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Topics (messages 501 through 600):

CAIR-NET: IL Hospital Sued for Post-9/11 Firing of Muslim Worker
	501 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Israel Gets Pay Increase, Government Workers Don't
	502 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Md. Men Charged With Anti-Muslim Hate Crime
	503 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Judge Denies NYC Secret Evidence Request
	504 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Counter Ignorance with US Library Campaign
	505 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: How Long Must Muslims Apologize?
	506 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Con-Artist Who Defrauded Muslims Caught
	507 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Israel Cost U.S. Taxpayers $1.6 Trillion Since 1973
	508 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Bush's Frightening Middle East Appointment
	509 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Criticize Portrayal of "Jesus" in TV Ad
	510 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims Opt for Home Schooling
	511 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Fla. Muslims to Voice Civil Rights Concerns at Town Hall 
Meeting
	512 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Imams Urged to Announce INS Registration Program
	513 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: US Filmmakers Tread Carefully in Mohammed Bio
	514 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: General Sees Scant Evidence of Threat in U.S.
	515 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Immigrants Say INS Deadline Unfair
	516 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Ask INS to Extend Registration Deadline
	517 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Lott Should Resign From Senate Post Say Muslims
	518 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Armenia Dropped From INS Registration List?
	519 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Network Pressured Over Portrayal of Muhammad
	520 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Man Gets 6-1/2 Years For Attack On Mosque
	521 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CA Townhall Meeting on INS Detentions
	522 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: INS "Roundup" Targets Muslims, Says Islamic Advocacy Group
	523 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Groups Protest INS Detentions of Muslim Immigrants
	524 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Cartoon Portrays Prophet Muhammad as Terrorist
	525 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Civil Liberties Groups File Lawsuit Over Mass INS Arrests
	526 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: FBI Seeks Data on Foreign Students
	527 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: IL Center Vandalized/U.S. Uses "Stress and Duress"
	528 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Republican Group Asked to Remove Anti-Islam Link
	529 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Republican Website Removes Anti-Islam Link
	530 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Islam and Human Cloning - Resources
	531 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Post Slams INS Arrests/Human Cloning Denounced
	532 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Had Key Role in Iraq Arms Buildup
	533 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Co-Sponsors INS Registration Survey
	534 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: URGENT Announcement About INS Registration
	535 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Florida Journalist Mocks Arabs, Muslims
	536 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Canadians Alienated by U.S. Travel Indignities
	537 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Florida Journalist Suspended Over Biased Comments
	538 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: $15 Billion Asked of U.S. Taxpayers by Israel
	539 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Penn. Islamic Center Vandalized
	540 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR-FL to Seek Suspension of INS Special Registration
	541 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Hispanic Muslims - "From Mexico to Mecca"
	542 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Stimulate America's Economy, Not Israel's
	543 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Columnist, Cartoonist Seek "Payback" Against Muslims?
	544 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET:  Israel Wants More Than Total US Aid Budget
	545 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Relief Sought for Muslim Family Facing Deportation
	546 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Case Against FL Muslim Crumbles Amid Lies
	547 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: INS Grants Parole to DE Muslim with Sick Children
	548 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims Go on Hajj as Nation Heads to War
	549 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Stops Synagogue Torching
	550 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Israeli at US Aid Talks Implicated in Massacre
	551 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Antiwar Activists Prepare for Weekend of Protests
	552 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Rights Abuses Feared in Terror War
	553 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Western Union Blocks Funds Over Name "Muhammad"
	554 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Five Countries Added to INS Registration
	555 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: FL Religious Leaders Asked to Repudiate Anti-Muslim Church 
Sign
	556 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Israel to Kill In U.S., Allied Countries
	557 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Attend White House Briefing on INS Registration
	558 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Detains Nearly 1,200 During Registry
	559 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Florida Church to Launch Anti-Muslim Web Site
	560 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: W.Va. Mosque Crash May Be Bias-Related
	561 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: FBI Looks at Mosque Crash/FL Christians Reject Hate
	562 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Christian Coalition Forum to Feature "Muslim-Bashers"
	563 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: NJ Detainees' Hunger Strike Enters 2nd Week
	564 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Daniel Pipes Says ALL Muslims Must be Watched
	565 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Task Force Formed to Defend Elashi Family
	566 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Leader Kept From Return to U.S.
	567 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: The FBI Says, Count the Mosques
	568 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Travel Advisory Issued for U.S. Muslims
	569 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: FBI Urged to Rescind Mosque Tally Policy
	570 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Gen. Schwarzkopf Skeptical of U.S. War on Iraq
	571 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Opens New Office in Texas
	572 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Israeli General to Lecture Congress on "Combat Ethics"
	573 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Brookings Scholar Detained by INS
	574 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Anti-Muslim Stickers Sold at Right-Wing Conference
	575 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: The Other Face of Fanaticism
	576 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims' Growing Voice
	577 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Pray for Shuttle Crew/Sample Eid Advisory
	578 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: EEOC Sides with Muslim Workers in CA and IL
	579 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Anti-Islam Hate Preached to U.S. Christians
	580 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Bush Seeks Israeli Advice on 'Targeted Killings'
	581 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Arizona FBI Asked to Investigate Anti-Muslim Threat
	582 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Ask Elected Officials to Block INS Registration Funding
	583 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Right-Wing Group Asked to Reject Anti-Muslim Bigotry
	584 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Don't Link Hajj to Terrorism Say Muslims
	585 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. May Seek Wider Anti-Terror Powers
	586 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Bush and Sharon Nearly Identical on Policy
	587 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Lawmakers Take Office in Missouri
	588 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Monitoring Mosques a Loss of Freedom for All
	589 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: NYPD Spying Power Widens/Belgium OKs Sharon Lawsuit
	590 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Launches National Ad Campaign
	591 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Orange Alert for Civil Rights/Internment for U.S. Muslims?
	592 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Bush-Sharon Doctrine/Scrutiny Awaits Returning Pilgrims
	593 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Patriot II Would Infringe on Basic Liberties
	594 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Electronic Tracking System Monitors Foreign Students
	595 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Officials Says Syria, Iran Will be Next
	596 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: FL Man Faces Jail for Anti-Muslim Hate Crime
	597 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: FBI Request for Mosque List Condemned
	598 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Concerned Over Arrest of Florida Professor
	599 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Girl Scouts Featured in National Ad Campaign
	600 by: CAIR

 	
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Date: Tue, 03 Dec 2002 08:20:14 -0500
To:cair-net@cair.biglist.com
From:"CAIR" <cair@cair-net.org>
Subject: CAIR-NET: IL Hospital Sued for Post-9/11 Firing of Muslim Worker

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ILL. HOSPITAL SUED FOR POST-9/11 FIRING OF MUSLIM WORKER

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/3/02) - The Chicago office of a prominent 
national 
Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today announced the filing of a 
lawsuit against a hospital in a western suburb of that city for what it 
says was the discriminatory post-9/11 termination of a Muslim employee.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations - Chicago (CAIR-Chicago) says 
the 
suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of 
Illinois - Eastern Division, alleges that Advocate Good Samaritan 
Hospital 
in Downers Grove, Ill., fired the Muslim environmental services 
technician 
five days after the 9/11 attacks because hospital staff were "nervous" 
about his presence and "did not feel safe with him around." (Good 
Samaritan 
Hospital is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 
and 
the United Church of Christ. SEE: 
http://www.advocatehealth.com/gsam/about/)

The termination occurred following a meeting on September 16, 2001, in 
which the plaintiff was allegedly questioned about his national and 
ethnic 
origins and his views on the 9/11 attacks. After the meeting, security 
officers escorted him to his locker and then out to his car.

The plaintiff, who is a green card holder of Iraqi origin, filed a 
charge 
of religious and national origin discrimination with the EEOC in March 
of 
this year and received notice of his "right to sue" in September.

"Discriminatory treatment based on religion and ethic origin must never 
be 
tolerated. Good Samaritan Hospital needs to deal with this incident to 
ensure that it is not repeated," said CAIR-Chicago board member Kamran 
Memon, the attorney who filed the lawsuit.

The plaintiff seeks reinstatement and back pay, as well as unspecified 
compensatory and punitive damages for emotional distress and 
inconvenience 
caused by the hospital's discriminatory actions.

Last month, the FBI released its annual survey of hate crimes that 
showed 
an increase of more 1,600 percent in the number of bias-related 
incidents 
against American Muslims, Arabs or those perceived to be Middle 
Eastern. 
SEE THE FBI REPORT AT: http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/01hate.pdf

					- END -

CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-MAIL: 
cair@cair-net.org; Kamran Memon, 312-961-2354, E-MAIL: 
discrimination@hotmail.com

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

To SUBSCRIBE to CAIR-NET, go to: http://cair.biglist.com/cair-net/

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CAIR
Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C.  20003
Tel: 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726
Fax: 202-488-0833
E-mail: cair@cair-net.org
URL: http://www.cair-net.org

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Date: Tue, 03 Dec 2002 13:23:10 -0500
To:cair-net@cair.biglist.com
From:"CAIR" <cair@cair-net.org>
Subject: CAIR-NET: Israel Gets Pay Increase, Government Workers Don't

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR ACTION ALERT #354

ISRAEL GETS PAY INCREASE, GOVERNMENT WORKERS DON'T
Contact your representatives to demand that tax dollars be used to 
support 
Americans, not a brutal foreign occupation

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/3/02) - CAIR is calling on people of conscience 
to 
contact their elected representatives to protest plans to provide an 
additional $14 billion in grants and loan guarantees that will  offer 
economic support for Israel's brutal occupation of the Palestinian 
people.

Israel is today expected to submit a request for that aid to National 
Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice. President George Bush is likely to 
approve the request. Congress could finalize the aid package within 3-6 
months.

SEE: "U.S. expected to approve $14 billion aid request,"
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=%20234132

"It is unconscionable for any elected representative of the American 
people 
to contemplate taking hard-earned taxpayer dollars that are desperately 
needed in this country, and sending them to support the brutal military 
occupation of a foreign country," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad 
Awad.

Awad added that the aid increase would be doubly harmful in that the 
perception of American one-sided support for Israel harms America's 
image 
and interests worldwide.

The request for increased aid to Israel comes after President Bush said 
budget constraints forced him to reduce the pay increase for government 
workers. On Friday, the president announced he was using his authority 
to 
change workers' pay structure in times of "national emergency or 
serious 
economic conditions" to limit raises to 3.1 percent.

"A national emergency has existed since Sept. 11, 2001…Such cost 
increases 
would threaten our efforts against terrorism or force deep cuts in 
discretionary spending or federal employment to stay within budget. 
Neither 
outcome is acceptable," wrote the president in a letter to 
congressional 
leaders. (Associated Press, 11/30/02)

Israel's request for more tax-payer dollars, on top of the billions 
that 
already go to that country, also comes as citizens in many American 
states 
face service reductions due to massive budget deficits.

According to the Dec. 9 issue of Time magazine: "The states are running 
an 
aggregate deficit that is expected to reach $ 68 billion by June 30…In 
the 
meantime, the states have pressed Washington for money to pay for 
things it 
has demanded--among them, homeland-security  initiatives, election 
reform 
and broader Medicaid benefits for the poor. Beset by federal deficits, 
the 
Bush Administration is unlikely to provide much help at a time when it 
is 
focused on tax cuts and a possible war with Iraq."

Any additional funds for Israel, a nation with one of the highest per 
capita incomes in the world, could be used to offset economic loses 
from 
the Palestinian uprising against the occupation.

Over just the past two weeks, those killed by Israeli occupation 
soldiers 
included a number of Palestinian children, the drummer who wakes people 
up 
for the morning Ramadan meal, an elderly woman taking a taxi home after 
a 
medical check-up, a 68-year-old father crushed to death in his 
demolished 
home, and a British United Nations worker shot in the Jenin refugee 
camp.

In addition, olive trees uprooted from Palestinian orchards were sold 
illegally to Israelis, Israeli soldiers forced a Palestinian man to 
strip 
naked at gunpoint and walk like a dog, Israeli occupation authorities 
said 
they plan to demolish many Palestinian homes in the city of Hebron, a 
group 
of U.N. workers demanded that Israel stop the harassment of United 
Nations 
staff, and a World Food Program warehouse in a Palestinian refugee camp 
was 
demolished.

ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE.)

GO TO http://capwiz.com/cair/home/ to send a pre-formatted message to 
your 
elected representatives.

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CAIR
Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C.  20003
Tel: 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726
Fax: 202-488-0833
E-mail: cair@cair-net.org
URL: http://www.cair-net.org

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Date: Tue, 03 Dec 2002 14:11:49 -0500
To:cair-net@cair.biglist.com
From:"CAIR" <cair@cair-net.org>
Subject: CAIR-NET: Md. Men Charged With Anti-Muslim Hate Crime

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 12/3/2002

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: GOOD CONDUCT
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 4301 SPONSORSHIPS
* RESOURCES: ASSOCIATION OF LATIN AMERICAN MUSLIMS (ALAM)
* DC-AREA MUSLIMS TO MARK END OF RAMADAN FAST
* CARTOON UNFAIR TO MUSLIMS (Philadelphia Inquirer)
* MD MEN CHARGED WITH ANTI-MUSLIM HATE CRIME, ASSAULT (Baltimore Sun)
* MAN PAYS FINE FOR DISORDERLY CONDUCT INVOLVING MUSLIM (AP)
* CAIR TEAMWORKS OFFERS DARTMOUTH DIVERSITY TRAINING WORKSHOP
* CAIR-DFW ACTIVITIES:
	- Department Store Reinstates Muslim Employee
	- Billboard to Publicize PBS Documentary on Prophet Muhammad
	- 146 Library Packages Sponsored in North Texas Area
* IMAMS OF INANITY (Washington Post)
* DECEMBER 6TH IS BABRI MOSQUE DAY
	- Muslims to Mourn Anniversary of Mosque Destruction (AP)
* SURVEILLANCE TACTICS VICTIMIZE U.S. MUSLIMS (Newsday)
* MIDDLE EAST ROUND-UP:
	- Israeli Troops Kill 95-Year-Old Palestinian Woman (Reuters)	
	- Child Slain As Israelis Open Fire at Busy Market (Wash. Post)
	- U.N. Employees Send Israel Protest Petition (Reuters)
	- Palestinians Sit Tight in 'Abandoned' Homes (The Times)
	- U.N.: Israel Destroyed WFP Food Warehouse (UPI)
	- Family Tells How Israelis Buried Deaf Father Alive (Independent)
	- Arabs and Palestinians to outnumber Israeli Jews in 20 years (AP)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: GOOD CONDUCT

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "The best person is 
someone 
who has a long life and whose action and conduct are good."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 32

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 4301 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's Library Project has received 4301 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Take 
part in this first-of-its-kind campaign by sponsoring an 18-item 
"library 
package." Our goal is to, inshallah, send accurate and objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

TO SPONSOR A LIBRARY PACKAGE, GO TO: www.libraryproject.org
OR CALL: 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320

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RESOURCES: ASSOCIATION OF LATIN AMERICAN MUSLIMS (ALAM)
Call Abdur-Rahman Campos, 301-270-0040

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DC-AREA MUSLIMS TO MARK END OF RAMADAN FAST

Thousands of Local Muslims to Celebrate End of Month-Long Fast with 
Prayers 
and Multicultural Carnival at the Washington DC Convention Center (Hall 
A)

WHAT: On Thursday December 5, 2002 or Friday, December 6, 2002 (Based 
on 
moonsighting), the Muslim community in the Washington DC Metro area 
will 
celebrate the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan with communal 
prayers 
and a multicultural bazaar. People of all faiths are encouraged to 
attend 
and sample the diversity of Islamic culture. There will be an exhibit 
and 
Open House for Churches, Synagogues, and other Religious groups from 
2-5 p.m.

WHEN: Thursday December 5, 2002 or Friday, December 6, 2002 (Based on 
moonsighting)

1st prayer: Community gathers at 7 a.m.; 1st Prayer begins at 7:30 a.m.
2nd prayer: Community gathers at 8:15 a.m.; 2nd Prayer begins at 8:30 
a.m.
3nd prayer: Community gathers at 9:15 a.m.; 3rd Prayer begins at 9:30 
a.m.
4th prayer: Community gathers at 10:20 a.m.; 4th Prayer begins at 10:40 
a.m.

If the celebration is on Dec. 6, there will also be a Friday Prayer 
Service 
at 12:30 p.m.
Festival and Bazaar begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Prayer with thousands of People at: Washington DC Convention 
Center, 
Hall A, 900 9th St NW, Washington DC 20001

Main Sponsors: ADAMS, Dar Al-Hijrah, Masjid Muhammad, & Manassas Mosque 
& 
Dar Al-Noor & Southern Maryland Islamic Center

Local Co-Sponsors: Masjidush-Shura,  Howard University Muslim 
Community,  Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations of the 
Washington 
DC Metro Area, Masjid Mustafa, Islamic Education Center (IEC), Masjid 
Al-Islam,

National Co-Sponsors:  CAIR, AMC, MPAC, ASM, and MAS

CONTACT: Primary Contact Shad Imam: 571-236-4279, Secondary Contact: 
Mohamed Elrafai - 703-450-4340

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THREE MEN CHARGED WITH COMMITTING HATE CRIME, ASSAULT Baltimore Sun, 
12/3/02
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/annearundel/bal-ar.digest03dec03.story

Annapolis police charged three men with assault and committing a hate 
crime 
yesterday, alleging that they attacked a Middle Eastern cab driver, 
made 
ethnic slurs and told him to go back to his country.

Charged with felony and misdemeanor assault and a hate crime were Ray 
Charles Bailey, 21, of Southern Hills Drive in Arnold; David Jacob 
Grobani, 
19, of Mago Vista Road in Arnold; and Robert Jason Canter, 20, of Sun 
Valley Drive in Annapolis.

Police said they were called to the Amoco station at 1207 Forest Drive 
at 
4:37 a.m., where they saw three men, who appeared to be drunk, standing 
near a Middle Eastern man whose face was bleeding. The victim and a 
witness 
told officers that the three men got into his taxi and wanted to go to 
Arnold. But the driver refused, saying he was off-duty. The driver told 
police he believed the men were too unruly. Police said the men became 
angry, punched and kicked the cabdriver, hit him with a glass bottle 
and 
beat him with a broomstick. During the attack, police said, the men 
made 
ethnic slurs.

The victim was identified as Muhammad Suhail Raza Malik. Police said he 
was 
hospitalized and in fair condition.

Name of motorcycle driver involved in crash released

A motorcycle driver was reported in critical but stable condition 
yesterday 
at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, after his vehicle crashed into the 
side of 
a minivan early Sunday.

Police identified the driver as Mark William Harrell, 32, of the 400 
block 
of N. Patuxent Road, Odenton. They said his motorcycle was traveling 
north 
on Piney Orchard Parkway approaching Waugh Chapel Road at 1:54 a.m.

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MAN PAYS FINE FOR DISORDERLY CONDUCT INVOLVING MUSLIM
Associated Press, 12/3/02

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A retired serviceman who harassed a Muslim 
student 
because of the man's Islamic dress admitted in court he was wrong. He 
paid 
$101.50 in fines and court costs on a disorderly conduct charge in 
Knoxville City Court on Monday.

"I was upset and disorderly," said James N. Campbell, 60. "I pleaded 
guilty 
to that."

Campbell still faces criminal charges related to the first arrest. 
Officers 
found four knives in a canvas bag he carried into his first court 
appearance on the disorderly conduct charge last month. New charges 
were 
filed against him then.

Campbell's troubles began Oct. 14 when he encountered a 26-year-old 
University of Tennessee student in Muslim dress as the student walked 
to 
the campus library. Campbell said he berated the student harshly about 
Islam.

Campbell continued as the student went into the library and sought 
help. 
When police officers found Campbell, he continued his tirade on Islam 
and 
was arrested…

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CARTOON UNFAIR TO MUSLIMS
PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 12/3/02
http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/editorial/4651987.htm
Scroll down to letter.

I was deeply disturbed by the outrageously bigoted, inflammatory, 
anti-Muslim cartoon published on Thanksgiving Day that effectively 
accuses 
all Islam of fanaticism, extremism and misogyny.

Mr. Auth has clearly slept through a continued outcry of Muslim voices 
around the world condemning terrorism and fanaticism. He dismisses out 
of 
hand hundreds of millions of religiously committed Muslim women living 
socially fulfilled lives.

This cartoon is fodder for intolerance and xenophobia - a terribly sad 
message from the editors on this day of open-hearted gratitude for our 
spiritual freedom.

Steven Rosenzweig
Philadelphia

TO VIEW THE DEFAMATORY CARTOON, GO TO
http://www.ucomics.com/tonyauth/2002/11/28/

Auth's work appears five times a week in The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Meet Tony Auth: http://www.ucomics.com/tonyauth/bio.phtml

ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE.)

E-MAIL COMMENTS TO: lswanson@phillynews.com, csatullo@phillynews.com, 
inquirer.letters@phillynews.com, tauth@phillynews.com, 
hkestenbaum@phillynews.com, content@uclick.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

(NOTE: If you already sent the newspaper a complaint, send a follow-up 
note 
to ask what action they are going to take to mitigate the harm caused 
to 
inter-faith relations by the cartoon.)

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CAIR TEAMWORKS OFFERS DARTMOUTH DIVERSITY TRAINING WORKSHOP

CAIR's TeamWorks diversity training division recently conducted a 
half-day 
sensitivity training workshop for Dartmouth College in Hanover, New 
Hampshire. Some 25 college directors, advisors, faculty, graduate and 
undergraduate students participated in the half-day training workshop.

TeamWorks Director Nancy Hanaan presented a Campus and Classroom 
Sensitivity
Training workshop called "Understanding Islam and Muslims," which 
included 
an overview of basic Islamic beliefs and practices, discussion on myths 
and 
stereotypes regarding Islam and Muslims, and accommodation suggestions 
for 
Muslim students and faculty on campus. The workshop included question 
and 
answer sessions, group exercises and an ABC News Hajj video 
presentation.

As the United States becomes increasingly ethnically diverse in recent 
years, classrooms and campuses nationwide have been impacted by this 
new 
multiculturalism. It is now time to explore and appreciate our 
religious 
and cultural diversity. Dartmouth College has demonstrated their desire 
to 
improve the working relationship and productivity of a multi-ethnic and 
culturally diverse environment through education," Said Nancy Hanaan 
Serag.

TeamWorks: Solutions for Today's Diversity offers several training 
programs 
available for a wide range of environments and needs. For more 
information, 
contact: Nancy Hanaan Serag at 202-488-8787, ext. 6052, 
nserag@cair-net.org 
or teamworks@cair-net.org

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CAIR-DFW ACTIVITIES:

DEPARTMENT STORE REINSTATES MUSLIM EMPLOYEE

(HOUSTON, TEXAS) - A Foley's Department Store in Houston, Texas, has 
informed the Dallas/Fort-Worth office of the Council on 
American-Islamic 
Relations (CAIR-DFW) that it will reinstate a Muslim woman who was 
wrongfully terminated from employment. The termination resulted from 
the 
Muslim woman refusing to remove her headscarf to comply with the 
corporate 
dress policy. The termination was in violation of Title VII of the 1964 
Civil Rights Act, which states that "employers must accommodate an 
employee's religious practices unless doing so would cause undue 
hardship 
to the employer."

Foley's has agreed to reinstate the Muslim woman and compensate her for 
lost wages since the wrongful termination. CAIR-DFW will work with 
Foley's 
to ensure that the necessary materials and training is provided to 
eliminate similar situations in the future.

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LOCAL BILLBOARD TO PUBLICIZE PBS DOCUMENTARY ON PROPHET MUHAMMAD

CAIR-DFW is sponsoring a billboard at the intersection of I-35E and 
Beltline Road. Thousands of commuters pass this intersection each day.

The billboard will read the following:

ONE MAN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD
Watch KERA 13, Dec. 18 at 8 pm
"Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet"

The billboard will run from Dec. 5-9.

SEE: http://www.pbs.org/muhammad/

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146 LIBRARY PACKAGES SPONSORED IN NORTH TEXAS AREA

Local Muslims have sponsored 146 library packages for North Texas 
public 
and high school libraries during the blessed month of Ramadan. Please 
visit 
http://www.cairdfw.org to see a list of available libraries to be 
sponsored 
in Texas.

More than 200 public and high school libraries in North Texas have been 
contacted and said they are willing to accept CAIR's Library Package.

CONTACT CAIR-DFW: (214)636-6525 or email info@cairdfw.org

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IMAMS OF INANITY
Richard Cohen, Washington Post, 12/3/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A1157-2002Dec2.html

Back in October the Rev. Jerry Falwell called Muhammad, the founder of 
Islam, a terrorist. This set off riots in India and may have 
contributed to 
the good showing of religious parties in the Pakistani election. About 
two 
weeks after he made the remark, Falwell retracted it. I think Falwell 
is an 
idiot. I will issue a retraction later...

After Sept. 11, 2001, President Bush went out of his way to emphasize 
that 
the enemy of the United States was not Islam but extremists who in no 
way 
were representative of the religion. He has repeated this message over 
and 
over, recently distancing himself from the anti-Islamic remarks of 
certain 
conservative Christian leaders -- Falwell, Robertson and the Rev. 
Franklin 
Graham, the son of Billy Graham. Franklin Graham called Islam "evil."

Oddly enough, Bush is in somewhat the same position as certain 
political 
leaders in the Muslim world. He too is finding it awkward to deal with 
crackpot religious leaders. America's religious fundamentalists are 
Bush's 
core political constituency. He relied on them in South Carolina, for 
instance, to defeat Sen. John McCain in the Republican presidential 
primary.

This is a dicey situation. The last thing the United States needs is 
for 
the war against terrorism to become one between Christianity and Islam 
-- 
or, if you wish, the Judeo-Christian culture and the Muslim one. If 
that is 
allowed to happen, then Muslims who abhor Osama bin Laden and all he 
stands 
for will be compelled to take sides on the basis of religion, not 
ideology 
or politics. That would be disastrous.

But just as I and others have held certain Islamic regimes -- Egypt, 
Saudi 
Arabia, etc. -- responsible for the hate speech of religious leaders, 
so 
will Bush be held responsible for the rantings of Falwell, Robertson, 
Graham and others. After all, they are not peripheral figures. They are 
now 
mainstream religious leaders, courted by political leaders of both 
parties 
(especially the GOP) and treated with great, if undeserved, respect. 
Bush 
felt close enough to Franklin Graham, whose father has been a longtime 
Bush 
family friend, to have asked him to speak at his inauguration…

It is easy enough to have fun with such nonsense, but the situation is 
in 
fact sad. Falwell, Robertson and Graham are among the most famous 
ministers 
of our time, replacing the learned and, yes, liberal ones who offered 
the 
nation moral instruction during the civil rights era and the Vietnam 
War. 
Now we have preachers who do not counsel toleration and understanding, 
but 
a sort of bigotry -- an ugly and sweeping vilification of a whole 
people, 
in the manner of the very Islamic radicals they condemn.

Now I must make my retraction. Okay, Falwell is not an idiot.

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DECEMBER 6TH IS BABRI MOSQUE DAY

Three major Indian Muslim organizations in the US, the Association of 
Indian Muslims (AIM,) the Indian Muslim Council-USA (IMC-USA) and the 
Indian Muslim Relief Committee (IMRC) are calling upon the Muslims in 
the 
U.S. to observe December 6th as Babri Mosque day.

This call has been endorsed by the national Muslim organizations in the 
U.S. including the American Muslim Alliance (AMA), the American Muslim 
Council (AMC), the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the 
Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), the Islamic Society of North 
America (ISNA) and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC).

STATEMENT:

On December 6th 1992, ten years ago, the world looked the other way as 
a 
democracy of millions allowed a few thousand to demolish its most 
prized 
possession: a pluralistic and tolerant ethos.

Defying the orders of the Supreme Court of India and their own promise 
to 
the nation, the Hindutva fascist forces demolished the historic Babri 
mosque that was built to honor the great enlightened emperor Babar. 
Many 
Indian stalwarts, including the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, 
consider 
the poet-warrior king to be one of the greatest Indian heroes.

Not a single unit of the country's mighty military was called, no 
special 
commandos were rushed to the spot and no effective resistance offered 
by 
the police forces present, as a mob of vandals, egged on by their 
Hindutva-fascist demagogues (that included L.K. Advani, who has 
subsequently risen to become India's current Deputy PM), pulled down 
the 
historic four hundred year old Mosque with axes and scythes in broad 
daylight.

Dome by dome and wall by wall, India's secularism was hammered upon 
until 
it was nothing but rubble. Each brick was then assiduously removed - 
some 
taken home as souvenirs, as if the perpetrators feared that the 
centuries 
old pluralistic tradition might somehow arise out of the rubble and 
stake 
its claim again…

For Additional Information, Please Contact:

Shaik Ubaid
Indian Muslim Council - USA
http://www.imc-usa.org
516-567-0783
media@imc-usa.org

SEE ALSO:

INDIA'S HINDUS TO CELEBRATE, MUSLIMS TO MOURN ANNIVERSARY OF MOSQUE 
DESTRUCTION AMID HIGH SECURITY
PRAJNAN BHATTACHARYA; Associated Press, 12/3/02

LUCKNOW, India - Hindu nationalists were preparing celebrations to mark 
the 
anniversary of their demolition of a 16th-century mosque in northern 
India, 
a controversial event that set off religious violence across the nation 
and 
led to at least 2,000 deaths a decade ago.

Muslims will be mourning the anniversary this Friday.

Police will be on alert, concerned about recent attacks by suspected 
Muslim 
militants on Hindu temples. And there are fears that Hindu-Muslim 
clashes 
this year in the western state of Gujarat - the worst religious 
violence 
since the nationwide rioting a decade ago - may be sparked again by 
memories of what happened at the town of Ayodhya on Dec. 6, 1992. The 
hard-line World Hindu Council said it will organize indoor celebrations 
of 
what it calls "Victory Day," marking the destruction of Ayodhya's Babri 
Mosque, and light bonfires to send prayers and offerings to Hindu gods.

Instead of wearing new clothes and holding feasts to mark the end of 
the 
fasting month of Ramadan on Friday, Muslims will fly black flags from 
mosques and minarets in Ayodhya, in the northern Indian state of Uttar 
Pradesh…

In 1992, a Hindu mob that had gathered in Ayodhya tore down the Babri 
Mosque stone by stone with the intention of replacing it with a Hindu 
temple.

Hindu nationalists claim that a 16th-century Muslim Mogul ruler, 
Emperor 
Babar, built the mosque on the site of a destroyed Hindu temple marking 
the 
birthplace of Rama, who Hindus believe was an incarnation of the god 
Vishnu.

The destruction of Babri followed months of campaigning by Lal K. 
Advani, a 
Hindu nationalist who is now the country's deputy prime minister. His 
followers want India to be a Hindu state rather than a secular one.

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SURVEILLANCE TACTICS VICTIMIZE U.S. MUSLIMS
Shaker A. Lashuel, Newsday, 12/2/02
Shaker A. Lashuel heads the Yemeni-American League in New York. This is 
from the Pacific News Service.
http://www.newsday.com/news/opinion/ny-vplas033029327dec03,0,4980632.story

I am proud to be an American citizen, but this former land of refuge is 
increasingly unrecognizable.

Ethnic profiling, unchecked surveillance, secret detentions and 
psychological intimidation of Arab and other Muslim Americans already 
have 
reached levels that many of us knew previously only under repressive 
Mideast regimes.

During World War II, the United States government isolated tens of 
thousands of Japanese Americans in concentration camps. Today, 
Americans 
reflect on that part of history with shame.

True, Muslims are not being herded into concentration camps. Instead, 
we 
are being placed into an information-age corollary - a system of 
digital 
surveillance that amounts to psychological apartheid. The fact that 
Iraqi 
immigrants will be under surveillance by intelligence agencies is 
making 
headlines around the world. But this is nothing new. Immigrants from 
various Mideast countries already have been subjected to repeated FBI 
visits, wiretapping and interrogations. Since Sept. 11, 2001, Arab and 
other Muslim communities have lived in fear…

This shameful chapter is being written in fine print within a flurry of 
U.S. Justice Department directives and legislation creating a new, 
powerful, domestic-security apparatus. But the message is clear for the 
Muslim- and Arab-American community. The fine print says our liberties 
are 
suspended…

I am proud of being a citizen, not because of the country's power, but 
because of what America has symbolized for millions like me who sought 
refuge and renewal in this great land. No bigot, no John Ashcroft and 
certainly no George W. Bush will be able to take that pride away from 
me.

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MIDDLE EAST ROUND-UP:

ISRAELI TROOPS KILL PALESTINIAN WOMAN, 95-WITNESSES
Mohammed Assadi, Reuters, 12/3/02

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli soldiers on Tuesday shot dead a 
95-year-old Palestinian woman who was taking a taxi home after a 
medical 
check-up in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Palestinian witnesses and 
medics said.

They said troops opened fire on the van the woman was riding in when it 
tried to bypass rubble that Israeli forces had used to block the road 
between Ramallah and her home village of Atara…

Medics said the woman, Fatima Hassan, who was on her way home from a 
medical clinic, was hit by a bullet in the back and that two other 
women in 
the taxi were wounded…

Palestinian cabinet minister Saeb Erekat said: "We condemn this war 
crime 
of killing in cold blood a 95-year-old woman and we hold Israel fully 
responsible..."

Troops have maintained a blockade of Palestinian areas during much of 
the 
two-year-old Palestinian uprising for independence, and people caught 
trying to bypass army checkpoints have faced injury or death. The 
Palestinians call it collective punishment. Israel says it is 
self-defense.

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MERCHANT'S SON SLAIN AS ISRAELIS OPEN FIRE AT BUSY JENIN MARKET
Molly Moore, Washington Post, 12/3/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A866-2002Dec2.html

JENIN, West Bank, Dec. 2 -- Mutaz Odeh, 15, left home this morning with 
extra money in his pocket in hopes of buying sweets to sell at his 
father's 
stand in downtown Jenin. He returned home with a bullet through his 
lower 
back, shot dead by Israeli soldiers who, witnesses said, opened fire on 
a 
marketplace swarming with children on their way to school and bustling 
with 
people buying supplies for the feast that ends the Muslim holy month of 
Ramadan.

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U.N. EMPLOYEES SEND ISRAEL PROTEST PETITION
Reuters, 12/3/02

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A group of 64 U.N. workers based in Israel, the 
West 
Bank and Gaza Strip issued a petition Tuesday calling on Israel to stop 
what they said has been the harassment, beating and killing of United 
Nations staff.

"For two years, United Nations staff have been subject to escalating 
harassment and violence by Israel's military, so that the protection 
supposed to be afforded by the blue letters of the U.N. is being 
steadily 
eroded," said the petition, released in Gaza...

The petition was issued two weeks after Israeli soldiers battling 
Palestinian gunmen in the West Bank refugee camp of Jenin shot dead 
Iain 
Hook, a project director for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency 
(UNRWA)…

Relations between Israel and U.N. agencies have been rocky for decades.

In the current Palestinian uprising for statehood, U.N. officials have 
accused the army of firing on health clinics, schools, ambulances and 
other 
installations run by U.N. agencies…

The signatories of the petition said they were writing in their 
personal 
capacities.

They included citizens of the United States, Britain, Ireland, Germany, 
France, Australia, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Finland, Spain, 
Jordan, Switzerland, Italy, Canada, Tanzani, Luxembourg and Colombia.

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PALESTINIANS SIT TIGHT IN 'ABANDONED' HOMES
Stephen Farrell, The Times, 12/3/02
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-500925,00.html

IN A doomed Palestinian house, the Salaimi family sits waiting for 
Israeli 
bulldozers to arrive on land that they say their family has owned for 
five 
generations.

The feast to end Ramadan is close, but the Salaimis are not 
celebrating. 
The Israeli military has just told them that their home is among 15 to 
be 
demolished to allow Jewish settlers to walk in safety to a nearby 
shrine.

This is in the divided city of Hebron, already one of the most violent 
Arab-Jewish faultlines in the West Bank, where 450 settlers live among 
130,000 Palestinians in an atmosphere of mutual hatred and distrust...

Israeli newspapers report that the settlers plan to build a 1,000-flat 
housing block.

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U.N.: ISRAEL DESTROYED WFP FOOD WAREHOUSE
William M. Reilly, United Press International, 12/3/02
http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20021202-023431-1898r

UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan was 
concerned at Israel's demolition of a World Food Program warehouse in 
the 
northern part of the Gaza Strip over the weekend, a spokesman said 
Monday.

"He supports the request by WFP that the government of Israel 
thoroughly 
investigate this incident," which occurred Saturday night, Annan's 
chief 
spokesman, Fred Eckhard, said.

"The secretary-general once again calls on the Israeli authorities to 
live 
up to their commitments and obligations to facilitate emergency 
humanitarian assistance in the occupied Palestinian territory."

The Rome-based WFP in Jerusalem urged the Israeli government "to 
observe 
humanitarian principles" and compensate the agency for its losses.

The U.N. agency said 537 metric tons of food aid, valued at $271,000, 
was 
being stored in Jaballah…

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FAMILY TELLS HOW ISRAELIS BURIED DEAF FATHER ALIVE
Justin Huggler, The Independent, 12/3/02
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=357935

Beside the pile of flattened concrete, all that was left of his home, 
Maher 
Salem described yesterday how his 68-year-old father was killed when 
the 
Israeli army demolished the house on top of him. When he found his 
father, 
Mr Salem said, the old man's head was "like a bar of chocolate, it was 
only 
two centimetres thick".

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ISRAELI ARABS AND PALESTINIANS SET TO OUTNUMBER ISRAELI JEWS WITHIN 20 
YEARS
STEVE WEIZMAN, Associated Press, 12/3/02

JERUSALEM (AP) - A demographic study released Tuesday shows the Jewish 
population outside Israel declining and predicts that in Israel and the 
Palestinian territories, Arabs will outnumber Jews by the year 2020.

The survey, commissioned by a new Jerusalem-based institute chaired by 
former Mideast peace negotiator Dennis Ross, says the world Jewish 
population stands at 12.8 million, with 5 million in Israel and 7.8 
million 
elsewhere.

While the number of Jewish Israelis has doubled since 1970, boosted by 
a 
million immigrants from the former Soviet Union, the Jewish population 
overseas has shrunk by 2.2 million, much more than the number of 
emigrants 
to Israel…

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 12/4/2002

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: KINDNESS TO ANIMALS ENCOURAGED
* INCITEMENT WATCH: IN ISLAMIC COUNTRIES, DOGS DREAM OF AMERICA
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 4313 SPONSORSHIPS
* JUDGE DENIES NYC SECRET EVIDENCE REQUEST (AP)
	- Lawyer Can Seek Release of U.S. 'Enemy Combatant' (Reuters)
	- Important Reminder on Deadline for INS Registration
* LETTERS: CARTOON ON ISLAM WAS DEEPLY OFFENSIVE (Phil. Inquirer)
* U.S. LOANS TO ISRAEL (Washington Times)
	- Israel's Role in China's New Warplane (Asia Times)
* EEOC: JOB DISCRIMINATION UP SINCE 9/11 (AP)
	- Hospital Accused of Discrimination (Chicago Tribune)
* COLUMN A SLUR ON MUSLIM COMMUNITY (Orange County Register)
* MUHAMMAD'S WIVES: BACKGROUND YOU NEED TO KNOW (Orlando Sentinel)
* CITY COUNCIL VOTES FOR ANTI-WAR RESOLUTION (Michigan Daily)
	- 83% of Turks Oppose Use of Military Bases to attack Iraq (AP)
	- US Religious Leaders Urge Bush to Avert War with Iraq (AFP)
	- Bush Appoints Special Envoy for Free "Iraqis"
* VANDALS AGAIN WRECK FAMILY'S RAMADAN SIGN (Chicago Tribune)
* BUSH ORDER: CIA CAN KILL AMERICANS IN AL QAEDA (AP)
* A SWEET AND SALTY END FOR RAMADAN (Los Angeles Times)
	- Tasting Allah's Sweet Bounty (Newsday)
	- LI'S Muslim Kids Tough Out Fasting (Newsday)
	- Ramadan Gathering Attracts Diverse Crowd (The State)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: KINDNESS TO ANIMALS ENCOURAGED

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "A prostitute was 
forgiven 
by God (for her past sins), because, passing by a panting dog near a 
well 
and seeing that the dog was about to die of thirst, she took off her 
shoe, 
and tying it with her head-cover, she drew out some water for (the 
dog). So 
God forgave her because of that."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 4, Hadith 538

When the Prophet Muhammad was asked: "Is there a reward for us in 
helping 
(or being kind to) animals?" He replied: "Yes, there is a reward for 
helping any (living creature)."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 3, Hadith 646

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INCITEMENT WATCH: IN ISLAMIC COUNTRIES, DOGS DREAM OF AMERICA
Kathleen Parker, Orlando Sentinel, 124/02
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/opinion/orl-edpparker04120402dec04,0,6710027.column 


In trying to understand why our enemies hate us so much, perhaps we're 
making things too complicated. Maybe we're trying too hard in our 
quaintly 
American way to rationalize the irrational. Maybe they're just crazy.

It's a possibility. To my mind it's a certainty. Let me sum up my 
thinking 
in a word: Snoopy.

We Westerners are passionate dog lovers; our enemies are passionate dog 
haters. We are the nation of Benji, Rin Tin Tin, Lassie, Lady and the 
Tramp 
and Snoopy. Those who despise and wish to destroy us are the nations 
of: 
Oh, boy, there's a cute little doggy. Let's kill it!...

ACTION REQUESTED: (NOTE: As always, be POLITE. This is a syndicated 
column. 
Watch for its appearance in your local newspaper._

SEND COMMENTS TO: kparker@orlandosentinel.com, 
insight@orlandosentinel.com, 
jhealy@orlandosentinel.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 4313 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's Library Project has received 4313 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Take 
part in this first-of-its-kind campaign by sponsoring an 18-item 
"library 
package." Our goal is to, inshallah, send accurate and objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

TO SPONSOR A LIBRARY PACKAGE, GO TO: www.libraryproject.org
OR CALL: 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320

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JUDGE DENIES NYC SECRET EVIDENCE REQUEST
Associated Press, 12/4/02

NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge has refused the city's request to 
present 
secret evidence in its effort to lift restrictions on police 
surveillance 
of political groups.

Lawyers for the city had argued that the case involved issues of 
``national 
security,'' but Judge Charles Haight rejected the request Tuesday as 
``unusual'' and ordered both sides to return to court Dec. 11.

The police department is seeking the right to conduct undercover 
investigations of political groups when there is no evidence of a 
crime. 
Currently, officers must first seek permission from a three-member 
panel…

In September, the department argued in court papers that the panel 
hinders 
the hunt for terrorists who use mosques and Islamic institutes to 
shield 
their activities.

SEE ALSO:

LAWYER CAN SEEK RELEASE OF U.S. 'ENEMY COMBATANT'
Gail Appleson, Reuters, 12/4/02

NEW YORK, Dec 4 (Reuters) - In a blow to the government's efforts to 
restrict the rights of accused "enemy combatants" in its war on 
terrorism, 
a U.S. judge ruled on Wednesday an imprisoned suspect has the right to 
legal counsel and that defense lawyers can challenge his detention.

Although the judge held that the president has the power to imprison 
enemy 
combatants, he found that Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen accused of 
plotting 
to detonate a radioactive "dirty bomb," was entitled to certain rights. 
The 
judge did not rule on whether there was sufficient evidence to support 
President George W. Bush's finding that Padilla is an "enemy combatant.

The 102-page decision by U.S. District Judge Michael Mukasey comes as 
U.S. 
courts grapple with sticky, and often untested, efforts by the Bush 
administration to deal with terrorism. Mukasey is the chief trial judge 
in 
Manhattan federal court.

His ruling follows a July opinion issued by a federal appeals court in 
Virginia that held that a different American-born prisoner imprisoned 
as an 
enemy combatant could not have access to lawyers. That prisoner, Yaser 
Esam 
Hamdi, was captured in Afghanistan and the circumstances in his case 
are 
somewhat different than those surrounding Padilla.

The same appeals court also ruled that a federal public defender could 
not 
seek Hamdi's release.

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IMPORTANT REMINDER ON DEADLINE FOR INS REGISTRATION

Immigration and Naturalization Service's Special Registration Call-In

Male, nonimmigrant aliens who are nationals or citizens of Iran, Iraq, 
Libya,
Syria or Sudan, 16 years of age or older, and entered the U.S. on or 
before 
September 10, 2002, must register with the INS between November 15 and 
December 16, 2002. Male, nonimmigrant aliens who are nationals or 
citizens 
of Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Eritrea, Lebanon, Morocco, North 
Korea, 
Oman, Qatar, Somalia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, or Yemen, 16 years 
of 
age or older, and entered the U.S. before September 30, 2002, must 
register 
with the INS between December 2, 2002 and January 10, 2003.  Please 
distribute this information as widely as possible.

For the most up-to-date information regarding Special Registration 
procedures, office hours, or designated ports for departure, please 
consult 
the INS web page at http://www.ins.usdoj.gov, or call the National 
Customer 
Service Center at 1-800-375-5283.

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LETTERS: CARTOON ON ISLAM WAS DEEPLY OFFENSIVE
Philadelphia Inquirer, 12/4/02
http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/editorial/4659470.htm

Below is a sampling of local response to Tony Auth's Nov. 28 cartoon. 
The 
Inquirer has received more than 300 letters from around the country and 
abroad criticizing it.

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Tony Auth's Nov. 28 cartoon depicting Islam as an intolerant religion 
is 
deeply offensive and contributes to the climate of hostility against 
innocent American Muslims.

I highly doubt that the Inquirer would publish Mr. Auth's cartoon if he 
had 
drawn a picture of a priest saying "Catholicism is tolerant - tolerant 
of 
priests who rape and molest children," or a rabbi saying "Judaism is 
tolerant - tolerant of soldiers attacking teenage boys armed only with 
rocks, tolerant of settlements dispossessing Palestinian land, tolerant 
of 
assassination of political leaders...."

The Inquirer has a responsibility to behave in a manner that supports 
interfaith respect so as to promote peace among Muslims, Christians and 
Jews, regardless of the shameful behaviors perpetrated by a minority in 
each religion. In printing Mr. Auth's cartoon, the newspaper fell 
woefully 
short of that obligation.

Zafar Hasan
Philadelphia

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TO VIEW THE DEFAMATORY CARTOON, GO TO
http://www.ucomics.com/tonyauth/2002/11/28/

Auth's work appears five times a week in The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Meet Tony Auth: http://www.ucomics.com/tonyauth/bio.phtml

ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE.)

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hkestenbaum@phillynews.com, content@uclick.com
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U.S. LOANS TO ISRAEL
Washington Times, 12/3/02
http://www.washtimes.com/op-ed/20021130-7348426.htm#2

The article "Israel seeks military aid increase" (Nation, Wednesday), 
which 
tells of an Israeli request for loans and grants totaling $14 billion, 
mentions that Israel never has defaulted on a loan.

Friends of Israel never tire of saying that Israel has never defaulted 
on 
repayment of a U.S. government loan, but it would be equally accurate 
to 
say Israel has never been required to repay a U.S. government loan.

The truth is complex, and designed to be so by those who seek to 
conceal it 
from the U.S. taxpayer.

Most U.S. loans to Israel are forgiven, and many were made with the 
explicit understanding that they would be forgiven before Israel was 
required to repay them. By disguising as loans what in fact were 
grants, 
cooperating members of Congress effectively exempted Israel from the 
U.S. 
oversight that would have accompanied the loans…

SEE ALSO: "ISRAEL GETS PAY INCREASE, GOVERNMENT WORKERS DON'T"
Contact your representatives to demand that tax dollars be used to 
support 
Americans, not a brutal foreign occupation
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=124&page=AA

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ISRAEL'S ROLE IN CHINA'S NEW WARPLANE BY DAVID ISENBERG
David Isenberg, Asia Times, 12/4/02
http://atimes.com/atimes/China/DL04Ad01.html

The recent unveiling (sort of) of China's first domestically designed 
(sort 
of) fighter jet was the culmination of a long saga of international 
military-hardware wheeling and dealing that has seen US-designed or 
-funded 
high-tech weaponry fall into the hands of potential military rivals.

The showpiece of many years' work, dating back to the late 1980s, 
recently 
happened - albeit unobserved - when China confirmed the existence of, 
but 
did not unveil, the Jian-10 fighter jet. It had been reported that the 
J-10 
(F-10 being the export version, using North Atlantic Treaty 
Organization 
designation) would be shown in public for the first time during the 
fourth 
China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition (Airshow China 
2002) 
held in Zhuhai in southern Guangdong province from November 4-10, but 
the 
plane did not appear.

The J-10 is a multi-role single-engine and single-seat tactical 
fighter, 
with a combat radius of 1,000 kilometers. Although billed as a 
domestically 
produced fighter, in truth the J-10 could not have happened without the 
help of other countries, especially Israel…

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EEOC: JOB DISCRIMINATION UP SINCE 9/11
SIOBHAN McDONOUGH, Associated Press, 12/4/02

WASHINGTON (AP) - A museum is accused of firing an Afghan-American 
Muslim 
man on the basis of his national origin and religion shortly after the 
Sept. 11 attacks.

A manufacturer allegedly fired a naturalized U.S. citizen of 
Palestinian 
descent within days of Sept. 11 for no other reason than his national 
origin.

These cases are reflected in separate lawsuits filed by the Equal 
Employment Opportunity Commission based on Sept. 11 backlash, 
highlighting 
discrimination based on national origin.

Complaints of discrimination based on national origin have risen 20 
percent 
over the last eight years, the EEOC said Tuesday.

The agency attributed the rise to hostility to Muslims and Middle 
Easterners after the Sept. 11 attacks, increasing numbers of immigrants 
in 
the labor force and other population changes.

``Most people think about race and gender discrimination - national 
origin 
discrimination doesn't come to mind, but it's having a greater impact 
on 
the workplace,'' EEOC spokesman David Grinberg said Tuesday as the 
agency 
announced its Web site's new user-friendly explanation of how 
discrimination law works. It can be found at http://www.eeoc.gov.

The Sept. 11 reaction has also caused problems for Sikhs, Asians and 
Arabs. 
Between Sept. 11, 2001, and November of this year, 688 charges have 
been 
filed by people of these national origins and others alleging Sept. 11 
backlash discrimination - some relating to religion…

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EEOC UPDATES ANTI-BIAS RULES
Kirstin Downey, Washington Post, 12/4/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A5995-2002Dec3.html

Amid heightened tensions between the United States and Iraq and 
continued 
concerns about terrorism, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity 
Commission 
has renewed its message to employers that it is illegal to discriminate 
against foreign-born workers.

The agency issued updated anti-bias guidelines yesterday that 
underscore 
its post-Sept. 11 message to employers -- particularly small businesses 
-- 
that they are responsible for unfair actions taken against workers on 
the 
basis of national origin. The guidelines had last been issued in 1980, 
and 
there has since been a marked increase in immigrants in the workforce. 
The 
agency has posted on its Web site hypothetical examples of what would 
be 
considered illegal activities. It cited, among others, a Christian 
Egyptian 
who is harassed by co-workers about his Arab ethnicity but whose 
employers 
do not intercede on his behalf, a Lebanese cabdriver dismissed because 
customers said they were afraid to ride with him and harsher 
disciplinary 
treatment given to Muslims than workers of other faiths…

Three weeks ago the agency reached a $ 35,000 settlement with a 
kidney-dialysis center in North Carolina where an employee said she had 
been subjected to a hostile work environment after last year's 
terrorist 
attacks. The worker, a licensed practical nurse, told the agency she 
converted to Islam shortly before the attacks and began wearing a 
religious 
scarf to work within a month after Sept. 11, 2001. She said her 
employer 
said her appearance was frightening the center's mostly elderly 
patients, 
and she quit. The commission said she had in effect been forced to 
quit...

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HOSPITAL ACCUSED OF DISCRIMINATION
Native of Iraq fired after 9/11
Richard Wronski, Chicago Tribune, 12/4/02
http://www.chicagotribune.com

A Middle Eastern man who is a Muslim and a former employee of Good 
Samaritan Hospital has sued the Downers Grove facility, alleging 
discrimination in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The lawsuit is the second in five months against a member of the 
Chicago 
area's largest hospital network. Saad Mahdi, 31, an Iraqi native , was 
dismissed by Good Samaritan because the hospital staff was nervous 
about 
his presence and "did not feel safe with him around," according to a 
civil 
rights lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court. The hospital denied 
it 
discriminates. The lawsuit alleged the firing occurred after a meeting 
on 
Sept. 16, 2001, in which hospital staff questioned Mahdi about his 
Iraqi 
origin and his views on the terrorist attacks.

The lawsuit was filed by the Chicago office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, a national Islamic and civil rights 
advocacy 
group based in Washington.

Kamran Memon, Mahdi's attorney and a council board member, said Tuesday 
that the lawsuit seeks reinstatement and back pay, as well as 
unspecified 
damages for emotional distress and inconvenience…

In a statement issued Tuesday by the hospital, Good Samaritan's 
administration denied any discrimination based on religion or national 
origin and said the hospital "welcomes a diverse workforce…"

Before the Sept. 11 attacks, Mahdi said, there were no problems with 
his 
job performance or with other employees.

Afterward, "people looked at me like I'm a bad person because I am Arab 
and 
Muslim," he said Tuesday.

On Sept. 11, Mahdi watched television reports with other employees in 
the 
hospital cafeteria, according to the lawsuit.

One employee questioned Mahdi about the terrorism and "why Muslims and 
Arabs would do such things," the lawsuit said. The employee told others 
she 
did not feel safe with Mahdi around, and other workers "became hostile" 
toward Mahdi, who is not a U.S. citizen.

Five days later, in a meeting with supervisors, Mahdi said he was asked 
about his ethnic background and what he thought of the attacks.

"He replied that the attacks were bad," the lawsuit said.

Afterward, Mahdi was escorted from the hospital and told he could not 
work 
there for the time being. Days later, he returned twice and asked about 
his 
job but was never reinstated, his lawsuit said…

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COLUMN A SLUR ON MUSLIM COMMUNITY
Hussam Ayloush, Orange County Register, 12/1/02
http://www2.ocregister.com/ocrweb/ocr/article.do?id=14266&section=COMMENTARY&year=2002&month=12&day=3
Ayloush is executive director of the Southern California chapter of the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations.

In his recent column ("Muslim leaders should get off the fence," Nov. 
24), 
Steven Greenhut tries to put suspicion on the local American Muslim 
community as being duplicitous. By citing half-truths, omitting 
information 
and using questionable sources, Greenhut's column qualified more as 
yellow 
journalism.

If you take a closer look at his arguments, Greenhut is exposed for his 
own 
hypocrisy. He demands that Muslims "stop tolerating those clerics who 
preach venom against Israel," but on the other hand, he insists that 
Muslims "show more respect for the rights of people who criticize 
Islam, 
even if they criticize it in crude and unfortunate tones." This seems 
to be 
a double standard.

When dealing specifically with the topic of the Israeli-Palestinian 
conflict, it is obvious that Greenhut confuses criticism of Zionism 
with 
anti-Semitism. Zionism is a political ideology whose tentacles are 
rooted 
in racism. The Zionist movement practically translated into the 
uprooting 
of homes and lives of the indigenous people - the Palestinians - in 
favor 
of European settlers who claim their ancestors used to live there about 
2,000 years ago.

The fact that those invaders were Jewish and the victims were 
Palestinian 
Christians and Muslims does not make this conflict a religious one, as 
many 
extremists from all sides would like to insist. It remains a national 
struggle, supported by people of all faiths, to end a racist 
occupation…

The Muslim community recognizes that hate speech and violence do exist 
against all religions and races. The Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR) and the Muslim community stand on our record of condemning all 
forms 
of terrorism, racism and bigotry, including anti-Semitism. CAIR 
recently 
condemned an anti-Semitic white supermacist Web site and an 
Arab-American 
newspaper that was publishing the infamous "Protocols of the Elders of 
Zion." Yet Greenhut did not mention this.

Instead, Greenhut quotes one of the world's leading Islamophobic 
hatemongers. Throughout his career, Daniel Pipes has exhibited a 
troubling 
bigotry toward Muslims and Islam. In 1983, a Washington Post book 
review 
noted that Pipes displays "a disturbing hostility to contemporary 
Muslims. 
He professes respect for Muslims but is frequently contemptuous of 
them. 
... [His book] is marred by exaggerations, inconsistencies and evidence 
of 
hostility to the subject…"

And what is Pipes up to today? Pipes has established the infamous 
"Campus 
Watch," which places any scholar who remotely criticizes Israel's 
apartheid 
policies on a McCarthyite blacklist. So much for the freedom of speech 
Greenhut claims to cherish.

We in the Muslim community take very seriously our responsibility to 
stand 
up for the truth and against injustice, irrespective of who the 
perpetrators or victims are. It is the American way, the right thing to 
do 
and our core value: "O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice as 
witnesses to God, even as against yourselves or your parents or your 
kin 
(Koran 4:135)."

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MUHAMMAD'S WIVES: BACKGROUND YOU NEED TO KNOW
Parvez Ahmed, Orlando Sentinel, 12/4/02
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/opinion/orl-edpahmed04120402dec04,0,6846801.story
Parvez Ahmed is communications director for the Florida chapter of the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation's largest Muslim 
advocacy 
group.

When the Nigerian journalist Isioma Daniel wrote that Muhammad, the 
prophet 
of Islam, would want to take one of the body-flaunting beauties in the 
Miss 
World pageant as his wife, Isioma was, besides exhibiting 
insensitivity, 
factually incorrect.

Muhammad's 12 wives, although not all married to him at the same time, 
were 
modest, courageous, independent, outspoken, righteous, patient and 
loyal. 
They were not known for their physical beauty -- certainly not the kind 
that is flaunted in public…

Why did Muhammad marry 12 women? John Esposito, in Islam: The Straight 
Path, writes, "As was customary for Arab chiefs, many were political 
marriages to cement alliances. Others were marriages to the widows of 
his 
companions who had fallen in combat and were in need of protection."

Muhammad was far ahead of his time by marrying Khadija, a widow and an 
independent business owner 15 years older than he was, as his first 
wife. 
This monogamous relationship, which lasted nearly 25 years, until 
Khadija's 
death, was contrary to the then-Jewish, Christian and Arab traditions 
that 
allowed for unlimited wives.

Perhaps even more eye-opening was the fact that Muhammad took Sawda as 
his 
second wife when she was a 65-year-old widow. This marriage came as a 
great 
surprise to Muhammad's contemporaries, who usually took wives for their 
wealth or beauty, rarely out of compassion and affording security to 
women.

In fact, all but one of Muhammad's wives were widows, and many of them 
were 
over the age of 40 when they married him.

Two of Muhammad's marriages have come under particular attack from 
those 
who never lose an opportunity to promote Islamophobia, much like the 
idolaters of Muhammad's time. Even in their enmity, the Meccans of 
Muhammad's time never accused him of moral ineptitude.

The current charge that Muhammad took his third wife, Aisha, when she 
was a 
minor is based on apocryphal traditions. The preponderance of evidence 
suggests that Aisha was between 16 and 19 years old when she married 
Muhammad…

To avoid the kind of excesses that we saw in Nigeria, both Muslims and 
non-Muslims need to know the traditions of the other more thoroughly. 
Perhaps one place to start is with the figure of Muhammad.

Karen Armstrong, in an upcoming PBS documentary titled Muhammad (to be 
aired Dec. 18), says, "Muhammad was a man who faced an absolutely 
hopeless 
situation…Single-handedly in a space of 23 years he brought peace and a 
new 
hope to Arabia and a new beacon for the world."

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CITY COUNCIL VOTES FOR ANTI-WAR RESOLUTION
Christopher Johnson, Michigan Daily, 12/3/02
http://www.michigandaily.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2002/12/03/3dec4b98bfdfc

Voices arguing against the nation's movement toward war found a 
sympathetic 
audience at the Ann Arbor City Council meeting last night. Joining 21 
other 
cities, including Washington and Detroit, the council voted 7-1 in 
favor of 
a resolution against war with Iraq.

Councilwoman Heidi Cowing Herrell (D-3rd Ward) pitched the proposed 
resolution as a means to support local representatives in higher 
government 
who oppose the war.

"This is a question that concerns the whole nation," she said. "If we 
go to 
war there will be economic impacts on our community. There will be 
members 
of our community who will serve in the armed forces…"

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83 PERCENT OF TURKS OPPOSE USE OF MILITARY BASES TO ATTACK IRAQ
Associated Press, 12/4/02

WASHINGTON (AP) - The following is a summary of results for Turkey from 
the 
2002 Global Attitudes Survey by the Pew Research Center for the People 
and 
the Press, based in Washington.

Opinion on the United States, Iraq and War on Terror:

-The U.S. image in Turkey has declined sharply over the past two years. 
Just 30 percent of Turkish respondents have a favorable view of the 
United 
States, while 55 percent have an unfavorable view (42 percent very 
unfavorable). That is a marked change from 2000 when 55 percent held a 
favorable view of the United States.

-Nearly three-quarters of Turkish respondents (74 percent) say the 
United 
States does not take into account the interests of countries like 
theirs in 
formulating foreign policy; just 16 percent believe the United States 
is 
attentive to the interests of others. This is consistent with opinion 
in 
many parts of the world, including most nations in Eastern Europe and 
the 
Middle East.

-There is significant opposition in Turkey to the war on terror, and 
even 
broader opposition to Turkey playing a role in any conflict in Iraq. By 
more than six-to-one (83 percent to 13 percent), Turkish respondents 
oppose 
allowing the United States and its allies to use bases in Turkey to 
launch 
military action against Iraq.

SEE: http://www.people-press.org

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US RELIGIOUS LEADERS URGE BUSH TO AVERT WAR WITH IRAQ
Agence France-Presse, 12/4/02

NEW YORK, Dec 4 (AFP) - A group of progressive US Christian, Jewish and 
Muslim leaders urged President George W. Bush Wednesday to avert a war 
with 
Iraq, insisting that failure to do so would violate his religious 
beliefs.

The group, Religious Leaders for Sensible Priorities, ran a full- page 
ad 
in The New York Times featuring a photo of the US president under the 
words: "Jesus changed your heart. Now let him change your mind."

"President Bush, we beseech you to turn back from the brink of war on 
Iraq," the text, signed by some 200 people, urged.

"Your war would violate the teachings of Jesus Christ. It would violate 
the 
tenets, prayers and entreaties of your own United Methodist Church 
bishops."

"You've proclaimed the crucial role of faith in your life, and you've 
said 
that people of faith are often 'our nation's voice of conscience.' 
Listen 
to our voices now."

The religious officials acknowledged that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein 
"is a 
cruel tyrant," but insisted that "a war on the country he rules is not 
just 
a war. It will be an unprovoked, pre-emptive attack on a nation which 
is 
not threatening the United States…

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BUSH APPOINTS SPECIAL ENVOY FOR "FREE IRAQIS"

STATEMENT BY THE PRESS SECRETARY

The President announced today the appointment of Dr. Zalmay Khalilzad 
as 
his Special Envoy and Ambassador at Large for Free Iraqis. As Special 
Envoy, Dr. Khalilzad will serve as the focal point for contacts and 
coordination among Free Iraqis for the United States Government and for 
preparations for a post-Saddam Hussein Iraq. Dr. Khalilzad will 
continue as 
the Special Presidential Envoy for Afghanistan to ensure that the 
United 
States' commitment to working in partnership with the Afghan Government 
remains firm and resolute.

Dr. Khalilzad also serves as Special Assistant to the President and 
Senior 
Director for Southwest Asia, Near East and North African Affairs, 
National 
Security Council. Dr. Khalilzad will relinquish this position so as to 
devote full time to Afghanistan, Free Iraqis, and outreach to the 
Muslim 
community. Dr. Khalilzad will continue to serve as Special Assistant to 
the 
President and Senior Director for these matters.

Web site: http:/ /www.whitehouse.gov/

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VANDALS AGAIN WRECK FAMILY'S RAMADAN SIGN
Chicago Tribune, 12/4/02
http://www.chicagotribune.com

Vandals smashed a Ramadan holiday sign belonging to a Palos Hills 
Muslim 
family Monday night for the third time since the Islamic holy month 
began 
in November, but police said Tuesday they would not consider the 
incident a 
hate crime unless threats were made.

"I came home at 11:15 (p.m.). My headlights illuminated it, and it was 
in 
pieces," said Erin Rose-al-Ashqar, a Muslim convert whose husband is 
Palestinian. "It just made me really sad." Police are trying to catch 
the 
vandals, said Deputy Chief Steve Good, but for now the incidents are 
not 
considered hate crimes.

"We treat their crimes the same as anyone else's," he said.

Rose-al-Ashqar said the family will put up a new sign this week marking 
the 
end of Ramadan.

Three weeks ago, Rose-al-Ashqar arrived at her Palos Hills home to find 
a 
similar green twinkling sign broken in the yard. A second sign was 
stolen 
two days later.

The family put up a third sign less than a week after the second one 
disappeared. That sign was destroyed between 8:30 and 11:15 Monday 
night, 
Rose-al-Ashqar said.

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BUSH ORDER: CIA CAN KILL AMERICANS IN AL QAEDA
John J. Lumpkin, Associated Press, 12/4/02

U.S. citizens working for Al Qaeda overseas can legally be targeted and 
killed by the CIA under President Bush's rules for the war on 
terrorism, 
U.S. officials say.

That authority is granted under a secret finding, which Bush signed 
after 
the Sept. 11 suicide hijackings, that directs the CIA to covertly 
attack 
operatives of the terrorist organization anywhere. The authority makes 
no 
exception for Americans, so permission to strike them is understood 
rather 
than specifically described, officials said…U.S. officials said few 
Americans are working with Al Qaeda, but they have no specific 
estimates.

The CIA already has killed one American under this authority, although 
U.S. 
officials maintain that he was not the target.

On Nov. 3, a missile from a CIA-operated Predator drone aircraft 
destroyed 
a carload of suspected Al Qaeda operatives in Yemen. The target of the 
attack, a Yemeni named Ali Qaed Sinan al-Harthi, was the top Al Qaeda 
operative in that country. Efforts by Yemeni authorities to detain him 
had 
previously failed.

But the CIA didn't know a U.S. citizen, Yemeni-American Kamal Derwish, 
was 
in the car. He died, along with al-Harthi and four other Yemenis.

The Bush administration said the killing of an American in this fashion 
was 
legal...

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A SWEET AND SALTY END FOR RAMADAN
Charles Perry, Los Angeles Times, 12/4/02
http://www.latimes.com/features/food/la-fo-ramadan4dec04.story

THIS is the final week of Ramadan, the month when Muslims fast during 
the 
daylight hours. What does a Pakistani restaurant do during the fast?

"Oh, we stay open for lunch during Ramadan," says Sajjad Prenjee, the 
chef 
and owner of Asian Kitchen in Culver City. "We don't cater exclusively 
to 
Muslims."Then at 3:30 or so we close for dinner prep, and we start 
serving 
dinner at sundown. In addition to the regular menu we have a buffet. 
Usually we don't have a buffet at dinner, but, during Ramadan, people 
are 
pretty hungry, they want to get something right away…"

At home, the classic Id-ul-Fitr dish is shir khurma, a sort of pudding 
made 
from thickened milk and seviyan, a very fine vermicelli that you can 
buy in 
Indian markets, usually ready-toasted for use in this dish. An ordinary 
seviyan pudding is eaten year-round, but shir khurma is richer, made 
with 
more nuts and other ingredients such as dried fruits and usually given 
a 
golden glow by adding saffron.

This is the dish served after returning from prayers on Id-ul-Fitr and 
to 
guests throughout the holiday. It is a somewhat liquid cousin to rice 
pudding, tasting of concentrated milk and roses. Many versions include 
dried fruit ("khurma" means date), but Prenjee's does not, making for a 
restrained and elegant dish dominated by the flavor of almonds, 
pistachios 
and saffron.

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Shir khurma

Total time: 45 minutes

Servings: 6

Note: Sajjad Prenjee uses no raisins or dates in his version of this 
dish 
and sprinkles saffron over the surface, rather than mixing it in. To 
make 
powdered saffron, dry 8 saffron threads in a skillet over low heat for 
a 
few minutes and grind them in a mortar. Toasted seviyan is sold in 
Indian 
markets; you can substitute fine vermicelli fried in a little butter 
until 
golden. In place of rose essence, also sold in Indian markets, use a 
teaspoon of rosewater.

3 cups milk
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup seviyan or browned vermicelli, broken into short pieces
1/2 cup ground almonds
1/4 cup ground pistachios
1 drop rose essence
Powdered saffron

1. Bring the milk and condensed milk to a boil in a saucepan over 
medium 
heat and simmer 15 minutes. Add the seviyan, almonds and pistachios and 
return to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer 20 minutes, 
stirring 
occasionally. Halfway through, stir in the rose essence. The dish 
should 
have the consistency of a thin porridge.

2. Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle the saffron evenly over the 
surface while still hot.

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TASTING ALLAH'S SWEET BOUNTY
Muslims end Ramadan fasting with Eid al-Fitr holiday feasting
Ramin Ganeshram, Newsday, 12/4/02
http://www.newsday.com/features/food/ny-fdrama3029401dec04.story

Well before the sun rises on Eid al-Fitr, the last day of Ramadan, 
Parveen 
Choudhry and her family go to their local mosque to say special 
prayers. 
They return home to eat semair, a sweet vermicelli pudding that 
symbolizes 
the sweetness of Allah's bounty…

Carolyn Naseer also brings her local food customs to the festivities. A 
Pennsylvania native who now lives in Middle Island, Naseer celebrates 
with 
her husband, Mukkaram, infant son, Zayne, and close friends. The native 
sweet she brings to the Eid al-Fitr table is all-American apple pie.

"One of the nice parts of Eid is to get together with loved ones and 
prepare food together," Naseer said. "It's a good way to feel 
fellowship 
with others and the joy for life that Ramadan symbolizes."

This dessert originated in Egypt and has become popular throughout the 
Arab 
world as a traditional Eid al-Fitr sweet. It is adapted from a recipe 
in 
"Egyptian Cooking: A Practical Guide" (Hippocrene) by Samia Abdennour.

Umm Ali (Ali's Mother)

1 pound phyllo dough
1 cup mixed nuts
1 tablespoon grated coconut
1 cup whole milk
1 cup condensed milk
1 tablespoon unsalted butter or fresh cream

Place the phyllo dough 1 or 2 sheets at a time in a 425-degree oven for 
1 
to 2 minutes, or until they are dry and crisp. Crush the sheets with 
your 
fingers and place in a lightly greased baking dish. Mix nuts and 
coconut 
and scatter on top. Warm milk and condensed milk together and pour over 
the 
coconut mixture. Dab with butter or cream and bake in a 400-degree oven 
until top is browned. Makes 4 servings.

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LI'S MUSLIM KIDS TOUGH OUT FASTING
Martin C. Evans, Newsday, 12/4/02
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-lirama1204.story

During this holiday season, the aroma of chocolate chip cookies fills 
the 
hallways Farheen Shaikh walks on her way to her driver's ed class at 
Half 
Hollow Hills High School East.

"They smell so good," the 17-year-old said. "The rest of the food in 
the 
cafeteria isn't so tempting, but the chocolate chip cookies are really 
great, so I miss them the most."

The scent of cookies and other treats in schools across Long Island has 
been particularly trying for Muslim students during the past several 
weeks 
because of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting. During Ramadan, 
Muslims 
beyond the age of puberty are expected to shun food and beverages - 
even 
water - from before sunup to sundown as an act of heightened piety.

But in recent years, Ramadan has come at a time when non-Muslims are 
gorging on turkey, holiday cookies and other Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and 
pre-Christmas goodies.

"Every class is having a party and they're walking around with 
chocolates 
or ice cream, and they say 'come on, have some,'" said Saadia Zainul, 
17, 
of Half Hollow Hills High School West. "School is one of the hardest 
places 
to fast."

Fasting is meant to encourage a sense of moral introspection and 
deepened 
piety.

And because Ramadan's prohibitions go beyond the avoidance of food 
alone, 
many students say schools - with their multiple temptations - are a 
particularly difficult place in which to comply.

That is because Ramadan fasting forbids not only eating, but bans the 
use 
of the body for unsavory practices.

That means no cursing. No angry retorts. No listening to gossip or 
obscene 
lyrics. And no fighting. Muslim children are even expected to turn the 
other cheek when they are picked upon...

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RAMADAN GATHERING ATTRACTS DIVERSE CROWD
Muslims' traditional fast-breaking meal is celebrated in community 
center
CHRISTINA LEE KNAUSS, The State (Columbia, SC), 12/4/02
http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/local/4661142.htm

The spiraling call to Muslim prayer and the scents of exotic food 
filled 
the air Tuesday night inside a community center at the end of Oak 
Street 
near Benedict College.

Members of the Columbia-area Muslim community, along with guests from 
other 
faith traditions, had come together to celebrate an iftar, the 
traditional 
fast-breaking meal held at sunset of each day during the Islamic holy 
month 
of Ramadan. The event attracted a racially diverse crowd of more than 
90, 
which included people from Yemen, Egypt, Pakistan, India, and Africa. 
Ages 
ranged from toddlers to senior citizens. Tables at the back of the room 
were filled with traditional dishes from India, Pakistan, African 
countries 
and other nations, as well as traditional Southern food such as fried 
fish 
and red velvet cake.

Many of the dishes were made with different kinds of rice, a staple of 
iftar meals. The rice was mixed with chicken, different vegetables, 
fish, 
and other foods.

One of the most popular desserts was gajar ka halva, a sweet souffle 
made 
of carrots, sugar, cream and nuts which is popular in India and 
Pakistan.

After the meal, the crowd listened to speeches about dealing with 
issues of 
tolerance and religious fundamentalism, both in Islam and other faiths, 
as 
well as poetry recited in Urdu, Arabic and English.

Imam Omar Shaheed of Masjid al-Muslimin in West Columbia gave a short 
talk 
about how important it was for Muslims to focus on the prophet 
Muhammad's 
words of peace, tolerance and love for all people.

"The best way of trying to live together in the world would be by 
living 
what we claim to believe," Shaheed said.

Mehdia Abedin of Turbeville said Ramadan and the celebration helped her 
focus on the blessings that surround her every day.

"I'm just thankful for everything we have here -- this is such a 
beautiful 
country and this helps to remind us of it," Abedin said. She came to 
the 
U.S. from India 28 years ago…

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 12/5/2002

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: PUNISHMENT FOR MISTREATING ANIMALS
* MUSLIMS COUNTER IGNORANCE WITH US LIBRARY CAMPAIGN (CS Monitor)
* STOP CALLING ISLAM THE ENEMY (Inter. Herald Tribune)
* DEARBORN SCHOOLS SHUT DOWN FOR MUSLIM HOLIDAY
	- Schools Grant Religious Days for Muslims (St. Pete. Times)
	- With Ibn Battuta, No Journey Is Too Far (Washington Post)
* MUSLIMS LOOK TO SKY FOR END OF RAMADAN (Sun-Sentinel)
* NORTH AMERICAN 'HALAL' MARKET GROWING (AP)
* SAME HOUSE, DIFFERENT FAITHS (USA Today)
* ANTI-US ANGER GROWS AMONG ARAB MODERATES (CS Monitor)
	- World Survey Says Negative Views of U.S. Rising (NY Times)
	- U.S. Policy has Taken Anti-Arab, Anti-Islam Turn (Modesto Bee)
* PRESIDENT SENDS EID GREETINGS TO MUSLIMS
* NPR EXAMINES SIGNIFICANCE OF PILGRIMAGE TO MECCA
* SECURITY TIGHT AHEAD OF MOSQUE DEMOLITION ANNIVERSARY (AP)
* ISRAEL 'TO INCREASE SETTLEMENTS' (Herald Sun)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: PUNISHMENT FOR MISTREATING ANIMALS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "A woman was punished 
(by 
God) because of (her cruelty toward) a cat. She had neither provided 
her 
with food nor drink, nor set her free so that she might eat the 
creatures 
of the earth."

Sahih Muslim, Hadith 1047

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MUSLIMS COUNTER IGNORANCE WITH US LIBRARY CAMPAIGN
Jane Lampman, Christian Science Monitor, 12/5/02
http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/1205/p14s02-lire.html

To help counter what it sees as "a rising tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric" 
in 
US society, a national Islamic civil rights group has come up with a 
particularly American response. It has launched a grass-roots campaign 
to 
get Muslims to sponsor educational materials for local public 
libraries.

The goal is to place a package of books, videos, and audio cassettes - 
called "Explore Islamic Culture and Civilization" - in as many of the 
country's 16,000 libraries as possible. "It's important that Americans 
know 
what Islam stands for," says Nihad Awad, executive director of the 
Council 
on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). "The lack of timely and accurate 
books in libraries ... [results in a] knowledge gap that leads to 
increased 
misunderstanding and produces unnecessary divisions between people of 
faith."

Soon after the Sept. 11 attacks, Americans rushed to bookstores in 
search 
of information on Islam. Over the past year, many books that Muslims 
consider distortions or outright attacks on the faith have hit the 
market, 
with authors plying their views on TV and radio. Evangelist Franklin 
Graham 
condemned the faith as "evil" during interviews related to his latest 
book. 
Pat Robertson has criticized President Bush for distinguishing between 
Islam and those who "have hijacked a great religion." Some political 
conservatives have recently joined the bandwagon.

CAIR has put together an 18-item package on Islam and Muslims that it 
considers accurate and accessible for adults and children. Library 
visitors, for example, can select from the most respected English 
translation of the sacred text - "The Meaning of the Holy Quran," by 
Abdullah Yusuf Ali; biographies of the prophet Muhammad; videos on 
Islamic 
culture and civilization; an award-winning children's book on Ramadan; 
books on gender issues in Islam; and even "The Complete Idiot's Guide 
to 
Understanding Islam…"

CAIR also recently published a guide to Islam on this continent - "The 
North American Muslim Resource Guide" (Routledge) - which describes the 
history of Islam in the US and Canada and the makeup of Muslim 
communities.

"Every night somewhere a program defames Islam," Omar Ahmad of CAIR 
told a 
Muslim audience earlier this fall. "This is our time and we must 
deliver 
our message…"

CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT

Take part in this first-of-its-kind campaign by sponsoring an 18-item 
"library package." Our goal is to, inshallah, send accurate and 
objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

TO SPONSOR A LIBRARY PACKAGE, GO TO: www.libraryproject.org
OR CALL: 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320

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STOP CALLING ISLAM THE ENEMY
William Pfaff, International Herald Tribune, 12/5/02
http://www.iht.com/articles/79102.html

PARIS - A part of the neoconservative intelligentsia in Washington is 
trying to turn the Bush administration's "war against terrorism" into a 
war 
against Muslim civilization and the Islamic religion.

Such influential figures as Eliot Cohen of the Johns Hopkins School of 
Advanced International Studies and Kenneth Adelman of the Defense 
Department advisory policy board, a former Reagan administration 
official, 
criticize President George W. Bush for his efforts to assure Muslims 
that 
his war is against terrorism, not against their religion.

The Bush critics say Islam itself is America's enemy because Islamic 
religion and civilization are intolerant, hostile to Western values, 
proselytizing, expansionist and violent.

Their implicit argument is that Islam was hostile to the West before 
Israel 
came into existence, hence that the Israel-Palestine conflict has 
nothing 
to do with Islam's crisis with the West. This is a novel argument 
likely to 
leave many unconvinced.

A segment of the evangelical Protestant community in the United States 
adds 
to this an assertion that Islam is "evil." That is the view of the 
clergyman who was part of the Bush inauguration in 2001.

Cohen, Adelman and their fellows in the U.S. policy community have yet 
to 
explain what they mean about war against Islamic civilization - against 
the 
second largest religious community on earth, with more than a billion 
adherents on six continents. One would have thought that President Bush 
already has his hands full with Iraq and Al Qaeda.

These intellectuals have fallen into Samuel Huntington's pernicious 
fallacy 
that civilizations, which are cultural phenomena, can be treated as if 
they 
were responsible political entities. They identify the members of 
Islamic 
civilization not in terms of their actions but in terms of what they 
are...

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DEARBORN SCHOOLS SHUT DOWN FOR MUSLIM HOLIDAY
Associated Press, 12/5/02

DEARBORN, Mich. - The 17,600 students who attend school here will have 
the 
rest of the week off as part of a break timed to the Muslim celebration 
of 
Eid Al Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan.

Dearborn Public Schools is one of the few districts in the country to 
give 
students time off during the Islamic festival.

The city is home to one of the country's largest concentrations of Arab 
Americans, and many are followers of Islam. Though district officials 
were 
cautious about saying the break is for celebrating Eid, they 
acknowledged 
they base days off on when attendance is expected to be low, such as 
the 
Christmas holiday.

This is the second consecutive year that Dearborn schools has scheduled 
days off during Eid, The Detroit news reported. They estimate that 
between 
30 and 40 percent of their student body practices Islam…

Dearborn's break was hailed by the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, a 
civil rights group that said it often gets complaints about school 
districts that aren't sensitive to Muslim holidays.

"We have to congratulate them on their openness to the Islamic 
religious 
community," said spokesman Ibrahim Hooper.

Eid will be celebrated either Thursday or Friday, depending on whether 
the 
new moon was sighted on Wednesday night.

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SCHOOLS GRANT RELIGIOUS DAYS FOR MUSLIMS
MELANIE AVE, St. Petersburg Times, 12/5/02
http://www.sptimes.com/

TAMPA - Just in time for the end of the Muslim observance of Ramadan, 
Hillsborough school officials have decided they no longer will penalize 
high school students who take time off to observe a religious holiday…

Muslim leaders said they support the policy change and consider it a 
move 
toward giving their faith equal consideration in the public schools.

It's also timely. The Muslim celebration of Eid al-Ftr, which marks the 
end 
of Ramadan, could begin Friday, depending on the moon.

"This is a good step," said Mohamed Sultan, the director and imam of 
the 
Islamic Society of Tampa Bay. "We live in a diverse society. 
Accommodations 
are greatly appreciated…"

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WITH IBN BATTUTA, NO JOURNEY IS TOO FAR
Darragh Johnson, Washington Post, 12/5/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A8446-2002Dec4.html

First came the exotic locales, the distant geographies: Tangier. 
Alexandria. Damascus. Baghdad.

Then came mention of luxurious goods: Ripe tangerines. Green cardamom. 
Burnt-orange turmeric.

Next, these fourth-graders at Annapolis's Key School were stepping into 
the 
dusty shoes of 21-year-old Ibn Battuta as the 14th-century Moroccan man 
made his hajj across North Africa, to Mecca, and then kept going. By 
the 
time he returned home, he was a 64-year-old man. "I didn't think it was 
gonna be interesting," remembered Richard Karsten, 9, as he led a 
discussion of Islamic metalwork with three classmates. "I thought Ibn 
Battuta [IH-bin Buh-TOO-ta] was a funny name, and I was confused."

"I'd never heard of Islam before this," said Rachel Davis, 9, a 
voracious 
reader who seeks out adventures and devours new discoveries. "I thought 
there was just Christian and Jewish. I hadn't heard of anything else."

"That's what I thought, too," added classmate Nick Dickenson.

But soon the students were making up dances inspired by Islamic art, 
which 
they practiced, barefoot, in their jeans. They pounded rhythms on clay 
pots 
and Egyptian drums, and they learned the song "Tafta Hindi" on their 
recorders.

And as the Muslim world and Islamic beliefs have lately become more 
integral than ever to politics and international diplomacy, and as 
President Bush threatens war on Iraq, the fourth-graders at Key have 
spent 
the last two months exploring every part of that world and its 
culture...

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MUSLIMS LOOK TO SKY FOR END OF RAMADAN
James D. Davis, Sun-Sentinel, 12/5/02
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/religion/search/sfl-sightingdec05.story

Ramadan ends with the new moon this week -- Muslims agree on that. But 
who 
says when that happens? There's the rub.

You can look into the night sky to see the crescent moon, signaling the 
start of Eid ul-Fitr, the closing feast of Ramadan. Or you can ask your 
local imam. Or phone a national organization. Or check a Web site.

Muslims find the answer all four ways, depending on who they believe 
has 
the right to declare the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting and prayer. 
It 
makes for interesting debates among the faith's 1.2 billion believers, 
who 
have never settled on a fixed date for the holiday.

With the reported sighting of the new moon by people in several nations 
on 
Wednesday -- especially Saudi Arabia, the homeland of the faith -- many 
area mosques began hurried preparations for celebrations this morning…

Other mosques will continue to follow a ruling made last month by 
American 
Islamic organizations that the crescent would not be visible on this 
continent until tonight at the earliest. Among them is the School of 
Islamic Studies in Sunrise, which by Wednesday evening had not changed 
its 
Eid plans for Friday.

Knowing the exact time of Eid ul-Fitr each year is crucial because 
Muslims 
are ordered not to fast during that day. Believers await the Eid with 
anticipation, say local and national leaders. They keep close to 
phones, 
faxes and Web sites, then race with preparations for prayers at the 
local 
mosques…

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NORTH AMERICAN 'HALAL' MARKET GROWING
RACHEL ZOLL, Associated Press, 12/4/02

NEW YORK - Shaida Khan once had to carry an entire raw lamb, chopped up 
and 
wrapped, on a long subway ride from Manhattan to Queens.

"I was so exhausted," Khan recalled. "I said, 'I'm never doing that 
again."'

That was nearly two decades ago, when Khan could find only one store in 
New 
York that sold food for observant Muslims. This year, when Khan makes 
her 
traditional biryani - meat, rice and yogurt - for the Muslim feast of 
Eid 
al-Fitr starting Friday, she won't have to travel far for the 
ingredients.

As the U.S. Muslim population has grown in recent years, so too have 
the 
number of North American businesses that produce and sell foods that 
meet 
Muslim dietary requirements called halal.

Halal beef patties and fast-food style chicken nuggets can now be found 
on 
the shelves of Pathmark and other grocery chains, and the attention 
American Muslims received after Sept. 11 only raised awareness of the 
industry's sales potential, drawing newcomers to the field.

Halal producers reported brisk sales of fresh chicken and meat just 
before 
the Eid, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan…

The exact size of the halal market in North America is not known.

The Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America, among the few U.S. 
groups that certify halal producers, has authorized more than 200 North 
American businesses, ranging from small producers to corporations whose 
product lines include goods for export to Muslim countries.

"There's a tremendous demand," said Mohamed Sadek, the international 
program director for the council, which allows certified producers to 
use 
its symbol - a crescent and letter "M" - on packaging…

The halal industry, however, poses some special challenges.

Islamic dietary laws are complex, especially when applied to mass food 
production. Religious scholars have different interpretations of the 
rules, 
as do many rank-and-file Muslims who accept various practices depending 
on 
the traditions of their native country.

Some will only eat animals slaughtered by hand by a Muslim who recites 
a 
blessing in the name of Allah as he kills the animal. All the blood 
must 
then be drained from the carcass before it is processed.

However, other Muslims will accept mechanical slaughter in poultry 
processing, for example, as long as the blessing is said while the 
animals 
are killed. Another group prefers that the plant where the food is 
produced 
faces Mecca, Islam's holiest site. And some believe the blessing for 
the 
animal need only be said just before eating…

The federal government does not enforce religious dietary laws, but can 
file charges of misbranding if companies misrepresent their products, 
said 
Matthew Baun, a spokesman for the inspection office of the U.S. 
Department 
of Agriculture…

On the Net:

Midamar: http://www.midamarhalal.com/
Al Safa Halal: http://www.halalsafa.com/
Islamic Food and Nutrition Council: http://www.ifanca.org/

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SAME HOUSE, DIFFERENT FAITHS
Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA Today, 12/4/02
http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2002-12-04-faith-life-cover-usat_x.htm

For millions of Americans, December is an extended toast to every 
holiday's 
highlights.

Christmas is coming. The feast of Eid al-Fitr, concluding Muslims' 
month-long Ramadan fast, is this week. Hanukkah's final candles are lit 
Friday. Sunday is Bodhi Day, marking the anniversary of the 
enlightenment 
of the Buddha.

But when religious pluralism hits home -- 22% of U.S. households now 
have 
more than one faith under one roof -- the party's over for a growing 
number 
of families. Divorce is three times more prevalent in interfaith 
families 
with children than in same-faith households, according to the first 
national statistical look at the issue. The American Religious 
Identification Survey 2001 (ARIS) finds that of all U.S. adults who 
have 
had children with someone of another faith, 10% are divorced, compared 
with 
3% for parents of the same faith...

Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, 
says Muslim men, who are permitted in their religion to marry outside 
the 
faith, have trouble in custody disputes in U.S. courts. They are 
responsible for raising Muslim children, he says, but "we find the 
father's 
faith and ethnicity are used against him."

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ANTI-US ANGER GROWS AMONG ARAB MODERATES
Nicholas Blanford, Christian Science Monitor, 12/5/02
http://www.csmonitor.com/search_content/1205/p01s03-wome.html

If the United States wants to gauge the extent of anti-American 
sentiment 
in Lebanon, it needs look no further than its embassy's efforts in the 
past 
few weeks to host iftars, the evening fast-breaking meal during the 
Muslim 
month of Ramadan. Just nine of 80 invitees attended a Monday-night 
iftar. 
Most observed a boycott of the event in protest of US Middle East 
policies…

But the anger toward the US is not confined to Muslims. Even in secular 
institutions such as the American University of Beirut, the increase in 
anti-Americanism has been fairly dramatic, according to Professor 
Sadowski. 
"One shouldn't think it's associated only with Islam. It's a much 
broader 
phenomenon," he says.

Hold a conversation with a Lebanese, or any Arab for that matter, and 
they 
will generally say that they have nothing against the American people, 
it's 
Washington's specific Middle East policies that they resent.

But Sadowski, himself a US citizen, says he believes that tolerance 
toward 
Americans is "clearly eroding." "There is a growing sense that opposing 
US 
policy as an American citizen is not enough to let you off the hook. It 
won't be much longer before just having an American passport is enough 
to 
be targeted," he says.

SEE ALSO:

WORLD SURVEY SAYS NEGATIVE VIEWS OF U.S. ARE RISING
ADAM CLYMER, New York Times, 12/5/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/05/international/05SURV.html

While people in most non-Muslim countries continue to view the United 
States favorably, negative opinions have increased in most nations over 
the 
past two years, according to public opinion surveys in 44 countries…

Favorable views of the United States declined in the past two years in 
Britain from 83 to 75 percent and in Germany from 78 to 61 percent, 
while 
they increased in Russia from 37 to 61 percent. There were also 
striking 
increases in favorable opinions in Uzbekistan, from 56 to 85 percent, 
and 
in Nigeria, from 46 to 77 percent.

The United States-led campaign against terrorism was opposed by most 
people 
surveyed in several nations with Muslim majorities. The percentages 
opposed 
were 79 percent in Egypt, 85 percent in Jordan, 64 percent in 
Indonesia, 56 
percent in Lebanon, 64 percent in Senegal, 58 percent in Turkey and 64 
percent in Indonesia. Pluralities took that view in Pakistan -- 45 
percent 
-- and Bangladesh -- 46 percent...

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U.S. POLICY HAS TAKEN ANTI-ARAB, ANTI-ISLAM TURN
DAVID WESTPHAL, Modesto Bee, 12/1/02
http://www.modbee.com/local/story/5430929p-6416555c.html

Even as the American government issues new warnings about al-Qaida 
terrorism and prepares for a seemingly inevitable war against Iraq, 
Arabs 
in Egypt and the wider Middle East grow ever more livid at U.S. 
policies 
they perceive as arrogant, duplicitous and religiously biased…

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PRESIDENT SENDS EID GREETINGS TO MUSLIMS

To view the President's video greeting, go to:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/ramadan/20021204-ramadan.v.smil

The text of the message may also be read on the White House website at:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/ramadan/eid_greeting.html

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NPR EXAMINES SIGNIFICANCE OF PILGRIMAGE TO MECCA
All Things Considered, National Public Radio, 12/4/02
http://www.npr.org/ramfiles/atc/20021204.atc.05.ram

Commentator Murad Kalam made a pilgrimage to Mecca for Ramadan, and saw 
diversity there. He says he realized that the values of Mecca -- 
acceptance 
of all as equals -- are American values.

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SECURITY TIGHT ACROSS INDIA AHEAD OF MOSQUE DEMOLITION ANNIVERSARY
NEELESH MISRA, Associated Press, 12/5/02

NEW DELHI, India (AP) - Thousands of armed security personnel patrolled 
communal hotspots across India on Thursday ahead of the 10th 
anniversary of 
the demolition of a 16th century mosque by Hindu extremists.
Friday's anniversary holds added tension because it falls on the start 
of 
Islam's Eid al-Fitr festival.

Muslims form 12 percent of the 1 billion population and are the largest 
minority in Hindu-majority India, where religious violence has been 
escalating and sectarian tension politicized.

Islamic anger continues over the Dec. 6, 1992, wrecking of the Babri 
mosque 
in Ayodhya, 550 kilometers (345 miles) east of New Delhi.

Hindu mobs, claiming that the mosque had been built on the birthplace 
of 
one of their gods, Rama, tore it down with spades, crowbars and bare 
hands.

Fierce riots consequently swept India and killed at least 2,000 people, 
most of them in Bombay, the country's financial capital.

On Thursday, police in Bombay frisked passengers at bus and railroad 
stations, tightened security around public places and urged residents 
to be 
vigilant. Police Commissioner M.N. Singh said authorities feared more 
attacks to coincide with the anniversary of the mosque demolition…

Meanwhile, Hindu hard-liners were preparing to hold rallies and marches 
in 
several cities and towns to celebrate the demolition anniversary as a 
"victory day" for their faith.

Security was tight in Ayodhya, where officers, wary of potential 
troublemakers, stopped hundreds of buses and trucks at the town's 
entrance.

Tension was also high in the western state of Gujarat, where more than 
1,000 people were killed in religious riots last February through May.

Thousands of paramilitary soldiers on Thursday patrolled streets in 
Ahmadabad, Gujarat's most populous city and the hub of this year's 
bloodshed.

The World Hindu Council, which is being investigated over its role in 
the 
demolition, said it would hold two processions in Ahmadabad on Friday. 
Some 
50 members of the council held a rally Thursday to protest against a 
directive from the Election Commission to hold low-key programs. That 
rally 
was guarded by nearly 500 police officers to prevent any violence.

Many Muslims in the city said they would stay indoors.

"We will prefer to remain at home rather than falling into their trap 
of 
provocation," said fruit vendor Yunus Mohammad.

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ISRAEL 'TO INCREASE SETTLEMENTS'
Herald Sun, 12/4/02
http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,5612341%5E401,00.html

THE Israeli housing ministry and the Settlers Council have drawn up a 
plan 
for increased settlement activity in the West Bank over the next three 
months, the Israeli daily Maariv has reported.

The plan reportedly provides for dozens of new houses to be built in 14 
different settlements.

The newspaper says the plan was drawn up during a meeting between 
Settlers 
Council chairman Bentzi Lieberman and Avi Moz, the director general of 
the 
housing ministry.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 12/7/2002

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: KINDNESS EVEN TO ANTS
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT
* MEDIA REQUEST: IRAQI-AMERICAN FAMILY WITH MEMBER IN MILITARY
* HOW LONG MUST MUSLIMS APOLOGIZE? (Toronto Star)
* IN U.S., MUSLIMS ALTER THEIR GIVING (Washington Post)
* SHARON SAYS US AID ON ITS WAY (Jerusalem Post)
	- Israeli Raid in Gaza Kills 10 Palestinians (Wash. Post)
	- The Israelization of America (Antiwar.com)
	- U.S. backs Israeli "Self-Defense" (Reuters)
* TORTURE COMMON IN UZBEKISTAN, U.N. ENVOY REPORTS (LA Times)
* MUSLIMS GATHER FOR FESTIVITIES, PRAYER (San Jose Mercury News)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: KINDNESS EVEN TO ANTS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Once while a prophet 
amongst the prophets was taking a rest underneath a tree, an ant bit 
him. 
He, therefore, ordered that his luggage be taken away from underneath 
that 
tree and then ordered that the dwelling place of the ants should be set 
on 
fire. God sent him a revelation: 'Wouldn't it have been sufficient to 
burn 
(the) single ant (that bit you)?'"

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 4, Hadith 536

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HOW LONG MUST MUSLIMS APOLOGIZE?
Riad Saloojee, Toronto Star, 12/6/02
http://www.torontostar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1035775248823
Riad Saloojee is executive director of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, Canada.

As Al Qaeda's spree of senseless slaughter threatens to continue 
unabated, 
Muslims everywhere find themselves bound to an unending logic of denial 
and 
dissociation.

Precisely because Osama bin Laden speaks in the name of Islam, Muslim 
communities have been galvanized into action.

If Muslims do not provide their own lived narrative of Islam, their 
faith 
will continue to be hijacked by a band of violent, narrow-minded 
bigots…

The post-9/11 world has put a greater onus on Muslims.

Often, however, this has been a case for more than just great 
expectations.

Even though Canadian Muslims unequivocally condemned the killing of 
innocents in the name of Islam - a fact that was prolifically covered 
in 
the from coast to coast - the charge of a complicit silence was 
frequently 
levied against them.

Muslims, it was alleged, remained silent and said little. A corollary, 
and 
recurrent theme, was that Canadian Muslims were slow to prove their 
loyalty 
and patriotism.

In short, Muslims were held to a more rigorous standard than their 
compatriots - and found to come up short…

The blame game continues. Even now, with every new attack, pundits sit 
in 
ivory towers of self-righteousness and demand fresh new condemnations 
from 
innocent bystanders.

Many requests are so harsh, so venomous, that no amount of condemnation 
will ever suffice. We are witnessing, instead, the politics of ethical 
one-upmanship that asserts a quota on morality but, in reality, corners 
the 
market when it comes to moral chauvinism.

Rarely, for example, is the U.S. brought to task for creating the Bin 
Laden 
Frankenstein, supporting and arming him to the teeth.

Nor is Russia asked to apologize for invading Afghanistan, brutalizing 
it 
for a decade, and creating a climate of internecine warfare and 
extremism.

Or, for that matter, is Israel called on to rectify its brutal and 
morally 
unjustifiable occupation that provides fuel to these twisted 
conflagrations 
of hatred. Indeed, one detects through these omissions that the 
apportioning of blame to Muslims en masse has an ugly racial face…

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IN U.S., MUSLIMS ALTER THEIR GIVING
Those Observing Islamic Tenet Want to Aid Poor but Fear Persecution
Alan Cooperman, Washington Post, 12/7/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A21277-2002Dec6.html

During every Ramadan, the Islamic holy month that this year ended 
Thursday, 
there is a surge of charitable giving by American Muslims fulfilling 
their 
annual religious obligation to donate 2.5 percent of their net wealth 
to 
the poor.

But this year, there is a difference in the pattern of giving: 
According to 
U.S. Muslim charities, many Muslims made their gifts anonymously or in 
cash. They contributed less to mosques and international humanitarian 
groups -- but more to organizations that defend the civil liberties of 
Muslim Americans…

Muslim community leaders attributed these shifts to fallout from the 
Bush 
administration's crackdown on charities suspected of diverting funds to 
al 
Qaeda and other terrorist groups. Following the terrorist attacks of 
Sept. 
11, 2001, the administration shut down three of the five largest 
international Islamic humanitarian organizations operating in the 
United 
States and froze about $8 million of their assets. The groups have 
appealed, so far without success…

While zakat can be given at any time of year, Ramadan is the 
traditional 
season for one of the world's oldest systems of redistributing wealth.

The 1,300-year-old formula for how much a Muslim must give away can be 
complex -- 5 percent of the produce from irrigated fields and 10 
percent 
from unirrigated fields, for example. But religious scholars advise 
most 
modern Muslims to donate 2.5 percent of their savings, excluding homes 
and 
business assets…

Some of the money is going to civil rights groups, such as the 
Washington-based Council on American Islamic Relations, which 
dramatically 
demonstrated the financial wherewithal of the Muslim community by 
taking in 
$523,000 at a single night's dinner in Los Angeles on Oct. 19 and 
$650,000 
at a similar fundraiser a week later in Tysons Corner.

In the past eight weeks, CAIR has raised close to $2 million, double 
what 
it received in donations in all of 2001, said its chairman, Omar Ahmad.

"There's a shift in priorities," said Hussam Ayloush, director of 
CAIR's 
Southern California office. "People may be giving less to what they now 
consider secondary causes, such as expanding the local mosque, and they 
are 
shifting to giving more money to defend basic rights and public 
relations…"

Several Islamic charities that emphasize transparency have sprung up 
this 
year. But they are still tiny and little known compared with the three 
aid 
agencies shut down by the government -- the Holy Land Foundation for 
Relief 
and Development, Benevolence International Foundation and Global Relief 
Foundation -- which together had raised more than $20 million annually.

One of the new charities, Dallas-based KinderUSA, distributes aid to 
needy 
children in the Palestinian territories. It says it ensures that no 
money 
goes astray by giving out vouchers that can be redeemed only for food 
and 
clothing at selected stores in Gaza and the West Bank…

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SHARON SAYS US AID ON ITS WAY
CALEV BEN-DAVID, Jerusalem Post, 12/6/02
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/A/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1039065109310

American aid in the form of loan guarantees and funds earmarked for 
security will be arriving "in the very near future," Prime Minister 
Ariel 
Sharon told a gathering of newspaper editors at the annual "Kaf-Tet 
B'November" press conference at Tel Aviv's Beit Sokolow on Thursday.

At the conference, commemorating the 1947 UN partition plan, Sharon 
added 
that the aid is unconditional and not linked to his Wednesday night 
speech, 
in which he outlined his vision of a diplomatic process that would 
culminate in a Palestinian state…

SEE ALSO:

ISRAELI RAID IN GAZA KILLS 10 PALESTINIANS
U.N. Condemns Killing of 2 Employees
Molly Moore, Washington Post, 12/7/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A20550-2002Dec6.html

JERUSALEM, Dec. 6 -- Israeli military forces launched a tank and 
helicopter 
attack on a refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip early this morning, 
killing 10 Palestinians, including two local U.N. employees, according 
to 
the Israeli military and Palestinian officials…Palestinian officials 
said 
most were civilians, including a U.N. school teacher who died when 
shrapnel 
pierced her neck while she was inside her home. At least 10 other 
Palestinians were wounded, according to hospital authorities.

The attack, which occurred at the close of Eid al-Fitr, the final day 
of 
the Ramadan month of fasting, drew criticism from U.N. officials as 
well as 
from the leader of the Palestinian Authority, Yasser Arafat.

"This loss of civilian lives of people working for a humanitarian U.N. 
agency, is completely unacceptable," Peter Hansen, who heads the U.N. 
Relief and Works Agency in Gaza and the West Bank, said from Geneva. "I 
must condemn what appears to be the indiscriminate use of heavy 
firepower 
in a densely populated area…"

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THE ISRAELIZATION OF AMERICA
James Brooks, Antiwar.com, 12/7/02
http://www.antiwar.com/orig/brooks1.html

US officials recently announced the somewhat jarring news that Israeli 
security forces will be training American soldiers in the techniques of 
urban warfare. Apparently Israel's illegal thirty-five year occupation 
of 
Palestine has enabled it to perfect tactics that our troops will need 
in a 
'possible' war on Iraq.

Most informed Americans will receive this news with a sense of both 
foreboding and dislocation. The brutal tactics of the Israeli "Defense" 
Forces have been denounced for decades by human rights groups, the 
United 
Nations, and scores of foreign governments. Is this how we want our own 
troops to fight? Our sense of dislocation (even "topsy-turvy") in 
greeting 
this news traces to something else; the fact that Israel has always 
been 
our client, not the other way around. Why are the Israelis now teaching 
us?

Is this really something new, or is it merely an unusually explicit 
lesson 
in the continuing education of American power by the Israeli vanguard? 
Who 
has been learning from whom in this "special relationship"?

Over the past half century, Israel's organized terror against 
Palestinian 
civilians has moved from the relatively secret operations of special 
Israeli army and paramilitary units to globally televised depredations 
wrought with helicopter gunships, state-of-the-art tanks, and F-16 
fighters. In the process, massacres like those perpetrated in the old 
days 
by Israeli army units at Deir Yassin and Qibya have been dwarfed, in 
terms 
of casualties, scope, and property damage, by today's daily and 
indiscriminate destruction in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. 
Crimes 
that Israel once felt compelled to hide from the world are now on full 
display, vigorously defended by the Israeli government…

Our politicians have also learned much by example from our close and 
"special" relationship with the government of Israel. For decades, our 
pols 
have used cant, dissimulation and fraud to excuse Israel's most 
egregious 
crimes. In the process, much has been learned about how to turn acts of 
wanton destruction into a noble defense of freedom. Israel's 
willingness to 
keep 'pushing the envelope' of state terror has been invaluable in this 
process, training both American pols and media in the arts of 
propaganda 
required to justify ever-larger crimes.

Meanwhile, the American populace has been steadily learning to accept 
Israel's gross violations of human rights, international law, and 
common 
decency as "necessary for peace and security", justified by "Israel's 
right 
to defend herself". This lesson in moral decay and desensitization is 
proving handy indeed, as the current US administration seeks to extend 
American hegemony in the Middle East by a new war of occupation…

Just as Israel depends on billions of dollars annually from a compliant 
US 
government to maintain its military occupation and indifference to UN 
resolutions and international law, America's power axis also thrives on 
a 
steady flow of wealth from a similarly remote and supine source - the 
American people. And just as Israel makes it a point to occasionally 
disobey the orders of its US sponsors, so American politicians at the 
pinnacle of power pointedly disregard the many voices of the people 
that 
call for justice and peace. During consideration of the recent 
Congressional resolution supporting war on Iraq, Democracy Now reported 
that citizen messages to Congressional offices of both chambers and 
both 
sides of the aisle were running 10 to 1 against the resolution. 
Naturally, 
both the House and Senate passed the measure by overwhelming margins. 
The 
reply to the American public was clear; "We watch our push-polls. Pay 
your 
taxes and shut up…"

While American power has in general been a very attentive student of 
Israeli policy and practice, there is one crucial lesson at the back of 
Israel's textbook that remains unlearned: Israel's approach will never 
create peace or achieve a just solution…

By following Israel's lead (which is constitutionally averse to just 
solutions) in the "war on terror", we ensure that the war will never be 
won 
and will never end. Increasingly, we suspect that our leaders may 
understand this lesson, too. And they're getting ready to send another 
14 
billion dollars in shiny red apples (disguised as new loan guarantees 
and 
military aid) to their beloved teachers in Jerusalem.

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U.S. CHIDES ISRAEL FOR KILLINGS, BACKS SELF-DEFENSE
Jonathan Wright, Reuters, 12/7/02

WASHINGTON, Dec 6 (Reuters) - The United States on Friday chided Israel 
for 
killing Palestinian civilians and destroying Palestinian homes but said 
Israel had a right to self-defense.

Israeli troops backed by tanks and helicopter gunships swept into the 
Bureij refugee camp in the Gaza Strip on Friday, sparking a gunbattle 
in 
which 10 Palestinians were killed, Palestinian witnesses and medics 
said.

State Department spokesman Richard Boucher declined to comment on the 
incident but repeated standard U.S. criticism of Israeli conduct in the 
West Bank and Gaza.

"We've made quite clear ... that the Israelis need to be aware of the 
consequences of their actions. We have indeed been quite open about our 
concerns about the Israeli activities, particularly the civilian 
casualties 
that have resulted from many of the Israeli actions," he said.

"We've seen a number of people hurt and killed, old people, young 
people as 
well. We've made our concerns clear about demolitions of houses, for 
example."

On Tuesday Israeli troops shot dead a 95-year-old Palestinian woman 
whose 
taxi bypassed a checkpoint.

"We've also made clear that, as a friend and an ally and a democracy, 
we'll 
support Israel. We'll support Israel's right to defend themselves," 
Boucher 
said.

The Bush administration, as it has pulled back from direct involvement 
in 
efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, has largely 
abandoned 
the old practice of commenting on particular confrontations…

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TORTURE COMMON IN UZBEKISTAN'S PRISONS, U.N. ENVOY REPORTS
Los Angeles Times, 12/7/02
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-uzbek7dec07,0,668312.story

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan -- A U.N. envoy wrapped up a two-week inspection 
of 
Uzbekistan's prisons Friday by saying he found widespread signs of 
torture, 
even though he was denied full access to two of the country's most 
notorious jails.

"Torture, as far as I can see, it is my impression, is not just 
incidental 
but...is systemic," Theo van Boven told a news briefing. There was no 
immediate reaction from President Islam Karimov's government…

He said the forms of torture used by authorities included beatings, 
electric shocks, immersion of the victim's head in water and 
suffocation 
with plastic bags.

Van Boven said he found that families and relatives of those arrested 
often 
were threatened with torture and rape.

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NOTE: Many newspapers across America published articles about prayers 
and 
festivities marking the end of Ramadan. The articles were too numerous 
to 
include. Below is an example of what was published:

MUSLIMS GATHER FOR FESTIVITIES, PRAYER
Cecilia Kang, San Jose Mercury News, 12/7/02
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/4687890.htm

Marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, thousands of Muslims from 
around the Bay Area gathered Friday at the Santa Clara Convention 
Center 
for prayer and celebration.

Dressed in their best traditional garb from Pakistan, Egypt and Jordan, 
parents took the day off from work and plucked their children out of 
school 
to reunite with old friends and relatives and attend the daylong 
festivities organized by the South Bay Islamic Association.

And like last year, the event took on special importance for the more 
than 
150,000 Muslims who live in the Bay Area. After the attacks of Sept. 
11, 
2001 and as the United States heads into a possible war against Iraq, 
many 
Muslims saw the holiday not only as a day of celebration but also as a 
time 
of reflection…

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CAIR GOOD NEWS ALERT #355

CON-ARTIST WHO DEFRAUDED MUSLIMS CAUGHT
Canadian authorities seek evidence from those who were targeted

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/8/02) - CAIR today announced that a suspected 
con-artist who preyed on Muslim communities worldwide for more than a 
decade has been apprehended by Canadian police. In cooperation with 
Canadian authorities, CAIR is also calling on those who were defrauded 
to 
present evidence to local police, who will in turn offer that evidence 
to 
their Canadian counterparts.

The alleged con-artist's primary method of operation was to place phone 
calls claiming to be a well-known Muslim leader, official or scholar 
stranded at an airport after his money, passport and tickets had been 
stolen or lost. He would ask the intended victim, typically a leader or 
activist in a local Muslim community, to wire cash through MoneyGram or 
Western Union to help him out of the crisis. After receiving the funds, 
he 
would disappear.

The impostor, a 37-year-old Israeli national named Mohammed Mustafa 
Agbareia who was arrested December 5 on fraud charges, used this 
technique 
to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from Muslim individuals and 
institutions in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and the 
Islamic world.

"Victims of this scam should immediately contact their local law 
enforcement authorities, inform them of the Canadian arrest, file a 
police 
report or update the report they filed in the past, and request that 
the 
report be forwarded to Canadian officials in charge of the case. 
Without 
this evidence, the alleged con-artist may be released on bail and will 
again have an opportunity to flee the country and defraud more innocent 
people," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad.

"We would also like to thank Canadian authorities, particularly the 
Toronto-area Orangeville Police Service, for their diligence and 
professionalism in helping bring this man to justice," said Awad. CAIR 
had 
over the years issued several alerts to Muslims about the con-artist 
after 
receiving many complaints from those who had been defrauded.

ACTION REQUESTED:

Those targeted by the con-artist are requested to have local officials 
contact the Orangeville Police Service regarding case number 
OV02009218. 
(IMPORTANT NOTE: Send CAIR copies of your police report and contact 
information for local authorities.)

CONTACT:

Inspector Wayne Davis or Constable Faron Rahn
Orangeville Police Service
9 Centre Street
Orangeville, Ontario, L9W 2W9

Tel: 519-941-2522
Fax: 519-941-1279
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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 12/9/2002

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: MORE KINDNESS TO ANIMALS
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 4462 SPONSORSHIPS
* UNDERSTANDING MUHAMMAD (Christian Science Monitor)
	- Dec. 18 on PBS: 'Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet'
* INQUIRER EDITOR RESPONDS TO COMPLAINTS ABOUT CARTOON
* ISRAEL COST U.S. TAXPAYERS $1.6 TRILLION SINCE 1973 (CS Monitor)
	- Israel Gets Pay Increase, Government Workers Don't (CAIR)
	- On Anti-Semitism and Criticism of Israel (Chicago Tribune)
	- Neoconservatives Consolidate Control over Mideast Policy (FPIF)
	- Elliott Abrams: Bush's New Man for the Middle East (JTA)
	- Israel Pulls a Fast One - and Gets Caught (Antiwar.com)
	- On Remote Hilltops, Israelis Broaden Settlements (Wash. Post)
* ASHCROFT VS. CIVIL LIBERTIES (Washington Times)
	- Public Resists Big Brother Approach to Terrorism (KC Star)
* ATTACKING HATE CRIMES (Newsday)
* INDIAN MUSLIMS VOW TO OUST RULING PARTY IN GUJARAT (Reuters)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: MORE KINDNESS TO ANIMALS

A companion of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "We were 
traveling with the (Prophet)…(when) we saw a bird with her two young 
chicks, and we captured (the chicks). The mother bird came and began to 
spread her wings (to distract attention away from her chicks). The 
Prophet 
came and said: 'Who has made this bird miserable by snatching her 
chicks? 
Return her chicks to her.'"

Sunan of Abu Dawood, Hadith 1131

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 4462 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's Library Project has received 4462 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Take 
part in this first-of-its-kind campaign by sponsoring an 18-item 
"library 
package." Our goal is to, inshallah, send accurate and objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

TO SPONSOR A LIBRARY PACKAGE, GO TO: www.libraryproject.org
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UNDERSTANDING MUHAMMAD
Alexander Kronemer, Christian Science Monitor, 12/9/02
http://csmonitor.com/2002/1209/p09s02-coop.html
Alex Kronemer, a graduate of Harvard Divinity School, is a coproducer 
of 
the new PBS documentary 'Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet.'

WASHINGTON - It has become a familiar headline: A religious cleric 
rejects 
calls for tolerance and understanding and castigates a US president; an 
argument is made that peace will only come when nonbelievers convert; 
and 
American values of pluralism and religious freedom are fundamentally 
questioned.

Yet in recent weeks, these headlines aren't being generated by distant 
Muslim fanatics, but by some of the most respected Christian leaders in 
America.

Pat Robertson has taken issue with the president, after Mr. Bush 
recently 
reaffirmed his belief that Islam is a peaceful religion that has a 
welcomed 
place among the other faiths practiced in America.

In rejecting the president's words, Pat Robertson and other Christian 
leaders once again are asserting that Muslims are dangerous, Islam is 
fundamentally warlike, and that Muhammad was primarily a military 
leader. 
These assertions, of course, tap into the fears of many Americans. As 
one 
of the coproducers of a new PBS documentary airing on Dec. 18 titled, 
"Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet," I have become well acquainted with the 
story of Muhammad and believe that the program will shed light on a 
debate 
that is currently generating only heat…

All religious scripture is subject to interpretation, therefore all can 
be 
misused. We need only go back a couple of dozen years to the Jim Crow 
era 
to find examples of how Christianity was shamefully misused and 
distorted. 
Then, Biblical scripture was routinely cited (most notably, Genesis 9) 
as 
the divine basis for racial separation and superiority. The most famous 
American terrorist organization, the KKK, used overtly Christian 
symbolism 
and scripture to justify its decades-long campaign of violence, murder, 
and 
intimidation in pursuit of its goals of turning America back into a 
"true" 
Christian nation…

Historical context must likewise be remembered when judging Muhammad. 
The 
notion that Muhammad was a man of war as contrasted Jesus or Moses, as 
Jerry Falwell recently asserted, ignores the fact that Muhammad fought 
only 
a handful of battles in his lifetime, resulting in barely 1,000 
casualties 
on all sides.

This might be compared to such Biblical figures as David, who is 
praised in 
I Samuel 18 for killing his "tens of thousands," famously earning the 
murderous jealousy of Saul who only killed his "thousands"; or to 
Moses, 
who in the book of Numbers 31 chastises his army for sparing the women 
and 
children of the vanquished Midianites.

To compare Muhammad to Moses or Jesus, or against some contemporary 
standard, is meaningless and anachronistic. The world that Moses and 
Muhammad lived in was lawless and violent, different from even the 
Roman 
dominated world in which Jesus lived. Strong vested interests opposed 
the 
monotheism each preached, genocide was commonplace, slavery was taken 
for 
granted. Women had few rights, and might was the only law.

In this context Muhammad and Moses and all the other Biblical figures 
sought to create a new society based on justice and on the belief in a 
compassionate God. Their achievements in accomplishing this in lasting 
ways 
form the only relevant contemporary standard by which they can be truly 
judged…

At a time when so many voices are creating division and conflict, 
people 
not just from several different faiths, but from these three faiths in 
particular - Christianity, Islam, and Judaism - have come together and 
proven that pluralism is alive, understanding is still possible, and 
tolerance is not beyond our furthest hopes.

SEE ALSO: DEC. 18 ON PBS: 'MUHAMMAD: LEGACY OF A PROPHET'
http://www.pbs.org/muhammad/

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INQUIRER EDITOR RESPONDS TO COMPLAINTS ABOUT CARTOON

The following is a letter to CAIR from Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial 
Page 
Editor Chris Satullo concerning a recent Tony Auth political cartoon 
that 
many Muslims viewed as defamatory toward Islam. See the cartoon at: 
http://www.ucomics.com/tonyauth/2002/11/28/

"We at The Inquirer Editorial Board regret that so many people derived 
pain 
and offense from Tony Auth's cartoon of Nov. 28. We do feel that much 
of 
the response stems from a misreading of the cartoon, a misunderstanding 
produced by viewing the cartoons outside its original news context. But 
that does not eliminate the distress we feel at hearing that many 
Muslim 
Americans experienced the cartoon as an attack on them. One of our 
goals as 
an Editorial Board is to confront and criticize religious and ethnic 
bias, 
not to perpetuate it.

"Allow me to review a couple of key points that…seem in danger of being 
forgotten:

"1) The subject of this dialogue is a cartoon, not an editorial. Tony 
Auth's cartoons represent his views as an individual commentator, not 
those 
of The Inquirer. Cartoons are, by definition, visual exaggerations 
meant to 
comment on the most recent news. No single cartoon can be taken as 
indicative of the cartoonist's life philosophy; each one is better 
understood in the context of the news event that triggered it.

"The paper's viewpoint is expressed in written editorials. Our 
editorial 
position since Sept. 11 has been clear: We are against targeting of or 
recriminations against Muslim Americans or Arab Americans; we have 
opposed 
vigorously the violation of the civil liberties of some Muslim 
Americans by 
law enforcement.

"2) Beyond that distinction between editorials and cartoons, it should 
be 
noted that Tony Auth's cartoons since Sept. 11 have made similar points 
against recriminations and civil liberties violations. My favorite was 
one 
last Dec. 23, depicting the Three Wise Men (who, after all, were from 
Arabia) being patted down at a checkpoint outside the manger in 
Bethlehem. 
Furthermore, the notion expressed in many e-mails that Mr. Auth is 
wildly 
anti-Palestinian is based on a very selective reading of his work over 
time. He has drawn cartoons critical of Yassir Arafat, the PLO and 
suicide 
bombers, it is true. But just as often he has been critical of Israeli 
leaders and soldiers. His instinct is to hold up to scrutiny anyone on 
either side whose most recent moved the Middle East toward bloodshed, 
not 
peace. He is frequently criticized by some of our Jewish readers as 
being 
wildly anti-Israel.  Such dramatic variations in response are not 
unusual 
in a situation as emotional and polarized as the West Bank. No 
cartoonist 
worth his salt can afford to remain silent on important topics because 
of a 
fear his work will be misunderstood or misrepresented.

"3) The person speaking in the Nov. 28 cartoon is clearly meant to 
depict 
an Arab sheik, not a generic Muslim. The cartoon is a criticism of the 
hypocrisy on terrorism and the repressive tendencies of certain 
authoritarian Arab regimes in the Middle East. It is not meant as 
indictment of Islam. Tony's point is that the image of Islam in the 
Western 
world is "hijacked" when repressive political leaders claim the faith 
as 
justification for their policies. I'm not suggesting that everyone must 
agree with his point; obviously, some would disagree.  But this cartoon 
was 
certainly not intended as the wholesale indictment of Islam that some 
people, encountering it out of context, take it to be.  Could the 
intent 
have been made clearer in the wording inside the balloon? Possibly.

"4) What was the context? The cartoon came on the heels of several days 
of 
headlines about the possibility that Saudi Arabian charities had 
funneled 
money to al-Qaeda. The reference to "terrorist charities" in the 
cartoon is 
an explicit allusion to that news context. I understand your point that 
for 
many Muslims in America, given some of the rhetoric that's been leveled 
against domestic charities and mosques as terrorist fronts, it was hard 
to 
see this allusion as being merely about the reports from Saudi Arabia. 
This 
is particularly true when someone sees the cartoon in isolation a week 
after it was published.

"Let me conclude by expressing again how distressing this 
misunderstanding 
has been for us at the paper, particularly Tony. As I mentioned, he is 
out 
of the country at the moment, which is why I am responding on his 
behalf. 
The depth of emotion expressed in some of the e-mails is impossible to 
ignore. If nothing else, this incident has given us an even deeper 
understanding of how difficult and stressful the times have become for 
adherents of Islam in America…"

SEND CONSTRUCTIVE COMMENTS TO: csatullo@phillynews.com
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ISRAEL COST U.S. TAXPAYERS $1.6 TRILLION SINCE 1973

ECONOMIST TALLIES SWELLING COST OF ISRAEL TO US
David R. Francis, Christian Science Monitor, 12/9/02
http://csmonitor.com/2002/1209/p16s01-wmgn.html

Since 1973, Israel has cost the United States about $1.6 trillion. If 
divided by today's population, that is more than $5,700 per person.

This is an estimate by Thomas Stauffer, a consulting economist in 
Washington. For decades, his analyses of the Middle East scene have 
made 
him a frequent thorn in the side of the Israel lobby.

For the first time in many years, Mr. Stauffer has tallied the total 
cost 
to the US of its backing of Israel in its drawn-out, violent dispute 
with 
the Palestinians. So far, he figures, the bill adds up to more than 
twice 
the cost of the Vietnam War.

And now Israel wants more. In a meeting at the White House late last 
month, 
Israeli officials made a pitch for $4 billion in additional military 
aid to 
defray the rising costs of dealing with the intifada and suicide 
bombings. 
They also asked for more than $8 billion in loan guarantees to help the 
country's recession-bound economy.

Considering Israel's deep economic troubles, Stauffer doubts the Israel 
bonds covered by the loan guarantees will ever be repaid. The bonds are 
likely to be structured so they don't pay interest until they reach 
maturity. If Stauffer is right, the US would end up paying both 
principal 
and interest, perhaps 10 years out…

Other US help includes:

o US Jewish charities and organizations have remitted grants or bought 
Israel bonds worth $50 billion to $60 billion. Though private in 
origin, 
the money is "a net drain" on the United States economy, says Stauffer.

o The US has already guaranteed $10 billion in commercial loans to 
Israel, 
and $600 billion in "housing loans." Stauffer expects the US Treasury 
to 
cover these.

o The US has given $2.5 billion to support Israel's Lavi fighter and 
Arrow 
missile projects.

o Israel buys discounted, serviceable "excess" US military equipment. 
Stauffer says these discounts amount to "several billion dollars" over 
recent years.

o Israel uses roughly 40 percent of its $1.8 billion per year in 
military 
aid, ostensibly earmarked for purchase of US weapons, to buy 
Israeli-made 
hardware. It also has won the right to require the Defense Department 
or US 
defense contractors to buy Israeli-made equipment or subsystems, paying 
50 
to 60 cents on every defense dollar the US gives to Israel.

US help, financial and technical, has enabled Israel to become a major 
weapons supplier. Weapons make up almost half of Israel's manufactured 
exports. US defense contractors often resent the buy-Israel 
requirements 
and the extra competition subsidized by US taxpayers.

o US policy and trade sanctions reduce US exports to the Middle East 
about 
$5 billion a year, costing 70,000 or so American jobs, Stauffer 
estimates. 
Not requiring Israel to use its US aid to buy American goods, as is 
usual 
in foreign aid, costs another 125,000 jobs.

o Israel has blocked some major US arms sales, such as F-15 fighter 
aircraft to Saudi Arabia in the mid-1980s. That cost $40 billion over 
10 
years, says Stauffer.

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Contact your representatives to demand that tax dollars be used to 
support
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ON ANTI-SEMITISM AND CRITICISM OF ISRAEL
Emily L. Hauser, Chicago Tribune, 12/9/02
http://www.chicagotribune.com

Does anti-Semitism exist? Of course. There have always been people who 
object to the peculiar religion of the Jews. People who believe that we 
are 
by nature power-hungry, evil…

We take the easy way out when we conflate criticism of Israel's 
government 
with anti-Semitism. If all criticism of Israel comes from a place of 
baseless hatred (or, in the case of Jews who express it themselves, 
typical 
self-loathing) then we needn't consider it, hold it to the light and 
examine its contents. The accusation of anti-Semitism thus consistently 
serves to paralyze thought within the Jewish community, as McCarthyism 
once 
did within American society…

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NEOCONSERVATIVES CONSOLIDATE CONTROL OVER U.S. MIDEAST POLICY
Jim Lobe, Foreign Policy in Focus, 12/6/02
http://www.fpif.org/commentary/2002/0212abrams.html

Neoconservative hawks in the administration of President George W. Bush 
have won a major battle against the State Department in the fight for 
control of U.S. Mideast policy with the surprise appointment of 
Iran-Contra 
figure Elliott Abrams to the region's top policy spot in the National 
Security Council (NSC).

For the first time, someone who has publicly assailed the 
"land-for-peace" 
formula that has guided U.S. policy in the Arab-Israeli conflict since 
the 
1967 war has been appointed to a top spot in Mideast policy.

Abrams, appointed by the White House December 2, 2002, first came to 
national prominence as a controversial political appointee in the 
Reagan 
administration. He later pleaded guilty to lying to Congress regarding 
the 
Iran-Contra scandal, and has also opposed the Oslo peace process and 
called 
for Washington to "stand by Israel," rather than act as a neutral 
mediator 
between Israel and the Palestinians.

In Present Dangers, a book produced by the Project for the New American 
Century (PNAC) in 2000, Abrams outlined a new U.S. Mideast policy that 
called for "regime change" in Iraq and for cracking down on the 
Palestinian 
Authority. Foreshadowing the current U.S. policy based on superior 
military 
power, Abrams recommended that in the Middle East "our military 
strength 
and willingness to use it" should be the "key factor in our ability to 
promote peace."

"Yet another American Likudnik is moving to a position where they 
control 
Washington's agenda in the Mideast," said Rashid Khalidi, a Mideast 
historian at the University of Chicago. "This is a tragedy for the 
Israeli 
and American people." Likud is the rightwing Israeli party headed by 
Prime 
Minister Ariel Sharon…

Abrams will replace Zalmay Khalilzad, a prominent foreign policy 
strategist 
whose views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are considered much 
more 
neutral than Abrams'…

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ELLIOTT ABRAMS: FAMILIAR FIGURE IS BUSH'S NEW MAN FOR THE MIDDLE EAST
Matthew E. Berger, Jewish Telegraph Agency, 12/82
http://www.jta.org/page_view_story.asp?strwebhead=Abrams+is+point+man+on+Mideast&intcategoryid=5

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (JTA) - When Jewish leaders plan their first meeting 
with the National Security Council's new director for the Middle East, 
there will be little need for introduction: The American Jewish world 
knows 
Elliott Abrams and - possibly more importantly - Abrams knows them.

Named last week as the NSC's senior director for Near East and South 
Asian 
affairs, Abrams is a familiar face in the Jewish world for his work on 
Soviet Jewry and issues of international religious freedom.

Abrams, 54, also made headlines for pleading guilty to two counts of 
withholding information from Congress as part of the Iran-Contra 
scandal 
during the Reagan administration…

Abrams is expected to play a large role, together with National 
Security 
Adviser Condoleezza Rice, in guiding Middle East policy at a crucial 
time.

Concern has been mounting that the administration could veer off the 
course 
Bush set forth in a landmark June 24 speech that called for new 
Palestinian 
leaders uncompromised by terrorism and the establishment of a 
Palestinian 
state within three years, provided the Palestinians meet certain 
conditions.

Recent events, including the prominent U.S. role in drafting a "road 
map" 
toward Mideast peace, have raised fears that pressure will be placed on 
Israel to end settlement development and withdraw its military from the 
West Bank, even before the Palestinians end their attacks on Israel.

That's why it's so crucial to have someone who thinks like them in a 
position of influence, American Jewish leaders say…

Abrams is viewed as a strong proponent of Israel's security. Colleagues 
say 
his views are similar to those of Paul Wolfowitz, the hawkish deputy 
defense secretary…

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ISRAEL PULLS A FAST ONE - AND GETS CAUGHT
Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com, 12/9/02
http://www.antiwar.com/justin/justincol.html

The Israelis are riding high, these days - but not, perhaps, for long. 
Ever 
since 9/11, the Israeli government and its American amen corner have 
been 
making the point that Israel's fight is now America's fight, and this 
argument has met with some success…

Congress is practically Israeli-occupied territory, and the Bushies are 
in 
their back pocket: however, there are still some elements of the 
American 
public who have not been brought to heel, and this, we are told, shows 
that 
"Israel has cause for concern."

It seems that only half of the "influentials" - professionals in the 
media, 
politics, and academia, and others who regularly follow the news - take 
the 
Israel-can-do-no-wrong line. The Israelis and their American supporters 
find this worrisome, as well they should. In spite of a constant 
drumbeat 
of pro-Israel propaganda, a well-organized cadre of American boosters, 
and 
the slavish support of our government, still a great many Americans are 
able to think clearly and critically about our troublesome "ally." As 
Ha'aretz puts it:

"For every individual that supports Israel, there is another who 
opposes 
it. This is happening at time when the Palestinians are at a 
disadvantage 
in public relations, when the president has openly declared his support 
for 
Israel and Israel's political lobby is at its height."

Those numbers are bound to get worse as news of the latest Israeli 
caper 
hits the headlines. It really wasn't such a hot idea for the Mossad to 
recruit Palestinians into a phony Al Qaeda cell in Gaza. It was too 
easy to 
trace the cell-phone calls and emails back to Israel, as well as 
Germany 
and Lebanon...

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ON REMOTE HILLTOPS, ISRAELIS BROADEN SETTLEMENTS
Molly Moore, Washington Post, 12/8/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A24478-2002Dec7.html

MIGRON, West Bank -- Seven months ago, the only signs of civilization 
atop 
this desert hillock 10 miles north of Jerusalem were a cellular 
telephone 
antenna and a small maintenance shed.

Today, a smooth asphalt ribbon winds up the rocky hillside to one of 
the 
West Bank's newest Jewish settlements: 33 house trailers set amid 
freshly 
planted slabs of lawn turf, a modest synagogue, a boisterous nursery 
school 
and a children's playground.

In the past two years -- since the start of the Palestinian uprising 
and 
the subsequent election of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon -- the 
number of new settlement outposts has exploded in the West Bank, far 
outstripping the pace of growth before 2001, according to records kept 
by 
several monitoring organizations…

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ASHCROFT VS. CIVIL LIBERTIES
Nat Hentoff, Washington Times, 12/9/02
http://www.washingtontimes.com/op-ed/20021209-1359934.htm

During her term as U.S. attorney in Manhattan, Mary Jo White, a tough 
prosecutor, convicted more than 30 terrorists and indicted Osama bin 
Laden. 
She has now joined critics - across the political spectrum - of some of 
Attorney General John Ashcroft's policies.

Speaking before the New York City Bar Association, she questioned - as 
reported in the New York Daily News - Mr. Ashcroft's policies such as 
detaining immigrants in secret proceedings. "Secrecy," she said, "is 
the 
enemy of democracy."

But most remarkable in the rising resistance around the nation to Mr. 
Ashcroft's far-reaching expansion of electronic surveillance - and 
lowering 
of judicial supervision in some of his edicts - is the ferment at the 
grass-roots.

In February, some 300 teachers, lawyers, doctors, retirees, students 
and 
nurses in Northampton, Mass., formed the Bill of Rights Defense 
Committee. 
Through the committee's Web site (www.bordc.org), similar committees 
have 
formed nationwide. Now, 15 town or city councils - from Takoma Park, 
Md., 
to Santa Fe, N.M. - have passed resolutions by those local committees.

On Oct. 30, for example, Santa Fe's City Council enacted "a resolution 
supporting the Bill of Rights and civil liberties for Santa Feans." It 
instructs the city's congressional delegation to "actively monitor the 
implementation of Mr. Ashcroft's USA Patriot Act, any new Executive 
Orders…and actively work for the repeal of those portions that violate 
the 
guaranteed civil liberties enumerated in the Bill of Rights…"

The legacy of committees that defend the Bill of Rights now stems back 
to 
the pre-American Revolutionary Committees of Correspondence, initiated 
in 
Boston in 1767 by Sam Adams and the Sons of Liberty.

In 1805, the impact of those committees was emphasized in Mercy Otis 
Warren's "History of the Rise and Progress and Termination of the 
American 
Revolution."

"Perhaps no single step contributed so much to cement the union of the 
colonies, and the final acquisition of independence, as the 
establishment 
of Committees of Correspondence. This supported a chain of 
communication 
from New Hampshire to Georgia that produced unanimity and energy 
throughout 
the continent," Warren wrote.

Through these committees, Sam Adams and other patriots reported on the 
assaults on Americans' liberties by the king, his ministers and his 
officers and governors in the colonies.

Now, largely through the Internet, contemporary Committees of 
Correspondence - though not achieving "unanimity" among Americans - are 
encouraging more citizens to question whether the Bush administration 
is 
indeed securing the liberties we are fighting to protect from the 
terrorists. As a high-school student told the Madison, Wis., City 
Council: 
"We need to be more than passive observers of history, because the 
decisions made right now are our future."

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PUBLIC RESISTS BIG BROTHER APPROACH TO BATTLING TERRORISM
RICK MONTGOMERY, Kansas City Star, 12/9/02
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascitystar/news/4696562.htm

The message from ordinary Americans to Washington is becoming clear: 
Root 
out terror, but don't root through our trash cans.

Of all the measures advanced by the Bush administration to protect the 
homeland, two landed with a public relations thud, analysts say, 
because of 
fears of Uncle Sam peeking into the private lives of law-abiding 
citizens.

Congress last month killed Operation TIPS. The Justice Department 
initiative had sought to enlist thousands of workaday Americans to keep 
eyes peeled and to report suspicious activity to the FBI.

A similar fate may await Total Information Awareness, the Defense 
Department's much-maligned research effort, observers say.

To track the habits of potential terrorists, the Pentagon proposes to 
develop a central database of public and private records -- including 
prescriptions, library accounts and credit card transactions -- of 
everyone 
in the country…

According to David Cole, professor of constitutional law at Georgetown 
University, the public has good reasons to limit the federal 
government's 
power to "snoop" on the citizenry -- even if such concerns appear mute 
when 
it comes to investigating Muslim immigrants and noncitizens.

"What the government has principally done is sacrifice the liberties of 
immigrants," he said. "That's a much easier call for the public and an 
easy 
call for politicians.

"Only when those sacrifices are applied to U.S. citizens do they become 
major issues…"

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ATTACKING HATE CRIMES
Activists call for better defining, reporting of bias attacks
Tina Susman, Newsday, 12/8/02
http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/ny-ushate083037774dec08.story

In the collective mind of Brooklyn's Bangladeshi community, there's 
little 
doubt that the murders of Mizanur Rahman and Mohammed Hossain were 
motivated by religious and ethnic hatred. Both men, killed three months 
apart earlier this year, were attacked by several Hispanics who pounded 
them ferociously with wooden clubs but stole nothing. Rahman's 
attackers 
also used chair legs and bamboo sticks to beat him. Hossain's killers, 
after hitting him repeatedly with a baseball bat, stabbed him several 
times.

If those incidents weren't proof of rising animosity toward 
Asian-American 
Muslims, community leaders say, another beating two weeks after 
Hossain's 
murder was. On Nov. 24, Abdul Muhit, who immigrated to Brooklyn from 
Bangladesh eight years ago, was jumped by two Hispanic men a few blocks 
from where Rahman was slain.

"They weren't saying anything. They were laughing," said Muhit, who was 
carrying about $70 when he was knocked to the ground from behind. In an 
attack lasting about three minutes, Muhit said his glasses were smashed 
into his face, leaving shards of glass in his eyes, and his nose was 
split 
open, but nothing was stolen. "They wanted to try more torturing, but 
they 
couldn't because I was shouting," Muhit said. Police, though, say there 
are 
too many unknowns to call any of the three attacks hate crimes, 
highlighting what special-interest groups say is the weakness of the 
1990 
federal Hate Crimes Statistics Act.

The idea behind the act was local law enforcement could better stem 
such 
crime if they knew where it was occurring and who most of the 
perpetrators 
and victims were. But although the act requires the Department of 
Justice 
to compile an annual record of hate crimes nationwide, critics say the 
resulting numbers are far from accurate because local law enforcement 
agencies are not required to submit reports and because police use wide 
discretion in determining what is a hate crime.

Religious, ethnic and gay organizations say factors from victims' fears 
of 
reporting such crimes to police indifference in pursuing them add to 
the 
problem.

The hate crimes report for 2001, released by the FBI on Nov. 25, cited 
a 17 
percent increase over 2000 in such crimes. That included an alarming 
1,600 
percent increase over 2000 in attacks on individuals, businesses or 
organizations identified with Islam, a jump attributed to post-Sept. 11 
bias…

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INDIAN MUSLIMS VOW TO OUST RULING PARTY IN GUJARAT
Sanjeev Miglani, Reuters, 12/9/02

AHMEDABAD, India, Dec 9 (Reuters) - Indian Muslim groups said on Monday 
the 
community would vote in large numbers against ruling Hindu nationalists 
in 
Gujarat this week, hoping to prevent them returning to power in a state 
divided by religious strife.

"The vote is our only weapon against this madness," said Sayeed Sahidar 
Rehman, a former city councillor in Gujarat's main city of Ahmedabad, 
referring to riots earlier this year in which at least 1,000 people, 
mostly 
Muslims, were killed…

Muslims make up only 10 percent of Gujarat's 33 million voters, but 
community leaders are counting on a strong turnout to swing the outcome 
in 
a close race between the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) 
and 
the main opposition Congress…

Thursday's election, a battle between the two powers that dominate 
India's 
national politics, is seen as a litmus test of the popularity of a wave 
of 
Hindu nationalist revivalism pushed by the BJP that rules Gujarat and 
the 
federal government…

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HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: CHANGING EVIL
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* RESOURCES: CORNELL UNIVERSITY STUDY ON AMERICAN MUSLIMS
* BUSH'S FRIGHTENING MIDDLE EAST APPOINTMENT (Salon.com)
	- Dalai Lama Troubled by Treatment of Palestinians (PRNewswire)
	- Israel Silent on Food Warehouse Razing (AP)
* US AND UK ADMIT LACK OF 'KILLER' PROOF (Guardian)
	- How did Iraq Get its Weapons? We Sold Them (Sunday Herald)
	- Celebrities Protest Attack on Iraq (LA Times)
* COLUMBUS HATE CRIMES INCREASED AFTER 9/11 (Columbus Dispatch)
* MUSLIM SHOP'S PORK, ALCOHOL BAN SPARKS FRENCH DEBATE (Reuters)
	- Anti-Islam Rife in Europe (Reuters)
	- French Muslims Get Single Representative Body (AFP)
	- Jewish Groups Seek to Ban Book on Mideast Conflict (Reuters)
* LETTERS: MUSLIMS DIDN'T BLOODY THOSE BORDERS FIRST (Wash. Post)
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HADITH OF THE DAY: CHANGING EVIL

The Prophet Muhammad Peace be upon him) said: "He who sees something 
evil 
should change it with the help of his hand (through action); and if he 
does 
not have enough strength (to do that), then he should (change it) with 
his 
(speech); and if he does not have strength enough to do that, (even) 
then 
he should (abhor the evil) in his heart; and that is the least of 
faith."

Sahih Muslim, Hadith 16

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BUSH'S FRIGHTENING MIDDLE EAST APPOINTMENT
Gary Kamiya, Salon.com, 12/10/02
http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2002/12/10/abrams/index_np.html

By naming Iran-contra rogue Elliot Abrams its top policy advisor on the 
Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the White House is signaling a hard 
pro-Sharon line that could prove disastrous.

-- 

What crook, rogue and hard-line reprobate from the Republicans' glory 
years 
will President George W. Bush exhume next? It's hard to say -- he seems 
to 
have already hired them all…

Abrams fits right into the Bush White House, and not just because he 
almost 
went to jail for a scandal so much bigger and nastier than Whitewater 
it's 
embarrassing even to mention them in the same breath. Like the Big 
Three in 
the Bush Tetrarchy -- Rice, Rumsfeld and Cheney -- Abrams is a hawk, 
unabashed about using American power unilaterally. Like them, his 
worldview 
has been shaped by a black-and-white Cold War ideology in which 
stopping 
Communist or leftist expansion by any means necessary was America's top 
priority…

Just as the Cold War hawks could not distinguish between legitimate 
Third 
World national liberation movements and The Communist Menace, so today 
they 
can't distinguish between the real political, national and economic 
grievances that help drive Muslim and Arab rage and The Islamic Menace, 
a 
reified version of Samuel Huntington's "clash of civilizations." Now 
add to 
this a hard-line, politically useful commitment to Israel's security 
(more 
accurately, to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's vision of a secure Israel) 
and 
a Likud-like belief -- perhaps also influenced by some ill-understood 
Bernard Lewis -- that the Arabs are all talk and that a taste of the 
lash 
will send them cowering back into their tents. Taken together, you have 
the 
explanation not just for the Bush administration's unprecedented 
pro-Israel 
policies, but its apparent unconcern that invading Iraq could cause 
terrorism, like the 21st century's Black Death, to finally and 
definitively 
infect the religious fanatics among the world's powerless.

Considering this mindset, and the considerable political importance 
Bush 
attaches to the fervently right-wing Christian evangelicals who believe 
that Israel must be supported at all costs in order for the rapture to 
take 
place, the appointment of Elliot Abrams to the U.S.'s top Middle East 
policy position may not seem surprising. Abrams, like the Pentagon's 
Paul 
Wolfowitz and Douglas Feith, is a hard-line Israel supporter who has 
cast 
doubt on the value of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and warned 
the 
U.S. not to strengthen the Palestinians at the expense of Israelis…

SEE ALSO:

DALAI LAMA TROUBLED BY ISRAEL'S TREATMENT OF THE PALESTINIANS

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Dalai Lama, Tibet's 
spiritual 
leader and one of the world's most recognized moral authorities, is 
"particularly troubled" by the suffering of the Palestinians at the 
hands 
of the Israelis, Scott A. Hunt notes in his new book The Future of 
Peace: 
On the Front Lines with the World's Great Peacemakers.

At the advice of one of the highest officials in the Dalai Lama's 
government, Hunt went to the Holy Land to "figure out what can be done" 
to 
end the violence in that land. In the course of his investigation, Hunt 
traveled throughout Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip. He 
interviewed Hanan Ashrawi, and two Israeli political leaders, Uri 
Avnery 
and Shulamit Aloni. He also met hundreds of civilians and soldiers on 
both 
sides. His book shows the clear blueprint to peace in that region.

The Dalai Lama abhors violence from all quarters. He has been extremely 
supportive of Judaism and Jewish people throughout the world.  He holds 
that the Wailing Wall is one of the most sacred spots on earth. After 
visiting the Holy Land, though, he could not help but notice the dire 
poverty and social instability facing the Palestinian people, as 
opposed to 
the relative comfort and wealth in Israel proper. He notes that this 
inequality does not contribute to a culture of peace…

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ISRAEL SILENT ON FOOD WAREHOUSE RAZING
ASSOCIATED PRESS, 12/10/02
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/international/AP-Israel-Food-Destroyed.html

BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip (AP) -- It was considered a routine operation, 
similar to many Israeli army forays into Palestinian areas over the 
past 
two years -- locate a building believed to be used by terrorists and 
destroy it.

This three-story building in this northern Gaza town, however, had 
enough 
flour, cooking oil and rice stored on its ground floor to feed 38,000 
people for a month. The goods belonged to the U.N.-affiliated World 
Food 
Program.

Israeli troops blew it up anyway.

Nearly two weeks after that Nov. 30 incident, the Israeli military has 
yet 
to provide a detailed explanation, and aides to Israeli Prime Minister 
Ariel Sharon say they would not comment until the military does…

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US AND UK ADMIT LACK OF 'KILLER' PROOF
Julian Borger, Nick Paton-Walsh, Ewen MacAskill, Richard Norton-Taylor
The Guardian, 12/10/02
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,857147,00.html

The US and Britain lack "killer" intelligence that will prove 
conclusively 
that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, according to sources in 
London 
and New York.

"If we had intelligence that there is a piece of weaponry at this map 
reference, we would tell the inspectors and they would be there like a 
shot," a source said.

After handing over 12,000 pages of documentation to UN weapons 
inspectors, 
Iraq challenged the US and Britain to produce evidence that it still 
has 
weapons of mass destruction.

The US and Britain will insist the onus is on Iraq to prove that it has 
no 
weapons of mass destruction, as it claims, rather than for them to 
prove 
that it does. Whitehall sources yesterday stood by their claims that 
Iraq 
has weapons of mass destruction and that this was "based not on what we 
say 
but on what we know".

But they said that passing the intelligence to the UN chief weapons 
inspector, Hans Blix, would alert the Iraqis to the activities of US 
intelligence and might jeopardise its secret sources…

SEE ALSO:

HOW DID IRAQ GET ITS WEAPONS? WE SOLD THEM
Neil Mackay and Felicity Arbuthnot, Sunday Herald
http://www.sundayherald.com/27572

THE US and Britain sold Saddam Hussein the technology and materials 
Iraq 
needed to develop nuclear, chemical and biological weapons of mass 
destruction.

Reports by the US Senate's committee on banking, housing and urban 
affairs 
-- which oversees American exports policy -- reveal that the US, under 
the 
successive administrations of Ronald Reagan and George Bush Snr, sold 
materials including anthrax, VX nerve gas, West Nile fever germs and 
botulism to Iraq right up until March 1992, as well as germs similar to 
tuberculosis and pneumonia. Other bacteria sold included brucella 
melitensis, which damages major organs, and clostridium perfringens, 
which 
causes gas gangrene.

Classified US Defence Department documents also seen by the Sunday 
Herald 
show that Britain sold Iraq the drug pralidoxine, an antidote to nerve 
gas, 
in March 1992, after the end of the Gulf war. Pralidoxine can be 
reverse 
engineered to create nerve gas…

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CELEBRITIES WILL ISSUE A STATEMENT TODAY PROTESTING AN ATTACK AGAINST 
IRAQ
Hilary E. MacGregor, Los Angeles Times, 12/10/02
http://www.calendarlive.com/printedition/calendar/cl-et-macgregor10dec10.story

More than 100 Hollywood actors, producers and directors will out 
themselves 
today as antiwar activists. Mike Farrell, Alfre Woodard, Ed Begley Jr., 
Tony Shalhoub and others will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. at Les 
Deux 
Cafes in Hollywood to issue a statement protesting the costs and risks 
of 
going to war with Iraq. Calling themselves Artists United to Win 
Without 
War, the celebrity signatories to the statement range from Gillian 
Anderson 
and Kim Basinger to Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne and Michael Stipe.

Denouncing war talk in Washington "alarming and unnecessary," the 
simple, 
five-paragraph declaration urges the disarming of Iraq through "legal 
diplomatic means."

"We are patriotic Americans who share the belief that Saddam Hussein 
cannot 
be allowed to possess weapons of mass destruction. We support rigorous 
U.N. 
weapons inspections to assure Iraq's effective disarmament," the 
statement 
reads. "However, a preemptive military invasion of Iraq will harm 
American 
national interests. Such a war will increase human suffering, arouse 
animosity toward our country, increase the likelihood of terrorist 
attacks, 
damage the economy, and undermine our moral standing in the world…"

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COLUMBUS HATE CRIMES INCREASED AFTER 9/11
Jeb Phillips, Columbus Dispatch, 12/9/02
http://www.columbusdispatch.com
Search using the term "hate crimes."

Very quietly in the past week, the Muslims who were driven out of the 
Islamic Center on E. Broad Street have been coming back to pray.

Last December, vandals ripped out carpet, desecrated Qurans, clogged 
drains 
and tore out pipes. But the center has been rebuilt, said Jad Humeidan, 
executive director of the Ohio chapter of the Council on 
American-Islamic 
Relations. "They said they were the oldest center in central Ohio and 
they 
were going to stay," he said.

The vandalism was one of the highest-profile hate crimes last year in 
Columbus. According to figures recently released by the FBI, it was 
part of 
a national trend.

Columbus had five crimes motivated by religious bias in 2000. In 2001, 
Columbus had 22, more than any other city in Ohio -- and most came 
after 
the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. That's the most startling jump in local 
hate 
crimes, and at the same time the most explainable, experts said.

"It was 9/11," said detective Wes Johnson, who investigates hate crimes 
for 
the Columbus Division of Police. "It caused a lot of dislike toward the 
Islamic community. We saw a lot of property damage and a lot of 
threatening 
situations."

The increase was nationwide: Anti-Muslim incidents were up 1,600 
percent 
from the 2000 numbers. Locally, the crimes could be classified as 
minor, 
Johnson said -- a slur shouted out of a car, graffiti or other 
vandalism. 
As with the Islamic Center, many of those affected shrugged off the 
intimidation and tried to move on with their lives, he said…

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MUSLIM SHOP'S PORK, ALCOHOL BAN SPARKS FRENCH DEBATE
Catherine Bremer, Reuters, 12/10/02

PARIS (Reuters) - A supermarket in a Paris suburb has caused a furor 
among 
some shoppers and incurred the wrath of the mayor by stripping its 
shelves 
of alcohol and pork to appeal to the largely Muslim local community.

The mayor of Evry, southeast of Paris, said the new owners who took 
over 
the Franprix store in October risked turning the town into a ghetto by 
selling only halal meat slaughtered according to Muslim rules and 
banishing 
taboo products…

The new owners, Mohamed and Abdel Djaiziri, said they would sooner lose 
the 
Franprix franchise than reverse their new policy.

"It was necessary to change the business to adapt to a primarily Muslim 
clientele. If we lose the Franprix sign, it's not important. What's 
important is that we keep doing good business," Abdel Djaiziri told 
Liberation, the daily newspaper.

"We asked for a certificate to guarantee our meat is halal. That's 
incompatible with selling pork. Is that against the law?"…

France has taken in many immigrants from its former North African 
colonies, 
and its estimated 5 million Muslims make up the country's 
second-largest 
religious group.

SEE ALSO:

ANTI-ISLAM, ANTI-SEMITISM RIFE IN EUROPE
Reuters, 12/10/02

BRUSSELS, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Islamophobia and anti-Semitism fuelled by 
the 
September 11 attacks and the Middle East conflict are in danger of 
becoming 
acceptable in Europe, the European Union's racism watchdog warned on 
Tuesday.

Presenting its report on racism in the EU, the European Monitoring 
Centre 
on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) called on leaders of the 15-nation bloc 
to 
deal with the underlying social and economic factors it said were 
fuelling 
racial prejudice.

"Now it seems legitimate to have anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic views on 
some 
issues because people have mixed up the whole issue," said Bob Purkiss, 
chairman of the EUMC.

"The danger is...how it has now embedded itself."

In the wake of the September 11, 2001, hijacked airliner attacks on 
U.S. 
cities, people who "looked Muslim," mainly women wearing headscarves, 
became the victims of anti-Islamic sentiment, the report said…

The report also focused on problems faced by immigrants in the labour 
markets, saying they were often paid less and given less attractive 
jobs 
than EU citizens with the same skills.

Migrants faced problems ranging from direct racism such as verbal abuse 
in 
the workplace to indirect discrimination in the form of unrealistic 
language requirements.

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FRENCH MUSLIMS TO GET SINGLE REPRESENTATIVE BODY
HUGH SCHOFIELD, Agence France Presse, 12/10/02

France's five million Muslims are for the first time to be organised 
within 
a single representative body authorised to press their interests before 
the 
government, under an agreement signed Monday by the country's three 
main 
Muslim groups.

The deal was revealed in a television interview Monday evening by 
Interior 
Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, who said it would give "our compatriots of 
the 
Muslim confession the right to live out their faith just like 
Catholics, 
like Jews and like Protestants."

According to the minister, the structure of the new body will be 
finalised 
by the end of the year. It will include women, but all influence from 
foreign countries or governments will be strictly prohibited, he said. 
The 
announcement is the culmination of several years of efforts to 
establish a 
proper line of contact between successive governments and the country's 
second largest religious community, with the clear if unspoken aim of 
encouraging a homegrown, liberal version of Islam…

France is a rigidly secular state, and it regulates its relations with 
the 
other main religions through official bodies of the type it now wants 
to 
create for Islam.

Monday's agreement was signed by what Sarkozy described as the "three 
major 
groupings of Muslims in France": the Paris mosque, the National 
Federation 
of Muslims in France and the Union of Islamic Organisations in France.

However the representatives of five mosques, including the main mosques 
in 
France's second and third cities Lyon and Marseille, said they had been 
cut 
out of the arrangement in secret talks conducted "in order to allow 
Sarkozy 
a quick success."

The minister said the new body's statutes would "conform to the rules 
of 
the republic," and its leadership would be part elected and part 
appointed. 
This is to ensure that minorities, and especially Muslim women, are 
fully 
represented.

"What we should be afraid of is Islam gone astray, garage Islam, 
basement 
Islam, underground Islam. Not the Islam of the mosques, open to the 
light 
of day," the minister said…

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JEWISH GROUPS SEEK TO BAN BOOK ON MIDEAST CONFLICT
Joelle Diderich, Reuters, 12/10/02

PARIS (Reuters) - Jewish organizations have called for a ban on a novel 
by 
a teen-age girl about the Middle East conflict they say glorifies 
Palestinian suicide bombers and fuels racial hatred.

French publisher Flammarion said Tuesday it had been deluged by 
protests 
since publishing last month a translation of "Sognando Palestina" 
("Dream 
of Palestine") by 15-year-old Randa Ghazi as part of a series of books 
aimed at adolescents.

The book was originally published in Italian in March. Ghazi, born in 
Italy 
of Egyptian parents, depicts teen-agers caught up in the Palestinian 
uprising for independence. One of the characters blows himself up, 
killing 
five Israeli soldiers.

The anti-racist group LICRA called on the French government Tuesday to 
ban 
the book under publishing laws destined to protect young readers, but 
said 
it did not plan to fight the novel in court.

The Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center and France's CRIF 
umbrella 
group of Jewish organizations urged Flammarion and its Italian parent 
company, Rizzoli Corriere della Sera, to withdraw the book.

They called on French Web sites and the French and German arms of 
Internet 
retailer Amazon.com to stop selling the novel…

French courts recently threw out a bid to ban a book by Italian author 
Oriana Fallaci criticizing Islamic fundamentalism and acquitted French 
writer Michel Houellebecq of inciting racial hatred after he called 
Islam 
"the stupidest religion."

An official at Flammarion, which is also Houellebecq's publisher, said 
Ghazi's book portrayed both extremists and moderates and therefore did 
not 
constitute an incitement to hatred and violence…

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LETTERS: MUSLIMS DIDN'T BLOODY THOSE BORDERS FIRST
Washington Post, 12/10/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A32916-2002Dec9.html

Charles Krauthammer should be congratulated for dismissing as absurd 
the 
question of whether Islam is inherently violent [op-ed, Dec. 6]. 
Unfortunately, he did not consider the history of Islam's "bloody 
borders." 
If they are bloody, it is because, over the past 200 years, they have 
been 
repeatedly violated by outsiders who sought to dominate Muslim people 
and 
appropriate their resources.

It was not Chechens who invaded and conquered Russia, nor did the 
Afghans, 
the Egyptians or the Pakistanis ever invade Britain. No Palestinians 
ever 
took over any Jewish villages in Russia, Poland or Germany. The Iranian 
secret police backed no military coups against Dwight D. Eisenhower, 
and 
the Egyptians did not conspire with the Colombians to reconquer the 
Panama 
Canal. No Arab corporations covet oil in Texas or Alaska; Arab forces 
do 
not maintain bases in Europe or North America; Arab aid has never 
supported 
military dictators in Spain, Peru or Cuba.

The notion that Muslim alienation is rooted in an obsession with 
recovering 
the glory of Islam's medieval golden age -- and is thus entirely 
"their" 
problem -- is ludicrous. The sorry history of modern Western intrusion 
into 
the Middle East is far more relevant to our current crisis, whatever 
Mr. 
Krauthammer and the rest of the neoconservative punditry would have us 
believe.

STEVE VINSON
New Paltz, N.Y.

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TARGETING U.S. MUSLIMS IS FORM OF ETHNIC CLEANSING
Shahid Athar, Indianapolis Star, 12/10/02
http://www.indystar.com/print/articles/5/007174-7645-022.html
Shahid Athar, M.D., is an Islamic writer and speaker.

After the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, attacking Islam and Muslims became 
the 
fashionable sport for the radio, television and print media. This year, 
instead of Ramadan and Eid greetings, Muslims are receiving vicious and 
poisonous articles, speeches and e-mails by those who are supposed to 
"love 
thy neighbors."

Islam-phobic writers and "religious" leaders are striving to become 
clones 
of Steve Emerson, the terrorism "expert" who had suggested that the 
Oklahoma City bombing was done by Muslims.

While Islam is being portrayed as a religion promoting violence and war 
(Cal Thomas column, Dec. 4), the FBI reports there is a 1,600 percent 
increase in hate crimes against Muslims and Arabs since 9/11. Those 
involved in such hate crimes are motivated by evangelists and 
anti-Islamic 
elements in the media.

The Rev. Jerry Falwell called Mohammad "a terrorist," and said that 
Islam 
was evil. Pat Robertson called Islam the enemy and said Muslims are 
"worse 
than the Nazis."

What is the purpose of such unwarranted and hateful attacks on Islam 
and 
Muslims? Ostensibly, they can only be read as the prelude to a 
Bosnia-style 
ethnic cleansing in the United States. However, I believe Americans are 
wise enough not to allow the hate mongers to disturb the peace in our 
country.

Karen Armstrong, a well-known British writer on Islam, herself a 
Christian, 
asks this piercing question (Sept. 17, Time magazine): "If Islam is so 
bad, 
as projected by the media, how come it is still growing so fast in the 
West?"

I add this question: Where is the sword of Islam now? Islam is a 
religion 
of peace, but Muslims have not been left in peace for a long time by 
the 
crusaders of the past and the present. Armstrong notes that "Islam is 
not 
addicted to war, and jihad is not a pillar of Islam." All of the 30 or 
so 
battles in the life of the prophet Muhammad were defensive wars imposed 
on 
Muslims by unbelievers.

Cal Thomas calls Islam "a religion of war," but it was not the Muslims 
who 
used the atomic bomb on Japan and Agent Orange in Vietnam. It was not 
the 
Muslims who killed millions of Jews and Poles in World War II; nor did 
they 
conduct genocide of American Indians.

Perhaps Thomas and other Islamophobes need to heed Armstrong's advice 
and 
not read out of context the verses of Quran (i.e. 4:90) that appear to 
promote violence. Armstrong says these verses were revealed to 
Muhammad, 
asking him not to give up against the terrorists of that time who were 
persecuting Muslims. If read out of context, biblical and other 
scriptural 
verses that appear to promote violence can also be found -- for 
example, 
Deuteronomy 7:1-2, Numbers 31:17-18 and Deuteronomy 20:10-17.

The attacks on Islam and Muhammad, which started 1,423 years ago, will 
continue. The hatemongers of the past and present will become history 
but 
the names of Muhammad, Moses and Jesus will continue to be remembered 
and 
respected until the end of this Earth.

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INS REMINDS CERTAIN TEMPORARY FOREIGN VISITORS OF EIGHTEEN COUNTRIES OF 
REGISTRATION REQUIREMENT

The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) reminds certain 
temporary 
foreign visitors of eighteen countries of a new requirement to register 
with INS. This registration is part of the second phase of the National 
Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), being implemented by 
the 
INS to fulfill a Congressional mandate to implement a comprehensive 
entry-exit program by 2005…

Temporary foreign visitors who are citizens or nationals of Iran, Iraq, 
Libya, Sudan or Syria who were admitted to the United States as 
non-immigrants on or before September 10, 2002, and who plan to stay in 
the 
United States until at least December 16, 2002, must register with 
their 
local INS office by December 16, 2002.

In addition, temporary foreign visitors who are citizens or nationals 
of 
Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Eritrea, Lebanon, Morocco, North Korea, 
Oman, Qatar, Somalia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, or Yemen who were 
present in the United States as non-immigrants before October 1, 2002, 
and 
who plan to stay in the United States until at least January 10, 2003, 
must 
register with their local INS office by January 10, 2003.

This requirement only applies to males 16 years or older. Most 
individuals 
are students, individuals in the U.S. on extended business travel, or 
individuals visiting family members for lengthy periods. The 
requirement to 
register with INS does NOT apply to U.S. citizens, lawful permanent 
residents (green card holders), refugees, asylum applicants, asylum 
grantees, and diplomats or others admitted under "A" or "G" visas.

Failure to register constitutes a failure to maintain nonimmigrant 
status 
and is a criminal violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act.  
This 
is one of several notices to protect the national security of the 
United 
States by enrolling additional temporary foreign visitors in NSEERS.

For a list of local offices or sub-offices in respective states, please 
visit the INS website at www.ins.gov/graphics/fieldoffices/alphaa.htm. 
Individuals may also call the INS Service Center at 800-375-5283.

SEE ALSO:

REGISTRATION ALERT WORRIES FOREIGN CITIZENS IN S. FLORIDA
Tanya Weinberg, Sun-Sentinel, 12/10/02
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-sregister10dec10,0,3839372.story

As word spreads of a new regulation requiring men from certain 
countries to 
register with the federal government, calls from South Florida Arabs 
are 
flooding the office of Hollywood attorney Mazen Sukkar.

"They're frantic," said Sukkar, who published a notice in a local 
Arabic 
paper. "They're asking, are they going to arrest us, are they going to 
detain us, and we don't know the answers."

The Department of Justice says new reporting requirements for citizens 
of 
17 Muslim countries and North Korea could root out potential 
terrorists. 
Critics counter that those people will never come forward, some adding 
that 
the policy could even create a self-fulfilling prophecy by further 
alienating Muslim communities. Others call the requirement politically 
motivated and point to the notable absence on the list of Saudi Arabia 
and 
Egypt, strategically important American allies, and also home to all 
but 
one of the Sept. 11 hijackers.

"I can see what they're trying to do as far as national security, but 
the 
people who we want to get are not going to show up. They're not 
worrying 
about their [immigration] status," said Miami immigration attorney Anis 
Saleh. "If you're going to blow yourself up in six months, who cares if 
you're [complying with INS] or not?"…

"What's troubling about it is it's selectively targeted and 
specifically at 
Arab countries, with the exceptions of those we feel diplomatically we 
cannot impose this on," said David Cole, a Georgetown University law 
professor.

"It's a form of ethnic profiling," said Cole, whose book in progress, 
Enemy 
Aliens, asserts that now, as in past eras of national fear, immigrants' 
liberties are the first to go.

"We're going to treat as suspects a whole group of people based simply 
on 
national origin," Cole said. "That's not a terribly effective means of 
policing because it's remarkably over-inclusive and very likely to do 
long-term damage to relationships of the type that law enforcement 
currently needs to strengthen with those very communities. It would be 
far 
better to get those within the community to identify any potential 
perpetrators…"

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TAMPA BAY MUSLIMS REACH OUT TO COMMUNITY WITH DOCUMENTARY
Local Muslims are using a PBS documentary to raise public awareness, 
build 
bridges and sensitize Professionals.

(PINELLAS PARK, FL,) The Islamic Society of Pinellas County and Eckerd 
College have teamed up in cooperation with The Islam Project, to offer 
the 
local community a chance to prescreen the upcoming PBS documentary 
film, 
"Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet." The Islam Project is a community 
engagement campaign that uses the broadcast premiers of two PBS 
documentaries as springboards for strategic community building, public 
awareness, and educational efforts on the subject of Islam.

The prescreening event will be held on the campus of Eckerd College on 
Thursday December 12, 2002 starting with registration and refreshments 
at 
6:00 p.m. the film will begin at 7:00 p.m. followed by a brief speech 
from 
Special Guest Jameel Johnson (Aide to U.S. Congressman Meeks), followed 
by 
and open dialogue.

This event requires RSVP, anyone who wants to attend must call (727) 
824-7900, or email their information to legacy@bedier.com.

Contact:  Ahmed Bedier Tel: (727) 512-3916
Press Kits with Q&A are available; please call to request a packet.

SEE ALSO:

"MUHAMMAD: LEGACY OF A PROPHET" PREVIEW IN MARYLAND

Filmmakers Michael Wolfe and Alex Kronemer of Unity Productions 
Foundation 
will be available to hear comments in an open forum after a preview of 
the 
upcoming PBS documentary "Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet."

WHEN: 6-8 p.m., December 15
WHERE: Islamic Education Center, 7917 Montrose Road, Potomac, Maryland

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DESPITE DEADLY RIOTING, MANY HINDUS AND MUSLIMS STILL GET ALONG AS AN 
INDIAN STATE HEADS FOR CRUCIAL ELECTIONS
LAURINDA KEYS, Associated Press, 12/10/02

AHMADABAD, India (AP) - Ten months ago when sectarian violence wracked 
this 
city and mobs killed hundreds, Hindus and Muslims in one poor 
neighborhood 
helped save one another from the flames.

Now they say will unite again - this time at the ballot box on Thursday 
in 
a vote that will test India's religious tolerance.

In the February violence, a gang of Hindus from outside the community 
burned and beat to death about 100 people of both faiths in the Naroda 
Patiya slum. Most of the more than 1,000 who lived there escaped.

They returned after the bloodshed, rebuilt their community and now face 
elections in Gujarat state.

"Everybody ran away together. We'll vote together," said Jayeda Banu, 
35, a 
Muslim whose family lives next door to that of Kamlaben Jethabhai, 60, 
a 
Hindu.

"There's no difference here between Muslims and Hindus. Whatever 
happens we 
are all living together," Jethabhai said.

Like many others in this impoverished quarter, both live in new 
concrete 
homes built by the Islamic Relief Committee - a charity that chose to 
ignore religious differences in its post-riot reconstruction work.

Hindu nationalists whose rhetoric helped fuel religious riots for three 
months this year are trying retain power when voters elect a new 
legislature for the western state of Gujarat…

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE.)

CONTACT TV Guide Channel to politely request that they withdraw the ad. 
Contact:

Mr. Bill Rosolie
VP, National Cable Advertising Sales Director
TV Guide Channel
1211 Avenue of the Americas, 28th Fl
New York, NY 10036
FAX: 212-852-7323 E-MAIL: bill.rosolie@tvguide.com, 
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MUSLIMS CRITICIZE PORTRAYAL OF "JESUS" IN TV AD
Christ shown gambling with devil in sports bar on TV Guide Channel

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/11/02) - A prominent national Islamic civil 
rights 
and advocacy group today criticized as "tasteless and insensitive" a 
television commercial promoting professional wrestling that shows 
"Jesus" 
gambling with the devil in a sports bar.

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said 
the 
ad, currently airing on the TV Guide Channel, shows a blond man dressed 
in 
white and illuminated by a shaft of light discussing the upcoming World 
Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) "Armageddon" pay-per-view event with a 
devil-like figure. The "devil" says, "We've been hyping this 
[Armageddon] 
for two millennia." At the end of the commercial, he asks the "Jesus" 
figure, "Do you want to go double or nothing on the Saints?"

(SEE: http://www.wwearmageddon.com/ and 
http://www.tvguidemediasales.com/channel/default.asp)

"This kind of tasteless and insensitive portrayal of Jesus, peace be 
upon 
him, is an insult to the deeply-felt beliefs of Muslim and Christian 
Americans. We ask that TV Guide Channel and the WWE withdraw the 
commercial 
and apologize to viewers," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. 
Awad 
added that Muslims revere Jesus as a prophet of God and called on 
Christian 
leaders to join in his defense.

Awad quoted a verse from the Quran, Islam's revealed text, which 
states: 
"Behold! The angels said 'O Mary! God giveth thee glad tidings of a 
Word 
from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus the son of Mary, held in honor 
in 
this world and the Hereafter and of (the company of) those nearest to 
God.'" (Chapter 3, Verse 45)

In another verse, the Quran states: "Say ye: 'We believe in God and the 
revelation given to us and to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, and the 
Tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus, and that given to (all) 
Prophets 
from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and it is 
unto 
Him that we surrender ourselves.'" (Chapter 2, Verse 136)

He also quoted the Prophet Muhammad who said: "Both in this world and 
in 
the Hereafter, I am the nearest of all people to Jesus, the son of 
Mary. 
The prophets are paternal brothers; their mothers are different, but 
their 
religion is one." (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 4, Hadith 652)

There are an estimated seven million Muslims in America and some 1.2 
billion worldwide.

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 12/11/2002

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: PRAYERS WASH AWAY SINS
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT
* MEDIA REQUEST: INS REGISTRATION INTERVIEW
* BROTHERS SENTENCED FOR RACIAL ATTACK (AP)
* SUSPECTED CON-ARTIST ORDERED HELD IN CANADA
	- Con-Artist Who Defrauded Muslims Caught (CAIR)
* U.S. MUSLIMS OPT FOR HOME SCHOOLING (MSNBC)
	- RESOURCES: MUSLIM HOME SCHOOL NETWORK & RESOURCE
* ANTI-ISLAM RHETORIC UNDERCUTS MODERATES (Los Angeles Times)
	- Even the Quakers had Nixon (Indianapolis Star)
* NEW TOOLS FOR DOMESTIC SPYING, AND QUALMS (New York Times)
* FATWA VICTIM OR A FRAUD? (New York Times)
* IN INDIAN ELECTION, HATE IS PART OF PLATFORM (Washington Post)
* ISRAEL CENSORS BAN MOVIE BY ISRAELI ARAB (AP)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: PRAYERS WASH AWAY SINS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) told his companions: "If one 
of 
you had a stream running at his door and bathed in it five times every 
day, 
do you think any dirt would be left on him?" His companions answered: 
"No 
dirt at all would be left." To which the Prophet replied: "That is what 
the 
five (daily) prayers are like, with which God washes away your sins."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 1, Hadith 506

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MEDIA REQUEST: INS REGISTRATION INTERVIEW

A major American media outlet would like to conduct an on-camera 
interview 
with anyone in the Washington, D.C., area who is required to register 
with 
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BROTHERS SENTENCED FOR RACIAL ATTACK
Associated Press, 12/11/02

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Two Blount County brothers who claimed they 
beat up 
a motel employee last year because they thought he was an Arab and a 
Muslim 
were sentenced to federal prison.

Travis Lynn Kitts, 23, was sentenced Tuesday to 36 months in prison and 
Jason Brandon Kitts, 22, received a 20-month sentence.

They pleaded guilty Sept. 11 to willfully injuring a person because of 
his 
race, religion or national origin - a federal hate crime.

They said they were angry over the terrorist attacks on New York and 
Washington, D.C., when they assaulted Jacob George Mathew, 19, and his 
mother, Mary George, on Sept. 24, 2001.

The brothers were staying at a Alcoa motel where Mathew worked with his 
parents. Mathew had asked the brothers to come to the office to pay for 
damages to their room.

"During (his) arrest, Jason Brandon Kitts made an unsolicited and 
spontaneous comment to the police, 'Why can they blow us up and get 
away 
with it, but we get in trouble for assaulting them?"' FBI Agent Stan 
Ruffin 
wrote in affidavit filed with the court.

Mathew is neither from the Middle East nor a Muslim. He is an American 
citizen, born in the United States, to parents who are from India...

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SUSPECTED CON-ARTIST ORDERED HELD IN CANADA
http://www.orangevillepolice.ca/pressrel.htm

Press Releases - Contact - P.C. Scott Davis, Community Services / Media 
Relations Officer - 519-941-2522 or scottdavis@orangevillepolice.ca

The arrest of a Brampton man on December 5th 2002, by the Orangeville 
Police Service, has sparked international interest. Mohammed Mustafa 
AGBARIA, 37, is facing fourteen fraud related criminal charges in 
connection with money transactions made through a local Western Union 
outlet. Police allege that he is using forged passports from Columbia 
and 
Israel in order to receive cash from England, Belgium and Germany.

The investigation commenced in late September when Western Union 
officials 
alerted police as to the suspicious circumstances surrounding the 
accused's 
attendance at their local outlet. Several International Law Enforcement 
Agencies, including the FBI and RCMP, were contacted regarding Agbaria 
and 
his activities. He was ultimately located and arrested at a Brampton 
Immigration Office.

The accused appeared in Orangeville court on December 9th, 2002, and 
was 
ordered held in custody. He returns to court on December 17th, 2002.

At the time of his arrest, Agbaria was at large on a conditional 
release as 
a result of similar charges laid by Peel Regional Police last December. 
He 
is scheduled to answer to those allegations on February 25th, 2003 in a 
Brampton court.

SEE ALSO: CON-ARTIST WHO DEFRAUDED MUSLIMS CAUGHT
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=125&page=AA

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U.S. MUSLIMS OPT FOR HOME SCHOOLING
Parents cite post-Sept. 11 fears, cultural issues
Lalita Aloor, MSNBC, 12/9/02
http://www.msnbc.com/news/840205.asp

Dec. 9 - Sharifa Abukar teaches at a public school in San Diego, but 
she 
says she wanted more for her four children. "I wanted to go beyond the 
curriculum taught in public schools and teach my children character 
building, too," says Abukar, who like many Muslim parents believes that 
home schooling provides a shield from a permissive culture and a haven 
in a 
sometimes hostile post-Sept. 11 America.

"HOME SCHOOLING makes it easier for us to introduce our religious 
values 
into the curriculum and protect our children from undesirable peer 
pressure 
in public schools, while ensuring that they receive a quality 
education," 
says Abukar, whose children are well settled in their careers today.

Religious freedom, dissatisfaction with public schools, an inability to 
afford private schools, clashing cultures and a Sept. 11 backlash all 
are 
reasons cited by Muslims who home school their children…

"The numbers have certainly increased over the past year," says Abdul 
Malik, director of the Council on American Islamic Relations in New 
York, 
who estimates that nearly 1.5 million Muslim children are being home 
schooled nationwide…

SEE ALSO:

RESOURCES: MUSLIM HOME SCHOOL NETWORK & RESOURCE
http://www.muslimhomeschool.com/

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ANTI-ISLAM RHETORIC UNDERCUTS MODERATES
Salam Al-Marayati, Los Angeles Times, 12/10/02
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/opinion/la-oe-marayati11dec11,0,3809441.story
Salam Al-Marayati is executive director of the Muslim, Public Affairs 
Council, which is holding an interfaith panel, discussion on religious 
extremism Dec. 21. Web site: www.mpac.org.

Now kill all the boys and all the women who have had sexual 
intercourse. -- 
Numbers 31:17

Don't think that I came to bring peace on earth! No, rather, a sword. 
-- 
Matthew 10:34

*

When such violent Old and New Testament verses are quoted, they usually 
are 
put in proper historical context. Yet the same standard of 
interpretation 
is not applied when the Koran is quoted. In fact, it's not even 
allowed. 
And Islam is called the violent faith. Because of the terrorist attacks 
of 
Sept. 11, there seems to be open season on Muslim history and sacred 
texts.

I can understand this knee-jerk response to extremism; if I were not a 
Muslim, I would have similar sentiments. But rather than dealing with 
the 
complex realities of the world by oversimplification of Islam and 
Muslims, 
we need to adhere to a common standard of measuring religious attitudes 
and 
combating religious extremism from all quarters…

Preaching to Muslims about the need to modify their faith is about as 
outlandish as Protestants preaching to Catholics about priestly 
celibacy or 
Muslims demanding that Judaism be separated from Zionism to remove the 
terrorist threat from extremist Israeli settlers in the West Bank and 
Gaza 
Strip.

When violent biblical references are brought up, the usual response is 
that 
the era of Christian and Jewish violence is long past and that Islam is 
the 
problem today. But violence inspired by religious ideology is timeless 
and 
afflicts everyone; why not address the issue across the board? Ireland 
and 
the former Yugoslavia come to mind.

Let me offer an opinion on those who pontificate on the need for 
reforming 
Islam: Your simplistic "solutions" have undermined the authentic and 
invaluable work of Muslim reformists. When Deputy Defense Secretary 
Paul D. 
Wolfowitz praises those he calls "moderate" Muslims, that in itself 
marginalizes the people he is promoting...

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EVEN THE QUAKERS HAD NIXON
Dan Carpenter, Indianapolis Star, 12/11/02
http://www.indystar.com/print/articles/4/007414-4484-021.html

A fair, realistic appraisal of centuries-old, human-developed, 
inevitably 
inconsistent religious systems should produce at least a grudging 
tolerance 
on the part of non-members. That is pretty much what two of the three 
great 
Abrahamic faiths are enjoying nowadays in the American political arena.

Judaism is allowed its David, who slew his tens of thousands. 
Christianity 
is not called to account every day for its witch hunts and Crusades. 
Jews 
aren't suspect because of the spy Jonathan Pollard. American Christian 
clergy aren't required to denounce the Lebanese Phalangists. The pope 
isn't 
blamed when Notre Dame can't cover the spread against Navy.

But for Islam, notwithstanding its teachings of peace and charity, it 
is 
open season.

Never welcomed by conservative America, despite the rather conservative 
lifestyle followed by many of its devotees, Islam has been dragged 
through 
the blood and rubble of terrorism with less and less subtlety since 
Muslim 
madmen flew airliners into American buildings last year.

At first, lip service was paid to the legitimacy of the religion and 
the 
presumed loyalty of 6 million American Muslims. President Bush asked 
that 
this law-abiding minority not be made to feel guilty by association. 
But 
the rumblings on the right began immediately, and now they're at an 
all-out 
roar…

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NEW TOOLS FOR DOMESTIC SPYING, AND QUALMS
MICHAEL MOSS and FORD FESSENDEN, New York Times, 12/10/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/10/national/10PRIV.html

But across the country, sometimes to the dismay of civil libertarians, 
law 
enforcement officials are maneuvering to seize the 
information-gathering 
weapons they say they desperately need to thwart terrorist attacks.

 From New York City to Seattle, police officials are looking to do away 
with rules that block them from spying on people and groups without 
evidence that a crime has been committed. They say these rules, forced 
on 
them in the 1970's and 80's to halt abuses, now prevent them from 
infiltrating mosques and other settings where terrorists might plot…

Still, civil libertarians increasingly worry about how law enforcement 
might wield its new powers. They say the nation is putting at risk the 
very 
thing it is fighting for: the personal freedoms and rights embodied in 
the 
Constitution. Moreover, they say, authorities with powerful technology 
will 
inevitably blunder, as became evident in October when an audit revealed 
that the Navy had lost nearly two dozen computers authorized to process 
classified information.

What perhaps angers the privacy advocates most is that so much of this 
revolution in police work is taking place in secret, said Cindy Cohn, 
legal 
director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which represented Reef 
Seekers.

"If we are going to decide as a country that because of our worry about 
terrorism that we are willing to give up our basic privacy, we need an 
open 
and full debate on whether we want to make such a fundamental change," 
Ms. 
Cohn said…

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FATWA VICTIM OR A FRAUD?
Mystery Enshrouds Kola Boof, Writer and Internet Persona
JULIE SALAMON, New York Times, 12/11/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/11/books/11BOOF.html

Who is Kola Boof?

She might be, as she claims, the object of a fatwa ordering her death 
because of her vehement criticism of the Muslim government in her 
native 
Sudan. Or she might be, as some have suggested, an author trying to 
bring 
attention to her books by fabricating a provocative public persona, 
using 
the specter of fatwa as a marketing ploy. Either way, the Kola Boof 
story 
demonstrates how flashpoints are reached in cyberspace, the new forum 
for 
underground literature and politics, where fact and myth become 
indistinguishable and publicity campaigns become a kind of performance 
art. 
Without the imprimatur of a major publisher or a mainstream review or a 
public appearance, she has managed to instigate anger and discussion 
about 
her work…

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IN INDIAN ELECTION, HATE IS PART OF PLATFORM
Rama Lakshmi, Washington Post, 12/11/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A37251-2002Dec10.html

Nine months ago, as Gujarat was being riven by religious violence that 
followed the killing of the Hindus, Waghela stormed the same streets 
with a 
mob of Hindu men wearing orange bandanas and armed with swords, sticks 
and 
gasoline, according to witnesses and police records. Shouting angry 
slogans 
at Muslim residents, Waghela allegedly ordered the mob to loot and 
destroy 
their homes, leaving them homeless for months.

"For three days, Waghela and his men looted and burnt our homes. For 
eight 
months, we lived in relief camps because of him," said Nasir Khan, a 
complainant. "Now he tells Hindus he is their protector against us. 
Where 
do we run for cover if he gets elected?"…

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ISRAEL CENSORS BAN MOVIE BY ISRAELI ARAB
YOAV APPEL, Associated Press, 12/10/02

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's censorship board banned a movie produced by 
an 
Israeli Arab that depicts events in the West Bank Palestinian town of 
Jenin 
during an Israeli military offensive in April, a board official said 
Tuesday.

The body banned the movie "Jenin, Jenin" because it falsely 
demonstrates 
fictional events as truth, spokeswoman Sonya David-Elmalea said. The 
movie 
is "propaganda that represents a biased view of the group with whom 
Israel 
finds itself at war," she added.

Israeli media say the movie upholds Palestinian claims that Israeli 
soldiers carried out atrocities during the battle in Jenin.

The Israeli public would find the movie extremely offensive and "may 
mistakenly think that Israeli soldiers are intentionally, 
systematically 
carrying out war crimes," David-Almalea said…

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HEADLINES:

* FLA MUSLIMS TO VOICE CIVIL RIGHTS CONCERNS AT TOWN HALL MEETING
	- Fla. Muslims, Police Discuss Civil Liberties (AP)
	- I-Drive Gift-Shop Tycoon Indicted (Orlando Sentinel)
	- 3 Medical Students: Their Wait Continues (St. Pete Times)

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FLA MUSLIMS TO VOICE CIVIL RIGHTS CONCERNS AT TOWN HALL MEETING

(ORLANDO, FLA., 12/12/02) - On Saturday December 14, the Florida 
chapter of 
the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL), together with 
other 
national civil rights, advocacy and faith-based groups, will hold a 
news 
conference and town hall meeting in Orlando to voice concerns about the 
post-9/11 curtailment of civil liberties in that state.

The recent arrest of Jesse Maali, a prominent American Muslim 
businessman 
in Orlando, prompted the news conference. Local Muslim leaders have 
expressed concerns that Maali's arrest and prosecution may be tainted 
by 
Islamophobic or anti-Arab bias.

"Muslims in Florida are very concerned that they are being stereotyped, 
profiled and viewed with suspicion by law enforcement authorities. We 
are 
part of the social and religious fabric of this nation and demand that 
we 
be treated with fairness and justice," said CAIR-FL Executive Director 
Altaf Ali.

NEWS CONFERENCE

WHERE: MECCA, 1021 N. Golden Rod Rd. Orlando, FL.
WHEN: December 14, 12 p.m.
WHO: Representatives from American Muslim Alliance, American Muslim 
Association of North America, American Muslim Council, Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, Islamic Circle of North America, Islamic 
Society of North America, Islamic Society of Central Florida, Muslim 
American Society, Muslim Public Affairs Council, Tampa Bay Muslim 
Alliance.

TOWN HALL MEETING

WHERE: MECCA, 1021 N. Golden Rod Rd. Orlando, FL.
WHEN: December 14, 1 p.m.
PANELISTS: Representatives from American Civil Liberties Union, 
American 
Muslim Alliance, American Muslim Association of North America, American 
Muslim Council, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Islamic Circle 
of 
North America, Islamic Society of North America, Islamic Society of 
Central 
Florida, Muslim American Society, Muslim Public Affairs Council, NAACP, 
and 
Tampa Bay Muslim Alliance.

					- END -

CONTACT: Altaf Ali, 954-298-8214, E-MAIL: altaf@cair-florida.org; 
Parvez Ahmed
Director of Communications, pahmed@cair-florida.org

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MUSLIMS, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS DISCUSS CIVIL LIBERTIES
DAVID ROYSE, Associated Press, 12/12/02
http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradentonherald/news/local/4720212.htm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Many Muslims in Florida fled repressive Middle 
Eastern 
regimes where people were watched by the government, and sometimes 
taken 
away for questioning with no explanation.

Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 were linked to Arab 
terrorists, some Muslims say they've endured similar treatment in 
America.

"It's really creating deja vu all over again," said Hashem Mubarak, a 
Panama City cardiologist originally from Syria. Mubarak was one of 
several 
Muslim-Americans from around Florida who talked Wednesday to each other 
and 
to law enforcement officials about their treatment by fellow residents 
and 
police investigating the Sept. 11 terrorists' ties to Florida.

With the nation bracing for possible war with the Muslim country of 
Iraq, 
Mubarak and others in the working group fear treatment of 
Muslim-Americans 
will get worse before it improves.

"The war with Iraq is about to take place and we can safely say there 
are 
going to be repercussions in our community," said Altaf Ali, the 
executive 
director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Davie.

Members of the panel, brought together by Florida State University's 
Center 
for the Advancement of Human Rights and the Florida Commission on Human 
Relations, said that they must reach out to other Floridians to tell 
Muslims' story, to make their neighbors realize that they too are 
Americans 
and also are afraid of terrorism.

But it's not just their neighbors and people who might commit hate 
crimes 
that Muslim-Americans say they have to worry about. It's also the 
police.

The panel sounded off to representatives of the Florida Department of 
Law 
Enforcement about the need for police to have more cultural sensitivity 
and 
agreed to make that a focus as the group continues to try to address 
Muslim 
concerns in Florida…

The working group will conduct a two-year project aimed at identifying 
problems in how Muslims are perceived and treated in Florida and 
suggest 
improvements, said Mark Schlakman, the center's director for the 
program…

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I-DRIVE GIFT-SHOP TYCOON INDICTED IN FEDERAL COURT
Henry Pierson Curtis, Orlando Sentinel, 12/12/02
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orange/orl-locmaali12121202dec12,0,5060157.story

Orlando gift-shop magnate Jesse Maali was indicted Wednesday in federal 
court in Orlando on 55 counts of hiring illegal aliens and laundering 
money 
to pay them.

Also indicted were five associates involved in running Maali's seven 
Bargain World stores in Orange and Osceola counties. The case drew 
widespread attention after the millionaire Palestinian-American 
businessman's Nov. 14 arrest when a prosecutor accused him of having 
financial ties to groups advocating violence in the Middle East.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Cynthia Hawkins Collazo failed to back up that 
claim at a bail hearing. But U.S. Magistrate David A. Baker still set 
bail 
at $10 million, a record for Central Florida…

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3 MEDICAL STUDENTS: THEIR WAIT CONTINUES, LONG AFTER OURS ENDED
MARY JO MELONE, St. Petersburg Times, 12/12/02
http://www.sptimes.com/2002/12/12/Columns/Their_wait_continues_.shtml

You remember the day. Three months ago, precisely. A year and a day 
after 9/11.

You remember the TV pictures shaking slightly from the bounce of the 
helicopter hovering above, the two cars below on Alligator Alley 
looking 
bug-sized, and the outsized anxiety in the voice of the TV reporter.

You remember how fear reigned for 17 hours.

Three Muslim men, medical students on their way to Miami, were pulled 
over 
for what they supposedly said hundreds of miles north at a Shoney's 
restaurant in north Georgia, just off Interstate 75. Another patron 
said 
she heard them talking about a terrorist attack planned to take place 
in Miami.

And you remember how the ruckus turned out to be about nothing.

Even the traffic stop the police finally made in Florida was based on 
bad 
information. A toll collector said the men ran the tollbooth without 
paying. A security camera tape later showed just the opposite.

Three months is a long time, long enough, certainly, to formally clear 
a 
man's name or charge him with a crime. But a remarkable thing has 
happened 
-- and not happened -- in the case of Ayman Gheith, Omar Choudhary, 
Kambiz 
Butt, American citizens all.

When they were let go, the matter should have ended.

It didn't.

At last report, the Collier County sheriff was still wanting to 
question 
the men.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has continued to investigate -- 
what, 
nobody knows. The bureau turned over its findings last week to Joseph 
Campbell, the district attorney in the county where the three men were 
overheard.

Campbell, in turn, hasn't looked at the report. "I haven't even opened 
the 
envelope," he said this week.

And he feels no rush to decide whether to charge the men or not. He 
sounded 
downright annoyed when I pressed him. "It'll be several months, I can 
assure you," he said.

When I suggested that the three men had the right to have their names 
cleared, Campbell blew me off. "They're not arrested, are they?"…

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CAIR ACTION ALERT 356

IMAMS URGED TO ANNOUNCE INS REGISTRATION PROGRAM
Those who fail to register on time may face deportation

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/12/02) - CAIR is calling on all local imams, 
khatibs 
and community leaders to make the announcement below after Friday 
prayers 
about the new Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) registration 
requirement for nonimmigrant visa holders from 18 primarily Muslim 
countries. This announcement should also be posted in a prominent 
public 
location in all mosques, Muslim schools and Islamic centers.

ANNOUNCEMENT: INS REGISTRATION REQUIREMENT FOR NONIMMIGRANT VISA 
HOLDERS

According to the new regulation, all male nonimmigrant visitors to the 
United States who are nationals or citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria 
or 
Sudan, 16 years of age or older, who entered the U.S. on or before 
September 10, 2002, must register with the INS by December 16, 2002.

Male nonimmigrant aliens who are nationals or citizens of Afghanistan, 
Algeria, Bahrain, Eritrea, Lebanon, Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Qatar, 
Somalia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, or Yemen, 16 years of age or 
older, 
and who entered the U.S. before September 30, 2002, must register with 
the 
INS by January 10, 2003.

IMPORTANT: Failure to register by the deadlines may make those who fit 
the 
above criteria SUBJECT TO DEPORTATION.

If you are out of status and appear to register you may be detained 
while 
the INS conducts a background check.

The requirement to register with INS does NOT apply to U.S. citizens, 
lawful permanent residents (green card holders), refugees, asylum 
applicants, asylum grantees, diplomats, or others admitted under "A" or 
"G" 
visas.  Most of those affected are students, businessmen and family 
visitors.

NOTE: If you are in the process of applying to become a legal permanent 
resident (green card holder) and your application is still pending, YOU 
ARE 
STILL REQUIRED TO REGISTER.  Failure to register may result in 
deportation.

Full information about the new regulation including the list of 
designated 
INS offices where temporary visitors can register is available on the 
INS 
website at www.ins.usdoj.gov. A more detailed announcement, in both 
English 
and Arabic, can also be found at http://www.cair-net.org.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 12/12/2002

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: KINDNESS TO WIVES
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 4481 SPONSORSHIPS
* CAIR REPS FEATURED ON CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION PANEL
* US FILMMAKERS TREAD CAREFULLY IN MOHAMMED BIOGRAPHY (Reuters)
	- Charleroi Native Shaped 'Muhammad' (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
	- Muslim Group to Screen Documentary on Mohammed (SP Times)
* RACIAL DISCRIMINATION OR NATIONAL SECURITY? (American-Statesman)
	- Student Sues Over Aviation Radio Arrest (Reuters)
* GROUP MAY BOYCOTT IMAGE AWARDS OVER 'BARBERSHOP' (Reuters)
* NEARLY ALL 9/11 DETAINEE CASES CLOSED, U.S. SAYS (AP)
* BALTIMORE CITY COUNCIL SAYS NO TO WAR (WBAL)
* WE'LL ALL BE UNDER SURVEILLANCE (Village Voice)
* HARD-LINE PRO-HINDU RHETORIC COLORS INDIAN ELECTIONS (CS Monitor)
* THE COST OF ISRAEL IS MORE THAN MONETARY (CS Monitor)
	- New Bush Pick Splits Mideast Watchers (Forward)
* CON MAN HELD FOR DEFRAUDING MUSLIMS (Arab News)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: KINDNESS TO WIVES

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) told his companions: "The best 
of 
you are those who are best to their wives."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 962

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 4481 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's Library Project has received 4481 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Take 
part in this first-of-its-kind campaign by sponsoring an 18-item 
"library 
package." Our goal is to, inshallah, send accurate and objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

TO SPONSOR A LIBRARY PACKAGE, GO TO: www.libraryproject.org
OR CALL: 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320

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CAIR REPS FEATURED ON CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION PANEL

CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUES FACING IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights invites you to hear three panel 
discussions focusing on civil rights issues in your community. 
Community 
leaders will share information about a variety of issues, including 
education, voting, labor, and post-9/11 concerns.

WHEN: Friday, December 13, 2002, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Brooklyn Marriott, 333 Adams Street, A/C/F to Jay St./Borough 
Hall

Panel I: Immigrant Issues Emerging from the 107th Congress and Recent 
Executive Actions & Judicial Decisions

Margie McHugh, New York Immigration Coalition
Stanley Mark, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Joe Semidei, Committee for Hispanic Children and Families
Mayra Peters-Quintero, Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund

Panel II: Post-9/11 Civil Rights Issues and Disaster Relief Benefits 
Concerns

Muzaffar Chisti, Migration Policy Institute, NYU School of Law
Emira Habiby Browne, Arab-American Family Support Center
Bobby Khan, Coney Island Avenue Project
Omar Mohammedi, Council on American-Islamic Relations
Hiram Monserrate, New York City Council
Margaret Chin, Asian Americans for Equality
May Chen, Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees 
(UNITE)

Panel III: Statewide Civil Rights Issues and Post-9/11 Issues for
Immigrant Communities

Setsuko Nishi, New York Advisory Committee
Gloria Lopez, New York Advisory Committee
Ghazi Khankan, New York Advisory Committee [Khankan is the director of 
CAIR-NY.]
Gregory Rabb, New York Advisory Committee

*A reception with light refreshments will follow the panel discussions.

The Commission is an independent, bipartisan fact-finding agency of the 
federal government.  Learn more at http://www.usccr.gov.

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US FILMMAKERS TREAD CAREFULLY IN MOHAMMED BIOGRAPHY
Martha Graybow, Reuters, 12/12/02
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=entertainmentNews&storyID=1897002

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The two-hour documentary, "Muhammad: Legacy of a 
Prophet," airing on U.S. public broadcasting stations on Dec. 18, 
charts 
how Mohammed became one of the most important figures in world history. 
Orphaned as a child, he became a successful merchant who at age 40, 
according to Islamic belief, was struck by a revelation from God. Over 
the 
next 23 years he brought peace to warring tribes of Arabia and 
established 
Islam.

"This man's life is pretty exciting actually. It's a cracking good 
yarn," 
said co-producer Michael Wolfe, who along with another co-producer, 
Alexander Kronemer, is an American convert to Islam. "Islam aside, the 
life 
of Mohammed has been called one of the great biographies of the world."

The documentary weaves the story of Mohammed with interviews with 
scholars 
and modern-day U.S. Muslims…

The documentary comes at a time when Americans are on edge about more 
potential terror attacks and concern over Islamic extremism is running 
high.

Mohammed's name often is invoked in discussions about Islam, but many 
Americans know little about who he was, Schwarz said. Just last month, 
Nigeria's plans to stage the Miss World pageant ended in bloody riots 
after 
a journalist enraged Muslims by suggesting Mohammed would have approved 
of 
the beauty pageant and might even have married one of the contestants.

But although the filmmakers rejiggered some elements of the documentary 
after Sept. 11 and the film includes a discussion about the role of 
women 
and charges of anti-Semitism in Islam, the documentary only lightly 
touches 
on other politically sensitive issues such as the rise of Islamic 
fundamentalism…

The filmmakers decided to address Sept. 11 by interspersing 
biographical 
details of Mohammed's life with the interviews with U.S. Muslims that 
touch 
on the attacks. The documentary tells the stories of Muslim Americans 
including a New York City fire marshal, the chief of staff for a U.S. 
congressman, and a critical care nurse in Dearborn, Michigan.

The filmmakers also took that approach in part because they wanted to 
flesh 
out Mohammed without showing pictures of him. While some images of 
Mohammed 
do exist, the filmmakers did not include them because many Muslims 
believe 
such images are offensive. Mohammed opposed idolatry and did not want 
to 
become an object of worship himself…

SEE ALSO: MUHAMMAD: LEGACY OF A PROPHET
http://www.pbs.org/muhammad/

CHARLEROI NATIVE SHAPED 'MUHAMMAD' PROGRAM
ROB OWEN, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 12/12/202
http://www.post-gazette.com/tv/20021212owen1212fnp1.asp

On Sept. 11, 2001, Charleroi native Alexander Kronemer was in an 
editing 
booth in San Francisco working on the PBS documentary "Muhammad: Legacy 
of 
a Prophet" (9 p.m. Wednesday, WQED)…

Kronemer, who is Muslim, said one of the difficult tasks in telling the 
story of Muhammad was finding a way to depict it visually.

In Islam, pictures or re-enactments of Muhammad and his close 
companions 
are not allowed, Kronemer said. To overcome that challenge, Kronemer 
and 
company decided to marry the historical with stories of Muhammad's 
present-day followers who pattern their lives after his example.

"We call it history in the present tense," he said. "We're telling a 
1,400-year-old story, but telling it through the contemporary lens, not 
of 
people today looking back, but people today whose lives in some way 
help us 
tell the story about that man 1,400 years ago."

"Legacy of Faith" includes interviews with a Brooklyn firefighter who 
converted to Islam as a young man, a congressman's chief-of- staff and 
a 
nurse in Michigan, many of whose patients are Muslim immigrants.

"Anybody who knows the story of Moses would find the story of Muhammad 
quite familiar," Kronemer said. "It's the story of a man trying to form 
a 
new religious identity, of a lawgiver trying to pull a group of unruly 
people into some kind of new identity…"

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MUSLIM GROUP TO SCREEN PBS DOCUMENTARY ON MOHAMMED
ERIC DEGGANS, St. Petersburg Times, 12/12/02
http://www.sptimes.com

At a time when hate crimes against Muslims are on the rise and 
prominent 
American Christians such as Jerry Falwell are saying Muslim prophet 
Mohammed was a "terrorist," the need to spread understanding and 
promote 
dialogue regarding the Muslim faith may be greater than ever.

That's why the Pinellas Park-based mosque the Islamic Society of 
Pinellas 
County has teamed with Eckerd College to present a free, advance 
screening 
of the PBS documentary Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet, scheduled for 7 
tonight at the college's Dendy-McNair Auditorium. The film, which airs 
at 9 
p.m. Wednesday on WEDU-Ch. 3, weaves the story of Mohammed's life 
during 
the seventh century with a look at how modern-day Muslims across the 
world 
reflect his teachings in their lives. Jameel Johnson, chief of staff 
for 
Rep. Gregory Weldon Meeks, D-N.Y., is featured in the documentary and 
will 
speak at tonight's event.

Those who wish to attend are asked to RSVP by calling (727) 824-7900.

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RACIAL DISCRIMINATION OR NATIONAL SECURITY?
David Hafetz, AMERICAN-STATESMAN, 12/12/02
http://www.austin360.com/statesman/editions/thursday/news_2.html

American Airlines is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a Muslim 
family 
who was removed from an Austin flight because the company says evidence 
in 
its defense concerns national security and should be kept secret.

In effect, the airline is taking the unusual step of asking a federal 
judge 
to decide a case on evidence that neither the plaintiffs, Mohammed Ali 
Ahmed and his four children, or his lawyers would ever see.

The Ahmed family was removed from Austin-to-Chicago Flight 572 early on 
Sept. 29, 2001. Ahmed and his children, ages 7 to 12, were on their way 
to 
attend the funeral of Ahmed's father-in-law.

American says it made the request to seal its evidence at the urging of 
the 
federal government.

"We're simply following the direction of the government," American 
spokeswoman Andrea Rader said.

Lawyers for Ahmed and his children say the airline's request would 
deprive 
their clients of their right to know and dispute evidence against them.

"Talk about blind justice," said Wayne Krause, who works for the Texas 
Civil Rights Project, which is representing the Ahmeds. "We have to 
argue 
against a position where we don't know what the position is…"

SEE ALSO:

STUDENT SUES OVER AVIATION RADIO ARREST
Gail Appleson, Reuters, 12/12/02

NEW YORK, Dec 12 (Reuters) - An Egyptian student jailed after the Sept. 
11 
attacks on the suspicion he had an aviation radio in his hotel room 
sued 
the Hilton Hotels Corp and an FBI agent on Thursday, alleging they 
caused 
his false arrest.

Abdallah Higazy, who was imprisoned for more than a month, asked for 
for 
$20 million in punitive and compensatory damages. The lawsuit, filed in 
Manhattan federal court, also named as defendants the Hilton's 
Millennium 
Hotel, where Higazy was staying, and two of its security guards.

Spokesmen for the hotel and the FBI could not be reached for comment.

Higazy, 31, was arrested after authorities were told the ground-to-air 
radio was found in his room overlooking the site of the airliner attack 
on 
the World Trade Center. He was released on Jan. 16 after another hotel 
guest, a pilot, came forward and claimed the radio. The criminal 
complaint 
was dismissed against him at that time.

"There is no question he was set up," Robert Dunn, one of Higazy's 
lawyers, 
told a news conference. He said he is also considering suing the 
government.

Ronald Ferry, who was a security guard at the Millennium Hotel, pleaded 
guilty in February to wrongfully telling FBI agents that he had found 
an 
aviation radio inside a locked safe in the graduate student's room. 
Ferry 
was named as one of the defendants in Higazy's suit…

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GROUP MAY BOYCOTT IMAGE AWARDS OVER 'BARBERSHOP'
Dan Whitcomb, Reuters, 12/12/02
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=1892720

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Muslim civil rights group threatened on 
Wednesday 
to boycott the NAACP Image Awards and picket the offices of its title 
sponsor, Nationwide Insurance, over the nomination of an actor who 
ridicules civil rights figures in the hit film "Barbershop."

Najee Ali, national director of Project Islamic Hope, said the 
nomination 
of Cedric the Entertainer for best supporting actor in the movie 
"Barbershop" shows that the NAACP had "lost its way."

"The people putting on the show have forgotten what the Image awards 
are 
truly about," Ali said. "The Image awards were started 30 years ago in 
Sammy Davis Jr.'s living room because African Americans were tired of 
always playing buffoons."

Ali said his group was seeking a meeting with the NAACP but would 
organize 
a boycott if its demands were not met.

Those demands, he said, would include a "balanced" show that paid 
tribute 
to Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, two of the civil rights 
figures 
made fun of during "Barbershop..."

The jokes that have riled black leaders, including Ali and the Rev. 
Jesse 
Jackson, come from the shop's veteran barber, Eddie, played by Cedric 
the
Entertainer, who believes there are things black Americans will only 
say in 
private.


One is that Rosa Park's intentions were less than noble when she 
refused to 
move from a public bus seat reserved for whites. Parks' action is 
viewed as 
a key moment in U.S. civil rights history. Other jokes dealt with 
Martin 
Luther King, Jr...

Los Angeles-based Project Islamic HOPE describes itself as a non-profit 
civil rights group that fights poverty, hunger and social injustice.

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NEARLY ALL 9/11 DETAINEE CASES CLOSED, U.S. SAYS
CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press, 12/12/02
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/national/AP-Attacks-Investigation.html

WASHINGTON - Most of the more than 900 people arrested in the 
far-reaching 
federal investigation that followed the Sept. 11 attacks have been 
deported, released or convicted of relatively minor crimes not directly 
linked to terrorism, according to the Justice Department.

An additional undisclosed number - most likely in the dozens - were 
held as 
material witnesses, people the government asked a court to detain 
because 
they may have direct knowledge or connection to terrorism. Some are 
possibly still being held.

At the request of The Associated Press, the Justice Department has 
provided 
its most thorough public accounting of the people arrested in the 
immediate 
aftermath of the attacks. Only six of the 765 people arrested by the 
federal government on immigration violations still are held by the 
Immigration and Naturalization Service. The rest have been deported or 
are 
free in the United States awaiting a final decision on whether they can 
stay. Some will be permitted to remain in this country because they 
cooperated in the investigation, Justice Department officials say…

The effort has drawn criticism from public interest groups, which are 
battling the government in court to obtain disclosure of the names and 
circumstances of those arrested - many of whom spent weeks or months in 
custody for relatively minor offenses.

Critics are concerned that such mass arrests, even in time of war, 
could be 
a prelude to more serious threats against civil liberties and 
constitutional rights.

"I believe the administration has already overstepped its bounds, and 
we 
should take it to task for that now," said Geoffrey Stone, law 
professor at 
the University of Chicago. "We as a nation do not want to wait to raise 
the 
cry until after the government has moved to more extreme measures…"

Steven Shapiro, national legal director for the American Civil 
Liberties 
Union, said it is clear that dozens of people with no connection to 
terrorism "just got caught up in this dragnet."

He said the sweep was comparable, on a lesser scale, to previous U.S. 
actions such as internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II 
and 
blacklists of suspected communists during the Cold War…

Counting local and state detentions, about 1,200 people were rounded up 
in 
the terrorism investigation shortly after the attacks. The government 
continues to resist releasing the names of any detainees, which 22 
public 
interest groups are seeking through lawsuits in federal court. 
Officials 
say al-Qaida and other groups could find out how the United States 
tracks 
down terrorists or learn other secrets if the names were made public...

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BALTIMORE CITY COUNCIL SAYS NO TO WAR
Council Members Pass Resolution Opposing Iraqi War, 12/10/02
http://www.thewbalchannel.com/news/1830438/detail.html

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore City says "no" to war with Iraq.

On Monday night, the City Council passed a resolution officially 
declaring 
that the city is against a possible war.

The resolution says the Bush administration is in violation of 
international law in its military stance against Iraq. It also says the 
United States should work with Iraq through the United Nations and that 
war 
should be used only as a last resort for international conflicts.

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WE'LL ALL BE UNDER SURVEILLANCE
Nat Hentoff, Village Voice, 12/6/02
http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0250/hentoff.php

Orwell died in 1950. Prophetic as he was in 1984, however, he could not 
have imagined how advanced surveillance technology would become. His 
novel 
is now being actualized in real time at the Defense Department, headed 
by 
the Washington press corps's favorite cabinet officer, the witty Donald 
Rumsfeld.

John Markoff of The New York Times broke this story on February 13, 
when he 
wrote that retired admiral John Poindexter, national security adviser 
for 
President Ronald Reagan, "has returned to the Pentagon to direct a new 
agency that is developing technologies to give federal officials access 
to 
vast new surveillance and information-analysis systems…"

Without any official public notice, and without any congressional 
hearings, 
the Bush administration-with an initial appropriation of $200 
million-is 
constructing the Total Information Awareness System. It will 
extensively 
mine government and commercial data banks, enabling the FBI, the CIA, 
and 
other intelligence agencies to collect information that will allow the 
government-as noted on ABC-TV's November 14 Nightline- "to essentially 
reconstruct the movements of citizens." This will be done without 
warrants 
from courts, thereby making individual privacy as obsolete as the 
sauropods 
of the Mesozoic era. (Intelligence from and to foreign sources will 
also be 
involved.)

Our government's unblinking eyes will try to find suspicious patterns 
in 
your credit-card and bank data, medical records, the movies you click 
for 
on pay-per-view, passport applications, prescription purchases, e-mail 
messages, telephone calls, and anything you've done that winds up in 
court 
records, like divorces. Almost anything you do will leave a trace for 
these 
omnivorous computers, which will now contain records of your library 
book 
withdrawals, your loans and debts, and whatever you order by mail or on 
the 
Web…

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HARD-LINE PRO-HINDU RHETORIC COLORS INDIAN ELECTIONS
Scott Baldauf, Christian Science Monitor, 12/12/02
http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/1212/p07s02-wosc.html

Ten years ago last week, Hindu rioters tore down a 600-year-old Muslim 
mosque in India's most populous state. At the time, most Indian 
politicians 
decried it - and the subsequent riots that claimed the lives of 6,000 
nationwide - as acts of Hindu chauvinism.

Today, many of those same Indian politicians have taken up that 
chauvinism 
as the driving force of Indian politics.

Just how far Hindutva, or Hindu-ness, can continue as a national 
political 
force will be seen in a series of state elections starting today in the 
western state of Gujarat. Even after Hindu-Muslim riots this past 
spring 
killed 1,000 Gujaratis - mostly Muslims - the two main parties, 
Congress 
and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), are unapologetically trying to 
out-Hindu each other, fielding candidates who pledge to protect the 
Hindu 
way of life. The Gujarat campaign concluded Tuesday with incendiary 
speeches by two local BJP officials. "Muslims and the police will kill 
the 
Hindus," if the BJP is not reelected, Jaydeep Barot told a large crowd 
of 
Hindu farmers. Another BJP official in Gujarat called the political 
campaign a religious war.

"There is no doubt that if the BJP wins big, there will be BJP 
functionaries who will try out the same thing in other states," says 
Kanti 
Bajpai, political scientist at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New 
Delhi. 
"But now in addition to communal riots, the politicians will also see 
terrorism as a permanent communal divide, so that the majority Hindus 
feel 
constantly under threat..."

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THE COST OF ISRAEL IS MORE THAN MONETARY
Christian Science Monitor
http://www.csmonitor.com/search_content/1211/p08s01-cole.html

Regarding the Dec. 9 "Economic Scene" column "Economist tallies 
swelling 
cost of Israel to US" (Work&Money): If Americans were not constantly 
subjected to a veritable blitzkreig of pro-Israel propaganda by 
mainstream 
press and broadcast news organizations, they might have noticed that, 
but 
for the cost of supporting Israel's illegal and brutal occupation of 
1967 
Palestine, nearly a million unemployed Americans would probably not be 
losing their unemployment benefits just three days after Christmas.

SEE: "Economist tallies swelling cost of Israel to US"
http://www.csmonitor.com/search_content/1209/p16s01-wmgn.html

They might also notice that the Israeli government's request for 
additional 
aid, above and beyond the $ 3 billion to $ 7 billion it receives 
annually 
from American taxpayers, is money that would go a long way toward 
funding 
the much-needed repair of America's dilapidated schools (not to mention 
a 
host of other infrastructure projects currently on hold), or toward 
funding 
prescription drug coverage for older Americans, many of whom must 
choose 
between eating and paying bills.

Please continue to publish articles that ask hard questions about the 
"special relationship" Israel enjoys with the purses and bank accounts 
of 
honest, hard-working American taxpayers.

Michael Gillespie

SEE ALSO:

NEW BUSH PICK SPLITS MIDEAST WATCHERS
ORI NIR, FORWARD, 12/13/02
http://www.forward.com/issues/2002/02.12.13/news7.html

WASHINGTON - Elliott Abrams's appointment as the White House's point 
man on 
the Middle East is being seen as good news by those who reject American 
attempts at "even-handedness" in the region and bad news by those who 
support the role of the United States as "honest broker..."

Abrams was appointed last week by National Security Advisor Condoleezza 
Rice. Abrams will be responsible, a White House statement said, for 
"Arab-Israel relations and U.S. efforts to promote peace and security 
in 
the region…"

But some administration officials and Middle Eastern affairs experts 
are 
questioning the appointment. "This is an odd appointment, of someone 
with 
very hawkish views and little experience on the region. With so many 
candidates, I wonder why" it was Abrams who was chosen for the 
position, 
said a State Department official, who like nearly all Abrams critics 
interviewed for this story - both in government and in Washington's 
shadow 
government of think tanks and lobby groups - spoke on condition of 
anonymity…

Abrams has been outspoken in his skepticism toward recent 
Israeli-Palestinian peace-making efforts. In his writings he has 
frequently 
put the peace process in quotation marks. In an essay published in a 
2000 
book, "Present Danger," Abrams wrote that American interests do not lie 
in 
"subordinating all other political and security goals to the 'success' 
of 
the 'peace process.'"

In October 2000, he wrote for the online publication Beliefnet.com: 
"After 
a decade of self-delusion, American Jews must face up to reality. The 
Palestinian leadership does not want peace with Israel and there will 
be no 
peace." In that article, Abrams criticizes dovish American Jewish 
organizations for adhering to the "peace process" and compliments those 
who 
took a more hawkish line, expressing unqualified support for Israel's 
tough 
response to Palestinian violence. "Let's stop this flight from reality 
before it does even more harm to Israel," Abrams writes, "let's stop 
pushing for more talks and offer instead something simpler and more 
valuable: solidarity and support." He adds: "The years of U.S. pressure 
on 
Israel... must end."

Another article, published in March 2001 on Beliefnet.com following 
Ariel 
Sharon's election as prime minister, praises Sharon as the embodiment 
of an 
approach of "firmness and resistance to violence or the threat of 
violence." In that article, Abrams went as far as to compare Sharon to 
Winston Churchill. Just as Sharon resigned from his position as defense 
minister in Menachem Begin's government for his indirect responsibility 
for 
the Sabra and Shatilla massacre of Palestinians in Lebanon in 1982, 
Abrams 
writes, so was Churchill forced to resign as first lord of the 
admiralty 
for his responsibility for the World War I fiasco in Gallipoli. "Yet 24 
years later, when his nation found itself in a crisis threatening its 
survival, Great Britain turned to Churchill again," writes Abrams…

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CON MAN HELD FOR DEFRAUDING MUSLIMS
Mutlak Al-Baqami, Arab News, 12/12/02
http://www.arabnews.com/Article.asp?ID=21008

RIYADH, 12 December 2002 - Canadian police have arrested a suspected 
con 
man known as Mohammed Mustafa Agbareia, who has allegedly embezzled 
hundreds of thousands of dollars by impersonating Saudi officials and 
other 
Muslim personalities worldwide.

Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR), said that the Canadian authorities held the 37-year-old Israeli 
national on Dec. 5 on fraud charges. The Saudi Embassy in Washington 
and 
the Islamic Development Bank in Jeddah had earlier warned against 
dealing 
with the impostor.

The con man's modus operandi was to place phone calls claiming to be a 
well-known Muslim leader, official or scholar stranded at an airport 
after 
his money, passport and tickets had been stolen or lost.

He would ask the victim, typically a leader or activist in a local 
Muslim 
community, to wire cash through MoneyGram or Western Union to help him 
out 
of the crisis. After receiving the funds he would disappear…

Orangeville Police said it would issue a statement on the arrest of the 
con 
man within two days.

SEE: CON-ARTIST WHO DEFRAUDED MUSLIMS CAUGHT
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=125&page=AA

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* HADITH OF THE DAY: IT IS BETTER TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT
* GENERAL SEES SCANT EVIDENCE OF THREAT IN U.S. (New York Times)
* '365 DAYS AND COUNTING' OF HADDAD DETENTION (Business Wire)
* VISITORS FROM 18 NATIONS FACE SCRUTINY (Philadelphia Inquirer)
* MUSLIM HIP-HOP GROUP RAPS FOR ALLAH (AP)
* ARREST OF ALLEGED CON MAN A RELIEF TO MUSLIMS (Canadian Press)
* FANNIE MAE TO OFFER MORTGAGES FOR MUSLIMS (Dallas Morning News)
* CAIR-SO. CALIFORNIA: A CASE STUDY (WRMEA)
* POLL COULD SEAL FATE OF MUSLIMS (Sydney Morning Herald)
	- Indian Muslims Flee Homes Fearing Poll Result (Reuters)
* PALESTINIANS MEET DEATH IN BID FOR BETTER LIFE (Reuters)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: IT IS BETTER TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "…wealth is (like) green 
and 
sweet (fruit), and whoever takes it without greed, God will bless it 
for 
him, but whoever takes it with greed…will be like someone who eats but 
is 
never satisfied…The upper (giving) hand is better than the lower 
(receiving) hand."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Hadith 448

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GENERAL SEES SCANT EVIDENCE OF THREAT NEAR IN U.S.
ERIC SCHMITT and PHILIP SHENON. New York Times, 12/13/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/13/politics/13HOME.html

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 - The nation's top general for domestic security 
says 
he has seen little evidence to suggest an imminent terrorism threat 
inside 
the United States by members of Al Qaeda's network, and warns against 
using 
"McCarthyism" in combating terror.

"I am not aware of a significant threat to this nation" from so-called 
sleeper cells, said the officer, Gen. Ralph E. Eberhart.

General Eberhart, who as head of the military's newly created Northern 
Command oversees the Pentagon's contribution to domestic 
counterterrorism 
efforts, expressed concern that undetected terrorist cells could be 
operating in the United States and plotting new attacks…

The comments by the general, a four-star Air Force officer who has 
access 
to much of the same intelligence that President Bush receives, may be 
reassuring to a public made jittery by repeated terrorism alerts from 
Washington. But they appeared to contradict pronouncements from senior 
law 
enforcement officials, including Attorney General John Ashcroft, of an 
impending threat of domestic terrorist attacks…

General Eberhart said he was increasingly confident that if terrorist 
cells 
were in the United States, law enforcement would ferret them out before 
they struck. But he said there was a natural tension between a need for 
aggressive pursuit of terrorists on one hand and, on the other, a need 
for 
caution that there be no abridgements of civil liberties - "some of the 
things we did in the 50's with McCarthyism, which I think was a very 
sad 
chapter in our history."

"We just have to be very, very careful that we don't misread some 
things we 
see, that we don't jump to conclusions," he said...

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'365 DAYS AND COUNTING' OF HADDAD DETENTION
BUSINESS WIRE, 12/13/02
http://www.businesswire.com

Haddad, Family, Friends and Community Decry Incarceration

Marking the first year in detention for Ann Arbor Pastor Rabih Haddad, 
arrested in front of his wife and children two days before the Muslim 
Eid 
holiday on December 14, 2001, the Free Rabih Haddad Committee (FRHC) is 
sponsoring a rally.

DATE: Saturday, December 14
TIME: Noon to 1:00 pm
LOCATION: Ann Arbor Federal Building, 5th and Liberty
CITY: Ann Arbor, Mich.

"Rabih and his wife Salma still feel America provides the best 
environment 
to live and raise their children," stated Kristine Abouzahr, 
Spokeswoman 
for the Committee. "Even though Rabih has suffered the worst 
humiliation 
and character assassination, he knows that the American people and the 
US 
Constitution will be the ultimate judge in ending his ordeal," she 
added.

"As Americans, we want our government to protect us from national 
security 
threats," stated Homam Albaroudi, Spokesman for the Committee. "But in 
this 
case, after one year of this unjust detention of a true humanitarian, 
the 
government has made a grievous error and must come clean," he added.

Haddad's family and friends will be available for comment at the 
conclusion 
of the rally. The full copy of Haddad's statement will be distributed 
and 
is available by contacting the above representatives of the Committee.

CONTACT: Free Rabih Haddad Committee, Nazih Hassan, 734/754-0802 or 
Homam 
Albaroudi, 734/276-0694

SOURCE: Free Rabih Haddad Committee

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VISITORS FROM 18 NATIONS FACE SCRUTINY
Thomas Ginsberg, Philadelphia Inquirer, 12/13/02
http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/local/4728163.htm

With little publicity, the Bush administration is about to declare a 
number 
of Arab and Muslim foreigners deportable if they fail to report for 
fingerprinting, photographing and questioning by Monday.

Male visitors 16 and older from five Middle Eastern and North African 
countries must register at the nearest Immigration and Naturalization 
Service office by Dec. 16. Men from 13 other countries in the Middle 
East, 
Africa and Asia must register by Jan. 10.

Prompted by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the registration was 
ordered last month by Attorney General John Ashcroft for citizens 
visiting 
from those 18 countries because they "meet a combination of 
intelligence-based criteria [and] are identified as presenting elevated 
national security concerns." About 10,000 men nationwide will be 
affected. 
It is the first phase of a four-year program ordered by Congress to 
track 
roughly 35 million temporary foreign visitors entering the United 
States 
each year.

But as the deadline looms, critics are questioning the effectiveness 
and 
fairness of the first phase. While rushing to alert people about the 
requirement, they said many men as of this week still did not know 
about it 
or were unsure whether it applied to them...

Making matters worse in Philadelphia, fears were stoked after a 
Moroccan 
immigrant who showed up to register on Dec. 2 was held briefly for an 
alleged visa violation and now could be deported…critics said rampant 
rumors about the Moroccan man were scaring others from registering and 
perhaps might reduce turnout further for a program the government 
called 
essential to national security.

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MUSLIM HIP-HOP GROUP RAPS FOR ALLAH
WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press, 12/12/02

NEWARK, N.J. - This is one hip-hop group that puts The Prophet before 
the 
profit.

Native Deen, named after the Arabic word for "religion" or "way of 
life," 
sings solely about Islamic topics.

The trio charges only $600 per show, and won't perform where alcohol is 
served or where mixed dancing is permitted.

They strive to be role models for young music fans who might otherwise 
be 
drawn to gangsta rap or other explicit forms of entertainment, and hope 
to 
educate others about their religion. "Islam is our daily life," said 
Joshua 
Salaam, 29, a Camden native who now lives in the Washington, D.C., 
suburbs. 
"That's the difference between Muslims and non-Muslims. It forms what 
you 
do, who you are, what you eat, when you sleep, how you pray, 
everything. We 
just sing about what we know, and who we are."

There is a niche for what they do. Religious performers sold nearly 
$918 
million worth of recordings last year, accounting for 6.7 percent of 
the 
global $13.7 billion market, according to the Recording Industry 
Association of America. Most of those were by Christian acts; the 
association did not have an estimate of how many were by Islamic 
artists.

Native Deen is working on its first album, and is seeking a record 
contract. But it has released many singles and cassettes independently 
and 
over the Internet, enough to gain them a steady following that keeps 
hiring 
the trio to perform at mosques, weddings and conferences. They most 
recently performed before 400 teens at the Muslim Youth Center in 
Brooklyn, 
N.Y.

The group uses only percussion and voices, in deference to a debate in 
religious circles as to whether wind and stringed instruments are 
forbidden 
under Islam. Given the self-imposed limitations, their music is 
surprisingly rich, with layers of tonal beats driven by electronic 
rhythms 
and multi-tiered vocal tracks.

Their lyrics touch on topics like the tensions between Islamic and 
secular 
lifestyles, pride in Islamic culture, and meeting religious 
obligations. 
The chorus of their signature song goes, "M-U-S-L-I-M, I'm so blessed 
to be 
with them."

Another track, "Hellfire," details the worldly struggles of a 
half-hearted 
Muslim who drifted away from his faith and into materialism and drugs, 
before realizing the error of his ways and begging forgiveness from 
Allah.

"A lot of folks in the Muslim community recognize the need for Muslim 
media," said Yaser El-Menshawy, chairman of Majlis Ash-Shura of New 
Jersey, 
a Muslim religious council. "The kids want something to listen to. If 
you 
don't give them something that conforms to Muslim guidelines, they'll 
find 
something else…"

The three still have their day jobs. Salaam has a degree in criminal 
justice and works in the civil rights division of the Council on 
American 
Islamic Relations, one of the country's most respected Muslim 
organizations. Ahmad, a Connecticut native, lives in the Washington 
area 
and works as a web designer. Muhammad is a lifelong Baltimore resident, 
where he works as a project manager for a technical company.

Native Deen's fan base is almost exclusively Muslims, although they say 
they would like someday to have a greater reach and spread knowledge of 
Islam to those of other faiths…
On the Net:

SEE: http://www.nativedeen.com

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ARREST OF ALLEGED CON MAN IN ONTARIO A RELIEF TO MUSLIM COMMUNITIES 
WORLDWIDE
The Canadian Press, 12/12/02

TORONTO (CP) _ The arrest of an alleged international con man has 
sparked 
relief in Muslim communities worldwide, a North American Islamic leader 
said Thursday.

The con artist allegedly made phone calls claiming to be a well-known 
Muslim leader, official or scholar stranded at an airport after his 
money, 
passport and tickets had been stolen or lost, according to victims.

He would then ask the intended victim, typically a leader or activist 
in a 
local Muslim community, to wire cash to help him out of the crisis. 
After 
receiving the funds, he would disappear. "This is wonderful. This 
wicked 
person has been preying on Muslim communities for more than a decade,'' 
said Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, in a phone interview from Washington.

"I estimate he was conning between $1,000 and $3,000 a day. He has 
stolen 
millions of dollars in his more than a decade of preying on our 
communities.''

Since the arrest was made by Orangeville, Ont., police, there have been 
jubilant calls from as far away as Australia, Denmark, Saudi Arabia, 
Latin 
America and all over North America, Awad said…

The man had been investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 
the 
United States, by Interpol, the international police agency, and by 
various 
police agencies in the Middle East, Colombia, Denmark and Canada.

Council spokesperson Ibrahim Hooper praised the work of the Orangeville 
police, particularly Const. Faron Rahn.

Mohammed Mustafa Agbaria, 37, a Brampton, Ont., resident, was arrested 
on 
Dec. 5. He faces 14 fraud-related criminal charges and is to appear 
again 
in court next Tuesday.

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FANNIE MAE TO OFFER MORTGAGES WITH NO INTEREST PAYMENTS FOR MUSLIMS
Anuradha Raghunathan, Dallas Morning News, 12/13/02
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dallas/business/stories/121302dnbusmuslim.29edd.html

Fannie Mae, the nation's largest source of home loan funds, is 
partnering 
with an Islamic finance company to offer home mortgages to the tune of 
$10 
million to Muslim families.

The model is structured so observant Muslims can buy homes without 
making 
interest payments, according to American Finance House Lariba, which 
will 
offer the financing in partnership with Fannie Mae. The payment or 
collection of interest is against Islamic law.

The home-financing model _ referred to as the Lariba _ is available in 
29 
states…

The LARIBA model allows Muslim families to buy a home based on market 
rentals for similar properties in a neighborhood. The purchase is 
characterized as a joint investment by the Islamic finance company and 
the 
Muslim purchaser.

The monthly payments are comparable in cost to conventional mortgage 
payments. General industry standards of creditworthiness apply, 
Abdul-Rahman said.

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CAIR-SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA:
A CASE STUDY IN ACHIEVING THE ORGANIZATIONAL HOLY GRAIL
Issam M. Nashashibi, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Jan/Feb 
2003
http://www.wrmea.com/

Approximately 1,500 people attended the annual banquet. Some attendees 
traveled from as far away as Arizona and Nevada-a considerable 
endorsement 
for the five-year-old Southern California chapter of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

That evening, attendees contributed over $530,000 to the chapter. Not 
only 
is that more than enough for its annual budget, but it represents yet 
another record in an economic environment where charitable donations 
are 
expected to fall by more than the 2.3 percent decline experienced last 
year, according to the Dec. 2, 2002 issue of Newsweek.

By any measure, these achievements are clear proof of an organizing 
success 
about which many more established groups can only dream. This triumph 
means 
that the chapter must be doing things, not only right but also well. 
Like a 
successful business that meets its customers' needs, the CAIR chapter 
must 
be fulfilling its community's expectations and touching people's lives 
to 
be able to motivate its constituency and receive these unmistakably 
powerful endorsements.

Such accomplishments cannot be achieved haphazardly; they must be based 
on 
a prescription of "organizing for success." As a management analyst who 
is 
both an organizing "consumer" and part-time "community service 
activist," 
this writer believes that the formula includes a well-orchestrated 
meshing 
of four ingredients: a defined but flexible strategy to implement a 
clear 
vision; a community service culture; decentralized organization; and 
effective and frequent communications with its target audiences. These 
ingredients are outlined below.

CAIR starts with a clear and simple vision that is the cornerstone of 
any 
successful strategy: promoting better understanding between Muslims and 
non-Muslims, as well as advancing and defending Muslim Americans' civil 
rights. To implement this vision, CAIR's strategy is to build strong 
relations with like-minded civil rights organizations and empower the 
community at all levels…

 From its inception, CAIR has addressed the tough tasks of empowering 
community members by holding seminars on media, lobbying, public 
speaking 
and organizing. It has also organized voter registration drives and 
town 
hall meetings with public officials. One advantage of these town hall 
meetings is that the work of public officials is demystified as 
community 
members are able to address the officials directly and simply. In 
addition, 
the chapter serves individual community members through a focused and 
effective response to civil rights and discrimination challenges…

Although some contend that CAIR's success lies in its religious appeal, 
this does not square with donation trends, or the fact that various 
area 
mosques and other Muslim organizations are vying for the same funds.

What is clear is that the most effective route to activism success must 
be 
that an organization touches people's lives through community 
service-be it 
defending Muslim civil rights, empowering community members or easing 
their 
children's time at school through better tangible Muslim images and 
sensitivity training. That is a lesson we all can learn.

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POLL COULD SEAL FATE OF MUSLIMS
Amy Waldman in Pavagadh, Sydney Morning Herald, 12/13/02
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2002/12/12/1039656171127.html

The Muslims of the village of Pavagadh in Gujarat are free to come 
home, 
Manoj Joshi said. But they must agree to certain conditions first.

No more misbehaving with, or marrying, Hindu women. No more illegal 
activities like betting, and the 156 Muslims who lived in the village 
of 
about 4000 people must learn to "live like a minority".

"Don't try to dominate the Hindus," warned Mr Joshi, a shopkeeper and 
member of the fundamentalist World Hindu Council…

For many the election is the latest test of whether India's future will 
be 
as a secular society, in which its 130 million Muslims have equal 
rights 
and protections, or a communal one, in which they live at odds with, 
and 
perhaps at the mercy of, its 820 million Hindus.

No one is more concerned about the outcome than Gujarat's Muslims, who 
feel 
their livelihoods and security may depend on the results. The violence 
was 
led by Hindu nationalist groups closely linked to the Bharatiya Janata 
Party, which governs Gujarat and also leads the national coalition. 
Initially the state government did little to check the violence, which 
on 
some occasions was led by party leaders…

SEE ALSO:

INDIAN MUSLIMS FLEE HOMES FEARING POLL RESULT
Thomas Kutty Abraham, Reuters, 12/13/02

AHMEDABAD, India, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Several hundred Muslims fled their 
homes on Friday in India's Gujarat state, scene of the country's worst 
religious bloodshed in a decade, fearing renewed violence as Hindu 
nationalists looked set to win a state poll.

Exit polls after Thursday's voting showed the Bharatiya Janata Party 
(BJP) 
retaining power, although the official result was not due until Sunday 
and 
the main opposition Congress party dismissed the exit polls saying it 
had 
won the election.

"We do not want this BJP government," 50-year-old labourer Mahmood Ali 
said. "If they come back there'll be more riots.

"Last time I voted for the BJP because they had promised us a burial 
ground. Instead of giving us a burial ground they turned the area into 
a 
killing field…"

Up to 400 Muslims from an area that saw some of the worst violence this 
year shifted to safer Muslim-dominated areas ahead of Sunday's expected 
announcement, Muslim residents said, adding they would return after a 
few 
days if there was no violence…

Some analysts say the extent of a BJP win over Congress, which called 
the 
poll a battle for the soul of a secular India, would be crucial to 
whether 
the party seeks to push its hardline stand elsewhere ahead of the 
national 
election and in a string of state polls over the next year...

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PALESTINIANS MEET DEATH IN BID FOR BETTER LIFE
Nidal al-Mughrabi, Reuters, 12/13/02

KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip (Reuters) - Poverty and despair drove Ahmed 
al-Astal to try to sneak across a frontier where an infiltrator's life 
can 
end in the flash of a tank shell.

Astal was one of five unarmed Palestinians, all members of an extended 
family in the Gaza Strip, killed by an Israeli tank Thursday as they 
tried 
to cross a border fence and find work in Israel.

"He told me he was going to earn a good living for our children," 
Astal's 
wife, Wafa, told Reuters Friday.

"He promised us a better life and he lost his own," she said, cradling 
a 
3-year-old child in her arms. The couple have three other children aged 
between 7 and 10.

Unemployment in the Gaza Strip and West Bank has rocketed to 65 percent 
since the start more than two years ago of a Palestinian uprising for 
statehood that led Israel to largely stem the flow of Palestinian 
workers 
into the Jewish state…

In Jerusalem, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Jonathan Peled called 
the 
killings a "tragic event" but added: "They were five suspicious persons 
in 
a prohibited area."

Inside the Astral family home -- which lacks electricity and where 
mattresses strewn on a cement floor serve as beds -- a widow 
contemplated a 
bleak future.

"Is this a life? It is no life," she said. "He was the sole supporter 
of 
the family. Who is going to take care of us now?"

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 12-15-2002

HEADLINES:

* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT
* WIFE OF CANADIAN DETAINED, DEPORTED BY U.S. TO HOLD VIGIL
	- Rally Set to Support Muslim Activist (Detroit Free Press)
* FOREIGN STUDENTS, VISITORS CITE NEW TROUBLES (Miami Herald)
	- Mosques to Propagate INS Requirement (UPI)
	- Immigrants Say INS Deadline Unfair (Bradenton Herald)
* MUSLIMS SAY THEY'VE BEEN UNDER ATTACK IN FLORIDA (Miami Herald)
	- Fla. Islamic Groups Voice Frustrations (Orlando Sentinel)
* PATRIOT ACT CHALLENGED IN OAKLAND (San Jose Mercury News)
* IS THE ISSUE PARKING OR PREJUDICE? (New York Times)
	- Anger Over Plan to Build Muslim Camp in Iowa (AP)
* DOCUMENTARIANS TO ENLIGHTEN AMERICANS ABOUT PROPHET (Mercury News)
  	- PBS Bio Succeeds Even Without Its Big Star (Wash. Post)
* ISRAEL HARASSES MUSLIM CONVERTS (Haaretz)
* INDIA'S BJP IN LANDSLIDE WIN IN GUJARAT (Reuters)
* BEER, PORK AND MINI-SKIRTS: CHINESE REVOLUTION HITS KABUL (AFP)

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				- MEDIA ADVISORY -

WIFE OF CANADIAN DETAINED, DEPORTED BY U.S. TO HOLD VIGIL
Monia Mazigh to call for monthly vigil until her husband is released

WHAT: On Monday, December 16, Monia Mazigh will be attending a 
candlelight 
vigil on Parliament Hill to call for the release of her husband Maher 
Arar. 
Arar, a Canadian citizen, was detained in the United States en route to 
Canada and deported, first to Jordan, then to Syria. He has been in 
jail 
for the past 73 days and is currently being held in Syria.

Monia Mazigh will attend the vigil with her two young children. Maher 
Arar's brothers, Bassam, Taoufik, and Samir will be in attendance. 
Monia 
Mazigh will speak briefly at 5 pm.  She will ask Canadians to hold a 
monthly vigil until her husband is released.

WHEN: Monday, December 16th, 2002
WHERE: Parliament Hill, Ottawa
The Centennial Flame in front of the Peace Tower
TIME: Vigil begins at 4 p.m., Monia Mazigh to speak at 5 p.m.
					
					-END-

CONTACT:  Naeem Saloojee at 613-254-9704; E-mail: Canada@cair-net.org

SEE ALSO:

RALLY SET TO SUPPORT MUSLIM ACTIVIST
Haddad has been jailed a year on visa charge
TAMARA AUDI, Detroit Free Press, 12/14/02
http://www.freep.com/news/metro/haddad14_20021214.htm

Supporters of Rabih Haddad, the Ann Arbor Muslim activist and charity 
fund-raiser who has been detained in the terrorism investigation, will 
hold 
a rally today -- the one-year anniversary of his arrest.

Haddad was picked up by federal officials when his charity, Global 
Relief, 
was targeted by President George W. Bush's administration as a possible 
supporter of terrorism. But the government has yet to charge Haddad 
with 
any terrorism-related crimes. He is being held on a visa violation. His 
supporters have argued that he was a victim of an overzealous 
government 
campaign to target Muslims after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Haddad is being held in the Monroe County Jail. His wife and five 
children 
are allowed half-hour visits, twice a week.

The rally -- "365 Days and Counting, Where Is Rabih, Where Is Justice?" 
-- 
will feature speakers from the American Civil Liberties Union, 
immigration 
lawyers, Haddad family members and local politicians, organizers said.

The event is being organized by the Free Rabih Haddad Committee and is 
scheduled to run from noon to 1 p.m. outside the federal building in 
Ann 
Arbor, at Fifth and Liberty streets…

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FOREIGN STUDENTS, VISITORS CITE NEW TROUBLES
ALFONSO CHARDY, Miami Herald, 12/15/02
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/local/4742127.htm

As immigration authorities respond to terrorist threats by more closely 
scrutinizing men from countries with large Muslim populations, foreign 
students and visitors in South Florida and elsewhere are feeling the 
impact.

At the University of Miami, for example, four students -- two from 
Saudi 
Arabia, one from Iran and one from Lebanon -- were stuck in their home 
countries this fall, unable to return because of visa problems.

At Florida Memorial College, a student from The Gambia in Africa was 
delayed because U.S. authorities wanted proof that he had paid for his 
aviation-school course.

At Miami-Dade Community College, a half-dozen foreign students were 
unable 
to start classes because they couldn't get visas. Some of the students 
stranded abroad have given up and opted instead to study at 
universities in 
Beirut and Cairo or schools in Australia, Britain or New Zealand, 
academic 
officials say.

The students' problems are only one example of the crackdown's effect. 
Among the others:

* Nonimmigrant men from 18 designated countries are required to 
register 
with the Immigration and Naturalization Service -- some by Monday, some 
by 
Jan. 10 -- because of new regulations. The Justice Department also is 
planning to announce soon that men from three more countries must 
report 
between Jan. 13 and Feb. 21, according to Miami immigration lawyers who 
received notice of the planned order. The countries on the list have 
large 
Muslin populations or poor relations with the United States.

* Many arriving travelers from the Middle East are being delayed at 
airports and borders while immigration inspectors question them 
closely.

A Jordanian business executive who arrived in late November told The 
Herald 
that he was pulled out of the regular immigration line and held for 
more 
than two hours while he was questioned, fingerprinted and photographed 
at 
Miami International Airport...

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MOSQUES TO PROPAGATE INS REQUIREMENT
ANWAR IQBAL, United Press International, 12/14/02

Muslim community leaders are asking leaders at mosques across the 
United 
States to urge Muslims to register with the Immigration and 
Naturalization 
Service.

The INS recently decided to require nonimmigrant visitors from 18 
primarily 
Muslim countries to register with the department. There are hundreds of 
mosques across the United States for an estimated 7 million Muslims in 
the 
country.

"These announcements should also be posted in a prominent public 
location 
in all mosques, Muslim schools and Islamic centers," said Ibrahim 
Hooper of 
the Council on American-Islamic Relations...

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MANATEE IMMIGRANTS SAY INS DEADLINE UNFAIR
IRINA SLUTSKY, Bradenton Herald, 12/14/02
http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/local/4737008.htm

As the Monday deadline looms for a regulation requiring men from some 
Middle East countries to register with the federal government, local 
critics say the law is unfair and discriminatory.

Bradenton resident Khalid Abdul Salaam, a U.S. citizen, is worried for 
his 
Arabic brethren from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan and Syria - the five 
countries on the list. Their identities and fingerprints are run 
through 
criminal, terrorist and immigration databases.

"It's unfair," Salaam said. "If they're going to do it for selected 
countries, they should do it for all countries." The Department of 
Justice 
chose Dec. 16 as the deadline for reporting requirements for citizens 
of 
the five countries, explaining the regulation as a way to catch 
potential 
terrorists. The requirement is for men, born in or before 1986, with 
non-immigrant status…

Tampa immigration attorney Neil Lewis said government officials are 
shooting themselves in the foot with this recent requirement.

"The INS is blowing a golden resource here," Lewis said. "Everyone who 
reports is going to be a good guy, the bad guy is not going to report."

Toufick Etyem, a U.S. citizen and former imam for a local mosque, said 
that 
many of the local Arabs he knows who may have to register are afraid to 
speak out against it for fear of being deported.

Another problem local Arabs are reporting is that hardly anyone knew 
about 
the registration requirement. Lewis said he found out about the 
requirement 
on Nov. 22.

"This is incredibly short notice, this is discriminatory," Lewis said. 
"There may be a valid reason for it, but I wish they would be nice to 
the 
good guys - offer them coffee while they wait, make them feel 
comfortable. 
Instead they are threatening to take people into custody and other 
things. 
These are the people that may have information the INS may want, like 
rumors of plots against the U.S."

Lewis said one of his clients went in to register and waited for two 
hours. 
He was then told to return the next day and again waited for three 
hours.

"I called him and told him to leave because I was afraid he would be 
detained," Lewis said.

Other attorneys throughout the nation are advising their clients to do 
the 
same, a representative of the Capital Area Immigrants' Rights group 
said.

INS officials said those who willfully fail to comply with the 
registration 
program could be deported, fined, jailed or barred from future 
immigration 
benefits…

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MUSLIMS SAY THEY'VE BEEN UNDER ATTACK IN FLORIDA
MIKE SCHNEIDER, Miami Herald, 12/15/02
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/state/4742138.htm

ORLANDO - Three Muslim men are detained and released along Florida's 
Alligator Alley after a Georgia woman claims she overheard them talking 
about a terrorist plot.

A University of South Florida professor is suspended after appearing on 
a 
national TV show and being questioned about alleged links to 
terrorists.

A prominent Palestinian-American tourist shop owner in Orlando arrested 
on 
immigration violations is accused of financially supporting groups that 
advocate violence in the Middle East -- allegations later dismissed by 
a 
federal magistrate.

These three incidents are only the most-publicized examples of how 
Muslims 
have been harassed and intimidated in Florida since Sept. 11, leaders 
of 
local and national Islamic groups said Saturday at a conference in 
Orlando.

About 200 Muslims from across the state attended the daylong meeting 
sponsored by seven Muslim groups that looked at ways to protect civil 
liberties for Muslims...

There have been 183 incidents of hate crimes against Muslims in Florida 
since Sept. 11, said Altaf Ali, executive director of the Florida 
chapter 
of the Council on American-Islamic Relations…

SEE ALSO:

ISLAMIC GROUPS VOICE FRUSTRATIONS TOGETHER
Stephanie Erickson, Orlando Sentinel, 12/15/02
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orange/orl-locrally15121502dec15.story

Every day, five times a day, they stand shoulder to shoulder, unifying 
the 
rich, the poor, the happy and the sad, and then kneel in prayer to 
Allah.

On Saturday, Central Florida Muslims welcomed leaders from top Islamic 
groups across the country to join them.

They recited verses from the Quran, ate curry chicken and rice pudding, 
and 
then, they listened. They heard each other's frustrations, shared 
perspectives and vowed to unify to end discrimination against Florida 
Muslims.

Now, they hope to unite blacks, Christians, Hispanics and others in 
their 
fight. The national leaders directed Central Florida Muslims to build 
alliances with other groups, such as the American Civil Liberties Union 
and 
the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, to 
visit 
churches and synagogues, and to convince law enforcement of the need to 
have more cultural sensitivity…

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PATRIOT ACT CHALLENGED IN OAKLAND
Dana Hull, San Jose Mercury News, 12/15/02
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/4744299.htm

The Oakland City Council will take up the contentious issue of the USA 
Patriot Act on Tuesday. Council members Nancy Nadel and Ignacio de la 
Fuente will introduce a resolution to oppose the Patriot Act on the 
grounds 
that it violates individuals' civil rights…

Congress overwhelmingly passed the anti-terrorism legislation shortly 
after 
the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, 
making it easier for police and other law enforcement officials to 
monitor 
phone conversations, track e-mail and obtain certain confidential 
records. 
Supporters say the expanded authority is critical to the effort to 
prevent 
future terrorist acts on U.S. soil.

A coalition of Oakland organizations, including Filipinos for 
Affirmative 
Action and Centro Legal de la Raza, have endorsed the resolution, and 
supporters will gather on the steps of City Hall before the council 
meeting 
begins.

In recent months, more than a dozen cities across the country have 
discussed the Patriot Act at length…

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IS THE ISSUE PARKING OR PREJUDICE?
DONNA KUTT NAHAS, New York Times, 12/15/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/15/nyregion/15MOSQ.html

A MUSLIM congregation's plan to raze two houses it owns here and build 
a 
mosque and a school in their place has drawn protests from some 
residents 
who worry about increased traffic. But a whiff of post-Sept. 11 
anti-Muslim 
prejudice clings to the controversy, sharpening the anxiety for those 
who 
are concerned that it will broadcast an image of a bigoted East Meadow…

Though many residents say the new mosque would cause intolerable 
congestion, no one was complaining about the three nearby churches, 
which 
have a combined membership more than double the Muslim society's 150 
members.

But traffic is clearly not East Meadow residents' only concern. At 
least a 
dozen who asked not to be identified admitted to anti-Muslim feelings 
and 
said they were strongly opposed to the mosque because it's a mosque.

"They have a past history of being violent, and they have a current 
history 
of being violent, too, and of having radical groups," said Louis 
Darienzo, 
a portfolio manager from East Meadow. "I'm sure most of them are 
peace-loving, but I'm thinking in the back of my head, 'Are they 
practicing 
a false religion?' You just don't know."

Judy Fredrickson, who lives around the corner from the proposed mosque, 
maintained that "freedom of religion is important," but added, "because 
of 
9/11, I hope all they want to do here is worship."

Norma Gonsalves, the Nassau County legislator whose district includes 
East 
Meadow, acknowledged that a few angry anti-Muslim comments were shouted 
when Muslim society officials appeared to defend their proposal at a 
public 
meeting on Nov. 26 sponsored by the Council of East Meadow Community 
Organizations. But Ms. Gonsalves said the jeers were not representative 
of 
the community's true sentiments…

Ms. Gonsalves said she was concerned that the anti-Muslim remarks of 
some 
residents would "paint East Meadow with a broad stroke" of religious 
bias 
and scar the community…

SEE ALSO:

RESIDENTS ANGERED OVER PLAN TO BUILD MUSLIM CAMP ON LAKESHORE
TODD DVORAK, Associated Press, 12/14/02

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa (AP) - A plan to build the nation's first Muslim 
summer 
camp on a wooded hill overlooking Coralville Lake has angered residents 
who 
say it would threaten the environment, their rural lifestyle and - a 
few 
say - the nation's security.

Concern among homeowners started in 1999 when the Cedar Rapids-based 
Muslim 
Youth Camps of America filed an application to lease 106 acres along 
the 
manmade reservoir. And for a few, the Sept. 11, terrorist attacks on 
the 
World Trade Center and Pentagon added a new dimension.

The property, managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, served for 
decades as a summer retreat for Girl Scouts, but has been vacant since 
a 
1990 fire destroyed the camp's rustic lodge.

Plans now under review include 10 new cabins, a caretaker's residence 
and 
paved parking for 66 vehicles, a beach and boat docks.

The centerpiece is a 17,500-square-foot lodge with meeting rooms, 
restrooms 
and dining and kitchen facilities that could be used year-round for 
conferences, weddings and weekend retreats, but not for overnight 
stays.

"It will not just be for summer camp," said Manzoor Ali, chairman of 
the 
board of directors Muslim Youth Camps of America, a nonprofit he 
likened to 
the YMCA. "Nor it is exclusively for Muslims either.

"We will open it to people of all creeds to get to know and better 
understand one another. It will have a lot of beneficial uses," he 
said…

But it's not the project's well-intentioned mission that has neighbors 
campaigning against it…

For a few, opposition transcends trees, sewer systems and noise.

Resident Bob Lisenbee said he questions the wisdom of a camp for 
Muslims at 
a time of heightened tension between the United States and Muslim 
extremist 
groups and Middle Eastern countries.

"I have no doubt it will draw people from all over the world, and I 
think 
we have to think about security," said Lisenbee, who lives nearby. "Not 
everyone thinks of the United States in the best eyes. In this day and 
age, 
we have to think about those kinds of things."

At least two people have submitted written comments stating similar 
objections during the public comment phase of the review, said Karen 
Haggerty, project manager for the corps.

Ali isn't bothered by such remarks, and said his group has not heard or 
received any racially tinged opposition to the plans.

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DOCUMENTARIANS HOPE TO ENLIGHTEN AMERICANS ABOUT PROPHET
Richard Scheinin, San Jose Mercury News, 12/14/02
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/living/4738956.htm

Wednesday, on more than 300 PBS television stations around the country, 
the 
two-hour ''Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet'' will be broadcast to 
millions of 
viewers. It's an event: The first U.S.-made, historical documentary on 
the 
man, born nearly 1,400 years ago, whose example and teachings inspire 
more 
than a billion people worldwide, including millions in the United 
States...

The producers of the documentary, four years in the making, faced 
interesting challenges: There are no reliable images of Muhammad 
because 
the prophet opposed idolatry and didn't want to become an object of 
worship. How then, to make a documentary with human faces? By filming 
Muslims today, the producers decided…

SEE ALSO:

PBS BIOGRAPHY SUCCEEDS EVEN WITHOUT ITS BIG STAR
Caryle Murphy, Washington Post, 12/14/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A52861-2002Dec13.html

How do you produce an engaging two-hour biography of one of the most 
influential men in world history without showing his image?

The producers of "Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet," a PBS documentary 
premiering Wednesday about the Arab desert trader whose religious 
experiences led to the founding of Islam, have smartly overcome this 
cinematic challenge.

Combining symbolic images from the desert landscape in which Muhammad 
lived 
almost 1,400 years ago, contemporary footage of Muslims visiting 
Islam's 
holy sites and, most importantly, interviews with American Muslims 
about 
what Muhammad means to them, the film offers an absorbing rendition of 
his 
life story…

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ISRAEL HARASSES MUSLIM CONVERTS

CONVERTED TO ISLAM? - THE GOVERNMENT WILL SEND YOU TO A PSYCHIATRIST
Joseph Algazy, Haaretz, 12/12/02
http://oznik.com/words/021212.html

The Interior Ministry and the Ministry of Religious Affairs are doing 
all 
they can to prevent official recognition of Jews who convert or marry a 
Muslim. At the Interior Ministry, the Population Registry dismisses 
documents from the Shara'aite court and requires converts to Islam to 
show 
a conversion document from the Ministry of Religious Affairs. Those who 
turn to the Ministry of Religious Affairs have to suffer harassment and 
humiliation, after which they are given nothing. The Association for 
Civil 
Rights is considering an appeal to the Supreme Court…

A neighborhood rabbi, who asked to remain anonymous, told Haaretz that 
he 
understands how the heads of the ministries must feel, and what makes 
them 
heap difficulties in the way of Jews who "ask to convert their religion 
and 
lose their soul. Those clerks perform a very great mitzvah," the Rabbi 
said. A veteran Shara'aite litigator has told Haaretz that until a few 
years ago he did not encounter great difficulties in registering 
conversions and marriages that were ruled on by the Shara'aite court. 
In 
his experience, he said, until about three years ago, a Jew that 
converted 
to Islam was given a hearing at the Ministry of Religious Affairs, or 
at a 
rabbinical court, to ascertain the decision was made out of their own 
free 
will, and in an attempt to dissuade them. In some cases they were 
required 
to present a document from the military. The Shara'aite litigator 
considers 
the toughening of policy to be influenced by the general atmosphere of 
intolerance currently prevalent in Israel.

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INDIA'S BJP IN LANDSLIDE WIN IN GUJARAT
Myra MacDonald and Thomas Kutty Abraham, Reuters, 12/15/02

NEW DELHI/AHMEDABAD, Dec 15 (Reuters) - India's ruling Bharatiya Janata 
Party swept to victory on Sunday in Gujarat state after a hardline 
Hindu 
campaign which pitted Hindus against Muslims in a region still reeling 
from 
bloody religious violence.

The BJP, which denied allegations of complicity in the killings of 
Muslims 
in the violence which erupted in February, beat expectations by winning 
126 
seats in the 182-seat assembly.

Critics accused it of whipping up Hindu fear of Muslims, who make up 
nine 
percent of Gujarat's population, to win the election, where it 
presented 
itself as the protector of Hindus against Islamic Pakistan and radical 
Muslim militants.

"This is a victory over dead bodies. This victory signifies the death 
of 
humanity," said Shankersinh Vaghela, state leader of the opposition 
Congress party, which won only 51 seats…

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BEER, PORK AND MINI-SKIRTS: CHINESE REVOLUTION HITS POST-TALIBAN KABUL
BARRY NEILD, Agence France-Presse, 12/15/02

KABUL, Dec 15 (AFP) - A mini-skirted Chinese waitress serves Tsing Tao 
beer 
to customers chowing barbecued pork to karaoke anthems -- Kabul's 
newest 
dining experience is enough to make the any remaining Taliban 
supporters 
head for the hills. The unassumingly named Chinese Restaurant has been 
a 
runaway success since opening its doors and firing up its woks in the 
Afghan capital last month. Reservations, says manager Wang Wentian, are 
a 
must.

Needless to say, most Kabul citizens would have a few reservations at 
visiting an eatery where, before last year's collapse of the hardline 
Taliban regime, staring at the staff would probably have been enough to 
warrant severe punishment. But, says Wang, the restaurant stands at the 
vanguard of a bold new wave of Chinese investors poised to help 
themselves 
to a highly lucrative market -- even if the raised hemlines of his 
staff 
have raised a few eyebrows…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

U.S. MUSLIMS ASK INS TO EXTEND REGISTRATION DEADLINE
Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Armenia added to "Special Registration" list

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/16/02) - A prominent national Islamic civil 
rights 
and advocacy group today called for an extension of the Immigration and 
Naturalization Service (INS) deadline for registration of nonimmigrant 
visa 
holders from Muslim countries. That request comes as three more nations 
have been added to the INS list.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has learned that the 
Department of Justice will today announce the addition of Saudi Arabia, 
Pakistan and Armenia to the existing list of 18 primarily Muslim 
nations 
(and North Korea) whose citizens must appear at INS offices for 
interviews, 
photographs and fingerprinting.

Under the little-publicized directive, male visa-holders 16 and older 
from 
five Middle Eastern and North African countries must register at the 
nearest INS office by today. Male visa-holders from 13 other countries 
in 
the Middle East, Africa and Asia must register by Jan. 10, 2003. 
Citizens 
of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Armenia who entered the United States on 
or 
before Sept. 30, 2002, must now appear for "special registration" by 
Feb. 
21, 2003.

SEE: SPECIAL REGISTRATION PROCEDURES FOR CERTAIN NONIMMIGRANTS
http://www.ins.usdoj.gov/graphics/lawenfor/specialreg/index.htm#what

U.S. DENIES ENTRY TO CANADIAN SCIENTIST
Islamic scholar refuses to be fingerprinted
http://www.canada.com/search/story.aspx?id=17821659-9802-41b6-a413-38a2bc87e42f

Some 10,000 men from the initial 19 designated nations are required to 
register. An unknown number of men will be affected by today's 
directive. 
Those who fail to register by the deadline may face deportation.

"The government has done little to spread the word in the Muslim and 
Arab-American communities about the requirement to register. Many 
people 
may unwittingly place themselves in the position of being deported 
merely 
because they lack information about the INS order," said CAIR 
Governmental 
Affairs Director Jason Erb.

Erb expressed concern about reports that a number of those who complied 
with the order have been detained based on visa technicalities. He also 
said some registrants report being asked inappropriate questions about 
their mothers and fathers, credit card information, and even the 
contents 
of their pockets.

"This seems to be another in a series of 'dragnet' policies that target 
law 
abiding visitors. These policies are an ineffective and inefficient use 
of 
law enforcement. They create unnecessary fear and apprehension among 
visitors to our nation. People are either uninformed or confused about 
the 
orders. We need more time to educate our community about the 
registration 
program," said Erb. He added that those who must register should 
consult an 
immigration attorney prior to their interview with the INS.

In Friday's New York Times, the nation's top general for domestic 
security 
said he sees little evidence to suggest a terrorism threat from inside 
the 
United States and warned against using "McCarthyism" in combating 
terror. 
Gen. Ralph E. Eberhart told the Times, "I am not aware of a significant 
threat to this nation [from sleeper cells]."

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 12-16-2002

HEADLINES:

* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT
* WARNER BROS. SAYS NO "ALLAH" CHARACTER IN "MATRIX RELOADED"
* LOTT SHOULD RESIGN FROM SENATE POST SAY MUSLIMS (CAIR)
* PENTAGON DEBATES PROPAGANDA PUSH IN ALLIED NATIONS (New York Times)
* BUSH FAVORS SPECIAL AID TO ISRAEL (Haaretz)
	- Consultants Tell Israel's Amen Corner: "Pipe Down!" (Antiwar.com)
* FILM TO FIGHT FEAR OF ISLAM (Detroit Free Press)
	- A Visual, Thoughtful Examination of Islam (Los Angeles Times)
* PUT OFF BY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, MORE MUSLIMS HOME-TEACH (Chicago Tribune)
* FRIENDS PLAN VIGIL FOR CANADIAN HELD IN SYRIA (Globe and Mail)
* CAIR-CAN CONDEMNS HATEFUL REMARKS BY AHENAKEW

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"library package." Our goal is to send accurate and objective 
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WARNER BROS. SAYS NO "ALLAH" CHARACTER IN "MATRIX RELOADED"

CAIR has received a number of e-mails from concerned Muslims who were 
informed that the new Warner Bros. Pictures film "Matrix Reloaded" has 
a 
character called "Allah."

SEE: (http://whatisthematrix.warnerbros.com/)

After being contacted by CAIR, Warner Bros. officials say there is not, 
and 
never has been such a character in the film, despite what is being 
reported 
on movie-related web sites.

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LOTT SHOULD RESIGN FROM SENATE POST SAY MUSLIMS

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/16/02) - The Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR), a national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group, today 
called on 
Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) to resign from his leadership post in the Senate 
because of statements and past actions that may be viewed as supportive 
of 
racial segregation.

A statement issued today by CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad read in 
part:

"To be effective in public service, a political leader must maintain 
the 
confidence of the electorate and be untainted by perceptions of bias or 
prejudice. Unfortunately, whatever is in Senator Lott's heart, his 
statements and past actions can be construed as being supportive of 
racial 
segregation.

"His apologies should be duly noted. But what would be sufficient 
contrition for a private citizen is insufficient for the leader of one 
of 
our nation's most powerful legislative bodies. Senator Lott should step 
down from his leadership post in the United States Senate."

The controversy over Lott's stand on racial issues began earlier this 
month 
at a 100th birthday party for Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-MS). Lott said 
Mississippians were proud to have voted for the one-time segregationist 
when he was a candidate for president in 1948. "And if the rest of the 
country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems 
over 
all these years either," Lott told the audience. He has since 
apologized 
for those remarks.

Following the revelation of Lott's comments, reports of other 
statements 
and actions have surfaced that seem to indicate insensitivity to racism 
in 
our society.

According to Time magazine: "Lott helped lead a successful battle to 
prevent his college fraternity from admitting blacks to any of its 
chapters."

SEE: "Trent Lott's Segregationist College Days,"
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,399310,00.html

Newsweek magazine now reports Lott making a racially-charged joke 
during a 
campaign tour.

SEE: "A Man Out of Time," http://www.msnbc.com/news/847736.asp?0cv=KA01

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CONTACT: Jason Erb, Governmental Affairs Director, 202-438-2080; 
Ibrahim 
Hooper, Communications Director, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-MAIL: 
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PENTAGON DEBATES PROPAGANDA PUSH IN ALLIED NATIONS
THOM SHANKER and ERIC SCHMITT, New York Times, 12/16/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/16/international/16MILI.html

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 - The Defense Department is considering issuing a 
secret directive to the American military to conduct covert operations 
aimed at influencing public opinion and policy makers in friendly and 
neutral countries, senior Pentagon and administration officials say.

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has not yet decided on the 
proposal, 
which has ignited a fierce battle throughout the Bush administration 
over 
whether the military should carry out secret propaganda missions in 
friendly nations like Germany, where many of the Sept. 11 hijackers 
congregated, or Pakistan, still considered a haven for Al Qaeda's 
militants.

Such a program, for example, could include efforts to discredit and 
undermine the influence of mosques and religious schools that have 
become 
breeding grounds for Islamic militancy and anti-Americanism across the 
Middle East, Asia and Europe. It might even include setting up schools 
with 
secret American financing to teach a moderate Islamic position laced 
with 
sympathetic depictions of how the religion is practiced in America, 
officials said…

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BUSH FAVORS SPECIAL AID TO ISRAEL
Aluf Benn, Haaretz, 12/15/02
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=241003

U.S. President George W. Bush supports conferring special American aid 
to 
Israel to help the country cope with its current economic difficulties.

While Bush, in a discussion with Jewish leaders last week, did not go 
into 
details about Israel's recent assistance request to his administration, 
participants in the conversation said there appears to be little doubt 
about the president's commitment to granting the aid.

A delegation of senior Israeli officials will leave for Washington soon 
to 
discuss the request with U.S. counterparts. Israel has asked for $4 
billion 
in a special defense grant as well for American agreement to confer 
loan 
guarantees of between $8 billion and $10 billion.

This special assistance would be added to the United States' annual aid 
package to Israel, which is comprised of $2.16 billion in defense 
assistance and $480 million for economic-civilian spheres...

SEE ALSO:

CONSULTANTS TELL ISRAEL'S AMEN CORNER: "PIPE DOWN!"
But will their advice be taken?
Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com, 12/16/02
http://www.antiwar.com/justin/justincol.html

A group of pro-Israel political consultants, the Israel Project, is 
telling 
partisans of the Jewish state to kindly shut up about their fulsome 
support 
for Gulf War II - lest they give the show away. A memo entitled 
"Talking 
About Iraq," directed at American Jewish leaders, as well as Israelis, 
advises:

"Let American politicians fight it out on the floor of Congress and in 
the 
media. Let the nations of the world argue in front of the UN. Your 
silence 
allows everyone to focus on Iraq rather than Israel."

"If your goal is regime change, you must be much more careful with your 
language because of the potential backlash. You do not want Americans 
to 
believe that the war on Iraq is being waged to protect Israel rather 
than 
to protect America."

If you guys just keep quiet, those stupid Americans may not notice that 
they're fighting, dying, and paying for your wars.

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FILM TO FIGHT FEAR OF ISLAM
Dearborn gets peek tonight at powerful new documentary
David Crumm, Detroit Free Press, 12/16/02
http://www.freep.com/news/religion/islam16_20021216.htm

In a tough Brooklyn accent, a heroic New York firefighter who looks 
like a 
cross between Charlton Heston and Sylvester Stallone tells TV viewers 
that 
his deep faith as a Muslim inspires him to save lives.

In Ann Arbor, 36 college students are finishing months of work with 
their 
professor to present a new Islamic exhibit at the University of 
Michigan 
Museum of Art. Its centerpiece is a dazzling blue bowl with graceful 
Islamic inscriptions.

And in thousands of towns nationwide, sets of new books and videos 
about 
the 1-billion-member faith will show up on public library shelves in 
coming 
months, courtesy of donors to a nonprofit project called Explore 
Islamic 
Culture and Civilization.

"With all the misunderstanding and fear about our faith right now, it's 
so 
important that people learn the truth about Islam," said Eide Alawan, a 
Dearborn Muslim who is coordinating the preview of a 
multimillion-dollar 
PBS documentary, "Muhammad," tonight in Dearborn. The film, which 
features 
the heroic New York fireman as well as Dearborn nurse Najah Bazzy, airs 
nationally on PBS at 9 p.m. Wednesday and on Detroit's WTVS-TV (Channel 
56) 
at 9 p.m. Sunday…

SEE ALSO:

A VISUAL, THOUGHTFUL EXAMINATION OF ISLAM
HOWARD ROSENBERG, Los Angeles Times, 12/16/02
http://www.calendarlive.com/printedition/calendar/cl-et-howard16dec16.story

Crackpot preacher Jerry Falwell in October called Muhammad -- founder 
and 
chief prophet of Islam -- a "terrorist."

Falwell declared on "60 Minutes" that he'd read enough of Muhammad's 
history to know that "he was a violent man, a man of war." The planet's 
most quotable Christian added that "Jesus set the example for love, as 
did 
Moses. And I think that Muhammad set an opposite example." An 
inevitable 
public outcry forced a tepid apology from Falwell, who said, gee whiz, 
he'd 
intended "no disrespect to any sincere, law-abiding Muslim." And if you 
believed that...

Look, Falwell is Falwell, a Beavis-and-Butthead-rolled-into-one whose 
smiley-face harangues against those he titles "pagans" deliver 
notoriety 
and national media to his doorstep. Hadn't he earlier held 
"abortionists," 
feminists, gays and his other favorite scapegoats partially accountable 
for 
the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S.?

Before his analysis of Muhammad is dismissed entirely, though, it's 
appropriate to note, as many have, that most global terrorists appear 
to be 
followers of Islam. Can this be a coincidence? If the religion that 
Muhammad created 1,400 years ago is as peaceful as Muslims and others 
say 
it is, why do so many see in it a call to extremism and violence? Just 
as 
European fanatics of an earlier age found in Christianity a motivation 
for 
the Crusades, the Inquisition and other forms of aggression, 
persecution 
and brutality.

That question resonates louder than ever.

So right on cue is the two-hour "Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet," a 
candid, 
thoughtful, flowing, visually stunning film by Michael Wolfe, Alexander 
Kronemer and Michael Schwarz that is as timely as documentaries get, 
even 
though much of it was shot prior to Sept. 11. It premieres at 9 p.m. 
Wednesday on KCET-TV…

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PUT OFF BY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, MORE MUSLIMS HOME-TEACH
Deborah Horan, Chicago Tribune, 12/16/02
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-0212160217dec16,1,389255.story

Ibrahim Imam, 9, starts his school day at 8:30 a.m. sharp. Like other 
4th 
graders, he studies math, science, reading and cursive writing. He also 
practices Arabic and recites the Koran.

And, like a small but growing number of Muslim pupils in Chicago and 
nationwide, he learns each subject in his living room seated across a 
desk 
from his mom.

Seema Imam started home-schooling her son two years ago, after she 
decided 
that Ibrahim was doomed to the margins of public school life in Hickory 
Hills and in danger of internalizing negative ideas about his religion.

She cites one illuminating incident. Teachers at her son's elementary 
school trying their best to include Muslim culture in the curriculum 
celebrated Ramadan by bringing ice cream sundaes to her son's class. 
Muslim 
children observing the monthlong fast couldn't eat the treat.

"Though they try to understand our kids, they just don't," said Imam, a 
devout convert to Islam who wears the head-to-toe hijab. "Our kids are 
involved in other people's holidays, then our holiday is misunderstood 
or 
left out."

Like their Christian counterparts, Muslims who choose home schooling 
often 
do so to escape exposure to sex, drugs and violence. They want to 
instruct 
their children in Islam, Arabic and Islamic civilization, subjects left 
out 
of ordinary public curricula.

They worry that their kids will feel excluded in classrooms where 
pupils 
draw reindeer and color Easter eggs but have never heard of qataif, a 
Muslim pastry eaten during the holy month of Ramadan, when the daily 
fast 
is broken after sundown with a family meal. Since Sept. 11, parents are 
anxious their children will be exposed to slurs and harassment...

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FRIENDS PLAN VIGIL FOR CANADIAN HELD IN SYRIA
PETER CHENEY, Globe and Mail, 12/16/02
http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/PEstory/TGAM/20021216/UARARN/International/international/internationalAmericasHeadline_temp/2/2/6/

A gathering on Parliament Hill today will mark the latest installment 
in 
the long, strange story of Maher Arar, an Ottawa engineer who has spent 
nearly two months in a Syrian jail after being deported by U.S. 
immigration 
officials during an airport stopover.

Mr. Arar's supporters, who are scheduled to hold a vigil in front of 
the 
Parliament buildings this afternoon, say Mr. Arar's treatment at the 
hands 
of U.S. officials is "an insult to Canadian sovereignty," and are 
demanding 
that answers finally be given in the mysterious case.

"The whole thing is ridiculous," said Riad Saloojee of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations. "This man is a Canadian citizen, and the 
U.S. 
just made him disappear. We still don't know what happened…"

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CAIR-CAN CONDEMNS HATEFUL REMARKS BY AHENAKEW
Ahenakew should issue unqualified apology, says national organization

(OTTAWA, CANADA - 16/12/02) - The Canadian office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) today condemned recent hateful 
comments by David Ahenakew directed against Jews and other ethnic 
communities.

Mr. Ahenakew was quoted in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix as stating: 
"That's 
how Hitler came in.  He was going to make damn sure that the Jews 
didn't 
take over Germany and Europe. That's why he fried six million of those 
guys, you know. Jews would have owned the goddamned world. And look 
what 
they're doing. They're killing people in Arab countries."

Mr. Ahenakew also reportedly said: "My great-grandson goes to school 
here 
in Saskatoon. These goddamned immigrants -- East Indians, Pakistanis, 
Afghanistan, whites and so forth -- call him a dirty little Indian. 
He's 
the cleanest of the old goddamn works there..."

In a statement released today, CAIR-CAN wrote:

"Canadian Muslims join all Canadians and First Nations people in 
condemning 
recent remarks by David Ahenakew as hateful and completely 
inappropriate.

"We hope that an unqualified public apology will be immediately 
forthcoming."

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CONTACT: Naeem Saloojee at 613-254-9704; E-mail: Canada@cair-net.org

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 12-17-2002

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: THE PATH TO KNOWLEDGE IS MADE EASY
* LIBRARIANS EXPRESS APPRECIATION FOR CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT
* ARMENIA DROPPED FROM INS "SPECIAL REGISTRATION" LIST?
	- INS Order Prompts Big Lines, Anger (Los Angeles Times)
	- INS Rule Brings Arrests in O.C. (Orange County Register)
	- Muslim Men Swamp Immigration Office (New York Times)
* GOOD NEWS: TV GUIDE CHANNEL CANCELS "JESUS" AD
* CAIR-CAN DEMANDS APOLOGY FROM ALLIANCE MP
* THE LANGUAGE OF ISLAM HAS BEEN HIJACKED (Globe and Mail)
* PBS DOCUMENTARY 'MUHAMMAD' A REVELATION (San Francisco Chronicle)
* FBI CONTACTS IRAQI IMMIGRANTS IN AREA (Dallas Morning News)
* JUDGE TOSSES USF SUIT AGAINST AL-ARIAN (Tampa Tribune)
* "WAR ON TERROR" INFRINGING HUMAN RIGHTS-UNHCR (Reuters)
* HINDU MOBS ATTACK A MOSQUE IN GUJARAT (AP)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: THE PATH TO KNOWLEDGE IS MADE EASY

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "He who treads the path 
in 
search of knowledge, God will make that path easy."

Sahih Muslim, Hadith 1245

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LIBRARIANS EXPRESS APPRECIATION FOR CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT

CAIR has received a number of letters of appreciation from libraries 
nationwide that have received our 18-item "library packages" containing 
books, videos and audio cassettes about Islam and Muslims. To date, 
4495 
library packages have been sponsored.

A library director in Rhode Island writes: "This letter is to 
acknowledge 
your generous gift and the monumental effort CAIR is making on behalf 
of 
the Muslim community…Your collection of materials will assist to 
broaden 
[readers'] horizons and expand their understanding of Islam and 
Muslims."

A deputy city librarian in Milwaukee wrote: "We are grateful for the 
books 
and videos, which will support our own efforts in building our 
collection 
of Islamic materials."

 From Michigan: "I can't thank you enough for the wonderful collection 
that 
you sent us!"

 From Wisconsin: "We thank you very much for your thoughtful and 
well-informed choices of materials. They were chosen with a public 
library 
audience in mind."

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

TO SPONSOR A LIBRARY PACKAGE, GO TO: www.libraryproject.org
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ARMENIA DROPPED FROM INS "SPECIAL REGISTRATION" LIST?

CAIR reported yesterday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) added 
three 
nations, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Armenia, to the list of countries 
whose 
citizens in the U.S. must register under the INS "Special Registration" 
directive.

SEE: http://www.ins.usdoj.gov/graphics/lawenfor/specialreg/index.htm

That announcement was based on the DOJ's AG Order No. 2636-2002, which 
states: "This notice is applicable to certain nationals and citizens of 
Armenia, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia who entered the United States on or 
before September 30, 2002…"

Some media outlets reported that Armenia was included in the list, but 
others listed only Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

The Armenian Embassy told CAIR that it had received verbal assurances 
that 
Armenia will not be included on the INS list.

A news release yesterday from the Armenian Assembly of America stated:

FEDERAL REGISTER MISTAKE OUTRAGES ARMENIAN COMMUNITY

Washington, DC - A spokesman from the U.S. Department of Justice 
confirmed 
reports today that Armenia is not on the list of countries whose 
non-immigrant male nationals over the age of 16 residing in the U.S. 
must 
register with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. 
Armenia's 
name was mistakenly included in the Federal Register issued December 
16. 
The Federal Register is the official daily public record charged with 
publishing such notices.

The Armenian Assembly has been assured that this mistake will be 
corrected 
as soon as possible...

SEE ALSO:

INS ORDER PROMPTS BIG LINES, ANGER
Teresa Watanabe and Jennifer Mena, Los Angeles Times, 12/17/02
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-register17dec17.story

Confusion over the new orders in particular roiled the Armenian 
American 
population, which is heavily concentrated in Southern California.

The confusion began when the Justice Department published a notice in 
the 
Federal Register that added Armenia, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to the 
list 
of 18 nations whose nationals are required to register…

The listing provoked an explosion of protest from Armenian 
organizations 
here, who said members of their communities had no links to terrorism.

Late Monday, federal officials announced that Armenians were not being 
subjected to the new requirement after all.

Asked if the notice had been published in the Federal Register by 
error, 
Justice Department spokesman Bryan Sierra said: "I can't say it was a 
mistake. I can only tell you there are only two countries being added" 
-- 
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia…

The Council on American-Islamic Relations has asked immigration 
officials 
to extend the registration deadline to give people more time to learn 
about 
the new requirements and comply with them…

Some of those who sought to register -- INS officials declined to say 
how 
many -- were taken into custody, including several who said they were 
establishing legal residency…

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INS RULE BRINGS ARRESTS IN O.C.
Mostly Muslim men are nabbed during registration process.
ALDRIN BROWN, ANN PEPPER, and DENA BUNIS, Orange County Register, 
12/17/02
http://www2.ocregister.com/ocrweb/ocr/article.do?id=16527

SANTA ANA - At least 22 men from Arab or Islamic countries were 
arrested 
Monday as they went to the Immigration and Naturalization Service's 
Santa 
Ana office to register under a new program aimed at improving screening 
of 
foreign visitors in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, police 
officials confirmed.

The men were among an estimated 7,200 foreigners who have been ordered 
to 
register with the INS under the National Security Entry-Exit 
Registration 
System - the immigration agency's first step toward a system for 
monitoring 
all visitors…

The registration program has been decried by civil libertarians and 
other 
critics who argue that only law-abiding foreigners were likely to show 
up 
to register. Some also called the process discriminatory because only 
males 
from mostly Arab or Islamic nations are being targeted.

"It's primarily focused on one group instead of the 350,000 illegal 
immigrants who are in this country," said Sabiha Khan, spokeswoman for 
the 
local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "This goes 
against everything this country stands for."

CAIR officials have called for an extension of the Dec. 16 deadline; an 
INS 
spokeswoman said the government plans none…

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MEN FROM MUSLIM NATIONS SWAMP IMMIGRATION OFFICE
JOHN M. BRODER with SUSAN SACHS, New York Times, 12/17/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/17/politics/17IMMI.html

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 16 - Lines began forming before dawn today outside 
the 
downtown federal building here as hundreds of men from five Muslim 
countries showed up to register with immigration authorities under a 
sweeping national dragnet designed to identify potential terrorists…

Jason Erb, government affairs director for the Council on 
American-Islamic 
Relations, said the program had been poorly publicized and asked for an 
extension so people who were unaware of the requirement could 
voluntarily 
appear.

"The government has done little to spread the word in the Muslim and 
Arab-American communities about the requirement to register," Mr. Erb 
said. 
"This seems to be another in a series of dragnet policies that target 
law-abiding visitors. These policies are an ineffective and inefficient 
use 
of law enforcement…"

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GOOD NEWS: TV GUIDE CHANNEL CANCELS "JESUS" AD

Last week, CAIR criticized as "tasteless and insensitive" a television 
commercial promoting professional wrestling that showed "Jesus" 
gambling 
with the devil in a sports bar.

SEE: MUSLIMS CRITICIZE PORTRAYAL OF 'JESUS' IN TV AD
Christ shown gambling with devil in sports bar on TV Guide Channel
https://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=31504&page=NB

In response to the many complaints about the ad, TV Guide Channel 
wrote:

"Thank you for taking the time to contact us regarding your concerns 
over 
the promo for the World Wrestling Entertainment event "Armageddon". The 
particular promo you mention was canceled on Friday Dec. 13. We 
encourage 
you to contact World Wrestling Entertainment to voice your grievance 
over 
the original ad. Once again, thank you for contacting us and we look 
forward to your continued viewing enjoyment of TV Guide Channel."

SEND COMMENTS TO: TVGCFeedback@tvguide.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

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CAIR-CAN DEMANDS APOLOGY FROM ALLIANCE MP
John Cummins' office replies 'Get a life' when invited to Maher Arar 
vigil

(OTTAWA, CANADA - 12/17/02) - A prominent national Islamic advocacy 
organization today called on John Cummins, member of Parliament of 
Delta-South Richmond, B.C., to apologize for remarks made by his office 
when Cummins was invited to a silent vigil for Maher Arar, a Canadian 
citizen deported illegally by the U.S. to Syria. In response to the 
invitation, Cummins' office replied by email, "Get a life."

While detained in the U.S., Arar was denied access to Canadian 
officials, 
prevented from calling his family, and tried through a non-transparent 
process without a lawyer present. In violation of international law, he 
was 
deported to Jordan and then to his place of birth, Syria, where he 
currently being held.

In a statement released today, CAIR-CAN wrote:

"The statement by Mr. John Cummins' office is outrageous and deeply 
insulting.  It demonstrates a callous indifference to the plight of Mr. 
Arar and his family.   It is, moreover, a clear breach of Mr. Cummins' 
duties as a public official. We call on Mr. Cummins to offer an 
immediate 
and unqualified apology to Maher Arar's family and the Canadian public.

"Recent statements by Stephen Harper, Diane Ablonczy, Stockwell Day, 
and 
now John Cummins, clearly demonstrate that the Canadian Alliance party 
has 
failed in its duty as the official opposition to defend the rights of 
Mr. 
Arar. Instead of taking the government to task for failing to secure 
the 
release of a Canadian citizen, the party has been quick to condemn Arar 
in 
the face of his illegal deportation, lack of a fair trial, and in the 
absence of any definitive evidence linking him to terrorism.

"Canadian Muslims are calling on Canadian Alliance leader Steven Harper 
to 
account for what is, apparently, a troubling trend of two-tiered 
justice 
when it comes to the rights of a Canadian Muslim and Arab."

ACTION REQUESTED (Be firm, but POLITE):

CONTACT Steven Harper and John Cummins.

E-mail: Harper.S@parl.gc.ca, Cummins.J@parl.gc.ca

Telephone or Fax:

Stephen Harper
Tel: (613) 996-6740
Fax: (613) 947-0310

John Cummins
Tel: (613) 992-2957
Fax: (613) 992-3589

DEMAND an immediate apology from John Cummins for the remarks made by 
his 
office yesterday.

COPY Canada@cair-net.org on all correspondence.

CONTACT CAIR-CAN: Riad Saloojee at 613-254-9704
E-mail: Canada@cair-net.org

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THE LANGUAGE OF ISLAM HAS BEEN HIJACKED
SHEEMA KHAN, Globe and Mail, 12/17/02
Sheema Khan is chair of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, 
Canada.
http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/PEstory/TGAM/20021217/COSHEEMA/Headlines/headdex/headdexColumnists_temp/11/11/14/ 


Chronic abuse of Islamic terminology can only contribute to the 
widening 
gulf between the "West" and the Muslim world. Whereas Muslims attach a 
rich, historical legacy to words such as fatwa or jihad, current 
discourse 
insists on their interpretation on Western terms.

Consider Ken Wiwa's thoughtful essay on the Nigerian strife in these 
pages. 
Unfortunately titled "Jihad versus Miss World" -- a play on Benjamin 
Barber's 1992 essay Jihad vs. McWorld -- the use of "jihad" was meant 
to 
capture the anger of Nigeria's Muslims.

As Mr. Barber himself acknowledged, jihad "is a rich word whose generic 
meaning is 'struggle' -- usually the struggle of the soul to avert 
evil" 
and that "strictly applied to religious war, it is used only in 
reference 
to battles where the faith is under assault." Ironically, Mr. Barber 
insisted on using his own interpretation, however inaccurate, arguing, 
"My 
use here is rhetorical, but does follow both journalistic practice and 
history." This approach was echoed in his 2001 essay Ballots vs. 
Bullets, 
in which jihad is understood not as part of Islam but as 
"disintegrative 
tribalism and reactionary fundamentalism..."

But misuse of Islamic terminology is not confined to the West. Osama 
bin 
Laden has sanctified mass murder by his use of such terms as fatwa and 
jihad and by deviously manipulating the rich legacy of these concepts.

Such misappropriation of Islamic terms requires Muslims to step forward 
and 
reclaim the authenticity of their own language…

The Koran refers to the power of language: A good word is analogous to 
a 
tree, with firm roots in the ground, spreading its branches to the 
heavens, 
providing fruit and shelter to many. A harmful word is akin to a sickly 
plant, with shallow roots, yielding bitter fruit.

We can continue to use superficial, injurious terminology to the 
detriment 
of many. Or we can insist on using accurate language, firmly rooted in 
universal concepts that nourish the desire for fair and frank debate.

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PBS DOCUMENTARY 'MUHAMMAD' A REVELATION
Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle, 12/17/02
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/12/17/DD244427.DTL 


In the past year, he has been called a "man of war" by Jerry Falwell, 
"a 
robber" by evangelist Pat Robertson and "demon-possessed" and "the 
first 
Muslim terrorist" by other extremist critics. The Islamic prophet 
Muhammad 
has become a target in a post-Sept. 11, 2001, world where people are 
looking for easy answers to explain a religion that is followed by 1.2 
billion people. "Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet," which PBS (including 
KQED-TV) is airing on Wednesday night at 9 p.m., will be a revelation 
for 
anyone not familiar with the life of a man who brought monotheism to 
Mecca 
1,400 years ago and changed the course of human history.

Muhammad was a humble man who was orphaned at an early age and who 
strongly 
identified with the poor and disadvantaged. At age 40, after marrying 
and 
having children, he began receiving the word of God, who commanded him 
to 
spread the message of this new faith called Islam -- but Muhammad was 
condemned by nearly everyone in Mecca. Especially scornful were 
businessmen 
who profited from the traffic of worshipers who came from around the 
Arabian Peninsula to see the hundreds of idols then in the city.

After learning of plans to assassinate him, Muhammad fled to Medina, 
where 
he could practice and preach in peace -- a journey and transformation 
that 
still inspires Muslims today, including Najah Bazzy, a Michigan nurse 
who 
is one of several American Muslims interviewed in "Muhammad: Legacy of 
a 
Prophet." The intimate discussions with Bazzy, New York City 
firefighter 
Kevin James (a convert to Islam), architect Daisy Khan and 
congressional 
staffer Jameel Johnson humanize the religion and its prophet…

By juxtaposing the story of Muhammad with the stories of Bazzy and 
others, 
by showcasing commentary from eloquent experts such as author Karen 
Armstrong and Hamza Yusuf Hanson (who co-founded the Zaytuna Institute 
in 
Hayward), "Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet" succeeds in dispelling the 
false 
myths that Falwell and others would like to propagate.

Did Muhammad hate Jews? No. As Armstrong reminds viewers, Muslims view 
Jews 
as "People of the Book" who follow a religion that -- like Islam -- is 
monotheistic and linked to Abraham. The documentary explains that there 
was 
an incident in Medina in which one Jewish tribe -- betraying the 
agreement 
they had signed with Muhammad -- sided with Meccans bent on killing the 
prophet, and the tribe's men were put to death, but this was an 
isolated 
act and Jews continued to live in Medina.

Muhammad created rights for women, Armstrong and others point out. And 
he 
picked up arms only to defend his faith and his life -- and, in fact, 
preferred peace agreements over battle and forgiveness over revenge. 
During 
his years as a prophet, Muhammad discouraged people from revering him 
and 
even drawing his image, saying that such sentiments were misplaced and 
that 
Muslims' attention should be focused instead on prayer and helping 
those 
who were less fortunate...

Riveting, informative and inspiring, "Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet" 
should 
almost be required viewing for non-Muslims. It sets the record straight 
about a man who has been demonized by those who know little to nothing 
about the substance of his life or his message. And it makes clear that 
Islam is a peaceful religion followed by people who are devoted to 
faith 
and helping others, even if some adherents (such as Osama bin Laden) 
distort its teachings...

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FBI CONTACTS IRAQI IMMIGRANTS IN AREA
Todd Bensman, Dallas Morning News, 12/15/02
http://www.dallasnews.com/latestnews/stories/121502dnmetiraqis.5baae.html

DALLAS _ Hadi Jawad, an American citizen of Iraqi descent, takes pride 
in 
his strong pacifist ideals and links to various peace groups that have 
been 
demonstrating against possible war in Iraq.

But last week, he wasn't sure if it was his heritage or anti-war 
activities 
that put him on the FBI's radar screen. Two FBI agents visited with 
Jawad 
for two hours at the offices of the Dallas Peace Center _ a 
conversation he 
said seemed intended to recruit him as an informant.

The visit by the agents, whom he described as polite, well-spoken and 
almost apologetic, disturbed Jawad. "It reminds me of what was done to 
the 
Chinese community during the Korean War and the Japanese during the 
second 
war," Jawad said, referring to controversial government surveillance 
programs that led to detentions and later targeted anti-war activists 
in 
the 1960s. "It's spooky in that sense. I was spooked to hear the same 
justifications and dogma."

FBI officials say that agents have begun making contacts among hundreds 
of 
Iraqis living in North Texas. It's part of a new nationwide domestic 
intelligence-gathering effort to recruit informants and identify 
saboteurs 
working for Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

Several Iraqi immigrants living in the region say that FBI agents 
contacted 
them and requested information about suspicious activities or 
affiliations 
of associates, taking notes and carefully observing their living 
arrangements.

The new monitoring program could include wiretaps and other forms of 
surveillance if deemed appropriate, as well as detention if authorities 
believe laws may have been broken, FBI officials in Washington say…

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JUDGE TOSSES USF SUIT AGAINST AL-ARIAN
BEN FELLER, Tampa Tribune, 12/17/02
http://tampatrib.com/floridametronews/MGATPLLET9D.html

TAMPA - The University of South Florida won't get what it wanted from a 
federal judge: clarity about whether firing an accused supporter of 
terrorism would violate his First Amendment rights and leave the school 
vulnerable to a damaging lawsuit.

U.S. District Judge Susan Bucklew on Monday dismissed the university's 
lawsuit against Sami Al-Arian, a Palestinian activist and suspended 
computer science professor. USF hoped Bucklew would clarify the 
constitutional issues so it could proceed with confidence in firing 
Al-Arian.

But, in essence, Bucklew said the court has no role in a university 
labor 
dispute. She tossed USF's suit before hearing the merits of the case.

The school must decide whether to appeal her ruling, fire Al-Arian as 
planned or - in the least-likely option - return him to the classroom…

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"WAR ON TERROR" INFRINGING HUMAN RIGHTS-UNHCR
Reuters, 12/17/02

HELSINKI, Dec 17 (Reuters) - The U.N's human rights chief said on 
Tuesday 
that the U.S.-led "war on terror" was hurting human rights and 
exacerbating 
prejudices around the world.

"The war on terrorism has had some damaging effects, I would suggest, 
on 
human rights standards across the world," United Nations High 
Commissioner 
for Human rights Sergio Vieira de Mello told a news conference in 
Helsinki.

Governments across the globe have invoked the "war on terror," 
announced by 
U.S. President George W. Bush after September 11, 2001 attacks in the 
United States, to justify activities that de Mello said are damaging 
human 
rights in the industrialised and developing worlds…

The U.N. human rights chief echoed the worries expressed by his 
predecessor 
Mary Robinson last month about the rise in discrimination against 
Muslims.

"Arabs and Muslims at large are experiencing increasing incidents of 
racial 
discrimination...Singling out, finger pointing and...even in some 
instances 
(violence)," he said…

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VIOLENCE ERUPTS IN GUJARAT AS HINDU MOBS ATTACK A MOSQUE
RUPAK SANYAL, Associated Press, 12/17/02

AHMADABAD, India - Police fired shots in the air to disperse violent 
Hindu 
and Muslim mobs in western Gujarat state the night after the governing 
Hindu-nationalist party was returned to power, police said Tuesday.

Three people were seriously injured in violence that broke out 
overnight 
Monday in Vadodara, 110 kilometers (65 miles) east of Gujarat's 
commercial 
capital, Ahmadabad. The skirmishes began when Hindus celebrated their 
victory in last week's state legislature elections.

Police first tried to scatter the rampaging mobs with bamboo 
truncheons, 
but later fired several rounds in the air to restore order, said D.D. 
Tuteja, Vadodara commissioner of police. Four other people who received 
minor injures were discharged from the hospital after treatment, Tuteja 
said.

Paramilitary troops were deployed in the Machhipeeth and Yakubpura 
neighborhoods of Vadodara, he said.

A group of Hindus attacked a mosque in Yakubpura late Monday night, 
which 
led to a retaliatory attacks by Muslims…

Vadodara and Ahmadabad were among the cities that witnessed the worst 
Hindu-Muslim rioting that swept Gujarat earlier this year, claiming 
more 
than 1,000 lives, mostly those of Muslims.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 12/18/2002

HEADLINES:

* NETWORK PRESSURED OVER POSITIVE PORTRAYAL OF MUHAMMAD
* VERSE OF THE DAY: GOD FORGIVES ALL SINS
* QUOTE OF THE DAY: ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT
* GOOD NEWS: MUSLIM WORKERS IN DE WIN RIGHT TO ISLAMIC ATTIRE
	- Muslim Garb a Liability in Job Market (Globe and Mail)
* CANADIAN MP OFFERS APOLOGY FOR ASSISTANT'S REMARK
	- Alliance MP, Staffer Apologize for E-mail (Toronto Star)
* NO STRAIGHT ANSWER FROM THE FEDS ON ARMENIAN FUROR (LA Times)
	- Anger Over INS Arrests (LA Times)
* SPARE A THOUGHT FOR IRAQI CIVILIANS (Toronto Star)
	- Projection for Fall of Hussein Disputed (Washington Post)
	- Most Unconvinced on Iraq War (LA Times)
* SAMOAN POLICY WOULD BAN ARAB AMERICANS (AAI)
* WHITE HOUSE PLAYS DOWN PROPAGANDA BY MILITARY (New York Times)
* AL-ARIAN VOWS TO FIGHT UNTIL HE WINS (St. Petersburg Times)
	- USF's Judicial Rebuff (St. Petersburg Times)
* ISRAEL'S POLICIES ON PALESTINIANS IMPERIL ITS SOUL (Capital Times)
* JOURNALISTS ARE UNDER FIRE FOR TELLING THE TRUTH (Independent)
* A PORTRAIT OF THE PROPHET BEHIND ISLAM (New York Times)

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CAIR ACTION ALERT #356

NETWORK PRESSURED OVER POSITIVE PORTRAYAL OF MUHAMMAD
"Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet" Airs Tonight on PBS

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/18/02) - CAIR has learned that PBS is receiving 
heavy 
pressure from those who object to the positive portrayal of the Prophet 
Muhammad in the documentary, "Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet," to be 
broadcast beginning tonight on that network.

American Muslims and other people of conscience are asked to contact 
the 
network to offer thanks for the decision to air the program and to urge 
that PBS not buckle under the pressure being exerted by bigots and 
Islamophobes.

A San Francisco Chronicle review of the documentary called it 
"riveting, 
informative and inspiring." The reviewer said: "Muhammad: Legacy of a 
Prophet" should almost be required viewing for non-Muslims. It sets the 
record straight about a man who has been demonized by those who know 
little 
to nothing about the substance of his life or his message. And it makes 
clear that Islam is a peaceful religion followed by people who are 
devoted 
to faith and helping others, even if some adherents (such as Osama bin 
Laden) distort its teachings..."

SEE: 
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/12/17/DD244427.DTL

On the other hand, in yesterday's New York Post, Muslim-basher Daniel 
Pipes 
suggested that the network be sued for its positive portrayal of the 
Prophet.

SEE: 
http://www.nypost.com/seven/12172002/postopinion/opedcolumnists/64772.htm

ACTION REQUESTED:

1. Go to the PBS website to learn more about "Muhammad: Legacy of a 
Prophet."
http://www.pbs.org/muhammad/
2. Find out which station in your area will air the program.
http://www.pbs.org/whatson/index.html
3. Contact friends, relatives and co-workers to ask them to watch.
4. Watch the program yourself.
5. Contact PBS to thank them for airing the program.
http://www.pbs.org/aboutsite/emailform.html

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VERSE OF THE DAY: GOD FORGIVES ALL SINS

"Say: 'O you servants of Mine who have transgressed against your own 
souls! 
Despair not of God's mercy, for God forgives all sins. Verily, He is 
the 
Forgiving the Merciful.'"

The Holy Quran, Chapter 39, Verse 53

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE
http://www.washingtontimes.com/commentary/20021218-20449597.htm

"There is a reluctance in Washington that borders on paralysis to face 
up 
to the principal obstacle to rapprochement with the Arab world in 
particular and the larger Muslim community in general, and that is the 
conviction that the United States and Israel are now as one to prevent 
the 
emergence of a Palestinian state."

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GOOD NEWS: MUSLIM WORKERS IN DE WIN RIGHT TO ISLAMIC ATTIRE

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/18/02) - The Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR) today announced that three female Muslim workers in Delaware 
will 
now be allowed to wear hijab, or religiously-mandated head scarves.

The women, employed by Comcast Cable Communications in New Castle, 
Del., 
were told to remove their scarves in October of this year after the 
company 
implemented a new dress code policy. One of the Muslim women was even 
sent 
home for not being in compliance with the new policy.

Comcast told the women they would be allowed to wear their scarves if 
they 
provided written documentation that the heard scarf is a religious 
requirement.

Following discussions with CAIR, Comcast agree to provide religious 
accommodation for the Muslim employees.

A Comcast official wrote in a letter to the Islamic civil rights group: 
"We 
recognize that our continued growth and business success depends on the 
development and utilization of the full range of the company's human 
resources and full utilization of all segments of the available 
workforce 
in which we operate our businesses."

CONTACT: Hassan Mirza, CAIR Civil Rights Department, 202-488-8787 or 
202-262-0686

SEE ALSO:

MUSLIM GARB A LIABILITY IN JOB MARKET, STUDY FINDS
Women wearing traditional head scarves turned away by prospective 
employers
GRAEME SMITH, Globe and Mail, 12/18/02
http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/PEstory/TGAM/20021218/UHIJAM/national/national/nationalTheNationHeadline_temp/5/5/25/ 


Employers in Canada's most diverse city often reject women wearing 
Muslim 
head scarves in favour of identical candidates who don't, according to 
an 
undercover study of hiring practices released yesterday.

Researchers chose three pairs of fake job applicants to visit 16 
factories, 
fast-food outlets, and retail stores in Toronto. They selected pairs of 
women who seemed virtually the same: Their résumés, ages, races, 
accents, 
countries of birth and experience in Canada were nearly identical…

More troublesome than the bare statistics are the stories of women 
whose 
aspirations are crushed, said Judy Vashti Persad, who worked on the 
research for a community group called Women Working with Immigrant 
Women.

"It really affects the self-esteem and confidence of these women," Ms. 
Persad said...

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CAIR-CAN GOOD NEWS ALERT #89

CANADIAN MP OFFERS APOLOGY FOR ASSISTANT'S REMARK
CAIR-CAN welcomes apology, calls on party to 'reclaim role as official 
opposition'

(OTTAWA, CANADA) - The Canadian office of the Council on 
American-Islamic 
Relations (CAIR-CAN) today announced that John Cummins, member of 
Parliament of Delta-South Richmond, B.C., has offered his "unreserved 
apologies" for recent comments made by a member of his office. In 
response 
to an invitation to a silent vigil for Maher Arar, a Canadian citizen 
deported illegally by the U.S. to Syria, an assistant in Cummins' 
office 
replied by email, "Get a life."

The apology was issued after Mr. Cummins' office received many 
complaints 
from outraged Canadians following an action alert issued by CAIR-CAN.

Cummins himself wrote to CAIR-CAN stating:

"I understand that my assistant has apologized to you for his response. 
It 
in no way reflects my views and clearly was an error of judgement on 
his 
part. Please accept my unreserved apologies for his response."

"I wish you a happy season and I join your prayer for the family of Mr. 
Arar."

"Canadian Muslims are encouraged that Mr. Cummins has taken ownership 
of 
the offensive comment issued by a member of his office and has offered 
an 
unqualified apology," said CAIR-CAN Chair Sheema Khan.

Khan added, "We hope that this incident, along with public pressure, 
will 
be a wake-up call for the Canadian Alliance to reclaim its role as the 
official opposition and to defend the rights of all Canadian citizens."

CONTACT: Riad Saloojee at 613-254-9704; E-mail: Canada@cair-net.org

SEE ALSO:

ALLIANCE MP, STAFFER APOLOGIZE FOR E-MAIL
ANDREW CHUNG, Toronto Star, 12/18/02
http://www.torontostar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1035775707543&call_pageid=968332188774&col=968350116467

OTTAWA - A staff member from Canadian Alliance MP John Cummins' office 
e-mailed NDP Leader Alexa McDonough's office with the message "get a 
life" 
in reply to an invitation to a candlelight vigil for Maher Arar, a 
Canadian 
accused of having terrorist links and deported by the U.S. to Syria.

McDonough attended the Ottawa vigil on Monday night along with about 40 
people, including Arar's wife Monia Mazigh. Invitations to the event 
were 
sent to all MPs by an assistant to McDonough. The Canadian chapter of 
the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations called the curt response from 
Cummins' office "outrageous."

"Here's a woman with small children, who hasn't seen her husband for 
three 
months. To get such an insensitive reply from an MP's office was 
outrageous," said Sheema Khan, the council's chairperson…

Arar, 32, was detained last September in New York while en route to 
Canada. 
Critics were outraged he was deported to Syria, not Canada.

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NO STRAIGHT ANSWER FROM THE FEDS ON ARMENIAN FUROR
Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times, 12/18/02
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-lopez18dec18.story

Just when it looked like the federal government might have to put a 
barbed 
wire fence around the city of Glendale for reasons of national 
security, 
good news arrived Monday from the crime busters at the U.S. Justice 
Department.

Armenian nationals do not -- repeat, DO NOT -- have to report to the 
Immigration and Naturalization Service for fingerprinting and 
registration.

It was all a mistake, and Armenians can now return to their normal 
activities.

Or maybe it wasn't a mistake. I can't tell, and the really frightening 
thing is that the Justice Department can't seem to tell either. After 
rescinding the order calling for Armenians to fall in line and be 
accounted 
for, a Justice Department spokesman was asked by The Times about the 
goof, 
and here's what we got out of him:

"I can't say it was a mistake."

Well then what was it? And if they couldn't get this right, and 
couldn't at 
least come up with a credible lie, why should we assume the feds are 
capable of getting anything else right when it comes to homeland 
security?

This all began late last week when Armenia, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan 
were 
added to a list of 18 mostly Muslim nations whose nationals are 
required to 
register if they're male, 16 or older, and here as students or 
visitors.

This requirement sent the nation's 1.5 million Armenian Americans into 
a 
frenzy, and California, home to half of them, led the outrage 
campaign...

SEE ALSO:

ANGER OVER INS ARRESTS
Jennifer Mena, Los Angeles Times, 12/18/02
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-detain18dec18.story

In peaceful Irvine, where Iranians who fled the Ayatollah Khomeini 
established a tight-knit community of professionals and young families, 
the 
last thing anyone expected was to be tossed in jail.

On Tuesday -- the day after dozens of immigrants from Middle Eastern 
countries and Sudan were taken into custody during a government 
registration process -- residents like Ahmad Mesbah were filled with 
sadness and anger.

"We suffered a lot, and that is why we are here. We love the United 
States, 
so this has been frustrating," said Mesbah, who helps lead monthly 
networking meetings for Iranian professionals. "There's also something 
ironic about it. This affects the cream of the crop who came here. We 
are 
scientists, doctors, engineers." The registration, mandated for people 
from 
Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan and Syria who are in the United States on 
temporary visas, led to the detention on immigration violation charges 
of 
as many as several hundred, some who had nearly completed the process 
for 
legal residency, friends and relatives said.

The U.S. Department of Justice and the Immigration and Naturalization 
Service refused to say how many people had been apprehended in 
California 
or around the country in connection with the registration process. 
Santa 
Ana police said as many as 40 people detained at the INS center there 
were 
booked into the city jail Monday. Police in Los Angeles could not 
provide 
an arrest figure.

But in Westwood, Irvine and other communities with large numbers of 
Iranian 
immigrants, and on Persian-language local media, accounts of detentions 
were widespread. Local attorneys and callers to radio stations offered 
accounts of relatives', some of whom had not been to their native 
countries 
since childhood, being jailed and placed at risk of being deported.

As some scrambled to bail out jailed relatives, others sought ways to 
pressure the government to change course. A lawsuit seeking an 
injunction 
to halt the registration was filed in Santa Ana.

Persian-language radio stations buzzed with commentary. And an Iranian 
attorney conducted a vigil outside the INS office in Los Angeles.

"I have seen with my own eyes at least 450 people being detained just 
yesterday [at the INS office in Los Angeles]. They handcuffed them and 
walked them away," said attorney Soheila Jonoubi.

"These people came in voluntarily. They wanted to comply with the law. 
This 
is the worst violation of human rights."

Most of those detained posted bail, but now face deportation hearings.

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SPARE A THOUGHT FOR IRAQI CIVILIANS
Riad Saloojee, Toronto Star, 12/18/02
http://www.torontostar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1035775702611&call_pageid=968256290204&col=968350116795
Riad Saloojee is executive director of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, Canada.

We are witness again to the Pavlovian dance of death between U.S. 
President 
George W. Bush and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. To and fro, back and 
forth - and the knot in the pit of my stomach tightens daily. In the 
lull 
between the deadlines, the diplomatic rhetoric, the threats, the 
machismo, 
I can smell the onset of another inevitable war.

And while the points-counterpoints of power are repeated daily, I 
wonder 
what the Iraqi people are thinking and feeling - caught, yet again, in 
no-man's land. Their voicelessness should be ringing in our ears. 
Poised to 
endure the full brunt of another war, I fear for them most of all. 
Theirs 
will be the greatest collateral damage, and more. It is innocent Iraqis 
who 
have endured the horrific, unimaginable suffering of a decade-long 
sanctions policy…

For all its trappings, power can be punctured by a simple query: If 
Saddam 
poses a threat to human life by his power, his greed, his ambition, his 
alleged amassing of weapons of mass destruction - and if we profess 
care 
for the protection of human life - how can we allow sanctions to kill 
4,500 
children a month?

Truth is stranger than fiction. And much more tragic.

SEE ALSO:

PROJECTION ON FALL OF HUSSEIN DISPUTED
Ground Forces Chiefs, Pentagon at Odds
Thomas E. Ricks, Washington Post, 12/18/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A4096-2002Dec17.html

With war possible soon in Iraq, the chiefs of the two U.S. ground 
forces 
are challenging the belief of some senior Pentagon civilians that Iraqi 
President Saddam Hussein will fall almost immediately upon being 
attacked 
and are calling for more attention to planning for worst-case 
scenarios, 
Defense Department officials said.

The U.S. war plan for a possible attack on Iraq, which has been almost 
a 
year in the making, calls for a fast-moving ground attack without an 
overwhelming number of reinforcements on hand. Instead, some follow-on 
troops would be flown into Iraq from outside the region. Among other 
things, this "rolling start" would seek to achieve tactical surprise by 
launching an attack before the U.S. military appears ready to do so.

In addition, the plan calls for some armored units, instead of 
traveling a 
predetermined distance and pausing to allow slow-moving supply trucks 
to 
catch up, to charge across Iraq until they run into armed opposition 
and 
then engage in combat, officials said.

Those aspects of the plan, which appear riskier than usual U.S. 
military 
practice, worry the chief of the Army, Gen. Eric Shinseki, and the 
commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James L. Jones, defense officials 
said.

Shinseki and Jones, who as service chiefs are members of the Joint 
Chiefs 
of Staff, have questioned the contention of Deputy Defense Secretary 
Paul 
D. Wolfowitz and other top officials that Hussein's government is 
likely to 
collapse almost as soon as a U.S. attack is launched, the officials 
said.

The two generals are concerned that the Wolfowitz school may 
underestimate 
the risks involved, the officials said. They have argued that planning 
should prepare thoroughly for worst-case scenarios, most notably one 
that 
planners have labeled "Fortress Baghdad," in which Hussein withdraws 
his 
most loyal forces into the Iraqi capital and challenges the United 
States 
to enter into protracted street fighting, perhaps involving chemical or 
biological weapons…

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MOST UNCONVINCED ON IRAQ WAR
Two-thirds believe Bush has failed to make the case an attack would be 
justified. Many think weapons are there, but they want proof.
Maura Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, 12/17/02
http://www.latimes.com/la-na-iraqpoll17dec17,0,7613324.story

WASHINGTON -- Despite a concerted effort by the Bush administration, 
more 
than two-thirds of Americans believe the president has failed to make 
the 
case that a war with Iraq is justified, according to a Los Angeles 
Times poll.

The overwhelming majority of respondents - 90% - said they do not doubt 
that Iraq is developing weapons of mass destruction. But in the absence 
of 
new evidence from U.N. inspectors, 72% of respondents, including 60% of 
Republicans, said the president has not provided enough evidence to 
justify 
starting a war with Iraq.

The results underscore the importance of the outcome of U.N. arms 
inspections underway in Iraq if the Bush administration expects to gain 
clear public support for an attack…

The poll also found that support for a possible war appears to be 
weakening, with 58% saying they support a ground attack on Iraq. In an 
August Times poll, 64% said they would support a ground attack. Last 
January, after President Bush first denounced Saddam Hussein in his 
State 
of the Union address, the Times and other polls found support for 
military 
action greater than 70%...

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DISCRIMINATORY SAMOAN POLICY WOULD BAN ARAB AMERICANS

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Under current American Samoan 
policy, Arab Americans including Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham, OMB 
Director Mitch Daniels and Senator-Elect John Sununu are banned from 
entering the island.  On Aug. 7, American Samoan Attorney General Fiti 
Sunia issued an alert denying entrance to all persons of "Middle 
Eastern 
descent." Once more, the Attorney General cited the U.S. State 
Department 
as the cause of this discriminatory policy.  The alert states, "because 
of 
reports from the U.S. State Department, until further notice or written 
approval from the Attorney General, American Samoa will no longer issue 
entry permits to any individual of Middle Eastern Descent." The 
discriminatory policy came to light after the Samoa News reported that 
a 
Samoan citizen of Middle Eastern descent filed a lawsuit to force a 
repeal 
of the policy.

The Samoan alert goes further, institutionalizing and outlining the 
manner 
in which ethnic profiling should be used in order to keep all persons 
of 
Middle Eastern descent, regardless of nationality, from entering the 
island. It orders officials to "take special note of arriving 
passengers 
and all other individuals seeking entry to the territory for persons 
with 
middle eastern surnames and features."

CONTACT: Jenny Salan of Arab American Institute, 202-429-9210; E-mail: 
jsalan@aaiusa.org

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WHITE HOUSE PLAYS DOWN PROPAGANDA BY MILITARY
ERIC SCHMITT, New York Times, 12/18/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/17/international/17MILI.html

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 - The White House today distanced itself from a 
secret 
Pentagon directive that would authorize the military to carry out 
covert 
operations to influence public opinion and policy makers in friendly 
and 
neutral countries.

The White House spokesman, Ari Fleischer, acknowledged that there was 
widespread recognition throughout the Bush administration that the 
United 
States had to work harder "in better communicating America's message of 
hope and opportunity."

But Mr. Fleischer told reporters they should not presume that the 
Pentagon's idea had advanced very far and cautioned that President Bush 
would not approve of anything that involved lying...

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AL-ARIAN VOWS TO FIGHT UNTIL HE WINS
ANITA KUMAR, St. Petersburg Times, 12/18/02
http://www.sptimes.com/2002/12/18/TampaBay/Al_Arian_vows_to_figh.shtml

TAMPA -- Palestinian professor Sami Al-Arian vowed Tuesday to fight the 
University of South Florida until he prevails against school officials 
he 
says are punishing him for political motives.

Al-Arian, placed on leave by the school more than a year ago, won a 
small 
victory a day earlier when a federal judge refused to rule on USF's 
question about whether firing him would violate his constitutional 
right to 
free speech.

"Nobody is going to force me to leave because somehow they don't like 
me or 
like my politics," Al-Arian said. "I don't want any person to dictate 
to me 
where I should or shouldn't work."

His attorney, Robert McKee, urged USF to drop its effort to fire the 
tenured computer science professor. He said it would prevent more 
negative 
publicity, a damaging censure from the American Association of 
University 
Professors and further waste of state money.

He said taxpayers should lobby USF president Judy Genshaft to reinstate 
Al-Arian. He also criticized the $1.6-million contract that Genshaft is 
expected to receive today.

"We suggest that the enormous amount of tax dollars the university 
contemplates spending to continue its persecution of Dr. Al-Arian would 
be 
better spent on scholarships or on research or even to fund president 
Genshaft's huge pay increase," McKee said.

USF has spent more than $85,000 on the case. Al-Arian has spent about 
$30,000, McKee said.

SEE ALSO:

USF'S JUDICIAL REBUFF
St. Petersburg Times, 12/18/02
http://www.sptimes.com/2002/12/18/Opinion/USF_s_judicial_rebuff.shtml

Last August, in a move that revealed her own misgivings about the case, 
University of South Florida president Judy Genshaft asked a Tampa judge 
to 
determine whether it would be proper for her to fire professor Sami 
Al-Arian, whose ties to Middle Eastern terrorist groups have 
precipitated a 
drawn-out controversy. Trolling the courts for political cover is an 
abuse 
of the judicial system, and it was good to see U.S. District Judge 
Susan C. 
Bucklew, in appropriately curt form, dismiss USF's gambit as 
inappropriate.

If Genshaft believed her own party line -- that Al-Arian, through his 
conduct and statements in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks, 
violated the terms of his employment -- then the USF president simply 
would 
have fired Al-Arian and trusted the outcome to the courts. If Al-Arian 
had, 
as USF charged, created a threat to the campus and led people to 
believe he 
was speaking on behalf of the university, then Genshaft wouldn't need 
to 
shop around for judicial advice on the legality of her case. USF's 
lawyers 
-- and Genshaft herself -- are handsomely paid to make those kinds of 
judgment calls. (Genshaft is in line for a 37-percent salary increase 
and 
an array of new perks from a university board that has pressed her to 
fire 
Al-Arian.)…

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ISRAEL'S POLICIES ON PALESTINIANS IMPERIL ITS SOUL
Rev. Bruce Burnside, Capital Times, 12/14/02
http://www.madison.com/captimes/opinion/column/guest/38695.php

Increasingly we have witnessed vanishing hope and mounting fear.

We felt it on a rooftop with villagers in Kufr Laqif, watching military 
planes explode flares all around the houses throughout the night, and 
we 
experienced it with a brave, gentle man forced to beg settlers day 
after 
day for permission to harvest his own olives, which are now enclosed by 
settlement fences.

We met it in the eyes of a dispirited family of 10, made to live in a 
metal 
shipping container after Israeli bulldozers demolished their house 
three 
times.

We walked through it at the Jenin refugee camp after children and 
adults 
were mercilessly buried alive by bulldozers crushing homes into a 
landscape 
that now looks like moon craters.

We were told about it by a man at church in Bethlehem who sat between 
his 
mother and brother, "feeling the warmth leave their hands" after 
Israeli 
assassins shot them in their home.

We saw it at Jayus, where Israeli soldiers launched tear gas and 
bullets 
into a peaceful protest against the building of an apartheid wall to 
encircle the West Bank. It will make the Berlin Wall look like a snow 
fence 
in comparison.

We heard it from children, learning too much hatred and too little 
justice.

We endured it at endless roadblocks designed for humiliation, not 
security, 
which prevent Palestinian travel from village to village, students from 
going to school, workers getting to jobs, sick reaching hospitals, 
families 
seeing family, markets being reached. ... We viewed it in landscapes 
strangled by hundreds of illegal Israeli settlements that devour not 
just 
Palestinian land and economy but hope itself…

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JOURNALISTS ARE UNDER FIRE FOR TELLING THE TRUTH
Robert Fisk, The Independent, 12/18/02
http://argument.independent.co.uk/commentators/story.jsp?story=362545

First it was Roger Ailes, the chairman of the Fox News Channel, who 
advised 
the US President to take the "harshest measures possible" against those 
who 
attacked America on 11 September, 2001.

Let us forget, for a moment, that Fox News's Jerusalem bureau chief is 
Uri 
Dan, a friend of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and the author of 
the 
preface of the new edition of Sharon's autobiography, which includes a 
revolting account of the Sabra and Chatila massacre of 1,700 
Palestinian 
civilians and Sharon's innocence in this slaughter. Then Ted Koppel, 
one of 
America's leading news anchormen, announced that it may be a 
journalist's 
duty not to reveal events until the military want them revealed in a 
new 
war against Iraq…

In Canada, the situation is even worse. Canwest, owned by Israel Asper, 
owns over 130 newspapers in Canada, including 14 city dailies and one 
of 
the country's largest papers, the National Post. His "journalists" have 
attacked colleagues who have deviated from Mr Asper's pro-Israel 
editorials. As Index on Censorship reported, Bill Marsden, an 
investigative 
reporter for the Montreal Gazette has been monitoring Canwest's 
interference with its own papers. "They do not want any criticism of 
Israel," he wrote. "We do not run in our newspaper op-ed pieces that 
express criticism of Israel and what it is doing in the Middle East..."

But now, "Izzy" Asper has written a gutless and repulsive editorial in 
the 
Post in which he attacks his own journalists, falsely accusing 
reporters of 
"lazy, sloppy or stupid" journalism and being "biased or anti-Semitic". 
These vile slanders are familiar to any reporter trying to do his work 
on 
the ground in the Middle East. They are made even more revolting by 
inaccuracies…

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A PORTRAIT OF THE PROPHET BEHIND ISLAM
ALESSANDRA STANLEY, New York Times, 12/18/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/18/arts/television/18WATC.html

It would be fair to say that the most important invisible figure on 
American television is Muhammad, the seventh-century prophet who 
founded 
Islam. Even many educated PBS viewers know very little of his story, 
yet 
his legacy is felt in some form every day in the United States as well 
as 
in the rest of the world.

Sept. 11, 2001, sharpened the nation's scrutiny of Islam, but it did 
not 
spawn a thoughtful, comprehensive television biography of Muhammad 
himself. 
It is a significant lapse, as if Muslims were to study Christianity 
without 
any notion of how Jesus lived and died. PBS seeks to fill the gap 
tonight 
with a two-hour documentary, "Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet." It 
evocatively if sparingly lays out the biographical material unfamiliar 
to 
most Americans: Muhammad's childhood as an orphan in Mecca, his 
marriage to 
a wealthy widow almost twice his age, his visions of the Angel Gabriel, 
his 
military battles and his victory over Arab paganism.

Perhaps understandably, given the climate after Sept. 11, the film also 
seeks over and over to reassure viewers who fear a link between the 
Koran 
and the rise of Islamic fundamentalism. Steering viewers away from 
considering terrorism, the filmmakers illustrate Muhammad's teachings 
by 
focusing on a cozy, comforting portrait of Muslim communities in 
America. 
Heartwarming depictions of a Muslim New York City firefighter, a 
hijab-wearing nurse in Dearborn, Mich., and a black Muslim Capitol Hill 
staff member in Washington, packaged around glowing testimonials by 
clerics 
and academics, turn the Muhammad story into a lengthy infomercial for 
Islam…

There is no question that Muslim-Americans live more uneasily these 
days. 
Earlier this month, the Rev. Pat Robertson, the television evangelist, 
criticized President Bush for not recognizing that Islam, as he put it, 
was 
"violent at its core."

The documentary seeks to answer Mr. Robertson and his ilk, and it is 
equally careful not to offend Muslim sensibilities. Islam forbids any 
portrait or depiction of Muhammad, making a film biography an exercise 
in 
abstract expressionism.

For all its tiptoeing through history, however, the documentary is well 
worth watching both as the first serious attempt to tell the story of 
Muhammed on television and also as a testimony to the hypersensitivity 
of 
our times...

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS: 12-19-2002

HEADLINES:

* CAIR DECRIES INS ARRESTS AS 'COUNTERPRODUCTIVE'
         - INS Arrests Hundreds From Mideast, Africa (LA Times)
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 4498 SPONSORSHIPS
* MAN GETS 6-1/2 YEARS FOR ATTACK ON MOSQUE (Seattle Times)
* 5 BROTHERS CHARGED WITH AIDING HAMAS (NY Times)
* THE NYPD WANTS TO WATCH YOU (Village Voice)

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NATIONAL MUSLIM GROUP DECRIES INS ARRESTS AS 'COUNTERPRODUCTIVE'

(Washington, D.C., 12/19/02) - A national Islamic civil rights 
organization 
today called "counterproductive" the detention of hundreds of Muslim 
men by 
the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). The Washington 
D.C.-based 
Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has received numerous 
reports 
of arrests of Muslim immigrants as they attempted to comply with a 
federal 
order to register with local INS offices.

"The arrests send a chilling message to the Muslim immigrant community 
that 
if you comply with the INS order, you may find yourself in indefinite 
detention. Rather than appearing as a routine administrative measure, 
the 
federal order now looks to many as a roundup of Muslim men," said CAIR 
Executive Director Nihad Awad.

"The new INS registration policy is counterproductive to the efforts of 
increasing our country's national security and instead creates further 
resentment among American Muslims and the wider Muslim world," Awad 
added.

In an effort to adequately educate the community on the 
little-publicized 
INS directive, CAIR sent a letter on Monday to the Justice Department 
requesting an extension of the INS deadline for registration of 
nonimmigrant visa holders from Muslim countries.

END

For more information, contact Jason Erb, (202) 438-2080.

SEE ALSO:

INS ARRESTS HUNDREDS FROM MIDEAST, AFRICA
Megan Garvey, Martha Groves, Henry Weinstein, Los Angeles Times, 
12/19/02
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2002/12/19/MN33452.DTL

Los Angeles -- Hundreds of men and boys from Middle Eastern and African 
countries were arrested by federal immigration officials in Southern 
California this week when they complied with orders to appear at INS 
offices for a special registration program.

The arrests drew thousands of people to demonstrate here Wednesday.

Immigration and Naturalization Service spokesmen refused Wednesday to 
say 
how many people the agency had detained, what the specific charges were 
or 
how many were still being held. But officials speaking anonymously said 
they would not dispute estimates by lawyers for detainees that the 
number 
across Southern California was 500 to 700. In Los Angeles, as many as 
one-fourth of those who showed up to register were jailed, lawyers 
said...

Many of those arrested, according to their lawyers, had already applied 
for 
green cards and, in some instances, had interviews scheduled in the 
near 
future. Although they had overstayed their visas, attorneys argue, 
their 
clients had already taken steps to remedy the situation and were 
following 
the regulations closely.

"These are the people who've voluntarily gone" to the INS, said Mike 
Manesh 
of the Iranian American Lawyers Association. "If they had anything to 
do 
with terrorism, they wouldn't have gone."

Immigration officials acknowledged Wednesday that many of those taken 
into 
custody this week have status-adjustment applications pending that have 
not 
yet been acted on...

At the rally, which police officials estimated drew about 3,000 
protesters 
at its peak, some carried signs bearing such sentiments as "What Next? 
Concentration Camps?" and "Detain Terrorists not Innocent 
Immigrants..."

Relatives and lawyers of those arrested locally challenge that 
rationale 
for the latest round of detentions. One attorney, who said he saw a 
16-year- old boy pulled from the arms of his crying mother, called it 
madness to believe the registration requirements would catch 
terrorists.

"His mother is 6 1/2 months pregnant. They told the mother he is never 
going to come home -- she is losing her mind," said attorney Soheila 
Jonoubi, who spent Wednesday amid the chaos of the downtown INS office 
attempting to determine the status of her clients...

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 4498 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's Library Project has received 4498 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Take 
part in this first-of-its-kind campaign by sponsoring an 18-item  
"library 
package." Our goal is to, inshallah, send accurate and objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

TO SPONSOR A LIBRARY PACKAGE, GO TO: www.libraryproject.org
OR CALL: 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320

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MAN GETS 6-1/2 YEARS FOR ATTACK ON MOSQUE
Ray Rivera, Seattle Times, 12/18/02
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/134598086_mosqueassault18m0.html

In what federal officials are calling the harshest penalty for a 
post-Sept. 
11, 2001, hate crime, a Snohomish man has been sentenced to 6-1/2 years 
for 
an assault on a Seattle mosque two days after the terrorist attacks.

Patrick Cunningham, 54, admitted to trying to set fire to parked 
vehicles 
at the Islamic Idriss Mosque and to threatening two worshippers with a 
loaded .22-caliber pistol as they confronted him.

In an emotional proceeding before U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein 
yesterday, Cunningham said that on the night of the assault he was 
intoxicated, delusional and distraught over the terrorist attacks. He 
apologized to his victims and thanked God "for intervening" before 
things 
got worse.

Cunningham maintains he fired his pistol only once as a warning. 
Prosecutors say he fired three additional times but the weapon 
misfired. No 
one at the Northgate mosque was injured.

"But for a weapon that misfired, we'd be standing here talking about 
homicide," said assistant U.S. Attorney Don Currie...

He later wrote letters of apology to the mosque and to Issa Qandeel and 
Mu-awyah Al-Fanash, the men who confronted him in the parking lot, said 
his 
lawyer, Olaf Hansen. Qandeel told the judge yesterday that Cunningham's 
actions should not be excused just because he was distraught over Sept. 
11, 
in the same way the terrorists' actions should not be excused because 
they 
believed the U.S. had harmed their people.

But, Qandeel added, "Hatred will not be driven out by hatred; it can 
only 
be driven out by love. I really hope for the lightest sentence you can 
give 
him from the bottom of my heart..."

-----

5 BROTHERS CHARGED WITH AIDING HAMAS
Judith Miller and Eric Lichtblau, New York Times, 12/19/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/19/national/19INDI.html

Federal officials intensified their pursuit of terrorist financing 
today 
with the arrests of four brothers in Dallas who investigators said used 
their computer business to funnel money to a leader of the Islamic 
militant 
group Hamas.

The four brothers, including one who led an Islamic charity in Texas 
that 
the authorities say was a front group for terrorist financing, also 
illegally shipped computer goods to Libya and Syria despite their 
official 
designations as state sponsors of terrorism, prosecutors said. 
Officials 
filed charges against a fifth brother, the brothers' company and a 
Hamas 
leader overseas and his wife. The charges were part of a flurry of 
activity 
by federal officials, who have vowed to shut down the money pipeline 
between American financiers and global terrorists...

Arab-American leaders said the arrests and warrants would fuel the 
perception among Islamic residents that legitimate charities and 
businesses 
were being singled out for harassment by law enforcement officials.

Tamir Ayad, executive director of the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations, said of the brothers who were 
arrested: "These are very well-known, well-liked, well-respected, 
generous 
people. I think these charges are a terrible mistake, and we're really 
just 
hoping they get their fair day in court to prove their innocence..."

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THE NYPD WANTS TO WATCH YOU
Chisun Lee, Village Voice, 12/19/02
http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0251/lee.php

As the nation's largest law enforcement agency-nearly twice the size of 
the 
Federal Bureau of Investigation-the New York City Police Department 
could 
be the biggest Big Brother of all. Yet it faces quite a stumbling 
block. A 
long-standing federal order, imposed after a landmark lawsuit revealed 
rampant surveillance abuses of political activists, prevents the NYPD 
from 
spying on whomever it wants.

Now the NYPD is fighting to gut the order and get its old powers back.

Police currently cannot investigate people who are exercising their 
constitutional rights, no matter how unpopular the cause, unless there 
is 
some indication of a crime. Street protesters are the most obvious 
beneficiaries. But also covered are those who pray, attend community 
meetings, write editorials, or express their views in almost any other 
way.

The police department insists it needs broader authority to hunt 
terrorists, who may masquerade as regular law-abiding folks until the 
moment they strike. But if police win this bid, the followers of 
"extremist 
Muslim fundamentalism" they have mentioned won't be the only ones in 
their 
sights. Everyone becomes fair game...

A more predictable consequence, should the NYPD succeed in erasing 
restrictions on spying, is the icy effect it will have on legal 
protest. 
"It's been hard enough to bring out community members who've been 
affected" 
by post-September 11 policies targeting Middle Eastern immigrants, says 
Monami Maulik of Desis Rising Up and Moving, a Queens-based group 
organizing for South Asian immigrant rights. If police can legitimately 
investigate protesters, "it's going to get much more difficult for them 
to 
go public," she says, claiming that two immigrant rights activists she 
knows have already been detained by the INS...

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Date: Fri, 20 Dec 2002 13:51:47 -0500
To:cair-net@cair.biglist.com
From:"CAIR" <cair@cair-net.org>
Subject: CAIR-NET: CA Townhall Meeting on INS Detentions

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
CAIR
Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C.  20003
Tel: 202-488-8787
Fax: 202-488-0833
E-mail: cair@cair-net.org
URL: http://www.cair-net.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CA EMERGENCY TOWNHALL MEETING ON INS REGISTRATION POLICY

WHAT:  A coalition of community based organizations in southern 
California 
is hosting an EMERGENCY TOWNHALL MEETING today, Friday, December 20 
regarding the new INS registration requirements.

Under the new INS regulations, all male visitors age 16 and older from 
Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan and Syria were ordered to register in person 
with 
the INS by Monday, December 16, 2002 . Men from 13 other countries must 
register by January 10; and men from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan must 
register by February 21.

Media reports indicate that there are over 1,000 people, mostly 
Muslims, in 
Southern California that have been detained due to these policies. (See 
FAMILIES OF JAILED MIDDLE EASTERN IMMIGRANTS SAY RIGHTS VIOLATED, 
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2002/12/20/state0333EST0014.DTL)

Come together with leaders and members of the Muslim, Arab, South 
Asian, 
Iranian, and Asian communities to discuss a plan of action in response 
to 
the latest INS regulations and detentions. Lawyers for the detainees 
and 
national civil rights organizations will also be speaking.

* Meet with the lawyers and organizations handling these issues
* Get an update on the new INS rules
* Show support for the detainees and their families
* Voice your views about the new INS rules
* Participate in formulating a collective response

WHEN: Friday, December 20 at 5 P.M.

WHERE: Sequoia Conference Center
Lexington room (upstairs)
7530 Orangethorpe Avenue
Buena Park, CA 90621


- END -

CONTACT:        Sabiha Khan, CAIR - Southern California, (714)  
776-1847


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Date: Fri, 20 Dec 2002 15:21:47 -0500
To:cair-net@cair.biglist.com
From:"CAIR" <cair@cair-net.org>
Subject: CAIR-NET: INS "Roundup" Targets Muslims, Says Islamic Advocacy Group

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR ACTION ALERT #357

INS "ROUNDUP" TARGETS MUSLIMS, SAYS ISLAMIC ADVOCACY GROUP
Muslims urged to contact their elected officials

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/20/02) - A prominent national Islamic civil 
rights 
organization today expressed "shock and dismay" at what appear to be 
actions by the Justice Department targeting the American Muslim 
community 
with the recent arrests, detentions, and treatment of Muslims in Texas 
and 
California.

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Washington-based 
Islamic civil rights and advocacy group, is calling on people of 
conscience 
nationwide to contact elected officials to express concerns over the 
detention of hundreds of Muslims and Arab Americans by the INS. CAIR 
has 
received numerous reports Muslim immigrants being arrested as they 
voluntarily attempted to comply with a federal order to register with 
local 
INS offices. The overwhelming majority were held in detention centers 
despite the fact that they had pending applications for lawful 
permanent 
resident status.

Throughout the country immigration lawyers are reporting that their 
clients 
are being asked questions about mosque attendance, their political 
views 
and other personal information. Media reports indicate that some are 
being 
strip-searched, shackled and given inadequate clothing.

CAIR also questioned the manner of the arrests of four well-known, 
respected members of the Dallas, Texas community. Ghassan, Bayan, 
Basman, 
and Hazim Elashi were arrested in pre-dawn raids on their homes in 
front of 
their wives and children. As in past raids in northern Virginia, media 
had 
prior knowledge of the raids and filmed the  pre-dawn actions as they 
were 
happening.

In both cases the government employed totally unnecessary and 
sensational 
measures to arrest people who are well-known to the government and who 
have 
been very cooperative in past government inquiries.  Relatives of the 
Elashi brothers said that just a few months ago they appeared for 
fingerprinting without incident, and there is nothing to indicate that 
they 
would not have reported again if they were
asked to come in.

"While the American Muslim community supports all actions that will 
safeguard our country's security, there is now a sense among many that 
the 
Justice Department considers Muslims guilty until proven innocent. The 
country needs to have a critical assessment of whether or not Justice 
Department policies are really increasing the security of the country 
or 
are just publicity stunts," said Executive Director Nihad
Awad.

ACTION REQUESTED:

1. (As always, be POLITE.) Contact President Bush to ask that he stop 
John 
Ashcroft and the Justice Department from infringing on the human and 
civil 
rights of the American Muslim community.

President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500
E-MAIL: president@whitehouse.gov COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org
COMMENT LINE: 202-456-1111 FAX: 202-456-2461
A FORM LETTER IS AVAILABLE AT: http://www.cair-net.org/html/capwiz.html

2. Contact your representatives and ask that they contact the President 
to 
review the way in which the Department of Justice is treating Muslims 
and 
Arabs in America.

CONTACT INFORMATION AND LETTER FOR YOUR REPRESENTATIVE IS AVAILABLE AT:
http://www.cair-net.org/html/capwiz.html


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Date: Fri, 20 Dec 2002 16:38:48 -0500
To:cair-net@cair.biglist.com
From:"CAIR" <cair@cair-net.org>
Subject: CAIR-NET: Groups Protest INS Detentions of Muslim Immigrants

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS: 12/20/2002

HEADLINES:

* CAIR LIBRARY SPONSORSHIPS: 4514
* GROUPS PROTEST DETENTIONS OF MIDDLE EASTERN MEN IN US (AFP)
	- Hundreds Of Muslim Immigrants Rounded Up In Calif. (Reuters)
	- Families Of Jailed Middle Eastern Immigrants Say Rights Violated 
(AP)
	- INS Detentions Are A Bust (LA Times)
* W.D. MOHAMMED TO RECEIVE CAIR LEADERSHIP AWARD
* ICNA/MAS HOLD JOINT CHICAGO CONVENTION
* MUSLIMS AFFECTED BY "NO FLY" LIST ASKED TO CONTACT CAIR
* VA ISLAMIC CULTURAL CENTER VANDALIZED IN POST 9/11 BACKLASH RELOCATES

-----

CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 4514 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's Library Project has received 4514 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Take 
part in this first-of-its-kind campaign by sponsoring an 18-item  
"library 
package." Our goal is to, inshallah, send accurate and objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

TO SPONSOR A LIBRARY PACKAGE, GO TO: www.libraryproject.org
OR CALL: 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320

-----

CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS PROTEST DETENTIONS OF MIDDLE EASTERNER MEN IN US
Agence France Presse, 12/20/02

LOS ANGELES - US civil rights groups and Muslim leaders on Thursday 
slammed 
a new US anti-terrorism measure under which Middle Eastern men are 
forced 
to register with the authorities and be fingerprinted.

They called on Washington to scrap the "flawed and misguided" programme 
aimed at men from the Middle East, North Africa and North Korea 
following 
the arrest of scores of immigrants who turned up to register under the 
new 
rules.

The Los Angeles Times said Thursday that as many as 500 to 700 men and 
boys 
over the age of 16 had been detained in southern California alone when 
the 
deadline for the first wave of registrations expired on Monday. The 
detentions sparked an angry street protest in Los Angeles on Wednesday 
by 
thousands of Iranian-Americans protesting what they branded the unjust 
detentions of their loved ones.

The head of the Southern California American Civil Liberties Union 
(ACLU) 
said Thursday that the crackdown on alleged visa overstayers by the 
Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) was a breach of civil 
rights.

The actions "only serve to underscore the fact that some people in the 
administration still don't understand the values we are all fighting to 
protect," said Ramona Ripston, calling for the system to be scrapped...

---

HUNDREDS OF MUSLIM IMMIGRANTS ROUNDED UP IN CALIF.
Jill Serjeant, Reuters, 12/20/02
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20021219/wl_nm/attack_immigration_dc_4

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hundreds of Iranian and other Middle East 
citizens 
were in southern California jails on Wednesday after coming forward to 
comply with a new rule to register with immigration authorities only to 
wind up handcuffed and behind bars.

Shocked and frustrated Islamic and immigrant groups estimate that more 
than 
500 people have been arrested in Los Angeles, neighboring Orange County 
and 
San Diego in the past three days under a new nationwide anti-terrorism 
program. Some unconfirmed reports put the figure as high as 1,000.

The arrests sparked a demonstration by hundreds of Iranians outside a 
Los 
Angeles immigration office. The protesters carried banners saying 
"What's 
next? Concentration camps?" and "What happened to liberty and 
justice?..."

One activist said local jails were so overcrowded that the immigrants 
could 
be sent to Arizona, where they could face weeks or months in prisons 
awaiting hearings before immigration judges or deportation.

"It is a shock. You don't expect this to happen. It is really putting 
fright and apprehension in the community. People who come from these 
countries -- this is what they expect from their government. Not from 
America," said Sabiha Khan of the Southern California chapter of the 
Council on American Islamic Relations...

---

FAMILIES OF JAILED MIDDLE EASTERN IMMIGRANTS SAY RIGHTS VIOLATED
Sandra Marquez, Associated Press, 12/20/02
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2002/12/20/state0333EST0014.DTL

Los Angeles - Gisroo Mohajeri clutched her pregnant belly on the steps 
of 
the downtown federal building and uttered a mother's lament: "I feel so 
guilty," she sobbed.

Earlier this week, Mohajeri had urged her 16-year-old, Iranian-born son 
to 
voluntarily register with immigration officials under a new program. 
But 
now he faces deportation proceedings.

Mohajeri and relatives of the hundreds of Middle Eastern men and teens 
who 
have recently been detained say they feel betrayed by the country that 
once 
offered them a safe haven. Even worse for many family members is the 
feeling that they acted as unknowing accomplices to the U.S. 
government. "I 
blame myself. Why I brought my son here and put him in jail. Why? Just 
because I followed the law," Mohajeri cried. "I made a mistake..."

---

INS DETENTIONS ARE A BUST
Los Angeles Times, 12/20/02
www.latimes.com

In the aftermath of 9/11, the national consensus was that the 
Immigration 
and Naturalization Service had to have better control over who was in 
the 
country legally or illegally. However, it was important that regaining 
control of immigration not trample on human rights, especially of those 
already caught in the INS paperwork limbo as they became permanent 
legal 
residents.

For people who voluntarily showed up to register at INS offices in 
Southern 
California this week, the system seems to have buckled. Reports in The 
Times and other media say that hundreds of men, from teens on up, were 
handcuffed, shackled and, according to their lawyers, even hosed down 
in 
jail. INS spokesperson Francisco Arcaute denies that the detainees were 
hosed down but admits that "following standard procedures, those who 
were 
transported from one location to another may have been 
belly-handcuffed." 
Most important for national security, after an experience like this, 
can 
the INS expect that people will show up for the next registration...?

Consider, for example, the suit filed in Cleveland by four men who went 
to 
register and were detained. "The three men," the Plain Dealer reports, 
"responded to an amnesty offer from the INS last year and admitted that 
they were in the country illegally, paid a fine and filed for permanent 
residency. They are still waiting for the paperwork to come through and 
therefore are technically in violation of immigration laws."

The INS and the Justice Department need a much better way to do 
business.

-----

W.D. MOHAMMED TO RECEIVE CAIR LEADERSHIP AWARD

WHAT: In recognition of his years of leadership in the American Muslim 
community, Imam W.D. Mohammed will receive an award from the Council On 
American Islamic Relations at an event in San Jose, California on 
December 
27th.

The event, titled "Fostering Muslim Unity", will feature a talk by Imam 
Mohammed, leader of the Chicago-based Muslim America Society, on issues 
facing the American Muslim community.

"Imam Mohammed's leadership over the years has proven invaluable to the 
growth and success of the American Muslim community," said CAIR 
Chairman of 
the Board Omar Ahmad.

WHEN: Friday, December 27th at 6:30 P.M
WHERE: MCA Islamic Center - 3003 Scott Blvd., Santa Clara, CA

For more information, contact CAIR Northern California at 408-986-9874 
or 
email: cair_nca@cair-california.org

Sponsored by: MCA, SBIA and MAS

-----

ICNA/MAS HOLD JOINT CHICAGO CONVENTION

WHAT:  Winter vacation is around the corner and so is the annual joint 
Muslim American Society (MAS) /Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) 
convention, from December 25th-29th in Chicago. In an exercise of 
Islamic 
unity, MAS and ICNA are joining together to bring you several days of 
wholesome Islamic socializing, education, shopping, and entertainment. 
Register now, bring your family, and enjoy the convention's diverse 
array 
of events and programs.

--Attend a variety of specialized mini-conferences and programs: youth, 
sisters, da'wah, leadership, Islamic sciences, and more

--Earn a MAS Freedom Foundation training certificate in civics and 
activism

--Earn a training certificate in broadcasting media

--Watch movies at the Islamic film festival, with education and 
entertainment for the  whole family

--Visit our Health & Wellness fair, staffed by the Muslim Medical 
Association, the Heart Association, the Diabetes Association, the 
Sickle 
Cell Association, and the American Cancer Association

--Watch a civil rights debate: "Is America's 'War on Terrorism' Eroding 
Our 
Civil Liberties?"

WHEN: December 25th to December 29th
WHERE: Rosemont Convention Center - Chicago, Illinois

For more information, visit http://www.masnet.org/ and register online 
now 
for a 25% discount!  Illinois and Minnesota residents receive an 
additional 
discount.

-----

MUSLIMS AFFECTED BY "NO FLY" LIST ASKED TO CONTACT CAIR

The CAIR Civil Rights department is requesting that persons who have 
experienced difficulty traveling due to the appearance of their name on 
a 
"no fly" list to contact the office at (202) 488-8787 ext. 3282 or 
email 
ljaghlit@cair-net.org.

-----

VA ISLAMIC CULTURAL CENTER VANDALIZED IN POST 9/11 BACKLASH RELOCATES

The Islamic Cultural Center of Alexandria, VA has relocated to a larger 
space in the heart of the "Old Town" district. The center,(formally Old 
Town Islamic Book Store) was vandalized in the immediate aftermath of 
the 
9/11 attacks. For the past four years, the cultural center has been 
successful in educating Americans about Islam through distribution of 
free 
Holy Qurans, various books, tapes and brochures.

For more information, contact Hazem Barakat at (703) 836-2000 or visit 
the 
Islamic Cultural Center at 1512 King Street, Alexandria, VA
Email: IslamicCulturalC@aol.com

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From:"cair@cair-net.org" <cair@cair-net.org>
To:cair-net@cair.biglist.com
Subject: CAIR-NET: Cartoon Portrays Prophet Muhammad as Terrorist
Date: Sun, 22 Dec 2002 08:03:39 -0500

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SYNDICATED CARTOON PORTRAYS MUHAMMAD AS TERRORIST
Prophet of Islam shown driving nuke-laden Ryder truck

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/22/02) - A national Islamic civil rights and 
advocacy
group today expressed outrage at a Doug Marlette syndicated editorial
cartoon, headlined "What Would Mohammed Drive?" showing the Prophet
Muhammad driving a nuclear bomb-laden truck similar to that used by 
Timothy
McVeigh in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. 

SEE: http://www.cair-net.org/images/mohammeddrive.gif

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) 
called
for an apology from Marlette's syndicator, Tribune Media Services, and 
from
his employer, the Tallahassee Democrat. 

The cartoon is apparently a play on a recent light-hearted public 
debate
over what kind of car Jesus would drive. Its publication comes 
following
worldwide outrage over a similar accusation of terrorism against 
Muhammad
by American evangelist Jerry Falwell. 

"Defamatory attacks on Islam and on the Prophet Muhammad by media 
outlets
or religious leaders only serve to harm our nation's image worldwide 
and
divide America along religious lines. Unfortunately, it now seems to be
'open season' on Islam in certain religious and political circles," 
said
CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. Awad also objected to what he 
termed a
"racist and stereotypical" portrayal of "Muhammad." (Muslims object to 
any
visual representations of the Prophet.) 

"By learning more about the Prophet Muhammad, people of conscience will
discover that he was a prime example of tolerance and mercy," said 
Awad. He
suggested viewing the documentary, "Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet," 
aired
recently on PBS. 

The cartoon is the latest in a series of negative religious portrayals
addressed by CAIR. The group recently protested the depiction of a
Jesus-like figure in a TV Guide Channel commercial promoting 
professional
wrestling. After being contacted by many concerned Muslims, the network
cancelled the commercial. (Muslims revere Jesus as a prophet of God.)

Hundreds of Muslims also contacted the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper 
to
protest another editorial cartoon that linked Islam with intolerance 
and
violence. The newspaper later issued a clarification of the 
cartoonist's
intent.

                                 - END -

ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE. Hostile comments will only 
serve
to further harm the image of Islam and Muslims.)

Contact the Tallahassee Democrat to request an apology for their 
defamatory
attack on the Prophet Muhammad.

Mary Ann Lindley 
Editorial Page Editor 
Tallahassee Democrat
277 N. Magnolia Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32301

TEL: (850) 599-2100

E-MAIL: mlindley@taldem.com, inquiry@dougmarlette.com,
ddwilliams@tribune.com, wmahoney@tribune.com, mpope@taldem.com,
mlindley@taldem.com, tdedit@taldem.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

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

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From:"cair@cair-net.org" <cair@cair-net.org>
To:cair-net@cair.biglist.com
Subject: CAIR-NET: Civil Liberties Groups File Lawsuit Over Mass INS Arrests
Date: Tue, 24 Dec 2002 11:13:55 -0500

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CIVIL LIBERTIES GROUPS FILE LAWSUIT OVER MASS INS ARRESTS

(WASHINGTON, DC, DEC. 24, 2002) - The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination
Committee (ADC), Alliance of Iranian Americans (AIA), Council on 
American
Islamic-Relations (CAIR), and the National Council of Pakistani 
Americans
(NCPA) today announced the filing a class action lawsuit against 
Attorney
General John Ashcroft and the Immigration and Naturalization Service 
(INS). 

The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the Central
District of California, asserts that the INS unlawfully arrested large
numbers of people, December 16th through December 18th in Los Angeles 
as
they came forward to voluntarily comply with new "special registration"
requirements. Four of the hundreds of individuals arrested as a result 
of
the new INS policy are co-plaintiffs, along with two others who are 
afraid
to register due to the illegal arrests.

The lawsuit takes issue with four aspects of the recent arrests and 
seeks
an immediate injunction to avoid similar detentions during upcoming
registrations scheduled for January 10, 2003 (citizens of 13 countries
including Afghanistan, Algeria, United Arab Emirates and Yemen) and
February 21, 2003 (citizens of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia):

1. The arrests were illegal because the government did not obtain the
necessary arrest warrants;

2. It is unlawful and unjust to arrest and deport people who are 
eligible
to apply to legalize their status based on family relationships or 
their
employment;

3. Some detainees with avenues available to legalize their status are 
being
detained without bail or bail hearings;

4. The fear of mass illegal arrests created by these detentions will
obviously inhibit compliance by people facing similar registration
deadlines in the near future.

The groups are seeking:

1. An injunction ordering the government not arrest any additional 
persons
in the "special registration" process without appropriate arrest 
warrants
as required by existing federal laws;

2. An injunction preventing the deportation of detainees who have 
avenues
available to legalize their status; and

3. An injunction requiring that the INS not hold detainees without bond 
or
bond hearings if the detainee has available a mechanism to legalize 
their
status. 

Although the special registration policy has been presented as a 
national
security measure designed to counter potential terrorist threats, the 
INS
has been using the registration process to not only enforce immigration 
law
but to arrest and deport people who have complied with the law at every
stage and are on the road to becoming permanent residents. 

The effort to deport law-abiding people who could just as easily be 
allowed
to continue the immigration process seriously undermines prospects for
future compliance and constitutes an absurd waste of resources. The 
mass
arrests have further eroded confidence in the fairness of the INS and
immigration system among Arab and Muslim communities.

Dec. 16 was the first in a series of deadlines for special 
registration,
which are set to culminate in 2004 with the registration of all foreign
nationals in the United States. The mass arrests which took place in 
Los
Angeles last week, and the lawsuit filed today, have profound 
significance
for the future of the registration process in many immigrant 
communities,
and immigrants' rights in general.

The lead attorneys in the case are Peter A. Schey and Carlos R. Holguin 
of
the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law. Other co-counsel
include several attorneys in the ADC Legal Department, Babak Sotoodeh 
of
AIA, Khurrum Wahid of CAIR, Joannie Chang of the Asian Law Caucus, and
several California law firms.

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CONTACT: Hussain Ibish (ADC) 202-438-7297; Khurrum Wahid (CAIR)
917-972-0680, Ibrahim Hooper (CAIR) 202-744-7726; Lead counsel for
plaintiffs, Peter Schey (323) 251-3223

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HEADLINES:

* VERSE/HADITH OF THE DAY: JESUS, SON OF MARY
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT
* RESOURCES: ISLAMFINDER.ORG
* FBI SEEKS DATA ON FOREIGN STUDENTS (Washington Post)
	- Many Tools of Big Brother Are Up and Running (NY Times)
* AN ARAB-AMERICAN COMMUNITY AND ITS LEGIONS OF FBI WATCHERS (U.S. 
News)
* FL NEWSPAPER RESPONDS TO OUTRAGE OVER CARTOON
* RIGHTS GROUPS SUE OVER IMMIGRANT ARRESTS (AP)
	- Groups Ask Court to Halt Detention of Visitors (Mercury News)
	- Is This a Way to Ease Muslim Fears? (ABCNEWS.com)
* AMERICAN SAMOA BANS NATIONALS FROM 23 COUNTRIES (Morning Herald)
* BANKS SHUT OF PTECH ACCOUNTS (Boston Globe)
* CITIES URGE RESTRAINT IN FIGHT AGAINST TERROR (New York Times)
	- Crossing Swords With General Ashcroft (Village Voice)
* ANTIWAR VOICES RAPIDLY BECOMING A CHORUS (Star Tribune)
* CHRISTMAS BRINGS DIFFERENT EMOTIONS FOR JEWISH/MUSLIM KIDS (Wash. 
Post)

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VERSE/HADITH OF THE DAY: JESUS, SON OF MARY

"Behold! The angels said: 'O Mary! God giveth thee glad tidings of a 
Word 
from Him. His name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honor 
in 
this world and the Hereafter, and of (the company of) those nearest to 
God.'"

The Holy Quran, Chapter 3, Verse 45

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Both in this world and 
in 
the Hereafter, I am the nearest of all the people to Jesus, the son of 
Mary. The prophets are paternal brothers; their mothers are different, 
but 
their religion is one."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 4, Hadith 652

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Desktop Traveler / Where to Pray
Ernest Beck, Wall Street Journal, 12/24/2002

Site: IslamicFinder.org  Description: Run by nonprofit group "dedicated 
to 
serving Islam on the Internet."  Ease of Use: Extensive, easy-to-use 
site 
with global mosque finder, prayer times and a compass to locate Makkah 
(a.k.a. Mecca) -- the city toward which prayers are directed.  Comment: 
Ultimate Islam: Everything from history to beliefs, plus downloadable 
calls 
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FBI SEEKS DATA ON FOREIGN STUDENTS
Dan Eggen, Washington Post, 12/25/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A35355-2002Dec24.html

The FBI is asking colleges and universities around the country to 
provide 
the government with personal information about all foreign students and 
faculty, prompting objections from some schools and higher education 
groups 
that view the request as illegal.

The FBI says it needs the information to determine whether foreign 
students 
or teachers have ties to known or suspected terrorists. FBI and Justice 
Department officials say recent antiterrorism language in the USA 
Patriot 
Act allows schools to provide the data without notifying those 
involved.

But one prominent higher education group has told its members that 
providing the information would violate federal law. The U.S. 
Department of 
Education also indicated in a general advisory this year that some of 
the 
information now sought by the FBI cannot be provided without a court 
order 
or subpoena…

The FBI's request comes as schools are scrambling to provide similar 
information to another agency, the Immigration and Naturalization 
Service, 
which is building a database to track the more than 200,000 foreign 
students who enroll in U.S. schools each year…

Before the Patriot Act took effect, the law governing the privacy of 
student records, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, allowed 
schools to provide only "directory information," such as names, ages 
and 
birthdates, to law enforcement officers. Even then, the law required 
schools to obtain students' consent for providing such information 
without 
a court order, legal experts said…

SEE ALSO:

MANY TOOLS OF BIG BROTHER ARE UP AND RUNNING
JOHN MARKOFF and JOHN SCHWARTZ, New York Times, 12/24/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/23/technology/23PEEK.html

In the Pentagon research effort to detect terrorism by electronically 
monitoring the civilian population, the most remarkable detail may be 
this: 
Most of the pieces of the system are already in place.

Because of the inroads the Internet and other digital network 
technologies 
have made into everyday life over the last decade, it is increasingly 
possible to amass Big Brother-like surveillance powers through Little 
Brother means. The basic components include everyday digital 
technologies 
like e-mail, online shopping and travel booking, A.T.M. systems, 
cellphone 
networks, electronic toll-collection systems and credit-card payment 
terminals…

Total Information Awareness could link for the first time such 
different 
electronic sources as video feeds from airport surveillance cameras, 
credit 
card transactions, airline reservations and telephone calling records. 
The 
data would be filtered through software that would constantly look for 
suspicious patterns of behavior...

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AN ARAB-AMERICAN COMMUNITY AND ITS LEGIONS OF FBI WATCHERS
Bay Fang, U.S. News & World Report, 12/30/02
http://www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/021230/usnews/30michigan.htm

DEARBORN, MICH.--Assad has lived here for 12 years, in this little 
brick 
house off the main street in this Detroit suburb. His children, 
6-year-old 
Fatima and 3-year-old Hassan, were born here. He owns a thriving 
million-dollar company. But in the past few months, tired of being 
harassed 
and afraid he no longer be-longs, Assad has been building another house 
and 
another business--in Lebanon. "I want to be prepared for the worst," he 
says. "When I came here, I thought I would spend the rest of my life 
here. 
I thought of the U.S. as heaven on earth. But not anymore."

The war on terror--the domestic version--is being fought on these 
streets. 
This city of 100,000 is home to approximately 30,000 people of Middle 
Eastern descent, the largest concentration of Arab Muslims in the 
country. 
On Warren Avenue, kebab shops nestle next to car dealerships. The 
American 
flag flies high above Lebanese bakeries. And residents like Assad work 
to 
live their lives and raise their families in peace and freedom. 
Roundup. 
Those freedoms are precisely what law enforcement authorities say they 
are 
trying to protect as they continue to chase leads in the largest 
investigation in the nation's history. Since Congress passed the USA 
Patriot Act a little over a year ago--which gave authorities more power 
to 
investigate--federal and state police have rounded up and questioned 
men 
from Middle Eastern countries, tapped phones, and detained thousands of 
people secretly. These tactics, they say, have resulted in arrests of 
alleged terrorists in Portland, Ore., and Buffalo.

Last week, U.S. Customs Service agents raided businesses and homes here 
in 
Dearborn and arrested seven people who they allege may have helped 
transfer 
money to Yemen. But one attorney who has met with the men says they 
were 
arrested after they tried to register their money-transfer business 
with 
authorities. Community leaders say the matter is overblown. "This is 
another case of linking all criminal behavior with terrorism because 
the 
suspects happen to be Arab or Muslim Americans," says Haaris Ahmed, 
director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Michigan.

Many ordinary people in these communities have had their lives turned 
inside out by the investigations. Before the recent arrests, dozens of 
young men here had disappeared over the past year, detained on 
immigration 
violations and quietly deported…

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FL NEWSPAPER RESPONDS TO OUTRAGE OVER CARTOON

LAMPOONING IS AN AMERICAN TRADITION, AND SO IS EDITING
John Winn Miller, Tallahassee Democrat, 12/24/02
http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/democrat/news/opinion/4801712.htm

The Tallahassee Democrat has become the center of a national 
controversy 
again and this time it doesn't involve football. Instead it is our 
cartoonist Doug Marlette who is drawing fire.

Doug did a cartoon depicting a man driving a rental truck loaded with 
explosives under the caption: "What would Mohammed Drive?" The Democrat 
has 
not printed the cartoon and won't in the future. But it was 
automatically 
posted to our Web site briefly until I ordered it removed.

SEE CARTOON AT: http://www.cair-net.org/images/mohammeddrive.gif
SEE ALSO: SYNDICATED CARTOON PORTRAYS MUHAMMAD AS TERRORIST
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=995&page=NR

First let me explain our relationship with Doug. He works for us and 
his 
cartoons carry the Tallahassee Democrat name. He is also a syndicated 
cartoonist and has a daily cartoon strip, Kudzu. We do not control or 
have 
rights to his outside work. He sends us his cartoons and we decide 
whether 
to print them or not. Other news organizations make their own 
independent 
decisions, too.

So we edit only the material we run. Unbeknownst to me, we had an 
automatic 
system that placed all of Doug's political cartoons on our Web site. 
When 
that happened with the bomb cartoon, we were flooded with thousands of 
e-mails and phone calls demanding an apology.

That's not going to happen. We did not publish the cartoon and we won't 
because I don't think it is particularly funny. And I frankly am uneasy 
about making fun of religious icons in the Democrat. We have run 
cartoons 
making funs of priests because of their actions in the abuse scandal - 
but 
not because of their religion. There were some cartoons that we did not 
run 
because we thought they crossed the line of good taste. Different 
editors 
draw that line in different places.

However, I defend Doug's right to ridicule anyone. This is an honored 
American tradition. Granted, good comedy like his often depends on 
exaggerations. But he does have some fair basis for satire in this 
case.

While the vast majority of Muslims are a peaceful people and preach a 
peaceful religion, there are some who have subverted the message of the 
prophet Mohammed for their own violent purposes.

There are Muslim clerics who encourage suicide bombers with promises of 
martyrdom for the slaughter of innocents. Other Muslim leaders believe 
they 
have the right to order a Fatwa, the sanctioned murder of someone like 
Salmon Rushdie, just because of his ideas. Lampooning fanatics who 
believe 
they have a religious basis for murder is fair game.

This is not to say that only Muslims have violent or intolerant 
adherents. 
Christians, Hindus, Jews - you name the religion - we all have stains 
like 
the Inquisition or brutal persecutions upon us. So to anyone who was 
offended by Doug's cartoon, I'm sorry. But I do not apologize for his 
right 
to make a point, even if it makes some people mad.

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RIGHTS GROUPS SUE OVER IMMIGRANT ARRESTS
ROBERT JABLON, Associated Press, 12/25/02
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/national/AP-Immigrant-Arrests.html

LOS ANGELES - Groups representing Muslims and Arab-Americans, 
Iranian-Americans and Pakistani-Americans have sued the government 
seeking 
an injunction to bar future arrests under rules adopted in the 
aftermath of 
the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

The suit, which seeks class-action status, also asked a federal court 
to 
prevent the detention without bond or deportation of detainees who 
"have 
avenues available to legalize their status."

At least 400 men were arrested in Southern California for visa 
violations 
when immigrants from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sudan and Syria went to 
Immigration and Naturalization Service offices last week to register as 
required under the new policy. Many claimed the violations were due to 
slow 
paperwork processing by the INS. Most of those arrested were in 
Southern 
California, where all but 23 had been released by last week. However, 
many 
of those released still face immigration hearings and some could face 
deportation.

The arrests prompted outrage and protests, especially by 
Iranian-Americans 
who charged that many of those held were in the process of becoming 
legal 
residents and were arrested without warrants or access to legal help.

"They're doing everything that the government wants them to do...and 
they're being detained. There's no due process," said Jason Erb of the 
Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, one of 
the 
groups that filed the suit Tuesday.

"We're not challenging the right of the government to keep track of 
people 
who visit the country. We're critical of the way it's being done," he 
said. 
"We're critical of mass arrests of people who are trying to follow all 
the 
rules…"

In the next phase of the program, about 7,200 male visa holders from 13 
countries, including Afghanistan, Algeria, Lebanon and North Korea, 
will be 
required to register by Jan. 10. Males from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan 
must 
register by Feb. 21.

SEE ALSO:

GROUPS ASK U.S. COURT TO HALT DETENTION OF VISITORS BY INS
Jessie Mangaliman, San Jose Mercury News, 12/25/02
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/bayarea/news/local/4811794.htm

"There's an issue of fundamental fairness," said Khurrum Wahid, a New 
York 
City lawyer representing the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a 
national group that has offices in the Bay Area. "These are people who 
followed the rules and they were still arrested…"

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IS THIS A WAY TO EASE MUSLIM FEARS?
Reena K. Singh, ABCNEWS.com, 12/24/02
http://abcnews.go.com/sections/us/DailyNews/ins_detainess021224.html

Many who were taken into custody are angry over the treatment they 
received. This resentment comes at a time when Washington is trying to 
improve its image to Muslims worldwide…

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AMERICAN SAMOA BANS NATIONALS FROM 23 COUNTRIES
Sydney Morning Herald, 12/24/02
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2002/12/23/1040511009772.html

Citing a security threat, the US Pacific territory of American Samoa 
has 
banned nationals from 23 countries unless they have specific permission 
to 
visit, officials said.

American Samoa Governor Tauese Sunia said the step was taken after a 
credible security threat, an official from his office said yesterday.

The territory's attorney general, Fiti Sunia, said nationals of the 
banned 
countries would now need approval from his office before being granted 
entry permits.

The countries are: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Cuba, Fiji, 
Indonesia, 
Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, 
Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, 
United 
Arab Emirates and Yemen.

They add to a smaller list of mainly Arab nations banned in August 
after a 
security scare led to the week-long closure of the US embassy in Apia 
in 
nearby Samoa…

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BANKS SHUT OF PTECH ACCOUNTS
Firm, 4 employees of Middle Eastern descent affected
Ross Kerber, Boston Globe, 12/24/2002
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/358/business/Banks_shut_of_Ptech_accounts+.shtml

Major banks have canceled two corporate accounts and plan to cancel the 
personal accounts of four employees of Middle Eastern descent at Ptech 
Inc., the Quincy software firm that was searched by federal authorities 
Dec. 5 as part of a financial-crimes investigation, according to 
company 
officials and documents they provided.

Neither the company nor its employees have been charged with any 
wrongdoing, and Ptech executives say they are assisting authorities…the 
actions by the banks have touched off complaints in Quincy's large 
Islamic 
community that the company and its employees have been unfairly singled 
out.

Ptech executives said the closures suggest racial profiling of its 
Middle 
Eastern employees.

"It's of great concern, because there seems to be a targeting of 
individuals based on their backgrounds," said James Cerrato, Ptech's 
cofounder and chief product officer. He said that the accounts of some 
employees with Middle Eastern backgrounds remain open and that 
employees 
from other backgrounds report no problems…

People who have received these letters call them disconcerting. One 
Ptech 
employee, who asked not to be named, said even Fleet's own branch 
managers 
seemed surprised when he first told them of the letter. He hasn't been 
involved in any illicit activities, he said.

Among his coworkers, he said, "The feeling is, this is just the 
beginning. 
Society is already alienating us as Muslim-Americans."

Others outside the company share his views. "I feel sad about this; 
it's 
part of the rush to profile, though some might disagree," said Imam 
Talal 
Eid, who leads the Islamic Center of New England in Quincy.

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CITIES URGE RESTRAINT IN FIGHT AGAINST TERROR
MICHAEL JANOFSKY, New York Times, 12/23/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/23/national/23PATR.html

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., Dec. 20 - Nearly two dozen cities around the country 
have 
passed resolutions urging federal authorities to respect the civil 
rights 
of local citizens when fighting terrorism. Efforts to pass similar 
measures 
are under way in more than 60 other places.

While the resolutions are largely symbolic, many of them provide some 
legal 
justification for local authorities to resist cooperating in the 
federal 
war on terrorism when they deem civil liberties and Constitutional 
rights 
are being compromised.

SEE ALSO:

CROSSING SWORDS WITH GENERAL ASHCROFT
Nat Hentoff, Village Voice, 12/20/02
http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0252/hentoff.php

I've been asked whether the growing number of Bill of Rights defense 
committees defying the Bush-Ashcroft-Rumsfeld attacks on our 
Constitutional 
liberties aren't really only symbolic. What can town and city councils 
across the country actually do to rein in the FBI, the CIA, and all the 
other intelligence agencies now interconnected through the homeland 
security act?

A useful way to answer this pivotal question was reported on November 
26 in 
the Eugene, Oregon, Register-Guard: "Eugene city councilors gave in to 
a 
stampede of constituents Monday night, surprising even themselves by 
voting 
unanimously at an impassioned meeting to make Eugene the 15th city in 
the 
United States and the first in Oregon to formally seek reform or repeal 
of 
the USA Patriot Act."

Said City Councilor Bonny Bettman: "We shouldn't stand by silently as 
those 
rights and freedoms are eroded. Our rights and freedoms really help 
distinguish us from our enemies…"

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ANTIWAR VOICES RAPIDLY BECOMING A CHORUS
Sharon Schmickle, Star Tribune, 12/25/02
http://www.startribune.com/stories/484/3554338.html

One of the photos Steve Clemens carried home from the Middle East last 
week 
shows him on a busy street in Baghdad holding a placard that sums up 
his 
stance on the looming crisis: "No War!"

Not everyone who opposes going to war is ready to follow Clemens' 
tracks 
from Minneapolis to Iraq. But a growing number of Twin Citians are 
echoing 
the "No War" slogan…

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TWO CITIES, TWO IMMIGRANT LANDINGS
New York Times, 12/25/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/25/opinion/25WED2.html

The arrival of hundreds of poor immigrants, many without education or 
English skills, caused great concern in Lewiston, Me., where old-line 
Yankee residents worried about the town's capacity to absorb the 
newcomers. 
Tension was inevitable.

That was more than a century and a half ago, when Irish refugees from 
the 
potato famine came in search of work, quickly followed by a wave of 
French 
Canadians who were recruited by the mills to increase production…

Now the descendants of those immigrants are the community pillars, 
facing 
their own test of the American way. More than 1,000 black Muslim 
refugees 
from civil war, famine and disease in Somalia, many of them originally 
resettled in the Atlanta area, began arriving in the town of 36,000, 
unannounced, nearly two years ago. The women wear native dress, and the 
men 
gather at a makeshift mosque. Nonetheless, the Somalis have worked to 
fit 
into a community that is ambivalent about them. Mayor Laurier Raymond 
Jr. 
let the strain show when he used an open letter last fall to plead with 
his 
new Somali neighbors to stop the migration…

In this new wave, immigrants are finding opportunities away from large 
cities. Their impact, especially in older, smaller towns, can be 
enormous 
and positive. Schenectady sees its future with the Guyanese. And while 
immigrants like the Somalis need places like Lewiston, places like 
Lewiston 
can survive only with immigrants like the Somalis.

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CHRISTMAS BRINGS DIFFERENT EMOTIONS FOR JEWISH AND MUSLIM KIDS
Washington Post, 12/25/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A35442-2002Dec24.html

Christmas is everywhere in this country, especially for kids. Santa's 
helpers are at the shopping mall. Nativity scenes are on people's front 
lawns. There's even a Christmas tree in the Great Hall at Hogwarts. 
Turn on 
the television, and there's Linus telling the story of Jesus's birth on 
"A 
Charlie Brown Christmas…"

Non-Christian kids, meanwhile, have some pretty important traditions of 
their own to observe in December, but their classmates often know 
little 
about them.

Sarah Ismail, for instance, fasts as part of the month-long Muslim holy 
time called Ramadan. When observing it, Muslims do not eat or drink 
between 
sunrise and sunset.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 12/26/2002

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: A CURE FOR EVERY DISEASE
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT
* VANDAL SHATTERS GLASS AT ILLINOIS ISLAMIC CENTER (Sun-Times)
* U.S. USING "STRESS AND DURESS" DURING INTERROGATIONS (Wash.Post)
* IRANIAN MAN CHARGES FIRING WAS BIAS DRIVEN (Journal News)
* NEIGHBORS OPPOSE TOWER FOR MOSQUE (Atlanta Journal)
* EDITORIAL: BRAND AMERICA (Washington Post)
* ELECTED OFFICIALS CALL FOR SUSPENSION OF INS REGISTRATION
	- Portal to Information on Special Registration (USDOJ)
* INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS STAY AT SCHOOL DURING BREAKS (AP)
* MUSLIM GATHERING PONDERS CONCERNS (Chicago Tribune)
* INVESTORS SOUGHT FOR AMERICAN MUSLIM TV CHANNEL

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HADITH OF THE DAY: A CURE FOR EVERY DISEASE

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "There is no disease 
that 
God has created, except that He also created its cure."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 7, Hadith 582

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VANDAL SHATTERS GLASS AT SUBURBAN MUSLIM CENTER
ANNIE SWEENEY, Chicago Sun-Times, 12/24/02
http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-muslim24.html

A Morton Grove Muslim center was vandalized over the weekend, an act 
some 
believe might be connected to recent tensions in the neighborhood about 
parking and a proposed expansion.

Leaders of the Muslim Education Center, which is run by the Muslim 
Community Center in Chicago, said that over the weekend someone threw a 
large piece of cinder block through a glass entrance to the center, 
which 
is near Menard and Dempster in the north suburb.

Mohammed Kaiseruddin, president of the MCC, said the vandalism happened 
sometime between Saturday night and dawn Sunday. He said a security 
tape 
shows someone on the grounds about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, although no face 
is 
visible.

Kaiseruddin said there has been concern among neighbors about the 
number of 
cars--close to 200--that typically arrive for Friday prayers. He said 
the 
center has worked with the village on the problem by providing a 
parking 
attendant and restricting overflow parking from its lot to one side of 
the 
street.

Still, some village meetings have drawn close to 100 people, he said. 
Also, 
the center's recent proposal to build a mosque on site has also been a 
topic of concern.

"There's no way for me to tell if it's part of it or not," Kaiseruddin 
said. "There has been a tense environment around there…Sometimes the 
statements are a little emotional."

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U.S. DECRIES ABUSE BUT DEFENDS INTERROGATIONS
Dana Priest and Barton Gellman, Washington Post, 12/26/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A37943-2002Dec25.html

Deep inside the forbidden zone at the U.S.-occupied Bagram air base in 
Afghanistan, around the corner from the detention center and beyond the 
segregated clandestine military units, sits a cluster of metal shipping 
containers protected by a triple layer of concertina wire. The 
containers 
hold the most valuable prizes in the war on terrorism -- captured al 
Qaeda 
operatives and Taliban commanders.

Those who refuse to cooperate inside this secret CIA interrogation 
center 
are sometimes kept standing or kneeling for hours, in black hoods or 
spray-painted goggles, according to intelligence specialists familiar 
with 
CIA interrogation methods. At times they are held in awkward, painful 
positions and deprived of sleep with a 24-hour bombardment of lights -- 
subject to what are known as "stress and duress" techniques.

Those who cooperate are rewarded with creature comforts, interrogators 
whose methods include feigned friendship, respect, cultural sensitivity 
and, in some cases, money. Some who do not cooperate are turned over -- 
"rendered," in official parlance -- to foreign intelligence services 
whose 
practice of torture has been documented by the U.S. government and 
human 
rights organizations…

While the U.S. government publicly denounces the use of torture, each 
of 
the current national security officials interviewed for this article 
defended the use of violence against captives as just and necessary. 
They 
expressed confidence that the American public would back their view. 
The 
CIA, which has primary responsibility for interrogations, declined to 
comment…

U.S. officials oversee most of the interrogations, especially those of 
the 
most senior captives. In some cases, highly trained CIA officers 
question 
captives through interpreters. In others, the intelligence agency 
undertakes a "false flag" operation using fake decor and disguises 
meant to 
deceive a captive into thinking he is imprisoned in a country with a 
reputation for brutality, when, in reality, he is still in CIA hands. 
Sometimes, female officers conduct interrogations, a psychologically 
jarring experience for men reared in a conservative Muslim culture 
where 
women are never in control.

In other cases, usually involving lower-level captives, the CIA hands 
them 
to foreign intelligence services -- notably those of Jordan, Egypt and 
Morocco -- with a list of questions the agency wants answered. These 
"extraordinary renditions" are done without resort to legal process and 
usually involve countries with security services known for using brutal 
means…

The State Department's annual human rights report routinely denounces 
sleep 
deprivation as an interrogation method. In its 2001 report on Turkey, 
Israel and Jordan, all U.S. allies, the department listed sleep 
deprivation 
among often-used alleged torture techniques…

Free from the scrutiny of military lawyers steeped in the international 
laws of war, the CIA and its intelligence service allies have the 
leeway to 
exert physically and psychologically aggressive techniques, said 
national 
security officials and U.S. and European intelligence officers...

According to Americans with direct knowledge and others who have 
witnessed 
the treatment, captives are often "softened up" by MPs and U.S. Army 
Special Forces troops who beat them up and confine them in tiny rooms. 
The 
alleged terrorists are commonly blindfolded and thrown into walls, 
bound in 
painful positions, subjected to loud noises and deprived of sleep. The 
tone 
of intimidation and fear is the beginning, they said, of a process of 
piercing a prisoner's resistance.

The take-down teams often "package" prisoners for transport, fitting 
them 
with hoods and gags, and binding them to stretchers with duct tape…

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IRANIAN MAN CHARGES FIRING WAS BIAS DRIVEN
Suit alleges Yonkers company reacted to 9/11 attacks
Stacy Brown, Journal News, 12/24/02
http://www.thejournalnews.com/

An Iranian immigrant who said he was fired in the wake of the Sept. 11, 
2001, terrorist attacks because of his ethnicity has filed suit against 
a 
Yonkers construction company.

Jalil Ershadi, who lives in White Plains, said management at Yonkers 
Contracting Co. of Midland Avenue was incensed over the attacks and 
lashed 
out at him the day after Ershadi told a company official that the 
situation 
could best be settled through political policy rather than war.

Ershadi, 51, had worked for the company since May 14, 2001, and his 
attorney, Julie Gaughran of Mount Kisco, told The Journal News 
yesterday 
that she was hopeful that the lawsuit could be resolved as early as 
next 
week. The 11-page lawsuit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in White 
Plains, accused the company of wrongful termination by discrimination 
based 
upon race, color, ethnic background, national origin and religion. The 
matter is being heard by U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon.

In court papers, Gaughran states that on Sept. 12, 2001, Ershadi, an 
estimator, approached supervisor Dennis Capalino with a work-related 
question and was told to speak with company Vice President Patrick 
Muller.

Ershadi asked what Muller thought of the attacks, then Ershadi said he 
thought the United States should resolve the conflict "through 
political 
policy."

Muller, who favored retaliatory bombings, became incensed, then asked 
Ershadi about his place of birth, according to Ershadi's court papers. 
After Ershadi told him he was originally from Iran and is a Muslim, 
Muller 
shouted, "You're a hostage-taker, get ... out of my office," according 
to 
the papers.

The suit says Muller had to be physically restrained after shouting 
more 
obscenities toward Ershadi, who was told to leave the building by Human 
Resources Director Paul Gangami and owner Carl Petrillo.

Gangami told Ershadi that he was being terminated because he "had 
created a 
hostile environment" that would not be tolerated by the company, 
Gaughran 
charges in the court papers.

Capalino of Yonkers Contracting said yesterday: "It's not in our best 
interest to comment on this. This (lawsuit) is being handled by our 
human 
resources department and Mr. Gangami…"

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NEIGHBORS OPPOSE TOWER FOR MOSQUE
PHILLIP TAYLOR, Atlanta Journal, 12/26/02
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/metro/cobb/1202/26mosque.html

Amjad Taufique hardly suspected the opposition that surfaced when the 
Islamic Circle of North America sought city approval for a 70-foot 
tower 
for a proposed mosque on Powder Springs Road in Marietta.

But there they were, more than 100 of his neighbors, protesting the 
plans 
before the Marietta Board of Zoning Appeals at its Dec. 16 meeting. The 
mosque needed the board's approval to build the minaret, which is 35 
feet 
higher than city rules allow.

Somewhat stunned, Taufique understood concerns about noise and traffic 
and 
had responses at the ready. But when a man approached him and rudely 
suggested the mosque cut its losses and build elsewhere, he was not 
sure 
what to say. "That's when I felt, is this about the height of the 
minaret, 
or is it something else?" Taufique said. "You pray to God that it is 
nothing but the height…"

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EDITORIAL: BRAND AMERICA
Washington Post, 12/26/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A38308-2002Dec25.html

AS ANY GRADE school teacher will tell you, it's better to tell the 
truth. 
So it was unsettling to read that in its new propaganda war (known as 
Info 
Ops to the insiders), someone at the Pentagon had suggested planting 
fake 
stories with foreign journalists…

One of the first Beers products came with a kind of built-in 
contradiction: 
a slickly produced TV ad designed to convince Arab audiences that 
America 
was not all slick TV. The ad showed a Muslim teacher from Ohio wearing 
her 
headscarf, speaking in her appliance-filled kitchen about how she 
"didn't 
see any prejudice in her neighborhood after Sept. 11." But somehow that 
seemed too good to be true. Egyptian officials balked at airing 
"propaganda 
from a foreign country." Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Jordan have still 
not 
agreed to show it. So far the four-part video series has aired only in 
Indonesia…

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ELECTED OFFICIALS CALL FOR SUSPENSION OF INS REGISTRATION

December 23, 2002

The Honorable
John D. Ashcroft
Attorney General of the United States
U.S. Department of Justice
10th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Mr. Attorney General:

We write to urge you to suspend further implementation of the National 
Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) by the U.S. Department 
of 
Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) until Congress and 
the 
Department conduct a complete and thorough review of this program. We 
have 
grave doubts about whether the INS's implementation of NSEERS has 
struck 
the proper balance between securing our borders on the one hand and 
respecting the civil liberties of foreign students, businesspeople, and 
visitors who have come to our nation legally on the other.

Rather, this special registration program appears to be a component of 
a 
second wave of roundups and detentions of Arab and Muslim males 
disguised 
as a perfunctory registration requirement. Reports indicate that 
hundreds 
of individuals who have voluntarily appeared to register at INS offices 
around the country (but primarily in California) have been arrested and 
detained without reasonable justification. According to news reports, 
many 
of those detained have applications pending for adjustment of status on 
which the INS has not yet acted.

For example, according to a news report, a 16 year old boy who entered 
the 
country lawfully on a student visa was separated from his pregnant 
mother, 
even though he is seeking permanent residency to be able to join his 
mother, who is a permanent resident, and stepfather, who is a US 
citizen, 
in America. According to another report, a successful Iranian Jewish 
businessman, who had fled Iran and believed he could find freedom and 
security in America, was arrested and jailed even though he has had an 
application for permanent residency pending with the INS for five 
years. It 
is unjust to penalize and detain people who have a claim to lawful 
status 
when, in many cases, it is the INS processing backlog that has caused 
the 
delay in approving status-adjustment applications.

We are also concerned by reports that detainees have been denied access 
to 
counsel and are being held in deplorable conditions, including being 
deprived of food for more than 24 hours and being forced to sleep on 
cold 
floors.

These reports are all the more troubling because this new program comes 
one 
year after the Department launched its first roundup and detention of 
mostly Arab and Muslim men, the vast majority of whom were detained for 
immigration violations and ultimately cleared of any involvement in 
terrorist activity. You have so far failed to identify most of the 
hundreds 
of individuals arrested and detained in the wake of September 11 or 
their 
counsel. This pattern of targeting persons for arrest based on race, 
religion, ethnicity, or national origin rather than on specific 
evidence of 
criminal activity or connections with terrorist organizations only 
serves 
to undermine the trust of the American people, especially the Arab and 
Muslim American communities whose cooperation we need more than ever to 
protect our nation.

Furthermore, we are concerned about the interview stage of the NSEERS 
special registration program. We understand that information is sought 
on 
the individual's credit card, bank account, and video rental card 
numbers, 
and, for those on student visas, on affiliation with campus political 
and 
religious groups and names of roommates. These questions raise serious 
privacy and constitutional concerns.

We request that you immediately provide to us and release publicly 
information about implementation of NSEERS, including the following:

1. All policy directives or guidance issued to officials about 
implementation of NSEERS, including the role of the FBI in conducting 
national security background checks of registrants;

2. An explanation of why certain INS District Offices detained persons 
with 
pending status-adjustment applications;

3. All policy directives or guidance issued to officials about making 
public statements or disclosures about these individuals; and

4. A full explanation of how information gathered during interviews of 
registrants will be stored, used, or transmitted to other federal, 
state, 
or local agencies.

We further request that you release information about individuals taken 
into custody as soon as possible, including the following:

5. The identity of each individual who attempted to register pursuant 
to 
NSEERS but was taken into custody, including the individual's name, 
citizenship status, and place of birth;

6. The date of arrest of each detainee;

7. The date charges, if any, were brought against each detainee;

8. The charges brought, if any, against each detainee and, if no 
charges 
were brought, an explanation of why the individual was taken into 
custody;

9. The basis for continuing to detain those individuals who have been 
cleared of any connection with terrorism but are still in detention;

10. The identity of and contact information for any lawyer representing 
any 
detainee, including names, addresses, and phone numbers; and

11. The identity of any detainee who is not represented by counsel.

The Department of Justice should aggressively investigate and prevent 
future terrorist attacks, but should at the same time act with 
constitutional restraint. The Department of Justice has a 
responsibility to 
release sufficient information about the special registration program 
and 
the detainees to allow Congress and the American people to decide 
whether 
the Department has acted appropriately and consistent with the 
Constitution.

In addition, we urge you to suspend further implementation of NSEERS 
pending congressional review. It is imperative that you take steps to 
reassure Congress and the American people that this special 
registration 
program is not a detention program falling just short of widespread 
internment of Arabs and Muslims. We further urge you to take all 
necessary 
steps to ensure that the fundamental constitutional rights of 
individuals 
already detained are protected, including access to counsel.

Times of crisis are the true test of a democracy. Our nation still 
bears 
the scars of an earlier crisis when our government went too far by 
detaining Japanese, German, and Italian Americans based on their race, 
ethnicity, or national origin. We should not repeat these painful 
mistakes.

We look forward to your response.

Sincerely,

Russell D. Feingold
U.S. SENATOR

Edward M. Kennedy
U.S. SENATOR

John Conyers, Jr.
U.S. REPRESENTATIVE

SEE ALSO:

PORTAL TO INFORMATION ON SPECIAL REGISTRATION
http://www.ins.usdoj.gov/graphics/lawenfor/specialreg/index.htm

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS STAY AT SCHOOL DURING BREAKS
Associated Press, 12/26/02

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Many international students are spending their 
holiday breaks on campus because they fear they won't be able to return 
to 
the United States if they go home.

Tim Huff, manager of Oklahoma State University international students 
and 
scholars, told students from primarily Arab and Middle Eastern 
countries to 
avoid leaving the country during the holiday break except for family 
emergencies.

"Our recommendation is not to travel home over the Christmas break," he 
said. "It's a different world than what we've seen in the past."

Huff said he has been advised that visa processing in some embassies 
could 
take three weeks or longer. Any delay of international students in 
coming 
back to school could affect their grades and threaten their student 
visa 
status in the United States…

While many of his friends and colleagues went home for the holidays, 
graduate student Kashif Khan, a Pakistani national, worked at the OSU 
library on the Stillwater campus.

He worried that if he left, U.S. immigration officials might not let 
him 
return to Stillwater where he has been a computer science student for 2 
1/2 
years. The same fear kept him here over the summer and caused him to 
miss 
his sister's wedding.

Next month, Khan will be photographed and fingerprinted as part of the 
government's new anti-terrorism program. Nonimmigrant men from Pakistan 
and 
Saudi Arabia are the latest to be called up…

Khan, a 26-year-old student from Lahore, Pakistan, said he understands 
that 
the United States must be cautious "since most of the problems are 
coming 
from Muslim countries," but it still leaves him uneasy.

"I am so embarrassed," Khan said. "It is very upsetting. It makes me 
feel 
not very good."

His parents have cautioned him not to come home until he receives his 
degree.

"My future is more important," he said. "I have to finish my studies 
over 
here."

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MUSLIM GATHERING PONDERS CONCERNS
Julia Lieblich, Chicago Tribune, 12/26/02
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0212260086dec26,1,2667300.story

For the second time in their histories--and for the second time in five 
months--two diverse Muslim organizations will hold a joint U.S. 
convention 
to address the religious, political and social concerns of Muslims in a 
country on the verge of war.

The three-day meeting in the Rosemont Convention Center, which starts 
Thursday, will bring together the Islamic Circle of North America, 
whose 
members largely are South Asian, and the Muslim American Society, whose 
constituency is predominantly Arab…

More than 50 speakers will address topics such as the possibility of 
war in 
Iraq, civil liberties, the media, education, schooling, the role of 
Muslim 
women and youth.

A session will be devoted to discussing Palestine and U.S. policy 
toward 
the Middle East; another will address the role of the U.S government in 
South Asia.

Two youth sections will discuss the Islamic revival, a movement often 
associated with support for Islamic states in predominantly Muslim 
countries.

Civil rights likely will take on particular relevance after the recent 
arrests of hundreds of Middle Eastern men and teenagers in Southern 
California. They had voluntarily complied with a new federal 
fingerprinting 
and registration program for immigrants…

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination League, the Council on American 
Islamic Organizations and other groups Tuesday filed a class-action 
suit in 
California against Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft and the Immigration and 
Naturalization Service.

The suit charges that the INS unlawfully arrested people as they came 
forward voluntarily. The groups are seeking an injunction before the 
next 
registration deadline to avoid another mass arrest.

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INVESTORS SOUGHT FOR AMERICAN MUSLIM TV CHANNEL

INVITATION TO BRIDGES TV PRESENTATION

The executives of Bridges TV - Where American Muslims Come Home - will 
be 
in Chicago on Saturday December 28th to make an investment 
presentation. 
This is an opportunity for qualified investors to learn more about this 
very important community service project with a financial return on 
investment.

You and a guest are invited to attend either one of the two Investment 
Forums:

Time: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Date: Saturday, December 28th, 2002
Room: Winchester, Mezzanine Level
Hotel: The DoubleTree Hotel, O'Hare-Rosemont
Address: 5460 North River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018
Across from Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Phone: 847-292-9100

The investment presentation will outline the following:

1. Market Research on American Muslims by Cornell University
2. Television Industry Analysis
3. Business Plan
4. Financial Model
5. Management Team
6. Return on Investment
7. Endorsements from Community Leaders
8. Bridges TV Pilot Video
9. Question & Answers
10. Stock Subscription Agreement/SEC/FCC

To learn more about this major community project you may visit the 
Bridges 
TV web site at: www.bridges.tv

If you plan to attend, please reply to let us know which session (1pm 
or 
3pm) would you be attending. Please feel free to forward this 
invitation to 
qualified investors in your community. Thank you and we look forward to 
seeing you on December 28th.

Muzzammil S. Hassan, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
Bridges TV
Tel: 716-578-1317

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

REPUBLICAN GROUP ASKED TO REMOVE ANTI-ISLAM LINK FROM WEBSITE

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/26/02) - A prominent national Islamic civil 
rights 
and advocacy group tonight called on a Republican group in North 
Carolina 
to remove a link to anti-Islam rhetoric from its website and apologize 
to 
Muslims in that state.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) says the website of 
the 
Greensboro-based Guilford County Republican Party has a link to a site 
called "Islam Exposed" that states: "This website was designed with 1 
(sic) 
objective in mind - to expose one of the greatest evils on our planet - 
Islam. We have the evidence and materials to prove that this false 
religion 
is nothing more than a barbaric occult (sic) invented by savages for 
savages."

SEE: http://www.guilfordgop.org/ Scroll halfway down the page on the 
left side.

The party maintains the link to the anti-Islam site despite past 
objections 
from concerned American Muslims. The GOP website itself offers a 
disclaimer 
and states: "We have received a few emails from Muslims who indicate 
that 
this material misrepresents their religion."

"It is unconscionable that a political party claiming to represent all 
Americans would associate itself with a site that expresses open hatred 
for 
the faith of millions of fellow citizens. The Guilford County 
Republican 
Party should remove this defamatory link and apologize to the Muslim 
community of North Carolina," said CAIR Board Chairman Omar Ahmad.

Ahmad compared the controversy over the GOP link to that of Senator 
Trent 
Lott (R-MI), who was recently forced to resign from his post as Senate 
Majority Leader over allegations that he was insensitive to the issue 
of 
racism in America. He added that recent attacks on Islam have come 
almost 
exclusively from the right-wing of the American political spectrum.

There are an estimated seven million Muslims in America and some 1.2 
billion worldwide.

					- END -

ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE. Hostile comments can and will 
be 
used to further defame Islam and Muslims.)

Contact the Guilford County Republican Party to ask that they take down 
the 
defamatory link and apologize to Muslims.

Chairman Marcus Kindley
Guilford County Republican Party
P.O. Box 29136
Greensboro, N.C. 27249-9136

E-MAIL: marcusk136@intercarolina.net, nbbaob@yahoo.com, 
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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 12/27/2002

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: ADOPT A MIDDLE COURSE
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT
* BREAKING NEWS: REPUBLICAN WEBSITE REMOVES ANTI-ISLAM LINK
* GOP LINK ON WEB DRAWING CRITICISM (News & Record)
	- Islamic Group Wants Web Link Shut Down (AP)
* EDITORIAL: TORTURE IS NOT AN OPTION (Washington Post)
	- A Secret CIA Assassination Policy for Citizens (Chicago Tribune)
* ROBERT NOVAK: SHARON'S WAR? (Townhall.com)
* MUSLIM DETAINEES PROTEST MASS ARRESTS (Village Voice)
	- U.S. Lawyers Challenge Immigration Suit (AP)
	- Muslim Charity Man Appeals Deportation (AP)
	- Jailed in U.S. Snafu, Man Disillusioned (Globe and Mail)
* CLASH WITH FOSTER FAMILY SPLITS MUSLIM SIBLINGS (AP)
* CENTER TO INCLUDE STORY OF ALI'S LIFE (AP)

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BREAKING NEWS: REPUBLICAN WEBSITE REMOVES ANTI-ISLAM LINK

After receiving a flood of messages from concerned Muslims, the 
Guilford 
County (NC) Republican Party has removed an anti-Islam link from its 
website. The GOP site now states: "We apologize for the link to this 
website and have instituted safeguards against links to such sites in 
the 
future. There is no room for hate in our society." SEE: 
http://www.guilfordgop.org/ Scroll down on left side of page.

SEE ALSO: REPUBLICAN GROUP ASKED TO REMOVE ANTI-ISLAM LINK FROM WEBSITE
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=997&page=NR

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GOP LINK ON WEB DRAWING CRITICISM
DANIEL M. NONTE, News & Record, 12/27/02
http://www.news-record.com/news/local/gso/website27rk.htm

The Internet site of the Guilford County Republican Party has a link to 
a 
site that describes Islam as "one of the greatest evils on our planet."

When told by a reporter Thursday about the contents of the anti-Islam 
site, 
Marcus Kindley, chairman of the county GOP, said he would have the link 
removed. He said that he had not visited the site.

Kindley said the link was added to educate people about Wahhabism, an 
austere form of Islam that is the dominant faith in Saudi Arabia. Osama 
bin 
Laden and the Taliban represent a militant, extremist form of 
Wahhabism.

The link was put on the Republican site about a month before the 
November 
election. It was not clear Thursday if the page had changed in the 
intervening months. The home page of the anti-Islam site makes no 
mention 
of Wahhabism.

Local Muslims condemned the site and the link's presence on the 
Republican 
Web page. Simply removing the link is not enough, said Badi Ali, 
president 
of the Islamic Center of the Triad.

"This is ridiculous," Ali said. "These people are supposed to be 
leading 
the Republican Party. They should apologize."

A spokesman for a national Islamic group also blasted local 
Republicans.

"It's ironic that a political party that's trying to show that it is 
not 
racist or bigoted would have such a link," said Ibrahim Hooper, a 
spokesman 
for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations. "Would 
they 
have a link to the KKK or anti-Semitic Web sites or other kinds of 
outrageous materials? Of course not…"

Hooper said the link's very presence amounts to approval. "They're 
endorsing it," he said. "Let's not mince words."

Goulder said he does not know much about the anti-Islam site and 
learned of 
it from the conservative news site WorldNetDaily.com…

SEE ALSO:

ISLAMIC GROUP WANTS WEB LINK SHUT DOWN
Associated Press, 12/27/02

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -  Islamic civil-rights organization has asked the 
Guilford County Republican Party to remove a link to a Web site that it 
says misrepresents the Islamic faith.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, also wants the 
county's 
Republican Party to apologize to Muslims in North Carolina. The Web 
site, 
IslamExposed.com, says that it was set up "with one objective in mind - 
to 
expose one of the greatest evils on our planet - Islam. We have the 
evidence and materials to prove that this false religion is nothing 
more 
than a barbaric occult invented by savages for savages…

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EDITORIAL: TORTURE IS NOT AN OPTION
Washington Post, 12/27/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A42024-2002Dec26.html

WHEN ISRAEL had a policy of applying what it euphemistically termed 
"moderate physical pressure" to detainees suspected of terrorist links, 
the 
United States knew what to call it. "Israeli security forces abuse, and 
in 
some cases torture, Palestinians suspected of security offenses," reads 
the 
State Department's human rights report for 1998. Times have changed. 
The 
Israeli High Court of Justice in 1999 struck down the policy that the 
State 
Department had described as "often [leading] to excesses." But the 
United 
States -- suddenly engaged in a struggle against Islamic terrorism -- 
now 
has detained thousands of suspected Islamic terrorists abroad. And 
suddenly, practices that bear a striking resemblance to the old Israeli 
policy are taking on an American face...

But there are certain things democracies don't do, even under duress, 
and 
torture is high on the list. Some of the alleged tactics, while 
aggressive, 
may be legitimate: deceptions, for example, or psychological pressure. 
Others -- bright lights and lengthy interrogations that interfere with 
sleep -- straddle the line between acceptable and unacceptable conduct. 
Without knowing more about what exactly is happening, it's hard to 
judge. 
But beating prisoners is entirely out of bounds. The critical first 
step is 
for the administration to clarify what tactics it is using and which 
are 
still off limits. If administration officials have decided that 
moderate 
physical pressure -- once an abuse -- is now to be the norm in 
terrorism 
cases, the American people ought to know and ought to be able to 
respond 
through their representatives and through individual and organizational 
voices. It shouldn't be the administration's unilateral call.

SEE ALSO:

A SECRET CIA ASSASSINATION POLICY FOR CITIZENS
Jonathan Turley, Chicago Tribune, 12/27/02
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/oped/chi-0212270378dec27,1,7636543.story
Jonathan Turley is a law professor at George Washington University Law 
School.

In a season of lists, last week's disclosure of the assassination list 
by 
the Bush administration may be the ultimate gift idea for the agency 
that 
is close to having everything. After a post-Sept. 11 windfall of 
expanded 
budgets, personnel and power, it was inevitable that CIA officials 
would 
return to the one item that they have most coveted: the discretionary 
use 
of assassination. Not only does the CIA have a specific wish list of 
two 
dozen targets, it is not confined to this list for targets and even 
citizens could be subject to this lethal form of agency action…

It is not clear whether the CIA will return to the use of car bombs, 
which 
has taken on a certain pejorative tint of late. However, it now has 
authority to engage in a level of assassination that we have not seen 
since 
before Nixon...

The Bush administration has tied its assassination policy to its 
controversial enemy combatant concept. U.S. Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft 
claims 
the right to unilaterally declare citizens to be enemy combatants, 
strip 
them of all constitutional rights, bar them from access to either 
courts or 
counsel and hold them indefinitely. He has done so with at least two 
citizens and reportedly has considered the creation of a committee to 
determine which citizens would be given this fatal label.

While it may seem a quaint concern to some, the president does not have 
the 
authority to intentionally kill citizens suspected of terrorism…

For many officials, suspicion is probably "close enough for Jazz" in 
ordering a hit on a suspected terrorist. Sure they may be wrong, but 
then 
they may be right. If history is any measure, when it comes to 
assassinations, the CIA relies on one law: the law of averages.

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ROBERT NOVAK: SHARON'S WAR?
Townhall.com, 12/26/02
http://www.townhall.com/columnists/robertnovak/rn20021226.shtml

WASHINGTON -- Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, having just 
returned 
from a week-long fact-finding trip to the Middle East, addressed the 
Chicago Council of Foreign Relations Dec. 16 and said out loud what is 
whispered on Capitol Hill: "The road to Arab-Israeli peace will not 
likely 
go through Baghdad, as some may claim."

The "some" are led by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. In private 
conversation with Hagel and many other members of Congress, the former 
general leaves no doubt that the greatest U.S. assistance to Israel 
would 
be to overthrow Saddam Hussein's Iraqi regime. That view is widely 
shared 
inside the Bush administration, and is a major reason why U.S. forces 
today 
are assembling for war.

"Military force alone," Hagel told his Chicago audience, "will neither 
assure a democratic transition in Iraq, bring peace to Israelis and 
Palestinians, nor assure stability in the Middle East." Indeed, the 
senator 
returned from the Mideast more concerned than his prepared speech 
indicates. As the U.S. gets ready for war, its standing in Islam -- 
even 
among longtime allies -- stands low.

Yet, the Bush administration has tied itself firmly to Gen. Sharon and 
his 
policies…

The prime minister says astonishing things to U.S. visitors. He once 
rejected hope for negotiations, contending that Arabs and Jews will 
kill 
each other for a hundred years. More recently, he promised to put a 
Jewish 
settlement on top of any high ground.

What is widely perceived as an indissoluble Bush-Sharon bond creates 
tension throughout Islam -- including Turkey, long a faithful U.S. ally 
and 
even longer a secularized state…

On balance, war with Iraq may not be inevitable but is highly probable. 
That it looks like Sharon's war disturbs Americans such as Chuck Hagel, 
who 
have no use for Saddam Hussein but worry about the background of an 
attack 
against him.

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MUSLIM DETAINEES PROTEST MASS ARRESTS
Chisun Lee, Village Voice, 12/31/02
http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0252/lee.php

In a little-noticed showdown in Brooklyn federal court last Thursday, 
the 
Justice Department laid out a vigorous defense of its treatment of 
Muslim 
immigrants since September 11. The feds' central claim: Noncitizens are 
not 
entitled to the basic rights of liberty and equal treatment that 
Americans 
count on. The argument came in the only legal action so far to take on 
the 
post--September 11 detentions of Muslim immigrants as a group. The 
class 
action lawsuit, filed by the New York--based Center for Constitutional 
Rights, claims that potentially hundreds of jailings add up to one case 
of 
unconstitutional government policy.

The complaint seeks monetary damages for detainees who say they 
experienced 
abusive treatment and prolonged imprisonment for noncriminal 
violations. 
Last week the federal government urged U.S. district court judge John 
Gleeson to dismiss the suit. But to do so would mean ignoring claims of 
mistreatment that Gleeson called "truly egregious." Along with charging 
that detainees have been subjected to physical abuse, coerced to waive 
their rights, and denied access to lawyers, the complaint alleges a 
host of 
petty torments, such as the withholding of soap and toilet paper for 
weeks 
on end and routine interruption of daily prayer. Some noncriminal 
detainees 
have been held in such conditions six months or longer after agreeing 
to be 
deported, CCR lawyers charge.

The battle over the lawsuit's survival seemed especially critical as 
hundreds of Middle Eastern immigrants on the opposite coast were at 
that 
moment languishing in jail after showing up to comply with a mandatory 
INS 
registration program. In November U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft 
had 
set a schedule for males age 16 and older, with immigrant visas from 21 
mostly Muslim countries and North Korea, to be fingerprinted, 
photographed, 
and interviewed or else face criminal charges or deportation. When 
hundreds 
reported to INS offices in Southern California to meet a December 16 
deadline, they were handcuffed, whisked into custody, and in some cases 
shipped to distant prisons for lack of local space.

The nationality-based registration program, originating in the USA 
Patriot 
Act, could be "a pretext for the mass detention of hundreds," the 
American 
Civil Liberties Union had warned earlier. By late last week, the 
arrests 
were evoking comparisons to the World War II--era internment of 120,000 
ethnic Japanese on the West Coast…

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U.S. LAWYERS CHALLENGE IMMIGRATION SUIT
Associated Press, 12/26/02

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The government argued Thursday that a federal 
district 
court has no jurisdiction in a lawsuit seeking to halt immigration 
rules 
that allow the detention of Middle Eastern men.

The suit was filed Tuesday in Los Angeles by groups representing 
Muslims, 
Arab-Americans, Iranian-Americans and Pakistani-Americans, seeking to 
block 
future detentions under rules adopted in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 
terrorist attacks. The suit also seeks class-action status.

At least 400 men were detained in Southern California for visa 
violations 
when immigrants from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sudan and Syria went to 
Immigration and Naturalization Service offices last week to register as 
required under the new policy.

In their response Thursday, Justice Department lawyers said the lawsuit 
should be thrown out because the court lacks jurisdiction to review INS 
decisions regarding detentions. That power is reserved for the U.S. 
Supreme 
Court, the lawyers said.

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MUSLIM CHARITY MAN APPEALS DEPORTATION
JOHN PORRETTO, Associated Press, 12/27/02

DETROIT (AP) - The detained co-founder of an Islamic charity has 
appealed 
an order sending him and his family back to Lebanon, postponing their 
deportation for at least a couple of months, his lawyer says.

Ashraf Nubani, attorney for Rabih Haddad, said Thursday he has filed a 
notice of appeal with the federal Board of Immigration Appeals, part of 
the 
U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Nubani said he hopes to argue Haddad's case before the board in the 
next 
couple of months. A spokesman for the Department of Justice confirmed 
the 
appeal but had no further comment.

Haddad, an Ann Arbor resident and Lebanese citizen, was arrested Dec. 
14, 
2001, the same day the suburban Chicago offices of the Global Relief 
Foundation were raided. Haddad is co-founder of the charity, which 
federal 
authorities accuse of funneling money to al-Qaida.

In November, an immigration judge denied political asylum to Haddad, 
his 
wife and three of their children and ordered them removed from the 
United 
States. All are accused of overstaying their visas; only Haddad is 
jailed…

Neither Haddad nor Global Relief has been charged with a terror-related 
crime, and they've denied any links. Haddad has said the group is 
strictly 
a humanitarian organization...

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JAILED IN U.S. SNAFU, MAN DISILLUSIONED
COLIN FREEZE, Globe and Mail, 12/26/02
http://www.globeandmail.com
Search using the term "snafu."

Faramarz Farahani walked into a California immigration office thinking 
he 
was about to do his civic duty. He ended up being handcuffed, then 
flown to 
a crowded jail at the other end of the state, where he tried to sleep 
on a 
concrete floor in a five-day ordeal that left him bewildered.

"What is the American dream? I don't know any more," Mr. Farahani said 
in a 
telephone interview a few hours after being released. "I couldn't have 
imagined that in the United States anybody would be treated like this…"

Mr. Farahani was allowed one phone call to his family. Then he was 
handcuffed, tossed into the back of a van, loaded onto a plane under 
the 
eye of a shotgun-toting guard and taken to a detention centre in San 
Diego, 
700 kilometres away. He slept in a crowded room on a concrete floor 
where 
guards woke the men up at 15-minute intervals, shouting questions.

He fought back tears as he wondered how he would explain the shame of 
his 
arrest to his two young sons. "Every time I talk to them I tell them 
about 
bad guys and good guys," Mr. Farahani said. "The bad guys are in jail. 
How 
do I tell them their father was in jail?"…

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CLASH WITH FOSTER FAMILY BLAMED FOR SPLITTING SIBLING REFUGEES
Associated Press, 12/26/02
http://www.mlive.com/news/grpress/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/news-5/1040919379248830.xml

BELDING, Mich. (AP) - A teenage Afghan refugee says her foster parents 
prohibited her from practicing her Islamic religion in their home and 
unjustly forced her to leave, taking her away from her brother and two 
sisters who still live there.

But her foster mother said she and her husband have provided a loving 
home 
for the children, and a Muslim teacher said the couple are committed to 
the 
children's religious traditions.

Rahima Mohammadullah, who will turn 18 on Tuesday, lives alone in an 
apartment in the Grand Rapids suburb of Wyoming. She supports herself 
with 
a job at a Grand Rapids plastics factory, where she works the night 
shift. 
She attends English classes in the morning. Her younger siblings - 
Diba, 
13; Obaid, 9; and Tooba, 7 - remain in the care of foster parents Joe 
and 
Trisha Rebman, who live near Belding, about 23 miles northeast of Grand 
Rapids.

A review hearing on the status of the foster-care arrangements will be 
held 
Feb. 21 before Kent County Family Court Judge Patrick Hillary.

Mohammadullah told The Grand Rapids Press for a story published 
Thursday 
that she and her siblings grew up in Afghanistan amid violence that 
tore 
that country apart during the 1990s. She said her family lived in 
Kabul, 
the nation's capital, until 1996, then made their way to Pakistan.

She said her mother died in Pakistan in 2000 of a stroke and her father 
either disappeared or was killed.

After the four siblings arrived in western Michigan, Grand Rapids-based 
Bethany Christian Services placed them with the Rebmans, and 
Mohammadullah 
was initially "very happy," she said.

But she started arguing with the Rebmans over her role in the family. 
She 
said at one point, they took away a prayer clock that served as the 
daily 
Islamic call to prayer. She also said they denied her the right to play 
her 
native music…

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CENTER TO INCLUDE STORY OF ALI'S LIFE
Associated Press, 12/27/02

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A two-floor exhibit at the Muhammad Ali Center 
will 
tell the story of the Louisville native's life, from childhood to 
heavyweight boxing champion to international humanitarian.

"At each stop, you'll be able to learn something about Muhammad and 
also 
about yourself," said Mike Fox, president of the center, which is 
expected 
to open in downtown Louisville in late 2004.

The preliminary design of the journey line, titled "Lighting the Way," 
will 
have six "portals," each spotlighting an Ali trait chosen by the team 
designing the exhibits: giving, confidence, dedication, spiritual 
centering, respect for others and conviction…

Near the end of the journey, visitors will learn how Ali has dealt with 
Parkinson's disease, along with seeing the torch he used to light the 
flame 
at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

The Muhammad Ali Center will have about 93,000 square feet on six 
levels. 
The Ali Center's construction budget is $41 million. About $34 million 
has 
been raised or pledged.

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RESOURCES: ISLAM AND HUMAN CLONING

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SCIENTIST TIED TO UFO-BASED RELIGIOUS GROUP CLAIMS TO CLONE HUMAN
MALCOLM RITTER, Associated Press, 12/27/02

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - A member of a sect that believes life on Earth was 
created by extraterrestrials claimed Friday to have produced the 
world's 
first human clone, a baby girl.

The 7-pound baby was born Thursday by Caesarean section and will be 
home in 
three days, said Brigitte Boisselier, a chemist and CEO of a company 
that 
did the experiment. She wouldn't say where the baby was born; she did 
say 
the birth was at 11:55 a.m. local time.

Even before her news conference, other scientists expressed doubt that 
her 
group could clone a human. Boisselier said the baby, dubbed "Eve" by 
the 
scientists, is a clone of a 31-year-old American woman. The woman 
donated 
the DNA for the cloning process, had the resulting embryo implanted and 
then gestated the baby, Boisselier said. If confirmed, that would make 
the 
child an exact genetic duplicate of her mother.

Boisselier, who wouldn't reveal any names, said the mother had resorted 
to 
cloning because her husband was infertile…

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AMERICAN MUSLIMS OPPOSE HUMAN CLONING

According to a 2001 poll by the Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR), 81 percent of 1008 Muslim respondents said they were opposed to 
human cloning.

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ISLAMIC PERSPECTIVES ON HUMAN CLONING
Dr. Abdulaziz Sachedina, University of Virginia
http://www.people.virginia.edu/~aas/article/article4.htm
http://www.people.virginia.edu/~aas/issues/cloning.htm

It is obvious that in light of the limited knowledge that we have about 
who 
would be harmed by cloning or whose rights would be violated, Muslim 
legal 
rulings are bound to reflect a cautious and even prohibitive attitude 
to 
the cloning beyond treatment of infertility or assessment of genetic or 
other abnormalities in the embryo prior to implantation.

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HUMAN CLONING: AN ISLAMIC PERSPECTIVE
Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi
http://www.crescentlife.com/wellness/human_cloning_islamic_perspective.htm

However, cloning should not be used as an alternate way of human 
production, even on a small scale. In my opinion, a full-fledged use of 
cloning technology is haram [prohibited] because it may cause three 
major 
problems:

* It may cause danger to the human personality
* It may cause danger to human dignity and honor
* It may cause danger to human family and society

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CLONING: ISLAMIC VIEW
IOMS, Recommendations of the 9th Fiqh-Medical Seminar
http://www.crescentlife.com/wellness/cloning_islamic_perspective2.htm

Ordinary human cloning, in which the nucleus of a living somatic cell 
from 
an individual is placed into the cytoplasm of an egg devoid of its 
nucleus, 
is not to be permitted. If exceptional cases emerge in the future, they 
should be considered to verify compliance with the Shari'ah [Islamic 
law].

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CLONING: FRIEND OR FOE
Ayman Nawash, Islamonline.net
http://www.islamonline.net/iol-english/dowalia/techng-15-10/techng1b.asp

Regarding the question of permissibility, the majority of the council 
members after discussion reached the conclusion that cloning is 
permissible 
in case of plants as well as in case of animals except human beings. 
The 
extension of cloning to human beings would create extremely complex and 
intractable social and moral problems. Therefore cloning of human 
beings 
cannot be permitted.

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ARGUMENTS FOR & AGAINST THE MANMADE GENESIS OF LIFE
Active-Islam.com
http://www.shianews.com/hi/articles/education/0000053.php

Some Arguments against Human Cloning

* God is the Creator not humans. We have no right to interfere with 
God's 
plan.
* Loss of Kinship - as the clone does not really have an identifiable 
mother or father.
* Harmful to Society/nature - may have grave consequences if this 
ability 
was to create superior beings.
* May cause disruption in nature, due to possibilities of 
overpopulation 
and famine.
* Unnatural - a way of reproduction that is contrary to what God has 
given 
humans.

Arguments for Cloning

* Cloning is a form of creation that is created from materials we have, 
rather than from nothing - which is Gods ability only.
* Islam encourages research and investigation.
* Cloning Technology can be used for good purposes - new cures for 
diseases 
and conditions.

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LEGAL COMMITTEE IS TOLD OF EFFORTS TO REACH CONSENSUS IN FORMULATING 
CONVENTION AGAINST HUMAN CLONING
M2 PRESSWIRE, 10/28/02

ELFATIH ERWA (Sudan), speaking for the Organization of the Islamic 
Conference, said the inconclusive nature of scientific research into 
cloning techniques raised serious concerns whether those techniques 
could 
be carried out successfully on a human being. Opposition to human 
cloning 
also stemmed from the underlying fears that the technique could fall 
into 
the hands of some unscrupulous elements who could abuse it for their 
nefarious purposes.

The group of Islamic States felt that the Ad Hoc Committee should be 
requested to proceed, as a matter of urgency, with the preparation of a 
draft text on the subject. It believed that with the completion of the 
draft, negotiations should continue to address the issues relating to 
therapeutic cloning. The group strongly encouraged other cloning 
techniques 
to produce DNA molecules, organs, plant tissues and cells other than 
human 
embryos. It believed that such techniques should be permitted.

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MALAYSIA'S ISLAMIC DECISION-MAKING BODY BANS HUMAN CLONING
JASBANT SINGH, Associated Press, 3/13/02

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysia's highest religious decision-making 
body 
has banned human cloning, saying the procedure is "unnatural and 
totally 
against Islam."

Ismail Ibrahim, head of the Muslim clerical council with powers to 
issue a 
decree, or fatwa, said that the council held several discussions with 
local 
Islamic scholars before arriving at a unanimous decision. "Human 
cloning 
has generated a lot of interest around the world," Ismail told The 
Associated Press on Tuesday. "We do not have problems with cloning of 
animals or even food, but human beings are a completely different 
issue…"

Islam forbids human cloning since it goes against the laws of natural 
reproduction, Ismail said.

Verses in the Koran, Islam's holy book, "say that the creation of human 
beings is brought through the reproductive seeds of a husband and 
wife," 
Ismail said. "Any procedure that does not meet this criteria is 
unnatural 
and totally against Islam…"

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TUNISIA CALLS FOR ARAB TREATY TO BAN HUMAN CLONING
Agence France Presse, 3/3/99

CAIRO - Tunisia called Wednesday for a treaty banning human cloning in 
Arab 
countries, the Arab League said. Tunisia's Health Minister el-Hadi 
Mehanna 
made the proposal during a meeting here of Arab League health 
ministers, 
who agreed to form a committee to draft such a treaty.

Leading clerics in Arab countries have denounced cloning as contrary to 
Islam…

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ARAB DOCTOR URGES MOSLEM COUNTRIES TO BAN HUMAN CLONING EXPERIMENTS
Agence France Presse, 1/10/98

DUBAI, - A medical professor from the United Arab Emirates has called 
on 
Moslem governments not to allow Western researchers to carry out human 
cloning experiments banned in their own countries, newspapers reported 
here 
Saturday.

Governments "should ban any research organization or scientist, local 
or 
foreign, who seeks to use Islamic countries as an arena for carrying 
out 
illegal experiments on human cloning," said Maamun al-Shaqfa, professor 
of 
medicine at the medical faculty here. Shaqfa was speaking at a seminar 
in 
the UAE emirate of Sharjah organized in response to Chicago-based 
scientist 
Richard Seed's announcement Wednesday that he intended to pursue human 
cloning in the United States or anywhere else in the world he was 
allowed to.

"Islam is not opposed to scientific research, but authorization of any 
experiment is not recommended unless the sharia (Islamic law) 
pronounces on 
its legality or illegality," Shaqfa said.

"Human cloning is inadmissible because it destroys the basic social 
concepts of the family, married life and parenthood," said Mohammed 
al-Morsi Zahra, doyen of the faculty of theology and law at the UAE 
university…

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 12/29/2002

HEADLINES:

* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT
* WASH. POST CRITICIZES INS ARRESTS
	- 100s of Muslims Detained in So. California (CKUT)
* RELIGIOUS LEADERS DENOUNCE HUMAN CLONING (AP)
* NO EXCUSES: APOLOGY FROM GOP OVERDUE (News & Record)
	- GOP Apologizes After Muslim Group Complains (Journal)
	- Party's Web Site Apologizes for Anti-Islam Link (NY Times)
* ISLAM ADDS VARIETY TO AREA (Atlanta Journal)
	- Muslim Athlete Gets His Own Message (Washington Post)
	- Interfaith Activist a Man with a Mission (Bradenton Herald)
* AN APOLOGY IS NOT IN ORDER (Tallahassee Democrat)
* COURT BACKS MUSLIM INMATES (Los Angeles Times)
* JOHNSON OK'S DOCUMENT OPPOSING MUSLIM CAMP (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
* NON-U.S. STUDENTS JAILED OVER CLASS LOAD (CNN)
* PROFESSORS SLAM DANIEL PIPES OVER FREEDOM OF SPEECH (LA Times)
* JESUS A REVERED FIGURE IN MUSLIM RELIGION, TOO (Pioneer Press)
* ISRAELI SOLDIERS KILL PALESTINIAN CHILD (AP)
	- Americans to Man Israeli Defences (Guardian)
* BUSH PREPARES FINAL BUILD-UP FOR INVASION (Independent)

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WASH. POST CRITICIZES INS ARRESTS

The Wrong Way
Washington Post, 12/29/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A46171-2002Dec27.html

Yet a basic sympathy with the INS's "special registration" project does 
not 
redeem the counterproductive manner in which the INS handled the first 
wave 
of registrations. The initial deadline for registration -- for those 
from 
Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Sudan -- was Dec. 16. Hundreds of people 
who 
showed up to comply, many of them in Southern California, were 
handcuffed 
and detained on minor immigration charges. Some of these people seem to 
have had merely technical problems and had already submitted paperwork 
to 
fix them. Somehow, a program intended to keep track of who was in the 
United States turned into another dragnet for trivial immigration 
matters 
unrelated to terrorism.

The bait and switch, which punishes and humiliates those who tried to 
follow the rules, can only undermine the purpose of the registration 
program. It's hard to imagine that this action will not discourage 
those 
with technical visa problems from showing up on Jan. 10, the 
registration 
deadline for people from Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Eritrea, 
Lebanon, 
Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Qatar, Somalia, Tunisia, the United Arab 
Emirates and Yemen. If the government plays "gotcha" with the 
immigration 
laws, it might score a few deportations, but it risks guaranteeing that 
the 
database it is assembling remains woefully incomplete. That's a bad 
trade.

It also promises to further alienate the very communities whose aid in 
the 
domestic war on terrorism is most essential…Legitimate law enforcement 
activity creates more than enough friction with Muslim communities, 
which 
understandably feel vulnerable in America after 9/11. Law enforcement 
simply can't afford to exacerbate this problem gratuitously.

SEE ALSO:

100S OF MUSLIMS DETAINED IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
CKUT (Canada) Community News, 12/27/02
http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=6096

Summary: After being lead to comply with new rules forcing Arab and 
Muslim 
men over 16 to "voluntarily register" with the authorities - many spent 
several days in crowded jails.

Featuring: Sarah Eltantawai (Muslim Public Affairs Council) and Sabiha 
Khan 
(spokesperson with the Council on American-Islamic Relations)

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RELIGIOUS LEADERS DENOUNCE HUMAN CLONING
Nicole Winfield, ASSOCIATED PRESS, 12/29/02
http://www.washingtontimes.com/world/20021229-73756882.htm

VATICAN CITY - The Vatican joined leading Muslim clerics and Jewish 
rabbis 
yesterday in denouncing as immoral, "brutal" and unnatural the claim 
that a 
cloned baby had been born.

The reaction came a day after a cloning company whose leader believes 
space 
aliens created life on Earth announced that a baby girl, nicknamed Eve 
by 
doctors, had been born and was a clone of her mother…

In the Muslim world, clerics said cloning humans disrupted natural law 
and 
would create a "chaotic" future for humanity.

"Science must be regulated by firm laws to preserve humanity and its 
dignity," said Ali Abu el-Hassan, a cleric from Egypt's al-Azhar 
University, the top religious institution in the Muslim Sunni world.

Separately, a senior Saudi cleric, Ayed bin Ahmad al-Qurani, drew a 
distinction between human cloning and cloning of plants or animals, 
which 
he said could serve humanity.

Human cloning is wrong "because it will cause an imbalance in the human 
nature God has created" and it would lead to the spread of unknown 
diseases, he said. In addition, it could replace marriage for the sake 
of 
reproduction through one gender without the need for the other, which 
is 
"sinful, sinful, sinful," he said…

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NO EXCUSES: APOLOGY FROM GOP OVERDUE
Greensboro News & Record, 12/28/02
http://www.news-record.com

The Guilford County Republican Party was right to remove from its Web 
page 
a link to a Web site condemning Islam as a religion of hate, terror and 
war. And GOP county party chairman Marcus Kindley acted correctly in 
apologizing to law-abiding Muslims who have complained about the 
hate-mongering islamexposed.com link since its inception prior to the 
November elections.

Both actions were long overdue…

An initial explanation that the site educates the public on extreme 
forms 
of Islam rang hollow. Apparently the idea was to shed light on 
Wahhabism, 
the extreme form of Islam practiced by Osama bin Laden and the 9/11 
terrorists, but the site never mentions that sect. Instead, essays 
abound 
from controversial author Solomon Tulbure, infamous for calling the 
Republican president a "moron" for saying Islam is a religion of peace. 
Facts defer to faulty logic as biased broadsides are leveled against 
the 
world's 1.2 billion Muslims.

Nor was it convincing to say the listing was strictly for informational 
purposes - in the interest of starting meaningful dialogue. If that was 
the 
goal, a counterbalance mainstream source such as the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations should have been equally accessible. Of the 
dozens of Internet offerings on Islam, the Guilford GOP chose perhaps 
the 
most virulent…

Tolerating inflammatory misinformation never is acceptable, 
particularly as 
the Republican Party exercises damage control for political fallout 
from 
former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott's racially insensitive 
remarks. It 
will not be easy for the party to repair a tarnished image. Religious 
insensitivity certainly won't help…

SEE ALSO:

REPUBLICAN PARTY APOLOGIZES AFTER ISLAMIC CIVIL-RIGHTS GROUP COMPLAINS
Michelle Johnson JOURNAL REPORTER, Winston-Salem Journal, 12/28/02
http://www.journalnow.com/

The Guilford County Republican Party has removed from its Web site a 
link 
to an anti-Islamic Web site, a day after a national Islamic 
civil-rights 
group asked it to do so.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations alerted its members and the 
media 
to the link Thursday.

"It's obviously a good sign that they took it down, but it doesn't have 
the 
ring of sincerity to it," said Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the 
Council 
on American-Islamic Relations…

The Web site refers to Islam as "one of the greatest evils on our 
planet 
... nothing more than a barbaric occult (sic) invented by savages for 
savages." Kindley said that the link came from WorldDailyNet.com, a 
conservative news site.

But Hooper criticized the Republicans' handling of the incident, 
calling it 
"ham-handed." The link unfortunately reinforces a strain of 
anti-Islamic 
sentiment among some conservatives, he said.

"We're getting the impression that it's almost open season on Islam," 
he 
said. "Franklin Graham ... broke the ice, and others followed. 
Unfortunately, now that the ice is broken, people feel that they can 
attack 
Islam with impunity. Where once they just attacked Islamic radicals, 
now 
they attack the faith, as we suspected they always wanted to."

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REPUBLICAN PARTY'S WEB SITE APOLOGIZES FOR ANTI-ISLAM LINK
New York Times, 12/28/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/28/politics/28REPU.html

WASHINGTON, Dec. 27 -- The Web site of a North Carolina county 
Republican 
organization today removed a link to another site with anti-Islamic 
statements after receiving criticism from a Muslim group…

On Thursday, the Council on American-Islamic Relations urged its 
members 
and other Muslims to ask the Guilford County Republicans to remove the 
link. Today, the county organization, based in Greensboro, N.C., 
complied 
and posted an apology.

The Islamic-American council, which estimates that there are seven 
million 
Muslims in the United States, said removing the link was a step in the 
right direction, but a spokesman, Ibrahim Hooper, said he did not 
"sense a 
great deal of contrition."

Omar Ahmad, the chairman of the council, said, "It is unconscionable 
that a 
political party claiming to represent all Americans would associate 
itself 
with a site that expresses open hatred for the faith of millions of 
fellow 
citizens."

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ISLAM ADDS VARIETY TO AREA SOUTHSIDE MORE THAN OLD SOUTH
Atlanta Journal - Constitution, 12/29/02
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/metro/fayette/1202/29islam.html

When Soumaya Khalifa and her husband, Mohamed, moved to Peachtree City 
15 
years ago, they joined a small group of Muslims on Atlanta's Southside.
Today, the Khalifas are part of an emerging Islamic community that has 
gradually helped diversify metro Atlanta's Southside --- Fayette, 
Coweta, 
Clayton, Spalding and Henry counties…

Growth of the Muslim population in the United States is hard to gauge 
since 
few statistics exist before 2000. But the Religious Bodies study found 
at 
least 3,826 Muslims living in the five Southside counties out of the 
32,469 
active in mosques in metro Atlanta.

"I think that's very low," Soumaya Khalifa said. "Mosques don't keep 
track 
of who attends and who doesn't. Anybody can walk into a facility and 
pray…"

Muslims are now like others who followed metro Atlanta's mushrooming 
growth 
into the southern suburbs.

The Muslim Community Center in Fayetteville has become the focal point 
of 
Southside activity for Muslims who don't want to drive into Atlanta to 
attend a mosque.

"Muslims are practical people," said Imam Plemon El-Amin of the Atlanta 
Masjid of Al-Islam. "And the Muslim community is not dependent on 
corporate 
America. There is economic independence. The Southside is where you're 
going to find both those values."

There has been some Southside resistance.

The Rev. Bob Hudak's church --- the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in 
Fayetteville --- hosted a joint service with area Muslims to mark the 
anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, but some of his members 
refused to attend.

Several months ago, Fayetteville was abuzz after a local newspaper 
published a letter to the editor that was critical of Muslims.

"The whole notion of living in a multicultural, diverse world is still 
a 
pretty new phenomenon for some people," Hudak said.

Soumaya Khalifa said most Muslims are treated well, but people are 
often 
intrigued and confused about the Islamic culture.

That's why Khalifa's speakers bureau provides Muslims who go into the 
community and talk to people of different faiths…

SEE ALSO:

SPORTS: VA. TECH'S BAAQEE GETS HIS OWN MESSAGE
Angela Watts, Washington Post, 12/29/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A48724-2002Dec28.html

The first message Mikal Baaqee posted for himself was a simple one: Be 
calm. In the six years since he scribbled that initial note and 
strategically placed it near his bathroom mirror to serve as a daily 
reminder, the sentiments have evolved -- and even changed locations -- 
but 
they have never gone away.
That's because the doubters never have, either, despite Baaqee's 
emergence 
this season as the most consistent player on No. 21 Virginia Tech's 
nationally ranked defense that will battle Air Force and its 
triple-option 
threat on Dec. 31 in the inaugural San Francisco Bowl…

He also would pen longer-range goals for himself, which centered not 
only 
on football but also academics and his study of the Muslim faith. His 
senior year at DeMatha he set a 4.0 grade point average as one of his 
goals, and achieved it in his final semester…

Virginia Tech's own media guide had Baaqee's name improperly identified 
in 
its pronunciation guide. Throughout the season it ran as "meh-CALL 
bah-KEY" 
as opposed to the correct "meh-KELL" for his first name.

Mikal is the spelling used for Michael in the Koran, the Muslim holy 
text, 
for which he is named…

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INTERFAITH ACTIVIST A MAN ON A MISSION
NARA SCHOENBERG, Bradenton Herald, 12/28/02
http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/local/4827078.htm

He met with the Dalai Lama. He received advice from the world-renowned 
spiritual leader.

And, oh, yeah, along the way he shot some hoops.

On a mist-covered basketball court in the foothills of the Himalayas, 
Chicago interfaith activist Eboo Patel faced off against the bodyguards 
of 
the Dalai Lama, again and again, during his two-week stay at the exiled 
Tibetan leader's guesthouse in Dharamsala, India…

So it goes in the strange world of Eboo Patel, a 27-year-old Rhodes 
scholar 
with a pierced tongue, a devout Muslim with a vision of interfaith 
cooperation so bold that it recently landed him on a list of 30 "Young 
Visionaries" under age 30 compiled by Utne Reader magazine, a digest of 
alternative media.

Patel wants to bring together young people of different religions to 
work 
on social service projects and engage in meaningful dialogue about 
their 
beliefs. In the short term, he wants cooperation and good works. In the 
long run, he wants religiously inspired activists from a wide range of 
traditions to come together to solve problems such as failing schools 
and 
homelessness.

"My experience is an experience of pluralism," said Patel, who grew up 
in 
Glen Ellyn, Ill.

"My sources are diverse, right? Now, my main source is Islam, but I've 
been 
deeply influenced by Gandhi. I've been deeply influenced by (Martin 
Luther) 
King (Jr.). I've been deeply influenced by (Catholic activist) Dorothy 
Day. 
So why not try to bring all of that to the table?"…

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WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, AN APOLOGY IS NOT IN ORDER
Doug Marlette, Tallahassee Democrat, 12/29/02
http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/democrat/news/opinion/4818952.htm

Last week, I drew a cartoon showing a man in Middle Eastern garb 
driving a 
Ryder truck hauling a nuke with the caption, "What Would Mohammed 
Drive?" 
The drawing was a takeoff on the recent controversy among Christian 
evangelicals over the morality of driving gas-guzzling SUVs, "What 
would 
Jesus drive?..."

My cartoon has prompted a firestorm of reaction orchestrated by a 
lobbying 
group called CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations). This is not 
the 
first time my cartoons have prompted such organized attacks…

CAIR reprinted my cartoon in its newsletter and encouraged its 
subscribers 
to e-mail and call me, my newspaper and my syndicate to complain. 
During 
the past few days, we have received more than 5,500 emails and 
counting, 
all saying more or less the same thing about me and my drawing: 
Blasphemy. 
Ignorant. Bigoted. Disrespectful to our Prophet Mohammed. Hateful. 
"Donkey"?...

SEE ALSO:

Mary Ann Lindley, EDITORIAL PAGE EDITOR, Tallahassee Democrat, 12/29/02
http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/democrat/news/columnists/mary_ann_lindley/4819049.htm

We end the year defending our Democrat cartoonist, Doug Marlette, for 
lampooning fanatics who've hijacked and disgraced the Islamic religion. 
How 
easily some Muslims assume the all-American role of "victim," though. 
At 
least 90 percent of the nearly 5,000 Muslims worldwide who have 
e-mailed me 
in the past few days were personally insulted yet not willing to 
personally 
condemn the Taliban, Osama bin Laden or militant Islam and their reign 
of 
terrorism.

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Editorial Page Editor
Tallahassee Democrat
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Tallahassee, FL 32301

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COURT BACKS MUSLIM INMATES
Appellate panel says they can't be disciplined for attending prayer 
service 
and that beards grown for religious reasons can't be banned.
Henry Weinstein, Los Angeles Times, 12/28/02
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-moslem28dec28.story

California prison officials cannot discipline Muslim inmates for 
attending 
a Friday afternoon prayer service, a federal appeals court ruled Friday 
in 
a decision that also touches on the power of cities to restrict the 
location of places of worship.

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals also let stand a lower court 
decision 
that allows inmates to grow beards for religious reasons.

The 3-0 ruling was the first by a federal appeals court on the 
constitutionality of a 2-year-old federal law that gives religious 
groups 
greater flexibility in dealing with zoning ordinances and also requires 
prison officials to make reasonable accommodations to inmates' 
religious 
practices.

Friday's ruling benefits a group of Muslim inmates at the California 
State 
Prison, Solano, in Vacaville who filed a class-action lawsuit six years 
ago, contending that prison officials were illegally burdening their 
religious practices. The inmates challenged regulations that imposed 
discipline on them for leaving prison jobs for the Friday noontime 
Jumu'ah 
religious service and that took away good-work credits for the entire 
day 
if an inmate attended the hourlong service.

Constitutional law professor Erwin Chemerinsky of the USC Law School 
said 
the ruling upholding the constitutionality of the law was significant, 
with 
ramifications outside of prisons.

For instance, he said, religious groups would now have a stronger 
argument 
if they were trying to erect a church or synagogue in an area zoned for 
homes only, because a court might rule that the zoning law represented 
an 
unwarranted "substantial burden" on the free exercise of religion…

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JOHNSON OK'S DOCUMENT OPPOSING MUSLIM CAMP
Frank Gluck, Cedar Rapids Gazette, 12/27/02
http://www.crgazette.com/go_article/0,1336,48299%2D11,00.html?cks=0

IOWA CITY -- Johnson County officials Thursday formally greed to the 
final 
wording of an 11-page report challenging the merits of a proposed 
Muslim 
youth camp near North Liberty. The Board of Supervisors voted 
unanimously 
to send the document to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is 
gathering public comment on the project. In its report, the county 
argues 
the project would overwhelm roads and put an unrealistic strain on 
existing 
public services…

Muslim Youth Camps of America is proposing a 106-acre camp north of 
North 
Liberty. The $2 million project would have the capacity for 136 campers 
and 
include 10 cabins, a conference center, a caretaker's residence and 
paved 
parking for 66 vehicles, a 36-foot prayer tower, a beach and boat 
docks.

A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers environmental assessment released Nov.  
19 
supports the youth camp and concludes it would have no negative 
environmental impact on the area.

Some criticism has been fierce, and some say a few complaints have had 
racist elements. "I have had some letters coming to me that have had 
some 
racial overtones," Neuzil said…

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NON-U.S. STUDENTS JAILED OVER CLASS LOAD
CNN.com, 12/27/02
http://www.cnn.com/2002/EDUCATION/12/27/foreign.students.ap/index.html

DENVER, Colorado (AP) -- At least six Middle Eastern students studying 
in 
Colorado have been jailed in the past 10 days for failing to take 
enough 
college classes as required by their student visas.

The students ran into trouble when they showed up to register with U.S. 
immigration officials, as required by new rules to track foreign 
students.

When they reported, they were jailed and required to post $5,000 bonds 
for 
enrolling in less than 12 hours of college credit.

The Immigration and Naturalization Service says the students are being 
detained because under-enrollment is a violation of their student 
visas. 
The students are not suspected of any other offense.

"We're concerned about the heavy-handed nature of the enforcement and 
their 
lack of understanding of their own regulations," said Chris Johnson, 
director of international education at the University of Colorado at 
Denver. "Students are being detained unfairly and callously."

One University of Colorado at Denver student was jailed last week 
because 
he was one hour shy of a full load after receiving college permission 
to 
drop a course, Johnson said.

"I don't believe this is helping us with the war on terrorism," said 
Mark 
Hallett, director of international student services at Colorado State 
University. "We're alienating people who could be our best friends and 
ambassadors once they return to their countries…"

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PROFESSORS SLAM DANIEL PIPES OVER FREEDOM OF SPEECH

A FIGHT FOR FREEDOM OF SPEECH DISSENT DOESN'T MEAN A LACK OF PATRIOTISM
Eric Foner and Glenda Gilmore, Los Angeles Times, 12/27/02
Eric Foner is a professor of history at Columbia University. Glenda 
Gilmore 
is a professor of history at Yale University.
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/opinion/la-oe-foner27dec27.story

We are two of the professors to whom Daniel Pipes refers when he asks: 
"Why 
do American academics so often despise their own country while finding 
excuses for repressive and dangerous regimes?"

Pipes, a self-appointed arbiter of acceptable speech and founder of 
Campus 
Watch, recently included us in a list of six "Professors Who Hate 
America" 
in a New York publication. Using us as examples of professors who 
relentlessly oppose their own government, he called for "outsiders" 
(alumni, state legislators, parents of students and others) to "take 
steps 
to ... establish standards for media statements by faculty."

If Pipes were simply displaying a profound misunderstanding of academic 
freedom, there would be no cause for alarm. But his screed is 
symptomatic 
of a broader trend among conservative commentators, who since Sept. 11 
have 
increasingly equated criticism of the Bush administration with lack of 
patriotism…

Pipes' call for "outsiders" to police the statements of faculty 
conjures up 
memories of World War I and the McCarthy era, when critics of the 
government were jailed and institutions of higher learning dismissed 
antiwar or "subversive" professors. Historians today consider such 
episodes 
shameful anomalies in the history of civil liberties in the United 
States.

In equating opposition to government policies with hatred of our 
country, 
Pipes displays a deep hostility to the essence of a democratic polity: 
the 
right to dissent...

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JESUS A REVERED FIGURE IN MUSLIM RELIGION, TOO
FEDWA WAZWAZ, Pioneer Press, 12/29/02
http://www.twincities.com/mld/pioneerpress/news/opinion/4825224.htm

Jesus of Nazareth, a revered religious figure who is the bedrock of 
Christianity, is also a venerated figure of Islam, a faith of over 1.2 
billion Muslims.

The Prophet Muhammad said: "Both in this world and in the Hereafter, I 
am 
the nearest of all the people to Jesus, the son of Mary. The prophets 
are 
paternal brothers; their mothers are different, but their religion is 
one."

Like Christians, Muslims believe in the virgin birth of Jesus and his 
miracles. Jesus' life and mission is mentioned in eleven chapters of 
the 
Quran. A few of the chapters are titled: Maryam (Mary the mother of 
Jesus); 
Imran (noble family of Jesus), and Ma'ida (the Last Supper). Jesus is 
glorified in the Quran and he is referred to as the "Messiah," "a Word 
of 
God," and "a Sign of God…"

The Quran calls Mary "the most honored woman among all nations."

When Mary matured, Archangel Gabriel came to her and said: "'O Mary! 
God 
giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him. His name will be Christ 
Jesus, 
the son of Mary, held in honor in this world and the Hereafter, and of 
(the 
company of) those nearest to God…'"

Like many prophets, who were empowered by miracles to suit their time 
and 
circumstances, Jesus was empowered by God to communicate divinity not 
only 
in words but by many miracles as well. He cured the blind and lepers, 
brought the dead back to life and performed other miracles by God's 
will...

Although there are differences between the Muslim and Christian view of 
Jesus, the Quran repeatedly guides Muslims not to dispute with other 
monotheists over matters of doctrine. People believe differently as a 
part 
of God's will.

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ISRAELI SOLDIERS KILL PALESTINIAN CHILD
Associated Press, 12/29/02

JERUSALEM, (AP) - Israeli soldiers killed an eight-year-old Palestinian 
boy 
Sunday in the West Bank town of Tulkarem during a stone-throwing clash, 
Palestinian officials said.

The boy, Abdel Karim Salameh, died when Israeli troops fired at a group 
of 
school students who were hurling stones at the soldiers, Palestinian 
security and hospital officials said. An 11-year-old boy was wounded, 
they 
said.

The army did not immediately comment.

The killing came a day after troops killed a nine-year-old Palestinian 
girl 
who was standing in front of her house in the Gaza Strip refugee camp 
of 
Khan Younis…

SEE ALSO:

AMERICANS TO MAN ISRAELI DEFENCES
Chris McGreal, The Guardian, 12/28/02
http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,865750,00.html

The United States has sent the first of what is expected to be a 
1,000-strong force to Israel to bolster defences against missile 
attacks 
ahead of a possible war in Iraq.

The deployment of the troops and a number of Patriot missile batteries 
follows Ariel Sharon's threat to attack Iraq if his country is hit with 
chemical or biological weapons…

Officially, the American troops are in Israel on an exercise called 
Jennifer Cobra to integrate the Patriots with a new Israeli missile 
system, 
the Arrow. The manoeuvres begin next week and last a fortnight.

But once the exercise is over, the US soldiers will remain in Israel 
until 
the crisis over Iraq is resolved…

The Americans also plan to station a destroyer, USS Aegis, off the 
Israeli 
coast. Its long-range radar and short-range missiles would provide a 
third 
line of defence.

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BUSH PREPARES FINAL BUILD-UP FOR INVASION
Rupert Cornwell, Independent, 12/29/02
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=364951

The US has set in motion the final build-up of men and equipment for an 
invasion of Iraq which now looks all but certain to happen some time in 
February - whatever the UN inspectors inside the country unearth or 
fail to 
unearth.

Although Iraq sought to demonstrate its co-operation with the 
inspectors 
yesterday by handing over a list of 500 scientists, Donald Rumsfeld, 
the 
Secretary for Defense, has signed a 20-page Pentagon deployment order. 
This 
weekend the navy issued "prepare to deploy" instructions to two 
aircraft 
carrier groups, two amphibious assault groups and the 1,000-bed 
hospital 
ship USS Comfort, for them to be ready to go to the Gulf at 96 hours' 
notice.

No specific date has been disclosed. But events in the region, on the 
ground in Iraq and at US military bases around the world are unfolding 
as 
if choreographed - all pointing to a US-led attack to topple Saddam 
Hussein 
some six to eight weeks from now…

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 12/30/2002

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: REPENTANCE
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT
* CAIR CONDEMNS ATTACK ON U.S. MEDICAL PERSONNEL IN YEMEN
* RE-OPENING OF OHIO MOSQUE MARKED WITH OPEN HOUSE
	- Christians, Jews and Muslims Celebrate Shared Roots (DMN)
* QUOTE OF THE DAY: IRAQ WAR FOR ISRAEL?
* U.S. HAD KEY ROLE IN IRAQ BUILDUP (Washington Post)
* DOONESBURY COMIC STRIP LOOKS AT DETENTIONS
	- Americans Flee to Canada (Calgary Herald)
* ISRAEL TROOPS ACCUSED OF SHAVING PALESTINIANS' HAIR (Reuters)
	- Palestinian Towns Wobbling on Last Legs (LA Times)
* BRITON TELLS OF ORDEAL IN BUSH'S TORTURE JAIL (Observer)
* A RELIGION OF PEACE? (Antiwar.com)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: REPENTANCE

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "God is more delighted 
at 
the repentance of His servant than a person (who finds a lost 
possession)."

Sahih Muslim, Hadith 1276

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Everyone who dies will 
repent." He was then asked the nature of that repentance, and replied: 
"If 
someone did what was good, he will repent for not having done more, and 
if 
someone did evil, he will repent for not having restrained himself."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1457

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CAIR CONDEMNS ATTACK ON U.S. MEDICAL PERSONNEL IN YEMEN

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/30/2002) - The Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR), a Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group, 
today 
condemned a shooting attack on American medical personnel in Yemen that 
left three people dead.

In a statement, CAIR said:

"We condemn this heinous attack and all other attacks on innocent 
civilians 
by any individuals, groups or states. Today's attack is of particular 
concern because it apparently targeted those engaged in meeting the 
medical 
needs of ordinary Yemenis."

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RE-OPENING OF OHIO MOSQUE MARKED WITH OPEN HOUSE

(COLUMBUS, OH --12/30/2002) - ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 4, the Islamic 
Foundation of Central Ohio (IFCO) and the Columbus Muslim community 
will 
celebrate the re-opening of the Columbus Islamic Center with an open 
house. 
The Islamic Center closed last year after being attacked by vandals.

"The re-opening ceremony of the Islamic Center has an important meaning 
for 
people of all faiths. It sends the message that Muslims are an integral 
part of our community and that the attack on their Mosque was an attack 
on 
everyone in our state," said Ahmad Al-Akhras, president of the Ohio 
office 
of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio).

"We are very proud of our Center. It has been an icon of the social and 
religious fabric of Columbus for many years and it is here to stay," 
said 
IFCO president M. Nabih Tarazi. "We are not going to allow the bigoted 
acts 
of tiny minority to create an atmosphere of apprehension and fear in 
the 
American Muslim community," added Tarazi.

Last year, vandals caused extensive damage to all three floors of the 
center. Copies of the Quran, Islam's revealed text, were shredded, 
water 
pipes were ripped out of walls and broken in a way that caused maximum 
damage to the center.

The attack was not the first against Ohio religious institutions. 
Immediately after the September 11th terrorist attacks, the Greater 
Cleveland Islamic Center was attacked by a drunk driver who smashed his 
car 
through a wall, knocked over three pillars, and landed atop a built-in 
fountain in the mosque rotunda. The Islamic Center of Greater Toledo 
was 
targeted by a drive by shooting.

There are an estimated 30,000 Muslims in central Ohio, 130,000 in Ohio 
and 
seven million in America.

WHEN: Saturday, January 4, 2003, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

WHERE: Islamic Center, 1428 E Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio

PROGRAM: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Open House
12:30 p.m. - Zuhr (noon) Prayer
1 p.m. - Re-Opening Ceremony
1:30 p.m. - Tour of the Islamic Center

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CONTACT: Jad Humeidan, 614-451-3232, Ohio@cair-net.org

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AREA CHRISTIANS, JEWS AND MUSLIMS CELEBRATE SHARED ROOTS
TANYA EISERER, Dallas Morning News, 12/30/02
http://www.dallasnews.com/localnews/stories/123002dnmetfriendship.c00d4.html

RICHARDSON - Muslims, Jews and Christians gathered at a Richardson 
mosque on
Sunday to highlight shared history, rather than differences.

The third annual Interfaith Gathering at the Dallas Central Mosque 
brought 
together about 400 members of the three Abrahamic religious 
traditions...

The program was sponsored by Friendship Among Faiths, an interfaith 
group 
sponsored by Thanks-Giving Square. The Friendship group formed in 2000 
after the success of a New Year's Eve service that honored three 
religious 
holidays - Christmas, Hanukkah and Eid al-Fitr - that all fell within 
the 
same week for the first time in many decades…

Imam Yusuf Kavakci, head of the Dallas Central Mosque, added: "We are 
all 
created in the image of Allah - the same God...We are all people of the 
book - people of the Scripture."

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: IRAQ WAR FOR ISRAEL?

QUESTIONS THAT BOTHER AND BEWILDER
William Raspberry, Washington Post, 12/30/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A52361-2002Dec29.html

And by the way, how much of the commitment to rid the world of Saddam 
Hussein is calculated to meet Israel's needs rather than our own?...But 
if 
we are willing to launch a war at least partly for Israel's sake, 
shouldn't 
we have a little more clout than we appear to have over such matters as 
the 
Israeli settlements in the occupied territories?...

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U.S. HAD KEY ROLE IN IRAQ BUILDUP
Trade in Chemical Arms Allowed Despite Their Use on Iranians, Kurds
Michael Dobbs, Washington Post, 12/30/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A52241-2002Dec29.html

High on the Bush administration's list of justifications for war 
against 
Iraq are President Saddam Hussein's use of chemical weapons, nuclear 
and 
biological programs, and his contacts with international terrorists. 
What 
U.S. officials rarely acknowledge is that these offenses date back to a 
period when Hussein was seen in Washington as a valued ally.

Among the people instrumental in tilting U.S. policy toward Baghdad 
during 
the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war was Donald H. Rumsfeld, now defense 
secretary, 
whose December 1983 meeting with Hussein as a special presidential 
envoy 
paved the way for normalization of U.S.-Iraqi relations. Declassified 
documents show that Rumsfeld traveled to Baghdad at a time when Iraq 
was 
using chemical weapons on an "almost daily" basis in defiance of 
international conventions.

The story of U.S. involvement with Saddam Hussein in the years before 
his 
1990 attack on Kuwait -- which included large-scale intelligence 
sharing, 
supply of cluster bombs through a Chilean front company, and 
facilitating 
Iraq's acquisition of chemical and biological precursors -- is a 
topical 
example of the underside of U.S. foreign policy. It is a world in which 
deals can be struck with dictators, human rights violations sometimes 
overlooked, and accommodations made with arms proliferators, all on the 
principle that the "enemy of my enemy is my friend."

Throughout the 1980s, Hussein's Iraq was the sworn enemy of Iran, then 
still in the throes of an Islamic revolution. U.S. officials saw 
Baghdad as 
a bulwark against militant Shiite extremism and the fall of 
pro-American 
states such as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and even Jordan -- a Middle East 
version of the "domino theory" in Southeast Asia. That was enough to 
turn 
Hussein into a strategic partner and for U.S. diplomats in Baghdad to 
routinely refer to Iraqi forces as "the good guys," in contrast to the 
Iranians, who were depicted as "the bad guys."

A review of thousands of declassified government documents and 
interviews 
with former policymakers shows that U.S. intelligence and logistical 
support played a crucial role in shoring up Iraqi defenses against the 
"human wave" attacks by suicidal Iranian troops. The administrations of 
Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush authorized the sale to Iraq of 
numerous 
items that had both military and civilian applications, including 
poisonous 
chemicals and deadly biological viruses, such as anthrax and bubonic 
plague...

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DOONESBURY COMIC STRIP LOOKS AT DETENTIONS
http://www.doonesbury.ucomics.com/strip/dailydose/index.htm

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AMERICANS FLEE TO CANADA
Dene Moore, Calgary Herald, 12/30/02
http://www.canada.com/news/story.asp?id=8A3BFBE8-A235-4979-98E5-7C87AEBF6B16

VANCOUVER - The number of Americans making refugee claims in Canada has 
skyrocketed since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to 
statistics 
from the Immigration and Refugee Board.

The number of Americans seeking refuge in Canada increased by 135 per 
cent 
before the end of October over the entire previous year. From January 
to 
the end of October this year, 191 filed refugee claims citing 
persecution 
in the U.S., compared to 81 in 2001.

In 2000, 85 had sought refugee status, already a huge jump from the 40 
that 
sought refuge in 1999.

The increase comes as no surprise to immigration lawyer David Matas.

"I expect that what we're seeing is a reflection of the change in due 
process in the U.S. as a result of September 11," Matas said from 
Winnipeg.

Residents of the United States are subject to more arbitrary policing 
than 
they were before the terrorist attacks in September 2001, Matas said.

Rights have eroded more in the U.S. than they have here, he said…

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ISRAEL TROOPS ACCUSED OF SHAVING PALESTINIANS' HAIR
Reuters, 12/30/02

JERUSALEM, Dec 30 (Reuters) - A prominent Israeli human rights group 
accused Israeli troops on Monday of forcibly shaving the heads of two 
Palestinians in a West Bank barber's shop and called for an army 
investigation.

B'Tselem said four soldiers entered a barber's shop in Hebron early 
this 
month and found five Palestinian men apparently violating a military 
curfew 
imposed on the city.

It said the soldiers beat the men, aged 19 to 24, for an hour. The 
troops 
also used three of the men as human shields, firing over their 
shoulders at 
Palestinians throwing stones, and sheared the hair off two of them, 
B'Tselem said.

"One of the soldiers inside told me to sit on the (barber's) chair and 
didn't say why. When I sat down, he picked up an electric razor," a 
B'Tselem statement quoted Bassem Maswadeh, 24, as saying.

"When the soldier put the machine in my hair, I grabbed his hand and 
asked 
him what he was doing. He slapped me and told me in Arabic to shut up. 
The 
soldier put the machine to my hair forcefully. It hurt. He cut my hair 
in 
random lines…"

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PALESTINIAN TOWNS WOBBLING ON LAST LEGS
Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times, 12/30/02
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-village30dec30,0,457910.story

DEIR ISTIYA, West Bank -- Fuad Awad rolls his own cigarettes these days 
to 
save the $3 that his two-pack-a-day habit demanded. With the extra 
money, 
he buys a little chicken for his children.

The house that Saeed Zeidan was building for his family sits 
half-finished, 
concrete blocks bare to the wet wind. No job, no money.

Nazmi abu Ali burns tree bark in a tin can to heat the rooms where his 
two 
toddlers sit most of the day, passing the time.

Across the West Bank, villages and towns like this one are dying a slow 
death. More than two years of closures, curfews and the pressure of 
Israeli 
army tanks have ruined the livelihood, the economy, the agriculture, 
the 
education and in some cases the health of hundreds of thousands of 
Palestinian men, women and children…

Israeli Physicians for Human Rights, after a survey in the West Bank, 
concluded that stillbirths were up fivefold in rural Palestinian areas 
and 
vaccination programs depleted. Palestinians give even bleaker 
statistics.

According to the World Bank, nearly three-quarters of Palestinians are 
living below the poverty line, defined as $2 a day, unemployment has 
soared 
to more than half the population and Palestinian industry is on the 
verge 
of collapse. The Palestinian economy loses $7.6 million a day, 
according to 
the U.N…

Numerous villages that live on what they grow simply decided not to 
plant 
this season, he said. Unable to reach a market for their products, and 
in 
some cases unable to reach the fields themselves, residents decided it 
wasn't worth it…

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BRITON TELLS OF ORDEAL IN BUSH'S TORTURE JAIL
Paul Harris and Burhan Wazir, Observer, 12/29/02
http://www.observer.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,866235,00.html

The letter contained only hints of what Moazzam Begg's interrogators 
may 
have done to him. He wrote of hunger and being kept awake by bright 
lights. 
'I still don't know what will happen with me,' he lamented to his wife 
back 
home in Birmingham.

Begg, 35, was writing from Bagram military base just outside Kabul. He 
is 
the only British prisoner inside a cluster of metal shipping containers 
at 
the heart of the United States army part of the base, which serves as a 
'jail' for al-Qaeda suspects.

Now the camp is at the centre of a furious row over US behaviour in the 
war 
on terror. Evidence is growing that prisoners inside the containers are 
being tortured by American soldiers and CIA agents. Begg may have 
written 
of more damaging details of his own treatment, but many of his previous 
letters were never delivered.

It appears the US soldiers at Bagram have much to hide. Human rights 
groups 
are calling for an inquiry into the methods used by American 
interrogators 
at Bagram and other bases in Afghanistan.

US officials have admitted that suspects captured in the region are 
'softened up' on their way to detention by brutal beatings from US 
military 
police and special forces soldiers. They are confined to tiny rooms, 
blindfolded and thrown into walls. They are tied up in painful 
positions, 
subjected to loud noises and deprived of sleep by having lights shone 
on 
them all day and night. Sometimes they are forced to stand for long 
periods 
in black hoods or wearing goggles which have been spray-painted so as 
to 
render them blind...

'Pain control is a very subjective thing,' one US official said, 
deadpan, 
to the Washington Post last week.

Those who do not crack, or perhaps have nothing to tell, are often 
handed 
over to foreign intelligence services such as those of Morocco or Saudi 
Arabia, where less sophisticated and bloodier torture techniques are 
regularly employed…

In the case of Begg, who grew up in the Moseley area of Birmingham, the 
Americans have been equally silent. Foreign Office officials admit that 
after 11 months of asking they have still not been able to see him to 
check 
on his health. 'We are still pressing the Americans, but as yet we have 
not 
been allowed access,' said a spokesman.

Begg has not seen a lawyer, a Red Cross official or any member of his 
family either since he was arrested in the Pakistani capital of 
Islamabad 
last February…

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A RELIGION OF PEACE?
Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com, 12/30/02
http://www.antiwar.com/justin/justincol.html

One good aspect of the holiday season was that veteran Arab-hater James 
Taranto, whose column "Best of the Web" runs on the Wall Street 
Journal's 
website, went on vacation, and the world was spared his unsparing 
hatred 
for all things Arab for a few blessed days. Not for long, however: he's 
back at the same old stand, picking up little items from Memri about 
the 
innate evil of Muslims and always appending the same hateful headline: 
"A 
Religion of Peace?" But two can play that game…

The Washington Post reports that there's "tension at [the] Holy Land's 
tombs," and the source of it is … well, let them report. You decide:

"In Bethlehem, Rachel's Tomb - which is also venerated by Muslims and 
Christians - has been sealed inside a heavily fortified building. The 
tomb 
is no longer visible from the outside, and Palestinians are not allowed 
access. Foreign tourists can visit, but only Jews are allowed to pray."

Imagine if the Post had titled its story "A Religion of Peace?" The 
yelps 
of outrage would have been deafening. Yet Taranto gets away with 
precisely 
this kind of hate-mongering five days a week…

As religious fundamentalism rises in Israel, threatening the last 
vestiges 
of moderation in the government, the U.S. has grown closer to Ariel 
Sharon…

So let's cut out the cheap shots at Islam, and Christianity, for that 
matter, while leaving the rest of the world's superstitions immune from 
criticism. The rise of religious intolerance in Israel, and among that 
country's vociferous supporters in the West, isn't the only clue to the 
dangers posed by a misguided sensitivity. Hindu-fascism in India is the 
latest fundamentalist threat to the peace of the world, as I have 
warned in 
this column before: does the world really need another nuclear-armed 
fanatic who looks to God (or the gods, in the case of the Hindus) as 
justification for repression and mass murder?

The emerging Israel-India alliance is all too logical, given the 
fundamentalist trajectory of both countries. That the U.S. is funding 
and 
sponsoring this sinister convergence will reap us the kind of 
"blowback" we 
have rightly come to dread.

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 12/31/2002

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: RESPECT COVENANTS
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 4594 SPONSORSHIPS
* CAIR CO-SPONSORS INS REGISTRATION WEB SURVEY
	- INS Detains Immigrants Who Comply with Rules *Mercury News)
	- EDITORIAL: The Stakes for Liberty (Washington Post)
* COMMENT: OUR SISTER'S KEEPER (Globe and Mail)
* CARTOON DRAWS FIRE FROM MUSLIMS (Herald-Sun)
* SOMALI 'NATIONAL TOUR AGAINST HATE' BEGINS NEXT WEEK (Star Tribune)
* MOSQUE TO APPEAL REJECTION OF MINARET (Atlanta Journal)
* READERS SLAM DANIEL PIPES' STANCE ON ACADEMIC FREEDOM
* WITH MISSIONARIES SPREADING, MUSLIMS' ANGER IS FOLLOWING (NY Times)
	- Missionaries Face Dangers (Chicago Tribune)
* HIJACKING INDIA'S HISTORY (New York Times)
* THEY CHOKE ON COKE, BUT SAVOR MECCA-COLA (New York Times)
* U.S. BOMBS HIT PAKISTAN TOWN AFTER BORDER CLASH (Reuters)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: RESPECT COVENANTS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "There is no faith in he 
who 
is not trustworthy, and there is no religion in he who does not respect 
his 
covenant."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 4

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 4594 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's Library Project has received 4594 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Take 
part in this first-of-its-kind campaign by sponsoring an 18-item 
"library 
package." Our goal is to, inshallah, send accurate and objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

TO SPONSOR A LIBRARY PACKAGE, GO TO: www.libraryproject.org
OR CALL: 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320

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CAIR CO-SPONSORS INS REGISTRATION WEB SURVEY
Help Document Your Experience with Special Registration! 
http://www.aila.org/specialreg.html

Special Registration Web Questionnaire

In response to the INS "Call-in Special Registration" program for males 
from selected countries, we are trying to track people's experiences 
with 
the registration process. Your input regarding your experience or the 
experience of a family member or client is very beneficial in 
understanding 
how the government is implementing the call- in registration process.

If you have registered, accompanied a family member to register, or 
represented a client at registration under the INS "Call-in" Special 
Registration please take the time to fill out the form below and share 
your 
experience with us.

This project is not affiliated with the government and is not a part of 
any 
INS effort. The sponsoring organizations are independent from the 
government and work to ensure the rights of immigrants in the United 
States. Your answers for this questionnaire will be used to assess 
problems 
and potential violations of rights in the registration process. We will 
not 
share identifying information with anyone without your permission…

Jointly sponsored by the The American Immigration Lawyers Association, 
the 
American Immigration Law Foundation, the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, The National Immigration Forum, and the American-Arab Anti 
Discrimination Committee.

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INS DETAINS BAY AREA IMMIGRANTS WHO COMPLY WITH RULES
Matthai Chakko Kuruvila, Jessie Mangaliman, Mercury News, 12/31/02
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/bayarea/news/breaking_news/4847793.htm

The number of Bay Area immigrants detained after complying with new INS 
registration rules primarily designed for those from Muslim or Arab 
countries has grown to nearly two dozen.

While the local figures pale compared to the hundreds of those detained 
in 
Southern California, at least nine of the 22 known Bay Area detainees 
remain in jail in Yuba County or San Diego, attorney's representing the 
men 
say.

The government order to register and fingerprint men and boys from 
certain 
countries has roiled immigrant communities and infuriated civil rights 
advocates, who allege that procedures are tantamount to a roundup of 
Muslims and Arabs. Most immigrants were arrested for having expired 
visas 
or for registering after the Dec. 16 deadline, infractions attorneys 
and 
relatives say are being too heavily punished…

INS officials declined to comment about their cases or to confirm the 
number of Bay Area immigrants who have been detained…

Advocates say the effort undermines the goals of the registration 
process, 
which was intended as a counterterrorism effort.

"Does the INS expect any others to report after the way they treated 
those 
who did go?," asked Shawn Matloob, a Berkeley attorney whose office 
represents detained men from Saratoga and El Sobrante.

Groups calling for tighter restrictions on immigration believe that the 
arrests simply enforce immigration laws that were rarely enforced 
before 
the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Some of the Sept. 11 hijackers, for 
example, had expired visas.

In some cases, the registration process ensnared those who have lived 
in 
this country for decades…

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EDITORIAL: THE STAKES FOR LIBERTY
Washington Post, 12/31/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A56760-2002Dec30.html

THE PAST YEAR saw a continuing debate over how sweeping the 
government's 
powers to fight terrorism ought to be. The fight stretched from the 
scope 
of surveillance authority, to the power to detain citizens and 
immigrants, 
to the government's ability to keep information secret. And yet the 
debate 
has taken on a frustrating character. The administration too often acts 
as 
though there is no useful discussion to be had -- as though it is 
merely 
seeking isolated technical changes and the anxiety many people feel 
reflects weakness in the face of evil…

The broad danger, in our view, is that a kind of alternative legal 
system 
has come into existence for an ill-defined category of offenses 
involving 
national security…

With Congress so far unwilling to get involved in defining reasoned 
boundaries, the courts have been the only realistic check on the Bush 
administration's unilateral assertions of power. This is a 
far-too-passive 
means of making law in such a fateful area. In the American system, the 
national legislature is primarily responsible for determining what the 
law 
should be. If, through inaction, it effectively cedes that power to the 
president, the new rules will reflect the presidency's interests at the 
expense of all others. That's a dangerous prospect for civil liberties 
and, 
in the long run, for effective counterterrorism as well.

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COMMENT: OUR SISTER'S KEEPER
SHEEMA KHAN, Globe and Mail, 12/31/02
http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/PEstory/TGAM/20021231/COSHEEMA3/Headlines/headdex/headdexComment_temp/3/3/6/
Sheema Khan is chair of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, 
Canada.

'Do you have to wear that thing on your head?"

This was the final question during my job interview for a research 
position 
at a Canadian university. Apparently, my PhD in chemical physics from 
Harvard, research publications and postdoctoral research at MIT weren't 
enough to convince my interviewer that I qualified for the job. It came 
down to "that thing" on my head, the hijab -- the Islamic headscarf 
that 
forms part of my faith.

While at Harvard, I had undergone personal changes that reflected 
spiritual 
evolution, including a renewed commitment to Islam. For me, prayer, 
modesty 
and gratefulness filled a void. Wearing the hijab as stipulated in the 
Koran is an act of worship -- not unlike the headcovering worn by an 
Orthodox Jew or observant Sikh.

Trying to control my anger, I replied that the way I chose to dress was 
irrelevant to my ability to do scientific research. If the interviewer 
felt 
I could do the job based on my track record, then he should hire me. If 
not, then we should stop wasting each other's time. I also knew that, 
if I 
were turned down, my next step would be to go to the provincial Human 
Rights Commission.

Then the interviewer confided that he had no problem but feared that 
others 
would. How ironic, I thought: Scientists claim to be rational but think 
so 
illogically about an individual's potential. (I got the job, and my 
employer and I developed a good working relationship.)

But many Muslim women, who choose to abide by the hijab, aren't so 
lucky in 
Canada's most multicultural city. According to a government-funded 
study, 
"No Hijab Is Permitted Here," visible Muslim women faced clear 
discrimination when applying for jobs at fast-food outlets, retail 
stores 
and factories in Toronto. Some were even told to remove their hijab as 
a 
prerequisite. The study's authors made 23 recommendations, including 
educating Muslim women on their rights, and advising employers that 
wearing 
the hijab has no impact on a woman's ability to carry out her job…

Finally: Please don't feel sorry for us. Given the post-9/11 climate, a 
Muslim woman who chooses to wear her hijab and participate fully in 
society 
has courage. Despite prevalent negative attitudes, she is secure in the 
knowledge that God strengthens those who seek divine help. And isn't a 
confident woman an excellent asset for our society?

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CARTOON DRAWS FIRE FROM MUSLIMS
Eric Ferreri, Herald-Sun, 12/31/02
http://www.heraldsun.com/orange/10-304268.html

HILLSBOROUGH -- Doug Marlette, the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial 
cartoonist who creates his pointed vignettes from his Hillsborough 
home, is 
embroiled in controversy over a drawing of an Arab toting a nuclear 
bomb.

The cartoon, which ran briefly last week on the Tallahassee (Fla.) 
Democrat's Web site, has angered Muslim groups. In the cartoon, a man 
who 
appears to be Middle Eastern is driving a moving truck with a nuclear 
bomb 
in the back.

Marlette said its caption -- "What Would Mohammed Drive?" -- is a play 
on a 
recent Evangelical movement to link transportation issues and morality 
that 
uses the tag line, "What Would Jesus Drive?"

"I didn't set out to get a response," said Marlette, who joined the 
Democrat staff earlier this year. "I still like the cartoon. I thought 
it 
was effective."

But Muslims have found the cartoon offensive because of the use of the 
name 
"Mohammed," which Muslims believe is a reference to the prophet of the 
same 
name.

In an explanation that ran in Sunday's Democrat, Marlette denied 
singling 
out the prophet…

But Muslim leaders don't buy his explanation.

"His reaction to our concerns is a bit disingenuous," said Ibrahim 
Hooper, 
a spokesman for the Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic 
Relations. "The cartoon clearly indicates that the prophet Mohammed is 
driving the truck. If he had put Osama bin Laden or an extremist 
driving, 
he wouldn't have gotten the complaints. But when you attack the prophet 
Mohammed directly, Muslims get upset."

"Jesus represents Christianity, and Mohammed represents Islam," Hooper 
continued. "It's a direct parallel…"

Marlette said he's received at least 4,000 e-mails, and said the 
newspaper 
had received about 6,000 as well. CAIR demanded an apology from 
Marlette, 
the newspaper, and Tribune Media Services, which syndicates Marlette's 
cartoons…

While Marlette said readers shouldn't take the word "Mohammed" as a 
literal 
reference to the Islamic prophet, Muslim leaders believe the response 
to 
the cartoon indicates otherwise.

"It just shows the level of outrage," Hooper said. "I don't know how it 
can 
be read another way. If he wanted a different cartoon, he should have 
done 
a different cartoon…"

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SOMALI 'NATIONAL TOUR AGAINST HATE' BEGINS NEXT WEEK
Kavita Kumar, Star Tribune, 12/30/02
http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/3562134.html

A Somali advocacy group is branching out beyond the Twin Cities with 
its
"National Tour Against Hate," aimed at raising awareness about the 
struggles of Somali communities in Seattle and Lewiston, Maine.

Omar Jamal, executive director of the Somali Justice Advocacy Center of 
St. 
Paul, will be leaving Jan. 6 for a journey on which he plans to meet 
with 
the new governor of Maine to discuss tensions between some white 
residents 
and Somalis in Lewiston, Maine's second largest city.

"There's been an increase of recent hate -- not only in Lewiston, but 
also 
what is going on in St. Cloud," where racist messages have been written 
on 
Somali businesses, Jamal said. "We're going into a new phase because 
immigrants are being targeted by hate groups…"

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MOSQUE TO APPEAL REJECTION OF MINARET
PHILLIP TAYLOR, Atlanta Journal, 12/31/02
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/metro/cobb/1202/31mosque.html

A Marietta mosque that was denied permission to build a minaret plans 
to 
hold open houses in an effort to strengthen ties with neighbors before 
reapplying.

Masjid Al-Hedaya director Amjad Taufique said Monday that the mosque 
would 
not sue the Marietta Board of Zoning Appeals over its Dec. 16 rejection 
of 
an application to build a 70-foot tower at the mosque.

"We are in no rush to make a decision about an appeal at this point," 
said 
Taufique, whose mosque now holds services in a house on Powder Springs 
Road. "We are trying to find ways of how to get involved with the 
community 
and let our neighbors know that they can be comfortable with us." 
Taufique 
said the mosque would reapply for the exemption in six months, as 
allowed 
under city rules. Members of the mosque will invite area residents to a 
series of informational open houses to explain the group's plans and 
activities at the mosque, Taufique said...

Taufique on Monday did not blame anti-Muslim sentiment for the panel's 
decision, but said he hoped the open houses would allay concerns.

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READERS SLAM DANIEL PIPES' STANCE ON ACADEMIC FREEDOM

NO ONE SHOULD BE MUFFLED IN THE HALLS OF ACADEMIA
Los Angeles Times, 12/31/02
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/letters/la-le-magat31dec31,0,5752432.story

Re "From the Halls of Academia," Commentary, Dec. 27:

Daniel Pipes has designated himself to the position of the "thought 
police." He wants us all to be on the same page, dancing to the same 
music 
played by the Bush administration.

Anyone with common sense can sniff out the truth of this relentless war 
song. It is quite obvious that the first thing a big lie cannot stand 
is 
dissent. Why is that? Mr. Pipes, are you afraid of the truth coming 
out?

Kit Magat
Gardena

*

Pipes pines for America's campuses to return to the good old days of a 
"politically balanced environment, as it was before the 1960s." No 
women; 
few blacks; quotas on Jews: I nominate Pipes for the Trent Lott Chair 
in 
Social Philosophy.

Daryl G. Nickens

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WITH MISSIONARIES SPREADING, MUSLIMS' ANGER IS FOLLOWING
SUSAN SACHS, New York Times, 12/31/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/31/international/middleeast/31DANG.html

As evangelical Christian emissaries have spread throughout the Muslim 
world, their presence has increasingly proved to be a lightning rod for 
anti-American sentiment while provoking the anger of native Christian 
sects 
and Islamic clerics…

Rather than enrage local authorities and risk their own deaths or 
expulsions, missionaries aimed for softer targets. American Protestant 
missionaries in the 19th century, for example, built universities and 
hospitals and tried to convert Coptic Christians in Egypt and Greek 
Orthodox Christians in Lebanon.

The Orthodox and Coptic churches, which have lived among Muslims for 
centuries, know how to cultivate their own flocks without threatening 
the 
political territory of Muslim rulers and clerics. The newly arrived 
evangelical Christian groups, in the view of these older indigenous 
churches, trample the unwritten rules.

In Lebanon, the Roman Catholic diocese and Muslim groups have accused 
the 
evangelical Christians of trying to convert Muslims. One bishop said 
Bonnie 
Penner Witherall, the missionary killed by a gunman last month, 
combined 
preaching about Christianity with the distribution of toys and food to 
Muslim children…

The Mission Board's Web site also boasts of a record number of baptisms 
-- 
395,773 so far this year -- as a result of its foreign missionary work. 
"There is discussion on strategy changes, to become less institutional 
and 
to work primarily in church-planting and face-to-face evangelism," said 
Jack Graham, a Texas pastor and current president of the Southern 
Baptist 
Convention. "When you're up close and personal with someone hopefully 
they 
will believe in you."

In accordance with that strategy, Pastor Graham said, the Baptists have 
already decided to turn over their hospital in Yemen to a local Muslim 
group and shift resources to mobile clinics that would bring 
missionaries 
into contact with more Yemenis…

SEE ALSO:

MISSIONARIES FACE DANGERS AS ANTI-AMERICANISM GROWS
Tim Jones, Chicago Tribune, 12/31/02
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0212310174dec31,1,5654366.story 


American missionaries have worked overseas since the 19th Century, 
often 
facing the risks of disease and political upheaval in hostile 
environments. 
But the murders of three hospital workers in Yemen on Monday 
underscored 
the more recent threat to Americans in a post-Sept. 11 world, forcing 
missionary agencies to move more cautiously, especially in Muslim 
nations.

While the Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board 
vowed 
Monday not to "let someone with a gun make us afraid to do what God 
wants 
us to do," others experienced in missionary work said that 
determination is 
being countered by the increasingly menacing specter of 
anti-Americanism.

"Over the years we have seen the reservoir of goodwill toward Americans 
dissipate because of our policies," said Harold Vogelaar, who served 
for 26 
years as a missionary in the Middle East.

"Whenever I talk to my Arab and Egyptian friends, there is goodwill 
toward 
Americans, but it is the American policies that they find abominable," 
said 
Vogelaar, a professor of world religion and global missions at 
Chicago's 
Lutheran School of Theology…

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HIJACKING INDIA'S HISTORY
KAI FRIESE, New York Times, 12/30/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/30/opinion/30FRIE.html

NEW DELHI - Last month the National Council of Educational Research and 
Training, the central government body that sets the national curriculum 
and 
oversees education for students up to the 12th grade, released the 
first of 
its new school textbooks for social sciences and history. Teachers and 
academics protested loudly. The schoolbooks are notable for their 
elision 
of many awkward facts, like the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi by a 
Hindu 
nationalist in 1948.

The authors of the textbook have promised to make revisions to the 
chapter 
about Gandhi. But what is more remarkable is how they have added 
several 
novel chapters to Indian history.

Thus we have a new civilization, the "Indus-Saraswati civilization" in 
place of the well-known Indus Valley civilization, which is generally 
agreed to have appeared around 4600 B.C. and to have lasted for about 
2,000 
years. (The all-important addition of "Saraswati," an ancient river 
central 
to Hindu myth, is meant to show that Indus Valley civilization was 
actually 
part of Vedic civilization.) We have a chapter on "Vedic civilization" 
- 
the earliest recognizable "Hindu culture" in India and generally 
acknowledged not to have appeared before about 1700 B.C. - that appears 
without a single date.

The council has also promised to test the "S.Q.," or "Spiritual 
Quotient," 
of gifted students in addition to their I.Q. Details of this plan are 
not 
elaborated upon; the council's National Curriculum Framework for School 
Education says only that "a suitable mechanism for locating the 
talented 
and the gifted will have to be devised…"

The carefully nurtured sense of Hindu grievance has been nursed rather 
than 
sated by acts of mob violence: the destruction of the 15th-century 
mosque 
in Ayodhya, for instance, or the persecution of Christians in earlier 
pogroms in Gujarat's Dangs district. The B.J.P., along with its 
Hindu-supremacist cohorts, the R.S.S. (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) and 
the 
V.H.P. (Vishwa Hindu Parishad), has a seemingly irresistible will to 
power. 
(The R.S.S. and the V.H.P. are not political parties but "social 
service 
organizations" that have served as springboards to power for B.J.P. 
leaders 
like Narendra Modi, chief minister of Gujarat.)…

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THEY CHOKE ON COKE, BUT SAVOR MECCA-COLA
JOHN TAGLIABUE, New York Times, 12/31/02
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/31/international/europe/31FRAN.html

PARIS, Dec. 30 - The idea, says Tawfik Mathlouthi, who runs a radio 
station 
for France's Muslim minority, came to him in the shower: to create a 
competing product to Coke that would satisfy the needs of Arab speakers 
in 
Europe and elsewhere for soft drinks, while providing jobs and economic 
growth…

Now, orders for the liter-and-a-half bottles with labels whose bright 
red 
and sweeping white script evoke those of Coke are pouring in from 
around 
the world -- from Britain, Belgium and Germany -- together with bids 
from 
companies wanting to become local distributors…

In recent years, calls for Arab boycotts of American brands -- from 
Coke to 
McDonald's, Kentucky Fried Chicken and even detergents by companies 
like 
Procter & Gamble -- have multiplied, as leaders across the Middle East 
try 
to protest American policies, most notably support of Israel against 
the 
Palestinians…

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U.S. BOMBS HIT PAKISTAN TOWN AFTER BORDER CLASH
Reuters, 12/31/02

BAGRAM, Afghanistan, Dec 31 (Reuters) - The U.S. military bombed an 
abandoned religious school on Pakistani territory after a gunbattle 
between 
U.S. and Pakistani troops on the border with Afghanistan, Pakistan 
officials said on Tuesday.

The U.S. military said that one of its soldiers had been wounded in 
Afghanistan on Sunday in an exchange of gunfire with a Pakistani border 
guard. A Pakistani official said two border guards were also injured…

The wounded American was part of a unit conducting a mission with 
Pakistani 
forces along the Afghan border when a disagreement appeared to break 
out, 
according to a statement released by the U.S. military at their Afghan 
headquarters at Bagram air base.

"A Pakistani border scout opened fire with a G3 rifle after the U.S. 
patrol 
asked him to return to the Pakistan side of the border," the statement 
said.

"That individual and several others retreated to a nearby structure," 
it 
added. "Close air support was requested and one 500-lb bomb was dropped 
on 
the target area."

Mohammad Khurshied, a local official in Pakistan's South Waziristan 
tribal 
area close to the Afghan border, later told Reuters that a seminary in 
the 
Pakistani town of Angor Adda had been hit by U.S. warplanes.

A Pakistani intelligence official said two bombs were dropped on 
Pakistani 
soil, but he reported no injuries…

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR ACTION ALERT 358

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PROTEST THE RECENT INS DETENTIONS

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 4, Noon to 1 p.m.
WHERE: INS Los Angeles District Office, Federal Building, 300 N. Los 
Angeles Street, Los Angeles, Ca. 90012

CONTACTS:
CAIR-LA - Hussam Ayloush or Ra'id Faraj, 714-776-1847
AIA - Babak Sotoodeh, 714-914-6663, 714-545-0505
ADC - Nader Abuljebain, 949-290-3486; Ban Al Wardi, 626-375-3644
NCPA - Khalid Pervaiz, 818 216-2360

SPONSORS:
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
Alliance of Iranian Americans
Council on American-Islamic Relations
National Council of Pakistani Americans

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URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT INS REGISTRATION
Jan. 10th is the next deadline for the new INS registration program

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/2/03) - (NOTE: The following information does not 
constitute legal advice.)  - CAIR is calling on all local imams, 
khatibs 
and community leaders to make the announcement below after Friday 
prayers 
about the new Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) special 
registration requirement for nonimmigrant visa holders from primarily 
Muslim countries. This announcement should also be posted in a 
prominent 
public location in all mosques, Muslim schools and Islamic centers.

				-- ANNOUNCEMENT --

JAN. 10TH IS THE NEXT DEADLINE FOR THE INS SPECIAL REGISTRATION PROGRAM

Male nonimmigrant aliens who are nationals or citizens of Afghanistan, 
Algeria, Bahrain, Eritrea, Lebanon, Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Qatar, 
Somalia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, or Yemen, 16 years of age or 
older, 
and who entered the U.S. before September 30, 2002, must register with 
the 
INS by January 10, 2003.

CAIR urges all those who are potentially affected by this new 
registration 
requirement to consult an immigration lawyer as soon as possible. 
Contact 
your local CAIR chapter if you need assistance.
SEE: http://www.cair-net.org/asp/chapters.asp

CAIR strongly disagrees with the nature and implementation of this new 
policy, but it is absolutely essential that those who meet the 
registration 
criteria visit the nearest INS center for registration before the 
deadline. 
Even if you are here legally, failure to register by the January 10th 
deadline WILL MAKE YOU DEPORTABLE.

Although hundreds of people were detained during the last round of 
registrations and many others reported mistreatment, hundreds more have 
registered without serious incident and have thereby protected 
themselves 
from deportation proceedings.

It is very important that anybody who believes he must register with 
the 
INS talk to an immigration lawyer to determine both his immigration 
status 
and what may happen when he registers. If you are not sure of your 
current 
status, you must speak with a lawyer.

If you have overstayed your visa, the INS will start deportation 
proceedings against you. This process should differ substantially from 
post-9/11 deportation proceedings. Under the current program, you will 
most 
likely be let out on bail, allowed to speak with a lawyer, and provided 
with an open hearing. But this is not guaranteed in all cases. CAIR 
continues to work to suspend the registration process until current 
problems are worked out.

CAIR has filed a lawsuit against the Attorney General and is organizing 
demonstrations and other legal actions to protest the current method of 
implementation. CAIR is also documenting cases of abuse and harassment 
through an online form that is available at www.cair-net.org. In the 
meantime, registration before the deadline remains obligatory. Visit 
www.cair-net.org for Arabic, Pashtu and Farsi flyers and more 
information.

Visit www.ins.gov/graphics/lawenfor/specialreg/index.htm and 
www.aila.org 
for detailed information about the registration program.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT WRITER MOCKS ARABS, MUSLIMS
Journalist says Arabs "squat around the camel-dung fire…put their 
bottoms 
in the air"

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/2/03) - A senior writer for a Florida newspaper 
that 
caused an international controversy by portraying the Prophet Muhammad 
as a 
nuclear terrorist is being accused of anti-Muslim and anti-Arab bias by 
a 
national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group.

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has 
learned that in an e-mail discussion with a concerned Muslim, 
Tallahassee 
Democrat Senior Writer Bill Cotterell wrote: "Except for Jordan and 
Egypt, 
no Arab nation has a peace treaty with Israel. They've had 54 years to 
get 
over it. They choose not to. OK, they can squat around the camel-dung 
fire 
and grumble about it, or they can put their bottoms in the air five 
times a 
day and pray for deliverance; that's their business…And I don't give a 
damn 
if Israel kills a few in collateral damage while defending itself. So 
be it."

"Islamophobia seems to be endemic at the Tallahassee Democrat. Any 
journalist has a right to his or her political and religious views, but 
when those views are expressed in such bigoted terms, it raises 
questions 
about a media outlet's journalistic balance and objectivity," said CAIR 
Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

Hooper called on the newspaper's management clarify its position on 
Islamophobia and to ensure that Cotterell's views do not color coverage 
of 
issues related to Muslims, Arabs and the Middle East.

In December, CAIR called for an apology from the Tallahassee Democrat 
for a 
Doug Marlette syndicated editorial cartoon, headlined "What Would 
Mohammed 
Drive?" showing a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad driving a nuclear 
bomb-laden truck similar to that used by Timothy McVeigh in the 1995 
Oklahoma City bombing. (SEE: 
http://www.cair-net.org/images/mohammeddrive.gif

The cartoon was apparently a play on a recent public debate over what 
kind 
of car Jesus would drive. Newspaper editors received thousands of 
e-mails 
from Muslims worldwide, but refused to apologize.

SEE: AN APOLOGY IS NOT IN ORDER, Doug Marlette, Tallahassee Democrat, 
12/29/02
http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/democrat/news/opinion/4818952.htm

CAIR's Florida office (CAIR-FL) has asked for a meeting with the 
Tallahassee Democrat editorial board. The newspaper has not yet replied 
to 
that request.

					- END -

CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-MAIL: 
cair@cair-net.org, CAIR-Fl, Parvez Ahmed, 904-476-2180, E-MAIL: 
pahmed@cair-florida.org

ACTION REQUESTED: (Remember - Hostile comments can and WILL be used to 
further defame Islam and Muslims.)

SEND POLITE COMMENTS TO:

Mr. John Winn Miller
Executive Editor
Tallahassee Democrat
277 N. Magnolia Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32301

TEL: (850) 599-2100

E-MAIL: bcotterell@taldem.com, mlindley@taldem.com, 
jwmiller@taldem.com, 
inquiry@dougmarlette.com, ddwilliams@tribune.com, wmahoney@tribune.com, 
mpope@taldem.com, mlindley@taldem.com, tdedit@taldem.com
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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 1/2/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: BETTER TO FORGIVE THAN TO PUNISH
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT UPDATE: 4603 SPONSORSHIPS
* CAIR REP TO APPEAR ON MSNBC'S "NACHMAN"
* MUSLIMS, ARABS, PAKISTANIS, IRANIANS PROTEST INS DETENTIONS
* COURT UPHOLDS TERRORISM LAW SECRECY (LA Times)
	- A Citizen Shorn Of All Rights (Village Voice)
	- 9/11 Detainee Speaks Of Psychological Torture (AP)
* CANADIANS ALIENATED BY U.S. TRAVEL INDIGNITIES (Globe and Mail)
	- Minnesota Forum on New INS Registration Policy
* MOSQUE HOSTS INTERFAITH PEACE RALLY (AP)
	- Episcopal, Muslim Clerics Plan Relief (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
	- U.S. Muslims Stand Up For Faith and Country (Kansas City Star)
* MISSIONARIES INCREASE ALONG WITH DANGERS (LA Times)
* HEBRON RESIDENTS DESCRIBE AN ISRAELI REIGN OF BEATINGS (NY Times)
	- Israel's Human Shields Draw Fire (Guardian UK)
	- Palestinians Subjected To 'The Lottery' (Arab News)
	- Israel, U.S. To Open Talks on Aid Package (Reuters)
	- Israeli Guards Clash with Palestinian Detainees (Reuters)
* U.S. MUSLIMS CONDEMN YEMEN ATTACK (UPI)
* NBC'S "LAW AND ORDER" RE-AIRS CONTROVERSIAL EPISODE

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HADITH OF THE DAY: BETTER TO FORGIVE THAN TO PUNISH

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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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 4603 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's Library Project has received 4603 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Take 
part in this first-of-its-kind campaign by sponsoring an 18-item 
"library 
package." Our goal is to, inshallah, send accurate and objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

TO SPONSOR A LIBRARY PACKAGE, GO TO: www.libraryproject.org
OR CALL: 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320

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CAIR REP TO APPEAR ON MSNBC'S "NACHMAN"
http://www.msnbc.com/news/nachman_front.asp

CAIR Attorney Khurrum Wahid is scheduled to appear on MSNBC's "Nachman" 
program today at 5 p.m. (Eastern).

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MUSLIMS, ARABS, PAKISTANIS, IRANIANS PROTEST INS DETENTIONS

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 4, Noon to 1 p.m.
WHERE: INS Los Angeles District Office, Federal Building, 300 N. Los 
Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

CONTACTS:
CAIR-LA - Hussam Ayloush or Ra'id Faraj, 714-776-1847
AIA - Babak Sotoodeh, 714-914-6663, 714-545-0505
ADC - Nader Abuljebain, 949-290-3486; Ban Al Wardi, 626-375-3644
NCPA - Khalid Pervaiz, 818 216-2360

SPONSORS:
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
Alliance of Iranian Americans
Council on American-Islamic Relations
National Council of Pakistani Americans

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COURT UPHOLDS TERRORISM LAW SECRECY
Josh Meyer, Los Angeles Times, 1/1/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/la-na-terror1jan01001440.story

WASHINGTON - In a high-profile affirmation of the government's powerful 
new 
counter-terrorism laws, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that 
authorities can freeze the assets of a U.S.-based global Islamic 
charity 
that it believes is linked to terrorism without providing its evidence 
to 
defense lawyers.

Justice Department officials and a lawyer for the charity described the 
ruling as a precedent-setting case that upholds some aspects of the USA 
Patriot Act and other counter-terrorism measures implemented after the 
Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

"This is a very significant victory for the administration, [and] not 
just 
with regard to organizations accused of having terrorist ties," said 
Jonathan Turley, a constitutional law expert at George Washington 
University Law School who has defended many cases involving issues of 
national security.

Specifically, the three-judge panel of the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of 
Appeals, based in Chicago, sided with a lower court in finding that the 
government had the right to freeze the assets of the Global Relief 
Foundation in 2001 because of allegations that it was tied to terrorism 
-- 
and to do so without presenting its evidence in a public forum. "The 
statute is designed to give the president means to control assets that 
could be used by enemy aliens," the circuit court panel ruled...

Roger Simmons, a lawyer for Global Relief, said the ruling was a 
continuation of unfair U.S. actions against the group that have 
effectively 
shut down one of the largest Islamic charities in the world since the 
Treasury Department first linked it to terrorism more than a year ago.

Simmons vowed to bring the case before the entire 7th Circuit court to 
gain 
a reversal and force the government to release Global Relief accounts 
that 
have been frozen, and to allow other government and business entities 
to do 
business with Global Relief.

"If I can't get a reversal there, I'm going to the Supreme Court," 
Simmons 
said. "What's bad about this [ruling] is that the key issue in the case 
is 
the question of whether we supported terrorism and that the government 
can 
rely upon secret evidence to make its case. How do you go about proving 
your innocence when the government can rely on secret evidence that you 
can't even see?..."

SEE ALSO:

A CITIZEN SHORN OF ALL RIGHTS
Nat Hentoff, Village Voice, 12/27/02
http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0301/hentoff.php

Yaser Esam Hamdi's name has become familiar and troubling to 
constitutional 
lawyers, but it has little resonance yet to Americans at large. 
However, 
what happens to him in our system of justice will signal how far the 
courts-eventually the Supreme Court-will allow George W. Bush, John 
Ashcroft, and Donald Rumsfeld to create what Charles Lane, the 
Washington 
Post's Supreme Court reporter, accurately calls "a parallel legal 
system in 
which terrorism suspects-U.S. citizens and noncitizens alike-may be 
investigated, jailed, interrogated, held and punished without legal 
protections guaranteed by the ordinary system."

If unchecked by the courts-and Congress-Bush's parallel legal system 
will 
push the Constitution aside and realize James Madison's prediction that 
when all power is commanded by only one of the three branches of 
government, those ensnared in that rogue system are powerless…

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INDIAN DETAINED AFTER SEPT. 11 TELLS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL TORTURE
Omer Farooq, Associated Press, 1/2/03

HYDERABAD, India - An Indian man who was cleared of involvement in the 
Sept. 11 U.S. terror attacks has returned home, alleging sleep 
deprivation, 
unhealthy food and solitary confinement during his 15 months of 
detention 
in New York.

Gul Mohammed Shah, 36, was one of two Muslim men from the southern 
Indian 
city of Hyderabad who were detained on Sept. 12 in Texas because they 
were 
carrying boxcutters, lots of cash and had been on a flight that was 
grounded in the wake of the airplane attacks on the World Trade Center 
and 
Pentagon.

In an interview with The Associated Press at his home on Wednesday, 
after 
he was deported from the United States upon conviction of credit card 
fraud, Shah said he had been kept in solitary confinement for 12 months 
and 
been subjected to psychological torture at the Metropolitan Detention 
Center, in Brooklyn, New York City.

"There was all sorts of psychological torture," he said. "Every 10 
minutes 
a guard would come and bang the steel door of my cell with his baton to 
ensure that I did not sleep. The light bulb was on 24 hours…"

Shah's fingers shook, his voice quivered, and he cast a blank eye in 
the 
air as he narrated the story of his detention. He started haltingly, 
then 
stopped mid-sentence. One moment he sounded happy and enthusiastic, 
then 
became sad and depressed.

"Nothing could be more painful and punishing than having to spend such 
a 
long time without any company or anything to do," Shah said of his 
solitary 
confinement. "The only thing which enabled me to come out with my 
senses 
intact was my faith in Allah. I regularly recited the Quran and offered 
prayers in my cell during the period..."

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NEW CANADIANS ALIENATED BY U.S. TRAVEL INDIGNITIES
Gloria Galloway, Toronto Globe and Mail, 1/2/03
http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/PEstory/TGAM/20030102/UUSAAN/Front/frontpage/frontpage_temp/5/5/5/

Muzaffar Iqbal will not be fingerprinted and photographed by U.S. 
immigration officials and he will not sign a registry before entering 
the 
United States.

He refuses to submit to what he considers indignities that are not 
required 
of all Canadians.

As a result, Mr. Iqbal -- Pakistani by birth, but Canadian by 
citizenship 
-- is denied entry to Canada's giant neighbour. That denial is in 
effect 
despite assurances from the Foreign Minister that Canadians would not 
be 
subjected to additional scrutiny on the basis of where they were born.

"The [U.S.] registration system is much more than the initial 
fingerprinting," Mr. Iqbal said recently.

The chemist and leading Islamic scholar who lives in Edmonton was 
speaking 
after being turned back by the Americans as he tried to fly to 
Washington 
to attend a scientific conference.

"It is a complete code of apartheid based on race, religion and country 
of 
origin."

Mr. Iqbal is not alone. By mid-December, roughly 200 Canadians had 
launched 
protests with the Department of Foreign Affairs.

They allege they had been subjected to unfair probing by U.S. 
immigration 
officials on the basis of their country of birth.

Many of those complaints were lodged after the Americans promised to 
stop 
treating foreign-born Canadians differently from those born in Canada…

But Mr. Iqbal said the room in Toronto's Pearson International Airport 
-- 
where he was detained by U.S. immigration officials for eight hours 
before 
he finally refused to submit to their new requirements -- tells another 
tale.

"This was a terrible room where 10 or so people were sitting and the 
officers were continuously coming in and out of their little cubbyholes 
and 
I saw people coming out in tears and people who were being 
fingerprinted 
and it was a shock to me," he said…

SEE ALSO:

MINNESOTA FORUM ON NEW INS REGISTRATION POLICY

WHAT: Muslim Community Center and Masjid Al-Rahman have arranged for 4 
immigration attorneys to speak about the new laws and rules issued by 
the INS.

This is a one-time must attend session for all Muslims in Minnesota.

Speakers: Julie M. Zimmer, Jeff A. Larson, Charles A. Roach, Caroline
E. Ostrom (Immigration Attorneys at Rider Bennett Egan & Arundel)

WHEN: Friday, January 10th at 1 P.M. (after jumah prayers)
WHERE: Muslim Community Center Al Rahman
8910 Old Cedar Ave S
Bloomington, MN 55425-2049

Topics include:

* New INS Registration Process
* H1-B Visa changes
* Green card & U.S. Citizenship Laws
* Deportation & Detention Process
* Rights under US laws for Immigrants

Ask your questions and find answers to your concerns. Seating is 
limited to 
250 people, so come early.

For more information, visit http://www.mccminnesota.org/ or call (952) 
883-0044.

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MOSQUE HOSTS INTERFAITH PEACE RALLY
Associated Press, 1/2/03

DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. - Muslims, Jews and Christians and people of 
diverse ethnic backgrounds have gathered at a suburban Detroit mosque 
to 
call for a future without war and conflict.

About 150 people attended the second-annual Day of Peace at the Islamic 
House of Wisdom. U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit, initiated the 
event, 
which focused on young people. "Children are not born to hate one 
another. 
They learn it from adults," said coordinator Brenda Rosenberg of the 
American Jewish Committee.

"This is to start a dialogue so children can get to know each other and 
celebrate their similarities, to break down the barriers and possible 
misunderstandings," she told The Detroit News.

The program featured songs and poems of peace performed by children 
from 
elementary through high school and ended with refreshments to give 
guests a 
chance to meet.

"Communication is the key, and I plan to make new friends today and 
learn 
about different cultures because if we're all going to hate each other 
this 
world is going to come to ruin fast," said Abbas Alawieh, 11…

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EPISCOPAL, MUSLIM CLERICS PLAN RELIEF
Add Seymour Jr., Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 1/2/03
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/metro/fayette/0103/02islam.html

The Rev. Bob Hudak wants to see Muslims working alongside other 
religious 
denominations in metro Atlanta.

Hudak, who leads the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Fayetteville, 
already practices what he preaches.

Hudak is working with Fayetteville's Muslim Community Center of Atlanta 
and 
the Christian Council of Metro Atlanta on a plan to help refugees 
establish 
new lives in Georgia. "We'll learn from each other, and we'll grow 
together," he said.

It's just one relationship-building initiative Hudak and local Muslim 
leaders are working on.

The Muslim Community Center has become a popular prayer and meeting 
facility for Muslims on Atlanta's Southside. It's an anchor for a 
thriving 
Muslim community in Fayette that now numbers more than 500.

"I think that's becoming apparent because of the community center," 
said 
Soumaya Khalifa, head of the Islamic Speakers Bureau and a Peachtree 
City 
resident. "I think that heightens the awareness of the population…"

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U.S. MUSLIMS STAND UP FOR FAITH AND COUNTRY
Lewis W. Diuguid, Kansas City Star, 1/1/03
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/4850303.htm

Saeeda Safi looked beautiful Saturday when she and Mohammad Ali 
Khezrian 
were married in Lee's Summit.

The wedding made a powerful statement about the faith the newlyweds 
have in 
the new year and in America.

That same indomitable spirit filled Shalom House in Kansas City, Kan., 
on 
Christmas Eve. Adults and children with the Crescent Peace Society and 
the 
American Muslim Council-Heartland Chapter donated and served holiday 
dinners to men at the homeless shelter.

The wedding and community involvement show that many area Muslims are 
standing up instead of hunkering down even as bigotry against them has 
increased since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The FBI reported last month that hate crimes and similar acts against 
Muslims and other immigrants from the Middle East have soared 
nationwide 
after the tragedy. Muslims in 2000 reported 28 hate crimes; this rose 
to 
481 in 2001.

The Jackson County Diversity Task Force in September reported similar 
findings. "There can be no doubt that Kansas City's Muslim community 
has 
been the most vulnerable to deplorable acts of ignorance and hatred in 
the 
days since Sept. 11, 2001," the report said…

Jason Erb, director of government affairs with the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, said at least 30 percent of America's 7 
million 
Muslims today are African-Americans. They're "happy to be here and are 
impressed by the general tolerance of American society," he said...

But their struggles against bigotry threaten to continue into the new 
year 
because of the U.S. war against terrorism and a possible war in Iraq. 
Erb 
said the hate was changing from physical and verbal abuse to cases of 
discrimination and child custody disputes.

Muslims also face racial profiling and visa restrictions. In Los 
Angeles 
last month, thousands of people protested and filed suit against the 
arrests of Middle Easterners who felt entrapped by the Immigration and 
Naturalization Service. The men had voluntarily gone to register with 
the 
federal government under a new anti-terrorism program...

Also, several Middle Eastern students in Colorado were jailed recently 
for 
not taking enough college classes as required by their student visas.

Such endless incidents are causing many Muslims to withdraw because of 
a 
"sense of siege," Erb said. "There is an atmosphere of fear and 
intimidation for a lot of people in terms of public activity."

Nevertheless, the council wants Muslims to go public to dispel myths 
and 
share their perspective about their faith. The council also is sending 
books, DVDs and videotapes to 16,000 libraries to help educate people 
about 
Muslims.

"You can't hide from the problem," Erb said. "The only way is to 
encourage 
greater participation in public and civic life..."

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MISSIONARIES INCREASE ALONG WITH DANGERS
Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times, 1/1/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-mission1jan01.story

WASHINGTON - Despite the dangers, the growing U.S. evangelical 
community 
has decided that the Middle East needs the benefits of Christian 
teaching 
more than anywhere else. And the missionaries insist they are staying 
-- 
even though their proselytizing can ignite dangerous frictions.

The risks were demonstrated again Monday, when a gunman with a 
concealed 
rifle entered a U.S. missionary hospital in Jibla, Yemen, killing three 
missionaries and seriously injuring a fourth. Even as the Southern 
Baptist 
Convention mourned the loss of its members, it vowed to remain in Jibla 
as 
long as the Yemeni government allows…

The most sensitive question missionaries face is how active they will 
be in 
trying to convert Muslims to Christianity...

Some Islamic groups complain that the missionaries are taking advantage 
of 
the Muslims' needs. "They go into poor areas, and they take advantage 
of 
their power," said Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, a civil rights group in Washington. "They 
hold 
a blanket in one hand and a Bible in the other and say you can't get 
one 
without the other.... It's the deceit I don't like…"

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HEBRON RESIDENTS DESCRIBE AN ISRAELI REIGN OF BEATINGS
Dexter Filkins, New York Times, 1/2/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/02/international/middleeast/02MIDE.html

Almost any young man walking the streets of this gritty Palestinian 
neighborhood on the eastern rim of the city can tell you the same 
thing: 
when the Israeli border police want to give someone a beating, they 
take 
him to the city's deserted industrial area after dark.

Imran Abu Hamdiya, a 17-year-old high school senior, was taken away by 
four 
police officers Monday night, residents here said in interviews, and he 
never came back. Mr. Hamdiya's friends, assuming he might need a hand 
after 
receiving blows from a nightstick, went to the city's industrial zone 
to 
look for him. They found his body there, splayed in a pool of blood. 
When 
they carried their friend to a local hospital, a doctor delivered his 
appraisal…

Israeli officials say they have begun an investigation. But Israeli 
human 
rights groups say the government's record in disciplining their own for 
such abuses is not encouraging, and there is little evidence. Mr. 
Hamdiya 
was buried soon after he died, following Muslim custom, and the police 
say 
they did not have a chance to examine his body. His family members, who 
say 
they do not trust the Israelis, are reluctant to talk to the police or 
allow them to exhume the body...

SEE ALSO:

ISRAEL'S HUMAN SHIELDS DRAW FIRE
Chris McGreal, Guardian UK, 1/2/03
http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,867343,00.html

Basem Maswadeh knew he was in trouble when an Israeli soldier pushed 
him 
into the barber's chair and reached for the clippers.

The humiliation of a shaved head - or, more accurately, having chunks 
of 
hair ripped out by the brutal wielding of the shears - was the start of 
an 
ordeal that culminated with Mr Maswadeh and two friends standing in a 
Hebron street as Israeli troops shot over their shoulders at 
stone-throwing 
Palestinians…

The soldiers fired dozens of plastic bullets, using the three 
Palestinian 
men as shields, before the crowd dispersed.

In May, as Israeli human rights groups sought a supreme court order 
barring 
soldiers from seeking protection behind human shields after their 
widespread use during the army's assaults on Jenin and other West Bank 
cities, the military admitted the policy was illegal and said it would 
stop.

But human rights groups will return to court on Sunday to argue that 
the 
army has only ended such abuses selectively, and is in breach of court 
orders.

"The method is the same each time," says Israel's most prominent human 
rights group, B'Tselem. "Soldiers pick a civilian at random and force 
him 
to do dangerous tasks that put their lives at risk…"

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PALESTINIANS SUBJECTED TO NEW ISRAELI TECHNIQUE CALLED 'THE LOTTERY'
John Ward Anderson, Arab News, 1/2/03
http://www.arabnews.com/Article.asp?ID=21621

HEBRON, West Bank, 2 January 2003 - A Palestinian high school student, 
18, 
who'd just finished prayers at a Hebron mosque was detained Monday 
night by 
Israeli Border Police in this bitterly divided West Bank town. Family 
and 
neighbors said Tuesday that his badly beaten body was found by friends 
20 
minutes later in the middle of a road half a mile away.

The killing of the youth, Amran Abu Hamediye, who Palestinian witnesses 
said was beaten severely around his head, was part of what Hebron 
residents 
contend is a dramatic rise in assaults on Palestinians by Israeli 
Border 
Police since Nov. 15, when Palestinian gunmen killed 12 Israeli border 
policemen, soldiers and settlement security guards an ambush near the 
Tomb 
of the Patriarchs, a religious shrine here that's uneasily shared by 
Jews 
and Muslims…

Several Hebron residents said that, although it's unclear how Abu 
Hamediye 
was killed, they and other Palestinians here recently have been 
subjected 
to a technique called "the lottery."

In the lottery, they said, border policemen order apprehended 
Palestinians 
to pick from folded pieces of paper that have different punishments 
written 
on them - such as "broken leg," "smashed hand" or "smashed head" - and 
then 
administer the chosen punishment…

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ISRAEL, U.S. TO OPEN TALKS ON AID PACKAGE
Adam Entous, Reuters, 1/1/03

CRAWFORD, Texas - Israel is sending a delegation to Washington next 
week to 
open talks on a multibillion-dollar aid package, hoping to ease the 
process 
by agreeing not to use the funds for settlement activities in 
Palestinian 
territories, U.S. sources said on Wednesday.

The delegation, led by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's chief of staff, 
Dov 
Weisglass, will meet with top White House and Treasury officials 
considering Israel's request for $4 billion in military assistance and 
$8 
billion to $10 billion in U.S.-backed loan guarantees.

"This is the just beginning of the process," one official said. 
Congressional aides say it could take months to get a final package 
through 
Congress.

The Bush administration denies aid would be tied to Israeli cooperation 
with any U.S. military campaign against Iraq. The United States wants 
Israel to stay out of the possible conflict, as it did when Baghdad 
fired 
Scud missiles at Israeli targets in the 1991 Gulf War…

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ISRAELI GUARDS CLASH WITH PALESTINIAN DETAINEES
Reuters, 1/2/03

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli guards fired tear gas and stun 
grenades in a large West Bank detention camp Thursday to break up a 
protest 
by Palestinian prisoners over alleged mistreatment.

Israeli medics and Palestinian human rights workers said several dozen 
Palestinians were suffering from tear gas inhalation at the camp next 
to 
the Israeli army's Ofer base near the West Bank city of Ramallah…

Khalida Jarrar, from the Palestinian human rights group al-Dameer, said 
the 
prisoners had declared a hunger strike Thursday morning to protest 
alleged 
beatings by camp guards when detainees are taken to a nearby military 
court…

More than 1,000 Palestinians are being held under administrative 
detention 
without charge by Israeli authorities, about 100 of them at Ofer camp, 
the 
Israeli human rights group B'Tselem said Thursday.

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U.S. MUSLIMS CONDEMN YEMEN ATTACK
Anwar Iqbal, UPI, 12/31/02

U.S.-based Muslim advocacy groups and individuals Tuesday condemned the 
attack on American medical workers in Yemen that left three people 
dead.

They urged the Yemeni authorities to catch the culprits and give them 
exemplary punishment.

"We condemn this heinous attack and all other attacks on innocent 
civilians 
by any individuals, groups or states," said a statement issued by the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington-based Islamic civil 
rights and advocacy group. "This attack is of particular concern 
because it 
apparently targeted those engaged in meeting the medical needs of 
ordinary 
Yemenis," the statement said.

"This is very unfortunate. People should never take their vendetta 
against 
civilians," said Faiz Rehman, director communications for the American 
Muslim Council, an umbrella organization with branches all over the 
country. "These people were there for a noble cause. As Muslims we 
condemn 
such attacks."

Faiz said that Islam guarantees religious freedom for all, and in a 
Muslim 
country, it is the duty of the government to protect non-Muslim 
minorities…

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NBC'S LAW AND ORDER RE-AIRS CONTROVERSIAL EPISODE ON MUSLIM CONVERT
http://www.nbc.com/Law_&_Order/index.html

Last night, NBC re-aired an episode of "Law and Order" in which an 
American 
convert to Islam is accused of murdering a women's rights activist for 
religious reasons. Throughout the show, the character (in full Muslim 
garb) 
frequently launches into anti-American and anti-women tirades with 
recitations from the Quran and exclamations of "Allahu Akbar." In one 
scene, the Muslim defendant asks a prosecution witness, "As a Jew, 
isn't it 
your mission in life to destroy Muslims." In an analysis of the 
defendant, 
a psychiatrist asserts that due to the Muslim convert's fear of women 
he 
turned to militant Islam which "eases his anxiety by making women 
subordinate to men."

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CAIR GOOD NEWS ALERT #359

FLORIDA JOURNALIST SUSPENDED OVER BIASED COMMENTS

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/2/03) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR) said tonight that a Florida journalist who made disparaging 
remarks 
about Arabs and Muslims in an e-mail message has been suspended without 
pay 
for one week. In a letter of apology CAIR, Tallahassee Democrat 
Executive 
Editor John W. Miller wrote:

"On behalf of the Tallahassee Democrat, I apologize to all of our 
readers, 
and most especially, to members of the Islamic faith everywhere, for 
the 
intemperate e-mail comments of political writer/columnist Bill 
Cotterell. 
They absolutely do not represent the views and sensitivities of this 
newspaper. Worse, they run counter to many of the values we hold 
dearest, 
among them tolerance, diversity and inclusiveness.

"Bill spoke, via company e-mail, in anger and frustration to a reader. 
Shortly after he sent the message, he realized his mistake, and he has 
since apologized to all of his colleagues for the hurt and 
embarrassment he 
knows he caused.

"'I was wrong and I am sorry,' he said in an unsolicited statement to 
his 
editors. 'My remarks were grossly inappropriate and do not reflect my 
views 
toward Muslim people.

"'It would be bad enough if my comments reflected only on my own lack 
of 
judgment, but I realize that I have embarrassed the newspaper,' 
Cotterell said.
  	
"He said that he should have stopped to consider that people would 
believe 
he spoke for the Democrat 'rather than just for myself in an emotional 
and 
ill-considered moment.'

"Bill has been a valued and respected employee of the Democrat for 
almost 
20 years. But his actions - even though they were in a private 
communication - cannot go unpunished. As of Friday, he is being 
suspended 
without pay for a week."

"We thank the Tallahassee Democrat for its swift action in response to 
this 
troubling issue. The newspaper's forthright apology goes a long way 
toward 
re-establishing its journalistic credibility with the Muslim and 
Arab-American communities in Florida," said CAIR Board Chairman Omar 
Ahmad. 
Ahmad added that he hoped the Muslims in that state could now enter 
into a 
more constructive and reciprocal dialogue with the newspaper's 
editorial 
board.

"We will continue our strong support for the First Amendment right to 
freedom of speech. But we also believe that with freedom, comes 
responsibility," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. Awad also 
thanked 
all those who contacted the newspaper to express their concerns about 
Cotterell's remarks. "We encourage people of conscience to stand up for 
what is right and not to be discouraged by the rising tide of 
Anti-Muslim 
bigotry in our nation," said Awad.

In an e-mail to a concerned Muslim, Cotterell had written: "Except for 
Jordan and Egypt, no Arab nation has a peace treaty with Israel. 
They've 
had 54 years to get over it. They choose not to. OK, they can squat 
around 
the camel-dung fire and grumble about it, or they can put their bottoms 
in 
the air five times a day and pray for deliverance; that's their 
business…And I don't give a damn if Israel kills a few in collateral 
damage 
while defending itself. So be it."

SEND NOTES OF APPRECIATION TO:

Mr. John W. Miller
Executive Editor
Tallahassee Democrat
277 N. Magnolia Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32301

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 1/3/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: EMANCIPATION
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT UPDATE: 4611 SPONSORSHIPS
* HAJJ/UMRAH PACKAGES NOW AVAILABLE
* DEMOCRAT REPORTER SUSPENDED (Tallahassee Democrat)
	- Fla. Reporter Suspended For Arab Comments (AP)
* $15 BILLION ASKED OF U.S. (Washington Times)	
       	- Ariel Sharon's Shakedown (American Conservative)
	- A Brutal Routine (Washington Post)
	- U.S. Wants 'Broad Participation' In Israeli Vote (Reuters)
	- Mossad Linked to Death of Canadian Scientist (NationaL Post)
	- Israel Cost U.S. Taxpayers $1.6 Trillion (CS Monitor)
* N.J. SECRECY RULE KEEPS ARAB AMERICAN IN JAIL (Washington Post)
* TEXAS AREA WORKSHOPS ON NEW INS REGULATIONS
	- VA "Know Your Rights" Session on Immigration
	- NY Rally Against Civil Rights Abuses
	- Doonesbury Cartoon Highlights Civil Liberties Issues
* CAIR NY OFFICIAL APPEARS ON MSNBC'S NACHMAN
* TV FILM SHEDS LIGHT ON MUSLIMS (Chicago Tribune)
	- Jewish, Arab Communities Plan Dinner (Free Press)
	- Muslim Group Starts Newspaper (St. Paul Pioneer Press)
	- Muslim/Christian Dialogue Set (St. Petersburg Times)
* ARAB AMERICANS SCARED, ANGRY AT IDEA OF IRAQ WAR (Reuters)
* PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR PROPOSED MUSLIM YOUTH CAMP ENDS (AP)
* U.S. RESERVES RIGHT TO ENTER PAKISTAN (AP)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: EMANCIPATION

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "God has created nothing 
on 
the face of the earth dearer to Him than emancipation."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 969

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DEMOCRAT REPORTER SUSPENDED FOLLOWING OFFENSIVE E-MAIL
Tallahassee Democrat, 1/3/03
http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/democrat/4863117.htm

Political writer Bill Cotterell has been suspended from the Tallahassee 
Democrat for offensive e-mail remarks to a reader, Executive Editor 
John 
Winn Miller announced Thursday.

The one-week suspension without pay lasts until next Friday, Miller 
said.

In a statement, Miller said: "On behalf of the Tallahassee Democrat, I 
apologize to all of our readers, and most especially, to readers and 
members of the Islamic faith everywhere, for the intemperate e-mail 
comments of political writer/columnist Bill Cotterell. They absolutely 
do 
not represent the views and sensitivities of this newspaper. Worse, 
they 
run counter to many of the values we hold dearest, among them 
tolerance, 
diversity and inclusiveness." Cotterell, a veteran reporter with 35 
years 
in the news business, also apologized, saying that his comments were 
"grossly inappropriate."

Cotterell's e-mail responded to a reader upset with a cartoon by Doug 
Marlette that many thought was insulting to Muslims. The cartoon 
appeared 
briefly on the Democrat's Web site but was not published in the paper.

In his response, Cotterell criticized most Arab nations for not 
"getting 
over" the creation of Israel and making peace.

"OK, they can squat around the camel-dung fire and grumble about it, or 
they can put their bottoms in the air five times a day and pray for 
deliverance; that's their business," Cotterell wrote in his e-mail. 
"And I 
don't give a damn if Israel kills a few in collateral damage while 
defending itself. So be it."

His private e-mail was forwarded to the Washington-based Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and posted on its Web site. That 
prompted 
hundreds of e-mails and phone calls of protest to the Democrat about 
his 
remarks.

"Any journalist has a right to his or her political and religious 
views, 
but when those views are expressed in such bigoted terms, it raises 
questions about a media outlet's journalistic balance and objectivity," 
CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said in a statement posted 
to 
ISLAM-INFONET, an e-mail list-serv moderated by CAIR.

Cotterell said that although he was responding to a reader who had 
offended 
him with her comments, "I should not have used disrespectful and 
insulting 
language in responding to her. I should not have become personally 
provoked."

SEE ALSO:

FLA. REPORTER SUSPENDED FOR ARAB COMMENTS
Brendan Farrington, Associated Press, 1/3/03

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Tallahassee Democrat has suspended a reporter 
for 
an e-mail he sent to a reader referring to Arabs squatting "around a 
camel-dung fire" and putting "their bottoms in the air five times a 
day" in 
prayer.

Bill Cotterell, a political writer and columnist, was replying to an 
e-mail 
from a reader angry over a political cartoon that asked, "What would 
Mohammed Drive?" and depicted a Middle Eastern-looking man driving a 
Ryder 
truck with a nuclear bomb in the back.

The e-mail exchange evolved into a discussion of Israel. Cotterell 
wrote 
that Arab nations have had 54 years to accept Israel. "They choose not 
to. 
OK, they can squat around the camel-dung fire and grumble about it, or 
they 
can put their bottoms in the air five times a day and pray for 
deliverance; 
that's their business."

Democrat Executive Editor John Winn Miller suspended Cotterell starting 
Friday for one week without pay following complaints about the e-mail 
from 
a Washington-based Islamic advocacy group...

Miller said Cotterell, who has worked for the paper nearly 20 years, 
immediately regretted the remarks after sending the message on his 
company 
e-mail account and apologized to his colleagues.

Council spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said Cotterell's suspension was fair.

"It will send a positive message to the Muslim community in Florida 
that 
this kind of bigotry will not be tolerated," he said.

The Democrat has received about 9,000 e-mail complaints about the 
cartoon…

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ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE.)
GO TO http://capwiz.com/cair/home/ to demand that your tax dollars not 
be 
sent to support Israel's brutal military occupation of the Palestinian 
people.

$15 BILLION ASKED OF U.S.
Joshua Mitnick, Washington Times, 1/3/03
http://www.washingtontimes.com/world/20030103-83943580.htm

JERUSALEM - Israel is putting the final touches on a $15 billion 
special 
aid request to the United States to bolster an economy under pressure 
from 
the Palestinian uprising and preparations for any attack by Iraq.

Israeli treasury officials, who have met with aides to Prime Minister 
Ariel 
Sharon and U.S. National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, are 
preparing 
to present the package to Bush administration officials in the coming 
weeks.

The package, comprising about $5 billion in new military aid and $10 
billion in loan guarantees, would be spread out over a three- to 
five-year 
period. It would be in addition to nearly $3 billion that Israel 
receives 
from the United States each year...

"It's very difficult funding the extra needs of defense. The burden is 
made 
more difficult because the economy has shrunk. We're asking the 
Americans 
to share part of the burden," Mr. Marani said…

SEE ALSO:

ARIEL SHARON'S SHAKEDOWN
Pat Buchanan, American Conservative, 1/3/03
http://amconmag.com/01_13_03/buchanan7.html

"Tough Love for United," exclaimed the Wall Street Journal, as it 
congratulated Uncle Sam for stiffing United Airlines' plea for $1.8 
billion 
in loan guarantees. Rebuffed, the beloved old airline had to declare 
its 
bankruptcy.

It's all for the best, the Journal assures us, "maybe this tough love 
rejection will start a new government precedent, or at least we can 
dream." 
Fine. May we now expect the Journal to call on Mr. Bush to reject the 
$10 
billion in loan guarantees demanded by Ariel Sharon? Don't bet on it.

Yet, Sharon's demand is astonishing in its audacity. California and New 
York face huge budget shortfalls. The U.S. Treasury is running a 
deficit 
nearing $200 billion. Yet, Sharon, who ignored Bush when the president 
publicly called on him to pull his army out of West Bank cities, is 
demanding that U.S. taxpayers fork over $4 billion in new military aid 
and 
agree to pay off $10 billion Israel intends to borrow should Israel 
decide 
to default.

Why should we do this? What does America get out of this? What has all 
the 
$100 billion in aid we have shoveled out to Israel bought us, other 
than 
ingratitude and the enmity of the Arab world…?

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A BRUTAL ROUTINE
Washington Post, 1/3/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A3878-2003Jan2.html

There has been a lull recently in Palestinian attacks against Israelis; 
a 
shooting attack that killed four in a West Bank settlement last week 
was 
the first major incident in a month. But almost every day, Palestinian 
civilians, including many children, are being killed by the Israeli 
army 
and police. An 18-year-old high school student named Amran Abu Hamediye 
was 
found beaten to death in the West Bank town of Hebron on Monday; family 
and 
neighbors say he had been detained by Israeli forces a few minutes 
before. 
On Sunday, an 11-year-old boy was shot and killed by troops in the town 
of 
Tulkarm...

Israeli explanations of this grinding carnage long ago acquired a 
routine 
quality. Youngsters are often accused of having thrown stones at 
troops; in 
other cases, soldiers are said to have been responding to sniper fire 
in 
the vicinity. Investigations are invariably said to be underway -- but 
rarely are results reported. According to the Israeli human rights 
group 
B'Tselem, only one Israeli soldier has been convicted of brutality 
since 
the latest Palestinian uprising began 15 months ago. During that time, 
some 
2,000 Palestinians have been killed, compared with 700 Israelis…

Now running for reelection, Mr. Sharon is claiming success: Suicide 
bombings are less frequent, and beleaguered Palestinian militants are 
discussing the possibility of declaring an end to attacks inside 
Israel. 
Mr. Sharon recently promised that his tactics would lead to "victory" 
over 
the Palestinians. But he and his army cannot give Israelis real 
security in 
this way, only a relative respite -- and at a high cost in Palestinian 
lives.

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U.S. WANTS 'BROAD PARTICIPATION' IN ISRAELI VOTE
Reuters, 1/2/03
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N0226143

WASHINGTON - The United States said on Thursday it wanted to see broad 
participation in this month's Israeli elections, implicitly criticizing 
the 
preliminary disqualification of some Arab-Israeli candidates.

"We're of course interested in broad participation in the political 
process 
in Israel, as we are elsewhere," State Department spokesman Richard 
Boucher 
told a daily briefing.

"I'm not commenting on the particular individuals or the parties or the 
political aspects of this. I'm commenting on the question of the 
broadest 
possible participation in the political process," he added.

He was answering a request for comment on an election committee's 
decision 
to ban lawmaker Azmi Bishara and his Arab-Israeli party Balad and 
Arab-Israeli parliamentarian Ahmed Tibi from the election, scheduled 
for 
Jan. 28.

Israel's Supreme Court will hear petitions on Tuesday asking it to 
overrule 
the committee's decisions.

If they stand, the rulings could deepen resentment among Israel's 
minority 
Arabs who complain of discrimination…

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MOSSAD LINKED TO 1990 DEATH OF CANADIAN SCIENTIST
Tom Blackwell, National Post, 1/3/03
http://www.nationalpost.com/world/story.html?id=C0BD8684-C66A-4ED1-871E-B55B3D21CFA5 


BRUSSELS - Belgian police say they have new evidence that a Canadian 
scientist who designed a massive artillery gun for Iraq's Saddam 
Hussein 
was assassinated by Israeli agents, it was reported yesterday.

The clue is reportedly a piece of jewellery taken off the victim's body 
and 
seen on the killer years later.

Gerald Bull was shot execution-style outside his Brussels apartment in 
1990. Observers have long speculated that the murder was the work of 
Mossad, the feared Israeli spy service.

Until recently, there has been no hard evidence that the Israelis had 
anything to do with Mr. Bull's demise. The CIA and Iranian intelligence 
have also been suspected.

But the Brussels newspaper La Dernière Heure reported yesterday that 
Belgian authorities had obtained information "originating from a former 
British possession in Central America" -- possibly Belize -- that 
pointed 
the finger at a Mossad hit man…

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ISRAEL COST U.S. TAXPAYERS $1.6 TRILLION SINCE 1973

ECONOMIST TALLIES SWELLING COST OF ISRAEL TO US
David R. Francis, Christian Science Monitor, 12/9/02
http://csmonitor.com/2002/1209/p16s01-wmgn.html

Since 1973, Israel has cost the United States about $1.6 trillion. If 
divided by today's population, that is more than $5,700 per person.

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N.J. SECRECY RULE KEEPS ARAB AMERICAN IN JAIL AND IN THE DARK
Dale Russakoff, Washington Post, 1/3/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A3628-2003Jan2.html

PATERSON, N.J. -- Five months have passed since a flamboyant county 
sheriff 
led a squadron of assault weapon-wielding deputies and television news 
crews on a raid of a hole-in-the-wall travel services business here, 
declaring he was hot on the trail of an Arab American businessman who 
had 
sold fake IDs to two of the Sept. 11 terrorists.

The raid made international headlines, but not for long. As it turned 
out, 
the FBI already had interrogated Mohamed Atriss and had concluded he 
knew 
nothing more about the hijackers than he did about thousands of other 
mostly illegal immigrants who bought official-looking identification 
documents at his office, located directly across the street from City 
Hall…

Five months later, the alleged proprietor of a small-time document mill 
is 
at the center of what appears to be the only criminal case of its kind 
in 
the United States since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks -- one in which 
secret 
evidence has been presented against the defendant. Atriss remains in 
jail, 
now on $500,000 bond -- an amount consistent with a murder charge -- 
but 
prosecutors will not say why he poses such a serious risk or give him a 
chance to respond…

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TEXAS AREA WORKSHOPS ON NEW INS REGULATIONS

WHAT: United for Peace and Justice and CAIR-DFW have arranged for three 
immigration attorneys to speak about the new laws and rules issued by 
the 
INS. Come and find out if and how the new INS registration procedure 
affects you.

SPEAKERS: Karen Pennington, John Wheat Gibson, and Ollie Jefferson 
(Immigration Attorneys)

Workshop #1:
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 4th at 1:30 P.M.
WHERE: IANT Multipurpose Hall, 840 Abrams Road, Richardson, TX 75081

Workshop#2:
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 4th at 6:00 P.M.
WHERE: Irving Masjid, 245 E. Grauwyler Rd, Irving, TX 75061

Workshop #3:
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 5th at 11:30 A.M.
Islamic Association of Tarrant County (Fort Worth Masjid),
4801 Fletcher Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76107

Topics include:

* New INS Registration Process
* Rights under US laws for Immigrants

Ask your questions and find answers to your concerns. For more 
information 
about the workshops, email info@cairdfw.org or call 214-636-6525.

SEE ALSO:

VA "KNOW YOUR RIGHTS" SESSION ON IMMIGRATION

WHAT: A special public awareness session on new INS policies with 
immigration and civil rights attorney Ashraf Nubani.
WHEN: Friday, January 3, 8 P.M to 10 P.M.
WHERE: Dar al Hijrah Mosque, 3159 Row Street, Falls Church (703) 
536-1030

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NY RALLY AGAINST CIVIL RIGHTS ABUSES

WHAT: A peacefully rally in protest of the latest INS detention of 
Muslim & 
Arab-Americans, as they voluntarily attempted to comply with a federal 
order to register with local INS offices. The rally will commence after 
Friday congregational prayers.

WHEN: Friday, January 10 at 1 P.M.

WHERE: In front of 26 Federal Plaza, downtown New York.  In case of 
rain
or snow, prayers will be held at (Warren Street Mosque) Masjid 
Manhattan, 
located on Warren Street, between, Broadway & Church Streets, 2 blocks 
from 
26 Federal Plaza, N.Y.C.

ICNA is arranging for buses to leave from Queens & Brooklyn. For 
further 
details, please call Br. Tariq at ICNA, 718-658-7028.

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DOONESBURY CARTOON HIGHLIGHTS CIVIL LIBERTIES ISSUES
http://www.doonesbury.ucomics.com/strip/dailydose/index.htm

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CAIR NY OFFICIAL APPEARS ON MSNBC'S NACHMAN
MSNBC, 1/2/02

Partial transcript:

NACHMAN: Terrorists may still be streaming through our borders. The FBI 
is 
expected to release the names and photos of an additional 14 foreigners 
believed to have entered the US illegally from Canada. The FBI issued 
an 
extraordinary alert last Sunday for five men. It's believed they used 
fake 
passports to cross into upstate New York on or about Christmas Eve…

Evan Coleman is a terrorism expert with the research called The 
Investigative Project. Steven Carmarota is director of the nonpartisan 
Center for Immigration Studies in Washington. And Khurrum Wahid is an 
attorney and legal adviser for the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations…

NACHMAN: We certainly agree with your generalization, and I don't want 
to 
sustain the stereotype, but there's got to be a net, and some good fish 
may 
get caught with the bad fish. What would your remedy be?

WAHID: Well, I don't think it's acceptable that good fish get caught 
with 
the bad fish. I think what we need to do is reach out to the 
Muslim-American and Arab-American communities through our law 
enforcement 
officers, not to detain or to scare them, as we've done in the last 12 
months, but to reach out to them, because they want to be of help. No 
one 
feels worse about the September 11 incident and its aftermath than the 
Muslim and Arab-American communities, because, quite frankly, they've 
taken 
the brunt of the effects of it…

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TV FILM SHEDS LIGHT ON MUSLIMS
Ron Grossman, Chicago Tribune, 1/3/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/printedition/chi-0301030142jan03,1,35548.story

Before Sept. 11, 2001, documentary filmmaker Michael Schwarz had a 
worthy 
project badly in need of a Daddy Warbucks: a biography of Muhammad, the 
prophet who founded Islam, the fastest growing religious community in 
the 
United States.

The usual funding sources expressed polite interest in Schwarz's film, 
but 
they were stingy with grant money. Then came the terrorist attacks on 
the 
World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and people were desperate to know 
something about Islam, whose name the airline hijackers had invoked and 
a 
faith mysterious to most non-Muslim Americans.

Suddenly the foundations were eager to support Schwarz's film, which 
aired 
last month as a two-hour special on the nation's public-broadcasting 
stations. Videocassette and DVD versions of "Muhammad: Legacy of a 
Prophet" 
have been made available for purchase.

Yet as Schwarz is quick to note, the documentary might not have become 
a 
reality without the help of a Chicago physician, Shakeela Hassan.

"She got in touch with medical colleagues across the country and 
persuaded 
them to sponsor fundraising events that kept us going until the 
foundations 
came through," said the California-based Schwarz. "In all my years of 
working in public television I've never seen such a grass-roots 
fundraising 
effort..."

"Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet" is available at 
www.Unityproductions.info 
or 888-786-0444.

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JEWISH, ARAB COMMUNITIES PLAN DINNER TO PROMOTE PEACE IN THE MIDDLE 
EAST
Jewel Gopwani, Detroit Free Press, 1/3/03
http://www.freep.com/news/religion/nsheik3_20030103.htm

For the first Sabbath of 2003, a Jewish congregation hopes to start a 
new 
tradition to promote peace.

Tonight, Congregation Chaye Olam will invite members of the Arab 
community 
for a Middle Eastern meal at the Sheik restaurant in Orchard Lake.

The dinner, said Cantor Stephen Dubov, will be a chance for people of 
opposing viewpoints to agree on at least one thing. "We all desire 
peace," 
he said.

Dubov expects about 100 people to attend the event, named Shabbat 
Salaam.

Shabbat is Hebrew for Sabbath and salaam means peace in Arabic.

The Sept. 11 attacks and the reports of racial profiling that followed, 
Dubov said, inspired him to open the dinner to the public.

"With all of the mean-spiritedness that exists in the world, we need to 
find that solution that will bring us all and our children the ultimate 
peace that exists in America," he said.

The Sheik owner Dean Hachem says the restaurant lost half of its 
business 
after a rumor circulated through e-mail that employees celebrated when 
they 
heard about the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks.

Business never entirely recovered, Hachem said.

Now he said he wants to focus on customers like Dubov and his family, 
who 
have been loyal during turbulent times.

"We have to look to the future," Hachem said…

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MUSLIM GROUP STARTS NEWSPAPER
Hannah Allam, Saint Paul Pioneer Press, 1/3/03
http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/local/4862904.htm

There's a new niche newspaper in the Twin Cities, but you're more 
likely to 
consult it for prayer times and baklava recipes than back-page 
personals or 
happy-hour coupons.

Minnesota Muslim debuted a few weeks ago during Ramadan, Islam's 
holiest 
month, with the next issue to be delivered to mosques and some 
Muslim-owned 
businesses later this month. The 75-cent publication was started by a 
group 
of Muslims to offer an alternative to mainstream coverage of their 
communities and to provide a communication point for Islamic groups. 
Rouf 
Reshi, an editor in Inver Grove Heights, said he hopes non-Muslims read 
the 
paper, too.

"What they would get out of it is a look at the same issues from a 
different point of view," Reshi said. "We want them to pick it up and 
start 
a dialogue, even if it's 'I don't agree with this' or 'I have 
questions.'"

The Twin Cities metro area is home to an estimated 20,700 people whose 
country of origin is predominantly Muslim, according to one analysis of 
census data, although some estimates put the figure at 60,000 or more. 
Whatever the number, Minnesota Muslim editors have a challenge in 
serving a 
readership that could include a Pakistani engineer, a Somali mother, a 
Palestinian student or an African-American teacher…

Like most fledgling papers, Minnesota Muslim has to sort out funding 
and 
staffing. The monthly paper's first 4,000-copy run was paid for with 
donations and advertising. But the ambition shows even in the slim 
debut 
issue, which tackles women's rights in Islam, Iraqi weapons inspectors, 
healthy eating and information on Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca. A 
15-year-old contributor submitted an essay, "Growing up in America."

"In six months, we hope to have enough subscriptions to pay the writers 
and 
the workers," Reshi said. "Then I hope we can just let it grow."

The next issue of Minnesota Muslim will be available later this month. 
For 
more information, e-mail editor@mnmuslim.com

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MUSLIM/CHRISTIAN DIALOGUE SET SATURDAY
St. Petersburg Times, 1/3/03
http://www.sptimes.com/2003/01/03/SouthPinellas/MuslimChristian_dialo.shtml

ST. PETERSBURG - The public is invited to bring their questions and 
curiosity to a Muslim and Christian interfaith dialogue Saturday 
afternoon 
at Bethel Community Baptist Church in St. Petersburg. A panel 
discussion is 
scheduled for 1 p.m. at the church, 2901 54th Ave. S. The doors open at 
noon. Lunch will be available for a small donation.

Bethel pastor Manuel Sykes and Imam Wilmore Sadiki will speak at the 
event, 
as will Rasul Muhammad, a top aide of Nation of Islam leader Louis 
Farrakhan.

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ARAB AMERICANS SCARED, ANGRY AT IDEA OF IRAQ WAR
Alan Elsner, Reuters, 1/3/03
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N03140725

TOLEDO, Ohio - Arab-Americans in one of the country's oldest Arab 
communities are looking ahead to the prospect of a U.S. war against 
Iraq 
with a mixture of fear and fury.

Members of the Arab-American community of Toledo interviewed on 
Thursday 
said they feared not only that a U.S. attack would produce heavy 
civilian 
casualties in Iraq, but that it would also stoke anti-American feeling 
in 
the Arab world to new heights.

"When we invade Iraq, we are going to create a million Osama bin 
Ladens," 
said Nael Hamdi, an Iraqi-born American, referring to the man accused 
by 
the United States of masterminding the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, on 
the 
World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Hamdi, who calls his parents in Baghdad on the telephone every week and 
reported they were terrified at the prospect of their city being bombed 
once again, said he had little time for Iraqi President Saddam Hussein 
but 
even less for U.S. President George W. Bush…

"Bush is much more of a threat to peace and stability than Saddam 
Hussein," 
he said. "I voted for him in 2000 and now I regret it. Next time, I 
would 
vote for a bag lady living on the streets rather than for Bush."

"George Bush is willing to kill thousands of Iraqi children for cheap 
oil," 
Hamdi added, echoing the views of several Arab-Americans interviewed.

This perceived aggression toward a Muslim Arab nation is for many 
Arab-Americans compounded by decades of unwavering U.S. support for 
Israel, 
a source of deep bitterness.

"Bush is ready to start a war in Iraq but he is not ready to try to 
stop 
the war in Palestine," said retired businessman Yahia Shousher...

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PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR PROPOSED YOUTH CAMP ENDS
Associated Press, 1/3/03

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will review 
public comments before deciding whether to move forward with plans to 
lease 
land for a proposed Muslim Youth Camp.

The deadline for public comment on the project was Thursday and most of 
the 
letters and e-mails the corps of engineers received about the camp 
voiced 
opposition to the plan.

Muslim Youth Camps of America wants to build a $2 million camp that 
would 
include 10 cabins, a conference center, beach, boat docks, 36-foot 
prayer 
tower, caretaker's residence and paved parking for 66 vehicles. The 
land, 
about 106 acres, is about two miles northeast of North Liberty near 
Coralville Lake and is managed by the corps.

The property served for decades as a summer retreat for Girl Scouts but 
has 
been vacant since a 1990 fire destroyed the camp's rustic lodge. The 
road 
to the property also serves private homes.

Most of the people who wrote letters in opposition to the camp are 
worried 
about noise, traffic, waste water, wells and zoning, said Karen 
Hagerty, 
corps of engineers project manager.

Others responding to the report said they do not want Muslims meeting 
in 
their back yards, she said.

"One gentleman said he didn't want to provide terrorists a hiding 
place," 
she said.

Hagerty said the Corps is complying with all national security 
requirements 
and is not allowed to discriminate by race or religion.

Manzoor Ali, chairman of the board of directors of the camp 
organization, 
had previously said allegations that the camp was associated with 
terrorists are unfounded.

County officials also filed documents opposing the project, saying it 
would 
put too much strain on unimproved county roads and emergency services.

Karen Hagerty, Corps of Engineers project manager, said the Corps would 
review the comments and group them into categories before responding to 
the 
concerns. The corps will release a statement of findings, including all 
comments and responses, by April, she said…

ACTION REQUESTED:

Send letters of support for the proposed youth camp to:

US Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District
Attention: Karen Hagerty, Project Manager
Clock Tower Building
P.O. Box 2004
Rock Island, Illinois 61204
Phone: (309) 794-5286
Fax: (309) 794-5157

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U.S. RESERVES RIGHT TO ENTER PAKISTAN
TODD PITMAN, Associated Press, 1/3/03

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The U.S. military said Friday it reserves the 
right to pursue fleeing al-Qaida and Taliban fighters into Pakistan 
after 
an American soldier was wounded at the border earlier this week…

"We do reserve the right to go after them and pursue them and that is 
something that Pakistan is aware of," said U.S. military spokesman Maj. 
Stephen Clutter. "In hot pursuit, we're going to chase down the bad 
guys."

Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman Aziz Ahmad Khan said his country 
was 
looking into the American military's statement, but had no immediate 
comment…

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 1/4/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: ABUSE OF AUTHORITY PROHIBITED
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT
* PENN. ISLAMIC CENTER VANDALIZED (Erie Times-News)
	- Fake Patriotism, Hateful Deeds (Erie Times-News)
* SOUTH CAROLINA SERGEANT ACCUSES GUARD OF PREJUDICE (The State)
* OKLAHOMA IRREGULARLY ENFORCES BAN ON ISLAMIC SCARF (AP)
* FEAR COULD KEEP VISITORS FROM REGISTERING (Mercury News)
	- Who Has To Register
	- Illegal U.S. Immigrants Turn Sights on Canada (Star)
	- CAIR Co-Sponsors GMU "Know Your Rights" Workshop
* FLORIDA ARREST RENEWS DEBATE OVER MUSLIM CHARITIES (Wash. Post)
* AIRLINES TO GIVE DATA ON AMERICANS GOING OVERSEAS (NY Times)
* ANTI-ISLAM WRITER SAYS SOUTH SHOULD HAVE WON CIVIL WAR (CC Times)
* CONTRA COSTA MOSQUES PLAN FOR EXPANSIONS (Contra Costa Times)
* PAKISTAN DENIES U.S. 'HOT PURSUIT' CLAIM (AP)
	- U.S. Asserts Right to Enter Pakistan (Washington Post)
* JORDAN TRIES TO KEEP A VERY BIG SECRET (Sydney Morning Herald)
* FIVE RULES SET BY THE KINGDOM OF THE SETTLEMENTS (Haaretz)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: ABUSE OF AUTHORITY PROHIBITED

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "One who treats badly 
those 
under his authority will not enter Paradise."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 977

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT

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"library package." Our goal is to, inshallah, send accurate and 
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TO SPONSOR A LIBRARY PACKAGE, GO TO: www.libraryproject.org
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ISLAMIC CULTURAL CENTER IN ERIE VANDALIZED
Erie Times-News, 1/2/03
http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/artikkel?SearchID=73121927588632&Avis=GE&Dato=20030102&Kategori=NEWS02&Lopenr=101020173&Ref=AR

Vandals broke windows, destroyed signs and kicked in doors at the 
Islamic 
Cultural Center, 9 E. 12th St., some time early Wednesday.

It's not the first time patrons of the center have arrived to find 
vandalism, but Wednesday's was the worst, said Kathum Al-Tamimi, who 
helped 
to temporarily repair the damage Wednesday night.

Erie police investigated. Four front windows were broken, the side door 
was 
kicked in; a sign near the side door was removed and the main sign on 
the 
front of the building was cracked and bent.

Al-Tamimi, who was at the center Wednesday to pray, said the vandals 
will 
not destroy what goes on inside.

"It's not going to affect us. We will make repairs," Al-Tamimi said. He 
said the center is prone to violence from people drinking at a nearby 
bar.

"They throw things. We have problems from them. Fortunately, no one was 
here when this happened," he said.

SEE ALSO:

FAKE PATRIOTISM, HATEFUL DEEDS
Erie Times-News, 1/4/03
http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/artikkel?SearchID=73121927755171&Avis=GE&Dato=20030104&Kategori=OPINION01&Lopenr=101040157&Ref=AR

Cowardly vandals attacked the Islamic Cultural Center this week, 
destroying 
signs and kicking in doors. This is not the first time. Any decent 
person 
hopes it's the last time. The site is one of Erie's two mosques, 
suggesting 
pseudo-patriots targeted it, stupidly thinking of America's showdown 
with 
Iraq. Worse is the possibility this was a purely hateful act against 
the 
Cultural Center because Muslims pray and socialize there. If so, this 
was 
nothing more than an evil, spiteful hate crime. One attack on a 
religious 
site represents an attack on every religion…

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SERGEANT ACCUSES GUARD OF PREJUDICE
Veteran says he was booted out of Fort Jackson quarters because he is 
Arab
JEFF WILKINSON, The State (Columbia, SC), 1/4/03
http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/4872295.htm

Sgt. Majdi Tannous, a 20-year Army veteran, says he was thrown out of 
his 
S.C. Army National Guard dormitory because he is an Arab.

A Guard spokesman said Tannous was dismissed from the billet for a Dec. 
6 
confrontation with an officer, and was allowed to remain in military 
housing until Dec. 30 as a courtesy.

The Guard is conducting an investigation into Tannous' complaints and 
the 
incident, said spokesman Lt. Col. Pete Brooks. The results of the 
investigation should be available in about a week, he said. Tannous, a 
full-time Guard helicopter technician, claims officers asked him to 
leave 
his McCrady Center billet at Fort Jackson because his phone calls in 
Arabic 
to family members "spooked" fellow soldiers.

"I've served my country faithfully. I've lived in the U.S. since 1968. 
Why 
am I being treated this way?" he said. "If I had been speaking Spanish, 
would I have been treated differently?"

Tannous said he is living in a motel in Sumter. "I'm basically 
homeless," 
he said.

Brooks said Tannous was asked to leave base housing after the Dec. 6 
incident. Brooks would not release the details of that incident, saying 
it 
is considered a personnel issue. But he said Tannous "got belligerent" 
with 
an officer.

Tannous confirmed the confrontation. He said he reacted to being called 
"a 
black-haired, bushy-mustached, terrorist-looking thug, something of 
that 
nature…"

He said the two incidents are the latest in a string of discriminatory 
acts 
he has endured in the S.C. Guard since the terrorist attacks in New 
York 
and Washington, D.C., on Sept. 11, 2001.

Tannous said he shrugged off being called "raghead" and "camel jockey" 
by 
military peers before the attacks as good-natured teasing. "After 9/11, 
it 
become more mean-spirited," he said. "I detect more hatred, more 
mistrust…"

Tannous also said he was questioned by state Sen. John Hawkins, 
R-Spartanburg, after 9/11 about the mosque where he worships and 
friends 
who are Muslim. Tannous said those questions, which came during his 
application for a security clearance, were offensive.

Hawkins was acting as an attorney with the 228th Signal Brigade 
headquarters in Spartanburg. He declined to comment on Tannous' 
complaint…

"I think if I speak out, maybe other soldiers from the Middle East will 
step up, too," he said. "It's the way I look. It's my accent. This 
nonsense 
has got to stop..."

"I don't want to give the Guard a black eye," he said. "I'm proud to 
serve 
but I'm upset. My allegiance is to the Constitution of this country. 
All I 
want is fair treatment, not special treatment."

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STATE IRREGULARLY ENFORCES BAN ON HEAD COVERINGS FOR LICENSE PHOTOS
Associated Press, 1/4/03

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A state law banning head coverings in driver's 
license 
pictures has caused confusion because it is irregularly enforced.

Kamlah Milad, a 19-year-old Muslim, was getting her license renewed and 
was 
told to remove her headscarf by a camera operator.

"She told me, `We had a meeting, and we were told that only nuns could 
wear 
a headscarf,"' Milad said. "I couldn't believe it." I'm not going to 
take 
my headscarf off. I'm not going to dishonor my religion."

The headscarf, or hijab, is worn by devout Muslim women worldwide, but 
this 
hasn't stopped it from being a regular source of contention across 
North 
America.

Clashes over the wearing of the hijab accounted for 28 percent of the 
complaints of discrimination by Muslims in 2000, according to the 
Council 
on American-Islamic Relations. In 2001, they dropped to 23 percent of 
the 
total, according to Washington, D.C.-based CAIR.

In Oklahoma, irregular enforcement of state law on head coverings 
creates 
additional confusion.

According to state law, no head covering is allowed for a driver's 
license 
photo, and that includes nuns' habits, Muslim headscarves or a favorite 
Stetson, said Lonnie Jarman, director of driver's licenses services for 
the 
Oklahoma Department of Public Safety.

"We have a very strict standard, but it's not always followed," Jarman 
said. "Tag agents are supposed to follow the code."

The Oklahoma Administrative Code allows only the Public Safety 
Commissioner 
or his designee, in this case Jarman, to make an exception to the rule.

"Where I make an exception is for cancer patients, especially women, 
without hair who are wearing a bandanna," Jarman said. "I have never 
approved one for religious purposes…"

These rules aren't always enforced. Some tag agencies stay within the 
rules 
and others make up rules as they go along, Jarman said.

Milad found examples of the latter. Not only did her previous driver's 
license have a photo of her with a headscarf, she was able to go to 
another 
tag agent and get the license renewed without a question being asked, 
she 
said, headscarf and all.

"We cannot police 280 tag agents," Jarman said. "Even if they do 
violate 
the rules - and some of them do - we can't take that photo machine away 
from them.

"We are here to carry out public policy," Jarman said. "We're not 
discriminating against Islamic women."

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FEAR OF DETENTION, DEPORTATION COULD KEEP VISITORS FROM REGISTERING
Jessie Mangaliman and Matthai Chakko Kuruvila, San Jose Mercury News, 
1/4/03
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/bayarea/4873223.htm

With a deadline less than a week away, immigrant community leaders say 
they're worried that visitors from Afghanistan, Lebanon and 11 other 
countries may not register as part of a new national security program 
because they fear they'll be detained or deported.

The Immigration and Naturalization Service took hundreds of men from 
five 
Middle Eastern countries into custody following the first registration 
deadline last month, primarily for overstaying their visas or 
registering 
late, infractions that rarely resulted in detention until Sept. 11, 
2001.

The government has defended the crackdown, noting that three of the 19 
Sept. 11 hijackers were in the U.S. on expired visitor's visas. Among 
those 
detained last month were a handful men with outstanding arrest warrants 
and 
a few convicted felons who face deportation because of their crimes. 
But 
Bay Area immigrant advocacy groups and others say even visitors who are 
here legally on valid visas are nervous about the registration process 
and 
Friday's deadline, which applies to male visitors from 13 countries.

"This is going to stop people who are supposed to register because 
they're 
afraid to go," said Rahim Aurang, director of the Bay Area Immigrant 
and 
Refugee Services, a nonprofit group that works with mostly Afghan 
refugees.

Worried about more detentions, immigrant advocacy groups have hastily 
set 
up a legal clinic in San Francisco this weekend. Beginning Monday, a 
civil 
rights group will track how many register and how many are detained. A 
protest outside the INS office in San Francisco is scheduled for 
Friday…

WHO HAS TO REGISTER

The national anti-terror, border security program requires visiting men 
and 
boys 16 years or older from certain countries to register at INS 
offices if 
they arrived in the United States before Sept. 30, 2002. Here are the 
requirements:

Visitors from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan and Syria were required to 
register 
by Dec. 16.

Visitors from Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Eritrea, Lebanon, Morocco, 
North Korea, Oman, Qatar, Somalia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and 
Yemen 
must register by Jan 10.

Those from Pakistan or Saudi Arabia must register from Jan. 13 to Feb. 
21.

Diplomats, permanent residents, legal refugees and those who sought 
asylum 
in the United States by specific deadlines do not need to register.

Source: Immigration and Naturalization Service

SEE ALSO:

ILLEGAL U.S. IMMIGRANTS TURN SIGHTS ON CANADA
Colin Nickerson, Toronto Star, 1/4/03
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1035776235949

Hundreds of undocumented Pakistanis and Arabs, many of whom have lived 
in 
the United States for years, have crowded Canadian border crossings in 
recent days to seek asylum as America cracks down on illegal immigrants 
as 
part of its war against terrorism.

The surge at crossings in Quebec, Ontario and, to a lesser extent, 
British 
Columbia, appears to reflect mounting fear among foreigners without 
legal 
status in the United States, particularly those of Middle Eastern, 
South 
Asian, and North African origin, that they now face a greater risk of 
being 
deported from the United States.

"It's too dangerous to stay; I'm too frightened by the mood in the 
U.S.," 
said Tariq Mohammed, 27, a Pakistani who said he had overstayed a 
student 
visa by seven years to take a succession of jobs - the last as 
assistant 
manager of a warehouse in Rhode Island. He arrived in Montreal 
yesterday 
and hopes Canada will grant him permanent asylum.

"Until 9/11, America had a tolerance for the people who work hard," he 
said. "Even if (we) were technically breaking some law of immigration 
or 
legal residency, no one cared. But now, I am too afraid of arrest and 
deportation. America is so full of hatred and vengeance toward Muslims. 
So 
I come to Canada, a more humanitarian place…"

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FLORIDA ARREST RENEWS DEBATE OVER MUSLIM CHARITIES
Manuel Roig-Franzia, Washington Post, 1/4/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A8137-2003Jan3.html

ORLANDO - Prosecutors have not charged him with supporting terrorism, 
but 
they have brought up his alleged ties to violent groups in an 
unsuccessful 
attempt to have him held without bond on charges of executing an 
elaborate, 
$ 2.5 million money-laundering scheme that allegedly allowed him to 
employ 
more than 50 illegal immigrants through shell companies.

The charges frame the case as a straightforward illegal-labor 
crackdown, 
like those prosecuted almost every day in courtrooms throughout the 
nation. 
But many Muslim leaders believe something much bigger is happening 
here. 
What is really at stake, they say, is whether thousands of Muslims 
nationwide -- Maali among them -- can be considered supporters of 
terrorism 
because they donated to charities that, after Sept. 11, 2001, were 
designated as conduits to terrorists. The fears are compounded because 
Islam requires its adherents to donate a portion of their annual income 
to 
charity -- a practice known as zakat.

The allusions to terrorism in the Maali case inflamed the sizable 
Muslim 
and Arab American communities here, leading to demonstrations and 
impassioned assertions that Maali is being targeted because of a 
hysterical 
reaction to the Sept. 11 terror attacks…

"They wanted to make a splash," Maali said in a recent interview. "Here 
now 
I have to go out and prove I'm innocent. This is a new era. I hope 
America 
still stays America. I hope we are not going to be a police state…"

On the same day that Maali was arrested, federal prosecutors announced 
in 
court that he had "financial ties to Middle Eastern organizations who 
advocate violence." They did not elaborate, but there was the promise 
of 
more to come at a bond hearing several days later.

As Maali sat in jail awaiting the hearing, tensions built outside. A 
local 
television station superimposed his face next to an image of Osama bin 
Laden and dubbed the case "Tourism for Terrorism."

Mosques were abuzz. Muslim leaders complained about what they said was 
a 
discriminatory case. Maali's family held a traditional Ramadan feast 
without him, an act resonant with emotional significance.

"It really shook our community," said Tariq Rashid, the imam of the 
Jama' 
Masjid spiritual center in south Orlando and a tutor to some of Maali's 
children. "To tie him to terrorism without solid proof, this is wrong…"

By the time of Maali's bond hearing, the authorities were preparing for 
pandemonium, blocking streets and diverting traffic from Orlando's 
federal 
courthouse. Outside, more than 200 people who couldn't get a seat 
inside 
marched in support of Maali. Several times during the day, dozens of 
Muslims broke off from the crowd and knelt in the street to pray toward 
Mecca…

During the bond hearing, FBI counterterrorism specialist Stephen John 
Thomas outlined Maali's donations and said he collected $ 30,000 for 
the 
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which the government has 
listed as a terrorist organization.

Thomas also said Maali corresponded with another charity that allegedly 
has 
terrorist ties, Benevolence International Foundation. Like Holy Land, 
Benevolence has denied supporting terrorism, but the disavowals by both 
organizations have not swayed the federal judges who ordered their 
assets 
frozen.

Faced with the allegations about ties to groups thought to be aiding 
terrorism, Maali's attorneys struck back aggressively. They came up 
with 
receipts to show that the $ 30,000 the FBI thought Maali was collecting 
for 
the Popular Front actually went to the Palestinian Aid Society, a group 
that has not been accused of terrorist links. The correspondence with 
Benevolence turned out to have been sent by one of Maali's employees...

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U.S. TO MAKE AIRLINES GIVE DATA ON AMERICANS GOING OVERSEAS
By DAVID JOHNSTON, New York Times, 1/4/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/04/politics/04TRAV.html

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 - Americans traveling abroad would have to give the 
government detailed personal information before leaving or returning 
under 
an antiterrorism rule that the Immigration and Naturalization Service 
proposed today.

The rule would force airlines and shipping companies to collect and 
submit 
to the government the name, birth date, sex, passport number, home 
country 
and address of every passenger and crew member. The intent is to 
provide 
the authorities with more complete information about who enters and 
leaves 
the United States.

Currently, air and shipping lines are not required to provide such 
information to the government about Americans. The proposed rule would 
make 
it mandatory for carriers to supply the information about American 
citizens 
and noncitizens, immigration officials said.

Much of the information is already collected from people entering the 
country in an arrangement in which 80 percent of commercial carriers 
voluntarily give personal information about their passengers to the 
immigration service, the officials said. The added information would be 
collected while the aircraft or vessel was en route to the United 
States 
and electronically transmitted to immigration officials on the ground 
at 
the port of entry.

The rule would also require carriers to provide information about 
people 
who are leaving the United States within 48 hours after the departure 
of 
their flight or vessel, the officials said.

The rule would take effect after a 30-day comment period. It would 
apply to 
passengers and crew members on airlines, cargo flights, cruise ships 
and 
other vessels. The information would be electronically checked against 
watch lists and databases of people suspected of being involved in 
terrorism or other criminal activity…

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ANTI-ISLAM WRITER SAYS SOUTH SHOULD HAVE WON CIVIL WAR

GOP'S STATE VICE CHAIRMAN IN HOT WATER
Daniel Borenstein, Contra Costa Times, 1/4/03
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/4873488.htm

A leading candidate in the upcoming race for chairman of the California 
Republican Party distributed an article suggesting the nation would 
have 
been better off if the South had won the Civil War.

The article was included in a 1999 e-mail newsletter that state GOP 
Vice 
Chairman Bill Back sent to party members. It was written by Bill Lind, 
director of the Center for Cultural Conservatism, an arm of the 
right-wing 
Free Congress Foundation.

"Given how bad things have gotten in the old U.S.A., it's not hard to 
believe that history might have taken a better turn," Lind wrote. 
"...The 
real damage to race relations in the South came not from slavery, but 
from 
Reconstruction, which would not have occurred if the South had won…"

The Free Congress Foundation describes itself as politically and 
culturally 
conservative. "Our main focus is on the Culture War," the foundation 
says 
in its Web page description. "Will America return to the culture that 
made 
it great, our traditional, Judeo-Christian, Western culture? Or will we 
continue the long slide into the cultural and moral decay of political 
correctness? If we do, America, once the greatest nation on earth, will 
become no less than a Third World country."

The group's Web site promotes an article written by Lind and the 
group's 
president, Paul Weyrick, titled "Why Islam Is a Threat to America and 
the 
West." According to the description, "This hard-hitting new paper 
dissects 
and devastates the notion that Islam is a 'peaceful, tolerant' 
religion. 
... Learn why and how Islam is making war on Christians everywhere -- 
and 
what the West needs to do in response."

Pitney, the government professor who worked as a Republican staff 
member on 
Capitol Hill in the 1980s, says the group is "as far out on the right 
as 
you can be. It's the last stop before kookville."

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CONTRA COSTA MOSQUES PLAN FOR EXPANSIONS
Jack Chang, Contra Costa Times, 1/4/02
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/4873449.htm

CONCORD - Two of Central Contra Costa County's biggest mosques have 
launched ambitious expansion plans and are considering joining a third 
mosque to form a unified, major worship center serving the region's 
booming 
Muslim population.

The Islamic Center of Contra Costa on Clayton Road plans to buy a 2,500 
square-foot former carpet store adjacent to its present location, which 
would more than double the 200-member congregation's worship space.

That means being able to open a larger area for women's worship 
services 
and possibly starting religious classes, said member Ameer Ahmed who 
has 
participated in the mosque's expansion efforts. "The community has 
grown, 
and we want more space," Ahmed said. "It's very important for us 
because 
Muslims should pray five times a day, and you need a place of your own 
to 
do that."

Meanwhile, the older Darulislam Masjid center is raising money to build 
a 
new mosque on a 2.2-acre parcel that the mosque has already purchased 
and 
is paying off. For the past 12 years, the mosque's members have 
worshipped 
in a storefront tucked in a Concord Boulevard shopping center, next to 
the 
El Molino Tortilla Factory.

Plans for the site on Kirker Pass Road include a Muslim school and a 
community center…

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PAKISTAN DENIES U.S. 'HOT PURSUIT' CLAIM
MUNIR AHMAD, Associated Press, 12/4/03

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistan on Saturday vehemently denied the 
claim 
by a U.S. military official that it has granted American forces the 
right 
to chase fleeing Taliban and al-Qaida fighters into its territory from 
neighboring Afghanistan.

Pakistan's information minister issued the denial a day after a 
spokesman 
for American forces said the nations agreed that U.S. troops could 
cross 
the border in "hot pursuit" of suspected Taliban or fighters from Osama 
bin 
Laden's al-Qaida network.

"Absolutely not, the Americans cannot cross the Pakistani border from 
Afghanistan to chase what they say are vestiges of Taliban and 
al-Qaida," 
Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed told The Associated Press in 
Islamabad, Pakistan's capital...

SEE ALSO:

U.S. ASSERTS RIGHT TO ENTER PAKISTAN
Marc Kaufman, Washington Post, 1/4/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A8036-2003Jan3.html

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, Jan. 3 -- With U.S. forces coming under 
increasing fire along the Afghan-Pakistani border, a military spokesman 
said today that the United States reserves the right to pursue Taliban 
and 
al Qaeda guerrillas into Pakistan.

"U.S. forces acknowledge the internationally recognized boundaries of 
Afghanistan but may pursue attackers who attempt to escape into 
Pakistan to 
evade capture or retaliation," Maj. Stephen Clutter said here at the 
military base that serves as headquarters for U.S. and allied troops in 
Afghanistan.

His comment, made by e-mail to Reuters news service, articulated a 
policy 
that had not been publicly described before and sometimes has been 
vigorously denied. Clutter said the U.S. military has had the right to 
cross into Pakistan for some time and that "this is done with the 
express 
consent of the Pakistani government." But Pakistani leaders said today 
that 
there was no agreement for so-called hot pursuit and that they would 
object 
to uniformed American soldiers crossing into Pakistan.

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JORDAN TRIES TO KEEP A VERY BIG SECRET
Sarah Smiles, Sydney Morning Herald, 1/4/03
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/01/03/1041566229790.html

Jordan's King Abdullah II has gone to great lengths to save face with 
Iraq, 
denying a US presence in Jordan and publicly refusing the US access to 
military bases. Jordanians living in the dusty truck-stop towns 
alongside 
the highway to Baghdad reflect their king's predicament - most locals 
refuse to discuss the military build-up around their towns.

"We're not allowed to admit the Americans are here. It will get us into 
big 
trouble. It's a secret to Iraq, so you can't talk about it," says 
Khalid, 
30, from the town of Al-Azraq, 250 kilometres from the Iraqi border, 
and 
home to Muafaq al-Salti airbase…

As one of the key US regional allies, Jordan has been forced into an 
uncomfortable position and stands to lose millions of dollars in trade 
with 
Iraq, absorbing another potentially destabilising wave of refugees.

"The Jordanian Government is horrified about the likely fallout of an 
invasion of Iraq and has told the US so publicly," Professor Sadowski 
says.

"Privately the US has been trying to assure King Abdullah that they 
will 
make sure he is protected, including compensation for the lack of oil 
and 
trade with Baghdad."

Professor Sadowski says Jordan has also asked the US to make Israel 
promise 
not to expel or "transfer" the West Bank Palestinians into Jordan 
during a 
possible war. The Government is worried the Israeli Prime Minister, 
Ariel 
Sharon, will use a US attack to deport a majority of the 1.8 million 
Palestinians in the occupied territories, making Jordan their 
substitute 
homeland.

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FIVE RULES SET BY THE KINGDOM OF THE SETTLEMENTS
Amira Hass, Haaretz, 1/4/03
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=247157

Over there, in the Kingdom of the Settlements, the thresholds of shame 
were 
crossed long before the suicide bombings. There was the trickery and 
legalistic manipulation that enabled the citizens of a state occupying 
lands it doesn't own - and in violation of international law - to move 
onto 
those lands; the limited water quotas for Palestinians and the generous 
quotas for Jew; the complex regulations that stripped tens thousands of 
Palestinian natives of the West Bank and Gaza, and their children, of 
their 
residency; the "state lands" that were made available only to Jews, at 
extremely low prices; the roads paved to serve Jews only, with the 
strategic goal of isolating the enclaves of a Palestinian state.

But now the proposals to ban Arab MKs and Arab lists from the Knesset 
and 
prove that the lack of selection at cafes are only a vague echo of the 
amputated civic democratic thinking, because the criteria for a 
"Jewish-democratic state" now is obedience to the rules that were set 
and 
constituted in the Kingdom of the Settlements and its protectors - the 
IDF 
and Shin Bet…

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 1/5/2003

HEADLINES:

* CAIR-FL TO SEEK SUSPENSION OF INS SPECIAL REGISTRATION
	- Bay Area Mosques to Hold INS Forums (SF Chronicle)
	- Some Way to Win Friends (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
	- DC Area Pakistanis Wary Of Registration Law (Wash. Post)
	- Some Cry Foul Over Disparity in INS Registration (Post-Dispatch)

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				- MEDIA ADVISORY -

CAIR-FL TO SEEK SUSPENSION OF INS SPECIAL REGISTRATION
Congressional oversight needed to protect the innocent

(TALLAHASSEE AND DAVIE, FLORIDA, 1/3/2003) On Monday, January 6, the 
Florida office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL), 
in 
coordination with Florida State University's Center for Advancement of 
Human Rights, the American Civil-Liberties Union, the American 
Immigration 
Lawyers Association, the Florida Immigration Advocacy Center, the 
Florida 
Commission on Human Relations, and the South Florida Human Rights 
Council, 
will hold two news conferences, one in Tallahassee and Miami, to seek 
suspension of the "special registration" program currently being 
implemented by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).

SEE: Portal to Information on Special Registration Procedures 
http://www.ins.usdoj.gov/graphics/lawenfor/specialreg/index.htm

MIAMI NEWS CONFERENCE

WHERE: Front of the U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service, 7880 
Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL
WHEN: January 6, 2003
TIME: 4 PM

TALLAHASSEE NEWS CONFERENCE

WHERE: Capital Press Corps, 336 E. College Ave., Tallahassee, FL
WHEN: January 6, 2003
TIME: 11 AM

"Rather than strengthening ties with the Muslim and Arab communities to 
gather information about potential terrorists, the Bush administration 
is 
using ethnic profiling to single out one group of immigrants based 
solely 
on their place of birth or religious affiliation. This is ineffective 
and 
discriminatory scheme will do little to increase safety." said Larry 
Spalding, Legislative Staff Counsel of the ACLU of Florida.

"Florida Muslims support actions that will safeguard our state and 
country. 
However, the current INS program assumes Muslims to be guilty until 
proven 
innocent. We are calling upon our elected officials to critically 
assess if 
the Justice Department policies are really increasing the security of 
the 
country," said CAIR-FL Executive Director Altaf Ali.

"There is significant potential for backlash against innocent and 
vulnerable Muslims (and other similarly situated individuals) who are 
living, working or attending classes in Florida at a time when concerns 
about security are high and perceptions about the threat of terrorism 
are 
easily influenced...there is consensus that reasonable steps must be 
taken 
to secure the people of Florida against the threat of terrorism; 
however, 
any such steps must respect basic civil rights and liberties." said 
Mark 
Schlakman, program director, Florida State University Center for the 
Advancement of Human Rights.

Cheryl Little, Executive Director of the Florida Immigrant Advocacy 
Center 
added, "Many law-abiding individuals who have attempted to comply with 
the 
latest registration requirements have been jailed and placed in 
deportation 
proceedings. Unfortunately, these overly broad requirements do not 
increase 
our nation's security. Rather, they target the very persons whose 
cooperation is critical."

Jill Greenberg, Press Secretary for Senator Bob Graham had this to say, 
"Senator Graham is concerned about the implementation and lack of 
congressional input on this policy. Our office is in constant contact 
with 
the INS and initiated a meeting in December along with Senator 
Kennedy's 
office to discuss our concerns with the implementation of this policy."

					- END -

CONTACT: Mr. Altaf Ali, CAIR-FL, 954-298-8214, E-MAIL: 
altaf@cair-florida.org; Mr. Larry Spalding, ACLU, 850-425-1050, E-MAIL: 
LarryACLU@aol.com; Mr. Mark Schlakman, CAHR, 850-644-4614, E-MAIL: 
mschlackman@admin.fsu.edu; Ms. Cheryl Little, FIAC, 305-573-1106, 
E-MAIL: 
clittle@fiacfla.org

SEE ALSO:

MOSQUES TO HOLD FORUMS ON MANDATORY INS REGISTRY
Anastasia Hendrix, Meredith May, San Francisco Chronicle, 1/5/03
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/01/05/BA64029.DTL 


Mosques around the Bay Area will begin holding forums to help men who 
must 
comply with federal mandates to register at Immigration and 
Naturalization 
Service offices better understand their rights and the process.

Immigration lawyers and activists are organizing the informational 
session 
to help residents in Northern California who are male, age 16 years and 
older, entered the country before Oct. 1 and hold temporary visas, said 
Helal Omeira, spokesman for the San Jose chapter of the Council on 
American 
Islamic Relations…

The policy has received widespread criticism from activists and 
immigration 
experts.

"I think the important thing is that these tactics belie any claim by 
the 
INS that the purpose of registration is legitimate information 
gathering," 
said Lucas Guttentag, who heads the Oakland office of the American 
Civil 
Liberties Union's immigrant rights project.

"The program seems clearly to be designed to continue and expand the 
arrests and deportation of Middle Eastern men and Muslims."

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SOME WAY TO WIN FRIENDS
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1/5/03
http://www.jsonline.com/news/editorials/jan03/107905.asp

As an example of stupid bureaucratic bungling, few government programs 
rival the recent attempt by the Immigration and Naturalization Service 
to 
fingerprint and photograph, post-Sept. 11, Arab and Muslim men 
temporarily 
in the United States. In the much-abused name of national security, the 
INS 
has inflicted a real hardship on thousands of hard-working and 
law-abiding 
foreign visitors…

It may be too much to expect common sense from an organization that has 
compiled a long record of incompetence. But that's what is needed from 
the 
INS in advance of the January and February deadlines. It's important to 
enforce the law, but it's also important to remember that the vast 
majority 
of the Arab and Muslim men who show up have nothing to hide except 
perhaps 
their jitters.

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AREA PAKISTANIS WARY OF REGISTRATION LAW
Arthur Santana, Washington Post, 1/5/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A11623-2003Jan4.html

Members of the area's Pakistani community, faced with a requirement 
that 
they register with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service by 
next 
month, gathered with the Pakistani ambassador to air their concerns and 
hear his advice…

At the meeting, concerns ranged from a sense of hurt pride that they 
would 
be required to register to fear that registration might result in 
arrest -- 
a complaint that led to a recent lawsuit by a group of Iranian men in 
Los 
Angeles…

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SOME CRY FOUL OVER DISPARITY IN IMMIGRATION REGISTRATION
Karen Branch-Brioso, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/news/C326D5349D9369A186256CA4007EEFF6?OpenDocument&highlight=2%2Cmartinez&headline=Some+cry+foul+over+disparity+in+immigration+registration

The scene played out over and over last month at immigration offices 
from 
Boston to San Diego. Men from five Muslim nations lined up to be 
fingerprinted and photographed as part of a new anti- terrorism plan to 
keep tabs on foreign visitors in the United States.

The consistency ended there. In Southern California, hundreds of men 
were 
detained for expired visas, even when the Immigration and 
Naturalization 
Service knew many had pending applications at the same office to become 
permanent residents. In Detroit, no one was detained under the same 
circumstances.

In San Francisco, two Canadian citizens born in Iran were told they 
didn't 
have to register. At the neighboring San Jose office, two other 
Canadians 
who were born in Iran showed up to register after the Dec. 16 deadline 
- 
and were incarcerated.

All the men provided passports and photo identification, but some 
offices 
wanted to see more, according to an American Immigration Lawyers 
Association survey: bank account numbers, credit cards, ATM cards, 
health 
insurance, video-rental cards and library cards.

Justice Department spokesman Jorge Martinez said such information was 
taken 
only as a second form of I.D. "It won't be used for anything," he said.

But that hasn't reassured critics of the registration program unveiled 
last 
year by Attorney General John Ashcroft as part of a broad Justice 
Department strategy to prevent terrorist attacks…

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 1/6/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: ENJOIN WHAT IS GOOD
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT UPDATE: 4617
* FROM MEXICO TO MECCA (San Francisco Chronicle)
	- Muslim History Takes Root in South (Los Angeles Times)
	- Christians, Muslims, Jews Work Together (CC Times)
	- Muslims' Radio Message: We are Regular People (O Sentinel)
* "TOLERANCE" MUSEUM HEAD PUBLISHED ON ANTI-ISLAM SITE
* IMMIGRANTS WONDER WHETHER TO REGISTER (OC Register)
	- Lawyers, Advocates Study INS Registration (Herald News)
	- America's Muslims Never Had To Unite-Until Now (Wash. Post)
* NO EXCUSE FOR COMPLICITY IN TORTURE (Star Tribune)
	- No To Torture (Washington Post)
	- Double Standards in the War Against Terror (Independent)
* GEORGE W. BUSH'S CONSTITUTION (Village Voice)
* POISON PEN (Washington Post)
* UNDERCOVER WAR BEGINS AS FORCES ENTER IRAQ (Morning Herald)
	- We've Seen This Plot Before (Montreal Gazette)
	- UN Inspectors Fear Bush Will Ignore Them (Observer)
* ISRAEL CLOSES 3 PALESTINIAN UNIVERSITIES (AP)
	- Israel Has Right to Defend Itself, U.S. Says (Reuters)
* MAYBE PIPES IS WRONG AND COLLEGES ARE RIGHT (LA Times)
* FLA. FACULTY PROTESTS BANNED PALESTINIAN (AP)
* DUTCH MOSQUE DAMAGED IN WEEKEND GRENADE ATTACK

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HADITH OF THE DAY: ENJOIN WHAT IS GOOD

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Obedience (to someone's 
orders) is required only when he enjoins what is good."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 5, Hadith 629

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CAIR's Library Project has received 4617 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Take 
part in this first-of-its-kind campaign by sponsoring an 18-item 
"library 
package." Our goal is to, inshallah, send accurate and objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

TO SPONSOR A LIBRARY PACKAGE, GO TO: www.libraryproject.org
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FROM MEXICO TO MECCA
Ana Campoy, San Francisco Chronicle, 1/5/02
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/01/05/IN207622.DTL

When the doorbell rings, Daniel Denton rises from the couch.

"Ah, Martin!" he says, opening the door a crack. "Babe, Martin is 
here," he 
shouts to his wife, who rushes to get her veil and fits it around her 
face 
tightly, so none of her wiry black hair shows. The couple hasn't seen 
Martin in months. He is Daniel's cousin and has just arrived in 
Stockton 
after a day's drive from Rosarito, Mexico…

Once upon a time, Daniel -- like Martin, like 93 percent of the Mexican 
population -- was Catholic. Growing up in Tijuana, his mother taught 
him to 
go to church, but when he was 22 years old, Daniel walked away from the 
Catholic doctrine and embraced a faith virtually unknown in his world.

For years, the Vatican has struggled to keep its Latin American sheep 
from 
dispersing into less "acceptable" folds of Christianity -- evangelical 
Protestant sects, Mormonism and the Jehovah's Witnesses.

Islam, with its veiled women and monthlong fasting, has not even been 
on 
the priestly radar screen. But its numbers are growing.

Thousands of Hispanics -- estimates range from 50,000 to 75,000 -- now 
attend mosques all over the United States, according to the American 
Muslim 
Council, an Islamic advocacy group…

Daniel's is the story of one man's conversion. It wouldn't have 
happened in 
Mexico, where Islam is virtually unknown, but his new country provides 
the 
freedom to pick and choose among diverse belief systems.

Being Muslim involves intensive juggling to meet secular and religious 
obligations -- especially hard during Ramadan, when Muslims commemorate 
the 
revelation of the Koran to prophet Mohammed by setting aside from dawn 
to 
dusk all their worldly desires and wake up before 5 a.m. to eat.

Changing spiritual stations can be a challenge. As we shall see, it has 
had 
profound effects on Daniel's thinking, his family, his lifestyle, his 
career and even his view of his heritage…

SEE ALSO:

MUSLIM HISTORY TAKES ROOT IN SOUTH
Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times, 1/6/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-muslim6jan06001441,0,3811539.story

JACKSON, Miss. - The timing, it seemed, couldn't have been worse.

It was the summer of 2001, and the organizers of an exhibit about Islam 
were weighing whether to turn it into a permanent museum. The temporary 
display had drawn well enough to encourage museum boosters to think 
bigger.

Then came Sept. 11 -- and eruptions of bias against Muslims nationwide. 
On 
the downtown Jackson street where the Islamic exhibit was housed in a 
converted warehouse, the immediate response was just as ugly: Days 
after 
the terrorist attacks, a brick smashed into the plate-glass window…

But a surprising thing happened. The little storefront museum, with its 
Moorish-style arches and colorfully tiled entrance, didn't wither. The 
fund-raiser was a hit (the headliners showed up, after all). And the 
museum 
drew a stream of visitors -- school and university groups, tourists and 
residents -- who suddenly had a thousand questions about Islam, and 
about 
the possible motivations of the Sept. 11 terrorists.

But the warm reception has inspired organizers to plan an expansion of 
the 
museum, which sits next to a closed tire store down the street from the 
Mississippi Museum of Art. The Muslim museum has won praise and 
financial 
help from city and tourism officials, who say it reflects a cultural 
diversity in Mississippi that is often not recognized by outsiders.

Rashid, now the museum's director, said underscoring the historical 
contributions by Muslims in areas ranging from medicine to commerce may 
help explain why, with the exception of the brick, harmony generally 
prevailed in this city of 200,000 after the terrorist attacks inflamed 
passions elsewhere…

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CHRISTIANS, MUSLIMS, JEWS WORK TOGETHER IN COALITIONS
Jack Chang, Contra Costa Times, 1/6/03
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/news/local/4883450.htm

As wind and rain lashed Richmond on a recent night, nine families who 
had 
lost their homes prepared for bed in a warm, cozy building adjacent to 
a 
downtown church.

Among them was Derrick Green and his teenage daughter Joycelyn, who had 
been spending much of their days riding BART trains around the Bay Area 
to 
get some rest. Vrondia Clay and her three daughters took up a fleet of 
single mattresses nearby. They had recently fled an abusive household 
in El 
Sobrante. And sitting at a table, chatting easily, were Elisabeth 
Miller 
and Ahmad Rasheed, whose efforts helped create this sanctuary.

The pair hail from the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program, a coalition 
of 
churches, synagogues and mosques that has led the way to feed, shelter 
and 
otherwise care for the region's homeless population.

Although the pair belong to faiths that have seen much recent conflict 
-- 
Miller is Jewish and Rasheed is Muslim -- they were united in the 
program's 
cause.

"We get together and don't worry about the differences," said Miller, a 
member of Temple Beth Hillel in Richmond. "We're all the same people. 
We 
just worship differently."

"We don't have geographic or political gain to fight over, because 
that's 
what they're fighting for around the world," said Rasheed, who is from 
the 
Muslim Peace Community in the same city. "Our object is to come 
together 
and work together."

Such coalitions represent not only a model for religious cooperation in 
a 
fractured world, but also a growing engine for social change throughout 
the 
Bay Area, which has dozens of interfaith coalitions big and small...

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MUSLIMS' RADIO MESSAGE: WE ARE REGULAR PEOPLE
Mark I. Pinsky, Orlando Sentinel, 1/6/03
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/lifestyle/orl-liv-view010603,0,1182104.story 


On Sunday mornings at 9, when Central Florida's airwaves are clogged 
with 
religious broadcasting, program coordinator Lauri Lott prepares to 
elbow 
her way into the minds of listeners by cueing up a song like "Peace 
Train," 
by the 1970s recording artist Cat Stevens.

The song is a catchy, engaging -- and appropriate -- choice to kick off 
the 
radio show she helps put together, The American Muslim Hour, on 660 AM 
(WORL). Stevens, born in England of Greek and Swedish parents, has 
become 
an energetic convert to Islam, taking the name Yusuf Islam.

The show is the only one of its kind airing in Central Florida, and one 
of 
the few radio voices of Islam outside major cities.

Lott is a Windermere homemaker and convert to the faith, and she knows 
she 
has a tough sell: explaining Islam -- post 9-11 -- to people in one of 
the 
most devotedly Christian parts of the United States.

"We want people to know that we're normal people," she says. "We're 
letting 
the American people know who we are -- in a good light…"

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"TOLERANCE" MUSEUM HEAD PUBLISHED ON ANTI-ISLAM SITE

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/6/02) - A prominent national Islamic civil rights 
and 
advocacy group today called for a clarification as to why an article 
written by the head of the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center's 
"Museum of Tolerance" recently appeared on a website known for its 
rhetorical attacks on Islam and Muslims.

SEE: http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=5240

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said 
the 
article by Rabbi Marvin Hier, which outlined what he says is the 
resurgence 
of anti-Semitism worldwide, appeared on Frontpagemag.com, a web site 
that 
has published other articles with headlines such as "The Stupidity of 
Dialogue With Islam," "Islam: A Defective Civilization?" "The Golden 
Age of 
Islam is a Myth," "Falwell Was Right [to call Muhammad a terrorist]," 
and 
"Do Moslems, Christians & Jews Believe in the Same God?"

"While we commend Rabbi Hier for challenging anti-Semitism, and we 
condemn 
that noxious phenomenon wherever it appears in the Muslim world, we 
also 
believe it is at best inappropriate and at worst hypocritical for him 
to 
publish an article on a website that regularly defames Islam and 
Muslims," 
said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. He noted that just 
today, 
Frontpagemag.com published an article headlined "Islam's Immigrant 
Invasion 
of Europe." Hooper called on Rabbi Hier to clarify how and why the 
article 
appeared on such a hate-filled site.

The Museum of Tolerance website says it was founded to "confront 
bigotry 
and racism."

SEE: http://www.museumoftolerance.com/mot/index.cfm

Two years ago, CAIR called on Rabbi Hier to back up his accusation that 
the 
Quran, Islam's revealed text, holds "extremist" views. Hier told CNN's 
Larry King: "So if someone asks me straight: 'Are there any extremist 
views 
in the Quran?' I would say yes."

In 1998, CAIR, the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) and the Islamic 
Shura Council of Southern California criticized the Museum of Tolerance 
for 
its lack of references to anti-Islamic bigotry, displays that could 
raise 
the existing level of intolerance toward Muslims and museum bookstore 
materials that used intolerance to fight intolerance by blaming Muslims 
and 
Arabs for slavery.

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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: 
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IMMIGRANTS WONDER WHETHER TO REGISTER OR FACE THREAT OF DEPORTATION
Jeff Rowe, Orange County Register, 1/6/03
http://www2.ocregister.com/ocrweb/ocr/homepage.do

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. - Immigrants from Middle Eastern nations confront 
a 
tough choice this week: Do they appear as ordered before the 
Immigration 
and Naturalization Service and risk being detained or do they skip the 
process and risk being deported?

Many will be severely tempted to skip the process if they listen to 
Monir 
Hawa's story. When he reported to federal authorities as required last 
month, he was arrested, held for five days behind bars and, he said, 
treated like a criminal. Hawa was one of about 50 immigrants who came 
to a 
legal clinic Saturday afternoon in Garden Grove, Calif., seeking advice 
on 
what do about a new federal program called the National Security Entry 
Exit 
Registration…

A Syrian immigrant, Hawa presented himself as ordered Dec. 16. Hawa and 
his 
wife, Halime Elsayes, run a Garden Grove restaurant called King Kabob. 
Elsayes has permanent resident status and expects to become a citizen 
in 
two months; Hawa came to the United States on a visitor visa and 
married 
Elsayes.

Hawa says FBI agents at the INS office told him he had violated 
immigration 
rules. He was promptly handcuffed and taken to the Santa Ana jail, 
where he 
was strip-searched and carted off to the Westminster jail and then on 
to 
the Mira Loma Detention Center near Lancaster, Calif.

There, Hawa says he was strip-searched again, marched around in paper 
slippers and told when his request for another blanket was denied that 
"cold will kill germs."

Hawa now must post a $2,500 bond and doesn't know what to expect next…

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LAWYERS, ADVOCATES STUDY INS REGISTRATION
Suzanne Travers, Herald News, 1/6/03
http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?level_3_id=1&page=6191933

In Dallas, the interviews were "simple and courteous." In Los Angeles, 
more 
than 400 men were arrested and detained. Reports from lawyers around 
the 
country compiled by the American Immigration Lawyers Association 
suggest 
that the treatment of men complying with the INS special registration 
program varies widely at INS offices across the United States...

The AILA and several national advocacy groups are now conducting a 
joint 
survey to track individuals' experiences with the registration and to 
better understand the way the government is implementing it.

The groups hope to create a simple database that can provide a clear 
picture of the numbers of arrests and detentions resulting from special 
registration, said Jason Erb, director of government affairs for the 
Council on American-Islamic relations, a co-sponsor of the survey. 
After 
Sept. 11, a number of organizations kept their own accounts of 
detentions, 
making it difficult to gather accurate and complete information and 
resulting in some duplication…

Some men registering have reported that INS interviewers asked them to 
name 
family members, to empty their wallets and to turn over credit card and 
video rental card numbers, according to the AILA.

"People are being asked questions entirely inappropriate to a 
registration 
system," said Erb of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "The 
Justice Department is trying to mix a registration program with an 
intelligence gathering program..."

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AMERICA'S MUSLIMS NEVER HAD TO UNITE -- UNTIL NOW
Peter Skerry, Washington Post, 1/5/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A9091-2003Jan4.html

Muslims and Arabs are a disparate lot, especially in this country. 
Despite 
our tendency to equate Arabs with Muslims, the fact is that most Arabs 
in 
the United States today are not Muslims -- they're Christians from 
places 
such as Lebanon. And most Muslims are not Arabs -- they're South Asians 
or 
African Americans. Muslims here are riven by national, linguistic and 
sectarian divisions.

And many Middle Easterners (Iranians, Turks and Kurds among them) are 
not 
Arabs. The divide between Iranians and other Muslim immigrants is 
particularly telling. Often identifying themselves as "Persians," 
Iranians 
in this country have not been highly visible as Muslims. Despite their 
wealth and great numbers in Southern California, they have built few 
mosques here. This is now changing. All of these groups are beginning 
to 
identify with one another, in no small part because the U.S. government 
and 
many citizens are treating them as a more or less homogeneous group...

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NO EXCUSE FOR COMPLICITY IN TORTURE
Ruth Barrett Rendler, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 1/5/03
http://www.startribune.com/stories/1519/3570712.html

Fighting terrorism is a dirty business, but using torture is always 
wrong. 
There can be no justification for its use by any person, group or 
government. It was wrong when Daniel Pearl was tortured and murdered in 
Pakistan, it is wrong when Iraq tortures athletes and dissidents, and 
it is 
wrong when the U.S. government uses torture on suspected Al-Qaida and 
Taliban members.

For almost 20 years at the Center for Victims of Torture we have been 
treating survivors of some of the worst human rights violations this 
world 
has seen. Our clients are men, women and children from all corners of 
the 
world. And although the facts and circumstances surrounding each 
individual 
we care for may vary, two aspects of their torture are frighteningly 
consistent: the secrecy of the act and the silence of the greater 
public…

SEE ALSO:

NO TO TORTURE
Holly Burkhalter, Washington Post, 1/5/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A8471-2003Jan3.html

Recent reports that U.S. intelligence operatives and military police 
are 
torturing captured al Qaeda and Taliban suspects are but the latest 
evidence of the United States' disgraceful handling of detainees in its 
war 
on terrorism. For the past year we have known that U.S. Special Forces 
in 
Afghanistan turned over surrendered combatants to their local allies, 
who 
reportedly murdered hundreds of them in captivity.

Thousands of others who lay down their weapons were crammed into 
freezing, 
filthy, dilapidated cells at Shebergan prison. The United States 
detains al 
Qaeda and Taliban captives indefinitely without charge or trial, some 
imprisoned in secret locations in foreign countries where security 
services 
that are known to use torture conduct interrogations on our behalf. 
These 
immoral and illegal practices are extremely costly to U.S. interests 
and 
ought to be stopped immediately…

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DUBIOUS MORALITY AND DUPLICITY OF THIS FIGHT AGAINST TERROR
Robert Fisk, Independent UK, 1/4/03
http://argument.independent.co.uk/commentators/story.jsp?story=366199

But no American - or British - newspaper has dared to investigate 
another, 
almost equally dangerous, relationship that the present US 
administration 
is forging behind our backs: with the military-supported regime in 
Algeria. 
For 10 years now, one of the world's dirtiest wars has been fought out 
in 
this country, supposedly between "Islamists" and "security forces", in 
which almost 200,000 people - mostly civilians - have been killed. But 
over 
the past five years there has been growing evidence that elements of 
those 
same security forces were involved in some of the bloodiest massacres, 
including the throat-cutting of babies.

The Independent has published the most detailed reports of Algerian 
police 
torture and of the extrajudicial executions of women as well as men. 
Yet 
the US, as part of its obscene "war on terror", has cosied up to the 
Algerian regime. It is helping to re-arm Algeria's army and promised 
more 
assistance. William Burns, the US Assistant Secretary of State for the 
Middle East, announced that Washington "has much to learn from Algeria 
on 
ways to fight terrorism"...

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GEORGE W. BUSH'S CONSTITUTION
Nat Hentoff, Village Voice, 1/3/03
http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0302/hentoff.php

The imprisonment of "enemy combatant" Yaser Esam Hamdi in a naval brig 
in 
the United States is not a matter of concern to most Americans, since 
they 
do not know of Mr. Hamdi's isolation from the Bill of Rights, and might 
not 
care if they did. But the Supreme Court will ultimately decide whether 
George W. Bush's Constitution will replace-in significant parts-the 
Constitution that most Americans are also not familiar with.

When Mr. Hamdi's case-though not Mr. Hamdi personally-came before 
federal 
judge Robert Doumar in Norfolk, Virginia, that veteran jurist, 
appointed by 
Ronald Reagan, was astonished at the sweep of the government's 
declaration 
that the president had the right to personally put Hamdi in the brig 
and 
strip him of all his constitutional rights after claiming that he was 
an 
"enemy combatant." It is also the government's contention that the 
courts 
have minimal jurisdiction over the commander in chief as he locks up 
Americans he calls "enemy combatants" during our war against terrorism.

Nonetheless, Judge Doumar insisted that the government explain itself, 
and 
was handed a two-page sworn document, written by Michael Mobbs, a 
Defense 
Department official, justifying the president's totally depriving Hamdi 
of 
his freedom indefinitely-without his being charged with any crime.

Before getting to the judge's angry reaction to the Mobbs statement, 
it's 
necessary to note that just about every reference to Hamdi in the media 
has 
said-as printed in the November 1 New York Law Journal-that "Hamdi was 
seized while fighting with the Taliban in Afghanistan." How do we know 
that 
to be true? Don't you trust your source-your government?

As Katherine Seelye wrote in The New York Times (August 13, 2001) of 
Judge 
Doumar's response to the official Mobbs document giving the 
government's 
evidence: "He made very clear that he found the statement lacking in 
nearly 
every respect..."

I will follow this case through the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and 
then, I expect, to the United States Supreme Court. Those nine men and 
women will decide whether the essential liberties in the Framers' 
Constitution have been removed by George W. Bush. It's a pity the 
Democratic Party cares much less about civil liberties than about 
Bush's 
tax cuts.

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POISON PEN
Howard Kurtz, Washington Post, 1/6/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A15113-2003Jan5.html

The Tallahassee Democrat's political writer has been suspended for 
telling 
a reader in an e-mail that he doesn't "give a damn" whether Israel 
kills a 
few Arabs.

"I was wrong and I am sorry," Bill Cotterell was quoted as saying after 
being hit with the one-week suspension without pay. "My remarks were 
grossly inappropriate and do not reflect my views toward Muslim 
people."

Editor John Winn Miller, who apologized in print, says he "wasn't 
happy" 
with Cotterell's letter. "I needed to do something because it was done 
on 
company e-mail. I expect all readers and customers to be treated with 
courtesy and respect. A message needed to be sent that this was not 
acceptable…"

Cotterell, a 20-year veteran, was responding to a reader upset about a 
Doug 
Marlette cartoon that was briefly carried on the Democrat's Web site. 
(Miller says he yanked the drawing from the site, where it was sent 
automatically from Marlette's syndicate, and refused to publish it in 
the 
paper.) The cartoon showed an Arab driving a truck with a nuclear bomb, 
with the caption: "What Would Mohammed Drive?"

In his letter, Cotterell criticized most Arab countries for not 
"getting 
over" the creation of Israel.

"OK, they can squat around the camel-dung fire and grumble about it, or 
they can put their bottoms in the air five times a day and pray for 
deliverance; that's their business," Cotterell wrote. "And I don't give 
a 
damn if Israel kills a few in collateral damage while defending itself. 
So 
be it."

The reader forwarded the letter to the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, whose online posting has prompted 10,000 e-mail complaints 
to 
the Democrat. "Any journalist has a right to his or her political and 
religious views," CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper says in a statement, 
"but 
when those views are expressed in such bigoted terms, it raises 
questions 
about a media outlet's journalistic balance and objectivity."

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UNDERCOVER WAR BEGINS AS US FORCES ENTER IRAQ
John Donnelly and Tom Allard, Sydney Morning Herald, 1/6/03
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/01/05/1041566310159.html

About 100 United States special forces personnel and more than 50 CIA 
officers have been inside Iraq for at least four months, looking for 
missile-launchers, monitoring oil fields, marking minefields and 
helping 
their pilots target air-defence systems.

The operations, which are said to have included some Australian, 
Jordanian 
and British commandos, are seen as part of the opening phase of a war, 
intelligence officials and military analysts say.

This is despite the Bush Administration agreeing to the schedule of 
United 
Nations weapons inspections...

The action by US and British special forces in Iraq breaches 
international 
law because it is not sanctioned by the UN.

But it also reflects the new warfare, which targets terrorists and 
hidden 
weapons and relies heavily on commando operations and pre-emptive 
strikes…

"We're bombing practically every day as we patrol the no-fly zones, 
taking 
out air defence batteries, and there are all kinds of CIA and special 
forces operations going on," said Timur Eads, a former US special 
operations officer. "I would call it the beginning of a war..."

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WE'VE SEEN THIS PLOT BEFORE
Riad Saloojee, Montreal Gazette, 1/6/03
http://www.canada.com/montreal/montrealgazette/editorials/story.asp?id=969153CE-D33A-4EAB-8754-73B160D3DA9A

Once bitten. And now many are shy to believe that the Iraq 
weapons-verification process headed by Hans Blix is anything except 
redundant - immaterial, really - to whether Iraq will be in material 
breach 
of Security Council resolution 1441.

As we corner the curve to an imminent war, we run headlong into a story 
attributed to St. Augustine. He is reported to tell the tale of a 
pirate 
who was brought before the emperor. "Why do you molest the seas?" 
inquired 
the emperor. Retorted the pirate: "When you molest the seas, they call 
you 
emperor; when I molest the seas, they call me a pirate."

St. Augustine alludes to the fact that retaining control of the seven 
seas 
is the reserve of realpolitik, that ultimate end-game of power whose 
political tools are endless. They range from diplomatic sleight of hand 
to 
outright subterfuge. No one is the wiser, usually, until years later 
when 
brave souls like Daniel Ellsberg, the former marine who leaked the 
Pentagon 
Papers that exposed the duplicity of successive U.S. administrations 
and 
ultimately ended the Vietnam war, come forward and speak…

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UN INSPECTORS FEAR BUSH WILL IGNORE THEM
Peter Beaumont and Ed Vulliamy, The Observer (UK), 1/5/03
http://www.observer.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,868839,00.html

UN weapons inspectors in Iraq fear their work - which has failed to 
turn up 
any evidence thus far of weapons of mass destruction - will still be 
used 
as an excuse to trigger a US-led invasion of Iraq.

Leaks from the inspections teams - and the two agencies in charge of 
them, 
Unmovic and the International Atomic Energy Agency - have fuelled an 
increasingly frenetic diplomatic effort among opponents of the war.

The weapons inspection teams in Iraq have visited breweries and former 
nuclear plants, and raided missile factories and pharmaceutical 
production 
lines. They have examined former weapons factories and interviewed 
scientists and university technicians. As of yesterday they had checked 
230 
sites in all. If one is to believe the few inspectors who have been 
prepared to be interviewed anonymously, they have found absolutely 
nothing…

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ISRAEL CLOSES 3 PALESTINIAN UNIVERSITIES
Jason Keyser, Associated Press, 1/6/03
http://abcnews.go.com/wire/World/ap20030106_844.html

Tel Aviv, Israel - In response to twin suicide bombings that killed 22 
people, Israel decided Monday to close three Palestinian universities, 
intensify raids against militants and bar Palestinian officials from 
holding key meetings in the West Bank and abroad...

In the past, particularly deadly bombings have triggered large-scale 
Israeli incursions in the West Bank, and hard-liners in Israel's 
Cabinet 
have called for expelling Arafat. However, with an Israeli election on 
the 
horizon, such a move was unlikely.

Instead, the security Cabinet decided Monday to close three Palestinian 
universities as alleged hotbeds of incitement - a measure Israel last 
took 
during the first Palestinian uprising, which lasted from 1987 to 1993…

British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw told the British Broadcasting 
Corp. 
that the attacks emphasize the need for political dialogue. "I hope 
very 
much that the Israeli government will think again," he said…

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ISRAEL HAS RIGHT TO DEFEND ITSELF, U.S. SAYS
Reuters, 1/6/03

WASHINGTON - Israel has a right to defend itself in the wake of twin 
suicide bombings that killed 22 people and wounded more than 100, the 
White 
House said on Monday.

White House spokesman Ari Fleischer reiterated President George W. 
Bush's 
policy toward's Israel's retaliation for suicide bombings.

"The president's message to Israel is exactly as it's been before, that 
Israel has a right to defend itself in a variety of ways. Israel always 
needs to be mindful of the consequences of its right to self defense," 
Fleischer said.

Israel barred Palestinians from going to talks in London on Middle East 
peace and leadership reforms in anger over the twin bombings.

Fleischer refused to criticize the decision, saying Bush's message was 
one 
of condemnation of the attack. "This was a huge attack on the Israeli 
people," he said.

Fleischer also took a dim view of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's 
praise 
for Palestinians revolting against Israeli occupation.

Saddam on Monday said in a televised message: "We salute the heroic, 
struggling people of Palestine and every free man and woman of 
martyrdom 
(suicide attacks) who respond to the Zionist aggression, disappointing 
the 
evil American administrations who allied themselves with this 
disfigured 
entity."

Fleischer said in response: "There's no excuse for suicide bombers. For 
Saddam Hussein to publicly praise those who take innocent life is 
horrific."

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MAYBE PIPES IS WRONG AND COLLEGES ARE RIGHT

Los Angeles Times, 1/5/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/orange/la-ed-oclettersb5.3jan05.story

Re "From the Halls of Academia," Dec. 27:

Daniel Pipes would have us think that there is a vast conspiracy 
emanating 
from our nation's colleges and universities, with the goal being to 
brainwash our students into accepting liberal thought, or, heaven 
forbid, 
encourage them to consider that America has a few blemishes on its 
often 
whitewashed past.

Of course there is no conspiracy, but one might logically assume that 
college history professors are by nature intelligent and studious, have 
done a great deal of research in their field, and have an insight and 
perspective that has been honed as a result of countless hours of 
discourse, debate and discussion. In other words, maybe these college 
professors whose views Mr. Pipes finds so objectionable and rails 
against 
might have actually nailed it.

Bill Tapp
San Diego

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FLA. FACULTY PROTESTS BANNED PALESTINIAN
RACHEL LA CORTE, Associated Press, 1/6/03

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The faculty union at the University of South Florida 
filed a grievance Monday on behalf of a Palestinian professor accused 
of 
terrorist ties, saying the school's president lacked just cause when 
she 
banned him from campus.

The grievance accuses USF President Judy Genshaft of violating the 
union's 
contract by disciplining computer science professor Sami Al-Arian.

It also says the school violated Al-Arian's right to academic freedom, 
and 
violated its policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of ethnicity and 
religious affiliation…

Al-Arian and his brother-in-law, Mazen Al-Najjar, founded the World and 
Islam Studies Enterprises, a now-defunct Islamic think tank at USF that 
was 
raided by the FBI in 1995. Al-Arian also founded the Islamic Concern 
Project in 1988.

Al-Arian, who has lived in the United States since 1975, has never been 
charged with a crime and has consistently denied any connection to 
terrorists. In February, the U.S. attorney's office in Tampa said 
Al-Arian 
has been under federal investigation, but has refused to elaborate.

Genshaft placed Al-Arian on forced leave and banned him from campus 
shortly 
after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and his subsequent 
appearance 
on Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor…"

The grievance demanded that Genshaft rescind Al-Arian's mandatory 
administrative leave and banishment from campus and restore his rights 
and 
responsibilities as a faculty member.

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DUTCH MOSQUE DAMAGED IN WEEKEND GRENADE ATTACK
Reuters, 1/6/03

AMSTERDAM, Jan 6 (Reuters) - A Dutch mosque was damaged at the weekend 
by a 
hand grenade thrown through a window, police said on Monday.

The Amsterdam mosque, which was empty at the time, suffered minor 
damage 
after the grenade exploded in its washrooms in the early hours of 
Saturday 
morning. A witness saw two men speed away on a motorcycle after the 
explosion, police said...

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR ACTION ALERT #360

STIMULATE AMERICA'S ECONOMY, NOT ISRAEL'S

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/7/03) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR) today called on President Bush and Congress to reject Israel's 
new 
request for billions more in U.S. taxpayer-funded aid, and to instead 
use 
those funds to stimulate America's economy. CAIR says giving more 
financial 
aid to Israel drains much-needed funds from the economy and serves to 
harm 
American's image and interests.

The group's request comes as President Bush released a new economic 
stimulus package designed to accelerate income tax rate cuts, wipe out 
all 
federal taxes on stock dividends and boost the child tax credit. The 
announcement of the stimulus proposal coincides with meetings this week 
between Israeli and administration officials to discuss a special aid 
request of up to $14 billion in grants and loan guarantees.

SEE: "U.S. Hears Israel's Plea for Billions in Arms Aid"
http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20030107-550893.htm

"It is time for elected officials to decide whether they serve the 
interests of American taxpayers, or those of a foreign government 
engaged 
in a brutal military occupation. Sending more aid to Israel would not 
only 
deprive America's economy of much-needed funds at a time of economic 
crisis, it would further damage our nation's interests in the Muslim 
world 
by again offering blind support for the oppression of the Palestinian 
people," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. He added that despite 
decades of American taxpayer support, Israel largely ignores American 
interests and entreaties when denying the Palestinians their right to 
freedom and justice.

Awad noted that Israel's aid request comes as a number of cash-strapped 
states are asking for economic support and lawmakers nationwide are 
seeking 
funds for drought relief, education, job programs, transportation, 
prescription drug benefits for seniors, environmental concerns, and law 
enforcement. President Bush recently invoked emergency economic powers 
to 
limit the annual pay raise for federal workers.

SEE: "Lid Put on Domestic Spending"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A14741-2003Jan5.html

Israel's latest aid request is in addition to the more than $3 billion 
American taxpayer dollars that nation already receives annually. 
(Israel is 
the world's largest recipient of American aid. The Christian Science 
Monitor recently reported that Israel has cost the United States $1.6 
trillion since 1973.) Israeli officials say the additional aid would 
help 
defray the cost of dealing with the intifada and support their 
recession-bound economy.

Media reports indicate that U.S. officials have asked that Israel keep 
a 
"low profile" during aid talks so as not to anger the Arab and Muslim 
world 
as the United States moves toward war with Iraq.

SEE: "US Urges Israel to Keep Low Profile on Aid Talks"
http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=649772&fid=942

ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE.)

Contact the White House and Congress to ask that the 
multi-billion-dollar 
Israeli aid request be rejected.

1. Call the White House at: 202-456-1414 or 202-456-1111.

2. Contact your elected representative by calling the Capitol 
Switchboard 
at 202-224-3121. (Have your zip code ready.)

3. Go to http://capwiz.com/cair/home/ to e-mail the President and/or 
your 
elected representatives.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 1/7/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: THE GREATEST SINS
* LIBRARIANS RESPOND POSITIVELY TO CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT
* INCITEMENT WATCH: COLUMNIST, CARTOONIST SEEK "PAYBACK"?
* WOMEN PREVENTED DENIED DRIVERS LICENSE ASKED TO CONTACT CAIR
* FLORIDA MUSLIMS WORRIED ABOUT POSSIBLE DETENTION (Sun Sentinel)
	- Civil Rights Group Wants INS Program Delayed (AP)
	- INS Policy to Register Muslims Under Attack (Miami Herald)
	- Fear, Confusion in INS Registration Lines (CC Times)
	- Looking Out For Immigrants (Mercury News)
	- Let Your Voice Ring Out In Times of Fear (Mercury News)
	- Muslim, Arab-American groups prepare for INS deadline (AP)
* COMPLAINTS DISMISSED AGAINST MEN ACCUSED OF MONEY TRANSFERS (AP)
        	- U.S. Drops Search for 5 Middle Eastern Men (Wash. Post)
* APPEALING TO FAITHFUL INVESTORS (Washington Post)
* U.N. SEES 500,000 IRAQI CASUALTIES AT START OF WAR (Reuters)
	- Congress's Rollover on War (Washington Post)
* COMCAST TO ACCOMMODATE MUSLIM WORKERS (Warren Cable Monitor)
* MUSLIM LEADER SLAIN OUTSIDE HOME (National Post)
* US ADS MISS MARK, MUSLIMS SAY (Christian Science Monitor)
* MALCOLM X PAPERS TO N.Y. PUBLIC LIBRARY (AP)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: THE GREATEST SINS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "The greatest sins are 
joining others as partners in worship with God, murdering a human 
being, 
being undutiful to one's parents, and offering false witness."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 9, Hadith 10

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LIBRARIANS RESPOND POSITIVELY TO CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT

The following is a selection of positive comments CAIR received from 
librarians across the country who have received our Library Package:

"I can't thank you enough for the wonderful collection that you sent 
us! I 
had wanted to expand on the Islamic collection and you answered my 
prayers." - Wixon, MI

"They just arrived - we are cataloging them immediately. Two patrons 
have 
showed interest already, we just opened the box one hour ago." - 
Limerick, ME

"…will send them in to have book jackets, etc. put on immediately…The 
materials look very interesting and attractive. I think they will 
circulate 
well and be useful to many of our patrons. Thank you very much indeed. 
We 
put gift labels on each one." - Orinda, CA

"We plan to catalog the books and put them on display. We appreciate 
this 
very generous donation. We would have liked to purchase some of these 
books 
but couldn't afford them. Thank you." - Sudbury, VT

Take part in this first-of-its-kind campaign by sponsoring an 18-item 
"Library Package." Our goal is to, inshallah, send accurate and 
objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

TO SPONSOR A LIBRARY PACKAGE, GO TO: www.libraryproject.org
OR CALL: 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320

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INCITEMENT WATCH: COLUMNIST, CARTOONIST SEEK "PAYBACK" AGAINST MUSLIMS?

(NOTE: Kathleen Parker, the columnist below, recently wrote a 
commentary 
headlined, "In Islamic Countries, Dogs Dream of America," in which she 
wrote: "We Westerners are passionate dog lovers; our enemies are 
passionate 
dog haters…Those who despise and wish to destroy us are the nations of: 
Oh, 
boy, there's a cute little doggy. Let's kill it!..."

She received a flood of negative responses to the column from concerned 
Muslims. Parker is also a supporter of Doug Marlette, the syndicated 
cartoonist who received some 10,000 e-mails after distributing his 
offensive "What Would Mohammed Drive?" cartoon.

The Tallahassee Democrat recently had to apologize for Islamophobic 
comments made by one of its reporters. The reporter was suspended 
without 
pay for a week.)

YO, MOHAMMED, LIGHTEN UP: IT WAS A JOKE!
Kathleen Parker, Tallahassee Democrat, 1/7/03
http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/democrat/news/opinion/4886629.htm

Hey, did you hear the one about Mohammed and…?

No? Me neither. And even if I did hear a good Mohammed joke, you can 
bet I 
wouldn't tell it. Not in an e-mail, not in a column, not no way, not no 
how. Why? Because if you poke fun at the prophet of Islam - or even 
suggest 
anything that remotely smacks of irreverence - you will live (maybe) to 
regret it...

So it goes in post-Sept. 11 America where Muslims have become the new 
approved victim class. Here's how the knee-jerk drill goes: A 
journalist 
writes or otherwise depicts Muslims or their Prophet Mohammed in some 
way 
other than soft-focus, peach-toned Hallmark words or images, and 
thousands 
of American Muslims become like a battalion of whitewashers unleashed 
on 
urban graffiti.

Leading the charge is the special interest group CAIR (Council on 
American-Islamic Relations), which runs a Muslim news Web site and 
organizes letter-writing and e-mail campaigns. A recent fatwa against 
political cartoonist Doug Marlette produced thousands of e-mails, many 
of 
them threatening to varying degrees…

Marlette's offense? A joke. A cartoon. A humorous image of a man 
dressed in 
Middle Eastern garb driving a Ryder truck with a nuke in back with the 
caption: "What Would Mohammed Drive?" If you don't get it, go back to 
sleep…

And so much for desired effect because immediately thereafter Marlette 
drew 
another cartoon in response to CAIR's onslaught. This one shows the 
Statue 
of Liberty wearing a burqa and balancing a Free Speech tablet on her 
hip…

(SEE: http://www.dougmarlette.com/politicals/ If a new cartoon has 
replaced 
the one described above, click on "previous cartoons.")

ACTION REQUESTED: (Remember - Hostile comments can and WILL be used to 
further defame Islam and Muslims.)

SEND POLITE COMMENTS TO:

Mr. John Winn Miller
Executive Editor
Tallahassee Democrat
277 N. Magnolia Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32301

TEL: (850) 599-2100

E-MAIL: inquiry@dougmarlette.com, kparker@orlandosentinel.com, 
mlindley@taldem.com, jwmiller@taldem.com, ddwilliams@tribune.com, 
wmahoney@tribune.com, mpope@taldem.com, tdedit@taldem.com, 
insight@orlandosentinel.com, jhealy@orlandosentinel.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

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WOMEN PREVENTED DENIED DRIVERS LICENSE ASKED TO CONTACT CAIR

Muslim women who have experienced difficulty receiving a driver's 
license 
because of an Islamic head scarf should contact CAIR's Civil Rights 
department at (202) 488-8787 x 3282 or email ljaghlit@cair-net.org.

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S. FLORIDA MUSLIMS WORRIED ABOUT POSSIBLE DETENTION BY INS
Tanya Weinberg, South Florida Sun Sentinel, 1/7/03
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-ssinsreg07jan07,0,557993.story

As local groups called for the suspension of a federal registration 
program 
affecting mostly Muslim and Arab foreigners, South Florida Pakistanis 
are 
nervously preparing to comply starting Monday.

"The uncertainty and not knowing what's going to happen to them when 
they 
go there is really getting people scared," said immigration attorney 
Hina 
Askari.

He is preparing to bring 200 Pakistani clients to the Immigration and 
Naturalization Service's Miami office to be fingerprinted, photographed 
and 
interviewed in the third and largest phase of a new policy affecting 
men 
from 19 Muslim countries and North Korea…

On Monday, representatives from the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, 
the American Civil Liberties Union and several community organizations 
gathered at the INS Miami office to denounce the policy and call on 
Florida 
politicians to do the same…

Altaf Ali of the Council on American Islamic Relations urged Florida 
senators to join Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., Sen. Russell 
Feingold, 
D-Wis., and Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., in their call for Attorney 
General 
John Ashcroft to suspend the registration program to allow for 
congressional review…

SEE ALSO:

CIVIL RIGHTS GROUP WANTS IMMIGRATION REGISTRATION PROGRAM DELAYED
Associated Press, 1/6/03

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - An Islamic civil rights group urged the United 
States 
on Monday to delay a new anti-terrorism program requiring immigrants to 
register with the federal government.

The Florida chapter of The Council on American-Islamic Relations said 
the 
National Security Entry-Exit Registration System is a flawed initiative 
that has improperly detained immigrants, brought confusion and fear to 
the 
nation's Muslim community and failed to increase security.

"This program is painting everyone with a broad brush," said Parvez 
Ahmed, 
the group's Florida spokesman. Instead of doing a "real investigation" 
into 
possible terrorists, the government "is engaging in racial profiling 
and 
this program in its application is intimidating the Muslim and Arab 
communities," he said…

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INS POLICY TO REGISTER MUSLIMS IS UNDER ATTACK
Elaine De Valle, Miami Herald, 1/7/03
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/local/4888405.htm

Immigrant and civil rights advocates stood in front of the U.S. 
Immigration 
and Naturalization building on Biscayne Boulevard in Miami on Monday 
afternoon and called on the federal government to stop its new, 
controversial policy of registration of some Arabs.

Altaf Ali, executive director of the Florida chapter of the Council of 
American-Islamic Relations, led the group in calling for an immediate 
suspension of the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System, 
which 
only applies to men from Muslim countries.

"This policy, and its logic and its application, is intimidating the 
Arab 
community and incarcerating innocent individuals,'' Ali said. ``It is 
threatening respectable and productive members of the community like 
common 
criminals."

U.S. Sens. Russell Feingold, D-Wis., and Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and 
U.S. 
Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., have asked the Department of Justice to 
suspend 
the program until Congress can review it.

"This may be a pretext for a mass arrest and mass detention 
operation,'' 
said Howard Simon, executive director of the Florida ACLU. ``This 
program 
indicates that we are still using religion and country of origin as a 
substitute for suspicion. And it is wrong…"

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FEAR, CONFUSION IN INS REGISTRATION LINES
Jack Chang, Contra Costa Times, 1/7/03
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/4890453.htm

With recent mass detentions prominent in his mind, Oakland resident 
Ahmed 
Alyosifi waited patiently outside the Immigration and Naturalization 
Service office Monday morning to register with the authorities.

The native of Yemen who works as a delivery driver was hoping he would 
not 
end up like the hundreds of foreign visitors who last month entered INS 
offices around the state to comply with a controversial visitor 
registration program and ended up handcuffed and jailed, mainly for 
overstaying their visas.

Just to be safe, Alyosifi brought along his best friend, Abdul 
Alkhamri, 
who is a U.S. citizen.

"I just came to make sure he's all right," Alkhamri said after waiting 
with 
his friend for about an hour in a line that snaked around the INS 
office on 
Sansome Street. "I'll see what will happen to him, and I'll call a 
lawyer 
if there's any trouble."

Such fear and uncertainty marked the moods of dozens of Middle Eastern 
men 
who showed up Monday to register and found endless lines to wait in, 
sympathetic advocates reminding them of their rights and protesters on 
the 
street denouncing the registration program...

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LOOKING OUT FOR IMMIGRANTS
Matthai Chakko Kuruvila, San Jose Mercury News, 1/7/03
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/4890263.htm

On a day when Bay Area activists began monitoring the detention of 
immigrants who registered under a new national security program, 
Mohamed 
Harizi went to the San Francisco INS office ready to be jailed.

Harizi, 25, believed his expired student visa might deliver a fate 
similar 
to that of hundreds of other Muslim and Arab men who were detained 
after 
they complied with a government order for men and boys from mostly 
Muslim 
countries to be fingerprinted, photographed and interviewed.

He had heard the cells were cold, so Harizi wore thermal underwear and 
a 
turtle neck sweater. He had heard metal objects were prohibited in 
jail, so 
he didn't wear a belt or a watch. Instead, he brought two friends, who 
had 
instructions to pay bills, call his family in Tunisia and coordinate 
with a 
lawyer. But he wasn't detained. The Immigration and Naturalization 
Service 
(INS) asked him to return in a week with more paperwork.

Although Harizi fears deportation, the former Sonoma State University 
student hopes for some way to remain in the United States legally.

"I don't know what will happen later," Harizi said...

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LET YOUR VOICE RING OUT IN TIMES OF FEAR
L.A. Chung, San Jose Mercury News, 1/7/03
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/4890268.htm

Katy Dawson is upset that immigrants who did nothing wrong now fear 
deportation.

Diane Sjogren is angry that foreign visitors were detained while 
complying 
with a new registration requirement. And David Jenks believes the 
privacy 
intrusions of some of the homeland security measures smack of Big 
Brother.

These are South Bay folks who haven't made a career out of protest 
marches 
or getting arrested for the television cameras. None of them is from 
the 
targeted countries. And all of them consider themselves to be sensible, 
practical people. But they are concerned…

How can one register one's growing misgivings?

For now, the only protests planned are in front of the Immigration and 
Naturalization Service (INS) building in San Francisco, not the one in 
San 
Jose. Groups like the San Jose Peace Center and the Council on American 
Islamic Relations are advertising or endorsing a rally on Friday in San 
Francisco's Financial district that caps a week of activities. But a 
sizable population of people who come from the countries next up on the 
special registration deadline live in the South Bay…

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MUSLIM, ARAB-AMERICAN GROUPS PREPARE FOR INS DEADLINE
Deborah Kong, Associated Press, 1/7/03

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Trying to prevent mass arrests, several groups are 
tracking citizens of 13 mostly Middle Eastern countries as they 
register at 
INS offices to meet a Friday deadline.

The Muslim, Arab-American and civil liberties groups want to prevent a 
repeat of detentions that took place in Southern California last month 
when 
visitors from five other countries were required to register...

National groups such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations and 
the 
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee are generally advising men 
to 
register, but urging them to consult a lawyer before they go. Women are 
not 
required to register.

In Michigan, CAIR e-mailed mosques about the deadline, while the 
Arab-American Family Support Center distributed fliers about the 
registration and is sending attorneys, staff and volunteers to 
translate 
and provide legal advice at the INS office in New York City...

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COMPLAINTS DISMISSED AGAINST MEN ACCUSED OF ILLEGAL MONEY TRANSFERS
Associated Press, 1/7/03,
http://www.freep.com/news/latestnews/pm12533_20030107.htm

Criminal complaints against six metro Detroit area men accused of 
taking 
part in illegal money transfers to Yemen have been dismissed, officials 
said.

The complaints -- which alleged that the men ran illegal operations 
that 
sent as much as $50 million a year to Yemen -- were dismissed Monday, 
canceling preliminary examinations set for Tuesday, U.S. attorney's 
office 
spokeswoman Gina Balaya said.

"It doesn't mean the case is over, but the complaints have been 
dismissed," 
she said.

SEE ALSO:

U.S. DROPS SEARCH FOR 5 MIDDLE EASTERN MEN
John Mintz, Washington Post, 1/7/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A20400-2003Jan7.html

U.S. law enforcement authorities are no longer searching for five 
Middle 
Eastern men who they feared had entered the United States to commit 
terrorist acts, in part because of doubts about the veracity of the 
tipster 
who told them of the supposed plot from a Canadian jail, government 
officials said last night.

The U.S. officials declined to say why they had suspended the search. 
But 
other informed sources said it was partly because FBI agents had grown 
skeptical of reports about the men's illegal entry into the United 
States 
that had been given by Michael John Hamdani, an accused immigrant 
smuggler 
who was in custody…

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APPEALING TO FAITHFUL INVESTORS
Martha McNeil Hamilton, Washington Post, 1/7/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A19777-2003Jan6.html

The slide show and the pitch were fairly standard in many ways, 
including 
the admonishment that "ensuring that you'll have enough income for the 
kind 
of retirement you've always dreamed of will take some forethought and 
effort."

But the setting, the Islamic Society of Annapolis, and the products 
that 
Bashar Qasem and three colleagues were there to discuss represent 
growing 
area for investment: mutual funds created to attract Muslims concerned 
about keeping with Islamic law. That means steering clear of companies 
whose products are off-limits -- no pork producers, for example, or 
liquor 
manufacturers or casinos -- as well as those whose reliance on 
borrowing 
puts them at odds with Islam…

Now he is president of Azzad Asset Management Inc., based in Falls 
Church, 
which offers two funds: the Azzad/Dow Jones Ethical Market Fund and the 
Azzad Ethical Income Fund, founded in December 2000. Another, larger 
fund, 
the Dow Jones Islamic Index Fund, a family of funds, operated by Allied 
Asset Advisors Inc. of Burr Ridge, Ill., was founded months before in 
June 
2000. The oldest Islamic investment company appears to be the Amana 
Mutual 
Funds Trust of Bellingham, Wash. Amana established its first investment 
fund in 1986 and added another in 1994.

All three endeavors have targeted American Muslims as customers. 
According 
to a Cornell University study, there are 7 million American Muslims, 
with 
an annual population growth rate of 6 percent. And American Muslims are 
an 
affluent target group -- 26 percent of their households earning more 
than 
$100,000 a year…

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U.N. SEES 500,000 IRAQI CASUALTIES AT START OF WAR
Irwin Arieff, Reuters, 1/7/03
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&cid=564&ncid=564&e=2&u=/nm/20030107/ts_nm/iraq_un_casualties_dc_1

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - As many as half a million Iraqis could 
require 
medical treatment as a result of serious injuries suffered in the early 
stages of a war on Iraq, U.N. emergency planners said in a document 
disclosed Tuesday.

The total includes some 100,000 expected to be injured as a direct 
result 
of combat and a further 400,000 wounded as an indirect result of the 
devastation, according to estimates prepared by the World Health 
Organization, the document said.

The confidential U.N. assessment was drafted a month ago but an edited 
version was posted Tuesday on the Web site of a British group opposed 
to 
sanctions on Iraq 
(http://www.cam.ac.uk/societies/casi/info/undocs/war021210.pdf)...

"The resultant devastation would undoubtedly be great," the U.N. 
planners 
concluded. The estimates were based on material from several different 
U.N. 
organizations…

U.N. officials had previously disclosed that as many as 4.5 million to 
9.5 
million of Iraq's 26.5 million people could quickly need outside food 
to 
survive once an attack began.

War would also produce a huge refugee problem, driving some 900,000 
Iraqis 
into neighboring countries, with about 100,000 of those requiring 
immediate 
assistance as soon as they arrived, according to the U.N. estimate…

SEE ALSO:

CONGRESS'S ROLLOVER ON WAR
William Raspberry, Washington Post, 1/6/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A15012-2003Jan5

A lot of us who have voiced bafflement and frustration about President 
Bush's success in selling his logic for a war against Iraq have been 
strangely silent about the constitutionality of such an undertaking. 
We've 
behaved as though the question of war is a matter of presidential 
discretion.

Well, it isn't -- or at any rate, it shouldn't be. It's right there in 
the 
Constitution -- Article I, Section 8 -- that Congress, not the 
president, 
has the power to declare war. Nor do I find anything to suggest that 
Congress may delegate its war-making authority to the president.

And yet the assumption is that the war on Iraq will begin when the 
president wants it to begin -- perhaps with a heads-up to Congress that 
it 
has happened. Almost everyone I know assumes that it's the president's 
call. The war hawks assume it, the latter-day peaceniks assume it, 
Congress 
itself assumes it. Which probably means that it is, at least in 
practical 
terms, a fact.

Not a particularly reassuring fact, however. Leaders of Congress are 
old 
enough to recall the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution that laid the (phony) 
rationale for President Johnson's escalation of the conflict in Vietnam 
-- 
another war Congress never got around to declaring. I suspect a few 
Americans wish Congress hadn't been so quick to roll over for LBJ. Are 
there no similar misgivings today…?

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COMCAST AGREES TO ACCOMMODATE MUSLIM EMPLOYEES
Warren's Cable Regulation Monitor, 1/06/2003

Comcast said it would work with individual employees to make exceptions 
from its dress codes for "religious beliefs or medical reasons." 
Announcement came after Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) 
complained about 3 female Muslim workers in Comcast's New Castle, Del., 
office being told to remove their head scarves in Oct. when company 
implemented new dress code. One of women was sent home for not being in 
compliance with new policy, CAIR said. Comcast told women employees 
they 
would be allowed to wear their scarves if they provided written 
documentation that head scarf was religious requirement, it said, and 
following discussion with CAIR company agreed to provide religious 
accommodation to employees.

Comcast said it didn't discriminate against any employee on basis of 
race, 
color or religion and that dress codes were in place to maintain "safe 
and 
professional work environment. The company will continue to work with 
employees on an individual basis to make exceptions for religious 
beliefs 
or medical reasons." Comcast management had told 3 Muslim women 
employees 
that they would be exempted from dress code if they provided letter 
from 
religious leader or mosque "proving" that wearing of the head scarf was 
religious duty, said Hassan Mirza, CAIR civil rights consultant: "What 
Comcast is failing to recognize is that a religious belief is a 
sincerely 
held belief that is central and personal to each individual. The 
obligation 
to accommodate an employee's religious beliefs is not triggered by the 
contents of a letter, but instead by the individual herself. If you are 
an 
employee with a sincerely held religious belief, you are a member of a 
class that is protected within the purview of Title VII, Civil Rights 
Act 
of 1964."

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MUSLIM LEADER SLAIN OUTSIDE HOME
Ian Bailey, National Post, 1/7/03
http://www.nationalpost.com/national/story.html?id=0AF07C33-7AC3-4A05-8DC3-6F7C9D16ADF1

SURREY, B.C. - A prominent member of British Columbia's Pakistani 
Muslim 
community has been gunned down on the steps of his home in this 
Vancouver 
suburb, leaving police stumped by a lack of suspects or a possible 
motive, 
and his family horrified by the inexplicable crime.

The mysterious shooting killed 69-year-old Riasat Ali Khan, founder of 
Western Canada's first mosque, opened in Vancouver in 1963. Mr. Khan, a 
former corrections and probation officer, was also a president of the 
Vancouver Multicultural Society and a spokesman for the Pakistan Canada 
Association in Vancouver.

Yesterday, members of Mr. Khan's family gathered at his home, grappling 
with their grief as police launched an investigation into the killing 
in 
this sprawling community southeast of central Vancouver…

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US ADS MISS MARK, MUSLIMS SAY
Dan Murphy, Christian Science Monitor, 1/7/03
http://www.christiansciencemonitor.com/2003/0107/p06s01-woap.html

JAKARTA, INDONESIA - The good news is in the view from the lawn of 
Indonesia's National Islamic University: Clumps of students are decked 
out 
in Levis. Most of them say America is a tolerant society where Muslims 
practice freely - echoing the message at the center of a $ 600 million 
US 
public-relations campaign since Sept. 11.

But the good news ends there. Ahmad Imron, a lanky economics student in 
a 
red Planet Hollywood T-shirt, says that while America's message is 
getting 
through loud and clear, it's the wrong one. "We know that there's 
religious 
freedom in America, and we like that," says Mr. Imron. "What we're 
angry 
about is the arrogant behavior of the US in the rest of the world."

On the street, the reaction is the same, from street peddlers to 
US-trained 
academics: The US media campaign isn't relevant to Muslims' concerns. 
What 
saps their support for America is not impressions of how Muslims are 
treated inside the US, but their opinions about America's international 
relations - particularly with Israel and Iraq. Moreover, analysts say, 
if 
the US proceeds with plans to invade Iraq, its standing among Muslims 
will 
only fall…

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MALCOLM X PAPERS TO N.Y. PUBLIC LIBRARY
Karen Matthews, Associated Press 1/07/03

NEW YORK (AP) - A collection of Malcolm X's papers that had been the 
subject of an ownership dispute has been placed on long-term loan with 
the 
New York Public Library, officials said Tuesday.

The slain black leader's family members, who will own the documents, 
approved their placement in the library's Schomburg Center for Research 
in 
Black Culture. The announcement comes 10 months after a lawsuit 
prevented 
the collection from going on the auction block.

"We don't mind sharing Malcolm. We're proud of Malcolm," his eldest 
daughter, Attallah Shabazz, said at a news conference. The collection 
includes handwritten speeches and journals kept during Malcolm X's 
travels 
to Africa and the Middle East in 1964, a year before his assassination…

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS – 1/8/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: CHARITY
* LIBRARIAN PRAISES CAIR’S LIBRARY PROJECT 
* ISRAEL WANTS MORE THAN TOTAL US AID BUDGET (Bloomberg)
 	- US Aid Likely To Be Faster Than Usual (Globes)
	- Partners on a Suicidal Course (Inter. Herald Tribune)
	- We Kill Our Rebels the Israeli Way (Morning Herald)
* LATINA MUSLIMS: THE CHOICES THEY MAKE (Catalina Magazine)
* MACY'S FACES NEW LAWSUIT FROM MUSLIM (San Jose Mercury News)
* REGISTRATION PLAN CAUSING FEAR, CONFUSION (Herald News)
	- Ohio Emergency Community Meeting On INS Registration 
	- INS to Hold TX Forum on Special Registration 
	- Reminder: Registration Deadline - January 10th 
	- Volunteers Needed For "Monitor the INS" On January 10th  
* TWO-THIRDS OF FRENCH OPPOSE IRAQ WAR - POLL (Reuters) 

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HADITH OF THE DAY: CHARITY

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Enjoining good is an 
act of
charity. Forbidding what is disreputable is (also) an act of charity.”

Sahih Muslim, Hadith 352

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LIBRARIAN PRAISES CAIR’S LIBRARY PROJECT 

“I am delighted to have recommended information from reputable sources
about the Islamic faith. Our collection should reflect the 
multicultural
backgrounds of our residents.” ­ Farmington Hills, MI

Take part in this first-of-its-kind campaign by sponsoring an 18-item
"Library Package." Our goal is to, inshallah, send accurate and 
objective
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

TO SPONSOR A LIBRARY PACKAGE, GO TO: www.libraryproject.org
OR CALL: 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320

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ISRAEL WANTS MORE THAN TOTAL US FOREIGN AID BUDGET
James Tyson, Bloomberg, 1/8/03
http://afr.com/world/2003/01/08/FFX8IEGOMAD.html

Washington - A delegation from Israel, the largest recipient of US 
foreign
aid, has sought $US12 billion ($21 billion) in assistance at a meeting 
with
State Department and White House officials, Israeli officials said.

The request, covering the next three to five years, exceeds the total
$US11.6 billion budgeted last year by the US for all countries.

The request is to help Israel weather the Palestinian uprising and a
possible US war with Iraq…

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office said Israel was asking for $US4
billion in direct assistance and $US8 billion in loan guarantees. A US
official indicated before the meeting that the US was open to the 
request.

"We always try to do what we can to help our friend and ally," the 
official
told reporters. The meeting was intended to focus on "Israel's current
economic situation and Israel's expected request for supplemental
assistance", he said…

Israel received US loan guarantees in 1992 to help it finance the cost 
of
absorbing hundreds of thousands of immigrants entering the country from 
the
former Soviet Union.
 
SEE ALSO:

US AID LIKELY TO BE FASTER THAN USUAL
Ran Dagoni, Globes, 1/8/03
http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=650510&fid=942

“Approval of the US loan guarantees is likely to be faster than usual,
thanks to the administration’s great understanding of Israel’s economic
distress caused by the security situation and war against terrorism,” 
Prime
Minister's Bureau director Dov Weissglass told “Globes” today.

“The negotiations with the US about Israel’s aid request have opened 
well.
We have no reason not to be optimistic,” Ministry of Finance director
general Ohad Marani told “Globes” at the end of the first round of 
talks
between the Israeli delegation and top US officials at the White House
yesterday.

The Israeli delegation presented Israel’s request for $4 billion in 
direct
aid and $8 billion in loan guarantees to the Bush administration 
officials
during the three-hour meeting…

ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE.)

Contact the White House and Congress to ask that the 
multi-billion-dollar
Israeli aid request be rejected. 

1. Call the White House at: 202-456-1414 or 202-456-1111. 

2. Contact your elected representative by calling the Capitol 
Switchboard
at 202-224-3121. (Have your zip code ready.) 

3. Go to http://capwiz.com/cair/home/ to e-mail the President and/or 
your
elected representatives.

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PARTNERS ON A SUICIDAL COURSE
Henry Siegman, International Herald Tribune, 1/7/03
http://www.iht.com/articles/82356.html

PARIS - There are those who believe that when Ariel Sharon assumes a 
second
term as prime minister after the Jan. 28 election - a likelihood 
predicted
by all polls and reinforced by the latest suicide bombings - he will 
turn
his attention to peacemaking with the Palestinians…

Unfortunately, there is good reason to fear that the situation will 
only
get worse if Sharon returns to power. Contrary to the image of 
moderation
that he has so assiduously - and effectively - cultivated these past 
two
years, he remains single-mindedly committed to preventing the emergence 
of
a viable and independent Palestinian state. From the very outset of the
settler movement in the 1970s, Sharon's overriding goal has been to 
assure
so extensive an expansion of Jewish settlements and their supporting
infrastructure - highways, power grids, water sources - as to make a
Palestinian state a political and physical impossibility…

In an unguarded moment, Omri Sharon recently told a group of Likud 
faithful
not to lose any sleep over his father's support for a Palestinian 
state. He
explained: "We are not living in a vacuum; there is an international
reality. But when you speak softly, you can wield a big stick. Today, 
after
all, we are located in the Palestinian areas, we are violating
international agreements, but no one is saying anything. The United 
States
is with us...

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WE KILL OUR REBELS THE ISRAELI WAY, SAYS RUSSIA
Sydney Morning Herald, 1/7/03
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/01/06/1041566360680.html

The Russian army has switched tactics in combating Chechen separatist
rebels and is now using the "Israeli method" to eliminate them, the 
Defence
Minister, Sergei Ivanov, said yesterday.

"The tactics of the federal forces have changed. It is now a precise
operation during which we kill those who ought to be killed," Mr Ivanov 
was
quoted by Russian news agencies as saying.

"We use the wholly Israeli method when we know the exact composition of 
a
cell, and we do not let go until the entire cell has been eliminated…

Russian forces have been accused by human rights groups of carrying out
arbitrary arrests and summary executions as troops try to stamp out
separatist resistance in Chechnya...

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LATINA MUSLIMS: THE CHOICES THEY MAKE
Ramin Ganeshram, Catalina Magazine, Nov-Dec 2002
http://www.catalinamagazine.com

You can say 27-year-old Zulayka Martinez was a typical Latina. As the 
child
of a strictly religious family, she went to Catholic youth groups and 
could
name all of her saints. She even dreamt of becoming a nun one day. 
Then, at
age 22, while at a Catholic retreat, her life changed forever. She
converted to Islam.

"I brought a Quran that a Muslim coworker had given me to the retreat."
Martinez explains. "I read it during the times of silence and 
reflection.
It spoke to my heart, which made me very confused about my faith in my 
own
religion."

The anxious young woman did what good Catholic girls do: she confessed 
to
her priest. He promptly told her, "I've read the Quran. I'm not saying
Muslims are bad people, but I'm assuring you that our faith is correct 
and
theirs is not."

His response only fed her curiosity. She began to ask Muslim classmates 
for
increasingly more information, while reading any material she could 
find
about the religion. After a few more years of studying, she took the 
plunge
and followed in the footsteps of thousands of Latinas. She took her 
Shahada
- the Muslim oath of conversion.

Martinez's story may sound unusual, but it's not. Groups like Latino
American Dawah Organization (LADO), founded in 1997 to aid Islamic
conversion in Hispanic communities, and the Islamic Association of 
North
America (ISNA) estimate the number of Latino Muslims in the United 
States
at around 50,000. With mosques and missionary groups in almost every
Central and South American country, there is strong belief among 
Muslims
that the number will rise substantially…

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MACY'S FACES NEW LAWSUIT FROM MUSLIM
Cecilia Kang, San Jose Mercury News, 1/8/03
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/4898587.htm

A second Muslim woman has filed a lawsuit against Macy's for alleged
discrimination that led to her termination soon after the Sept. 11
terrorist ttacks.

The suit by Hiam Yassine, a Palestinian, comes almost four months after 
the
department store paid another Muslim salesclerk $125,000 to settle a
similar discrimination and wrongful termination suit.

The terminations sparked protests last year at the Westfield 
Shoppingtown
Valley Fair store in San Jose, where both women worked. Demonstrators
demanded that the company rehire Yassine and co-worker Alia Atawneh, 
who is
also of Palestinian descent.

“This is a very different suit from Atawneh's,” Julian Hubbard, 
Yassine's
attorney, said Tuesday. “It doesn't involve just one discrete incident. 
It
involves a pattern of behavior…”

“Hiam had been a member of Macy's most prestigious employee awards 
three
years running,” Hubbard said. “And yet when it was determined that she
would be dismissed, they did it in a way that deeply offended and 
touched
every honorable feeling she had had about her employment.”

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REGISTRATION PLAN CAUSING FEAR, CONFUSION
Suzanne Travers, Herald News, 1/8/03
http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?level_3_id=1&page=6226984

With the second deadline for the Immigration and Naturalization 
Service's
special registration days away, area lawyers report their clients are
confused and scared about the program.

Although its implementation in New Jersey has resulted in few if any
arrests or detentions, some men with pending green card applications
reporting to register at Newark INS offices have been summoned to 
appear
for deportation hearings.

"I have lots of clients who are scared to death," said Anayancy R.
Houseman, an immigration attorney in Elizabeth…

"Things aren't as bad here as they are in a lot of places," said Jerry
Gavin, chairman of the New Jersey chapter of the American Immigration
Lawyers Association, which is conducting a survey to determine how
implementation of the program varies nationwide.

Still, Houseman said she has at least five clients who reported for
registration and were put in deportation proceedings, and others have
expressed concern in light of the arrests of 400 men reporting for
registration last month in Los Angeles. "They're asking, 'What will 
happen
to me?'" she said…

SEE ALSO:

OHIO EMERGENCY COMMUNITY MEETING ON INS REGISTRATION POLICY

WHAT: The Ohio office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR-Ohio), in coordination with the Islamic Society of Greater 
Columbus,
the Islamic Foundation of Central Ohio and the Arab Americans of 
Central
Ohio are hosting an EMERGENCY COMMUNITY MEETING regarding the new INS
registration requirements.

WHEN: Thursday, January 9 at 7:45 P.M.
WHERE: Omar Mosque, 580 Riverview Drive, Columbus, Ohio

CONTACT: Jad Humeidan, CAIR-Ohio, (614) 451-3232

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INS TO HOLD TX FORUM ON SPECIAL REGISTRATION

WHAT: INS Regional District Director Anne Estrada is holding an open 
forum
with the Muslim community to address concerns and complaints regarding 
the
special registration procedure, the treatment of registrants by INS 
agents
or officials, and other related questions about the special 
registration
process.

* Director Estrada has given assurance that all questions/comments will 
be
absolutely confidential, and that she is coming only to provide a 
community
service by addressing the questions and concerns of the community.

Admission is free, and anyone with questions/concerns about the special
registration process is encouraged to attend.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 8, 6:00 P.M.

WHERE: Dar El-Eman Mosque in Arlington (Arlington-South Masjid)
Address: 5511 Mansfield Dr., Arlington, TX 76017

Directions: From Dallas - Take I-20 West to Arlington, exit Cooper St. 
and
head South on Cooper St. until Green Oaks. Take a right on Green Oaks, 
then
an immediate left on Mansfield Dr. until 5511 Mansfield Dr.

For more information, contact: Dar El Eman at 817-466-0505, or
214-636-6525, or e-mail: info@cairdfw.org

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REMINDER: REGISTRATION DEADLINE - JANUARY 10th

JANUARY 10 is the deadline to register with the INS if:

* You are a national or citizen of Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, 
Eritrea,
Lebanon, Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Qatar, Somalia, Tunisia, United 
Arab
Emirates, and Yemen and were inspected by the Immigration and
Naturalization Service and last admitted to the United States as a
nonimmigrant on or before September 30, 2002;

* If you are a male, born on or before December 2, 1986; and

* If you did not apply for asylum on or before November 22, 2002, or if 
you
are otherwise exempt as described in the attached questions and 
answers; and

* If you will be in the United States at least until January 10, 2003

FOR MORE INFORMATION, visit www.cairdfw.org or
http://www.ins.gov/graphics/lawenfor/specialreg/index.htm

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TX WORKSHOP ON INS REGISTRATION FOR SAUDI/PAKISTANI CITIZENS

WHAT: Immigration Attorney Ollie Jefferson will conduct an INS workshop 
for
Pakistani and Saudi citizens. The workshop will focus on who needs to
register, what documents to bring to the registration, and other issues
relating to the special registration procedure.

WHEN: Saturday, January 11 at 8 P.M.

WHERE: Momin Center, 1019 Perry Road, Irving, TX 75060)

For more information about the workshop, call 214-636-6525, or e-mail:
info@cairdfw.org.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR "MONITOR THE INS" ON JANUARY 10TH

In conjunction with the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) initiative
"Monitor the INS" program, CAIR-DFW is calling on concerned Americans 
to
monitor January 10th's registration in Dallas.

TO BE A MONITOR, YOU MUST:

* Be available on January 10,
* Wear bright clothing that reads, "INS Monitor" that CAIR-DFW will 
provide,
* Be a United States citizen,
* Register with CAIR-DFW by calling (214) 636-6525 between 8:30 A.M.-5 
P.M. or by emailing info@cairdfw.org. Please register ASAP for this
important program.

Upon registering you will be given details about the training session 
to be
held on Thursday evening detailing the monitoring procedure. 

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TWO-THIRDS OF FRENCH OPPOSE IRAQ WAR - POLL
Reuters, 1/8/03

PARIS, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Two-thirds of French people are opposed to
military action against Iraq, according to a poll released on Wednesday
that suggested public opposition to a war is hardening in France.

Sixty-six percent of 1,002 adults interviewed for daily paper Le 
Parisien
said they were against military intervention, compared to 58 percent 
who
were asked the same question last August.

Twenty-four percent said they favoured a war, down from 32 percent in
August, while 10 percent gave no response in the survey, conducted by
telephone on January 7 by pollster CSA.

Just 15 percent wanted France to take part in any military campaign, 
even
if it had the blessing of the United Nations...

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR ACTION ALERT #361

RELIEF SOUGHT FOR MUSLIM FAMILY FACING DEPORTATION
American-born children have life-threatening medical conditions

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/9/03) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR) today called on the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) 
to 
grant humanitarian relief in the case of a Pakistani family in Delaware 
whose American-born children could face death from congenital medical 
conditions if a threatened deportation is carried out.

The Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group says the 
children's father is currently being detained by the INS on an 
eight-year-old deportation order. (The family's request for asylum was 
denied at that time.) Two of his children are American citizens who 
have 
severe congenital conditions that require round-the-clock medical care.

One child suffers from beta-thalassemia major, a condition that 
necessitates blood transfusions every few weeks and 12-hour iron 
chelation 
treatments almost every night. The other child, who is unable to speak 
and 
can only communicate through simple gestures, suffers from cerebral 
palsy, 
a seizure disorder, developmental delay, and micropolygyria.

The children's physicians say it would be unlikely that they would be 
able 
to obtain adequate long-term treatment or therapy for these conditions 
if 
their mother and father, who have been responsible for their care, are 
deported to Pakistan. If the children remain in the United States 
without 
their parents, they would be forced into foster care or other state-run 
residential placement.

In a letter to INS Acting District Director (Philadelphia) Theodoro 
Nordmark, CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad wrote: "The parents of 
these 
American citizens remained in this country to access medical and 
educational resources that would not be available, or would be beyond 
their 
means, in Pakistan. If any case cries out for humanitarian 
intervention, it 
is this one. We are all bound by the law, but the law must be tempered 
with 
understanding and compassion."

Awad said it is within Nordmark's power to grant a humanitarian parole 
to 
the father so he may return to the family and resume caring for and 
supporting his children.

ACTION REQUESTED:

Send a respectful and polite letter to the INS requesting a 
humanitarian 
parole to protect the health and well-being of two American children. 
CONTACT:

Mr. Theodoro Nordmark
Acting District Director
USINS Philadelphia District Office
1600 Callowhill Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130

FAX: 215-656-7200

E-MAIL: niki.edwards@usdoj.gov
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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS  1/9/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: RESTRAIN YOUR ANGER
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT
* CAIR TO HOLD MUSLIM LEADERSHIP FORUM
* CAIR LEADERSHIP TRAINING CONFERENCE SCHEDULED FOR APRIL
* CASE AGAINST FL MUSLIM LOSES STING (Orlando Sentinel)
* CAIR-LA TO SUPPORT IMMIGRANTS AT INS OFFICES
         - Donate To Detainee Family Fund
         - 'Monitors' Target INS Registration (LA Times)
         - INS Nabs 2 Under New Rules (Miami Herald)
         - Immigrants' Deadline Is Tomorrow (Philadelphia Inquirer)
         - Staff Boosted To Register Males From 13 Nations (Copley 
News)
         - INS Detainees to Seek Compensation
         - Chicago Forum On Post-9/11 Immigrant Rights
         - Baltimore March and Protest Against INS Registration
* JUDGES UPHOLD U.S. DETENTION OF HAMDI (Washington Post)
* SEPT. 11 VICTIMS' KIN PROTEST IN IRAQ (AP)
         - Sponsors Outline Anti-War Protest Plan (AP)
* REVIEWER’S CHOICE: “TAKING BACK ISLAM” (Dallas Morning News)
         - VA Book Signing: “Passion For Islam”
* MAINE DEMONSTRATION AGAINST HATE
* SENSE OF HUMOR? (Orlando Sentinel)
* MUSLIMS ORDERED TO TEAR DOWN MOSQUE (Orlando Sentinel)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: RESTRAIN YOUR ANGER

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "No one has swallowed 
anything more excellent in the sight of God...than the anger he 
restrains, 
seeking to please God most high."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1324

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT

More positive feedback from librarians who have received CAIR’s library 
package:

“They just arrived  we are cataloging them immediately.  Two patrons 
have 
showed interest already, we just opened the box one hour ago.” - 
Limerick, ME

Take part in this first-of-its-kind campaign by sponsoring an 18-item 
"Library Package." Our goal is to, inshallah, send accurate and 
objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

TO SPONSOR A LIBRARY PACKAGE, GO TO: www.libraryproject.org
OR CALL: 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320

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CAIR TO HOLD MUSLIM LEADERSHIP FORUM

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)  On January 26th, the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, a Washington, D.C.-based national Islamic civil rights and 
advocacy group, will hold a one-day forum in New York City on 
leadership 
and organizational development in the Muslim non-profit community. The 
forum, titled “Islamic Centers: Challenges and Opportunities” is 
designed 
to provide leaders of Islamic organizations and mosques with training 
in 
crisis management, post-9/11 legal rights, financial management, and 
communications.

Workshop presenters include Muslim leaders, professional trainers, 
representatives of national civil liberties organizations, media 
professionals, and CAIR staffers. There will be an evening banquet 
dinner 
with a keynote address by CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad.

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CAIR LEADERSHIP TRAINING CONFERENCE SCHEDULED FOR APRIL

Reserve the dates, April 24 to April 27, for CAIR’s Leadership Training 
Conference. The conference will be held at the Sheraton Premiere in 
Tysons 
Corner. More details will be forthcoming as the conference nears.

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MAALI CASE LOSES STING AMID LIES, DUPLICITY
Henry Pierson Curtis and Pedro Ruz Gutierrez, Orlando Sentinel, 1/9/03
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orl-locmaali09010903jan09,0,7092807.story

A love triangle linked two young men accused of concocting wild tales 
of 
shootings and acid bombings in the federal immigration and 
money-laundering 
case against T-shirt tycoon Jesse Maali.

One, a high school dropout, sits in the Orange County Jail. The other 
is 
still on the run.

Their lives during the past two months raise questions about the U.S. 
government's investigation of Maali and its use of informants to build 
their case against the Palestinian-American millionaire.

"This case was unusual from the start," said Orlando lawyer David 
Fussell, 
president-elect of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. 
"The defendant has been able to show the informants were lying, and it 
points out serious weaknesses in the way we prosecute cases in this 
county 
and this district."

Maali's nephew spent three days in jail, and other relatives were 
branded 
as thugs and drug dealers based on the unfounded allegations from John 
Robert Reedy III and Christian Colburn…

The prosecution's failure to link Maali to Middle East violence was 
seen in 
legal circles as a public-relations disaster.

More embarrassment came Tuesday, when Orlando police concluded Colburn 
and 
Reedy lied about attacks against them. They made up a story about 
Maali's 
nephew Maali Fuad Maali, 22, holding Reedy at gunpoint, police said. 
The 
younger Maali was charged and spent three days in jail.

They also fabricated the story about acid-bomb attacks on their 
apartment...

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CAIR-LA TO SUPPORT IMMIGRANTS AT INS OFFICES

WHAT:  The Council on American-Islamic Relations-Southern California 
(CAIR-LA) will set up booths outside INS offices in Los Angeles and 
Orange 
Counties to offer support to immigrants arriving for the Special 
Call-in 
Registration announced by the Department of Justice and Immigration and 
Naturalization Service (INS). CAIR-LA will be providing support to calm 
fears in the community in the form of: a pre-registration check-in 
process 
to track and follow-up on those who might be detained by the INS, free 
legal advice through attorneys, and refreshments to those in line. A 
press 
conference and prayer service are also scheduled.

WHEN: Friday, January 10

Booths: Orange County - 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Los Angeles - 7 a.m. to 3 
p.m.
Press conference (organized by "Refuse & Resist"): 9 a.m.
Prayer service: 1 p.m.

WHERE: Two locations: LA: INS LA District Office, Federal Building, 300 
N. 
Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012; ORANGE CO: 34 Civic Center 
Plaza, Federal Building, Santa Ana, CA 92701

CONTACTS: CAIR - IN LOS ANGELES: Sabiha Khan (714) 776-1847, (714) 
390-0334 
(cell); IN ORANGE COUNTY - Hussam Ayloush (714) 776-1847, (714) 
814-4444.

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DONATE TO DETAINEE FAMILY FUND

In the wake of nation-wide detentions of Muslim immigrants seeking to 
comply with INS registration requirements, CAIR urges Muslims to donate 
to 
the "Emergency Family Fund”. The fund, set up by the New York office of 
the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), is designed to assist 
uncharged detainees' families with legal fees, housing costs and living 
expenses. Fund administrators will also make outside referrals for 
counseling and other social services. (CAIR-NY is working in 
cooperation 
with ICNA Relief, the Association of Pakistani Physicians of North 
America 
and Muslim Community Support Services.)

ACTION REQUESTED: Contributions may be sent to:

Emergency Family Fund/CAIR
c/o 911 Relief Program/Adem
166-26 89 Avenue
Jamaica, NY  11432

Make checks payable to "Emergency Family Fund/CAIR." For information, 
call 
212-870-2002.

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'MONITORS' TARGET INS REGISTRATION
Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, 1/9/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-monitors9jan09,0,32247.story

When U.S. immigration officials reach the deadline Friday for Round Two 
of 
their controversial program that requires male citizens of 19 heavily 
Muslim countries to register, they will encounter a jarring sight: 
scores 
of "human rights monitors" in fluorescent yellow shirts stationed 
outside 
INS offices throughout Southern California.

Prompted by widespread charges that people who registered last month, 
during the first round of the program, were mistreated -- allegations 
that 
range from verbal harassment to unnecessary body cavity searches and 
detentions -- a diverse group of people has volunteered to monitor INS 
conduct. The monitors say they aim to document any abuses, as well as 
count 
the number of those who end up detained…

The idea of human rights monitors may be more familiar in dictatorial 
regimes than the United States, but the concept has galvanized 
volunteers, 
who assert that the INS registration program amounts to a massive 
violation 
of human rights.

At All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena on Tuesday evening, about 75 
people -- most of them non-Muslim -- attended a training session for 
the 
monitoring project.

Volunteers included people like Kathy Masaoka, a Japanese American 
motivated by the memories of her community's World War II internment 
experience, and Lyn Elliott, a retired public-school teacher who has 
made 
the monitoring project her first act of political activism since the 
Vietnam War.

"The use of racial and religious profiling as a wedge to attack the 
civil 
liberties of immigrants is ... fascism, and we have to do something 
about 
it," said Bonnie Blustein, a community college math instructor and 
member 
of the Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church in Pasadena...

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INS NABS 2 UNDER NEW RULES
Alfonso Chardy, Miami Herald, 1/9/03
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/4904580.htm

Kamel Bouhenguel and his son Issam heard that Algerians and certain 
other 
foreign nationals in the United States had been ordered to register 
with 
immigration authorities and decided to comply one day last week, 
showing up 
together at the Miami office of the Immigration and Naturalization 
Service.

The two Algerians were promptly arrested for alleged immigration 
violations. Now, the two Miami-Dade County residents are awaiting 
deportation at the Krome detention center in West Miami-Dade.

The arrests are the first publicly acknowledged detentions by the INS 
in 
South Florida of people trying to register since the new regulations 
involving foreign nationals from 20 countries were announced by the 
Justice 
Department in November. While hundreds have been arrested elsewhere in 
the 
country as part of the registration process, no arrests had been 
reported 
in Miami -- the site of one of the country's busiest INS district 
offices 
-- until this week when Ana Santiago, an INS spokeswoman, confirmed 
that 
the two Algerians were in custody…

Neither of the two detained Algerians could be interviewed, but a 
relative 
of the two men in North Lauderdale told The Herald that both were 
devastated because the lives they had built in the United States were 
now 
disrupted.

“They worked hard, paid taxes, had Social Security numbers and were 
simply 
complying with the law to register, and now they are in detention at 
Krome,” the relative said. “The day before they were arrested, they 
were 
living the American dream, and then it turned into an American 
nightmare...”

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IMMIGRANTS' DEADLINE IS TOMORROW
Thomas Ginsberg and Gaiutra Bahadur, Philadelphia Inquirer, 1/9/03
http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/4904127.htm

A Syrian immigrant, Khattar Aizooky said he felt a chill while being 
fingerprinted and questioned by the U.S. government last month, a 
decade 
after leaving his authoritarian homeland.

It reminded him of Syria.

"This is one of the most open and accepting societies," said the 
33-year-old Pittsburgh physician. "We hate to see it changing for the 
worse." Tomorrow is the next deadline for thousands more men from 
selected 
Middle Eastern, African and Asian countries - almost all of them Muslim 
- 
to undergo "special registration" by the Immigration and Naturalization 
Service.

The fingerprinting, photographing and questioning, which started in 
September at border crossings nationwide, is provoking outrage as it 
expands to people already admitted into the country.

Immigration advocates are urging men to comply but also are fanning out 
to 
monitor the process at INS offices, including Philadelphia and Newark. 
An 
Arab American group has filed a class-action lawsuit to stop the 
registration. Other Arab and Muslim groups and at least three members 
of 
Congress are demanding a halt. A protest network has called for actions 
at 
INS offices nationwide tomorrow...

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INS STAFF BOOSTED TO REGISTER MALES FROM 13 NATIONS
Leonel Sanchez, Copley News, 1/9/03

SAN DIEGO - Staffing at Immigration and Naturalization Service offices 
will 
be increased Friday to expedite the mandatory registration of foreign 
males 
from 13 countries considered to be of national concern.

Those individuals have until Friday to comply with a U.S. Justice 
Department order to check in at INS offices and have their fingerprints 
and 
photographs taken. They could face deportation and criminal charges if 
they 
fail to do so. The deadline comes just weeks after hundreds of Middle 
Eastern males from five other countries were arrested at INS offices 
while 
trying to comply with the same order but an earlier deadline.

The arrests prompted cries of unfair treatment of Muslims and Arabs and 
allegations of selective enforcement. Most of the arrests happened in 
Southern California, including about 25 in San Diego…

Critics say the federal government failed to adequately publicize the 
registration program and did not provide clear information on who it 
affected.

Muslim, Arab, lawyer and other activist groups have called for an end 
to 
the registration program, saying it unfairly targets individuals based 
on 
their nationality and religion. The groups plan to monitor the 
registration 
process closely.

In San Diego, lawyers and other activists plan to set up a station 
outside 
the Federal Building tomorrow and encourage individuals who have to 
register with the INS to check in with them first for advice and other 
support. Group spokesman Ali Golchen, a San Diego immigration lawyer, 
said 
they want to make sure the INS doesn't hold people for lengthy periods 
on 
technical violations.

The arrests at INS offices in mid-December had a chilling effect in 
Muslim 
and Arab communities, he said.

"The fear is still there," he said…

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INS DETAINEES TO SEEK COMPENSATION

A group of immigrants from designated Middle Eastern countries who were 
required to "register" with the INS during the months of December and 
January and were unlawfully arrested without required warrants and then 
detained for periods ranging from several days to weeks will soon file 
requests for compensation to the Department of Justice under the 
Federal 
Tort Claims Act (FTCA).

The registrants will seek fair and just compensation for unlawful 
arrest 
and false imprisonment. The claims will be submitted simultaneously 
with a 
cover letter and representation provided by the Center for Human Rights 
and 
Constitutional Law, assisted by counsel from the American-Arab 
Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), the Council of American Islamic 
Relations (CAIR), the Alliance of Iranian American (AIA), and the 
National 
Council of Pakistani Americans (NCPA).

To join the group seeking registration compensation, attorneys and/or 
registrants may complete the form below and forward it by email or 
facsimile to: Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, facsimile 
(213) 388-8693, attention: Peter Schey & Carlos Holguin, or via email 
to 
pschey@centerforhumanrights.org, crholguin@centerforhumanrights.org

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CHICAGO FORUM ON POST 9/11 IMMIGRANT RIGHTS

WHAT: Workshop by the Midwest Immigrant and Human Rights Center (MIHRC) 
on 
immigrant rights and recent INS policy changes post 9/11. Immigration 
lawyers will provide information on recent immigrant registration 
policies 
and detentions. All community members are invited to attend.

WHEN: Saturday, January 11, 12 P.M. to 3 P.M.

WHERE: Indo-American Center, 6328 N California Ave, Chicago IL 60659

Translation in Urdu will be provided.

For more information, contact Yasser at the Midwest Immigrant & Human 
Rights Center (MIHRC) (312) 660-1356 or Faisal Hadi at the 
Indo-American 
Center (IAC) (773)973-4444 for more info.

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BALTIMORE MARCH AND PROTEST AGAINST INS REGISTRATION

WHAT: March and protest against the INS Special Registration program.
WHEN: Friday, January 10 at 12 P.M.
WHERE: Protesters will meet at the corner of Charles St. and Baltimore 
St.  March past the Garmatz Federal Courthouse to the INS office in the 
Federal office building on Hopkins Plaza north of Lombard St. March 
continues to the Baltimore Sun office at 501 N. Calvert St. to protest 
the 
lack of coverage this issue has received.

For more info, email baltimoresustain@yahoo.com or call 410
675-9016

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JUDGES UPHOLD U.S. DETENTION OF HAMDI
Tom Jackman, Washington Post, 1/9/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A30337-2003Jan8.html

The government can jail a U.S. citizen captured overseas indefinitely 
when 
the military declares him an "enemy combatant," a federal appeals court 
said yesterday, ruling that a Louisiana-born man has been held properly 
in 
a Navy brig without a lawyer or other constitutional rights.

The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in the 
case 
of Yaser Esam Hamdi, who was captured with Taliban forces in 
Afghanistan, 
rejected the Justice Department's argument that enemy combatants have 
no 
right to a judicial review of their detention and status. But because 
the 
Constitution affords the executive branch the responsibility to wage 
war, 
the courts must yield to the military in making such determinations, 
the 
three-judge panel said...

Federal Public Defender Frank W. Dunham Jr., Hamdi's lawyer, said that 
the 
case is "of national significance" and that it goes to the core of the 
roles of the branches of government during wartime. "The Supreme Court 
should be given an opportunity to address this issue if it wants to," 
he said.

Dunham added that the ruling holds that if the executive branch 
presents 
its reasons for an enemy detention, "you're not allowed to question 
those 
reasons. No other facts can be presented to the court," and therefore 
meeting with a lawyer would be unnecessary, Dunham said…

In his oral argument, Deputy Solicitor General Paul D. Clement told the 
three-judge panel, "It's important to give discretion to the executive 
branch to handle detainees as it sees fit."

Dunham responded that Hamdi should at least be given a chance to see 
the 
Mobbs declaration. "He hasn't claimed anything," Dunham argued. "Nobody 
knows what his version of the facts might be."

In fact, Hamdi's father sent a letter to Congress saying that Hamdi was 
in 
Afghanistan doing relief work, and was trapped there by the fighting. 
"He 
was caught up in a dragnet of non-Afghans," Esam F. Hamdi wrote…

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SEPT. 11 VICTIMS' KIN PROTEST IN IRAQ
Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press, 1/8/03
http://abcnews.go.com/wire/World/ap20030108_1791.html

BAGHDAD, Iraq  Grief turned Kristina Olsen into a peace activist after 
her 
sister died aboard the American Airlines flight that terrorists crashed 
into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.

Members of the September Eleventh Families For Peaceful Tomorrows hold 
hands with citizens of Iraq during a vigil outside of Amariya Shelter 
in 
Baghdad January 8, 2003. Peaceful Tomorrows is a group of Americans who 
lost close family members in September 11, 2001 attacks on the World 
Trade 
Center towers.

On Wednesday, she met Iraqis in Baghdad who also lost loved ones in an 
attack  but in 1991, when U.S. warplanes struck an Iraqi bomb shelter 
during the Gulf War.

Olsen and three other American relatives of Sept. 11 victims traveled 
to 
Baghdad to protest a possible U.S. war with Iraq and to promote peace 
through personal contacts with Iraqis.

The activists heard fear and anger that the United States would strike 
again, talking for two hours with Iraqis such as Fikra'a Shaker, 46, 
who 
lost her parents and sister in the shelter bombing.

"They asked us what we wanted, and we said we wanted peace," Shaker 
said 
after meeting the Americans. "But if Bush attacks us, we are ready to 
offer 
more victims…"

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SPONSORS OUTLINE ANTI-WAR PROTEST PLAN
Heather Greenfield, Associated Press, 1/9/03

WASHINGTON (AP) - The weekend of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday is a 
perfect time for a big anti-war protest in Washington, sponsors said 
Wednesday.

“The American people have very little time left to tell President Bush 
that 
they don't want the U.S. to be an aggressor nation and attack Iraq,” 
said 
former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, whose group International 
A.N.S.W.E.R 
(Act Now to Stop War and Racism) is organizing the Jan. 18 event.

Calling King a “drum major for peace and justice,” Mahdi Bray, the 
executive director of the Muslim American Society, noted that King 
spoke 
out against the Vietnam War.

Actors Jessica Lange and Mike Farrell and demonstrators from religious 
groups, labor organizations and schools are among those planning to 
attend 
the event.

Demonstrators plan a rally on the west side of the Capitol. They will 
then 
march to the Washington Navy Yard where they will ask to inspect 
weapons of 
mass destruction they say the government might have.

The march will travel through a relatively poor section of Washington. 
Protesters say those residents will be hurt if the United States 
diverts 
money from social programs to pay for a war…

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REVIEWER’S CHOICE: “TAKING BACK ISLAM”
Jeffery Weiss, Dallas Morning News, 1/9/03
http://www.dallasnews.com/religion/arts/stories/010403dnrelchoice.3e5ab.html

"Taking Back Islam: American Muslims Reclaim Their Faith," edited by 
Michael Wolfe (Rodale, 240 pages, $21.95)

Most of the post-Sept. 11 debate over Islam has been intensely 
polarized 
between President Bush's "Islam is a religion of peace" and the Rev. 
Franklin Graham's assertion that Islam is implacably violent. Many 
American 
Muslims find themselves somewhere in the middle.

"I know _ and I suspect all honest Americans know _ that Muslims have 
their 
saintly souls and their zealots, just as every other tradition," writes 
Omid Safi, a professor at Colgate University.

His is one of the moderate American voices found in this book of essays 
compiled by beliefnet.com. Most of the 43 essays were written by 
Muslims. 
(Well-known religion scholar and best-selling author Karen Armstrong is 
a 
notable exception.) And many of those Muslims are American-born 
converts.

The often eloquent essays are written both to non-Muslims, as an 
explanation, and to Muslims, as an exhortation. As a primer for 
non-Muslims, the book mostly succeeds. But some of the essays about the 
experience of black Americans and Islam are not as clear as they could 
be 
about the profound differences between Islam and the non-Muslim Nation 
of 
Islam. The exhortation is for moderate Muslims to raise their voices 
over 
the extremists whose interpretation of their faith is now much better 
known 
_ and feared.

Some of the writers acknowledge that they are less about "taking back 
Islam" than creating a new American flavor that is nonetheless 
consistent 
with Islam's traditions and theology. A redesigned Islam in an American 
image that affects the rest of the world would follow a path that 
American 
Jews and Christians blazed long ago.

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VA BOOK SIGNING: “PASSION FOR ISLAM”

WHAT: A book signing reception with Caryle Murphy, author of "Passion 
for 
Islam". Murphy is a journalist with the Washington Post.

WHEN: Saturday, January 25th, 12 P.M.  2 P.M.

WHERE: The Islamic Cultural Center, 1215 King Street, Alexandria, VA

For more information, call (703) 836-2000 or email: 
IslamicCulturalC@aol.com

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MAINE DEMONSTRATION AGAINST HATE

WHAT: There will be a demonstration against hatred and in support of 
people 
from diverse backgrounds in Lewiston, Maine.  Among the presenters at 
the 
rally will be state Attorney General Steve Rowe or Gov. John Baldacci, 
local representatives of the Somali, Franco-American, Hispanic, Jewish, 
Native American and gay/lesbian communities, Omar Jamal, executive 
director 
of the Somali Justice Advocacy Center in St. Paul, and Mark 
Schlotterbeck, 
leader of the Many & One Coalition, which has organized the event. 
Former 
Lewiston Mayor John Jenkins will serve as master of ceremonies.

The rally will open with prayers offered by half a dozen local 
children, 
each praying according to that child's faith tradition. Several musical 
elements will also be featured.

WHEN: Saturday, January 11, 1 P.M. to 3 P.M.
WHERE: Merril Gymnasium, Bates College - Lewiston, Maine

For more info, contact Liz at (207) 775-0105 or visit 
www.firefly.freewebsites.com/diversity.html

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SENSE OF HUMOR?
Orlando Sentinel, 1/9/03
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/opinion/letters/orl-edple09010903jan09,0,3052657.story

Kathleen Parker needs to go back to sleep, because she just doesn't get 
it. 
In her Wednesday column she attacks Muslim "special-interest" groups 
for 
not having a sense of humor when a newspaper put a cartoon on its Web 
site 
(which it later removed) of a man dressed in Middle Eastern garb, 
driving a 
Ryder truck with a nuke in back with the caption: "What Would Mohammed 
Drive?"

The newspaper insults the Muslim religion and she wants Muslims to 
laugh 
about it. Well, Christians should lead by example. Along with Parker's 
next 
column print a copy of a cartoon of President Bush smiling while he 
rides a 
U.S. missile targeted for Iraq, with the caption: "What Would Jesus 
Fly?" 
This would demonstrate Parker's sense of humor and give the Christian 
and 
conservative special-interest groups the chance to exhibit that "valued 
and 
uniquely American ability to laugh at oneself."

Brenda Grossnickle
Lake Mary, FL

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MUSLIMS ORDERED TO TEAR DOWN MOSQUE
Orlando Sentinel, 1/9/03
http://www.orlandosentinel.com

TAVARES -- Officials from the county code-enforcement board ordered a 
growing Muslim community to tear down its makeshift mosque, forcing 
about 
30 families in south Lake County to find another place to worship or 
risk 
paying hundreds of dollars in fines. The decision, handed down at a 
board 
meeting Wednesday, drew little outcry from a sparse audience.

A lawyer for the Islamic Center of south Lake County argued little with 
the 
board's 7-0 vote and agreed his clients would raze the tarp-covered 
structure within a month. Two members from the center also attended and 
said they would not fight the board's decision. Instead, the group 
would 
concentrate on raising money to build a new mosque.

The community has been worshipping for more than a year in a roofless 
set 
of walls -- covered by a blue tarp -- along U.S. Highway 27 just north 
of 
downtown Minneola.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

GOOD NEWS ALERT #362

INS GRANTS PAROLE TO DELAWARE MUSLIM WITH SICK CHILDREN

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/9/03) - (Alhamdulillah, praise be to God.) A 
Delaware 
Muslim held pending deportation to Pakistan has been granted a 
humanitarian 
parole by the INS. That move came on the same day that an Islamic civil 
rights group requested the parole based on the medical needs of the 
family's two American-born children.

A representative of the Immigration and Naturalization Service's 
Philadelphia District Office called the Washington-based Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) late today to say the parole had been 
granted and that concerned Muslims no longer need contact the office to 
support the group's request. (Earlier in the day, CAIR issued an 
"Action 
Alert" to Muslims nationwide asking that they contact the INS District 
Office about the case.)

The man granted parole had been detained by the INS on an 
eight-year-old 
deportation order. (The family's request for asylum was denied at that 
time.) Two of his children are American citizens who have severe 
congenital 
conditions that require round-the-clock medical care.

The children's physicians say it is unlikely that they would be able to 
obtain adequate long-term treatment or therapy for these conditions if 
their mother and father, who have been responsible for their care, are 
deported to Pakistan.

"We thank INS Acting District Director Theodoro Nordmark for 
recognizing 
that the law is not incompatible with mercy. His compassionate decision 
will help two American children who are in desperate need of both 
proper 
medical care and their parent's support," said CAIR Communications 
Director 
Ibrahim Hooper.

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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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Subject: CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims Go on Hajj as Nation Heads to War

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

				-- MEDIA ADVISORY --

U.S. MUSLIMS GO ON HAJJ AS NATION HEADS TO WAR

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/10/2003) - In February, Muslims in America and 
around 
the world will take part in religious observances associated with the 
annual Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca. This year's Hajj takes place as 
America heads to possible war with neighboring Iraq.
	
"It our fervent hope that there will be peace in the Middle East as 
thousands of American Muslims carry out their religious obligations. 
Any 
attack on Iraq could lead to thousands of deaths, greater instability 
in 
that troubled region and increased hostility directed at our nation in 
the 
Arab and Muslim world," said CAIR Board Chairman Omar Ahmad. Ahmad said 
up 
to 10,000 American Muslims will take part in the Hajj. (That figure is 
based on the number of Hajj visas issued in previous years.)

Hajj is one of the "five pillars" of the Islamic faith. (The other 
pillars 
include a declaration of faith, daily prayers, offering regular 
charity, 
and fasting during the month of Ramadan.) Pilgrimage is a 
once-in-a-lifetime obligation for those who have the physical and 
financial 
ability to undertake the journey.

The obligatory and optional activities of Hajj include:

* Entrance into a state of self-control called ihram, during which 
pilgrims 
are forbidden to harm living creatures, even insects or plants, or 
raise 
the voice in anger. The state of ihram is signified (for men) by the 
wearing of two pieces of unsewn white cloth. This clothing signifies 
the 
equality of all before God. No specific clothing is prescribed for 
female 
pilgrims.

* Circling of the Ka'aba (Tawaf), the stone building Muslims believe 
was 
originally built by Abraham and his son Ishmael. The Ka'aba is viewed 
as 
the first sanctuary on earth dedicated to the worship of the One God. 
It is 
a symbol of unity for Muslims because all prayers, wherever they are 
performed, are oriented in the direction of the Ka'aba.

* The Sa'i, or "hastening" between two small hills near the Ka'aba, to 
commemorate Hagar's search for water to offer her son Ishmael.

* The "Day of Arafah" on February 10.* Arafah is a mountain and its 
surrounding empty plain near Mecca. On this day, the climax of the Hajj 
season, pilgrims assemble for supplication to God.

* The stoning of three pillars representing Satan's temptation of 
Abraham. 
The stoning indicates the pilgrim's rejection of evil deeds.

* Cutting the hair to symbolize the completion of Hajj.

* Sacrifice of an animal to help the poor, and in remembrance Abraham's 
willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael at God's command. The meat is 
distributed to relatives and to the needy.
	
When the main portion of the pilgrimage is completed, Muslims worldwide 
gather for communal prayers on the first day (February 11*) of Eid 
ul-Adha 
(eed-al-odd-ha), the second of the two major Muslim holidays.

The Quran, Islam's revealed text, states:

"Thus We settled Abraham at the site of the House (the Ka'aba) 
[saying]: 
'Do not associate anything with Me, and purify My house for those who 
walk 
around it, and those who stand there (praying), and those who bow down 
on 
their knees in worship. Proclaim the pilgrimage among mankind: They 
will 
come to you on foot and on every lean (beast of burden); Let them come 
from 
every deep ravine, to bear witness to the advantages they have, and to 
mention God's name on appointed days..." Chapter 22, Verses 26-28

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* Because the beginning of Islamic lunar months depends on the actual 
sighting of the new moon, the start date for Hajj and Eid ul-Adha may 
vary.

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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Subject: CAIR-NET: Muslim Stops Synagogue Torching

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 1/10/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: HAJJ IS JIHAD
* POSITIVE FEEDBACK ON CAIR'S LIBRARY PROJECT
* REGISTRATION ONLINE FOR CAIR'S LEADERSHIP FORUM IN NY
* MUSLIM STOPS SYNAGOGUE TORCHING (NY Daily News)
* PAKISTANI DETAINEE LIVING NEAR NEWARK PAROLED (News Journal)
* REGISTRATION STIRS PANIC, WORRY (Washington Post)
	- Protests Today At INS Office (San Francisco Chronicle)
	- A Trap for Middle Eastern Visitors (Washington Post)
	- INS Vows To Improve On Registration (LA Times)
	- Fiasco in the Making (Washington Post)
* SO. CALIF. FORUM ON CIVIL LIBERTIES
	- Northern VA Discussion on INS Regulations
* DETAINING 'ENEMY COMBATANTS' (NY Times)
* A YEAR LATER, GUANTANAMO PRISONERS STILL IN LIMBO (Reuters)
* A 'LONG NIGHT OF TERROR' AFTER 9/11 (Washington Post)
* PARIS AIRPORT SUSPECT 'WAS SET UP' (CNN)
* US WILL ATTACK IRAQ 'WITHOUT UN BACKING' (Telegraph UK)
	- TX MLK Parade In Opposition To Possible War in Iraq
	- Canadian Muslims Alarmed By DM's Statements on Iraq
* AMJ OFFERS RESOURCES TO CHALLENGE $12 BILLION AID REQUEST
* ISLAM LESSON LAWSUIT DISPUTED (Contra Costa Times)
* SEX DOES SELL -- EVEN WHEN IT'S UNDER A BURKA (Miami Herald)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: HAJJ IS JIHAD

A wife of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) asked him about 
Jihad, 
and he replied: "The best Jihad (for you) is (the performance of) Hajj 
(the 
pilgrimage to Mecca)."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 4, Hadith 128

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POSITIVE FEEDBACK ON CAIR'S LIBRARY PROJECT

More positive feedback from librarians who have received CAIR's library 
package:

"We are grateful for the books and videos, which will support our own 
efforts in building our collection of Islamic materials…One of our 
librarians also presented a program to other library professionals on 
Islamic materials at a statewide conference." - Milwaukee, WI

Take part in this first-of-its-kind campaign by sponsoring an 18-item 
"Library Package." Our goal is to, inshallah, send accurate and 
objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

TO SPONSOR A LIBRARY PACKAGE, GO TO: www.libraryproject.org
OR CALL: 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320

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REGISTRATION ONLINE FOR CAIR'S LEADERSHIP FORUM IN NY

To register for CAIR's January 26 Muslim Leadership Forum in New York, 
go to:
http://www.cair-net.org/cad/

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MUSLIM STOPS SYNAGOGUE TORCHING
Melissa Grace, New York Daily News, 1/10/03
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/story/50363p-47251c.html

A Muslim gas station attendant was being hailed as a hero for saving a 
Brooklyn synagogue yesterday from being torched by a man he described 
as 
"totally out of control."

Syed Ali, 35, was working at the Amoco station on Ocean Ave. in 
Sheepshead 
Bay at about 4 a.m. when he sold $2 worth of fuel to the alleged 
would-be 
arsonist.

The Pakistani immigrant said he watched in disbelief as Sead Jakup, 22, 
took the canister across the street and began dousing the Young Israel 
of 
Kings Bay synagogue.

Ali quickly called 911, and cops arrived before Jakup, a Bosnian 
Muslim, 
could set the temple ablaze.

"Mr. Ali saved the shul [synagogue]," said Allen Popper, president of 
the 
synagogue. "He's a hero..."

Ali declined to accept the mantle of hero, saying he did only what any 
responsible person would do. "It's a sacred place he was going to 
destroy," 
Ali said…

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PAKISTANI DETAINEE LIVING NEAR NEWARK PAROLED
Sean O'Sullivan, News Journal, 1/10/03
http://www.delawareonline.com/newsjournal/local/2003/01/10pakistanidetain.html

A Pakistani father of three who has been living in Delaware and faced 
imminent deportation was granted an unusual parole Thursday by the 
Immigration and Naturalization Service.

The parole allows Masood Sadiq, 41, to return home to his family in 
Delaware and care for two ailing children and his wife, who also is 
ill. 
Sadiq, who is in prison in York, Pa., provides the family's only means 
of 
support.

Sadiq had been working as an assistant manager of a Seasons Pizza near 
Newark for the past four years. He was awakened and taken into custody 
by 
INS agents on Oct. 22, for overstaying his visa.

The family's legal status is not completely resolved by Thursday's 
indefinite suspension of deportation proceedings. That's because Sadiq, 
his 
wife and oldest son still are not legal residents.

But it does solve their immediate crisis, one that faced Sadiq and his 
wife, Shagufta Masood, 39, with a painfully difficult choice.

They could abandon two of their children, who are American citizens by 
birth, in the hope the children could continue to get the medical 
attention 
they need. Or they could take all three children back to Pakistan, 
which 
could put the youngest children's lives in jeopardy because the medical 
care they need is not available there.

"How can I leave my children?" Masood asked this week before the parole 
was 
granted. Masood took her husband's first name as the family's last 
name, as 
is tradition among some Pakistani families. She recently was diagnosed 
with 
Hepatitis C…

The announcement followed inquiries from the office of Sen. Joe Biden, 
D-Del., calls from the press, and an appeal this week from a national 
Islamic-rights group.

In a letter sent to the agency Thursday, and released nationally, the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations, based in Washington D.C., 
pleaded 
for Sadiq's release.

"If any case cries out for humanitarian intervention it is this one," 
the 
group's executive director, Nihad Awad, wrote…

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REGISTRATION STIRS PANIC, WORRY
Dan Eggen and Nurith C. Aizenman, Washington Post, 1/10/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A35545-2003Jan9.html

Thousands of nervous immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries, 
many 
risking arrest and deportation, have been flooding into U.S. 
immigration 
offices in advance of today's deadline to register for a controversial 
program that has already resulted in more than 500 detentions 
nationwide.

The "special registration" effort -- designed to register, fingerprint 
and 
question thousands of male foreign nationals from countries identified 
as 
terrorist harbors -- has caused widespread confusion and panic in 
Muslim 
immigrant communities across the United States, according to attorneys 
and 
advocacy groups...

Some prominent national security experts who otherwise support the Bush 
administration's anti-terrorism campaign said the effort may do more 
harm 
than good.

"The pure accumulation of just massive amounts of data is not 
necessarily 
helpful, especially for an agency like the INS that already has 
problems 
keeping track of things," said Juliette Kayyem, a terrorism expert at 
Harvard University. "Basically, what this has become is an immigration 
sweep. The idea that this has anything to do with security, or is 
something 
the government can do to stop terrorism, is absurd…"

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PROTESTS TODAY AT INS OFFICE
Anastasia Hendrix, San Francisco Chronicle, 1/10/03
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/01/10/BA103553.DTL

On the eve of the government's second deadline for the National 
Security 
Entry-Exit Registration System, advocacy groups stepped up efforts to 
oppose the policy that requires men holding temporary visas from 
countries 
deemed high risk for terrorist activities to register with the 
Immigration 
and Naturalization Service.

Large protests are planned today in front of the San Francisco INS 
office 
on Washington Street, as well as those in Los Angeles and other major 
cities. San Francisco Supervisor Tom Ammiano and the Rev. Cecil 
Williams of 
Glide Memorial Church are among the speakers scheduled to appear at the 
rally.

In a letter to President Bush delivered to the White House on Thursday, 
63 
immigrant, civil and human rights organizations called on him to 
eliminate 
the registration program on the grounds that it "appears to target 
people 
based on national origin, race and religion rather than intelligence
information..."

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A TRAP FOR MIDDLE EASTERN VISITORS
Sadiq Reza, Washington Post, 1/10/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A35859-2003Jan9.html

Look hard enough at a person and you're sure to find something he has 
done 
wrong. Focus on any group and you'll find wrongdoing among its members. 
We 
saw this last month with the arrests of hundreds of Middle Eastern 
visitors 
for routine immigration violations when they showed up to comply with a 
new 
regulation requiring them to register with the Immigration and 
Naturalization Service.

Last month's arrests realized the worst fears of all who oppose the 
government's focusing of its antiterrorism efforts on citizens and 
immigrants of Middle Eastern origin or Muslim faith. But the arrests 
also 
undermined the law enforcement goal that spawned them. The purpose of 
the 
registration requirement is to get more information about Middle 
Eastern 
visitors -- and from these visitors -- for the domestic fight against 
terrorism. But what man who has not yet registered and who might know 
something about terrorist activity will come forward and share that 
information now, when he knows he will be promptly arrested and 
deported if 
he has overstayed his visa or committed some other minor infraction…?

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INS VOWS TO IMPROVE ON REGISTRATION
Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, 1/10/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-ins10jan10,0,7587093.story

Federal authorities in Los Angeles and across the nation are vowing to 
be 
better prepared today as a second group of foreign men -- mostly from 
the 
Middle East -- face a deadline to register with the U.S. Immigration 
and 
Naturalization Service.

"I think that it will go much, much smoother than the last time 
around," 
said Ronald J. Smith, acting INS district director in Los Angeles. "I 
feel 
confident that we're ready..."

This time, "there will be a significant contrast with the first round," 
said Smith, an INS veteran who took over the Los Angeles post last 
month.

He promised greater flexibility in handling cases of registrants who 
are in 
the process of seeking permanent resident status, signified by "green 
cards."

Though promising more flexibility this time, authorities have pointedly 
not 
instituted a no-arrest policy. "Everything is on a case-by-case basis," 
said an INS official in Washington…

Immigrant advocates and others say word of last month's arrests may 
have a 
dampening effect on turnout, as foreign residents fear that they may be 
detained or deported.

On the other hand, those who fail to appear are taking a major risk: 
They 
are subject to deportation and possible criminal prosecution.

"We're recommending that everybody who is subject to this contact an 
attorney," said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, a Washington-based advocacy group. "We 
always 
recommend that people abide by the law, but they should have somebody 
to 
defend their rights…"

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FIASCO IN THE MAKING
Washington Post, 1/10/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A35833-2003Jan9.html

This registration procedure is consistent with rules now applied to new 
visa applicants from those countries. In the context of the war on 
terrorism, it is not illegitimate to pay extra attention to citizens of 
countries that may harbor terrorists…

Nevertheless, both the efficacy of the procedure -- what will the INS 
learn 
and how will the information be used? -- and the wisdom of treating 
law-abiding and largely pro-American foreigners like criminals are 
debatable, particularly since the precedents are not good. Indeed, the 
INS 
so comprehensively bungled the first round of registrations last month 
-- 
for citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Sudan -- that this time 
around 
its credibility as a legitimate player in the war on terrorism is at 
stake…

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SO. CALIF. FORUM ON CIVIL LIBERTIES

WHAT: A forum on the USA Patriot Act with Professor David Cole of 
Georgetown Law School, one of the most prominent constitutional experts 
in 
America. A representative of the US Attorney's office will present the 
government's perspective. Omar Ahmad of CAIR, Yahya Basha of AMC, and 
Agha 
Saeed of AMA will also be making remarks at the forum.  Dr. Maher 
Hathout, 
Chairman of AMPCC and Sr. Advisor to MPAC, will host the panel.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 22 at 7 P.M.
WHERE: Islamic Center of  Southern California, 434 South Vermont 
Avenue, 
Los Angeles

The forum is sponsored by the American Muslim Political Coordinating 
Council (AMPCC), comprised of the American Muslim Alliance (AMA), 
American 
Muslim Council (AMC), Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), and 
the 
Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC).

Please call MPAC at 213 383 3443 to register for this event. Deadline 
for 
registration is Monday, January 20, and seating is limited.

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NORTHERN VA DISCUSSION ON INS REGULATIONS

WHAT: The Community Resilience Project announces a discussion on "The 
INS 
Regulations for Foreign Visitors"

Speakers:

* Ashraf Nubani, Immigration attorney
* Joshua Salaam, CAIR Civil Rights Department
* Jenna Evans, INS- Director of Community Relations (addressing U.S. 
government concerns)
* ACLU Representative

WHEN: Saturday, January 11, from 10 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

WHERE: New Adams Center, Sterling, VA

For more information on the INS Regulations or this discussion program, 
contact the program organizers at (703) 220-7553.

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DETAINING 'ENEMY COMBATANTS'
New York Times, 1/10/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/10/opinion/10FRI2.html

A federal appeals court in Virginia ruled this week that Americans who 
are 
labeled "enemy combatants" can be held indefinitely without access to a 
lawyer. The court is correct that soldiers on the battlefield do not 
have 
the same rights as ordinary criminal suspects. But this ruling, in the 
case 
of a man held on American soil for months, gives the government too 
much 
power to imprison citizens, and offers too few protections. The Supreme 
Court should develop a better set of standards…

The court was too quick to accept the government's label of Mr. Hamdi 
as an 
enemy combatant. The government's evidence regarding his military role 
is 
sketchy. Now that he is on American soil, he should be given an 
opportunity 
to contest the government's conclusions.

The court also erred in deferring to the executive branch on when the 
hostilities Mr. Hamdi engaged in ended. Unlike wars that begin with 
declarations and conclude with treaties, America's "war on terror" may 
become permanent if the White House so decides. Under the court's 
ruling, 
government could then hold prisoners like Mr. Hamdi incommunicado 
forever.

Looming over this case is Jose Padilla, the so-called "dirty bomb" 
suspect. 
Although he was arrested in Chicago, he was designated an enemy 
combatant 
because the government believed he was plotting with terrorists 
overseas. 
If the rules laid down this week apply to him, the government could 
round 
up citizens on American soil and, on scant evidence, hold them 
indefinitely 
without access to the outside world. With or without the label of enemy 
combatant, Americans are clearly entitled to more due process than 
that.

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A YEAR LATER, GUANTANAMO PRISONERS STILL IN LIMBO
Jane Sutton, Reuters, 1/10/03
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N10183146

MIAMI - A year after the first prisoners from the war in Afghanistan 
were 
sent to the U.S. Naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, their fate is no 
more 
certain than when they arrived.

And human rights groups are turning up the pressure on the United 
States to 
charge them, try them, or let them go.

"The longer the time passes, it becomes more important from a 
humanitarian 
prospective at least, that the fate of the people is clarified in 
Guantanamo," said Amanda Williamson, spokeswoman for the International 
Committee of the Red Cross.

While the United States has pledged to respect the detainees' rights 
under 
the Geneva Convention, it has refused to declare them prisoners of war, 
leaving them in a legal limbo in which foreign courts cannot interfere 
and 
U.S. courts have ruled they have no jurisdiction…

The first 20 prisoners arrived in Guantanamo on Jan. 11, 2002. Their 
numbers have grown to about 620, from 40 nations...

Rights groups say, however, it is the indefinite detention itself that 
raises the greatest concern and mocks U.S. claims to advance the cause 
of 
human rights around the world.

"No access to the courts, lawyers or relatives; the prospect of 
indefinite 
detention in small cells for up to 24 hours a day; the possibility of 
trials by executive military commissions with the power to hand down 
death 
sentences and no right of appeal?" said Amnesty. "Is this how the USA 
defends human rights and the rule of law?"

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A 'LONG NIGHT OF TERROR' AFTER 9/11
Rama Lakshmi, Washington Post, 1/10/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A35295-2003Jan9.html

HYDERABAD, India - Nine years after he set out to chase the American 
dream, 
Ayub Ali Khan returned home with nothing more than a white mesh bag, 
bearing his prison identification number, slung over his shoulder. 
Pulled 
off a train in Texas the day after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist 
attacks, 
Khan spent more than a year in U.S. jails -- an ordeal he calls "a long 
night of terror."

Khan, 36, an Indian Muslim, was arrested and questioned about the 
attacks 
on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, but eventually was ruled 
out as 
a suspect. Deported late last month after pleading guilty to credit 
card 
fraud and serving 13 months in prison, he sat last week in the cramped 
living room of his home by the winding alleyways of Hyderabad's old 
city, 
100 miles northeast of Karachi, Pakistan, and spoke in detail about his 
detention.

Grueling interrogation, solitary confinement and what seemed like 
endless 
mental torture, he said, left him "as good as a dead man…"

"The interrogation rounds terrorized me," he said. "Five to six men 
would 
pull me in different directions very roughly as they asked rapid-fire 
questions…Then suddenly they would brutally throw me against the 
wall..."

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PARIS AIRPORT SUSPECT 'WAS SET UP'
CNN, 1/10/03
http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/europe/01/10/france.arrest/index.html

PARIS, France --A baggage handler arrested at a Paris airport with an 
alleged stash of guns and explosives was the victim of a set-up, police 
said.

French state prosecutor Yves Bot said on Friday that a former soldier 
in 
the French Foreign Legion has acknowledged framing the baggage handler.

"This morning, during custody, the soldier who denounced him admitted 
to 
having taken part in a plot in liaison with the in-laws" of the 
arrested 
man, Bot told Reuters.

Abderazak Besseghir, a 27-year-old French citizen of Algerian origin, 
was 
arrested on December 28 after police found pistols and explosives in 
the 
back of his car parked at Charles de Gaulle international airport north 
of 
Paris.

Bot said the former soldier, Marcel Le Hir, admitted that he placed the 
explosives in Besseghir's car in collusion with another man, Patrick 
Pouchoulin, who was also being held in custody, Reuters reported.

Besseghir, who has no criminal record and no known links to radical 
Islamic 
movements, has said he is innocent and that he is the victim of a plot 
by 
his late wife's family to avenge her death in a house fire last year...

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US WILL ATTACK IRAQ 'WITHOUT UN BACKING'
Toby Harnden, Telegraph (UK), 1/10/03
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;$sessionid$GWSRUZIKZYYOPQFIQMFSFFOAVCBQ0IV0?xml=/news/2003/01/10/wirq110.xml

America will not delay a war with Iraq until the autumn and is prepared 
to 
launch military action against Saddam Hussein without further United 
Nations authorisation, a senior Bush administration adviser said 
yesterday.

Richard Perle, chairman of the Pentagon's Defence Policy Board and a 
hawk 
whose views carry considerable weight, rejected suggestions from 
British 
ministers and senior Foreign Office officials that plans for an early 
war 
should be put on hold.

Mr Perle, who is close to Donald Rumsfeld, the US defence secretary, 
said 
he did not expect the UN Security Council to reach agreement on the use 
of 
force but had little doubt that George W Bush, the US president, would 
press ahead regardless and lead a coalition to victory…

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TX MLK PARADE IN OPPOSITION TO POSSIBLE WAR IN IRAQ

WHAT: MLK parade and protest against looming war against Iraq. There 
will 
be a banner stating "Muslims Appreciate the African-American Struggle 
for 
Civil Rights," which Muslims and other people of conscience will walk 
behind.

WHEN: Saturday, January 18, starts at 9 A.M.
WHERE Parade starts at Dallas City Hall. Parking information: It is 
best to 
park at Fair Park (MLK Blvd entrance), and take the city shuttle buses 
to 
City Hall. When you arrive at Dallas City Hall, look for the peace 
signs 
stating "No War in Iraq," etc. The parade ends at Fair Park.

The parade route is 2.9 miles, so please be prepared to walk

For more information contact Br. Hadi Jawad at (214)392-2939, 
(214)636-6525, or email info@cairdfw.org.

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CANADIAN MUSLIMS ALARMED BY DEFENSE MINISTER'S STATEMENTS ON IRAQ

(Ottawa, Canada - 10/1/03) - The Canadian office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) today reacted with alarm to 
recent 
statements made by Canada's Defense Minister John McCallum that Canada 
might join the United States in a war against Iraq without any U.N. 
authorization.

After a meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, McCallum 
said 
that Canada would "reserve the right" to join the United States in a 
war 
against Iraq even in the absence of a new U.N. Security Council 
resolution 
authorizing such an attack. McCallum said Canada would "much prefer" 
the 
passage of a resolution authorizing force "but we may do it otherwise."

In a statement released today, CAIR-CAN wrote:

"The recent statements made by Defense Minister John McCallum 
demonstrate a 
radical tilt in Canada's policy on the Iraq crises.  They compromise 
Canada's good-standing in international relations as a country with a 
tradition of sober and fair-minded diplomacy.  War is not the solution. 
An 
attack on Iraq will only punish a civilian population already 
devastated by 
a decade-long sanctions policy.

CONTACT:  Riad Saloojee at 613-254-9704; E-mail: Canada@cair-net.org

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AMJ OFFERS RESOURCES TO CHALLENGE $12 BILLION AID REQUEST
Press Release, American Muslims for Jerusalem, 1/10/03

Israel submitted its request for $12 billion in additional aid to the 
Bush 
Administration this week. The request, on top of the $3 billion already 
allocated to Israel for this year, is for $4 billion in military aid 
and $8 
billion in loan guarantees…

AMJ has developed new materials for activists to use in generating 
public 
discussion about the wisdom of squandering $12 billion on Israel at 
this 
time.  Surely, at this time of fiscal crisis, the money is needed more 
at 
home. Most Americans, however, are likely not aware of this 
development, 
nor of how much of our money Israel already collects.

1) Fact Sheet on Aid to Israel and American Fiscal Crisis

2) Townhall Meeting Toolkit

To request a packet email programs@amjerusalem.org (put "townhall 
meeting" 
in subject line of email) or call (202) 548-4200

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ISLAM LESSON LAWSUIT DISPUTED
Kelli A. Phillips, Contra Costa Times, 1/10/03 
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/news/local/states/california/counties/contra_costa_county/cities_neighborhoods/brentwood/4915663.htm

A lawsuit filed by a Christian law firm against the Byron Union School 
District won't go before a jury until late 2004, and the district's new 
superintendent is calling it a political fund-raiser…

Tom Meyer, the Byron superintendent, updated the school board on the 
status 
of the case during its regular meeting on Tuesday night. "My personal 
feeling is that this is a political fund-raiser idea for Thomas More 
and 
that once that is done with, this will quietly go away," he said.

The claim alleges the district violated the establishment clause of the 
First Amendment concerning separation of church and state by supporting 
the 
teaching of Islam in a seventh-grade world history class at Excelsior 
Middle School last fall…

The controversial world history lessons were taught during a three-week 
period in October 2001 at Excelsior school. Seventh-graders were 
reportedly 
required to participate in simulation exercises, including selecting a 
Muslim name, wearing traditional Muslim clothing, memorizing Islamic 
prayers and playing a dice game, which acted out a "jihad," or holy 
war.

The 1,150-student rural school district made national headlines as talk 
radio and television shows and political and religious Web sites picked 
up 
the story last fall...

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SEX DOES SELL -- EVEN WHEN IT'S UNDER A BURKA-LIKE VEIL
David Ovalle, Miami Herald, 1/10/03
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/entertainment/weekend/4905877.htm

Picture a music diva on a magazine cover, wearing a nun's veil and 
little 
else. If that were to happen, it wouldn't take long for Christian 
groups to 
get their Bibles in a bunch.

Now picture Lil' Kim, the pint-size, quasi-pornographic rap star, 
wearing a 
burka-like veil and showing plenty of cleavage on the cover of a rap 
mogul's fledgling magazine.

That did happen. And don't bet on angry Muslim groups getting an 
official 
apology anytime soon.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals can get more attention by 
protesting the Green Bay Packers (duh, the name promotes violence 
toward 
cattle) than Muslim groups can with a legitimate slight toward their 
religion.

In truth, the cover speaks to a deeper rooted ignorance of other 
religions 
in a Judeo-Christian society. Muslims are easy targets because we know, 
and 
care, so little about what makes them tick.

It is simple to decry burkas as products of an extremist system that 
relegates women to second-class status. There is probably some truth to 
that.

But wearing it is a religious right nonetheless…

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 1/12/2003

HEADLINES:

* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT
* ISRAELI AT LOAN TALKS IMPLICATED IN MASSACRE (Independent)
	- Attention Builds Over Slain Civilian (CS Monitor)
* AMERICANS ARE AGAINST UNILATERAL WAR IN IRAQ (Knight Ridder)
* SECOND MUSLIM SUES MACY'S, ALLEGES BIAS (Mercury News)
* MUSLIM SCOUTS BLAZING OWN TRAIL (Chicago Tribune)
* ISLAMIC GROUP ANSWERS QUESTIONS (Bradenton Herald)
* WHEN THE WAR ON TERRORISM HITS HOME (SF Chronicle)
* A HATE CRIME KILLING THREATENS NEW TRAGEDY (Phil. Inquirer)
	- White Supremacists Plan Anti-Somali Rally (CNN)
* 'RACISM, INJUSTICE, HUMILIATION' (Washington Post)
	- A Day to Wait, and Pray, (Washington Post)
* CITIES PASS CIVIL LIBERTIES RESOLUTIONS (AP)
* SHROUDING: A RITE ANCIENT AND MODERN (Atlanta Journal)

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT

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"Library Package." Our goal is to, inshallah, send accurate and 
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OR CALL: 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320

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ISRAELI AT US LOAN TALKS IS IMPLICATED IN MASSACRE
Robert Fisk, Independent, 1/12/03
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=368490

Israel is asking the United States for $8bn (£5bn) in loan guarantees - 
and 
has sent to Washington one of the former army officers implicated in 
the 
1982 Sabra and Chatila massacre of Palestinian civilians to persuade 
the 
Bush administration to grant the money.

Amos Yaron, who is now director general of the Israeli Ministry of 
Defence, 
was the Israeli military commander in Beirut when Lebanese Phalangist 
militiamen entered the refugee camps and slaughtered up to 1,700 
Palestinian refugees. He ordered flares to be dropped over the camps, 
at 
the request of the Phalange, and Israeli soldiers blocked the exits to 
prevent civilians from leaving the area…

The Israeli delegation to Washington is led by Dov Weissglass, from the 
private office of the Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, who was 
found 
"personally responsible" for the Sabra and Chatila massacre by the 
Israeli 
Kahan commission of inquiry in 1983. Mr Yaron was appointed to the post 
of 
Defence Ministry director by the former prime minister, Ehud Barak. The 
two 
men are accompanied to Washington by the Israeli Ministry of Finance 
accountant general, Nir Gilad. The Israeli team is negotiating the new 
loan 
with Condoleezza Rice's National Security Council but little has 
emerged 
about their visit in the American press.

The US response is likely to be made public within a month - before the 
expected invasion of Iraq. The State Department spokesman, Richard 
Boucher, 
has refused to talk about the negotiations, save for a passing remark 
that 
"we always try to help our friends and allies to the best of our 
ability"...

Israeli officials accompanying the delegation said they believed the US 
would respond favourably to their loan request when their country was 
facing a global recession as well as "terrorism"…

ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE.)

Contact the White House and Congress to ask that the 
multi-billion-dollar 
Israeli aid request be rejected.

1. Call the White House at: 202-456-1414 or 202-456-1111.

2. Contact your elected representative by calling the Capitol 
Switchboard 
at 202-224-3121. (Have your zip code ready.)

3. Go to http://capwiz.com/cair/home/ to e-mail the President and/or 
your 
elected representatives.

SEE ALSO:

ATTENTION BUILDS OVER A SLAIN CIVILIAN
A Palestinian grandmother's death tests Israel's justice system
Nicole Gaouette, Christian Science Monitor, 1/10/03
http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0110/p01s04-wome.html

NABLUS, WEST BANK - The Israeli-Palestinian conflict cuts lives short 
everyday, but Shaden abu Hijleh's death on Oct. 11 resonated beyond 
family 
and friends. A United Nations official highlighted her killing in a 
Security Council briefing on Israeli-Palestinian violence; President 
George 
Bush raised her case with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, 
according to 
an Israeli newspaper.

Ms. Abu Hijleh's story has drawn attention that eludes hundreds of 
others 
killed here, in part because she was a well-known peace activist, but 
also 
because her four children - all Iowa State graduates - have campaigned 
for 
her case.

An initial army inquiry blamed a stray bullet from a shoot-out. Later, 
army 
investigators would acknowledge that the neighborhood had been quiet. 
An 
examination of evidence at the scene and eyewitness accounts suggest 
that 
this was no accident.

Shaden's death has sharpened questions about the army's investigations 
into 
and punishments for civilian casualties. It has given added ballast to 
those who charge that the army operates with impunity in the 
Palestinian 
territories.

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AMERICANS ARE AGAINST UNILATERAL WAR IN IRAQ
A Knight Ridder poll suggests that 83% of the country supports war - as 
long as it is backed by the U.N.
Martin Merzer, Knight Ridder, 1/13/02
http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/4925312.htm

With U.S. troops heading for the Persian Gulf, Americans say in 
overwhelming numbers that they oppose unilateral U.S. military action 
against Saddam Hussein's Iraq, according to a national Knight Ridder 
poll.

A robust majority of Americans - 83 percent - would support going to 
war if 
the United Nations backed the action and it was carried out by a 
multinational coalition. But without U.N. approval and allies, only 
about a 
third of the public would support a war with Iraq.

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SECOND MUSLIM SUES MACY'S, ALLEGES BIAS
Cecilia Kang, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 1/12/03
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/bayarea/news/4930001.htm

SAN JOSE - A second Muslim woman has filed a lawsuit against Macy's for 
alleged discrimination that led to her termination soon after the Sept. 
11 
terrorist attacks.

The suit by Hiam Yassine, a Palestinian, comes almost four months after 
the 
department store paid another Muslim salesclerk $125,000 to settle a 
similar discrimination and wrongful termination suit.

The terminations sparked protests last year at the Westfield 
Shoppingtown 
Valley Fair store in San Jose where both women worked. Demonstrators 
demanded that the company rehire Yassine and co-worker Alia Atawneh, 
who is 
also of Palestinian descent. "This is a very different suit from 
Atawneh's," Julian Hubbard, Yassine's attorney, said last week. "It 
doesn't 
involve just one discrete incident. It involves a pattern of behavior…"

Yassine, who is a U.S. citizen and wears a head scarf, said her 
termination 
was the result of backlash against Muslims and Arabs. The four-year 
Macy's 
employee didn't dispute that she gave a customer a discount on a 
handbag 
without a manager's approval, but Hubbard said such practices are 
common 
among her fellow salespeople and Yassine was unfairly singled out…

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MUSLIM SCOUTS BLAZING OWN TRAIL
Jon Yates, Chicago Tribune, 1/12/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0301120339jan12,1,1946407.story

In a cramped Glendale Heights living room, amid talk of cookie sales 
and 
camping trips, Brownie Girl Scout Troop 1887 began its first meeting 
with a 
pledge and a prayer.

The pledge made the 13 giddy 2nd graders officially Scouts. The 
prayer--the 
opening verses of the Koran-- made them trailblazers.

Troop 1887 is, officials say, the first all-Muslim Scout troop, for 
girls 
or boys, in the Chicago area. But many more are on the way: Led by 
parents 
seeking both a connection to the larger community and a program that 
adheres to their religious beliefs, more than a dozen new Muslim Boy 
Scout 
and Girl Scout troops are being organized throughout the area.

The new troops are, for some, a perfect fit. Many of the children 
attend 
private Islamic schools that lack gymnasiums or extracurricular 
activities--outlets for social and athletic interaction that Scouting 
can 
provide.

Other kids have joined existing Scout troops but become uncomfortable 
when 
their heritage clashes with dress codes or prayers…

A drawing card for many parents is that their children will be able to 
interact with other, non-Muslim Scout troops at jamborees and camping 
trips 
without being asked to compromise their core values. Muslim girls can 
feel 
comfortable wearing hijabs, or scarves, around their heads, and boys 
and 
girls can wear slacks when other Scouts are wearing shorts.

The coupling of Scouting and religion is not new. For decades, 
churches, 
synagogues and other religious organizations have sponsored troops, and 
Boy 
Scouts have been able to earn merit badges for religious-based 
projects…

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ISLAMIC GROUP ANSWERS QUESTIONS
BRIAN HAAS, Bradenton Herald, 1/12/03
http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/local/4927873.htm

SARASOTA - Many people left more informed, a few still had questions, 
but 
everyone who attended the Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton's 
open 
house had the chance to "Discover Islam" Saturday.

Curious residents discussed, jihad, hijab and Islam at an open house. 
Two 
of the biggest questions on many people's minds at the event were about 
Muslim women's rights and the connection between Islam and Middle 
Eastern 
countries. Ruta Jouniari, a former Catholic who converted to Islam, 
said 
Islam gives equal rights to women. She said the traditional hijab many 
Muslim women wear on their heads, is often misunderstood. She said the 
hijab, which covers the hair, is not the same as the Afghani burqa 
depicted 
under the Taliban regime. She said the burqa is a cultural and not an 
Islamic tradition.

She wondered why the hijab is so foreign to Americans. As a Catholic, 
she 
remembers her mother being forced to cover her head before entering the 
Vatican.

Kareema Serro said wearing the hijab in America is a source of pride, 
devotion and modesty for Muslim women, not a sign of oppression.

"Dressing this way gives us a feeling of liberation, it makes us feel 
like 
liberated, intellectual women," Serro said…

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WHEN THE WAR ON TERRORISM HITS HOME
How the U.S. Department of Justice forced a man to leave the country, 
his 
wife and his two young children without proving he had any connection 
to 
terrorism
Seth Rosenfeld, San Francisco Chronicle, 1/12/02
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/01/12/CM200774.DTL

It was supposed to be a romantic road trip to revitalize their 
marriage. 
But the car Ali and Stephanie Mubarak bought in Texas had broken down 
and, 
as they were about to board an American Airlines flight home to 
Northern 
California from Dallas Fort Worth Airport, a clerk told them the 
computer 
had flagged Ali's name.

At first the couple made light of it - just another bureaucratic 
inconvenience in the post-9/11 world. "'Honey, she's only doing her 
job,'" 
Stephanie Mubarak told her husband, a Pakistani native and small-plane 
pilot who'd lived in Northern California 10 years. "It's nothing."

But the clerk called the police, the police called the FBI, and within 
hours Ali Mubarak's life in America began to crash as he found himself 
caught in the government's anti-terror sweep.

Many citizens of Corning, a rural community at the northern tip of the 
Sacramento Valley, knew Mubarak as a hard-working family man who had 
come 
to the United States to learn to fly commercial airliners and fell in 
love 
with the country's freedoms, a charming wheeler-dealer who cut a few 
corners in his pursuit of the American dream.

But FBI and Immigration and Naturalization Service agents took a more 
sinister view as they searched his home and his shop and pored over his 
business operations, religious practices and marital life. Along the 
way, 
they claimed he had engaged in marriage fraud, accused his wife of 
infidelity and allegedly asserted that his San Francisco lawyer worked 
for 
terrorists. They suspected he "might" have helped select the World 
Trade 
Center for a 1993 bombing and more recently been planning a small-plane 
attack on the Golden Gate Bridge…

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A HATE CRIME KILLING THREATENS NEW TRAGEDY
Gaiutra Bahadur, Philadelphia Inquirer, 11/12/03
http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/local/4925345.htm

MILLTOWN, N.J. - He had done only "what every American wanted to do," 
Mark 
Anthony Stroman said.

Four days after the World Trade Center collapsed, he walked into a 
Dallas 
convenience store and fired a bullet into the face of its Pakistani 
owner, 
killing him.

More than a year later and a thousand miles away, on a tree-lined block 
in 
the middle of New Jersey, the only house with an American flag hanging 
outside belongs to the man shot in the face.

Waqar Hasan - the faithful son, the father of four, the one who paid 
all 
the bills - is gone. But the flag still stands, as if silently staking 
a 
claim to his adopted country for the family he left behind. His death 
uprooted that claim. Hasan's wife, Durreshahwar, and teenage daughters 
have 
lived in their white, one-story frame house in a New Jersey suburb for 
nearly a decade, their stay tied to his business visa.

Before he was shot, he applied for a green card, a gateway to U.S. 
citizenship. He had moved to Texas to start a business. The family was 
to 
follow.

Now, his wife and children are without him.

And, when their temporary work permits expire in three months, they 
could 
be deported.

Congress soon will have an opportunity to intercede. Rep. Rush Holt 
(D., 
N.J.) plans to introduce a special bill later this month to make the 
Hasans 
permanent residents of the United States.

Lawmakers have granted green cards to survivors of World Trade Center 
victims - the wife of a British stockbroker from Chatham, N.J., and the 
husband of a Russian computer specialist from New York.

But Holt's effort is the first on behalf of the family of a post-Sept. 
11 
hate crime victim…

SEE ALSO:

WHITE SUPREMACISTS PLAN ANTI-SOMALI RALLY
CNN.com, 1/11/03
http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/Northeast/01/11/maine.somalis.reut/index.html

LEWISTON, Maine (Reuters) -- A white supremacist group whose leader is 
accused of trying to have a federal judge murdered said on Thursday it 
will 
proceed with plans to protest an "invasion" of this New England college 
community by Somali immigrants.

A spokesman for the World Church of the Creator said the group, which 
preaches hatred of Jews and blacks on its Web site, would stage a 
two-hour 
rally on Saturday in Lewiston, where it says the local white population 
is 
fed up with the influx of immigrants from the war-torn East African 
nation.

The spokesman, the Rev. John King of Newport News, Virginia, said the 
Lewiston protest would go ahead despite the arrest on Wednesday in 
Chicago 
of the Rev. Matt Hale on charges he tried to solicit the murder of U.S. 
District Court Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow…


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'RACISM, INJUSTICE, HUMILIATION'
Hanna Rosin, Washington Post, 1/11/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A40829-2003Jan10.html

For weeks, Kamal Nawash's clients were asking him: Should I do it or 
not? 
The Immigration and Naturalization Service has been requiring men who 
are 
not green-card holders and who came from countries regarded as 
potential 
sources of terrorists to come in and be registered, fingerprinted and 
photographed.

But they'd heard rumors, of the kind that can easily scare a newcomer. 
In 
Southern California, hundreds of immigrants gamely showed up, only to 
be 
arrested and detained. There was talk of sleeping on concrete, and no 
food 
and water.

Well, all 10 of his clients came into the Arlington INS office 
yesterday 
and all 10 got arrested. They were not people suspected of having any 
connections to terrorism. They hadn't committed a crime. In this case 
they 
were not even the classic case of immigrants who overstayed their 
visas. 
All of them had applications pending for a work permit and, ultimately, 
a 
green card. But because of Labor Department and INS backlogs, their 
papers 
hadn't been processed yet. So they, like dozens of other immigrants who 
showed up at the Arlington office, left it in shackles…

What happened in Virginia this week, or in Chicago or in any of the INS 
offices around the country, was not Los Angeles (where at least 200 
Iranian 
visitors were arrested last month). Dozens of people got arrested at 
each 
office, not hundreds. But if the numbers are smaller, the theory is 
still 
off. Dawn Lurie brought in a client this week who had registered under 
the 
2001 amnesty. He had a receipt from the INS and was a week away from 
getting his work permit. Still, he was arrested because INS agents said 
he 
must have been working illegally all this time…

The attorneys there were all rage and justice. They compared this 
fingerprinting to yellow stars, Japanese internment. "Racism, 
injustice, 
humiliation," said two protesters who had come to the waiting room to 
hand 
out bottles of water and apples…

SEE ALSO:

A DAY TO WAIT, AND PRAY
At the Immigration Service, Arab Men Face Their Uncertain Futures
Richard Leiby, Washington Post, 1/11/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A40444-2003Jan10.html

Clutching their passports and other precious documentation, dozens of 
Arab 
men sit in silence on the fifth floor of the Immigration and 
Naturalization 
Service office in Arlington. In a collective gut-clench of anxiety, 
they 
await announcements from a bureaucrat wielding a sheaf of papers.

What will it be: Shackles, a night in jail, possible deportation? Or -- 
Allah willing -- an uneventful interrogation and a quick release 
without bond?

Glasses perched on his forehead, an official in a GS-14-appropriate 
suit 
and tie enters and brusquely calls out names. Muhammad…Yusef…You're 
going 
to the first floor. Salman…Shadiq…You're going to the fourth floor.

"The fourth floor -- that's definitely not good news," whispers Denise 
Ann 
Maniscalco. She is an attorney guiding her nervous client, a Yemeni 
passport holder named Abdo, through the government's new "special 
registration" program for immigrants who come from predominantly Muslim 
nations.

They will be interviewed, fingerprinted, photographed and, in most 
cases, 
released. But on the fourth floor the deportation and detention office 
awaits. For immigrants classified in INS-speak as "out of status" -- 
who 
have visa or work-permit violations -- there lies the abyss. Many fear 
it's 
the end to their hopes of staying in America.

Abdo, looking confident in a Ralph Lauren Chaps jacket, is a 
41-year-old 
airport shuttle driver from Virginia. He isn't expecting trouble: He 
obeys 
the law, pays his taxes and has filed the necessary paperwork for an 
upcoming hearing on his expired visa. He's planning to depart for a 
California vacation this week with his wife and child. He surveys the 
unsettled faces of the men in the room.

"It looks like a communist country, a dictatorship," he says, recalling 
how 
he fled Ethiopia as a teenager, after a Marxist regime took over in 
1974. 
"That's why we came here, for freedom."

Will Abdo give his full name? His lawyer reminds him: "It's not like 
you're 
hiding -- you're here, doing what you're supposed to do. In the United 
States we have freedom of the press and speech."

Abdo shakes his head. "For you, yes. But not for me…"

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CITIES PASS CIVIL LIBERTIES RESOLUTIONS
BETH DeFALCO, Associated Press, 1/11/03
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20030110/ap_on_re_us/rights_resolutions_1

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Civil liberties groups are waging a city by city 
campaign against anti-terror laws they consider threatening to civil 
rights.

The groups have successfully pushed city councils nationwide to approve 
resolutions criticizing the Patriot and Homeland Security Acts. Most of 
the 
participating municipalities are liberal strongholds.

"The purpose is to express a protest and send a message to Congress 
that we 
don't like what they're doing," said Norm Wallen, who brought the 
resolution idea to the Flagstaff City Council last month as a member of 
the 
Flagstaff Justice and Peace Coalition, a chapter of the Bill of Rights 
Defense Committee.

The committee has been one of the main groups behind the push for the 
resolutions. It provides a template for anti-Patriot Act resolutions on 
its 
Web site.

So far, 22 cities and towns - representing nearly 3.5 million residents 
- 
have passed such resolutions. About 70 other cities spread from Texas 
to 
Hawaii have resolutions in the works, according to the Defense 
Committee…

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SHROUDING: A RITE ANCIENT AND MODERN
NADIRAH Z. SABIR, Atlanta Journal, 1/11/03
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/epaper/editions/saturday/faith_values_e3f179be20ae817500af.html 


Ameenah Rasheed-Shakoor of Decatur was devastated when her best friend, 
Baheejah Hasan, died in 1995.

For more than two decades, "we were like the Three Musketeers," 
Rasheed-Shakoor, 54, said of her friendship with Hasan and another 
woman, 
Zaheerah Rasheed.

But when Hasan died, Rasheed-Shakoor discovered there were very few 
Muslims 
available to help her do a last act of friendship: Shroud the body.

So Rasheed-Shakoor decided to learn on her own, with the help of 
Rasheed.

"It made me realize that we all have to return to Allah --- from the 
physical body to the spiritual," she said. "And that body has to be 
prepared --- not preserved --- to return to the earth." Seven years 
later, 
there are far more volunteers in Atlanta willing to help out with such 
sacred tasks. As the city becomes larger and more diverse, its newest 
citizens are demanding that ancient rites --- including shrouding --- 
be 
available.

And many communities are hearing their message.

In synagogues and mosques, formal classes on shrouding are offered. And 
funeral home directors, interested in expanding their client base, are 
reading up on the subject.

Shrouding may be an afterthought in a country that has an estimated $20 
billion-a-year funeral industry. But for many, wrapping the deceased in 
cloth remains a key component of a lifetime of religious identity.

Shrouding exists among many Jews; most Muslims; many Hindus; some 
Asian, 
African and indigenous American traditions; monks; and a few Orthodox 
Christians…

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 1/13/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: THE RULES OF WAR
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT
* CAIR-MN COSPONSORS PROJECT TO PROMOTE TOLERANCE
* CAIR OFFICIALS MEET WITH EEOC
* ANTIWAR ACTIVISTS PREPARE FOR PROTESTS (Wash. Post)
	- U.S. Refuelling in Ireland Draws Protests (Reuters)
* COMPLYING, ANXIOUSLY, WITH AN I.N.S. ROUNDUP (New York Times)
* CITY WORKERS TO WITHHOLD HELP IN FEDERAL PROBES (SF Chronicle)
* 115 PALESTINIAN YOUTHS DIE IN '02 FIGHTS (AP)
	- Wounded Palestinian Boy 'Here to Get Well' (Herald News)
* ISLAMIC GROUP SEEKS NEW STREET NAME (LA Times)
* CHARITY MEALS DEBATED IN L.A. (LA Times)
* CORRESPONDENCE SENT TO CORPS OPPOSES MUSLIM CAMP (AP)
* SCALIA DEFENDS PUBLIC EXPRESSION OF FAITH (Washington Post)
* NEWS THAT TRAVELS WELL (NY Times)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: THE RULES OF WAR

"During [a military expedition], a woman was found killed, so [the 
Prophet 
Muhammad] forbade the killing of women and children."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 4, Hadith 258

A soldier who went on a military expedition said: "[A woman] began 
screaming and I repeatedly raised my sword against her. Then I 
remembered 
the prohibition of the [Prophet Muhammad against killing women or 
children]...so I stopped."

Al-Muwatta, Volume 21, Hadith 8

A prisoner of war without a shirt was brought to the Prophet Muhammad 
(peace be upon him). The Prophet looked for a shirt to give him. It was 
discovered that the shirt of one of the Prophet's companions would fit 
the 
prisoner, so the Prophet let him wear it. The Prophet then took off his 
own 
shirt and gave it to his companion [to replace the one given to the 
prisoner].

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 4, Hadith 252

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT

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things 
about Islam. I hope they will help increase understanding." Librarian 
in 
Hopkins, Ill.

Take part in this first-of-its-kind campaign by sponsoring an 18-item 
"Library Package." Our goal is to, inshallah, send accurate and 
objective 
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CAIR-MN COSPONSORS PROJECT TO PROMOTE TOLERANCE

On January 11, CAIR-MN, the Islamic Resource Group (IRG) and Taproot 
Inc., 
sponsored a project for children promoting tolerance. Some 25 kids 
gathered 
in St. Joan of Arc Catholic church to learn about tolerance through 
games, 
arts and crafts. It was the second program in a series that started on 
Oct. 
26, 2002 as part of National Make a Difference Day project.

CONTACT: cair@cairminnesota.org

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CAIR OFFICIALS MEET WITH EEOC

CAIR officials attended a recent meeting between Muslim and 
Arab-American 
leaders and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Those 
who 
attended the meeting commended EEOC representatives for their positive 
role 
in challenging the backlash following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Recommendations resulting from the meeting included improving 
dissemination 
of EEOC materials through organizational web sites, setting up a 
bilingual 
communications department to translate EEOC materials into Arabic, 
Spanish 
and Asian languages, sponsoring joint training sessions or "town 
meetings" 
on EEOC issues, and participating in Muslim and Arab-American 
conference.

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ANTIWAR ACTIVISTS FROM ACROSS U.S. PREPARING FOR WEEKEND OF PROTESTS
Manny Fernandez, Washington Post, 1/13/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A47595-2003Jan12.html

Dallas lawyer Robert B. Dennis is headed to Washington this week, one 
of 
about 50 Texans willing to endure a 22-hour bus ride.

Amer Mirza, a Web developer from suburban Chicago, has been signing up 
Muslims in his area for seats on a charter bus he plans to ride.

Casey Chapman, a senior at Catholic Central High School in Troy, N.Y., 
will 
join a dozen other teenagers in a chaperone-driven van.

Dennis, Mirza and Chapman are a fraction of the thousands coming to 
Washington for a national antiwar demonstration Saturday, a rally and 
march 
that they and organizers say will be their last chance for a massive 
display of dissent before the United States goes to war with Iraq…

The rally is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. on the Mall near Third 
Street 
and Constitution Avenue NW just beyond the west front of the Capitol. 
Scheduled speakers include actress Jessica Lange, Vietnam veteran and 
author Ron Kovic, former representative Cynthia A. McKinney (D-Ga.) and 
others from labor, peace and Muslim organizations…

Mirza, 23, of Glendale Heights, Ill., said one 55-seat bus is almost 
filled 
with Muslims and supporters, and another might be needed. "There has 
been a 
lot of hate crimes in Chicago after 9/11. Now, the fear is they will 
get 
more extreme" if the United States wages war against Iraq, said Mirza, 
a 
founder of the Muslim League...

SEE: http://www.internationalanswer.org

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U.S. MILITARY REFUELLING IN IRELAND DRAWS PROTESTS
Stephen Cunningham, Reuters, 1/13/03

SHANNON, Ireland, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Anti-war protesters on Monday 
accused 
the Irish government of compromising its traditional neutrality by 
allowing 
Gulf-bound U.S. troops to use Shannon Airport as a trans-Atlantic 
refuelling point...

Tents and banners -- bearing slogans like "No blood for oil" -- have 
sprung 
up at the peace camp where protesters maintain a round-the-clock vigil 
to 
monitor the latest landings of commercial and military aircraft used to 
ferry U.S. troops to the Middle East…

As the prospect of an assault against Iraq mounts, the campaigners have 
poured scorn on the Irish government's insistence that arms and 
ammunition 
are not being transported through Shannon.

Ireland, which is not a member of the NATO military alliance, maintains 
neutrality in international conflicts but does provide soldiers for 
U.N. 
peacekeeping missions. Shannon's popularity as a refuelling point stems 
from the fact that it has the longest runway in Ireland…

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COMPLYING, ANXIOUSLY, WITH AN I.N.S. ROUNDUP
Nick Madigan, New York Times, 1/13/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/13/national/13IMMI.html

Shoaib Muhammad, a 29-year-old computer engineer from Karachi, 
Pakistan, 
who has worked here for two years, says he is as far from being a 
terrorist 
as one could imagine.

But he is still afraid of being arrested when he shows up Monday at the 
federal building downtown to register with the Immigration and 
Naturalization Service under a program designed to root out terrorists. 
The 
program focuses on men from 20 countries, including Iraq, Iran, North 
Korea, Afghanistan, Syria, Sudan and Libya. Since it began last month, 
more 
than 500 men have been detained, most for visa violations. On Friday 
alone, 
about 125 were arrested nationwide, an immigration official said today. 
"I've never been involved in a crime, but I'm still worried," said Mr. 
Muhammad, who holds a visa to work in the United States. "If they want 
me 
to go back, I will, but it's the way they're doing it, with handcuffs 
and 
detentions, that bothers me…"

In a letter to Attorney General John Ashcroft on Friday, Dr. William F. 
Schulz of Amnesty International U.S.A. wrote that singling out 
individuals 
on the basis of national origin "is tantamount to racial 
discrimination."

Elyes ben Taleb, 28, said he had arrived from Tunisia five years ago 
"for 
the American dream."

"I love this country, but on a day like today, I don't feel like a part 
of 
America anymore," said Mr. ben Taleb, who lives in the Bronx and works 
as a 
marketing consultant. "Do they really think terrorists are going to 
stand 
on line for hours in the cold and turn themselves in?"

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S.F. CITY WORKERS TO WITHHOLD HELP IN SOME FEDERAL PROBES
Rachel Gordon, San Francisco Chronicle, 1/13/02
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/01/13/BA13225.DTL 


The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will consider today joining a 
growing number of cities condemning the USA Patriot Act and directing 
city 
employees to -- whenever legally possible -- not aid federal 
authorities in 
investigations that jeopardize a person's civil liberties.

The USA Patriot Act, put on the books six weeks after the Sept. 11, 
2001, 
terrorist attacks, along with other related executive orders, greatly 
expands the federal government's surveillance and search powers and the 
ability to detain noncitizens.

The sweeping new powers make it easier for federal authorities to gain 
access to a person's library records, medical files and other sources 
of 
personal information. The intent is to help officials in the fight 
against 
terrorism.

Critics say the federal statutes go too far.

"It's important to send the message that the Bill of Rights is still 
the 
law of the land. There's nothing more unpatriotic than destroying our 
civil 
liberties," Supervisor Jake McGoldrick, chief sponsor of the San 
Francisco 
resolution, said Sunday…

Consideration of the San Francisco measure comes amid local and 
national 
protests against the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System 
that 
requires men holding visas from mainly Arab and Islamic countries to 
register with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.

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115 PALESTINIAN YOUTHS DIE IN '02 FIGHTS
Slobodan Lekic, Associated Press, 1/13/03

NABLUS, West Bank (AP) - Jihad Faqueh, 11, had a dangerous obsession - 
stoning Israeli jeeps and tanks. It finally proved fatal.

The sixth-grader was on his way home from school Nov. 25 when he joined 
dozens of children and teens in throwing rocks at soldiers in two jeeps 
in 
downtown Nablus. The soldiers fired tear gas, rubber-coated steel 
pellets 
and live rounds. Jihad was hit in the chest and died.

He was one of 115 unarmed Palestinians younger than 18 who were killed 
in 
2002, an increase of more than 50 percent from the year before, 
according 
to an Associated Press count.

The toll underlines the military's failure to quell riots without 
killing 
civilians, particularly minors. Most of the youngsters killed in 2002 
were 
stonethrowers or bystanders hit by Israeli army fire…

SEE ALSO:

PALESTINIAN BOY SHOT IN CONFLICT 'HERE TO GET WELL'
Suzanne Travers, Herald News, 1/13/03
http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?level_3_id=357&page=6286320

Deya Ali, a 15-year old Palestinian boy, enters a New Jersey hospital 
today 
to begin treatment of injuries he sustained when Israeli settlers shot 
him 
in the stomach nearly a year ago in the West Bank town of Nablus.

"Exhausted but in good spirits," Ali arrived at John F. Kennedy airport 
Friday evening already under the wing of his host father, Denville 
businessman Aref Assaf, who traveled with him from Jordan...

Ali is the latest child to receive free advanced medical care in the 
United 
States through the Palestine Children's Relief Fund, a nonprofit group 
founded in 1991 that has offices in Clifton; Kent, Ohio; and the 
Palestinian town of Ramallah. Through the fund, a network of doctors, 
hospitals, host families and volunteer visitors will care for him while 
he 
embarks on surgery and recovery.

The bullets hit his abdomen, piercing his stomach, liver and pancreas 
and 
lodging near his spine. He'd been walking home from school with two 
friends 
and was shot without provocation, "because I'm an Arab," he said…

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ISLAMIC GROUP SEEKS NEW STREET NAME
Kimi Yoshino, Los Angeles Times, 1/13/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/orange/la-me-street13jan13,0,53049.story

Garden Grove officials are considering whether to change the name of a 
small stretch of 13th Street to Al-Rahman Street at the request of a 
local 
Islamic group.

Most of the block on 13th west of Brookhurst Street is owned by the 
Islamic 
Society of Orange County, where thousands of Muslims congregate daily 
for 
prayers at the mosque or attend the Orange Crescent School. Al-Rahman, 
which means "all merciful," is one of several Islamic names for God. 
"It's 
more respectful to have that as the name," said Garden Grove resident 
Ali 
Meer, who visits the mosque five times a day for prayers. "It sounds 
better. It's a good name, and mostly Muslims come to this street, so it 
will be easier to find."

Officials from the Islamic society have asked the city to consider 
renaming 
the street, which is also home to a small apartment complex and a 
county-funded recovery home for drug and alcohol addicts.

City staff is researching what other cities have done and are expected 
to 
bring the matter back to the council for review.

"We are a multiethnic community," Garden Grove Mayor Bruce Broadwater 
said. 
"Everybody has a right to have a seat at the table. We have the largest 
mosque in the U.S., and we have to give them some respect. If [the Rev. 
Robert] Schuller [of the Crystal Cathedral] came to us and asked us to 
change a street name, we'd look at it. So that's what we're doing, 
we're 
listening…"

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CHARITY MEALS DEBATED IN L.A.
Jocelyn Y. Stewart, Los Angeles Times, 1/13/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-nomeals13jan13001446,0,1062281.story

Opponents in this political debate look at a plate of food and see two 
very 
different things.

City officials view free food as part of the problem. They blame 
outdoor 
meals offered by charitable groups for attracting homeless people and a 
slew of problems to their cities.

Advocates for the poor see the food handouts as humanitarianism at its 
best, an effort by charitable groups to fulfill a responsibility to the 
poor that governments have failed to meet…

Naim Shah Jr., whose ILM Foundation feeds once a month, said the group 
already practices the standards that concern Perry. They hand out boxes 
of 
chicken or burgers prepared by donor restaurants.

As a Muslim, Shah sees helping as an obligation. "Whatever faith you 
have 
enforces basic principles of charity; these are maxims of religion," he 
said.

In December, the ILM Foundation got a city permit, blocked off a street 
and 
fed more than 1,000 people in one day. It also gave away hygiene packs 
with 
towels and toothbrushes and brought in a mobile health clinic. Respect 
for 
those it serves is a given, Shah said.

"We have to do it with dignity," Shah said. "If it's void of respect, 
the 
food is of no value..."

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MOST CORRESPONDENCE SENT TO CORPS OPPOSES MUSLIM YOUTH CAMP
Associated Press, 1/13/03

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa (AP) - Nearly all of the correspondence sent about 
building the nation's first Muslim youth camp north of this eastern 
Iowa 
city opposed the project.

One hundred of the 107 letters sent to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 
cited concerns about the proposed camp's size, noise, traffic, waste 
water, 
wells and zoning. Some writers also said the corps' environmental 
assessment was inaccurate and contains outdated information, according 
to a 
review by The Gazette…

The comment period for the corps' environmental review of the proposed 
106-acre camp on the shore of Coralville Lake ended Jan. 2. The $2 
million 
camp, with capacity for 136 campers, would have 10 cabins, a conference 
center, beach, boat docks, a 36-foot prayer tower and paved parking for 
66 
vehicles.

Karen Hagerty, corps project manager, said specific concerns will be 
addressed. It's not