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Topics (messages 701 through 800):

CAIR-NET: Evangelical Leaders Condemn Anti-Islam Statements
	701 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Seek Removal of U.S. Official in Iraq
	702 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Colo. Bill on Muslim Students Fails to Pass
	703 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Vandals Attack Central Calif. Mosque
	704 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Team Finds No WMD
	705 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Condemn Riyadh Bombings
	706 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Islam - Fastest Growing Religion in Canada
	707 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Has U.S. Become Judeo-Christian-Islamic?
	708 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Reports of Terror Crimes Inflated
	709 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Ann Coulter on 'Muslim Free' Air Travel
	710 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Steven Emerson Files for Dismissal of Defamation Suit
	711 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: N.C. Physician Denied Re-Entry Over Technicality
	712 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Nev. Rep Asked to Drop Islamophobe from Fundraiser
	713 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Ariz. Sikh Shot, Penn. Iraqi Teen Assaulted
	714 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Jews, Muslims Explore Similarities in Faiths
	715 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Child Beaten in Pennsylvania
	716 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Cal Thomas Echoes Nazi Propaganda
	717 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Christians, Muslims Push Dialogue
	718 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Speaking Out on Talk Radio
	719 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Daniel Pipes, Peacemaker?
	720 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Parental Abduction Case Dropped
	721 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Community Service is Subject of New Muslim Ad
	722 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Publishes Congressional Guide
	723 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Allege Customs Intrusions
	724 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CA Town Hall Focuses on Hate-Crime Prevention
	725 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: N.C. Muslim Physician Granted New Visa
	726 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Ohio District Rejects Proselytization of Muslim Students
	727 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR-St. Louis Offers FBI Islamic Awareness Training
	728 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Teen Honored for Community Service
	729 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: $80 Million Suit Filed Against CBS, 'Terrorist Hunter'
	730 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Civil Liberties Concerns Galvanize U.S. Muslim Groups
	731 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Anti-Muslim Publication Distributed on Calif. Campus
	732 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CNBC Drops Offensive Promo
	733 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Group to Air Satellite Talk Show
	734 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Ashcroft's Attitude Problem
	735 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Woman Wins VA Party Primary
	736 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: TSA Issues 'No-Fly List' Clearance Policy
	737 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Was CBS Suckered By 'Anonymous'?
	738 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Ashcroft Pushing Patriot II/Fla. Bomb Plot Sentencing
	739 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Va. Muslims Raise a Voice in Area Politics
	740 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Names of 9/11 Detainees Can Remain Secret
	741 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Financial Institutions Blacklist Muslims
	742 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Justice Dept. Prohibits Racial Profiling
	743 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Ohio Muslims Meet with FBI to Discuss Concerns
	744 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Florida Muslims Relieved by Sentencing of Terrorist
	745 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Patriot Act Sparks New Legislation
	746 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Children's Book Fills Void for Muslim Youth
	747 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Group Holds Meijer Rally, Hailing Win on Leaflets
	748 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Mass. Man Thought to be Muslim Kidnapped, Stabbed
	749 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Unraveled Charges Show Peril of Secret Evidence
	750 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Attends DOJ Seminar/Workers Win Right to Hijab
	751 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Vandalism Reported at Houston Mosque
	752 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Illinois Muslim Files Suit Over Harassment
	753 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Arabs Seen as New Villains of Hollywood
	754 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Army Corps OKs Iowa Muslim Youth Camp
	755 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Complying With Law Could Lead to Deportation
	756 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Support Anti-Hate Resolution Stuck in Congress
	757 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Dialogue Series Links Muslims, Non-Muslims
	758 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: American Muslims Condemn Mosque Bombing
	759 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: A Mission of Mercy for Ali
	760 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR-St. Louis to Hold Radio Training Seminar
	761 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: N.C. Muslims Respond to Protests with Interfaith Event
	762 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Targeted by Anti-Terror Business Policies
	763 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR-Cincinnati Hosts Town Hall Meeting with FBI
	764 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: 3 Juveniles Arraigned for Assault on Calif. Muslim
	765 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: N.C. Muslims Plan for Mosque Protests
	766 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Skewed Justice for Muslims
	767 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Report on U.S. Muslim Civil Rights to be Released
	768 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Blaze Guts New Jersey Mosque
	769 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Anti-Muslim Incidents Up 15 Percent in Past Year
	770 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Rabih Haddad Deported
	771 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: 2 Pakistanis Shot Near DC, Friends Suspect Bias Motive
	772 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: EEOC Says Muslim Pilot Fired Due to Religion
	773 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Action Alert - Senate to Meet on Pipes Nomination
	774 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: National Call-In Day on Daniel Pipes Nomination
	775 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims and the American Dream
	776 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Call Today on Pipes Nomination/Patriot Act Rights Violations
	777 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: FBI Looks into MD Murders/Patriot Act Abuses Called 
"Disturbing'
	778 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Does Daniel Pipes Want to Destroy Mecca?
	779 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Interfaith Coalition Reacts to Meeting on Pipes Nomination
	780 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Senators Criticize Daniel Pipes in Committee Meeting
	781 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Pipes is No Peacemaker/CAIR Library Project
	782 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Cross Burned at Maryland Islamic School
	783 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Reward Offered in Maryland Cross-Burning Case
	784 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Nevada Muslims Win Jail Prayer Battle
	785 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Daniel Pipes Compares 'Islamic People' to 'Nazis'
	786 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: St. Louis Muslims Partner with Habitat for Humanity
	787 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Latino Muslims Find Common Roots
	788 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Joins First Legal Challenge to Patriot Act
	789 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR-CAN Call for Inquiry into Arar Disclosure
	790 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Jewish Groups Oppose Daniel Pipes Nomination
	791 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: 'Major Developments' in MD Mosque Cross-Burning
	792 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Two Teens Arrested in Mosque Cross Burning Case
	793 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Incitement Watch/CAIR-CAN Library Project/Family Buried
	794 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Condemn Attack on Sikh Family in New York
	795 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Jakarta Bombing Called "Senseless Act of Terror"
	796 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Support S.1507 - Records Privacy Act
	797 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Detroit Muslims to Hold Forum on Recent Murder
	798 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Japanese Americans Can Feel Muslims' Pain
	799 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: TX Muslim Family Denied Shelter Over Bible Class
	800 by: CAIR

 
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Date: Wed, 07 May 2003 19:15:58 -0400
To:cair-net@cair.biglist.com
From:"CAIR" <cair@cair-net.org>
Subject: CAIR-NET: Evangelical Leaders Condemn Anti-Islam Statements

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

BREAKING NEWS - 5/7/2003

"Invite (all) to the way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful 
preaching; 
and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious: for thy 
Lord 
knoweth best who have strayed from His Path and who receive guidance." 
(Quran, 16:125)

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EVANGELICAL LEADERS CONDEMN STATEMENTS
RACHEL ZOLL, Associated Press, 5/7/03
http://www.newsday.com/news/politics/wire/sns-ap-evangelicals-muslims,0,5674544.story

WASHINGTON (AP) - In an unusual public rebuke, leading evangelical 
Christians condemned derogatory statements about Islam by the Rev. 
Franklin 
Graham and others among their fellow religious conservatives.

The evangelicals meeting Wednesday said the derisive comments 
endangered 
Christian missionaries in the Muslim world, strained already tense 
interfaith relations and fed the perception in the Mideast and beyond 
that 
the war on terrorism is a Christian crusade against Islam.

"We must temper our speech," said the Rev. Ted Haggard, president of 
the 
National Association of Evangelicals, which represents more than 43,000 
congregations and helped organize the meeting. "There has to be a way 
to do 
good works without raising alarms."

Paul Marshall, senior fellow at the Center for Religious Freedom, a 
human 
rights group, said anti-Islam comments serve only to antagonize people. 
"Exactly what is to be achieved by that except boosting the ego of who 
said 
it?" he asked…

Hodan Hassan, a spokeswoman for the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, 
which is among Graham's harshest critics, said she was encouraged by 
Wednesday's meeting. About 50 representatives of evangelical churches, 
schools and mission groups attended.

"We can understand theological differences but what's important is that 
the 
dialogue is one of respect, not demonization," Hassan said…

To repair the damage to relations with Muslims, the evangelical group 
and 
the Institute on Religion and Democracy, a conservative Christian 
organization, are drafting guidelines to begin interfaith dialogue with 
Islamic leaders. While Muslim leaders have been meeting regularly with 
liberal Protestants, no such national dialogue has taken place with 
evangelical Christians.

Evangelicals at the meeting acknowledged they have an arduous task 
ahead to 
overcome grievances among members of both faiths…

Evangelicals also will not participate in interfaith talks that require 
them to play down their beliefs - a concession they believe liberal 
Christians have wrongly made to befriend Muslims. And for some 
conservative 
Christians, Islam has replaced communism as the "modern-day equivalent 
of 
the evil empire," said Rich Cizik, a spokesman for the National 
Association 
of Evangelicals.

Haggard suggested holding a meeting with Falwell, Robertson and other 
high-profile evangelicals to explain the damage their comments have 
caused.

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CONTACT: Ms. Hodan Hassan, 202-439-1441, E-MAIL: hhassan@cair-net.org; 
Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, E-MAIL: cair@cair-net.org

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Date: Thu, 08 May 2003 15:45:39 -0400
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Subject: CAIR-NET: Muslims Seek Removal of U.S. Official in Iraq

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful


CAIR ACTION ALERT # 380

MUSLIMS SEEK REMOVAL OF U.S. OFFICIAL IN IRAQ
Hiring administrator says guiding Arabs like ‘herding cats’
	
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/8/03) - A prominent national Islamic civil rights 
and 
advocacy group today called on the Bush administration to remove an 
American official supervising the hiring of translators in Iraq because 
of 
offensive anti-Arab remarks he made to an Independent Television News 
(ITN) 
reporter.

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) 
quoted an 
ITN report broadcast yesterday on  PBS’s  NewsHour in which a hiring 
administrator, after slamming the door in the face of an Iraqi 
applicant, 
said: “Guiding these local Arabs around is like herding cats...herding 
cats 
into closets…except the cats don’t complain as much.”

GO TO: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/newshour_index.html (Click on 
“realaudio” under “The New Iraq”) or
http://audio.pbs.org:8080/ramgen/newshour/expansion/2003/05/07/baghdad.rm?altplay=baghdad.rm
(The quote comes at 5:15 into the report, which begins at 4:28).

“If our goal is to win the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people and 
present 
a positive image of America, this is the wrong person for the job.  He 
should be removed and replaced with someone who does not harbor bigoted 
views toward the population,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad.

“Americans sent to work in Iraq should be sensitive to the plight of a 
traumatized population and aware of the religion and culture of the 
community they are serving,” Awad added.

CAIR is America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group. It is 
headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 16 regional offices 
nationwide 
and in Canada. Since its founding in 1994, CAIR has defended the civil 
and 
religious rights of all Americans.

- END -

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

Contact President Bush to request the dismissal of the official and the 
implementation of cultural and religious sensitivity training for 
Americans 
working in Iraq.

White House Phone Numbers:

COMMENTS: 202-456-1111
SWITCHBOARD: 202-456-1414
FAX: 202-456-2461

White House E-Mail Addresses:

President George W. Bush: president@whitehouse.gov
Vice President Richard Cheney: vice.president@whitehouse.gov COPY TO: 
cair@cair-net.org

Mailing Address:

President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

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Tel: 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726
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Date: Thu, 08 May 2003 17:15:04 -0400
To:cair-net@cair.biglist.com
From:"CAIR" <cair@cair-net.org>
Subject: CAIR-NET: Colo. Bill on Muslim Students Fails to Pass

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS  5/8/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: FOUR CHARACTERISTICS
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5854 SPONSORSHIPS
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* COLO. BILL ON MUSLIM STUDENTS FAILS TO PASS
* HOSTILITY TOWARD U.S. TROOPS IS RUNNING HIGH IN BAGHDAD (USA Today)
         - Clerics' Group Emerges As Shadow Rule in Iraq (Boston Globe)
         - Burned Iraqi Girl Brought To Michigan (AP)
         - Islam and Democracy Compatible (Christian Science Monitor)
* GROUPS SAY CIVIL LIBERTIES UNDER FIRE FROM PATRIOT ACT (Scripps 
Howard)
* MUSLIM DETAILS BIAS COMPLAINT (Star Telegram)
* NO DISCUSSION OF SETTLEMENTS, DIPLOMATS SAY (Forward)
         - Bush to Join Sharon in Israel Celebration (Washington Post)
* TOP EVANGELICALS CRITICAL OF COLLEAGUES OVER ISLAM (NY Times)
* PIPES UNJUSTLY MALIGNS MUSLIMS (Regina Leader Post)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: FOUR CHARACTERISTICS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "If you have (these) 
four 
characteristics, whatever worldly advantage passes you by does not 
matter 
to you: keeping a trust, speaking the truth, a good character, and 
moderation in (eating)."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1370

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5854 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's Library Project has received 5854 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 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 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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GOOD NEWS ALERT: COLO. BILL ON MUSLIM STUDENTS FAILS TO PASS

The proposed legislation that required state-sponsored institutions of 
higher learning to verify the visa status of foreign students from 
countries with links to "Islamic terrorism” died last night on the 
floor of 
the Colorado State Assembly.

“We would like to thank all those responded to CAIR’s action alert and 
contacted the Colorado State Assembly to voice their opposition to the 
bill. Legislation that singles out people based on their national or 
religious affiliation betrays American traditions of fairness and 
equality 
under the law,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad.

“We would like to thank members of the Colorado Muslim community who 
lobbied and testified against the bill, in particular, Seeme Hasan and 
Abu 
Umar Al Mubaraq.” Awad added

ACTION REQUESTED: Send a thank you note to the Speaker of the House and 
members of the House Education Committee for their efforts:

LOLA SPRADLEY
Speaker of the House
Phone: 303-866-2346
Fax: 303-866-2598
E-Mail: spradley@fone.net, donna.acierno@state.co.us

STATE HOUSE EDUCATION COMMITTEE:

Representative Spence (303)866-2935 or nancyspence@qwest.net
Representative Lee (303)866-2939 or don.lee.house@state.co.us
Representative Hefley (303)866-2924
Representative Merrifield (303)866-2932 or 
michael.merrifield.house@state.co.us
Representative Paccione (303)866-2917 or 
angie.paccione.house@state.co.us 
Representative Pommer (303)866-2780 or jack.pommer.house@state.co.us 
Representative Rose (303)866-2955 or ray.rose.house@state.co.us
Representative Vigil (303)866-2964 or val.vigil.house@state.co.us
Representative White (303)866-2949 or al.white.house@state.co.us
Representative S. Williams (303)866-2919 
suzanne.williams.house@state.co.us
Representative T. Williams (303)866-2929

COPY ALL CORRESPONDENCE TO: cair@cair-net.org

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HOSTILITY TOWARD U.S. TROOPS IS RUNNING HIGH IN BAGHDAD
Paul Wiseman and Vivienne Walt, USA Today, 5/8/03
http://www.usatoday.com/usatonline/20030507/5135486s.htm

BAGHDAD - Iraqis say they view the U.S. military occupation with 
suspicion, 
anger and frustration. Many even say life was in some ways better under 
the 
regime of Saddam Hussein: The streets, they say, were safer, jobs more 
secure, food more plentiful and electricity and water supplies 
reliable.

The U.S. military -- and the civilian administration led for now by 
retired 
lieutenant general Jay Garner -- have barely begun to fill the vacuum 
left 
by the collapse of Saddam's government. U.S. troops have been reluctant 
to 
get dragged into civil affairs and local disputes. Garner's 
administration 
hasn't made much of an impact yet. A new Iraqi government seems a 
distant 
dream. As a result, many Iraqis feel they are adrift, their destination 
uncertain and their future bleak...

In interviews, Baghdad residents say they regard the U.S. officials 
here as 
remote. The Americans -- military and civilian alike -- are barracked 
behind barbed wire inside Saddam's Republican Palace. About one mile 
inside 
the vast presidential compound, the Americans sleep on camp beds behind 
the 
palace's gold-plated doors.

With Garner's operation inaccessible to almost all Iraqis, most people 
see 
only the military side of the U.S. occupation. Dozens have tales of 
being 
shouted at by nervous young soldiers at checkpoints in a language they 
don't understand. A soldier pointing a gun at residents whom he 
suspects of 
either looting or perhaps planning an attack is a common sight...

SEE ALSO:

CLERICS' GROUP EMERGES AS SHADOW RULE IN IRAQ
Elizabeth Neuffer, Boston Globe, 5/7/03
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/127/nation/Clerics_group_emerges_as_shadow_rule_in_Iraq%2B.shtml

AJAF, Iraq - In theory, the United States and its occupying forces are 
in 
charge of Iraq until it emerges from the shadow of its repressive past. 
But 
in practice in the holy city of Najaf - and countless other communities 
across Iraq -- the Shi'ite religious leadership of al Hawza al Ilmiya 
is 
running the show.

Electric lights gleam in Najaf, spiritual base of the Hawza, when much 
of 
Baghdad is still dark, largely because Hawza clerics called staff back 
to 
work weeks ago. Firefighters, paid for by the Hawza, keep their trucks 
ready. Traffic cops, summoned by the religious leaders, keep the steady 
flow of donkey carts and rickety automobiles under control.

Part Islamic religious school, part grass-roots organization, the Hawza 
has 
moved into the power vacuum left by the collapse of Saddam Hussein's 
regime, becoming a shadow government among Iraq's Shi'ites that the 
United 
States will have to deal with as it works toward an interim government.

“The Hawza's opinion will determine whether the Americans are accepted 
or 
rejected,” said Mohammed Selman Khagani, a 64-year-old Muslim imam who 
heads the Al Khagani mosque in Najaf. “No doubt about it.”...

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BURNED IRAQI GIRL BROUGHT TO MICHIGAN
Associated Press, 5/8/03

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - A 15-year-old Iraqi girl who was severely burned 
during 
coalition bombing was brought to the United States for treatment in an 
effort that started with a train conductor who saw her on television.

Hannan Shihab, who arrived in Michigan on Tuesday, is believed to be 
the 
first Iraqi child injured during the war to receive care at a U.S. 
hospital, according to the University of Michigan and the office of a 
congressman who helped get her here.

She was listed in stable condition after she was examined Wednesday at 
the 
university hospitals' burn center, said Dr. Paul Taheri, the center's 
division chief.

Hannan was injured after a kerosene lamp near her bed overturned during 
a 
bombing raid in March...

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ISLAM AND DEMOCRACY - NOT AN IMPOSSIBLE MARRIAGE
Steven Martinovich, Christian Science Monitor, 5/8/03
http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0508/p18s01-bogn.html

With the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime, the United States has begun 
the 
daunting task of bringing democracy to a nation that has not known 
freedom. 
The consensus among many experts is that the Arab world and democracy 
are 
incompatible. Islam, the argument goes, breeds a submissive attitude - 
not 
only to Allah but also to political and religious leaders as well - 
that 
makes Muslims inherently incapable of participating in the rough-and- 
tumble world of electoral politics and of respecting the rights of 
minorities who follow a different religious or cultural path.

In "After Jihad," Noah Feldman, a New York University law professor 
with a 
doctorate in Islamic Thought from Oxford, builds a compelling and 
persuasive case that this consensus is misinformed...

Unlike most academics, Feldman now has the opportunity to put his 
theories 
into practice. He was recently named head of the constitutional team 
with 
the Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance in Iraq. It 
will 
be the team's responsibility to oversee and advise on drafting the 
constitution for a new democratic order...

Feldman's optimism that Islam and democracy are a natural fit is based 
on 
his belief that they are both mobile ideas, philosophies that are 
easily 
understood in different cultures and carry universal truths, with 
similar 
basic elements. Both Islam and democracy hold that all humans are equal 
and 
that we have certain responsibilities to society. At its core, each 
treats 
human beings with respect and asks that we treat others the same way...

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GROUPS SAY CIVIL LIBERTIES UNDER FIRE FROM PATRIOT ACT
Bill Straub, Scripps Howard, 5/7/03
http://www.knoxstudio.com/shns/story.cfm?pk=CIVILLIBERTIES-05-07-03&cat=WW

Jason Halperin and a friend were enjoying dinner at an Indian 
restaurant 
off Times Square in New York on March 20 when five policemen, guns 
drawn 
and wearing bulletproof vests, stormed in and ordered patrons and 
employees 
to gather in the rear of the building.

The police, Halperin said, pointed their guns "indiscriminately" at the 
frightened diners and workers and proceeded to kick down doors to 
closets 
and bathrooms, "their fingers glued to their triggers."

Eventually, he said, 10 other law enforcement officials wearing suits 
entered the now-secured restaurant, some identifying themselves as 
members 
of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

"I explained that we were just eating dinner and asked why we were 
being 
held," Halperin said. "I was told by the INS agent that we would be 
released once they had confirmation that we had no outstanding warrants 
and 
our immigration status was okayed."

Despite the customers' protests, Halperin said, an agent insisted they 
had 
the authority to detain them indefinitely. He quoted the agent as 
saying, 
"You are being held under the Patriot Act, following suspicion under a 
homeland security investigation."

Indeed, Halperin said he later learned, the federal government has the 
power under the law, passed in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist 
incidents, to 
hold individuals without a warrant...

Incidents like the one involving Halperin - subsequently released 
without 
charge - are attracting attention from organizations and defenders of 
civil 
liberties who feel the Patriot Act is quickly eroding individual rights 
and 
freedoms...

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MUSLIM DETAILS BIAS COMPLAINT
Bryon Okada and Darren Barbee, Fort Worth Star Telegram
http://www.dfw.com/mld/startelegram/news/local/5813604.htm

Wajahat Sayeed of Plano believes he was singled out by American 
Airlines 
because of his dark skin and beard, which he keeps full for religious 
reasons. Sayeed was escorted off American Flight 1048 at Dallas/Fort 
Worth 
Airport in October, and searched and humiliated, he alleged in a 
complaint 
that motivated the U.S. Department of Transportation to pursue the 
nation's 
first racial and religion bias case against an airline about two weeks 
ago.

"I couldn't just sit back and not do anything about it," said Sayeed, 
who 
will not benefit financially from the complaint...

Sayeed is one of 10 people, many of them U.S. citizens, who are the 
basis 
of the Transportation Department's complaint. Attempts to contact 
another 
complainant from Grand Prairie were unsuccessful.

In October, a crew member told Sayeed, who is from India and is not a 
U.S. 
citizen, that he was being searched because he had made a passenger on 
the 
plane nervous, he said. Sayeed said he was asleep when he was asked to 
leave the plane.

"They do not have, in my assessment, a blanket authority to 
discriminate 
and violate my civil rights," said Sayeed, a former executive director 
of 
the Muslim Legal Fund of America...

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NO DISCUSSION OF SETTLEMENTS, DIPLOMATS SAY
Ori Nir, Forward, 5/9/03
http://www.forward.com/issues/2003/03.05.09/news2.html

WASHINGTON  Despite the road map's requirement of Israeli steps toward 
a 
settlement construction freeze, Israel and the United States have not 
held 
any detailed discussions of the steps that would be involved in such a 
move, senior Israeli diplomatic sources said. American administration 
sources confirmed the Israeli account...

However, according to the Israeli diplomatic sources, Washington and 
Jerusalem have quietly agreed that a freeze on settlement activity will 
come only toward the end of the first phase of the road map. It will 
thus 
come not as an immediate response to Palestinian anti-terrorism 
measures, 
but after a prolonged period of calm and after most first-phase 
requirements from the Palestinians have been fulfilled...

The American-Israeli interpretation of the road map's timing is 
receiving a 
chilly response from European and Arab diplomats whose countries have 
been 
closely involved in shaping the plan. "This is controversial, and it's 
not 
the way we understand it," said an Arab diplomat in Washington. "We 
were 
told that a settlement freeze would be a reciprocal step Israel will 
take 
gradually in the course of the first phase."...

Sharon's tourism minister, Benny Elon, was in Washington this week to 
lobby 
members of Congress against the plan, despite strong disapproval from 
Sharon himself...

Elon met mainly with Evangelical Christian leaders, both in Washington 
and 
in the Bible Belt, on a tour that was ostensibly meant to advance 
tourism 
to Israel but seemed to focus mainly on rallying Christian 
conservatives to 
oppose the road map. Elon offered his American interlocutors an 
"alternative peace plan," which includes dissolving the P.A., making 
Jordan 
a de-facto Palestinian state, formally annexing the West Bank and Gaza 
to 
Israel and "completing the exchange of populations that began in 1948."

Elon is Israel's most prominent supporter of the policy known as 
"transfer," or encouraging Palestinians to move en masse from the West 
Bank 
and Gaza...

SEE ALSO:

RELIABLE SOURCES
Lloyd Grove, Washington Post, 5/8/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A17760-2003May5.html

President Bush is expected to join Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon 
-- 
as well as headliners Jerry Seinfeld, Tony Bennett and Norah Jones -- 
at 
the May 19 "Israel at 55" rally marking the beleaguered Jewish state's 
anniversary at MCI Center. This will be the first time for Bush to 
stand 
alongside the polarizing Sharon at such a celebratory event.

Israeli Embassy spokesman Mark Regev told us the joint appearance is 
simply 
a demonstration of an age-old friendship between two nations, but James 
Zogby of the Arab American Institute worried: "Given the perception 
that we 
are the military occupiers of Baghdad and that we have contributed to 
what's happening to the Palestinians, this is not the best of times for 
our 
country in the Middle East. If the president is celebrating with Ariel 
Sharon, that will be followed closely in the Arab world, and that's a 
precarious position for the president to be in."...

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TOP EVANGELICALS CRITICAL OF COLLEAGUES OVER ISLAM
Laurie Goodstein, New York Times, 5/8/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/08/national/08CHRI.html

WASHINGTON, May 7  Evangelical leaders meeting here today denounced as 
"dangerous" and "unhelpful" the anti-Islam remarks made in the last 
year by 
leaders in their own movement and proposed new guidelines for churches 
to 
follow in relating to Muslims.

At the same time, the religious leaders reaffirmed their commitment to 
proselytizing, and they accused mainline Protestants and groups like 
the 
World Council of Churches of holding "naïve" dialogue sessions with 
Muslims 
that minimized theological and political differences...

Responding to the criticism in a telephone interview, Dr. Robert Edgar, 
general secretary of the National Council of Churches, which represents 
mainline Protestants and Orthodox denominations and frequently engages 
in 
dialogue with Muslims, said that he agreed that each faith must not 
dilute 
its own distinctions.

But Dr. Edgar said: "We disagree that you can't have dialogue unless 
you 
talk about Jesus. My belief is that dialogue is best built on 
relationships. People have to get to know each other, to trust each 
other, 
to like each other, and in some cases to even love each other before 
real 
learning and listening takes place."

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MUSLIMS UNJUSTLY MALIGNED
Kashif Ahmed, Regina Leader-Post, 5/8/03
http://www.canada.com/regina/leaderpost/letters/story.asp?id=CED68C0F-3CB7-4309-AE47-2D4AE89BBDDB

George Jonas's commentary "Liberals true to instincts" in the April 23 
issue of the Leader-Post raised an extremely important recent issue -- 
the 
nomination of the notorious pro-Israeli commentator, Daniel Pipes, to 
the 
U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP).

Jonas reiterates the smears initiated by Pipes against those Muslims 
who 
have criticized the nomination as "apologists for militancy", referring 
to 
one North American Muslim group, the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR). Such defamations made against progressive Muslims should not be 
left unchallenged...

Pipes' speech to the American Jewish Congress convention in the fall of 
2001 answers this question. Pipes went on the record as saying, "The 
increased stature, and affluence, and enfranchisement of American 
Muslims 
will present true dangers to American Jews."

Stature, affluence, and enfranchisement. These descriptions have 
nothing to 
with extremist Muslims or militancy. They have all to do with 
pro-Israeli 
advocates becoming concerned with the challenges they face from an 
increasingly visible Muslim political voice. CAIR has been one of these 
visible voices in Canada and the U.S., urging Muslims to contribute to 
and 
involve themselves in the societies in which they live. There is no 
militancy here.

Pro-Israeli personalities like Pipes and Jonas want to see the 
marginalization of active Muslims in North America, viewing them as a 
threat to their political influence. What is the best method? 
Wrongfully 
malign prominent moderate Islamic institutions, despite the fact that 
these 
Muslim groups have condemned extremist Muslims as a threat to democracy 
and 
peaceful coexistence...

Someone this biased is not concerned with peace: he is concerned with 
his 
own obsessions and his own extremist agenda…

Ahmed is communications director of Muslims for Peace & Justice (MPJ) 
Saskatchewan

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS  5/9/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: KINDNESS TO MOTHERS
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5856 SPONSORSHIPS
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* VANDALS ATTACK CENTRAL CALIFORNIA MOSQUE
* PEACE INSTITUTE SUDDENLY AT CENTER OF CONTROVERSY (LA Times)
* CONYERS SEEKS DISMISSAL OF U.S. OFFICIAL IN IRAQ
* BILL PUSHES RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ON JOB (Chicago Tribune)
* DRIVING WHILE IMMIGRANT (Nation)
* ISRAEL RESTRICTS GAZA ACCESS (BBC)
* A LEAP OF FAITH FOR THE MUSLIM WORLD'S INVESTORS (Financial Times)
* CHINESE CALLIGRAPHER HIGHLIGHTS ISLAMIC INFLUENCE (Washington Times)
* RESOURCES: HARVARD REPORT ON POST 9/11 CIVIL RIGHTS

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HADITH OF THE DAY: KINDNESS TO MOTHERS

A man asked the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him): "To whom should I 
show kindness?" The Prophet replied: "Your mother, next your mother, 
next 
your mother, and then your father..."

Sunan of Abu-Dawood, Hadith 2438

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5856 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's Library Project has received 5856 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 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 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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VANDALS ATTACK CENTRAL CALIFORNIA MOSQUE
Incident one of several attacks against area religious centers

(LOS ANGELES, 5/9/03) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations  
Southern 
California (CAIR-LA) today reports that vandals attacked a mosque in 
San 
Luis Obispo, Calif. The attack on the Islamic center, which occurred on 
Monday, comes on the heel of several other attacks against houses of 
worship in Los Angeles County, including two synagogues, a Presbyterian 
church and a Baha'i community center.

A representative of the Islamic Society of the Central Coast reported 
to 
CAIR-LA that pieces of glass were scattered across the prayer hall 
after 
vandals smashed the front door of the center.  The attack apparently 
occurred Monday evening and was noticed when worshipers came to the 
mosque 
that night.  The incident was reported immediately to the San Luis 
Obispo 
Police Department, located across from the Islamic center.

CAIR-LA has learned that the police are investigating the incident as a 
possible hate crime.

"The Muslim community stands in solidarity with the Jewish, Christian 
and 
Baha'i communities whose houses of worship have also been recently 
targeted.  Acts of hatred against any religious or ethnic group have no 
place in our community. We hope that the perpetrators of the attacks 
will 
be swiftly brought to justice," said CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam 
Ayloush.

CAIR is America's largest Islamic civil liberties group. It is 
headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 16 regional offices 
nationwide 
and in Canada. Since its founding in 1994, CAIR has defended the civil 
and 
religious rights of all Americans.

- END -

CONTACT: CAIR-LA.: Sabiha Khan, 714-776-1847, E-MAIL: sabiha@cair.com 
or 
Hisham Assal, President of the Islamic Society of the Central Coast, 
805-489-7937.

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PEACE INSTITUTE SUDDENLY AT CENTER OF CONTROVERSY
Johanna Neuman, Los Angeles Times, 5/9/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-pipes9may09,1,287795

WASHINGTON - President Bush has nominated to the institute's board 
Daniel 
Pipes, a neoconservative Middle East scholar whose writings and sound 
bites 
have inflamed Muslim leaders. The nomination has sparked a new war 
between 
hawks and doves, complete with charges of Muslim-baiting and whispers 
of 
Jewish influence...

Pipes, 53, son of Soviet scholar Richard Pipes, has been outspoken 
about 
Muslims. In his work, which includes 11 books, numerous journal and 
newspaper articles and a variety of television appearances, Pipes has 
compared Islam with fascism. He has urged more security profiling of 
Muslims and has argued that the increased Muslim populations in the 
United 
States, France, Holland and elsewhere around the world are a danger to 
Jews.

He also started Campus Watch, which describes itself as a "review and 
critique" of professors specializing in Middle Eastern studies, to 
monitor 
academic work for alleged pro-Arab bias.

The Council of American-Islamic Relations calls Pipes "the premier 
anti-Muslim attack dog since 9/11." Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the 
council, said the nomination is disturbing in light of Bush's visit to 
a 
mosque in the days after Sept. 11 to preach religious tolerance. "It 
sends 
an enormous message of insensitivity to Muslims," Hooper said. The 
council 
is lobbying Capitol Hill to kill the nomination...

Holly J. Burkhalter, advocacy director for Physicians for Human Rights, 
has 
been on the board since 2000. A Clinton appointee, she said she had not 
previously spoken out on Pipes' nomination, believing that his 
political 
leanings were not an issue...

Her concern, she said, is that Pipes is "well-known for having made a 
career of imposing a different kind of litmus test, an ideological 
purity 
movement." Bringing that kind of tactic to the Institute of Peace, she 
said, could have "a chilling effect" on scholarship.

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CONYERS SENDS LETTER REQUESTING DISMISSAL OF U.S. OFFICIAL IN IRAQ

The following is a letter sent yesterday by Congressman John Conyers 
(D-MI) 
to President Bush requesting the dismissal of an American official in 
Iraq 
for comments the official made on British television:

Dear Mr. President:

I was shocked to hear the recent comments made by Sam Nuckolls, the 
American official supervising the hiring of translators in 
Iraq.  Specifically, I was stunned to hear the official slam the door 
on an 
Iraqi applicant and mockingly remark, "Guiding these local Arabs around 
is 
like herding cats . . . herding cats into closets . . . except the cats 
don't complain as much."

Granted, the situation in Iraq is a difficult one for Americans who are 
working hard to help rebuild the Iraqi infrastructure.  But there is 
absolutely no excuse for the kind of arrogant and bigoted treatment 
exhibited by Mr. Nuckolls toward well-meaning Iraqis who only want to 
find 
employment and work with the U.S. to improve their nation.

As such, I am calling on you to immediately remove Mr. Nuckolls from 
his 
position and offer an apology to the Iraqi people whom he has treated 
so 
callously.

Sincerely,

John Conyers, Jr.
Ranking Member

ACTION REQUESTED: Send letters of appreciation to 
john.conyers@mail.house.gov

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BILL PUSHES RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ON JOB
Kevin Eckstrom, Chicago Tribune, 5/9/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0305090269may09,1,7381326.story

WASHINGTON - An unusually broad coalition of religious groups is 
pushing a 
bill that would protect religious expression in the workplace, but 
civil 
liberties groups are concerned the bill could be used to increase 
on-the-job proselytizing.

The Workplace Religious Freedom Act, introduced recently by Sen. Rick 
Santorum, (R-Pa.), and Sen. John Kerry, (D-Mass.), would force 
employers to 
"reasonably accommodate" employees who want to wear religious articles 
or 
take time off for worship services.

Current law mandates that employers allow such expression as long as it 
does not impose an "undue hardship" on the company. Supporters, 
however, 
say a 1977 Supreme Court ruling gutted the law and has not protected 
employees' rights...

Religious groups, including Seventh-day Adventists, Muslims, Southern 
Baptists, the National Council of Churches and others, say religious 
minorities are especially vulnerable to discrimination...

The new bill would define "undue hardship" as something that imposes 
"significant difficulty or expense" on the employer or that would keep 
an 
employee from carrying out the "essential functions" of the job...

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DRIVING WHILE IMMIGRANT
David Cole, Nation, 5/9/03
www.thenation.com

Emboldened by the "success" of its preventive war in Iraq, the Bush 
Administration appears to be expanding its preventive law-enforcement 
strategy at home. The centerpiece of that strategy is the use of minor 
infractions as pretexts to lock up suspects on whom the government 
lacks 
sufficient evidence to accuse them of more serious crimes. Immigration 
law 
violations have been the pretext of choice.

The Justice Department has invoked every immigration charge under the 
sun--including the failure to file a notice of change of address within 
ten 
days of moving--to detain and interrogate "suspected terrorists," 
virtually 
none of whom have turned out to have anything to do with terrorism. Now 
Attorney General John Ashcroft seeks to extend that strategy 
nationwide, 
ultimately giving every police officer, from a rural county sheriff to 
a 
state police traffic cop, the same pretextual tools. This development 
should sound alarm bells, for it is likely to undermine criminal law 
enforcement, affecting the safety of us all...

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ISRAEL RESTRICTS GAZA ACCESS
BBC, 5/9/03
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/middle_east/3013473.stm

Foreigners and Israeli civilians entering the Gaza Strip will have to 
sign 
waiver forms absolving the army of responsibility if they're killed or 
injured in military operations.

The form requires all foreigners, including United Nations relief 
workers, 
to acknowledge they are entering an unsafe area.

They must also declare that they are not peace activists.

The move comes after the deaths of a number of foreign journalists and 
human rights activists in Israel, particularly those from the 
International 
Solidarity Movement whose volunteers work as human shields in the 
Palestinian territories.

Soon after the new measures came into force, four foreign peace 
activists 
belonging to the movement were detained...

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A LEAP OF FAITH FOR THE MUSLIM WORLD'S INVESTORS
Farhan Bokhari, Financial Times, 5/9/03
www.ft.com

Huge losses in the world's stock markets are creating difficult choices 
for 
Islamic communities. As equities plunge, many investors are looking to 
other products such as futures and options. But while the Islamic faith 
allows the trading of equities, more complex types of securities - 
common 
in the rest of the world - are forbidden.

The increasingly pressing need to find a way round the problem has led 
to 
the creation of the first Islamic hedge fund. The fund, the creation of 
a 
bank in Saudi Arabia, is expected to be launched during the next few 
months.

Nevertheless, for financial institutions and investors in Islamic 
countries, the transition to hedge fund investing could be a difficult 
one. 
Hedge funds include practices that are likely to be closely scrutinised 
by 
Islamic scholars.

Islamic law bans investment in what it considers vices, such as 
businesses 
dealing in pork, alcohol or gambling, as well as fixed- interest 
payments, 
which it defines as usury.

But, more fundamentally for hedge funds, the concept of short-selling 
may 
clash with rules that forbid Muslims from dealing in an asset whose 
ownership has not been transferred to them formally. Derivatives, such 
as 
futures and options based on speculating on the movements of equities, 
may 
also fall foul of Islamic laws...

Nevertheless, analysts point to the financial sector in Malaysia as an 
example of how Islam can be compatible with investments. The Kuala 
Lumpur 
stock exchange offers equity products that are acceptable to Islamic 
law...

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CALLIGRAPHER SCRIPTS SUCCESS WITH ARABIC STYLES
Erling Hoh, Washington Times, 5/9/03
http://washingtontimes.com/world/20030509-90538086.htm

Seated in his spartan office at the Institute of Islamic Theology in 
the 
southern part of Beijing, Mr. Chen, the institute's retired librarian, 
is 
not one to dwell on aesthetic dialectics of Chinese and Arabic 
calligraphy...

When Islam spread to China 1,000 years ago, Chinese Muslims began using 
the 
traditional brush and ink to copy the Koran. The oldest handwritten 
copy of 
the Koran in China dates to 1318. In time, an original form of Arabic 
calligraphy with distinct Chinese characteristics, known as Sini, 
evolved.

Following in the footstep of such famous Chinese Arabic calligraphers 
as 
Huababa, a Qing dynasty scholar from the province of Henan, Mr. Chen 
took 
up Arabic calligraphy as a student at Institute of Islamic Theology in 
the 
1950s.

During Mao Tse-tung's Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, however, 
Islam 
was virtually forbidden and Arabic calligraphy was denounced as part of 
the 
"four olds."

After China reopened its doors in the late 1970s, the country's Muslims 
were allowed to practice their religion and re-establish ties with the 
Islamic world. Mr. Chen made his first hajj to Mecca in 1989...

Chen Jinhui is now busy investigating a cultural diffusion in the other 
direction: the history of Arabic calligraphy in China.

"It is very difficult research. I want to fill in all the blanks," Mr. 
Chen 
said. For encouragement, he has only to recall a saying of the prophet 
Muhammad:

"Seek wisdom, even if it be in China."

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RESOURCES: HARVARD REPORT ON CIVIL RIGHTS OF MUSLIMS, ARABS, AND SOUTH 
ASIANS

The report by Harvard University's Civil Rights Project, "One Nation 
Indivisible, under God, with Liberty and Justice for All: Civil Rights 
for 
Arabs, Muslims, and South Asians", is available at:

http://www.civilrightsproject.harvard.edu/research/articles/civilrights_gary.php

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS  5/12/2003

HEADLINES:

* VERSE OF THE DAY: WORK TO INSPIRE
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5865 SPONSORSHIPS
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* CAIR OFFICIAL URGES MUSLIMS COUNTER MISINFORMATION (Journal Sentinel)
* U.S. TEAM FINDS NO WMD (Independent)
         - American to Advise Iraq on New Constitution (NY Times)
         - Muslim TV Network in the Making (Wired)
         - Muslims Have Not Been Silent About Terrorism (Post Gazette)
         - Two Views on Islam and the West (Montreal Gazette)
* PIPES NOMINATION A SLAP IN THE FACE FOR MUSLIMS (SF Chronicle)
* PATRIOT ACT DISTURBS CIVIL LIBERTARIANS (Sun Sentinel)
* GOD'S MERCY IS REFLECTED IN A MOTHER'S LOVE (Columbus Dispatch)
* IRANIAN JEW ACCUSED OF RELIGIOUS ARSONS (JTA)
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VERSE OF THE DAY: WORK TO INSPIRE

By the declining day, humankind is at a great disadvantage, save those 
who 
do good works, admonish one another to be forthright, and inspire each 
other to endure hardship.

-Holy Quran, Chapter 103, Verse 1

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5856 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's Library Project has received 5856 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 
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Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

TO SPONSOR A LIBRARY PACKAGE, GO TO: www.libraryproject.org
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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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MUSLIMS URGED TO COUNTER MISINFORMATION ABOUT FAITH
Tom Heinen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5/9/03
http://www.jsonline.com/lifestyle/religion/may03/139698.asp

The head of the nation's best known Islamic advocacy group told about 
1,000 
Muslims in Milwaukee Friday that they needed to counter widespread 
misconceptions by supporting an effort to get accurate books and videos 
about their faith in every public library in the United States.

Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, said Islam is truly the subject of the day since the 
terrorist 
attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The religion is talked about in the news 
media 
and everywhere from bedrooms to classrooms.

"No other faith is being discussed, examined and studied the way Islam 
is," 
Awad said in his sermon at the 1 p.m. prayer session at the mosque of 
the 
Islamic Society of Milwaukee, 4707 S. 13th St.

Also, no other faith is being monitored and investigated the way Islam 
is, 
he added.

Islam's greatest challenge in the United States is ignorance, he said. 
There are misconceptions, misrepresentations and attacks. Many of the 
books 
and news reports that have been produced about Islam since 9-11 are 
inaccurate, he said...

American society is very open-minded, literate and scientific, he said. 
If 
Muslims provide information and reach out from the isolation of their 
homes 
and mosques, they will leave a mark on society.

In a reference to concerns about the American Patriot Act and other 
legislation eroding civil liberties, Awad said it is Muslims' turn to 
do 
for society what African-Americans did in the 1960s. Just as 
African-Americans helped counter racial discrimination, Muslims must 
help 
counter efforts that would diminish the civil liberties of non-Muslims 
and 
Muslims alike...

SEE ALSO:

MUSLIM TV NETWORK IN THE MAKING
Kari Dean, Wired, 5/10/03
http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,58773,00.html

When Mohamed Alaoui's 4-year-old twins grow up, he wants them to see 
themselves on television. Well, maybe not themselves, exactly, but 
people 
who look like them -- everyday American Muslims who have nothing to do 
with 
terrorism.

"The only thing you really see about my culture is very negative," said 
Alaoui, a native of Morocco who lives in Arlington, Texas. "I don't 
want my 
kids to think that every person in the Muslim religion is a terrorist."

About 6 million to 8 million Muslims currently reside in the United 
States, 
yet pop culture images of them are scant beyond the nightly news 
reports 
chronicling the war on terrorism and Hollywood portrayals of Islamic 
extremists blowing up buses in Brooklyn. There isn't a single recurring 
Muslim character, for example, on a sitcom or drama.

Alaoui and some 1,500 other American Muslims like him are eager to 
change 
that -- so eager that they're willing to pay $10 a month for a 
fledgling 
cable television network that doesn't even exist yet.

Mo Hassan, a New York banker and ex-Procter & Gamble marketer, and Omar 
Amanat, founder of the Tradescape Internet brokerage, are betting that 
many 
more people will to do the same. The founders of the new Bridges TV 
network 
hope that by delivering 10,000 "pre-subscribers" they will convince 
major 
cable companies to take on the first nationwide English-language Muslim 
television channel in the United States by the summer of 2004.

Hassan and Amanat say they plan to offer programming that resonates 
with 
the real-life experiences of moderate American Muslims.

"American Muslim life is, for the most part, quite similar to 
mainstream 
American life," said Hassan. "But for an American-born Muslim kid 
growing 
up in America, there are virtually no realistic portrayals of Muslims 
in 
dramas, sitcoms, soap operas or talk shows."...

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US WEAPONS TEAM ENDS ITS SEARCH WITH NO DISCOVERY
Andrew Buncombe, Independent, 5/12/03
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=405395

The team searching for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq is ending 
its 
operation without having found proof that Saddam Hussein had stocks of 
chemical, biological or nuclear weapons.

It investigated numerous sites identified by US intelligence as those 
likely to harbour weapons of mass destruction (WMD) but has now all but 
accepted that it is unlikely to find any weapons. Operations are being 
wound up and a scaled-down unit called the Iraq Survey Group will take 
over.

The leader of the US Army's 75th Exploitation Task Force, Colonel 
Richard 
McPhee, said his team of biologists, chemists, computer experts and 
documents specialists arrived in Iraq believing the intelligence 
community's warning that Saddam had given "release authority" to those 
in 
charge of a chemical arsenal.

"We didn't have all those people in protective suits for nothing," he 
told 
The Washington Post. "[But if they planned to use those weapons] there 
had 
to have been something to use and we haven't found it. Books will be 
written on that in the intelligence community for a long time."...

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AMERICAN WILL ADVISE IRAQIS ON WRITING NEW CONSTITUTION
Jennifer Lee, New York Times, 5/11/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/11/international/worldspecial/11FELD.html

WASHINGTON - As the news of Iraq's new constitutional adviser trickled 
out, 
some specialists in Islamic studies were scratching their heads. E-mail 
queries bounced back and forth. Who is Noah Feldman? Had anyone heard 
of him?

Legal experts were also somewhat taken aback. Professor Feldman is 
widely 
considered a promising constitutional law scholar, but by no means an 
established one.

On its face, it is surprising that the Office for Reconstruction and 
Humanitarian Assistance set up for Iraq would put a 32-year-old 
assistant 
law professor in the critical role of advising the Iraqis in writing 
their 
Constitution.

For one, Professor Feldman is finishing up his second year of teaching 
-- 
at New York University Law School, where he is immensely popular with 
the 
students. His politics seem somewhat liberal in an administration known 
to 
vet scientists to sit on advisory committees.

But as people blink and begin to focus their eyes, a consensus is 
emerging 
that liberal or conservative, fresh-faced or gray-haired, Professor 
Feldman 
was the obvious choice.

"A lot of appointments to very sensitive jobs leave you amused or 
intrigued 
or indifferent," said Akbar Ahmed, a leading Islamic scholar from 
American 
University in Washington. "But here we had, for once, the right man for 
the 
job."...

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MUSLIMS HAVE NOT BEEN SILENT ABOUT TERRORISM
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 5/11/03
http://www.post-gazette.com/forum/letters/20030511lets0511p1.asp
(scroll to bottom)

The April 27 letter "The True Outrage," claiming that American Muslims 
have 
been "silent" in the face of terrorism, exemplifies how extremists like 
evangelist Franklin Graham are tearing our nation apart.

After the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, there was a resounding cry of 
outrage 
and condemnation from Muslim communities both here and abroad. Islamic 
authorities from all facets of society (political, religious and 
educational), all across the globe spoke out against the tragic loss of 
almost 3,000 innocents. Their message to the world was clear: this was 
not 
Islam.

Among the political voices raised against the 9/11 attacks were: the 
League 
of Arab States, President Muhammad Khatami of Iran, Jamaat-e-Islami 
(the 
Islamic Party) in both Pakistan and Bangladesh, the head of the 
directorate 
of religious affairs of Turkey as well as the Organization of Islamic 
Conference of Foreign Ministers, which donated $5 million to the 
victims of 
the 9/11 attacks.

Religious and educational leaders also joined the chorus, with voices 
including the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt, the chief mufti of Saudi 
Arabia, 
the Council of Senior Religious Scholars in Saudi Arabia and the 
Islamic 
Research Academy in Cairo, Egypt.

Here, in the United States, every major American Muslim organization 
(such 
as the Council on American Islamic Relations, the Islamic Society of 
North 
America and the Muslim Student Association) has categorically condemned 
the 
attacks. Locally, the Islamic Council of Pittsburgh held a press 
conference 
on Sept. 14, 2001, to express outrage and condemnation of the horrific 
acts 
of 9/11. On Sept. 11, 2002, local mosques had open houses inviting all 
to 
remember the victims of terror all over the world.

The Muslim global response to the attacks of Sept. 11 has been 
single-voiced and clear. It's amazing how extremist rhetoric can blind 
some 
of us to concrete facts.

DALIA MOGAHED
Outreach Program Director
Islamic Center of Pittsburgh

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TRANSCENDING THE DIVISIONS BETWEEN THE ISLAMIC WORLD AND THE WEST
Riad Saloojee, Montreal Gazette, 5/10/03
http://www.canada.com/search/story.aspx?id=ff4c6f6f-38dd-4803-8642-c864eba6c912

Bernard Lewis and Noah Feldman grapple with the post-9/11 divide 
between 
the Muslim and Western worlds.

They offer disparate perspectives. For Lewis, rapprochement lies in 
ending 
anti-Western hostility within the Muslim world, while Feldman looks 
beyond 
detente to the possibility of a synthesis of Islam and democracy that 
would 
also facilitate relations between the Western and Islamic countries.

Lewis, professor of Near Eastern studies at Princeton University, is 
considered one of the foremost authorities and historians of the Middle 
East.

Two seminal questions, he asserts, arose after 9/11: Why do they hate 
us? 
And are Islam and the West doomed to coexist only as enemies? His 
latest, 
The Crisis of Islam, traces a pithy chronological journey from Islam's 
inception to the present in an effort to answer both.

Although Lewis's narrative weaves remarkably seamlessly through 
history, 
politics and religion, the book is clumsy scholarship. Its conclusions 
are 
a host of unsatisfying tautologies - they hate us, he argues 
essentially, 
because of an irrational hate of everything Western - that tend to be 
rooted in reductionist generalizations...

Noah Feldman's After Jihad considers whether, and how, Islam and 
democracy 
are compatible. Eschewing any black-and-white oppositional discourse 
between the East and West, Feldman concludes that the present time is 
ripe 
with momentum for such a synthesis...

The Islamic ethos, asserts Feldman, places great emphasis on a 
discourse of 
justice, rule of law, public consultation and accountability. In 
addition 
to these animating constants, Muslim society is profoundly 
heterogeneous. 
The potential variants of Islamic democracy are, therefore, 
multifarious: 
everything from religion being merely a state religion (as in England) 
to 
more religiously endowed governance...

Riad Saloojee is the executive director of the Council on 
American-Islamic 
Relations-Canada, based in Ottawa.

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PIPES NOMINATION A SLAP IN THE FACE FOR ISLAM
Helal Omeira and Arsalan Iftikhar, San Francisco Chronicle, 5/11/03
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/05/11/ED303758.DTL

Set aside the fact that Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham 
and 
the man who said that Islam was "an evil and wicked religion," was the 
clergyman invited to deliver the Good Friday homily at the Pentagon. 
Forget 
that shortly after Sept. 11, President Bush gloriously stated that 
Americans were on a "crusade" in the war on terror. The most recent 
mystification to come from Pennsylvania Avenue is the nomination of 
Daniel 
Pipes to the board of the United States Institute of Peace, a 
governmental 
think tank.

Pipes has always had a troubling bigotry toward Arabs and Muslims. As 
early 
as 1983, an otherwise positive Washington Post book review noted that 
Pipes 
displays "a disturbing hostility to contemporary Muslims. . . them." 
Pipes, 
said the reviewer, "is swayed by the writings of anti-Muslim writers" 
and 
the book "is marred by inconsistencies and evidence of hostility."

Peter Rodgers, a former Australian ambassador to Israel, echoes a 
similar 
review of Pipes' work. In the mid-'90s, Rodgers was quoted in the 
Weekly 
Standard saying, sarcastically, that he wishes he "could be a 
polemicist 
[like Pipes]; then I'd never have to worry about accuracy and balance, 
about passing off egregious nonsense as alarming statement of fact, 
about 
repetition and self-contradiction. I, too, could trumpet mediocre 
fictions 
as insightful prophecies."...

In a time when we need open and lucid dialogue to help instill peace 
within 
humanity, President Bush's nomination of Pipes does nothing to further 
that 
dialogue. Pipes' record categorically proves that his ignorant and 
inflammatory rhetoric does not deserve to be even loosely affiliated 
with 
an organization associated with the word "peace."

Helal Omeira is executive director of the Northern California chapter 
of 
the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Arsalan Iftikhar serves as 
Midwest communications director for CAIR.

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PATRIOT ACT, INITIATIVES DISTURB CIVIL LIBERTARIANS; BROWARD DECREE 
URGES 
`RESPECT'
Tanya Weinberg, South Florida Sun Sentinel, 5/11/03
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-spatriot11may11.story

As a naturalized U.S. citizen, Ahmed Koko thought that he would be 
protected by the Constitution, like any other American.

For the most part he maintained that belief in the months after the 
Sept. 
11 attacks, as he juggled college studies with his security guard job 
--even as he found himself treated like a potential terrorist at the 
airport, at work and at home.

But when federal agents visited his Pompano Beach home for what he said 
was 
the seventh time, Koko, 31, felt as if his rights had evaporated.

This time agents didn't come to ask if he was a terrorist, if he knew 
Osama 
bin Laden, or what he could tell them about local Islamic leaders and 
others from the mosques he attends. Although it was not Moroccan native 
Koko the agents sought -- but an Iraqi neighbor for one of thousands of 
war-related interviews -- Koko landed in jail for the night.

Koko's story stirred gasps last week during a town-hall meeting at 
Florida 
International University, where civil libertarians decried the federal 
government's tactics in the war on terrorism. As part of national 
awareness-building efforts groups such as the American Civil Liberties 
Union, the American Library Association and the Council on American 
Islamic 
Relations urged people to fight federal initiatives and legislation 
they 
consider part of an ongoing assault on civil rights...

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GOD'S MERCY IS REFLECTED IN A MOTHER'S LOVE
Asma Mobin-Uddin, Columbus Dispatch, 5/9/03
www.dispatch.com

My newborn son lies nestled against my shoulder. I hear and feel his 
soft, 
gentle breaths as he sleeps, oblivious to the rest of the world. Warm, 
dry, 
fed and snuggled in the gentle cocoon of my arms, he rests peacefully. 
As I 
gaze at him, I am overwhelmed by feelings of love, tenderness and mercy 
for 
him.

As a pediatrician, I have always felt personally affected by my 
patients 
and their families. After I had children of my own, however, my heart 
awoke 
to a whole new awareness of what mercy meant...

A mother's love and compassion for her child is one of the strongest, 
purest forms of mercy we experience. Islamic teachings build on this 
experience to help us understand the love and mercy of God.

Prophet Muhammad once pointed out a mother caring for her child and 
asked 
his companions if they could imagine her ever throwing the child into a 
fire. After they emphatically said they could not, he taught them that 
God 
has more love and mercy for his servants than that mother has for her 
child.

The Arabic word for womb, rahim, is derived from rahma, which means 
mercy, 
love, compassion and kindness. From the same root comes one of God's 
titles: Rahman, the All-Merciful, possessor of all-embracing, perfect 
mercy 
and compassion. The word describing a mother's tenderness and love for 
her 
offspring is used in its superlative form to describe the mercy of 
God...

Asma Mobin-Uddin is a Columbus pediatrician and serves as vice 
president of 
the Council on American-Islamic Relations' Ohio Chapter.

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LEADERS SHOCKED AFTER IRANIAN JEW ARRESTED FOR SERIES OF RELIGIOUS 
ARSONS
Tom Tugend, JTA, 5/11/03
http://www.jta.org/page_view_story.asp?strwebhead=Iranian+Jew+nabbed+in+L%2EA%2E+arsons&intcategoryid=5

LOS ANGELES  Leaders of the Iranian Jewish community say they are 
disturbed 
that a member of their community is believed to have been responsible 
for a 
string of arson attacks that targeted religious institutions, including 
synagogues.

At the same time, however, they expressed relief that the attacks 
apparently were not motivated by anti-Semitism.

Farshid Tehrani, 40, was arrested early last Friday by police, who had 
been 
tracking him for a day after receiving a tip linking him to the five 
arson 
incidents in Encino.

During three successive days last week, incendiary devices, described 
by 
some as Molotov cocktails, were hurled at the Bahai Faith Community 
Center, 
the Iranian Synagogue, Da'at Torah Educational Center and Valley Beth 
Shalom, one of the leading Conservative congregations in the Los 
Angeles area.

About 10 days earlier, a similar attack on the First Presbyterian 
Church of 
Encino caused $75,000 to $100,000 in damage, according to the Los 
Angeles 
Times. Damage at the other locations was relatively minor, and there 
were 
no injuries.

Sam Kermanian, secretary general of the Iranian American Jewish 
Federation, 
told JTA that his community, as "one of the targets of these attacks, 
had 
been extremely concerned that they were hate- or terrorism-related."

But relief over the arrest was mingled "with deep shock at the 
possibility 
that the perpetrator might be someone from our community.

"This obviously cannot be the work of a healthy mind," he added...

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 5/13/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: THE GREATEST DECEPTION
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5867 SPONSORSHIPS
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* AMERICAN MUSLIMS CONDEMN RIYADH BOMBINGS
* AS SURVEILLANCE POWERS GROW ACCOUNTABILITY LANGUISHES (USA Today)
* TRUST ON TRIAL (Austin American Statesman)
* MUSLIMS TO HOLD VOTER REGISTRATION PICNIC (Atlanta Journal 
Constitution)
* MINN. RESIDENTS PROTEST PROPOSED MUSLIM SLAUGHTERHOUSE (Star Tribune)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: THE GREATEST DECEPTION

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "The greatest deception 
of 
all deceptions is to lie to your brother when he believes all that you 
say."

Sahih Bukhari, Hadith 395

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5867 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's Library Project has received 5867 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 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 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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AMERICAN MUSLIMS CONDEMN RIYADH BOMBINGS

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/13/03) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR), a Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group, 
today 
condemned the Monday bombing attacks on three housing compounds in 
Riyadh, 
Saudi Arabia. The attacks are estimated to have left dozens of people 
dead 
and many more injured.

In a statement, CAIR said:

"We condemn this vicious attack on civilians. No cause is served by the 
willful targeting of innocent people and there is certainly no 
justification for these crimes.

"We offer our condolences to the families of the victims and pray for 
the 
recovery of those injured in the explosions."

"We join with the international community in calling for the swift 
apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators."

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AS SURVEILLANCE POWERS GROW ACCOUNTABILITY LANGUISHES
USA Today, 5/13/03
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=679&ncid=742&e=1&u=/usatoday/20030512/cm_usatoday/5148357

When Congress broadened the federal government's police powers in the 
wake 
of 9/11, critics worried that the new authority might weaken 
civil-liberties protections. So Congress settled on a win-win 
compromise: 
grant the expanded powers to seize records and conduct secret searches, 
but 
make them temporary.

That way, the federal government got the authority it needed to fight 
terrorism, while the public got until 2005 to judge whether authorities 
used their new tools wisely.

In practice, though, the government isn't holding up its end of the 
bargain. The Justice Department has refused to cooperate with attempts 
by 
members of the Senate and House Judiciary committees to assess some of 
the 
law's most controversial provisions. Among them, federal agents' 
expanded 
authority to secretly seize individuals' library and bookstore records 
and 
conduct surveillance of their Internet and e-mail activities.

Yet, as if to reward a recalcitrant Justice Department, the Senate last 
week voted to further expand the government's police powers. It acted 
in 
spite of the department's continued refusal to provide a public 
assessment 
of how it has wielded its extraordinary authority since 9/11. By 
failing to 
press for disclosure of the department's activities, lawmakers are 
exempting the nation's chief law enforcers from the accountability 
system 
specifically set up to protect Americans against abuses...

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TRUST ON TRIAL
Bob Keefe, Austin American Statesman, 5/11/03
http://www.statesman.com/insight/content/auto/epaper/editions/sunday/insight_1.html

PORTLAND, ORE. - Since Sept. 11, 2001, the federal government has 
arrested 
dozens of suspected terrorists - some publicly on specific charges, 
some in 
secret without disclosing why.

But no case is quite like that of Maher "Mike" Hawash.

On the morning of March 20, authorities screeched into the parking lot 
of 
Intel Corp.'s campus in the Portland suburb of Hillsboro, where Hawash 
was 
working as a contractor, surrounded him with guns drawn and hauled him 
off 
to jail. They later descended on his home, where they confiscated 
computer 
records and financial documents.

Hawash was held in a federal penitentiary for more than 40 days without 
being charged and with little outside contact until May 2. That's when 
he 
was finally indicted on charges he conspired to join al Qaeda and the 
Taliban and fight against the U.S. Army in Afghanistan along with six 
others from Portland.

While Hawash sat behind bars, hundreds of protesters rallied here and 
elsewhere, calling his detention an example of how the civil rights of 
Americans -- especially Arab Americans -- are under assault...

"With the government's assumption that there are these 'sleeper cells' 
everywhere, there is serious damage being done in terms of the 
perception 
by non-Muslim Americans of their neighbors who happen to be Muslim," 
said 
Hodan Hassan, spokeswoman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations 
in 
Washington, D.C...

"We're not asking that this guy be given a free ride just because we 
like 
him," McGeady said.

"But the key thing is that just because he's an Arab American, just 
because 
he had a scraggly beard when he was arrested, that doesn't make him 
guilty," he said. "He deserves to be treated just like any rich white 
guy 
is treated in this country."

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MUSLIMS INVITED TO ATTEND PICNIC, REGISTER TO VOTE
Rick Badie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 5/13/03
http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/gwinnett/0503/13muslims.html

Fazal Khan was planning a voter registration drive for Muslims around 
the 
time U.S.-led coalition forces were gearing up for Operation Iraqi 
Freedom.

Anti-Muslim sentiments festered in the country. Metro Atlanta was 
spared 
any major backlash, but Khan postponed the event anyway.

"Not knowing what to expect was one of the major problems," said Khan, 
co-founder of GrassRoots Effort, a nonprofit organization that tries to 
build relationships between Muslims in America and the wider 
community...

Now the war is over, and the voter registration drive is back on track, 
set 
for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Buford Dam Park on Lake Lanier. Metro 
Atlanta's Muslim communities are invited to a community picnic that's 
serving up the chance for eligible immigrants to register.

"The big emphasis is trying to get more participation in the local 
community in the electoral process," said Yusof Burke, media 
coordinator 
for the local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, an 
Islamic advocacy group that plans to take part in the event.

"Most of the immigrant community is underrepresented in the process," 
said 
Burke, whose national office wants to register more than 100,000 Muslim 
voters. "They aren't registered, and don't have much interest. We have 
Somalis, Bosnians, Pakistanis and others organized in their own 
communities. We need to spread to the broader Muslim and non-Muslim 
communities. That's what we are trying to change."...

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RESIDENTS PROTEST PROPOSED MUSLIM SLAUGHTERHOUSE IN RICE COUNTY
Paul Levy, Minnesota Star Tribune, 5/13/03
http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/3879444.html

A proposal to build Minnesota's first Muslim meat-processing plant is 
drawing protest from Rice County residents who fear it could damage the 
environment, lower property values and increase traffic to their rural 
area.

But those may not be the only issues that will bring opponents to a 
County 
Board meeting tonight in Faribault, according to the lawyer for Ali 
Giarushi, who has proposed the plant. Attorney Caren Schurhammer said 
she 
believes that one factor driving the protest is that the proposed 
business 
would be a Muslim meat-packing plant.

If built, it will use the halal slaughtering process -- a religious 
ritual 
similar to the kosher process used by observant Jews.

The process, which involves cutting the carotid arteries in the 
animal's 
neck, is defined as "humane" by Minnesota law, although some in Rice 
County 
remain skeptical.

The plant is expected to attract between 40 and 100 vehicles a day 
carrying 
members of the Twin Cities' Muslim community to rustic-residential 
Webster 
Township, which is along Interstate Hwy. 35 near Northfield.

"It's what they don't say publicly that's been obscene," said 
Schurhammer. 
At public hearings she and Giarushi have attended, the lawyer said, 
"Everyone has been careful to tiptoe around the fact that this is a 
Muslim 
meatpacking plant."...

The intensity of the reaction has surprised some onlookers.

"We have 250 slaughter plants in the state and I don't know of one that 
has 
had to go through what this guy has," said Kevin Elfering, director of 
Dairy, Food and Meat Inspection for the state Department of 
Agriculture...

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS  5/14/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: DOING GOOD FOR PARENTS AFTER THEIR DEATH
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5867 SPONSORSHIPS
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* CAIR SOUTH CAROLINA TO HOLD FIRST BANQUET
* ISLAM THRIVES IN QUEBEC (Montreal Gazette)
         - Muslims Outnumber Jews in Canada (Globe and Mail)
* BUSH SHOULD PRESS SHARON (LA Times)
         - Toll on Palestinians Goes Beyond Violence (Journal 
Constitution)
         - Benny Elon's Long, Strange Trip (Salon.com)
         - Aipac Reaches Out To Black Caucus (JTA)
* VICTORY IN IRAQ SHOWS SIGNS OF UNRAVELING (LA Times)
        - New Iraqi TV Complains Of U.S. Censorship (Reuters)
* ALASKA REP WANTS CHANGES IN PATRIOT ACT (AP)
* KAZAKH GROUP EXPERIENCES U.S. DIVERSITY (Washington File)
* FEMALE MUSLIM COMEDIAN TAKES STAGE (SF Chronicle)
* NATIVE DEEN'S MUSLIM RAP (In the Mainstream)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: DOING GOOD FOR PARENTS AFTER THEIR DEATH

When a person asked the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) whether he 
can 
do any good for his parents after their death, he said: "Yes, you can 
pray 
for them, ask forgiveness for them, fulfill their obligations by 
honoring 
their friends, and maintain family ties that would not exist but for 
them."

Sahih Bukhari, Hadith 35

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5867 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's Library Project has received 5867 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 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 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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CAIR SOUTH CAROLINA TO HOLD FIRST BANQUET

WHAT: South Carolina's first official chapter of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will hold a grand opening banquet. 
CAIR 
Executive Director Nihad Awad and Director of Operations Khalid Iqbal 
will 
discuss the obligation of Muslims to participate in public affairs, 
CAIR's 
achievements and future goals for the organization. In addition, local 
attorney Larry Needles will give a speech on INS and immigration laws.

WHEN: Saturday, May 15 at 5 P.M.
WHERE: 2800 Ashland Road, Columbia, SC
CONTACT: Sabrina Kidwai at 803-238-1511

NOTE: The Saturday seminars will take place at Islamic Academy of 
Columbia, 
located at 501 N. Lucas Street, from Noon to 3 p.m.

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ISLAM THRIVES IN QUEBEC
Harvey Shepard, Montreal Gazette, 5/14/03
http://canada.com/national/story.asp?id=1B462F18-5D85-4165-A7FC-0891E0C90EAB

Islam has become the No. 1 non-Christian faith in Quebec, as in Canada 
as a 
whole.

Swollen by immigration from south Asia, north Africa and the Middle 
East, 
the number of Quebec Muslims increased by almost 11/2 times in the 10 
years 
between 1991 and 2001.

This pushed them past Jewish Quebecers.

Salaam Elmenyawi, chairperson of the Muslim Council of Montreal, said 
he 
hopes the Muslim growth will help defuse East-West polarization.

"Now Islam is going to be a Western religion and we look forward to 
making 
a positive contribution," said Elmenyawi, a chaplain at Concordia 
University.

"We hope that this will help to bring the world closer together."

Data from the 2001 Canadian census made public by Statistics Canada 
yesterday show that the 108,620 Muslims in Quebec were up by 141.8 per 
cent 
from a decade earlier...

Bashir Hussain, chairperson of the Montreal Chapter of the Council of 
Muslim Communities in Canada, can remember when there were only a 
handful 
of Muslims in Montreal in the early 1960s. "Now we have about 30 
mosques 
and places of prayer, and it's still not enough," he said...

SEE ALSO:

MUSLIMS OUTNUMBER JEWS IN CANADA
Gloria Galloway, Toronto Globe and Mail, 5/14/03
http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20030513.usaid0514/BNStory/National/

Canadian census figures show for the first time that Muslims outnumber 
Jews  a demographic that could ultimately affect this country's 
position 
toward the protracted Middle East conflict.

When the 1991 census was taken, about 25 per cent more people said they 
were Jewish than Muslim. But immigration from predominantly Muslim 
countries has reversed that dynamic.

Figures from the 2001 Canadian census released yesterday by Statistics 
Canada show that the number of people claiming to be of Muslim faith 
increased by 128.9 per cent to 579,640 in the decade beginning in 1991, 
making Islam the fastest growing religion in Canada. Two years ago, 
Muslims 
made up 2 per cent of this country's population.

The number of Jews also increased during that period, but only by 3.7 
per 
cent to 329,995. And the proportion they represent of the total 
Canadian 
population declined to 1.1 per cent from 1.2 per cent.

While Canada has, in recent years, tried to maintain an evenhanded 
response 
to the Mideast crisis, Israel's supporters in Canada's Jewish community 
have sometimes argued that remaining neutral means siding with 
Palestinian 
terrorists. But the growing influence of the Muslim faith may reinforce 
Canada's desire for neutrality.

"I would have to say with a caution that, yes, of course it is going to 
have an effect because politicians respond, of course to votes," said 
John 
Carson, a professor of Canadian foreign policy at the University of 
Toronto...

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BUSH SHOULD PRESS SHARON
Los Angeles Times, 5/14/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-israel14may14,1,3041431.story?coll=la%2Dnews%2Dcomment%2Deditorials

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell is trying to put a good face on his 
trip 
to the Middle East, which was intended to strengthen support for a 
"road 
map" to peace drawn up by the U.S., the United Nations, the European 
Union 
and Russia. But Powell couldn't disguise the roadblock he hit in 
Israeli 
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's refusal to endorse the latest plan to end 
the 
Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Unless President Bush tells Sharon that 
he 
must cooperate, particularly by agreeing that settlements must be 
dismantled, Powell will be crippled.

This trip is in some ways a replay of Powell's unsatisfying Mideast 
trip in 
April 2002. Then, Powell sought to revive the peace process, but Israel 
refused to withdraw troops from West Bank cities it had invaded several 
weeks earlier, stating that troops were needed to prevent further 
Palestinian suicide bombings. Bush said nothing...

If Sharon is unwilling to state explicitly that he backs the plan, he 
will 
be far less constrained to execute its provisions. Sharon is testing 
not 
the Palestinians but Bush's commitment to the peace process. If he 
doesn't 
receive a phone call from Bush saying that his scheduled visit to the 
White 
House is off unless he embraces the road map, Sharon will feel free to 
hunker down and avoid painful negotiations.

Powell is doing himself no favors by trying to turn the crumbs that 
Sharon 
is offering the Palestinians into a banquet. Unless he persuades Bush 
to 
intervene, Powell risks becoming irrelevant while the region descends 
into 
even more bloodshed.

SEE ALSO:

TOLL ON PALESTINIANS GOES BEYOND VIOLENCE
Shelia M. Poole, Atlanta Journal Constitution, 5/14/03
http://www.ajc.com/news/content/news/atlanta_world/0503/14care.html

The almost daily roster of those killed in the Israeli-Palestinian 
conflict, on both sides, is a deadly reminder of the toll inflicted by 
the 
violence.

But CARE, the Atlanta-based aid organization, is just as deeply 
concerned 
about the humanitarian crisis among Palestinians that rarely garners 
the 
headlines.

"Not much is known about how the conflict has affected people in 
nonviolent 
ways," said Earl Wall, director of CARE's West Bank-Gaza office, who 
was in 
Atlanta this week to meet with his colleagues at headquarters. "A lot 
more 
harm is being done to a lot more people due to disruptions in social 
services and education."

He said the effect has been "devastating" among Palestinians, 
particularly 
women, children and the elderly --- the most vulnerable segments of 
society.

The situation has been "worsened by the fact that the economy is in 
such a 
terrible state," Wall said. Unemployment, for example, is a staggering 
70 
percent in the Gaza Strip and 50 percent in the West Bank.

Israeli incursions into the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, border 
closures, 
curfews and checkpoints are choking the area's economy. Residents are 
not 
able to work or get food. Students can't get to school. And farmers 
can't 
get their products to market...

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BENNY ELON'S LONG, STRANGE TRIP
Claire Tristram, Salon.com, 5/14/03
http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2003/05/14/elon_visit/index_np.html

WASHINGTON - Benny Elon, Israel's minister of tourism, has a handshake 
as 
soft as butter. He is built like Santa. His voice is so gentle that you 
need to lean forward to catch everything he says. It is tough to 
reconcile 
the man with his reputation as one of the least tractable and most 
radically right of Israel's political leaders. He travels with two 
armed 
bodyguards and starts visibly at loud noises. His caution is 
understandable: Elon, who is also a rabbi, assumed leadership of 
Israel's 
Moledet Party in 2001 after the previous leader, Moledet founder 
Rechavam 
Zeevi, was assassinated. He and his party are committed to an Israel 
that 
stretches from the Mediterranean to the Jordan River, an outcome that 
Elon 
believes is both promised by God and made inevitable by realpolitik. It 
hinges, however, on a radical and polarizing notion -- that 
Palestinians 
can and should be "transferred" out of Israel...

Elon found sympathetic listeners in the United States, both on Capitol 
Hill, where he met tirelessly with U.S. senators and representatives of 
both parties and in the evangelical Christian community, where he has 
gained the support of lobbying groups such as the Christian Coalition 
and 
Gary Bauer's American Values. While the official purpose of Elon's 
visit 
last week was to promote Israeli tourism, he also found time to discuss 
his 
comparatively radical solution to the Palestinian question...

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AFTER CONTROVERSIAL ELECTION BATTLES AIPAC REACHES OUT TO BLACK CAUCUS
Eli Kintisch, JTA, 5/14/03
http://www.jta.org/page_view_story.asp?strwebhead=AIPAC+reaches+out+to+black+legislators&intcategoryid=3

WASHINGTON  As it gears up for a struggle over the "road map" toward 
Israeli-Palestinian peace, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee 
is 
making special overtures toward the Congressional Black Caucus, a group 
with which it has had rough relations in the recent past.

As part of its annual Washington convention, the pro-Israel lobby 
honored 
the caucus chair, Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), and the rest of the caucus 
at a 
special dinner March 30, attended by roughly 1,000 AIPAC donors from 
around 
the country.

Then, on April 24 in New York, AIPAC's executive director, Howard Kohr, 
joined other Jewish community leaders for a lunch with rap mogul 
Russell 
Simmons, who has tried to promote better relations between the caucus 
and 
the Jewish community.

With Congress focused on domestic affairs, it may be too early to judge 
how 
effective AIPAC's efforts have been to improve support from the black 
caucus on Middle East-related resolutions and initiatives...

"For most black members of Congress, the Middle East is not high on 
their 
agenda," said David Bositis, an expert on black politics at the 
Washington-based Joint Center for Economic and Political Studies. But 
"many 
of their supporters see the Palestinians as getting a raw deal" under 
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon...

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VICTORY IN IRAQ SHOWS SIGNS OF UNRAVELING
James P. Pinkerton, Los Angeles Times, 5/14/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-pink14may14,1,5759425.story?coll=la%2Dnews%2Dcomment%2Dopinions

Is President Bush's victory in Iraq coming undone like a cheap cowboy 
boot? 
Let's look at some of the unraveling stitches.

First, there's the situation on the ground in Iraq. After a series of 
attacks on GIs, the American "peacekeepers" adopted the same modus 
operandi 
they used in Bosnia: Forces have been under orders to travel as little 
as 
possible. It's especially critical to avoid casualties now, as body 
bags 
might upstage the administration's declare-victory-and-let's-cut-taxes 
blitz. Of course, the problem is that not much policing -- let alone 
nation-building -- gets done.

Yet in the Muslim world, to ignore a problem is not to make it go away. 
The 
Times reported Tuesday that Afghan President Hamid Karzai, in despair 
over 
his inability to control provincial warlords, is considering asking 
Washington to crush his rivals. "We need to take serious steps or this 
government is doomed to fail," said one Karzai aide. During a year and 
a 
half of U.S. occupation of Afghanistan, Americans have never stopped 
operations against the Taliban, but it would be a huge escalation if 
Americans started fighting Afghans on behalf of "our" Afghans.

Second, there's the mysterious matter of the weapons of mass 
destruction. A 
headline in USA Today said it all: "U.S. begins to downplay hunt for 
banned 
weapons." The article notes the "before" and "after" quotes of top Bush 
people. Before the war: chapter-and-verse specifics about the location 
of 
Saddam Hussein's WMDs. After: vague calls for patience...

SEE ALSO:

NEW IRAQI TV COMPLAINS OF U.S. CENSORSHIP
Saul Hudson, Reuters, 5/14/03
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=2733916

BAGHDAD - The U.S.-sponsored Iraqi television news station complained 
of 
American censorship before its first broadcast Tuesday, including 
attempts 
to stop it airing passages from the Koran, the Muslim holy book.

If the network overcomes last-minute transmitter glitches, a country 
fed on 
a diet of state propaganda could see the start of what is being 
trumpeted 
as a new broadcasting era.

Deprived of any locally produced television since U.S. troops ousted 
president Saddam Hussein, Baghdad residents with electricity will be 
able 
to see the Iraqi flag on their screens, hear the national anthem and 
watch 
a three-minute address from Jay Garner, the No. 2 in the U.S.-led 
civilian 
administration.

But the Iraqi Media Network has postponed plans to air a half-hour live 
news program because of disputes over editorial control.

"As journalists we will not submit to censorship," said Dan North, a 
Canadian documentary maker advising Iraqis at the station, which plans 
two 
hours of programming a night for viewers in Baghdad.

"This whole idea was about starting the genesis of an open media so we 
will 
not accept an outside source scrutinizing what we produce."

The charges of censorship could reaffirm for many Iraqis the perception 
that Washington is not allowing them a free hand in building democratic 
institutions...

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REP. YOUNG WANTS CHANGES IN PATRIOT ACT
Associated Press, 5/14/03
http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/051403/sta_legpatriotact.shtml

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Don Young wants to start making amends for a 
vote he 
cast in a moment of anger 18 months ago. He is looking to dismantle 
parts 
of the USA Patriot Act, which he and most other members of Congress 
approved in the weeks following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The Alaska Republican said he probably would co-sponsor a bill that 
would 
make it harder once again for federal law enforcement agencies to see 
library and bookstore patron records.

"I think the Patriot Act was not really thought out," Young said. "I'm 
very 
concerned that, in our desire for security and our enthusiasm for 
pursuing 
supposedly terrorists, that sometimes we might be on the verge of 
giving up 
the freedoms which we're trying to protect."

The bill Young said he may co-sponsor was introduced by Rep. Bernie 
Sanders, a Vermont independent with whom Young rarely agrees.

"I think he's right in this issue. I don't think it's anybody's 
business 
what I'm reading in the library," Young said.

Sanders' bill would block judges on the government's foreign 
surveillance 
court from giving federal law enforcement officers warrants to search 
library and bookstore records for "personally identifiable information 
concerning a patron."...

The Alaska House on Monday approved a resolution asking the federal 
government to fix parts of the Patriot Act that may infringe on civil 
liberties. The resolution also tells state agencies they should not 
help 
the federal government with investigations that could violate people's 
rights unless they have reason to suspect criminal activity...

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RELIGIOUS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS EXPERIENCE U.S. DIVERSITY
Phyllis McIntosh, Washington File, 5/12/03
http://usinfo.state.gov/cgi-bin/washfile/display.pl?p=/products/washfile/latest&f=03051207.tlt&t=/products/washfile/newsitem.shtml

Twenty religious and community leaders from the former Soviet republic 
of 
Kazakhstan -- an area struggling to reconnect with its pre-Soviet 
Muslim 
traditions -- recently had an opportunity to see how people of 
different 
faiths and ethnic backgrounds coexist peacefully in the
United States.

Their visit was organized around the theme "Islam in a Religiously 
Diverse 
U.S.". The visit was sponsored by the Community Connections Program of 
the 
Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). 
This program, which promotes mutual understanding through personal and 
professional communication, brings some 1,500 people from Eurasia to 
the 
United States every year for home-based visits and practical 
professional 
exchanges.

The visiting Kazakhs included imams and other mosque officials, 
educators, 
a newspaper publisher, and a director of a religious studies center. 
During 
their three-week stay, they lived with families in the Washington, D.C. 
area and Philadelphia. They visited Christian churches and Jewish 
synagogues, in addition to Islamic centers, and met with such 
organizations 
as the Institute of Peace, Interfaith Alliance, Council on 
American-Islamic 
Relations, and the Muslim
Students Association of Georgetown University...

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FUNNY, SHAZIA MIRZA LOOKS MUSLIM . . .
Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle, 5/14/03
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/05/14/DD306495.DTL&type=entertainment

At first, it's a bit shocking to see Shazia Mirza onstage in hijab, the 
head scarf that pious Muslim women wear to cover their hair. Isn't 
Mirza 
supposed to be a stand-up comic? Isn't Mirza - a smart (and 
smart-alecky) 
27-year-old Londoner with a master's degree in biochemistry - supposed 
to 
be a liberated woman?

Mirza, whose parents are from Pakistan, is adamant (in a funny way) 
that 
her appearance is simply reflective of her religious ethos and that 
there 
are no contradictions between this ethos, her modern sensibilities and 
her 
proven ability to make people laugh.

"I totally believe in my religion," says Mirza, who is making her U.S. 
comic debut Saturday night at the "Funny Girlz" event in San Francisco. 
"I 
think if I were a practicing Muslim and a stripper, then there would be 
a 
problem. But there isn't a problem with me being a practicing Muslim 
and a 
stand-up comic."

Promoters often bill Mirza as "the world's only female Muslim comic" -- 
a 
title that guarantees an audience for her biting, deadpan observations 
that 
frequently refer to the Muslim world and her day-to-day life...

"The image people have of Muslim women that cover their hair is they're 
oppressed and have a hard life," she says. "It confuses people that I 
wear 
it and am funny. It breaks down stereotypes."...

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NATIVE DEEN'S MUSLIM RAP
Phyllis McIntosh, Into the Maintstream, 5/14/03
http://usinfo.state.gov/products/pubs/muslimlife/rap.htm

The sound is the familiar street rap so popular with American 
teenagers. 
But the message is decidedly more upbeat than the dark themes of drugs 
and 
violence that permeate most rap. Consider the words from a song called 
"Intentions:"

"My intentions cannot bring the reward, when they're out of line. So I 
pray 
to Allah to help me, to do everything for him only."

Known as Muslim rap, this new musical phenomenon strikes a chord 
especially 
with African-Americans who make up about a third of all Muslims in the 
United States. The group behind the sound is Native Deen, three black 
men 
in the Washington, D.C., area who grew up as
devout Muslims and want to use their talents to inspire other young 
people 
to keep the faith amid the pressures and temptations of modern life.

All three -- Joshua Salaam, 28, Naeem Muhammad, and Abdul-Malik Ahmad, 
both 
26 -- are married and fathers of young children. When not making music, 
Salaam manages the civil rights division of the
Council on American-Islamic Relations, Muhammad works for an 
information 
technology company, and Ahmad designs web sites and teaches martial 
arts.

As Native Deen, they perform at Islamic conferences, fundraisers, 
weddings, 
and holiday gatherings - any place, they say, "where wholesome Islamic 
entertainment is needed." They shun clubs, bars, and discos, or any 
venue 
where Islamic prohibitions against alcohol, dancing, and many forms of 
music are violated. Most of their songs deal with growing up Muslim in 
America, remembering to make morning prayers and practice the faith 
without 
getting too caught up in
material possessions and "the TV shows and the music videos." A few 
numbers 
simply exhort listeners to avoid drugs, or sex, or cheating in school 
with 
no specific mention of religion...

SEE ALSO:

Native Deen's website at www.nativedeen.com

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 5/15/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: BACKBITING
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5867 SPONSORSHIPS
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* HAS U.S. BECOME JUDEO-CHRISTIAN-ISLAMIC? (Newhouse)
	- Islam Growing Rapidly in US Suburbs (AP)
* MUSLIM LEADERS SAY ISLAM AND DEMOCRACY COMPATIBLE
* PEACE INSTITUTE NOMINEE OPPOSES 'ROAD MAP' TO PEACE (Forward)
	- USIP Nominee to Speak Against "Road Map" (IsraelNN)
	- Sharon: Settlements Not on Agenda (Haaretz)
	- Editorial: Sharon and Settlements (Washington Times)
	- DC Israel Gala Canceled Due to Poor Ticket Sales?
* FBI MEETS SUSPICION IN RECRUITING MUSLIMS (Newhouse)
	- A Terror Tracking System by Any Other Name (Time)
	- Court Puts a Vulnerable Group at Risk (Newsday)
	- Suit on Denial of Immigrants' Appeals (Mercury News)
	- Editorial: The Guantánamo Scandal (New York Times)
* AMERICAN MUSLIM KILLED IN RIYADH BOMBINGS (Washington Post)
* BUSH OFFICIALS CHANGE TUNE ON IRAQI WEAPONS (Reuters)
	- Straw Retreats on Finding Banned Weapons (Guardian)
* RUSSIA ALLOWS MUSLIM SCARVES IN ID PICTURES
* MUSLIMS IN THE US: DEMOGRAPHY, BELIEFS, INSTITUTIONS
* KAPTUR BILL SAFEGUARDS CIVIL LIBERTIES FOR ALL

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HADITH OF THE DAY: BACKBITING

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Backbiting (is) talking 
about your brother in a manner that he does not like." He was then 
asked: 
"What if I actually find (that failing) in my brother?" The Prophet 
replied: "If (that failing) is actually found (in him), you were 
backbiting, and if it is not, that is slander."

Sahih Muslim, Hadith 1183

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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
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HAS THE UNITED STATES BECOME JUDEO-CHRISTIAN-ISLAMIC?
MARK O'KEEFE, Newhouse News Service, 5/14/03
http://www.newhouse.com

Leading Muslim organizations say it's time for Americans to stop using 
the 
phrase "Judeo-Christian" when describing the values and character that 
define the United States.

Better choices, they say, are "Judeo-Christian-Islamic" or "Abrahamic," 
referring to Abraham, the patriarch held in common by the monotheistic 
big 
three religions.

The new language should be used "in all venues where we normally talk 
about 
Judeo-Christian values, starting with the media, academia, statements 
by 
politicians and comments made in churches, synagogues and other 
places," 
said Agha Saeed, founder and chairman of the American Muslim Alliance, 
a 
political group headquartered in Fremont, Calif.

Other national Muslim groups supporting a change include the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, the Muslim American Society and the 
American 
Muslim Council.

The budding movement is largely unformed, and religion watchers 
question 
whether it will succeed. Still, the call for new terms shows that words 
carry huge symbolic importance for Muslims trying to find their role in 
America after Sept. 11 and the Iraq war.

"These are not just let's-make-you-feel-good words," Saeed said. "These 
are 
words that define how we're related to each other."

Others take offense, arguing that to alter the phrase "Judeo-Christian" 
is 
political correctness and revisionist history at its worst.

"A lot of the ideas that underpin civil liberties come from 
Judeo-Christian 
theology," said the Rev. Ted Haggard of Colorado Springs, Colo., 
president 
of the National Association of Evangelicals. "What the Islamic 
community 
needs to make are positive contributions to culture and society so we 
can 
include them."

Michael Cromartie, vice president of the Washington-based Ethics and 
Public 
Policy Center, said a "Judeo-Christian understanding of things like 
freedom 
of conscience and liberty" are embodied in the Constitution. "No 
offense 
intended," he said, "but Muslims weren't a part of that, even though 
they're part of the discussion now."

The conflict illustrates the power of words, especially those touching 
on 
religion, national history and identity...

The movement to drop or change the phrase has some non-Muslim support, 
including the head of the National Council of Churches.

The Rev. Bob Edgar, general secretary of the council, which represents 
36 
Christian denominations, said he prefers "Abrahamic" to 
"Judeo-Christian-Islamic" because it "rolls off the tongue a little 
easier."

"The more inclusive we can be, the more committed we are to the 
founding 
fathers and mothers who struggled with the issue of respect for each 
other's religious faiths," Edgar said.

There are other arguments for change, among them these:

Numbers. The U.S. Muslim population is growing. Estimates are disputed 
but 
range as high as 7 million. This compares to an estimated 5 million 
Jews…

Commonality. Even though many people emphasize the differences, Islam 
has 
similarities with Christianity and Judaism.

"We believe in heaven and hell, in doing good deeds, in following the 
Ten 
Commandments," said Hannah Hawk, a spokesperson for the Houston Muslim 
Public Affairs Council. "Islamic values are not only compatible with 
American values, they're almost identical. I personally believe the 
most 
Islamic country in the world is America, where we believe in freedom of 
religion, freedom of the press and equality of all."

Diplomacy. When President Bush mentions "churches and synagogues," he's 
quick to add "mosques," but many Islamic nations still perceive the 
United 
States as a Christian country bent on dominating Muslims in a 
modern-day 
crusade. An inclusive change of language could alter that view, said 
Zahid 
Bukhari, director of Muslims in the American Public Square at 
Washington's 
Georgetown University…

History. Some assert that African Muslims were among the slaves brought 
to 
America, as dramatized in Alex Haley's "Roots," a 1976 novel with a 
Muslim 
main character, Kunta Kinte. In addition, some argue that Islamic ideas 
helped shape the European West, which produced the values cherished by 
the 
Constitution's framers.

"What we call Western culture is in fact based on Muslim Middle East 
culture, but the average American doesn't know that," said Sharifa 
Alkhateeb, president of the Washington-based Muslim Education 
Council...

Osama Siblani, an influential voice among American Muslims and 
publisher of 
the Arab-American News in Dearborn, Mich., takes an even broader view.

"I believe we should call this the United States of America, made up of 
Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Muslims, Christians, Jews and others," said 
Siblani. "This stuff about language has to stop. We are all just 
Americans."

SEE ALSO:

ISLAM GROWING RAPIDLY IN U.S. SUBURBS
WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press, 5/15/03

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Just off one of the busiest highways in this 
rapidly growing suburb sits the new face of Islam in America.

The Islamic Society of Central Jersey's mosque is tucked in amid the 
pine 
trees and flowering pink dogwoods along the booming high-tech corridor 
leading into Princeton. Next door, huge concrete water main pipes lie 
on 
the side of the road, ready to be installed as part of a new housing 
development.

The mosque's expansive parking lots fill up with mini-vans and SUVs, 
disgorging parents and kids hurrying inside for worship between work 
and 
classes.

Scenes like this are playing out across the United States as Muslim 
communities spread out from the cities to the suburbs. Definitive 
statistics are hard to come by, but some Muslim leaders and 
sociologists, 
backed by anecdotal evidence, say the fastest growth of mosques is 
occurring in the suburbs. That was also the conclusion of a 2001 
nationwide 
study of mosques by the Council on American Islamic Relations.

"This is more and more where Muslims are living," said Ishan Bagby, a 
professor at the University of Kentucky who conducted the study.

As was the case with waves of European, Asian and Latino immigrants in 
past 
decades, Muslim immigrants settled in the cities. As they established 
businesses and prospered, they, or more commonly, their children, moved 
to 
the suburbs.

"The Muslims are following the exact same pattern," Bagby said.

Out of 800 mosques surveyed, Bagby found that 77 percent of those in 
suburban locations saw their congregations grow by 10 percent or more 
from 
1999 to 2000, the most recent statistics available, while only 53 
percent 
of urban mosques saw similar growth over that same period. The Council 
plans a second study in 2005…

This urban-suburban contrast is beginning to draw the attention of 
religious scholars and academics studying the rapid growth of Islam in 
America. Professor Sulayman Nyang, chairman of African studies at 
Howard 
University in Washington, D.C., noted several principal differences 
between 
urban and suburban mosques.

He said the inner-city mosques tend to be predominantly 
African-American, 
more inward-looking and focused more intently on addressing 
neighborhood 
concerns like poverty, drug abuse and employment, while those in the 
suburbs are more likely to be populated by immigrant Muslims from the 
Middle East or south Asia, with a keener interest in world affairs, 
particularly conditions in their countries of origin…

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LEADERS EMPHASIZE COMPATIBILITY BETWEEN ISLAM AND DEMOCRACY
Kathryn Schmidt, Washington File Special Correspondent, 5/14/03
http://usinfo.state.gov/cgi-bin/washfile/display.pl?p=/products/washfile/latest&f=03051401.nlt&t=/products/washfile/newsitem.shtml

WASHINGTON - Three prominent American Muslim leaders said in a May 13 
program that in order to bridge the widening gap between America and 
the 
Muslim world, Muslims must understand the compatibility between Islam 
and 
democracy.

During the conflict prevention and resolution program sponsored by 
Search 
for Common Ground, a Washington-based non-government organization 
(NGO), 
the Muslim American speakers described the progress being made in the 
region and pointed to challenges in bridging the gap between the U.S. 
and 
the Muslim world...

Nihad Awad, co-founder and executive director of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), says his group has done its part to 
bridge the gap by conducting an information campaign in the United 
States.

"The chief challenge is ignorance, not malice or hostility," Awad said. 
By 
providing educational information to schools, law enforcement 
organizations, employers and other groups, CAIR hopes to prevent 
discrimination and cut through stereotypes.

Awad said that in the past nine years his group has succeeded in 
getting 
the Muslim community engaged with the broader American society, but 
this 
success is being threatened after 9/11.

"There is a feeling in the Muslim community that they are under siege 
since 
9/11," Awad said. "What happens to Muslims in America determines the 
perception of the U.S. by Muslims abroad..."

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PEACE INSTITUTE NOMINEE OPPOSES 'ROAD MAP' TO PEACE

PIPES DREAM OF A ROAD MAP
Leonard Fein, Forward, 5/16/03
http://www.forward.com/issues/2003/03.05.16/oped5.html

On the face of it, the nomination of Daniel Pipes by President Bush to 
be 
one of the 15 directors of the United States Institute of Peace seems 
weird. The nomination, which now awaits confirmation by the Senate, has 
quite predictably outraged Arab Americans, who see Pipes as their 
enemy. 
But though it is curious that Bush would gratuitously provoke the 
Arab-American community, the more serious question is why the president 
would select a vigorous enemy of the "road map" - indeed, of any 
negotiation between Israel and the Palestinians - as his choice for any 
high office.

Here is the president, in a March 14 Rose Garden speech: "America is 
committed, and I am personally committed, to implementing our road map 
toward peace."

And here is Pipes, in the February issue of Commentary: "Then there is 
the 
road map, which asks the Palestinians to undertake a temporary 
reduction in 
violence, in return for which they will gain a state...And while 
ultimately 
it is up to the Palestinians to liberate themselves from the demons of 
their own irredentism, others, especially Israelis and Americans, can 
indeed help - by holding firm against the seductive appeal of road maps 
that lead exactly in the wrong direction."

And Pipes again, more broadly, in the February 25, 2002, issue of the 
New 
York Post: "Diplomacy rarely ends conflicts. Hardly a single major 
interstate conflict has concluded due to some one's clever schema. The 
idea 
that a 'peace process' can take the place of the dirty work of war is a 
conceit."

Odd, no? Is Bush playing both ends against the middle, waiting to see 
whether Secretary of State Colin Powell develops any traction regarding 
the 
road map? Or is the president being duplicitous, endorsing the peace 
plan 
to placate British Prime Minister Tony Blair and, in lesser measure, 
the 
State Department, fully expecting that the road map will fail - and 
prepared, if by some chance it does not, to find a way to scuttle it?

Pipes, for his part, voted for duplicity in the March 4 issue of the 
New 
York Post: "The road map is for show, not true policy, and U.S. 
endorsement 
of a Palestinian state remains remote..."

SEE ALSO:

PEACE INSTITUTE NOMINEE TO SPEAK AGAINST "ROAD MAP"

Summit of Christians and Jewish Zionist Convenes in Washington May 
17-18
IsraelNN.com, 5/14/03
http://www.arutzsheva.org/news.php3?id=43351

The Interfaith Zionist Leadership Summit - a broad-based conference of 
Jewish and Christian Zionists - will convene at the Omni Shoreham Hotel 
in 
Washington, DC, May 17-18.

Sponsored by Zionist House (Boston-based, founded in the late 1940s) 
with 
the National Unity Coalition for Israel, the Summit's co-sponsors 
include 
the Zionist Organization of America, Americans for a Safe Israel, the 
Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), Christians 
Israel 
Public Action Campaign, The Apostolic Congress, Christian Coalition of 
America and the International Christian Embassy, Jerusalem.

The summit will be addressed by such distinguished authorities - 
concerned 
for both Israel's future and America's national interests -- as former 
Ambassador Alan Keyes, Janet Parshall, Gary Bauer, JINSA President Tom 
Neumann, Middle East expert Daniel Pipes, American Enterprise Institute 
scholar Michael Ledeen, Christian Coalition of America President 
Roberta 
Combs and Joe Farah, editor of WorldNetdaily.com...

Panel discussions will cover such timely issues as: The Road Map for an 
Imposed Settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, -- Islam and 
Terrorism -- A Palestinian State, U.S. Security and Israel's Future -- 
Media Ignorance and Bias in Coverage of the Middle East -- Confronting 
Anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism on the College Campus -- The Occupied 
Territories and Other Canards -- and Forging a Jewish-Christian 
Alliance 
for Israel...

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PM: SETTLEMENTS NOT ON AGENDA
Aluf Benn, Haaretz, 5/15/03
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=292910

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon yesterday told The Jerusalem Post that the 
settlements issue "is not something today that anyone is dealing with," 
as 
he rejected reports about U.S. pressure regarding the settlements...

Noting that no American administration has ever supported settlements, 
Sharon added that every Israeli government has conducted settlement 
activity in one form or another.

He said his statements to Haaretz last month, indicating readiness to 
evacuate the settlements of Shiloh and Beit El in a peace agreement, 
were 
misunderstood...

Referring to his upcoming meeting with Palestinian Prime Minister 
Mahmoud 
Abbas, Sharon said he will not negotiate under fire.

Meanwhile, Sharon's chief of staff Dov Weisglass went to Washington 
yesterday to prepare the groundwork for Sharon's meeting next week with 
President George W. Bush. U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said on 
Sunday during his visit here that Bush will speak "openly, directly, 
and 
frankly about the settlement activity" with Sharon.

In another development, the EU's Foreign Police Coordinator Javier 
Solana 
canceled a visit to Israel after Sharon's office declared he would not 
be 
able to meet with Sharon because of Solana's contacts with PA Chairman 
Yasser Arafat.

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SHARON AND SETTLEMENTS
Washington Times, 5/15/03
http://www.washingtontimes.com/op-ed/20030515-308540.htm

In excerpts of an interview with the Jerusalem Post published 
yesterday, 
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon staked out what appeared to be a new, 
tougher 
stance on maintaining Israeli settlements in the West Bank if a peace 
agreement can be reached with Palestinians. "If you ask me whether in 
Beit 
El there will not be Jews," said Mr. Sharon, "no, Jews will live 
there."

Mr. Sharon was also asked if Jews would continue to live in Beit El and 
Shilo - currently locations with small settlements - in the event of a 
peace agreement. The prime minister replied: "Do you see a possibility 
of 
Jews living under Arab sovereignty, I'm asking you, do you see that 
possibility?"

Mr. Sharon sounded very different from the man who told the newspaper 
Haaretz last month that "Look, we are talking about the cradle of the 
Jewish people. Our whole history is bound up with these places. 
Bethlehem, 
Shiloh, Beit El. And I know we will have to part with some of these 
places..."

Whatever his intention, Mr. Sharon's reported comments (the entire Post 
interview is scheduled for publication tomorrow) suggest that Israel 
has no 
intention of negotiating over the future of settlements. Worse still, 
Mr. 
Sharon's seeming reversal of his position could be used as a pretext by 
Palestinians to drag their feet on critical matters like ending 
terrorism. 
If Mr. Sharon doesn't clarify his position on settlements before he 
arrives 
in this country, President Bush should insist that he publicly do so 
when 
he gets here.

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DC ISRAEL GALA CANCELED DUE TO POOR TICKET SALES?
Explanations Differ for Gala Snafu: Was it Sharon or Poor Ticket Sales
Mathew E. Berger, JTA, 5/14/03
http://www.jta.org/page_view_story.asp?strwebhead=Why+was+Israel+gala+nixed%3F&intcategoryid=3

WASHINGTON - A gala concert for Israel's 55th birthday has been 
postponed, 
just one week before it was to take place - and no one seems to agree 
why.

Organizers maintain that the concert was delayed from May 19 until 
December 
because of a request from Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office, 
not 
because of poor ticket sales.

But officials in the Israeli Embassy in Washington say they are not 
aware 
of any request from Jerusalem or from Daniel Ayalon, Israel's 
ambassador to 
Washington, to cancel the program.

Organizers say the event at Washington's MCI Center, which had been in 
the 
works for months, was postponed Tuesday because of the sensitive nature 
of 
Sharon's meeting the following day with President Bush...

But other sources familiar with the situation say the concert was 
cancelled 
because of low ticket sales.

"The embassy may have told them not to do it because it would have been 
embarrassing," one source familiar with the discussions said. "They 
couldn't have cancelled the event without the embassy approving."

Organizers refused to comment Wednesday, and have repeatedly refused to 
release information on ticket sales...

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FBI MEETS SUSPICION IN RECRUITING MUSLIMS, ARAB-AMERICANS
Chuck McCutcheon, Newhouse News Service, 5/14/03
http://www.newhousenews.com/archive/mccutcheon051403.html

When an FBI agent urged Ronnie Amen to consider joining the bureau two 
decades ago, the Lebanese-American sheriff's deputy in Wayne County, 
Mich., 
didn't take the offer seriously.

"I thought, we were to do what -- spy on our cousins?" recalled Amen, 
who 
is now secretary of the Arab-American Law Enforcement Association.

The FBI still is encountering this kind of skepticism from 
Arab-Americans 
and Muslims at a time when the bureau needs them more than ever. The 
FBI is 
intensely recruiting Arab-Americans and Arabic speakers to demonstrate 
the 
bureau's commitment to diversity and to help target surveillance on 
terrorist activities without spying on innocent citizens.

The CIA, which also has been looking for linguists and other 
Arab-American 
professionals, has launched its own outreach effort.

But despite what leaders of Arab-American and Muslim communities 
describe 
as a sincere effort on the recruiters' part, suspicion and mistrust 
linger.

Some Arab-Americans cite a pattern of what they believe is unfair 
surveillance and harassment of Muslims and Arab-Americans dating from 
before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Since the 2001 attacks, they 
say, 
the FBI's enhanced monitoring powers under the USA Patriot Act have 
only 
inflamed fears...

In an effort to assist the FBI and other agencies, the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, a Washington civil rights group, published 
a 
"Law Enforcement Official's Guide to the Muslim Community" earlier this 
month to explain Islamic beliefs and practices.

The guide says Muslim community organizations encourage their members 
to 
join law enforcement, but many remain reluctant to do so. It notes that 
some Arab immigrants are from countries where police enforced 
repressive 
regimes, while others believe the agencies tolerate an anti-Muslim 
bias.

Agencies "can increase the chance of recruitment in the Muslim 
community by 
dispelling such fears and exhibiting utmost fairness at all times," the 
guide says.

SEE ALSO:

A TERROR TRACKING SYSTEM BY ANY OTHER NAME
Timothy J. Burger, Time, 5/14/03
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,451925,00.html

After attacks from civil liberties advocates on the left and the right, 
the 
Pentagon is planning to change a controversial system now being 
developed 
to hunt terrorists plotting attacks on the U.S. Change its name, 
anyway.

In a report to Congress expected May 20 and now being circulated to top 
Defense Department brass for comment, the Total Information Awareness 
program headed by controversial ex-Navy Admiral John Poindexter is 
slated 
to be re-named with the more narrowly-focused moniker Terrorist 
Information 
Awareness, sources in and outside the Pentagon tell TIME. Pentagon 
spokespeople declined comment on the plan or on what, if any, 
substantive 
changes might accompany a possible name-change.

In a recent congressional hearing, Tony Tether, head of the Pentagon 
agency 
that houses the program, said TIA would be operated with the 
expectation 
that "the American public and their elected officials must have 
confidence 
that their liberties will not be violated before they would accept this 
kind of technology."

Critics have said the program, as described by Poindexter at various 
points 
since its inception, could promote Big Brother-like government snooping 
on 
ordinary Americans as much as on terror suspects...

Poindexter has been controversial for his role in the Reagan 
administration 
Iran-Contra scandal, which led to a 1990 conviction for providing false 
information to Congress, though that verdict was ultimately overturned 
in 
1992.

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THE COURT PUTS A VULNERABLE GROUP AT RISK
David Cole, Newsday, 5/15/03
http://www.newsday.com/news/opinion/ny-vpcol153284706may15,0,1366985.story

Sixty-seven years ago, the Supreme Court reviewed a case involving a 
confession coerced by torture from a black defendant in Mississippi.

The deputy sheriff who presided over the interrogation admitted that 
the 
defendant had been whipped, "but not too much for a Negro." The Supreme 
Court rejected that reasoning and held that the due process prohibition 
on 
coerced confessions applies equally to all detainees.

On April 29, the Supreme Court resurrected a due process double 
standard, 
ruling that incarcerating people without any individualized showing of 
need 
was not too much for an alien. By a 5-4 vote, the court for the first 
time 
upheld a law authorizing the preventive detention of individuals on a 
categorical basis. It did so by insisting that the constitutional 
guarantee 
of due process means something different for a noncitizen than for a 
citizen, thus reneging on its own statement 50 years earlier that the 
due 
process clause does not "acknowledge any distinction between citizens 
and 
resident aliens."

The court's decision is especially dangerous in view of the Bush 
administration's approach to the war on terrorism. While many have 
argued 
that the increased vulnerability that we all feel in the wake of Sept. 
11, 
2001, justifies some recalibration of the balance between liberty and 
security, the government has for the most part not asked the citizenry 
to 
make that difficult choice, but instead has offered to sacrifice the 
liberties of foreign nationals - especially Arab and Muslim foreign 
nationals - for the security of the rest of us. That's an easy 
political 
choice, as foreign nationals cannot vote. But precisely for that 
reason, it 
is the court's obligation to resist such double standards. Yet last 
week's 
decision openly endorses double standards discriminating against a 
vulnerable population...

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SUIT CHALLENGES UNEXPLAINED DENIALS OF IMMIGRANTS' APPEALS
Matthai Chakko Kuruvila, Mercury News, 5/15/03
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/5866169.htm

California's federal appeals court will hear arguments today about 
whether 
a U.S. Justice Department board can continue to deny appeals of 
deportation 
orders for immigrants without any legal explanation.

The hearing, which includes a Bay Area case, centers on an issue that 
has 
arisen in other federal appeals courts, with the Justice Department's 
power 
being upheld each time. But the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 
which 
covers the western United States and hears more immigration cases than 
any 
other, has historically favored civil rights more than other 
jurisdictions, 
and an adverse ruling here could set up a potential showdown in the 
U.S. 
Supreme Court.

Though unexplained denials have been used for four years, they play an 
increasing role in the post-Sept. 11 Justice Department, which believes 
quicker appeals decisions help fight terrorism.

But the practice doesn't affect just suspected terrorists. It affects 
asylum-seekers fleeing persecution, green-card holders who have 
committed 
certain drug crimes and the hundreds of Muslim men detained and 
deported 
after the Sept. 11 attacks for visa violations. It includes the 275 
Korean 
immigrants who were given phony green cards by a longtime San Jose 
immigration official who took bribes from the Koreans' immigration 
consultants.

The hearing today in Pasadena stems from Attorney General John 
Ashcroft's 
efforts to lighten a backlog of appeals before the Board of Immigration 
Appeals, often the last refuge for those seeking asylum...

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The Guantánamo Scandal
New York Times, 5/15/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/15/opinion/15THU4.html

For a year and a half, the United States has held hundreds of people 
captured during the war in Afghanistan as prisoners in Guantánamo Bay 
without access to family, lawyers or any semblance of due process. 
Another 
small group was shipped home recently, and there are reports that 
military 
trials for some prisoners may start soon. But that does not alter the 
fact 
that the detentions insult some of our most cherished ideals and harm 
our 
national interest...

No doubt some of the prisoners are members or leaders of Al Qaeda. Some 
may 
have been in the Taliban; some may have done terrible things. Many were 
probably just caught up in the tribal chaos of Afghanistan. Whoever 
they 
are, their treatment should be a demonstration of America's commitment 
to 
justice, not the blot on its honor that Guantánamo has become. The 
Guantánamo prisoners need immediate access to their governments, 
families 
and lawyers and deserve some tribunal in which to contest their 
confinement. They deserve real, open justice without further delays or 
excuses.

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AMERICAN MUSLIM KILLED IN RIYADH BOMBINGS

WORK, FAMILY, FAITH NEEDS DREW BOMB VICTIMS TO RIYADH
Amy Goldstein, Washington Post, 5/15/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A57004-2003May14.html

Obadiah Y. Abdullah had converted to Islam. And 11 years into a 
military 
career, the Army sergeant was drawn to the recruiting pitch of a 
defense 
contractor, Vinnell Corp., offering him a lucrative job in Saudi 
Arabia, 
where he could fulfill the Muslim obligation to make a pilgrimage to 
Mecca.

So last July, Abdullah, a fire control specialist, left behind his wife 
and 
daughter in Colorado Springs and moved into a guarded compound in 
Riyadh to 
help train the Saudi National Guard. In January, he completed the Haj 
to Mecca.

"He was amazed at...the diversity of all the people there," his wife, 
Sharon, recalled yesterday of his e-mailed accounts of the pilgrimage. 
"It 
was peaceful, and it was so many people from different backgrounds 
worshipping together. He was proud of it."

Five months later, Abdullah this week was caught in a darker aspect of 
Middle Eastern life: the violent animosity of terrorists toward the 
Western 
presence in Saudi Arabia. He was one of eight Americans killed in 
coordinated car bombings inside three gated compounds in the capital 
city 
by extremists U.S. officials believe belonged to al Qaeda...

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BUSH OFFICIALS CHANGE TUNE ON IRAQI WEAPONS
Reuters, 5/14/03
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/politics/politics-iraq-usa-weapons.html

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration has changed its tune on Iraqi 
weapons 
of mass destruction, the reason it went to war there. Instead of 
looking 
for vast stocks of banned materials, it is now pinning its hopes on 
finding 
documentary evidence.

The change in rhetoric, apparently designed in part to dampen public 
expectations, has unfolded gradually in the past month as special U.S. 
military teams have found little to justify the administration's claim 
that 
Iraq was concealing vast stocks of chemical and biological agents and 
was 
actively working on a covert nuclear weapons program.

``The administration seems to be hoping that inconvenient facts will 
disappear from the public discourse. It's happening to a large 
degree,'' 
said Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies, a liberal 
think-tank which opposed the war.

Few politicians have raised the issue, not wishing to question a 
popular 
military victory. However, California Rep. Jane Harman, ranking 
Democrat on 
the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, said last week she 
was 
concerned...

President Bush's national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, told 
Reuters 
on Monday that Washington was sending a new team to Iraq to scour for 
evidence.

The new team will be ``more expert'' at following the paper trail and 
other 
intelligence. She said Iraq appeared to have had a virtually 
``inspections 
proof'' system of concealing chemical and biological weapons by 
developing 
chemicals and agents that could be used for more than one purpose, but 
that 
could be put together as weapons at the last minute.

She said U.S. officials never expected that ``we were going to open 
garages 
and find'' weapons of mass destruction...

SEE ALSO:

STRAW RETREATS ON FINDING BANNED WEAPONS
Nicholas Watts, Guardian, 5/15/03
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,956262,00.html

Britain back-tracked on the contentious issue of Iraqi weapons of mass 
destruction yesterday when the foreign secretary, Jack Straw, was 
forced to 
concede that hard evidence might never be uncovered.

He said it was "not crucially important" to find them, because the 
evidence 
of Iraqi wrongdoing was overwhelming.

He dismissed the significance of the failure to find banned weapons on 
the 
grounds that Hans Blix, the chief UN weapons inspector, had uncovered a 
"phenomenal amount of evidence" before the war.

This included 10,000 litres of anthrax, which would only part fill a 
petrol 
tanker.

"Whether or not we are able to find one third of one petrol tanker in a 
country twice the size of France remains to be seen," he told Radio 4's 
Today programme.

"We did not go to war on a contingent basis. We went to war on the 
basis of 
the evidence which was fully available to the international community."

His comment, seized on by critics of the war, was a dramatic retreat 
from a 
claim by ministers last year that Saddam Hussein could launch a 
chemical or 
biological attack within 45 minutes...

Similar back-tracking is apparent in Washington where the national 
security 
adviser, Condoleezza Rice, said last week that the US was pinning its 
hope 
on finding incriminating documents rather than actual weapons.

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RUSSIA RULES MUSLIM WOMEN CAN WEAR SCARVES IN ID PICTURES
Agence France Presse, 5/15/03

MOSCOW -The Russian Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Muslim women can 
follow Muslim tradition and keep on their headdress on identification 
pictures, Russian news agency Interfax reported.

The case started off when the Russian interior ministry refused to 
accept 
the identification pictures in which 10 women from the central Russian 
Republic of Tatarstan were wearing scarves to cover their heads.

The women filed a complaint against the ministry claiming they had to 
follow the religious code laid down in the Koran of covering their 
bodies 
save face and hands when in public.

At the time the complaint was filed, Tatarstan maintained a local 
ruling 
from April 2002 that outlawed wearing scarves in identification 
pictures -- 
a ruling supported by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The case was dismissed in the Supreme Court on civil affairs in March, 
then 
taken to the court of appeals, which spoke out in favor of the women.

Of the 5,5 million inhabitants of Tatarstan, 51 percent are Muslim, 
though 
it is not common among Tatar women to wear a headdress.

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DIVISION OF THE U.S. STUDIES HOSTS CONFERENCE ON AMERICAN MUSLIMS

WHAT: The Division of United States Studies at the Woodrow Wilson 
International Center for Scholars is hosting a conference titled, 
"Muslims 
in the United States:  Demography, Beliefs, Institutions." The 
conference 
is free, but the limited seating is on a first-come, first-served 
basis. 
Registration is required.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 18, from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1300 
Pennsylvania 
Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20004-3027, 6th floor auditorium
CONTACT: Susan Nugent at usstudies@wwic.si.edu or 202-691-4147

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PRESS RELEASE - May 15, 2003
Contact: Newsha Moraveji 202-225-4146

KAPTUR BILL SAFEGUARDS CIVIL LIBERTIES FOR ALL
H. Res. 234 Seeks to Protect Against Religious, Ethnic Persecution

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur today joined Congressman 
Darrell Issa (R-CA) to introduce legislation in the House of 
Representatives condemning violence and bigotry against Arab Americans, 
Muslim Americans, South Asian Americans and Sikh Americans.  Kaptur's 
bill 
also calls upon law enforcement authorities to aid on the prevention 
and 
prosecution of hate crimes wherever they occur.

"Bias-motivated or hate crimes have become a painful extension of the 
anxieties experienced in times of domestic and international discord.  
Our 
bill encourages all Americans to stand together against violence, 
particularly that which is targeted at Americans on the basis of their 
appearance, or ideological or religious beliefs," said Kaptur…

Hate crimes against Muslims, Arabs, South Asians and Sikhs has risen 
dramatically since the September 11 attacks on the U.S.  Since the 
start of 
the war in Iraq, these biased attacks have spiked.  The FBI reports 
that 
the number of anti-Muslim incidents rose 1600% from 2000 to 2001, 
largely 
due to post-9/11 backlash.  Immediately following 9/11, Kaptur enlisted 
the 
support of the Toledo Bar Association in providing legal representation 
to 
all local residents experiencing racial backlash.

A version of H. Res. 234 has also been introduced in the Senate by 
Richard 
Durbin (D-IL), John Sununu (R-NH), and Russ Feingold (D-WI). The 
Issa-Kaptur bill has been referred to the House Committee on the 
Judiciary.

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Representing Ohio's 9th District - Lucas, Ottawa, Erie, Lorain Counties
United States House of Representatives -- Washington, DC 20515
www.house.gov/kaptur

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 5/16/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: THE GOLDEN RULE
* REPORTS OF TERROR CRIMES INFLATED (Philadelphia Inquirer)
* CA MUSLIMS SUPPORT RESOLUTION ON COBLE'S REMARKS
* CAIR-FL SPONSOR ABRAHAMIC TRIALOGUE
	- CAIR-MD Hold Fundraising Dinner
	- CAIR-SC Seminars and Banquet
* LOCAL COMMUNITIES REFUSE TO ENFORCE PATRIOT ACT (Fox News)
* IRAQIS ACCUSE UK, US TROOPS OF TORTURE (Reuters)
	- Questions Linger About Iraqi Battle and Cluster Bombs (AP)
* ADDITIONAL US AID FOR PALESTINIANS DRAWS FIRE (CNSNews.com)
	- More than Half of Israelis Opposed to Arab Rights (Haaretz)
* CONFERENCE - CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF ISLAM AND DEMOCRACY
* MUSLIM CONFERENCE IN OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS

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HADITH OF THE DAY: THE GOLDEN RULE

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "None of you will have 
faith 
until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 1, Hadith 12

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REPORTS OF TERROR CRIMES INFLATED
By Mark Fazlollah, Philadelphia Inquirer, 5/15/03
http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/5862945.htm

In the first two months of this year, the Justice Department filed 
charges 
against 56 people, labeling all the cases as "terrorism."

But a Philadelphia Inquirer investigation has found that at least 41 of 
them had nothing to do with terrorism -- a point that prosecutors of 
the 
cases themselves acknowledge.

Among the cases:

* Twenty-eight Latinos charged with working illegally at the airport in 
Austin, Texas, most of them using phony Social Security numbers.

* Eight Puerto Ricans charged with trespassing on Navy property on the 
island of Vieques, long a site of civil protests of ordnance testing.

* A Middle Eastern man indicted in Detroit for allegedly passing bad 
checks 
who has the same name as a Hezbollah leader.

* A Middle Eastern college student charged in Trenton, N.J., with 
paying a 
stand-in to take his college English-proficiency tests. He received a 
one-month jail sentence after pleading guilty…

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CALIF. MUSLIMS SUPPORT RESOLUTION ON COBLE'S STATEMENTS

(ANAHEIM, CA - 5/16/2003) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations - 
California (CAIR-CA) today expressed support for the Asian, Pacific 
Islander (API) community in its backing of a resolution by the 
California 
Assembly (AJR 30) condemning remarks by Congressman Howard Coble (R-NC) 
that seemed to justify the internment of Japanese-Americans during 
World 
War II.

The resolution urges Coble to apologize and encourages him to "resign 
from 
the chairmanship of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland 
Security of the Judiciary Committee of the United States House of 
Representatives."

SEE: 
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/bill/asm/ab_0001-0050/ajr_30_bill_20030507_amended_asm.html 


"Congressman Coble's comments, and is continued inability to grasp the 
injustice of the internment, reflect a deep ignorance of the negative 
impact of ethnic profiling and stereotyping," said CAIR-Sacramento 
representative Rashid Ahmad.

CAIR-CA has called on the Muslim community to contact their State 
Assembly 
members and Senators to support the resolution.

        				- END -

CONTACT: CAIR-Sacramento: Rashid Ahmad (916) 803-7224, E-MAIL: 
sacval@cair.com

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FLORIDA MUSLIMS SPONSOR ABRAHAMIC TRIALOGUE

(TAMPA, FL, 5/16/2003) - The Florida office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL), in cooperation with the Florida 
Council of Churches, Florida Bahamas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran 
Church of America and Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church of Tampa, 
will 
sponsor an interfaith seminar designed to foster respect and 
understanding 
among Americans of all faiths.

"Abraham, God's peace and blessings be upon him, is a link between 
monotheistic faiths. As children of Abraham, Jews, Christians and 
Muslims 
have a responsibility to foster interfaith understanding. This event 
represents the best of America - freedom, justice, tolerance, and 
co-existence," said CAIR-FL Executive Director Altaf Ali.

WHAT: A CONVERSATION AMONG THE ABRAHAMIC FAITHS: "RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE 
AND 
LIBERTY IN THE FACE OF TERRORISM"

WHEN: May 25, 2003, 3-5 PM

WHERE: Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 304 Druid Hills Road, 
Tampa, FL

NOTE: This event is free and open to the public. Limited Seating.

        				-END-

CONTACT: Mr. Altaf Ali, CAIR-FL, 954-298-8214, E-MAIL: 
altaf@cair-florida.org; Ahmed Bedier TEL: 813-731-9506 - EMAIL 
abedier@cair-florida.org

SEE ALSO:

CAIR-MD HOLDS FUNDRAISING DINNER

CAIR Maryland will host its first Fundraising Banquet on May 31, 2003, 
at 
Bohrer Park Community Center in Gaithersburg, Maryland. CAIR National 
Executive Director Nihad Awad will be the keynote speaker.

For information and tickets please contact:

Ayman Nassar - (443) 538-4121
Aslam Ahamed - (240) 498-4795
Seyed Rizwan - (240) 401-4550
Sister Farhana Motala - (301) 926-6028
Sister Farha Mowlana - (240) 602-1683
E-mail: info@cairmd.org
Website: http://www.cairmd.org

Tickets: $55/$85 per couple R.S.V.P by May, 20, 2003
Limited babysitting available with prior notice.

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CAIR-SC SEMINARS AND BANQUET

Muslims meet to spread understanding of their faith
CHRISTINA LEE KNAUSS, The State (Columbia, SC), 5/16/03
http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/living/5870030.htm

This week begins a busy time for Columbia-area and S.C. Muslims.

Two area groups - one new, the other more established - are hoping to 
increase awareness of Muslim beliefs, culture and concerns.

The first official S.C. chapter of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, will hold seminars and a banquet Saturday to build support 
for 
the organization.

CAIR is the nation's largest Islamic civil liberties group, with 
headquarters in Washington, D.C., and 16 regional offices nationwide 
and in 
Canada.

 From noon to 3 p.m., CAIR will hold seminars at Seven Oaks Elementary 
School, 2800 Ashland Road. The seminars, focusing on CAIR's objectives 
and 
how to encourage Muslims to participate in the political process, will 
be 
open to Muslims from the Midlands.

A banquet will be at 5 p.m., featuring speakers Nihad Awad, CAIR's 
national 
executive director, and Khalid Iqbal, director of operations. Local 
lawyer 
Larry Needles will speak on immigration laws.

"We hope that the presence of national figures like these speakers will 
help energize Muslims in the Columbia area," said Minhaj Arastu, 
chairman 
of the Columbia CAIR chapter. "We want to increase Muslim involvement 
in 
the community, and increase understanding between Muslims and 
non-Muslims."

The banquet is open to the public. Admission is $8. Call (803) 
750-1236.

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LOCAL COMMUNITIES REFUSE TO ENFORCE PATRIOT ACT
Kelley Beaucar Vlahos, Fox News, 5/15/03
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,86915,00.html

WASHINGTON - In a rare occurrence, conservative watchdogs are siding 
with 
liberal groups who say that several provisions of the anti-terror USA 
Patriot Act (search) are cause for concern by Americans seeking to 
protect 
their basic rights.

"We must balance at all times the fact that national security is 
important, 
but freedom is essential," said Phil Kent, president of the 
conservative 
Southeastern Legal Foundation (search), which has taken issue with 
expanded 
federal surveillance powers granted under the law.

Kent and others are applauding local efforts to try to ward off 
provisions 
of the Patriot Act. As of this week, the state of Hawaii as well as 104 
cities and counties across the country have passed resolutions 
protesting 
federal law enforcement measures in the USA Patriot Act…

Civil liberties activists say a number of measures contained in the act 
encroach upon individual rights. Specifically, they point to powers by 
the 
FBI to monitor e-mail and Internet chat rooms, political and religious 
gatherings, library records, financial transactions and consumer buying 
habits.

Moreover, concerns are growing about the authority of the FBI to obtain 
secret search and seizure warrants against U.S. citizens suspected of 
having terrorist ties under the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act.

The FISA court was set up in 1979 in order to grant the FBI search and 
seizure warrants in foreign intelligence gathering cases. But since the 
threshold to obtain such warrants was lower than probable cause 
standards 
in regular courts, FISA did not apply to domestic criminal cases.

However, the Patriot Act expanded the use of FISA to domestic 
surveillance 
as long as national security plays a "significant" role in the case.

Just last week, the Senate built on that by approving a bill to allow 
the 
FISA court to pursue foreign individuals suspected of, but with no 
clear 
ties to, terrorists groups...

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IRAQIS ACCUSE UK, US TROOPS OF TORTURE - AMNESTY
Sinead O'Hanlon, Reuters, 5/16/03

LONDON (Reuters) - Iraqi civilians and soldiers have accused British 
and 
U.S. troops of torturing them for information during the war in Iraq, 
human 
rights lobby group Amnesty International said Friday.

Amnesty researcher Said Boumedouha said the group was still collecting 
witness statements and had not corroborated the statements, nor raised 
the 
matter with British or U.S. authorities on any level.

No immediate comment was available from either Britain's Ministry of 
Defense nor U.S. authorities.

Boumedouha said Amnesty had so far interviewed about 20 people who said 
they were tortured -- mostly by beatings but at least one by electric 
shock 
-- after being detained as prisoners of war. Some civilians were held 
as 
suspected Iraqi militia fighters.

"They are a mixture of civilians and soldiers ... The torture some 
people 
have mentioned is mostly beatings," Boumedouha said at a news briefing 
in 
London about the Amnesty mission in Iraq.

"We interviewed one person who was beaten up for a whole night, who was 
bleeding but they wouldn't even give him water."

Boumedouha said the allegations were being taken seriously and that his 
initial gut reaction was that they were true…

SEE ALSO:

QUESTIONS LINGER ABOUT HILLAH BATTLE THAT LEFT HUNDREDS OF CIVILIAN 
CASUALTIES
Associated Press, 5/15/03
http://famulus.msnbc.com/FamulusIntl/ap05-15-101828.asp?reg=MIDEAST

HILLAH, Iraq, May 15 - A month after U.S. cluster munitions fell in a 
deadly shower on Hillah's teeming slums as U.S. forces drove toward 
victory 
in Baghdad, 55 miles to the north, the most telling evidence may lie in 
the 
crowded, fly-infested wards of the city hospital, where the toll of 
dead 
and wounded still mounts.

At least 250 Iraqis were killed and more than 500 wounded during 17 
days of 
fighting in the area, most of them civilians and many the victims of 
cluster munitions, according to hospital medical staff. Leftover 
bomblets 
still kill or maim hapless civilians daily, they said.

As the pieces of the story of what happened in Hillah in late March and 
early April begin to fall together, gaps and uncertainties remain, 
including the question of whether Iraqi troops were still in Nadr, 
Amira 
and other Hillah-area districts when they were attacked…

Human Rights Watch on April 25 accused the Pentagon of a ''whitewash,'' 
of 
minimizing in its public statements the deadly effect of cluster 
munitions 
on Iraqi civilians by discussing only aerial bombs and not artillery 
shells, which the group says caused most civilian casualties from 
cluster 
munitions in Iraq…

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ADDITIONAL US AID FOR PALESTINIANS DRAWS FIRE
Lawrence Morahan, CNSNews.com, 5/16/03
http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewCulture.asp?Page=\Culture\archive\200305\CUL20030516b.html

(CNSNews.com) - The announcement by Secretary of State Colin Powell of 
an 
additional $50 million in aid to Palestinian agencies is drawing fire 
from 
foreign policy experts who say the money likely will be used to fund 
anti-American and anti-Israeli activities.

Even if the State Department tries to keep the money out of the hands 
of 
the Palestinian Authority, as officials have stated, it could free up 
resources to support other controversial projects, said Gary Bauer, 
president of American Values.

"I do not understand why one penny of any American taxpayer's money 
should 
be going in to disputed Palestinian areas when in those areas - in the 
schools and on state-controlled TV and newspapers - children are still 
being taught to hate Jews, hate Christians and that Allah will only be 
satisfied if Christians and Jews are killed," Bauer said…

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, 
said the increased aid to the Palestinians is a paltry sum compared to 
the 
billions of dollars of official aid the United States has been giving 
to 
Israel for decades.

"It just points to the imbalance in the American foreign policy 
regarding 
the Middle East, and this is at the core of all of our problems in the 
Middle East - our complete slavish devotion to one side in the conflict 
and 
our complete disregard for the suffering of civilians on the other 
side," 
Hooper said.

"It's really tragic, and it harms American interests in that region and 
around the world. The only people who benefit are the lobbyists for the 
state of Israel in the United States," he said.

SEE ALSO:

MORE THAN HALF OF ISRAELIS OPPOSED TO ARAB RIGHTS

SURVEY: ISRAEL YET TO GRASP CONCEPT OF DEMOCRACY
Mazal Mualem, Haaretz, 5/16/03
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=293813

More than half the Jewish population of Israel - 53 percent - is 
opposed to 
full equal rights for Israeli Arabs, according to a survey conducted 
last 
month by the Israel Democracy Institute.

The general conclusion of the survey, which is dubbed the "Israeli 
Democracy Survey" and will be conducted every year, is that Israel is 
basically a democracy in form more than in substance, and that it has 
yet 
to internalize fully the concept of democracy…

Concerning discrimination against minorities, Israel scored 3 on a 
scale of 
0-4, and thus belongs to the bottom third of the 28 countries covered 
in 
the survey. In human rights violations, Israel (including the 
territories) 
also scores very high, leading the list together with South Africa…

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CONFERENCE - CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF ISLAM AND DEMOCRACY

SUBJECT: Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy holds its 4th 
annual 
conference on "Why Democracy and Why Now," May 16-17.Highlights: -- 7 
p.m. 
- William Burns, assistant secretary of state, Near Eastern Affairs, 
State 
Department, keynote

LOCATION: Wyndham Washington Hotel, 1400 M Street NW, Washington, D.C. 
-- 
May 16, 2003

CONTACT: 202-772-2022, 
http://www.islam-democracy.org/fourth_annual_conference_program.asp

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MUSLIM CONFERENCE IN OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS

WHAT: "Islam: Enduring Values for Daily Life"

WHEN: May 23-25, 2003

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) will hold its Central Zone 
annual conference on May 23-25, 2003 at the Overland Park Convention 
Center 
(119th and Lamar). The theme for the conference is, "Islam: Enduring 
Values 
for Daily Life".

The conference will feature prominent speakers from around the world 
including the Kansas City area. Amongst the local speakers are: Mary 
Cohen, 
regional representative for US Secretary of Education; George Noonan, 
Chancellor of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph; and Dr. Bob Hill, 
Senior Minister of the Community Christian Church in Kansas City, 
Missouri .

The public is welcome to attend the three day conference for 
$30/person. 
The Saturday evening banquet's ticket price is an additional 
$30/person. 
The Saturday and Sunday lunch seminars are $15/person. To make your 
reservations, contact the ISNA planning office at: Phone: 816-965-5555 
or 
E-mail: isna_kc@yahoo.com. More information about the speakers and the 
conference, please go to our website at www.isnakc.com.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 5/18/2003

HEADLINES:

* INCITEMENT WATCH: ANN COULTER ON 'MUSLIM-FREE' AIR TRAVEL
* AMERICA: 'CRUCIBLE FOR ISLAM' (Kansas City Star)
* PATRIOT ACT II: IT COULD HAPPEN HERE (Los Angeles Times)
	- We're from the government... (Creative Loafing)
	- Calif. Town Rebels Against Patriot Act (AP)
* BUSINESS BLACKLISTS (Mother Jones)
* MOSQUE OPENS DOORS, MINDS (Express-Times)
     	- Visualizing Islam's Hajj (Daily Hampshire Gazette)
* JORDANIAN RELEASED PENDING HEARING (Reuters)
* TROOPS 'VANDALISE' ANCIENT CITY OF UR (Observer)
* THE MAN BEHIND 'TOTAL WAR' IN THE MIDEAST (SF Chronicle)

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INCITEMENT WATCH: ANN COULTER ON 'MUSLIM-FREE' AIR TRAVEL
The Guardian, 5/17/03
http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,957670,00.html

Sharing a table at a New York bar with Coulter, watching the heads 
turn, 
you're seized by the urge to test her. Is she for real? Is she making 
this 
stuff up, like a comedian doing a shtick? How far will she go? "What if 
the 
free market offered Muslim-free air travel?" I venture, by way of bait. 
Would that be a smart move? "This is my idea," she says brightly, 
competitive as a child. "I'm way ahead of you. I think airlines ought 
to 
start advertising: 'We have the most civil rights lawsuits brought 
against 
us by Arabs.' "

And how would Muslims travel? "They could use flying carpets," she 
says, a 
grinning picture of charm…

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AMERICA: 'CRUCIBLE FOR ISLAM'
BILL TAMMEUS, Kansas City Star, 5/18/03
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/5877654.htm

"America has become the crucible for Islam," says Johari Abdul-Malik, 
an 
imam (leader) at this mosque. "The crucible is a thing into which you 
put 
some elements and then you place it in the fire so you remove all of 
the 
impurities, leaving just the pure essence."

When Pakistani, Saudi, Egyptian or Indonesian Muslims come to America, 
Abdul-Malik says, they bring with them habits and practices - such as 
dress, food and family dynamics - that are cultural but not necessarily 
Islamic. In the United States, as Muslims from some 80 countries 
literally 
rub shoulders at daily prayer, many of those cultural add-ons get 
discarded.

"If people are looking for the Islamic reformation," Abdul-Malik says, 
"it's happening in America, but we're missing it because we're living 
through it" and are too involved to see the big picture.

That is the fascinating context in which American Muslims find 
themselves 
as they become the subject of growing interest - and, in some cases, 
worry 
- to non-Muslim citizens after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Muslims in America are still struggling to cope with the awkward, often 
uncomfortable, experience of feeling called to defend their ancient 
religion because it was the faith the terrorists cited to justify their 
evil actions. Since then, American Muslims have experienced an odd 
mixture 
of prejudice and friendship, ethnic profiling and healthy curiosity…

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PATRIOT ACT II: IT COULD HAPPEN HERE
Laila Al-Marayati, Los Angeles Times, 5/18/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/opinion/la-op-almarayati18may18,1,4945468.story
Laila Al-Marayati is a physician and spokeswoman for the Muslim, 
Women's 
League based in Los Angeles.

"Can they take you out of prison here and send you somewhere else to 
get 
tortured?" he asked.

I am usually honest with my children. But not this time. I had recently 
read that U.S. officials had admitted to sending detainees abroad to 
countries with regimes that have no qualms about using torture to get 
people to cooperate. This was not information my son needed to hear.

"Absolutely not!" I assured him. "Why are you so worried about this?"

"Well, what if they make a mistake and you get taken to jail even 
though 
you didn't do anything wrong? I mean, what if they sent you to jail 
just 
for being Muslim? Everyone thinks Muslims are terrorists and bad 
people."

His fear of arbitrary arrest and torture disturbed me, especially since 
this is the reality for some Muslims here and many more abroad who have 
been incarcerated as suspects in the "war on terrorism…"

I don't have the heart to tell my boys that, if pending legislation 
passes, 
our security as Muslims living in America -- even as citizens by birth 
-- 
will be at risk, or that my son's questions might foretell his own 
future.

Earlier this year, the Justice Department prepared a draft proposal to 
revise the USA Patriot Act, a post-Sept. 11 law that greatly expanded 
the 
ability of law enforcers to track suspected terrorists. If the Domestic 
Security Enhancement Act of 2003 outlined in the memo (known widely as 
Patriot II) is ultimately passed by Congress, the government would, in 
the 
name of fighting terrorism, be granted sweeping new surveillance 
powers, 
more leeway to detain citizens indefinitely without charge and the 
ability 
to present secret evidence against those accused of supporting 
terrorism. 
The death penalty would be expanded to include certain terror-related 
crimes. The government would also have the authority to strip Americans 
of 
their citizenship for providing support to an organization deemed a 
"terrorist group," a term that is broadly and vaguely defined…

SEE ALSO:

WE'RE FROM THE GOVERNMENT...AND WE'RE HERE TO TAKE AWAY YOUR FREEDOM -- 
FOREVER
JOHN SUGG, Creative Loafing, 5/14/03
http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/2003-05-14/fishwrapper.html

Now on the launching pad is something dubbed Patriot II or Son of 
Patriot. 
A collection of proposals that hadn't been intended for public 
consumption 
-- until too late for citizens to react -- it was leaked and initially 
made 
public by journalist Bill Moyers and the Center for Public Integrity. 
It 
would:

-- Put in jeopardy the most basic right of Americans, citizenship. The 
draft provides that any citizen, native-born or naturalized, who 
supports 
even the lawful activities of a group the government deems "terrorist" 
could be stripped of citizenship. There would be no judicial review.

-- Non-citizens -- including those stripped of citizenship -- could be 
deported for a wide variety of reasons, including some as vague as 
being a 
"threat" to the nation's economic interest. So, if you protested 
corporate 
crime or Halliburton cronyism, adios.

-- Suspected terrorists (which with Bush, means political threats) 
could be 
detained indefinitely and would have no way to get their case heard. 
The 
government wouldn't have to prove guilt. It wouldn't even have to offer 
any 
evidence beyond, "We say so, so shut up."

-- Secret arrests -- a favorite tactic of the Gestapo, the KGB, Fidel 
Castro, Saddam Hussein and other totalitarian regimes -- would become 
legal. What, you haven't seen Mr. Smith for a few days? Ssshhh, or 
they'll 
come and get you, too.

-- You don't want people to read your e-mail, so you encrypt it? You 
could 
be a criminal.

-- That sacred American tradition -- the right to sue if you're wronged 
-- 
would be history under Patriot II. The government and federal agents 
would 
be "immunized," no matter how hideous their abuse of constitutional 
rights.

-- Finally, the government's grab at information about you -- including 
your DNA -- would be elevated to a status unheard of in a democracy. 
You 
will be watched. The government -- without judicial oversight or the 
knowledge of those targeted -- could secretly go after your bank and 
credit 
reports, and phone records.

In short, say farewell to the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth 
amendments to the Constitution.

None of this will make us safer. It will merely make us unfree.

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CALIF. TOWN REBELS AGAINST PATRIOT ACT
MICHELLE LOCKE, Associated Press, 5/17/03
http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-ap-patriot-act-resistance,0,5001854.story

ARCATA, Calif. -- More than 100 cities and one state have passed 
resolutions condemning the USA Patriot Act, saying it gives the federal 
government too much snooping power. But in this liberal fold of 
Northern 
California's Redwood Curtain, a simple denouncement just doesn't go far 
enough.

To cooperate with the act, the City Council says, is criminal.

Starting this month, a new city ordinance would impose a fine of $57 on 
any 
city department head who voluntarily complies with investigations or 
arrests under the aegis of the Patriot Act, the anti-terrorism bill 
passed 
after Sept. 11.

Arcata's law is mostly symbolic, since federal law trumps any local 
ordinance. Still, the notion of civic disobedience is drawing plenty of 
attention…

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BUSINESS BLACKLISTS
Michael Scherer, Mother Jones, May/June 2003 Issue
http://www.motherjones.com/news/outfront/2003/19/ma_377_01.html

Muhammad Ali's name is a problem. Early this year, the New York-born 
Muslim 
went to his local Western Union in Brooklyn to wire $80 for schoolbooks 
to 
a friend in Connecticut. Thirty minutes later, Ali received a phone 
call 
from the company's offices in Missouri. His order had been blocked, he 
was 
informed, because his name had turned up on a government list of known 
terrorists. Ali, whose name is as common among Muslims as "John Smith" 
is 
among Mormons, protested, but to no avail. "They told me I couldn't 
even 
get a refund until they got a valid photo ID and proof of my country of 
birth," Ali recalls, still angry at being singled out. "It was name 
profiling."

Such profiling has become common since September 11, as the federal 
government increasingly requires private businesses to do the work of 
law 
enforcement. Banks have long faced steep fines and even prison time for 
those responsible if they do business with anyone on a list of 
suspected 
terrorists, money launderers, and narcotraffickers maintained by the 
U.S. 
Treasury's Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC). But two weeks after 
the 
terrorist attacks, President Bush issued an executive order extending 
those 
sanctions to all businesses, and the administration began adding the 
names 
of hundreds of suspected terrorists to the OFAC list. In addition, the 
USA 
Patriot Act, passed in October 2001, mandates that financial 
institutions 
maintain programs to check every new customer against OFAC's online 
database, which now contains 10,000 names and aliases, and federal 
officials are currently drafting rules that would require customer 
screening at casinos, insurance companies, car dealerships, travel 
agencies, pawnbrokers, and gem dealers. "The fact is, private companies 
are 
becoming agents of the government -- and they are doing this with 
almost no 
guidance," says Khurrum Wahid, a New York attorney representing Ali…

As more companies check names, some Arab Americans have changed the way 
they do business, avoiding transactions like money orders. "A lot of 
people 
have cut back on activities that are not illegal at all," says Mohammed 
Abdrabboh, an immigration lawyer in Dearborn, Michigan, who had a 
Western 
Union transfer of his own delayed because of a mistaken name match...

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MOSQUE OPENS DOORS, MINDS
JOHN A. ZUKOWSKI, Express-Times, 5/18/03
http://www.nj.com/news/expresstimes/pa/index.ssf?/base/news-5/1053248694229780.xml

S. WHITEHALL TWP. -- In the past few weeks, news from Iraq brought 
images 
of mass graves containing the bones of Shiite Muslims who opposed 
Saddam 
Hussein.

"What the world is finding out about now is something we've known for 
years," Habebba Amed of Allentown said Saturday.

This weekend, local residents learned more about the oppression that 
led to 
those graves, and about Islam in general.

The education was part of the opening of the $2.1 million Al Ahad 
Islamic 
Center.

Started by a handful of immigrants from East Africa in the 1970s -- 
some of 
whom fled Idi Amin's brutal regime in Uganda --membership in recent 
years 
outgrew their Chew Street location in Allentown.

The 300 members are now worshipping in a 16,000-square-foot mosque on 
Ridgeview Drive off Route 309.

Although the official opening is at 2:30 p.m. today, many of the 
mosque's 
members gave tours and answered questions during an open house 
Saturday.

Some visitors came from local churches. Some had friends or co-workers 
who 
are Muslims. Others wanted to find out more about Islam.

"There's a lot of prejudice and misinformation out there," said 
Jacqueline 
McMullen of Chalfont, Bucks County. "I'm blown away at the difference 
between the stereotypes and how things really are…"

SEE ALSO:

VISUALIZING ISLAM'S HAJJ
NICOLE SEQUINO, Daily Hampshire Gazette, 5/16/03
http://www.gazettenet.com/05162003/schools/5912.htm

Friday, May 16, 2003 -- EASTHAMPTON - While Williston Northampton 
School 
students did not travel to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, they did 
circumambulate 
the Ka'aba this week. That is, metaphorically speaking.

Chaplain Randolph R. Purinton's comparative religion class was learning 
about the Five Pillars of Islam, including the hajj, or pilgrimage to 
Mecca 
and the Ka'aba, Islam's most sacred shrine.

Purinton, who retires this year after 19 years at Williston, said 
students 
take his comparative literature class to fulfill their religious 
requirement. He also teaches philosophy, ethics, the Holocaust and 
Bible as 
literature classes as electives.

This was the first year Purinton had incorporated the Islamic ritual 
into 
his introductory religion class, partly due to recent world events.

"It's a gesture of the school's cultural diversity and values," said 
Purinton, also head of the religion and philosophy department. "The 
more 
experiential learning in the world, the less mystery there is regarding 
other cultures and the less inclined we are to judge others 
negatively…"

Students said they enjoyed reading religious texts and learning about 
world 
cultures.

"It felt really good to be open-minded about this," said sophomore 
Chris 
Bowles, 16. "We probably wouldn't have known about this otherwise."

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JORDANIAN RELEASED PENDING HEARING
Reuters, 5/17/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A1214-2003May16.html

DENVER, May 17 -- A U.S. immigration judge today ordered the release of 
a 
Jordanian woman who says that if she is deported her family will stone 
her 
to death because they believe she committed adultery, an immigration 
official said.

Nina Pruneda, spokeswoman for the Bureau of Immigration and Customs 
Enforcement, said a judge ordered 21-year-old Alissar Rawashdeh to be 
released pending a deportation hearing…

Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations 
in 
Washington, said he was not aware of the particular case, but said 
honor 
killings are not part of Islamic law.

"It's a cultural practice carried out in many parts of the world, 
Islamic 
and non-Islamic. They are not approved by Islam," he said.

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TROOPS 'VANDALISE' ANCIENT CITY OF UR
Ed Vulliamy, The Observer, 5/18/03
http://www.observer.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,958429,00.html

One of the greatest wonders of civilisation, and probably the world's 
most 
ancient structure - the Sumerian city of Ur in southern Iraq - has been 
vandalised by American soldiers and airmen, according to aid workers in 
the 
area.

They claim that US forces have spray-painted the remains with graffiti 
and 
stolen kiln-baked bricks made millennia ago. As a result, the US 
military 
has put the archaeological treasure, which dates back 6,000 years, 
off-limits to its own troops. Any violations will be punishable in 
military 
courts.

Land immediately adjacent to Ur has been chosen by the Pentagon for a 
sprawling airfield and military base. Access is highly selective, 
screened 
and subject to military escorts, which - even if agreed - need to be 
arranged days or weeks in advance and carefully skirt the areas of 
reported 
damage.

There has been no official response to the allegations of vandalism - 
reported to The Observer by aid workers and one concerned US officer…

There are reports that walls have been damaged by spray-painted 
graffiti, 
mostly patriotic or other slogans, and regimental mottos. One graffiti 
reads: 'SEMPER FE' - Always Faithful - the motto of the Marines, who 
stormed through this region on their way to Baghdad, and form a 
contingent 
at the base.

Other reports by groups who cannot be named for fear of losing access 
to 
medical patients being treated on the base say there has been 
widespread 
stealing of clay bricks baked to build and restore the structures at 
Ur.

The Army Public Affairs office at Ur refused to speak to The Observer.

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THE MAN BEHIND 'TOTAL WAR' IN THE MIDEAST
William O. Beeman, San Francisco Chronicle, 5/14/03
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/05/14/ED116756.DTL
	
Most Americans have never heard of Michael Ledeen, but if the United 
States 
ends up in an extended shooting war throughout the Middle East, it will 
be 
largely due to his inspiration…

Ledeen's ideas are repeated daily by such figures as Vice President 
Dick 
Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Deputy Defense Secretary 
Paul 
Wolfowitz. His views virtually define the stark departure from American 
foreign policy philosophy that existed before the tragedy of Sept. 11. 
He 
basically believes that violence in the service of the spread of 
democracy 
is America's manifest destiny. Consequently, he has become the 
philosophical legitimizer of the American occupation of Iraq.

Now Ledeen is calling for regime change beyond Iraq. In an address 
entitled 
"Time to Focus on Iran -- The Mother of Modern Terrorism," for the 
policy 
forum of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs on April 
30, he 
declared, "The time for diplomacy is at an end; it is time for a free 
Iran, 
free Syria and free Lebanon…"

Ledeen has become the driving philosophical force behind the 
neoconservative movement and the military actions it has spawned. His 
1996 
book, "Freedom Betrayed; How the United States Led a Global Democratic 
Revolution, Won the Cold War and Walked Away," reveals the basic 
neoconservative obsession: The United States never "won" the Cold War; 
the 
Soviet Union collapsed of its own weight without a shot being fired. 
Had 
the United States truly won, democratic institutions would be sprouting 
everywhere the threat of communism had been rife.

Iraq, Iran and Syria are the first and foremost nations where this 
should 
happen, according to Ledeen. The process by which this should be 
achieved 
is a violent one, termed "total war."

"Total war not only destroys the enemy's military forces, but also 
brings 
the enemy society to an extremely personal point of decision, so that 
they 
are willing to accept a reversal of the cultural trends," Ledeen 
writes. 
"The sparing of civilian lives cannot be the total war's first 
priority…The 
purpose of total war is to permanently force your will onto another 
people…"

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 5/19/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: OPPRESSION PUNISHED BY GOD
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5867 SPONSORSHIPS
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* STEVEN EMERSON FILES FOR DISMISSAL OF DEFAMATION SUIT
* FBI TRIES TO WIN MUSLIM 'HEARTS AND MINDS' (Newsday)
	- Employee Sues Over INS `Demotion' (Miami Herald)
* WASH. MUSLIM RECOGNIZED FOR SHARING FAITH (KC Journal)
	- Tensions Rise Between Florida Jews, Muslims (PB Post)
* ZIONIST MEETING BRANDS 'ROAD MAP' AS HERESY (Wash. Times)
* PLANS TO KEEP POSTWAR IRAQ FAULTED (Wash. Post)
	- Iraq Nuclear and Oilfield Chaos Confront US Rulers (Reuters)
	- Looting Derailing U.S. Plan to Restore Iraq (NY Times)
	- This is No Way to Run an Occupation (Telegraph)
	- Postwar Chaos: Bush's Undoing? (LA Times)
	- Shiites March in Baghdad Against U.S. (AP)
	- Iraq War was Not for Religious Efforts (Tribune Eagle)
	- Muslim Kids in Virginia Call Kids in Iraq
* COUNTY MAY JOIN PATRIOT ACT FOES (Herald-Sun)
	- Patriot Act Meets With Resistance (Kansas City Star)
* 'GUANTANAMO BAY PRISONERS HAVE GONE CRAZY' (AFP)

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fit 
to (be punished) by God...than oppression and severing ties of 
relationship."

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STEVEN EMERSON FILES FOR DISMISSAL OF DEFAMATION SUIT

(WASHINGTON, DC, 5/19/03) - Self-styled "terrorism expert" Steven 
Emerson 
has filed for dismissal of a multi-million-dollar defamation suit 
against a 
Florida newspaper and its senior editor. The "notice of voluntary 
dismissal" (Case No. 00-03739) filed in the Circuit Court in and for 
Hillsborough County, Fla., states: "Plaintiff Steven Emerson…herewith 
serves notice of his dismissal of this action, without prejudice, 
against 
defendants John Sugg and The Weekly Planet, Inc."

"This lawsuit did not have any merit, and I believe it was filed in bad 
faith to deter us and others from telling the truth about Emerson. I 
think 
that 'pseudo-journalist' is a perfect description for Steven Emerson," 
said 
Sugg, currently senior editor of Creative Loafing in Atlanta, Ga.

Sugg added: "We reported the truth. In four years of litigation, 
Emerson 
has been unwilling or unable to come up with any evidence that what we 
reported was false. Now that we were close to forcing him to back up 
his 
claims, he has run away."

Emerson's lawsuit alleged that Sugg, then senior editor of Florida's 
Weekly 
Planet newspaper, "maliciously and repeatedly published false and 
defamatory utterances" in an "ongoing campaign to undermine Emerson's 
credibility and damage his professional and personal reputation." 
Emerson 
sought one million dollars in actual damages and ten million dollars in 
punitive damages on each of three causes of action.

The complaint centered on allegations reported by Sugg that two 
Associated 
Press reporters said Emerson gave them a document on terrorism 
supposedly 
from FBI files:

"One reporter thought he'd seen the material before, and in checking 
found 
a paper Emerson had supplied earlier containing his own unsupported 
allegations. The two documents were almost identical, except that 
Emerson's 
authorship was deleted from the one purported to be from the FBI. 'It 
was 
really his work,' one reporter says. 'He sold it to us trying to make 
it 
look like a really interesting FBI document.'" (Weekly Planet, May 
1998)

In that same article, Sugg quoted AP reporter Richard Cole saying: "'We 
were not really clear on the origin of his [Emerson's] material.' 
Because 
of that, Cole recalls, much of Emerson's information was sliced from 
the 
series." (Cole was the lead writer of a 1997 AP series on terrorism.)

The lawsuit also disputed allegations that Emerson gave false 
information 
to a Senate subcommittee during testimony in 1998. In an article 
headlined 
"Ties to Spies?" Sugg wrote:

"In a missive submitted to a U.S. Senate subcommittee in February, 
Emerson 
stated that a federal lawman and other authorities in 1995 told him 
'radical Islamic fundamentalists had been assigned to carry out an 
assassination of me. An actual hit team had been dispatched...' Emerson 
claimed the authorities said he could probably 'get permission to enter 
the 
Witness Security Program'

"After I sent Emerson's document to the Justice Department's Terrorism 
and 
Violent Crimes Section, this on-the-record response was made by 
spokesman 
John Russell on May 5.

"'You pushed the right button asking about your friend Steve Emerson,' 
Russell said. 'We've never given any thought to putting him in the 
witness 
protection program.' Is there any truth to the allegation of an 
assassination team? 'No, none at all,' Russell responded."

In documents filed with the court, Emerson said he was "notified by 
U.S. 
government officials in 1995 of a death threat against him."

Emerson is best known for his controversial 1994 PBS production "Jihad 
in 
America." Muslims say he has a long history of defamatory and 
inaccurate 
attacks on the Islamic community in this country.

					- END -

CONTACT: John Sugg, Senior Editor, Creative Loafing, Atlanta, Georgia
TEL: 404-688-5623, ext. 1043, E-MAIL: john.sugg@cln.com

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FBI AFTER 'HEARTS AND MINDS'
Ron Howell, Newsday, 5/19/03
http://www.newsday.com/mynews/ny-nymosq193292371may19,0,708040.story

Dread of the early morning knock on the door by federal officials 
looking 
for deportable immigrants has wreaked havoc on the Pakistani community 
in 
New York, leaders said Friday.

In the aftermath of the World Trade Center attack, hundreds of 
immigrants 
have been deported, often for minor violations, federal immigration 
officials said. Hundreds more have fled to a more hospitable 
environment in 
Canada, spokesmen for the local community say.

At an unusual meeting Friday in Brooklyn, Pakistani New Yorkers got a 
chance to confront representatives of the agency that ordered much of 
the 
feared morning door-knocking.

The meeting with five FBI agents, held at the Makki mosque on Coney 
Island 
Avenue, was called so that "in the future they [Pakistanis] will not be 
afraid when they hear the name of FBI," said Asghar Choudhri, a 
Pakistani 
community leader and an event organizer.

FBI agents have said that, for their part, they are trying to win the 
hearts and minds of Muslim immigrants so that the immigrants will 
report 
suspected acts of terrorism to the agency...

SEE ALSO:

EMPLOYEE SUES OVER INS `DEMOTION'
Karl Ross, Miami Herald, 5/19/03
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/5892633.htm

An immigration employee in South Florida has sued U.S. Attorney General 
John Ashcroft, alleging that he was ousted from his supervisory 
position 
because he is of Middle Eastern descent.

Simon Abi Nader served from 1992 to 2002 as area port director for 
operations at Port Everglades for the Immigration and Naturalization 
Service, the now defunct agency that Ashcroft oversaw as head of the 
Department of Justice. This past March, the INS was folded into the new 
Department of Homeland Security.

In his lawsuit, filed April 25, Nader alleges that he was the target of 
an 
internal smear campaign by the INS' then-acting Florida district 
director, 
Jack Bulger, and others in the agency to falsely depict him as an 
''Arab 
terrorist.'' Nader, who was born in Lebanon, is a U.S. citizen and 
worked 
for the INS since 1980.

Bulger could not be reached for comment. Ana Santiago, a spokeswoman 
for 
Homeland Security, said she had no immediate statement...

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LOCAL LEADER RECOGNIZED FOR SHARING ISLAMIC FAITH
Chris Winters, King County Journal, 5/18/03
http://www.kingcountyjournal.com/sited/story/html/131638

Against a background of war and terrorism, Jawad Khaki stepped into the 
spotlight.

Already a leader in an Eastside Shi'ite Muslim community, Khaki felt 
the 
need to educate people of other faiths about the peaceful side of 
Islam.

``I think it's important in our current times,'' he said, ``to reach 
out to 
our neighbors and colleagues to understand who we are and also to 
understand who they are.''

In recognition of his efforts, Khaki will travel to New York on 
Thursday to 
receive the Walter Cronkite Faith & Freedom Award from the Interfaith 
Alliance Foundation. The award recognizes people of faith who stand up 
for 
religious freedom and the healing and constructive force of faith and 
religion in American life.

Khaki, 44, was nominated for the award by Cantor David Serkin-Poole of 
Temple B'Nai Torah in Bellevue.

``He really gave a voice and a presence that we were not hearing,'' 
Serkin-Poole said. ``All we were hearing was the radical extreme view 
of 
people like bin Laden. That's certainly not like the majority of 
Muslims...''

SEE ALSO:

TENSIONS MOUNT BETWEEN SOUTH FLORIDA JEWS AND MUSLIMS
Mary McLachlin, Palm Beach Post, 5/17/03
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/content/auto/epaper/editions/sunday/news_e36c9faa6388a07700eb.html

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Ages-old tensions between Jews and Muslims, 
nurtured through centuries and heightened by the horror of 9/11, have 
found 
a new focal point in South Florida: the leaders of a Boca Raton Islamic 
group and their plan to build a new mosque and community center.

A freelance Jewish activist from Tamarac named Joe Kaufman is waging a 
vocal and Internet crusade against the Islamic Center of Boca Raton's 
effort to build a 27,000-square-foot mosque, school and activity center 
near Florida Atlantic University, where many of its members work and 
study. 
He worries about plots being hatched.

"It's a possibility," Kaufman said, "and frankly, I would rather not 
take 
that chance. If they build that mosque, we really don't know what would 
be 
going on behind those walls."

Kaufman and others are wary because the center has hosted fund-raising 
speakers who were later accused of promoting terrorist organizations, 
and 
its Web site has carried anti-Jewish writings and links to sites with 
access to terrorist groups. The writings and links were removed after 
protests.

Islamic center officials deny allegations of anti-Semitism and any 
connections to terrorism; they say they want only to live in peace and 
practice their religion without fear or interference...

Backing the Islamic center is the Florida chapter of the Council on 
American-Islamic relations (CAIR), a major Islamic civil rights group 
which 
also maintains files and Web sites devoted to protecting Muslims and 
promoting Islam.

In the aftershock of 9/11, it quickly became clear that the discord 
fracturing the Middle East had spread poisonous roots deep into this 
country perhaps nowhere more acutely than in South Florida, home to 
600,000 
Jews and a fast-growing Muslim community estimated at more than 
75,000...

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ZIONIST MEETING BRANDS 'ROAD MAP' AS HERESY
Julia Duin, Washington Times, 5/19/03
http://washingtontimes.com/national/20030518-114058-5626r.htm

A Washington conference of Christian and Jewish Zionists yesterday 
heard 
attacks on the U.S. "road map" for peace in the Middle East as a breach 
of 
a 4,000-year-old covenant between God and Israel.

"The land of Israel was originally owned by God," said Gary Bauer, 
president of American Values and a Republican presidential contender in 
2000. "Since He was the owner, only He could give it away. And He gave 
it 
to the Jewish people."

Terrorists, he said, "don't understand why Israel and the United States 
are 
joined at the heart."

Called the "Interfaith Zionist Leadership Summit," the conference 
attracted 
to the Omni Shoreham Hotel about 1,000 participants, who debated how 
evangelical Christians could best unite with Jews to support Israel.

A three-page statement was adopted, to be delivered to President Bush 
this 
week, demanding Palestinian concessions before Israel is asked to 
return to 
its pre-1967 borders, which would turn over the West Bank and Gaza 
Strip to 
the Palestinian Authority.

Calling the peace proposal "a Satanic road map," Earl Cox, executive 
producer and host of Front Page Jerusalem, a radio program, asked, "Do 
any 
of you believe [Palestinian leader] Yasser Arafat will embrace 
traditional 
family values? There will be a mosque on all the holy sites. How can 
anyone 
who's a Jew or a Christian support such a proposal?..."

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PLANS TO KEEP POSTWAR IRAQ FAULTED
Peter Slevin and Vernon Loeb, Washington Post, 5/19/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A7784-2003May18.html

BAGHDAD - A month before the war began in Iraq, senior Bush 
administration 
officials said their plan for winning the peace was built upon the 
swift 
provision of basic services that would "immediately" make the Iraqi 
people 
feel they were better off than they had been under the government of 
Saddam 
Hussein.

Five weeks after the war ended, the administration is still struggling 
to 
accomplish that goal. It has failed to establish law and order on the 
streets and has achieved only mixed results in restoring electricity, 
water, sanitation and other essential needs.

In interviews here and in Washington, and in testimony on Capitol Hill, 
military officers, other administration officials and defense experts 
said 
the Pentagon ignored lessons from a decade of peacekeeping operations 
in 
Haiti, Somalia, the Balkans and Afghanistan.

It also badly underestimated the potential for looting and lawlessness 
after the collapse of the Iraqi government, lacking forces capable of 
securing the streets of Baghdad in the transition from combat to 
postwar 
reconstruction.

Only in the past week did administration officials begin to acknowledge 
publicly these miscalculations. They described continued lawlessness as 
a 
serious problem in Baghdad and called for more U.S. forces on the 
ground to 
quell a wave of violence that has kept American officials from assuring 
the 
Iraqi people that order would soon be restored.

"This was a war plan," said a senior official in the Pentagon's Office 
of 
Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance in Baghdad. "It was not a 
law 
enforcement plan..."

SEE ALSO:

IRAQ NUCLEAR AND OILFIELD CHAOS CONFRONT US RULERS
Nadim Ladki, Reuters, 5/19/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A10838-2003May19.html

BAGHDAD - Lawlessness in oilfields and a warning of a possible nuclear 
emergency reared up to confront Iraq's U.S. administration as thousands 
of 
Iraqis took to the streets of Baghdad on Monday to demand their own 
government.

The U.N.'s nuclear watchdog agency said it was alarmed by almost daily 
reports of looting and destruction at nuclear sites, warning that the 
theft 
of radioactive material posed a security threat and a danger to health.

Oil officials said the looting and lack of security were also hampering 
efforts to restore oil output, vital for the devastated country's 
economic 
recovery after the U.S.-led war to oust Saddam Hussein's government...

While many Iraqis are relieved Saddam has gone, they are horrified by 
the 
breakdown of law and order and basic services.

U.S. troops backed by tanks, armoured vehicles and helicopters raided 
the 
Mansur neighbourhood of central Baghdad on Monday as part of a 
crackdown on 
crime and looting...

"In some areas (security) is getting worse rather than better. What we 
anticipate on production may not be attainable if the security 
situation 
makes repairs impossible," the official said.

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LOOTING IS DERAILING DETAILED U.S. PLAN TO RESTORE IRAQ
Eric Schmitt and David E. Sanger, New York Times, 5/19/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/19/international/worldspecial/19POLI.html

WASHINGTON - Long before President Bush ordered the attack against 
Iraq, 
the White House and the Pentagon drew up a plan for rebuilding and 
running 
the country after the war that was nearly as meticulous as the battle 
plan.

But over the past two to three weeks, the wheels have threatened to 
come 
off their vehicle for establishing the peace.

The looting, lawlessness and violence that planners thought would mar 
only 
the first few weeks has proved more widespread and enduring than Mr. 
Bush 
and his aides expected and is threatening to undermine the American 
plan.

Five weeks after Baghdad fell, Mr. Bush finds himself exactly where he 
did 
not want to be: forced to impose control with a larger number of troops 
and 
to delay the start of efforts to turn power over to Iraqis.

The message that reached the White House from two recent meetings with 
potential Iraqi leaders, officials say, was that it would be foolish to 
start experimenting with democracy without making people feel secure 
enough 
to go back to work or school, and without giving them back at least the 
basic services they received during Saddam Hussein's brutal rule...

Another senior administration official said the White House was 
surprised 
to learn how badly broken Iraq's prewar infrastructure was. "From the 
outside it looked like Baghdad was a city that works," the official 
said. 
"It isn't."

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THIS IS NO WAY TO RUN AN OCCUPATION
Con Coughlin, Telegraph, 5/18/03
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/05/18/wirq118.xml

The Iraqi businessman gives a conspiratorial chuckle and picks up the 
telephone. "Now, my friend, I will show you what is really going on 
with 
the family of Saddam Hussein." He consults a piece of paper handed to 
him 
by one of his aides, and dials a number in Damascus. After a few rings, 
a 
man's voice answers.

It is Fatiq al-Majid, one of Saddam's nephews who, until a few weeks 
ago, 
had been a commanding officer in Saddam's Special Security Organisation 
at 
the Republican Palace in Baghdad, the regime's Praetorian Guard. Majid, 
who 
is also the brother-in-law of Qusay, Saddam's younger son and heir 
apparent, had, it transpired, just arrived to seek refuge in the Syrian 
capital...

Unlike Ali Hassan al-Majid, his notorious uncle and the man known as 
"Chemical Ali" because of his predilection for using mustard gas 
against 
his own people, Fatiq al-Majid's name does not appear on the Pentagon's 
"pack of cards" list of Iraq's most wanted criminals. But as a leading 
member of the younger generation of Saddam's extended family, Majid is 
certainly someone whom ordinary Iraqis would like to see brought to 
account 
for the excesses of Saddam's regime.

He is also someone who might be able to shed some light on the question 
of 
what has become of Saddam himself. It was a question I urged the Iraqi 
businessman to put to his contact at the other end of the line.

"So, Fatiq, what can you tell me about your uncle? And where is your 
aunt?" 
he inquired.

Majid tried to play dumb. "Which uncle do you mean?" he asked...

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POSTWAR CHAOS: BUSH'S UNDOING?
Kevin Phillips, LA Times, 5/18/03
http://www.latimes.com/la-op-phillips18may18,0,3007446.story

WASHINGTON - It's too early to suggest that peace in Iraq has already 
set 
some of the snares for President Bush that caught his father in 
1991-92, 
although not having killed or captured Saddam Hussein could get 
politically 
hairy as the 2004 presidential season opens.

It's also too early to say that the end of hostilities in the Persian 
Gulf 
is leaving Bush exposed to new hazards, as the end of hostilities in 
Vietnam did to Richard Nixon in 1973 or the peace negotiations in 
Europe 
did to Woodrow Wilson in 1919.

Still, it's already possible to see Middle East circumstances falling 
into 
an old and unnerving pattern: victory on the battlefield metamorphosing 
into unexpected embarrassments in the diplomatic and geopolitical 
aftermath. There's a good reason. Wars typically unleash new forces, 
alignments and confusions that begin to emerge only as the shooting 
part of 
the conflict tails off.

That's happening again in 2003. The problems already visible - 
revitalized 
Islamic terrorism, eroded U.S. alliances and credibility, the false 
premises of going to war and the ungovernability of Iraq - may not 
develop 
quickly enough or harshly enough to defeat Bush in 2004. They could 
cost 
him his place in history, though...

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SHIITES MARCH IN BAGHDAD AGAINST U.S.
Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press, 5/19/03
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-2693244,00.html

BAGHDAD - Thousands of Shiite Muslims marched peacefully through the 
capital Monday to protest the American occupation of Iraq and reject 
what 
they feared would be a U.S.-installed puppet government.

Small groups of U.S. infantrymen, including snipers on nearby rooftops, 
watched the rally but did not intervene. Several dozen Shiite 
organizers 
armed with AK-47 assault rifles patrolled the area. They, too, were 
left 
alone by the Americans.

Up to 10,000 people gathered in front of a Sunni Muslim mosque in 
Baghdad's 
northern district of Azimiyah, then marched across a bridge on the 
Tigris 
River to the nearby Kadhamiya quarter, home to one of the holiest 
Shiite 
shrines in Iraq.

It appeared to be the largest protest against the U.S. occupation since 
the 
war ended.

``What we are calling for is an interim government that represents all 
segments of Iraqi society,'' said Ali Salman, an activist...

The crowd chanted ``No Shiites and no Sunnis, just Islamic unity,'' 
sang 
religious songs, and carried banners reading ``No to the foreign 
administration,'' and ``We want honest Iraqis, not their thieves...''

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IRAQ WAR WAS NOT FOR RELIGIOUS EFFORTS
Nate Breen, Tribune-Eagle, 5/19/03
http://www.wyomingnews.com/

Returning from a trip on April 6 I picked up a copy of that day's New 
York 
Times and read many articles related to the operations taking place in 
Iraq.

Generally the stories were pretty much the same. Reports from the 
battle 
fronts, casualties, etc. But there was one story that begged the reader 
to 
look at the war successes with a jaundiced eye.

The story reported that certain evangelical Christian leaders were 
overjoyed with the fall of Saddam Hussein because the collapse of that 
regime would give them the opportunity to begin missionary work in 
Iraq.

Don't get me wrong, in general I have no problems with evangelicals 
spreading their word, but I am alarmed that people like Franklin 
Graham, 
Jerry Falwell, and Pat Robertson viewed this war as an exploitive 
opportunity to spread their form of Protestant Christianity. Their 
jubilance flies in the face of the President's numerous messages since 
Sept. 11, 2001 that our war was against terrorist and not Islam.

These evangelical leaders for the past two years have made outrageous 
and 
venomous attacks on Islam and the Prophet Mohammed. Their diatribes may 
be 
forgotten here, but I can assure you that they are repeated and 
remembered 
in every Arab-Muslim media publication...

If our goal in Iraq is to help establish a modern liberal democracy 
replete 
with the recognition of acceptance of ethnic and religious diversity, 
then 
it time for the President and all Americans to demand that the 
evangelists 
back-off and truly respect others...

If American Democracy is the model we want for the world, we must walk 
that 
walk in a manner consistent with the values proclaimed in the 
Declaration 
of Independence and the Constitution.

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PRESS RELEASE

MUSLIM AMERICAN KIDS TO MAKE PHONE CONNECTION WITH KIDS IN IRAQ

HERNDON, VA - Muslim American children at Al Fatih Academy in Herndon, 
Virginia will connect by phone with schoolchildren in Baghdad, Iraq 
this 
coming Wednesday, May 21st at 9:00 am EST. Arabic translators will be 
on 
hand to facilitate the conversation.

The two groups of kids have been eager to talk together ever since the 
American children sent their Iraqi counterparts over a hundred and 
fifty 
hand-made cards with traditional Muslim greetings of "salaam" (which 
means 
"peace").

The cards were made in conjunction with a relief kit drive led by Al 
Fatih 
Academy 2nd and 3rd graders under the campaign name "Muslim Kids Giving 
Salaam (Peace)." As an interfaith effort, the kid's campaign 
contributed to 
a larger Mennonite Central Committee relief kit shipment, which was 
recently delivered to Iraq.

Wednesday's phone call between the American Muslim and Iraqi school 
children will give them a unique opportunity to learn about each other 
directly, as equals.

"When we heard that the school director in Iraq wanted to arrange for 
the 
kids to talk with each other, we were delighted," says Afeefa Syeed, 
Director of Al Fatih Academy. "This is a chance for the kids to hear 
each 
other's voices and relate as 'real people,' not just as faraway relief 
donors and recipients. We hope this phone conversation makes a strong 
kid-to-kid connection."

"Muslim Kids Giving Salaam (Peace)," originally intended to engage Al 
Fatih 
Academy students in learning about the situation in Iraq, quickly 
became a 
national campaign with contributions and cards pouring in from all over 
the 
United States. Kids everywhere continue to want information about what 
is 
going on in Iraq...

CONTACTS: Afeefa Syeed 703-437-9382, Deirdre Ritchie, 703-323-6234

Al Fatih Academy
www.alfatih.org
730 Jackson Street
Herndon, Virginia, 20170
703-437-9382

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COUNTY MAY JOIN PATRIOT ACT FOES
By Beth Velliquette, Herald-Sun, 5/18/03
http://www.herald-sun.com/orange/10-353644.html

HILLSBOROUGH -- The Orange County Board of Commissioners appears ready 
to 
join a group of other towns and counties across the nation in passing a 
resolution to protest portions of the USA Patriot Act.

Many people are worried the act, enacted in October 2001 in response to 
the 
Sept. 11 attacks, infringes on the civil rights guaranteed by the U.S. 
Constitution. Nearly 100 county and town governments have passed 
resolutions asking federal lawmakers to repeal parts of the act they 
claim 
violate rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution.

"The [USA] Patriot Act is a very dangerous act for the civil rights of 
America, and it needs to be relooked at and revisited," said Margaret 
Brown, chair of the Board of Commissioners. "Absolutely, I'm voting for 
the 
resolution. I've pulled it out to make this a special one, so it would 
have 
greater impact, so we can send it on to our elected officials."

The USA Patriot Act, which is officially called the Uniting and 
Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to 
Intercept 
and Obstruct Terrorism Act, expanded the federal government's ability 
to 
investigate potential terrorists and terrorist organizations.

Brown hopes that the movement against portions of the USA Patriot Act 
will 
expand across the state and nation, and that elected officials who 
approved 
the bill when it was passed in 2001 will go back and reconsider what 
they 
voted for and work to repeal parts of it.

"It's specifically for [Congressman] David Price," Brown said. "David 
needs 
to know that local government is taking a very close look at what he 
voted 
for the last time."

Reached for comment on Sunday afternoon, Price said he has some 
concerns 
about the legislation himself, and about the "rumored Son of Patriot 
Act..."

If the Board of Commissioners passes the resolution, Price said he 
would 
read it and consider what the board is asking him to do...

SEE ALSO

FEDERAL PATRIOT ACT MEETS WITH GRASS-ROOTS RESISTANCE
Rick Montgomery, Kansas City Star, 5/19/03
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascitystar/news/5892079.htm

They took a stand a month ago in North Pole, Alaska.

"Be it resolved," stated a resolution unanimously passed by leaders in 
the 
town of 1,500, "that the North Pole City Council requests members of 
the 
U.S. Congress to immediately re-examine the U.S. Patriot Act."

Similar stands have been made in recent months by more than 100 city 
councils and county boards across the country, all challenging the 
federal 
government's expanded powers to investigate people who might be 
connected 
to terror.

 From Broward County, Fla., to Yolo County, Calif., in Minneapolis, 
Massachusetts and Missoula, Mont., the war on domestic terrorism is 
meeting 
pockets of grass-roots resistance.

Much to the delight of the American Civil Liberties Union, 
municipalities 
are drafting resolutions affirming the right of innocent residents to 
be 
left alone.

Libraries are shredding documents to prevent federal agents from 
snooping 
into the reading habits of patrons.

And on a separate terrorism-related front, medical professionals by the 
thousands are refusing smallpox vaccines. President Bush in December 
set a 
goal of vaccinating 500,000 health-care volunteers nationwide in the 
first 
round of inoculations, but only 35,000 have obliged.

So far, the Bush administration's anti-terror initiatives have met 
little 
resistance in the courts. Federal judges generally have upheld the 
powers 
of the federal government as spelled out in the USA Patriot Act, which 
won 
Congress' overwhelming support in the weeks after the attacks of Sept. 
11, 
2001...

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GUANTANAMO BAY PRISONERS HAVE GONE CRAZY, SAYS RELEASED PAKISTANI
Agence France-Presse, 5/19/03

ALLADHAND DHERAY, PAKISTAN - A Pakistani released from the United 
States' 
secretive prison on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba said Monday that most of the 
600-plus prisoners still held there on suspicion of al-Qaeda links had 
become mentally disturbed.

"The majority of prisoners in Camp X-Ray are not even familiar with the 
name al-Qaeda," Shah Muhammad, 23, said in his home village of 
Alladhand 
Dheray in Dir district, some 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) from the border 
with Afghanistan in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province.

"Most of them are in a critical condition mentally and have become 
mentally 
deranged."

Muhammad was released earlier this month from Camp X-Ray, the US naval 
base 
prison in Cuba, with two other Pakistanis, Jehan Wali and Sahibzada 
Usman 
Ali, and handed over to Pakistani authorities on May 8. He returned to 
his 
home on Friday...

A former baker, Muhammad was one of an estimated 6,000 Pakistanis who 
followed the urgings of firebrand preachers and flowed over the border 
into 
Afghanistan to defend the Taliban against the United States-led 
military 
onslaught in October 2001.

He said he was captured in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i- Sharif 
by 
the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance in November 2001 and was handed over 
to 
US troops, who flew them to Guantanamo Bay after first sensorily 
depriving 
them...

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR ACTION ALERT #380

N.C. MUSLIM PHYSICIAN DENIED RE-ENTRY OVER TECHNICALITY
Community members urged to contact elected officials
	
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/20/03) - CAIR today issued a travel advisory for 
Muslim visa-holders working in the United States, warning that minor 
violations of immigrations procedures could result in denial of 
re-entry 
following trips abroad. That advisory was issued after a Pakistani 
physician working in North Carolina was denied re-entry at Washington 
Dulles International Airport because he failed to abide by a 
little-known 
registration policy.

According to that policy, anyone who went through the 
recently-completed 
Special Registration program must provide notice of departure from and 
re-entry into the United States. The policy states: "Nonimmigrants who 
must 
follow these special procedures will also have to use specially 
designated 
ports when they leave the country and report in person to an 
immigration 
officer at the port on their departure date."

SEE: http://www.bcis.gov/graphics/shared/lawenfor/specialreg/index.htm
http://www.bcis.gov/graphics/shared/lawenfor/specialreg/BLISTOFP.pdf

Relatives of Dr. Shahid Mahmood, a family practitioner working in an 
underserved area of North Carolina for more than four years, say he and 
his 
family (including an American-born child) were forced to return to 
Pakistan 
May 11 after coming back from a two-week trip to that country. Mahmood 
was 
denied re-entry despite the fact that he had been told by airline 
personnel 
there was no registration requirement. Immigration authorities told him 
to 
re-apply for a work visa, a process that could take months.

"Preventing re-entry of honest, hardworking visa-holders who make every 
effort to comply with complicated regulations is fundamentally unjust," 
said CAIR Legal Advisor Khurrum Wahid. "If a person can be summarily 
denied 
re-entry into the United States merely because of bad advice from an 
airline and lack of guidance from immigration authorities, we must 
examine 
the due process issues at play." Wahid added that Dr. Mahmood's absence 
will create a crisis for patients who do not have access to other 
physicians.

Mahmood has in the past been praised for his work by his medical 
colleagues 
and by North Carolina General Assembly Representative Gordon Allen. 
Rep. 
Allen wrote last year: "Roxboro, North Carolina is a federally 
underserved 
area for family practitioners. Person County and the surrounding 
counties 
are privileged to have Dr. Mahmood as a member of the medical 
community. 
He…is known as a kind and caring physician."

CAIR has received a number of complaints similar to that of Dr. Mahmood 
and 
is requesting that anyone denied re-entry file an incident report form. 
Report forms are available for download at: 
http://www.cair-net.org/ireport/Incident_Report.doc, or by calling 
202-488-8787.

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

Contact U.S. Rep. David Price (NC-4) and Rep. Brad Miller (NC-14) to 
ask 
that they intervene on Dr. Mahmood's behalf with immigration 
authorities. 
(Dr. Mahmood lives in Rep. Price's district and works in the district 
covered by Rep. Miller.)

CONTACT:

The Honorable David Price
2162 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515,
Phone: 202-225-1784 or 919-859-5999
Fax: 202-225-2014
WEB: www.house.gov/price

The Honorable Rep. Brad Miller
1505 Longworth Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3032
Fax: (202) 225-0181
TOLL FREE: (877) 272-3435
WEB: http://www.house.gov/bradmiller/

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IN THE NAME OF GOD, THE COMPASSIONATE, THE MERCIFUL

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 5/20/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: THREE TRUTHS
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5925 SPONSORSHIPS
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* NEV. REP ASKED TO DROP ISLAMOPHOBE FROM FUNDRAISER
* MAN SENTENCED FOR DRIVING INTO MOSQUE (AP)
* RICE: ISRAEL'S SECURITY IS KEY TO SECURITY OF WORLD (Jewish Press)
* MUSLIM SOLDIER FROM BROOKLYN DIES IN IRAQ (New York Times)
* UNDER SURVEILLANCE (WTHR)
* OPEN HOUSE AT MOSQUE TO EDUCATE RESIDENTS (Baytown Sun)
* UMAA CONVENTION IN DC, MAY 23-25
* RESEARCH GROUP NEEDS MUSLIMS FOR FOCUS GROUP
* CAIR-OH JOB OPENING
* JOURNALISM & COMM. SCHOLARSHIPS AWARD FOR MUSLIM STUDENTS

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HADITH OF THE DAY: THREE TRUTHS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Three things that I 
swear 
to be true are that a man's property does not become less on account of 
(giving) charity; that when a man is wronged and bears it patiently, 
God 
will give him greater honor on that account; and that when a man (begs 
without dire need), God opens for him a door toward poverty."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1397

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5925 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR'S Library Project has received 5925 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 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 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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NEV. REP ASKED TO DROP ISLAMOPHOBE FROM FUNDRAISER
Featured speaker says Muslim travelers should use 'flying carpets'
	
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/20/03) - CAIR today called on Rep. James Gibbons 
(R-NV) to cancel an appearance by controversial political commentator 
Ann 
Coulter at a fundraising luncheon on Wednesday in Reno, Nevada, because 
of 
her Islamophobic views.

Coulter has made a number of Islamophobic and anti-Arab comments since 
the 
9/11 terrorist attacks. Immediately following the attacks, she 
suggested 
that "we should invade their [Muslim] countries, kill their leaders and 
convert them to Christianity." Coulter wrote in Worldnetdaily.com: 
"Muslims 
feel humiliated now? We'll show them humiliated...While Judaism and 
Christianity begin with the Creation, Islam reveres a God who creates 
nothing…"

Just recently, a reporter with Britain's Guardian newspaper wrote: 
"Sharing 
a table at a New York bar with Coulter, watching the heads turn, you're 
seized by the urge to test her. Is she for real? Is she making this 
stuff 
up, like a comedian doing a shtick? How far will she go? 'What if the 
free 
market offered Muslim-free air travel?' I venture, by way of bait. 
Would 
that be a smart move? 'This is my idea,' she says brightly, competitive 
as 
a child. 'I'm way ahead of you. I think airlines ought to start 
advertising: 'We have the most civil rights lawsuits brought against us 
by 
Arabs.'" And how would Muslims travel? 'They could use flying carpets,' 
she 
says, a grinning picture of charm…"
SEE: http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,957670,00.html

Coulter, who once referred to Middle Easterners as "camel riding 
nomads" 
and said Egyptians have an "aversion to bathing," denied the post-9/11 
backlash against Muslims and those perceived to be Middle Eastern, 
saying: 
"The only backlash by actual Americans [against Muslims]…consists of 
precisely one confirmed hate crime. Some nut in Arizona murdered a Sikh 
thinking he was a Muslim. Current hate crime tally: Muslims: 3,000 (and 
counting); White Guys: 1…" Other Coulter comments include:

* [The Prophet] Muhammad makes L. Ron Hubbard look like Jesus Christ. 
Most 
people think nothing of assuming every Scientologist is a crackpot. Why 
should Islam be subject to presumption of respect because it's a 
religion?

* There is no principled basis for opposition to using Arab appearance 
as a 
factor in airport screening procedures.

* Let's hope seven days is enough for the government to perform a 
thorough 
intelligence-based investigation of a million Muslim 
immigrants...Surely, 
thousands of immigrants could be waived in instantly on the basis of 
reliable evidence either that they are not Muslims, or that they are 
the 
peaceful, law-abiding variety not planning mass murder -- as opposed to 
the 
peaceful, law-abiding Muslims who recently slaughtered thousands of our 
fellow countrymen...A mass deportation order also ought to ease the way 
for 
"ethnic profiling."

* How are we to distinguish the peaceful Muslims from the fanatical, 
homicidal Muslims about to murder thousands of our fellow citizens? Are 
the 
good Muslims the ones who live quiet lives, pray a lot and obey the 
law? So 
did the architects of Bloody Tuesday's mass murder. Are the peaceful 
Muslims the ones who loudly proclaim their hatred of Osama Bin Laden? 
Mohammed Atta did that, too. The only thing we know about them -- other 
than that they live among us -- is that they are foreign-born and they 
are 
Muslims....All we can do is politely ask aliens from suspect nations to 
leave -- with the full expectation of readmittance -- while we sort the 
peace-loving immigrants from the murderous fanatics.

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

Contact Rep. Gibbons to respectfully request that he withdraw his 
invitation to Ann Coulter.

CONTACT: (Phone calls are best.)

Congressman Jim Gibbons
100 Cannon House Office Building
Washington D.C. 20515

Reno Office:
400 South Virginia Street, Suite 502
Reno, Nevada 89501

E-Mail: http://www.house.gov/gibbons/contactjim.htm

TEL: 202-225-6155, 775-322-4322, 775-686-5760
FAX: 202-225-5679, 775-686-5711

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MAN SENTENCED FOR DRIVING INTO MOSQUE
Associated Press, 5/20/03
http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-ap-brf-mosque-crash,0,5290505.story 


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A man who drove his pickup truck into a mosque and 
yelled anti-Muslim threats has been sentenced to more than two years in 
federal prison.

Charles Franklin, 41, pleaded guilty to the hate crime in November. 
U.S. 
District Judge Stephan Mickle sentenced Franklin to 27 months, 
crediting 
him with 14 months he served since being arrested for the March 25, 
2002 
attack.

Mickle, who could have sentenced Franklin to 20 years, imposed the 
minimum 
punishment under federal guidelines.

``You were lucky there were no people in that mosque,'' Mickle told 
Franklin.

No one was injured in the crash, which occurred 30 minutes before 
evening 
prayers.

Franklin, of Tallahassee, will also pay a $100 court cost and $63,668 
in 
restitution to the Islamic Center Mosque in Tallahassee.

``What I did was wrong,'' Franklin said at Monday's sentencing.

Franklin's attorney, Randy Murrell, asked for leniency because his 
client 
suffers from mental illness and depression and had stopped taking his 
medications before the incident.

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RICE: ISRAEL'S SECURITY IS KEY TO SECURITY OF REST OF WORLD
Avraham Shmuel Lewin, Jewish Press, 5/14/2003
http://www.jewishpress.com/news_article.asp?article=2380

TEL AVIV - In an exclusive interview with Israel's daily Yediot 
Aharonot 
recently, National Security Adviser Dr. Condoleezza Rice said that the 
"security of Israel is the key to security of the world." Rice added 
that 
she feels "a deep bond to Israel."

Asked if her feelings toward Israel stem from her religious 
convictions, 
Dr. Rice said, "That is a very deep question. I first visited Israel in 
2000. I already then felt that I am returning home despite the fact 
that 
this was a place I never visited. I have a deep affinity with Israel. I 
have always admired the history of the State of Israel and the hardness 
and 
determination of the people that founded it.

"Israel was a state who in the beginning was not given a chance to 
survive. 
She survived mainly because of the hardness of the Israelis and their 
readiness to sacrifice their lives for the state...

"I think that we, Israel and the U.S., share common values.
Israel is the only democracy in the region. That is also very 
important. 
When I was in Israel I also was impressed that you have a big economic 
future. I come from Silicon valley. There are a lot of similarities 
between 
the high-tech industry in California and in Israel. I also felt at home 
in 
this area...

On the issue of settlements, Dr. Rice said, "We always said that 
settlements were an obstacle to peace."

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SOLDIER FROM BROOKLYN DIES WHEN HIT BY A BULLET IN IRAQ
Thomas J. Lueck, New York Times, 5/20/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/20/nyregion/20SOLD.html

A 22-year-old Army specialist from Brooklyn was killed in Iraq on 
Sunday 
when another soldier's gun discharged, the authorities said.

The victim, Specialist Rasheed Sahib, died from a bullet wound to his 
chest 
in the town of Balad, Iraq, according to The Associated Press. It said 
that 
the gun discharged when it was being cleaned by a fellow soldier, whose 
name was not disclosed, and that the incident was under investigation.

Specialist Sahib, a native of Guyana who immigrated to Brooklyn with 
his 
mother when he was 3 years old, enlisted in the Army in 2001, 
immediately 
after graduating from Franklin K. Lane High School, according to some 
of 
the more than 30 family members who gathered yesterday at the home of 
his 
mother in Bushwick...

Nazreen Ashraf said the military had informed Specialist Sahib's mother 
that his body would not be returned to Brooklyn for four days, an 
interval 
that upset several family members. Because they are Muslims, Ms. Ashraf 
said, their faith requires a speedy burial, preferably within two days.

Those anxieties, however, did not prevent Specialist Sahib's family 
from 
offering a patriotic display yesterday. On the wrought iron fence posts 
in 
front of the house, they had mounted an American flag and two P.O.W. 
flags.

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UNDER SURVEILLANCE
Angie Moreschi, WTHR Indianapolis, 5/20/03 
http://www.wthr.com/Global/story.asp?s=1285160

A new round of terrorist bombings in the Middle East has renewed 
concerns 
about another terrorist attack on U.S. soil. And according to the FBI 
and 
the Joint Task Force on terrorism, it's not just big cities like New 
York 
and Washington that have to be concerned. So-called "sleeper cells" 
could 
be anywhere. For three months, the Eyewitness News Investigators looked 
into the issues surrounding potential terrorist ties in Indiana. They 
uncovered evidence of a link to an Al-Qaeda sleeper cell in Buffalo, 
New 
York...
The FBI won't say who is under surveillance in Bloomington or why, but 
the 
Eyewitness News Investigators have learned one reason authorities might 
be 
so interested.

It has to do with an Imam, or prayer leader, hired by the Bloomington 
mosque in 2001. The Imam went by the name of Juma Al Dosari and has now 
been linked to an Al Qaeda sleeper cell in Lackawanna, New York, that 
was 
exposed shortly after the terrorist attacks on New York...

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OPEN HOUSE AT MOSQUE TO EDUCATE RESIDENTS
Matthew Cook, Baytown Sun, 5/19/03
http://web.baytownsun.com/story.lasso?WCD=11581

BAYTOWN - In an effort to open communication between Baytown's Muslims 
and 
other members of the community, the Baytown Mosque hosted an open house 
and 
information session Sunday.

Approximately 30 people attended the afternoon program, which included 
a 
slide show and refreshments.

"We're just telling the people about Islam," said Shaikh Abu Mohammad, 
the 
imam, or pastor, of Baytown Mosque. "Some people have a bad idea about 
Islam. We need to change it ourselves..."

Bassam Hamid, of Baytown, said Sunday's event offered a chance to open 
up 
lines of communication with the Muslim religion.

"We are a part of this community," he said. "We are supposed to work 
together. We feel that we should have more communications with other 
religions since we share these common values."

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UMAA CONVENTION IN DC, MAY 23-25

WHAT: The Universal Muslim Association of America (UMAA) is holding the 
First Convention of the Shia Muslims living in the United States and 
Canada, titled "Islam -- Religion of Truth, Justice and Peace." A panel 
of 
distinguished Muslims as well as non-Muslims thinkers, intellectuals, 
social scientists and professionals will address the Convention on 
contemporary issues. There will also be a series of workshops and 
seminars 
on a variety of subjects of interest, for all ages.

WHEN: MAY 23-25, 2003, (The Memorial Day weekend).
WHERE: Grand Hyatt Regency Hotel and Convention Center Washington, DC 
CONTACT: http://www.umaamerica.org/convention.shtml

NOTE:  There are spaces available for vendors and businesses at the 
convention. The reservation of the hotel rooms is on first-come 
first-serve 
basis.

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RESEARCH GROUP NEEDS MUSLIMS FOR FOCUS GROUP

WHAT: The Luntz Research Companies are hosting a live show that is a 
focus 
group talking about topics concerning Americans. If interested in 
participating, you must meet the following criteria: be an opinionated 
and 
outspoken person aged 18 and up with strong personal views about the 
situation in Iraq and the Middle East.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 21, 2003 from 9-10:15 PM (live in Washington, 
D.C.)

HOW: To apply, send along the following: Full Name
Email Address, Phone Number, Gender, Age, Political Affiliation,
Who you voted for in 2000, Home City, Ethnicity, Religion, Occupation,
Citizenship, Have you participated in MSNBC focus groups before? Do you 
believe the United States should have invaded Iraq?

CONTACT: Joseph Randazzo, Associate Project Director of The Luntz 
Research 
Companies, at JRandazzo@luntz.com.

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CAIR-OH JOB OPPORTUNITY

WHAT: Full-time position available as Director in CAIR's Cincinnati 
office. 
This position will entail directing all CAIR-Ohio, Cincinnati office 
activities which includes but not limited to the following:

Interaction with local Muslim community on a regular basis; Media 
activism 
which includes writing press releases, giving interviews and issuing 
statements; Manage all CAIR office administration needs; Fund raising 
activities which includes on-going fund raising efforts and organizing 
yearly fund raising dinner; Ability to deal with civil right cases.

Qualifications:
Candidate must have a university degree. Good organizational and 
management 
skills, excellent communication skills both verbal and written. Legal 
background is a plus.

Salary: Negotiable.

WHEN: Send Resume no later than June 16, 2003 - deadline extended.

CONTACT: EMAIL Ahmad Al-Akhras at ohio@cair-net.org,
CAIR-Ohio Chapter
4700 Reed Road, Suite B
Columbus, Ohio 43220
Fax (614)451-3222

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JOURNALISM & COMMUNICATIONS SCHOLARSHIPS AWARD FOR MUSLIM STUDENTS

(ANAHEIM, CA, 5/20/03) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR) 
is pleased to announce a one-time Journalism & Communications 
Scholarship 
Award for Muslim students.

Muslims are one of the most underrepresented religious communities in 
American journalism today. As such, the Muslim community has suffered 
much 
from the incorrect information and inaccurate portrayals of Islam and 
Muslims. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage and help Muslim 
students to pursue careers in journalism that will in turn result in a 
better situation for the American Muslim community, Insha'allah.

Eight scholarship awardees in eight major cities in the United States 
will 
receive a one-time scholarship stipend of $5,000 for pursuing education 
in 
the journalism and communications field.

CAIR will award scholarships to Muslim students in their junior year of 
college who demonstrate a willingness to pursue journalism or 
communications. Selection criteria includes a required minimum Grade 
Point 
Average of 3.0 and Muslim community activism. Awardees selected would 
be 
required to keep in good standing with their respective colleges and 
complete 200 hours of Muslim community volunteer service in the field 
of 
journalism and communications under the supervision of CAIR.

Applicants must reside near a CAIR Chapter and attend a certified U.S. 
college or university.

The postmark deadline for Fall 2003 applications is May 31, 2003.

For more information, please contact CAIR-LA Development and Programs 
coordinator, Maryam Dadabhoy (Maryam@cair.com) at 714-776-1847, or 
visit 
www.cair-net.org/scholarship.

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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: Wed, 21 May 2003 13:26:58 -0400
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Subject: CAIR-NET: Ariz. Sikh Shot, Penn. Iraqi Teen Assaulted

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ARIZ. SIKH SHOT, PENN. IRAQI TEEN ASSAULTED
Violent incidents blamed on rise of anti-Muslim bigotry
	
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/21/03) - A prominent national Islamic civil rights 
and 
advocacy group today said the shooting of a Sikh man in Arizona and the 
assault on a Muslim teenager in Pennsylvania can be blamed at least in 
part 
on "Islamophobic hysteria" generated by anti-Muslim rhetoric. The 
Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) cited a 
recent syndicated column by Cal Thomas as an example of that 
hate-filled 
rhetoric.

In Arizona, a Sikh man wearing a turban was shot Monday night in north 
Phoenix. Avtar Singh Cheira, 52, was shot twice by men in a red truck 
as he 
waited to be picked up at work. "I heard that voice say, 'Go back to 
where 
you belong to,' and at the same time I heard that shot," said Cheira. 
Police are treating the incident as a hate crime.

Just after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a Sikh man in Arizona was 
murdered 
apparently because the killer mistakenly believed the victim was of 
Middle 
Eastern origin. The first victim's relatives say this latest incident 
may 
also have been a case of "mistaken identity."

SEE: "SIKH SHOOTING CALLED HATE CRIME"
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/0521hatecrime21.html

In Erie, Penn., a 14-year-old Iraqi-American girl says she was beaten 
Monday by a classmate while a crowd of students stood by yelling 
anti-Muslim comments. "Yelling 'kill the Muslim girl. Get her, that's 
what 
she deserves'...I don't even feel safe in this country because 
everyone's 
messing with me," said the victim.

SEE: "ERIE POLICE INVESTIGATE POSSIBLE ETHNIC INTIMIDATION IN TEEN 
FIGHT"
http://35wsee.com/news2a.cfm?more=4302&category=1&news=fullstory

"Those who spread hate, in this country or overseas, should know that 
others may turn hostile words into violent actions and those who fight 
bigotry must be more vocal in challenging hate-mongers," said CAIR 
Executive Director Nihad Awad. "Violence against innocents is never 
justified, whether it is carried out by someone falsely claiming to act 
in 
the name of Islam or by a minority in this country reacting to 
Islamophobic 
hysteria."

Awad noted that just this week, syndicated columnist Cal Thomas warned 
of 
the "dangers" posed by increased Muslim political participation in 
North 
America. Thomas wrote: "You don't have to be paranoid to fear where 
this 
can lead in Canada and in the United States - where immigration and 
births 
are dramatically increasing the Muslim population…If politicians 
succumb to 
pressure from Muslim activist groups and equate Islam with the 
religious 
and political heritage of this country, we will know that an important 
beachhead has been attained by our enemies."

CAIR is encouraging victims of hate crimes to fill out report forms, 
which 
are available for download at: 
http://www.cair-net.org/ireport/Incident_Report.doc, or by calling 
202-488-8787. CAIR is America's largest Islamic civil liberties group. 
It 
is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 16 regional offices 
nationwide and in Canada. Since its founding in 1994, CAIR has defended 
the 
civil and religious rights of all Americans.
					
					- END -

CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726

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 or UNSUBSCRIBE from this list, go to: 
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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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Subject: CAIR-NET: Jews, Muslims Explore Similarities in Faiths

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IN THE NAME OF GOD, THE COMPASSIONATE, THE MERCIFUL

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 5/21/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: A KIND WORD
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5925 SPONSORSHIPS
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* FLORIDA RELIGIOUS GROUPS TO ANNOUNCE INTERFAITH EVENT
* AREA JEWS, MUSLIMS EXPLORE SIMILARITIES IN FAITHS (AJC)
	- Christians Urge Dialogue with Muslims (Daily Journal)
* NEW IMMIGRATION LAW EXILES ROXBORO DOCTOR (News & Observer)
* PENTAGON DETAILS NEW SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM (Wash. Post)
	- DOJ Lists Use of New Power to Fight Terror (NY Times)
	- Anti-Terror Power Used Broadly (Wash. Post)\
	- Police Stop Israelis with 'Suspicious' Cargo (Almagordo News)
	- Several Men Questioned About Immigration Status (AP)
* LIBRARIES TRY TO QUIET PATRIOT ACT'S ACCESS (Lacrosse Tribune)
* FIRST MUSLIM NOMINATED FOR VIRGINIA SENATE RACE
* BRIEFING - UNITED STATES INSTITUTE OF PEACE (USIP)
	- USIP Nominee Writes in Support of Terror Group (NY Post)
* COLUMBUS TOWNHALL MEETING ON IMMIGRATION AND FOREIGN POLICY
* IMC-USA ALARMED AT CELEBRATIONS FOR GANDHI'S ASSASSIN
* BYRD SAYS BUSH BUILT 'HOUSE OF CARDS' ON IRAQ WAR (Reuters)

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HADITH OF THE DAY:  A KIND WORD

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) quoted God as saying: "Let 
each of 
you protect himself against Hell-fire, be it with even half a date 
(given 
in charity) - and if he finds (not even that small amount to give), 
then 
with a kind word."

Hadith Qudsi 13

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5925 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR'S Library Project has received 5925 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 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 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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				- MEDIA ADVISORY -

FLORIDA RELIGIOUS GROUPS TO ANNOUNCE INTERFAITH EVENT

(TAMPA, FL 5/21/2003) - The Florida office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL), the Florida Council of Churches 
(FCC) 
and Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church of Tampa, will hold a press 
conference to announce their plans for a major interfaith event in 
Tampa.

The interfaith event, titled, "RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE AND LIBERTY IN THE 
FACE 
OF TERRORISM - A DIALOGUE BETWEEN ABRAHAMIC FAITHS," is aimed at 
promoting 
tolerance and respect while building bridges of understanding between 
Americans of all faiths and persuasions.

PRESS CONFERENCE DETAILS

WHO:  Florida Council of Churches and CAIR-FL
WHEN: Thursday, May 22, 2003 @ 1:30 PM
WHERE: Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church of Tampa, 304 Druid Hills 
Road, 
Tampa, FL

"With so much violence here and abroad being committed in the name 
religion, it is important for religious leaders to step up and promote 
a 
message of respect for diversity. This event will be the beginning of 
many 
such dialogues to be carried out all across Florida," said CAIR-FL 
Communications Director Ahmed Bedier.

					- END -

CONTACT:  Mr. Altaf Ali (Executive Director); 954-298-8214 - 
altaf@cair-florida.org; Ahmed Bedier (Communications Director); 
813-731-9506 - abedier@cair-florida.org

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AREA JEWS, MUSLIMS EXPLORE SIMILARITIES IN FAITHS
Sheila M. Poole, Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 5/21/03
http://www.ajc.com/
Search using the term "Muslims."

Two prayer books - one written in Arabic, the other in Hebrew and 
English - 
brought Huma Faruqi and Jason Burn together, each struck at that moment 
more by the similarities in their religions than the differences.

The Muslim and Jewish metro Atlantans were among those gathered in a 
hallway at Congregation B'nai Israel in Jonesboro, surrounded by others 
from their faiths, as they pored over the prayer books - the air 
punctuated 
by exclamations of surprise each time a common phrasing or character 
was found.

"I had never been in a synagogue before," said Faruqi, who was born in 
Pakistan. And she admits that until recently, she never thought she 
would 
be in one - much less attend Friday night services.

"It was very interesting," said Faruqi, who lives in Peachtree City and 
teaches at a local mosque. "I noticed they have prayers for critical 
occasions. The rabbi was [saying] prayers for sick people, and there 
were 
prayers for traveling. There are a lot of similarities. It was like 
walking 
into a theater and watching a play. It was so different, but after a 
while, 
it seemed like it wasn't so different after all."

The visit was part of a program designed by Soumaya Khalifa, director 
of 
the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta, and the Islamic Community 
Center in 
Fayetteville to break down barriers between the Muslim and Jewish 
communities. It follows a somewhat similar program earlier this year 
when 
Jewish and Muslim youths met at the center to discuss similarities and 
differences in their religions...

Sandy DeMuth, president of the synagogue, said the key to understanding 
people from other cultures and faiths is simple: education.

Before the service, Chris Fuller, a 17-year-old student at Fayette 
County 
High School, introduced himself to Walijar R. Hadid, who heard about 
the 
services from a co-worker.

"We've all got to live in the world together," said Hadid. Living 
together, 
he said, means accepting other religions. "The Quran says to you be 
your 
way and to me be mine."

Fuller, who agreed, said he has a schoolmate who is Muslim, and the two 
often talk about their religions. "Judaism and Islam are like this," he 
said, interlocking fingers on both hands…

SEE ALSO:

CHRISTIANS URGE DIALOGUE WITH MUSLIMS
Bob Thomas, Daily Journal, 5/21/03
http://www.daily-journal.com/

How should Christians regard Muslims?

America's religious leaders have been "stuck on two extremes of 
over-simplification," said Diane Knippers, president of the Institute 
on 
Religion and Democracy (IRD) in Washington. "The religious left has 
been 
idealistic and optimistic that Islam is a religion of peace by people 
who 
are like us. The religious right has been making sweeping, gratuitous 
insults."

United Methodist Bishop Melvin Talbert flew to Baghdad with the 
National 
Council of Churches before the war, where he declared, "Religious 
tolerance 
was valued in Iraq." After the war, on Larry King, Talbert said 
Christians 
should be tolerant of Muslim leaders "and not assume that our way is 
the 
only way."

By contrast, Jerry Falwell said on "60 Minutes," "I think Mohammed was 
a 
terrorist." His words made headlines around the world, sparking a riot 
that 
left nine dead in India, and gave a militant Muslim party the 
ammunition it 
needed to move from five to 50 seats in the Pakistani Parliament. 
Franklin 
Graham, son of Billy Graham, described Islam as a "very evil and wicked 
religion."

Last week the National Association of Evangelicals and IRD co-sponsored 
a 
conference to carve out a new middle ground. It was a welcome fresh 
breeze. 
Without mentioning anyone by name, they denounced as "dangerous" and 
"unhelpful" the militant anti-Muslim rhetoric of prominent evangelical 
leaders….

On behalf of IRD and NAE he issued a set of "Guidelines for 
Christian-Muslim Dialogue" (www.ird-renew.org) with thoughtful 
suggestions:

1. "Open ourselves to talk with all varieties and stations of Muslims."

2. "Give testimony to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, because it is our 
duty to 
do so. Ultimately, Christ himself is the greatest blessing that we 
could 
offer to our Muslim interlocutors," noting that Saint Paul and Saint 
Luke 
dialogued with unbelievers, which at times involved "arguing, 
explaining, 
proving, proclaiming and persuading," as in Acts 17:1-4.

3. "Make sure that Christians entering into dialogue with Muslims have 
a 
firm grasp of an orthodox faith in the mainstream of the Christian 
tradition."

4. To lessen the sense of a North-South clash of civilizations, involve 
Christians "from an African or Asian Christian perspective, 
particularly 
Christians who have lived as a minority group within predominantly 
Muslim 
nations."

5. "Affirm some points of theology and morality that Islam and 
Christianity 
have in common." Timothy George, in his thoughtful book, "Is the Father 
of 
Jesus the God of Muhammad?" notes that both faiths "affirm many 
important 
truths about this great God: His oneness, eternity, power, majesty. As 
the 
Quran puts it, God is 'the Living, The Everlasting, the All-High, the 
All-Glorious.'" On the other hand, he notes that "Muslim theology 
rejects 
the fatherhood of God, the deity of Jesus Christ, and the personhood of 
the 
Holy Spirit -- each of which is an essential component of the Christian 
understanding of God."

6. "Address the deep differences between Islam and Christianity," by 
speaking frankly about Jesus Christ who willingly died on the cross as 
an 
atonement for human sin. However, Christians are "wiser and more 
winsome 
when they place their emphasis on positive affirmations of their own 
Christian faith," rather than making "negative judgments about Islamic 
beliefs."

The Guidelines also warn against common worship with Muslims which 
would 
involve unacceptable compromises by either faith. Nor should Christians 
demand apologies from Muslims for the terrorist acts of some. However, 
Christians should make a case for their right to attend churches in 
Islamic 
countries, as American Muslims have a right to build mosques here.

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NEW IMMIGRATION LAW EXILES ROXBORO DOCTOR
Yonat Shimron, 5/21/03, News & Observer
http://newsobserver.com/news/story/2555092p-2372064c.html

A Roxboro doctor who cares primarily for poor and elderly patients was 
not 
allowed to re-enter the United States from Pakistan because of a new 
law 
that requires citizens of 25 mostly Muslim countries to register before 
they leave this country.

Dr. Shahid Mahmood, 38, a Pakistani citizen, left Roxboro last month 
for a 
short trip home to visit his ailing father. When he returned, 
immigration 
officials at Dulles International Airport in Washington denied him 
entry, 
saying he had failed to register.

They canceled his visa, and within six hours he, his wife, Shazia, and 
his 
2-year-old daughter, Fareen, were put on a plane back to Pakistan.
In the week since then, the doctor has been working desperately to 
return 
to his patients, most of whom are on Medicare and Medicaid...

Mahmood said it might take months to get a new visa. Meanwhile, he has 
sought the help of Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina and 
other legislators. Half a dozen doctors in Roxboro and Durham wrote 
letters 
on his behalf. So did state Democratic Rep. Gordon Allen of Roxboro...

Along with hundreds of other foreign nationals, Mahmood went to 
Charlotte 
several months ago to be fingerprinted and photographed by the 
Immigration 
and Naturalization Service, as the law requires. But he said he was not 
aware he also needed to register before he left the country.

"I don't think anyone knows this is a requirement," said Ibrahim 
Hooper, 
the communications director for the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, 
a Muslim advocacy group based in Washington. "It's like a set-up for 
denial 
of re-entry."

The council issued an advisory Tuesday to Muslim visa-holders in the 
United 
States, warning them that if they forget to register before they leave 
the 
country, they will not be allowed to return...

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PENTAGON DETAILS NEW SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM
Ariana Eunjung Cha, Washington Post, 5/21/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A17121-2003May20.html

The Pentagon yesterday detailed the development of a massive computer 
surveillance system that would have the power to track people as never 
before.

It would identify people at great distances by the irises of their 
eyes, 
the grooves in their face or even their gait. It would look for 
suspicious 
patterns in video footage of people's movements. And it would analyze 
airline ticket purchases, visa applications, as well as financial, 
medical, 
educational and biometric records to try to predict terrorists' acts or 
catch them in the planning stage.

The technology does not yet exist, and no one knows whether its 
creation is 
even possible. Indeed, the very concept of what was originally known as 
the 
government's Total Information Awareness initiative raised so many 
privacy 
and civil liberties issues that, in February, Congress banned its 
deployment. Legislators asked for more information about the project 
and 
sought an analysis about how citizens' privacy would be balanced with 
the 
need for security.

The report that was delivered to legislators yesterday identifies the 
effort by a new name -- the Terrorist Information Awareness program. It 
sought to allay concerns about privacy by outlining policies to conduct 
spot audits of the data being collected and implementing technical 
safeguards...

SEE ALSO:

JUSTICE DEPT. LISTS USE OF NEW POWER TO FIGHT TERROR
Eric Lichtblau, New York Times, 5/20/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/21/international/worldspecial/21PATR.html

WASHINGTON - In the most detailed public accounting of how it had used 
its 
expanded powers to fight terrorism, the Justice Department released 
information today showing that federal agents had conducted hundreds of 
bugging and surveillance operations and visited numerous libraries and 
mosques using new law enforcement tools.

In one of the more striking examples of their new powers, Justice 
Department officials said they were now reviewing some 4,500 
intelligence 
files in terrorist cases to determine whether criminal charges should 
be 
brought. Such a mingling of intelligence and criminal investigations 
was 
largely banned under internal Justice Department procedures that were 
in 
place before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

A 60-page report to members of Congress was intended to answer concerns 
from lawmakers who say the department has kept them in the dark about 
its 
counterterrorism operations and has not done enough to safeguard civil 
liberties in its pursuit of terrorists.

The report provided dozens of pieces of previously undisclosed data on 
a 
variety of activities including the use of hundreds of secret search 
warrants and the fact that some 50 people had been detained without 
charges 
as material witnesses.

The department portrayed its use of its new powers as judicious and 
restrained, but officials are still refusing to divulge certain data 
publicly because they said it would compromise classified areas. Civil 
liberties advocates said the vagueness in these areas buttressed their 
concerns about how the department's powers were being used....

In addition, according to the report, the Justice Department sought 248 
times to delay having to notify the target of an investigation that a 
warrant had been executed. The department said it was never turned down 
by 
a court in its requests to delay the notification, and the delays 
sometimes 
amounted to 90 days or more.

The department said the delays were necessary to avoid endangering 
sources 
and informants, jeopardizing undercover operations, or preventing the 
destruction of evidence.

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ANTI-TERROR POWER USED BROADLY
Dan Eggen, Washington Post, 5/21/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A17171-2003May20.html

The Justice Department has used many of the anti-terrorism powers 
granted 
in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to pursue defendants for 
crimes 
unrelated to terrorism, including drug violations, credit card fraud 
and 
bank theft, according to a government accounting released yesterday.

In a 60-page report to the House Judiciary Committee, Justice officials 
also confirmed for the first time that nearly 50 defendants were 
secretly 
detained as material witnesses in connection with the investigation of 
the 
Sept. 11 attacks. The government has not previously characterized how 
many 
defendants had been held.

The report, issued in response to questions from House Judiciary 
Chairman 
F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.) and ranking Democrat John Conyers 
Jr. 
(Mich.), provides new details about the federal government's domestic 
war 
on terrorism, which has largely been conducted in secret and has 
prompted 
complaints from civil liberties advocates and Muslim groups...

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CLOUDCROFT CHIEF STOPS ISRAELIS WITH SUSPICIOUS CARGO
By Michael Shinabery, Almagordo News, 5/19/03
http://www.alamogordonews.com/Stories/0,1413,160~9596~1401528,00.html

CLOUDCROFT - That they were speeding through the school zone first got 
his 
attention.

That they had Israeli driver's licenses and expired passports made him 
suspicious.

Cloudcroft Police Chief Gene Green stopped the 2-ton van on Thursday, 
for 
speeding. Initially, Green thought the truck was commercial because of 
exterior markings. But when he found it was out of Chicago, he asked 
for 
documentation such as logs books and manifests...

"We got them out and started digging a little deeper," Green said, "got 
permission to search the truck. They claimed they were hauling 
furniture 
from Austin to Chicago."

When officers advised the men they were not exactly en route from one 
town 
to another, Green said the two men claimed they were Deming bound.

"But they couldn't give us an address in Deming they were going to," he 
said. "Once we got into the truck, they had some junk furniture I 
wouldn't 
have given to Goodwill."

Also inside the vehicle were, Green said, "50 boxes" they claimed was a 
"private" delivery, but the men insisted they had no "idea what was in 
them…"

Contents of the boxes remain unknown, pending investigation.

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SEVERAL MEN QUESTIONED ABOUT THEIR IMMIGRATION STATUS
Associated Press, 5/21/03

SANTA FE, N.M. - Several individuals were detained and questioned about 
their immigration status by federal authorities in Santa Fe Tuesday.

Federal agents showed up at the Santa Fe Plaza Gallery, a jewelry store 
on 
the Santa Fe Plaza, and at least three other in the area were closed 
for a 
time.

Sam Ghazzawi, a U.S. citizen of Palestinian descent who has lived in 
Santa 
Fe for 15 years, said about seven or eight men, "all Arabs and 
Muslims," 
had been detained by federal agents at different shops and jewelry 
stores 
on the Plaza.

"After September 11, we know we're being targeted as Arabs and 
Muslims," 
Ghazzawi said...

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LIBRARIES TRY TO QUIET PATRIOT ACT'S ACCESS TO RECORDS
Reid Magney, Lacrosse Tribune, 5/21/03
http://www.lacrossetribune.com/articles/2003/05/21/news/2library.txt

La Crosse-area public libraries are quietly working around parts of the 
USA 
Patriot Act, librarians said Tuesday.

The sweeping law, passed in the wake of Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, 
broadens the government's power to intercept and obstruct terrorism. It 
also permits the FBI to look at public library records for a person's 
Internet use and reading habits.

The Patriot Act has sent shock waves through the library world, where 
librarians guard patrons' confidentiality, access to information and 
freedom of speech.

Around the country, many libraries have stopped keeping records of who 
checked out what books beyond the current borrower, said Kelly 
Krieg-Sigman, director of the La Crosse Public Library...

That way, if the FBI comes looking, there won't be much for them to 
find, 
she said. FBI agents have confiscated some library computers in Iowa 
and 
Minnesota, she said, but returned them after realizing it would be too 
expensive and time-consuming to recover the information.

Some libraries have gone so far as to post signs warning patrons that 
federal agents may obtain records of library materials they've 
borrowed, 
but Krieg-Sigman said she doesn't want to go that far...

More than 100 city councils and county boards around the country have 
passed resolutions asking Congress to reexamine the USA Patriot Act.

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PRESS RELEASE

FIRST MUSLIM AMERICAN NOMINATED FOR VIRGINIA SENATE RACE

Virginia Republicans made history by nominating Kamal Nawash on May 13 
as 
their candidate for the Virginia Senate in the 31st district, which 
includes Arlington County, the Pentagon, the city of Falls Church and 
the 
eastern Fairfax County.

"I am elated that our message of inclusiveness and opportunity for all 
has 
resonated so well," said Nawash upon receiving the nomination.  
"Northern 
Virginia needs effective leadership and I am looking forward to 
improving 
bi-partisan cooperation among our delegation for the benefit of our 
entire 
region."

Nawash was nominated in a Republican Party canvass unanimously.  After 
months of campaigning, hundreds of people turned out to support 
Nawash's 
candidacy.

"I look forward to serving the people of Northern Virginia.  Whether 
it's 
bringing home more state aid for transportation and education, or new 
efforts to help our immigrant community succeed, I am anxious to 
serve," 
Nawash said.

Nawash, who is an immigrant himself, sees the possibilities for true 
community oriented representation.  "I have been listening to my 
constituents for months as I have campaigned in each neighborhood, and 
I 
look forward to best representing the interests of the people of 
Virginia 
and in particular the American Muslim community who have unfairly 
suffered 
from the backlash of September 11.

For more information, contact Mike Lane at (703) 298-7337 or visit 
WWW.KamalNawash.com.						

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BRIEFING - UNITED STATES INSTITUTE OF PEACE (USIP)

WHAT United States Institute of Peace (USIP) holds a briefing on 
"Religious 
Politics in Iraq."  Participants include: Graham Fuller, author, "The 
Future of Political Islam" and co-author, "The Arab Shi'a: The 
Forgotten 
Muslims"; Faleh Abdul-Jabar, editor, "Ayatollahs, Sufis and Ideologues: 
State Religion and Social Movements in Iraq" and senior fellow, USIP; 
Rend 
Francke, executive director, Iraq Foundation and co-author, "The Arab 
Shi'a: The Forgotten Muslims"; Kenneth Katzman, Middle East specialist, 
Congressional Research Service and author, "The Warriors of Islam: 
Iran's 
Revolutionary Guard" and David Smock, director, Religion and 
Peacemaking 
Initiative, USIP

WHERE: USIP, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 1200 17th Street NW, 
Washington, 
D.C. -- May 21, 2003

CONTACT: RSVP to 202-429-3832 ext. 2; Media contact, Suzanne Wopperer, 
202-429-3828; http://www.usip.org/events/register/0521_iraq.html

SEE ALSO:

PEACE INSTITUTE NOMINEE WRITES IN SUPPORT OF TERROR GROUP

A TERRORIST U.S. ALLY?
DANIEL PIPES & PATRICK CLAWSON, New York Post, 5/20/03
http://www.nypost.com/seven/05202003/postopinion/opedcolumnists/76085.htm

May 20, 2003 -- ONE of the stranger news items coming out of Iraq these 
days concerns an Iranian opposition group called the Mujahedeen-e Khalq 
(MEK). It's a U.S. government-designated terrorist organization that 
coalition forces first bombed from the air, then signed a cease-fire 
agreement with - and finally disarmed and protected.

Say that again?

The MEK is not your typical anti-Western group, but an organization 
with a 
strong political presence in Western capitals and over 3,000 soldiers 
stationed in Iraq, singularly dedicated to one goal: overthrowing its 
"archenemy," the Islamic Republic of Iran. Of course, during its 17 
years 
in Iraq, it also had to do Saddam Hussein's bidding. This situation 
raises 
several questions:

* Is the MEK a terrorist group? No. It used terrorism decades ago, when 
its 
members attacked Americans. For the last 15 years, however, the MEK has 
been organized as an army, and its only violent actions have been 
directed 
against the Iranian regime…

* Can the MEK be useful? Yes. Western spy agencies are short on "human 
intelligence" - meaning spies on the ground in Iran, as distinct from 
eyes 
in the sky. Coalition military commanders should seek out the MEK for 
information on the Iranian mullahs' agents in Iraq.

MEK members should (after giving assurances not to attack Iranian 
territory) be permitted enough arms to protect themselves from their 
Iranian opponents. And in November, when the secretary of state next 
decides whether or not to re-certify the MEK as a terrorist group, he 
should come to the sensible conclusion that it poses no threat to the 
security of the United States or its citizens, and remove it from the 
list 
of Foreign Terrorist Organizations…

FOR BACKGROUND, SEE:

SCHOLAR CRITICIZES BUSH'S CHARACTERIZATION OF ISLAM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A18277-2003Apr22.html

WASHINGTON POST SLAMS DANIEL PIPES NOMINATION
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A53900-2003Apr18.html

DALLAS PAPER SAYS DANIEL PIPES IS 'BAD CHOICE' FOR USIP
http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/stories/041903dnediscorecard.ff05.html

MUSLIMS PROTEST BUSH NOMINEE
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A42881-2003Apr6.html

FOREIGN POLICY SCHOLARS CRITICIZE PIPES NOMINATION
http://www.forward.com/issues/2003/03.04.11/news5.html

BUSH NOMINEE REFUSES TO CONDEMN JAPANESE INTERNMENT
http://stream.paranode.com/democracynow/dn2003-0421-1.m3u
The interview is in the final 20 minutes of the one hour program.

WHO IS DANIEL PIPES?
http://www.cair-net.org/misc/people/daniel_pipes.html

THE TRUTH ABOUT DANIEL PIPES
http://www.mpac.org/home_article_display.aspx?ITEM=491

DANIEL PIPES - NOT A MAN OF PEACE
http://www.adc.org/index.php?id=1779

AAI URGES SENATE TO REJECT PIPES' APPOINTMENT
http://www.aaiusa.org/pr/release4-8-03.htm

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COLUMBUS TOWNHALL MEETING ON IMMIGRATION AND FOREIGN POLICY

WHAT: WOSU TV 34 is seeking participants for a Columbus Town Meeting on
Immigration and Foreign Policy to be broadcast live from the WOSU TV 34 
station. Participants must be at the station by 7:15 PM. The first 45 
minutes will be a production run-through and then the host and 
participants 
will watch a national broadcast 8-9 PM to enable them to make 
references to 
issues on the program that are relevant to the Columbus town meeting.

Details of program times and topics are listed below:

8:00PM: What Role Should America Play in world events? - A By the
People national program hosted by Jim Lehrer

9:00PM: New Voices: A Columbus Town Meeting on Foreign Policy and
Immigration

WHEN: Thursday, May 22, 2003, 9-10 PM.

WHERE: Fawcett Center at 2400 Olentangy River Road.

NOTE: If you would like to be a participant in the town meeting, please 
contact Marcelita Haskins at 614-292-9678 ext. 49867 or 
haskins.2@osu.edu.

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IMC-USA ALARMED AT BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS FOR GANDHI'S ASSASSIN

WHAT: The Indian Muslim Council - USA, working to promote values of 
pluralism and tolerance, with particular focus on the Indian Diaspora 
in 
the United States, expressed great alarm today over the birthday 
celebrations for Gandhi's assassin carried out by some groups.

The call for the celebration was given most prominently by HinduUnity, 
the 
US-based wing of Bajrang Dal, which is the youth front of World 
Hindu  Council (VHP), and by the Hindu Mahasabha.

HinduUnity (http://www.hinduUnity.org) openly urged the celebration, 
stating on its website (HinduUnity.org): "Celebrate Shri Nathuram 
Godse's 
Birth on May 19th. Send a message to the enemies of humanity that we 
will 
fight and even die to protect the basic principle of Hinduism..." It 
further denigrated Gandhi's great message of humanism and the unique 
movement he led for Indian independence by saying: "Gandhi was a 
downright 
PACIFIST, without guts and SCRUPLES. His constant preaching to his 
fellow 
Hindus, to be non violent at all times, EVEN IN THE FACE OF AGGRESSION, 
paralyzed the manhood of India, mentally and physically..."

Dr. Santosh Kumar Rai, founder of the revived extremist group, Hindu 
Mahasabha, also sent an open circular on several mailing lists urging 
all 
Hindus to celebrate the birthday of Gandhi's assassin.

Reacting to these events, IMC-USA General Secretary, Mr. M.K. Rehman 
said. 
"This is the biggest possible insult to all those who revere Gandhi and 
his 
message across the world. It is shocking that groups espousing the 
divisive 
and hate-based ideology of Hindutva feel emboldened enough to  carry 
out 
this celebration campaign openly."

"But perhaps that is to be expected considering what such groups did in 
Gandhi's homeland last year he added", referring to the brutal pogroms 
against minorities in Gandhi's home state of Gujarat in early 2002. 
This is 
only the latest example of what happens if such groups are allowed to 
go 
unchecked. All those who revere Gandhi must come together to revive his 
vision.

At one time, groups associated with Gandhi's assassination were banned 
in 
India. But over a period of time, they have succeeded in bringing back 
their hate-filled agenda to Indian society and are now openly operating 
to 
extinguish all that Gandhi stood for.

CONTACT: Dr. Shaik Ubaid
265 Sunrise Highway, 1-355
Rockville Center, NY 11570
(516) 567-0783
E mail: info@imc-usa.org

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BYRD SAYS BUSH BUILT 'HOUSE OF CARDS' ON IRAQ WAR

WASHINGTON, May 21 (Reuters) - Sen. Robert Byrd, the Senate's most 
outspoken critic of President George W. Bush, on Wednesday accused him 
of 
constructing a "house of cards, built on deceit" to justify the war 
against 
Iraq.

Byrd of West Virginia, the Senate's senior Democrat who has repeatedly 
condemned the war to oust Saddam Hussein, accused the Bush 
administration 
of luring the American public into war by inflating threats posed by 
Saddam, bungling the war's aftermath and awarding reconstruction 
contracts 
"to administration cronies."

"Eventually, like it always does, the truth will emerge. And when it 
does, 
this house of cards, built on deceit, will fall," he said on the Senate 
floor.

While Byrd said the administration "assiduously worked to alarm the 
public" 
with threats posed by Iraq, in the war's aftermath it has become 
"painfully 
clear" the country posed no immediate threat.

Searches for its alleged weapons of mass destruction so far have 
"turned up 
only fertilizer, vacuum cleaners, conventional weapons and the 
occasional 
buried swimming pool," he said…

Byrd also said that by putting off Iraq's move to self-government, "It 
is 
all too clear that the smiling face of the U.S. as liberator is quickly 
assuming the scowl of an occupier..."

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Date: Thu, 22 May 2003 14:53:11 -0400
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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MUSLIM CHILD BEATEN IN PENNSYLVANIA
Authorities urged to treat incident as hate crime
	
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/22/03) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR) today called on local and federal authorities to treat the 
beating 
of an 8-year-old Muslim child in Bensalem, Penn., as a hate crime. The 
Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group says the child 
was 
allegedly beaten earlier this month by three 13-year-old boys who made 
remarks such as "go back to Iraq" and "Saddam Hussein helper" during 
the 
attack.

According to the Muslim boy's family, he came home with a bloody mouth 
and 
spent one night in the hospital for observation. He is now terrified to 
go 
outside and cannot sleep at night. The alleged attackers, whose names 
are 
apparently known to police, have not been taken into custody.

"A disturbing pattern seems to be developing in which ordinary American 
Muslims, Arab-Americans and those perceived to be Middle Eastern, are 
subject to attack merely because of their religion, ethnicity or 
distinctive attire," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. "Law 
enforcement authorities at both the local and national levels can help 
discourage these types of assaults by treating them with the 
seriousness 
they deserve."

In a similar incident on Monday in Pennsylvania, a 14-year-old 
Iraqi-American girl says she was beaten by a classmate while a crowd of 
students stood by yelling anti-Muslim comments. The victim said her 
attackers shouted "kill the Muslim girl…that's what she deserves" 
during 
the assault.

Also this week, a Sikh man who may have been mistaken for an Arab, was 
shot 
in Phoenix, Ariz. The victim said he heard his attacker shout "go back 
to 
where you belong," just before being shot. Police are treating the 
incident 
as a hate crime.

CAIR is encouraging victims of hate crimes to fill out report forms, 
which 
are available for download at: 
http://www.cair-net.org/ireport/Incident_Report.doc, or by calling 
202-488-8787. CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is 
headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 16 regional offices 
nationwide 
and in Canada. Since its founding in 1994, CAIR has defended the civil 
and 
religious rights of all Americans.

					- END -

CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726

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 
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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 5/22/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: TRUTHFULNESS LEADS TO PARADISE
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5925 SPONSORSHIPS
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* CAL THOMAS ECHOES NAZI PROPAGANDA
	- All Faiths Have the Right to Participate (Times Picayune)
	- Muslim Teen Wins National Award (Detroit Free Press)
	- CAIR-CAN Holds 'Know Your Rights' Workshop in Halifax
* CONNECTING DC MUSLIMS AND IRAQI ORPHANS (Wash. Post)
* FL MUSLIM LEADS PRAYER FOR COMMUNITY AT INTERFAITH BREAKFAST
	- Miami-Dade Has Highest Immigration Rate (AP)
* TARRYTOWN JUDGE'S REMARK SPARKS OUTRAGE (Journal News)
* U.S. TROOPS SHOOT TWO IRAQIS AFTER BEING ROCKETED (Reuters)
	- Surveys Point to High Civilian Death Toll in Iraq (CSM)
* COUNCIL URGES PATRIOT ACT'S REPEAL (Pioneer Press)
	- Balt. Officials Take Stand Against Patriot Act (WBAL-TV)
* PENTAGON'S PROMISES FAIL TEST FOR SURVEILLANCE CRITICS (AP)
* EVANGELICALS SHIFT APPROACH TO MUSLIMS (CSM)
* WOLFOWITZ SLAMMED ON TURKEY COMMENT (Forward)
	- The Neoconservative Style of Democracy (Daily Times)
* THE 3RD AMC IMAM CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN D.C. AREA

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HADITH OF THE DAY:  TRUTHFULNESS LEADS TO PARADISE

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Truthfulness leads to 
righteousness, and righteousness leads to Paradise."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Hadith 116

The Prophet also said: "A truthful and trustworthy merchant is 
associated 
with the prophets, the upright and the martyrs."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 850

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5925 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR'S Library Project has received 5925 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 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 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Syndicated columnist Cal Thomas recently published a 
commentary portraying Muslims as "enemies" within America's border and 
smearing any Islamic group that promotes political activism and 
participation. If you see this editorial in your local newspaper (his 
column is published in hundreds of papers), please submit the reply 
below 
on CAIR's behalf, or use the talking points to write your own response. 
Just go to the newspapers website and search for the editorial 
department, 
"feedback" or letters to the editor. Give CAIR's contact information to 
the 
newspaper. Please let us know which newspaper receive the response. 
E-mail: 
cair@cair-net.org

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CAL THOMAS ECHOES NAZI PROPAGANDA
WORD COUNT: 447

By Ibrahim Hooper

Cal Thomas' latest commentary would have been more at home in the 
Nazi-era 
publication Der Sturmer than in a respectable American newspaper.

Thomas, echoing 1930s Nazi propaganda against the Jewish community in 
Germany, warned of the "dangers" posed by increased Muslim political 
participation in North America. Thomas wrote: "You don't have to be 
paranoid to fear where this can lead in Canada and in the United States 
- 
where immigration and births are dramatically increasing the Muslim 
population…If politicians succumb to pressure from Muslim activist 
groups 
and equate Islam with the religious and political heritage of this 
country, 
we will know that an important beachhead has been attained by our 
enemies."

He also decried the fact that Muslims "are organizing 
voter-registration 
drives and political consciousness-raising events," as if these 
otherwise 
praiseworthy efforts are made nefarious solely by Islamic involvement.

This is the same conservative pundit who in a past column said Muslims 
"take their faith in a false god more seriously than we take our faith 
in 
the true one." He also called for the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians 
when 
he wrote: "Israel should declare its intention to transfer large 
numbers of 
its Palestinian residents to Arab nations...Eviction is a better avenue 
to 
stability."

Thomas not only attempts to disenfranchise American Muslims and label 
them 
as "enemies" of this country, he smears our organization by recycling a 
bogus quote falsely attributed to CAIR's board chairman saying Islam 
must 
dominate other faiths and that the Quran "should be the highest 
authority 
in America."

The alleged statement about Islam and the Quran, which is in 
contradiction 
to CAIR's nine-year history of mainstream civil rights and political 
advocacy, was not in fact a quote. It was a paraphrase of remarks that 
were 
either reported inaccurately or wrongly attributed by a reporter at a 
small 
California newspaper. CAIR is seeking a retraction from that newspaper.

Thomas also quotes Daniel Pipes as saying CAIR is on the "wrong side in 
the 
war on terrorism." Pipes is another right-wing Islamophobe who has 
repeatedly refused to condemn the internment of Japanese Americans 
during 
World War II and who warned of the "true dangers" posed by "the 
presence, 
and increased stature, and affluence, and enfranchisement of American 
Muslims." Birds of a feather…

If anyone wishes to learn what CAIR and the American Muslim community 
really stand for, they should visit the web site for our "Islam in 
America" 
ad campaign at www.americanmuslims.info. In those ads, ordinary 
American 
Muslims discuss their views on topics such as family values and ethnic 
diversity, and express their condemnation of religiously-motivated 
terrorism.

The United States is a multi-religious, multi-ethnic society. That is 
the 
American heritage Thomas seems determined to reject.

					- END -

Ibrahim Hooper is communications director of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Washington-based Islamic civil 
rights 
and advocacy group.

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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PEOPLE OF ALL FAITHS HAVE THE RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE
Chris Day, Times Picayune, 5/22/03
http://www.nola.com/news/t-p/letterstoeditor/index.ssf?/base/news-1/1053584394117470.xml

In this country, founded on the principles of religious freedom and 
separation of church and state, people of all faiths have the right to 
participate in politics. Yet Cal Thomas, in his May 20 column, decries 
the 
fact that "Muslims, by their own admission, are organizing 
voter-registration drives and political consciousness-raising events."

He refers to Muslims throughout his column as "our enemies."

Muslims are not our enemies. Terrorist groups that promote violence and 
hatred, some of which claim to operate under the banner of Islam, are 
our 
enemies. But they comprise a tiny percentage of Muslims worldwide.

Mr. Thomas criticizes specifically the political activities of the 
Council 
on American-Islamic Relations. Looking up CAIR's web site for myself 
(www.cair-net.org), I see a peaceful, ecumenical organization. Check 
out 
their statement on the terrorist acts of Sept. 11: The group expresses 
grief for the victims and their families, praises the heroes of the 
rescue 
effort and states that "American Muslims unequivocally condemn these 
vicious and cowardly acts of terrorism."

In fact, Muslim friends of mine, some born here, others from such 
diverse 
countries as Senegal, Nigeria, Egypt and Lebanon, are among the 
kindest, 
fairest and most peace-loving people I know.

Mr. Thomas laments that we non-Muslims "fear being labeled bigots if we 
oppose Muslims' political activities. Clearly Mr. Thomas doesn't fear 
that 
label; he wears his bigotry on his sleeve.

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TEENAGER'S EFFORTS WIN HER NATIONAL VOLUNTEER AWARD
Trish Robb, Detroit Free Press, 5/22/03
http://www.freep.com/news/cfp/2/nyma22_20030522.htm

Nothing matters more to Nadia Bazzy, 17, than her family and her faith. 
So 
when her mother, Najah Bazzy, urged her to help start an organization 
for 
young Muslims four years ago, she thought it was a great idea.

Last month, a national awards program agreed. Nadia Bazzy was one of 29 
Wayne County teens honored by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards 
for 
outstanding acts of volunteerism. The program, in its eighth year, 
judges 
nominees on criteria such as personal initiative, creativity, effort, 
impact and personal growth. Prudential Financial Inc. sponsors the 
awards 
program in partnership with the National Association of Secondary 
School 
Principals. More than 24,000 high school and middle school students 
nationwide submitted applications for this year's program....

"It wasn't just me alone," Nadia Bazzy said of the Young Muslim 
Association 
(YMA) she helped start. "My mother really had the motivation for me to 
do 
this," said Bazzy, who lives in Canton with her parents and three 
younger 
brothers.

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CAIR-CAN HOLDS "KNOW YOUR RIGHTS" WORKSHOP IN HALIFAX
http://www.caircan.ca/ann_more.php?id=351_0_9_0_C

WHAT: The Council on American-Islamic Relations CANADA (CAIR-CAN) 
presents 
a seminar in Halifax titled, "Know Your Rights: Essential Law that 
Canadian 
Muslims Must Know," by Riad Saloojee, Lawyer and CAIR-CAN Executive 
Director. This "Know Your Rights" workshop is an intensive but informal 
seminar which introduces Canadian Muslims to essential human rights 
law. 
After completing the course, Canadian Muslims should feel more 
confident 
and secure about exercising and defending their rights as employees, 
students, consumers and citizens.

CAIR-CAN will also be giving a public lecture on Friday, May 23, 2003 
at 7 
PM entitled, "Islamophobia Alert: How Your World Changed After 9/11," 
at 
Dalhousie University, FASS Building, Scotiabank Auditorium.

WHEN: Saturday, May 24, 2003 at 10 a.m.
WHERE: Dalhousie University, FASS Building, Scotiabank Auditorium

CONTACT:  For more information, call 1-866-524-0004.

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FAITH, CURIOSITY CONNECT HERNDON ACADEMY'S MUSLIMS AND BAGHDAD ORPHANS
William Branigin, Washington Post, 5/22/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A23352-2003May21.html

As they sat around a table waiting for a call from Baghdad, the 
children 
were brimming with questions. "How does it feel to be in the middle of 
a 
war?" one girl wearing a headscarf wanted to know. "What do you do for 
fun?" an 8-year-old boy wondered. "Do you want to stay in Iraq?" 
another asked.

The young students at Al Fatih Academy, a Muslim school in Herndon, 
yesterday hoped to put those questions and others to children at a 
Baghdad 
orphanage who had received packages and cards from them as part of a 
grass-roots relief effort. In the end, the students had to settle for 
intermediaries -- an American relief worker and an Iraqi driver -- to 
convey their greetings.

"As salaam aleikum," they chanted into the speakerphone connection to a 
satellite telephone. Peace be with you....

For the 3-year-old academy, which teaches 55 students of diverse ethnic 
and 
national backgrounds, the exercise involved more than helping foreign 
children. It also served to affirm their identities as Americans and 
Muslims, and to connect with a country whose travails have left their 
families deeply troubled and conflicted.

"For [the orphans] to get letters from American children -- American 
Muslim 
children -- showing that we're not forgetting them is so important," 
said 
Afeefa Syeed, the academy's principal. "They need also to understand 
that 
we live here as Americans and Muslims. . . . That whole identity issue 
is 
what we're really grappling with...."

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FL MUSLIM LEADS PRAYER FOR COMMUNITY AT INTERFAITH BREAKFAST

(MIAMI, FLORIDA, 5/22/2003) - A representative of Florida's office of 
the
Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) lead 
the
"Prayer for Our Community" at a prayer breakfast meeting attended by 
religious and community leaders from the Jewish, Christian and Muslim 
community in South Florida.

Altaf Ali, Executive Director of CAIR-FL represented the Muslim 
community 
at the 2003 Mayor's Interfaith Prayer Breakfast meeting titled, "Many 
Faiths, One Community." This annual program was presented by the 
Plantation 
Clergy Association, City of Plantation, and The Greater Plantation 
Chamber 
of Commerce.

SEE ALSO:

MIAMI-DADE HAS HIGHEST IMMIGRATION RATE IN U.S.
AP, 5/21/03
http://www.nbc6.net/news/2220613/detail.html

MIAMI - Miami-Dade County has the highest immigration rate of any 
metropolitan area in the country, with 167 immigrants arriving each 
day, 
according to newly released census numbers.

The 61,000 newcomers per year equal 2.7 percent of the county's 
population 
of 2.2 million. The only areas attracting a larger number of immigrants 
- 
Los Angeles, New York City and Chicago - have more than three times the 
population of Florida's largest county.

The numbers are from U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey for 
2001, which was released Tuesday. A previous Census survey showed 52 
percent of the county's residents were born in foreign countries, the 
highest percentage among counties in the nation....

The immigrant boom creates many challenges for Miami-Dade to handle, 
from 
larger classes in schools to questions about health care, said Steven 
A. 
Camarota, director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies...

Despite those challenges, immigration also brings many benefits to the 
area, such as more opportunities for trade and cultural exchange, said 
Altaf Ali, executive director of the state chapter of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations.

Miami-Dade's government also excels at providing programs to help 
immigrants integrate into the community, Ali said.

"It is a reflection of the diversity and it's quite unprecedented 
elsewhere," Ali said.

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TARRYTOWN JUDGE'S REMARK SPARKS OUTRAGE
Jonathan Bandler, Journal News, 5/21/O3
http://www.nyjournalnews.com/newsroom/052103/a0121tarryjudge.html

TARRYTOWN - An Arab-American woman who fainted in village court said 
she 
suffered an anxiety attack after the judge asked if she were a 
terrorist.

Anissa Khoder has filed a complaint against Tarrytown Village Justice 
William Crosbie with the state Commission on Judicial Conduct.

Khoder went to court on Thursday to contest a pair of parking tickets. 
As 
she approached the judge's table, she said, Crosbie considered her name 
out 
loud and asked if she were a terrorist. She said she was stunned by the 
implication, but responded with a weak, reflexive smile.

"I felt offended, and I kept it to myself," she said, but then it got 
worse. After completing her explanation for why the tickets should be 
dismissed, she said the judge asked her, "You don't really want to pay 
these tickets, do you?"

"Then he said something like, 'You have money to support the 
terrorists, 
but you don't want to pay the ticket,'" Khoder said. "I could not 
believe I 
was hearing that."

She was unable to say anything in protest and, almost immediately, 
collapsed to the floor. A court officer and two Tarrytown police 
officers 
helped her and called for an ambulance, but Khoder soon recovered and 
declined medical attention.

Crosbie yesterday confirmed that he made the initial comment, asking 
Khoder 
if she were a terrorist, and acknowledged that it "may have been 
inappropriate." But he denied saying anything further regarding 
terrorism...

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U.S. TROOPS SHOOT TWO IRAQIS AFTER BEING ROCKETED
Khaled Yaqoub Oweis, Reuters, 5/22/03
http://reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=2791590

FALLUJA, Iraq - Gunmen fired rocket-propelled grenades at a U.S. 
armoured 
vehicle in the tense Iraqi town of Falluja late on Wednesday, prompting 
heavy retaliation that killed two Iraqis.

Residents accused the soldiers of firing indiscriminately....

The incident inflamed tension in the town, which was the scene of 
clashes 
between U.S. troops and local demonstrators after the fall of Saddam 
Hussein last month in which at least 15 Iraqis died. On May 1, a 
grenade 
attack wounded seven U.S. soldiers in the town....

Residents said the troops had appeared to fire randomly in the 
direction of 
the city centre after coming under attack, killing two occupants of a 
white 
Nissan pickup truck travelling near the scene. The wreckage of the 
truck 
was still visible.

"They went crazy, they fired everywhere," said one witness, Safi Jaber.

The residents said the soldiers had stopped an ambulance trying to 
approach 
the scene, and that the U.S. armoured vehicle had rammed the pickup...

One of the victims was a 19-year-old man called Hady Jaber.

"His wedding was supposed to be today," said Khalil Ibrahim, a local 
electrical engineer....

SEE ALSO

SURVEYS POINTING TO HIGH CIVILIAN DEATH TOLL IN IRAQ
Peter Ford, Christian Science Monitor, 05/22/2003
http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0522/p01s02-woiq.html

BAGHDAD - Evidence is mounting to suggest that between 5,000 and 10,000
Iraqi civilians may have died during the recent war, according to 
researchers involved in independent surveys of the country.

None of the local and foreign researchers were willing to speak for the 
record, however, until their tallies are complete.

Such a range would make the Iraq war the deadliest campaign for 
noncombatants that US forces have fought since Vietnam.

Though it is still too early for anything like a definitive estimate, 
the 
surveyors warn, preliminary reports from hospitals, morgues, mosques, 
and 
homes point to a level of civilian casualties far exceeding the Gulf 
War, 
when 3,500 civilians are thought to have died.

"Thousands are dead, thousands are missing, thousands are captured," 
says 
Haidar Taie, head of the tracing department for the Iraqi Red
Crescent in Baghdad. "It is a big disaster..."

US and British military officials insisted throughout the war that 
their 
forces did all they could to avoid civilian casualties. But it has 
become 
clear since the fighting ended that bombs did go astray, that targets 
were 
chosen in error, and that as US troops pushed rapidly north toward the 
capital they killed thousands of civilians from the air and from the 
ground....

"During the war, some people brought bodies to the hospitals to get 
death 
certificates; others just buried them where they were found in the 
street, 
or in schools," adds Faik Amin Bakr, director of the Baghdad morgue. "I 
don't think anyone in Iraq could give you the figure of civilian deaths 
at 
the moment."

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COUNCIL APPROVES RESOLUTION URGING PATRIOT ACT'S REPEAL
Bob Seidenberg, Pioneer Press, 5/22/03
http://www.pioneerlocal.com/cgi-bin/ppo-story/localnews/current/ev/05-22-03-24744.html

Evanston joined more than 100 other communities nationwide in approving 
a 
resolution Monday that condemned and called for repeal of the U.S.A. 
Patriot Act.

The controversial legislation was put in place to fight global 
terrorism in 
the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America.

People in the audience at Monday's City Council meeting, many of them 
activists both here and in Chicago, applauded and broke into cheers as 
council members voted 6-0, with one abstention, to approve the 
resolution.

Alderman Edmund B. Moran Jr., 6th Ward, cast the abstention, saying he 
needed more analysis of the details included in the resolution....

Council passage of the resolution will set other moves into action 
concerning the Patriot Act. They include informing the council of any 
action, expenditure of funds or activity by a city department in 
connection 
with Patriot Act provisions; and a direction to staff to post warnings 
about the act at appropriate city facilities.

SEE ALSO:

BALT. OFFICIALS TAKE STAND AGAINST PATRIOT ACT
David Collins, WBAL-TV, 5/20/03
http://www.thewbalchannel.com/news/2217471/detail.html

BALTIMORE - The Baltimore City Council is taking a stand against the 
Patriot Act, sending a strong message to the Bush administration -- 
putting 
the government on notice that they don't approve of where the policy 
lines 
are being drawn, Collins reported.

Baltimore now joins 108 other jurisdictions across the country in 
officially expressing concerns about the Patriot Act. Although it does 
not 
carry the weight of law, the resolution offers guidelines to police and 
even city libraries....

The City Council resolution directs the Baltimore City Police 
Department to 
uphold the U.S. Constitution -- something police officials said they do 
any 
way.

According to one legal scholar, the message to police is to go easy on 
someone who may face immigration consequences if arrested, Collins 
said. 
The resolution asks that public libraries in the city post in prominent 
locations a warning to patrons that, under the U.S. Patriot Act, their 
library records may be obtained by federal law enforcement....

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PENTAGON'S PROMISES FAIL TEST FOR SURVEILLANCE CRITICS
Michael J. Sniffen, AP, 5/22/03
http://www.oaklandtribune.com/Stories/0,1413,82%7E1865%7E1405527,00.html

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon changed the name of its planned anti-terror 
surveillance system Tuesday and promised to use only legally collected 
personal data but failed to satisfy a coalition of groups with privacy 
concerns.

The Pentagon's 99-page report on the project also failed to reassure 
Sen. 
Ron Wyden, D-Ore., author of Congress' ban on implementing the system 
to 
scan databases with information about Americans without specific 
congressional approval.

"What most Americans don't know is that the laws that protect consumer 
privacy don't apply when the data gets into the government's hands," 
Wyden 
said in an interview. "Lawfully collected information can include 
anything, 
medical records, travel, credit card and financial data."

Wyden and Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Russell Feingold, D-Wis., 
vowed 
to retain tight congressional control of the data-mining and analysis 
software being developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects 
Agency, 
or DARPA.

DARPA hopes to predict terrorist attacks by detecting telltale patterns 
of 
behavior in electronic records of passport applications, visas, work 
permits, driver's licenses, car rentals, airline ticket purchases, 
arrests 
or reports of suspicious activities....

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EVANGELICALS SHIFT APPROACH TO MUSLIMS
Jane Lampman, Christian Science Monitor, 5/22/03
http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0522/p18s01-lire.html

BOSTON - In the wake of international criticism of high-profile 
Christian 
preachers for their harsh depictions of Islam, evangelical leaders in 
America are striking out in a new direction. They have taken a stance 
against negative public rhetoric about Islam, and are encouraging 
widespread conversation with Muslims.

A set of guidelines for Christian-Muslim dialogue - which seeks 
increased 
mutual understanding but also calls for engaging over theological 
differences and other serious issues - is now circulating for comment 
among 
evangelical and other Christian denominations. The guidelines 
(www.ird.org) 
were proposed earlier this month in a meeting sponsored by the National 
Association of Evangelicals and the conservative Institute on Religion 
and 
Democracy (IRD)....

Evangelicals for the most part have stood apart from such dialogue in 
the 
past, leaving it to liberal Christians - Protestant and Catholic - and 
have 
even rejected participation in interfaith prayer meetings that might 
call 
for inclusive language.

But according to Mrs. Knippers, dialogue is now important for several 
reasons: If Muslims interact primarily with liberal Christians, she 
says, 
they will get an unbalanced and distorted view of Christian faith and 
ethics. Dialogue offers Christians an opportunity to learn about 
worldviews 
of non-Christians and to share their own deep convictions about Jesus. 
And, 
there are issues that need to be discussed beyond theological 
concerns....

During the national meeting of evangelicals, leaders also rebuked the 
negative remarks made over the past year by the Rev. Franklin Graham, 
the 
Rev. Jerry Falwell, and others....

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WOLFOWITZ SLAMMED ON TURKEY COMMENT
Ami Eden, Forward, 5/23/03
http://www.forward.com/issues/2003/03.05.23/news6.html

A veteran Democratic congressman is calling for the resignation of 
Deputy 
Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, claiming the Pentagon official is 
"undermining" democracy in Turkey.

Speaking from the floor of the House of Representatives on Monday, 
Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank called on Wolfowitz to resign over 
remarks 
he made in an interview that aired on CNN Turk, the Turkish affiliate 
of 
the cable news network. During the interview, which aired May 6, 
Wolfowitz 
said it was "disappointing" that the Turkish military had not been as 
"forceful" as it could have been in pushing the country's parliament to 
cooperate with the American invasion of Iraq.

Frank accused the Pentagon deputy of sending an anti-democratic message 
to 
the rest of the world. Wolfowitz's remarks were especially disturbing 
because the country in question was Turkey, Frank said.

"Trying to encourage Islamist movements that are genuinely democratic 
is 
one of our highest goals," Frank said in his House speech. "We have in 
Turkey now a government that has Islamist groups, the political 
majority, 
and is also committed to democracy...."

The White House reportedly has voiced its continuing support for 
Wolfowitz. 
In a statement sent to the Forward via e-mail, the Pentagon defended 
Wolfowitz as an "outspoken supporter of democracy in Turkey...."

SEE ALSO

THE NEOCONSERVATIVE STYLE OF DEMOCRACY
H D S Greenway, Daily Times, 5/22/03
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_18-5-2003_pg4_15

Neoconservatives, who have risen to great power and influence within 
the 
Bush administration, have told us of their sweeping design to transform 
the 
Middle East into a model of democracy. Skeptics have demurred, but the 
neocons have countered that the doubters lack vision.
There have been recent events, however, that bring into question the 
sincerity of these grand visionaries.

Take, for example, the recent remarks of Deputy Secretary of Defense
Paul Wolfowitz, perhaps the most influential of the right-wing 
conservatives in government. Although the State Department got most of 
the 
blame for the diplomatic debacle over Turkey's failure to allow US 
troops 
to transit en route to Iraq, it was Wolfowitz who conducted much of the 
negotiations. As it was, Turkey's new, democratically elected 
Parliament 
said no, much to Washington's chagrin and to the embarrassment of the 
Turkish government, which had urged a ''yes'' vote. Turkey was not the 
first government in a democratic state to be rebuffed by legislators. 
It 
happens in the United States all the time.

But last week, in an interview with CNN, Wolfowitz lashed out at the 
Turkish military for the failure to fall into line. ''I think for 
whatever 
reason, they did not play the strong leadership role that we would have 
expected,'' he said. Consider the ramifications of this statement in 
the 
Turkish context. Democracy in Turkey is alive but fragile. Open 
elections 
began only in the 1950s.

Traditionally the Turkish military has seen itself as the guardian of 
the 
secular state that Kemal Ataturk put into place following the end of 
the 
Ottoman Empire after World War I....

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THE 3RD AMC IMAM CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN D.C. AREA

WHAT: The American Muslim Council will be hosting its third Imam 
conference 
in the D.C.-area. The conference will provide an appropriate 
opportunity 
for everyone to listen to experts in their respective fields and get a 
crash course on politics, national security, international issues, and 
the 
issues faced by the American Muslim community.

Religious leaders in one's community such as school administrators, 
members 
of the board of directors, and teachers, can also attend the 
Conference. 
Muslim chaplains in federal and state institutions also have been 
invited 
to the Conference.

WHERE: Mark Center Hilton Hotel, Alexandria, VA
WHEN: June 6-9, 2003.

CONTACT: www.amconline.org

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 5/23/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: THE IMPORTANCE OF CHARITY
* QUOTE OF THE DAY: MOSQUE AND STATE
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5944 SPONSORSHIPS
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* CHRISTIANS, MUSLIMS PUSH DIALOGUE (St. Petersburg Times)
	- Evangelical Group Launches 'Operation Iraqi Care' (CSNews)
* CAIR-ST. LOUIS VOTER REGISTRATION
	- CAIR-ST. Louis Adopt-a-Highway
* NW AIRLINES SETTLES WITH PAKISTANI REMOVED FROM PLANE (AP)
* JUSTICE WON'T RESIGN OVER 'TERRORIST' REMARK (Journal News)
* ARABS, MUSLIMS OBEY ORDERS AND PAY PRICE (Chicago Tribune)
* ALASKA PASSES ANTI-PATRIOT ACT RESOLUTION (ABC News)
	- Unexpected Steps Against the Patriot Act (Village Voice)
* MUSLIM AND CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS HOLD MEMORIAL DAY RALLY
* EMERSON DROPS HIS LAWSUIT (Weekly Planet)
* FORGED PAPERS CHASE THAT IS BOUND TO RUN AND RUN (Times)
	- Troops Test Cooperation with Clerics (Wash. Post)
* MUSLIM SCHOLARSHIP FUND 2003

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HADITH OF THE DAY: THE IMPORTANCE OF CHARITY

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "The believer's shade on 
the
Day of Resurrection will be his charity." Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 604

The Prophet also said: "Every act of goodness is charity." Sahih 
Muslim, 
Hadith 496

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: MOSQUE AND STATE

WIDER ROLE URGED FOR MUSLIM WOMEN
Julia Duin, Washington Times, 5/23/03
http://www.washtimes.com/national/20030523-123025-2869r.htm

Coalition forces in Iraq plan to award an interim governing authority 
of 
Iraqis with the task of writing a new constitution and other judicial 
reforms. But there are calls, Mrs. Francke said, for this document to 
state 
that Iraq is "a Muslim country."

"But we have a Christian minority so I am sure the Christians would 
object," she said. Her preference: a statement that Iraqi law "will be 
inspired by the values of Islam." This skirts the dangers of Shariah 
law, 
she said. But will this satisfy Iraq's radical clerics?

"We can't have a statement saying we will separate mosque and state," 
she 
said. "We must be very subtle, clever and ingenious at this."

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5944 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR'S Library Project has received 5944 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 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 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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CHRISTIANS, MUSLIMS PUSH DIALOGUE
St. Petersburg Times, 5/23/03
http://www.sptimes.com/2003/05/23/Tampabay/Christians__Muslims_p.shtml

Faith organizations are partnering for the two groups to talk about 
post-Sept. 11 freedoms.

The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and 
the 
Florida Council of Churches announced a statewide partnership Thursday 
to 
encourage dialogue between Christians and Muslims.

CAIR-FL, which is part of a national advocacy group based in 
Washington, 
D.C., has about 5,000 members. The FCC is an ecumenical organization 
that 
represents about 30 denominations and regional church groups. The 
organizations recently decided to partner to "address problems in our 
society, specifically the liberties that are being taken away," CAIR-FL 
spokesman Ahmed Bedier said. Laws intended to offset terrorist attacks 
after the Sept. 11 attacks have disproportionately affected Muslims and 
people from Arab countries, Bedier said. Soon, he said, those laws will 
encroach on liberties for all Americans.

The FCC and CAIR-FL will host public dialogues around the state 
beginning 
Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 304 
Druid 
Hills Road, Tampa. A panel of speakers from different faiths will share 
their perspectives and answer questions. The sessions are intended to 
educate people about federal laws and their impact on Americans and 
foreigners in the United States. Highlighting religious tolerance and 
some 
beliefs that Christians, Muslims and Jews share are also goals for the 
partnership....

SEE ALSO:

EVANGELICAL GROUP LAUNCHES 'OPERATION IRAQI CARE'
Jeff Johnson, CSNews.com, 5/23/03
http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewCulture.asp?Page=%5CCulture%5Carchive%5C200305%5CCUL20030523a.html

Capitol Hill - As efforts to rebuild Iraq physically, politically, 
economically and culturally continue, a coalition of Christian 
organizations in the U.S. Thursday announced "Operation Iraqi Care," a 
campaign to promote prayer for the spiritual future of the Middle 
Eastern 
country whose citizens are mostly Muslim.

"Today, I am asking that the 47 million Christians in America, who love 
to 
pray according to the Scriptures, include in their prayer times prayer 
for 
the Iraqi people," said Rev. Ted Haggard, senior pastor of the New Life 
Church in Colorado Springs, Colo.

"The next few months might be the most important time of decision the 
Iraqi 
people have had in thousands of years," said Haggard, who is also the 
new 
president of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), one of the 
sponsors of the campaign....

Haggard said Christians in the U.S. could offer people of faith in 
Iraq, 
where Christians make up only approximately 4 percent of the 
population, 
advice because of the American experience sorting out the proper role 
of 
government in relationship to religion....

Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, 
told CNSNews.com that, based on the information on the coalition's 
website, 
he finds nothing wrong with the effort.

"What I'm seeing is they say they're going to pray for cities and 
people in 
Iraq," Hooper added. "If all they do is pray, you can hardly fault 
that...."

Hooper said his view of Operation Iraqi Care could change, depending on 
the 
motives of the participants.

"If it's a group like Samaritan's Purse, that's headed by Franklin 
Graham - 
a man who says that Islam is evil - that's one thing," Hooper 
explained. 
"If it's a group that's going in to help people and not proselytize 
vulnerable populations, then that's another."

Haggard said that having the local congregations distribute the aid to 
their fellow Iraqis should ease the concerns of Muslims like Hooper.

"We're not going to send Americans to Iraq to distribute these things," 
he 
said. "We, as Christians, want to help people. We don't want to cause 
confusion by bringing up other issues that really aren't our primary 
objective...."

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CAIR-ST. LOUIS VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE

WHAT: The St. Louis chapter of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations is 
launching an ambitious new voter registration drive at area 
mosques.  Representatives of CAIR-St. Louis will be at local mosques 
every 
Friday following weekly congregational prayers.

U.S. Citizens of legal age (18) will be asked to complete two forms. 
The 
first form will be the State Voter Registration form. The second form 
will 
be a form that CAIR will use to gather demographic data on registered 
Muslim voters. Those individuals, who are already registered voters, 
will 
be asked to still complete the second form. The goal of CAIR-St. Louis 
is 
to register 1,000 new voters by the 2004 election.

WHEN: Thursday, May 23, 2003.

CONTACT: For more information on this important project, contact Jim 
Hacking at admin@cair-stl.org or (314) 602-3794.

SEE ALSO:

CAIR-ST. LOUIS ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY

WHAT: CAIR-St. Louis will continue its participation in the Missouri 
Department of Transportation's Adopt-A-Highway, a program that allows 
groups such as CAIR to place a sign with the organization's name on it 
in 
exchange for a commitment to clean a portion of the highway on a 
regular 
basis. CAIR's stretch of highway is on Interstate 64 (Highway 40) 
between 
Lindbergh and Spoede Road.

WHERE: Participants will be meeting at the parking lot of Schnuck's 
grocery 
store (Lindbergh and Clayton) for a clean-up. Trash bags, work vests 
and 
water bottles will be provided. Please bring a pair of gloves.

WHEN: Sunday, June 1, 2003 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participant will meet 
at 
11 a.m. and then go to the highway cleanup site together.

CONTACT: For more information on this project, contact Dr. Hashim Raza 
at 
(314) 579-0632 or hasraz@aol.com.

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NORTHWEST AIRLINES SETTLES WITH PAKISTANI MAN REMOVED FROM PLANE
Associated Press, 5/22/03

SAN FRANCISCO - Northwest Airlines has agreed to pay an undisclosed sum 
to 
a Pakistani man from California who was kicked off a plane allegedly 
because of his "Middle Eastern appearance."

The deal between the airline and Harris Khan, a 28-year-old software 
manager from Monterey, was announced Wednesday.

Khan's attorney, Robert Rubin of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights 
in 
San Francisco, said he believed it was the first cash award in a case 
of 
alleged passenger profiling following the Sept. 11, 2001 terror 
attacks.

Khan had boarded a San Jose-bound flight in Minneapolis on Dec. 25, 
2001. 
The plane left the boarding gate, but stopped when the pilot announced 
there was ice on the wings. Rubin asserted that the crew was actually 
observing Khan based on a passenger's concerns. He said Khan was 
removed 
from the plane because of his "Middle Eastern appearance."

Under terms of the settlement, which precludes Khan from filing a civil 
rights lawsuit, Northwest will write Khan a letter of apology.

Northwest spokesman Kurt Ebenhoch confirmed the settlement but declined 
to 
comment on the terms.

"We have a very strict policy with all our employees that passengers 
can 
only be removed from aircraft because of their behavior, not their 
appearance," he said.

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TARRYTOWN JUSTICE WON'T RESIGN OVER 'TERRORIST' REMARK
Robert Marchant, Journal News, 5/22/03
http://www.thejournalnews.com/newsroom/052203/b0122judgefolo.html

TARRYTOWN - A village justice facing criticism for calling an 
Arab-American 
woman a "terrorist" in his courtroom brushed aside the controversy and 
Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano's call for his resignation 
yesterday.

William Crosbie is facing a complaint in the New York State Commission 
on 
Judicial Conduct from a Tarrytown nursing student and mother, Anissa 
Khoder, who said the justice made a remark about her being a 
"terrorist" as 
she approached him to discuss two parking tickets on May 15 in Village 
Court. She called the remark offensive and filed a complaint.

Crosbie acknowledged that he made the remark once in front of Khoder 
and 
said it "may have been inappropriate." Yesterday, he said he would 
answer 
any questions from the judicial conduct commission, but he did not 
believe 
the matter was worth pursuing.

"I regret we had the contretemps," he said in his office following a 
court 
session that went according to the usual routine, but he was planning 
to 
continue with his duties as a village justice, regardless of the 
criticism 
he is receiving in some quarters. "It's business as usual..."

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ARABS, MUSLIMS OBEY ORDERS AND PAY PRICE
Colleen Mastony, Chicago Tribune, 5/23/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-0305230272may23,1,2285225.story

Khalid Faiz-Mohammad, a cabdriver from Glendale Heights, dutifully 
obeyed 
the call for men from Muslim and Arab countries to register with the 
government, then gave U.S. officials details about how he got into the 
country illegally by driving over the Canadian border in 1989.

The native of Pakistan handed them a copy of his application for legal 
residency, filed in 1996, believing that would assure officials that he 
was 
not a terrorist.

But he was taken into custody on that February day and has been held 
ever 
since. Now he faces deportation to Pakistan on Sunday, despite being 
married to a U.S. citizen.

He is one of thousands who went willingly to immigration offices but 
now 
face deportation, sometimes for relatively minor or old violations. 
Many 
feel angry and duped...

Registering "was the worst decision I made in my life," Faiz-Mohammad 
said 
from the detention center. "I was trying to be a good citizen," he 
said.

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ALASKA PASSES ANTI-PATRIOT ACT RESOLUTION; SECOND STATE TO OPPOSE FEDS
Dean Schabner, ABC News, 5/23/03
http://abcnews.go.com/sections/us/DailyNews/alaska_patriot030523.html

Alaska has joined a growing national rebellion against the USA Patriot 
Act, 
voting to oppose the massive federal anti-terrorism law passed by 
Congress 
soon after Sept. 11, 2001.

The state Legislature used some of the strongest language yet in 
passing a 
resolution condemning USA Patriot, following the lead of Hawaii and 112 
cities, towns and counties around the country that have passed similar 
resolutions against the law.

But Alaska's measure goes further than most, advising police and other 
state agencies not to "initiate, participate in, or assist or cooperate 
with an inquiry, investigation, surveillance or detention" if there is 
not 
"reasonable suspicion of criminal activity under Alaska State law."

"We have a concern that [the Patriot Act] could be abused. The 
potential 
for abuse is too great," said Rep. David Guttenberg, a Democrat who 
co-sponsored the resolution. "America is an open state. There's a cost 
to 
that. Where are we willing to sacrifice for that? Guys are dying on the 
battlefield to protect our freedoms. It's up to us to protect those 
freedoms here at home."

"We hope that a resolution like this, with the bipartisan support that 
it 
has, will urge Congress to re-examine the provisions of the USA Patriot 
Act 
that challenge the individual freedoms that make this country great," 
said 
Rep. John Coghill, a Republican from North Pole who co-sponsored the 
resolution. "If we sacrifice our freedom, we let terrorism win...."

SEE ALSO

UNEXPECTED STEPS AGAINST THE PATRIOT ACT
James Ridgeway, Village Voice, 5/21-27/03
http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0321/mondo3.php

Some 107 communities in 24 states representing 11.3 million people have 
now 
passed resolutions opposing the federal USA Patriot Act. Alaska is 
expected 
to join Hawaii in opposing the Patriot Act, as is the city of 
Baltimore. 
This could be the beginnings of unexpected political opposition to the 
Bush 
re-election campaign, especially since the opposition now includes an 
important sector of the conservative movement itself. Such entities as 
the 
Eagle Forum and American Conservative Union are speaking out strongly 
against the act as a violation of civil liberties and have joined with 
the 
ACLU and other liberal groups in a coalition to fight the act.

The assault has forced the government to launch its own lobbying effort 
to 
buoy support for the legislation. In the Albany FBI office, Keith A. 
DeVincentis, the special agent in charge, recently went to bat against 
the 
Ithaca city council, which had passed a resolution against the Patriot 
Act. 
"Contrary to popular television and theatrical portrayals, the FBI 
initiates cases predicated on facts, not suspicions or guesswork," 
DeVincentis said, and he added that the Ithaca council members should 
"be 
aware that the FBI has been the primary entity in the United States 
responsible for investigating and bringing to justice those who seek to 
violate the constitutional rights of the American people...."

Meanwhile, the government's prosecutions under the act look fishy. The 
Philadelphia Inquirer, working with Syracuse University, found that 60 
Middle Eastern men charged with terrorism in the fall of 2002 actually 
were 
guilty only of cheating on an English test for admission to a U.S. 
university. And that's just for starters....

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MUSLIM AND CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS HOLD MEMORIAL DAY RALLY
US Newswire, 5/23/03
http://www.usnewswire.com

WHAT: The Muslim American Society will host Muslim Solidarity Day, a 
day-long series of events for the entire family with speakers, voter 
registration, petition drives, picnic sites, games and activities for 
children, public service and information tables, displays and exhibits.

The march and rally, called Muslim Solidarity Day for Justice and 
Peace, is 
designed to protest the erosion of civil rights and civil liberties 
under 
the Bush-Ashcroft administration and will include several peace, 
justice, 
religious and civil rights organizations and speakers such as Imam 
Siraj 
Wahaj, former Congressman Rev. Walter Fauntroy, Ron Daniels (Center for 
Constitutional Rights), Congressman John Conyers, a representative from 
Congressman Dennis Kucinich's office, Rev. Al Sharpton, Mara 
Verheyden-Hillard (Partnership for Civil Justice), Dr. Jamal Badawi, 
Brian 
Becker (International Action Center), Hillary Shelton (NAACP), and 
Mahdi 
Bray, executive director of MAS Freedom, and representatives from the 
following organizations: Muslim American Society, MANA, SEIU, AFL-CIO, 
ADC-Boston, Rainbow PUSH Coalition, American For a Fair Chance, 
Leadership 
Conference on Civil Rights, People for the American Way, NAACP, Islamic 
Circle of North America, American Muslim Council, AFL-CIO, Peace Action 
Network, Center for Constitutional Rights, members of the national 
interfaith community and many more.

WHERE: Freedom Plaza (14th St and Pennsylvania Ave., NW).

WHEN: Saturday, May 24, at 10 a.m.

CONTACT: Mahdi Bray of the Muslim American Society, 202-421-3623

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EMERSON DROPS HIS LAWSUIT
Jim Harper, Weekly Planet, 5/21/03
http://www.weeklyplanet.com/current/news_feature.html

Controversial 'journalist" Steven Emerson has abandoned his 
four-year-old 
libel suit against the Weekly Planet and former editor John Sugg. 
Emerson's 
retreat, filed in Hillsborough County Circuit Court last Friday, came 
as he 
faced increasing pressure from the Planet and a circuit judge to back 
up 
some of his more outlandish claims with public evidence.

"Emerson never had a case," Planet publisher Ben Eason said Monday. "He 
knew he never had a case. That's why he kept referring to secret 
evidence. 
At the point when a judge demanded that Emerson reveal the identity of 
his 
associates and identify his sources, he turned tail and ran."

What made Emerson's lawsuit particularly galling, Eason said, was that 
it 
seemed designed mainly to intimidate the Planet and other independent 
news 
outlets from honest reporting -- a curious campaign for a supposed 
journalist to wage.

"Sugg's stories were accurate when he labeled Emerson a 
pseudo-journalist," 
newspaper attorney David M. Snyder said. "No self-respecting reporter 
would 
try to deter another journalist from reporting a story. They would 
publish 
their own views and try to win in the marketplace of ideas, not in 
court."

Emerson promotes himself as an investigative reporter with special 
knowledge of radical Islamic terrorists. His critics say his work reads 
more like propaganda, tilted toward the interests of Israel's right 
wing....

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THE FORGED PAPERS CHASE THAT IS BOUND TO RUN AND RUN
Bronwen Maddox, Times Online, 5/23/03
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,5944-689490,00.html

The Central Intelligence Agency is holding a review of whether it 
overestimated the threat of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. It must 
surely look at the simmering row about whether the British and US 
Governments based their case for war partly on forged documents that 
appeared to show Iraq was trying to get uranium from Africa.

That was one of the headline-grabbing claims of Tony Blair's "dossier" 
on 
Iraq's weapons, published with such drama last autumn. But the row 
about 
the forged documents that appear to have prompted the passage is not 
going 
away, particularly across the Atlantic, where it has attracted the 
attention of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The Prime Minister did 
not 
name the African country, but officials confirmed that the passage 
referred 
to Niger, the third-largest producer of mined uranium. The US State 
Department repeated that claim in December, naming Niger. But the 
claim, 
denied by Niger, was shot down by Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the IAEA, 
the 
UN nuclear watchdog. He told the Security Council on March 7 that the 
documents appearing to support the claim were forgeries.

Gary Samore, author of an earlier dossier published by the 
International 
Institute of Strategic Studies, the London-based think-tank, says the 
claim 
"was wrong in a very embarrassing way. I understand (the documents) 
were 
crude forgeries . . . pretty crude cutting and pasting of letterheads. 
I 
don't know how it's possible that the CIA and MI6 (the intelligence 
services) did not do obvious checks to make sure they were authentic." 
Hans 
Blix, the UN chief weapons inspector, has called that failure "very, 
very 
disturbing...."

The image becomes more embarrassing the more "cards" the US has in its 
keeping without appearing to have any more of the answers.

SEE ALSO:

TROOPS TEST COOPERATION WITH CLERICS
Anthony Shadid, Washington Post, 5/23/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A28403-2003May22.html?nav=hptop_tb

BAGHDAD - It was payday in Baghdad's largest slum and, as is their 
custom, 
the Americans arrived in force.

Four Humvees parked outside a building housing an Islamic charity 
chosen by 
the U.S. Agency for International Development to administer its first 
grass-roots project in the Iraqi capital. Near a portrait of the late 
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini of Iran, a soldier doled out bundles of 
15,000 
Iraqi dinars to workers chosen by mosques to clean the streets of 
sewage 
and trash. In the hall stood a Special Forces major, who spoke with the 
impatience of a soldier used to precision but struggling with imprecise 
translations.

Overseeing it all, in his cleric's white turban and pressed robes, was 
the 
charity director, Sheik Kadhim Fartousi, America's man among the 
neighborhood's 1.8 million Shiite Muslims.

Perhaps.

Fartousi is the face of ambiguous postwar Iraq, a turbulent landscape 
of 
uncertain allegiances and agendas. And in the week since the start of 
the 
project -- a 16-day, $280,000 effort to clean the slum once known as 
Saddam 
City -- he has emerged at the center of an experiment, largely 
unintended, 
of engagement between U.S. soldiers who occupy Iraq and Shiite clergy 
who 
deem its future theirs....

"I believe in the philosophy of crawl, walk, run," he said, sitting in 
a 
room with slogans on the wall that read, "God preserve Iraq." In Saddam 
City, now renamed Sadr City after a renowned ayatollah slain with his 
two 
sons in 1999, U.S. forces have to reach out to the clergy, Vidal said, 
because they "have the people's ear...."

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MUSLIM SCHOLARSHIP FUND 2003

WHAT: The Muslim Scholarship Fund was established in March 2002 to 
assist 
Musli university students pursuing degrees in fields in which Muslims 
are 
underrepresented. The Muslim Scholarship Fund seeks to cultivate 
student 
interest in the designated fields at the pre-collegiate and collegiate 
levels, and to contribute to the emergence of exceptional young 
professionals in the relevant career domains. The Fund provides annual 
"Progressive Muslim Scholarship" awards to needing students based on 
merit.

Application Deadline: July 21, 2003
Awards Announced: mid-Sept., 2003 for 2003-2004 Academic Year

AWARDS OFFERED:

1) UNDERGRADUATE ONLY Scholarship for HUMANITIES/SOCIAL SCIENCE MAJORS
    First place: $3,000
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    Third place: $500

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    First place: $3,000
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    First place: $3,000
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4) LAW Scholarship for LAW SCHOOL STUDENTS
    First place: $1,000

The eligible student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal 
resident. 
Furthermore, he or she must have attended high school in the U.S. or 
Canada. Students must be enrolled in or intend to enroll in a major 
that 
addresses the fields designated for the scholarship. Other criteria are 
listed on the MSF website. DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION FORM AND AWARD 
DESCRIPTION

CONTACT: Additional details, MSF contact information and application 
documents are available for download from the Muslim Scholarship Fund's 
website at www.muslimscholarshipfund.org.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 5/25/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: BE KIND AND LENIENT
* MUSLIMS SPEAKING OUT ON TALK RADIO (LA Times)
* CAL THOMAS: ATTACKING OUR SHARED HUMANITY (News & Record)
	- Muslims are No Sinister Political (Detroit Free Press)
	- Irrational Fear
	- Looking for Enemies
* DANIEL PIPES: LET'S NOT REPEAT HYSTERIA OF MCCARTHYISM
* INDIANA MOSQUE VANDALIZED (Star Express)
	- DA: Boy's Beating a Hate Crime (Courier Times)
* MUSLIM GROUP BEGINS VOTER DRIVE (Post-Dispatch)
	- Muslim Voter Drive Begins (KWMU)
* FL MUSLIM TO TAKE PART IN NATIONAL SPELLING BEE
* SNAFU PREVENTS LOCAL DOCTOR'S RETURN TO U.S. (Roxboro-Courier)
* PROFILING FUELS ISLAM GUIDE (Orlando Sentinel)
* FBI APOLOGY FAILS TO DISSIPATE CLOUD (Washington Post)
	- Patriot Act Prompts Grass-Roots Uprising (Star Tribune)
* IRAQI CIVILIAN DEATHS COULD BE HIGH AS 10,000 (Herald)
	- Maureen Dowd: Yo, Ayatollahs! (New York Times)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: BE KIND AND LENIENT

A group of people once insulted the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon 
him) 
and his wife Aisha responded angrily to the insult. But the Prophet 
told 
her: "O 'Aisha! God is kind and lenient and likes that one should be 
kind 
and lenient in all matters."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 9, Hadith 61

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MUSLIMS SPEAKING OUT ON TALK RADIO
William Lobdell, Los Angeles Times, 5/25/03
http://www.calendarlive.com/tv/cl-me-radio25may25.story

Tired of hearing their religion bashed on talk radio, about 30 Muslims 
listened to insider secrets Saturday on how "Rehan from Rancho Palos 
Verdes" or "Maryam from Diamond Bar" can get a word in edgewise on the 
air.

"If you're calm, you'll win," said Leslie Marshall, a television- and 
talk-radio host, during a 2 1/2-hour training session at the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations' Southern California headquarters in 
Anaheim.

"If you're married, you know what I'm talking about."

Most of the participants were longtime listeners of talk radio, but had 
never made a call. Instead, the Muslims said, they usually sit in their 
cars, seething as talk-show hosts generalize about how their faith is 
violent, hateful, backward and oppressive.

"Because we get so angry, we lose our point, we lose our focus and we 
don't 
come off as very nice," said Maher Alghorani, a board member on the 
council 
that serves Southern California's Muslim population, estimated between 
155,000 and 600,000.

"That's why there's a need for this kind of training…"

"The perception is Islam equals terrorism, and that hasn't gone away," 
said 
Marshall, who is married to an American Muslim physician. And part of 
changing the perception is getting more peace-loving Muslim voices on 
talk 
radio.

For those wanting to argue on-air with radio personalities, Marshall 
had 
what she called some "hard truths."

For instance, if you have a heavy accent, you probably won't get on the 
air. "It's not prejudice," but it's just difficult for listeners to 
understand you, Marshall said…

Marshall said these insights are designed so Muslims can "see the 
wizard 
behind the curtain. And in turn that will let the wizard see the 
audience."

Marshall also gave practical tips: When calling in, act like you're a 
guest 
in someone's home, flatter the host and, as your anger rises, 
"remember, 
it's just a radio show."

"We're too defensive," said Rehan Jafri, a physician from Rancho Palos 
Verdes, who has listened with frustration in his car as his fellow 
Muslims 
get steamrolled by talk-radio hosts.

"I've learned today that we need to be calm, have a sense of humor and 
keep 
focused..."

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CAL THOMAS: ATTACKING OUR SHARED HUMANITY YET AGAIN
News & Record (Greensboro, NC), 5/24/03
http://www.news-record.com/news/opinions/letters/satlettrs24.htm
Scroll down.

By itself, Cal Thomas' pernicious May 21 broadside against Muslims, 
"Muslims' political action a threat," could be dismissed. Most alert 
readers are familiar with his fulminations and recognize that such can 
be 
expected from the former editor of Jerry Falwell's now-defunct 
Fundamentalist Journal.

His citing of Daniel Pipes as an expert on things Islamic signals to 
the 
informed reader that Thomas is not being "fair and balanced," as his TV 
network home is fond of claiming. Pipes is considerably to the right of 
even President Bush in seeking to obstruct the "road map" to peace in 
the 
Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

But read in the context of other Christian spokespersons' attacks on 
Islam, 
Patriot Act implications for marginalizing Muslims, and a pervasive 
atmosphere of stifling any whiff of dissent in U.S. society, Thomas' 
comments fit into a grim pattern of emerging McCarthyism and - dare I 
say 
it - fascism in our country. His snapshot view of a few of the millions 
of 
Muslims in America is framed for maximum fear factor. The same could be 
done to represent the face of Christians, or Jews, or blacks, or 
Hispanics.

Especially in a community such as Greensboro, where we have been 
blessed by 
the contributions of so many thousands of Muslims, we should not allow 
the 
views of those such as Cal Thomas to deter us from recognizing our 
common 
humanity. May his column serve us as the "canary in the mine," warning 
us 
of poisonous gases building up.

Max L. Carter
Greensboro

SEE ALSO:

MUSLIM AMERICANS ARE NO SINISTER POLITICAL FORCE
Detroit Free Press, 5/24/03
http://www.freep.com/voices/editorials/ecal24_20030524.htm

Cal Thomas' May 21 op-ed column ("Using Democracy to invade U.S.?") was 
hate speech in the same vein as rhetoric directed against Jews in Nazi 
Germany, Catholics in the 1920s, and Japanese Americans during World 
War 
II. Thomas calls for exclusion from the democratic process of a 
vulnerable 
minority that has experienced a 1,500-percent increase in hate crimes, 
according to the FBI.

Muslims were not traditionally involved in politics, a fact that flies 
in 
the face of Thomas' insidious conspiracy theory. Most Muslims have only 
become politically involved post-9/11 because of one important human 
instinct: self-preservation. Who wouldn't register to vote if they 
thought 
this was the only way to protect their children from unfair profiling, 
detention and exclusion from the very privileges that brought them 
here? 
Not all Muslims seek world domination, just as not all Christians 
promote a 
global crusade.

The quotations Thomas attributed to the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations are false. CAIR's focus is on promoting civil rights and 
respect 
for all faiths and minorities through our specialized focus on the 
Muslim 
minority. We achieve this through education, advocacy and political and 
social inclusion.

Thomas confirmed his bigotry by quoting Islamophobe Daniel Pipes, who 
spews 
hate wherever he goes. It is not alarmist to say that this 
normalization of 
hate toward a vulnerable cross-section could be the basis of a future 
holocaust. We must speak up now before it is too late.

Haaris Ahmad Executive Director Council on American-Islamic Relations 
of 
Michigan Lathrup Village

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IRRATIONAL FEAR

I was appalled at Cal Thomas' op-ed column. To suggest that we U.S. 
Muslims 
are lurking in the weeds, waiting to over-breed the Jews and Christians 
in 
this country and exercise our political power is an affront not only to 
Muslims but to every American immigrant -- and that does cover all of 
us.

My family has been in the United States for nearly 100 years. Every 
able-bodied man in my extended family has served proudly in the armed 
forces of our country, from World War I right through Vietnam.

For Cal Thomas to spew his venom against U.S. Muslims and try to deny 
them 
their right to be politically active suggests that he is nothing more 
than 
a talking head for the ultra-right wing of this country.

Fear Islam? No. Fear the ultra right.

Ed Dean Oxford

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LOOKING FOR ENEMIES

Cal Thomas uses extreme right-wing rhetoric to get the readers' 
attention. 
He imagines bombs with ballots when it comes to Muslim-American 
political 
participation. Klansmen in Mississippi in the '60s felt the same way 
about 
black participation; Klan ideology shocked the national conscience when 
Klan members murdered young Jewish men who went to Mississippi to 
register 
black voters.

Looking for the enemies of our freedom and democracy, Thomas need not 
go 
far; he just needs to look into a mirror.

Victor G. Begg
Bloomfield Hills

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DANIEL PIPES: LET'S NOT REPEAT HYSTERIA OF MCCARTHYISM
BILL TAMMEUS, Kansas City Star, 5/24/03
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/5913326.htm

Recently, for instance, I attended a weeklong seminar on Muslims in 
America. One speaker was the controversial Daniel Pipes, director of 
the 
Middle East Forum in Philadelphia. Pipes told us he thought 80 percent 
of 
Islamic organizations in the United States were controlled or deeply 
influenced by religious extremists. When the journalists attending the 
seminar challenged him to justify that figure, he simply attributed it 
to a 
Muslim leader.

Pipes writes a great deal about Islam and often appears as an expert on 
television news and talk shows. I am not equating Pipes and McCarthy, 
but 
Pipes' alarmist views sometimes don't hold water and many Muslims 
revile him.

"I get a lot of heat," Pipes acknowledges. As he should.

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INDIANA MOSQUE VANDALIZED

DAMAGE TO LOCAL MOSQUE NOT CLASSIFIED AS HATE CRIME
KEITH ROYSDON, Star Express, 5/23/03
http://www.thestarpress.com/tsp/news/local/03/may/0523mosquevandalism.php

MUNCIE - Police are keeping a watchful eye on a local mosque after a 
recent 
incident of vandalism, but they aren't prepared to call it a hate 
crime.

Police investigated a report this week that signs bearing the name and 
address of the Muncie Islamic Center had been torn down.

"With the current atmosphere, and this being the Islamic Center, we 
wanted 
to document it," said Deputy Chief James Peters.

City police were investigating the incident as criminal mischief.

Members of the Muncie Islamic Center are concerned, however.

"Finally the craziness is hitting home," Faiz Rahman told The Star 
Press.

"The members of the Muslim community here are surprised and shocked by 
what 
happened," said Fahad Alqurashi, president of the Muslim Student 
Association at Ball State University. "We didn't think we had enemies 
in 
town."

Islamic Center member Aamir Shabazz contacted police on Wednesday and 
reported the signs had been torn down in recent days.

Shabazz told police that three residents of the area returned the 
signs, 
reporting that they found them in a nearby yard.

Alqurashi said he believed "someone went crazy on us because of 
something 
they saw in the media." He said the media often presented inaccurate, 
misleading views of Islam, prompting fear in people who did not know 
Muslims personally...

SEE ALSO:

DA: BOY'S BEATING A HATE CRIME
Harry Yanoshak and Laurie Mason, Bucks County Courier Times, 5/18/03
http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/111-05182003-91675.html

Bucks County District Attorney Diane Gibbons has labeled the beating of 
an 
8-year-old Bensalem boy last week as a hate crime and on Friday she 
filed 
criminal charges against three older neighborhood boys.

The three who were charged, one 12-year-old and two 13-year-olds, 
knocked 
Amhed Hadi off his bike and beat him because the boy's family is 
originally 
from the Middle East, Gibbons said. She charged the three with ethnic 
intimidation, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, 
harassment and conspiracy…

Moran said. They should have a hearing within a month in Doylestown 
Borough. If convicted, the boys could be sentenced to probation, 
community 
service or a term in the youth detention center. Because of their ages, 
Gibbons said she did not think they would be initially placed in the 
detention center before they were brought before a juvenile court 
judge.

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MUSLIM GROUP BEGINS VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE
PHILLIP O'CONNOR, Post-Dispatch, 5/23/03
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/news/153478E558C1F42686256D30000BCB41 


A spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations says building 
political influence starts at the local level.

The nation's largest Muslim rights group began a voter registration 
drive 
at two area mosques Friday as part of a nationwide effort to sign up 1 
million new voters for next year's elections.

Organizers said the purpose is to give a stronger, more united 
political 
voice to the estimated 7 million Muslims living in the United States.

"We believe by casting a unified vote on the local and national level 
that 
we ensure the Muslim community is part and parcel of the political 
system," 
said Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations.

Volunteers from the group's St. Louis chapter visited the Daar-Ul-Islam 
mosque in west St. Louis County and a mosque on West Pine Boulevard in 
St. 
Louis.

A spokesman said the group would visit local mosques every Friday after 
weekly congregational prayers with a goal of registering 1,000 voters. 
The 
group is also asking people to fill out a form that will help the 
organization gather demographic data on Muslim registered voters.

"All political power comes from the local level," said Ibrahim Hooper, 
a 
spokesman in the council's Washington office. "Unless you have 
grass-roots 
support, you're not going to have impact at a national level."

In addition to mainstream issues such as tax cuts and health care, 
Muslims 
in the United States are interested in civil rights and the defense of 
civil liberties, particularly because of policy changes enacted since 
Sept. 
11, 2001, Awad said…

SEE ALSO:

MUSLIM VOTER DRIVE BEGINS
Matt Sepic, KWMU, 5/23/03
http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/kwmu/news/news.newsmain?action=article&ARTICLE_ID=500462 


ST. LOUIS, MO. (2003-05-23) The St. Louis Council on American-Islamic 
Relations hopes to get more Muslim voters to the polls in the next 
Presidential election.

Today they're launching a voter registration drive at area mosques. 
Council 
Director Jim Hacking says Muslims generally do not vote in a block.

Muslims are socially conservative I think, and in the 2000 election, 
the 
George Bush campaign had a lot of appeal for Muslims, and I think now, 
after 9-11, a lot of people just really opened themselves to figuring 
out 
who best represents their interests," Hacking said.

Hacking says American Muslims' low voter turnout reflects the 
population at 
large. The group hopes to register a thousand new voters by November 
2004.

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FL MUSLIM TO TAKE PART IN NATIONAL SPELLING BEE
http://www.spellingbee.com/03bios/165.shtml

Speller No. 165, Sana Ishrat Abdul Hye

Age: 14, eighth grade

School: Universal Academy of Florida, Tampa, Florida

Bio: Sana is passionate about reading, and her favorite books are those 
from the Harry Potter series. Swimming and doing arts and crafts 
projects 
are two of her preferred pastimes. Sana is an honor student who excels 
in 
math and science. She would like to become a cardiologist.

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PAPERWORK SNAFU PREVENTS LOCAL DOCTOR'S RETURN TO U.S.
'The patients are stressed. They want their doctor.'
PHYLISS BOATWRIGHT, Roxboro-Courier, 5/24/03
http://www.roxboro-courier.com/sections/topstories/0305242PaperworkSnafu.htm

A lot of Roxboro patients want their doctor to come home.

Due to a paperwork glitch involving the United States Patriot Act, 
passed 
after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Dr. Shahid Mahmood, a 
Pakistani citizen, was not allowed to return to the U.S. this month 
after a 
visit to his native country.

Mahmood, his wife Shazia and their two-year-old daughter Fareen - who 
was 
born in the U.S. and is therefore a citizen of this country - were 
denied 
entry at Dulles International Airport in Washington when they tried to 
return from visiting Mahmood's ailing father.

Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) workers detained the 
doctor 
and his family on May 11 as they deplaned in Washington, telling him he 
failed to register under a law that calls for citizens of 25 primarily 
Muslim countries to register before they leave the U.S.

Tracy Wall, Mahmood's Roxboro office manager, said the physician, who 
has 
been in the U.S. for 10 years - five of which have been spent in 
Roxboro - 
was worried about his patients and wanted to get back to them.

Most of Mahmood's patients are on Medicare and Medicaid and many are 
elderly, said Wall.

"The patients are stressed," she said. "They want their doctor back." 
She 
said the practice has a fill-in physician and "he's great, but he is 
not 
the same to" Mahmood's patients.

According to Rabiah Ahmed of the Council on American-Islamic Relations 
in 
Washington, Mahmood has been in the U.S. on a H1B, or work, visa. He 
registered with the INS following enactment of the Patriot Act, but 
Ahmed 
said it was her understanding that INS failed to inform Mahmood that he 
must register each time he leaves the country. She said he was 
scheduled 
soon for an interview that would be part of the process of becoming a 
U.S. 
citizen...

Some of Mahmood's patients are homebound, said Wall, and Mahmood is one 
of 
the very few doctors who makes home visits. In his absence, those 
patients 
are panicking. Wall said the telephone in Mahmood's office had been 
"ringing off the hook" since patients discovered that he had been sent 
back 
to Pakistan.

"They are coming out of the woodwork to offer support" in the efforts 
to 
have the Mahmood family returned to Roxboro, said Wall.

She said she and Mahmood had contacted the offices of Senators 
Elizabeth 
Dole and John Edwards and Representatives Brad Miller and David Price 
to 
ask for their help in getting him clearance to return…

Person Memorial Hospital CEO Craig James said the hospital is feeling 
the 
impact of Mahmood's absence and has sent letters on his behalf to the 
senators and the embassy. James said other PMH physicians have also 
written 
letters in support of Mahmood's return…

Wall said she would ask that all who support Mahmood's return contact 
their 
senators and representatives and show their support.

Senator Dole's North Carolina office number is 704-633-5011. Edwards' 
office is 919-856-4243. Congressman Miller's number in Greensboro is 
336-574-2909 or his office can be reached toll-free at 877-272-3435. 
Congressman Price's North Carolina office can be reached at 
919-967-7924.

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PROFILING FUELS ISLAM GUIDE
Orlando Sentinel, 5/24//03

To stave off the profiling and unfair treatment of Muslims by 
law-enforcement officials, the Council on American-Islamic Relations 
has 
published a booklet aiming to educate the law-enforcement community 
about 
Islam.

"A Law Enforcement Official's Guide to the Muslim Community" was 
released 
by the Washington-based Islamic civil-liberties group.

The guide contains basic information about Muslim beliefs and practices 
and 
addresses issues such as sensitivity in body searches and entering 
Muslim 
homes, given the modesty requirements of the faith.

Also included is advice on outreach to the Muslim community and the 
workplace rights of law-enforcement officials who are also Muslims.

Council leaders say the booklet is meant to foster communication 
between 
Muslims and law enforcement and prevent disrespect and profiling.

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FBI APOLOGY FAILS TO DISSIPATE CLOUD
8 Terrorism Suspects Confined on Bogus Tip
Robert E. Pierre, Washington Post, 5/24/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A33190-2003May23.html

EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- The food's the same at the Crazy Tomato. So are the 
prices and service. But what was a popular place for pasta 18 months 
ago 
now attracts a fraction of its regular clientele.

Business plummeted after the restaurant's owner, Tarek Albasti, was 
arrested by the FBI with seven other Egyptian men as alleged terrorists 
plotting attacks against the United States. Pictured in prison stripes, 
the 
men were splashed across the front pages, ridiculed and shunned even 
after 
their release by people who assumed their guilt. Whispers about flying 
lessons and money trails from Evansville to Egypt spread rapidly.

But the FBI said it had all been a mistake. And at a meeting last month 
with more than 100 people in the Muslim community here, the FBI offered 
a 
rare apology because suspicion about the arrests -- which resulted from 
a 
bogus tip -- hung over the men's heads for so long and disrupted their 
lives…

SEE ALSO:

ANTI-TERROR PATRIOT ACT PROMPTS GRASS-ROOTS UPRISING
Kevin Diaz, Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN), 5/23/03
http://www.startribune.com/stories/484/3898248.html

The anti-Patriot Act clamor started more than a year ago in Ann Arbor, 
Mich., spread last month through Minneapolis, and can now be heard in 
town 
halls from from Alaska to St. Paul.

More than 100 towns and cities across the nation _ plus the state of 
Hawaii 
_ have passed resolutions urging police and other local officials to 
refuse 
requests by federal agents under the federal Patriot Act.

The law, passed weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, gives federal agents 
sweeping powers to investigate suspected terrorists. But the law has 
come 
under attack by civil libertarians as an infringement on individual 
rights...

Muslim groups in Minnesota and across the nation say they bear the 
brunt of 
the new law, which has brought more frequent visits from FBI and 
immigration officials.

"There's definitely a feeling that there's been a chill about whether 
you 
can speak freely in mosques," said Hodan Hassan, a spokeswoman for the 
Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations…

PATRIOT ACT

- Expands federal officials' ability to carry out "sneak and peek" 
searches 
and seizures without giving prior notice.

- Authorizes secret search warrants _ using a lower foreign 
intelligence 
legal standard _ against domestic targets, as long as federal officials 
certify that foreign intelligence is a "significant purpose" of the 
search.

- Enhances the government's powers through court order to access 
personal 
records.

- Grants new powers to federal officials to detain noncitizens the 
government certifies as suspected terrorists, subject to judicial 
review.

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CIVILIAN DEATHS IN IRAQ COULD BE AS HIGH AS 10,000
IAN BRUCE, The Herald, 5/23/03
http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/archive/23-5-19103-23-48-54.html

AMERICAN guns, bombs and missiles killed more civilians in the recent 
war 
in Iraq than in any conflict since Vietnam, according to preliminary 
assessments carried out by the UN, international aid agencies and 
independent study groups.

Despite US boasts this was the fastest, most clinical campaign in 
military 
history, a first snapshot of "collateral damage" indicates that between 
5000 and 10,000 Iraqi non-combatants died in the course of the hi-tech 
blitzkrieg.

Organisations such as the Red Cross, the Muslim Red Crescent, Amnesty 
International, Human Rights Watch, and the UN are all still carrying 
out 
surveys and are reluctant to commit themselves to a final figure…

SEE ALSO:

YO, AYATOLLAHS!
MAUREEN DOWD, New York Times, 5/25/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/25/opinion/25DOWD.html

The Iraq WMD's and ties to Al Qaeda were merely MacGuffins, as Alfred 
Hitchcock called devices that drove the plot but were otherwise 
inconsequential.

The plot was always to remake the Middle East, while remaking a Bush 
into a 
Reagan. And the Bushies were not above playing on American fears and 
desire 
for 9/11 payback.

Far from being chagrined about the little problem of having no casus 
belli, 
and no plan for smoothly delivering Pax Americana to Iraq and 
Afghanistan, 
the hawks are hawking the next regime change. If Iraq was not harboring 
Al 
Qaeda and going nuclear, then certainly Iran is.

"Of course, they have senior Al Qaeda in Iran, that's a fact," Rummy 
said 
at the Pentagon briefing on Wednesday. "Iran is one of the countries 
that 
is, in our view, assessed as developing a nuclear capability, and 
that's 
unfortunate."

Bushies were also hinting that Iran may have been involved in the 
attack on 
a Western compound in Saudi Arabia - before our intelligence sources 
are 
sure. And the U.S. cannot let Iran foment desire in Iraq for a Shiite 
fundamentalist government.

Citing newspaper reports that said one of the organizers of the Saudi 
attacks was hiding in Iran, Bill Kristol beat the drum on Fox News: 
"Indeed, bin Laden's son is probably in Iran. And that looks like the 
place 
where they are reconstituting Al Qaeda. Plus, Iran has been a larger 
sponsor of terror, including perhaps the terror, indirectly at least, 
that 
hit Jerusalem today. Are you willing to get serious about Iran?" (Mr. 
Kristol is obviously ready to watch another war from his living room.)

The administration is panicky about Iran's nuclear program, which the 
mullahs threw into overdrive after America attacked Iraq.

Some neo-cons would like Israel to take out Iran's nuclear reactor, as 
it 
did Iraq's in '81; but Israel wants America to do it. Some are pushing 
shah 
nostalgia, suggesting that Reza Pahlavi, the son of the last shah of 
Iran, 
could be the next Chalabi…

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 5/26/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: OPPRESSION
* DANIEL PIPES, PEACEMAKER? (Mother Jones)
	- Background on Nomination of Pipes to USIP
* MUSLIMS FIND REVIVAL IN US AMID HOSTILITY (Boston Globe)
* EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS OBSTACLE TO 'ROADMAP' (Newsweek)
* THE SCENT OF RACISM (Haaretz)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: OPPRESSION

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once prayed for God to pardon 
his 
people, and received the reply: "I have forgiven them all but acts of 
oppression, for I shall exact recompense for he who is wronged, from 
his 
oppressor."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 818

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DANIEL PIPES, PEACEMAKER?
http://www.motherjones.com/news/update/2003/22/we_420_01.html

Daniel Pipes says the only path to Middle East peace will come through 
a 
total Israeli military victory. So why has President Bush nominated him 
to 
the board of the government's leading peace think-tank?

By Michael Scherer, Mother Jones, 5/26/03

Like many other Middle East scholars, Daniel Pipes sees a way to end 
the 
Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But unlike most of his peers, Pipes sees 
no 
room for negotiation, no hope for compromise and no use for diplomacy. 
"What war had achieved for Israel," Pipes explained at a recent Zionist 
conference in Washington DC, "diplomacy has undone."

His solution is simple: The Israeli military must force what Pipes 
describes as a "change of heart" by the Palestinians in the West Bank 
and 
Gaza -- a sapping of the Palestinian will to fight which can lead to a 
complete surrender. "How is a change of heart achieved? It is achieved 
by 
an Israeli victory and a Palestinian defeat," Pipes continued. "The 
Palestinians need to be defeated even more than Israel needs to defeat 
them."

Obviously, such extreme views put Pipes at odds with the stated 
policies of 
the Bush Administration, and even Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, 
who 
has indicated he will accept the "road map" for peace. So it took many 
by 
surprise last month when President Bush nominated Pipes to the board of 
the 
United States Institute of Peace, a Congressionally sponsored think 
tank 
dedicated to "the peaceful resolution of international conflicts."

The nomination has angered American Muslim groups and liberal Jewish 
leaders, who see Pipes as a poor choice for a peace institute. "Daniel 
Pipes is not a peacemaker," says Susannah Heschel, a professor of 
Jewish 
Studies at Dartmouth and co-chair of the liberal Jewish group Tikkun. 
"It 
would be like appointing me to be the head of nuclear physics at Los 
Alamos."

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, which calls Pipes "the 
nation's 
leading Islamaphobe," is promising an all out campaign to defeat his 
nomination, and at least one prominent senator has already expressed 
reservations. Setting the stage for a possible showdown later this 
year, 
Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass, says he has "serious concerns" about 
Pipes, 
according to Jim Manley, Kennedy's spokesman at the Health Education 
and 
Welfare Committee, which must approve the nomination. "It's just a 
question 
of whether the Republicans will want to engage in a public battle," 
Manley 
added...

"All Muslims, unfortunately, are suspect," he wrote in a recent book, 
though he added that only "10 to 15 percent" of Muslims are militant. 
If 
Muslims have jobs in the military, law enforcement or diplomacy, Pipes 
states in another column, "they need to be watched for connections to 
terrorism." He also finds Muslim immigration problematic: "All 
immigrants 
bring exotic customs and attitudes, but Muslim customs are more 
troublesome 
than most."

"These are views that are not particularly mainstream or tolerant of 
the 
other," says Judith Kipper, a Middle East fellow at the Center for 
Strategic and International Studies. "A number of people have raised a 
question of having someone on the board with extreme views because 
democracy thrives in the center…"

Pipes' personal views on the conflict can be traced back to the early 
days 
of the struggle. In 1923, Ze'ev Jabotinsky, an ideological father to 
the 
Israeli right wing, wrote that there would be no peace until the Arabs 
in 
Israel were psychologically crushed. "As long as the Arabs preserve a 
gleam 
of hope that they will succeed in getting rid of us, nothing in the 
world 
can cause them to relinquish that hope," he declared. More than a 
decade 
later, David Ben-Gurion, who would become Israel's first prime 
minister, 
echoed those sentiments. "For only after total despair on the part of 
the 
Arabs, a despair that will come not only from the failure of the 
disturbances and the attempt at rebellion, but also as a consequence of 
our 
growth as a country, may the Arabs possibly acquiesce in a Jewish state 
of 
Israel," he wrote in 1936.

Today, such views are most strongly held in Israel by right-wing 
political 
parties, and in America by Jewish supporters of the Israeli settlement 
movement and evangelical Christians, who have found common cause with 
the 
hard-line aspects of the pro-Israel lobby. Those groups were well 
represented at the Interfaith Zionist Leadership Summit, which began 
May 17 
at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington D.C. Pipes was greeted there 
as a 
celebrity, receiving standing ovations before and after his speech…

FOR BACKGROUND, SEE:

SCHOLAR CRITICIZES BUSH'S CHARACTERIZATION OF ISLAM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A18277-2003Apr22.html

WASHINGTON POST SLAMS DANIEL PIPES NOMINATION
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A53900-2003Apr18.html

DALLAS PAPER SAYS DANIEL PIPES IS 'BAD CHOICE' FOR USIP
http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/stories/041903dnediscorecard.ff05.html

MUSLIMS PROTEST BUSH NOMINEE
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A42881-2003Apr6.html

FOREIGN POLICY SCHOLARS CRITICIZE PIPES NOMINATION
http://www.forward.com/issues/2003/03.04.11/news5.html

WHO IS DANIEL PIPES?
http://www.cair-net.org/misc/people/daniel_pipes.html

THE TRUTH ABOUT DANIEL PIPES
http://www.mpac.org/home_article_display.aspx?ITEM=491

DANIEL PIPES - NOT A MAN OF PEACE
http://www.adc.org/index.php?id=1779

AAI URGES SENATE TO REJECT PIPES' APPOINTMENT
http://www.aaiusa.org/pr/release4-8-03.htm

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MUSLIMS FIND REVIVAL IN US AMID HOSTILITY
Geneive Abdo, Boston Globe, 5/26/2003
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/146/nation/Muslims_find_revival_in_US_amid_hostility+.shtml

BALTIMORE -- For Muzzaffar Sheikh, a technology consultant who was born 
in 
Pakistan, the mosque used to be a place he visited on occasion as he 
went 
about building his life as a new immigrant. But since the hostility 
toward 
Muslims began escalating nearly two years ago, the Baltimore Islamic 
Society has become a refuge for him more often.

"More people are coming to the mosques more than ever," said Sheikh, 
dressed in a traditional tunic on the grounds of the Al Rahmah mosque. 
"Even if they were progressive Muslims in their own countries and not 
so 
observant, now they are sending their kids to Islamic schools."

Islamic organizations and Muslim leaders say a revival has increased 
attendance at the 1,300 mosques and at the 300 to 400 Islamic schools 
in 
the country. This renewal is also accelerating demands for political 
power 
to defend the community's interests. There are said to be more than 2 
million Muslims in the United States, and possibly as many as 7 
million.

The number of Friday prayer services has increased to accommodate the 
influx of worshipers, plans are underway to build more Islamic schools, 
and 
some Islamic societies have secured permission for students to pray on 
Fridays in public schools. Magazines and newspapers for Muslims are 
also 
flourishing. Participation at US mosques increased greatly during the 
1990s, a 2001 survey suggests, but Islamic leaders report that an 
upturn in 
attendance has occurred since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, 
and 
the war against Iraq…

In addition to religious centers, civic organizations are emerging 
throughout the country, from urban neighborhoods to rural communities.

Part of the drive for a more defined Islamic identity stems from the 
anxiety some Muslims feel. The FBI has reported a surge in hate crimes 
against Muslims and Arab-Americans.

According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, FBI raids on 
the 
homes of suspected Islamic militants continue, as does what critics 
call 
the profiling of Muslims. The Washington, D.C., civil rights group also 
noted that the number of Muslims fired from their jobs or harassed for 
religious reasons is on the rise.

The backgrounds of the new Islamic immigrants have also played a role 
in 
the revival in America. From 1991 to 1997, the greatest number of 
Muslim 
immigrants came from the Indian subcontinent, with those from Arab 
countries ranking second, according to statistics compiled by the 
Council 
on American-Islamic Relations. In both regions, Islamic revivalism has 
been 
on the rise since the 1970s.

For many Muslims, the mosque and Islamic center, generally built as one 
complex, are not only places of worship but also centers of social 
life, as 
they are in much of the Islamic world…

At the Adams Center, a mosque and community center in Herndon, Va., 
Imam 
Mohammad Magid counseled a steady stream of worshipers one recent 
Friday in 
his second-floor office. He held up a photograph of himself standing 
next 
to Secretary of State Colin L. Powell. "You see, Muslims get mixed 
messages," Magid said. "We are told by US officials that America 
believes 
Islam is a peaceful religion. But then we realize by their actions that 
pictures like this are just photo opportunities which have little 
meaning."

Many American Muslims oppose US policies in the Middle East, from the 
wars 
in Iraq and Afghanistan to what they see as the US government's 
unconditional support for Israel.

Many American Muslims hope that through religious and social unity they 
can 
gain more political power and begin to steer US foreign policy toward 
the 
Middle East and the Islamic world…

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A VERY MIXED MARRIAGE
Evangelical Christians lining up to fight for Israel maybe an unmovable 
obstacle to Bush's 'Roadmap'  Howard Fineman and Tamara Lipper, 
Newsweek, 
6/2/03
http://www.msnbc.com/news/917023.asp?0cv=CB20

Opening another front in his war on terror, the president has launched 
an 
effort to coax Israelis and Palestinians toward peace. As Bush prepares 
for 
his trip to the G8 summit in France, there is talk he'll tack on a trip 
to 
the Middle East. But the "Roadmap" he wants to pursue there runs not 
only 
through the Byzantine byways of the Levant, but along the political 
freeways of America. If he is at all serious, Bush eventually will hit 
a 
potentially impenetrable roadblock at home: the deepening alliance 
between 
Jewish supporters of Israel and the growing ranks of Christian 
Zionists.

Simply put, the administration won't be able to lean hard on Israeli 
Prime 
Minister Ariel Sharon without being attacked by two blocs it cares very 
much about as the 2004 election approaches. Eager to capitalize on 
Bush's 
standing as a war commander and a friend of Israel's, White House 
strategists hope to double the size of Bush's Jewish vote. Still, the 
numbers there, however pivotal in places such as Florida, are small. 
Much 
more is at stake among the nation's 50 million evangelicals. Pressuring 
the 
Israelis also risks incurring the wrath-perhaps expressed in 
thundering, 
Biblical terms-of activists who claim to speak for that constituency, 
which 
the White House hopes will turn out in record numbers next year. "We 
are 
going to watch the Road-map very carefully," Jerry Falwell told 
NEWSWEEK…

In April 2002, Christian Zionists were infuriated when the president, 
in a 
Rose Garden speech after a particularly heinous suicide bombing in 
Israel, 
seemed to equate Palestinian terrorism with the Israeli Army's actions 
on 
the West Bank. Not only did he not call for the ouster of Yasir Arafat 
(a 
goal of hard-liners for years), Bush sent Secretary of State Colin 
Powell 
to the region to meet with the Palestinian. "That was more than those 
of us 
who support Israel could take," said Gary Bauer, a leading Christian 
Zionist.

A plague of e-mails and letters descended upon the White House. 
Engineered 
by Bauer, Falwell, Pat Robertson and others, several hundred thousand 
messages flooded the administration, urging it to lay off Sharon and 
jettison Arafat. In their regular conference call with the White House, 
evangelical leaders made the same case. "Well, let's just say that the 
Middle East comes up during most of these calls," says Falwell. 
Other-perhaps more powerful-voices chimed in: congressional leaders and 
neoconservatives in and out of the administration. White House Press 
Secretary Ari Fleischer soon was calling Sharon a "man of peace."

Having heard the message in April, the White House responded more fully 
in 
June 2002, when the president launched the Roadmap concept. Though the 
new 
Zionist alliance had serious questions-especially about putting the 
future 
of the West Bank and Jerusalem up for negotiation-they were thrilled 
that 
Bush told Arafat to go. Diplomatically, the move made sense. 
Politically, 
it was no accident. Indeed, NEWSWEEK has learned, political adviser 
Karl 
Rove was involved in reviewing drafts of both of Bush's major addresses 
on 
the Middle East. Senior administration officials say Rove merely 
"noodled" 
the "phrasing" of the speeches.

But in the Middle East, every noodle is important. A former senior Bush 
administration official says that proposed language favorable to the 
Palestinian cause was "walked back" after the speeches were reviewed by 
Vice President Dick Cheney, national-security adviser Condi Rice, 
Defense 
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Rove. According to the former official, 
Rice 
and her deputy, Stephen Hadley, defended the edits. In one 
conversation, 
Hadley said that the speeches needed, among other things, to be 
politically 
viable. (Through a spokeswoman, Hadley strongly denied that politics 
was 
involved.)…

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THE SCENT OF RACISM
Gideon Levy, Haaretz, 5/26/03
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=296475

Shock is the proper reaction to the remark of cabinet Minister Gideon 
Ezra, 
who explained last week that Arabs should be used as security guards in 
Israel because only they have "the sense of smell needed to smell other 
Arabs, more so than guards who are immigrants from the former Soviet 
Union."

If anyone in Europe dared to say something similar about Jews, the 
world 
would be outraged, and rightly so. Another possibility is to ignore 
what 
Ezra said: What's the relevance of a low-life utterance from a marginal 
minister whose level of speech only casts a gloomy light on the 
institution 
he came from, the Shin Bet security service, and on his current place 
at 
the cabinet table?

On second thought, though, we should be thankful to Ezra: He has 
provided 
an apt description of the reality in which we live. We do in fact 
"sniff 
out" Arabs, all of whom are suspect in our eyes solely because of their 
ethnic origins.

We are all racists. Like it or not, we live in a reality of national, 
not 
to say racist, separation. A fusion of genuine security distress, the 
appalling terrorist attacks in the cities, the moral scars we bear as a 
result of decades of occupation and the faulty education we received 
has 
created a day-to-day reality here that can only shock anyone who 
believes 
in human rights.

However, we have grown accustomed to the situation and our eyes have 
become 
dim. We have grown used to seeing citizens who are made to say 
something, 
so that security guards can judge how much danger they pose on the 
basis of 
their accent. That has become entirely natural. Racism is here, but we 
continue to imagine that we live in a highly enlightened and 
progressive 
society…

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 5/27/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: REPENTANCE
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5949 SPONSORSHIPS
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* MUSLIM STUDENT BECOMES VOICE FOR ISLAM (Post-Dispatch)
* SEEING ISLAM AS 'EVIL,' EVANGELICALS SEEK CONVERTS (NY Times)
	- Christian, Muslim, Jewish Unity Sought (News-Sentinel)
	- Hate Crime Charges in Philly Catch Attention (AP)
* PARENTAL ABDUCTION CASE DROPPED (Wash. Post)
	- An Appeal for Legal Defense Funds
* MAN JAILED FOR BEING ARAB, LAWYER SAYS (Canadian Press)
	- Harsh Handling of Muslim Traveler (Times)
* SOME DOUBT STRENGTH OF US TERRORISM CASES (Boston Globe)
	- High Court Won't Review Secret Hearings (Reuters)
	- US Plans Death Camp (Herald Sun)
	- Wis. Library Objects to Patriot Act (News Chronicle)
* UNFULFILLED PROMISES LEAVE IRAQIS BEWILDERED (Wash. Post)
	- US Looks Away as Ally Tortures Islamists (Guardian)
* MUSLIMS IN THE AMERICAN PUBLIC SQUARE SEMINAR
* DAR AL-HIJRAH ISLAMIC CENTER'S PICNIC

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HADITH OF THE DAY: REPENTANCE

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "God...stretches out His 
Hand during the night so that the people may repent for any fault 
committed 
from dawn till dusk, and He stretches out His Hand during the day so 
that 
the people may repent for faults committed from dusk to dawn."

Sahih Muslim, Hadith 1289

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STUDENT HERE BECAME VOICE FOR ISLAM IN U.S.
Phillip O'Connor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/27/03
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/News/9D206FE51B6C997A86256D330015BAC0 


Arsalan Iftikhar toiled in near-anonymity as head of a St. Louis 
Muslim-rights organization before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks thrust 
him 
into the national spotlight.

Within days, his comments condemning the acts appeared in many of the 
nation's newspapers, including The New York Times, the Chicago 
Sun-Times, 
USA Today and the Post-Dispatch.

Those initial comments started a media ride for Iftikhar that would 
lead to 
dozens of appearances on local, national and international broadcasts, 
publication of his letters, interviews and commentary in media as 
diverse 
as The Wall Street Journal and Rolling Stone magazine and inclusion of 
one 
of his essays in an award-winning book.

Iftikhar, 25, graduated earlier this month from Washington University's 
law 
school and is heading to Washington, where he will become lead lawyer 
for 
the nation's largest Muslim advocacy group...

"I felt my goal in life was to try to help my community and my home in 
America by educating my fellow Americans and fellow Muslims about 
things 
they may not understand or have a skewed vision about..."

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SEEING ISLAM AS 'EVIL' FAITH, EVANGELICALS SEEK CONVERTS
Laurie Goodstein, New York Times, 5/27/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/27/national/27ISLA.html

At the grass roots of evangelical Christianity, many are now absorbing 
the 
antipathy for Islam that emerged last year with the incendiary comments 
of 
ministers. The sharp language, from religious leaders like Franklin 
Graham, 
Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and Jerry Vines, the former president of 
the 
Southern Baptist Convention, has drawn rebukes from Muslims and 
Christian 
groups alike. Mr. Graham called Islam "a very evil and wicked religion, 
and 
Mr. Vines called Muhammad, Islam's founder and prophet, a 
"demon-possessed 
pedophile."

In evangelical churches and seminaries across the country, lectures and 
books criticizing Islam and promoting strategies for Muslim conversions 
are 
gaining currency. More than a dozen recently published critiques of 
Islam 
are now available in Christian bookstores.

Arab International Ministry, the Indianapolis group that led the crash 
course on Islam here, claims to have trained 4,500 American Christians 
to 
proselytize Muslims in the last six years, many of those since the 2001 
terrorist attacks.

The oratorical tone of these authors and lecturers varies, but they 
share 
the basic presumption that the world's two largest religions are headed 
for 
a confrontation, with Christianity representing what is good, true and 
peaceful, and Islam what is evil, false and violent...

"Evangelicals have substituted Islam for the Soviet Union," said the 
Rev. 
Richard Cizik, vice president for governmental affairs of the National 
Association of Evangelicals, which represents 43,000 congregations. 
"The 
Muslims have become the modern-day equivalent of the Evil Empire..."

Pat McEvoy, a secretary at a high school in Columbus, said she had 
known 
very little about Islam before the seminar. Her school has an influx of 
students from Somalia, and as she walked through the hallways she 
regarded 
these immigrants as "a virtual mission field."

She said she felt an obligation to save them from an eternity in Hell.

"If I had the answer for cancer, what sort of a human would I be not to 
share it?" Ms. McEvoy said…

SEE ALSO:

UNITY OF CHRISTIAN, MUSLIM, JEWISH FAITHS SOUGHT BY COMMUNITY
Ross Farrow, Lodi News-Sentinel, 5/24/03
http://www.lodinews.com/archives/index.inn?loc=detail&doc=/2003/May/24-668-01_abraham_030524.txt

The Celebration of Abraham, a movement that started a year ago among 
several religious leaders and lay people in the Lodi area to spread 
cultural respect and world peace, has spread to Stockton and other 
Northern 
California communities.

Last year's celebration was held before a packed house at the Lodi Boys 
and 
Girls Club in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 tragedy. The event 
focused on the common belief in the patriarch Abraham and his sons, 
Isaac 
and Ishmael, among the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths.

As part of the Celebration of Abraham last year, three religious 
leaders 
and three lay people signed a document called the "Declaration of 
Peace," 
which denounces violence and fosters respect among the three major 
faiths.

The Declaration of Peace was signed by one member of the clergy and one 
lay 
person from each faith -- Norm Mowery, who was pastor last year at 
First 
United Methodist Church in Lodi; Mohammad Adil Khan, imam of the Lodi 
Muslim Mosque; and Rabbi Jason Gwasdoff of Temple Israel in Stockton, 
the 
only synagogue in San Joaquin County...

"This is our country," said Mohammad Adil Khan. "We have to work 
together."

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HATE CRIME CHARGES IN SUBURBAN PHILLY CATCH ATTENTION OF GROUP
Associated Press, 5/27/03
http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/103-05262003-96476.html

LEVITTOWN, Pa. - A national Islamic civil rights group said it is 
monitoring the case against three suburban Philadelphia boys accused of 
beating and intimidating an 8-year-old because of his Middle Eastern 
heritage.

District Attorney Diane Gibbons on May 16 announced charges against a 
12-year-old and two 13-year-olds in the assault on Ahmed Hadi, a 
Bensalem 
boy who spent 1 1/2 days in the hospital after the attack. The three 
are 
charged with ethnic intimidation, simple assault, recklessly 
endangering 
another person, harassment and conspiracy.

The Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations said 
it 
was watching the case.

Witnesses said the boys taunted and beat Ahmed, called him "Saddam 
Hussein's helper," and told him to "go back to Iraq," Gibbons said.

The father of one of the boys and the mother of another said Ahmed 
instigated the fight by making racist comments against the 12-year-old, 
who 
is black. The two other boys are white.

Ahmed's family, which is Muslim, said he did not make a racial remark.

His father, Ali Hadi, is originally from Iraq. His mother, Majedah 
Hadi, is 
from Kuwait.

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PARENTAL ABDUCTION CASE DROPPED, BUT ACCUSATIONS CONTINUE TO SPIRAL
Susan Levine, Washington Post, 5/27/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A41997-2003May26.html

On the Friday that she lost custody of her children, Naheed Morrill was 
playing tourist in London. The girls were with her -- posing for 
pictures 
by Marble Arch, shopping at Selfridge's, picnicking in Hyde Park. 
England 
was just the first stop of their travels. Pakistan, to see relatives, 
would 
be their last.

Nearly 3,700 miles away that same day, Grant Morrill was sitting in a 
Fairfax County courtroom. The hearing on the docket presaged another 
round 
in the he-said-she-said acrimony of his marriage's breakdown. Two 
months 
earlier, he'd voluntarily ceded legal and physical control of his three 
daughters. But his wife, he now claimed, wasn't holding up her part of 
the 
deal.

In her absence, his concerns escalated dramatically. His attorney told 
the 
judge that he feared the worst: that Naheed Morrill had fled the 
country.

Were she to make it to Pakistan, where family could shelter her, where 
"a 
military dictator" had taken control, "his chances of getting his 
daughters 
back…are zip. It just will not happen."

The words detonated instantly. Within minutes, custody was shifted to 
Grant 
Morrill; within days, the FBI was involved. And three weeks later, 
47-year-old Naheed Saeed Morrill was arrested in London on a criminal 
warrant of international parental kidnapping. Scotland Yard found her 
and 
the girls at a friend's home...

SEE ALSO:

AN APPEAL FOR LEGAL DEFENSE FUNDS

To donate to Dr, Naheed's legal defense fund, please call the numbers 
below:

Asim Ghafoor, Esq.
Legal Defense Fund
202-298-6696, fax-202-318-4331

Dr. Naheed Morrill
6509 Chesterfield Ave.
McLean, VA 22101
703-288-3045
First Union Bank-Account Number-2000007044261, Routing Number-055003201

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MAN JAILED FOR BEING ARAB, LAWYER SAYS
CANADIAN PRESS, 5/26/03
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1052251659863

A man being held in a Toronto jail who has not been charged with or 
convicted of any offence is there solely because he is an Arab Muslim, 
the 
lawyer for alleged security threat Mahmoud Jaballah said today.

Jaballah, 40, has been held in solitary confinement for 27 months 
without 
being charged and without the right to apply for bail.

The message to Arabs living in Canada is clear, Jaballah's lawyer said 
at a 
news conference Monday.

"You don't have any constitutional rights," Rocco Galati said.

"Just like the Japanese Canadians and the Italo-Canadians didn't have 
any 
constitutional rights during the Second World War."

A federal court judge said in a written decision last week that 
Jaballah's 
prolonged detention constituted an abuse of power on the part of 
Immigration Minister Denis Coderre.

The decision also concluded that Jaballah can't be returned to his 
native 
Egypt because he faces torture and possibly death.

However, Jaballah can't apply for bail in Canada because he was 
arrested on 
a national security certificate because of information provided by the 
country's spy agency, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. In 
such a 
case, bail is unavailable until after a ruling is made that the 
certificate 
is reasonable. That ruling in Jaballah's case has been bogged down in 
procedure...

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HARSH HANDLING OF MUSLIM TRAVELLER
Tony Willoughby, 5/20/03
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/printFriendly/0,,1-44-686102,00.html

Sir, The head of IT at our law firm is a Muslim. He is a gentleman in 
every 
sense of the word. His fanaticism, if he has any, is restricted to 
cricket. 
Last Sunday he went on a business trip to California. On arrival at Los 
Angeles he was detained and interrogated on suspicion of being a 
terrorist. 
He has no criminal record and had with him all relevant documentation 
to 
explain his presence in the US.

He was held for 28 hours. For the first 12 hours he was refused access 
to a 
telephone. After 16 hours, not having been given any food, he asked if 
he 
could have some. He was given ham sandwiches and, when he explained 
that he 
could not eat pork, he was told: "You eat what you are given." He did 
not 
eat. He was eventually escorted back to the airport in handcuffs and 
deported.

Why he was detained in the first place is a mystery, but that is not my 
complaint. Part of the tragedy of the present situation is that 
innocent 
people are bound to suffer to some degree. What is inexcusable is the 
way 
he was treated while in detention.

Treating people in a manner which demonstrates a total lack of respect 
for 
them as human beings is itself a form of terror and is calculated to 
provoke terror. The US authorities would do well to bear that in mind.
	
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SOME DOUBT STRENGTH OF US TERRORISM CASES
Tatsha Robertson, Boston Globe, 5/27/03
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/147/nation/Some_doubt_strength_of_US_terrorism_cases+.shtml

BUFFALO - History was made here last week when the first federal case 
involving suspected terrorist cells detected in the United States after 
the 
Sept. 11 attacks came to a close as the last of the "Lackawanna Six" 
pleaded guilty to supporting Al Qaeda and attending a terrorist 
training 
camp in Afghanistan. And today, a jury in Detroit continues 
deliberating 
the fate of four alleged sleeper cell members in the first terrorism 
trial 
in the United States after the 2001 attacks.

While the Justice Department took different paths in prosecuting the 
two 
cases, legal specialists said they are preludes to future trials of 
alleged 
sleeper cells in the United States. Both cases have sparked criticism 
among 
legal scholars who say the charges were overblown by federal officials 
desperate to break up terror plots in the country.

"The government is staking its credibility on these cases," said David 
Moran, an assistant professor of law at Wayne State University...

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High Court Won't Review Secret Deportation Hearings
Reuters, 5/27/03
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/news/news-court-attack-immigration.html

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court rejected on Tuesday a 
challenge to the federal government's policy of holding secret 
immigration 
hearings of people detained after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The justices declined to review a U.S. appeals court ruling that news 
media 
and public access to the deportation proceedings could endanger 
national 
security.

Without any comment, the high court refused to hear an appeal by New 
Jersey 
newspapers arguing the government may not keep the proceedings secret 
without a specific, case-by-case showing that closing the hearing would 
be 
necessary.

The secret hearings, which have been widely criticized by civil 
liberties 
groups, were among the tactics the Bush administration adopted after 
the 
hijacked plane attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

A directive 10 days after the attacks ordered immigration judges to 
close 
hearings for detainees whose cases the U.S. Justice Department deemed 
were 
of ``special interest'' to the government's terrorism investigation.

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US PLAN DEATH CAMP
Herald Sun, 5/26/03
http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,6491674%255E663,00.html

The US has floated plans to turn Guantanamo Bay into a death camp, with 
its 
own death row and execution chamber.

Prisoners would be tried, convicted and executed without leaving its 
boundaries, without a jury and without right of appeal, The Mail on 
Sunday 
newspaper reported yesterday.

The plans were revealed by Major-General Geoffrey Miller, who is in 
charge 
of 680 suspects from 43 countries, including two Australians.

The suspects have been held at Camp Delta on Cuba without charge for 18 
months.
General Miller said building a death row was one plan. Another was to 
have 
a permanent jail, with possibly an execution chamber.

The Mail on Sunday reported the move is seen as logical by the US, 
which 
has been attacked worldwide for breaching the Geneva Convention on 
prisoners of war since it established the camp at a naval base to hold 
alleged terrorists from Afghanistan.

But it has horrified human rights groups and lawyers representing 
detainees....

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LOCAL LIBRARY OBJECTS TO USA PATRIOT ACT
Carl Mickelson, News-Chronicle, 5/27/03
http://www.gogreenbay.com/page.html?article=120184

WASHINGTON ISLAND - On May 20, the Door County Library Board fired a 
warning shot at the USA PATRIOT Act. While they didn't score a direct 
hit - 
after all, the USA PATRIOT Act is federal law - they did send a message 
to 
state and Congressional leaders that the act treads much too heavily on 
individual privacy rights.

After less than 30 minutes of discussion, the board voted unanimously 
to 
have the library's director, Becca Berger, send letters to 
Congressional 
legislators asking that libraries and private bookstores be exempt from 
Section 215 of the act.

Section 215 allows federal agents to check what library patrons are 
reading, who they're sending e-mails to, and what Web sites are being 
visited using public computers. The PATRIOT Act itself greatly expanded 
the 
Federal Bureau of Investigation's surveillance and investigative powers 
in 
the name of protecting the United States against international 
terrorism.

Critics contend the most egregious aspect of the act is that probable 
cause, the traditional standard for retaining a warrant to conduct a 
search, is essentially thrown out the window. In addition, library 
staff 
are forbidden from informing patrons that they're the subject of an 
investigation...

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UNFULFILLED PROMISES LEAVE IRAQIS BEWILDERED
Anthony Shadid, Washington Post, 5/27/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A41990-2003May26.html

BAGHDAD, May 26 -- Sitting in a battered Toyota Corona, Fadhil Murah 
wiped 
his sweaty forehead with a soiled red rag. Behind him snaked a line of 
cars 
a half-mile up Jadriya Bridge, waiting to fill up with gas. Ahead of 
him 
was another hour he would spend waiting his turn. On a day of withering 
heat, his words punctuated by a cacophony of car horns, he spoke glumly 
of 
his life and his city.

He had closed his construction supply store, wary of thieves. He had 
sold 
everything in his house -- from his bed to the refrigerator -- to 
support 
his wife and four children. He has little hope of returning soon to his 
former job at the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, part 
of a 
government that exists in name only. For food, he relies on the $5 or 
so he 
makes a day tooling Baghdad's streets as a gypsy cab driver.

"Ala al-balata," he said, Egyptian slang that means on the floor tiles, 
as 
broke as you can be.

"America could solve all the problems, serve all the people in days. It 
knows what the country needs. It doesn't need the opposition parties 
from 
abroad. It needs comfort," he said, his blue shirt soaked with sweat. 
"They 
came and said, I'll give you freedom and democracy.' So what? People 
should 
have food first, then democracy..."

 From the gas lines that frustrate Murah, to frequent power outages 
that 
leave many residents with only a few hours a day of electricity, from a 
chilling crime wave to newly opened stores bursting with expensive 
appliances, Baghdad is a city of great expectations and even greater 
disappointments. The seeming invincibility of the U.S. conquest has 
magnified the failures of the weeks that followed the war.

People are confused that U.S. military forces, assumed to be 
all-powerful, 
have delivered little. They are unsettled by the lawlessness that has 
encouraged religious forces to step into the breach and vigilantes to 
dole 
out their own brand of justice. They are bitter at the promises -- yet 
unfulfilled -- of a better life that would follow the war. To many of 
its 
residents, Baghdad is a capital both liberated and occupied, but most 
of 
all just bewildered...

SEE ALSO:

US LOOKS AWAY AS NEW ALLY TORTURES ISLAMISTS
Nick Paton Walsh, Guardian, 5/26/03
http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,963497,00.html

Abdulkhalil was arrested in the fields of Uzbekistan's Ferghana valley 
in 
August last year. The 28-year-old farmer was sentenced to 16 years in 
prison for "trying to overthrow the constitutional structures."
Last week his father saw him for the first time since that day on a 
stretcher in a prison hospital. His head was battered and his tongue 
was so 
swollen that he could only say that he had "been kept in water for a 
long 
time".

Abdulkhalil was a victim of Uzbekistan's security service, the SNB. His 
detention and torture were part of a crackdown on Hizb-ut-Tahrir (Party 
of 
Liberation), an Islamist group.

Independent human rights groups estimate that there are more than 600 
politically motivated arrests a year in Uzbekistan, and 6,500 political 
prisoners, some tortured to death. According to a forensic report 
commissioned by the British embassy, in August two prisoners were even 
boiled to death.

The US condemned this repression for many years. But since September 11 
rewrote America's strategic interests in central Asia, the government 
of 
President Islam Karimov has become Washington's new best friend in the 
region.

The US is funding those it once condemned. Last year Washington gave 
Uzbekistan $500m (£300m) in aid. The police and intelligence services - 
which the state department's website says use "torture as a routine 
investigation technique" received $79m of this sum...

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MUSLIMS IN THE AMERICAN PUBLIC SQUARE

WHAT: Islam has been portrayed in the most negative manner by the 
mainstream western media. Keeping such myopia and stereotyping in 
perspective, the Speaker of the Month organized by Islamic Circle of 
North 
America Houston Chapter for the month of June 2003 brings Dr. Sulayman 
Nyang to Houston. Dr. Nyang is a famous Muslim scholar and avid 
speaker. 
The theme of the program is: "Muslims in the American Public Square."

WHERE: Islam Dawah Center Houston downtown, located at Travis and 
Franklin.

WHEN: June 07, 2003 at 7:00PM.

CONTACT: For further information, please contact ICNA Houston Center at 
3330 Hillcroft, Suite "M," Houston Texas 77057 Phones: 713-789-3330, 
832-275-0786.

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DAR AL-HIJRAH ISLAMIC CENTER'S PICNIC

WHAT: Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center's picnic will be a cook-out for the 
whole family. Food, fruits, corn, chicken, rice, and salad will be 
available. Hot dogs for the kids. Face painting for kids and henna 
painting 
for adults.

WHERE: Mason District Park, 6621 Columbia Pike in Annandale

WHEN: Sunday, June 1, 2003 from 2-8 p.m.

CONTACT: Organized by Dar Al-Hijrah Social Services Group
For more info: (703) 531-2912

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Date: Wed, 28 May 2003 12:05:13 -0400
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Subject: CAIR-NET: Community Service is Subject of New Muslim Ad

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COMMUNITY SERVICE IS SUBJECT OF NEW MUSLIM AD
CAIR ad says serving others is one way to serve God

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/28/03) - The importance of community service is 
the 
focus in the sixth installment of a national advertising campaign 
designed 
to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the rising tide 
of 
Islamophobic rhetoric in the United States. SEE: 
www.americanmuslims.info

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a prominent national 
Islamic civil rights and advocacy group, launched the year-long "Islam 
in 
America" campaign February 16 with an ad on the New York Times 
editorial 
page. (CAIR's campaign was put on hold during the war in Iraq.) The 
first 
five ads featured examples of family values and ethnic diversity in the 
American Muslim community, a Muslim Girl Scout troop in California, a 
Muslim woman explaining why modest Islamic attire is both liberating 
and 
empowering, and a condemnation of terrorism in the name of any 
religion.

"There has been a very positive response to our campaign in the Muslim 
community and with people of other faiths who view the ads and the 
message 
of tolerance and diversity they convey," said CAIR Board Chairman Omar 
Ahmad. Ahmad said the ads have been used in a variety of creative ways, 
including as handouts in classrooms and as posters in employee break 
rooms.

The text of the latest CAIR ad reads:

"MY NAME IS DR. J. AISHA SIMON. I attended the Medical College of 
Virginia, 
completed my residency at Georgetown University and I'll be attending 
Harvard University to earn a master's degree in public health. I'm a 
family 
physician, a wife and a mother. I'm also involved in international 
relief 
work, traveling to places like Bosnia and Africa, and coordinating 
medical 
volunteers to serve in Guatemala. I was previously a regional 
coordinator 
for an anti-tobacco education campaign for elementary school children 
and 
I've served as an advocate for domestic violence survivors.

"I'm an American Muslim woman and I believe in the importance of 
charity 
and service to my community.

"The values I learned from my family and my religion while growing up 
in 
America have led me to a life of service. Islam calls upon us to strive 
with one another in hastening to good deeds, and to care for the less 
fortunate as we care for ourselves. The Prophet Muhammad taught us that 
when we serve our brother or sister, we are serving God."

The weekly CAIR ads, each explaining one aspect of Islam, are being 
distributed to Muslim communities around America for placement in local 
newspapers. All the advertisements are available at: 
http://www.americanmuslims.info/archive.asp

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in 
Washington, D.C., and has 16 regional offices nationwide and in Canada.

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Date: Wed, 28 May 2003 15:22:31 -0400
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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 5/28/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: THE PROPHET'S ORDERS
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5949 SPONSORSHIPS
* MUSLIM GROUP PUBLISHES CONGRESSIONAL GUIDE
* CANADA CONTRAVENES RULE OF LAW (Montreal Gazette)
* CAL THOMAS SPOUTS PROPAGANDA (Advocate)
	- Judeo-Christian-Islamic? (Dallas News)
* PROM OFFERS PARENTS A CULTURE CLASS (Mercury News)
* UZBEKISTAN'S HUMAN RIGHTS "DIRE" - AMNESTY (Reuters)
* ISLAMIC COUNTRIES REJECT TERRORISM TAG (Reuters)
* ON TO TEHRAN? (Antiwar.com)
	- Iran Could be Next Trans-Atlantic Clash (Reuters)
	- Sights Set on Toppling Iran Regime (Forward)
* U.S. TROOPS SEIZE PALESTINIAN DIPLOMAT (Reuters)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: THE PROPHET'S ORDERS

Abu Sufyan narrated that (the Byzantine emperor) sent for him and 
asked: 
"What did (the Prophet Muhammad) order you (to do)?" Abu Sufyan 
replied, 
"He orders us to offer prayers, to give charity, to be chaste, and to 
keep 
good relations with our relatives."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Hadith 10

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5949 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's Library Project has received 5949 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Our 
goal is to send accurate and objective information about Islam to 
America's 
16,000 public libraries.

If you haven't sponsored your local library, please do so. Let's try to 
make it 6000 by the end of this week!

GO TO: www.libraryproject.org

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MUSLIM GROUP PUBLISHED CONGRESSIONAL GUIDE
Guide to assist political empowerment of Islamic community

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/28/03) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR) today announced the publication of a congressional resource 
guide 
designed to promote political empowerment in the American Muslim 
community.

CAIR's guide contains a wealth of information about the legislative, 
executive and judicial branches of government, including contact 
details 
for individual legislators and administration officials. The handbook 
also 
includes guidelines for communicating with members of congress, dealing 
with anti-Muslim discrimination and registering to vote.

"We believe this congressional guide will serve as an essential tool 
for 
those in the Muslim community seeking to play a more positive and 
effective 
role in our nation's political process," said CAIR Executive Director 
Nihad 
Awad.

The guide is available for $12 (+S/H) at:
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/congresshandbook.asp
E-mail: publications@cair-net.org

CAIR is America's largest Islamic civil liberties group. It is 
headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 16 regional offices 
nationwide 
and in Canada. Since its founding in 1994, CAIR has defended the civil 
and 
religious rights of all Americans.

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CSIS WARRANTS CONTRAVENE RULE OF LAW: NO DUE PROCESS
Riad Saloojee, Montreal Gazette, 5/28/03
http://www.canada.com/search/story.aspx?id=cd85957c-29ed-450e-8ad7-706988614ac6
Riad Saloojee is executive director of the CAIR-CAN Council on 
American-Islamic Relations.

Given the current state of our law, it will be impossible to know 
whether 
Montreal resident Adil Charkaoui, who has been recently accused of 
being a 
member of an Al-Qa'ida sleeper cell, is innocent or guilty.

Charkaoui, detained on a national-security certificate, maintains his 
innocence. He claims he has been put behind bars because he refused 
requests by CSIS to spy on other Muslims. For its part, CSIS alleges 
Charkaoui has ties to Algerian-born Ahmed Ressam, who became the 
country's 
most notorious terrorism connection after his arrest in December, 1999.

What now? A Federal Court judge will review the supporting documents 
and 
decide whether or not the certificate is reasonable. If it is, 
Charkaoui 
will be deported.

This case has made headlines and with good reason. All Canadians should 
be 
concerned about terrorists in our midst. There is, as well, another 
reason 
why Canadians ought to be concerned with the Charkaoui case and with 
many 
other similar cases before the courts: the rule of law.

Security-certificate cases are anything but transparent. Certificates 
are 
frequently issued by the immigration minister or the solicitor-general 
through a murky process with no parliamentary oversight. Individuals 
are 
sometimes branded as terrorists on the basis of dubious evidence 
obtained 
from sources - a litany of non-democratic countries, for example - that 
are, at best, problematic...

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THOMAS SPOUTS PROPAGANDA
Edward Ott, Advocate, 5/28/03
http://www.2theadvocate.com/

Cal Thomas' syndicated column in the May 20 Advocate was a propaganda 
piece 
worthy of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. Now Thomas sees a massive 
conspiracy by everyday Muslims who dare to register to vote.

He might as well have said that Muslims are preparing landing sites for 
an 
alien invasion; it would have made as much sense.

The fact that Muslims are registering to vote shows that Muslims are no 
longer standing on the sidelines of American society but joining 
American 
society; this can only be a good thing...

But if you want to get a handle on what Cal Thomas has in mind for 
American 
Muslims, go read the Nazi Nuremberger laws on citizenship and race 
passed 
by the Nazis in 1935. Go read about Krystallnacht...

Mr. Thomas' sole source for his piece is Daniel Pipes, a discredited 
professional hatemonger. Mr. Pipes has been caught several times making 
up 
statistics and facts.

Indeed, it seems to be among Mr. Pipes's primary goals to avoid actual 
factual discussion of issues with his debate partners at any cost, 
especially if they are articulate, politically minded Arab Americans 
and 
American Muslims...

The real agenda here is to block and destroy the entry of Muslim 
political 
groups into American civil society...

SEE ALSO:

JUDEO-CHRISTIAN-ISLAMIC?
Dallas Morning News, 5/27/03
http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/stories/052703dnedimuslim.19366.html

Judeo-Christian. We have become so used to the phrase that the words 
practically fuse together. But national Muslim groups are pushing for a 
change to "Judeo-Christian-Islamic" or "Abrahamic" to stress the common 
roots of the three faiths, as well as the growing Muslim population in 
this 
country.

To many Americans, the shift in language, and psychology, may seem 
unlikely. But a few generations ago, referring to our cultural heritage 
as 
"Judeo-Christian" rather than just "Christian" would have been viewed 
as 
sacrilege in many quarters.

The new terminology - favored by the American Muslim Alliance, the 
Council 
on American-Islamic Relations, the Muslim American Society and the 
American 
Muslim Council - never may catch on, but the underlying psychology 
inevitably will. Ecumenical groups across the nation are discovering 
that 
Islam, with its strong emphasis on charity, is a natural fit with other 
religious groups that are seeking common ground and understanding...

The attacks awakened Americans to the fact that there is a very large 
and 
growing religion in their midst. The Muslim population of the United 
States 
is estimated as high as 7 million, already surpassing the number of 
Jews as 
well as some mainline Protestant denominations. And the great bulk of 
them 
are upstanding citizens. More and more Americans of all faiths are 
coming 
to that realization through their daily interactions with Muslims. At 
some 
point, Muslims will shed their outsider status, just as Jews and 
Catholics 
did before them...

It is too soon to know whether Americans will grow accustomed to saying 
"Judeo-Christian-Islamic" or "Abrahamic." But we might. After all, many 
people once doubted that we ever would get used to calling Cassius Clay 
"Muhammad Ali" or Lew Alcindor "Kareem Abdul-Jabbar."

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PROM OFFERS PARENTS A CULTURE CLASS
Michelle Guido, San Jose Mercury News, 5/28/03
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/living/5958658.htm

Fatima Haque is smart, popular and the student body president at San 
Jose 
High Academy -- but she may skip her senior prom.

For her, it wouldn't be much fun.

As a practicing Muslim, Fatima is forbidden to date or dance in mixed 
company. Her predicament is increasingly common in the Bay Area, where 
immigrants and children of immigrants can find the prom season 
particularly 
vexing because of the added stress to respect cultural or religious 
values.

The prom is supposed to be one of the fondest high school memories, 
where 
seniors share one last magical goodbye. But issues of dating, staying 
out 
late and shelling out hundreds of dollars for dresses, tuxedos and 
limousines can be uncharted waters for many families unaccustomed to 
the 
tradition of the prom.

"It's a difficult balance for her because she must weigh our beliefs 
and 
religion against this American rite of passage," said Fatima's father, 
Faisal Haque, a design engineer for Cisco Systems and a native of 
Pakistan. 
"The concept of dating is not something that is part of Islam, but we 
understand there's a difference between attending a prom and going with 
a 
date."

Fatima's parents have left the decision up to her...

"A lot of people at school want me to go, but I went to homecoming, and 
it 
felt really weird," said Fatima, 18, a student in the school's 
International Baccalaureate Program. She plans to attend UC Berkeley in 
the 
fall...

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UZBEKISTAN'S HUMAN RIGHTS "DIRE" - AMNESTY
Reuters, 5/28/03
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L28211632.htm

Amnesty International on Wednesday reported torture and serious rights 
abuses across ex-Soviet Central Asia and said the human rights 
situation in 
Uzbekistan, a key U.S. ally in the "war on terror," was dire.

Uzbekistan and the other four former Soviet states in the region -- 
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan -- were quick to 
offer 
assistance to the United States after the September 11, 2001 attacks on 
U.S. cities.

Washington accepted speedily, basing thousands of troops in Uzbekistan 
and 
Kyrgyzstan for operations in nearby Afghanistan, and has greatly 
increased 
its contacts with the region, formerly seen as exclusively in Russia's 
sphere of influence.

But despite heavy U.S. emphasis on rights and democracy and the fact 
that a 
string of top level visitors last year stressed rights at length to the 
region's leaders, Amnesty catalogued repeated abuses.

"The human rights situation remained dire," it said of Uzbekistan. 
"Several 
thousand political prisoners remained in jail...Unfair trials, torture 
and 
ill-treatment were routinely associated with these cases."

Amnesty says the "war on terror" was used specifically by Uzbekistan, 
which 
has been ruled by President Islam Karimov since before independence in 
1991, to clamp down on religious and political dissent...

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ISLAMIC COUNTRIES REJECT TERRORISM TAG
Reuters, 5/28/03
http://reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=2834998

TEHRAN, - Islamic countries said on Wednesday their religion had been 
unfairly associated with terrorism and warned military action only bred 
more followers of groups like al Qaeda. Addressing a meeting of foreign 
ministers from the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Iran's 
Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi blamed "media campaigns" for creating a 
false impression of Islam.

"Ascribing the fanatic and perverted beliefs of the Taliban and al 
Qaeda 
terrorist organisation to Islam...is a deceitful tactic and a 
conspiracy to 
contain the spread of Islamism and Islamic tendencies in the world," he 
said. Iran has recently come under fire from U.S. officials who have 
accused the Islamic Republic of not doing enough to root senior al 
Qaeda 
members out of its territory.

U.S. intelligence reports suggest top al Qaeda operatives in Iran 
played a 
role in the May 12 suicide bombings in Saudi Arabia which killed 34 
people, 
including eight Americans.

Iran denies harbouring al Qaeda and says it is currently interrogating 
a 
handful of suspects although it has not yet determined their rank in 
bin 
Laden's network.

Amr Moussa, head of the Arab League, told the conference terrorism was 
no 
friend of Islam.

"Terrorism is an enemy for all of us, an enemy for our societies, an 
enemy 
for our religion and an enemy for our culture," he said...

Conference delegates were also discussing post-war Iraq with Kharrazi 
calling for the United Nations to play a pivotal role in the election 
of a 
broad-based representative government, "in order to put an end as 
quickly 
as possible to the occupation of the country by foreign forces."

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ON TO TEHRAN?
Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com, 5/28/03
http://www.antiwar.com/justin/justincol.html

Okay, let's play "Name That Nation": Al Qaeda is supposedly hiding 
there, 
the country's rulers are fast developing "weapons of mass destruction," 
and 
the population, we are told, longs for "liberation."

No, it's not Iraq before the recent war, but Iran before the next war. 
How 
long before is an open question...

All the stories they told us about Iraq are now being repeated, 
shamelessly, in an Iranian context, the only difference being that, 
this 
time around, no one is even bothering to verify or treat them as 
anything 
other than a pretext for "Operation Iranian 'Freedom.'" Osama bin 
Laden's 
son, and two other top Al Qaeda chieftains responsible for the recent 
Riyadh bombing are said to have found refuge in northern Iran, near the 
border with Afghanistan, "according to intelligence sources." What 
sources, 
from which agency - or which country? It isn't quite clear. What is 
clear 
is that we are now entering phase two of the neoconservative plan to 
effect 
regional "regime change" and refurbish the Middle East with rulers more 
to 
America's and Israel's liking. Get on board the War Train. Next stop - 
Tehran. Toot! Toot!

This war, too, is going to be a "cakewalk": the Iranian people are just 
waiting for us to intervene, and they will rise up and overthrow the 
mullahs - just like the Iraqis didn't rise up and overthrow Saddam. And 
the 
parallels don't end there...

The idea that we are going to establish "democracy" in Iran by 
overthrowing 
the region's largest functioning democracy -Tehran is presided over by 
an 
elected President, albeit one whose power is circumscribed by the 
unelected 
theocracy - is typical of the absurdities now being promulgated by the 
neocons. Their preferred candidate to succeed President Mohammed 
Khatami: 
the son of the late Shah Reza Pahlavi. Replacing a 
democratically-elected 
President with a King installed by U.S. force of arms - that's the 
neocons' 
idea of "democracy."

SEE ALSO:

IRAN COULD BE NEXT TRANS-ATLANTIC POLICY CLASH
Paul Taylor, Reuters, 5/28/03

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Reuters) - If you thought the U.S.-European clash 
over 
the Iraq crisis was bad, wait for the coming trans-Atlantic collision 
over 
Iran.

European Union officials say they are bracing for the next tug-of-war 
in 
strained ties with Washington over whether to isolate or engage with 
the 
Islamic republic.

"This is going to be an important test," said Greek Foreign Minister 
George 
Papandreou, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency. "It will 
bring 
out the dilemmas we've had recently on Iraq."

The United States has no official ties with Iran and has branded it 
part of 
an "axis of evil," accused of developing nuclear weapons, aiding 
terrorism 
and violating human rights.

Tuesday, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld stepped up charges that Iran 
was 
harboring wanted leaders of the Islamic militant network al Qaeda. 
Insiders 
say he is pressing for a U.S. policy shift to support "regime change" 
in 
Tehran.

The EU, on the other hand, is negotiating a trade and cooperation 
agreement 
with Iran under a policy dubbed "conditional dialogue," which is meant 
to 
link improved ties with parallel progress on political issues…

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NEW FRONT SETS SIGHTS ON TOPPLING IRAN REGIME
Marc Perelman, Forward, 5/28/03
http://www.forward.com/issues/2003/03.05.16/news2.html

A budding coalition of conservative hawks, Jewish organizations and 
Iranian 
monarchists is pressing the White House to step up American efforts to 
bring about regime change in Iran.

For now, President Bush's official stance is to encourage the Iranian 
people to push the mullah regime aside themselves, but observers 
believe 
that the policy is not yet firm, and that has created an opportunity 
for 
activists. Neoconservatives advocating regime change in Tehran through 
diplomatic pressure - and even covert action - appear to be winning the 
debate within the administration, several knowledgeable observers said.

"There is a pact emerging between hawks in the administration, Jewish 
groups and Iranian supporters of Reza Pahlavi [the exiled son of the 
former 
shah of Iran] to push for regime change," said Pooya Dayanim, president 
of 
the Iranian-Jewish Public Affairs Committee in Los Angeles and a hawk 
on Iran.

The emerging coalition is reminiscent of the buildup to the invasion of 
Iraq, with Pahlavi possibly assuming the role of Iraqi exile opposition 
leader Ahmed Chalabi, a favorite of neoconservatives. Like Chalabi, 
Pahlavi 
has good relations with several Jewish groups. He has addressed the 
board 
of the hawkish Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs and gave 
a 
public speech at the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance in 
Los 
Angeles, and met with Jewish communal leaders...

In another parallel to the pre-invasion debate over Iraq, an intense 
policy 
battle is heating up between the State and Defense departments over 
what to 
do in Iran.

"The president, the vice president and, even more so, the Pentagon 
support 
regime change," said a source who follows the internal debate closely. 
"But 
State does not want to meddle in Iran, so you have a big fight right 
now 
within the administration..."

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U.S. TROOPS SEIZE PALESTINIAN DIPLOMAT IN BAGHDAD
Alistair Lyon, Reuters, 5/28/03

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. troops detained a Palestinian diplomat in 
Baghdad 
Wednesday in a move sure to anger Arab opinion…

Soldiers handcuffed charge d'affaires Najah Abdul Rahman and four other 
men 
outside what ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's government 
recognized 
as the Palestine embassy.

The troops said the men had illegal weapons, but it was not clear what 
had 
prompted them to disarm a Palestinian diplomat in a city awash with 
arms 
seven weeks after Saddam's overthrow.

As a military truck took him away, Abdul Rahman denied he had been 
carrying 
a gun. "They searched the embassy...They are targeting the embassy," he 
told reporters.

A Palestinian source in Baghdad said later that nine other 
Palestinians, 
including the three guards at the mission, had also been detained. He 
said 
the U.S. troops put barbed wire around the building and locked the main 
gate.

No immediate comment was available from U.S. or Palestinian officials 
on 
Abdul Rahman's detention, which occurred as Washington is trying to get 
Israel and the Palestinians to implement a so-called "road map" to 
Middle 
East peace.

Many foreign institutions and rich Iraqis have hired armed guards since 
law 
and order collapsed after Saddam's fall. U.S. officials trying to 
restore 
security have set a June 14 deadline for Iraqis to surrender automatic 
and 
heavy guns…

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 5/29/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: ABSTINENCE
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5949 SPONSORSHIPS
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* MUSLIMS ALLEGE CUSTOMS INTRUSIONS (Mercury News)
	- An Exodus Grows in Brooklyn (Wash. Post)
	- Immigration Cases Stay Open in Michigan (Free Press)
* TMS PUTS EDITORS' ADVISORY ON COLUMN (E&P.com)
* MEIJER WANTS FATHER, SON TO HALT LEAFLETS (Free Press)
* IRAQI WEAPONS ONLY ONE REASON FOR WAR-WOLFOWITZ (Reuters)
	- Easing into Islamic Democracy (CSM)
	- Islamic Justice Taking Hold in Baghdad (Wash. Post)
* DEALING WITH ISLAM (Legal Times)
* MILPATAN HOPES BOOK WILL INCREASE UNDERSTANDING (Post)
* PLANNING FOR OUR FUTURE AS AMERICANS (SF Bay View)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: ABSTINENCE

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Abstinence regarding 
worldly things does not mean treating as unlawful what is lawful or 
wasting 
property, but (it) means that you do not place more reliance on what 
you 
possess than you do on what God possesses..."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1404

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5949 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's Library Project has received 5949 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Our 
goal is to send accurate and objective information about Islam to 
America's 
16,000 public libraries.

GO TO: www.libraryproject.org

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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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MUSLIMS ALLEGE CUSTOMS INTRUSIONS
Matthai Chakko Kuruvila, San Jose Mercury News, 5/29/03
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/5966903.htm

With the official start of the travel season, Bay Area Muslims gathered 
Wednesday to call attention to an interrogation practice at airports 
they 
say intrudes on their private and professional lives.

Anecdotal evidence compiled by a local anti-discrimination group 
suggests 
that customs officials are increasingly asking Muslim travelers about 
their 
faith as they return to the United States.

Unlike the overall heightened scrutiny of many Muslim and Arab 
immigrants 
after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, however, many of those who 
are 
questioned at local airports include U.S. citizens, according to the 
San 
Francisco chapter of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

San Francisco resident Tarek Elaydi said he was asked about his faith 
last 
month when he returned from a trip to Ecuador.

Customs officials, he said, asked him whether he was Sunni or Shiite, 
the 
two major sects of the Islamic faith. Elaydi, an American citizen, was 
also 
asked whether he was a Wahhabi, a follower of the strict Sunni faith 
practiced by many in Saudi Arabia.

"They treated me like the enemy with absolutely no understanding of who 
I 
am," said Elaydi, 35, who works as a software manager in Foster City. 
"They 
assumed I was a threat because of my name."

While customs officials have a legal obligation to ask other types of 
questions, asking about faith violates constitutional protections, said 
Linda Sherif, legal director for the San Francisco chapter of the 
anti-discrimination committee.

"It reduces people's freedom to practice their religion if they think 
the 
government is monitoring their practices," she said.

SEE ALSO:

AN EXODUS GROWS IN BROOKLYN
Michael Powell, Washington Post, 5/29/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A51283-2003May28.html

NEW YORK -- The FBI grabbed the cook at Lazzat Pakistani Pizzeria as he 
spun dough. The plump newsstand man from Lahore rode the D-train to 
register with the Immigration and Naturalization Service -- and never 
came 
back. The owner of Kashmir Travel pulled down his metal gate one night 
and 
vanished. His darkened store sits there, paperwork, copiers and 
gumballs in 
place...

Once the mosque on Coney Island Avenue was so crowded on Friday 
afternoons 
that white-capped Pakistani taxi drivers and computer analysts placed 
their 
prayer rugs on the sidewalk. Once the restaurants were so crowded that 
scents of saffron and rose water and vindaloo wafted across the broad 
avenue all night. Now Little Pakistan in Brooklyn is a neighborhood 
being 
pulled up at its roots.

Of the 120,000 or so Pakistanis who lived near here, 15,000, maybe 
more, 
have left for Canada, Europe or Pakistan, according to Pakistani 
government 
estimates. The departures began after Sept. 11, 2001, when federal 
agents 
began stopping and detaining hundreds of Pakistanis. The exodus 
accelerated 
five months ago when the Department of Homeland Security required that 
every male Pakistani visa holder age 16 or older register with the 
Bureau 
of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Pakistanis make up the largest immigrant group of the 25 nations, 
almost 
all of them predominantly Muslim, named in the registration 
requirements. 
The immigration bureau acknowledges that more than 83,000 males have 
registered and that 2,747 are currently detained, but refuses to 
specify 
the number of Pakistanis. Although Pakistan is a U.S. ally, key al 
Qaeda 
leaders have been arrested there and federal investigators have turned 
their attention to the community here -- with disquieting results...

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IMMIGRATION CASES STAY OPEN IN STATE
Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 5/29/03
http://www.freep.com/news/mich/secret29_20030529.htm

The U.S. government still has the power to close immigration hearings 
in 
most of the nation after a Supreme Court decision this week. But in 
Michigan and three other states, it does not. At least for now.

The contradictory standards stem from a decision Tuesday by the U.S. 
Supreme Court. It opted not to review a New Jersey case that allowed 
secret 
deportation hearings.

The Supreme Court's decision, hailed by U.S. Attorney General John 
Ashcroft, means that in 46 states, the Department of Justice can close 
immigration hearings to the public and media in cases it claims are 
important to national security, according to media and civil rights 
attorneys.

It also means that an earlier ruling by the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of 
Appeals that bars the government from closing immigration hearings will 
most likely not be appealed. The 6th Circuit covers Michigan, Ohio, 
Kentucky and Tennessee...

Shortly after the terrorist attacks, Chief U.S. Immigration Judge 
Michael 
Creppy -- at the behest of Ashcroft -- ordered all immigration judges 
nationwide to close immigration hearings resulting from the federal 
terrorism probe.

As a result, hundreds of deportation hearings deemed to be of "special 
interest" were held in secret, including the case of Rabih Haddad, a 
Muslim 
leader from Ann Arbor accused of supporting terrorism. Before Sept. 11, 
the 
Department of Justice didn't have the power to close hearings.

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TMS PUTS EDITORS' ADVISORY ON COLUMN
Cal Thomas Piece Discussed Muslim 'Threat' in U.S.
Editor&Publisher.com, 5/29/03
http://www.mediainfo.com/editorandpublisher/features_columns/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1897614

Tribune Media Services (TMS) placed an editors' advisory on a Cal 
Thomas 
column before sending it to his 550-plus newspaper clients.

In the May 19 piece -- "The Threat Among Us" -- Thomas wrote: "Suppose 
our 
enemies have invaded the United States through immigration for the 
express 
purpose of organizing themselves politically? Suppose they present 
themselves as benign and seek to register voters, becoming politically 
active in order to elect their people to office and change U.S. policy 
in 
the Middle East? What if their intentions are the eventual destruction 
of 
this nation through its democratic processes and the imposition of a 
theocratic state? Would that be enough to get our attention? In at 
least 16 
states, Muslim groups, by their own admission, are organizing 
voter-registration drives and political consciousness-raising events 
for 
this express purpose."

Later in the column, Thomas added: "When Muslims gain political power, 
the 
historical and contemporary record is not encouraging for people who 
hold 
democratic values and are of the 'Judeo-Christian' persuasion."

The TMS advisory on top of the piece read: "Please be aware that the 
following Cal Thomas column contains material that some readers may 
find 
sensitive."

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) certainly was 
sensitive to 
the column. Ibrahim Hooper, the organization's communications director, 
stated that the piece "would have been more at home in the Nazi-era 
publication Der Sturmer than in a respectable American newspaper." He 
added 
that Thomas "decried the fact that Muslims 'are organizing 
voter-registration drives and political consciousness-raising events,' 
as 
if these otherwise praiseworthy efforts are made nefarious solely by 
Islamic involvement." And Hooper concluded: "The United States is a 
multi-religious, multi-ethnic society. That is the American heritage 
Thomas 
seems determined to reject."

Thomas said response to the column "has been very positive" so far. He 
e-mailed E&P Online one letter in which a reader told him that the 
piece 
"is the most profound and most badly needed warning I have ever heard 
you 
sound. As you so aptly noted, Americans prefer the short-term comfort 
of 
denial." Thomas added that he does expect to get many critical e-mails 
from 
readers who are encouraged by CAIR to write him.

A number of readers have complained about the column in letters to the 
editor. One person wrote in The Times-Picayune of New Orleans: "Muslims 
are 
not our enemies. Terrorist groups that promote violence and hatred, 
some of 
which claim to operate under the banner of Islam, are our enemies. But 
they 
comprise a tiny percentage of Muslims worldwide…"

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MEIJER WANTS FATHER, SON TO HALT LEAFLETS
Marisa Schultz, Detroit News, 5/29/03
http://www.detnews.com/2003/metro/0305/28/c02-176739.htm

A federal judge was expected to rule today whether a father and son 
from 
Fraser will have to stop handing out leaflets around Metro Detroit 
charging 
that Meijer refused to serve them because they are Arab-American.

Meijer has asked U.S. District Court Judge Susan D. Borman to issue an 
injunction against Bilal Karhani and his father Mohammed Karhani. The 
men 
filed a lawsuit for more than $75,000 against the company two weeks ago 
charging violations to their civil rights.

"Meijer is angry and upset," said the men's attorney, Majed Moughni. 
"(Meijer) wants these leaflets to stop. They've been bombarded with 
phone 
calls. ... But they have control of stopping these leaflets. Meijer 
just 
has to say: We don't discriminate and we apologize..."

The leaflets have been distributed around Metro Detroit since the 
alleged 
incident on Feb. 28 by supporters of Bilal and Mohammed Karhani. The 
leaflets give their side of the alleged incident and encourage people 
to 
call Meijer and complain about it, Moughni said...

Bilal and Mohammed Karhani claim they were denied service at a Meijer 
gasoline station in Fraser because of their Arab descent...

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IRAQI WEAPONS ONLY ONE REASON FOR WAR-WOLFOWITZ
Reuters, 5/28/03
http://asia.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=2840293

LOS ANGELES - The U.S. decision to stress the threat posed by Iraq's 
supposed weapons of mass destruction above all others was taken for 
"bureaucratic" reasons to justify the war, U.S. Deputy Defense 
Secretary 
Paul Wolfowitz was quoted as saying in remarks released on Wednesday.

Wolfowitz, seen as one of the most hawkish figures in the Bush 
administration's policy on Iraq, said President Saddam Hussein's 
alleged 
cache of chemical, biological and possibly nuclear weapons was merely 
one 
of several reasons behind the decision to go to war.

"For bureaucratic reasons, we settled on one issue, weapons of mass 
destruction, because it was the one reason everyone could agree on," 
Wolfowitz was quoted as saying in Vanity Fair magazine's July issue.

No chemical or biological weapons have been found in Iraq despite 
repeated 
assertions by President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony 
Blair before the March 20 invasion that the threat posed by Saddam's 
vast 
stocks of banned weapons warranted a war to eliminate them...

Wolfowitz said another reason for the invasion had been "almost 
unnoticed 
but huge" -- namely that the ousting of Saddam would allow the United 
States to remove its troops from Saudi Arabia, where their presence had 
long been a major al Qaeda grievance...

"Just lifting that burden from the Saudis is itself going to open the 
door" 
to a more peaceful Middle East, Wolfowitz was quoted as saying...

SEE ALSO:

EASING INTO ISLAMIC DEMOCRACY
Jane Lampman, Christian Science Monitor, 5/29/03
http://search.csmonitor.com/search_content/0529/p12s02-lire.html

WASHINGTON - As the US debated going to war in Iraq last fall, some 
American Muslims were pursuing their own small anti-terror campaign in 
the 
Muslim world. As part of an ongoing effort to promote democracy in the 
region, they provided an opening in three Arab countries for both 
Islamic 
and secular democrats to come together for the first time to debate the 
compatibility of Islam and democracy.

In Morocco, Egypt, and Yemen, government leaders, opposition members, 
and 
civic activists joined in frank private and public workshops on such 
hot 
topics as human rights, women's rights, and religious tolerance.

"What was so encouraging about the workshops was that we found the gap 
between moderate Islamists and secularists is narrower than ever," says 
Radwan Masmoudi, president of the Center for the Study of Islam and 
Democracy (CSID), the US-based think tank that sponsored the meetings 
with 
local civic groups.

With the Islamic world in turmoil over the confrontation between 
militant 
groups claiming to defend Islam and authoritarian regimes standing for 
modernity, the key to a viable future is a coalition of moderate 
Islamists 
and non-Islamists committed to representative government, CSID says.

All too often, though, those committed democrats are isolated, without 
the 
resources or outlet to take their case to the people. In some places, 
they've been harassed, jailed, or even killed for their efforts...

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ISLAMIC JUSTICE TAKING HOLD IN BAGHDAD
Anthony Shadid, Washington Post, 5/29/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A51222-2003May28.html

BAGHDAD - It was 11 a.m., and Baghdad's first Islamic court was in 
session, 
Sheik Abbas Rubai presiding.

Under a florid chandelier in the Hikma Mosque, headquarters for Shiite 
Muslim clergy running the slum now known as Sadr City, Rubai listened 
with 
little expression to the petitioners' arguments, according to some of 
those 
present. At issue, they said, was whether seven tenants could remain in 
concrete and cinder-block shops built by the former Baath Party 
government 
on the property of a nearby mosque. The head of the mosque wanted them 
to 
make way for a religious school. The store owners, some of whom had 
been 
there for years, protested.

"Why can't we pay rent to the mosque?" Hussein Ali recalled asking 
Rubai at 
the session, convened two weeks ago on a floor dressed in rugs, some of 
them genuine Persians, others cheap monochrome counterparts. "What 
about 
compensation?" he recalled another owner asking.

The no-frills session lasted less than a half-hour; judgment was swift. 
No 
compensation, no compromise. On an envelope-size piece of paper, Rubai 
wrote his verdict: "We give the brothers who own the shops one month to 
evacuate."

Partly in response to the disorder in Baghdad since Saddam Hussein's 
government collapsed April 9, partly in response to a vision of a more 
religious Muslim society, the Shiite clergy -- perhaps the 
best-organized 
force in the unsettled capital besides the U.S. occupation -- have 
moved 
deftly to create de facto institutions of justice, ruling on cases from 
divorce to property disputes. At the same time, they have begun 
enforcing 
their version of Islamic law, warning shops not to sell alcoholic 
beverages 
and theaters not to show risque movies...

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DEALING WITH ISLAM
Lily Henning, Legal Times, 5/29/03 
http://biz.yahoo.com/law/030529/34195af78aadfd9c3858c5618195e249_1.html

Eric Meyer walked out of a London office two weeks ago, a sheaf of 
signed 
fatwas in hand.

Hoping to cash in on the trend in financial products aimed at Muslims, 
the 
head of the New Canaan, Conn.-based Meyer Capital Partners started 
calling 
Islamic law scholars a year ago. His pitch: hedge funds that Muslims 
could 
invest in without violating strict tenets of Islamic law that prohibit 
financial speculation and the earning of interest.

The fatwas -- or Islamic legal opinions -- contained the blessings of 
three 
Islamic scholars, all of whom had reviewed Meyer's proposed fund and 
deemed 
it compliant with Shariah, or Islamic law.

Meyer also had formal assurances from a team of King & Spalding lawyers 
that his plans adhered to secular law in the United States as well...

King & Spalding isn't the only U.S. firm collaborating with Islamic 
scholars. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Bryan Cave; and Wiley Rein & 
Fielding 
are some of the firms getting a piece of the Islamic finance pie. 
Islamic 
finance was born in the 1970s, after a swell in oil revenues and the 
resurgence of fundamentalist Muslim movements. The growth meant 
potential 
new legal clients, and so American and London lawyers started 
specializing 
in investments and financing structures that satisfy Shariah 
requirements.

While experts differ over exactly how much investment money Muslims 
around 
the world have at their disposal, there's little doubt it's a big 
number, 
and growing fast. It has taken time and financial wizardry to get some 
of 
that capital into the Western market. And paving the way has been a 
fleet 
of lawyers who are as comfortable talking about ijarah, or lease deals 
that 
comply with Shariah, as they are parsing conventional Western 
contracts...

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ISLAM 101: MILPATAN HOPES BOOK WILL INCREASE UNDERSTANDING
Hugo Jimnez, Milpitas Post, 5/28/03
http://www.themilpitaspost.com/Stories/0,1413,93%257E3416%257E1420566,00.html

Javed Mohammed authored a practical guide about Islam for those who 
became 
curious about the religion after Sept. 11, 2001 and the turmoil in the 
Middle East.

Mohammed, who in 2000 gathered inspirational quotes and sayings in 
"Gems of 
Wisdom and Heart of Gold," said he wrote the 138-page "Islam 101" to 
clarify any misconceptions people may have about the Muslim religion.

"A lot of it was driven by Sept. 11," he said. "There was talk at the 
time 
of the Taliban, jihad, women and Islam; there needed to be something 
that 
could give to weigh."

In "Islam 101," jihad and Muslim women are only two of the topics 
covered. 
Mohammed also goes over the Five Pillars of Islam faith, prayer, 
charity, 
fasting and pilgrimage as well as tells the importance of the Muslim 
prophet Mohammed and draws parallels between Islam and Christianity and 
Islam and Judaism...

"It is something anyone who has the slightest curiosity about Islam can 
read," he said. "People from middle school to college can understand 
it. 
People in government, education and even members of the media should 
read 
it and find out what Islam really is as opposed to how people perceive 
it."

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ONE COMMUNITY: PLANNING FOR OUR FUTURE AS AMERICANS
Genevieve Bayan, San Francisco Bay View, 5/28/03
http://www.sfbayview.com/052803/onecommunity052803.shtml

There are 7 million Muslims in the United States; 30 percent are 
African 
Americans. Many innocent American Muslims have suffered since Sept. 11, 
2001...

The public is invited to attend "One Community: Planning for Our Future 
as 
Americans" on Saturday and Sunday, June 7-8, at Masonic Hall, 1111 
California St. in San Francisco. On June 7, Imam W.D. Mohammed will be 
speaking first to the Muslim women of the ASM at 10 a.m. and then to 
ASM 
Muslim men at 1 pm. Admission is $10.

On Sunday, June 8, the public is invited to hear a major presentation 
on 
Bridges TV with Muzzammil Hassan, CEO, who has designed the vision and 
business plan. Bridges is an English language nationwide television 
channel 
available via cable and satellite. It provides entertainment and 
programming to Muslims and non-Muslims interested in Islam and a 
positive 
Muslim perspective....To learn more, call (716) 578-1317, email 
mhassan@bridges.TV or visit the website www.bridges.TV.

The unifying gathering on June 8 will also have a diversity of Muslim 
representation as panel speakers. Imam Abu Qadir Al-Amin of the San 
Francisco Muslim Community Center is the host for this weekend event. 
Co-sponsors are the American Society of Muslims, Council on American 
Islamic Relations, Islamic Society of North America Western Chapter and 
the 
Islamic Circle of North America.

For the June 8 event, doors open at 12 noon, and the event ends at 6:30 
p.m. Admission is $10. For booth and ticket information, call Habeebah 
Rahman at (415) 641-4168 or Ameen Abdullah at (510) 763-6054. For 
general 
information, call (415) 563-9397.

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 5/30/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: TRIALS
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5961 SPONSORSHIPS
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* TOWN HALL FOCUSES ON HATE-CRIME PREVENTION (OC Register)
	- Iraqi-American Stabbed in Florida
* POL AIMS TO OUST FOREIGNERS FROM STATE (Boston Herald)
* PHILADELPHIA COUNCIL CONDEMNS PATRIOT ACT (Reuters)
	- Wyoming Librarians Oppose USA Patriot Act (AP)
	- Patriot Act takes beating at Omaha forum (AP)
* CAL THOMAS MIGHT HAVE DONE WELL IN 3RD REICH (Pantagraph)
	- Racist Tirade Threatens Liberty (Patriot News)
* AL-ARIAN CASE HIT BY JUMP IN COSTS (St. Petersburg Times)
* ACT II OF GRAND IMPERIAL DRAMA TO UNFOLD IN IRAN (UPS)
	- Waggy Dog Stories (New York Times)
	- Bush Hawks Turn Sights on Iran (Reuters)
* CAIR-OHIO 6th ANNUAL MEETING AND FUNDRAISING DINNER
* PUBLIC FORUM ON SELECTIVE ENFORCEMENT POST-9/11
* FUNDRAISING DINNER FOR THE DANIEL PEARL SCHOLARSHIP
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* ISSA'S 4TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
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HADITH OF THE DAY: TRIALS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "If God wants to do good 
to 
somebody, He afflicts him with trials."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 7, Hadith

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5961 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's Library Project has received 5961 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Our 
goal is to send accurate and objective information about Islam to 
America's 
16,000 public libraries.

GO TO: www.libraryproject.org

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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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TOWN HALL FOCUSES ON HATE-CRIME PREVENTION
Diane Reed, Orange County Register, 5/30/03
http://www2.ocregister.com/ocrweb/ocr/article.do?id=41446

ANAHEIM HILLS - Rashid Alam and Greg Harris experienced different 
things 
but learned the same lesson - love and forgiveness.

Alam and Harris, victims of a racially motivated beating and a 
cross-burning, respectively, told a crowd of about 65 people at a 
community 
forum Thursday night about the support they received in the aftermath 
of 
the crimes against them.

"I do not hate the people who did this to me," said Alam, a Muslim 
teenager 
from Yorba Linda who was attacked at a park Feb. 23. "While I lay in my 
bed, I received many letters and cards from people I didn't even know. 
I 
realized that not all Americans are like this. Now I love America, and 
I 
hate the word 'hate.'"

The forum was presented by the Orange County Human Relations Commission 
and 
the Council on American-Islamic Relations to develop hate-crime 
prevention 
strategies and to let the community know the consequences of such 
crimes....

Alam and Harris both gave messages of hope to the crowd.

"I heard from people I hadn't seen since high school," said Harris, a 
black 
man who woke up March 18 to find a 10-foot cross burning at his Anaheim 
Hills home. Neighbors and strangers responded by leaving flowers on his 
porch and sending messages of support.

"What happened afterward shows that Americans will no longer tolerate 
(racism)," Harris said.

SEE ALSO:

IRAQI-AMERICAN STABBED IN FLORIDA
Incident part of trend towards violence against Muslims

(Miami, FL, 5/30/03) - Florida's office of the Washington-based Council 
on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) expressed concern over the rising 
tide 
of violent hate crimes being directed against Muslims in Florida.

A Florida man has been charged under that state's hate crime statute 
after 
allegedly stabbing an Iraqi-American in Sunrise, Fla.

Officials with the Sunrise Police Department say Christopher Coward, 
27, 
allegedly pulled up in front of Essam Alsayaf Wednesday afternoon as he 
changed a tire at a gas station. According to the victim and witnesses, 
Coward pulled out a 7 or 8-inch knife, called Alsayaf an "Iraqi 
terrorist" 
and stabbed him in the biceps.

Coward's statements during the incident lead to him being charged with 
aggravated and simple battery under the hate crime statute, which 
enhances 
the penalty for any conviction. Alsayaf did not require medical 
attention.


SEE: 
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/local/states/florida/counties/broward_county/5972972.htm 

http://www.sheriff.org/apps/arrest/details.cfm?ID=250300721

"At a time when hate crimes in general are down, the number of hate 
crimes 
against American-Muslims are ominously increasing," said Altaf Ali, 
Executive Director, CAIR-FL.

"Our office is receiving calls almost every day from ordinary 
American-Muslims who find themselves the victims of hate crimes, racial 
epithets and discrimination. We urge our elected representatives to 
make 
strong public appeals about tolerance and respect while law enforcement 
needs to send an unambiguous signal that all acts of racial intolerance 
will not be tolerated and be prosecuted to the fullest extent under the 
law," added Ali.

On February 22, 2003 Nasseer Idrisi, an Iraqi American professor 
profiled 
in The Miami Herald a week earlier, was severely beaten by employees of 
Beach Towing.

The Miami Herald reported that police spokesman Bobby Hernandez said, 
"Idrisi was definitely the victim. He was beaten and didn't fight." The 
Manger of the towing company is reported to have said, "They say he was 
cursing in Arabic. He's from over there."

"Miami Beach police did not classify this beating as a hate crime 
although 
it is quite clear that Mr. Idrisi's foreign language lead to his severe 
beating," added Ali.

CAIR-FL is encouraging victims of hate crimes to fill out report forms, 
which are available for download at: 
https://www.readysecure2.com/users/cair-floridaorg/ireport/, or by 
calling 
954- 916-5661.

CAIR-FL is the Florida chapter of America's largest Islamic civil 
liberties 
group (CAIR). CAIR is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 16 
regional offices nationwide and in Canada. Since its founding in 1994, 
CAIR 
has defended the civil and religious rights of all Americans.

					- END -

CONTACT: CONTACT: Altaf Ali TEL: 954-298-8214 EMAIL: 
altaf@cair-florida.org; Ahmed Bedier, Communications Director, CAIR-FL 
TEL: 
813-731-9506 EMAIL: abedier@cair-florida.org

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POL AIMS TO OUST FOREIGNERS FROM STATE
Elisabeth J. Beardsley and David R. Guarino, Boston Herald, 5/29/03
http://www2.bostonherald.com/news/local_regional/stud05292003.htm

Bay State students who hail from seven terrorism-sponsoring nations 
would 
be summarily ejected from public colleges and universities under a new 
Republican bill that sparked accusations of a witch hunt from Islamic 
activists and civil libertarians.

"If Saddam wants to send Uday or Qusay over to go to U Mass-Amherst, I 
would like to say we don't accept them," said House Minority Leader 
Bradley 
H. Jones, who filed the controversial legislation.

The bill, which faces an uphill battle through the House and Senate, 
would 
deny a taxpayer-funded education to citizens of Iraq, Iran, Syria, 
Libya, 
Cuba, North Korea and Sudan...

Modeled after a similar proposal in Indiana, Jones' bill would ban any 
new 
state college enrollees from the blacklisted countries - and force 
existing 
students to finish the semester and pack their bags.

Students could avoid being kicked to the curb by disavowing their 
homeland 
and converting to United States citizenry, Jones (R-North Reading) 
said...

Islamic activists protested that the bill smacks of an anti-Muslim 
witch 
hunt...

'That's the problem in right wing circles nowadays - they view all 
Muslims 
as suspects,' said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations...

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PHILADELPHIA COUNCIL CONDEMNS PATRIOT ACT
Reuters, 5/30/03
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N29237485.htm

Philadelphia on Thursday became the largest U.S. city to date to 
condemn 
the USA Patriot Act as a threat to the constitutional rights of its 
citizens.

By a 13-3 vote, the Democrat-dominated City Council passed a resolution 
calling on local members of Congress to work for the repeal of the 
federal 
law that granted the Justice Department broad new police powers for 
Washington's so-called war on terrorism.

The vote added Philadelphia, the fifth-largest U.S. city with 1.5 
million 
residents, to a roster of 116 other state and local governments that 
have 
passed measures opposing the Patriot Act.

Among major U.S. cities, the Patriot Act has also come under fire from 
Baltimore, Denver, Detroit, Minneapolis and San Francisco, according to 
the 
American Civil Liberties Union.

Formally named Uniting And Strengthening America by Providing 
Appropriate 
Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism, the Patriot Act was 
signed by U.S. President George W. Bush less than six weeks after the 
Sept. 
11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington that killed 3,000 people.

Civil liberties groups have long criticized it for enhancing the 
government's ability to tap phones and track e-mail and cell phone 
conversations...

SEE ALSO:

WYOMING LIBRARIANS OPPOSE USA PATRIOT ACT
Associated Press, 5/29/03
http://www.trib.com/AP/wire_detail.php?wire_num=171988

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - The Wyoming Library Association has released a 
statement 
saying it opposes portions of the USA Patriot Act.

The association said Thursday that parts of the act are a danger to the 
constitutional and privacy rights of library users...

"We join many other chapters of the ALA in expressing concern about 
this 
act and about patron privacy concerns," Wyoming Library Association 
President Kay Carlson said.

Among other things, the Wyoming Library Association statement urged 
Wyoming 
librarians to "defend and support user privacy and free and open access 
to 
knowledge and information..."

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PATRIOT ACT TAKES BEATING AT OMAHA FORUM
Mark Thiessen, Associated Press, 5/30/03

OMAHA, Neb. - Musa Al-Hindi feared ramifications if he spoke at a forum 
denouncing the Patriot Act because of the broad powers it has brought 
the 
government.

"Many Muslims believe the government is using fear to expand its 
power," he 
said after taking the podium for Thursday's forum at the Creighton 
University School of Law...

But at the same time, Al-Hindi said the United States government tells 
citizens not to discriminate against people based on their ethnicity or 
religious beliefs.

"The government finds itself caught in a position of 'Do as I say, not 
do 
as I do,"' the Arab-American human rights activist said. "From the top, 
it 
shows it's OK to discriminate and commit acts of prejudice."

These acts are not limited to the government and are committed across 
the 
breadth of the Midwest, said Ed Leahy, coordinator of the Immigrant 
Rights 
Network of Iowa and Nebraska.

"From Dubuque to Fremont to Grand Island, you can see examples of 
hate," he 
said. "You can see it at my office, where the windows have been shot 
out 
four times."

He called it an open season on immigrants...

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CAL THOMAS MIGHT HAVE DONE WELL IN THIRD REICH
Brandon Wilkening, Pantagraph Bloomington, 5/26/03
http://www.pantagraph.com/

Reading the Cal Thomas column published in the May 21 edition of The 
Pantagraph, I felt a little sorry for Cal. If he had been born about 50 
years earlier and across the pond, he'd have had a great career 
inciting 
hatred for the Third Reich. Am I being unfair?

Thomas is horrified by the growing presence of Muslims in this country. 
But 
he is not a bigot; he is merely concerned for "Americans" security.

I put this in quotation marks to emphasize that his conception of 
Americans 
is rather narrow, encompassing only those of "Judeo- Christian" 
background. 
All the rest may be living here, but they certainly do not merit our 
attention.

Besides having children - they now outnumber Jews in Canada - what else 
are 
Muslims "guilty" of?

Apparently, many are "organizing voter-registration drives and 
political 
consciousness-raising events." Imagine that, encouraging people to vote 
in 
a democracy...

No, instead, he quotes one person. Omar M. Ahmad, chairman of the 
Council 
on American-Islamic Relations, told a crowd - was every American Muslim 
in 
attendance? - in 1998, "Islam isn't in America to be equal ... but to 
be 
dominant."

 From my understanding, he was urging Muslims to spread their religion 
peacefully. Doesn't every monotheistic religion think it should be 
numerically dominant...

SEE ALSO

RACIST TIRADE THREATENS LIBERTY
Anne Selden Annab, Patriot News, 5/30/03
http://www.patriot-news.com/patriot-news/

I was shocked to see Cal Thomas' racist tirade against Muslims in his 
bigoted column "The Threat Among Us" (May 23).

Imagine if the words "Jews" or "Jewish" were swapped throughout his 
column 
for "Muslim" and "Islam". Within living memory, Nazi propaganda tactics 
worked once to dehumanize the Jews and systematically raise the 
gullible 
public's level of fear and hate into a holocaust of pain, suffering and 
death for many innocent and decent and good people.

Have we learned nothing from that horrible chapter in world history? 
Racist 
hate really is evil and wrong and only leads to increasing ugliness and 
violence and despair for all. Racist hate poisons each one of us by 
imprisoning people with paranoia large and small spewing from a learned 
inability to perceive the inherent dignity of others...

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AL-ARIAN CASE HIT BY JUMP IN COSTS
Graham Brink, St. Petersburg Times, 5/30/03
http://www.sptimes.com/2003/05/30/Tampabay/Al_Arian_case_hit_by_.shtml

TAMPA - The cost of the criminal case for former University of South 
Florida professor Sami Al-Arian is rising quickly, according to 
statements 
made at a court hearing Thursday.

The latest potential expense: $400,000 or more to convert thousands of 
hours of audio surveillance tapes to a digital format to make them 
easier 
to handle, a process that prosecutors say could take eight months.

That would be in addition to a few thousand dollars for copying 
videotapes 
and buying scanning and computer equipment; about $50,000 a year 
proposed 
for a paralegal to help defense lawyers parse through reams of 
documents; 
and tens of thousands more for Arabic speakers to translate evidence.

Those costs are on top of the investigative time logged by the FBI and 
the 
prosecutors and the running tally of hours for the court-appointed 
defense 
attorneys...

Al-Arian and Sammeeh Hammoudeh are being held without bail at the 
Coleman 
Correctional Facility in Sumter County about 70 miles north of Tampa. 
The 
two other defendants are out on bail.

At Thursday's hearing, Al-Arian and Hammoudeh watched from the prison 
Via 
video-conferencing equipment as the judge and the lawyers discussed a 
range 
of issues.

Al-Arian and his lawyers wanted to discuss the conditions at the 
prison, 
which they have complained are hampering their ability to put on a 
defense. 
Al-Arian has complained that he has limited access to the phone.

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NEXT ACT IN AMERICA'S GRAND IMPERIAL DRAMA SET TO UNFOLD IN IRAN
Georgie Anne Geyer, Universal Press Syndicate, 5/29/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/oped/chi-0305300385may30,1,4420694.story

WASHINGTON - If you think the steps leading to the war in Iraq marked a 
historically strange pathway for America, take a look today at the 
developing indicators of the next involvement, in Iran.

Already we can see the opening of a new act in the administration's 
grand 
imperial drama.

The players' voices have reverberated in the nation's capital, as the 
charges of support for Al Qaeda and the building of weapons of mass 
destruction were leveled not at Iraq (where those charges so far have 
turned out to be baseless), but at Iran, where the zealots here hope to 
find more fertile fields.

American congressmen, both Republicans and Democrats, were widely 
urging 
some kind of action against Iran (Florida Republican Rep. Porter Goss 
and 
Democratic Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut), although not military 
action...

SEE ALSO:

WAGGY DOG STORIES
PAUL KRUGMAN, New York Times, 5/30/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/30/opinion/30KRUG.html

An administration hypes the threat posed by a foreign power. It talks 
of 
links to Islamic fundamentalist terrorism; it warns about a nuclear 
weapons 
program. The news media play along, and the country is swept up in war 
fever. The war drives everything else - including scandals involving 
administration officials - from the public's consciousness.

The 1997 movie "Wag the Dog" had quite a plot.

Although the movie's title has entered the language, I don't know how 
many 
people have watched it lately. Read the screenplay. If you don't think 
it 
bears a resemblance to recent events, you're in denial.

The Iraq war was very real, even if its Kodak moments - the toppling of 
the 
Saddam statue, the rescue of Pfc. Jessica Lynch - seem to have been 
improved by editing. But much of the supposed justification for the war 
turns out to have been fictional.

The war was justified to the public by links between Saddam and Al 
Qaeda, 
and Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction. No evidence of 
the 
Qaeda link has ever surfaced, and no W.M.D.'s that could have posed any 
threat to the U.S. or its allies have been found…

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BUSH HAWKS TURN SIGHTS ON IRAN, FAVOR CONFRONTATION
Jonathan Wright, Reuters, 5/30/03

WASHINGTON, May 30 (Reuters) - Hawks in the Bush administration have 
turned 
their sights on Iran, repeating accusations similar to those they 
deployed 
to portray Iraq as an imminent threat and win public support for war.

But this time moderates in the administration are likely to put up 
tougher 
opposition to military action against Iran or covert support for 
Iranian 
opposition groups, officials say.

ABC News said this week the Defense Department was advocating a massive 
covert action program to overthrow the Iranian government as the only 
way 
to stop the country's nuclear program, which Washington says is for 
making 
bombs.

A State Department official, who asked not to be named, said Defense 
Department hawks and allies in Washington's neoconservative think tanks 
had 
not presented any formal plans but were encouraging such speculation in 
leaks to the media.

"What the neoconservatives do is they go to the media and then they 
tell us 
there are some interesting things we should look at in this or that 
report," said the official.

The term neoconservatives refers to ideologues in and around the Bush 
administration who believe in the liberal use of military might abroad 
to 
serve U.S. interests.

They are most strongly represented at the Pentagon, through Deputy 
Defense 
Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, Undersecretary Douglas Feith and William 
Luti, 
who is the deputy assistant secretary in charge of special plans, the 
Middle East and South Asia…

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CAIR-OHIO 6th ANNUAL MEETING AND FUNDRAISING DINNER

WHAT: CAIR-OH will be having its annual meeting and fundraising dinner 
titled, "Mobilizing our Community for a Better Society." Confirmed 
speakers 
are Omar Ahmad, Chairman of Board, CAIR-National; Congressman Paul 
Findley; 
James Stowe, Executive Director, Columbus Community Relations 
Commission; 
Sybil McNabb, President, Ohio NAACP. Ramez Habbal will also be 
presenting 
political satire comedy.

WHEN: Sunday, June 15, 2003 @ 5:30 PM

WHERE: Columbus Marriott North, 6500 Doubletree Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 
43229 Tel: 614-885-1885

CONTACT: Call CAIR-Ohio 614-451-3232, or e-mail ohio@cair-net.org.

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TARGETED COMMUNITIES TO TESTIFY IN LANDMARK NATIONAL FORUM ON SELECTIVE 
ENFORCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Pramila Jayapal, HFZ Campaign of Washington, 206 354-9154; 
Gabe 
Rottman, American Civil Liberties Union, 202 675-2312; Carol Khawly, 
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, 202 244-2990; Leila 
Laoudji, 
National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, 617 
227-9727; 
Hasan Mansori, Council on American-Islamic Relations, 202 488-8787

WHAT: Justice for All - A nationwide public forum on selective 
enforcement 
post- 9/11
WHEN: June 4, 2003, 10 AM - 12 PM
WHERE: 902 Hart Senate Building, Washington, DC
WHO: Community members from around the country will tell Members of 
Congress and the public their personal stories of how September 11th 
policies since September 11, 2001 have affected them.  Free and open to 
the 
public.

WASHINGTON - May 29, 2003 -- In the 18 months since Sept. 11, 2001, the 
federal government has initiated a series of policies and programs that 
have targeted certain immigrant communities in the name of national 
security and dramatically altered life for Arab American, East African 
American, Muslim, Sikh and Latino communities across the country.

In a landmark nationwide effort to call upon our leaders to listen to 
the 
voices of the people and communities most affected by selective 
enforcement 
policies, individuals from targeted communities across the country will 
come together in our nation's capital for this public forum to tell 
their 
stories of how these policies have affected their lives. Several 
Members of 
Congress will be present to hear the three-minute testimonies. The 
forum is 
free and open to the public.

Organized by a unique coalition of grassroots and national immigrant 
and 
civil rights groups, the forum will feature individuals from 
California, 
Florida, New York, Michigan, New Jersey, Texas and Washington states, 
among 
others.

Testimony will cover many government initiatives including: detention, 
special registration, targeted community FBI interviews, deputization 
of 
local police as INS officers, and new airport policies.  The forum will 
be 
moderated by Jeanne Butterfield, Executive Director of the American 
Immigration Lawyers Association; Anthony Romero, Executive Director of 
the 
American Civil Liberties Union; and Pramila Jayapal, Executive Director 
of 
the Hate Free Zone Campaign of Washington.

This forum is modeled after the extremely successful public hearing, 
Justice for All: The Aftermath of September 11, held in Seattle in 
September 2003. (For a full report of this hearing, see 
www.hatefreezone.org.)

A joint statement issued by the coalition of organizing groups states: 
"We 
need to carefully examine the impact of post 9/11 policies on families 
across the country and ask ourselves whether these programs make us 
safer 
or whether we are simply unfairly targeting innocent people. The 
government's actions against immigrants in post-9/11 America have not 
been 
in keeping with the President's promise to create a more inclusive 
society. 
People from around the country are coming forward to tell their stories 
in 
spite of great fear, because they want to show the devastation of these 
policies on real lives. This forum calls to attention policies that 
attack 
the very notion of an America that embraces justice and equality for 
all."

Organizing groups include: American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, 
American Civil Liberties Union, American Immigration Lawyers 
Association, 
Council on American-Islamic Relations, Hate Free Zone Campaign of 
Washington, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, 
and 
Washington Defenders Association. The forum is endorsed by over 100 
national and local organizations.

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FUNDRAISING DINNER FOR THE DANIEL PEARL SCHOLARSHIP

WHAT: Following the murder of Daniel Pearl, his widow Mariane asked 
Pakistanis to set up a memorial for her late husband in Pakistan. The 
Pakistani-Canadian Muslim community responded by creating a living 
memorial, a journalism scholarship for students from Pakistan. There 
will 
be a fundraising dinner for the Daniel Pearl Scholarship. Speeches will 
be 
given by Mishal Husain (BBC anchor), Haroon Siddiqui (Toronto Star 
columnist), Joel Ruimy (Executive Director of Canadian Journalists for 
Free 
Expression), and an imam from local a Jewish-Muslim dialogue group.

Ticket price is $50 and there will be no sales at the door. Please 
write a 
check or money order to 'Daniel Pearl Scholarship' and mail to 7 
Lorraine 
Drive, Suite 2212/ Toronto, Ontario/ M2N 7H2. Tickets can be mailed or 
collected at the banquet hall. Tax receipts will be issued for all 
purchases.

WHEN: Thursday June 19, 2003 @ 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Candles Banquet Hall @ 1124 Dundas St. East, Unit 18 (2 blocks 
west 
of Dixie) in Mississauga.

CONTACT: Rana Syed @ 416-250-6701

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DR. AKBAR AHMED ON C-SPAN

WHAT: Dr. Akbar S. Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at 
American 
University, a well-respected Muslim scholar, will appear on C-SPAN as a 
guest of Close Up. The program, titled "Understanding Islam," will 
highlight his new book "Islam Under Siege".

WHEN: Friday, May 30, 2003, at 7:00 PM Eastern Time. (For re-air 
information visit http://www.c-span.org.)

WHERE: C-SPAN (Check local listings for the channel assigned to C-SPAN 
on 
your cable system.)

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ISSA'S 4TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE

WHAT: The Islamic Social Services Associations of the United States and 
Canada (ISSA) would like to encourage you and your community members to 
participate in "Muslim Marriage and Family Life: In Theory and In 
Practice." Keynote speaker:  Imam Siraj Wahhaj

Session topics will include:  Intercultural marriage, parenting among 
Muslims in North America, the role of social networks among young 
Muslim 
women, the impact of domestic violence and spiritual counseling.

WHEN June 20-22, 2003.

WHERE: Islamic Center of Greater Toledo in Ohio

NOTE: To register, visit the website www.issaservices.com, download the 
registration form and mail to the address indicated. For more 
information 
call 1-866-239-ISSA or 480-233-6547.

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FIRST IMC-USA ANNUAL CONVENTION

WHAT: Preparations are in full swing for the Indian Muslim Council's 
landmark event, ""India After Gujarat - Democracy or Religious 
Fanaticism." 
Praful Bidwai, one of the most widely read Indian Columnists and Fr. 
Cedric 
Prakash, a moral voice of the highest stature, will be among the 
speakers 
coming from India to speak at the first annual convention of the Indian 
Muslim Council-USA.

The IMC convention seeks to bring together a diverse cross-section of 
individuals and groups to discuss these issues.

WHERE: Santa Clara, California

WHEN: June 28, 2003

CONTACT: For more information and to register, delegates and 
journalists 
are requested to visit: http://www.imc-usa.org/convention or call (516) 
567-0783.

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Date: Mon, 02 Jun 2003 13:19:17 -0400
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Subject: CAIR-NET: N.C. Muslim Physician Granted New Visa

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR GOOD NEWS ALERT #382

N.C. MUSLIM PHYSICIAN GRANTED NEW VISA
Respected doctor was denied re-entry over immigration technicality

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/2/03) - Alhamdulillah (praise be to God), a 
Pakistani 
physician working in North Carolina will be allowed to return to the 
United 
States after being denied re-entry and sent back to Pakistan earlier 
this 
month because he failed to abide by a little-known immigration 
registration 
policy.

Dr. Shahid Mahmood, a respected family practitioner working in an 
underserved area of North Carolina for more than four years, told CAIR 
he 
had an interview today with American officials in Pakistan and was told 
he 
will be issued a new visa within a week, allowing him to return to the 
United States and go back to work.

"We are pleased that Dr. Mahmood will be able to resume to his practice 
serving poor and elderly patients in North Carolina and we thank all 
those 
who called, faxed or e-mailed elected officials seeking his return," 
said 
CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. "This incident points to the need 
for 
better dissemination of information about new immigration policies that 
can 
so negatively impact the lives of hard-working, productive members of 
our 
society." Mahmood's family today thanked CAIR for its assistance in 
resolving the case.

Dr. Mahmood was returned to Pakistan May 11 after coming back from a 
two-week trip to that country. He was denied re-entry at Washington 
Dulles 
International Airport despite the fact that he had been told on 
departure 
by airline personnel there was no registration requirement.

SEE: "New Law Exiles Roxboro Doctor"
http://newsobserver.com/news/story/2555092p-2372064c.html

According to the new immigration policy, anyone who went through the 
recently-completed Special Registration program must provide notice of 
departure from and re-entry into the United States. The policy states: 
"Nonimmigrants who must follow these special procedures will also have 
to 
use specially designated ports when they leave the country and report 
in 
person to an immigration officer at the port on their departure date."

CAIR has received a number of complaints similar to that of Dr. Mahmood 
and 
is requesting that anyone denied re-entry file an incident report form. 
Report forms are available for download at: 
http://www.cair-net.org/ireport/Incident_Report.doc, or by calling 
202-488-8787. CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, 
has 16 
regional offices nationwide and in Canada.


ACTION REQUESTED:

1. Make dua'a for Dr. Mahmood's safe return.
2. Go to the following links to educate yourself and others in your 
community about the new departure registration requirements.

SEE: http://www.bcis.gov/graphics/shared/lawenfor/specialreg/index.htm
http://www.bcis.gov/graphics/shared/lawenfor/specialreg/BLISTOFP.pdf

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Subject: CAIR-NET: Ohio District Rejects Proselytization of Muslim Students

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 6/2/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: BLESSED WEALTH
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5961 SPONSORSHIPS
	- Donations (Centre Daily Times)
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* OHIO DISTRICT REJECTS PROSELYTIZATION OF MUSLIM STUDENTS
	- Evangelicals, Islam and Salvation (New York Times)
	- Anti-Muslim Flyer Yanked from Courthouse (Evening Sun)
* CAIR-ST. LOUIS ADOPTS A HIGHWAY
* CAIR REACTS TO REPORT ON POST-9/11 DETAINEES
	- U.S. Report Slams Detention Policy REPORT (CNN)
      	- Report Questions Some 9/11 Detentions (Wash. Post)
* IS TERRORISM TIED TO CHRISTIAN SECT? (Wash. Post)
	- Sympathy for Suspect Clouds Evidence Search (NY Times)
* 'TORTURE' SNAPS: IRAQI POW'S ABUSED (Sun)
	- My Horror at POW Sex Abuse Pics (Sun)
* LIBRARIES REBELLING TO PROTECT PRIVACY (Boston Channel)
	- Council to Vote on Patriot Act Resolution (Palo Alto)
	- Council Takes Stand Against Patriot Act (Sun Link)
* SCHOOL MAKES HISTORY (Pioneer Press)
* THE WAR PARTY - A SCARY, UGLY LOT (AntiWar.com)
* SUMMIT ON CIVIL RIGHTS, LEGAL CHALLENGES

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HADITH OF THE DAY: BLESSED WEALTH

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Blessed is the wealth 
of a 
Muslim from which he gives to the poor, to orphans and to needy 
travelers."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 2, Hadith 544

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5961 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's Library Project has received 5961 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Our 
goal is to send accurate and objective information about Islam to 
America's 
16,000 public libraries.

GO TO: www.libraryproject.org

Donations
Centre Daily Times, 6/1/03
http://www.centredaily.com/mld/centredaily/living/5990343.htm

In cooperation with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a 
national 
civil rights and advocacy group that works to provide information to 
the 
American public about Islam and to counter anti-Muslim bigotry, Mumina 
(Betsy) Kowalski, of Boalsburg, recently donated a collection of books. 
They are on display in the elevator lobby on the second floor of Schlow 
Memorial Library, 100 E. Beaver Ave., State College.

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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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OHIO DISTRICT REJECTS PROSELYTIZATION OF MUSLIM STUDENTS
School secretary said Muslim students a 'mission field'

(GROVE CITY, OHIO, 6/2/03) - Following a meeting with representatives 
of 
the Ohio office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR-Ohio), a 
school district in that state says it will not allow proselytization of 
Muslim students.

The statement by the superintendent of South-Western City Schools came 
after publication of a May 27 New York Times article in which a 
secretary 
at a high school in Columbus referred to her desire to convert Muslim 
students to Christianity. That secretary said her school has many 
Muslim 
students from Somalia, who she regarded as "a virtual mission field." 
She 
was also quoted as saying: "If I had the answer for cancer, what sort 
of a 
human would I be not to share it?"

SEE: "Seeing Islam as 'Evil' Faith, Evangelicals Seek Converts" 
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/27/national/27ISLA.html

In his statement, District Superintendent Dr. Kirk Hamilton said in 
part:

"While our staff member has emphatically denied making any attempts to
proselytize or convert students from the Muslim or any other religion 
to 
her faith, I want to make it very clear that South-Western City Schools 
will not tolerate any such behavior by our employees.

"We are extremely proud of the rich cultural diversity in our district, 
and 
we have worked very hard to develop programs and provide staff to 
ensure 
that students of various cultures and backgrounds are successful in our 
schools. It is important to us that our Islamic and Muslim friends know 
that we value their involvement and investment in our schools, and we 
have 
great respect for their religious and cultural traditions…Should we 
find 
that an employee has violated our policy, we will deal with the 
employee in 
a swift, fair, and decisive manner."

Representatives of the school district and CAIR-Ohio met Friday to 
address 
the Muslim community's concerns about the comments made by the school 
secretary.

"We appreciate that the school district and superintendent Hamilton 
shared 
our concerns about the disturbing comments in the article," said 
CAIR-Ohio 
Executive Director Jad Humeidan. Humeidan characterized Friday's 
meeting as 
constructive and positive.

CAIR also met Sunday with parents from the school district to reassure 
them 
that their children will be safe from religious intimidation in the 
schools.

"We informed the parents that the school district assured CAIR-Ohio 
they 
will not stand for any proselytizing in their schools," said Humeidan. 
He 
also reassured the parents that CAIR-Ohio will continue to work with 
school 
officials across that state to protect the civil right of Muslim 
students.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 16 regional 
offices nationwide and in Canada.

CONTACT: Jeffrey Warner, Communications & Community Relations Manager,
South-Western City School District (614) 801-3027, Jad Humeidan, 
Executive 
Director, CAIR-Ohio, 614-451-3232 or 614-571-2770.

SEE ALSO:

EVANGELICALS, ISLAM AND SALVATION (5 Letters)
Rudolph D. Gonzalez, New York Times, 6/2/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/02/opinion/L02EVAN.html?tntemail0

Re "Seeing Islam as `Evil' Faith, Evangelicals Seek Converts" (5/27)

I take issue with your characterization of our efforts as including 
"vituperation." Southern Baptists have historically championed the 
rights 
of all people to believe and practice as their consciences dictate. We 
reject all methods of evangelism that involve coercion, bribery or 
threat.

Though we may disagree with Islam in its essential doctrines, our 
missionaries do not regard Muslims as "evil" people. Southern Baptist 
medical missionaries and relief workers have demonstrated nothing but 
unconditional love for Muslim people. In the last year, that love cost 
several of them their lives.

We affirm that Muslims, like all people, are in need of the love and 
forgiveness that Jesus Christ provides. Thus, we are compelled to share 
that love in both word and deed...

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ANTI-MUSLIM FLYER YANKED FROM COURTHOUSE
Rob Jordan, Evening Sun, 6/2/03
http://www.eveningsun.com/Stories/0,1413,140~9956~1430542,00.html

An anti-Islamic flyer hung prominently in the public area of an Adams 
County government office for more than six weeks.

The flyer was removed after an inquiry by The Evening Sun, but a 
spokesman 
for an Islamic civil rights said the display is typical of the 
widespread 
bias facing Muslims in today's world.

The missive attributes various acts of terrorism to Islam and calls for 
a 
boycott of a U.S. Postal Service stamp commemorating the two most 
important 
festivals - or Eids - in the Islamic calendar.

"To use this stamp would be a slap in the face to all those Americans 
who 
died at the hands of those whom this stamp honors," the flyer says.

Patsy Gochenauer, Adam County's register of wills and recorder of 
deeds, 
said she was aware of the flyer, tacked to a bulletin board near the 
counter area in her department's office, on the first floor of the 
Adams 
County courthouse. But she said she didn't consider it offensive.

"It's something that was put up there because of Osama bin Laden or 
whatever," Gochenauer said. "I didn't have any problem with it being up 
there."

Ibrahim Hooper did.

Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a 
Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group, said the 
posted 
message is symptomatic of a trend toward vilifying Muslims.

"These kinds of things have become so pervasive, that I think we're 
seeing 
a dangerous trend," Hooper said...

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CAIR-ST. LOUIS ADOPTS A HIGHWAY

On Sunday, June 1, 2003, the St. Louis Chapter of the Council on
American Islamic Relations (CAIR) cleaned a stretch of Interstate 64 in 
west St. Louis County. In exchange for a commitment to clean the 
highway 
four times a year, the Missouri Department of Transportation has 
provided a 
sign on both sides of the highway. Interstate 64 is a central corridor 
in 
the St. Louis area and thousands of our fellow citizens see the sign on 
a 
daily basis.

A link to other photographs of the highway cleanup is here:
http://photos.groups.yahoo.com/group/cairstl/lst

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CAIR REACTS TO REPORT ON POST-9/11 DETAINEES

Attributable to CAIR Board Chairman Omar Ahmad: "This report confirms 
what 
we have been saying for some time, that the vast majority of those 
swept up 
after the 9-11 attacks had nothing to do with terrorism and suffered 
needlessly because of bureaucratic bungling and denial of due process. 
The 
issues raised in this report need to be seriously addressed so that 
history 
does not repeat itself."

Ahmad added that all Americans should be concerned about new policies, 
such 
as the proposed USA Patriot Act II, that would further erode civil 
liberties.

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U.S. REPORT SLAMS DETENTION POLICY
CNN, 6/2/03
http://www.cnn.com/2003/LAW/06/01/detainees/index.html

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- An internal investigation into the Justice 
Department's 
detentions of hundreds of people after September 11, 2001, for 
suspected 
immigration violations found significant problems in how the cases were 
handled, CNN has learned.

A report by Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine to be 
issued 
Monday concludes some detainees who did not pose a terrorist threat 
were 
held in custody too long, sources familiar with the report told CNN.

It also raises questions about the conditions under which some 
detainees 
were held, the sources said.

While not disputing the report's conclusions, department officials made 
no 
apologies for their aggressive approach to protecting U.S. citizens 
from 
the threat of additional terrorist attacks after September 11.

"We believe the report is fully consistent with what the courts have 
ruled 
... that the department's actions are fully within the law," a senior 
Justice Department official told CNN.

According to sources, the report concludes an unwritten "no-bond" 
policy 
for detainees kept individuals who did not represent a terrorist threat 
behind bars for unnecessarily long periods because the FBI was too slow 
in 
clearing them...

Justice Department officials acknowledged Friday that the report 
contains 
criticisms of law enforcement practices in the wake of the September 11 
attacks.

But they cited the "unprecedented crisis" facing the nation that 
prompted 
authorities to use strong measures to seek out individuals with 
possible 
terrorist ties...

SEE ALSO:

REPORT QUESTIONS SOME 9/11 DETENTIONS
Dan Eggen, Washington Post, 5/31/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A60170-2003May30.html

A long-awaited report from the Justice Department inspector general 
concludes that federal authorities detained dozens of immigrants for 
unusually long periods of time after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, 
according 
to Justice officials and sources familiar with the report.

The report by Inspector General Glenn A. Fine, scheduled for release 
Monday, found that some foreign nationals with no connection to 
terrorism 
were held for months because of delays in routing information between 
the 
immigration service and the FBI, according to Justice and FBI 
officials.

The report found that 54 of the 762 detainees were held for more than 
three 
months, despite objections from officials in the former Immigration and 
Naturalization Service that they should be released with "reasonable 
dispatch," one Justice official said.

At least 130 detainees did not acquire counsel during their 
proceedings, 
although all were afforded the right to ask for lawyers, the Justice 
official said.

Although the findings provide a glimpse of the impending report on 
Sept. 11 
detainees, it was impossible to determine yesterday what other findings 
it 
might contain. Neither the Justice Department nor the inspector 
general's 
office would provide any part of the report itself...

Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties 
Union, 
said yesterday that "the inspector general report shows that the war on 
terror quickly turned into a war on immigrants..."

But Justice and FBI officials said they believe the report shows they 
acted 
within the law in detaining immigrants after Sept. 11. A Justice 
official 
said the department has already implemented two of Fine's 
recommendations 
and is reviewing the overall system for handling "special interest" 
detainees.

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IS TERRORISM TIED TO CHRISTIAN SECT
Alan Cooperman, Washington Post, 6/2/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A1196-2003Jun1.html

The arrest of alleged Olympic bomber Eric Robert Rudolph may finally 
allow 
authorities to answer a question that has loomed since the beginning of 
the 
five-year hunt for him, but that has taken on deeper resonance since 
Sept. 
11, 2001: Is he a "Christian terrorist"?

The question is not just whether Rudolph is a terrorist, or whether he 
considers himself a Christian. It is whether he planted bombs at the 
1996 
Olympic Games in Atlanta, two abortion clinics and a gay nightclub to 
advance a religious ideology -- and how numerous, organized and violent 
others who share that ideology may be.

Federal investigators believe Rudolph has had a long association with 
the 
radical Christian Identity movement, which asserts that North European 
whites are the direct descendants of the lost tribes of Israel, God's 
chosen people...

"We declare and will wage total war on the ungodly communist regime in 
New 
York and your legaslative bureaucratic lackey's in Washington. It is 
you 
who are responsible and preside over the murder of children and issue 
the 
policy of ungodly preversion thats destroying our people," one of the 
letters said, in childish penmanship riddled with errors...

SEE ALSO:

SYMPATHY FOR BOMBING SUSPECT MAY CLOUD SEARCH FOR EVIDENCE
Jeffrey Gettleman, New York Times, 6/1/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/02/national/02BOMB.html

PEACHTREE, N.C. - Betty Howard made many people happy today, and it was 
not 
for her daily special. Around noon, Mrs. Howard walked outside, glanced 
up 
at the sign in front of her diner and decided to change the lettering 
on 
the marquee from "Roast Turkey Baked Ham" to "Pray for Eric Rudolph."

"Bless his heart," Mrs. Howard said. "Eric needs our help..."

A day after the authorities finally collared Eric R. Rudolph, the 
36-year-old phantom survivalist who had been wanted for five years in 
connection with the bombing at the 1996 Olympics and attacks on 
abortion 
clinics, it is becoming clearer how fiercely loyal this community is to 
him, and how that might complicate the case...

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'TORTURE' SNAPS: MAN HELD
John Kay, Sun, 6/2/03
http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2003242223,00.html

A British soldier has been arrested over sickening "torture" photos of 
an 
Iraqi prisoner.

They show a PoW dangling from a fork-lift truck.

Others allegedly depict soldiers committing sex acts near captured 
Iraqis.

The squaddie - in the 1st Royal Regiment of Fusiliers - was seized 
after he 
took a roll of film to his local photo shop to be developed. Horrified 
lab 
workers called in police.

One snap showed an Iraqi PoW who was bound and gagged. He was bundled 
up in 
netting suspended from a fork-lift driven by a British soldier.

It is believed the prisoner was alive when the pictures were taken in 
Southern Iraq as the war was raging.

Last night a war crimes probe was launched by the Army's Special 
Investigations Branch...

A senior Ministry of Defence spokeswoman said: "We confirm an 
investigation 
is under way into allegations of photos depicting maltreatment of Iraqi 
PoWs. We cannot comment further. But if there is any truth in these 
allegations the MoD is appalled. We take responsibility to PoWs 
extremely 
seriously."

SEE ALSO:

MY HORROR AT POW SEX ABUSE PICS
John Scott and Michael Lea, Sun, 6/2/03
http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/1,,2003250508,00.html

The young mum who uncovered the Iraqi PoW sex snaps scandal said last 
night: "I felt sick to the stomach at those pictures."

Kelly Tilford, 22, called police after developing a film in her photo 
shop.

The shocking pictures - revealed by The Sun yesterday - showed male 
Iraqis 
apparently forced into sexual positions by their British captors. In 
another a prisoner was suspended by rope from a fork-lift truck driven 
by a 
laughing Brit.

Fusilier Gary Bartlam, 18, of Tamworth, Staffs, is being grilled by the 
Army's top criminal investigator - amid fears the scandal is the tip of 
an 
iceberg.

Disgusted Kelly said she knew she had to call police after seeing the 
horrific scenes in Gulf War II snaps she had just developed.

Kelly added: "I don't feel guilty about calling in the police. I know 
people who have been fighting in Iraq...

"I would not want any of my friends to be treated like those Iraqis on 
the 
photographs. We are a great nation.

"But we would lose our self-respect and much more besides if we allowed 
ourselves and our troops to stoop this low."

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LIBRARIES REBELLING TO PROTECT PATRONS' PRIVACY
Boston Channel, 5/30/03
http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/2238208/detail.html

MADISON, Wis. -- In Wisconsin, there is a state law declaring library 
records confidential - that is unless you're an investigator armed with 
a 
judge's signature.

The director of Madison's public libraries fears the U.S. Patriot Act 
could 
have a stifling effect on what you feel comfortable reading.

It's the latest in a growing national backlash against the federal 
anti-terrorism law.

Under the controversial Patriot Act, FBI agents can get a court order 
to 
see what books you checks out, and you would never even know it...

In Palo Alto, the librarians are destroying computer records within six 
days of any transaction. All paper records there, including 
inter-library 
loan requests, book reserve lists and sign-up lists for the library's 
public computers, are being shredded immediately after use.

"There's not much they can find," the Madison director said. "That's 
what 
I'm trying to say, but that doesn't make the law a good law."

SEE ALSO:

COUNCIL TO VOTE ON ANTI-PATRIOT ACT RESOLUTION
Palo Alto Weekly, 5/31/03
http://www.paloaltoonline.com/paw/paonline/news/2003_05_31.councilpre31.shtml

A resolution that would aim to protect civil liberties asking Palo 
Alto's 
federal representatives to work to repeal parts of the USA Patriot Act 
is 
going to be considered by the Palo Alto City Council on Monday night.

Many civil libertarians view portions of the act -- passed six weeks 
after 
the Sept. 11 attacks to bolster the government's ability to fight 
domestic 
terrorism -- as assaulting civil liberties.

The city's proposed resolution also directs the city manager to ensure 
that 
the city's police department "refrains from engaging in the 
surveillance of 
individuals based on their participation in activities protected by the 
First Amendment, such as political activity of the practice of 
religion, 
without particularized suspicion of criminal activity unrelated to the 
activity protected by the First Amendment."

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. inside city hall at 250 Hamilton Ave. in 
Palo 
Alto.

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COUNCIL TAKES STAND AGAINST PATRIOT ACT
Steven Gardner, Sun Link, 5/30/03
http://www.thesunlink.com/redesign/2003-05-30/local/162350.shtml

In a rare display, about 80 Bainbridge Island residents gave the City 
Council a standing ovation for unanimously supporting a resolution 
critical 
of the USA Patriot Act.

The vote Wednesday followed impassioned pleas from residents to send a 
message that the city will protect civil rights. The resolution states 
the 
city's willingness not to cooperate with federal government 
investigations 
in some cases.

"If the possibility of death at the hands of terrorists is the price we 
pay 
for liberty, then so be it," said Iver Macdougall, a South Beach-area 
resident. "Better that a few of us be victims of terror than that all 
of us 
forfeit our fundamental freedoms."

The Bainbridge resolution affirms city employees' rights to "withhold 
cooperation in federal investigations, interrogations or arrest 
procedures" 
that violate "individual's civil rights or civil liberties..."

Bainbridge is one of 116 communities and three states to pass similar 
resolutions. Vermont also passed a resolution Wednesday, Philadelphia 
approved one Thursday and New York City has one on its agenda.

On Wednesday, the Kitsap Regional Library Board of Trustees also passed 
a 
resolution critical of elements of the act "that infringe on the rights 
of 
library patrons."

Seattle, Bellingham and Vashon-Maury Island have already passed similar 
legislation.

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SCHOOL MAKES HISTORY
Paul Tosto, Pioneer Press, 5/31/03
http://www.twincities.com/mld/pioneerpress/living/education/5981309.htm

It will be one of the smallest graduating classes in the Twin Cities, 
but 
it will be historic: Three students from Al-Amal School in Fridley 
today 
will be the first to graduate from an Islamic school in Minnesota, 
marking 
a new chapter in the state's rich tradition of religious education.

Sumaiya Mamdani, Amber Salem and Malik Harfi will take their diplomas 
this 
afternoon, joining more than 4,000 private school and 70,000 public 
school 
seniors in Minnesota expecting to graduate this spring.

For teens and parents, graduation day brings a tremendous "Hey, I made 
it" 
satisfaction. But the feeling today will belong, too, to Al-Amal, which 
began nine years ago with about 35 elementary school-age kids and has 
seen 
demand grow for Islamic and academic instruction.

"It's very important," Principal Salah Ayari said of today's event. "It 
shows that the Muslim community in Minnesota has a new focus now on 
education." It will build confidence among parents that "we can provide 
this kind of education for our kids and permit them to go to college."

Like Catholic, Jewish and Lutheran schools, Al-Amal weaves together 
religious and academic teaching. Reading, math, science and social 
studies 
are taught along with Arabic and the Quran. Parents and students come 
searching for smaller class sizes and a sense of discipline and unity 
in 
the religion...

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THE WAR PARTY- A SCARY, UGLY LOT
Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com, 6/2/03
http://www.antiwar.com/justin/justincol.html

Uzbekistan, land of torture, where opponents of the barbaric regime are 
routinely jailed, beaten, and murdered - you wouldn't think that Uzbek 
"President" Islam Karimov would have any Western defenders. But, then, 
you 
probably weren't taking ex-leftist-turned-Muslim Stephen Schwartz into 
account.

The fifty-something "senior policy analyst" for the ironically-named 
Foundation in Defense of Democracies, a rabid war bird formerly with 
the 
Voice of America, doesn't have much of a problem with Uzbekistan's 
estimated 600 political arrests per year and some 6,500 political 
prisoners 
- many of whom face death by torture…

In a free society, wackos like Schwartz are laughed at and generally 
ignored: in a police state, they are feared and universally hated 
informers. Caught as we are midway between these two states, the sight 
of 
Schwartz's porcine figure lurking in the shadows is fraught with 
overtones 
both sinister and absurd…

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SUMMIT ON CIVIL RIGHTS, LEGAL CHALLENGES

WHAT: The Muslim Legal Defense and Education Fund is hosting a summit 
on 
Muslim civil rights, legal challenges. Issues such as INS detentions, 
secret evidence, and FBI raids will be discussed. Keynote speaker will 
be 
Dr. Khalid Abdullah Tariq Al-Mansour, a civil rights and international 
lawyer. Registration fees vary for attorneys, community members and 
students.

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, June 7-8, 2003.

WHERE: Howard University School of Law.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 6/3/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: ACQUIRING KNOWLEDGE
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5961 SPONSORSHIPS
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* CAIR-ST. LOUIS OFFERS FBI ISLAMIC AWARENESS TRAINING
	- Law Enforcement Official's Guide to Muslim Community
	- CAIR-CA: Civil Liberties Forum at De Anza College
* GARY BAUER: ISLAM 'INCONSISTENT' WITH AMERICAN IDEALS	
	- The Normalcy of Peace (CSM)
	- Christians, Muslims Have Much in Common (Calgary Herald)
	- H.S. Students Discuss Their Differences (Newsday)
* REPORT: 9/11 DETAINEES ABUSED (Wash. Post)
	- Report Faults Roundup of Illegal Immigrants (NY Times)
	- The Abusive Detentions of Sept. 11 (NY Times)
	- Conyers Issues Statement About Report
	- Hunt for Terrorists Lands Pilot in Limbo (WS Journal)
* ROXBORO PHYSICIAN MAY RETURN TO U.S. (News & Observer)
* 3 ARRESTED FOR DEFILING MUSLIM WOMAN'S BODY (Independent)
* NEW GROUP OFFERS ALTERNATIVE TO AIPAC (Wash. Post)
* GUANTANAMO COURTROOMS BEING PREPARED (Times)
	- Two Convicted in Detroit Terror Trial (AP)
* COUNTY TO VOTE ON PATRIOT ACT RESOLUTION (Daily Emerald)
* PRELIMINARY TO THE 4TH ANNUAL ISSA CONFERENCE

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HADITH OF THE DAY: ACQUIRING KNOWLEDGE

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Acquiring knowledge in 
(the) company (of others) for an hour in the night is better than 
spending 
the whole night in prayer."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 91

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5961 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's Library Project has received 5961 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Our 
goal is to send accurate and objective information about Islam to 
America's 
16,000 public libraries.

GO TO: www.libraryproject.org

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CAIR-ST. LOUIS OFFERS FBI ISLAMIC AWARENESS TRAINING

(ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI) - On Monday, June 2, the St. Louis Chapter of the 
Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-St. Louis) conducted an 
Islamic 
awareness training program for more than 20 representatives of the 
FBI's 
St. Louis Field Office. CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director James O. 
Hacking 
III and Imam Muhammad Nur Abdullah, President of the Islamic Society of 
North America (ISNA), offered a Power Point presentation tailored to 
law 
enforcement officers at the FBI's local headquarters.

Issues addressed included the basic tenets of the Islamic faith, the 
status 
of women in Islam, the diversity of the American Muslim community, and 
ways 
the estimated 75,000 area Muslims can work together with law 
enforcement. A 
question-and-answer session followed the presentation.

Hacking noted that it is important to maintain clear lines of 
communication 
between law enforcement officials and the Muslim community. He said, "I 
believe the presentation was well received and several agents thanked 
us 
for coming and said they found the discussion to be very informative."

CAIR recently announced the publication of a booklet designed to 
familiarize the law enforcement community with Islamic beliefs and 
practices. The booklet, "A Law Enforcement Official's Guide to the 
Muslim 
Community," outlines basic information about Islamic beliefs that are 
relevant to law enforcement. It also cover issues such as the rights of 
Muslim law enforcement officers, religiously-sensitive techniques for 
body 
searches, proper etiquette for entering Muslim homes, and advice on 
outreach to the Islamic community.

Copies of the booklet may be obtained by contacting:
publications@cair-net.org ($3+S/H)

SEE ALSO: A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL'S GUIDE TO THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY
http://www.cair-net.org/hdn/LawEnforceGuide/

SEE ALSO:

CAIR-CA: CIVIL LIBERTIES FORUM TONIGHT AT DE ANZA COLLEGE

Civil Liberties: From the Past to the Present

Panel of Speakers:

-Jean Wakatsuki Houston, Author of 'Farewell to Manzanar'
-Scholar, Stanford Hoover Institute (Invited)
-Kenzo Kimura, President, San Jose Chapter- Japanese American Citizens 
League
-Helal Omeira, Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic 
Relations

De Anza College, Campus Center, Conference Rooms A & B

Tuesday June 3, 2003, 6:00 to 8:00 PM

For More Info: 408-864-8690, CivilRightsEvent@yahoogroups.com

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INCITEMENT WATCH: GARY BAUER SAYS ISLAM 'INCONSISTENT' WITH AMERICAN 
IDEALS

'JUDEO-CHRISTIAN-ISLAMIC' TERM PROPOSED
David Brody, Family News, 6/2/03
http://www.family.org/cforum/fnif/news/a0026311.html

"The country was built on Judeo-Christian values, and Islamic values in 
many, many ways are inconsistent with the very ideals of the American 
public," Bauer said.

ALSO SEE:

THE NORMALCY OF PEACE
Christian Science Monitor, 6/3/03
http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0603/p18s01-hfcs.html

D.J. is a very Muslim man whose taxi business is housed in a very 
Jewish 
auto-repair shop. It is here that this very Christian woman takes her 
very 
old car for repairs that are getting more and more frequent. So I have 
gotten to watch and love how these men interact in a way that gives me 
hope 
for peace among the people of the world...

Despite the ethnic violence portrayed in the media, the reality is that 
there are people from all kinds of backgrounds connecting every day in 
ways 
that are moving civilization forward. Yes, there are painful 
contradictions 
of this fact, but in thinking about the world, I find myself asking: 
Which 
evidence am I to believe? Is man nothing more than a self-interested 
animal 
who defends only the confines of his own family's lair? Or is man 
endowed 
with the perspective of his Maker, and able to look at life broadly, 
able 
to think beyond his own life?...

As much as humans are fooled into thinking that they are isolated, 
solitary 
beings, fighting for their lives and provision, we have a divine 
origin, 
placing us securely in God's family with God's provision. This is the 
fundamental truth of the universe. Rather than agree that we live in a 
universe of competitive needs and limited resources, it is essential 
that 
we admit that the provision of one man's needs is in harmony with 
another's.

This is the foundation for hope. And how important it is that we commit 
to 
that hope...

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CHRISTIANS, MUSLIMS HAVE MUCH IN COMMON
Shahina Siddiqui, Calgary Herald, 6/3/03
http://www.canada.com/calgary/calgaryherald/

Re: "Aid to Iraq steams ahead," May 24.

Unfortunately, the message your readers received in light of Franklin 
Graham's derogatory comments regarding Islam and the prophet of Islam, 
Mohammed, reported in your paper by Linda Slobodian, was derisory and 
hateful.

It is only fair that Graham's evangelical view of Islam be given a 
response 
that outlines an Islamic view of Christianity.

Prophet Jesus is held in great esteem by Muslims and we celebrate his 
birth 
and honor his message by emulating his teachings in word, deed and 
thought. 
Muslims aspire to the example of Jesus, who was known for his 
compassion 
and humble lifestyle...

The many miracles that Jesus was blessed with are also recorded in the 
Qur'an and which Muslims cannot deny or underplay. For example, Chapter 
5, 
Verse 110, tells how Jesus as a child made a bird out of clay and 
breathed 
life into it, and he healed the blind and the lepers...

Islamic tradition discourages us from devoting just one day for the 
celebration of Jesus's message...

As a reminder to Graham, and for the benefit of Christian readers, let 
us 
consider how God describes Christians in the Qur'an: "And nearest among 
the 
people in love to believers (Muslims) will thy find those who say 'We 
are 
Christians,' because among these are people devoted to learning and 
people 
who have renounced the world and they are not arrogant." (5:82)

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FRANCIS LEWIS H.S. STUDENTS DISCUSS THEIR DIFFERENCES
Newsday, 6/3/03
http://www.newsday.com/mynews/ny-puloutt3311684jun03,0,5448525.story

Eleventh-graders Adam Faroqui, a Muslim, and Joseph Sadon, a Jew, 
aren't 
best friends despite their religious difference but because of it. The 
two 
actually became friends debating the Arab-Israeli conflict at Francis 
Lewis 
High School in Fresh Meadows.

"I do believe that my religion is the right path, but that doesn't mean 
I 
am a Muslim supremacist," Adam said, explaining the difference between 
ethnic pride and ethnocentrism. "A lot of people have used the Arab- 
Israeli conflict to make enemies, but I've used it to make friends."

Joseph said, "If you believe your race is better than others just 
because 
you were born into it ... you are a racist."

These students have a unique perspective on these issues; they are 
among 
some 225 students in the school who are acting as peer leaders as part 
of a 
citywide Project Liberty program, federally funded by FEMA, designed to 
heal racial rifts following 9/11...

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REPORT: 9/11 DETAINEES ABUSED
Steve Fainaru, Washington Post, 6/3/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A5511-2003Jun2.html

Authorities violated the civil rights of hundreds of immigrants 
detained 
after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and demonstrated "a pattern of 
physical 
and verbal abuse" at a federal prison where 84 of them were held, 
according 
to a long-awaited Justice Department report released yesterday.

According to a review by its Office of the Inspector General, the 
Justice 
Department instituted a "no bond" policy for all detainees connected to 
the 
terrorism probe after the attacks -- even though immigration officials 
quickly questioned the policy's legality.

Without bail, terrorism suspects remained in jail for an average of 
nearly 
three months, much longer than the FBI projected before it cleared most 
of 
them for release, the report said. In addition, detainees faced 
monumental 
difficulties and weeks of delay before they were allowed to make phone 
calls and find lawyers. Some were kept for months in cells illuminated 
24 
hours a day and were escorted in handcuffs, leg irons and waist 
chains...

The 198-page report by Inspector General Glenn A. Fine is the most 
thorough 
account to date of the government's handling of 762 immigrants -- most 
of 
Arab and South Asian descent -- taken into custody during the 
nationwide 
terrorism probe. All had violated immigration laws in some way. The 
inquiry 
focused on two detention facilities that housed the majority of the 
detainees, the federal Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn and 
the 
Passaic County jail in Paterson, N.J...

To view full report, see: 
http://www.usdoj.gov/oig/special/0603/full.pdf or
http://www.fas.org/irp/agency/doj/oig/detainees.pdf

SEE ALSO:

U.S. REPORT FAULTS THE ROUNDUP OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS AFTER 9/11
Eric Lictblau, New York Times, 6/3/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/03/politics/03DETA.html

WASHINGTON - The highly critical report from the Justice Department's 
inspector general concluded that F.B.I. officials, particularly in New 
York 
City, "made little attempt to distinguish" between immigrants who had 
possible ties to terrorism and those swept up by chance in the 
investigation.

Justice Department officials said they believed they had acted within 
the 
law in pursuing terrorist suspects. "We make no apologies for finding 
every 
legal way possible to protect the American public from further 
terrorist 
attacks," said Barbara Comstock, a spokeswoman for the department.

But the inspector general's report found that some lawyers in the 
department raised concerns about the legality of the tactics, only to 
be 
overridden by senior officials.

The report validated the concerns raised by some members of Congress 
and 
civil rights groups who charge that the Justice Department has cast too 
wide a net in the campaign against terrorism. The findings will 
probably 
provide legal and political ammunition to those seeking to curb the 
department's counterterrorism tactics, officials said.

"It feels good to have someone saying that we shouldn't have had to go 
through all that we did," said Shanaz Mohammed, 39, who was held in 
Brooklyn for eight months on an immigration violation before being 
deported 
to Trinidad last year...

"I think America overreacted a great deal by singling out Arab-named 
men 
like myself," he said in a phone interview. "We were all looked at as 
terrorists. We were abused."

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THE ABUSIVE DETENTIONS OF SEPT. 11
New York Times, 6/3/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/03/opinion/03TUE1.html

It was vital after the terrorism of Sept. 11 that the nation protect 
itself, arresting and investigating those who might have had a role. 
But it 
was equally vital that it avoid doing things we would later regret, 
like 
failing to grant detainees due process or abusing them either mentally 
and 
physically. Sadly, such caution was not exercised, according to a frank 
and 
blistering report by the inspector general of the Justice Department.

The report, released yesterday, criticizes an array of practices, like 
holding suspects in 23-hour "lockdowns" and interfering with their 
access 
to lawyers...

In the 11 months after Sept. 11, the Justice Department detained 762 
non-citizens in connection with terrorism inquiries, many on charges of 
entering the country illegally or overstaying visas. The inspector 
general 
found that while the Justice Department had faced "enormous challenges 
and 
difficult circumstances," it had nevertheless engaged in a significant 
amount of unacceptable activity...

No one wants the government to stop protecting the nation. But 
yesterday an 
important watchdog added its voice to those who insist that while doing 
so, 
the government must do a better job of protecting the rights of the 
suspects, many of them completely innocent, who are caught up in the 
net. 
Immigrants, legal or illegal, deserve due process and decent treatment.

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CONYERS: "IG REPORT CONFIRMS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT'S WAR ON TERRORISM IS
JUST A WAR ON THE CONSTITUTION AND BASIC HUMAN DIGNITIES"

Congressman John Conyers, Jr. issued the following statement regarding 
the 
report by the Inspector General of the Department of Justice on the 
treatment of 9/11 detainees:

"This report confirms my worst fears about the unaccountable Ashcroft 
Justice Department, that its war on terrorism is just a war on the 
Constitution and basic human dignities.  This report presents stark 
evidence that the DOJ has deprived detainees of fundamental 
constitutional 
rights and has employed shocking and un-American tactics of torture and 
abuse. I fear that, in fighting terrorism, Ashcroft would tear down the 
foundations of our democracy.

When the Attorney General appears before the Judiciary Committee on 
Thursday, I will hold him fully accountable for this.  Some troubling 
highlights from the report include:

- The Department kept the detainees in harsh, inhuman conditions.  At 
the 
Bureau of Prison's facility (Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, 
New 
York), detainees were subject to physical and verbal abuse by MDC staff 
and 
their cells were illuminated 24 hours per day; - In New York City, the 
FBI 
and INS did not distinguish between detaining aliens connected to the 
attacks and detaining those who had no connection to the attacks but 
came 
up in a September 11 lead.  The Department should have detained only 
those 
for whom it had some basis to suspect a connection to terrorism; - The 
Justice Department held detainees an average of 80 days; and

- The INS did not serve notices of immigration charges on detainees 
within 
specified timeframes. This affected ability of the detainees not only 
to 
understand why there were being held but also to obtain legal counsel 
and 
to request bond hearings.

This report should remind us of what an unchecked and out of control 
Justice Department can do. The Inspector General conducted his 
investigation under section 1001 of the USA PATRIOT Act, which charges 
him 
with investigating allegations of civil rights and civil liberties 
abuses 
made against Justice Department employees. While I opposed the Patriot 
Act 
in its final form, I authored this provision. But for that clause 
hidden in 
the most rushed and misguided piece of legislation the Congress has 
ever 
seen, the abuses of the Ashcroft Justice Department would have been 
hidden 
forever from the American people."

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HUNT FOR TERRORISTS LANDS ONE PILOT IN STATE OF LIMBO
Stephen Power, Wall Street Journal, 6/3/03
http://online.wsj.com/public/us

Looking for potential terrorists last summer, the Transportation 
Security 
Administration combed a list of 1.3 million U.S.-licensed pilots, 
flight 
instructors and mechanics. It found just 11 suspects.

One of them was Samir Boudah, an Algerian-born French engineer who had 
been 
studying to receive his commercial pilot's license in Florida. Within 
days, 
Mr. Boudah, now 32 years old, received a letter from the Federal 
Aviation 
Administration telling him that his U.S. private pilot's license was 
being 
revoked because "you present a risk to aviation security or national 
security." It didn't say why.

Mr. Boudah hired a lawyer and, at the TSA's request, sent the agency a 
short autobiography. Quickly enough, the TSA reversed itself, conceding 
in 
a January letter to the FAA, which issues pilot licenses, that Mr. 
Boudah 
does "not present a security risk." The TSA also changed its mind about 
two 
of the 10 other foreigners it had singled out as suspicious.

But Mr. Boudah's troubles weren't over. More than four months after the 
TSA 
cleared him of suspicion, he is still barred from entering the U.S. His 
finances are depleted by a long legal struggle to clear his name, and 
his 
dream of becoming a U.S. airline pilot now seems beyond reach. No one 
in 
the U.S. government will tell him why he's still barred from entering 
the 
U.S. For months, he didn't even know which agency had a problem with 
him.

The Sept. 11 attacks put intense pressure on law-enforcement agencies 
to 
scrutinize foreign visitors for terrorist links. Often, they had little 
time to act and scarce information to go on. "They've got to err on the 
side of safety wherever they can," says Rusty Capps, a retired FBI 
antiterrorist supervisor.

But now, as the government assembles a bureaucracy for handling alleged 
terrorist threats, it is drawing fire for inadequate due-process 
protections. Big airline-pilots' and mechanics' unions have filed suit 
in 
federal court to strike down the TSA's threat-assessment system, 
arguing 
the agency's standards for identifying terrorists encourage "arbitrary, 
inconsistent and discriminatory enforcement…"

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DOCTOR WINS NEW VISA: ROXBORO PHYSICIAN MAY RETURN TO U.S.
Yonat Shimron, News & Observer, 6/3/03
http://newsobserver.com/news/story/2586886p-2400718c.html

Three weeks after he was denied re-entry into the United States and put 
on 
a plane back to Pakistan, a Roxboro doctor may soon be caring for his 
patients.

On Monday, Dr. Shahid Mahmood was told by a U.S. Embassy official in 
Islamabad, Pakistan, that he would receive a new H1-B working visa by 
courier mail later this week. If all goes as planned, Mahmood may be 
back 
sometime next week at his Roxboro clinic, caring for more than 600 
mostly 
poor and elderly patients.

Mahmood, 38, a Pakistani citizen, left the United States last month for 
a 
trip home to visit his ailing father. When he returned May 11, 
immigration 
officials at Dulles International Airport near Washington denied him 
entry, 
saying he had failed to register with U.S. authorities before he left. 
They 
canceled his visa. Within six hours he, his wife, Shazia, and 
2-year-old 
daughter, Fareen, were flown back to Pakistan...

Mahmood's ordeal is the result of a law enacted after Sept. 11, 2001, 
that 
requires foreign nationals from 25 mostly Muslim countries to register 
with 
the Bureau for Citizenship and Immigration Services. Although Mahmood 
went 
to the Charlotte immigration office earlier this year to be 
photographed 
and fingerprinted as the law requires, he said he was unaware of 
another 
part of the law that mandates foreign nationals to register with 
government 
authorities before they leave the country.

Mahmood's brother-in-law, Dr. Sarim Mir, a doctor living in Hagerstown, 
Md., and his Roxboro office manager, Tracy Wall, worked feverishly to 
get 
him back, soliciting letters on his behalf from local doctors and 
contacting several North Carolina legislators and U.S. senators. 
Pressure 
from Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole's office staff helped persuade the 
American embassy in Pakistan to speed the application and allow the 
doctor 
to return, said Brian Nick, a spokesman for Dole's office. The senator 
did 
not have to intervene personally, he added....

In response to his plight, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a 
Muslim advocacy group based in Washington, issued an advisory to Muslim 
visa-holders in the United States, warning them that if they forget to 
register before they leave the country, they will not be allowed to 
return...

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THREE ARRESTED AFTER DESECRATION OF MUSLIM WOMAN'S BODY WITH BACON 
STRIPS
Terry Kirby, Independent, 6/3/03
http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/crime/story.jsp?story=411948

Detectives investigating the desecration of a Muslim woman's body that 
was 
covered with bacon as it lay in a hospital morgue have arrested three 
men 
and discovered a cache of 2,000 photographs of corpses.

Another desecration of a corpse at Hillingdon Hospital mortuary in west 
London in 1996 - when the body was marked by a pen - has also emerged 
during the inquiry by Scotland Yard.

Neither the family of the first victim or the police were notified at 
the 
time of the desecration. The hospital has apologised to the woman's 
family, 
who are said to be "very distressed", and has now set up its own 
inquiry 
into the affair. Two of those arrested, a man aged 20 and another aged 
30, 
are former mortuary workers who are now being investigated over the 
incident in January, when the body of a 65-year-old grandmother, who 
died 
from cancer, was desecrated with bacon slices. It is strictly against 
the 
Muslim religion to touch or eat pork and detectives are treating it as 
a 
religiously or racially motivated crime. The third man, a 53-year old 
from 
Uxbridge in west London, was arrested in connection with allegations of 
theft of personal property from corpses in the mortuary. He is not 
being 
linked to the desecration incident and has been suspended from his job 
at 
the hospital...

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NEW GROUP OFFERS ALTERNATIVE TO AIPAC
Caryle Murphy, Washington Post, 6/3/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A5329-2003Jun2.html

On the same day that President Bush holds a summit with Arab leaders in 
Cairo, about 500 activists will visit 160 Capitol Hill offices today 
with 
the message that some supporters of Israel believe its security depends 
on 
creating a viable Palestinian state.

Participants in the "Teach-in to Congress," many of them Jewish, have 
been 
meeting in Washington since Sunday to discuss, among other things, how 
to 
counter the influence of the American Israeli Political Affairs 
Committee. 
Organizers of the conference said that offsetting AIPAC's lobbying 
efforts 
would help bring about a more even-handed U.S. approach to the 
Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"This is the first attempt to build a national organization that is an 
alternative to AIPAC," said Michael Lerner, editor of the Jewish 
magazine 
Tikkun and an organizer of the four-day conference. "We are a 
progressive 
middle path. We are both pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian."

Bush will meet tomorrow in Jordan with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel 
Sharon 
and Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, in an effort to 
demonstrate 
U.S. involvement in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to 
prompt both sides to take steps to show their commitment to the 
so-called 
road map for bringing peace to the Holy Land...

The conference's agenda included discussions on how spiritual 
understanding 
of the world could enhance promoting peace and justice, and workshops 
on 
"breaking the lock of AIPAC and the pro-Sharon forces on American 
politics..."

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GUANTANAMO COURTROOMS BEING PREPARED
Richard A. Serrano, Times, 6/2/03
http://www.latimes.com/la-060203gitmo_lat,0,5733285.story

WASHINGTON - With the Pentagon preparing recommendations on which 
detainees 
to send to military tribunals, authorities at the U.S. Naval Base at 
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have begun renovating several old office 
buildings to 
serve as courtrooms.

Officials in Cuba also are informally discussing plans for building a 
Death 
Row and an execution chamber should any of the military trials result 
in 
death sentences in the U.S. war on terror.

In Washington, authorities cautioned that it probably would not be 
until 
later this summer, at the earliest, before President Bush acts on the 
recommendations from the Pentagon's Office of Military Commissions and 
signs an executive order finding a "reason to believe" some of the 680 
detainees should be charged with crimes and ordered to stand trial.

The commission's office is preparing its recommendations now, and 
authorities expect that only a handful of detainees would initially be 
sent 
to military court...

SEE ALSO:

TWO CONVICTED IN DETROIT TERROR TRIAL

DAVID RUNK, Associated Press, 6/3/03

DETROIT (AP) - Two of four Arab immigrants were convicted Tuesday of 
conspiring to support Islamic extremists plotting attacks in the United 
States and the Middle East. A third was found guilty of a fraud charge, 
and 
a fourth was acquitted of all counts.

The case, which began with a raid on a Detroit apartment just six days 
after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was seen as a test of the 
government's 
ability to prosecute terrorist ``sleeper'' cells.

Abdel-Ilah Elmardoudi, 37, and Karim Koubriti, 24, were found guilty of 
conspiracy to provide material support or resources to terrorists, and 
of 
conspiracy to engage in fraud and misuse of visas, permits and other 
documents.

Ahmed Hannan, 34, was acquitted of conspiracy to support terrorism, but 
was 
found guilty of conspiracy to engage in fraud and misuse of visas, 
permits 
and other documents.

Koubriti and Hannan were acquitted on two other fraud counts.

Elmardoudi can be sentenced to as much as 15 years in prison; Koubriti 
and 
Hannan face five years behind bars.

Farouk Ali-Haimoud, 22, was acquitted of all charges. He wept after the 
jury left the courtroom, and his lawyer asked for his release as soon 
as 
possible.

Prosecutors alleged the four men worked as a sleeper cell that was part 
of 
a shadowy unidentified terrorist group and conspired to help terrorists 
by 
raising money and producing false documents.

Defense attorneys said their clients were victims of overzealous 
federal 
agents who relied on the lies of an admitted con man to build a flimsy 
case 
that didn't add up to terrorism.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Convertino noted that the government 
said 
Elmardoudi was the leader of the alleged cell. ``This is consistent 
with 
the jury's verdict,'' he said outside the courtroom.

Elmardoudi's attorney, William Swor, said his client was devastated by 
the 
verdict, but said he didn't believe the jury accepted the government's 
argument that the men were part of a terrorist cell. ``Even in my 
client's 
conviction, there is no support for the government's contention,'' Swor 
said…

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LANE COUNTY SOON TO VOTE ON PATRIOT ACT RESOLUTION
Jennifer Bear, Oregon Daily Emerald, 6/3/03
http://www.dailyemerald.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/06/02/3edb64ce8ec18

Rumors and whispers of executive excess, loss of liberty and nefarious 
pranks between publishers all found their way to the front page of the 
Emerald this year. Students who have been taken over by the summer 
spirit 
may already be on vacation in their own minds. But for readers who stay 
tuned until the ending credits roll and the school year fades to black, 
the 
major stories from 2002-03 need one final close-up.

One issue that has continued to galvanize the citizenry and spark 
numerous 
protests is the constraints placed on civil liberties, especially with 
regards to the USA PATRIOT Act.

Locally, the Lane County Bill of Rights Defense Committee has been the 
biggest organized opposition to this controversial piece of 
legislation. 
Hope Marston, a coordinator for the committee, said the group hasn't 
ceased 
its efforts to oppose the PATRIOT Act.

The committee's most recent efforts included an appearance before the 
Lane 
County Board of Commissioners on May 14 to urge the commission to pass 
a 
resolution challenging the act. Representatives from the group brought 
a 
petition to the board meeting with about 4,000 signatures, and Marston 
said 
they hope the commission will pass the group's resolution in June...

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PRELIMINARY TO THE 4TH ANNUAL ISSA CONFERENCE

WHAT: The Medical College of Ohio department of psychiatry and 
multi-cultural affairs and the Islamic Social Services Association of 
USA 
and Canada with support from St. Charles Mercy Hospital Connecting 
Point 
University of Toledo Department of psychology presents, "Mental Health 
Services and the Muslim American Community: Cultural Considerations."

Topics include: Islam and Muslim Americans, guidelines for 
out-patients, 
home school and forensic settings, recommendations for counseling and 
psychiatry. Guest speakers include Jalil K Abdul-Adil, Ph D- Chicago; S 
Abdul Hafeez, MD- Michigan; Aneesah Nadir, M.S.W- Arizona; Lisa Eman 
St. 
George, MSW, CRRP- Arizona; Shahina Siddiqui- Executive Director 
Islamic 
Social Services Association USA & Canada and more.

WHEN: Friday June 20, 2003, 7:45 am - 3:45 pm

WHERE: Islamic Centre of Greater Toledo, 2nd floor Lecture Hall, 25877 
Scheider Rd., Perrysburg, Ohio

CONTACT: (419) 383-6602

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 6/4/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: CHARITY
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5971 SPONSORSHIPS
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* MUSLIM TEEN HONORED FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE (Detroit News)
* SAN FRANCISCO ISLAMIC CENTER VANDALIZED
	- Mosque Vandalism Possible Hate Crime (Mustang Daily)
* PROPOSED MUSLIM YOUTH CAMP STIRS DEBATE (Fox)
* WORLD'S VIEW OF U.S. SOURS AFTER IRAQ WAR (NY Times)
	- Muslims and the U.S. (CSM)
* MUSLIM LEADER COULD BE DEPORTED (WNEP)
* FEAR CHRISTIAN TERRORISTS, TOO (Miami Herald)
	- Making an Antihero (NY Times)
	- Terrorism, Religion and 'Andy Griffith'(Wash Post)
* DETAINEES GET BOOST FROM JUSTICE REVIEW (CSM)
	- Mr. Ashcroft's abuses (St. Louis Today)
* U.S. TO LAY OFF 500,000 IN IRAQ (LA Times)
	- Shiites Pour Into Baghdad Streets (LA Times)
	- Occupiers Propose New Media Code in Iraq (AP)
* NO CITIZENSHIP TO CHILDREN WITH PALESTINIAN PARENT (Haaretz)
	- Has Sharon Set a Trap for Bush? (IHT)
* 3 OF 4 DEFENDANTS CONVICTED IN DETROIT TERRORISM TRIAL (KRT)
* DON'T PRINT 'HATE MAIL' (News & Record)
      	- Facts Don't Support View of Muslim Council (Ind. Star)
	- Hate-filled Column Sends Wrong Message (N&R)
	- Article Prompts Action from Local Muslims (NBC 4 news)
* IMC HOSTS CONVENTION on GUJARAT
* COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY'S MUSLIMS IN NYC FOCUS GROUP

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HADITH OF THE DAY: CHARITY

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said the angels once asked God 
if 
there was anything in His Creation stronger than the mountains, iron, 
fire, 
water, and wind. God replied: "Yes, the son of Adam who gives charity 
with 
his right hand while concealing it from his left."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 602

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5971 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's Library Project has received 5971 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Our 
goal is to send accurate and objective information about Islam to 
America's 
16,000 public libraries.

GO TO: www.libraryproject.org

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MUSLIM TEEN HONORED FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE
"I am a Muslim and our faith is about helping people."
Santiago Esparza, Detroit News, 6/4/03
http://www.detnews.com/

CANTON TOWNSHIP -- Farhan Azeez teaches Arabic classes, mentors young 
people, and over the past four years, has performed more than 450 hours 
of 
community service.

Azeez believes its no big deal, he is Muslim and his faith requires 
such 
commitment to the community. Canton Township officials believe it is a 
big 
deal and have honored Azeez for his efforts.

The 17-year-old is among nine township residents recently honored for 
their 
contributions to the community.

"It feels great," Azeez said. "I am a Muslim and our faith is about 
helping 
people…"

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SAN FRANCISCO ISLAMIC CENTER VANDALIZED
CAIR-NCA asks that incident be investigated as possible hate crime

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) - The Northern California office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NCA) has called on local and national 
authorities to investigate an act of vandalism at an Islamic center in 
that 
state as a possible bias-related incident. Officials with the Islamic 
Society of San Francisco told CAIR-NCA the front window of that 
facility 
was smashed on Monday.

"It is very disturbing to see what may be another bias incident 
targeting 
Muslim Californians," said CAIR-NCA Executive Director Helal Omeira. 
"However, we are pleased to see that law enforcement agencies have 
taken a 
pro-active approach to assure the safety of the community."

Omeira cite a number of similar hate-related incidents that have been 
reported recently in California.

Four Muslim women visiting a Venice restaurant were verbally assaulted 
by 
another patron who made references to raping Muslim women and 
threatened 
them with physical assault. Death threats were made against Muslim 
students 
at San Jose State University. One incident in Yorba Linda left a Muslim 
teenager badly beaten by a group that allegedly included white 
supremacists. In Santa Clara, a Muslim woman wearing Islamic attire was 
assaulted in the laundry room of her apartment building.

These attacks are all being investigated as bias-related incidents.

In order to help protect mosques and Islamic centers in North America, 
CAIR 
published a "Muslim Community Safety Kit, which continues to be 
distributed 
nationwide." SEE: http://www.cair-net.org/safetykit

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in 
Washington, D.C., and has 22 regional offices nationwide and in Canada. 
Since its founding in 1994, CAIR has defended the civil and religious 
rights of all Americans. 					

CONTACT: Helal Omeira, 408-476-7843

SEE ALSO:

MOSQUE VANDALISM IN CAL POLY AREA POSSIBLE HATE CRIME
Devin Kingdon, Mustang Daily, 6/3/03
http://mustangdaily.calpoly.edu/

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - San Luis Obispo, Calif., may be the latest in 
a 
national trend of increased post-Sept. 11 hate crimes after vandals 
smashed 
the stained glass door of the Islamic Center of the Central Coast May 
9.

The attack occurred sometime between the 5 a.m. prayer at the mosque 
and 
the 10 p.m. prayer.

"They bashed in the stained glass door with some type of object, like a 
hammer," said business senior and former Muslim Student Association 
President Usman Amin. "Glass was shattered throughout the mosque, all 
the 
way to the back door. There was broken glass everywhere."

The incident caused some members of the mosque to believe it was a hate 
crime, despite the San Luis Obispo Police Department's insistence that 
it 
was not.

There was nothing to make detectives think it was a hate crime; rocks 
get 
thrown through lots of buildings downtown, police spokespersons said...

Anti-Islamic incidents surged dramatically after Sept. 11. Crimes 
against 
Arabs had previously been the second least-reported, but became the 
second 
highest-reported among religious bias incidents, according to the FBI's 
2001 Uniform Crime Reporting Program's Hate Crime Statistics...

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PROPOSED MUSLIM YOUTH CAMP STIRS DEBATE
FOX, 6/4/03
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,88569,00.html

NORTHERN LIBERTY, Iowa - A proposal to build a camp for young Muslims 
on 
federal land in Iowa is causing some controversy in the neighborhood.

The site in North Liberty, Iowa (search), used to be a Girl Scout camp 
- 
but now the Muslim Youth Camps of America (search) has other plans.

"What we want to develop is a youth camp that is a positive environment 
for 
Muslim youth and those of other faiths to belong to," said MYCA 
Director 
Jalel Aossey.

The camp is to be built on federal land and controlled by the U.S. Army 
Corps of Engineers (search), with a Muslim prayer tower and a 
year-round 
convention center that would be rented out off-season.

Leasing federal property to non-profit groups isn't unusual for the 
Army 
Corps. But this proposal has raised hackles among residents in the 
community. Some complaints are environmental in nature because of the 
size 
of the proposed camp...

Others are worried because the camp is for young Muslims.
"There is a widely held misconception that the Islamic religion is a 
peaceful, loving religion," said Greg Evans of the Concerned Citizens 
of 
Johnson City, Iowa. "It's really not..."

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WORLD'S VIEW OF U.S. SOURS AFTER IRAQ WAR, POLL FINDS
Christopher Marquis, New York Times, 6/4/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/04/international/04POLL.html

WASHINGTON, June 3 - The war in Iraq may have been a military success, 
but 
it has only deepened international skepticism toward the United States, 
its 
global policies and President Bush, with even military allies voicing 
growing disappointment or suspicion, a new poll has found.

The war, moreover, has rattled much of the Muslim world, prodding 
majorities in most countries to worry about the future of Islam and 
American military ambitions within their borders, the poll showed.

In a survey conducted since the end of hostilities in Iraq, the Pew 
Research Center for the People and the Press has released new data as 
part 
of an ambitious project to assess changes in global attitudes. The 
nonpartisan center surveyed 38,000 people in 44 nations during the 
summer 
and fall of 2002, and followed up with interviews of 16,000 people in 
20 
nations and in the areas administered by the Palestinian Authority 
after 
the end of the war.

"The war has widened the rift between Americans and Western Europeans, 
further inflamed the Muslim world, softened support for the war on 
terrorism, and significantly weakened global public support for the 
pillars 
of the post-World War II era - the U.N. and the North Atlantic 
alliance," 
said Andrew Kohut, the Pew center's director...

SEE ALSO:

MUSLIMS AND THE U.S.
Christian Science Monitor, 6/3/03
http://search.csmonitor.com/search_content/0604/p08s04-comv.html

A global poll released yesterday by the Pew Charitable Trusts reveals 
that 
the US-led war on terrorism isn't winning friends in the Muslim world, 
where friends are needed...

Many Muslims feel Islam is under greater attack, while some fear a US 
invasion. Yet they also feel closer to the US in sharing the belief 
that 
it's "necessary to believe in God to be moral" more than Europeans do.

Another convergence with the US is revealed in the poll's showing of a 
widespread appetite among Muslims for democratic values. People in most 
Muslim countries put an especially high premium on freedom of 
expression, 
freedom of the press, multiparty systems, and equal treatment under the 
law. Eleven countries with majority Muslim populations say 
Western-style 
democracy "can work here..."

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MUSLIM LEADER COULD BE DEPORTED
Paola Giangiacomo, WNEP, 6/4/03
http://www.wnep.com/Global/story.asp?S=1306575&nav=5ka4GBae

Friends, family and community leaders gathered Tuesday night in support 
of 
Imam Shiraz Mansoor. He is a member of the Islamic Society of 
Schuylkill 
County and a citizen of South Africa. The office of homeland security 
arrested Mansoor because he has been living in the U.S. illegally.

Abdel-Hamid Hnesh of the Islamic Society of Sschuylkill County said, 
"Since 
1998 we have been in pursuit of changing his visa status.  We have been 
turned down twice. However, we had the ability and legal precedent to 
appeal and we did."

Mansoor's wife Razia, is scared her family may be sent back to South 
Africa. "I'm hoping to not. They're saying were gonna be deported I'm 
not 
hoping for that it's up to the judge to decide."

Mansoor's bail hearing is later this week, people here plan to convince 
the 
judge that Mansoor is an asset to the community and should be allowed 
to 
stay in the Pottsville area. "Please say what you feel tell the judge 
he's 
not a threat to you." "We want him to be allowed to stay legally." 
"This is 
an outrage I am very angry. I find it very hard to believe were living 
in 
the U.S. and this is happening." Monsoor's bail hearing is Friday in 
Berks 
County. Mansoor's wife plans to visit her husband tomorrow with their 
children.

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FEAR CHRISTIAN TERRORISTS, TOO
Arsalan Iftikhar, Miami Herald, 6/4/03
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/opinion/6007438.htm

After seven long years on the lam, Eric Robert Rudolph has finally been 
captured for his purported lead role in the Centennial Olympic Park 
bombing 
at the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta and the bombing of a health clinic 
in 
Birmingham, Ala.
As the Justice Department now searches for credible evidence linking 
him to 
these and other acts of terror, information is now beginning to spring 
forth about Rudolph's ties to Christian ''terrorist'' groups.
According to The Washington Post, federal investigators believe Rudolph 
has 
had a long association with the radical Christian Identity movement, 
which 
asserts that North European whites are the direct descendants of the 
lost 
tribes of Israel, God's chosen people...
Although the vast majority of Muslims in the world would categorically 
detach the tenets of Islam from the acts of Osama bin Laden, it seems 
as 
though many within the government and media today are incapable of 
making 
that distinction...

SEE ALSO:

MAKING AN ANTIHERO
New York Times, 6/4/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/04/opinion/04WED2.html

Eric Rudolph, now charged with setting off bombs at the 1996 Atlanta 
Olympics, a gay nightclub in Atlanta and abortion clinics in Atlanta 
and 
Birmingham, Ala., has a depressingly familiar résumé. Social isolation 
and 
youthful exposure to extremist social views were succeeded by a gradual 
disaffection with most of the institutions that usually lead to greater 
socialization, including school and the Army. It is a recipe for the 
terrible solitude of crazed righteousness.

But Mr. Rudolph seems nevertheless to have acquired some friends and 
supporters. He managed to elude the federal law enforcement authorities 
for 
five years, even though they had been focusing their search on the 
Nantahala National Forest where he had been hiding. When he was 
captured in 
Murphy, N.C., scavenging in a Dumpster, Mr. Rudolph showed few signs of 
having lived a survivalist's life since he disappeared from sight...

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TERRORISM, RELIGION AND 'ANDY GRIFFITH'
Hesham A. Hassaballa, Washington Post, 6/4/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A10517-2003Jun3.html

I wish more members of the media took as much care with language as 
sociology professor James A. Aho of Idaho State University. Mr. Aho was 
quoted in the June 2 news story "Is Terrorism Tied to Christian Sect?; 
Religion May Have Motivated Bombing Suspect" as saying that he would 
call 
alleged Olympic bomber Eric Robert Rudolph "a religiously inspired 
terrorist" rather than a "Christian terrorist."

Unfortunately, commentators, pundits and media outlets have used the 
term 
"Islamic terrorist" to the point that Islam and terrorism are 
associated 
almost inextricably in the American mind. This has done a great 
disservice 
to American Muslims and has fueled anti-Muslim sentiment.

I hope the capture of Mr. Rudolph will help my fellow Americans see 
that 
the term "Islamic terrorist" is as offensive to Muslims as "Christian 
terrorist" is to Christians. Terrorists come in all flavors.

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DETAINEES GET BOOST FROM JUSTICE REVIEW
Seth Stern, Christian Science Monitor, 6/4/03
http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0604/p02s02-usju.html

The US Justice Department and its top officials could be open to 
lawsuits 
by former immigration detainees for everything from wrongful detentions 
to 
physical abuse - and the best evidence may come from the Justice 
Department 
itself.

For nearly two years, the Justice Department has rebuffed attempts by 
outsiders to obtain information about the detainees - even fighting 
requests to release their names.

But now the department's own Inspector General's Office, which 
functions as 
an internal watchdog unit, has shed light on what it characterizes as a 
flawed process under which 762 foreigners were detained without bond or 
any 
criminal charges being introduced against them.

As a result, Attorney General John Ashcroft is likely to face tough 
questions about whether Congress has ceded too much authority to the 
Justice Department over surveillance and immigration since Sept. 11. It 
will give ammunition to critics who are trying prevent the department 
from 
further expanding its powers - and may bring at least more attempts at 
legal action against DOJ...

SEE ALSO:

MR. ASHCROFT'S ABUSES
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/4/03
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/News/Editorial/D19CE40E31CBC7D686256D3B004E6616

A Muslim man in his 40s was arrested after an acquaintance reported he 
had 
made anti-American remarks. Three Middle Eastern construction workers 
were 
arrested after a traffic stop because they had building plans for a 
school 
they were working on. Another man was arrested because he told a clerk 
he 
wanted to learn to fly a plane.

All were among the 700-plus aliens "of interest" whom the government 
locked 
up, often for months, during Attorney General John D. Ashcroft's 
round-up 
of Middle Eastern men after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. 
None 
of them was charged with terrorism.

Now a report by Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine has 
confirmed the facts that underlie the criticism that civil libertarians 
have directed at Mr. Ashcroft for months. The report provides an 
especially 
damning indictment of the government's treatment of the detainees...

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U.S. TO LAY OFF 500,000 IN IRAQ
Warren Vieth, LA Times, 6/3/03
http://www.latimes.com/la-fg-econ3jun03,0,1223877.story

BAGHDAD - U.S. reconstruction officials will soon hand out pink slips 
to 
nearly half a million Iraqi military and civilian personnel, 
exacerbating 
an unemployment crisis that experts say could slow the pace of postwar 
reconstruction.

The layoffs will mean the loss of a government paycheck for roughly 1 
in 10 
Iraqi workers. The Bush administration hopes to soften the blow by 
making 
cash "termination payments" to members of Saddam Hussein's armed 
forces, 
Information Ministry employees and other government workers whose 
services 
are no longer wanted. The amount of the payments had not been 
announced.

Officials of the U.S.-led reconstruction effort acknowledged that the 
dismissal of so many people will magnify the economic misfortune of a 
country where a majority of the population depends on food rations; an 
estimated 30% of the labor force works for the government; and 
unemployment, as best anyone can tell, already exceeds 20%. The layoffs 
will be the latest blow to the once-thriving trading nation, already 
reduced to Third World subsistence levels by nearly three decades of 
authoritarian rule, international sanctions and intermittent war...

SEE ALSO:

SHIITES POUR INTO BAGHDAD STREETS
John Daniszewski and Azadeh Moaveni, LA Times, 6/4/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-iraq4jun04,1,7733544.story

Shiite anger at the U.S. occupation of Iraq boiled over here Tuesday, 
with 
thousands marching through the streets accusing American troops of 
violating Muslim customs and unjustly arresting a Shiite cleric.

Adding to the infuriation, Shiite political leaders said, is a new U.S. 
plan to appoint an interim political council of Iraqis. Some Shiites 
see 
this as a thinly disguised move to limit the influence of their 
religious 
leaders in the postwar administration of Iraq.

Other political organizations, including the former exile group the 
Iraqi 
National Congress, also are dismayed at the plan put forth Sunday by 
top 
U.S. occupation administrator L. Paul Bremer III. The plan to name a 
council of 25 to 30 prominent Iraqis would scuttle an earlier proposal 
for 
a broad national conference to elect an interim government.

Amid the rising anger, the U.S. Central Command reported Tuesday that 
another U.S. soldier was killed. The soldier, assigned to the Army's 
4th 
Infantry Division, died late Monday after a patrol came under fire from 
automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades near the town of Balad, 
north of Baghdad. The soldier was not identified pending notification 
of 
relatives...

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OCCUPIERS PROPOSE NEW MEDIA CODE IN IRAQ
BORZOU DARAGAHI, Associated Press, 6/5/03

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Faced with a freewheeling Iraqi media, the U.S.-led 
occupation authority is devising a code of conduct for the press, 
drawing 
protests from Iraqi journalists who endured censorship under Saddam 
Hussein 
and worry for their newfound freedom.

Coalition officials say the code is not intended to censor the media, 
only 
to stifle intemperate speech that could incite violence and hinder 
efforts 
to build a civil society. The country is just too fragile for a 
journalistic free-for-all, they say.

"There's no room for hateful and destabilizing messages that will 
destroy 
the emerging Iraqi democracy," Mike Furlong, a senior adviser to the 
Coalition Provisional Authority, told The Associated Press. "All media 
outlets must be responsible…"

Coalition officials haven't released details of their planned code. 
But, 
Iraqi journalists, when told of the idea, worried that it could lead to 
censorship.

"How can they say we have a democracy?" demanded Eshta Jassem Ali 
Yasseri, 
25, editor of the new satirical weekly Habezbooz. "That's not 
democracy. It 
sounds like the same old thing..."

Editors at the new daily newspaper Al-Manar said U.S. soldiers turned 
up at 
its offices last week to tell them about a new media monitoring board 
and 
ask for their opinion.

"They plan to set up a committee and some jerks will be on it," said 
Mohamad Jubar, the editor in chief. "I'll fight any attempt at 
censorship."

"Is there a media code of conduct in the U.S. or U.K.? Why should there 
be 
such a thing here?" asked Hamid al-Bayati, a leader of the Iran-linked 
Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq. Its new newspaper 
regularly criticizes the occupation…

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PM WOULD DENY CITIZENSHIP TO CHILDREN WITH PALESTINIAN PARENT
Gideon Alon and Yair Ettinger, Haaretz.com, 6/4/03
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=297618

The prime minister and defense heads have requested an amendment to the 
Citizenship Law to prevent automatic Israeli citizenship for a child 
with a 
Palestinian parent.

The move follows the discovery that the suicide bomber who blew himself 
up 
at the Mazza restaurant in Haifa was the son of a Jewish mother and a 
Palestinian father. The bomber had automatically received
Israeli citizenship and this aided him in moving freely and carrying 
out 
his attack.

Attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein has informed Prime Minister Ariel 
Sharon he is in favor of the amendment...

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HAS SHARON SET A TRAP FOR BUSH?
Henry Siegman International Herald Tribune, 6/3/03
http://www.iht.com/articles/98279.html

If Sharon will contrive reasons to delay or undermine the road map's 
provisions dealing with the settlements and settlement outposts, it 
will be 
a clear indication that his real intention is to trap Bush into lending 
U.S. support for his notion of a Palestinian state comprised of several 
cantons on territory fragmented by the settlements. And if Bush insists 
on 
full compliance with the road map, beginning with its provisions for an 
end 
to all further settlement activity, this will be a clear indication 
that he 
intends to remain fully committed to doing what is necessary to bring 
the 
century-long conflict between Jews and Palestinians to an end.

The writer is a senior fellow on the Middle East at the Council on 
Foreign 
Relations. These views are his own.

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3 OF 4 DEFENDANTS CONVICTED IN DETROIT TERRORISM TRIAL
Suzette Hackney, Tamara Audi, David Ashenfelter, KRT, 6/4/03
http://www.centredaily.com/mld/centredaily/news/6006554.htm

DETROIT - In the nation's first terrorism trial related to Sept. 11, a 
Detroit jury convicted two men and acquitted two others Tuesday in a 
split 
verdict that jurors said was unaffected by the terror attacks of Sept. 
11, 
2001.

A lone defendant, Farouk Ali-Haimoud, was acquitted of all charges. He 
clutched his face with both hands and sobbed after the verdict was read 
to 
a packed courtroom at noon. His mother, sitting in the courtroom and 
dressed in a white head scarf, cried and shook with emotion while 
clutching 
the hands of supporters sitting next to her.

Through his attorney, Robert Morgan, Ali-Haimoud reiterated that he is 
not 
a terrorist.

"I love this country, and I don't believe that the other men are 
terrorists, either," he said. "I am relieved for myself, but I do feel 
badly for the others..."

Haaris Ahmad, who heads the Michigan branch of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, said the trial "raised more questions than 
answers."

Ahmad is concerned about how the war on terrorism is affecting the 
lives of 
innocent people like Ali-Haimoud, who was acquitted of all charges.

"The process is just as important as the results," Ahmad said. "It's 
very 
clear there was nothing there, and he was just being swept up with the 
others..."

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DON'T PRINT 'HATE MAIL'
Zachary Moore, News & Record, 6/3/03
http://www.news-record.com/news/opinions/letters/tuesletters.htm

I was appalled to read Cal Thomas' column, "Muslims' political action a 
threat" (May 21) in a supposedly respectable newspaper. Thomas' column 
was 
nothing more than an open piece of hate mail directed at America's 
Islamic 
community.

In this column, Thomas accuses "our enemies" (whom he does not name) of 
immigrating to the United States for the express purpose of "organizing 
themselves politically." Apparently, Muslims never come to America for 
the 
same sort of reasons that bring other immigrants here - a better 
standard 
of living, higher-paying jobs, freedom from persecution, etc.

In Thomas' hate-addled brain, every Muslim is an al-Qaeda operative. 
One 
minute of rational thought will dispel this absurd conclusion. Muslims 
make 
up almost one-third of the world's population, they number 
approximately 2 
billion and are the majority religion in many countries throughout 
Africa 
and Asia. If all Muslims, or even just a quarter of them, were really 
terrorists, then America would have been reduced to a radioactive hole 
in 
the ground many years ago...

SEE ALSO:

FACTS DON'T SUPPORT VIEW OF MUSLIM COUNCIL
Andrew J. Schlewitz, Indianapolis Star, 6/2/03
http://www.indystar.com/print/articles/6/047531-2416-022.html

Thomas presents one Muslim group -- the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations -- as representative of all Muslims. CAIR is a potential 
"beachhead" of "our enemies." Thomas claims that the intent of this 
organization, and of all Muslims by implication, is the "destruction of 
our 
nation through its democratic processes and the imposition of a 
theocratic 
state..."

The historical record does not support Thomas' argument, nor do 
standards 
of logic and evidence. Do white supremacist groups represent all 
Americans? 
Does the National Organization for Women refer to all women? Does the 
Moral 
Majority stand for all Christians? Of course not. Likewise, we cannot 
assume that CAIR is the single face of all Muslims.

Moreover, it is by no means certain that CAIR is the devious threat 
that 
Thomas makes it out to be. Thomas bases his fear of Muslims on one 
speech 
given five years ago and on the words of Daniel Pipes, a pro-Israel 
analyst 
of Middle East affairs who is regularly featured in conservative papers 
and 
journals. It doesn't take much work on the Web via Google and 
LexisNexis to 
find a host of other sources that depict CAIR as moderate and anything 
but 
supportive of militant Islam....

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HATE-FILLED COLUMN SENDS WRONG MESSAGE
Jameel Khalifa, News & Record, 6/1/03
http://www.news-record.com/news/opinions/letters/sundletters.htm

Cal Thomas' column ("Muslims' political action a threat," May 21), 
echoing 
the 1930s Nazi propaganda against the Jewish community in Germany, 
warns of 
the "dangers" posed by increased Muslim political participation in 
America...

I wonder how Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin would have reacted to 
the 
News & Record publishing an article suggesting that a group of 
Americans 
were dangerous because of their religious beliefs. One of the main 
reasons 
the settlers came to this land was to escape religious persecution.

This kind of hate-mongering is far from harmless. It insinuates itself 
into 
people's minds, contributing to irrational fear of Muslims and 
counteracting the tremendous local efforts being made to bring the 
community together and weakening the impact of the vast contributions 
of 
American Muslims to our society.

I always thought that increasing one's political efficacy by voting and 
becoming more involved in the political process is what good 
citizenship 
demands.

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ARTICLE PROMPTS ACTION FROM LOCAL MUSLIMS
NBC 4 News, 6/3/03
http://www.nbc4columbus.com/news/2246554/detail.html

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A New York Times article written about local 
Christians 
trying to convert Muslims quoted a Southwestern City School District 
secretary as saying there is an influx of Somalian students in the 
schools 
and that she "had an obligation to save them."

The article prompted the local Council on American-Islamic Relations to 
meet with school administrators after Muslim parents called them.

"A lot of parents in the school system with the Columbus area are 
concerned 
about their kids going to schools and basically having people trying to 
convert them in the schools," said CAIR executive director Jad 
Humeidan...

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IMC HOSTS CONVENTION on GUJARAT

WHAT: The rise of religious fanaticism poses an immediate danger to 
millions of Indians and will have drastic effects on world peace. To 
counter this trend the only way is to organize, increase awareness of 
the 
dangers posed by religious fanaticism to India's democracy, pluralism, 
religious minorities and its global implications and form effective 
coalitions with groups representing India's different religions, ethnic 
minorities and US-based human rights organizations.

The Indian Muslim Council (IMA) will host a day-long convention by 
concerned people about the aftermath of the Gujarat pogrom and the 
alarming 
increase in religious fanaticism across India. It includes a banquet 
dinner 
and day-long sessions and workshops with Leading scholars, academics, 
journalists and researchers.

WHEN: Saturday: June 28, 2003. Convention starts at 10:00 AM
Registration $30.00 per person for the entire day

WHERE: Santa Clara Marriott, 2700 Mission College Boulevard, Santa 
Clara, 
CA 95054

CONTACT: For more information, call: (516) 567-0783 or visit 
http://www.imc-usa.org/convention.

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COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY'S MUSLIMS IN NYC FOCUS GROUP

WHAT: Columbia University's "Muslims in New York Project" is a study 
started in 1998 to examine the political and cultural identity, and 
civic 
engagement of New York's 600,000-strong Muslim community. A focus group 
will be held discussing issues such as the complex social, economic, 
and 
political challenges facing Muslim New Yorkers since 9/11.

All information provided by the participants will be strictly 
confidential 
in compliance with the University's regulations guaranteeing the 
privacy of 
research participants. Participants will receive $50 as a token of 
appreciation for involvement.

WHERE: International Affairs Building in room 1118 of the Middle East 
Institute, located at 420 West 118th Street (off Amsterdam Avenue).

WHEN: June 11 at 6:30-8:00 p.m.

CONTACT: Ayesha Hasan at 212-854-5533, or visit: 
www.sipa.columbia.edu/muslim-nyc

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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
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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

				-- MEDIA ADVISORY --

$80 MILLION SUIT FILED AGAINST CBS, 'TERRORIST HUNTER'

WHAT: On Thursday, June 5, attorneys for Muslim charitable institutions 
and 
individuals who say they were falsely accused of links to Osama bin 
Laden 
by a CBS "60 Minutes" report will hold a news conference in Washington, 
D.C., to announce the filing of a $80 million defamation suit against 
an 
anonymous "terrorist hunter," CBS, correspondent Bob Simon, and the 
SITE 
Institute, a self-proclaimed counterterrorism group.

The suit stems from a May 4th "60 Minutes" segment, titled "Terrorist 
Hunter," in which an anonymous woman called "Sarah" was shown in 
disguise 
outside a Herndon, Va., office building that she claimed is "the heart 
of a 
terrorist funding ring."

That office was one of many raided by federal authorities in March of 
2002, 
apparently based largely on information provided by "Sarah," identified 
in 
the lawsuit as the SITE Institute's Director Rita Katz. More than a 
year 
after those raids, which caused outrage in the American Muslim 
community, 
no criminal charges have been filed against anyone.

According to the lawsuit, those allegedly defamed in the "60 Minutes" 
program were not given an opportunity to respond to the charges prior 
to 
broadcast. The plaintiffs are seeking a judgment in the amount of $80 
million in compensatory and punitive damages.

A number of American Muslim and civil liberties groups will also 
participate in the news conference.

WHEN: Thursday, June 5, 3 p.m.

WHERE: Zenger Room, 13th Floor National Press Club Building
529 14th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

					- END -

CONTACT: Attorney for the Plaintiffs, Nancy Luque, 202-887-4777 or 
202-841-3472; CAIR, Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, 
E-Mail: 
cair@cair-net.org; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: 
rahmed@cair-net.org

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

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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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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 6/4/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: ENVY
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5971 SPONSORSHIPS
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* CAIR OFFERS PUBLIC RELATIONS TRAINING FOR ACTIVISTS
* CAIR-CAN CALLS ON MUSLIMS TO REPORT PROFILING
* CIVIL LIBERTIES CONCERNS GALVANIZE U.S. MUSLIM GROUPS
* ASHCROFT DEFENDS DETENTIONS (NY Times)
	- FBI, INS Abused Sept. 11 Detainees (Star Tribune)
	- Mid-eastern Immigrants were Given Harsh Justice (AJC)
	- Immigration Rules Play Havoc with Students (Reuters)
	- A Muslim family's Pleasant Surprise (CSM)
* POSSIBLE HATE CRIME (San Francisco Examiner)
* PLAN FOR MUSLIM BURIAL GROUND CLEARED (Gwinnett Daily)
* PENTAGON OFFICIALS MEET WITH REGIME FOE (Wash. Times)
	- Aide Denies Shaping Data to Justify War (NY Times)
* MUSLIM COMMUNITY FINDS ITS VOICE (Town Online)
* ACADEMY IS LURING FAMILIES TO CANTON (Free Press)
* VIDEO EDUCATES ABOUT ISLAM (Free Press)
* WILL MEDIA SEE RUDOLPH AS A CHRISTIAN TERRORIST? (LA Times)
* MLDEF HOSTS SUMMIT ON CIVIL RIGHTS, LEGAL CHALLENGES

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HADITH OF THE DAY: ENVY

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Avoid envy, for envy 
destroys good deeds just as fire devours grass."

Sunan of Abu-Dawood, Hadith 2300

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5971 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's Library Project has received 5971 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Our 
goal is to send accurate and objective information about Islam to 
America's 
16,000 public libraries.

GO TO: www.libraryproject.org

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CAIR OFFERS PUBLIC RELATIONS TRAINING FOR ACTIVISTS

WHAT: Arsalan Iftikhar, CAIR Midwest Communications Director, will host 
a 
training session on public relations seminar for activist. Participants 
will learn how to use effective tools to communicate their message to 
media 
and public officials

Session will include how to write letters-to-the-editor, op-eds, 
organize/communicate with media professionals, meet and write to one's 
elected officials and articulate messages. Registration: Admission - 
General: $15, Students: $10. Only 50 seats available.

WHEN: Saturday, June 21, 2003 at 10:00 AM-1:00 PM.

WHERE: 2180 W. Crescent Ave., Suite F A, Anaheim CA, 92801 (CAIR-LA 
Office)

CONTACT: To register and for more information, contact CAIR at: (714) 
776-1847, or email at socal@cair.com.

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CAIR-CAN CALLS ON MUSLIMS TO REPORT PROFILING

CAIR-CAN is calling on Canadian Muslims and Arabs to report their 
personal 
accounts of racial profiling. It is important that experiences of 
racial 
profiling be documented.  If you, your family or friends have 
experienced 
racial profiling, please report the incident to our office.

All information will be kept strictly confidential. No names or 
personal 
information will be included in CAIR-CAN's final report.  The deadline 
for 
reports is June 30th, 2003.

For our online report form, see: http://www.caircan.ca/rpt_prof.php.
You can also e-mail, fax or mail your report to us:
CAIR-CAN
Council on American-Islamic Relations CANADA
P.O. Box 13219, Ottawa, ONT, K2K 1X4
Tel: 1-866-524-0004
Fax: 613-254-9810
URL: www.caircan.ca

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CIVIL LIBERTIES CONCERNS GALVANIZE U.S. ARAB, MUSLIM GROUPS
CHUCK McCUTCHEON, Newhouse News Service, 6/4/03
http://www.newhousenews.com/archive/mccutcheon060503.html

Hearing how Muslims and Arabs had been jailed, questioned and subject 
to 
greater surveillance since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks made 
Iyad 
Hindi angry.

So the telecommunications engineer and a few friends recently formed 
the 
Muslim American Public Affairs Council in Raleigh, N.C., to raise 
awareness 
about what he considers the unfair treatment. Council members have 
organized rallies, appeared on public-access TV and even joined the 
local 
Adopt-a-Highway program.

"We need a mechanism to stop these things before they go too far," 
Hindi 
said. "I was speaking out as an individual, but it occurred to a group 
of 
us that we needed to be more organized."

 From coast to coast, Muslim and Arab-American groups are organizing as 
never before to make known their concerns about civil liberties. They 
have 
gone beyond sign-waving demonstrations to hold voter registration 
drives, 
meet with politicians and form alliances with other civil rights and 
religious organizations.

The groups accuse Attorney General John Ashcroft's Justice Department 
of 
heavy-handedness in tracking suspected terrorists, saying too many 
innocent 
Arabs and Muslims are targeted without justification.

They were emboldened by an internal Justice Department report, released 
this week, that said federal officials had violated the civil rights of 
hundreds of immigrants -- most of Arab and South Asian descent -- 
detained 
after Sept. 11…

Because of the Patriot Act, "we build coalitions with new groups every 
day," agreed Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations in Washington, the largest Islamic civil 
liberties group. "We're working with interfaith organizations, civil 
libertarians, faith-based communities, liberals and conservatives..."

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ASHCROFT DEFENDS DETENTIONS AS IMMIGRANTS RECOUNT TOLL
Eric Lictblau, New York Times, 6/5/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/05/national/05TERR.html

WASHINGTON - Two very different views of the Justice Department's 
campaign 
against terrorism came into stark focus today, as Attorney General John 
Ashcroft was sharply criticized following a report that the authorities 
mistreated illegal immigrants arrested after the Sept. 11 terrorist 
attacks.

At the Justice Department, Mr. Ashcroft was flanked by 11 top 
prosecutors 
as he declared that the federal government was making "steady progress" 
against terrorism and that its wide-ranging efforts to prevent another 
attack are "built on a solid foundation."

But less than a mile down Constitution Avenue, at a forum on Capitol 
Hill, 
one immigrant after another told of the toll that they said the fight 
against terrorism had taken on them. After Sept. 11, 2001, the 
authorities 
questioned, jailed or deported hundreds of people who had no known ties 
to 
terrorism...

The inspector general, Glenn A. Fine, found that the problems were 
rooted 
in part in an unstated policy that allowed the F.B.I. to keep the 
suspects 
in detention unless it was established that they were not tied to 
terrorism...

His spokeswoman, Barbara Comstock, said Mr. Ashcroft did not have time 
to 
take questions about the report because of his schedule. After the 
report 
was released on Monday, Ms. Comstock said, "We make no apologies for 
finding every legal way possible to protect the American public from 
further terrorist attacks..."

But Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts and a senior 
member of the Judiciary Committee, said today that he was deeply 
troubled 
by the inspector general's findings. Mr. Kennedy likened the treatment 
of 
post-Sept. 11 detainees to Japanese-Americans interned during World War 
II 
and other episodes "when the government ran roughshod over basic rights 
in 
the name of national security."

The senator's comments came at a Capitol Hill forum sponsored by 
immigration rights and civil liberties advocates on treatment of 
immigrants 
after Sept. 11, 2001.

Lawmakers and several hundred listeners heard from nine immigrants who 
maintained that they and their families had been victimized by the 
Justice 
Department's pursuit of terror suspects.

Nadin Hamoui, a Syrian-born woman who lives in Washington State, said 
she 
and other family members were jailed for months because the government 
was 
trying to deport them. Ms. Hamoui said she feared that her father, a 
former 
pilot in Syria who fled his homeland in 1992, would be killed if he was 
forced to return.

"This is my home," Ms. Hamoui told the forum, sobbing as she spoke. 
"I've 
been here 11 years and will not be turned away because I am an Arab 
Muslim."

SEE ALSO:

SHAMEFUL/FBI, INS ABUSED SEPT. 11 DETAINEES
Star Tribune, 6/5/03
http://www.startribune.com/stories/1519/3919195.html

Everyone understood, following Sept. 11, 2001, that many things had 
changed 
in America -- that, for example, law enforcement needed to move much 
more 
aggressively against possible terrorists. It stood to reason that 
agencies 
like the FBI and the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) would 
be 
particularly interested in young men from Muslim countries, especially 
those whose visas had expired or who had never bothered to get one. But 
in 
New York and Newark, N.J., the FBI and INS stepped way over the line in 
how 
they treated their detainees. Thus says the U.S. Justice Department's 
inspector general, Glenn Fine, and bless him for it...

The United States frequently holds itself up as a model of democracy 
and 
human rights for the world. But look at the example set in this 
instance 
for despotic regimes seeking to justify repugnant behaviors. If the 
U.S. 
Justice Department behaves this way, why can't the government of Egypt, 
Pakistan or dozens of other countries less than fully committed to the 
rule 
of law?

Clearly, the Justice Department messed up. Its zealous effort to catch 
terrorists is commendable. But in the process it got sloppy, and it 
forgot 
what is central to the American system the terrorists sought to 
undermine: 
protection of individual rights, scrupulous attention to the rule of 
law 
and a desire to show the world that those values can be honored within 
the 
context of aggressive, professional law enforcement.

This wasn't a chapter in its history of which the Justice Department 
should 
be proud. Too bad that Attorney General John Ashcroft and his minions 
apparently fail to understand that.

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MIDEASTERN IMMIGRANTS WERE GIVEN HARSH JUSTICE
Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 6/5/03
http://www.ajc.com/opinion/content/opinion/0603/05igreport.html

Repressive regimes, such as Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany or Saddam 
Hussein's 
Iraq, arrest people suspected of opposing the government and send them 
away 
with no notice to their families of their whereabouts. But in America, 
where the Constitution guarantees civil liberties, that couldn't 
happen, 
could it?

It did. In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, it did 
happen 
to hundreds of Middle Eastern men.

According to a scathing report issued by the Justice Department's 
Office of 
the Inspector General, immigrants, mostly from Pakistan, were picked up 
on 
unsubstantiated tips that they had acted suspiciously and were held for 
months, many for nearly a year, though not one was ever linked to 
terrorist 
acts...

Americans can feel reassured about the inspector general's report, 
which 
shows the importance of independent oversight of government agencies. 
Unfortunately, the Justice Department's unapologetic response to the 
report 
suggests that Attorney General John Ashcroft fails to appreciate the 
need 
for such safeguards.

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NEW U.S. IMMIGRATION RULES PLAY HAVOC WITH STUDENTS
David Morgan, Reuters, 6/5/2003
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N03209723.htm

PHILADELPHIA - Yahya Jalil, a Pakistani grad student, still has vivid 
memories of the exhilaration he felt when he arrived in the United 
States 
to study electrical engineering at Stanford University 11 years ago.

"There was a real sense that this was a free country with lots of 
personal 
freedoms," the 29-year-old MBA candidate at the University of 
Pennsylvania's Wharton School said.

But few know better how life in the United States has changed for 
Muslim 
immigrants since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington 
prompted a broad clamp-down on U.S. immigration procedures.

In March, Jalil says he boarded a flight for a job interview in Britain 
without realizing he was supposed to register with U.S. immigration 
authorities before leaving the country. His oversight violated a new 
Homeland Security policy aimed at tracking men from nations with large 
Muslim populations when they enter and exit the United States.

So when he tried to return to America at the end of spring break, U.S. 
officials declared him an "inadmissible" alien. He found himself 
marooned 
in Pakistan, where officials said the policy he had broken was so new 
they 
had not formulated a waiver system for inadvertent violators...

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A MUSLIM FAMILY'S PLEASANT SURPRISE
Susan Bruening, Christian Science Monitor, 6/5/03
http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0605/p18s02-hfes.html

The first time we went back to the United States after Sept. 11, it was 
May 
of 2002. I was a nervous wreck, but maybe not for the reasons you'd 
think. 
I remember getting off the flight in Detroit, exhausted and impatient 
with 
my two little boys and my 5-month-old, who were equally exhausted after 
our 
24-hour trip from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

When it was our turn to go through immigration, I walked up to the 
counter, 
terrified. I handed over five passports - four American and one Saudi, 
belonging to my husband. For weeks I'd been agonizing over this moment. 
Would they suspect him of something? Would they interrogate him? Would 
they 
lock him up somewhere?

What I found on the other side of the immigration desk completely 
surprised 
me. A very kind and sympathetic immigration officer took the passports 
and 
began to inspect them. He smiled at my two older sons, Abdullah and 
Abdulaziz, who were lying down on our carry-on luggage, almost too 
tired to 
move. When he came to my husband's passport, he checked the visa and 
asked 
the normal questions. The whole process took less than five minutes, 
and 
then we were on our way to pick up our luggage and meet a very anxious 
grandmother who would drive us to Ohio....

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POSSIBLE HATE CRIME
ALISON SOLTAU, San Francisco Examiner, 6/5/03
http://www.examiner.com/news/default.jsp?story=n.hate.0605w

Genuflecting to Mecca at sunset on Monday, members of the San Francisco 
Islamic Society were meditating on the meaning of love.

But the peaceful reverie was shattered when someone hurled an unknown 
object through the Society's Jones Street front door.

The message the congregation took away from Monday's sermon was one of 
hate.

Tucked away unobtrusively in a Tenderloin street, the San Francisco 
Islamic 
Society has nevertheless been sacrificed on the altar of ignorance post 
9/11, said president Souleiman Ghali.

This isn't the first time it has been the target of a hate crime, he 
said.

A mysterious scent, later thought to be pepper spray, permeated the 
building about 18 months ago, overwhelming worshippers who succumbed to 
wracking coughs and streaming eyes.

Graffiti sprouted up: "Muslims Go Home," "Kill All Muslims," and 
"Boom," 
presumably a reference to bombs.

And last Halloween, Ghali said, a bullet hole was found in the front 
window. Above the now empty door frame is what appears to be a bullet 
hole 
in the center's glass front.

Ghali has dismissed theories his organization is merely caught in the 
crossfire of a troubled neighborhood. The latest act of vandalism tore 
a 
three-foot wide gash in the front door.

"It's a backlash. The whole Muslim thing, there's the Iraq situation, 
and 
American soldiers were killed in Iraq, so it could be retaliation," he 
said.

The Islamic Society has asked San Francisco police to investigate the 
incident as a hate crime, backed by the Council on American Islamic 
Relations for Northern California, which is alarmed at a recent spate 
of 
hate crimes elsewhere in the Bay Area…

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DECISION CLEARS WAY FOR WORK TO BEGIN ON MUSLIM BURIAL GROUND
Bryan Brooks, Gwinnett Daily Post, 6/5/03
http://www.gwinnettdailyonline.com/GDP/archive/article8EC1C2CBF12645A4ACDB64BC08DED25C.asp

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett planning commissioners endorsed a preliminary 
plat 
for an Islamic cemetery near Lawrenceville on Tuesday night, helping 
clear 
the way for work on the burial ground.

No citizens spoke against the plat approval, which passed unanimously. 
The 
Gwinnett County Commission will review the legal document, which 
depicts 
the layout of the site, and take a final vote on it later this month.

Sponsored by the Georgia Islamic Institute in Lawrenceville, the 
1,276-plot 
cemetery will go on 5 acres on New Hope Road, near its intersection 
with 
Grayson-New Hope Road.

The institute's imam, or spiritual leader, Hafiz A. Ghaffar Khan, said 
work 
on the cemetery should begin soon, and its landscaping and fencing will 
be 
installed within 60 days...

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PENTAGON OFFICIALS MEET WITH REGIME FOE
Sharon Behn and Khadija Ismayilova, Washington Times, 6/4/03
http://www.washtimes.com/world/20030603-103140-3533r.htm

Administration officials have been meeting quietly with an Iranian 
opposition figure who is trying to unify internal resistance to Iran's 
ruling clerics and spur a regime change in his country.

Defense officials acknowledged yesterday they have spoken to Mahmud Ali 
Chehregani, who heads the Southern Azerbaijan National Awakeness 
Movement 
(SANAM) operating inside Iran, but emphasized their meetings were not 
aimed 
at supporting or encouraging a change in Iran's government.

"The role of the U.S. is to communicate to the Iranian people our firm 
support for their democratic aspirations and human rights, and to let 
them 
know their voice is heard," the officials said in a statement...

SANAM, which also has offices in Azerbaijan and Turkey, is pushing to 
supplant the current Iranian cleric-run system with a federal 
government 
granting the large ethnic Azeri minority living in Iran a wide degree 
of 
autonomy.

"We want to change this regime in Iran and replace it with a 
democratic, 
secular and federal government," said Mr. Chehregani, a former 
linguistics 
professor at the University of Tehran who was arrested in 1995 on 
charges 
of speaking against the Iranian government and advocating separatism...

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AIDE DENIES SHAPING DATA TO JUSTIFY WAR
Eric Schmitt, NY Times, 6/5/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/05/international/worldspecial/05PENT.html

WASHINGTON, June 4 - The Pentagon's top policy adviser held an unusual 
briefing today to rebut accusations that senior civilian policy makers 
had 
politicized intelligence to fit their hawkish views on Iraq and to 
justify 
war on Saddam Hussein.

The official, Douglas J. Feith, the under secretary of defense for 
policy, 
acknowledged that he created a small intelligence team inside his 
office 
shortly after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, to search for terrorist 
links 
with Iraq and other countries that he suggested the nation's spy 
agencies 
may have overlooked.

Intelligence analysts elsewhere in the government have complained that 
the 
Pentagon team provided an alternative hard-line view of intelligence 
related to Iraq that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld used in 
meetings 
with President Bush and other top national security aides...

Mr. Feith declined to comment on a growing chorus of criticism that 
American intelligence miscalculated the threat of Iraq's weapons 
programs 
or that policy makers exaggerated the threat. Eight weeks after the 
Iraq 
war ended, American forces have yet to find any chemical or biological 
weapons in Iraq....

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MUSLIM COMMUNITY FINDS ITS VOICE
Margaret Smith, Town Online, 6/4/03
http://www.townonline.com/billerica/news/local_regional/bil_covbiislam06042003.htm

Harun Gadatia supports the United States' war in Iraq.

His wife, Nilofer Gadatia, does not.

"I definitely feel that America had a reason to go in there, including 
for 
security reasons," said Harun, 34, a software engineer at Cisco Systems 
in 
Boxboro. "I think the intentions were good and I do think the Iraqis 
have a 
chance at a better life."

But Nilofer, 30, a homemaker, sees the war as an unjustified invasion 
that 
has resulted in senseless deaths. "I feel America shouldn't have done 
this 
war, and that President Bush shouldn't have ordered his troops to go 
there."

The couple has agreed to disagree...

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ACADEMY IS LURING FAMILIES TO CANTON
Trish Robb, Detroit Free Press, 6/5/03
http://www.freep.com/news/cfp/2/nacad5_20030605.htm

When Crescent Academy International opened in Canton in 1991, the 115 
students came from all four directions.

Each day, the school's two buses brought in students from Livonia, 
Northville, Ann Arbor and Dearborn. In fact, the academy's site on 
Palmer 
Road in Canton was chosen for its proximity to both I-94 and I-275, 
said 
school director David Tauhidi.

Now busing is a thing of the past. Most of the academy's current 270 
students live in Canton and Plymouth, and many of them moved here 
because 
of the Muslim school, Tauhidi said.

"There's a westward move of the population anyway," he said, "but in 
addition, a lot of professional families are moving here because the 
school 
is here..."

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VIDEO EDUCATES ABOUT ISLAM
David Crumm, Detroit Free Press, 6/5/03
http://www.freep.com

One of the most far-reaching attempts at breaking down the anti-Islam 
fears 
and stereotypes that grew after Sept. 11, 2001, has come from a local 
team 
of education specialists who aren't Muslim, aren't Arab and don't live 
in 
Dearborn.

On Wednesday night, the staff of Teacher's Discovery in Auburn Hills 
was 
honored at a Washington, D.C., conference of educational publishers. 
Today, 
a documentary the company made about Muslim teenagers will be shown at 
a 
seminar for educators and business executives at the University of 
Michigan-Dearborn.

"This video they've produced is a major step forward in showing 
Americans 
that young Muslims around the world are a lot like our own young 
people," 
Jack Shaheen, a leading expert on media bias, said this week.

Shaheen, who lives in South Carolina and has written several books 
about 
stereotypes, will speak at the Dearborn seminar. The event is drawing 
educators from schools in Dearborn, Detroit, Livonia and Farmington, as 
well as employees from a long list of local companies, said Renee Ahee, 
coordinator of the seminar for the United American Lebanese Federation 
in 
Sterling Heights.

The attention Teacher's Discovery is receiving for its efforts is heady 
stuff for a company founded two decades ago by a high school dropout 
who, 
until the early 1980s, had been making a living by importing Mexican 
sandals and selling custom-printed T-shirts...

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WILL MEDIA SEE RUDOLPH AS A CHRISTIAN TERRORIST?
Nathan Landau, Los Angeles Times, 6/5/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/opinion/la-le-landau5jun05,1,1781292.story 


Re "Bomb Suspect's First Trial to Be Held in Alabama," June 3: The 
arrest 
of Eric Robert Rudolph will provide a test of the American media's 
evenhandedness, bigotry or both. Virtually every time a bombing occurs 
in 
the Middle East it is attributed to "Islamic extremists" or "Muslim 
fundamentalists." Much is made of the community support that the 
extremists 
have.

Now it is alleged that a Christian, with religious and ideological 
motivations, bombed the Olympics and women's health clinics. He was 
apparently sheltered in a community that felt his actions were 
acceptable 
because of their antagonism toward the targets. So will the media 
describe 
Rudolph and his supporters -- active or tacit -- as Christian 
extremists?

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MLDEF HOSTS SUMMIT ON CIVIL RIGHTS, LEGAL CHALLENGES

WHAT: MLDEF, the Muslim Legal Defense & Education Fund, will a host a 
historic summit of lawyers, law students, scholars, historians, Imams 
and 
other leaders.  The purpose of this gathering is to develop a strategy 
for 
responding to the increasing legal challenges facing the Muslim 
community. 
Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Khalid Abdullah Tariq Al-Mansour, a 
legendary 
lawyer, lecturer, author, and scholar. Registration fees apply

WHEN: June 7-8 (Sat & Sun), 9am - 5pm.

WHERE: Howard University School of Law, 2900 Van Ness St., NW, 
Washington, D.C.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 6/6/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: A KEY FOR GOOD
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5971 SPONSORSHIPS
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* ANTI-MUSLIM PUBLICATION DISTRIBUTED ON CALIF. CAMPUS
	- Don't Print Hate Mail (News and Record)
* MUSLIM CHARITIES SUE CBS OVER TV REPORT (AP)
	- CBS Sued Over '60 Minutes' Report (Wash. Post)
* DAYTON, SABO MEET AREA MUSLIM LEADERS (Sun Newspapers)
	- Ashcroft Wants Broader Anti-Terror Powers (AP)
* SIMPSON BERATES 'TRIGGER-HAPPY' TROOPS (Guardian)
	- British Beat My Father - Then He Died (Telegraph)
* AL-ARIAN LOSES BID FOR SPEEDY TRIAL (MSNBC)
* CHRISTIANS ALSO BATTLE FOR PALESTINIAN SIDE (USA Today)
	- CHILDREN SHOT IN ISRAELI ARMY RAIDS (Guardian)
* ZONGO FUNERAL SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY (Newsday)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: A KEY FOR GOOD

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Blessed is the man whom 
God 
has made a key for good and a lock for evil."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1366

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5971 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's Library Project has received 5971 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Our 
goal is to send accurate and objective information about Islam to 
America's 
16,000 public libraries.

GO TO: www.libraryproject.org

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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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ANTI-MUSLIM PUBLICATION DISTRIBUTED ON CALIF. CAMPUS
CAIR-San Diego Calls for Thorough Investigation

(SAN DIEGO, CA - 6/6/2003) - The San Diego office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Diego) today called for a thorough 
investigation of a publication distributed on the University of 
California, 
San Diego (UCSD) campus depicting Muslims in a derogatory manner.

According to the UCSD Muslim Student Association (UCSD MSA), on 
Wednesday, 
June 4, thousands of hate-filled newspapers were distributed at the 
University of California, San Diego (UCSD) campus entitled "Jizzlam: An 
Entertainment Magazine for the Islamic Man."

SEE: MAGAZINE AT UCSD LAMPOONS ISLAM
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20030606-9999_7m6muslim.html

The 16-page newspaper contained blatantly racist images and articles 
degrading to Muslims, people of other races and religions, and more 
specifically Muslim women. The images reportedly included drawings of 
Muslim women wearing hijab (Muslim head-covering) performing lewd, 
sexual 
acts and associating these with Islamic practices such as prayer.

In response to the incident, UCSD Vice Chancellor Joseph Watson issued 
a 
statement which read in part: "The paper mocks Islam, its beliefs and 
practices, in a vile and obscene manner. Apparently intended to hurt 
and 
degrade members of our campus community, this publication's message of 
hate 
and disrespect is deplorable and deserves our strongest condemnation." 
UCSD's student body associations also immediately passed a resolution 
condemning the publication.

In a letter to the UCSD, Chancellor Robert Dynes, CAIR Southern 
California 
spokesperson Dr. Omaran Abdeen wrote: "Hate and prejudice can only be 
erased with proper, accurate and consistent education. It is my hope 
that 
you will stimulate and facilitate the process by which the student body 
could be educated about Islam and Muslims..."

"We view this incident with great concern, especially at a time when 
Muslims are being targeted by hate-mongers. CAIR-San Diego urges campus 
officials to investigate and bring about a just resolution to this 
unfortunate incident," said CAIR-San Diego President Omar Hassaine. 
CAIR-San Diego is working with UCSD MSA and campus officials to 
investigate 
and resolve the incident.

CONTACT: CAIR-LA, Sabiha Khan, 714-776-1847 or 714-390-0334, E-MAIL: 
socal@cair.com

SEE ALSO:

DON'T PRINT 'HATE MAIL'
Zachary Moore, News & Record, 6/3/03
http://www.news-record.com/news/opinions/letters/tuesletters.htm

I was appalled to read Cal Thomas' column, "Muslims' political action a 
threat" (May 21) in a supposedly respectable newspaper. Thomas' column 
was 
nothing more than an open piece of hate mail directed at America's 
Islamic 
community.

In this column, Thomas accuses "our enemies" (whom he does not name) of 
immigrating to the United States for the express purpose of "organizing 
themselves politically." Apparently, Muslims never come to America for 
the 
same sort of reasons that bring other immigrants here - a better 
standard 
of living, higher-paying jobs, freedom from persecution, etc.

In Thomas' hate-addled brain, every Muslim is an al-Qaeda operative. 
One 
minute of rational thought will dispel this absurd conclusion. Muslims 
make 
up almost one-third of the world's population, they number 
approximately 2 
billion and are the majority religion in many countries throughout 
Africa 
and Asia. If all Muslims, or even just a quarter of them, were really 
terrorists, then America would have been reduced to a radioactive hole 
in 
the ground many years ago.

Is it not in the least bit hypocritical to topple Iraq's government in 
the 
name of democracy and then act aghast at the very idea of Muslims 
registering to vote?...

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MUSLIM CHARITIES SUE CBS OVER TV REPORT
Aparna H. Kumar, Associated Press, 6/5/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A20803-2003Jun5.html

WASHINGTON - Two Virginia-based Muslim charities are suing CBS for $80 
million, claiming a "60 Minutes" report falsely linked them to Osama 
bin Laden.

The suit was filed Thursday in the Superior Court of the District of 
Columbia Civil Division on behalf of the Heritage Education Trust and 
SAFA 
Trust. It also names CBS correspondent Bob Simon and the Search for 
International Terrorist Entities (SITE) Institute, a private terrorism 
watchdog organization that the groups say was behind the accusations.

The segment, which aired May 4, was called "The Terrorist Hunter." In 
it, a 
woman calling herself "Sarah" was shown in disguise outside an office 
building in Herndon, Va., that she claimed was "the heart of a 
terrorist 
funding ring."

Nancy Luque, attorney for the plaintiffs, said she recognized the woman 
as 
the SITE Institute's director and said the building is owned by 
Heritage 
Education Trust.

The office was one of several sites raided by federal authorities in a 
March 2002 sweep in northern Virginia and Georgia. No arrests have 
resulted 
from the probe, coordinated by the Treasury Department to cut off 
potential 
sources of terrorism funding.

The CBS report did not name specific individuals as having potential 
ties 
to terrorism, Luque said.

A CBS spokesman who declined to give his name said, "We will defend 
ourselves vigorously against this lawsuit." SITE Institute said it will 
issue a statement in the next few days.

SEE ALSO:

CBS SUED OVER '60 MINUTES' REPORT
John Mintz, Washington Post, 6/6/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A21813-2003Jun5.html

The woman code-named "Sarah" appeared on CBS's "60 Minutes" May 4 
wearing a 
red wig and a prosthetic nose. Her voice was electronically altered as 
she 
recalled growing up a Jew in Iraq, where her father was executed as an 
alleged Israeli spy, before moving to the United States to become a 
private 
investigator pursuing possible Muslim terrorists.

Her new book, "Terrorist Hunter," documents her career of sneaking into 
mosques and Islamic conferences with tape recorders strapped to her 
body 
underneath her burqas. She wrote the book under the name "Anonymous," 
saying she feared she would be assassinated if Islamic hit men learned 
her 
identity.

But yesterday some of her investigative targets became plaintiffs, and 
announced that they knew who she was. They filed an $80 million 
defamation 
lawsuit in D.C. Superior Court, against not only CBS, but also Rita 
Katz, 
an Iraqi-born private investigator who tracks Muslim activists and 
radicals 
who she says support terrorism.....

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DAYTON, SABO MEET AREA MUSLIM LEADERS
Harvey T. Rockwood, Sun Newspapers, 6/5/03
http://www.mnsun.com/story.asp?city=Bloomington&story=114169

Muslims in the Twin Cities remain concerned about possible 
infringements of 
their civil rights and an atmosphere of suspicion, leaders of the 
Islamic 
community told Sen. Mark Dayton at a meeting Saturday in Bloomington.

About 20 leaders of the Muslim community, representing religious, civic 
and 
business organizations, met at the Al-Rahman Mosque in Bloomington. 
They 
told the DFL senator they feel as though they're under a microscope, 
observed with suspicion by authorities and the community at large.

The leadership said they are particularly concerned about the possible 
impact of the second version of the Patriot Act, which they believe 
could 
expand the federal government's powers of surveillance and detention of 
those suspected of terrorist ties, however flimsy the evidence.

Dayton said he had voted against the Patriot Act and planned to vote 
against Patriot Act II should it reach the Senate floor...

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ASHCROFT WANTS BROADER ANTI-TERROR POWERS
Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press, 6/5/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A19458-2003Jun5.html

WASHINGTON - Attorney General John Ashcroft asked Congress Thursday for 
expanded powers to hold suspected terrorists indefinitely before trials 
and 
to let him seek the death penalty or life imprisonment for any 
terrorist act.

Ashcroft told the House Judiciary Committee that the 2001 Patriot Act 
signed into law after the Sept. 11 attacks should also be expanded to 
let 
prosecutors bring charges against anyone who supports or works with 
suspected terrorist groups as "material supporters."

"The law has several weaknesses which terrorists could exploit, 
undermining 
our defenses," Ashcroft said.

Ashcroft, who held up copies of al-Qaida's declarations of war against 
America and read aloud some of the names of those killed in the Sept. 
11, 
2001, attacks, said new penalties in the USA Patriot Act have helped 
the 
Justice Department prevent more terrorist attacks in America....

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SIMPSON BERATES 'TRIGGER-HAPPY' TROOPS
Owen Gibson, Guardian, 6/5/03
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,970956,00.html

Simpson: Americans 'lost control'

BBC news reporter John Simpson has hit out against the "trigger-happy" 
behaviour of US troops in Iraq and claimed he saved an old Iraqi man 
from 
being shot by gung-ho marines.

The veteran reporter, who spent time with American forces in Tikrit, 
praised British troops for their conduct during the war but said in an 
interview with Soldier magazine that the Americans "lost control".

"They lost all control - screaming, shouting and kicking people," 
Simpson 
said, adding that US soldiers' fear of snipers led to a 'shoot first, 
ask 
questions later' attitude...


SEE ALSO:

BRITISH BEAT MY FATHER - THEN HE DIED
By Peter Foster, Telegraph, 6/6/03
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/06/06/wirq06.xml/

An Iraqi headmaster who died after being arrested by British troops in 
Basra was assaulted, his family said yesterday.

Abd al-Jabbar Mossa, 53, was hit "at least three times" on the head 
with 
two empty magazines from a Kalashnikov rife and a soldier's Kevlar 
helmet 
as he was bundled into the back of British armoured vehicle, witnesses 
said.

Mr Mossa, a member of the Ba'ath Party, is one of two Iraqis whose 
deaths 
in British custody are being investigated by the Royal Military 
Police...

The inquiry, focusing on the 1st Bn Black Watch, is the latest in a 
series 
of investigations into alleged mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners of war 
and 
civilian detainees which have cast a shadow over the reputation of 
British 
occupation forces in southern Iraq.

The account of Mr Mossa's arrest and subsequent death appears to 
contradict 
Ministry of Defence assurances given earlier this week that he and a 
second 
man Rathy Namma, had most likely succumbed to "ailments", rather than 
foul 
play...

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AL-ARIAN LOSES BID FOR SPEEDY TRIAL, CASE SCHEDULED FOR 2005
MSNBC, 6/5/03
http://www.msnbc.com/local/WFLA/MGAWAKRXKGD.asp?0sl=-12

TAMPA - A former professor accused of terrorism lost his bid Thursday 
for 
an immediate trial and could spend the next 18 months jailed under what 
he 
calls inhumane and unfair conditions before his case is heard.

Sami Al-Arian and three other men indicted as the U.S. operatives of 
the 
Palestinian Islamic Jihad will not go to trial until January 2005, U.S. 
District Judge James Moody decided. That decision now sets the stage 
for a 
series of legal battles in the mammoth and complex case.

Al-Arian's co-defendants wanted the delay so their attorneys could wade 
through thousands of hours of recorded telephone conversations, the 
contents of 30 computer hard drives and cases of documents gathered in 
the 
nine-year investigation of Al-Arian's Islamic charity and academic 
think tank.

Prosecutors say Palestinian Islamic Jihad is a terrorist group 
responsible 
for 100 murders in Israel and its territories. Al-Arian, a computer 
engineering professor who was fired by the University of South Florida 
after his indictment, has denied advocating violence.

Al-Arian and his attorneys, frustrated by their lack of success in 
winning 
any concessions since his February indictment, are already striking 
back.

Al-Arian, who is being held in a federal prison 80 miles north of 
Tampa, 
refused Thursday to participate in a video conference of the hearing 
fearing the judge won't yield to his requests to be physically present 
during court. His defense attorneys are refusing to apply for security 
clearances to view some of the evidence in the case saying doing so 
would 
set them up for breaking the law when they share that information with 
Al-Arian...

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CHRISTIANS ALSO BATTLE FOR PALESTINIAN SIDE
Sherri Muzher, USA Today, 6/6/03
http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/2003-06-05-opcom_x.htm

The questioner's tone is usually incredulous: "You mean there are 
Palestinian Christians?"

I understand the confusion. Many view the Palestinian-Israeli conflict 
as 
purely Muslims vs. Jews. And aren't Arabs all Muslims and Muslims all 
Arabs?

The reality is that some 15% of the world's Palestinians are 
Christians, a 
vibrant community that has experienced as much suffering as Palestinian 
Muslims. In the latest uprising for freedom, Palestinian Christians 
have 
been among those killed or maimed for life by Israeli bullets. 
Christians 
also have been among the Palestinians who have been unable to leave 
their 
towns, go to their jobs, seek medical care and attend schools.

Unfortunately, some are exploiting the general lack of knowledge about 
Palestinian Christians, either for political gain or for religions 
reasons 
-- or both. Many evangelical Christians believe the Bible promised the 
Jews 
the entire Holy Land, including the occupied territory. And some 
evangelicals also believe the second coming of Christ is contingent 
upon 
the full return of Jews to Jerusalem...

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CHILDREN SHOT IN THIRD DAY OF ISRAELI ARMY RAIDS
Conal Urquhart, Guardian, 6/5/02
http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,970652,00.html

The screams echoed around the clinic yesterday as a woman brought her 
seven-year-old daughter in for treatment. She had been shot in the 
abdomen 
by an Israeli soldier.

As George Bush talked about peace with the Israeli and Palestinian 
prime 
ministers, Israeli soldiers were raiding the refugee camp of Balata and 
the 
city of Nablus for the third day running.

The seven-year-old girl was the latest casualty in Balata. According to 
the 
Red Crescent, some 50 people have been treated for bullet and shrapnel 
wounds in two days. Many in the West Bank were looking at their 
television 
in astonish ment as their prime minister, Mahmoud Abbas, met his 
Israeli 
counterpart, Ariel Sharon, and President Bush in the Red Sea resort of 
Aqaba. They felt the rhetoric was from another planet.

Terms such as the road map and the peace process appeared fraudulent.

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ZONGO FUNERAL SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY
Ron Howell, Newsday, 6/4/03
http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/manhattan/nyc-nyzong063320041jun06,0,1013003.story

The funeral of slain African immigrant Ousmane Zongo will be held 
Friday at 
a mosque in West Harlem, officials with the National Action Network 
said 
yesterday.

Zongo's body was examined Monday by a private pathologist working for 
Zongo's family. Attorneys for the family have been trying to gather 
evidence on the May 22 shooting of the 35-year-old African artisan by 
plain 
clothes city cop Bryan Conroy.

Cynthia Davis, national crisis director for the Rev. Al Sharpton's 
National 
Action Network, said yesterday that the funeral will take place at noon 
at 
Masjid Aqsa, at 2136 Frederick Douglass Blvd., near West 116th 
Street....

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 6/9/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: A THANKFUL SERVANT
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5980 SPONSORSHIPS
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* GOOD NEWS: CNBC DROPS OFFENSIVE PROMO
* THE SOUL IN SCIENCE (Globe and Mail)
* FOREIGN STUDENTS NAVIGATE LABYRINTH OF NEW LAWS (Wash. Post)
	- Foreign Nationals Plagued by Travel Rules (Wash. Post)	
	- Gripped by Fear (Newsday)
	- More Than 13,000 May Face Deportation (NY Times)
	- Detained Innocents Tell of Ruin
	- In Brooklyn, 9/11 Damage Continues (NY Times)
* GOVERNMENT TO LAUNCH PRO-AMERICAN NEWS NETWORK (Govexec.com)
* CHRISTIAN'S ARREST TWISTS ARGUMENT (Miami Herald)
	- Religion and Terrorism (Post-Dispatch)
* EVANGELISTS SAY IRAQIS EMBRACE MESSAGE
* AT MUSLIM PROM, IT'S A GIRLS-ONLY NIGHT (NY Times)
* 8-YEAR-OLD VICTIM OF A HATE CRIME (Phil. Inquirer)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: A THANKFUL SERVANT

The Prophet used to offer prayers until his feet became swollen (from 
standing). Someone said to him: "God has forgiven you your faults of 
the 
past and those to come (i.e., Why do you pray so much when your sins 
have 
already been forgiven?)." The Prophet replied: "(Then) shouldn't I be a 
thankful servant (of God)?"

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 6, Hadith

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5980 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's Library Project has received 5980 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Our 
goal is to send accurate and objective information about Islam to 
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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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GOOD NEWS: CNBC DROPS OFFENSIVE PROMO

CNBC today dropped a promotional advertisement (promo) for a 
"Checkpoint" 
program following complaints from concerned Muslims and discussions 
with 
CAIR. CAIR received complaints that the promo, through its 
juxtaposition of 
Islamic attire and violence, stereotyped Muslim woman "as the new face 
of 
terrorism."

"We appreciate CNBC's quick action to address Muslim concerns," said 
CAIR 
Communications Coordinator Rabiah Ahmed. "We hope the program itself 
reflects such sensitivity."

SEE: http://moneycentral.msn.com/content/CNBCTV/TV_Info/P37413.asp

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THE SOUL IN SCIENCE
Sheema Khan, Globe and Mail, 6/9/03
Sheema Khan, chair of the Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(Canada), 
holds a PhD in chemical physics from Harvard University.
http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20030609/COSHEEMA/TPScience/

Last November, while the world's attention was focused on Iraq, thieves 
stole a rare first edition of Isaac Newton's Philosophiae Naturalis 
Principia Mathematica from the Russian National Library in St. 
Petersburg. 
A few weeks later, police announced its recovery to an uninterested 
world. 
Principia, first published in 1687, is a key work in modern science. In 
it, 
Newton proposed the three laws of motion and the law of universal 
gravitation, foundations of physical sciences and engineering.

Less well-known is Principia's final chapter, in which Newton expounded 
on 
his beliefs: "This most beautiful system of the sun, planets and comets 
could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and 
powerful Being,… eternal and infinite, omnipotent and omniscient…He 
governs 
all things, and knows all things that are, or can be done…We adore Him 
as 
His servants."

While Newton's science propagated through time and space, his 
harmonization 
of faith and scientific inquiry did not. Instead, battles between 
Newton's 
persecuted contemporaries and the Roman Catholic Church left an 
indelible 
mark on Western thought, causing a dichotomy between science and faith 
that 
prevails today.

Reconciling the two has never been an issue in Islamic thought. The 
Koran 
invites contemplation of the natural world, pointing to signs of a wise 
Creator. Nothing is left to fuzzy uncertainty, or in the words of 
Albert 
Einstein: "I shall never believe that God plays with dice with the 
world." 
The study of the world is a means to attain faith, as exemplified by 
the 
Prophet Abraham...

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FOREIGN STUDENTS NAVIGATE LABYRINTH OF NEWS LAWS
Caryle Murphy and Nurith C. Aizenman, Washington Post, 6/9/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A32252-2003Jun8.html

During his 11 years in the United States, Zaid Safdar has graduated 
from 
two American universities, held a plum engineering job at Lucent 
Technologies and was elected student body president at Johns Hopkins 
University's School of Advanced International Studies in Washington.

But when the Pakistani native registered at a U.S. immigration office 
in 
Arlington in March to comply with a new program for tracking male 
visitors 
from two dozen predominantly Muslim countries, he was arrested, jailed 
overnight and placed in deportation proceedings.

Safdar's mistake was that he applied to switch his work visa to a 
student 
visa after quitting his job at Lucent, rather than applying while he 
was 
employed, as required by law. The District resident said he was unaware 
of 
this requirement until he reported to immigration authorities in March. 
Because of the mistake, his student visa application that was pending 
when 
he registered might be denied.

"I'm in utter shock," said Safdar, 30. "On one hand, I feel like all my 
accomplishments are because of the opportunities that have been given 
to me 
by this country. But now I'm seeing a side of the United States that 
I've 
never seen before."

Safdar is one of 13,354 men placed in deportation proceedings after 
being 
identified in the special registration program conducted from January 
to 
April. Most of these cases will take months to resolve in hearings 
before 
immigration judges if the men contest their deportation rather than 
leave 
voluntarily...

SEE ALSO:

FOREIGN NATIONALS PLAGUED BY TRAVEL RULES
George Lardner Jr., Washington Post, 6/8/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A29339-2003Jun7.html

Shahid Mahmood is about to come home, none too soon for his poor and 
elderly patients.

Hundreds of them have been without medical care since U.S. immigration 
officials refused last month to let Mahmood reenter the country after a 
trip to Pakistan because of an oversight that is also plaguing other 
foreign nationals who travel abroad. It took almost a month of pleading 
from lawyers and pressure from members of Congress before U.S. 
diplomats 
relented last week and told Mahmood, a Pakistani citizen, he would be 
granted a new visa.

"The patients are thrilled," Tracy Wall, office manager at Mahmood's Al 
Shifa (The Healing) Clinic in rural Roxboro, N.C., said Friday. "A few 
of 
them actually cried. He has more than 600 patients, and about half of 
them 
haven't been coming in because he isn't here."

Other foreign visitors and students said they have run into similar 
problems for unintentional violations of a regulation adopted after the 
Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that requires them to report to immigration 
officials before they leave the United States for even brief visits 
abroad.

Some commercial airline representatives have compounded the problem, 
the 
travelers said, by assuring them they need to report to the government 
only 
when they return. On other occasions, they said, they could not find 
any 
immigration officials at airports before departing...

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GRIPPED BY FEAR
Shaik Ubaid, Newsday, 6/8/03
http://www.newsday.com/news/opinion/ny-vpuba083321324jun08,0,1306042.story

Two weeks ago, in the midst of the state of high alert, my 
brother-in-law 
called my children, saying that he had three free tickets for the Mets 
game 
that evening. My son and middle daughter jumped at this chance.

They were ready to leave when my wife and I arrived home that evening. 
We 
were aghast. With her hejab, our daughter is easily identifiable as 
Muslim. 
To send her into the charged atmosphere of a ballpark was out of the 
question. The most athletic member of our family, she tried arguments 
like, 
"Mom, I am bigger than my brother," or, "But, Dad, there are a lot of 
policemen in there." But nothing would sway us. My son went with his 
uncle, 
and my daughter sulked for days.

We were probably being overprotective, and in hindsight our son could 
have 
been in just as much danger of becoming the victim of a bias attack, 
but 
the last 20 months have been a very stressful time for our family and 
other 
Muslim Americans on Long Island. From the Iraq war to the terror alert 
levels to the Sept. 11 attacks, we're gripped with fear. And it's 
taking a 
heavy toll on the community, as some of us avoid placing ourselves in 
perceived situations of danger, change our everyday behavior or leave 
the 
country altogether.

Some of our fears are caused by events on the national front. During 
the 
latest heightened alert, for example, a Muslim girl and a teenager were 
attacked in two different towns in Pennsylvania, and a Sikh man, 
mistaken 
for a Muslim, was shot in Arizona. But some of our fears are caused by 
events on the local front...

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MORE THAN 13,000 MAY FACE DEPORTATION
Rachel L. Swarns, New York Times, 6/6/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/07/national/07DEPO.html

WASHINGTON - More than 13,000 of the Arab and Muslim men who came 
forward 
earlier this year to register with immigration authorities - roughly 16 
percent of the total - may now face deportation, government officials 
say.

Only a handful have been linked to terrorism. But of the 82,000 men 
older 
than 16 who registered, more than 13,000 have been found to be living 
in 
this country illegally, officials say.

Many had hoped to win leniency by demonstrating their willingness to 
cooperate with the campaign against terror. The men were not promised 
special treatment, however, and officials believe that most will be 
expelled in what is likely to be the largest wave of deportations after 
the 
Sept. 11 attacks.

The government has initiated deportation proceedings, and in immigrant 
communities across the country, an exodus has already begun...

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DETAINED INNOCENTS TELL OF RUIN
Richard A. Serrano, Tribune Newspapers, 6/9/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0306090161jun09,1,5579671.story 


WASHINGTON -- An increasing number of the hundreds of people who were 
swept 
up for questioning in the weeks and months after the attacks on the 
World 
Trade Center and the Pentagon are stepping forward to describe their 
treatment in the custody of federal agents.

Their accounts are emerging as internal investigators at the Justice 
Department issued a report recently that sharply criticized the 
handling of 
detainees following Sept. 11, 2001, and took agents to task for 
"significant problems" that led to false arrests, prolonged 
imprisonments 
and physical and mental abuse.

On Wednesday, a group of former detainees and the families of others 
still 
being held or who were deported gathered at a news conference on 
Capitol 
Hill and shared their stories of incarceration.
Peymon Assadinia, an Iranian immigrant who has lived in the U.S. for 19 
years, said he was picked up in San Jose, Calif., on an expired 
passport 
and was jailed there and in San Diego and Arizona. After nine days 
behind 
bars, often filthy and hungry, sometimes shackled and handcuffed, 
Assadinia 
described being interrogated at length before being released.

He said he was asked repeatedly: "Are you sane or insane? Are you dead 
or 
alive? Are you angry in any way? Do you feel in control of your 
life?..."

Immediately after Sept. 11, there was strong public backing of the 
government's efforts to ferret out anyone who might be connected to the 
attacks. Most of those detained were Muslim men who faced visa and 
other 
immigration violations. A few have been charged criminally...

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STEREOTYPES HELP FEED FBI PROBES
Matthai Chakko Kuruvila, San Jose Mercury News, 6/9/03
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/6046979.htm

The stereotypes and vague suspicions from the public that helped fuel 
the 
roundup of hundreds of undocumented immigrants in the wake of the Sept. 
11 
terrorist attacks continue to help drive investigations in the Bay 
Area, 
local FBI officials say.

An internal Justice Department report released last week detailed for 
the 
first time how the Federal Bureau of Investigation systematically used 
unsupported tips as a justification to launch criminal investigations 
to 
ensnare people who had overstayed their visas or had other immigration 
violations. More than 730 illegal immigrants were detained nationwide 
after 
Sept. 11, with more than 500 of those deported and none charged as 
terrorists.

The practice, immigrant advocates say, can give one tipster's prejudice 
incredible potency and can lead to selective enforcement of immigration 
law. But FBI investigators say the public -- regardless of people's 
personal views -- is essential to doing their job.

``We look at the public as a way to expand the eyes and ears of the 
FBI,'' 
said LaRae Quy, special agent and spokeswoman for the FBI's San 
Francisco 
office.

``We try to give everybody the benefit of the doubt, the person accused 
and 
the caller. We're not going to launch a full-scale investigation 
against 
him simply because a neighbor doesn't like the way he looks...''

The report can be read at www.usdoj.gov/oig/igwhnew1.htm.

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IN BROOKLYN, 9/11 DAMAGE CONTINUES
Andrea Elliott, New York Times, 6/7/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/07/nyregion/07BROO.html

The signs in Midwood, Brooklyn, surfaced slowly at first. Curry packets 
at 
the New Apna Bazaar started to accumulate. The line of cars at the 
Sunoco 
station began to thin.

And then the crowd dwindled at Friday Prayer at the Makki Mosque on 
Coney 
Island Avenue. This, among worshipers once so numerous they prayed on 
the 
street for lack of room.

"Now the rooms are empty inside," said Danieyel Yaqocb, 32, a taxi 
driver 
who lives in Midwood. "It's hard to live here now. People don't have 
too 
many friends like before."

In this heavily Pakistani community, the word "before" begs no further 
explanation. It refers to a crucial turning point - Sept. 11, 2001 - in 
this neighborhood's modern history, a date that marked the start of an 
exodus of thousands of Pakistanis and the arrival of a new discomfort 
in 
day-to-day living for those who remained.

Arrests, closer scrutiny and an increased threat of deportation have 
plagued Arabs and Muslims nationwide. In New York, Egyptians, 
Moroccans, 
Jordanians and Lebanese have seen numbers of detentions. But no group 
appears harder hit than the Pakistanis.

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GOVERNMENT WILL LAUNCH NEWS NETWORK TO COUNTER 'ANTI-AMERICAN' IMAGE
Shane Harris, GovExec.com, 6/2/03
http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0603/060203h1.htm
	
Middle East airwaves are clogged with "hate speak…disinformation [and] 
incitement to violence" that is anti-Western and anti-American, said 
Norman 
Pattiz, one of America's most prominent news media executives. Now, 
armed 
with a congressional mandate and more than $30 million in government 
funds, 
Pattiz and a team of media gurus are going to compete with those 
networks 
for hearts and minds on the Arab street.

By the end of this year, Pattiz, the chairman of radio giant Westwood 
One 
and a member of the government's Broadcasting Board of Governors, which 
runs the Voice of America radio broadcast, hopes to launch the Middle 
East 
Television Network, a U.S.-based, 24-hour satellite news and 
entertainment 
channel that will try to snatch viewers away from Qatar-based 
newscaster al 
Jazeera and a number of state-run news media outlets in the region.

Pattiz has been planning the network for more than a year, after the 
successful launch of an Arabic-language radio channel known as Radio 
Sawa, 
he said in an interview with Government Executive. But the momentum for 
the 
network has been fueled lately by the administration's view that Arabic 
news broadcasts are damaging the image of the United States.

For instance, throughout the war in Iraq, al Jazeera and other Arabic 
networks took a critical view of U.S.-led military actions, and 
frequently 
showed images not seen in the U.S., including pictures of dead 
coalition 
troops and killed or maimed Iraqi civilians. Those images were beamed 
into 
homes and public places across the region...

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CHRISTIAN'S ARREST TWISTS ARGUMENT
Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald, 6/9/03
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/living/columnists/leonard_pitts/6044921.htm

The story is almost certainly apocryphal, but here it is for what it's 
worth:

Shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Muhammad Ali was 
supposedly 
visiting ground zero when someone asked a barbed question: How did Ali, 
the 
most famous Muslim in the world who is not a terrorist, feel about 
sharing 
his religion with Osama bin Laden? The champ shot back, ``How does it 
feel 
to share yours with Hitler?''

As I said, the story -- it began circulating shortly after the attacks 
-- 
is probably not true, but it ought to be. It's valuable for what it 
says 
about our tendency to demonize the unfamiliar and overlook the obvious.

Which brings us to Eric Rudolph, alleged Christian terrorist.

And, to this question: Is that a fair term to describe the accused 
serial 
bomber? Some observers have begun debating that since Rudolph's recent 
arrest in North Carolina, among them The Washington Post, which raised 
the 
issue in a story last week, and Arsalan Tariq Iftikhar, Midwest 
communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, 
who 
tackled it a few days ago in The Herald.

SEE ALSO:

RELIGION AND TERRORISM WHAT DO WE CALL HIM?
By KAMRAN MEMON, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/9/03
Kamran Memon is a civil rights attorney in Chicago. He serves on the 
board 
of the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/news/5B3C6E2D6E27D00B86256D3E00319244

The AOL Time Warner chat rooms are buzzing. The academics are arguing. 
The 
debate about Eric Robert Rudolph's title has begun: Is he an alleged 
"terrorist" or an alleged "Christian terrorist"?

Rudolph, suspected of violently targeting homosexuals and abortion 
rights 
supporters, is allegedly a Christian, possibly linked to the Christian 
Identity movement and its Army of God. So now Americans are wrestling 
once 
again with the connection between religion and terrorism, which burst 
into 
our collective consciousness on Sept. 11, 2001, if not before.

Back then, the titles seemed obvious. And if Rudolph had been Muslim, 
this 
would have been a no-brainer too. The only debate would have been 
between 
"Muslim terrorist" or "Islamic terrorist." After all, Muslims are 
viewed as 
"foreigners" and "outsiders" - even though Muslim slaves helped build 
this 
country, even though at least one-third of American Muslims are 
African-Americans and even though American-born children of Muslim 
immigrants make up another large segment of the community.

But Rudolph has been identified as a Christian, and Americans are much 
more 
familiar with Christianity. Many Americans actually know Christians, 
and 
they're not such bad folks. Plus, Christians don't get much bad press, 
aside from sexual misconduct by some priests. So it's not easy for 
Americans to link the Christian faith to terrorism.

Fewer Americans know a Muslim; there are fewer Muslims to know. And a 
lot 
of them have accents, and they eat unusual foods. In addition, many 
Muslims 
keep to themselves, fearing rejection and hostility. Plus, Americans 
keep 
getting news reports linking Islam to violence overseas. And Sept. 11, 
2001, didn't help.

Despite America's familiarity with Christianity, some argue that 
Rudolph 
should be called an alleged "Christian terrorist" because he allegedly 
used 
violence to further his allegedly "Christian" agenda, just as "Muslim 
terrorists" used violence to further their allegedly "Islamic" agenda.

There are others, though, who argue that "Christian terrorist" just 
doesn't 
sound right. After all, how can the teachings of Jesus be associated 
with 
terrorism?

As an American Muslim, I lean towards the latter view. After all, the 
Quran 
teaches us that Jesus was a prophet of God, and no prophet of God 
teaches 
terrorism…

So where does all this leave Muslims, who cringe when they hear the 
media 
and politicians link Islam with terrorism, just because a Muslim used 
Islam 
to justify his acts of terror? Hopefully, the press and the politicians 
will one day come to understand that a Muslim who commits acts of 
terror is 
misguided and rebelling against the true teachings of Prophet Muhammad.

But before that day comes, Muslims have to do a much better job of 
reaching 
out and explaining our faith. Much better. And our neighbors have to do 
a 
much better job of listening, and of separating politics from religion. 
Much better.

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EVANGELISTS SAY IRAQIS EMBRACE MESSAGE
Robert W. Gee, Austin American-Statesman, 6/7/03
http://www.statesman.com/

During a weeklong whirlwind trip through Iraq in May, 13 evangelists 
delivered more than 100 New Testaments, copies of the Gospel of Luke 
and 
"Why Jesus" booklets to Iraqis and American troops. "Most of the people 
we 
gave them to grabbed them, kissed them and hugged them," Carl Medearis, 
one 
of the trip leaders, wrote in an e-mail he sent back home to America. 
"A 
young man I gave one to burst into tears and said over and over again, 
'My 
family will be SO happy when they see this.' Another man told me he had 
searched for the Bible for years but didn't know anyone who could tell 
him 
where one was. Everyone begged us to come back."

The evangelists -- pastors and career missionaries from Austin, Waco 
and 
elsewhere in the United States, Britain and Holland -- also attended 
church 
services and walked the streets of Basra to "share the Good News of 
Jesus 
directly and indirectly," Jeff Newman, senior pastor of Vineyard 
Christian 
Fellowship Austin, wrote in an e-mail home. As they walked, they handed 
out 
50 hardbound copies of the Gospel of Luke, translated into modern 
Arabic...

"It was like, to them, the greatest treasure. They love them. They hold 
them dear," said Newman, now back home. For hundreds, perhaps thousands 
of 
American evangelical Christians, Iraq is fertile ground for 
humanitarian 
relief work -- and introducing Muslims to the story of Jesus. However, 
some 
fear that the specter of Americans delivering aid in one hand and a 
Bible 
in the other will do more to harm than help America's efforts to earn 
the 
trust of Iraqis.

Some nonevangelical aid groups and Muslims leaders say they are wary of 
the 
ideologies of conservative evangelists, including Franklin Graham, who 
in 
November 2001 called Islam "a very evil and wicked religion." Graham 
heads 
Samaritan's Purse, a Christian aid organization that works in 100 
countries. Samaritan's Purse waited to enter Iraq at the Jordanian 
border 
during the war. Now, the group is helping refurbish a Baghdad hospital.

The aid is welcome "as long as they don't use the humanitarian label as 
part of their efforts to try to coerce people or try to force people 
into 
accepting another religion," said Rabia Ahmed, spokeswoman of the 
Council 
on American-Islamic Relations in Washington.

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AT MUSLIM PROM, IT'S A GIRLS-ONLY NIGHT
Patricia Leigh Brown, New York Times, 6/7/03 
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/09/national/09PROM.html

FREMONT, Calif., - The trappings of a typical high school prom were all 
there: the strobe lights, the garlands, the crepe pineapple 
centerpieces 
and even a tiara for the queen. In fact, Fatima Hague's prom tonight 
had 
practically everything one might expect on one of a teenage girl's most 
important nights. Except boys.

Ms. Haque and her friends may have helped initiate a new American 
ritual: 
the all-girl Muslim prom. It is a spirited response to religious and 
cultural beliefs that forbid dating, dancing with or touching boys or 
appearing without a hijab, the Islamic head scarf. While Ms. Haque and 
her 
Muslim friends do most things other teenagers do - shopping for shoes 
at 
Macy's, watching "The Matrix Reloaded" at the mall or ordering Jumbo 
Jack 
burgers and curly fries at Jack in the Box - an essential ingredient of 
the 
American prom, boys, is off limits. So they decided to do something 
about it...

The rented room at a community center here was filled with the sounds 
of 
the rapper 50 Cent, Arabic pop music, Britney Spears and about two 
dozen 
girls, including some non-Muslim friends. But when the sun went down, 
the 
music stopped temporarily, the silken gowns disappeared beneath 
full-length 
robes, and the Muslims in the room faced toward Mecca to pray. Then it 
was 
time for spaghetti and lasagna.

It is perhaps a new version of having it all: embracing the American 
prom 
culture of high heels, mascara and adrenaline while being true to a 
Muslim 
identity...

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8-YEAR-OLD VICTIM OF A HATE CRIME, PROSECUTOR SAYS
Dwayne Campbell, Philadelphia Inquirer, 6/9/03
http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/local/6045186.htm

Sleep no longer comes easily for Ahmed Hadi.

He often tosses and turns, and tries to rid his mind of three boys 
pushing 
him against a wall and punching his face. Of seeing his face bloody and 
bruised. Of hospitals and CAT scans.

Most of all, his family says, 8-year-old Ahmed cannot get rid of the 
taunts 
he heard. He didn't clearly comprehend them, but they seemed to say he 
didn't belong, that despite his being born at St. Mary Medical Center 
in 
Langhorne, his Middle Eastern heritage made him less of an American.

"You Saddam Hussein helper."

"Go back to Iraq."

"You Iraqi."

Those stinging words and pounding fists, authorities said, came from 
three 
boys - two white 13-year-olds, one a neighbor, and a 12-year-old 
African 
American.

The attack has left Ahmed terrified, his family said...

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MUSLIM GROUP TO AIR SATELLITE TALK SHOW
'Washington Live' will offer insights on U.S. Muslim community

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/10/03) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR) will air a new satellite talk show tonight dealing with issues 
of 
concern to the North American Muslim and Arab communities.

The weekly hour-long program, called "Washington Live," will be 
broadcast 
out of the nation's capital to North American and worldwide by the Arab 
Radio & Television (ART) satellite network. SEE: 
http://www.art-tv.net/arabic/ It will air every Tuesday at 8 p.m. 
(Eastern) 
and is available in the United States through the Dish Network, on 
cable 
and by satellite in other parts of the world.

SEE: 
http://www.dishnetwork.com/content/programming/international/packages/arabic/index.shtml

Tonight's program is scheduled to include segments focusing on the 
recent 
defamation lawsuit filed by American Muslim charitable institutions 
against 
CBS's "60 Minutes," a recent congressional hearing on the targeting of 
Muslims and other minorities following the 9/11 terrorist attacks and 
on a 
poll showing that the image of the United States dropped worldwide 
following the war on Iraq.

"We are excited to bring this unique programming to Muslims and 
Arab-Americans who have long sought a media outlet that reflects their 
views and concerns," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad, the host 
of 
the program. "'Washington Live' will focus on practical social and 
political issues that CAIR deals with on a daily basis and that impact 
Muslims and Arabs living in North America."

Awad said "Washington Live" will be co-hosted by CAIR Communications 
Director Ibrahim Hooper and will include guests, such as elected 
officials, 
policy-makers and commentators, who offer a broad spectrum of views on 
current issues.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 16 regional 
offices nationwide and in Canada.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 6/10/03

* VERSE OF THE DAY: THE PATH OF EASE
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5983 SPONSORSHIPS
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* ASHCROFT'S ATTITUDE PROBLEM (Wash. Post)
* WHO'S ACCOUNTABLE? (NY Times)
	- U.S. Hunt for Iraqi Banned Weapons Slows (AP)
	- U.S. Soldiers Face Growing Resistance (Wash. Post)
	- AP Tallies 3,240 Civilian Deaths in Iraq
	- Soldier Recalls Night Innocent Was Killed (AP)
* SCHOOL FOSTERS FAITH IN MUSLIM HERITAGE (Seattle Times)
	- Terror Attacks Inspire Woman to Speak Out (KC Star)
* GIVING GOD A BREAK (NY Times)
* GUANTANAMO EYES POSSIBLE EXECUTION CHAMBER (AP)
* CAIR-OHIO 6th ANNUAL MEETING AND FUNDRAISING DINNER
* CAIR-OHIO LECTURE SERIES

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VERSE OF THE DAY: THE PATH OF EASE

As for he who gives (in charity), and keeps his duty to God, and 
believes 
in the best reward from God, We will make smooth for him the path of 
ease. 
But he who is a greedy miser and thinks himself self-sufficient, and 
gives 
the lie to the best reward from God, we will make smooth for him the 
path 
for evil. (The Quran, 92:5-10)

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5983 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's Library Project has received 5983 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Our 
goal is to send accurate and objective information about Islam to 
America's 
16,000 public libraries.

GO TO: www.libraryproject.org

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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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ASHCROFT'S ATTITUDE PROBLEM
Richard Cohen, Washington Post, 6/10/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A37338-2003Jun9.html

My job is to connect the dots. So follow me as I take you from a 
typical 
newspaper story about yet another convicted murderer being freed after 
DNA 
testing to the testimony last week of Attorney General John Ashcroft. 
The 
first is clear evidence of the imperfectability of the criminal justice 
system, and the second is the smug refusal to admit it. Ashcroft has a 
serious attitude problem.

That attitude was on display when he testified before the House 
Judiciary 
Committee. The AG was asked about a report from his own inspector 
general 
criticizing the way in which the Justice Department had treated 762 
illegal 
immigrants locked up and detained after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. 
None of them -- that's precisely zero -- was ever linked to terrorist 
activities.

Yet some of them were held incommunicado for months. Either they were 
refused lawyers or so many obstacles were put in their way that it 
amounted 
to the same thing. They were denied visitors. Some were held in 
solitary 
confinement, verbally harassed and threatened and, on occasion, 
allegedly 
physically manhandled. To all of this, Ashcroft responded with a shrug. 
"We 
make no apologies," he said -- and, of course, he asked for additional 
death penalties in terrorism cases.

But apologies are most certainly in order. In the first place, the 
Justice 
Department got things exactly backward. In this country, you're 
innocent 
until proven guilty -- not the other way around...

Go ahead, connect the dots on Ashcroft yourself. A cavalier attitude 
toward 
civil liberties, an inability to concede mistakes, a refusal to see 
imperfections in the criminal justice system, a zealously irrational 
belief 
in the death penalty -- and pretty soon you can read between the lines 
of 
that Justice Department report: The attorney general is far more 
dangerous 
than any of the immigrants he wrongly detained.

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WHO'S ACCOUNTABLE?
Paul Krugman, NY Times, 6/10/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/10/opinion/10KRUG.html

The Bush and Blair administrations are trying to silence critics - many 
of 
them current or former intelligence analysts - who say that they 
exaggerated the threat from Iraq. Last week a Blair official accused 
Britain's intelligence agencies of plotting against the government. 
(Tony 
Blair's government has since apologized for January's "dodgy dossier.") 
In 
this country, Colin Powell has declared that questions about the 
justification for war are "outrageous."

Yet dishonest salesmanship has been the hallmark of the Bush 
administration's approach to domestic policy. And it has become 
increasingly clear that the selling of the war with Iraq was no 
different.

For example, look at the way the administration rhetorically linked 
Saddam 
to Sept. 11. As The Associated Press put it: "The implication from Bush 
on 
down was that Saddam supported Osama bin Laden's network. Iraq and the 
Sept. 11 attacks frequently were mentioned in the same sentence, even 
though officials have no good evidence of such a link..."

Or look at the affair of the infamous "germ warfare" trailers. I don't 
know 
whether those trailers were intended to produce bioweapons or merely to 
inflate balloons, as the Iraqis claim - a claim supported by a number 
of 
outside experts....

SEE ALSO:

U.S. HUNT FOR IRAQI BANNED WEAPONS SLOWS
Dafna Linzer, Associated Press, 6/10/03
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/breaking_news/6049444.htm

BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. military units assigned to track down Iraqi 
weapons of 
mass destruction have run out of places to look and are getting time 
off or 
being assigned to other duties, even as pressure mounts on President 
Bush 
to explain why no banned arms have been found.

After nearly three months of fruitless searches, weapons hunters say 
they 
are now waiting for a large team of Pentagon intelligence experts to 
take 
over the effort, relying more on leads from interviews and documents.

"It doesn't appear there are any more targets at this time," said Lt. 
Col. 
Keith Harrington, whose team has been cut by more than 30 percent. 
"We're 
hanging around with no missions in the foreseeable future."

Over the past week, his and several other teams have been taken off 
assignment completely. Rather than visit suspected weapons sites, they 
are 
brushing up on target practice and catching up on letters home...

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U.S. SOLDIERS FACE GROWING RESISTANCE
William Booth and Daniel Williams, Washington Post, 6/10/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A37082-2003Jun9.html

TIKRIT, Iraq, - Attacks on American troops are growing in frequency and 
sophistication across central Iraq, a crescent of discontent and 
hostility 
where many Iraqis remain opposed to the U.S. occupation of their 
country.

Almost every day, well-organized groups of assailants using assault 
rifles, 
rocket-propelled grenades and mortars are ambushing U.S. Army convoys, 
patrols, checkpoints, garrisons and public offices used by troops to 
interact with the civilian population.

In response, U.S. forces are trying to crush resistance through 
house-to-house searches, arms seizures and deadly force, in some cases 
with 
fatal consequences for innocent bystanders...

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AP TALLIES 3,240 CIVILIAN DEATHS IN IRAQ
NIKO PRICE, Associated Press, 6/10/03

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - At least 3,240 civilians died across Iraq during a 
month of war, including 1,896 in Baghdad, according to a five-week 
Associated Press investigation.

The count is still fragmentary, and the complete toll - if it is ever 
tallied - is sure to be significantly higher.

Several surveys have looked at civilian casualties within Baghdad, but 
the 
AP tally is the first attempt to gauge the scale of such deaths from 
one 
end of the country to the other, from Mosul in the north to Basra in 
the south.

The AP count was based on records from 60 of Iraq's 124 hospitals - 
including almost all of the large ones - and covers the period between 
March 20, when the war began, and April 20, when fighting was dying 
down 
and coalition forces announced they would soon declare major combat 
over. 
AP journalists traveled to all of these hospitals, studying their logs, 
examining death certificates where available and interviewing officials 
about what they witnessed.

Many of the other 64 hospitals are in small towns and were not visited 
because they are in dangerous or inaccessible areas. Some hospitals 
that 
were visited had incomplete or war-damaged casualty records.

Even if hospital records were complete, they would not tell the full 
story. 
Many of the dead were never taken to hospitals, either buried quickly 
by 
their families in accordance with Islamic custom, or lost under rubble…

The U.S. military did not count civilian casualties because ``our 
efforts 
are focused on military tasks,'' said Lt. Col. Jim Cassella, a Pentagon 
spokesman. The British Defense Ministry said it didn't count casualties 
either…

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SOLDIER RECALLS NIGHT INNOCENT WAS KILLED
CHRIS TOMLINSON, Associated Press, 6/10/03

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Spc. John Dresel was on guard duty, and his eyes 
were 
playing tricks on him.

His U.S. Army company had worked its way through heavy fire from Kuwait 
to 
Baghdad, and on April 8 it was guarding an intersection next to the 
Tourism 
Ministry. Gunfire and explosions punctured the night, and a burning 
building produced an orange glow on the northern horizon…

After more than an hour, a figure moved toward Dresel on the sidewalk. 
He 
fired a warning shot, and through his scope he made out what looked 
like an 
old man.

'I fired off another warning shot. I yelled `halt,' `stop,' `kif,' 
everything I could think of. Even the tank gave a warning shot," he 
said. 
"Finally, I was like, well, I've got to take this guy out."

Dresel said he fired 15 shots. When daylight broke, he was ordered to 
examine the body.

"All I'm thinking is, I hope this guy has a grenade, or some kind of 
kit 
wrapped to him, so I'm not just an old-man killer," he said.

When he got there, he found none of that.

"There wasn't nothing on him," Dresel said, lowering his voice. "I just 
killed an old guy, who was probably drunk or something."

Fellow soldiers assured Dresel there was nothing else he could have 
done. 
He isn't convinced.

"Even now I feel bad," he said. "I did do my job. But you always 
wonder: If 
I could go back."

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GROWING REDMOND SCHOOL FOSTERS FAITH IN MUSLIM HERITAGE
Leslie Fulbright, Seattle Times, 6/10/03
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/education/134953073_medina10e.html

Serene Taleb-Agha has vivid memories of her days in public school, of 
being 
taunted by classmates each time she knelt for one of five daily 
prayers, of 
students making fun of her mother's head scarf and of boys laughing 
when 
she told them her religion didn't allow her to go to a school dance.

"I was sensitive as a child, and the kids were not very understanding," 
said the Redmond mom, who has devoted her life to Islam. "I didn't want 
that for my daughter."

Taleb-Agha's 4-year-old attends preschool at the Medina Academy - a 
small, 
private Islamic school that rents space at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse 
and 
is about to expand at a new site. At the academy, her Muslim faith is 
nurtured...

Since it opened in 2000, the school has grown from four to 33 students, 
with 60 enrolled for next year. To allow for expansion and accommodate 
the 
waiting list, school officials and parents have raised more than $1 
million 
to buy a 2.25-acre property in Bellevue's Overlake area. They plan to 
finalize the purchase in about two weeks, with the hope of opening the 
new 
school in January...

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TERROR ATTACKS INSPIRE WOMAN TO SPEAK OUT
Jilian Mincer, Kansas City Star, 6/10/03
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascitystar/business/6050265.htm

Mahnaz M. Shabbir has always planned every detail of her life, from her 
graduate degree to her career in hospital management.

But now she is following her heart instead of her head. She has decided 
to 
trade the security of her job as vice president of strategic planning 
and 
business development of Carondelet Health to work full time teaching 
people 
about Muslims and tolerance.

"As a moderate Muslim, we have to speak up," she said. "The world is so 
ignorant about Islam."

This is an enormous change for Shabbir, who has worked for Carondelet 
for 
almost 19 years on a range of issues from marketing to mergers. But 
like 
many of us, her life changed on Sept. 11, 2001...

At the time, she was in San Diego speaking at a health-care conference.

While her colleagues were concerned about her safety, Shabbir was 
worried 
about her sons.

She encouraged them to keep a low profile, but the older boys both 
endured 
derogatory remarks...

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GIVING GOD A BREAK
Nicholas D. Kristof, New York Times, 6/10/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/10/opinion/10KRIS.html

God must be feeling dizzy, listening to American evangelicals pray for 
help 
in converting Muslims from their vile faith while Muslims appeal for 
assistance in stomping out bloodthirsty Christian infidel invaders.

So maybe God, along with all of us, will find relief following a 
milestone 
last month: some leading evangelicals called on their own prophets of 
pugnacity to zip it. We can, er, pray, that responsible Muslim leaders 
will 
follow that wise example and similarly rein in their own extremists.

The "loving rebuke" by conservative Christians of their fire-breathing 
brethren came at a Washington conference. This helped move us back from 
the 
clash of civilizations that hard-liners in both Islam and Christianity 
are 
pushing us all toward.

Franklin Graham, Billy's son, has led the call to arms with blasts like 
his 
description of Islam as "a very evil and wicked religion." In addition, 
Pat 
Robertson dismissed Muhammad as "an absolute wild-eyed fanatic, a 
robber 
and brigand," and Jerry Vines, the former president of the Southern 
Baptist 
Convention, labeled Muhammad a "demon-possessed pedophile..."

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GUANTANAMO EYES POSSIBLE EXECUTION CHAMBER
Paisley Dodds, Associated Press, 6/10/03
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-2771977,00.html

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico- Guantanamo officials are ready to provide a 
courtroom, a prison and an execution chamber if the order comes to try 
terror suspects at the base in Cuba, the mission commander said.

Although no new directive has been given and no plans have been 
approved, a 
handful of experts are looking at what it will take to try, imprison 
and, 
if need be, execute detainees accused of links to Afghanistan's fallen 
Taliban regime or to the al-Qaida terror network.

``We have a number of plans that we work for short-term and long-term 
strategies but that's all they are - plans,'' Army Maj. Gen. Geoffrey 
Miller said in a telephone interview Monday.

Isolated on Cuba's eastern tip and out of the jurisdiction of U.S. 
civilian 
courts, Guantanamo is a likely location for U.S. military trials...

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CAIR-OHIO 6th ANNUAL MEETING AND FUNDRAISING DINNER

WHAT: Mobilizing our Community for a Better Society. Speakers include 
Omar 
Ahmad, Chairman of Board, CAIR-National, Congressman Paul Findley, 
James 
Stowe, Executive Director, Columbus Community Relations, and Commission 
Sybil McNabb, President, Ohio NAACP. Tickets are $25.

WHEN: Sunday, June 15, 2003 @ 5:30 PM

WHERE: Columbus Marriott North, 6500 Doubletree Avenue, Columbus, Ohio
43229, Tel: 614-885-1885.

INFO: Call CAIR-Ohio 614-451-3232, ohio@cair-net.org

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CAIR-OHIO LECTURE SERIES

WHAT: In an effort to bring together the Muslim and non-Muslim segments 
of 
the Central Ohio community, International Visitors Council (IVC) has 
developed a series of neighborhood dialogues to encourage interaction 
and 
mutual learning among Americans of all faiths, titled "Diverse 
Traditions-Common Ideals."

Using the PBS documentary Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet, Ahmad Al- 
Akhras, 
president of the CAIR-Ohio will facilitate a discussion of Muhammad and 
Islam.

WHEN: June 10, 2003 from 7-9 p.m.

WHERE: OSU-Longaberger House, 2200 Olentangy River Road.

INFO: Call CAIR-Ohio at 614-451-3232 or IVC at (614) 225-9057 or
e-mail kevin@columbusivc.org

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 6/11/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: JUST ONE GOOD DEED
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5983 SPONSORSHIPS
	- CAIR 'Islam in America' Ad Campaign
	- CAIR'S 'Washington Live' Satellite Talk Show
	- Employment Opportunity at CAIR-DFW
* U.S. MUSLIMS CONDEMN BOMBING, MISSILE STRIKES
* GOOD NEWS: VA POSTAL WORK ABLE TO ATTEND FRIDAY PRAYERS
	- Michigan Accommodates Muslim Women (Detroit News)
* MUSLIM WOMAN WINS VA PARTY PRIMARY (Washington Post)
* MICH. JUDGE REJECTS ATTEMPT TO CENSOR FLYER
	- 2nd Defamation Suit Against CBS (Atlanta Journal)
* WHITE HOUSE, KARL ROVE DENOUNCE ANTI-MUSLIM BIGOTRY
	- Don't Downplay Anti-Muslim Bigotry (St. Petersburg Times)
	- Hate Crimes Deserve Condemnation
* NEW BOOK: WHAT IS A MOSQUE? WHAT HAPPENS THERE?
* BUSH: 'WE HAVE A PROBLEM WITH SHARON' (Haaretz)
* DIG FINDS NO SIGN OF TEMPLE AT INDIAN HOLY SITE (Reuters)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: JUST ONE GOOD DEED

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "(There was) a man whose 
only good deed was removing a thorny branch from the road (so travelers 
could pass unharmed)...God accepted that good deed and brought (the 
man) 
into Paradise."

Sunan of Abu-Dawood, Hadith 2503

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5983 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's Library Project has received 5983 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Our 
goal is to send accurate and objective information about Islam to 
America's 
16,000 public libraries.

GO TO: www.libraryproject.org

SEE ALSO:

CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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CAIR'S 'WASHINGTON LIVE' SATELLITE TALK SHOW

CAIR is airing a new satellite talk show dealing with issues of concern 
to 
the North American Muslim and Arab communities. The weekly hour-long 
program, called "Washington Live," is broadcast IN ENGLISH out of the 
nation's capital to North American and worldwide by the ART satellite 
network. (SEE: http://www.art-tv.net/arabic/) It will air every Tuesday 
at 
8 p.m. (Eastern) and is available in the United States through the Dish 
Network, on cable and by satellite in other parts of the world.

TO SIGN UP FOR THE DISH NETWORK SERVICE, GO TO:
http://www.dishnetwork.com/content/programming/international/packages/arabic/index.shtml

COMMENTS ON LAST NIGHT'S PREMIERE

"I'm writing you…because I just finished watching Washington Live and I 
wanted to tell how much I appreciate the show…I was very touched with 
the 
stories that the people told of their experiences with 
immigration…Thank 
you again for the new show for American Muslims. We need something to 
make 
us feel that something is being done to make us feel more like 
Americans 
and not outcast."

Guests on last night's program included Visiting Fellow at the 
Brookings 
Institution Dr. M. A. Muqtedar Khan, ACLU Legislative Counsel Timothy 
Edgar, and civil rights attorney Denyse Sabagh, and Nancy Luque, lead 
attorney in a defamation suit against CBS.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY AT CAIR-DFW

CAIR-DFW is currently accepting applications for the following 
position: 
Job Title ­ Office Manager for our soon to be announced office. 
Location - 
Dallas/Fort Worth area

Job description: This person will be responsible for running the 
day-to-day 
communications, activities, and programs emanating from the CAIR-DFW 
regional office.

Please send resume as an application to info@cairdfw.org or call 
CAIR-DFW 
at 972.462.9630 for more information. Deadline for accepting 
applications 
is Friday June 20th.

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U.S. MUSLIMS CONDEMN BOMBING, MISSILE STRIKES

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/11/03) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR), a Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group, 
today 
condemned both the bombing of a civilian bus in Jerusalem that left 16 
people dead and Israeli missile strikes in the Occupied Territories 
that 
killed and wounded a number of Palestinian civilians.

In a statement, CAIR said:

"We condemn all attacks on civilians, whether carried out by 
individuals, 
groups or states. To break this cycle of violence, we must focus on a 
political solution based on justice and equality, not force of arms."

CAIR is American's largest Islamic civil liberties group. It is 
headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 16 regional offices 
nationwide 
and in Canada.

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GOOD NEWS: VA POSTAL WORK ABLE TO ATTEND FRIDAY PRAYERS

Following intervention by CAIR, a United States Postal Service (USPS) 
worker in Alexandria, Va., will be able to attend Friday prayer 
services. 
The Muslim worker had been turned down in his request to use leave time 
for 
the prayers, but after discussions between USPS and CAIR, an 
accommodation 
was arranged whereby the worker could attend the weekly services.

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MICHIGAN TRIES TO ACCOMMODATE MUSLIM WOMEN
By Ron French, Detroit News, 6/11/03
http://www.detnews.com/2003/metro/0306/11/e01-190059.htm

DEARBORN -- Customers at Secretary of State branches in Dearborn 
routinely 
are asked to move across the office, to provide privacy to Muslim women 
being photographed without their face veils.

Women who by tradition cover their faces in public routinely take those 
veils off to be photographed for driver's licenses. Other Muslim women, 
who 
wear veils covering their hair, are allowed to keep their headdresses 
on 
for driver's license photos.

It's a compromise between the state and the city's large Muslim 
population 
that has worked for years, a rare accommodation of bureaucracy and 
religion 
in a world where the two often lock horns…

The policy of the Secretary of State's office is for customers to 
remove 
all head coverings for driver's license photographs. Men are routinely 
asked to remove caps, for example.

But Muslim women are allowed to wear their hijabs, which are required 
by 
their religion to be worn in public.

"If they asked me to take off my scarf, I would be angry. I'd make a 
scene," said Huda Mahmud, 16, of Dearborn. "My scarf is a part of me…"

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MUSLIM WOMAN WINS VA PARTY PRIMARY

11TH-HOUR RUN WINS IN LOUDOUN
Michael Laris, Washington Post, 6/11/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A42504-2003Jun10.html

A leader in Northern Virginia's Muslim community won a Democratic Party 
primary in Loudoun County last night just eight hours after she 
declared 
herself a candidate in the race to represent the newly drawn Potomac 
District on the Board of Supervisors.

Afeefa Syeed, director of Al Fatih Academy, a private school in 
Herndon, 
outpolled Poisson by 11 to 4 in a hastily organized firehouse primary. 
Poisson is a lobbyist and a former legislative director for the late 
former 
senator Terry Sanford (D-N.C.).

Syeed will face Republican Bruce E. Tulloch and independent Carol E. 
Peters 
in the Nov. 4 election. She said she is running on a platform of 
carefully 
managing the county's growth, improving its schools and protecting 
civil 
liberties in post-Sept. 11 America.

"I'm a Muslim, but my issues are American," Syeed said. "People need to 
see 
that Muslims are concerned about the same issues. This is my home…"

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MICH. JUDGE REJECTS ATTEMPT TO CENSOR FLYER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 10, 2003			
CONTACT: Michael J. Steinberg (313) 578-6814

DETROIT - The ACLU of Michigan announced today that a federal judge 
rejected Meijer's attempt to halt distribution of flyers criticizing a 
Meijer gas station clerk for anti-Arab bias. The judge, adopting the 
position of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, ruled that 
"peaceful pamphleteering is a form of communication protected by the 
First 
Amendment."

"Distributing flyers drawing attention to injustice is a precious 
freedom 
in this country," said Michael J. Steinberg, legal director of the 
American 
Civil Liberties Union of Michigan. "The judge's opinion reaffirms the 
longstanding principle that a corporation cannot squelch speech simply 
because it disagrees with the message."

The court decision stems from an ugly confrontation at a Meijer gas 
station 
in Frasier last February. Mohammed and Bilal Karhani claimed that they 
were 
mistreated by the cashier because of their ethnicity. Although Meijer 
disputes the facts, the Karhanis claim that the clerk initially refused 
to 
serve them and then shouted, "You Arabs get out of here, we don't want 
to 
serve you guys, we don't have to serve you.  Go back to your country . 
. . 
Dirty Arabs."

The Karhanis, who are suing Meijer for discrimination, began to 
distribute 
flyers in the Arab community explaining their version of the events and 
encouraging people to "call Meijer and let them know how you feel."  
Meijer 
responded by seeking a court order stopping the flyers on the ground 
that 
the flyers were hurting the corporation's business reputation and they 
were 
untrue.  The ACLU of Michigan agreed to represent the Karhanis solely 
on 
the free speech issue.

U.S. District Court Judge Paul D. Borman, in a written opinion, noted 
that 
if Meijer thought that the flyers were inaccurate, it has the option of 
suing for defamation and seeking damages. However, issuing an 
injunction at 
this point "would constitute a wholly inappropriate and 
unconstitutional 
prior restraint" on free speech.

"If Meijer disagrees with the message in the flyers, it is fully 
capable of 
reaching the public and giving its own version of what happened," said 
Steinberg. "In this country, the solution to speech with which one 
disagrees, is more speech, not censorship."

SEE ALSO:

POULTRY COMPANY SUES CBS OVER TERRORISM STORY
Bill Torpy, Atlanta Journal, 6/7/03
http://www.ajc.com/print/content/epaper/editions/saturday/business_e31e48f4d034518c0041.html

The owners of a Gainesville chicken plant filed a libel suit Friday 
against 
CBS News for a "60 Minutes" report in May that alleged the company may 
be 
involved in a scheme to fund terrorism.

The suit, filed by Mar-Jac Poultry Inc., claims the popular news show 
negligently relied on a self-styled "terrorist hunter" to harm the 
company's reputation. Rita Katz, who runs a Washington-based 
anti-terror 
organization, is also named in the suit.

The suit alleges the defendants used false statements and innuendo to 
"create the impression that plaintiff Mar-Jac engaged in 
money-laundering 
activities on a knowing effort to support terrorists or terrorist 
organizations such as al-Qaida, Hamas and Islamic Jihad."

Keven Tedesco, spokesman for "60 minutes" said, "This was a fair and 
accurate report, and we'll defend ourselves vigorously."

Katz did not respond to messages for comment…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 6/11/03 				
Contact: Samah Alrayyes  						
(202) 955-7174 ext. 303

WHITE HOUSE, KARL ROVE DENOUNCE ANTI-MUSLIM BIGOTRY
Wall Street Journal highlights growing success, influence of Islamic 
Free 
Market Institute

WASHINGTON - In a front page story today, the Wall Street Journal 
highlights the growing success of the Islamic Free Market Institute 
(IFMI). 
Founded by Khaled Saffuri in 1997, the Institute serves to promote a 
better 
understanding of Islam in America and to make it clear that Islam and 
the 
Koran are perfectly compatible with a free, open and democratic 
society…

"Today's Wall Street Journal article plainly demonstrates that the 
attacks 
on the Muslim Community in the United States are unfounded, and that 
the 
White House rejects those whose positions are based on racism and 
bigotry," 
commented Khaled Saffuri, chairman and founder of IFMI…

Three major criticisms that have been circulated against IFMI and 
Muslim 
participation in American politics were discussed in the article. It 
was 
also pointed out that these criticisms were all without merit. The 
White 
House vigorously condemns attacks based on bigotry, and presidential 
advisor Karl Rove said of the attacks that, "There is no there there."

"America rejects bigotry. We reject every act of hatred against people 
of 
Arab background or Muslim faith…Every immigrant can be fully and 
equally 
American because we're one country. Race and color should not divide 
us, 
because America is one country," President Bush said on 30 April 2002…

For more information, please contact Samah Alrayyes at 202-955-7174.

SEE ALSO:

DON'T DOWNPLAY ANTI-MUSLIM BIAS
St. Petersburg Times, 6/11/03
http://www.sptimes.com/2003/06/11/Opinion/Morality_behind_Ameri.shtml
Scroll down.

Re: Overblown accounts of anti-Muslim bias have banned all rational 
discussion, by John Leo, June 3.

It looks like John Leo is living in Lala land by stating that that 
anti-Muslim bias is exaggerated. The lives of law-abiding American 
Muslims 
have been nothing but hardship since 9/11. Let Leo visit the Muslim 
communities around the country so he can hear and see for himself 
stories 
of constant intimidation, threatening, belittling and discrimination 
that 
an American Muslim faces daily.

The ink had not even dried on the Justice Department report about 
indiscriminate arrests and inhumane treatment of hundreds of Muslim 
immigrants before Leo's article was published. My 10-year-old-son came 
home 
the other day from school, crying. During lunch at his school, other 
students asked him about his religion and he told them that he was a 
Muslim. They immediately asked him if he was terrorist. My 11-year-old 
daughter is scared to death to wear a scarf in public. I know American 
Muslims who were fired from their jobs just because they were Muslims.

I definitely agree that there should be much more dialogue and 
interaction 
between American Muslims and Christians, Jews and all people of other 
faiths, but to say the bigotry and bias against American Muslims is 
overblown is nothing but a joke.

-- Ezzat Zaki, Lithia

HATE CRIMES DESERVE CONDEMNATION
Re: Overblown accounts of anti-Muslim bias have banned all rational 
discussion.

It was interesting to read John Leo's diatribe about exaggerated 
anti-Muslim bias the same day the front page of your newspaper reported 
the 
inspector general's report that post-9/11 detainees were mistreated and 
not 
one of them was charged with terrorism.

Leo makes the point that in a community of several million people, a 
few 
hundred hate crimes are not a large number. I wonder how many hate 
crimes 
against Muslims would need to occur to catch the attention of people 
like 
Leo. Would 1,000 incidents be enough? How about 5,000? The fact is that 
in 
a country that prides itself on the virtues of freedom and liberty, 
hate 
crimes against any ethnic or religious group should prompt condemnation 
by all.

According to the inspector general, of the 762 immigrants arrested 
post-9/11, not one was charged with terrorism. This reinforces the fact 
that identifying an entire community for extra scrutiny based on their 
looks or religious beliefs is not only not smart intelligence, it also 
wastes precious government resources and scares and alienates an entire 
community whose help may be essential to the fight against terrorism.

One of the reasons that appears to be behind this article is 
discrediting 
the point of view of Muslim advocacy groups like CAIR (the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations) and MPAC (the Muslim Public Affairs 
Council). 
After years of letting others define what Muslims are about, for the 
first 
time the Muslim community in America is taking the lead in letting 
non-Muslims know what the Muslims stand for.

In order for constructive dialogue between communities to occur, all of 
us 
living in this great country will have to remember something. The 
ideals of 
freedom and justice this country was founded on were for when those 
liberties were in jeopardy, not just for when the going is good. 
Belittling 
bias against any community does not serve any purpose but to strengthen 
the 
bigots among us.

-- Farrukh Zaidi, New Port Richey

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WHAT IS A MOSQUE? WHAT HAPPENS THERE?
New Opportunity for Kids and Adults to Learn about Muslim Faith and 
Worship

"Even though the mosque is a house of worship, in North America a 
mosque is 
also a place of community and a center of life where all people are 
welcome."

-from What You Will See Inside a Mosque

The recent war in Iraq has increased curiosity for those unfamiliar 
with 
Islam and mosques, Islamic houses of worship. In many ways, mosques are 
similar to churches, synagogues, and other places where people pray. 
Yet 
mosques are also distinctive. Educating people about the role of the 
mosque 
in Islamic culture will lead to better understanding between members of 
different faith traditions and help demystify what it means to live as 
a 
Muslim in America today.

What You Will See Inside a Mosque (SkyLight Paths/July 
2003/Hardcover/$16.95), by Aisha Karen Khan and with full-color 
photographs 
by Aaron Pepis, is an introduction not only to what a mosque is in a 
physical sense, but also its role in the Muslim community. Beginning 
with 
what makes a building a mosque (it must have a qibla, an indentation in 
a 
wall that shows the direction of prayer), the book describes how 
Muslims 
pray, the importance of sharing with those in need, important times for 
worship, and the significant role of education in Islamic culture…

What You Will See Inside? is a new series of illustrated books designed 
to 
show young readers ages 6-10 the Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How 
of 
traditional houses of worship, liturgical celebrations, and rituals of 
different world faiths, empowering them to respect and understand their 
own 
religious traditions-and those of their friends and neighbors…

Aisha Karen Khan is a writer and former teacher who is widely 
recognized 
for her ability to explain the traditions of Islam to children and 
parents. 
The former principal of an Islamic school in New York's Mid-Hudson 
Valley, 
she is a member of the Masjid al-Noor mosque in Wappingers Falls, New 
York. 
Aaron Pepis is an international award-winning commercial and portrait 
photographer as well as an accredited photographic judge.

What You Will See Inside a Mosque, by Aisha Karen Khan and with 
full-color 
photographs by Aaron Pepis, is available at bookstores or directly from 
SkyLight Paths Publishing, Sunset Farm Offices, Route 4, P.O. Box 237, 
Woodstock, Vermont 05091; Hardcover; $16.95; add $3.75 for shipping and 
handling for the first book, $2.00 for each additional book.  For 
credit 
card orders, call 800-962-4544.

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BUSH: 'WE HAVE A PROBLEM WITH SHARON'
Akiva Eldar, Haaretz, 6/11/03
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/302079.html

Behind-the-scenes exchanges between President George Bush and Prime 
Minister Ariel Sharon at last week's Aqaba summit may hint at a certain 
shift in the American stance, from the Israeli to the Palestinian side, 
according to a participant in the three-way meeting of the delegations.

The source quoted Bush as telling his National Security Adviser 
Condoleezza 
Rice that "I see that we have a problem with Sharon," while saying of 
the 
Palestinians led by Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, "We can work with 
them."

At one point, an irked Bush reportedly rebuked Defense Minister Shaul 
Mofaz, telling him "Oh, but I think that you can [help the 
Palestinians]. 
And I think that you will…"

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DIG FINDS NO SIGN OF TEMPLE AT INDIAN HOLY SITE
Sharat Pradhan, Reuters, 6/11/03
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/DEL107562.htm

LUCKNOW, India, June 11 (Reuters) - A three-month excavation of a 
disputed 
holy site in northern India has found no evidence of a Hindu temple 
under 
the ruins of a mosque, casting doubt on claims by Hindu hardliners, 
archaeologists said on Wednesday.

A source at the Archaeological Survey of India said the government-run 
agency had submitted an interim report saying digging so far had "not 
found 
remains of any structure that remotely resembles a temple" at the site 
in 
the town of Ayodhya.

Ayodhya, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, has been a flashpoint 
of 
bloody Hindu-Muslim tensions since a Hindu mob tore down the 
16th-century 
Babri mosque at the site in 1992.

This triggered nationwide riots in which 3,000 died, the worst 
religious 
clashes since the bloodletting that followed independence in 1947.

The report will be a setback for the ruling Hindu Nationalist Bharatiya 
Janata Party, which has seen rivalrly over the site as a potential vote 
winner both in state elections later this year and national polls in 
2004.

The Archaeological Survey report contradicts a claim by Hindu 
hardliners 
that 16th century Muslim invaders tore down a temple to the Hindu 
warrior 
god Ram to build the mosque at the place they believe he was born 
thousands 
of years ago…

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TSA ISSUES 'NO-FLY LIST' CLEARANCE POLICY
Relief granted to passengers with names similar to terror suspects

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/12/03) - A prominent national Islamic civil rights 
and 
advocacy group today applauded a new Transportation Security 
Administration 
(TSA) policy that grants relief to airline passengers who are prevented 
from flying because their names are similar to those of terror suspects 
on 
a "No-Fly List."

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said the new policy 
was 
prompted at least in part by the case of Asif Iqbal, a New York Muslim 
who 
was kept off planes because he shares the name of a person held at 
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Iqbal sought CAIR's assistance in March of last year after he had 
repeatedly been denied boarding or interrogated by law enforcement 
authorities prior to boarding. In May of 2002, CAIR and other civil 
liberties groups first met with Department of Transportation officials 
to 
discuss Iqbal's case and to suggest ways in which incidents of 
mistaken-identity could be avoided or rectified.

Under the new policy, travelers who have been delayed as a result of 
the 
No-Fly List will be able to submit a Passenger Identity Verification 
Form 
that may expedite check-in and boarding. (The policy does not apply to 
passengers who undergo enhanced screening at airport security 
checkpoints.) 
Along with personal information such as address, Social Security Number 
and 
date-of-birth, the passenger will also submit certified copies of three 
forms of identification. Once the identity form has been submitted and 
reviewed, the TSA will contact airlines to streamline the boarding 
process.

"We welcome this new policy and hope it will alleviate some of the 
problems 
encountered by innocent travelers who are wrongfully associated with 
terror 
suspects," said CAIR Board Chairman Omar Ahmad. Ahmad said CAIR will 
continue to work with the TSA to disseminate information about the new 
policy. He added that those passengers who have been detained by 
authorities at the ticket counter (not at the security checkpoint) 
during 
check-in should contact the TSA Ombudsman at: (571) 227-2383 or 
ombudsman@dhs.gov

SEE: "No-Fly List Ensnares Innocent Travelers"
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/06/08/MN253740.DTL

CAIR is America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, with 16 
regional 
offices nationwide and in Canada.

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

NOTE: CAIR offers an e-mail list designed to be a window to the 
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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 6/12/03

* BREAKING NEWS: CNN LOOKS AT CAIR AD CAMPAIGN
* HADITH OF THE DAY: GOOD DEEDS
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5991 SPONSORSHIPS
	- CAIR'S 'Washington Live' Satellite Talk Show
	- CAIR 'Islam in America' Ad Campaign
* WAS CBS SUCKERED BY 'ANONYMOUS'? (Creative Loafing)
* MD MUSLIMS SAY ANTI-MUSLIM INCIDENTS RAISE CONCERNS (Gazette)
* U.S. MILITARY & FREE SPEECH (Index)
* AYATOLLAH ASHCROFT'S LAW (Toronto Star)
	- 9/11 Detainees Win Apology, Clean Record (Chicago Tribune)
* ALBINO RAPPER NEVER FIT IN, UNTIL HE FOUND HIP-HOP (star tribune)
* COMMUNITY THROUGH UNITY ACCEPTING PROPOSALS
* INDIAN MUSLIM COUNCIL FIRST ANNUAL CONVENTION

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BREAKING NEWS: CNN LOOKS AT CAIR AD CAMPAIGN

CNN "Live From the Headlines" will air a segment at 7:30 p.m. (Eastern) 
tonight examining the CAIR "Islam in America" ad campaign.

SEE: http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/

ACTION REQUESTED:

WATCH THE PROGRAM, and then contact CNN to thank them for offering a 
positive story about the American Muslim community.

CONTACT: jim.walton@turner.com, maria.hinojosa@turner.com

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HADITH OF THE DAY: GOOD DEEDS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "The good deeds of any 
person will not make him enter Paradise (i.e., no one enters paradise 
only 
through his good deeds)." The Prophet's companions asked: "Not even 
you?" 
The Prophet replied: "Not even myself, unless God bestows his favor and 
mercy on me. So be moderate in your religious deeds and do what is 
within 
your ability. None of you should wish for death, for if he is a doer of 
good, he may increase his good deeds, and if he is an evil doer, he may 
repent to God."

Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 7, Hadith 577

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 5991 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's library project has received 5991 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Our 
goal is to send accurate and objective information about Islam to 
America's 
16,000 public libraries.

"A wonderful gift - very generous! Thank you!" - West Covina Library

Go to: www.libraryproject.org

SEE ALSO:

CAIR'S 'WASHINGTON LIVE' SATELLITE TALK SHOW

CAIR is airing a new satellite talk show dealing with issues of concern 
to 
the North American Muslim and Arab communities. The weekly hour-long 
program, called "Washington Live," is broadcast IN ENGLISH out of the 
nation's capital to North American and worldwide by the ART satellite 
network. (SEE: http://www.art-tv.net/arabic/) It will air every Tuesday 
at 
8 p.m. (Eastern) and is available in the United States through the Dish 
Network, on cable and by satellite in other parts of the world.

TO SIGN UP FOR THE DISH NETWORK SERVICE, GO TO:
http://www.dishnetwork.com/content/programming/international/packages/arabic/index.shtml

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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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WAS CBS SUCKERED BY 'ANONYMOUS'?
John Sugg, Creative Loafing, 6/12/03
http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/2003-06-12/fishwrapper.html

Beware, if you visit Gainesville, Ga., of the terrorist chickens, 
alleged 
feathered friends of Osama bin Laden operating out of training camps 
(ok, 
deep fryers) near the shores of Lake Lanier. So says CBS news' "60 
minutes."

The "60 minutes" scenario, according to a breathless source on the 
respected TV news magazine, is that maybe 10 million chickens are 
recruited 
each year to become, um, martyrs for al-Qaeda. The loopy-sounding 
theory 
(although stated as fact) is that chickens disappear from a poultry 
farm's 
ledger books, and quicker than you can say "secret seasonings," the 
proceeds are funneled to terrorist groups.

The venerable news program touts as its hallmark an abundance of 
diligent 
research. But not apparently on the chicken/terrorism story.

No proof in any form is offered that even one chicken was "laundered," 
much 
less that, as the network's source alleges, millions were.

Lawsuits filed this month in Atlanta and Washington claim much was 
amiss 
with CBS's fact-checking -- mainly that the network didn't check facts 
before it claimed several Muslim groups based in Herndon, Va., had 
terrorist ties...

"Chicken is one of the things that no one can really track down," Katz 
says 
to CBS' Simon. "If you say in one year that you lost 10 million 
chickens, 
no one can prove it. They just died. You can't trace money with 
chickens."

The organizations were searched by customs agents last year. But, Katz 
claims to be the international super spy (0.007?) Who donned a burkha 
and 
penetrated Muslim groups -- the Virginia raids were her handiwork...

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LOCAL MUSLIMS SAY RECENT ANTI-MUSLIM INCIDENTS RAISE CONCERNS IN 
FREDERICK
Robert Schroeder, Maryland Gazette, 6/12/03
http://www.gazette.net/200324/frederick/news/163196-1.html

Four recent incidents against local Muslims are raising the concerns of 
both a leader of Frederick's Islamic community and the superintendent 
of 
Frederick county public schools.

In the last two months, two elementary school students and one high 
school 
student have been the target of discrimination against Muslims, said 
Khalil 
Elshazly, president of the Islamic society of Frederick...

In one instance, a 9-year-old girl wearing a headscarf at Waverley 
elementary school had the scarf pulled by a classmate. Elshazly said 
that 
he met with the school's principal and that the principal was "very 
cooperative." in another incident, a fourth-grader at hillcrest 
elementary 
school whose mother had been deployed to Iraq as part of U.S. military 
operations threatened to kill a female Muslim classmate if anything 
happened to the mother.

At Gov. Thomas Johnson High School, Elshazly said, a substitute teacher 
in 
an algebra class singled out a Muslim student and said he should 
"volunteer 
for the Iraqi army," Elshazly said. When contacted about the incident, 
TJ 
high principal Marty Tarr said that she couldn't discuss a personnel 
matter. But Elshazly said the teacher had "a history of abuse" and was 
let go.

Tarr did say, however, that "there is a school system policy for 
harassment. We want to raise awareness" of harassment and 
discrimination 
issues, she said...

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US MILITARY & FREE SPEECH
Rohan Jayasekera, Index on Censorship, 6/11/03
http://www.indexonline.org/news/20030611_iraq.shtml

To the average Iraqi, almost nothing the Americans do makes sense. Each 
one 
is a schizophrenic beast, as likely to smile and hand out a sweet to a 
child as it is liable to open fire on a street protest or club a 
careless 
driver.

The contradiction is in the mission; the US military came to Iraq to 
win a 
war, not wage a peace. The majority of us troops believe they came to 
Iraq 
as liberators. The Iraqis tend to think differently. The US authorities 
think their problem is their failure to get their message across. The 
Iraqis already get too many messages from the Americans, and almost all 
of 
them are contradictory.

What kind of message did the us military send to the Iraqis when it 
seized 
"editorial control" of Mosul city's only TV station because of its 
"predominantly non-factual/unbalanced news coverage" - meaning the 
re-broadcasting of Qatari Arab satellite network al-Jazeera?

"We have every right as an occupying power to stop the broadcast of 
something that will incite violence," major general David Petraeus told 
reporters after being alerted to the offending broadcasts. "Yes, what 
we 
are looking at is censorship but you can censor something that is 
intended 
to inflame passions."

According to a Wall Street Journal report, a U.S. Army major was 
relieved 
of her duties and removed from the base when she argued that the order 
contravened principles of free speech. After all, these are principles 
guaranteed by the constitution of the United States, which every US 
soldier 
must "solemnly swear" to "support and defend"...

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AYATOLLAH ASHCROFT'S LAW
Haroon Siddiqui, Toronto Star, 6/12/03
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&call_pageid=971358637177&c=Article&cid=1052251810629

In the days following 9/11, George W. Bush provided exemplary 
leadership. 
He was calm yet resolute. He was patient when most people wanted him to 
go 
hit someone, anyone. He warned Americans not to ascribe collective 
guilt to 
Arabs or Muslims for the actions of 19 terrorists.

"Unfortunately, the government's actions over the past 20 months are in 
sharp contrast to its words," says Anthony Romero, executive director 
of 
the American civil liberties union.

"The war on terror quickly turned into a war on immigrants."

A report last week by the justice department's own internal watchdog 
skewered the government's harsh treatment of 762 illegal immigrants as 
part 
of its post-9/11 "absconder initiative." but the bush administration is 
doing more than selectively rounding up Muslims violating immigration 
rules.

It is routinely ignoring due process, in violation of the Fifth 
Amendment 
that applies to all residents of the U.S. it is jailing asylum seekers, 
against international norms. It is fingerprinting and questioning legal 
residents...

SEE ALSO:

9/11 DETAINEES WIN U.S. APOLOGY, CLEAN RECORD
Kim barker and Matt O'Connor, Chicago Tribune, 6/12/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-0306120312jun12,1,1236647.story

For 20 months, Tarek Albasti has insisted he was innocent--but not 
everyone 
believed him.

After the FBI held Albasti and seven friends for a week as material 
witnesses in the Sept. 11 terror attack investigation, business at 
Albasti's Italian restaurant in Evansville, Ind., tanked. Once, he was 
detained at a New York airport for five hours.

But the eight men, all natives of Egypt, never were charged with a 
crime, 
and on Wednesday the FBI made that clear.

In a rare public mea culpa, federal law-enforcement authorities in 
Chicago, 
at the request of the FBI, asked to expunge the arrest records of the 
eight 
men from Evansville. U.S. district Judge James Holderman signed the 
order 
Wednesday.

"It's late," Albasti, 31, said in a telephone interview. "But at least 
they 
did something."

The action comes almost two months after the head of the FBI in 
Indianapolis publicly apologized at an Evansville mosque for the men's 
ordeal after their detention and promised to clear their records...

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ALBINO RAPPER ALI NEVER FIT IN, UNTIL HE FOUND HIP-HOP
Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune, 6/6/03
http://www.startribune.com/stories/457/3916828.html

On the day his CDs arrived in boxes piled five or six high by the ups 
carrier, brother Ali was working behind the counter at fifth element 
record 
store, like any other day.

The looming, beefy rapper from Minneapolis' north side waited several 
years 
to have a CD in the bins alongside his friends in the rhyme Sayers 
entertainment camp, at the uptown store owned by Minneapolis' hip-hop 
mini-empire. But he hid his excitement the day his "shadows on the sun" 
finally came…

Ali was 13 when he went to a lecture by KRS-One that changed his life.

The influential MC from '80s group Boogie Down Productions spoke about 
Islam and the power of opening your mind to conquer your foes. That 
planted 
a seed that eventually turned Ali into a devoted Muslim by his late 
teens, 
when he also began rapping (a 2000 cassette, "Rites of Passage," 
features 
his earliest tracks).

Now a member of the Masjid An-Nur mosque in north Minneapolis, Ali 
shares 
his religious views proudly in "Shadows" songs such as "Room With a 
View" 
and "Victory! (Come Forward)…"

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COMMUNITY THROUGH UNITY ACCEPTING PROPOSALS
http://www.nccj.org/nccj/nccj.nsf/articleall/5032?opendocument

Community through unity is a project of the National Conference for 
Community and Justice (NCCJ) made available through funding by the 
September 11th fund. The fund was established by the New York Community 
Trust and United Way of New York City the day of the terrorist attacks 
to 
meet the immediate and long-term needs of victims, families and 
communities 
directly impacted by September 11th. The goal of community through 
unity is 
to support new and current programs addressing bias, prejudice and 
discrimination experienced by south Asian, Muslim and Arab communities 
due 
to the September 11th attacks. This project will continue to support 
the 
efforts implemented by the September 11th fund in providing support to 
the 
victims of the attacks, and is aligned with NCCJ's work in fighting 
bias, 
bigotry and racism across the country.

Please see the RFP for application instructions. If you have any 
questions 
contact Michael O'Brien at mobrien@nccj.org. Proposals received or 
postmarked after July 25, 2003 will not be considered for funding.

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INDIAN MUSLIM COUNCIL FIRST ANNUAL CONVENTION

What: the Indian Muslim council, an advocacy organization working to 
promote values of pluralism, tolerance and respect for human rights, 
with a 
particular focus on the Indian Diaspora in the United States, invites 
you 
to its first annual convention. The theme of the convention will be 
'India 
after Gujarat: Democracy or Religious Fanaticism'. Praful Bidwai, one 
of 
the most widely read Indian columnists, Smita Narula, a senior 
researcher 
at the us human rights watch and a number of scholars, business leaders 
and 
academics will be among the speakers for the convention.

When: June 28th 2003

Where: Santa Clara Marriott

Info: for more information and to register for the convention, visit: 
http://www.imc-usa.org/convention or e-mail: program@imc-usa.org

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 6/13/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: THE TRUEST WORDS
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 6014 SPONSORSHIPS
	- CAIR'S 'Washington Live' Satellite Talk Show
	- CAIR 'Islam in America' Ad Campaign
* BREAKING NEWS: EX-WIFE GETS PRISON SENTENCE IN BOMB PLOT
* ASHCROFT PUSHING PATRIOT II, BUSH HESITATING (Scripps Howard)
	- U.S. to Tighten Rules on Holding Suspects (NY Times)
	- Rounding up the Arabs (Al-Ahram)
	- La Roche Officials Support Jailed Student (Post-Gazette)
* ARAB, MUSLIM IMMIGRANTS CRITICIZE U.S. (AP)
	- Muslims Face Deportation, Say U.S. Home NY Times)
* ALLEGED SELF-STYLED "TERRORIST" ARRESTED IN WASH. (AFP)
* ISLAMIC GROUP APPLAUDS NEW POLICY (UPI)
	- TSA Tries to Curb Mistaken Identity (Star-Telegram)
* DOCTOR BACK TO WORK AFTER RETURNING FROM PAKISTAN (AP)
* BILL WIDENS POWER TO RULE ON CHARITY TAX BREAKS (Reuters)
* WHITE HOUSE IN DENIAL (NY TIMES)
	- The Vanishing Uranium (NY TIMES)
	- War May Have Killed 10,000 Civilians (Guardian)
* POLITICAL CARTOONS FROM A MUSLIM-AMERICAN
* MILLIONS OF AMERICANS TO TAKE 'A VISIT TO A MOSQUE'
* MARYLAND: MUSLIM FAMILY DAY AT SIX FLAGS AMERICA

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HADITH OF THE DAY: THE TRUEST WORDS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "The truest words (ever) 
said by a poet were...'Verily, everything but God (will eventually) 
perish.'"

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Hadith 168

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 6014 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's library project has received 6014 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Our 
goal is to send accurate and objective information about Islam to 
America's 
16,000 public libraries.

"We plan to create a display on Understanding Islam...The items appear 
to 
be carefully and thoughtfully selected.  They will be excellent 
resources 
for our patrons." Highlands Ranch, CO

Go to: www.libraryproject.org

SEE ALSO:

CAIR'S 'WASHINGTON LIVE' SATELLITE TALK SHOW

CAIR is airing a new satellite talk show dealing with issues of concern 
to 
the North American Muslim and Arab communities. The weekly hour-long 
program, called "Washington Live," is broadcast IN ENGLISH out of the 
nation's capital to North American and worldwide by the ART satellite 
network. (SEE: http://www.art-tv.net/arabic/) It will air every Tuesday 
at 
8 p.m. (Eastern) and is available in the United States through the Dish 
Network, on cable and by satellite in other parts of the world.

TO SIGN UP FOR THE DISH NETWORK SERVICE, GO TO:
http://www.dishnetwork.com/content/programming/international/packages/arabic/index.shtml 


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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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EX-WIFE GETS PRISON SENTENCE IN BOMB PLOT
MITCH STACY, Associated Press, 6/13/03

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The former wife of a podiatrist who plotted to blow 
up 
Muslim gathering places was sentenced Friday to three years in prison 
for 
possessing the bombs he planned to use.

Kristi Lea Persinger, 29, pleaded guilty in February to possessing five 
bombs, found in her closet, that her then-husband, Dr. Robert 
Goldstein, 
planned to use in an attack on an Islamic mosque and education center.

Persinger, who has denied knowledge of the plot, was sentenced to the 
maximum 37 months in prison by U.S. District Judge James S. Moody…

Goldstein was arrested in August after Pinellas County sheriff's 
deputies 
found weapons and explosives in their home while responding to a 
domestic-violence call. Authorities also found a "mission template" and 
a 
list of 50 Muslim gathering places authorities say he planned to 
target.

Goldstein pleaded guilty last month to conspiracy to violate civil 
rights, 
attempting to damage religious property, and possession of the bombs, 
and 
is expected to be sentenced Thursday.

Goldstein, who is Jewish, was described in court documents as seeking 
to 
retaliate for the 2001 terrorist attacks and the Arab-Israeli conflict. 
His 
attorney says he is mentally ill and never intended to carry out the 
plan.

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ASHCROFT PUSHING PATRIOT II, BUSH HESITATING
Bill Straub, Scripps Howard, 6/12/3
http://www.knoxstudio.com/shns/story.cfm?pk=BUSH-ASHCROFT-06-12-03&cat=WW

WASHINGTON - Attorney General John Ashcroft is pushing for enhanced law 
enforcement powers to conduct the nation's ongoing war on terrorism, 
but 
the White House is taking a cautious route in the face of some public 
and 
congressional reservations.

Ashcroft, the moving force behind the USA-PATRIOT Act, said the law he 
credited with helping to "save innocent lives" nonetheless contains 
"several weaknesses which terrorists could exploit, undermining our 
defenses."

With that in mind, the Justice Department continues to work on what is 
popularly referred to as PATRIOT II, which would further broaden law 
enforcement's mandate. Ashcroft already is publicly lobbying for three 
changes - making it unlawful to fight for a designated terrorist 
organization, imposing the death penalty for various terrorist actions 
and 
extending pre-trial detention for those arrested for terrorism-related 
offenses.

Several members of Congress, including Republicans like Rep. James
Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, 
have 
expressed concerns about providing law enforcement with much more 
authority, raising questions about civil liberties...

Now the White House is sending signals that it prefers a slow approach 
to 
dealing with any changes and is promising to work with lawmakers in 
assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the anti-terrorism laws...

SEE ALSO:

U.S. WILL TIGHTEN RULES ON HOLDING TERROR SUSPECTS
Eric Lictblau, NY Times, 6/13/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/13/national/13TERR.html

WASHINGTON, June 12 - Federal authorities said today that they planned 
to 
use stricter standards for identifying and locking up terrorist 
suspects in 
light of concerns raised in a recent report that hundreds of illegal 
immigrants were mistreated after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Law enforcement officials plan to make at least 12 structural changes 
that 
were recommended in a report issued last week by the Justice Department 
inspector general, according to interviews with officials at the 
agencies 
affected by the report. Nine other recommendations are being actively 
considered, they said.

The move to embrace the bulk of the changes appeared to signal a 
greater 
acknowledgment of shortcomings in antiterrorism and detention policies 
than 
Justice Department officials had publicly admitted.

The recommendations that law enforcement officials have signed off on 
go to 
the heart of the criticisms leveled by the inspector general, officials 
said, and could portend significant changes in how illegal immigrants 
suspected of terrorism are investigated, arrested and detained...

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ROUNDING UP THE ARABS
Negar Azimi, Al-Ahram, 6/12/03
http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2003/642/in5.htm

United States Attorney-General John Ashcroft has recommended a widening 
of 
the USA Patriot Act, calling it a crucial tool in the global fight 
against 
terrorism. In an address before the House Judiciary Committee last 
week, 
Ashcroft espoused the expansion of the landmark Patriot Act legislation 
to 
include the death penalty and pre-trial detention provisions for 
suspected 
terrorists, as well as guarantees that those who aid terrorist cells as 
"material supporters" ultimately face charges.

In his 90-minute rhetorically-packed address, Ashcroft noted that the 
Patriot Act has thus far brought "3,000 foot soldiers of terror" to 
justice 
via its beefed-up integration of law enforcement and intelligence 
capabilities. Ashcroft repeatedly warned of the dangers that continue 
to 
face the US at the hands of terrorism, going so far as to read from a 
fatwa 
issued by Al- Qa'eda's founders, Osama Bin Laden and Ayman El-Zawahri, 
effectively declaring war on American civilians.

The attorney-general went on to read out some names of those who died 
in 
the attacks of 11 September, as well as those who lost their lives in 
terrorist attacks in Tel Aviv, Israel, Bali, Indonesia, Casablanca, 
Morocco 
and Riyadh...

Civil rights activists, in the meantime, have unanimously denounced the 
act 
as an attack on the most basic of civil liberties. Only days after 
Ashcroft's announcement, officials revealed that over 13,000 men of 
Arab 
and Muslim descent may face deportation proceedings in the coming 
months -- 
an extension of the austere measures imposed by America's immigration 
system in the aftermath of 9/11...

While most of the 762 illegal immigrants have been deported, not one 
has 
been charged as a terrorist. Justice Department officials report that 
they 
have already adopted some of the 21 recommendations embedded within the 
report, though they have been anything but repentant in the face of the 
report's criticisms.

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LA ROCHE OFFICIALS SUPPORT JAILED JORDANIAN STUDENT
Lillian Thomas and Bill Schackner, Post-Gazette. 6/13/03
http://www.post-gazette.com/nation/20030613arrestnat4p4.asp

Abdel Qader Abu-Snaineh, a Jordanian who has been in the United States 
since January 2001, is a student in good standing at La Roche College 
and 
had no immigration violations during his stay until April 25.

Now, because he failed to register with local immigration authorities 
by 
that date, he is a detainee classified as Level 1 -- the federal 
government's highest security-risk category. He is being held without 
bail 
at the Allegheny County Jail and is scheduled to be transferred to York 
County to face deportation proceedings before an immigration judge.

According to his lawyer, Robert Whitehill, Abu-Snaineh realized earlier 
this week that he had missed the April 25 deadline set by immigration 
officials for men of several mostly Arab and Muslim nations to be 
fingerprinted, photographed and questioned. The special registration 
program applied to males from 25 countries in all, with different 
deadlines 
for each of four country groups.

The 21-year-old junior, who is in a program called Pacem in Terris that 
gives scholarships to students from struggling nations, went to college 
officials for advice Monday, and, according to Whitehill, was told 
there 
was nothing they could do for him.

On Tuesday, he was taken into custody by officers of the Bureau of 
Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He has been in jail since then, 
and 
when Whitehill sought bail for his client yesterday, he was told that 
because Abu-Snaineh was categorized as Level 1, only an immigration 
judge 
could make bond decisions. There are no immigration judges in 
Pittsburgh, 
so Abu-Snaineh will be transported to York County.

"Here's this young man who's a good student, who's diligent in his 
studies, 
but -- whoops -- he screwed up and didn't go to be specially 
registered," 
said Whitehill. "There is no criminal violation, no status violations, 
but 
he did make this mistake.

"He's scared to death, he's hugely upset, remorseful, and [there's] not 
a 
darn thing he can do until he has the opportunity to see a judge, and 
it's 
not entirely clear when that's going to be…"

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ARAB, MUSLIM IMMIGRANTS CRITICIZE U.S.
Tom Hays, Associated Press, 6/12/03
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/breaking_news/6076259.htm

NEW YORK - Arab and Muslim immigrants accused U.S. officials Thursday 
of 
needlessly tearing apart their families with selective enforcement of 
immigration laws.

"My family is all that matters to me," Abdel Hakim Ben Bader said while 
cradling his infant son at a news conference in Brooklyn called by 
immigration advocates. "I hope I can stay here and live my life."

The Algerian, who came to the United States as a student in 1992, is 
one of 
many immigrants facing deportation after agreeing earlier this year to 
register with federal authorities - a policy rising out of the Sept. 11 
terrorist attacks.

None of the roughly 82,000 men from Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran 
and 
several other Middle Eastern or Muslim countries who registered was 
charged 
with a terrorism-related crime, advocates said. But more than 13,000 - 
many 
husbands of women with green cards and fathers of young U.S. citizens - 
were ordered to appear in immigration court for deportation 
proceedings.

Most of the men have overstayed their visas or are otherwise in the 
country 
illegally, although many have applications pending to legalize their 
status. They mistakenly thought their decision to come forward would be 
rewarded with leniency in their immigration cases, advocates said...

SEE ALSO:

MUSLIMS FACE DEPORTATION, BUT SAY U.S. IS THEIR HOME
Diane Cardwell, New York Times, 6/13/03
http://www.nytimes.com

They are husbands and fathers, working immigrants who have been in New 
York 
for years. Some are married to women with green cards, and some have 
children who are American citizens. But because they are from 
predominantly 
Muslim countries, they say, they face deportation even though they have 
only small glitches in their citizenship applications.

"We are like everybody else in here: we started a life," said Sameh 
al-Qoudoh during a news conference yesterday at a Brooklyn 
Arab-American 
service center. "We don't know what is going to happen if we can't live 
here."

Mr. Qoudoh, who is from Jordan, said he has been working 16 hours a 
day, 7 
days a week, driving a cab to save enough money for an immigration 
lawyer. 
He is one of more than 13,000 Arab and Muslim men across the country 
who 
could be deported under a federal registration program that is part of 
the 
government's counterterrorism strategy. He and several other men, 
accompanied by their families, spoke against the program in the news 
conference at the Arab-American Family Support Center, a nonprofit 
social 
service agency in Brooklyn.

Under the program, male noncitizens older than 16 from certain 
predominantly Muslim countries are required to appear before 
immigration 
authorities and offer proof of their status. About 82,000 men were 
registered in immigration offices across the country.

A few who registered have been linked to terrorism, but the 13,000 or 
so 
who have been issued notices to appear before an immigration judge are 
considered to be living in the United States illegally, because of 
inconsistencies in their documents or because of improperly filed 
applications, their advocates say...

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ALLEGED SELF-STYLED "TERRORIST" ARRESTED IN US STATE OF WASHINGTON
AFP, 6/12/03
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20030612/ts_alt_afp/us_attacks_arrest_030612163037

SEATTLE, Washington - A US student has been arrested for allegedly 
plotting 
to blow up a Coast Guard station and an Army National Guard armory in 
the 
state of Washington, court documents revealed.

Self-described anarchist Paul Revak, 20, told an undercover FBI (news - 
web 
sites) agent he admired al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden (news - web 
sites) 
and inquired about obtaining military-grade C-4 explosives and hand 
grenades, the documents showed.

The history student was planning to blow up defense installations sites 
and 
industrial and oil sites around Bellingham, a the northwestern port 
city 
near the Canadian border, according to a probable cause statement filed 
in 
US District Court in Seattle.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arrested the Western Washington 
University student as he emerged from a store in Bellingham with a 
newly-purchased pellet gun made to look like a semi-automatic pistol.

The agents then searched Revak's college dormitory, where they found a 
gym 
bag under his bed containing camouflage face paint, two camouflage 
hats, 
two pairs of black gloves, a black ski mask, a walkie-talkie and bolt 
cutters.

Although the investigation is continuing, it appears Revak was acting 
alone 
and not with a terrorist organization, the charging papers said...

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ISLAMIC GROUP APPLAUDS NEW POLICY
United Press International, 6/12/03

The Council on American-Islamic Relations said a new form may help 
Muslim 
air passengers from being barred from flights.

The new policy has been prompted at least in part by the case of Asif 
Iqbal, a New York Muslim who was kept off planes because he shares the 
name 
of a person held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Iqbal sought CAIR's 
assistance in 
March of last year after he had repeatedly been denied boarding or was 
interrogated by law enforcement authorities prior to boarding.

In May of 2002, CAIR and other groups first met with government 
officials 
to suggest ways in which incidents of mistaken identity could be 
avoided or 
rectified.

Under the new policy, travelers delayed as a result of the No-Fly List 
will 
be able to submit a Passenger Identity Verification Form that may 
expedite 
check-in and boarding. (The policy does not apply to passengers who 
undergo 
enhanced screening at airport security checkpoints.)

SEE ALSO:

TSA TRIES TO CURB MISTAKEN IDENTITY
Bryon Okada and Diane Smith, Star-Telegram, 6/13/03
http://www.dfw.com/mld/startelegram/news/local/6079648.htm

Area Islamic civil-rights activists are praising a new federal policy 
that 
gives people who are chronically mistaken for terrorists a way to 
quickly 
identify themselves at airports.

The Transportation Security Administration has approved a Passenger
Identity Verification Form, which allows a person whose name is similar 
to 
a known terrorist to verify his identity. Without a form, such 
passengers 
could face long delays while they scramble for proof that they are who 
they 
say they are.

"We took corrective steps on something that was causing an 
inconvenience to 
travelers," TSA spokesman Brian Turmail said Thursday.

An unspecified number of people are on a federal no-fly list, and they 
are 
not allowed a boarding pass under any circumstances. The list is 
compiled 
by federal agencies and given to the airlines. The software, however, 
can 
confuse two people with similar names.

"If I miss a flight because of my name, how is the airport going to 
compensate me?" said Hussein Sadruddin, a native of Pakistan and an 
immigration lawyer at Casa Del Hispano in Lewisville. The form is "a 
step 
in the right direction," he said. "There has to be a clear-cut policy 
on 
how these people are treated."

Sadruddin said there are many reports in the Muslim community of people 
with common names who are often harrassed at airports. Innocent people 
end 
up missing flights, dealing with flight delays or feeling like they 
have 
been treated like "a common criminal," he said.

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ROXBORO DOCTOR BACK TO WORK AFTER RETURNING FROM PAKISTAN
Associated Press, 6/13/03
http://newsobserver.com/nc24hour/ncnews/story/2613810p-2424985c.html

Dr. Shahid Mahmood had just walked into the examining room Thursday 
when 
Lois Eggleston sprang to her feet and embraced her physician.

"Our prayers have been answered," the 74-year-old Eggleston said with 
tears 
glistening around her eyes.

For a time, it was uncertain whether Mahmood's patients would see him 
again. After a trip to his native Pakistan last month, the Roxboro 
doctor 
was denied re-entry to the United States because of new immigration 
laws 
put in place after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks...

He had more than 20 patients scheduled to see him. Office manager Tracy 
Wall said about 10 percent of the patients in his private practice had 
refused to be seen for more than a month while Mahmood was in Pakistan.

"I was surprised to see so many people," Mahmood said, adding that it 
was 
an honor to "know so many people care for you."

On April 24, Mahmood, a Pakistani citizen living in the United States 
on a 
medical work visa, traveled with his wife and 2-year-old daughter to 
Pakistan to visit his ailing father. When they returned to Dulles 
International Airport in Washington on May 11, immigration officials 
sent 
them back because Mahmood had not registered his trip with the Bureau 
of 
Customs and Border Protection...

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BILL WIDENS US POWER TO RULE ON CHARITY TAX BREAKS
Jonathan Nicholson, Reuters, 6/13/03
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N12356302.htm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bill allowing the U.S. government to more 
easily 
strip tax-exempt status from charities it says support terror is 
drawing 
concern from civil liberties and Islamic groups.

The proposed change, meant to sidestep the Internal Revenue Service's 
existing method of revoking a group's status, is contained in a bill 
passed 
by the House Thursday aimed at expanding an income tax credit for 
children.

Several Islamic charitable groups have had their assets frozen by the 
U.S. 
government after being accused of supporting "terror" groups. One large 
Islamic charity, the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, 
has 
challenged its freeze in federal court.

"This provision would take away one level of due process that still 
exists 
for these charities," said Timothy Edgar, legislative counsel with the 
American Civil Liberties Union.

Under the House bill, the State Department or the Treasury Department's
Office of Foreign Assets Control would be able to suspend a group's 
tax-exempt status by adding them to either State's "foreign terrorist 
organization" list or Treasury's list of alleged terror financiers...

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WHITE HOUSE IN DENIAL
Nicholas D. Kristoff, NY Times, 6/13/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/13/opinion/13KRIS.html

Let me give the White House a hand.

Condoleezza Rice was asked on "Meet the Press" on Sunday about a column 
of 
mine from May 6 regarding President Bush's reliance on forged documents 
to 
claim that Iraq had sought uranium in Africa. That was not just a case 
of 
hyping intelligence, but of asserting something that had already been 
flatly discredited by an envoy investigating at the behest of the 
office of 
Vice President Dick Cheney.

Ms. Rice acknowledged that the president's information turned out to be 
"not credible," but insisted that the White House hadn't realized this 
until after Mr. Bush had cited it in his State of the Union address.

And now an administration official tells The Washington Post that Mr. 
Cheney's office first learned of its role in the episode by reading 
that 
column of mine. Hmm. I have an offer for Mr. Cheney: I'll tell you 
everything I know about your activities, if you'll tell me all you 
know.

To help out Ms. Rice and Mr. Cheney, let me offer some more detail 
about 
the uranium saga. Piecing the story together from two people directly 
involved and three others who were briefed on it, the tale begins at 
the 
end of 2001, when third-rate forged documents turned up in West Africa 
purporting to show the sale by Niger to Iraq of tons of "yellowcake" 
uranium...

SEE ALSO:

THE VANISHING URANIUM
New York Times, 6/13/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/13/opinion/13FRI1.html

President Bush cannot be pleased to know that his State of the Union 
address last January included an ominous report about Iraq that turns 
out 
to have been based on forged documents. The incident is an 
embarrassment 
for Mr. Bush and for the nation, and he should now be leaning on his 
aides 
to explain how they let fabricated information about Iraq's nuclear 
weapons 
program slip into his speech. The answer might help explain whether 
Washington deliberately distorted intelligence to rally the nation for 
the 
war against Iraq.

In the address, Mr. Bush said the British government had learned that 
Saddam Hussein had recently tried to get large quantities of uranium 
from 
Africa. It is now clear that this accusation was mainly based on 
counterfeit papers that falsely implied that the West African nation of 
Niger could be supplying uranium to Iraq. The documents contained 
obvious 
factual errors that should have been readily detectable by intelligence 
analysts.

The Niger uranium story first started making the rounds of Western 
intelligence agencies late in 2001. The charges seemed plausible 
because 
Iraq was known to have been trying to enrich uranium in the late 1980's 
and 
Niger was one possible source of uranium fuel. But the supporting 
documents 
never checked out. Some bore what was alleged to be the signature of 
Niger's minister of energy and mines, but the man in question had been 
out 
of office many years before the sales negotiations were supposed to 
have 
taken place. And any actual sales contracts would have had to be 
arranged 
not with Niger's government, but with the international consortium that 
actually controls the country's entire uranium supply.

The C.I.A. heard about at least some of these problems from a former 
ambassador with African experience who looked into the matter at the 
agency's request in early 2002. His report that Niger denied the 
allegations was passed along to other government agencies, including 
the 
White House. But the C.I.A. appears not to have concluded that the 
story 
was unreliable. As a result, no effort was made by administration 
officials 
to keep it out of speeches and documents dealing with Iraq, including 
the 
State of the Union address...

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WAR MAY HAVE KILLED 10,000 CIVILIANS, RESEARCHERS SAY
Simon Jeffery, Guardian, 6/13/03
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,976392,00.html

At least 5,000 civilians may have been killed during the invasion of 
Iraq, 
an independent research group has claimed. As more evidence is 
collated, it 
says, the figure could reach 10,000.

Iraq Body Count (IBC), a volunteer group of British and US academics 
and 
researchers, compiled statistics on civilian casualties from media 
reports 
and estimated that between 5,000 and 7,000 civilians died in the 
conflict.

Its latest report compares those figures with 14 other counts, most of 
them 
taken in Iraq, which, it says, bear out its findings.

Researchers from several groups have visited hospitals and mortuaries 
in 
Iraq and interviewed relatives of the dead; some are conducting surveys 
in 
the main cities.

Three completed studies suggest that between 1,700 and 2,356 civilians 
died 
in the battle for Baghdad alone...

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FIRST-EVER BOOK OF POLITICAL CARTOONS WRITTEN FROM A MUSLIM-AMERICAN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 12, 
2003
CONTACT: Khalil Bendib, (510) 558-0945 or email 
Kbendib@sbcglobal.net

In a time and place where being a Muslim Arab may be hazardous to your 
health, Award-winning Berkeley-based editorial cartoonist Khalil Bendib 
continues to produce his wicked, hard-hitting anti-establishment 
cartoons 
as if there¹s no tomorrow.

Bendib, who firmly believes that "the pen is funnier than the sword," 
calls 
'em as he sees 'em, unabashedly skewering the usual assumptions, 
taboos, 
stereotypes and platitudes so dear to American political culture...

With his biting satire, Mr. Bendib holds up a mirror to American 
society ­ 
warts and all ­  holding no punches and earning, in the process, 
legions of 
devoted readers and fans who can find their own legitimate concerns 
expressed in humorous form almost nowhere else in the country...

Muslim-American political editorialist on cartoon Jihad against 
nti-Muslim 
prejudice and stereotypes. You can purchase his book online, at: 
www.plan9.org or (soon) at your local bookstore. It was printed June 7, 
2003.

To view some of the cartoons, go to: www.bendib.com

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MILLIONS OF AMERICANS TO TAKE 'A VISIT TO A MOSQUE'
NEW FILM BUILDS BRIDGES OF UNDERSTANDING

Americans curious about Islam now have an appealing way of learning 
more. 
'A Visit to A Mosque in America: Understanding Islam and the American 
Muslim Community' is a new documentary earning praise as an "excellent, 
simple introduction to the faith." Recently acquired for broadcast by 
one 
PBS station and being considered by others, the film takes the viewer 
on 
the tour of an Islamic Center while Muslim community members discuss 
the 
following topics: The Quran, basic beliefs & practices, life as 
worship, 
women in Islam, and many more.

The film was recently featured in the May 15th issue of Library 
Journal, 
the most prominent magazine for public libraries across the country.

The production is available on video and DVD from Astrolabe Islamic 
Media, 
and retails for $14.95.  To order call 800-392-7876 or visit: 
http://www.islamicmedia.com/vvma.html

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MARYLAND: MUSLIM FAMILY DAY AT SIX FLAGS AMERICA

WHAT: The ticket for Six Flags is half priced, $20 per person and the
Prayer facility will be available to our community by special 
arrangement.

WHEN: Saturday July 12, 2003 at 10:30 AM to 10:00 PM

WHERE: Six Flags America, Largo, MD

INFO: For further formation, please contact: MCC (301-384-3454), Mr. 
Azad 
Ejaz, President (301-570-8925), Dr. Khalid Masood, Public Relations 
(301-680-0202).

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 6/16/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: A LESSON LEARNED
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 6021 SPONSORSHIPS
	- CAIR'S 'Washington Live' Satellite Talk Show
	- CAIR 'Islam in America' Ad Campaign
* VIRGINIA MUSLIMS RAISE A VOICE IN AREA POLITICS (Wash. Post)
	- Drive to Register Muslims as Voters in NY (NY Times)
	- Muslims Say It'll Soon be Their Turn to Shine (Vancouver Sun)
* PICO RIVERA MOSQUE GETS HIGH MARKS (Whittier Daily Times)
	- Local Muslims Greet Their Neighbors (Star Press)
* DANIEL PIPES' GENERALIZATIONS (Alameda Times-Star)
	- Hearing on 'bias' in Middle East Studies Programs
* IS JAILED MUSLIM A VICTIM OF SEPTEMBER 11? (Plain Dealer)
	- FBI Terrorism Hunt 'Destroyed' Deportee (AP)	
	- Govnt's Efforts to Thwart Terrorism Go Too Far (Phil. Inq.)
* THE MIDEAST: NEOCONS ON THE LINE (Newsweek)
* LIBRARY JOINS ALLIANCE AGAINST USA PATRIOT ACT (Ellsworth Times)
	- Illinosians Deeply Divided on Patriot Act
* CHOOSING TO COVER (Post-Dispatch)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: A LESSON LEARNED

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "A believer is not stung 
twice from the same hole."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Hadith 154

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 6021 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's library project has received 6021 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Our 
goal is to send accurate and objective information about Islam to 
America's 
16,000 public libraries.

"Thank you for your generous donation of quality new titles - it was a 
very 
timely donation as we have noticed a growing interest in Islamic 
culture..."  - Salt Lake City, UT

GO TO: www.libraryproject.org

SEE ALSO:

CAIR'S 'WASHINGTON LIVE' SATELLITE TALK SHOW

CAIR is airing a new satellite talk show dealing with issues of concern 
to 
the North American Muslim and Arab communities. The weekly hour-long 
program, called "Washington Live," is broadcast IN ENGLISH out of the 
nation's capital to North American and worldwide by the ART satellite 
network. (SEE: http://www.art-tv.net/arabic/) It will air every Tuesday 
at 
8 p.m. (Eastern) and is available in the United States through the Dish 
Network, on cable and by satellite in other parts of the world.

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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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NORTH VIRGINIA MUSLIMS RAISING A VOICE IN AREA POLITICS
Michael Laris, Washington Post, 6/16/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A62875-2003Jun15.html

Muslim activists in Northern Virginia have launched a political action 
committee to help elect officials who will halt what they call rights 
abuses associated with the nation's war on terror.

Mukit Hossain, a telecommunications entrepreneur who emigrated from 
Bangladesh and lives near Sterling, said he hopes to create a Muslim 
powerhouse with sufficient funds to sway local elections in Fairfax, 
Loudoun and Prince William counties, as well as state races, in 
November.

Hossain said the new PAC, called the Platform for Active Civil 
Empowerment, 
was inspired by last year's raids by federal officials on Muslim 
organizations or households in Herndon, Leesburg and other areas. The 
raids 
were part of an investigation of possible financial ties to terrorists. 
No 
charges have been filed following the March 2002 raids. U.S. officials 
say 
the investigation is ongoing.

"That was the defining moment," Hossain said. "If we really want to 
have a 
voice in the government, we need to actively participate or else we'll 
be 
pushed into a corner and end up in concentration camps much like what 
happened to the Japanese during the second world war..."

Last week, Hossain helped Afeefa Syeed, director of the private Al 
Fatih 
Academy in Herndon and a board member of the All Dulles Area Muslim 
Society, engineer a surprise victory in a Democratic primary in Loudoun 
County. Syeed declared her candidacy hours before the scheduled 
primary, 
then, in a vote of 11 to 4, knocked off the candidate anointed by party 
elders. Syeed will face independent Carol E. Peters and Republican 
Bruce E. 
Tulloch in the race for the Potomac District supervisor this 
November...

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A DRIVE TO REGISTER MUSLIMS AS VOTERS IN NEW YORK STATE
Patrick Healy, New York Times, 6/16/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/16/nyregion/16MOSQ.html
After the call to prayer, there came the call to politics.

As worshipers at the Islamic Center of Long Island, in Westbury, Nasau 
County, chatted and rose from Friday Prayers last week, Ghazi Khankan 
stepped before a microphone and called for the crowd's attention. Mr. 
Khankan, ready with a box of voter registration forms, wanted to make 
voters of everyone present, as part of his effort to register 100,000 
Muslims across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

"As Muslims, as you are, so shall your rulers be," Mr. Khankan, 
president 
of the New York Council on American-Islamic Relations, told the 
worshipers. 
"If we do not participate in the political process, we will not be able 
to 
influence it. It is urgent that we do so."

So began a New York campaign by the group to bolster voter registration 
among Muslims, part of a continuing national campaign by the council, 
an 
advocacy group based in Washington. With an eye on the 2004 elections, 
Muslim groups across the country want to strengthen their political 
voice, 
and political agents like Mr. Khankan are going mosque to mosque to do 
so...

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MUSLIMS PREDICT IT'LL SOON BE THEIR TURN TO SHINE IN THE CANADIAN SUN
Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun, 6/16/03
http://www.canada.com/search/story.aspx?id=c88c64ab-c393-4f0c-8549-caee60291021

When will Muslims in Canada wield some clout? Given that last month's 
census revealed Muslims now make up the second largest religion in 
Canada 
after Christianity, many are wondering why the Muslim community doesn't 
have more influence on the country's affairs.

The answer lies in part in how hard it is for a religious community to 
forge a cohesive voice when its membership looks and sounds like the 
arrival lounge at an exotic international airport. It also doesn't help 
that the majority are working-class people from Third World countries.

At Friday prayers at any given Vancouver-area mosque, you will see 
faces 
from Pakistan, Tanzania, Fiji, Iran, Yugoslavia, Algeria, Kenya, 
Afghanistan and a host of other far-flung, often-poor nations. Muslims 
in 
Canada hail from more than 140 countries.

Islam might be a religion that unifies people, but Muslims still face a 
gargantuan challenge in bringing together their disparate cultures in 
Canada, where most Muslims are visible minorities and where English and 
French are invariably their second languages...

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PICO RIVERA MOSQUE GETS HIGH MARKS
Debbie Pfiffer Trunnell, Whittier Daily News, 6/15/03
http://www.whittierdailynews.com/Stories/0,1413,207~12026~1458118,00.html

PICO RIVERA - At least three times a week, the Shia Ithna-Asheri 
Islamic 
Jamaat of Los Angeles is a busy place.

Scores of cars and SUVs pull into the mosque's parking lot as families 
dressed in traditional Muslim clothing prepare to worship.

For the most part, the 200 members of the mosque … which is nestled 
within 
a residential block in Pico Rivera … have been good neighbors.

About the only problem residents have encountered since the mosque 
opened 
on Serapis Avenue in 1984 has been a lack of parking on the street when 
its 
members gather for prayers on Friday, during Sunday school on Sunday 
and 
during Muslim holiday events.

The sight of people dressed in Middle Eastern garb has become familiar 
to 
Serapis residents. And such scenes are being played out across the 
nation 
as more mosques open in suburban settings, including at least 60 in Los 
Angeles County, according to the Islamic Center of Southern 
California...

At one of Pico Rivera's oldest churches, the Rivera First Baptist 
Church on 
Burke Street, just north of the mosque, congregants have not only 
accepted 
a mosque in the neighborhood, they have embraced its members.

``We went over there after Sept. 11 and had a big dinner with them to 
get 
to know them better,'' said Jean Vaughn, the church's secretary.
``They have since attended our services. Although we don't see them a 
lot, 
we have formed a good relationship.''

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LOCAL MUSLIMS GREET THEIR NEIGHBORS
T.J. Wilham, Star Press, 6/16/03
http://www.thestarpress.com/

MUNCIE - When a sign outside the Islamic Center was recently 
vandalized, 
members of the congregation didn't get angry at their neighbors. 
Instead 
they invited them over for a barbecue.

On Saturday, leaders of the Islamic Center, 1717 N. Ball Ave., hosted a 
lunch for anyone who wanted to come.

They made calls to Mormons, Christians, neighbors and even the police, 
inviting them to come over and eat chicken, pasta, rice and pizza.

"We are trying to reach out to everyone," said A. Faiz Rahman, 
president of 
the center. "Sometimes when people don't know other people, they are 
afraid 
of them. So, we need to tell people that we are here and we like it 
here."

About 100 people showed up at the center Saturday afternoon. An alley 
that 
runs next to it was closed and folding chairs and tables were set up in 
the 
roadway.

Muslims ate next to Unitarians, Mormons and police officers...

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DANIEL PIPES' GENERALIZATIONS
Lawrence Swaim, Alameda Times-Star, 6/16/03
http://www.timesstar.com/Stories/0,1413,125~1511~1458398,00.html

The Interfaith Freedom Foundation is deeply involved in the national 
campaign against Daniel Pipes' confirmation to the U.S. Institute of 
Peace. 
Thus the June 6 story on Pipes was read by us with great interest.

Pipes likes to say that he opposes only "bad" Muslims, but in fact he 
regularly generalizes about Muslims as a group. Here's a quote from a 
column he published in January 2003: "There is no escaping the 
unfortunate 
fact that Muslim government employees in law enforcement, the military 
and 
the diplomatic corps need to be watched for connections to terrorism, 
as do 
Muslim chaplains in prisons and the armed forces."

He doesn't say some Muslim government employment, or some Muslim 
chaplains; 
he's talking about all Muslims in those job descriptions.

The idea that people should be watched by government because of a 
religious 
affiliation is called religious discrimination. Some people also call 
it 
fascism. If there's evidence of criminal behavior, people should be 
watched; but solely on religion, never.

Pipes' idea of a "bad" Muslim is any Muslim who doesn't agree with his 
ideas on the Middle East. Since Pipes opposes the Bush road map and 
advocates ethnic cleansing of all Palestinians instead, there aren't a 
lot 
of Muslims who could agree with him. Most American Muslims are indeed 
moderates, and it's precisely for that reason that Muslim organizations 
don't like Pipes; the man is an extremist.

The latest Pipes controversy is typical of that extremism...

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HEARING ON 'BIAS' IN MIDDLE EAST STUDIES PROGRAMS

Thursday, June 19, 2003
Subcommittee on Select Education - Webcast
http://edworkforce.house.gov/schedule.htm

Hearing on "International Programs in Higher Education and Questions of 
Bias," scheduled for 1:00 p.m. in room 2175 Rayburn HOB.  Witnesses 
scheduled to appear:

Dr. Foster Roden
Director, Center for NAFTA Studies Curriculum and Outreach Initiatives 
University of North Texas Denton, Texas

Mr. Stanley Kurtz
Fellow
Hoover Institution
Washington, DC

Ms. Vivien Stewart
Vice President for Education Programs
Asia Society
New York, NY

Mr. Terry Hartle
Senior Vice President for Government and Public Affairs American 
Council on 
Education Washington, DC

Talking Points Refuting Stanley Kurtz's Attack on HEA-Title VI Area 
Centers: 
http://www.acenet.edu/washington/letters/2002/07july/titlevi.talking.points.cfm

Letter to the House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, 
and 
Education Regarding Title VI: 
http://www.acenet.edu/washington/letters/2002/07july/regula.titlevi.cfm

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IS JAILED MUSLIM A VICTIM OF SEPTEMBER 11?
Karen R. Long, Plain Dealer, 6/16/03
http://www.cleveland.com/living/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/living/105576300050640.xml

A Kent man suspected of terrorist ties has spent seven months locked in 
a 
Pennsylvania prison, caught in a legal twilight zone that is a legacy 
of 
the Sept. 11 attacks.

Ashraf Al-Jailani, who speaks four languages and has a master's degree 
in 
geology, disputes the FBI's assertions that he is a "Muslim extremist" 
with 
suspicious phone ties to other Yemen- born men in the United States. 
Immigration Judge Walt Durling concluded in March that the FBI had 
failed 
to present evidence to continue to hold him...

Al-Jailani (pronounced el jal ON ee), a 39-year-old Muslim geochemist, 
has 
been behind bars since October. Immigration agents arrested him for 
deportation based on a criminal conviction pardoned by Gov. Bob Taft.
Since he was jailed, no charges have been filed. In March, Durling 
ordered 
Al-Jailani released on bond, but the Department of Homeland Security 
blocked that order the same day it was writ ten. Durling decried the 
act as 
"an abuse of discretion."

Against a backdrop of shifting constitutional rights, Al-Jailani's case 
stands out. He is a permanent legal resident. He is married to an 
American 
woman and is the father of three children here. His lawyer says 
Al-Jailani 
has been denied due process - and the assumption that he is innocent 
until 
proven guilty.

Meanwhile, Attorney General John Ashcroft petitioned Congress this 
month 
for broader powers in hunting terrorists...

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FBI TERRORISM HUNT 'DESTROYED' DEPORTEE
Associated Press, 6/16/03
http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/local/6_16_03lebanese_deportee.html

PHOENIX - A Lebanese man caught in the hunt for terrorists and the 
controversy over America's intelligence failure says his life was 
ripped 
apart by the "paranoia" of FBI agents after the World Trade Center 
attack.

Zakaria Mustapha Soubra, an aeronautical safety student who spent more 
than 
a year in federal detention, said in a phone interview with The Arizona 
Republic that he was smeared with suspicion. He said he was hounded by 
the 
FBI and finally deported last month even though he had nothing to do 
with 
the suicide mission or terrorist cells.

"They suspect everybody," Soubra said in the first interview since his 
arrest in Arizona last year.

"Believe me, they are trained to suspect Muslims and Arabs. That's the 
issue. My whole life was destroyed. My future. They just destroyed 
everything."

A judge ruled that he was a threat to America based on FBI avowals and 
eventually ordered his deportation. After being held for a year without 
bond, Soubra was flown to Lebanon, where he lives with his family...

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GOVERNMENT'S EFFORTS TO THWART TERRORISM GO TOO FAR, CRITICS SAY
Thomas Ginsberg, Philadelphia Inquirer, 6/16/03
http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/

Twenty-one months after the Sept. 11 attacks, civil liberties have 
become a 
battle in the U.S. war on terrorism.

Saying American streets have become "a war zone," Attorney General John 
Ashcroft has vowed to use "every legal means to detect, disrupt, and 
dismantle terrorist networks here and abroad before they strike."

But limits on information and immigration, and curbs on certain 
people's 
due process and privacy, are proving to be part of the war's collateral 
damage.

Has the government gone too far? Or are some ideals worth curtailing?

Two weeks ago, the Justice Department's inspector general said the FBI 
bent 
rules in detaining hundreds of people with no connection to terrorism, 
held 
them too long, and let many be mistreated.

The Justice Department, in response, hinted last week that it may rein 
in 
the FBI. At the same time, Ashcroft asked Congress for greater 
authority to 
indefinitely detain and charge suspected supporters of terrorism - 
including U.S. citizens...

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THE MIDEAST: NEOCONS ON THE LINE
Michael Hirsh, Newsweek, 6/23/03
http://www.msnbc.com/news/926946.asp?0cv=KB10

Paul Wolfowitz seems a bundle of contradictions, all of them roiling 
inside 
him. Calm yet driven, a champion of bold action who speaks in a soft, 
somewhat quavery voice, Wolfowitz today finds himself pacing the world 
stage like a nervous father. He is a father in a sense-to an idea, one 
that 
has taken on a life of its own and, somewhat in the manner of a wayward 
child, is causing its parent no end of grief.

It was Wolfowitz, the gentlemanly superhawk, who within days of 9-11 
prodded the Bush administration into a radical new strategy: forcefully 
confronting states that sponsor terrorism. It was Wolfowitz-the ex math 
whiz who fell in love with the idea of "national greatness" as a youth 
and 
is now seen as the Bush administration's chief intellectual-who pressed 
Bush hardest to transform the war on terror into a campaign for regime 
change and democracy in rogue nations, especially in Iraq and the 
Islamic 
world.

Now the deputy defense secretary and his fellow neoconservatives are on 
the 
defensive. They are battling a growing crowd of critics on Capitol Hill 
and 
around the world as the Bush administration's credibility-and its 
assumptions-are tested as never before. In Iraq, after another week in 
which U.S. troops died and got into fierce fire fights, elements of 
more 
than half of America's Army divisions are tied down. Some U.S. 
officials 
have begun muttering the dreaded Q word-quagmire, a term Defense 
Secretary 
Donald Rumsfeld had mocked on a visit to Baghdad in the days just after 
the 
three-week war...

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BLUE HILL LIBRARY JOINS ALLIANCE AGAINST USA PATRIOT ACT
Jim Counihan, Ellsworth Weekly, 6/14/03
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?BRD=1468&dept_id=369602&newsid=8316996&PAG=461&rfi=9

Ramrodded through the United States Congress in the wake of the Sept. 
11 
terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon, 
in 
Washington, D.C., the destruction of a commercial jet in a field in 
Pennsylvania, and the bombing of a federal office building in Oklahoma, 
the 
USA Patriot Act allows federal investigators unprecedented access to 
private information. Computer emails and instant messaging, library 
check-outs of "suspicious" books and magazines, and other personal 
information are all fair game under the USA Patriot Act.

Richard Boulet, director of the Blue Hill Public Library, said the 
library's board of directors voted unanimously to join the American 
Library 
Association's (ALA) opposition to portions of the federal legislation.

"That was on May 27," said Boulet. "Opposition to the USA Patriot Act 
has 
been building in the library and bookseller community since the 
inception 
of the law in October, 2001."

The ALA went on record opposing the legislation, with many local 
libraries 
following the national organization's lead, including one of the first 
organized library-based opposition efforts in the country, in Calais.

The ALA resolutions states: "Resolved, that the American Library 
Association urges librarians everywhere to defend and support user 
privacy 
and free and open access to knowledge and information.... Resolved, 
that 
the American Library Association considers sections of the USA Patriot 
Act 
are a present danger to the constitutional rights and privacy rights of 
library users..."

Librarians who actively resist federal investigators' efforts could 
face 
prosecution for obstructing justice, including fines and jail terms. 
Librarians, booksellers and others are forbidden to alert patrons who 
may 
be under scrutiny.

The "Freedom to Read Protection Act," an effort to counter the USA 
Patriot 
Act, was announced in March by U.S. Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). The 
act 
would protect libraries and booksellers from what they consider to be 
the 
most odious portions of the USA Patriot Act.

Section 215 of the Patriot Act allows the Federal Bureau of 
Investigation 
(FBI) to search the library of buying records of anyone, and isn't 
limited 
to persons involved in criminal activity or connected to a foreign 
power or 
foreign agents...

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ILLINOISANS DEEPLY DIVIDED ON PATRIOT ACT
Frank James, Washington Bureau

Seventy-four percent of Illinois voters approve of the government's 
handling of homeland security, while only 18 percent do not, a new 
Tribune/WGN-TV poll has found.

The results offer some bad news for Democrats hoping that President 
Bush 
and congressional Republicans will be vulnerable on domestic security 
issues. In another positive sign for the president, 62 percent of 
Democrats 
in the sample thought the government had generally done a good job on 
homeland security.

But while Illinois voters were solidly behind the government's overall 
efforts, they were divided on a key part of the war on terrorism, the 
USA 
Patriot Act. The law was passed in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 
attacks, 
and among other things has allowed the government to expand 
eavesdropping 
powers.

Forty-two percent of those polled said the law goes too far. But 39 
percent 
said the law was about right.

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CHOOSING TO COVER
Laurie Skrivan, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/16/03
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/news/6CB9B75856A924BA86256D450067806C

Perhaps the least understood and most visible of Muslim traditions is 
the 
wearing of scarves and the hijab, a garment that covers the head, chest 
and 
arms. Many Westerners believe that Muslim men are forcing women to 
cover up.

That may be true for some women in other societies, but other Muslim 
women, 
including the ones in these photographs, say the act is voluntary.

They believe it is in keeping with the dictates of the Quran:

"And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and 
guard 
their modesty; and they should not display their beauty and ornaments 
except what must ordinarily appear thereof…

Muslim women here say their faith requires them only to be covered when 
they pray and when they are in front of unrelated men. The covering 
encourages people to focus on their character rather than their 
sexuality.

Beyond that, the garments give them a feeling of pride in being 
recognized 
as Muslims. And the modesty that they demonstrate in their dress, they 
say, 
shines a light on their abilities and intelligence...

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 6/17/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: MAKE THINGS EASY
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 6056 SPONSORSHIPS
	- Highlights of Tonight's 'Washington Live' Talk Show
	- CAIR 'Islam in America' Ad Campaign
* INCITEMENT WATCH: SPEAKER BLASTS ISLAM AT BAPTIST GATHERING
* MUSLIM VOTE STILL IN PLAY FOR NEXT YEAR'S ELECTION (Newhouse)
* COURT: NAMES OF 9/11 DETAINEES CAN REMAIN SECRET (NY TIMES)
	- Conyers Criticizes Decision to Keep Detainee Names Secret
	- Tales of Despair at Guantanamo (NY Times)
	- Don't Stop Talking About the Patriot Act (KC Star)
* BRIDGES TV TO CATER TO AMERICAN MUSLIMS (Journal News)
* LATINO MUSLIMS A GROWING PRESENCE IN AMERICA (WRMEA)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: MAKE THINGS EASY

A man once urinated in the mosque and bystanders rushed to beat him. 
The 
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) ordered them to leave the man 
alone 
and said: "You have been sent to make things easy (for the people). You 
have not been sent to make things difficult for them."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Hadith 149

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 6056 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's library project has received 6056 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Our 
goal is to send accurate and objective information about Islam to 
America's 
16,000 public libraries.

"This (Islam) is a hot topic and the more information on it the 
better.  Thank you for thinking of us." - Westfield, MA

GO TO: www.libraryproject.org

SEE ALSO:

CAIR'S 'WASHINGTON LIVE' SATELLITE TALK SHOW

CAIR is airing a new satellite talk show dealing with issues of concern 
to 
the North American Muslim and Arab communities. The weekly hour-long 
program, called "Washington Live," is broadcast IN ENGLISH out of the 
nation's capital to North American and worldwide by the ART satellite 
network. (SEE: http://www.art-tv.net/arabic/) It will air every Tuesday 
at 
8 p.m. (Eastern) and is available in the United States through the Dish 
Network, on cable and by satellite in other parts of the world.

TONIGHT'S PROGRAM will focus on American Muslim social and political 
activism, new aviation security procedures, and the nomination of 
Daniel 
Pipes to the United States Institute for Peace. Guests include a Muslim 
woman political candidate, an official with the Transportation Security 
Administration and the Pakistani doctor who recently returned to the 
United 
States after being denied re-entry over an immigration technicality.

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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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INCITEMENT WATCH: SPEAKER BLASTS ISLAM AT BAPTIST GATHERING
Brian Lewis, Tennessean, 6/17/03
http://www.tennessean.com/local/archives/03/06/34508659.shtml

PHOENIX - For the second year in a row, a preacher at an event 
preceding 
the Southern Baptist annual convention has slammed the religion of 
Islam.

One year after the Rev. Jerry Vines generated a year's worth of 
controversy 
by calling the founder of Islam "a demon-possessed pedophile," Ergun 
Caner, 
a theology professor from Criswell College in Dallas, picked up where 
Vines 
left off.

Caner, a Turkish immigrant who converted to Christianity as a child, 
spoke 
to pastors at the denomination's annual convention yesterday about his 
disdain for questions on why he switched religions.

"I didn't switch nothing," he said. "I got saved. I went from 
worshipping a 
false, dead idol to knowing the one true living sovereign Lord."

Vines' conference is a regular prelude to the annual meeting of the 
Southern Baptist Convention, which opens today at the Phoenix Civic 
Center. 
Vines' "pedophile" comment was made at last year's pastors conference 
in 
St. Louis...

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ARAB, MUSLIM VOTE STILL IN PLAY FOR NEXT YEAR'S ELECTION
CHUCK McCUTCHEON, Newhouse News Service, 6/16/03
http://www.newhouse.com/

Despite Muslims' and Arab-Americans' frustration with President Bush 
over 
what they perceive as unfair treatment, Democrats shouldn't 
automatically 
expect those voters to swing their way in 2004, Arab and Muslim leaders 
say.

Bush captured a majority of the Arab and Muslim vote in 2000 after he 
joined GOP activists in reaching out to their leaders. But many of 
those 
leaders have been upset by the Justice Department's treatment of 
Muslims 
and Arabs since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Muslims and Arabs also criticized the administration's invasion of 
Iraq, 
though the toppling of Saddam Hussein's regime has won approval from 
Iraqi 
immigrants in Michigan, a battleground state in 2004.

If Democrats want to capitalize on Muslim and Arab voters' 
dissatisfaction 
with Bush, their leaders say, they need to start talking about civil 
rights 
and other issues important to their communities...

"The community is not in a rush to make up its mind" on a candidate, 
said 
Agha Saeed, founder and national chairman of the American Muslim 
Alliance 
in Hayward, Calif. "People are willing to stay open, accessible and 
involved and hold out on a final decision to the period of the 
elections."

If the Democrats do not present an attractive enough alternative, Saeed 
said, many Muslims could look closely at third-party candidates.

For now, some Muslim and Arab Democrats are disappointed that the 
party's 
presidential contenders aren't making an issue of how Arabs and Muslims 
have been jailed, questioned and subject to greater surveillance. 
Activists 
cite the Rev. Al Sharpton and Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio both seen as 
political long shots as being the most outspoken critics on the 
subject.

Other Democratic candidates "are afraid" of being criticized as soft on 
terrorism, said Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., a Lebanese-American.

"But we shouldn't be falling into that trap as Democrats," Rahall said. 
"When those kinds of charges come, we should enter into a lively 
debate. 
The American people are smart enough to decide..."

Republicans, however, see an opportunity to hold on to the backing 
Muslims 
and Arabs gave Bush in 2000 by stressing Bush's national security 
accomplishments.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington, the largest 
Islamic civil liberties group, released a poll after the 2000 election 
showing that 72 percent of Muslims voted for Bush, 8 percent for 
Democrat 
Al Gore and 19 percent for Ralph Nader, a Lebanese-American…

Since Sept. 11, Muslim and Arab groups say their effectiveness in 
political 
debates has been complicated by the continued pressure they feel to 
denounce terrorism. Some Republicans said that because of continued 
public 
unease, activists will be required to sustain such efforts.

"I believe the true face of Islam is one of peacefulness, but that's 
got to 
become part of their program to state affirmatively, unequivocally that 
they're patriots, too," said Smith, the Oregon senator.

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NAMES OF 9/11 DETAINEES CAN REMAIN SECRET, COURT RULES
ASSOCIATED PRESS, 6/17/03
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/national/AP-Attacks-Detainees.html

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department properly withheld the names 
and 
other details about hundreds of foreigners detained in the months after 
the 
Sept. 11 attacks, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. The powerful 
decision was deferential to the Bush administration's arguments over 
continued threats to America from terrorists.

In a 2-1 ruling that represents a major victory for President Bush and 
Attorney General John Ashcroft, a panel from the U.S. Circuit Court of 
Appeals for the District of Columbia determined that disclosing such 
information could provide a roadmap of the government's Sept. 11 
investigation for international terrorists.

Federal judges asked to compel such disclosures should defer to White 
House 
concerns that it might help the nation's enemies, the appeals panel 
said…

In a harsh dissenting opinion, Circuit Judge David S. Tatel accused his 
colleagues of ``uncritical deference to the government's vague, poorly 
explained arguments for withholding broad categories of information 
about 
the detainees."

Tatel said the decision to withhold the information prevents U.S. 
citizens 
from learning whether the Bush administration ``is violating the 
constitutional rights of the hundreds of persons whom it has detained 
in 
connection with its terrorism investigation…"

The new appeals decision rejected arguments by the Center for National 
Security Studies and other public interest groups that the Justice 
Department should publicly provide the names of the detainees, names of 
their lawyers, dates they were picked up and the reasons they were 
detained.

``We're disappointed that for the first time ever, a U.S. court has 
sanctioned secret arrests," said Kate Martin, a lawyer for the center. 
She 
said the organization plans to pursue the case…

SEE ALSO:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Dena Graziano (202)226-6888

CONYERS CRITICIZES DECISION TO KEEP DETAINEE NAMES SECRET

Representative John Conyers, Jr., the Ranking Member, on the House 
Judiciary Committee issued the following statement today following the 
DC 
Circuit Court decision to keep

September 11 detainee names secret:

"This case demonstrates the lengths to which the Ashcroft Justice 
Department is willing to go to keep its actions, many of which were 
found 
by the Inspector General to be abusive and coercive, away from  the 
eyes 
and ears of the American public. It is unclear to me, as it is to many 
members of the public, how releasing the names of detainees would 
compromise security - if a terrorist organization has been unable to 
reach 
its members for weeks or months on end, it would seem fair to say that 
they've figured out they've been detained.  We ought to error on the 
side 
of disclosure, rather than on the side of secret detentions and secret 
trials as the present Administration has done."

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TALES OF DESPAIR FROM GUANTÁNAMO
Carlotta Gall and Neil A. Lewis, New York Times, 6/17/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/17/international/asia/17PRIS.html

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghans and Pakistanis who were detained for many 
months by the American military at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba before being 
released without charges are describing the conditions as so desperate 
that 
some captives tried to kill themselves.

According to accounts in the last three months from some of the 32 
Afghans 
and three Pakistanis in the weeks since their release, it was above all 
the 
uncertainty of their fate, combined with confinement in very small 
cells, 
sometimes only with Arabic speakers, that caused inmates to attempt 
suicide. One Pakistani interviewed this month said he tried to kill 
himself 
four times in 18 months.

An Afghan prisoner who spent 14 months at the camp, at the American 
naval 
base at Guantánamo, described in April what he called the uncertainty 
and 
fear. "Some were saying this is a prison for 150 years," said Suleiman 
Shah, 30, a former Taliban fighter from Kandahar Province in southern 
Afghanistan.

None of those interviewed complained of physical mistreatment. But the 
men 
said that for the first few months, they were kept in small wire-mesh 
cells, about 6 1/2 feet by 8 feet, in blocks of 10 or 20. The cells 
were 
covered by a wooden roof, but open at the sides to the elements.

"We slept, ate, prayed and went to the toilet in that small space," Mr. 
Shah said. Each man had two blankets and a prayer mat and slept and ate 
on 
the ground, he said...

In interviews at their homes, weeks after being released, he and the 
freed 
Pakistani detainee talked of what they said was the overwhelming 
feeling of 
injustice among the approximately 680 men detained indefinitely at 
Guantánamo Bay...

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DON'T STOP TALKING ABOUT PATRIOT ACT
Mary Sanchez, Kansas City Star, 6/17/03
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascitystar/news/opinion/6101977.htm

Jackson County Legislator Bob Spence asked important questions 
regarding 
the county's resolution on the USA Patriot Act and its stepped-up 
secret 
surveillance methods.

The resolution died of neglect Monday. It was kicked off the docket 
because 
it failed to prompt an action in the eight weeks since it was 
introduced by 
Legislator Scott Burnett.

The proposal mirrored efforts already passed by more than 120 
governmental 
bodies, including three states -- Hawaii, Alaska and Vermont.

The resolutions differ locale to locale, but most endorse the idea that 
the 
government must not abuse the innocent in its quest to root out 
terrorists.

It's the conversation that counts. And those should continue. 
Resolutions 
hold no legal power anyway.

Spence, in a letter to Burnett, posed the challenge: "try and convince 
me 
that the Patriot Act has eroded my freedom and has not helped protect 
us."

It is very likely the Patriot Act has not negatively affected Spence.

Spence is probably like most Americans. The only government scrutiny he 
will ever draw is perhaps a question on a tax return, a minor traffic 
infraction or a key chain setting off a metal detector in a government 
building.

But not everyone is so blessed....

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BRIDGES TV TO CATER TO AMERICAN MUSLIMS
Khurram Saeed, Journal News, 6/17/03
http://www.nyjournalnews.com/newsroom/061703/a0117bridgestv.html

On Memorial Day, U.S. citizen Ruia Elley, a Muslim, was treated like an 
outcast in her own country.

Elley said an older man collecting money for war veterans in front of a 
Yonkers grocery store called her a terrorist. She believes he singled 
her 
out because she was wearing the hijab, a scarf used by some Muslim 
women to 
cover their hair.

It was the first time the 32-year-old Yonkers mother of two had 
experienced 
such bigotry.

The experience fortified her belief that more understanding between 
Americans and American Muslims is needed. That's why Elley and her 
husband, 
Arsalan, are supporting a new TV channel for American Muslims called 
Bridges TV.

"I'm so excited about this," Ruia Elley said of the channel, which is 
at 
least a year away from going on the air. "People will get to see what 
real 
Muslims are all about. Hopefully, it will show the public we are not 
all 
terrorists, that we are regular people, that we share the same values."

The channel, to be broadcast entirely in English, would be the first of 
its 
kind in the nation. It plans to feature a blend of talk shows, dramas, 
cartoons, documentaries and religious shows targeted at the 6 million 
to 8 
million Muslims living in the United States and Canada, about 2.3 
million 
households.

Area Muslims said the channel was especially needed since the Sept. 11, 
2001, terrorist attacks changed the way people treated them. American 
Muslims since then have routinely been subjected to false arrests, 
removed 
from airplanes and viewed with suspicion, they said...

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LATINO MUSLIMS A GROWING PRESENCE IN AMERICA
Lisa Viscidi, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, 6/03
http://www.wrmea.com     	

On January 21, 2003, the United States Census Bureau officially named 
the 
nation's 37 million Latinos the largest minority population in the 
country-outnumbering African Americans by 0.3 percent. This demographic 
shift, coupled with Islam's status as one of the fastest growing 
religions 
in the nation, has contributed to the significant growth of a 
newly-emerging demographic: Latino Muslims.

Lacking an organized network and longstanding cultural background 
within 
the United States, Latino Muslims are not as visible as other U.S. 
minority 
groups, but evidence of their existence has sprouted around the 
country. 
The Latino Muslim presence is particularly prominent in New York, 
Southern 
California and Chicago - places where both Hispanics and Muslims reside 
in 
great numbers. These cities boast Latino mosques and organizations 
exclusively directed toward the Latino Muslim community. The Islamic 
Society of North America's annual conference on Latino Muslims and 
recently 
established Latino Coordinating Committee attest to the growing 
importance 
of this group in American Muslim society.

Although the exact number of Latino Muslims is difficult to determine, 
estimates ranging from 25,000 to 60,000. This includes second- or 
third-generation Hispanic Americans as well as a diverse population of 
new 
immigrants.

While some Latinos were raised Muslim, many have converted from 
Catholicism. Latinos convert to Islam for a great variety of reasons, 
including disenchantment with the practices of Catholicism and the 
Church 
establishment. Repelled by the religion's preoccupation with Saints, 
perceived contradictions in the Catholic tenets, and the Church 
hierarchy, 
many Latinos are lured by Islam's contrasting simplicity and directness 
to 
God...

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Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2003 14:13:16 -0400
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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR ACTION ALERT #384

FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS BLACKLIST MUSLIMS
Companies use USA Patriot Act to justify closing accounts

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/18/03) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR) today expressed deep concern over continuing reports that 
financial 
institutions have been canceling the accounts of American Muslims 
without 
cause based on what they believe to be provisions of the USA Patriot 
Act.

CAIR says those same institutions, including American Express, HSBC, 
Fleet 
Bank, and Western Union, are also making unreasonable requests for 
private 
information about Muslim account-holders.

In most cases, Muslims were asked to provide large amounts of 
documentation 
without cause, and regardless of credit history. Requests included tax 
and 
banking information, financial statements, residency documentation, and 
proof of identity.

Officials with the institutions canceling Muslim accounts cited random 
selection and reports from credit agencies, even when individuals had 
impeccable credit. An HSBC representative told one Muslim 
account-holder: 
"We are collecting this information to comply with the USA Patriot Act, 
and 
this is a bank-wide project reaching to all customers." A spokesperson 
for 
the American Banking Association explained to CAIR that the 
cancellations 
are standard procedure in attempts to block money going to terrorists 
or 
terrorist groups.

Banks and financial institutions check names against a 103-page list of 
Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Individuals (SDN), provided 
by 
the Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). 
Many 
victims of account cancellations are apparently singled out because 
their 
names are similar to those that appear on the list. Other unofficial 
and 
inaccurate lists have also been used for the same purpose.

"This is just another indication that the USA Patriot Act is being 
misused 
to infringe on the rights of law-abiding Americans, particularly 
American 
Muslims," said CAIR Legal Adviser Khurram Wahid. "A system must be set 
up 
to allow those who are unfairly targeted to clear their names and 
continue 
making financial transactions."

Wahid said this issue came to light in January when Muhammad Ali of 
Brooklyn, N.Y., contacted CAIR after he attempted to send $80 to 
relatives 
in Connecticut from a Western Union site in Brooklyn. After returning 
home, 
the African-American customer says he received a call from Western 
Union's 
main office demanding that, because of his name, he must provide photo 
identification and state his country of birth, otherwise the funds 
would 
not be delivered. When the customer protested that policy and requested 
a 
refund, he was told that the funds would not be returned unless he met 
the 
company's demands.

Western Union officials cooperated with CAIR and attempted to negotiate 
a 
solution to the problem of misidentification, but the lack of 
regulatory 
guidance from the Department of Treasury prevented the company from 
making 
any changes to its policy.

On a related issue, CAIR recently applauded a new Transportation 
Security 
Administration (TSA) policy that grants relief to airline passengers 
who 
are prevented from flying because their names are similar to those of 
terror suspects on a "No-Fly List."

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https://secure12.cfxhosting.com/citylimitsorg/content/articles/articleView.cfm?articlenumber=988
BUSINESS BLACKLISTS
http://www.motherjones.com/news/outfront/2003/19/ma_377_01.html

ACTION REQUESTED:

1. Contact CAIR if you have been subjected to any unwarranted 
cancellations, transactional delays or requests for information by 
American 
Express, HSBC, Fleet Bank, Western Union, or any other financial 
institution. E-mail cair@cair-net.org, call 202-488-8787 or fax 
202-488-0833.

2. See if you may become a potential target for account cancellation. 
Look 
at the OFAC-SDN list to see if your name may be similar to a name on 
the list.
GO TO: http://www.ustreas.gov/offices/eotffc/ofac/sdn/t11sdn.pdf

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Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2003 14:56:55 -0400
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In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 6/18/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: WEALTH IS A TEST
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 6064
	- CAIR'S 'Washington Live' Satellite Talk Show
	- CAIR Ads Combat Anti-Muslim Stereotypes (Arab News)
	- Save November 29 for CAIR's Annual Dinner
* JUSTICE DEPT. PROHIBITS RACIAL PROFILING (USA Today)
	- Federal Officers Banned from Profiling (Reuters)
	- Bush Issues Ban on Racial Profiling (NY Times)
* N.Y. JUDGE QUITS OVER 'TERRORIST' REMARK (AP)
* FEDS WANT FBI FILES ON DOCTOR SEALED (AP)
* PANELISTS FIND SIMILARITIES BETWEEN FAITHS (Chronicle)
	- Incitement Watch: B. Graham Official Says Islam has "Dark Side"
* TARGETED DEPORTATIONS RISE (Phil. Inquirer)
	- Arrest of Arab Student an Overreaction (Post-Gazette)
	- Indefensible Secrecy (Wash. Post)
* PATRIOT ACT II: DEVIL IN THE DETAILS (Village Voice)
	- Supervisors Urged to Pass Anti-Patriot Act (Press Democrat)
	- First Case in Region Under Patriot ACT (OC Register)
* US TROOPS KILL TWO IRAQI PROTESTERS (AP)
	- Iraqis say U.S. Fired Indiscriminately (AP)
	- Troops 'Used Excessive Force' at Protest (Independent)
	- Soldiers Frisking Women Alarms Iraqis (AP)
	- Iraqis Fear Signing Away Their Identity (LA Times)
* MUSLIM STUDENTS HONOR AMERICAN SOCIETY (Wall Street Journal)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: WEALTH IS A TEST

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Every nation has a test 
to 
undergo. My nation will be tried through wealth."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 178

The Prophet also said: "Two hungry wolves, if let loose among a flock 
of 
sheep, will not do more damage (to a person's faith) than that which is 
caused by avarice for wealth and status."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 180

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 6064 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's library project has received 6064 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Our 
goal is to send accurate and objective information about Islam to 
America's 
16,000 public libraries.

"We will be adding most of these materials to our library.  The titles 
we 
already own we will offer to our local high school library...Thank you 
very 
much, this is an excellent project." - Amherst, MA


GO TO: www.libraryproject.org

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CAIR'S 'WASHINGTON LIVE' SATELLITE TALK SHOW

CAIR is airing a new satellite talk show dealing with issues of concern 
to 
the North American Muslim and Arab communities. The weekly hour-long 
program, called "Washington Live," is broadcast IN ENGLISH out of the 
nation's capital to North American and worldwide by the ART satellite 
network. (SEE: http://www.art-tv.net/arabic/) It will air every Tuesday 
at 
8 p.m. (Eastern) and is available in the United States through the Dish 
Network, on cable and by satellite in other parts of the world.

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CAIR ADS COMBAT ANTI-MUSLIM STEREOTYPES IN US
Barbara Ferguson, Arab News, 6/18/03
http://www.arabnews.com/?page=0&section=9&article=27574&d=18&m=6&y=2003

WASHINGTON - To combat negative stereotyping of Muslims and Islam in 
the 
US, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has launched an 
advertising campaign in leading US newspapers to inform Americans about 
the 
realities of Islam and Muslims.

"The campaign is in direct response to more than 200,000 e-mails we 
received from Americans throughout the United States requesting 
information 
about Islam and Muslims," said Nihad Awad, CAIR's executive director.

Following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the US, Awad said many 
Americans contacted CAIR in an effort to understand where Islam "stands 
on 
important issues such as terrorism, violence, women and human rights, 
and 
many people wanted to know what Islam stands for as a religion in terms 
of 
spirituality and honesty."

CAIR is also working hard against what he called an organized campaign 
launched in the US to defame Islam. "There is an orchestrated, vicious 
campaign against Muslims in the media and within rightwing groups here 
that 
have started to scare people from thinking anything positive about 
Islam."

Awad said, "Many people feel that these attacks against Islam have 
obscured 
the true picture and confuses people. As American Muslims, we want to 
set 
the record straight and help our fellow Americans know who we are and 
what 
we stand for, and provide accurate information about the Islamic 
community 
and Islam in general..."

He said the ads were available to Islamic centers around the country to 
download and use free of charge, to run in their local newspapers, 
magazines, or even post in their work place, bulletins, or elsewhere - 
such 
as schools, offices and even churches...

But is the campaign a successful tactic to win the hearts and minds of 
American citizens?

Alex Kronemer, a writer and film producer who produced the acclaimed 
video 
film "Muhammad, Legacy of a Prophet," believes it's a necessary step...

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info


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SAVE NOV. 29 FOR CAIR'S ANNUAL DINNER

CAIR's 9th annual fundraising dinner will be held Saturday, November 
29, 
2003, at the Sheraton Premiere, Tysons Corner, Va.

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JUSTICE DEPARTMENT PROHIBITS RACIAL PROFILING
Toni Locy, USA Today, 6/17/03
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2003-06-17-profiling-usat_x.htm

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration banned federal law enforcement 
officers from racial profiling in routine police work Tuesday, but said 
agents may use race and ethnicity to identify suspected terrorists.

A 10-page guidance drafted by the Justice Department was approved by 
President Bush and sent to all federal law enforcement agencies. It 
does 
not apply to state and local police.

Ralph Boyd, assistant attorney general for civil rights, said the Bush 
administration is the first to issue a formal policy on racial 
profiling.

Before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, local and state police 
were 
accused of racial profiling far more often than federal agents.
But that changed after hundreds of Middle Eastern men were detained in 
the 
Sept. 11 probe.

Earlier this month, the Justice Department's inspector general found 
that 
the detentions were legal but said they lasted far longer than 
necessary...

Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in 
Washington 
said the administration deserves credit for issuing a policy. "But we 
have 
to wait to see how it is implemented."

The guidelines forbid federal officers from using race or ethnicity "to 
any 
degree" in routine police work except when such information 
specifically 
describes a suspect. In longer-term investigations, federal officers 
can 
use race and ethnicity only if the information they have received from 
informants or developed by studying crime trends is "trustworthy..."

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FEDERAL OFFICERS BANNED FROM RACIAL PROFILING
Deborah Charles, Reuters, 6/17/03
http://reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=2944702

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday issued guidelines 
that 
ban federal law enforcement officers from racial profiling in routine 
police work but allow the use of race and ethnicity to identify 
terrorist 
suspects.

With the approval of President Bush, the department sent all federal 
law 
enforcement agencies the guidelines forbidding officers from using race 
as 
a factor when they are conducting routine investigations.

"Today's guidance ... is the clearest and most comprehensive statement 
and 
guidance regarding the consideration of race and ethnicity in law 
enforcement activities from any administration ever," said Ralph Boyd, 
assistant attorney general for civil rights.

The guidelines forbid racial profiling in regular police work, even 
where 
such profiling would otherwise be permitted by the U.S.
Constitution. For example, under the new rules, federal officers cannot 
use 
race or ethnicity when deciding which motorists to stop for traffic 
violations.

But the rules allow race or ethnicity to be used when there is 
"trustworthy 
information" that links persons of a particular race or ethnicity to a 
criminal incident or organization...

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BUSH ISSUES FEDERAL BAN ON RACIAL PROFILING
Eric Lichtblau, New York Times, 6/17/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/18/politics/18PROF.html

WASHINGTON - President Bush issued guidelines today barring federal 
agents 
from using race or ethnicity in their routine investigations, but the 
policy carves out clear exemptions for investigations involving 
terrorism 
and national security matters...

In investigations involving national security and border integrity, the 
new 
policy adopts a lower standard, saying federal agents "may consider 
race, 
ethnicity and other relevant factors to the extent permitted by our 
laws 
and the Constitution..."

The racial information that the authorities can use in such cases does 
not 
have to be very specific. The policy notes that because terrorists have 
the 
ability to strike almost anywhere, "there can be no expectation that 
the 
information must be specific to a particular locale or even to a 
particular 
identified scheme."

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, 
said the new policy would do little to mollify Arab-Americans.

"There seem to be a lot of `buts' and `howevers' here that would allow 
profiling of Arabs and Muslims to continue," Mr. Hooper said.

He said he found the policy paradoxical in light of a report from the 
Justice Department this month criticizing the detentions of hundreds of 
illegal immigrants, most of them Middle Eastern, after the 9/11 
attacks.

"This is a problem that's certainly widespread, and I don't think this 
policy does anything to help the situation," Mr. Hooper said.

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N.Y. JUDGE QUITS OVER 'TERRORIST' REMARK
Associated Press, 6/18/03
http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/newyork/sns-ap-brf-ticket-terror,0,4294763.story

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. - A judge who admitted asking an Arab-American woman if 
she 
was a terrorist when she went to court last month to fight a parking 
ticket 
has stepped down.

Village Justice William Crosbie, 79, resigned in a letter Monday to the 
mayor. The incident led the woman to file a complaint with the state 
Commission on Judicial Conduct.

Anissa Khoder, a Lebanese who has lived in the United States 14 years, 
said 
she went to court because she received two tickets within an hour for 
the 
same parking violation and believed only one was valid.

Khoder, 46, said Crosbie asked if she was a terrorist, then said 
"something 
like, 'You have money to support the terrorists, but you don't want to 
pay 
the ticket.'"

Khoder then fainted; both tickets were dismissed.

Crosbie said he was "probably kidding" when he made the terrorist 
remark. 
He denied accusing Khoder of financially supporting terrorism.

Tarrytown is 12 miles north of New York City.

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FEDS WANT FBI FILES ON DOCTOR SEALED
Associated Press, 6/18/03
http://www.statesman.com/aponline/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/National/AP.V1040.AP-Apartment-Searc.html

PITTSBURGH - Federal prosecutors are trying to keep an Egyptian-born 
doctor 
from seeing sealed files that he hopes will bolster the lawsuit he 
filed 
against his landlord following an FBI search of his apartment on Sept. 
11, 
2001.

Basem Hussein, 37, filed a civil rights lawsuit against Sherri Lynn 
Wilson, 
the manager of his apartment, and Universal Development Management 
Inc., 
the building's Ohio real estate firm. He says that following the 
terrorist 
attacks that day, Wilson told authorities there was an expensive 
computer 
and a flight manual for a Boeing 737 in the radiologist's apartment.

In fact, said Hussein's attorney, Craig Fishman, the flight manual was 
for 
a popular flight simulator computer program. The computer program,
Microsoft Flight Simulator, is widely available commercially and is 
used 
for entertainment purposes.

Authorities cleared Hussein within a couple of days and he was never 
charged with a crime, but he says he lost his job as a result of the 
government actions.

In his lawsuit, Fishman contends that U.S. Magistrate Judge Francis 
Caiazza 
had issued a search warrant of Hussein's apartment ``based on false and 
misleading information...''

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PANELISTS FIND SIMILARITIES BETWEEN ISLAM, CHRISTIANITY
Clayton Hardiman, Chronicle, 6/18/03
http://www.mlive.com/printer/printer.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/news-2/1055947516280840.xml

The Rev. Glenn Wagner began warming up for Tuesday night's interfaith 
dialogue three decades ago.

Wagner was a committed evangelical Christian when he arrived in Lebanon 
in 
1973 for two years of study at the American University of Beirut. His 
roommate was a devout Sunni Muslim.

"I wanted to convert him in the first 10 minutes," Wagner recalled.
"And he sought to convert me. After a day, we decided that wasn't going 
to 
work too well.

"We decided I would be the best Christian I could be, and he would be 
the 
best Muslim he could be."

Thirty years later, Wagner's roommate, Afis Ayyub, is still a Muslim. 
He is 
also Lebanon's ambassador to the republic of Qatar. And Wagner, pastor 
of 
Community United Methodist Church in North Muskegon, is still 
practicing 
the same formula for interfaith dialogue.

Tuesday night, he was one of three Christian panelists engaging in 
dialogue 
with local Islamic leaders in an interfaith forum. About 75 people 
attended 
the forum at First Lutheran Church in North Muskegon.

They discussed principles of their faiths -- the Muslim's 
uncompromising 
monotheism and the Christian's portrait of God's love as revealed in 
Jesus 
Christ. They talked about the role of women, the history of conflict 
and 
the way language and culture have affected in faith communities and 
society

And they discussed the challenge of remaining true to one's own faith 
tradition while finding points of connection with others...

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INCITEMENT WATCH: BILLY GRAHAM OFFICIAL SAYS ISLAM HAS 'DARK SIDE'
Evangelicals Advise on Muslim Dialogue 
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2003/007/13.21.html

Roy Oksnevad, director of the Ministries to Muslims department at the 
Billy 
Graham Center at Wheaton College, said dialogue with Muslims is good 
but of 
limited value. "There is a dark side to Islam, and, frankly, I've never 
met 
a Muslim who understood the concept of the Trinity."

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TARGETED DEPORTATIONS RISE:
The Number of Arabs and Muslims Ousted from the U.S. Nearly Doubled
Thomas Ginsberg, Philadelphia Inquirer, 6/18/03
http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/nation/6111125.htm

Federal agents trying to prevent terrorism deported 75 percent more 
undocumented Arabs and Muslims last year than the year before, a marked 
shift in immigration enforcement.

At the same time, officials booted out 16 percent fewer illegal 
immigrants 
overall as they shifted their focus away from non-Muslims, notably 
Mexicans, according to an Inquirer analysis of 1993-2002 deportation 
data.

The ethnic makeup of deported foreigners shows how far 
immigration-enforcement officials went to tailor their focus by 
nationality 
after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Now the selectivity based on national origin is posing a dilemma about 
broader immigration enforcement. While praising the focus on people 
they 
say fit the profile of the 9/11 hijackers, supporters of stricter 
immigration laws want the Bush administration to expand the hunt to all 
illegal immigrants, regardless of background.

"It does make sense to start with people from terrorist states," said 
Rosemary Jenks, director of government relations for Numbers USA, a 
nonprofit group that advocates curtailing immigration. "But we haven't 
seen 
any indication that we're moving beyond those terrorist-sponsor states 
yet.... This White House has very, very mixed feelings about the whole 
immigration issue..."

SEE ALSO

LA ROCHE COLLEGE OFFICIAL: ARREST OF ARAB STUDENT AN OVERREACTION
Bill Schackner and Lillian Thomas, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 6/18/03
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/03169/193938.stm

A La Roche College administrator says the federal government has 
overreacted by detaining a Jordanian student since last week for 
missing a 
special registration deadline that applies to males from mostly Arab 
and 
Muslim countries.

The official, Ken Service, executive vice president of the Pacem in 
Terris 
Institute, said yesterday that he and the college's president, 
Monsignor 
William Kerr, are willing to travel to York, Pa., to testify on behalf 
of 
the student, Abdelqader K. Abu-Snaineh. He has been held without bail 
for 
eight days and has a hearing scheduled for Monday.

Service, whose campus has now finished its internal review of the 
matter, 
said, "We never expected this level of reaction on the part of 
immigration 
officials. We feel this is an overreaction on the part of the people 
who 
made the decision to make the arrest. From our perspective, this is a 
student who came forward voluntarily to correct a mistake he had made."

The college contacted the federal Bureau of Immigration and Customs 
Enforcement about the student's failure to meet the April 25 deadline. 
Service said the student had informed the college that he had forgotten 
to 
register, and the school was trying to help the student, who wasn't 
sure 
what he should do.

In the future, Service said, the school intends to deal with such cases 
"more cautiously, probably checking with legal counsel first before 
contacting immigration officials..."

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INDEFENSIBLE SECRECY
Washington Post, 6/18/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A7662-2003Jun17.html

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit handed 
down 
a dreadful decision yesterday affirming the government's authority to 
keep 
secret basic information concerning the hundreds of people detained 
during 
the Sept. 11 investigation -- information such as their names, dates of 
arrest and release and the names of their lawyers. The government has 
publicly tallied the number of people detained on immigration charges, 
few 
of whom remain in custody. Others it has charged criminally, and it has 
detained an unknown number of people as material witnesses. But to this 
day, even in the face of allegations of abuse, the public lacks any 
comprehensive sense of who was arrested and how they were treated.

When a coalition of civil liberties and other groups sued under the 
Freedom 
of Information Act for better information, supported in a friend of the 
court brief by The Washington Post Co. and other media organizations, a 
district court judge ordered disclosure of the names of the detainees 
and 
their attorneys. Now the court of appeals has reversed in a 2 to 1 
decision 
that sets an ugly precedent: The government need only whisper the words 
"national security," the court says in effect, and the courts will roll 
over...

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PATRIOT ACT II, AND MEANS TO WEIGH IT, EMERGE IN BITS: DEVIL IN THE 
DETAILS
Chisun Lee, Village Voice, 6/18/03
http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0325/lee.php

Adrenaline coursing, civil liberties watchers have anticipated the 
coming 
of Patriot Act II for months. The Bush administration was expected to 
demand a colossal package of new anti-terrorism powers from Congress as 
early as this spring, according to a draft of legislation leaked in 
February and a Justice Department statement to the Voice in March.

Scores of local citizens' groups across the country and a bipartisan 
bunch 
of congress members got on the alert. They insisted the administration 
account for its use of existing authorities before demanding a 
sweeping, 
new Patriot Act II. They waited.

Now the moment has arrived, just not with the expected bang. Both 
Patriot 
Act II and the means for evaluating it have begun to materialize, in 
scattered pieces. On June 5, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft 
slipped a 
wish list of major new anti-terrorism powers into a day of 
congressional 
testimony that ranged widely from Al Qaeda to intellectual property to 
DNA 
evidence. A wealth of revelations about the Bush administration's 
anti-terrorism conduct has also emerged, not in one grand exposé but 
sprinkled among various reports, court outcomes, and congressional 
Q&As.

The public now has access to a great deal of information to rate the 
administration's conduct in the war on terrorism and to tell its 
representatives in Congress whether to pass or block a Patriot Act II. 
Yet 
some of the most telling tidbits, especially from two major 
developments in 
recent weeks, have not been reported as such...

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SUPERVISORS URGED TO PASS ANTI-PATRIOT ACT RESOLUTION
Ucilia Wang, Press Democrat, 6/18/03
http://www.pressdemocrat.com/local/news/18patriot_b3.html

LAKEPORT - Lake County residents on Tuesday urged the Board of 
Supervisors 
to pass a resolution opposing the USA Patriot Act, which has sparked 
heated 
debates across the North Coast over its impact on civil liberties.

Lake County supervisors voted 5-0 to draft a resolution that would 
specify 
why they consider the Patriot Act a violation of the civil rights 
granted 
by the U.S. Constitution...

Most of the 16 people who spoke at Tuesday's meeting said the law gives 
authorities too much power to spy on people without good cause and 
threatens to silence critics of government.

"It (the act) allows the government agents to hide behind it," said 
Victoria Brandon, a Clearlake resident. "Secrecy is something that 
scares me."

More than 120 cities and counties in the country -- including the 
states of 
Alaska, Hawaii and Vermont -- have voiced their fears of the act's 
broad 
investigative powers...

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FIRST CASE IN REGION UNDER PATRIOT ACT
Greg Hardesty, Orange County Register, 6/18/03
http://www2.ocregister.com/ocrweb/ocr/article.do?id=44234

SANTA ANA - A Garden Grove man injured when a nail-packed pipe bomb 
exploded in his lap while he sat in a car outside Rep. Loretta 
Sanchez's 
office was charged Tuesday with using a weapon of mass destruction - 
the 
first time a Southern Californian has been accused of violating the 
Patriot 
Act.

If convicted, Hai Duc Le, 34, faces a possible life sentence under the 
federal statute passed after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks - 
and a 
mandatory minimum of 35 years to life in prison, said John Hueston, 
chief 
of the U.S. Attorney branch in Santa Ana.

Under state law, Le would have faced a maximum seven years in prison, 
District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said.

"Anything like this is pursued aggressively as a possible terrorist act 
until we know otherwise," said Matt McLaughlin, an FBI spokesman in Los 
Angeles. "That's where we are these days."

The target of Sunday's blast remains a mystery, however. Officials 
conceded 
that no direct link has been established between the bomb and the fact 
that 
Le and his brother were seeking immigration help from Sanchez.

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U.S. TROOPS KILL TWO IRAQI PROTESTERS
Arthur Max, Associated Press, 6/18/03
http://reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=2947215

BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. troops opened fire at former Iraqi soldiers 
demonstrating to demand back wages outside the American headquarters in 
Baghdad Wednesday, killing two protesters during a chaotic, 
rock-throwing 
melee.

Military officers initially reported two people were wounded, while 
Iraqis 
at the scene said two were killed and one wounded. U.S. troops took two 
fallen Iraqis to an army aid station inside the compound, and U.S. 
Marine 
Corps Maj. Sean Gibson confirmed the two Iraqis had died.

The shooting came one day after a human rights group accused U.S. 
troops of 
using excessive force during a protest in the town of Fallujah in 
April.

Another military spokesman said the incident began when the 
demonstrators 
threw stones at a convoy of military police vehicles moving toward the 
arched gateway of the Republican Palace, Saddam Hussein's former 
presidential compound and now the headquarters of the U.S.-led 
administration.

``A soldier did fire his weapon,'' in response to the stoning, said 
Capt. 
John Morgan, the spokesman.

SEE ALSO:

IRAQIS SAY US FIRED INDISCRIMINATELY
Sabah Jerges, Associated Press, 6/18/03
http://www.statesman.com/news/content/coxnet/iraq/ap_story.html/Intl/AP.V9557.AP-Iraq-Convoy-Att.html

MUSHAHIDAH, Iraq - When a convoy of Fourth Infantry Division soldiers 
was 
caught in an ambush on Sunday, the soldiers opened fire to protect 
themselves and an Iraqi civilian bus was caught in the crossfire, the 
military said a day after the incident.

The communique said six soldiers were wounded, two of them seriously, 
as 
the convoy passed through this agricultural town 22 miles north of 
Baghdad. 
It said the number of casualties on the bus was not known.

But the bus driver, Abdul Rahman Mohammed Ali, 25, told The Associated 
Press on Tuesday he was passing a convoy of six or seven vehicles when 
he 
heard an explosion and the Americans fired wildly on the bus and on the 
roadside. Witnesses agreed with his account.

Seven people on the bus were wounded, at least one of them by U.S. 
gunfire, 
in addition to a bystander on the roadside, said the witnesses and the 
driver.

The conflicting versions speak to the differences between the dry 
language 
of a military communique about the actions of American troops and the 
impassioned stories from Iraqis caught in the crossfire...

---

US TROOPS 'USED EXCESSIVE FORCE' AT FALLUJAH PROTEST
Phil Reeves, Independent, 6/18/03
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=416478

The United States should hold a "full, independent and impartial" 
inquiry 
into the "apparent use of excessive force" by American troops who 
allegedly 
opened fire on a crowd of demonstrators in the Iraqi town of Fallujah, 
according to a report issued yesterday by Human Rights Watch.

As debate grows over the bungled aftermath of the invasion, the group 
also 
accuses US authorities of following a "recipe for disaster" by placing 
combat-ready soldiers in a volatile environment without adequate 
training, 
translators or crowd control devices.

The report's publication came as another US soldier was killed, this 
time 
by a sniper in Baghdad, bringing the number of American troops killed 
since 
the end of major combat operations to about 50. In a parallel 
development, 
guerrillas carried out drive-by shootings at several public buildings - 
including Fallujah's mayor's office and courthouse - a new stage of 
violence that seems to be an effort to deter Iraqi officials from 
co-operating with the US...

---

SOLDIERS FRISKING WOMEN ALARMS IRAQIS
Borzou Daragahi, Associated Press, 6/18/03
http://www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/Intl/AP.V0365.AP-Iraq-Frisking-W.html

BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. security concerns have clashed with Iraq's 
traditional 
culture in a potentially volatile flap over American men frisking Iraqi 
women.

The practice is not widespread, and the Americans say they use it only 
as a 
last resort. But tales of such incidents - and television footage of a 
male 
American soldier patting down a chador-clad Iraqi woman - have sparked 
outrage in Iraq.

The issue is being talked about throughout the country - in homes and 
cafes 
and during sermons by religious readers at Friday prayers.

``There's no doubt that unrelated men even touching Muslim women is not 
allowed in our religion,'' said Sheikh Muhammad Mahmoud al-Samarayee, a 
cleric at Baghdad's Imam al-Adham seminary.

``If they really want to respect the Muslim people, they have to use 
women 
soldiers to search women...''

---

IRAQIS VOICE FEAR OF SIGNING AWAY THEIR IDENTITY
Michael Slackman, Los Angeles Times, 6/18/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-iraq18jun18,1,4815454.story

After all that has happened in Iraq -- the bombing, the fall of the 
government, the disruption of services, the looting, the crime and 
foreign 
troops in the streets -- the latest affront to many Iraqis is one 
sentence 
in one document. All citizens who work for the government are required 
to 
sign a document that states, "I will obey the laws of Iraq and all 
proclamations, orders and instructions of the Coalition Provisional 
Authority."

In an Islamic society where faith and state are intertwined, many fear 
this 
provision is designed to undermine their religion.

Hundreds of residents of this city about an hour's drive southeast of 
Baghdad took their concerns to the streets Monday in a peaceful 
demonstration, and their leaders are threatening further protests -- 
even a 
call for a nationwide strike -- if the document is not amended. The 
U.S.-led administration has refused.

"We are afraid that this is paving the way in order for the Americans 
to 
abolish our Iraqi and Islamic identity," said Said Adnan Unaibi, who 
serves 
as a local representative for one of the two main schools of Shiite 
Muslim 
thinking in Iraq. "This represents a provocation of the people..."

-----

MOST MUSLIM STUDENTS HONOR AMERICAN SOCIETY
Mateen A. Khan, Wall Street Journal, 6/18/03
http://online.wsj.com/public/us

I am a product of the Muslim Students' Association ("Radical Politics: 
Idaho Arrest Puts Muslim Students Under Scrutiny," May 28 and Letters, 
June 
4 and 9). I was born in the U.S. and consider myself 100% American...

For most readers, your article provided the first impression of the 
MSA. By 
juxtaposing the terms "Muslim Students" and "Arrest" in your headline, 
you 
associate the general Muslim student population with crime. By doing 
so, 
you further incite discrimination against the Muslim population in 
America.

The article states, "MSA chapters also have helped raise money for 
Muslim 
charities now accused by the U.S. government of serving as fronts for 
financing terrorism abroad." Such a statement indirectly links Muslim 
students with financing terrorist organizations. Such statements 
further 
perpetuate negative stereotypes against all Muslims...

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Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2003 13:29:51 -0400
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Subject: CAIR-NET: Ohio Muslims Meet with FBI to Discuss Concerns

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OHIO MUSLIMS MEET WITH FBI TO DISCUSS CONCERNS
Meeting prompted by report that local Muslim is terror suspect

(COLUMBUS, OHIO, 6/19/03) - Leaders of the Central Ohio Islamic 
community 
met Wednesday with representatives of the FBI and state law enforcement 
to 
discuss issues of mutual concern, including a report that a Muslim in 
that 
state is suspected of being a member of al Qaeda.

Other issues addressed at the meeting, which was facilitated by the 
Ohio 
office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio), 
included 
protection against anti-Muslim hate crimes, the FBI's counterterrorism 
efforts and ways of improving cooperation between law enforcement and 
the 
Islamic community.

"Like all Americans, the Muslim community is concerned about the 
security 
of America," said CAIR-Ohio Executive Director Jad Humeidan. "The 
leadership of the Ohio Muslim community is ready, willing and able to 
work 
with law enforcement authorities for the safety and security of this 
country."

The meeting included representatives of the Columbus District Office of 
the 
FBI, Ohio Southern District Office of the FBI-Cincinnati Ohio, Ohio 
Department of Public Safety, Ohio Office of Homeland Security, Ohio 
State 
Highway Patrol, and the Columbus Division of Police.

James Turgal, Chief Division Council for the Cincinnati office of the 
FBI 
stated: "The Muslim community is not the target of any investigation, 
and 
they should not feel threatened or afraid to perform their religious 
obligations or their daily tasks."

"The law enforcement community is lagging behind when it comes to 
building 
bridges with the Muslim community," said Kenneth Morckel, Director of 
the 
Ohio Department of Public Safety. "There is a need to hold regular 
meetings 
with representatives of the Muslim community to update each other on 
ongoing issues. Also there is a need to build methods to educate each 
other."

Chief John Rockwell of the Columbus Police Department assured meeting 
attendees that "every crime against the Muslim community will be 
immediately and vigorously investigated…The city of Columbus will not 
tolerate any hate crime against any of its citizens."

CAIR-Ohio will in the near future facilitate a town hall meeting 
between 
the Muslim community and law enforcement officials. CAIR-Ohio will also 
provide sensitivity training to the FBI, state and local law 
enforcement 
agencies.

Meeting participants agreed that similar gatherings will be held 
quarterly 
to address any issues that might arise.

Representatives of CAIR-Ohio, Islamic Foundation of Central Ohio, 
Islamic 
Society of Greater Columbus, Sunrise Academy, and Somali Community were 
present at the meeting.

CAIR is America's largest Islamic civil liberties group. It is 
headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 16 regional offices 
nationwide 
and in Canada. Since its founding in 1994, CAIR has defended the civil 
and 
religious rights of all Americans. There are more than 30,000 Muslim in 
central Ohio, 150,000 in Ohio, and some seven million in America.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Ohio Executive Director Jad Humeidan at 614-451-3232 or 
614-571-2770

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FLORIDA MUSLIMS RELIEVED BY SENTENCING OF TERRORIST

(TAMPA, FL, 6/19/03) - The Florida office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) today expressed relief that a 
terrorist convicted of plotting to bomb some 50 Islamic institutions in 
that state was given the maximum sentence of 12½ years by a Tampa 
judge.

Robert Goldstein, 38, pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy to violate 
civil rights, attempting to damage religious property and possession of 
bombs. Goldstein, who is Jewish, said he wanted to retaliate against 
Arabs 
and Muslims for the 9/11 terror attacks. His ex-wife was sentenced last 
week to three years in prison after pleading guilty to possessing 
explosives.

Under sentencing guidelines, Goldstein could have received as little as 
10 
years in prison, but the judge said the seriousness of the offense 
justified the maximum sentence.

"Florida's Muslim community is pleased to see this disturbing episode 
come 
to an end," said CAIR-FL Executive Director Altaf Ali. "We have been 
assured by the Assistant U.S. Attorney that all suspects in this plot 
are 
now behind bars."

Ali urged Florida Muslims to go about their normal routines, but also 
cautioned the community to not let down its guard. He said that in 
recent 
months, his group has received several complaints of harassment and 
discrimination against Florida Muslims.

"We commend the members of Florida's law enforcement community for 
their 
professional work in averting what could have been a deadly attack. We 
also 
thank the judge in this case for handing Goldstein the maximum sentence 
allowed under the law," said CAIR-FL Communications Director Ahmed 
Bedier.

Bedier reminded Muslims to download the "Muslim Community Safety Kit" 
from 
CAIR-FL's website: www.cair-florida.org

CAIR is America's largest Islamic civil liberties group. It is 
headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 16 regional offices 
nationwide 
and in Canada. Since its founding in 1994, CAIR has defended the civil 
and 
religious rights of all Americans.

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CONTACT: Altaf Ali, 954-298-8214, E-MAIL: altaf@cair-florida.org; Ahmed 
Bedier, 813-731-9506, E-MAIL: abedier@cair-florida.org

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  	- Positive Stories Sought for CAIR'S 'Washington Live'
  	- CAIR 'Islam in America' Ad Campaign
* PATRIOT ACT SPARKS NEW LEGISLATION (Summit Daily)
* NIGHTMARE WITHOUT END (Beacon Journal)
	- Don't Register, Go to Prison (Post-Gazette)
	- Jordanian Student Released (AP)
	- False Tips to FBI Uproot Lives of Suspects (NY Times)
* DOCTOR GETS 12½ YEARS FOR PLOT TARGETING MUSLIMS (Sun-Sentinel)
	- Doc Sentenced for Plan to Attack on Islamic Center (AP)
* CONCERN FOR PATRIOT ACT SPARKS NEW LEGISLATION (Summit Daily)
* GOD CHALLENGING SOUTHERN BAPTISTS TO REACH MUSLIMS (BP News)
* US TROOPS 'SHOOT CIVILIANS' (Evening Standard)
	- U.S. Troops Frustrated With Role in Iraq (Wash. Post)
	- Iraqis Were Set to Vote but U.S. Wielded Veto (NY Times)
* MILITARY ACTION ON IRAN AN OPTION - U.S. OFFICIAL (Reuters)
* AL-ARIAN DENIED PHONE CALLS FOR 6 MONTHS
	- With Quiet Resolve, She Fights for Father (St. Pete Times)
* MICHIGAN MUSLIMS PLAN MEIJER DEMO
* 'LISTENING TO ISLAM' PROMOTES INTERFAITH UNDERSTANDING (Hallmark)

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HADITH OF THE DAYS: THE PROPHET'S SUPPLICATION

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) used to offer the following 
supplication to God:

"O God, by Thy knowledge of the unseen and Thy power to create, grant 
me 
life as long as thou knowest life to be best for me, and take me when 
thou 
knowest death to be best for me. O God, I ask Thee for fear (and love) 
of 
Thee both within my secret heart and openly. I ask Thee for the word of 
truth in pleasure and anger; I ask Thee for moderation both in poverty 
and 
riches; I ask Thee for felicity which does not pass away. I ask Thee 
for 
comfort which is not cut off. I ask Thee for satisfaction with what is 
decreed. I ask Thee for a pleasant life after death. I ask Thee for the 
pleasure of looking at Thy face, and longing to meet Thee in a state in 
which distress does not cause harm or testing lead astray. O God, 
beautify 
us with the adornment of faith, and make us (among those) who are 
rightly 
guided."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 788

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 6091 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's library project has received 6091 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Our 
goal is to send accurate and objective information about Islam to 
America's 
16,000 public libraries.

"We appreciate this very generous donation.  We would have liked to 
purchase some of these books but couldn't afford them." - Sudbury, VT

GO TO: www.libraryproject.org

SEE ALSO:

CAIR'S 'WASHINGTON LIVE' SATELLITE TALK SHOW

CAIR is airing a new satellite talk show dealing with issues of concern 
to 
the North American Muslim and Arab communities. The weekly hour-long 
program, called "Washington Live," is broadcast IN ENGLISH out of the 
nation's capital to North American and worldwide by the ART satellite 
network. (SEE: http://www.art-tv.net/arabic/) It will air every Tuesday 
at 
8 p.m. (Eastern) and is available in the United States through the Dish 
Network, on cable and by satellite in other parts of the world.

TO SIGN UP FOR THE DISH NETWORK SERVICE, GO TO:
http://www.dishnetwork.com/content/programming/international/packages/arabic/index.shtml 


CAIR is also looking for positive feature stories to air on our show. 
If 
you, or any you know, are making positive contributions to our society 
either in a political, religious-cultural, or social way, please 
contact 
Rabiah Ahmed at rahmed@cair-net.org.

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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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CONCERN FOR PATRIOT ACT SPARKS NEW LEGISLATION IN CONGRESS
Ryan Slabaugh, Summit Daily, 6/20/03
http://www.summitdaily.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20030620/NEWS/306200102

As U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft prepares his Domestic Security 
Enhancement Act of 2003, or Patriot Act II, the impacts of the initial 
Patriot Act are still being debated in Congress.

The American Library Association (ALA), along with groups such as the 
American Civil Liberties Union, have teamed with senators and 
representatives in hopes of limiting a law enforcement agency's ability 
to 
"manipulate the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution," said Lynne 
Bradley, 
director of the American Library Association's government relations...

Four bills are being introduced and sponsored by 114 congressmen, 
including 
U.S. Rep. Mark Udall, D-Colo., who represents Summit County and the 2nd 
District.

The first, the Freedom to Read Protection Act of 2003, amends FISA by 
requiring the attorney general to "fully inform the appropriate 
congressional committees" about the requests for intelligence orders, 
and 
to analyze the effectiveness of each application of the Patriot Act 
against 
terrorism.

The second, the Domestic Surveillance Oversight Act of 2003, requires 
more 
reporting regarding investigations that use library records. One of the 
major complaints about the Patriot Act, coming from civil libertarians 
and 
Congress, has been the lack of a paper trail in holding detainees and 
terrorist suspects.

The third, the Library and Bookseller Protection Act, also deals with 
more 
reporting of issues dealing with the requests of information from 
booksellers or librarians...

The final act, the Surveillance Oversight and Disclosure Act of 2003, 
is a 
call to a return to pre-Patriot Act laws that require more than a hunch 
that a suspect is an agent of a foreign power as a basis for requesting 
information...

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NIGHTMARE WITHOUT END
Carl Chancellor, Beacon Journal, 6/20/03
http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/news/6130630.htm

KENT - The last seven months have been a nightmare for Michele Swenson 
-- a 
bad dream that just seems to keep getting worse.

The world of this Kent mother of three began to unravel when her 
husband, 
Ashraf Al-Jailani, 39, a permanent legal resident from Yemen, was 
arrested 
in October, in part because of FBI suspicions that he is a Muslim 
extremist 
with ties to alleged terrorists…

Al-Jailani, currently being held in a Pennsylvania prison, has been 
behind 
bars since his arrest. But he has never been formally charged -- a 
situation thousands of Arabs and Middle Easterners have found 
themselves in 
since 9/11.

Mary Troutman, the FBI's senior resident agent in Akron, confirmed that 
Al-Jailani had not yet been charged, but declined to comment further 
because of the active nature of the case.

Without Al-Jailani's income and lacking family or friends nearby, the 
family soon became destitute. And the American-born Swenson -- she and 
her 
husband met in Japan as exchange students -- found herself suffering 
from 
depression.

A concerned doctor who had been treating her felt her condition was 
worsening and ordered her hospitalized on June 2. That same evening, 
Kent 
police came to take her to St. Thomas Hospital. Arriving with the 
police 
were Portage County social workers, who took custody of the couple's 
children -- Amina, 6, Layla, 4, and Sami, 4...

Last March an immigration judge concluded that the FBI had failed to 
present enough evidence to continue to hold Al-Jailani. The judge 
ordered 
that he be released on a $1,500 bond. However, federal officials 
blocked 
the order and continue to allege that Al-Jailani is a Muslim extremist 
and 
therefore a national security threat…

SEE ALSO:

DON'T REGISTER, GO TO PRISON
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 6/19/03
http://www.post-gazette.com/forum/20030619edstudent0619p1.asp

There is a fine line between homeland security and homegrown paranoia, 
between reasonable security measures and unreasonable overreaction, 
between 
protecting America's way of life and compromising it. Such distinctions 
collided in the case of Abdelqader K. Abu-Snaineh, a 21-year-old 
Jordanian 
student at La Roche College, who was sent to prison for what in normal 
times might be forgiven as a simple oversight.

Mr. Abu-Snaineh did not meet an April 25 deadline for registering with 
immigration authorities, which, post-Sept. 11, 2001, is required of 
thousands of foreign visitors to this country, many of them Muslim. He 
should have done so, no argument.

But tardiness is one thing and a threat to the republic is another. In 
this 
case, the young man realized his mistake and asked a school official 
what 
he should do. La Roche says it told immigration officials of his status 
in 
the process of seeking guidance.

In the circumstances, a governmental response was reasonable, but the 
nature of the action raised questions. If this was an honest oversight, 
should it have been punished with immediate imprisonment? That seemed 
absurd, and eventually the government agreed...

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JORDANIAN STUDENT RELEASED
Todd Spangler, AP, 6/19/03
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=8394490&BRD=2212&PAG=461&dept_id=465812&rfi=6

PITTSBURGH - A Jordanian college student accused of failing to register 
with federal authorities before a deadline expired was released 
Wednesday 
after being detained for more than a week, an immigration official 
said.

George Hess, interim director of the federal Bureau of Immigration and 
Customs Enforcement's Pittsburgh office, said Abdel Qader Abu-Snaineh, 
a 
21-year-old student at La Roche College, was released from federal 
detention in York after $1,500 bail was posted on his behalf.

He still faces possible deportation on the charge, Hess said.

Although Abu-Snaineh had been held for a week without bail, it was 
abruptly 
set Tuesday by the agency with no explanation. Before bail was set, it 
was 
believed the student would only be released if bail was set by an 
immigration judge.

Hess refused to comment on why the federal agency set bail for 
Abu-Snaineh. 
The $1,500 bail was paid by La Roche College, and Ken Service, vice 
president for institutional relations at the school, said a bus ticket 
was 
sent to York to bring the student back to Pittsburgh...

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FALSE TERRORISM TIPS TO F.B.I. UPROOT THE LIVES OF SUSPECTS
Michael Moss, New York Times, 6/19/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/19/national/19TIP.html

One evening in late April, the F.B.I. chief in Indiana, Thomas V. 
Fuentes, 
went to a crowded basement in an Evansville mosque to ask for help in 
the 
fight against terrorism. Some 100 Muslims listened politely.

Then the wife of a local restaurateur spoke up to tell him what had 
happened the last time agents came calling, shortly after the Sept. 11 
terrorist attacks. On a tip, her husband, Tarek Albasti, and eight 
other 
men were rounded up, shackled, paraded in front of a newspaper 
photographer 
and jailed for a week. The tip turned out to be false.

But four of the men were then listed in a national crime registry as 
having 
been accused of terrorism, even though they were never charged, as the 
F.B.I. later conceded. The branding prevented them from flying, renting 
apartments and landing jobs.

"People were crying as she describes this," Mr. Fuentes recalled. "And 
at 
the end, she says, 'My husband was released, and in 19 months nobody 
has 
ever said, I'm sorry about what happened.' "

Mr. Fuentes did more than apologize. Last week, at his behest, a 
federal 
judge ordered that the men's names be erased from all federal crime 
records.

The unusual public move to clear the Evansville men of suspicion comes 
after several terrorism cases collapsed because they were based on tips 
that proved wrong...

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DOCTOR GETS 12½ YEARS FOR BOMB PLOT TARGETING MUSLIMS AROUND FLA.
Tanya Weinberg, Sun-Sentinel, 6/20/03
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/florida/sfl-cterror20jun20,0,7174780.story

A Pinellas County podiatrist who amassed weapons and a list of 50 
Islamic 
centers throughout Florida was sentenced on Thursday to 121/2 years for 
plotting to bomb a mosque in retaliation for the Sept. 11 attacks and 
ongoing suicide bombings in Israel.

In his plea agreement, Robert Goldstein, 38, acknowledged telling a 
co-conspirator he "wanted to do something for his people," by which he 
meant Jews. In court on Thursday he tearfully apologized to the Muslim 
community, saying mental illness had left him "in a very dark place, 
and in 
pain in my mind and soul."

U.S. District Judge James S. Moody gave the maximum term under federal 
sentencing guidelines, noting "the seriousness of the offense and fear 
it 
struck in the community." He said he would recommend Goldstein serve 
his 
time at a federal mental hospital.

Goldstein was arrested in August after his then-wife became concerned 
he 
was acting unstable. At Goldstein's home, Pinellas County sheriff's 
deputies discovered light-armor rockets, hand grenades, machine guns, 
sniper rifles, more than 30 homemade bombs and 25,000 rounds of 
ammunition. 
Authorities soon found the list of mosques, a meticulous plan of attack 
and 
the stated objective: "Kill all `rags' at this Islamic Education Center 
-- 
ZERO residual presence -- maximum effect..."

The Council on American-Islamic Relations has complained that the plea 
deal 
eliminated a trial that could have shed light on a larger conspiracy 
behind 
the plot. Ahmed Bedier, who attends the Pinellas County mosque and 
whose 
son loves to climb the monkey bars in the playground Goldstein included 
in 
his diagram for attack, said the plot left his community terrorized.

"People go to the mosque or houses of worship to turn to God and for 
peace 
of mind," he said. "It's difficult to have those feelings when you have 
this in the back of your mind."

SEE ALSO:

PODIATRIST GETS 12 1/2 YEARS IN PLANNED ATTACK ON ISLAMIC CENTER
Mitch Stacy, AP, 6/19/03
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/content/news/0619mosque.html

TAMPA, Fla. - A Pinellas County podiatrist apologized to the Muslim 
community Thursday before a judge sentenced him to the maximum 12 1/2 
years 
in prison for building bombs and planning an attack on a neighborhood 
Islamic cultural center...

Dressed in an orange jail outfit, Goldstein stood in court Thursday and 
tearfully begged forgiveness from local Muslims, blaming the crimes on 
his 
severe mental illness. He said that when authorities foiled his plot 
last 
year, "I was in a very dark place, and in pain in my mind and soul."

"I was so lost at the time, but I take responsibility for what I have 
done," he said.

But Ahmed Bedier, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
and a worshipper at the Islamic center, called Goldstein a "terrorist" 
and 
said the sentence was too lenient.

"Had the situation been reversed and it was a Muslim planning the 
attacks, 
we don't know if we would ever see them again," Bedier said...

Goldstein's sentencing comes nearly a week after his ex-wife, Kristi 
Lee 
Persinger, was sentenced to three years in prison as his accomplice. 
She 
pleaded guilty to possessing five bombs that were found in her bedroom 
closet.

Temple Terrace dentist Michael Hardee, a family friend who agreed to 
drive 
Goldstein to the Islamic center for the attack, pleaded guilty to 
federal 
conspiracy charges and was sentenced to 41 months.

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GOD CHALLENGING SOUTHERN BAPTISTS TO REACH MUSLIM WORLD, RANKIN SAYS
Mark Kelly, BP News, 6/19/03,
http://www.sbcbaptistpress.org/bpnews.asp?ID=16156

PHOENIX - God is moving in amazing power all over the world, and the 
question is whether Southern Baptists will rise to the extraordinary 
opportunities He is giving to bless the nations, International Mission 
Board President Jerry Rankin told messengers to the Southern Baptist 
Convention June 18.

"We have rejoiced in the last decade to see a mighty outpouring of 
God's 
Spirit across Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union and China, in 
places we would never have imagined sending missionaries," Rankin said. 
"A 
phenomenal harvest is emerging with thousands of churches being 
planted. 
Researchers tell us that as many as 30,000 new believers a day are 
coming 
to faith in Jesus Christ in China."

Even in the Muslim world, where multitudes of isolated people groups 
have 
never heard the name of Jesus, God is breaking down barriers to the 
good 
news of His love, Rankin said...

Rankin cited Iraq as a case in point, introducing a Baptist worker who 
had 
flown directly to Phoenix from Baghdad, where IMB workers and 
volunteers 
are launching post-war relief efforts.

The worker told the assembly he was deeply concerned whether Southern 
Baptists would "run toward" the opportunity God is giving them in Iraq 
and 
the Muslim world.

He told about an Islamic terrorist who had a vision of a great light 
while 
listening to a radio broadcast. In his vision, he was carried up into 
the 
light, and a voice told him to "follow the prayer." When the vision 
faded, 
a sermon on the Lord's Prayer was on the radio.

Today the former terrorist is a pastor of a small house church in a 
Muslim 
nation, bringing people to Christ, the worker said...

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US TROOPS 'SHOOT CIVILIANS'
Bob Graham, Evening Standard, 6/19/03
http://www.thisislondon.com/news/articles/5401680?source=Evening%20Standard

American soldiers in Iraq today make the astonishing admission that 
they 
regularly kill civilians.

In a series of disturbing interviews which throws light on the chaos 
gripping the country, GIs also confess to leaving wounded Iraqi 
fighters to 
die, and even to shooting injured enemy soldiers. They say they are 
frequently confronted by fighters dressed as civilians, including 
women.

Their response is often to shoot first and ask questions later, even 
when 
it means killing genuine civilians. Yesterday, US troops killed at 
least 
one man and injured three others during a demonstration in Baghdad by 
former Iraqi soldiers protesting at not being paid for two months. US 
troops first fired into the air and then into the crowd after the 
demonstrators began throwing stones and bricks.

In the worsening cycle of violence, American tactics like these are 
feeding 
the resentment of many Iraqis who object to the occupation of their 
country. US troops are facing a growing number of hit and run guerrilla 
attacks and more than 40 soldiers have been killed since George Bush 
declared the war over seven weeks ago...

ALSO SEE:

U.S. TROOPS FRUSTRATED WITH ROLE IN IRAQ
Daniel Williams and Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Washington Post, 6/20/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A14492-2003Jun19.html

BAGHDAD - Facing daily assaults from a well-armed resistance, U.S. 
troops 
in volatile central Iraq say they are growing frustrated and 
disillusioned 
with their role as postwar peacekeepers.

In conversations in a half-dozen towns across central Iraq, soldiers 
complained that they have been insufficiently equipped for peacekeeping 
and 
too thinly deployed in areas where they are under attack from fighters 
evidently loyal to deposed president Saddam Hussein. Others questioned 
whether the armed opposition to the U.S. presence in Iraq may be deeper 
and 
more organized than military commanders have acknowledged.

"What are we getting into here?" asked a sergeant with the U.S. Army's 
4th 
Infantry Division who is stationed near Baqubah, a city 30 miles 
northeast 
of Baghdad. "The war is supposed to be over, but every day we hear of 
another soldier getting killed. Is it worth it? Saddam isn't in power 
anymore. The locals want us to leave. Why are we still here?"

Today, a soldier from the 804th Medical Brigade was killed when a 
rocket-propelled grenade struck a military ambulance carrying a soldier 
wounded in another incident, said Capt. John Morgan, a military 
spokesman 
here. The attack, about 20 miles south of Baghdad, produced the third 
U.S. 
fatality from hostile fire in four days. Two other soldiers were 
wounded in 
today's ambush...

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IRAQIS WERE SET TO VOTE, BUT U.S. WIELDED A VETO
David Rohde, New York Times, 6/19/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/19/international/worldspecial/19NAJA.html

AJAF, Iraq - American marines had built makeshift wooden ballot boxes. 
An 
Army reserve unit from Green Bay, Wis., had conducted a voter 
registration 
drive. And Iraqi political candidates had blanketed the city with 
colorful 
fliers outlining their election platforms - restore electricity, 
rehabilitate the old quarter, repave roads.

But last week, L. Paul Bremer III, the head of the American military 
occupation in Iraq, unilaterally canceled what American officials here 
said 
would have been the first such election in Iraq since the fall of 
Saddam 
Hussein. Overruling the local American military commander, Mr. Bremer 
decreed that conditions in Najaf were not appropriate for an election.

Several days later, American marines stormed the offices of an obscure 
local political party here, arrested four members and jailed them for 
four 
days. The offense, the Americans said, was a violation of a new edict 
by 
Mr. Bremer that makes it illegal to incite violence against forces 
occupying Iraq.

Mohammed Abdul Hadi, an official in the party, the Supreme Council for 
the 
Liberation of Iraq, accused the United States of a double standard.

"Why do you apply these constraints on us in Iraq," he said, "and they 
are 
not being applied by the American government on Americans?"

The events here exposed an uncomfortable truth of the American 
occupation. 
For now, American officials are barring direct elections in Iraq and 
limiting free speech, two of the very ideals the United States has 
promised 
to Iraqis. American officials have said it may take up to two years for 
an 
elected Iraqi government to take over the country...

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MILITARY ACTION ON IRAN AN OPTION - U.S. OFFICIAL
Reuters, 6/20/03

LONDON- The United States reserves the right to take military action to 
stop Iran developing nuclear weapons, a leading member of President 
George 
W. Bush's administration said on Friday.

"It has to be an option," John Bolton, under secretary of state for 
arms 
control and international security, told BBC radio when pressed on the 
issue.

But he stressed that it was one among an array of possibilities and 
relatively low down the agenda.

"The president has repeatedly said that all options are on the table, 
but 
that is not only not our preference it is far, far from our minds," 
Bolton 
said.

The United States has steadily ratcheted up the pressure on Iran, which 
with Russian help is building a nuclear power station, to abide by the 
nuclear non-proliferation treaty and sign a new protocol that would 
allow 
snap inspections.

Washington, which suspects that Tehran is trying to develop a secret 
nuclear arms programme, insists the plant could be used to produce 
weapons-grade material.

Nuclear watchdog the International Atomic Energy Agency on Thursday 
criticised Iran's failure to comply with agreements designed to prevent 
the 
use of civilian nuclear resources to make atomic weapons.

But its statement fell short of the damning resolution Washington had 
hoped 
for.

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Tampa Bay Coalition for Justice and Peace Action Alert

AL-ARIAN DENIED PHONE CALLS FOR 6 MONTHS

At a hearing at Coleman Federal Penitentiary yesterday, prison 
officials 
deprived Dr. Sami Al-Arian of phone calls to family and friends for a 
period of six months. Officials said Dr. Al-Arian was being punished 
because his wife connected him by telephone to his eldest son in 
London. 
Although Dr. Al-Arian was allowed to engage in three-way conversations 
at 
Orient Road Jail, where pre-trial detainees in Tampa are held, at 
Coleman 
Federal Penitentiary, he is treated worse than convicted felons who 
have 
more freedom and privileges.

This development is the latest in a series of steps taken by prison 
officials to psychologically torture Dr. Al-Arian and cause him to lose 
touch with the outside world. In addition to depriving him of telephone 
conversations with his family, officials have denied Dr. Al-Arian 
access to 
a watch, and they have also removed all clocks from his vicinity. This 
impedes Dr. Al-Arian's ability to determine prayer times, making it 
difficult for him to perform his religious duties.

Clearly, the excessively harsh and punitive conditions in which Dr. 
Al-Arian has been placed are designed to deprive him of any conception 
of 
space and time...

Nahla Al-Arian, Dr. Al-Arian's wife, said: "This decision is not only 
affecting Sami, but it's also affecting the children. It's enough that 
he 
already was given very limited phone access- one call a month. We're 
constantly worried about him as it is, and now we can't even know if 
he's 
alive or otherwise unless we visit. If we don't visit, we won't know 
anything about him. This is inhumane. This is not America, where 
people's 
rights are protected. This is torture..."

ACTION ALERT:

Please act IMMEDIATELY to end these atrocious conditions.

Contacts to write, call, fax and phone:

1. Judge Thomas B. McCoun III, U.S. District Court, 801 North Florida
Ave., Tampa, FL 33602

Ask the judge why Al-Arian has not received permission to defend 
himself. 
Ask him about Al-Arian's due process rights and inhumane treatment and 
ask 
that he be moved closer to family and lawyers.

2. Donald McKelvy, Warden, U.S. Penitentiary, PO Box 1023, Coleman,
FL 33521 352-689-3003; fax: 352-689-3003

3. Harley G. Lappin, Director, U.S. Bureau of Prisons, 320 First 
Street, 
N.W., Washington, D.C. 20534; 202-307-3250; fax: 202-514-6878

Ask why Al-Arian is in solitary, frequently strip-searched and denied 
phone 
calls for six months. Ask why he has only limited access to the law 
library 
and why there are no reference materials he needs to prepare his case. 
Ask 
why he cannot obtain pencils. If he is not convicted of a crime, should 
he 
be in Coleman?

3. Write, email or call your Senators and U.S. Representative

Ask them why Al-Arian is being inhumanely treated at Coleman and why he 
is 
being denied reasonable access to telephone, lawyers and family in 
preparing for his trial.

FLORIDA:

--Senator Bob Graham: 850.907.1110; fax: 850.894.3222
--Bill Nelson: 888.671.4091; fax: 407.872.7165 attn; Celeste
--U.S. Rep Jim Davis: 888.266.0205; fax: 727.867.5302 or 813.354.9514
--U.S. Mike Bilirakis: 727.441.3721; fax: 727.442.8180
--U.S. Rep Bill Young 727.893.3191; fax: 202.225.9764

4. Contact the following and ask them to help:

Human Rights Watch, 350 Fifth Ave., 34th Floor, New York, NY 10118
hrwnyc@hrw.orghrwnyc@hrw.org; Center for Constitutional Rights: PH; 
212-614-6464; fax: 212.614.6499; info@ccr.ny.org; Amnesty Int'l, 
Atlanta 
attn: Derriel Kayongo dkayongo@aiusa.org

5. Dr. Al-Arian needs financial assistance. Please contribute to his 
defense fund by mailing a check to:

National Liberty Fund:
P.O. Box 22580
Alexandria, Virginia 22304

ALSO SEE:

WITH QUIET RESOLVE, SHE FIGHTS FOR FATHER
Mary Jo Melone, St. Petersburg Times, 6/19/03
http://www.sptimes.com/2003/06/19/Columns/With_quiet_resolve__s.shtml

Leena is a sophomore at USF. You would probably not notice her around 
the 
Tampa campus except as another of those Muslim girls in a hijab, the 
traditional headcovering that manages to not just cover her hair but 
also 
disguise her looks.

At home, in her family's apartment, you see the rest of her, the 
unveiled 
Leena. The only thing that gives away her age is the mouthful of 
braces. 
She has an oval face, dark brown hair pulled sternly back, brown eyes 
and 
an almost scholarly look. Here she is, the girl with the infamous name.

Al-Arian.

As in the alleged supporter of Palestinian terrorism, Al-Arian. The 
under 
massive federal indictment Al-Arian.

Around USF, where he taught, the mere mention of Sami Al-Arian's name 
supposedly all but sets off grenades. If that was the case, you'd 
expect 
his daughter would have suffered some...

You can reach Mary Jo Melone at mjmelone@sptimes.com or at 226-3402.

ACTION:

1- Please contact Mary Jo Melone and thank her for her column.
2- Please email letters@sptimes.com and commend the St. Petersburg 
Times 
for publishing this column.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: tampabayjustice@yahoo.com

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MICHIGAN MUSLIMS PLAN MEIJER DEMO

WHAT: The Arab-American Civil Rights Association is planning a march in 
front of Meijer in Westland, Mich. The march is being supported by many 
Area Mosques and is being organized by the Arab American Civil Rights 
Association. Imad Chammout, a long time community activist is taking 
the 
lead in this March. Imad has been organizing Protests in the Arab 
American 
community for over 20 years. He has a record of bringing up to 10,000 
Protestors to events.

It is alleged that a Meijer cashier refused to provide service to two 
Arab 
men. The cashier allegedly stated, You Arabs get out of here, we don't 
want 
to serve you guys, we don't have to serve you. Go back to your 
country...Dirty Arabs. To add insult to injury, a Meijer spokesman was 
quoted as saying, "Our team member didn't do anything wrong."  Below is 
more details:

WHERE: In front of Meijer, 37201 Warren Rd., Westland, Michigan

WHEN: Sunday, June 22, 2003 at 5 p.m.

CONTACT: (313) 443-0303

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'LISTENING TO ISLAM' LOOKS TO PROMOTE INTERFAITH UNDERSTANDING
Hallmark Channel broadcast allows viewers to hear directly from 
Muslim-Americans

NEW YORK, June 16 - "Why do Muslims hate Americans?" Listening to 
Islam, an 
original television production, asks a cross-section of Muslim-American 
young professionals and scholars to answer this and other compelling 
questions posed by average Americans.  The program, a rare opportunity 
to 
hear moderate voices of the Islamic community, airs on Sunday, June 
22nd at 
12 Noon ET/PT on Hallmark Channel, is presented by Faith & Values Media 
and 
will air in the time slot normally occupied by Faith & Values' weekly 
series The World of Faith & Values...

SEE: www.LiseningToIslam.org

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 6/23/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: SEEK HELP FROM GOD
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 6127 SPONSORSHIPS
  	- Positive Stories Sought for CAIR'S 'Washington Live'
  	- CAIR 'Islam in America' Ad Campaign
* CHILDREN'S BOOK FILLS VOID FOR MUSLIM YOUTH (Columbus Dispatch)
* BLOOM AREA CHOSEN TO HOST MUSLIM PUPILS (Press Enterprise)
	- Seminar Stresses Muslim Awareness (Blade)
	- Conference on Realities of Marriage, Family (Blade)
  	- Muslim Women Organize Topical Conference (Sun Sentinel)
* ICNA CONVENTION COMING TO PHILADELPHIA (AP)
* WIFE SAYS FBI AGENTS SEIZED SAUDI HUSBAND (AP)
	- Recovery Slow for Former Detainee (Chicago Tribune)
* PATRIOT ACT STIRS FEARS FOR PRIVACY (New Haven Register)
* ADJUSTMENT DIFFICULT FOR AREA MUSLIMS (News Herald)
	- Cultural tolerance urged (News Herald)
	- Schwartz Writes to Incite, not Inform (NY Post)
* ISRAEL VOWS TO BUILD SETTLEMENTS (Independent)
	- Soldier Made Woman Drink Cleaning Fluid-Court (Reuters)
	- Israeli Wall Stirs Ghetto Comparison (St. Pete Times)
	- Campaign to Criminalize Criticism of Israel (Antiwar.com)
* MISSIONARIES UNDER COVER (Time)
	- Troops Smash Open Homes (Reuters)
	- Iraqi Shiite Leader Uneasy With U.S. Role (Wash. Post)
* THE MINARET OF FREEDOM INSTITUTE'S FIFTH ANNUAL DINNER

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HADITH OF THE DAY: SEEK HELP FROM GOD

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Seek help from God and 
do 
not lose heart. And if anything (in the form of trouble) comes to you, 
don't say, 'If I had not done (something differently), (the troubles) 
would 
not have happened,' but (instead) say, 'God did that what He had 
ordained 
to do.' Your 'if' opens the (gate for Satan.)"

Sahih Muslim, Hadith 1227

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 6127 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's library project has received 6127 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Our 
goal is to send accurate and objective information about Islam to 
America's 
16,000 public libraries.

Comments from libraries that have sponsored the package:

"Thank you for your donation of materials that will greatly enhance our 
collection for our community." - Cape Girardeu, MO

"These are very good quality materials.  We probably don't have many 
things 
about Islam.  I hope they will help increase understanding."  - 
Hopkins, IL

GO TO: www.libraryproject.org

SEE ALSO:

CAIR'S 'WASHINGTON LIVE' SATELLITE TALK SHOW

CAIR is airing a new satellite talk show dealing with issues of concern 
to 
the North American Muslim and Arab communities. The weekly hour-long 
program, called "Washington Live," is broadcast IN ENGLISH out of the 
nation's capital to North American and worldwide by the ART satellite 
network. (SEE: http://www.art-tv.net/arabic/) It will air every Tuesday 
at 
8 p.m. (Eastern) and is available in the United States through the Dish 
Network, on cable and by satellite in other parts of the world. This 
week's 
show will look at the Goldstein bomb plot case and the Patriot Act II.

TO SIGN UP FOR THE DISH NETWORK SERVICE, GO TO:
http://www.dishnetwork.com/content/programming/international/packages/arabic/index.shtml 


CAIR is also looking for positive feature stories to air on our show. 
If 
you, or any you know, are making positive contributions to our society 
either in a political, religious-cultural, or social way, please 
contact 
Rabiah Ahmed at rahmed@cair-net.org.

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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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DOCTOR HOPES CHILDREN'S BOOK FILLS VOID FOR MUSLIM YOUTHS
Sherri Williams, Columbus Dispatch, 6/23/03
http://libpub.dispatch.com/cgi-bin/documentv1?DBLIST=cd03&DOCNUM=27272

When she looked for books that were relevant to Muslim children in 
America, 
Dr. Asma Mobin-Uddin grew frustrated with stereotypical stories of 
sultans 
and camels set in the scorching desert.

So Mobin-Uddin, a Dublin resident with three young children to nurture, 
stopped looking and started writing.

While taking a break from her pediatrics practice to raise her 
children, 
she wrote two manuscripts and sent them to publishers in April 2001. 
Her 
first book, My Name is Bilal, explores the struggle of a Muslim 
elementary-school student who hides his religion in order to be 
accepted by 
classmates. Bilal tells his school friends to call him Bill and avoids 
his 
sister, who wears the traditional hijab headdress.

"It's a struggle that a lot of Muslim kids experience,'' said the 
36-year-old Mobin-Uddin, who attended medical school at Ohio State 
University.

"They live one life at home and one life at school.''

Bilal grows to appreciate his religious background after learning more 
about Islam and the man for whom he was named -- a Muslim who was 
persecuted for his religion but survived to make the first Muslim call 
to 
prayer.

The book, Mobin-Uddin said, is intended to teach children not to be 
ashamed 
of their differences.

"They should realize they are different than other kids, but come to 
cherish what makes them special,'' she said...

Mobin-Uddin's commitment to shattering stereotypes about Islam doesn't 
stop 
with children. She helped establish the Ohio chapter of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations in 1998...

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BLOOM AREA CHOSEN TO HOST MUSLIM PUPILS
Michael Reich, Press Enterprise, 6/23/03
http://www.pressenterpriseonline.com/cgi-bin/liveique.acgi$rec=32569

BLOOMSBURG - Bloomsburg has been selected as one of just five pilot 
sites 
for a new U.S. State Department student exchange program that will 
bring 
kids here from countries with large Muslim populations.

The Partnership for Learning Youth Exchange and Study program (P4L YES) 
was 
sparked by the events of Sept. 11.

The hope is that the exchange can eliminate the unfavorable views some 
in 
Muslim cultures have of America and its people.

Slated to come to Bloomsburg in August are three 15- to-17-year-olds -- 
Poetry, a knowledgeable young lady from Indonesia; Dilan, a singing, 
theater and violin lover from Turkey; and Mohamad of Egypt.

Wenda Hartzell, a Program of Academic Exchange (PAX) field 
representative 
from Orange Township, says her group was selected by the government as 
one 
of only a few to administer the $10 million P4L YES initiative.

Hartzell says the three kids coming to Bloomsburg are all excellent 
English 
speakers and exceptional students.

ALSO SEE:

SEMINAR STRESSES MUSLIM AWARENESS
Luke Shockman, Toledo Blade, 6/21/03
http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20030621/NEWS10/106210173

Aneesah Nadir said it's no wonder many Muslims are afraid to seek 
counseling services, given the stereotypes many non-Muslim counselors 
have 
about Islam.

Many non-Muslims, for example, assume incorrectly that Islam teaches 
that 
women are inferior to men. So if a Muslim woman complains of spousal 
abuse, 
it's because of religious teachings.

"The misconception is it's inherent in the faith, and it couldn't be 
that 
[the husband] is just a crazy dude" in cases of spousal abuse, said Ms. 
Nadir, president of the U.S. Islamic Social Services Association.

Spousal abuse, she said, "has nothing to do with the faith. Some people 
just do dumb things."

It's messages like that that Ms. Nadir and other Muslim speakers were 
trying to stress to about 150 non-Muslim counselors, psychologists, and 
others who gathered yesterday for a seminar at the Islamic Center of 
Greater Toledo in Perrysburg Township.

The seminar was part of a multiday conference at the Islamic Center...

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NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON REALITIES OF MARRIAGE, FAMILY
Blade, 6/21/03
http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/artikkel?SearchID=73138938610965&Avis=TO&Dato=20030621&Kategori=NEWS10&Lopenr=106210016&Ref=AR

American Muslims have been successful in building mosques and 
establishing 
Islamic schools, but they have yet to develop social services for 
members 
of their faith, according to Aneesah Nadir.

"Social services, as far as part of the Muslim community 
infrastructure, is 
still kind of young," said Ms. Nadir, of Mesa, Ariz., who is president 
of 
the Islamic Social Services Association of the United States and 
Canada. 
The organization is presenting its fourth annual conference, "Muslim 
Marriage and Family Life: In Theory and in Practice," this weekend  at 
the 
Islamic Center of Greater Toledo.

"We certainly need to have premarital and postmarital counseling
programs for young adults, but within the context of Islamic tradition 
and 
the Qur'anic text," she said. "We also need to address issues of 
immigration and to provide professional assistance from someone who's 
knowledgeable about Muslim traditions and etiquette..."

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MUSLIM WOMEN ORGANIZE TOPICAL CONFERENCE
James D. Davis, Sun-Sentinel, 6/21/03
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/religion/search/sfl-fvmuslimsjun21.story

If all Muslim women are oppressed, someone forgot to tell them in South 
Florida. Two groups of women have joined forces to organize a 
conference on 
Islamic issues this weekend at Nova Southeastern University.

And it has a hot-button title: "Islam: Contribution or Threat to 
American 
Society?" The women clearly don't intend to duck questions.

"We hope people will ask questions," says Irma Sulaiman of Delray 
Beach, 
one of the main organizers of the conference. "We hope that this will 
be 
the beginning of a dialogue. That it will foster trust."
The free event will run from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Nova 
Southeastern's east campus, 3100 SW Ninth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. 
Meeting 
place will be the Knight Alumni Hall, next to the School of Business.

One keynote speaker will be Ingrid Mattson, a professor of Islamic 
studies 
at Hartford Seminary and vice president of the Islamic Society of North 
America. The other keynote speaker will be Salwah Abd-Allah, director 
of 
the American Ijtihaad Institute in Boston...

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AMERICAN MUSLIM CONVENTION COMING TO PHILADELPHIA
Associated Press, 6/21/03
http://pennlive.com/newsflash/pa/index.ssf?/base/news-3/105620964896590.xml

PHILADELPHIA - A joint convention of the Islamic Circle of North 
America 
and the Muslim American Society will be held in Philadelphia over the 
Independence Day holiday and is expected to bring $16 million in 
revenue to 
the city, officials said.

Some 15,000 American Muslims are expected to attend events at the 
Pennsylvania Convention Center July 4-6. The organizations said they 
are 
coming to show their patriotism, celebrate the holiday and to make a 
statement about "the struggle for liberty and justice," their theme.

Events include a reading by Muslims of the Bill of Rights at the 
Liberty 
Bell on July 4.

"The whole convention will focus on what are American ideals, what are 
Islamic ideals, and how far America has really drifted away from these 
ideals," Talat Sultan, Islamic Circle's president, said Friday.

Muslims say Islam is the fastest growing religion in the United States, 
with six million members. Those coming to Philadelphia will be 
African-Americans, other American-born Muslims and those of Middle 
Eastern 
and South Asian descent...

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WIFE SAYS FBI AGENTS SEIZED SAUDI HUSBAND
Associated Press, 6/21/03

PHOENIX - A Saudi man who filed a lawsuit against America West Airlines 
for 
racial profiling has been taken into custody by the FBI.

Muhammad Al-Qudhai'een's wife, Mohdi, said FBI agents took her husband 
on 
June 13. Despite her repeated calls and questions, officials refuse to 
say 
why he's been taken into custody or where he is.

"Nobody's telling me nothing," the Tucson woman said through tears...

Federal authorities refused to comment about the case, The Arizona 
Republic 
reported.

Deedra Abboud of the Council on American Islamic Relations said she 
learned 
that agents acted on a Virginia complaint in taking the man into 
custody. 
It's unknown why or where he is being held.

Federal grand jurors in Virginia are investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, 
terrorist attacks.

Al-Qudhai'een is an acquaintance of Zakaria Soubra, an Arizona student 
who 
was named in a pre-Sept. 11 FBI memo written by Kenneth Williams, a 
Phoenix 
FBI agent...

Soubra said he doesn't have any connections to terrorists, doesn't know 
anything about the attacks and said the FBI had ruined his life...

ALSO SEE:

RECOVERY SLOW FOR FORMER DETAINEE; MAN STILL SHAKEN BY TERROR ARREST
Karen Mellen, Chicago Tribune, 6/23/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/north/chi-0306230166jun23,1,6837457.story

EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Tarek Albasti was working toward his childhood dream 
of 
becoming a pilot after he immigrated to the United States from Egypt to 
be 
with his American wife. But his goal was crushed when the FBI labeled 
him a 
terrorist in the sweeping investigation of Sept. 11.

Now Albasti, 31, says he has lost the nerve to fly, knowing that as an 
Arab 
he would immediately be suspected of wrongdoing should anything go 
wrong 
when he is behind the controls.

Albasti's name has been cleared: This month the federal government 
expunged 
the arrest records of Albasti and seven friends from Egypt, admitting 
they 
had false information when they took the men into custody in October 
2001 
as material witnesses to a terrorism plot.

It was the first time the government expunged the arrest files of 
anyone 
detained as part of the Sept. 11 investigation, U.S. Justice Department 
officials said. An FBI official also has apologized for the hasty 
arrests.

But 20 months later, sitting in his Italian restaurant in an Evansville 
strip mall, waiting and hoping for the dinner crowd to stream in, 
Albasti 
continues to struggle with the shame of being accused and the dread 
that 
something may happen again.

"As much as we appreciate the support, the whole thing was wrong to 
begin 
with," said Albasti, who is still shell-shocked about his arrest and 
notoriety...

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PATRIOT ACT STIRS FEARS FOR PRIVACY
Whitney Beckett, New Haven Register, 6/22/03
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=8512535&BRD=1281&PAG=461&dept_id=517515&rfi=6

Part of the reason why the Atticus Book Store-Café in downtown New 
Haven is 
successful is that owner Karl Ryan keeps track of what his customers 
like 
to read.

If a certain customer buys a lot of books from his store, Ryan can send 
the 
customer discount coupons.

But Ryan is considering scrapping that key part of his business. Why?

The USA Patriot Act.

The law - adopted in October 2001, less than a month after Sept. 11 in 
order to increase anti-terror intelligence - gives the federal 
government 
broad new abilities to track suspected terrorists. Most of the act 
covers 
expanded wiretaps, foreign intelligence gathering and Internet usage.

A small but controversial clause gives federal authorities the right to 
review records from libraries and bookstores. It also includes a "gag 
order," prohibiting workers from notifying those whose records are 
inquired 
about.

"Some bookstores have just stopped tracking what their customers buy," 
Ryan 
said.

"I might possibly do that just because I don't want to put myself in 
that 
situation" of being forced to turn over records...

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ADJUSTMENT DIFFICULT FOR AREA MUSLIMS
Amy E. Bowen, Marshfield News-Herald, 6/23/03
http://www.wisinfo.com/newsherald/mnhlocal/278308892293663.shtml

Muhammad Akmal Siddiqi remembers vividly driving into Marshfield for 
the 
first time a little more than a year ago.

Siddiqi had taken a job as a project scientist at the Marshfield Clinic 
Research Foundation, and he and his wife, Asma Zainab, and two children 
were moving from St. Louis, which has a large Muslim community.

"There were not very many surprises," Siddiqi said. "But by the time we 
got 
here, the sun was setting, it was like, 'Where are we?' There's no one 
on 
the roads, and we were the only people driving around."

As Muslims, the Siddiqis are not entirely alone in central Wisconsin. 
The 
area has a small but growing number of Muslims, said Dr. Qasim Raza, a 
hospitalist at Marsh-field Clinic, who moved to Marshfield in 2000.

But adjusting to a new culture in rural Wisconsin can be tricky, some 
area 
Muslims said...

ALSO SEE:

CULTURAL TOLERANCE URGED
MUSLIMS ENCOURAGED TO BUILD MOSQUE
Amy E. Bowen, News-Herald, 6/22/03
http://www.wisinfo.com/newsherald/mnhlocal/278100915729824.shtml

Members of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths who have joined 
together 
to advocate for tolerance of different cultures, races and religions 
say 
they are backing an effort by Muslims in Marshfield to build a mosque 
to 
serve north central Wisconsin.

Members of Marshfield Social Justice, which was formed several months 
ago 
after the Marshfield Public Library had a display that contended the 
Holocaust never happened, say it is important to defend the rights of 
all 
people of faith.

Rabbi Dan Danson of the Mount Sinai Congregation in Wausau is a member 
of 
the Marshfield Social Justice steering committee. He's confident that 
people in central Wisconsin will accept the mosque. But some people's 
anger 
about terror attacks on Americans by Muslims, the war on Iraq and 
ignorance 
about Islam might lead them to target all Muslims and the mosque.

"The community may embrace the mosque with open arms," Danson said. 
"But if 
questions are raised, then we will stand together. These are fellow 
Marshfield residents, and it's important to defend and support their 
right 
to religious freedom. When one group is threatened, all groups are 
threatened."
Earlier this year, a group of Marshfield Muslims announced they intend 
to 
build a mosque to serve central Wisconsin. Although plans are in the 
initial stages, a group of Muslim families in Marshfield regularly meet 
to 
discuss the plan, said Dr. Qasim Raza, who is spearheading the project.

Marshfield Social Justice is prepared to help the Muslim community in 
any 
way possible, said Dr. Jerry Goldberg of McMillan, who is Jewish and 
one of 
the group's founders. It could organize cultural events, provide 
information or fend off negative attacks, he said...

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SCHWARTZ WRITES TO INCITE, NOT INFORM
Jennifer Salan, NY Post, 6/22/03
http://www.nypost.com/postopinion/letters/1442.htm

Stephen Schwartz's recent op-ed ("Perfidious PR Push," June 18) was an 
inflammatory smear against the Arab American Institute (AAI) and its 
president, James Zogby.

It is true that Zogby spoke at a World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) 
press conference in Saudi Arabia but Schwartz ignores the fact that the 
US 
Embassy in Riyadh arranged Zogby's visit and appearance.

The goal of the visit was to show support for Americans working in 
Saudi 
Arabia and to support efforts to apprehend those responsible for 
attacks on 
Americans.

Instead of shying from the problem of extremism, he explained that 
Muslims 
must repudiate those who preach intolerance and hatred. Since this was 
reported in press accounts, why did Schwartz ignore it?

Schwartz's piece appears designed more to incite than to inform. He 
makes 
the flimsy claim that because Zogby said that AAI would look into the 
cases 
of Arab deportees, we should be investigated by the Justice Department 
as a 
"subversive" foreign agent. However AAI, like most American 
immigrant-rights groups, always looks into such matters to ensure due 
process...

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ISRAEL DEFIES ROAD-MAP AND VOWS TO BUILD SETTLEMENTS
Justin Huggler, Independent, 6/23/03
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=418044

Just as Colin Powell met with other members of the Middle East Quartet 
on 
the Jordanian shores of the Dead Sea yesterday to try to rescue the 
road-map peace plan, two unexpected moves from Israel have put the 
plan, 
backed by President George Bush, in more trouble.

First, there was the killing by Israeli special forces of Abdullah 
Kawasmeh, a senior member of the Palestinian militant group Hamas on 
Saturday night, which came soon after General Powell's talks with Ariel 
Sharon, the Israeli Prime Minister, on Friday, and despite intense 
pressure 
from the US on Israel to rein in its policy of assassinations to give 
the 
road-map a chance.

Israel said Kawasmeh was not assassinated, but was shot resisting 
arrest. A 
Palestinian witness said he was unarmed. The killing earned Israel a 
rebuke 
from General Powell, the US Secretary of State.

Then there were Mr Sharon's reported remarks to his cabinet yesterday, 
in 
which he was quoted as saying Israel should continue building in the 
occupied territories but keep quiet about it, even though the plan 
requires 
Israel to stop settlement-building.

Mr Sharon was said to have made the remarks during a stormy cabinet 
session. Israel's national infrastructure minister, Yosef Paritzky, 
came 
under attack from his cabinet colleagues for suggesting the government 
could move Jewish people living in settlements that have to be 
evacuated to 
underpopulated areas of Israel...

ALSO SEE:

ISRAEL SOLDIER MADE WOMAN DRINK CLEANING FLUID-COURT
Reuters, 6/22/03
http://famulus.msnbc.com/FamulusIntl/reuters06-22-162108.asp#body

JERUSALEM - The Israeli army has charged a female soldier with forcing 
a 
Palestinian woman at a checkpoint to drink the cleaning fluid she was 
carrying, a military spokesman said on Monday.

The military charge sheet said the incident occurred four months ago in 
the 
Gaza Strip when the soldier pointed her assault rifle at the 
Palestinian 
woman, shouted at her and demanded she drink from a bottle she was 
holding.

Military sources said the soldier was arrested over the incident, and 
that 
the Palestinian woman received treatment in a Gaza hospital.

Palestinian civilians have complained of hundreds of cases of abuse by 
soldiers at army checkpoints that have spread across Gaza and the West 
Bank 
since Palestinian militants began an uprising against occupation in 
September 2000.

Military sources said the case was among 35 lodged against soldiers 
during 
the uprising.

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ISRAEL'S BUILDING OF WALL STIRS GHETTO COMPARISON
Susan Taylor Martin, St. Petersburg Times, 6/22/03
http://www.sptimes.com/2003/06/22/Columns/Israel_s_building_of_.shtml

Among the most moving exhibits at Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust 
memorial, 
is the story of the Warsaw Ghetto. But black and white photos can only 
hint 
at the horror that began in 1940 when the Nazis erected a brick wall 
around 
the Jewish quarter of Warsaw, Poland, and condemned thousands of Jews 
to a 
terrible fate.

 From the somber halls of Yad Vashem, it's always a relief to step back 
into the sunlight and gaze from the Mount of Remembrance at the 
luminous 
city of Jerusalem spread out below. But another dark story is unfolding 
just a few miles away.

In the West Bank, contractors are building a 25-foot wall - twice as 
high 
as the one in Warsaw - as part of an elaborate barrier that eventually 
will 
stretch more than 200 miles and restrict Palestinian movement into 
Israel.

In Gaza, 1.2-million Palestinians have been sealed into a narrow strip 
of 
land, and may enter or leave only with Israeli permission.

It's a good bet more than a few visitors to Yad Vashem reflect on 
certain 
disturbing similarities between the notorious Warsaw Ghetto and what is 
transpiring in the Palestinian territories. But a British member of 
Parliament, whose mother is a Jew, dared put into words what others 
have 
only thought...

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THE NEW THOUGHT POLICE: THE CAMPAIGN TO CRIMINALIZE CRITICISM OF ISRAEL
Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com, 6/23/03
http://www.antiwar.com/justin/justincol.html

Last week, after Israeli targeted Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi - 
and, 
instead, got a woman passer-by and a three year-old child, while 27 
others 
were injured. - George W. Bush came out with some very mild criticism 
of 
Israel:

"I am troubled by the recent Israeli helicopter gunship attacks. I 
regret 
the loss of innocent life. I also don't believe that the attacks help 
Israeli security."

 From the hysterical reaction, one might have thought that he had 
uttered a 
blood libel, or suddenly taken to wearing a kaffiyeh. Such a commotion! 
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), reportedly strode into the 
Oval 
Office and threatened to push a resolution through Congress offering 
unconditional support to Sharon and implicitly rebuking the President.

God forbid the President of the United States should mourn the death of 
a 
three-year-old child whom the Israelis say was inadvertently killed. 
That 
this troubles him troubles DeLay - and that is more than a little 
troubling. I mean, what are we talking about here: aren't we supposed 
to be 
against the taking of innocent life? And why, pray tell, shouldn't an 
American President forbidden say out loud what he really thinks about 
the 
immoral and self-destructive behavior of a foreign government, albeit 
one 
that is ostensibly our faithful ally?

We hear constantly about the supposed rise of anti-Semitic sentiments 
in 
Europe: this is not neo-Nazi activity, or the "old" anti-Semitism of 
the 
Protocols, but the "new anti-Semitism," which boils down to criticism 
of 
Israel and its supporters...

If you criticize "the only state controlled by Jews" you aren't 
necessarily 
anti-Semitic - but you probably are. And just what are these standards 
that 
Israel alone is held to? Any other country that separated out the 
majority 
of the population on the basis of ethnicity, and subjected them to 
draconian controls, controlling their movements, and keeping them 
penned up 
in special ghettos, would long ago have been declared an international 
pariah. How has Israel managed to get away with it - and, not only 
that, 
but how have they managed to go on the offensive, and target their 
critics 
as 'bigots"...

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MISSIONARIES UNDER COVER: GROWING NUMBER OF EVANGELICALS ARE TRYING TO 
SPREAD CHRISTIANITY IN MUSLIM LANDS. BUT IS THIS WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS 
NOW?
David Van Biema, Time, 6/22/03
http://www.time.com/time/covers/1101030630/story.html

She wasn't a Muslim, but she would do for now. Last March, at just 
about 
the time American troops were massing outside Baghdad, she shuffled, 
dressed in a dark burqa, into a cramped schoolroom in the New York City 
borough of Queens. The class she was addressing was organized by the 
U.S. 
Center for World Mission and packed with eager evangelical Christian 
students wanting to learn how to be missionaries in a foreign country. 
The 
black-clad "Shafira" was gamely trying to explain her faith.

"It is not in the heart of all the Muslims to have violence," she said 
in 
broken English, alluding immediately to Sept. 11. "So sorry that people 
having dying. I'm wanting peace for my children. I'm thinking you 
wanting 
peace. It's the same." She listed Islam's five pillars of faith and 
reminded her audience that holy war is not among them. "We have a lot 
in 
common," she said, but she did wonder about the Trinity: "God