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Topics (messages 301 through 400):

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims React to President's Speech on Mideast Plan
	301 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Bush's Speech "Fell Short" Say Muslims
	302 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Mideast Fires Up Alabama Runoff
	303 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Pro-Israel Lobby Buys Alabama House Seat
	304 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: A Prison Where Detainees Disappear
	305 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: TeamWorks Offers Diversity Training
	306 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Supreme Court Closes Terror Hearings
	307 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Gujarat's Heritage Smashed/'Israelization' of American 
Politics
	308 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Calif. Legislature Passes Halal Food Bill
	309 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Illinois Sheriff's Deputy Denied Hijab
	310 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Islamic Marriage Contract Uphelp in New Jersey
	311 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Group Condemns Illinois Yarmulke Ban
	312 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Contact Info for Cook County Sheriff's Dept.
	313 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Benny Hinn - "It's a War Between God and the Devil"
	314 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Latino Muslims Build Identity
	315 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Illinois Deputy Wins Right to Hijab
	316 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: When a Few Tar the Innocent Many
	317 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Calif. Governor to Sign Halal Food Bill
	318 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: SD Woman Loses Child After Accepting Islam
	319 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Fear of Detention Haunts S. Florida Muslims
	320 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: SD Custody Battle/Secret Pakistani Detainee Airlift
	321 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Greyhound Profiles Muslim Bus Passenger
	322 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: O'Reilly Compares Quran to "Mein Kampf"
	323 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Six Flags Hijab Policy/Court Denies Access to Lawyer
	324 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Civil Liberties Take a Back Seat as Fear Rules
	325 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. to Recruit 1-in-24 Americans as Spies
	326 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Beward the Dreaded Head Scarf
	327 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: NY Times Says O'Reilly "Spinning" Islam
	328 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Held 600 for Secret Rulings
	329 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims Condemn Israeli Expulsion Plan
	330 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Criticizes Israeli Deportation Proposal
	331 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Arabs in U.S. Could be Held, Official Warns
	332 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Anti-Muslim Graffiti Found After FBI Search in Mich.
	333 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Biden Backs Letting Soldiers Arrest Civilians
	334 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Israel Uses U.S. Weapons to Massacre Palestinian Civilians
	335 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims Call for 9/11/02 "Day of Unity and Prayer"
	336 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Court Reunites Muslim Mother and Child
	337 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: DC Protest Against Israeli Attack July 24
	338 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Airline Pilot Compares Veiled Women to "Whores"
	339 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Ashcroft's Terrorism Policies Dismay Conservatives
	340 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Joins NY Police Union Board/Jail Allows Hijab
	341 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Agent Admits Writing Anti-Muslim Graffiti
	342 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Immigrant Sweeps Unduly Harsh
	343 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: More Muslims Home-School Their Children
	344 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Greyhound Again Profiles Muslim Bus Passenger
	345 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Children in Florida Returned to Parents
	346 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Has your life changed since 9/11?
	347 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Suspicious Fires at Islamic Sites in Two States
	348 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Merchants Boycott New York Post
	349 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Aid Embattled House Member
	350 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims Feel They Are Targets in War on Terror
	351 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Islam Blooms in Genocide's Wake
	352 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Franklin Graham Smears Islam Again
	353 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Franklin Graham's New Book Defames Islam
	354 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Defies Judge on Enemy Combatant
	355 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Texas Mother May Lose Child After Accepting Islam
	356 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: North Carolina Official Says Islam is "Evil"
	357 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Launch 9/11 "Day of Unity and Prayer" Web Site
	358 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Koranic Misreadings
	359 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Agent Suspended for Anti-Muslim Slur
	360 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Postage Stamp Celebrating Muslim Holiday to be Reissued
	361 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: A Kinder, Gentler Koran
	362 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Judge Recuses Himself From TX Muslim Custody Case
	363 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: How Islam-Bashing Got Cool
	364 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Judge Oks UNC Students to Read Quran
	365 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Number of Hispanic Muslim Converts Growing
	366 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: For Muslims, An Uneasy Anniversary
	367 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Help Prevent Deportation of Muslim Family in TX
	368 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Majority of U.S. Muslims Suffered Post-9/11 Bias
	369 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Chechnya - "We Are The Lost Ones"
	370 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Thank Rep. McKinney for Her Support
	371 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: VA Muslims to Register Voters at Community Picnic
	372 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Secret Court Rebuffs Ashcroft
	373 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Plan to Attack Fla. Mosques Linked to Anti-Muslim Rhetoric
	374 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Florida Man Planned to Blow Up Mosques
	375 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Say Mosque Attack Plan Not Taken Seriously
	376 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: MAS Joins 9/11 "Day of Unity and Prayer"
	377 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR-FLA Asks For Meeting With Gov. Bush About Terror Plot
	378 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Gov. Bush Says Fla. Muslims Have Right to Safety
	379 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Fla. Checks Mosques for Safety Risk
	380 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: MD Muslim Convicted in Ohio After 9/11 Arrest for "Arab Garb"
	381 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: An Invitation to CAIR's Open House During ISNA Convention
	382 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: "Slight, Unarmed Woman In Handcuffs" Frightens Ohio Deputies
	383 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Islamic Group to Pay for Appeal/Black, Muslim and American
	384 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Confronting Anti-American Grievences
	385 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: $100 Bail for Men Who Attacked NY Muslims
	386 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Police Officer in PA Allowed to Attend Jumah
	387 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Call for Federal Intervention in NY Hate Crime
	388 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Vandals Deface Florida Mosque
	389 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Report: American Muslims One Year After 9/11
	390 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Newspaper Fires Ann Coulter for "Hate"
	391 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR to Launch Major Educational Initiative
	392 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims to Hold 9/11 Vigil at U.S. Capitol
	393 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Danish Politicians Refute Daniel Pipes' "Facts"
	394 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim 9/11 Memorial Near "Ground Zero"
	395 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Bring Islam to Your Local Library
	396 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim 9/11 Memorials in NY and DC
	397 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Getting the Word Out on Islam
	398 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Supporters Rally Round Oregon Sheikh
	399 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Caution Against Unilateral Action on Iraq
	400 by: CAIR

 
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Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2002 15:12:24 -0400
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Subject: CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims React to President's Speech on Mideast Plan

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                         - MEDIA ADVISORY -

U.S. MUSLIMS REACT TO PRESIDENT'S SPEECH ON MIDEAST PLAN

WHAT: The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), along with 
other 
national Islamic advocacy groups, will hold a news conference this 
afternoon in Washington, D.C., to offer the Muslim community's reaction 
to 
President Bush's speech outlining his plan for peace in the Middle 
East. 
(The President is scheduled to speak at 3:45 p.m. EDT)

WHEN: Monday, June 24, 5 p.m. (Eastern)

WHERE: CAIR's Capitol Hill Office, 1st Floor, 453 New Jersey Avenue, 
S.E., 
Washington, D.C.

                                 - END -

CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-489-5108, E-MAIL: 
cair@cair-net.org

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CAIR
Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C.  20003
Tel: 202-488-8787, 202-489-5108
Fax: 202-488-0833
E-mail: cair@cair-net.org
URL: http://www.cair-net.org

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Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2002 18:00:47 -0400
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Subject: CAIR-NET: Bush's Speech "Fell Short" Say Muslims

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BUSH'S SPEECH "FELL SHORT" SAY MUSLIMS

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/24/02) - A prominent national Islamic advocacy 
group 
today said President Bush's speech outlining his vision for peace in 
the 
Middle East put too much emphasis on Palestinian concessions and too 
little 
pressure on Israel to act in accordance with international law.

In a statement reacting to the president's speech, Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

"There were a number of positive aspects to President Bush's proposals 
for 
peace and stability in the Middle East. These positive initiatives 
include 
the demand for a freeze on Israeli settlement activity, increased 
humanitarian assistance, an end to the Israeli occupation based on U.N. 
resolutions, and a call for freedom of movement for ordinary 
Palestinians. 
We also appreciated the president's recognition of the 'anger and 
despair' 
brought on by Israel's brutal occupation.

"The speech was a step in the right direction, but it fell short of 
offering a clear vision of the ultimate destination. Core issues such 
as 
the status of Jerusalem and existing Israeli settlements, final borders 
and 
the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes, were not 
addressed in a way that offers hope for a just and comprehensive 
settlement 
to the Middle East conflict. It was the failure to address these vital 
issues that brought us to the current impasse.

"The right to freedom should never be conditioned on the whims of a 
hostile 
party and must not face a veto by any individual, group or government 
opposed to peace. It is up to the Palestinians themselves to choose 
their 
leaders in a free and independent political process. That leadership 
should 
reflect the hopes and aspirations of all Palestinians.

"Our policies in the Middle East should be based on American national 
interests and on universal values of freedom and justice, not on the 
political and religious agenda of an influential domestic lobby for a 
foreign government."

Awad thanked the president for his statements in praise of Islamic 
culture 
and its contributions to world civilization. He said those comments 
were 
particularly significant given the current atmosphere of anti-Muslim 
rhetoric.

                                         - END -

CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787, E-MAIL: cair@cair-net.org

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CAIR
Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C.  20003
Tel: 202-488-8787, 202-489-5108
Fax: 202-488-0833
E-mail: cair@cair-net.org
URL: http://www.cair-net.org

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Date: Tue, 25 Jun 2002 16:43:50 -0400
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Subject: CAIR-NET: Mideast Fires Up Alabama Runoff

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 6/25/2002

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: APPRECIATING WHAT ONE HAS
* URGENT REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE IN SOUTH DAKOTA
* MEDIA REQUEST: MUSLIM EXPERIENCES WITH THE FBI/INS
* INCITEMENT WATCH: KORAN INSPIRES MASS MURDERERS (USA Today)
* INCITEMENT WATCH: ISLAM IS AT WAR WITH THE WEST (Worldnetdaily.com)
* MIDEAST FIRES UP ALABAMA RUNOFF (Washington Times)
         - ALABAMA HOUSE RACE IN MIDEAST QUAGMIRE (Atlanta Journal)
* FRAMEWORK FOR PEACE TOUGH ON PALESTINIANS (Washington Post)
         - PALESTINIAN ELECTION MAY BACKFIRE ON BUSH - ANNAN (Reuters)
         - U.S. JEWS, ARABS DIVIDED OVER BUSH MIDEAST PLAN (Reuters)
* U.S. PROBES POST-9/11 BIAS REPORTS (AP)
* HATE ACTS AGAINST MUSLIMS SUBSIDE (Washington Times)
* FBI BEGINS VISITING LIBRARIES TO MONITOR READING HABITS (AP)
* ISLAM TAKING ROOT IN SOUTHERN MEXICO (Houston Chronicle)
* MUSLIM COMMUNITY REACHES OUT TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES (Newsday)
* BABA WAWA'S WHITEWASH (Antiwar.com)
* LOC ROCKEFELLER ISLAMIC FELLOWSHIPS
* PANEL DISCUSSION: AMERICAN-MUSLIM WOMEN - LIFE POST 9/11
* MONEY CHANGES EVERYTHING (ABCnews.com)
* MARYLAND: EMERGENCY FUNDRAISING DINNER & AUCTION

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HADITH OF THE DAY: APPRECIATING WHAT ONE HAS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once asked members of his 
household for some curry (to spice his food). He was told there was no 
curry, only vinegar. He asked for it and began eating, saying: "The 
best 
curry is vinegar, the best curry is vinegar."

Riyadh-us-Salaheen, Hadith 737

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URGENT REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE IN SOUTH DAKOTA

CAIR is seeking assistance from anyone, particularly lawyers, in South 
Dakota who can help a Muslim mother regain custody of her child. The 
woman 
is in a community with few if any Muslims.

CONTACT: cair@cair-net.org
Include "South Dakota Case" in the subject line.

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MEDIA REQUEST: MUSLIM EXPERIENCES WITH THE FBI/INS

I am the founder and former President and editor of Court TV and The 
American Lawyer magazine. I am now a columnist for Newsweek and am 
doing a 
series of columns and a book, to be published next year by Simon & 
Schuster, on how America responded to September 11.

As part of that project I am interested in the legal and law 
enforcement 
issues associated with the government's anti-terrorism efforts. And 
because 
I want to get both sides of the story I would be interested in 
interviewing 
anyone who was questioned and/or detained by the FBI or INS following 
September 11. Please email me at sb@brillbusiness.com, or call me at 
212-332-6301.

Thanks,
Steven Brill

-----

INCITEMENT WATCH: KORAN INSPIRES MASS MURDERERS

ADMIT TERRORISM'S ISLAMIC LINK
By Michael Medved, USA TODAY, 6/24/02
http://www.usatoday.com/usatonline/20020624/4217042s.htm

Why does the popular culture -- including the movie industry -- place 
such 
a powerful premium on downplaying the obvious connection between 
international terrorism and fanatical Islam?

...Why is it hateful for a bright teenager to speak the truth about a 
religious faith that was first revealed by a brilliant and successful 
warrior and has always thrived on violence? As Piers Paul Read, 
historian 
of the Crusades, recently observed in The Women's Quarterly: "Islam, 
from 
its inception, had espoused the use of force. Where Jesus had died for 
his 
beliefs, the Prophet Mohammed had wielded a sword."

Among all major faiths, Islam stands alone in the 21st century for its 
frequent imposition of rigid theocratic rule -- as in Saudi Arabia, 
Iran, 
Pakistan, parts of Nigeria and other nations. All religions 
occasionally 
produce monstrous killers, but in Islam those monsters receive 
encouragement and inspiration from some prominent mainstream leaders, 
and 
thousands of the faithful openly celebrate the random slaughter of 
innocent 
civilians...

The politically correct position therefore suggests that it's merely 
coincidence that most Islamic societies oppose Western ideals of 
liberty 
and progress, and it's only an accident that nearly all mass-murdering 
conspirators pledged to kill Americans take their inspiration from the 
Koran.

SEND POLITE COMMENTS TO letters@usatoday.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org
URL: http://www.michaelmedved.com/contact.shtml

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INCITEMENT WATCH: ISLAM IS AT WAR WITH THE WEST

ARE WE AT WAR WITH ISLAM?
By Joseph Farah, WorldNetDaily.com, 6/25/02
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=28074

In fact, Islam has been at war with the West, with Christianity, with 
Judaism - indeed, with the entire non-Muslim world - ever since the 
days of 
Muhammad. This struggle, more than any other, has defined history for 
the 
last 1,200 years...

The beauty of this conflict from Islam's point of view is that the West 
can't even identify targets, can't even clearly identify the enemy...

We must understand in the West today - whether we live in the U.S., 
Israel, 
the United Kingdom or elsewhere - that Islam reflects a vastly 
different 
worldview from the one that established western civilization. If we try 
to 
understand Islam as some sort of extension of monotheistic 
Judeo-Christian 
philosophy, we will fail to see the truth.

The truth is that western civilization faces perhaps its greatest test 
at 
the hands of Islam today...

-----

MIDEAST FIRES UP ALABAMA RUNOFF
By Dave Boyer, THE WASHINGTON TIMES, 6/25/02
http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20020625-3432652.htm

Today's Democratic congressional runoff in Alabama is pitting black 
leaders 
against Jewish politicians in an unlikely location for airing out 
differences over the war in the Middle East.

"This election is being watched all over the world," said the Rev. 
Walter 
Fauntroy, a longtime civil rights leader. Mr. Fauntroy and other black 
leaders have raised a furious, last-minute defense for Rep. Earl F. 
Hilliard, a black who has drawn the ire of Jewish groups by voting 
against 
pro-Israel resolutions.

The Rev. Al Sharpton was among those campaigning for Mr. Hilliard in 
the 
final days, telling an audience at a church in Birmingham that the 
challenger, black lawyer Artur Davis, is a "Yankee-financed outsider"

Mr. Fauntroy organized campaign appearances for incumbent Hilliard over 
the 
weekend with about 10 members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), 
actor Danny Glover and Martin Luther King III...

SEE ALSO:

ALABAMA HOUSE RACE IN MIDEAST QUAGMIRE
By Tom Baxter, Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 6/25/02
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/epaper/editions/today/news_d381602e438010a2006b.html

Earlier this month, in what has been described as a stormy meeting, 
members 
of the Congressional Black Caucus complained to the House Democratic 
leadership that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee wasn't 
doing enough to help Rep. Earl Hilliard fend off a challenge from Artur 
Davis, a Birmingham lawyer running for the second time against the 
veteran 
legislator.

Hilliard's frequent criticism of U.S. policy in the Middle East has put 
him 
in the spotlight after Sept. 11, and Davis has raised a lot of money 
this 
year from Jewish contributors nationwide.

Rep. Alcee Hastings, a South Florida Democrat with an interest in 
maintaining good black-Jewish relations within the party, warned the 
leadership that a victory for Davis could prompt a backlash and damage 
support for Israel within the caucus. According to a story in The 
Forward, 
a Jewish newspaper, the race also has stirred unease among Jewish House 
members, who usually have good relations with the Black Caucus...

If the leadership's support for Hilliard has been muted, support for 
him 
from the caucus and many in the civil rights community has not.

Several African-American House members, including Georgia 2nd District 
Rep. 
Sanford Bishop --- a Hilliard friend for some 30 years, according to 
Bishop's press secretary, Selby McCash --- campaigned with him over the 
weekend, as have Martin Luther King III and actor Danny Glover. Rep. 
John 
Lewis has taped a radio message for him...

-----

FRAMEWORK FOR PEACE TOUGH ON PALESTINIANS
By Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, 6/25/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A39027-2002Jun24.html

After months of fits and starts, President Bush yesterday distilled his 
Middle East policy to a simple proposition: Peace depends almost 
entirely 
on the Palestinians. Bush made no mention of an international 
conference. 
He did not repeat his demand for an immediate withdrawal of Israeli 
forces, 
which shortly before Bush spoke announced they were headed into Gaza. 
In 
the plan outlined by the president, virtually any action required of 
the 
Israelis must be preceded by positive steps taken by the 
Palestinians...

But, in other ways, the speech represented a purposeful abandonment of 
neutrality by the administration, which now has largely adopted the 
stance 
of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon that Arafat is no longer 
relevant to 
the peace process, and that security and political reform must precede 
negotiations about a Palestinian state...

Indeed, by writing Arafat out of the picture, Bush may have left Arafat 
no 
incentive to cooperate -- and Bush has yet to explain whom the United 
States or Israel would negotiate with in the coming months. Currently, 
there is no functioning Palestinian government that can stop the 
terrorist 
attacks or replace the Israeli army, and there is no leadership that 
has 
the authority or respect to negotiate with Israel...

SEE ALSO:

PALESTINIAN ELECTION MAY BACKFIRE ON BUSH - ANNAN
By Bill Rigby, Reuters, 6/25/02

UNITED NATIONS - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned on Tuesday 
that 
President George W. Bush's call for Palestinian elections could 
backfire by 
producing a more hard-line leadership than was now in charge.

Annan said there were also key gaps in the Bush plan that Washington's 
international partners must now help fill in, including what to do 
while 
awaiting the new Palestinian leadership that Bush has demanded.

"There's been a call for a new Palestinian leadership. What happens 
between 
now and until a new leadership exists? Do we work with the government 
that 
we have, or do we create a vacuum?" Annan told reporters as he entered 
U.N. 
headquarters.

The secretary-general, who has played a key role in Middle East 
diplomacy 
in recent months, said now was not the best time for Palestinian 
elections...

Annan reiterated his view that the choice of Palestinian leaders was 
solely 
for the Palestinian people to decide. "They elected Arafat," he said. 
"They 
are planning new elections and let them elect their own leaders..."

U.S. JEWS, ARABS DIVIDED OVER BUSH MIDEAST PLAN
By Atiya Hussain, 6/25/02

NEW YORK, June 25 (Reuters) - American Jews hailed U.S. President 
George W. 
Bush's new Middle East policy on Tuesday as a road map for peace in the 
troubled region. Arab Americans said it was a road to nowhere...

"There's no road map," said Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council 
on 
American-Islamic relations, an advocacy group. "It's a recipe for 
continued 
instability in the region."

The views reflected the sharply divided opinions of the Arab world and 
Israelis after Bush on Monday outlined the eventual creation of a 
Palestinian state, but only if Palestinians change their leadership...

-----

U.S. PROBES POST-9/11 BIAS REPORTS
By CHRISTOPHER NEWTON, The Associated Press, 6/25/02

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department has investigated 350 reports 
of 
crimes against people of Middle Eastern or South Asian origin since the 
Sept. 11 terror attacks, an assistant attorney general said Tuesday.

Prosecutors believe most of the crimes - including alleged threats, 
assaults, bombing plots and acts of vandalism - were in retaliation for 
the 
attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. State and local 
authorities have begun prosecuting about 70 crimes, the Justice 
Department 
said, and federal charges have been brought in 10 cases.

Among the crimes prosecuted was an alleged plot to blow up Rep. Darrell 
Issa's district office. Issa, R-Calif., is of Arab descent.

In testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, Assistant Attorney 
General Ralph Boyd said several federal attorneys have been tasked with 
reviewing all new allegations of hate crimes and monitoring ongoing 
investigations.

"The incidents have consisted of telephone, Internet, mail and 
face-to-face 
threats, minor assaults, as well as assaults with dangerous weapons," 
Boyd 
said.

Boyd also said the incidents included vandalism and plots to bomb 
homes, 
businesses and places of worship.

Members of Islamic groups - who have accused the Justice Department of 
violating the civil rights of Muslim Americans since Sept. 11 - said 
the 
government has done a good job of checking on reports of backlash 
crimes.

"We have found the government to be extraordinarily cooperative," said 
Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Washington-based Counsel on 
American-Islamic Relations. "They have followed up on crimes we have 
reported and they often call us to check on incidents that we put out 
information on in our public releases..."

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HATE ACTS AGAINST MUSLIMS SUBSIDE
By Guy Taylor, THE WASHINGTON TIMES, 6/25/02
http://www.washingtontimes.com/metro/20020625-30515452.htm

Local law enforcement officials say the number of hate crimes against 
area 
Muslims has declined steadily since peaking about a month after 
September 11.

Hours after terrorists slammed hijacked airplanes into the Pentagon and 
World Trade Center, Alexandria was one of the first cities to report an 
anti-Muslim hate crime that police said was likely retaliation for the 
attacks...

Representatives of the region's Muslim community say that while 
yearlong 
statistics show reports of hate crimes near an all-time high, there has 
been a significant drop-off since "those initial, very difficult days" 
after September 11.

"Things have shifted from threats or shootings at mosques to more 
subtle 
things, like discrimination at work," said Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman 
for 
the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a D.C.-based Islamic 
advocacy group.

Mr. Hooper said the number of anti-Muslim incidents declined 
significantly 
after Oct. 7, when the United States began its bombing campaign in 
Afghanistan.

"I guess the [anti-Muslim] emotions were highest in that first month or 
so 
[after September 11]," he said.

However, Mr. Hooper said, the number of incidents rises each time the 
U.S. 
government issues new, "vague terrorist warnings."

"The government should use more discretion with what they announce, 
because 
the warnings of terrorism increase the level of tension and keep people 
on 
edge," he said. "We've had incidents right after terrorist warnings 
were 
announced, where a Muslim family was scoping out a possible school for 
their children to attend and they end up getting reported to police as 
acting suspicious..."

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FBI BEGINS VISITING LIBRARIES TO MONITOR READING HABITS
By Christopher Newton, Associated Press, 6/25/02
http://ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGA13VCZU2D.html

WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI is visiting libraries nationwide and checking 
the 
reading records of people it suspects of having ties to terrorists or 
plotting an attack, library officials say.

The FBI effort, authorized by the antiterrorism law enacted after the 
Sept. 
11 attacks, is the first broad government check of library records 
since 
the 1970s when prosecutors reined in the practice for fear of abuses.

A Justice Department official in the civil rights division and FBI 
officials declined to comment Monday, except to note that such searches 
are 
now legal under the Patriot Act that President Bush signed last 
October. 
Libraries across the nation were reluctant to discuss their dealings 
with 
the FBI. The same law that makes the searches legal also makes it a 
criminal offense for librarians to reveal the details or extent...

Judith Krug, the American Library Association's director for 
intellectual 
freedom, said the FBI was treading on the rights it is supposed to be 
upholding.

"It's unfortunate because these records and this information can be had 
with so little reason or explanation," Krug said. "It's super secret 
and 
anyone who wants to talk about what the FBI did at their library faces 
prosecution. That has nothing to do with patriotism..."

Krug tells worried librarians who call that they should keep only the 
records they need and should discard records that would reveal which 
patron 
checked out a book and for how long...

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ISLAM TAKING ROOT IN SOUTHERN MEXICO
By Dudley Althaus, Houston Chronicle, 6/25/02
http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/story.hts/world/1465495

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico -- In recent years, Agustin Gomez 
Mendez 
and other Maya Indians in far southern Mexico have taken yet one more 
sharp 
turn in a long quest for redemption, deciding that Jesus Christ isn't 
their 
personal savior after all.

"There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is his messenger," says Gomez 
Mendez, a poor farmer and father of six who converted his family to 
Islam 
in 1996 under the tutelage of Spanish missionaries.

Over the past few years, about 300 evangelical Christian Maya have 
converted to Islam in southernmost Chiapas state, which has been riven 
by 
spiritual struggles for centuries.

The conversions have left the Muslim Maya's neighbors and academics 
mystified. But their missionary guides hope the new Muslims will prove 
the 
first in a wave of converts in Mexico...

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MUSLIM COMMUNITY REACHES OUT TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES
By Michael Gartland, Newsday, 6/24/02
http://www.newsday.com/mynews/ny-liisla222762011jun24.story

As a congregation of around 400 Muslims knelt for noon prayers Friday 
at 
the Islamic Center of Long Island, two men stood out. They wore staid, 
dark 
suits and sat on chairs instead of the floor.

The two, FBI agents Joseph Billy Jr. and Kevin Donovan, watched new 
arrivals stand, bend and kneel, and listened as the imam recited the 
athaan, the Muslim call to prayers. A clergy liaison from the New York 
Police Department, Michael Theogene, also made a brief appearance. They 
came at the invitation of Ghazi Khankan, director of Interfaith Affairs 
at 
the Westbury center, who wants to build a relationship between the 
Muslim 
community and law enforcement agencies such as the FBI and the New York 
City Police Department so negative perceptions of Muslims can be 
reduced. 
At the same time, he said, he would like to demonstrate that the Muslim 
community is an open one and that it is not resistant to the FBI or 
police. 
[Khankan is also director of CAIR-NY.]

"If we don't know our neighbors that creates a wall of ignorance," 
Khankan 
said during a luncheon after the noon sermon he gave. "We must chip 
that 
wall down so people can get to know each other..."

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BABA WAWA'S WHITEWASH
By Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com, 6/24/02
http://www.antiwar.com/justin/justincol.html

It was eerie to actually see the scene of a story I have written about 
on 
more than one occasion, to see and hear the people I had only read 
about 
and, vaguely, imagined. On Friday night, the ABC News program 20/20 
broadcast "The White Van," which told the story of 5 young Israeli men 
apprehended in New Jersey hours after the World Trade Center was hit...

Much of the ABC report confirms my basic contention, and the contention 
of 
many others, that there was indeed, as Fox News reporter Carl Cameron 
puts 
it, a "vast Israeli spy operation" in the US in full operational mode 
prior 
to 9/11, engaged in watching the pro-Arab support network that operates 
in 
many major American cities.

What the 20/20 report amounts to is the Israelis' second line of 
defense, 
which basically boils down to this: well, yeah, they were Israeli 
spies, 
but they were just here defending Israel's interests and had no 
pre-knowledge of 9/11...

The problem with this fallback story is that penetrating or monitoring 
New 
Jersey Muslims and having foreknowledge of 9/11 are not mutually 
exclusive. 
Indeed, such surveillance - to the degree it was successful - would 
have 
increased the likelihood that the Israelis would gain some knowledge of 
the 
9/11 plot.

If not all the details, at least a strong indication that 9/11 was 
bound to 
be a special day - one they would celebrate, shamelessly and 
carelessly, in 
full sight of others, unable to restrain their joy at the sight of the 
WTC 
emitting a black cloud over Manhattan.

For the FBI, it seems, deciphering anything that isn't completely 
spelled 
out for them is well nigh impossible. So he wouldn't take the test for 
weeks, then took it and failed and then denied working for the Mossad - 
in 
this country, at any rate. As John Stossel, Barbara Walters' 20/20 
colleague, ceaselessly reiterates: "Gimme a break!..."

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LOC ROCKEFELLER ISLAMIC FELLOWSHIPS

The Library of Congress has established a program of residential 
fellowships for postdoctoral scholars wishing to conduct research in 
the 
humanities on globalization and Muslim societies, using the resources 
of 
the Library of Congress.

Two to four scholars each year, funded for periods of not less than 
five or 
more than ten months duration at the rate of $3,500 per month, will 
conduct 
original research on the humanistic dimensions of these issues. 
Particularly welcome are historical and cross-disciplinary studies of 
the 
way intellectual issues have arisen in Muslim societies in response to 
globalization.

Application deadline: September 15, 2002

Contact: Rockefeller Islamic Fellowships, Office of Scholarly Programs, 
Library of Congress LJ 120, 101 Independence Avenue, SE, Washington 
D.C. 
20540-4860; tel. 202.707.3302; fax 202.707.3595; email 
<scholarly@loc.gov> 
or visit http://www.loc.gov/loc/islamic/

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PANEL DISCUSSION: AMERICAN-MUSLIM WOMEN - LIFE POST 9/11

WHEN: Wednesday, June 26, 7-9:30 p.m.
WHERE: Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington.

The program, which is free and open to the public, will focus on 
hearing 
the experiences of Muslim women in our community and the impact of 9/11 
on 
their lives. After panelists speak, audience members will participate 
by 
learning and practicing listening skills.  For details, call 
703-228-5984. 
The program is part of the "Understanding Islam" series sponsored by 
the 
library.

Contact: Pamela Garlick, Arlington Library, pgarli@co.arlington.va.us
Rita Jimenez, program facilitator, 202-692-2525

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MONEY CHANGES EVERYTHING
By Andrew Chang, ABCnews.com, 6/25/02
http://abcnews.go.com/sections/world/DailyNews/muslims020625_money.html

The influence of the Muslim consumer is felt in nearly every nation 
around 
the globe: multinationals like Pizza Hut have established bases in 
Yemen 
and Pakistan, while Halal butcher shops, which serve meat that has been 
prepared according to the standards of Islamic law, are found 
throughout 
the world.

The purchasing power of U.S. Muslims alone is $12 billion yearly, 
according 
to the New York-based Center for American Muslim Research and 
Information.

"There are six to eight million Muslims in the United States," Rasheed 
Ahmed, with the non-profit Muslim Consumer Group, told ABCNEWS. "There 
is a 
lot of potential there..."

Experts say Muslim consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the 
power 
of their pocketbooks, and anti-American sentiment is boosting sales of 
not 
only Islamic goods, but European and Asian goods.

"The market is very open in the Middle East. People see that they have 
the 
freedom and choice to choose from a variety of products [from all over 
the 
world]," said Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American 
Islamic Relations.

Awad said he's heard of European appliances and Japanese cars getting a 
boost. Muslims are also choosing to avoid U.S.-made pharmaceuticals. 
Hospital and dispensaries run by Palestinian militant group Hezbollah 
reportedly even have a complete list of alternative medicines produced 
in 
Arab, European or other countries...

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MARYLAND: EMERGENCY FUNDRAISING DINNER & AUCTION

Fundraising for AL-Huda School

WHERE: Dar-us- Salaam
WHEN: Fri., June 28
AUCTION: 2 PM to 10 PM
DINNER: 7 PM
ADDRESS: 5301 Edgewood Road, College Park, MD 20740

Call: 301-982-2402 or 301-982-9848
Website: www.alhuda.org
Mail: Fundraising Office Al-Huda School, 5301 Edgewood Road, College 
Park, 
MD 20740

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRO-ISRAEL LOBBY BUYS ALABAMA HOUSE SEAT SAY MUSLIMS

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/26/02)  A prominent national Islamic advocacy 
group is 
calling Rep. Earl Hilliard's (D-AL) loss Tuesday in a runoff primary in 
Alabama's 7th Congressional District a "defeat for democracy," an 
insult to 
African-Americans and a victory for pro-Israel extremists. (In the 
heavily 
Democratic district, the winner of the primary will almost certainly be 
elected to the House.)

Hilliard's opponent, Artur Davis, had been heavily backed by 
out-of-state 
supporters of Israel who opposed the five-term incumbent's criticism of 
American policies in the Middle East and his support for Palestinian 
rights. In fact, a CAIR analysis of a recent Davis donor list revealed 
that 
81 percent of his campaign contributions came from outside Alabama, 
mostly 
from New York. The donations from the pro-Israel lobby began to flow 
after 
Davis traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with representatives of 
AIPAC, 
the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee.

The effort to impose a candidate on a majority African-American rural 
district in Alabama caused tension between pro-Israel activists and the 
Congressional Black Caucus. Many African-American leaders and elected 
officials saw the move as a return to the time when outsiders tried to 
pick 
leaders of their community. (Both Hilliard and Davis are 
African-American.)

SEE: "Ala. Rep. Hilliard Ousted in Runoff"
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/national/AP-Primary-Rdp.html
"Mideast fires up Alabama runoff"
http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20020625-3432652.htm
"Alabama House race in Mideast quagmire"
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/epaper/editions/today/news_d381602e438010a2006b.html

"Rep. Hilliard's loss shows that the domestic lobby for a foreign 
government is willing to use its considerable financial resources to 
force 
hand-picked 'leaders' on the African-American community. This is a 
defeat 
for democracy and civil rights and a victory for those who would 
institute 
a pro-Israel litmus test for American political candidates," said CAIR 
Board Chairman Omar Ahmad. Ahmad added that our nation's voters deserve 
representatives who put America first, and are not compromised by 
allegiance to special interest groups.

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 6/26/2002

HEADLINES:

* VERSE OF THE DAY: REWARD FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS
* INCITEMENT WATCH: ISLAM'S TERRORIST HYMNS
* A PRISON WHERE DETAINEES DISAPPEAR (Village Voice)
* EUROPEAN PRESS COMMENTS ON BUSH'S MIDEAST PROPOSALS
         - 'SHARON COULD HAVE WRITTEN SPEECH' (Times)
         - I WONDER WHY BUSH DOESN'T LET SHARON RUN HIS PRESS OFFICE 
(Independent)
         - GEORGE W'S BLOODY FOLLY (Guardian)
* 'AMEN TO THAT' (Antiwar.com)
* JEWISH SETTLERS FEEL BOLSTERED BY BUSH PEACE SCRIPT (Reuters)
* ARAB NATIONS SEE BOYCOTTS OF U.S. PRODUCTS (USA Today)
* HELL FREEZES OVER (MSNBC.com)
* MARYLAND: MUSLIM FAMILY DAY AT SIX FLAGS AMERICA

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VERSE OF THE DAY: REWARD FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS

"Whoever works righteousness, man or woman, and has faith, verily, to 
them 
will We give a new Life, a life that is good and pure, and We will 
bestow 
on such their reward according to the best of their actions."

The Holy Quran, Chapter 16, Verse 97

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INCITEMENT WATCH: ISLAM'S TERRORIST HYMNS

DO MOSQUES HAVE HYMNS?
By Neal Boortz, 6/24/02
http://www.boortz.com/june24-02.htm
(Scroll down to item.)

Having never been to an Islamic Mosque I wasn't able to answer this 
question from a caller last week: Neal. Do Muslims sing hymns in their 
services? Well, America s Rude Awakening did a bit of research. I 
shaved my 
ankles, put on some pumps and a burka and went to a service. Only one 
hymn, 
if that s what they call it, was sung. I copied down the words under my 
robe.

Allah loves the little children, all the children of the world.
Red, and yellow, black, and white.
loaded down with dynamite.
Allah loves the little children of the world.

Catchy.

(NOTE: Neal Boortz is a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host 
based in 
Atlanta.)

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A PRISON WHERE DETAINEES DISAPPEAR
Chisun Lee, The Village Voice, 6/26/02
http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0226/lee.php

On a bleak block in Sunset Park, under the BQE, looms the Metropolitan 
Detention Center (MDC), the high-security federal prison to which 
untold 
numbers of Arabs and South Asians have been whisked after being nabbed 
from 
their taxis, mosques, and apartments. More post-September 11 detainees 
have 
been jailed in county facilities in New Jersey, but critics say MDC 
houses 
some of the worst constitutional and human rights violations by the 
federal 
government in these cases.

It is a black hole, they say, where immigrants disappear for months 
into 
extreme isolation and deprivation, only to come out the other end 
accused 
of no crime that justifies their jail time. Shakir Baloch was one of 
those 
who vanished into the MDC "hole"-solitary confinement-for many months, 
later winding up at home in Canada, a free and, as far as he can tell, 
unmonitored man. Last week he spoke by phone with the Voice about his 
incarceration, bolstering the claims of lawyers and advocates who have 
filed complaints of cruel conditions and wrangled an ongoing 
investigation 
of MDC by the U.S. Office of Inspector General...

Perhaps half a dozen of those detained in September or October are 
still in 
MDC's "hole," advocates say, putting their time in solitary at over 
half a 
year. Some 20 were transferred this spring into gen-pop. New arrestees 
keep 
coming. Adem Carroll, an advocate with the Islamic Circle of North 
America, 
told the Voice about a Pakistani green-card holder who was taken to MDC 
last week by FBI agents originally looking for his neighbor.

Meanwhile, according to press reports and advocates, those detained for 
many months across the country are being released or deported with 
petty 
charges or no charge at all. Not one detainee arrested since September 
11 
has been charged in connection with a terrorism-related crime...

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EUROPEAN PRESS COMMENTS ON BUSH'S MIDEAST PROPOSALS

'SHARON COULD HAVE WRITTEN SPEECH'
ROSS DUNN, The TIMES (UK), 6/26/02
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-338309,00.html

LEADING Israeli commentators said yesterday that President Bush's 
speech on 
the Middle East was so pro-Israel that it might have been written by 
Ariel 
Sharon.

Nahum Barnea, a columnist for the Hebrew daily Yedioth Ahronoth, said: 
"Sharon can demand copyright on the speech - he couldn't have dreamt of 
a 
more pleasant address."

Hemi Shalev, in the newspaper Ma'ariv, wrote: "One can only imagine 
Sharon 
watching the speech on TV, and the smile on his face spreading wider 
and 
wider until he cries with joy when he hears Bush demand Arafat's 
political 
head on a platter..."

I WONDER WHY BUSH DOESN'T LET SHARON RUN HIS PRESS OFFICE
Robert Fisk, The Independent, 6/26/02
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=309115

Put your flak jackets on, President George Bush has spoken. He wants a 
regime change in Palestine, just as he wants a regime change in Iraq. 
He 
reads the Israeli government press handouts and accurately quotes them 
to 
his American people...

Why, I wonder, doesn't Mr Bush let Ariel Sharon run the White House 
press 
bureau? Not only would it be more honest we would at least be hearing 
the 
voice of Israel at first hand but it would spare the American President 
the 
ignominy of parroting everything he is told by the Israelis.

All that he offers to the Palestinians is a ghastly mockery of what the 
Palestinians are told to do by the Israelis...

Let's go over again that most crucial and most dishonest part of the 
Bush 
statement.

"When the Palestinian people have new leaders, new institutions and new 
security arrangements with their neighbours," he told us, "the United 
States of America will support the creation of a Palestinian state, 
whose 
border and certain aspects of its sovereignty will be provisional until 
resolved as part of a final settlement in the Middle East." Let's see 
what 
this means: when the Palestinians have elected a leader whom the 
Israelis 
want a condition that could go on to the crack of doom the Americans 
will 
support a Palestinian state whose very existence will mean nothing 
unless 
Israel approves what that state wants to do...

GEORGE W'S BLOODY FOLLY
Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian, 6/26/02
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Print/0,3858,4448474,00.html

That was a fantastic speech. Quite literally, fantastic. George Bush's 
address on the Middle East, delivered outside the White House on Monday 
evening, consisted, from beginning to end, of fantasy.

It bore so little relation to reality that diplomats around the world 
spent 
yesterday shaking their heads in disbelief, before sinking into gloom 
and 
despair. Our own Foreign Office tried gamely to spot the odd nugget of 
sense in the Bush text - but, they admitted, it was an uphill struggle. 
Israelis committed to a political resolution of the conflict were 
heartbroken. Even Shimon Peres, foreign minister in Ariel Sharon's 
coalition, reportedly called the speech "a fatal mistake", warning: "A 
bloodbath can be expected."

The core of the president's message was that the Palestinians must 
embark 
on a sweeping process of internal reform before they can even think 
about 
getting back to the negotiating table. They must transform themselves 
into 
a democratic market economy, free of corruption and with a separate 
judiciary and legislature if they are to be considered eligible for 
statehood - which, when it comes, will be merely provisional...

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'AMEN TO THAT'
Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com, 6/26/02
http://www.antiwar.com/justin/justincol.html

After months of teeter-tottering between fairness to the Palestinians 
and 
complete prostration before Israel's amen corner in the US, George W. 
Bush 
has come down decisively on the side of the latter - and the so-called 
war 
on terrorism has taken a new and ominous turn...

While everything was asked of the Palestinians, and nothing promised, 
the 
exact opposite treatment was meted out to the Jewish state. Bush asked 
nothing of the Israelis in terms of a timetable: not a single 
condition, 
demand, or even the faint suggestion that they might dismantle even 
some of 
the latest "settlements" erected on land recently stolen...

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JEWISH SETTLERS FEEL BOLSTERED BY BUSH PEACE SCRIPT
Mark Heinrich, Reuters, 6/26/02

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Jewish settlers in the occupied territories said 
Wednesday President Bush's refusal to back a Palestinian state under 
its 
current leaders was all they could have wished for.

Settlement leaders in the West Bank and Gaza Strip praised the U.S. 
president for branding the Palestinian leadership unfit for statehood 
and 
for rejecting a state for Palestinians unless they adopt Western-style 
democracy -- unknown in the Arab world.

"Bush has taken (Israeli) Prime Minister (Ariel) Sharon's line, which 
is 
our line, that there can be no negotiations or peace with Palestinians 
as 
long as Yasser Arafat and his corrupt, terrorist regime are on the 
scene," 
said Ezra Rosenfeld, spokesman for the Yesha Council of settlers.

"In that respect, Bush said all we could have asked for. You can't 
pussyfoot around with terrorists. If there were question marks about 
Bush's 
position before (regarding peace contacts with Arafat), he's cleared 
them 
up now..."

Jewish settlers had been rattled by recent Bush statements endorsing an 
eventual Palestinian state alongside Israel and his calls for a freeze 
in 
settlement-building beforehand.

They were relieved when Bush, in a Middle East policy speech Tuesday, 
put 
the onus on Palestinians to lay the groundwork for peace. He asked 
Israel 
to withdraw forces from Palestinian towns and stop building settlements 
"as 
we make progress toward security."

"Bush has given Sharon a green light to do what is needed to ensure 
(all) 
Israelis can live in security. The Minister of History (God) is 
laughing 
now," said Shaul Goldstein, mayor of the Etzion settlement bloc in the 
West 
Bank...

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ARAB NATIONS SEE BOYCOTTS OF U.S. PRODUCTS
James Cox, USA TODAY, 6/26/02
http://www.usatoday.com/money/world/2002-06-26-arab-boycott.htm

Anti-American activists in the Middle East are gaining ground in their 
fitful, 20-month campaign to get Arab consumers to reject U.S. brands.

U.S. businesses operating in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Persian Gulf 
countries have been targeted by scores of boycott calls since violence 
erupted between Palestinians and Israelis in September 2000.

The boycotts had largely fizzled before getting new life in April. 
That's 
when millions of Arab consumers, enraged by a six-week Israeli military 
offensive in the West Bank, began turning away from U.S.-branded 
household 
goods, toiletries, cosmetics, fast-food chains, soft drinks, toys, 
credit 
cards, cigarettes, clothing and cars. The boycott "has arisen again but 
in 
a worse way," says Mahmoud El Kaissouni, an executive at fast-food 
franchisee Americana Foods in Cairo. "This is getting very serious. 
Some 
chains are experiencing 50% losses (in sales). We're just trying to 
survive"

Many Arabs and other Muslims resent the United States for giving 
political 
and financial support to Israel, which has reoccupied Palestinian land 
and 
used troops to crush the militants orchestrating a wave of suicide 
bombings 
and other attacks on Israelis.

Arab activists, religious leaders and student groups -- the organizers 
of 
most of the grass-roots boycotts -- argue that taxes paid by U.S. 
corporations flow to Israel in the form of U.S. foreign aid...

"The penny you spend to buy these products amounts to another (Israeli) 
bullet for the body of our brave Palestinian Muslim brothers," says a 
leaflet posted at mosques and schools in the United Arab Emirates...

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HELL FREEZES OVER
Eric Alterman, MSNBC.com, 6/25/02
http://www.msnbc.com/news/752664.asp
(Scroll down to item.)

Eason Jordan, CNN's chief news executive, apologized on behalf of the 
network yesterday for giving more attention to the statements of a 
suicide 
bomber's family than to the parents of one of his victims.

It looks like the Israeli/right-wing Jewish pressure campaign on the 
network has already begun to bear immediate fruit. I almost never watch 
cable news or pundit television because it gives me a migraine, but I 
was 
at the gym yesterday and they had the TVs on.

George Bush had just given his Middle East speech, in which he 
spinelessly 
caved into every one of Ariel Sharon's demands, thereby ensuring 
nothing 
but more bloodshed and misery for both sides...

CNN's pandering to the Bush/Israeli position is undeniable, and yet 
conservatives and Israelis complain that it is somehow not compliant 
enough. As always, they are "working the refs" and their strategy is a 
complete success. Imagine the outcry if any network ever presented so 
one-sided a lineup against Israel and its illegal occupation. We'd be 
hearing the alleged "pro-Israel" community complaining about it for 
years. 
But when the Israelis and their most right-wing supporters rule the 
roost, 
well, everything's hunky-dory and nobody even notices the egregious 
bias in 
the presentation.

I suppose it's too much to ask to imagine the CNN might have thought to 
consult, um, someone familiar with the history and politics of region 
who 
could speak to the likelihood of his plan achieving any success 
whatever. 
Nahhh...

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HEADLINES:

* VERSES OF THE DAY: LOVE BETWEEN ENEMIES
* CAIR'S TEAMWORKS OFFERS DIVERSITY TRAINING
* JUDGE STRIKES LAW CITING 'TERRORIST' GROUPS (Washington Times)
* 'ENEMY COMBATANT' ISSUE RISES TO FORE (Boston Globe)
* ACROSS U.S., PEOPLE SAY WHAT FREEDOM MEANS (Knight-Ridder)
* IN ROWS 10 DEEP, BROOKLYN MOURNS A FAMILY OF SEVEN (New York Times)
* IMMIGRANTS' PHOTOS LEAD TO QUESTIONS (Newsday)
* PR. WILLIAM TEACHES TOLERANCE (Washington Post)
* PUBLIC MONEY CAN PAY RELIGIOUS-SCHOOL TUITION, COURT RULES (New York 
Times)
* SENATORS GUARD RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS IN THE WORKPLACE (CNSNews.com)
* ANTI-IMMIGRANT 'MOVEMENT' COURTS CONGRESS, RACIST RIGHT (Southern 
Poverty 
Law Center)
* N.Y. MONEY KEY TO ALA. HOUSE RACE (AP)
         - RAMALLAH REFORMS, ALABAMA ELECTION (Ha'aretz)
         - AMC OFFICIAL CHALLENGES SMEAR CAMPAIGN (CNN)
* STANDING BY HIS 'MAN OF PEACE' (Washington Post)
         - ANSWERS ON AN EMPTY PAGE (Washington Post)
* EUPHEMISMS FOR ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS CONFUSE COVERAGE (FAIR)

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VERSES OF THE DAY: LOVE BETWEEN ENEMIES

"It may be that God will grant love (and friendship) between you and 
those 
whom ye (now) hold as enemies...God forbids you not, with regard to 
those 
who fight you not for (your) faith nor drive you out of your homes, 
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dealing kindly and justly with them, for God loveth those who are 
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The Holy Quran, Chapter 60, Verses 7-8

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CAIR'S TEAMWORKS OFFERS DIVERSITY TRAINING

CAIR's TeamWorks division recently conducted a diversity training 
workshop 
for the Virginia Association of Human Rights Commissions (VAHRC) 
Semi-Annual meeting in Virginia Beach.

Some 50 human rights commissioners from a variety of offices and 
enforcement agencies participated in the training. TeamWorks Director 
Nancy 
Hanaan Serag presented an "Islam: Myths and Stereotypes" seminar, 
including 
a brief overview of basic Islamic beliefs and practices. Workshop 
attendees 
also participated in group exercises dealing with issues of prejudice 
and 
stereotyping.

"Since the horrific attacks of September 11, there has been a thirst 
for 
knowledge and understanding of the Muslim faith. Now more than ever we 
need 
to appreciate our nation's religious and cultural diversity," said 
Serag.

CAIR's TeamWorks department specializes in training solutions for 
today's 
diversity issues. TeamWorks offers several programs for a wide range of 
environments and needs. For more information contact: Nancy Hanaan 
Serag at 
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JUDGE STRIKES LAW CITING 'TERRORIST' GROUPS
Ben Barber, Washington Times, 6/27/02
http://www.washingtontimes.com/world/20020627-595079.htm

A U.S. law authorizing the State Department to designate groups as 
"terrorist" and which allows those who support them to be prosecuted 
has 
been declared unconstitutional by a federal judge, throwing U.S. 
anti-terrorism strategies into disarray.

A U.S. official who has been dealing with the issue said yesterday 
there 
will be "serious problems" if the decision stands on appeal...

U.S. District Judge Robert M. Takasugi in Los Angeles ruled against the 
Justice Department in the little-noticed decision last week, declaring 
the 
1996 law "unconstitutional on its face" since it does not allow the 
suspect 
groups to challenge the terrorist designation...

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'ENEMY COMBATANT' ISSUE RISES TO FORE
Wayne Washington, Boston Globe, 6/26/02
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/177/nation/_Enemy_combatant_issue_rises_to_fore%2B.shtml

RICHMOND - The Bush administration pressed forward with its argument 
yesterday that "enemy combatants" should not have access to a lawyer 
even 
if they are American citizens, in a federal case that will have broad 
implications for the administration's strategy in the war against 
terrorism.

In an unusual telephone conference call with three appellate judges, 
Deputy 
Solicitor General Paul Clement reiterated the administration's 
assertion 
that the president alone has the power to make a determination - not 
subject to judicial review - that someone is an enemy combatant and 
that 
such people should not have access to lawyers...

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ACROSS U.S., PEOPLE SAY WHAT FREEDOM MEANS
Knight-Ridder/Tribune, 6/27/02

As the nation celebrates its first Independence Day since the terrorist 
attacks of Sept. 11, Knight Ridder has asked Americans from various 
walks 
of life and all across the country what freedom they value most.

Whether immigrant or native, man or woman, young or old, their replies 
expressed one overarching theme: freedom of choice...

Katharina Harlow, of Carmel, Calif.

Harlow is a Muslim who volunteers extensively with the local Muslim 
community.

"During this era of widespread religiously motivated hatred and the 
state 
persecution of minority faiths in many places throughout the globe, 
those 
of us who love America recognize that our country's commitment to 
religious 
freedom remains one of our most cherished and honorable traditions.

"Let us not forget that in their great wisdom, the framers of the 
Constitution wished to prevent the sort of horrific terror that took 
place 
in Europe during centuries of religious strife during the Crusades, the 
Inquisition, the Reformation and Counter-Reformation.

"Their effort to guarantee religious liberty was articulated by the 
precise 
wording of the First Amendment in 1789: "Congress shall make no law 
respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free 
exercise 
thereof."

"The Founding Fathers understood that the best way to protect and 
preserve 
religious freedom was to keep government out of religion and religion 
out 
of government. Thus, they called for the creation of a "wall of 
separation" 
between religion and state. Not only was religious liberty the first 
expressed freedom, but the right to believe as one chooses and worship 
(or 
not) as one wishes continues to be a major principle of the 
Constitution.

"The motto of the United States, E Pluribus Unum _ 'From Many, One' _ 
is a 
salute to the pluralism and diversity of our nation. Religious bigotry 
or 
discrimination can rightfully be viewed as an un-American activity. "

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IN ROWS 10 DEEP, BROOKLYN MOURNS A FAMILY OF SEVEN
Lydia Polgreen, New York Times, 6/27/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/06/27/nyregion/27FAMI.html

There were six wooden boxes for the seven members of the Nadeem family. 
The 
youngest, Zainab, who in life clung to her mother's bosom, as 
9-month-old 
infants do, shared a simple pine coffin with her in death.

On Coney Island Avenue, in rows ten deep, people who knew the Nadeems 
and 
hundreds more who did not mourned a man, a woman and their five girls, 
all 
trapped and engulfed in smoke and flames. The plain wooden boxes 
required 
by Islamic law seemed out of place in the plush Cadillac hearses that 
delivered them to Makki Mosque shortly after noon. Printed on each box 
in 
blue marker was the name of the person it held and the direction of the 
head, so that the family members and friends who lifted them out of the 
cars could place the body's right shoulder toward Mecca, as required by 
Muslim practice...

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IMMIGRANTS' PHOTOS LEAD TO QUESTIONS
Bart Jones, Newsday, 6/27/02
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-lidoc0527.story

Rao Doddapaneni wanted to show friends from his native India the beauty 
of 
Long Island, so the Huntington resident took them for a ride to see the 
wineries of the North Fork last Thursday. They made their way to the 
Orient 
Point ferry on the tip of the island, a spot the visitors thought so 
lovely 
they wanted a picture of themselves to take back to their home in 
Texas.

As the Indian immigrants snapped away, someone was watching and thought 
them suspicious. The person believed that perhaps the group was 
terrorists 
from the Middle East taking photographs of the ferry in preparation for 
an 
attack, Suffolk County police said. The person took down the license 
plate 
of Doddapaneni's Mercedes-Benz and notified authorities. The next day a 
Suffolk County Police Department detective showed up at Doddapaneni's 
door 
to ask questions...

The episode underscores growing tensions among some Arab-Americans, 
Muslims 
and other minority groups who say the government is trampling on their 
constitutional rights and indiscriminately singling them out as 
suspects as 
it conducts the war on terrorism...

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PR. WILLIAM TEACHES TOLERANCE
Christina A. Samuels, Washington Post, 6/27/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A52406-2002Jun26.html

The day that children returned to school after Sept. 11, one of Barbara 
Staubs's fourth-grade students told her: "I'm Indian. I'm not Arab."

Another one of her students, a child of Arab descent, was out of school 
for 
a week because his mother was afraid for him.

Staubs, a teacher at Martin Luther King Elementary in Woodbridge, 
shared 
her stories this week with hundreds of her colleagues at a week-long 
multicultural seminar sponsored by Prince William County Schools. She 
and 
her colleagues had just finished watching "In My Own Skin," a 
documentary 
that exposed the fear, pride and hopes of five New York women of Arab 
descent in the days immediately after the terrorist attacks. Amneh, a 
Palestinian and Egyptian woman profiled in the film, said: "Osama bin 
Laden 
said as long as Palestine is unsafe, Americans won't be safe. I 
thought, 
oh, man. I'm both Palestinian and an American. I'm never going to be 
safe..."

Across the country, educators are rethinking multicultural education 
after 
the terrorism attacks. In Prince William this year, the seminars 
devoted to 
civil liberties and Arab issues were packed. And Sept. 11 was one of 
the 
inspirations for this year's programs, said August Bullock, the 
county's 
supervisor of multicultural education...

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PUBLIC MONEY CAN PAY RELIGIOUS-SCHOOL TUITION, COURT RULES
By DAVID STOUT, New York Times, 6/27/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/06/27/national/27CND-VOUC.html

WASHINGTON, June 27 - The Supreme Court declared today, in one of its 
most 
important rulings on education in years, that it can be constitutional 
for 
public money to underwrite tuition at religious schools.

The justices voted, 5 to 4, to uphold Cleveland's school-voucher 
program 
and, by extension, similar programs across the country. Such programs 
are 
valid as long as parents can choose among a range of secular and 
religious 
schools, the majority said...

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SENATORS GUARD RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS IN THE WORKPLACE
Jeff Johnson, CNSNews.com, 6/27/02
http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewCulture.asp?Page=\Culture\archive\200206\CUL20020627b.html

Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Aston Beadle says he has wanted to serve 
his 
fellow man as a law enforcement officer for as long as he can remember. 
The 
only thing he wanted more was to obey the tenets of his Seventh Day 
Adventist religion, which require him not to work on Saturday. That 
religious conviction cost Beadle his job not once, but twice...

Experiences such as Beadle's are exactly the situations meant to be 
addressed by the Workplace Religious Freedom Act, S. 2572, according to 
lead co-sponsor, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.).

"Someone should be able to engage in those practices where it does not 
place an undue hardship - a sort of standard of reasonableness about a 
hardship - on a particular employer," he said.

Kerry says an arbitrary decision such as the one suffered by Beadle is 
"unnecessary."

"Not only is it unnecessary," he continued, "it is inappropriate and 
unacceptable to the full measure of practice of religion and tolerance 
that 
makes us who we are as a country..."

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ANTI-IMMIGRANT 'MOVEMENT' COURTS CONGRESS, RACIST RIGHT
Southern Poverty Law Center, 6/18/02
http://www.tolerance.org/news/article_hate.jsp?id=561

June 18, 2002 -- A four-month investigation by the Southern Poverty Law 
Center's Intelligence Report, conducted in the aftermath of the 
September 
terrorist attacks, has found that the burgeoning anti-immigration 
"movement" in the U.S. is largely the work of one man, John Tanton, and 
is 
increasingly linked to racist hate groups. At the same time, the report 
details how Tanton's network has developed strong influence in 
Congress...

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N.Y. MONEY KEY TO ALA. HOUSE RACE
JAY REEVES, Associated Press, 6/27/02

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Artur Davis may want to thank New York for his 
stunning Democratic runoff victory over five-term Rep. Earl Hilliard in 
a 
mostly poor Alabama congressional district.

Davis, a 34-year-old attorney, used a flood of donations from out of 
state 
- especially from New York, where Davis received money linked to his 
pro-Israel stance - to finance a campaign that sent the incumbent to 
his 
first defeat in a 28-year political career.

Davis is expected to win this fall because there is no Republican 
nominee 
in the heavily Democratic district.

Nearly $189,000 of the $306,482 in individual donations that Davis 
received 
came from New York. Almost $134,000 of that came from around New York 
City, 
according to FECInfo, a Web site that tracks political money.

The money helped Davis pay for stinging TV commercials that questioned 
Hilliard's ethics and suggested he was a tacit supporter of terrorism 
because he visited Libya five years ago...

SEE ALSO:

RAMALLAH REFORMS, ALABAMA ELECTION
By Akiva Eldar, Ha'aretz, 6/27/02
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/objects/pages/PrintArticleEn.jhtml?itemNo=180587
Scroll down to item.

To understand the political background to Bush's speech, it's worth 
taking 
a look at the Web site of the U.S. Federal Election Commission. Look 
for 
contributors to Artur Davis, a black lawyer who won the Democratic 
primaries in the 7th Congressional District in Alabama on the day of 
the 
speech. Davis beat his rival, the 60-year-old, five-term Earl Hilliard, 
who 
is also black, by a 56-44 percent vote.

Here are some of the names from the first pages of the list of his 
contributors: there were 10 Cohens from New York and New Jersey, but 
before 
one gets to the Cohens, there were Abrams, Ackerman, Adler, Amir, 
Asher, 
Baruch, Basok, Berger, Berman, Bergman, Bernstein and Blumenthal. All 
from 
the east coast, Chicago and Los Angeles. It's highly unlikely any of 
them 
have ever visited Alabama, let alone the 7th Congressional District...

What do the Adlers and Bergmans have to do with an unknown lawyer 
running 
for a Congressional seat from Alabama. Why should Jews from all over 
the 
United States send hundreds of thousands of dollars to his campaign 
coffers, which reached $781,000 - compared to the $85,000 he had in his 
coffers the last time he ran, and lost? The answer can be found in the 
AIPAC index of pro-Israel congressmen. Hilliard, who once visited 
Libya, is 
paying for his Congressional seat for a number of votes the Jewish 
lobbyists didn't like...The message was clear - this is what happens to 
politicians who upset Israel's friends...

AMC OFFICIAL CHALLENGES SMEAR CAMPAIGN
Wolf Blitzer Reports, CNN, 6/26/02

[NOTE: AJC Executive Director David A. Harris wrote in the May 28, 
2001, 
issue of The Jerusalem Report: "We dare not underestimate the Arab and 
Muslim lobbies [in America] or delude ourselves as to their ultimate 
objectives. The stakes are too high. The call for action by American 
Jewry...is clear."]

WOLF BLITZER: ...Amid all of this, the president and the Bush 
Administration are trying to reach out, continuing efforts to win some 
support among American Muslims. This campaign will include a meeting 
Friday: the FBI director, Robert Mueller, scheduled to address one 
organization, the American Muslim Council. That has caused major 
controversy, given some of the positions of the American Muslim Council 
in 
the past. Joining me now to discuss this issue are two guests: Eric 
Vickers, he's executive director of the American Muslim Council. And 
from 
Chicago, David Harris, executive director of American-Jewish Committee. 
Thanks to both of you for joining us.

What's wrong, David, with the Bush Administration reaching out to 
American 
Muslims?

DAVID HARRIS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AMERICAN-JEWISH COMMITTEE: There is 
absolutely nothing wrong with reaching out to Muslims. To the contrary, 
the 
administration should be reaching out to Muslims. The problem is, with 
whom? And our view here, Wolf, is the fact that they've chosen the 
wrong 
organization, and they're going to make the problem worse, not 
better...

BLITZER: All right. Let's get a response from Eric. What do you say 
about 
that?

ERIC VICKERS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AMERICAN MUSLIM COUNCIL: Well, there 
has 
been this continuing process of Mr. Harris and others trying to subvert 
the 
ability of the 7 million Muslims in this country having a dialogue with 
their government. It is entirely appropriate for Director Mueller to 
meet 
with the Muslim Council.

The American Muslim Council has been in this country since 1990. It is 
a 
mainstream organization. All these allegations of links to terrorism 
are 
simply baseless. They are a way for the adversaries to try to obfuscate 
the 
real issue that's involved, which is the disagreement with the policy 
stands that the AMC has taken. And what they have attempted to do is to 
sabotage our confidence, to undermine the ability of American citizens 
to 
meet with their government. And this should be denounced.

The position that Mr. Harris is taking is un-American position. 
Americans 
have a right to meet with the FBI director, particularly since Muslim 
Americans and Middle Easterners are the ones who are being impacted the 
most by the policies of the Justice Department. So it's entirely 
appropriate for them to meet...

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STANDING BY HIS 'MAN OF PEACE'
By Mary McGrory, Washington Post, 6/27/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A52365-2002Jun26.html

In his much-touted, long-awaited speech on the Middle East, George W. 
Bush 
accomplished one thing: He validated the wisdom of his original impulse 
to 
have nothing to do with the Middle East. His speech demonstrated he has 
nothing to contribute.

He sent Palestine to its room for three years; it can come downstairs 
to 
the grown-ups' table when it has behaved in a democratic manner...

That is, it is to hold an election mandated by George Bush that 
produces an 
outcome mandated by George Bush, namely, the exit of Yasser Arafat. At 
the 
same time, the leader of the free world patted Ariel Sharon on the head 
and 
told him to go on doing whatever works for him.

Bush was being Bush rather than a world statesman. He greatly admires 
Sharon, with his tank-like single-mindedness. Sharon refused to work 
with 
Arafat, who deservedly has few defenders, being treacherous and 
mercurial. 
Arabs may see Sharon as "the butcher of Beirut," but to Bush, he is "a 
man 
of peace," Bush's buddy in the war against terrorism....

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ANSWERS ON AN EMPTY PAGE
By Richard Cohen, Washington Post, 6/27/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A52352-2002Jun26.html

On Capitol Hill they tell the story of the senator who was in the habit 
of 
not bothering to read staff-written speeches before he delivered them. 
One 
day the senator grabbed a speech, dashed to his meeting and started 
reading. He got down to the bottom of the page where it said, "And now 
I'd 
like to outline my five principles of foreign policy." He turned the 
page 
and there, in large type, it said, "You're on your own, hotshot."

I thought that story had to be apocryphal until I heard President 
Bush's 
speech on the Middle East. It started well, with some richly deserved 
denunciations of Palestinian terrorism, and it called for a Palestinian 
state sometime down the road, maybe even within three years. Then, in 
my 
mind, Bush turned the page and found...nothing.

Bush wants Yasser Arafat gone, and he called for new elections. But 
what 
happens if Arafat, as is likely, is reelected? We don't know. This is 
on 
the blank page.

Israel now has much of the West Bank under military occupation. 
"Freedom of 
movement" is a contradiction in terms. There is none. How do you 
campaign 
for election if you can't go from one town to the next? The answer, it 
seems, must be on the blank page...

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EUPHEMISMS FOR ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS CONFUSE COVERAGE
Fair, June 26, 2002
http://www.fair.org/press-releases/settlement-euphemisms.html

The Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz reported last month (5/31/02) that at 
the 
behest of a Likud party minister, the Israel Broadcasting Authority has 
banned its editorial departments from using the terms "settlers" or 
"settlements" on radio and TV. According to Ha'aretz, "it is not clear 
if 
the editors will obey the order," which was seen as an attempt by the 
new 
IBA director to curry favor with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

What does seem clear is that settlements-- housing built on land 
illegally 
seized by Israel after the 1967 war-- are such a contentious issue 
within 
Israel that the Israeli government would like to stop reporters from 
even 
saying the word.

Nonetheless, the opinion pages of an Israeli paper like Ha'aretz often 
show 
a franker debate over Israel's aggressive settlement policy than one 
can 
generally find in mainstream U.S. media. Direct government interference 
doesn't seem to have been necessary to convince some major U.S. news 
outlets to avoid honest investigation of settlements, and sometimes 
even to 
avoid the word itself.

This may be partly due to campaigns by pressure groups within the U.S. 
Take 
the case of Gilo, an Israeli settlement that some pro-settler groups 
have 
used as a focal point for their campaigns to eliminate the term 
"settlements" in favor of "neighborhoods." In September 2001, CNN 
changed 
its policy on how to characterize Gilo: "We refer to Gilo as 'a Jewish 
neighborhood on the outskirts of Jerusalem, built on land occupied by 
Israel in 1967.' We don't refer to it as a settlement," said the order 
from 
CNN headquarters. CNN denies that its decision was a concession to 
outside 
pressure, but according to veteran Middle East reporter Robert Fisk 
(London 
Independent, 9/3/01), sources within the network said that the switch 
followed "months of internal debate in CNN, which has been constantly 
criticized by CNN Watch, honestreporting.com and other pro-Israeli 
pressure 
groups..."

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 6/28/2002

HEADLINES:

* VERSES OF THE DAY: GOD LOVES THOSE WHO DO GOOD
* SUPREME COURT CLOSES TERROR HEARINGS (AP)
         - EDITORIAL: THE HAMDI CATCH-22 (Washington Post)
         - INS AND FBI AGENTS ROUND UP PAKISTANIS (Wall Street Journal)
* DESPITE DEMO, FBI CHIEF SPEAKS TO MUSLIMS (UPI)
         - MUSLIMS VISIT NATION'S CAPITAL (AP)
         - MUELLER IN JEWISH-MUSLIM CROSSFIRE (Chicago Tribune)
         - PRO-ISRAEL CHALLENGER OUSTS VETERAN BLACK ALABAMA POL 
(Forward)
* ZIONISM OR COLONIALISM? (Ha'aretz)
* COMMENT: THE MAYOR SHOULD ALLAY IMMIGRANTS' FEARS (Newsday)
* A NEW DISPUTE IN KASHMIR (Washington Post)
* BY THE BOOK (Pioneer Press)
* LETTER: ISLAM IN PRISON (Wall Street Journal)
* SCHOLARS FROM THE MUSLIM WORLD IN WASHINGTON FOR GOODWILL TOUR (U.S. 
Newswire)
* "THE SILK ROAD: CONNECTING CULTURES, CREATING TRUST"

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VERSES OF THE DAY: GOD LOVES THOSE WHO DO GOOD

"Be quick in the race for forgiveness from your Lord, and for a Garden 
(paradise) whose width is that of the heavens and of the earth, 
prepared 
for the righteous - Those who spend (freely), whether in prosperity or 
in 
adversity, who restrain (their) anger and pardon (all) men - for God 
loves 
those who do good."

The Holy Quran, Chapter 3, Verses 133-134

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SUPREME COURT CLOSES TERROR HEARINGS
By Gina Holland, Associated Press, 6/28/02
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/showcase/sns-scotus.story?coll=chi-news-hed

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court today blocked a judge from opening 
immigration hearings for foreign terrorism suspects, granting the Bush 
administration's emergency request for a stay.

The administration argued that national security would be threatened if 
reporters and others were allowed to attend the hearings.

The high court, without comment, put on hold a judge's ruling that it 
is 
unconstitutional to impose a blanket policy closing all detention or 
deportation hearings that the government calls special-interest cases.

The intervention was the first by the court in a dispute arising from 
the 
government's response to the terror attacks. It preserves the 
government's 
effort to secretly detain foreigners swept up in the terrorism 
investigation...

SEE ALSO:

EDITORIAL: THE HAMDI CATCH-22
The Washington Post, 6/28/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A58707-2002Jun27.html

AT ORAL ARGUMENTS Tuesday in the case of Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, the 
government 
appeared to soften somewhat its profoundly dangerous position that the 
president can unilaterally designate an American citizen as an enemy 
combatant and then, with no judicial review, lock that person up 
forever. 
On the surface, the case of Yaser Esam Hamdi -- a probable American 
citizen 
who was captured in Afghanistan and is being held without charge by the 
military in Virginia -- involves only whether Mr. Hamdi can meet with 
an 
attorney, as a lower court has ordered. But because of the government's 
extreme position in the case before the Richmond-based 4th Circuit 
Court of 
Appeals, much more is at stake than whether a single Taliban fighter 
gets 
to talk with a public defender...

If Mr. Hamdi can't meet with a lawyer because he's an enemy combatant, 
and 
he can't challenge his designation as an enemy combatant without 
meeting 
with a lawyer, he's stuck -- irrespective of whether or not he's being 
lawfully held...

Under the government's standard, an American citizen detained in a 
misunderstanding would have no ability to clear things up. Where the 
indefinite detention of Americans without charge is at stake, the 
courts 
cannot adopt standards or procedures that are so deferential they 
amount to 
rubber-stamping the president's determinations.

INS AND FBI AGENTS ROUND UP PAKISTANIS IN SEVERAL U.S. CITIES
The Wall Street Journal, 6/28/02

WASHINGTON -- Federal law-enforcement authorities have rounded up 
Pakistani 
citizens in more than 15 U.S. cities as part of a money-laundering 
investigation.

Law-enforcement sources said agents with the Federal Bureau of 
Investigation and the Immigration and Naturalization Service took an 
undisclosed number of Pakistani nationals into custody yesterday and 
Wednesday. A Justice Department official said no criminal charges had 
been 
filed against any of the detainees. "We're still trying to determine 
what 
we have here," the official said.

The official said all of those taken into custody were either employees 
or 
owners of jewelry kiosks at shopping malls, primarily in the Northeast. 
The 
kiosks are common in malls throughout the U.S...

"The operation is ongoing and we cannot discuss it further at this 
time," 
INS spokesman Russ Bergeron said...

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DESPITE DEMO, FBI CHIEF SPEAKS TO MUSLIMS
ANWAR IQBAL, United Press International, 6/28/02

ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 28 - Ignoring protests by a small group of Jewish 
demonstrators, FBI Director Robert Mueller spoke Friday at a 
controversial 
Muslim meeting, assuring U.S. Muslims the bureau was seeking 
individuals 
and groups involved in terrorism, but was not at war with Islam or 
persecuting its adherents.

"In no way is our war against Islam or any religion. It is our 
understanding that Islam is a religion of peace," said Mueller, 
addressing 
the Eleventh Annual Convention of the American Muslim Council.

As soon as he rose to speak, a small group of protestors entered the 
hall 
carrying signs denouncing his presence as an endorsement of Islamic 
terrorism...

Referring to the protestors, Mueller told his audience there were 
people 
who did not want him to come, but -- while he "understood and 
appreciated" 
their concerns -- he had ignored them because it is "important to build 
up 
a friendly relationship with American Muslims to fight terrorism."

SEE ALSO:

MUSLIMS VISIT NATION'S CAPITAL
By Sonya Ross, Associated Press, 6/28/02

WASHINGTON (AP) - Worried that broad new police power to fight 
terrorism 
will rob them of their civil liberties, Muslim Americans gathered in 
the 
nation's capital to press Congress for protections and hear firsthand 
from 
the FBI director.

The American Muslim Council opened its 11th annual meeting on Thursday 
with 
a daylong lobbying session on Capitol Hill. Clutching red booklets 
titled 
"How Our Laws Are Made," many of the members seemed determined, if 
hesitant, to engage in this ritual of citizenship - most of them for 
the 
first time...

Participants in this year's conference, whose theme is "American 
Muslims: 
Part of America," showed the pressures of this age of increased FBI 
surveillance. Many shunned media interviews, fearing they might invite 
police scrutiny of their activities...

The citizen-lobbyists also got the Islamic perspective on the need for 
a 
Palestinian state, the tumult between India and Pakistan over Kashmir 
and 
the failures of the oil-for-food program in Iraq.

"I've never done anything like this before, so I'm out here to watch 
and 
learn from the people who have the experience," said Zayed Yasin, 22, 
of 
Scituate, Mass., who found himself at the center of controversy for 
using 
the term "jihad" in his Harvard University commencement speech...

Yasin planned to talk to the senators from Massachusetts and his 
congressman, Democratic Rep. Barney Frank. His primary concern was the 
impact of the Patriot Act, signed by President Bush last October, which 
broadened law enforcement's ability to search people, monitor them or 
detain them in the process of ferreting out would-be terrorists.

Yasin's worries, that the law would be used to trample on the civil 
liberties of Muslims, were echoed by many in the room. They whispered 
quietly among themselves about what happened in northern Virginia on 
March 
20 - when 150 federal agents, some in SWAT gear, searched the homes of 
Asian, Arab and Muslim Americans, seeking evidence of terrorist ties.

MUELLER IN JEWISH-MUSLIM CROSSFIRE
Frank James, Chicago Tribune, 6/28/02
http://www.chicagotribune.com/

WASHINGTON - Poised to speak on Friday to one of the nation's 
mainstream 
Muslim advocacy groups, FBI Director Robert Mueller has found himself 
embroiled in a kind of proxy war between American Muslims and Jews that 
echoes tensions in the Mideast.

The most immediate fight is over Mueller's appearance at the American 
Muslim Council's convention this week in Alexandria, Va., near the 
nation's 
capital. Jewish groups, including the Anti-Defamation League and the 
Zionist Organization of America, have demanded that Mueller not attend. 
Opponents allege the Muslim group has not gone far enough in renouncing 
extremist attacks against Israel, some even accusing it of supporting 
such 
violence. The council's supporters, in turn, accuse their critics of 
waging 
a smear campaign.

The Mueller dustup is only one of many that have flared up between 
American 
Arabs and Jews that appeared to escalate with the increasing violence 
between Israelis and Palestinians. Earlier this week, a five-term 
Alabama 
congressman and civil rights leader, Democratic Rep. Earl Hilliard, who 
was 
perceived as pro-Arab and had Arab-American support, was defeated in 
the 
primary by lawyer Artur Davis with financial backing from Jewish groups 
and 
individuals...

But in this contest, Muslim groups say they are at a disadvantage not 
only 
because of their relative newness to the Washington lobbying scene. 
They 
have also been hurt by their unwillingness, they say, to use the same 
hardball tactics of their opponents...

Muslim and Arab leaders viewed Mueller's refusal to yield to the 
pressure 
from Jewish groups as a rare victory.

PRO-ISRAEL CHALLENGER OUSTS VETERAN BLACK ALABAMA POL
ELI KINTISCH, FORWARD, 6/28/02
http://www.forward.com/issues/2002/02.06.28/news2.html

WASHINGTON - Bolstered by a million-dollar war chest heavily bankrolled 
by 
Jewish donors nationwide, a Birmingham attorney this week ousted a 
veteran 
black congressman known for his pro-Arab sympathies in a primary runoff 
tinged with Middle East-style bitterness.

The race served as a proxy fund-raisers' war that observers described 
as 
the first of its kind, with Jewish and Arab contributors squaring off 
in an 
Alabama showdown that sparked plenty of bad blood between pro-Israel 
advocates and black congressmen...

While the defeat of Hilliard, the first African American elected to 
Congress in Alabama, represents a victory for pro-Israel activists over 
the 
Palestinian lobby, it could harm support for Israel among members of 
the 
Congressional Black Caucus. Some caucus members voiced distress during 
the 
campaign over efforts by "outsiders" to unseat one of their number. 
Even 
though Davis is black, Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida 
reportedly 
warned prior to Tuesday's runoff that some of his colleagues in the 
caucus 
might withhold support for American aid to Israel if "outsiders" 
affected 
congressional races...

The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued a stinging release 
about 
the Tuesday vote, which effectively handed the seat to Davis because no 
Republican is running in the November general election.

"Rep. Hilliard's loss shows that the domestic lobby for a foreign 
government is willing to use its considerable financial resources to 
force 
hand-picked 'leaders' on the African-American community," said CAIR 
board 
chairman Omar Ahmad in a statement. "This is a defeat for democracy and 
civil rights and a victory for those who would institute a pro-Israel 
litmus test for American political candidates..."

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ZIONISM OR COLONIALISM?
Ze'ev Sternhell, Ha'aretz, 6/28/02
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=180995&contrassID=2&subContrassID=4&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y&itemNo=180995

It is generally accepted today that at this stage, the declared primary 
aim 
of Jewish settlement in the territories has already been achieved. As 
this 
was described by Hanoch Marmari in the heartfelt plea he published here 
two 
weeks ago (`You are sitting on the key,' Ha'aretz, June 14), it is the 
ideological settler who holds the key to our future. And indeed, if 
settlement is not ended once and for all by an unequivocal political 
decision and in the framework of a comprehensive peace agreement, 
Jewish 
settlement in the territories is a process that will continue until the 
last dunam of land in the West Bank is "redeemed," or until the last of 
the 
Arabs who refuses to accept the sentence of Jewish overlordship is 
thrown 
out...

However, the greatest danger inherent in the settlement concept lies 
elsewhere. Instead of strengthening and glorifying Zionism, ultimately, 
settlement will erode to nothing but its moral basis. If it takes root, 
the 
settlement argument will end up justifying not only the old accusation 
by 
Zionism's greatest enemies, but will also undermine the security of the 
Israelis themselves in the context of the Jewish national movement...

Indeed, this fanatical nationalism, which is brutal not out of 
necessity 
but out of deliberate choice and rational decision, is already 
beginning to 
sprout noxious weeds that arouse disgust. I am referring to the settler 
mentality in its latest manifestation in the form of letters that 
students 
at schools in the territories wrote to fighters in Operation Defensive 
Shield. These children did not ask the soldiers to wipe out terror and 
strike at the terrorists, but "to kill as many Arabs as possible." One 
asked: "For me, kill at least 10"; another made an even simpler 
suggestion: 
"Ignore the laws and spray them..."

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COMMENT: THE MAYOR SHOULD ALLAY IMMIGRANTS' FEARS
Kevin James, Newsday, 6/28/02
http://www.newsday.com/news/opinion/ny-vpjam282765994jun28.story
Kevin James is a supervising fire marshal with the Fire Department of 
New 
York and director of government relations at CAIR-NY.

Thick smoke was pouring out of a third-floor apartment in Brooklyn last 
Sunday afternoon when a neighbor across the street called 911. But by 
then 
it was too late and a Pakistani immigrant family of seven was trapped 
by 
the flames and perished in the blaze that started with a cooking fire 
on 
the second floor. We may never know why so many precious moments were 
lost, 
but we do know that other mistakes also were made that could have 
prevented 
the tragedy: A door was left open and there were no smoke detectors in 
either apartment.

All too often, New York City's immigrant community has been reluctant 
to 
call for help when it would do the most good. The climate of fear and 
intimidation created in the wake of 9/11 has affected both documented 
and 
undocumented immigrants. And recent talk of Homeland Security 
legislation 
broadening the reach of government agencies to gather information has 
ratcheted the paranoia up a few notches, making people more distrustful 
of 
seeking emergency assistance.

A former caseworker at the Arab-American Family Support Center in 
Brooklyn 
told me about a near tragedy that occurred last October when a Brooklyn 
family took their chances on fighting an apartment fire because, as 
Arab 
Muslims, they were too afraid to call the fire department.

Before another horror occurs, Mayor Michael Bloomberg must sound the 
alarm 
himself and reassure the city's immigrants that they can safely seek 
help 
without fear of being arrested or reported to the Immigration and 
Naturalization Service. He must establish clear policies to encourage 
immigrants in crisis to reach out for help, no matter what their legal 
status. These guidelines would include reporting fires, accidents and 
other 
emergencies; reporting crimes of victimization such as rape, robbery, 
domestic violence and child abuse; and obtaining medical services, 
particularly for vaccinations and epidemic diseases such as AIDS and 
tuberculosis...

The mayor must be especially careful to avoid the perception that the 
New 
York Police Department is now performing INS duties. Under the Giuliani 
administration, the federal courts struck down Executive Order 124, 
issued 
by Mayor Edward Koch, which prohibited city employees from disclosing 
the 
legal status of an immigrant seeking city services to federal 
authorities. 
A new, common sense directive must be issued to the police that is 
federally compliant yet minimizes the threat to immigrants in need...

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A NEW DISPUTE IN KASHMIR
Many Leery of India's Plan for 'Free and Fair' Legislative Election
John Lancaster, Washington Post, 6/28/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A57927-2002Jun27.html

SRINAGAR, India - A senior Indian official here delivered what he 
thought 
was a reassuring message on Kashmir's future: Come state elections this 
fall, promised the chief election commissioner, J.M. Lyngdoh, Indian 
soldiers will no longer force people to go to polling places at 
gunpoint.

Such is the nature of democratic reform in Kashmir, where the Indian 
government has long been accused of rigging elections to thwart 
Kashmiri 
leaders who favor independence -- or unification with Pakistan -- for 
the 
disputed Himalayan region.

As international pressure rises for a resolution of the Kashmiri issue, 
which recently sparked fears of a nuclear exchange between India and 
Pakistan, Indian officials have vowed to hold "free and fair" elections 
for 
an 87-seat legislative assembly that is seen by many Kashmiris as 
illegitimate and corrupt.

Indian officials say the contest will lay the groundwork for 
negotiations 
with separatist leaders and Pakistan, which has never recognized 
India's 
absorption of the mostly Muslim state. They also say it will help end 
the 
civil conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people since 1989. 
The 
only problem is that few people here seem to believe in elections, at 
least 
as defined by India.

"Elections don't matter a lot," said Riyaz Baig, 34, from behind the 
counter of his small fabric shop, now starved for foreign tourists who 
once 
paid him hundreds of dollars for a scarf made of fine pashmina wool. 
"We 
have to see to the root cause."

In Baig's view, and in the view of many other Kashmiris, India's 
emphasis 
on holding elections is little more than a ploy. India, they say, is 
trying 
to distract attention from the need to begin serious discussions with 
Pakistan aimed at settling the status of Kashmir once and for all.

Many are loath to participate in a process that in their view helps 
legitimize Indian rule in Kashmir. They also recall their bitter 
experience 
in the most recent legislative elections, in 1996, when Indian soldiers 
sometimes inspected the forefingers of voting age men and women, 
especially 
in rural areas, to ensure they had been marked with indelible ink, 
indicating they had voted...

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BY THE BOOK
Gita Sitaramiah, Pioneer Press, 6/28/02
http://www.twincities.com/mld/pioneerpress/3550122.htm

When Safia Sheckissa Youssouf first came to America, she couldn't find 
halal meat, so she prayed at every meal and hoped for the best.

Fifteen years later, things have gotten much easier for Muslims like 
Youssouf of St. Paul. Many shops in the Twin Cities specialize in 
nonpork, 
nonalcoholic cooking staples and meats. "I do most of my shopping 
here," 
says Youssouf, 34, one recent afternoon at Farmers Fresh Meats and 
Groceries, where the meat is halal -- from animals slaughtered under 
Islamic guidelines.

As the population of Muslims in Minnesota has risen to 100,000, in 
large 
part because of recent immigration from Africa and South Asia, so has 
the 
number of businesses that cater to them. There are more than a dozen 
grocery stores and restaurants in the Twin Cities, including two in St. 
Paul that opened in the last year.

Last year, Minnesota became the second state in the country to pass a 
law 
forbidding false representation of halal products. "When you see the 
word 
'halal' on a store, the insinuation is that they have Islamicly 
slaughtered 
meat," says Amin Kader, president of the Islamic Institute in 
Maplewood...

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LETTER: ISLAM IN PRISON - A RELIGION OF PEACE AND NONVIOLENCE
The Wall Street Journal, 6/28/02

While Chuck Colson may have a first- hand experience of the prison 
system 
for his incarceration in the Watergate scandal, his knowledge of Islam 
is 
tainted and guided only by his evangelical aspirations ("Evangelizing 
for 
Evil in Our Prisons," editorial page, June 24). In one masterful stroke 
of 
pen he has eliminated all competition to his Prison Fellowship 
Ministries. 
It is in his best interests that Islam not bee preached in the prisons, 
sohe has labeled all Muslim clerics as "radical." I was appalled by his 
use 
of the Sept. 11 tragedies and the current terrorist threats to further 
his 
own personal cause.

Islam has been preached in prisons for a long time, but as a religion 
of 
peace and nonviolence. Inmates are attracted to Islam because of its 
message of equality, brotherhood, peace and the continuous struggle for 
self-purification by an internal struggle, "jihad," which unfortunately 
has 
been distorted by people such as Mr. Colson.

In the interest of journalistic integrity, I would strongly encourage 
the 
Journal to allow Muslim clerics who work in the prison system to write 
a 
column explaining their work and faith so that your readers can make an 
independent opinion of their own instead of taking Mr. Colson's word as 
gospel.

Akram Khan, M.D.
Saint Louis

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SCHOLARS FROM THE MUSLIM WORLD IN WASHINGTON FOR GOODWILL TOUR
U.S. Newswire, 6/28/02

News Advisory: A delegation of internationally recognized Muslim 
leaders, 
scholars and jurists representing a cross-section of the Muslim world 
is 
planning a goodwill tour of the United States under the auspices of the 
Muslim World League (MWL). The delegation is headed by Dr. Abdullah 
al-Turki, Secretary General of the Muslim World League, and former 
minister 
of Islamic Affairs in Saudi Arabia.

This delegation will be visiting New York City, Chicago, Washington 
D.C., 
and Los Angeles from June 25th thru July 15th, 2002. The objective is 
to 
meet with and offer briefings to prominent leaders and officials of the 
media, interfaith communities, academia, and government, based on 
global 
perspectives about critical post 9-11 issues pertaining to Muslims and 
Islam. The delegation is seeking dialogue and cooperation in a 
collaborative initiative toward establishing peace, justice, mutual 
tolerance and bridges of understanding across faiths, societies and 
civilizations. On Monday, July 8, 2002, the delegation will be holding 
a 
press conference to discuss their trip, and what they hope to achieve 
by it.

WHEN: Monday, July 8th, 10 a.m.
WHERE: National Press Club, 529 14 St. NW, Washington, DC

Members of the delegation include such notables as Dr. Ahmad Abulmagd,
Commissioner for the Dialogue of Civilizations at the Arab League in 
Cairo, 
Egypt, Kamil al-Shareef, Secretary General of the International Council 
for 
Islamic Call and Relief, Dr. Muhammad A. Bayyoumi, Professor of 
Sociology, 
Alexandria University, Egypt, Dr. Mustafa I. Siric, Grand Mufti of the 
Republic of Bosnia- Herzegovina, Dr. Al-Sheikh Ahmad Lemo, President of 
the 
Islamic Education Endowment, Abuja, Nigeria, Dr. Salman al-Hasan 
al-Nadawi, 
president of Muslim Youth Society in India, and Dr. Jamal Badawi, 
President 
of the Islamic Media Foundation, Halifax, Canada.

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FESTIVITIES KICK OFF FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL
Michael Vasquez, Washington Post Staff Writer
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A49227-2002Jun26.html

Dignitaries such as Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and Sen. Edward 
M. 
Kennedy (D-Mass.) shared the stage today with a Mongolian throat 
singer, a 
Badakhshani folk music band from Tajikistan and several other musicians 
at 
the opening ceremony for the 36th Annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival, 
entitled "The Silk Road: Connecting Cultures, Creating Trust."

The Smithsonian's most ambitious festival to date, this year's event 
showcases the food, music, and culture of the many nations that were 
part 
of the Silk Road--a storied group of trade routes that connected Asia, 
Europe, and all points in between for centuries.

The Silk Road takes over the National Mall from today through Sunday, 
and 
from July 3 through July 7. Gates open at 11 a.m. each day and special 
events, such as concerts, will be held during the evenings. All events 
are 
free.

SMITHSONIAN FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL
"THE SILK ROAD: CONNECTING CULTURES, CREATING TRUST"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/entertainment/new_features/folklife.html

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 6/30/2002

HEADLINES:

* U.S., ISRAEL DISCUSS JOINT ANTI-TERROR OFFICE (Washington Times)
* CHECHEN REFUGEES DESCRIBE ATROCITIES BY RUSSIAN TROOPS (Washington 
Post)
* FBI QUESTIONING ANGERS INDO-AMERICAN LOBBYIST (San Jose Mercury News)
* GUJARAT'S MUSLIM HERITAGE SMASHED IN RIOTS (Guardian)
* SMOKE AND MIRRORS: SAMI AL-ARIAN (Weekly Planet)
* THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE (San Francisco Chronicle)
* BOOK REVIEW: WAR WITHOUT END (Washington Post)
* BIAS AGAINST MUSLIMS TARGETED (Washington Post)
* SUDAN'S BASHIR URGES REBELS TO COOPERATE FOR PEACE (Reuters)

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U.S., ISRAEL DISCUSS JOINT ANTI-TERROR OFFICE
By Sean Salai, THE WASHINGTON TIMES, 6/29/02
http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20020629-1359928.htm

Brig. Gen. David Tzur and Minister of Interior Security Uzi Landau met 
with 
U.S. officials Thursday in the hope of creating a new office to fight 
terrorism.

The office, to be in Washington, would monitor an almost instantaneous 
communications link between the proposed U.S. Department of Homeland 
Defense and the Israeli government on matters of homeland security. 
Visa 
policies, terrorist profiles and virtually all other internal security 
data  except classified intelligence  would be swapped by computer, fax 
and 
telephone.

"Israel is a laboratory for fighting terror," Mr. Landau said in an 
interview with The Washington Times, adding that Sen. Dianne Feinstein, 
California Democrat; House Majority Whip Tom DeLay, Texas Republican; 
and 
Rep. Curt Weldon, Pennsylvania Republican, are "especially receptive" 
to 
the idea.

Mr. Weldon said yesterday that the office is the centerpiece of broader 
legislation he is drafting with the support of Sen. Jon Kyl, Arizona 
Republican, and Rep. Jane Harman, California Democrat…

"It's bizarre beyond belief," said Ibrahim Hooper of the 
Washington-based 
Council on American-Islamic Relations. "It would suggest to us an 
'Israelization' of American politics.

"What message is sent when our legislators begin tying our national 
security to a foreign country engaged in a brutal occupation? Is it 
Israel 
and America against the rest of the world?" Mr. Hooper asked…

ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE.)

Contact the elected officials mentioned above to ask that they not 
bring 
Israel’s unjust and counter-productive policies to America.

GO TO: http://capwiz.com/cair/dbq/officials/

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CHECHEN REFUGEES DESCRIBE ATROCITIES BY RUSSIAN TROOPS
Villagers Tortured, Killed In Assault, Reports Say
Sharon LaFraniere, Washington Post, 6/29/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A63823-2002Jun28.html

NAZRAN, Russia -- Kuslum Savnykaevna has no intention of heeding the 
Russian government's wish that she abandon the converted car repair 
shop 
where she and her five children live in Ingushetia and return to their 
former home in neighboring Chechnya.

And if she ever had any doubt that they must remain refugees in this 
impoverished region in southern Russia, she said, what she witnessed in 
the 
last month erased it.

In mid-May, Savnykaevna went to visit her parents in Mesker Yurt, a 
village 
of roughly 2,000 about seven miles east of Grozny, the ruined capital 
of 
Chechnya, where separatist rebels have been battling the pro-Russian 
government. She had not been there long when Russian troops suddenly 
surrounded and closed off the village to conduct a zachistka, or 
cleansing 
operation, that lasted three weeks.
She said she saw some of the victims of the operation after their 
relatives 
carried them back from a field the soldiers had occupied at the edge of 
the 
village: a man whose eye was gouged out; another whose fingers were cut 
off; a third whose back had been sliced in rows with the sharp edge of 
broken glass, then doused with alcohol and set afire, according to his 
relatives. Her brothers and nephews were spared, she said, only because 
her 
family paid the soldiers a $400 bribe not to hurt them.

"I have never imagined such tortures, such cruelty," she said, sitting 
at a 
small table in the dim room that has housed her family here for nearly 
three years. "There were a lot of men who were left only half alive…"

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FBI QUESTIONING ANGERS INDO-AMERICAN LOBBYIST
Matthai Chakko Kuruvila, San Jose Mercury News, 6/29/02
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/bayarea/news/local/3569872.htm

One of the country's leading Indo-American political lobbyists is 
infuriated about an FBI interview this month, which he says tried to 
tie 
him to India's intelligence service.

Sunil Aghi, an Orange County insurance salesman who has sponsored 
dozens of 
political fundraisers for Democratic candidates and traveled to India 
with 
President Clinton in 2000, criticized the June 12 FBI questioning 
because 
he said it implicitly questioned his patriotism.

"I'm just baffled," said Aghi, who has served on the Electoral College 
and 
is the founder of the Indo-American Political Foundation. Aghi said he 
willingly cooperated but that he believes the FBI unfairly scrutinizes 
ethnic minorities in the wake of Sept. 11. "Now we're just going to 
muddy 
waters by jeopardizing the civil liberties of Americans just because of 
the 
war on terrorism," Aghi said…

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GUJARAT'S MUSLIM HERITAGE SMASHED IN RIOTS
Luke Harding, The Guardian, 6/29/02
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4451027,00.html

Two hundred and thirty unique Islamic monuments, including an exquisite 
400-year-old mosque, were destroyed or vandalised during the recent 
anti-Muslim riots in the Indian state of Gujarat, according to a local 
survey.

Experts say the damage is so extensive that it rivals the better 
publicised 
destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan or the wrecking of 
Tibet's monasteries by the Red Guards.

Several monuments have been reduced to rubble in the course of the 
riot, in 
which 2,000 people, mainly Muslims, have died. In other disturbances, 
Hindu 
gangs have smashed delicate mosque screens, thrown bricks at Persian 
inscriptions, and set fire to old Korans.

"This has been a systematic attempt to wipe out an entire culture," 
said 
Teesta Setalvad of Sapara, a body opposed to communal strife, who 
compiled 
the list…

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SMOKE AND MIRRORS: SAMI AL-ARIAN
ROCHELLE RENFORD, WEEKLY PLANET, June 26-July 2, 2002
http://www.weeklyplanet.com/current/news_feature.html

The Tampa Tribune latest allegations against Sami Al-Arian rely on 
unnamed 
sources and no documentation.

With tension escalating in the Middle East and U.S. Attorney General 
John 
Ashcroft rounding up Muslim men by the thousands here at home, it seems 
that The Tampa Tribune couldn't resist taking another jab at Tampa's 
favorite Palestinian punching bag. Last Sunday the front-page, 
above-the-fold headline read: "Israel Ties Al-Arian to Jihad Board." 
The 
headline was like those phony $10,000 checks car dealers send out to 
suck 
in customers: sensational and grossly misleading.

While one might expect to read about concrete evidence against Al-Arian 
released by the Israeli government, the article actually delivers 
unnamed 
sources and a tepid admission that Al-Arian may not have broken any 
laws.

Tribune reporter Michael Fechter wrote that anonymous "former and 
current 
senior Israeli intelligence officials" told him that Al-Arian was part 
of 
the Palestinian Islamic Jihad's "governing council" called Majlis 
Shura. 
According to the anonymous officials, Al-Arian even traveled to 
Damascus 
and Tehran for meetings, dropping off a computer to the PIJ's leader on 
his 
way.

These covert sources aren't exactly sure when the council was formed or 
how 
many people are on it, but they do know that it offered "advice" to the 
terrorist organization. These sources then go on to state that 
Al-Arian's 
role "was in political ideology and fundraising, not Jihad operations."

In a sidebar, the Tribune explained that they do not usually allow the 
use 
of unnamed sources. However they thought this story was, "of paramount 
importance to the public" so they made an exception. Not to worry 
though, 
the Tribune carefully weighed their source's credibility so that 
readers 
don't have to weigh it themselves. (And skeptical readers can't weigh 
it 
themselves.)

The Tribune assures readers that all of their sources had their stories 
straight, and documentation supported the "general framework" of their 
allegations. According to Fechter, however, his sources in Israel 
refused 
to show him documentation. "These were their claims," he said.

He didn't claim to have seen documentation in the article, he said.

But where exactly is the news of "paramount importance" in this 
front-page 
news story? Al-Arian has been under investigation since 1995 for his 
political ideology and his fundraising efforts on behalf of the 
Palestinian 
cause. Fechter was the reporter who wrote the series of articles on 
Al-Arian that started the investigation. Although the articles stirred 
up a 
lot of smoke, they have never yielded any fire.

"I don't know whether to laugh or to condemn. It's ridiculous," 
Al-Arian 
said of the latest Tribune article…

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THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: 'UNDER GOD' FROM COAST TO COAST
Rick DelVecchio, San Francisco Chronicle, 6/30/02
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2002/06/30/MN169961.DTL

The debate centers on whether the God of the pledge refers to a 
national 
moral compass or to a deity, which some people might consider 
intrusive…

Helal Omeira, executive director of the Northern California chapter of 
the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations and son of a Syrian-born father, 
said 
he isn't bothered by the God element in the pledge.

"That's one of the tenets of Islam," he said. "A lot of stuff is by 
intention..I can understand why some people don't like it. It's America 
-- 
diversity of opinion is what makes us great.

"But from a religious perspective, we don't have a problem with it. It 
translates to Allah, which is not a big deal.

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BOOK REVIEW: WAR WITHOUT END
Reviewed by Thomas W. Lippman, Washington Post, 6/30/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A58670-2002Jun27.html

War Without End
Israelis, Palestinians, And the Struggle for a Promised Land
By Anton La Guardia
Thomas Dunne. 408 pp. $ 25.95

La Guardia's analysis will not sit well with admirers of Israel. He 
largely 
debunks the image of plucky, creative Jews building a productive 
society in 
a vacuum left by the backward locals. In fact, the signal 
accomplishment of 
this book is the uncomfortable clarity La Guardia brings to the plight 
of 
the Palestinians. Anyone who does not understand why the intifada 
continues 
despite machine-gun fire from the Israelis and righteous rhetoric from 
Washington will find the answers here, in abundance.

In the territories captured by Israel in the 1967 war, La Guardia 
writes, 
"The land was opened up to extensive settlement by Jews, its water 
resources were harnessed for Israel's benefit, and its Arab population 
exploited as a source of cheap labor. Settlers enjoyed the privileges 
of 
Israeli civil law while Palestinians around them languished under 
military 
rule." Worse yet for the Palestinians, they are economically dependent 
upon 
the people they view as their oppressors, which compounds their rage 
every 
day. Some Palestinians from the Gaza strip work as farm hands inside 
Israel, "picking crops from the lands once owned by their families."

La Guardia argues persuasively that the conflict is intractable because 
an 
irresistible force -- the ineptly led Palestinians, nurturing 
unrealistic 
visions of return to ancestral homes -- is hitting an immovable object, 
namely a Jewish state so fractured by religious and social divisions 
that 
it cannot make the decisions it will have to make to achieve peace, 
such as 
abandoning the West Bank settlements. Since the conquests of 1967, La 
Guardia argues, Israel has been corrupted by "the skewed morality of 
the 
occupier," which it is now unable to shake off. Israel will not respond 
to 
Palestinian grievances, he says, because it "fears losing the exclusive 
Jewish claim to suffering…"

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BIAS AGAINST MUSLIMS TARGETED
Protesters Challenge War on Terrorism, Israeli Occupation
Ylan Q. Mui, Washington Post, 6/30/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A3030-2002Jun30.html

Tattooed, pierced and in combat boots, David Lavoie said he has seen 
his 
share of violent protests. At an anti-capitalist march in Pennsylvania, 
he 
said, a friend standing near him was almost hit with pepper spray by 
police. In fact, Lavoie said, he prefers non-permitted protests because 
he 
believes they're more effective. But yesterday, the Boston County, Pa., 
resident parked himself, his two children and their stroller in the 
shade 
for a family-friendly protest on the front steps of the FBI building. 
Lavoie, his year-old son, Sage, and 4-year-old daughter, Ava, were well 
equipped: They brought not only a sign reading "Resistance Is Fertile" 
but 
also sunscreen and, for lunch, peanut butter, honey and banana 
sandwiches.

"I also love bringing the kids and showing them what freedom is like," 
Lavoie said.

Organizers said more than 1,000 attended, although the crowd did not 
quite 
fill the sidewalk along Pennsylvania Avenue NW outside the J. Edgar 
Hoover 
Building. The protest covered a variety of issues but was mainly 
against 
some aspects of the war on terrorism and against U.S. policy in the 
Mideast.

The protest and march down Pennsylvania Avenue, meandering past the 
Mall 
and to Farragut Square, were organized by International ANSWER, an 
antiwar, 
anti-racism group that has espoused the Palestinian cause. Speakers 
with an 
array of agendas spoke on such topics as the death penalty, racial 
profiling and the USA Patriot Act, which expands the FBI's powers.

For Mahdi Bray, executive director of the Freedom Foundation, these 
issues 
are one and the same. "When it comes to bigotry, to racial profiling, 
it's 
just us," he said in his speech at the rally. He added, "As a black 
man, as 
a Muslim, this is my home. But I don't feel secure…"

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SUDAN'S BASHIR URGES REBELS TO COOPERATE FOR PEACE
Reuters, 6/30/02

KHARTOUM, June 30 (Reuters) - Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir 
on 
Sunday urged rebels to work with the government to forge a peace deal 
based 
on equal rights for all and respect for different religions in the 
war-torn 
country.

In a speech marking the 13th anniversary of a coup that brought him to 
power, Bashir said he hoped ongoing peace negotiations in Nairobi 
between 
the government and the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) 
would 
help end the 19-year-old war in Africa's largest country.

"We hope efforts would be exerted by both sides in the 
negotiations...to 
achieve tangible progress towards peace and the ending of the war," 
Bashir 
said in the speech, broadcast on national television and monitored by 
the BBC.

He said the government's position at the Nairobi talks was "based on a 
serious search for urgent peace, in the framework of one Sudan, in 
which 
rights and responsibilities are shared equally and freedoms granted, 
and 
consultation and resources shared objectively and justly. And one in 
which 
cultural and religious identities are respected, without causing any 
harm…"

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 7/1/2002

HEADLINES:

* HADITH/VERSE OF THE DAY: GOOD MANNERS
* CALIF. LEGISLATURE PASSES HALAL FOOD BILL
* GUANTANAMO JUSTICE? (Newsweek)
* PAKISTANIS TELL OF US PRISON HORROR (BBC)
* COMMENT: STATE OUT OF STEP (New York Times)
         - STEPHEN SCHWARTZ' CONVERSION TO ISLAM
* THE END OF SOMETHING (New York Times)
* A MILLION PEOPLE UNDER CURFEW (Ha'aretz)
* MODERATE MUSLIMS UNDER SIEGE (New York Times)
* NEW YORK'S ARAB ENCLAVE TRIPS RADAR (Los Angeles Times)
* ALA CONDEMNS DESTRUCTION OF PALESTINIAN LIBRARIES (JTA)
* LATINOS EMBRACING ISLAM (Arizona Republic)
* U.S. BOMBS KILL OR WOUND SCORES AT AFGHAN WEDDING (Reuters)
* LETTERS: EQUAL TIME FOR PALESTINIANS (Washington Times)

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HADITH/VERSE 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 his good manners."

Riyadh-us-Salaheen, Hadith 629

"Repel (evil) with what is better. Then will he, between whom and thee 
was 
hatred, become as it were thy friend and intimate. And no one will be 
granted such goodness except those who exercise patience and 
self-restraint."

The Holy Quran, Chapter 41, Verse 34 and 35

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CALIF. LEGISLATURE PASSES HALAL FOOD BILL

(ANAHEIM, CA, 7/1/2002) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations, 
California (CAIR-CA) today announced passage of the Halal Food Bill (AB 
1828) in the California State Legislature. Similar bills have passed in 
the 
states of New Jersey, Illinois, and Minnesota. (Halal food is that 
which 
satisfies Islamic guidelines on content and preparation. For example, 
Muslims are prohibited from consuming pork products or foods containing 
alcohol.)

The bill, which passed both the Assembly and the Senate without 
opposition, 
will protect Muslim consumers from Halal food fraud. CAIR-CA is urging 
members of the Muslim community to contact and thank elected 
representatives who supported the bill. The legislation is currently on 
Governor Gray Davis' desk for signature. CAIR-CA also encouraging 
Muslims 
to contact Governor Davis' to ask that he sign the bill.

AB 1828 makes it a misdemeanor to, with the intent to defraud, sell or 
expose for sale, "meat, meat products, or any food product that is 
falsely 
represented as being halal, or as having been prepared according to 
Islamic 
religious requirements."

SEE: 
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/bill/asm/ab_1801-1850/ab_1828_cfa_20020604_115444_sen_comm.html

CAIR-CA worked with  Assemblyman Bill Campbell (R-71) to draft and 
introduce the bill. The legislation was co-authored by Assemblywoman 
Aroner 
(D-14), Assemblywoman Bates (R-73), Assemblywoman Daucher (R-72), 
Assemblyman Harman (R-67), Assemblywoman Leach (R-15), Assamblyman 
Maddox 
(R-68), Assemblyman Robert Pacheco (R-60), and Senator Dick Ackerman 
(R-33) 
with strong support from Assemblyman John Campbell (R-70) and 
Assemblyman 
Longville (D-62). Special thanks go to Dr. Ahmad Sakr and Islamic Food 
and 
Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA) for their technical and scholarly 
support.

"The passage of the Halal Food Bill reflects the growing needs of the 
Muslim community and provides an example of the importance of our 
community's participation in the political process," said Hussam 
Ayloush, 
CAIR-LA's Executive Director.

"Like every group in America, our participation is the key to have our 
issues addressed," added Ayloush.

ACTION REQUESTED:

1) Contact Governor Gray Davis to support the signing of AB 1828.

Governor Gray Davis
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-445-2841

Fax: 916-445-4633

E-MAIL: governor@governor.ca.gov, 
assemblymember.campbell@assembly.ca.gov
COPY TO: CAIR_SCA@cair-california.org

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GUANTANAMO JUSTICE?
Roy Gutman, Christopher Dickey and Sami Yousafzai, Newsweek, 7/8/02
http://www.msnbc.com/news/774325.asp

Behind the Wires: Nobody in the detention center on the coast of Cuba 
has 
access to a lawyer. The Geneva Conventions don't apply. Nor does the 
U.S. 
Constitution. So what happens if someone is stuck there by mistake...?

The Defense Department says answering such questions is not what 
Guantanamo 
is about. Set up as a curiously high-profile interrogation center in 
January this year, it has since become a kind of warehouse for alleged 
"enemy combatants" whose information about Al Qaeda, in the best of 
cases, 
is now out of date. But outsiders' efforts to clarify the status of any 
detainee-simply to find out what crime he is supposed to have 
committed-run 
up against a wall of baffling legalisms. The military's normal penchant 
for 
Catch-22s is taken to an extreme that borders on the Kafkaesque: the 
prisoners are not charged because they're being "interrogated," not 
"investigated." The Geneva Conventions do not apply because, by 
presidential decree, these men are not "prisoners of war." But the U.S. 
Constitution does not protect them because the Pentagon shipped them to 
"foreign soil," even if it is a U.S. naval base...

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PAKISTANIS TELL OF US PRISON HORROR
Owais Tohid, BBC, 6/29/02
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/americas/newsid_2074000/2074857.stm

Some 131 Pakistanis, many who had lived in the US for years, were 
deported 
and flown home two days ago - most charged by US immigration with 
overstaying their welcome and having invalid documents. All were 
detained 
in the months after the 11 September attacks on New York and Washington 
last year. The deportees arrived in Islamabad late on Thursday aboard a 
chartered Portuguese airliner, and were allowed to go to their homes. 
They 
accuse the US of forcibly sending them back following 11 September, and 
say 
the treatment meted out to them in prisons and in detention was inhuman 
and 
unjust.

"I was treated as a terrorist. I was psychologically tortured in the 
prison," 35-year-old Mufeed Khan told the BBC on Saturday. "I was 
shackled 
and handcuffed - completely bound - and questioned as if I were an 
associate of Osama Bin Laden."

Mr Khan had lived in America for 11 years and ran a small business in 
Los 
Angeles before his detention in February this year. "For me America was 
the 
dreamland. I used to think that I was lucky to live in a liberal and 
democratic country. But the dreamland became hell for me after 11 
September," he says. "Even if I was not carrying valid documents to 
stay 
there, I did not deserve such treatment.

"I was treated badly because I am a Muslim. "Carrying a Muslim name 
should 
not be a crime. Not every Muslim is an extremist or a terrorist...."

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COMMENT: STATE OUT OF STEP
WILLIAM SAFIRE, New York Times, 7/1/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/07/01/opinion/01SAFI.html

WASHINGTON -- In a column soon after 9/11 titled "Equal Time for 
Hitler?," 
I noted that our taxpayer-supported, government-sponsored Voice of 
America 
was "balancing" reports of the terrorist outrage by broadcasting 
interviews 
with Muslim supporters of terror...

Andre de Nesnera was given an award by the American Foreign Service 
Association for "constructive dissent" in refusing to follow the 
suggestion 
from State last September to deny terrorists U.S. airtime. Champagne 
corks 
popped, Secretary Powell's presence was taken to be an official 
apology, 
and de Nesnera was hailed by foreign service officers for "the courage 
to 
challenge the system from within."

Within hours of having been lionized by the accommodationist diplomatic 
establishment for having etched his profile in courage, the triumphant 
news 
director fired a member of his staff named Stephen Schwartz. An excuse 
may 
be leaked, but I think the real reason is ironic: the former San 
Francisco 
Chronicle reporter is an outspoken dissenter from the news director's 
views.

Schwartz, a contributor to the conservative Weekly Standard, is 
critical of 
Saudi and Syrian support of terror: in September, Doubleday will 
publish 
his likely best seller, "The Two Faces of Islam: The House of Saud From 
Tradition to Terror." The abrasive reporter, 53, who covered the war in 
Bosnia and Kosovo firsthand, was unpopular with deskbound colleagues...

SEE ALSO: STEPHEN SCHWARTZ' CONVERSION TO ISLAM

http://www.naqshbandi.org/events/articles/conversion_schwartz.htm
http://www.naqshbandi.org/events/articles/road_to_islam.htm

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THE END OF SOMETHING
Thomas Friedman, New York Times, 6/30/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/06/30/opinion/30FRIE.html

Recent events in the Middle East leave me wondering whether we're 
witnessing not just the end of the Oslo peace process, but the end of 
the 
whole idea of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian 
conflict...

But here's the rub: Even if Mr. Arafat went away, and even if a 
majority of 
Israelis were ready to give his successor all of the West Bank, Gaza 
and 
East Jerusalem, the security requirements and limitations on 
Palestinian 
sovereignty that Israelis would insist upon - in the wake of the total 
breakdown in trust over the last year - would probably be so high that 
Palestinian leader would be able to accept them.

If that is the case, it means that a negotiated two-state solution is 
impossible and Israel is doomed to permanent occupation of the West 
Bank 
and Gaza. And if that is the case, it means Israel will have to rule 
the 
West Bank and Gaza permanently, the way South African whites ruled 
blacks 
under apartheid. Because by 2010, if current demographic patterns hold, 
there will be more Palestinians in Israel, the West Bank, Gaza and East 
Jerusalem than Jews. And if that is the case, it means an endless 
grinding 
conflict that poses a mortal danger to Israel...

The only hope for Israel is to get out of the territories - any orderly 
way 
it can - and minimize its friction with the Arab world as the Arabs go 
through a wrenching internal adjustment to modernization. I applaud 
President Bush's call for Mr. Arafat to be replaced, in what amounts to 
Mr. 
Bush's last-ditch attempt to "re-accredit" the Palestinians as a 
partner 
for a two-state solution with Israel. But it is a travesty that Mr. 
Bush 
did not act to "re-accredit" Israel, too, as a peace partner for a 
two-state solution with the Palestinians by insisting that Israel begin 
pulling back from some of its far-flung settlements in Gaza and the 
West 
Bank. It would help the Palestinians undertake their reforms, and it 
would 
put Israel in a better position to withdraw unilaterally, if it has to.

Mr. Bush blinked because he didn't want to alienate Jewish voters. Sad. 
Because George Bush may be on Israel's side, but history, technology 
and 
demographics are all against it.

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A MILLION PEOPLE UNDER CURFEW
Gideon Levy, Ha'aretz, 7/1/02
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=181474&contrassID=2&subContrassID=1&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y

Few if any Israelis can understand what it means to be under full 
curfew 
for 10 days, incarcerated with the children in a crowded house, usually 
without an air conditioner or a computer or games to play, maybe a 
barely 
functioning television set. But the worst thing is the unnerving 
density of 
the close quarters.

Even Israeli parents - who as of today have to figure out how to get 
through their children's endless summer vacation and are worried about 
having to keep them cooped up at home for fear of terrorist attacks - 
are 
also incapable of grasping how intolerable it is for the Palestinians 
to be 
imprisoned for days and weeks at a time with the children in their 
meagerly 
furnished homes, while threatening tanks continually rumble by and 
every 
sortie outside is liable to end in disaster.

Very few Israelis have experienced curfew and it is very unlikely that 
many 
of them are spending their time thinking about the fact that within an 
hour's drive from their homes nearly a million people - some 800,000 in 
the 
cities of the West Bank along with the residents of some of the 
surrounding 
localities - have been locked into their homes for days under severe 
conditions...

The collective punishment that we are imposing on a million people is 
only 
postponing the next wave of attacks slightly, and may even have the 
effect 
of intensifying it. It is not hard to guess the plans that are being 
hatched in the curfew period by those who have been condemned to such a 
hard life: One thing we can be sure of is that no one there is planning 
to 
absorb a further 35 years of occupation without resistance...

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MODERATE MUSLIMS UNDER SIEGE
Khaled Abou el Fadl, New York Times, 7/1/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/07/01/opinion/01FADL.html

I am terrified of you and all people who look like you," the elderly 
woman 
said. "What can you do to reassure me against people like you?" I was 
in 
New York City and had just concluded my hourlong lecture on human 
rights 
and Islam at a law school conference where the subject was tolerance. 
She 
informed me that she has nightmares about Muslim and Arab-looking 
people 
like me. The pain of hearing comments like this cannot be described...

Since Sept. 11, moderate American Muslims have been fighting an 
exceedingly 
difficult battle on many fronts. They have been struggling to deal with 
the 
proponents of a clash of civilizations, who seem intent on transforming 
Islam into the enemy of the West after Communism; with the fanaticism 
of 
some supporters of Israel, who seem to deal with every manifestation of 
Islamic activism as a direct threat to Israel's existence; with fanatic 
religious leaders who have unabashedly maligned Islam, even going as 
far as 
calling the Prophet Muhammad a pedophile; with fellow Muslims who 
believe 
there is a worldwide conspiracy against Islam and even insist the Sept. 
11 
attacks were part of an effort to frame Muslims by the Central 
Intelligence 
Agency and the Mossad; with other Muslims who accuse moderates of being 
sellouts to the West and traitors to the Islamic tradition for not 
adhering 
to Islamic "authenticities..."

In this country, moderate Muslims have had to deal with a presidential 
administration that is systematically undermining their civil 
liberties. 
Most of all, they have been struggling with an ineffective and 
self-serving 
American Muslim leadership, which has little interest in serving its 
constituency - a largely apathetic and politically inactive community 
that 
is frequently not engaged on the major issues confronting Muslims 
today...

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NEW YORK'S ARAB ENCLAVE TRIPS RADAR
MAGGIE FARLEY, Los Angeles Times, 7/1/02
http://www.latimes.com/news/custom/showcase/la-na-raid1jul01.story

NEW YORK -- On the corner of Atlantic and Court streets in Brooklyn, in 
the 
time it takes to savor a tall latte at the Starbucks a block away, you 
could send cash across the world, buy a black market visa to Yemen or 
create a whole new identity.

To New York's joint terrorism task force, it was the perfect setup for 
would-be terrorists, the kind of underground network that once may have 
supported America's attackers as they prepared their fatal mission of 
Sept. 11.

To the hard-working Middle Eastern population here, these services are 
simply the dark edge of the necessities of immigrant life, sometimes 
abused 
but mostly ignored as they try to carry on under a lingering shadow of 
suspicion. Days like last Wednesday are designed to make the rest of 
the 
nation feel safer. Starting at 6 a.m., armed, body armor-clad officers 
of 
the FBI, Customs Service and the Immigration and Naturalization Service 
swarmed the neighborhood, knocked down doors and arrested 19 people, 
mostly 
of Yemeni extraction. Sixteen were accused of money laundering, one was 
charged with fraud and two with forging identity documents.

The headlines the next day said that authorities had gotten their men. 
But 
to this diverse community--not just to the couple whose door was broken 
down by mistake at dawn, or the old man who said he had a machine gun 
pointed at his head or the women whose husbands disappeared into 
detention 
months ago--the sense of security that much of America is seeking seems 
increasingly elusive.

"It's odd," said Emira Habiby Browne, executive director of the 
Arab-American Family Support Center in Brooklyn. "While the rest of the 
country seems to slowly forget the impact of Sept. 11, people here feel 
more and more under siege..."

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LIBRARY GROUP THROWS THE BOOK AT DESTRUCTION OF PALESTINIAN LIBRARIES
By Max Heuer, 6/30/02
www.jta.org

NEW YORK, June 30 (JTA) - The largest association of libraries in the 
world 
has passed a resolution deploring the destruction of Palestinian 
libraries 
and cultural resources during Israel's invasion of the West Bank this 
spring. The resolution by the council of the American Library 
Association, 
the organization's governing policy body, was toned down from an 
earlier 
version. That version, debated at the group's convention earlier this 
month 
in Atlanta, directly blamed the Israeli government for the destruction. 
But 
the resolution still is sparking criticism, with the Anti-Defamation 
League 
calling it "one-sided" and "troubling and wrong..."

The new resolution calls for an international investigation by the 
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, a 
group 
that in previous years has used U.N. funding to rebuild libraries in 
war-stricken countries like Kosovo...

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LATINOS EMBRACING ISLAM, BUT 'DIRTY BOMB' CASE BRINGS UNWANTED 
ATTENTION
Daniel González, Arizona Republic, 6/28/02
http://www.arizonarepublic.com/arizona/articles/0628latinomuslims

Melissa Morales, a Latina born in Puerto Rico, was eating in a local 
Mexican restaurant recently when the waiter wanted to know why she 
covered 
her head in a long black scarf.

"Eres monjita?" the Spanish-speaking waiter asked. Are you a nun?

Her answer caught the waiter by surprise. No, she told him. Not a nun, 
a 
Muslim. Latinos and Islam may seem like a strange combination to most, 
primarily because Catholicism is so deeply embedded in Latino culture. 
But 
the combination is less unusual, believers point out, in light of the 
fact 
that beginning in the year 711, Muslims from North Africa occupied 
Spain 
for more than seven centuries...

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RESIDENTS SAY U.S. BOMBS KILL OR WOUND SCORES AT AFGHAN WEDDING
REUTERS, 7/1/02
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/international/international-afghan-usa-bombing.html

KABUL (Reuters) - At least 30 members of an Afghan wedding party were 
killed and many more wounded when a U.S. plane bombed a village in the 
central province of Uruzgan on Monday, Afghan officials and residents 
said. 
The bombing happened at 1 a.m. Monday in a village in the rugged, 
mountainous region 105 miles northeast of the southern city of 
Kandahar, 
residents said.

They told the local Pashtu service of the BBC at least 120 people had 
been 
either killed or wounded. A Defense Ministry official said celebrants 
were 
firing into the air, as is traditional in Pashtun weddings. "There was 
no-one to help last night," resident Abdul Saboor told the BBC. "We 
managed 
to transfer some of the wounded to Kandahar in the morning. Some of the 
foreigners' choppers also came to help..."

In Washington, the Pentagon said at least one bomb dropped by Western 
warplanes had missed its target in southern Afghanistan on Monday, but 
that 
it could not confirm claims that members of a wedding party had been 
killed.

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LETTERS: EQUAL TIME FOR PALESTINIANS
Washington Times, 6/30/02
http://www.washingtontimes.com/op-ed/20020630-19955754.htm#5

Archbishop Desmond Tutu's recent words comparing Israel's treatment of 
the 
Palestinians to the treatment of blacks in apartheid-era South Africa 
and 
the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany came to mind as I read Cal 
Thomas' 
continuing verbal terrorism and hateful words toward Palestinians
("Terrorism gets the door," Commentary, June 28).

Let us review some basic facts: Israel has no constitution but a set of 
"basic laws." These allow any Jew (including converts to Judaism) to 
acquire automatic citizenship while denying it to millions of 
Palestinian 
refugees regardless of the fact that they were expelled from their 
lands. 
Land ownership laws and absentee property laws are strictly based on 
"Jewishness." Jews can lease state lands while non-Jews may be barred 
from 
using their own lands under the absentee property laws (even if they 
are 
"citizens").

Israel is the only country in the world that distinguishes citizenship 
from 
nationality and considers all Jews, regardless of their citizenship, as 
"nationals" of the state and reserves 93 percent of housing and farming 
lands for their use. Israel is the only country in the world that 
prohibits 
any party from running in parliamentary elections if its platform 
includes 
advocating a pluralistic society (i.e., denying the "Jewish character" 
of 
the state).

Israel is the fourth strongest military power in the world and has a 
stockpile of weapons of mass destruction (including nuclear weapons). 
Israel used U.S.-supplied F-16s, Apache helicopters, M-1 tanks and 
armored 
bulldozers to raze villages. Some 70 percent of Palestinian natives 
thus 
were rendered refugees.

Israel is able to continue its oppression due to significant U.S. aid, 
to 
the tune of $10 million dollars per day of our taxes, and a U.S. 
diplomatic 
shield (a U.S. veto or threat of veto used to support Israel at the 
United 
Nations). The nonsense about personalities - whether Yasser Arafat or 
Ariel 
Sharon is to blame for the violence in Palestine - would be truly 
laughable 
except that children continue to be killed (at a ratio of four 
Palestinian 
children for every Israeli child) while Israeli apologists continue to 
engage in these verbal exercises of blaming anti-American terrorism on 
Islam, Arabs and everyone and everything except the real culprit: U.S. 
support of Israeli colonization of Palestine.

MAZIN QUMSIYEH
Orange, Conn.

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

ACTION REQUESTED:(As always, be POLITE.)

Send the Cook County Sheriff's Department a polite request that the 
Muslim 
deputy be offered reasonable religious accommodation.

Sheriff Michael F. Sheahan
Cook County Sheriff's Department
50 West Washington, Suite 704
Chicago, IL 60602

FAX: (312) 603-4420
E-MAIL: sheriff@cookcountysheriff.org
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ILL. SHERIFF'S DEPUTY DENIED RIGHT TO ISLAMIC SCARF

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/2/02) - A national Islamic advocacy group is 
calling 
on Illinois' Cook County Sheriff's Department to allow a Muslim deputy 
to 
wear a religiously-mandated headscarf. The Washington-based Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) says sheriff's department officials 
have 
repeatedly denied the deputy's requests for religious accommodation, 
claiming it violates uniform guidelines.

SEE: "DEPUTY SEEKS TO WEAR SCARF"
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-0207020215jul02.story

The woman, a Cook County Deputy Sheriff since 1993, converted to Islam 
in 
January of this year and began wearing an Islamic headscarf at that 
time. 
When she went to work wearing a scarf matching her uniform, she was 
told to 
file a written request for religious accommodation. (The Muslim deputy 
provides security at a county courthouse.)

When the deputy did not receive a timely reply to that request, she 
asked 
if she could wear her scarf pending a decision. That request was 
denied. 
She now wears her scarf off duty and removes it while at work.

The department's denial of religious accommodation came despite the 
fact 
that such accommodations have been offered to employees of other 
faiths. 
According to an EEOC complaint, the department currently allows a 
Jewish 
uniformed officer to wear a yarmulke, or skullcap.

"An inflexible, and arbitrarily applied policy aimed at uniformity of 
appearance is insufficient to override an individual's deeply-help 
religious beliefs. America's increasing religious, cultural and ethnic 
diversity requires that creative solutions be found to balance the 
needs of 
employers with the religious rights of employees," said CAIR Civil 
Rights 
Manager Joshua Salaam.

In a letter to Cook County Sheriff Michael F. Sheahan, CAIR demanded 
that 
his department: 1) allow the Muslim deputy to wear her Islamic 
headscarf 
while at work, 2) clarify its policy on religious accommodation, 3) 
institute religious sensitivity training for department staff, and 4) 
compensate the Muslim employee for the negative financial and emotional 
impact resulting from the department's denial of religious 
accommodation.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from 
discriminating against individuals because of their religious beliefs 
or 
practices. The act requires employers to reasonably accommodate the 
religious practices of an employee, unless to do so would create an 
undue 
hardship. CAIR publishes a booklet, "An Employer's Guide to Islamic 
Religious Practices," designed to prevent these types of incidents.

There are an estimated 400,000 Muslims in the Chicago area.

                                         - END -

CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787, E-MAIL: cair@cair-net.org; Ms. 
Hodan 
Hassan, 202-488-8787, E-MAIL: hhassan@cair-net.org; Joshua Salaam, 
202-488-8787, ext. 3226

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 7/2/2002

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: AVOID WHAT IS DOUBTFUL
* C-SPAN: CAIR REP. DISCUSSES MEDIA COVERAGE OF RELIGION
* ISLAMIC MARRIAGE CONTRACT UPHELD IN NEW JERSEY (NJ Law Journal)
* SOUTH ASIANS, ARABS SCOFF AT POST-9/11 'FEEL-GOOD' FACTOR (AFP)
* AFGHAN GOVT PROTESTS ATTACK, INQUIRY LAUNCHED (Reuters)
* ISRAEL BLOCKS ENTRANCE OF PEACE GROUP (MPAC)
         - ISRAEL REFUSES ENTRY TO 18 AMERICANS (AP)
* IMPERIALISM IS SUDDENLY FASHIONABLE. JUST ASK THE PALESTINIANS (Time)
* RESTON WOMAN AN ADVOCATE FOR MUSLIMS (Observer)
* 9/11 CITIZENSHIP SURGE (Record)
* SECURITY FEAR CAUSES FLIGHT TO RETURN (Washington Post)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: AVOID WHAT IS DOUBTFUL

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "That which is lawful is 
clear, and that which is unlawful is also quite clear. Between these 
two is 
that which is ambiguous, which most people do not know. One who avoids 
the 
doubtful safeguards his faith and his honor."

Riyadh-us-Salaheen, Hadith 588

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C-SPAN: CAIR REP. DISCUSSES MEDIA COVERAGE OF RELIGION
http://inside.c-spanarchives.org:8080/cspan/cspan.csp?command=dprogram&record=157530088

Check C-SPAN schedule for re-airings. The panel discussion is currently 
(5:15 p.m. Eastern) on C-SPAN 3.

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ISLAMIC MARRIAGE CONTRACT UPHELD IN NEW JERSEY
By Jim Edwards, New Jersey Law Journal, 7/2/02
http://www5.law.com/lawcom/displayid.cfm?statename=NJ&docnum=134290&table=news&flag=full

In New Jersey's first substantive decision on Islamic Law, a Passaic 
County 
judge ruled June 24 that a religious, dowry-style contract signed by 
two 
Muslims at their marriage is enforceable upon their divorce.

New Jersey Superior Court Judge John Selser enforced the "mahr" 
(MAH-her) 
that Houida Saadeh and her husband Zuhair Odatalla signed on their 
wedding 
day, finding that aspects of the religious code were acceptable under 
"neutral principles of law." Odatalla v. Odatalla, FM-000366-01...

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SOUTH ASIANS, ARABS SCOFF AT POST-9/11 'FEEL-GOOD' FACTOR
GILES HEWITT, Agence France Presse, 7/2/02

NEW YORK - A poll suggesting race relations have improved in New York 
since 
the September 11 terror attacks has been greeted with a mixture of 
disbelief and contempt by the city's South Asian and Arab populations.

The two communities became the targets of violence and racial abuse in 
the 
immediate aftermath of the attacks on the World Trade Center, and both 
say 
they continue to be subjected to systematic institutional and public 
persecution.

The poll, published last month in the New York Times, said New Yorkers 
had 
become more tolerant of different ethnic and racial differences and 
were 
less likely to overreact to perceived injustices or prejudices.

The Times reported that 53 percent of blacks believe that race 
relations in 
the city are generally good, compared to 16 percent two years ago. That 
view was endorsed by 56 percent of Hispanics and 69 percent of whites. 
While the newspaper acknowledged that the "feel-good factor" had a 
temporary foundation, South Asians and Arabs insisted that for them it 
had 
never even existed.

"It has literally been the worst period of repression that I recall 
from 
living here for the past 25 years," said Monami Maulik, who runs a 
non-governmental organization, DRUM, representing both communities.

"The general climate is one of overwhelming tension and fear," Maulik 
said, 
adding that Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladesh and Arabs were all being 
viewed 
as potential terrorists.

 From discrimination in the workplace to racial profiling by federal 
agencies and verbal abuse on the streets, the sense of insecurity is 
all-pervasive.

"There is a mass hysteria that has been created whereby you have 
individual 
citizens and community members who are reporting people who they think 
are 
suspicious," Maulik said...

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AFGHAN GOVT PROTESTS ATTACK, INQUIRY LAUNCHED
Denise Duclaux and Charles Aldinger, Reuters, 7/2/02

BAGRAM, Afghanistan/WASHINGTON, July 2 (Reuters) - The Afghan 
government 
protested on Tuesday over the reported killing of 40 civilians, 
including a 
wedding party, by U.S. planes tracking down Taliban militants and urged 
the 
U.S. military to be more careful in its targeting.

Pentagon officials, however, did not accept blame, saying their 
aircraft 
believed they were under attack and an investigation was under way.

An Afghan and U.S. team arrived at the site to investigate the reports, 
which came as forces scoured the mountainous central province of 
Uruzgan 
for Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, who was born close to the 
bombed 
village.

Afghan officials said wedding guests near the village of Deh Rawud were 
firing into the air -- a tradition in Pashtun weddings -- when they 
were 
mistakenly bombed by U.S. forces.

"The number is some 40 people killed, all civilians, and some 100 
people 
wounded," Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah told a news conference. 
"In 
one village, there was a wedding party...a whole family of 25 people. 
No 
single person was left alive. This is the extent of the damage."

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told reporters at the Pentagon the 
investigation could take "another day or two to come up with facts that 
could be useful."

"There cannot be the use of that kind of firepower and not have 
mistakes 
and errant weapons exist," he said. "It's going to happen. It always 
has 
and I'm afraid it always will..."

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ISRAEL BLOCKS ENTRANCE OF PEACE GROUP
Muslim Public Affairs Council, 7/2/02
http://www.mpac.org

Following a pattern of blocking humanitarian and peace workers from the 
Palestinian territories, Israel has denied an American delegation entry 
into the region. The Interfaith Peace Delegation organized by the 
Fellowship of Reconciliation and the Muslim Public Affairs Council is 
comprised of American Jews, Muslims, Christians, and Quakers who 
arrived in 
Tel Aviv on July 1st with a mission of peace.

Upon arrival, they were detained and deported except for two of the 
delegates who had dual Israeli and American citizenship. The Israeli 
government refuses to present the reasons for deportation as they 
continually deport international peace and humanitarian workers. 
Despite 
letters of support from Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Congressman 
Sam 
Farr (D-CA), the General Counselor of the United States Embassy in Tel 
Aviv 
remained unhelpful and explained that the U.S. government does not have 
the 
power to intervene on behalf of American citizens and defers to Israeli 
government interests.

The United States government provides extensive diplomatic, military, 
and 
financial support to Israel but remains powerless in decisions made 
about 
American citizens in the region. This is the second time in two weeks 
that 
Israel has deported American Peace Activists traveling to the region. 
Israel is denying American Jews, Muslims, and Christians access to 
sacred 
religious holy sites as well as a first-hand look at the realities of 
the 
conflict. An investigation into Israeli violations of human rights and 
international law must be conducted immediately as the Israeli 
government 
continuously refuses international monitors and peace workers entrance. 
Meanwhile, the United States government must take a more active role in 
ensuring that humanitarian and peace workers can do the necessary work 
within the region.

SEE ALSO:

ISRAEL REFUSES ENTRY TO 18 AMERICANS
Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press, 7/2/02

JERUSALEM - Israel barred 18 Americans from entering the country and 
put 
them on a flight back to the United States on Tuesday as part of a 
policy 
of refusing entry to foreigners who want to show solidarity with the 
Palestinians.

The Americans arrived at Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion Airport on Monday with 
the 
aim of going to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, Interior Ministry 
spokeswoman Tova Ellison said.

The U.S. group included naturalized citizens born in Pakistan, Egypt 
and 
Iraq, she said. Two members of the U.S. group were admitted entry 
because 
they have Israeli citizenship. A British citizen traveling with the 
Americans was put on a flight back to Britain...

Early in June, Israel barred a group of 20 U.S. Muslims from entering 
the 
country. In another case, eight foreigners, among them a Jordanian 
journalist and two U.S. citizens, were expelled after troops caught 
them in 
the Balata refugee camp making a solidarity visit with Palestinians.

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IMPERIALISM IS SUDDENLY FASHIONABLE. JUST ASK THE PALESTINIANS
By Michael Elliott, Time, 7/2/02
http://www.time.com/time/columnist/elliott/article/0,9565,269939,00.html

If you're nostalgic for gin slings, parasols and fly whisks, the White 
House Rose Garden was the place to be last week. The speech that 
President 
Bush gave on the Middle East could have been delivered by a colonial 
governor. As if the Palestinians were hapless natives, Bush set out the 
conditions they had to meet before winning approval from the Great 
White 
Father.

Imperialism is back in vogue. With global stability threatened by 
failed 
states (or near states) like Afghanistan and Palestine, the literature 
on 
international affairs is suddenly ripe with articles whose authors seem 
to 
be channeling Rudyard Kipling. "A new imperial moment has arrived," 
Sebastian Mallaby, a columnist for the Washington Post, wrote in 
Foreign 
Affairs this year, "and by virtue of its power, America is bound to 
play 
the leading role..."

And now comes Bush, setting out, in the way that colonial powers once 
did, 
the steps the Palestinians must take before the U.S. will recognize a 
Palestinian state: find new leaders, write a constitution, establish a 
market economy and more. All the President needs is a solar toupee and 
a 
cut-glass English accent...

Palestinians could be forgiven for thinking that their shortcomings 
have 
been singled out for harsh treatment. Palestine, said Bush, needs a 
"new 
constitution" and reform based on "market economics." That's hard to 
argue 
with, given the shambolic state of the Palestinian Authority, but 
Israel 
doesn't have a written constitution and for decades had one of the most 
socialized economies outside the Soviet bloc. Yet one struggles to 
remember 
an American President making aid to Israel incumbent on reform of the 
labor 
laws...

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RESTON WOMAN AN ADVOCATE FOR MUSLIMS
By Eden Schneider, Observer, 6/28/02
http://www.observernews.com/stories/current/news/062802/omar.shtml

When the latest edition of Azizah Magazine was released last spring, 
the 
cover model was not a glamorous femme fatale with glossy hair and 
crystal 
blue eyes, but a 27-year-old Palestinian-American with bright, black 
eyes 
and a pale blue headscarf, symbolizing her faith as a Muslim.

Manal Omar, who lives in Reston and who grew up in Northern Virginia 
after 
her parents emigrated from Palestine, was the fifth cover girl for 
Azizah 
Magazine, a new international publication designed by and for Muslim 
women. 
Cover models, chosen as examples of strong, committed women, all wear a 
head covering, although they vary by individual taste, culture, and 
tradition.

Omar, an economic researcher at the World Bank, said she was honored to 
be 
profiled in the magazine, but doesn't believe her life or achievements 
are 
exceptional.

Her interest in locally based advocacy has brought her attention as a 
cultural and political liaison for the Northern Virginia Muslim 
community 
after the September 11 attacks. When Muslim businesses and homes in 
Leesburg and Herndon were raided in March of this year, Omar helped 
organize a town hall-style meeting to address concerns of safety and 
freedoms. A member of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society in Herndon, 
she 
has been a panelist for local discussion groups and works to promote 
religious, social, and political freedoms in both the immediate area 
and 
worldwide...

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9/11 CITIZENSHIP SURGE
Elizabeth Llorente, The Record (Bergen County, NJ), 7/1/02
http://www.bergen.com/cgi-bin/page.pl?id=4122843

Maria Ospina grew up on pizza, Michael Jackson tunes, and "Karate Kid" 
movies. Only 3 when she left Spain more than two decades ago, she 
glides 
through English, but stumbles over Spanish. Though she has not become a 
U.S. citizen, she is used to being treated like a full-fledged 
American.

But that changed on Sept. 11.  Since then, Ospina, a legal U.S. 
resident, 
has met icy reactions whenever she mentions her citizenship status. 
When 
she tried to renew her driver's license in November, she found that the 
Division of Motor Vehicles had a new anti-terrorism policy that 
required 
non-citizens to visit locations where their documents could be 
scrutinized 
with special care.

"The DMV incident was upsetting. I felt singled out, not wanted in this 
country," Ospina says. "I always felt that as long as I followed all 
the 
laws, respected the country, and paid my taxes, I would be treated 
fairly 
as a legal resident. Why is that now not enough?"

Immigration experts say some foreigners are becoming citizens out of 
fear 
that they will fall prey to sweeping new security measures.

Various national regulations adopted after Sept. 11 give authorities 
broad 
powers to arrest and detain non-citizens, including legal immigrants, 
who 
are suspected of supporting terrorism. Some laws forbid non-citizens 
from 
holding jobs - -such as airport baggage screening - -now considered 
crucial 
to national security.

Following the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, 
President 
Bush issued an order allowing special military tribunals, instead of 
regular courts, to try any non-citizen suspected of aiding terrorists. 
The 
defendant could be denied access to the evidence against him.

Other laws allow for the indefinite detention and deportation of 
non-citizens deemed to be national security risks. And a federal law 
passed 
last fall barred non-citizens from working as airport screeners. 
Sponsors 
of the bill argued that the screening would be more reliable if it 
involved 
only U.S. citizens.

In many states, DMV offices are copying and cross-checking the 
identification documents of non-citizens with immigration and Social 
Security authorities. Critics of these measures say legal immigrants 
have 
come to build a life in the United States, and should not be scapegoats 
in 
anti-terrorism efforts.

"The distinction in the war on terrorism should not be drawn between 
and 
non-citizens," says Michele Waslin of the National Council of La Raza, 
the 
nation's largest Latino civil rights group. "The people who carried out 
the 
Oklahoma City bombing, the mailbox pipebombs, and [planned] a dirty 
bomb 
were U.S. citizens...

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SECURITY FEAR CAUSES FLIGHT TO RETURN
Sara Kehaulani Goo, Washington Post, 7/2/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A10758-2002Jul1.html

A United Airlines flight bound for Baltimore-Washington International 
Airport turned around midflight Saturday after the airline realized 
that 
the name of one passenger was on the FBI's "watch list."

About one hour after Flight 249 left San Francisco International 
Airport, 
the pilot told passengers that the plane was returning to San Francisco 
because of an electrical problem, according to a passenger on board.

In fact, the airline realized as the plane was somewhere between Reno 
and 
Salt Lake City that it failed to scrutinize a passenger named Mohammed 
Ahmed, whose name was on the FBI list, according to the Transportation 
Security Administration. [CAIR NOTE: "Mohammed Ahmed" is the Muslim 
equivalent of "John Smith."]

Once the plane landed safely, the 161 passengers on board were asked to 
board another 757. Airline employees and the San Francisco Police 
Department took Ahmed aside and, after confirming his identification, 
decided he was not the man on the list, according to TSA and airline 
officials. He boarded a later flight. Security experts said the case 
highlights the federal government's uncoordinated approach to sharing 
intelligence and keeping a watch on suspicious persons or terrorists at 
the 
airport...

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MUSLIM GROUP CONDEMNS ILL. YARMULKE BAN

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/3/02) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR) today condemned a decision by Illinois' Cook County Sheriff's 
Department to strip police powers from an Orthodox Jewish deputy after 
he 
refused to remove his yarmulke, or religious skullcap, while on duty.

The Washington-based Islamic advocacy group says it has offered to take 
up 
the case of the Jewish deputy, who was reassigned to clerical duties 
one 
day after CAIR offered public support for a Muslim deputy who is being 
denied the right to wear an Islamic headscarf. Sheriff's department 
officials say both deputies are in violation of uniform guidelines.

SEE: "DEPUTY'S YARMULKE BANNED"
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0207030274jul03.story

"It is unconscionable that instead of abiding by the legal requirement 
for 
reasonable religious accommodation of a Muslim employee, the Cook 
County 
Sheriff's Department chose to deny the religious rights of a Jewish 
deputy. 
The fact that the Jewish deputy had been wearing his religious head 
covering for two years without a problem indicates this was an 
arbitrary 
and unjustifiable decision," said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim 
Hooper.

"Will the department now bar Catholic deputies from putting ashes on 
their 
foreheads during Ash Wednesday?" asked Hooper. He said many Muslims 
from 
across the nation have already contacted the sheriff's department to 
express their concerns about the headscarf ban.

The Muslim deputy, a Cook County Deputy Sheriff since 1993, converted 
to 
Islam in January of this year and began wearing an Islamic headscarf at 
that time. When she went to work wearing a scarf matching her uniform, 
she 
was told to file a written request for religious accommodation. (The 
Muslim 
deputy, like her Jewish counterpart, provides security at a county 
courthouse.) When the deputy did not receive a timely reply to that 
request, she asked if she could wear her scarf pending a decision. That 
request was denied. She now wears her scarf off duty and removes it 
while 
at work.

CAIR demanded that the Cook County Sheriff's Department: 1) allow the 
Muslim deputy to wear her Islamic headscarf while at work, 2) clarify 
its 
policy on religious accommodation, 3) institute religious sensitivity 
training for department staff, and 4) compensate the Muslim employee 
for 
the negative financial and emotional impact resulting from the 
department's 
denial of religious accommodation.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from 
discriminating against individuals because of their religious beliefs 
or 
practices. The act requires employers to reasonably accommodate the 
religious practices of an employee, unless to do so would create an 
undue 
hardship. CAIR publishes a booklet, "An Employer's Guide to Islamic 
Religious Practices," designed to prevent these types of incidents. 
There 
are an estimated 400,000 Muslims in the Chicago area.

                                         - END -

CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787, E-MAIL: cair@cair-net.org; Ms. 
Hodan 
Hassan (Communications Coordinator), 202-488-8787, E-MAIL: 
hhassan@cair-net.org; Joshua Salaam (Civil Rights Manager), 
202-488-8787, 
ext. 3226, E-MAIL: jsalaam@cair-net.org

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Date: Wed, 03 Jul 2002 13:19:38 -0400
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Subject: CAIR-NET: Contact Info for Cook County Sheriff's Dept.

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

ACTION REQUESTED:(As always, be POLITE.)

Send the Cook County Sheriff's Department a polite request that 
deputies of 
all faiths be offered reasonable religious accommodation.

Sheriff Michael F. Sheahan
Cook County Sheriff's Department
50 West Washington, Suite 704
Chicago, IL 60602

TEL: (312) 443-5500
FAX: (312) 603-4420
E-MAIL: sheriff@cookcountysheriff.org
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MUSLIM GROUP CONDEMNS ILL. YARMULKE BAN

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/3/02) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR) today condemned a decision by Illinois' Cook County Sheriff's 
Department to strip police powers from an Orthodox Jewish deputy after 
he 
refused to remove his yarmulke, or religious skullcap, while on duty.

The Washington-based Islamic advocacy group says it has offered to take 
up 
the case of the Jewish deputy, who was reassigned to clerical duties 
one 
day after CAIR offered public support for a Muslim deputy who is being 
denied the right to wear an Islamic headscarf. Sheriff's department 
officials say both deputies are in violation of uniform guidelines.

SEE: "DEPUTY'S YARMULKE BANNED"
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0207030274jul03.story

"It is unconscionable that instead of abiding by the legal requirement 
for 
reasonable religious accommodation of a Muslim employee, the Cook 
County 
Sheriff's Department chose to deny the religious rights of a Jewish 
deputy. 
The fact that the Jewish deputy had been wearing his religious head 
covering for two years without a problem indicates this was an 
arbitrary 
and unjustifiable decision," said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim 
Hooper.

"Will the department now bar Catholic deputies from putting ashes on 
their 
foreheads during Ash Wednesday?" asked Hooper. He said many Muslims 
from 
across the nation have already contacted the sheriff's department to 
express their concerns about the headscarf ban.

The Muslim deputy, a Cook County Deputy Sheriff since 1993, converted 
to 
Islam in January of this year and began wearing an Islamic headscarf at 
that time. When she went to work wearing a scarf matching her uniform, 
she 
was told to file a written request for religious accommodation. (The 
Muslim 
deputy, like her Jewish counterpart, provides security at a county 
courthouse.) When the deputy did not receive a timely reply to that 
request, she asked if she could wear her scarf pending a decision. That 
request was denied. She now wears her scarf off duty and removes it 
while 
at work.

CAIR demanded that the Cook County Sheriff's Department: 1) allow the 
Muslim deputy to wear her Islamic headscarf while at work, 2) clarify 
its 
policy on religious accommodation, 3) institute religious sensitivity 
training for department staff, and 4) compensate the Muslim employee 
for 
the negative financial and emotional impact resulting from the 
department's 
denial of religious accommodation.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from 
discriminating against individuals because of their religious beliefs 
or 
practices. The act requires employers to reasonably accommodate the 
religious practices of an employee, unless to do so would create an 
undue 
hardship. CAIR publishes a booklet, "An Employer's Guide to Islamic 
Religious Practices," designed to prevent these types of incidents. 
There 
are an estimated 400,000 Muslims in the Chicago area.

                                         - END -

CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787, E-MAIL: cair@cair-net.org; Ms. 
Hodan 
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hhassan@cair-net.org; Joshua Salaam (Civil Rights Manager), 
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Subject: CAIR-NET: Benny Hinn - "It's a War Between God and the Devil"

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 7/3/2002

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: THOSE SHELTERED BY GOD
* CAIR-NY VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE DINNER
* INCITEMENT WATCH: "IT'S A WAR BETWEEN GOD AND THE DEVIL" 
(Star-Telegram)
* SAN JOSE WOMAN CONVICTED OF HATE CRIME (San Francisco Chronicle)
* IS NATAN SHARANSKY WORKING IN THE WHITE HOUSE SPEECHWRITING OFFICE? 
(Washington Post)
* LETTERS: UNCIVILIZED COURSE (Patriot News)
* SMITHSONIAN SHOWS HAMZA PAINTINGS (AP)
* ANTHRAX? THE F.B.I. YAWNS (New York Times)
* TOWNHALL MEETING ON CIVIL RIGHTS AT PA STATE CAPITOL
* AFGHAN PARTY LIKE SLAUGHTER HOUSE AFTER ATTACK (Reuters)
* INDIAN MUSLIMS FEAR FRESH VIOLENCE IN HINDU PROCESSION (Reuters)
* AFT CALLS FOR FAIR TREATMENT AND PROTECTION OF RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH 
IN
FLORIDA ACADEMIC FREEDOM CASE (U.S. Newswire)
* MEDICAL HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE IN TURKEY (Doctors Worldwide)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: THOSE SHELTERED BY GOD

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Seven kinds of people 
will 
be sheltered under the shade of God on the Day of Judgment...They are: 
a 
just ruler, a young man who passed his youth in the worship and service 
of 
God...one whose heart is attached to the mosque...two people who love 
each 
other for the sake of God...a man who is invited to sin...but declines, 
saying 'I fear God'...one who spends his charity in secret, without 
making 
a show...and one who remembers God in solitude so that his eyes 
overflow."

Riyadh-us-Salaheen, Hadith 376

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INCITEMENT WATCH: "IT'S A WAR BETWEEN GOD AND THE DEVIL"

HINN FINDS AUDIENCE FOR CRITICISM OF ISLAM
By Darren Barbee and Josh Shaffer, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 7/3/02
http://www.dfw.com/mld/startelegram/3591373.htm

With a voice like a conquering general, Benny Hinn walked to the edge 
of 
the stage and proclaimed to thousands of worshippers, "The Muslim 
population is going down!"

Cheers erupted like thunder.

The applause grew louder when the celebrated faith healer invited an 
Israeli tourism official on stage and offered his support to the 
war-torn 
country.

"We are on God's side," Hinn said. "This is not a war between Arabs and 
Jews. It's a war between God and the devil."

Several area ministers, joining the Grapevine-based Pentecostal on 
stage 
last week at American Airlines Center in Dallas, clapped and nodded 
their 
approval. The line between Christians and Muslims, they said later, is 
the 
difference between good and evil.

Scholars believe their condemnation points to a growing intolerance 
among 
Christian denominations. They see more of the faithful drifting to 
conservative camps, drawn by the easy explanations of a world divided 
neatly between friends and foes. And since the Sept. 11 terrorist 
attacks, 
Muslims are increasingly being pushed into the evil category.

"This is all part of a very depressing pattern in right-wing and 
evangelical circles," said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Dallas 
chapter 
of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "The demonizing of Islam. 
The 
actual call for the elimination of Islam. It's disturbing."

The shift to the right among Christians can be traced to the same 
political 
drift toward conservatism, said Ronald Flowers, a religion professor at 
Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.

Those who are drawn to fundamentalism tend to seek an uncomplicated, 
old-fashioned world with enemies that can be easily identified, he 
said. 
"It's a search for certainty in an uncertain world," Flowers said. "The 
fact that Muslims and Christians worship the same God seems to escape 
these 
people..."

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SAN JOSE WOMAN CONVICTED OF HATE CRIME
Henry K. Lee,  San Francisco Chronicle, 7/2/02
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/07/02/MN167460.DTL 


A woman has been convicted of a hate crime for plowing her car into a 
man 
of Middle Eastern descent, using derogatory slurs, spitting on him, 
biting 
his hand and kicking him at a San Jose intersection, a prosecutor said 
today.

Angel Ann Coley, 28, of San Jose was found guilty Monday by a Santa 
Clara 
County Superior Court jury for confronting Mohammed Aram, 31, of 
Sunnyvale 
at First and Julian streets in November.

Coley faces a maximum sentence of three years and eight months in state 
prison on charges of a hate crime resulting in injury, misdemeanor 
hit-and-run, threats to commit crime resulting in death or great bodily 
injury and battery.

"He was really just at the wrong place at the wrong time with someone 
with 
so much anger," Deputy District Attorney Erin West said today. "He was 
scared to death. It was a severe beating. It went on and on."

Coley was found guilty by a seven-man, five-woman jury that deliberated 
about 90 minutes over two days, after a daylong trial in San Jose 
before 
Judge Richard Loftus of Santa Clara County Superior Court...

Helal Omeira, executive director for the Council on American Islamic 
Relations' Northern California chapter in Santa Clara, said today that 
he 
was heartened by the conviction.

"Although the incident is unfortunate, I think that the judicial system 
took its course," Omeira said. "She was convicted of something really 
heinous."

Omeira said Aram is of Egyptian descent and was three months from 
becoming 
a U.S. citizen at the time...

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IS NATAN SHARANSKY WORKING IN THE WHITE HOUSE SPEECHWRITING OFFICE?
Dana Milbank, Washington Post, 7/2/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A11253-2002Jul1.html

Is Natan Sharansky working in the White House speechwriting office?

Sharansky, Israel's housing minister and deputy prime minister, is the 
former Soviet dissident and head of a right-wing Russian-immigrant 
party. 
But by coincidence -- or something more -- the Israeli-Palestinian 
peace 
plan Sharansky published in the Jerusalem Post on May 3 sounds a lot 
like 
the peace proposal Bush delivered in the Rose Garden on June 24.

"The time has come for new leadership" for the Palestinians, Sharansky 
wrote. "The Palestinians must be encouraged to form an open and free 
society that is not burdened by the fear, hatred, and terror that have 
been 
sown in recent years by Arafat and his leadership."

Here's Bush's version: "Peace requires a new and different Palestinian 
leadership so that a Palestinian state can be born. I call on the 
Palestinian people to elect new leaders, leaders not compromised by 
terror."

Sharansky wrote that his seven-point plan "cannot happen overnight" and 
called for a "three-year transition period."

Bush, in turn, said a final agreement "could be reached within three 
years 
from now..."

Speechwriting director Michael Gerson did not return a phone call 
asking 
about the coincidence.

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LETTERS: UNCIVILIZED COURSE
Patriot News, 7/3/02
http://www.pennlive.com/letters/patriotnews/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/news/102568871868720.xml

President Bush says terrorists hate America for her values and detest 
the  "civilized" world and want to destroy it.

George W. Bush needs to wipe the sleep from his eyes and recognize that 
by 
sidling up to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, his "Man of Peace" follows a 
course anything but civilized.

The Israeli government has the Palestinian people on the mat with a 
tight 
hold on the societal jugular. Institutional records in the Palestinian 
cities and villages have been destroyed and their offices trashed 
and/or 
flattened by bulldozers. Their roads for commerce or health services 
are 
barricaded and closed. Dialysis patients and delivering mothers are 
turned 
back at check points.

Families huddle in their homes awaiting the American-made bulldozer, 
the
American-made helicopter gunship, or the IDF rooftop sniper if they 
venture 
onto the street or their balcony, Education and employment are not 
possible. Water has been diverted to the settlements or the pipes 
destroyed. Land is confiscated daily as settlers expand their turf.

President Bush smiles and tells us that he "learns a lot" when Ariel 
Sharon 
visits the White House. Another TV channel shows congressmen as they 
joke 
and banter with Sharon over a meal together... Each keeps the other 
side's 
game going.

The American taxpayers need to get the message behind the rhetoric; our 
support for Sharon 's policy is not civilized behavior. The message 
implies: "Keep terrorism going." Why?

K. ELAYNE McCLANEN Sandy Springs, Md.

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SMITHSONIAN SHOWS HAMZA PAINTINGS
CARL HARTMAN, Associated Press, 7/3/02
http://www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/hamza/

WASHINGTON (AP)- A descendant of Genghis Khan, he was one of India's 
greatest conquerors. In later life he tried to found his own religion, 
but 
as a teen-ager the Emperor Akbar loved the fantastic legends about the 
figure of Hamza, the Prophet Muhammad's uncle.

Hamza was an inspiring missionary for Islam. One story tells how a 
follower 
of his converted two brothers by grabbing an elephant around the belly 
and 
lifting it into the air.

Hamza and his friends confronted giants, demons, sorcerers, dragons and 
the 
great sea-monster called a leviathan, usually winning out with 
considerable 
bloodshed...

The Smithsonian Institution's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery has put on 
display 
61 of the approximately 200 illustrations that survive, gathered from 
museums and private collections in Europe and America. It's the largest 
number seen together in recent times, and few have been to the United 
States before...

"The Adventures of Hamza" will be at the Sackler through Sept. 29. 
Admission is free. Later it will be seen at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, 
London's Royal Academy of Arts and the Museum Rietberg in Zurich, 
Switzerland.

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ANTHRAX? THE F.B.I. YAWNS
Nicholas D. Kristof, New York Times, 7/2/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/07/02/opinion/02KRIS.html

The F.B.I.'s bumbling before 9/11 is water under the bridge. But the 
bureau's lackadaisical ineptitude in pursuing the anthrax killer 
continues 
to threaten America's national security by permitting him to strike 
again 
or, more likely, to flee to Iran or North Korea.

Almost everyone who has encountered the F.B.I. anthrax investigation is 
aghast at the bureau's lethargy. Some in the biodefense community think 
they know a likely culprit, whom I'll call Mr. Z. Although the bureau 
has 
polygraphed Mr. Z, searched his home twice and interviewed him four 
times, 
it has not placed him under surveillance or asked its outside 
handwriting 
expert to compare his writing to that on the anthrax letters.

This is part of a larger pattern. Astonishingly, the F.B.I. allowed the 
destruction of anthrax stocks at Iowa State University, losing what 
might 
have been valuable genetic clues. Then it waited until December to open 
the 
intact anthrax envelope it found. The F.B.I. didn't obtain anthrax 
strains 
from various labs for comparison until March, and the testing is still 
not 
complete. The bureau did not systematically polygraph scientists at two 
suspect labs, Fort Detrick, Md., and Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, 
until a 
month ago...

If Mr. Z were an Arab national, he would have been imprisoned long ago. 
But 
he is a true-blue American with close ties to the U.S. Defense 
Department, 
the C.I.A. and the American biodefense program...

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TOWNHALL MEETING ON CIVIL RIGHTS AT PA STATE CAPITOL
Civil Rights Groups Join to Discuss Public Safety and Civil Liberties

WHAT: Ms. Paula D. Harris, President of the Greater Harrisburg Chapter 
of 
National Association for Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will 
moderate a townhall meeting to discuss the myriad of legislation, 
justice 
department initiatives and media attitudes relating to safety and civil 
liberties. The Central PA chapter of Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR-CPA), the Greater Harrisburg chapter of the American 
Civil-Liberties 
Union (ACLU) and the Institute for Cultural Partnership (ICP) will 
co-sponsor the program. All concerned citizens are being cordially 
invited 
to attend this public meeting.

Panelists for this program will be representative of the communities 
across 
Pennsylvania. The Gubernatorial candidates for the Pennsylvania, Mayor 
Rendell and Attorney General Fisher are also being invited to 
participate 
in the meeting.

The town hall meeting will be aired live on Pennsylvania Cable Network 
(PCN).  Please check local listings for details.

WHEN: Monday, July 15, 2002 - 6:00-7:30 p.m.
WHERE: East Wing Rotunda of Pennsylvania State Capitol Building, Third 
and 
State Streets, Harrisburg, PA
CONTACT: Ms. Paula D. Harris
Phone: 717.233.2664
Email: paulaharrisusa@netscape.net

Dr. Saleh Malik
Phone: 717.732.3330
Email: drsalehmalik@aol.com

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AFGHAN PARTY LIKE SLAUGHTER HOUSE AFTER ATTACK
Denise Duclaux and Saeed Ali Achakzai, Reuters, 7/3/02

BAGRAM/KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - An Afghan wedding party looked like a 
slaughter house after being attacked by U.S. warplanes this week, 
survivors 
said on Wednesday.

"I saw bodies flying like straws," said Haleema, an old woman brought 
to 
hospital in Kandahar. "I had to jump over six bodies to escape."

U.S. military investigators arrived in the remote village in central
Afghanistan to determine what had happened. Accompanied by two Afghan 
government ministers, several tribal elders and an embassy staffer, 
they 
spent two hours at the site.

Anger over the incident grew among Afghans, a factor which could 
complicate 
the task of the U.S. military as it tracks down al Qaeda and Taliban 
fugitives hiding in the countryside.

The Afghan government says wedding guests near the village of Deh Rawud 
were firing into the air -- a tradition at Pashtun weddings -- when 
they 
were mistakenly bombed by U.S. forces...

"A piece of iron sliced the woman's neck in front of me," said Naseema, 
a 
15-year-old girl, told Reuters in hospital in the city of Kandahar 
where 
she had been brought for treatment. "In a split second her head was not 
on 
her body."

Another woman, who declined to give her name, said: "It was like an 
abattoir. There was blood everywhere. There was smoke and dirt all 
around, 
and people were running helter skelter. It was a doomsday scene."

The bride and groom were thought to have died in the raid, but the 
groom 
showed up on Wednesday to meet investigators who arrived to look into 
the 
incident, according to a pool report filed by U.S. forces magazine 
Stars 
and Stripes.

The groom, identified as Malick, told a reporter that he and his 
fiancee 
were due to be married the following day, and had been in a different 
village when the planes struck.

He said he came back to find 25 members of his family dead, including 
his 
father and several brothers and sisters...

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INDIAN MUSLIMS FEAR FRESH VIOLENCE IN HINDU PROCESSION
By Thomas Kutty Abraham, Reuters, 7/3/02

AHMEDABAD, India, July 3 (Reuters) - A Hindu religious procession in
India's riot-torn western state of Gujarat next week, which is expected 
to 
draw thousands of devotees, could spark new religious clashes, Muslim 
leaders said on Wednesday.

Traditional chariot processions called rath yatras will trundle through
Ahmedabad, Gujarat's largest city, and other parts of the state on July 
12, 
in an annual ritual to mark the birth of the god Jagannath.

The processions, which pass through predominantly Muslim areas, have in 
the 
past triggered Hindu-Muslim clashes in Ahmedabad as devotees armed with 
swords, tridents and spears atop chariots and trucks shouted 
anti-Muslim 
slogans.

"If there is another round (of riots), it will be worse than what 
happened 
after Godhra," said shopkeeper Mohammed Salim. "I am pleading to Allah 
daily that the rath yatra goes off peacefully..."

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AFT CALLS FOR FAIR TREATMENT AND PROTECTION OF RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH IN
FLORIDA ACADEMIC FREEDOM CASE
U.S. Newswire, 7/3/02

WASHINGTON, July 3 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The American Federation of 
Teachers 
sent a letter to University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft 
calling on the university to "honor the faculty contract, follow due 
process, uphold the right to academic freedom and protect the 
constitutional right of free speech." The 1.2 million-member union, 
which 
represents faculty at USF, has found that "the principles of academic 
freedom and due process, encompassed in university policy and the 
collective bargaining agreement, are at risk of being violated" in the 
case 
of Professor Sami Al-Arian, a computer science professor who has been 
threatened with firing because of his political views.

Al-Arian is a tenured computer science professor who has been an 
activist 
in Palestinian causes. He became a controversial figure for statements 
he 
made during an appearance on the Fox News program The O'Reilly Factor, 
following the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. 
Claiming 
that Al-Arian's presence on campus posed a threat to students and 
faculty, 
Genshaft placed him on paid leave in February pending a decision on 
termination.

The letter to Genshaft stresses that while the AFT has taken strong 
positions in support of the State of Israel and the nation's war on 
terrorism, the issue goes beyond  the politics of the Middle East. 
"This is 
about the freedom that we enjoy as Americans, the free speech 
guaranteed us 
in the Constitution, the long tradition of academic freedom on campus 
and 
the right to due process guaranteed by a union contract," said AFT Vice 
President William Scheuerman.

The American Federation of Teachers represents 125,000 college and 
university faculty throughout the United States, more than any other 
union. 
The Florida Education Association and the United Faculty of Florida are 
jointly affiliated with both the AFT and the National Education 
Association.

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MEDICAL HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE IN TURKEY

Doctors Worldwide supports the decision of Turkish Human rights 
organisations to take Istanbul University Hospital`s administrators to 
court over the death of 72 year old Medine Ercan last week.

Hospital administrators at the hospital had denied the seriously ill 
lady 
life-saving dialysis because they insisted this frail lady reproduce 
her 
medical card but without a head scarf.

This inhuman act, in direct contravention of the Geneva Declaration 
came as 
a direct result of a decision made by the University Chancellor only a 
few 
weeks earlier. The university hospital thus became the sole hospital in 
Turkey to deny treatment to any women simply for wearing a head scarf 
on 
their medical card.

Hospital doctors were forced to turn the lady away, despite her grave 
condition, as they feared repercussions from the administration if they 
treated her.

Doctors Worldwide also urges the Turkish Government to intervene and 
halt 
this draconian and ultimately fatal decision made by the University.

Doctors Worldwide (DWW) is a charity dedicated to the provision of 
comprehensive medical relief worldwide PO Box 325 Stockport SK4 5YG 
United 
Kingdom

E-Mail: info@doctorsworldwide.org  Website: www.doctorsworldwide.org

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Date: Fri, 05 Jul 2002 08:38:14 -0400
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Subject: CAIR-NET: Latino Muslims Build Identity

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS  7/5/2002

HEADLINES:

* LATINO MUSLIMS BUILD IDENTITY (Chicago Tribune)
* THE VOA FOLLIES (Antiwar.com)
* FOR ARAB-AMERICANS, A 7/4 FOR RECALLING 9/11 (New York Times)
         - PASSENGER PROFILING SCRUTINIZED (AP)
         - SOME MUSLIMS AVOID JULY 4 EVENTS (AP)
         - GO FOURTH AND ENJOY, N.Y. URGED (New York Daily News)
         - IT'S OUR FOURTH OF JULY, TOO (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
* LOS ANGELES AIRPORT SHOOTING KILLS 3 (CNN)
         - ISRAELIS JUMP THE GUN (Antiwar.com)
* JEWS HIT SHERIFF'S BAN ON YARMULKES (Chicago Tribune)

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LATINO MUSLIMS BUILD IDENTITY
An Islamic conference hopes to give greater voice to a developing group 
that lacks a large cultural background or network in the Chicago area
James Janega, Chicago Tribune, 7/5/02
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0207050024jul05.story

Yolanda Rodriguez considers herself a Muslim first, then Mexican- 
American, 
but on her regular walks down 18th Street in Chicago, she does not wear 
a 
hijab, the traditional head covering worn by many Muslim women.

Well known in the Pilsen community as general manager of Radio Arte, a 
youth-oriented offshoot of the Mexican Fine Arts Center offering 
Spanish-language radio experience, Rodriguez, 33, often finds herself 
negotiating between her public persona and her personal faith.

She is comfortable in both worlds, but has chosen not to make her 
religious 
beliefs stand out. At least, not for now.

That decision is common among Chicago's Latino Muslim population, a 
group 
consisting of perhaps tens of thousands of Spanish-speaking individuals 
who 
share Islam, but privately, without an overarching network or broad 
cultural background to support them.

Among more established Muslim groups in Chicago and nationwide, 
however, a 
growing conviction has emerged that this subset of American Islam 
deserves 
a greater voice. One sign is that issues particular to Latino Muslims 
will 
headline a series of lectures and presentations at an Islamic Society 
of 
North America convention beginning in Chicago Friday.

"The phenomenon is so big, but it's not unified. It's not in one place, 
they don't know each other," said Sayyid M. Sayeed, secretary general 
of 
the society. The convention at the Holiday Inn O'Hare in Rosemont will 
feature lectures on Islamic literature in Spanish, religious education 
for 
Latino Muslims, and profiles on Islam within various Latino cultures.

"There may be thousands, but we don't have a sense of them," Sayeed 
said. 
"This is our way of providing a forum for those of them who are 
Muslims--they can come and share and interact and discuss their 
problems 
and issues…"

More established populations of Latino Muslims in Los Angeles and New 
York 
City have their own cultural centers and community support groups. In 
Chicago, activities are coordinated through informal webs of 
individuals.

Entrance into those networks is often gained through personal 
introductions, and often by chance meetings. Few know precisely who or 
how 
many are in the groups, or how exactly to contact them.

Nevertheless, their existence is invaluable to Latino converts, said 
Rami 
Nashashibi, director of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network on West 
63rd 
Street. His storefront religious center acts as an informal 
clearinghouse, 
introducing this teen to that mentor, or this Islamic group to that 
neighborhood association or religious printer. People, Latinos 
included, 
literally walk in off the street...

Also taking notice are established Muslim organizations like the 
predominantly African-American Muslim American Society, said Ayesha K. 
Mustafaa, editor of the Muslim Journal in Chicago.

Cultural centers affiliated with the society have begun deliberate 
efforts 
to reach out to the expanding Spanish-speaking populations who live on 
the 
West and Southwest Sides.

Edmund Arroyo, 27, a school social worker who married an Indian Muslim, 
said Hispanic Muslims in America cannot yet draw on a distinct culture 
of 
their own for comfort.

"People ask, `What's Latino Muslim culture like?' And really, it hasn't 
been created yet," Arroyo said. "We're just kind of figuring out what 
it 
is, exactly, that works..."

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THE VOA FOLLIES
'Voice of America' loses a writer  and the War Party gains a martyr
Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com
http://www.antiwar.com/justin/justincol.html

The neocons are up in arms  one of their own has been fired from his 
position as a "journalist" at the Voice of America and may be on his 
way to 
becoming the Mumia Abu Jamal of the War Party. The cause of Stephen 
Schwartz, a writer formerly known as "Comrade Sandalio," has been taken 
up 
by William Safire and Ronald Radosh. In a column berating the 
"accommodationist" US State Department supposedly in control of VOA  
whose 
news director is under the illusion that he heads up a real 
news-gathering 
organization, instead of a propaganda arm of the US government Safire 
writes:

"An excuse may be leaked, but I think the real reason is ironic: the 
former 
San Francisco Chronicle reporter is an outspoken dissenter from the 
news 
director's views. Schwartz, a contributor to the conservative Weekly 
Standard, is critical of Saudi and Syrian support of terror."

But it sounds like Safire may be all-too-aware of the real real reason 
Schwartz was kicked out…I've known the voluble Schwartz for years. He 
used 
to be a local "character" here in the Bay Area, whose antics are best 
exemplified in a May 6, 1987 story in the San Francisco Examiner:

"When 'New Age Rightist' Stephen Schwartz discovered graffiti calling 
him 
'the philosophical whore of North Beach,' the former Trotskyite turned 
red 
with rage. He uncapped his felt-tipped pen and was printing a reply to 
the 
scurrilous scribblings when he was busted by Mayor Feinstein's 
anti-graffiti police squad on a charge of malicious mischief, defacing 
the 
wall of a Vallejo Street construction site.

"Schwartz...has demanded a trial to exonerate his exercise of free 
speech.
"'I was just going to answer that I was not the philosophical whore of 
North Beach,' said Schwartz, 37."

Fifteen years later, Schwartz is still defacing public property, 
demanding 
that we all pay for his "right" to "free speech"  this time, by giving 
him 
free rein to peddle his conspiracy theories that demonize America's 
Arab 
allies, via the Voice of America. Of course, Schwartz has every right 
to 
believe that the Saudis are the number one enemy of mankind, and that 
we 
need to engage in a new cold war with practically the whole of the 
Muslim 
world except the Sufis, and the Bosnian branch of Islam. But at a time 
when 
we are trying to enlist the aid of our Arab allies in a war against Al 
Qaeda and allied organizations, Schwartz's firing is hardly surprising. 
Indeed, it raises the question: "Why was he hired in the first place?”

Although I haven't seen him skulking around North Beach lately, it 
seems 
Schwartz is still a philosophical whore. Here is someone whose long 
march 
through the ideologies started out on the far-left fringe of Trotskyism  
as 
"Comrade Sandalio," he was the leader (and sole member) of the Fomento 
Obrero Revolucianario of the United States (FOCUS)  and wound up on the 
opposite shore, where he became "Suleyman Ahmad," the Jewish convert to 
Islam and a self-described "New Age rightist."

No matter what sort of ideological drag he turns up in, however, 
Schwartz 
always sings essentially the same song. During his travels through the 
Balkans, he teamed up with Albanian Catholics, whom he claims were 
"threatened by Christian Orthodox imperialism  'Yugoslav,' Macedonian, 
Greek." Clinton had barely begun bombing some of the oldest cities in 
Europe when Schwartz popped up on Bay Area television cheerleading the 
Kosovo war. Now the enemy is Wahabism, instead of Orthodoxy, but it's 
the 
same old story: the US must conduct a religious war to suit Schwartz's 
latest persona  whatever that is…

The attempt to turn Schwartz, a.k.a. "Suleyman Ahmad," a.k.a. "Comrade 
Sandalio," into some kind of political martyr is bound to backfire as 
soon 
as the spotlight falls on the alleged "victim…"

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FOR ARAB-AMERICANS, A 7/4 FOR RECALLING 9/11
DANNY HAKIM, New York Times, 7/5/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/07/05/national/05ARAB.html

DEARBORN, Mich., July 4 -- In Ahmad Al Mashkur's native Iraq, which he 
left 
more than a decade ago, the lavish pyrotechnics do not come out in July 
but 
in April, to celebrate Saddam Hussein's birthday.

But Mr. Al Mashkur, selling fireworks at a novelty store, said he was 
happy 
to help celebrate the national holiday here.

“All of my customers are Arabs,” said Mr. Mashkur, 28. “They love this 
country.”

Arab-Americans make up 30 percent of Dearborn's roughly 100,000 
citizens, 
with more than 300,000 in metropolitan Detroit, making it one of the 
most 
concentrated centers of Arab population in the country.

As elsewhere, Independence Day here this year is more freighted with 
meaning than in years past, but it is no less a time for celebration.

“There's obviously a mix of emotions,” said Haaris Ahmad, the executive 
director of the Michigan branch of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations. “We feel like all other Americans. We love our country.”

“But we have been branded as an other, as either a Muslim or an Arab, 
and 
that hurts,” Mr. Ahmad added. “The fact that we've been profiled and 
targeted, we've been told we should accept that for the sake of the 
security of our country, we don't think it's appropriate.”

“July Fourth stands for all those key American principles like liberty, 
justice and tolerance,” he said…

SEE ALSO:

PASSENGER PROFILING SCRUTINIZED
JONATHAN D. SALANT, Associated Press, 7/5/02

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Phillip Christy, waiting to fly from Reagan 
National 
Airport to Seattle, has been randomly singled out for extra screening a 
few 
times since Sept. 11. He says it's only fair.

“Random is appropriate,” said Christy, of Fredrick, Md. "It's 
unexpected as 
to who they might look for.”

That's what Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta says as well, 
though 
his opposition to considering a person's ethnicity in the interest of 
airline security puts him at odds with some members of Congress.

“It is very tempting to take false comfort in the belief that we can 
spot 
the bad guy based on appearance alone,” Mineta told an Arab-American 
group 
in Detroit recently. “Some are yielding to that temptation in their 
arguments for racial profiling, but false comfort is a luxury we cannot 
afford.”

All passengers are screened by a computerized profiling system - which 
takes into account travel history, how the tickets were paid for, 
whether 
the trip was one-way or roundtrip, and other factors that are 
classified - 
and selects some travelers for additional checks, including luggage 
searches…

But Mineta, whose family was interned during World War II because of 
their 
Japanese ancestry, steadfastly objects to using a person's ethnicity 
when 
selecting passengers for extra screening…

Mineta is backed by the American Civil Liberties Union, which argues 
that 
racial profiling is an inexpensive and ineffective way to provide 
airline 
security.

“It's both over-inclusive and under-inclusive,” ACLU Legislative 
Counsel 
Rachel King said. “The overwhelming majority of people who are flying 
are 
not terrorists, and it's under-inclusive because you're not going to 
catch 
people who don't fit the profile. We have to develop the best security 
we 
can and apply it to everybody.”

SOME MUSLIMS AVOID JULY 4 EVENTS
WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press, 7/4/02

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Mohamed El Filali like some other Muslims across 
the 
nation plans to avoid large public gatherings over the holiday for fear 
he'll be mistaken for a terrorist by edgy law enforcement officers or 
suspicious citizens.

“As a Muslim, especially during this specific holiday, I have a concern 
of 
being racially profiled by the police and the federal agents,” said El 
Filali, an official with the American Muslim Union based in nearby 
Paterson.

In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, carried out by Islamic 
extremists, El Filali's fears are being echoed by Muslims across the 
country - particularly in light of nonspecific warnings of possible 
attacks 
timed to coincide with Independence Day.

The FBI and state and local police plan to have undercover officers at 
major July Fourth events - baseball games, parades and fireworks 
displays - 
with the express purpose of spotting potential terrorists…

Muslims, and particularly Arab-Americans, are deeply concerned about 
how 
they are perceived this Independence Day, said Ra'id Faraj, a spokesman 
for 
the Council on Islamic-American Relations of Southern California.

“They don't want to be targets because of their ethnicity or 
background,” 
he said.

As a result, many plan to simply stay home…

GO FOURTH AND ENJOY, N.Y. URGED
MICHAEL SAUL and BILL HUTCHINSON, New York Daily News, 7/3/02
http://www.nydailynews.com/2002-07-03/News_and_Views/City_Beat/a-156376.asp

New Yorkers and visitors are being urged to act as loud and proud as 
ever 
when the nation celebrates its 226th birthday tomorrow against a 
backdrop 
of terrorist threats and pumped-up security.

Mayor Bloomberg and Gov. Pataki told revelers to keep their eyes peeled 
for 
trouble, but not to allow paranoia to dampen their Independence Day 
fun.

"Don't let the terrorists win by making you afraid," Bloomberg said.

But some local Muslims said they plan to skip large public events for 
fear 
they'll be detained by cops overly eager to thwart terrorists, said 
Ghazi 
Khankan, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations' 
New York chapter.

"Many of these people are American citizens who already have been 
harassed 
because of their names, their appearance, the way they dress and their 
accents," Khankan said.

But Khankan, who was born in Syria and lives in Westbury, L.I., said he 
plans to be out celebrating his adopted country's birthday - which also 
happens to be his 68th.

"America is my home," he said.

IT'S OUR FOURTH OF JULY, TOO
ARSALAN IFTIKHAR, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 7/4/02
http://www.post-gazette.com

Arsalan Tariq Iftikhar is Midwest communications director for the 
Council 
on American-Islamic Relations. He attends Washington University School 
of 
Law in St. Louis.

This country was founded on the blood of immigrants. In pursuit of a 
better 
life, religious outcasts from England boarded their vessels in search 
of a 
land where they could freely practice their faith without persecution 
from 
despotic powers. Over the course of the next two centuries, that 
civilization prospered at Plymouth Rock, revolted against a British 
tyrant, 
shed their brothers' blood in a civil war, unshackled human chattel and 
epitomized their message with a torch-bearing woman warmly receiving 
huddled masses yearning to be free.

Along with millions of other faiths, Muslims came to this country to 
seek a 
better life for their families. As we endeavored to a foreign land, 
along 
we brought the morality and peaceful message of Islam to the shores of 
America. In the short course of our history here, one of us designed 
the 
Sears Tower, two of us became the heavyweight boxing champion of the 
world 
and two members of President Bush's Cabinet had parents who spoke 
Arabic as 
their native tongue. We are as ingrained in the social fabric of this 
nation as any other person residing within the borders of America.

Some estimates posit that by the year 2050, those who are considered 
"minorities" today will constitute the majority of the population. This 
trend is directly consistent with the pluralistic nature of our 
society. To 
those who are racially arrogant and claim that this territory somehow 
belongs more to them than to others, I gently remind them that the only 
natives of this land reside in decrepit settlements that our government 
conveniently "reserved" for them.

As we honor the struggle of those who shouldered the burdens of 
granting us 
the freedoms that we enjoy today, let us also remember those who 
constantly 
struggle for the same liberties that we take for granted. As a Muslim, 
I am 
obligated to stand up for justice, regardless of whether the 
perpetrator is 
another Muslim, a Jew or a Christian. A tradition of our beloved 
Prophet 
Mohammed (peace be upon him) is: "You must help your brother when he is 
oppressed and when he is the oppressor. If he is the oppressor, it is 
your 
duty to stop him from oppressing." I am reminded of this sage wisdom 
especially on a day of independence and freedom.

As a Muslim and a student of law, I vow to continue to uphold the 
teachings 
of Islam and the principles upon which this country was founded. 
Regardless 
of what name you ascribe to the Almighty, all Americans should remember 
the 
inherent human and divine rights, so that those who do not share our 
freedom may one day celebrate the birth of their own free nation.

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LOS ANGELES AIRPORT SHOOTING KILLS 3
http://www.cnn.com/2002/US/07/04/la.airport.shooting/index.html

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- A gunman opened fire Thursday at Los 
Angeles International Airport while standing in line at the ticket 
counter 
of Israel's El Al Airlines, officials said, killing two and wounding 
four 
others before an airline security officer shot him dead.

Authorities identified the gunman as 41-year-old Hesham Mohamed 
Hadayet, 
who came to the United States from Egypt in 1992 and had been living in 
Irvine, California, for the last two years.

Hadayet was not a U.S. citizen but had a "green card" that allowed him 
to 
work in the U.S., authorities said. The gunman's identity was obtained 
through fingerprints and records on file with the state Department of 
Motor 
Vehicles, which had issued Hadayet a license to drive a limousine, the 
FBI 
said.

Hadayet's attack occurred on his birthday. According to his driver's 
license, he was born July 4, 1961. Hadayet was married with at least 
one 
child, authorities said.

"He was armed with a .45-caliber handgun which he used in the shooting, 
as 
well as a 9 mm handgun which he had on his possession," FBI spokesman 
Ron 
Iden said. "He also had in his possession what's described as a 6-inch 
knife."
Hadayet was also carrying extra ammunition and magazines for the guns, 
according to FBI spokesman Matt McLaughlin.

In addition, a car possibly connected to the gunman was found Thursday 
evening near the terminal where the shooting took place. An LAPD bomb 
squad 
examined the vehicle as a precaution, Iden said.

Federal, law enforcement and city officials said it appeared the 
shooting 
was an isolated incident, with nothing to suggest otherwise.

"There is no indication of any terrorism connection in this matter 
right 
now, but again we also can't discount that until we know more," 
McLaughlin 
told reporters.

Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn added: "It appears this was an isolated 
incident." A Bush administration source concurred with that statement, 
adding that nothing suggested it was anything other than a criminal 
act…

SEE ALSO:

ISRAELIS JUMP THE GUN
Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com, 7/5/.02
http://www.antiwar.com/justin/j070402special.html

The news of the shooting at the El Al ticket counter at Los Angeles 
International Airport had barely gotten out over the wires before the 
Israeli government was already characterizing it as a terrorist action  
in 
spite of initial reports that the shooter may have been a disgruntled 
former employee. This also contradicts the statements of local, state, 
and 
federal officials, who say there is no evidence that this was a 
terrorist 
operation. At this moment [Thursday, 7:44 p.m.], Matt Drudge is running 
the 
following squib:

"Argument between two people that spun out of control; A Mexicana 
supervisor had overheard the gunman having a heated argument at the El 
Al 
counter, apparently involving his documentation. Soon afterward, the 
shooting started..."

Terrorism? We don't know yet. But that didn't stop Foreign Minister 
Shimon 
Peres from vowing that Israel would "track down" the perpetrators. A 
statement issued by the Foreign Ministry said Peres "is certain that 
Israeli and American security forces will succeed in searching for and 
capturing the organizers (of the attack)." The Israeli Transport 
Minister 
laid responsibility for the attack on "organizations, primarily 
extremist 
Islamic organizations," that "are planning to hit Israeli targets 
outside 
(the Jewish state). And an airport is a preferred target."

All this before the assailant, who was killed along with two others in 
the 
incident, has even been identified.

How do they know it's terrorism?

We don't yet know the motives of the gunman. We don't have enough 
information to determine whether this was an isolated shooting, perhaps 
the 
result of a personal grudge  perhaps just the random act of a lone nut  
or 
a terrorist operation organized by Islamist radicals. But the Israelis 
seem 
to have already made up their minds.

To call this "jumping the gun" is being charitable: wishful thinking is 
more like it  and it is positively ghoulish.

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JEWS HIT SHERIFF'S BAN ON YARMULKES
Noreen S Ahmed Ullah, Chicago Tribune, 7/4/02
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/printedition/chi-0207040099jul04.story

The Anti-Defamation League on Wednesday joined the cause of a Cook 
County 
sheriff's deputy relieved of his police duties for refusing to take off 
his 
yarmulke.

The Jewish civil rights group sent a letter to the Cook County sheriff 
urging it to allow Sgt. Larry Davidson, an Orthodox Jew, to wear the 
skullcap and to allow a fellow deputy sheriff who is a Muslim to wear a 
religious head scarf.

The sheriff's office maintains that the skullcap and the scarf, which 
the 
female deputy wanted to tuck inside her shirt collar, are both banned 
under 
its uniform policy. And it alleges that by granting some exceptions the 
office would open itself up to a steady stream of uniform requests.

The Muslim deputy, Crystal Clark, has filed a complaint with the Equal 
Employment Opportunity Commission.

The two cases have sparked concern in the Muslim and Jewish 
communities. 
Religious advocacy groups cite state and federal laws, such as the 1st 
Amendment and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which requires 
employers to reasonably accommodate the religious practices of an 
employee.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a national advocacy group 
for 
Muslims, which sent a letter to the sheriff earlier this week on behalf 
of 
the Muslim officer, said it hopes to collaborate with the Jewish 
community 
in resolving the issue.

"We'd even ask the Catholic community to come in on this because what 
will 
happen with Ash Wednesday, will they say you have to wipe off the ashes 
from your forehead?" said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Islamic 
group. 
"If they don't do that, does that mean the policy is applied 
differently 
for different faiths, depending whether they are minority or majority 
faiths?"

Sheriff's office spokesman Bill Cunningham said ashes on Ash Wednesday 
will 
be allowed because the uniform policy prohibits only "civilian or 
unapproved clothing or equipment."

The office received dozens of e-mails Wednesday from concerned Muslims…

ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE.)

Send the Cook County Sheriff's Department a polite request that 
deputies of 
all faiths be offered reasonable religious accommodation. (Send a 
follow-up 
note even if you sent one earlier.)

Sheriff Michael F. Sheahan
Cook County Sheriff's Department
50 West Washington, Suite 704
Chicago, IL 60602

TEL: (312) 443-5500
FAX: (312) 603-4420
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CAIR GOOD NEWS ALERT #336

ILLINOIS DEPUTY WINS RIGHT TO HIJAB

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/6/02)  Alhamdulillah, praise be to God. CAIR today 
applauded a decision by Illinois' Cook County Sheriff's Department to 
allow 
a Muslim and a Jewish deputy to wear religiously-mandated head 
coverings 
while on the job. That decision came after concerned Muslims from 
across 
America contacted the sheriff's office to request reasonable religious 
accommodation for the two officers.

Last week, CAIR launched a public campaign in support of the Muslim 
deputy 
who was denied the right to wear an Islamic headscarf at work since 
converting to Islam in January of this year. One day after that 
campaign 
went public, an Orthodox Jewish deputy was stripped of his police 
powers 
and reassigned to clerical duties after he refused to remove his 
yarmulke, 
or religious skullcap. The Washington-based Islamic advocacy group 
offered 
to support his accommodation request along with that of his Muslim 
colleague.

SEE: "2 Deputies' Head Coverings OKd"
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/printedition/chi-0207060194jul06.story

Both deputies will cover their religious head coverings with a 
department-issued cap or hat.

"We applaud the decision to offer accommodation and thank all those who 
contacted the sheriff's department to support the religious and legal 
rights of the two deputies," said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim 
Hooper. "This case demonstrates that issues of religious diversity in 
the 
workplace can be successfully resolved if there is mutual goodwill and 
a 
willingness to explore creative solutions," said Hooper.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from 
discriminating against individuals because of their religious beliefs 
or 
practices. The act requires employers to reasonably accommodate the 
religious practices of an employee, unless to do so would create an 
undue 
hardship. CAIR publishes a booklet, "An Employer's Guide to Islamic 
Religious Practices," designed to prevent these types of incidents. 
There 
are an estimated 400,000 Muslims in the Chicago area.

ACTION REQUESTED:

Send a short note of appreciation to the Cook County Sheriff's 
Department:

Sheriff Michael F. Sheahan
Cook County Sheriff's Department
50 West Washington, Suite 704
Chicago, IL 60602

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS  7/6/2002

HEADLINES:

* WHEN A FEW TAR THE INNOCENT MANY (Los Angeles Times)
         - ORANGE COUNTY MUSLIMS WARY OF SHOOTING'S EFFECTS (OC 
Register)
* THE WEEKLY STANDARD'S HOUSE MUSLIM (Slate Magazine)
* JENIN DEATHS VIDEO IMPLICATES ARMY (BBC)
* ISRAEL IS WORLD'S LAST APARTHEID STATE (Rocky Mountain News)
* CRITICAL BUT NOT RACIST (Washington Post)

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WHEN A FEW TAR THE INNOCENT MANY
Muslims and others from the Mideast fear they'll be viewed as sharing 
'collective guilt.'
TERESA WATANABE and PETER HONG, Los Angeles Times, 7/6/02
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/asection/la-me-arab6jul06012044.story

Once again, violence broke out this week between an Arab and 
Israelis--this 
time at Los Angeles International Airport.

Once again, the attack was labeled a "terrorist act"--this time by 
Israeli 
officials characterizing the way Egyptian-born Hesham Mohamed Hadayat 
had 
killed two Israelis.

And, once again, the American Muslim community shuddered, heaved a 
collective sigh and braced itself for yet another round of public 
scrutiny 
and suspicion.

"This is a terrible, horrible crime, but any action committed by an 
Arab or 
Muslim becomes viewed as collective guilt--that's the problem," said 
Muzammil Siddiqi of the Islamic Center of Orange County. "People don't 
say 
he was a crazy person; they say he was a Muslim or Arab terrorist." 
Hussam 
Ayloush of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Anaheim said no 
other religious group has been "put in a position where they have to 
prove 
their innocence because of the acts of [a] few....

"Before, the definition of terrorism was based on the action, not on 
the 
ethnicity, of the attacker," Ayloush said. "Now it seems the definition 
has 
shifted, based on who's doing it. This is outrageous and racist…"

Many Muslims are concerned…that the attack by Hadayat, an Irvine 
resident, 
will perpetuate the image that the American Islamic community is 
harboring 
"sleeper terrorist cells."

That argument is gaining wider exposure in books and lectures by such 
controversial figures as Steven Emerson, an investigative journalist 
who 
specializes in terrorism, and Daniel Pipes, editor of the Middle East 
Quarterly. The two frequently write and speak on the dangers of radical 
Islam, winning praise from some as fearless truth-tellers and 
condemnation 
from others as irresponsible fear-mongers…

FOR BACKGROUND, SEE:

WHO IS DANIEL PIPES?
http://www.cair-net.org/misc/people/daniel_pipes.html

TERRORISTS UNDER THE BED
"Terrorism expert" Steven Emerson paints a terrifying picture of lethal 
Muslim fundamentalists among us in "American Jihad." But he doesn't 
know 
the difference between Osama bin Laden and Yasser Arafat.
By Eric Boehlert, Salon.com, 3/5/2002
http://www.salon.com/books/feature/2002/03/05/emerson/index.html

WHO IS STEVE EMERSON?
http://www.cair-net.org/html/emerson.htm

SEE ALSO:

ORANGE COUNTY MUSLIMS WARY OF SHOOTING'S EFFECTS
Vik Jolly, Orange County Register, 7/6/02
http://www.ocregister.com/news/muslim00706cci.shtml

SANTA ANA, Calif. _ Some Orange County Muslims felt a chilly unease 
Friday 
in the aftermath of the shooting rampage by an Egyptian-born limousine 
driver from Irvine at Los Angeles International Airport.

They feared that a community in which many experienced a backlash and 
isolation after Sept. 11 might again become a scapegoat for one man's 
actions…

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THE WEEKLY STANDARD'S HOUSE MUSLIM
Timothy Noah, Slate Magazine, 7/3/02
http://slate.msn.com/?id=2067735

On July 1, William Safire published a column denouncing the Voice of 
America for providing a soapbox to supporters of Islamic terrorism. 
Safire 
was particularly exercised about the firing of VOA staffer Stephen 
Schwartz, which Safire attributed to the fact that Schwartz is an 
outspoken 
dissenter from the news director's views…

A wrinkle of which Safire was probably unaware, however, is that 
Schwartz, 
blistering critic though he is of Islamist terrorism, is himself a 
convert 
to Islam. To Schwartz's mortification, a statement he made about his 
conversion has found its way onto the Web and has become the source of 
some 
shock to his erstwhile neoconservative allies…

SEE ALSO:

THE VOA FOLLIES
'Voice of America' loses a writer  and the War Party gains a martyr
Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com
http://www.antiwar.com/justin/justincol.html

The neocons are up in arms  one of their own has been fired from his 
position as a "journalist" at the Voice of America and may be on his 
way to 
becoming the Mumia Abu Jamal of the War Party. The cause of Stephen 
Schwartz, a writer formerly known as "Comrade Sandalio," has been taken 
up 
by William Safire and Ronald Radosh…

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JENIN DEATHS VIDEO IMPLICATES ARMY (BBC)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/middle_east/newsid_2102000/2102081.stm

The BBC has obtained video footage which appears to show an incident in 
the 
West Bank city of Jenin two weeks ago in which two Palestinian children 
were killed by Israeli tank fire…the footage shows a tank firing the 
first 
of two shells, at close range, at a group of civilians who are running 
away…

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ISRAEL IS WORLD'S LAST APARTHEID STATE
By Wadi Muhaisen, Rocky Mountain News, 7/5/02
http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/news_columnists/article/0,1299,DRMN_86_1247781,00.html

According to Israeli historian Benny Morris - a harsh critic of Yasser 
Arafat - in 1948, the newly created state of Israel succeeded in 
demolishing 385 of the 475 indigenous Palestinian towns and villages 
that 
pre-dated the creation of the Jewish state.

Israel was unable, however, to forcibly expel or kill all the original 
inhabitants of historic Palestine, and reluctantly granted those 
remaining 
a form of "citizenship" (unlike the Palestinians of the West Bank and 
Gaza 
living under Israeli military occupation for the last 35 years).

Nevertheless, the benefits of Israeli "citizenship" are not applied 
equally 
and depend exclusively on one factor - one's religion.

Leader of the official opposition in Israel's parliament, Yossi Sarid, 
was 
quoted in the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz on April 23, 2002, commenting 
on 
Israeli concern over the electoral successes of racist French leader 
Jean-Marie Le Pen: "I don't know why people here are so disturbed when 
we 
see the rise of a right-wing nationalist fascist in France and we 
aren't 
disturbed when we see it happen in our country.

"The decision, for example, to cancel child allowances for Arabs in our 
country is a Le Pen approach; but when we do it it's OK."

Consider unemployment services in the historically Arab city of 
Nazareth, 
which is experiencing an influx of Jewish immigrants.

At the employment bureau, there are two lines for job seekers - one for 
Jews and one for Palestinian Christians and Muslims…

Ironically, Israel's so-called "Law of Return" is what prevents 
Palestinian 
Christian and Muslim refugees from ever returning to live in their 
ancestral homes.

The fact that many of them still hold deeds to their family's homes, 
and 
were never compensated for their theft, is completely irrelevant under 
Israeli law.

These refugees are never allowed to live in the place of their birth 
and 
the birth of their ancestors for one reason and one reason only - they 
are 
not Jewish…

For the sake of regional stability and American values, it is time we 
use 
our financial leverage with Israel to demand an end to its blatantly 
racist 
apartheid system.

Wadi Muhaisen of Denver is an expert in international and comparative 
law, 
and served as a legal adviser at the 1993 Oslo peace accords.

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CRITICAL BUT NOT RACIST
Washington Post, 7/6/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A30749-2002Jul5.html

As an American Jew, I am outraged by Abraham Foxman's irrational 
conclusions from the Anti-Defamation League's poll on anti-Semitism in 
Europe [op-ed, June 27]. Although attacks on synagogues are undoubtedly 
troubling and cause for concern, Foxman's assessments of the trends 
associated with these attacks are so contrived as to be utterly 
puzzling.

If 45 percent of those Europeans polled think that most Jews have a 
strong 
loyalty to Israel, they are right -- from an early age, we are taught 
that 
Israel is a homeland to Jews, and thus most Jews develop a strong 
connection to it. This perception being accurate, how is it that those 
who 
have noticed can be categorized as anti-Semitic?

By the same token, Foxman reports that 62 percent of those polled see 
the 
outbreak of violence against Jews as a result of anti-Israel sentiment, 
not 
anti-Jewish feelings. Yes, criticism of Israeli policies is on the 
rise. 
But how is this tantamount to anti-Semitism? If I criticize the 
government 
of Zimbabwe, am I somehow a racist?

Many Jews, myself included, are highly critical of Prime Minister Ariel 
Sharon's policies, as they feed into an endless cycle of violence that 
threatens Jewish and Arab lives. We are long overdue for a serious 
intellectual inquiry as to how the president of a leading American 
Jewish 
organization can falsely equate criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism, 
or, 
as I prefer to more accurately call the phenomenon, anti-Jewish 
sentiments. 
Our cousins the Arabs are Semitic too.

-- Nicole Dannenberg Sorger

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 7/8/2002

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: A HEART FREE OF MALICE
* CALIF. GOVERNOR TO SIGN HALAL FOOD BILL
* LOS ANGELES GROUPS FIGHT INCREASE IN BIAS AGAINST ARABS (LA Times)
* ARREST IN ANTI-MUSLIM THREATS (Newsday)
* NAACP CHAIRMAN ASSAILS BUSH (AP)
* U.S. SWEEPS MALL KIOSKS, HUNTING FOR TERROR CLUES (Philadelphia 
Inquirer)
* FRIENDS MOURN DEATHS OF VICTIMS IN SHOOTING LAX (AP)
         - COMMENTARY: SO HE WAS ARAB - LET'S NOT OVERREACT (LA Times)
* COMMENTARY: WHY DON'T WE LISTEN ANYMORE? (Washington Post)
* EDITORIAL: THE POWER TO IMPRISON (Washington Post)
* PLAN TO BAN ARABS BUYING ISRAELI HOMES CRITICIZED (Reuters)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: A HEART FREE OF MALICE

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once said to one of his 
companions: "Son, if you are able, keep your heart...free from malice 
toward anyone."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 59

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RESOURCES: AMERICAN MUSLIM WEB SITES

http://www.islamfortoday.com/
http://www.theamericanmuslim.org

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                         - MEDIA ADVISORY -

CALIF. GOVERNOR TO SIGN HALAL FOOD BILL

WHAT: California's Governor Gray Davis will today sign the Halal Food 
Bill 
(AB1828) into law at a Los Angeles Islamic center. The bill makes it a 
misdemeanor to, with the intent to defraud, sell or expose for sale, 
"meat, 
meat products, or any food product that is falsely represented as being 
halal, or as having been prepared according to Islamic religious 
requirements." (Halal food is that which satisfies Islamic guidelines 
on 
content and preparation. For example, Muslims are prohibited from 
consuming 
pork products or foods containing alcohol.)

The bill passed unanimously in the California State Legislature. 
Similar 
bills have passed in New Jersey, Illinois, Michigan, and Minnesota.

CAIR-CA worked with Assemblyman Bill Campbell (R-71) to draft and 
introduce 
the bill. Dr. Ahmad Sakr of the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of 
America (IFANCA) provided technical and scholarly assistance.

"The passage of the Halal Food Bill reaffirms California's commitment 
to 
religious diversity," said Hussam Ayloush, Executive Director of 
CAIR-LA.

WHEN: Monday, July 8, 2002, 11:15 a.m. (Pacific)
WHERE: Islamic Center of Southern California, 434 S. Vermont Ave., Los 
Angeles,
CA 90020 (CALL 213-382-9200 for directions.)
CONTACT: Sabiha Khan, 714-776-1847 or 714-390-0334 (Cell)

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LOS ANGELES GROUPS FIGHT INCREASE IN BIAS AGAINST ARABS
Jocelyn Y. Stewart, Los Angeles Times, 7/8/02
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-discrim8jul08.story

The initial post-Sept. 11 violence against American Arabs and Muslims, 
or 
people mistaken for them, often took place in public spaces: on the 
street, 
at a convenience store, near a mosque. But some advocates of these 
groups 
say a quieter backlash also took place in people's homes--and they 
worry 
that it may still pose a threat.

It can be a neighbor's hostility, an unwarranted eviction notice or a 
wild 
accusation. All of these have rattled the sense of community of some 
Southern California residents of Arab or South Asian descent. Such 
concern 
has brought an effort by some local organizations to document the 
problems 
and try to prevent them...

Incidents like the shooting Thursday at Los Angeles International 
Airport 
by an Egyptian-born man makes the job of Khan's group more difficult, 
he 
said. "We're dealing with guilt by association. Any time an incident 
like 
this happens our alarm bells go off. We go on alert as to what kind of 
retribution is going to take place..."

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ARREST IN ANTI-MUSLIM THREATS
Theresa Vargas, Newsday, 7/08/2002
http://www.newsday.com/mynews/ny-libias082777315jul08.story

Nassau police yesterday arrested a Franklin Square man who they said 
threatened to shoot two Muslim neighbors while yelling racial slurs and 
spray-painted anti-Muslim epithets on their property.

The neighbors, two brothers aged 20 and 23 who were born in the United 
States and whose parents had emigrated from Pakistan, were outside a 
Pathmark supermarket near their home June 20 when John Yang, 25, of 739 
Cypress Dr., allegedly approached them with a rifle.

"He pointed at his heart," said the brothers' mother, who asked not to 
be 
identified for fear of other attacks, relaying the account of her 
youngest 
son yesterday. "He said, 'I really want to shoot you right now.'

"He said, 'You --, why don't you go back? You people should go back.'"

Police arrested Yang early yesterday and charged him with second- 
degree 
criminal mischief, second-degree menacing and fourth-degree criminal 
possession of a dangerous weapon. He is scheduled to be arraigned in 
First 
District Court in Hempstead today.

Galgano said they recovered five weapons, including a sawed-off 
shotgun, 
along with a large amount of ammunition...

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NAACP CHAIRMAN ASSAILS BUSH
Associated Press, 7/08/2002
http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/ny-usbond082777299jul08.story

Houston - NAACP board chairman Julian Bond criticized the Bush 
administration yesterday, saying it had failed to enforce civil rights 
laws, and he denounced the FBI's use of increased surveillance powers 
in 
fighting terrorism.

"We have a president who owes his election more to a dynasty than to 
democracy," Bond told about 3,000 people at the 93rd annual convention 
of 
the NAACP...

It was the second straight year Bond has assailed the Bush 
administration's 
record. Bush addressed the convention as a presidential candidate in 
2000, 
but has declined invitations from NAACP President Kweisi Mfume for the 
past 
two years.

Bond particularly attacked Attorney General John Ashcroft, whom he 
called 
"a cross between" former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and the Rev. 
Jerry 
Falwell.

As he urged the audience to continue defending affirmative action, Bond 
also had harsh words for groups he said were dedicated to overturning 
the 
gains of the civil rights movement.

He also denounced post-Sept. 11 backlash attacks on people who look 
Arab or 
Muslim. And, he recalled a previous FBI counterintelligence program he 
said 
was used to "disrupt the civil rights movement" and "smear Martin 
Luther 
King Jr."

"The CIA and FBI kept files on me in the 1960s; they may be keeping 
files 
on me today," Bond said. "Now, under the guise of fighting terrorism, 
the 
FBI is going back to spying on law-abiding citizens..."

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U.S. SWEEPS MALL KIOSKS, HUNTING FOR TERROR CLUES
Matthew P. Blanchard, Philadelphia Inquirer, 7/8/02
http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/3620970.htm

A nationwide sweep of immigrant-run jewelry stores launched two weeks 
ago 
by federal investigators appears to be aimed at determining whether 
these 
commonplace stores - including one in a Philadelphia shopping mall - 
are 
linked to international terrorism.

In the opening hours of the sweep, witnesses say FBI and INS agents 
raided 
a jewelry kiosk in the Gallery mall in Center City on June 26, taking a 
Pakistani man into custody and questioning his coworkers about illicit 
cash, suspicious travel, and the al-Qaeda terror network.

Within 48 hours, agents reportedly swept through more than 65 jewelry 
stores in Pennsylvania, Florida, California, Alabama, Georgia and North 
Carolina - most belonging to a chain of mall kiosks operating as 
Intrigue 
Jewelers.

Federal officials confirm only that the Immigration & Naturalization 
Service did carry out an "enforcement operation" that day as part of an 
ongoing investigation with the FBI.

"I cannot give out any names of any arrests or anything," said INS 
spokeswoman Nicole Edwards...

"The entire investigation was focused on Intrigue, and anyone who had 
some 
prior business or personal relationship with Intrigue," said Neil St. 
John 
Rambana, a Florida immigration attorney who is representing three 
Pakistani 
men and a Nepalese woman arrested June 26 in a raid at the Governor's 
Square mall in Tallahassee, Fla. "They want to know whether the funds 
received from these kiosks were being sent to terrorists.

"I've talked to the INS agents," Rambana said. "I've seen their 
paperwork. 
It's a fishing expedition. It's 'Let's see what we come up with...'"

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FRIENDS MOURN DEATHS OF VICTIMS IN SHOOTING AT LAX
Paul Wilborn, Associated Press, 7/8/02

Friends and relatives gathered on Sunday to mourn the two people killed 
in 
the July 4 shooting at the El Al ticket counter at Los Angeles 
International Airport, which was condemned by some as an act of 
terrorism...

Quietly, however, some Southern California Muslims said they fear the 
high-profile killing could revive the anti-Arab discrimination felt in 
the 
aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

"We hope that people can make the distinction between one crazy person 
and 
a whole community of 6 or 7 million people in the United States," said 
Sabiha Khan, a spokeswoman for the Council on American Islamic 
Relations in 
Anaheim.

She praised the FBI for its careful handling of the investigation...

"We are horrified by what happened," Khan said. "We pray for the 
victims 
and their families because nobody should ever die like that..."

SEE ALSO:

COMMENTARY: SO HE WAS ARAB--LET'S NOT OVERREACT
Dana Parsons, Los Angeles Times, 7/7/02
http://www.latimes.com/editions/orange/la-me-parsons7jul07.story

William Shane was cleaning his garage in Irvine the day after the 
Fourth of 
July but quite willing to set that aside and tackle the thornier 
problem. 
We should all be so willing.

I asked him: What does it mean when an Arab American is linked to a 
possible terrorist action? And how should we react?

Those questions are on people's minds this weekend after Hesham Mohamed 
Hadayet, also of Irvine, was shot to death at LAX after he opened fire 
on 
an Israeli airlines ticket agent and several other people in line 
behind 
him, killing two. Although it appears to have been an isolated act by a 
troubled man, it's human nature to view the action against a backdrop 
of 
Mideast politics and the terrorist agenda of Al Qaeda and others.

Moreover, if a such a man can come from as sedate a setting as Irvine, 
should we suspect other neighbors with a similar background as well?

That's what I'm asking Shane, the executive director of the county 
branch 
of the National Conference for Community and Justice. Among other 
things, 
the organization is trying to bridge the gap between the Muslim and 
non-Muslim communities. It has been part of several such efforts 
already in 
Irvine.

"A couple thoughts come to mind," Shane says. "One definitely comes 
under 
the category of 'Don't overreact.' Whether we're talking 9/11 or 7/4, 
we've 
just got to keep things in perspective..."

"American society tends to consider Muslims or Arab Americans "as if 
they're all one, they all think in one way," Shane says. "That is 
something 
we Americans do quite readily. We think of the Muslim community as one, 
[when] it's obvious it's no more one than the African American 
community or 
Jewish or fill-in-the-blank."

Our heads know that people, for all different reasons, react violently 
every single day in America. Grievances are a dime a dozen. Angry 
husbands 
shoot their wives. Angry drivers shoot other drivers. Angry employees 
storm 
their offices and shoot their bosses.

Our heads know that. In Hadayet's case, will our hearts follow?...

ACTION REQUESTED:

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COMMENTARY: WHY DON'T WE LISTEN ANYMORE?
Clyde Prestowitz, Washington Post, 7/7/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A31285-2002Jul6.html

"The way things are going, it will soon be the United States against 
the 
world."

That comment, by a top political leader in Kuala Lumpur, was just one 
of 
hundreds of expressions of a new and disturbing alienation from America 
that I heard during a recent swing through 14 Asian, European and Latin 
American capitals.

What a contrast to the supportive attitudes abroad immediately after 
Sept. 
11. Then, the sometimes anti-American French journal Le Monde captured 
the 
world's sentiment with a headline proclaiming: "We are all Americans." 
Ten 
months later, sympathy for the victims of the terror attacks remains. 
But 
the American image is increasingly perceived as ugly, and support 
abroad 
for U.S. policies is plummeting...Of course, anti-Americanism is not 
new, 
but what I found disturbing after 35 years of visiting these cities was 
that foreign leaders who have been longtime friends of the United 
States 
are the ones voicing dismay...

Americans tend to see Israel as an allied country. The events of Sept. 
11 
and recent suicide bombings have only strengthened the close American 
identification with Israel. But people I met overseas, while condemning 
suicide bombings and sympathizing with the Israeli victims, also noted 
the 
plight of the Palestinians and the fact that they have been under 
occupation of questionable legality for nearly 40 years. One newspaper 
editor in Singapore even compared the Israeli treatment of the 
Palestinians 
with U.S. treatment of Native Americans during the settlement of the 
American West. Everywhere I went leaders emphasized that calling for an 
end 
to Palestinian violence without mentioning the Israeli expansion of 
settlements is unfair and counterproductive. Yet our friends abroad see 
the 
United States as unwilling, for domestic political reasons, to oppose 
or 
pressure Israel.

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EDITORIAL: THE POWER TO IMPRISON
By Philip Heymann, Washington Post, 7/7/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A30820-2002Jul5.html

The Bush administration is claiming the power to decide alone and in 
secret 
whether Americans shall be imprisoned indefinitely to protect us 
against 
terrorism. It's that simple. The president claims the power to detain 
citizens as well as illegal immigrants as "combatants" until the war on 
terrorism is over. That war, like the war on drugs, is likely to 
continue 
indefinitely; terrorism in Northern Ireland and Israel have been facts 
of 
life for 35 years.

A detained person will not have access to a lawyer. The factual basis 
for 
calling a citizen a combatant on behalf of terrorism will generally be 
secret. There will be no judicial review of the grounds for finding 
that 
the citizen poses a danger of terrorism and often no trial on any 
criminal 
charges. Our most basic freedom now depends on the good faith of the 
administration in power -- the very situation the Founders meant most 
clearly to prevent. The United Kingdom, although faced with an 
onslaught of 
terrorism in Northern Ireland and in England, abandoned use of 
preventive 
detention without criminal charges in 1975....

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PLAN TO BAN ARABS BUYING ISRAELI HOMES CRITICIZED
Reuters, 7/8/02

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli government support for a proposed law 
banning 
Arab citizens of Israel from buying homes in housing projects on 
state-owned land drew fire from the country's attorney-general Monday.

A statement released by Attorney-General Eliyakim Rubinstein's office 
said 
he "urged ministers not to adopt an unnecessary law that could further 
unravel the delicate fabric of Jewish-Arab relations."

Left-wing opposition leader Yossi Sarid released a statement calling 
the 
decision another in a line that "transforms Israel into a racist state, 
perhaps the most racist state of all democratic nations."

The cabinet voted 17-2 Sunday to support a bill proposed by a member of 
the 
National Religious Party, an ultranationalist partner in the ruling 
coalition, to bar Arabs from buying homes in community housing projects 
built on state land...

Arabs make up about 20 percent of the population of the Jewish state 
and 
often complain of entrenched discrimination by state institutions.

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ACTION REQUESTED:

The Muslim community in South Dakota set up a bank account to help with 
the 
mother's estimated $2,000 in legal expenses. Donations may be sent to:

The Barakat Fund
c/o Islamic Society of Brookings
804 13th St.
Brookings, SD 57006

E-MAIL: so_dakota_islam@@hotmail.com

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SO. DAKOTA WOMAN LOSES CHILD AFTER ACCEPTING ISLAM

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/9/02) - A national Islamic advocacy group is 
raising 
the possibility of religious bias in the case of a woman in South 
Dakota 
whose child was taken away after she accepted Islam.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) says the woman's 
parents 
were granted custody of her five-year-old boy after she converted to 
Islam, 
married an Egyptian man and planned to travel to Egypt. In an affidavit 
filed with the Third Judicial Circuit Court, the woman's father said 
she 
"has engaged in some bizarre behavior, including wearing Muslim garb 
and 
declaring herself a Muslim." The affidavit was accompanied by a photo 
showing the mother wearing a religiously-mandated Islamic headscarf.

In a recent hearing, the court awarded temporary custody to the Muslim 
mother's parents, claiming that she would otherwise travel to Egypt 
with 
her son. That ruling was made despite the fact that the mother offered 
to 
give up her passport so that she would be unable to leave the country.

"The inclusion of Islamophobic statements in a court filing raises 
concerns 
about whether this case will be decided based on the best interests of 
the 
child, or on the prejudices of those involved in determining who will 
ultimately have custody. We ask that relevant authorities monitor the 
development of this case to ensure objectivity," said CAIR Civil Rights 
Manager Joshua Salaam.

Salaam added that CAIR is dealing with a number of similar cases and he 
urged American Muslims to register as foster parents to provide homes 
for 
Muslim children involved in custody disputes.

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 7/9/2002

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: AVOID CRUELTY AND INJUSTICE
* MEDIA REQUEST: DETAINEE INFO NEEDED
* NY TIMES COMMENTARY ON ANTI-MUSLIM BIGOTRY
* FEAR OF DETENTION HAUNTS SOUTH FLORIDA MUSLIMS (Sun-Sentinel)
         - OFFICIALS DEBUNK REPORT OF FLORIDA CELL (UPI)
         - BOYCOTT CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE TAMPA TRIBUNE (TBCJP)
* HADDAD SEEKS POLITICAL ASYLUM IN U.S. (AP)
* EDITORIAL: STILL NO LAWYERS (Washington Post)
* LEGAL AID FOR MUSLIMS FORMED (Sun-Times)
* RELIGIOUS LEADERS WARN AGAINST ANTI-MUSLIM SENTIMENT IN U.S. (Knight 
Ridder)
* A STRANGE KIND OF FREEDOM (Independent)
* RACISM DEBATE FLARES IN ISRAEL (Los Angeles Times)
         - ISRAEL ACCUSED OF 'RACIST IDEOLOGY' (Independent)
         - 'JEWS-ONLY' LAW SPARKS FIRESTORM (Ha'aretz)
* SHARANSKY'S QUIET ROLE (Newsweek)
* GOVERNOR SIGNS LAW PROTECTING HALAL FOODS (Los Angeles Times)
* LESSONS FROM A MUSLIM MOM (Rosie Magazine)
* PBS PROGRAM FOCUSES ON ISLAM
* FBI HAS EYE ON BUSINESS DATABASES (Chicago Tribune)
* U.S. MAN CHARGED OVER TERROR STATEMENTS (AP)
* CONFERENCE: MUSLIMS OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN DIASPORA
* IBN IS DENIED ACCESS TO THE AIRWAVES IN WASHINGTON, DC (IMF)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: AVOID CRUELTY AND INJUSTICE

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Avoid cruelty and 
injustice...and guard yourselves against miserliness, for this has 
ruined 
nations who lived before you."

Riyadh-us-Salaheen, Hadith 203

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MEDIA REQUEST: DETAINEE INFO NEEDED

Grant McCool is a Reuters reporter in New York who is working on a 
feature 
about what has become of the "disappeared" Muslim men and their 
families 
who were detained -- many of them for months without charge or trial -- 
in 
the U.S. government investigation to find culprits of the Sept 11 
hijacked 
plane attacks.

Please contact Grant McCool (telephone numbers, email and address 
below) if 
you are a former detainee who is still in the U.S. and you are willing 
to 
be interviewed for the piece, or if you are a lawyer representing 
anyone 
who was detained, deported or still detained, or, if you know of 
relatives 
of detainees who are willing to be interviewed. He wants to report your 
experiences and assures interviewees will be treated sensitively and 
anonymity will be granted if requested.

CONTACT: Grant McCool
Reuters General News Bureau
19th floor, 3 Times Square
New York, NY 10036
646-223-6282 (direct office phone)
646-223-6289 (fax)
E-MAIL: grant.mccool@reuters.com

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NY TIMES COMMENTARY ON ANTI-MUSLIM BIGOTRY

BIGOTRY IN ISLAM -- AND HERE
NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF, New York Times, 7/9/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/07/09/opinion/09KRIS.html

In speaking to Arab friends, I've reproached them for the virulent 
anti-Semitism in their societies. But it's a cheap shot for us to scold 
Arabs for acquiescing in religious hatred unless we try vigorously to 
uproot our own religious bigotry. Since 9/11, appalling hate speech 
about 
Islam has circulated in the U.S. on talk radio, on the Internet and in 
particular among conservative Christian pastors...

"Islam is, quite simply, a religion of war," Paul Weyrich and William 
Lind, 
two leading American conservatives, write in a new booklet titled "Why 
Islam Is a Threat to America and the West." Mr. Lind said of American 
Muslims: "They should be encouraged to leave. They are a fifth column 
in 
this country."

Ann Coulter, the columnist, suggested that "we should invade their 
countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity."

The Rev. Franklin Graham, son of the Rev. Billy Graham and a prominent 
evangelist in his own right, said of Islam: "I believe it's a very evil 
and 
wicked religion." The Rev. Jerry Vines, past president of the Southern 
Baptist Convention, declared that the Prophet Muhammad was "a 
demon-obsessed pedophile."

President Bush set an example of tolerance immediately after 9/11, but 
lately has been quiet. He should denounce the bigotry, rather than (as 
he 
did by speaking to the Baptist convention after the "pedophile" slur) 
condoning it. If we want Saudi princes to confront their society's 
hate-mongers, our own leaders should confront ours.

One problem with this prejudice (as with Osama bin Laden's) is that it 
blinds the bigots to any understanding of what they deride. If Islam 
were 
really just the caricature that it is often reduced to, then how would 
it 
be so appealing as to become the world's fastest-growing religion?

Islam already has 1.3 billion adherents and is spreading rapidly, 
particularly in Africa, partly because it also has admirable qualities 
that 
anyone who has lived in the Muslim world observes: a profound 
egalitarianism and a lack of hierarchy that confer dignity and 
self-respect 
among believers; greater hospitality than in other societies; an 
institutionalized system of charity, zakat, to provide for the poor. 
Many 
West Africans, for example, see Christianity as corrupt and 
hierarchical 
and flock to Islam, which they view as democratic and inclusive...

History suggests that focusing on the moral deficiencies of other 
peoples 
simply underscores our own.

SEND COMMENTS TO: letters@nytimes.com, kristof@nytimes.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

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FEAR OF DETENTION HAUNTS SOUTH FLORIDA MUSLIMS
By Tanya Weinberg, Sun-Sentinel, 7/9/02
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-detain070902.story

When he hears callers on talk radio equate Muslims with terrorists, 
Kamalodine Mohammed resists the urge to call up and defend his 
community.

"Next thing you know, the feds come knocking at the door and take me 
away 
from my six kids and throw me in jail," said Mohammed, 41, of 
Hollywood.

Like many South Florida Muslims, Trinidad native Mohammed often talks 
to 
his wife and friends about how to support his family should he, the 
breadwinner, be detained. This is no baseless fear, local Muslims and 
national civil libertarian groups say.

Since Sept. 11 the Immigration and Naturalization Service has rounded 
up 
hundreds of Muslims, including an estimated dozens in South Florida, as 
part of far-reaching terror investigations. The government says that by 
its 
latest available tally, on April 23, INS had detained 744 noncitizens 
in 
connection with Sept. 11. On Monday, an immigration judge closed from 
public scrutiny a bond hearing for South Florida's most high-profile 
detainee, computer programmer and outspoken Palestinian activist Adham 
Hassoun of Sunrise. Judge Neale Foster cited "sensitive information" 
related to the case, an INS spokeswoman said.

"That's what they said, but they didn't produce any," said Akhtar 
Hussain, 
Hassoun's attorney. The hearing was continued to next week after the 
government asked for more time...

Lawyers and relatives say the detentions continue, although the pace 
has 
slowed.

"I would say it was horrible. Now it's bad," Sukkar said.

Hollywood gas station worker Aziz Ahmed provided the sole support for 
four 
American citizens: his wife and their three small children. In April 
the 
INS deported him to Pakistan for failing to observe a 1999 voluntary 
deportation order. But Ahmed was in the process of legalizing his 
status, 
and as husband and father to American citizens, should have had no 
problem, 
says his attorney, Hina Askari...

SEE ALSO:

OFFICIALS DEBUNK REPORT OF FLORIDA CELL
United Press International, 7/5/2002
http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=05072002-021747-1791r

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., July 5 (UPI) -- Local, state and federal officials 
have 
rushed to refute a statement by Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz 
that there is an al Qaida cell active in Jacksonville. Officials said 
the 
statement was a mixture of old information and included the wrong 
Florida city.

"We have no credible information that would have us believe or expect 
there 
is an active al Qaida cell in Jacksonville," Duval County Sheriff Nat 
Glover said.

Wolfowitz appeared on NBC's "Today Show" Thursday and said the 
terrorist 
organization has active cells in many areas.

"They're burrowed into some 60 countries around the world," he said. 
"They 
have headquarters in Hamburg, Germany, and in Jacksonville, Fla., not 
just 
in Afghanistan, and it's going to take a long time to root them out."

Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Tim Moore called Tom 
Ridge, director of homeland security. Moore said he was told Wolfowitz 
was 
referring to information gathered in the days after the Sept. 11 
terrorist 
attacks that showed one of the terrorists had trained at a Daytona 
Beach, 
Fla., flight school.

The White House later agreed with the statements by Glover and Moore. 
It 
said the administration has no intelligence that al Qaida has a 
headquarters in Jacksonville or anywhere else in Florida...

BOYCOTT CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE TAMPA TRIBUNE
 From the Tampa Bay Coalition for Justice and Peace, 7/9/02

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Tampa - For a long time now, the Tampa Tribune has allowed its 
Journalists 
to attack members of the Tampa Bay Islamic Community, with no actual 
substance to their claims. They have been relying heavily on 
unsubstantiated claims from unnamed sources and anonymous foreign 
intelligence agents with questionable motives. The standard that is 
being 
applied in this smear campaign clearly lacks journalistic integrity. 
This 
incitement against Muslims and Arabs has led to much personal and 
communal 
suffering and hardship, and their claims have yet to be proven...

A RALLY IS PLANNED FOR FRIDAY, JULY 12TH AT 4 P.M.
NEAR THE TAMPA TRIBUNE BUILDING DOWNTOWN

For more information contact: effeeko85@yahoo.com

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HADDAD SEEKS POLITICAL ASYLUM IN U.S.
By Alexandra R. Moses, Associated Press, 7/9/02

DETROIT (AP) - The detained co-founder of an Islamic charity is seeking 
political asylum in the United States because he fears he will not be 
safe 
in his native Lebanon, his attorney said Tuesday.

Rabih Haddad, who appeared in immigration court via a video linkup from 
the 
Monroe County Jail, has been detained for more than six months on a 
visa 
violation.

"There is a justifiable fear that he will be persecuted" if he returns 
to 
his native country, his attorney Ashraf Nubani said outside the Detroit 
court. "The United States has cast an aura, unjustifiably, against him 
as a 
man with links to terrorism."

Haddad, who helped start the Global Relief Foundation, was arrested 
Dec. 14 
- the same day the charity's suburban Chicago office was raided. The 
Ann 
Arbor resident is accused of overstaying his visa.

The FBI has said it suspected Global Relief of links to Osama bin 
Laden's 
al-Qaida terrorist network. The Treasury Department froze its assets.

Neither Haddad nor Global Relief have been charged with terrorist 
activity. 
Both have denied involvement with terrorists.

Tuesday's hearing was the first public session in the efforts to deport
Haddad. Nubani said he will file paperwork on the asylum request later 
in 
the day.

"Extend my thanks and my gratitude to all these people who came down,"
Haddad said, referring to supporters who attended the hearing...

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EDITORIAL: STILL NO LAWYERS
Washington Post, 7/9/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A41793-2002Jul8.html

A YEAR AGO it would have been unthinkable for the American government 
to 
hold indefinitely U.S. citizens whom it was unprepared to charge with 
crimes and not permit those detainees access to lawyers. Today, 
however, 
Jose Padilla and Yaser Esam Hamdi are both sitting in military brigs, 
still 
unable to communicate with attorneys or defend themselves in court...

Messrs Hamdi and Padilla are imprisoned on nothing more than the 
government's claim that they are enemy combatants. According to the 
government, the president alone has the power during wartime to 
designate 
people, including citizens, as enemy fighters subject to detention 
until 
the end of hostilities. Courts, in the government's view, have no power 
to 
review these designations; at most they have the power only to 
rubber-stamp 
the reasonableness of the president's judgments, using only information 
that the government itself supplies. Moreover, the determination of 
when a 
war begins and ends is the president's to make, too. To make matters 
more 
Kafkaesque, those he designates as enemy combatants cannot meet with 
lawyers, so even if they had a legal forum in which to challenge his 
judgment they would have no practical ability to tell their side of the 
story.

The result is that they wait -- and wait -- in prison while those 
attempting to represent them fight the government in court without 
their 
input. Any day now, for example, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals may 
rule 
on whether Mr. Hamdi can meet with a federal public defender. And an 
attorney for Mr. Padilla is currently fighting with government lawyers 
over 
which court should hear his claims and who may assert them on his 
behalf. 
If they lose, what will prevent detentions of more Americans without 
charge, hearing or representation?...

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LEGAL AID FOR MUSLIMS FORMED
Cathleen Falsani, Sun-Times, 7/8/02
http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-islam08.html

A network of Muslim attorneys across the nation has formed the Muslim 
Legal 
Defense and Education Fund to give legal representation to the more 
than 
1,400 Muslims who have been detained by the U.S. government since Sept. 
11, 
organizers said Sunday.

LaDale George told an audience at the Islamic Society of North 
America's 
conference that while the fund is in its "infantile stages," it is an 
absolute necessity, as Muslim attorneys such as himself "have been 
inundated since Sept. 11" by requests for help.

The defense fund now is representing several cases, including a 
class-action lawsuit against America Online for what its clients say is 
the 
carrier's failure to protect the civil rights of people in its Muslim 
chat 
room, George said.

Lawyers from the Muslim defense fund have also written a letter asking 
that 
lawyer Alan Dershowitz be censured by his bar association for comments 
he 
made in an article in the Jerusalem Post. In the March 11 article, 
Dershowitz proposed that as a means of stemming the tide of suicide 
bombings, the Israeli government institute a policy of bulldozing a 
Palestinian village in retaliation after each suicide bombing.

The defense fund also is representing a young Pakistani man from the 
New 
York area who is being deported for a visa violation after he dropped 
off a 
roll of film to be developed at a local drugstore. Some of the pictures 
were of a visiting friend and were taken in the young man's backyard. 
In 
the distance was a water-treatment facility. Drugstore employees called 
the 
FBI, which investigated and found that the Pakistani man was not 
plotting 
to poison the water supply or planning other nefarious acts, George 
said...

"It's that level of intrusion," George said Sunday, that is typical of 
the 
infractions against Muslim Americans' civil rights.

"When you reach a point of societal hysteria, 'vigilant' means 
anything," 
George said, referring to President Bush's charge to American's about 
national security..."

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RELIGIOUS LEADERS WARN AGAINST ANTI-MUSLIM SENTIMENT IN U.S.
Joyce M. Davis, Knight Ridder, 7/9/02
http://www.duluthsuperior.com/mld/duluthtribune/news/nation/3627198.htm

WASHINGTON - Some of the Muslim world's most powerful religious leaders 
were in Washington on Monday to publicly denounce violence in the name 
of 
Islam and to warn against demonizing Muslims, an estimated 8 million to 
10 
million of whom live in the United States.

"The events of Sept. 11 have aroused some fear and mistrust between 
people 
in the Muslim World and the West," said Dr. Abdullah al Turki, 
secretary 
general of the Muslim World League, a nongovernmental organization 
based in 
Mecca, Saudi Arabia, that has wide influence in the Islamic world. "We 
are 
all confronting a world crisis." The decision by this group of 
prominent 
Muslim scholars to travel to the United States to counter the perceived 
anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States is highly unusual and is a 
measure of that sense of crisis...

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A STRANGE KIND OF FREEDOM
Robert Fisk, Independent, 7/9/02
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=313235

Inside the First Congregational Church of Berkeley, the Californian 
audience had been struck silent. Dennis Bernstein, the Jewish host of 
KPFA 
Radio's Flashpoint current affairs programme, was reading some recent 
e-mails that he had received from Israel's supporters in America. Each 
one 
left the people in the church - Muslims, Jews, Christians - in a state 
of 
shock. "I hope that you, Barbara Lubin and all other Jewish Marxist 
Communist traitors anti-American cop haters will die a violent and 
cruel 
death just like the victims of suicide bombers in Israel." Lubin is 
also 
Jewish, the executive director of the Middle East Children's Alliance, 
a 
one-time committed Zionist but now one of Israel's fiercest critics. 
Her 
e-mails are even worse...

The most astonishing - and least covered - story is in fact the 
alliance of 
Israeli lobbyists and Christian Zionist fundamentalists, a coalition 
that 
began in 1978 with the publication of a Likud plan to encourage 
fundamentalist churches to give their support to Israel...

But, of course, a fundamental problem - fundamental in every sense of 
the 
word - lies behind this strange partnership. As Uri Avnery, the leader 
of 
Gush Shalom, the most courageous Israeli peace group, pointed out in a 
typically ferocious essay last month, there is a darker side to the 
alliance. "According to its Christian Zionist theological beliefs, the 
Jews 
must congregate in Palestine and establish a Jewish state on all its 
territory" - an idea that would obviously appeal to Ariel Sharon - "so 
as 
to make the Second Coming of Jesus Christ possible." But here comes the 
bad 
bit. As Avnery says, "the evangelists don't like to dwell openly on 
what 
comes next: before the coming of the Messiah , the Jews must convert to 
Christianity. Those who don't will perish in a gigantic holocaust in 
the 
battle of Armageddon. This is basically an anti-Semitic teaching, but 
who 
cares, so long as they support Israel?"

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RACISM DEBATE FLARES IN ISRAEL
Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times, 7/9/02
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-izland9jul09005053.story

JERUSALEM - The government of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has endorsed 
a 
proposed law that would allow Jews to bar Arab citizens of Israel from 
purchasing homes or living in many Israeli communities, a move that has 
touched off a divisive national debate.

The attempt to legalize "Jews-only" towns was swiftly criticized by 
numerous Israeli politicians and human rights groups, who said it was a 
discriminatory and racist proposal. Supporters praised the bill for 
protecting what they called the essence of Zionism.

The debate goes to the heart of Israel's existential contradiction: How 
can 
it be both a Jewish state and a democratic state? "Israel is the state 
of 
the Jewish people," said Cabinet minister Dan Meridor, who opposed the 
legislation, "but because it is a Jewish state, it must not practice 
against its non-Jewish citizens the kind of discrimination to which 
Jews 
were subjected in the diaspora..."

Assigning land for Jewish-only housing opens Israel to criticism at a 
time 
when its reputation in the Arab and Muslim worlds is especially low 
because 
of Israel's war with the Palestinians, Meridor said...

SEE ALSO:

ISRAEL ACCUSED OF 'RACIST IDEOLOGY' WITH PLAN TO PREVENT ARABS BUYING 
HOMES
Eric Silver, Independent (UK), 7/9/02
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=313305

Opposition was growing last night to a plan by Ariel Sharon's 
government to 
build public-sector housing within Israel exclusively for Jews. 
Left-wing 
and Arab MPs denounced as "racist" Sunday's cabinet decision to back a 
private member's bill barring Arabs from buying homes in "Jewish" 
townships, built on state-owned land. Israel has about 1 million Arabs, 
nearly 20 per cent of the population.

Shulamit Aloni, a veteran civil rights campaigner and former minister, 
said: "If we are not an apartheid state, we are getting much, much 
closer 
to it." Yossi Sarid, who succeeded her as leader of the Meretz party, 
added: "The Israeli Arabs are not guests here. They are citizens with 
equal 
rights." Azmi Bishara, of the Arab Balad party, said: "Racism has 
become an 
official ideology of the state of Israel..."

'JEWS-ONLY' LAW SPARKS FIRESTORM
Bradley Burston, Ha'aretz, 7/9/02
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=184504

A proposed law that would allow Jews to bar Arabs from buying homes in 
their communities could expose Israel to a fresh wave of condemnation 
recalling the now-rescinded UN resolution equating Zionism and racism, 
critics of the bill said Wednesday.

"We are also moving farther and farther away from the founding document 
of 
the state of Israel," she said, in a reference to the nation's 1948 
Declaration of Independence, which pledged "development of the country 
for 
the benefit of all its residents" and "complete social and political 
equality to all its citizens, regardless of religion, race, or 
gender..."

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SHARANSKY'S QUIET ROLE
Dan Ephron and Tamara Lipper, Newsweek, 7/15/02
http://www.msnbc.com/news/777064.asp

July 15 issue - Natan Sharansky, one time Soviet dissident and now an 
Israeli cabinet minister, had been hammering at the same themes for 
years 
in lectures and private meetings with U.S. officials: peace would never 
be 
possible without democracy. Suddenly something clicked at a conference 
of 
conservative heavyweights in Beaver Creek, Colo., last month.

Vice President Cheney was there, taking notes. So was Paul Wolfowitz, 
the 
deputy Defense secretary. The two Americans had been working with 
others on 
a major Middle East policy speech for the president, and though they 
had 
both met Sharansky many times before, his address struck a 
chord...
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GOVERNOR SIGNS LAW PROTECTING HALAL FOODS
Los Angeles Times, 7/9/02
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-briefs9.3jul09.story

A bill making it a misdemeanor to sell food products falsely labeled as 
halal, or sanctioned by Islamic law, was signed into law Monday by Gov. 
Gray Davis.

Davis signed AB 1828, by Assemblyman Bill Campbell (R-Villa Park), 
during a 
news conference at the Islamic Cultural Center in Los Angeles. "Halal 
is 
the Islamic equivalent to the Jewish kosher, and therefore a sacred 
necessity for the Islamic faithful," Davis said.

The law establishes a penalty of as much as 90 days in jail and a $600 
fine 
for misrepresentation of foods that have not been prepared in 
accordance 
with Islamic dietary laws.

Halal foods are outlined in the Koran, the Muslim holy book, as the 
only 
acceptable foods for observant Muslims.

They must be prepared and stored using equipment that has been cleansed 
according to Islamic law.

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LESSONS FROM A MUSLIM MOM
James Oseland, Rosie Magazine, 7/9/02
http://www.rosiemagazine.com/people/0202_extraordinary.html

Samira Hussein loves giving pop quizzes. "How many of you know what 
color 
my hair is underneath my hijab?" the volunteer teacher of Islamic 
religion 
and Arab culture asks the group of sixth graders sitting on the floor 
in 
front of her at Argyle Middle School in Silver Spring, Maryland. 
Guesses 
fly through the room: "Black," answers one kid. "Brown," yells another. 
"Blue," offers a third.

Samira raises an eyebrow. "I can't tell you," she says. "My hair color 
is 
my own private business. Only my family knows. You see, hair makes 
girls 
attractive to boys, and we want girls to be modest. That's one of the 
reasons females are required to cover. It certainly makes life easier." 
With that, she invites a small group of girls to try on the Middle 
Eastern-style clothing she's brought with her. Soon, six 
middle-schoolers 
in tight jeans have been transformed into exotic Arabs in flowing 
tunics. 
It's a cute Kodak moment, but the message is clear: Just because the 
dressed-up girls look different on the outside, it doesn't mean they 
are on 
the inside...

"People didn't know much about Islam and Arabic history-they don't know 
that Muslims invented algebra and the compass," she says. "So I decided 
that education was the best way to handle it."

She asked permission from her children's teachers to come to their 
classes 
and share her culture and religion. At first school officials were 
reluctant, but her contagious optimism-and her persistence-caused any 
resistance to melt away.

"I joined everything multicultural, multireligious and multiethnic in 
Montgomery County-anything multi, and I was there," she says. "I 
learned 
that when negative things happen you don't have to bury yourself."

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PBS PROGRAM FOCUSES ON ISLAM
NOW With Bill Moyers Airing July 12 on PBS
http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/07-08-2002/0001759556&EDATE=

NOW with Bill Moyers (http://www.pbs.org/now/) airs an evening of 
focused 
and important conversation on the role of Islam in shaping the politics 
of 
the Middle East, American perceptions of the beliefs and behavior of 
Muslims, and Arab views on the role of America in their region. As 
conflict 
between Israelis and Palestinians gets increasingly desperate and fear 
of 
terrorism continues to haunt America, this candid dialogue offers a 
compelling range of views and insights about both the complexity of 
Islam 
and America's relationship with the Arab world.

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FBI HAS EYE ON BUSINESS DATABASES
By Frank James, Chicago Tribune, 7/8/02
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0207080153jul08.story

WASHINGTON -- Many of the nation's businesses have long trolled through 
commercial databases hoping to divine which consumers are likeliest to 
buy 
a particular luxury car or life insurance policy. Now, the FBI hopes to 
explore the same information to uncover terrorists before they strike.

Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft recently announced that the Justice Department 
was 
loosening its guidelines to allow FBI agents to, among other things, 
dig 
into the vast commercial treasure house of data on consumers' buying 
habits, preferences and traits.

Privacy advocates worry the FBI's use of such databases could lead to 
intrusions on the privacy of innocent people. Inaccuracies in the 
databases 
could lead the FBI down blind alleys, they added.

"The problem is any number of innocent events can trigger a suspicion 
algorithm," Hufnagle said. Someone who travels on short notice and uses 
a 
credit card in two cities on the same day, withdraws a large amount of 
money from a bank or who moves frequently might draw suspicion even 
though 
they had legitimate reasons for doing so.

A critique of the Justice Department's new guidelines by the Center for 
Democracy and Technology, an advocacy group, said the "FBI will now be 
conducting fishing expeditions using the services of the people who 
decide 
what catalogs to send you or what spam e-mail you will be interested 
in..."

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U.S. MAN CHARGED OVER TERROR STATEMENTS
Associated Press, 7/9/02

Newark, N.J. - A Somerset man's warning that terrorists were sending 
weapons of mass destruction to the United States and Canada aboard two 
Liberian ships was a lie designed to curry favour with the FBI, 
prosecutors 
said Tuesday.

The man, John Habenstein, 31, was charged with making false statements 
to 
law enforcement. His allegations resulted in a substantial mobilization 
of 
FBI, U.S. Customs and other authorities, who raided ships in Georgia 
and 
New Jersey, but found nothing, U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie 
said...

In a series of discussions with FBI agents, Mr. Habenstein said he had 
learned through confidential sources in the Middle East that weapons of 
mass destruction were en route to the United States and Canada aboard 
two 
ships flying under the Liberian flag.

He also provided information about possible dates and locations the 
weapons 
might be detonated, claiming he received the information from a 
high-ranking military official in the United Arab Emirates whom he had 
known for years.

The warnings prompted police alerts in both countries.

About a month later, after agents found no evidence to support his 
claims, 
Mr. Habenstein acknowledged that he had lied about the plot...

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CONFERENCE: MUSLIMS OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN DIASPORA

WHAT: 4th Annual America's Islamic Heritage Conference
WHEN: Saturday, August 3rd 2002, 10 a.m. -5 p.m.
WHERE: Thurgood Marshall Center/Shaw Heritage Trust, 1816 12th Street 
NW 
(Between S & T Streets) Washington, D.C.

Invited guests include  Dr. Sulayman Nyang, author, Dr. Amina Wadud; 
Imam 
Yusuf Saleem, Imam Ghaith Kashif, and others. There will be 
workshops/panels on America's Islamic history, History of Muslims in 
Washington, DC, Genealogy Research, International Cultural Tourism / 
Trade 
Opportunities. Time Saturday Limited vendor space will be available. 
For 
more information contact 202 678-6906 or email: amirmuhammad@juno.com

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

IBN-THE VOICE OF AMERICAN MUSLIMS-IS DENIED ACCESS TO THE AIRWAVES IN 
WASHINGTON, DC BY THE OWNERS OF WGOP AM 700

(WASHINGTON, DC)-Despite its agreement with the Islamic Media 
Foundation 
(IMF) permitting IMF affiliate Islamic Broadcasting Network (IBN) to 
broadcast programming over WGOP AM 700 (formerly WWTL AM 700), WGOP 
licensee Elijah Broadcasting has suddenly discontinued all of IBN's 
radio 
programming on WGOP without explanation.

IMF, a non-profit organization, and Elijah entered into an agreement on 
June 12, 2001, for the year 2002 that permitted IBN to air radio 
programming in English on AM 700 Monday thru Friday from 2 PM until 
station 
sign-off at sunset.  The agreement does not expire until December 31, 
2002. 
On June 18, 2002, Elijah substituted prerecorded music for a one-hour 
segment of IBN programming. The following day June 19, 2002, the 
station 
pre-empted IBN programs from 6 PM till sunset.  On June 20, 2002, and 
continuing to the present, Elijah has completely preempted all IBN's 
radio 
programming without any formal explanation.  WGOP has replaced IBN's 
format 
with syndicated talk shows, entertainment programming, and commercial 
advertising.

Despite repeated requests for an explanation of WGOP's actions in 
ejecting 
IBN from the airwaves, no explanation has been provided. IBN has 
established itself as the leading provider of Islamic radio 
broadcasting to 
the Muslim community in the United States.  In the meantime, IBN, which 
has 
constructed studios, built up a staff of 30 people and established a 
significant presence in the US Muslim community, finds itself without 
an 
over-the-air presence in the nation's capital. That presence has been 
vital 
to IBN's success. Because of the presence it has established in 
Washington, 
DC, through its programming on AM 700, IBN has been invited by the 
White 
House and the State Department to attend key diplomatic and religious 
events.

IBN continues to press for an explanation, and is evaluating taking 
appropriate steps to remedy the harm that has occurred and to restore 
operations as soon as possible. IBN regrets that it cannot at this time 
estimate when it will return to the air. In the meantime, IBN can be 
heard 
on the Internet at www.ibn.net from 2 PM to 9 PM.

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 7/10/2002

HEADLINES:

* VERSE OF THE DAY: PARTNER IN A GOOD CAUSE
* ISLAMIC MOTHER IN CHILD-CUSTODY FIGHT (St. Paul Pioneer Press)
* PREPARING TO TAKE ON HIS CHURCH (New York Times)
         - INCITEMENT WATCH: PARTICIPATING WITH PAGANS 
(WorldNetDaily.com)
         - NOW ONLINE: THE STEALTH CRUSADE (Mother Jones)
* MINOR IMMIGRATION SLIP BECOMES COSTLY (Atlanta Journal)
         - N.J. COURT SPURNS APPEAL OF RULING ON DETAINEE SECRECY 
(Reuters)
         - U.S. DEPORTED 131 PAKISTANIS IN SECRET AIRLIFT (Washington 
Post)
         - 9/11 TOUGHER ON SOME FOREIGN STUDENTS (Chicago Tribune)
* A MATTER OF FACT (Antiwar.com)
* ISRAEL TARGETS PALESTINIAN MODERATE (Scotsman)
* U.S. CHRISTIANS FIND CAUSE TO AID ISRAEL (San Francisco Chronicle)
* TEXAS SEMINAR: JIHAD VS TERRORISM
* IN SH'ALLAH (Public Perspective)

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VERSE OF THE DAY: PARTNER IN A GOOD CAUSE

"Whoever recommends and helps a good cause becomes a partner therein, 
and 
whoever recommends and helps an evil cause shares in its burden."

The Holy Quran, Chapter 4, Verse 85

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ISLAMIC MOTHER IN CHILD-CUSTODY FIGHT
HANNAH ALLAM, St. Paul Pioneer Press, 7/10/02
http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/local/3631655.htm

Muslims across the nation are protesting a South Dakota judge's 
decision to 
remove a 5-year-old boy from his mother's home, saying the custody 
ruling 
was based on the woman's recent conversion to Islam. The Council on 
American-Islamic Relations in Washington, D.C., questioned the decision 
in 
a news release Tuesday, although the case has been widely discussed on 
Twin 
Cities Muslim e-mail groups and online forums for about two weeks.

Muslims claim the judge in sparsely populated Moody County showed an 
anti-Islamic bias when he granted temporary custody to the boy's 
grandparents...

Last week, some Muslim women from Minnesota helped raise money for 
29-year-old Sally Barakat's effort to regain custody of her son, 
Trevor. 
Barakat planned to move with Trevor from Flandreau, S.D. - about five 
miles 
from the Minnesota border - to Egypt, where her husband lives.

She met the man, Osama, online about two years ago and married him 
during a 
four-week trip to Egypt. She converted to Islam in February, after 
returning to South Dakota.

Barakat's father and stepmother objected to Barakat's plans to move to 
Egypt, and filed court papers in which they say she "engaged in some 
bizarre behavior, including wearing Muslim garb and declaring herself a 
Muslim," according to court papers...

"The inclusion of Islamophobic statements in a court filing raises 
concerns 
about whether this case will be decided based on the best interests of 
the 
child, or on the prejudices of those involved," stated the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations news release.

On June 20, Moody County Circuit Judge Rodney Steele granted temporary 
custody of Trevor to his grandparents, and set a hearing date past 
Barakat's planned departure for Egypt.

The judge's order, which included surrendering Trevor's passport, does 
not 
state reasons for removing the boy from his mother's custody...

"They don't want me to raise my son as a Muslim," Barakat said. 
"They've 
made that very clear."

At the next hearing, both sides will present arguments to the judge in 
hopes of winning permanent custody...

"I want to move to a bigger city, where I'm accepted and understood," 
she 
said. "I'm the only Muslim out here."

ACTION REQUESTED:

The Muslim community in South Dakota set up a bank account to help with 
the 
mother's estimated $2,000 in legal expenses. Donations may be sent to:

The Barakat Fund
c/o Islamic Society of Brookings
804 13th St.
Brookings, SD 57006

E-MAIL: so_dakota_islam@hotmail.com
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PREPARING TO TAKE ON HIS CHURCH
Daniel J. Wakin, New York Times, 7/10/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/07/10/nyregion/10LUTH.html

His church has judged that the Rev. David H. Benke offended God, the 
Bible 
and all Christians. It says he "dragged" his faith, a conservative form 
of 
Lutheranism, to the level of Islam, committed heresy and violated two 
of 
the Ten Commandments.

His crime was taking part in an interfaith prayer service at Yankee 
Stadium 
12 days after the destruction of the World Trade Center. His punishment 
is 
suspension as president of the Atlantic District of the Lutheran 
Church-Missouri Synod, a position equivalent to bishop for the New York 
metropolitan area. But Pastor Benke refuses to apologize, as demanded 
in 
exchange for lifting the suspension, and has appealed the ruling. He 
has 
retained a Long Island law firm to represent his interests in what 
could 
become a long, difficult battle within his church, which is based in 
St. 
Louis. If he loses his appeal, he could be dismissed from the 
ministry....

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, 
an Islamic advocacy group in Washington, called Pastor Baseley's 
comment 
part of a growing "demonization of Islam and Muslims" that plays into 
the 
hands of those who would pit the West against Islam...

SEE ALSO:

INCITEMENT WATCH: PARTICIPATING WITH PAGANS
Hal Lindsey, WorldNetDaily.com, 7/10/02
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=28223

I harbor no ill will for Rev. Benke. But guess what? Christianity, of 
which 
the Lutheran Church is a part, says there is only one God. And if there 
is 
only one God, He can't be Allah, Buddha and a whole bunch of different 
Indian gods all at once. The God of the Bible cannot be the god of 
Islam.

NOW ONLINE: THE STEALTH CRUSADE
Barry Yeoman, Mother Jones, May/June 2002
http://www.motherjones.com/magazine/MJ02/stealth.html

Inside one Southern university, Christian missionaries are being 
trained to 
go undercover in the Muslim world and win converts for Jesus. Their 
stated 
goal: to wipe out Islam...

Outside, CIU's piney campus is quiet. Most of the student body has not 
yet 
returned from Christmas break. But these students, all evangelical 
Christians, have arrived two weeks early for an intensive course on how 
to 
win converts in Islamic countries. They're learning from the master: 
Love 
is the international director of Frontiers, the largest Christian group 
in 
the world that focuses exclusively on proselytizing to Muslims. With 
800 
missionaries in 50 countries, Frontiers' reach extends from the South 
Pacific to North Africa, with every major Islamic region in between...

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MINOR IMMIGRATION SLIP BECOMES COSTLY
Mark Bixler, Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 7/10/02
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/epaper/editions/wednesday/news_d3b24d95330df05600b9.html

The federal government wants to deport a legal immigrant from the West 
Bank 
because he failed to promptly report a change of address, an unusual 
effort 
that highlights the enforcement of minor laws to fight suspicions of 
terrorism...

The INS says he broke a law requiring the 17.8 million noncitizens in 
the 
United States to report address changes within 10 days of moving.

It's a law that even the INS admits it rarely enforces, a sentiment 
echoed 
by immigration lawyers. "The reality is that nobody is deported on the 
basis of that simple a violation," said Jeanne Butterfield, executive 
director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. "It's 
ridiculous..."

On Tuesday, a government lawyer told an immigration judge the INS had 
concerns about Abdeljaber's "identity and activities," but did not 
elaborate. Abdeljaber's attorney, Charles Kuck of Atlanta, was 
furious...

"They couldn't get anything else on this guy. They want to get rid of 
him 
because he's Palestinian," he said. "Let's focus our attention on 
getting 
rid of immigrant criminals, but not changing your address? That's 
silly..."

SEE ALSO:

N.J. HIGH COURT SPURNS APPEAL OF RULING ON DETAINEE SECRECY
Reuters, 7/10/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A46440-2002Jul9.html

NEWARK, July 9 -- New Jersey's highest court today refused to consider 
compelling the U.S. government to identify people detained in the state 
after the Sept. 11 attacks, handing a victory to the U.S. policy of 
keeping 
the identities secret.

New Jersey's Supreme Court denied a request by the local chapter of the 
ACLU to hear an appeal of the case. A state appellate panel in June 
overturned a lower court's ruling that would have forced federal 
authorities to release the identities.

The ACLU said it was considering bringing the case before the U.S. 
Supreme 
Court.

"We are currently considering our options in the matter," New Jersey 
ACLU 
Executive Director Deborah Jacobs said in a statement. She said the 
ACLU 
has 90 days to decide whether to appeal.

The U.S. Department of Justice said it was pleased with the New Jersey 
Supreme Court's decision.

"The court refused to disturb an important ruling by the state 
appellate 
court upholding the INS's authority to protect from disclosure 
information 
that could provide terrorists a road map of...investigations and assist 
their efforts to harm Americans," a statement from the Justice 
Department 
said.

U.S. DEPORTED 131 PAKISTANIS IN SECRET AIRLIFT
Steve Fainaru, Washington Post, 7/10/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A46826-2002Jul9.html

NEW YORK - In a highly unusual airlift involving hundreds of U.S. 
immigration officers, the Justice Department secretly chartered a 
Portuguese jet to deport 131 Pakistani detainees who had been held for 
months at INS detention facilities around the country.

A majority of the detainees, a Pakistani official said, had been 
arrested 
under a Justice Department program to locate and apprehend immigrants 
who 
have ignored previous deportation orders and who came under scrutiny 
after 
the Sept. 11 attacks. None of the detainees appeared to have links to 
terrorism, U.S. officials said...

Most of the detainees, who were airlifted out of Louisiana on June 26, 
boarded the plane quietly and willingly, but about 40 of them were 
"extremely unhappy" about being deported, according to Imran Ali, a 
Pakistani consular officer. One briefly resisted by lying down on the 
tarmac, and another had to be carried onto the plane, he said. Seconds 
before the plane was about to taxi, a man whose wife had obtained a 
court 
order preventing his deportation was removed from the plane.

The flight touched down 20 hours later in an equally dramatic scene, 
according to Ali, who helped plan the operation and was aboard. About 
50 
detainees, now shorn of the loose-fitting handcuffs they had worn 
throughout the trip, dropped to their knees in the 120-degree heat and 
pressed their foreheads to the broiling tarmac to give thanks to Allah.

"It was very moving. They were thanking God that they were free," said 
Ali. 
"Most of them were very disappointed to have to leave the United 
States. 
Many were crying. But after being in detention for eight or nine 
months, 
they were also happy to be back in Pakistan..."

9/11 TOUGHER ON SOME FOREIGN STUDENTS
Ted Gregory, Chicago Tribune, 7/10/02
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-0207100174jul10.story

About a year ago, Esin Erkal arrived in the U.S. from Turkey as a 
foreign 
exchange student with worries common to many of the 850 students in her 
American Field Service group.

But Sept. 11 complicated things for her and a handful of other Muslim 
students in the group. "It was a tough year," said Erkal, 19, who 
changed 
families in Missouri after her initial host mother referred to Erkal as 
"bin Laden." "There were some hard times," she said.

Erkal and the others gathered Tuesday on the campus of Elmhurst 
College, a 
staging area for American Field Service students before they left for 
O'Hare International Airport and home.

For the most part, the students said, they were treated respectfully 
after 
Sept. 11, although they fielded question after question about Islam.

And they suffered indignities. One student said he was pulled out of 
line 
at every airport he traveled through and searched thoroughly. Another 
said 
classmates made fun of his religion...

For all her difficulties, even Erkal said she gained a new respect for 
Americans.

"Americans tried to get over the bad things that happened," she said. 
They 
were deeply saddened by the terrorists' attacks but understood the 
importance of getting back to the routine of their lives, a valuable 
lesson 
for what she said is Turks' penchant for dwelling too much on their 
miseries...

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A MATTER OF FACT
Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com, 7/10/02
http://www.antiwar.com/justin/justincol.html

The controversy over the fourth of July gunman at LAX, Hashem Mohamed 
Hadayet, known as "Ali," is typical of any issue involving Israel. 
Since it 
advances Israel's interests to maintain that Hadayet was part of a 
larger 
terrorist operation, a footsoldier in a worldwide Islamofascist 
network, 
then it must be true. Which is why Israeli government officials jumped 
the 
gun, as I pointed out in a July 4 piece, and characterized it as an act 
of 
organized terrorism before Hadayet had even been identified.

James Taranto admits there is no evidence of any organized terrorist 
plot, 
but avers that hate crimes are "arguably a form of terrorism." Well, 
then, 
perhaps we ought to take this Los Angeles Times headline - "Deluge of 
Hate 
Crimes After 9/11 Pours Through System" - a bit more seriously...

But it's interesting how this has developed into an increasingly 
acrimonious conflict between US law enforcement officials and the 
Israeli 
government, summed up in a [UK] Times headline: "Airport killer's 
motive 
provokes US-Israeli split..."

Based on zero evidence, a man who may have been driven by a personal 
grudge 
is cast by Dreher as an agent of the International Islamofascist 
Conspiracy. Excuse me, but it's entirely possible Hadayet's motive was 
non-ideological. The explanation coming from the Egyptians - that 
Hadayet's 
rage was rooted in his failing finances - at least has some basis in 
known 
fact. We know his limousine business was failing: what El Al had to do 
with 
this, if anything, remains to be seen...

At this stage of the game, when what little is known is ambiguous or 
contradictory, for Israel's partisans to try to capitalize on the July 
4 
shootings as part of a vast conspiracy is not only absurd but 
unseemly...

-----

ISRAEL TARGETS PALESTINIAN MODERATE
Ben Lynfield, Scotsman, 7/10/02
http://www.news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=743582002

ISRAEL moved against a leading Palestinian moderate yesterday, closing 
down 
the offices of the university he heads in East Jerusalem, and labelling 
him 
"the representative of a terrorist organisation".

The targeting of Sari Nusseibeh, an Oxford-educated philosopher who is 
the 
PLO's commissioner for Jerusalem affairs, comes just weeks after he 
spearheaded a petition of academics calling for a halt to Palestinian 
suicide bombings inside Israel.

Mr Nusseibeh has also urged Palestinians to drop their insistence on a 
return of refugees to places inside Israel, and focus exclusively on 
building a state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Mr Nusseibeh recently 
headed an effort to teach schoolchildren about non-violent protest...

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U.S. CHRISTIANS FIND CAUSE TO AID ISRAEL
Evangelicals financing immigrants, settlements
Danielle Haas, San Francisco Chronicle, 7/10/02
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2002/07/10/MN17001.DTL

Tel Aviv -- The largest contingent of American Jewish immigrants in 
years 
stepped off the El Al charter flight at Ben Gurion International 
Airport on 
Tuesday, overjoyed at the chance to begin their new lives in Israel.

Forgotten amid all the excitement was the fact that many of the 371 
newcomers had been bankrolled by grants from U.S. evangelical 
Christians, 
who regard the return of Jews to the Holy Land as part of an 
apocalyptic 
prophecy foretold in the Bible.

"What I'm seeing is the Scriptures being fulfilled right before our 
very 
eyes," said Bishop Huey Harris, whose First Pentecostal Tabernacle 
Church 
in Elkton, Md., raised $2,500 from its congregation to help finance the 
American Jews' journey.

"What's next? I'm looking for the church to be raptured, Jesus 
returning 
for the church...and the Jews would receive him as their Messiah..."

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TEXAS SEMINAR: JIHAD VS TERRORISM

WHO: Muslim Public Affairs Council
WHERE: University of Houston Hilton Hotel
WHEN: Friday, July 19, 2002, 7 - 10 PM

Topics include:
"Is This War On Terrorism or War On Islam"
"Civil Liberties & America's Image"

For details, please contact:
Hanna Hawk 713-797-MPAC (6722) or E-Mail: MPACHouston@Yahoo.Com

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IN SH'ALLAH
John Zogby, The Public Perspective, July, 2002/August, 2002

After the horrific events of September 11, America's Muslim community 
was 
introduced publicly for the first time. Not a new group at all, 
American 
Muslims built their first mosque in 1934 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. And 
many of 
us became more and more aware of Islam in the African American 
community 
through figures like Elijah Mohammed, Malcolm X, and Louis Farrakhan. 
Today, there are perhaps as many seven million American Muslims (actual 
figures are hard to come by), and they are an increasingly visible 
presence 
in major US cities and at local and national ecumenical services.

In those first days after the terrorist attacks, hundreds of cases of 
anti-Muslim and anti-Arab harassment, violence, and discrimination were 
reported to the FBI, local police agencies, and other governmental 
bodies. 
To their credit, President George W. Bush and others such as New York 
City 
Mayor Rudolph Giuliani called upon their fellow citizens to remember 
this 
nation's highest principles and to remind all Americans that we were 
not at 
war against Islam or all Arabs.

As part of an effort to avoid another wave of xenophobia following the 
tragedy, Zogby International was commissioned by the Muslims in the 
American Public Square (MAPS) at Georgetown University to conduct a 
detailed national survey of American Muslims. Our mandate in the 
November 
8-19 survey of 1,781 respondents was to probe more deeply into the 
attitudes, behavior, demographics and lifestyles of this little-known 
group 
in an effort to shed some light on these fellow Americans.

Who are American Muslims? They are mainly a young group, with 
three-quarters (74%) of those surveyed under 50. They also tend to be 
highly educated, with nearly three-fifths (58%) telling us they were 
college graduates.

American Muslims change the face of this country. Eighty-seven percent 
of 
the sample were Arab, African, African American or South Asian. 
Respondents 
included people born in 80 countries, including the US. Sixty-one 
percent 
of those not born in the US arrived here after 1980, 36% between 1980 
and 
1989, and 24% from 1990 to the present. Two-fifths (39%) said they 
lived in 
the eastern United States, half (50%) said they earned more than 
$50,000 
annually, and seven in ten (69%) were married.

Ethnic politics are a tradition in United States politics and a fixture 
in 
many of our cities. What makes American Muslims potentially very 
interesting is that they seem to represent a swing group, not 
particularly 
wed to either political party. Forty percent of survey respondents were 
Democrats, 23% Republicans, and 28% independents.

What also promises to offer a change in politics is that American 
Muslims 
tend to vote. Seventy-nine percent of respondents were registered to 
vote, 
and of those, 85% said they were very likely to. Most not registered 
said 
it was because they were not citizens (53%), but 71% said they intended 
to 
become voters...

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR ACTION ALERT #337

ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE.)

Contact Greyhound to request that they apologize to the Muslim 
passenger, 
clarify their policies on discrimination and institute sensitivity 
training 
for company employees:

CONTACT:

Mr. Craig Lentzsch
Chief Executive Officer
Greyhound Lines, Inc.
15110 North Dallas Parkway 75248

FAX: 972-387-1874
E-MAIL: jbruner@greyhound.com, custserv@greyhound.com, 
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GREYHOUND PROFILES MUSLIM BUS PASSENGER
Traveler denied right to sit in front seats, kicked off bus

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/11/02) - CAIR is demanding that Greyhound Lines 
Inc. 
apologize to a Muslim passenger from New York who was kicked off a bus 
in 
Washington, D.C., apparently because of his faith and ethnicity.

The 29-year-old traveler, an American citizen of Middle Eastern decent, 
told CAIR the incident occurred June 29th during a stopover in the 
nation's 
capital, on a trip from New York City to Richmond, Va.

According to the Muslim passenger, he moved to the front of the bus 
during 
the stopover because his seat in the back was too cold due to the 
location 
of the air conditioner. The driver said he could not sit in the empty 
front 
seats. When he tried to re-board the bus after passengers were taken 
off 
because of a "problem with the bus," he was prevented from boarding by 
Greyhound personnel who said the other passengers did not want to 
travel 
with him. He says Greyhound employees treated him like an "animal."

Several other Muslims, who spoke to the passenger and to Greyhound 
personnel at the time of the incident, support the allegation of 
religious 
and ethnic profiling. Those other Muslims, who where dropping off 
another 
passenger at the station and were informed of the man's predicament, 
protested his treatment and even blocked passengers from re-boarding 
the 
original bus until the station manager agreed to put the man on another 
vehicle.

When questioned by police who had been called to the scene as to the 
nature 
of their relationship to the other traveler, the Muslims replied, "He 
is 
our brother (in faith)." They say the man remained calm throughout his 
ordeal.

"It is disturbing to see that the achievements of great civil rights 
figures such as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. are being rolled 
back 
in the 21st century. And like Rosa Parks, American Muslims will not 
accept 
a 'back of the bus' status based on stereotyping and prejudice," said 
CAIR 
Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. (Rosa Parks helped spark the 
modern 
civil rights movement after she refused to give up her seat on a 
Birmingham, Ala., city bus to a white rider in the 1950s.)

Hooper added that his group believes Greyhound's actions violated the 
public accommodation clause of Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 
1964. 
That clause states: "All persons shall be entitled to the full and 
equal 
enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, 
and 
accommodations of any place of public accommodation...without 
discrimination or segregation on the ground of race, color, religion, 
or 
national origin."

Along with the apology, CAIR is demanding that Greyhound clarify its 
policy 
on ethnic and religious discrimination, institute workplace sensitivity 
and 
diversity training for company personnel and compensate the profiled 
passenger for the emotional distress suffered as a result of the 
alleged 
discrimination.

CAIR has received more than 200 reports of profiling by airport and 
airline 
personnel since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 7/11/2002

HEADLINES:

* VERSE OF THE DAY: JESUS, SON OF MARY
* INCITEMENT WATCH: O'REILLY COMPARES QURAN TO "MEIN KAMPF"
         - PASTOR FANS FLAME OF BLAME (Detroit Free Press)
* ISLAM CONVERT LOSES CUSTODY OF HER SON (Washington Times)
* BE AWARE: MISSIONARY GUIDE TO CONVERTING MUSLIM WOMEN
* DEADLINE FOR FOREIGN SERVICE EXAM APPROACHING
* ANTI-TERRORISM OFFICE FOR U.S., ISRAEL ON HOLD (Washington Times)
* MUSLIMS FEAR THE WORST IN GUJARAT AS HINDUS PREPARE MARCH (AFP)
         - CA LECTURE ON HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN GUJARAT
* U.S. DEPORTS MOST OF THOSE ARRESTED IN SWEEPS AFTER 9/11 (NY Times)
* ANTHRAX CASE HOMES IN ON UNUSUAL SUSPECT (Christian Science Monitor)
* WOMEN MOURN LOVED ONES LOST IN SREBRENICA MASSACRE (Reuters)

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VERSE OF THE DAY: JESUS, SON OF MARY

"And in their [the earlier prophets] footsteps We sent Jesus the son of 
Mary, confirming the law that had come before him. We sent him the 
Gospel, 
therein was guidance and light and confirmation of the law that had 
come 
before him, a guidance and an admonition to those who fear God."

The Holy Quran, Chapter 5, Verse 46

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INCITEMENT WATCH: O'REILLY COMPARES QURAN TO "MEIN KAMPF"

THE O'REILLY FACTOR
http://www.foxnews.com/oreilly/index.html
July 10, 2002 Wednesday
HEADLINE: Impact Interview With Robert Kirkpatrick
GUESTS: Robert Kirkpatrick
HOST: Bill O'Reilly

O'REILLY: In the "Impact" segment tonight, an unbelievable situation at 
the 
University of North Carolina. Each incoming freshman this fall will be 
required to read a book that explains portions of the Koran. Joining us 
now 
from Raleigh, North Carolina, is Dr. Robert Kirkpatrick, who selected 
the 
reading. "The Early, Approaching the Koran, The Early Revelations," is 
the 
book, I guess, professor.

Boy, you're causing all kinds of trouble down there. This is pretty 
controversial, is it? Why'd you choose it?

ROBERT KIRKPATRICK, PH.D., ENGLISH PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH 
CAROLINA-CHAPEL HILL: Yes, it is. Well, I think it's the kind of book 
that 
after 9/11, we need to know more about...

O'REILLY: I'm for academic freedom. I want all the students in 
universities 
and colleges across the country to be as well versed as possible. But I 
don't know what this serves to take a look at our enemy's religion. 
See? I 
mean, I wouldn't give people a book during World War II on the emperor 
is 
God in Japan, would you?...

If I were going to UNC in 1941, and you, professor, said, Read "Mein 
Kampf," [Hitler's political manifesto] I would have said, Hey, 
professor, 
with all due respect, shove it. I ain't reading it...

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PASTOR FANS FLAME OF BLAME
David Crumm, Detroit Free Press, 7/11/02
http://www.freep.com/news/religion/god11_20020711.htm

A condemnation of Islam and all other non-Christian faiths by a pastor 
in 
Dearborn is at the center of a dispute raging within the 
2.6-million-member 
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

At issue is a complaint filed by the Rev. Joel Baseley, a pastor at 
Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Dearborn, against one of his denomination's 
top 
officials for participating in an interfaith prayer service at Yankee 
Stadium in the Bronx, N.Y., after the Sept. 11 attacks.

"Instead of keeping God's name sacred and separate from every other 
name, 
it was made common as it was dragged to the level of Allah," Baseley 
wrote 
in his complaint against the Rev. David Benke, president of the 
church's 
east-coast Atlantic District. Baseley's complaint, supported by 17 
other 
Lutheran pastors, was discussed privately in the Missouri Synod church 
for 
months, and was revealed publicly only this week as the case against 
Benke 
neared its conclusion.

Now, the complaint is sparking criticism of Baseley by interfaith 
leaders 
in metro Detroit.

"These actions and words are out of touch with where contemporary 
society 
needs to go," said the Rev. Dan Krichbaum, director of the National 
Conference for Community and Justice in Detroit...

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ISLAM CONVERT LOSES CUSTODY OF HER SON
Sean Salai, Washington Times, 7/11/02
http://www.washingtontimes.com/culture/20020711-78692457.htm

A circuit court judge in South Dakota has granted temporary custody and 
a 
restraining order to the grandparents of a 5-year-old boy who say they 
don't want the child's natural mother rearing him as a Muslim in Egypt.

My wife and I are very concerned about Trevor's safety and well-being 
as 
Trevor's mother has engaged in some bizarre behavior, including wearing 
Muslim garb and declaring herself a Muslim," Conrad Rederth, the 
grandfather, stated in an affidavit.

Judge Rodney Steele of the 3rd Judicial Circuit ruled in favor of the 
plaintiffs on June 20, confiscating Trevor's passport and stating that 
"the 
only way to protect the child" is to prevent his mother from leaving 
the 
country with him.

Trevor's mother, Sally Rederth Barakat, 29, married Osama Barakat in 
Egypt 
on Oct. 2 and converted to Islam in February. The U.S. Embassy 
certified 
the marriage in advance.

Mrs. Barakat said she couldn't afford adequate legal representation and 
that her first attorney "just sat there and didn't do anything" in 
court.

"I am planning to move to Sioux Falls in order to get away from my 
abusive 
family," she stated in her own affidavit. Richard Hill, 56, the boy's 
biological father, also signed Mr. Rederth's affidavit. Mrs. Barakat 
said 
she never saw Mr. Hill after their courtship and that he rarely paid 
child 
support.

In addition, she filed a June 7 protective order against her father, 
who 
had been convicted of driving under the influence in South Dakota and 
an 
unrelated felony in Minnesota. That order was waived in Judge Steele's 
ruling.

Mrs. Barakat, who did not know her biological mother, said she never 
lived 
with her father for more than six months as a child. She was raised by 
her 
grandmother until age 10. After her grandmother's death, she entered 
the 
foster care system and was adopted in Michigan by Pam Hoss, now 
deceased.

Mrs. Barakat has visitation rights with Trevor until the July 22 
hearing. 
She said Mr. Rederth has been feeding her son pork, which is forbidden 
to 
Muslims, smoking around him and buying him firearms in an effort to 
spite 
her new religion...

ACTION REQUESTED:

The Muslim community in South Dakota set up a bank account to help with 
the 
mother's estimated $2,000 in legal expenses. Donations may be sent to:

The Barakat Fund
c/o Islamic Society of Brookings
804 13th St.
Brookings, SD 57006

E-MAIL: so_dakota_islam@hotmail.com
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BE AWARE: MISSIONARY GUIDE TO CONVERTING MUSLIM WOMEN
http://www.christiananswers.net/q-eden/muslimwomen.html

The best way to meet Muslim women is to be introduced to them by 
someone 
else. This way they will trust you more quickly because you are their 
friend's friend.

People who might be able to introduce you to Muslims are: former 
missionaries in your town, TESOL teachers, international student 
offices on 
university campuses, campus Christian workers (such as International 
Students, Inc., Navigators, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, etc.)...

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DEADLINE FOR FOREIGN SERVICE EXAM APPROACHING

Register now for the Fall 2002 Foreign Service Written Exam. Deadlines 
for 
the September 21 exam are August 13 for U.S. test sites and August 5 
for 
overseas sites

TO REGISTER GO TO:
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ANTI-TERRORISM OFFICE FOR U.S., ISRAEL ON HOLD
Sean Salai, Washington Times, 7/11/02
http://washtimes.com/national/20020711-25436392.htm

A proposal for a joint U.S.-Israeli anti-terror office has been delayed 
by 
Israeli security concerns and by Democratic reluctance to endorse 
immediately any part of President Bush's proposed Homeland Security 
Department.

A separate panel of lawmakers, the U.S.-Israeli Inter-Parliamentary 
Commission on National Security (IPC), failed to convene as expected in 
June, delaying movement on the anti-terrorism office and other 
cooperation 
between the two nations...

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MUSLIMS FEAR THE WORST IN INDIA'S GUJARAT AS HINDUS PREPARE MARCH
Praveena Sharma, Agence France Press, 7/11/02

AHMEDABAD, India - Thousands of Muslims have returned to relief camps 
in 
the riot-hit western Indian state of Gujarat fearing fresh attacks by 
Hindu 
hardliners during an annual procession Friday.

"We realized that the number of refugees at our camp had shot up only 
after 
we fell short of food some days back, and when we did a head count the 
number had gone up by almost 2,000," said Mohsin Kadri, a coordinator 
of 
the Shah Aalam camp in Gujarat's commercial capital Ahmedabad.

More than 4,500 people already live in the camp, one of many set up 
after 
India's worst communal violence in a decade broke out in February. 
Devout 
Hindus will march for 14 kilometers (eight miles) in tense Ahmedabad on 
Friday as part of the Jagallath Yatra, an annual religious procession.

Leading Muslim leaders have called on the government to forbid the 
public 
ceremony in the current climate. Earlier this month a political 
procession 
was called off under pressure from Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, 
fearing it would shatter Gujarat's relative calm in recent weeks...

SEE ALSO:

CA LECTURE ON HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN GUJARAT

WHO: Dr. Naijd Hussain
WHEN: Saturday July 13th, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
WHERE: Hilton Newark/Fremont, 39900 Balentine Drive, Newark, CA 94560
COST: $10

For more information, please contact Indian Muslim Relief Committee at 
(650) 856-0440.

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U.S. DEPORTS MOST OF THOSE ARRESTED IN SWEEPS AFTER 9/11
SUSAN SACHS, New York Times, 7/11/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/07/11/national/11DEPO.html

As legal challenges to its policy of secret detentions advance slowly 
through the courts, the government has managed to deport most of the 
Sept. 
11 detainees at the center of the lawsuits.

Some 1,200 South Asian and Arab men were arrested in sweeps after the 
terrorist attacks, and 750 of them were ultimately detained on 
immigration 
violations, the Justice Department said. As of four weeks ago, when the 
latest head count was released, all but 74 had been expelled to their 
home 
countries or, in a handful of cases, released to resume their lives in 
the 
United States. The government, citing national security concerns, has 
refused to disclose the names of those foreigners it held in detention, 
including the vast majority who were never charged with anything other 
than 
overstaying a visa. It has also banned the public from the deportation 
hearings of "special interest detainees" once it has finished 
investigating 
them.

The secret detentions and secret hearings have been attacked in federal 
lawsuits filed by civil liberties groups in Washington, D.C., New 
Jersey 
and Michigan, and those cases continue to wend their way through the 
judicial system...

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ANTHRAX CASE HOMES IN ON UNUSUAL SUSPECT
Faye Bowers, Christian Science Monitor, 7/11/02
http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/0710/p02s01-usju.html

WASHINGTON - The FBI has someone in mind. He is a loner, a science nerd 
with access to a sophisticated lab. He has a reason to be peeved, and 
he's 
familiar with the Trenton, N.J., area. This Unabomber-like person, 
officials say, mailed the anthrax-laced letters last fall that resulted 
in 
five deaths.

Narrowing its nine-month search in the past two weeks, the FBI has 
closed 
in on two government labs that work with anthrax, and to several 
scientists 
who have the expertise, the access, and possibly the motive to carry 
out 
the worst bioweapons attack against this country...

"I have been puzzled by the slow pace," says Jonathan Tucker, director 
of 
the chemical and biological weapons nonproliferation program at the 
Washington-based Monterey Institute. "It is hard to know if it is 
because 
[the FBI has] never done anything like this before and are on a steep 
learning curve, or if it's merely incompetence, or if something more 
nefarious is going on within the intelligence community..."

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WOMEN MOURN LOVED ONES LOST IN SREBRENICA MASSACRE
Nedim Dervisbegovic, Reuters, 7/11/02

SREBRENICA, Bosnia - Women who lost their loved ones in the Srebrenica 
massacre gathered Thursday under a hot sun to mark the seventh 
anniversary 
of the slaughter of up to 8,000 Muslim men and boys by Bosnian Serb 
forces.

Around 2,000 mourners -- many of them widows wearing traditional long 
Muslim dresses and headscarves -- took part in the memorial service in 
a 
field near the town, praying for the victims of what is widely 
considered 
Europe's worst atrocity since World War Two.

Bosnia's highest Islamic cleric Mustafa efendi Ceric led the service, 
drawing a comparison between the slaughter synonymous with Bosnia's 
1992-95 
war and the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States, which killed some 
3,000 
people...

Seven years later, the international community is still reeling over 
Srebrenica. Four months ago, the Dutch government resigned over the 
role of 
its peacekeepers in the U.N.-declared "safe area" who did not stop the 
mass 
killing taking place.

A symbolic white marble Islamic tombstone was recently erected at the 
site 
of Thursday's service, and families want 10,000 more -- one for each 
victim 
they believe perished. Independent estimates put the death toll at up 
to 
8,000...

The Serbs captured the isolated, crowded and starving enclave on July 
11, 
1995 and rounded up the Muslim men while the lightly-armed Dutch 
peacekeepers stood by helplessly. They had no orders to fight and were 
denied air support...

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS  7/12/2002

HEADLINES:

* SIX FLAGS CLARIFIES ISLAMIC HEADSCARF POLICY
         - MARYLAND: MUSLIM FAMILY DAY AT SIX FLAGS AMERICA
* BIAS ALLEGED AFTER INCIDENT AT BUS STATION IN D.C. (Washington Post)
* CONDO ACCUSED OF BIAS, REFUSED TO RENT TO SAUDI (Miami Herald)
* US COURT DENIES TALIBAN FIGHTER ACCESS TO LAWYER
         - ARE CIVIL LIBERTIES THE REAL VICTIM OF TERRORISM? (Scripps 
Howard)
* THE ANTHRAX FILES (New York Times)
* WHY BUSH'S MIDDLE EAST PROPAGANDA CAMPAIGN WON'T WORK (Salon.com)
* REPORTERS' GROUP URGES ISRAEL TO FREE JOURNALISTS (Reuters)
         - PALESTINIAN JOURNALIST DIES OF WOUNDS IN WEST BANK

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SIX FLAGS CLARIFIES ISLAMIC HEADSCARF POLICY

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/12/02) - Six Flags Inc. has clarified its policy 
on 
allowing Muslim women to wear headscarves while on amusement parks 
rides. 
The clarification came after lengthy discussions with the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a national Islamic advocacy group.

CAIR contacted Six Flags after receiving a number of complaints from 
Muslim 
women who said they were denied access to roller-coaster rides by 
employees 
of Six Flags New England. The scarves were cited as potential safety 
hazards.

According to Six Flags, the clarified policy will allow Muslim women to 
wear their religiously-mandated headscarves on all park rides, 
providing 
they are securely fastened. Company officials assured CAIR that a memo 
reflecting this clarification will be circulated to Six Flags parks 
nationwide.

“We appreciate Six Flags willingness to accommodate the religious 
concerns 
of Muslim customers while at the same time maintaining necessary safety 
standards,” said CAIR Communications Coordinator Hodan Hassan.

SEE ALSO:

MARYLAND: MUSLIM FAMILY DAY AT SIX FLAGS AMERICA

WHEN: July 13, 2002
WHERE: Six Flags America, Largo, MD

The ticket for Six Flags is half priced, $20 per person and the 
facility 
opens two hours early by special arrangement.

For further formation, please contact:

Dr. Khalid Masood, Chair Public Relations (301-680-0202) or Mr. Sabir
Rehman, President (301-260-9452)

The Muslim Community Center, Inc.
15200 New Hampshire Avenue Silver Spring, MD 20905
Tel: 301-384-3454
Fax: 301-384-6281
E-mail: mcc@mccmd.org
URL: http://mccmd.org

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BIAS ALLEGED AFTER INCIDENT AT BUS STATION IN D.C.
Mary Beth Sheridan, Washington Post, 7/12/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A58462-2002Jul11.html

A passenger of Middle Eastern descent was ordered off a Greyhound bus 
last 
month at the terminal in the District, prompting a complaint of ethnic 
profiling yesterday from a national Islamic group.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations is demanding that Greyhound 
apologize to Anwar el-Naham, 29, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was 
prevented from reboarding a bus in the nation's capital June 29 during 
a 
trip from New York to Richmond.

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the council, said the incident appeared 
to 
be part of a wave of ethnic-profiling incidents involving 
transportation 
companies, especially airlines, since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. 
"On 
buses, to my knowledge, this is the first time somebody's been kicked 
off," 
he said…

Brown said that the company plans to apologize to el-Naham if he "felt 
any 
perception of discrimination."

ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE.)

Contact Greyhound to request that they apologize to the Muslim 
passenger,
clarify their policies on discrimination and institute sensitivity 
training
for company employees:

CONTACT:

Mr. Craig Lentzsch
Chief Executive Officer
Greyhound Lines, Inc.
15110 North Dallas Parkway 75248

FAX: 972-387-1874
E-MAIL: jbruner@greyhound.com, custserv@greyhound.com,
kplaske@greyhound.com, jbradfi@greyhound.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

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CONDO ACCUSED OF BIAS, REFUSED TO RENT TO SAUDI
ELENA CABRAL, Miami Herald, 7/12/02
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/3646338.htm

A Broward real estate broker has filed a discrimination complaint with 
the 
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development after a Hollywood 
Beach 
condominium association refused to rent to his 27-year-old Saudi 
client.

Realtor Usama El-Abaidy alleges that when he found an apartment in 
March at 
the Summit Towers, 1201 S. Ocean Dr., for Saad Al-Mothana, who is in 
the 
U.S. on a student visa, he was told by the condo president that the 
board 
didn't want "this type of people" in the building.

'I said, 'This type of people are the same type as me,'" said 
El-Abaidy, 
who was born in Egypt but has lived in the U.S. for more than 20 
years…Al-Mothana's complaint to HUD joins a growing list of post-Sept. 
11 
allegations of discrimination against Muslims and people of Middle 
Eastern 
descent. Since October HUD has logged at least six other complaints in 
Florida in Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Jacksonville, Kissimmee, and St. 
Petersburg, according to agency figures…

Randall Marshall, legal director for the ACLU of Florida, said condo 
associations can only go so far to screen residents.

"We have people who move here from all over the world," Marshall said.

"To single people out because they are Middle Eastern or from any 
particular country, I think people are treading on very thin ice."

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US COURT DENIES TALIBAN FIGHTER ACCESS TO LAWYER
REUTERS, 7/12/02

NORFOLK, Va, July 12 (Reuters) - A federal appeals court ruled on 
Friday 
that an American-born Taliban prisoner captured in Afghanistan, Yaser 
Esam 
Hamdi, could not have access to a lawyer, saying the government had the 
right to detain combatants in a time of war.

Chief Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals 
reversed a federal court's June decision allowing Hamdi to meet with 
Public 
Defender Frank Dunham.

In his ruling, Wilkinson said the district court had made the decision 
"without adequately considering the implications of its actions" and 
remanded it back to the court.

"In the face of ongoing hostilities, the district court issued an order 
that failed to address the many serious questions raised by Hamdi's 
case," 
Wilkinson wrote…

Hamdi, 21, was in captivity in November during a prison uprising by 
Taliban 
and al Qaeda forces after U.S. forces launched a military campaign in 
Afghanistan. He was held with other detainees in Cuba until the 
discovery 
that he had been born in Louisiana to Saudi Arabian parents.

Hamdi has been declared an enemy combatant and held at a jail in the 
Norfolk U.S. naval station since April. The government has determined 
he 
should continue to be detained in accordance with the laws and customs 
of war

Last month the same court ruled the federal public defender and a 
private 
citizen had no significant prior relationship with Hamdi and therefore 
could not file petitions for a writ of habeas corpus as his "next 
friend" 
arguing he is being held illegally…

Citing the need for judicial review, Wilkinson refused to make a 
sweeping 
ruling and did not approve a government request to dismiss the case 
entirely.

"With no meaningful judicial review, any American citizen alleged to be 
an 
enemy combatant could be detained indefinitely without charges or 
counsel 
on the government's say-so," he wrote. "Given the interlocutory nature 
of 
this appeal, a remand rather than an outright dismissal is 
appropriate..."

SEE ALSO:

ARE CIVIL LIBERTIES THE REAL VICTIM OF TERRORISM?
Bill Straub, Scripps Howard, 7/11/02
http://www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_48.shtml

When he signed the USA Patriot Act, President Bush said that the widely 
popular measure would "give intelligence and law-enforcement officials 
important new tools to fight a present danger.”

With the United States facing "a threat like no other our nation has 
ever 
faced'' in the wake of 9/11, Bush said the new law would enhance FBI 
and 
CIA surveillance techniques but also respect "the civil liberties 
guaranteed by our Constitution.''

But more than eight months after the Oct. 26 signing ceremony, critics 
are 
wondering whether that law and other actions are living up to Bush's 
promise to preserve civil liberties…

Measures taken by the Bush administration - so far - are not so 
dramatic. 
But groups and individuals across the political spectrum are raising 
concerns that the government is unnecessarily limiting civil liberties 
in 
the face of outside assault…

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THE ANTHRAX FILES
NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF, New York Times, 7/12/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/07/12/opinion/12KRIS.html

When someone expert in bio-warfare mailed anthrax last fall, it may not 
have been the first time he had struck.

So while the F.B.I. has been unbelievably lethargic in its 
investigation so 
far, any year now it will re-examine the package that arrived on April 
24, 
1997, at the B'nai B'rith headquarters in Washington D.C. The package 
contained a petri dish mislabeled "anthracks."

The dish did not contain anthrax. But a Navy lab determined that it was 
bacillus cereus, a very close, non-toxic cousin of anthrax used by the 
U.S. 
Defense Department.

Anybody able to obtain bacillus cereus knew how to spell "anthrax." An 
echo 
of that deliberate misspelling came last fall when the anthrax letters 
suggested taking "penacilin."

The choice of B'nai B'rith probably was meant to suggest Arab 
terrorists, 
because the building had once been the target of an assault by Muslim 
gunmen. In the same way, F.B.I. profilers are convinced that the real 
anthrax attacks last year were conducted by an American scientist 
trying to 
pin the blame on Arabs.

In a column on July 2 I wrote about "Mr. Z," an American bio-defense 
insider who intrigues investigators and whose career has been spent in 
the 
shadowy world of counterterror and intelligence. He denies any 
involvement 
in the anthrax attacks.

Over the next couple of years, Mr. Z used the B'nai B'rith attack to 
underscore the importance of his field and his own status within it. 
"Remember B'nai B'rith," he noted at one point. In examples he gave of 
how 
anthrax attacks might happen, he had a penchant for dropping Arab 
names.

The F.B.I. must be on top of the B'nai B'rith episode, right? Well, it 
was 
told about it months ago. But B'nai B'rith says it hasn't been asked 
about 
the incident by the F.B.I…

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WHY BUSH'S MIDDLE EAST PROPAGANDA CAMPAIGN WON'T WORK
Samer Shehata, Salon.com, 7/12/02
http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2002/07/12/propaganda/index_np.html

The U.S. State Department has launched a series of multimillion-dollar 
programs designed to improve America's image and win the hearts and 
minds 
of the Arab and Muslim world. But despite the enormous ambitions and 
cost, 
troubling questions have emerged over whether an elaborate marketing 
campaign can be effective in a region where mistrust of the United 
States 
is nearly universal.

The public diplomacy plan to influence grass-roots opinion in the Arab 
and 
Muslim world includes not just new cultural and academic exchanges, but 
also a Web site focused on Sept. 11 and terrorism, a pamphlet called 
the 
Network of Terrorism, television commercials aimed at a Muslim 
audience, an 
Arabic-language FM radio station and even, perhaps, a satellite 
television 
station for the Arab world…

The overwhelming majority of Arabs and Muslims love freedom and 
democracy 
as much as we do. The problem is that from their perspective, U.S. 
Middle 
East policy is guided by neither of these two noble principles.

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REPORTERS' GROUP URGES ISRAEL TO FREE JOURNALISTS
Reuters, 7/12/02

JERUSALEM - A U.S.-based reporters' rights organisation has protested 
against Israel's continued detention of three Palestinian journalists 
and 
demanded their immediate release.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said in a statement issued 
late 
on Thursday that it was "deeply disturbed" by the failure to release 
Reuters cameraman Jussry al-Jamal, Agence France Presse photographer 
Hussam 
Abu Alan and Kamel Jbeil, a reporter with the Arab newsaper Al-Quds.

"We protest the prolonged detention without charge of these journalists 
by 
Israeli authorities," said Ann Cooper, executive director of the CPJ, 
which 
is based in New York. "They should be released immediately."

SEE ALSO:

PALESTINIAN JOURNALIST DIES OF WOUNDS IN WEST BANK
Reuters, 7/12/02

JENIN, West Bank - A Palestinian journalist died of his wounds on 
Friday a 
day after he was shot by Israeli troops in the West Bank city of Jenin, 
hospital officials said.

Imad Abu Zahra, 35, a freelance reporter, was wounded in the thigh. He 
lost 
a lot of blood and slipped into a coma before being brought to the 
hospital, they said.

Said Dahla, a photographer working for the Palestinian news agency 
WAFA, 
was also wounded in the incident but survived, the hospital officials 
said…

Palestinian witnesses said the men were shot as the army reimposed a 
curfew. They said boys threw stones at the soldiers and ran away when 
military vehicles, including tanks, opened fire. They denied there had 
been 
an exchange of fire…

Italian freelance photographer Raffaele Ciriello was shot dead by 
troops in 
the West Bank city of Ramallah in March.

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS  7/14/2002

HEADLINES:

* A U.S. WATCHDOG FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES (Washington Post)
* CIVIL LIBERTIES TAKE BACK SEAT AS FEAR RULES (San Jose Mercury News)
* CONFLICTING IMAGE OF DETAINEE EMERGES (AP)
* ATLANTA MUSLIMS RECOIL AFTER FEDERAL RAIDS (Atlanta Journal)
* HATE CRIMES SOARED LAST YEAR, REPORT SAYS (Omaha World-Herald)
* 'JIHAD' REALLY MEANS TO STRIVE FOR THE SAKE OF GOD (Columbus 
Dispatch)
* SD WOMAN CLAIMS SHE LOST CUSTODY OF CHILD BECAUSE SHE IS MUSLIM (AP)
* DIVIDE WIDENS FOR MUSLIMS, HINDUS IN INDIA (San Francisco Chronicle)
         - RISING THREAT OF HINDU EXTREMISM (Boston Globe)
* MUSLIMS REVERE JESUS, BUT AS A PROPHET AND NOT A GOD (Star Tribune)

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A U.S. WATCHDOG FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES
Christopher Edley Jr., Washington Post, 7/14/02
Sunday, July 14, 2002; Page B07
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A63915-2002Jul12.html

It is becoming increasingly clear that while reorganizing and 
mobilizing 
for homeland security, we also need to construct a practical means of 
addressing wartime threats to civil liberties and civil rights.

The line-drawing between security and liberties carries three distinct 
risks:

Officials and judges may draw a line in a place we come to regret. Or 
they 
may not fully disclose where they have drawn it. Or, finally, wherever 
the 
line is drawn, government agents may violate it, without our having 
much of 
a chance to detect, correct and punish the abuses. There are things 
Congress can do now to address these risks of failure to disclose and 
comply…

First, don't count on the courts. As Chief Justice William Rehnquist 
warned 
in his prescient 1998 book, wartime courts strain to accommodate 
security 
imperatives declared by the political branches…

Second, discount the congressional watchdogs for now. Bipartisan 
consensus, 
plus the volume of concerns, means that oversight will be both 
overwhelmed 
and deferential.

Finally, don't count on political pressure. A watchful public will not 
protest, because the war will be mostly secret, mostly for good reason. 
Without transparency, public debate will be ill informed or 
nonexistent...

What to do? Within the new agency of homeland security, Congress should 
create an independent Office of Rights and Liberties, headed by a 
Senate-confirmed director…

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CIVIL LIBERTIES TAKE BACK SEAT AS FEAR RULES
Dennis Rockstroh, San Jose Mercury News, 7/13/02
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/bayarea/news/columnists/dennis_rockstroh/3656283.htm

OK, how many of you have read the USA Patriot Act of 2001?

I see only one hand, and it doesn't count. It's the person who typed it 
up.

The act, a.k.a. Public Law 107-56, is now the law of the land and is 
already chipping away at freedoms many of us hold sacred. The Fremont 
City 
Council, normally loath to take a position on federal issues, is 
considering harsh words to ship off to our nation's capital decrying 
the 
erosion of civil liberties and constitutional rights that have been 
exacerbated as a result of hastily adopted federal anti-terrorism laws.

Fremont, as you may know, is the home of thousands of Americans who 
once 
hailed from South Asia and have been feeling the painful fallout from 
the 
Sept. 11 attack on the U.S.

Petition for statement

Earlier this month, about 100 Muslim men, women and children implored 
the 
council to make a statement about civil liberties, the U.S. 
Constitution 
and the Patriot Act, which gives the feds more authority to question 
and 
detain people, listen in to phone conversations, read e-mail and follow 
us 
on the Internet…

We're at war and should expect some curtailment on civil liberties so 
that 
the government can nail the bad guys.

And I'm all for cutting off the terrorists and shutting them down.

On the other hand, you've got to watch the government like a hawk. It's 
led 
us into national disaster before. I've been around long enough to know 
that 
a lot of people will mindlessly follow the government, claiming it is 
what 
patriots do.

It's not.

Patriots watch the government like a hawk watches a rattlesnake.

Thomas Jefferson told us. "The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."

And Benjamin Franklin said, "Those who would give up essential liberty 
to 
purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

The USA Patriot Act of 2001 chips away at constitutional guarantees 
against 
unreasonable searches and seizures, and against detainment and 
incarceration without due process.

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CONFLICTING IMAGE OF DETAINEE EMERGES
DEBORAH HASTINGS, Bradenton Herald (Associated Press), 7/14/02
http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradentonherald/3658977.htm

His name is Hussein al-Attas. He is 24 years old. Ten months ago, he 
was 
arrested by federal agents at the mosque where he worshipped.

He has been locked in solitary confinement ever since, his only 
companion a 
Spanish-speaking prisoner on the other side of the wall, to whom he 
speaks 
through the air-conditioning vent.

Neither his family in Saudi Arabia, nor his Muslim friends in this 
college 
town will speak for him. They are afraid, they say, of endangering 
themselves. And of making life harder for al-Attas, held by the Justice 
Department in downtown Manhattan as a material witness in connection 
with 
the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

His attorneys, silenced by a federal gag order, defend their client 
during 
closed hearings and in legal motions filed under seal.

Al-Attas has not been charged with a crime…

Behind the veil of silence, those who know al-Attas say he is a good 
and 
honest man. Perhaps too naive, perhaps too willing to listen when he 
should 
have walked away. Speaking on condition of anonymity, saying they fear 
retribution from immigration officials, they described his ways as 
quiet 
and kind, his soul as sensitive and devoted to Islam, his beliefs 
unbowed 
before the temptations of America…

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ATLANTA MUSLIMS RECOIL AFTER FEDERAL RAIDS
MONI BASU, Atlanta Journal, 7/13/02
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/epaper/editions/saturday/news_d3f24cf51683813b008a.html

Recent federal raids of local jewelry stores coupled with reports that 
terrorism suspects are under nationwide surveillance has renewed anger 
and 
fear in Atlanta's Muslim community.

Federal agents are reportedly watching groups of Middle Eastern men 
suspected of being part of an al-Qaida ring of 500-to-1,000 operatives 
on 
U.S. soil. Published reports this week said the surveillance was 
ongoing in 
Atlanta, Detroit, Seattle and Chicago…

"People are very frightened," said Hasan Kamal, a Muslim from India who 
attended Friday prayers at the Al-Farooq Masjid in Midtown. "They are 
really scared, even though many of them are American citizens. They 
think 
their civil rights will be denied."

Khalid Siddiq, a native of Pakistan and director of the mosque, said 
most 
members are aware of the surveillance.

"We are very conscious of the fact that this is going to be the pattern 
from now on," he said...

Some Atlanta area Muslims said Friday they support the Justice 
Department's 
efforts to snag suspected terrorists. Nevertheless, they are scared of 
being profiled. And they don't want federal operations to become a 
witch-hunt.

"We want to make sure anyone being questioned or detained that their 
due 
process rights are respected," said Rashid Naim, a Georgia State 
University 
professor and spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. 
"We 
are in favor of rigorous law enforcement, but law enforcement based 
primarily on profiling is a matter of great concern."

Hassan Hodan, a spokeswoman at the council's national office took it a 
step 
farther.

"It has been: 'Guilty before proven innocent,'" she said.

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HATE CRIMES SOARED LAST YEAR, REPORT SAYS
Rick Ruggles, Omaha World-Herald, 7/13/02
http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_np=0&u_pg=36&u_sid=446619

The number of hate crimes reported in the state surged last year, 
according 
to the Nebraska Crime Commission.

The commission's executive director, Allen Curtis, said Friday that he 
didn't know how much to make of the increase in reported hate crimes, 
which 
are up from 18 in 2000 to 51 last year...

Ahmad Ghosheh, president of the Islamic Center of Omaha, said there was 
no 
doubt that bigotry and hate crimes against Muslims increased after the 
terrorist attacks.

"It is sad to say that there are people out there who tend to lump-sum 
about one-fifth of the people on earth" because of the terrorist acts, 
Ghosheh said.

Locally, he said, women wearing Muslim head scarves have been berated 
and 
shoved in stores and told to go back where they came from.

That's particularly comical, he said, when the woman has converted to 
the 
Islamic faith, is white and grew up in Iowa - such as Ghosheh's wife.

The Islamic Center also received some phone calls after Sept. 11 in 
which 
four-letter words and threats were spewed…

Generally, Ghosheh said, Omahans have been supportive and kind toward 
Muslims. Some called after Sept. 11 and volunteered to guard the mosque 
while Muslims prayed inside.

The message, he said, is simple.

"We're all God's children, and we all should love each other and should 
not 
judge each other based on a few people's actions," he said.

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'JIHAD' REALLY MEANS TO STRIVE FOR THE SAKE OF GOD
Asma Mobin-Uddin, Columbus Dispatch, 7/12/02
http://www.columbusdispatch.com
Search using the term “Jihad.”
Dr. Asma Mobin-Uddin is a pediatrician and serves as vice president of 
the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations' Ohio Chapter.

Difficulties in communication between Muslim and non-Muslim Americans 
are 
increased by inaccurate preconceptions, heightened emotions and media 
sensationalism. The recent controversy evoked by the word jihad in the 
title of a Harvard graduating senior's commencement address exemplified 
all 
of these.
Zayed Yasin was selected to speak by the Harvard faculty. His address, 
initially titled "My American Jihad," focused on shared Muslim and 
American 
values and discussed the common Muslim understanding of jihad as a 
struggle 
to do the right thing.

Before the commencement, however, some students who neither had heard 
nor 
read the speech were offended by the word jihad in its title. They led 
a 
crusade against the address, insisting that the use of the word implied 
support for violence in the name of Islam. Despite faculty reassurances 
about the "healing" and "nonconfrontational" nature of the speech, 
Harvard's campus erupted in controversy and protest…

I understand why many have such a negative emotional response to the 
word 
jihad. The terrorists who murdered thousands of innocent people on 
Sept. 11 
used it to describe their actions. The American media and English 
dictionaries often translate this word as "holy war." We sometimes hear 
the 
claim that it refers to Muslims trying to force conversions to Islam.

It is no wonder that people who seriously and thoughtfully try to 
understand the Muslim perspective on this word are surprised when they 
uncover its true, original meaning.

In Arabic, the translation of "holy war" is not jihad but harb 
muqaddas. 
This term never appears in the Quran. The word jihad is derived from 
the 
Arabic root j-h-d, which means to strive or exert effort. To Muslims, 
jihad 
means to strive for the sake of God. This striving encompasses both a 
person's internal struggle to do the right thing, which Prophet 
Muhammad 
defined as the "greater jihad," and his or her external struggle to 
implement goodness in society.

Jihad can include a struggle on the battlefield, the "lesser jihad," 
but 
only in self-defense or to relieve oppression. The Quran warns: "Fight 
for 
the sake of God those that fight against you, but do not attack them 
first. 
God does not love the aggressors" (2:190).

Huston Smith, an internationally recognized scholar of religions, wrote 
on 
Oct. 25 that the concept of war acceptable in Islam "is virtually 
identical 
with the 'just war' concept in Christian canon law, right down to the 
notion that martyrs in both are assured of entering heaven. In both 
cases, 
the war must be defensive or fought to right a manifest wrong. Chivalry 
must be observed and the least possible damage inflicted to secure the 
end 
in question. And hostilities must cease when the objective is 
accomplished. 
Retaliation is disallowed."

For Muslims, jihad means striving for good in every aspect of life. 
Jihad 
is speaking out for the truth, even if it is against one's own 
interests. 
Jihad is giving to the needy despite fear of poverty. Jihad is working 
hard 
to gain knowledge and using that knowledge to benefit humanity. Jihad 
is 
making a stand against those who do wrong in the world, whether they 
are 
powerful or weak, relatives or strangers, Muslim or non-Muslim. Jihad 
is 
having the strength not to begin hostilities but, if needed, it is 
defending self, family, property or faith…

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FLANDREAU WOMAN CLAIMS SHE LOST CUSTODY OF CHILD BECAUSE SHE IS MUSLIM
Aberdeen American News (SD), 7/13/02
http://www.aberdeennews.com/mld/aberdeennews/3656488.htm

A Flandreau woman says she has temporarily lost custody of her son 
because 
of anti-Muslim bias.

A Moody County judge decided last month that Sally Barakat's 5-year-old 
son, Trevor Rederth, should be placed in the temporary custody of his 
grandparents.

Barakat, 29, claims her parents, Conrad and Julie Rederth, only sought 
custody of her son because they disapprove of the fact that she married 
an 
Egyptian man and converted to Islam.

“They're trying to use that against me and I'm hurt by that,” Barakat 
said 
in an interview.

Barakat said the Rederths have denigrated her religion and have made 
racist 
comments about her husband's name. Osama Barakat happens to share a 
first 
name with terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.

Court papers filed by Conrad Rederth say Sally Barakat “has engaged in 
some 
bizarre behavior, including wearing Muslim garb and declaring herself a 
Muslim…”

Circuit Judge Rodney J. Steele agreed in June and granted temporary 
custody 
of Trevor to the Rederths, pending a hearing scheduled for July 22. 
Steele 
also ordered Barakat to surrender any passport for Trevor and barred 
her 
from taking him out of Moody County without the court's permission.

But Anisah David, director of Human Interactions for Religious 
Understandings, said the same judge had previously granted a protection 
order by Sally Barakat against Conrad Rederth. The Rederths' concerns 
that 
a Muslim family would be violent toward Barakat and take her child ring 
hollow, David said…

The case has captured the attention of Muslim groups around the 
country, 
many of whom see Steele's decision as a display of anti-Islamic 
sentiment. 
The Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations has 
been 
collecting donations for Barakat's legal defense.

“The mother's volunteered to give up her passport so she couldn't leave 
the 
country,” said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations. “Once that's eliminated, what's left? So 
that 
leaves us with only some kind of anti-Muslim bias…”

ACTION REQUESTED:

The Muslim community in South Dakota set up a bank account to help with 
the 
mother's estimated $2,000 in legal expenses. Donations may be sent to:

The Barakat Fund
c/o Islamic Society of Brookings
804 13th St.
Brookings, SD 57006

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DIVIDE WIDENS FOR MUSLIMS, HINDUS IN INDIA
CLAUDIA KOLKER, San Francisco Chronicle, 7/13/02
http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/story.hts/front/1493297

AHMEDABAD, India -- Nearly five months after Hindu rioters hammered him 
with rocks and torched his house, Shaikh Salim still spends his nights 
in a 
Muslim graveyard. Hundreds of other Muslims doze around him, stretched 
on 
tombs or curled next to ancient walls. They swarmed here in February, 
chased by Hindu mobs that killed up to 2,000 people. Like many of the 
25,000 Muslims in nearby camps, they no longer feel safe around Hindus. 
"We 
all used to live together," says 20-year-old Salim, shaking his head. 
Now 
he fears a Hindu mob could swell again.

To many Indians, the persecution of the region's Muslims marks a 
watershed 
for their society. If the forces fueling this violence prevail, they 
warn, 
India -- a nuclear power with 1 billion people -- could cast off its 
democratic, secular tradition and become a Hindu state. Its mix of 
faiths 
and social castes could lose even the promise of equality…

SEE ALSO:

RISING THREAT OF HINDU EXTREMISM
H.D.S. Greenway, Boston Globe, 7/12/2002
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/193/oped/Rising_threat_of_Hindu_extremism+.shtml

WHILE THE Western World worries about Islam, the specter of Hindu 
nationalism carries the potential of threatening the stability of the 
Indian subcontinent and the world beyond. A bit of bad news out of New 
Delhi earlier this month was that the hard-line, Pakistan-bashing home 
minister, Lal Krishna Advani, had been named the number two man in the 
Indian government and a potential successor to the ailing and aging 
Prime 
Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee…

Like their Muslim extremist counterparts, Hindu nationalists seek to 
expel 
Western secularism from their midst, persecuting non-Hindus, trashing 
hotels that celebrate Valentine's Day or Christmas, and demanding that 
cities with Islamic names, such as Allahabad, be changed. Other 
religions - 
and there are more Muslims in India than there are in Pakistan - are 
considered offshoots of a basic Hindu entity that should submit to 
Hindutva…

The crowning moment of Advani's brand of Hindutva came exactly 10 years 
ago 
when an ancient mosque believed to have been built on a Hindu site was 
torn 
down by a howling Hindu mob egged on by BJP leaders including Advani. 
Militants shouting “Hindustan is for the Hindus” and “Death to Muslims” 
rioted, and more than 1,000 people were slaughtered, most of them 
Muslims...

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MUSLIMS REVERE JESUS, BUT AS A PROPHET AND NOT A GOD
Martha Sawyer Allen, Star Tribune, 7/13/02
http://www.startribune.com/stories/614/3049723.html

In a biblical story Jesus asked his disciples, "Who do you say that I 
am?"
Peter replied, "You are the Messiah, the son of the Living God."

For Christians this is the sum and substance of their faith: Jesus was 
God 
on Earth.

For the world's Muslims Jesus is also beloved, revered, but he's not 
God on 
Earth. Only God is God.

Muslims in Minnesota and elsewhere are trying to convince their 
Christian 
neighbors that they hold Jesus and his mother, Mary, in high esteem. 
They 
revere the Hebrew prophets as well.

"I challenge anyone to find any entry anywhere in the Qur'an that is 
less 
than tender and respectful to Jesus and Mary," said Zafar Siddiqui, 
president of Islamic Resource Group, a corps of Minnesota Muslims that 
explains Islam...

Said Siddiqui: "There is a lot of inadvertent misinformation about 
Islam, 
and we want to give a human face to the 'alien' ideas people are 
exposed 
to. We don't preach about Islam; we teach. We want to prevent Islam 
from 
being hijacked by the likes of Osama bin Laden," he said…

Some of the most well known teachings in Islam include:

• Jesus' mother, Mary, was a virgin when the angels told her that God 
had 
purified her and had chosen her above all women of the universe to give 
birth to him.

• The consistent message from Jesus in the Islamic texts is that there 
is 
one God and that polytheism is wrong.

• Islam teaches that God saved Jesus from death on the cross and took 
him 
bodily into heaven.

• At the end times, on judgment day, Jesus will return and fight evil, 
or 
the Antichrist. He will then lead a normal life and die.

• He is an honored prophet and apostle of God, but he is not to be 
worshiped as a deity or as the son of God.

"If I say I no longer believe in Jesus, then I'm no longer a Muslim," 
said 
Siddiqui.

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 7/15/2002

HEADLINES:

* U.S. TO RECRUIT 1-IN-24 AMERICANS AS SPIES (Sydney Morning Herald)
         - EDITORIAL: WHAT IS OPERATION TIPS? (Washington Post)
* DISPLACED MUSLIMS CHOOSE BETWEEN CAMP OF FLIES AND BURNED-OUT HOME 
(AFP)
* IN CHINA'S WEST, ETHNIC STRIFE BECOMES 'TERRORISM' (Washington Post)
* HATE CITED IN SLAYING OF JEWISH FATHER OF 6 (Globe and Mail)
* POLICE THEORIZE THAT A COLLAPSING BUSINESS CAUSED HADAYET TO SNAP 
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US PLANNING TO RECRUIT ONE IN 24 AMERICANS AS CITIZEN SPIES
Ritt Goldstein, Sydney Morning Herald, 7/15/02
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2002/07/14/1026185141232.html

The Bush Administration aims to recruit millions of United States 
citizens 
as domestic informants in a program likely to alarm civil liberties 
groups.

The Terrorism Information and Prevention System, or TIPS, means the US 
will 
have a higher percentage of citizen informants than the former East 
Germany 
through the infamous Stasi secret police. The program would use a 
minimum 
of 4 per cent of Americans to report "suspicious activity."

Civil liberties groups have already warned that, with the passage 
earlier 
this year of the Patriot Act, there is potential for abusive, 
large-scale 
investigations of US citizens.

As with the Patriot Act, TIPS is being pursued as part of the so-called 
war 
against terrorism. It is a Department of Justice project.

Highlighting the scope of the surveillance network, TIPS volunteers are 
being recruited primarily from among those whose work provides access 
to 
homes, businesses or transport systems. Letter carriers, utility 
employees, 
truck drivers and train conductors are among those named as targeted 
recruits...

Historically, informant systems have been the tools of non-democratic 
states. According to a 1992 report by Harvard University's Project on 
Justice, the accuracy of informant reports is problematic, with some 
informants having embellished the truth, and others suspected of having 
fabricated their reports.

Present Justice Department procedures mean that informant reports will 
enter databases for future reference and/or action. The information 
will 
then be broadly available within the department, related agencies and 
local 
police forces. The targeted individual will remain unaware of the 
existence 
of the report and of its contents.

The Patriot Act already provides for a person's home to be searched 
without 
that person being informed that a search was ever performed, or of any 
surveillance devices that were implanted...

SEE ALSO:

EDITORIAL: WHAT IS OPERATION TIPS?
Washington Post, 7/14/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A63924-2002Jul12.html

THE JUSTICE Department is not saying much about the Terrorism 
Information 
and Prevention System -- otherwise known as Operation TIPS -- which is 
due 
to begin as a pilot program later this summer.

Apparently the only public information about the program, in fact, is 
on a 
government Web site, which describes it as "a nationwide program giving 
millions of American truckers, letter carriers, train conductors, ship 
captains, utility employees, and others a formal way to report 
suspicious 
terrorist activity."

Operation TIPS will, in the pilot stage, involve a million workers, 
who, 
"in the daily course of their work, are in a unique position to serve 
as 
extra eyes and ears for law enforcement." It will offer them 
"training...in 
how to look out for suspicious and potentially terrorist-related 
activity." 
It will also provide "a formal way to report" that activity "through a 
single and coordinated toll-free number." This description, which is 
essentially all we know about the program, poses more questions than it 
answers.

Public vigilance is a good thing, and so is encouraging citizens to 
alert 
authorities to terrorist activity. It makes sense to educate people who 
work at potential targets or at places where lethal cargo may be 
smuggled. 
But having the government recruit informants among letter carriers and 
utility workers -- people who enter the homes of Americans for reasons 
unrelated to law enforcement -- is an entirely different matter.

Americans should not be subjecting themselves to law enforcement 
scrutiny 
merely by having cable lines installed, mail delivered or meters read. 
Police cannot routinely enter people's houses without either permission 
or 
a warrant. They should not be using utility workers to conduct 
surveillance 
they could not lawfully conduct themselves...

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DISPLACED MUSLIMS CHOOSE BETWEEN CAMP OF FLIES AND BURNED-OUT HOME
BEATRICE DEBUT, Agence France Presse, 7/15/02

AHMEDABAD, India, July 15 - Crammed into a rickshaw, their feet lying 
on 
piles of clothes and cutlery, the Ismail family is finally ending four 
months in a makeshift displacement camp -- by returning to a burned-out 
home.

Like thousands of other Muslims in the riot-torn western Indian state 
of 
Gujarat, the Ismail family had been waiting to see how an annual Hindu 
march passed off Friday before deciding whether to leave the relative 
safety of their decrepit relief camp.

The Jagannath march was seen as a test as to what extent peace had 
returned 
to Gujarat, where more than 1,000 people -- most of them Muslims -- 
have 
died since February in India's worst communal bloodletting in a decade. 
To 
the relief of most, the day passed off without major incident as the 
Hindus 
marched through Gujarat's commercial capital Ahmedabad under the 
watchful 
eye of 20,000 police.

The Ismail family packed up their meagre possessions on Saturday and 
left 
the Shah Aalam mosque compound, which has become a camp for thousands 
of 
the Muslims displaced by the violence.

They returned to a home whose walls are charred black after being 
torched 
by Hindus at the riots' zenith.

"We will live outside, we will rebuild our house," said Rahisa Ismail, 
30.

"We cannot stand any more living here in these conditions," she said of 
the 
refuse-littered camp buzzing with countless flies.

More than 100,000 Gujaratis, most of them Muslims, have lost their 
homes 
since February 27, when Hindu mobs launched reprisal attacks after 
suspected Muslims torched a train carrying Hindu activists, killing 58 
people...

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IN CHINA'S WEST, ETHNIC STRIFE BECOMES 'TERRORISM'
Philip P. Pan, Washington Post, 7/15/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A4215-2002Jul14.html

KUQA, China - ...The Chinese government has portrayed the clash as part 
of 
its own war on terrorism, a campaign to crush what it describes as a 
violent, organized separatist movement in Xinjiang province. It says 
the 
separatists are backed by Osama bin Laden and other militants abroad, 
and 
it has sought help from the United States and other nations to fight 
them.

But a more complicated picture of the situation in Xinjiang emerged 
during 
a government-guided trip through the province, from the capital, 
Urumqi, to 
five oasis cities on the ancient Silk Road. Although residents reported 
scattered incidents of violence, the region seemed beset less by a 
coordinated terrorist campaign than by simmering ethnic tensions, made 
more 
acute by government policies.

In dozens of interviews with residents, it was apparent that 
heavy-handed 
security tactics and uneven economic development are aggravating 
relations 
between Xinjiang's 7 million Han, the dominant Chinese ethnic group, 
and 
its 8 million Uighurs, Turkic-speaking Muslims, many of whom yearn for 
independence or at least greater autonomy from Chinese rule...

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HATE CITED IN SLAYING OF JEWISH FATHER OF 6
JENNIFER LEWINGTON, Globe and Mail, 7/15/02
http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/front/RTGAM/20020715/wxhate/Front/homeBN/breakingnews 


In a rare Canadian example of what may be a homicide hate crime, a 
Jewish 
father of six was stabbed to death in Toronto in an apparently 
unprovoked 
attack early yesterday morning.

Toronto Police Chief Julian Fantino said that "we are looking at the 
possibility of this being a hate-motivated crime, but I want to 
emphasize 
this is one possibility."

He described the killing of David Rosenzweig, 48, as a "heinous crime, 
a 
very cowardly crime." Police said the victim was stabbed in the back 
after 
coming to the assistance of his son whose car had broken down at 1 a.m. 
yesterday, not far from the family home...

According to police, two men and a woman in their early 20s were 
involved 
in an altercation at King David Pizza on Bathurst Street, south of 
Lawrence.

Two young men, one carrying a long knife, entered the restaurant and 
verbally provoked the owner and customers, witnesses said.

They left and returned a short time later when the attack on Mr. 
Rosenzweig 
occurred a few doors away from the restaurant...

Wanted on suspicion of first-degree murder is Christopher Steven 
McBride, 
20, who is known to police and described as "armed and dangerous..."

Riad Saloojee, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations Canada in Ottawa, denounced the Toronto incident as "a very 
horrifying and despicable act."

Since Sept. 11, his organization has received a surge of complaints 
from 
Muslims and Arabs about hate-tinged incidents.

But with the passage of federal legislation to combat terrorism, Mr. 
Saloojee said that more recent complaints centre on "problematic" 
tactics 
by police in their contacts with Muslim and Arab-born Canadians.

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POLICE THEORIZE THAT A COLLAPSING BUSINESS CAUSED HADAYET TO SNAP
Robyn Dixon, Jack Leonard and Rich Connell, Contra Costa Times, 7/15/02
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/3665052.htm

In interviews with dozens of neighbors, business acquaintances and 
family 
members in Southern California and Cairo, the emerging consensus is 
that 
Hadayet was an ordinarily religious man with little appetite for 
politics, 
who opened fire at the Israeli El Al ticket counter following a 
personal 
agenda that died with him...

As investigators begin to believe that Hadayet was simply an 
overstressed 
man who snapped, Hadayet's family refuses to accept any conclusion 
beyond 
the fact that Hadayet is dead...

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 7/16/2002

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: DO NOT TURN AWAY THE POOR
* MEDIA REQUEST: MUSLIM POLITICAL CANDIDATES
* PANEL DISCUSSES CIVIL RIGHTS ABUSES (Patriot-News)
* DETAINEE'S BOND HEARING DELAYED (Sun-Sentinel)
* CONJOINED TWINS POSE ETHICAL DILEMMA (AP)
* EDITORIAL: BEWARE THE DREADED HEAD SCARF (Plain Dealer)
         - PROTESTERS OBJECT AFTER OFFICIALS DEPRIVE WOMAN OF HEAD 
COVERING
         - OHIO: IMAM W. DEEN MUHAMMAD TO HOLD OPEN AIR PRAYER SERVICE
* EDITORIAL: DON'T INSULT MUSLIM ALLIES (Star-Tribune)
         - EDITORIAL: DEMONIZING ISLAM
* BOSTON COUPLE PLOTTED TO INCITE RACE WAR (New York Times)
         - HATE POSTING SURFACES AT FAU (Florida Sun-Sentinel)
* EDITORIAL: SHOCK OF A MURDER (Globe and Mail)
         - CANADIAN MUSLIM BECOMES A HERO IN FRANCE (National Post)
* GUJARAT'S RIOT-HIT MUSLIMS GET LITTLE HELP FROM GOVERNMENT (AFP)
* LAWSUIT AGAINST SHARON, POWELL TO BE ANNOUNCED

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HADITH OF THE DAY: DO NOT TURN AWAY THE POOR

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once told his wife: "Do not 
turn 
away a poor man...even if all you can give is half a date. If you love 
the 
poor and bring them near you...God will bring you near Him on the Day 
of 
Resurrection."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1376

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PANEL DISCUSSES CIVIL RIGHTS ABUSES
Jan Murphy, Patriot-News, 7/16/02
http://www.pennlive.com/news/patriotnews/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/news/1026811950207330.xml

Making Americans feel safe after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has 
given 
rise to a disturbing trend of civil rights violations, according to a 
panel 
of area civil rights organizations.

Racial or ethnic profiling is causing people to be detained for no 
specified reason, almost getting them tossed out of their apartments 
because of their Middle Eastern descent, inhibiting their chances for 
employment, the panelist said.

"It is an issue for all Americans," said Parvez Ahmed, former chairman 
of 
the Council on American-Islamic Relations [Central-PA].

Repeating a point made several times at a town hall meeting at the 
Capitol 
last night, Parvez said, "When one American loses their rights or 
liberties, all Americans lose."

The meeting was organized by the four civil-rights organizations, 
including 
the Greater Harrisburg Area Chapter of the National Association for the 
Advancement of Colored People, the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
and the Institute for Cultural Partnership...

Afterward, some of those who came said they were heartened by what they 
heard.

"It was very encouraging to have a very open discussion so common 
people 
can get more information and prepare themselves to be better citizens," 
said Saleh Malik of Mechanicsburg, incoming chair of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations...

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DETAINEE'S BOND HEARING DELAYED
Jeff Shields and Tanya Weinberg, Sun-Sentinel, 7/16/02
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-chassoun16jul16.story

Detained Palestinian-American Adham Hassoun was denied a chance at bond 
Monday as an immigration judge gave the government more time to gather 
evidence into his ties to alleged "dirty-bomber" Jose Padilla.

Hassoun, speaking by phone from Krome Detention Center on Monday, said 
he 
was disappointed after a bond hearing was delayed a second time at the 
government's request. At least 30 co-workers and friends came to the 
Immigration and Naturalization Service's Krome Detention Center on 
Monday 
in support of Hassoun, a computer programmer from Sunrise, only to find 
out 
that the hearing had been postponed to at least next week.

Debbie Gilliam, one of three of Hassoun's co-workers who showed up 
Monday, 
said she has become frustrated with the government's handling of her 
friend's case. Gilliam had bought chocolate chip cookies for Hassoun, 
expecting him to return Monday to his desk at MarCom Technologies in 
Sunrise.

"I want our government to investigate terrorism," said Gilliam. "But if 
you 
have something, do something with it. Don't just hold the man and ruin 
his 
life..."

Hassoun told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel he hasn't been in touch 
with 
Padilla since the young convert moved to Egypt in 1998. The INS is 
holding 
Hassoun for failing to maintain his immigration status while 
investigators 
check into his relationship with Padilla...

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CONJOINED TWINS POSE ETHICAL DILEMMA
Jamie Stengle, Associated Press, 7/16/02
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/national/AP-Egyptian-Twins.html

As 1-year-old conjoined twins from Egypt gurgle in their crib, 
authorities 
are faced with a puzzling dilemma: Should one baby be sacrificed at the 
expense of the other?

Coming up with an answer has produced debate among doctors, ethicists 
and 
religious leaders from America to the Middle East. Factors being 
evaluated 
include their quality of life and the possibility of surgical success 
in 
separating the twins, who are connected at the crowns of their heads.

"To perform the surgery is to make the judgment that the quality of 
life 
attached is so poor that it's not worth living to preserve it," said 
Richard Burgh, who teaches medical ethics at Rider University in 
Lawrenceville, N.J. "That's also an ethical judgment which as a society 
we 
are loath to make."

Doctors determined earlier this month that separating Mohamed and Ahmed 
Ibrahim might be successful, but could result in the deaths of one or 
both. 
The twins could live indefinitely if nothing is done...

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, 
a Washington-based Islamic advocacy group, said seeking religious 
consultation is important in Islamic society.

"I'm sure it would be taken into account by the family," Hooper said. 
"It 
would be like your doctor telling you something about medicine. If a 
well-respected scholar tells you something about your faith you're 
likely 
to take it into consideration."

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EDITORIAL: BEWARE THE DREADED HEAD SCARF
Cleveland Plain Dealer, 7/14/02
http://www.cleveland.com/editorials/plaindealer/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/opinion/102655295515340.xml 


Security policy ran headlong into religious practice in the Cuyahoga 
County 
courts last month. It was an avoidable collision. The courts and the 
corrections forces who guard the courthouse would do well to see that 
none 
like it occurs again.

A Muslim woman, Aisha Samad, appearing in a misdemeanor child custody 
case, 
was prevented for "security reasons" from observing "hijab," the 
covering 
of the head and upper body that some devout Muslim women practice 
whenever 
they are outside their homes...

They would not allow Samad to wear even a small cap to symbolically 
cover 
her hair - an item of apparel that Muslim men in similar circumstances 
are 
allowed. That's nonsensical - a quick pat-down by a female security 
officer 
would have been sufficient to meet any legitimate security concerns.

Unlike the recent question of a Muslim woman who wished to be so 
photographed for her driver's license, this circumstance had nothing to 
do 
with establishing her identity. The anti-hijab policy is, at best, 
stubbornly ignorant; at worst, sexist and, yes, bigoted. Case law is 
replete with rulings supporting accommodation of such unobtrusive 
religious 
practices. Cuyahoga County need not add to that record.

SEE ALSO:

PROTESTERS OBJECT AFTER OFFICIALS DEPRIVE WOMAN OF HEAD COVERING
http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/cuyahoga/1026466296297080.xml

OHIO: IMAM W. DEEN MUHAMMAD TO HOLD OPEN AIR PRAYER SERVICE

WHEN: Friday, July 26, 1 p.m.
WHERE: Luke Easter Park, Kinsman Road at Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 
Cleveland, Ohio
CONTACT: 216-283-9027

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EDITORIAL: DON'T INSULT MUSLIM ALLIES
Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 7/16/02
http://www.startribune.com/stories/561/3055786.html

In declaring war against Al-Qaida last fall, President Bush famously 
told 
the world, "Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists." 
This 
battle cry worked when the mission was a military campaign to isolate 
Osama 
bin Laden and topple the Taliban regime that harbored him. It is not, 
however, an adequate motto for ongoing foreign policy. The struggle 
against 
terrorism has entered a new, sustained phase, and it requires a 
formulation 
that will win sustained cooperation from the United States' Muslim 
allies.

A visit to any of a handful of Islamic countries shows why the United 
States cannot simply announce its interests and expect Arab states to 
fall 
in line.

Saudi Arabia, which supported the United States during the 1991 Gulf 
War 
and is arguably the most important American business partner in the 
Middle 
East, views the current U.S. campaign against terrorism as ethnic 
profiling 
and indiscriminate Arab-bashing. In Egypt, which has provided important 
tactical support to Operation Enduring Freedom and has long been a 
moderating force in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Bush rhetoric 
revives painful memories of colonial swagger...

But some of the Arab skepticism is perfectly legitimate. When Saudis 
see 
terror suspects held in the United States without trial or access to 
lawyers, they wonder if the Constitution applies to Arab-Americans...

When you ask other nations to join you in a struggle, you need to 
recognize 
their interests too. To leaders in Cairo and Riyadh, these include a 
balanced solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the source of 
much 
Arab unrest and anti-American sentiment today. It also includes a 
peaceful 
resolution to the standoff with Saddam Hussein; in much of the Middle 
East, 
the Bush administration's saber-rattling looks like one more assault on 
Arab civilians.

The events of Sept. 11 were so frightening and horrific that they 
invite a 
tough and patriotic response. But careless unilateralism actually plays 
into the hands of those who would depict the United States as the 
world's 
bully. As a Western diplomat in Cairo admonished recently, "When you 
divide 
the world into friends and enemies, you risk turning friends into 
enemies."

SEE ALSO:

EDITORIAL: DEMONIZING ISLAM
Minneapolis Star Tribune, 7/14/02
http://www.startribune.com/stories/561/3055841.html

Late last year, Princeton scholar Bernard Lewis published a book 
summarizing the difficulty that Islam has faced in accepting modernity 
and 
titled it, "What Went Wrong?" Since Sept. 11 that's a question many 
people 
have asked about a religion which inspired Osama bin Laden's hatred and 
has 
spawned so much venom toward the West.

But in recent months, American rhetoric against Islam has taken a 
poisonous 
and ignorant turn. Political conservative Paul Weyrich recently dubbed 
Islam "a religion of war." The Rev. Franklin Graham, son of the Rev. 
Billy 
Graham, has been quoted as saying, "I believe [Islam] is a very evil 
and 
wicked religion."

These are ugly thoughts -- thoughts that have no place in a nation with 
some 6 million Muslim citizens, valued Muslim allies around the world 
and a 
proud tradition of religious tolerance...

In this conversation, the task of the United States is not to abjure or 
isolate Islam, as some social conservatives have urged, but to engage 
Muslim societies as they affect American interests. That is, to seek 
help 
in the battle against terrorism, to argue the benefits of civil 
liberties 
and civil society, and to demonstrate the merits of economic openness. 
The 
task of American citizens is to consider Islam with the same honesty 
and 
sophistication that Muslims have, for centuries, themselves employed.

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BOSTON COUPLE PLOTTED BLASTS TO INCITE RACE WAR, PROSECUTOR SAYS
New York Times, 7/16/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/07/16/national/16PLOT.html

Boston - A Boston couple planned to blow up Jewish and black landmarks 
in 
the hope of inciting racial warfare, a prosecutor said today in federal 
court here.

The two, Leo Felton, 31, and Erica Chase, 22, are being tried together 
on 
charges of conspiracy, counterfeiting and obstruction of justice. The 
couple wanted to destroy the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, 
hoping their actions "would lead to an all-white Aryan nation," an 
assistant United States attorney, Theodore Merritt, said in his opening 
statement.

Mr. Felton told Thomas Struss, a fellow inmate at a New Jersey prison, 
that 
he planned to make influential blacks and Jews, including the Rev. 
Jesse 
Jackson and Steven Spielberg, his targets, Mr. Merritt said...

Mr. Felton and Ms. Chase were arrested on April 19, 2001, while trying 
to 
pass a counterfeit $20 bill at a local Dunkin' Donuts. The police 
searched 
their apartment in the North End of Boston and found a "mountain of 
evidence," including a "veritable menu" of books on identification 
changes 
and explosives, as well as newspaper clippings about the New England 
Holocaust Memorial, another target, Mr. Merritt said. The police also 
seized cartoons drawn by Mr. Felton that depict a white supremacist who 
goes to jail and, upon release, plants bombs at Anti-Defamation League 
offices and black housing projects...

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HATE POSTING SURFACES AT FAU
Nicole Sterghos Brochu, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 7/16/02
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/palmbeach/sfl-phate16jul16.story

The words on the page were too harsh, too "horrible" for Umar Ghuman to 
even look at, even though the posting was purporting to represent 
Arab-Muslim students like him at Florida Atlantic University. The 
document, 
determined by university officials to be a hoax intent on inciting 
hostilities, said that Islamic students at the school did not want to 
mingle with Jewish students or take classes with Jewish teachers.

In what apparently began as an electronic mailing to school officials 
and 
later was downloaded and posted on campus, the open letter called for 
the 
FAU administration to enact various procedures that would separate Jews 
from Muslims "to help build an atmosphere of peace and tranquility, 
devoid 
of confrontation and conflict."

It was supposedly sent by FAU's Islamic-Arab Students Defense 
Committee, a 
group the school has never heard of and is convinced does not exist...

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EDITORIAL: SHOCK OF A MURDER
Globe and Mail (Toronto), 7/16/02
http://www.globeandmail.com/comment
Search using the term "Rosenzweig,"

It's hard to imagine a more loathsome act of cowardice than the 
unprovoked 
murder on Sunday of Orthodox Jew David Rosenzweig, stabbed in the back 
outside a north Toronto pizza parlour...

It is unfortunate that some prominent Canadian Jewish leaders have 
swiftly 
linked Mr. Rosenzweig's murder to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. The 
slain man is "a victim of the hate culture that has enveloped 
Canada...thanks to some of the media...," said B'nai Brith spokesman 
Frank 
Dimant. For Mr. Dimant's colleague Arieh Rosenblum, criticism of the 
Israeli government headed by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has led to 
"open 
season on Jews."

Such a conclusion dispatches the wrong message. Plenty of media 
outlets, 
including this one, have repeatedly rebuked Israel for its excesses 
over 
the past 18 months. But we criticize those leaders not for who they are 
but 
for what they do. It needs restating that the difference is crucial...

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CANADIAN MUSLIM BECOMES A HERO IN FRANCE
Bruce Wallace, National Post, 7/16/02
http://www.canada.com/search/site/story.asp?id=3D5F7BF5-11BE-437A-893A-0F9D3BC1B3EC

An Algerian-born Muslim who is now a naturalized Canadian says it is 
"ironic and symbolic" that his spontaneous act helped prevent a white 
neo-Nazi French national from murdering Jacques Chirac, the French 
President.

"When it happened, I did what I did just because it was the right thing 
to 
do," said Mohamed Chelali, a 45-year-old science teacher from Ocean 
Park, 
B.C., who was part of a trio of men who grabbed and restrained alleged 
gunman Maxime Brunerie on the Champs Élysées on Sunday.

"But after, when I heard about this person, how he had a history of 
being a 
neo-Nazi, I thought a lot about the symbolism of me, someone who was 
once 
an immigrant here, intervening to save the President."

Like so many Western European countries, France is in political turmoil 
about how to handle a swell of Muslim immigration and the accompanying 
social tensions that oxygenate anti-immigrant extremist groups. The 
issue 
defined France's recent presidential election in which Chirac crushed a 
surprising challenge from Jean-Marie Le Pen's National Front and its 
anti-foreigner, anti-Muslim message.

Given that so many white French citizens blame their rising crime rate 
and 
diminished sense of security on Muslims in their midst, Chelali said he 
could not help but note the irony of an Algerian Muslim stepping into 
the 
hero's role.

"We were talking this morning and my dad told me that it was really 
symbolic how it happened -- he being Algerian, since some people 
consider 
us terrorists since Sept. 11," said Chelali's 15-year-old son, Tarik.

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LAWSUIT AGAINST SHARON, POWELL TO BE ANNOUNCED

PRESS RELEASE

On Wednesday July 17, 2002 at 12:00 p.m. attorney Stanley L. Cohen will 
hold a press conference in conjunction with Solidarity International at 
the 
National Press Club in Washington D.C. to announce the filing of a law 
suit 
against, among others, Israel and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon,  
President 
George Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell, several 
arms  manufacturers in the United States and a number of U.S. based 
churches and synagogues that have supported settlements in the West 
Bank.

The suit on behalf of a class of Palestinian Americans who reside in or 
have visited the Occupied Territories charges the defendants with a 
series 
of individual acts and conspiracies-- some dating as far back as 1982 
and 
the massacre at Sabra and Shatila in Lebanon--will seek damages and 
injunctive relief for, among other things, genocide, crimes against 
humanity, war crimes and racketeering. The plaintiffs will include 
Palestinian Americans who have been killed, injured, and tortured; who 
have 
been denied medical treatment; whose businesses and homes have been 
destroyed and whose homes and lands have been taken to establish 
illegal 
settlements in Palestine.

Copies of the complaint and supporting affidavits will be available at 
the 
press conference.

For further information contact the Law Offices of Stanley Cohen.
212-979-7572
917-544-5471
E-Mail: burnnloot@aol.com

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GUJARAT'S RIOT-HIT MUSLIMS GET LITTLE HELP FROM GOVERNMENT
Beatrice Debut, Agence France Presse, 7/16/02

AHMEDABAD, India - Four months after a Hindu mob torched their home in 
this 
western Indian city's Muslim quarter, the Khan family has yet to 
receive 
the bulk of the compensation promised by the state.

"We only got 1,000 rupees (20 dollars), enough to buy a couple of 
windows," 
said Nasikh Khan, as his wife swept broken glass off the floor.

The attack on the Muslim family's home in February reduced the house to 
nothing more than blackened walls and the remains of an iron cupboard. 
The 
couple has since taken refuge in a mosque in Ahmedabad, the commercial 
capital of Gujarat which has recently been torn by India's worst 
communal 
riots in a decade. The couple came back for a day to their home in the 
Naroda Patiya quarter, where 83 people were massacred on February 28. 
Since 
then, the neighbourhood has stood abandoned...

The Khans want to move back to their home for good. But there is no 
running 
water and the electricity wiring needs to be repaired. Rebuilding is 
impossible without the rest of their compensation, promised by the 
government at the beginning of March to people who lost relatives, 
homes or 
businesses.

But human rights activists charge that the state government, one of the 
few 
run by Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's Hindu nationalist 
Bharatiya 
Janata Party, has handed out more compensation to Hindu victims than 
Muslims.

The government was accused of complicity in the riots, with police 
allegedly turning a blind or even sympathetic eye to reprisal attacks 
on 
Muslims...

According to Kadri, more than 1,000 families have already fled Gujarat. 
"The government has finally gotten what it wanted. The Muslims are 
leaving."

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 7/17/2002

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: SAY A PLEASANT WORD
* NY TIMES SAYS O'REILLY "SPINNING" ISLAM
* INCITEMENT WATCH: STEPHEN SCHWARTZ SMEARS U.S. MUSLIM PRESS
         - BACKGROUND: WHO IS STEPHEN SCHWARTZ?
         - HEAR STEPHEN SCHWARTZ DEFEND JIHAD
* SEATTLE MUSLIM CALLS TERRORISM ALLEGATIONS 'PREPOSTEROUS' 
(Post-Intelligencer)
         - USDA DROPS CASE AGAINST EMBATTLED SOMALI GROCERS (Seattle 
Times)
* EDITORIAL: ASHCROFT VS. AMERICANS (Boston Globe)
         - VOLUNTEER-INFORMANT CORPS ELICITS '1984' FEARS (Washington 
Times)
         - ACLU: OPERATION TIPS BREEDS PEEPING TOMS Kansas City 
Channel)
         - EX-U.S. OFFICIALS WARN THAT U.S. POLICIES THREATEN 
REPRESSION (AP)
         - AN AMERICAN STASI (Reason Online)
         - ONE MILLION BUSYBODIES (Antiwar.com)
* MORE SEEKING, FEWER GETTING CITIZENSHIP (San Francisco Chronicle)
* GROUP PROTESTS TRIBUNE COVERAGE (The Oracle)
* LETTER TO PRESIDENT BUSH FROM 40 CHRISTIAN LEADERS (Arab News)
* U.S. TRIES TO WIN OVER MUSLIMS (Gannett News Service)
* PAKI-SLAMMED (Philadelphia City Paper)
* REQUEST FOR POTENTIAL PLAINTIFFS ON AOL CASE

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HADITH OF THE DAY: SAY A PLEASANT WORD

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "(Each one) of you 
should 
save himself from the fire by giving even half of a date (in charity). 
And 
if you do not find a half date, then (you can do it through saying) a 
pleasant word (to your brethren).

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 2, Hadith 394

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NY TIMES SAYS O'REILLY "SPINNING" ISLAM

A CONTEST MORE ABOUT BOMBAST THAN NEWS
Caryn James, New York Times, 7/17/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/07/17/arts/television/17NOTE.html

If last week was police brutality week on "Connie Chung," it was 
Muslims-usurping-America week on "The O'Reilly Factor." On three of his 
four shows (a guest host handled Friday), Mr. O'Reilly tried to trump 
up 
controversy by finding cases in which Islam seemed to intrude on his 
idea 
of American life. "A California school district wants children to 
behave 
like Muslims -- wait'll you hear this," he teased before a segment 
about a 
school that had children role-play to learn about Islam.

On another night, he called it "an unbelievable situation" that a 
university reading list included a book about the Koran. "Is it an 
indoctrination into the religion?" he asked the professor who assigned 
the 
book, and called Islam "our enemies' religion." In his self-proclaimed 
"no-spin zone," he is spinning furiously all the time...

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INCITEMENT WATCH: STEPHEN SCHWARTZ SMEARS U.S. MUSLIM PRESS

All the Hate That's Fit to Print
America's poison-pen Muslim press
Stephen Schwartz, Weekly Standard, 7/22/02
http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/001/464ijlvz.asp

WHEN THE SHOOTER who chose July 4 to start a gun battle at Los Angeles 
airport's El Al ticket counter turned out to be Hesham Mohamed 
Hadayet--an 
Egyptian native with a "Read Koran" sticker on his apartment door--many 
people not unreasonably wondered if he had picked up his hostility to 
America and Israel at an extremist mosque. No evidence of Hadayet's 
mosque 
attendance has been reported. What's gone unremarked is that he could 
just 
as easily have been incited by the steady diet of violent rhetoric 
served 
up by the American Muslim community media--periodicals with names like 
The 
Minaret, Islamic Horizons, the Weekly Mirror International, and the 
Muslim 
Observer, which toe the anti-American, anti-Israel line of Saudi 
Arabia's 
Islamofascist Wahhabi sect...

These publications make no attempt to hide their attachments to 
international extremist groups...

It's hardly a mystery how an Egyptian limo service operator could end 
up as 
a gun-toting terrorist at LAX. His native country has long been steeped 
in 
an extremist and violent political culture. That same culture has 
unfortunately taken root in the Islamic "community media" in this 
country. 
The only mystery is how long it will be before our home-grown 
hatemongers 
come under closer scrutiny.

Stephen Schwartz is the author of the forthcoming book "The Two Faces 
of 
Islam: The House of Sa'ud from Tradition to Terror."

BACKGROUND: WHO IS STEPHEN SCHWARTZ?

HEAR STEPHEN SCHWARTZ DEFEND JIHAD
http://www.sunnah.org/audio/khutba/k990402.ram
(Go to 12 minutes 30 seconds into the audio.)

"We Muslims know that Allah permits us to take up the sword. We know 
that 
Allah permits us to fight the Jihad. That Allah permits us to fight the 
Jihad in Allah's way...As it says in the Quran: 'Never say of those who 
have died in Allah's way that they are not with us, They are with us 
even 
though you cannot see them.'"

THE WEEKLY STANDARD'S HOUSE MUSLIM
What William Safire probably didn't know.
Timothy Noah, Slate Magazine, 7/3/02
http://slate.msn.com/?id=2067735

On July 1, William Safire published a column denouncing the Voice of 
America for providing a soapbox to supporters of Islamic terrorism. 
Safire 
was particularly exercised about the firing of VOA staffer Stephen 
Schwartz, which Safire attributed to the fact that Schwartz is an 
outspoken 
dissenter from the news director's views...

A wrinkle of which Safire was probably unaware, however, is that 
Schwartz, 
blistering critic though he is of Islamist terrorism, is himself a 
convert 
to Islam. To Schwartz's mortification, a statement he made about his 
conversion has found its way onto the Web and has become the source of 
some 
shock to his erstwhile neoconservative allies...

THE VOA FOLLIES
'Voice of America' loses a writer and the War Party gains a martyr
Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com
http://www.antiwar.com/justin/j070502.html

The neocons are up in arms one of their own has been fired from his 
position as a "journalist" at the Voice of America and may be on his 
way to 
becoming the Mumia Abu Jamal of the War Party. The cause of Stephen 
Schwartz, a writer formerly known as "Comrade Sandalio," has been taken 
up 
by William Safire and Ronald Radosh...

No matter what sort of ideological drag he turns up in, however, 
Schwartz 
always sings essentially the same song. During his travels through the 
Balkans, he teamed up with Albanian Catholics, whom he claims were 
"threatened by Christian Orthodox imperialism - 'Yugoslav,' Macedonian, 
Greek." Clinton had barely begun bombing some of the oldest cities in 
Europe when Schwartz popped up on Bay Area television cheerleading the 
Kosovo war. Now the enemy is Wahabism, instead of Orthodoxy, but it's 
the 
same old story: the US must conduct a religious war to suit Schwartz's 
latest persona - whatever that is...

The attempt to turn Schwartz, a.k.a. "Suleyman Ahmad," a.k.a. "Comrade 
Sandalio," into some kind of political martyr is bound to backfire as 
soon 
as the spotlight falls on the alleged "victim..."

MY COMING TO ISLAM
Suleyman Ahmad Stephen Schwartz
http://www.naqshbandi.org/events/articles/conversion_schwartz.htm

MY ROAD TO ISLAM
Suleyman Ahmad
http://www.naqshbandi.org/events/articles/road_to_islam.htm

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SEATTLE MUSLIM CALLS TERRORISM ALLEGATIONS 'PREPOSTEROUS'
Chris Mcgann and Robert l. Jamieson jr., Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 
7/17/02
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/78857_ujaama17.shtml

A Seattle Muslim now under FBI investigation for possible ties to Osama 
bin 
Laden's terror network says federal authorities and the media never 
bothered to contact him or his brother before the allegations were 
circulated within government circles or printed in headlines.

Had he been given a chance, Mustafa Ujaama, 34, says he would have 
called 
the allegations "preposterous."

"I'd never heard of al-Qaida until 9/11," he said, adding that when he 
learned that terrorists had acted in the name of Islam, he responded 
"that's not Islam."

In his first interview with any news media, Ujaama said he and his 
brother, 
James, are the victims of a government crackdown on terrorism -- and he 
maintains that neither did anything wrong.

In fact, neither has been charged, detained or even interviewed by 
federal 
agents...

SEE ALSO:

USDA DROPS CASE AGAINST EMBATTLED SOMALI GROCERS
Florangela Davila, Seattle Times, 7/17/02
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/134494895_grocer17m.html

Four months after federal agents claimed two Somali markets in 
Southeast 
Seattle were trafficking in food stamps, the U.S. Department of 
Agriculture 
has reversed itself, citing a lack of evidence.

In a one-paragraph statement, and without apologizing to the grocers, 
John 
Heslin, chief of the administrative review branch of the USDA, simply 
said 
the evidence against the men "was not conclusive."

The grocers, supported by the community, claimed they were the victims 
of 
racial profiling in the weeks following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. 
The 
markets suffered crippling financial losses after they were 
disqualified 
from accepting food stamps, which 90 percent of their customers used...

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EDITORIAL: ASHCROFT VS. AMERICANS
Boston Globe Editorial, 7/17/2002
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/198/editorials/Ashcroft_vs_Americans+.shtml

OPERATION TIPS - the Terrorism Information and Prevention System - is a 
scheme that Joseph Stalin would have appreciated. Plans for its pilot 
phase, to start in August, have Operation TIPS recruiting a million 
letter 
carriers, meter readers, cable technicians, and other workers with 
access 
to private homes as informants to report to the Justice Department any 
activities they think suspicious.

This is not an updating of George Orwell's '1984." It is not a satire 
on 
the paranoid fantasies of right-wing kooks who see black helicopters 
swooping across their big sky. It will be a nationwide program run by 
Attorney General John Ashcroft's Justice Department. If it is allowed 
to 
start up and gather steam, it will begin in 10 cities and then expand 
everywhere, enrolling millions of Americans to spy on their 
neighbors...

If Ashcroft wishes to assess the likely effect of the snooping regime 
he is 
about to implement, he could ask postal workers from the old days in 
Prague 
to explain what happens to a society's sense of solidarity when 
everybody 
on the block assumes that the mailman is telling the secret police that 
Comrade X has been reading bourgeois books.

For a bit of the shock therapy Ashcroft and his fellow travelers seem 
to 
need, they ought to consult some of the citizens in the former East 
Germany 
who discovered, when looking into their Stasi files, that under the 
former 
regime they had been spied upon for years by a husband or wife.

Ashcroft's informant corps is a vile idea not merely because it 
violates 
civil liberties in a narrow legal sense or because it will sabotage 
genuine 
efforts to prevent terrorism by overloading law enforcement officials 
with 
irrelevant reports about Americans who have nothing to do with 
terrorists. 
Operation TIPS should be stopped because it is utterly anti-American. 
It 
would give Stalin and the KGB a delayed triumph in the Cold War - in 
the 
name of the Bush administration's war against terrorism.

SEE ALSO:

PLANNED VOLUNTEER-INFORMANT CORPS ELICITS '1984' FEARS
Ellen Sorokin, Washington Times, 7/17/02
http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20020716-75882632.htm

As part of the country's war against terrorism, the Bush administration 
by 
next month wants to recruit a million letter carriers, utility workers 
and 
others whose jobs allow them access to private homes into a contingent 
of 
organized government informants.

The Terrorism Information and Prevention System (Operation TIPS), a 
national reporting pilot program, is scheduled to start next month in 
10 
cities, with 1 million informants - or nearly 4 percent of Americans - 
initially participating in the program...

Critics say that having Americans act as "domestic informants" is 
reminiscent of the infamous Stasi, the new-disbanded communist East 
German 
secret police service that snooped on dissidents and ordinary East 
German 
citizens for more than 40 years, compiling a huge catalogue of notes.

Rachel King, an ACLU legislative counsel, said yesterday the 
organization 
is concerned that law enforcement will use the volunteers, especially 
those 
whose occupations allow them to enter homes and monitor residents - to 
search people's residences, without a warrant. She said that the 
organization is also worried that the program will adversely affect the 
fight against terrorism by wasting resources on useless tips and that 
the 
program will encourage vigilantism and racial profiling.

ACLU: OPERATION TIPS BREEDS PEEPING TOMS
Kansas City Channel, 7/17/02
http://www.kmbc.com/sh/news/stories/nat-news-aptv-156172720020716-150738.html

"The administration apparently wants to implement a program that will 
turn 
local cable or gas or electrical technicians into government-sanctioned 
peeping toms," Rachel King, an ACLU legislative counsel, said in a 
statement.

The ACLU said it worried that these volunteers would, in effect, be 
searching people's homes without a warrant, that resources would be 
wasted 
on a flood of useless tips and that the program would encourage 
vigilantism 
and racial profiling...

EX-U.S. OFFICIALS WARN THAT U.S. POLICIES THREATEN REPRESSION
LINDA DEUTSCH, Associated Press, 7/16/02
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2002/07/16/state2022EDT0216.DTL 


(CORONADO, Calif. -- Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher and 
former FBI and CIA chief William Webster challenged administration 
policies 
dealing with terrorism suspects Tuesday, and Christopher warned that 
secrecy threatens to lead America down a path to repression.

The former officials spoke to hundreds of judges at the 9th U.S. 
Circuit's 
annual conference where controversy also swirled around a recent 
decision 
holding a portion of the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional.

In a panel discussion of national security and civil rights, 
Christopher 
raised the specter of the kind of repression once common in Argentina. 
"When I was in the Carter administration, I was in Argentina and I saw 
mothers in the streets protesting, asking for the names of those being 
held, those who had disappeared," Christopher said.

"We must be very careful in this country of not holding people without 
revealing their names. It leads to the 'disappeared,"' he said. "The 
names 
of people should be revealed so that relatives will know what has 
become of 
their loved ones. It's a good precaution against having the 
'disappeared..."'

AN AMERICAN STASI
Brian Doherty, Reason Online, 7/16/02
http://reason.com/links/links071602.shtml

It's like they aren't even trying to pretend anymore.

Sure, even since the launching of the War on Terrorism, lip service has 
been paid to American traditions of civil liberties and freedom. Of 
course, 
sometimes that lip service to freedom is spookily Orwellian, such as 
dubbing President Bush's plan to have every American devote two years 
of 
their lives in service to the state the "Freedom Corps..."

Making news this week is the latest wrinkle in George Bush's Citizen 
Corps 
-- a program known as the Terrorism Information and Prevention System, 
or 
Operation TIPS. (Our allegedly civilian homeland is becoming lousy with 
new 
"corps" these days.) The East Germans had a more stylish and nakedly 
sinister name for the same idea: the formerly feared, and apparently 
now 
fondly missed, Stasi...

ONE MILLION BUSYBODIES
Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com, 7/17/02
http://www.antiwar.com/justin/justincol.html

The nation's busybodies are going to have a field day; every crackpot 
in 
the country is going to flock to this program, like flies to fecal 
matter, 
eager to get in on the fun. Why, just think of the opportunities it 
affords 
the nation's nutballs: everyone they ever hated (ex-girlfriends, 
ex-husbands, ex-friends, and just random victims) will feel their 
wrath, 
and their power. It's a blank check issued to America's obsessives, who 
are 
going to do their best to make life miserable for the rest of us...

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MORE SEEKING, FEWER GETTING CITIZENSHIP
Tanya Schevitz, San Francisco Chronicle, 7/17/02
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/07/17/MN176533.DTL

When immigration and civil rights attorney Saad Ahmad goes to pray at 
his 
Santa Clara mosque these days, he is approached by fellow worshipers 
seeking advice about becoming U.S. citizens.

"A lot of them are very scared, and a lot of them are afraid to 
travel," 
said Ahmad, an attorney with the Ellahie Law Firm of San Jose. "It used 
to 
be very easy to travel with the green card, and now they worry if they 
travel to certain countries, even if they go to Hajj, the Muslim 
pilgrimage, they might get stigmatized..."

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GROUP PROTESTS TRIBUNE COVERAGE
Chris O'Donnell, The Oracle, 7/15/02
http://www.usforacle.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2002/07/15/3d32b51666cf9?in_archive=1

If the "ship them all back" remarks hurt Muslim USF junior Layelle 
Saad, 
she hid it well.

Instead, Saad, a member of Students for International Peace and 
Justice, 
continued getting her message across, refusing to let the comments of 
an 
elderly passerby who interrupted her interview deter her. The coverage 
of 
Muslim issues in The Tampa Tribune, Saad said, is biased and often a 
thinly 
disguised attack on Muslim religion, culture and on leaders of the 
Muslim 
community in Tampa.

"This smear campaign has been going on for seven years, and we're not 
going 
to sit around and take it anymore," Saad said. "They're defaming our 
religion, and it's getting worse every time, so we have to make a 
stand."

Saad was among approximately 80 protesters demonstrating against The 
Tampa 
Tribune's coverage of Muslim issues Friday. The protesters, organized 
by 
SIPJ, rallied on Parker Street outside the offices of The Tampa Tribune 
for 
more than an hour, chanting slogans calling for an end to what they 
perceive as biased coverage. Many protesters carried placards with 
comments 
such as "We want journalists, not propagandists" and "The Tampa 
Fibune." 
Seven police officers maintained a close watch throughout the 
demonstration.

Two Tribune journalists in particular were cited by protesters as 
having 
provoked the demonstration and found themselves the target of many 
chants 
and placards, Michael Fetcher and columnist Daniel Ruth...

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LETTER TO PRESIDENT BUSH FROM 40 EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN LEADERS
Arab News, 7/17/02
http://www.arabnews.com/Article.asp?ID=16952

Dear Mr. President,

We write as American evangelical Christians concerned for the 
well-being of 
all the children of Abraham in the Middle East -- Christian, Jewish and 
Muslim. We urge you to employ an even-handed policy toward Israeli and 
Palestinian leadership so that this bloody conflict will come to a 
speedy 
close and both peoples can live without fear and in a spirit of 
shalom/salaam.

An even-handed U.S. policy towards Israelis and Palestinians does not 
give 
a blank check to either side, nor does it bless violence by either 
side. An 
even-handed policy affirms the valid interests of Israelis and 
Palestinians: both states free, economically viable and secure, with 
normal 
relations between Israel and all its Arab neighbors. We commend your 
stated 
support for a Palestinian state with 1967 borders, and encourage you to 
move boldly forward so that the legitimate aspirations of the 
Palestinian 
people for their own state may be realized...

Mr. President, the American evangelical community is not a monolithic 
bloc 
in full and firm support of present Israeli policy. Significant numbers 
of 
American evangelicals reject the way some have distorted biblical 
passages 
as their rationale for uncritical support for every policy and action 
of 
the Israeli government instead of judging all actions - of both 
Israelis 
and Palestinians - on the basis of biblical standards of justice. The 
great 
Hebrew prophets, Isaiah and Jeremiah, declared in the Old Testament 
that 
God calls all nations and all people to do justice one to another, and 
to 
protect the oppressed, the alien, the fatherless and the widow.

Finally, Mr. President, be assured of our prayers for you and your 
cabinet 
as you lead our nation in this troubled time. May the strength and 
peace of 
the Lord be with you.

Sincerely,

GO TO THE ARTICLE FOR THE LIST OF SIGNATORIES.

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U.S. TRIES TO WIN OVER MUSLIMS
Carl Weiser, Gannett News Service, 7/17/02
http://www.detnews.com/2002/nation/0207/15/a04-537687.htm

WASHINGTON -- The public relations war against terrorism is being waged 
from Iowa farmer Bob Osborne's barn.  That's where a "Good Morning 
Egypt" 
crew filmed anchorwoman Shereen el Wakeel as she interviewed the 
Shellsburg, Iowa, dairy farmer.

"I wanted to address some of the stereotypes we have of Americans from 
TV 
and movies -- people in fancy clothes, girls in tight pants," she said. 
The 
portly Osborne glances sheepishly at his well-worn insulated coveralls. 
"Don't think I'd fit," he says. Later in the segment, which aired in 
May, 
Osborne and others argue that Americans are just like everyone else, 
and el 
Wakeel agrees.

Broadcasts like this, produced through a federally funded exchange 
program 
involving Arab and American journalists, make up a public diplomacy 
effort 
that many see as a key in the administration's war on terrorism...

But even supporters of the new effort, which is headed by 
Undersecretary of 
State Charlotte Beers, say the results so far are not encouraging based 
on 
private polls, anti-American protests and surveys financed by the State 
Department.

"Weak, very weak," is how University of Qatar political science 
professor 
Louay Bahry described the public diplomacy effort. It is reaching only 
the 
elite, who tend to support the United States anyway, he said...

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PAKI-SLAMMED
Daniel Brook, Philadelphia City Paper, 7/17/02
http://citypaper.net/articles/current/cb.shtml

A black Geo Storm is still parked in front of Shamim Khan's apartment 
on 
the 2300 block of South Seventh Street. An American flag still flies 
above 
the passenger-side window. But Khan, who neighbors say owns the Geo, 
now 
sits in the York County Prison, detained by the Immigration and 
Naturalization Service (INS), having been picked up by the feds in an 
early-morning raid July 3.

Khan was one of seven men detained in the federal action, the latest in 
a 
series of half a dozen since Sept. 11 that have Pakistani community 
leaders 
in South Philadelphia complaining that they are being unfairly 
targeted...

The FBI's Philadelphia spokeswoman, Linda Vizi, is tight-lipped about 
the 
July 3 action.

"I have nobody under arrest," Vizi says, consistent with the Justice 
Department's post-9/11 policy of detaining people without arresting 
them, 
thus circumventing the rights of the accused under the Constitution. 
"If I 
have somebody under arrest, that's public-source information. There's 
no 
public-source information," which must be made available to the 
press...

The INS denies that it is profiling Muslim immigrants. "We do not base 
our 
investigations on nationality," says Edwards. "Our investigative 
priorities 
are illegal immigrants suspected in criminal or terrorist activities, 
people committing immigration fraud and people working in the country 
illegally."

Philadelphia immigration attorney Steven Morley doesn't buy it. Since 
Sept. 
11, Morley says, "I have seen more Middle Eastern people being detained 
for 
lesser reasons. I have seen bond amounts ...reach astronomical levels 
that, 
as far as I'm concerned, defy reason..."

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REQUEST FOR POTENTIAL PLAINTIFFS ON AOL CASE

Assalaamu Alaikum:

My name is Maaria Mozaffar and I am working with Muslim civil rights 
attorney Kamran Memon in Chicago. A very significant case that we are 
working on right now is AOL vs Muslim plaintiffs. We have filed a 
lawsuit 
against AOL for its constant denial of countering complaints of 
harassment 
and insulting conversations suffered by its Muslim customers. Despite a 
number of complaints, AOL has not taken steps to cease the harassing 
and 
insulting behavior that takes place in its "Koran" and "Belief in 
Islam" 
chat rooms against Muslims.

We are looking for potential Muslim plaintiffs who may have a claim 
against 
AOL to join the lawsuit. Please do not underestimate the impact of your 
initiative for standing up for Muslim civil rights if you indeed have 
been 
a victim of harassment while online with AOL. We need you to come 
forward.

Please send your name and contact information, your complaints and any 
evidence that you have saved of the harassment itself to 
aolclassaction@yahoo.com.  We will examine your claim and get back to 
you 
as soon as possible. AOL should be made aware of the large number of 
Muslim 
customers it has. We sincerely look forward to hearing from you.

Salaam,

Maaria Mozaffar
Law clerk

Kamran Memon
Civil Rights Attorney

CONTACT: aolclassaction@yahoo.com

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http://www.cair-net.org/downloads/aol.pdf

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 7/18/2002

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: BEWARE OF SUSPICION AND SPYING
* ACTION ALERT: DEPT. OF HOMELAND SECURITY MUST BE OPEN AND ACCOUNTABLE
* U.S. HELD 600 FOR SECRET RULINGS (Detroit Free Press)
         - JUDGE: U.S. MUST EXPLAIN DETENTION (AP)
* US DENIES CREATING CIVILIAN SPIES (BBC)
         - USPS DECLINES TO JOIN OPERATION TIPS (Knight Ridder)
* USCCR TO HOLD MICH. HEARINGS ON CIVIL RIGHTS CONCERNS AFTER 9/11
* RAIDS SOW FEAR, RESENTMENT IN IMMIGRANT NEIGHBORHOOD (Philadelphia 
Inquirer)
* HOLY LAND CHARITY TAKES SEIZURE FIGHT TO COURT (Dallas Morning News)
* SD CHILD CUSTODY CASE ON NPR
* DONAHUE BRINGS BALANCE TO CABLE TV TALK SHOWS
* JEWISH 'AFFAIR' WITH CHRISTIAN RIGHT IS MISGUIDED, SHORTSIGHTED (JTA)
* INTERFAITH ALLIANCE URGES SUPPORT FOR WORKPLACE RIGHTS

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HADITH OF THE DAY: BEWARE OF SUSPICION AND SPYING

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Beware of suspicion, 
for 
suspicion may be based on false information. Do not spy on one another, 
and 
do not try to find out each other's hidden faults."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Hadith 92

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U.S. HELD 600 FOR SECRET RULINGS
TAMARA AUDI, Detroit Free Press, 7/18/02
http://www.freep.com/news/mich/secret18_20020718.htm

More than 600 immigrants nationwide have been jailed and subject to 
secret 
immigration hearings since Sept. 11, according to new Justice 
Department 
statistics. The numbers, in a department letter written to U.S. Sen. 
Carl 
Levin, D-Mich., are the first accounting of the magnitude of 
closed-door 
legal proceedings conducted as part of new, sweeping anti-terrorism 
laws, 
civil rights advocates said Wednesday.

The numbers, they say, raise questions about how well the government 
has 
targeted its terrorism probe and whether hundreds of people have been 
deported without due process. "I don't think we had any idea that this 
number of people had been subjected to closed hearings," said Kary 
Moss, 
executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union in Michigan. 
She 
said she believes most of the people subject to the hearings are facing 
deportation. "The implications are very serious. If none of these 
people 
have been charged with any criminal law violations then John Ashcroft 
has 
essentially on his own created two systems of justice in this country." 
An 
official in Attorney General Ashcroft's Justice Department said 
Wednesday 
that hearings are closed and information about them is limited to 
protect 
the privacy of detainees and the terrorism investigation...

"It took the Justice Department more than three months to produce a 
partial 
response to my letter," Levin said this week. But it "raises a number 
of 
additional questions, including why closed hearings were necessary for 
so 
many people," Levin said. He said he plans to press the department for 
more 
answers...

SEE ALSO:

JUDGE: U.S. MUST EXPLAIN DETENTION
SONJA BARISIC, Associated Press, 7/18/02

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A judge Thursday ordered the U.S. government to 
explain 
within a week why it is holding prisoner an American-born man who was 
captured with Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

The judge also directed the government to spell out with whom the 
United 
States is fighting its war on terrorism.

Prosecutors have argued that 21-year-old Yaser Esam Hamdi can be held 
indefinitely without charges because he is an enemy combatant in that 
war.

"Will the war never be over as long as there is any...person that may 
feel 
they want to attack the United States of America or the citizens of the 
United States of America?" U.S. District Judge Robert G. Doumar asked 
during a hearing...

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US DENIES CREATING CIVILIAN SPIES
Justin Webb, BBC, 7/18/02
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/americas/newsid_2133000/2133029.stm

The American Justice Department has denied that it has plans to turn 
millions of US citizens into spies in the war against terrorism. Civil 
liberties groups are complaining that a pilot scheme due to begin next 
month could lead to government spies prying into all American homes. 
Operation TIPS, the Terrorism Information and Prevention System, will, 
according to the Justice Department, give millions of American lorry 
drivers, postal workers, train guards and gas and electrical engineers 
a 
way to report suspicious activity.

Starting in 10 cities next month, participating workers will be given a 
free phone number and told to call in if they notice anything out of 
the 
ordinary during their daily routine.

The American Civil Liberties Union is horrified. It says the gas man 
will 
become a government-sanctioned peeping tom and that the programme will 
encourage vigilantism and racism.

In response, the Justice Department is partially backing down. It has 
issued a statement saying only public places will be covered by the 
scheme. 
But TIPS will still go ahead, with its supporters saying it will make 
it 
more difficult for terrorists to operate undetected, and its opponents 
saying it turns America into a nation of spies.

SEE ALSO:

U.S. POSTAL SERVICE DECLINES TO JOIN PROGRAM AIMED AT SPOTTING 
TERRORISTS.
Cassio Furtado, Knight Ridder, 7/18/02

Jul. 18-WASHINGTON - The U.S. Postal Service declined Wednesday to join 
a 
Department of Justice program asking workers who are "well-positioned 
to 
recognize unusual events" to help stop terrorist attacks. The new 
initiative, described in the 90-page homeland security strategy that 
President Bush introduced Tuesday, also drew resistance from the 
American 
Civil Liberties Union and from some Arab-Americans.

Called Operation TIPS, for Terrorism Information and Prevention System, 
the 
program hopes to engage "millions of American workers who, in the daily 
course of their work, are in a unique position to see potentially 
unusual 
or suspicious activity in public places," according to the program's 
Web site.

Postal workers, truck drivers, railroad conductors and utility 
employees 
are among the prospects, according to the Justice Department. But the 
Postal Service, after being approached by the White House Office of 
Homeland Security, declined to jump in. "It was decided that the Postal 
Service and its letter carriers would not be participating in the 
program 
at this time," the Postal Service said in a statement.

TIPS is scheduled to get under way in late summer or early fall, but 
the 
750,000-worker Postal Service's rejection, which the Postal Service 
disclosed in a statement to reporters, could be a serious blow.

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USCCR TO HOLD MICH. HEARINGS ON CIVIL RIGHTS CONCERNS AFTER 9/11

WHAT: The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will hear testimony about 
civil 
rights concerns after Sept. 11, especially the government's treatment 
of 
immigrants and Arab Americans. Presentations will be made by civil 
rights 
activists, lawyers and local residents. The hearings will be open to 
the 
public.

WHEN: Friday, July 19 - 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Omni Detroit River Place Hotel, 1000 River Place, Detroit
URL: http://www.usccr.gov/

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HOLY LAND CHARITY TAKES SEIZURE FIGHT TO COURT
Michelle Mittelstadt, Dallas Morning News, 7/18/02
http://www.dallasnews.com/latestnews/stories/071802dnnatholyland.339d5.html

WASHINGTON _ Attorneys for a Texas-based Muslim charity accused of 
bankrolling international terrorism head into court Thursday to demand 
the 
return of millions of dollars seized by the U.S. government.

Lawyers for the now-dormant Holy Land Foundation for Relief and 
Development, which was headquartered in Richardson, Texas, contend that 
the 
government's freeze was predicated on the false claim that the 
organization 
funnels money to the Palestinian terror group Hamas.

"The government has branded Holy Land a terrorist, seized the 
foundation's 
assets and put its employees out of work on the basis of an 
administrative 
record that is false in material respects," the organization's lawyers 
wrote in a legal filing this month. They insist the charity is solely 
dedicated to charitable and humanitarian aid in the Middle East and 
elsewhere. Saying Holy Land's constitutional, religious and 
administrative 
rights were violated, they sued in March, asking a federal judge to 
force 
the Bush administration to unblock financial assets and return other 
property seized in a Dec. 4 raid on its offices in Texas, California, 
Illinois and New Jersey. The raids and seizures followed a nearly 
nine-year 
FBI investigation...

Holy Land contends...that the government overreached by seizing its 
assets 
"without notice, without a hearing, without a warrant, without probable 
cause, without statutory authority and without any rational basis..."

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RAIDS SOW FEAR, RESENTMENT IN IMMIGRANT NEIGHBORHOOD
Thomas Ginsberg, Philadelphia Inquirer, 7/14/02
http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/2002/07/14/news/local/3660920.htm

The day before Independence Day, Assan Ullah awoke at his usual 6 a.m. 
and 
looked out his window at an increasingly common scene: U.S. agents in 
the 
street, arresting more of his Pakistani brethren. Splintered hinges and 
boot-marked doors remained a week after seven men were seized in the 
federal raid, the latest of several that neighbors say are now 
familiar, 
fearsome events in this South Philadelphia immigrant neighborhood since 
Sept. 11.

"If they did something criminal, then they should spend their lives in 
jail," Ullah said of his detained neighbors. "But most of these people 
aren't doing anything wrong. They're just here trying to work. "Whether 
targeting criminals, terrorists or ordinary illegal immigrants, the 
sweeps 
have sown fear and resentment in this bedraggled stretch of South 
Seventh 
Street. Ten months after the terror attacks, apprehension may have 
eased 
for most Americans, but it persists relentlessly for this cluster of a 
few 
hundred Pakistani Muslims...

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SD CHILD CUSTODY CASE ON NPR
Greg Allen, NPR, 7/18/02
http://www.npr.org/ramfiles/me/20020718.me.10.ram

NPR's Greg Allen reports on a child custody case in Flandreau, S.D., 
that 
has raised charges of anti-Muslim bias. A state circuit court judge has 
removed a 5-year-old from his mother and placed him in his 
grandparents' 
custody. The mother, Sally Barakat, married an Egyptian man, converted 
to 
Islam and was planning to take her son to Egypt when the judge 
intervened. 
Muslim groups have rallied to Barakat's support, but the grandparents 
say 
they're just trying to safeguard their grandson's Native American 
heritage...

[NOTE: There is a hearing on this case on Monday, July 22.]

ACTION REQUESTED:

The Muslim community in South Dakota set up a bank account to help with 
the 
mother's estimated $2,000 in legal expenses. Donations may be sent to:

The Barakat Fund
c/o Islamic Society of Brookings
804 13th St.
Brookings, SD 57006

E-MAIL: so_dakota_islam@hotmail.com
Please inform CAIR of any donations sent.
E-Mail: cair@cair-net.org

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DONAHUE BRINGS BALANCE TO CABLE TV TALK SHOWS
Donahue, MSNBC, 7/16/02
http://www.msnbc.com/news/781829.asp

PHIL DONAHUE, HOST: Today President Bush unveiled still another phase 
of 
his homeland security plan, saying that the United States faces grave 
threats of terrorism and are in need of broad measures to fight back.

GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: By acting together to 
create a new and single department of homeland security, we'll be 
sending 
the world a signal that the Congress and the administration will work 
together to protect the American people and to win this war on terror.

DONAHUE: Plans are the following: tighter rules for obtaining drivers' 
licenses. Facilitate apprehension of potential terrorists, continue 
ongoing 
investigations and prosecutions. This past October, the controversial 
U.S. 
patriot act, signed by Bush, was the first step toward averting 
terrorism.

Cliff May is from the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, he 
supports the act and wants lawmakers to use it to detain any 
suspected-anybody suspected of terrorist activity. Bill Goodman is here 
of 
the Center for Constitutional Rights. He thinks the act allows 
authorities 
who unlawfully abuse thousands of innocent Muslims...

BILL GOODMAN, CENTER FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS: Right.

DONAHUE: You get no sympathy in the heartland.

GOODMAN: And what I say to them is that if we allow the Constitution to 
be 
destroyed-and have no doubt about it, it is being destroyed and 
undermined 
by the White House and by the Justice Department. If we allow that, 
then at 
the end of the day, Osama bin Laden has been successful. The horrors of 
9/11 have been achieved not only on 9/11, not only with the death of 
people 
and the destruction of buildings and the destruction of the economy, 
but 
with the destruction of the Constitution as well. That's what I say...

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JEWISH 'AFFAIR' WITH CHRISTIAN RIGHT IS BOTH MISGUIDED AND SHORTSIGHTED
Arlene Stein, Jewish Telegraph Agency, 7/16/02
http://www.jta.org/page_view_story.asp?intarticleid=11599&intcategoryid=5

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J., July 16 (JTA) - Six years ago, the Anti-Defamation 
League issued a scathing report entitled "The Religious Right: The 
Assault 
on Pluralism and Tolerance in America." But in a stunning reversal in 
May, 
it ran full-page ads in The New York Times and other publications, 
reprinting a strongly pro-Israel opinion piece by former Christian 
Coalition chief Ralph Reed.

And last month, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein of the International Fellowship 
of 
Christians and Jews, joined forces with Reed in "Stand for Israel," 
designed to mobilize 100,000 evangelical churches to raise money and 
support for Israel, leading Reed to proclaim that the burgeoning 
Jewish-Christian coalition for Israel is today as potent as the 
Jewish-black coalition for civil rights was in the 1960s...

Joseph Farah, a Lebanese American who is the co-author with Rush 
Limbaugh 
of the best-seller "See, I Told You So" edits a daily Web site that 
specializes in spinning conspiracy tales about Bill Clinton, Rep. 
Barbara 
Lee (D-Calif.), and supporters of stem-cell research - whom he likens 
to 
Nazi doctor Joseph Mengele.

Recently, Farah chastised "radical Muslims" for constructing "an 
illegal 
prayer tent" from which they taunt worshipers and ridicule the 
Christian 
beliefs of those who visit Nazareth. But it's not just Nazareth that's 
at 
stake, he suggests. "The Muslim campaign in Nazareth is part of an 
overall 
strategy to neutralize or eliminate Christian sites and Christian 
believers 
from the Middle East."

Farah's pro-Israel stance is motivated by the belief that Christian 
sites 
are safer in Jewish than in Muslim hands, and by the biblical prophecy 
that 
Jews, ultimately, will facilitate the return of Christ. It's also 
motivated 
by a generalized antipathy toward Islam - a sentiment that is shared by 
Rabbi Daniel Lapin, president of Toward Tradition, a national alliance 
of 
Jews and Christians dedicated to "family values and the free market," 
who 
recently proclaimed that "conservative Christians are the natural 
allies of 
the Jewish community."

"It may be attractive," Lapin suggests, "to think of Christians, Jews 
and 
Muslims as forming one great 'Abrahamic' civilization...but the truth 
is 
that today we are witnessing two distinct religious civilizations in 
conflict: that of the Koran, allied with the believers in no God, 
violently 
challenging the civilization of the Bible, of Christianity and 
Judaism..."

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INTERFAITH ALLIANCE URGES SENATE SUPPORT FOR WORKPLACE CIVIL RIGHTS
https://www.interfaithalliance.org

(WASHINGTON - July 17, 2002) Supporters of The Interfaith Alliance are 
urged to contact their Senators to encourage their sponsorship of a key 
piece of civil rights legislation that will ensure long overdue 
workplace 
protections for people of faith. S. 2572, the Workplace Religious 
Freedom 
Act of 2002 (WRFA) was introduced on May 23 by a bipartisan coalition 
of 
religious liberty supporters including: Senators Clinton, Lieberman, 
Brownback, Kerry and Santorum. To date, a total of 13 Senators have 
agreed 
to cosponsor WRFA,

WRFA protects civil rights in the workplace for religious Americans who 
are 
sometimes forced to choose between earning a living and violating 
deeply 
held religious beliefs. WRFA accomplishes this by mandating employers 
to 
reasonably accommodate an employee`s religious practice or observance 
unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the employer. Similar 
to 
the Americans with Disabilities Act in implementation, WRFA strikes a 
fair 
balance between protecting people of faith from religious 
discrimination 
and ensuring that an undue burden is not imposed on employers. 
Activities 
covered under WRFA would include the right to observe holy days by 
making 
up the hours at other times and the right to wear clothing that adheres 
to 
the individual`s faith tradition.

To send a letter to your Senators today asking them to take an 
important 
step toward civil rights - and religious liberties - for all, please 
visit: 
http://ga0.org/campaign/wrfa

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

U.S. MUSLIMS CONDEMN ISRAELI EXPULSION PLAN

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/19/02) - A national Islamic advocacy group today 
condemned an Israeli plan to forcibly expel relatives of Palestinian 
militants and called on President Bush to support international law by 
joining that condemnation. Israel today destroyed the homes of two 
alleged 
militants and detained their relatives for possible expulsion from the 
Occupied Territories. (Reuters, 7/19)

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) says the Geneva 
Convention 
prohibits such a move and that any tacit American support for illegal 
exile 
would further harm America's image and interests in the Muslim world.

CAIR quoted Section 111, Article 49 of the "Geneva Convention Relative 
to 
the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War," which states: 
"Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of 
protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the 
Occupying 
Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, 
regardless of their motive."

Article 33 of that same convention states: "No protected person may be 
punished for any offense he or she has not personally committed."

"This is just one more example of Israel's long-standing disregard for 
international laws relating to the protection of civilians under 
military 
occupation. Successive Israeli governments have lived under the 
illusion 
that peace and security can only be attained by increasing the 
suffering of 
the Palestinian people. In fact the opposite is true," said CAIR 
Executive 
Director Nihad Awad.

"Israeli leaders seem to believe that if they can just kill a few more 
Palestinians, destroy a few more homes, build a few more settlements, 
imprison a few more fathers and sons, humiliate a few more women and 
children, and uproot a few more orchards, all will be well. This 
attitude 
is the root cause of the current conflict," said Awad.

Awad called on President Bush to issue a strong condemnation of the 
Israeli 
plan and to end one-sided American support for any policy that Israel 
cares 
to implement, regardless of its legality or its negative impact on 
American 
interests.

                                         - END -

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 7/19/2002

HEADLINES:

* VERSE OF THE DAY: GOD LOVES THE EQUITABLE
* U.S. CRITICIZES ISRAELI DEPORTATION PROPOSAL
* SECURITY BILL LOSES ID CARD, TIPS (Washington Times)
         - TX TOWN HALL MEETING ON RACIAL PROFILING
* RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY SPLIT OVER SEPT. 11 MEMORIAL PLANS (AP)
* HEARING MONDAY FOR SD CUSTODY CASE
* AMID REFORMS, MUSLIMS STILL UNDER FIRE IN FERGANA VALLEY (Christian 
Science Monitor)
* WOLFOWITZ HOLDS TURKEY AS MODEL FOR MUSLIM WORLD (M2 Presswire)
* EDITORIAL: WE SHOULDN'T MAKE ARAFAT THE ISSUE (Washington Post)
* RUSSIA'S MUSLIM WOMEN SUE FOR RIGHT TO HEADSCARF IN PASSPORT (AFP)
* WHAT EXACTLY IS TERRORISM? (Pat Buchanan)
* BUSH PLEDGES TO MOVE AHEAD ON PEACE (AP)

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VERSE OF THE DAY: GOD LOVES THE EQUITABLE

"God does not forbid you to be kind and equitable to those who have 
neither 
fought against your faith nor driven you out of your homes. In fact God 
loves the equitable."

The Holy Quran, Chapter 60, Verse 8

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U.S. CRITICIZES ISRAELI DEPORTATION PROPOSAL
Reuters, 7/19/02

WASHINGTON, July 19 (Reuters) - The United States on Friday criticized 
an 
Israeli proposal to deport the families of Palestinian militants and 
said 
it would not bring security.

"We expect that Israel's actions in its campaign against terror will be 
based on information related to an individual's culpability and not on 
personal or family relationships," said State Department spokesman 
Richard 
Boucher.

"We think that taking punitive actions against innocent people will not 
solve Israel's security problems and we will be raising that issue with 
the 
Israelis," he said.

Israel on Friday destroyed the homes of two Palestinian militants and 
detained their relatives for possible exile...The Fourth Geneva 
Convention 
prohibits the deportation of individuals from occupied territory.

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SECURITY BILL LOSES ID CARD, TIPS
Ellen Sorokin, Washington Times, 7/19/02
http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20020719-90562710.htm

House Majority Leader Dick Armey, in his markup of legislation to 
create a 
Homeland Security Department, yesterday rejected a national 
identification 
card and scrapped a program that would use volunteers in domestic 
surveillance.

Mr. Armey, chairman of the House Select Committee on Homeland Security, 
included language in his markup of the legislation to prohibit the 
Justice 
Department from initiating the Terrorism Information and Prevention 
System, 
also called Operation TIPS...

"Mr. Armey believes there are other and better ways to involve citizens 
in 
the protection of the homeland," said Richard Diamond, the 
congressman's 
press secretary. "There are traditional ways of pitching in, helping 
out, 
like becoming a volunteer firefighter."

The 216-page bill, sponsored by Mr. Armey, Texas Republican, also bars 
the 
creation of national identification cards, despite President Bush's 
support 
for them. "Authority to design and issue these cards shall remain with 
the 
states," Mr. Armey said...

SEE ALSO:

TX TOWN HALL MEETING ON RACIAL PROFILING

DALLAS, July 18 /PRNewswire/ -- As issues of racial profiling and 
national 
security fill the headlines, Asian American journalists from around the 
country gather in Dallas to discuss fair coverage of topical issues and 
debate the implications of racial profiling for all ethnic minorities.

Since September 11, racial profiling has become a de facto national 
security policy as Arabs and South Asians in the United States have 
been 
sought for questioning and often detained. Is racial profiling 
justified in 
the interest of protecting the country from terrorists? What 
implications 
does racial profiling hold for Asian Americans and other ethnic 
minorities 
and how does it impact civil rights?

Join us for an open discussion with attorneys, scholars, civil 
authorities 
and community members on Thursday, August 8 from 6-8 p.m.; 
International 
Ballroom, Lobby Level, Fairmont Hotel.

For more information, visit:
http://www.aaja.org/html/convention-html/convention.html

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RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY SPLIT OVER SEPT. 11 MEMORIAL PLANS
Associated Press, 7/19/02

HOUSTON - The religious community of Houston's northern suburbs is 
divided 
over an effort by evangelical Christians to commemorate the tragedy of 
Sept. 11, 2001 with a memorial at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 
in 
The Woodlands.

The event is being advertised as "9/11: One Voice, The Woodlands 
Remembers."

Critics accuse the organizers of implicitly stigmatizing the Muslim 
community in The Woodlands and of monopolizing the logical venue for a 
commemoration that would embrace all faiths. The organizers -- 23 
evangelical Christian churches -- could not agree with other faiths to 
conduct on a secular commemoration.

Consequently, residents of The Woodlands must choose between competing 
Sept. 11 events: an evangelical commemoration at the Pavilion or an 
all-faiths event at Bear Branch Sports Park.

"I don't refer to it as one voice, because that's a lie," said Rabbi 
James 
Brandt of the Congregation Beth Shalom of The Woodlands. "It's only one 
voice allowed."

Brandt said he urged the importance of people of all religious 
affiliations 
coming together for a national day of mourning -- "a day, because of 
the 
nature of the attack, that we need to stand together as Americans...My 
concern is that by its nature it excludes Muslims and sends an implicit 
message that 9/11 was a tragedy perpetrated by Muslims against 
Christians..."

Aziz Jamaluddin, head of the Muslim congregation in The Woodlands, said 
he 
and his wife, Joy, also have misgivings about the evangelical 
commemoration.

"Most Muslims that know about it are kind of frustrated," Joy 
Jamaluddin 
told the Chronicle. "If the churches want to have this sort of 
commemoration in their own church, we have no problem. To advertise it 
as 
ecumenical, when it is not, to advertise it as representing the 
community, 
when it is not, is a little dishonest..."

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HEARING MONDAY FOR SD CUSTODY CASE

STATEMENT FROM SD ISLAMIC COMMUNITY ON CHILD CUSTODY CASE

Salaam alaikum wa rahmatullah & Greetings of Peace,

Please make Dua for our young Brother Trevor, and his mother Sally 
Barakat. 
She is the South Dakota new Shahadah that has been taken to court by 
her 
father and stepmother in an effort to take away Trevor so that he is 
not 
raised Muslim.

They go to court this coming Monday in an effort to defend her rights 
as a 
mother to raise her son in the faith of her choice and in the location 
of 
her choice.

This story has been followed by National Public Radio, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, 
Washington Times, Fox Network, Abu Dhabi satellite TV, and others. But 
the 
most important group to follow this story is that of the Muslims. We 
ask 
that all Muslims make dua for our new Sister. She is fighting not only 
for 
her rights, but also the rights of every new Muslim who is a parent. 
She 
represents every Muslim parent in America...Please help however you 
can.

Salaam alaykum, Sincerely Your Sister in Peace, Sister Anisah David
Bushnell, South Dakota, USA

[NOTE: There is a hearing on this case on Monday, July 22.]

ACTION REQUESTED:

The Muslim community in South Dakota set up a bank account to help with 
the 
mother's estimated $2,000 in legal expenses. Donations may be sent to:

The Barakat Fund
c/o Islamic Society of Brookings
804 13th St.
Brookings, SD 57006

E-MAIL: so_dakota_islam@hotmail.com
Please inform CAIR of any donations sent.
E-Mail: cair@cair-net.org

Barakat Fund Wiring Information:

Send funds to: <You must use the whole sentence below.>

#073000914 for Further Credit to Brookings Federal Bank #651015363 for
Further Credit to Barakat Fund #2000057993

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AMID REFORMS, MUSLIMS STILL UNDER FIRE IN FERGANA VALLEY
Scott Peterson, Christian Science Monitor, 7/19/02
http://www.christiansciencemonitor.com/2002/0719/p07s01-wosc.html

NAMANGAN, UZBEKISTAN - First came the kidnapping: Muhamadkhon 
Najmiddinov 
was walking home after prayers at a local mosque in Uzbekistan a few 
months 
ago, when men jumped out of a passing car, pulled a sack over his head, 
and 
bundled him off.

Second came the frame: The same day Mr. Najmiddinov disappeared, some 
20 
Uzbek security officers - many armed with automatic weapons - barged 
through the pale blue, wooden latticework gates of their prisoner's 
home. 
Family witnesses say they planted - and then "found" - 69 bullets that 
were 
later used as evidence in court, a common practice by police here to 
net 
suspected Islamic extremists.

Third came the sentence: 14 years behind bars for the father of five, 
and 
the resulting anger. "Our cases were falsified - God can see that," 
Najmiddinov told his mother, Mubarek Khon, after the sentence was read 
out. 
She says he was tortured during his interrogation - another routine 
practice here - and that she "could feel it in his voice." Najmiddinov 
is 
currently one of some 6,500 political and religious prisoners behind 
bars 
here.

"One day," the son told his mother, "there will be justice..."

Uzbekistan has become a critical American ally for the Afghanistan war. 
While that link may be yielding some halting human rights progress 
here, 
critics say that longstanding Uzbek policies are in fact pushing many 
moderate Muslims into more extreme positions, and so thwarting US 
efforts 
to contain extremism across the region...

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WOLFOWITZ HOLDS TURKEY AS MODEL FOR MUSLIM WORLD
M2 PRESSWIRE, 7/14/02

Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz Sunday, July 14, 2002

(Interview with NTV news anchor Mithat Bereket in Istanbul)

Bereket: You always mention the increasing importance of Turkey to the 
United States, especially after the events of the 11th of September. 
Now, 
what do you mean exactly, and why do you think the importance of Turkey 
has 
increased?

Wolfowitz: ...So I think we are in a battle for hearts and minds, if I 
could put it that way, in the Muslim world, and I believe a country 
like 
Turkey that is overwhelmingly Muslim, but is secular and democratic, is 
a 
very important symbol of what the terrorists are opposed to. And 
Turkey's 
success can be a very important symbol to a billion Muslims that you 
don't 
have to go the way of the terrorists, that, in fact, going the way of 
the 
terrorists brings you death and destruction, while going way of 
democratic, 
free enterprise, and freedom can bring you real success. So Turkey's 
success has got a strategic importance. I have thought that this has 
strategic importance for a long time, but September 11th underlines 
this...

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EDITORIAL: WE SHOULDN'T MAKE ARAFAT THE ISSUE
Chuck Hagel, Washington Post, 7/19/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A28797-2002Jul18.html

The most powerful force for the future of the Middle East is the next 
generation of Arabs and Muslims. America cannot afford to stand by and 
allow these young people to grow up hating us. Nor can Israel.

We are now faced with a unique moment to reach out to this generation 
and 
build a future with them. That is perhaps the surest thing America can 
do 
to help provide a secure future for Israel and hope for the Palestinian 
people. To do this, the United States must avoid policies that isolate 
us 
in the world community. We face both opportunity and risk, but there is 
no 
other option. Young Palestinians need to see their future in a 
peaceful, 
fully functioning state with economic opportunities and democratic 
institutions. If they do not, and instead see violence and destruction 
as 
the only way forward, the long-term consequences will be great. We 
could 
lose the next generation of Arab and Muslim youth and the future of the 
Middle East to radical politics and anti-Americanism...Palestinian 
reformers cannot promote a democratic agenda for change while both the 
Israeli military occupation and settlement activity continue.

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RUSSIA'S MUSLIM WOMEN SUE FOR RIGHT TO WEAR HEADSCARF IN PASSPORT
Agence France Presse, 7/19/02

A Russian court opened hearings Friday into a suit filed by three 
Muslim 
women in the central region of Tatarstan who accuse the local 
government of 
treading on their constitutional rights by barring them from wearing 
headscarves in their passport photographs.

The Interfax news agency reported that the unprecedented case opened in 
Tatarstan's capital Kazan with opening statements from the plaintiffs 
who 
cited the Koran in their defense. The defendants, represented by a 
local 
interior ministry officials, argued that headscarves make it impossible 
to 
properly identify a woman in her documents.

The next hearing has been set for August 2, Interfax reported from 
Kazan.

"We understand perfectly well that we cannot tread on religious 
freedoms. 
But orders are orders," Galina Fakhrudtinova, in charge of the local 
passport agency, was quoted as saying by Izvestia earlier this month.

Some 51 percent of Tatarstan's 3.8 million population are Muslim ethnic 
Tatars.

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WHAT EXACTLY IS TERRORISM?
Patrick J. Buchanan, 7/17/02
http://www.theamericancause.org/patwhatexactlyprint.htm

...Though President Bush has declared that we are fighting a "war on 
terrorism," he has yet to define what terrorism is, or tell us who 
exactly 
our enemies are. Where in the U.S. military or criminal code is 
terrorism 
defined?

Traditionally, terrorism has meant the slaughter of innocents for 
political 
ends. But what was the political end of the atrocity at LAX? To get 
Israel 
off the West Bank? And if it was terrorism, should such a killer be 
transferred to Guantanamo Bay and denied the full protections of the 
Bill 
of Rights, like the rest?

The assassinations of JFK by a Castroite, of Robert Kennedy by a 
Palestinian, of Dr. King and Medgar Evers by racists, of Malcolm X by 
black 
Muslims, of George Lincoln Rockwell by a fellow Nazi were all 
"political" 
assassinations. But which ones were "terrorist" acts?

The assassination of Lincoln in John Wilkes Booth's plot to decapitate 
the 
Union government, to re-ignite the Southern rebellion, seems to qualify 
as 
terrorism, and the assassins were tried in a military court. But, 
again, 
they were not hanged for terrorism.

The confusion as to what to call the LAX atrocity stems from a 
confusion of 
thought in Washington and a failure to follow the U.S. Constitution, 
declare war and identify precisely who our enemies are. When Bush says 
we 
are fighting terrorism, does he mean the IRA, the Basque ETA, the Tamil 
Tigers, FARC, Hezbollah?

None of the above. The president is authorized by Congress only to take 
down the Taliban and al-Qaida, and any other nation-state that helped 
or 
harbored the mass murderers of 9-11. Yet, no other nation, not even the 
"axis-of-evil" nations, seems to have been involved.

Why not then declare war on al-Qaida? Because that would tie the 
president's hands and give legitimacy to al-Qaida. For there are rules 
of 
war we would then have to observe. And what would we do if al-Qaida 
offered 
to negotiate an end to their attacks in return for U.S. withdrawal from 
Saudi Arabia? Negotiate? We would confront the same problem Ariel 
Sharon 
has. Because he doesn't want to negotiate with Arafat, he 
de-legitimizes 
Arafat by calling him a terrorist...

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BUSH PLEDGES TO MOVE AHEAD ON PEACE
Barry Schweid, Associated Press, 7/19/02

WASHINGTON (AP) - Apart from their dispute over Yasser Arafat, the Bush 
Administration and Arab governments are finding more common ground in 
their 
approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

President Bush says he will not let terror attacks stop him from 
peacemaking, an approach long favored by Arab and European governments.

The administration has previously insisted the highest priority was to 
try 
to curb terror and that peacemaking depended on ending attacks on 
Israel.

The foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan left the White 
House Thursday saying they were encouraged after a 30-minute meeting 
with 
Bush and an earlier session with Secretary of State Colin Powell.

"Every American official that we met said Israel cannot remain in these 
(West Bank and Gaza) territories," said Prince Saud al-Faisal, the 
foreign 
minister of Saudi Arabia. Arab countries have long demanded recovery of 
the 
land lost in the 1967 Mideast war.

The prince said at a news conference that Bush ``volunteered he would 
use 
his influence on the Israelis. "He said the Palestinians were 
considering a 
cease-fire to try to set the stage for an Israeli withdrawal on the 
West Bank.

Bitterly condemning Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, the Saudi 
prince 
said he would be "more optimistic if Sharon were not there."

"In Sharon's view, a good Arab is a dead Arab. As Mr. Sharon sees it, 
the 
only security for Israel is to rely on arms and its relation with the 
United States," Saud said...

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 7/20/2002

HEADLINES:

* CAIR SEEKS POSITIVE STORIES
* ARABS IN U.S. COULD BE HELD, OFFICIAL WARNS (Detroit Free Press)
* NY SYNAGOGUE ATTACKED BY PRO-ISRAEL VANDALS (Journal News)
         - I WAS SCHOOLED IN HATE (CommonDreams.org)
* HISTORY CHANNEL AIRS SEGMENT ON PROPHET MUHAMMAD
* SEATTLE COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS DEFEND BROTHERS UNDER INVESTIGATION (AP)
* RELIGIOUS LEADERS' HATE SPEECH CAN'T WIN GOD'S FAVOR (Star-Telegram)
* PROSPECT OF MARRIAGE CAN LEAD AWAY FROM INTERFAITH DATING (Kansas 
City Star)
* SUDAN GOVERNMENT, REBELS REACH "UNDERSTANDING" (AFP)

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CAIR SEEKS POSITIVE STORIES

There has been so much negative news lately, both in this country and 
around the world, that CAIR is asking members of the Muslim community 
to 
submit positive articles and experiences for distribution.

Examples of possible submissions include articles about achievements by 
Muslim youth or local communities, expressions of support from friends 
and 
colleagues of other faiths or reports of local interfaith activities.

SEND POSITIVE NEWS TO: cair@cair-net.org

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ARABS IN U.S. COULD BE HELD, OFFICIAL WARNS
Rights unit member foresees detainment
BY NIRAJ WARIKOO, Detroit Free Press, 7/20/02
http://www.freep.com/news/metro/civil20_20020720.htm

A member of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission said in Detroit on Friday 
he 
could foresee a scenario in which the public would demand internment 
camps 
for Arab-Americans if Arab terrorists strike again in this country.

If there's a future terrorist attack in America "and they come from the 
same ethnic group that attacked the World Trade Center, you can forget 
about civil rights," commission member Peter Kirsanow said.

The reason, he said, is that "the public would be less concerned about 
any 
perceived erosion of civil liberties than they are about protecting 
their 
own lives."

Kirsanow, who was appointed to the commission last year by President 
George 
W. Bush, said after the session that he personally doesn't support such 
camps and the government would never envision them. He said he was 
merely 
saying public opinion would so strongly favor the idea that it would be 
difficult to prevent. There would be a "groundswell of opinion" for the 
detainment, he said.

The remarks came during a raucous commission hearing in Detroit in 
which 
Kirsanow and another conservative member, Jennifer Braceras, defended 
U.S. 
antiterrorism efforts after Sept. 11.

A White House spokesman said Friday night that he could not respond 
specifically to Kirsanow's comments without seeing a full transcript of 
them, but said that the possibility of Arab internment camps has never 
been 
discussed at the White House…

The seven-member commission, based in Washington, D.C., was at the Omni 
Hotel in Detroit for its monthly meeting, and heard testimony from 
Arab-American leaders who said the government abused civil rights 
following 
Sept. 11…

Kirsanow was unmoved, arguing that Arab and Muslim Americans should 
accept 
the country's new antiterrorism laws and complain less about 
infringements 
to their civil rights.

If there's another attack by Arabs on U.S. soil, "not too many people 
will 
be crying in their beer if there are more detentions, more stops, more 
profiling," Kirsanow said.

"There will be a groundswell of public opinion to banish civil rights. 
So 
the best thing we can do to preserve them is by keeping the country 
safe…"
Braceras, another Bush appointee, said: "There's no constitutional 
right 
not to be inconvenienced or even embarrassed…"

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NY SYNAGOGUE ATTACKED BY PRO-ISRAEL VANDALS

Neturei Karta synagogue in Monsey vandalized
STEVE LIEBERMAN, Journal News, 7/19/02
http://www.thejournalnews.com/newsroom/071902/19neturei.html

MONSEY  A synagogue run by anti-Zionist Orthodox Jews was found 
spray-painted yesterday with Stars of David and Hebrew words glorifying 
Jerusalem as the Jewish state's eternal capital.

The markings on an outer wall of Yeshiva Beis Yehud and two cars were 
found 
on Tisha B'Av, during which Jews fast and commemorate the destruction 
of 
the first temple in Jerusalem.

The synagogue leaders of Neturei Karta called the graffiti a 
desecration 
and an attempt to intimidate them.

Neturei Karta, which in Hebrew means "Guardians of the Wall" of the 
Jerusalem temple, supports dissolving Israel and creating a Palestinian 
Arab government.

Neturei Karta, whose members work with Palestinian groups opposed to 
Israel, believes that only the coming of the biblical Messiah can bring 
about a Jewish homeland.

"They are trying to harass us and stop us from our activism to 
dismantle 
Israel and Zionism, which has caused so much bloodshed and 
anti-Semitism 
against the Jewish people," Rabbi Chaim Sofer said...

"We are targeted because we expose the conduct of the Zionist 
establishment 
against the Torah," Rabbi Chaim Tzvi Freimann said. "We always hold 
peaceful demonstrations."

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I WAS SCHOOLED IN HATE
Confessions of a Summer-Camp Terror Tot
Jacob Levich, CommonDreams.org, 7/19/02
http://www.commondreams.org/views02/0719-05.htm

But as I watched Zionist spinmeisters drawing ugly conclusions on CNN, 
I 
couldn't help flashing back to fond memories of dear old Camp Milldale, 
where -- to borrow a phrase from the ADL -- I myself was "schooled in 
hate" 
during the summer of 1967…as a seven-year-old camper, I found myself 
manufacturing cardboard daggers and machine guns during arts-and-crafts 
period. These were to be used as props for Camp Milldale's 
end-of-summer 
pageant, which featured a highly stylized re-enactment of episodes from 
Israeli history, interspersed with songs from Fiddler on the Roof.

We first-graders were entrusted with recreating 1948. Some of us got to 
play Jewish militia; others -- probably not the counselors' favorites 
-- 
had to be Arabs. We took to the stage bristling with toy weapons. 
Pint-sized Irgunists raised the Israeli flag, declared independence, 
and 
were immediately attacked by shrieking hordes of simulated 
Palestinians. 
After a brief melee, the Arabs all clutched their chests and fell down. 
Then everyone stood and sang "Hatikvah." Curtain; wild applause…

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HISTORY CHANNEL AIRS SEGMENT ON PROPHET MUHAMMAD

This Week in History: Muhammad
This week in history, we discover: how Muhammad the man became the 
prophet

SEE: 
http://www.historychannel.com/perl/tv/tvlistings.pl?channel=hist&get=week

Saturday, July 20 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Sunday, July 21 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The History Channel is also doing a poll on the most influential person 
in 
the history. Prophets Muhammad, Jesus and Moses are on the list:
http://www.historychannel.com/twih/

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SEATTLE COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS DEFEND BROTHERS REPORTEDLY UNDER 
INVESTIGATION
GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press, 7/20/02

SEATTLE - Mustafa and James Ujaama are credited by some community 
leaders 
with helping clean up their drug- and crime-ridden Seattle neighborhood 
by 
recruiting former gang members and others into the local mosque.

But terrorist ties? Religious and community leaders in Central Area, 
the 
city's largest black neighborhood, say they don't believe it.

"Both of these cats have had a positive, contributing role in the 
African-American community here," said Larry Gossett, a King County 
councilman.

News reports in the past few days have said the brothers are being 
investigated for their ties to the now-defunct Dar-us-Salaam mosque, 
which 
is said to be under scrutiny for possible links to Osama bin Laden's 
al-Qaida terrorist network. The FBI and prosecutors have refused to 
confirm 
those reports, and no charges have been brought against the brothers.

The brothers were born James Ernest and Jon Thompson. Their mother, 
Peggy 
Thompson, worked at a social services agency in the neighborhood and 
got 
them involved in the community, Gossett said.

"They've been busy for a long time - visiting elected officials, trying 
to 
raise money ... being proponents of the need to improve employment 
conditions," said King County Executive Ron Sims. "Terrorists? I don't 
think so…"

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RELIGIOUS LEADERS' HATE SPEECH CAN'T WIN GOD'S FAVOR
Bob Ray Sanders, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 7/17/02
http://www.dfw.com/mld/startelegram/news/columnists/bob_ray_sanders/3678246.htm

It has become open season on Islam, and some of these self-righteous 
folks 
have declared war on Allah, the Muslim name for God.

Jerry Vines, the former head of the Southern Baptist Convention, said 
last 
month that the prophet Muhammad was a "demon-possessed pedophile."

Faith healer Benny Hinn, known for "laying hands" on his followers, 
proclaimed during a recent performance _ yes, performance _ in Dallas 
that 
the "Islam population is going down."

Although I'm not sure what Hinn meant by that statement, reportedly the 
packed audience in the American Airlines Center in Dallas cheered. 
Islam, 
by the way, has about 1 billion followers worldwide and is the 
fastest-growing religion in the United States.

Another good Christian has added his voice to this chorus of bigotry.

The Rev. Philip "Flip" Benham, known for conducting crusades against 
abortion clinics and homosexuals, has turned his wrath on Islam, 
calling it 
a "false religion."

These are not the only ones preaching religious hatred.

I heard from an Arlington, Texas, pastor who told me that he, too, 
regards 
the teachings of Muhammad as false prophecy, although he would never 
say so 
publicly. My, that was mighty Christian of him, wasn't it?

Frankly, I'm not shocked that Christians don't believe in the teachings 
of 
the prophets of other religions. All religions have their own prophets 
and 
tenets. That is what makes them what they are.

It is the unabashed bigotry that bothers me. Preaching divisiveness in 
a 
"united" country that guarantees religious freedom is appalling.

What saddens me more is that these messengers of intolerance are hardly 
challenged by the larger religious community. Perhaps those who have 
remained silent on the issue believe that it is best to ignore the 
bigots 
and pray that they simply fade away. Unfortunately, it doesn't work 
that way…

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PROSPECT OF MARRIAGE CAN LEAD AWAY FROM INTERFAITH DATING
HELEN T. GRAY; Kansas City Star, 7/20/02
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascitystar/living/religion/3689037.htm

Boys and girls of the Muslim faith do not date, and marriage within the 
faith is mandated for women and recommended for men.

Hamed Ghazali, principal of the Islamic School of Greater Kansas City, 
said 
the school emphasizes no dating and no physical contact between the 
sexes, 
not even shaking hands.

The Qur'an provides marriage guidelines for Muslims. One passage 
states: 
"He created for you spouses from yourselves that you might find peace 
in 
them" (30:21).

Sherita Mohammed, 15, of Kansas City, said she accepts the fact that 
she 
cannot date.

"If someone asks me out, I tell them in a nice way, 'I can't go out 
with 
boys, and you can't call me,' " she said. "If they ask why, I say 
because I 
am a Muslim. When I wear the head covering, usually that's when boys 
come 
up to me."

Mohammed said she has met some boys she has liked who were not Muslim, 
but 
she knows she wouldn't be able to marry them.

Many young Muslims meet one another at annual Islamic conventions, such 
as 
the Muslim America Society convention, said Sherita's father, Imam 
Bilal 
Mohammed of the Al-Inshirah Islamic Center in Kansas City. Composed 
primarily of African-Americans, the convention includes a lot of 
seminars 
and activities for youth.

"The young people get a chance to interact in public places," he said. 
"They are chaperoned heavily by all of us, under our watchful eyes. 
Then 
they may keep in touch through writing or e-mail..."

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SUDAN GOVERNMENT, REBELS REACH "UNDERSTANDING"
Agence France-Presse, 7/20/02

KHARTOUM, July 20 (AFP) - The Sudanese government and rebel Sudan 
People's 
Liberation Army (SPLA) reached an understanding Saturday on key issues 
of 
state religion and self-determination for southern Sudan, official 
Omdurman 
Radio said.

Reporting from the Kenyan capital Nairobi, where talks are taking place 
to 
try to end Sudan's long-running civil war, the radio quoted an official 
of 
the government delegation as saying the agreement falls in the 
framework of 
a united, federal Sudan.

The radio, which gave no other details, said the accord was reached on 
the 
last day of the round of talks which began June 17 under the auspices 
of 
the regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ANTI-MUSLIM GRAFFITI FOUND AFTER FBI SEARCH IN MICH.
Islamic advocacy group calls on AG Ashcroft to investigate

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/22/02) - Relatives of a Dearborn, Mich., Muslim 
arrested last week while allegedly carrying counterfeit checks say they 
found anti-Islamic graffiti scrawled in the man's house following a 
search 
by the FBI and Secret Service. The man, a Jordanian-American, was 
arrested 
Wednesday after he arrived in Detroit on a flight from Indonesia.

Relatives told the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a 
Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group, they found 
the 
words "Islam is Evil" and " Christ is King" written on a Muslim prayer 
calendar attached to the man's refrigerator. (Contact CAIR to obtain a 
copy 
of the calendar.) CAIR is calling on Attorney General John Ashcroft to 
investigate the incident.

The man's brother said he and his wife were babysitting in the house 
last 
Thursday when officers of the two agencies came to search the premises. 
It 
was after being handcuffed, questioned and fingerprinted that family 
members say they discovered the slurs.

In a letter to Ashcroft, CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad wrote:

"While law enforcement authorities have the right, and even the duty, 
to 
follow all legitimate leads in the search for those who would cause 
harm to 
our nation, they do not have the right to insult the religious beliefs 
of 
those they are questioning.

"American Muslims want to do their part in protecting our nation and 
will 
offer any information that might be useful in that effort. However, 
indications that those questioned will be subject to religious slurs or 
bias only serve to impede legitimate investigations.

"This incident is of particular concern to us because it does not 
reflect 
the professionalism and concern for due process exhibited by the many 
FBI 
officials and other law enforcement authorities CAIR has been in 
dialogue 
with on civil liberties issues since the tragic events of September 11, 
2001."

Awad recommended the creation of a national civil liberties advisory 
panel 
that would consult with law enforcement officials to ensure that 
citizens' 
civil rights are maintained during this time of crisis. There are an 
estimated seven million Muslims in America and some 1.2 billion 
worldwide.

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 7/22/2002

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: SHAME AND WRONGDOING
* POSITIVE NEWS: FESTIVAL BRINGS JEWS, MUSLIMS TOGETHER
* BIDEN BACKS LETTING SOLDIERS ARREST CIVILIANS (Washington Times)
* AG ANNOUNCES TWO NEW MEASURES TO INCREASE THE SECURITY
* EDITORIAL: INFORMANT FEVER (New York Times)
* FIGHTING FOR A MOSQUE (News and Observer)
* KAZAKHS' SEASON OF REPRESSION (Washington Post)
* EDITORIAL: SHARON'S STEALTH PLAN (Washington Post)
         - SPREADING THE SECRET (Israeli Insider)
         - ISRAEL INFLICTS TERROR ON PALESTINIANS (New Haven Register)
* JAIL TIME FOR HATE CRIME (San Jose Mercury News)
* MAN OPENS FIRES ON HELICOPTER, THINKING OCCUPANTS ARE TERRORISTS (AP)
* BOMB ERRORS MAY HAVE COST 800 CIVILIAN LIVES (Scotsman)
* AMNESTY SAYS INDIA PREVENTING MASSACRE PROBE IN RIOT-TORN GUJARAT 
(AFP)
         - MILITANTS SEEK MUSLIM-FREE INDIA (Observer)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: SHAME AND WRONGDOING

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Among the sayings of 
the 
previous prophets...is: 'If you do not feel shame, then do what you 
like.'" 
Narrated by Bukhari.

This Hadith is recognized as having two possible interpretations:
1. In matters where there is no guidance from revelation, a person may 
act 
according to his or her conscience. A clear conscience will help 
determine 
right from wrong.
2. If one does not have a conscience and does not feel shame at 
wrongdoing, 
there is nothing to prevent him or her from misbehaving.

Summarized from "A Study of Hadith" by Dr. Khalid Mahmood Shaikh, 
published 
by Iqra International Educational Foundation.

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POSITIVE NEWS: FESTIVAL BRINGS JEWS, MUSLIMS TOGETHER
Nicole T. Lesson, Sun-Sentinel, 7/22/02
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-sjam22jul22.story

Praying in synagogue is a common practice for Trudi DeGrazia of Sunrise 
and 
Margo Mintzer of Aventura.

But on Sunday, the two Temple Adath Or members, participated in Muslim 
prayer for the first time during Festival For Peace at the Darul Uloom 
Islamic Institute in Pembroke Pines.

More than 200 adults and children took part in the free event, which 
brought Muslims and Jews together to share and enjoy their differences. 
"I 
wanted to show the Muslims that I wanted to learn about what they do 
and be 
part of that," said Mintzer, 65. "Whenever I step into a holy place, a 
peace comes over me -- whether it's being in my temple, church or 
mosque, I 
feel at one with God..."

The event was organized by Jews & Muslims & All, or JAM, a post-Sept. 
11 
brainchild of Moshe David Kamrat of Temple Adath Or in Fort 
Lauderdale...

"Our mission was accomplished, and people came on their own," said 
Maulana 
Shafayat Mohamed, co-founder of JAM. "People said we couldn't get Jews 
and 
Muslims together, and we have been able to prove that we could."

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BIDEN BACKS LETTING SOLDIERS ARREST CIVILIANS
Joyce Howard Price, Washington Times, 7/22/02
http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20020722-6619304.htm

Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., Delaware Democrat, yesterday strongly 
endorsed 
giving soldiers the power to arrest American civilians. Interviewed 
yesterday on "Fox News Sunday," Mr. Biden, a member of the Judiciary 
Committee, said the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, which prevents the 
military from exercising police powers in this country, should be 
re-examined and "has to be amended."

Such a change will happen soon, he said.

However, Tom Ridge, director of the Office of Homeland Security, said 
in 
several appearances on political talk shows yesterday that the Biden 
proposal should be considered but that he thinks it's "very unlikely" 
such 
a change will be made.

The Biden proposal and the Ridge "knockdown" - not necessarily a 
"knockout" 
- may have been coordinated and calculated to measure public reaction. 
Mr. 
Ridge grew more emphatic later in the day in his view that military 
authorities should not have such powers of arrest over civilians.

Mr. Biden said that "we're not talking about general police power, 
changing 
the idea that you would have your local National Guard with arrest 
power 
like your local policeman." But "it's not very realistic" that, under 
the 
current law, soldiers with knowledge of weapons of mass destruction, 
who 
might be checking out the discovery of a terrorist weapon in the United 
States, would "not be able to exercise the same power a police officer 
would in dealing with that situation..."

But Sen. Carl Levin, Michigan Democrat and chairman of the Armed 
Services 
Committee, said the Posse Comitatus Act is a "solid law" that "has 
served 
us well." He said: "We should not assume that we're going to have to 
change 
it. On the other hand, I don't fear looking at it to see whether or not 
our 
military can be more helpful than they've been up to now" in providing 
training, equipment and other assistance in disaster situations. But 
the 
military should not be arresting people.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - MONDAY, JULY 22, 2002
(202) 514-2008
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ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES TWO NEW MEASURES TO INCREASE THE SECURITY OF 
U.S. BORDERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Attorney General announced two steps to 
increase the security of the United States. First, the Attorney General 
sent a letter to the Secretary of State on July 12, 2001, requesting 
that 
he designate nine groups as "terrorist organizations" within the 
meaning of 
the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001.  Once a designation is made, aliens who 
are 
affiliated with these groups will be barred from entering the United 
States. Second, the Attorney General announced new measures to ensure 
compliance with the existing statutory requirement for noncitizens to 
report changes of address to the Immigration and Naturalization Service 
(INS) for enforcement and other purposes.

"Designating these nine groups as terrorist organizations will help 
secure 
our borders against those who would come to the United States to commit 
terrorist acts, or to raise funds to finance terrorist operations," 
said 
Attorney General John Ashcroft. "Americans have always welcomed the 
freedom-loving people of the world to our shores.  But terrorists must 
not 
be allowed to use our hospitality as a weapon."  The Attorney General 
added, "By clarifying the existing requirement that noncitizens report 
their address to the INS, we are able to increase our ability to locate 
quickly an alien if removal proceedings must be initiated."

Under new authorities made available by the USA PATRIOT Act, groups can 
be 
listed as "terrorist organizations" if they provide "material 
support"-including financial support- to further terrorist activity.  
Also, 
groups that plan, commit, or gather information for terrorist attacks 
qualify as "terrorist organizations."  As a result of the designations, 
law 
enforcement will be able to prevent noncitizens with ties to these 
groups 
from entering the United States. Aliens will be denied entry if they 
raise 
funds for, or encourage others to join, a "terrorist organization."

The 9 groups to be designated include organizations that have raised 
funds 
to finance international terrorist networks, as well as groups that 
have 
carried out terrorist attacks worldwide. The groups formally will be 
listed 
as "terrorist organizations" when the Secretary of State publishes 
notice 
of the designation in the Federal Register. This request is the result 
of 
extensive cooperation between the Justice Department and the State 
Department, and the State Department has pledged to move forward with 
the 
designations expeditiously.

The Attorney General's letter marks the second occasion on which the 
Departments of Justice and State have worked together to designate 
"terrorist organizations" under the USA PATRIOT Act.  On December 7 of 
last 
year, the Secretary of State listed 39 such groups in response to a 
similar 
request from the Attorney General.

The new measures relating to noncitizen reporting requirements are also 
an 
important step to enhance border security.  For 50 years, the law has 
required aliens to report each change of address to the Attorney 
General 
within 10 days, and provides penalties for willful 
failures.  Unfortunately, far too many fail to comply with this 
existing 
requirement.  As a result, the INS does not have current address 
information for many noncitizens who have entered the United States - 
whether as temporary visitors, as applicants for asylum, or for other 
purposes. This impairs the INS's ability to institute immigration 
enforcement proceedings against those aliens whom the INS has 
determined 
should be removed from the United States. Moreover, unless it has a 
current 
address, INS may be unable to contact some aliens regarding any 
benefits 
for which they applied.

Accordingly, the Attorney General is publishing a proposed rule to 
revise 
INS regulations and forms to ensure that noncitizens are fully advised 
about the need to provide the INS with their current address, as 
required 
by law. The new regulations and forms will facilitate the INS's ability 
to 
keep in contact with an alien who has applied for immigration benefits, 
and 
make it easier to locate an alien if removal proceedings must be 
initiated.

This rule is a further step in the Department's ongoing efforts to 
improve 
its ability to track noncitizens within the United States and 
complements 
the comprehensive entry-exit tracking system that Congress mandated be 
in 
place by 2005.

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EDITORIAL: INFORMANT FEVER
New York Times, 7/22/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/07/22/opinion/22MON2.html

If, starting next month, your neighbors begin showing unexpected 
interest 
in your travel plans, your cable TV repairman asks what magazines you 
subscribe to and the pizza delivery boy starts trying to draw you out 
about 
your views on the Middle East, it could be that everyone is just 
getting a 
lot friendlier. But it is more likely that you are being engaged by 
some of 
the early participants in the Terrorism Information and Prevention 
System, 
or TIPS.

The Bush administration plans to enlist millions of Americans to spy on 
their fellow Americans, and to feed that information into a centralized 
database. This ill-considered domestic spying program should be stopped 
before it starts...

The Bush administration's post-Sept. 11 anti-terrorism tactics - secret 
detentions of suspects, denial of the right to trial and now citizen 
spying 
- have in common a lack of faith in democratic institutions and a free 
society. If TIPS is ever put into effect, the first people who should 
be 
turned in as a threat to our way of life are the Justice Department 
officials who thought up this most un-American of programs.

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FIGHTING FOR A MOSQUE
YONAT SHIMRON, News and Observer, 7/20/02
http://newsobserver.com/front/News/story/1568678p-1597725c.html

The mosque at Shaw University could soon become an office space or a 
weight 
room for the football team, under a plan unveiled by the president of 
Shaw 
University to a group of students, professors and community activists.

Muslims who worship at the mosque reacted with dismay to the 
announcement 
and said they planned to fight the move.

At Friday services, Ihsan Bagby, a professor of international relations 
at 
the school and the mosque's prayer leader, or imam, told some 50 
Muslims 
assembled that the university no longer welcomes them on campus.

"My feeling is that this is not just a logistical question of space," 
said 
Bagby. "It's a deeper problem of certain Christians that do not want to 
see 
the presence of another religion..."

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KAZAKHS' SEASON OF REPRESSION
Robert G. Kaiser, Washington Post, 7/22/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A41635-2002Jul21.html

ASTANA, Kazakhstan -- A supreme court justice sentenced a former 
government 
minister to six years in prison last week and denied him the right to 
appeal his conviction. Three days earlier, a former governor of one of 
Kazakhstan's biggest regions went on trial; his supporters say he, too, 
will be jailed. On July 9, the state security agency opened an 
investigation of a journalist and human rights activist suspected of 
insulting the honor and dignity of the president, Nursultan Nazarbayev 
-- 
one of many recent harassments of independent journalists.

This is a summer of political tension and repression in Kazakhstan, an 
oil-rich republic four times the size of Texas that occupies much of 
the 
vast steppe south of Siberia. At a time when Kazakhstan's economy is 
booming and its relations with the world's great powers, including the 
United States, are improving, Nazarbayev has turned against his critics 
and 
opponents with a harshness that has surprised many Kazakhs and foreign 
diplomats here...

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EDITORIAL: SHARON'S STEALTH PLAN
Jackson Diehl, Washington Post, 7/22/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A41840-2002Jul21.html

Following the same tactics he has employed for a quarter-century, 
Sharon 
has been asserting in public that he accepts Bush's diplomacy -- and 
meanwhile is quietly overseeing a plan of settlement construction 
designed 
to make any two-state solution impossible. Since Sharon took office 
less 
than 18 months ago, 44 new settlement sites, including more than 300 
units, 
have been established in the West Bank -- including nine in the past 
three 
months...

This Bush administration is right to think that it will never broker an 
Israeli-Palestinian peace unless the Palestinians summon the will to 
stop 
their suicide bombers. But it is just as true that a two-state 
settlement 
is being undermined, week after week, by Sharon's stealthy excavations. 
"Settlements will eventually be an issue," Rice said on the Fox TV 
show. 
"But I think we have to get the context right here. We need to end the 
terror, create a situation where there is better security and no 
violence." 
By the time that day comes, Sharon's new homes could number in the 
thousands.

SEE ALSO:

SPREADING THE SECRET
Gila Svirsky, Israeli Insider, 7/15/02
http://web.israelinsider.com/bin/en.jsp?enPage=ViewsPage&enDisplay=view&enDispWhat=object&enDispWho=Article%5El1236&enZone=Views&enVersion=0&

One of the best-kept secrets in Israel is that most Israelis are fed up 
with the occupation, and just want to get out.

According to June's findings by Mina Zemach, Israel's foremost 
pollster, 
63% of Israelis are in favor of "unilateral withdrawal." In fact, 69% 
call 
for the evacuation of "all" or "most of" the settlements.

Mina's numbers are corroborated by everybody else: The Peace Index of 
Tel-Aviv University's Tami Steinmetz Center found that 65% of Israelis 
"are 
prepared to evacuate the settlements under a unilateral separation 
program".

A poll commissioned by Peace Now a month earlier revealed that 59% of 
Israelis support immediate evacuation of most settlements, followed by 
a 
unilateral withdrawal of the army from the occupied territories...

ISRAEL INFLICTS TERROR ON PALESTINIANS
Eric Levine, New Haven Register, 7/21/02
http://www.newhavenregister.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=4805831&BRD=1281&PAG=461&dept_id=7581&rfi=6

I recently experienced firsthand the current "security measures" being 
imposed by the Israeli military in the West Bank.

On July 1st, while walking along a dirt road toward the West Bank city 
of 
Nablus, I was abducted by Israeli soldiers along with another American, 
a 
Briton and two Palestinians. We were taken to a Palestinian residence 
occupied by the Israeli army, confined to an outdoor patio six paces by 
six 
paces, guarded by an armed soldier and informed repeatedly that we 
would be 
shot if we attempted to leave. Our passports were taken and our 
requests 
for telephone calls were denied. The reason for our detention was never 
explained.

 From our open-air cell, I spent 48 hours witnessing and reflecting on 
what 
is conveniently called a "war on terror," but is increasingly a "war of 
terror" waged on Palestinian civilians.

I saw a ghost town. Nablus' 200,000 residents imprisoned in their homes 
by 
a strict 24-hour curfew that threatens bullets for those venturing 
outside.

By day, armored personnel carriers and tanks patrolled the streets, 
firing 
sporadically at children in front of their houses playing soccer...

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JAIL TIME FOR HATE CRIME
Rodney Foo, San Jose Mercury News, 7/21/02
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/3706680.htm

A San Jose woman was sentenced to nine months in the Santa Clara County 
jail after being convicted of a hate crime in which she attacked a man 
of 
Middle Eastern descent while shouting slurs during a road rage incident 
downtown.

Angel Ann Coley, 28, was also ordered to pay restitution to Mohamed 
Aram, a 
31-year-old limousine service owner who was kicked, bitten and punched 
by 
Coley.
The sentence, handed down Friday by Superior Court Judge Richard 
Loftus, 
appears to be the final chapter in a bizarre case that began in 
November 
when Coley used her car to ram Aram's vehicle into an intersection...

The jail sentence came three weeks after a Superior Court jury found 
Coley 
guilty of committing a hate crime resulting in injury, making threats 
to 
commit death or injury, hit-and-run and battery...

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MAN OPENS FIRES ON HELICOPTER, THINKING OCCUPANTS ARE TERRORISTS
Associated Press, 7/20/02
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020720/ap_wo_en_po/us_helicopter_shooting_1

WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia - A man armed with an assault-style rifle opened 
fire on a helicopter landing in a residential neighborhood, thinking 
the 
chopper was carrying terrorists, police said.

Helicopter pilot John S. Sutton landed his helicopter July 13 at the 
home 
of businessman John Peters to pick him up, police said.

John Chwaszczewski, a construction worker, became alarmed when he saw 
the 
chopper swoop down over his garage, about a block from Peters' home.

"Maybe I overreacted, but I did feel this was terrorism at its utmost," 
Chwaszczewski said.

Chwaszczewski told police the shooting was "a natural reaction," after 
having watched the events of Sept. 11...

-----

BOMB ERRORS MAY HAVE COST 800 CIVILIAN LIVES
The Scotsman, 7/22/02
http://www.news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=786382002

The US aid and advocacy group Global Exchange, based in San Francisco, 
claims survey teams sent into Afghan villages have compiled a list of 
812 
Afghan civilians killed in air strikes.

But more damaging for the public image of the Pentagon may be 
yesterday's 
report in the New York Times. The newspaper said its survey of 11 
locations 
put the death toll at up to 400 civilians.

The latest and probably most notorious botched bombing was early this 
month. Reports have suggested that gunfire celebrating a wedding in 
Oruzgan 
Province was misinterpreted by US warplanes and Special Forces troops 
as 
anti-aircraft fire. US officials have claimed their ground forces 
operating 
in the area came under repeated fire.

Whatever sparked the US raid, the result was an American AC-130 gunship 
spewing fire from the air on four Afghan villages. Local officials 
counted 
54 fatalities, mainly women and children. The incident brought an 
apology 
from President George Bush to Hamid Karzai, the man who became Afghan 
president with US backing...

-----

AMNESTY SAYS INDIA PREVENTING MASSACRE PROBE IN RIOT-TORN GUJARAT
Agence France Presse, 7/22/02

Rights group Amnesty International said Monday New Delhi had 
effectively 
refused its delegates access to the western Indian state of Gujarat, 
where 
they wanted to investigate recent massacres and other human rights 
violations.

The Indian government had failed to issue visas by a deadline of July 
12 as 
agreed with its representatives in London, the group said in a 
statement. 
"Amnesty International believes that the refusal of the Indian 
government 
to grant access to the state will only reinforce the concerns that the 
government of Gujarat and the state police might have been accomplices 
in 
... allowing (the violence) to occur and could be now attempting to 
cover 
up involvement of their officials."

Gujarat witnessed India's worst communal clashes in a decade in 
February 
when around 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed.

The riots were triggered by a mob -- believed to be Muslim -- torching 
a 
train carrying Hindu activists at Gujarat's Godhra town on February 27, 
which killed 58 people.

The worst of the clashes were brought under control after New Delhi 
ordered 
troops to take charge of law and order in the state on March 1, 
although 
sporadic violence continued for some weeks.

Nearly 27,000 people, most of them Muslims, are still living in relief 
camps in Ahmedabad.

Indian rights activists have accused the government of complicity in 
the 
riots, with police allegedly turning a blind or even sympathetic eye to 
reprisal attacks on Muslims.

SEE ALSO:

MILITANTS SEEK MUSLIM-FREE INDIA
The Observer, 7/21/02
http://www.observer.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,759129,00.html

At the elegantly simple home of Mahatma Gandhi in Ahmedabad, the 
bustling 
capital of Gujarat state, a museum eulogises his contribution to the 
founding of India. Gandhi's clothes, books, journals and photographs 
line 
the walls. Outside in the freshly watered gardens the mango trees are 
in 
full bloom. One journal contains Gandhi's simple denunciation of 
violence: 
'The science of war leads one to dictatorship. The science of 
non-violence 
alone can lead one to a pure democracy.'

More than 50 years after his death at the hands of a nationalist 
militant, 
Gandhi would find India unrecognisable. In the past five months his 
home 
state has been stunned by religious violence that shows few signs of 
fading...

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ISRAEL USES U.S. WEAPONS TO MASSACRE PALESTINIAN CIVILIANS
Deliberate air attack on civilian building called "state-sponsored 
terrorism"

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/23/02)  The Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR) today strongly condemned Israel's use of American 
taxpayer-supplied 
weapons to massacre at least 11 Palestinians, including women and 
children, 
in an attack on a residential building in the Gaza Strip.

The latest list of dead released by a nearby hospital included two 
babies 
ages 18 and 2 months, five children ages 3-5, an 11-year-old and three 
adults. Israel used an American-made F-16 fighter plane to launch the 
missile that struck the building.

"The blood of these innocent children is on the hands of those in 
America's 
pro-Israel lobby who use their influence to promote congressional and 
administration policies that provide American tax dollars and tacit 
support 
for such attacks," said CAIR Board Chairman Omar Ahmad. He said the 
attack 
was a violation of the U.S. Arms Export Control Act.

"Terrorism is defined as the use of violence against civilians to 
achieve 
political goals. This premeditated attack on a civilian building in the 
dead of night is a prime example of state-sponsored terrorism. If our 
government fails to condemn this massacre, all the official rhetoric 
about 
'zero-tolerance' for terrorism will ring hollow around the Muslim 
world. 
There should be one standard for defining terrorism, not one for Israel 
and 
one for the rest of the world," said Ahmad.

He added that the recent administration shift away from an even-handed 
Middle East policy to one that bows to Israeli dictates was obviously 
viewed as a green-light for the attack. Ahmad also called on American 
Jewish groups to condemn the attack in the same way that American 
Muslim 
organizations have condemned other acts of terrorism.

A spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan also condemned the 
attack, saying: "Israel has the legal and moral responsibility to take 
all 
measures to avoid the loss of innocent life; it clearly failed to do so 
in 
using a missile against an apartment building...The secretary-general 
calls 
on the government of Israel to halt such actions and to conduct itself 
in a 
manner that is fully consistent with international humanitarian law."

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Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2002 11:29:58 -0400
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Subject: CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims Call for 9/11/02 "Day of Unity and Prayer"

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AMPCC
American Muslim Political Coordination Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

U.S. MUSLIMS CALL FOR 9/11/02 "DAY OF UNITY AND PRAYER"
All faiths urged to open houses of worship for interfaith activities

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/23/02) - A national American Muslim political 
council 
today announced a "National Day of Unity and Prayer" designed to 
coincide 
with the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World 
Trade 
Center and the Pentagon.

The American Muslim Political Coordination Council (AMPCC), made up of 
the 
nation's four most prominent Muslim political advocacy groups,* called 
on 
all faith communities to participate in the national observance by 
opening 
houses of worship on September 11, 2002, for interfaith visits, 
prayers, 
congregational exchanges, and other activities intended to foster 
national 
unity and religious tolerance.

A web site will be established to allow local mosques, churches, 
synagogues, and other religious institutions to register their 
participation in the national event.

A joint AMPCC statement read in part: "It is imperative that all 
Americans 
come together on the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks to show 
that we are united as a nation and to reject efforts by any parties, 
whether overseas or within our borders, to divide the United States 
along 
religious or ethnic lines. The Muslim community is part of this 
country, 
and we join our fellow citizens in mourning those who were killed or 
injured on that fateful day."

AMPCC member groups will help coordinate the American Muslim 
community's 
participation in the National Day of Unity and Prayer. As part of the 
AMPCC 
campaign, a step-by-step guide to holding local mosque open houses will 
be 
distributed to Islamic centers nationwide.

Other religious organizations, such as the National Council of 
Churches, 
are organizing similar observances.

SEE: http://www.ncccusa.org/interfaith/openhouse-intro.html

American Muslim groups jointly and individually condemned the 9/11 
attacks. 
An AMPCC statement issued within hours of the incidents stated: 
"American 
Muslims utterly condemn what are apparently vicious and cowardly acts 
of 
terrorism against innocent civilians. We join with all Americans in 
calling 
for the swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators. No 
political 
cause could ever be assisted by such immoral acts."

                                         - END -

* AMPCC consists of American Muslim Alliance (AMA), American Muslim 
Council 
(AMC), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and Muslim Public 
Affairs Council (MPAC).

CONTACT:        AMA - 510-252-9858, http://www.amaweb.org/
                 AMC - 202-789-2262, http://www.amconline.org/
            CAIR - 202-488-8787, http://www.cair-net.org/
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Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2002 13:44:17 -0400
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Subject: CAIR-NET: Court Reunites Muslim Mother and Child

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR GOOD NEWS ALERT #338

COURT REUNITES MUSLIM MOTHER AND CHILD

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/23/02) - Alhamdulillah (Praise be to God.) CAIR is 
applauding a decision yesterday by a South Dakota judge to return a 
five-year-old child to his Muslim mother. As CAIR reported in an Action 
Alert earlier this month, the child was taken away after his mother 
accepted Islam, married an Egyptian man and planned to travel to Egypt.

In an affidavit filed with the Third Judicial Circuit Court, the 
woman's 
father said she "has engaged in some bizarre behavior, including 
wearing 
Muslim garb and declaring herself a Muslim." The affidavit was 
accompanied 
by a photo showing the mother wearing a religiously-mandated Islamic 
headscarf.

After being contacted by the mother, CAIR informed the media and urged 
concerned Muslims to send donations to help with legal expenses. The 
case 
received widespread coverage in this country and overseas.

Circuit Judge Rodney J. Steele ruled Monday that the Muslim mother has 
a 
constitutional right to raise the boy as she sees fit. The grandfather 
testified that he objects to the mother taking her son to Egypt, where 
he 
said Americans are despised and the boy would be a "third-class 
citizen."

"We would like to thank all those who sent donations for the legal 
defense 
or made du'ah for this Muslim family," said CAIR Executive Director 
Nihad 
Awad. Awad said this case shows that when the Muslim community takes 
positive action, positive results can be achieved (inshallah).

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MUSLIM FAMILY IN FLORIDA REMAINS SEPARATED

Despite the good news from South Dakota, a similar case in Florida 
remains 
to be resolved. Eleven Muslim children (ages 3 to 16) were taken into 
custody on April 9 after the family house was condemned, and have been 
held 
in different foster homes since that time.

After learning of the family's desperate financial situation through a 
CAIR 
alert, Muslims and other people of conscience around America donated 
almost 
$20,000 to get the family back together in a stable home.
SEE: 
http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/041202/met_9122761.html

Charges of neglect lodged against the parents were dropped in June.
SEE: 
http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/061902/met_9703396.html

Using the donations, the family moved into a new home with rent paid 
through the first of next year. The father obtained a new job and the 
family car has been repaired. A permanent home may become available 
through 
the assistance of Habitat For Humanity.

Social service agencies and the court-appointed guardian for the 
children 
all agree they should be sent home. A hearing on this case is scheduled 
for 
the end of July. CAIR-Florida is working with local authorities to 
reunite 
the family.

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 7/23/2002

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: MURDER
* DC PROTEST AGAINST ISRAELI ATTACK
         - BUSH JOINS IN CONDEMNATION OF ISRAELI ATTACK (Guardian)
         - STANLEY COHEN CALLS SEAN HANNITY "APOLOGIST FOR ISRAEL" 
(Fox)
* JUDGE GIVES CUSTODY OF BOY TO MOM (AP)
* RIGHTS GROUP ASKS ASHCROFT TO INVESTIGATE ANTI-ISLAMIC MESSAGE (AP)
         - ANTI-ISLAM MESSAGE LEFT DURING SEARCH, FAMILY SAYS 
(Washington Post)
* U.S. WANTS CLOSER EYE ON IMMIGRANTS (Knight Ridder)
* US HOUSE VOTES TO BOOST BROADCASTING TO MUSLIM COUNTRIES (AFP)
* MOTEL OWNER SAYS FIRE WAS SET BECAUSE HE IS MUSLIM (AP)
* RUSSIAN FORCES KILLING DOZENS OF CHECHENS EACH MONTH (AFP)
* PALESTINIAN ASKS FOR BAIL AT CLOSED IMMIGRATION HEARING 
(Sun-Sentinel)
* U.S. HALTS OVERTURES TO IRAN'S KHATAMI (Washington Post)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: MURDER

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "A time will come when 
the 
murderer will not know why he has committed murder, and the victim will 
not 
know why he has been killed."

Sahih Muslim, Hadith 1356

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DC PROTEST AGAINST ISRAELI ATTACK

WHEN: Wednesday, July 24, Noon - 1 p.m.
WHERE: IN FRONT OF THE STATE DEPARTMENT (C Street entrance), 
Washington, D.C.
SPONSOR: American Muslims for Jerusalem
CONTACT: 202-256-2000 or 202-548-4200
http://www.amjerusalem.org

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BUSH JOINS IN CONDEMNATION OF ISRAELI ATTACK
Mark Oliver, Guardian UK, 7/23/02
http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,761908,00.html

The US president, George Bush, has joined Britain, the EU, the UN and 
Arab 
nations in condemning Israel's missile attack against the leader of 
Hamas, 
as the death toll from the strikes rose to at least 15.

The White House spokesman, Ari Fleischer, said: "This heavy-handed 
action 
does not contribute to peace...this message will be conveyed to Israeli 
authorities, and the United States regrets the loss of life..."

The Foreign Office said the attack was "unacceptable" and 
"counterproductive". Tony Blair's official spokesman called for an end 
to 
the "cycle of violence which has scarred the region..."

In Washington, Mr Fleischer rejected comparisons between the missile 
strike 
and American attacks in Afghanistan that have killed hundreds of 
civilians.

"It is inaccurate to compare the two, because the United States, 
because of 
an errant bomb, a mistake in a mission, has occasionally engaged in 
military action that very regrettedly included losses of innocent 
lives," 
Mr Fleischer said. "This was a deliberate attack on the site, knowing 
that 
innocents would be lost in the consequences of the attack," he said, 
adding 
that Bush still remained a strong backer of Israel.

STANLEY COHEN CALLS SEAN HANNITY "APOLOGIST FOR ISRAEL"
Hannity & Colmes, Fox News, 7/23/02
http://www.foxnews.com/hannityandcolmes/index.html

COHEN: Sean, every time Palestinians get killed, you make an excuse for
Israel. Every time.

HANNITY: No. Israel -- you're an apologist for terror.

COHEN: You're an apologist for Israel. They make no mistake. You're 
always 
saying no matter what Israel does it's OK...Has Israel ever -- has 
Israel 
ever done anything wrong in your mind?...Do they kill people? Do they 
torture people? Do they take land? You're such an apologist for Israel.

HANNITY: You know something? Israel has been the victim of incredible 
terrorists...

COHEN: No.

HANNITY: ...since the foundation and formation of...

COHEN: And Palestinians have been the victims of Israeli terrorism for 
50 
years. And you're always an apologist for them...

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JUDGE GIVES CUSTODY OF BOY TO MOM
Bernard Mcghee, Associated Press, 7/23/02
http://www.cnn.com/2002/LAW/07/22/custody.dispute.ap/index.html

FLANDREAU, S.D. - In a custody case that has attracted the attention of 
Muslim groups, a judge has ordered that a 5-year-old boy be returned to 
his 
mother even if she decides to move to Egypt.

Circuit Judge Rodney J. Steele last month granted temporary custody to 
the 
woman's father and his new wife. But on Monday he said Sally Barakat 
has a 
constitutional right to raise the boy as she sees fit. Some Muslim 
groups 
had said the judge's earlier decision was driven by anti-Islamic bias. 
Barakat converted to Islam and said she wanted to live in Egypt with a 
man 
she had married there.

"I'm thankful to have good news," Barakat, 29, said Monday. "I thank 
God 
and I thank the judge..."

Barakat has said her father and his spouse denigrated her religion and 
made 
racist comments about her husband, Osama Barakat, whom she met over the 
Internet...

Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Washington-based Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, said the judge's decision showed Muslims 
could 
still have faith in the U.S. legal system.

"That's being tested right now because the Muslim community feels under 
siege," Hooper said...

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RIGHTS GROUP ASKS ASHCROFT TO INVESTIGATE ANTI-ISLAMIC MESSAGE
Geralda Miller, Associated Press, 7/23/02

DETROIT - An Islamic civil rights and advocacy group is asking Attorney 
General John Ashcroft to investigate anti-Islamic writing found in the 
home 
of a man charged with trying to enter the United States with $12 
million in 
phony cashier's checks.

After Secret Service and FBI agents searched the home of Omar Shishani 
on 
Thursday night, his brother, Abdallah Shishani, said he and his wife 
found 
the words "Islam is Evil" and "Christ is King" written on a Muslim 
prayer 
calendar attached to the refrigerator...

On Monday, the Council on American-Islamic Relations said that it 
believed 
a federal agent wrote the message, and it asked Ashcroft in a letter to 
"investigate this incident and take appropriate actions."

"While law enforcement authorities have the right, and even the duty, 
to 
follow all legitimate leads in the search for those who would cause 
harm to 
our nation, they do not have the right to insult the religious beliefs 
of 
those they are questioning," the letter said...

A call to Bob Cares, the assistant U.S. attorney in charge of the 
Detroit 
area's terrorism task force, was not immediately returned. But Gina 
Balaya, 
a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office in Detroit, said Cares had 
been told about the allegation...

Abdallah Shishani said there was no way anyone other than one of the 
agents 
could have written the message on the calendar with a black marker.

"We check that paper five times a day for praying times," he said.

That night, Abdallah Shishani said he and his wife checked the paper 
before 
saying the third prayer, Asar, at 5:26 p.m. The agents arrived at their 
home around 6 p.m., he said.

Abdallah Shishani said he "would like to see justice" but doubted if 
anything would happen to whomever printed the messages.

SEE ALSO:

ANTI-ISLAM MESSAGE LEFT DURING SEARCH, FAMILY SAYS
Robert E. Pierre, Washington Post, 7/23/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A47184-2002Jul22.html

DETROIT - Representatives of two Muslim advocacy groups charged today 
that 
law enforcement agents who last week searched the home of a man being 
investigated for connections to terrorism left behind a handwritten 
epithet 
on a Muslim prayer calendar in his home.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), based in Washington, 
called on Attorney General John D. Ashcroft to investigate the matter, 
declaring that officers "do not have the right to insult the religious 
beliefs of those they are questioning..."

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U.S. WANTS CLOSER EYE ON IMMIGRANTS
Frank Davies and Cassio Furtado, Knight Ridder, 7/23/02
http://www.freep.com/news/nw/immi23_20020723.htm

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department announced Monday it intends to use 
criminal penalties against immigrants and foreign visitors who fail to 
notify the government of a change of address within 10 days.

Attorney General John Ashcroft said the move would help secure U.S. 
borders 
by making it easier to track noncitizens. The 10-day notice requirement 
has 
long been on the books but is rarely enforced. "By clarifying the 
existing 
requirement that noncitizens report their address to the Immigration 
and 
Naturalization Service, we are able to increase our ability to locate 
quickly an alien if removal proceedings must be initiated," Ashcroft 
said.

The INS plans to enforce the regulation after a 60-day comment period. 
The 
action affects all legal permanent residents -- at least 11 million 
people, 
according to an INS spokeswoman. It also applies to visitors and 
students 
who stay in the United States more than 30 days..

Immigration advocates denounced the plan as heavy-handed and 
unworkable, 
saying the INS will not be able to handle the paperwork.

"It's sheer fantasy to think the INS can handle the avalanche of 
information under this mandate," said Angela Kelley, deputy director of 
the 
Washington-based National Immigration Forum. "This initiative is going 
to 
leave a pervasive feeling in immigrant communities that they're all 
under 
suspicion..."

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, 
said he hoped the proposed rule wouldn't target Muslims unfairly. "If 
laws 
are enforced across the board and without any bias, we have no 
problem," 
Hooper said.

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US HOUSE VOTES TO BOOST BROADCASTING TO MUSLIM COUNTRIES
Maxim Kniazkov, Agence France Presse, 7/23/02

WASHINGTON - The US House of Representatives has voted to boost US 
television and radio broadcasts to Muslim countries and to step up 
other 
public diplomacy measures in hopes of countering rising anti-American 
sentiment in that part of the world.

The Freedom Promotion Act of 2002, passed by voice vote Monday, 
allocates 
135 million dollars in fiscal 2003 -- beginning October 1 -- to expand 
television and radio programs beamed by the United States to Islamic 
nations of the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

"Much of the popular press overseas, often including the 
government-owned 
media, daily depict the United States as a force for evil, accusing 
this 
country of an endless number of malevolent plots against the world," 
complained House International Relations Committee Chairman Henry Hyde 
in 
the course of the debate. "Even as we strike against the network of 
terrorists who masterminded the murder of thousands of Americans, our 
actions are widely depicted in the Muslim world as a war against 
Islam," 
said the Illinois Republican, who is the chief sponsor of the bill...

According to congressional officials, this image problem should be 
addressed through an information counteroffensive, which would see the 
government-owned Voice of America (VOA) step up its broadcasts on AM 
and FM 
radio channels and seek broader access to local television stations in 
the 
Muslim world.

US experts in public diplomacy should also take a more active part in 
the 
public debate in Muslim countries, the officials said.

The bill, which still has to be approved by the Senate, will convert 
the 
current part-time Board of Broadcasting Governors into an International 
Broadcasting Agency that will have operational control over the VOA and 
its 
sister services such as Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia and Radio Free 
Europe.

The VOA already launched a 24-hour Middle East radio network in late 
March.

Under the measure, which the Congressional Budget Office says will cost 
nearly 750 million dollars to implement over the next five years, 
dozens of 
young people from Islamic countries will be able to visit the United 
States 
and see the American way of life under a summer youth exchange 
program...

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MOTEL OWNER SAYS FIRE WAS SET BECAUSE HE IS MUSLIM
Associated Press, 7/23/02

HEBER CITY, Utah - A fire that damaged the Alpine Lodge was arson and a 
hate crime, said co-owner Mazhar Tabesh.

"We are really scared because we are Muslim - probably the only Muslims 
in 
area - and we are the target," Tabesh said Monday. "We really fear for 
our 
safety and so far I haven't seen anyone offering any help."

He said the blaze started at 11:30 p.m. Sunday in a room rented by a 
man 
who paid cash, showed no identification and was seen leaving with 
another 
man just after the fire started.

He said he gave the registration papers to police, but the name was 
scrawled and hard to read.

"We've been getting threatening calls for about a year. The frequency 
of 
calls increased after 9-11," Tabesh said. "Basically whoever is calling 
us 
is telling us to get the hell out of here or they'll take care of 
us..."

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RUSSIAN FORCES KILLING DOZENS OF CHECHENS EACH MONTH
Dmitry Zaks, Agence France-Presse, 7/23/02

MOSCOW, July 23 (AFP) - The head of a top world rights watchdog on 
Tuesday 
accused the Russian military of killing up to 80 Chechens a month, many 
of 
them young males, via abductions and murders. "The process by which 
young 
Chechen men are being abducted and murdered...is claiming more lives 
than 
the bombing campaigns of the two wars," said the executive director for 
the 
International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights, Aaron Rhodes,

"If you look at the evidence from reliable, non-partisan human rights 
organizations, between 50 and 80 people are being murdered every 
month," 
Rhodes told reporters on his return from a three-day visit to Chechnya 
and 
neighboring Ingushetia. Rhodes said that given Chechnya's relatively 
small 
population -- estimated at between 300,000 and 600,000, but impossible 
to 
verify - - the scale of killing in the republic is almost 
unprecedented.

"This violence is on a huge scale in the world context. It is difficult 
to 
find an analogy to this," he said. "We have a very hard time finding 
such 
numbers in other historical cases."

Russian troops stormed into the southern republic in October 1999 in a 
self-declared anti-terrorist operation after the predominantly Muslim 
republic in the turbulent north Caucasus won de facto independence in a 
first war, which lasted from 1994-96.

Noting that some rights organization refer to "disappearances," Rhodes 
remarked: "Let's call a spade a spade -- (disappearance) means 
death..."

And the rights group accused the West of standing idly by while Russia 
-- 
which has emerged as a key ally in the US-led "anti- terror" war -- 
continues its brutal campaign.

"The West is not conducting itself properly. It must know what is 
happening," said the Helsinki group's representative Vladislav 
Weisman...

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PALESTINIAN ASKS FOR BAIL AT CLOSED IMMIGRATION HEARING
South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 7/23/02
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/

A Palestinian man from Sunrise took the witness stand Monday to ask an 
immigration judge to set him free on bond. Adham Hassoun's bond hearing 
was 
continued to Aug. 1 after nearly three hours of motions and testimony 
Monday, said Hassoun's lawyer, Akhtar Hussain.

The hearing, at the Immigration and Naturalization Service's Krome 
Processing Center, was closed to the public. Hussain is barred from 
talking 
about the contents of the hearing by a protective order. Hassoun was 
arrested June 12 by agents from the South Florida Joint Terrorism Task 
Force on immigration charges, but the federal government is more 
interested 
in his ties to Jose Padilla, the alleged "dirty bomber" who converted 
to 
Islam in South Florida and was a friend of Hassoun's. Padilla is being 
held 
in South Carolina as an "enemy combatant," accused of plotting to 
detonate 
a bomb on U.S. soil that would disperse radioactive material.

Hussain said he would argue that his client is not a flight risk 
because of 
his ties to the community and therefore should be released pending the 
disposition of his charges.

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U.S. HALTS OVERTURES TO IRAN'S KHATAMI
Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, 7/23/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A47045-2002Jul22.html

The Bush administration has abandoned hopes it can work with President 
Mohammad Khatami and his reformist allies in the Iranian government and 
is 
turning its attention to appealing directly to democracy supporters 
among 
the Iranian people, administration officials said.

The policy shift, which scuttles a five-year effort in which the United 
States tried to explore ways to work with Khatami and encourage a 
reform 
agenda in Iran, follows an intensive review within the administration 
over 
whether to adopt a harder line toward a government President Bush has 
labeled part of the "axis of evil..."

Bush signaled the change publicly in a strongly worded presidential 
statement in which he praised large pro-democracy street demonstrations 
in 
Iran. The shift cheered foreign policy experts who had urged a tougher 
approach toward Tehran and was a setback for the State Department, 
which 
had spearheaded efforts to engage the Khatami leadership.

But Martin Indyk, a former U.S. ambassador to Israel now at the 
Brookings 
Institution, said the new approach carried significant risks. "This may 
help those we are trying to harm and harm those we are trying to help," 
he 
said, because reformers may be tagged as agents of the United States.

"The same principle applies to Iran as the Palestinians," Indyk said. 
"We 
should be careful about leaving the impression that we intend to 
determine 
who the leadership will be..."

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR ACTION ALERT #339

AIRLINE PILOT COMPARES VEILED WOMEN TO "SHAMEFUL WHORES"

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/24/02) - CAIR is calling on American Airlines to 
investigate whether an anti-Muslim commentary allegedly written by one 
of 
its pilots is a hoax, and if it is not, to repudiate the Islamophobic 
views 
expressed in the article.

In a commentary published on the right-wing web site Worldnetdaily.com, 
Capt. John Maniscalco wrote that he is "worried" by the presence of 
Arab 
Muslims in America. He wrote: "I wish when I walked down the streets of 
this country that I love, that your color and culture still blended 
with 
the beautiful human landscape we enjoy in this country. But you don't 
blend 
in anymore. I notice you, and it worries me."

SEE: http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=28386

After describing the reasons for his worries about American Muslims, 
Maniscalco's commentary degenerates into anti-Muslim bigotry.

He stated: "Do you and your fellow Muslims hate us because our women 
proudly show their faces in public rather than cover up like a shameful 
whore?...Are you here to take our money? Are you here to undermine our 
peace and stability? Are you here to destroy us? If so, I want you to 
leave. I want you to go back to your desert sandpit where women are 
treated 
like rats and dogs. I want you to take your religion, your friends, and 
your family back to your Islamic extremists, and STAY THERE! We will 
never 
give in to your influence, your retarded mentality, your twisted, 
violent, 
intolerant religion."

"If this is indeed a genuine commentary and not just an Internet hoax, 
it 
is a truly disturbing revelation of bigotry on the part of someone who 
is 
charged with protecting the lives of a diverse flying public," said 
CAIR 
Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

"We respect Mr. Maniscalco's First Amendment rights and support his 
right 
to publish even bigoted views. But American Airlines has a duty to 
protect 
its reputation by repudiating hate-speech that is written by someone 
apparently misusing the company's good name," said Hooper. Hooper added 
that any Muslim passenger would be justified in feeling uncomfortable 
knowing that Maniscalco would be his or her pilot.

It was an American Airlines pilot who earlier this year removed a 
Muslim 
Secret Service agent from his flight because of alleged racial and 
religious profiling. The airline is one of four carriers being sued by 
passengers who claim they weren't allowed to fly because of anti-Arab 
prejudice. CAIR's Civil Rights Department reports more complaints about 
profiling on American Airlines than on any other carrier.

ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE.)

Contact American Airlines to demand that they repudiate the pilot's 
bigoted 
views and make sure his on-the-job performance does not reflect these 
views. Request that the company institute sensitivity training for its 
flight crews.

CONTACT:

Mr. Donald J. Carty
Chairman, President and CEO
American Airlines, Inc.
4200 Amon Carter Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX 76155

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 7/24/2002

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: SAY WHAT IS GOOD OR KEEP QUIET
* POSITIVE NEWS: EMPLOYER PROVIDES SAFE HARBOR
* URGE SHAW UNIVERSITY TO SAVE CAMPUS MOSQUE
* ASHCROFT'S TERRORISM POLICIES DISMAY SOME CONSERVATIVES (New York 
Times)
         - EDITORIAL: REVERSE COURSE ON TIPS (St. Petersburg Times)
         - US MILITARY DOESN'T WANT POLICE POWERS-TOP GENERAL (Reuters)
         - SWEEP OF FAITH (Village Voice)
* ISLAMIC COALITION CALLS ON MOSQUES TO MARK SEPT. 11 (Post-Dispatch)
         - LEADING US MUSLIM GROUPS URGE 'DAY OF UNITY' (AFP)
* DETROIT FBI PROBES ANTI-MUSLIM GRAFFITI CHARGE (Reuters)
* U.S. TOUTS AID TO RELIGIOUS GROUPS (AP)
* WHEN LIFE'S A RACIST BEACH (Ha'aretz)
         - OP-ED: TERRORISM IS A RESULT OF ISRAEL'S DENYING A PEOPLE 
ITS 
RIGHTS (Dallas Morning News)
* CAIR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA OFFERS INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY

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HADITH OF THE DAY: SAY WHAT IS GOOD OR KEEP QUIET

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, "Anyone who believes in 
God 
and the Last Day (of Judgment) should not harm his neighbor. Anyone who 
believes in God and the Last Day should entertain his guest generously. 
And 
anyone who believes in God and the Last Day should say what is good or 
keep 
quiet."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 73, Number 47

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POSITIVE NEWS: EMPLOYER PROVIDES SAFE HARBOR

An excerpt from an e-mail received by CAIR:

I am happy to say that post 9-11, I've had a very positive experience 
at my 
workplace. My employers went to extraordinary measures to guarantee 
mine & 
my family's security.

I work for an actuarial firm as an IT developer. We're located near the 
Sears Tower, and on 9-11 my building was evacuated. The company was 
ready 
to pay for a cab ride home so I wouldn't be harassed on public 
transportation. Instead I opted to take a ride home with a colleague. A 
few 
days later, the CEO personally called me into his office to make sure I 
was 
doing well. My boss made clear to me that if I ever felt it was unsafe 
for 
me or my family, I had the option to work from home. My fellow 
colleagues 
would regularly ask about my well-being as well as my family's 
well-being.

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URGE SHAW UNIVERSITY TO SAVE CAMPUS MOSQUE

FROM THE SHAW UNIVERSITY MUSLIM COMMUNITY:

Shaw University's President recently announced his decision to close 
the 
campus mosque due to space constraints. The mosque was built in 1983 
and is 
used for Friday prayers, daily prayers and Muslim student meetings. 
Shaw 
University is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. Please let them know 
that 
we are upset by this step that comes as campuses nationwide are adding 
prayer spaces.

PLEASE ACT NOW!

Action requested:

1.Fax a letter, email or call Shaw University's president. His name is 
Dr. 
Talbert O. Shaw.  Fax number: 919-546-8301.  Email: 
toshaw@shawu.edu  Phone: 919-546-8300. His mailing address is 118 E. 
South 
St.  Raleigh, NC 27601

2.Fax a letter or call the Chair of the University's Board of Trustees.
His name is Willie E. Gary. Fax: 561-220-3343. Phone: 561-283-8260/2. 
His 
mailing address is 221 E. Osceola St., Stewart, FL. 34994

3. Remember our brothers and sisters at Shaw U. in your du'a

SEE ALSO:

FIGHTING FOR A MOSQUE
Yonat Shimron, News and Observer, 7/20/02 
http://newsobserver.com/front/News/story/1568678p-1597725c.html

The mosque at Shaw University could soon become an office space or a 
weight
room for the football team, under a plan unveiled by the president of 
Shaw
University to a group of students, professors and community 
activists...

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ASHCROFT'S TERRORISM POLICIES DISMAY SOME CONSERVATIVES
Neil Lewis, New York Times, 7/24/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/07/24/politics/24ASHC.html

WASHINGTON - Many religious conservatives who were most instrumental in 
pressing President Bush to appoint John Ashcroft as attorney general 
now 
say they have become deeply troubled by his actions as the leading 
public 
figure in the law enforcement drive against terrorism.

Their dismay comes as several Bush advisers have begun complaining that 
Mr. 
Ashcroft, with his lifelong politician's fondness for attention, has 
projected himself too often and too forcefully. More significantly, 
they 
say privately that he seems to be overstating the evidence of terrorist 
threats.

Most striking, however, is how some conservatives who were Mr. 
Ashcroft's 
biggest promoters for his cabinet appointment after he lost his 
re-election 
to the Senate in 2000 have lost enthusiasm. They cite his 
anti-terrorist 
positions as enhancing the kind of government power that they 
instinctively 
oppose...

EDITORIAL: REVERSE COURSE ON TIPS
St. Petersburg Times, 7/24/02
http://www.sptimes.com/2002/07/24/Opinion/Reverse_course_on_TIP.shtml

The American public isn't comfortable with the Terrorism Information 
and 
Prevention System, which is not only an invasion of privacy but also a 
futile attempt to make us safer...

Whatever the misunderstanding, the administration's new program of 
domestic 
snooping is not going over well. In fact, the Terrorism Information and 
Prevention System, or TIPS, rolled out for implementation next month, 
is 
encountering heavy resistance from conservatives, liberals and 
middle-of-the-road Americans alike. The Bush people should take the 
public 
pulse, examine the polls or whatever else they do to measure the level 
of 
discomfort of the American public, and reverse course on TIPS...

US MILITARY DOESN'T WANT POLICE POWERS-TOP GENERAL
Charles Aldinger, Reuters, 7/24/02

WASHINGTON, July 24 (Reuters) - Despite the specter of new attacks on 
the 
United States, the U.S. military opposes any move to give civilian 
police 
powers to the armed forces to protect Americans, a top Army general 
said on 
Wednesday.

Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John Keane spoke as the government began 
to 
examine possible changes in an 1878 "posse comitatus" law that forbids 
the 
military from making arrests and undertaking other law enforcement 
duties 
except in dire emergencies.

"We don't see any reason to change," the Army's No. two ranking officer 
told reporters, adding that the armed forces would continue to operate 
in 
an unarmed supporting role for civilian agencies such as airport and 
border 
security.

"I think military leaders have always resisted policing the American 
people. We have police forces that are appropriately trained to do 
that...

SWEEP OF FAITH
Chisun Lee, Village Voice, 7/24/02
http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0230/lee.php

Muhammad Qayyum, portly and gray-haired, bumbled into a Brooklyn 
pizza-and-curry joint for an interview last Tuesday, peering through 
thick 
bifocals that clung to the end of his nose. His absentminded air and 
decaying teeth-two were missing from the bottom row-made him seem older 
than his 58 years. It was difficult to imagine him as a cog in an 
international terrorism machine.

But the Pakistan citizen, recently declared "deportable" for the 
noncriminal violation of overstaying his visa, was jailed for seven 
months, 
while the FBI apparently decided whether he was safe to release on 
bond. 
Through a translator, he told the Voice of a captivity filled with 
tricky 
interrogations, secret court hearings, and sheer bewilderment. 
Advocates 
for the hundreds of South Asian and Arab men imprisoned nationwide 
since 
September 11 have claimed the vast majority are, like Qayyum, neither 
criminal nor especially savvy...

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ISLAMIC COALITION CALLS ON MOSQUES TO MARK SEPT. 11
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/24
http://home.post-dispatch.com/channel/pdweb.nsf/TodayWednesday/86256A0E0068FE5086256C000042103A?OpenDocument&PubWrapper=A-section

A coalition of American Islamic groups is calling on mosques across the 
country to observe an interfaith "National Day of Unity and Prayer" on 
the 
anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11.

The American Muslim Political Coordination Council called on the 
clerics 
who run the estimated 1,209 mosques in the United States to open their 
doors to Muslims and non-Muslims, and to have their members take part 
in 
special services planned for Sept. 11 at local churches and synagogues.

On Tuesday, the chairman of the board of directors of one of the area's 
largest Muslim congregations, the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. 
Louis, 
welcomed the council's announcement. But Syed Ali had yet to consult 
with 
fellow religious officials to organize an open house for that day. The 
foundation is the caretaker of two mosques.

Starting next week, mosques and Islamic centers can sign up for open 
houses 
via an online registry accessed from Web sites of the council's four 
Muslim 
organizations: the American Muslim Alliance (www.amaweb.org), the 
American 
Muslim Council (www.amconline.org), the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations (www.cair-net.org) and the Muslim Public Affairs Council 
(www.mpac.org).

SEE ALSO:

LEADING US MUSLIM GROUPS URGE 'DAY OF UNITY' TO MARK SEPT 11 
ANNIVERSARY
Agence France Presse, 7/23/02

WASHINGTON - A group of leading Muslim organizations in the United 
States 
called Monday for all Americans to celebrate a day of "unity and 
prayer" to 
mark the one-year anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

The American Muslim Political Coordination Council (AMPCC), which 
represents the four most prominent Muslim political advocacy groups in 
the 
country, urged all Americans to commemorate the anniversary with 
activities 
that foster national unity and religious tolerance. "It is imperative 
that 
all Americans come together on the first anniversary of the terrorist 
attacks to show that we are united as a nation and to reject efforts by 
any 
parties, whether overseas or within our borders, to divide the United 
States along religious or ethnic lines," the council said.

"The Muslim community is part of this country, and we join our fellow 
citizens in mourning those who were killed or injured on that fateful 
day," 
it said in a statement...

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DETROIT FBI PROBES ANTI-MUSLIM GRAFFITI CHARGE
Reuters, 7/23/02

DETROIT - The FBI said on Tuesday that it had opened a preliminary 
probe 
into charges that federal agents scrawled anti-Muslim graffiti in the 
home 
of an Arab-American man arrested in Detroit for allegedly possessing 
$12 
million in phony cashier's checks.

The agency's comments came in response to a statement on Monday from 
the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington-based Islamic 
advocacy 
group, which said agents wrote the words "Islam is Evil" and "Christ is 
King" on a Muslim prayer calendar in the home of suspect Omar Shishani.

"We're aware of the allegations," special agent Jennie Emmons of the 
FBI's 
Detroit field office told Reuters.

"At this stage we're trying to obtain facts to evaluate what's going 
on," 
she said...

The Council on American-Islamic Relations said in its statement that 
the 
scrawled words were discovered Thursday by Shishani's brother and 
sister-in-law, after agents from the FBI and U.S. Secret Service 
searched 
his home...

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U.S. TOUTS AID TO RELIGIOUS GROUPS
Greg Toppo, Associated Press, 7/24/02

WASHINGTON (AP) - An Education Department team is quietly traveling the 
country helping religious groups compete for more than $1 billion in 
federal grants for afterschool and tutoring programs.

The effort to promote one of President Bush's priorities promises to 
have 
an impact on public schools as early as this fall, even as state 
lawmakers 
continue debating whether to allow public-school students to use tax 
monies 
to attend religious schools.

"I meet these armies of compassion and I hear their stories," said John 
J. 
Porter, who heads the department's Center for Faith-Based and Community 
Initiatives. "I hear about the work they're doing in these cities and 
in 
these troubled areas - it's almost like this huge cry for help is going 
up."

The landmark education bill approved by Congress last year funnels 
$1.25 
billion in federal aid for afterschool programs and millions more for 
tutoring services to schools, businesses and "community-based 
organizations." As far as Bush is concerned, that includes churches and 
other religious organizations, though that's not spelled out in the 
law...

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WHEN LIFE'S A RACIST BEACH
Joseph Algazy, Ha'aretz, 7/24/02
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=189639&contrassID=2&subContrassID=5&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y&itemNo=189639

About two weeks ago, on a Friday, Taghrid and Ismat Shbeita, Wafa and 
Jihad 
Bishara, Ghadir and Ihad Iraqi of Tira, Lubna and Mahmoud Khadija of 
Kalansua, and their young children went for an afternoon to the Givat 
Olga 
beach at Hadera. The Bisharas are both physicians and Ihad Iraqi and 
Mahmoud Khadija are attorneys. Ismat Shbeita is a merchant and his wife 
Taghrid is a civic activist...

Around ten o'clock, the account goes, a group of some 15 or 20 young 
people 
in their early twenties suddenly stood over them and demanded to know 
if 
they were Arabs. When they said yes, the youths instructed them in a 
threatening manner to leave the beach. One said: "Get up from here 
immediately or it will come to blows..."

Those attacked say that the police arrived late, after the attackers 
had 
time to disappear. First two police officers arrived on foot, and later 
on, 
a squad car arrived. According to the group attacked, the police 
questioned 
them impatiently.

"The police were disingenuous," says Attorney Khadija, "in behaving as 
if 
they had no idea that for a long time now, Arabs have been unable to 
travel 
with any safety in many places around the country. From my own 
experience, 
I can attest that an Arab who has an errand in Netanya at the National 
Insurance Institute or an HMO near the open-air market, is cursed and 
threatened. People even throw rotten fruits and vegetables at you..."

SEE ALSO:

OP-ED: TERRORISM IS A RESULT OF ISRAEL'S DENYING A PEOPLE ITS RIGHTS
Suad Abu-Amara, Dallas Morning News, 7/22/02
http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/viewpoints/stories/072202dnediabuamara.312b5.html

Geraldo Rivera, reporting from the occupied territories, told a Fox 
News 
announcer that a 3-year-old boy had just been shot in front of his 
eyes.

Immediately, the announcer asked whether the boy was wearing military 
fatigues.

Once again, a supporter of Israel was going to extremes in an attempt 
to 
justify the killing of a Palestinian child by Israeli soldiers.

As a Palestinian mother once said, the international press would pay 
more 
attention to a settler's dog that had been killed in a terrorist attack 
than to her dead child.

Maybe it is time to recognize the connection between the ferocious 
military 
attack being waged on the Palestinian people by the Israeli occupying 
army 
and what is perceived as Palestinian terrorism.

For me, the occupation and the so-called terrorism are closely related. 
Although both are murderous, they differ in that occupation is illegal 
while resistance to occupation (which is what the
Palestinian terrorism is all about) is legal and sanctioned by the 
United 
Nations charter.

While some innocent Israelis may be falling victim to the terrorist 
attacks 
of individuals, all Palestinians are falling victim to the occupation 
of 
their land. Needless to say, the number of Palestinian victims exceeds 
that 
of Israeli victims...

Just like the 200,000 settlers and just like the hundreds of 
checkpoints, 
the suicide bombers haven't always been there. They emerged from a 
certain 
historical context.

The occupied Palestinians, desperate to rid themselves of their 
oppressors, 
have chosen to use violence - against soldiers, settlers and innocent 
people. And the Israeli military has responded with the deprivation of 
political and human rights and with more and more atrocities.

As Chris Hedges wrote in Harper's magazine, "Yesterday, in this spot, 
the 
Israelis shot eight young men, six of whom were under the age of 18. 
have 
never before watched soldiers entice children like mice into a trap and 
murder them for sport."

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CAIR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA OFFERS INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY

CAIR-LA is now accepting applications for its Fall 2002 internship
program. The program is designed to empower our community by helping
young Muslims gain skills in public relations, media relations,
research and development, public outreach, government relations, and in
defending civil/legal rights.

Internships will be held at CAIR's office in Anaheim. Candidates must
be pursuing a college degree. Interns will be offered college credit or
financial compensation.

Internships are offered in the following categories:
      - Community Outreach & Development
      - Government Relations
      - Media Relations
      - Civil Rights
      - Education

Fall internships run from September 9 - November 22.  Applications must
be received by August 10.

For an application, please contact the CAIR S. California office.
Email: cair_sca@cair-california.org
Tel: 714.776.1847
Fax: 714.776.8340

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 7/25/2002

HEADLINES:

* POSITIVE NEWS: SUPPORTIVE COLLEAGUES
* P.B.A. NAMES BLACK OFFICER TO NO. 3 POST (New York Times)
* JAIL POLICY TO ALLOW MUSLIM WOMEN TO WEAR HEAD COVERING (AP)
* MUSLIMS TO FIGHT TO STAY IN CAMPUS MOSQUE (Washington Times)
* BUYING TROUBLE (Village Voice)
* LETTER: ETHNICITY NO WAY TO BASE ENEMIES (Atlanta Journal 
Constitution)
* CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO PROTECTING RIGHTS OF 
ARAB 
AMERICANS AND MUSLIMS (PR Newswire)
* SHARON LAWSUIT EXPANDED
* LA GROUPS TO PROTEST ISRAELI OCCUPATION

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POSITIVE NEWS: SUPPORTIVE COLLEAGUES

An excerpt of an e-mail message received by CAIR:

I work at a small weekly newspaper in Northern New Jersey and I have 
delayed commenting on my experience here in the last 11 months until 
after 
I read a comment made by someone who works at a large company. I must 
say 
Alhamdulillah [praise be to God] for working with the people that I do.

After Sept. 11, without my asking for sympathy or understanding from 
anyone, the first good word I received was from my co-workers who asked 
if 
everything was well.

A fellow reporter here even offered, in all earnestness, to get 
groceries 
for my hijab wearing-mother and sisters, one of whom who covers, if 
they 
ever felt unsafe doing so themselves.

Nearly two or three times in subsequent weeks, my editors asked how 
family 
was dealing with the situation. Subhanallah [glory be to God] my family 
was 
never harassed…That more than anything made me love my fellow 
Americans. 
Come to think of it, maybe that shouldn’t be so surprising.

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P.B.A. NAMES BLACK OFFICER TO NO. 3 POST
William K. Rashbaum, New York Times, 7/25/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/07/25/nyregion/25PBA.html

The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, which has often played a 
divisive 
role in the Police Department's sometimes difficult relations with 
minority 
communities around the city, has for the first time elevated an 
African-American officer to the union's five-member governing board.

The officer, Mubarak Abdul-Jabbar, 46, who joined the force in 1983, 
will 
be elevated to the No. 3 position in the union, succeeding the second 
vice 
president, John Loud, a respected 61-year-old officer and longtime 
delegate 
who led a reform movement in the union. The appointment was made by 
Patrick 
J. Lynch, the president of the 22,800-member union, and it was 
announced at 
a board meeting on Tuesday, union officials said. Officer Lynch said he 
was 
appointing Officer Abdul-Jabbar to the post because of his experience 
-- 14 
years on patrol and nearly 18 years as a union delegate or official…

Officer Abdul-Jabbar, a practicing Muslim, is a tall, trim man with an 
easy 
smile. He seems as comfortable in the navy blue suit and tie of a union 
official as he was in the Transit Police uniform he wore patrolling the 
subways in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx. After growing up in Harlem 
and 
the South Bronx, he attended Hunter College for one year. With the help 
of 
a scholarship, he attended Columbia University for two years, but left 
school to work as a clerk in a law firm to support a growing family, he 
said. A few years later, he joined the Transit Authority Police and 
quickly 
became active in the union, he said.

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JAIL POLICY TO ALLOW MUSLIM WOMEN TO WEAR HEAD COVERING
Associated Press, 7/25/02

CLEVELAND - A new policy assures that Muslim women in the Cuyahoga 
County 
Jail will be able to wear head coverings.

A jail-issue hijab will now be provided to any female inmate who 
requests 
one, jail director Kenneth Kochevar said Wednesday. "Since we allow 
head 
coverings for male inmates, it only seemed right to do the same for the 
women inmates," Kochevar told The Plain Dealer.

The decision was made nearly a month after inmate Aisha Samad 
complained 
she was not permitted to wear her hijab in court. Corrections officers 
also 
refused her request to wear a smaller head covering.

Some Muslims, including Samad, believe women should cover their hair in 
public and at home in front of those who are not family members.

Jail officials had said they could not allow the hijabs to be worn 
because 
they could conceal an inmate's identity or be used to hide weapons or 
other 
items.

Two weeks ago, more than 50 people protested outside the Justice 
Center, 
accusing county officials of being insensitive to Muslims.

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MUSLIMS TO FIGHT TO STAY IN CAMPUS MOSQUE
Sean Salai, Washington Times, 7/25/02
http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20020725-34658800.htm

Muslims at a historically black Baptist university are vowing to fight 
the 
school's plans to convert an on-campus mosque into offices for 
professors 
displaced by construction of a football weight room.

At a meeting with Raleigh, N.C., business and religious leaders on July 
18, 
Shaw University President Talbert O. Shaw asked representatives of the 
school's Muslim community to find an alternative worship site within 
two weeks.

Mr. Shaw said the Jamaa'ah At Taqwa mosque in the school's 
International 
Studies Center is the only place for the offices. Islamic leaders at 
the 
private liberal arts school of 2,600 students say they will not make 
plans 
to vacate the mosque.

"President Shaw told us the mosque no longer serves its original 
function, 
since the school no longer has any students from the Middle East," said 
Ihsan Bagby, professor of international studies and the mosque's imam. 
"But 
he also said he is under pressure from prominent Baptists on our board 
of 
trustees who have long wanted to do away with the mosque..."

Mr. Bagby says more than 100 Muslim students from West Africa and the 
United States rely on the mosque...

ACTION REQUESTED:

1.Fax a letter, email or call Shaw University's president. His name is 
Dr.
Talbert O. Shaw.  Fax number: 919-546-8301.  Email: 
toshaw@shawu.edu  Phone: 919-546-8300. His mailing address is 118 E. 
South 
St.  Raleigh, NC 27601

2.Fax a letter or call the Chair of the University's Board of Trustees. 
His 
name is Willie E. Gary. Fax: 561-220-3343. Phone: 561-283-8260/2. His 
mailing address is 221 E. Osceola St., Stewart, FL. 34994

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BUYING TROUBLE
Erik Baard, Village Voice, 7/24/02
http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0230/baard.php

They thought they were making routine purchasesthe innocent, everyday 
pickups of charcoal and hummus, bleach and sandwich bags, that keep the 
modern household running. Regulars at a national grocery chain, these 
thousands and thousands of shoppers used the store's preferred-customer 
cards, in the process putting years of their lives on file. Perhaps 
they 
expected their records would be used by marketers trying to better 
target 
consumers. Instead, says the company's privacy consultant, the data was 
used by government agents hunting for potential terrorists.

The saga began with a misguided fit of patriotism mere weeks after the 
World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks, when a corporate employee 
handed 
over the recordsalmost literally, the grocery liststo federal 
investigators 
from three agencies that had never even requested them. In a flash, the 
most quotidian of exchanges became fodder for the Patriot Act…

As John Ashcroft's Citizens Corps spy program prepares for its debut 
next 
month, it seems scores of American companies have already become 
willing 
snitches. A few months ago, the Privacy Council surveyed executives 
from 22 
companies in the travel industrynot just airlines but hotels, car 
rental 
services, and travel agenciesand found that 64 percent of respondents 
had 
turned over information to investigators and 59 percent had lowered 
their 
resistance to such demands.

But there's a truly slippery slope here. We live in a nation that for 
months has held at least 700 peopleand possibly hundreds 
moreincommunicado, 
with no more solid connection to terrorism than that they were born in 
Middle Eastern countries.
Privacy may seem like a luxury in a nation at war, but that moral 
concept 
lies at the heart of constitutionally guaranteed liberties...

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LETTER: ETHNICITY NO WAY TO BASE ENEMIES
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 7/25/02
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/opinion/0702/25letters.html

Regarding the letter asking why Arab profiling doesn't make sense 
("What's 
puzzling about Arab profiling?" July 23), I offer statistical and 
historical reasoning.

There are more than 1 billion Muslims on Earth. If one were to take a 
vastly stretched estimate and say that there were 100,000 terrorists 
among 
these Muslims, you would still find only one terrorist per 10,000 
Muslims. 
This doesn't even get into the fact that most Arab-Americans are 
probably 
even less likely to be a possible terrorist.

Historically speaking, the United States approximated this same 
profiling 
during World War II by jailing Americans of Japanese ancestry. As a 
general 
rule we now regard this as a large mistake, since the vast majority of 
these people were patriotic Americans. The greatest testament on this 
that 
I can offer is that my father fought and killed Japanese soldiers 
during 
WWII, yet he was friends before and after the war with 
Japanese-Americans.

One must differentiate between enemies and friends --- and ethnicity 
will 
never tell you that.

JEFF JOSEPH, Smyrna

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CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO PROTECTING RIGHTS OF 
ARAB 
AMERICANS AND MUSLIMS
PR Newswire, 7/24/02

WASHINGTON, July 24 - The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights today 
strongly 
reiterated its commitment to protecting the rights of Arab Americans 
and 
Muslims. "Whatever views may have been expressed recently by any member 
of 
the Commission to the contrary, the agency has been in the forefront of 
demonstrating that combating terrorism should never become a war 
against 
Arab Americans or Muslims, or any group based on religion or national 
origin," stated Commission Chairperson Mary Frances Berry.

"Maintaining a secure homeland does not justify discrimination against 
Arab 
Americans and others today, any more than World War II justified the 
internment of innocent Japanese Americans over a half century ago," 
stated 
Chairperson Berry. "Although individual Commissioners are entitled to 
their 
own views, the Commission is charged with the vital mission of serving 
as a 
vigilant watchdog of the civil rights of all Americans."

Berry noted that the Commission convened its July meeting in Detroit to 
learn first hand from its Midwestern State Advisory Committees (SAC) 
about 
the post 9/11 civil rights problems faced by Arab Americans and Muslims 
in 
their respective states.The Commission was particularly eager to learn 
about developments in the Detroit area, home to the largest Arab 
American 
community in the United States…

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is an independent, bipartisan fact- 
finding agency. Its members include Chairperson Mary Frances Berry, 
Vice 
Chairperson Cruz Reynoso and Commissioners Jennifer C. Braceras, 
Christopher Edley, Jr., Peter Kirsanow, Elsie M. Meeks and Abigail 
Thernstrom. Les Jin is Staff Director.

CONTACT: Kimberley Alton of U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 
+1-202-376-7700

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SHARON LAWSUIT EXPANDED

PRESS RELEASE FROM STANLEY L. COHEN

PALESTINIAN/AMERICAN LAWSUIT TO BE EXPANDED TO INCLUDE THE VICTIMS OF 
ISRAEL'S LATEST WAR CRIME IN GAZA.

(7/25/02) - Attorney Stanley L. Cohen, lead counsel in a case filed in 
United States District Court in Washington, D.C. last week on behalf of 
a 
group of Palestinian/Americans announced today that the suit will be 
expanded to include a number of children who were killed and others who 
were injured during Israel's bombing of a civilian neighborhood in Gaza 
during the middle of the night earlier this week.  In announcing that 
the 
suit will be enlarged to include additional victims and at least one 
new 
defendant “the arms manufacturer of the F-16 jet used in the attack- 
Cohen 
challenged Israel's assertion that the operation was either a mistake 
or 
isolated. Describing the bombing as an offense to all international law 
and 
standards of decency, Cohen stated that the latest attack was but 
another 
deplorable example of Israel's long standing policy of collective 
punishment in which it targets all Palestinians for the deeds of a few,

In the lawsuit which was brought last week  against some three dozen 
defendants including Israel and Prime Minister Sharon, President Bush 
and 
Secretary of State Powell, several arms manufacturers in the United 
States 
and a number of  U.S. based churches and synagogues that have supported 
settlements in the West Bank, the plaintiffs seek damages and 
injunctive 
relief for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and 
racketeering 
dating back as far as the massacre at Sabra and Shatila in Lebanon, 
through 
the current Intifada.  The plaintiffs include Palestinian Americans who 
have been killed, injured, and tortured; who have been denied medical 
treatment; whose businesses and homes have been destroyed and whose 
lands 
have been taken to establish illegal settlements in Palestine.

In response to Mr. Cohen's argument that the plaintiffs had a well 
founded 
fear of retaliation at the hands of the IDF if their identities were 
made 
known, the Court ruled late last week that they could proceed with the 
suit 
using pseudonyms instead of their real names.

For further information contact the Law Offices of Stanley Cohen.

351 Broadway, Suite 300
New York, N.Y. 10013
(212) 979-7572
Fax (212) 995-5574
E-Mail: burnnloot@aol.com

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LA GROUPS TO PROTEST ISRAELI OCCUPATION

CAIR Southern California calls on local Muslims, Christians and all 
people 
of conscious to join in a protest organized by the Los Angeles Jews for 
a 
Just Peace. This protest at the Israeli Consulate comes in the 
aftermath of 
Israel's latest massacre against Palestinians in Gaza in which 16 
Palestinians were killed (including 10 children) and 150 were injured.

CAIR-LA applauds the honorable and brave stance taken by the Jewish 
group 
in support of fairness and justice for the Palestinians. Israel will 
end 
its illegal occupation of Palestinian territories and its violation of 
international law only when it knows that it can no longer count on 
unconditional U.S. military aid and unquestioning Jewish support.

Americans, of all faith backgrounds, must work together to promote a 
just 
peace that protects the dignity and rights of all people in that 
region.

WHEN: Thursday, July 25, 2002 AT 4:30PM
WHERE: 6380 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles

For more information contact: khesed-ve-din@lycos.com or 323-769-5282

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AGENT ADMITS WRITING ANTI-MUSLIM GRAFFITI

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/25/02) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR) today applauded the Justice Department's swift action against a 
Secret Service agent who acknowledged responsibility for anti-Muslim 
graffiti found scrawled in the home of a Dearborn, Mich., terror 
suspect.

Relatives of the Jordanian-American man arrested last week while 
allegedly 
carrying counterfeit checks told the Washington-based Islamic civil 
rights 
and advocacy group they found the words "Islam is Evil" and "Christ is 
King" written on a Muslim prayer calendar attached to the man's 
refrigerator following a search by the Secret Service and the FBI. On 
Monday, CAIR wrote a letter to Attorney General John Ashcroft asking 
him to 
investigate the incident.

"We are pleased that authorities took such swift action in both 
investigating this incident and in dealing with the agent involved," 
said 
CAIR Communications Coordinator Hodan Hassan. "We hope this sends a 
signal 
to the law enforcement community that such bigoted behavior will not be 
tolerated," said Hassan. She added that this incident highlights the 
needs 
for religious sensitivity training for agents involved in working with 
the 
American Muslim and Arab-American communities.

Jeffrey Collins, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan 
told 
the Associated Press: "This unprofessional conduct by a single agent is 
a 
gross aberration and a great embarrassment...This act does not 
represent 
the professional and courageous efforts and the overwhelming ability of 
federal agents and local law enforcement officers who continue in 
challenging times to do a superb job."

Collins did not identify the agent. After acknowledging his 
responsibility, 
the agent was flown to Washington to be interviewed by Justice 
Department 
officials. The agent is on administrative leave while the incident is 
reviewed.

					- END -

CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-MAIL: 
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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 7/26/2002

HEADLINES:

* POSITIVE NEWS: BOUQUET OF FRIENDSHIP
* AGENT ADMITS ANTI-MUSLIM WRITINGS (AP)
	- SECRET SERVICE AGENT MAY BE CHARGED (Detroit Free Press)
	- SECRET SERVICE SUSPENDS AGENT FOR ISLAM SLUR (Washington Post)
* SENATORS GRILL ASHCROFT ON TACTICS OF WAR ON TERRORISM (USA Today)
* IMMIGRANT SWEEPS UNDULY HARSH (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
* STATE DEPT. RAISES CONCERNS ABOUT ISRAEL'S USE OF U.S.-MADE ARMS (New 
York Times)
* MARATHON DOCUMENTARIES ON PALESTINE
* OUR DEBT TO ISLAM (Guardian)

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POSITIVE NEWS: BOUQUET OF FRIENDSHIP

An excerpt of an e-mail message received by CAIR:

I was at a business meeting in Scotland on September 11th, 2001. Once 
business meetings were concluded, I spent much of my time glued to the 
BBC 
and reading The Scotsman. As it became apparent that Muslims were being 
implicated in the attack, I wondered what the US would look like once I 
returned home. After hectic arrangements to travel back home, I arrived 
in 
San Jose on September 18th. The first Friday prayer was on September 
21st. 
Placed prominently at the entrance to the prayer hall was a large 
bouquet 
of flowers and a card signed by dozens of members of a local, downtown 
San 
Jose Church. I was deeply touched and appreciated this expression of
kindness that God expects from us all.

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AGENT ADMITS ANTI-MUSLIM WRITINGS
Geralda Miller, Associated Press, 7/26/02

DETROIT - A Secret Service agent admitted scrawling "Islam is Evil" and 
"Christ is King" on a Muslim prayer calendar while searching the home 
of a 
man charged with smuggling bogus checks into the United States, 
authorities 
said.

The incident occurred when agents searched the Dearborn home of Omar 
Shishani, who has pleaded innocent to bringing $12 million in forged 
cashiers checks on a flight from Indonesia.

"This type of unprofessional behavior by a federal agent will not be 
tolerated," Jeffrey Collins, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District 
of 
Michigan, said Thursday. Shishani's brother, Abdallah, said he and his 
wife 
found the writing on a prayer calendar attached to the refrigerator. 
Abdallah Shishani, 44, and his wife have been staying at the house 
since 
Omar Shishani's arrest, baby-sitting the man's 8-year-old twins.

Collins would not identify the agent but said he had been a Secret 
Service 
special agent for about 10 years. The agent was put on leave pending 
the 
investigation, and officials said he could be fired and face criminal 
charges…

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil rights and advocacy 
group, had asked Attorney General John Ashcroft to investigate the 
graffiti 
incident.

"We are pleased with the Secret Service's quick response in initiating 
an 
investigation into this matter," spokeswoman Hodan Hassan said. "I 
think it 
sends a clear signal that such bigotry will not be tolerated."

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SECRET SERVICE AGENT MAY BE CHARGED
Cecil Angel and Jim Schaefer, Detroit Free Press, 7/26/02
http://www.freep.com/news/metro/nchecks26_20020726.htm

A U.S. Secret Service agent may face criminal charges after he admitted 
he 
scrawled "ISLAM IS EVIL" and "Christ is KING" on an Islamic prayer 
calendar 
during a raid at a Dearborn house, U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Collins said 
Thursday.

"This type of unprofessional behavior by a federal agent will not be 
tolerated," Collins said at a news conference in Detroit.

Federal officials refused to identify the agent. They would also not 
give 
his age or say exactly how long he has worked for the agency. They 
would 
only say that he's been an agent for five to 10 years. He has been 
placed 
on administrative leave with pay…

SECRET SERVICE SUSPENDS AGENT FOR ISLAM SLUR
Allan Lengel, Washington Post, 7/26/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A2987-2002Jul25.html

A U.S. Secret Service agent on a Detroit anti-terror task force has 
been 
suspended after he admitted scrawling an anti-Islamic epithet on a 
Muslim 
prayer calendar during a search of a suspect's home last week, 
authorities 
said yesterday.

Shishani's attorney, Nabih Ayad, said yesterday that the agent's action 
had 
"undermined the credibility" of the task force and the case against his 
client, who is being held without bond...

"It is really disturbing," Ayad said. "What else is this person 
thinking of 
doing? Is he thinking of sticking something inside the home? Sticking 
fake 
phone numbers in the home? I couldn't believe someone from the federal 
government would do such a thing..."

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SENATORS GRILL ASHCROFT ON TACTICS OF WAR ON TERRORISM
Kevin Johnson, USA Today, 7/26/02
http://usatoday.com/news/washington/2002-07-26-ashcroft-terrorism_x.htm

WASHINGTON -- Attorney General John Ashcroft got a frosty reception on 
Capitol Hill on Thursday when Democrats and some Republicans sharply 
questioned the Justice Department's tactics in pursuing terror 
suspects.

Senate Judiciary Committee members took issue with a proposed Justice 
program -- dubbed "Operation TIPS" -- that would encourage millions of 
postal workers, truckers and others to report suspicious activity they 
might notice during their workday.

Although Ashcroft defended the proposal as a way to promote a national 
ethic of community service, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., committee 
chairman, 
suggested the program might encourage a vigilante movement. "We don't 
want 
to see a 1984, Orwellian-type situation here where neighbors are 
reporting 
on neighbors," Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said. "We want to make sure 
that 
this involves legitimate reports of real concerns that might involve 
some 
terrorists activities."

Ashcroft told the senators that raw information provided by citizens 
would 
not be kept in a database that could be used to damage the reputations 
of 
innocent people.

Troubled by the detention of immigrants during the federal terrorism 
investigation, Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., also urged Ashcroft to adopt 
a 
specific legal standard in cases in which illegal immigrants are held 
for 
reasons other than potential immigration violations…

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IMMIGRANT SWEEPS UNDULY HARSH
Jamal Branford, Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 7/26/02
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/opinion/0702/26immigrant.html

Following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the FBI and the Immigration 
and 
Naturalization Service launched raids in Islamic communities across the 
country in an attempt to weed out terrorist cohorts. But nearly 10 
months 
later, innocent Muslim immigrants are still being subjected to abusive 
sweeps that produce no evidence of terrorist activity.

Federal agents recently raided 75 jewelry stores in Florida, Georgia, 
Alabama, North Carolina, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and California. 
Eight of 
these raids occurred in Atlanta, where 19 people, many of them 
Pakistanis, 
were detained. On June 28, agents arrested four Pakistani employees at 
an 
Intrigue jewelry store in Underground Atlanta. The FBI reported in a 
sworn 
statement that the agency suspected Florida-based Intrigue Jewelers of 
giving some of its revenue to unknown recipients without reporting the 
disbursements, suggesting the FBI suspects that money was laundered to 
terrorist groups.

But the agency has not revealed probable cause of a terrorist link. And 
Teri Simmons, a local immigration attorney, says she has yet to 
determine 
exactly why these four workers, her clients, have been arrested…

Understandably, the raids and detentions have caused outrage and 
concern 
among Islamic activist groups, who are uncertain that the detainees' 
due 
process rights are being respected. "It has been: Guilty before proven 
innocent," said Hassan Hodan, spokesperson at the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations.

There is no question that national security is of the utmost 
importance, 
particularly after Sept. 11. But when the Land of the Free detains 
immigrants unjustly, the very freedoms that Americans fight to protect 
are 
threatened. Clearly, the tactics of the FBI and the INS need to be 
reined in.

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STATE DEPT. RAISES CONCERNS ABOUT ISRAEL'S USE OF U.S.-MADE ARMS
James Dao, New York Times, 7/25/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/07/25/international/middleeast/25MILI.html

WASHINGTON — A senior State Department official said today that Israel 
could face "consequences," including possible sanctions on arms sales, 
if 
it improperly used American-made weapons during attacks on Palestinian 
targets.

Richard A. Boucher, the State Department spokesman, said the United 
States 
was closely monitoring Israeli actions to ensure they did not violate 
the 
Arms Export Control Act, which requires that military items sold by the 
United States be used solely for "internal security and legitimate self 
defense."

"We've made quite clear that we're seriously concerned about some of 
the 
Israeli tactics, some of the Israeli actions, including targeted 
killings 
and actions like this that endanger civilians," Mr. Boucher told 
reporters 
today.

"So we continue to watch and monitor Israeli actions very carefully, 
and we 
urge Israel to consider consequences of actions such as these."

His remarks were prompted by reports that the Israeli military used an 
American-made F-16 fighter jet to drop a laser-guided bomb into a 
densely 
packed neighborhood in Gaza City on Tuesday, killing a Hamas leader and 
14 
civilians.

The Bush administration condemned the attack as "heavy handed" and 
asserted 
that Israel was aware that noncombatants were in the building at the 
time...

The law authorizes the government to suspend military aid to countries 
that 
violate the Arms Export Control Act. In 1982, for instance, the Reagan 
administration suspended deliveries of cluster bombs to Israel after 
concluding that the military had used them improperly.

Asked today what sorts of consequences Israel might face if it were 
found 
to have violated the arms control act, Mr. Boucher replied: "I suppose 
there are all sorts of potential consequences. The chief issue that 
we've 
tried to address here is whether an action that harms civilians like 
this 
is right, whether it's wise, whether it actually brings anybody closer 
to 
peace."

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MARATHON DOCUMENTARIES ON PALESTINE

Press release:

FSTV LAUNCHES ITS OWN FORM OF REALITY TV

What:  Mobile-Eyes On… Palestine
When:  July 27-28
Where: DISH channel 9415, on community cable affiliates throughout the 
country, and on the web at www.freespeech.org.

As the "Reality TV" craze spreads across America, a new genre of 
American 
adventure is emerging.  Free Speech TV (FSTV) is launching its own form 
of 
reality TV, Mobile Eyes, a monthly series beginning in July with Mobile 
Eyes on Palestine.  Its inaugural program takes Americans on a world 
affairs tour of international politics and delivers dramatic, 
thought-provoking  television at it’s best.

July’s Mobile Eyes will culminate in 16 hours of fresh programming, 
July 27 
& 28, examining the reality of Israel’s occupation of Palestine. The 
core 
of the weekend’s program will be a report from Shannon Service, FSTV 
news 
director and Andy Dieringer, FSTV cameraman/journalist, dubbed “In a 
Prison 
Called Palestine.”

For further information, visit www.freespeech.org

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OUR DEBT TO ISLAM
Martin Wainwright, Guardian (UK), 7/26/02
http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,763422,00.html

Halfway down the old Band of Gold prostitutes' beat in Lumb Lane, 
Bradford, 
there is an Asian-owned chemist's shop advertising yunani tibb. Few 
people 
give the two words a second glance, but they are a key to a marvellous 
but 
scandalously little-known embrace between those uneasy and quarrelsome 
neighbours, Islam and the west.

Tibb means "medicine" in Urdu, yunani means "Greek" and the phrase 
comes 
straight from the centuries when the Muslim world saved the bedrock of 
western European culture, the learning of Athens. Without the work of a 
500-year succession of Islamic sages, we would have lost the essence of 
Aristotle, much of Plato and scores of other ancients. It happened 
simply 
enough. While the barbar ians smashed and burned in western Europe, the 
Arabs and Persians used the libraries of Alexandria and Asia Minor, 
translated the scrolls and took them to Baghdad and far beyond. In 
distant 
Bukhara on the Silk Road to China, a teenager called Abu Ali Ibn Sina 
was 
engrossed in Aristotle's Metaphysics at the age of 17. The year was 
AD997 
and the text - central to the subsequent development of philosophy - 
had 
long been lost and unknown in western Europe…

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 7/29/2002

HEADLINES:

* POSITIVE NEWS: WOMEN TRANSCENDING BOUNDARIES
* MORE MUSLIMS HOME IN TO EDUCATE CHILDREN (Washington Times)
* TALKING OUT OF SCHOOL (Washington Post)
* IMMIGRANT FAMILY FEELS POST-9/11 RAGE (Los Angeles Times)
* US ACCUSED OF AIRSTRIKE COVER-UP (The Times)
* HINDU DIVISIONS RISE TO SURFACE (Newsday)
* PANEL URGES U.S. TO REVAMP EFFORTS TO PROMOTE IMAGE ABROAD (New York 
Times)
* COSTS OF TARGETING CIVILIANS (New York Times)

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POSITIVE NEWS: WOMEN TRANSCENDING BOUNDARIES

 From an e-mail sent to CAIR:

Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, a group of ten Muslim women and ten 
women 
of other faiths gathered for interfaith sessions in Syracuse, NY. In 
the 
last nine months, the group expanded to include more than 120 women 
from 
diverse backgrounds and faiths.

Women Transcending Boundaries (WTB), as the group is now called, meets 
once 
a month "to respect and learn about each others various spiritual 
beliefs 
and common concerns." In addition, WTB is currently funding a school in 
northern Pakistan.

SEND YOUR POSITIVE STORIES OR EXPERIENCES TO: hhassan@cair-net.org

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MORE MUSLIMS HOME IN TO EDUCATE CHILDREN
Amaris Elliott-Engel, Washington Times, 7/29/02
http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20020729-373097.htm

More Muslim Americans are choosing to home-school their children, 
making 
them one of the fastest growing minority groups within the national 
home-schooling movement.

Muslim parents are educating their children on their own for reasons 
common 
to most home-schooling families: improving academics and controlling 
social 
interactions.

The value clash between public-school teachings and Islamic beliefs, 
combined with the dearth of Muslim schools in many communities, leads 
many 
of the parents to educate their children independently, proponents of 
the 
movement say...

Nationally, Christians make up 75 percent of the nearly 2 million 
children 
who are home-schooled, said Brian Ray, president of the Oregon-based 
National Home Education Research Institute. But the proportion of 
minority 
groups, including Muslims, choosing to home-school is steadily 
increasing, 
he said...

The religious context for Muslim home-schooling parents is different 
than 
it is for Christians, but, Mr. Ray said, Muslim parents are like any 
others: They want to provide the best possible education for their 
children. "The key things being taught to [Muslim] children are 
different, 
but the thing that is very similar is that parents care very much about 
their children," he said...

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TALKING OUT OF SCHOOL
Richard Leiby, Washington Post, 7/28/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A5693-2002Jul26.html

TAMPA  - The supposed terrorist pauses over cheesecake in a French 
restaurant, politely denying the latest allegations about his alliance 
with 
Osama bin Laden.

"It's so absurd," Sami Al-Arian says, shaking his head. "It's just 
beyond 
imagination."

He speaks in rapid, colloquial English with a Middle Eastern accent. 
His 
beard is neatly trimmed. He wears stylish glasses. He looks harmless: a 
bald, middle-aged academic. Born in Kuwait, a Palestinian by heritage, 
Al-Arian has lived in America for 27 years. A computer scientist, 
married 
with five children, he earns $ 66,000 a year as a tenured professor at 
the 
University of South Florida.

He is not a U.S. citizen, but wishes he were. He says he loves 
democracy, 
especially the Constitution, because in no other country -- surely not 
in 
an Arab land -- would he still be walking the streets, given the 
government's keen interest in his activities.

"If I were in Iraq, I would have been shot a long time ago," he notes 
with 
a wry smile.

Seven years ago, the FBI raided the professor's home and office here, 
seeking evidence that he raised money as a frontman for terrorist 
groups -- 
specifically, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas -- that unleashed 
suicide bombers against Israelis. A federal grand jury brought no 
charges, 
but the FBI never closed its investigation...

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IMMIGRANT FAMILY FEELS POST-9/11 RAGE
Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times, 7/29/02
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-heber29jul29.story

HEBER CITY, Utah - Mazhar Tabesh always felt he was not welcome here. 
He 
had been threatened, his wife was spat at and his family received a 
chilly 
reception in stores around town. But he never imagined that anyone 
would 
try to kill him.

The unimaginable happened on a recent Sunday night as Tabesh and his 
wife 
were preparing for bed. Someone deliberately set fire to the motel 
owned by 
the Pakistani native. The family escaped without injury but watched 
their 
future and savings crackle and burn. Tabesh, a U.S. citizen, said he 
has 
received telephone threats for about a year from an anonymous person 
who 
warned, "You don't belong here, get out." Authorities are investigating 
the 
blaze as a possible hate crime.

Tabesh, his wife, Samina, and in-laws are among the few Muslims in this 
dominantly Mormon area. Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the 
World 
Trade Center and the Pentagon, people of South Asian and Middle Eastern 
descent across the country have been targets of verbal attacks and 
worse, 
like what struck this quiet town of 7,300 recently...

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US ACCUSED OF AIRSTRIKE COVER-UP
Dumeetha Luthra, The Times (London), 7/29/02
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-368297,00.html

Kabul - American forces may have breached human rights and then removed 
evidence after the so-called wedding party airstrike that killed more 
than 
50 Afghan civilians this month, according to a draft United Nations 
report 
seen by The Times.

A preliminary UN investigation has found no corroboration of American 
claims that its aircraft were fired on from the ground, and says there 
were 
discrepancies in US accounts of what happened.

If the findings are upheld by a second, more detailed, UN 
investigation, 
they will cause huge embarrassment to the Pentagon. UN sources said 
that 
the findings pointed to an American cover-up, and suggested that 
American 
investigators were dragging their feet hoping that the issue would 
pass.

The attack took place early on July 1 as American forces hunted pockets 
of 
Taleban and al-Qaeda resistance. A US helicopter gunship opened fire on 
targets around the village of Kakarak, and the casualties included 25 
members of one family at a wedding party...

A UN source said that the report was produced by a team of "experienced 
and 
reputable UN people, who have been in the region a while and know it 
well". 
It states that there was clear evidence that human rights violations 
had 
taken place and that coalition forces had arrived on the scene very 
quickly 
after the airstrikes and "cleaned the area", removing evidence of 
"shrapnel, bullets and traces of blood". Women on the scene had their 
hands 
tied behind their backs...

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HINDU DIVISIONS RISE TO SURFACE
Arun Venugopal, Newsday, 7/29/02
http://www.newsday.com/mynews/ny-nyhind292802785jul29.story

Tensions among Hindus have broken into the open in Queens, coming to a 
head 
at a protest outside a prominent Flushing temple where about 50 
protesters 
decried the appearance of a right-wing Indian activist.

Sadhvi Ritambara of New Delhi - well-known in India for calling for the 
notorious 1992 destruction of a Muslim mosque in Ayodhya, in the state 
of 
Uttar Pradesh - arrived in New York Thursday, her first stop on a 
five-week 
tour of the United States and Great Britain.

Organizers of a reception for Ritambara, held Friday night at the Hindu 
Temple Society of North America, said the focus was on her social work 
in 
India, including an orphanage and a home for battered women.

Still, protesters - who held signs bearing images of charred bodies and 
messages such as "Real Hindus Don't Support Genocide" and "No Money for 
Terrorists" - charged that the conservative activist's real cause was 
to 
foment anti-Muslim sentiment and raise money. "Sadhvi Ritambara is a 
prime 
mover of the ethnic hate speech that goes on in India," said Hanna 
Lessinger, an anthropologist at Barnard College who has done research 
in 
India. "She preaches hatred against Muslims. She preaches violence."

Critics say events such as Friday's reception are actually disguised 
fund-raising opportunities, with money being funneled to militants 
fomenting violence such as that touched off in February in the Indian 
state 
of Gujarat...

Increasingly, Hindus in America have joined the conservative Hindu 
cause. 
Cultural organizations such as the American chapter of the Vishwa Hindu 
Parishad, or World Hindu Council, contend that India's constitution is 
littered with double standards against the Hindu population.

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PANEL URGES U.S. TO REVAMP EFFORTS TO PROMOTE IMAGE ABROAD
James Dao, New York Times, 7/29/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/07/29/international/29INFO.html

WASHINGTON, July 28 -- The United States is doing a poor job of 
countering 
growing anti-American sentiment overseas and must revamp the way it 
promotes its foreign policies abroad, the Council on Foreign Relations 
contends. In a report to be released this week, the council asserts 
that 
many countries, in particular predominantly Islamic ones, see the 
United 
States as ''arrogant, self-indulgent, hypocritical, inattentive and 
unwilling or unable to engage in cross-cultural dialogue.''

Such a rising tide of resentment may undermine the Bush 
administration's 
efforts to fight terrorism and become an obstacle if the United States 
decides to invade Iraq, the report says.

"The war on terror has made this whole situation far more urgent," 
Peter G. 
Peterson, an investment banker and chairman of the Council on Foreign 
Relations, said in an interview. "If we're going to fight that war 
effectively we'll need the cooperation of a lot of countries."

The report was written by a 35-member panel that included news 
executives, 
former diplomats and scholars of the Middle East. It recommends a 
sweeping 
overhaul of an array of exchange and broadcast programs intended to 
promote 
cross-cultural understanding and to sell America's policies abroad...

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COSTS OF TARGETING CIVILIANS
CALEB CARR, New York Times, 7/27/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/07/27/opinion/27CARR.html

The Israeli government's decision to launch an assassination raid on 
the 
Gaza City residence of Sheikh Salah Shehada, leader of the military arm 
of 
the Palestinian group Hamas, brought immediate and widespread 
condemnation 
not only from Muslims but from Western leaders (including the Bush 
administration) and even elements of the Israeli government.

The reason was not Mr. Shehada's death - he was a senior participant in 
suicide attacks against Israel - but the fact that the Israeli military 
and 
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon understood that the attack in a densely 
populated neighborhood, at night, would result in many civilian deaths. 
The 
raid was nonetheless ordered - and the world received its clearest 
demonstration yet that the Israeli government is prepared to knowingly 
inflict substantial civilian casualties in its response to Palestinian 
suicide attacks.

But the Israeli strike in Gaza has proved terribly self-defeating. The 
Sharon government is more diplomatically isolated than ever, and Hamas 
and 
Islamic Jihad, two Palestinian groups widely reported to have been 
considering a trial cessation of attacks against civilians, now say 
they 
will step up their assaults. Should more suicide attacks take place, 
however, they will in turn further undermine the Palestinian cause...

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR ACTION ALERT #340

GREYHOUND AGAIN PROFILES MUSLIM BUS PASSENGER
Pa. traveler removed from bus in Ohio after driver notes Muslim name

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/30/02) - CAIR is calling for a meeting with 
Greyhound 
Lines Inc. following what it says is the second case of anti-Muslim 
profiling within a month.

The latest incident involved a Muslim passenger from Pennsylvania who 
told 
CAIR he was removed from a Greyhound bus early Sunday during a stopover 
in 
Cincinnati, Ohio, after the driver made note of his obviously Muslim 
name. 
(The man's last name is "Muhammad.")

The 40-year-old African-American passenger, who was traveling with his 
wife 
from Philadelphia to Nashville, says he moved to one of the front seats 
of 
the bus during the stopover, but was told he could not sit directly 
behind 
the driver. (The Muslim passenger, who is on disability because of 
injuries 
resulting from an industrial accident, wished to sit in the front seat 
to 
stretch out because of pain in his knees. The man's wife wore Islamic 
attire.) He was given permission to move to the front seat across the 
isle.

The driver then began taking tickets from the passengers, beginning in 
the 
back of the bus. When he reached the Muslim passenger, he allegedly 
looked 
at the Islamic name on the ticket, said it out loud, and then told the 
passenger he had to move again. (No other passenger names were 
verbalized.)

When questioned as to why he was being asked to move for the second 
time, 
the driver brought a supervisor who told the passenger all the front 
seats 
were reserved for handicapped travelers. The Muslim passenger informed 
the 
supervisor that he is handicapped, but agreed nonetheless to move to 
his 
original seat.

At that point, the driver left the bus and summoned a police officer 
who 
told the Muslim passenger he would have to leave the bus because of an 
"altercation" with the driver. As the passenger was leaving the bus, 
the 
driver allegedly threw his ticket on the floor. The passenger was then 
forced to wait three hours for a second bus.

In a similar incident on June 29, a Muslim passenger from New York was 
kicked off a bus in Washington, D.C., apparently because of his faith 
and 
ethnicity. He was told that other passengers did not want to travel 
with him.

"There appears to be a systemic problem with Greyhound and its 
treatment of 
Muslim passengers. The company needs to meet with American Muslim 
representatives to address this issue in a manner that will allow 
Muslim 
travelers to feel comfortable riding on its buses," said CAIR 
Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. He also suggested a 
company-wide 
audit of policies and training designed to prevent such incidents from 
occurring in the future.

Hooper added that his group believes Greyhound's actions violated the 
public accommodation clause of Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 
1964. 
That clause states:

"All persons shall be entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of the 
goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations 
of 
any place of public accommodation...without discrimination or 
segregation 
on the ground of race, color, religion, or national origin."

CAIR has received more than 200 reports of profiling by airport and 
airline 
personnel since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE.)

Contact Greyhound to request that top management meet with CAIR to 
discuss 
discrimination by company employees against Muslim passengers.

CONTACT:

Mr. Craig Lentzsch
Chief Executive Officer
Greyhound Lines, Inc.
15110 North Dallas Parkway
Dallas, TX, 75248

FAX: 972-387-1874
E-MAIL: jbruner@greyhound.com, custserv@greyhound.com, 
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Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2002 14:27:11 -0400
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Subject: CAIR-NET: Muslim Children in Florida Returned to Parents

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR GOOD NEWS ALERT 341

MUSLIM CHILDREN IN FLORIDA RETURNED TO PARENTS

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/30/2002) - Alhamdulillah (praise be to God), CAIR 
is 
applauding a decision by child welfare authorities in Florida to return 
11 
Muslim children to their parents after an absence of more than three 
months. The children (ages 3 to 17) were taken into custody on April 9 
when 
the family home was condemned, and had been held in different foster 
homes 
since that time. They were returned to their parents following a court 
hearing today in Jacksonville, Fla.

After learning of the family's desperate financial situation through a 
CAIR 
alert, Muslims and other people of conscience around America donated 
almost 
$20,000 to get the family back together in a stable home.

SEE: 
http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/041202/met_9122761.html

Using the donations, the family moved into a new home with rent paid 
through the first of next year. The father obtained a new job and the 
family car was repaired. Charges of neglect lodged against the parents 
were 
dropped in June.

SEE: 
http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/061902/met_9703396.html

"We thank all those who assisted this family, whether through their 
donations or their prayers," said CAIR Board Chairman Omar Ahmad. Ahmad 
said CAIR's office in Florida was instrumental in helping resolve the 
case. 
He added that CAIR is dealing with a number of similar custody cases.

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UPDATE: AIRLINE SAYS INVESTIGATION OF PILOT COMMENTARY CONTINUES

American Airlines tells CAIR that an anti-Muslim commentary allegedly 
written by one of the company's pilots is still under investigation. 
The 
airline did confirm to CAIR that the person named as the author of the 
commentary is an employee, but company officials will not say whether 
he 
wrote the article.

In a June 24 editorial on the right-wing web site Worldnetdaily.com, a 
person identified as Capt. John Maniscalco wrote that he is "worried" 
by 
the presence of Arab Muslims in America.

SEE: http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=28386

After describing the reasons for his worries about American Muslims, 
Maniscalco's commentary degenerated into anti-Muslim bigotry.

He stated: "Do you and your fellow Muslims hate us because our women 
proudly show their faces in public rather than cover up like a shameful 
whore?...Are you here to destroy us? If so, I want you to leave. I want 
you 
to go back to your desert sandpit where women are treated like rats and 
dogs. I want you to take your religion, your friends, and your family 
back 
to your Islamic extremists, and STAY THERE! We will never give in to 
your 
influence, your retarded mentality, your twisted, violent, intolerant 
religion."

In a letter to CAIR, American Airlines Corporate Communications 
Managing 
Director Gus Whitcomb wrote: "We have opened an investigation into the 
matter and it is ongoing. However, I can share with you that our own 
Internet research shows that the origins of this commentary can be 
traced 
back to an October 12, 2001 'Letter to the Editor' by Kevin Daly as 
published in The Gazette. The URL for the online version is:

http://www.gazette.net/200141/princegeorgescty/letters/75236-1.html

"As I have shared with the individuals who have written us regarding 
this 
issue, the commentary does not, in any way, reflect the views of our 
company."

Whitcomb would not say whether the pilot had been asked if he did 
indeed 
write the commentary. CAIR's own research indicates the same sentiments 
were attributed to John Maniscalco in a January 29, 2002, speech to a 
radical anti-Arab group.

SEE: http://cybersarges.tripod.com/speeches.html

Worldnetdaily.com did not respond to a CAIR request for verification of 
the 
commentary's authenticity.

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Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2002 12:14:28 -0400
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Subject: CAIR-NET: Has your life changed since 9/11?

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

SURVEY: AMERICAN MUSLIMS ONE YEAR AFTER 9-11

As-salaamu alaykum. (peace be with you)

CAIR wishes to assess the changes that American Muslims have 
experienced 
since the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Please take a few 
minutes to 
fill out the survey below and return it to -
E-MAIL: survey@cair-net.org or FAX 202-488-0833

(All responses are confidential.) Please print out this form for 
distribution in your local Islamic center or organization. Also post it 
on 
Muslim e-mail lists and forward to personal e-mail addresses of friends 
and 
associates.

THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT SURVEY FOR MUSLIMS IN AMERICA. Your response 
will 
strengthen CAIR's ability to articulate the community's views. There is 
no 
other way to gather this information. PLEASE RESPOND BY AUGUST 9, 2002.

May Allah bless you for your time and effort.

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1) I am a Muslim: ___ Yes  ___ No

2) I am a U.S. resident. ___ Yes  ___ No

3) I live in the following state:

4) Since 9-11, my life as an American Muslim has:
___ changed for the better
___ changed for the worse
___ not changed

5) The most important way my life has changed is:

6) Since the attacks of 9-11, I have experienced anti-Muslim bias or 
discrimination: ___ Yes ___ No

7) That discrimination or bias took the form of:
___ verbal abuse
___ workplace discrimination
___ threats
___ assaults
___ housing discrimination
___ profiling (being singled out by law enforcement authorities or 
other 
security personnel because of your religion, ethnicity or national 
origin)
___ Other: (specify) __________________________

8) I know at least one American Muslim who has experienced anti-Muslim 
bias 
or discrimination since 9-11: Yes____  No_____

9) Since 9-11, I have experienced kindness or support from friends or 
colleagues of other faiths: Yes___  No___

10) That kindness or support was expressed in the following way:

11) On a scale from 1-10, (1 being poor and 10 being excellent) I would 
rate the Bush administration's interaction with the American Muslim 
community as: ___

12) I base this rating primarily on:

13) Since the 9-11 attacks, I believe the U.S. media have:
___ improved in their coverage of Islam and Muslims
___ grown more biased against Islam and Muslims
___ remained the same in their coverage of Islam and Muslims
___ no opinion

14) A media outlet worthy of praise for its coverage is:

15) A media outlet that exhibited some of the most biased coverage is:

16) I am a member of CAIR? ___ Yes  ___ No

17) On a scale from 1-10, where 1 is poor performance and 10 excellent 
performance, I would rate CAIR's performance during this crisis as:  
______

18) The thing I liked most about CAIR's work was:

19) The area of CAIR's work that needs improvement is:

20) I am eligible to vote in U.S. elections: ___ Yes  ___ No

21) I am registered to vote or will register before the next election. 
___ 
Yes  ___ No

22) I voted for the following presidential candidate in the last 
election:
___ Bush  ___ Gore  ___ Nader  ___ Buchanan  ___ Other (specify) 
_______________

23) Overall, I believe the following party best represents the 
interests of 
the American Muslim community.
___ Republican ___ Democratic ___ None
___ Other (specify) _______________________________

24) My ethnic heritage is:
___ African-American
___ Arabic speaking world
___ South Asian (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, etc.)
___ East Asian (Malaysia, Indonesia, etc.)
___ Sub Saharan/East Africa (Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, etc.)
___ West African (non-Arabic, Nigeria, etc.)
___ Central Asia (Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, etc.)
___ European-American (white, non-immigrant)
___ European Immigrant (Bosnian, Kosovar, etc.)
___ Hispanic/Latino
___ Turkish
___ Iranian
___ Other (Specify country) _________________

25) I am: ___ Male ___ Female

26) I am in the following age range:
___ Under 18 ___ 18-25 ___ 26-35 ___ 36-55 ___ 56+

THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING IN THIS SURVEY.

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Subject: CAIR-NET: Suspicious Fires at Islamic Sites in Two States

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 7/31/2002

HEADLINES:

* SUSPICIOUS FIRES AT ISLAMIC SITES IN TWO STATES
         - CAIR MOSQUE SECURITY CHECKLIST
* ATTACK WAS HATE CRIME: COPS (Montreal Gazette)
* NO TRIAL RIGHTS FOR CUBA DETAINEES (AP)
* ROUNDING UP THE 'ENEMY' (Village Voice)
* PLAN TO FINGERPRINT VISITORS RAISES DOUBTS (Wall Street Journal)
* DISPLACED FAMILY TOGETHER AGAIN (Jacksonville Times-Union)
* SHEIK KEY FIGURE IN GOVERNMENT CASE AGAINST HOLY LAND (Dallas Morning 
News)
* THE ETHICS OF REVENGE (Tikkun)

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SUSPICIOUS FIRES AT ISLAMIC SITES IN TWO STATES
Mosque sign burned in Florida, school bus destroyed in Massachusetts

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/31/02) - A national Islamic civil rights and 
advocacy 
group is expressing concern over two recent fires at Islamic sites in 
Florida and Massachusetts. The Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR) 
says local and federal law enforcement authorities should investigate 
and 
prosecute both incidents as possible hate crimes. In response to the 
incidents, CAIR distributed a checklist of safety measures to mosques 
and 
Islamic centers around the country. (see below)

In Boca Raton, Fla., vandals set fire to a sign for a new mosque in the 
third such incident this year. The sign announcing construction of the 
Assalam Center was burned on Monday. Two earlier signs were burned and 
vandalized in March and July of this year. Local authorities have 
notified 
the Hate Crimes Unit of the Florida State Attorney's Office.

SEE: 
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/palmbeach/sfl-pmosquesign31jul31.story

On June 24, a newly-purchased school bus burned outside the Islamic 
Academy 
of Peace in Methuen, Mass. (http://www.theislamicacademy.com/) An 
academy 
representative told CAIR the fire occurred while the bus was parked in 
a 
lot next to the academy. He said there had been an ongoing graffiti 
problem 
and that local youth had shouted anti-Muslim slurs at staff leaving and 
entering the school. A shot fired from a paint-ball gun recently broke 
a 
window in the facility.

School representatives are working with elected and police officials to 
investigate the fire and to prevent similar incidents from occurring in 
the 
future. Police have increased patrols in the area of the school.

SEE: http://www.eagletribune.com/news/stories/20020725/FP_003.htm

"We believe these types of incidents are encouraged by those in our 
society 
who promote stereotypes of and prejudice against the American Muslim 
community. Local and national elected officials need to speak out and 
challenge Islamophobic rhetoric that may incite bigoted individuals to 
carry out such attacks," said CAIR Board Chairman Omar Ahmad.

Attacks on mosques and Islamic centers have occurred across America and 
in 
Canada, particularly since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. 
As 
early as 1994, a nearly completed mosque in Yuba City, Calif., burned 
to 
the ground in what was ruled an arson attack. In 1995, arson destroyed 
a 
Springfield, Ill., Islamic center.

In March, a pick-up truck was driven into the front of the Islamic 
Center 
of Tallahassee, Fla. Police said the attacker was motivated by "hatred 
of 
Muslims" and told officers he could have blown up the mosque if he had 
put 
propane tanks on the front of his truck.

SEE: "Stereotypes and Civil Liberties" at
http://www.cair-net.org/civilrights2002/

                                         - END -

CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-MAIL: 
cair@cair-net.org; Ms. Hodan Hassan, 202-488-8787 or 703-861-7294, 
E-MAIL: 
hhassan@cair-net.org

ACTION REQUESTED: Anyone wishing to help the Islamic Academy of Peace 
purchase a new school bus may send contributions to:

The Islamic Academy
125 Oakland Avenue
Methuen, MA  01844
TEL: 978-975-7335
URL: http://www.theislamicacademy.com/
E-MAIL: fa143@aol.com

CAIR MOSQUE SECURITY CHECKLIST

CAIR is asking that mosques consider taking the following safety 
measures:

* Build good relationships with neighbors of the mosque. Invite them to 
visit your center.
* Try to have people attend the mosque as much as possible. Activity 
deters 
perpetrators.
* Make an appointment with the community relations officer of your 
local 
police department to tour your center and make suggestions on improving 
mosque security.
* Request additional police patrols in the vicinity of your center. 
Special 
attention should be paid to times of darkness and during prayers.
* Consider creating a security committee at your mosque.
* Post mosque members at entrances and parking areas during prayer 
times.
* Report suspicious packages to police. Do not touch them.
* Install perimeter floodlights outside the mosque.
* Install fire and burglar alarm systems.
* Replace hollow core doors with more secure solid doors.
* Install burglarproof bars on screens and large vents. (Note - 
Research 
local ordinances before beginning security renovations. For example, 
window 
bars should not limit evacuation in case of fire.)
* Trim shrubs and vines to reduce areas of concealment.
* Participate in neighborhood watch programs.
* Document descriptions of suspicious people or vehicles.
* Make duplicates of all important papers, computer disks and records.
* Remove potential fire hazards, such as trash and debris.
* Consider installing security cameras.

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ATTACK WAS HATE CRIME: COPS
Monique Beaudin, Montreal Gazette
http://www.canada.com/montreal/montrealgazette/story.asp?id={95FE80A2-5C44-4B8C-B001-7E8C4F7216B6}

Saturday's attack on a Kirkland man in Angrignon Park was a hate crime 
that 
will be taken seriously, the commander of the local police station said 
yesterday.

Somen Chowdhury went to the park with his wife for a picnic Saturday 
afternoon, and was attacked in the parking lot by four young men and 
women 
who shouted obscenities and racial slurs at the couple.

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NO TRIAL RIGHTS FOR CUBA DETAINEES
CHRISTOPHER NEWTON, The Associated Press, 7/31/02

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge ruled Wednesday that two British 
citizens 
and an Australian captured in Afghanistan and held in Cuba have no 
right to 
trial before U.S. courts.

Britons Shafiq Rasul and Asif Iqbal and Australian David Hicks are 
being 
held at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to the 
government. They were captured while fighting with Taliban and al-Qaida 
forces, U.S. officials allege.

The men's families hired lawyers in the United States who sued the Bush 
administration, demanding that the men be allowed to argue their case 
before a federal judge.

But U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled that the 
U.S. 
legal system has no jurisdiction over detainees held in Cuba...

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ROUNDING UP THE 'ENEMY'
Chisun Lee, Village Voice, 7/31/02
http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0231/lee.php

Two weeks ago, Peter Kirsanow of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission drew 
heat 
by suggesting that another terrorist attack on U.S. soil could stir 
public 
support for mass, ethnicity-based internments as during World War II...

There has been plenty of action already to remind Iijima and Matsuda 
and 
others with long memories of a dark past: Dozens of terror alerts from 
the 
Justice Department. Repeated calls from leaders for ordinary Americans 
to 
watch their neighbors. Anti-Muslim bias incidents, including job 
firings 
and beatings.

Explorations of ways around a domestic martial law ban. Indefinite 
captivity without trials for at least two U.S. citizens. Secret 
detentions 
of at least 750, if not hundreds more, Arabs and South Asians. Their 
court 
hearings are closed, leaving the public and press with no way of 
knowing 
whether the hearings have been lawful or have happened at all...

To Matsuda, today's political climate is even "more dangerous" than in 
the 
months leading up to World War II internment. "In those days, we had 
so-called liberals in power," she says. Ashcroft's counterpart at the 
time, 
along with FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, opposed internment. "But 
today, we 
have a very different setup which is more ominous," says Matsuda...

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PLAN TO FINGERPRINT VISITORS TO U.S. RAISES MANY DOUBTS
Ann Davis, Wall Street Journal, 7/31/02

FINGERPRINTS WILL move to the frontlines in the war on terror this 
fall, 
when immigration authorities start fingerprinting and tracking tens of 
thousands of visitors from countries of "national-security concern." 
But 
civil libertarians and forensic experts, some from inside the Justice 
Department, are questioning whether the government's fingerprinting 
systems 
are up to the task.

The National Security Entry-Exit Registration System aims to close the 
nation's borders to international terrorists by checking targeted 
visitors' 
fingerprints against those of suspected terrorists, immigration 
violators 
and others, provided by law-enforcement, military and immigration 
authorities. In the program's first year, the Immigration and 
Naturalization Service aims to fingerprint and photograph as many as 
200,000 people arriving at U.S. airports and border stations with 
temporary 
business, tourist or student visas...

Concern about how well the registry system will work comes on top of 
worries that using nationality as the basis for targeting visitors will 
stigmatize and inconvenience many innocent people without significantly 
improving safety.

Selective targeting may "give a false impression of security," says 
Nihad 
Awad, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations, 
Washington. Richard C. Reid, the British shoe bomber, and Jose Padilla, 
the 
U.S. citizen accused in a dirty-bomb plot -- both are examples of 
terror 
suspects who might have slipped past a system focused primarily on 
nationality, Mr. Awad says...

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DISPLACED FAMILY TOGETHER AGAIN
Dana Treen, Jacksonville Times-Union, 7/31/02
http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/073102/met_10056407.html

Riccardo and Antoinette Young's 11 children piled into the family's new 
Jacksonville home all afternoon yesterday, together for the first time 
since they were found living in a tiny house without electricity or 
running 
water in April.

"Oh, my gosh, we're home forever," said 16-year-old Sufiah, walking 
through 
the back door of the small, brick-front four-bedroom house in a shady 
Paxon-area neighborhood. For nearly four months, the 11 siblings ages 3 
to 
17 had been kept by nine foster families as far away as Green Cove 
Springs.

Some of the children were at the courthouse yesterday when the Youngs 
finalized an agreement with the Florida Department of Children and 
Families 
that allowed them to be reunited, as first reported by Times-Union news 
partner First Coast News. Others arrived from foster homes as the day 
progressed...

But from the beginning, and as the case unfolded, neighbors of the 
family 
and court officials questioned why the Youngs were being charged. To 
neighbors, they were a poor but happy, devoted family, living on 
Riccardo 
Young's earnings as a car salesman and struggling to make ends meet. 
The 
judge who released Antoinette Young from jail after 11 days said he had 
trouble understanding why the case was in court.

The most stinging label, Riccardo Young said, was being called a bad 
parent. For the children, it was having them separated.

"We won't let things get out of hand," Riccardo Young said. "We will 
ask 
for help instead of letting pride get in the way."

The Muslim family has been given help by local donations and a national 
and 
international call for assistance by the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, a national Islamic group.

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the group, tracked between $16,000 and 
$20,000 in donations for the family. Rent on the house is paid through 
January in an arrangement by the non-profit First Coast Family Center, 
and 
the couple moved there in May...

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SHEIK KEY FIGURE IN GOVERNMENT CASE AGAINST HOLY LAND
Michelle Mittelstadt, Dallas Morning News, 7/31/02
http://www.dallasnews.com/latestnews/stories/073102dnnatholyland.cbec0.html

WASHINGTON - Sheik Jamil Hamami figures prominently in the government's 
case against the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, the 
Dallas-area Muslim charity raided and shut down last year after being 
designated a financial front for the Hamas terrorist organization.

Holy Land paid for the sheik, a senior Hamas leader in the West Bank, 
to 
travel to the United States at least six times in 1990 and 1991 to 
headline 
fund-raising events, U.S. officials disclosed in a once-confidential 
FBI 
memo and in other documents linking the charity to Hamas.

Holy Land wasn't alone in bankrolling his travel. The U.S. government 
treated Sheik Hamami to a three-week, all-expenses-paid tour of 
Washington, 
Los Angeles and other cities in 1999 - four years after the United 
States 
declared Hamas a terrorist organization...

"It seems beyond hypocritical that the United States government would 
accuse the Holy Land Foundation of consorting with terrorists when, in 
this 
case, it's someone who the U.S. government has invited over as its 
guest," 
John Boyd, one of the organization's lawyers, said Tuesday...

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THE ETHICS OF REVENGE
Tikkun, 7/31/02
http://www.tikkun.org/TikkunMail/index.cfm/action/current_issue.html

A speech made by Yitzhak Frankenthal, Chairman of the Families Forum, 
at a 
rally in Jerusalem on Saturday, July 27, 2002, outside the Prime 
Minister's 
residence:

My beloved son Arik was murdered by a Palestinian. Should the security 
forces have information of this murderer's whereabouts, and should it 
turn 
out that he was surrounded by innocent children and other Palestinian 
civilians, then - even if the security forces knew that the killer was 
planning another murderous attack that was to be launched within hours 
and 
they now had the choice of curbing a terror attack that would kill 
innocent 
Israeli civilians but at the cost of hitting innocent Palestinians, I 
would 
tell the security forces not to seek revenge but to try to avoid and 
prevent the death of innocent civilians, be they Israelis or 
Palestinians.

I would rather have the finger that pushes the trigger or the button 
that 
drops the bomb tremble before it kills my son's murderer, than for 
innocent 
civilians to be killed. I would say to the security forces: do not kill 
the 
killer. Rather, bring him before an Israeli court. You are not the 
judiciary. Your only motivation should not be vengeance, but the 
prevention 
of any injury to innocent civilians...

A nation that cannot draw the line is doomed to eventually apply 
unethical 
measures against its own people. The worst in my mind is not what has 
already happened but what I am sure one day will. And it will - because 
ethics are now being twisted and the political and military leadership 
does 
not even have the most basic integrity to say: "we are sorry"...

I do not mean to absolve the Palestinians and by no means justify 
attacks 
against Israeli civilians. No attack against civilians can be condoned. 
But 
as an occupation force it is we who trample over human dignity, it is 
we 
who crush the liberty of Palestinians and it is we who push an entire 
nation to crazy acts of despair. Finally, I call on my brothers and 
sisters 
in the settlements - see what we have come to.

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Subject: CAIR-NET: Muslim Merchants Boycott New York Post

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 8/1/2002

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: KEEP GOOD RELATIONS
* MUSLIM MERCHANTS BOYCOTT NEW YORK POST
* CAIR ENCOURAGES LOCAL MEETINGS WITH ELECTED OFFICIALS
* HOSPITAL SUED FOR FIRING AFTER 9/11 (Chicago Tribune)
* SECRET SERVICE BLUNDER TAINTS TERROR WAR (WPWS)
* TALK SHOW HOST INCITES HATE AGAINST CANADIAN MUSLIMS
* RESOURCES: REPORT OF U.N. SECRETARY-GENERAL EVENTS IN JENIN
* ANNAN BLASTS PLAN EXPEL TERRORIST'S RELATIVE TO GAZA (Ha'aretz)
         - ISRAEL RENEWS HOME DESTRUCTION POLICY (AP)
         - PALESTINIAN HUNGER RISES AS ISRAELI BLOCKADES BITE (Reuters)
         - HARD LIFE IN GAZA, THROUGH 13-YEAR-OLD EYES (New York Times)
         - CONN. JEWISH LEADERS SEEK "BALANCE" IN MIDEAST COURSE 
(Jewish 
Ledger)
* HARRIS POLL: U.S. TOO SUPPORTIVE OF ISRAEL (PRNewswire)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: KEEP GOOD RELATIONS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Whoever desires an 
expansion in his sustenance and age, should keep good relations with 
his 
kith and kin."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 34, Number 281

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MUSLIM MERCHANTS BOYCOTT NEW YORK POST

Muslim and Arab-American merchants in the New York City area report to 
CAIR 
they are boycotting sales of the New York Post because of that 
newspaper's 
alleged anti-Muslim, anti-Arab bias and the failure of editors to offer 
sufficient right-of-reply to negative articles.

Boycott organizers say almost 500 merchants are taking part in the 
campaign 
by refusing to sell the Post in their newsstands, grocery stories or 
other 
businesses. In Staten Island alone, some 100 merchants have joined the 
boycott.

The campaign apparently began spontaneously, but is now coordinated by 
a 
Brooklyn-based organization called the Arab-American Muslim Federation.

Representatives of the group recently met with Post officials, but 
could 
not resolve their differences.

CONTACT: 718-768-7181 or 718-243-1245
E-MAIL: zrimawi@aol.com

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CAIR ENCOURAGES LOCAL MEETINGS WITH ELECTED OFFICIALS

Congress is about to take its summer recess, which means elected 
officials 
will spend most of August in their home districts. This creates an 
excellent opportunity for members of the Muslim community to meet with 
their representatives or to invite them to visit mosques or Islamic 
centers.

Visit http://capwiz.com/cair/home/ to obtain contact information for 
your 
elected officials. The site also contains tips for scheduling and 
conducting meetings. Just follow the "Issues and Legislation" link, and 
click on "Capitol Hill Basics."

Contact Jason Erb, CAIR's Governmental Affairs Director, to seek advice 
on 
issues that should be on the agenda of your meeting. CONTACT: 
jerb@cair-net.org

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HOSPITAL SUED FOR FIRING AFTER 9/11
Richard Wronski, Chicago Tribune, 8/1/02
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-0208010207aug01.story

Life changed for Shiraz A. Syed after Sept. 11, as it did for many 
people. 
But the Pakistani native believes that comments he made about the 
terrorist 
attacks cost him his job.

Syed, 25, a Muslim, said he was fired from his job admitting patients 
at 
Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge because a patient complained 
that 
he had made anti-American remarks and was displaying an Osama bin Laden 
screen saver on his computer. Syed filed a civil rights lawsuit in 
federal 
court this week against Lutheran General, alleging that his firing two 
weeks after the terrorist attacks was discriminatory and based on his 
religion and his Pakistani citizenship.

Syed's attorney, Dan Wolf, said the hospital overreacted to a patient's 
complaint over a "rather typical" workplace conversation after the 
World 
Trade Center and Pentagon attacks.

"Apparently, a patient heard or saw something she didn't like or was 
unpalatable to her and reported it," Wolf said. "Our belief is that the 
hospital's response was reactionary and, given Shiraz's religion and 
nationality...the hospital overreacted to a benign situation..."

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SECRET SERVICE BLUNDER TAINTS TERROR WAR
Ruben Navarrette Jr, Washington Post Writers Syndicate, 7/30/02
http://www.postwritersgroup.com/archives/nava0730.htm

DALLAS--Here's a news flash: Cops are human, and they make mistakes. 
The 
problem is that, in their line of work, the stakes are so high that 
mistakes can bring dire consequences. And when the mistake happens to 
be 
abusing their authority, one sure consequence is that police officers 
will 
make their jobs tougher by driving a wedge between themselves and the 
communities they police...

Now the lesson comes to us again--albeit in a milder form--compliments 
of a 
10-year veteran of the U.S. Secret Service who recently demonstrated a 
penchant for acting like a 10-year-old. Through a childish abuse of his 
authority, the agent may have helped widen the divide between 
Muslim-Americans and U.S. law enforcement agencies.

The Secret Service agent--who had been assigned to the Detroit office 
of 
the U.S. Attorney's Joint Terrorism Task Force--has admitted to 
scribbling 
"Islam is Evil, Christ is King" on a Muslim prayer calendar while 
searching 
the home of a terrorism suspect. Omar Shishani, 47, is believed to be a 
possible associate of al Qaeda and was arrested for possession of $12 
million in bogus cashier's checks...

It was to the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR) 
that Shishani's relatives first turned after discovering the graffiti 
and 
reasoning that it must have been left behind by one of the agents. CAIR 
quickly fired off a letter demanding that Attorney General John 
Ashcroft 
investigate, and then noted the incident in its daily e-mail--"American 
Muslim News Briefs," a roundup of Muslim-related stories culled from 
the 
national media.

The Justice Department did investigate, and it determined that the 
graffiti 
was U.S.-government produced. The agent has been put on administrative 
leave and could well be terminated over the incident...

And you know what? We will stay divided until Muslim-Americans stop 
feeling 
as if they are under siege, and until the rest of us stop doing, or 
condoning, things that give them even the slightest reason to feel that 
way.

SEND NOTES OF APPRECIATION TO: rnavarrette@dallasnews.com

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TALK SHOW HOST INCITES HATE AGAINST CANADIAN MUSLIMS
Canada and Christianity under attack from 'Muslim men,' says host
Lowell Green

(OTTAWA, CANADA - 8/1/02) - The Canadian office of the Council on 
America-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) today filed a complaint with the 
Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) 
regarding racist and hate-inciting comments by talk show host, Lowell 
Green.

On July 8th, 2002, on Ottawa station CFRA 580 AM, Mr. Green stated that 
'North America - democracy - the Christian faith is under attack - not 
just 
in North America, but elsewhere around the world' and that the threat 
'almost exclusively comes from Muslim men.' When a caller criticized 
President George Bush's vision of the Middle East as 'commendable but 
impractical,' Mr. Green told the caller, 'Fine, Monar (sic), then keep 
on 
killing yourselves. But leave us alone.'

In a letter of formal complaint to the CRTC, CAIR-CAN Executive 
Director 
Riad Saloojee stated in part:

"Mr. Green's comments are racist generalizations and incite hatred 
against 
an identifiable group by portraying a distinct segment of Canadian 
society 
as a fifth column. In the aftermath of September 11th, and in an 
environment that has seen a substantial Muslim backlash documented by 
both 
our organization and police services, Mr. Green's statements are a 
dangerous incitement to anti-Muslim and anti-Arab violence."

CAIR-CAN Chair Sheema Khan said, "Is Mr. Green so divorced from reality 
that he is unable to understand that his words have real consequences 
in 
the lives of Canadian Muslims?"

"We are calling on the CRTC to ensure that media professionals whose 
irresponsible statements demonize minorities are held fully 
accountable," 
she added.

CONTACT: Riad Saloojee at 613-798-0003
E-mail: Canada@cair-net.org

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RESOURCES: REPORT OF U.N. SECRETARY-GENERAL EVENTS IN JENIN
http://www.un.org/peace/jenin/index.html

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ANNAN BLASTS PLAN EXPEL TERRORIST'S RELATIVE TO GAZA
Aluf Benn and Amos Harel, Ha'aretz, 8/1/02
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=192799&contrassID=1&subContrassID=0&sbSubContrassID=0

Israel should comply with a Geneva Convention protecting civilians in 
conflict and not deport family members of Palestinian suicide bombers, 
U.N. 
Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Thursday.

Annan said in a statement that he was "deeply concerned" by reports 
that 
the Israeli government was making plans to deport relatives of 
Palestinian 
suicide bombers from the West Bank to Gaza Strip.

He urged the Israeli government to adhere to the 1949 Geneva 
Convention, 
which calls for protecting civilians caught in a conflict.

"I urge the government of Israel not to take actions that are 
inconsistent 
with international humanitarian law, such as forcible transfer of 
protected 
persons, regardless of motive and collective punishment," he said.

The security cabinet Wednesday unanimously approved a plan devised by 
the 
Shin Bet Security Service and the Israel Defense Forces aimed at 
countering 
suicide bombings.

Security officials told the ministers that they intend to order the 
expulsion to the Gaza Strip of a relative of a terrorist from the 
Nablus 
area who participated in attacks in the West Bank settlement of 
Immanuel 
and in Tel Aviv.

SEE ALSO:

ISRAEL RENEWS HOME DESTRUCTION POLICY
JAMIE TARABAY, The Associated Press, 8/1/02

BEIT JALLA, West Bank (AP) - Israeli soldiers came knocking at 1 a.m. 
and 
gave Atta Sarasara and his family 20 minutes to leave before soldiers 
blew 
up the family home - punishment because their son was a suicide bomber.

The demolition early Thursday was stark evidence that Israel has 
revived 
its old policy of destroying the homes of families of suicide bombers 
in an 
attempt to deter future ones.

Standing over the wreckage of his home Thursday, Sarasara, a high 
school 
mathematics teacher, wasn't yet contemplating where his family would 
now 
live. He was still coming to terms with the loss of his son, Hazem Atta 
Sarasara, who blew himself up Tuesday at a Jerusalem fast-food stand, 
injuring seven Israelis.

"It is not fair and it's a very hard act against my family. I never 
knew 
that my son was going to commit such an attack and the Israelis know 
that 
as well," a red-eyed Sarasara said...

PALESTINIAN HUNGER RISES AS ISRAELI BLOCKADES BITE
Mark Heinrich, Reuters, 8/1/02

GAZA, Gaza Strip (Reuters) - Nearly one in two young Palestinian 
children 
are suffering from chronic malnutrition as Israeli blockades make food 
harder to come by, according to a survey released Thursday.

Things have gotten dramatically worse since the start of a Palestinian 
uprising nearly two years ago that prompted an Israeli military 
crackdown 
in the West Bank and Gaza.

Tiny Abdallah is just one example. The 16-month-old baby lies emaciated 
in 
his mother's arms, his lolling head a sign that his brain is atrophying 
from malnourishment.

"I fear he will be a constant sorrow," said his tearful mother Fatma at 
a 
Gaza nutrition clinic. "I try to calm him but he's often feverish."

There has been a 23 percent rise in stunted growth and a 50 percent 
increase in wasting -- low weight compared with height -- since before 
the 
uprising began in September 2000, said the UNICEF-backed survey by the 
Palestinian statistics bureau.

About 65 percent of 5,228 households queried over three months ending 
June 
30 reported difficulty finding food, and 85 percent of them blamed 
Israeli 
blockades...

HARD LIFE IN GAZA, THROUGH 13-YEAR-OLD EYES
A. O. Scott, New York Times, 8/1/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/08/01/movies/01STRI.html

Like most news reports and television images coming out of the Middle 
East 
these days, ''Gaza Strip,'' an unsparing new documentary by James 
Longley, 
offers little reason for optimism. The film, which opens today at the 
Anthology Film Archives in the East Village, was shot in the winter and 
spring of 2001, and it provides a grim, upsetting glimpse at the lives 
of 
some of the 1.2 million Palestinians who live in the crowded cities and 
refugee camps of Gaza...

Much of ''Gaza Strip'' follows Mohammed Hejazi, a 13-year-old newspaper 
vendor. This youth, who left school after the second grade, spends much 
of 
his spare time with other boys throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers, even 
though his best friend was killed by the gunfire that is the inevitable 
response, and his father, who had spent time in an Israeli prison, once 
tied his son up to keep him at home...

Mr. Longley's camera does not have to look far to find the sources of 
their 
rage and despair: Israeli bulldozers demolishing houses and date 
groves; an 
absurd traffic jam on the beach after roads have been closed; emergency 
rooms full of wounded Palestinians, many of them children...

CONN. JEWISH LEADERS SEEK "BALANCE" IN MIDEAST COURSE

Jewish leaders disappointed after discussions on Mideast course
Adam N. Schupack, Jewish Ledger, 7/24/02
http://www.jewishledger.com/archives/index.inn?loc=detail&doc=/2002/July/24-2056-news06.txt

Jewish community leaders and U.S. Rep. Nancy Johnson (R-Ct.) have met 
with 
Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) President Richard Judd 
about 
the university's upcoming "Middle Eastern Studies Summer Institute for 
Teachers."

The course for middle and high school teachers, scheduled to be held 
July 
29-Aug. 2, lacks balance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Jewish 
leaders say. The Institute is funded by a $24,832 grant from the U.S. 
Department of Education.

In a July 15 meeting with President Judd and his staff, representatives 
of 
the American Jewish Committee (AJC), the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), 
the 
Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut (JFACT) and the Jewish 
Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater 
Hartford 
expressed their concern that the federally-funded course lacked a 
scholar 
who could fairly present the Israeli side of the Middle East 
conflict...

In response to these concerns, Judd advised Jewish leaders that "it was 
prejudicial to assume that there would be bias" and "that as President 
it 
was not his role to determine balance in this or any other program that 
the 
University sponsors," according to a July 22 statement issued by CCSU.

"To do so, would infringe on the ability of faculty members to pursue 
intellectual truth and present it as they see fit..."

NOTES OF SUPPORT MAY BE SENT TO:

Dr. Richard Judd, President of Central Connecticut State University
E-MAIL:judd@mail.ccsu.edu
COPY TO: Governor.Rowland@po.state.ct.us, cfraser@ctdhe.org, 
antar@mail.ccsu.edu

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: antar@mail.ccsu.edu

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HARRIS POLL: U.S. TOO SUPPORTIVE OF ISRAEL

MIDDLE EAST: PUBLIC OPINION TRENDS FROM THE HARRIS POLL
http://www.prnewswire.com/
Search using the term "Harris Poll."

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Aug. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- As violence continues to flare 
in 
Israel, Gaza and the West Bank, the American public's mood continues to 
be 
unsympathetic toward either the Israeli government or the Palestinian 
authority.

The public continues to be more hostile toward the Palestinians than to 
the 
Israelis and more hostile toward Yasser Arafat than toward Ariel 
Sharon, 
but it also tends to think that the U.S. government is too supportive 
of 
Israel...

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 8/2/2002

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: FORGIVENESS
* QUOTE OF THE DAY: CLINTON SAYS HE WOULD "FIGHT AND DIE" FOR ISRAEL
* MUSLIMS AID EMBATTLED HOUSE MEMBER (Washington Post)
         - ARAB AMERICANS PUSH PARTICIPATION AT THE POLLS (Detroit Free 
Press)
         - GET INVOLVED TO GET RESULTS, POLITICIANS ADVISE MUSLIMS 
(Sacramento Bee)
* PASSAIC COUNTY MEN SUE AMERICAN AIRLINES (North Jersey Herald News)
         - AMC BOARD MEMBER HOLDS PRESS CONFERENCE ON PROFILING AND 
DETENTION
* BID TO EASE SPYING CURBS IN TERRORISM (New York Times)
         - LAWYER RIPS STORE OWNER'S ARREST AS POST-9/11 HYSTERIA 
(Sun-Sentinel)
         - SUNRISE MAN DENIED BAIL (Sun-Sentinel)
         - READING? SOMEBODY MAY BE WATCHING (Los Angeles Times)
* MUSLIM, ARAB VENDORS BOYCOTT 'BIASED' NEW YORK POST (Reuters)
* VEILED MESSAGES (Washington Times)
* STATE JUDGE FINDS THAT ISLAMIC PROMISE IS VALID CONTRACT (AP)
* UNIVERSITY ASKS JUDGE TO DISMISS FIVE FROM SUIT OVER ISLAMIC BOOK 
(AP)
* KGB SUCCESSOR IMPLICATED IN MOSCOW BOMBINGS (AP)
* OP-ED: HOW TO REKINDLE THE PEACE PROCESS (Washington Post)
* OFFICIALS ADMIT ARMY KILLED KASHMIR CIVILIANS (Washington Times)
* OHIO INTERFAITH ASSOCIATION HOLDS FORUM ON GUJARAT MASSACRES
* PALESTINIAN SOCCER PLAYER LEFT HOMELESS BY ISRAEL (Reuters)
* U.N. JENIN REPORT "FLAWED" (Human Rights Watch)
* ISRAEL CALLS GAZA BOMBING A MISTAKE (AP)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: FORGIVENESS

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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QUOTE OF THE DAY: CLINTON SAYS HE WOULD "FIGHT AND DIE" FOR ISRAEL

"If Iraq came across the Jordan River...I would grab a rifle and get in 
the 
trench and fight and die." - Former President Clinton in a speech to 
Canadian Jewish groups.

SEE ALSO:

CLINTON PLEDGES TO FIGHT AS COMBAT SOLDIER WITH ISRAELI ARMY
Newsmax.com, 7/31/02
http://www.newsmax.com/showinsidecover.shtml?a=2002/7/31/101825

Ex-President Bill Clinton told an audience in Toronto, Canada, on 
Tuesday 
that he would personally fight "in the trench" alongside the Israel 
Defense 
Forces to repel an attack on the Jewish state by Iraq.

"I would grab a rifle and get in the trench and fight and die," Clinton 
proclaimed, according to a report by the Canadian Press news service.

The one-time Vietnam War-era draft dodger was addressing a packed 
fundraiser for Canada's Hadassah-Wizo Organization...

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MUSLIMS AID EMBATTLED HOUSE MEMBER
Thomas B. Edsall, Washington Post, 8/2/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A34022-2002Aug1.html

Members of the Muslim American community are providing extensive 
support 
for Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.), defending the five-term incumbent 
against a challenge financed in part by Jewish leaders critical of her 
stand on Israel.

At least three-quarters of the $234,299 that McKinney has raised from 
individuals this year is from donors with Muslim or Arab American 
surnames, 
the great majority of whom live outside her district.

Meanwhile her Democratic challenger, former state judge Denise Majette, 
has 
begun raising large sums from Jewish donors alarmed by McKinney's 
comments 
on Middle East matters. Majette plans to spend $500,000 in the three 
weeks 
leading to the Aug. 20 primary, top aides said.

As a result, the Atlanta-based 4th District Democratic primary has to 
some 
extent become a proxy for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with the 
outcome a test of strength between the Muslim American and pro-Israel 
Jewish communities...

In an earlier Democratic primary, Rep. Earl F. Hilliard (D-Ala.), who 
was 
backed by Arab Americans but not as strongly as McKinney, lost to Artur 
Davis, who had strong support from Jewish donors across the county.

Hilliard, Davis, McKinney and Majette are black, but the two Democratic 
contests have stirred unusual ethnic crosscurrents. Among other things, 
they have underscored the tensions between Muslims and Jews -- and 
between 
African Americans and Jews -- that sometimes animate local elections.

Hilliard, in a post-election interview with the online publication The 
Black Commentator, said: "The only thing I know for sure, that I saw in 
black and white, is $1,098,000 that [Davis] reported...[I]t came from 
Jews 
and Republicans..."

"We have been sucked into a game of becoming involved in races because 
AIPAC [the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the premier 
pro-Israel 
lobby] has ruthlessly targeted every member of Congress that is not 100 
percent Israel, right or wrong," said Sarah Eltantawi, communications 
director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council.

The Ohio-based CAIR-PAC (pac@cair-pac.org), or Council on 
American-Islamic 
Relations, recently sent out a fundraising e-mail telling recipients: 
"Support Cynthia McKinney. She is our strategic choice...Pro-Muslim 
Candidate. Supporter of Palestinian State for over 7 years. Against 
Secret 
Evidence. Against Aid to Israel."

Bill Banks, McKinney's campaign manager, said Muslim Americans support 
her 
reelection because "they feel she has spoken out for the [Middle East] 
policies of the U.S. to be somewhat balanced." Banks contended that 
AIPAC 
has made McKinney the "number one candidate to try to remove from 
office..."

SEND COMMENTS TO: Letters@washpost.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

SEE: Cynthia McKinney for Congress
http://www.cynthia2002.com/

Denise Majette for Congress
http://www.majetteforcongress.org/

CAIR-PAC
P.O. Box 20716
Columbus, OH 43220

REGISTER TO VOTE: http://www.cair-net.org/asp/voting.asp

SEE ALSO:

GET INVOLVED TO GET RESULTS, POLITICIANS ADVISE MUSLIMS
Emily Bazar, Sacramento Bee, 8/2/02
http://www.sacbee.com/content/politics/story/3818395p-4843756c.html

State Sen. Ray Haynes, R-Riverside, told his audience that the best way 
to 
get involved in politics is to volunteer for campaigns and walk 
precincts 
for a candidate.

Assemblyman Robert "Bob" Pacheco, R-Riverside, suggested writing 
letters to 
lawmakers and making phone calls to their offices.

Green Party gubernatorial candidate Peter Camejo preached the option of 
third-party politics and favored questioning leaders' beliefs on issues 
such as the profiling of Arab Americans and Muslims.

Camejo and the other speakers were addressing a sympathetic audience: 
about 
75 Muslims, many of them teens and young adults, who came to the 
Capitol 
from around the state Thursday to learn more about the political 
process.

The daylong leadership training conference, organized by the American 
Muslim Alliance, was intended to spur Muslims to become involved in 
politics, perhaps even by running for elected offices themselves.

According to conference organizers, Muslims who feel targeted after 
Sept. 
11, or who believe their religion had been misrepresented in subsequent 
media reports, should use the tools available to them in the political 
realm to dispel myths and stereotypes...

ARAB AMERICANS: LEADERS PUSH PARTICIPATION AT THE POLLS
NIRAJ WARIKOO, Detroit Free Press, 8/2/02
http://www.freep.com/news/politics/wvote2_20020802.htm

For Fatina Masri, Tuesday's primary isn't just about voting. It's about 
making sure that Arab- and Muslim-American voices are heard.

"This election is so important for us," the 43-year-old physician from 
West 
Bloomfield said at a candidates forum in Dearborn this week. "We want 
to 
show that we're Americans just like anyone else." To that end, Arab 
Americans and Muslims in Michigan are mounting an ambitious campaign to 
get 
out the vote for candidates they favor. It's unclear whether they will 
be a 
factor in this year's races, but Arab Americans say their votes may 
play a 
decisive role in close races.

Regardless of their influence, it's important to participate, 
especially in 
a post-Sept. 11 climate where their civil rights are threatened, 
leaders 
say...

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PASSAIC COUNTY MEN SUE AMERICAN AIRLINES
HILARY BURKE, North Jersey Herald News, 8/2/02
http://www.njhn.com/page.php?level_1_id=1&page=4499964

TEANECK - Four young men returning from the South Beach section of 
Miami 
were illegally profiled by American Airlines, a lawsuit filed in 
federal 
court Thursday claims.

"I don't feel American anymore, I feel second-class," said Waesam 
Hamdan, a 
22-year-old Paterson man who, along with his three friends, is 
Palestinian-American.

In March, the four Passaic County residents were singled out after they 
had 
boarded an American Airlines flight from Miami to Newark. In the public 
boarding area, female security officers searched them, ordering them to 
lift their shirts and pull their pants below their hips, revealing 
boxer 
shorts, the men said. The men were then allowed to reboard, but they 
were 
subjected to the glares of fellow passengers, the civil suit states.

The men say that the experience was humiliating and distressing. Three 
of 
the men say they can't imagine flying again, because they fear being 
targeted simply because of their Arabic names...

This is one in a string of lawsuits against U.S. airline carriers for 
alleged discrimination based on ethnicity, race or religion. Since 
Sept. 
11, American Airlines has been cited most frequently in the more than 
200 
airport profiling complaints submitted to the Council on 
American-Islamic 
Relations in Washington, D.C., a spokesman said.

An airline official asked the men to leave the plane and go through a 
second security check, at the "captain's request," the suit says. When 
Abdelaziz asked if they had been pulled off the plane because they were 
Arabs, he said that the official responded, "Most likely..."

SEE ALSO:

AMC BOARD MEMBER HOLDS PRESS CONFERENCE ON PROFILING AND DETENTION

WHAT: Mr. Muhammad Ali Khan, Treasurer of the American Muslim Council 
Board 
of Directors will hold a press conference to discuss his recent 
profiling 
and detention at Las Vegas airport.
WHEN: Tuesday, August 6 at 2 p.m.
WHERE: Murrow Room, National Press Club, Washington, DC

For further information: Faiz Rehman, AMC Communications Director, Tel: 
202-789-2262

-----

BID TO EASE SPYING CURBS IN TERRORISM
James Risen, New York Times, 8/1/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/08/01/national/01INTE.html

WASHINGTON, July 31 - Flaws in the F.B.I.'s handling of the Zacarias 
Moussaoui case before Sept. 11 are prompting Congressional leaders and 
the 
Bush administration to try to make it easier for the government to 
obtain 
secret wiretaps and search warrants to investigate foreigners suspected 
of 
involvement in terrorist plots...

Under the legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles E. Schumer, 
Democrat of 
New York, and Senator Jon Kyl, Republican of Arizona, the Justice 
Department would no longer have to convince a special court that a 
suspect 
was an agent of a foreign power or a member of an international 
terrorist 
organization to obtain a wiretap under the Foreign Intelligence 
Surveillance Act.

That change would ease standards of evidence that are already 
considered 
lower than those required in regular criminal cases. The law was 
intended 
to allow the F.B.I. and the Justice Department to ask a secret court 
for 
approval to eavesdrop on suspected spies or terrorists not yet subjects 
of 
criminal investigations...

The drive for further easing of the legal standards covering secret 
wiretaps and secret searches of homes and possessions of suspected 
terrorists raised concerns among civil liberties groups.

"Our reasons should be compelling, and the case for expansion carefully 
documented" before the law is expanded, said Jerry Berman, executive 
director of the Center for Democracy and Technology. "The argument that 
these lower standards apply to aliens ignores the fact that our Bill of 
Rights protects persons not citizens; that it is important for law 
enforcement and intelligence agencies to have the trust and cooperation 
of 
the communities who will feel most targeted by these changes."

SEE ALSO:

LAWYER RIPS STORE OWNER'S GUN ARREST AS POST-SEPT. 11 HYSTERIA
Jeff Shields, Sun-Sentinel, 8/2/02
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-calmadi02aug02.story

A Fort Lauderdale convenience store owner arrested by anti-terrorism 
agents 
Wednesday was freed on bond a day later, and his lawyer called the case 
an 
example of post-Sept. 11 hysteria.

Federal officials would not say Thursday why the South Florida Joint 
Terrorism Task Force would target Ali Mahmud al-Madi, 48, of Hollywood, 
on 
a relatively minor gun charge.

Al-Madi was arrested Wednesday, accused of possessing a shotgun with a 
scratched-out serial number, and his Hollywood home was searched.

He faces up to five years in prison if convicted..."The kind of case 
he's 
facing is a common one and, but for his name, there wouldn't be such a 
commotion," said lawyer David Vinikoor...

SUNRISE MAN DENIED BAIL
Jeff Shields and Tanya Weinberg, Sun-Sentinel, 8/2/02
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-chassoun02aug02.story

Supporters of Adham Hassoun, a computer programmer from Sunrise who 
befriended alleged "dirty bomber" Jose Padilla in the 1990s, blasted 
the 
justice system Thursday after an immigration judge refused to release 
Hassoun on bail.

After two days of testimony and evidence, Immigration Judge Neale 
Foster 
declared Hassoun, 40, a Palestinian from Lebanon, a potential danger to 
the 
community based on evidence presented in a sealed courtroom.

Agents from the South Florida Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested 
Hassoun 
on June 12 because of his connection to Padilla, who converted to Islam 
in 
South Florida and was a friend of Hassoun's...

Hassoun has denied that he supports terrorism and dismissed media 
accounts 
that he had recent contact with Padilla. His attorney, Akhtar Hussain, 
said 
he was shocked at the nature of the proceedings in Immigration Court at 
Krome detention center, which he said were closed to the public over 
his 
objection.

"I have never seen anything like this in my 22 years in practice -- 
there 
is no evidence, no witnesses, nothing," said Hussain, who said he was 
prevented from subpoenaing witnesses to rebut government evidence.

"They did not rebut my client's denials. They have no one there to back 
up 
what they're saying," Hussain said. "I would be satisfied if they 
brought 
something; then I could counter that. How can I counter a ghost?..."

READING? SOMEBODY MAY BE WATCHING
J. Michael Kennedy, Los Angeles Times, 7/29/02
http://www.latimes.com/la-lv-secrecy29jul29.story

Even as Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft fielded congressional criticisms last 
week 
over the Justice Department's wide-ranging anti-terrorism tactics, some 
librarians and booksellers have concerns of their own.

They are awaiting a detailed accounting, now being compiled by the 
Justice 
Department, that will reveal, among other things, just how many times 
federal investigators have secretly monitored the bookstore purchases 
and 
library checkouts of Americans in their search for terrorists.

That accounting, ordered in June by the House Judiciary Committee, 
covers a 
wide range of surveillance issues, but Judith Krug, the outspoken 
director 
of the office for intellectual freedom for the American Library Assn., 
will 
be paying particular attention to how question No. 12 is answered. That 
one 
asks the FBI to enumerate how many times the federal law enforcement 
agency 
has used its new powers to secretly search the once-confidential 
records of 
public libraries and bookstores.

She, for one, thinks such searches are a waste of time and an 
infringement 
on privacy. But the FBI's answer could shed light on whether the 
nation's 
readers are being monitored more closely than at any other time in the 
nation's history...

"This has a terrible chilling effect," said Leigh Estabrook, director 
of 
the Library Research Center at the University of Illinois. "I think 
it's a 
terrible thing..."

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MUSLIM, ARAB VENDORS BOYCOTT 'BIASED' NEW YORK POST
Reuters, 8/2/02

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hundreds of Muslim and Arab-American newspaper 
vendors 
in New York are boycotting the New York Post, accusing Rupert Murdoch's 
tabloid of bias against Muslims, protest organizers said Thursday.

A flyer distributed throughout Brooklyn -- the most populous of New 
York's 
five boroughs -- urges people to stop buying, selling or even reading 
the 
Post, in light of the "increasing level of hatred" in the aftermath of 
the 
Sept. 11 on the United States by Arab hijackers.

"We met with people from the Post twice and we asked them to stop 
spreading 
the hate in our society. They refused," said Zein Rimawi of the 
Brooklyn-based Arab-American Muslim Federation that is coordinating the 
campaign...

Rimawi said a number of mosques and Arab churches, concerned that the 
newspaper's domestic coverage and its reporting on the 
Israeli-Palestinian 
conflict is biased against Arabs and Muslims, are backing the action, 
which 
started small, by word-of-mouth...

Rimawi said he hoped vendors in New Jersey would join the boycott next 
month and said organizers are now looking to enlist the help of larger 
Muslim groups such as the Islamic Circle of North America...

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VEILED MESSAGES
Sean Salai, Washington Times, 8/2/02
http://www.washtimes.com/culture/20020802-14802992.htm

The veil has symbolized mystery and purity throughout history and 
across 
many cultures. Its roots are in the East, tied intimately to religion 
and 
ethnic customs, but it has moved gradually into Western pop culture.

Today, the veil "has become so ubiquitous that everyone seems to have 
formed an opinion about it," says University of Texas Middle Eastern 
studies professor Faegheh Shirazi. "The various connotations it has, 
the 
many emotions it arouses, testify to its continuing, perhaps even 
growing, 
significance in the modern world..."

"Modern girls who would not wear a hijab two or three years ago are 
wearing 
them on American campuses right now," says Faiz Rehman of the American 
Muslim Council, a Washington-based advocacy group. "Women wearing 
hijabs 
weren't a common part of the American cultural landscape before 
September 
11, but they are now..."

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STATE JUDGE FINDS THAT ISLAMIC PROMISE IS VALID CONTRACT
Jeffrey Gold, Associated Press, 8/2/02

NEWARK, N.J. - Just before she was married at her parent's home six 
years 
ago, Houida Saadeh and her groom, Zuhair Odatalla, signed their Islamic 
marriage license. It included the terms of the traditional gift a groom 
makes to his bride.

Those terms, known as a "mahr" agreement, said Odatalla was obligated 
to 
pay "prompt one golden pound coin; postponed ten thousand U.S. 
dollars." 
During the ceremony, he handed Saadeh a gold coin. Eight days later, 
they 
were also married in a civil ceremony. In October 1999, the couple 
separated and the $10,000 Saadeh believed she was due from the mahr 
agreement became part of the divorce lawsuit.

Now, a landmark ruling by a state judge found that the traditional 
promise 
is fair game for civil authorities, and that Odatalla should pay. The 
ruling on the clash of secular law with the religious custom of the 
mahr is 
believed to be the first in New Jersey, and only one of a handful 
around 
the nation.

The judge agreed with Saadeh that the court could intervene without 
violating the constitutional separation of church and state. Superior 
Court 
Judge John E. Selser III reasoned he did not have to interpret any 
religious doctrine to make the ex-husband pay up...

"I think if courts are used to enforce agreements in a wide variety of 
contractual issues, I think this is appropriate," said Ibrahim Hooper, 
spokesman for the Council on American Islamic Relations in Washington, 
D.C...

The ruling is also important because a mahr is part of all Islamic 
marriage 
contracts, Saadeh's lawyer said. Abed Awad estimated there are about 1 
million such contracts in the United States...

"With this decision, I believe it will make it easier for wives to 
recover 
their rightful mahr. In addition it will give religious clerics more 
teeth 
for enforcement," Awad said.

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UNIVERSITY ASKS JUDGE TO DISMISS FIVE FROM SUIT OVER ISLAMIC BOOK
Associated Press, 8/2/02

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Lawyers for the University of North Carolina are 
asking 
a judge to dismiss from a lawsuit five people who claim a requirement 
for 
new students to read a book on Islam violates their First Amendment 
rights.

The suit was filed last month by a Christian organization, the American 
Family Association Center for Law & Policy, on behalf of three unnamed 
students and two taxpayers.

In essence, the papers filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in 
Greensboro 
ask the judge to throw the suit out because these are the only five 
people 
now suing the Chapel Hill school over this issue. Motions the 
university 
filed Thursday ask that two North Carolina taxpayers - James Yacovelli 
and 
Terry Moffitt - be removed from the case because they cannot prove that 
they will be personally injured by the required reading. They also 
cannot 
prove, the motions say, that they will benefit if the requirement is 
lifted.

The university also is asking that three anonymous students not be 
allowed 
to sue because they have no grounds, under court rules, to remain 
anonymous. They cannot, for example, prove they have any reason to 
suspect 
they will be harmed - physically or mentally - if named, the motions 
say...

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KGB SUCCESSOR IMPLICATED IN MOSCOW BOMBINGS
Steve Gutterman, Associated Press, 7/26/02
http://www.ocregister.com/sitearchives/2002/7/26/nation_world/26chechcci1

MOSCOW -- A former Russian security agent offered evidence Thursday 
meant 
to support his claim that the KGB's successor, not Islamic militants, 
engineered a series of deadly bombings that thrust Russia into a new 
war in 
Chechnya in 1999.

In a video link with Britain, where he fled two years ago, Alexander 
Litvinenko said he received the evidence in a statement from Achimez 
Gochiyayev, who Russia claims was paid $500,000 by a rebel warlord to 
organize two apartment-building bombings in Moscow...

A few weeks after the last of four apartment-building explosions in 
September 1999 - two in Moscow and two in southern Russia - President 
Boris 
Yeltsin and his prime minister, former KGB agent Vladimir Putin, sent 
Russian troops into Chechnya. Russian officials blamed the blasts on 
Chechen rebels, though rebel leaders denied involvement and suggested 
the 
security service organized them to justify the military campaign...

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OP-ED: HOW TO REKINDLE THE PEACE PROCESS
Marwan Muasher, Washington Post, 8/2/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A33987-2002Aug1.html

As Arab diplomats representing countries that have either signed peace 
treaties with Israel or, in the case of Saudi Arabia, successfully 
advanced 
a viable framework for comprehensive peace in the region, we were 
heartened 
to hear President Bush reaffirm his personal commitment to a two-state 
solution...

On the day that the leadership of the Islamic Resistance Movement, or 
Hamas, confirmed that these talks were in fact serious, Israeli Prime 
Minister Ariel Sharon ordered the assassination of Hamas's military 
chief, 
Salah Shehada. The one-ton bomb claimed not only 15 innocent civilian 
lives 
but the fragile optimism that was born of our discussions in New York 
and 
Washington...

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OFFICIALS ADMIT ARMY KILLED KASHMIR CIVILIANS
Shaikh Azizur Rahman, Washington Times, 8/2/02
http://www.washingtontimes.com/world/20020802-96821384.htm

ANANTNAG, India - Indian army troops hunting for terrorists involved in 
an 
attack in Kashmir killed and buried innocent civilians, and when 
protests 
by villagers forced exhumation of their bodies, they fudged DNA tests 
to 
try to prove that the remains were those of Pakistani militants, 
government 
reports have revealed.

Human rights groups frequently have reported abuses by the Indian army 
in 
the territory claimed by both India and Pakistan, but the incident is 
one 
of a few cases of excesses conceded by government officials...

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OHIO INTERFAITH ASSOCIATION HOLDS FORUM ON GUJARAT MASSACRES

WHAT: Forum titled "Massacres in the Land of Gandhi: Past, Present, and 
Future"
WHERE: Upper Arlington Municipal Service Center, 3600 Tremont Road 
(Tremont 
and Kenny Road) in Upper Arlington.
WHEN: Friday, August 1, 2002, 3:30 p.m.
SPEAKER: Mrs. Shabnam Hashmi

CO-SPONSORS: Council on American Islamic Relations - Ohio Chapter,
Islamic Foundation of Central Ohio, Islamic Society of Greater
Columbus, Indian Muslim Relief Committee, Indian Minority Council, Sikh
Educational and Religious Foundation, Metropolitan Area Church Council

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PALESTINIAN SOCCER PLAYER LEFT HOMELESS BY ISRAEL
Mark Heinrich, Reuters, 8/2/02

RAFAH REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip, Aug 2 (Reuters) - Many international 
footballers are privileged jet-setters, but Palestinian midfielder 
Jamal 
Mazmi el-Houly was without a home on Friday after the Israeli army 
demolished it.

"They came at 2 a.m., and told us by loudspeaker, 'Stay and you will 
die, 
leave and you will live'. We fled in minutes. There was no time to 
retrieve 
my medals from international tourneys," the 27-year-old Houly said.

He stood next to the remains of the three-storey home he shared with 
his 
wife, three sons, a brother and wife and their five children, and his 
parents in the Rafah refugee camp on the Gaza Strip's border with 
Egypt.

Their house was now just one more rubble heap in a swathe of desert 
wasteland slashed through a border neighbourhood by the Israeli army in 
raids its says are against gunmen and to destroy tunnels used to 
smuggle 
weapons from Egypt to the Gaza Strip...

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U.N. JENIN REPORT "FLAWED"
Human Rights Watch, 8/2/02
http://hrw.org/press/2002/08/jenin080202.htm

(New York, August 2, 2002) The U.N. report on events in Jenin is 
seriously 
flawed, Human Rights Watch said today. The report, mandated by a U.N. 
General Assembly resolution after Israeli objections forced the 
Secretary-General to disband a U.N. fact-finding team, largely limits 
itself to presenting competing accounts of the events during the 
Israeli 
military operations.

"The report doesn't move us forward in terms of establishing the 
truth," 
said Hanny Megally, executive director of the Middle East and North 
Africa 
Division of Human Rights Watch. "Its watered-down account of the very 
serious violations in Jenin exposes the risk of compiling a report 
without 
any first-hand information..."

Human Rights Watch researchers spent three weeks on the ground, 
including 
in Jenin camp, immediately following the operation. Researchers 
gathered 
detailed accounts from victims and witnesses, carefully corroborating 
and 
independently crosschecking their accounts with those of others to 
reconstruct a detailed picture of events in the camp in April 2002. The 
findings were published in a 52-page report, "Jenin: IDF Military 
Operations." (http://hrw.org/reports/2002/israel3/)

In early May, the Israel Defense Forces made a commitment to 
investigate 
every incident documented in the report. To date, Human Rights Watch 
has 
had no response from the IDF as to the progress of any such 
investigations.

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ISRAEL CALLS GAZA BOMBING A MISTAKE
RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, Associated Press, 8/2/02

JERUSALEM (AP) - The Israeli military said Friday that faulty 
intelligence 
was to blame for the deaths of 14 civilians - most of them women and 
children - in an air attack on a Gaza City apartment building that 
successfully targeted and killed a Hamas military leader last month.

In a statement summarizing the military investigation of the incident, 
the 
army said it regretted the civilian deaths. The army also said the 
attack 
never would have been launched if authorities had known women and 
children 
were in the building with Salah Shehadeh, head of the Hamas military 
wing.

Israel faced widespread world criticism for the attack...

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* CAIR-NY ANNUAL FUNDRAISING BANQUET AUGUST 25
* A LEGAL BATTLE ON THE LIMITS OF CIVIL LIBERTY (New York Times)
         - JUDGE RULES U.S. MUST RELEASE DETAINEES' NAMES (Washington 
Post)
         - U.S. MUSLIMS FEEL THEY ARE TARGETS IN WAR ON TERROR 
(Washington 
Post)
         - HATE WAVE TARGETS MUSLIMS (Deseret News)
* HOW WE'LL REMEMBER SEPT. 11 (Atlanta Journal)
         - MEDITATE, RETREAT TO 'PRAYER CLOSET' (Patriot-News)
* BUSH READY TO DECLARE WAR (The Observer)
* PBS DOCUMENTARY EXAMINES HINDU FUNDAMENTALISM
         - INDIAN CHIEF JUSTICE TO SPEAK IN MASS.
* ISRAELI SOLDIERS HARASS MEDICAL PERSONNEL (Ha'aretz)
* ISRAELI FORCES DESTROY NINE HOMES OF PALESTINIAN ATTACKERS (AP)
* COLLECTIVE EFFORT CAN END CONFLICT IN MIDDLE EAST (Charleston 
Gazette)

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A LEGAL BATTLE ON THE LIMITS OF CIVIL LIBERTY
Adam Liptak, Neil A. Lewis and Benjamin Weiser, New York Times, 8/4/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/08/04/national/04CIVI.html

In the fearful aftermath of Sept. 11, Attorney General John Ashcroft 
vowed 
to use the full might of the federal government and "every available 
statute" to hunt down and punish "the terrorists among us."

The roundup that followed the attacks, conducted with wartime urgency 
and 
uncommon secrecy, led to the detentions of more than 1,200 people 
suspected 
of violating immigration laws, being material witnesses to terrorism or 
fighting for the enemy. The government's effort has produced few if any 
law 
enforcement coups. Most of the detainees have since been released or 
deported, with fewer than 200 still being held.

But it has provoked a sprawling legal battle, now being waged in 
federal 
courthouses around the country, that experts say has begun to redefine 
the 
delicate balance between individual liberties and national security.

The main combatants are the attorney general and federal prosecutors on 
one 
side and a network of public defenders, immigration and criminal 
defense 
lawyers, civil libertarians and some constitutional scholars on the 
other, 
with federal judges in between…

SEE ALSO:

JUDGE RULES U.S. MUST RELEASE DETAINEES' NAMES
Steve Fainaru and Dan Eggen, Washington Post, 8/3/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A36767-2002Aug2.html

A federal judge in Washington yesterday ordered the Justice Department 
to 
release the names of more than 1,000 people detained in the 
investigation 
of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, saying the information was essential 
to 
verifying that the government is "operating within the bounds of the 
law."

If upheld, the decision would reverse a central tenet of the Bush 
administration's secrecy policy, which also has included closed court 
hearings and prohibitions on release of otherwise routine criminal 
justice 
information. Authorities have said release of the names could aid 
future 
terror plots, affect the ongoing investigation and violate the 
detainees' 
privacy…

The ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed by the Center for 
National 
Security Studies and 21 other organizations, including Human Rights 
Watch, 
Amnesty International USA, the American Civil Liberties Union and the 
Council on American Islamic Relations. Under the Freedom of Information 
Act, the organizations requested the names of the detainees, the 
identities 
of their lawyers, the identities of courts presiding over their cases 
and 
all government documents relating to the policy…

MUSLIM AMERICANS FEEL THEY ARE TARGETS IN WAR ON TERROR
Robert E. Pierre, Washington Post, 8/4/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A39673-2002Aug3.html

DEARBORN, Mich. - To the outside world, the Arab Americans in this 
community are adjusting well to the heightened scrutiny they receive 
from 
law enforcement, cooperating with interviews and proudly displaying 
their 
American flags.

But inside, said Don Unis, a U.S. citizen of Lebanese descent, people 
are 
upset, anxious and increasingly angry at what they perceive as a war -- 
domestically and abroad -- on Arabs and Muslims.

Their relatives have been called in for random interviews. Their 
brethren 
are being held in U.S. jails on suspicion of terrorism, some without a 
hint 
from the government about their alleged crimes. And there is a 
widespread 
perception that few Americans understand -- or care -- what they're 
going 
through.

Particularly chilling for them were the comments July 19 from a member 
of 
the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights -- since rejected by the full panel 
-- 
that raised the specter of internment camps for Arab Americans if there 
is 
another terrorist attack on U.S. soil…

"Some people will not go to court [even on traffic violations] because 
they 
feel they will automatically be guilty," said Zawaideh, a U.S. citizen 
who 
is originally from Jordan and owns a travel agency here. "They are 
choosing 
to pay a fine instead.

"Women are being followed in their cars for wearing a hijab. One woman 
had 
her health insurance dropped by a company that told her, 'We don't sell 
to 
immigrants.' We don't know what rules, what rights we have as U.S. 
citizens..."

The comments by a Bush appointee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights 
only inflamed the situation. At the hearing, held in downtown Detroit, 
Commissioner Peter Kirsanow said that "if there's another terrorist 
attack 
and if it's from a certain ethnic community or certain ethnicities that 
the 
terrorists are from, you can forget about civil rights in this 
country."

A Cleveland lawyer, Kirsanow later added that another attack could lead 
to 
internment camps such as those built to hold Japanese Americans in 
World 
War II. "Not too many people will be crying in their beer if there are 
more 
detentions, more stops, more profiling. There will be a groundswell of 
public opinion to banish civil rights," Kirsanow said…

HATE WAVE TARGETS MUSLIMS
Norma Harrison, Deseret News, 8/4/02
http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,405021951,00.html

A deadly shooting rampage leaves three fatally wounded in a Houston 
Vietnamese restaurant. The sign for a new mosque and Muslim cultural 
center 
in Boca Raton, Fla., gets torched beyond recognition. And in Heber, a 
fire 
is intentionally set in a motel run by a Pakistani-American family, 
causing 
$100,000 in damage.

All three happened within the past two weeks. And each is being 
described 
by investigators as likely hate crimes against members of the Islamic 
community in revenge for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks nearly a year 
ago 
on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Such incidents began to occur immediately in the wake of the suicide 
hijackings and crashes in New York City, Washington, D.C., and 
Pennsylvania 
that killed 3,000 Americans and others from 80 countries around the 
globe. 
Around the nation, Muslims and people of South Asian and Middle Eastern 
descent became victims of racially motivated crimes, targets of verbal 
abuse, harassment and other forms of ostracism.

With the anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in this nation's 
history 
approaching, another wave of hate crimes seems to be building here and 
elsewhere…

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HOW WE'LL REMEMBER SEPT. 11
DON PLUMMER, RON TAYLOR, Atlanta Journal, 8/4/02
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/news/0802/04teranniversary.html

How do you mark the first year of a war that cannot be seen and a grief 
that does not end?

The anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on America will be 
commemorated with tolling bells, common prayers and moments of silence, 
but 
a big part of the observance will be simply trying not to offend a 
nation 
still mourning the dramatic loss of 3,056 lives…

Continuing to try to heal the tensions between Islam, the faith of the 
hijackers, and followers of other faiths in America, the American 
Muslim 
Political Coordination Council is calling on mosques across the country 
to 
observe an interfaith National Day of Unity and Prayer.

Muslim clerics in Atlanta will join leaders from Buddhist, Jewish, 
Hindu 
and Baha'i congregations at the Ebenezer service, sponsored by the 
Faith 
Alliance of Metro Atlanta, established as a response to Sept. 11…

SEE ALSO:

MEDITATE, RETREAT TO 'PRAYER CLOSET'
MARY WARNER, Patriot-News (PA), 8/2/02
http://www.pennlive.com/news/patriotnews/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/news/102828081933230.xml

Both the National Council of Churches and a coalition of American 
Muslim 
groups are calling for interfaith observances on Sept. 11.

This was the statement from the Muslims: "It is imperative that all 
Americans come together on the first anniversary of the terrorist 
attacks 
to show that we are united as a nation and to reject efforts by any 
parties, whether overseas or within our borders, to divide the United 
States along religious or ethnic lines…We join our fellow citizens in 
mourning those who were killed or injured on that fateful day."

The coalition includes the Council on American-Islamic Relations and 
three 
other American Muslim groups…

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BUSH READY TO DECLARE WAR
Peter Beaumont, Gaby Hinsliff and Paul Beaver, The Observer, 8/4/02
http://www.observer.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,769064,00.html

President George W. Bush will announce within weeks that he intends to 
depose Iraq's ruler, Saddam Hussein, by force, setting the stage for a 
war 
in the Gulf this winter.

Amid signs of active preparations for a war within six months, senior 
officials on both sides of the Atlantic have said that war against Iraq 
is 
now inevitable.

'The expectation is that President Bush will make a final decision on 
the 
timing of a war over the course of August. That would be followed by 
British-led efforts to get a mandate for action at the UN, either under 
existing resolutions or a new UN resolution,' said one senior source…

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PBS DOCUMENTARY EXAMINES HINDU FUNDAMENTALISM

Soul of a Nation
Thurs., Sept. 19 at 9pm ET
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/wideangle/about/film10.html

The bloody conflict between Hindus and Muslims in North Western India 
is at 
the forefront of a struggle for India's identity, led by an 
increasingly 
powerful Hindu fundamentalist movement whose goal is to turn India into 
a 
Hindu nation. Over the last three months, some 2,000 Muslims have been 
killed in the Province of Gujarat, and more than 100,000 Muslims have 
been 
forced to flee to refugee camps. Meanwhile extremist Hindu private 
schools 
are spreading rapidly across India. Will India, home to more than a 
billion 
people, continue to be the multi-ethnic, religiously diverse, secular, 
and 
tolerant society that Gujarat's Mahatma Gandhi attempted to create? Or 
will 
the nation be split -- by a Hindu fundamentalist movement hoping to 
rise to 
power by fanning the winds of religious extremism?

SEE ALSO:

INDIAN CHIEF JUSTICE TO SPEAK IN MASS.

WHAT: JUSTICE A.M. AHMADI, FORMER CHIEF JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT OF INDIA 
TO
SPEAK ON GUJARAT
WHEN: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
WHERE: WAYLAND MOSQUE (MASS.)
WHO TO CONTACT: OMAR KHALIDI, 1-508-647-4857; 617-258-5597

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ISRAELI SOLDIERS HARASS MEDICAL PERSONNEL

Jenin checkpoint, 4 P.M.
Gideon Levy, Ha'aretz, 8/4/02
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=193807&contrassID=2&subContrassID=4&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y

We are behind the ambulance. Waiting. A quarter of an hour passes. No 
soldier approaches the vehicle. Another half-hour goes by. Still 
nothing. 
The ambulance driver, Mahmoud Karmi, does not lose his cool. He always 
waits here between an hour and two hours before the soldiers come over. 
So 
far, an hour and a quarter has passed since he arrived at the 
checkpoint.

Following a phone call to the office of the IDF Spokesperson and a 
further 
wait, two soldiers descend from their position. In a lordly manner, 
they 
gesture for the ambulance to approach. The driver says he is afraid the 
soldiers will get back at him because we phoned the IDF Spokesperson. A 
brief check by the soldiers and the ambulance is allowed to proceed. 
It's 
worth keeping in mind that this is the road between Jenin and Jalma, 
not a 
road to Israel (between Jenin and Israel there is another checkpoint, 
at 
Jalma). The soldiers, of course, did not know the destination of the 
waiting ambulance or who it was carrying - an injured child, a dying 
man, a 
woman in labor.

One of the soldiers afterward told us that this was the order they had 
been 
given: to delay ambulances. The endless complaints about ambulances 
being 
delayed are more than confirmed by an eyewitness account…

This ugly and inhumane phenomenon of hazing and harassing ambulances 
stems 
from a deeper source: from the soldiers' basic attitude toward the 
Palestinian population. It's doubtful that the soldiers at the Jenin 
checkpoint delayed the ambulance because they were ordered to do so by 
their commanders. It's more likely that they thought this was the way 
Palestinian ambulances should be treated.

In the perception of the soldiers at the checkpoint, a Palestinian is 
not a 
person like them, he is part "human dust" and part potential enemy, so 
they 
have the right to do with him almost anything that strikes their fancy. 
It 
is likely that none of the soldiers tried to imagine a similar 
situation in 
which an ambulance carrying his mother or his father was being delayed. 
Nor, by the same token, did any of them consider how he would feel 
toward 
whoever was responsible for the delay.

We have regressed to dark days. If, after the Oslo Accords, the IDF 
started 
to become aware that the Palestinian population should be treated 
differently and did not consist entirely of "troublemakers," we have 
now 
returned to the old and bad conceptions - that a good Palestinian is 
one 
who is humiliated, harassed and ground into the dirt.

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ISRAELI FORCES DESTROY NINE HOMES OF PALESTINIAN ATTACKERS
NASSER SHIYOUKHI, Associated Press, 8/4/02

HEBRON, West Bank (AP) - Israel stepped up its policy of demolishing 
homes 
of Palestinian militants, blowing up nine houses Sunday in three 
separate 
parts of the West Bank as part of an effort to discourage attacks…

Israel first began demolishing the homes of Palestinian attackers 
decades 
ago, but had largely abandoned the controversial policy in recent 
years. It 
revived the tactic in recent weeks, and the tearing down of nine houses 
on 
Sunday was the largest one-day effort so far…

"We weren't able to get anything out, they also told the neighbors to 
leave 
their homes," Dufish said. "They put dynamite and there was a big 
explosion, even the houses around this one were severely damaged." He 
said 
eight people lived in the one-story house.

A pink quilt covered in dust lay beside mattresses and pillows in the 
rubble of the Dufish home.

People picked through the remains of the Duek house, collecting 
tattered 
photographs and scattered pages of the Quran, Islam's holy book. An 
elderly 
woman sat among the wreckage crying, her black handbag at her feet.

On slabs of concrete were spraypainted slogans: "This is the peace of 
the 
brave," a sarcastic comment on the 1993 Israeli-Palestinian peace 
accord, 
and, "Another heroic deed from the criminal (Prime Minister Ariel) 
Sharon."

So far, the house demolitions do not appear to have deterred the 
Palestinian militants…

Many Palestinian homes house large extended families, and Palestinians 
have 
complained that the actions punish those not involved in the attacks.

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COLLECTIVE EFFORT CAN END CONFLICT IN MIDDLE EAST
Rachel Dash and Raheel R. Khan, Charleston Gazette, 8/2/02
http://www.wvgazette.com/display_story.php3?sid=2002080137

Peace without justice can never be a lasting one. Violence will end 
only 
when the peoples of both sides have reason to believe in a safe and 
secure 
future, when they can enjoy political freedom, self-determination, 
physical 
security and economic opportunity…

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 8/5/2002

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: DO NOT PASS JUDGMENT WHILE ANGRY
* ISLAM BLOOMS IN GENOCIDE'S WAKE (Chicago Tribune)
* OP-ED: EXITING A DEAD END (Washington Post)
* 9/11 BRINGS A NEW INTEREST IN METRO AREA (Detroit Free Press)
* ANNIVERSARY OF 9-11 ATTACKS WILL BRING NONSTOP COVERAGE (Orlando 
Sentinel)
* WHY WE NEED HEAVEN (Newsweek)
* WAMY CHIEF JOHANI DIES IN CAR CRASH (Arab News)
* THE SMOKING GUN! OFFICIAL COURT DOCUMENTS PROVE MAJETTE LIED,
CONCEALED COURT RECORDS (cynthia2002.com)
* FL LECTURE ON THE FEMALE VICTIMS OF THE VIOLENCE IN GUJARAT

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HADITH OF THE DAY: DO NOT PASS JUDGMENT WHILE ANGRY

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "A judge should not pass 
judgment between two people while he is in an angry mood."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 9, Hadith 272

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ISNA CONFERENCE

Volunteers are needed to help staff CAIR's booth at the upcoming ISNA 
convention in Washington, D.C., from August 30th to September 2nd, 
2002. 
For more information about volunteering, please contact Sr. Isra'a 
Abdul-Rahman at irahman@cair-net.org.

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ISLAM BLOOMS IN GENOCIDE'S WAKE
Rwandans jump to faith they view as tolerant
Laurie Goering, Chicago Tribune, 8/5/02
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0208050150aug05.story

Long before the call to prayer begins each Friday at noon, Rwanda's 
Muslim 
faithful jam the main mosque in Kigali's Nyamirambo neighborhood, the 
overflow crowd spreading prayer rugs on the mosque steps, over the red 
earth parking lot and out the front gate.

Almost a decade after a horrific genocide left 800,000 Rwandans dead 
and 
shook the faith of this predominantly Christian nation, Islam, once 
seen as 
a fringe religion, has surged in popularity. Women in bright tangerine, 
scarlet and blue headscarves stroll the bustling streets of the capital 
beside men in long white tunics and embroidered caps. Mosques and 
Islamic 
schools are overflowing with students. Today about 14 percent of 
Rwandans 
consider themselves Muslim, up from about 7 percent before the 
genocide.

"We're everywhere," says Sheik Saleh Habimana, the leader of Rwanda's 
burgeoning Muslim community, which has mosques in nearly all of the 
country's cities and towns...

 From April to June 1994, militias and mobs from the country's ethnic 
Hutu 
majority hunted and murdered hundreds of thousands of ethnic Tutsis at 
the 
government's urging. Within a few months, three of four Tutsis in the 
country had been hacked to death, often with machetes or hoes. More 
than 
100,000 suspected killers eventually were jailed.

The genocide stunned Rwanda's Christian community. While clergy in many 
communities struggled to protect their congregations and died with 
them, 
some prominent Catholic and Protestant leaders joined in the killing 
spree 
and are facing prosecution.

At the same time, Rwanda's Muslims--many of them intermarried 
Tutsi-Hutu 
couples--were opening their homes to thousands of desperate Tutsis. 
Muslim 
families for the most part succeeded in hiding Tutsis from the Hutu 
mobs, 
who feared entering the country's insular Muslim communities...

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OP-ED: EXITING A DEAD END
William Raspberry, Washington Post, 8/5/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A44036-2002Aug4.html

We must not reward terrorism. The White House says it with sorrow. The 
Israeli prime minister says it with impressive determination. Pundits 
say 
it as though it is stone-carved truth.

We must not reward terrorism -- by demolishing the West Bank 
settlements, 
by negotiating with Yasser Arafat (or even accepting the legitimacy of 
his 
leadership), by withdrawing Israeli troops from Palestinian territory 
or, 
above all, by seriously pushing for Palestinian statehood.

The admonition is repeated as though its meaning is crystal clear. But 
what, in fact, does it mean?

It is supposed to mean, of course, that Israel (and the United States, 
its 
chief supporter) will not call off the military action or press for a 
Palestinian homeland in the face of the continuing suicide bombings.

But isn't the implication that all these things will happen if the 
Palestinians stop the suicide bombings, dump Arafat and otherwise 
behave? 
Is it believable that Israel will make -- can make -- the critical 
concessions in the absence of pressure that it could not make at the 
peak 
of pressure? Isn't that like expecting civil rights demonstrators to 
call 
off their marches in the hope that Bull Connor will escort them to the 
registrar's office, or expecting the World Trade Organization to modify 
its 
policies if only the protesters behaved civilly, or expecting 
management to 
accede to labor's demands if the picketers will just shelve their 
embarrassing placards and their nasty threats to strike...?

It isn't as though the ribbon to the new state of Palestine was about 
to be 
cut -- until the suicide bombers canceled the ceremony. Are the 
Palestinians wrong to doubt that statehood will ever be their reward 
for 
good behavior, when no one seemed to pay much attention to their 
distress 
until the intifada?

My reason for mentioning labor disputes and civil rights marches is 
simple: 
Groups that need change understand that relaxing the pressure usually 
works 
against them. The whole point of the pressure is to give the other side 
an 
interest in changing. The Palestinians need change...

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9/11 BRINGS A NEW INTEREST IN METRO AREA
Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 8/5/02
http://www.freep.com/news/metro/center5_20020805.htm

Attracted by its large Arab-American population, human rights activists 
and 
others are flocking to Dearborn and other pockets of metro Detroit to 
learn 
about and work with a community that has drawn increasing national 
attention since Sept. 11. In the last week, the visitors are young 
activists from across the country who are concerned about racial 
profiling, 
detentions, surveillance and other rights issues in the wake of the 
terrorist attacks.

Dubbed the National Youth Mobilization, the event, which ends Thursday, 
includes 7 days of workshops, rallies and meetings with local Arab and 
Muslim representatives...

"We felt that this is an area that needs help the most," said Kate 
Fayette, 
a Detroit law student who helped organize the forums. "The Arab and 
Muslim 
communities are being targeted now."

Dearborn, a city of about 100,000 where 30 percent of the residents are 
of 
Arab descent, has previously attracted visitors interested in learning 
more 
about its Middle Eastern community. But after Sept. 11, the numbers 
picked 
up, local leaders say...

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ANNIVERSARY OF 9-11 ATTACKS WILL BRING NONSTOP COVERAGE
Elizabeth Jensen, Orlando Sentinel, 8/5/02
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/nationworld/orl-aseccoping05080502aug05.story

NEW YORK -- The anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is 
looming as 
an overwhelming media event, with many TV and radio stations promising 
blanket coverage spanning several days, much of it uninterrupted by 
ads...

The coverage is inevitable, he said, so a key is shaping the media 
event. 
One population neglected during the aftermath of the attacks was New 
York's 
Arab and Muslim community, which "didn't feel a part of what everyone 
else 
felt, the common experience," Susser said, adding that "one really 
useful 
thing would be to somehow incorporate them into this..."

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WHY WE NEED HEAVEN
Lisa Miller, Newsweek, 8/12/02
http://www.msnbc.com/news/789252.asp?0nw=n2d

The urge for heaven is universal; we need it the way we need love. 
"It's 
threatening to one's entire sense of self" to imagine the end of life, 
says 
Sherwin B. Nuland, author of "How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final 
Chapter." "So essentially we have to convince ourselves that there is 
an 
afterlife. Even those of us who don't believe in one sneakingly wish 
there 
was one..."

If you were writing a travel brochure, hoping to entice a group of 
poor, 
hardscrabble desert people to spend their last dime, you would describe 
your destination the way the Qur'an describes paradise. Sura 55 is a 
song 
devoted in part to the rewards of heaven. It refers to two kinds of 
every 
fruit, upholstered couches, palm trees and pomegranates, and "green, 
green 
pastures."

The Qur'an also says that the faithful will benefit from the attentions 
of 
houris, which many Western scholars translate as virgins, who have very 
white skin and very dark eyes. (The exact number of houris available to 
the 
faithful is not specified; the number 72 or 70, popularized in recent 
news 
stories, may originally have come from early commentaries that most 
scholars believe to be unreliable.)

As John O. Voll, associate director of the Center for Muslim-Christian 
Understanding at Georgetown University, points out, the houris appear 
mostly chronologically early in the book, when the first Muslims were 
living in Mecca, being persecuted and exiled for their monotheism. "The 
promise of rewards had to be stronger than in the days when the Muslims 
were a cohesive, growing society," he says. Most contemporary 
mainstream 
Muslims stick to the Qur'anic notion of heaven's being a bountiful 
garden 
full of sensual pleasure and spiritual bliss beyond what mortals can 
possibly imagine.

Moderate Muslim scholars vehemently dispute the fundamentalist view. 
For 
one thing, descriptions of heaven are metaphorical, human attempts to 
describe the indescribable, these scholars say. For another, Muslim 
teachings contain strict injunctions against suicide. And while Islamic 
texts do promise heaven to soldiers who give their lives for Allah, 
they 
require those soldiers be engaged in what contemporary Westerners would 
call a "just war." "There's a verse in the Qur'an that says, 'If you've 
killed one innocent person it's as if you've killed all of humanity'," 
says 
Basit Koshul, a lecturer in comparative religion at Concordia College, 
in 
Moorhead, Minn. "To kill someone unjustly and then say to yourself that 
you're going to go to heaven and won't have to submit to judgment, it's 
very problematic..."

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WAMY CHIEF JOHANI DIES IN CAR CRASH
Javid Hassan, Arab News, 8/5/02
http://www.arabnews.com/Article.asp?ID=17494

RIYADH, 5 August - Maneh ibn Hammad Al-Johani, secretary-general of the 
World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) and a member of the Shoura 
Council, 
died yesterday in a road accident near the King Khaled International 
Airport. He was 60.

Johani was on his way to the airport to take a flight to Jeddah for a 
meeting with Prince Abdullah, the regent. He was admitted to KKIA's 
Community Services Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Funeral prayers for Johani will be held at Al-Rajhi Mosque here today 
after 
Asr prayers.

SEE ALSO:

JOHANI - A GREAT SCHOLAR AND ARDENT PREACHER
http://www.arabnews.com/Article.asp?ID=17497

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For Immediate Release:

Contact: Bill Banks or Bisi Coker, 404-243-5574

THE SMOKING GUN! OFFICIAL COURT DOCUMENTS PROVE MAJETTE LIED,
CONCEALED COURT RECORDS
http://www.cynthia2002.com/news/news_release08-05-2002.htm

(Monday, August 5, 2002) In a startling revelation, an official court 
document proves Congressional candidate Denise Majette both concealed 
court 
records and lied about their concealment.  The document, produced on 
March 
20, 1998 by DeKalb County Court reporter Sharon L. Jones, directly 
contradicts Majette's public denial of concealing court records.

Judy Woodruff of CNN's Inside Politics reported on July 30, 2002 that 
"Majette denies McKinney's allegations that she hid trial records to 
cover 
up mistakes that she made as a state court judge that deprived innocent 
people of their rights."

In a handwritten note that was part of the official record, Jones 
confirms 
Majette's instruction to her that "there is no transcript in this 
case," 
despite Jones' presence as the court reporter on January 20, 1998 (Case 
#97070537) where she took down all the proceedings in court, including 
Majette's.

"The facts couldn't be clearer," said Bill Banks, campaign manager of 
the 
McKinney for Congress campaign, "Majette concealed records and lied 
about 
their existence."

"By concealing court records and lying about it, Majette actively 
sought to 
deprive someone of justice by abusing her position of legal authority," 
Banks said.

Congresswoman McKinney said,  "When Judge Majette takes away one 
person's 
rights, she's a threat to the rights of everyone in Georgia.  One of 
the 
most important things I do in Congress is to serve as an advocate and 
defender of the rights of people."

"In Congress I'll keep crooked CEO's and out-of-control judges from 
abusing 
their power and taking away our rights," McKinney said.

The Facts

Hamilton vs. Majette
CN: 98-4809-01

1998 Judge Majette refused to let her court reporter turn over court 
transcripts to Defendant Hamilton, who was preparing an appeal to a 
case 
where she felt Majette ruled unfairly against her.  In a hand written 
note, 
the court reporter said that she "was instructed by Judge Majette that 
'there is no transcript in this case.'" (Hamilton vs. Majette)  But 
when 
faced with a hearing aimed at forcing her to turn over the transcripts, 
Majette turned them over the day before the hearing.

Available upon request are the official records, including the 
handwritten 
note from the court reporter.

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FL LECTURE ON THE FEMALE VICTIMS OF THE VIOLENCE IN GUJARAT

WHERE: Miniaci Performing Arts Center, Nova Southeastern University, 
Davie, 
Florida
WHEN: Sunday, August 18, 5 p.m.
SPEAKERS: Mrs. Shabnam Hashmi, Human Rights Activist, India
Dr. Cynthia Irvin, Dept. of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, NSU

Cosponsors of August 18, 2002 program: SASA (Social Action/Social 
Awareness) at NSU, NSU Graduate School of Humanities and Social 
Sciences, 
NSU Department of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Miami-Dade County 
Commission of Women, Commission of Women, City of Miami, CAIR (Council 
of 
American Islamic Relations), IMRC (Indian Muslim Relief Committee)

For more information please email at hammack@nova.edu or 
aliasma@hotmail.com or call 954-821-2378.

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE.)

Contact Sean Hannity to ask that he offer a more balanced portrayal of 
Islam and Islamic beliefs.

CONTACT: hannity@foxnews.com, james.grisham@abc.com, colmes@foxnews.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FRANKLIN GRAHAM SMEARS ISLAM AGAIN
Evangelist says Quran preaches violence, terrorism "mainstream" in 
Islam

(WASHINGTON, D.C. - 8/6/02) - A prominent American Muslim civil rights 
and 
advocacy group is again calling on mainstream political and religious 
leaders to speak out against the growing number of extremist right-wing 
and 
evangelical commentators who seek to demonize Islam and Muslims.

That call from the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR) came after another attack on Islam by Christian evangelist 
Franklin 
Graham. In two media appearances yesterday, Graham said terrorism is 
part 
of "mainstream" Islam and claimed the Quran, Islam's revealed text, 
"preaches violence."

On Fox News cable network's "Hannity & Colmes" program, Graham, after 
repeatedly refusing to deny that Islam is "evil," said: "I think it's 
[terrorism] more mainstream. And it's not just a handful of extremists. 
If 
you buy the Koran, read it for yourself, and it's in there. The 
violence 
that it preaches is there."

Hannity responded by saying: "But this then raises a question. If this 
is 
not, reverend, the extremist fanatical interpretation of the Quran, 
then we 
do have a big problem." Graham replied: "Big problem."

Earlier in the day, Graham appeared on Hannity's nationally-syndicated 
radio program where he made similar remarks and claimed that Muslim 
leaders 
have failed to condemn terrorism, despite the fact that all major 
American 
Muslim groups condemned the 9/11 attacks and other acts of terrorism. 
When 
a Muslim caller tried to offer a balancing view, Hannity cut his 
microphone. When other callers openly stated that "Islam is evil," 
neither 
Graham nor Hannity challenged those bigoted views.

"Mainstream political leaders and religious figures must speak out 
against 
the growing demonization of Islam by extremist right-wing commentators 
and 
by representatives of the evangelical Christian community. Defamatory 
attacks on other faiths can only lead to a spiral of distrust and 
intolerance that will divide our society along religious lines," said 
CAIR 
Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

Hooper quoted the Quran, which states: "Invite (all) to the way of thy 
Lord 
with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that 
are 
best and most gracious." (16:125)

In November of last year, CAIR requested a meeting with Graham to 
discuss 
his remarks that attacked Islam as an "evil and wicked religion." 
Graham 
did not reply to that request. Franklin Graham is the son of Billy 
Graham, 
an internationally-known minister who has counseled a number of world 
leaders. The younger Graham offered the benediction at President Bush's 
swearing-in ceremony.

In June, leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) refused to 
repudiate anti-Muslim statements made at the group's annual conference.

The American Muslim Political Coordination Council (AMPCC), made up of 
the 
nation's four most prominent Muslim political advocacy groups, is 
calling 
on all faith communities to participate in the national observance by 
opening houses of worship on September 11, 2002, for interfaith visits, 
prayers, congregational exchanges, and other activities intended to 
foster 
national unity and religious tolerance. The AMPCC consists of American 
Muslim Alliance (AMA), American Muslim Council (AMC), Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and Muslim Public Affairs Council 
(MPAC).

					- END -

CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-MAIL: 
cair@cair-net.org; Ms. Hodan Hassan, 202-488-8787 or 703-861-7294, 
E-MAIL: 
hhassan@cair-net.org

FOX NEWS: HANNITY & COLMES INTERVIEW WITH FRANKLIN GRAHAM, 8/5/02

COLMES: We now continue with Franklin Graham. You were talking about 
tolerance, you know. And you were widely quoted as saying after 
September 
11 that Islam is a very evil and wicked religion on an NBC show. Do you 
regret that? And do you feel that that could be interpreted as not 
being 
the most tolerant comment?

GRAHAM: Well, first of all, let me just put it this way. If a Roman 
Catholic put on dynamite and walked into a mosque in Saudi Arabia, in 
Medina or Mecca and said in the name of Jesus Christ and the church of 
Rome, I now blow you all up, and then took his life and killed 
everybody 
around him, the pope would be on television within hours denouncing 
this 
man and saying he does not represent the church. He doesn't represent 
Jesus 
Christ. And they would be raising money, not for the family of this 
man, 
but they would be raising money for those Muslim victims that died. 
There 
has not been the condemnation of the clerics.

COLMES: You're right about that.

GRAHAM: Around the world.

COLMES: But the religion itself is not an evil religion?

GRAHAM: Well, there are -- there is no condemnation. Instead the Saudis 
are 
raising funds for not the victims that have been killed in Israel, but 
for 
the families...

COLMES: Right.

GRAHAM: ...of those that are blowing themselves up, that encourage more 
bombings.

COLMES: But is the religion itself evil, in fact?

GRAHAM: Well, you tell me. I mean, just what you see. When people go up 
and 
blow themselves up, and the religious leaders of this religion say 
nothing, 
something's wrong here. And two plus two doesn't add up.

COLMES: But a lot of people would say that doesn't define the entire 
religion. Those are extremists who are not definitive of the religion.

GRAHAM: But I'm asking, you know, why doesn't the Islamic world...

COLMES: Well, I agree with you. I think they...

GRAHAM: ...the Muslim world.

COLMES: ...should be outspoken about it.

GRAHAM: ...how come the clerics in Egypt and the clerics in Saudi 
Arabia, 
the great muftis that are over there, how come they don't stand --come 
on 
your program and say...

COLMES: They should.

GRAHAM: ...what they did is evil, wrong? And it's wicked?

COLMES: I agree with you there.

HANNITY: Well, wait a minute. I want to go a little further here, 
because 
Reverend, you're saying something that I've been saying since September 
11. 
The silence has been deafening.

GRAHAM: Yes.

HANNITY: Why is that? Is it that it is more mainstream than anybody -- 
we 
always say.

GRAHAM: I think it is. I think it's more mainstream. And it's not just 
a 
handful of extremists. If you buy the Koran, read it for yourself, and 
it's 
in there. The violence that it preaches is there.

HANNITY: Jihad.

GRAHAM: Jihad.

HANNITY: Holy war. Take neither Christians nor Jews for your friends. 
Now 
I'll play devil's advocate. I've invited people on. And almost -- 
they'll 
always say that is the misinterpretation.

GRAHAM: Well, first of all, remember, Islam in this country can -- is 
not 
permitted to be taught and carried out.

HANNITY: Yes.

GRAHAM: People are protected. Muslims in this country are protected...

HANNITY: Right.

GRAHAM: ...by the Constitution. They're not allowed to treat women in 
this 
country the way they do in other nations around the world, Islamic 
nations. 
So the Islam you see in this country isn't the same as you see it 
around 
the world. And so Muslims here don't quite have the same understanding 
as 
they do for those that are raised in places like Saudi Arabia, where a 
woman cannot even have a passport unless her father or her husband 
gives it 
to her. She can't drive a car. She has to be veiled.

HANNITY: But this then raises a question. If this is not, reverend, the 
extremist fanatical interpretation of the Koran, then we do have a big 
problem...

GRAHAM: Big problem.

HANNITY: ...with one billion people on the face of this earth that buy 
into 
that.

GRAHAM: Well, no, I believe there are hundreds of millions that are 
nominal 
Muslims. They're not really practicing Muslims. Like a lot of people in 
this country claim to be Christians when they're just nominal 
Christians. 
They may go to church once a year.

HANNITY: Mm-hmm.

GRAHAM: But I think it's the same in the Islamic world. There are many 
who 
don't really buy into this.

HANNITY: You deal with this in your book, the crucial differences 
between 
Islam and Christianity.

GRAHAM: I do.

HANNITY: But the point I was trying to make here then, is it a matter 
that 
we have to persuade or inform? Persuade people not to go with the 
literal 
interpretation or...

GRAHAM: No.

HANNITY: ...inform people that this could be a greater threat than 
anyone 
is willing to speak of?

GRAHAM: It is a greater threat than anyone's willing to speak. And 
it's...

HANNITY: That's scary.

GRAHAM: It is scary.

HANNITY: You scare me.

COLMES: Reverend...

HANNITY: But those -- that literal interpretation scares me.

GRAHAM: Well, it is scary. But listen, my hope is an almighty God. And 
he 
sits on the throne of heaven.

HANNITY: (UNINTELLIGIBLE).

GRAHAM: And for ever person that puts their faith and trust in his son, 
and 
is willing to obey his laws and his decrees, I don't care what religion 
is 
coming up. (UNINTELLIGIBLE). I believe in Jesus Christ.

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 8/6/2002

HEADLINES:

* VERSE OF THE DAY: HONOR EACH OTHER
* FRANKLIN GRAHAM'S NEW BOOK DEFAMES ISLAM
* CAIR-LA ANNUAL FUNDRAISING BANQUET
* BRIEFING DEPICTED SAUDIS AS ENEMIES (Washington Post)
	- PENTAGON DISAVOWS REPORT ON SAUDIS (AP)
* ARAB AMERICANS FEEL ANGRY, SCARED, BETRAYED (Reuters)
	- U.S. LESS INVITING FOR ARAB STUDENTS (Christian Science Monitor)
* OP-ED: SHADOWS AND FOG: THE NEW AMERICAN WAY? (Sun-Sentinel)
* ARABIC, QURAN COURSES POPULAR AT METRO COLLEGES (Atlanta Journal)
* UNHOLY WAR: TERROR IN THE NAME OF ISLAM BY JOHN ESPOSITO 
(Independent)
* TURKISH SECULARISTS SEE RED OVER ISLAMISTS' RISE (Los Angeles Times)
* U.S. MAY MOVE CONSULATE IN ISRAEL (AP)
	- ISRAELI COURT UPHOLDS RIGHT TO DESTROY HOMES (New York Times)
	- ISRAEL PLANS TO STRIP "TERRORISTS" OF CITIZENSHIP (Reuters)
	- PALESTINIAN CHILDREN IN CRISIS (Washington Post)
* CULTURES OF CARE (Washington Post)

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VERSE OF THE DAY: HONOR EACH OTHER

"O mankind! We created you from a male and a female and made you into 
nations and tribes that you may know and honor each other (not that you 
should despise one another). Indeed the most honorable of you in the 
sight 
of God is the most righteous."

The Holy Quran, Chapter 49, Verse 13

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FRANKLIN GRAHAM'S NEW BOOK DEFAMES ISLAM

Defamatory excerpts from Franklin Graham's new book "The Name"
http://www.thomasnelson.com/thomasnelson/product_detail.asp?sku=0785265228

Page 69 - "Islam - unlike Christianity - has among its basic teachings 
a 
deep intolerance for those who follow other faiths."

Page 71 - "Islam...was founded by a mere human being, a warrior by the 
name 
of Muhammad, in whose teachings we see the tactic of 'conversion by 
conquest,' through violence if necessary. Clearly, it appears that the 
ultimate objective of Islam is world domination."

Page 72 - "Included in the Koran (sic) are stories lifted and twisted 
from 
the Old and New Testaments...The Koran has not had the widespread 
effect on 
the Western and civilized cultures of the world that the Bible has had. 
The 
number one difference between Islam and Christianity is that the god of 
Islam is not the God of the Christian faith...Islam often relies on 
force, 
intimidation, or conquering of entire nations to recruit converts."

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BRIEFING DEPICTED SAUDIS AS ENEMIES
Thomas E. Ricks, Washington Post, 8/6/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A47913-2002Aug5.html

A briefing given last month to a top Pentagon advisory board described 
Saudi Arabia as an enemy of the United States, and recommended that 
U.S. 
officials give it an ultimatum to stop backing terrorism or face 
seizure of 
its oil fields and its financial assets invested in the United 
States...

The briefing did not represent the views of the board or official 
government policy, and in fact runs counter to the present stance of 
the 
U.S. government that Saudi Arabia is a major ally in the region. Yet it 
also represents a point of view that has growing currency within the 
Bush 
administration -- especially on the staff of Vice President Cheney and 
in 
the Pentagon's civilian leadership -- and among neoconservative writers 
and 
thinkers closely allied with administration policymakers...

SEE ALSO:

PENTAGON DISAVOWS REPORT ON SAUDIS
Pauline Jelinek, Associated Press, 8/6/02

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon distanced itself Tuesday from a defense 
think tank recommendation that the United States target Saudi oil 
fields 
and financial assets if the Arab nation doesn't do more to fight 
terrorism.

The suggestion was made in a briefing to the Defense Policy Board, a 
group 
of intellectuals and former senior officials that advises the Pentagon. 
The 
government-funded briefing was produced by Laurent Murawiec, a Rand 
Corp. 
analyst and former adviser to the French Defense Ministry.

Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld said disclosure of details of 
the 
classified briefing was harmful because it incorrectly created the 
impression that the briefing represented the government's view on Saudi 
Arabia.

"Saudi Arabia is like any other country - it has a broad spectrum of 
activities and things, some of which...we agree with and some that we 
may 
not," Rumsfeld said at a Town Hall meeting with Pentagon employees...

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ARAB AMERICANS FEEL ANGRY, SCARED, BETRAYED
Alan Elsner, Reuters, 8/6/02

TOLEDO, Ohio - Arab Americans have lived in this Midwestern city for 
almost 
a century, providing mayors, police chiefs and civic leaders. But since 
Sept. 11, they feel anxious, isolated, hurt, discriminated against and 
angry.

"The mood of this country makes me feel as if I could be a potential 
hazard 
to a country I love and have helped build and would protect," said 
Abdul 
Hammuda, who left his birthplace in Libya in 1973 at age 16 to make his 
life in the United States.

On the surface, the 10,000-strong Arab American and Muslim community in
Toledo on the western tip of Lake Erie is well entrenched and well 
organized, politically and socially. It boasts six mosques, two day 
schools 
and good relations with local churches and civic organizations.

Yet the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon last Sept. 
11 
sent a shock wave through the community that has grown over time as law 
enforcement agencies have expanded their powers to monitor, arrest and 
detain terror suspects...

"They can break into my house and search it, they can put me under 
surveillance and bug me without my knowledge. I cannot have a 
conversation 
with a lawyer any more and be sure it is private. I sometimes ask 
myself if 
I am living back in the old country," said Hammuda, who owns an Arab 
delicatessen and helped found one of the city's two largest mosques...

SEE ALSO:

U.S. LESS INVITING FOR ARAB STUDENTS
Philip Smucker, Christian Science Monitor, 8/6/02
http://www.christiansciencemonitor.com/2002/0806/p06s01-wome.html

Even as increasing numbers of American students are applying to study 
in 
Egypt, reports of harassment and undue security checks are frightening 
some 
Arab students away from their dream of studying in the United States.

"Some of my friends in the States say they have been treated poorly 
since 
September," says Mr. Nabil. "I also read in the newspaper that over 20 
Egyptians in their 20s are still being held in US detention centers. I 
think I will wait a couple of years for things to cool down before 
reapplying."

The trend has officials on both sides of the Atlantic worried about 
study 
abroad programs that are deemed crucial to forging Arab world ties as 
the 
US government expands its "war on terror" and the crisis in the Middle 
East 
deepens. Officials at the US Embassy in Cairo say they are doing 
everything 
they can to support the embattled programs...

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OP-ED: SHADOWS AND FOG: THE NEW AMERICAN WAY?
Michael Mayo, Sun-Sentinel, 8/6/02
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/columnists/sfl-mayo06aug06.column

Indefinite detentions based on secret evidence and closed trials are 
supposed to be the stuff of Stalin's Soviet Union or Castro's Cuba, not 
the 
United States of America. Right?

But, in the post-Sept. 11 world, it's happening here.

And if you're not disturbed by the case of Adham Hassoun, you haven't 
been 
paying attention. It's an affront to every American and all that we're 
supposed to stand for. Hassoun, a Palestinian born in Lebanon, may not 
be a 
citizen, but his three children are. He has lived in South Florida 
since 
1989. He has paid his taxes and his parking tickets. Whatever the 
government is accusing him of, he at least deserves a public airing of 
the 
case against him.

Instead, he finds himself in a Kafkaesque nightmare.

The government has held Hassoun, a Sunrise computer programmer, since 
June 
12. Last week, Immigration Judge Neale Foster denied bail at a closed 
hearing, ruling he might be a security threat.

I'm not going to get into the issue of Hassoun's guilt or innocence. 
How 
could I? We don't even know the charges against him, never mind the 
evidence. Hassoun and his lawyer have seen the charges, but they're not 
allowed to discuss them. Hassoun and his lawyer describe the 
government's 
evidence as scant to non-existent.

We're supposed to simply trust the government on this? Sorry, but I 
trust 
John Ashcroft about as much as a WorldCom earnings statement...

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ARABIC, QURAN COURSES POPULAR AT METRO COLLEGES
Kelly Simmons, Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 8/6/02
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/metro/0802/06arabic.html

Arabic and the teachings of the Quran are among the hottest offerings 
on 
college campuses this year.

A beginning Arabic-language course at the University of Georgia is 
filled 
for the fall semester, for the first time since the school began 
offering 
the language in 1991. Twice as many students have enrolled in Arabic at 
Emory University as last year. Georgia State University has seen a 50 
percent increase in religious studies enrollment for the fall, with 
many 
students opting specifically for courses that feature Islam, Judaism or 
Hinduism...

At Emory, 23 upperclassmen are registered for Arabic 101, more than 
twice 
as many students as took the class last fall. The school expects the 
class 
size to grow even more once freshmen register in August. Fall courses 
such 
as Islamic Political Thought, Consequences of War, and Might and Right: 
Political Theory and International Relations all are already 
overenrolled 
--- before freshman registration.

Georgia State instructor Kenneth Smith said his Introduction to 
Religion 
and Philosophy of Religion classes focus more on Middle Eastern 
religions 
than they did in the fall. During Wednesday's 2 1/2-hour class, 
students 
listened intently as Smith outlined the teachings of the Quran, 
specifically its directives on war. The media has distorted Americans' 
perception of Muslims, portraying them all as religious fanatics, he 
told 
the class...

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UNHOLY WAR: TERROR IN THE NAME OF ISLAM BY JOHN ESPOSITO
Karen Armstrong, Independent (UK), 8/6/02
http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/books/reviews/story.jsp?story=321984

Like it or not, we now inhabit one world: what happens in Afghanistan 
or 
the West Bank today is likely to have repercussions in New York or 
London 
tomorrow. So if, like the Bush administration, we try to isolate 
ourselves, 
the world will come to us - in terrifying ways. Our old ways of 
thinking no 
longer suffice. In Unholy War, John Esposito, an American scholar of 
Islam, 
has entered fully into the experience of Muslims themselves. This is a 
masterly and indispensable guide to the bewildering array of militant 
groups that have erupted throughout the Muslim world. It should be 
required 
reading, because we can no longer afford to be ignorant of the causes 
of 
Muslim rage. A lucid and balanced account, it covers a huge canvas with 
elegance and economy.

There is no attempt to excuse terror; instead, Esposito argues that 
both 
Westerners and Muslims have been profoundly challenged by the events of 
the 
past year. He gives an admirably concise account of the role of jihad, 
showing that Bin Laden has completely ignored the constraints imposed 
by 
Islamic law on the waging of a just war. Civilians must not be 
targeted, 
retribution must be proportionate, and only a head of state may declare 
that war. Al-Qa'ida recognises no limits but its own...

Most crucially, Esposito shows that Bin Laden is not a representative 
figure. He discusses the work of Muslim politicians and intellectuals, 
who 
get no coverage in the West but who are creatively attempting to 
formulate 
solutions that would enable Muslims to enter the modern world on their 
own 
terms without abandoning their traditions...

The primary meaning of jihad is not "holy war", but "struggle, effort". 
Esposito concludes that we all have a jihad on our hands. Muslims must 
follow the example of their enlightened thinkers, reform their 
dislocated 
societies and deal more aggressively with extremism. The Western powers 
must restrain their oil-greed, withdraw support from authoritarian 
regimes 
and make sure that their foreign policy is truly in line with their 
democratic ideals.

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TURKISH SECULARISTS SEE RED OVER ISLAMISTS' RISE
David Holley, Los Angeles Times, 8/6/02
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-turkey6aug06.story

Ayse Calmuk knows that some Turks view her head scarf as a red flag 
flaunting support for an Islamic political agenda. But she says wearing 
it 
is simply a religious duty.

"This is God's command," said the 31-year-old homemaker, who on a hot 
summer evening was bundled up in a black silk scarf, black jacket and 
loose 
cotton trousers. "My head scarf is not a political symbol. It has 
nothing 
to do with politics."

Feride Acar, a professor at Middle East Technical University here in 
the 
Turkish capital, doesn't buy that argument. And as Turkey heads toward 
elections in November that could bring a party with deep Islamic roots 
to 
power, clashing views over head scarves reflect a potentially dangerous 
split in society. "In this country, sociologically speaking, the head 
covering is a symbol of violation of women's human rights. This is how 
many 
people understand it," Acar said...

Calmuk ridicules that notion.

"I don't believe any of these issues--polygamy or unequal inheritance 
rights--are issues anymore in the modern world," she said. "People like 
me 
don't believe in them. It's wrong to associate them with Islam."

Still, the government's fear of the head scarf is great enough that 
students and public employees are banned from wearing it at schools and 
on 
the job. The ban, itself often criticized as a violation of women's 
rights, 
is just one small piece of a system enforced by the Turkish army that 
supporters say is designed to ensure that religious leaders can never 
take 
political power...

Many analysts and politicians doubt that the army would allow the 
Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party to take power if it won 
elections set for Nov. 3. The party is led by the charismatic former 
mayor 
of Istanbul, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Polls show the party with 20% to 30% 
popular support, at least double that for its closest rivals...

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U.S. MAY MOVE CONSULATE IN ISRAEL
Laurie Copans, Associated Press, 8/6/02

JERUSALEM (AP) - The United States is considering moving consular 
offices 
from traditionally Arab east Jerusalem because of security concerns, 
U.S. 
officials said Tuesday.

The Israeli daily Haaretz said a decision to relocate the U.S. 
consulate to 
a Jewish neighborhood has already been made. Such a move would be 
politically charged. The Palestinians claim east Jerusalem as a future 
capital, and Palestinian officials said moving the consulate would mean 
the 
United States is siding with Israel's claim to all of the city...

The east Jerusalem consulate near the walled Old City does not meet 
security criteria since it is not set back from the road, said Jessica 
Davies, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Consulate. Certain properties for a 
new 
site in the city have been considered but nothing has been finalized, 
Davies said.

Palestinian legislator Ziad Abu Zayyad said a move to west Jerusalem 
will 
mean that the Bush administration ``expands (Israel's) mandate over 
east 
Jerusalem...''

SEE ALSO:

ISRAELI COURT UPHOLDS RIGHT TO DESTROY HOMES WITHOUT WARNING
JAMES BENNET with TERENCE NEILAN, New York Times, 8/6/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/08/06/international/06CND-MIDE.html

JERUSALEM, Aug. 6 - The Israeli Supreme Court today upheld the 
military's 
right to demolish the homes of Palestinian terror suspects without 
warning, 
in the face of an assertion by a Palestinian official that the practice 
would only "widen the cycle of violence."

In new military action today, Israeli forces killed two Palestinian 
militants on the West Bank, including one suspected of plotting a 
suicide 
bombing last month. The Supreme Court rejected a petition by 35 
Palestinian 
families whose homes are scheduled for demolition that they be given 48 
hours' notice, allowing them time to try to stop the actions with a 
court 
order.

In recent days, reviving a practice abandoned several years ago, 
Israeli 
troops demolished nine homes on the West Bank, and Israel is preparing 
to 
banish the relatives of suicide attackers from the West Bank to the 
Gaza 
Strip...

ISRAEL PLANS TO STRIP "TERRORISTS" OF CITIZENSHIP
Michele Gershberg, Reuters, 8/6/02

JERUSALEM, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Israel said on Tuesday it planned to take 
the 
unprecedented step of revoking the citizenship of Israeli Arabs 
connected 
to "terrorist groups..."

Interior Minister Eli Yishai proposed implementing for the first time a 
long-standing law allowing him to annul citizenship and residency 
rights, 
saying he was considering using it against three Arabs.

The Interior Ministry said two held Israeli citizenship and one was a 
permanent resident of Israel. Two of the men are in an Israeli jail and 
the 
third lives in Lebanon...

Israeli Arabs comprise roughly one-fifth of the Jewish state's 
population 
of six million, but many complain of entrenched discrimination by the 
country's institutions.

PALESTINIAN CHILDREN IN CRISIS
Molly Moore and John Ward Anderson, Washington Post, 8/6/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A47604-2002Aug5.html

JERUSALEM, Aug. 5 -- Reports released today by the U.S. Agency for 
International Development and CARE International found that 
malnutrition 
among Palestinian children under 5 in the Gaza Strip and West Bank has 
reached emergency levels and ranks among the highest in the world as a 
result of security measures imposed by the Israeli military.

The surveys also found that more than half of the Palestinians in the 
two 
occupied territories have been forced to decrease food consumption in 
recent weeks because of a lack of money and military curfews that have 
kept 
families confined to their homes for days at a time and restricted 
commerce 
and the transport of food supplies.

"We're seeing malnutrition rates that are unacceptably high," said 
Gregg 
Greenough of Johns Hopkins University schools of medicine and public 
health 
in Baltimore, one of the participants in the research...

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CULTURES OF CARE
Sarah Park, Washington Post, 8/6/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A47560-2002Aug5.html

Around the corner from the African American church -- near the "highway 
to 
heaven," a stretch of New Hampshire Avenue lined with worship sites -- 
members of the Muslim Community Center are finalizing plans to open a 
free 
clinic within their bronze-domed mosque complex.

Waheed Khan remembers struggling to find temporary health insurance for 
his 
elderly in-laws when they came to visit for three months a few years 
ago. 
The former director of infectious disease research at Children's 
Hospital 
asked one of his doctor friends to see his relatives. But Khan and 
others 
wanted to find a way for other Muslim immigrants to access health care.

The characteristics of the Muslim community in the Washington area are 
changing. Now Muslims from 10 to 20 countries attend prayers at the 
mosque, 
according to Khan.

"Lately, it's so cosmopolitan -- some are very successful, and some are 
not...and beg for money on Fridays [during prayers]," Khan said.

The Muslim clinic has been in the works for at least five years, Khan 
said. 
Of approximately 5,000 members of the Muslim Community Center, 150 or 
so 
are physicians, according to Khan. Over the years, donated equipment 
and 
exam tables have been stored in the basement of the complex. The clinic 
has 
not yet applied for financial support from the county and instead has 
relied on private donations...

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 8/7/2002

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: THE VIRTUE OF BENEVOLENCE
* U.S. DEFIES JUDGE ON ENEMY COMBATANT (Washington Post)
	- EDITORIAL: MORE CIVICS LESSONS FOR JUSTICE (Washington Post)
	- EDITORIAL: ENDING SECRET DETENTIONS (New York Times)
	- EDITORIAL: SECRECY VS. THE REPUBLIC (Los Angeles Times)
* PROFILING CAN BE COSTLY TO SOCIETY, PEOPLE (Sunday Patriot-News)
* MUSLIMS HOPE MISTRUST WON'T BE SEPT. 11 LEGACY (Ventura County Star)
* AMERICAN MUSLIM SAYS HE WAS ILLEGALLY DETAINED IN LAS VEGAS (AP)
* TEENS SENTENCED TO 40 YEARS IN SPARKS MOSQUE BEATINGS (AP)
* A TIMELY SUBJECT -- AND A SORE ONE (Washington Post)
* NEOCONS GO FOR THE GOLD (Antiwar.com)
* SHARON, (JEB) BUSH TO SHARE STAGE (Miami Herald)
* PROJECTS TO REBUILD AFGHAN ROADS GOING NOWHERE (Washington Post)
* ACTIVISTS CALL FOR COMMUNITY HEALING (NBC 5)
* MUSLIM WOMAN RECEIVES NOMINATION FOR MISSOURI STATE REPRESENTATIVE
* BUSH ADMINISTRATION ROUTES TIPS CALLS TO "AMERICA'S MOST WANTED" 
(ACLU)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: THE VIRTUE OF BENEVOLENCE

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "May God have mercy on a 
person who is easy and courteous when he sells, buys or asks for 
payment."

Riyadh-Us-Salaheen, Chapter 240, Hadith 1368

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U.S. DEFIES JUDGE ON ENEMY COMBATANT
Tom Jackman, Washington Post, 8/7/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A50845-2002Aug6.html

The Justice Department yesterday defied a federal judge's order to 
provide 
him with documents that would have supported the government's 
classification of a man captured in Afghanistan and being held in a 
Navy 
brig in Norfolk as an "enemy combatant."

Government lawyers allowed a noon deadline to pass without handing the 
materials over, saying that the separation of powers clause of the 
Constitution gives the executive branch the authority to make that 
determination...

The argument frames the sensitive question of what rights, if any, are 
available to military prisoners, particularly an American-born one such 
as 
Yaser Esam Hamdi, as the United States continues its war on terrorism. 
The 
Justice Department has said that the judicial branch has little right 
to 
intervene in the conduct of the war, but yesterday's action was the 
first 
time the government has not agreed to a judge's request.

The government's action sets the stage for a constitutional 
confrontation 
tomorrow with U.S. District Judge Robert G. Doumar in Norfolk. Doumar 
has 
twice ordered the government to allow a lawyer to visit Hamdi, and 
twice 
the government successfully obtained stays of Doumar's order...

Stephen Dycus, a national security law expert at the University of 
Vermont, 
said he could not think of any other time the government ignored a 
court's 
order. "I don't think the Justice Department has the power to simply 
defy 
the court," he said."...I don't remember anything in the 4th Circuit's 
order that would limit the District Court's ability to look into the 
national security necessity for keeping this guy..."

SEE ALSO:

EDITORIAL: MORE CIVICS LESSONS FOR JUSTICE
Washington Post, 8/7/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A52739-2002Aug6.html

THE DECISION last week by U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler ordering 
the 
Justice Department to release information about the approximately 1,200 
people detained during the Sept. 11 investigation is a welcome rebuke 
to 
the obnoxious secrecy with which the federal government has surrounded 
the 
probe. The government has disclosed the number of immigration detainees 
-- 
almost all of whom have now been deported or released -- as well as the 
fact that it has arrested people on material witness warrants and 
criminal 
charges.

But it has not released either the names of the detainees or the number 
of 
those held as material witnesses. A coalition of civil liberties and 
other 
groups sued under the Freedom of Information Act, and Judge Kessler on 
Friday rightly rejected the notion that the government can round up 
large 
numbers of people and not bother to say who they are...

People in this country don't just disappear -- not even people 
suspected of 
knowing something about terrorism or people who have overstayed their 
visas...

EDITORIAL: ENDING SECRET DETENTIONS
New York Times, 8/6/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/08/06/opinion/06TUE1.html

One of the most disturbing elements of the Bush administration's 
post-Sept.-11 policies has been its detention of hundreds of people 
whose 
identities have not been revealed. Judge Gladys Kessler of Federal 
District 
Court in Washington was right to declare last week that such secret 
arrests 
are "odious to a democratic society," and to order the government to 
release the names of those it has detained since the terrorist 
attacks...

There are two main flaws in the government's position. First, many of 
the 
detainees probably have no connection to terrorism. The government 
would 
like the public to think of the detainees as a group as linked to 
terrorism, but the documents filed in court do not make the case...

Second, the government's assertions that terrorist groups could exploit 
the 
release of the names are specious...

EDITORIAL: SECRECY VS. THE REPUBLIC
Los Angeles Times, 8/6/02
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/opinion/la-ed-prisoner6aug06.story

A federal judge in Washington had no hesitation last week in ordering 
the 
Justice Department to reveal the names of almost 1,200 people it jailed 
after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. "Secret arrests are 'a concept 
odious 
to a democratic society,' and profoundly antithetical to the bedrock 
values 
that characterize a free and open one such as ours," said U.S. District 
Judge Gladys Kessler, quoting an earlier ruling in her own decision...

But even if the U.S. had nabbed Bin Laden himself, the ends don't 
justify 
the means. Americans depend on the transparency of their legal and 
political institutions to protect what Kessler called America's "core 
values of openness, government accountability and the rule of law." For 
that reason, "the public's interest in learning the identity of those 
arrested and detained is essential to verifying whether the government 
is 
operating within the bounds of law."

But the post-Sept. 11 emergency does not justify long-term changes that 
would snuff out the light and openness that distinguish our democracy 
from 
the tyrannies that would destroy it.

PROFILING CAN BE COSTLY TO SOCIETY, PEOPLE
John W. Eby, Sunday Patriot-News Harrisburg, 8/4/02
http://www.pennlive.com/news/patriotnews/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/news/1028367326223290.xml

With very few exceptions, every person named in current and past 
business 
scandals is a middle-aged white male. Practically no business scandals 
are 
perpetrated by women, people of color or young people. White, 
middle-aged 
males are the key villains at Tyco, Adelphia, Rite Aid, WorldCom, 
Enron, 
InCom, Arthur Anderson, Global Crossing and Xerox...

Given these facts, it is prudent to profile middle-aged white males. Do 
not 
do business with them. Certainly do not trust them to manage financial 
assets or run large powerful companies. When one comes close, hold on 
to 
your purse. Only a fool would choose a white, middle-aged male to 
manage 
their investments or as their accountant or stockbroker, or for that 
matter, their lawyer, priest or politician.

Ridiculous? Of course! But no more so than the profiling many of us 
accept 
without question; profiling that chooses particular racial, ethnic or 
religious groups for particular scrutiny by police or profiling that 
discriminates against people from particular countries or religions 
simply 
because a few of them are terrorists. This profiling is advocated by 
some 
government officials. Surveys show that many Americans are prepared to 
restrict the civil liberties of certain groups because of their 
profile...

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MUSLIMS HOPE MISTRUST WON'T BE SEPT. 11 LEGACY
Tom Kisken, Ventura County Star, 8/4/02
http://www.insidevc.com/vcs/county_news/article/0,1375,VCS_226_1305847,00.html

As American Muslims worried about being blamed for the murder of more 
than 
3,000 people in a backlash to the bloodiest terrorism in U.S. history, 
something different seemed to come from the rubble and hate of Sept. 
11.

Christians, Jews and people who don't affiliate with a specific faith 
bought Qurans and other books about Islam. They visited mosques for the 
first time in their lives, sitting in their stocking feet as Muslims 
knelt 
toward Mecca and prostrated themselves before God.

Many of them came away saying that while hijacked jets and suicide 
bombings 
could be attributed to hate and vengeance, the horrors could not be 
blamed 
on the Quran, the prophet Muhammad and religion.

"I don't think (Islam) tells people to go out and suicide-bomb others," 
said Nathan Lytle, a Mormon from Thousand Oaks whose lack of knowledge 
motivated him to read Islamic scriptures. "I was really angry at the 
people 
who did it, but it didn't make me angry about all of Islam." The 
wellspring 
of understanding is being challenged by conservative Christian pastors, 
evangelical lecturers and others who, nine months after Sept. 11, 
continue 
to link the terrorism as closely to Islam as they do peace and love to 
the 
New Testament...

As they greet such indictments with denials and agitated frustration, 
some 
Muslims worry blame and a societal wariness of all things Islam are 
outlasting understanding and religious acceptance as a legacy of Sept. 
11...

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AMERICAN MUSLIM SAYS HE WAS ILLEGALLY DETAINED IN LAS VEGAS
Mark Sherman, Associated Press, 8/6/02

WASHINGTON (AP) - An official of an American Muslim group said Tuesday 
that 
he was illegally detained at the Las Vegas airport because of his name 
and 
heritage.

Muhammad Ali Khan, treasurer of the American Muslim Council, said the 
incident occurred July 29 at McCarran International Airport while he 
was 
attempting to board a Northwest Airlines flight to Minneapolis.

Khan, a U.S. citizen, said he was prevented from boarding the plane and 
detained for an hour and 45 minutes by Northwest employees, Las Vegas 
police and two agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He took 
a 
later flight on a different airline...

The 37-year-old investment banker said the Las Vegas incident was the 
third 
time he had been stopped by police since the Sept. 11 terrorist 
attacks.

Arab-Americans and Muslims say they have been unfairly treated by 
airlines 
since Sept. 11. Lawsuits have been filed against three airlines for 
asking 
passengers to leave planes because others on the flight have expressed 
fear 
of flying with them...

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(NOTE: CAIR helped the local Muslim community coordinate their response 
to 
this attack.)

TEENS SENTENCED TO 40 YEARS IN SPARKS MOSQUE BEATINGS
Associated Press, 8/7/02

RENO, Nev. - Two teen-agers have been sentenced to up to 40 years in 
prison 
for the baseball bat beatings of two Muslim men outside a Sparks 
mosque.

David Nolette and Scott Cannady must serve at least 14 years under the 
sentenced handed down Tuesday by Washoe District Judge James Hardesty 
for 
last year's beating of Dr. El Tag Mirghani and Mohammed Sanad.

The youths were also ordered to pay $563,000 in restitution to Mirghani 
and 
$850 to Sanad. Mirghani suffered serious brain injuries and was forced 
to 
give up his medical practice. Sanad suffered a broken arm.

The March 16, 2001 beating and robbery occurred as Mirghani and Sanad 
left 
an evening prayer service at the Northern Nevada Muslim Community 
Center in 
Sparks.

According to trial testimony, the youths were looking for money to buy 
drugs...

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A TIMELY SUBJECT -- AND A SORE ONE
Alan Cooperman, Washington Post, 8/7/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A52484-2002Aug6.html

No one complained two years ago when the University of North Carolina 
required its incoming freshmen to read a book about the lingering 
effects 
of the Civil War, nor last year when it assigned a book about a Hmong 
immigrant's struggle with epilepsy and American medicine.

But this year, the university in Chapel Hill is asking all 3,500 
incoming 
freshmen to read a book about Islam and finds itself besieged in 
federal 
court and across the airwaves by Christian evangelists and other 
conservatives.

The university chose "Approaching the Qur'an: The Early Revelations" by 
Michael A. Sells, a professor of comparative religion at Haverford 
College, 
because of intense interest in Islam since the Sept. 11 terrorist 
attacks, 
said UNC Chancellor James Moeser...

President Bush and other U.S. leaders across the political spectrum 
have 
repeatedly said that the war on terrorism is not a war on Islam or the 
world's 1.2 billion Muslims. Academic experts are usually careful to 
distinguish among widely divergent strains of Islam, including a few 
that 
condone violence and many that don't.

But some evangelical Christian leaders -- including the Rev. Franklin 
Graham, who gave the invocation at Bush's inauguration -- have 
denounced 
Islam since Sept. 11 as an "evil" religion. Despite the furor those 
remarks 
have caused, Graham repeated in radio and television appearances this 
week 
that the Koran preaches violence and that terrorism is supported by 
"mainstream" Muslims around the world...

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NEOCONS GO FOR THE GOLD
Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com, 8/7/02
http://www.antiwar.com/justin/justincol.html

This new turn in US policy, away from a "war on terrorism" and toward a 
war 
against the entire Arab world, benefits one and only one country in the 
region, and that is Israel. The Bush administration has been slowly 
moving 
in this direction, but now the War Party is demanding a pick-up in the 
pace. As Israel gets ready to ethnically cleanse the occupied 
territories, 
and drive the Palestinians into Jordan, Sharon requires a pretext, or 
enough of a diversion so that the world can avert its eyes. After all, 
what 
will the conquest of the West Bank by the IDF seem like against the 
backdrop of a US seizure of Iraq, the Saudi peninsula, and no doubt a 
few 
hunks of Iran?

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SHARON, (JEB) BUSH TO SHARE STAGE
Peter Wallsten, Miami Herald, 8/7/02
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/3812127.htm

TALLAHASSEE - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is planning to 
headline a 
rally in Miami next month to boost U.S. public support for his 
embattled 
country. But, with his visit coming just two months before Election Day 
in 
Florida and possibly within a day of the Democratic primary for 
governor, 
Sharon is also stepping into the middle of one of the United States' 
most 
important political campaigns...

For the governor, who frequently reminds voters of his family ties and 
his 
support for his brother's war on terrorism, appearing with Sharon will 
further nurture his relationship with the state's traditionally 
Democratic-leaning Jewish voters. And it could boost his standing with 
moderate and conservative Christians who are sympathetic with Israel...

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PROJECTS TO REBUILD AFGHAN ROADS GOING NOWHERE, DESPITE PROMISES
Susan B. Glasser, Washington Post, 8/7/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A52452-2002Aug6.html

KABUL, Afghanistan  - For months, the Asian Development Bank had 
promised 
that it would take on one of the biggest headaches in postwar 
Afghanistan: 
the cratered, agonizingly slow highway connecting Kabul with Kandahar. 
The 
project to rehabilitate the major artery between the country's two 
largest 
cities was estimated to cost $ 150 million, the largest single 
investment 
in Afghanistan's infrastructure since the collapse of Taliban rule last 
November.

Instead, the deal fell apart.

In meetings last month, the bank demanded that the Afghan government 
accept 
loans to finance the project. Frustrated with international donors that 
have promised to help rebuild the country, only to impose conditions 
the 
fledgling government cannot meet, the Afghans said no. "They're pulling 
out," said a top aide to President Hamid Karzai. "Their excuse is that 
we 
won't accept loans, but in reality it is too big a project for them."

Seemingly everywhere in Kabul these days, there are bustling U.N. 
offices 
and international aid groups flush with funds giving the impression 
that 
the rebuilding has begun. But Afghan officials say those appearances 
are 
deceiving. Although various nations pledged at a January conference in 
Tokyo $ 4.5 billion in aid over five years, most of that money has not 
been 
received. The funds that have arrived have gone largely for such 
short-term 
humanitarian programs as assisting refugees and feeding 
drought-stricken 
villages...

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ACTIVISTS CALL FOR COMMUNITY HEALING
NBC-5 News, 8/7/02
http://www.nbc5.com/News/1596958/detail.html

CHICAGO -- A week after mob violence on the city's South Side turned 
the 
media spotlight on Chicago, the Oakland community around the scene of 
the 
incident is struggling to heal itself and, to that end, has established 
a 
peace garden. NBC5's Kim Vatis reported on a freshly planted tree near 
the 
site of a van crash which killed a 26-year-old woman, injured two 
others, 
and led to a violent attack which killed the van's driver and 
passenger.

"It is one small gesture," Vatis said, "but activists are hoping it 
will 
have a big impact ... for a community that is in much turmoil."

The "Peace Garden" is part of a series of vigils and marches in the 
area in 
an effort to stop the violence. It is meant to be a tribute to the 
three 
people who died as a result of the van accident and deadly mob beating 
that 
took place near 40th St. and South Lake Park Ave. on July 30.

Community leaders have planted a tree and some flowers in memory of 
Shana 
Lawrence, Jack Moore and Anthony Stuckey. "Our goal is to have a 
lasting 
tribute and a memorial for those who lost their lives," said Najee Ali 
of 
Project Islamic Hope...

"The mayor has not come down here. More importantly, no one from his 
office 
has come down here to help and console this community," Ali told 
reporters 
Tuesday morning. "Where are the psychologists and the sociologists to 
come 
down here and talk to these children?..."

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MUSLIM WOMAN RECEIVES NOMINATION FOR MISSOURI STATE REPRESENTATIVE

Unofficial election results:
http://www.sos.state.mo.us/enrweb/raceresults.asp?eid=78&oid=22722&arc=

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IN SURREAL DEVELOPMENT, BUSH ADMINISTRATION ROUTES TIPS CALLS TO TV 
SHOW 
"AMERICA'S MOST WANTED"
ACLU Press Release, 8/6/02
http://www.aclu.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

WASHINGTON - In a development bordering on what the American Civil 
Liberties Union called "surreal," the on-line magazine Salon.com today 
revealed that the Department of Justice is forwarding incoming 
Operation 
TIPS calls to the Fox-owned "America's Most Wanted" television 
series...

The author of the Salon article, David Lindorff, reportedly signed up 
for 
TIPS more than a month ago, heard nothing and followed up last week 
with a 
phone call to the Department of Justice, the agency responsible for 
overseeing the proposed program. The department gave Lindorff another 
phone 
number, which it said had been set up by the FBI. When he dialed that 
number, Lindorff was greeted by a receptionist for "America's Most 
Wanted," 
which features reenactments of unsolved crimes and then asks the public 
to 
phone in leads and tips.

Shocked that the number did not connect to the FBI, Lindorff was told, 
"We've been asked to take the FBI's TIPS calls for them." The ACLU 
today 
said that, not only does the Operation TIPS program on its own pose 
serious 
threats to the American ideal that neighbors not be expected to inform 
on 
neighbors, but the program, when coupled with the power and profit 
incentives of television, could enhance its resemblance to Big Brother 
through sensationalism and the thirst for advertising revenue...

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Date: Thu, 08 Aug 2002 11:17:45 -0400
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Subject: CAIR-NET: Texas Mother May Lose Child After Accepting Islam

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR ACTION ALERT 343

TEXAS MOTHER MAY LOSE CHILD AFTER ACCEPTING ISLAM

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/8/02) - CAIR today said a custody dispute in Texas 
is 
being fueled by anti-Muslim bias. A Muslim mother in that state is 
being 
threatened with losing her nine-year-old son after she accepted Islam 
and 
married a native of Morocco. CAIR is urging Muslims and other people of 
conscience to help support the woman's legal defense.

The boy's father, who admits the mother left him because of his 
drinking, 
says he is seeking physical custody so that his son can "have a normal 
life" and an "all-American home." In the "Home Study Report for 
Custody" 
filed with the court, a social worker states: "[The mother's] 
conversion to 
Islam and her subsequent arranged marriage to a foreigner are very 
basic 
issues in this case, and are certainly unusual from the point of view 
of 
prevalent American culture."

A hearing on the case is scheduled for August 13. At that hearing, the 
father's attorney will call a Christian minister and an anthropologist 
to 
offer their views on Islam and Muslim culture.

The report also states: "[The Mother's] decision to become a Muslim 
shocked 
and surprised her family and those who know her...Although this [her 
arranged marriage] is customary in the Islamic community, it is well 
out of 
the American mainstream."

Transcripts of the mother's deposition indicate that Islam, and 
anti-Muslim 
bias, are central to the custody dispute. In that deposition, the 
mother 
was questioned about her views on the 9/11 attacks (she condemned 
them), 
her Islamic attire and the possibility of financial assistance from the 
Muslim community for legal expenses.

The entire dispute began when the woman's mother, who refuses to speak 
to 
her daughter since her conversion to Islam, approached the boy's father 
three days after the 9/11 attacks and asked him to seek custody.

"A mother should not be threatened with losing her child merely because 
she 
accepts Islam and tries to build a stable home by marrying a Muslim 
man. 
There is nothing 'un-American' about an Islamic home and assertions to 
the 
contrary are based on stereotyping and prejudice," said CAIR Civil 
Rights 
Manager Joshua Salaam. Salaam added that his group is dealing with 
other 
custody cases in which the parent's faith is a central issue.

In July, a South Dakota judge returned a five-year-old child to his 
Muslim 
mother. That child was taken away after his mother accepted Islam, 
married 
an Egyptian man and planned to travel to Egypt. The woman's father said 
she 
"has engaged in some bizarre behavior, including wearing Muslim garb 
and 
declaring herself a Muslim." After being contacted by the mother, CAIR 
urged concerned Muslims to send donations to help with legal expenses. 
The 
case received widespread coverage in this country and overseas.

Donations in a recent Florida custody case allowed 11 Muslim children 
to be 
returned to their parents.

ACTION REQUESTED:

Please do what you can to support this Muslim mother as she tries to 
retain 
custody of her son. Her attorney, Brenda Rhea, has set up a fund to 
receive 
donations.

SEND TO:

Make checks payable to: "Brenda Rhea, Attorney at Law, Trust Account"
Indicate in the memo section: Trust Account for Respondent's Legal 
Fees, 
Cause #94-1089-FC1

ADDRESS:

St. Charles Professional Building
8 Chisholm Trail
Round Rock, TX  78681

ATTORNEY'S E-MAIL: fitzrhea@earthlink.net
PLEASE NOTIFY CAIR OF ANY DONATIONS BY E-MAILING: cair@cair-net.org

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Date: Thu, 08 Aug 2002 15:20:30 -0400
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Subject: CAIR-NET: North Carolina Official Says Islam is "Evil"

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NORTH CAROLINA OFFICIAL SAYS ISLAM IS "EVIL"
Islamic advocacy group demands apology, action from president

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/8/02) - A national Islamic civil rights and 
advocacy 
group today demanded an apology from an elected official in North 
Carolina 
who said university students in that state should not be required to 
read a 
book about the Quran, Islam's revealed text, because Islam is "evil." 
The 
Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) also 
called 
on President Bush to speak out against the rising level of anti-Muslim 
rhetoric in America.

State Representative Sam Ellis (R) told WUNC-FM radio: "I don't want 
the 
students in the university system required to study this evil.  If they 
wish to pursue it on their own or if they wish to pursue it as an 
elective 
that's fine. But I don't think it is something our university system 
should 
be encouraging." (9/7/02)

Michael Sells, the author of the book Ellis attacked, wrote today in 
the 
Washington Post: "The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, is 
being 
sued for assigning my book, 'Approaching the Qur'an: The Early 
Revelations,' as required summer reading for first-year students. The 
plaintiffs charge that UNC indoctrinates students with deceptive claims 
about the peaceful nature of Islam, violating the separation of church 
and 
state. In fact, the book makes no general claims about Islam."

SEE: "Understanding, Not Indoctrination"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A57379-2002Aug7.html

"The level of anti-Muslim rhetoric from commentators, religious 
leaders, 
and now elected officials, is getting out of hand and is poisoning the 
minds of many ordinary Americans. Only a strong statement from 
President 
Bush will put these people on notice that anti-Muslim bigotry will not 
be 
accepted in our society," said CAIR Board Chairman Omar Ahmad.

Earlier this week, CAIR made a similar call after Christian evangelist 
Franklin Graham said terrorism is part of "mainstream" Islam and 
claimed 
the Quran, Islam's revealed text, "preaches violence."

SEE: "Graham Speaks Out on Islam," The Washington Times
http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20020808-13967463.htm

Representative J. Sam Ellis' Home Page
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/house/representative.pl?nUserID=38

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CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-MAIL: 
cair@cair-net.org; Ms. Hodan Hassan, 202-488-8787 or 703-861-7294, 
E-MAIL: 
hhassan@cair-net.org

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OTHER BREAKING NEWS:

ISRAEL REFUSES ENTRY TO U.S. CONGRESSIONAL STAFF DELEGATION

NEWS RELEASE FROM AMERICAN MUSLIMS FOR JERUSALEM

Contact:  Josh Ruebner, JPPI, 962-79-664-8145 or
Khalid Turaani, AMJ, 962-79-567-4917

(AMMAN, JORDAN, AUGUST 8, 2002) Israel today refused entry to a 
nine-person 
U.S. Congressional staff delegation co-sponsored by American Muslims 
for 
Jerusalem (AMJ) and Jews for Peace in Palestine and Israel (JPPI). This 
was 
to have been the first Jewish-Muslim co-sponsored Congressional 
delegation 
to Palestine and Israel. The bi-partisan delegation planned to meet 
with 
Israeli and Palestinian peace activists, American and international 
humanitarian organizations, and U.S. government officials...

Congressional staffers requested that the U.S. Consulate in East 
Jerusalem 
intervene on behalf of the delegation. They were informed that the 
Consulate would intervene for everyone but the two American Muslims on 
the 
delegation.  Khalid Turaani, Executive Director of AMJ, stated "I am 
sickened that representatives of my government would condone Israel's 
blatant ethnic and religious profiling. The State Department 
consistently 
has winked at Israel's pattern of discrimination against and 
intimidation 
of American Muslims seeking to further peace and to provide 
humanitarian 
assistance to Palestinians suffering under Israel's brutal military 
occupation."

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Date: Fri, 09 Aug 2002 13:40:57 -0400
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Subject: CAIR-NET: Muslims Launch 9/11 "Day of Unity and Prayer" Web Site

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MUSLIMS LAUNCH 9/11 "DAY OF UNITY AND PRAYER" WEB SITE
All faiths urged to register 9/11/02 open houses or interfaith 
activities

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/9/02) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR) today launched a web site designed to allow local mosques, 
churches, 
synagogues, and other religious institutions to register their 
participation in a September 11th national "Day of Unity and Prayer" 
commemorating the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the 
World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

SEE: http://www.cair-net.org/dayofunity/

The American Muslim Political Coordination Council (AMPCC), made up of 
the 
nation's four most prominent Muslim political advocacy groups,* last 
month 
called on all faith communities to participate in the national 
observance 
by opening houses of worship on September 11, 2002, for interfaith 
visits, 
prayers, congregational exchanges, and other activities intended to 
foster 
national unity and religious tolerance. CAIR is a member of the AMPCC.

A joint AMPCC statement issued July 23 read in part: "It is imperative 
that 
all Americans come together on the first anniversary of the terrorist 
attacks to show that we are united as a nation and to reject efforts by 
any 
parties, whether overseas or within our borders, to divide the United 
States along religious or ethnic lines. The Muslim community is part of 
this country, and we join our fellow citizens in mourning those who 
were 
killed or injured on that fateful day."

The "Day of Unity and Prayer" web site also offers a step-by-step guide 
to 
assist Muslim communities in holding local mosque open houses or 
similar 
interfaith events. The guide includes items such as "Welcome to Our 
Mosque" 
(http://www.cair-net.org/dayofunity/5.html) and a "Q&A about Islam and 
American Muslims (http://www.cair-net.org/dayofunity/4.html)."

American Muslim groups jointly and individually condemned the 9/11 
attacks. 
An AMPCC statement issued within hours of the incidents stated: 
"American 
Muslims utterly condemn what are apparently vicious and cowardly acts 
of 
terrorism against innocent civilians. We join with all Americans in 
calling 
for the swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators. No 
political 
cause could ever be assisted by such immoral acts."

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* AMPCC consists of American Muslim Alliance (AMA), American Muslim 
Council 
(AMC), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and Muslim Public 
Affairs Council (MPAC).

CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-MAIL: 
cair@cair-net.org; Ms. Hodan Hassan, 202-488-8787 or 703-861-7294, 
E-MAIL: 
hhassan@cair-net.org; AMA - 510-252-9858, http://www.amaweb.org/; AMC - 
202-789-2262, http://www.amconline.org/; CAIR - 202-488-8787, 
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Date: Fri, 09 Aug 2002 16:02:08 -0400
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Subject: CAIR-NET: Koranic Misreadings

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 8/9/2002

HEADLINES:

* VERSE OF THE DAY: COURTEOUS GREETINGS
* KORANIC MISREADINGS (UPI)
	- QURAN ASSIGNMENT SPARKS CONTROVERSY (AP)
	- GRAHAM'S SON FACES NEW FIRE FROM MUSLIMS (Chicago Tribune)
* GOVERNMENT MUST BE HELD TO HIGHER STANDARD IN WAR ON TERRORISM, 
PANELISTS 
SAY (AP)
* THE POWERPOINT THAT ROCKED THE PENTAGON (Slate.com)
	- GOING AFTER THE SAUDIS (Antiwar.com)
* CAIR-OHIO PRESIDENT ON 610 WTVN
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VERSE OF THE DAY: COURTEOUS GREETINGS

"When a (courteous) greeting is offered you, meet it with a greeting 
still 
more courteous, or of equal courtesy. God takes careful account of all 
things."

Holy Qu'ran: Surah 4, Verse 86

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KORANIC MISREADINGS
Claude Salhani, UPI, 8/9/02
http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20020809-092031-4255r

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- A new controversy is percolating in North 
Carolina over the proposed reading of a book about the Koran -- the 
Muslim 
holy book -- by freshmen at the University of North Carolina at Chapel 
Hill.

The book in question is called "Approaching the Qur'an: The Early 
Revelations," and is authored by Michael A. Sells, a professor of 
comparative religion...

The simple fact that American students should read a book about the 
Koran 
(or Qur'an) has ruffled quite a few feathers.

First, a Christian group urged three students to file suit against the 
university earlier this week. And now, North Carolina's Republican 
State 
Representative Sam Ellis told a local radio station he did not want the 
students in the university system to study "this evil..."

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations demanded an 
apology from Ellis. They also called on President George W. Bush to 
speak 
out against the rising level of anti-Muslim rhetoric in America.

"The level of anti-Muslim rhetoric from commentators, religious 
leaders, 
and now elected officials, is getting out of hand and is poisoning the 
minds of many ordinary Americans. Only a strong statement from 
President 
Bush will put these people on notice that anti-Muslim bigotry will not 
be 
accepted in our society," said CAIR Board Chairman Omar Ahmad.

Earlier this week, CAIR made a similar call after Christian evangelist 
Franklin Graham, said terrorism is part of "mainstream" Islam and 
claimed 
the Koran, "preaches violence..."

Bin Laden's terrorists, much like the suicide bombers in Israel and the 
cold-blooded murderers who killed Wall Street Journal correspondent 
Daniel 
Pearl in Pakistan, are zealots who have taken the Muslim holy book to 
suit 
their own interpretation of the prophet's teachings. You don't need to 
look 
very far to find the same type of fire and brimstone revelations in the 
Christian-Judeo Bible, either. Both holy books can be interpreted to 
suit 
the reader...

SEE ALSO:

To listen to North Carolina State Representative Sam Ellis’ 
anti-Islamic 
statements, go to http://www.cair-net.org/audio/unc.rm

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QURAN ASSIGNMENT SPARKS CONTROVERSY
Associated Press, 8/9/02
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/national/AP-University-Quran.html

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A state legislative committee voted to ban the 
use of 
public funds for a University of North Carolina reading assignment on 
the 
Quran unless other religions get equal time.

The House Appropriations Committee voted Wednesday while it was putting 
together a $14.3 billion state budget. Some committee members attacked 
university officials over the plan to teach freshmen about the holy 
scriptures of Islam.

"If you stop and think about what 9/11 meant to this country -- 
homeland 
security, guards everywhere," said Rep. Wayne Sexton, a Republican from 
Rockingham. "Just think of what it costs to protect ourselves from this 
faction, and here we are promoting it."

The committee voted 64-10 to bar UNC-Chapel Hill from using public 
funds 
for its assignment to new students to read about a book on the Quran 
unless 
it gives equal time to "all known religions."

The book, "Approaching the Qur'an: The Early Revelations" by Michael 
Sells, 
is assigned reading for about 4,200 incoming freshmen and transfer 
students 
this month…

Sells, a comparative religions professor at Haverford College, defended 
his 
book in an essay published Thursday in The Washington Post.

He said most Muslims interpret verses cited in the Quran that demand 
slaying the unfaithful in the context of early war between Muhammad's 
followers and their opponents.

Muslims "no more expect to apply them to their contemporary non-Muslim 
friends and neighbors than most Christians and Jews consider themselves 
commanded by God, like the Biblical Joshua, to exterminate the 
infidels," 
Sells wrote.

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations called the 
dispute an example that "anti-Muslim rhetoric from commentators, 
religious 
leaders and now elected officials is getting out of hand and is 
poisoning 
the minds of many ordinary Americans."

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GRAHAM'S SON FACES NEW FIRE FROM MUSLIMS
Chicago Tribune, 8/9/02
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/lake/chi-0208090241aug09.story

Evangelist Franklin Graham has again drawn criticism from a Muslim 
organization after saying the Koran "speaks of violence" against other 
religious groups and Muslim clerics should apologize for Sept. 11 
terrorism.

Graham, who created controversy with similar remarks a month after the 
terrorist attacks, reiterated his views in interviews and in a new 
book, 
"The Name," released this week by Thomas Nelson Publishers. "The Koran 
speaks of violence against Christians and Jews," he said in an 
interview 
Tuesday. "I didn't write the Koran--read it for yourself. It's there. 
So 
you make up your own mind whether you think it's evil or not."

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington-based Muslim 
advocacy group, called portions of the book "defamatory" and asked 
religious leaders to denounce such comments.

"Mainstream political leaders and religious figures must speak out 
against 
the growing demonization of Islam by extremist right-wing commentators 
and 
by representatives of the evangelical Christian community," said 
Ibrahim 
Hooper, communications director for CAIR...

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GOVERNMENT MUST BE HELD TO HIGHER STANDARD IN WAR ON TERRORISM, 
PANELISTS SAY
Renee C. Lee, Associated Press, 8/9/02

DALLAS - Ali Al-Maqtari has been caught up in the war on terrorism for 
almost a year and wonders when he'll regain all his freedom.

Two days after the Sept. 11 attacks, Al-Maqtari, a native of Yemen, and 
his 
American Muslim wife were detained in Kentucky where she was stationed 
with 
the Army.

At a town hall meeting Thursday night about racial profiling and 
national 
security, Al-Maqtari said the couple had no idea what was happening as 
they 
were questioned for several days by government officials. Al-Maqtari is 
out 
on bond while awaiting a deportation hearing. His dark skin, his Muslim 
faith and his Arabic ancestry made him an easy target, said experts on 
the 
panel at the Asian American Journalists Association convention…

"I think this a war we must fight, it's a just war, but there's a 
distinction between a war against terrorists and a war against a racial 
group or group of faith," said Frank Wu, a professor at the Howard 
University School of Law. "Even those of us who are supportive of the 
war 
against terrorists, we must recognize it would be wrong for us to 
confuse 
that war with a war that's based on assumptions of who's on our side or 
not 
on our side."

Wu said Al-Maqtari's case shows racial profiling doesn't work. "There's 
nothing that shows it's effective as a measure to stop terrorists," he 
said…

Wu said there's an opportunity to build bridges and for people to see 
that 
everyone is affected by racial profiling.

"United we stand is a wonderful slogan, but all of us need to stand up 
and 
speak out for civil rights and for people who don't look like us," he 
said. 
"It's up to us to make the government live up to the words..."

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THE POWERPOINT THAT ROCKED THE PENTAGON
Jack Shafer,Slate.com, 8/7/02
http://slate.msn.com/?id=2069119

Diplomatic china rattled in Washington and cracked in Riyadh yesterday 
when 
the Washington Post published a story about a briefing given to a 
Pentagon 
advisory group last month. The briefing declared Saudi Arabia an enemy 
of 
the United States and advocated that the United States invade the 
country, 
seize its oil fields, and confiscate its financial assets unless the 
Saudis 
stop supporting the anti-Western terror network.

The Page One story, by Thomas E. Ricks ("Briefing Depicted Saudis as 
Enemies: Ultimatum Urged To Pentagon Board," Aug. 6), described a 
24-slide 
presentation given by Rand Corp. analyst Laurent Murawiec on July 10, 
2002, 
to the Defense Policy Board, a committee of foreign policy wonks and 
former 
government officials that advises the Pentagon on defense issues. 
Murawiec's PowerPoint scenario, which is reproduced for the first time 
below, makes him sound like an aspiring Dr. Strangelove.

The first half of Murawiec's presentation reads calmly enough, echoing 
Fareed Zakaria's Oct. 15, 2001, Newsweek essay about why the Arab world 
hates the United States. Its tribal, despotic regimes bottle up 
domestic 
dissent but indulge the exportation of political anger; intellectually, 
its 
people are trapped in the Middle Ages; its institutions lack the tools 
to 
deal with 21st-century problems; yadda yadda yadda.

But then Murawiec lights out for the extreme foreign policy territory, 
recommending that we threaten Medina and Mecca, home to Islam's most 
holy 
places, if they don't see it our way. Ultimately, he champions a 
takeover 
of Saudi Arabia. The last slide in the deck, titled "Grand strategy for 
the 
Middle East," abandons the outrageous for the incomprehensible. It 
reads:

Iraq is the tactical pivot
Saudi Arabia the strategic pivot
Egypt the prize
Egypt the prize?

Because none of the Defense Policy Board attendees are talking candidly 
about the session, it's hard to divine what "Egypt the prize" means or 
if 
Murawiec's briefing put it into any context. It sounds a tad loopy, 
even by 
Dr. Strangelove standards. The Post report does mention a "talking 
point" 
attached to the 24-page PowerPoint deck that describes Saudi Arabia as 
"the 
kernel of evil, the prime mover, the most dangerous opponent" in the 
Middle 
East. That's extreme talk even by the standards of the anti-Saudi 
editorialists at the Weekly Standard and the rest of the invade-Iraq 
fellowship...

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GOING AFTER THE SAUDIS
Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com, 8/9/02
http://www.antiwar.com/justin/justincol.html

As I pointed out in my last column, this "advisory board," chaired by 
ultra-hawk Richard Perle, is a redoubt of the War Party, and it was 
Perle 
who invited Rand Corporation analyst Laurent Murawiec to give the Power 
Point presentation that wowed Washington and ruffled already rocky 
relations with Riyadh…

It's interesting to note a peculiar pattern that seems to be emerging: 
many 
of the biggest warmongers, in the post 9/11 era, are ex-nutballs of one 
sort or another who went "straight" – and veered off into a more 
lucrative 
variety of extremism. Murawiec is merely the latest case. Think of 
David 
Horowitz, the ex-leftist cheerleader for the Black Panthers who now 
goes 
around lecturing blacks on their alleged "racism" and demanding all-out 
war 
on the Arab world.

Think of Stephen Schwartz, the Weekly Standard's "expert" on Wahabism, 
who 
gave up the fringe politics of left-anarcho-Trotksyism to become a 
major 
theoretician of the
Riyadh-as-"kernel of evil" school. Now we have a former cadre of the 
LaRouche organization – who apparently stayed in the group long after 
it 
had evolved from a typical "commune" of New Left Marxoids into a 
full-fledged loony bin – solemnly addressing an official Pentagon 
committee 
on the eve of a fateful war.

There's a lesson in there, somewhere….

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CAIR-OHIO PRESIDENT ON 610 WTVN

Dr. Ahmad Al-Akhras, CAIR-Ohio president will be hosted on a call-in
radio talk show this coming Saturday August 10th at 3:00 pm.

A variety of topics will be discussed, including Islam, Muslims, and
Arab reactions to September 11th, the state of Muslims post September
11th, and the situation in Palestine.

Please try to make your voice heard and call into the radio show.

When: Saturday Aug. 10th from 3:00 PM
Where:WTVN 610 AM
       Phone number: 821-9886 or 1-800-610-9886
Host: Carla Wren
Guest: Dr. Ahmad Al-Akhras, CAIR-Ohio President

Let our voices be heard!  Please call-in at 614-821-9886 (614-821-WTVN)

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Please indicate your preference from the following shift schedule:  
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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 8/10/2002

HEADLINES:

* AGENT SUSPENDED FOR ANTI-MUSLIM SLUR (AP)
* TERRORISM TIP NETWORK SCALED BACK (Los Angeles Times)
* FAST MEANS MORE THAN SPEED FOR 49ERS ROOKIE RASHEED (Contra Costa 
Times)
	- THE KOSHER KITCHEN IS A HIT AT CALTECH (Los Angeles Times)

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AGENT SUSPENDED FOR ANTI-MUSLIM SLUR
BREE FOWLER, Associated Press, 8/9/02
http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/wire/sns-ap-airport-seizure-graffiti0809aug09.story

DETROIT -- A Secret Service agent who admitted he scrawled anti-Muslim 
statements on a prayer calendar during a search will be suspended for 
six 
months without pay, a federal prosecutor said Friday.

U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Collins said the agent won't face criminal 
charges. 
He said the suspension, which amounts to a financial loss of about 
$40,000, 
and other sanctions were greater punishment than any misdemeanor charge 
would have been…

On July 18, federal agents searched the Dearborn home of Omar Shishani, 
who 
has pleaded innocent to smuggling $12 million in bogus cashier's checks 
into the United States.

Members of Shishani's family said they discovered after the search that 
"Islam is Evil" and "Christ is King" had been written on the calendar.

The agent, identified only as a 10-year veteran, will be transferred 
out of 
the Eastern District of Michigan and has written a letter of apology to 
Shishani and his family.

"We're satisfied with the decision," said Hodan Hassan, a spokeswoman 
for 
the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which had asked Attorney 
General 
John Ashcroft to investigate. "And we hope that the punishment meted 
out 
would be a signal to others that such bigotry would not be tolerated…"

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TERRORISM TIP NETWORK SCALED BACK
ERIC LICHTBLAU, Los Angeles Times, 8/10/02
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-tips10aug10.story

WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration, backing away from a 
controversial 
anti-terrorism plan in the face of a public backlash, said Friday that 
it 
will no longer solicit terrorism tips from utility workers, postal 
employees and anyone else with access to people's homes.

That pledge scales back President Bush's recently unveiled plan to set 
up a 
nationwide network of domestic tipsters from within the U.S. work force 
who 
the administration believes are in a "unique position" to report 
suspicious 
activity.

The administration still plans to enlist potentially hundreds of 
thousands 
of workers this fall as part of Operation TIPS. But officials have 
decided 
that workers with access to homes and private property will not be 
authorized to use the special nonpublished tipster hotline, Justice 
Department officials said.

The notion of cable television workers or meter readers reporting what 
they 
considered to be "suspicious" activity in someone's house had riled 
senators and civil libertarians alike, sparking protests and 
congressional 
opposition…

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FAST MEANS MORE THAN SPEED FOR 49ERS ROOKIE RASHEED
Cam Inman, Contra Costa Times, 8/10
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/sports/football/3836386.htm

STOCKTON, Calif._Rookie linebacker Saleem Rasheed's speed drew rave 
reviews 
from 49ers coaches after his debut last Saturday in the American Bowl.

"He played fast," 49ers coach Steve Mariucci said.

"He's fast, no doubt about it," defensive coordinator Jim Mora added. A 
few 
months from now, the word "fast" will take on an entirely different 
meaning 
for Rasheed, a devout Muslim.

Rasheed plans to adhere to his religious beliefs and fast when the holy 
month of Ramadan begins Nov. 6. From sunup to sundown, he won't eat 
anything or drink anything.

"He's going to have to think through that and discuss how he can manage 
that, manage his body and do it the right way according to his faith," 
said 
Mariucci, unable to recall if he's ever coached a Muslim football 
player. 
"This is new to me, really. That'll be interesting. He'll handle it 
properly…"

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THE KOSHER KITCHEN IS A HIT AT CALTECH
PETER Y. HONG, Los Angeles Times, 8/10/02
http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-kosher10aug10.story

Four years ago, Caltech officials were trying to lure a promising high 
school senior who was also being courted by Ivy League schools. 
Professors 
and administrators were all set to impress the prospect with Caltech's 
academic resources. But the student's parents raised an unexpected 
concern 
about sending their daughter to the Pasadena school for four years: 
What 
could she eat?

The young woman, who was Jewish, kept a kosher diet, and Caltech had no 
kosher meal plan. Not only was there no kosher food on campus, but the 
neighborhood has no kosher restaurants or grocery stores. So Caltech, a 
school with the means to spend what it takes to solve a problem, took a 
bold step: It built a kosher kitchen and hired a full-time chef--all 
before 
that student showed up for classes. The new facility quickly became 
popular 
with other Jewish students and Caltech staff. But it evolved in a 
surprising way: Muslims on campus also began to take the kosher meals 
to 
adhere to their own similar religious dietary requirements.

Today, Caltech offers both kosher meals and halal dishes for Muslims…

For most Muslim students, the kosher meals were acceptable, since they 
did 
not contain pork and God's name is invoked in the slaughter of kosher 
meats. Because halal rules prohibit the use of alcohol, Weinberger does 
not 
use cooking wine.

"A kosher kitchen generally surpasses any halal requirements," said 
Mahmoud 
Abdel-Baset, religious and social services coordinator for the Islamic 
Center of Southern California. While acknowledging some Muslims hold to 
more conservative standards, Abdel-Baset said he and other Muslims eat 
kosher meats…

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 8/12/2002

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: AVOIDANCE OF MATERIALISM
* POSTAGE STAMP CELEBRATING MUSLIM HOLIDAY TO BE RE-ISSUED (PR 
Newswire)
* CULTURES CLASH IN CUSTODY SPAT (Austin American Statesman)
* IN THE SECRET-DETENTIONS CLUB (New York Times)
         - HARD LIFE OF A SEPT. 11 DETAINEE (San Jose Mercury News)
* SMALL SCAMS PROBED FOR TERROR TIES (Washington Post)
* SPANISH MUSLIM MISSION GROWS IN MEXICO (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
* OP-ED: DISMANTLING OPPRESSIVE STRICTURES TAKES GUTS (Toronto Star)
* NORTHERN VA MEDIA RELATIONS WORKSHOP

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HADITH OF THE DAY: AVOIDANCE OF MATERIALISM

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Do not try too much to 
acquire property or else you will be too absorbed and enamored with the 
world."

Riyadh-Us-Salaheen, Chapter 55, Hadith 479

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POSTAGE STAMP CELEBRATING MUSLIM HOLIDAY TO BE RE-ISSUED
PR Newswire, 8/12/02

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 - The U.S. Postal Service is pleased to announce 
that 
the Eid postage stamp will be re-issued on Oct. 10, 2002, at the 
current 
First-Class rate of 37 cents.

A 34-cent Eid stamp was first issued on Sept. 1, 2001, at the annual 
Islamic Society of North America's convention in Des Plaines, Ill.  The 
new 
version will be available beginning Oct. 10 at Washington, D.C. post 
offices and at post offices across the country starting the following 
day.

"This is a proud moment for the Postal Service, the Muslim community, 
and 
Americans in general as we re-issue a postage stamp to honor and 
commemorate two important Islamic celebrations," said Azeezaly S. 
Jaffer, 
Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications for the Postal 
Service.  "The Eid stamp helps us highlight the business, educational 
and 
social contributions of the estimated six to seven million Muslims in 
this 
country whose cultural heritage has become an integral part of the 
fabric 
of this nation..."

The Eid stamp, designed by Mohammed Zakariya of Arlington, Va., 
features 
the Arabic phrase "Eid mubarak" in gold calligraphy on a blue 
background. 
English text on the stamps reads "EID GREETINGS..."

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CULTURES CLASH IN CUSTODY SPAT
Samira Jafari and Monica Polanco, Austin American Statesman, 8/10/02
http://www.austin360.com/auto_docs/epaper/editions/saturday/metro_state_1

When she converted to Islam two years ago, Michelle Anderson says, she 
felt 
a new sense of freedom beneath her scarf and tunic. She said she fell 
in 
love with the importance that her new faith placed on family.

"It was like finding something you don't know you were looking for," 
Anderson said. "I automatically felt I had a huge family." But 
Anderson's 
conversion and her marriage to a foreign Muslim man have laid the 
groundwork for a custody battle for Anderson's 9-year-old son. The 
fight, 
which heads to a Williamson County court next week, began three days 
after 
terrorists attacked the United States last year. It has drawn attention 
from the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington-based 
group 
that's soliciting donations to help Anderson.

Her ex-husband is asking for sole custody of their son and will make 
his 
arguments Tuesday in front of a Williamson County judge...

Based on Douglas Anderson's request for an investigation, the court 
appointed social worker Susan Sanders to inspect the households of both 
Douglas and Michelle Anderson.

In her written report, Sanders concluded the Andersons' son would be 
better 
off living with his father. The report said Douglas Anderson and his 
wife 
of four years could provide a stable home. The report also noted that 
he 
has acknowledged a history of excessive drinking and does not attend 
church.

Sanders didn't criticize Michelle Anderson's lifestyle or home, but she 
did 
note the woman's latest marriage.

"Ms. Anderson's conversion to Islam and her subsequent arranged 
marriage to 
a foreigner are very basic issues in this case and are certainly 
unusual 
from the point of view of prevalent American culture," Sanders wrote in 
her 
July 26 report. "Although (an arranged marriage) is customary in the 
Islamic community, it is well out of the American mainstream...

Saleem Shafi, Austin chairman of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, 
said Michelle Anderson's religion should not be an issue.

"I think that the fact that some people would feel like that kind of 
behavior would disqualify a mother from being a good mother is a sign 
of 
ignorance about that culture," Shafi said. "The fact that people don't 
know 
enough about Islam is really, I think, at the root (of the problem)."

ACTION REQUESTED:

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her 
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Make checks payable to: "Brenda Rhea, Attorney at Law, Trust Account" 
Indicate in the memo section: Trust Account for Respondent's Legal 
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IN THE SECRET-DETENTIONS CLUB
Barbara Crossette, New York Times, 8/11/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/08/11/weekinreview/11CROS.html

UNITED NATIONS - THE use of detention within the United States may be 
the 
most problematic tool in the Bush administration's arsenal in the 
global 
war on terrorism. It has alarmed American civil rights groups, and 
foreign 
critics have used the issue to turn a lot of initial sympathy for the 
United States into a new wave of anti-Americanism, while it has given 
China 
and Russia reason to call their far more egregious human rights 
violations 
antiterrorism.

Detention is not new in the United States. There was the roundup of 
Japanese-Americans during World War II and the wholesale detention of 
Haitian boat people and a significant number of Cubans in the 1980's 
and 
early 1990's. What is new is that the detentions are shrouded in 
secrecy: 
for the first time, the United States, like countries whose human 
rights 
policies it has long criticized, is withholding the names of detainees 
by 
letting it know who has been interrogated.

"The detentions of Haitian asylum seekers weren't secret," said Elisa 
Massimino, director of the Washington office of the Lawyers' Committee 
for 
Human Rights. "We were never denied the names; they were permitted 
access 
to counsel. It's really a qualitative difference with what's being done 
now..."

"If there is another attack, God forbid, we're going to see a whole new 
round of measures, and they will be far more extreme than what we've 
seen," 
she said. "If we want to see where this kind of thing is heading, then 
we 
can look to China, and we can look to Egypt and we can look to what 
Turkey 
was doing with the Kurds. That's our future, unless we can lay down 
some 
markers now about what would be too much..."

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HARD LIFE OF A SEPT. 11 DETAINEE
Karen de Sa, San Jose Mercury News, 8/12/02
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/3846979.htm

In its sweep for terrorists following the Sept. 11 attacks, the 
government 
locked up Azmy Elghazaly, a Palestinian Muslim and Salinas truck driver 
who 
had overstayed his visa. No evidence has surfaced linking Elghazaly to 
terrorism -- but nearly a year later he remains in jail.

Elghazaly is among about 145 of the original 1,182 post-attack 
detainees 
still being held while their fate is argued in federal court. Because 
the 
government won't reveal who they are or what they did despite a judge's 
order this month to do so, no one can say if his situation is typical.

Still, Elghazaly's story -- pieced together by the Mercury News from 
interviews and court papers -- offers insights into how desperate life 
is 
for many of the detainees, and how difficult it will be to resolve 
their 
fate. Elghazaly, 35, is not without fault, having entered the United 
States 
on a tourist visa in 1990 and never left. His petitions for political 
asylum were rejected. For two years before Sept. 11 he actively evaded 
deportation proceedings.

Yet Elghazaly has now spent 10 months in three different jails despite 
federal rules that say an illegal immigrant should be jailed no more 
than 
90 days pending deportation. While in maximum security in San Jose, he 
lived for more than four months in shackles.

His wife waits and hopes in Bakersfield, caring for two children 
including 
a 3-year-old daughter born with spina bifida who requires constant 
medical 
attention...

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SMALL SCAMS PROBED FOR TERROR TIES
John Mintz and Douglas Farah, Washington Post, 8/12/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A6565-2002Aug11.html

Authorities are quietly investigating more than 500 Muslim and Arab 
small 
businesses across the United States to determine whether they are 
dispatching money raised through criminal activity in the United States 
to 
terrorist groups overseas.

The investigation into Arab businesses, many of them convenience 
stores, is 
part of a sprawling inquiry launched after Sept. 11, when law 
enforcement 
agents dramatically stepped up scrutiny of small-scale scams that they 
think are generating tens of millions of dollars a year for militant 
groups, federal officials said...

Arab and Muslim civil rights activists said they were unaware that 
officials had launched a large and coordinated investigation into small 
businesses in their communities.

"It wouldn't surprise me that authorities are singling out Arab and 
Muslim 
businesses for scrutiny, given the presumption of guilt we've 
confronted 
from government since September 11th," said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman 
for 
the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil rights group...

Twenty agents barged into the Hollywood, Fla., home of Ali Al-Madi at 
6:15 
a.m. a few weeks ago. Al-Madi's attorney, David Vinikoor, said the 
government has no evidence that his client has links to terrorism.

Al-Madi, who owns two mini-marts in the area, had been arrested by 
state 
officials in a sting last October on charges of dealing in stolen 
cigarettes and pharmaceuticals. He was arrested again early on July 31 
by 
the South Florida Joint Terrorism Task Force for owning a shotgun with 
an 
obliterated serial number.

"If they have evidence of terrorism, which I doubt, let them bring it 
out," 
Vinikoor said. "If this is based on his religion, I object to it."

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SPANISH MUSLIM MISSION GROWS IN MEXICO
Susan Ferriss, Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 8/12/02
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/epaper/editions/monday/news_d375f432859412cd00d2.html

San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico --- Every weekday morning, children 
at 
an Islamic school in this city sit cross-legged at low desks and rock 
in 
time as they recite the Quran in Arabic.

The older girls' heads are wrapped in obligatory scarves, and all the 
children are required to leave their shoes at the door.

But this isn't Pakistan, Iran or an Arab state.

This Islamic "madrasa" is part of a small but growing community of 
several 
hundred Muslim converts in San Cristobal de las Casas, a Mexican 
tourist 
community in southern Chiapas state better known as the gateway to this 
region's modern Maya Indian culture. The new adherents to Islam in 
Chiapas 
are almost all Maya who were once Protestants, a choice that made their 
families renegades for several previous decades in many Catholic 
indigenous 
communities.

And curiously, the proselytizers are Spanish converts who arrived in 
1995 
and hail from the southern province of Granada, the last stronghold of 
the 
Muslim Moors of Spain before their defeat by Christian soldiers in 
1492...

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OP-ED: DISMANTLING OPPRESSIVE STRICTURES TAKES GUTS
Sheema Khan, Toronto Star, 8/12/02
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1026144131894&call_page=TS_Opinion&call_pageid=968256290124&call_pagepath=News/Opinion

A classic 1985 South Asian film, Mirch Masala, describes the heroic 
struggle of a young village woman, Sonbia, against misogyny and 
oppression 
in her society.

The main plot concerns the exploits of the local police chief, whose 
corruption and swagger hold sway over the equally corrupt and spineless 
villagers.

Sonbia repeatedly rebuffs his crude sexual advances. Unaccustomed to 
resistance, he threatens to wreak havoc on the entire village. Not one 
man 
comes to her defence, except for an imam living on the outskirts of 
town, 
who offers his mosque as a refuge to Sonbia and her supportive friends.

He further pledges to defend their lives and honour. He fights 
valiantly, 
and dies. But not in vain, for his jihad allows the women to launch a 
counterattack, leading to victory and vindication.

A testimonial to indigenous feminism, this cinematic gem is even more 
anomalous for its portrayal of the imam: A devout Muslim who stands up 
for 
justice risking his own life in the process. His is a rare, inspiring 
example against cultural misogyny. His bravery, along with the courage 
of 
the women, serves as a catalyst towards dispensation of justice...

Dismantling oppressive strictures in society are never easy. 
Nevertheless, 
unless individuals rise to the occasion and question injustice whenever 
it 
occurs, social transformation will always be elusive...

Sheema Khan is chair of Ottawa-based CAIR-CAN, the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations-Canada.

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 8/13/2002

HEADLINES:

* US MIGRANT REGISTRY TO BE LAUNCHED ON SEPTEMBER 11 ANNIVERSARY (AFP)
* EDITORIAL: DISTRESSING ASSAULTS ON THE PRINCIPLE OF CHECKS AND 
BALANCES 
(Kansas City Star)
* OP-ED: DUMMYING UP (Chicago Tribune)
	- A KINDER, GENTLER KORAN (Time)
* RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION UNCHECKED IN UZBEKISTAN (Chicago Tribune)
* THE RULERS OF HEBRON (Ha'aretz)
* SELECTIVE MEMRI (Guardian)
* HEAD SCARF PROCLAIMS MUSLIM GIRL'S FAITH, CONFIDENCE (Atlanta Journal 
Constitution)

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US MIGRANT REGISTRY TO BE LAUNCHED ON SEPTEMBER 11 ANNIVERSARY
Agence France Presse, 8/13/02

WASHINGTON - A new federal registry to boost surveillance of visitors 
to 
the United States who spark elevated national security concerns will be 
launched September 11, the anniversary of deadly terror attacks, the 
Justice Department said Monday.

The entry/exit registration system responds to a congressional mandate 
to 
track "virtually all" of the 35 million foreign nationals who visit the 
United States annually before 2005.

The NSEERS program, which will start at select ports of entry for 
travel by 
land, air and sea for a 20-day trial period before full implementation 
October 1, requires the fingerprinting of a small percentage of foreign 
visitors. Nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan and Syria -- countries 
listed on the US State Department's list of state sponsors of terrorism 
-- 
will be fingerprinted, as will "nonimmigrant aliens whom the State 
Department determines to present an elevated national security risk," 
the 
Justice Department said in a statement...

Advocates for Arab and Muslim Americans have complained the new rules 
are 
biased. When the program was announced in June, the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations said it would likely "create a false sense 
of 
security and end up further damaging America's image and reputation 
around 
the world."

SEE ALSO

To view CAIR's news release regarding the new fingerprinting measures 
go to:
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?articleid=836&articletype=3

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EDITORIAL: DISTRESSING ASSAULTS ON THE PRINCIPLE OF CHECKS AND BALANCES
Kansas City Star, 8/13/02
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascitystar/news/opinion/3831948.htm

The Bush administration has embarked on a dangerous course in rejecting 
the 
authority of the federal courts over certain cases related to the war 
on 
terrorism. Nothing could undermine that war more quickly than a 
constitutional crisis brought on by arrogance in the executive branch.
The administration's haphazard arrests, detentions of people for 
extended 
periods without charges, excessive secrecy and other troubling 
practices 
already have raised serious concerns and left government officials 
sounding 
at times like apologists for a banana republic.

Some administration officials talk as if they can't quite grasp such 
basics 
of American jurisprudence as the presumption of innocence. Others seek 
to 
obscure facts with semantic quibbles.

The administration's mistakes and dubious legal positions have resulted 
in 
a long string of embarrassments in the courtroom. Judges have 
repeatedly 
expressed skepticism over the administration's detention policies.

Now an American Bar Association task force has criticized the 
administration for jailing enemy combatants without charges or access 
to 
attorneys. This week the association will decide whether to taken an 
official stand on the use of enemy-combatant status for some detainees.

Early this month the government received another sharp rebuke, this 
time 
from U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler. She ordered the government to 
release -- with certain possible exceptions -- the names of the people 
detained since last September's terrorist attacks.

"Secret arrests," the judge wrote, "are a concept odious to a 
democratic 
society." Administration officials should be humiliated by this 
lecture. 
The administration seems to be challenging the system of checks and 
balances, which has served the nation well...

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OP-ED: DUMMYING UP
Clarence Page, Chicago Tribune, 8/13/02
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/chi-0208110057aug11.column?coll=chi%2Dnews%2Dcol 


WASHINGTON -- I'll say this for Bill O'Reilly. Unlike some other 
windbags 
of radio and TV, he's not afraid to invite guests on his Fox News 
Channel 
program who, even if he's not listening, show the rest of the world 
just 
how wrong he can be.

One recent example involved a book that has put a burr under O'Reilly's 
saddle. It is a book about the Koran, the holy book of Islam, that the 
University of North Carolina is requiring incoming freshmen to read 
over 
the summer...

The important thing, as Robert Kirkpatrick, the professor who chose the 
book, explained on "The O'Reilly Factor" TV show is this: First-year 
students need to know that "as a member of an academic community they 
have 
to learn to think and to read and to write and to defend their 
opinions..."

Indeed, it should be at least as interesting as listening to 
showman-journalist O'Reilly explain why he will not read the book. 
According to a Fox transcript, he called UNC's assignment 
"unbelievable," 
compared it to assigning "Mein Kampf" during World War II and asked why 
should freshmen be required to study "our enemy's religion."

Yes, there is a lot more to Islam than Osama bin Laden and his violent 
brethren, but apparently not in O'Reilly's mind...

That's no more fair than those who denounce Christianity because 
fanatics 
during the Inquisition, the Crusades and similar tragic moments in 
history 
used the Book of Joshua and other scriptures to torture and slaughter 
non-Christians in God's name.

Quite right. I deeply regret that we have not given our children a more 
peaceful world to inherit, but they're a bright bunch. They'll figure 
out 
that they need to be reading more books, not fewer.

SEE ALSO:


A KINDER, GENTLER KORAN
David Van Biema, Time, 8/19/02
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101020819-335965,00.html


Homework is usually controversial only for the students who have to do 
it. 
But this summer the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which 
customarily assigns a book to its incoming freshmen, chose Approaching 
the 
Qur'an, a set of heavily annotated excerpts from the Muslim Holy Writ.

Chancellor James Moeser reportedly asked his trustees, "What could be 
more
timely?" And what could be more predictable than the brouhaha that 
followed: the rumbling overture on Christian websites; the brassy solo 
by 
Fox News's Bill O'Reilly, who compared the assignment to having 
students 
read Hitler's Mein Kampf in 1941;
and the inevitable legal coda? The Virginia-based Family Policy 
Network, a 
Christian group, sued U.N.C., claiming the assignment amounted to 
state-funded promotion of a faith. The North Carolina legislature is 
considering pulling the school's funds
for the project...

Fred Eckel, faculty adviser for Campus Crusade for Christ, differs. 
While 
declining to speak for his group, he says, "It seems to me that 
studying 
religions is an important thing on a college campus. It helps us begin 
to 
recognize that we need to understand other people. I hope it will lead 
Christian students in making an effort to better understand their own 
religion."

That sentiment, apparently foreign to people like O'Reilly, is 
strikingly 
similar to the free-market-of-ideas case expressed in verse 5: 48: "Had 
Allah willed He could have made you one community. But...(He hath made 
you 
as ye are). So vie one with another in good works."

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RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION UNCHECKED IN UZBEKISTAN
Alex Rodriguez, Chicago Tribune, 8/13/02
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0208130256aug13.story?coll=chi%2Dnewsnationworld%2Dhed

MOSCOW - Mustafa Avazov, a devout Muslim and father of four, died 
inside an 
Uzbek prison meant solely for violators of Uzbekistan's harsh 
"extremism" 
laws that effectively punish the practice of Islam outside the auspices 
of 
state-controlled mosques.

Some of his skin had been burned off, wounds that doctors said could be 
inflicted only by holding someone under boiling water. His fingernails 
were 
gone. His head had a gaping wound in the back. He died, human-rights 
workers allege, because he defiantly told prison guards he would 
continue 
praying "no matter what they did."

Despite pleas for reform from the Bush administration, Uzbekistan has 
yet 
to show any signs of ending its notorious record of religious 
persecution, 
rights activists say. As evidence, New York-based Human Rights Watch 
released details last weekend of the deaths of two Muslim men jailed 
for 
their adherence to non-state-sanctioned Islam.

Still, the U.S. has forged a strong alliance with Uzbekistan as it 
continues the war on terrorism in Central Asia, and the Bush 
administration 
has poured hundreds of millions of dollars in aid into the former 
Soviet 
republic, despite Karimov's record on human rights...

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THE RULERS OF HEBRON
Ha'aretz, 8/13/02
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=196980&contrassID=2&subContrassID=3&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y&itemNo=196980

Ever since the occupation of the territories began, the settlers of 
Hebron 
have been noteworthy for their militancy, their racist hatred against 
Palestinian residents of the city and the violent contempt that they 
and 
their children demonstrate toward the rule of law and every person in 
uniform who acts in its name...

The Civil Administration recently drafted a report that documents some 
of 
the acts of the Hebron settlers (Ha'aretz, August 11). This document, 
which 
was submitted to the prime minister and the defense minister, notes in 
detail how this unique Jewish settlement rears "shock troops" of boys 
and 
girls, steeped in hatred and arrogance, who torment the Palestinians 
and 
oppress them in various ways. The graduates of these operations, the 
young 
couples, serve as reserves for breaking into Palestinian houses 
adjacent to 
the Jewish neighborhoods in order to evict their occupants and annex 
these 
houses to the Jewish settlement. "No one dares to deal with them," one 
security official confessed to a Ha'aretz reporter...

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SELECTIVE MEMRI
Brian Whitaker, Guardian (UK), 8/12/02
http://www.guardian.co.uk/elsewhere/journalist/story/0,7792,773258,00.html

For some time now, I have been receiving small gifts from a generous 
institute in the United States. The gifts are high-quality translations 
of 
articles from Arabic newspapers which the institute sends to me by 
email 
every few days, entirely free-of-charge. The emails also go to 
politicians 
and academics, as well as to lots of other journalists. The stories 
they 
contain are usually interesting.

Whenever I get an email from the institute, several of my Guardian 
colleagues receive one too and regularly forward their copies to me - 
sometimes with a note suggesting that I might like to check out the 
story 
and write about it...

The organisation that makes these translations and sends them out is 
the 
Middle East Media Research Institute (Memri), based in Washington but 
with 
recently-opened offices in London, Berlin and Jerusalem. Its work is 
subsidised by US taxpayers because as an "independent, non-partisan, 
non-profit" organisation, it has tax-deductible status under American 
law.
Memri's purpose, according to its website, is to bridge the language 
gap 
between the west - where few speak Arabic - and the Middle East, by 
"providing timely translations of Arabic, Farsi, and Hebrew media".

Despite these high-minded statements, several things make me uneasy 
whenever I'm asked to look at a story circulated by Memri. First of 
all, 
it's a rather mysterious organisation. Its website does not give the 
names 
of any people to contact, not even an office address...

The second thing that makes me uneasy is that the stories selected by 
Memri 
for translation follow a familiar pattern: either they reflect badly on 
the 
character of Arabs or they in some way further the political agenda of 
Israel. I am not alone in this unease.

Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations told the 
Washington Times: "Memri's intent is to find the worst possible quotes 
from 
the Muslim world and disseminate them as widely as possible..."

Evidence from Memri's website also casts doubt on its non-partisan 
status. 
Besides supporting liberal democracy, civil society, and the free 
market, 
the institute also emphasises "the continuing relevance of Zionism to 
the 
Jewish people and to the state of Israel".
That is what its website used to say, but the words about Zionism have 
now 
been deleted. The original page, however, can still be found in 
internet 
archives.

The reason for Memri's air of secrecy becomes clearer when we look at 
the 
people behind it. The co-founder and president of Memri, and the 
registered 
owner of its website, is an Israeli called Yigal Carmon. Mr - or 
rather, 
Colonel - Carmon spent 22 years in Israeli military intelligence and 
later 
served as counter-terrorism adviser to two Israeli prime ministers, 
Yitzhak 
Shamir and Yitzhak Rabin...

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HEAD SCARF PROCLAIMS MUSLIM GIRL'S FAITH, CONFIDENCE
Nadirah Z. Sabir, Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 8/13/02
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/epaper/editions/today/features_d385d61a8594129a0015.html 


Eager to start fifth grade, Mariam Arshad's first day of school Monday 
at 
Smoke Rise Elementary School was also something of a coming of age.

Monday was the first day Mariam, a 10-year-old Muslim who lives in 
Stone 
Mountain, began to wear her head scarf in the public --- beyond family 
events with other Muslims.

"She has been asking us for the past few years," to begin wearing 
hijab, 
the head scarves worn by Muslim women, said her father, Dr. Mohammed 
Arshad, a gynecologist at DeKalb Medical Center. "We were not sure if 
she 
had reached that point to be comfortable with the schoolkids." However, 
on 
Sunday, her mother, Qaisra, had her outfit --- jeans; plaid, 
long-sleeve 
shirt; and a white head scarf --- ironed and on a hanger in her 
youngest 
daughter's closet.

It is a room like most little girls'. Filled with stuffed animals, it 
has 
Beverly Cleary's Ramona series and a Techno Kitty, an animated version 
of 
Mariam's own elusive cat, Raincloud...

Mariam is not worried about being teased or ridiculed at school, where 
her 
favorite subjects are English, social studies and art. "It won't affect 
[my 
friendships] if they see me with a scarf on. It won't be any 
different..."

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 8/14/2002

HEADLINES:

* VERSE OF THE DAY: VIRTUE OF GRACIOUSNESS
* JUDGE RECUSES HIMSELF FROM TX MUSLIM CUSTODY CASE
* THE NAME GAME (Village Voice)
* JUDGE SKEWERS U.S. CURBS ON DETAINEE (Washington Post)
* TERROR SUSPECT LOOKS LIKE 'SMALL FISH' NOW, U.S. OFFICIALS SAY (AP)
* EDITORIAL: THE MERCHANTS OF BIGOTRY (Hartford Courant)
* QURAN PROVISION INCLUDED IN HOUSE BUDGET BILL (AP)
* NEA WEBSITE MISSED THE MARK ON 9-11 TEACHINGS, CONSERVATIVES SAY 
(CNSNews.com)
* GLOBAL WARMTH FOR U.S. AFTER 9/11 TURNS TO FROST MILITARY PLANS 
REPULSE 
EVEN EUROPEAN ALLIES (USA Today)
* MUSLIMS KEEP WATCH OVER HOLY SHRINE (AP)
* YOUNG MUSLIMS TALK ABOUT LIFE AFTER SEPT. 11 (San Jose Mercury News)
* SO CAL ROUNDTABLE ON MEDIA/PUBLIC RELATIONS

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VERSE OF THE DAY: VIRTUE OF GRACIOUSNESS

"Invite (all) to the way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful 
preaching; 
and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious."

Holy Quran, Surah 16, Verse 125


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JUDGE RECUSES HIMSELF FROM TX MUSLIM CUSTODY CASE

(ROUND ROCK, TX, 8/14/02) - In a surprise move yesterday, a Texas judge 
assigned to a child custody hearing, involving a Muslim mother, recused 
himself from the case. A new judge was assigned and the hearing moved 
to 
October 30, 2002.

In the proceedings, the judge denied a motion by the mother's lawyer to 
have a social worker's report, dismissed because of evidence based on 
race, 
religion and national origin. Following a break in the hearing, the 
judge 
recused himself from the case without explanation.

The final hearing was to decide whether the mother, who accepted Islam 
and 
recently married a native of Morocco, would lose custody of her 
nine-year 
old son to her ex-husband. In documents filed with the court, the 
ex-husband stated that his son should "have a normal life" and an 
"all-American home."

The case has worried some in the American Muslim community, in part 
because 
of the controversial "Home Study Report for Custody" filed with the 
court 
by a social worker assigned to the case. The report states: "[The 
mother's] 
conversion to Islam and her subsequent arranged marriage to a foreigner 
are 
very basic issues in this case, and are certainly unusual from the 
point of 
view of prevalent American culture." The Council on American-Islamic 
Relations (CAIR), a civil rights group based in Washington, D.C., 
encouraged concerned Muslims to send donations to help with legal 
expenses.

Brenda Rhea, attorney for the Muslim mother, maintains a high level of 
optimism that her client will retain custody of her child. She also 
expressed appreciation for the outpouring of support from people who 
have 
donated or sent letters of encouragement to the mother. "On Monday, my 
client was feeling particularly alone and vulnerable, but after she 
read 
the letters filled with compassion from across the country, she was a 
transformed person," said Ms. Rhea.

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THE NAME GAME
Chisun Lee, Village Voice, 8/14/02
http://villagevoice.com/issues/0233/lee2.php

Americans maddened by the covert maneuverings and because-we-said-so 
bravado of John Ashcroft's Justice Department are reveling in the 
bracing 
dose of sanity that is the August 2 decision by U.S. District Court 
Judge 
Gladys Kessler. She gave the government 15 days to release the names of 
the 
more than 1000 people it admitted to arresting and secretly detaining 
in 
its ongoing September 11 investigation...

Kate Martin, a lawyer with the Center for National Security Studies and 
lead attorney against the government, says even the ordered list of 
names 
may not provide a clear answer. The various figures relating to the 
terrorism investigation, cited by the Justice Department in different 
categories at different times, "don't add up," Martin says. The 
government 
issued one total on November 5, suggesting that the 
investigation-related 
sweeps had stopped. "Then they gave us some information on arrests 
after 
November 11, indicating that the 9-11 investigation is continuing. 
They've 
been very unclear about who is in that category and who isn't," says 
Martin...

"More cases are rolling in," she says. Her cases have largely involved 
New 
York and New Jersey residents, but "two days ago, I got a call from a 
detainee in Wyoming." The government "is picking up people much more 
egregiously, for stupid problems," like missing by days a deadline to 
report a change of address to the INS, she claims. "I include them all 
under the 9-11 umbrella, because they've been questioned about all the 
typical [9-11] stuff, like credit card use and e-mail lists, whether 
they 
are biology students with knowledge of biological weapons." Other local 
immigration lawyers have reported similar cases"

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JUDGE SKEWERS U.S. CURBS ON DETAINEE
Tom Jackman, Washington Post, 8/14/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A14862-2002Aug13.html

NORFOLK -- Line by line, a federal judge today dissected the 
government's 
reasoning for holding Yaser Esam Hamdi incommunicado in a Navy brig 
here 
and indicated that he didn't think prosecutors provided enough facts 
for 
him to decide whether Hamdi should have access to a lawyer.

U.S. District Judge Robert G. Doumar said he would soon rule on a 
request 
by Hamdi's father to allow a federal public defender to visit Hamdi, 
who 
was captured in Afghanistan with Taliban forces in November, taken to 
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with other prisoners, then moved here when he 
told 
authorities that he was born in the United States. The government has 
declared Hamdi an "unlawful enemy combatant," entitled to neither 
constitutional protections nor international prisoner-of-war status.

Doumar sparred repeatedly with the government's lawyer over why Hamdi 
was 
an enemy combatant and what exactly that meant, saying the government 
appeared to be trying to place unprecedented restrictions on a 
prisoner's 
rights.

"I tried valiantly to find a case of any kind, in any court, where a 
lawyer 
couldn't meet" with a client, Doumar said. "This case sets the most 
interesting precedent in relation to that which has ever existed in 
Anglo-American jurisprudence since the days of the Star Chamber," a 
reference to English kings' secret court from the 1400s to the 1600s...

Doumar noted that the declaration doesn't say how long Hamdi would need 
to 
be detained and for what purpose: "How long does it take to question a 
man?" the judge asked. "A year? Two years? Ten years? A lifetime...?"

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TERROR SUSPECT LOOKS LIKE 'SMALL FISH' NOW, U.S. OFFICIALS SAY
Christopher Newton, Associated Press, 8/14/02
http://www.austin360.com/statesman/editions/today/news_14.html

WASHINGTON -- An American touted by Attorney General John Ashcroft as a 
significant terrorism figure with plans to detonate a radioactive bomb 
is 
probably a "small fish" with no ties to al Qaeda cell members in the 
United 
States, law enforcement officials say.

The FBI's investigation has produced no evidence that Jose Padilla had 
begun preparations for an attack and little reason to believe that he 
had 
any support from al Qaeda to direct such a plot, one of the officials 
said 
on condition of anonymity...

Padilla, 31, is being held in a military brig in South Carolina as an 
enemy 
combatant, a legal designation allowing the government to jail him 
without 
formal criminal charges. No military tribunal is planned, and his 
attorney 
has argued in court that he is being held illegally and should be 
released.

Padilla's attorney, Donna Newman, said the government was avoiding a 
court 
case because it has little evidence against him.

"What we could analyze from government statements is that they didn't 
have 
sufficient evidence to charge him," Newman said. "All they could do was 
allege that he was somehow involved in the talking stages of a plan and 
they didn't even allege his role. And that is supposed to be enough to 
hold 
him without trial...?"

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EDITORIAL: THE MERCHANTS OF BIGOTRY
Hartford Courant, 8/11/02
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Imagine the outrage in our country if a prominent American Muslim 
denounced 
Christianity as an evil force minted in hell by a pedophile. Imagine if 
an 
imam in a Hartford mosque proclaimed that Judaism is a religion of war 
that 
preaches the enslavement of all gentiles.

The uproar would be predictable, long-lasting and proper. Bigotry, 
zealotry 
and hatred, we would assert, are ugly and prominent features elsewhere, 
not 
in America. The cobra spreads its venom in the madrassas of Pakistan, 
Saudi 
Arabia and Indonesia, not in our red-white-and-blue temples of learning 
and 
worship.

Well, it's time for a rude awakening. Americans should start paying 
more 
attention to the zealots in their midst, who are sowing seeds of 
hatred. 
Here are a few recent tillers of this bitter earth.

Islam is "a very evil and wicked religion," according to the Rev. 
Franklin 
Graham, heir to the evangelical kingdom built by the Rev. Billy Graham, 
whose anti-Semitic ranting with President Richard M. Nixon are now part 
of 
history.

The prophet Muhammad was nothing more than "a demonic, obsessed 
pedophile," 
proclaimed the Rev. Jerry Vines, past president of the Southern Baptist 
Convention.

In their booklet "Why Islam Is a Threat to America and the West," two 
well-known right-wing activists, Paul Weyrich and William Lind, preach 
that 
American Muslims "should be encouraged to leave. They are a fifth 
column in 
this country..."

Xenophobes have been among us since colonial times, of course. The ugly 
utterances are rightly tolerated in the name of democracy and rightly 
condemned as unrepresentative of the American character. What's 
distressing 
about the latest round of ethnic and religion bashing, however, is the 
scant attention it has received, especially by people who themselves 
have 
historically been targets of bigotry...

For those with open minds, it may be useful to find out why Islam, with 
1.3 
billion followers, is the fastest growing religion in the world today. 
Could it be because some adherents sanctify violence and promise 
suicide 
bombers heavenly residence? Or could the attraction to Islam be 
attributed 
to such religious and cultural traits as charity, hospitality, 
egalitarianism, prayers and respect for other religions?

To argue that Islam is Osama bin Laden and the ayatollahs of Iran makes 
no 
more sense than to say that Christianity is Franklin Graham and Jerry 
Vines.

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