate transmission of a threatening 
communication because Hotmail's data servers are housed in California, 
according to the affidavit.

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HAMTRAMCK OKS PRAYER CALL OVER HEATED OBJECTIONS
By David Shepardson, Detroit News, 4/28/04
http://www.detnews.com/2004/metro/0404/28/c01-136269.htm

HAMTRAMCK - The City Council on Tuesday night approved an ordinance to 
allow mosques to broadcast the Islamic call to prayer onto public 
streets 
over some heated objections.

The unanimous vote by the council makes it one of the few cities in the 
United States to approve the practice.

"This is about uniting our community," said Shabad Ahmed, 37, a 
Bangladeshi 
immigrant and the first and only Muslim member of the Hamtramck City 
Council.

Supporters of the change outnumbered critics by at least three to one 
at 
the meeting, and some quoted the Declaration of Independence or Bill of 
Rights in defense of the change.

They said church bells and other noises are widely accepted - from ice 
cream trucks to trains. A call to prayer - which is typically less than 
two 
minutes, five times per day - will be regulated. If people think it's 
too 
loud, they can complain…

SEE ALSO:

HAMTRAMCK PRAYER OK PROMPTS OUTRAGE
CECIL ANGEL, Detroit Free Press, 4/28/04
http://www.freep.com/news/locway/pray28_20040428.htm

They plan to fight.

The Hamtramck City Council's unanimous approval Tuesday night of a plan 
to 
allow the Muslim call to prayer to be broadcast on loudspeakers five 
times 
a day in Arabic has outraged many of the city's Polish Catholic 
residents.

They said they'll start a petition drive to bring the issue to a vote. 
Others have said they'll file lawsuits in federal court. Some plan to 
move.

"I'd hate to see it go this route, but unfortunately, it's going to go 
this 
route," said resident Robert Zwolak.

Two police officers tried to keep the peace Tuesday night as hundreds 
of 
people packed City Hall and officials decided an issue that has divided 
the 
changing city.

"This ordinance is reasonable and responsible," Councilman Scott Klein 
said. "Give us a chance to work with the mosques and community to make 
this 
work."

The ordinance becomes law on May 26.

Abdul Algazali said Muslims in Hamtramck aren't out to create a 
religious 
or ethnic rift. Rather, he said, "We're in this city to build bridges."

Algazali, president of the Hamtramck-based American Yemeni Council, 
encouraged the City Council to approve the noise ordinance that will 
allow 
the call to prayer.

"It means a lot to me," he said. "It will show that everyone is treated 
equitably in the city..."

Muslims say the call to prayer is less intrusive than the Catholic 
church 
bells that ring daily.

"We hear the bells every day, every hour. We don't say nothing," 
Algazali 
said last week…

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FROM ALLIED TO ALIENATED
A Shiite cleric who fled Iraq for the U.S. returned, euphoric, after 
American troops invaded. Today, he just wants them gone.
Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles times, 4/28/04
http://www.latimes.com/la-fg-qazwini28apr28,1,1942807.story

Ayatollah Sayed Mortada Al-Qazwini should be one of America's best 
friends 
in Iraq.

A tall, turbaned man with a candid manner and commanding presence, 
Al-Qazwini was one of the first Shiite Muslim religious scholars to 
speak 
out against Saddam Hussein. He lost 15 relatives to Hussein's 
brutality, 
and in 1971 he fled Iraq to escape a death sentence.

He settled in Diamond Bar and built Shiite religious, cultural and 
educational centers in Pomona, Irvine, San Diego and Detroit over the 
next 
18 years. All the while, he marveled at the freedom he enjoyed to 
practice 
the faith of his persecuted sect. After U.S. forces toppled Hussein a 
year 
ago, Al-Qazwini was ecstatic and went home to help.

"Ninety-nine percent of the people are so happy that Saddam has been 
put 
down. The coalition forces saved us," he said then.

Now, a year after his emotional homecoming, Al-Qazwini, 75, is deeply 
disillusioned. U.S. forces have worn out their welcome by failing to 
fulfill their promises for democracy, political empowerment and 
reconstruction, the ayatollah said. He wants them to leave Iraq as soon 
as 
possible…

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IN FALLUJA, FINDING A PLACE FOR THE DEAD
CHRISTINE HAUSER, New York Times, 4/27/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/27/international/middleeast/27CND-FALL.html

FALLUJA, Iraq, April 27 - The paint on the gravestones is as red as 
blood. 
And on some of them, it has not yet dried.

"A young brother and sister are buried here," said one of the 
gravediggers, 
who gave only his first name, Hamza, as he pointed to two crudely cut 
blocks propped up on a dirt mound.

The place where the dead lie in this town, 30 miles west of Baghdad, 
was 
once a soccer stadium named the Falluja Sports Club. But now, after 
more 
than three weeks of fighting between American marines and insurgents, 
it is 
known as the Falluja Martyrs Cemetery.

Smeared in hand-written Arabic lettering on the stone markers were the 
names of Amal and Mustafa Alawi, killed in the Hay Julan district, a 
poor 
neighborhood in Falluja where much of the fighting has taken place.

"There are 250 people buried here from American strikes on houses," 
said 
Nasser, another gravedigger. "We have stacked up the bodies one on top 
of 
the other."

In a town where the streets were almost deserted on this afternoon, the 
makeshift cemetery was a place where the headstones were silent 
witnesses, 
yielding a small part of the Iraqi side of the battlefield story.

The gravediggers said that the cemetery was full of women and children. 
And 
there were headstones attesting to the graves beneath holding civilian 
victims, marked "child," for example. But there were also signs of 
fallen 
fighters - some of the headstones bore the Arabic word for "hero" 
painted 
alongside the names...

SEE ALSO:

US MARINES RAID IRAQ VILLAGE BUT THERE'S NO MEN
Michael Georgy, Reuters, 4/28/04

NEAR FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) - As U.S. Marines went through every house 
in 
the village, the women told them not to be afraid and they soon 
discovered 
why -- there were hardly any men.

"The men were all taken away last Friday. Nobody is left here, 
including my 
son," said Om Hussein. "Why has everyone been taken away?"

Residents say American troops swept through the area last Friday and 
detained most of the men, part of a crackdown on guerrillas fighting to 
control postwar Iraq.

The conflict has claimed many lives and torn apart the social fabric of 
once peaceful farming communities known primarily for lush fields and 
cows.

Now women with many children are left to fend for themselves, wondering 
where and why there husbands are being held.

Many don't drive, so getting food is a problem and taking children to a 
hospital is difficult, especially with gunfights in their fields and 
mortars flying overhead nearly every day.

When the Marines arrived in armored vehicles to hunt for guerrillas, 
three 
men started running away from a house and gunfire erupted as soon as 
Marines pursued them.

One of the men was killed and another wounded while the third escaped. 
The 
clash startled the village and charged up the Marines, who searched 
every 
single house clutching M-16 rifles as their commanders barked orders. 	

WHERE ARE OUR MEN?

Sgt. Archie Taylor, 32, of Texas, kept asking women if they had seen 
any 
strange men passing through the area. But they kept hitting back with 
the 
same question -- where have the Americans taken our husbands and 
brothers?

He shrugged his shoulders.

Security restrictions placed on reporters accompanying the Marines mean 
Reuters may not name the village. Marines in the unit conducting the 
search 
said they did not know why the men of the village had been taken.

Further information from U.S. forces was not immediately available…

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CANADIANS ALLOW ISLAMIC COURTS TO DECIDE DISPUTES
DeNeen L. Brown, Washington Post, 4/28/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A47735-2004Apr27.html

TORONTO -- Suad Almad, her head wrapped in a blue silk scarf, was 
discussing her beliefs with a group of friends. She said fervently that 
she 
thought the lives of all Muslims should be governed by Islamic law, 
known 
as sharia.

"It's something nobody can change and we must follow," said Almad, who 
came 
to Canada from Somalia, then engulfed by war, more than 12 years ago. 
"We 
come to Canada and we become lost . . . We need our own court and we 
need 
our own law," she said, her voice strong and certain. "That's what I 
believe."

Almad and thousands of other Muslims, taking advantage of a provision 
of 
the law in the province of Ontario, can now decide some civil disputes 
under sharia, including family disagreements and inheritance, business 
and 
divorce issues, using tribunals that include imams, Muslim elders and 
lawyers. While it is less than full implementation of sharia, local 
leaders 
consider it a significant step.

Muslim promoters of sharia arbitration said that no cases had been 
decided 
but that the process is set. Islamic leaders created an Islamic Court 
of 
Civil Justice last fall and that organization, in turn, has chosen 
arbitrators, who have undergone training in sharia and Canadian civil 
law, 
according to organizers and participants.

Sharia is based on the Koran, which includes the teachings of Islam and 
revelations by the prophet Muhammad. According to Muslim beliefs, the 
Koran 
provides the divine rules for behavior, including rules about marriage, 
business and inheritance. Muslims must abstain from stealing, lying, 
killing, adultery and drinking alcohol.

Some Muslim leaders in Canada said that there should be no controversy 
about the new arbitration process, but some opponents expressed concern 
that people might feel coerced into accepting sharia-based arbitration. 
Government officials said that the decision to submit to such a process 
was 
subject to mutual consent…

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 4/29/04

				- MEDIA ADVISORY -

REPORT TO SHOW SHARP JUMP IN ANTI-MUSLIM INCIDENTS
'Unprecedented' increase in Islamophobic hate crimes during 2003

WHAT: On Monday, May 3, the Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR) 
will hold a news conference in the nation's capital to release its 
ninth 
annual report, titled "Unpatriotic Acts," on the status of Muslim civil 
rights in the United States.

WHEN: Monday, May 3, 2004, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
WHERE: National Press Club Building, 13th Floor, West Room, 529 14th 
Street 
N.W., Washington, D.C.

The Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group's report - 
the 
only annual study of its kind - will show an unprecedented increase in 
anti-Muslim violence, discrimination, profiling, and harassment during 
2003. According to the CAIR study, the number of Islamophobic hate 
crimes 
more than doubled last year.

(A simultaneous news conference will take place at CAIR's office in Los 
Angeles. California is the state with the largest number of reported 
anti-Muslim incidents.)

Details of the report and the possible reasons for the jump in reported 
incidents will be outlined at CAIR's news conference. Hate crime 
victims 
and representatives of other civil liberties groups will also take part 
in 
the news conference.

"There are a number of factors, including government policies targeting 
Muslims and pro-war rhetoric in the beginning of 2003, that we believe 
led 
to this disturbing increase in Muslim civil rights complaints," said 
CAIR 
Research Director Dr. Mohamed Nimer, the report's author.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, began 
documenting 
anti-Muslim incidents following the 1995 attack on the Murrah Federal 
Building in Oklahoma City.

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CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: 
cair@cair-net.org; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: 
rahmed@cair-net.org; CAIR-LA, Ra'id Faraj, 714-776-1847, E-Mail: 
socal@cair.com

NOTE: CAIR offers an e-mail list designed to be a window to the 
American 
Muslim community. Subscribers to the list, called CAIR-NET, receive 
news 
releases and other materials dealing with American Muslim positions on 
issues of importance to our society.

To SUBSCRIBE to CAIR-NET, go to: http://cair.biglist.com/cair-net/

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR: Celebrating 10 years of community service

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 4/29/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: DUTY TO PARENTS
* REASON #9 TO JOIN CAIR - Mosque Safety Kit
	- CAIR Public Library Project: 7433
* OH SCHOOLS SEEK INPUT ON RELIGION POLICY (This Week)
	- GA: Trainee Sues for Discrimination (Ledger-Enq)
	- OR: Mayors Bow Out Of Prayer Breakfast (Oregon Live)
* SEVERIN: DECENTLY, KILL THE MUSLIMS (Village Voice)
	- CAIR Renews Call for Radio Host's Firing
* PHOTOS SHOW IRAQ JAIL ABUSE BY US TROOPS (SMH)
	- Court Martial in Iraq (CBS News)
	- CBS Airs Photos of Alleged U.S. Abuse (AP)
* POLL: SUPPORT FOR WAR IS DOWN SHARPLY (NY Times)
	- Troops Fire on Iraqi Bus at Checkpoint (Reuters)
* 'ENEMY COMBATANT' CASES GO TO JUSTICES (Wash Post)
	- War Shouldn't Override Constitution (Free Press)
* FINDINGS ON TERROR LED TO CLASH OF INTELLIGENCE (NY Times)
	- Counter Terrorism Evaluation Group (NY Times)
* ARAB-AMERICAN VOTE LOOMS LARGE (IPS)
	- Bush Still Enjoys Some Muslim Support (AP)
* NETWORK BEAMS AMERICA INTO ARAB LIVING ROOMS (Forward)
* WHY REVENGE ISN'T THE RIGHT ANSWER (Newsweek)
* CAIR-CAN: ISLAM AND CANADA (Time Canada)
	- Arar Accuser Says He Was Tortured (Globe and Mail)
* MD: LECTURES ON THE LIFE OF THE PROPHET
* IL MUSLIMS COLLECT FUNDS FOR TORNADO VICTIMS (CIOGC)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: DUTY TO PARENTS

A man once told the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him): "I have come 
to 
take the oath of allegiance to you for emigration, and I left my 
parents 
weeping." The Prophet said: "Return to them and make them laugh as you 
made 
them weep."

Sunan of Abu-Dawood, Hadith 1048

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REASON #9 TO JOIN CAIR

CAIR offers crisis management to our community through its hands-on and 
specialized publications such as our Mosque Safety Kit.

In our new membership drive, "Building a Better America...One Member at 
a 
Time," CAIR intends (God Willing) to sign up 25,000 new members by its 
10th 
year anniversary celebration scheduled for June 12, 2004.

TO JOIN, GO TO: http://www.cair-net.org/asp/membercamp.asp
Students Click here! 
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=33172&page=NB

If you have any problems signing up as a CAIR member through the web 
site, 
please call 202-488-8787 and ask for "membership," or e-mail: 
iabusway@cair-net.org


ALSO SEE:

CAIR PUBLIC LIBRARY PROJECT UPDATE: 7433 SPONSORSHIPS

The goal of CAIR's library project is to send accurate and objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

For only $150, Muslim individuals and groups may sponsor 18-item 
packages 
about Islam and Muslims, which are then distributed to the library of 
their 
choice.

To sponsor a library call, 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320, or visit:
www.libraryproject.org.

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CAIR-OH: COLUMBUS SCHOOLS LOOKING FOR INPUT ON RELIGION POLICY
Sue Hagan, ThisWeek, 4/29/04
http://www.thisweeknews.com/thisweek.php?edition=common&story=thisweeknews/042904/nor/News/042904-News-405349.html

A recent issue in Columbus Public Schools is one reason Jad Humeidan, 
executive director of the Ohio branch of the Council on American 
Islamic 
Relations (CAIR), is eager to see a proposed district policy that will 
spell out how students can practice their faith in schools.

During a phone conversation Tuesday, he said a particular CPS school 
allowed students to use part of their lunch period to pray as a group 
in 
the library.

But at another school, students trying to do the same thing were told 
that 
prayer was not allowed on the school grounds. Later, he said, the 
principal 
told them they could pray but could not congregate.

"This creates a lot of problems, when procedures are not the same in 
different schools....Students talk to one another," he said.

Such issues are behind the proposed policy, said school board Vice 
President Karen Schwarzwalder, who chairs the board's legal, policy and 
personnel (LPP) committee.

The LPP group is awaiting input from religious groups on the policy, 
but 
only the Catholic Diocese of Columbus has responded so far, out of 
about a 
dozen groups that were sent letters, CPS legal counsel Giselle Johnson 
said 
Monday at the panel's meeting.

She said the diocese's only comment was that it wanted to be sure 
teachers 
would not lead prayer sessions.

Humeidan said he had not yet received a copy, but expected it soon.

ALSO SEE:

MUSLIM POLICE TRAINEE SUES DECATUR, CITING DISCRIMINATION
Associated Press, 4/29/04
http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/mld/ledgerenquirer/news/politics/8541388.htm

ATLANTA - A Muslim man who briefly worked for the Decatur Police is now 
suing the city, saying he was maliciously teased because of his 
religion.

In court papers filed Monday, Mohamed Hyath asks for back pay and an 
award 
for emotional distress. He named the city of Decatur and three officers 
of 
the police department.

Hyath said he was subject to relentless teasing during the six months 
in 
2002 when he was training to be a Decatur officer. Colleagues made fun 
of 
him for not eating pork and disparaged Muslim women who cover 
themselves in 
public, Mohamed alleged.

Mohamed also said that one day during roll call a supervisor passed out 
an 
FBI poster seeking a Saudi Arabian man thought to be associated with 
Sept. 
11 hijackers. The supervisor had copied Mohamed's face onto the poster 
and 
listed Mohamed's name at the top, "A.K.A. ABDUL."

"This was pretty much daily, where they would make fun of his 
traditions. 
They made fun of him for being Muslim," said Mohamed's attorney, Amanda 
Farahany.

After the poster incident, Farahany said, Mohamed went to superiors to 
complain.

"They said, 'This is the type of thing you'll have to deal with. It's 
just 
good-natured fun.' That's when he resigned," Farahany said. Mohamed now 
lives in Canada...

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MANY WASHINGTON COUNTY MAYORS BOW OUT OF PRAYER BREAKFAST
Richard Colby, Oregon Live, 4/27/04
http://www.oregonlive.com/metrowest/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/metro_west_news/1083066963140130.xml

Few if any of the county's mayors will attend the May 5 Mayors' Prayer 
Breakfast of Washington County, at least in part because event 
organizers 
decided last week to bar participation by a Muslim leader.

Mayors and the county's top elected official on Monday either said they 
had 
other commitments the day of the breakfast or were considering 
following 
Beaverton Mayor Rob Drake's lead in skipping the event.

The Beaverton-Tigard Chapter of the Full Gospel Businessmen's 
Fellowship 
and Concerned Citizens steering committee for the breakfast voted to 
disinvite Shahriar Ahmed, president of the Bilal Mosque Association in 
Beaverton, from sitting on the breakfast meeting dais and giving the 
breakfast's closing prayer.

As the traditional host mayor of the breakfast, Drake had invited Ahmed 
to 
take part on the breakfast meeting's dais, along with a rabbi.

Peter Reding, the fellowship's communications director, said Muslims 
pray 
to Allah rather than God and contended they are not part of 
"Judeo-Christian tradition." Both suppositions figured into the 
steering 
committee's 7-1 vote to bar Ahmed from praying. The group said he could 
still attend and sit in the audience. Ahmed has said he will skip the 
event.

Reding defended the vote again Monday. "We have received quite a number 
of 
people calling up and supporting our position," he said. "Everybody is 
invited to come to the breakfast," he said, but added that the group 
has a 
"Jewish-Christian tradition only on the dais..."

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DECENTLY, KILL THE MUSLIMS
Kareem Fahim, Village Voice, 4/29/04
http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0417/fahim.php

Jay Severin, a Boston radio talk show host, had some advice on the 
subject 
of Muslims for a caller to his show last week. "You think we should 
befriend them," he told Chris from Rhode Island, according to a 
transcript 
of the show obtained by a local newspaper. "I think we should kill 
them."

Severin also called Muslims in America a "fifth column," here to "take 
over 
the culture and eventually take over our country." He later defended 
his 
comments to a Boston Globe reporter, claiming listeners to his show 
have 
heard him say that not all Muslims are terrorists.

A spokesperson for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) told the 
Voice the organization had received a complaint about the incident, but 
that the FCC "doesn't have rules regarding violence or calls to 
violence," 
except possibly in cases that involve a "clear and present danger." The 
FCC 
has attracted publicity lately for its crackdown on indecency, and its 
recent proposal to fine Clear Channel Communications nearly half a 
million 
dollars for comments made by Howard Stern.

Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) told 
the 
Voice that he'd noticed a spike in similar hate speech since the 
killing of 
four civilian contractors in Fallujah, Iraq. Arsalan Iftikhar, CAIR's 
director of legal affairs, said the best he hopes for is that the 
group's 
members contact the radio station and the FCC. "Unfortunately, 
[Severin]'s 
comments wouldn't reach the legal and constitutional definition of 
incitement," he said...

SEE: CAIR RENEWS CALL FOR RADIO HOST'S FIRING
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=167&page=AA

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PHOTOS SHOW JAIL ABUSE BY US TROOPS
Sydney Morning Herald, 4/29/04
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/04/29/1083224523783.html

United States soldiers at a prison outside Baghdad have been accused of 
forcing Iraqi prisoners into acts of sexual humiliation and other 
abuses.

The charges, first announced by the military in March, were documented 
by 
photographs taken by guards in the prison.

Some of the photographs, and descriptions of others, were broadcast in 
the 
US on Wednesday by a CBS television news program and were verified by 
military officials.

Of the six people reported in March to be facing preliminary charges, 
three 
have been recommended for courts martial.

The program reported that poorly trained US reservists were forcing 
Iraqis 
to conduct simulated sexual acts in order to break down their will 
before 
they were turned over to others for interrogation.

In one photograph naked Iraq prisoners stand in a human pyramid, one 
with a 
slur written on his skin in English.

In another, a prisoner stands on a box, his head covered, wires 
attached to 
his body. The news show said that, according to the army, he had been 
told 
that if he fell off the box he would be electrocuted. Other photographs 
show male prisoners positioned to simulate sex with each other.

ALSO SEE:

COURT MARTIAL IN IRAQ
CBS News, 4/28/04
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/04/27/60II/main614063.shtml

Last month, the U.S. Army announced 17 soldiers in Iraq, including a 
brigadier general, had been removed from duty after charges of 
mistreating 
Iraqi prisoners.

But the details of what happened have been kept secret, until now.

It turns out photographs surfaced showing American soldiers abusing and 
humiliating Iraqis being held at a prison near Baghdad. The Army 
investigated, and issued a scathing report.

Now, an Army general and her command staff may face the end of long 
military careers. And six soldiers are facing court martial in Iraq -- 
and 
possible prison time.
Correspondent Dan Rather talks to one of those soldiers. And, for the 
first 
time, 60 Minutes II will show some of the pictures that led to the Army 
investigation.

According to the U.S. Army, one Iraqi prisoner was told to stand on a 
box 
with his head covered, wires attached to his hands. He was told that if 
he 
fell off the box, he would be electrocuted.

It was this picture, and dozens of others, that prompted an 
investigation 
by the U.S. Army. On Tuesday, 60 Minutes II asked Brig. Gen. Mark 
Kimmitt, 
deputy director of coalition operations in Iraq, what went wrong.

"Frankly, I think all of us are disappointed by the actions of the 
few," 
says Kimmitt. "Every day, we love our soldiers, but frankly, some days 
we're not always proud of our soldiers..."

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CBS AIRS PHOTOS OF ALLEGED U.S. ABUSE OF IRAQI PRISONERS
Associated Press, 4/28/04
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/iraq/bal-abuse0428,0,4319817.story 


NEW YORK -- U.S. military police stacked naked Iraqi prisoners in a 
human 
pyramid, and attached wires to one detainee to convince him he might be 
electrocuted, according to photographs obtained by CBS News which led 
to 
criminal charges against six American soldiers.

CBS said the photos, shown Wednesday night on "60 Minutes II," were 
taken 
late last year at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad, where American 
soldiers 
were holding hundreds of prisoners captured during the invasion and 
occupation of Iraq.

In March, the U.S. Army announced that six members of the 800th 
Military 
Police Brigade faced court martial for allegedly abusing about 20 
prisoners 
at Abu Ghraib. The charges included dereliction of duty, cruelty and 
maltreatment, assault and indecent acts with another person.

In addition to those criminal charges, the military has recommended 
disciplinary action against seven U.S. officers who helped run the 
prison, 
including Brig. Gen. Janice Karpinski, the commander of the 800th 
Brigade, 
a senior military official said Wednesday in Baghdad.

The investigation recommended administrative action against several of 
the 
commanders, which could include punishments up to relieving them of 
their 
commands, said the official, speaking on condition on anonymity.

When the abuse charges were first announced, U.S. military officials 
declined to provide details about the evidence. But on Wednesday, at a 
news 
briefing in Baghdad, Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt said the investigation 
began 
in January when an American soldier reported the abuse and turned over 
evidence that included photographs.

"That soldier said, 'There are some things going on here that I can't 
live 
with,'" said Kimmitt, who also confirmed that CBS had obtained the 
photographs.

One picture shows an Iraqi prisoner who was told to stand on a box with 
his 
head covered and wires attached to his hands. CBS said the prisoner was 
told that if he fell off the box, he would be electrocuted....

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SUPPORT FOR WAR IS DOWN SHARPLY, POLL CONCLUDES
Richard W. Stevenson and Janet Elder, New York Times, 4/29/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/29/politics/29POLL.html

Support for the war in Iraq has eroded substantially over the past 
several 
months, and Americans are increasingly critical of the way President 
Bush 
is handling the conflict, according to the latest New York Times/CBS 
News Poll.

After initially expressing robust backing for the war, the public is 
now 
evenly divided over whether the United States military should stay for 
as 
long as it takes to stabilize Iraq or pull out as soon as possible, the 
poll showed.

Asked whether the United States had done the right thing in taking 
military 
action against Iraq, 47 percent of respondents said it had, down from 
58 
percent a month earlier and 63 percent in December, just after American 
forces captured Saddam Hussein. Forty-six percent said the United 
States 
should have stayed out of Iraq, up from 37 percent last month and 31 
percent in December.

The diminished public support for the war did not translate into any 
significant advantage for Mr. Bush's Democratic challenger, Senator 
John 
Kerry of Massachusetts. The poll showed the two men remaining in a 
statistical dead heat, both in a head-to-head matchup and in a 
three-way 
race that included Ralph Nader.

Support for Mr. Bush is stronger in other areas vital to his 
re-election, 
including his handling of the threat from terrorism, which won the 
approval 
of 60 percent of respondents.

Even so, just short of a year after Mr. Bush stood on the deck of the 
aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln last May 1 and proclaimed the end to 
major 
combat operations under a banner reading "Mission Accomplished," his 
approval rating has slid from the high levels it reached during the 
war...

ALSO SEE:

US TROOPS FIRE ON IRAQI BUS AT CHECKPOINT-WITNESS
Reuters, 4/29/04
http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle.asp?xfile=data/focusoniraq/2004/April/focusoniraq_April256.xml&section=focusoniraq

FALLUJA, Iraq - U.S. soldiers fired on a minibus full of civilians near 
a 
checkpoint on the outskirts of the beseiged Iraqi town of Falluja on 
Thursday, setting the vehicle on fire, a Reuters witness said.

Iraqi policeman Fouad al-Hamdani said four Iraqis were killed when U.S. 
troops opened fire on the minibus as it headed towards the town through 
an 
area where clashes had broken out between troops and insurgents.

Other witnesses said at least one passenger was killed.

People had been leaving Falluja following U.S. airstrikes on the town, 
50 
km (30 miles), west of Baghdad.

It was not immediately clear why the soldiers fired at the vehicle and 
the 
U.S. military said it had yet to receive information on any incident in 
the 
area.

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'ENEMY COMBATANT' CASES GO TO JUSTICES
Charles Lane, Washington Post, 4/29/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A48722-2004Apr28.html

As the Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday in cases involving 
the 
military detention of two U.S. citizens suspected of membership in the 
Taliban and al Qaeda, the justices indicated that a central concern of 
the 
court is whether President Bush has acted with sufficient authorization 
from Congress.

No administration anti-terrorism policy has aroused more debate than 
its 
contention that Bush, as commander in chief, has the power to declare 
citizens captured at home or abroad "enemy combatants" based on 
intelligence information, and then hold them indefinitely, without 
criminal 
charges, for interrogation.

The justices seemed as divided as the public yesterday, with no clear 
majority view discernible from their questions and remarks.

But the issue of congressional authorization loomed, in part because a 
1971 
law, passed to prevent a repeat of the internment of tens of thousands 
of 
Japanese Americans during World War II, requires that detention of a 
U.S. 
citizen by the federal government take place under a law passed by 
Congress.

Deputy Solicitor General Paul D. Clement, who represented the 
government in 
both cases, said that the president had all the authority he needed 
from a 
Sept. 18, 2001, congressional resolution that empowered him to use "all 
necessary and appropriate force" against the countries, groups and 
individuals he determined were to blame for the Sept. 11 terrorist 
attacks...

ALSO SEE:

WAR ON TERRORISM SHOULDN'T OVERRIDE CONSTITUTION
Detroit Free Press, 4/29/04
http://www.freep.com/voices/editorials/eterr29_20040429.htm

Even in the frenzied atmosphere that followed the 9/11 attacks, had 
Congress been asked whether it was OK to start throwing American 
citizens 
in jail and holding them indefinitely incommunicado on the basis of 
suspected links to terrorism, the answer would surely have been no. If 
the 
terrorists could force America to undermine its Constitution, that 
would be 
a victory for them.

But President George W. Bush contends that in authorizing the use of 
military force against terrorism, Congress gave him such extraordinary 
authority, which has to date been used to hold two Americans.

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on behalf of the pair, 
who 
are detained as "enemy combatants," with none of the legal rights that 
would be afforded U.S. citizens facing criminal charges. Like POWs, the 
pair can theoretically remain captive until the war is over, except 
that no 
one knows how to know that in this new kind of war.

The two are: Jose Padilla, a former Chicago gang member, convert to 
Islam 
and alleged associate of Al Qaeda, who was arrested at O'Hare Airport 
in 
Chicago; and Yaser Esam Hamdi, the Louisiana-born son of a Saudi oil 
industry worker who was captured by U.S. forces in fighting in 
Afghanistan. 
Held in isolation cells at a Navy prison, neither even knew until 
recently 
that his case had reached the nation's highest court.

For the Supreme Court to let this kind of detention stand would set a 
terrible precedent, giving the government sweeping power to remove 
citizens 
from society without having to explain its actions...

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HOW PAIR'S FINDING ON TERROR LED TO CLASH ON SHAPING INTELLIGENCE
James Risen, New York Times, 4/28/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/28/politics/28INTE.html

WASHINGTON - Soon after the Sept. 11 attacks, a two-man intelligence 
team 
set up shop in a windowless, cipher-locked room at the Pentagon, 
searching 
for evidence of links between terrorist groups and host countries.

The men culled classified material, much of it uncorroborated data from 
the 
C.I.A. "We discovered tons of raw intelligence," said Michael Maloof, 
one 
of the pair. "We were stunned that we couldn't find any mention of it 
in 
the C.I.A.'s finished reports."

They recorded and annotated their evidence on butcher paper hung like a 
mural around their small office. By the end of the year, as the rubble 
was 
being cleared from the World Trade Center and United States forces were 
fighting in Afghanistan, the men had constructed a startling new 
picture of 
global terrorism.

Old ethnic, religious and political divides between terrorist groups 
were 
breaking down, the two men warned, posing an ominous new threat. They 
saw 
alliances among a wide range of Islamic terrorists, and theorized about 
a 
convergence of Sunni and Shiite extremist groups and secular Arab 
governments. Their conclusions, delivered to senior Bush administration 
officials, connected Iraq and Al Qaeda, Saddam Hussein and Osama bin 
Laden.

In doing so, the team also helped set off a controversy over the 
shaping of 
intelligence that continues today.

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is investigating whether 
the 
unit - named the Counter Terrorism Evaluation Group by its creator, 
Douglas 
J. Feith, the under secretary of defense for policy - exaggerated the 
threat posed by Iraq to justify the war.

SEE ALSO:

COUNTER TERRORISM EVALUATION GROUP
http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2004/04/27/politics/20040428_INTE_GRAPH.html

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ARAB-AMERICAN VOTE LOOMS LARGE
Jim Lobe, IPS News, 4/29/04
http://www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=23513

WASHINGTON - Arab-Americans, one of the U.S.' smallest ethnic 
minorities, 
could well tip the balance against President George W Bush's 
re-election, 
according to a survey released Wednesday of four key battleground 
states 
where the vote could be decided.

The poll, conducted by Zogby International for the Washington-based 
Arab 
American Institute (AAI), found, if current opinions hold through 
November, 
Bush could suffer a net loss of one-third (170,000) Arab-American votes 
in 
the four states compared to the 2000 elections, when he won a solid 
plurality of those votes.

Such a loss could prove decisive in the four states -- Florida, 
Michigan, 
Ohio and Pennsylvania -- where Bush and Democratic candidate John Kerry 
are 
focusing much of their early campaign efforts precisely because the 
races 
are expected to be extremely close.

In the United States, the winner of the presidential balloting within 
each 
state receives all of the state's electoral votes regardless of the 
margin 
of their victory...

With a population of at least 3.5 million, Arab-Americans make up a 
little 
over one percent of the U.S. population. At the same time, their voter 
turnout, which is higher than that of most other U.S. groups, is 
expected 
to hit close to two million this year, or about 1.5 percent of all 
voters.

But the Arab-American population is also disproportionately 
concentrated in 
a relatively few states, such as California and New York -- where Kerry 
is 
expected to win handily in November -- as well as the four states 
surveyed 
in the latest poll...

ALSO SEE:

BUSH STILL ENJOYS SOME MUSLIM SUPPORT
Rachel Zoll, Associated Press, 4/29/04
http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/26-04292004-291727.html

It was just a throwaway line, an aside in a speech to some fellow 
American 
Muslims that Muqtedar Khan considered a surefire crowd-pleaser. But 
when he 
criticized President Bush over the war on Iraq, Khan was surprised by 
the 
response.

"I was booed. They were shouting and booing at me," said Khan, a 
political 
scientist at Adrian College in Michigan. "A man came and told me, `If 
you 
think the war in Iraq is not moral then I'm sorry to say you have no 
idea 
what morality is.'"

As Khan saw that day, the president still enjoys pockets of strong 
support 
among America's Muslims, despite deep resentment over scrutiny of their 
community following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

And while Democrats outnumber Republicans among U.S. Muslims, there is 
a 
sense that presumptive Democratic nominee John Kerry has done 
relatively 
little to reach out to the community.

Among Bush's supporters are Iraqi-Americans and others grateful that 
Saddam 
Hussein was ousted, giving their fellow Shiias a chance to govern in 
that 
country after decades of oppression.

Others are wealthy, immigrant businessmen loyal to the Republican 
Party. 
They can be found among the Bush campaign's Pioneers and Rangers, who 
have 
raised tens of thousands of dollars for his re-election.

More votes could come from socially conservative Muslims, drawn into 
the 
Republican camp because of its opposition to gay marriage. "We are 
working 
hard to maintain and build upon the support for the president," said 
Scott 
Stanzel, a Bush campaign spokesman.

Still, no one expects Bush to win a majority of the Muslim vote and 
there's 
a danger in the recent Iraqi uprisings, which could further undercut 
Islamic - and particularly Shiia - support for the president...

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NETWORK BEAMS AMERICA INTO ARAB LIVING ROOMS
Ori Nir, Forward, 4/23/04
http://www.forward.com/main/article.php?ref=nir200404211128

WASHINGTON - After two months on the air, Alhurra, America's Arabic 
satellite TV network, has become a favorite punching bag of Arab 
commentators and religious leaders throughout the Middle East.

Cartoonists ridicule it. Columnists dismiss it. One Saudi cleric went 
so 
far as to issue an Islamic edict outlawing Muslims from watching the 
network or even cooperating with it.

But the directors and editors of Alhurra - Arabic for "the free one" - 
don't seem worried.

"At this stage, any publicity is good publicity," said radio tycoon 
Norman 
Pattiz, who, as a member of the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors, 
spearheaded the creation of the new channel. "We've been out there for 
no 
longer than a whisper, and we are already having a tremendous effect on 
how 
the Arab media are viewing themselves. That's almost worth the price of 
admission, isn't it?"

Pattiz, founder and director of the entertainment empire Westwood One, 
two 
years ago established Radio Sawa, a federally funded radio station that 
replaced Voice of America's Arabic service with a controversial mixture 
of 
news and popular music broadcast through powerful transmitters to the 
Arab 
world...

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WHY REVENGE ISN'T THE RIGHT ANSWER
Sunil Dutta, Newsweek, 5/3/04
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/4815767/

Since my childhood, I have heard horrifying stories of suffering from 
my 
family elders. On Aug. 14, 1947, British colonizers divided colonial 
India 
into a majority Hindu nation, India, and a majority Muslim nation, 
Pakistan. The partition resulted in an eruption of violence on an 
unprecedented scale--almost 2 million people were killed in an orgy of 
murder, arson and rape that lasted until November of that year. 
Seventeen 
million people became refugees--including my clan.

By a twist of fate, the ancestral village where my family had lived and 
farmed for five centuries, Kanjrur-Duttan, was located seven miles west 
of 
the Ravi River, where the Boundary Commission had drawn an invisible 
border 
line. Suddenly my family members were minority Hindus living in an 
Islamic 
nation, caught in the middle of a holocaust. Scores of uncles and 
granduncles were butchered by Muslim mobs. My aunts were raped and 
abducted. Not even my elderly relatives were spared; my octogenarian 
granduncle Pooran Chand's throat was slit by Muslim killers. Those who 
were 
lucky enough to survive had to flee.

The chaos and violence sent family members scattering in different 
directions. While growing up in a refugee colony in India, I felt the 
effect of the violence my elders had witnessed. I sensed the deep 
hatred my 
family felt toward Muslims. We considered them to be bloodthirsty 
animals 
who had preyed on us, killing our loved ones and driving us from our 
homes, 
turning us into destitute refugees.

In September 2001, 16 years after I had moved to the United States, I 
returned to India for a visit and was confronted with an ugly family 
secret, a shocking truth that opened my eyes to the dual lives we had 
been 
living. My father took me to meet my granduncle, a family elder he'd 
seen 
only once since the partition 54 years before. Old age had failed to 
diminish his spirit. He spoke in a fierce, deep voice, reciting 
couplets 
from poetry books he had written. He talked about seeing his uncles and 
two 
sisters killed while trying to flee a Muslim mob in Kanjrur-Duttan and 
told 
me how he had narrowly escaped by swimming across the flooded Ravi to 
the 
Indian side. When he got there, he had to walk over fields of dead 
refugees 
on the way to the town of Dera Baba Nanak...

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ISLAM AND CANADA
Steven Frank, Time Canada, 4/29/04
http://www.timecanada.com/printstory.adp?storyid=1

On a gray Sunday morning outside Toronto's North York City Center, 
librarygoers meander to and from the otherwise quiet underground 
shopping 
mall. But inside a hall in the concrete complex, a frightening vision 
of 
Canada is being conjured up. Some 300 fired-up members of Toronto's 
Muslim 
community have gathered to debate a proposal to establish a Shari'a 
court.

In Canada? When she first heard about it last year, women's rights 
activist 
Azar Majedi thought the idea of a tribunal in Canada based on Islamic 
jurisprudence was a joke. "I was overwhelmed, shocked," Iran-born 
Majedi 
told the audience. "To see the seeds of an Islamic republic being sown 
here 
in Canada is terrifying."

Her fears were repeated by a succession of speakers during the 
conference. 
Many expressed concern that women would be pressured to appear before 
the 
Shari'a court. Azam Kamguian, founder of the London-based Committee to 
Defend Women's Rights in the Middle East, worried that Canada's 
tendency 
toward tolerance would make people turn a blind eye to a system that 
would 
allow "Islamists to impose their agenda" on Canadian Muslims. "We 
cannot 
let multiculturalism become the last refuge of oppression," she said. 
Another speaker said Shari'a law is racist and misogynist. "The Shari'a 
court is an extension of that movement that stones women and hangs 
apostates from cranes in the streets of Iran," human rights activist 
Maryam 
Namazie said, eliciting wild applause. "Enough is enough."

Proponents of the court disagree. They say adjudicators would mediate 
only 
civil and family disputes, would not hand out penal punishments, and 
their 
decisions would be subject to appeal to a Canadian court. But if the 
system 
of Islamic justice, which could be instituted this year, would not be 
vastly different from Canadian legal norms, why create it? Because, 
Mubin 
Shaikh, a Shari'a proponent, said during a break in the debate, it is a 
tenet of Muslim belief that Islamic law is superior to "man-made law." 
Canada's Muslims want to live in a secular, parliamentary democracy, he 
told Time. But, Shaikh claimed, they also want to be judged by fellow 
Muslims, not white Anglo-Saxon Protestants. "How can these people 
relate to 
any of [Islam's] cultural nuances?" he asked...

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ARAR ACCUSER SAYS HE WAS TORTURED
Colin Freeze, Globe and Mail, 4/29/04
http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20040429.wxarar29/BNStory/Front/

Months before the Syrians locked up Maher Arar, he was fingered as a 
terrorism suspect by a Canadian acquaintance.'' During my detention and 
torture by the Syrians I was forced to divulge everyone I knew. This 
included Mr. Maher Arar,'' says Ahmad Abou El-Maati, a Toronto truck 
driver 
first arrested in November, 2001, and released from a series of Middle 
East 
prisons just a few weeks ago.

Mr. El-Maati says that shortly after his arrest he placated his 
torturers 
by falsely confessing to a bomb plot targeting Ottawa, and by falsely 
implicating others, including Mr. Arar, according to an affidavit he 
wrote 
after returning to Canada last month.

In September, 2002, U.S. agents arrested Mr. Arar in a New York 
airport, 
alleged he was an al-Qaeda terrorist, and deported him to the Middle 
East. 
Mr. Arar, freed after 10 months, returned to Canada to speak of Syrian 
torture as he aggressively lobbied for a public inquiry. It is now 
slated 
to begin in June.

The story of Mr. Arar, 33, who has said he barely knows Mr. El-Maati, 
is 
much better known than that of his 39-year-old acquaintance. The 
six-page 
affidavit Mr. El-Maati swore to just two weeks ago marks the first time 
he 
has told his story publicly, and it is written in support of his 
application to tell it in greater detail at the inquiry...

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ICNA'S LECTURES ON THE LIFE OF THE PROPHET

WHAT: ICNA - Washington Metro Area and the Islamic Society of Baltimore
Willl be hosting speeches on the seerah of the Prophet Muhammad (peace 
be 
upon him). Keynote address will be given by Alexander Kronemer on the 
relevance of Prophet Mohammad's Message in 21st Century America.

WHEN: Saturday, May 1st, 2003 (Registration: 10:30 am - 10:45 am)

WHERE: Masjid Ar-Rahmah, Baltimore, MD

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CHICAGOLAND MUSLIMS ESTABLISH RELIEF FUND FOR ILLINOIS TORNADO VICTIMS

CONTACT: Farhan Younus, Esq., Chair, CIOGC Media Relations Committee ­ 
fyounus@ciogc.org, 630-926-5566

The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC), an 
umbrella organization serving over 400,000 Muslims throughout 
Chicagoland, 
announces the establishment of a charitable fund for victims of the 
recent 
tornadoes in Illinois. In keeping with the role of Muslim-Americans as 
an 
integral element of American society and with a strong commitment to 
alleviating the pain of fellow Americans whose lives have been 
drastically 
affected by these natural disasters, the CIOGC has launched a 
fund-raising 
drive across the Chicago area and urges fellow Americans of all faiths 
to 
contribute generously to this noble cause.

Kareem Irfan, Chairman of the CIOGC stated, "We appeal to all 
Chicagoans to 
join us in this time of statewide concern by giving generously to the 
victims of this devastating natural disaster.  We share the pain and 
suffering resulting from the wide-spread loss of lives, homes and 
property 
and earnestly hope that these fundraising efforts will ease some of the 
suffering in the affected areas."   The CIOGC has worked with its 
member 
organizations to establish fund-raising drives at the grass roots level 
within the Muslim-American community.  Mosques and community centers 
across 
Chicago will address the tornado tragedy and appeal for funds during 
Friday 
congregational prayers. The CIOGC expects to have its representatives 
deliver collected funds directly to authorities in the affected areas.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR: Celebrating 10 years of community service

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 4/30/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: LOVE GOD AND THE PROPHET
* REASON #10 TO JOIN CAIR - Action Alerts
	- CAIR Public Library Project: 7440
* CA GOV'S ISRAEL TRIP DISAPPOINTS ARABS, MUSLIMS (AP)
* OK RADIO HOST: 'ALLAH IS NOT THE GOD OF THIS NATION'
	- Severin Fails to Own Up to His Words (Boston Globe)
	- CAIR Renews Call for Radio Host's Firing
	- Radio Host Says Remarks Misconstrued (Boston Globe)
* 'PORK' LEFT AT UW-MILWAUKEE MUSLIM STUDENT OFFICE
* WI: NEW MOSQUE OPENS TODAY IN APPLETON (Post-Crescent)
	- MI: Muslims Plan New Mosque (Detroit News)
* BUSH FEELS 'DISGUST' AT ABUSE OF IRAQIS (AP)
	- US Seen as Occupier, Not Liberator (CS Monitor)
	- Looking For the Exit (UPI)
	- Arab Stations Show Iraqi Prisoner Images (AP)
* PATRIOT ACT SUPPRESSES NEWS OF CHALLENGE (Wash Post)
	- Citizens and Enemies (Wash Post)
* MI: A CALL TO PRAYER BY LOUDSPEAKER (CS Monitor)
	- NY: Group Promotes Understanding (Newsday)
* THAI MUSLIMS GRIEVE, ARMY HUNTS MILITANTS (Wash Post)
	- Thai Rebels at Mosque Knew Their Fate (LA Times)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: LOVE GOD AND THE PROPHET

Narrated Anas - "A man asked the Prophet about the Hour (of the Day of 
Judgment) saying: 'When will the Hour be?' The Prophet replied: 'What 
have 
you prepared for it?' The man said: 'Nothing, except that I love God 
and 
His Apostle.' The Prophet said: 'You will be with those you love.' We 
had 
never been so glad as we were on hearing those words of the Prophet."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 5, Hadith 37

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REASON #10 TO JOIN CAIR - ACTION ALERTS

Through its action alerts, CAIR has effectively mobilized individuals 
and 
communities to react to both positive and negative issues in a matter 
of 
hours. For example, when CAIR issued an action alert to thank CNN for 
their 
positive coverage of Hajj, hundreds responded immediately by making 
calls, 
sending emails, and even flowers.

In our new membership drive, "Building a Better America...One Member at 
a 
Time," CAIR intends (God Willing) to sign up 25,000 new members by its 
10th 
year anniversary celebration scheduled for June 12, 2004.

TO JOIN, GO TO: http://www.cair-net.org/asp/membercamp.asp
Students Click here! 
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=33172&page=NB

If you have any problems signing up as a CAIR member through the web 
site, 
please call 202-488-8787 and ask for "membership," or e-mail: 
iabusway@cair-net.org

ALSO SEE:

CAIR PUBLIC LIBRARY PROJECT UPDATE: 7440 SPONSORSHIPS

The goal of CAIR's library project is to send accurate and objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

For only $150, Muslim individuals and groups may sponsor 18-item 
packages 
about Islam and Muslims, which are then distributed to the library of 
their 
choice.

To sponsor a library call, 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320, or visit: 
www.libraryproject.org.

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GOVERNOR'S ISRAEL TRIP DISAPPOINTS ARAB-AMERICANS IN CALIFORNIA
BEN FOX, Associated Press, 4/30/04
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/states/california/counties/alameda_county/8560701.htm?1c

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's weekend trip to Israel 
has 
angered and disappointed Arab-Americans over what they see as a glaring 
gap 
in his itinerary: No time is set aside to hear from Palestinians about 
their bitter struggle with the Jewish state.

The 24-hour trip is intended as a feel-good mission to celebrate the 
groundbreaking for a museum of tolerance in Jerusalem and to put to 
rest 
suggestions that Schwarzenegger has any sympathy with his father's Nazi 
past. Still, Arab Americans feel slighted.

"He's going to disappoint a lot of people here and all over the world," 
Sam 
Ali, a salesman originally from Egypt, said as he parked his car in an 
Anaheim neighborhood that features a growing number of shops catering 
to 
Arab-Americans.

Ali, 29, said he voted for Schwarzenegger in last year's recall, after 
deciding that former Gov. Gray Davis was ineffective. But he echoed the 
sentiments of nearly everyone else interviewed in the district known as 
"Little Arabia" in expressing deep disappointment over the governor's 
Israel itinerary.

"He should be working to make peace between both sides," he said.

Schwarzenegger agreed to attend the groundbreaking more than a year 
ago, 
before he was a candidate for governor, and said earlier this month 
that 
the visit is "an extraordinary moment for me."

Arab-Americans said they wished he also would take a detour to see the 
poverty and despair among Palestinians in the West Bank or Gaza Strip 
and 
listen to their complaints about Israel.

"It's his prerogative to visit, but he should be fair to all races and 
religions," said Mohammed Abdullah, 46, a Palestinian-American who 
works as 
a butcher in Anaheim.

Did he vote for Schwarzenegger? "Unfortunately," Abdullah said.

The interviews in Anaheim offer an incomplete snapshot of the opinions 
of 
California's approximately 600,000 Arab-Americans, about 1.7 percent of 
the 
state's total population. Some declined to speak to a reporter, saying 
they 
were sensitive to anti-Muslim sentiment and reluctant to criticize a 
government official.

The Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations plans 
to 
issue a report Monday that the group says will document an increase in 
anti-Muslim incidents nationwide. Its Anaheim-based California branch 
will 
issue a separate report about hate crimes in the state.

The group said California has the nation's highest number of incidents 
and 
largest population of Muslims, about a million.

A spokeswoman for the California branch, Sabiha Khan, offered a 
cautious 
response to Schwarzenegger's plan to attend Sunday's groundbreaking for 
the 
Simon Wiesenthal Center museum of tolerance and meet with Israeli 
government leaders, including Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

"We welcome his trip abroad to learn more, and we hope that since he's 
interested in tolerance that he takes a trip to the Palestinian side to 
see 
the devastation they are living through under the occupation," Khan 
said…

ACTION REQUESTED: (Be POLITE and RESPECTFUL.)

Contact Governor Schwarzenegger to ask that he 1) learn more about the 
suffering caused by Israel's occupation and 2) hear the views of all 
parties to the conflict.

CONTACT:

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: 916-445-2841
Fax: 916-445-4633

E-MAIL: governor@governor.ca.gov
COPY TO: SOCAL@cair.com

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HATE HURTS AMERICA

OK RADIO HOST: 'ALLAH IS NOT THE GOD OF THIS NATION'

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"Michael DelGiorno on standing up for what's right...

"Allah is not the God of this nation, but that is exactly the agenda of 
Islam: to change our government from within through politics and 
through 
tolerance and inclusion -- alter our culture.

"But make no mistake about it, their goal is not to be one of many gods 
and 
one of many religions, it's to be the God and the religion of the 
entire Earth.

"Christians you better start speaking up and standing up for what's 
right, 
it's all ready too late in Michigan...(An apparent reference to the 
controversy over broadcasting the Muslim call to prayer in Michigan.)

"How much longer before it's too late right here at home?"

"...Michael DelGiorno, weekday morning, 5:30 to 9....Tulsa's talk radio 
1170 KFAQ."

ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE.)

Contact the station to express your concerns about using anti-Muslim 
bigotry to gain listeners.

CONTACT:

Mr. Randy Bush
General Manager
1170 KFAQ
4590 East 29th Street
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74114

Phone: (918) 743-7814
Comment Line: (918) 460-1170
WEB: http://www.1170kfaq.com/

E-MAIL: rbush@journalbroadcastgroup.com, 
bgann@journalbroadcastgroup.com, 
ltaber@journalbroadcastgroup.com, llindquist@journalbroadcastgroup.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

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SEVERIN FAILS TO OWN UP TO HIS WORDS
Scot Lehigh, Boston Globe, 4/30/04
http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2004/04/30/severin_fails_to_own_up_to_his_words/

Here's today's question: How dopey does WTKK radio talkmeister Jay 
Severin 
think "the best and brightest" actually are? Or, to put it another way, 
what happens when one of the year's most dishonest defenses collides 
with 
one of talk radio's most worshipful audiences?

Now, I occasionally listen to "Extreme Games" on 96.9 FM, and there are 
some moments that lead one to conclude that Severin is no idiot.

Of course, other days argue equally strongly for the contrary 
proposition 
-- and last Thursday was clearly one of the latter. After a caller 
suggested that the United States should befriend Muslims who live in 
this 
country, Severin noted that he had an alternative viewpoint: They 
should be 
killed.

The problem for Severin was that some members of his audience, which he 
calls "the best and brightest," are Muslim. Several found his call for 
their death jarring enough to cause them to pick up the phone come 
Monday, 
particularly after a Sunday Globe story quoted a spokesman for the 
Council 
on American-Islamic Relations alleging, erroneously, that what Severin 
had 
said was, "I've got an idea, let's kill all Muslims."

[CAIR NOTE: The original "quote" referenced above came from WTKK 
General 
Manager Matt Mills, who listened to a tape of the program and 
paraphrased 
Severin's remarks to CAIR. Mills, who refused to provide a tape of the 
actual program, re-confirmed this interpretation of Serverin's comments 
to 
two CAIR staffers. CAIR's original news release made it clear that the 
quote came through Mills.]

One Monday caller said he had almost driven off the road when he heard 
Severin's remark. And further, that he had contemplated "coming to your 
broadcast and saying . . . `you know what? I am a Muslim, kill me,' 
because 
that is precisely what you said."

"It is not what I said," Severin insisted. As the man challenged him to 
replay the controversial remark, the host could be heard telling his 
producers to turn the caller down...

Here's what Severin did say: "I have an alternative viewpoint. It's 
slightly different than yours. You think we should befriend them. I 
think 
we should kill them."

Let me slip into Jay's didactic mode. That, best and brightest, is 
what's 
known as a distinction without a difference. The words may vary 
slightly, 
but the sentiment is the same.

The way Severin wiggles away from those comments is to insist, as he 
did to 
me yesterday, that he really meant Muslim terrorists. "I was never 
talking 
about, have never talked about . . . citizens, people in this country 
who 
live among us and who are not our enemies," he said.

In fact, as listening to the recording makes clear, the truth is 
exactly 
the opposite: Before he made his remark, Severin was talking precisely 
about Muslims living in this country. Indeed, he had made several 
references to "the majority of Muslims" in the United States, who, he 
said, 
are loyal not to the United States but to their religion and who are 
ready, 
when the time comes, to take over the country.

Point that out to Severin and he starts turning semiotic somersaults. 
The 
context that matters is not that of the actual conversation but 
previous 
discussions on his show in which he has made clear that not all Muslims 
are 
enemies, he says.

On Monday, Severin offered a classic nonapology apology: "I certainly 
regret any discomfort that may have been caused by the misunderstanding 
of 
my remarks."

Here's the blatant hypocrisy. Severin sells himself as a straight 
shooter, 
a determined truth-teller. If he truly were that, he would have 
admitted 
that he said something morally appalling, and he'd have offered a 
manful 
apology, with no weasel words, qualifiers, or escape clauses. Instead, 
Severin has played the charlatan, hiding behind a Clintonesque denial 
and 
trying to fool his audience into thinking he has won a great victory in 
the 
small correction of his quote. He hasn't been vindicated, and his faux 
populist palaver is complete intellectual dishonesty.

On Monday, the Muslim caller, hearing the host's extreme semantic 
games, 
understood precisely what was going on.

"This is your demise, Jay, because you are not being truthful," he 
said.

SEE ALSO:

CAIR RENEWS CALL FOR RADIO HOST'S FIRING
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=167&page=AA

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RADIO HOST SAYS REMARKS MISCONSTRUED
Michael S. Rosenwald, Boston Globe, 4/27/04
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2004/04/27/radio_host_says_remarks_misconstrued/

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'PORK' LEFT AT UW-MILWAUKEE MUSLIM STUDENT OFFICE
Islamic educational displays stolen and vandalized

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/30/2004) - The Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR) today announced that what appeared to be raw pork was left 
earlier 
this week at the office of a Muslim student group at the University of 
Wisconsin in Milwaukee (UWM). CAIR has asked campus police to 
investigate 
the incident as a possible bias-related crime.

The president of the UWM Muslim Student Association (MSA) told CAIR 
that 
what he described as "raw pork meat" was shoved under the door and in 
the 
doorway of the group's office on campus sometime prior to Monday 
morning. 
(Muslims are prohibited from consuming pork.) Islamic educational 
materials 
on the wall of the office were also stolen and vandalized. The same 
office 
was vandalized last year. MSA officials are seeking a security camera 
for 
the area near the office.

A campus police official told CAIR that there is an open investigation 
of 
the vandalism, but that the incident cannot be labeled a hate crime 
without 
further evidence of a bias motive or threat.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in 
Washington, D.C., and has 26 regional offices and chapters nationwide 
and 
in Canada.

       					- END -

CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: 
cair@cair-net.org; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, 
E-Mail:  rahmed@cair-net.org

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WI: NEW MOSQUE OPENS TODAY IN APPLETON
Cheryl Sherry, Post-Crescent, 4/30/04
http://www.wisinfo.com/postcrescent/news/archive/local_15893891.shtml

APPLETON - Muslims in the Fox Valley have a new mosque beginning today.

The Islamic Center of Wisconsin, created out of a converted office 
building 
at 720 W. Parkway Blvd., opens for its first prayer service at 1 p.m.

It joins the long-established Fox Valley Islamic Society in Neenah as 
places of Muslim worship here. A group of nine families that formerly 
worshipped at the Neenah mosque spearheaded the drive for the new 
mosque, 
saying they were seeking an alternative place of worship. They say they 
have no hard feelings for the FVIS.

"People think we are splitting up the community, but we are not doing 
that," said Christine Ibrahim of Green Bay. "We are just having other 
options for people to choose the way they want to pray and worship. 
People 
have a choice now."

When Ibrahim, then a Catholic, first moved to Green Bay, she searched 
for a 
Catholic church with the right spiritual fit. It wasn't hard to find.

"In our neighborhood alone within a two- or three-mile radius, I can go 
to 
probably four or five (Catholic) churches," she said.

After marrying and then converting to husband Mohamed's Islamic faith 
three 
years ago, Christine had only one choice.

"Even though Islam is the second-largest growing religion in the United 
States, in Wisconsin it's not that well known," she said. "In fact, 
from 
north Milwaukee all the way to east Minneapolis, there was only one 
mosque 
(Neenah's Fox Valley Islamic Society)...

ALSO SEE:

MI: MUSLIMS PLAN NEW MOSQUE IN ROCHESTER HILLS
Oralandar Brand-Williams, Detroit News, 4/30/04
http://www.detnews.com/2004/religion/0404/30/d04-138358.htm

ROCHESTER HILLS - The leaders of a Detroit Muslim congregation have 
submitted plans to city officials to build a mosque.

Officials with the Baitul Muzaffar mosque in Detroit have applied for a 
permit to build a $2.5 million, 16,000-square-foot mosque on Auburn 
Road, 
east of Crooks. It would be the second mosque in the city.

"It's not too small, but it's not a grandiose mosque either," said Novi 
resident Nasir Malik, president of the Detroit chapter of the Ahmadiyya 
Movement of Islam. The chapter has about 300 members and covers most of 
Michigan.

The number of residents who emigrated from India, Pakistan and other 
Asian 
countries where Islam is a major religion has grown in Oakland County 
in 
the past decade, particularly in Troy. Coupled with the increasing 
numbers 
of Arab-Americans who are Muslims, the demand for more mosques in 
Oakland 
County is expected to grow.

The mosque is affiliated with the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam, a form 
of 
Islam established in 1889, by Mirza Ghulam Qadiani in a small Punjabi 
village in India.

The sect represents 200 million of the 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide, 
said 
Malik, a 54-year-old automotive engineer.

The Baitul Muzaffar mosque has 300 members scattered across southeast 
Michigan, Malik said. Most of its members are from India and Pakistan. 
Some 
of the group's services are held in other places, such as Ann Arbor and 
Rochester Hills, because the Detroit mosque lacks space....

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BUSH FEELS 'DISGUST' AT ABUSE OF IRAQIS
Associated Press, 4/30/04
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/politics/wire/sns-ap-bush-prisoners,1,6754242.story

WASHINGTON - President Bush has condemned the apparent mistreatment of 
some 
Iraqi prisoners, saying, ``Their treatment does not reflect the nature 
of 
the American people. That's not the way we do things in America. I 
didn't 
like it one bit.''

He was asked about photos showing Iraqi prisoners naked except for 
hoods 
covering their heads, stacked in a human pyramid, one with a slur 
written 
in English on his skin. That and other scenes of humiliation have led 
to 
criminal charges against six American soldiers. Arab television 
stations 
were leading their newscasts on Friday with the photos.

``I share a deep disgust that those prisoners were treated the way they 
were treated,'' Bush said.

There currently are 138,000 U.S. troops in Iraq and 24,900 troops from 
coalition countries.

Bush made his comments in the White House Rose Garden after a meeting 
with 
Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin.

ALSO SEE:

NEW IRAQ POLL: US SEEN AS OCCUPIER, NOT LIBERATOR
Tom Regan, Christian Science Monitor, 4/29/04
http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0429/dailyUpdate.html

To get a sense of what Iraqis were thinking a year after the overthrow 
of 
former dictator Saddam Hussein, researchers for the Gallup 
Organization, 
working with funding from CNN and USA Today, sat down with 3444 Iraqis 
in 
March and early April (before the latest outbreaks of violence). They 
conducted interviews that lasted as long as 70 minutes (often at great 
personal risk). And what they found does not bode well in the 
short-term 
for the US and its allies in Iraq, although it may bode well for the 
future 
of Iraq as a democracy.

The survey finds Iraqis mixed on the results of the invasion of Iraq, 
reports the Washington Post. Forty-two percent of Iraqis say their 
country 
is better off, while 46 percent say the US has "done more harm than 
good" 
in the past year. The survey also showed significant differences along 
ethnic/sectarian lines, with Sunnis being strongly negative towards the 
US-led coalition, Shiites being more positive but growing more 
negative, 
while the Kurds in the north were quite supportive of the US (95 
percent of 
Kurds supported the US-led invasion of Iraq)...

In an other incident that called into question the behavior of US 
troops in 
Iraq, Wednesday night CBS News showed pictures of alleged abuse against 
Iraqi prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad. According to the 
photos, US military police stacked naked Iraqi prisoners in a human 
pyramid, and "attached wires to one detainee to convince him he might 
be 
electrocuted." Last month the US Army announced that six US reservists 
serving as MPs face a court martial for allegedly abusing prisoners at 
Abu 
Ghraib. Also, disciplinary actions has been recommended against the 
seven 
senior US officials who help run the prison, including Brig. Gen. 
Janice 
Karpinski, the commander of the 800th Brigade.

The Baltimore Sun reports that one of the accused reservists, who is 
pleading not guilty to the charge, said the problem was with the way 
the 
prison was run...

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COMMENTARY: LOOKING FOR THE EXIT
Arnaud de Borchgrave, UPI, 4/29/04
http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20040429-113745-2828r

WASHINGTON-- If it wasn't a quagmire, it was certainly quagmiry. And 
the 
first prominent retired general to break ranks with President Bush's 
Iraq 
war policy was a Republican who once headed the National Security 
Agency 
and also served as a deputy National Security Adviser. Gen. William E. 
Odom, a fluent Russian speaker who teaches at Georgetown and Yale, told 
the 
Wall Street Journal's John Harwood staying the course in Iraq is 
untenable.

It was hard to disagree with Odom's description of Mr. Bush's vision of 
reordering the Middle East by building a democracy in Iraq as a 
pipedream. 
His prescription: Remove U.S. forces "from that shattered country as 
rapidly as possible." Odom says bluntly, "we have failed," and "the 
issue 
is how high a price we're going to pay - less, by getting out sooner, 
or 
more, by getting out later."

At best, Iraq will emerge from the current geopolitical earthquake as 
"a 
highly illiberal democracy, inspired by Islamic culture, extremely 
hostile 
to the West and probably quite willing to fund terrorist 
organizations," 
Odom explained. If that wasn't enough to erode support for the war, 
Odom 
added, "The ability of Islamist militants to use Iraq as a beachhead 
for 
attacks against American interests elsewhere may increase."

Odom, who heads the pro-Republican Hudson Institute, also sees the sum 
total of what the U.S. occupation of Iraq has achieved is "the 
radicalization of Saudi Arabia and probably Egypt, too. And the longer 
we 
stay in Iraq, the more isolated America will become."

The retired four-star's proposed solution is for the United Nations and 
the 
European allies to take charge of political and security arrangements. 
This 
formal request from the United States, says Odom, should be accompanied 
by 
a unilateral declaration that U.S. forces are leaving even if no one 
else 
agrees to come in...

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ARAB STATIONS SHOW IRAQI PRISONER IMAGES
Nadia Abou El-Magd, Associated Press, 4/30/04
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apmideast_story.asp?category=1107&slug=Mideast%20Prisoner%20Abuse

CAIRO, Egypt - Arab television stations led their newscasts Friday with 
photographs of Iraqi prisoners being humiliated by U.S. military 
police. 
One main channel called the pictures evidence of the ``immoral 
practices'' 
of American forces.

The images, including prisoners naked except for hoods covering their 
heads, documented alleged abuses that have led to charges against six 
American soldiers. They were first broadcast Wednesday night in the 
United 
States on CBS' ``60 Minutes II.''

The Dubai-based Al-Arabiya and the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera channels 
blurred 
the nudity of the prisoners.

The images were potentially inflammatory in an Arab world already angry 
at 
the U.S. occupation of Iraq. Arabs consider public nudity as 
dishonorable.

Prime Minister Tony Blair's office Friday condemned the alleged abuse 
of 
Iraqi prisoners, but stressed it did not reflect the conduct of the 
vast 
majority of coalition troops.

``This is not representative of the 150,000 soldiers that are in 
Iraq,'' 
Blair's official spokesman said.

Blair's spokesman also confirmed eight cases of alleged mistreatment of 
Iraqis by British personnel were being investigated by the army's 
Special 
Investigations Branch...

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PATRIOT ACT SUPPRESSES NEWS OF CHALLENGE TO PATRIOT ACT
Dan Eggen, Washington Post, 4/28/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A51423-2004Apr28?language=printer

The American Civil Liberties Union disclosed yesterday that it filed a 
lawsuit three weeks ago challenging the FBI's methods of obtaining many 
business records, but the group was barred from revealing even the 
existence of the case until now.

  The lawsuit was filed April 6 in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, 
but 
the case was kept under seal to avoid violating secrecy rules contained 
in 
the USA Patriot Act, the ACLU said. The group was allowed to release a 
redacted version of the lawsuit after weeks of negotiations with the 
government.

"It is remarkable that a gag provision in the Patriot Act kept the 
public 
in the dark about the mere fact that a constitutional challenge had 
been 
filed in court," Ann Beeson, the ACLU's associate legal director, said 
in a 
statement. "President Bush can talk about extending the life of the 
Patriot 
Act, but the ACLU is still gagged from discussing details of our 
challenge 
to it."

A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment on the case.

The ACLU alleges that a section of the act is unconstitutional because 
it 
allows the FBI to request financial records and other documents from 
businesses without a warrant or judicial approval. The group also says 
such 
requests, known as "national security letters," are being used much 
more 
broadly than they were before the Patriot Act.

The bureau has issued scores of the letters since late 2001 that 
require 
businesses to turn over electronic records about finances, telephone 
calls, 
e-mail and other personal information, according to previously released 
documents. The letters, a type of administrative subpoena, may be 
issued 
independently by FBI field offices and are not subject to judicial 
review 
unless a case comes to court.

The ACLU's complaint focuses on the use of national security letters to 
obtain information held by "electronic communication service 
providers." 
The group says the letters could force Internet providers to turn over 
names, screen names, e-mail addresses and other customer information 
without proper notice to the people involved...

ALSO SEE:

CITIZENS AND ENEMIES
Washington Post, 4/30/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A54875-2004Apr29.html

The Supreme Court finally heard oral arguments Wednesday in the cases 
of 
Yaser Esam Hamdi and Jose Padilla, two U.S. citizens the military has 
been 
holding as enemy combatants for the past couple of years. The 
government 
alleges that Mr. Padilla is an al Qaeda operative who returned to this 
country to conduct terrorist operations; Mr. Hamdi, who was born in the 
United States but grew up in Saudi Arabia, was detained in Afghanistan 
when 
his Taliban combat unit surrendered. Their detentions present one of 
the 
most worrisome challenges to civil liberties of the post-Sept. 11 era: 
The 
government has held them both without charge and, for much of the time, 
incommunicado and without access to counsel. What's more, both of the 
courts of appeals that have considered the cases have flubbed them. 
Coherent guidance from the Supreme Court is needed.

The government contends that the courts should approve both detentions 
simply on its say-so. It submitted a hearsay affidavit in each case 
laying 
out a sketch of its evidence. In Mr. Hamdi's case, the Court of Appeals 
for 
the 4th Circuit agreed that this was good enough. The court consigned 
him 
to detention until the end of hostilities -- whatever that means in a 
conflict such as this -- on the basis of a two-page document and 
without 
even hearing from him. To describe this proceeding is to reject it. As 
Frank Dunham, a lawyer for Mr. Hamdi, said in a passionate summation 
yesterday, the executive branch is essentially saying, "Trust us." But 
a 
bedrock principle of U.S. law is habeas corpus, which allows courts to 
review the legality of detentions, "because we didn't trust the 
executive 
branch when we founded this government," Mr. Dunham said. All Americans 
who 
are locked up must have a meaningful forum in which to dispute the 
allegations against them...

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MI: A CALL TO PRAYER - BY LOUDSPEAKER
Amanda Paulson, Christian Science Monitor, 4/30/04
http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0430/p01s03-ussc.html

HAMTRAMCK, MICH. - In this working-class town surrounded by Detroit, 
every 
street corner is a meeting of nations. Kosinski Hardware sits across 
from 
Aladdin Sweets. Olga and Ania's Beauty Salon is next door to a Bosnian 
restaurant, and the local King Video advertises movies in Albanian, 
Arabic, 
Polish, and Hindi. Conversations on the street are as likely to be in 
Bengali or Polish as in English.

But if Hamtramck's immigrant past has always been a source of pride, 
lately 
it's caused tensions as well, now amplified - literally - by a call to 
prayer that local mosques will broadcast from speakers five times a 
day.

The city council's adoption this week of an ordinance that allows the 
calls 
between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. has spurred debate about where the right to 
religious freedom ends and the right to quiet begins. Now, a flood of 
dissent has turned Hamtramck into a national symbol of culture clash, 
an 
intersection of turmoil and tolerance. What began as a simple question 
of 
noise has become a flash point of religious distrust, difference, and 
fear 
of Muslim "outsiders."

"Fear is the driving factor here," says the Rev. Stanley Ulman, a 
mild-mannered pastor who has presided over St. Ladislaus church for 25 
years. Many Polish residents "feel that this isn't their town anymore - 
that they're being shoved out." The Reverend Ulman has urged his 
congregation not to rush to judgment - to give the broadcasts a chance 
and, 
more important, to start a dialogue with Muslim neighbors. But many are 
skeptical. "Change is the issue here," he says. "And change is always 
difficult..."

ALSO SEE:

GROUP PROMOTES UNDERSTANDING
Collin Nash, Newsday, 4/30/04
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-lifait293779736apr30,0,1354489.story 


A wife and mother working on her MBA, Homaira Mamoor is like many 
Americans: Her life revolves around her family and trying to get ahead.

But the native of Kabul, Afghanistan, who came to the United States 
almost 
30 years ago at age 10, said life on Long Island has been stressful for 
her 
and her family since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

"It's tough being a Muslim on Long Island today," Mamoor of West Islip, 
told a packed auditorium of Brentwood East Middle School students 
Wednesday. She said her three young daughters, sixth-, fourth-, and 
third-graders, have been harassed in school.

"We are all neighbors," she said. "We have to stop the hate and 
celebrate 
our diversity."

Mamoor and a group of other Long Islanders of varying faiths have 
embarked 
on a recent mission to do just that. Sponsored by the Long Island 
Multi-Faith Forum - organized in 1994 to acquaint Long Islanders with 
different faiths through rituals, music, dance, fellowship and 
education - 
the program, Building Bridges - targets school- age youth in hopes of 
enlightening them before negative stereotypes become ingrained.

This week's five-member panel consisted of representatives from the 
Bahai 
faith, Islam, Buddhism, and Sikhism. Volunteers from the group have 
made 
presentations in four other districts, Port Jefferson, Hauppauge, Kings 
Park and Great Neck South, in recent weeks...

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SOUTHERN THAI MUSLIMS GRIEVE, ARMY HUNTS MILITANTS
Vorasit Satienlerk, Reuters, 4/30/04
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5002680

PATTANI, Thailand - Saddened and angry, Muslims attended Friday prayers 
across restive southern Thailand as troops stepped up the hunt for what 
officials said could be thousands of Islamic separatists.

Thailand is reeling from Wednesday's unprecedented violence in its 
three 
southern, Muslim-majority provinces, where troops and police shot dead 
108 
gun- and machete-wielding Islamic militants after coming under attack 
in a 
series of dawn raids.

"The people are upset and angry," said Yosoff Samail, 60, head cleric 
at 
the central mosque in the provincial town of Pattani, where troops with 
rocket-propelled grenades and teargas stormed another mosque and killed 
more than 30 insurgents inside.

"They want to know why the army killed those in the mosque. Why did 
they 
use heavy weapons? Why didn't they ask the chief Islamic leader what to 
do?" he said after prayers attended by more than 1,000 faithful, many 
spilling onto the streets.

Across the border in Muslim-majority Malaysia, where sympathy is strong 
for 
Malay-speaking Thai Muslims, opposition politicians branded the mosque 
shootout the "massacre of Pattani."

"This is an oppression, a massacre against Muslims," said Sallehuddin 
Ayob, 
youth chief of the Parti Islam se-Malaysia (PAS), adding that no one 
had 
proved the dead were terrorists...

ALSO SEE:

THAI REBELS AT MOSQUE KNEW THEIR FATE, WITNESSES SAY;
Richard C. Paddock, Los Angeles Times, 4/30/04
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-thailand30apr30,1,1085668.story

PATTANI, Thailand - The smell of blood hung over the Krue Se mosque 
Thursday. Its historic brick walls were marred by hundreds of bullet 
holes. 
Its marble floors were gouged where rocket-propelled grenades exploded. 
A 
torn, bloodstained Koran lay salvaged in the courtyard.

Here, 32 Muslim rebels chose to die Wednesday in a hail of lead and 
shrapnel rather than surrender to police. A day later, thousands came 
to 
view the gruesome scene. To many, the dead were heroes.

"If they wanted to escape, they could have easily," said Anek 
Wannailao, a 
regular worshiper at the mosque. "But they wanted to come here and 
create 
history."

The men were among 108 Islamic militants who died after attacking a 
dozen 
police stations and checkpoints in southern Thailand in an attempt to 
steal 
firearms. Many of the rebels were armed only with machetes. Five police 
officers and soldiers also died.

The security forces, which had been alerted in advance to the planned 
simultaneous dawn assaults, gunned down many of the rebels as they 
attacked. Facing certain defeat, the 32 fighters retreated to the 16th 
century mosque, one of the holiest Islamic sites in Thailand.

Shooing others out of the building, the rebels took over the 
loudspeaker 
used for the call to prayer and urged fellow Muslims to join them in 
devoting their lives to God, witnesses said...

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR: Celebrating 10 years of community service

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 5/2/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: A WISE PERSON
* BECOME A CAIR MEMBER
* CAIR TO RELEASE MUSLIM CIVIL RIGHTS REPORT
	- CAIR-NY Cosponsors Immigrant Voter Campaign
* THE MUSLIM VOTE (NY Newsday)
	- Islamic Voters See '04 as Watershed (OC Register)
	- U.S. Muslims' Viewpoints Surveyed (Washington Post)
* ANTI-MUSLIM COMMENTS DRAW HEAT (Religion News Service)
* WI: MSA CONCERNED VANDALISM WAS HATE CRIME (Milwaukee Journal)
* CA: MOSQUE POSTER CAMPAIGN PROMOTES CARING (Lompoc Record)
* SHOOTING OF 'TERRORISTS' STAGED FOR US, SAYS MACEDONIA
* IRAQ PRISONER ABUSE PROBE WIDENED (Washington Post)
	- Iraqi Prisoner Details Abuse by Americans (AP)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: A WISE PERSON

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "A wise person is one 
who 
keeps watch over his bodily desires and passions, and (keeps away) from 
that which is harmful, and strives for that which will benefit him 
after 
death. And a foolish person is one who subordinates himself to his 
cravings…and expects from God the fulfillment of his futile desires."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 16

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a 
Time," CAIR intends (God Willing) to sign up 25,000 new members by its 
10th 
year anniversary celebration scheduled for June 12, 2004.

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CAIR TO RELEASE MUSLIM CIVIL RIGHTS REPORT

The Washington Daybook - General News Events
Federal Information & News Dispatch, Inc./Agence France-Presse
3 May 2004, Washington Daybook

TOPIC/SUBJECT: holds a news conference to release its ninth annual 
report, 
"Unpatriotic Acts," on the status on Muslim civil rights in the United 
States.
AGENDA: Topics include anti-Muslim violence, discrimination, profiling 
and 
harassment during 2003

1 p.m. Social Issues - News conference
SPONSOR: Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)
DATE: May 3, 2004
LOCATION: National Press Club, 14th and F Streets NW, Washington, D.C.
CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726

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CAIR-NY HELPS KICK OFF IMMIGRANT VOTER REGISTRATION CAMPAIGN

PURPOSE: To mobilize the local American Muslim community and the 
immigrant 
community at large to register to vote and be heard in the 2004 
elections.

WHEN: TUESDAY MAY 4, 2004 at 11:30 AM
WHO: CAIR-NY IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE NEW YORK IMMIGRATION COALITION AND 
MEMBERS OF THE NEW YORK IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY
WHERE:  ON THE STEPS OF NEW YORK CITY HALL
CONTACT: cair-ny@cair-ny.com, (212) 870-2002

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THE MUSLIM VOTE
Seizing on anti-Bush sentiment, city Islamic leaders are urging 
immigrants 
to register in time for Nov. race
RON HOWELL, Newsday, 5/2/04
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/newyork/politics/ny-nymusl023782850may02,0,6597470.story

Before going off to work one recent afternoon, Lena Sarsour sat down on 
her 
mother's couch and filled out a voter registration form.

Sarsour, 21, Brooklyn-born but of Palestinian descent, has grown 
increasingly bitter these past two years about the foreign policy 
actions 
of President George W. Bush, especially his decision to invade Iraq and 
his 
recent declarations supporting hard-line positions of Israeli Prime 
Minister Ariel Sharon.

Sarsour, an office manager with a Brooklyn real estate appraisal 
company, 
doesn't mince words.

"He's going to jail for war crimes," said Sarsour, who lives with her 
husband and toddler son in Bensonhurst, speaking of Bush.

"I think he's a major terrorist and I think he's prejudiced."

Sarsour's mother and father, Maha and Nidal Sarsour, who live in Sunset 
Park, say they registered to vote about three weeks ago and cannot wait 
to 
cast ballots against Bush in November.

Muslim leaders in the New York area say they have been urging Muslim 
immigrants such as Sarsour to fill out registration cards, hoping to 
give 
new strength to a community that has been politically powerless.

In New York State, only one major elected office holder, Democratic 
Assemb. 
Roger Green of Brooklyn, is Muslim. He is African-American, and a 
convert 
to Islam.

Nationwide, leaders of Muslim immigrant groups say they expect the 
voices 
of their communities to be heard this year as never before.

A little known fact about Muslim immigrants is that they overwhelmingly 
supported George W. Bush against Al Gore for president in 2000, said 
Amaney 
Jamal, a professor of politics at Princeton University and an expert on 
American Muslims.

"This is a man [Bush] that many in the Muslim community feel they 
played a 
role in bringing into office," she said.

But in the wake of Sept. 11, 2001, many Arabs who supported Bush in his 
first run will work to oust him now.

"I think people are expressing their frustration with Bush across the 
board 
right now," Jamal said. "In general, they are really upset with what 
Bush 
is doing and they plan to express that opinion at the polls..."

Imams, or Islamic spiritual leaders, as well as directors of various 
community groups, have been trying to persuade worshippers at mosques 
that 
voting is a religious as well as civic duty.

"When the government uses part of my money, which is taxes, for 
something 
which is wrong, and I say nothing about it, then I am responsible on 
judgment day," said Ghazi Khankan, director of interfaith affairs at 
the 
Islamic Center of Long Island in Westbury…

Khankan said that at religious services on Friday he gave out about 50 
new 
voter registration forms.

Like the Sarsours in Brooklyn, Khankan expressed particular anger at 
the 
Bush administration's occupation of Iraq and its support of Israel 
against 
the Palestinians.

Not all Muslim immigrants are as passionate in their opposition to Bush 
as 
Palestinian-Americans are.

Many groups have other concerns at the top of their lists.

Pakistanis, for example, who are Muslims but not Arabs, appear to be 
much 
more concerned about the Patriot Act and the post-Sept. 11, 2001, 
roundups 
of undocumented immigrants.

"I would say that the most important policies for us are the policies 
attacking the immigrants," said Mohammad Razvi, executive director of 
the 
Council of Pakistan Organizations on Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn…

African-American Muslims - who according to experts at Columbia 
University 
make up about a third of the roughly 600,000 Muslims in New York City 
and 6 
million in the nation - strongly opposed Bush in 2000. But immigrants 
saw 
him as an ally on domestic as well as many foreign policy issues, Jamal 
said.

Then came the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Many Muslim immigrants feel the Bush administration turned its back on 
them 
by detaining and deporting hundreds of undocumented immigrants from the 
Middle East and South Asia, and by occupying Iraq at a cost of so many 
Muslim lives, Jamal said.

"I feel that people do intend to vote in the upcoming election," Jamal 
said. "It's not that they're confident Kerry is going to do a better 
job. 
It's really a vote against Bush."

SEE ALSO:

ISLAMIC VOTERS IN U.S. SEE '04 AS WATERSHED
Ann Pepper, Orange County Register, 5/1/04
http://www.dailynews.com/Stories/0,1413,200~20954~2121333,00.html

Sama Wareh registered to vote for the first time last year. But not for 
real. Just for extra credit in political science.

This time it's different, said the Anaheim Hills college student as she 
marked "independent" on a registration form.

For Wareh and thousands of other Arab-Americans and Muslims in the 
nation, 
the 2004 election is taking on the aura of a defining moment.

"We're waking up," said Wareh, 20, a film and zoology student at 
California 
State University, Fullerton. "We know we've got to become more involved 
in 
the society we live in."

Some of her community's concerns mirror everybody's: the cost of 
housing, 
education, health care. But in the wake of Sept. 11, 2001, American 
Muslims 
say their faith has been maligned and their loyalty unfairly 
questioned. 
Islamophobia, they believe, is on the rise.

Muslims take responsibility for some of that. They are coming to 
realize, 
Wareh said, that the only way to be recognized as full-status Americans 
is 
to participate fully in civic life. And that means more than just 
voting.

Arab-Americans and U.S. Muslims always vote in large numbers. An 
estimated 
79 percent are registered, and 85 percent of those say they vote, 
according 
to a 2001 poll taken on behalf of Georgetown University in Washington, 
D.C.

Political activists believe the power of the community's bloc vote 
helped 
put George Bush in the White House four years ago. Bush won the 
community's 
votes overwhelmingly in Florida, where he claimed the presidency with 
less 
than a 600-vote margin.

The community cast a bloc vote on the advice of trusted voices, as from 
the 
Council on American Islamic Relations and the Muslim Public Affairs 
Council. Word spread to voters over the Internet, at Islamic centers 
and 
through popular, ethnic newspapers, such as Al-Watan and Arab World in 
Anaheim and An-Nahar in Whittier.

"It was what he said, particularly opposing the use of secret evidence. 
Plus, frankly, Gore ignored us," said Omar Zaki, who oversees politics 
for 
CAIR in Anaheim.

This time, rank-and-file Muslim voters say their support won't be won 
as 
easily. They are grasping for a better understanding of issues and 
candidates and a stronger say in government…

"This is a critical election for us, the first high-profile national 
election since 9-11," said Zaki, 38, formerly a sales executive for a 
global industrial gas company. "We raise our children here. We want a 
secure environment for them, too. Just because we go to a mosque and 
you go 
to a temple or a church, there is no difference. And our work now -- 
all 
this is for the long haul."

Bush's popularity with everyday Arab-Americans has plummeted from a 
high of 
around 83 percent in October 2001 to 38 percent, according to a January 
poll by Zogby International. The trend is the same among American 
Muslims…

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U.S. MUSLIMS' VIEWPOINTS SURVEYED
Bill Broadway, Washington Post, 5/1/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A58081-2004Apr30.html

American Muslims overwhelmingly endorse universal health care, tougher 
environmental laws, affirmative action and income tax cuts.

They believe civil rights, education and foreign policy are the 
country's 
most critical public policy issues. And most -- 85 percent -- 
disapprove of 
President Bush's job performance.

These conclusions come from a new study of Muslim religious practices 
and 
political attitudes undertaken by the Michigan-based Institute for 
Social 
Policy and Understanding and directed by demographer Ihsan Bagby.

The study focused on the Muslim community in the Detroit area but 
reflects 
the attitudes and beliefs of many Muslims across the country, said 
Bagby, a 
professor at the University of Kentucky and lead researcher for "The 
Mosque 
in America: A National Portrait," released in spring 2001.

Bagby tied the new survey, "A Portrait of Detroit Mosques," to the 
national 
study by asking Detroit imams and other mosque leaders the same 
questions 
about mosque participants and attendance posed to imams across the 
country. 
Detroit researchers added a new dimension by asking worshipers at 
mosques 
their thoughts on Islam, the United States and the importance of 
involvement in the community and the political process…

Here are further results from "A Portrait of Detroit Mosques," derived 
from 
face-to-face or telephone interviews with 33 mosque leaders and 
questionnaires given to 1,298 Friday Prayer participants at 12 mosques. 
(The mosques were selected to ensure ethnic diversity: three Arab, 
three 
South Asian, three African American and three ethnically mixed.)

o The average mosque participant is 34 years old, married with 
children, 
has at least a bachelor's degree and makes about $75,000 a year.

o About 93 percent of mosque participants endorse community and 
political 
involvement, while 87 percent of mosque leaders urge Muslims to become 
involved in the political process.

o About 68 percent of those eligible to vote are registered to do so.

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ANTI-MUSLIM COMMENTS DRAW HEAT
Holly Lebowitz Rossi, Religion News Service, 5/1/04
http://www.indystar.com/articles/4/142668-6334-047.html

BOSTON -- A Boston-area radio talk-show host made bigoted anti-Muslim 
remarks on his program and should be fired, a national Muslim civil 
liberties group charges.

Jay Severin, who hosts the weekday program "Extreme Games" on WTTK-FM 
radio 
in Boston, referred to Muslims as "a fifth column" in America, adding, 
"The 
reason they (Muslims) are here is to take over our culture and 
eventually 
take over our country."

Later in the program, when discussing whether Americans should befriend 
Muslims, Severin told a caller, "You think we should befriend them; I 
think 
we should kill them."

After a listener alerted the Council on American-Islamic Relations to 
the 
comments, the group demanded April 23 that Severin be fired. It renewed 
its 
call Tuesday after a Boston Globe reporter obtained a copy of the show 
in 
question and revealed that the comments were "even worse than what had 
initially been reported," said Nihad Awad, CAIR's executive director...

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MUSLIM STUDENT GROUP CONCERNED VANDALISM WAS HATE CRIME
NAHAL TOOSI, Milwaukee Journal, 5/1/04
http://www.jsonline.com/news/metro/apr04/226263.asp

Members of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Muslim Student 
Association believe they may have been the victims of a hate crime 
earlier 
this week when they found what appeared to be raw pork stuffed under 
their 
office door and many of their posters torn down.

Muslims are forbidden to eat pork.

Aamer Ahmed, president of the association, said some non-Muslims nearby 
on 
Monday morning confirmed the meat was pork. "We felt really offended," 
said 
Ahmed, a senior, who also noted that it was not the first time the 
organization has been a target of harassment.

The non-Muslim students threw the meat away after the discovery and 
before 
the association called the police, Ahmed said. He said it was necessary 
to 
throw out the pork, which amounted to about a plateful, so that other 
Muslim students would feel comfortable entering the group's Student 
Union 
office.

Lt. Ernest Meress, a spokesman for the UWM police, said the 
investigation 
remains open, and that the incident is considered a vandalism case. 
There 
aren't enough specifics to warrant calling it a hate crime yet, he 
said.

Ahmed also said that large numbers of fliers had been stripped off the 
bulletin boards outside the group's office. About a year ago, right 
around 
the time the United States invaded Iraq, someone used a permanent 
marker to 
write a message on a glass case next to the office door suggesting 
Muslims 
"suicide bomb" themselves, he said...

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Washington-based Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, which has publicized the UWM incident, said 
pork is often a tool of "anti-Muslim bigots."

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ISLAMIC CENTER POSTER CAMPAIGN PROMOTES CARING
Victoria Terrinoni, Lompoc Record, 4/30/04
http://www.lompocrecord.com/articles/2004/04/30/news/news12.txt

How we treat our parents is how our children will treat us, according 
to 
Kassim Abdool, president of the Islamic Resource Center in Lompoc.

To spread that message, the Lompoc Islamic community kicked off a 
poster 
campaign Saturday to help people realize the need to care for their 
parents 
and the community's elderly.

"This project we believe is very, very important," Abdool said. "I'm 
not 
trying to blame anyone in society, but I'm thinking we are not taking 
advantage of the elderly of the community."

He said that because of the hustle and bustle of today's world, the 
community often shuffles its elderly off to nursing homes. "But we 
should 
be making supplication to God and take our elderly into our homes," he 
said.

According to the Islamic religion, respecting parents is only second to 
worshipping God. Muslims are called to respect their parents and their 
parents' friends. "I don't think our society would flourish without 
caring 
for our parents," Abdool said.

Luz Pacheco, a convert to Islam, said she and her family were always 
close, 
but when she became a Muslim she learned how to care more for her 
family, 
particularly her mother.

"Family members say how gentle I am with my mother. I was living in 
Ohio 
when I found out she was a cancer patient. I dropped everything and 
came to 
care for her," Pacheco said. "It opened my eyes to who she was really 
in my 
life. She is the focal point of my life.

"Today, I believe because of the love we all give to her, her cancer is 
turning around. The love and attention we give to our parents means a 
lot 
to them."

The poster campaign for the elderly is just a small project, but Abdool 
said they hope to expand it with posters about respecting women, 
mothers, 
animals and children…

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SHOOTING OF SEVEN 'TERRORISTS' STAGED FOR US, SAYS MACEDONIA
Konstantin Testorides, Independent, 5/1/04
http://news.independent.co.uk/europe/story.jsp?story=517023

Police in Macedonia said yesterday that the killing of seven alleged 
terrorists two years ago was staged to win US support and that the 
victims 
were simply illegal immigrants.

Mirjana Konteska, a police spokeswoman, said that six people, including 
three former police commanders, two special police officers and a 
businessman, have been charged with murder. "That was an act of a sick 
mind," she said. "They ordered the brutal murder of seven Pakistani 
men."

The killings were carried out in March 2002 by special police who 
claimed 
to have eliminated a terrorist group plotting to attack embassies and 
representatives in Macedonia. The spokeswoman said that the seven 
victims 
had been lured into Macedonia with promises that they would be 
transferred 
to Western Europe. They were taken by police to the Rastanski Lozja 
area, 
which is north-east of the capital Skopje, where they were encircled 
and 
shot by special officers using automatic weapons.

"They lost their lives in a staged murder," she said. There was no 
immediate comment from international officials in Macedonia. Western 
representatives in the country had demanded an investigation. Macedonia 
has 
been a close US ally in the Balkans and has supported the war on 
terrorism…

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PRISONER ABUSE PROBE WIDENED
Military Intelligence at Center of Investigation
Sewell Chan and Michael Amon, Washington Post, 5/2/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A59750-2004May1.html

BAGHDAD, May 1 -- A top Pentagon intelligence officer is leading an 
investigation into interrogation practices at an Army-run prison where 
Iraqi detainees were allegedly beaten and sexually abused, officials 
announced Saturday. The move came amid allegations that military guards 
abused prisoners at the behest of military intelligence operatives.

A soldier accused of abusing prisoners at the Abu Ghraib facility wrote 
to 
his family last December that military intelligence officers encouraged 
the 
mistreatment, according to correspondence provided by the soldier's 
family.

"We have had a very high rate with our style of getting them to break," 
the 
soldier, Staff Sgt. Ivan L. "Chip" Frederick II, wrote in a Dec. 18 
e-mail 
released by Frederick's uncle. "They usually end up breaking within 
hours."

Frederick also wrote that he questioned some of the abuses. "I 
questioned 
this and the answer I got was: This is how military intelligence wants 
it 
done," he wrote.

The Army Reserve commander who oversaw the prison said that military 
intelligence, rather than the military police, dictated the treatment 
of 
prisoners at Abu Ghraib. "The prison, and that particular cellblock 
where 
the events took place, were under the control of the MI command," Brig. 
Gen. Janis L. Karpinski said in a telephone interview Saturday night 
from 
her home in Hilton Head, S.C.

Karpinski, who commanded the 800th Military Police Brigade, also 
described 
a high-pressure atmosphere that prized successful interrogations. A 
month 
before the alleged abuses occurred, she said, a team of military 
intelligence officers from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, 
Cuba, 
came to Abu Ghraib last year. "Their main and specific mission was to 
get 
the interrogators -- give them new techniques to get more information 
from 
detainees," she said…

SEE ALSO:

IRAQI PRISONER DETAILS ABUSE BY AMERICANS
SCHEHEREZADE FARAMARZI, Associated Press, 5/2/04

NAJAF, Iraq (AP) - Dhia al-Shweiri spent several stints in Baghdad's 
notorious Abu Ghraib prison, twice under Saddam Hussein's rule and once 
under American. He prefers Saddam's torture to the humiliation of being 
stripped naked by his American guards, he said Sunday in an interview 
with 
The Associated Press.

America's top general, Gen. Richard Myers, said Sunday there was no 
evidence of "systematic abuse" and the actions of "just a handful" have 
unfairly tainted all American forces.

However, Amnesty International said it has uncovered a "pattern of 
torture" 
of Iraqi prisoners by coalition troops, and called for an independent 
investigation into the claims of abuse.

The 30-year-old al-Shweiri, who used to work in a fabric shop, is a 
die-hard fighter in the al-Mahdi Army, the fanatic militia of a Shiite 
Muslim cleric who has vowed to take on the Americans.

Al-Shweiri said that while jailed by Saddam's regime, he was 
electrocuted, 
beaten and hung from the ceiling with his hands tied behind his back.

"But that's better than the humiliation of being stripped naked," he 
said. 
"Shoot me here," he added, pointing between his eyes, "but don't do 
this to 
us."

For months, human rights groups and former prisoners had complained of 
mistreatment at detention centers but their protests were widely 
dismissed 
as politically motivated until the U.S. command started an 
investigation in 
January. Six American soldiers are now facing courts-martial…

On Saturday, Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper published a front-page 
picture of a British soldier apparently urinating on a hooded prisoner. 
The 
newspaper said it had been given the pictures by serving soldiers from 
the 
Queen's Lancashire Regiment.

Al-Shweiri said he was not surprised to see TV images of smiling U.S. 
soldiers posing by naked, hooded inmates who, in one photograph, were 
piled 
in a human pyramid.

Al-Shweiri, who was arrested by the Americans in October, said he was 
asked 
to take off his clothes only once and for about 15 minutes.

"I thought they wanted me to change into the red prison uniform, so I 
took 
off my clothes, down to my underwear. Then he asked me to take off my 
underwear. I started arguing with him but in the end he made me take 
off my 
underwear," said al-Shweiri, who was too embarrassed to go into too 
much 
detail.

He said he and six other prisoners - all hooded - had to face the wall 
and 
bend over a little as they put their hands on the wall.

"They made us stand in a way that I am ashamed to describe. They came 
to 
look at us as we stood there. They knew this would humiliate us," he 
said, 
adding that he was not sodomized.

"They were trying to humiliate us, break our pride. We are men. It's OK 
if 
they beat me. Beatings don't hurt us, it's just a blow. But no one 
would 
want their manhood to be shattered," he said…

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

BIAS AGAINST MUSLIMS UP 70%
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A61488-2004May2.html

U.S. MUSLIMS' HARASSMENT COMPLAINTS UP
http://www.adn.com/24hour/nation/story/1335662p-8518415c.html

ANTI-MUSLIM INCIDENTS RISE, STUDY FINDS
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-muslims3may03,1,1762658.story

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ANTI-MUSLIM INCIDENTS JUMP 70 PERCENT IN 2003
Hate crimes up 121 percent, blamed in part on Islamophobic rhetoric

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/3/04) - A report released today by a prominent 
national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group indicates that 
anti-Muslim 
incidents in the United States increased by almost 70 percent in 2003.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations' (CAIR) report - the only 
annual 
study of its kind - outlines 1019 incidents and experiences of 
anti-Muslim 
violence, discrimination and harassment in 2003, the highest number of 
Muslim civil rights cases ever recorded by the Washington-based group. 
According to the report, called "Unpatriotic Acts," hate crimes alone 
jumped by an unprecedented 121 percent.

CAIR said factors contributing to the sharp increase in reported 
incidents 
included a lingering atmosphere of post-9/11 fear in America, pro-war 
rhetoric leading up to and following last year's invasion of Iraq, a 
disturbing increase in anti-Muslim rhetoric, and abuses associated with 
the 
implementation of the USA PATRIOT Act. (An executive summary of the 
report 
and an order form for the complete study are available online at: 
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/crr2004.asp )

The report recommends a number of actions designed to help reverse the 
tide 
of anti-Muslim discrimination. These recommendations include a public 
inquiry to post-9/11 policies impacting the Muslim community, 
legislative 
actions to curb the use of profiling by law enforcement agencies, 
strengthening of hate crime prosecutions, and modifications to the USA 
PATRIOT Act.

Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim in Arizona, New York, 
California, 
and New Jersey experienced the greatest increase in reported incidents, 
ranging from a jump of 233 (Calif.) to 584 percent (Ariz.).  Along with 
religious and ethnic profiling and denial of religious accommodation, 
workplace discrimination was the largest category of complaints. 
California 
(22 percent), New York (19 percent) and Virginia (7 percent) reported 
the 
largest percentage of total complaints. The report does show a 
significant 
drop in reports of passenger profiling and unreasonable arrests.

"The disturbing jump in reports of anti-Muslim incidents is a wake-up 
call 
to those commentators who use their public positions to spread 
anti-Muslim 
hate," said CAIR Research Director Dr. Mohamed Nimer, the report's 
author. 
In response to a recent surge in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide, CAIR 
launched a "Hate Hurts America" campaign designed to counter 
Islam-bashing 
on radio talk shows.

CAIR began documenting anti-Muslim incidents following the 1995 attack 
on 
the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The council is America's 
largest Islamic civil liberties group, with 26 regional offices and 
chapters nationwide and in Canada.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR: Celebrating 10 years of community service

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS – 5/3/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: AVOID EXTREMISM
* CAIR-NY PRESENTS AT FAIR HOUSING CONFERENCE
* SPY CHARGES DROPPED, BUT FEAR REMAINS (Chicago Trib)
* SEPT. 11 DETAINEES TO FILE FEDERAL LAWSUIT (AP)
        - 2 Men Charge Abuse in Arrests after 9/11 (NY Times)
        - Act Allows Surge of Searches in US (Seattle Times)
* THE NIGHTMARE AT ABU GHRAIB (NY Times)
        - Angry Ex-Detainees Tell Of Abuse (Wash Post)
        - UN Rights Aide Calls for Probe into Siege (Reuters)
* NEW SITE TURNS CRITICAL EYES, EARS TO THE RIGHT (NY Times)
* MOSQUE GRAPPLES WITH LACK OF SPACE (Advocate)
* MUSLIM AREAS IN AFRICA HAVE LOWER RATES OF HIV (Aids Weekly)
* SPAIN: MONITOR MOSQUES TO CHECK ISLAMIC EXTREMISM (AP)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: AVOID EXTREMISM

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, Volume 1, Hadith 38

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CAIR-NY PRESENTS AT FAIR HOUSING CONFERENCE

(New York, NY – 5/3/04) On Sunday, April 30, Firdos Abdul-Munim, civil 
rights coordinator for the New York chapter of CAIR (CAIR-NY), 
conducted a 
presentation on ethnic profiling since September 11th at the 3rd annual 
Fair Housing Conference in Rochester, NY.  The attendees included local 
attorneys and community activists.

Abdul-Munim discussed the civil rights abuses suffered by the Muslim, 
Arab 
and South Asian American Communities since September 11, 2001.

“In 2003, CAIR-NY received over 200 complaints of civil rights abuses 
in 
the Muslim, Arab and South Asian communities,” said Abdul-Munim.

Abdul-Munim also indicated that reports show that Muslims have been 
denied 
the right to purchase homes in certain neighborhoods, and rules have 
been 
discriminately applied to Muslim tenants.

“The biggest problem Muslim tenants face, especially in New York is 
harassment by landlords and other tenants,” she said.

Other presenters at the Fair Housing Conference included Stanford 
Professor 
John Baugh and Howard Law Professor Okianer Christian Dark on issues 
such 
as linguistic profiling and sexual harassment and fair housing.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in 
Washington, D.C., and has 26 regional offices and chapters nationwide 
and 
in Canada.

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SPY CHARGES DROPPED, BUT FEAR REMAINS
Geneive Abdo and E.A. Torriero, Chicago Tribune, 5/3/04
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-0405030184may03,1,3952579.story?coll=chi-news-hed

OLYMPIA, Wash.  - Fears that her husband, Army Capt. James Yee, could 
face 
the death penalty have vanished. FBI agents have stopped their surprise 
visits to question her. Even the neighbors in their tree-lined 
apartment 
complex in this tranquil town have started to greet her again after 
months 
of treating her like a traitor to America.

Huda Yee's husband no longer faces key charges the Army had lodged 
against 
him, and he is scheduled to resume his duties as chaplain at Ft. Lewis, 
Wash., on Monday. But now she says the couple faces a far greater 
challenge: How to live as Muslims in America.

"Muslims are made to feel like the enemy. We can't go some places. 
There 
are borders to our life here," Huda Yee, a 29-year-old Palestinian from 
Syria, said.

"Arabs think America is a free country. That you can do whatever you 
want, 
but that's not the case," she said, as her soft voice dropped and her 
eyes 
grew sad.

Huda Yee's sentiments reflect those felt by many Muslims across the 
nation. 
They say the case against James Yee, a Muslim Army chaplain accused of 
spying for alleged Al Qaeda militants detained at Guantanamo Bay, has 
made 
them feel more alienated from American society, at a time of increasing 
hate crimes against Muslims and deteriorating relations between the 
United 
States and the broader Islamic world.

In a report to be released Monday, the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations said it received 1,019 claims of attacks, discrimination and 
racial profiling in 2003, up from 602 such complaints a year earlier...

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SEPT. 11 DETAINEES TO FILE FEDERAL LAWSUIT
Associated Press, 5/3/04
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-ny--attacks-detainees0503may03,0,4688939.story?coll=ny-ap-regional-wire

NEW YORK- Two Middle Eastern immigrants will file a federal lawsuit 
Monday 
alleging they were locked in solitary confinement, beaten and verbally 
abused at a Brooklyn detention center following the Sept. 11 attacks.

The lawsuit will be filed by Javaid Iqbal, a former cable technician 
who 
lived on Long Island, and Ehab Elmaghraby, a former restaurateur who 
lived 
in Queens. The men allege that federal agents apprehended them on 
suspicion 
of terrorist ties and held them for months at the Metropolitan 
Detention 
Center in Brooklyn, which was cited for brutal treatment of detainees 
in a 
report last year by the Justice Department Inspector General.

Iqbal and Elmaghraby, both 37, allege they were shackled, shoved into 
walls, punched and called "Muslim bastards" and other epithets. They 
also 
say they were kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day and 
denied 
adequate meals and medical care, The New York Times reported Monday.

"I was in life and I went to hell," Elmaghraby told the Times.

The men were eventually cleared of terrorist ties but were deported to 
their homelands after pleading guilty to minor federal criminal 
charges. 
Iqbal, who admitted having false papers and bogus checks, now lives in 
Pakistan; Elmaghraby, who pleaded guilty to credit card fraud, lives in 
Egypt.

The Times did not specify what damages the lawsuit would seek...

ALSO SEE:

2 MEN CHARGE ABUSE IN ARRESTS AFTER 9/11 TERROR ATTACK
Nina Bernstein, New York Times, 5/3/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/03/nyregion/03brooklyn.html

Before the World Trade Center attack, Javaid Iqbal was a Pakistani 
immigrant proud to be known as "the cable guy" to customers on Long 
Island, 
where he had lived for a decade and married an American. Ehab 
Elmaghraby, 
an Egyptian, had a weekend flea market stand at Aqueduct Raceway and a 
restaurant near Times Square where friendly police officers would joke, 
"Where's my shish kebab?"

But within weeks of Sept. 11, 2001, both had been picked up by federal 
agents in an anti-terror sweep. For 23 hours a day, they were locked in 
solitary confinement in the harsh maximum-security unit of a federal 
detention center in Brooklyn -- the one cited by the Justice 
Department's 
inspector general last year for widespread physical abuse of its 
detainees.

The inspector general mentioned no specific names and cases, but now, 
in a 
federal lawsuit to be filed today and in telephone interviews from 
Pakistan 
and Egypt, the former cable technician and the former restaurateur have 
provided the most detailed personal accounts yet of the unit's 
brutality 
and the first to accuse specific corrections officers and wardens of 
abuse. 
The accusations are similar to those now being made against military 
officers guarding prisoners in Iraq.

The lawsuit charges that the men were repeatedly slammed into walls and 
dragged across the floor while shackled and manacled, kicked and 
punched 
until they bled, cursed as "terrorists" and "Muslim bastards," and 
subjected to multiple unnecessary body-cavity searches, including one 
during which correction officers inserted a flashlight into Mr. 
Elmaghraby's rectum, making him bleed.

At that point, the papers charge, he was confined without blankets, 
mattress or toilet paper to a tiny cell kept lighted 24 hours a day, 
and 
was denied adequate medical care or communication with his public 
defender. 
He said his attempts to pray or sleep were disrupted by guards banging 
on 
his door...

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PATRIOT ACT ALLOWS SURGE OF SECRET SEARCHES IN UNITED STATES
Richard Schmitt, Los Angeles Times, 5/2/04
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2001917897_search02.html

WASHINGTON — Underscoring changes in domestic surveillance allowed 
under 
the USA Patriot Act, the Justice Department said in a report released 
today 
that it conducted hundreds more secret searches in the United States 
last 
year under foreign intelligence surveillance laws.

The department said the use of covert search powers, which were 
enhanced 
under the Patriot Act, shows how federal investigators have stepped up 
the 
war against terrorism in the United States over the past 32 months.

But civil-liberties groups expressed concern over the increase because 
the 
targets of the searches are given fewer legal protections than suspects 
in 
normal criminal cases. The process of obtaining approval and executing 
the 
searches and surveillance also is shrouded in secrecy.

In an annual report to Congress, the Justice Department said it 
obtained 
approval to conduct electronic surveillance and physical searches in 
more 
than 1,700 intelligence cases last year. According to the Justice 
Department, the number of searches has surged 85 percent in the past 
two 
years; about 1,200 searches were authorized in 2002, and only 900 in 
2001.

The report did not identify or discuss specific cases.

Attorney General John Ashcroft said in a prepared statement that the 
data 
illustrated how the Justice Department and the FBI are "acting 
judiciously 
and moving aggressively" to uncover and prevent terrorist attacks in 
the 
United States. "These court-approved surveillance and search orders are 
vital to keeping America safe from terror," Ashcroft said.

The burst of activity is a direct result of the easing of standards for 
intelligence-gathering that was authorized by the Patriot Act, the 
terror-fighting law enacted six weeks after the attacks on the Pentagon 
and 
World Trade Center.

Under the new law, the government can obtain secret warrants by showing 
that a significant purpose of the search has to do with 
intelligence-gathering, as opposed to a criminal investigation.

The new procedures were upheld in court in November 2002.

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THE NIGHTMARE AT ABU GHRAIB
New York Times, 5/3/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/03/opinion/03MON1.html

The American military made a strange and ill-starred decision when it 
chose 
to incarcerate Iraqis in Abu Ghraib, the prison that had become a 
byword 
for torture under Saddam Hussein and a symbol of everything the 
invasion of 
Iraq was supposed to end. As United States officials have known for 
months, 
some of the American soldiers brought their own version of sadism to 
the 
site. Now that the rest of the world knows as well, the Bush 
administration 
will have to do more than denounce the scandal as the work of a few bad 
apples.

Last week, CBS News broadcast pictures of a handful of smirking 
soldiers, 
male and female, abusing and sexually humiliating Iraqi prisoners. 
While 
the news — and the pictures — rocketed around the globe, the military 
revealed that most of the guards in the pictures were already under 
arrest 
and that Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski of the Army Reserve, who ran the 
military prisons in Iraq, had been admonished and suspended from 
command in 
January. Now, months later, the military says it is investigating the 
allegations.

But it is far from clear that the American brass has done everything it 
needs to do. Gen. Richard Myers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of 
Staff, 
appeared on CBS yesterday to offer assurances that "we took very quick 
action to investigate that situation." But General Myers said he had 
not 
yet read a corrosive internal report on the military prison system 
written 
in February. "It's working its way to me," he told Bob Schieffer of 
CBS.

That report, prepared by Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba, was described by 
Seymour 
Hersh in this week's New Yorker. He quoted General Taguba as saying the 
military police and intelligence officials had committed "sadistic, 
blatant 
and wanton criminal abuses," including sodomizing a prisoner "with a 
chemical light and perhaps a broomstick..."

ALSO SEE:

ANGRY EX-DETAINEES TELL OF ABUSE
Scott Wilson, Washington Post, 5/3/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A61560-2004May2.html

BAGHDAD-- Day and night lost meaning shortly after Muwafaq Sami Abbas, 
a 
lawyer by training, arrived at Baghdad International Airport for an 
unexpected stay. In March, he was seized from his bed by U.S. troops in 
the 
middle of the night, he said, along with the rest of the men in his 
house, 
and taken to a prison on the airport grounds.

The black sack the troops placed over his head was removed only briefly 
during the next nine days of interrogation, conducted by U.S. officials 
in 
civilian and military clothes, he said. He was forced to do knee bends 
until he collapsed, he recalled, and black marks still ring his wrists 
from 
the pinch of plastic handcuffs. Rest was made impossible by 
loudspeakers 
blaring, over and over, the Beastie Boys' rap anthem, "No Sleep Till 
Brooklyn."

The forced exercise was even harder for his 57-year-old father, a 
former 
army general who held a signed certificate from the U.S. occupation 
authority vouching for his "high level of cooperation and assistance" 
in 
the days after the war.

Father and son are now free -- and angry about what they endured in a 
suddenly notorious U.S.-run prison system in Iraq. But months later, 
Abbas's three brothers are still inside Abu Ghraib prison, he said. He 
is 
their only legal advocate, trying to refute written charges that they 
are 
members of the Iraqi insurgency.

"The savagery the Americans have practiced against the Iraqis, well, 
now we 
have seen it, touched it and felt it," Abbas said. "These types of 
actions 
will grow more hostile forces against the coalition, and this is the 
reason 
for the resistance."

The photographs of U.S. soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib 
-- 
images that reached Iraqi newspapers on Sunday, following a three-day 
holiday -- have reinforced the long-held view here that the U.S. 
occupation 
is intent on humiliating the Iraqi people. The system has been rife 
with 
complaints for months, but now the testimony of former Iraqi prisoners 
claiming abuse at the hands of U.S. jailers has gained new credibility 
while further damaging the reputation of the U.S. occupation 
authority...

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UN RIGHTS AIDE CALLS FOR PROBE INTO FALLUJA SIEGE
Reuters, 5/3/04

UNITED NATIONS - A U.N. human rights investigator called on Monday for 
an 
independent probe into the impact on civilians of the U.S. military's 
month-long siege of Falluja.

While reliable information was difficult to obtain, there were credible 
claims that U.S.-led forces in Iraq "have been guilty of serious 
breaches 
of international humanitarian and human rights law in Falluja in recent 
weeks," U.N. special rapporteur Paul Hunt said.

According to some reports, 90 percent of an estimated 750 deaths in the 
city of 300,000 during the siege were noncombatants, Hunt said in a 
printed 
statement. His official role as an aide to the Geneva-based U.N. 
Commission 
on Human Rights is to help safeguard "the right to health."

U.S. forces launched a crackdown on Falluja in early April in response 
to 
the killing and mutilation of four U.S. private security guards in the 
town. After weeks of on-and-off fighting between U.S. troops and 
insurgents, U.S. soldiers have pulled back and an Iraqi force has been 
brought in to try to reassert control.

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NEW INTERNET SITE TURNS CRITICAL EYES AND EARS TO THE RIGHT
Jim Rutenberg, New York Times, 5/3/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/03/business/media/03BROC.html

WASHINGTON - David Brock, the former right-wing journalist turned 
liberal, 
describes himself as once having been a rather large cog in the 
machinery 
of the conservative media.

Now Mr. Brock is starting a new endeavor built to combat the very 
sector of 
journalism that spawned him, with support from the same sorts of people 
(Democrats) aboutwhom he once wrote so critically.

With more than $2 million in donations from wealthy liberals, Mr. Brock 
will start a new Internet site this week that he says will monitor the 
conservative media and correct erroneous assertions in real time.

The site, called Media Matters, was devised as part of a larger media 
apparatus being built by liberals to combat what they say is the 
overwhelming influence of conservative commentators like Rush Limbaugh 
and 
Bill O'Reilly.

Mr. Brock's project was developed with help from the newly formed 
Center 
for American Progress, the policy group headed by John D. Podesta, the 
former Clinton chief of staff. And Mr. Brock said he hoped it could 
help 
provide fodder for fledgling liberal radio talk shows being started 
across 
the country, including those of the comedians Al
Franken and Janeane Garofalo.

For Mr. Brock, 41, the project is yet another considerable step in his 
public evolution from conservative muckraker to liberal activist. That 
evolution began after Mr. Brock
began publicly apologizing in the late 1990's for reporting that 
brutally 
criticized Anita F. Hill and a report that Arkansas state troopers had 
helped Bill Clinton procure paramours when he was the governor of 
Arkansas, 
the veracity of which he is no longer sure...

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MOSQUE GRAPPLES WITH LACK OF SPACE
Christina S. N. Lewis, The Advocate, 5/3/04
http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/local/scn-sa-nor.mosque1may03,0,4652144.story

STAMFORD -- Most of the time, the Stamford Islamic Center, the city's 
oldest mosque, is quiet.

But, each Friday during Jummah services, about 40 cars are crammed into 
the 
unpaved parking lot and 40 more are parked on either side of Outlook 
Street, blocking traffic.

After the 45-minute service, members must wait several minutes for the 
web 
of cars to untangle before they can leave.

"It is a problem," said Khalid Quresh, 49, gesturing at the packed 
lots.

The Islamic Center serves about 300 predominantly Urdu-speaking Muslim 
men 
who work or live in Stamford and surrounding towns. Managers of the 
center 
know that the 2,500-square-foot house on the West Side, close to the 
Greenwich border, cannot accommodate the 100 to 200 men who pray there 
on 
Fridays and during festivals. But they have not raised the $1 million 
they 
think is needed to build a new center.

"Finances is the main factor we are having to deal with," said Shabahat 
Ali, president of the management board.

The mosque moved to the five-bedroom house five years ago, and the 
center 
paid off the $340,000 purchase price last year, Ali said. Mosque 
members 
donate money weekly, but it must be spent on maintenance, taxes and the 
salary of the imam, or spiritual leader.

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MUSLIM AREAS IN AFRICA HAVE LOWER RATES OF HIV INFECTION
AIDS Weekly, 5/3/04

Islam may be linked to reduced rates of HIV infection in Africa.

According to researchers in the United States, "religious constraints 
on 
sexuality may have consequences for the transmission of sexually 
transmitted diseases.

"Recognizing that several Islamic tenets may have the effect, if 
followed, 
of reducing the sexual transmission of HIV," P.B. Gray and colleagues 
at 
Harvard University tested "the hypothesis that Muslims have lower HIV 
prevalence than non-Muslims.

"Among 38 sub-Saharan African countries, the percentage of Muslims 
within 
countries negatively predicted HIV prevalence," study data indicated. 
"A 
survey of published journal articles containing data on HIV prevalence 
and 
religious affiliation showed that six of seven such studies indicated a 
negative relationship between HIV prevalence and being Muslim.

"Additional studies on the relationship of risk factors to HIV 
prevalence 
gave mixed evidence with respect to following Islamic sexual codes 
(e.g., 
vs. extramarital affairs) and other factors," but revealed that 
"benefits 
arising from circumcision may help account for lower HIV prevalence 
among 
Muslims," the researchers concluded...

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SPANISH GOVERNMENT WANTS TO MONITOR MOSQUES TO CHECK ISLAMIC EXTREMISM, 
MINISTER SAYS
Daniel Woolls, Associated Press, 5/3/04
http://www.whnt19.com/Global/story.asp?S=1833129

MADRID, Spain - The government is considering monitoring mosques and 
imams 
to curb Islamic extremism blamed for the March 11 terror bombings in 
Madrid, the foreign minister said Monday.

"I think it is important to know what is being preached on Fridays in 
the 
various religious forums that have been growing in Spain in a totally 
uncontrolled fashion," Miguel Angel Moratinos told the Telecinco 
television 
network, referring to prayers on the Muslim holy day.

He said that, as Spain's North African immigrant community has expanded 
in 
recent years, mosques have arisen in everything from workshops to 
offices.

"I think that is where the interior and justice ministers, with my 
help, 
want to establish a degree of order," Moratinos said.

Spain has a Muslim community of about 500,000 people out of a total 
population of 42 million. Moroccans make up the second largest 
immigrant 
group, with about 380,000 members.

Fourteen of the 18 people charged in the Madrid bombing are Moroccans.

The judge leading the investigation into the bombings, which killed 191 
people, has said the alleged instigator of the attack, a Tunisian named 
Serhane Ben Abdelmajid Fakhet, preached holy war among Muslims in 
Madrid 
and associates of Fakhet have said he was a frequent visitor to the 
city's 
main mosque.

Moratinos spoke a day after Interior Minister Jose Antonio Alonso said 
in a 
newspaper interview that he is considering drafting a bill to monitor 
imams, or Moslem clerics, as well as clergy of other faiths...

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR: Celebrating 10 years of community service

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS – 5/3/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: AVOID EXTREMISM
* REASON #11 TO JOIN CAIR - Media Coverage
	- Public Library Sponsorships: 7440
* CAIR-NY PRESENTS AT FAIR HOUSING CONFERENCE
* SPY CHARGES DROPPED, BUT FEAR REMAINS (Chicago Trib)
* SEPT. 11 DETAINEES TO FILE FEDERAL LAWSUIT (AP)
        - 2 Men Charge Abuse in Arrests after 9/11 (NY Times)
        - Act Allows Surge of Searches in US (Seattle Times)
* THE NIGHTMARE AT ABU GHRAIB (NY Times)
	- Angry Ex-Detainees Tell Of Abuse (Wash Post)
        - UN Rights Aide Calls for Probe into Siege (Reuters)
* NEW SITE TURNS CRITICAL EYES, EARS TO THE RIGHT (NY Times)
* MOSQUE GRAPPLES WITH LACK OF SPACE (Advocate)
* MUSLIM AREAS IN AFRICA HAVE LOWER RATES OF HIV (Aids Weekly)
* SPAIN: MONITOR MOSQUES TO CHECK ISLAMIC EXTREMISM (AP)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: AVOID EXTREMISM

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, Volume 1, Hadith 38

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REASON #10 TO JOIN CAIR – Media Coverage

In the past 10 years, over 10,000 print, television, and radio 
interviews 
have been conducted by CAIR representatives, allowing for a dramatic 
increase in the coverage of Islam and Muslims in the United States and 
Canada.

In our new membership drive, "Building a Better America...One Member at 
a 
Time," CAIR intends (God Willing) to sign up 25,000 new members by its 
10th 
year anniversary celebration scheduled for June 12, 2004.

TO JOIN, GO TO: http://www.cair-net.org/asp/membercamp.asp
Students Click here! 
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=33172&page=NB

If you have any problems signing up as a CAIR member through the web 
site, 
please call 202-488-8787 and ask for "membership," or e-mail:
iabusway@cair-net.org

ALSO SEE:

CAIR PUBLIC LIBRARY PROJECT UPDATE: 7440 SPONSORSHIPS

The goal of CAIR's library project is to send accurate and objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

For only $150, Muslim individuals and groups may sponsor 18-item 
packages 
about Islam and Muslims, which are then distributed to the library of 
their 
choice.

To sponsor a library call, 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320, or visit:
www.libraryproject.org.

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CAIR-NY PRESENTS AT FAIR HOUSING CONFERENCE

(New York, NY – 5/3/04) On Sunday, April 30, Firdos Abdul-Munim, civil 
rights coordinator for the New York chapter of CAIR (CAIR-NY), 
conducted a 
presentation on ethnic profiling since September 11th at the 3rd annual 
Fair Housing Conference in Rochester, NY.  The attendees included local 
attorneys and community activists.

Abdul-Munim discussed the civil rights abuses suffered by the Muslim, 
Arab 
and South Asian American Communities since September 11, 2001.

“In 2003, CAIR-NY received over 200 complaints of civil rights abuses 
in 
the Muslim, Arab and South Asian communities,” said Abdul-Munim.

Abdul-Munim also indicated that reports show that Muslims have been 
denied 
the right to purchase homes in certain neighborhoods, and rules have 
been 
discriminately applied to Muslim tenants.

“The biggest problem Muslim tenants face, especially in New York is 
harassment by landlords and other tenants,” she said.

Other presenters at the Fair Housing Conference included Stanford 
Professor 
John Baugh and Howard Law Professor Okianer Christian Dark on issues 
such 
as linguistic profiling and sexual harassment and fair housing.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in 
Washington, D.C., and has 26 regional offices and chapters nationwide 
and 
in Canada.

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SPY CHARGES DROPPED, BUT FEAR REMAINS
Geneive Abdo and E.A. Torriero, Chicago Tribune, 5/3/04
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-0405030184may03,1,3952579.story?coll=chi-news-hed

OLYMPIA, Wash.  - Fears that her husband, Army Capt. James Yee, could 
face 
the death penalty have vanished. FBI agents have stopped their surprise 
visits to question her. Even the neighbors in their tree-lined 
apartment 
complex in this tranquil town have started to greet her again after 
months 
of treating her like a traitor to America.

Huda Yee's husband no longer faces key charges the Army had lodged 
against 
him, and he is scheduled to resume his duties as chaplain at Ft. Lewis, 
Wash., on Monday. But now she says the couple faces a far greater 
challenge: How to live as Muslims in America.

"Muslims are made to feel like the enemy. We can't go some places. 
There 
are borders to our life here," Huda Yee, a 29-year-old Palestinian from 
Syria, said.

"Arabs think America is a free country. That you can do whatever you 
want, 
but that's not the case," she said, as her soft voice dropped and her 
eyes 
grew sad.

Huda Yee's sentiments reflect those felt by many Muslims across the 
nation. 
They say the case against James Yee, a Muslim Army chaplain accused of 
spying for alleged Al Qaeda militants detained at Guantanamo Bay, has 
made 
them feel more alienated from American society, at a time of increasing 
hate crimes against Muslims and deteriorating relations between the 
United 
States and the broader Islamic world.

In a report to be released Monday, the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations said it received 1,019 claims of attacks, discrimination and 
racial profiling in 2003, up from 602 such complaints a year earlier...

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SEPT. 11 DETAINEES TO FILE FEDERAL LAWSUIT
Associated Press, 5/3/04
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-ny--attacks-detainees0503may03,0,4688939.story?coll=ny-ap-regional-wire

NEW YORK- Two Middle Eastern immigrants will file a federal lawsuit 
Monday 
alleging they were locked in solitary confinement, beaten and verbally 
abused at a Brooklyn detention center following the Sept. 11 attacks.

The lawsuit will be filed by Javaid Iqbal, a former cable technician 
who 
lived on Long Island, and Ehab Elmaghraby, a former restaurateur who 
lived 
in Queens. The men allege that federal agents apprehended them on 
suspicion 
of terrorist ties and held them for months at the Metropolitan 
Detention 
Center in Brooklyn, which was cited for brutal treatment of detainees 
in a 
report last year by the Justice Department Inspector General.

Iqbal and Elmaghraby, both 37, allege they were shackled, shoved into 
walls, punched and called "Muslim bastards" and other epithets. They 
also 
say they were kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day and 
denied 
adequate meals and medical care, The New York Times reported Monday.

"I was in life and I went to hell," Elmaghraby told the Times.

The men were eventually cleared of terrorist ties but were deported to 
their homelands after pleading guilty to minor federal criminal 
charges. 
Iqbal, who admitted having false papers and bogus checks, now lives in 
Pakistan; Elmaghraby, who pleaded guilty to credit card fraud, lives in 
Egypt.

The Times did not specify what damages the lawsuit would seek...

ALSO SEE:

2 MEN CHARGE ABUSE IN ARRESTS AFTER 9/11 TERROR ATTACK
Nina Bernstein, New York Times, 5/3/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/03/nyregion/03brooklyn.html

Before the World Trade Center attack, Javaid Iqbal was a Pakistani 
immigrant proud to be known as "the cable guy" to customers on Long 
Island, 
where he had lived for a decade and married an American. Ehab 
Elmaghraby, 
an Egyptian, had a weekend flea market stand at Aqueduct Raceway and a 
restaurant near Times Square where friendly police officers would joke, 
"Where's my shish kebab?"

But within weeks of Sept. 11, 2001, both had been picked up by federal 
agents in an anti-terror sweep. For 23 hours a day, they were locked in 
solitary confinement in the harsh maximum-security unit of a federal 
detention center in Brooklyn -- the one cited by the Justice 
Department's 
inspector general last year for widespread physical abuse of its 
detainees.

The inspector general mentioned no specific names and cases, but now, 
in a 
federal lawsuit to be filed today and in telephone interviews from 
Pakistan 
and Egypt, the former cable technician and the former restaurateur have 
provided the most detailed personal accounts yet of the unit's 
brutality 
and the first to accuse specific corrections officers and wardens of 
abuse. 
The accusations are similar to those now being made against military 
officers guarding prisoners in Iraq.

The lawsuit charges that the men were repeatedly slammed into walls and 
dragged across the floor while shackled and manacled, kicked and 
punched 
until they bled, cursed as "terrorists" and "Muslim bastards," and 
subjected to multiple unnecessary body-cavity searches, including one 
during which correction officers inserted a flashlight into Mr. 
Elmaghraby's rectum, making him bleed.

At that point, the papers charge, he was confined without blankets, 
mattress or toilet paper to a tiny cell kept lighted 24 hours a day, 
and 
was denied adequate medical care or communication with his public 
defender. 
He said his attempts to pray or sleep were disrupted by guards banging 
on 
his door...

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PATRIOT ACT ALLOWS SURGE OF SECRET SEARCHES IN UNITED STATES
Richard Schmitt, Los Angeles Times, 5/2/04
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2001917897_search02.html

WASHINGTON — Underscoring changes in domestic surveillance allowed 
under 
the USA Patriot Act, the Justice Department said in a report released 
today 
that it conducted hundreds more secret searches in the United States 
last 
year under foreign intelligence surveillance laws.

The department said the use of covert search powers, which were 
enhanced 
under the Patriot Act, shows how federal investigators have stepped up 
the 
war against terrorism in the United States over the past 32 months.

But civil-liberties groups expressed concern over the increase because 
the 
targets of the searches are given fewer legal protections than suspects 
in 
normal criminal cases. The process of obtaining approval and executing 
the 
searches and surveillance also is shrouded in secrecy.

In an annual report to Congress, the Justice Department said it 
obtained 
approval to conduct electronic surveillance and physical searches in 
more 
than 1,700 intelligence cases last year. According to the Justice 
Department, the number of searches has surged 85 percent in the past 
two 
years; about 1,200 searches were authorized in 2002, and only 900 in 
2001.

The report did not identify or discuss specific cases.

Attorney General John Ashcroft said in a prepared statement that the 
data 
illustrated how the Justice Department and the FBI are "acting 
judiciously 
and moving aggressively" to uncover and prevent terrorist attacks in 
the 
United States. "These court-approved surveillance and search orders are 
vital to keeping America safe from terror," Ashcroft said.

The burst of activity is a direct result of the easing of standards for 
intelligence-gathering that was authorized by the Patriot Act, the 
terror-fighting law enacted six weeks after the attacks on the Pentagon 
and 
World Trade Center.

Under the new law, the government can obtain secret warrants by showing 
that a significant purpose of the search has to do with 
intelligence-gathering, as opposed to a criminal investigation.

The new procedures were upheld in court in November 2002.

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THE NIGHTMARE AT ABU GHRAIB
New York Times, 5/3/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/03/opinion/03MON1.html

The American military made a strange and ill-starred decision when it 
chose 
to incarcerate Iraqis in Abu Ghraib, the prison that had become a 
byword 
for torture under Saddam Hussein and a symbol of everything the 
invasion of 
Iraq was supposed to end. As United States officials have known for 
months, 
some of the American soldiers brought their own version of sadism to 
the 
site. Now that the rest of the world knows as well, the Bush 
administration 
will have to do more than denounce the scandal as the work of a few bad 
apples.

Last week, CBS News broadcast pictures of a handful of smirking 
soldiers, 
male and female, abusing and sexually humiliating Iraqi prisoners. 
While 
the news — and the pictures — rocketed around the globe, the military 
revealed that most of the guards in the pictures were already under 
arrest 
and that Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski of the Army Reserve, who ran the 
military prisons in Iraq, had been admonished and suspended from 
command in 
January. Now, months later, the military says it is investigating the 
allegations.

But it is far from clear that the American brass has done everything it 
needs to do. Gen. Richard Myers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of 
Staff, 
appeared on CBS yesterday to offer assurances that "we took very quick 
action to investigate that situation." But General Myers said he had 
not 
yet read a corrosive internal report on the military prison system 
written 
in February. "It's working its way to me," he told Bob Schieffer of 
CBS.

That report, prepared by Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba, was described by 
Seymour 
Hersh in this week's New Yorker. He quoted General Taguba as saying the 
military police and intelligence officials had committed "sadistic, 
blatant 
and wanton criminal abuses," including sodomizing a prisoner "with a 
chemical light and perhaps a broomstick..."

ALSO SEE:

ANGRY EX-DETAINEES TELL OF ABUSE
Scott Wilson, Washington Post, 5/3/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A61560-2004May2.html

BAGHDAD-- Day and night lost meaning shortly after Muwafaq Sami Abbas, 
a 
lawyer by training, arrived at Baghdad International Airport for an 
unexpected stay. In March, he was seized from his bed by U.S. troops in 
the 
middle of the night, he said, along with the rest of the men in his 
house, 
and taken to a prison on the airport grounds.

The black sack the troops placed over his head was removed only briefly 
during the next nine days of interrogation, conducted by U.S. officials 
in 
civilian and military clothes, he said. He was forced to do knee bends 
until he collapsed, he recalled, and black marks still ring his wrists 
from 
the pinch of plastic handcuffs. Rest was made impossible by 
loudspeakers 
blaring, over and over, the Beastie Boys' rap anthem, "No Sleep Till 
Brooklyn."

The forced exercise was even harder for his 57-year-old father, a 
former 
army general who held a signed certificate from the U.S. occupation 
authority vouching for his "high level of cooperation and assistance" 
in 
the days after the war.

Father and son are now free -- and angry about what they endured in a 
suddenly notorious U.S.-run prison system in Iraq. But months later, 
Abbas's three brothers are still inside Abu Ghraib prison, he said. He 
is 
their only legal advocate, trying to refute written charges that they 
are 
members of the Iraqi insurgency.

"The savagery the Americans have practiced against the Iraqis, well, 
now we 
have seen it, touched it and felt it," Abbas said. "These types of 
actions 
will grow more hostile forces against the coalition, and this is the 
reason 
for the resistance."

The photographs of U.S. soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib 
-- 
images that reached Iraqi newspapers on Sunday, following a three-day 
holiday -- have reinforced the long-held view here that the U.S. 
occupation 
is intent on humiliating the Iraqi people. The system has been rife 
with 
complaints for months, but now the testimony of former Iraqi prisoners 
claiming abuse at the hands of U.S. jailers has gained new credibility 
while further damaging the reputation of the U.S. occupation 
authority...

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UN RIGHTS AIDE CALLS FOR PROBE INTO FALLUJA SIEGE
Reuters, 5/3/04

UNITED NATIONS - A U.N. human rights investigator called on Monday for 
an 
independent probe into the impact on civilians of the U.S. military's 
month-long siege of Falluja.

While reliable information was difficult to obtain, there were credible 
claims that U.S.-led forces in Iraq "have been guilty of serious 
breaches 
of international humanitarian and human rights law in Falluja in recent 
weeks," U.N. special rapporteur Paul Hunt said.

According to some reports, 90 percent of an estimated 750 deaths in the 
city of 300,000 during the siege were noncombatants, Hunt said in a 
printed 
statement. His official role as an aide to the Geneva-based U.N. 
Commission 
on Human Rights is to help safeguard "the right to health."

U.S. forces launched a crackdown on Falluja in early April in response 
to 
the killing and mutilation of four U.S. private security guards in the 
town. After weeks of on-and-off fighting between U.S. troops and 
insurgents, U.S. soldiers have pulled back and an Iraqi force has been 
brought in to try to reassert control.

-----

NEW INTERNET SITE TURNS CRITICAL EYES AND EARS TO THE RIGHT
Jim Rutenberg, New York Times, 5/3/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/03/business/media/03BROC.html

WASHINGTON - David Brock, the former right-wing journalist turned 
liberal, 
describes himself as once having been a rather large cog in the 
machinery 
of the conservative media.

Now Mr. Brock is starting a new endeavor built to combat the very 
sector of 
journalism that spawned him, with support from the same sorts of people 
(Democrats) aboutwhom he once wrote so critically.

With more than $2 million in donations from wealthy liberals, Mr. Brock 
will start a new Internet site this week that he says will monitor the 
conservative media and correct erroneous assertions in real time.

The site, called Media Matters, was devised as part of a larger media 
apparatus being built by liberals to combat what they say is the 
overwhelming influence of conservative commentators like Rush Limbaugh 
and 
Bill O'Reilly.

Mr. Brock's project was developed with help from the newly formed 
Center 
for American Progress, the policy group headed by John D. Podesta, the 
former Clinton chief of staff. And Mr. Brock said he hoped it could 
help 
provide fodder for fledgling liberal radio talk shows being started 
across 
the country, including those of the comedians Al
Franken and Janeane Garofalo.

For Mr. Brock, 41, the project is yet another considerable step in his 
public evolution from conservative muckraker to liberal activist. That 
evolution began after Mr. Brock
began publicly apologizing in the late 1990's for reporting that 
brutally 
criticized Anita F. Hill and a report that Arkansas state troopers had 
helped Bill Clinton procure paramours when he was the governor of 
Arkansas, 
the veracity of which he is no longer sure...

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MOSQUE GRAPPLES WITH LACK OF SPACE
Christina S. N. Lewis, The Advocate, 5/3/04
http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/local/scn-sa-nor.mosque1may03,0,4652144.story

STAMFORD -- Most of the time, the Stamford Islamic Center, the city's 
oldest mosque, is quiet.

But, each Friday during Jummah services, about 40 cars are crammed into 
the 
unpaved parking lot and 40 more are parked on either side of Outlook 
Street, blocking traffic.

After the 45-minute service, members must wait several minutes for the 
web 
of cars to untangle before they can leave.

"It is a problem," said Khalid Quresh, 49, gesturing at the packed 
lots.

The Islamic Center serves about 300 predominantly Urdu-speaking Muslim 
men 
who work or live in Stamford and surrounding towns. Managers of the 
center 
know that the 2,500-square-foot house on the West Side, close to the 
Greenwich border, cannot accommodate the 100 to 200 men who pray there 
on 
Fridays and during festivals. But they have not raised the $1 million 
they 
think is needed to build a new center.

"Finances is the main factor we are having to deal with," said Shabahat 
Ali, president of the management board.

The mosque moved to the five-bedroom house five years ago, and the 
center 
paid off the $340,000 purchase price last year, Ali said. Mosque 
members 
donate money weekly, but it must be spent on maintenance, taxes and the 
salary of the imam, or spiritual leader.

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MUSLIM AREAS IN AFRICA HAVE LOWER RATES OF HIV INFECTION
AIDS Weekly, 5/3/04

Islam may be linked to reduced rates of HIV infection in Africa.

According to researchers in the United States, "religious constraints 
on 
sexuality may have consequences for the transmission of sexually 
transmitted diseases.

"Recognizing that several Islamic tenets may have the effect, if 
followed, 
of reducing the sexual transmission of HIV," P.B. Gray and colleagues 
at 
Harvard University tested "the hypothesis that Muslims have lower HIV 
prevalence than non-Muslims.

"Among 38 sub-Saharan African countries, the percentage of Muslims 
within 
countries negatively predicted HIV prevalence," study data indicated. 
"A 
survey of published journal articles containing data on HIV prevalence 
and 
religious affiliation showed that six of seven such studies indicated a 
negative relationship between HIV prevalence and being Muslim.

"Additional studies on the relationship of risk factors to HIV 
prevalence 
gave mixed evidence with respect to following Islamic sexual codes 
(e.g., 
vs. extramarital affairs) and other factors," but revealed that 
"benefits 
arising from circumcision may help account for lower HIV prevalence 
among 
Muslims," the researchers concluded...

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SPANISH GOVERNMENT WANTS TO MONITOR MOSQUES TO CHECK ISLAMIC EXTREMISM, 
MINISTER SAYS
Daniel Woolls, Associated Press, 5/3/04
http://www.whnt19.com/Global/story.asp?S=1833129

MADRID, Spain - The government is considering monitoring mosques and 
imams 
to curb Islamic extremism blamed for the March 11 terror bombings in 
Madrid, the foreign minister said Monday.

"I think it is important to know what is being preached on Fridays in 
the 
various religious forums that have been growing in Spain in a totally 
uncontrolled fashion," Miguel Angel Moratinos told the Telecinco 
television 
network, referring to prayers on the Muslim holy day.

He said that, as Spain's North African immigrant community has expanded 
in 
recent years, mosques have arisen in everything from workshops to 
offices.

"I think that is where the interior and justice ministers, with my 
help, 
want to establish a degree of order," Moratinos said.

Spain has a Muslim community of about 500,000 people out of a total 
population of 42 million. Moroccans make up the second largest 
immigrant 
group, with about 380,000 members.

Fourteen of the 18 people charged in the Madrid bombing are Moroccans.

The judge leading the investigation into the bombings, which killed 191 
people, has said the alleged instigator of the attack, a Tunisian named 
Serhane Ben Abdelmajid Fakhet, preached holy war among Muslims in 
Madrid 
and associates of Fakhet have said he was a frequent visitor to the 
city's 
main mosque.

Moratinos spoke a day after Interior Minister Jose Antonio Alonso said 
in a 
newspaper interview that he is considering drafting a bill to monitor 
imams, or Moslem clerics, as well as clergy of other faiths...

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Date: Tue, 04 May 2004 16:15:59 -0400
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Subject: ISLAM-INFONET: U.S. Muslims Say Congress Must Probe Iraq Torture

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

U.S. MUSLIMS SAY CONGRESS MUST PROBE IRAQ TORTURE
CAIR: Inspect prisons in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/4/04) - A prominent national Islamic civil rights 
and 
advocacy group today called for a congressional investigation into 
torture 
of prisoners by American military personnel in Baghdad's Abu Ghraib 
prison 
and urged international inspections of all American detention 
facilities in 
Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay.

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) also 
criticized reprimands given to a handful of soldiers involved in the 
abuse 
of Iraqi prisoners as a "slap on the wrist." CAIR said the reprimands 
demonstrate that military authorities are incapable of dealing with an 
issue that may have already caused irreparable harm to America's image 
in 
the Muslim world.

"Instead of getting a slap on the wrist, everyone who took part in or 
permitted these horrific acts needs to serve time in prison," said CAIR 
Executive Director Nihad Awad. "This scandal must be investigated by 
Congress to determine the true extent of the abuse and to learn whether 
the 
abuses were in fact part of a widespread pattern of human rights 
violations 
in U.S. detention facilities worldwide."

Awad said U.S. prisons in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay must be 
opened to international inspectors and to Red Cross and Red Crescent 
officials. He added that there have been persistent reports of prison 
abuses that have largely been ignored by government officials. 
Following a 
briefing today with Pentagon officials, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) said 
he 
feared allegations made public so far are "the beginning rather than 
the 
end." "There were some incidents in Afghanistan," said Sen. John 
Warner, 
chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Last week, CBS broadcast images showing Iraqis prisoners being 
tormented by 
their U.S. captors. An internal military report determined that the 
prisoners were subjected to "sadistic, blatant and wanton criminal 
abuses." 
Since those initial allegations have been reported worldwide, more 
former 
prisoners have come forward to allege inhumane treatment by U.S. and 
British troops throughout Iraq. SEE: "Torture at Abu Ghraib," 
http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/?040510fa_fact

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 26 regional 
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

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Date: Tue, 04 May 2004 16:20:03 -0400
To:cair-net@cair.biglist.com
From:"CAIR" <cair@cair-net.org>
Subject: CAIR-NET: Urge Congress To Investigate Iraq Torture

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR ACTION ALERT #424

URGE CONGRESS TO INVESTIGATE IRAQ TORTURE
Call for international inspections of American prison worldwide

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/4/04) - CAIR today called for a congressional 
investigation into torture of prisoners by American military personnel 
in 
Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison and urged international inspections of all 
American detention facilities in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay.

Reprimands given to a handful of soldiers involved in the abuse of 
Iraqi 
prisoners were also criticized as a "slap on the wrist" that shows 
military 
authorities are incapable of dealing with an issue that may have 
already 
caused irreparable harm to America's image in the Muslim world.

"Instead of getting a slap on the wrist, everyone who took part in or 
permitted these horrific acts needs to serve time in prison," said CAIR 
Executive Director Nihad Awad. "This scandal must be investigated by 
Congress to determine the true extent of the abuse and to learn whether 
the 
abuses were in fact part of a widespread pattern of human rights 
violations 
in U.S. detention facilities worldwide."

Awad said U.S. prisons in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay must be 
opened to international inspectors and to Red Cross and Red Crescent 
officials. He added that there have been persistent reports of prison 
abuses that have largely been ignored by government officials. 
Following a 
briefing today with Pentagon officials, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) said 
he 
feared allegations made public so far are "the beginning rather than 
the 
end." "There were some incidents in Afghanistan," said Sen. John 
Warner, 
chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Last week, CBS broadcast images showing Iraqis prisoners being 
tormented by 
their U.S. captors. An internal military report determined that the 
prisoners were subjected to "sadistic, blatant and wanton criminal 
abuses." 
Since those initial allegations have been reported worldwide, more 
former 
prisoners have come forward to allege inhumane treatment by U.S. and 
British troops throughout Iraq. SEE: "TORTURE AT ABU GHRAIB," 
http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/?040510fa_fact

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be firm but POLITE.)

1) Contact Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John Warner (R-VA) 
and 
Ranking Member Carl Levin (D-MI) and urge them to hold a congressional 
investigation into torture of prisoners by American military personnel 
in 
Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison and urged international inspections of all 
American detention facilities in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay.

CONTACT:
Chairman John Warner (R-VA)
Address: 228 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3871
Fax: (202) 228-0037

Ranking Member Carl Levin (D-MI)
228 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3871
Fax: (202) 228-0037

2) Contact other members of the Senate and House Armed Services 
committees 
and ask them to investigate incidents of abuse of Iraqi prisoners by 
American military personnel. Visit Capwiz at http://www.capwiz.com/cair 
for 
additional contact info.
         		
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Date: Tue, 04 May 2004 16:38:06 -0400
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Subject: ISLAM-INFONET: Nader Urges Action on Violations Against US Muslims

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 5/4/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: GOOD MANNERS
* NADER URGES ACTION OF VIOLATIONS AGAINST US MUSLIM
	- Former Diplomats Denounce Mideast Policy (Bloomberg)
	- Kerry Stresses His Ties with Israel (JTA)
* PROBE OF GENERAL ANTI-ISLAM REMARKS DRAG ON (Reuters)
* MUSLIM GROUPS REPORTS INCREASE IN HARASSMENT (VOA)
	- US Anti-Muslim Incidents Up 70 Pct in 2003 (Reuters)
	- CA: Inland Muslims Encountering Little Trouble (PE)
	- Anti-Muslim Bias Reported To Rise Sharply (NY Times)
	- Anti-Muslim Sentiment Spreading (Boca Raton)
	- Islamaphobia on the Rise (KTOK)
* LAWYERS FOR DETAINEES PUT TRIBUNALS ON TRIAL (NY Times)
* WEBSITE FOR DR. SAMI AL-ARIAN LAUNCHED (TBCJP)
* HAS ISLAM BECOME THE ISSUE? (Asia Times)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: GOOD MANNERS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "A believer may achieve 
the 
status of one who regularly fasts (for religious reasons) during the 
day 
and spends the night in prayer, through good manners."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 1, Hadith 38

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NADER URGES ACTION ON CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AGAINST MUSLIM AMERICANS
The Nader Campaign urges the Department of Justice to take action 
regarding 
civil rights violations against Muslim and Arab Americans

According to a report released on March 3 by the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, "The Status of Muslim Civil Rights in the 
United States 2004," Muslims in the United States experienced more than 
1,000 incidents of asserted harassment, violence and discriminatory 
treatment in 2003, a jump of 70 percent over the previous year, 
according 
to a report released by a major Islamic advocacy group.

The report by the Council on American-Islamic Relations attributed the 
increase to such factors as unrebutted, off-the-wall Muslim-bashing on 
radio talk shows and tensions surrounding the war in Iraq. The group 
said 
it received 1,019 complaints from Muslims last year concerning 
discriminatory or violent actions, up from 602 the year before. The 
biggest 
number of incidents had to do with employment and the refusal to 
accommodate religious practices. But there were 93 reported hate crimes 
(i.e., incidents of anti-Muslim violence), more than double the total 
in 
2002. And there were numerous cases in which Muslims alleged that laws 
were 
applied to them more harshly because of their ethnic or religious 
identity.

The report also noted that the implementation of the USA PATRIOT Act 
has 
been associated with abuses.  The report points to a number of 
questionable 
national security policies including:

- The rounding up of Muslim Americans and Arab Americans and residents 
by 
the government that blurred the clear distinction between immigration 
cases 
and terrorism investigations.  CAIR cites a report by the Office of 
Inspector General of the Justice Department which found that between 
September 11, 2001 and August 2002 the government arrested 738 Muslims 
and 
Arabs whose entry visas had expired.  In doing so they interfered with 
their access to lawyers, blocked access by family members and even 
denied 
them the constitutional right of obtaining information on charges 
against 
them. The Justice Department's own Office of Inspector General also 
reported that many were held in inhumane conditions including being 
contained in jail cells for 23 hours a day, taunting of prisoners and 
slamming prisoners against walls. Security tapes of the Bureau of 
Prisons 
show 308 incidents of physical abuse by staff of federal prisons. None 
of 
these hundreds of detainees were found to have links to terrorism.

- The singling out of Muslim visitors and immigrants by requiring them 
to 
report to government offices to be fingerprinted, photographed and 
assigned 
a registration number or be deported.  Thirteen thousand of the people 
who 
complied were still subject to deportation for violation of minor 
immigration regulations.

- The CAIR report points to widespread incidents of prosecutorial and 
law 
enforcement bias against Muslims.  Violations of local ordinances for 
minor 
offenses like failure to cut lawn, or leaving garbage cans outside have 
increased as have discretionary criminal prosecutions.

- Enforcement of the PATRIOT Act has also led to harassment by banks 
and 
financial institutions.  People with Muslim or Arab names are being 
arbitrarily requested to provide detailed documentation of their 
identities 
as well as financial and tax records.

The Ralph Nader Campaign urges:

- Passage of the End Racial Profiling Act, championed by Congressman 
John 
Conyers, Jr. in the House and Senator Russell Feingold in the Senate, 
that 
would dissuade law enforcement from engaging in profiling by requiring 
collection of race data, and providing legal options to victims of 
racial 
profiling.

- The Department of Justice to implement regulatory and procedural 
reforms 
suggested by its own Office of Inspector General designed to restore 
constitutional protections in government investigations and handling of 
detainees.

- Congressional hearings on post 9-11 rules and procedures enacted by 
the 
Bush Administration in order to examine their impact on security and 
civil 
liberties.

- Oppose the extension of provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act that are 
set to 
expire in 2005.

- Reinstate the policy of the United States Federal Communications 
Commission that became known as the "Fairness Doctrine" ­ an attempt to 
ensure that coverage of controversial public issues by a broadcast 
station 
be balanced and fair.  In the spring of 1987, both houses of Congress 
voted 
to put the Fairness Doctrine into law but President Ronald Reagan 
vetoed 
the legislation.

ALSO SEE:

FORMER U.S. DIPLOMATS DENOUNCE BUSH'S MIDEAST POLICY
Bloomberg, 5/4/04
http://quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=aWcp2Lwuxyd4&refer=us

A group of former U.S. diplomats wrote a letter to President George W. 
Bush 
denouncing his policy for dealing with the conflict between Israelis 
and 
Palestinians, saying it is harming American credibility abroad.

The letter, posted on the American Educational Trust Web site with 16 
signatures, applauds a similar letter former British diplomats sent to 
Prime Minister Tony Blair last week criticizing his Middle East policy. 
The 
Web site solicits more support, and Reuters said more than 50 
ex-diplomats 
have now signed.

The former U.S. diplomats' concern focuses on Bush's support for 
Israeli 
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's unilateral plan to evacuate Jewish 
settlements in the Gaza Strip while retaining major West Bank enclaves. 
Bush and Sharon's talks on the plan last month excluded the 
Palestinians. 
Bush's stance ``reverses longstanding American policy,'' the group 
said.

``By closing the door to negotiations with Palestinians and the 
possibility 
of a Palestinian state, you have proved that the United States is not 
an 
even-handed peace partner,'' the former diplomats, led by Andrew 
Kilgore, 
ambassador to Qatar from 1977 to 1980, said in the letter.

``You have placed U.S. diplomats, civilians and military doing their 
jobs 
overseas in an untenable and even dangerous position,'' the group said. 
``Your unqualified support of Sharon's extra-judicial assassinations, 
Israel's Berlin Wall-like barrier, its harsh military measures in 
occupied 
territories, and now your endorsement of Sharon's unilateral plan, are 
costing our country its credibility, prestige and friends...''

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KERRY STRESSES HIS TIES WITH ISRAEL
Ron Kampeas and Matthew E. Berger, JTA, 5/3/04
http://www.jta.org/page_view_story.asp?strwebhead=Kerry+vies+for+Jewish+vote&intcategoryid=5

WASHINGTON - A Kerry administration would avoid the pressure other 
presidents have used to nudge Israel in peace negotiations, and would 
consult closely with the Jewish state before launching any new Mideast 
peace initiative.

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), the presumptive Democratic nominee for 
president, outlined his approach to Middle East peacemaking in an 
interview 
with JTA on Monday, the same day he launched his campaign to win Jewish 
votes with a major policy speech to the Anti-Defamation League.

Kerry has been working hard to mitigate the effect in the Jewish 
community 
of President Bush's extraordinary concessions to Israel last month, 
when 
the president recognized some Israeli claims to the West Bank and 
rejected 
any right of Palestinian refugees to return to Israel.

The Jewish vote could play a crucial role in 10 swing states in what is 
likely to be a close election this fall, and Kerry is on a fund-raising 
drive that needs a strong turnout among the Democrats' broad base of 
Jewish 
donors. His ADL speech sounded a range of notes aimed at pleasing 
Jewish 
ears - on civil rights, anti-Semitism and Israel.

"For the entire 20 years that I have been in the United States Senate, 
I'm 
proud that my commitment to a secure Jewish state has been unwavering; 
not 
even by one vote or one letter or one resolution has it wavered," Kerry 
said to the applause of the ADL audience. "As president, I can 
guarantee 
you that that support and that effort for our ally, a vibrant 
democracy, 
will continue."

That's a guarantee that Bush - or for that matter, almost any of his 
predecessors - easily could make. In his subsequent interview with JTA, 
Kerry sought to elaborate on what would distinguish his presidency 
vis-a-vis Israel...

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PROBE OF GENERAL ANTI-ISLAM REMARKS DRAG ON
Andrea Shalal-Esa, Reuters, 5/4/04
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=domesticNews&storyID=5035323

WASHINGTON - Arab- and Muslim-Americans are increasingly frustrated by 
the 
Pentagon's failure to discipline a top U.S. general who said Muslims do 
not 
worship "a real God," and say it raises questions about whether the 
so-called war on terrorism is not a war on Islam.

Army Lt. Gen. William Boykin, head of military intelligence, touched 
off a 
brief firestorm last October after publicity about speeches he gave 
while 
in uniform that referred to the war on terrorism as a battle with 
"Satan" 
and said America had been targeted "because we're a Christian nation."

In one speech, Boykin, an evangelical Christian, belittled a Muslim 
fighter 
who said Allah had protected him from U.S. forces. "I knew ... that my 
God 
was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God, and his was an 
idol," said Boykin, a much-decorated veteran of covert military 
operations.

Since then, an internal investigation into the affair has worked its 
way 
slowly through the Pentagon bureaucracy. A spokeswoman said there was 
no 
deadline for its completion.

"I don't think the administration understands how much damage Boykin 
has 
done," said James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute, an 
advocacy group.

He cited a recent poll that showed Arab-Americans in four key U.S. 
states 
would choose Democrat John Kerry by a wide margin over Bush if the 
election 
were held now.

"They could stop the hemorrhaging at any time, but they allow this to 
continue to occur so the wound continues to stay open," Zogby said. 
"It's 
just not taken seriously."

At the time, President Bush said Boykin "didn't reflect my opinion," 
but 
the Pentagon

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US MUSLIM ADVOCACY GROUP REPORTS INCREASE IN HARASSMENT OF MUSLIMS IN 
AMERICA
Laurie Kassman, Voice of America, 5/3/04
http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=E6F8423F-F791-40A3-B515A9E7EDDC02D8

A U.S. Muslim advocacy group, the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, 
received more than 1,000 complaints of discrimination and harassment in 
2003, more than double the number received the year before.

The author of the report, Mohamed Nimer, said the number of incidents 
of 
harassment that were reported in 2003 surpassed 1,000, up from 600 the 
year 
before. "The incidents range from violent attacks against people, 
including 
murders, physical assaults or vandalism of community organizations, 
most 
prominently mosques, to verbal harassment to employment discrimination 
and 
to mistreatment by government agencies, most importantly related to the 
implementation of special registration requiring immigrants from Muslim 
nations to be photographed and fingerprinted," he said.

Mr. Nimer said the Council on American-Islamic Relations has improved 
its 
ability to process complaints, which may also account for the increased 
number of cases. Still, he says Muslims are disturbed to see the trend 
increasing, not decreasing, over the past several years.

Reports of beatings and vandalism on Muslim-owned property doubled last 
year. But, the study shows a decrease in complaints of harassment at 
airport security checks.

The civil rights group has been tracking the status of Muslim civil 
rights 
in the United States since 1995. Mr. Nimer blames continuing fears 
among 
Americans since the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. 
He 
said the war in Iraq and extremist violence in the Middle East also 
have 
fueled anti-Muslim sentiments. "The Iraq War has been cited in a number 
of 
incidents actually. And there was a lot of hate speech, especially on 
radio, related to the Iraq War. And, events and incidents in this war 
that 
have been construed in the terms of U.S. versus Islam," he said.

The council is calling for Congress to examine how security policies 
implemented after the 2001 terrorist attacks have affected civil 
liberties 
and what could be revised to better protect Muslim communities.

ALSO SEE:

US ANTI-MUSLIM INCIDENTS UP 70 PCT IN 2003 -REPORT
Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters, 5/3/04

WASHINGTON - Incidents of violence, discrimination and harassment 
against 
Muslims in the United States soared 70 percent in 2003 over the 
previous 
year, an Islamic civil rights group reported on Monday.

The war in Iraq and the lingering atmosphere of fear from the Sept. 11, 
2001, attacks contributed to the sharp rise in anti-Muslim activity, 
according to a report by the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Other factors included an increase in anti-Muslim rhetoric by some in 
government and the media, implementation of the USA Patriot Act -- 
which 
has been criticized as infringing on the constitutional right to 
privacy -- 
and increased reporting and documentation by members of the Muslim 
community, the report said.

"The disturbing jump in reports of anti-Muslim incidents is a wake-up 
call 
to those commentators who use their public positions to spread 
anti-Muslim 
hate," said the report's author, Mohamed Nimer.

There were 1,019 reports of anti-Islamic acts in the United States in 
2003, 
up from 602 in 2002 and more than 10 times the number of reports 
received 
the first year the council kept count, in 1995.

The incidents ranged from business and housing discrimination to 
violent 
threats and the discriminatory application of law to Internet 
harassment 
and hate crimes.

Hate crimes increased by 121 percent over 2002 to 93 incidents from 42. 
They ranged from vandalism against Muslim-owned property to beatings 
and at 
least four killings...

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CA: INLAND MUSLIMS ENCOUNTERING LITTLE TROUBLE
Bettye Wells Miller, Press-Enterprise, 5/4/04
http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_muslim04.58113.html

Reports of discrimination and hate incidents against Muslims in 
California 
more than tripled last year, according to a report released Monday by 
the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations.

So far, the Inland area appears to have escaped the level of threats 
and 
violence reported elsewhere, however, local Muslims said.

"People are more understanding," said Mahmoud Harmoush, director of the 
Temecula Islamic Center. "We hope they are better-educated and 
-informed."

But women who wear the hijab, or head scarf, appear to be vulnerable to 
taunts and criticism in public places and in their jobs.

"I'm afraid to put on the hijab because I'm afraid somebody is going to 
hurt me," S. Bushra Khan, 46, of Temecula, said by phone. "I have had 
people shout at me across the street. It made me very uncomfortable. "

There were 221 complaints of discrimination or hate incidents in 
California 
last year, Ra'id Faraj, spokesman for the council's Southern California 
chapter, said by phone. There were 66 in 2002, he said. Nationally, 
there 
were 1,019 incidents, a 70 percent increase, the group said...

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ANTI-MUSLIM BIAS REPORTED TO RISE SHARPLY
New York Times, 5/4/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/04/nyregion/04mbrf.html

New York State had the second-highest number of complaints in the 
nation of 
anti-Muslim bias incidents last year, a civil liberties group said 
yesterday. The group, the New York chapter of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, said there were more than 200 reports of 
bias 
acts against Muslims, Arabs or South Asians in New York State in 2003, 
about four times the number, 48, reported the year before. California 
had 
221 incidents reported in 2003. The national organization said claims 
of 
physical and verbal attacks on Muslims, and other bias incidents, rose 
70 
percent to 1,019 from 602 in 2002

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ANTI-MUSLIM SENTIMENT SPREADING
Ashley Harrell, Boca Raton, 5/4/04
http://www.bocaratonnews.com/index.php?src=news&category=LOCAL%20NEWS&prid=8210

It was Asmaa Metwally's first day of college at Florida Atlantic 
University.
Like many other new students, she did not know her way around campus. 
Metwally approached a woman to ask directions, but was answered with 
silence. The woman was staring at her headscarf.

Metwally asked again, and remembers the woman hurrying away in the 
opposite 
direction.

"I saw fear in her eyes," she said.

A senior and the secretary of the Muslim Student Organization (MSO), 
Metwally said she has felt the cold stares of classmates who mistakenly 
assume that she is part of some terrorist organization.

When the officers of the MSO put signs up for events, they're almost 
always 
taken down by the end of the day, Metwally said.

"People generalize and stereotype," she said. "It's definitely a 
disappointment."
There were 1019 "disappointing" incidents involving anti-Muslim 
violence, 
discrimination and harassment in 2003, the highest number of Muslim 
civil 
rights cases ever recorded in a single year, the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) reported Monday.

The report indicates that anti-Muslim incidents in the United States 
increased by almost 70 percent in 2003. Hate crimes alone jumped by an 
unprecedented 121 percent, according to the report.

And in 2004 the CAIR has seen an even greater increase, according to 
communications director for the South Florida chapter, Ahmed Bedier...

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ISLAMAPHOBIA ON THE RISE
KTOK, 5/4/04
http://www.ktok.com/cc-common/feeds/view.php?feed_id=135&feed=/local.html&instance=1&article_id=2710

A new report shows nearly a doubling in the number of complaints 
involving 
Muslim harassment.

The report comes from the Council on Islamic-American Relations shows 
last 
year there were nearly 1,000 complaints of Muslim harassment in the 
U.S.  The number is a sharp increase from the 600 the year before.

Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City President Imad Enchasse says 
Oklahoma City's not having as many complaints.  But he says the 
problems 
are all around us.  Enchasse says he was in Denton, Texas last week 
when 
someone opened fire on the mosque.  He also cites incidents in Lubbock, 
El 
Paso, Houston and Kansas City.

However, Enchasse says the report is alarming, because the harassment 
to 
some degree is a reflection of right-wing talk radio and other members 
of 
the conservative clergy, who are spreading misinformation about Islam.

The report cites an increase in reporting, misinterpretation of the 
Patriot 
Act, and post-9-11 fears.

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MILITARY'S LAWYERS FOR DETAINEES PUT TRIBUNALS ON TRIAL
Neil A. Lewis, New York Times, 5/3/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/04/politics/04GITM.html

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration's plan to use military tribunals 
to 
try some of the detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which has faced 
considerable skepticism, has been receiving some of its sharpest 
attacks 
from the military defense lawyers who are participating in the process.

Senior government planners once expected that the first of the 
prisoners to 
go before a tribunal would plead guilty as part of an agreement to 
reduce 
their jail time. But the five military lawyers assigned to defend the 
first 
group of prisoners have radically altered that hope, the officials now 
acknowledge.

The uniformed lawyers have been especially forceful, not only in 
asserting 
their clients' innocence but also in denouncing the tribunal system as 
inherently unfair and rigged.

The Pentagon wants the military commissions, the first for the United 
States since World War II, to be seen as fair at home and abroad. But 
the 
military lawyers, in playing the kind of attack-the-system role that 
William Kunstler was known for, have become widely quoted around the 
world 
and acclaimed by some as heroes after appearances in London and 
Australia 
in which they denounced the tribunals.

Nonetheless, senior military officials said that while they disagreed 
with 
the view that the tribunal system is unfair, they had no problem with 
the 
defense lawyers' making harshly critical comments...

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WEBSITE FOR DR. SAMI AL-ARIAN LAUNCHED
Tampa Bay Coalition for Justice and Peace, 5/3/2004

A new website about the case of Dr. Sami Al-Arian, a Palestinian 
political 
prisoner in Florida has been launched. It can be accessed at: 
www.freesamialarian.com

The website, an educational resource for those who would like more 
information about the case, features updated press releases and news 
coverage, Dr. Al-Arian's biography, a section describing the Al-Arian 
case, 
and suggestions on how to help.

Dr. Al-Arian, who has been denied the right to a speedy trial and who 
has 
already spent 438 days in prison under extremely harsh and punitive 
conditions, needs your help now more than ever. The case is progressing 
well, and as more and more "evidence" is examined, we are confident 
that 
justice will prevail and Dr. Al-Arian's innocence will be proven. 
However, 
in order to ensure that he will receive a fair trial, we need your 
generous 
contributions to compensate for rising legal bills.

Supporters can donate securely online (at www.freesamialarian.com's 
"How to 
Help" page) to the National Liberty Fund, a national organization that 
coordinates community efforts to defend the civil and political rights 
of 
American Muslims. The NLF is focusing its initial attention on Dr. 
Al-Arian's case. Or, checks can be sent to: National Liberty Fund, P.O. 
Box 
3568, Washington, D.C. 20007.

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HAS ISLAM BECOME THE ISSUE?
Oswald Spengler, Asia Times, 5/3/04
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/FE04Aa01.html

Nothing shows up the shallowness of the American neo-conservatives 
better 
than the choice of a French Catholic, Professor Alain Besancon, to fire 
a 
first salvo against Islam in the May issue of their flagship journal, 
Commentary. His essay, "What Kind of Religion is Islam", re-states the 
millennium-old Christian case against Muslim theology, while barely 
hinting 
at why theology has any bearing on the civilizational conflict now 
under 
way. Nonetheless, a Rubicon has been crossed, for Islam itself has 
become 
the issue, rather than terrorism, dictatorship, slavery in the Sudan or 
mistreatment of women.

Until now the conservative establishment carefully toed the White House 
line, namely that "this is a war against terrorism, not against Islam". 
As 
Washington's visions for Iraq's future vanish like a desert mirage, the 
basic premises of its policy may be re-thought. In that respect, the 
fact 
that Besancon has surfaced among the neo-conservatives is news indeed, 
although both the regular media and the weblogs have failed to take 
note of it.

Something like this was inevitable after years in which American 
conservatives sought to shoehorn the problems of the Islamic world into 
the 
box of the Western enlightenment ("freedom" vs "tyranny"). Muslims who 
abhorred the entente cordiale of evangelical Protestants and Jewish 
conservatives, though, should be entitled to a bit of Schadenfreude. 
Where 
are the great intellectual lights among the Jews and Protestants? Apart 
from complaints about the Prophet Mohammed's marriage to a 
nine-year-old 
and such like, the Evangelicals have trouble explaining why they 
dislike 
Islam...

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR: Celebrating 10 years of community service

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 5/4/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: GOOD MANNERS
* REASON #12 TO JOIN CAIR - Education
	- Public Library Sponsorships: 7440
* NADER URGES ACTION ON VIOLATIONS AGAINST US MUSLIM
	- Former Diplomats Denounce Mideast Policy (Bloomberg)
	- Kerry Stresses His Ties with Israel (JTA)
* PROBE OF GENERAL ANTI-ISLAM REMARKS DRAG ON (Reuters)
* MUSLIM GROUPS REPORTS INCREASE IN HARASSMENT (VOA)
	- US Anti-Muslim Incidents Up 70 Pct in 2003 (Reuters)
	- CA: Inland Muslims Encountering Little Trouble (PE)
	- Anti-Muslim Bias Reported To Rise Sharply (NY Times)
	- Anti-Muslim Sentiment Spreading (Boca Raton)
	- Islamaphobia on the Rise (KTOK)
* LAWYERS FOR DETAINEES PUT TRIBUNALS ON TRIAL (NY Times)
* WEBSITE FOR DR. SAMI AL-ARIAN LAUNCHED (TBCJP)
* HAS ISLAM BECOME THE ISSUE? (Asia Times)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: GOOD MANNERS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "A believer may achieve 
the 
status of one who regularly fasts (for religious reasons) during the 
day 
and spends the night in prayer, through good manners."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 1, Hadith 38

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REASON #12 TO JOIN CAIR - Education

CAIR enhances Americans' understanding of Islam and Muslims through our 
projects as well as media and public outreach.

In our new membership drive, "Building a Better America...One Member at 
a 
Time," CAIR intends (God Willing) to sign up 25,000 new members by its 
10th 
year anniversary celebration scheduled for June 12, 2004.

TO JOIN, GO TO: http://www.cair-net.org/asp/membercamp.asp
Students Click here! 
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=33172&page=NB

If you have any problems signing up as a CAIR member through the web 
site, 
please call 202-488-8787 and ask for "membership," or e-mail: 
iabusway@cair-net.org

ALSO SEE:

CAIR PUBLIC LIBRARY PROJECT UPDATE: 7440 SPONSORSHIPS

The goal of CAIR's library project is to send accurate and objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

For only $150, Muslim individuals and groups may sponsor 18-item 
packages 
about Islam and Muslims, which are then distributed to the library of 
their 
choice.

To sponsor a library call, 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320, or visit: 
www.libraryproject.org.

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NADER URGES ACTION ON CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AGAINST MUSLIM AMERICANS

The Nader Campaign urges the Department of Justice to take action 
regarding 
civil rights violations against Muslim and Arab Americans

According to a report released on March 3 by the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, "The Status of Muslim Civil Rights in the 
United States 2004," Muslims in the United States experienced more than 
1,000 incidents of asserted harassment, violence and discriminatory 
treatment in 2003, a jump of 70 percent over the previous year, 
according 
to a report released by a major Islamic advocacy group.

The report by the Council on American-Islamic Relations attributed the 
increase to such factors as unrebutted, off-the-wall Muslim-bashing on 
radio talk shows and tensions surrounding the war in Iraq. The group 
said 
it received 1,019 complaints from Muslims last year concerning 
discriminatory or violent actions, up from 602 the year before. The 
biggest 
number of incidents had to do with employment and the refusal to 
accommodate religious practices. But there were 93 reported hate crimes 
(i.e., incidents of anti-Muslim violence), more than double the total 
in 
2002. And there were numerous cases in which Muslims alleged that laws 
were 
applied to them more harshly because of their ethnic or religious 
identity.

The report also noted that the implementation of the USA PATRIOT Act 
has 
been associated with abuses.  The report points to a number of 
questionable 
national security policies including:

- The rounding up of Muslim Americans and Arab Americans and residents 
by 
the government that blurred the clear distinction between immigration 
cases 
and terrorism investigations.  CAIR cites a report by the Office of 
Inspector General of the Justice Department which found that between 
September 11, 2001 and August 2002 the government arrested 738 Muslims 
and 
Arabs whose entry visas had expired.  In doing so they interfered with 
their access to lawyers, blocked access by family members and even 
denied 
them the constitutional right of obtaining information on charges 
against 
them. The Justice Department's own Office of Inspector General also 
reported that many were held in inhumane conditions including being 
contained in jail cells for 23 hours a day, taunting of prisoners and 
slamming prisoners against walls. Security tapes of the Bureau of 
Prisons 
show 308 incidents of physical abuse by staff of federal prisons. None 
of 
these hundreds of detainees were found to have links to terrorism.

- The singling out of Muslim visitors and immigrants by requiring them 
to 
report to government offices to be fingerprinted, photographed and 
assigned 
a registration number or be deported.  Thirteen thousand of the people 
who 
complied were still subject to deportation for violation of minor 
immigration regulations.

- The CAIR report points to widespread incidents of prosecutorial and 
law 
enforcement bias against Muslims.  Violations of local ordinances for 
minor 
offenses like failure to cut lawn, or leaving garbage cans outside have 
increased as have discretionary criminal prosecutions.

- Enforcement of the PATRIOT Act has also led to harassment by banks 
and 
financial institutions.  People with Muslim or Arab names are being 
arbitrarily requested to provide detailed documentation of their 
identities 
as well as financial and tax records.

The Ralph Nader Campaign urges:

- Passage of the End Racial Profiling Act, championed by Congressman 
John 
Conyers, Jr. in the House and Senator Russell Feingold in the Senate, 
that 
would dissuade law enforcement from engaging in profiling by requiring 
collection of race data, and providing legal options to victims of 
racial 
profiling.

- The Department of Justice to implement regulatory and procedural 
reforms 
suggested by its own Office of Inspector General designed to restore 
constitutional protections in government investigations and handling of 
detainees.

- Congressional hearings on post 9-11 rules and procedures enacted by 
the 
Bush Administration in order to examine their impact on security and 
civil 
liberties.

- Oppose the extension of provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act that are 
set to 
expire in 2005.

- Reinstate the policy of the United States Federal Communications 
Commission that became known as the "Fairness Doctrine" ­ an attempt to 
ensure that coverage of controversial public issues by a broadcast 
station 
be balanced and fair.  In the spring of 1987, both houses of Congress 
voted 
to put the Fairness Doctrine into law but President Ronald Reagan 
vetoed 
the legislation.

ALSO SEE:

FORMER U.S. DIPLOMATS DENOUNCE BUSH'S MIDEAST POLICY
Bloomberg, 5/4/04
http://quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=aWcp2Lwuxyd4&refer=us

A group of former U.S. diplomats wrote a letter to President George W. 
Bush 
denouncing his policy for dealing with the conflict between Israelis 
and 
Palestinians, saying it is harming American credibility abroad.

The letter, posted on the American Educational Trust Web site with 16 
signatures, applauds a similar letter former British diplomats sent to 
Prime Minister Tony Blair last week criticizing his Middle East policy. 
The 
Web site solicits more support, and Reuters said more than 50 
ex-diplomats 
have now signed.

The former U.S. diplomats' concern focuses on Bush's support for 
Israeli 
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's unilateral plan to evacuate Jewish 
settlements in the Gaza Strip while retaining major West Bank enclaves. 
Bush and Sharon's talks on the plan last month excluded the 
Palestinians. 
Bush's stance ``reverses longstanding American policy,'' the group 
said.

``By closing the door to negotiations with Palestinians and the 
possibility 
of a Palestinian state, you have proved that the United States is not 
an 
even-handed peace partner,'' the former diplomats, led by Andrew 
Kilgore, 
ambassador to Qatar from 1977 to 1980, said in the letter.

``You have placed U.S. diplomats, civilians and military doing their 
jobs 
overseas in an untenable and even dangerous position,'' the group said. 
``Your unqualified support of Sharon's extra-judicial assassinations, 
Israel's Berlin Wall-like barrier, its harsh military measures in 
occupied 
territories, and now your endorsement of Sharon's unilateral plan, are 
costing our country its credibility, prestige and friends...''

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KERRY STRESSES HIS TIES WITH ISRAEL
Ron Kampeas and Matthew E. Berger, JTA, 5/3/04
http://www.jta.org/page_view_story.asp?strwebhead=Kerry+vies+for+Jewish+vote&intcategoryid=5

WASHINGTON - A Kerry administration would avoid the pressure other 
presidents have used to nudge Israel in peace negotiations, and would 
consult closely with the Jewish state before launching any new Mideast 
peace initiative.

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), the presumptive Democratic nominee for 
president, outlined his approach to Middle East peacemaking in an 
interview 
with JTA on Monday, the same day he launched his campaign to win Jewish 
votes with a major policy speech to the Anti-Defamation League.

Kerry has been working hard to mitigate the effect in the Jewish 
community 
of President Bush's extraordinary concessions to Israel last month, 
when 
the president recognized some Israeli claims to the West Bank and 
rejected 
any right of Palestinian refugees to return to Israel.

The Jewish vote could play a crucial role in 10 swing states in what is 
likely to be a close election this fall, and Kerry is on a fund-raising 
drive that needs a strong turnout among the Democrats' broad base of 
Jewish 
donors. His ADL speech sounded a range of notes aimed at pleasing 
Jewish 
ears - on civil rights, anti-Semitism and Israel.

"For the entire 20 years that I have been in the United States Senate, 
I'm 
proud that my commitment to a secure Jewish state has been unwavering; 
not 
even by one vote or one letter or one resolution has it wavered," Kerry 
said to the applause of the ADL audience. "As president, I can 
guarantee 
you that that support and that effort for our ally, a vibrant 
democracy, 
will continue."

That's a guarantee that Bush - or for that matter, almost any of his 
predecessors - easily could make. In his subsequent interview with JTA, 
Kerry sought to elaborate on what would distinguish his presidency 
vis-a-vis Israel...

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PROBE OF GENERAL ANTI-ISLAM REMARKS DRAG ON
Andrea Shalal-Esa, Reuters, 5/4/04
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=domesticNews&storyID=5035323

WASHINGTON - Arab- and Muslim-Americans are increasingly frustrated by 
the 
Pentagon's failure to discipline a top U.S. general who said Muslims do 
not 
worship "a real God," and say it raises questions about whether the 
so-called war on terrorism is not a war on Islam.

Army Lt. Gen. William Boykin, head of military intelligence, touched 
off a 
brief firestorm last October after publicity about speeches he gave 
while 
in uniform that referred to the war on terrorism as a battle with 
"Satan" 
and said America had been targeted "because we're a Christian nation."

In one speech, Boykin, an evangelical Christian, belittled a Muslim 
fighter 
who said Allah had protected him from U.S. forces. "I knew ... that my 
God 
was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God, and his was an 
idol," said Boykin, a much-decorated veteran of covert military 
operations.

Since then, an internal investigation into the affair has worked its 
way 
slowly through the Pentagon bureaucracy. A spokeswoman said there was 
no 
deadline for its completion.

"I don't think the administration understands how much damage Boykin 
has 
done," said James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute, an 
advocacy group.

He cited a recent poll that showed Arab-Americans in four key U.S. 
states 
would choose Democrat John Kerry by a wide margin over Bush if the 
election 
were held now.

"They could stop the hemorrhaging at any time, but they allow this to 
continue to occur so the wound continues to stay open," Zogby said. 
"It's 
just not taken seriously."

At the time, President Bush said Boykin "didn't reflect my opinion," 
but 
the Pentagon

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US MUSLIM ADVOCACY GROUP REPORTS INCREASE IN HARASSMENT OF MUSLIMS IN 
AMERICA
Laurie Kassman, Voice of America, 5/3/04
http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=E6F8423F-F791-40A3-B515A9E7EDDC02D8

A U.S. Muslim advocacy group, the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, 
received more than 1,000 complaints of discrimination and harassment in 
2003, more than double the number received the year before.

The author of the report, Mohamed Nimer, said the number of incidents 
of 
harassment that were reported in 2003 surpassed 1,000, up from 600 the 
year 
before. "The incidents range from violent attacks against people, 
including 
murders, physical assaults or vandalism of community organizations, 
most 
prominently mosques, to verbal harassment to employment discrimination 
and 
to mistreatment by government agencies, most importantly related to the 
implementation of special registration requiring immigrants from Muslim 
nations to be photographed and fingerprinted," he said.

Mr. Nimer said the Council on American-Islamic Relations has improved 
its 
ability to process complaints, which may also account for the increased 
number of cases. Still, he says Muslims are disturbed to see the trend 
increasing, not decreasing, over the past several years.

Reports of beatings and vandalism on Muslim-owned property doubled last 
year. But, the study shows a decrease in complaints of harassment at 
airport security checks.

The civil rights group has been tracking the status of Muslim civil 
rights 
in the United States since 1995. Mr. Nimer blames continuing fears 
among 
Americans since the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. 
He 
said the war in Iraq and extremist violence in the Middle East also 
have 
fueled anti-Muslim sentiments. "The Iraq War has been cited in a number 
of 
incidents actually. And there was a lot of hate speech, especially on 
radio, related to the Iraq War. And, events and incidents in this war 
that 
have been construed in the terms of U.S. versus Islam," he said.

The council is calling for Congress to examine how security policies 
implemented after the 2001 terrorist attacks have affected civil 
liberties 
and what could be revised to better protect Muslim communities.

ALSO SEE:

US ANTI-MUSLIM INCIDENTS UP 70 PCT IN 2003 -REPORT
Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters, 5/3/04

WASHINGTON - Incidents of violence, discrimination and harassment 
against 
Muslims in the United States soared 70 percent in 2003 over the 
previous 
year, an Islamic civil rights group reported on Monday.

The war in Iraq and the lingering atmosphere of fear from the Sept. 11, 
2001, attacks contributed to the sharp rise in anti-Muslim activity, 
according to a report by the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Other factors included an increase in anti-Muslim rhetoric by some in 
government and the media, implementation of the USA Patriot Act -- 
which 
has been criticized as infringing on the constitutional right to 
privacy -- 
and increased reporting and documentation by members of the Muslim 
community, the report said.

"The disturbing jump in reports of anti-Muslim incidents is a wake-up 
call 
to those commentators who use their public positions to spread 
anti-Muslim 
hate," said the report's author, Mohamed Nimer.

There were 1,019 reports of anti-Islamic acts in the United States in 
2003, 
up from 602 in 2002 and more than 10 times the number of reports 
received 
the first year the council kept count, in 1995.

The incidents ranged from business and housing discrimination to 
violent 
threats and the discriminatory application of law to Internet 
harassment 
and hate crimes.

Hate crimes increased by 121 percent over 2002 to 93 incidents from 42. 
They ranged from vandalism against Muslim-owned property to beatings 
and at 
least four killings...

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CA: INLAND MUSLIMS ENCOUNTERING LITTLE TROUBLE
Bettye Wells Miller, Press-Enterprise, 5/4/04
http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_muslim04.58113.html

Reports of discrimination and hate incidents against Muslims in 
California 
more than tripled last year, according to a report released Monday by 
the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations.

So far, the Inland area appears to have escaped the level of threats 
and 
violence reported elsewhere, however, local Muslims said.

"People are more understanding," said Mahmoud Harmoush, director of the 
Temecula Islamic Center. "We hope they are better-educated and 
-informed."

But women who wear the hijab, or head scarf, appear to be vulnerable to 
taunts and criticism in public places and in their jobs.

"I'm afraid to put on the hijab because I'm afraid somebody is going to 
hurt me," S. Bushra Khan, 46, of Temecula, said by phone. "I have had 
people shout at me across the street. It made me very uncomfortable. "

There were 221 complaints of discrimination or hate incidents in 
California 
last year, Ra'id Faraj, spokesman for the council's Southern California 
chapter, said by phone. There were 66 in 2002, he said. Nationally, 
there 
were 1,019 incidents, a 70 percent increase, the group said...

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ANTI-MUSLIM BIAS REPORTED TO RISE SHARPLY
New York Times, 5/4/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/04/nyregion/04mbrf.html

New York State had the second-highest number of complaints in the 
nation of 
anti-Muslim bias incidents last year, a civil liberties group said 
yesterday. The group, the New York chapter of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, said there were more than 200 reports of 
bias 
acts against Muslims, Arabs or South Asians in New York State in 2003, 
about four times the number, 48, reported the year before. California 
had 
221 incidents reported in 2003. The national organization said claims 
of 
physical and verbal attacks on Muslims, and other bias incidents, rose 
70 
percent to 1,019 from 602 in 2002

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ANTI-MUSLIM SENTIMENT SPREADING
Ashley Harrell, Boca Raton, 5/4/04
http://www.bocaratonnews.com/index.php?src=news&category=LOCAL%20NEWS&prid=8210

It was Asmaa Metwally's first day of college at Florida Atlantic 
University.
Like many other new students, she did not know her way around campus. 
Metwally approached a woman to ask directions, but was answered with 
silence. The woman was staring at her headscarf.

Metwally asked again, and remembers the woman hurrying away in the 
opposite 
direction.

"I saw fear in her eyes," she said.

A senior and the secretary of the Muslim Student Organization (MSO), 
Metwally said she has felt the cold stares of classmates who mistakenly 
assume that she is part of some terrorist organization.

When the officers of the MSO put signs up for events, they're almost 
always 
taken down by the end of the day, Metwally said.

"People generalize and stereotype," she said. "It's definitely a 
disappointment."
There were 1019 "disappointing" incidents involving anti-Muslim 
violence, 
discrimination and harassment in 2003, the highest number of Muslim 
civil 
rights cases ever recorded in a single year, the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) reported Monday.

The report indicates that anti-Muslim incidents in the United States 
increased by almost 70 percent in 2003. Hate crimes alone jumped by an 
unprecedented 121 percent, according to the report.

And in 2004 the CAIR has seen an even greater increase, according to 
communications director for the South Florida chapter, Ahmed Bedier...

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ISLAMAPHOBIA ON THE RISE
KTOK, 5/4/04
http://www.ktok.com/cc-common/feeds/view.php?feed_id=135&feed=/local.html&instance=1&article_id=2710

A new report shows nearly a doubling in the number of complaints 
involving 
Muslim harassment.

The report comes from the Council on Islamic-American Relations shows 
last 
year there were nearly 1,000 complaints of Muslim harassment in the 
U.S.  The number is a sharp increase from the 600 the year before.

Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City President Imad Enchasse says 
Oklahoma City's not having as many complaints.  But he says the 
problems 
are all around us.  Enchasse says he was in Denton, Texas last week 
when 
someone opened fire on the mosque.  He also cites incidents in Lubbock, 
El 
Paso, Houston and Kansas City.

However, Enchasse says the report is alarming, because the harassment 
to 
some degree is a reflection of right-wing talk radio and other members 
of 
the conservative clergy, who are spreading misinformation about Islam.

The report cites an increase in reporting, misinterpretation of the 
Patriot 
Act, and post-9-11 fears.

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MILITARY'S LAWYERS FOR DETAINEES PUT TRIBUNALS ON TRIAL
Neil A. Lewis, New York Times, 5/3/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/04/politics/04GITM.html

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration's plan to use military tribunals 
to 
try some of the detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which has faced 
considerable skepticism, has been receiving some of its sharpest 
attacks 
from the military defense lawyers who are participating in the process.

Senior government planners once expected that the first of the 
prisoners to 
go before a tribunal would plead guilty as part of an agreement to 
reduce 
their jail time. But the five military lawyers assigned to defend the 
first 
group of prisoners have radically altered that hope, the officials now 
acknowledge.

The uniformed lawyers have been especially forceful, not only in 
asserting 
their clients' innocence but also in denouncing the tribunal system as 
inherently unfair and rigged.

The Pentagon wants the military commissions, the first for the United 
States since World War II, to be seen as fair at home and abroad. But 
the 
military lawyers, in playing the kind of attack-the-system role that 
William Kunstler was known for, have become widely quoted around the 
world 
and acclaimed by some as heroes after appearances in London and 
Australia 
in which they denounced the tribunals.

Nonetheless, senior military officials said that while they disagreed 
with 
the view that the tribunal system is unfair, they had no problem with 
the 
defense lawyers' making harshly critical comments...

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WEBSITE FOR DR. SAMI AL-ARIAN LAUNCHED
Tampa Bay Coalition for Justice and Peace, 5/3/2004

A new website about the case of Dr. Sami Al-Arian, a Palestinian 
political 
prisoner in Florida has been launched. It can be accessed at: 
www.freesamialarian.com

The website, an educational resource for those who would like more 
information about the case, features updated press releases and news 
coverage, Dr. Al-Arian's biography, a section describing the Al-Arian 
case, 
and suggestions on how to help.

Dr. Al-Arian, who has been denied the right to a speedy trial and who 
has 
already spent 438 days in prison under extremely harsh and punitive 
conditions, needs your help now more than ever. The case is progressing 
well, and as more and more "evidence" is examined, we are confident 
that 
justice will prevail and Dr. Al-Arian's innocence will be proven. 
However, 
in order to ensure that he will receive a fair trial, we need your 
generous 
contributions to compensate for rising legal bills.

Supporters can donate securely online (at www.freesamialarian.com's 
"How to 
Help" page) to the National Liberty Fund, a national organization that 
coordinates community efforts to defend the civil and political rights 
of 
American Muslims. The NLF is focusing its initial attention on Dr. 
Al-Arian's case. Or, checks can be sent to: National Liberty Fund, P.O. 
Box 
3568, Washington, D.C. 20007.

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HAS ISLAM BECOME THE ISSUE?
Oswald Spengler, Asia Times, 5/3/04
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/FE04Aa01.html

Nothing shows up the shallowness of the American neo-conservatives 
better 
than the choice of a French Catholic, Professor Alain Besancon, to fire 
a 
first salvo against Islam in the May issue of their flagship journal, 
Commentary. His essay, "What Kind of Religion is Islam", re-states the 
millennium-old Christian case against Muslim theology, while barely 
hinting 
at why theology has any bearing on the civilizational conflict now 
under 
way. Nonetheless, a Rubicon has been crossed, for Islam itself has 
become 
the issue, rather than terrorism, dictatorship, slavery in the Sudan or 
mistreatment of women.

Until now the conservative establishment carefully toed the White House 
line, namely that "this is a war against terrorism, not against Islam". 
As 
Washington's visions for Iraq's future vanish like a desert mirage, the 
basic premises of its policy may be re-thought. In that respect, the 
fact 
that Besancon has surfaced among the neo-conservatives is news indeed, 
although both the regular media and the weblogs have failed to take 
note of it.

Something like this was inevitable after years in which American 
conservatives sought to shoehorn the problems of the Islamic world into 
the 
box of the Western enlightenment ("freedom" vs "tyranny"). Muslims who 
abhorred the entente cordiale of evangelical Protestants and Jewish 
conservatives, though, should be entitled to a bit of Schadenfreude. 
Where 
are the great intellectual lights among the Jews and Protestants? Apart 
from complaints about the Prophet Mohammed's marriage to a 
nine-year-old 
and such like, the Evangelicals have trouble explaining why they 
dislike 
Islam...

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR: Celebrating 10 years of community service

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 5/5/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: AVOID ABUSE
* REASON #13 TO JOIN CAIR - Lobbying
	- Library Project Sponsorships: 7440
* INCITEMENT WATCH: 'EMBARRASS A FEW MUSLIMS'
* CAIR-DC: VA RESIDENTS URGED TO OPPOSE PATRIOT ACT
* CAIR-MD HOLDS RECEPTION FOR REGIONAL OFFICIALS
* CAIR-OH: SCHOOLS DRAFT PRAYER POLICY (Columbus Disp)
	- MI: Tensions Over Muslims' Call to Prayer (NY Times)
	- FL: Spreading Tolerance in Schools (SP Times)
* CON ARTIST TARGETS MUSLIMS IN MISSISSIPPI
* DOES TALK HOST EVEN CARE WHAT'S TRUE? (Boston Globe)
	- Background on the Jay Severin Controversy
* BUSH PROMISES JUSTICE AFTER IRAQ ABUSE (Reuters)
* CONGRESS ASKED TO PROBE ABU GHRAIB (UPI)
	- Canadian Tells of Torture in IRAQ (AP)
	- Iraqi Cameraman Recounts Ordeal (Drudge Report)
	- Prisoner Abuse: One Iraqi's Story (MSNBC)
	- No Plan to Hurt 9/11 Detainees (NY Times)
	- Troops 'Have Been Abusing Iraqis for a Year' (SMH)
	- Visiting a Changed Fallujah (SF Chronicle)
* VIOLENCE, BIAS AGAINST MUSLIMS UP NEARLY 70% (Balt Sun)
	- Group Cites Rising Violence (Seattle Times)
* REF STEPS ASIDE AFTER ASKING PLAYER TO REMOVE HIJAB (AP)
* NIGERIAN MUSLIMS SAY 300 KILLED IN 'GENOCIDE'(Reuters)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: AVOID ABUSE

A person once asked the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) to offer 
some 
advice. The Prophet said: "Do not abuse anyone...And if someone abuses 
and 
shames you for something that he finds in you, then do not shame him 
for 
something that you find in him."

Sunan of Abu-Dawood, Hadith 1889

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REASON #13 TO JOIN CAIR - Lobbying

CAIR regularly meets with elected officials to ensure your concerns are 
represented and communicated properly.

In our new membership drive, "Building a Better America...One Member at 
a 
Time," CAIR intends (God Willing) to sign up 25,000 new members by its 
10th 
year anniversary celebration scheduled for June 12, 2004.

TO JOIN, GO TO: http://www.cair-net.org/asp/membercamp.asp
Students Click here! 
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=33172&page=NB

If you have any problems signing up as a CAIR member through the web 
site, 
please call 202-488-8787 and ask for "membership," or e-mail: 
iabusway@cair-net.org

ALSO SEE:

CAIR PUBLIC LIBRARY PROJECT UPDATE: 7440 SPONSORSHIPS

The goal of CAIR's library project is to send accurate and objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

For only $150, Muslim individuals and groups may sponsor 18-item 
packages 
about Islam and Muslims, which are then distributed to the library of 
their 
choice.

To sponsor a library call, 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320, or visit: 
www.libraryproject.org.

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INCITEMENT WATCH: 'EMBARRASS A FEW MUSLIMS'
Muslims' indignities far more egregious
Fred Budin, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 5/4/04
http://www.ajc.com/opinion/content/opinion/0504/05letters.html

I am sick of all the concern and worry about what the Arab Muslim world 
will think about what a handful of U.S. soldiers did. What was so bad, 
anyway?

They embarrassed some Muslim Arabs. Who cares? They are the same people 
who 
place bombs in schoolhouses, who danced in the streets on Sept. 11, who 
want all Christians and Jews dead. Their humiliation pales next to what 
they have been doing to non-Muslims for 50 years. Muslim clerics have 
called for our destruction in front of cheering throngs.

What those soldiers did may be wrong; I would not do what they did. But 
this is a war we must win, and if we have to embarrass a few Muslims to 
save American lives, it's a good trade-off.

SEND POLITE COMMENTS TO: 
http://www.ajc.com/opinion/content/opinion/letters/sendletter.html
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

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VA RESIDENTS URGED TO OPPOSE PATRIOT ACT

CAIR is urging Muslims and other people of conscience in Fairfax County 
Virginia to support a resolution in opposition to the USA PATRIOT Act. 
Fairfax County Supervisors will be making a decision on this issue 
soon. GO 
TO the Fairfax County Bill of Rights Coalition website 
http://home.comcast.net/~fairfaxfree and select "Write Your 
Supervisor."

Please make sure you type in your full name and address so the 
supervisor 
knows that you are a constituent. If you do not know who your 
supervisor 
is, click on the State Board of Elections link, type in your address 
and 
find the corresponding precinct code listed on the FCBORC web site.

For more information, contact hmansori@cair-net.org

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CAIR-MD HOLDS RECEPTION FOR REGIONAL OFFICIALS

(BETHESDA, MD, 5/5/04) - The Maryland office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MD) recently held a reception for 
regional 
law enforcement authorities and elected officials designed to encourage 
cooperation and build bridges of understanding with the Muslim 
community. 
More than 70 sheriffs, police chiefs, delegates, and other officials 
attended the April 23rd event in Bethesda, Md.

"We thank all those officials and members of the Maryland and Virginia 
Muslim communities who helped make the reception a success," said 
CAIR-MD 
Executive Director Seyed Rizwan Mowlana. "It is through such efforts 
that 
Muslims can make their voices heard and hear from those who have an 
important role in making our area a wonderful place to live."

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in 
Washington, D.C., and has 26 regional offices and chapters nationwide 
and 
in Canada.

        				- END -

CONTACT: CONTACT: CAIR-MD, Rizwan Mowlana at 301-986-1900, 
301-672-9355; 
Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: cair@cair-net.org

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SCHOOLS DRAFT RELIGION POLICY
Jennifer Smith Richards, Columbus Dispatch, 5/4/04
http://www.dispatch.com/

A new religion policy for Columbus Public Schools might clear up 
confusion 
that's prevented some students from praying on campuses.

The policy, still in draft stages, makes clear that school staff 
members 
can't lead or encourage prayer, but students may pray when not in 
class. It 
also sets guidelines for religious clubs, prohibits students from being 
penalized for missing school on religious holidays, and reinforces the 
need 
to accommodate students whose religion prohibits certain foods.

"While prayer in classes may not be approved, a specific area within 
the 
school building may be designated for student prayer when not in use," 
the 
draft reads. "Any student requests for devotional areas outside of the 
school day may be honored by the building administration."

The school board's legal, policy and personnel committee has reviewed 
the 
new measure and sent it to local clergy and community members for 
comment. 
Only the Catholic Diocese of Columbus has responded.

"The policy does a good job of balancing the religious values of 
parents 
and students with the responsibilities of the Columbus Public Schools," 
said Lucia McQuaide, schools superintendent for the diocese, in a 
statement.

Jad Humeidan, executive director of the Ohio chapter of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, said his group plans to spend several days 
taking a critical look at the language.

The need for such a policy is great, Humeidan said, adding that it's 
something his group has advocated for some time.

"Some schools are allowing students to pray during breaks, during 
lunch, 
and before and after school. Some schools are refusing to allow any 
sort of 
prayer," he said. "It's creating a lot of tension and a lot of problems 
for 
students."

Those problems are especially evident during Ramadan, the Islamic holy 
month of reflection, fasting and diligent prayer, Humeidan said. This 
year 
Ramadan falls in October...

ALSO SEE:

TENSION IN A MICHIGAN CITY OVER MUSLIMS' CALL TO PRAYER
John Leland, New York Times, 5/5/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/05/national/05PRAY.html

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. - To hear people in this blue-collar city tell it, 
things 
were fine until the al-Islah Islamic Center petitioned to broadcast its 
call to prayer, or azan, over an outdoor loudspeaker.

Masud Khan, the mosque's secretary, sat on the carpeted floor on 
Wednesday 
and reflected on what he had learned about some of his neighbors in the 
last few months. "How much they hate us," he said softly.

Jackie Rutherford, a librarian and youth-care worker, sat on her front 
stoop watching three men in Islamic shirt-dresses and tupi caps at the 
house across the street. "I don't know what's going to happen to our 
little 
town," said Ms. Rutherford, 39.

"I used to say I wasn't prejudiced against anyone, but then I realized 
I 
had a problem with them putting Allah above everyone else," she said, 
of 
the plan to amplify the call to prayer, which mosques announce five 
times a 
day. "It's throwing salt in a wound. I feel they've come to our 
country, 
infiltrated it, and they sit there looking at us, laughing, calling us 
fools."

For the population of Hamtramck, a city of 23,000 surrounded by 
Detroit, 
the battle of the loudspeaker, which the City Council approved on 
Tuesday, 
has revealed a crossfire of religious, ethnic and lifestyle grievances, 
aggravated by the lingering memories of Sept. 11, 2001, which left many 
Muslims here feeling they were under suspicion.

Once an enclave of Polish immigrants, Hamtramck has since the 1990's 
become 
a haven for immigrants from Bangladesh, Yemen, Pakistan, Bosnia and 
other 
countries, including a large Muslim population. In the 2000 census, 41 
percent of the city's population was born outside the United States.

On spring afternoons the sidewalks of Joseph Campau Avenue echo 
snatches of 
Polish, Bengali, Arabic and hip hop, punctuated by the sound of bells 
from 
several Catholic churches. Three mosques have opened in the last few 
years, 
increasing in size while the congregations at neighboring Roman 
Catholic 
churches dwindle.

Yet for all this churn, the ethnic populations coexisted with little 
overt 
friction...

Abdul Latef, the imam at Masjid Al-Falah, a mosque in Detroit, asked 
the 
community to be patient.

"You can make history," Mr. Al-Falah said. "This is part of our 
religion. 
If it is too noisy, then you can complain, and they will stop it 
forever."

Council members emphasized that there was nothing technically 
preventing 
the mosque from amplifying its call to prayer, even without amending 
the 
city's noise ordinance, and compared the amplification to the chiming 
of 
church bells. The amendment just gave government officials leverage to 
limit the volume and hours of the broadcasts, said Councilman Scott 
Klein...

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SPREADING MESSAGE OF TOLERANCE IN THE SCHOOLS
Ernest Hooper, St. Petersburg Times, 5/5/04
http://www.sptimes.com/2004/05/05/Columns/Spreading_message_of_.shtml

Wake Up Whitie.

If the title on the flier didn't grab the attention of students, the 
assorted messages of hate beneath it certainly did. Those who found the 
bright red bulletin espousing bigotry toward minorities had mixed 
reactions. Some were amused and coupled the disparaging remarks about 
Muslims with their own offensive statements.

Others were outraged, angry and even fearful. Two students vowed 
revenge 
against whoever was spreading the hate. A teacher, however, dismissed 
the 
flier and told the students the issue would blow over.

Instead, it blew up.

One student took the message to heart, smashing the windshield of a 
Muslim 
student's car. Suddenly, intolerance was escalating.

IT'S A FICTIONAL ACCOUNT, but one that could happen on any campus. The 
story is part of a new CD-ROM that will soon be distributed to high 
schools 
and middle schools to promote discussion of intolerance. About Face: 
Turning Away From Hate is a collaborative effort between the office of 
Paul 
Perez, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, the FDLE, the 
FBI, 
the Hate Crimes Working Group and the Florida Regional Community 
Policing 
Institute at St. Petersburg College.

The fact that a lot of folks are sharing credit for this innovation 
just 
means it's going to be easier for them to share the kudos. It's that 
good...

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CON ARTIST TARGETS MUSLIMS IN MISSISSIPPI

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) 
is 
warning Muslims in Mississippi about a con artist who seeks money by 
impersonating well-known personalities in the Muslim world. (Muslims in 
a 
number of other states have also been targeted recently.)

The con artist calls Muslim individuals and groups pretending to be 
with a 
respected Islamic institution. He claims that he and others are coming 
to 
visit the United States. Later, he calls back, claiming to have lost 
his 
money, tickets or passport and asks for emergency cash to be wired to 
him 
at Western Union or a similar facility.

A person using this same con game was arrested in Canada two years ago 
(see 
alert below), but was later released. NOTE: The impostor may use many 
variations of this scam.

IMMEDIATE ACTIONS REQUESTED:

1. Please ANNOUNCE AT JUMA'A and other functions - several hundred 
Muslims 
have been targeted in the past.

2. DO NOT wire money to anyone claiming to be stranded in an airport.

3. REPORT requests for money to CAIR, the local office of the FBI (ask 
for 
a fraud investigator) and to local police. Obtain a copy of the 
complaint.

4. If you have already been a victim, send copies of wire transfer 
documents to CAIR so that a case can be built against this man. (FAX: 
202-488-0833)

FOR BACKGROUND, SEE THE FOLLOWING 2002 ARTICLE AND CAIR ALERT:

CON-ARTIST WHO DEFRAUDED MUSLIMS CAUGHT
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=125&page=AA

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DOES TALK HOST SEVERIN EVEN CARE WHAT'S TRUE?
Scot Lehigh, Boston Globe, 5/5/04
http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2004/05/05/does_talk_host_severin_even_care_whats_true/

How can it be, they demand, that in my Friday column I said I 
occasionally 
listen to "Extreme Games" on WTKK when on Thursday's show, host Jay 
Severin 
said I had admitted to him that I don't listen to his program?

The answer is, it cannot be. Which is why Jay owes me a correction.

At the beginning of our conversation on Thursday, I told Jay I was an 
occasional listener to his show. (On those nights when I leave work 
before 
7, I often tune in on my way home.) Jay thanked me, clearly 
acknowledging 
my comment.

So why just a couple of hours later would Jay go on the air and claim 
that 
I said I don't listen to his show? (Although I considered our 
conversation 
civil, Jay also told his listeners it was one of the rudest encounters 
he 
had ever experienced; that, however, I'm willing to chalk up to 
sensibilities rendered overly delicate by the courtly Victorian manners 
of 
talk radio.)

Well, there are two primary possibilities. One is that Jay doesn't 
understand what words mean. Indeed, one could argue that that's exactly 
what has landed him in the current brouhaha about seemingly advocating 
the 
killing of Muslims living in the United States.

Or it could be that Jay simply has no regard for the truth. Now, I know 
that possibility will prove hard for some of his listeners to 
contemplate. 
Judging from my Friday e-mail, a certain percentage consider Jay an 
intellectual mentor who has taught them to think. And if the word 
"think" 
has come to encompass, among its various meanings, "to fling 
semiliterate 
insults," then Jay can rightly claim to have done that.

Yet Jay isn't fooling all his listeners. A significant number who 
e-mailed 
me sensed that he was skittering about like a waterbug in a windstorm 
as he 
tried to dodge the real issue. Jay was at it again on Monday. A caller 
said 
my Friday column critical of Jay "was really 100 percent right on." Jay 
retorted that "the Globe has twice printed that I didn't say what I was 
accused of saying," and quickly moved to the next caller.

What Jay ignored in his reply is what he actually did say about Muslims 
back on April 22. To recap: A caller had recommended that we befriend 
Muslims living in the United States. Jay said that, as far as he was 
concerned, "the vast majority" of those Muslims are not loyal to the 
United 
States and are ready, when the time comes, to take over this country.

Jay asked several times: "Do you think we should befriend them?" The 
caller 
said yes. Jay then said that he had an alternative viewpoint: "You 
think we 
should befriend them. I think we should kill them..."

SEE ALSO:

SEVERIN FAILS TO OWN UP TO HIS WORDS
http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2004/04/30/severin_fails_to_own_up_to_his_words/

CAIR RENEWS CALL FOR RADIO HOST'S FIRING
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=167&page=AA

RADIO HOST SAYS REMARKS MISCONSTRUED
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2004/04/27/radio_host_says_remarks_misconstrued/

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BUSH PROMISES JUSTICE AFTER IRAQ ABUSE
Steve Holland and Alastair Macdonald, Reuters, 5/5/04

WASHINGTON/BAGHDAD, May 5 (Reuters) - President George W. Bush sought 
to 
repair America's image among Iraqis on Wednesday by making a personal 
pledge on Arab television that soldiers who murdered and abused Iraqi 
prisoners would be punished.

"In a democracy everything is not perfect. Mistakes are made. But in a 
democracy as well those mistakes will be investigated and people will 
be 
brought to justice," he told the U.S.-funded Alhurra channel.

He also spoke to Dubai-based Al-Arabiya and called the abuse 
"abhorrent."

"It's a matter that reflects badly on my country. Our citizens in 
America 
are appalled by what they saw, just like people in the Middle East are 
appalled," he said.

A week after pictures were published of grinning soldiers abusing naked 
Iraqis at a prison once used by Saddam Hussein's torturers, the U.S. 
army 
revealed that 25 prisoners have died in Iraq and Afghanistan in U.S. 
custody, including two Iraqi prisoners murdered by Americans and one 
ruled 
a justifiable homicide.

Twelve of the prisoners were found to have died by natural or 
undetermined 
causes and 10 are still being investigated. The CIA also said on 
Wednesday 
it was investigating the deaths of three prisoners who were 
interrogated by 
agency personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan but it did not say if these 
three 
deaths were among the 25 already revealed by the Army.

Two top Bush allies on Capitol Hill, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, 
a 
Tennessee Republican, and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John 
Warner of Virginia, said they were appalled by the prisoner abuse.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who knew about abuse allegations in 
January, was asked to testify at a Senate Armed Services Committee 
hearing 
tentatively set for Thursday…

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CONGRESS ASKED TO PROBE ABU GHRAIB
United Press International, 5/4/04
http://washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20040504-065858-5289r.htm

Washington, DC - A U.S. Islamic civil rights group called Tuesday for a 
congressional investigation into allegations of abuses against Iraqis 
held 
in Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations says the alleged abuses, and 
the 
relative leniency shown to the handful of soldiers involved, 
"demonstrate 
that military authorities are incapable of dealing with an issue that 
may 
have already caused irreparable harm to America's image in the Muslim 
world.

"Instead of getting a slap on the wrist, everyone who took part in or 
permitted these horrific acts needs to serve time in prison," CAIR's 
Nihad 
Awad said.

CAIR is calling on the U.S. Congress to investigate whether prisoners 
were 
tortured by American military personnel in Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison 
and 
is also urging teams of international inspectors be permitted to 
examine 
conditions in other U.S. detention facilities in Iraq, Afghanistan and 
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

ALSO SEE:

CANADIAN TELLS OF TORTURE IN IRAQ BY U.S. SOLDIERS
Associated Press, 5/4/04
http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20040504.wabusemain0504/BNStory/Front/

Portland, Ore. - A Canadian civilian says in a lawsuit that he was 
tortured 
by U.S. troops in Iraq and saw Iraqi prisoners suffer even worse 
mistreatment - the latest allegations of human rights abuses to surface 
against coalition soldiers.

Hossam Shaltout, 57, claims in a suit filed with the U.S. Army Claims 
Office on April 30 that he was beaten after being taken to the Camp 
Bucca 
detention centre shortly after the launch of the U.S.-led invasion.

"I saw Iraqis tortured more than I was. They did unspeakable things to 
Iraqis," Mr. Shaltout said Monday in a telephone interview with The 
Associated Press from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The allegations coincide with a larger scandal involving alleged 
mistreatment of prisoners in Iraq. Photos made public last week showed 
U.S. 
soldiers humiliating Iraqis at the U.S. Army-run Abu Ghraib prison near 
Baghdad.

Repeated calls to Army public affairs officials seeking comment were 
not 
immediately returned Monday. U.S. President George W. Bush has asked 
military officials to investigate any alleged prisoner abuse, and to 
punish 
those soldiers responsible.

In his complaint, Mr. Shaltout, a Los Angeles resident, claims one of 
his 
tormenters is among a group of reservists who have already been 
discharged 
after being accused of abusing prisoners at Camp Bucca.

According to the complaint, Mr. Shaltout had gone to Iraq before the 
war on 
behalf of a group called Rights and Freedom International, hoping to 
persuade Iraqi leaders to step down...

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IRAQI CAMERAMAN RECOUNTS ORDEAL IN US DETENTION
Drudge Report, 5/4/04
http://www.drudgereport.com/flash2.htm

The US interrogater yanked the 24-year-old Iraqi male's hair and peeled 
back his eyelids.

"'Do not ever imagine you will manage to get out of this. Forget about 
your 
Jazeera; forget about your future; the only future you will enjoy is in 
Guantanamo,'" the American shouted, according to Al-Jazeera television 
cameraman Suhaib Badraddin Baz who spent two-months in US custody.

Baz's story is just one of many told by Iraqis about beatings at the 
hands 
of US prison guards, allegations which sparked international outrage 
last 
week when images of abuse were published in the US media.

The coalition has vowed to bring all offenders to justice and has 
already 
suspended 17 US military personnel from their duties.

But Baz, who was detained twice last year by US forces, said he no 
longer 
believed in America's commitment to human rights or freedom.

"It was night, 10:00 pm (1800 GMT). The American officer came and said 
to 
me 'Maybe there are some guys who respect the media, I respect no 
one'," 
Baz recalled of his first night in US custody after his second arrest.

"It was only after three hours I spent standing hooded that I was 
admitted 
to a room and they started interrogating me."

He said the interrogator accused him of collaborating with insurgents 
fighting US forces and demanded to know why Al-Jazeera, an Arab station 
which is heavily criticized by US officials, appeared to know about 
attacks 
before they occurred...

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PRISONER ABUSE: ONE IRAQI'S STORY
Richard Engel, MSNBC, 5/4/04
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/4900337/

Heidar Abed, one of the men photographed at Abu Ghraib prison, the 
continuing shame is worse than the beating and humiliation he suffered.

Abed is mentioned in the United States' military's internal 
investigation 
report. He's described as a credible witness. He's also a devout 
Muslim.

"They told us to take off our clothing," he said. "And we refused, 
saying 
it's against Islam. Then they started punching us."

It wasn't altogether new. He'd already been tortured under then-Iraqi 
President Saddam Hussein, in 1997. For three months he was whipped and 
hung 
from a ceiling fan - arrested after his cousin was linked to the 
assassination attempt of Saddam's son, Uday.

"But this time what happened wasn't torture. It was pornography - 
totally 
rejected by Islam," said Abed. "A disgrace. It's better to die."

It is worse, Abed says, because he shouldn't have been in jail. He was 
stopped in July at a U.S. checkpoint - a passenger in a taxi that 
turned 
out to be a stolen car.

He and the driver were both arrested and taken to Abu Ghraib prison, 
where 
he was not mistreated or interrogated - apparently forgotten about. 
"Until 
that moment the Americans' behavior was good," according to Abed...

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IRAQI RECOUNTS HOURS OF ABUSE BY U.S. TROOPS
Ian Fisher, New York Times, 5/4/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/05/international/middleeast/05INMA.html

BAGHDAD, Iraq- The shame is so deep that Hayder Sabbar Abd says he 
feels 
that he cannot move back to his old neighborhood. He would prefer not 
even 
to stay in Iraq. But now the entire world has seen the pictures, which 
Mr. 
Abd looked at yet again on Tuesday, pointing out the key figures, 
starting 
with three American soldiers wearing big smiles for the camera.

"That is Joiner," he said, pointing to one male soldier in glasses, a 
black 
hat and blue rubber gloves. His arms were crossed over a stack of naked 
and 
hooded Iraqi prisoners.

"That is Miss Maya," he said, pointing to a young woman's fresh face 
poking 
up over the same pile.

He gazed down at another picture. In it, a second female soldier 
flashed a 
"thumbs up" and pointed with her other hand at the genitals of a man 
wearing nothing but a black hood, his fingers laced on top of his head. 
He 
did not know her name. But the small scars on the torso left little 
doubt 
about the identity of the naked prisoner.

"That is me," he said, and he tapped his own hooded, slightly hunched 
image...

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TROOPS 'HAVE BEEN ABUSING IRAQIS FOR A YEAR'
Marian Wilkinson, Sydney Morning Herald, 5/5/04
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/05/04/1083635134533.html

At least four Iraqi detainees have died in British custody in the past 
year, one as a result of torture, says the human rights group Amnesty 
International, while the CIA admits it is investigating the death of a 
prisoner under interrogation.

As the scandal over the abuses at Abu Ghraib jail, near Baghdad, 
widened, 
President George Bush pointedly called his Secretary of Defence, Donald 
Rumsfeld, to ensure that "those responsible for these shameful, 
appalling 
acts" are held "fully accountable".

In Australia, the Federal Opposition condemned the Government for an 
"immoral disinterest" in the treatment of Iraqi prisoners and warned it 
had 
a legal responsibility to them.

A CIA officer told the Herald that "one prisoner . . . who we were 
talking 
to did die". And the former US officer responsible for the jail, 
Brigadier-General Janis Karpinski, reiterated that the cell blocks 
where 
the abuses took place were under the control of military intelligence 
when 
the prisoners were subjected to beating, rape, sexually humiliation and 
torture...

Six military police officers photographed abusing prisoners are facing 
criminal action.

General Karpinski has been accused of failing to prevent the MPs from 
abusing prisoners, but told the US ABC network they were given separate 
instructions by US intelligence officers "on what they needed to do"...

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VISITING A CHANGED FALLUJAH
Colin Freeman, San Francisco Chronicle, 5/4/04
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/05/04/MNGN06FAMR1.DTL

Fallujah, Iraq -- The Fallujah Sports Club was once one of the few 
places 
where locals could forget about taking on the U.S. military and 
concentrate 
on more innocent contests.

Now, after nearly a month of intense fighting, the club's dusty 
basketball 
court has become the starkest testimony to the ferocity of the city's 
opposition. Stretching from one broken basketball hoop to the other are 
neat rows of shallow graves, which hold hundreds of residents killed in 
the 
street battles that have raged outside.

The headstones identify "martyrs" of two types -- resistance fighters 
and 
civilians picked off by U.S. snipers as they fled the city. One grave, 
however, is not awarded that designation.

"That is the grave of Ghazi al Turkiye, a spy who gave information to 
the 
coalition forces," snarled one man. "Some muqawama (resistance 
fighters) 
arrested him and killed him a few days ago.

"Put your nose close to his grave, then go to one of the others. You 
see 
how it is the only one that smells bad? That is because he was a 
traitor."

Many locals took the smell test Monday, and most went away nodding in 
grim 
conviction. It probably had more to do with the hastily dug nature of 
al 
Turkiye's final resting place than anything else, but one thing did 
seem 
certain: if some Fallujans opposed the insurgency in the past, it 
seemed 
now that hardly any did...

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WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER SECRET U.S. PRISONS?
Reed Brody, International Herald Tribune, 5/3/04
http://www.iht.com/articles/518058.html

NEW YORK - We must all, like President George W. Bush, share a "deep 
disgust" at the pictures of U.S. military personnel subjecting Iraqi 
detainees to humiliating treatment. The problem, however, is that this 
does 
not appear to be an isolated incident.

Across the world, the United States is holding detainees in offshore 
and 
foreign prisons where allegations of mistreatment cannot be monitored. 
It 
has also been accused of sending terror suspects to countries where 
information has been beaten out of them.

The classic case, of course, has been Guantánamo, Cuba, which the Bush 
administration deliberately chose as a detention facility for more than 
700 
detainees from 44 countries in an attempt to put them beyond the reach 
of 
the U.S. courts - and of any courts, for that matter. The U.S. 
government 
has argued that U.S. courts would not have jurisdiction over these 
detainees even if it they were being tortured or summarily executed.

But Guantánamo may not be the worst problem; indeed, it may even be a 
diversion from more extreme situations. Perhaps out of concern that 
Guantánamo will eventually be monitored by the U.S. courts, the Bush 
administration does not hold its most sensitive and high-profile 
detainees 
there. Terrorism suspects like Ramzi bin al-Shibh and Khalid Shaikh 
Mohammed are detained instead in undisclosed locations outside the 
United 
States, with no access to Red Cross or other visits.

In Iraq, we now have pictures of American soldiers degrading captives. 
The 
brazenness with which the soldiers conducted themselves, snapping 
photographs and flashing the "thumbs-up" sign as they abused prisoners, 
suggests they felt they had nothing to hide from their superiors. 
Indeed, 
there are now reports that their higher-ups in military intelligence 
urged 
such behavior to create better conditions for interrogation...

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VIOLENCE, BIAS AGAINST MUSLIMS UP NEARLY 70%
Frank Langfitt, Baltimore Sun, 5/4/04
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/bal-te.nat04may04,0,7312606.story

Two teen-agers set a small cross on fire last July on the lawn of an 
Islamic school and mosque in College Park. That act was among more than 
a 
thousand reported incidents of harassment, violence and discrimination 
against Muslims nationwide in the past year - an increase of nearly 70 
percent over 2002, according to the nation's largest Muslim civil 
rights group.

In a report released yesterday, the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR) said that reported hate crimes against Muslims in the United 
States 
more than doubled in the past year from 42 to 93. At the same time, 
overall 
complaints of harassment, violence and discrimination, including hate 
crimes, leapt from 602 to 1019, CAIR said.

Maryland accounted for 40 of the 1019 cases.

The report attributed the overall increase in incidents to a lingering 
atmosphere of fear from the 9/11 attacks, hostility driven by Iraq war 
rhetoric, what CAIR called abuse of the USA Patriot Act and an increase 
in 
CAIR offices nationwide.

"It shows that there is a growing problem here and that it's getting 
worse 
and worse," said Mohamed Nimer, CAIR's director of research and the 
author 
of the report, "Unpatriotic Acts."

"It boils down to a logic of prejudice that is holding Muslims - 
because of 
real or perceived religious and ethnic background - responsible for 
whatever other Muslims do," he said...

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GROUP CITES RISING VIOLENCE, HARASSMENT DIRECTED AT MUSLIMS
Lornet Turnbull, Seattle Times, 5/4/04
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2001919062_muslim04m.html

A national report released yesterday suggests that harassment and 
violence 
against Muslims are on the rise, fueled by pro-war attitudes, 
religion-based anti-Muslim rhetoric and lingering fears from the Sept. 
11 
terrorist attacks.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said it received 
reports 
of 1,019 anti-Muslim incidents during 2003 a nearly 70 percent increase 
from the previous year and the highest number of civil-rights 
complaints 
from those of the Islamic faith in the nine years the group has been 
tracking them.

According to the report, titled "Unpatriotic Acts," hate crimes against 
Muslims jumped 121 percent that same year, although CAIR acknowledged 
that 
it had opened more offices nationwide, which could have contributed to 
an 
increase in reporting.

In response to the recent surge in anti-Muslim incidents, CAIR said it 
launched a "Hate Hurts America" campaign designed to counter 
Islam-bashing 
on some radio talk shows.

The Puget Sound region is home to an estimated 40,000 to 50,000 
Muslims.

"We've seen a continuation of discrimination, particularly in the 
workplace 
and bullying in schools," said Pramila Jayapal, executive director of 
Hate 
Free Zone, a leading advocate for victims of discrimination...

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REFEREE STEPS ASIDE AFTER ASKING MUSLIM PLAYER TO REMOVE HEADSCARF
Associated Press, 5/5/04
http://www.canada.com/sports/soccer/story.html?id=446D01BE-4DD2-4613-8D4B-C77F3D96CBC8

MELBOURNE, Australia - A soccer referee who ordered a Muslim player to 
remove her headscarf, or hijab, during a match has stepped aside while 
the 
ruling federation investigates the incident.

Victorian Soccer Federation chief executive Damien Bown said Wednesday 
the 
referee, Michael Hatzikonstantinos, voluntarily stepped aside following 
the 
April 25 incident.

Afifa Saad, 21, plays for the South Melbourne Women's Soccer Club 
wearing a 
headscarf and long track pants, in accordance with her religion.

At a match between the South Melbourne and Keilor Park women's soccer 
clubs, Hatzikonstantinos asked her to remove her scarf. Saad refused, 
and 
the game was postponed after a delay.

"He has made what I believe is a courageous and correct decision to 
voluntarily offer to stand aside from active refereeing until this 
issue is 
resolved," Bown said.

A replay of the game was held Tuesday night. Keilor Park won the match 
4-1, 
with Saad scoring South Melbourne's only goal.

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NIGERIAN MUSLIM LEADER SAYS 300 KILLED IN 'GENOCIDE'
Tom Ashby, Reuters, 5/4/04
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5044718

LAGOS - Nigeria's top Muslim leader said on Wednesday that 300 people, 
mostly Muslims, were killed in Sunday's attacks by Christian militia in 
the 
town of Yelwa in the central Plateau state.

Justice Abdulkadir Orire, secretary general of the Jama'atu Nasril 
Islam, 
described the killings in the remote farming town as "genocide" and 
said 
they took the death toll from three months of ethnic violence there to 
at 
least 700-800 people.

"The information we have is that 300 people died and they are mostly 
Muslims. We call it a genocide because they are killing women and 
children," Orire told Reuters in a telephone interview from his Kaduna 
headquarters.

The conflict between the Christian Tarok tribe and Muslim Fulani is 
rooted 
in competing claims over the fertile farmlands at the heart of Africa's 
most populous nation, and it is fueled by religious and ethnic 
differences 
between the groups.

Orire said Christian militia used machine guns in the attacks which 
left 
most of Yelwa's buildings including a mosque destroyed, and criticized 
the 
Plateau state governor for apparently inciting violence.

He said police stationed in Yelwa had been withdrawn four days before 
the 
attack, despite complaints from local Muslims that they were surrounded 
by 
Taroks and tensions were rising.

"It seems the governor is supporting the move. We heard that the 
government 
said non-indigenes should move out of the area," Orire said. "That is 
very 
bad. He should look after everyone in the state and not just his own 
tribe."

Nigerian is the world's seventh largest oil exporter. Ethnic fighting 
has 
hit the OPEC country's oil production in the past, but Yelwa is 
hundreds of 
miles from any oilfields.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

U.S. MUSLIMS CALL FOR RUMSFELD'S RESIGNATION
CAIR says defense secretary should put nation's interests first

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/6/04) - A prominent national Islamic civil rights 
and 
advocacy group today called on Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to 
"put 
America's interests first" by resigning over his handling of the 
growing 
prisoner abuse scandal in Iraq.

That request by the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR) came following further revelations of mistreatment of Iraqi 
prisoners held by American military personnel.

SEE: "NEW PRISON IMAGES EMERGE"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A5623-2004May5.html

In its statement, CAIR said:

"As Secretary of Defense, Mr. Rumsfeld bears ultimate responsibility 
for 
the brutal and humiliating actions of American troops and for the poor 
handling of the scandal by the military establishment. He must also 
take 
responsibility for fostering an atmosphere in which the traditional 
rules 
of war and norms of international law are treated as excess baggage.

"With responsibility comes accountability. Secretary Rumsfeld and his 
entire management team must put America's interests first by resigning 
their posts. If he and his top advisors do not resign, they should be 
removed by President Bush. No other action could possibly help mitigate 
the 
devastating impact this scandal has had on our nation's image 
worldwide."

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) also said today that 
Rumsfeld 
must go. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) issued a statement that said: "For the 
good 
of our country, the safety of our troops, and our image around the 
globe 
Secretary Rumsfeld should resign. If he does not resign forthwith, the 
president should fire him." Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-MI) today said 
Rumsfeld should resign because of "his role in the utter mismanagement 
of 
the war in Iraq."

Earlier this week, CAIR demanded a congressional investigation to 
determine 
the true extent of the prisoner abuses and to learn whether they were 
in 
fact part of a widespread pattern of human rights violations in U.S. 
detention facilities worldwide. Rumsfeld is scheduled to appear before 
a 
Senate committee on Friday.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 26 regional 
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 5/6/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: A CURE FOR EVERY DISEASE	
* TX TEENS GETS PROBATION FOR MOSQUE VANDALISM (AP)
	- Islamic Center Rebuilds after Arson Fire (AP)
* ‘YOU DAMN TALIBAN’ (Creative Loafing)
* MUSLIM CALL TO PRAYER STIRS A MIDWEST TOWN (LA Times)
	- Her Private War (Boston Globe)
* FL: ANTI-MUSLIM AGITATION A THREAT TO FREEDOM (FL Today)
	- Graphic Photos May Be More Evidence of Abuse (Wash Post)	
	- Ex-Detainee Tells Of Anguishing Treatment (Wash Post)
	- Detainees' Abuse Called Illegal, Immoral (Miami Herald)
	- U.S. Troops Said To Mistreat Elder Iraqi (Ap)
	- 'I Was Tortured For Days...’ (New Ind Press)
	- Conyers’ Letter Calling for Rumsfeld’s Resignation
	- NCC Expresses Sadness, Indignation at Death, Chaos in Iraq
* BUSH BACKS OFF FROM CONCESSIONS TO ISRAEL (AP)
        - Bush to Appear On Christian TV for Prayer Day (Wash Post)
        - Bush Push for Patriot Act Provokes Unease (IPS)
* FAITH SPROUTS IN ARID SOIL OF CHINA (NY Times)
	- Religions at War in Nigeria (Reuters)
* MUSLIM WORKER IN TEXAS DENIED FRENCH VISA OVER HEAD SCARF

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HADITH OF THE DAY: A CURE FOR EVERY DISEASE

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “There is no disease 
that 
God created, except that He also created its cure.”

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 7, Hadith 582

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TEENS WHO VANDALIZED MOSQUE MUST PAY $12,000
Associated Press, 5/5/04
http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/2551430

LUBBOCK -- Two of four teenagers who desecrated a mosque in this West 
Texas 
city have been sentenced to probation and will pay a portion of $12,000 
in 
restitution to the Islamic Center of the South Plains.

The boys, 14 and 15, are considered the least culpable suspects, said 
Matt 
Powell, Lubbock County's assistant district attorney.

Intruders ransacked the center and stole equipment and cash. They wrote 
pro-American and anti-Muslim slogans on the walls.

Authorities initially considered the case a potential hate crime. But 
investigators later determined the crime was not committed because of 
political, personal or religious bias.

The pair sentenced Tuesday will serve intensive supervision probation 
as 
well as pay some of the damages sustained at the mosque March 7.

The mosque's spiritual leader, Mohamed El-Moctar, said he's satisfied.

"I believe they are too young for punishment," he said. "I hope they 
will 
benefit from probation..."

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ISLAMIC CENTER REBUILDS AFTER ARSON FIRE
Associated Press, 5/5/04
http://www.macon.com/mld/macon/news/politics/8595293.htm

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Two signs have hung in front of the Islamic Center of 
Savannah since a fire destroyed the building last August with an 
optimistic 
message for the community: "God Bless America. We will rebuild."

And members of the mosque have been working hard to do that and also 
rebound from reports that an arsonist was responsible for setting their 
worship center ablaze. No one was hurt, but a rare handwritten copy of 
the 
Quran was destroyed in the fire.

The mosque got approval from the Savannah Metropolitan Planning 
Commission 
on Tuesday to build a new 10,550 square foot building with seating for 
300 
- bigger and better than the previous two-bedroom house that had been 
converted into worship space.

Since August, worshippers were temporarily displaced to an outdoor 
tent, 
where they would pray five times a day, before moving into a small 
temporary building that often spilled over with people.

"It's sort of cramped, but we make do," said Mohammad Masroor, 
president of 
the center.

Members have been raising the $1 million needed to build the new 
center, 
with the help of contributions from the local community, Masroor said.

Meanwhile, investigators continue to puzzle over the fire.

The FBI lists the case as pending, said Bill Kirkconnell, a senior 
agent in 
Savannah. He would not say if there were any suspects.

Members of the mosque say they were being targeted because of their 
faith, 
though authorities have stopped short of calling the fire a hate 
crime...

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'YOU DAMN TALIBAN!'
Michael Wall, Atlanta Creative Loafing, 5/6/04
http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/news_feature2.html

Before new police officers are qualified to make arrests, their 
supervising 
officer shoots pepper spray into their face. Part of the reason they do 
this is so arresting officers understand what their subjects are going 
through.

It's also a kind of induction ritual for grunts, and it usually brings 
out 
a crowd.

When it was Mohamed Hyath's turn to get dosed for his initiation into 
the 
Decatur police force in July 2002, a couple dozen police officers and 
firemen were there to watch.

His supervisor, Lt. W.S. Richards, called Hyath, a Muslim of Mauritian 
origin, to step forward. Hyath did, and he was hit with bursts of 
pepper 
spray for three to five seconds.

After that, Richards said to Hyath, "That's what you get for bombing 
us, 
you damn Taliban!" according to a lawsuit Hyath has filed against the 
city 
of Decatur, Richards and two other police officers.

Hyath is suing the city and his former supervisors for harassing him 
because of his religion, race and national origin. The lawsuit, filed 
April 
26 in Atlanta U.S. District Court, states his supervisor repeatedly 
called 
him "a Taliban." And they ridiculed him, the lawsuit states, for not 
eating 
pork, an Islamic custom, and because some Muslim women cover 
themselves.

Muslims across the country experienced 1,019 incidents of alleged 
discrimination, violence and racial harassment in 2003 -- a 70 percent 
increase over the previous year -- according to the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations.

The increase, and the kind of persecution Hyath endured, is linked to 
the 
wars in Iraq, and the Sept. 11 attacks, according to CAIR. America is 
waging a war against terrorism; in some American minds, that equates to 
a 
war against Muslims.

The study says that, of the incidents aimed at Muslims, 93 were hate 
crimes 
and 163 were job-related discriminations...

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MUSLIM CALL TO PRAYER STIRS A MIDWEST TOWN
Stephanie Simon, Los Angeles Times, 4/5/04
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-mosque6may06,1,4014143.story

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. — These are the sounds of Caniff Street on a windy 
spring 
afternoon:

Shrieks and giggles from children bouncing a playground ball. Chimes 
from 
the St. Ladislaus Catholic Church bell. The thump of rap music. The 
rumble 
of a Doritos delivery truck. The shrill of a teacher's whistle, calling 
kids in from recess.

Later this month, another sound will join the Caniff Street cacophony: 
The 
azan, or Muslim call to prayer, will echo five times a day from the 
scuffed 
beige building across from the church.

"Allahu Akbar," the mosque's president will intone. Allah is the 
greatest.

"Ashhadu allailaha illallah," he will sing into the loudspeaker. There 
is 
no other God but Allah.

The City Council in this community of 23,000 last week approved the 
mosque's request to amplify the traditional call to prayer. The imam 
says 
the chant, which lasts about a minute and a half, will be heard for a 
block 
or two at most.

"It's beautiful music, really, a very good rhythm, and the meaning is 
good," said Abusayed Mahfuz, a member of the mosque. "I don't see why 
there 
should be a problem."

But the council's unanimous decision has touched off anger, and fear, 
in 
this historically Polish Catholic town.

"With so much going on in the world with terrorism, people are afraid 
maybe 
they'll be saying things [in Arabic] that we don't understand," said 
Marti 
Sharp, 47, a bakery manager.

"If they're going to say it out loud, at least they should say it in 
English," added co-worker Kathy Trusick, 60.

Circulating a petition to overturn the council's vote, some residents 
insist their sole objection is the noise. Others raise more fundamental 
concerns: It's not right, they say, for a patriotic Midwest city to 
ring 
with praise for Allah.

In the last two decades, however, new immigrants have flooded 
Hamtramck. 
They're drawn by the location — five miles from downtown Detroit — and 
by 
the inexpensive real estate. The houses are weathered and packed so 
close 
together, there's barely room for a few inches of grass between 
neighbors. 
But they're solidly built with inviting porches, and they're often 
priced 
at less than $75,000.

By the 2000 census, just 23% of residents indicated Polish ancestry. 
Nearly 
10% said they were of Arabic origin. Another 10% are Asian — half of 
them 
Indian — and 15% are black.

Many in the city have worked hard to accommodate and integrate the new 
arrivals. King Video now stocks rows of DVDs in Albanian, Arabic, 
Polish 
and other languages. The public library carries the children's fable 
"The 
Giant Turnip" in Bengali, Polish, Arabic and Serbo-Croatian. A poster 
for 
subsidized preschool is translated into nine languages...

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HER PRIVATE WAR
Tim Townsend, Boston Globe, 5/2/04
http://www.boston.com/news/globe/magazine/articles/2004/05/02/her_private_war/

She's a 43-year-old wife and mother from Quincy, but Major Shareda 
Hosein 
is also on the brink of becoming a 4-foot-10, fatigue-clad symbol of 
all 
the tension between the Middle East and America. She's been in the Army 
for 
24 years, either on active duty or serving in the reserves. Her jobs 
have 
mostly been administrative; she served, for instance, as a 
transportation 
officer, making sure units were ready to be mobilized. But then a few 
years 
ago, she decided she wanted something different from the Army, and 
since 
last fall, she had been looking forward to February, not just because 
she 
would be travelling to Mecca to perform hajj for the first time, but 
because she was to hear the Army's decision on her application to 
become 
the first female Muslim chaplain in the history of the US military.

For a woman to have any religious authority in conservative Islamic 
cultures is extraordinarily rare, especially when it's authority over 
Muslim men. This is why some people familiar with Hosein's case are 
speculating that if the Army does make her a chaplain, it could be seen 
as 
an attempt by the US government to push Islam in a more moderate 
direction.

"There is a concern that by making me a chaplain, the Army would be 
telling 
the conservative Islamic world that the US is trying to change Islam 
from 
the inside out," Hosein says. "Some Muslims wouldn't understand my role 
as 
a chaplain, but many others will."

The Army won't talk about Hosein's chaplaincy. But two decision dates 
on 
Hosein's application have come and gone, and the Army won't say why -- 
or 
tell her when a decision will be made.

Six days after Hosein returned home to Quincy in February from her 
pilgrimage, she got a call from a personnel officer at the 94th 
Regional 
Readiness Command at Fort Devens. Her reserve unit was being activated, 
and 
she was to report to Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. Hosein, who had just 
traveled to Mecca to do her duty as a devout Muslim, was about to 
return to 
the Middle East -- this time as a soldier. "I had 10 days to close out 
one 
life and begin another," said Hosein as she packed the gear next to her 
bunk into green canvas duffels at Fort Bliss. The following day -- 
March 6 
-- Hosein left for Kuwait.

Hosein's job in Kuwait mostly involves personnel management. This, she 
says, makes her year-and-a-half deployment a little easier for her 
husband, 
a mortgage broker in Quincy who converted to Islam to marry her, and 
her 
daughter, a college student in New York City. But for Hosein, the 
deployment only prolongs her anticipation of the Army's final decision. 
Some think the Pentagon will tell her she's too old to be an 
active-duty 
chaplain (she argues that, because of the shortage of priests, the 
military 
takes Roman Catholic chaplains regardless of their age)...

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ANTI-MUSLIM AGITATION A THREAT TO FREEDOM
Parvez Ahmed, Florida Today, 5/6/04
http://www.floridatoday.com/!NEWSROOM/opedstory0504WLETTERS.htm

A democracy that is not mindful of the rights and dignity of its 
minorities 
can easily descend to being a tyranny of its majority.

Since the ill-fated day of 9-11, Muslims, who are just as American as 
anyone else, have been the unfortunate victims of a terrible and 
misguided 
backlash. Anti-Muslim incidents have been rising at double-digit rates 
during the last three years.

U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., claimed American Muslim leaders are "an 
enemy 
living amongst us" and that "no (American) Muslims" cooperate in the 
war on 
terror. Recently, Boston radio talk show host Jay Severin urged the 
killing 
of American Muslims and called them the "fifth column" in America.

These are not isolated exercises in free speech but are part of the 
rising 
anti-Muslim rhetoric that has received very little repudiation from our 
opinion leaders. As a consequence, hate crimes against Muslims continue 
to 
rise at alarming rates.

The fight against terrorism should be legitimately directed against 
those 
who seek to terrorize. Guilt by association and vilification of the 
faith 
of many for the misguided acts of few is un-American and un-patriotic.

Parvez Ahmed is Chairman of Board for the Council on America-Islamic 
Relations, Florida.

ALSO SEE:

GRAPHIC PHOTOS MAY BE MORE EVIDENCE OF ABUSE
Christian Davenport, Washington Post, 5/6/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A5623-2004May5.html

The collection of photographs begins like a travelogue from Iraq. Here 
are 
U.S. soldiers posing in front of a mosque. Here is a soldier riding a 
camel 
in the desert. And then: a soldier holding a leash tied around a man's 
neck 
in an Iraqi prison. He is naked, grimacing and lying on the floor.

Mixed in with more than 1,000 digital pictures obtained by The 
Washington 
Post are photographs of naked men, apparently prisoners, sprawled on 
top of 
one another while soldiers stand around them. There is another 
photograph 
of a naked man with a dark hood over his head, handcuffed to a cell 
door. 
And another of a naked man handcuffed to a bunk bed, his arms splayed 
so 
wide that his back is arched. A pair of women's underwear covers his 
head 
and face.

The graphic images, passed around among military police who served at 
the 
Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, are a new batch of photographs similar to 
those broadcast a week ago on CBS's "60 Minutes II" and published by 
the 
New Yorker magazine. They appear to provide further visual evidence of 
the 
chaos and unprofessionalism at the prison detailed in a report by Army 
Maj. 
Gen. Antonio M. Taguba. His report, which relied in part on the 
photographs, found "numerous incidents of sadistic, blatant, and wanton 
criminal abuses" that were inflicted on detainees.

This group of photographs, taken from the summer of 2003 through the 
winter, ranges widely, from mundane images of everyday military life to 
pictures showing crude simulations of sex among soldiers. The new 
pictures 
appear to show American soldiers abusing prisoners, many of whom wear 
ID 
bands, but The Post could not eliminate the possibility that some of 
them 
were staged...

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EX-DETAINEE TELLS OF ANGUISHING TREATMENT AT IRAQ PRISON
Scott Wilson, Washington Post, 5/6/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A5673-2004May5.html

BAGHDAD - Hasham Mohsen Lazim traded used tires for a living in the 
Shiite 
slum of Sadr City. He had been in trouble only once in his life, he 
said, a 
desperate time six years ago when he deserted Saddam Hussein's army to 
support his wife and four small children.

Then on one warm night in August, a taxi ride home ended in a U.S. Army 
holding cell, the first stop in what he described as a hellish 
four-month 
journey through the U.S. military prison system in Iraq. His experience 
veered between anguish and confusion, abuse and fury, before 
culminating in 
a series of pictures, broadcast worldwide in recent days, that 
memorialized 
his 24-day stay in the grimmest precincts of Abu Ghraib prison.

"Something awful happened to me," Lazim said during a two-hour 
interview 
broken by long pauses of silent despair. "I will never forget it until 
the 
day I die."

Lazim, 34, was prisoner No. 15227, according to his release papers. He 
said 
he was one of the hooded men in the photographs taken inside an Abu 
Ghraib 
cellblock that have generated worldwide revulsion. Although his 
identity 
could not be confirmed from the photographs, his account was supported 
by a 
friend from the prison, Hayder Sabbar Abd, who said he experienced the 
same 
treatment and could identify both himself and American guards from the 
photos. Lazim's papers show that he was in Abu Ghraib when the abuses 
occurred late last year.

Now, months later, Lazim has completed a course in Jordan to become an 
officer in the new U.S.-sponsored Iraqi police force. His uniform hangs 
at 
home as he awaits orders for where to report. He will be joining a 
force 
the U.S. occupation authority is counting on to help stabilize the 
country.

Lazim said he was arrested last August after a taxi, in which he and a 
neighbor were riding, broke down on Canal Street in Baghdad, just a few 
blocks from the off-ramp that would have taken them home. U.S. soldiers 
approached and searched the taxi. In the trunk, they discovered a 
pistol 
and other weapons that Lazim said he could not see.

Soldiers placed hoods and handcuffs on the men, then took them to a 
former 
cigarette factory being used as a military base. When asked by a U.S. 
soldier -- through an interpreter with Syrian-accented Arabic -- who 
owned 
the guns, the taxi driver acknowledged that they were his, Lazim said. 
He 
said he was expecting a speedy release...

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DETAINEES' ABUSE CALLED ILLEGAL, IMMORAL
Amy Driscoll and Daniel de Vise, Miami Herald, 5/5/04
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/nation/8600838.htm

Iraqi detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison don't fall under the rules 
that 
apply to prisoners of war, but the abuse from U.S. troops still 
violates 
the most basic rules of international law and military engagement, 
experts 
said Wednesday.

''This stuff crossed the line -- it's both immoral and illegal,'' said 
Robert K. Goldman, professor of law at American University in 
Washington, D.C.

''If these are peaceable civilians -- and I understand most of them are 
-- 
they are entitled to protection under the Geneva Conventions,'' he 
said. 
``Even if they were part of the resistance, they are protected. You 
can't 
beat them up, you can't humiliate them. You're not supposed to torture, 
no 
matter what.''

Labeled Wednesday as ''abhorrent'' by President Bush, treatment of the 
prisoners became the subject of international outrage after the first 
pictures of the abuse surfaced a week ago. The photos, showing American 
GIs 
grinning over nude prisoners, sparked calls for a Senate resolution to 
condemn the abuses...

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U.S. TROOPS SAID TO MISTREAT ELDER IRAQI
Sue Leeman, Associated Press, 5/5/04
http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=518&u=/ap/20040505/ap_on_re_eu/britain_iraq_us_prisoner_abuse&printer=1

LONDON - U.S. soldiers who detained an elderly Iraqi woman last year 
placed 
a harness on her, made her crawl on all fours and rode her like a 
donkey, 
Prime Minister Tony Blair's personal human rights envoy to Iraq (news - 
web 
sites) said Wednesday.

The envoy, legislator Ann Clwyd, said she had investigated the claims 
of 
the woman in her 70s and believed they were true.

During five visits to Iraq in the last 18 months, Clwyd said, she 
stopped 
at British and U.S. jails, including Abu Ghraib, and questioned 
everyone 
she could about the woman's claims. But she did not say whether the 
people 
questioned included U.S. forces or commanders.

Asked for details, Clwyd said during a telephone interview with The 
Associated Press that she "didn't want to harp on the case because as 
far 
as I'm concerned it's been resolved."

Clwyd, 67, is a veteran politician of the governing Labour Party and a 
strong Blair supporter who regularly visits Iraq and reports back on 
issues 
such as human rights, the delivery of food and medical supplies to 
Iraqis, 
and Iraq's Kurdish minority. Her job as Blair's human rights envoy is 
unpaid and advisory.

Clwyd said the Iraqi woman was arrested in Iraq in July and accused of 
having links to a former member of Saddam Hussein's regime — a charge 
she 
denied.

The abuse occurred last year in Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison and at 
another 
coalition detention center, Clwyd said...

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'I WAS TORTURED FOR DAYS BY AMERICAN SOLDIERS'
New Ind Press, 5/5/04
http://www.newindpress.com/Newsitems.asp?ID=IEH20040504132640&Title=Top%2BStories&Topic=0&Full%7EStory

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A 32-year-old Indian butcher is finally back home, 
after slaving away for nine months in a US military camp in Iraq where 
he 
ended up although travel agents had promised him a job in Kuwait.

Aliyarkunju Faizal is today grateful to god for saving him from what he 
says was a nightmarish experience from which he feared he would never 
be 
able to escape.

Faizal told IANS in a telephonic interview that he was kicked and 
beaten by 
American soldiers who forced him to work for long hours daily and made 
him 
cook pork in violation of his Islamic beliefs.

Stung by the charges, the US embassy in New Delhi promised to 
investigate 
the allegations of torture and illegal detention of Indian workers by 
the 
US military in Iraq.

"We are looking into them," an embassy spokesman told IANS. "We take 
all 
reports of abuse seriously and all allegations of mistreatment are 
investigated.

"We are committed to treating all persons under coalition authority 
with 
dignity, respect and humanity."

But the embassy's comments are no relief to Faisal, whose story began 
some 
10 months ago when he left for Kuwait after paying Rs.75,000 for a 
visa. It 
was a princely sum he raised by selling his wife's jewellery in the 
hope of 
making a decent income in Kuwait. But once Faizal, who hails from 
Chathanoor near Kollam, reached Kuwait he was told that he would have 
to 
work in Iraq.

"I had no option but to listen to what my employer told me. I was not 
alone; there were three other youths from my village too...

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CONYERS LETTER TO BUSH CALLING FOR RUMSFELD’S RESIGNATION

Dear Mr. President:

I write to request that you immediately ask Defense Secretary Donald 
Rumsfeld for his resignation for his role in the utter mismanagement of 
the 
war in Iraq. At the outset, I must stress that the Defense Secretary's 
resignation will not in any way discount your own potential culpability 
in 
this matter.  You have not been reluctant to burnish you credentials as 
Commander-in-Chief, or the uniform of the military, when it has been to 
your political benefit to do so.  Now, when accountability is needed, 
the 
responsibility for the conduct of this war lays squarely on your 
shoulders.   It is apparent that the conduct of the Department of 
Defense 
in managing the situation in Iraq since the fall of Bagdad exceeds 
incompetence and is a complete failure of leadership.  It is also 
evident 
that there was little if any post war planning on the part of Secretary 
Rumsfeld and the Pentagon.  This failure is morally reprehensible as it 
which continues to cost the lives of American soldiers and innocent 
Iraqis.

The most recent instance of incompetence was Secretary Rumfeld's 
knowledge 
of these allegations of abuse since January and his refusal to make 
Congress or the President aware of these horrendous abuses until last 
week.  It is my opinion that the American public is being ill-served by 
Secretary Rusted and the Pentagon.   Moreover, it has recently come to 
light that Pentagon officials are investigating 35 possible instances 
of 
abuse by US personnel, and the Los Angeles Times has reported 25 Iraqi 
and 
Afghan prisoners have died in US Custody in the last 17 months.  In 
addition, I believe it is imperative that a full inquiry into the abuse 
take place.  We must not stop with only the actual perpetrators of 
these 
horrendous events, it is imperative that bring actions against those 
military leaders who allowed this culture of abuse to continue.

It is clear that months ago, senior military and Bush administration 
officials were warned that immediate action was needed to address the 
treatment of captives and enemy soldiers at prisons like Abu  Ghraib in 
Iraq and nothing was done.  This failure has placed our troops at 
greater 
risk as the horrific images of Abu Gharib have produced greater 
antipathy 
toward our troops and threaten to incite even greater violence in the 
region.

In less than three years, your administration has managed to destroy 
all of 
the good will that was extended to our nation in the wake of the 
tragedy of 
the September 11th attacks.  To the people of Iraq, we are seen as 
occupiers.  To the people of the Arab world, we are no longer a beacon 
of 
hope.  To people of Arab heritage in this country, we have changed what 
we 
represent as a nation.

In the 2000 Presidential campaign, you swore you would restore "honor 
and 
dignity" to the White House.  The honor and dignity of our nation, and 
its 
standing in the world, dictate that you take immediate action.  
Secretary 
Rumsfeld has failed the American public, our military and the world and 
he 
must tender his resignation.

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NCC Expresses Sadness, Indignation at Mounting Death Toll, Chaos in 
Iraq
5/5/04

New York City -- The National Council of Churches USA is watching with 
growing sadness and indignation the devolution of the crisis in Iraq 
into 
increasing chaos. This chaos is marked by a mounting death toll of 
United 
States soldiers, Iraqi civilians, and others; the continuing civil 
unrest 
throughout Iraq; uncertainty as to Iraqi leadership after the 
transition on 
June 30; little and only begrudging change in posture on the part of 
the 
United States with regard to the international community’s role in 
Iraq; 
and now the devastating report of the humiliation and torture of Iraqi 
prisoners by U.S. military personnel.

The United States ostensibly went to war in Iraq as a part of its war 
on 
terror. No matter what one thinks of the war on terror as the guiding 
principle of U.S. foreign policy, its primary goal of eradicating 
terrorism 
as an imminent threat against people of goodwill throughout the world 
requires the cooperation of most, if not all, countries in the world.

How can Americans expect such cooperation when our actions can only be 
met 
with revulsion? Indeed, our actions have resulted, not only in the 
squandering of the universal goodwill enjoyed by the U.S. in the wake 
of 
the 9/11 attacks, but also in the alienation of many around the world 
who 
once saw American democracy as something to be emulated. How else to 
assess 
the damage done by the unilateral invasion of Iraq, the deprival of due 
process for more than 600 people imprisoned at Guantanamo, the closing 
down 
of an Iraqi newspaper, the appalling mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners?

The common cause that all countries should share in the war against 
terror 
is overtaken by resentment against the United States for what is seen 
as a 
betrayal of its own ideals. Unfortunately, the photographic emblem of 
this 
war will not be the tearing down of Saddam Hussein’s statue by 
Americans 
and Iraqis in joint celebration; it will be the pyramid of naked Iraqi 
prisoners being taunted by U.S. soldiers in a moment of moral 
bankruptcy...

Media Contact: Carol Fouke, 212-870-2252; cfouke@ncccusa.org

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BUSH BACKS OFF FROM CONCESSIONS TO ISRAEL
Barry Schweid, Associated Press, 5/6/04
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4061226,00.html

WASHINGTON - President Bush, responding to complaints in the Arab 
world, 
urged Israel on Thursday to withdraw from the territory it captured in 
the 
1967 Mideast war.

After meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan, Bush did not repeat the 
assurances he gave Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon last month that 
he 
supports Israel's retention of some settlements on the West Bank as 
part of 
an overall agreement with the Palestinians.

Bush said at a joint news conference with the king that all such issues 
must be negotiated against the backdrop of U.N. Security Council 
resolutions from 1967 and 1973 that called on Israel to withdraw from 
captured land.

``The United States will not prejudice the outcome of those 
negotiations,'' 
Bush said. Only a few weeks, the president publicly supported Israel's 
retention of some population clusters on the West Bank and opposition 
of 
the settlement of Palestinian refugees in Israel.

Abdullah said Israel must withdraw to the borders it held before the 
1967 
war. Jordan lost the West Bank and East Jerusalem while Egypt lost Gaza 
during that conflict.

``All final status issues should be a matter for the parties to 
decide,'' 
Abdullah said.

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BUSH TO APPEAR ON CHRISTIAN TV FOR PRAYER DAY;
Alan Cooperman, Washington Post, 5/6/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A5572-2004May5.html

President Bush's participation in a National Day of Prayer ceremony 
with 
evangelical Christian leaders at the White House will be shown tonight, 
for 
the first time in prime-time viewing hours, on Christian cable and 
satellite TV outlets nationwide.

For Bush, the broadcast is an opportunity to address a sympathetic 
evangelical audience without the risk of alienating secular or 
non-Christian viewers, because it will not be carried in full by the 
major 
television networks. Frank Wright, president of the National 
Association of 
Religious Broadcasters, said more than a million evangelicals are 
expected 
to see the broadcast.

Some civil liberties groups and religious minorities charged that the 
National Day of Prayer has lost its nonpartisan veneer and is being 
turned 
into a platform for evangelical groups to endorse Bush -- and vice 
versa.

"Over the years, the National Day of Prayer has gradually been adopted 
more 
and more by the religious right, and this year in particular there is 
such 
an undercurrent of partisanship because for the first time they are 
broadcasting Bush's message in an election year," said the Rev. Barry 
W. 
Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church 
and 
State.

The event's organizers denied that it amounts to a tacit political 
endorsement...

She also made no apologies about the exclusion of Muslims and others 
outside of the "Judeao-Christian tradition" from ceremonies planned by 
the 
task force on Capitol Hill and in state capitals across the country. 
"They 
are free to have their own national day of prayer if they want to," she 
said. "We are a Christian task force."

The White House press office and presidential adviser Karl Rove's 
office 
did not respond to calls seeking comment on the National Day of Prayer 
observances.

Organizers said some Jewish rabbis, Catholic clergy and mainline 
Protestants have been invited to the congressional and White House 
ceremonies. But the exclusion of religious minorities has led to 
protests 
in several cities.

In Salt Lake City, Mormons have complained that they are not allowed to 
lead prayers during the local observance.

In Oklahoma City, the Rev. W. Bruce Prescott has planned an interfaith 
ceremony on the steps of the state Capitol today to protest the 
exclusively 
Christian ceremony inside the building. "As a Baptist preacher, it's 
hard 
for me to protest prayer," he said. "What I'd rather do is see if we 
can't 
find a way to do it right."

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BUSH PUSH FOR PATRIOT ACT PROVOKES UNEASE
Amantha Perera, International Press Service, 5/6/04
http://www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=23632

LOS ANGELES - Muslim rights groups in the state of California are 
watching 
nervously as President George W Bush increasingly talks of renewing the 
Patriot Act, a mainstay of his ”war on terrorism”, as he campaigns for 
the 
November presidential election.

Soon after the 342-page act became law in October 2001, 45 days after 
the 
Sep. 11 terrorist attacks, Muslim groups across the country complained 
of 
harassment of their community members as officials began to strictly 
enforce a ”special registration procedure” for immigrants.

For instance, Muhammad Bachir, a U.S. permanent resident for 23 years, 
was 
asked to report for registration in February 2002. But when he showed 
up, 
Bachir, who is of Palestinian origin, was jailed at the San Pedro 
federal 
detention centre in Southern California for failure to appear for a 
July 
2001 interview, although he had informed authorities that he was unable 
to 
appear for medical reasons.

When he was finally released in New York 18 months later, in August 
2003, 
Bachir had spent time in 17 detention centres across the country. He 
was 
never charged with a crime.

”They were obsessed with me. I was outspoken. I called the media and 
human 
rights organisations, accusing the government of (racial) profiling. I 
went 
on a hunger strike,” California's Senate Office of Research quotes 
Bachir 
in a report on the impact of the Patriot Act on the Muslim community.

Bachir was also privately informed by an immigration officer that 
authorities were aware of his hospitalisation at the time of the first 
missed interview.

”The 'war on terror' is a war, really, on a community that is being 
connected to the (9/11) highjackers,” Sireen Sawaf, hate crime 
prevention 
coordinator of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) in Los Angeles 
told 
IPS.

The special registration programme ordered immigrants from various 
countries to register with authorities. But Muslim community groups say 
it 
was specifically aimed at Muslims. ”There was a selective enforcement 
of 
the law,” says Hussan Ayloush executive director of the Council of 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in southern California...

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FAITH SPROUTS IN ARID SOIL OF CHINA
Howard W. French, New York Times, 5/6/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/06/international/asia/06chin.html?ex=1084420800&en=00e7279f456860d0&ei=5062&partner=GOOGLE

MAJIAZHUANG, China - They gathered under a blazing midday sun, raptly 
observing as four men in skullcaps held down the bull in preparation 
for 
its sacrifice. Little girls stood wide-eyed, while boys tried to appear 
unfazed, and the wizened grandmothers who, having seen such things 
countless times, were abuzz instead about the rare appearance of 
foreigners 
in their hamlet.

The guest of honor, the sheik, or spiritual leader for a large Muslim 
population concentrated here in the arid, landlocked region of Ningxia, 
glanced anxiously at his watch, hoping the butcher would arrive so that 
he 
could get on with his busy schedule.

The butcher arrived, and within minutes his deed was done, his red 
blade 
thrust into the soil as the bull's life drained into a shallow pit. The 
sacrifice of a sheep followed. Moments later, as all were seated for a 
feast in memory of an elder who had died, the sheik whispered to a 
visitor: 
"Don't eat too much. There will be a feast in the next village, too."

Asked as he piled into his chauffeur-driven, four-wheel-drive vehicle 
if he 
presided at ceremonies like this every weekend, the 39-year-old Muslim 
leader who bears the title sheik, but prefers to go by his name, Hong 
Yang, 
issued a world-weary sigh. "I do it every day," he said. Then he drove 
off.

As the leader of the Kufiya sect, more than a million strong, Mr. Hong 
is 
responsible for adjudicating local disputes, charity, patronage and, of 
course, matters of the faith. Communist ideology holds that religion 
would 
wither, but as a precaution, under Mao's rule it was actively 
suppressed.

These days, signs of religious revival abound in China, perhaps nowhere 
more than among the country's largest Muslim minority, the Hui, who are 
historically centered in this area of north-central China, where 
Persians 
and Arabs migrated in the seventh century, intermarrying with local 
populations. But the limits on Islam and other faiths enforced by the 
government remain strict and carefully observed...

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RELIGIONS AT WAR IN NIGERIA - CHRISTIAN LEADER
Tom Ashby, Reuters, 5/6/04

LAGOS - A Nigerian Christian leader said on Thursday the killing of 
hundreds of Muslims by Christian militia in the town of Yelwa on Sunday 
was 
the product of "a state of war" between the two faiths in Africa's most 
populous nation.

The conflict between the Christian Tarok and the Muslim Fulani is 
patently 
about their competing claims over the fertile farmlands of Plateau 
state in 
central Nigeria, but religious leaders and academics said it fed an 
already 
strong trend of religious hatred in the impoverished oil exporting 
country.

"What we have is a state of war," said Sam Kujiyat, head of the 
Christian 
Association of Nigeria in the northern city of Kaduna.

The West African country is a battleground for the world's two main 
religions, which share roughly equally its population of 130 million 
people.

Religious violence has killed at least 5,000 people since 2000, when 12 
northern states predominantly inhabited by Muslims established Islamic
Sharia law.

On Sunday, hundreds of Christian Tarok militia invaded the town of 
Yelwa, 
sealed off roads to town with felled trees, and killed hundreds of 
Fulaniwith machine guns and machetes.

A Muslim community leader said 630 bodies had been buried in teh town.
Abdullahi D. Abdullahi showed a Reuters correspondent a foul-smelling 
area 
of freshly turned earth where he said the bodies had been buried.

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MUSLIM WORKER IN TEXAS DENIED FRENCH VISA OVER HEAD SCARF
Islamic civil rights groups calls visa policy 'discriminatory'

(HOUSTON, TX, 5/06/2004) - The Houston office of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston) today called on the French 
Consulate in that city to reverse its refusal to grant a visa to a 
Muslim 
woman who wears a religiously-mandated head scarf.

A consulate official told CAIR-Houston it is "against French law" for 
the 
Bangladeshi Muslim woman who works in Texas to wear an Islamic head 
scarf 
in her visa photograph. (The website of the consulate only mentions a 
"passport size photograph" of visa applicants and does not specify or 
prohibit any type of attire.) The French government recently passed 
legislation that prohibits Muslim students from wearing Islamic head 
scarves in public schools, but the law made no mention of official 
photographs.

"We now see that France's discriminatory policies are reaching beyond 
national boards to impact the religious rights of Muslims worldwide," 
said 
CAIR-Houston Communications Director Najat Elsayed. "This policy would 
in 
effect ban any Muslim woman who wears Islamic attire from entering 
France 
for any reason."

Elsayed called on consulate officials to reverse their refusal to grant 
the 
woman's visa and to clarify France's official position on the issue.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in 
Washington, D.C., and has 26 regional offices and chapters nationwide 
and 
in Canada.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR: Celebrating 10 years of community service

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 5/6/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: A CURE FOR EVERY DISEASE	
* REASON #14 TO JOIN CAIR – Research
	- Library Project Sponsorships: 7445
* TX TEENS GETS PROBATION FOR MOSQUE VANDALISM (AP)
	- Islamic Center Rebuilds after Arson Fire (AP)
* ‘YOU DAMN TALIBAN’ (Creative Loafing)
* MUSLIM CALL TO PRAYER STIRS A MIDWEST TOWN (LA Times)
	- Her Private War (Boston Globe)
* FL: ANTI-MUSLIM AGITATION A THREAT TO FREEDOM (FL Today)
	- Graphic Photos May Be More Evidence of Abuse (Wash Post)	
	- Ex-Detainee Tells Of Anguishing Treatment (Wash Post)
	- Detainees' Abuse Called Illegal, Immoral (Miami Herald)
	- U.S. Troops Said To Mistreat Elder Iraqi (Ap)
	- 'I Was Tortured For Days...’ (New Ind Press)
	- Conyers’ Letter Calling for Rumsfeld’s Resignation
	- NCC Expresses Sadness, Indignation at Death, Chaos in Iraq
* BUSH BACKS OFF FROM CONCESSIONS TO ISRAEL (AP)
        - Bush to Appear On Christian TV for Prayer Day (Wash Post)
        - Bush Push for Patriot Act Provokes Unease (IPS)
* FAITH SPROUTS IN ARID SOIL OF CHINA (NY Times)
	- Religions at War in Nigeria (Reuters)
* MUSLIM WORKER IN TEXAS DENIED FRENCH VISA OVER HEAD SCARF

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HADITH OF THE DAY: A CURE FOR EVERY DISEASE

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “There is no disease 
that 
God created, except that He also created its cure.”

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 7, Hadith 582

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REASON #14 TO JOIN CAIR – Research

CAIR makes statistics, surveys and research material -- not often found 
elsewhere -- available and accessible to media and public officials.

In our new membership drive, "Building a Better America...One Member at 
a 
Time," CAIR intends (God Willing) to sign up 25,000 new members by its 
10th 
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For only $150, Muslim individuals and groups may sponsor 18-item 
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choice.

To sponsor a library call, 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320, or visit:
www.libraryproject.org.

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TEENS WHO VANDALIZED MOSQUE MUST PAY $12,000
Associated Press, 5/5/04
http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/2551430

LUBBOCK -- Two of four teenagers who desecrated a mosque in this West 
Texas 
city have been sentenced to probation and will pay a portion of $12,000 
in 
restitution to the Islamic Center of the South Plains.

The boys, 14 and 15, are considered the least culpable suspects, said 
Matt 
Powell, Lubbock County's assistant district attorney.

Intruders ransacked the center and stole equipment and cash. They wrote 
pro-American and anti-Muslim slogans on the walls.

Authorities initially considered the case a potential hate crime. But 
investigators later determined the crime was not committed because of 
political, personal or religious bias.

The pair sentenced Tuesday will serve intensive supervision probation 
as 
well as pay some of the damages sustained at the mosque March 7.

The mosque's spiritual leader, Mohamed El-Moctar, said he's satisfied.

"I believe they are too young for punishment," he said. "I hope they 
will 
benefit from probation..."

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ISLAMIC CENTER REBUILDS AFTER ARSON FIRE
Associated Press, 5/5/04
http://www.macon.com/mld/macon/news/politics/8595293.htm

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Two signs have hung in front of the Islamic Center of 
Savannah since a fire destroyed the building last August with an 
optimistic 
message for the community: "God Bless America. We will rebuild."

And members of the mosque have been working hard to do that and also 
rebound from reports that an arsonist was responsible for setting their 
worship center ablaze. No one was hurt, but a rare handwritten copy of 
the 
Quran was destroyed in the fire.

The mosque got approval from the Savannah Metropolitan Planning 
Commission 
on Tuesday to build a new 10,550 square foot building with seating for 
300 
- bigger and better than the previous two-bedroom house that had been 
converted into worship space.

Since August, worshippers were temporarily displaced to an outdoor 
tent, 
where they would pray five times a day, before moving into a small 
temporary building that often spilled over with people.

"It's sort of cramped, but we make do," said Mohammad Masroor, 
president of 
the center.

Members have been raising the $1 million needed to build the new 
center, 
with the help of contributions from the local community, Masroor said.

Meanwhile, investigators continue to puzzle over the fire.

The FBI lists the case as pending, said Bill Kirkconnell, a senior 
agent in 
Savannah. He would not say if there were any suspects.

Members of the mosque say they were being targeted because of their 
faith, 
though authorities have stopped short of calling the fire a hate 
crime...

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'YOU DAMN TALIBAN!'
Michael Wall, Atlanta Creative Loafing, 5/6/04
http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/news_feature2.html

Before new police officers are qualified to make arrests, their 
supervising 
officer shoots pepper spray into their face. Part of the reason they do 
this is so arresting officers understand what their subjects are going 
through.

It's also a kind of induction ritual for grunts, and it usually brings 
out 
a crowd.

When it was Mohamed Hyath's turn to get dosed for his initiation into 
the 
Decatur police force in July 2002, a couple dozen police officers and 
firemen were there to watch.

His supervisor, Lt. W.S. Richards, called Hyath, a Muslim of Mauritian 
origin, to step forward. Hyath did, and he was hit with bursts of 
pepper 
spray for three to five seconds.

After that, Richards said to Hyath, "That's what you get for bombing 
us, 
you damn Taliban!" according to a lawsuit Hyath has filed against the 
city 
of Decatur, Richards and two other police officers.

Hyath is suing the city and his former supervisors for harassing him 
because of his religion, race and national origin. The lawsuit, filed 
April 
26 in Atlanta U.S. District Court, states his supervisor repeatedly 
called 
him "a Taliban." And they ridiculed him, the lawsuit states, for not 
eating 
pork, an Islamic custom, and because some Muslim women cover 
themselves.

Muslims across the country experienced 1,019 incidents of alleged 
discrimination, violence and racial harassment in 2003 -- a 70 percent 
increase over the previous year -- according to the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations.

The increase, and the kind of persecution Hyath endured, is linked to 
the 
wars in Iraq, and the Sept. 11 attacks, according to CAIR. America is 
waging a war against terrorism; in some American minds, that equates to 
a 
war against Muslims.

The study says that, of the incidents aimed at Muslims, 93 were hate 
crimes 
and 163 were job-related discriminations...

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MUSLIM CALL TO PRAYER STIRS A MIDWEST TOWN
Stephanie Simon, Los Angeles Times, 4/5/04
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-mosque6may06,1,4014143.story

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. — These are the sounds of Caniff Street on a windy 
spring 
afternoon:

Shrieks and giggles from children bouncing a playground ball. Chimes 
from 
the St. Ladislaus Catholic Church bell. The thump of rap music. The 
rumble 
of a Doritos delivery truck. The shrill of a teacher's whistle, calling 
kids in from recess.

Later this month, another sound will join the Caniff Street cacophony: 
The 
azan, or Muslim call to prayer, will echo five times a day from the 
scuffed 
beige building across from the church.

"Allahu Akbar," the mosque's president will intone. Allah is the 
greatest.

"Ashhadu allailaha illallah," he will sing into the loudspeaker. There 
is 
no other God but Allah.

The City Council in this community of 23,000 last week approved the 
mosque's request to amplify the traditional call to prayer. The imam 
says 
the chant, which lasts about a minute and a half, will be heard for a 
block 
or two at most.

"It's beautiful music, really, a very good rhythm, and the meaning is 
good," said Abusayed Mahfuz, a member of the mosque. "I don't see why 
there 
should be a problem."

But the council's unanimous decision has touched off anger, and fear, 
in 
this historically Polish Catholic town.

"With so much going on in the world with terrorism, people are afraid 
maybe 
they'll be saying things [in Arabic] that we don't understand," said 
Marti 
Sharp, 47, a bakery manager.

"If they're going to say it out loud, at least they should say it in 
English," added co-worker Kathy Trusick, 60.

Circulating a petition to overturn the council's vote, some residents 
insist their sole objection is the noise. Others raise more fundamental 
concerns: It's not right, they say, for a patriotic Midwest city to 
ring 
with praise for Allah.

In the last two decades, however, new immigrants have flooded 
Hamtramck. 
They're drawn by the location — five miles from downtown Detroit — and 
by 
the inexpensive real estate. The houses are weathered and packed so 
close 
together, there's barely room for a few inches of grass between 
neighbors. 
But they're solidly built with inviting porches, and they're often 
priced 
at less than $75,000.

By the 2000 census, just 23% of residents indicated Polish ancestry. 
Nearly 
10% said they were of Arabic origin. Another 10% are Asian — half of 
them 
Indian — and 15% are black.

Many in the city have worked hard to accommodate and integrate the new 
arrivals. King Video now stocks rows of DVDs in Albanian, Arabic, 
Polish 
and other languages. The public library carries the children's fable 
"The 
Giant Turnip" in Bengali, Polish, Arabic and Serbo-Croatian. A poster 
for 
subsidized preschool is translated into nine languages...

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HER PRIVATE WAR
Tim Townsend, Boston Globe, 5/2/04
http://www.boston.com/news/globe/magazine/articles/2004/05/02/her_private_war/

She's a 43-year-old wife and mother from Quincy, but Major Shareda 
Hosein 
is also on the brink of becoming a 4-foot-10, fatigue-clad symbol of 
all 
the tension between the Middle East and America. She's been in the Army 
for 
24 years, either on active duty or serving in the reserves. Her jobs 
have 
mostly been administrative; she served, for instance, as a 
transportation 
officer, making sure units were ready to be mobilized. But then a few 
years 
ago, she decided she wanted something different from the Army, and 
since 
last fall, she had been looking forward to February, not just because 
she 
would be travelling to Mecca to perform hajj for the first time, but 
because she was to hear the Army's decision on her application to 
become 
the first female Muslim chaplain in the history of the US military.

For a woman to have any religious authority in conservative Islamic 
cultures is extraordinarily rare, especially when it's authority over 
Muslim men. This is why some people familiar with Hosein's case are 
speculating that if the Army does make her a chaplain, it could be seen 
as 
an attempt by the US government to push Islam in a more moderate 
direction.

"There is a concern that by making me a chaplain, the Army would be 
telling 
the conservative Islamic world that the US is trying to change Islam 
from 
the inside out," Hosein says. "Some Muslims wouldn't understand my role 
as 
a chaplain, but many others will."

The Army won't talk about Hosein's chaplaincy. But two decision dates 
on 
Hosein's application have come and gone, and the Army won't say why -- 
or 
tell her when a decision will be made.

Six days after Hosein returned home to Quincy in February from her 
pilgrimage, she got a call from a personnel officer at the 94th 
Regional 
Readiness Command at Fort Devens. Her reserve unit was being activated, 
and 
she was to report to Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. Hosein, who had just 
traveled to Mecca to do her duty as a devout Muslim, was about to 
return to 
the Middle East -- this time as a soldier. "I had 10 days to close out 
one 
life and begin another," said Hosein as she packed the gear next to her 
bunk into green canvas duffels at Fort Bliss. The following day -- 
March 6 
-- Hosein left for Kuwait.

Hosein's job in Kuwait mostly involves personnel management. This, she 
says, makes her year-and-a-half deployment a little easier for her 
husband, 
a mortgage broker in Quincy who converted to Islam to marry her, and 
her 
daughter, a college student in New York City. But for Hosein, the 
deployment only prolongs her anticipation of the Army's final decision. 
Some think the Pentagon will tell her she's too old to be an 
active-duty 
chaplain (she argues that, because of the shortage of priests, the 
military 
takes Roman Catholic chaplains regardless of their age)...

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ANTI-MUSLIM AGITATION A THREAT TO FREEDOM
Parvez Ahmed, Florida Today, 5/6/04
http://www.floridatoday.com/!NEWSROOM/opedstory0504WLETTERS.htm

A democracy that is not mindful of the rights and dignity of its 
minorities 
can easily descend to being a tyranny of its majority.

Since the ill-fated day of 9-11, Muslims, who are just as American as 
anyone else, have been the unfortunate victims of a terrible and 
misguided 
backlash. Anti-Muslim incidents have been rising at double-digit rates 
during the last three years.

U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., claimed American Muslim leaders are "an 
enemy 
living amongst us" and that "no (American) Muslims" cooperate in the 
war on 
terror. Recently, Boston radio talk show host Jay Severin urged the 
killing 
of American Muslims and called them the "fifth column" in America.

These are not isolated exercises in free speech but are part of the 
rising 
anti-Muslim rhetoric that has received very little repudiation from our 
opinion leaders. As a consequence, hate crimes against Muslims continue 
to 
rise at alarming rates.

The fight against terrorism should be legitimately directed against 
those 
who seek to terrorize. Guilt by association and vilification of the 
faith 
of many for the misguided acts of few is un-American and un-patriotic.

Parvez Ahmed is Chairman of Board for the Council on America-Islamic 
Relations, Florida.

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GRAPHIC PHOTOS MAY BE MORE EVIDENCE OF ABUSE
Christian Davenport, Washington Post, 5/6/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A5623-2004May5.html

The collection of photographs begins like a travelogue from Iraq. Here 
are 
U.S. soldiers posing in front of a mosque. Here is a soldier riding a 
camel 
in the desert. And then: a soldier holding a leash tied around a man's 
neck 
in an Iraqi prison. He is naked, grimacing and lying on the floor.

Mixed in with more than 1,000 digital pictures obtained by The 
Washington 
Post are photographs of naked men, apparently prisoners, sprawled on 
top of 
one another while soldiers stand around them. There is another 
photograph 
of a naked man with a dark hood over his head, handcuffed to a cell 
door. 
And another of a naked man handcuffed to a bunk bed, his arms splayed 
so 
wide that his back is arched. A pair of women's underwear covers his 
head 
and face.

The graphic images, passed around among military police who served at 
the 
Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, are a new batch of photographs similar to 
those broadcast a week ago on CBS's "60 Minutes II" and published by 
the 
New Yorker magazine. They appear to provide further visual evidence of 
the 
chaos and unprofessionalism at the prison detailed in a report by Army 
Maj. 
Gen. Antonio M. Taguba. His report, which relied in part on the 
photographs, found "numerous incidents of sadistic, blatant, and wanton 
criminal abuses" that were inflicted on detainees.

This group of photographs, taken from the summer of 2003 through the 
winter, ranges widely, from mundane images of everyday military life to 
pictures showing crude simulations of sex among soldiers. The new 
pictures 
appear to show American soldiers abusing prisoners, many of whom wear 
ID 
bands, but The Post could not eliminate the possibility that some of 
them 
were staged...

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EX-DETAINEE TELLS OF ANGUISHING TREATMENT AT IRAQ PRISON
Scott Wilson, Washington Post, 5/6/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A5673-2004May5.html

BAGHDAD - Hasham Mohsen Lazim traded used tires for a living in the 
Shiite 
slum of Sadr City. He had been in trouble only once in his life, he 
said, a 
desperate time six years ago when he deserted Saddam Hussein's army to 
support his wife and four small children.

Then on one warm night in August, a taxi ride home ended in a U.S. Army 
holding cell, the first stop in what he described as a hellish 
four-month 
journey through the U.S. military prison system in Iraq. His experience 
veered between anguish and confusion, abuse and fury, before 
culminating in 
a series of pictures, broadcast worldwide in recent days, that 
memorialized 
his 24-day stay in the grimmest precincts of Abu Ghraib prison.

"Something awful happened to me," Lazim said during a two-hour 
interview 
broken by long pauses of silent despair. "I will never forget it until 
the 
day I die."

Lazim, 34, was prisoner No. 15227, according to his release papers. He 
said 
he was one of the hooded men in the photographs taken inside an Abu 
Ghraib 
cellblock that have generated worldwide revulsion. Although his 
identity 
could not be confirmed from the photographs, his account was supported 
by a 
friend from the prison, Hayder Sabbar Abd, who said he experienced the 
same 
treatment and could identify both himself and American guards from the 
photos. Lazim's papers show that he was in Abu Ghraib when the abuses 
occurred late last year.

Now, months later, Lazim has completed a course in Jordan to become an 
officer in the new U.S.-sponsored Iraqi police force. His uniform hangs 
at 
home as he awaits orders for where to report. He will be joining a 
force 
the U.S. occupation authority is counting on to help stabilize the 
country.

Lazim said he was arrested last August after a taxi, in which he and a 
neighbor were riding, broke down on Canal Street in Baghdad, just a few 
blocks from the off-ramp that would have taken them home. U.S. soldiers 
approached and searched the taxi. In the trunk, they discovered a 
pistol 
and other weapons that Lazim said he could not see.

Soldiers placed hoods and handcuffs on the men, then took them to a 
former 
cigarette factory being used as a military base. When asked by a U.S. 
soldier -- through an interpreter with Syrian-accented Arabic -- who 
owned 
the guns, the taxi driver acknowledged that they were his, Lazim said. 
He 
said he was expecting a speedy release...

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DETAINEES' ABUSE CALLED ILLEGAL, IMMORAL
Amy Driscoll and Daniel de Vise, Miami Herald, 5/5/04
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/nation/8600838.htm

Iraqi detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison don't fall under the rules 
that 
apply to prisoners of war, but the abuse from U.S. troops still 
violates 
the most basic rules of international law and military engagement, 
experts 
said Wednesday.

''This stuff crossed the line -- it's both immoral and illegal,'' said 
Robert K. Goldman, professor of law at American University in 
Washington, D.C.

''If these are peaceable civilians -- and I understand most of them are 
-- 
they are entitled to protection under the Geneva Conventions,'' he 
said. 
``Even if they were part of the resistance, they are protected. You 
can't 
beat them up, you can't humiliate them. You're not supposed to torture, 
no 
matter what.''

Labeled Wednesday as ''abhorrent'' by President Bush, treatment of the 
prisoners became the subject of international outrage after the first 
pictures of the abuse surfaced a week ago. The photos, showing American 
GIs 
grinning over nude prisoners, sparked calls for a Senate resolution to 
condemn the abuses...

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U.S. TROOPS SAID TO MISTREAT ELDER IRAQI
Sue Leeman, Associated Press, 5/5/04
http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=518&u=/ap/20040505/ap_on_re_eu/britain_iraq_us_prisoner_abuse&printer=1

LONDON - U.S. soldiers who detained an elderly Iraqi woman last year 
placed 
a harness on her, made her crawl on all fours and rode her like a 
donkey, 
Prime Minister Tony Blair's personal human rights envoy to Iraq (news - 
web 
sites) said Wednesday.

The envoy, legislator Ann Clwyd, said she had investigated the claims 
of 
the woman in her 70s and believed they were true.

During five visits to Iraq in the last 18 months, Clwyd said, she 
stopped 
at British and U.S. jails, including Abu Ghraib, and questioned 
everyone 
she could about the woman's claims. But she did not say whether the 
people 
questioned included U.S. forces or commanders.

Asked for details, Clwyd said during a telephone interview with The 
Associated Press that she "didn't want to harp on the case because as 
far 
as I'm concerned it's been resolved."

Clwyd, 67, is a veteran politician of the governing Labour Party and a 
strong Blair supporter who regularly visits Iraq and reports back on 
issues 
such as human rights, the delivery of food and medical supplies to 
Iraqis, 
and Iraq's Kurdish minority. Her job as Blair's human rights envoy is 
unpaid and advisory.

Clwyd said the Iraqi woman was arrested in Iraq in July and accused of 
having links to a former member of Saddam Hussein's regime — a charge 
she 
denied.

The abuse occurred last year in Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison and at 
another 
coalition detention center, Clwyd said...

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'I WAS TORTURED FOR DAYS BY AMERICAN SOLDIERS'
New Ind Press, 5/5/04
http://www.newindpress.com/Newsitems.asp?ID=IEH20040504132640&Title=Top%2BStories&Topic=0&Full%7EStory

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A 32-year-old Indian butcher is finally back home, 
after slaving away for nine months in a US military camp in Iraq where 
he 
ended up although travel agents had promised him a job in Kuwait.

Aliyarkunju Faizal is today grateful to god for saving him from what he 
says was a nightmarish experience from which he feared he would never 
be 
able to escape.

Faizal told IANS in a telephonic interview that he was kicked and 
beaten by 
American soldiers who forced him to work for long hours daily and made 
him 
cook pork in violation of his Islamic beliefs.

Stung by the charges, the US embassy in New Delhi promised to 
investigate 
the allegations of torture and illegal detention of Indian workers by 
the 
US military in Iraq.

"We are looking into them," an embassy spokesman told IANS. "We take 
all 
reports of abuse seriously and all allegations of mistreatment are 
investigated.

"We are committed to treating all persons under coalition authority 
with 
dignity, respect and humanity."

But the embassy's comments are no relief to Faisal, whose story began 
some 
10 months ago when he left for Kuwait after paying Rs.75,000 for a 
visa. It 
was a princely sum he raised by selling his wife's jewellery in the 
hope of 
making a decent income in Kuwait. But once Faizal, who hails from 
Chathanoor near Kollam, reached Kuwait he was told that he would have 
to 
work in Iraq.

"I had no option but to listen to what my employer told me. I was not 
alone; there were three other youths from my village too...

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CONYERS LETTER TO BUSH CALLING FOR RUMSFELD’S RESIGNATION

Dear Mr. President:

I write to request that you immediately ask Defense Secretary Donald 
Rumsfeld for his resignation for his role in the utter mismanagement of 
the 
war in Iraq. At the outset, I must stress that the Defense Secretary's 
resignation will not in any way discount your own potential culpability 
in 
this matter.  You have not been reluctant to burnish you credentials as 
Commander-in-Chief, or the uniform of the military, when it has been to 
your political benefit to do so.  Now, when accountability is needed, 
the 
responsibility for the conduct of this war lays squarely on your 
shoulders.   It is apparent that the conduct of the Department of 
Defense 
in managing the situation in Iraq since the fall of Bagdad exceeds 
incompetence and is a complete failure of leadership.  It is also 
evident 
that there was little if any post war planning on the part of Secretary 
Rumsfeld and the Pentagon.  This failure is morally reprehensible as it 
which continues to cost the lives of American soldiers and innocent 
Iraqis.

The most recent instance of incompetence was Secretary Rumfeld's 
knowledge 
of these allegations of abuse since January and his refusal to make 
Congress or the President aware of these horrendous abuses until last 
week.  It is my opinion that the American public is being ill-served by 
Secretary Rusted and the Pentagon.   Moreover, it has recently come to 
light that Pentagon officials are investigating 35 possible instances 
of 
abuse by US personnel, and the Los Angeles Times has reported 25 Iraqi 
and 
Afghan prisoners have died in US Custody in the last 17 months.  In 
addition, I believe it is imperative that a full inquiry into the abuse 
take place.  We must not stop with only the actual perpetrators of 
these 
horrendous events, it is imperative that bring actions against those 
military leaders who allowed this culture of abuse to continue.

It is clear that months ago, senior military and Bush administration 
officials were warned that immediate action was needed to address the 
treatment of captives and enemy soldiers at prisons like Abu  Ghraib in 
Iraq and nothing was done.  This failure has placed our troops at 
greater 
risk as the horrific images of Abu Gharib have produced greater 
antipathy 
toward our troops and threaten to incite even greater violence in the 
region.

In less than three years, your administration has managed to destroy 
all of 
the good will that was extended to our nation in the wake of the 
tragedy of 
the September 11th attacks.  To the people of Iraq, we are seen as 
occupiers.  To the people of the Arab world, we are no longer a beacon 
of 
hope.  To people of Arab heritage in this country, we have changed what 
we 
represent as a nation.

In the 2000 Presidential campaign, you swore you would restore "honor 
and 
dignity" to the White House.  The honor and dignity of our nation, and 
its 
standing in the world, dictate that you take immediate action.  
Secretary 
Rumsfeld has failed the American public, our military and the world and 
he 
must tender his resignation.

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NCC Expresses Sadness, Indignation at Mounting Death Toll, Chaos in 
Iraq
5/5/04

New York City -- The National Council of Churches USA is watching with 
growing sadness and indignation the devolution of the crisis in Iraq 
into 
increasing chaos. This chaos is marked by a mounting death toll of 
United 
States soldiers, Iraqi civilians, and others; the continuing civil 
unrest 
throughout Iraq; uncertainty as to Iraqi leadership after the 
transition on 
June 30; little and only begrudging change in posture on the part of 
the 
United States with regard to the international community’s role in 
Iraq; 
and now the devastating report of the humiliation and torture of Iraqi 
prisoners by U.S. military personnel.

The United States ostensibly went to war in Iraq as a part of its war 
on 
terror. No matter what one thinks of the war on terror as the guiding 
principle of U.S. foreign policy, its primary goal of eradicating 
terrorism 
as an imminent threat against people of goodwill throughout the world 
requires the cooperation of most, if not all, countries in the world.

How can Americans expect such cooperation when our actions can only be 
met 
with revulsion? Indeed, our actions have resulted, not only in the 
squandering of the universal goodwill enjoyed by the U.S. in the wake 
of 
the 9/11 attacks, but also in the alienation of many around the world 
who 
once saw American democracy as something to be emulated. How else to 
assess 
the damage done by the unilateral invasion of Iraq, the deprival of due 
process for more than 600 people imprisoned at Guantanamo, the closing 
down 
of an Iraqi newspaper, the appalling mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners?

The common cause that all countries should share in the war against 
terror 
is overtaken by resentment against the United States for what is seen 
as a 
betrayal of its own ideals. Unfortunately, the photographic emblem of 
this 
war will not be the tearing down of Saddam Hussein’s statue by 
Americans 
and Iraqis in joint celebration; it will be the pyramid of naked Iraqi 
prisoners being taunted by U.S. soldiers in a moment of moral 
bankruptcy...

Media Contact: Carol Fouke, 212-870-2252; cfouke@ncccusa.org

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BUSH BACKS OFF FROM CONCESSIONS TO ISRAEL
Barry Schweid, Associated Press, 5/6/04
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4061226,00.html

WASHINGTON - President Bush, responding to complaints in the Arab 
world, 
urged Israel on Thursday to withdraw from the territory it captured in 
the 
1967 Mideast war.

After meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan, Bush did not repeat the 
assurances he gave Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon last month that 
he 
supports Israel's retention of some settlements on the West Bank as 
part of 
an overall agreement with the Palestinians.

Bush said at a joint news conference with the king that all such issues 
must be negotiated against the backdrop of U.N. Security Council 
resolutions from 1967 and 1973 that called on Israel to withdraw from 
captured land.

``The United States will not prejudice the outcome of those 
negotiations,'' 
Bush said. Only a few weeks, the president publicly supported Israel's 
retention of some population clusters on the West Bank and opposition 
of 
the settlement of Palestinian refugees in Israel.

Abdullah said Israel must withdraw to the borders it held before the 
1967 
war. Jordan lost the West Bank and East Jerusalem while Egypt lost Gaza 
during that conflict.

``All final status issues should be a matter for the parties to 
decide,'' 
Abdullah said.

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BUSH TO APPEAR ON CHRISTIAN TV FOR PRAYER DAY;
Alan Cooperman, Washington Post, 5/6/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A5572-2004May5.html

President Bush's participation in a National Day of Prayer ceremony 
with 
evangelical Christian leaders at the White House will be shown tonight, 
for 
the first time in prime-time viewing hours, on Christian cable and 
satellite TV outlets nationwide.

For Bush, the broadcast is an opportunity to address a sympathetic 
evangelical audience without the risk of alienating secular or 
non-Christian viewers, because it will not be carried in full by the 
major 
television networks. Frank Wright, president of the National 
Association of 
Religious Broadcasters, said more than a million evangelicals are 
expected 
to see the broadcast.

Some civil liberties groups and religious minorities charged that the 
National Day of Prayer has lost its nonpartisan veneer and is being 
turned 
into a platform for evangelical groups to endorse Bush -- and vice 
versa.

"Over the years, the National Day of Prayer has gradually been adopted 
more 
and more by the religious right, and this year in particular there is 
such 
an undercurrent of partisanship because for the first time they are 
broadcasting Bush's message in an election year," said the Rev. Barry 
W. 
Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church 
and 
State.

The event's organizers denied that it amounts to a tacit political 
endorsement...

She also made no apologies about the exclusion of Muslims and others 
outside of the "Judeao-Christian tradition" from ceremonies planned by 
the 
task force on Capitol Hill and in state capitals across the country. 
"They 
are free to have their own national day of prayer if they want to," she 
said. "We are a Christian task force."

The White House press office and presidential adviser Karl Rove's 
office 
did not respond to calls seeking comment on the National Day of Prayer 
observances.

Organizers said some Jewish rabbis, Catholic clergy and mainline 
Protestants have been invited to the congressional and White House 
ceremonies. But the exclusion of religious minorities has led to 
protests 
in several cities.

In Salt Lake City, Mormons have complained that they are not allowed to 
lead prayers during the local observance.

In Oklahoma City, the Rev. W. Bruce Prescott has planned an interfaith 
ceremony on the steps of the state Capitol today to protest the 
exclusively 
Christian ceremony inside the building. "As a Baptist preacher, it's 
hard 
for me to protest prayer," he said. "What I'd rather do is see if we 
can't 
find a way to do it right."

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BUSH PUSH FOR PATRIOT ACT PROVOKES UNEASE
Amantha Perera, International Press Service, 5/6/04
http://www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=23632

LOS ANGELES - Muslim rights groups in the state of California are 
watching 
nervously as President George W Bush increasingly talks of renewing the 
Patriot Act, a mainstay of his ”war on terrorism”, as he campaigns for 
the 
November presidential election.

Soon after the 342-page act became law in October 2001, 45 days after 
the 
Sep. 11 terrorist attacks, Muslim groups across the country complained 
of 
harassment of their community members as officials began to strictly 
enforce a ”special registration procedure” for immigrants.

For instance, Muhammad Bachir, a U.S. permanent resident for 23 years, 
was 
asked to report for registration in February 2002. But when he showed 
up, 
Bachir, who is of Palestinian origin, was jailed at the San Pedro 
federal 
detention centre in Southern California for failure to appear for a 
July 
2001 interview, although he had informed authorities that he was unable 
to 
appear for medical reasons.

When he was finally released in New York 18 months later, in August 
2003, 
Bachir had spent time in 17 detention centres across the country. He 
was 
never charged with a crime.

”They were obsessed with me. I was outspoken. I called the media and 
human 
rights organisations, accusing the government of (racial) profiling. I 
went 
on a hunger strike,” California's Senate Office of Research quotes 
Bachir 
in a report on the impact of the Patriot Act on the Muslim community.

Bachir was also privately informed by an immigration officer that 
authorities were aware of his hospitalisation at the time of the first 
missed interview.

”The 'war on terror' is a war, really, on a community that is being 
connected to the (9/11) highjackers,” Sireen Sawaf, hate crime 
prevention 
coordinator of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) in Los Angeles 
told 
IPS.

The special registration programme ordered immigrants from various 
countries to register with authorities. But Muslim community groups say 
it 
was specifically aimed at Muslims. ”There was a selective enforcement 
of 
the law,” says Hussan Ayloush executive director of the Council of 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in southern California...

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FAITH SPROUTS IN ARID SOIL OF CHINA
Howard W. French, New York Times, 5/6/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/06/international/asia/06chin.html?ex=1084420800&en=00e7279f456860d0&ei=5062&partner=GOOGLE

MAJIAZHUANG, China - They gathered under a blazing midday sun, raptly 
observing as four men in skullcaps held down the bull in preparation 
for 
its sacrifice. Little girls stood wide-eyed, while boys tried to appear 
unfazed, and the wizened grandmothers who, having seen such things 
countless times, were abuzz instead about the rare appearance of 
foreigners 
in their hamlet.

The guest of honor, the sheik, or spiritual leader for a large Muslim 
population concentrated here in the arid, landlocked region of Ningxia, 
glanced anxiously at his watch, hoping the butcher would arrive so that 
he 
could get on with his busy schedule.

The butcher arrived, and within minutes his deed was done, his red 
blade 
thrust into the soil as the bull's life drained into a shallow pit. The 
sacrifice of a sheep followed. Moments later, as all were seated for a 
feast in memory of an elder who had died, the sheik whispered to a 
visitor: 
"Don't eat too much. There will be a feast in the next village, too."

Asked as he piled into his chauffeur-driven, four-wheel-drive vehicle 
if he 
presided at ceremonies like this every weekend, the 39-year-old Muslim 
leader who bears the title sheik, but prefers to go by his name, Hong 
Yang, 
issued a world-weary sigh. "I do it every day," he said. Then he drove 
off.

As the leader of the Kufiya sect, more than a million strong, Mr. Hong 
is 
responsible for adjudicating local disputes, charity, patronage and, of 
course, matters of the faith. Communist ideology holds that religion 
would 
wither, but as a precaution, under Mao's rule it was actively 
suppressed.

These days, signs of religious revival abound in China, perhaps nowhere 
more than among the country's largest Muslim minority, the Hui, who are 
historically centered in this area of north-central China, where 
Persians 
and Arabs migrated in the seventh century, intermarrying with local 
populations. But the limits on Islam and other faiths enforced by the 
government remain strict and carefully observed...

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RELIGIONS AT WAR IN NIGERIA - CHRISTIAN LEADER
Tom Ashby, Reuters, 5/6/04

LAGOS - A Nigerian Christian leader said on Thursday the killing of 
hundreds of Muslims by Christian militia in the town of Yelwa on Sunday 
was 
the product of "a state of war" between the two faiths in Africa's most 
populous nation.

The conflict between the Christian Tarok and the Muslim Fulani is 
patently 
about their competing claims over the fertile farmlands of Plateau 
state in 
central Nigeria, but religious leaders and academics said it fed an 
already 
strong trend of religious hatred in the impoverished oil exporting 
country.

"What we have is a state of war," said Sam Kujiyat, head of the 
Christian 
Association of Nigeria in the northern city of Kaduna.

The West African country is a battleground for the world's two main 
religions, which share roughly equally its population of 130 million 
people.

Religious violence has killed at least 5,000 people since 2000, when 12 
northern states predominantly inhabited by Muslims established Islamic
Sharia law.

On Sunday, hundreds of Christian Tarok militia invaded the town of 
Yelwa, 
sealed off roads to town with felled trees, and killed hundreds of 
Fulaniwith machine guns and machetes.

A Muslim community leader said 630 bodies had been buried in teh town.
Abdullahi D. Abdullahi showed a Reuters correspondent a foul-smelling 
area 
of freshly turned earth where he said the bodies had been buried.

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MUSLIM WORKER IN TEXAS DENIED FRENCH VISA OVER HEAD SCARF
Islamic civil rights groups calls visa policy 'discriminatory'

(HOUSTON, TX, 5/06/2004) - The Houston office of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston) today called on the French 
Consulate in that city to reverse its refusal to grant a visa to a 
Muslim 
woman who wears a religiously-mandated head scarf.

A consulate official told CAIR-Houston it is "against French law" for 
the 
Bangladeshi Muslim woman who works in Texas to wear an Islamic head 
scarf 
in her visa photograph. (The website of the consulate only mentions a 
"passport size photograph" of visa applicants and does not specify or 
prohibit any type of attire.) The French government recently passed 
legislation that prohibits Muslim students from wearing Islamic head 
scarves in public schools, but the law made no mention of official 
photographs.

"We now see that France's discriminatory policies are reaching beyond 
national boards to impact the religious rights of Muslims worldwide," 
said 
CAIR-Houston Communications Director Najat Elsayed. "This policy would 
in 
effect ban any Muslim woman who wears Islamic attire from entering 
France 
for any reason."

Elsayed called on consulate officials to reverse their refusal to grant 
the 
woman's visa and to clarify France's official position on the issue.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in 
Washington, D.C., and has 26 regional offices and chapters nationwide 
and 
in Canada.

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CONTACT: Ms. Najat Elsayed, 713-838-2247 or 832-814-5554, E-Mail:
cair@cairhouston.org or Najat.Elsayed@cairhouston.org

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR: Celebrating 10 years of community service

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 5/7/04

* VERSE OF THE DAY: PRAYER RESTRAINS INJUSTICE	
* REASON #15 TO JOIN CAIR - CAIR Documents History
	- Library Project Sponsorships: 7450
* CAIR-SFBA RECEIVES AWARD FROM NAACP
	- CAIR-NY: Muslim Unity Forum 5/13
* MUSLIM RAPPER: HOLY RIVAL ROLLER (Rocky Mountain Bullhorn)
* THE ISLAMICALLY CORRECT TEST-TUBE BABY (Beliefnet)
* OFFICER ACCUSED OF NY DETAINEE ABUSE PART OF '97 SCANDAL
* TX: MUSLIMS QUESTIONS DENIAL OF VISA OVER HEADSCARF (AP)
	- French Deny Visa Over Scarf (Houston Chronicle)
* MORE PHOTOS, VIDEOS COMING IN IRAQ ABUSE SCANDAL  (Reuters)
* CAIR REP DISCUSSES IRAQ ABUSE SCANDAL (CNBC)
	- Rush: MPs Just 'Blowing Off Steam' (CBS)
	- Donald Rumsfeld Should Go (NY Times)
	- Rep. Pelosi Calls on Rumsfeld to Resign
	- The Military Archipelago (NY Times)
	- CAIR-NCA: Abuse Undermines Religious Rhetoric (SF Chron)
	- CAIR-FL: Abuse Called Illegal, Immoral (Miami Herald)
	- Photos Undermine Bush's Rhetoric (SF Chronicle)
	- Iraqi-Americans, Split on Prospects (NY Times)
* UK PAPER PRINTS MORE CLAIMS OF PRISONER ABUSE (AP)
	- Red Cross Saw "Widespread Abuse" In Iraq (Reuters)
	- Soldiers Back in U.S. Tell of More Iraq Abuses (Reuters)
	- Prisoner Abuse Assaults Muslim Values (Newhouse)
* CRESCENT CONCERNS: PROBLEMS FOR U.S. MUSLIMS (Economist)
* DEMOCRACY IS NO CURE-ALL, CAN'T BE IMPOSED (Ottawa Citizen)
* A LOOK AT ISLAM'S PAST FOR BRIGHTER FUTURE (UPI)
	- CA: Speaker Discusses Islam Values (Mercury-Register)
* THOUSANDS OF MUSLIMS FLEE NIGERIA TOWN  (Reuters)
	- Christian Leaders Press Bush on Problems for Holy Land
* TUTWILER'S MISSION IMPOSSIBLE (Wash Times)
* VA MUSLIM KIDS CELEBRATE EARTH DAY

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VERSE OF THE DAY: PRAYER RESTRAINS INJUSTICE

Prayer restrains [mankind] from shameful and unjust deeds, and 
remembrance 
of God is the greatest of all deeds.

The Holy Quran, 29:45

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REASON #15 TO JOIN CAIR - CAIR Documents History

Through our full time research center, CAIR documents the Muslim 
experience 
in the United States and Canada.

In our new membership drive, "Building a Better America...One Member at 
a 
Time," CAIR intends (God Willing) to sign up 25,000 new members by its 
10th 
year anniversary celebration scheduled for June 12, 2004.

TO JOIN, GO TO: http://www.cair-net.org/asp/membercamp.asp
Students Click here! 
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If you have any problems signing up as a CAIR member through the web 
site, 
please call 202-488-8787 and ask for "membership," or e-mail: 
iabusway@cair-net.org

ALSO SEE:

CAIR PUBLIC LIBRARY PROJECT UPDATE: 7450 SPONSORSHIPS

The goal of CAIR's library project is to send accurate and objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

For only $150, Muslim individuals and groups may sponsor 18-item 
packages 
about Islam and Muslims, which are then distributed to the library of 
their 
choice.

To sponsor a library call, 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320, or visit: 
www.libraryproject.org.

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CAIR-SFBA RECEIVES CIRCLE OF FRIENDS AWARD FROM NAACP
http://www.sanjosenaacp.org/events.html

On Saturday, May 1, the San Jose chapter of the NAACP celebrated the 
50th 
Anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education in their 52nd Annual 
Freedom 
and Friendship Gala. For the past century, the Bay Area's NAACP has 
been 
providing strong leadership in ensuring civil rights for everyone. The 
NAACP, America's oldest and largest civil rights organization, has time 
and 
time again demonstrated their ability to endure through countless 
trials 
and tribulations.

Today, American Muslims stand in solidarity with the African American 
community. In building bridges of unity and understanding, the 
NAACP/San 
Jose chapter paid tribute to the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of CAIR 
(CAIR-SFBA) with a Circle of Friends Award. The NAACP award recognizes 
and 
honors CAIR's commitment to building a better community for all people. 
This is one of many efforts between the two organizations to not only 
encourage but strengthen the bonds of inter-community relations.

CONTACT: CAIR-SFBA, 408-986-9874, nocal@cair.com

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NY MUSLIM UNITY FORUM

*Muslim Participation In American Society
*Immigrant Employment Rights
*Citizenship and Naturalization
*Your Right to City Services
Health * Education * Public Safety * Social Services

WHEN: May 13, 2004, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Muslim American Society, 1933 Bath Avenue - Brooklyn, NY

LIGHT REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

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SPONSORS:

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
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Islamic Society of the New York City Fire Department
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The Arab-American Family Support Center
Council on American Islamic Relations - NY

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THE HOLY RIVAL ROLLER
John Hult, Rocky Mountain Bullhorn, 5/7/04
http://www.rockymountainbullhorn.com/Week_35_2004/Music.html

"Islam is not dogmatic," Minneapolis rapper and dedicated Muslim 
Brother 
Ali says from a cell phone in Los Angeles.

On the surface, that may sound strange. The Islamic faithful are called 
upon to follow five distinct pillars: submission to God, charity, 
fasting, 
a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca and five daily prayers. The 
fasting 
and charity (Zikat) happen during the month of Ramadan; the prayers are 
generally said at the same time each day and usually use the same 
words.

Ali, like many Muslims, is happy to explain that it isn't that simple.

"Muslims do not eat pork, but it says in the Qur'an that if you're in a 
situation where your life depends on it, then do it-don't die," Ali 
says.

As far as fasting goes, pregnant women, the elderly, young children and 
the 
ill don't fast. When he's on tour, he catches up on days when he 
couldn't 
fast throughout the year.

"Every single one of those things is in the same verse. God didn't do 
this 
to put a burden on you," he says.

On the surface, it would seem just as easy to put Brother Ali the 
rapper 
into a box as it is to wrap Islam in a simple package. But the newest 
star 
on Atmosphere's Minneapolis-based Rhymesayers label is harder to pin 
down 
than he ought to be...

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THE ISLAMICALLY CORRECT TEST-TUBE BABY
Julia C. Keller, Beliefnet.com, 5/7/04
http://www.beliefnet.com/story/145/story_14537_1.html

Though the President's Council on Bioethics is just beginning to 
reevaluate 
infertility techniques in the United States, scientists and clerics in 
the 
Middle East have been on top of the issue ever since the first 
"test-tube" 
baby was born 25 years ago.

At the annual meeting for the American Association for the Advancement 
of 
Science in Seattle, Marcia Inhorn, a medical anthropologist from the 
University of Michigan, described how, in Middle Eastern countries, 
religious edicts (fatwas) rule the reproductive lives of Shiite and 
Sunni 
Muslim couples who, she said, literally want to make their "test-tube 
babies in a religiously correct fashion."

In the conference's topical lecture series, Inhorn, also the director 
of 
the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, discussed how 
Islamic religious beliefs strictly outline reproductive dos and don'ts, 
especially when it comes to in vitro fertilization, or IVF.

Not long after the birth of Louise Brown, the first baby born using IVF 
technology, the Grand Sheikh of Egypt's Al-Azhar University issued the 
first fatwa concerning assisted reproductive technology. Inhorn said 
the 
fatwa issued in 1980 "has proved to be truly authoritative and enduring 
in 
all its main points for most of the Middle Eastern region."

Dr. Gamal Serour, joint founder of Egypt's first IVF clinic that opened 
in 
1986, outlined the importance of infertility techniques in an e-mail. 
"This 
technology has been so integral in the Middle East," he wrote. 
"Procreation 
and continuity of human life is considered of great importance to the 
people living in the area."

However, the technology was strictly regulated. Essentially, Inhorn 
said in 
an interview, the fatwa stated: "IVF was OK to do as long as you were 
using 
gametes from husband and wife and the embryos were transferred back to 
the 
same wife..."

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OFFICER ACCUSED OF DETAINEE MISTREATMENT WAS IMPLICATED IN 1997 
'BADFELLAS' 
SCANDAL
Associated Press, 5/7/04
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-ny--attacks-detainees0507may06,0,6458418.story

NEW YORK - A correction officer implicated in the alleged abuse of 
Muslim 
detainees at a Brooklyn federal prison was also named in a 1997 scandal 
that authorities called the worst corruption case in U.S. prison 
history.

Raymond Cotton was named in a federal lawsuit filed Monday by two 
Muslim 
men, Ehab Elmaghraby and Javaid Iqdal, who said they were abused by him 
and 
other officers while they were detained at the Metropolitan Detention 
Center after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

The lawsuit alleges that Cotton denied detainees medical care and phone 
calls; in one case, it charges, he "willfully and maliciously pushed a 
pencil into Mr. Elmaghraby's anal cavity" during a strip search, The 
New 
York Times reported Friday.

Cotton, a 15-year employee of the federal system, was named in 1997 
along 
with two reputed associates of the Luchese crime family and three 
inmates 
in a Justice Department complaint resulting from an operation dubbed 
'Badfellas.'

Cotton was accused of giving organized crime inmates warnings about 
prison 
searches, helping them hide contraband he had brought them, and hiding 
Italian hero sandwiches, pasta, olive oil and garlic in his office. He 
denied the charges.

The lead investigator in that case, Stephen Grogan, now retired, wrote 
a 
70-page report implicating Cotton in corruption, the Times said...

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MUSLIM GROUP QUESTIONS DENIAL OF VISA OVER HEAD SCARF
Associated Press, 5/7/04
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2004/5/7/latest/17270Muslimgro&sec=latest

HOUSTON - The Houston office of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
challenged France's denial of a visa to a Bangladeshi Muslim woman 
because 
she refused to remove her head scarf to have her photograph taken.

On Monday the woman reported that she was unable to attend a business 
conference in Paris over the weekend because the French Consulate in 
Houston wouldn't let her wear her Islamic head scarf in her visa 
photograph.

"This policy would in effect ban any Muslim woman who wears Islamic 
attire 
from entering France for any reason,'' Najat Elsayed, spokeswoman for 
the 
Houston chapter of the council, said Thursday.

Veronique Lhemenn, spokeswoman for the French Consulate in Houston, 
said 
French law forbids any attire from obscuring the view of a person in a 
photograph for a visa.

The law applies to all visa applicants of any religion, she said.

France recently banned religious apparel, including Muslim head 
scarves, 
from being worn in its public schools, a controversial decision that 
the 
French government said was aimed at safeguarding the country's 
secularism.

ALSO SEE:

FRENCH DENY MUSLIM VISA OVER SCARF RULE
Edward Hegstrom, Houston Chronicle, 5/7/04
http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/2554668

As a devout Muslim and international businesswoman, Nashida Subhi has 
worn 
her head scarf into corporate offices around the world.

But now she has learned she will no longer be welcome in France unless 
she 
takes her scarf off for a photograph.

The French Consulate in Houston recently denied Subhi's request for a 
visa 
to visit the country on business, she said. Subhi was told that French 
regulations require her to bare her head for an identifying photograph 
-- 
something she is not willing to do. A representative of the French 
Consulate could not be reached for comment Thursday evening.

But the consulate told the Associated Press French law forbids anyone 
from 
wearing anything that obscures the view of the head in a visa photo.

France, a country with an estimated 5 million Muslims, recently passed 
a 
controversial law forbidding Muslim girls from wearing head scarves in 
public schools. French President Jacques Chirac has argued that Muslims 
need to accept that France is a secular society.

Subhi said she found it perplexing that she would be required to take 
her 
scarf off for a photo. Her religion forbids her from being seen in 
public 
without a scarf covering her hair...

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MORE PHOTOS, VIDEOS IN IRAQ ABUSE SCANDAL-RUMSFELD
Reuters, 5/7/04

WASHINGTON, May 7 (Reuters) - The abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib prison 
includes more photographs and videos that are potentially worse than 
the 
photos shown around the world of smiling American soldiers next to 
naked 
Iraqi prisoners in humiliating positions, U.S. officials said on 
Friday.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, at a Senate Armed Services Committee 
hearing, said there were many more photos and videotapes that had not 
been 
published showing cruel and sadistic acts by U.S. personnel.

"I've said today that there are a lot more photographs and videos that 
exist. If these are released to the public, obviously it's going to 
make 
matters worse. That's just a fact," Rumsfeld said…

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CAIR REP DISCUSSES ARAB SENTIMENT ABOUT IRAQI ABUSE SCANDAL
CNBC Capitol Report, 5/6/04
http://moneycentral.msn.com/content/CNBCTV/TV_Info/P10094.asp

ALAN MURRAY, co-host: Welcome back to CAPITAL REPORT.

The photos of Iraqi prisoners abused by US soldiers have elicited lots 
of 
emotional responses from Americans. But is the Arab world reacting, and 
how? Joining me now are Raghida Dergham, correspondent for the Arabic 
newspaper Al-Hayat and, in Washington, Nihad Awad from the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations.

Thank you both for being with me. Raghida, let me start with you. The 
president apologized today. Does that soften the blow at all in the 
Arab 
world?...

MURRAY: Yeah. Nihad Awad, what do you think? The apology--does that 
help?

Mr. NIHAD AWAD - It does help, but I think the Arab world is looking 
for 
action, not just words. And let's remember that the image of the United 
States does not depend only on one action. The unlimited support of the 
United States to the state of Israel, the failure so far on the Iraqi 
arena 
and also what they know about even the situation of Muslims in America 
and 
the anti-Muslim hate speech that's on the right, all these together 
make 
the US image in the mind of Muslims and Arabs abroad...

MURRAY: Mr. Awad, the pictures first appeared in the media. But the 
criminal investigations began in January, not long after the acts were 
committed. So there was a full criminal investigation going on. The 
pictures are now being aired. You have the Congress of the United 
States 
clearly upset, calling Mr. Rumsfeld on the carpet. Doesn't that suggest 
to 
anyone in the Arab world indications of a society that's willing to try 
and 
clean up its dirty laundry?

Mr. AWAD: Exactly, and that's why a lot of expectations are there in an 
American democracy that with responsibility, there's accountability, 
including but not limited to resignation or reprimand of the highest 
leadership.

MURRAY: So you think it would help to see heads roll, for somebody to 
resign, be fired, to take the responsibility?

Mr. AWAD: Well, they would like to see that nobody is immune from 
accountability, including Rumsfeld and his top advisers...

ALSO SEE:

RUSH: MPS JUST 'BLOWING OFF STEAM'
Dick Meyer, CBS News, 5/6/04
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/05/06/opinion/meyer/main616021.shtml

WASHINGTON - There is one proud and satisfied place where the pictures 
and 
accounts of the abuse endured by some prisoners at Abu Ghraib cause no 
consternation and no outrage: Rush Limbaugh's America, pop. 20 million.

Here's Rush's take, from his Website:

"I'm sorry, folks. I'm sorry. Somebody has to provide a little levity 
here. 
This is not as serious as everybody is making it out to be. My gosh, 
we're 
all wringing our hands here. We act like, 'Okay let's just die,' you 
know? 
'Let's just give up. What can we do to make these people feel better? 
Let's 
just pull out of there, and let's just go. Let's just become a neutral 
country. Let's just do that.' I mean, it's ridiculous. It's outrageous 
what's happening here, and it's not -- and it's not because I'm out of 
touch; it's because I am in touch, folks, that I can understand. This 
is a 
pure, media-generated story. I'm not saying it didn't happen; I'm [not] 
saying the pictures aren't there, but this is being given more life 
than 
the Waco invasion got. This is being given more life than almost -- 
it's 
almost become an Oklahoma City-type thing. One more Bush sound bite, 
and 
the president continued explaining how real democracy works here."

Here's Rush's sociological evaluation of what really happened at Abu 
Ghraib, as quoted in a piece in The New Republic on Limbaughism:

"This is no different than what happens at the Skull and Bones 
initiation, 
and we're going to ruin people's lives over it, and we're going to 
hamper 
our military effort, and then we are going to really hammer them 
because 
they had a good time. You know, these people are being fired at every 
day. 
I'm talking about people having a good time, these people, you ever 
heard 
of emotional release? You [ever] heard of need to blow some steam off?"

Now, don't you feel like a dopey dittohead for letting a little 
outbreak of 
prisoner sadism bug you? These were just boys and girls blowing off 
steam 
during a stressful situation. Let's not make an international incident 
out 
of it, for crying out loud...

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DONALD RUMSFELD SHOULD GO
New York Times, 5/7/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/07/opinion/07FRI1.html

There was a moment about a year ago, in the days of "Mission 
Accomplished," 
when Donald Rumsfeld looked like a brilliant tactician. American troops 
- 
the lean, mean fighting machine Mr. Rumsfeld assembled - swept into 
Baghdad 
with a speed that surprised even the most optimistic hawks. It was 
crystal 
clear that the Defense Department, not State and certainly not the 
United 
Nations, would control the start of nation-building. Mr. Rumsfeld, with 
his 
steely grin and tell-it-like-it-is press conferences, was the closest 
thing 
to a rock star the Bush cabinet would ever see.

That was then.

It is time now for Mr. Rumsfeld to go, and not only because he bears 
personal responsibility for the scandal of Abu Ghraib. That would 
certainly 
have been enough. The United States has been humiliated to a point 
where 
government officials could not release this year's international human 
rights report this week for fear of being scoffed at by the rest of the 
world. The reputation of its brave soldiers has been tarred, and the 
job of 
its diplomats made immeasurably harder because members of the American 
military tortured and humiliated Arab prisoners in ways guaranteed to 
inflame Muslim hearts everywhere. And this abuse was not an isolated 
event, 
as we know now and as Mr. Rumsfeld should have known, given the flood 
of 
complaints and reports directed to his office over the last year...

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PELOSI CALLS ON DEFENSE SECRETARY RUMSFELD TO RESIGN
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, 5/6/04
http://democraticleader.house.gov

Washington, D.C. - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the 
following statement today calling for the resignation of Secretary of 
Defense Donald Rumsfeld:

"Secretary Rumsfeld's leadership of the Pentagon has unnecessarily 
jeopardized the safety of American troops, and it has seriously 
undermined 
our ability to prosecute the war on terrorism.  He has been dismissive 
of 
international law, of world opinion, and of the Congress.  The Pentagon 
Secretary Rumsfeld oversees has become an island of unaccountability, 
ignoring the Geneva Conventions, our allies, and common sense.

"Most recently, under Secretary Rumsfeld's leadership, Iraqi prisoners 
have 
been abused by U.S. soldiers and possibly by civilian contractors.  
These 
abuses -- which have perhaps irreparably undermined our standing in the 
Arab world and have indisputably set back the war on terrorism -- 
occurred 
because soldiers were put in situations they were not trained for and 
because they did not have proper supervision.

"Secretary Rumsfeld has known about these incidents for months and has 
intentionally withheld them from the Congress.  He must be held 
responsible 
for any cover-up.  Secretary Rumsfeld says that he still has not read 
the 
report into the abuses, confirming that stopping them is simply not a 
top 
priority for him.  The sad fact is that the abuses could have been 
prevented with proper leadership at the top of the chain of command.

"The Iraq war was planned and conducted by the Department of Defense.  
The 
DOD insisted on managing postwar Iraq and has failed miserably thus far 
at 
bringing security and stability to that country because of its failure 
to 
plan adequately.  As a result, our troops still do not have the crucial 
equipment and training they need.  Tragically, up to 25 percent of 
casualties in Iraq could have been prevented if our troops had been 
properly equipped, according to a recent report commissioned by 
Secretary 
Rumsfeld's own Pentagon.

"Secretary Rumsfeld has been and is in denial about Iraq.  Today, U.S. 
soldiers are suffering great casualties and injuries, and American 
taxpayers are paying an enormous price because Donald Rumsfeld has done 
a 
poor job as Secretary of Defense.  Secretary Rumsfeld must resign."

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THE MILITARY ARCHIPELAGO
New York Times, 5/7/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/07/opinion/07FRI2.html

The road to Abu Ghraib began, in some ways, in 2002 at Guantánamo Bay. 
It 
was there that the Bush administration began building up a worldwide 
military detention system, deliberately located on bases outside 
American 
soil and sheltered from public visibility and judicial review. The 
administration shunned the scrutiny of independent rights monitors like 
Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. It presumed that 
suspected 
agents of terrorism did not deserve normal legal protections, and it 
presumed that American officials could always tell a terrorist from an 
innocent bystander.

So far as we know, the psycho-sexual humiliations that military jailers 
inflicted on Iraqi detainees last year at Abu Ghraib have no parallels 
in 
American-run prisons elsewhere. Nevertheless, accounts from former 
prisoners at other military detention sites - including smaller holding 
centers in Iraq, the main Afghan prison at Bagram Air Base near Kabul, 
and 
Guantánamo itself - suggest there has been systemic, gratuitous 
brutality 
against people who in many cases are not clearly guilty of any crimes. 
In 
one chilling indication of the extent of the problem, the Pentagon said 
this week that 25 Iraqi and Afghan war detainees had died in American 
custody in the past 17 months.

The interrogation and detention methods that the Pentagon acknowledges 
having regularly used include forms of physical and psychological abuse 
that violate American values, international standards of human dignity 
and 
the lawful rules of war. These include sleep deprivation and forcing 
prisoners' bodies into "stress positions" for hours at a time. Until 
recently, detainees were commonly interrogated with hoods over their 
heads. 
Stripping them naked was permitted so long as a general signed off on 
the 
request. Judging from the photos, that wasn't much of a barrier.

Accounts of sickening abuses have been published in the pages of this 
and 
other newspapers for months, largely based on the testimony of 
detainees 
who were ultimately found to pose no threat and were released. 
Reputable 
international human rights groups have issued reports pointing to 
unacceptable treatment of detainees.

President Bush said he had been kept in the dark about the pictures of 
the 
Abu Ghraib abuse until they were broadcast on CBS last week. But if Mr. 
Bush was unaware, it was only of the fact that there were pictures. We 
now 
know that that he and senior administration officials were told months 
ago 
of concerns about the severe mistreatment of detainees in Iraq. The 
administration has shown little interest in addressing these problems, 
and 
there has been little political will elsewhere to pressure the Pentagon 
to 
clean up its act. That must now change...

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ABUSE PHOTOS UNDERMINE BUSH'S RELIGIOUS RHETORIC
Don Lattin, San Francisco Chronicle, 5/7/04
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/05/07/MNGV66H4IU1.DTL

The abuse of Iraqi prisoners by some U.S. soldiers points to the danger 
of 
President Bush describing the occupation of Iraq and the war on terror 
as 
battles between forces of good and the "evildoers" of the world, 
religious 
leaders say.

Even before compromising photos of nude and hooded prisoners surfaced 
in 
the news media, some mainline Protestant and American Muslim leaders 
had 
criticized the president for a series of speeches that appeared to say 
that 
God was on the side of America.

"We question that kind of theology -- putting 'good' on us and 'evil' 
on 
the other," said Antonios Kireopoulous, the associate general secretary 
for 
international affairs at the National Council of Churches, the major 
ecumenical agency in the United States.

"Seeing these photos of prisoner abuse puts the lie to that," he said 
in an 
interview Thursday. "It shows the crack in that kind of thinking."

In his remarks Thursday marking the annual National Day of Prayer, 
President Bush showed new caution in his use of religious language. 
"God is 
not on the side of any nation," he said during the White House 
gathering.

"He finds his children within every culture and every tribe," the 
president 
added...

The most controversial comments about God's role in the Iraq war have 
come 
from Army Lt. Gen. William Boykin, the president's deputy 
undersecretary 
for intelligence.

Referring to an encounter he had with a Muslim general in Somalia, 
Boykin 
said, "I knew that my God was a real God, and his was an idol."

As for the war on terror, the general told a church group, "We are an 
army 
of God raised up for such a time as this."

The comments offended many Muslims, including Helal Omeira, the 
Northern 
California director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Omeira also has been shocked by the abusive photos coming out of Iraq 
in 
the past week, but has urged his fellow Muslims not to overreact.

"Blaming Americans for the actions of a few soldiers," he said, "is the 
same as blaming all Muslims for 9/11..."

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DETAINEES' ABUSE CALLED ILLEGAL, IMMORAL
Amy Driscoll and Danile de Vise, Miami Herald, 5/6/04
http://www.centredaily.com/mld/centredaily/news/world/8604609.htm

Iraqi detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison don't fall under the rules 
that 
apply to prisoners of war, but the abuse from U.S. troops still 
violates 
the most basic rules of international law and military engagement, 
experts 
said Wednesday.

''This stuff crossed the line -- it's both immoral and illegal,'' said 
Robert K. Goldman, professor of law at American University in 
Washington, D.C.

''If these are peaceable civilians -- and I understand most of them are 
-- 
they are entitled to protection under the Geneva Conventions,'' he 
said. 
''Even if they were part of the resistance, they are protected. You 
can't 
beat them up, you can't humiliate them. You're not supposed to torture, 
no 
matter what.''

Labeled Wednesday as ''abhorrent'' by President Bush, treatment of the 
prisoners became the subject of international outrage after the first 
pictures of the abuse surfaced a week ago. The photos, showing American 
GIs 
grinning over nude prisoners, sparked calls for a Senate resolution to 
condemn the abuses...

Ahmed allows that this violation of Muslim and Arab standards by the 
American soldiers may have resulted from ''gross ignorance or prejudice 
or 
stupidity.'' But the more common view, among several Islamic scholars 
interviewed Wednesday, was that the soldiers and their overseers knew 
the 
symbolic meaning of the sexual acts and meant to exploit it, presumably 
to 
''break'' the captives so that they would talk.

''American soldiers are well-versed,'' said Altaf Ali, Florida 
spokesman 
for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. ''They are well-trained. 
They have been in Iraq for over a year now. They understand the Muslim 
religion...''

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IRAQI-AMERICANS, SPLIT ON PROSPECTS, SEE LITTLE PROGRESS BACK HOME
John M. Broder, New York Times, 5/7/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/07/national/07VOIC.html

ALHAMBRA, Calif. - The pictures of American troops sexually humiliating 
and 
physically abusing Iraqi prisoners at a Baghdad prison left Hanaa 
al-Wardi 
shaking in fury and disgust.

Mrs. al-Wardi, a microbiologist and artist who left Iraq in the early 
1970's and now lives in Southern California, said she held President 
Bush 
to blame not only for the horrors at Abu Ghraib prison, but also for 
the 
failure to restore stability and basic services in Iraq, where many of 
her 
relatives live. She wishes the same humiliation on the president that 
was 
visited upon the Iraqi prisoners.

"The only way this feeling is going to be calmed is when I see Bush, 
Cheney 
and Wolfowitz naked with bags on their heads," she said. "You might 
think 
this is really harsh, but they deserve it. To treat the Iraqi people as 
totally subhuman, that's not right. Especially if you go in on the 
pretext 
that you are going to liberate them, give them a better life, give them 
freedom."

Mrs. al-Wardi, one of an estimated 50,000 Iraqis in the United States, 
is 
not alone in her anger and revulsion. Even some who supported the war 
and 
still hope the occupation can lead to a free and democratic Iraq share 
her 
views. Interviews with a dozen Iraqi-Americans in Los Angeles and 
Detroit, 
two of the nation's largest Iraqi emigre communities, show a split on 
long-range prospects for Iraq. But there was virtual unanimity among 
those 
interviewed that the Bush administration had badly botched the job 
since 
the fall of Baghdad a little more than a year ago...

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PAPER PRINTS MORE CLAIMS OF PRISONER ABUSE
Beth Gardiner, Associated Press, 5/7/04
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4063666,00.html

LONDON - In the latest report of abuse of Iraqi prisoners, a tabloid 
newspaper said Friday that British soldiers punched and kicked Iraqi 
prisoners and one corporal poked a detainee's eyes until the man 
screamed.

The Daily Mirror quoted an unidentified British soldier as saying he 
saw 
four brutal beatings of prisoners during his deployment in southern 
Iraq. 
The man reportedly said British troops regularly placed sandbags over 
captives' heads and hit their faces, and that officers sanctioned such 
actions.

British authorities are investigating photos published in the Daily 
Mirror 
last week allegedly showing British soldiers threatening and urinating 
on 
prisoners in Iraq. The authenticity of those photographs has been 
questioned, but the newspaper insists they are genuine.

Those photos come amid a major scandal over photos of U.S. troops 
tormenting and humiliating their prisoners at the notorious Abu Ghraib 
prison outside Baghdad.

The Ministry of Defense said Thursday that it was questioning the man, 
whom 
the Daily Mirror identified only as ``Soldier C...''

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RED CROSS SAW "WIDESPREAD ABUSE" IN IRAQ-WSJ
Reuters, 5/7/04
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5073940

GENEVA - The Red Cross discovered "serious violations" of the rights of 
Iraqi prisoners, with abuse so widespread it may be considered to have 
been 
tolerated by the U.S.-led coalition, the Wall Street Journal said on 
Friday.

In a confidential 24-page document, which was seen by the financial 
newspaper, the International Committee of the Red Cross said treatment 
in 
some cases was "tantamount to torture," particularly when interrogators 
were seeking information or confessions.

An official at the Geneva-based ICRC said the document, covering the 
period 
March-November 2003, was genuine, adding that the leak was a "major 
breakdown in confidentiality."

In a rare break with its normal practice, the ICRC said that it would 
release the full text at a 1400 GMT news conference.

The use of ill-treatment "went beyond exceptional cases and might be 
considered a practice tolerated" by coalition forces, the newspaper 
quoted 
the ICRC as saying.

That differs sharply from the view of senior officials in the 
administration of U.S. President George W. Bush that military 
higher-ups 
had not condoned abuse, the newspaper said.

In the report, the ICRC said prisoners at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison 
were 
held in empty cells naked and beaten by soldiers. Three former military 
policemen at the prison told Reuters on Thursday that abuse was 
commonplace.

The aid group also said coalition forces fired on unarmed prisoners 
from 
watchtowers and killed some of them, as well as committing "serious 
violations" of the Geneva Conventions governing treatment of war 
prisoners, 
the Journal said...

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SOLDIERS BACK IN U.S. TELL OF MORE IRAQ ABUSES
Adam Tanner, Reuters, 5/6/04
http://www.maconareaonline.com/news.asp?id=6761

ANTIOCH, California - Three U.S. military policemen who served at 
Baghdad's 
Abu Ghraib prison said on Thursday they had witnessed unreported cases 
of 
prisoner abuse and that the practice against Iraqis was commonplace.

"It is a common thing to abuse prisoners," said Sgt. Mike Sindar, 25, 
of 
the Army National Guard's 870th Military Police Company based in the 
San 
Francisco Bay area. "I saw beatings all the time.

"A lot of people had so much pent-up anger, so much aggression," he 
said. 
Sindar and the other military policemen, who have returned to 
California 
from Iraq, spoke in interviews with Reuters.

U.S. treatment of Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib has stirred wide 
international condemnation after the publication of photos in recent 
days 
showing Americans sexually humiliating prisoners. Six soldiers in Iraq 
have 
been charged in the case and President George W. Bush apologized 
publicly 
on Thursday.

Although public attention has focused on the dehumanizing photos, some 
members of the 870th MP unit say the faces in those images were not the 
only ones engaged in cruel behavior.

"It was not just these six people," said Sindar, the group's nuclear, 
biological and chemical weapons specialist. "Yes, the beatings happen, 
yes, 
all the time..."

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PRISONER ABUSE ASSAULTS MUSLIM VALUES
Mark O'Keefe, Newhouse News Service, 5/7/04
http://www.nola.com/news/t-p/index.ssf?/base/news-0/1083922320105080.xml

As soon as Ingrid Mattson saw the photo of the smiling American woman 
soldier pointing at the genitals of a hooded, naked Iraqi prisoner, she 
knew it would touch a deep, inner chord in Muslims, no matter where 
they were.

That image and others like it assault on a visceral level core Islamic 
values such as modesty and dignity while evoking feelings of 
humiliation 
that non-Muslims may not fully understand, according to Mattson and 
other 
scholars of Islam.

"This is definitely symbolic," said Mattson, a professor of Islamic 
studies 
at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut. "This soldier is symbolic of 
American 
force and the prisoner is symbolic of Muslim peoples. For the broader 
Muslim public, this will be a symbol of the subjugation and rape of 
Muslim 
lands."

"That picture will become the recruiting poster of radicals trying to 
attack the West," said Akbar Ahmed, a professor of Islamic studies at 
American University in Washington, D.C. "If Osama bin Laden had come to 
Madison Avenue and asked for an advertising image to help him recruit, 
this 
would be it."

In the United States, the full power of the images are only beginning 
to be 
realized, said Ahmed, an anthropologist trained in semiotics, the study 
of 
signs and symbols, and author of "Islam Under Siege: Living Dangerously 
in 
a Post-Honor World..."

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CRESCENT CONCERNS: PROBLEMS FOR MUSLIMS IN AMERICA
Economist, 5/6/04
http://www.economist.com/

AMID all the accusations about America's human-rights record in Iraq 
and 
Guantánamo Bay, defenders of the administration have often pointed to 
the 
general lack of discrimination against Muslims at home. After September 
11th, George Bush went out of his way to defend American Muslims. Yet 
complaints about harassment and discrimination in America are growing.

The latest evidence comes from the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR). Last year, that civil-rights group received 1,019 "credible" 
reports of anti-Muslim discrimination-compared with just 602 in 2002. 
The 
incidents, detailed in a report released this week, range from 
religious 
slurs and refusals by schools and employers to allow women to wear the 
hejab headscarf, to people vandalizing mosques and physical attacks on 
Muslims. A third of the complaints cited government agencies, such as 
the 
police, as the offending party, and almost a quarter of the reports 
came 
from California.

The increase is partly due to CAIR's expanded monitoring of such 
complaints. But Mohamed Nimer, the organization's research director, 
thinks 
the rise is largely attributable to other factors, including the war in 
Iraq and anti-Muslim rhetoric, particularly from the religious right 
and on 
talk radio. The report also criticizes the USA Patriot Act, the Bush 
administration's main anti-terrorism law, which many Muslims claim is 
discriminatory...

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DEMOCRACY IS NO CURE-ALL, AND CAN'T BE IMPOSED BY FORCE
Gamal Solaiman, Ottawa Citizen, 5/7/04
http://www.canada.com/ottawa/ottawacitizen/index.html

In a recent column ("East is East," April 25), David Warren asked for a 
"well-informed imam" to buttress several points he has raised in his 
premise that democracy and Islam are at loggerheads. I shall try to do 
the 
best I can.

While I do not possess the broad and in-depth knowledge that Mr. Warren 
has 
attained and expresses well in his columns of late about Islam, I can 
only 
explain my narrow parochial view gained through researching my 
doctorate in 
Islamic jurisprudence at the University of Exeter in England.

The Islamic court system is what Mr. Warren thinks is a stumbling block 
to 
democracy in the Muslim World. Shariah has its roots in the Covenant 
Patriarch Abraham made with God. Even the word Canon is derived from 
the 
Arabic word for law, Qanun.

Shariah, the law, is inherent principles of Islam and should not be 
confused with Fiqh, the Islamic jurisprudence or the humane application 
of 
Shariah justice -- no eye for an eye in Islam. If a starving person 
steals 
to quell pangs of hunger, he or she cannot be punished under Fiqh.

If Shariah were that bad, why then in some Muslim countries do minority 
Christians opt for it as being fairer than a civil code available to 
them 
exclusively for relief and redress?

Contrarily, the premise that Muslims cannot accept non-Muslim civil 
authority is also erroneous. There are more than 60 million Muslims in 
China, and 150 million in India where some hold high positions in 
politics, 
government and the military, unlike in the democratic West...

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A LOOK AT ISLAM'S PAST FOR BRIGHTER FUTURE
Claude Salhani, United Press International, 5/7/04

WASHINGTON- At a time of great turmoil in the Arab world, the wives of 
Arab 
ambassadors in Washington have undertaken an offensive of culture and 
charm 
in order to project a more positive image of their turbulent part of 
the world.

Before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, most Americans knew very little of 
the 
Arab world. After the terrorist attacks of 9/11, they got to know 
mostly 
its negative side. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as the 
continuing war on terrorism and its repercussions both in the United 
States 
and abroad did not much help Arab-American or Muslim-American 
relations.

The Arab ambassadors' wives would now like to try and change that 
downbeat 
view of the Arab world by promoting a month-long series of cultural 
activities, showing a very different face of Islam and the Middle East 
to 
America. The ladies make it very clear, however, that they want to stay 
away from politics, focusing purely on the cultural aspect of the 
event. 
With a smile, they say they want to leave the politics to their 
husbands, 
the ambassadors.

Drawing on past history of Islam's golden era of Al-Andalus, which 
thrived 
in Moorish Spain from the 8th to the 15th century, the Arab 
ambassadors' 
wives want to show how the three Abrahamic faiths -- Judaism, 
Christianity 
and Islam -- that once lived in peace, can again "live together and 
coexist 
in perfect harmony," explains Nermin Fahmy, the wife of the Egyptian 
ambassador.

The Andalus period was a time of great Islamic learning, culture, and 
trade 
between Muslims and the Judeo-Christian West. "This is part of our 
history 
which is overlooked," explains Fahmi. "Coexistence and tolerance are 
always 
beneficial," chimes in Rim Abboud, the Lebanese Ambassador's spouse.

In fact, the Mosaic Foundation, a non-profit group run by the Arab 
diplomatic women, chose to name this year's month-long festival 
"Al-Andalus," after that golden age of peaceful coexistence. The event 
will 
include an exhibit titled "Caliphs and Kings: The Art and Influence of 
Islamic Spain," which will run at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in 
Washington. It will bring for the first time to Washington nearly 90 
objects from the collection of the Hispanic Society of America in New 
York. 
This exhibit will run from May 8-17.

The festival will include, among other events, a one-day symposium -- 
on 
May 13 -- at the Center for Muslim Christian Understanding at 
Georgetown 
University's Intercultural Center Auditorium that will explore Muslim, 
Christian and Jewish relations during the Andalus period of Spain...

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CA: SPEAKER DISCUSSES ISLAM VALUES
Mary Weston, Mercury Register, 5/7/04
http://www.orovillemr.com/Stories/0,1413,157~26686~2133113,00.html

After 9/11, Rabina Khan wanted to tell people the values of Islam 
aren't 
always what you hear in the news.

"Sometimes people use Islam to vent their own angers," Khan said.

Khan said the prophet Mohammed prohibited killing women, children and 
workers during wars or attacks. "We condemn what happened in 9/11."

However, groups such as the Taliban and Al Qaeda twist the 
interpretations 
of the Koran, she said.

A representative of the American Moslem alliance of Northern 
California, 
Khan spoke of Islam traditions toward women at a Sons of Retirement 
luncheon Thursday.

Khan was driving home with her son after 9/11, when a person on the 
radio 
said all Muslims should be wiped out, so there could be world peace.

"My son's jaw dropped," Khan said. He asked her to take him to Barnes & 
Noble where he looked for books on Islam. After reading about the 
religion, 
he told his mom she should help people understand the religion since 
she 
was involved in politics and other groups...

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THOUSANDS OF MUSLIMS FLEE NIGERIA TOWN AFTER ATTACK
Tume Ahemba, Reuters, 5/7/04
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5074881

LAFIA, Nigeria - Thousands of Nigerian Muslims fled the town of Yelwa 
Friday after an attack by Christian militia killed hundreds of their 
townsfolk Sunday.

Dirty and exhausted, the refugees sought police escorts to take them to 
neighboring Bauchi and Nassarawa states fearing that Christians in 
surrounding villages would try to kill them as they left, a Red Cross 
worker said.

"Thousands of displaced people have crossed into Bauchi from Yelwa and 
the 
surrounding area," said Umar Mairiga, who led a Red Cross team to the 
area 
Thursday.

"They are using police escorts to take them out of the area completely 
because militant Christians have mounted roadblocks on the roads," he 
added.

The origin of the conflict between the Christian Tarok and the Muslim 
Fulani is rooted in their competing claims over the fertile farmlands 
of 
Plateau state in central Nigeria.

But it has been stoked religious hatred and the sense among the 
Christian 
population that Muslims are outsiders in Plateau.

Survivors of the Yelwa massacre said they had buried 630 corpses in 
several 
mass graves around the remote market town after Sunday's attack. It was 
not 
possible to confirm the figure independently, but a senior policeman 
spoke 
of "hundreds" dead.

Presidential spokeswoman Remi Oyo said 630 dead was an exaggeration, 
but 
offered no further information.

The Yelwa attack was the latest in a three-month-long conflict between 
Muslim and Christian groups vying for control of Plateau state.

Before Sunday, the fighting had already killed at least 350 people on 
both 
sides, according to witnesses, military and Red Cross sources. The 
government routinely does not confirm death tolls in religious fighting 
for 
fear of reprisal attacks by those sympathetic to the victims.

Nigeria's population of 130 million is split roughly equally between 
Muslims and Christians...

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U.S. CHURCH LEADERS PRESS PRESIDENT BUSH ON PROBLEMS FACING HOLY LAND
CHRISTIANS
US Newswire, 5/7/04
http://www.usnewswire.com

WASHINGTON - Fifty leaders of evangelical and mainline Protestant, 
Catholic, and Orthodox churches and church-related organizations in the 
U.S. today delivered a letter to President Bush asking for a full 
understanding of "the crisis in the Holy Land confronting Christian 
Palestinians, Christian institutions, and those who wish to visit the 
birthplace of Christianity."

Stating that the "churches have directed their concerns to the Israeli 
government but to little avail," the church leaders appealed for the 
President's intervention to help restore the normal functioning of
Christian institutions in Israel and the Occupied Territories and 
claimed 
that "it is generally acknowledged that relations of the churches and 
these 
institutions with the Israeli government may be the worst they have 
ever been."

The letter addressed the church leaders' concerns specifically 
regarding 
the effects of the separation barrier being constructed by Israel, 
taxation 
issues that may force some church institutions to close due to the 
removal 
of their longstanding tax-exempt status, and "the denial and delay of 
visas, by Israel, for clergy and church personnel result(ing) in 
understaffed seminaries, churches, hospitals, education and other 
institutions."

Speaking as one of the diverse group of signers, the Most Rev.  Frank 
T. 
Griswold, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, USA, said, "Our 
churches, hospitals, schools, and other institutions are important 
visible 
expressions of our faith's concern for humanity.  While they serve 
Christians and non-Christians alike, they are also expressions of our 
Christian heritage and its many contributions to the region."

Another signer, Brother Robert Schieler, Provincial for the De  La 
Salle 
Christian Brothers who administer Bethlehem University,  emphasized the 
destructive effects of the separation barrier on  Christian and 
Palestinian 
populations: "Even if the barrier is  intended for security, it has had 
the 
very real effects of  separating students and faculty from their 
classrooms, families  from one another, farmers from their fields, and 
Christian worshippers from their churches."

In the letter to President Bush, the church leaders observe, "We find 
it 
difficult to be assured by your description on April 14 of the barrier 
as 
'temporary' in light of Israel's plans to extend the barrier far beyond 
the 
1967 Green Line, encompassing on the Israeli side those large West Bank 
settlements that you implied would remain part of Israel..."

Contact: Jim Wetekam of the Churches for Middle East Peace,  
202-543-4150 
or jim@cmep.org

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TUTWILER'S MISSION IMPOSSIBLE
Arnaud de Borchgrave, Washington Times, 5/6/04
http://www.washingtontimes.com/commentary/20040506-085117-7996r.htm

Israel's leading newspaper Ha'aretz delivered the knockout punch to the 
Bush administration's image problem when Orit Shohat wrote, under the 
headline "Remember Fallujah," that the U.S. was now guilty of "war 
crimes."

During the first two weeks of April, the Ha'aretz story said, "the 
American 
Army committed war crimes in Fallujah on a scale unprecedented for this 
war. ... The sight of decapitated children, the rows of dead women and 
the 
shocking pictures of the soccer stadium that was turned into a 
temporary 
grave for hundreds of the slain - all were broadcast to the world only 
by 
the Al Jazeera network. During the operation in Fallujah, according to 
the 
organization 'Doctors Without Borders,' U.S. Marines even occupied the 
hospitals and prevented hundreds of the wounded from receiving medical 
treatment. Snipers fired from rooftops at anyone who tried to 
approach."

The article in Israel's equivalent of the New York Times said, "The 
only 
conclusion that has been drawn thus far from the indiscriminate killing 
in 
Fallujah is the expulsion of Al Jazeera from the city. Since the start 
of 
the war, the Americans have persecuted the network's journalists, not 
because they report lies, but because they are virtually the only ones 
who 
manage to report the truth. The Bush administration, in cooperation 
with 
the American media, is trying to hide the sights of war from the world, 
and 
particularly from American voters."

The Israeli news report has been widely circulated in the Arab world - 
and 
denials, however convincing, carry no weight. The coercive utopians in 
Washington, from the neo-cons to the Christian Right, misled, among 
others, 
Ambassador Tutwiler. Exit Queen Tut, as she was fondly known. Her 
mission 
was indeed impossible.

Arnaud de Borchgrave is editor at large of The Washington Times and of 
United Press International.

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HERNDON'S EARTH DAY-ARBOR DAY ANNUAL CELEBRATION

WHAT: Join Al Fatih Academy students at Runnymede Park in Herndon to 
celebrate Earth Day - Arbor Day with the Town of Herndon. Students will 
be 
presenting their plan to clean up Sugarland Run located behind the 
ADAMS 
Center. They will also display models of habitats they built. The 
school 
was invited again this year to be a part of this exciting and important 
event

WHEN: Saturday, May 8 10:00am-2:00pm

WHERE: Runnymede Park - On Herndon Parkway in Herndon

For more info please contact the school at (703) 437-9382 or 
www.alfatih.org

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CAIR: Celebrating 10 years of community service

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 5/9/04

* VERSE OF THE DAY: CHOOSE GOD’S PROTECTION
* CAIR-LA: MUSLIMS FORM AIRMAN HALABI JUSTICE COMMITTEE
* CAIR-SEATTLE: MORE THAN 300 MUSLIMS GATHER FOR BANQUET
	- CAIR-SC: Muslims Still Feel Targeted (The State)
	- CAIR-OHIO: Amina Silmi’s Children Left Behind (Buzz)
* CAIR-DC: DON'T CONDEMN ALL MUSLIMS (Detroit Free Press)
* DC: ART EXHIBIT SHOWS COOPERATION IN MEDIEVAL SPAIN (AP)
	- Islam Thrives In Quebec (Montreal Gazette)
* LA: MUSLIM GROUP SET TO BUILD NEW MOSQUE (Times-Picayune)
	- Halal Alcohol Free Soft Drinks
* PHOTOS SHOW DOG ATTACKING A NAKED IRAQI DETAINEE (DR)
	- Military Confirms Horrific Pictures, Video (Indep)
	- Unit's Role Was To Break Down Prisoners (Wash Post)
	- Pentagon Approved Tougher Interrogations (Wash Post)
	- Perspectives Separated By Miles in Florida (Wash Post)
	- Muslims Were Outraged; So Were Christians (NY Times)

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VERSE OF THE DAY: CHOOSE GOD’S PROTECTION

The parable of those who choose protectors other than God is that of 
the
spider that builds (itself) a dwelling. But truly, the flimsiest of
dwellings is that of the spider.

The Holy Quran, 29:41

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CAIR-LA: MUSLIMS FORM AIRMAN HALABI JUSTICE COMMITTEE
Group aims to raise awareness and legal funds for case

(LOS ANGELES, CA) - A group of concerned American Muslims has announced
formation of the Airman Halabi Justice Committee (AHJC) in response to 
what
the group calls "a witch-hunt against Muslim servicemen."

Airman Halabi is now facing multiple charges, including espionage and
mishandling classified documents. Other charges such as providing 
detainees
with baklava, a popular sweet Middle Eastern pastry, and "aiding the
enemy", a capital offense, were dropped. Halabi maintains his 
innocence.

SEE: TRANSLATOR'S LAWYERS CITE CONTRADICTIONS
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A37734-2004Apr23.html

AHJC seeks to inform the public about the Halabi case and to raise 
funds to
help pay for his legal defense. The committee is organized in Michigan 
and
California. His family cannot afford the legal bills of $50,000. 

The AHJC contends that military officials have consistently hampered
Halabi's ability to receive a fair trial, including blocking his access 
to
potential witnesses and needed evidence.

To DONATE online or to learn more about this case, visit:
www.halabijustice.org (Donations are tax-deductible)

CHECKS CAN BE SENT TO:

CAIR Civil Rights Fund (CCRF)
2180 W. Crescent Ave., Suite F
Anaheim, CA 92801

CONTACTS: AHJC: Shereen Sabet, E-MAIL: ssabet@halabijustice.org;
CCRF: Sabiha Khan, 714-776-1847 or E-MAIL: socal@cair.com

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CAIR-SEATTLE: MORE THAN 300 MUSLIMS GATHER FOR SEATTLE BANQUET
Dominic Gates, Seattle Times, 5/9/04
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2001923905_cair09.html

American Muslims mingling in a ballroom at the Washington State 
Convention
and Trade Center in downtown Seattle last night showed no outward sign 
of
the pressure many are feeling.

At the annual banquet for the Seattle chapter of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the issues of war abroad and civil
rights at home surfaced at the podium, and participants were ready with
opinions when asked.

Yet this formal gathering of more than 300 people breathed the warmth 
and
intimacy of a close-knit community.

Children dressed in their best filled the room with a family feeling.

Men from Africa, the Middle East and Malaysia greeted each other with 
broad
smiles, tight bear hugs and soft kisses to the cheek.

Young women mostly wore headscarves, and a few had their faces veiled.

One overt political note was sounded as U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, 
D-Seattle,
was introduced and given CAIR's public-official-of-the-year award for 
his
support of the Muslim community.

Before giving McDermott his plaque, Samia El-Moslimany, CAIR vice 
chair,
announced "tremendous news."

She told the crowd that the King County Democratic Party, meeting 
earlier
in the day elsewhere within the Convention Center, had voted into its
platform a commitment to "withhold U.S. tax dollars from Israel while 
it is
in violation of international law."

"This is a memorable day," said El-Moslimany...

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CAIR-SC: MUSLIMS STILL FEEL TARGETED
Rick Brundett, The State, 5/9/04
http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/local/8624352.htm

The rights of American Muslims have been under attack since the 
terrorist
attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, several speakers said Saturday at a Columbia
meeting of the S.C. chapter of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations.

"The FBI is targeting mosques," said Denyse Williams, who heads the 
state
chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. "The FBI is seeking 
lists of
law-abiding American Muslims."

Williams said racial profiling and other forms of discrimination 
against
Muslims have stemmed largely from a "climate of fear that comes down 
from
the attorney general of the United States."

The national ACLU has filed a class-action lawsuit seeking to stop what 
it
claims are discriminatory searches of passengers at U.S. airports.

The federal Transportation Security Administration, which handles 
security
at U.S. airports, maintains that searches are done randomly. But 
Williams
pointed out that of 1,262 plaintiffs who have signed up so far for the
suit, 740, or about 59 percent, identified themselves as Muslims.

One woman in the audience, wearing the traditional Muslim head covering
known as a hajib, said during a question-and-answer session that she
recently was taken to a room in an airport and searched by two female
security officers - for no apparent legitimate reason...

ALSO SEE:

CAIR-OHIO: U.S. DEPORTS AMINA SILMI, HER CHILDREN REMAIN BEHIND...
Wendy A. Hoke, Lakewood Buzz, 5/9/04
http://lakewoodbuzz.com/Stories/AminaSilma040404.html

So many people - immigration advocates, national victims rights groups,
Muslim supporters, segments of the Catholic church, Trinity Lutheran
Church, two U.S. senators and a U.S. congressman - worked hard to make 
sure
that Amina Silmi remained in the United States with her three 
American-born
citizen children.  But in the end, it wasn't enough to convince 
immigration
officials at the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration & 
Customs
Enforcement (ICE).

Amina, a Muslim-born native of Venezuela, was flown to Caracas on March
31st in the late afternoon from a federal detention facility in 
Beaumont,
Texas, where she had been detained for several days. She left the 
country
by herself, leaving her three children - Haiat Awad, 12; Fida Salti, 6; 
and
Belal Salti, 5 - to stay in their native America with family.  Amina 
spoke
by phone about her situation in Venezuela and her children back home.

"This place is not for my kids," said Silmi from the home of a friend 
of
her brother in a city outside of Caracas.  "These people here are 
hungry
and poor.  I can't support my kids here.  I sacrificed my kids and I'm
missing them so much.  The government broke three hearts by sending me
away," she said, although it's clear from her voice that her heart also 
is
broken.

Amina worries about her children constantly.

"Haiat is supposed to be playing with girls, not worrying about her
mother," she said.  Her days are filled with unending depression and 
she
talks about how much she longs to see her children. "I believe in God 
and I
hope that he can do something," she said.

Her case involved a series of stops and starts over the past six months
that ended just as her family and supporters hoped it would not - with 
a
deportation...

"So many times, an official or a judge could have exercised discretion 
and
ruled in Amina's favor, but chose not to," said Julia Shearson, 
executive
director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)-Ohio 
Chapter.

CAIR-Ohio and the Greater Cleveland Immigration Support Network teamed 
with
Trinity Lutheran and the Congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph on Rocky
River Drive in Cleveland, spending countless hours advocating on behalf 
of
Amina and her family, and hosting prayer vigils.  It's a role each
organization felt compelled to fill...

Amina Silmi Family Fund
c/o Jamila Jabr
P. O Box 44
North Olmsted, OH 44070

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IN TERROR FIGHT, DON'T CONDEMN ALL MUSLIMS 
Arsalan T. Iftikhar, Detroit Free Press, 5/9/04
http://www.freep.com/voices/letters/epoint9_20040509.htm
(Arsalan T. Iftikhar, Director of legal affairs, Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Washington, D.C.)

In an 1829 address to the Virginia Convention, President James Madison
perceptively noted that, in a republic, the great danger is that the
majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority. 
Keeping
that in mind, most of us were not alive when German-Americans were
portrayed as bloodthirsty Huns during the first World War. Only some of 
our
elders remember President Franklin Roosevelt signing the order that
confined 120,000 Japanese Americans to internment camps for the 
duration of
World War II. 

Now it is American Muslims sharing the legacy of minority groups who 
have
been needlessly vilified because they share the ethnic, racial or 
religious
parameters of people with whom we are at war. 

Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 states that: "No 
person
may be punished for an offense he or she has not personally committed." 

The basic principle behind this hallmark of international law is that 
no
person or group can or should be held responsible for the criminal 
offenses
of a small portion of that population. It would logically follow that 
no
loyal Japanese Americans should have been stuck in camps for close to 4
years for the attack on Pearl Harbor. 

Similarly, American Muslims and Arabs have been the bull's-eye on the
political and legal target of the United States since the 9/11 attacks. 
The
Washington Post recently reported that Muslims in the United States
experienced more than 1,000 incidents of alleged harassment, violence 
and
discriminatory treatment in 2003, a jump of 70 percent over the 
previous
year. 

These acts of searing hatred are not based on any criminal guilt on the
part of these lawful and loyal Americans; rather, the only common
denominator was the fact that each one of these reported victims was 
solely
guilty of being a Muslim or Arab. 

This guilt by association can most easily be paralleled to the recent
discovery of photographs of the torture of Iraqi prisoners by American
armed forces. 

President George W. Bush expressed his disgust and sought to portray 
these
perverted embarrassments as isolated, not indicative of American 
sentiment
toward Iraqis or the Muslim world. Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff, said "a handful of people" were to blame and 
they
should not be used to tar the image of all American armed forces in 
Iraq. 

To people of reason across the globe, the revolting pictures should not
reflect negatively on every individual serving in the U.S. armed 
forces. 

Likewise, we must be consistent in not holding peaceful American 
Muslims as
somehow responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks…

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SMITHSONIAN ART EXHIBIT SHOWS MUSLIMS, CHRISTIANS, JEWS COOPERATING IN 
MEDIEVAL SPAIN
Carl Hartman, Associated Press, 5/7/04

WASHINGTON - Once upon a time - a time that lasted for centuries -
Christians and Jews worked productively under Islamic rule in a large
corner of southwestern Europe. Christian kings often wore Muslim robes 
and
Jews sometimes ran governments for Muslim monarchs.

A Smithsonian exhibit of art from that era, called ``Caliphs and 
Kings,''
opens Saturday at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. It is part of a 
program of
the Mosaic Foundation, organized by wives of ambassadors in Washington 
from
Muslim countries.

This year, the program celebrates the time beginning almost 1,300 years 
ago
when Islamic forces occupied most of Spain, Portugal and a large piece 
of
southern France. They called their territory ``al-Andalus.''

Some of its rulers felt their importance was such that they assumed the
title of ``caliph,'' meaning they were successors to Mohammed with
spiritual and political authority over all the faithful. But given the
difficulties of travel over the huge territory of medieval Islam, their
power was mostly limited to the lands under their control. The name of 
that
realm survives in the popular term for eight southern provinces of 
Spain,
Andalusia.

Though much admired by other Europeans of a thousand years ago as a 
kind of
earthly paradise, al-Andalus had its share of war and brutal 
expulsions. El 
Cid, a Spanish national hero for his battles against Islam, spent 
nearly a
decade of his early career in the service of Muslim rulers.

Often there was little friction between Islam and Christianity in
al-Andalus...

“Caliphs and Kings” will be on show through Oct. 17. Admission is free.

ALSO SEE:

ISLAM THRIVES IN QUEBEC: CATHOLICISM TOPS
Harvey Shepherd, Montreal Gazette, 5/7/04
http://www.canada.com/montreal/montrealgazette/features/onlineextras/story.h
tml?id=97b22fcc-8a7f-4d87-abc2-dc3de8a33a72

Islam has become the No. 1 non-Christian faith in Quebec, as in Canada 
as a
whole.

Swollen by immigration from south Asia, north Africa and the Middle 
East,
the number of Quebec Muslims increased by almost 11/2 times in the 10 
years
between 1991 and 2001.

This pushed them past Jewish Quebecers.

Salaam Elmenyawi, chairperson of the Muslim Council of Montreal, said 
he
hopes the Muslim growth will help defuse East-West polarization.

"Now Islam is going to be a Western religion and we look forward to 
making
a positive contribution," said Elmenyawi, a chaplain at Concordia
University.

"We hope that this will help to bring the world closer together."

Data from the 2001 Canadian census made public by Statistics Canada
yesterday show that the 108,620 Muslims in Quebec were up by 141.8 per 
cent
from a decade earlier.

The Jewish figure slipped by eight per cent, to 89,915. Elmenyawi said
there might actually be more than 150,000 Muslims in Quebec. Quite a 
few
Muslim residents of Montreal had not become Canadian citizens when 
census
data were collected...

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LA: MUSLIM GROUP SET TO BUILD NEW MOSQUE
Christine L. Bordelon, Times-Picayune, 5/9/04
http://www.nola.com/news/t-p/index.ssf?/base/news-4/1084094857180320.xml

A new, larger mosque in Kenner will soon be a reality for the nonprofit
Jefferson Muslim Association.

On Saturday, ground will be broken on a seven-acre site at 25th and 
Iowa
Streets in Kenner that will house a new school, mosque and gymnasium.

"Now, we are building a primary school up to fifth grade, a bigger 
mosque
and a gymnasium in phase one," said Rahman Bhatti, director of the
association. As money becomes available, the association will proceed 
with
phase two: building a middle school.

The new mosque will accommodate 1,500 people: 1,000 men downstairs and 
500
women upstairs.

"In Kenner we will have two mosques," Bhatti said. "This will be a 
larger
one."

Growth of the association, which built its first mosque at Power 
Boulevard
and David Drive in 1986, prompted the expansion. Bhatti said members 
saved
money and bought the Kenner property from the Jefferson Parish School 
Board
in 1997.

The association plans to relocate students in kindergarten through 
fourth
grade from a school on Maine Avenue in Kenner to the new school once it 
is
completed. The old school building then will be sold.

The project architect is Walli and Associates, a Houston company that
specializes in Muslim architecture, Bhatti said. Bhatti's company, 
Rahman
and Associates, will provide engineering on job....

ALSO SEE:

HALAL ALCOHOL FREE SOFT DRINKS - SALAAM COLA
http://www.ifanca.org

The Islamic Food And Nutrition Council (IFANCA) is pleased to announce 
that
Salaam Cola has been certified Halal by IFANCA. Manufactured by 
American
Delight, Inc. of San Mateo, California, USA, Salaam Cola currently 
comes in
three flavors: Cola, Lemon-Lime and Orange. It is currently available 
in
California and will be expanding to the entire United States.

Dr. Muhammad M. Chaudry, President of IFANCA, said: "Salaam Cola is an
excellent addition to the IFANCA family of Halal certified products and
should be well received by the Halal consumer. Most soft drinks contain
some alcohol, up to 0.2%. The Salaam soft drink line does not contain 
any
alcohol. It should be popular with those Halal consumers that want to 
enjoy
a soft drink without consuming any alcohol."

Ibrahim Reyhanoglu, founder of Salaam-Cola, explains the purpose behind
introducing this new product. "We are pleased to make available a 
unique
product in the marketplace. Our product contains no alcohol so Muslim 
and
other quality conscious consumers can enjoy a soft drink without being
concerned about consuming any alcohol. We also wanted to promote 
religious
understanding and will do that by donating 15% of the net proceeds to
educational programs. Consumers that are interested in promoting 
religious
understanding but don't know where to start now have a way, by 
consuming
Salaam Cola. We also want to encourage people of conscience to empower
their buying power for something that contributes to peace while 
enjoying a
good drink." For more information visit the Salaam Cola website at
www.salaam-cola.com.

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PHOTOS SHOW DOG ATTACKING A NAKED IRAQI DETAINEE
Drudge Report, 5/9/04
http://www.drudgereport.com/flash.htm

In "Chain of Command," in the May 17, 2004, issue of The New Yorker,
Seymour M. Hersh describes new photos he has obtained of a dog 
attacking a
naked Iraqi detainee at Abu Ghraib prison on December 12, 2003. The 
photos,
which had been in the possession of a member of the 320th Military 
Police
Battalion, show the Iraqi with his hands clasped behind his back, 
"leaning
against the door to a cell, contorted with terror, as the dogs bark a 
few
feet away," Hersh reports. In another photo, taken a few minutes later,
"the Iraqi is lying on the ground, writhing in pain, with a soldier 
sitting
on top of him, knee pressed to his back. Blood is streaming from the
inmate's leg." Retired Major General Charles Hines, who was commandant 
of
the Army's military police school during a twenty-eight year career in
military-law enforcement, tells Hersh, "I would never have authorized 
it
for interrogating or coercing prisoners. If I had, I'd have been put in
jail or kicked out of the Army."

• Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Marine General Peter Pace,
Vice-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, insisted last week that the
investigation into Abu Ghraib had moved routinely through the chain of
command, but retired and active-duty officers and Pentagon officials 
say
that the "the system had not worked," Hersh reports...

• Hersh also reveals that it was Major General Geoffrey Miller, the new
head of prison operations in Iraq, who first recommended, when he was
commander of the task force in charge of the prison at Guantanamo, that
Army prisons "be geared, first and foremost, to interrogations and the
gathering of information needed for the war effort..."

• "Investigators have become increasingly concerned with the role 
played
not only by military and intelligence officials but also by C.I.A. 
agents
and private-contract employees," Hersh reports...

ALSO SEE:

US MILITARY CONFIRMS EXISTENCE OF HORRIFIC PICTURES AND VIDEO
Andrew Buncombe, Independent, 5/9/04
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=519448

The Bush administration was bracing itself last night for the release 
of
new pictures and video footage from Abu Ghraib which show US soldiers
having sex with an Iraqi woman prisoner, troops almost beating a 
prisoner
to death, and the rape of young boys by Iraqi guards at the jail.

Senior officials have warned that the new images and details of the 
abuse
and torture at the prison west of Baghdad will be even more shocking 
than
those already released. They will undoubtedly place even more pressure 
on
President George Bush and his beleaguered Defence Secretary, Donald
Rumsfeld, as they desperately try to limit the political damage from 
the
growing scandal.

NBC News has quoted military officials as saying that the new 
photographs
also show US soldiers "acting inappropriately with a dead body". This 
may
refer to a picture, which The Washington Post described but did not
publish, of Sabrina Harman, one of seven reservists charged with 
abuses,
posing with thumbs up next to a decaying corpse.

NBC also reported that the rape of young boys by Iraqi guards, 
apparently
in a special section of the prison, had been filmed by US soldiers.

There are even suggestions that the murder of a prisoner has been 
recorded.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham from South Carolina questioned Mr
Rumsfeld on Friday about why the abuse had not been detected earlier. 
"The
American public needs to understand we're talking about rape and murder
here. We're not just talking about giving people a humiliating 
experience."

The new images will further rock the Bush administration, suffering its
worst crisis yet after photographs showing US army reservists abusing 
and
sexually humiliating prisoners caused international revulsion and 
outrage.
But the knowledge that the abuse was much more widespread, and that 
there
are more shocking images to come, is threatening even more problems for 
Mr
Bush as he prepares to hand over sovereignty to an Iraqi government on 
30
June...

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SOLDIER: UNIT'S ROLE WAS TO BREAK DOWN PRISONERS
Jackie Spinner, Washington Post, 5/8/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A9130-2004May7.html

There were no rules, by her account, and there was little training. But 
the
mission was clear. Spec. Sabrina D. Harman, a military police officer 
who
has been charged with abusing detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in 
Iraq,
said she was assigned to break down prisoners for interrogation.

"They would bring in one to several prisoners at a time already hooded 
and
cuffed," Harman said by e-mail this week from Baghdad. "The job of the 
MP
was to keep them awake, make it hell so they would talk."

Harman, one of seven military police reservists charged in the abuse of
detainees at the prison, is the second of those soldiers to speak 
publicly
about her time at Abu Ghraib, and her comments echo findings of the 
Army's
investigation into prisoner abuse there. That probe documented the
maltreatment of detainees and found the prison was chaotically run, 
that
there were no apparent rules governing interrogations and that Harman's
military police unit was ill trained for the job it was asked to 
perform.

Harman, a 26-year-old Army reservist from Alexandria, said members of 
her
military police unit took direction from Army military intelligence
officers, from CIA operatives and from civilian contractors who 
conducted
interrogations. She did not discuss abusive treatment of prisoners or
clarify who specifically ordered such treatment, and she referred 
questions
about the charges against her to her attorney, who declined to comment.

Her face is now famous as belonging to one of two soldiers posing in 
the
widely published photograph of naked Iraqi detainees stacked in a 
pyramid.
The picture is one of several that have inflamed the Arab world and 
brought
condemnation from President Bush and other U.S. political and military
leaders...

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PENTAGON APPROVED TOUGHER INTERROGATIONS
Dana Priest and Joe Stephens, Washington Post, 5/9/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A11017-2004May8?language=printer

In April 2003, the Defense Department approved interrogation techniques 
for
use at the Guantanamo Bay prison that permit reversing the normal sleep
patterns of detainees and exposing them to heat, cold and "sensory
assault," including loud music and bright lights, according to defense
officials.

The classified list of about 20 techniques was approved at the highest
levels of the Pentagon and the Justice Department, and represents the 
first
publicly known documentation of an official policy permitting 
interrogators
to use physically and psychologically stressful methods during 
questioning.

The use of any of these techniques requires the approval of senior 
Pentagon
officials -- and in some cases, of the defense secretary. Interrogators
must justify that the harshest treatment is "militarily necessary,"
according to the document, as cited by one official. Once approved, the
harsher treatment must be accompanied by "appropriate medical 
monitoring."

"We wanted to find a legal way to jack up the pressure," said one 
lawyer
who helped write the guidelines. "We wanted a little more freedom than 
in a
U.S. prison, but not torture..."

It could not be learned whether similar guidelines were in effect at 
the
U.S.-run Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad, which has been the focus of
controversy in recent days. But lawmakers have said they want to know
whether the misconduct reported at Abu Ghraib -- which included sexual
humiliation -- was an aberration or whether it reflected an aggressive
policy taken to inhumane extremes...

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PERSPECTIVES ON ABUSE SEPARATED BY MILES IN FLORIDA
Manuel Roig-Franzia, Washington Post, 5/9/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A11394-2004May8.html

MOUNT DORA, Fla. - Just a few dozen miles of shrinking orange groves 
and
relentless sprawl separate the Village Barber Shop in this dot on the
central Florida map from the creamy plates of hummus at Cedars 
Restaurant
on the boomtown fringe of Orlando. Both are distinctly American 
locales:
one, a barbershop of Norman Rockwell hues; the other, an immigrant's 
dream
in a nation of immigrants.

But in a country squarely divided on so much, it only follows that the
conversations in these two American places would sound profoundly 
different
in these days when pictures of U.S. soldiers peering at piles of naked
Iraqi prisoners and snapshots of detainees leashed like dogs are
everywhere. At the Village barbershop, the men harrumph about 
"do-gooders"
who do not understand the rough rites of war, about a nation unwilling 
to
support its leaders, about a news media obsessed with splash over
substance. At Cedars, the talk is of shame on a global scale, of a
president who has lost his way, of a media that will not ask the tough
questions.

As the cable news stations repeatedly show footage of the prison 
pictures,
the men are lining up at the Village barbershop for Eddie Ricci to cut
their hair with the skills he learned while a teenager on an aircraft
carrier during the Korean War. Ricci, who escaped the New York winters
years ago for a life in Florida, stubbornly sets his jaw when criticism 
of
the abuse scandal comes up.

"Treat 'em well?" Ricci, 64, says, pulling back his scissors and 
directing
his gaze away from the soft, gray hair beneath him. "Well, when those
people were jumping out of buildings [Sept. 11., 2001] nobody was 
saying
treat 'em better."

Lloyd Wilkey, 68, stiffens in the chair. He has been down this road 
before.

"You think those Iraqis had anything to do with September 11th? Wilkey, 
a
Korean War veteran, says. "No way."

But, for all his skepticism about linking Iraq to the terrorist 
assaults in
the United States as a justification for war, Wilkey is adamant that
America -- and especially critics of the campaign against terrorism -- 
are
all wrong when they lambaste the soldiers photographed humiliating 
Iraqi
prisoners...

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MUSLIMS WERE OUTRAGED; SO WERE CHRISTIANS
New York Times, 5/9/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/09/weekinreview/09cell.html

THE whole world was outraged by the photographs of Iraqis being 
tortured
and mistreated at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad. But were there 
religious
and cultural differences that made Muslims and Arabs particularly 
outraged
by this treatment, as many commentators stated?

The Week in Review asked the opinion of Michael A. Sells, a professor 
of
comparative religions at Haverford College and the author of "The New
Crusades: Constructing the Muslim Enemy" and "Approaching the Koran."

Q. Did Iraqis read those pictures differently from Americans?

A. American commentators have said the prisoners were shamed and that
Iraqis are sensitive to shame. True, but no one anywhere wants to be
sexually shamed. Iraqis recoil at the images of sexual abuse and
humiliation for the same reasons as we do.

Q. But what about the fact that a woman was in the photo?

A. Many Americans think that in the Middle East, the belief is that men
should be dominant, but people in that area have diverse views about 
the
roles of men and women. Some are quite sensitive to public portrayals 
of
women dominating men.

In Abu Ghraib, the fact that a woman was there - and that one gender 
was
being exposed naked to both genders - outraged not just Iraqis but 
everyone
in the region, not just Muslims but Christians as well.

Q. So, the outrage is based on cultural, not religious, grounds?

A. Certainly, a central aspect of the Koran is dignity and privacy. But
where to draw the boundary between religion and culture? Ask 10 Muslims 
you
might get several different views; ask 10 scholars of Islam, the same
diversity applies.

People in the Middle East react with the same feeling of revulsion at 
these
images that we have, but for them the images also connect powerfully to
something many Americans simply don't understand: the profound sense of
being violated in other ways by American policies and American power...

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 5/10/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: THREE TRUTHS	
* FL MUSLIM FAMILIES FILE LEGAL NOTICE IN BUS CASE
* CAIR-FL: HATE HURTS AMERICA (Orlando Sentinel)
* DISGRACEFUL ACTS AGAINST MUSLIMS (Indystar)
	- Abuse Costs U.S. Its Moral Authority (Balt. Sun)
	- Picturing Defeat in War of Ideas (Balt. Sun)
	- Losing the Moral High Ground (The State)
* FIRST SOLDIER TO GO ON TRIAL NEXT WEEK (Boston Globe)
	- Congress to Get New Photos of Iraqi Inmates (LA Times)
* MI: DETROITER NAMED GOVERNOR OF NAJAF IN IRAQ (Free Press)
* AILING MAN FACES DEPORTATION (Newsday)
* MI: NO-INTEREST LOANS OFFERED TO MUSLIMS (American Banker)
* EVENTS PUSH MOSQUE LEADER INTO SPOTLIGHT (Oregonian)
* HIJAB BAN: RACIST HYPOCRISY (Logic)
* EXPERTS FIND NEW MASS GRAVE IN BOSNIA (AP)
* APPROXIMATELY ONE MILLION PEOPLE DISPLACED IN SUDAN

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HADITH OF THE DAY: THREE TRUTHS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Three things that I 
swear 
to be true are that a man’s property does not become less on account of 
(giving) charity; that when a man is wronged and bears it patiently, 
God 
will give him greater honor on that account; and that when a man (begs 
without dire need), God opens for him a door toward poverty.”

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1397

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FL MUSLIM FAMILIES FILE LEGAL NOTICE IN BUS CASE
Notice preserves right of victims to file suit in the future

(Jacksonville, FL, 5/10/04) - The Florida office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) announced today that nine families 
(representing 15 students), have filed a 'Notice of Claim' against the 
City 
of Jacksonville, Duval County School Board, Fort Caroline Middle School 
and 
First Student, Inc., for their part in alleged acts of discrimination 
that 
occurred during the fall of 2003.

In late October 2003, a Jacksonville bus driver allegedly ordered 
Muslim 
children off her bus for "talking loudly."  Some of the children, who 
are 
recent immigrants from Iraq and Afghanistan, had to walk five miles to 
get 
home.  On another incident the same group of students say they were 
denied 
the right to board a school bus on their way to school.

SEE: "MIDDLE EASTERN CHILDREN ALLEGEDLY KICKED OFF BUS" 
http://www.news4jax.com/news/2597802/detail.html

At this point no lawsuit has been filed, however the families are 
keeping 
all options open.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in 
Washington, D.C., and has 26 offices and chapters nationwide and in 
Canada.

        - END -

Contact:  Ahmed Bedier, Communications Director, 813-731-9506, Email: 
abedier@cair-florida.org; Altaf Ali, Executive Director, 954-298-8214, 
altaf@cair-florida.org

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CAIR-FL: HATE HURTS AMERICA
Parvez Ahmed, Orlando Sentinel, 5/10/04
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/opinion/orl-edpahmed10051004may10,1,5529247.story?coll=orl-opinion-headlines

Removing Saddam. Good.

Failure to win the peace. Bad.

Torture in prison. Ugly.

The now-infamous pictures of Iraqi prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib by U.S. 
soldiers have perhaps caused irreparable damage to America's image not 
just 
in the Arab world but all across the globe. They have also likely 
undermined the just cause of eradicating terrorism.

President Bush's damage control on Arabic-language TV and his apology 
during a press conference with King Abdullah of Jordan, although both 
heartfelt, may be too little, too late. The fact that abuse took place 
in 
the Abu Ghraib prison, a place notorious for Saddam Hussein's brutal 
torture of his own people, is an irony not lost on anyone.

Perhaps more disturbing than the pictures are reports citing 25 
prisoner 
deaths under U.S. custody. Are these systemic abuses, as one internal 
Army 
report claims, or are these acts of overzealous soldiers?

Prisoner abuse during war is not uncommon. But what makes the Iraqi 
prisoner story troubling is its occurrence during relative peace. The 
abuses happened well before the current "insurgencies" in Fallujah and 
Najaf. Also troubling is the Pentagon's belated attention to the 
initial 
reports of abuse. Had not the gruesome pictures surfaced in the news 
media, 
the abuses would perhaps been relegated to a footnote in history.

The pictures and the accounts confirm our worst fears. Our troops were 
rushed into a war with inadequate training to win the peace. Even the 
most 
anti-war demonstrator had no doubts that U.S. armed forces would 
overwhelm 
Saddam's goons. The misgivings were always about the security and 
geopolitical consequences of an ill-conceived war...

Parvez Ahmed is a board member for the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations (CAIR) and chairs the board for CAIR's Florida chapter.

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DISGRACEFUL ACTS AGAINST MUSLIMS
Indystar.com, 5/10/04
http://www.indystar.com/articles/3/145059-8013-021.html

Our position is: Discrimination against Muslims is wrong and 
self-defeating.

Acts of alleged violence, harassment or discrimination against Muslims 
living in the United States increased nearly 70 percent last year, 
according to a report recently issued by the Council on 
American-Islamic 
Relations, a Muslim civil rights group.

The group said it received 1,019 complaints about such acts in 2003, up 
from 602 the year before. It attributed the increase to lingering fear 
from 
the 9/11 attacks, hostility driven by war rhetoric and abuses of the 
Patriot Act.

In Indiana, where an estimated 250,000 Muslims live, mostly native-born 
citizens, 13 incidents were reported. None involved violence, although 
one 
involved serious threats and another an interrupted break-in at the 
Bloomington Islamic Center.

Domestic discrimination is not unheard of during times of war. Many 
Americans of German descent changed their names during the two world 
wars 
because of fear. Hysteria against Japanese Americans during World War 
II 
led to innocent families being put in internment camps.

Such discrimination is wrong...

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ABUSE COSTS U.S. ITS MORAL AUTHORITY
Daniel Hurt, Baltimore Sun, 5/10/04
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bal-ed.le.10mmay10,0,5238399.story

As someone who opposed this war in Iraq from the beginning, I was 
surprised 
at how surprised I was when instances of abuse of Iraqi prisoner came 
to 
light ("Bush tries to quell Muslim uproar," May 7). I think I still 
believed that, despite the misguided policy aspects of this war, our 
troops 
would do the most professional and humane job they could under the 
circumstances.

And perhaps the one statement of President Bush's that I believed was 
that 
the Iraqis are better off without Saddam Hussein. Now I have my doubts 
about that, too.

This is not to say that most of our troops are not basically good 
people.

But, as in Vietnam, when you place a soldier in a dangerous place with 
an 
unclear mission, reviled by the population, unsure of who the enemy is 
and 
when he or she will return home, the soldier's humanity is gradually 
whittled away.

I cannot imagine how the United States will ever recover its 
credibility 
and moral authority after this prison abuse scandal.

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PICTURING DEFEAT IN WAR OF IDEAS
Scott Shane, Baltimore Sun, 5/10/04
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/bal-te.crisis10may10,0,2153764.story?coll=bal-nationworld-headlines

The accusations of gross misconduct directed at a handful of U.S. 
soldiers 
guarding prisoners in Iraq have thrown the administration into a graver 
political crisis than the deaths of more than 760 of their fellow 
troops in 
the war.

On the face of it, that seems extraordinary. But as the Bush 
administration 
and Congress came to understand last week, the stark photos from Abu 
Ghraib 
prison threaten the United States with defeat in the war of ideas that 
underlies the war on terrorism.

During a campaign stop in Iowa on Thursday, President Bush adjusted his 
stump speech for a slightly awkward moment, struggling to hold on to 
the 
moral high ground he has claimed unwaveringly since Sept. 11, 2001.

"The abhorrent pictures on our TV screens have stained our honor," Bush 
said. "They do not reflect the nature of the men and women we have sent 
overseas," he assured the audience. "We've sent decent, compassioned, 
honorable, sacrificing citizens."

He did not address the mystery that has disturbed many Americans over 
the 
past 10 days: how such decent citizens came to produce the sadistic 
pornography of the photos flashing on their television screens.

"Insofar as we have portrayed those we're fighting as evil, we've cast 
ourselves as good," says Lawrence M. Hinman, professor of philosophy 
and 
director of the Values Institute at the University of San Diego. "That 
makes us extraordinarily vulnerable to the charge that these pictures 
show 
that - albeit on a much, much smaller scale - we are capable of the 
same 
kind of wrong as our enemy. So that line between us and them becomes 
much 
less clearly drawn..."

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LOSING THE MORAL HIGH GROUND
Leonard Pitts, Jr., The State, 5/10/04
http://www.thestate.com/mld/state/news/opinion/8630009.htm

So much for winning the hearts and minds of the Muslim world.

Bad enough we invaded a nation that had not attacked us. Bad enough our 
core rationalization for that attack was apparently wrong.

Could anything be less likely to convince Muslims of our benevolence 
than 
the revelations now pouring out of Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad? Osama 
bin 
Laden himself could not have created a more effective recruiting tool 
for 
al Qaeda.

That's because the series of photos that first came to public attention 
through CBS News' "60 Minutes II" represents more than Iraqi prisoners 
being abused at the hands of U.S. soldiers. No, what you see in those 
images is a calculated cultural provocation, the equivalent of America 
spitting on Islam.

Each image is more sickening than the last. You go from a group of 
detainees stripped nude and forced to pile atop one another to a 
chained 
man with a woman's panties on his head to a naked man grimacing on the 
floor at the end of a leash held by a female Army private. There are 
also 
reportedly pictures of male prisoners forced to simulate sex acts with 
one 
another.

Given fundamentalist Islam's attitudes toward nudity, homosexuality and 
women, one can only imagine how humiliating this is. It's no 
endorsement of 
those attitudes to say that using them in this way amounts to nothing 
less 
than psychological brutality.

Then, hard on the heels of that scandal comes a new one: an 
investigation 
into the deaths of prisoners reportedly abused while in U.S. custody...

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FIRST SOLDIER TO GO ON TRIAL NEXT WEEK
Vivienne Walt, Boston Globe, 5/10/04
http://www.boston.com/news/world/articles/2004/05/10/first_soldier_to_go_on_trial_next_week

BAGHDAD - The first court-martial of a soldier accused in the Abu 
Ghraib 
abuses will be held in central Baghdad next week under the full glare 
of 
international media coverage, US officials announced yesterday as they 
moved quickly to try to contain the prison scandal that has rocked 
Washington and inflamed the Arab world.

Specialist Jeremy C. Sivits, 24, a member of the 372d Military Police 
Company, will stand trial May 19, in the first of six expected 
courts-martial.

Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt, deputy chief of US military operations 
in 
Iraq, said that in an effort to stop the scandal from further 
mobilizing 
Iraqi insurgents, all the trials will be "as transparent as possible," 
with 
US officials organizing maximum access for the news media. "They must 
be 
truly open," he said.

In what is sure to be a major media event, closed-circuit television 
monitors also will relay the proceedings to journalists in overflow 
rooms, 
he said..

ALSO SEE:

CONGRESS TO GET NEW PHOTOS OF IRAQI INMATES;
Jonathan Peterson, Los Angeles Times, 5/10/04
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-congress10may10,1,153256.story?coll=la-headlines-nation

WASHINGTON - Military officials are preparing to give Congress 
additional 
photographs from their investigation into the abusive treatment of 
Iraqi 
prisoners at the hands of U.S. soldiers, the chairman of the Senate 
Armed 
Services Committee said Sunday.

Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.) said the military had agreed to give the 
armed 
services panel classified discs containing unreleased digital images. 
"I 
was assured yesterday that all the new photos are being reviewed by the 
lawyers and so forth and will be forthcoming to Congress," he said on 
NBC's 
"Meet the Press."

The evidence will be shared with members of Congress, Warner added, but 
"when that will be released to the public remains to be seen."

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said during congressional 
testimony 
Friday that additional photographs and videos exist of physical 
violence 
toward prisoners under U.S. control, some of them showing "acts that 
can 
only be described as blatantly sadistic, cruel and inhuman."

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DETROITER NAMED GOVERNOR OF NAJAF IN IRAQ
Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 5/10/04
http://www.freep.com/news/locway/adnan10_20040510.htm

A Detroit man who once was jailed and tortured under Saddam Hussein's 
regime has become the governor of the Iraq province of Najaf.

Adnan Alzurufi, a native of Najaf, was appointed last week by the 
Pentagon 
at a time when the United States is struggling to take control of the 
strategically important region and city of the same name. The southern 
city 
of Najaf is considered holy by Shi'ite Muslims.

In Detroit, Alzurufi's wife and children said Friday they were glad to 
hear 
of his appointment.

"I feel very proud," said his son Montadar, 16, one of Alzurufi's seven 
children. "But I do worry about" his safety.

Alzurufi said that during the 1980s as a student in his homeland, he 
organized anti-Hussein groups in opposition to the Iran-Iraq war. The 
ruling Baath Party jailed him for five years in Najaf and Baghdad, 
where he 
said his captors whipped him and used electrical shocks on his leg and 
groin.

In 1991, he escaped and took part in an uprising against Hussein after 
the 
U.S. invasion of Iraq during the first Persian Gulf War.

Alzurufi fled Iraq for Detroit in 1994, part of a large number of Iraqi 
Shi'ite Muslims who came to Michigan after Hussein crushed the 
uprising. In 
1997, Alzurufi formed the Iraqi Uprising Committee to mobilize local 
Iraqis. In April 2003, he was one of a dozen exiles flown by the 
Pentagon 
to Iraq as part of rebuilding efforts.

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AILING MAN FACES DEPORTATION
Robert Polner, Newsday, 5/10/04
www.newsday.com

A heart patient, Malik Muhummad Akbar says he's willing to be deported 
if 
the U.S. government continues to insist on it. But if he is sent 
thousands 
of miles from his wife, children and medical care in New York, "it will 
result in my death," he says.

"I am not a politician," Akbar, 66, said at his family's Bronx home, 
gasping to speak above a whisper and unable to walk much without 
tiring. "I 
can't take a political stance. I am a straightforward person." Akbar, a 
retired poultry farmer from Pakistan, takes 40 pills a day for 
heart-,kidney- and diabetes-related ailments. His medical problems were 
diagnosed, he said, only after his arrival in this country as a visitor 
in 
2000. He has undergone heart surgery twice, that year and last year.

On March 24, an immigration judge at 26 Federal Plaza ordered Akbar 
deported within three months. At the time, a year had passed since he 
had 
complied with a post-9/11 government program known as special 
registration, 
in which men from Arab countries were required to report and 
periodically 
check in with the Department of Homeland Security. Akbar's visa had 
expired, but he had stayed here because of his poor health. The level 
of 
specialized care at Jacobi Medical Center - paid for with his own 
savings 
and that of his family's - would not be available to him in Pakistan, 
he said.

If deported in June for having out-of-date papers, he will become one 
of 
13,000 Muslim men forced to leave under special registration. Begun in 
October 2002, the program was expanded to cover immigrants from 
Pakistan 
and other Muslim-majority nations in January 2003. It was halted in 
December amid criticism it represented racial profiling and did not 
detect 
terrorists. The government contends the program was a first step in 
improving national security and was suspended after it boosted 
enforcement 
of immigration laws...

-----

NO-INTEREST LOAN PRODUCT OFFERED TO MUSLIMS IN MICH
Ben Jackson, American Banker, 5/10/04
http://www.americanbanker.com/

A small bank in suburban Detroit says it has found the formula for 
attracting the region's hundreds of thousands of devout Muslims.

Serving the nation's growing Muslim population poses a challenge for 
mainstream banks, because Islamic law forbids the receipt or payment of 
interest. The issue is particularly important in southeastern Michigan, 
which is home to the nation's biggest Arab-American community.

University Bancorp Inc., which is based in Ann Arbor, began offering a 
no-interest mortgage product last year. Last week it hired a mortgage 
officer whose sole job is to sell the product, the Mortgage Alternative 
Loan Transaction, or Malt.

Adnan Mirza, the new loan officer, said the $43.4 million-asset 
University 
has had limited success with Malt since introducing it last summer. To 
date 
University has closed $3 million of Malts.

How does a bank make money on a no-interest loan?

University creates a special trust for the property the borrower is 
seeking 
to buy. The borrower then leases the property in a rent-to-own 
arrangement 
and promises to take ownership at the end of the agreement's lifespan, 
typically 30 years. The bank gets a return from the rental payments...

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EVENTS PUSH MOSQUE LEADER INTO SPOTLIGHT
Jill Smith, Oregonian, 5/10/04
http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/news/1084190134254120.xml

BEAVERTON -- The question took Shahriar Ahmed by surprise.

The president of Bilal Mosque in Beaverton was looking for an elevator 
at 
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center when a security guard approached 
him: 
"Aren't you the guy who was disinvited from the prayer breakfast?"

A week earlier, organizers of the Mayors' Prayer Breakfast of 
Washington 
County had pulled Ahmed from the program because he is Muslim. Most 
mayors 
bowed out of the May 5 breakfast, which was subsequently canceled. But 
the 
incident upset many.

"Tears came to his eyes," Ahmed remembers. "He shook my hand and said, 
'I 
am so sorry.' "

And then the 5-foot Ahmed -- in his brown, knee-length kurta shirt -- 
and 
the security guard shared a hug.

The prayer-breakfast snub signaled for Ahmed -- a passionate and 
media-friendly spokesman for local Muslims since the Sept. 11, 2001, 
attacks -- a return to the news.

The attention didn't end there. On Thursday, he spoke for a shocked 
Muslim 
community about the detention of Brandon Mayfield, an Aloha lawyer 
being 
questioned in connection with the March train bombings in Spain.

Since the 2001 terrorist attacks, the mosque or some of its 250 members 
have been host to or part of 167 interfaith gatherings. Most often, 
Ahmed 
is the main speaker.

People from varied faiths come to learn about Islam but leave with 
Ahmed's 
praise warming their hearts -- praise for their love, their tolerance, 
their concern. Over and over in his low, gentle, slightly accented 
voice, 
Ahmed thanks them and tells them, "You are the best America has to 
offer."

"Some people are gifted. Shahriar is one of them," said Mohammed Haque, 
one 
of five men and three women who also have represented the mosque. "I 
have 
seen non-Muslims crying at Shahriar's speeches."

Ahmed's is a soothing message for the war-stressed who want to believe 
that 
markedly different people can get along.

But it is a message complicated when members of the local Muslim 
community 
raise suspicions. Last year, it was Maher "Mike" Hawash, a respected 
Hillsboro engineer who pleaded guilty to aiding the Taliban.

Ahmed "really was horrified by that incident because he knew that this 
man 
-- who had all kinds of people backing him -- made it kosher for people 
to 
suspect all Muslims," says Rabbi Daniel Isaak, who knows Ahmed through 
an 
interfaith group of Muslims, Jews and Arab Christians.

An eloquent, self-deprecating extrovert who describes himself as 
"vertically challenged and laterally endowed," Ahmed serves as the 
antidote 
to any alarm raised by those incidents.

"It's good for people to meet a Muslim who is a funny, likable, normal 
family man rather than a Shiite imam rallying a bunch of Muslims 
against 
the United States," says Tom Manning, a Jesuit High School religion 
teacher 
who has invited Ahmed to speak to his students...

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HIJAB BAN: RACIST HYPOCRISY
Sharon Smith, Axis of Logic, 5/10/04
http://www.axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/article_7455.shtml

ON MARCH 3, the French Senate passed a law banning female students from 
wearing the hijab, the head covering worn by many Muslim women and 
girls, 
in public schools starting in September 2004. The new French law 
prohibits 
not just the hijab, but all "signs and dress that ostensibly denote the 
religious belonging of students." It also bans beards and bandanas that 
denote Islamic affiliation, the Jewish yarmulka, or skullcap, and 
"conspicuous" Christian crosses. Nevertheless, few in France, where the 
press has dubbed the ban "the law against the veil," believe the target 
is 
anything but the hijab.

The French ban has inspired lawmakers in Belgium and Germany to 
consider 
following suit. On April 1, the conservative state of Baden-Wurttemberg 
in 
Germany banned Muslim public school teachers from wearing headscarves. 
The 
anti-hijab trend has even extended to the United States, where a 
sixth-grade student in the Muskogee, Oklahoma public school district 
was 
suspended twice last year for wearing her hijab.

France’s move to ban the hijab has generated heated 
controversy–dividing 
leftists, anti-racists, feminists, and even some Muslims. A founder of 
the 
French anti-racist organization SOS-Racisme resigned after it came out 
in 
support of the ban. Respected feminist Fadela Amara, president of Ni 
Putes 
Ni Soumises (Neither Whores Nor Downtrodden), an advocate group for 
North 
African women, supports the law.

Some feminists oppose the law on the grounds that it will strengthen 
Islamic fundamentalism. In December 2003, Muhammad Sayyid Tantawi, 
grand 
sheikh of al-Azhar University in Cairo, publicly declared that Muslims 
living in non-Muslim countries are obliged to obey that country’s laws, 
including a ban on wearing the hijab. But other high-ranking Islamic 
clerics strongly dispute this assertion, and argue that banning the 
hijab 
is a direct attack on Islam...

But whatever the rationale among progressives for supporting the hijab 
ban, 
it cannot be judged apart from its role in the rising tide of racism 
against Muslim populations throughout Europe, and indeed, around the 
world. 
In this campaign, as Middle East Report editorial committee member Paul 
Silverstein argues, "Law-and-order right-wingers, including [French 
Interior Minister Nicolas] Sarkozy, view the law as an important weapon 
in 
their ongoing "war on terror..."

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EXPERTS START UNEARTHING BODIES FROM NEW MASS GRAVE FOUND IN BOSNIA
Associated Press, 5/10/04

ZAKLOPACA, Bosnia-Herzegovina - Forensic experts on Monday unearthed 
the 
first remains and clothing of victims from a newly found mass grave 
expected to contain the bodies of 72 Muslims killed in eastern Bosnia 
during the 1992-95 war.

"We expect to find the remains of 72 victims, at least of them 16 of 
children," Murat Hurtic, a regional head of the Commission for Missing 
Persons, told The Associated Press.

The excavation site, about the size of a tennis court, was opened on 
Friday 
in the village of Zaklopaca, near the border with Serbia about 80 
kilometers (50 miles) northeast of Sarajevo.

It is believed to contain the remains of Muslims killed by Bosnian Serb 
forces at the beginning of the country's war. Forensic experts will be 
digging as deep as 3.5 meters (12 feet) in some sections to find the 
remains, some of them dismembered.

Work at the site is expected to last at least a month because the 
exhumation of the grave site is difficult because several tons of 
stones 
were dumped on top of it from a nearby stone pit in an attempt to hide 
the 
location, Hurtic said.

The remains will be taken to a lab in the northern town of Tuzla for 
DNA 
analysis in an attempt to identify them.

Most of the remains are believed to be those of Muslims from Zaklopaca 
killed in May 1992 at the beginning of the war. The site is a so-called 
secondary grave, where bodies initially buried elsewhere were dumped, 
Hurtic said...

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APPROXIMATELY ONE MILLION PEOPLE DISPLACED IN DARFUR IN THE “WORST 
HUMANITARAN AND HUMAN RIGHTS CATASTROPHE IN THE WORLD.”
Islamic Relief, 5/10/04	

DARFUR, Sudan – Islamic Relief Worldwide staff is monitoring the 
humanitarian crisis in the western Sudanese region of Darfur. According 
to 
the United Nations, the crisis in the western Sudanese region of Darfur 
is 
currently the worst humanitarian and human rights catastrophe in the 
world. 
The U.N. has estimated that, out of a pre-conflict population in Darfur 
of 
6.5 million, approximately 1 million people have been internally 
displaced 
within Sudan and more than 110,000 people have fled across the border 
into 
neighboring Chad as a result of this conflict.

Because of the unstable security situation on the ground, delivery of 
humanitarian assistance to the conflict-affected populations has been 
severely impeded. On April 8th the government of Sudan and the 
opposition 
Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) and the Justice and Equality Movement 
(JEM) 
signed a 45-day renewable ceasefire agreement which includes a pledge 
to 
guarantee safe passage of humanitarian aid to Darfur.

Islamic Relief Worldwide recently sent a delegation from its U.S., 
U.K., 
and France offices to monitor the situation. Two Islamic Relief USA 
representatives, Anwar Khan and Arif Shaikh returned from Sudan this 
week. 
According to Shaikh, “The living conditions of the displaced people are 
simply shocking. Thousands of people have been living in huts made of 4 
pieces of straw for several months. As the rainy season approaches, 
their 
situation will only get worse, as their current shelter will not be 
able to 
withstand the rain. Due to the poor living conditions, there are also 
very 
serious health problems in the region, including a meningitis 
epidemic.”

Islamic Relief Worldwide has been working in Sudan for 20 years, and 
has 5 
field offices located throughout the country. Islamic Relief Worldwide 
has 
already set up some camps for the displaced population, and plans to 
set up 
more camps, which will be able to withstand the rainy season.

Media Contacts: 	
Los Angeles:
Arif Shaikh, Islamic Relief USA
arif@irw.org
(818) 238-9520 phone
(818) 238-9521 fax

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR: Celebrating 10 years of community service

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 5/10/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: THREE TRUTHS	
* REASON #16 TO JOIN CAIR – Professional Staff
	- Library Project Sponsorships: 7450
* FL MUSLIM FAMILIES FILE LEGAL NOTICE IN BUS CASE
* CAIR-FL: HATE HURTS AMERICA (Orlando Sentinel)
* DISGRACEFUL ACTS AGAINST MUSLIMS (Indystar)
	- Abuse Costs U.S. Its Moral Authority (Balt. Sun)
	- Picturing Defeat in War of Ideas (Balt. Sun)
	- Losing the Moral High Ground (The State)
* FIRST SOLDIER TO GO ON TRIAL NEXT WEEK (Boston Globe)
	- Congress to Get New Photos of Iraqi Inmates (LA Times)
* MI: DETROITER NAMED GOVERNOR OF NAJAF IN IRAQ (Free Press)
* AILING MAN FACES DEPORTATION (Newsday)
* MI: NO-INTEREST LOANS OFFERED TO MUSLIMS (American Banker)
* EVENTS PUSH MOSQUE LEADER INTO SPOTLIGHT (Oregonian)
* HIJAB BAN: RACIST HYPOCRISY (Logic)
* EXPERTS FIND NEW MASS GRAVE IN BOSNIA (AP)
	- Approximately 1 Million People Displaced in Sudan

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HADITH OF THE DAY: THREE TRUTHS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Three things that I 
swear 
to be true are that a man’s property does not become less on account of 
(giving) charity; that when a man is wronged and bears it patiently, 
God 
will give him greater honor on that account; and that when a man (begs 
without dire need), God opens for him a door toward poverty.”

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1397

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REASON #16 TO JOIN CAIR – PROFESSIONAL STAFF

CAIR employs qualified full time staffers, experts, and consultants to 
handle both short term and long term tasks and projects.

In our new membership drive, "Building a Better America...One Member at 
a 
Time," CAIR intends (God Willing) to sign up 25,000 new members by its 
10th 
year anniversary celebration scheduled for June 12, 2004.

TO JOIN, GO TO: http://www.cair-net.org/asp/membercamp.asp
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If you have any problems signing up as a CAIR member through the web 
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ALSO SEE:

CAIR PUBLIC LIBRARY PROJECT UPDATE: 7450 SPONSORSHIPS

The goal of CAIR's library project is to send accurate and objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

For only $150, Muslim individuals and groups may sponsor 18-item 
packages 
about Islam and Muslims, which are then distributed to the library of 
their 
choice.

To sponsor a library call, 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320, or visit:
www.libraryproject.org.

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FL MUSLIM FAMILIES FILE LEGAL NOTICE IN BUS CASE
Notice preserves right of victims to file suit in the future

(Jacksonville, FL, 5/10/04) - The Florida office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) announced today that nine families 
(representing 15 students), have filed a 'Notice of Claim' against the 
City 
of Jacksonville, Duval County School Board, Fort Caroline Middle School 
and 
First Student, Inc., for their part in alleged acts of discrimination 
that 
occurred during the fall of 2003.

In late October 2003, a Jacksonville bus driver allegedly ordered 
Muslim 
children off her bus for "talking loudly."  Some of the children, who 
are 
recent immigrants from Iraq and Afghanistan, had to walk five miles to 
get 
home.  On another incident the same group of students say they were 
denied 
the right to board a school bus on their way to school.

SEE: "MIDDLE EASTERN CHILDREN ALLEGEDLY KICKED OFF BUS" 
http://www.news4jax.com/news/2597802/detail.html

At this point no lawsuit has been filed, however the families are 
keeping 
all options open.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in 
Washington, D.C., and has 26 offices and chapters nationwide and in 
Canada.

        - END -

Contact:  Ahmed Bedier, Communications Director, 813-731-9506, Email: 
abedier@cair-florida.org; Altaf Ali, Executive Director, 954-298-8214, 
altaf@cair-florida.org

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CAIR-FL: HATE HURTS AMERICA
Parvez Ahmed, Orlando Sentinel, 5/10/04
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/opinion/orl-edpahmed10051004may10,1,5529247.story?coll=orl-opinion-headlines

Removing Saddam. Good.

Failure to win the peace. Bad.

Torture in prison. Ugly.

The now-infamous pictures of Iraqi prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib by U.S. 
soldiers have perhaps caused irreparable damage to America's image not 
just 
in the Arab world but all across the globe. They have also likely 
undermined the just cause of eradicating terrorism.

President Bush's damage control on Arabic-language TV and his apology 
during a press conference with King Abdullah of Jordan, although both 
heartfelt, may be too little, too late. The fact that abuse took place 
in 
the Abu Ghraib prison, a place notorious for Saddam Hussein's brutal 
torture of his own people, is an irony not lost on anyone.

Perhaps more disturbing than the pictures are reports citing 25 
prisoner 
deaths under U.S. custody. Are these systemic abuses, as one internal 
Army 
report claims, or are these acts of overzealous soldiers?

Prisoner abuse during war is not uncommon. But what makes the Iraqi 
prisoner story troubling is its occurrence during relative peace. The 
abuses happened well before the current "insurgencies" in Fallujah and 
Najaf. Also troubling is the Pentagon's belated attention to the 
initial 
reports of abuse. Had not the gruesome pictures surfaced in the news 
media, 
the abuses would perhaps been relegated to a footnote in history.

The pictures and the accounts confirm our worst fears. Our troops were 
rushed into a war with inadequate training to win the peace. Even the 
most 
anti-war demonstrator had no doubts that U.S. armed forces would 
overwhelm 
Saddam's goons. The misgivings were always about the security and 
geopolitical consequences of an ill-conceived war...

Parvez Ahmed is a board member for the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations (CAIR) and chairs the board for CAIR's Florida chapter.

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DISGRACEFUL ACTS AGAINST MUSLIMS
Indystar.com, 5/10/04
http://www.indystar.com/articles/3/145059-8013-021.html

Our position is: Discrimination against Muslims is wrong and 
self-defeating.

Acts of alleged violence, harassment or discrimination against Muslims 
living in the United States increased nearly 70 percent last year, 
according to a report recently issued by the Council on 
American-Islamic 
Relations, a Muslim civil rights group.

The group said it received 1,019 complaints about such acts in 2003, up 
from 602 the year before. It attributed the increase to lingering fear 
from 
the 9/11 attacks, hostility driven by war rhetoric and abuses of the 
Patriot Act.

In Indiana, where an estimated 250,000 Muslims live, mostly native-born 
citizens, 13 incidents were reported. None involved violence, although 
one 
involved serious threats and another an interrupted break-in at the 
Bloomington Islamic Center.

Domestic discrimination is not unheard of during times of war. Many 
Americans of German descent changed their names during the two world 
wars 
because of fear. Hysteria against Japanese Americans during World War 
II 
led to innocent families being put in internment camps.

Such discrimination is wrong...

ALSO SEE:

ABUSE COSTS U.S. ITS MORAL AUTHORITY
Daniel Hurt, Baltimore Sun, 5/10/04
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bal-ed.le.10mmay10,0,5238399.story

As someone who opposed this war in Iraq from the beginning, I was 
surprised 
at how surprised I was when instances of abuse of Iraqi prisoner came 
to 
light ("Bush tries to quell Muslim uproar," May 7). I think I still 
believed that, despite the misguided policy aspects of this war, our 
troops 
would do the most professional and humane job they could under the 
circumstances.

And perhaps the one statement of President Bush's that I believed was 
that 
the Iraqis are better off without Saddam Hussein. Now I have my doubts 
about that, too.

This is not to say that most of our troops are not basically good 
people.

But, as in Vietnam, when you place a soldier in a dangerous place with 
an 
unclear mission, reviled by the population, unsure of who the enemy is 
and 
when he or she will return home, the soldier's humanity is gradually 
whittled away.

I cannot imagine how the United States will ever recover its 
credibility 
and moral authority after this prison abuse scandal.

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PICTURING DEFEAT IN WAR OF IDEAS
Scott Shane, Baltimore Sun, 5/10/04
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/bal-te.crisis10may10,0,2153764.story?coll=bal-nationworld-headlines

The accusations of gross misconduct directed at a handful of U.S. 
soldiers 
guarding prisoners in Iraq have thrown the administration into a graver 
political crisis than the deaths of more than 760 of their fellow 
troops in 
the war.

On the face of it, that seems extraordinary. But as the Bush 
administration 
and Congress came to understand last week, the stark photos from Abu 
Ghraib 
prison threaten the United States with defeat in the war of ideas that 
underlies the war on terrorism.

During a campaign stop in Iowa on Thursday, President Bush adjusted his 
stump speech for a slightly awkward moment, struggling to hold on to 
the 
moral high ground he has claimed unwaveringly since Sept. 11, 2001.

"The abhorrent pictures on our TV screens have stained our honor," Bush 
said. "They do not reflect the nature of the men and women we have sent 
overseas," he assured the audience. "We've sent decent, compassioned, 
honorable, sacrificing citizens."

He did not address the mystery that has disturbed many Americans over 
the 
past 10 days: how such decent citizens came to produce the sadistic 
pornography of the photos flashing on their television screens.

"Insofar as we have portrayed those we're fighting as evil, we've cast 
ourselves as good," says Lawrence M. Hinman, professor of philosophy 
and 
director of the Values Institute at the University of San Diego. "That 
makes us extraordinarily vulnerable to the charge that these pictures 
show 
that - albeit on a much, much smaller scale - we are capable of the 
same 
kind of wrong as our enemy. So that line between us and them becomes 
much 
less clearly drawn..."

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LOSING THE MORAL HIGH GROUND
Leonard Pitts, Jr., The State, 5/10/04
http://www.thestate.com/mld/state/news/opinion/8630009.htm

So much for winning the hearts and minds of the Muslim world.

Bad enough we invaded a nation that had not attacked us. Bad enough our 
core rationalization for that attack was apparently wrong.

Could anything be less likely to convince Muslims of our benevolence 
than 
the revelations now pouring out of Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad? Osama 
bin 
Laden himself could not have created a more effective recruiting tool 
for 
al Qaeda.

That's because the series of photos that first came to public attention 
through CBS News' "60 Minutes II" represents more than Iraqi prisoners 
being abused at the hands of U.S. soldiers. No, what you see in those 
images is a calculated cultural provocation, the equivalent of America 
spitting on Islam.

Each image is more sickening than the last. You go from a group of 
detainees stripped nude and forced to pile atop one another to a 
chained 
man with a woman's panties on his head to a naked man grimacing on the 
floor at the end of a leash held by a female Army private. There are 
also 
reportedly pictures of male prisoners forced to simulate sex acts with 
one 
another.

Given fundamentalist Islam's attitudes toward nudity, homosexuality and 
women, one can only imagine how humiliating this is. It's no 
endorsement of 
those attitudes to say that using them in this way amounts to nothing 
less 
than psychological brutality.

Then, hard on the heels of that scandal comes a new one: an 
investigation 
into the deaths of prisoners reportedly abused while in U.S. custody...

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FIRST SOLDIER TO GO ON TRIAL NEXT WEEK
Vivienne Walt, Boston Globe, 5/10/04
http://www.boston.com/news/world/articles/2004/05/10/first_soldier_to_go_on_trial_next_week

BAGHDAD - The first court-martial of a soldier accused in the Abu 
Ghraib 
abuses will be held in central Baghdad next week under the full glare 
of 
international media coverage, US officials announced yesterday as they 
moved quickly to try to contain the prison scandal that has rocked 
Washington and inflamed the Arab world.

Specialist Jeremy C. Sivits, 24, a member of the 372d Military Police 
Company, will stand trial May 19, in the first of six expected 
courts-martial.

Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt, deputy chief of US military operations 
in 
Iraq, said that in an effort to stop the scandal from further 
mobilizing 
Iraqi insurgents, all the trials will be "as transparent as possible," 
with 
US officials organizing maximum access for the news media. "They must 
be 
truly open," he said.

In what is sure to be a major media event, closed-circuit television 
monitors also will relay the proceedings to journalists in overflow 
rooms, 
he said...

ALSO SEE:

CONGRESS TO GET NEW PHOTOS OF IRAQI INMATES;
Jonathan Peterson, Los Angeles Times, 5/10/04
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-congress10may10,1,153256.story?coll=la-headlines-nation

WASHINGTON - Military officials are preparing to give Congress 
additional 
photographs from their investigation into the abusive treatment of 
Iraqi 
prisoners at the hands of U.S. soldiers, the chairman of the Senate 
Armed 
Services Committee said Sunday.

Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.) said the military had agreed to give the 
armed 
services panel classified discs containing unreleased digital images. 
"I 
was assured yesterday that all the new photos are being reviewed by the 
lawyers and so forth and will be forthcoming to Congress," he said on 
NBC's 
"Meet the Press."

The evidence will be shared with members of Congress, Warner added, but 
"when that will be released to the public remains to be seen."

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said during congressional 
testimony 
Friday that additional photographs and videos exist of physical 
violence 
toward prisoners under U.S. control, some of them showing "acts that 
can 
only be described as blatantly sadistic, cruel and inhuman."

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DETROITER NAMED GOVERNOR OF NAJAF IN IRAQ
Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 5/10/04
http://www.freep.com/news/locway/adnan10_20040510.htm

A Detroit man who once was jailed and tortured under Saddam Hussein's 
regime has become the governor of the Iraq province of Najaf.

Adnan Alzurufi, a native of Najaf, was appointed last week by the 
Pentagon 
at a time when the United States is struggling to take control of the 
strategically important region and city of the same name. The southern 
city 
of Najaf is considered holy by Shi'ite Muslims.

In Detroit, Alzurufi's wife and children said Friday they were glad to 
hear 
of his appointment.

"I feel very proud," said his son Montadar, 16, one of Alzurufi's seven 
children. "But I do worry about" his safety.

Alzurufi said that during the 1980s as a student in his homeland, he 
organized anti-Hussein groups in opposition to the Iran-Iraq war. The 
ruling Baath Party jailed him for five years in Najaf and Baghdad, 
where he 
said his captors whipped him and used electrical shocks on his leg and 
groin.

In 1991, he escaped and took part in an uprising against Hussein after 
the 
U.S. invasion of Iraq during the first Persian Gulf War.

Alzurufi fled Iraq for Detroit in 1994, part of a large number of Iraqi 
Shi'ite Muslims who came to Michigan after Hussein crushed the 
uprising. In 
1997, Alzurufi formed the Iraqi Uprising Committee to mobilize local 
Iraqis. In April 2003, he was one of a dozen exiles flown by the 
Pentagon 
to Iraq as part of rebuilding efforts.

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AILING MAN FACES DEPORTATION
Robert Polner, Newsday, 5/10/04
www.newsday.com

A heart patient, Malik Muhummad Akbar says he's willing to be deported 
if 
the U.S. government continues to insist on it. But if he is sent 
thousands 
of miles from his wife, children and medical care in New York, "it will 
result in my death," he says.

"I am not a politician," Akbar, 66, said at his family's Bronx home, 
gasping to speak above a whisper and unable to walk much without 
tiring. "I 
can't take a political stance. I am a straightforward person." Akbar, a 
retired poultry farmer from Pakistan, takes 40 pills a day for 
heart-,kidney- and diabetes-related ailments. His medical problems were 
diagnosed, he said, only after his arrival in this country as a visitor 
in 
2000. He has undergone heart surgery twice, that year and last year.

On March 24, an immigration judge at 26 Federal Plaza ordered Akbar 
deported within three months. At the time, a year had passed since he 
had 
complied with a post-9/11 government program known as special 
registration, 
in which men from Arab countries were required to report and 
periodically 
check in with the Department of Homeland Security. Akbar's visa had 
expired, but he had stayed here because of his poor health. The level 
of 
specialized care at Jacobi Medical Center - paid for with his own 
savings 
and that of his family's - would not be available to him in Pakistan, 
he said.

If deported in June for having out-of-date papers, he will become one 
of 
13,000 Muslim men forced to leave under special registration. Begun in 
October 2002, the program was expanded to cover immigrants from 
Pakistan 
and other Muslim-majority nations in January 2003. It was halted in 
December amid criticism it represented racial profiling and did not 
detect 
terrorists. The government contends the program was a first step in 
improving national security and was suspended after it boosted 
enforcement 
of immigration laws...

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NO-INTEREST LOAN PRODUCT OFFERED TO MUSLIMS IN MICH
Ben Jackson, American Banker, 5/10/04
http://www.americanbanker.com/

A small bank in suburban Detroit says it has found the formula for 
attracting the region's hundreds of thousands of devout Muslims.

Serving the nation's growing Muslim population poses a challenge for 
mainstream banks, because Islamic law forbids the receipt or payment of 
interest. The issue is particularly important in southeastern Michigan, 
which is home to the nation's biggest Arab-American community.

University Bancorp Inc., which is based in Ann Arbor, began offering a 
no-interest mortgage product last year. Last week it hired a mortgage 
officer whose sole job is to sell the product, the Mortgage Alternative 
Loan Transaction, or Malt.

Adnan Mirza, the new loan officer, said the $43.4 million-asset 
University 
has had limited success with Malt since introducing it last summer. To 
date 
University has closed $3 million of Malts.

How does a bank make money on a no-interest loan?

University creates a special trust for the property the borrower is 
seeking 
to buy. The borrower then leases the property in a rent-to-own 
arrangement 
and promises to take ownership at the end of the agreement's lifespan, 
typically 30 years. The bank gets a return from the rental payments...

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EVENTS PUSH MOSQUE LEADER INTO SPOTLIGHT
Jill Smith, Oregonian, 5/10/04
http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/news/1084190134254120.xml

BEAVERTON -- The question took Shahriar Ahmed by surprise.

The president of Bilal Mosque in Beaverton was looking for an elevator 
at 
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center when a security guard approached 
him: 
"Aren't you the guy who was disinvited from the prayer breakfast?"

A week earlier, organizers of the Mayors' Prayer Breakfast of 
Washington 
County had pulled Ahmed from the program because he is Muslim. Most 
mayors 
bowed out of the May 5 breakfast, which was subsequently canceled. But 
the 
incident upset many.

"Tears came to his eyes," Ahmed remembers. "He shook my hand and said, 
'I 
am so sorry.' "

And then the 5-foot Ahmed -- in his brown, knee-length kurta shirt -- 
and 
the security guard shared a hug.

The prayer-breakfast snub signaled for Ahmed -- a passionate and 
media-friendly spokesman for local Muslims since the Sept. 11, 2001, 
attacks -- a return to the news.

The attention didn't end there. On Thursday, he spoke for a shocked 
Muslim 
community about the detention of Brandon Mayfield, an Aloha lawyer 
being 
questioned in connection with the March train bombings in Spain.

Since the 2001 terrorist attacks, the mosque or some of its 250 members 
have been host to or part of 167 interfaith gatherings. Most often, 
Ahmed 
is the main speaker.

People from varied faiths come to learn about Islam but leave with 
Ahmed's 
praise warming their hearts -- praise for their love, their tolerance, 
their concern. Over and over in his low, gentle, slightly accented 
voice, 
Ahmed thanks them and tells them, "You are the best America has to 
offer."

"Some people are gifted. Shahriar is one of them," said Mohammed Haque, 
one 
of five men and three women who also have represented the mosque. "I 
have 
seen non-Muslims crying at Shahriar's speeches."

Ahmed's is a soothing message for the war-stressed who want to believe 
that 
markedly different people can get along.

But it is a message complicated when members of the local Muslim 
community 
raise suspicions. Last year, it was Maher "Mike" Hawash, a respected 
Hillsboro engineer who pleaded guilty to aiding the Taliban.

Ahmed "really was horrified by that incident because he knew that this 
man 
-- who had all kinds of people backing him -- made it kosher for people 
to 
suspect all Muslims," says Rabbi Daniel Isaak, who knows Ahmed through 
an 
interfaith group of Muslims, Jews and Arab Christians.

An eloquent, self-deprecating extrovert who describes himself as 
"vertically challenged and laterally endowed," Ahmed serves as the 
antidote 
to any alarm raised by those incidents.

"It's good for people to meet a Muslim who is a funny, likable, normal 
family man rather than a Shiite imam rallying a bunch of Muslims 
against 
the United States," says Tom Manning, a Jesuit High School religion 
teacher 
who has invited Ahmed to speak to his students...

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HIJAB BAN: RACIST HYPOCRISY
Sharon Smith, Axis of Logic, 5/10/04
http://www.axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/article_7455.shtml

ON MARCH 3, the French Senate passed a law banning female students from 
wearing the hijab, the head covering worn by many Muslim women and 
girls, 
in public schools starting in September 2004. The new French law 
prohibits 
not just the hijab, but all "signs and dress that ostensibly denote the 
religious belonging of students." It also bans beards and bandanas that 
denote Islamic affiliation, the Jewish yarmulka, or skullcap, and 
"conspicuous" Christian crosses. Nevertheless, few in France, where the 
press has dubbed the ban "the law against the veil," believe the target 
is 
anything but the hijab.

The French ban has inspired lawmakers in Belgium and Germany to 
consider 
following suit. On April 1, the conservative state of Baden-Wurttemberg 
in 
Germany banned Muslim public school teachers from wearing headscarves. 
The 
anti-hijab trend has even extended to the United States, where a 
sixth-grade student in the Muskogee, Oklahoma public school district 
was 
suspended twice last year for wearing her hijab.

France’s move to ban the hijab has generated heated 
controversy–dividing 
leftists, anti-racists, feminists, and even some Muslims. A founder of 
the 
French anti-racist organization SOS-Racisme resigned after it came out 
in 
support of the ban. Respected feminist Fadela Amara, president of Ni 
Putes 
Ni Soumises (Neither Whores Nor Downtrodden), an advocate group for 
North 
African women, supports the law.

Some feminists oppose the law on the grounds that it will strengthen 
Islamic fundamentalism. In December 2003, Muhammad Sayyid Tantawi, 
grand 
sheikh of al-Azhar University in Cairo, publicly declared that Muslims 
living in non-Muslim countries are obliged to obey that country’s laws, 
including a ban on wearing the hijab. But other high-ranking Islamic 
clerics strongly dispute this assertion, and argue that banning the 
hijab 
is a direct attack on Islam...

But whatever the rationale among progressives for supporting the hijab 
ban, 
it cannot be judged apart from its role in the rising tide of racism 
against Muslim populations throughout Europe, and indeed, around the 
world. 
In this campaign, as Middle East Report editorial committee member Paul 
Silverstein argues, "Law-and-order right-wingers, including [French 
Interior Minister Nicolas] Sarkozy, view the law as an important weapon 
in 
their ongoing "war on terror..."

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EXPERTS START UNEARTHING BODIES FROM NEW MASS GRAVE FOUND IN BOSNIA
Associated Press, 5/10/04

ZAKLOPACA, Bosnia-Herzegovina - Forensic experts on Monday unearthed 
the 
first remains and clothing of victims from a newly found mass grave 
expected to contain the bodies of 72 Muslims killed in eastern Bosnia 
during the 1992-95 war.

"We expect to find the remains of 72 victims, at least of them 16 of 
children," Murat Hurtic, a regional head of the Commission for Missing 
Persons, told The Associated Press.

The excavation site, about the size of a tennis court, was opened on 
Friday 
in the village of Zaklopaca, near the border with Serbia about 80 
kilometers (50 miles) northeast of Sarajevo.

It is believed to contain the remains of Muslims killed by Bosnian Serb 
forces at the beginning of the country's war. Forensic experts will be 
digging as deep as 3.5 meters (12 feet) in some sections to find the 
remains, some of them dismembered.

Work at the site is expected to last at least a month because the 
exhumation of the grave site is difficult because several tons of 
stones 
were dumped on top of it from a nearby stone pit in an attempt to hide 
the 
location, Hurtic said.

The remains will be taken to a lab in the northern town of Tuzla for 
DNA 
analysis in an attempt to identify them.

Most of the remains are believed to be those of Muslims from Zaklopaca 
killed in May 1992 at the beginning of the war. The site is a so-called 
secondary grave, where bodies initially buried elsewhere were dumped, 
Hurtic said...

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APPROXIMATELY ONE MILLION PEOPLE DISPLACED IN DARFUR IN THE “WORST 
HUMANITARAN AND HUMAN RIGHTS CATASTROPHE IN THE WORLD.”
Islamic Relief, 5/10/04	

DARFUR, Sudan – Islamic Relief Worldwide staff is monitoring the 
humanitarian crisis in the western Sudanese region of Darfur. According 
to 
the United Nations, the crisis in the western Sudanese region of Darfur 
is 
currently the worst humanitarian and human rights catastrophe in the 
world. 
The U.N. has estimated that, out of a pre-conflict population in Darfur 
of 
6.5 million, approximately 1 million people have been internally 
displaced 
within Sudan and more than 110,000 people have fled across the border 
into 
neighboring Chad as a result of this conflict.

Because of the unstable security situation on the ground, delivery of 
humanitarian assistance to the conflict-affected populations has been 
severely impeded. On April 8th the government of Sudan and the 
opposition 
Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) and the Justice and Equality Movement 
(JEM) 
signed a 45-day renewable ceasefire agreement which includes a pledge 
to 
guarantee safe passage of humanitarian aid to Darfur.

Islamic Relief Worldwide recently sent a delegation from its U.S., 
U.K., 
and France offices to monitor the situation. Two Islamic Relief USA 
representatives, Anwar Khan and Arif Shaikh returned from Sudan this 
week. 
According to Shaikh, “The living conditions of the displaced people are 
simply shocking. Thousands of people have been living in huts made of 4 
pieces of straw for several months. As the rainy season approaches, 
their 
situation will only get worse, as their current shelter will not be 
able to 
withstand the rain. Due to the poor living conditions, there are also 
very 
serious health problems in the region, including a meningitis 
epidemic.”

Islamic Relief Worldwide has been working in Sudan for 20 years, and 
has 5 
field offices located throughout the country. Islamic Relief Worldwide 
has 
already set up some camps for the displaced population, and plans to 
set up 
more camps, which will be able to withstand the rainy season.

Media Contacts: 	
Arif Shaikh, Islamic Relief USA
arif@irw.org
(818) 238-9520 phone
(818) 238-9521 fax

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR: Celebrating 10 years of community service

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 5/11/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: THE WORST SINS
* CAIR CONDEMNS MURDER OF AMERICAN IN IRAQ
* HELP CAIR RAISE $80K ONLINE THIS MONTH
	- Library Project Sponsorships: 7450
* CAIR-CLEVELAND TO HOLD ANNUAL BANQUET MAY 22
	- CAIR-OHIO: Muslim Rights Violations on the Rise
* CAIR-CAN: FACING NEW IDENTITIES
* CAIR-FL: MUSLIMS TO SUE IN SCHOOL BUS INCIDENT (Times Union)
* RABBIS CRITICIZE EVANGELICAL SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL (AP)
* THE ISRAELI TORTURE TEMPLATE (Counterpunch)
	- Israel Imprisons, Abuses Palestinian Youths (AP)
* SECRET WORLD OF U.S. INTERROGATION (Wash Post)
	- Amnesty Accuses UK of Killing Iraqi Civilians (Reuters)
	- Failure of Leadership at Highest Levels (Asia Times)
	- Mistreatment of Detainees Went Beyond Abuse (Wash Post)
* MD: MUSLIM FAMILY DAYS AT SIX FLAGS

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HADITH OF THE DAY: THE WORST SINS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "The worst sins are to 
join 
others as partners in worship with God, to murder a human being, to be 
undutiful to one's parents, or to bear false witness."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 9, Hadith 10

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CAIR CONDEMNS MURDER OF AMERICAN IN IRAQ

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/11/04) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR) today condemned the murder of an American civilian in Iraq by a 
group claiming links to Al-Qaeda.

A video posted on an Internet web site shows the beheading of a 
Philadelphia man working as a contractor in Iraq whose body was found 
on a 
highway overpass in Baghdad on Saturday. The group that carried out the 
killing said it was in retaliation for the ongoing Iraq prison abuse 
scandal.

In its statement, the Washington-based Islamic civil rights and 
advocacy 
group said:

"We condemn this cold-blooded murder and repudiate all those who commit 
such acts of mindless violence in the name of religion. We call on 
people 
of all faiths and cultures to work together for peace and 
reconciliation, 
not war and destruction."

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 26 regional 
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

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CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: 
cair@cair-net.org; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: 
rahmed@cair-net.org

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HELP CAIR RAISE $80K ONLINE THIS MONTH

CAIR has launched a new drive to raise $80,000 online each month. To 
help 
us reach that goal, go to: https://www.cair-net.org/asp/donate.asp

Through a new membership drive, "Building a Better America...One Member 
at 
a Time," CAIR also intends (God willing) to sign up 25,000 new members 
by 
its 10th year anniversary celebration scheduled for June 12, 2004.

TO JOIN, GO TO: http://www.cair-net.org/asp/membercamp.asp
Students Click here! 
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If you have any problems signing up as a CAIR member through the web 
site, 
please call 202-488-8787 and ask for "membership," or e-mail: 
iabusway@cair-net.org

ALSO SEE:

CAIR PUBLIC LIBRARY PROJECT UPDATE: 7450 SPONSORSHIPS

The goal of CAIR's library project is to send accurate and objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

For only $150, Muslim individuals and groups may sponsor 18-item 
packages 
about Islam and Muslims, which are then distributed to the library of 
their 
choice.

To sponsor a library call, 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320, or visit: 
www.libraryproject.org.

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CAIR-CLEVELAND TO HOLD ANNUAL BANQUET MAY 22

(CLEVELAND, OHIO) - On May 22, the Cleveland office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cleveland) will host its 2nd annual 
dinner 
and fundraiser, titled "Muslims in America: A Defining Moment." Dr. 
David 
Cole, a prominent constitutional scholar, award-winning author, and 
immigrants' rights attorney from Georgetown University Law Center will 
deliver the keynote address on security and civil rights in America.

WHEN: Saturday, May 22, 2004 from 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

WHERE: Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, 24 Public Square, Downtown 
Cleveland

The banquet program will highlight the accomplishments of the new 
CAIR-Cleveland office and CAIR's future plans at the local, state and 
national levels. In addition, the first annual CAIR-Cleveland Awards 
will 
be presented to outstanding area Muslims and supporters of civil rights 
from the community at large. Special awards will be given to public 
officials and members of the media.

Tickets are $50 and should be purchased in advance by calling the CAIR 
office.

CAIR is America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, with 26 
regional 
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

CONTACT: CAIR-Cleveland, Director, Julia A. Shearson 216-830-2247, 
216-440.2247, E-Mail Julia@cair-ohio.com

SEE ALSO:

CAIR-OHIO: MUSLIM RIGHTS VIOLATIONS ON THE RISE

http://www.onnnews.com/global/video/popup/pop_playerLaunch.asp?clipid1=204993&at1=News&vt1=v&h1=Rights+Violations+Against+Muslims+On+The+Rise&d1=173400

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CAIR-CAN: FACING NEW IDENTITIES
Sheema Khan, Globe and Mail, 5/10/04
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20040510/COSHEEMA10/TPComment/TopStories 


(Sheema Khan is the Chair of CAIR-CAN)

At one level, it seems like an absurd sketch featuring Mary Walsh and 
Cathy 
Jones from This Hour Has 22 Minutes: normally placid Canadians forced 
to 
confront their fuzzy notions of identity by two outspoken Muslim women.

Stereotypes are turned on their heads as Canadians wax passionately 
about 
citizenship and passports, while each woman, speaking in her own name, 
discards the cloak of submissiveness too often associated with her 
religion. If only reality were as simple as fiction.

The Muslim women are Maha Elsamnah and Monia Mazigh -- two very 
different 
individuals whose public ordeals have forced Canadians to reflect on 
fundamental values of this nation. They also represent two faces (among 
many) of Muslim participation in Western democracies, giving rise to a 
long 
overdue reflection on an ethic of citizenship.

Ms. Elsamnah has raised the ire of many Canadians. Some have called for 
the 
revocation of her citizenship. The anger is fuelled by her support of 
Osama 
bin Laden and the al-Qaeda mass murder of Sept. 11, 2001, her contempt 
for 
Canada's social environment as a place to raise her children, and her 
gall 
in using the very system she professes to hate.

It has been pointed out that however objectionable her views, our laws 
do 
not strip individuals of citizenship for holding repugnant opinions. 
While 
it may seem galling to abuse the many privileges of citizenship 
(passports, 
access to health care, etc.), Ms. Elsamnah is certainly not alone in 
claiming these privileges as a matter of convenience. The list includes 
business investors and Florida snowbirds.

In contrast, Monia Mazigh has won widespread admiration for her 
tireless, 
dignified campaign to have her husband returned from Syria. She has 
made 
good use of democratic institutions to achieve justice, so that her 
children would not grow up bitter about their father's ordeal.

Against insurmountable odds, she fought for basic democratic principles 
such as the rule of law and government accountability...

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CAIR-FL: MUSLIM STUDENTS' FAMILIES TO SUE IN SCHOOL BUS INCIDENT
Paul Pinkham, Times-Union, 5/11/04
http://jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/051104/met_15574965.shtml

The families of 14 Muslim middle school students removed from a school 
bus 
in October have notified the Duval County School Board they intend to 
sue, 
alleging religious discrimination.

In a letter to the School Board last week, lawyers for the families and 
the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations said the Fort Caroline Middle 
School 
students were discriminated against because of their religious beliefs 
and 
their race.

"The bus driver was hostile, intimidating and made religious slurs," 
says 
the intent-to-sue letter filed at City Hall by attorney Omar Mohammedi 
of 
New York. It was supplemented with sworn statements from the students.

Florida law requires six months notice before suing a public agency. 
City 
Hall attorneys represent the school system in such actions.

Superintendent John Fryer said Monday the school system and First 
Student 
bus company investigated the incident, but he wouldn't discuss the 
results.

"Now it's up [to] the lawyers," he said.

The 12- to 14-year-old students, recent emigrants from the Middle East 
and 
Central Asia, were removed from the First Student bus Oct. 29 by a 
driver 
who said they were insubordinate and verbally abusive. The case 
received 
national attention after the Council on American-Islamic Relations 
reported 
they had to walk 5 miles home.

"The bus driver exposed these children to dangerous, hazardous, 
improper 
and unsafe conditions," Mohammedi said. His letter said the families 
also 
plan to sue First Student.

He said the incident was compounded two days later when another First 
Student driver refused to pick up the students at their bus stop at 
Atlantic Boulevard and Caravan Trail. The bus company said the students 
weren't complying with a change in bus stop locations made because of 
safety reasons, but Mohammedi said the drivers sought to punish his 
clients 
"because of their religion, national origin and race."

Ahmed Bedier, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations 
in 
Florida, said he is "dismayed" school and bus company officials haven't 
apologized for the incidents.

"These students' rights were violated," Bedier said. "We and the 
parents 
gave plenty of opportunity for the school district and the bus company 
to 
do an investigation, and they really haven't been forthcoming with 
their 
findings."

The incidents prompted a civil rights investigation by the Florida 
Attorney 
General's Office. A spokeswoman there didn't return a phone call about 
the 
status of that probe.

Bedier said a complaint also has been filed recently with the U.S. 
Department of Education's civil rights office, which is investigating.

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RABBIS EXPRESS UNPRECEDENTED CRITICISM OF AMERICAN EVANGELICAL SUPPORT 
FOR 
ISRAEL
Josef Federman, Associated Press, 5/10/04
http://cbsnewyork.com/international/Israel-Evangelicals-ai/resources_news_html

JERUSALEM - Prominent Israeli rabbis are for the first time speaking 
out 
against Israel's profitable alliance with evangelical Christians in the 
United States who have funneled tens of millions of dollars to the 
Jewish 
state.

The rabbis fear the Christians' real intent is to convert Jews, their 
aides 
said Monday. Others are concerned about the evangelicals' support for 
Israel's extreme right-wing, opposing any compromise with the 
Palestinians.

The dispute touches on an increasingly sensitive issue in Israel: the 
country's dependence, both economically and politically, on 
conservative 
American Christians.

Besides contributing tidy sums to projects in Israel, some evangelical 
Christians have lobbied in support of the Israeli government in 
Washington.

Troubling to Israelis is the fact that one influential group of 
evangelicals believes in a final, apocalyptic battle between good and 
evil 
in which Jesus returns and Jews either accept him or perish a vision 
that 
causes obvious discomfort among Jews.

"I'm worried as a Jew," said Mina Fenton, a Jerusalem City Council 
member 
from an Orthodox Jewish party, who has led opposition to the 
evangelical 
groups. "I don't want my people to be assassinated, sacrificed, killed 
or 
slaughtered because of their beliefs."

Concern has been bubbling under the surface for some time, and although 
leading rabbis had stayed in the background, their worries emerged 
Monday 
in the Israeli media.

The focus of the latest criticism has been the International Fellowship 
of 
Christians and Jews, a Chicago-based group that has raised tens of 
millions 
of dollars from Christian supporters of Israel...

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THE ISRAELI TORTURE TEMPLATE
Wayne Madsen, Counterpunch, 5/10/04
http://www.counterpunch.org/madsen05102004.html

With mounting evidence that a shadowy group of former Israeli Defense 
Force 
and General Security Service (Shin Bet) Arabic-speaking interrogators 
were 
hired by the Pentagon under a classified "carve out" sub-contract to 
brutally interrogate Iraqi prisoners at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison, 
one 
only needs to examine the record of abuse of Palestinian and Lebanese 
prisoners in Israel to understand what Secretary of Defense Donald 
Rumsfeld 
meant, when referring to new, yet to be released photos and videos, he 
said, "if these images are released to the public, obviously its going 
to 
make matters worse."

According to a political appointee within the Bush administration and 
U.S. 
intelligence sources, the interrogators at Abu Ghraib included a number 
of 
Arabic-speaking Israelis who also helped U.S. interrogators develop the 
"R2I" (Resistance to Interrogation) techniques. Many of the torture 
methods 
were developed by the Israelis over many years of interrogating Arab 
prisoners on the occupied West Bank and in Israel itself.

Clues about worse photos and videos of abuse may be found in Israeli 
files 
about similar abuse of Palestinian and other Arab prisoners. In March 
2000, 
a lawyer for a Lebanese prisoner kidnapped in 1994 by the Israelis in 
Lebanon claimed that his client had been subjected to torture, 
including 
rape. The type of compensation offered by Rumsfeld in his testimony has 
its 
roots in cases of Israeli torture of Arabs. In the case of the Lebanese 
man, said to have been raped by his Israeli captors, his lawyer 
demanded 
compensation of $1.47 million. The Public Committee Against Torture in 
Israel documented the types of torture meted out on Arab prisoners. 
Many of 
the tactics coincide with those contained in the Taguba report: 
beatings 
and prolonged periods handcuffed to furniture. In an article in the 
December 1998 issue of The Progressive, Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb reported on 
the 
treatment given to a 23-year old Palestinian held on "administrative 
detention." The prisoner was "cuffed behind a chair 17 hours a day for 
120 
days . . . [he] had his head covered with a sack, which was often 
dipped in 
urine or feces. Guards played loud music right next to his ears and 
frequently taunted him with threats of physical and sexual violence." 
If 
additional photos and videos document such practices, the Bush 
administration and the American people have, indeed, "seen nothing 
yet..."

ALSO SEE:

ISRAEL IMPRISONS, ABUSES PALESTINIAN YOUTHS
Associated Press, 5/10/04
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/425849.html

More than 300 Palestinian teens are routinely subjected to physical and 
psychological abuse in Israeli prisons now, two human rights groups 
charged 
Monday.

The Israel Defense Forces denied the allegations.

The Geneva-based Defense for Children International and Save the 
Children, 
headquartered in Sweden, said that as of May 2004, 373 Palestinians 
under 
18 were being held in Israeli detention centers and prisons. At least 
three 
of the detainees are under 14, they said.

The groups charged that the treatment of Palestinian child prisoners by 
Israeli authorities amounts to a pattern of violence that has gone 
unchecked for years.

"The children are physically and mentally abused, and they are deprived 
of 
their family and an education," said Tov Myhrman, a program adviser 
based 
in Jerusalem for Save the Children-Sweden...

On Monday, both groups released reports that document hundreds of cases 
of 
Palestinian children, all under 18, who have been arrested and 
imprisoned 
in Israeli jails. In the reports, many of them describe abuse...

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SECRET WORLD OF U.S. INTERROGATION
Dana Priest and Joe Stephens, Washington Post, 5/11/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A15981-2004May10.html

In Afghanistan, the CIA's secret U.S. interrogation center in Kabul is 
known as "The Pit," named for its despairing conditions. In Iraq, the 
most 
important prisoners are kept in a huge hangar near the runway at 
Baghdad 
International Airport, say U.S. government officials, counterterrorism 
experts and others. In Qatar, U.S. forces have been ferrying some Iraqi 
prisoners to a remote jail on the gigantic U.S. air base in the desert.

The Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, where a unit of U.S. soldiers abused 
prisoners, is just the largest and suddenly most notorious in a 
worldwide 
constellation of detention centers -- many of them secret and all 
off-limits to public scrutiny -- that the U.S. military and CIA have 
operated in the name of counterterrorism or counterinsurgency 
operations 
since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

These prisons and jails are sometimes as small as shipping containers 
and 
as large as the sprawling Guantanamo Bay complex in Cuba. They are part 
of 
an elaborate CIA and military infrastructure whose purpose is to hold 
suspected terrorists or insurgents for interrogation and safekeeping 
while 
avoiding U.S. or international court systems, where proceedings and 
evidence against the accused would be aired in public. Some are even 
held 
by foreign governments at the informal request of the United States...

The largely hidden array includes three systems that only rarely 
overlap: 
the Pentagon-run network of prisons, jails and holding facilities in 
Iraq, 
Afghanistan, Guantanamo and elsewhere; small and secret CIA-run 
facilities 
where top al Qaeda and other figures are kept; and interrogation rooms 
of 
foreign intelligence services -- some with documented records of 
torture -- 
to which the U.S. government delivers or "renders" mid- or low-level 
terrorism suspects for questioning...

ALSO SEE:

AMNESTY ACCUSES UK OF KILLING IRAQI CIVILIANS
Kate Kelland, Reuters, 5/11/04
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/1084280423369_7/?hub=World

LONDON - Amnesty International accused British soldiers in Iraq on 
Tuesday 
of killing civilians, including an eight-year-old girl and a wedding 
guest, 
when they posed no apparent threat.

The human rights group said Britain was undermining the rule of law in 
Iraq 
by failing to investigate properly the suspected unlawful killings.

In a report released amid a storm of allegations about the mistreatment 
of 
Iraqi prisoners by American and British forces, Amnesty said the 
British 
troops' actions had breached international human rights standards.

"The British Army's response to suspected unlawful killing of civilians 
has 
undermined, rather than upheld, the rule of law," it said.

"It has failed to conduct investigations into all killings of 
civilians, 
and the investigations that have been carried out have failed to ensure 
that justice was done and seen to be done in the eyes of the victims' 
families."

Amnesty said that in total, UK troops had been involved in the killings 
of 
at least 37 civilians since May 1 2003, when the war to topple Saddam 
Hussein officially ended...

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A FAILURE OF LEADERSHIP AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS
Army Times, 5/10/04
http://www.armytimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-2903288.php

Around the halls of the Pentagon, a term of caustic derision has 
emerged 
for the enlisted soldiers at the heart of the furor over the Abu Ghraib 
prison scandal: the six morons who lost the war.

Indeed, the damage done to the U.S. military and the nation as a whole 
by 
the horrifying photographs of U.S. soldiers abusing Iraqi detainees at 
the 
notorious prison is incalculable.

But the folks in the Pentagon are talking about the wrong morons.

There is no excuse for the behavior displayed by soldiers in the 
now-infamous pictures and an even more damning report by Army Maj. Gen. 
Antonio Taguba. Every soldier involved should be ashamed.

But while responsibility begins with the six soldiers facing criminal 
charges, it extends all the way up the chain of command to the highest 
reaches of the military hierarchy and its civilian leadership.

The entire affair is a failure of leadership from start to finish. From 
the 
moment they are captured, prisoners are hooded, shackled and isolated. 
The 
message to the troops: Anything goes...

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MISTREATMENT OF DETAINEES WENT BEYOND GUARDS' ABUSE
Rajiv Chandrasekaran and Scott Wilson, Washington Post, 5/10/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A15492-2004May10.html

BAGHDAD - Problems in the U.S.-run detention system in Iraq extended 
beyond 
physical mistreatment in prison cellblocks, involving thousands of 
arrests 
without evidence of wrongdoing and abuse of suspects starting from the 
moment of detention, according to former prisoners, Iraqi lawyers, 
human 
rights advocates and the International Committee for the Red Cross.

U.S.-led forces routinely rounded up Iraqis and then denied or 
restricted 
their rights under the Geneva Conventions during months of confinement, 
including rights to legal representation and family visits, the sources 
said.

In a report in February, the Red Cross stated that some military 
intelligence officers estimated that 70 percent to 90 percent of "the 
persons deprived of their liberty in Iraq had been arrested by 
mistake." Of 
the 43,000 Iraqis who have been imprisoned at some point during the 
occupation, only about 600 have been referred to Iraqi authorities for 
prosecution, according to U.S. officials.

The Red Cross study, posted Monday on the Wall Street Journal's Web 
site, 
concludes that the arrest and detention practices employed by U.S.-led 
forces in Iraq "are prohibited under International Humanitarian Law."

Now, facing international outcry over photographs of prisoner abuse 
less 
than two months before the planned handover of sovereignty to an 
interim 
Iraqi government on June 30, U.S. officials plan to dramatically reduce 
the 
number of Iraqis in military custody, from more than 8,000 to fewer 
than 
2,000, according to people with knowledge of the issue. The release 
will 
send legions of prisoners, many of them angry and hardened by their 
incarceration, home to Sunni Muslim-dominated parts of north-central 
Iraq 
where resistance to the U.S. occupation has been fiercest...

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MD: MUSLIM FAMILY DAYS AT SIX FLAGS

WHAT: The Muslim Community Center (MCC) is pleased to announce that 
negotiated favorable deals with two of the area's most popular 
amusement parks:

WHEN: Muslim Family Day at the Six Flags on Saturday, July 10, 2004:

(Tickets are @ $20 each. Any Muslim organization that buys 50 or more
tickets will receive a discount of $0.50 per ticket. The Park 
Management 
will reserve prayer areas and MCC will arrange for a Halal food vendor 
for 
this occasion.)

Muslim Family Day at the King s Dominion on Saturday, August 14, 2004:

(You will be able to buy these tickets at a deep discounted price of 
$23 
each. We are offering $0.50 per ticket additional discount for our 
Muslim 
organization that order 50 or more tickets from us. Since this is our 
first 
year at this park, we will not be able to provide special prayer area 
nor 
Halal foods. You will, however, be able to use picnic area for prayers 
and 
will have choice of various non-meat food items.)

Please note that these tickets will only be valid for the above dates.
Usual park rules for 'rain days' will apply. Both parks will also be 
open 
to the general public.

You are encouraged to bring your non-Muslim friends along so that they 
can 
get acquainted with other Muslim families. The purpose of Muslim Family 
Day 
celebration is to bring non-Muslim families closer to our families and 
make 
them feel comfortable around us.

To buy tickets online, please visit our Website http://www.mccmd.org/ 
and 
click on the desired park. You may also buy tickets in person or by 
calling 
us at 301-384-3454 during normal business hours. If you do not live in 
MCC 
area, please ask your Islamic Centers to contact MCC and order tickets 
in 
bulk to receive additional discount.

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Washington, D.C.  20003
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Date: Wed, 12 May 2004 17:45:09 -0400
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Subject: CAIR-NET: Gen. Boykin Tied to Iraq Abuse Case

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR: Celebrating 10 years of community service

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 5/12/04

* VERSE OF THE DAY: WITH EVERY HARDSHIP COMES EASE
* HELP CAIR RAISE $80K ONLINE THIS MONTH
	- Library Project Sponsorships: 7452
* GEN. BOYKIN TIED TO IRAQ ABUSE CASE (Reuters)
	- 'Anti-Islam' Gen. Under Fire (NY Post)
	- Action Alert: Boykin Linked To Iraqi Prisoner Abuse
* ENGLAND: SUPERIORS GAVE IRAQ ABUSE ORDERS (AP)
	- Images Change Perception of the War (SF Chronicle)
	- Rumsfeld Backs Iraq Interrogation Methods (AP)
* CAIR-FL: LEADERS TO CONDEMN CYCLE OF VIOLENCE IN IRAQ
	- Scholars Denounce Berg's Beheading (Islamonline)
	- American Muslims Denounce Beheading In Iraq (AP)
	- Local Muslims React to Nick Berg's Death (CBS)
	- High Desert Muslims Denounce 'Revenge' (V Daily)
	- Charlotte Muslims Condemn Murder of American in Iraq
	- UK: Muslims Condemn Reprehensible Nick Berg Killing
* TN: TWO ISRAELIS ARRESTED AFTER HIGH-SPEED CHASE (AP)
* IL: MOSQUE WINS CONTESTED VOTE (Chicago Trib)
* PRES PUSH FAILS TO QUELL GOP FEAR OF PATRIOT ACT (Hill)
* U.S. MUSLIM GROUP CLAIMS BIAS IN AL HALABI CASE (MC Times)
* US PANEL: FRANCE SHOULD 'REASSESS' SCHOOL BAN ON HIJAB
* PRESIDENT IMPOSES SANCTIONS ON SYRIA (Wash Post)
* CHRISTIAN GROUPS SAY TIES WITH ISRAEL "WORST" EVER (Reuters)
        - Group: Bush's Foreign Policy 'Dangerous' (AP)
* SALT LAKE CITY UTAH MUSLIM CULTURAL FESTIVAL
* DC: SYMPOSIUM ON THE LEGACY OF ISLAMIC SPAIN

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VERSE OF THE DAY: WITH EVERY HARDSHIP COMES EASE

And behold, with every hardship comes ease. Verily, with every hardship 
comes ease! So when thou art freed [from distress], remain steadfast, 
and 
unto thy Sustainer turn with love.

The Holy Quran, Chapter 94, Verses 5-8

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HELP CAIR RAISE $80K ONLINE THIS MONTH

CAIR has launched a new drive to raise $80,000 online each month. To 
help 
us reach that goal, go to: https://www.cair-net.org/asp/donate.asp

Through a new membership drive, "Building a Better America...One Member 
at 
a Time," CAIR also intends (God willing) to sign up 25,000 new members 
by 
its 10th year anniversary celebration scheduled for June 12, 2004.

TO JOIN, GO TO: http://www.cair-net.org/asp/membercamp.asp
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GENERAL WHO MADE ANTI-ISLAM REMARK TIED TO POW CASE
Andrea Shalal-Esa, Reuters, 5/11/04
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5109973

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Army general under investigation for anti-Islamic 
remarks has been linked by U.S. officials to the Iraqi prisoner abuse 
scandal, which experts warned could touch off new outrage overseas.

A Senate hearing into the abuse of Iraqi prisoners was told on Tuesday 
that 
Lt. Gen. William Boykin, an evangelical Christian under review for 
saying 
his God was superior to that of the Muslims, briefed a top Pentagon 
civilian official last summer on recommendations on ways military 
interrogators could gain more intelligence from Iraqi prisoners.

Critics have suggested those recommendations amounted to a senior-level 
go-ahead for the sexual and physical abuse of prisoners, possibly to 
"soften up" detainees before interrogation -- a charge the Pentagon 
denies.

Congressional aides and Arab-American and Muslim groups said any 
involvement by Boykin could spark new concern among Arabs and Muslims 
overseas the U.S. war on terrorism is in fact a war on Islam.

"This will be taken as proof that what happened at Abu Ghraib (prison) 
is 
evidence of a broader culture of dehumanizing Arabs and Muslims, based 
on 
the American understanding of the innate superiority of Christendom," 
said 
Chris Toensing, editor of Middle East Report, a U.S.-based quarterly 
magazine.

One Senate aide, who asked not to be identified, said any involvement 
by 
Boykin could be explosive. "Even if he knew about the abuse, that would 
be 
a big deal," he said.

Boykin has declined comment, and defense officials could not say what 
the 
extent of his involvement or knowledge about the mistreatment of Iraqi 
prisoners might have been...

Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American Islamic 
Relations, 
chided the Pentagon for not acting promptly to discipline Boykin and 
the 
delayed engagement of top military leaders on the prisoner abuse 
scandal.

"It creates a climate in which ... the perpetrators believe they're 
carrying out the policies of those above them, whether those policies 
are 
explicit or not," Hooper said.

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'ANTI-ISLAM' GEN. UNDER FIRE
New York Post, 5/12/04
http://www.nypost.com/news/worldnews/20687.htm

WASHINGTON - The Army general under investigation for anti-Islamic 
remarks 
has been linked by officials to the Iraqi prisoner-abuse scandal.

A Senate hearing into the abuse of Iraqi prisoners was told yesterday 
that 
Lt. Gen. William Boykin, an evangelical Christian under review for 
saying 
his God was superior to Allah, briefed a top Pentagon civilian official 
last summer on ways interrogators could gain more intelligence from 
Iraqi 
prisoners.

Critics have suggested those recommendations amounted to a senior-level 
go-ahead for the sexual and physical abuse of prisoners.

Congressional aides and Muslim groups said any involvement by Boykin 
could 
spark new rage among Arabs and Muslims overseas.

One Senate aide, who asked not to be identified, said any involvement 
by 
Boykin could be explosive. "Even if he knew about the abuse, that would 
be 
a big deal," he said. Post Wire Services

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ACTION ALERT: GENERAL BOYKIN LINKED TO IRAQI PRISONER ABUSE
Demand that Congress Condemn Abuse by Cleaning Out Islamophobic 
Atmosphere

CAIR is urging members of the American Muslim community and other 
people of 
conscience to contact their elected representatives and ask that they 
co-sponsor H. Res. 419, the Boykin resolution, which condemns 
religiously 
intolerant remarks and calls on the President to clearly censure and 
reassign Lieutenant General Boykin for his religiously intolerant 
remarks 
against Muslims.

Recently, it was revealed in Senate hearings that General Boykin may 
have 
recommended ways that military investigators could "soften up" 
detainees 
before interrogation. According to Reuters, "critics have suggested 
those 
recommendations amounted to a senior-level go-ahead for sexual and 
physical 
abuse of prisoners." Boykin's prejudice against Muslims may well have 
influenced the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners held by American 
military 
personnel. If this is the case, no amount of political pressure should 
excuse General Boykin's incompetence.

H. Res. 419 was introduced by Rep. John Conyers and expresses the sense 
of 
the House of Representatives that-(a) General Boykin has made a number 
of 
intolerant remarks against Muslims during public addresses while 
wearing 
his military uniform; (b) Islam is a monotheistic faith whose followers 
are 
an integral part of the social fabric of America and many other 
countries; 
(c) General Boykin must interact routinely with Muslims all over the 
world 
with the position he currently holds; (d) General Boykin has failed to 
retract his controversial statements or issue a full apology; (e) 
General 
Boykin's remarks have impaired the image of the United States worldwide 
and 
threaten to endanger U.S. troops in Muslim-dominated countries; (f) 
General 
Boykin's remarks insult American Muslims, including those in the U.S. 
Armed 
Forces, and Muslim allies of the United States.

The amount of damage the Iraqi prisoner scandal and General Boykin's 
intolerant remarks has caused the U.S. image in the Muslim world is 
immeasurable. General Boykin must go.

Contact your representative today and ask him or her to support this 
resolution. Original cosponsors to the resolution include: Rep. Bill 
Pascrell (D-NJ), Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee 
(D-TX), Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH), Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), 
Rep. 
Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL), Rep. Jim McDermott 
(D-WA), 
Rep. Betty McCullom (D-MN), Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Rep. Barbara Lee 
(D-CA), Rep. Michael Honda (D-CA), Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA).

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ENGLAND: SUPERIORS GAVE IRAQ ABUSE ORDERS
Estes Thompson, Associated Press, 5/12/04
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20040512/D82H29D80.html

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - The Army private facing a court-martial for being 
photographed with naked Iraqi prisoners says she was following orders 
to 
create psychological pressure on them.

Pfc. Lynndie England told KCNC-TV in Denver on Tuesday that her 
superiors 
gave her specific instructions on how to pose for the photos. Asked who 
gave the orders, she would say only, "Persons in my chain of command."

In photographs that have been shown worldwide, England, 21, is seen 
smiling, cigarette in her mouth, as she leans forward and points at the 
genitals of a naked, hooded Iraqi. Another photo taken at Baghdad's Abu 
Ghraib prison shows her holding a leash that encircles the neck of a 
naked 
Iraqi man lying on his side.

"I was instructed by persons in higher rank to 'stand there, hold this 
leash, look at the camera,' and they took picture for PsyOps 
(psychological 
operations)," she told the station.

"I didn't really, I mean, want to be in any pictures," she said. She 
also 
said she thought "it was kind of weird."

The interview with England, a military reservist from West Virginia, 
was 
taped Tuesday in North Carolina. England, who is now at Fort Bragg, 
also 
met Tuesday with one of a team of Denver lawyers who have volunteered 
to 
take her case...

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AWFUL IMAGES CHANGE PERCEPTION OF THE WAR
Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle, 5/12/04
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/05/12/MNGMO6K22R1.DTL

The video of a U.S. civilian being beheaded by Iraqi extremists 
represents 
a profound and disturbing shift in the Iraq conflict: Graphic images 
are 
humanizing the toll of the war, heightening emotions on both sides, say 
experts.

The gruesome display is the latest in a series of pictures that 
directly 
show abuse, mutilation and killing. The effect is to intensify the way 
both 
Americans and Iraqis perceive the conflict.

"These are images of death at an individual level," said Richard K. 
Herrmann, a political science professor at Ohio State University. "The 
vividness of a single person being mistreated is going to have a much 
bigger emotional impact than pictures of lots of people, or 
statistics."

By making the war more vivid, "you make it much more potent 
emotionally," 
Herrmann said. "The Pentagon has understood this for decades. It's why 
they 
talk about 'collateral damage.' What's happening in the past couple of 
weeks is that we're starting to focus on individual (tragedies)."

The Arab world has seen the Iraq conflict through much starker images 
from 
the beginning, as Al-Jazeera and other Arab networks highlighted images 
of 
disfigured Iraqi bodies -- especially those of civilians...

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for Council on American-Islamic Relations 
in 
Washington, said the organization got a flurry of e-mails Tuesday 
blaming 
Islam for Berg's beheading.

"We've always warned of a downward spiral of mutual hostility and 
distrust," said Hooper, whose organization condemned the killing. 
"These 
images, whether it's the beheading or the images coming out of the 
Baghdad 
prison, create further hostility. It's the kind of hate we really 
didn't 
even see after the 9/11 terror attacks...''

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RUMSFELD BACKS IRAQ INTERROGATION METHODS
Ken Guggenheim, Associated Press, 5/12/04
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4082650,00.html

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld defended military 
interrogation techniques in Iraq on Wednesday, rejecting complaints 
that 
they violate international rules and may endanger Americans taken 
prisoner.

Rumsfeld told a Senate committee that Pentagon lawyers had approved 
methods 
such as sleep deprivation and dietary changes as well as rules 
permitting 
prisoners to be made to assume stress positions.

Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also noted 
that 
the rules require prisoners to be treated humanely at all times.

But Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill. said some of the approved techniques 
``go 
far beyond the Geneva Convention,'' a reference to international rules 
governing the treatment of prisoners of war.

Rumsfeld spoke after two weeks of controversy provoked by photographs 
of 
American military personnel abusing prisoners in Iraq. An American was 
beheaded in a videotaped execution posted to a militant Islamic web 
site on 
Tuesday - a killing that captors said was revenge for the abuse of 
Iraqis 
in the Abu Ghraib prison...

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CAIR-FL: LEADERS TO CONDEMN CYCLE OF VIOLENCE AND ABUSE IN IRAQ

(TAMPA, FL 5/12/04) The Florida office of the Council on 
American-Islamic 
Relations (CAIR-FL) and the National Conference for Community and 
Justice 
(NCCJ) announced today their plans to hold several press conferences 
across 
Florida to address recent events of torture, abuse, and senseless 
killings 
in Iraq.

CONTACT: (Tampa) Ahmed Bedier, 813-731-9506, Email: 
abedier@cair-florida.org; (South FL) Altaf Ali, 954-298-8214, Email: 
altaf@cair-florida.org;

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AL-AZHAR SCHOLARS DENOUNCE BERG'S BEHEADING
Sobhy Mujahid, Islamonline, 5/12/04
http://www.islam-online.net/English/News/2004-05/12/article08.shtml

CAIRO - Several scholars from Al-Azhar, the world's highest Sunni 
religious 
authority, condemned the decapitation of an American civilian by 
unknown 
people in Iraq, saying Islam stands against such acts.

"Islam respects the human being, dead or alive, and cutting off the 
American's head was an act of mutilation forbidden by Islam," Ibrahim 
Al-Fayoumi, a member of Al-Azhar's Islamic Research Academy, told 
IslamOnline.net.

He cited a number of verses from the holy Qur'an which affirm giving 
due 
respect to dead people regardless of their race or religion.

However, Fayoumi suspected the whole episode was "an American 
propaganda to 
divert attention from the scandal of the U.S. military abuse of Iraqi 
detainees".

A video put on a website linked to Al-Qaeda shows the beheading of 
Nicholas 
Berg with his executioners saying it came in revenge for the abuse of 
Iraqi 
prisoners by U.S. troops.

Under the title "The moment of revenge," The Independent likened the 
horrific incident to the Iraqi prisoner scandal as "cruel image for 
cruel 
image..."

Mahmoud Emara, another member of the Academy, slammed the decapitation, 
saying it would harm the image of Islam.

"The mutilation even of enemies is rejected by Islam. A mistake could 
not 
justify another," he underlined.

The scholar cited the respect Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) had paid to 
bodies in 
the battle of Badr when he ordered the burial of the dead irrespective 
of 
their religion.

The Prophet urged his Companions on the day of Badr to be kind to their 
captives and treat them with clemency...

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AMERICAN MUSLIMS DENOUNCE BEHEADING IN IRAQ
Associated Press, 5/12/04
http://www.wavy.com/Global/story.asp?S=1859800

Washington -- A Washington-based Muslim advocacy group is condemning 
the 
beheading of an American businessman in Iraq as a "cold-blooded 
murder".

Rabiah Ahmed (RAH-bee-uh AM'-id) of the Council for American-Islamic 
Relations says Muslims are especially horrified that Nick Berg's 
killers 
shouted "God is great!" and claimed to be acting in the name of Islam.

The militants are shown on the Internet declaring that "the dignity of 
the 
Muslim men and women" abused by U-S troops in an Iraqi prison cannot be 
"redeemed except by blood and souls."

Ahmed says Berg's beheading was "in opposition with what Islam stands 
for." 
She adds that American Muslims wish to extend their prayers, 
condolences 
and support to Berg's family.

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HIGH DESERT MUSLIMS DENOUNCE 'REVENGE'
James Ramage, Victorville Daily Press, 5/12/04
http://www.vvdailypress.com/cgi-bin/newspro/viewnews.cgi?newsid1084367780,1743,

VICTORVILLE - Cold-blooded murder and revenge on innocent victims have 
no 
place in Islam, said Southern California Islamic organizations who 
strongly 
condemned the beheading of an American civilian Tuesday.

"The Quran says that killing an innocent person is like killing all of 
humanity," said Muzammil Siddiqi, president of the Islamic Shura 
Council of 
Southern California. "(The executioners) are acting in an inhuman way. 
The 
crime has no justification."

Siddiqi said that Muslims in Iraq who are upset about the recent abuse 
of 
Iraqi prisoners at the hands of American soldiers should protest 
strongly, 
but should never take revenge on innocent westerners and Americans, as 
some 
have.

Sabiha Khan, spokeswoman for the Southern California office of the 
Council 
on American-Islamic Relations, agreed. She added that the acts of a few 
should not be representative of a much larger group, referring to both 
a 
religion of 1.2 billion followers, as well as U.S. armed forces.

"What happened is totally against Islam," Khan said. "We call on all 
people 
of all faiths and cultures to work for peace and reconciliation, not 
war 
and destruction."

Khan said that though the Quran condemns such acts of violence, people 
have 
always twisted religious teachings...

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LOCAL MUSLIMS REACT TO NICK BERG'S DEATH
CBS 10, 5/12/04
http://www.cbs10kztv.com/news/headlines/767412.html

Those who are of Muslim faith and live here, describe those Iraqi's who 
tortured Nick Berg to death as an inhuman act of terrorists.

For those who pray and put their Islamic faith into practice say the 
translation of the word Islam means peace.

The integrity of the word is shared by millions of practicing Muslims 
all 
over the world. Ahmed el Kassagy tells CBS 10 News the Iraqis who 
murdered 
Nick Berg were taking the integrity and the peaceful practice of the 
Muslim 
faith and twisting it into their own terroristic view.

Kassagy says he's American born, of Egyptian decent and appreciates 
what 
opportunities the United States has been able to afford him, which is 
the 
freedom to express himself through his faith.

It's unfortunate, Ahmed says, that some Iraqis are hiding behind this 
religion as a means for their violent gain.

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CHARLOTTE MUSLIMS CONDEMN MURDER OF AMERICAN IN IRAQ

What:  Local Muslim leaders will hold a news conference at the Islamic 
Center of Charlotte. The press conference was prompted by the recent 
beheading of an American contractor in Iraq.

Local Muslims today condemned the murder of an American contractor in 
Iraq 
by a group claiming links to Al-Qaeda.   A video posted on an Internet 
web 
site shows the beheading of a Philadelphia man working as a contractor 
in 
Iraq whose body was found on a highway overpass in Baghdad on 
Saturday.  The group that carried out the killing said it was in 
retaliation for the ongoing Iraq prison abuse scandal.

WHEN:     Wednesday, May 12, 2004 @ 5:15 p.m.

WHERE:    Islamic Center of Charlotte, 1700 Progress Lane, Charlotte, 
NC 28205.

Contact:   Call ICC Spokesperson, Mujahid Idlibi, at (980) 721-6625.

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UK: MUSLIMS CONDEMN REPREHENSIBLE NICK BERG KILLING

The Muslim Council of Britain expresses its disgust and condemnation of 
the 
indefensible murder in Iraq of the US civilian Nick Berg who was shown 
being beheaded on yet another allegedly 'Islamic' website video 
released 
yesterday.

"This is not just a heinous act, it is also utterly repugnant to the 
Islamic rules of war. The appalling abuses that are known to have 
occurred 
at the Abu Ghurayb prison in Baghdad cannot be used as a justification 
for 
this killing," said Iqbal Sacranie, Secretary-General of the Muslim 
Council 
of Britain.

The US-led 'coalition' is facing mounting condemnation from all across 
the 
world for the disastrous and increasingly chaotic aftermath of 
launching 
its ill-conceived war against Iraq. The killing of hostages like Mr 
Berg 
can only aid those warmongers who believe that the Iraqis need 
'civilising'.

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MOSQUE WINS CONTESTED VOTE
Rick Jervis, Chicago Tribune, 5/12/04
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-0405120311may12,1,741307.story

Over the strong objections of some residents, the Orland Park Plan 
Commission on Tuesday voted 6-1 to recommend that a special-use permit 
be 
granted for a golden-domed mosque proposed near the village.

A handful of local doctors who want a closer place to pray than 
Bridgeview 
or Frankfort proposed the 22,000-square-foot Orland Park Prayer Center 
at 
16530 S. 104th Ave. The 5-acre site, part of which was donated by a 
local 
dentist, is in unincorporated Orland Township and would need to be 
annexed 
by the village.

A crowd of about 200 listened to the plans, with the speakers evenly 
split 
between supporters and opponents. Those against the proposal, some of 
whom 
have begun circulating petitions, cited concerns over increased 
traffic, 
lower property values, who is funding the facility and the kind of 
worshipers it would draw.

"I've spoken to a lot of people and there's a lot of hesitancy from the 
community," said resident Valerie Jadin. "The world is a different 
place. 
We need a sense of security and a sense of confidence before we accept 
this 
project."

But organizers said those fears were unfounded.

"We have no connection to any other organizations," said Mohamed Krad, 
the 
dentist donating land. "We are faithful, God-loving people who want to 
pray 
to God like anyone else..."

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TWO MEN ARRESTED AFTER HIGH-SPEED CHASE IN TENNESSEE
Associated Press, 5/12/04
http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/news/local/8627949.htm?1c

ERWIN, Tenn. - Two Israeli men who led the Unicoi County sheriff on a 
high-speed chase in a rented moving truck were placed under arrest and 
are 
being investigated by the FBI, local officials said.

Shmuel Dahan and Almaliach Naor, both from Israel, were being held 
without 
bond Sunday afternoon at the Unicoi County Jail. The truck, rented from 
a 
Ryder office in Mars Hills, N.C., was being held in the county garage 
pending an FBI investigation, officials said.

Dahan is charged with reckless driving, littering, false identification 
and 
evading arrest, while Naor faces charges of false identification and 
evading arrest, an officer with the Unicoi County Sheriff's Department 
who 
would not give his name said Sunday.

An investigation by the FBI is ongoing and more charges are possible, 
he 
said. A woman who answered the phone at the FBI's Knoxville office said 
there was no one available to answer questions about the arrest.

The incident began late Saturday afternoon when Sheriff Kent Harris 
noticed 
a rental truck traveling at a high speed along former U.S. Highway 23, 
a 
lightly-traveled highway near the North Carolina state line...

Harris said he saw the men throw something from the truck while they 
were 
being pursued. Officers scouring the area later found a vial containing 
an 
unknown substance along the roadway, he said.

Once the men were apprehended, officers also found a "Learn to Fly" 
brochure in the truck, leading Harris and others to express concern 
about 
security at the Nuclear Fuel Services plant in Erwin...

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PRESIDENTIAL PUSH FAILS TO QUELL GOP FEAR OF PATRIOT ACT
Alexander Bolton, Hill News, 5/12/04
http://www.hillnews.com/news/051204/patriot.aspx

A group of libertarian-minded Republicans in Congress is blocking 
President 
Bush's effort to strengthen domestic counterterrorism laws and 
reauthorize 
the USA Patriot Act, which the president has made one of his top 
domestic 
priorities this year.

As a result of this opposition, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), the 
chairman of the Judiciary Committee, was forced last week to cancel 
panel 
consideration of legislation that would have given law-enforcement 
officials more tools to pursue suspected terrorists.

As other administration policy initiatives - such as a manned mission 
to 
Mars - have languished in Congress, Bush has emphasized the importance 
of 
renewing the Patriot Act this year, even though provisions of the law 
don't 
expire until the end of next year.

Late last month, Bush launched a national tour to press Congress to 
reauthorize the controversial law immediately. Many Democrats and some 
conservatives have criticized the law as overly broad and intrusive.

Jeff Lungren, a spokesman for the Judiciary Committee, said work on the 
Sensenbrenner bill was canceled last week because committee Democrats 
had 
demanded more time to examine it. Lungren emphasized that it was not 
related to the Patriot Act.

But a group of lawmakers, including some Republicans, saw it 
differently...

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U.S. MUSLIM GROUP CLAIMS BIAS IN AL HALABI CASE
Nicole Gaudiano, Marine Corps Times, 5/11/04
http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-2907259.php

As the next court-martial session for spy suspect Senior Airman Ahmad 
I. Al 
Halabi convenes today at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., a group of 
American 
Muslims is working to fight what they call the military's "biased 
treatment" of him.
On its Web site, halabijustice.org the Airman Halabi Justice Committee 
states Al Halabi was detained on espionage charges "in an orchestrated 
anti-Muslim witch-hunt that is turning out to be a hoax."

The group seeks to raise $50,000 through the Council on 
American-Islamic 
Relations Civil Rights Fund to help pay for his legal defense and to 
educate the public about "the unfairness of Halabi's treatment." The 
site 
provides background on the case, talking points, fliers for 
distribution 
and a place to give donations.

The Air Force responded to the Web site with a general statement, 
defending 
court-martial proceedings and the purpose of military law, which is to 
"promote justice."

"An accused military member is considered innocent until proven guilty 
beyond a reasonable doubt," wrote Lt. Col. Jennifer Cassidy, an Air 
Force 
spokeswoman. "Military members who face court-martial have at least as 
many, if not more, due process rights than defendants have in the 
civilian 
criminal justice system. A military accused's extensive rights to legal 
counsel and protection against self incrimination are broader than 
those 
provided to a civilian defendant."

Al Halabi was on temporary duty at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for nine 
months 
serving as an Arabic translator when the alleged offenses occurred. 
Arrested on July 23 as he returned to the United States, he is accused 
of 
attempting to deliver notes from detainees and secret documents 
concerning 
U.S. intelligence gathering to a citizen of a foreign government by 
carrying them to Syria. On his computer, 180 detainees' notes were 
found 
when he was arrested, the charges say...

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US PANEL SAYS FRANCE SHOULD 'REASSESS' SCHOOL BAN ON RELIGIOUS GARB
Agence France Presse, 5/12/04

WASHINGTON - A semi-official US religious freedom watchdog on Wednesday 
rebuked France and said it should "reassess" a controversial law 
banning 
certain religious garb in public schools, particularly Muslim 
headscarves.

The rebuke featured in the annual report of the United States 
Commission on 
International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), which advises the US 
government.

France was the only country in western Europe that received a chapter 
in 
this year's report.

In February, the religious watchdog had urged the administration of US
President George W. Bush to express opposition to Paris on the law 
which 
was approved by a large majority of France's National Assembly and the 
French Senate in February and March.

"The French government and legislature should be urged to reassess this 
initiative in light of its international obligations to ensure that 
every 
person in France is guaranteed the freedom to manifest his or her 
religion 
or belief in public, or not to do so," the panel's report underlined.

The panel is concerned that other European states might follow France 
in 
implementing such laws, and said that Belgium and certain German 
regions 
are already weighing similar moves...

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PRESIDENT IMPOSES SANCTIONS ON SYRIA
Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, 5/12/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A19087-2004May11.html

The White House said the sanctions include banning U.S. exports to 
Syria 
except for food and medicine, prohibiting Syrian aircraft from flying 
to 
and from the United States, freezing certain Syrian assets and cutting 
off 
relations with a Syrian bank because of money laundering concerns.

Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Bush administration 
has 
wavered about how tough its policy should be toward Syria. Some 
administration officials have been deeply suspicious of Damascus, 
believing 
its support of terrorism and development of weapons of mass destruction 
make it a potential candidate for the "axis of evil" that Bush had said 
consisted of North Korea, Iran and the former government of Iraq. But 
others have argued that Syria has been helpful in the war on terrorism, 
specifically in providing intelligence that helped thwart at least one 
potential attack.

Indeed, the Bush administration had been unenthusiastic about the 
Syrian 
Accountability Act, which was approved five months ago by huge margins 
in 
the House and the Senate, and had repeatedly delayed implementing it 
for 
fear of adding to tensions in the Middle East. But, facing a deadline 
next 
month for choosing from a menu of sanctions, the president finally 
acted.

"Despite many months of diplomatic efforts to convince the Government 
of 
Syria to change its behavior, Syria has not taken significant, concrete 
steps to address the full range of U.S. concerns," Bush said in a 
message 
to Congress. He declared a "national emergency" to address the "unusual 
and 
extraordinary threat" posed by Syria.

The United States rarely imposes economic sanctions on other countries 
because they rile the business community, which yesterday expressed 
dismay 
at the administration's actions. The Bush administration last levied 
sanctions almost a year ago, on Burma...

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CHRISTIAN GROUPS SAY TIES WITH ISRAEL "WORST" EVER
Cynthia Johnston, Reuters, 5/12/04
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/426759.html

JERUSALEM - Christian organisations in the Holy Land say ties with the 
Israeli government are the worst ever and have accused the Jewish state 
of 
denying visas to some clergy -- making them unwelcome in the place of 
Jesus' birth.

A group of 50 Christian leaders sent a letter to U.S. President George 
W. 
Bush asking him to help solve a "crisis" that left some institutions 
without sufficient staff.

"Relations of the churches and these institutions with the Israeli 
government may be the worst they have ever been," said the letter, sent 
to 
Bush last week and signed by Protestant, Catholic and evangelical 
leaders.

"Those of us with religious institutions in Israel and the Occupied 
Territories are no longer able to function normally."

Some groups said they felt Israel was singling out Christians -- 
particularly Arabs -- for increasingly harsh treatment amid Israeli 
efforts 
to quell a 3 1/2-year-old Palestinian revolt emanating from the West 
Bank 
and Gaza Strip.

Others thought they were targeted for appearing too sympathetic to the 
Palestinians.

Israeli officials said there was no policy of discrimination against 
Christians despite church complaints that visas for their staff and 
clergy 
were regularly denied or delayed.

The letter noted a West Bank barrier Israel is building in what it says 
is 
an effort to stop suicide bombers also impinges on pilgrims: "It 
separates...Bethlehem from Jerusalem. For Christians worldwide, this 
structure is cutting off access to holy sites..."

ALSO SEE:

GROUP: BUSH'S FOREIGN POLICY 'DANGEROUS'
Rachel Zoll, Associated Press, 5/12/04
http://www.cbn.com/CBNNews/Wire/040512f.asp

A national religious group representing 36 Protestant and Orthodox 
denominations said Tuesday that U.S. foreign policy is ``dangerous'' 
and 
urged President Bush to turn over authority in Iraq to the United 
Nations.

The National Council of Churches, which has been highly critical of the 
war, acknowledged that Christians disagree on the issue, but said that 
giving control to the U.N. was the only way to create ``lasting 
peace...''

Also Tuesday, the United Methodist Church said its Council of Bishops 
``laments the continued warfare by the United States and coalition 
forces'' 
and said the U.S. premises for the war - alleged Iraqi links with 
al-Qaeda 
and a buildup of weapons of mass destruction - ``have not been 
verified.''

The 8.3 million-member denomination, which counts President Bush and 
Vice 
President Dick Cheney as members, is the third-largest in the nation...

The statements came as the furor over photos of Iraqi prisoner 
mistreatment 
by American soldiers intensified...

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil rights group based 
in 
Washington, has demanded that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his 
top 
advisers step down, saying ``no other action'' could restore the image 
of 
the United States...

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SALT LAKE CITY UTAH AMERICAN MUSLIM CULTURAL FESTIVAL

WHAT: The Muslim community of Salt Lake City will be hosting its 
American 
Muslim cultural Festival. Festival will be opened by the Utah State 
Attorney General Mark Shurtleff.

WHERE:  Downtown Gallivan Center festival grounds

WHEN: Sat July 31, 2004 at the same place and it will be inaugurated by

For more information, call Ghulam H. Hasnain at (801) 523-8266 or email 
ghhasnain@hotmail.com

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SYMPOSIUM ON THE LEGACY AND LESSONS OF ISLAMIC SPAIN

WHAT: Georgetown University's Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding 
is 
holding a symposium, "Al-Andalus: The Legacy and Lessons of Islamic 
Spain."

WHEN: May 13, 2004

WHERE: Georgetown University, Intercultural Building, 37th and O 
Streets 
NW, ICC Auditorium, Washington, D.C.

CONTACT: Audrey Hoffer, 202-296-2426

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Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C.  20003
Tel: 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726
Fax: 202-488-0833
E-mail: cair@cair-net.org

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR ACTION ALERT #425

SIGN CAIR'S 'NOT IN THE NAME OF ISLAM' PETITION
Online petition seeks to disassociate Islam from terrorism

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/13/04) - CAIR today launched an online petition 
drive 
designed to disassociate the faith of Islam from the violent acts of a 
few 
Muslims.

The petition on CAIR's web site (www.cair-net.org), called "Not in the 
Name 
of Islam," allows Muslims around the world to help correct 
misperceptions 
of Islam and the Islamic stance on religiously-motivated terror.

The "Not in the Name of Islam" petition states:

"We, the undersigned Muslims, wish to state clearly that those who 
commit 
acts of terror, murder and cruelty in the name of Islam are not only 
destroying innocent lives, but are also betraying the values of the 
faith 
they claim to represent. No injustice done to Muslims can ever justify 
the 
massacre of innocent people, and no act of terror will ever serve the 
cause 
of Islam. We repudiate and dissociate ourselves from any Muslim group 
or 
individual who commits such brutal and un-Islamic acts. We refuse to 
allow 
our faith to be held hostage by the criminal actions of a tiny minority 
acting outside the teachings of both the Quran and the Prophet 
Muhammad, 
peace be upon him.

"As it states in the Quran: 'Oh you who believe, stand up firmly for 
justice, as witnesses to God, even if it be against yourselves, or your 
parents, or your kin, and whether it be against rich or poor; for God 
can 
best protect both. Do not follow any passion, lest you not be just. And 
if 
you distort or decline to do justice, verily God is well-acquainted 
with 
all that you do.'" (Quran 4:135)

CAIR's petition drive comes following the videotaped beheading of an 
American civilian in Iraq that shocked television viewers worldwide. A 
CAIR 
commentary published today in a number of newspapers nationwide 
reinforces 
the point that Islam should not be associated with terrorism.

SEE: "JUDGE US NOT BY UN-ISLAMIC ACTS OF FEW"
http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/editorial/outlook/2566136

"We hope this effort will demonstrate once and for all that Muslims in 
America and throughout the Islamic world reject violence committed in 
the 
name of Islam," said CAIR Board Chairman Omar Ahmad. "People of all 
faiths 
must do whatever they can to help end the downward spiral of mutual 
hostility and hatred that is engulfing our world."

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED:

1) Encourage local mosques and Islamic organizations to endorse the 
"Not in 
the Name of Islam" petition and have their members go online to sign.

2) Promote the petition in Friday khutbas and other gatherings.

3) Send statements endorsing the petition to local media through 
letters to 
the editor or editorials. (Local communities could even hold news 
conference. Ask CAIR for advice.)

4) Distribute the petition action alert to friends, relatives and 
co-workers through personal e-mail lists.

5) Encouraging Muslim websites to link to the petition.

6) Publish the petition action alert in Muslim media outlets.

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donating/becoming 
a member. Memberships are $10/year. Any amount may be donated. Enclosed 
is 
my check, payable to CAIR, in the amount of: $______________

Name:
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Signature: ________________________________________________

FAX FORM TO: 202-488-0833
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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR: Celebrating 10 years of community service

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 5/13/04

* HELP CAIR RAISE $80K ONLINE THIS MONTH
	- Library Project Sponsorships: 7452
* TWO FLORIDA ISLAMIC CENTERS VANDALIZED
	- CAIR-FL: Leaders Condemn Violence, Abuse in Iraq
* CAIR-AZ: ARIZONA MUSLIMS RALLY TO CONDEMN TERROR
* MALKIN MISSTATED THE FACTS ON CAIR (Times-Union)
* MUSLIM AMERICANS LAUNCH PR CAMPAIGN (VOA)
	- Bridging Religious Differences (Deseret Morning)
* JUDGE US NOT BY UN-ISLAMIC ACTS OF FEW (Houston Chron)
	- OH: Local Muslims React to Beheading (Ohio News)
	- TX: North Texas Muslim Leaders Joint Statement on Iraq
* BEHEADING FUELS BACKLASH ON TALK RADIO (WFAA-TV)
	- OK: Muslims Fear Retaliation (KTOK)
	- AZ: Holier-Than-Thou Raise Heck Over Unholy War (AZ Rep)
* HARSH METHODS CITED IN TOP QAEDA INTERROGATIONS (NY Times)
	- Lawmakers Say New Abuse Photos Disturbing (AP)
	- Secret US Jails Hold 10,000 (NZ Herald)
	- Accounts of Atrocities Emerge From Iraq (Antiwar)
	- Is This a War with Islam? (Daily Tribune)
	- Time to Stop 'Stress and Duress' (Wash Post)
* CA: JUDGE RELEASES AIRMAN ACCUSED OF SPYING (AP)

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TWO FLORIDA ISLAMIC CENTERS VANDALIZED
Nazi swastika scrawled at one center, property damaged at another

(MIAMI, FL, 5/13/2004) - The Florida office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) will hold a news conference today 
to 
call for FBI involvement in the investigation of vandalism at two 
Islamic 
centers in Miami.

WHAT: Miami Mosque Vandalism Press Conference
WHERE: Islamic School of Miami, 11699 SW 147th Ave, Miami, FL
WHEN: Thursday, May 13, 4 p.m.
CONTACT: Altaf Ali, 954-298-8214, Ahmed Bedier, 813-731-9506

CAIR-FL said worshipers at the Islamic School of Miami discovered 
obscene 
and racist graffiti last night on the school's sign. Vandals wrote 
"f**k" 
and scrawled a Nazi swastika on the exterior sign of the center. Law 
enforcement authorities have been notified of the incident.

SEE PHOTO: http://www.cair-florida.org/images/ISM.JPG

CAIR-FL is also investigating reports of vandalism at another Miami 
Islamic 
center. Officials with Masjid Al-Ihsan say their mosque was broken into 
and 
damaged.

SEE: PHOTO: http://www.cair-florida.org/images/ihsan-damage1.JPG

Representatives of a third Islamic center in Hollywood, Fla., reported 
to 
CAIR that they received an anti-Muslim note in the center's mailbox. 
The 
leader of the mosque told CAIR the note read: "Kill them all in the 
name of 
Allah."

"With the recent increase of violence and abuse in Iraq, the Islamic 
community in Florida is concerned about a possible anti-Muslim 
backlash," 
said CAIR-FL Executive Director Altaf Ali.

Incidents targeting mosques and Islamic centers have occurred recently 
across America. For example, a man was arrested for threatening an El 
Paso, 
Texas, Islamic center. Also in Texas, an arson suspect was arrested at 
the 
scene of a fire at a Muslim business in San Antonio and vandals 
scrawled 
racist graffiti on the interior of a Lubbock mosque. Vandals also 
targeted 
the Islamic Center of Ocean County in Toms River, N.J.

There are an estimated 40,000 Muslims in the Miami area.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in 
Washington, D.C., and has 26 regional offices and chapters nationwide 
and 
in Canada.

                                  - END -

CONTACT: Altaf Ali, 954-298-8214, altaf@cair-florida.org; Ahmed Bedier, 
813-731-9506, abedier@cair-florida.org; Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or
202-744-7726, E-Mail: cair@cair-net.org

SEE ALSO:

CAIR-FL: COMMUNITY LEADERS CONDEMN CYCLE OF VIOLENCE AND ABUSE IN IRAQ

(TAMPA, FL 5/13/04)- The Florida office of the Council on 
American-Islamic 
Relations (CAIR-FL) and the National Conference for Community and 
Justice 
(NCCJ) today held several press conferences across Florida to address 
recent events of torture, abuse, and senseless killings in Iraq.

"The endless cycle of violence and retribution must come to an end for 
the 
sake of sanity and peace.  Acts of terrorism or torture carried out in 
the 
name of any cause, religious or secular, must be repudiated in the 
strongest possible terms," said Parvez Ahmed, Chairman of Board, 
CAIR-FL.

"As a country, we must stand together against any atrocities that would 
undermine the cause of justice for all people.  We must also recognize 
that 
the quest for freedom should never be pursued at the sacrifice of 
decency 
and order. The preservation of humanity must remain our focus and we 
must 
remember, as many have admonished before us, as long as one people are 
not 
free, we all shall live in bondage." Claud Myers, executive director, 
the 
National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ)

CONTACT: CAIR-FL, Ahmed Bedier, Communications Director, 813-731-9506, 
Email:
abedier@cair-florida.org; Altaf Ali, Executive Director, 954-298-8214, 
altaf@cair-florida.org; Claud Myers (NCCJ), 904-306-6225, Email: 
nccj22@bellsouth.net

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AZ MUSLIMS RALLY TO CONDEMN TERROR AND ABUSE

(PHOENIX, AZ, 5/13/04) - On Friday, May 14, the Arizona office of the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-AZ), community leaders, 
local 
Muslims, and other Arizonans will hold a rally to condemn the recent 
events 
of torture, abuse and senseless killings in Iraq and around the world.

WHAT: American Muslims Stand for Human Rights and Dignity Rally
WHEN: Friday, May 14, 6 p.m.
WHERE: NW Corner of University and Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ
CONTACT: Deedra Abboud (CAIR-AZ), 602-262-2247

"This endless cycle of violence and retribution must come to an end for 
the 
sake of humanity and peace," said Deedra Abboud, Executive Director of 
CAIR-AZ. "Acts of terrorism or torture carried out in the name of any 
cause, religious or secular, must be repudiated in the strongest 
possible 
terms."

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in 
Washington, D.C., and has 26 regional offices and chapters nationwide 
and 
in Canada.

						- END -

CONTACT: Deedra Abboud (CAIR-AZ), 602-262-2247, Email: 
director@cairaz.org; 
Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: cair@cair-net.org

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CAIR-DC: MALKIN MISSTATED THE FACTS ON CAIR
Arsalan Iftikhar, Times-Union, 5/13/04
http://jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/051304/opl_15591957.shtml

In her May 8 column ("Even mild dissent spurs CAIR into attack mode"), 
conservative commentator Michelle Malkin makes a number of false claims 
about the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Her first false accusation is that CAIR "won't condemn Muslim 
fanatics." In 
fact, CAIR has consistently condemned acts of terror by those who carry 
out 
acts of violence in the name of Islam.

We condemned the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks within hours on that 
terrible day. We have also condemned suicide bombings, church bombings 
in 
Pakistan, the killing of U.S. medical personnel in Yemen, bombings in 
Istanbul and Madrid, and other attacks on civilians, regardless of 
whether 
they were perpetrated by individuals, groups or states.

Malkin also falsely claims that CAIR fabricates quotes. She offers as 
evidence a recent controversy over anti-Muslim remarks by a Boston 
radio 
talk show host. By highlighting a quote offered to CAIR by the 
station's 
general manager, and by avoiding mention of what the host actually 
said, 
Malkin twists reality to serve her own biased agenda.

According to a Boston Globe reporter who obtained a tape of the 
program, 
host Jay Severin said: "I believe that Muslims in this country are a 
fifth 
column … The vast majority of Muslims in this country are very 
obviously 
loyal, not to the United States, but to their religion ... the reason 
they 
are here is to take over our culture and eventually take over our 
country." 
Severin asked a caller: "Do you think we should befriend them?" "Yes," 
the 
caller said. Then, introducing another caller, Severin said: "I have an 
alternative viewpoint. It's slightly different than yours. You think we 
should befriend them; I think we should kill them."

When challenged about this incitement to violence, Severin, like 
Malkin, 
chose to focus on the original paraphrase of his remarks from the 
general 
manager, rather than on his actual words.

Here's what Boston Globe columnist Scot Lehigh had to say about 
Severin's 
sleight-of-hand denial of what he really said about American Muslims:

"Severin has played the charlatan, hiding behind a Clintonesque denial 
and 
trying to fool his audience into thinking he has won a great victory in 
the 
small correction of his quote. He hasn't been vindicated, and his faux 
populist palaver is complete intellectual dishonesty." (Anyone 
interested 
in the truth about the controversy may go to www.boston.com and enter 
"Severin" as a search term...)

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MUSLIM AMERICANS LAUNCH PR CAMPAIGN
Alex Cohen, Voice of America News, 5/12/04
http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=81873177-074C-48AB-A86690DEA3B1B3E5

Muslims and non-Muslims may have more in common than you think. That's 
the 
theme of an ad campaign sponsored by the Council on American Islamic 
Relations. One of the ads that's appeared in California newspapers 
appeals 
to Christians by explaining the role of Jesus in the Islamic tradition, 
but 
as Alexandra Cohen reports, it's received mixed reviews from religious 
leaders.

The nationwide campaign called "Muslims in America" shows Muslims 
participating in many facets of American life. The Council on American 
Islamic Relations began the outreach effort last year, in response to 
increasing public misinformation about Islam and hostility toward 
Muslims. 
The campaign has included billboard signs, print ads and radio 
announcements like this one, which aired earlier this year, during the 
Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

"This is the Adan, or holy call to prayer. This call also marks the 
time 
for breaking the fast for millions of Muslims in the United States and 
over 
one billion Muslims worldwide who are currently observing the holy 
month of 
Ramadan..."

Across the country, local chapters of CAIR are placing the ads on local 
radio stations and in community newspapers and some are coming up with 
ads 
of their own. California is home to more than one million Muslims and 
since 
September 11, many have felt the need to present themselves in a 
positive 
light to clear up misunderstandings about their community. Sabiha Khan 
is 
communications director for the southern California chapter of the 
Council 
on American Islamic Relations.

"Some people are able to interact with a Muslim school teacher or a 
Muslim 
doctor, but there are still a lot of Americans who are not able to," 
she 
said. "What we want to do is make it comfortable for people to ask us 
questions and what better way to do that is to outreach first..."

ALSO SEE:

BRIDGING RELIGIOUS DIFFERENCES
Deborah Bulkeley, Deseret Morning News, 5/13/04
http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,595062821,00.html

J.B. Singh's pet peeve is being associated with Osama bin Laden because 
of 
his beard and turban. Apart from the fact he's not a terrorist, Singh 
is 
also a Sikh, not a Muslim.

Muslim Suzanne Montgomery says she's sometimes treated like she's 
unintelligent, just because she chooses to dress in traditional modest 
clothing, covering every body part except her face and hands.

Singh and Montgomery were on hand Wednesday in a discussion aimed at 
raising cultural awareness among law enforcement and improving their 
understanding of Muslim, Sikh and Arab communities.

Terrorists, anti-American, angry and oppressive to women were a few 
stereotypes discussed at the session sponsored by the U.S. Attorney's 
Office, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Utah Office of Asian 
Affairs 
and the Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake.

"We tend, I think, to lump people together when we don't understand," 
said 
Paul M. Warner of the U.S. Attorney's Office. "We in law enforcement 
need 
to work together to build bridges in the community."

 From respecting the religious modesty reason behind some Muslim 
women's 
choice to wear a head covering, or understanding a Sikh man's and 
(sometimes woman's) turban is more meaningful than a piece of cloth, 
the 
seminar served as a crash course in culture. The discussion included 
some 
of the differences between Sikhism, a 500-year-old monotheistic 
religion 
originating in India, and Islam, a belief in one God and the prophet 
Muhammad...

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MUSLIMS: JUDGE US NOT BY UN-ISLAMIC ACTS OF FEW
Parvez Ahmed and Arsalan Iftikhar, Houston Chronicle, 5/12/04
http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/editorial/outlook/2566136

 >From the Abu Ghraib prison torture scandal by American soldiers to 
the 
brutal beheading of Nicholas Berg in Iraq, it would be a gross 
understatement to say that the situation in Iraq is spiraling out of 
control. As time progresses, any silver lining to the Iraqi saga slowly 
wanes away. The "shock and awe" of the battlefield has now given way to 
the 
"shock and awe" of gut-wrenching pictures and videos that will resonate 
in 
global memory for time immemorial.

Were it not for the powerful photographic archives of both atrocities, 
they 
would have probably been relegated to footnotes in history books. 
However, 
this war could now be perpetually defined by the despicable footage of 
humiliating torture and cold-blooded murderous executions. Each side 
may be 
tempted to use the others' injustices to justify their own barbaric 
actions 
and only continue the cycle of violence.

For obvious reasons, the Abu Ghraib torture is inflaming Muslim 
passions 
around the world. The passions are being inflamed domestically as more 
Americans are viewing the gruesome, despicable and everlasting images 
of 
Berg's execution on Internet video feeds. The potential for continued 
misunderstanding between the Muslim world and America is reaching 
troubling 
proportions.

Just as a handful of American soldiers committing torturous war crimes 
do 
not represent the sense and sensibilities of the vast majority of 
Americans, it is important to judge Muslims by the same standards. Just 
as 
America cannot be judged through the lens of its often misguided 
foreign 
policy or torturous acts of American soldiers, the world of Islam 
should 
not be held accountable for the un-Islamic and barbaric deeds of a 
minuscule minority of more than a billion Muslims...

Ahmed is a national board member for the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations (CAIR). Iftikhar is the director of legal affairs for CAIR in 
Washington, D.C.

ALSO SEE

LOCAL MUSLIMS REACT TO BEHEADING
Ohio News Now, 5/12/04
http://www.onnnews.com/Global/story.asp?S=1862842&nav=LQlCN4yv

There were some strong words on the murder of Nick Berg from the 
Council on 
American Islamic Relations Wednesday.

Central Ohio Muslims issued a statement condemning those responsible, 
and 
they weren't alone.

The grisly video tape is the talk of the nation's airwaves with some 
saying, "Americans are outraged."

There is outcry over the headlines. "Killing is totally against the 
teaching of Islam."

There is also anger on the streets. One local resident said, "It just 
makes 
you gasp." Another said, "I think it's obviously disgusting"

For Westerville's Mahamoud El-Yosseph, a proud Arab-American, the 
beheading 
of American Nick Berg has left him in disbelief.

"To evoke the name of god while you're killing him. God is great in 
Arabic; 
it's beyond imagination. It's uncalled for," he says.

This father of six is urging Muslims to speak out against the war 
crime. He 
argues true Muslims promote peace not violence...

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NORTH TEXAS MUSLIM LEADERS JOINT STATEMENT ON IRAQ

DALLAS -- The Muslim community leaders and Imams (religious heads) of 
various Islamic organizations in the Dallas Fort Worth area will hold a 
Press conference and issue a joint statement on the current situation 
in 
Iraq including the killing of innocent American civilian Nicholas Berg 
on 
Thursday, May 13th 2004 at 12:30PM sharp at Dallas Central Mosque 
located 
at 840 Abrams Road, Richardson, TX 75081.  For any further assistance 
please feel free to contact Azhar Azeez at 214-769-0922 or via e-mail 
at 
azhar-azeez2@hotmail.com.

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BEHEADING FUELS BACKLASH ON TALK RADIO
Rebecca Rodriguez, WFAA-TV, 5/13/04
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/wfaa040512_am_bergreax.1b661594c.html

The beheading of an American hostage in Iraq is the subject of outrage 
and 
fear here in North Texas.

At issue is whether the video of Nick Berg's murder should be widely 
shown. 
Wednesday, people flooded radio talk shows with opinions - and some 
Muslims 
say they're already feeling the backlash.

"I'm ready to rant and rave today," one caller told WBAP's Mark Davis.

"I cannot believe we are dealing with such barbarians," said another. 
"We 
are dealing with people with absolutely no conscience."

Those who have chosen to see the execution videotape on the Internet 
have 
expressed anger and disgust. Talk show host Davis said Berg's execution 
has 
opened the floodgates, and for one reason: it is not the first atrocity 
against an American, but it is the first committed to videotape and 
posted 
for the world to see.

"It is one of the most unsettling things you will ever see, and I urge 
you 
to see it," Davis said. ..

The Council on American-Islamic Relations is condemning the execution 
of 
Nick Berg, and as more and more people view the images of his murder, 
there 
is fear that it will unleash a backlash and new wave of hate crimes 
against 
Muslims.

"We've been reading a lot of hate email, faxes, because of what people 
are 
seeing," said the council's Amina-Marisol Rojas. "People are seeing it, 
and 
it gets them aroused in an angry way to where they're saying, 'this is 
Islam, this is what you do in the name of Islam.' No, this is not what 
we 
do in the name of Islam."

The hate messages began arriving this morning, one calling Islam a 
"cancer", and another expressing hate. The council said since 9-11, 
hate 
crimes against Muslims have increased significantly - and once again 
they 
are on the defensive.

"What this group of people is doing doesn't represent Islam, just like 
(what) the group of soldiers did doesn't represent America," Rojas 
said...

ALSO SEE:

MUSLIMS FEAR RETALIATION
KTOK, 5/12/04
http://www.ktok.com/cc-common/feeds/view.php?feed_id=135&feed=/local.html&instance=1&article_id=2930

Some local Muslims say the beheading of American civilian Nick Berg in 
Iraq 
is an atrocity, and not in-line with the teachings of Islam.

Saad Mohammad's the Information Director with the Islamic Society of 
Greater Oklahoma City.  He says it's definitely a concern that someone 
will 
see or hear about the video-taped beheading of Nick Berg.  Mohammad 
says 
he's especially worried about the women and children of Islam.

"What happened with the beheading of this American is very unfortunate, 
just like the abuse of Iraqi prisoners was unfortunate, and this is not 
with the tenants of Islam."  said Mohammad.

"We do fear that someone out there, with radical thoughts, may 
retaliate 
thinking that this is the agenda of all Muslims, and it isn't."

Mohammad says women are easily identifiable because of their dress and 
head 
scarves and he worries that they might become the victims of hate 
crimes as 
a result.  However, Mohammad also says afer 9-11 Oklahomans were very 
understanding and there only minor incidents of retaliation cited, and 
he 
hopes and prays the reaction will be similar this time around.

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HOLIER-THAN-THOU RAISE HOLY HECK OVER UNHOLY WAR
Arizona Central, 5/13/04
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/0513montini13.html

Since news broke of the gruesome beheading in Iraq, I'd guess that just 
about everyone who has questioned the wisdom or conduct of the war has 
heard from someone like "The Doberman," a reader whose real name - what 
he 
would call his "Christian" name - is John.

He e-mailed to say:

"I had to write you about the American who had his head cut off. I 
guess 
you and Leibowitz from 620 KTAR are happy now. They got even because 
the 
girl had a rope or whatever around that Muslim's neck. You don't think 
this 
got Americans (angered). Now how much do you stick up for them and say 
we 
did so much wrong? They should put every one of those Muslims in a 
pigpen 
then (kill and mutilate) them . . . There are about 10 of us wondering 
if 
you're going to answer this e-mail."

I cleaned up his language a little, fiddled with the grammar and 
removed 
his rather vivid description of the type of mutilation and death he 
proposed, but you get the idea. What Doberman didn't quite figure, I'd 
suppose, is that I agree with him. I do. I'd like the men behind the 
savage 
killing of Nicholas Berg to get worse than they gave, to be captured 
and 
then put to a horrible death. But that's not how we do things. Not the 
best 
of us, anyway.

The most solid justification we had for going to war with Iraq was to 
remove an evil dictator known worldwide for his sadistic cruelty and to 
demonstrate that there are governments that treat people with dignity 
rather than terror and who respect individual rights. Even the rights 
of 
their enemies. Especially them.

I'm wondering if Doberman or his nine pals actually believe that we can 
accomplish such a goal by killing and mutilating "the Muslims," as he 
calls 
them. And by Muslims, I'm wondering if he means all Muslims? Including 
those who live in countries with whom we are not at war? Canada. Great 
Britain. Much of Asia. Africa. Latin America. Even Australia...

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HARSH C.I.A. METHODS CITED IN TOP QAEDA INTERROGATIONS
James Risen, David Johnston, Neil A. Lewis, New York Times, 5/13/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/13/politics/13DETA.html

WASHINGTON, - The Central Intelligence Agency has used coercive 
interrogation methods against a select group of high-level leaders and 
operatives of Al Qaeda that have produced growing concerns inside the 
agency about abuses, according to current and former counterterrorism 
officials.

At least one agency employee has been disciplined for threatening a 
detainee with a gun during questioning, they said.

In the case of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, a high-level detainee who is 
believed to have helped plan the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, C.I.A. 
interrogators used graduated levels of force, including a technique 
known 
as "water boarding," in which a prisoner is strapped down, forcibly 
pushed 
under water and made to believe he might drown.

These techniques were authorized by a set of secret rules for the 
interrogation of high-level Qaeda prisoners, none known to be housed in 
Iraq, that were endorsed by the Justice Department and the C.I.A. The 
rules 
were among the first adopted by the Bush administration after the Sept. 
11 
attacks for handling detainees and may have helped establish a new 
understanding throughout the government that officials would have 
greater 
freedom to deal harshly with detainees.

Defenders of the operation said the methods stopped short of torture, 
did 
not violate American anti-torture statutes, and were necessary to fight 
a 
war against a nebulous enemy whose strength and intentions could only 
be 
gleaned by extracting information from often uncooperative detainees. 
Interrogators were trying to find out whether there might be another 
attack 
planned against the United States.

The methods employed by the C.I.A. are so severe that senior officials 
of 
the Federal Bureau of Investigation have directed its agents to stay 
out of 
many of the interviews of the high-level detainees, counterterrorism 
officials said. The F.B.I. officials have advised the bureau's 
director, 
Robert S. Mueller III, that the interrogation techniques, which would 
be 
prohibited in criminal cases, could compromise their agents in future 
criminal cases, the counterterrorism officials said...

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LAWMAKERS SAY NEW ABUSE PHOTOS DISTURBING
Ken Guggenheim, Associated Press, 5/12/04
http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=542&u=/ap/20040512/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_prisoner_abuse_43&printer=1

WASHINGTON - Members of Congress viewed fresh photos and videos of 
Iraqi 
prisoner abuse on Wednesday, and said they included disturbing images 
of 
torture and humiliation.

"The whole thing is disgusting and it's hard to believe that this 
actually 
is taking place in a military facility," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, 
D-Calif.

"I expected that these pictures would be very hard on the stomach 
lining 
and it was significantly worse than anything that I had anticipated," 
said 
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. "Take the worse case and multiply it several 
times 
over."

Several senators, speaking on condition of anonymity, said photos of 
sexual 
intercourse were among the images that Pentagon (news - web sites) 
officials screened for lawmakers in a top-secret room in the Capitol. 
At 
least some of them appeared to depict consensual sex involving U.S. 
military personnel, they added.

Others showed military dogs snarling at cowering prisoners, as well as 
shots of Iraqi women commanded to expose their breasts, these senators 
said.

The private screening marked the latest turn in a scandal that has 
rocked 
the Bush administration and apparently led to the beheading of an 
American 
in Iraq (news - web sites) by Islamic militants who said they were 
avenging 
the abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison.

"I don't know how the hell these people got into our army," said Ben 
Nighthorse Campbell, R-Colo., after viewing the images...

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SECRET US JAILS HOLD 10,000
Andrew Buncombe and Kim Sengupta, New Zealand Herald, 5/12/04
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?storyID=3566058&thesection=news&thesubsection=world&thesecondsubsection=&reportID=61564

WASHINGTON - Almost 10,000 prisoners from President George W. Bush's 
so-called war on terror are being held around the world in secretive 
American-run jails and interrogation centers similar to the notorious 
Abu 
Ghraib Prison.

Some of these detention centers are so sensitive that even the most 
senior 
members of the United States Congress have no idea where they are.

 >From Iraq to Afghanistan to Cuba, this American gulag is driven by 
the 
pressure to obtain "actionable" intelligence from prisoners captured by 
US 
forces.

The systematic practice of holding prisoners without access to lawyers 
or 
their families, together with a willingness to use "coercive 
interrogation" 
techniques, suggests the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib now shocking 
the 
world could be widespread.

Iraq has become a holding pen for America's prisoners from 21 
countries, 
according to a report from the international campaign group Human 
Rights 
Watch.

The US military is keeping prisoners at 10 centres, most of which were 
used 
by Saddam Hussein's regime. The total in January was 8968, and is 
thought 
to have increased.

Prisoners are being held from, among other countries, Algeria, Egypt, 
India, Iran, Iraq, the Palestinian territories, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, 
Malaysia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Sweden, Tunisia,
Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and Yemen...

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IS THIS A WAR WITH ISLAM
Sandy Shanks, Daily Tribune, 5/12/04
http://www.hibbingmn.com/placed/index.php?sect_rank=4&story_id=172990

The answer is an emphatic NO. However, the waters get a little murky 
when 
the mind conjures up images of Iraq and Afghanistan. Recent photos of 
the 
goings on in Abu Ghraib Prison exacerbated matters.

Unfortunately, Bush isn't helping. Articles in this column on April 
20th 
and April 30th, for reasons suggesting an ominous agenda, stated that 
Bush 
seemed to be going out of his way to anger Arab nations (they can be 
reviewed on the Tribune Web site). He made matters worse on May 5th. In 
the 
aftermath of the disclosure of the despicable actions of a few soldiers 
at 
Abu Ghraib, Bush appeared before an Arab television audience and failed 
to 
say the obvious, "I'm sorry." The following day, before an American 
television audience, the President said those two fateful words.

With this as a backdrop it appears as though some Americans are 
following 
the President's lead. I received a hate-filled e-mail message the other 
day. In and of itself, that is not vitally important, but what the 
message 
portended was a horrible nightmare - a religious war. Because of the 
self-righteous nature of such wars, they can be brutal, and should, at 
all 
costs, be avoided.

The message tells us that the postal service has put out stamps that 
commemorate two Muslim holidays, or eids. Then, in shrieking font size 
and 
color, it reminds us of "Muslim bombings" from Flight 103 to 9/11, and 
there were seven such reminders. The message screeched in e-mail 
fashion 
that we should boycott these stamps and "pass this along to every 
patriotic 
AMERICAN you know." Obviously, I did not do that.

The reasons are patently obvious why I didn't. The USPS is innocent of 
all 
charges, and the message originator is wrong. We are not at war with 
Muslims. We are at war with Islamic terrorists who have perverted Islam 
for 
their own evil gain. Terrorists are criminals, and it is self-evident 
that 
the vast majority of Muslims are not criminals. So why should they be 
persecuted as this supremacist suggests? They are not the enemy...

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ACCOUNTS OF ATROCITIES EMERGE FROM THE RUBBLE OF FALLUJAH
Dahr Jamail, antiwar.com, 5/12/04
http://www.antiwar.com/orig/jamail.php?articleid=2563

Yesterday at the General Hospital of Fallujah, doctors spoke of 
atrocities 
that occurred during the month-long siege of the city in April.

Dr. Abdul Jabbar, an Orthopedic Surgeon, said that it was difficult to 
keep 
track of the number of people they treated, as well as the number of 
dead, 
due to the lack of documentation. This was caused, primarily, by the 
fact 
that the main hospital, which is located on the opposite side of the 
Euphrates as the city, was sealed off by U.S. Marines for the majority 
of 
April.

Another Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Rashid, said that during the first 10 
days 
of fighting, the U.S. military did not allow any evacuations at all. He 
said, "Even transferring patients in the city was impossible, you can 
see 
our ambulances outside. They also shot into the main doors with snipers 
of 
one of our centers."

In the parking lot of the hospital several ambulances are parked. Two 
of 
them have bullet holes in the windshields; one of these is riddled with 
bullet holes, and the tires had been shot out as well.

Ambulance in the parking lot of Fallujah General Hospital, shot several 
times by U.S. snipers.

Ambulance in the parking lot of Fallujah General Hospital, shot several 
times by U.S. snipers. Both doctors said they had not been contacted by 
the 
U.S. military, nor was any aid delivered to them from the military. Dr. 
Rashid said, "They send only bombs, not medicine..."

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TIME TO STOP 'STRESS AND DURESS'
Kenneth Roth, Washington Post, 5/13/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A22623-2004May12.html

The sexual humiliation of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison is so shocking 
that it risks overshadowing other U.S. interrogation practices that are 
also reprehensible. And unlike the sexual abuse, these other practices 
have 
been sanctioned by the highest levels of government and are probably 
more 
widespread.

The Abu Ghraib outrages are not simply the product of a small group of 
sick 
and misguided soldiers. They are the predictable result of the Bush 
administration's policy of permitting "stress and duress" interrogation 
techniques. The sexual abuse of prisoners, despicable as it is, is a 
logical consequence of a system put in place after Sept. 11, 2001, to 
ratchet up the pain, discomfort and humiliation of prisoners under 
interrogation.

The Defense Department has adopted a 72-point "matrix" of types of 
stress 
to which detainees can be subjected. These include stripping detainees 
naked, depriving them of sleep, subjecting them to bright lights or 
blaring 
noise, hooding them, exposing them to heat and cold, and binding them 
in 
uncomfortable positions. The more stressful techniques must be approved 
by 
senior commanders, but all are permitted. And nearly all are being 
used, 
according to testimony taken by Human Rights Watch from post-Sept. 11 
detainees released from U.S. custody.

None of these techniques is legal. Treaties ratified by the United 
States, 
including the Geneva Conventions and the U.N. Convention Against 
Torture, 
prohibit not only torture but also "cruel, inhuman or degrading 
treatment 
or punishment." In ratifying the Convention Against Torture, the U.S. 
government interpreted this provision to prohibit the same practices as 
those proscribed by the U.S. Constitution. The Bush administration 
reiterated that understanding last June.

In other words, just as U.S. courts repeatedly have found it 
unconstitutional for interrogators in American police stations to use 
these 
third-degree methods, it is illegal under international law for U.S. 
interrogators in Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay or elsewhere to 
employ 
them. U.S. military manuals ban these "stress and duress" techniques, 
and 
federal law condemns them as war crimes. Yet the Bush administration 
has 
authorized them...

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JUDGE RELEASES AIRMAN ACCUSED OF SPYING
Associated Press, 5/13/04

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - An airman accused of spying while he 
worked 
at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba was ordered released 
from 
military jail Wednesday.

The judge, Air Force Col. Barbara Brand, said Senior Airman Ahmad Al 
Halabi 
was not a flight risk and that ``lesser forms of restraint are 
available.'' 
His civilian lawyer, Donald G. Rehkopf, said he most likely will be 
restricted to Travis Air Force Base until his court-martial begins 
there.

``It feels great,'' Al Halabi said as he left the hearing. His military 
lawyer, Maj. James Key, said Al Halabi would go back to his job as a 
supply 
clerk ``unless his commander comes up with some bizarre plan.''

Al Halabi, 25, had been locked up since he was arrested in July, 
shortly 
before he was to leave for Syria, where he planned to marry his 
girlfriend. 
He faces 17 criminal counts including espionage, lying and misconduct.

The Syrian-born U.S. citizen is accused of attempting to deliver more 
than 
180 e-mail messages to Syria from detainees at Guantanamo Bay, where 
the 
U.S. government is holding suspected terrorists. Al Halabi also is 
charged 
with mishandling classified material and repeatedly lying to Air Force 
investigators.

If convicted of spying, the most serious of the charges, Al Halabi 
could be 
sentenced to life in prison. He has not yet entered a plea...

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CAIR: Celebrating 10 years of Community Service

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 5/14/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: WORLDLY WEALTH
* NY: MUSLIM TA FIRED FOR SPEAKING ARABIC (News 10)
* SIGN THE 'NOT IN THE NAME OF ISLAM' PETITION
	- US Muslim Petition Rejects Terror (BBC)
	- U.S. Islamic Leaders Denounce Terrorism (LA Times)
	- Muslim Petition Decries Terror (Washington Post)
* N.J. MUSLIM ORGANIZATIONS CONDEMN BERG'S SLAUGHTER (AP)
* CAIR-LA TO BE HONORED AT INTERFAITH DINNER
* CO: DENVER MOSQUE RECEIVING THREATS (Denver Channel)
	- FL: Police Probe Acts Against Mosque (Miami Herald)
	- Two Miami Mosques Vandalized, One Threatened (AP)
	- Three S. Fl mosques Targeted (Sun-Sentinel)
* OK: SCHOOL HEAD SCARF SUIT SETTLEMENT NEAR (Oklahoman)
	- Oklahoma Student Suspended for Wearing Hijab (CAIR)
* INCITEMENT WATCH: ROCK STAR GIVES ISLAM KISS-OFF
* CA: EDUCATE TO COUNTER ANTI-MUSLIM INCIDENTS (VC Star)
	- Incidents of Anti-Muslim Bias Jump 70 percent (BP)
* VATICAN WARNS CATHOLICS AGAINST MARRYING MUSLIMS (Reuters)
	- Nigerian Muslims Recount Horror of Attack (Reuters)
	- 80 Percent of Iraqis Oppose Occupation (Wash Post)
	- Israel Takes Bloody Revenge in Gaza (Guardian)
	- Iraqi Prisoners Tell of Torture (Agence France Presse)
	- Iraqis Tells of U.S. Abuse (NY Times)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: WORLDLY WEALTH

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) told his companions: "I am not 
afraid that you will be poor, but I fear that worldly wealth will be 
bestowed upon you as it was bestowed upon those before you. (Then) you 
will 
compete amongst yourselves for it, as they competed for it, and it will 
destroy you as it did them."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 5, Hadith 351

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[NOTE: This case has been referred to CAIR's Civil Rights Department.]

NY: CONTROVERSY SURROUNDS TA'S FIRING
Bill Carey, News 10, 5/13/04
http://news10now.com/content/all_news/?ArID=18677&SecID=83

Teaching assistant Abdul Mustafa lost his job at HW Smith Elementary 
School 
for speaking Arabic and bringing a copy of the Muslim holy book, the 
Koran, 
into the classroom.

But is this a case of the District enforcing the separation of Church 
and 
State, or of it punishing a worker for their religion?

Paperwork associated with the firing shows Mustafa was warned against 
speaking Arabic in the classroom.

He says the use of Arabic was minimal.

"Me using the term, or responding to the term, 'Asalam malekum,' which 
means, 'Peace be upon you'…when the children would come into school, 
they 
would say, 'Asalam malekum, Mr. Mustafa' and I would respond to them, 
'Wa 
malekum asalam,' which means, 'Peace be upon you.' That's the extent of 
it," he said.

There were also warnings against bringing a copy of the Koran into 
class.

The Syracuse School District says it has no policy that bars employees 
from 
being a devout member of any religious group, but that an employee 
crosses 
the line when that religion is brought into the classroom.

"Whether it's the Bible. Whether it's the Koran. Whether it's the 
Torah. 
Excluding historical or literary value, they cannot be used for 
religious 
proselytizing and this is basically the Constitution. Not so much a 
District policy, but the separation of Church and State in the public 
school system," said Syracuse School District spokesperson Neil 
Driscoll.

An evaluation of Mustafa by Principal Sharon Birnkrant shows a majority 
of 
good or excellent grades, with the exception of unsatisfactory findings 
in 
areas covering his receptiveness to supervision and respect for 
confidentiality.

On the same form, when asked if she would recommend his continued 
service 
at the school, Birnkrant marked "No."

Mustafa says he thinks much of the problem stems from the events of 
September 11th, a subject he says the Principal cautioned him about.

"People in America are very sensitive to anything that has anything to 
do 
with Islam, and that she has to be very sensitive to their 
perceptions," he 
said.

The District maintains that Mustafa is not being penalized for his 
religion. HW Smith, they say, has a long history of honoring many 
cultures.

But Mustafa believes his firing is a manifestation of anti-Muslim 
sentiment, and says he turns to his religion to find meaning in the 
events 
of recent days.

"I'm a Muslim and I believe that nothing happens unless God allows it 
and I 
believe that, in any situation that appears to be negative, there is 
more 
good in it than bad..."

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

CONTACT the Syracuse City School District to ask that Abdul Mustafa be 
reinstated as a teaching assistant and that his religious rights be 
protected.

CONTACT:

Mr. Stephen C. Jones
Superintendent of Schools
725 Harrison St.
Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: (315) 435-4161
Fax: (315) 435-4015
E-Mail: sjones17@scsd.us, cdrisc96@scsd.us, jblack45@scsd.us
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

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SIGN THE 'NOT IN THE NAME OF ISLAM' PETITION

CAIR has launched an online petition drive designed to disassociate the 
faith of Islam from the violent acts of a few Muslims. The petition on 
CAIR's web site (www.cair-net.org), called "Not in the Name of Islam," 
allows Muslims around the world to help correct misperceptions of Islam 
and 
the Islamic stance on religiously-motivated terror.

TO SIGN THE PETITION, GO TO: http://www.cair-net.org
TO READ THE PETITION ACTION ALERT, GO TO:
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=169&page=AA

SEE ALSO:

US MUSLIM PETITION REJECTS TERROR
Jane Little, BBC, 5/14/04
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3713625.stm

A leading Islamic advocacy group in the US has launched an online 
petition 
designed to dissociate Islam from the violent acts committed under its 
banner.

The Council on American Islamic Relations' petition, called "Not in my 
Name", follows the beheading in Iraq of a US hostage by a group said to 
be 
linked to Al Qaeda.

American Muslims have come under pressure to denounce extremism

The move reflects a growing defensiveness among American Muslims who 
feel 
they are being forced to prove their patriotism.

The message could not be clearer: "We hope this effort will demonstrate 
once and for all that Muslims in America and throughout the Islamic 
world 
reject violence committed in the name of Islam."

The tone, bordering on exasperation, betrays the deep sense of unease 
among 
American Muslims who have increasingly felt alienated by what they feel 
is 
a "with us or against us" mood that has deepened after the beheading of 
US 
hostage Nicholas Berg…

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U.S. ISLAMIC LEADERS CALL ON FAITHFUL TO DENOUNCE TERRORISM
Larry B. Stammer, Los Angeles Times, 5/14/04
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-muslim14may14,1,7435762.story

Alarmed by resurgent anti-Muslim rhetoric in the aftermath of the 
beheading 
of an American in Iraq, U.S. Muslim leaders launched a new campaign 
Thursday to disassociate their faith from terrorism.

In Washington, the Council on American-Islamic Relations called on the 
nation's Muslims to sign an online petition to declare that terrorism 
betrays Islam and that American Muslims abhor it…

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, 
and others said Muslims were being painted with a broad brush on radio 
talk 
shows and on Internet sites. Hooper said talk-show callers were asking 
why 
Muslims were not condemning the brutality.

The new American Muslim campaign, "Not in the Name of Islam," is "one 
way 
we can get that word out," Hooper said of the online petition drive…

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MUSLIM PETITION DECRIES TERROR
Caryle Murphy, Washington Post, 5/15/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A25782-2004May13.html

A national Muslim advocacy group announced yesterday that it is asking 
Muslims around the world to sign an online petition condemning 
terrorism as 
"un-Islamic" and a betrayal of their faith.

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations said that 
its 
petition, titled "Not in the Name of Islam," is "designed to 
disassociate 
the faith of Islam from the violent acts of a few Muslims."

CAIR noted that its initiative was announced two days after a videotape 
showing the decapitation of an American in Iraq "shocked television 
viewers 
worldwide." The tape showed Nicholas Berg's masked assailant shouting 
"God 
is great…"

The online petition, posted at CAIR's Web site -- www.cair-net.org -- 
is a 
way for Muslims to demonstrate how they feel about Berg's killing, Awad 
added.

The petition states that "no injustice done to Muslims can ever justify 
the 
massacre of innocent people, and no act of terror will ever serve the 
cause 
of Islam…"

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N.J. MUSLIM ORGANIZATIONS CONDEMN BERG'S SLAUGHTER
WAYNE PARRY, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, 5/14/04

NEWARK - Muslim groups in New Jersey condemned the beheading of an 
American 
in Iraq, saying his captors violated Islamic law and human decency.

Nicholas Berg, 26, a telecommunications businessman from suburban 
Philadelphia, was killed this month. His beheading was shown in a video 
broadcast on an al-Qaeda-linked Web site, which claimed it was done in 
retribution for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. troops.

"I see no religious, moral, or legal justification for the brutal 
killing 
of a human being," said Sohail Mohammed, a lawyer for the American 
Muslim 
Union, based in Paterson. "We condemn the killing. These types of acts 
have 
no place in Islam."

The Majlis Ash-Shura of New Jersey, the state's council of mosques, 
said 
the killing was an abomination.

"I've seen things in the past that have shocked me, and as time goes 
by, 
you get less shocked, but this shocked me," said the group's chairman, 
Yaser El-Menshawy.

"[Berg] had some background and understanding of Muslim culture. He 
wasn't 
there to spy. It made no sense. There were no grounds, no 
justification.

"You put that next to what's going on in the prisons, and it seems like 
this whole world has gone upside down," he said. "It's a bad situation 
that 
just got a whole lot worse…"

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CAIR-LA TO BE HONORED AT INTERFAITH DINNER

The Interfaith Council of Garden Grove, Westminster and Stanton's 
Eighth 
Annual Unity Banquet will present the Spirit in Action Awards for 
outstanding community service to Hussam Ayloush for his work in 
education, 
combating discrimination as Executive Director of CAIR. Two other 
community 
activists and leaders will be honored as well.

WHEN: Friday, May 14, 2004 at 6 p.m.
WHERE: Garden Grove Community Center 11300, Stanford Avenue, Garden 
Grove, 
CA 92842 (714) 741-5262

TICKETS: $15.00
CONTACT: Ann Nguyen, (714) 890-5203 or Barbara George, (714) 943-2290

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DENVER MOSQUE RECEIVING THREATS
Caller Upset About Death Of Nicholas Berg
Denver Channel, 5/13/04
http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/3301210/detail.html

The president of the Colorado Muslim Society said the mosque on Parker 
Road 
received a threatening phone call Wednesday from a man who was upset 
about 
the death of 26-year-old Nicholas Berg, an American civilian working in 
Iraq.

The caller reportedly said Islam was a barbaric religion and that 
Muslims 
shouldn't be in the United States.

The society president said the mosque has received such calls 
periodically 
since the 2001 terrorist attacks.

The mosque has also received bomb threats, and authorities have been 
keeping a close eye on the building.

A video posted on a Web site linked to al-Qaida showed Berg beheaded by 
a 
group that said it was to avenge the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by 
American 
soldiers.

SEE ALSO:

POLICE INVESTIGATE ACTS AGAINST ISLAMIC SITES
Miami Herald, 5/14/04
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/local/8662302.htm

Local police are investigating a threatening letter sent to an Islamic 
center and recent incidents of vandalism, calling the incidents 
''criminal 
mischief.''

But Muslim officials say it's much more than that and they want the FBI 
to 
get involved.

"Whenever this happens at a synagogue, it's automatically handled as a 
hate 
crime," said Altaf Ali, executive director of the Florida chapter of 
the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations.

On Tuesday at Masjid Al-Ihsan mosque, the front door and windows were 
broken, telephone and electrical lines were cut and the alarm system 
was 
destroyed, Ali said.

On Wednesday, vandals wrote curse words and scrawled a swastika on the 
sign 
of the Islamic School of Miami, he said.


Thursday morning, a letter that read "Kill them all in the name of 
Allah," 
was found at the Darul Uloom mosque, Ali said.

The recent incidents were likely fueled by anger over the beheading of 
American civilian contractor Nicholas Berg in Iraq, Ali said…

Miami-Dade police, which are investigating two of the cases, said they 
would present their information to the state attorney's office to see 
whether the cases could be classified as hate crimes, which carry 
heftier 
criminal penalties than acts of vandalism and criminal mischief.

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TWO MIAMI MOSQUES VANDALIZED, ONE THREATENED
Associated Press, 5/14/04
http://www.news-journalonline.com/NewsJournalOnline/News/Florida/03FloridaSTAT06051404.htm

MIAMI -- Muslim officials want the FBI to investigate three recent 
incidents of vandalism or threats at local mosques.

In the past three days, obscene graffiti was written on the sign of a 
center in Miami, another mosque in Miami had severe damage both inside 
and 
out and a threatening letter was left at a mosque in Hollywood in 
Broward 
County, said Altaf Ali, Florida director of the Council on 
American-Islamic 
Relations.

The letter, which read "Kill them all in the name of Allah," was found 
at 
the Darul Uloom mosque Thursday morning, Ali said.

On Tuesday at Masjid Al-Ihsan mosque, the front door and windows were 
broken, telephone and electrical lines were cut and the alarm system 
was 
destroyed, Ali said. Vandals wrote curse words and scrawled a swastika 
on 
the sign of the Islamic School of Miami on Wednesday night, he said.

Police reports have been filed for all the incidents, he said...

Miami-Dade County police officials would not discuss security plans 
Thursday. Hollywood police did not return a phone call.

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THREE S. FLORIDA MOSQUES VANDALIZED AS IRAQ EVENTS FUEL BACKLASH ON 
MUSLIMS
Tanya Weinberg, Sun-Sentinel, 5/14/04
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-fvandals14may14,0,4128001.story

Three South Florida Islamic institutions have reported vandalism and 
threats in recent days as Muslims nationwide are experiencing a 
backlash to 
recent events in Iraq.

In the two days after the public revelation of Nicholas Berg's 
beheading by 
masked men, dozens of calls have poured into the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, national spokeswoman Rabiah Ahmed said.

"Centers and mosques are saying they have been threatened that if they 
don't condemn these terrorist attacks, that we will face the kind of 
fate 
that Nick Berg did," she said.


Not two hours after he condemned the brutal murder in a television news 
interview Wednesday, the religious leader of the Darul Uloom Institute 
said 
he returned to the Pembroke Pines school and mosque to learn of a 
letter 
left posted on the mailbox there.

"It said `Kill them all in the name of Allah,'" Maulana Shafayat 
Mohamed said.

Mohamed said he already had planned to focus his weekly sermon today on 
condemning both Berg's murder and the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. 
forces, for which Berg's captors said they were retaliating.

"I'm not going to talk about this because of backlash, but because it 
was 
wrong," he said.

"They may be soldiers, but what they did is not the voice of America. 
Similarly, the guys who beheaded Berg, they may be Muslims, but they do 
not 
represent Islam and the voice of all Muslims."

Pembroke Pines Police Department spokesman Captain David Golt said 
detectives are trying to find out who left the letter at the mosque.

"If we determine there are any crimes, we'll take appropriate action," 
he 
said, and encouraged anyone with information to call the department.

Monday morning, a worker discovered a break-in and vandalism at the 
Al-Ihasan mosque in Perrine. Nothing was stolen, a mosque leader said.

Then, Wednesday afternoon, the caretaker of the Islamic School of Miami 
discovered an expletive and a reverse swastika spray-painted on the 
school's sign in Kendall.

"People are angry, and they're also scared, like, what's coming next," 
said 
Tasnim Uddin, chairman of the school board…

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OK: HEAD SCARF SUIT SETTLEMENT NEAR
Sheila K. Stogsdill, Oklahoman, 5/14/04
http://www.newsok.com/cgi-bin/show_article?ID=1238720

MUSKOGEE - A settlement on a lawsuit involving a Muslim girl suspended 
twice for wearing a head scarf awaits approval of the Muskogee School 
Board, court records reflected Thursday.

Nashala Hearn, an 11-year-old sixth-grader at Ben Franklin Science 
Academy, 
was suspended twice in October for wearing the religious scarf, or 
hijab, 
to school…

Court records in the U.S. Eastern District of Oklahoma show the 
agreement 
is pending approval of the school board and the matter should be 
resolved 
in about seven days.

Attorneys for the girl's family and the district met until 9:30 p.m. 
Wednesday before reaching the agreement, said D.D. Hayes, the school's 
attorney.

Both sides were ordered by U.S. District Court Magistrate Kimberly West 
not 
to discuss the case, Hayes said.

The lawsuit asked the school to revise its rul