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Topics (messages 901 through 1000):

CAIR-NET: FL Muslim Students Kicked Off Bus 5 Miles From Home
	901 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslims Turn to Home Schooling/Boot Boykin Now
	902 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Patriot Act Fears Are Stifling Free Speech
	903 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Help CAIR Raise $1 Million During Ramadan - URGENT
	904 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: FL Muslims to Distribute Thanksgiving Food Baskets
	905 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: 'Extraordinary Rendition' Leads to Torture
	906 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: DC-Area Muslims Urged to Attend TSA Forum
	907 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Boykin Must be Removed/NJ Mosque Plan Opposed
	908 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: More U.S. Muslims Run for Office
	909 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: FL Bus Driver Has History of Bias Say Students
	910 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: NY Muslims Organize Ramadan Food Drive
	911 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Congress to Hold Ramadan Iftar Nov. 12
	912 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Vandals Target Virginia Islamic Center
	913 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Ex-Detainee Details Fearful Path to Syria
	914 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Rep. Conyers Hosts Iftar on Capitol Hill
	915 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslim Groups Urge Substantive Talks With Bush
	916 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: U.S. Mosques Urged to Raise $1000 for Islam Campaign
	917 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Important Notice - Special Call-In Re-Registration
	918 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Vandals Target Canadian Mosque
	919 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: IKEA Launches Ramadan PR Campaign
	920 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Only 6 Days Left to Register for CAIR's DC Dinner
	921 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Sample Eid News Release for Local Communities
	922 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Ask Dr. Laura to Apologize for 'Anti-Muslim Tirade'
	923 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Seattle Muslims Hold Iftar for Capt. Yee
	924 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: CAIR Condemns Istanbul Bombings
	925 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslims Welcome Possible End of 'Special Registration'
	926 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Bush's Remark About God Assailed
	927 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Stereotyping Hurts the War/Eid Mubarak
	928 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Motive for New Charges Against Capt. Yee Questioned
	929 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Extra Credit for Ramadan Fast Draws Protest in Calif.
	930 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: CAIR's DC Dinner Sold Out
	931 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Canada Moves Toward Enforcing Islamic Law
	932 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: CAIR Ramadan Campaign Tops $1 Million
	933 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Author Says Prophet Muhammad Broke Treaty
	934 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims Applaud End of Registration Program
	935 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Patriot Act Author Has Concerns
	936 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Debate Rages Over 'Lackawanna Six' Sentencing
	937 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: CAIR Sues Congressman for Defamation
	938 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: New Leader Steps Forward to Revive Islamic Group
	939 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Court Strikes Down Part of Anti-Terror Law
	940 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Paul Harvey Says Islam "Encourages Killing'
	941 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Islam No Bar to Economic Growth - U.S. Study
	942 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Contact ADM About Paul Harvey's Offensive Remark
	943 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Bombings 'Inhuman,' Muslim Group Says
	944 by: cair.cair-net.org
	945 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: MD Muslims Say Bank Must Address Discrimination
	946 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Israel Trains U.S. Assassination Squads in Iraq
	947 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Michigan Arab Newspaper Office Firebombed
	948 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Six More Afghan Children Killed in U.S. Attack
	949 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Secret Service Takes Blame for Waiter's Exit
	950 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Judge OKs Islam in Class/Hijab Wins EEOC Support
	951 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: CAIR Welcomes Capture of Saddam Hussein
	952 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslim Food Pantry Feeds Body and Soul
	953 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Arrest of MD Muslim Student Stirs Protest
	954 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: CAIR Opposes French Move to Ban Religious Symbols
	955 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Officer Removed After Arrest of MD Muslim Student
	956 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: CAIR Launches Weekly Election Update
	957 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Detainee Abuse Probe Sought/Yee Returns Home
	958 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: 3 Charges Against Translator Dropped/Islam Promotes Growth
	959 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR ELECTION UPDATE: Pres. Candidates on the PATRIOT Act
	960 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: GE Pulls Ads From Paul Harvey's Program
	961 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Blanket Fingerprints for U.S. Tourists
	962 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims Defend Freedom/Dems Court Muslims
	963 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims Pray for Iranian Earthquake Victims
	964 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET:Difference in Justice for Muslims, Non-Muslims
	965 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Kucinich to Address Florida Muslims
	966 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR ELECTION UPDATE: Pres. Candidates on Affirmative Action
	967 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Iran Earthquake: How to Help
	968 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslims Round Up Support for Food Bank
	969 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Kucinich Says Muslims Unfairly Targeted by U.S.
	970 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Kucinich Seeks Halt to Deportation of Ohio Muslim Family
	971 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Deportation of Ohio Muslim Family Halted
	972 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR ELECTION UPDATE: Presidential Candidates on Profiling
	973 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: N.J. Muslims Stressing Political Participation
	974 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Diallo Death Suit Settled/Torture and the Courts
	975 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Hajj 2004 Publicity Resource Kit
	976 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims Meet French Ambassador on Hijab Ban
	977 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Con Artist Targets Florida Muslims
	978 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Florida Court Has 'Secret Docket' of Hidden Cases
	979 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims Mobilize Politically
	980 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: CAIR Launches Eid ul-Adha Voter Registration Drive
	981 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Court Nixes Appeal Over 9-11 Detentions
	982 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims to Protest French Hijab Ban on 1/17
	983 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Senate Engaged in 'McCarthyite Witch Hunt' Say Muslims
	984 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Fake Arabic Accent Used in Bomb Threat
	985 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Action Alert - Alabama Muslims Denied Right to Hijab
	986 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslim Players Set Interfaith Football Tournament
	987 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Maryland Company Agrees to Allow Hijab
	988 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslims Nationwide Urged to Protest Hijab Ban 1/17
	989 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Remembering MLK/Prayer Amid the Office Machines
	990 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Bigotry's Sting Links Blacks, Immigrants
	991 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR ELECTION UPDATE: Presidential Candidates on the War in Iraq
	992 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslim Leader Opens Ohio Senate with Prayer
	993 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Canadian Muslim Sues U.S. Over Torture/CAIR on BBC
	994 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: The Man Who Speaks For Muslims
	995 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Two-State Solution Sells Palestinians Short
	996 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslim Voters Acquiring Political Clout
	997 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Prayers, Voter Drives Mark End of Hajj in U.S.
	998 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Judge Rules Out Part of Patriot Act
	999 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslim FBI Agent Sues ABC/My God is Your God
	1000 by: cair.cair-net.org

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Subject: CAIR-NET: FL Muslim Students Kicked Off Bus 5 Miles From Home
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2003 14:57:07 -0500

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
FL MUSLIM STUDENTS KICKED OFF BUS 5 MILES FROM HOME
Islamic civil rights group demands full investigation 
 
(DAVIE, FL, 10/31/2003) - The Florida office of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) is calling for an investigation of 
two
incidents in which some 20 Muslim middle school students were either
removed from or kept from boarding school buses in Jacksonville, Fla.

[MEDIA ADVISORY: CAIR-FL will hold a news conference on Saturday to 
address
this issue. WHEN: 1 p.m., Saturday, November 1, WHERE: Fort Caroline 
Middle
School, 3787 University Club Blvd., Jacksonville, Fla. Joining CAIR-FL 
at
the press conference will be a representative of the NCCJ. CONTACT: 
Altaf
Ali, 954-298-8214, Ahmed Bedier, 813-731-9506, Parvez Ahmed, 
904-710-6514]

On Wednesday, a driver taking the Muslim children home from school 
claimed
they were “talking loudly” and ordered them, but not other non-Muslim
students, to get off the bus. Some of the children, who are recent
immigrants from the Middle East and Central Asia, were forced off the 
bus
at school while others were allegedly removed five miles from their 
regular
stop. Those children had to walk home. "Our legs were hurting…When we 
came
home we were crying," said one of the students.

SEE: “MIDDLE EASTERN CHILDREN ALLEGEDLY KICKED OFF BUS”
http://www.news4jax.com/news/2597802/detail.html
 
This morning, another driver allegedly refused to let these same 
children
board the bus going to school. Other non-Muslim children who were 
waiting
for the bus at the same stop were reportedly allowed to board.
 
CAIR-FL is demanding that the Duval County School District and the bus
company initiate a full investigation of these incidents. The group 
said
both drivers should be immediately suspended pending the results of the
investigation. 

“The school district needs to send a clear message that anti-Muslim 
bigotry
will not be tolerated,” said Jacksonville resident and CAIR-FL chairman
Parvez Ahmed.  

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

       				– END –
 
CONTACT: Altaf Ali, 954-298-8214, E-Mail:  altaf@cair-florida.org; 
Ahmed
Bedier, 813-731-9506, E-Mail: abedier@cair-florida.org, Parvez Ahmed,
904-710-6514

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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To reach the list moderator, send a message to: cair@cair-net.org 

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Tel: 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726 
Fax: 202-488-0833 
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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 11/2/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: BENEFITS OF FASTING
	- Boosting Awareness Through Fasting (Newsday)
* REGISTER ONLINE FOR CAIR'S DC DINNER
	- Volunteers Needed For CAIR Dinner
* U.S. MUSLIMS TURN TO HOME SCHOOLING (Wash. Post)
	- Muslim Home School Network & Resource
	- Muslims Reach Out to Share Their Faith (LA Times)
* CAIR-LA: FOR MANY, RAIN SEEMS TO ANSWER PRAYERS (VC Star)
	- Believers Seek Solace, Answers From Clerics (LA Times)
* CAIR-CAN: HEAD-SCRATCHING OF CIVILIZATIONS (Globe & Mail)
* PROBE DEMANDED AFTER MUSLIMS KICKED OFF BUS (Times Union)
	- Muslim Students Allege Bus Problems (AP)
	- Students Face Discrimination (First Coast)
* IDEA OF INFLUENCING SCHOOLS ECHOES '50S (Wash. Post)
* GIVE BOYKIN THE BOOT NOW (Denver Post)
	- Inspecting the General (Wash. Post)
* ANTI-ISLAMIC GRAFFITI REMOVED (Rocky Mountain News)
* NCPA GIVES CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY ON PROFILING (AAP)
* AMERICAN MUSLIM VOICE LAUNCHED
* AL-ARIAN'S NEW ATTORNEY PROTESTS CONDITIONS (AP)
* IMMIGRANTS DECRY ORDER TO REGISTER AGAIN (Sacramento Bee)
	- Detained, Without Details (LA Times)
* INVESTIGATION OF ISRAELIS AND 9/11 ATTACKS (Sunday Herald)
	- 'I Saw Fit to Remove Her From the World' (Haaretz)
* BANGLADESH BORDER SECURED AS MYANMAR MUSLIMS FLEE (AP)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: BENEFITS OF FASTING

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Praising God is better 
than 
giving charity, giving charity is better than fasting, and fasting is a 
protection from Hell."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 671

The Prophet also said: "If anyone fasts for a day out of a desire to 
please 
God, God will remove him from (Hell) as far as a crow flies from the 
time 
it is a young bird until it dies of old age."

Al-Trimidhi, Hadith 637

SEE ALSO:

BOOSTING AWARENESS THROUGH FASTING
Martin C. Evans, Newsday, 11/2/03
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-lirama023522669nov02,0,6934245.story

Khaled Saeed, who was born in Afghanistan, raised as a Muslim in 
Plainview 
and whose middle name is Hussein, spent much of his childhood feeling 
misunderstood.

"Just growing up on Long Island, you're not the blond, blue-eyed kid on 
the 
block," said Saeed, whose straight black hair, swarthy skin and facial 
features reflect his Afghan and Uzbek roots. "When you lay low, no one 
will 
bother you."

But during this Ramadan season the 22-year-old Stony Brook University 
student is hoping to use this holiest time of the Islamic calendar to 
help 
his non-Muslim peers understand his faith.

Saeed is among dozens of students at the school who are asking their 
non-Muslim peers to share a day of fasting with them, as part of the 
Ramadan tradition.

Organizers hope the event will help put a human face on a religion they 
say 
is unfairly associated with Middle East terrorism and which among some 
non-Muslims remains shrouded by old fears and prejudices.

The students are also signing up sponsors to donate money for each 
non-Muslim student who agrees to abstain from food and drink for the 
day, 
scheduled for Nov. 13. The money will be donated to feed the hungry.

So far, about 100 non-Muslim Stony Brook students have agreed to 
support 
the fund-raising effort, which the Muslim students are calling a 
Fast-A-Thon. And seven local businesses have agreed to sponsor the 
fasters. 
Organizers are hopeful that more will sign on.

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REGISTER ONLINE FOR CAIR'S DC DINNER

Registration is now available online for CAIR's Ninth Annual 
Fundraising 
Dinner on November 29th (the weekend after Eid ul-Fitr) in Washington, 
D.C. 
The dinner, with the theme "Muslims in America: A Defining Moment," 
featuring presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich as one of its main 
speakers.

WHERE: Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons
Corner/Vienna, VA

COST: CAIR dinners always quick to sell out so get you tickets now!
Tickets: $55/$85 per couple R.S.V.P. by Nov. 24, 2003. No children 
please.
(Limited babysitting with prior notice only - $10 per child.)

FOR MORE INFORMATION, call 202-488-8787 or e-mail: 
register@cair-net.org

ACTION REQUESTED:

REGISTER FOR CAIR'S DINNER BY GOING TO:
https://www.cair-net.org/2003dinner-register.asp

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VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED FOR CAIR DINNER

CAIR is seeking volunteers to help with its upcoming dinner in 
Washington, 
D.C. Those interested in helping with the dinner should email 
fkhan@cair-net.org or call Farida Khan at 202-488-8787.

-----

MUSLIMS REACH BEYOND RELIGION WITH A BELIEF IN HOME SCHOOLING
Phuong Ly, Washington Post, 11/2/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A50600-2003Nov1.html

As a Muslim, Priscilla Martinez wanted her children to learn as much 
about 
their faith as they did about reading and math. For help, she turned to 
Christian resources.

Martinez, of Sterling, joined the Christian-based Homeschool Legal 
Defense 
Association, which helped her with the paperwork for a religious 
exemption 
allowing her to teach her youngsters, ages 4 and 5, at home rather than 
sending them to public school. She talked to Christian families for 
advice 
on home-schooling methods and lesson ideas…

For the past two decades, home schooling has largely been a trend among 
evangelical Christians who have felt marginalized by the public schools 
and 
wanted to have a more active role in their children's education. But 
increasingly, the option has become attractive to Muslims, particularly 
with the scrutiny they have experienced since the Sept. 11, 2001, 
terrorist 
attacks.

Many Muslim families say they worry that their children, especially 
girls 
wearing hijabs, may be subjected to harassment or bad influences. 
Although 
Islamic schools offer an alternative, some parents find that the 
schools 
are too far away, have too few classes or emphasize a branch of Islam 
that 
the family doesn't subscribe to…

ALSO SEE:

RESOURCES: MUSLIM HOME SCHOOL RESOURCE & NETWORK
http://www.muslimhomeschool.com/

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MUSLIMS REACH OUT TO SHARE THEIR FAITH
Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, 11/1/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-ramadan1nov01235430,1,3004283.story

This week, Muslim American poet Najeeba Syeed-Miller took the holy 
month of 
Ramadan to a new and unfamiliar audience: low-income and mostly Latino 
children who live in the Maravilla Housing Development in East Los 
Angeles.

Syeed-Miller said she asked the students to draw pictures of their own 
conflicts, and to share the stories about their fights. Then, she 
explained 
how Muslims tried to fast from both food and anger during Ramadan…

The foray into East Los Angeles represents one of many new ways that 
Muslims are sharing Ramadan with the broader non-Muslim community. Such 
efforts multiplied after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks sparked 
widespread 
public curiosity - and some hostility - toward Islam, and seem to be 
reaching new levels today.

Around the world this week, more than 1 billion Muslims began observing 
Ramadan, a season of spiritual rejuvenation marked by fasting from dawn 
to 
dusk, charitable acts and special prayers. The fasting by healthy 
adults is 
aimed at developing self-control, better health, greater consciousness 
of 
God and compassion for the poor and hungry. The month of Ramadan also 
marks 
the time that the Koran was first revealed by God through the Angel 
Gabriel 
to the Prophet Muhammad.

But in the United States, where ethnic and religious traditions are so 
often shared and intermingled, Ramadan is becoming a season of 
spiritual 
reflection for many non-Muslims as well…

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FOR MANY, RAIN SEEMS TO ANSWER PRAYERS
Tom Kisken, Venture County Star, 11/1/03
http://www.staronline.com/vcs/co_valley/article/0,1375,VCS_166_2394371,00.html

About 150 Muslims knelt in diagonal lines Friday afternoon and aimed a 
spiritual torrent at Southern California's fires.

They prayed for God not to test people so harshly. They prayed for 
victims. 
They prayed for relief.

And outside, a mist was about to turn to rain.

Call it coincidence. Call it a low-pressure system that had been 
forecast 
for several days. The people praying in a Ramadan service at the 
Islamic 
Center of Conejo Valley in Newbury Park weren't taking credit. They 
were 
just requesting help.

"People's only control is in asking," said Salar Rizvi, a 
Pakistani-American from Alhambra.

Muslims throughout the state were asked Friday to pray for rain and for 
victims of the fires. The Southern California office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations asked people of other faiths to join in and 
direct their collective spiritual energy at the fires and charred 
remains…

ALSO SEE:

BELIEVERS WILL SEEK SOLACE, THEN ANSWERS FROM CLERICS
William Lobdell, Los Angeles Times, 11/1/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-prayer1nov01,1,5715468.story?coll=la-home-headlines

Soul-seeking prompted by the fearsome Southern California firestorms 
will 
be on display this weekend at mosques, synagogues and churches. The 
faithful will turn to God for solace and divine intervention and to 
their 
clerics for answers to troubling questions like "Where was God when our 
homes burned?"

Muslims throughout Southern California began the weekend services 
Friday 
reciting a special Islamic prayer by the Prophet Muhammad to bring 
rain, 
hoping it will extinguish those wildfires still burning…

Jewish congregants in Santa Clarita will say prayers of thanksgiving on 
the 
Sabbath today for deliverance from the towering blaze that roared 
through 
the hills but stopped just short of their homes…

The pastor of a Baptist church at the base of the San Bernardino 
Mountains 
will give a sermon Sunday on why prayer is a more productive endeavor 
than 
worry, a bold message to a congregation that has at least 16 families 
who 
have lost homes to fire…

-----

THE HEAD-SCRATCHING OF CIVILIZATIONS
Sheema Khan, Globe and Mail, 11/1/03
http://www.globeandmail.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20031101/COSHEEMA01/ 


While attending a wedding in Lahore, Pakistan, a while back, I got into 
a 
heated discussion with a cousin about the dysfunction of so many Muslim 
countries. I pointed to Lahore's Gadhafi Stadium as an example of our 
skewed moral compass. "How can Pakistan name a stadium after someone 
who 
has wreaked so much havoc on so many?" My cousin replied with emotion, 
"Moammar Gadhafi came for an official visit. We honoured him. He's done 
a 
lot for his people. Besides, he is the only Muslim leader who stands up 
to 
the United States! In our eyes, he is a hero."

My cousin was a medical student, not particularly religious. I couldn't 
reconcile his anger towards America on one hand, with his effusive 
appreciation for the Harvard medical school polo shirt I had brought 
him as 
a gift -- he hated America, yet loved her schools.

This love-hate relationship is finally being taken seriously by the 
American government. On Oct. 1, Congress unveiled an 85-page report, 
"Changing Minds, Winning Peace" -- the culmination of a five-month 
study of 
opinions in the Muslim world. An earlier poll by the Pew Center for 
Research had shown that "the bottom has fallen out of Arab and Muslim 
support for the United States." The inquiry aimed to find out why, what 
to 
do about it, and how to marginalize the appeal of extremists.

Muslims in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, Pakistan and 
Indonesia 
expressed a desire for social justice, a fair judiciary, honest 
multiparty 
elections, and freedom of the press, of religion and of expression. 
They 
admired American entrepreneurship, its democratic and educational 
institutions and its adherence to the rule of law. If these results 
seem 
surprising, that's only because of our media's focus on extremist 
rhetoric 
and actions of autocratic governments -- neither of which represents 
the 
wider aspirations of Muslims…

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GROUPS CALL FOR PROBE AFTER MUSLIM KIDS KICKED OFF BUS
Cynthia L. Garza, Times Union, 11/2/03
http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/110203/met_13937527.shtml

The American Civil Liberties Union on Saturday joined an Islamic civil 
rights group in calling for an investigation into two incidents in 
which 
about 20 Muslim students were removed from a Duval County school bus or 
were not allowed to board.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations in Florida first called for a 
probe Friday, saying two different First Student bus drivers singled 
out 
Muslim students Wednesday and again Friday.

The children, who are from 10 to 14 years old, are recent immigrants 
from 
the Middle East and Central Asia, including some from Iraq and 
Afghanistan. 
Many of the students were wearing religious attire.

The version of events differs between the students and school 
officials.

"We'd like to resolve the issue but obviously, we can't shut the door 
to 
legal action," said Ahmed Bedier, a spokesman for the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations in Florida…

ALSO SEE:

JACKSONVILLE MUSLIM STUDENTS ALLEGE BUS PROBLEMS
Associated Press, 10/31/03
http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20031031/APN/310311058

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Duval County school officials said Friday they are 
investigating allegations that Muslim students were removed from one 
school 
bus and kept from boarding another.

"We are working cooperatively with (bus contractor) First Student to 
determine what happened on Wednesday," Superintendent John Fryer said 
in a 
statement. "We are committed to employing contractors who share our 
mission 
of providing safe and reliable services to students."

Ali Alhamad said his children, along with as man as 20 other Fort 
Caroline 
Middle School Students, were kicked off their bus because they were 
Muslim. 
He said many were wearing Muslim religious attire.

Some of the children, who are recent immigrants from the Middle East 
and 
Central Asia, were kept off the bus at school while others were 
allegedly 
removed five miles from their regular stop, he said.

According to First Student, a small group of students was removed from 
the 
bus prior to its departure due to disciplinary problems.

While taking other students home, the bus driver said other students 
began 
acting up, so he returned them to school so they could contact their 
parents.

Several refused to call their parents and began walking home. 
Administrators and a school police officer followed them and attempted 
to 
get them to return to school…

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MUSLIM STUDENTS SAY THEY ARE BEING DISCRIMINATED AGAINST
Jennifer Brice, First Coast News, 11/1/03
http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/news-article.aspx?storyid=10128

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- A substitute bus driver accused of leaving behind 
only 
Muslim students has been removed from the route.

The First Student bus company claims the driver left the students 
because 
they were acting up. Now, there are new allegations that another driver 
refused to let these students board the bus Friday morning.

Parents like Ali Alhamad are outraged.

"It's my blood, my kids," he says. "It's not a piece of candy."

A total of 27 children have filed complaints over two bus incidents 
from 
Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning…

The Council on American Islamic Relations say more children have been 
denied a ride to school by a second bus driver. Parvez Ahmed says 
Friday 
morning route picked up all the non-Muslim students only…

FOR MORE ON THE WEB: 
http://www.firstcoastnews.com/video/player.asp?storyid=10128&bw=hi

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IDEA OF INFLUENCING SCHOOLS ECHOES '50S
Walter Pincus, Washington Post, 11/1/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A49009-2003Oct31.html

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and his top deputy, Paul D. 
Wolfowitz, 
have begun raising the sensitive issue of whether the United States, 
either 
openly or covertly, should combat the anti-American influence of 
radical 
Islamic schools in Muslim countries.

Some of the schools, called madrassas, have been seen as a breeding 
ground 
for anti-American terrorists, and Rumsfeld raised the issue in his 
private 
Oct. 16 memo to top aides about the current war on terrorism.

"Does the U.S. need to fashion a broad, integrated plan to stop the 
next 
generation of terrorists?" he wrote. He then suggested that the CIA 
might 
need a "finding" -- a presidential authorization to undertake a covert 
action -- and asked, "Should we create a private foundation to entice 
radical madrassas to a more moderate course?"

Wolfowitz picked up the same theme on Thursday in a speech at 
Georgetown 
University, where he described madrassas as "schools that teach hatred, 
schools that teach terrorism" while providing free, "theologically 
extremist" teachings to "millions" of Muslim children…

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GIVE BOYKIN THE BOOT NOW
Denver Post, 11/1/03
http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~417~1736734,00.html

There should be no question: Army Lt. Gen. William Boykin must be 
reassigned.

A man who spouts off inappropriately about Islam and Allah and believes 
the 
United States is under attack because it is a "Christian nation" has no 
business performing the duties of deputy undersecretary of defense for 
intelligence.

He should be shown the door - or, at the very least, pulled out of his 
current position and placed where his personal views are not in 
conflict 
with the country's struggles with terrorism.

As a top general in the Department of Defense, his religious spin on 
the 
war on terrorism is unbecoming at best and downright ignorant at worst. 
How 
can he continue in his present position and be effective? Has this man 
never stopped to think that some of the people fighting the war on 
terrorism are Muslim? Boasting that the United States is a "Christian 
nation" is inaccurate, and his declarations that Christianity is the 
best 
of all possible beliefs is confrontational and inappropriate, given his 
government assignment…

ALSO SEE:

INSPECTING THE GENERAL
Washington Post, 10/31/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A44845-2003Oct30.html

DEFENSE SECRETARY Donald H. Rumsfeld has punted the inconvenient matter 
of 
Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin and his intolerant public comments about 
religion to the Pentagon's inspector general. It's fine to have such a 
review, but it shouldn't be limited to the narrow question of whether 
Gen. 
Boykin ran afoul of any particular regulation. And though Mr. Rumsfeld 
is 
evidently not inclined to do so, he should rethink his inclination to 
leave 
Gen. Boykin in his sensitive position as deputy undersecretary for 
intelligence while his inflammatory statements are being reviewed. 
Senate 
Armed Services Committee Chairman John W. Warner (R-Va.), no foe of the 
administration, wisely suggested this course in a speech on the Senate 
floor last week in which he identified the central issue raised by the 
general's comments: that "implicit" in the award of three-star rank and 
a 
high-level post is confidence that the individual "has good, sound 
judgment 
-- I repeat that: good, sound judgment -- in the exercise of his 
freedom to 
speak."

Gen. Boykin has every right to his deeply held religious views. His 
service 
to his country -- and it's been extensive -- doesn't require him to 
relinquish his faith or to refrain from expressing it, in appropriate 
ways 
and in appropriate settings. But when Gen. Boykin tells a church group 
that 
other countries "have lost their morals, lost their values, but America 
is 
still a Christian nation," he goes too far in mixing church and state…

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ANTI-ISLAMIC GRAFFITI REMOVED
Sarah Huntley, Rocky Mountain News, 11/1/03
http://rockymountainnews.com/drmn/state/article/0,1299,DRMN_21_2393264,00.html

Messages of hatred jumped out at two Arapahoe County sheriff's deputies 
while they were on routine patrol Tuesday near the Colorado Muslim 
Society 
Islamic Center.

Scrawled with a black marker on a green telephone box just outside the 
center's fence were the words "KKK" and "All Muslims will die," 
accompanied 
by two swastikas.

The graffiti have been removed from 2071 S. Parker Road, but Muslim 
Society 
spokesman Mohamed Jodeh said they were hurtful nonetheless.

"I would like to invite whoever did that to sit down and engage in a 
dialogue instead of sneaking around in the dark" condemning the Muslim 
community, he said Wednesday.

Anti-Islamic crimes spiked across the country and in Colorado in 2001, 
mostly in the months after the Sept. 11 attacks.

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NCPA TO GIVE CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY ON RACIAL PROFILING
Khalilur Rehman Bughio, AAP, 11/1/03

WASHINGTON- NCPA President Faiz Rehman will give a testimony on racial 
profiling at a congressional hearing on November 4.

The hearing, arranged by the Congressional Asian Pacific American 
Caucus, 
will have a panel discussion on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the 
Longworth House Office Building, in Washington DC.

Stating this, Michael M. Honda, Member of Congress, and Vice Chairman 
of 
CAPAC, in an announcement Saturday said the panel discussion will be 
titled: 'Civil Rights and Civil Liberties: Challenges facing  Asian 
Pacific 
Americans Post 9/11.'

"It would, in fact, also be the CAPAC's sixth and final community 
briefing 
of 2003," Rep. Honda said, adding, the community briefings have sought 
to 
explore the most serious issues confronting the Asian Pacific American 
(APA) community…"

ALSO SEE:

AMERICAN MUSLIM VOICE LAUNCHED AS A SOLUTION TO COMMUNITY ISOLATION
Reshma Yunus
http://www.amuslimvoice.org/

The American Muslims Voice (AMV), a Muslim civic organization dedicated 
to 
bridging diverse communities and preserving civil liberties, was 
officially 
launched on October 24, 2003 at Mehran restaurant in Newark, 
California.

The program began with a prayer by Sheikh Ahmed Abdullah, Imam of 
Livermore 
Mosque, who spoke about unity of mankind and universal brotherhood. He 
said 
"we are all children of Adam who was in paradise and we all deserve to 
be 
in paradise." Ms. Elizabeth Zimmerman, a Quaker, also offered prayer on 
behalf of the non-Muslim guests who made 60% of the gathering. The 
prayers 
were in the spirit of the AMV's ambitious mission to bridge the gap 
between 
all communities.

The Executive Director of AMV, Samina Faheem Sundas, had been actively 
working to preserve and protect civil liberties and constitutional 
rights 
for all, months before the formal launch. Ms. Samina Faheem Sundas, the 
former national coordinator of American Muslim Alliance, had worked for 
two 
and half years on similar projects prior to launching the AMV. She 
initiated the AMV when she saw the need to bridge the gap between 
various 
ethnic, religious, social and political communities and felt that no 
other 
Muslim organization had this particular focus.

Ms. Samina Sundas told the audience that "AMV is committed to bridging 
the 
gap between all communities and to form a unified coalition dedicated 
to 
support each other…"

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AL-ARIAN'S NEW ATTORNEY PROTESTING CONDITIONS OF CONFINEMENT
Vickie Chachere, Associated Press, 10/31/03
http://www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20031031/APN/310310617

TAMPA, Fla. - A prominent Washington attorney taking on the defense of 
a 
former professor indicted on charges he raised money for Islamic 
terrorists 
said Friday his first challenge to the government is to justify the 
conditions under which his client is being held.

William B. Moffitt said the U.S. Justice Department's insistence that 
Sami 
Al-Arian be held under strict confinement at a federal prison northeast 
of 
Tampa is violating Al-Arian's right to assist in his own defense. A 
hearing 
will be held Nov. 7 in U.S. District Court in Tampa on the matter.

Moffitt said Al-Arian, who faces a 50-count indictment that he used an 
academic think tank and a charity at the University of South Florida as 
fronts for financing the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, is being treated as 
if 
he has already been convicted of a crime. Al-Arian is housed in the 
same 
unit as inmates who have assaulted corrections officers or other 
prisoners 
and are considered too dangerous to be held elsewhere.

Al-Arian should not be held in any different manner than any other 
person 
accused of a crime, Moffitt said he intends to argue. Al-Arian is being 
held without bail while he awaits a January 2005 trial…

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IMMIGRANTS DECRY U.S. ORDER TO REGISTER AGAIN
Emily Bazar, Sacramento Bee, 10/31/03
http://www.sacbee.com/content/politics/story/7700692p-8640374c.html

Earlier this year, the federal government declared an end to a 
controversial program that required men mostly from Middle Eastern and 
Muslim countries to register with local immigration officials.

In what's being described as a case of mixed messages, immigration 
officials now are telling the 83,519 men who were fingerprinted, 
photographed and interrogated in the past year that they must 
re-register 
within 10 days of their anniversary date.

The registration process initially was billed as an anti-terrorism 
tracking 
tool, intended to help federal officials keep tabs on certain 
noncitizens 
living in the country.

Those who complied with the order were told that they would have to 
check 
in with officials annually, officials say, to update their information 
and 
prove they're still in the country legally.

But many of the affected men say they were never told when they first 
appeared that they would have to re-register a year later. As the first 
anniversary dates approach in November, the re-registration requirement 
is 
causing widespread dismay among the men and their advocates, who argue 
the 
requirement is overkill…

ALSO SEE:

DETAINED, WITHOUT DETAILS
Richard A. Serrano, Los Angeles Times, 11/1/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/front/la-na-ignatz1nov01,1,6373436.story

BUFFALO, N.Y. - In the second year of his confinement, Ignatz Mezei 
typed a 
short letter to a federal judge in New York.

"Let me go free," he wrote. "I did not kill anybody, I did not steal 
anybody, I did not make any crime."

Indeed, Mezei was not even accused of a crime. It was 1951, and the 
longtime U.S. resident was being held without charge in an Ellis Island 
prison because he was suspected of being a communist sympathizer.

It is a case that reverberates today as the legal fallout from the 
terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, makes its way through the courts. 
Among the links across half a century: William H. Rehnquist, then a 
young 
law clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court and now its 79-year-old chief 
justice.

The Mezei case is being cited by both sides as Rehnquist's high court 
prepares to decide, as soon as Monday, whether to take up the cases of 
two 
groups of detainees at the special prison for suspected terrorists at 
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Like Mezei, they are non-U.S. citizens who are being held indefinitely, 
without charge, at water's edge. They, too, are seeking the right to 
confront their accusers in U.S. courts…

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ISRAELIS WERE SEEN FILMING AS JET LINERS PLOUGHED INTO THE TWIN TOWERS
Sunday Herald, 11/2/03
http://ww1.sundayherald.com/37707

THERE was ruin and terror in Manhattan, but, over the Hudson River in 
New 
Jersey, a handful of men were dancing. As the World Trade Centre burned 
and 
crumpled, the five men celebrated and filmed the worst atrocity ever 
committed on American soil as it played out before their eyes.

Who do you think they were? Palestinians? Saudis? Iraqis, even? 
Al-Qaeda, 
surely? Wrong on all counts. They were Israelis - and at least two of 
them 
were Israeli intelligence agents, working for Mossad, the equivalent of 
MI6 
or the CIA.

Their discovery and arrest that morning is a matter of indisputable 
fact. 
To those who have investigated just what the Israelis were up to that 
day, 
the case raises one dreadful possibility: that Israeli intelligence had 
been shadowing the al-Qaeda hijackers as they moved from the Middle 
East 
through Europe and into America where they trained as pilots and 
prepared 
to suicide-bomb the symbolic heart of the United States. And the 
motive? To 
bind America in blood and mutual suffering to the Israeli cause.

After the attacks on New York and Washington, the former Israeli Prime 
Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was asked what the terrorist strikes 
would 
mean for US-Israeli relations. He said: "It's very good." Then he 
corrected 
himself, adding: "Well, it's not good, but it will generate immediate 
sympathy [for Israel from Americans]…"

ALSO SEE:

'I SAW FIT TO REMOVE HER FROM THE WORLD'
Aviv Lavie and Moshe Gorali, Haaretz,
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/355227.html

There was a particularly festive atmosphere at the Nirim outpost on 
August 
12, 1949, the eve of Shabbat. A week of dusty patrols and pursuits of 
infiltrators in the sands of the western Negev desert was at an end, 
and 
the commander of the hilltop site, Second Lieutenant Moshe, gave the 
order 
to make the preparations for a party. The tables in the large tent that 
was 
used as a mess hall were arranged in rows, sweets of various kinds were 
laid out on them and even a bit of wine was poured, though not enough 
to 
get drunk on. At exactly 8 P.M. the soldiers took their places and 
platoon 
commander Moshe recited the blessing over the wine. He then gave a 
Zionist 
pep talk, reiterating the importance of the unit's mission and the 
troops' 
contribution to the infant state.

At the order of his deputy, Sergeant Michael, Private Yehuda read from 
the 
Bible. When he finished the soldiers burst into song, told jokes, ate 
and 
drank. A merry time was had by all.

Shortly before the end of the party, at about 9:30, the platoon 
commander 
asked for quiet. He got up and, with a smile on his face, reminded the 
soldiers about the Bedouin girl they had caught earlier that day during 
a 
patrol in their sector. They had brought her to the outpost and she was 
now 
locked up in one of the huts. Platoon commander Moshe said he was 
putting 
forward two options for a vote. The first was that the Bedouin girl 
would 
become the outpost's kitchen worker; the second was for the soldiers to 
have their way with her…

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BANGLADESH BORDER SECURED AS MYANMAR MUSLIMS FLEE
Associated Press, 11/1/03

DHAKA, Bangladesh - Border troops were on alert against a possible 
influx 
of Muslim refugees from Myanmar, officials said Saturday.

Local media reports said minority Muslims in Buddhist-majority Myanmar 
have 
recently been attacked by that country's military. The reports could 
not be 
verified independently.

Several thousand Muslims have gathered along the border in Myanmar's 
western Arakan province, and they may try to cross into Bangladesh, 
officials said quoting intelligence reports…

Bangladesh, a predominantly Muslim nation, is separated from Myanmar by 
the 
River Naaf.

Nearly 250,000 Muslims from Arakan fled to Bangladesh's southern Teknaf 
coast in 1990-91, accusing Myanmar's military of torture and forced 
labor…

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS – 11/3/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: A SINCERE FAST
* MUSLIM COMEDIAN TO APPEAR AT CAIR DINNER
	- Volunteers Needed For CAIR Dinner
* CAIR OFFICIALS ATTEND STATE DEPARTMENT RECEPTION
	- CAIR-NJ Offers Grant Writing Training
	- 450 Turn Out For CAIR-OH Ramadan Iftar Dinner
	- CAIR-FL: Muslims Demand Probe (CNS News)
* PATRIOT ACT FEARS ARE STIFLING FREE SPEECH (ACLU)
* POST-9/11 DETAINEE CASES ON SUPREME COURT DOCKET (NY Times)
	-  Activists See Loss of Civil Liberties (LA Times)
* DETROIT-AREA TERRORISM CLAIMS OFTEN UNPROVEN (AP)
	- No Terror Suspects Nabbed On Border (AP)
* SUIT ACCUSES SOUTHWEST OF POST-9/11 PROFILING (Tennessean)	
* FLORIDA SCHOOL BUS RACISM SCANDAL (Al-Jazeerah)
* COLLEGES SEE FEWER STUDENTS FROM ISLAMIC COUNTRIES (KC Star)
	- Foreign Visitors Will Face New Rules (USA Today)
* SUPPORTING THE HUNGER FOR FAITH (Wash. Post)
	- Schools Accommodate Students During Ramadan (NBC)
	- Device Points the Way to Mecca (NY Times)
* EU CITIZENS SEE ISRAEL AS WORLD PEACE THREAT (Reuters)
* AFGHANISTAN UNVEILS DRAFT CONSTITUTION (AP)
* FEELING UNDER ATTACK, ARABS TURN TO ISLAM (CSM)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: A SINCERE FAST

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Whoever does not give 
up
false statements, evil deeds and speaking (harshly) to others, God is 
not
in need of his giving up food and drink."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Hadith 83

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COMEDIAN AZHAR USMAN TO APPEAR AT CAIR DINNER

Registration is now available online for CAIR’s Ninth Annual 
Fundraising
Dinner on November 29th (the weekend after Eid ul-Fitr) in Washington, 
D.C.
The dinner, with the theme “Muslims in America: A Defining Moment,” 
will
feature presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich as one of its main 
speakers.

Featured speakers include comedian Azhar Usman. Usman is a standup
comedian, lecturer, and community activist. He has been performing 
standup
comedy since 2001. Since mid-2002, he has performed in major cities 
around
the country, as well as in the United Kingdom. SEE: 
http://www.azhar.com/

WHERE: Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons
Corner/Vienna, VA

COST: CAIR dinners always quick to sell out so get you tickets now!
Tickets: $55/$85 per couple R.S.V.P. by Nov. 24, 2003. No children 
please.
(Limited babysitting with prior notice only - $10 per child.) 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, call 202-488-8787 or e-mail: 
register@cair-net.org

ACTION REQUESTED: 

REGISTER FOR CAIR’S DINNER BY GOING TO: 
https://www.cair-net.org/2003dinner-register.asp

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VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED FOR CAIR DINNER

CAIR is seeking volunteers to help with its upcoming dinner in 
Washington,
D.C. Those interested in helping with the dinner should email
fkhan@cair-net.org or call Farida Khan at 202-488-8787.

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CAIR OFFICIALS ATTEND STATE DEPARTMENT RECEPTION

CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad and Communications Director Ibrahim
Hooper attended a recent State Department reception honoring Tom Farr,
outgoing director of the Office of International Religious Freedom.

At that event, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom 
John
V. Hanford III introduced David Young, the office’s new director.

SEE ALSO:

CAIR-NJ OFFERS GRANT WRITING TRAINING

WHAT: On December 13, the New Jersey chapter of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) will host a two-day grant writing 
and
program development workshop for Muslim leaders.

WHEN: Saturday, December 13 Sunday, December 14, 2003

WHERE: Islamic Educational Center of North Hudson, Union City

Under the Faith and Community Based Initiative, the U.S. government
allocates millions of dollars through agencies at the federal, state, 
and
local levels to fund faith and community-based organizations programs 
and
projects. This form of funding has remained unexplored by the Muslim
community, which is often at the forefront of making healthy changes in
local neighborhoods.

“American Muslim organizations coordinate a wide-range of social 
services,
from after-school programs to domestic violence shelters. For the past
several decades these services have been funded primarily by the 
American
Muslim community because leaders were unaware or intimidated by the 
grant
writing process,” said Faiza Ali, Executive Director of CAIR-NJ.

					- END -

CONTACT: Faiza Ali, (w) 973-785-3050 (c) 908-868-4885 or EMAIL:
fali@cair-nj.org

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450 TURN OUT FOR CAIR-OHIO RAMADAN IFTAR DINNER

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/3/2003) - The Council on American-Islamic 
Relations
(CAIR-Ohio) today said some 450 people, including more than 40 
officials
and community leaders, turned out for the annual Ramadan Iftar banquet 
of
its Ohio office (CAIR-Ohio) on Saturday.

Attendees at the event included presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich,
members of the Ohio House of Representatives, a mayor, representatives 
of
different state and local governments, and a number of interfaith 
leaders.

Rep. Kucinich spoke about the deterioration of civil liberties in 
America
and the war ongoing war in Iraq.  He also congratulated CAIR-Ohio on
receiving the ACLU's Liberty's Flame award.

The highlight of the event was CAIR-Ohio’s award presentations that
included a Community Activism award to Amal Jamal, a Regina High School
(Cleveland, Ohio) senior who was expelled because she refused to take 
off
her religiously mandated headscarf.

					- END -

CONTACT: CAIR-Ohio, Jad Humeidan, 614-451-3232; CAIR-National, Ibrahim
Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: cair@cair-net.org; Rabiah
Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: rahmed@cair-net.org

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MUSLIMS DEMAND PROBE OF JEWISH ORGANIZATIONS
Jon E. Dougherty, CNSNews.com, 11/3/03
http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewNation.asp?Page=\Nation\archive\200311\NAT2003110
3a.html

The Florida chapter of the nation's leading Islamic rights organization
says law enforcement officials so far have not responded to the group's
request to investigate a resident with suspected ties to Jewish 
extremist
groups.

Officials with the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic
Relations say neither federal nor state authorities have so far looked 
into
allegations Joe Kaufman, who heads Florida-based Citizens Against Hate, 
has
promoted such Jewish terrorist organizations on his Web sites.

CAIR-FL Director Altaf Ali told CNSNews.com his group contacted the 
Miami
office of the FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement with a
request to look into Kaufman's alleged ties. But so far, Ali said, his
group has not received a response from either agency.

The complaint stems from allegations by CAIR-FL that Kaufman "has in 
the
past promoted the terrorist organizations Kach and Kahane Chai," 
according
to a statement issued last week by the Islamic chapter.

A U.S. State Department report listing Foreign Terrorist Organizations, 
or
FTOs, says the "stated goal" of Kach and Kahane Chai "is to restore the
biblical state of Israel." The Israeli Cabinet, under terms of Israel's
1948 Terrorism Law, declared both groups terrorist organizations in 
March
1994...

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PATRIOT ACT FEARS ARE STIFLING FREE SPEECH, ACLU SAYS IN CHALLENGE TO 
LAW
http://www.aclu.org/SafeandFree/SafeandFree.cfm?ID=13255&c=207
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, November 3, 2003	
					
CONTACT: Emily Whitfield, ACLU, (212) 549-2566 or 2666
Wendy Wagenheim, ACLU of MI, (313) 578-6816
 
NEW YORK – Fear of the PATRIOT Act has caused a dramatic decline in
memberships and donations at mosques and forced a church-sponsored 
group
that aids refugees to change its record-keeping practices, the American
Civil Liberties Union said in legal papers filed today in Detroit. 
 
This First Amendment “chill” is reminiscent of an earlier era when the
government attempted to shut down dissent by investigating groups like 
the
NAACP and the Japanese American Citizens League, the ACLU said.  
Notably,
those groups and other civil rights, immigrant and free speech 
advocates
today filed briefs supporting the ACLU’s challenge to the law. 
 
“Sadly, our government has an ugly history of using its investigative
powers to squelch dissent,” said ACLU Associate Legal Director Ann 
Beeson. 
“We saw it during the Japanese internments of World War II, the Red 
Scare
of the 1950’s and the civil rights movement of the 1960’s, and now we 
see
it in the post-9/11 investigations and detention of Arabs and Muslims.” 
 
“Our clients have every reason to believe that in 21st Century America 
they
will be subjected to new abuses of power under the PATRIOT Act -- and
what’s worse, under this radical law they may never learn that the
government has violated their rights,” she added.
 
In a brief filed before a federal court in Detroit, the ACLU opposed 
the
government’s motion to dismiss its challenge to Section 215 of the 
PATRIOT
Act, a law that vastly expands the power of FBI agents to secretly 
obtain
records and personal belongings of innocent people in the United 
States,
including citizens and permanent residents. 
 
The case was filed in Detroit on July 30 on behalf of six nonprofit
organizations that provide a wide range of religious, medical, social 
and
educational services to communities around the country. The lawsuit 
names
Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller as
defendants.  A hearing in the case is scheduled for December 3 before 
Judge
Denise Page Hood of the U.S. District Court in Detroit…

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POST-9/11 DETAINEE CASES ON SUPREME COURT DOCKET
Linda Greenhouse, New York Times, 11/3/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/03/national/03SCOT.html

WASHINGTON - With cases generated by the Bush administration's response 
to
the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, now reaching the Supreme Court 
in
substantial numbers, the court faces a basic decision apart from the 
merits
of any individual case: whether to become a player in the debate over 
where
to set the balance between individual liberty and national security.

As early as this week, there may be an indication of whether the court
intends to remain on the sidelines, leaving the last word to lower 
courts
that have so far deferred to the White House, or to weigh in with the 
same
assertiveness it has displayed so often in recent years on some of the 
most
bitterly disputed issues in American life. 

The first cases in the queue on the court's docket are appeals filed on
behalf of two groups of detainees at the United States naval base at
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. These appeals frame an issue that at some level 
all
the cases, despite their considerable differences, have in common: the
degree of deference owed by the judicial branch to the executive for
actions taken in the name of national security in a crisis...

Later this year, probably before its winter recess, the court will 
decide
whether to hear a United States citizen's challenge to his open-ended
detention as an "enemy combatant." The man, Yasser Esam Hamdi, an
American-born Saudi who was apparently captured on the battlefield in
Afghanistan, has been held without access to a lawyer in military 
brigs,
first in Virginia and now in South Carolina, since April 2002. The 
federal
appeals court in Richmond, Va., ruled in January that he was not 
entitled
to a lawyer and had no right to challenge the basis for his continued
detention...

ALSO SEE: 

ACTIVISTS SEE LOSS OF CIVIL LIBERTIES
Meg James, Los Angeles Times, 11/2/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-amnesty2nov02,1,325468.story

Activists gathered in Redondo Beach on Saturday for an Amnesty
International conference concluded that they don't have to venture 
overseas
to find human rights abuses.

Instead, they said, there are plenty here at home.

The group's annual western regional conference, which began Friday and 
ends
today at the Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach hotel, discussed different 
faces of
discrimination around the globe — everything from violence against 
women
and gays to the ravages of AIDS in Africa to U.S. immigration policies 
and,
in some instances, the corporate pursuit of profits.

But one issue in particular captured the attention of many of the more 
than
400 Amnesty International USA members at the conference: President 
Bush's
war on terrorism.

The administration's actions, leaders of the group contend, have done
little to make the world safer from terrorists.

Instead, they said, the government's detention of Muslims after the 
Sept.
11 attacks, passage of the U.S.A. Patriot Act and the war in Iraq have
damaged the country's credibility...


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DETROIT-AREA TERRORISM CLAIMS OFTEN UNPROVEN, UNPROSECUTED 
Associated Press, 11/2/03

DETROIT -- Of at least 155 terrorism suspects considered for 
prosecution
over the past two years in the Detroit area, federal prosecutors have
proven terrorism connections against just three of them, according to a
published report. 

An analysis of Justice Department data by The Detroit News found that 
of
the suspects investigated between September 11, 2001 and Aug. 31, 2003,
prosecutors decided against charging one-fifth, have filed charges 
against
about one-third and still are weighing about half of the prosecution
requests. 

Thirty-four area residents who are of Arab descent or Muslim who are 
under
investigation for terrorism-related activities have instead been 
charged
with lesser crimes, though their cases carry labels such as
"terrorism-international," "terrorism-domestic" and "terrorism-related
financing." 

Convictions on primarily fraud, immigration or drug-related charges 
have
been gained in half of those cases... 

SEE ALSO:

NO TERROR SUSPECTS NABBED ON BORDER
Associated Press, 11/3/03
http://www.msnbc.com/news/988396.asp

A crackdown along the U.S.-Mexico border designed to prevent terrorists
from entering the United States hasn't stopped even one known militant 
from
slipping into America since Sept. 11, an Associated Press investigation 
has
found.

INSTEAD, THE TIGHTENING net of Border Patrol and Immigration agents has
slowed trade, snarled traffic and cost American taxpayers millions, 
perhaps
billions, of dollars, while hundreds of migrants have died trying to 
evade
the growing army of border authorities. 

"If there are concerns about the border in national security terms, 
they
are misplaced," said Claudia Smith, a migration activist who directs 
the
California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation. 

Sept. 11, 2001, was a defining moment in the politics of illegal
immigration. The terrorist attacks abruptly halted major reforms 
designed
to legalize much of the flow of workers heading north from Mexico. The
reforms had won support from President Bush -- a former Texas governor 
--
and members of the U.S. Congress. 

After more than 3,000 people died in the al-Qaida strikes on the World
Trade Center and the Pentagon, the Bush administration told Mexican
officials they were concerned that easing migration restrictions could 
lead
to another terrorist attack...

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LAWSUIT ACCUSES SOUTHWEST OF POST-9/11 RACIAL PROFILING
Rob Johnson, Tennessean, 11/2/03
http://www.tennessean.com/local/archives/03/10/41767255.shtml

It was time to board the plane, but Abdalla G. Mohammed and Southwest
Airlines were at a standoff at a Nashville gate.

The airline employees and security officials were demanding that the
ticketed passenger with the Islamic name submit to further screening, 
but
having already passed through the normal checkpoints, the university
faculty member was stunned.

The airline employees, he contends, had already announced over the 
intercom
the names that were flagged by computers for last-minute screening, and
Mohammed's name was not on that list.

Yet as the line of boarding passengers crept closer to the plane, he 
found
himself face to face with a security guard demanding that he be 
searched
again.

The aftermath became the fodder for a federal civil lawsuit in which
Mohammed, a dark-skinned native of Sudan, contends that he was subject 
to
nothing but post-Sept. 11 racial profiling by airline employees...

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FLORIDA SCHOOL BUS RACISM SCANDAL
Lawrence Smallma, Al Jazeerah, 11/3/03
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/0A3D3E55-E513-4BE1-B8E0-729B44723787.
htm

A school bus service in Florida has refused to carry Iraqi and Afghani
refugee students for a second time in a week.

Some 27 students aged between 10 and 14 were abandoned outside 
Jacksonville
last Wednesday, over eight miles away from home.

A substitute Duval County school bus driver  – “Mrs Boston” – singled 
out
hijab-wearing girls and “foreign-looking” boys, ordering them to get 
out.

Ali al-Hamad said his children, along with as many others from Fort
Caroline Middle School, were kicked off their bus because they were 
Muslim.

"We feel so sorry" that the situation happened, said Zahra Diya al-Din, 
a
14-year-old student who was on the school bus... 

A spokesman for the Council of American Islamic Relations told
Aljazeera.net on Monday that although such behaviour is shocking, it is
unsurprising.

But Ahmad Bedier said a lot of misinformation and bigotry were rife in
Jacksonville...

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U.S. COLLEGES SEE FEWER STUDENTS FROM ISLAMIC COUNTRIES
Diane Carroll, Kansas City Star, 11/3/03
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/7171947.htm

The war on terrorism appears to be deterring young people from Islamic
countries from studying in the United States, according to national 
figures
to be released today.

The number of Middle East students attending colleges and universities 
fell
10 percent last fall, the Institute of International Education 
reported.

In addition, more than one-fourth of 276 educational institutions 
surveyed
last month reported significant declines this fall in new students from
Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates.

The findings are predictable, educators say, given the crackdown at 
U.S.
borders since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. But they also are a concern, 
the
educators say, because the United States should be building bridges 
with
those countries instead of pushing them away.

Overall, the Institute of International Education's annual Open Doors
survey showed that the number of international students studying in the
United States slowed to a 0.6 percent increase last fall, compared with
fall 2001. It was the smallest increase since 1995-96...

ALSO SEE: 

FOREIGN VISITORS WILL FACE NEW RULES
Mimi Hall, USA Today, 11/2/03
http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2003-11-02-visitor-rules_x.htm

WASHINGTON — Millions of foreign visitors to the USA, already under 
strict
scrutiny since the terrorist attacks in 2001, soon will have to be
fingerprinted and photographed to get through the nation's airports and
seaports.

Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security announced plans for a
high-tech system that will help track the 24 million foreigners who 
enter
the country with work, student or travel visas each year.

Congress ordered the system after the Sept. 11 attacks, when officials
learned that two of the 19 hijackers had violated the terms of their 
visas.
The program's goal is to prevent potential terrorists from entering the
country and to register foreigners who are allowed in. It also requires
foreigners to check out when they leave, so officials can look for 
people
who stay after their visas expire.

The program replaces a controversial measure that required people in 
the
USA from 25 mostly Muslim countries to register with the government...

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SUPPORTING THE HUNGER FOR FAITH
S. Mitra Kalita, Washington Post, 11/3/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A54820-2003Nov2.html

This month, as most of her classmates file into Glen Forest Elementary
School's cafeteria to lunch on rectangular pizza slices and peanut 
butter
and jelly sandwiches, Mona Ali heads for a room filled with toys and
coloring books and other young people who aspire to be faithful.

At an early age – 7 3/4, to be exact -- Mona has decided it's time to 
join
some fellow Muslim students at the Falls Church school in their
commemoration of Ramadan, a month of fasting that began last week. More
than one-quarter of the school's students come from predominantly 
Islamic
countries, but most of the students have not reached adolescence, and
Islamic law exempts them, along with the sick and elderly, from 
fasting.

Still, children as young as Mona are choosing to partake. From sunrise 
to
sunset, they are to refrain from eating, drinking or telling even the
smallest untruth, the better to turn away from personal desires and 
renew
their commitment to God. 

As an influx of immigrants redefines the Washington suburbs, educators 
say
Muslim children feel freer to embrace their religion publicly, unlike
previous generations who might have been tempted to avoid or conceal 
the
fast in an effort to fit in. Schools with large Muslim populations are
taking steps to accommodate and encourage the students during 
Ramadan...

ALSO SEE: 

SCHOOLS ACCOMMODATE MUSLIM STUDENTS DURING RAMADAN
NBC, 11/3/03
http://www.nbc4.com/news/2604265/detail.html

School districts across the Washington region are accommodating Muslim
students who wish to fast during the holy month of Ramadan. 

In some cases, students as young as elementary school are opting out of
meals, even though Islamic law says they don't have to fast until 
they're
teenagers. 

At many schools, the library or another room set aside by the school 
has
become an alternative to the cafeteria during lunch period.  

Recently, the principal of a school in Montgomery County, Md., roused
Muslim students who were attending an outdoor education trip before 
sunrise
each morning so they could eat before beginning their fast. 

And several schools have postponed special events until after the fast 
ends
in early December. 

School leaders say it's a message of sharing and support that's 
important
for both Muslim and non-Muslim students to see.

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A DEVICE POINTS THE WAY TO MECCA AND PLAYS CALLS TO PRAYERS
Teresa Riordan, New York Times, 11/3/03
http://www.nytimes.com

THE Koran requires Muslims to pray five times a day while facing Mecca, 
the
birthplace of the prophet Muhammad. Traditionally muezzins climb the
minarets of mosques to call out prayer time, but in the modern world 
the
devout are not always within earshot.

Frank Deworetzki, an inventor for Mannesmann, in Frankfurt, offers a
solution. Two weeks ago Mr. Deworetzki patented a navigational system 
for
automobiles that not only shows the driver where he or she is headed 
but
also shows the direction of Mecca at all times. 

Moreover, the system can be programmed to play prayer calls at the
appropriate times. During Ramadan, the month of daytime religious 
fasting,
which begins today in the United States, the system alerts drivers to 
the
time of sunrise and sunset, wherever they may be. Mr. Deworetzki could 
not
be reached for comment, and the system does not seem to be available 
yet.
It is patent No.6,633,813.

David M. Thimmig, the patent lawyer who shepherded the application 
through
the patent office for Siemens, which owns Mannesmann, said the patent 
was
much broader than simply a way to know the location of Mecca...

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POLL: EU CITIZENS SEE ISRAEL AS WORLD PEACE THREAT
Reuters, 11/3/03
http://canadaeast.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20031103/CPW/14519020&cache
time=15

BRUSSELS, Belgium - A majority of European Union citizens see Israel as 
a
threat to world peace, and more than two-thirds believe the U.S.-led
invasion of Iraq was unjustified, an opinion poll showed Monday.

The EU executive Commission's survey of attitudes on Iraq and world 
peace
showed that 59 percent of those polled saw Israel as a threat, putting 
it
above Iran, North Korea and the United States, each of which polled 53
percent.

The poll also found that 68 percent of EU citizens believed the 
U.S.-led
invasion of Iraq was not justified...

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AFGHANISTAN UNVEILS DRAFT CONSTITUTION
Burt Herman, Associated Press, 11/3/03
http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/sns-ap-afghan-constitution,0,6
021871.story 

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghanistan unveiled a post-Taliban draft 
constitution
Monday, a historic milestone on what has been a bloody, bumpy and often
tragic path to recovery after decades of war.

The draft starts by declaring that "Afghanistan is an Islamic 
Republic,"
then later creates the posts of president and vice president, as well 
as
envisioning two houses of congress.

The draft reflects the government's desire to bring the country 
together
under the banner of Islam, which is practiced by the vast majority of
Afghans. However, the hardline Islamic law enforced by the former 
Taliban
regime is not expected to be a part of Afghanistan's future. 

Under the Taliban, men were forced to grow beards and pray, women were
banned from schools and almost all public life, and music was 
forbidden.
Executions were carried out before large crowds at Kabul's sports 
stadium...

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FEELING UNDER ATTACK, ARABS TURN TO ISLAM FOR ANSWERS
Howard LaFranchi, Christian Science Monitor, 11/3/03
http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/1103/p05s01-wome.html

AMMAN, JORDAN – At the Al Kaluti Mosque in a middle-class neighborhood 
of
the Jordanian capital, hundreds more worshipers than the building can 
hold
spill into the streets, a testament to the rallying capacity of Islam 
in
troubled times. 

The crush of mostly young men at Friday's prayers could be explained by 
the
fact that this is Muslim holy month of Ramadan. But in Jordan, as 
across
the region, the Iraq war is the latest of many factors that have 
Muslims
turning to their faith for solace and answers.

"The occupation of Iraq, Palestine, American rhetoric about Islam, and 
the
so-called war on terrorism - the feeling it is a fabrication to 
facilitate
the taking of resources by American companies - all of these things 
help
explain a higher interest in Islam," says Abdullateef Arabiyat, former
secretary general of Jordan's Islamic Action Front.

"People feel their identity is under attack and are afraid," says Mr.
Arabiyat, now the party's minority parliamentary leader. "That is
unfortunate, as Muslims need to open up and close the gap between Islam 
and
the modern world, but right now the effect is people turning inward..."

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

URGENT CAIR ACTION ALERT #400

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED:

1. Donate generously to the campaign. To donate online, go to:
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/millionforislam.asp
(NOTE: Scholars says CAIR is able to receive ZAKAT donations.)
2. Ask all your friends, relatives and colleagues to donate and become 
members of CAIR.
3. Raise funds for CAIR at your local mosque or Islamic center. We 
encourage each center to raise $1,000.
4. Attend CAIR's fundraising dinner in Washington, D.C., on November 
29th 
and help us reach our goal of $1 million. TO REGISTER, GO TO: 
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/2003dinner.asp

Make checks payable to "CAIR."
MAIL TO: CAIR, 453 New Jersey Ave. SE, Washington, D.C., 20003

Remember, every dollar counts. As the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon 
him) 
said when asked what actions God loves most: "One that is performed 
constantly, even if it is small."

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HELP CAIR RAISE $1 MILLION DURING RAMADAN
Funds will be used to promote Islam and defend American Muslims

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/4/2003) - Alhamdulillah (praise be to God), CAIR 
today announced a fundraising campaign intended (inshallah) to raise $1 
million during the month of Ramadan, the month of giving, and 
culminating 
with the national fundraising dinner on November 29 in Washington, D.C.

NOW is the time to show your support for CAIR, an organization that has 
been defending Muslims and Islam in America for almost 10 years. Your 
generous donation is more important than ever and will be greatly 
appreciated.

HELP MAKE THIS CAMPAIGN A SUCCESS BY THE END OF RAMADAN!

Funds raised during the campaign, themed "$1 MILLION FOR ISLAM IN 
RAMADAN," 
will be used to defend the civil and religious rights of American 
Muslims, 
defend against defamatory attacks on Muslims and Islam and promote 
greater 
understanding of Islamic beliefs and practices.

"You all know the work CAIR has been doing for the past decade on 
behalf of 
the American Muslim community," said CAIR Board Chairman Omar Ahmad. 
"To 
take our work to the next level, we need your support, both moral and 
financial." He quoted Ibn Abbas who said: "The Prophet was the most 
generous of all the people, and he used to become (even) more generous 
in 
Ramadan." (Sahih Al-Bukhari, 4:754)

Ahmad also outlined some of the important work CAIR has done in the 
recent 
past:

* CAIR'S LIBRARY PROJECT - CAIR's ambitious library project is designed 
to 
place accurate and objective information about Islam in more than 
16,000 
public libraries nationwide. Already, some 7,000 libraries have 
received or 
are scheduled to receive the Islamic books, videos, DVDs, and audio 
cassettes.

SEE: http://www.libraryproject.org/

* CAIR'S "ISLAM IN AMERICA" AD CAMPAIGN - CAIR launched this campaign 
to 
counter attacks on the American Muslim community and Islam following 
the 
9/11 terror attacks. Several of these professionally-produced ads ran 
on 
the editorial page of the New York Times.

SEE: http://www.americanmuslims.info/

* CHALLENGING MUSLIM-BASHERS AND ISLAMOPHOBES - CAIR consistently takes 
the 
lead in challenging the smears, lies and distortions of Islam-bashers 
and 
anti-Muslim bigots. We lead the successful campaign to expose the 
extremist 
anti-Muslim views of Daniel Pipes, who was blocked from a full term on 
the 
board of the United States Institute of Peace in large measure due to 
CAIR's efforts. We also took the lead on challenging the bigoted views 
of 
Islamophobes such as Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and 
most recently, Gen. Boykin in the Pentagon.

* DEFENDING YOUR RELIGIOUS AND CIVIL RIGHTS - Whether its fighting 
for  religious accommodation in the workplace or schools, challenging 
unconstitutional provisions of the USA Patriot Act, working with local 
and 
national authorities, or exposing anti-Muslim hate crimes, CAIR is in 
the 
forefront of the struggle to maintain your rights and promote Islam. To 
help defend your rights, CAIR has developed a series of guides designed 
to 
educate employers, educators, health care workers, prison officials, 
law 
enforcement personnel about Islamic religious practices.

			- PLEASE ANNOUNCE, POST AND DISTRIBUTE -

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 11/4/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: FORGETFULNESS IN FASTING
* IMAM SIRAJ WAHHAJ TO SPEAK AT CAIR DINNER
	- Volunteers Needed For CAIR Dinner
* CAIR-CAN TESTIFIES ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS
	- CAIR-CAN: Is Canada 'Subcontracting' Torture?
	- Canadian Deported by U.S. was Tortured (Reuters)
* CAIR-FL: MUSLIMS TO DISTRIBUTE THANKSGIVING BASKETS
* ACTION ALERT: POSITIVE 7TH HEAVEN TV PROGRAM
* LORD...JUST HELP US KILL 'EM' (Newsweek)
	- Torture Claim By Iranians Arrested In Iraq (FT)
* PALESTINIAN DETAINEE RETURNED TO NJ (AP)
	- Palestinian Activist is Released (Wash. Post)
* SCHOOL BOARD AND BUS COMPANY CONTINUE INVESTIGATION (AP)
	- Sikh Cabbies Blame Racism for Crimes (Athens News)
* IMMIGRATION CRACKDOWN SNARES ARABS (Detroit News)
	- Immigrant Facing Court Find Little Solace (MPR)
* GEORGIA HABITAT HOUSE IS A LESSON IN DIVERSITY (AJC)
* JUSTICES FACE DECISION ON ACCEPTING 9/11 CASES (NY Times)
	- Civil Liberties on Endangered List (WH Weekly)
	- Bill Of Rights Has To Apply To All (Oracle)
* U.S. SEEKS $2.22 BLN MILITARY AID FOR ISRAEL (Reuters)
* REPORTED U.S. STRIKE DISCONCERTS KARZAI (LA Times)
* LA. PRISONS OBSERVE RAMADAN (Sunday Advocate)
	- Young Muslims Eager To Fast (RNS)
	- Soldiers Should Be Aware Of Ramadan (Army News)
* MPAC HOSTS RAMADAN LECTURE EVENT
* MAS/ICNA CONVENTION IN CHICAGO

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HADITH OF THE DAY: FORGETFULNESS IN FASTING

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Whoever forgets he is 
fasting and eats or drinks is to complete his fast, as it was God who 
fed 
him and gave him something to drink."

The Prophet also said: "God will not hold anyone...responsible for what 
is 
done in error, forgetfulness or under coercion."

Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 3, Number 138A

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IMAM SIRAJ WAHHAJ TO SPEAK AT CAIR DINNER

Registration is now available online for CAIR's Ninth Annual 
Fundraising 
Dinner on November 29th (the weekend after Eid ul-Fitr) in Washington, 
D.C. 
The dinner, with the theme "Muslims in America: A Defining Moment," 
will 
feature presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich as one of its main 
speakers.

Featured speakers include Imam Siraj Wahhaj. Wahhaj is well-known as a 
dynamic motivational speaker and tireless supporter of Islamic causes. 
A 
leader and community activist, Wahhaj is one of the most respected 
Muslim 
leaders in America.

WHERE: Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons
Corner/Vienna, VA

COST: CAIR dinners always quick to sell out so get you tickets now!
Tickets: $55/$85 per couple R.S.V.P. by Nov. 24, 2003. No children 
please. 
(Limited babysitting with prior notice only - $10 per child.)

FOR MORE INFORMATION, call 202-488-8787 or e-mail: 
register@cair-net.org

ACTION REQUESTED:

REGISTER FOR CAIR'S DINNER BY GOING TO:
https://www.cair-net.org/2003dinner-register.asp

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VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED FOR CAIR DINNER

CAIR is seeking volunteers to help with its upcoming dinner in 
Washington, 
D.C. Those interested in helping with the dinner should email 
fkhan@cair-net.org or call Farida Khan at 202-488-8787.

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CAIR-CAN TESTIFIES ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS

(OTTAWA, CANADA) - CAIR-CAN recently testified before the House of 
Commons 
Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade regarding 
Canada's relations with the Muslim world.

The Foreign Affairs Committee has embarked on a long-term study of 
Canada's 
relations with countries of the Muslim world, with a mandate to make 
recommendations for Canadian foreign policy. The Committee has heard 
testimony from witnesses in Canada and the U.S., and is now en route to 
the 
Middle-East, South and South-East Asia and Europe to hear more.

CAIR-CAN's testimony to the committee was authored by Chair Sheema Khan 
and 
board member Wael Haddara.  The full text of the submission may be 
viewed 
at: http://www.caircan.ca/downloads/scofa-112003.pdf

ALSO SEE:

CAIR-CAN: IS CANADA 'SUBCONTRACTING' TORTURE?
Islamic civil rights group repeats call for public inquiry

(OTTAWA, CANADA - 11/4/2003)  Following today's testimony by Maher Arar 
regarding what happened to him during the last year, the Canadian 
office of 
the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) questioned whether 
Canadian security agencies may be "subcontracting" torture against 
Canadian 
citizens.  CAIR-CAN also reaffirmed the pressing need for an 
independent 
public inquiry into Maher Arar's case.

In a statement released today, CAIR-CAN said: "We have grave concerns 
given 
Arar's testimony that our security agencies may be subcontracting 
torture 
against Canadian citizens.

"We are beyond the question whether the RCMP passed information to the 
Americans.  Based on Arar's testimony, it would appear that the 
information 
that the RCMP provided to the Americans was substantial.

"We also have fresh information about the involvement of CSIS. 
According to 
Arar's testimony, there was an ongoing communication channel between 
CSIS 
and the Syrians while Arar was in Syria.  CSIS made two visits to Syria 
while Arar was there and the Syrians gave CSIS a copy of the 
interrogation 
transcripts.

"All this leads to the fear that security agencies may be using 
evidence 
acquired by torture and mistreatment against Canadian citizens and 
non-citizens.  Is any of this evidence being used against people held 
under 
security certificates?

"And now we have the case of another Canadian, Abdullah alMalki, who 
has 
reportedly been severely tortured, denied his basic rights, not 
charged, 
detained for a year and a half and denied consular access. The role of 
the 
RCMP and CSIS in his case also needs to be seriously examined.

"If Canada wants to retain its stature as a country that respects human 
rights and fundamental freedoms, then our government must come clean 
about 
the involvement of the RCMP and CSIS in the year-long suffering of 
Maher 
Arar.  Our government has a moral duty to Maher Arar to provide him 
with 
answers and a duty to all Canadians to ensure that this nightmare never 
reoccurs.  The best avenue continues to be an independent public 
inquiry."

CONTACT: Riad Saloojee at 613-254-9704; E-MAIL: Canada@cair-net.org

SEE ALSO:

CANADIAN DEPORTED BY US TO SYRIA SAYS WAS TORTURED
Reuters, 11/4/03

OTTAWA - A Canadian man who was deported to Syria by U.S. agents in 
2002 
said on Tuesday he had been tortured during the year he spent in a 
Damascus 
jail.

Maher Arar -- who was unexpectedly freed last month -- said in a 
statement 
that in the first two weeks in prison he was beaten with shredded 
cables. 
He was also forced to sign false confessions.

"Between beatings they would put me in a waiting room next to all the 
interrogation rooms. I could hear the prisoners being tortured and 
screaming like crazy. This was the worst," he said.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are already under formal 
investigation 
for possible wrongdoing over their involvement in the controversial 
case.

U.S. officials, who alleged Arar belonged to al Qaeda, say privately 
they 
acted on data supplied by Canadian police. Arar -- who also holds a 
Syrian 
passport -- was arrested while changing planes in New York on a return 
flight to Canada.

Ottawa has consistently declined to answer questions about what 
information 
the police might have handed over about Arar.

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FL MUSLIMS TO DISTRIBUTE THANKSGIVING BASKETS
Hernando County enacts resolution praising CAIR

(BROOKSVILLE, FL, 11/4/2003)  The Florida office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) today announced plans to 
distribute 
Thanksgiving food baskets to needy families and veterans living in that 
state's Hernando County. The announcement was made as representatives 
of 
CAIR-FL accepted a county resolution recognizing the local Muslim 
community 
and CAIR-FL for their charitable efforts.

After accepting the resolution, CAIR-FL Communications Director Ahmed 
Bedier addressed the Board of County Commissioners and explained that 
the 
Islamic faith obligates its followers to give to the poor and the 
hungry.

Bedier also mentioned the importance of neighborly relations in Islam 
and 
quoted the Prophet Muhammad's saying: "He is not a true believer, the 
one 
who sleeps on a full stomach, while his neighbor is hungry." Bedier 
concluded by praising the county commissioners and leaders of Hernando 
County for their efforts to reach out and embrace all members of the 
community, including minorities and new comers.

"What we witnessed today is a great example of a community working 
together 
to combat hunger and poverty by promoting diversity, unity and 
charity," 
SAID Bedier. He added that his group plans to duplicate the food basket 
program across the state of Florida.

CAIR-FL also revealed plans to distribute the Library Project packages 
(www.libraryproject.org) to all public libraries in the county and 
announced an Islamic Arts Exhibit free to the public on November 15th 
of 
this year.

CONTACT:  Ahmed Bedier, 813-731-9506 abedier@cair-florida.org

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ACTION ALERT: POSITIVE 7TH HEAVEN TV PROGRAM

Send a note of appreciation to the producers of 7th Heaven for their 
show 
on a Muslim family dealing with prejudice and tensions in their new 
neighborhood. The episode aired Monday, November, 3, 2003.

7th heaven: Getting to Know You

Eric (Stephen Collins) and Annie (Catherine Hicks) throw a "Welcome to 
the 
Neighborhood" party for Ruthie's (Mackenzie Rosman) Muslim friend Jill 
Dupree (guest-star Randa Sabbah) and her parents (guest-stars Kamal 
Marayati and Yareli Arizmendi), but the Duprees are hesitant to attend. 
Eric is shocked and disappointed when he learns that his neighborhood 
is 
not a friendly place for Muslims.

To send feedback or for more about the show, visit: 
http://www.thewb.com/Shows/Episode/0,8201,135876,00.html

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LORD...JUST HELP US KILL 'EM'
Joshua Hammer, Newsweek, 11/10/03
http://www.msnbc.com/news/988070.asp

Just after midnight on Oct. 31, the men of Bravo Company are huddling 
for a 
final pep talk. Tips of cigarettes, stoked by an unusually chill wind, 
glow 
in near pitch darkness as two dozen jeep engines roar nearby. Soon the 
troops will swoop down on a house in Fallujah's northern outskirts, 
where a
Baathist named Taha and 30 comrades are holding a meeting, allegedly to 
plan roadside bombings. "Go out and grab Taha," says the company 
commander,

Capt. Matthew Mobley. "He's gonna have a helluva treat for Halloween." 
Then 
the battalion's chaplain asks the men to join him in a short prayer. 
"Lord, 
there are bad guys out there," he says, bowing his head. "Just help us 
kill 
'em."

"Don't get yourself killed" is the basic principle of action these days 
in 
Fallujah. Six months after President George W. Bush declared an end to 
major combat operations, 119 U.S. troops have been shot dead or blown 
up in 
a grinding guerrilla war. And the shadowy insurgency seems to be 
centered 
on this Baathist stronghold 40 miles west of Baghdad. Yet gathering 
hard 
intelligence about the resistance is a huge challenge for U.S. troops 
in a 
town where anti-American sentiment remains intense, and where those who 
cooperate become targets themselves. Last week a car bomb exploded a 
few 
yards from Fallujah's main police station, killing six people. Then 
Fallujah's mayor, who has good relations with U.S. occupiers, survived 
the 
latest of several attempts on his life when his office was bombed...

ALSO SEE:

TORTURE CLAIM BY IRANIANS ARRESTED IN IRAQ
Kim Ghattas, Financial Times, 11/3/03
http://news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1066565583966&p=1012571727172

Two Iranian filmmakers freed after four months in US custody in Iraq on 
Monday claimed they had been tortured while in detention.

Saeed Abu Taleb and Sohail Karimi, who work for IRIB, Iran's state-run 
television, were arrested on July 1 in the town of Kut while filming a 
US 
military base. Coalition authorities said the two Iranians were filming 
in 
a restricted area and suggested they were spying.

"The detention was unimaginable. The first 10 days was like a 
nightmare. We 
were subjected to severe torture. . . It was very bad," Mr Abou Taleb 
was 
reported as saying. "I will give full details later."

There was no immediate US response, but an unnamed American military 
spokesman told the French Press Agency: "The coalition does not 
mistreat 
anyone in its custody - full stop."

According to IRIB, the two journalists had been working on a 
documentary on 
the life of Iraqi people...

-----

PALESTINIAN AT CENTER OF DETENTION FLAP RETURNED TO NJ
Wayne Parry, Associated Press, 11/3/03
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-nj--palestiniandetain1103nov03,0,1244320.story 


NEWARK, N.J.-  A Palestinian detainee challenging the United States 
government over the length of time it can hold people on immigration 
charges has been moved back to New Jersey from central Pennsylvania.

Supporters of Farouk Abdel-Muhti claim his transfer there in February 
was 
retaliation for his lawsuit, which also claims that as a stateless 
Palestinian, there is no nation to which he can legally be deported.

Abdel-Muhti's suit claims the federal government has held him longer 
than 
its own standards permit, which is generally six months, his lawyers 
say. 
He has been in custody for more than 550 days.

"The government cannot hold him indefinitely," said his lawyer, Jeffrey 
Fogel. "If they can't repatriate him, they have to release him."

He was transferred Thursday night from the York County Jail, about two 
hours west of Philadelphia, to the Bergen County Jail. No reason was 
given 
for the transfer, according to Fogel.

Federal immigration officials did not immediately return a call seeking 
comment on Monday...

ALSO SEE:

PALESTINIAN ACTIVIST IS RELEASED
Robert E. Pierre, Washington Post, 11/4/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A61015-2003Nov4.html

CHICAGO - A former Howard University professor and Palestinian activist 
with alleged ties to the Islamic Resistance Movement, or Hamas, was 
released on $1 million bail Monday after two months in jail for 
refusing to 
testify before a grand jury investigating the terrorist group's 
finances 
and activities.

Abdelhaleem Ashqar, who taught at Howard for three years, had been 
jailed 
since early September, when he refused to testify after being granted 
immunity.

During his two months in custody, Ashqar said, he refused to eat or 
drink 
anything except water. Authorities held him in a Chicago hospital to 
feed 
him intravenously, Ashqar said in a telephone interview Monday night. 
He 
plans to return to his home in Alexandria to await trial on criminal 
contempt charges.

Ashqar gained national attention for a six-month hunger strike in 1998 
while he was jailed for not cooperating with a New York grand jury. In 
a 
separate case in August in Chicago, Charles P. Kocoras, chief judge of 
the 
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, again held 
Ashqar in civil contempt for refusing to talk to a grand jury after he 
was 
granted immunity. He was later charged with criminal contempt but still 
refused to participate in what he called a witch hunt against 
Palestinians 
fighting Israeli oppression.

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SCHOOL BOARD AND BUS COMPANY CONTINUE INVESTIGATION INTO ALLEGATIONS
Kyle Meenan, Associated Press, 11/3/03
http://www.firstcoastnews.com/printfullstory.aspx?storyid=10168

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- John Ziegler runs the First Student Bus Company, 
with a 
contract to transport tens of thousands of Duval County School Children 
over millions of miles of roads each year. He is personally 
investigating 
claims by students at Fort Caroline Middle School that two drivers 
discriminated against them because they are Muslim.

"Our first priority is getting these kids to and from school safely 
--and 
on time," said Ziegler, following a lengthy meeting with Fort Caroline 
Middle School's Principal and David Solomon, General Transportation 
Chief 
for the Duval County School District. "We will continue to investigate 
these charges of discrimination very thoroughly, and completely before 
we 
announce what steps will be taken."

On Saturday a representative for the American Civil Liberties Union 
(ACLU) 
said they were backing the Council on American-Islamic Relations' 
request 
for an investigation and apology. They allege that two different First 
Student bus drivers singled out Muslim students Wednesday and again 
Friday.

The children, who are from 10 to 14 years old, are immigrants from the 
Middle East and Central Asia, including some from Iraq and Afghanistan. 
Most of them arrived in this country as infants after the first Gulf 
War. 
Many of the students were wearing religious attire. The version of 
events 
differs between the students and school officials.

"We'd like to resolve the issue but obviously, we can't shut the door 
to 
legal action," said Ahmed Bedier, a spokesman for the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations in Florida.

Council officials said the Muslim students were ordered off the bus 
Wednesday for talking loudly but no non-Muslim students were singled 
out. 
School officials said the students were returned to school because of 
disciplinary problems...

ALSO SEE:

SIKH CAB DRIVERS SAY RACISM AND RECESSION PUT THEM IN PEOPLE'S 
CROSSHAIRS
Raj Jayadev, Athens News, 11/3/03
http://www.athensnews.com/issue/article.php3?story_id=14563

SAN JOSE, Calif. - In the back of the San Jose airport, 30-year-old 
Farhan 
Kahn is handing out samosas to the other cab drivers sitting in lawn 
chairs 
waiting for their dispatcher to call. Kahn, cabby by day, world-music 
satarist by night, is giving his explanation for the never-ending Bin 
Laden 
references drivers hear. "Even in the Bay Area people are ignorant," he 
says. "They need to watch less movies and more PBS."

He's joking, but the group of South Asian and Ethiopian men don't 
laugh. 
Before, racial slurs, and questions like, "What do you think about 
Saddam?" 
from passengers were only words, part of the job. Now, after the recent 
shootings of three Bay Area Sikh cab drivers, many fear those words may 
portend something much worse.

Three shootings in two months. Davinder Singh, 21, was shot to death by 
two 
passengers early Sept. 13 in Redwood City. Gurpreet Singh, 23, was 
killed 
on July 2 in Richmond. Another cab driver, Inderjit Singh, 29, was shot 
in 
the jaw on July 5 when he responded to a call from his dispatcher.

Most Sikhs share the last name of Singh.

Police in both Richmond and Redwood City determined robbery to be the 
primary cause of the shootings. But many Sikh cab drivers say the 
crimes 
were about racial hatred...

-----

IMMIGRATION CRACKDOWN SNARES ARABS
Gregg Krupa and John Bebow, Detroit News, 11/3/03
http://www.detnews.com/2003/specialreport/0311/03/a01-314467.htm

DEARBORN -- Since September 11, federal officials have wielded 
immigration 
law as a major weapon in the war against terrorism, intensely 
scrutinizing 
local Arabs, jailing them without bail and ratcheting up deportations 
in a 
controversial effort to prevent further terrorist attacks.

Deportation orders against people from 24 Arab and Muslim nations 
increased 
20 percent in Michigan in the two years since the terrorist attacks, 
compared to the previous two years, government documents show.

Total deportation orders against all illegal immigrants, however, have 
remained flat in Michigan since Sept. 11, 2001. And enforcement against 
Mexicans -- who are ordered deported more often than any other 
immigrant 
group -- has dropped by 20 percent.

Violations of immigration law and visa status, once considered 
technical 
and easily remedied, now often result in immediate incarceration and 
eventual deportation. Deportation orders, which may be appealed before 
the 
deportation occurs, now frequently result in immediate imprisonment or 
electronic tethering, pending appeal...

ALSO SEE:

IMMIGRANTS FACING IMMIGRATION COURT FIND LITTLE SOLACE IN CONSTITUTION
Mary Losure, Minnesota Public Radio, 11/9/02
http://news.mpr.org/features/2003/11/09_losurem_democracy/

The U.S. Constitution guarantees certain rights to all Americans. It 
says 
you can't be be deprived of your liberty without due process of law, 
for 
example. But under a legal doctrine that goes back more than 100 years, 
the 
U.S. Supreme Court has consistantly ruled that constitutional rights 
don't 
necessarily apply to non-citizens. Millions of non-citizens who live in 
this country face a little-known entity: immigration courts.

Bloomington, Minn. - The chambers of the Executive Office for 
Immigration 
Review in Bloomington, Minn., look like any ordinary courtroom. A 
black-robed judge sits on a low platform. Below him are tables for the 
lawyers, separated from the rest of the courtroom by a wooden railing, 
just 
the way they are on TV.

But in this courtroom, at the table for the defense, there are often no 
lawyers...

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GEORGIA HABITAT HOUSE IS A LESSON IN DIVERSITY
Stacy Shelton, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 11/2/03
http://www.ajc.com

A diverse community of the faithful picked up hammers, nails and paint 
brushes in Smyrna, Ga., on a recent Saturday to build a home for an 
Iranian 
immigrant family.

Most of the more than 50 volunteers from Cobb County churches, a 
synagogue 
and a mosque worked on the Habitat for Humanity project. Habitat, 
headquartered in Americus, Ga., is a Christian organization that helps 
build simple homes for people who otherwise couldn't afford it.

"We have a Jewish temple, a Catholic church and an Islamic mosque 
(taking 
part). I said to my husband, 'This is just a Godsend,' " said Paula 
Todd, 
head of the coalition that put together the Habitat project. "There's 
not 
another (Habitat house) like it."

Some who took part in the project said their volunteer sweat was also a 
statement of unity, a common bond in the midst of the discord laid bare 
by 
terrorism in America. Imam Amjad Taufique, who leads a Marietta mosque, 
said he received hate-filled voice messages after the attacks in New 
York 
and Washington. He said he also got calls from two women, one Jewish, 
the 
other Christian, who offered their homes as safe places and volunteered 
to 
accompany Muslim women on errands.

Taufique began talking to Christian church groups to spread 
understanding 
of his religion...

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JUSTICES FACE DECISION ON ACCEPTING 9/11 CASES
Linda Greenhouse, New York Times, 11/3/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/03/national/03SCOT.html

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 - With cases generated by the Bush administration's 
response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, now reaching the 
Supreme Court in substantial numbers, the court faces a basic decision 
apart from the merits of any individual case: whether to become a 
player in 
the debate over where to set the balance between individual liberty and 
national security.

As early as this week, there may be an indication of whether the court 
intends to remain on the sidelines, leaving the last word to lower 
courts 
that have so far deferred to the White House, or to weigh in with the 
same 
assertiveness it has displayed so often in recent years on some of the 
most 
bitterly disputed issues in American life.

The first cases in the queue on the court's docket are appeals filed on 
behalf of two groups of detainees at the United States naval base at 
Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. These appeals frame an issue that at some level 
all 
the cases, despite their considerable differences, have in common: the 
degree of deference owed by the judicial branch to the executive for 
actions taken in the name of national security in a crisis...

ALSO SEE:

STUDY: CIVIL LIBERTIES ON ENDANGERED LIST
Paul Bedard, White House Weekly, 11/4/03

President Bush's post-9/11 hunt for terrorists at home and abroad has 
resulted in civil liberty abuses not seen since the Watergate days, 
according to the first report from the new progressive Center for 
American 
Progress. SEE: http://www.centerforamericanprogress.org

"The administration has presented the American people with a false 
choice," 
said center president John Podesta, former Clinton White House chief of 
staff. "It is not necessary to forfeit civil liberties in order to 
enhance 
security."

In issuing its first report as a critique of the USA Patriot Act and 
the 
Bush administration's investigation of alleged U.S. terrorists and the 
capture of suspects overseas, the Center is laying down its marker 
against 
what it sees as Nixonian abuses of constitutional liberties by 
freedom-fearing conservatives...

The report is broken down into three parts: the treatment of 
immigrants, 
the Patriot Act, and the handling of enemy combatants. Each chapter 
ends 
with numerous recommendations...

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BILL OF RIGHTS HAS TO APPLY TO ALL TRIALS, INCLUDING AL-ARIAN'S
Sebastian Meyer, Oracle, 11/4/03
http://www.usforacle.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/11/03/3fa65f3de1952

For most students at USF, the Sami Al-Arian saga came to an end when 
the 
engineering professor with alleged ties to terrorism was arrested in 
February. What most do not know is that the trial he is facing may very 
well touch on and re-evaluate the most basic rights American citizens 
have.

At a news conference in Ybor City Friday, Al-Arian's new lawyer William 
B. 
Moffitt addressed the media in a small, crammed law firm office. He 
described the case of Al-Arian as one of the first "civil rights cases 
of 
the 21st century" while reporters crouched around him.

Moffitt spoke of the conditions Al-Arian is currently being held in as 
well 
as how Al-Arian was moved to the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex 
in 
Sumter County where he is now housed in what is called a Special 
Housing 
Unit (SHU). These units were designed to "punish people that have 
committed 
offenses while in prison" and are meant to house "the worst of the 
worst."

He went on to say that Al-Arian had to change plans to defend himself 
mainly because he could not get access to sources such as law books or 
even 
talk with his attorney Robert McKee. Even now, Al-Arian has to have 
every 
phone call approved by the Bureau of Prisons in Atlanta, something no 
other 
detainee awaiting trial has to do, Moffitt claimed.

This is troubling news. According to the Bill of Rights, every person 
standing trial in the United States must have the chance for a fair 
trial. 
How can Al-Arian have a fair trial if he cannot even call his lawyer, 
let 
alone see him?...

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U.S. WILL SEEK $2.22 BLN MILITARY AID FOR ISRAEL
Reuters, 11/3/03

WASHINGTON - The United States will ask Congress to give Israel $2.22 
billion in military assistance in the fiscal year 2005, $60 million 
more 
than in 2004, the U.S. State Department said in a statement on Monday.

The increase is in line with a 1990s agreement which reduces economic 
assistance to Israel by $120 million a year while adding $60 million a 
year 
to the military component of the package, the largest Washington gives 
to 
any country.

The statement, issued after talks in Israel last Wednesday and Thursday 
between senior U.S. and Israeli officials, said the Bush administration 
was 
committed to enhancing Israel's security and "maintaining Israel's 
qualitative edge over any combination of adversaries."

It said the United States would continue to seek funding for future 
U.S. 
participation in selected joint research and development projects with 
Israel.

U.S. economic support to Israel stood at $600 million in 2002 but under 
the 
agreement, which dates back to the Clinton administration, it will 
disappear by 2008...

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REPORTED U.S. STRIKE DISCONCERTS KARZAI
Paul Watson, Los Angeles Times, 11/4/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-afghan4nov04,1,6604572.story

KABUL, Afghanistan - The deaths of six villagers in what Afghan 
officials 
said was a U.S. airstrike embarrassed President Hamid Karzai's 
government 
Monday as it tried to rally support for a draft constitution that is 
key to 
reuniting this war-ravaged country.

The attack Friday night destroyed two houses in the village of Warez in 
the 
eastern province of Nuristan, killing four children, a woman and a 
young 
man, Deputy Governor Abdul Haleem Nooristani said in a telephone 
interview.

Word of the attack reached Kabul, the capital, on Monday, as Karzai 
accepted the draft of a new constitution that, if approved by a 
traditional 
grand council next month, would concentrate significant powers in the 
presidency. An aide to Karzai confirmed that the airstrike had taken 
place...

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LA. PRISONS SUPPORT OBSERVANCE OF RAMADAN
Emily Kern, Sunday Advocate, 11/3/03
http://www.2theadvocate.com/stories/110203/new_islam001.shtml

ST. GABRIEL - For Nathaniel Green, his first day of fasting during the 
Islamic holy month of Ramadan was easier than he expected.

About 75 inmates at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel, 
along 
with millions around the world, began the fast the evening of Oct. 26.

During the ninth month of the lunar calendar, followers of the Islamic 
religion abstain from food and drink, including water, from sunrise to 
sunset. They also monitor their thoughts and words and abstain from 
sexual 
contact during the daylight hours.

"The food part was easy," Green said. "It was the part of becoming one 
with 
myself, trying not to indulge in certain conversations and looking at 
females a certain way that proved challenging."

Green, 18, an inmate at Hunt, said he was introduced to Islam on the 
streets by a friend. He became more involved in the religion once 
incarcerated, he said...

ALSO SEE:

YOUNG MUSLIMS EAGER TO FAST
Bill Lubinger; Religion News Service, 11/2/03
http://www.religionnews.com

CLEVELAND - For the 1 billion Muslims worldwide, the monthlong 
observance 
of Ramadan, which began Monday, is a time of introspection, to feel 
closer 
to God, to appreciate life's gifts by going without.

Eight-year-old Yasmine Hassan is thrilled about the start of Ramadan 
for 
another reason. "Less eating!" she said gleefully, slowly clapping her 
hands with arms outstretched, her dimples as deep as craters.

Aside from a hankering for cheeseburgers and fries, Yasmine is in the 
picky 
eaters hall of fame. During Islam's holy month, she'll catch a break 
from 
her mother, Soha's, constant pleas to eat, eat, eat.

Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam.

By puberty, Muslims are expected to fast from sunrise to sunset during 
Ramadan. But children in many Muslim families want to start sooner than 
that. Some young children ease into the observance by fasting for 
half-days 
or on weekends.

And many children try to fast the 12 hours or so each day by age 7 or 8 
-- 
some even younger. For Muslim children in the United States, their 
willpower is tested through school lunch period, class snack time, even 
after-school activities...

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SOLDIERS SHOULD BE AWARE OF RAMADAN
Pfc. Kelly Hunt, Army News Service, 11/3/03
http://www4.army.mil/ocpa/read.php?story_id_key=5371

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - To understand a religion other than your own 
takes an 
open mind, a curious heart and an opportunity to witness the inner 
circle 
of the practice.

For troops who go to Afghanistan or the Persian Gulf, the Muslim faith 
is 
placed at their doorstep, especially during the Muslim holy month of 
Ramadan.

 >From Oct. 27 until Nov. 24, more than one billion believers in the 
Muslim 
faith around the world devote their time and energy to inner 
reflection, 
self-control and devotion to Allah through prayer and sacrifice.

For many troops who have been exposed to the Muslim faith, Ramadan 
offers a 
close encounter with the religion through the many local nationals 
working 
on base...

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MPAC HOSTS RAMADAN LECTURE EVENT

WHAT: Constitutional law professor and acclaimed author, David Cole, 
will 
discuss his new book, Enemy Aliens and American Freedoms: The War on 
Terrorism's Slippery Slope.

Book signing will follow presentation.

Dr. Maher Hathout will lead in Taraweeh Prayers and Quranic reflections 
on 
"Spirituality of Justice".  The focus of Dr. Hathout's talk will 
revolve 
around how a Muslim can ground his or her spirituality by working 
toward 
justice here on earth.  Spirituality is not just an abstract, 
metaphysical 
concept, it should be enacted here on earth.

WHEN: Saturday, November 8th, 2003 at 5:00 PM

WHERE: Walter D. Ehlers Community Center
8150 Knott Ave
Buena Park, CA 90620

Space is limited, so please remember to RSVP.  For more information and 
to 
RSVP, please call MPAC at (213)383-3443 by Wednesday, November 5th, 
2003.  Childcare will be provided.

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MAS/ICNA CONVENTION IN CHICAGO

WHAT: The Muslim American Society (MAS) and the Islamic Circle of North 
America (ICNA) will be holding their second 2003 joint convention in 
Chicago, IL.

The convention, titled "Muslims, Citizens of the West, Rights Duties 
and 
prospects", will feature renowned national and international speakers, 
hold 
several conferences and workshops, and feature a special youth 
conference.

WHEN: Wednesday December 24th - Sunday December 28th, 2003

WHERE: Chicago, IL

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 11/5/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: HELP OTHERS
* IMAM SIRAJ WAHHAJ TO SPEAK AT CAIR DINNER
  	- Volunteers Needed For CAIR Dinner
* "EXTRAORDINARY RENDITION" LEADS TO TORTURE (Wash. Post)
	- Arar: 'I Lived In A Grave' (Toronto Star)
	- Canadian Leaders Nix Deportation Inquiry (AP)
* MI MUSLIMS SUFFER HARASSMENT, HATRED (Detroit News)
	- Discrimination Tough to Prove (Detroit News)
* GUANTANAMO INMATE SUES US (BBC)
* PIPES' ACCUSATIONS 'MCCARTHY-ESQUE' (Jupiter Courier)
	- Where's Evidence to Support Charge? (JC)
	- Professor Heartened By Support (Sun-Sentinel)
	- Pipes Speaks At Yale (AP)
* GEN. BOYKIN: NO AMERICAN JIHAD (Bangor News)
* ISSUE FOR BUSH: HOW TO SPEAK OF CASUALTIES? (NY Times)
	- How Many Body Bags? (LA Times)
	- Death by Optimism (NY Times)
	- Iraqis' Hatred Grows (Independent)
	- Goodwill Is Fragile In New Iraq (CSM)
* THE SUPREME COURT AND SEPT. 11 (NY Times)
	- White House Told To Justify Secrecy (Wash. Post)
* DRAFT VOLUNTEERS REVIVES MEMORIES OF VIETNAM (Guardian)
* A MOTHER WAITS OUT HER DETENTION (Chicago Tribune)
* CANDIDATE SAYS 'HATE GROUP' TARGETED HIM (LA Times)
* NY MUSLIM NEWSPAPER WINS AWARDS (Newsday)
        - PA Board Could OK Mosque Tomorrow (Phil. Inquirer)
* ISRAEL DESTROYS US-BUILT WELLS (Independent)
* WHEN DID "ARAB" BECOME A DIRTY WORD? (Counterpunch)
* PUBLIC FORUM ON UNDERSTANDING IRAQ

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HADITH OF THE DAY: HELP OTHERS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "The person who looks 
after 
a widow or the poor is like…someone who prayers all night and fasts all 
day."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 7, Hadith 265

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IMAM SIRAJ WAHHAJ TO SPEAK AT CAIR DINNER

Registration is now available online for CAIR's Ninth Annual 
Fundraising 
Dinner on November 29th (the weekend after Eid ul-Fitr) in Washington, 
D.C. 
The dinner, with the theme "Muslims in America: A Defining Moment," 
will 
feature presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich as one of its main 
speakers.

Featured speakers include Imam Siraj Wahhaj. Wahhaj is well-known as a 
dynamic motivational speaker and tireless supporter of Islamic causes. 
A 
leader and community activist, Wahhaj is one of the most respected 
Muslim 
leaders in America.

WHERE: Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons
Corner/Vienna, VA

COST: CAIR dinners always quick to sell out so get you tickets now!
Tickets: $55/$85 per couple R.S.V.P. by Nov. 24, 2003. No children 
please. 
(Limited babysitting with prior notice only - $10 per child.)

FOR MORE INFORMATION, call 202-488-8787 or e-mail: 
register@cair-net.org

ACTION REQUESTED:

REGISTER FOR CAIR'S DINNER BY GOING TO:
https://www.cair-net.org/2003dinner-register.asp

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VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED FOR CAIR DINNER

CAIR is seeking volunteers to help with its upcoming dinner in 
Washington, 
D.C. Those interested in helping with the dinner should email 
fkhan@cair-net.org or call Farida Khan at 202-488-8787.

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DEPORTED TERROR SUSPECT DETAILS TORTURE IN SYRIA
DeNeen L. Brown and Dana Priest, Washington Post, 11/5/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A522-2003Nov4.html

TORONTO - A Canadian citizen who was detained last year at John F. 
Kennedy 
International Airport in New York as a suspected terrorist said Tuesday 
he 
was secretly deported to Syria and endured 10 months of torture in a 
Syrian 
prison.

Maher Arar, 33, who was released last month, said at a news conference 
in 
Ottawa that he pleaded with U.S. authorities to let him continue on to 
Canada, where he has lived for 15 years and has a family. But instead, 
he 
was flown under U.S. guard to Jordan and handed over to Syria, where he 
was 
born. Arar denied any connection to terrorism and said he would fight 
to 
clear his name.

U.S. officials said Tuesday that Arar was deported because he had been 
put 
on a terrorist watch list after information from "multiple 
international 
intelligence agencies" linked him to terrorist groups.

Officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the Arar case 
fits 
the profile of a covert CIA "extraordinary rendition" -- the practice 
of 
turning over low-level, suspected terrorists to foreign intelligence 
services, some of which are known to torture prisoners...

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ARAR'S SYRIAN HELL: 'I LIVED IN A GRAVE'
Graham Fraser, Toronto Star, 11/5/03
http://www.torontostar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1067987409905&call_pageid=968332188774&col=968350116467

'What I went through is just beyond human imagination'

Maher Arar has returned from "the grave" - a dark, filthy cell six feet 
by 
three feet by seven feet - to tell his story.

Arar, freed by Syria in October after almost a year in jail, told a 
news 
conference yesterday of the physical and psychological torture he 
endured 
at the hands of his interrogators and the horrific conditions he lived 
in.

"For 10 months and 10 days I lived in a grave," said the Syrian-born 
Canadian...

He said he was beaten with shredded electrical cables during the first 
two 
weeks of his detention - one of the beatings lasting 18 hours - and was 
forced to sign false confessions.

One of the hardest parts of his imprisonment to endure, he said, was 
listening to other prisoners being tortured...

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CANADIAN LEADERS NIX DEPORTATION INQUIRY
Tom Cohen, Associated Press, 11/5/03
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3352381,00.html

Canada's prime minister and foreign affairs minister rejected calls for 
a 
public inquiry into why a Canadian citizen was deported to Syria last 
year 
by the United States.

Maher Arar of Ottawa, who spent a year in Syrian custody after being 
detained while traveling through New York's John F. Kennedy 
International 
Airport in September 2002, told of torture and solitary confinement in 
his 
first public comments about the ordeal Tuesday.

Arar, 33, choked up several times while describing the beatings and the 
tiny, dark cell where he was kept.

He believes an overzealous pursuit of terrorists in the aftermath of 
the 
Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States is partly to blame, but 
said 
only a full public inquiry in Canada can reveal what happened.

Arar's family and Canadian lawyers accuse Canadian security agencies, 
particularly the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, of providing 
information to 
American authorities, who eventually deported Arar.

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METRO ARABS, MUSLIMS SUFFER HARASSMENT, HATRED
Francis X. Donnelly, Detroit News, 11/4/03
http://www.detnews.com/2003/specialreport/0311/04/a01-316063.htm

WATERFORD -- Early on a summer night, a white ice cream truck rolled 
down a 
tree-lined street, luring children with its tinny rendition of "The 
Entertainer."

A moment later, an undercover officer wearing a red-white-and-blue 
bandana 
was kneeling over the prone body of an Arab-American who had just been 
driving the truck. The cop was pointing his gun at the man's head, 
according to a subsequent lawsuit.

How did this suburban scene last year jump so quickly from Americana to 
American gothic?

According to Arabs and Muslims, it has to do with another day, one that 
featured lightning-quick assaults on the American psyche: hijackings, 
jetliner crashes, falling skyscrapers.

The terrorist attacks of September 11 unleashed a torrent of hatred and 
ugliness against Arabs and Muslims. Some say they have suffered small 
indignities, while others talk of blatant discrimination that violates 
their civil rights.

"I didn't expect even in my dreams that this could happen in America," 
said 
Basim Alkhateeb, the Jordanian who was accosted by the Waterford 
policeman. 
Tipped off by neighbors, the police said they thought Alkhateeb and his 
brother, Abedulah, who regularly switched vehicles in the neighborhood, 
were dealing drugs. But Basim was just dropping off the ice cream truck 
for 
his brother.

The number of discrimination and harassment complaints received by the 
Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) tripled 
last 
year to 1,516. The complaints, from Arabs and Muslims in the United 
States, 
ranged from job discrimination to name-calling to violence. The 
organization's survey of 945 Muslims last year found that 48 percent 
believed the quality of their lives had declined since September 11…

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DISCRIMINATION TOUGH TO PROVE
Francis X. Donnelly, Detroit News, 11/4/03
http://www.detnews.com/2003/specialreport/0311/04/a06-316048.htm

INKSTER -- Muzaffar Lakhani's mail sometimes was opened before it 
reached 
his desk. One morning, he spotted scratches and dents on the door knob 
of 
his locked office door, leading him to believe that someone had tried 
to 
force it open.

Another time, after discovering a leak in the roof of the city's Public 
Services building, he learned that someone, apparently using a hammer, 
had 
made the holes directly above his desk.

Lakhani, who is director of the Inkster Department of Public Services, 
believes that the mischief is the work of underlings who are prejudiced 
against him because he is Pakistani. They deny any involvement.

"Where's the professionalism?" Lakhani asked. "Where do you draw the 
line?"

City documents support Lakhani's contention that he has a troubled 
relationship with the workers. But is it discrimination?

The case illustrates how difficult it is for the Michigan Department of 
Civil Rights and other agencies to prove that someone has been 
discriminated against.

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GUANTANAMO INMATE SUES US
Zaffar Abbas, BBC, 11/4/03
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3241265.stm

A man who was imprisoned by the US military at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is 
suing the Pakistani and US governments for damages worth over $10m.

Pakistani cleric Mohammed Sagheer was seized by US troops fighting in 
Afghanistan in 2001.

He spent roughly a year with other suspected al-Qaeda and Taleban 
operatives in the US military prison.

His lawyers say he is suing for the mental and physical torture he 
endured 
at Camp X-Ray in Guantanamo Bay.

Mr Sagheer filed his suit in an Islamabad court on Tuesday.

Lawyers acting for him said the case could be heard in a Pakistani 
court 
because Pakistan's interior ministry is one of the defendants

In the first case of its kind, Mr Sagheer described his arrest by 
American 
authorities as illegal and his treatment at the prison camp in 
Guantanamo 
Bay as extremely inhuman...

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ACCUSATIONS AGAINST FAU PROF 'MCCARTHY-ESQUE'
Scott C. Alexander, Jupiter Courier, 11/2/03
http://www.tcpalm.com/tcp/jc_letters/article/0,1651,TCP_1119_2385996,00.html

To the Editor:

I wish to commend Randall Murray for noting in his Oct. 25 article that 
no 
evidence has been produced to substantiate the slanderous accusations 
made 
by Daniel Pipes and Asaf Romirowsky against visiting FAU professor 
Mustafa 
Abu Sway. Those of us who know Professor Abu Sway know him to be a man 
of 
deep faith, enormous integrity and uncommon moral rectitude. We also 
know 
him to be someone who, having been educated and having raised children 
in 
the United States, respects so many of our country's ideals and values. 
The 
reason why he has been targeted by Pipes -- the self-appointed grand 
inquisitor of the war on terrorism -- is because Abu Sway is a very 
bright 
and very articulate Palestinian Muslim intellectual whose principled 
and 
deeply philosophical analysis of the current state of affairs in 
Israel-Palestine challenges many academic and popular audiences to 
think 
outside the box of a two-state solution.

While I may not accept the plausibility of every aspect of Abu Sway's 
idealistic vision for a lasting peace and justice in the Middle East, I 
am 
absolutely confident that he is a man of peace who would never dream of 
engaging in, or supporting acts of terror of any kind. Shame on Mr. 
Pipes 
for subjecting to his tactics of McCarthy-esque defamation yet another 
outspoken Palestinian Muslim friend of the United States.

And shame on President Bush for pushing through Pipes' nomination to 
the 
U.S. Institute for Peace, despite the well-documented widespread 
outrage 
over this prospect both within and outside the American Muslim 
community.

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WHERE'S EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT 'TERRORIST' CHARGE?
Randall Murray, Jupiter Courier, 11/2/03
http://www1.tcpalm.com/tcp/jc_edt_columnists/article/0,1651,TCP_1120_2388545,00.html

Remember the old Eagles tune, "Peaceful Easy Feeling"? I'm turning that 
upside down. I have a disturbing, uneasy feeling about events swirling 
around a Florida Atlantic University professor being tagged a 
terrorist.

The winds picked up around Professor Mustafa Abu Sway early in October 
when 
columnists for the New York Post, Daniel Pipes and Asaf Romirowsky, 
stated 
the professor is linked to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. Abu 
Sway 
is a respected teacher of Islamic theology and philosophy. He's a 
visiting 
Fulbright scholar at FAU's Honors College on the Jupiter campus. His 
background was vetted by the U.S. State Department and the Fulbright 
organization and he came up clean. Because of the column, however, he's 
being checked again.

But based on a watery reference from an Israeli diplomat in Miami, 
Pipes 
and Romirowsky plowed ahead with their column, alleging in vague terms 
why 
the university should turn on Abu Sway.

Do I know Mustafa Abu Sway is not linked with Hamas? No, I don't. I 
know he 
has denied, vehemently and with angry frustration, any such 
connections. I 
know that Abu Sway has been strongly defended in a letter to the editor 
appearing in today's Jupiter Courier by a colleague in the field of 
Catholic-Islamic studies. I know that many of Abu Sway's students have 
rallied around the beleaguered academic, calling the charges nonsense.

And as a journalist, I also know that the Pipes and Romirowsky column 
in 
the Post is built on a suspect foundation...

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PROFESSOR HEARTENED BY SUPPORT
Tal Abbady, Sun-Sentinel, 11/5/03
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/palmbeach/sfl-psway05nov05,0,5282311.story

He has lectured on interfaith dialogue in Jerusalem, Bosnia, Northern 
Ireland and other hot spots of ethnic conflict. In Jerusalem, he 
maneuvered 
his way around a razor-coil barricade that separates the largely 
Palestinian eastern and the western parts of the city in order to get 
to 
his job as professor of Islamic studies at Al-Quds University. As a 
Fulbright scholar at Florida Atlantic University's Jupiter campus, 
Mustafa 
Abu Sway hoped to forge more ties across cultural boundaries.

Instead, he's fighting his way past a barrage of accusations and 
suspicion 
following a New York Post column accusing him of having ties to 
terrorism.

In the Oct. 20 column, Daniel Pipes, head of the pro-Israeli group 
Middle 
East Forum, said he had evidence "from the Israeli government" that 
Sway 
has ties to Hamas, which Washington has labeled a terrorist group. The 
column called Sway's August arrival as a visiting Fulbright scholar at 
FAU 
a sign of "the casual tolerance of terrorist ties in the field of 
Middle 
East studies..."

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PIPES SPEAKS AT YALE
Associated Press Newswires, 11/6/03

WHAT: PIPES TALK--Political commentator Daniel Pipes to speak about the 
current situation in the Middle East

WHEN: Nov. 6. 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

WHERE: NEW HAVEN: Yale University, Linsly-Chittenden Hall, Room 102, 63 
High St.

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NO AMERICAN JIHAD
Bangor News, 11/4/03
http://www.bangornews.com/editorialnews/articles/411147_110403noamericanjihad_.cfm

The protest against comments by Lt. Gen. William Boykin, a senior 
Pentagon 
official, could have calmed by now had Secretary Donald Rumsfeld not 
waffled on the inappropriateness - in fact, the harmfulness - of the 
remarks. It was not until President Bush made a clear statement that 
turning the war against terrorism into a religious war was unacceptable 
that the defense secretary somewhat clarified himself. But by then the 
issue had grown beyond a single poorly made statement into a pattern of 
comments that incite U.S. opponents to act against this nation.

As a factual matter, it has been only an extremist minority of Muslims 
that 
has tried to hijack one of the world's great religions to organize a 
jihad 
or holy war against the United States. To accept the conflict in those 
terms is to play right into the hands of Osama bin Laden and his 
radical 
Islamic conspiracy.

That is one of the problems with the remarks by Gen. Boykin, first as 
commander of the Fort Bragg, N.C., training center and more recently as 
the 
deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence. Addressing 
evangelical 
Christian audiences, he has denounced Muslims as worshiping an "idol" 
and 
not "a real god." He said to a church audience in Oregon: "Why do they 
hate 
us? The answer to that is because we are a Christian nation..."

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ISSUE FOR BUSH: HOW TO SPEAK OF CASUALTIES?
Elisabeth Bumiller, New York Times, 11/5/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/05/politics/campaigns/05STRA.html

WASHINGTON - When the Chinook helicopter was shot down on Sunday in 
Iraq, 
killing 15 Americans, President Bush let his defense secretary do the 
talking and stayed out of sight at his ranch. The president has not 
attended the funeral of any American soldiers killed in action, White 
House 
officials say. And with violence in Baghdad dominating the headlines 
this 
week, he has used his public appearances to focus on the health of the 
economy and the wildfires in California.

But after some of the deadliest attacks yet on American forces, the 
White 
House is struggling with the political consequences for a president who 
has 
said little publicly about the mounting casualties of the occupation.

The quandary for Mr. Bush, administration officials say, is in finding 
a 
balance: expressing sympathy for fallen soldiers without drawing more 
attention to the casualties by commenting daily on every new death.

White House officials say their strategy, for now, is to avoid having 
the 
president mention some deaths but not others, and so avoid inequity. 
(Mr. 
Bush does send a personal letter to the family of every soldier killed 
in 
action and has met privately with relatives at military bases...)

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HOW MANY BODY BAGS?
Robert Scheer, Los Angeles Times, 11/4/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-scheer4nov04,1,5000406.column

On Sunday, 19 more young Americans died in Iraq serving the vanity of 
an 
American president who woefully betrayed them and who has no idea where 
his 
policies are taking the country.

This is a president who, as is now amply clear, has systematically lied 
to 
the troops and the nation about the reasons for going to war, 
distorting 
evidence to claim that the United States was threatened by Saddam 
Hussein's 
weapons of mass destruction and linking Iraq to the Sept. 11 terrorist 
attacks.

Having led the country by the nose into a clumsy, ill-advised Middle 
East 
power grab, President Bush is faced with a terrible quandary: What do 
we do 
now?

The first thing is to resist the logic of the self-fulfilling prophecy: 
Bush claimed Iraq was a center of international terrorism -- it wasn't 
-- 
and now says that because terrorists are coming over Iraqi borders to 
take 
potshots at Americans, we need to stay and fight them...

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DEATH BY OPTIMISM
Nicholas D. Kristof, New York Times, 11/5/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/05/opinion/05KRIS.html

In a visit to Saddam's Iraq a year ago, I wrote a column that outraged 
his 
government. It described officials burning a Muslim leader's beard and 
then 
driving nails through his head.

The next day I was summoned to a government ministry and menacingly 
denounced by two of Saddam's henchmen. But neither man could speak 
English, 
and they hadn't actually read the offending column. (Imagine officials 
who 
don't read papers but rely on underlings for briefings!)

At that point, my government minder took my column and translated it 
for 
them. I saw my life flash before my eyes. But my minder's job was to 
spy on 
me, and he worried that my tough column would reflect badly on his 
spying. 
Plus, he was charging me $100 a day, and he would lose a fortune if I 
was 
expelled, or worse.

So he translated my column very selectively. There was no mention of 
burning beards or nails in heads. He left out whole paragraphs. When he 
finished, the two senior officials shrugged and let me off scot-free.

That episode underscored to me how difficult it was for Saddam's 
government 
to get accurate information. Ultimately, Saddam's rule collapsed in 
part 
because he couldn't read Iraq and made decisions based on hubris and 
bad 
information.

These days, President Bush and his aides are having the same problem. 
Critics complain that they lied to the American public about how 
difficult 
the war would be, but I fear the critics are wrong: they didn't just 
fool 
us - they also fooled themselves...

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JUDGE IS SHOT DEAD AS IRAQIS' HATRED OF OCCUPIERS GROWS
Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 11/5/03
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=460552

In the little farming village of al-Qadasiya yesterday, buried deep in 
the 
Iraqi countryside south of Balad and only accessible by dusty tracks, 
relatives were mourning six men who died in a pick-up truck when they 
were 
ambushed by American troops after returning from Ramadan prayers on 
Sunday 
night.

Sitting in a tent, surrounded by neighbours who had come to comfort 
him, 
Abed Obaid Yass said his 61-year-old brother, Salman, his two sons, 
Arkan 
and Daoud, and two cousins had gone to a small cement mosque for 
prayers. 
They left the mosque at 8pm thinking they were safe because "the 
Americans 
announced over a loudspeaker that curfew was lifted". They drove home 
in 
three trucks, the last of which suddenly came under fire. Five people 
were 
hit, including the driver, but they kept going.

When they got back to the village, the driver died but two men offered 
to 
take the wounded to hospital in another pick-up. But they were attacked 
again and five more people were killed. One old man who was wounded 
escaped 
into the bushes beside the road and watched an American ambush party 
surround the pick-up, which they presumably thought was being used by 
guerrillas. The villagers deny that anybody in the truck was involved 
in 
the resistance. They said there had been no attacks on American troops 
in 
the district that night...

The US army does not keep a count of Iraqi civilians killed in such 
incidents, but the hostility they create towards the occupation goes a 
long 
way to explain why guerrilla war is becoming endemic in this part of 
the 
Iraqi countryside.

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GOODWILL IS FRAGILE IN NEW IRAQ
Howard LaFranchi, Christian Science Monitor, 11/5/03
http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/1105/p01s02-woiq.html

ABU GHRAIB, IRAQ - As the cinderblock rubble of what was to be Abu 
Ghraib's 
new marketplace is carted off by scavengers, a piece of the goodwill 
that 
had slowly been built between Iraqis and Americans stationed here is 
also 
disappearing.

Just this month the new market had opened, a symbol of reconstruction 
progress in this poor agricultural town just west of Baghdad - and on 
the 
fringes of the violent Sunni Triangle. But by Sunday, what was intended 
as 
a community-improvement project, planned and executed by the US 
military in 
cooperation with the local town council, lay in ruins. It was crushed 
by 
American tanks and a combination of fear, misunderstandings, and 
outside 
insurgent interference.

The two days of riots and destruction of Abu Ghraib's market - which 
left 
at least seven Iraqis dead - symbolize the fragile state of relations 
between Iraqis and the American authorities, and the susceptibility of 
those relations to cultural differences and faltering security...

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THE SUPREME COURT AND SEPT. 11
New York Times, 11/5/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/05/opinion/05WED1.html

In the two years since Sept. 11, the Bush administration and the 
federal 
courts have rewritten important areas of the law, scaling back the 
right to 
counsel, the ability of prisoners to challenge their confinement and 
other 
civil liberties. Through it all, the Supreme Court has been silent, 
largely 
because of the time it takes for cases to work their way up. The court 
will 
soon have a chance, however, to consider several cases posing the 
question 
of how much, if any, our constitutional rights have changed as a result 
of 
Sept. 11. It has a duty to step in and stand up for civil liberties.

The administration has taken some fairly radical steps in its war on 
terrorism. It insists that anyone it labels an "enemy combatant," 
including 
American citizens, can be held indefinitely and denied access to 
lawyers 
and family members. And it maintains that the hundreds of detainees in 
Guantánamo can be held indefinitely, with no chance to contest their 
captivity. On these two points, and on equally troubling ones raised in 
other cases, federal appeals courts have sided with the administration.

The Supreme Court is still assembling its docket for this term and will 
have an opportunity to consider the administration's enemy-combatant 
doctrine in the case of Yasser Esam Hamdi, an American citizen of Saudi 
descent apparently captured on the battlefield in the Afghan war. Mr. 
Hamdi 
has been held in a military brig since April of last year, without 
access 
to a lawyer. An appeals court held that he had no right to challenge 
his 
incarceration. It is a disturbing ruling, with sweeping implications 
for 
the power of the government to detain citizens. The Supreme Court 
should 
review it...

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WHITE HOUSE TOLD TO JUSTIFY SECRECY
Charles Lane, Washington Post, 11/5/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A494-2003Nov4.html

The Supreme Court announced yesterday that it wants the Bush 
administration 
to defend the secrecy that enveloped lower federal courts' proceedings 
involving one of the 1,200 Arab and Muslim men detained by federal 
authorities after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

In a brief order, the court called on Solicitor General Theodore B. 
Olson 
to respond to a Florida resident's claim that lower courts violated the 
Constitution when they agreed to keep even the existence of his case a 
matter of strict confidentiality. The court's action comes a month 
after 
Olson informed the justices that he did not plan to respond.

The court's order suggests that the justices are keeping a watchful eye 
on 
the government's legal approach to the war on terrorism, including its 
assertion that much of that war must be conducted in secret, even 
though 
the court has yet to accept a case for full argument and decision.

Earlier this year, the court turned down a request from media 
organizations 
to rule on the constitutionality of the administration's policy of 
secret 
immigration-court proceedings in terrorism-related cases, despite 
conflicting rulings by lower courts. Olson told the justices then that 
the 
policy was justified by the government's need to keep information 
useful to 
terrorists from leaking, and that Supreme Court intervention was 
unnecessary since such hearings were largely completed...

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APPEAL FOR DRAFT BOARD VOLUNTEERS REVIVES MEMORIES OF VIETNAM ERA
Suzanne Goldenberg, Guardian, 11/5/03
http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1077906,00.html

The Pentagon has begun recruiting for local draft boards, dredging up 
painful memories of Vietnam era conscription at a time of deepening 
misgiving about America's occupation of Iraq.

In a notice posted on the defence department's Defend America website, 
Americans over the age of 18 and with no criminal record are invited to 
"serve your community and the nation" by volunteering for the boards, 
which 
decide which recruits should be sent to war.

Thirty years have passed since the draft boards last exerted their hold 
on 
America, deciding which soldiers would be sent to Vietnam. After 
Congress 
ended the draft in 1973, they have become largely dormant.

However, recruitment for the boards suggests that in some parts of the 
Pentagon all options are being explored in response to concerns that 
the US 
military has been stretched too thin in its occupations of Afghanistan 
and 
Iraq.

Although Pentagon officials denied any move to reinstitute the draft, 
the 
defence department website does not shirk at outlining the potential 
duties 
for a new crop of volunteers to the draft boards...

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A MOTHER WAITS OUT HER DETENTION
Chicago Tribune, Shia Kapos, 11/5/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/women/chi-0311050040nov05,1,7274376.story

"Momma, momma, momma!"

The small arms of two young children reached for Lina Daqa's embrace 
only 
to be stopped by the pane of glass. "She was right there and they 
wanted to 
hug and kiss her. But they couldn't and they didn't understand why," 
said 
Abdel Raouf, Daqa's husband and father of 3-year-old Majd and 
5-year-old 
Jinan.

Instead, wails and heartache filled the weekly half-hour visits with 
Daqa, 
a Palestinian mother who has been held at the Kenosha County Jail since 
May 
27 when she requested political asylum in the United States. The jail 
is 
one of about 10 area facilities used by the Chicago immigration offices 
to 
detain immigrants...

The family--all with valid visitors' visas, according to their 
attorneys--has been living in Palos Hills for more than three years. 
Raouf 
said they moved to the United States hoping to wait out the turmoil 
that 
has rocked their hometown of Ateel, where Israel is building a dividing 
wall between it and the Palestinian territories...

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CANDIDATE SAYS 'HATE GROUP' TARGETED HIM
Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times, 11/5/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-muslim5nov05,1,3286047.story

A candidate for an Antelope Valley school board Tuesday accused a local 
Republican political action committee of being a "hate group" after the 
organization placed a newspaper advertisement accusing him of operating 
a 
public charter school that teaches "Islamic principles."

The candidate, Kamal al-Khatib, 41, is the volunteer executive director 
of 
the K-8 Guidance Charter School, which shared its campus with a 
Palmdale 
mosque until this fall, when it began renting space on a public school 
campus.

Al-Khatib -- one of 11 candidates for two open seats on the Antelope 
Valley 
Union High School District board -- said the charter school follows a 
secular curriculum.

The half-page ad, which appeared in Sunday's Antelope Valley Press, was 
paid for by the Lancaster-based Antelope Valley Republican Assembly 
Committee.

"It is our belief that Kamal Al-Khatib is Owner/Operator of a Charter 
School teaching Islamic principles," the ad stated. "This elementary 
school 
is in Palmdale. It is funded with our tax dollars. Kamal Al-Khatib now 
wants to use our tax dollars to create a similar charter high school. 
And 
that is wrong!..."

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PERUSING THE FINE PRINT
Samantha Henry, Newsday, 11/5/03
http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/queens/nyc-nynabe053526062nov05,0,5902961.story 


A Queens-based weekly publication, Muslims, won six Ippies this year, 
including one for an editorial on post-war Iraq and another for a 
first-person account of Muslim neighbors pitching in during the 
blackout in 
August.

Jawed Anwar, the founder and publisher of Muslims, said he tries to 
foster 
dialogue within the Muslim community and across ethnic lines to 
non-Muslims. Like many newspapers aimed at new immigrants, the 
publication 
tries to be a guide to life in America.

"Before 9/11, Muslims were generally thinking about their own 
situations; 
Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Arabs all had their own communities and were 
less 
concerned about what is happening around them," he said. "After 9/11, 
there 
was a need of the Muslims to know America, to be more aware about the 
news 
happening around their communities nationwide..."

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BOARD COULD OK MOSQUE TOMORROW
Edward Colimore, Philadelphia Inquirer, 11/5/03
http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/7184052.htm

VOORHEES - Zia Rahman said he wasn't sure if he and fellow Muslim 
worshipers had a prayer when they began their zoning application 
process 
for a new mosque months ago.

Rahman, managing trustee of the American Muslim Community, said the 
group 
had been encouraged when the Voorhees zoning board unanimously voted in 
May 
to allow use of a commercially zoned building as a house of worship.

But public opposition and anonymous letters denouncing the mosque made 
the 
group wonder whether the site plan would receive final approval.

Tomorrow night, Rahman and 15 Muslim families are likely to find out 
after 
the zoning board hears public comment and votes on the plan. Approval 
would 
pave the way for construction in the spring - if no appeals are 
filed...

"I saw, from the beginning, that there would be some level of 
resistance," 
said Rahman, a Voorhees resident who moved from Pakistan in 1973.

"The only thing that was puzzling were the people trying to inflame. My 
feeling is that it is a lack of knowledge, the unknown. 9/11 has 
something 
to do with it."

Anonymous flyers in the spring and summer warned that the mosque could 
draw 
"extremists," "radicals" and "individuals with connections to 
terrorists."

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ISRAEL DESTROYS US-BUILT WELLS
Justin Huggler, Independent, 11/5/03
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=460551

The US has reportedly complained after the Israeli army destroyed wells 
built for civilians in Gaza by an American government aid agency.

Huge areas have been demolished by the Israelis in the Gaza Strip in 
recent 
weeks, including more than 150 homes.

The wells had just been dug by the United States Agency for 
International 
Development (USAid). A few months ago the agency announced a $20m 
(£12m) 
project to rebuild infrastructure including roads, electricity supply 
lines 
and sewers in the occupied territories.

The agency was reporting good progress. But its workers were dismayed 
when 
they turned up to finish the wells and found that their work had been 
destroyed. A source at the American embassy said that when USAid 
complained, the Israelis told them that they demolished the wells 
because 
Palestinian militants had been hiding in them.

That has been a regular claim from the Israeli military to justify 
demolishing houses in Gaza - but in recent weeks whole streets have 
been 
knocked down. Israel has also been accused of trying to move refugee 
camps 
away from the border with Egypt...

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WHEN DID "ARAB" BECOME A DIRTY WORD?
Robert Fisk, Counterpunch, 11/4/03
http://counterpunch.org/fisk11042003.html

Is "Palestinian" now just a dirty word? Or is "Arab" the dirty word? 
Let's 
start with the late Edward Said, the brilliant and passionate 
Palestinian-American academic who wrote--among many other 
books--Orientalism, the ground-breaking work which first explored our 
imperial Western fantasies about the Middle East. After he died of 
leukaemia last month, Zev Chafets sneered at him in the New York Daily 
News 
in the following words: "As an Episcopalian, he's ineligible for the 
customary 72 virgins, but I wouldn't be surprised if he's honoured with 
a 
couple of female doctoral graduates."

According to Chafets, who (says the Post) spent 33 years "in politics, 
government and journalism" in Jerusalem, Orientalism "rests on a simple 
thesis: Westerners are inherently unable to fairly judge, or even 
grasp, 
the Arab world." Said "didn't blow up the Marines in Lebanon in 1983 
... he 
certainly didn't fly a plane into the World Trade Centre. What he did 
was 
to jam America's intellectual radar."

When I read this vicious obituary, I recalled hearing Chafets' name 
before. 
So I turned to my files and up he popped in 1982, as former director of 
the 
Israeli government press office in Jerusalem. He had just published a 
book 
falsely claiming that Western journalists in Beirut--myself among 
them--had 
been "terrorised" by bands of Palestinians. He even claimed my old 
friend 
Sean Toolan, who was murdered by a jealous husband with whose wife he 
was 
having an affair, was killed by Palestinians because they disapproved 
of a 
US television programme about the PLO.

So I got the point. You can kick a scholar when he's dead if he's a 
Palestinian, and kick a journalist when he's dead if you want to claim 
he 
was murdered by Palestinians. But now the same sick fantasies are 
taking 
hold in Australia, where a determined effort is being made by Israel's 
supposed friends there to prevent the Palestinian scholar Hanan 
Ashrawi--of 
all people--from receiving the 2003 Sydney Peace Prize this week...

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PUBLIC FORUM ON UNDERSTANDING IRAQ

WHAT: Congressman Charles B. Rangel and West Siders for Peace will be 
co-hosting a public forum, "Understanding Iraq." Public forum on 
provide 
first-hand accounts of life in Baghdad Muslim and Christian speakers to 
shed new light on dire situation in Iraq.

Guest speakers HRH Princess Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite and Mr. Mel Lehman 
will give first-hand accounts of their efforts to deliver medical 
relief to 
Baghdad during the current crisis, and offer proposals for how we can 
best 
respond to the situation.  Audience members will be invited to ask 
questions.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 12, 2003, at 7:00 PM

WHERE: Holy Name Church, West 96th St. and Amsterdam Avenue.

For more information:  Mel Lehman (212) 865-6115; 
mel@childrenofiraq.org

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

SUPPORT CAIR'S $1 MILLION DURING RAMADAN CAMPAIGN

Donate generously to the campaign. To donate online, go to: 
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CAIR ACTION ALERT #401

DC-AREA MUSLIMS URGED TO ATTEND TSA FORUM
Dialogue features Sikh, Muslim, Arab, and South Asian leaders

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/5/2003) - CAIR is urging members of the DC-Area 
Muslim community to attend a November 14th Transportation Security 
Administration (TSA) "Partnership Initiative" with representatives of 
several religious and ethnic minorities.

The day-long dialogue will feature presentations by TSA and Department 
of 
Homeland Security (DHS) officials, as well as a morning "Building 
Partnerships" panel discussion involving Sikh, Muslim, Arab, and South 
Asian community leaders.

"We appreciate the TSA's willingness to reach out to those religious 
and 
ethnic communities that are most affected by national security 
policies," 
said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad.

Issues examined during the event will include the Computer Assisted 
Passenger Prescreening System (CAPPSII) and an overview of civil rights 
resources at both the TSA and DHS.

WHEN: November 14, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Sphinx Club at Almas Shriner Temple, 1315 K Street, NW, 
Washington, DC (McPherson Square Metro Station)

The event is co-sponsored by CAIR, the Arab American Institute, the 
Indian 
American Center for Political Awareness, the National Asian Pacific 
American Legal Consortium, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination 
Committee, 
the Sikh Council on Religious Education, and the Sikh Media Watch and 
Resource Task Force.

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED:

To RSVP for the dialogue, contact Joshua Brockwell at 202-488-8787, 
ext. 
3221 (jbrockwell@cair-net.org) by November 10. A prayer room and a 
Ramadan 
fast-breaking meal will be provided.

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 11/6/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: FAST FOR GOD
* HAVE YOU DONE YOUR PART? EACH DONATION COUNTS!
* SUPPORT CAIR'S $1 MILLION DURING RAMADAN CAMPAIGN
	- Rep. Nick J. Rahall to Speak at CAIR Dinner
  	- Volunteers Needed For CAIR Dinner
	- CAIR-DFW "Eternal Gratitude" Iftar Banquet
* BOYKIN MUST BE REMOVED FROM POST (Battalion)
	- Christian Soldier (Washington Post)
* ARAB LAWYER IS HERO IN 'JESSICA LYNCH' (AP)
* CHRETIEN PROTESTS DEPORTATION OF CANADIAN (Wash. Post)
	- What Does Arar Case Say About Canada? (Toronto Star)
* NEW NJ MOSQUE PLAN ROUSES OPPOSITION (AP)
	- Chapel's Stab at Tolerance Backfires (ABJ)
* PATRIOT ACT VIOLATES BASIC CIVIL LIBERTIES (Daily Campus)
* TURKISH MILITARY LAUNCHES HEADSCARF INVESTIGATION (TDN)
* POSSIBLE DEAL ABORTED? (ABC)
	- Death Be Not Loud (NY Times)
	- U.S. Detains Relatives of Iraq Suspects (Wash. Post)
* LOSS OF FEITH IN DOUGLAS (Asia Times)
* PALESTINIAN TEEN TREATED IN NJ BACK IN MIDEAST (AP)
	- Palestinians Forced to Apply for Permits (AP)
* PIPES DOESN'T SPEAK FOR ALL JEWS (Hartford Courant)
	- Pipes Should Respect Dissent (Yale Daily)
	- Neocons Threaten Funding for ME Studies (Salon)
* INMATE CLAIMS JD HEAD HAD A CHANGE OF HEART (Forward)
	- Israel's Democracy Dilemma (American Conservative)
* IN UZBEKISTAN, RELIGION IS VICTIM OF WAR ON TERROR (CSM)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: FAST FOR GOD

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) used to say when he broke his 
fast: "O God, for Thee I have fasted and with Thy provision I have 
broken 
my fast."

Sunan of Abu-Dawood, Hadith 978

The Prophet also said: "There are three people whose supplications (to 
God) 
will not be rejected: a fasting person until he breaks his fast, a just 
ruler and a person who is oppressed."

Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 3, Number 132

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HAVE YOU DONE YOUR PART? EACH DONATION COUNTS!

SUPPORT CAIR'S $1 MILLION DURING RAMADAN CAMPAIGN

Donate generously to the campaign. To donate online, go to: 
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/millionforislam.asp
(NOTE: Scholars says CAIR is able to receive ZAKAT donations.)

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REP. NICK J. RAHALL TO SPEAK AT CAIR DINNER

Registration is now available online for CAIR's Ninth Annual 
Fundraising 
Dinner on November 29th (the weekend after Eid ul-Fitr) in Washington, 
D.C. 
The dinner, with the theme "Muslims in America: A Defining Moment," 
will 
feature presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich as one of its main 
speakers.

Featured speakers include Rep. Rahall (D-WV). Rahall has co-sponsored 
various resolutions recognizing the commencement of Ramadan and 
commending 
Muslims in the United States and throughout the world for their faith. 
He 
has also condemned bigotry and violence against Arab-Americans, 
American 
Muslims, and Americans from South Asia in the wake of terrorist attacks 
in 
New York City, New York, and Washington, D.C., on September 11, 2001.

WHERE: Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons
Corner/Vienna, VA

COST: CAIR dinners always quick to sell out so get you tickets now!
Tickets: $55/$85 per couple R.S.V.P. by Nov. 24, 2003. No children 
please. 
(Limited babysitting with prior notice only - $10 per child.)

FOR MORE INFORMATION, call 202-488-8787 or e-mail: 
register@cair-net.org

ACTION REQUESTED:

REGISTER FOR CAIR'S DINNER BY GOING TO:
https://www.cair-net.org/2003dinner-register.asp

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VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED FOR CAIR DINNER

CAIR is seeking volunteers to help with its upcoming dinner in 
Washington, 
D.C. Those interested in helping with the dinner should email 
fkhan@cair-net.org or call Farida Khan at 202-488-8787.

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CAIR-DFW "ETERNAL GRATITUDE" IFTAR BANQUET

WHAT: The Council on American-Islamic Relations Dallas/Fort Worth 
chapter 
(CAIR-DFW) will host a formal Ramadan Iftar/dinner banquet in honor of 
those individuals and organizations that participated in the Egyptian 
Twins' separation process.

WHERE: Fairmont Hotel in Downtown Dallas in the International Ballroom

WHEN: Wednesday, November 12th at 5:30 p.m. Sharp

Invitations for adults only are available at CAIR-DFW office for a 
$100.00 
per person. No one under 18 will be allowed in the Ballroom.

For more information, please contact CAIR-DFW at:
3010 LBJ Freeway
Dallas, TX 75234
Tel:  (972)231-7233
Fax: (972)231-7466
Email: Info@cairdfw.org

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BOYKIN MUST BE REMOVED FROM POST
Hayden Migl, The Battalion, 11/5/03
http://www.thebatt.com/news/550625.html

Relations between the United States and Islamic countries throughout 
the 
world are at a crossroads. President George W. Bush and his advisers 
have 
spent a long time trying to mend relations with the international 
community 
after the Iraq war, but a U.S. general has taken a step in the opposite 
direction by making contentious remarks about Muslims and their 
religion.

Lt. Gen. William Boykin should step down or be removed from his current 
position in the defense department in response to his divisive 
religious 
comments. The remarks, which he has made in multiple churches during 
the 
last two years, do not reflect the attitude the nation or any of its 
leaders should have at this time.

The controversy began in the middle of October when some of the 
comments 
Boykin has made in different churches around the country were revealed. 
Boykin was recently appointed to his current position as Deputy 
Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence. His comments alluded to the 
fact that the war on terror is occurring "because we're a Christian 
nation, 
because our foundation and our roots are Judeo-Christian ... and the 
enemy 
is a guy named Satan." Since then, various civil groups, including the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Interfaith Alliance, have 
called for Boykin's resignation...

ALSO SEE:

CHRISTIAN SOLDIER
Richard Leiby, Washington Post, 11/6/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A6529-2003Nov5.html

Standing before a packed church sanctuary in Daytona Beach, Fla., last 
January, a battle-scarred Army general named William G. "Jerry" Boykin 
talked about one of the most harrowing days of his life. It wasn't a 
story 
of military combat, though he had seen its horrors several times over a 
32-year career.

It was a testimonial about his personal war with the Devil.

"I rarely tell this story," he told his audience at the First Baptist 
Church, according to a transcript of the speech, which was recorded by 
church officials, "but I feel very strongly that I should share it with 
you..."

But now Boykin is the subject of an investigation by the Pentagon's 
inspector general over comments he made at several church 
presentations, in 
which he referred to the United States as a "Christian nation" joined 
in 
"spiritual battle" against Satan. On at least two occasions, he talked 
of 
seeing demonic forces in black marks on a photograph he took from a 
helicopter over Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1993. And, in discussing a 
Somali 
Muslim militia leader, Boykin said, "I knew that my God was bigger than 
his."

Muslim groups are furious, Christian groups say the remarks were taken 
out 
of context, Democrats have urged Boykin's removal, and President Bush 
has 
distanced himself from the general's remarks. Boykin declined to be 
interviewed for this article, but he issued a statement last month 
saying 
he is not "anti-Islam or any other religion" while apologizing to 
"those 
who may have been offended by my statements..."

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IN 'SAVING JESSICA LYNCH,' HEROICS BELONG TO ARAB LAWYER
Lynn Elber, Associated Press, 11/6/03
http://www3.cjad.com/content/cjad_news/article.asp?id=e110635A

LOS ANGELES - A pretty U.S. soldier captured while serving her country 
in 
the Iraq war. A daring rescue. One happy ending in a conflict that is 
far 
from resolved.

The decision to make a TV movie about Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch seems 
like a 
slam dunk, part of Hollywood's long-standing fascination with 
ripped-from-the-war stories and warriors.

But NBC's "Saving Jessica Lynch" turns out to be distinctive because 
it's 
less about the Palestine, W.Va., native than about the Iraqi man 
credited 
with helping the U.S. military find and retrieve her...

The film's willingness to show Arabs in a positive light was lauded by
Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations in Southern California.

"I think any programs that humanizes Iraqis and Muslims in general is 
welcomed by our community," Ayloush said. "This is the reality: Iraqi 
people are human beings who care about others."

A kind depiction of Iraqis also might help bolster American willingness 
to 
stay the postwar course, suggested Ayloush (whose group, he says, 
opposed 
unilateral action against Iraq).

"It's much more appealing to sell that we're helping people who deserve 
our 
help ... We've taken over their country and there is a (tendency) to 
humanize the people of that country to justify the human and material 
cost 
of being there," he said...

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CHRETIEN PROTESTS DEPORTATION OF CANADIAN
DeNeen L. Brown and Dana Priest, Washington Post, 11/6/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A6147-2003Nov5.html

TORONTO - Prime Minister Jean Chretien on Wednesday protested the U.S. 
treatment of a Canadian citizen who was detained in New York and 
deported 
to Syria last year on suspicion of having links to terrorists.

Chretien told Parliament that Foreign Minister Bill Graham had spoken 
with 
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and asked why the United States sent 
Maher Arar to Syria.

"It is completely unacceptable and deplorable what happened to this 
gentleman, who is a Canadian and who was sent to Syria rather than to 
his 
country of Canada," Chretien said. "We have protested."

Arar, 33, said at a news conference on Tuesday that he spent 10 months 
in a 
Syrian jail, where he was beaten, held in a small cell and forced to 
sign 
false confessions that he had been to Afghanistan.

Arar was born in Syria and holds dual Syrian-Canadian citizenship. He 
was 
traveling on Sept. 26, 2002, under his Canadian passport when he was 
detained while making a connection at John F. Kennedy International 
Airport. U.S. officials said Arar was detained and deported to Syria 
after 
his name appeared on an immigration watch list...

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WHAT DOES ARAR CASE SAY ABOUT CANADA?
Haroon Siddiqui, Toronto Star, 11/6/03
http://www.torontostar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&call_pageid=971358637177&c=Article&cid=1068073811429

Five points and a recommendation re the case of Maher Arar, a Canadian 
brutally tortured in Syria before being released in October after 
almost a 
year in jail. 1. It is hypocritical of Ottawa to ask Syria to probe his 
arrest and torture but refuse one into its own role in ruining his 
life. 2. 
We've known since Sept. 11 that America contracts out torture work 
abroad. 
Now we have strong circumstantial evidence that Canada does as well. 
Not 
just in Syria, but perhaps Egypt as well, as we shall see. 3. Has there 
been a difference in the way our politicians, media and indeed all of 
us 
have reacted to Arar's case and that of William Sampson who was 
tortured in 
Saudi Arabia?

Also, what does it tell us that Sampson's cause was championed 
primarily by 
the Canadian Alliance and the National Post, whereas Arar's has been by 
the 
New Democrats, immigrant groups, civil libertarians and a handful of 
courageous dissident Liberals?

And why is it that the Alliance's Stockwell Day, who skewered the 
government over the Sampson case, seemed initially and instinctively 
inclined to support it in rejecting an inquiry? 4. Arar's case 
highlights, 
unfortunately at his expense, how Arab and Muslim Canadians feel let 
down 
by Ottawa:

That it is not doing enough for Canadians held abroad for unproven 
terrorism links (six people, including two more in Syria, and one in 
Egypt, 
both states notorious for using torture).

That it is ignoring due process and the presumption of innocence in 
dealing 
in Canada with those facing such allegations (28 people)...

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PLAN TO MAKE OLD BUILDING INTO NEW MOSQUE ROUSES OPPOSITION
Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press, 11/5/03
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-nj--suburbanmosque1105nov05,0,5801947.story

VOORHEES, N.J. -- Around the corner from a still-expanding development 
of 
big houses, and across the street from a bustling private school and a 
printing shop, an abandoned office building sticks out. Weeds are 
growing 
through cracks in the driveway and more than a few old tires have been 
deposited on the property.

But some of the neighbors would prefer to keep the old Lafayette Office 
Center the way it is rather than allow it to be converted to a mosque, 
as a 
group of area Muslims is seeking to do in a proposal before the 
township 
zoning board.

The saga has mixed the not-in-my-backyard sentiments that are the 
hallmark 
of zoning board meetings with tinges of religious intolerance, some 
say.

In months of public debate, there have been anonymous anti-Muslim 
mailings 
and a new multi-faith group created to promote tolerance...

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Washington-based Council on 
American-Islamic Relations said that as mosques open in the suburbs 
across 
the country, they have run into similar criticism _ a mix of what 
sounds 
like valid land-use concerns and what sounds like anti-Muslim 
attitudes.

Opponents of one Islamic school in the Washington area fretted, he 
said, 
over the possibility of students using missiles to shoot down 
low-flying 
planes.

Some Islamic groups have taken to using non-Muslim buyers to buy land 
for 
them.

"It's symptomatic of the general prejudice out there," Hooper said. 
"It's 
something that's encountered by many Muslim communities where they're 
growing..."

ALSO SEE:

CHAPEL'S STAB AT TOLERANCE BACKFIRES WITH AREA MUSLIMS
Diane Evans, Akron Beacon Journal, 11/6/02
http://www.ohio.com/mld/beaconjournal/7195534.htm

Religious tolerance is a lot like love. Easy to profess. Far more 
difficult 
to practice.

Take what happened in Akron last week, when The Chapel, a highly 
regarded 
nondenominational church, found itself at the center of controversy.

The whole thing started out simply enough: The Chapel offered a class 
to 
its members on the teachings of Islam. But then The Chapel distributed 
fliers, advertising that the class would instruct ``how to be more 
effective in our spiritual battle for the hearts and souls of our 
Muslim 
neighbors.''

Practically speaking, nothing ever suggested The Chapel had missionary 
work 
in the Muslim community in mind. But that is what the wording implied. 
And 
that is how the Akron Area Interfaith Council interpreted it after 
hearing 
objections from the Muslim community.

The Rev. Knute Larson, pastor of The Chapel, later apologized, saying 
what 
was meant was that we're all in a battle for truth...

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PATRIOT ACT VIOLATES BASIC CIVIL LIBERTIES
Darlene Mariani, Daily Campus, 11/5/03
http://www.dailycampus.com/main.cfm?include=detail&storyid=548630

Storrs, Conn. - What books have you checked out lately? What websites 
have 
you visited? What have you ordered online? Who have you spoken to on 
the 
phone? Do you think this doesn't matter to anyone? It matters to the 
government, and as a result of the U.S. Patriot Act, they could be 
monitoring your every move.

The Patriot Act gives law enforcement agencies and the government the 
authority to access personal, medical, financial, library and 
educational 
records once private without judicial oversight. It also allows the 
government to detain non-citizens suspected of being terrorists.

The Patriot Act also gives the government power to monitor religious or 
political institutions without probable cause. The government has 
closed 
once-public immigration hearings, has secretly detained hundreds of 
people 
without charges and encourages bureaucracies to resist public records 
requests. It allows prosecution of librarians or record keepers if they 
reveal the government has subpoenaed information. It gives permission 
to 
deny legal representation to Americans accused of crimes.

In simpler terms, this means the government can search your home with 
no 
probable cause without telling you. They can then take away your 
property 
without a reason or a hearing. They can monitor your e-mails and Web 
site 
visits, track what books you take out at the library and use that as 
evidence to detain you in prison. Americans can be jailed without 
charges, 
indefinitely, without a trial through this act...

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MILITARY LAUNCHES HEADSCARF INVESTIGATION
Turkish Daily News, 11/6/03

ANKARA - The military has launched legal investigation against 
executives 
of a military guesthouse for letting headscarved wives in.

Two AK Party deputies with headscarved wives had attended the reception 
on 
Sept. 29 Republic Day at the military guesthouse in Kayseri.

In a written press statement issued yesterday by the General staff it 
was 
stated the Military launched legal investigation due to "some illegal 
practices" at the reception in Kayseri. It said the practice violated 
the 
regulations on military guesthouses.

According to the present dress code in Turkey, women wearing 
headscarves 
are not allowed in either state or military offices.

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POSSIBLE DEAL ABORTED?
Brian Ross and Chris Vlasto, ABC News, 11/5/03
http://abcnews.go.com/sections/WNT/World/hage031105-1.html

A possible negotiated peace deal was laid out in a heavily guarded 
compound 
in Baghdad in the days before the war, ABCNEWS has been told, but a top 
former Pentagon adviser says he was ordered not to pursue the deal, 
ABCNEWS 
has learned.

A prominent Lebanese-American businessman said he secretly met with 
Iraqi 
intelligence officials just days after Secretary of State Colin Powell 
laid 
out the U.S. case for war at the United Nations in February.

Imad Hage, the president of the American Underwriters Group insurance 
company and known in the region as having contacts at the Pentagon, 
told 
ABCNEWS he was first approached by an Iraqi intelligence official who 
arrived unannounced at his office in Beirut.

A week later, according to Hage, he and an associate were asked to come 
to 
Baghdad, when Hage says he met with Saddam Hussein's chief of 
intelligence, 
Gen. Tahir Habbush, later labeled the Jack of Diamonds in the deck of 
cards 
depicting the most-wanted members of Saddam Hussein's regime. Habbush 
is 
still at large...

ALSO SEE:

DEATH BE NOT LOUD
Maureen Dowd, New York Times, 11/6/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/06/opinion/06DOWD.html

WASHINGTON - Who can blame poor President Bush? Look at his terrible 
dilemma.

There are those who say the chief executive should have come out of his 
Texas ranch house and articulated and assuaged the sorrow and outrage 
and 
anxiety the nation was feeling on Sunday after the deadliest day in 
Iraq in 
seven months. An attack on a Chinook helicopter had killed 15 American 
soldiers, 13 men and 2 women, and wounded 21.

There are those who say Mr. Bush should have emulated Rudy Giuliani's 
empathetic leadership after 9/11, or Dad's in the first gulf war, and 
attended some of the funerals of the 379 Americans killed in Iraq. Or 
one. 
Maybe the one for Specialist Darryl Dent, the 21-year-old National 
Guard 
officer from Washington who died outside Baghdad in late August when a 
bomb 
struck his truck while he was delivering mail to troops. His funeral 
was 
held at a Baptist church three miles from the White House.

But let's look at it from the president's point of view: if he grieves 
more 
publicly or concretely, if he addresses every instance of bad news, 
like 
the hideous specter of Iraqis' celebrating the downing of the Chinook, 
he 
will simply remind people of what's going on in Iraq.

So it's understandable why, going into his re-election campaign, Mr. 
Bush 
wouldn't want to underscore that young Americans keep getting whacked 
over 
there, and we don't know who is doing it or how to stop it.

The White House is cleverly trying to distance Mr. Bush from the messy 
problem of flesh-and-blood soldiers with real names dying nearly 
everyday, 
while linking him to the heroic task of fighting global terror...

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U.S. DETAINS RELATIVES OF SUSPECTS IN IRAQ ATTACKS
Anthony Shadid, Washington Post, 11/6/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A6116-2003Nov5.html

KHALDIYA, Iraq - Her eyes still heavy with sleep, 60-year-old Aufa 
Towqan 
awoke at 3 a.m. on a cool Saturday. Her husband was away, working as a 
night watchman. Her daughter-in-law and mother-in-law were still in 
bed. 
The house cloaked in darkness, she bowed her head in prayer, as was her 
custom on a restless night. And moments after she whispered the first 
ritual words of faith, she said, U.S. soldiers charged through her 
battered 
front door.

"They were pointing their guns and yelling at us in English," she said, 
"and I didn't understand them."

The soldiers were seeking her fugitive son, Thamer, 31, whom she said 
she 
has not seen in four months. They detained her, another son and the 
other 
women instead -- one of them, by villagers' accounts, well over 100 
years 
old. She said brown burlap bags were placed over their heads. Terrified 
and 
crying, they were driven in Humvees to the nearby U.S. base at 
Habbaniya.

Standing outside her home Wednesday, her hair covered by a black veil 
and 
her weathered face adorned with the green tattoos of rural Iraq, Towqan 
groped for the right words to denounce the five-day detentions, which 
ignited protests last month in Khaldiya. She found them in the religion 
that infuses this Sunni Muslim region west of Baghdad.

"God does not accept this," she said simply.

As the U.S. military searches for tactics to break an escalating 
guerrilla 
war in a region where grievances tend to accumulate but rarely fade, 
few 
occurrences have unleashed more anger and etched deeper the cultural 
divide 
than several recent arrests of wanted men's relatives -- particularly 
women 
-- in Khaldiya and nearby hamlets in the Euphrates River valley. Some 
villagers insist the relatives have been taken as hostages to force 
fugitives to turn themselves in, a charge the military has denied...

ALSO SEE:

LOSS OF FEITH IN DOUGLAS
Jim Lobe, Asia Times, 11/6/03
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/EK07Ak03.html

WASHINGTON - "What's gonna happen with Feith?"

That, in a nutshell, is the question of the month for the Washington 
cognoscenti trying to figure out whether a major shift in the Bush 
administration's unilateralist and ultra-hawkish foreign policy is or 
is 
not under way.

The reference is to Douglas Feith, the administration's rather obscure 
but 
nonetheless strategically placed under secretary of defense for policy, 
who 
reports directly to Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and 
Pentagon 
chief Donald Rumsfeld.

If the administration is looking for a scapegoat for the situation it 
faces 
in Iraq, Feith is the most likely candidate, both because of his 
relative 
obscurity compared to other administration hawks and the fact that, of 
virtually all of them, his ideas - particularly on the Middle East - 
might 
be the most radical.

A protege of Richard Perle, the former chairman of Rumsfeld's Defense 
Policy Board (DPB) who stands at the center of the neo-conservative 
foreign 
policy network in Washington, Feith has long opposed territorial 
compromise 
by Israel...

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WOUNDED PALESTINIAN TEEN TREATED IN NJ NOW BACK IN MIDDLE EAST
Wayne Parry, Associated Press, 11/5/03
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-nj--palestiniantreate1105nov05,0,3070146.story 


NEWARK, N.J. - An Israeli settler's bullet shattered his intestines, 
but 
not his dreams. Now, nearly two years after the shooting, a Palestinian 
teenager who was treated for his wounds in New Jersey has returned to 
the 
Middle East, hoping to help other victims of the violence there.

Deya Ali, 16, underwent surgery at Jersey Shore Medical Center in 
Neptune 
and rehabilitation at Children's Specialized Hospital in Mountainside 
to 
repair the damage from a fragmentation bullet that tore through his 
intestinal tract and exploded against his spinal cord, leaving him near 
death.

A Palestinian doctor at Jersey Shore operated for free to correct a 
potentially life-threatening complication of the shooting. Now, Ali is 
in 
Jordan, awaiting a transfer to a rehabilitation hospital in Saudi 
Arabia 
this weekend. He left the United States, where he had been staying with 
sponsors and friends in Morris County, on Oct. 26.

Ali was brought to New Jersey in January by The Palestine Children's 
Relief 
Fund, a nonprofit organization based in Kent, Ohio, that arranges for 
sick 
or injured Palestinian children to receive medical treatment, usually 
in 
the U.S...

ALSO SEE:

PALESTINIANS FORCED TO APPLY FOR PERMITS
Ravi Nessman, Associated Press, 11/6/03
http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/wire/sns-ap-mideast-trapped-village,0,7738301.story

JUBARA, West Bank - The Palestinians of Jubara were alarmed when 
Israeli 
soldiers began posting notices on telephone poles and at checkpoints 
around 
their small West Bank village.

The military had already trapped them in a tiny pocket of land between 
Israel and its West Bank security barrier, giving them only sporadic 
access 
to their schools, clinics and fields across the fence.

The notices told of an unprecedented new order: everyone must apply for 
a 
special permit to remain in Jubara - the village has about 300 
residents. 
The notices did not specifically mention expulsion, but Palestinian 
officials and villagers said they understand this to be the implied 
threat.

The new restrictions affect nearly 7,500 Palestinians living in what 
Israel 
calls the ``seam zone...''

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PIPES DOESN'T SPEAK FOR ALL JEWS
Liz Aaronsohn, and Fatma Antar, Hartford Courant, 11/5/03
http://www.ctnow.com/news/opinion/op_ed/hc-pipes1105.artnov05,1,6376731.story

As members of We Refuse To Be Enemies, an interfaith coalition of Jews, 
Muslims and Christians, we wish to voice our profound concern over the 
inclusion of Daniel Pipes in the two-week Jewish Book Festival 
sponsored by 
the Greater Hartford Jewish Community Center.

Pipes, who is scheduled to speak at the festival Thursday, is 
celebrated by 
the event's organizers as a "visionary expert on Islam and terrorism." 
Just 
that linkage is problematic for us. Pipes is known to progressives for 
his 
anti-Arab, anti-Muslim views. (He's the author of "Militant Islam 
Reaches 
America," published last year.) His writings reflect a lack of 
tolerance 
for the very ethnic and religious diversity that has so enriched our 
nation.

In fact, it was exactly because of his narrow, overgeneralizing views 
that 
the Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, in its 
first 
round of hearings, energetically opposed his nomination by President 
Bush 
to the board of directors of the U.S. Institute of Peace, which 
Congress 
created to promote peaceful solutions to world conflicts. He obtained 
the 
position only as the result of President Bush's congressional recess 
appointment because it was apparent that the full Congress would reject 
his 
nomination.

Further, Pipes' establishment of Campus Watch, a group dedicated to 
combating what it says is anti-Israeli bias on university campuses, is 
one 
example of his rejection of the American ideals of academic freedom and 
freedom of speech. Campus Watch has harassed academics who dare 
question or 
criticize Israeli government policies in regard to the Palestinian 
people.

Daniel Pipes' track record of inciting hatred against American Muslims 
and 
American Arabs has been the hallmark of his life's work...

ALSO SEE:

PIPES SHOULD KNOW DISSENT IS AS AMERICAN AS APPLE PIE
Natasha Rivera-Silber, Yale Daily News, 11/6/03
http://www.yaledailynews.com/article.asp?AID=23956

Writing in the Jerusalem Post, [Pipes] argued that "Muslim visitors and 
immigrants must undergo additional background checks. Mosques require a 
scrutiny beyond that applied to churches, synagogues and temples. 
Muslim 
schools require increased oversight to ascertain what is being taught 
to 
children..."

Pipes has capitalized on American fear to perpetuate his anti-Muslim 
rhetoric, prevent diplomatic efforts in the Middle East, and eliminate 
dissent in American universities.

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NEOCONSERVATIVE CRITICS HAVE LONG CHARGED MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES 
DEPARTMENTS WITH ANTI-AMERICAN BIAS
Michelle Goldberg, Salon.com, 11/6/03
http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2003/11/06/middle_east/index.html

On Oct. 21, the House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill that 
could require university international studies departments to show more 
support for American foreign policy or risk their federal funding. Its 
approval followed hearings this summer in which members of Congress 
listened to testimony about the pernicious influence of the late Edward 
Said in Middle Eastern studies departments, described as enclaves of 
debased anti-Americanism. Stanley Kurtz, a research fellow at the 
Hoover 
Institution, a right-wing think tank, testified, "Title VI-funded 
programs 
in Middle Eastern Studies (and other area studies) tend to purvey 
extreme 
and one-sided criticisms of American foreign policy." Evidently, the 
House 
agreed and decided to intervene.

Emboldened by its dominance of Washington, the right is trying to 
enlist 
government on its side in the campus culture wars. "Since they are the 
mainstream in Washington think tanks and the right-wing corridors of 
Congress, they figure, 'Let's translate that political capital to 
education,'" says Rashid Khalidi, who was recently appointed to the 
Edward 
Said Chair of Arab studies at Columbia University...

At the same time, Martin Kramer, editor of the right-wing Middle East 
Quarterly, published a book called "Ivory Towers on Sand: The Failure 
of 
Middle Eastern Studies in America," in which he argues that academia, 
in 
thrall to romantic third-worldism, has turned a blind eye to the 
region's 
dangerous pathologies. Last year Daniel Pipes, a colleague of Kramer's 
who 
has since been appointed by President Bush to sit on the U.S. Institute 
of 
Peace, launched Campus Watch, a Web site devoted to monitoring Middle 
Eastern studies departments for signs of anti-American bias. He 
published 
dossiers cataloguing the political sins of some of the most respected 
professors in the field, and invited students to submit reports on 
their 
instructors.

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INMATE CLAIMS JDL HEAD HAD A CHANGE OF HEART
Howard Blume, Forward, 11/7/03
http://www.forward.com/issues/2003/03.11.07/news16.rubin.html

In the days before his death, Jewish Defense League head Irv Rubin had 
second thoughts about his radical philosophy, according to one of his 
fellow prison inmates.

In a letter obtained by the Forward, the inmate claims that through 
conversations with Muslim and Palestinian prisoners, Rubin had grown 
almost 
repentant for his Israel-for-Jews-only stance.

"I introduced him to a number of the Palestinians with us on the floor, 
and 
he spoke to them a lot about the Middle East conflict," read the 
letter. 
"It appeared to me that this was the first and only time that he had 
ever 
sat to hear quietly the Palestinians and to hear the other side, the 
travail that they are undergoing.... He would strike his right hand 
with 
his fist in the area of his heart as if he were reciting the 
confessional 
prayer: 'I have sinned, I've gone astray...'"

ALSO SEE:

ISRAEL'S DEMOCRACY DILEMMA
Doug Bandow, American Conservative, 11/3/03
http://amconmag.com/11_3_03/feature.html

Despite its continued backing of Israel, the Bush administration's 
patience 
is apparently not endless. Should Ariel Sharon's government continue to 
construct a security fence effectively annexing Palestinian areas to 
Israel, Washington has threatened to withhold some of the $9 billion in 
planned loan guarantees.

Israelis are not pleased. "It's none of their business," complained 
Zitrin 
Eliezer, an Israeli settler in the West Bank. "Let them give California 
and 
Texas back to the Mexicans and then they can come and tell us what to 
do."

In fact, Eliezer is correct: Israel's policies aren't America's 
business. 
At least they wouldn't be if Washington were not backing Israel against 
all 
comers, providing billions in aid annually, arming its distant ally, 
and 
offering diplomatic cover for Israel. The price of dependence on 
America is 
meddling by Washington.

The U.S. has no choice but to demand, pressure, and whine. As Sept. 11 
dramatically demonstrated, America pays a price for being identified 
with 
Israel's policies in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. Obviously, terrorism 
against the U.S. reflects complex causes and circumstances, and the 
slaughter of innocents, whether Americans or Israelis, can never be 
justified...

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IN UZBEKISTAN, RELIGION IS VICTIM OF WAR ON TERROR
Lawrence A. Uzzell, Christian Science Monitor, 11/6/03
http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/1106/p09s02-coop.html?entryBottomStory

STUARTS DRAFT, VA. - Imagine the police forcing a gas mask onto your 
head 
and shutting off the air supply - because you are "guilty" of hosting 
Bible 
studies in your own home. Imagine having to organize worship services 
in 
deep secrecy, meeting outdoors far from any inhabited spot. Imagine 
being 
fired from your job as a schoolteacher because you refuse to renounce 
your 
religious beliefs.

This is not a good time to be a Protestant Christian or a devout Muslim 
in 
Uzbekistan. The country's neo-Soviet regime is apparently counting on 
its 
newly strategic location - just north of Afghanistan - to win the Bush 
administration's tacit consent to its gross violations of the rights of 
both Christian and Muslim believers. But those violations risk 
producing 
just the result that both governments want to avoid: another bloody, 
fanatical Islamic revolt.

Traditionally Muslim Uzbekistan, like other former Soviet republics, 
has 
constitutional provisions and treaty commitments that ostensibly 
guarantee 
freedom of conscience. But it regularly violates that freedom in 
practice...

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 11/7/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: FASTING BRINGS FORGIVENESS
* SUPPORT CAIR'S $1 MILLION DURING RAMADAN CAMPAIGN
	- Register online for CAIR's DC Dinner 11/29
	- Dinner Volunteer Meetings this Weekend
* MORE U.S. MUSLIMS RUN FOR OFFICE (CS Monitor)
	- Pak-Americans Oppose Jindal (Times of India)
* EX-CIA AGENT ON 'EXTRAORDINARY RENDITIONS' (CBC)
	- Maher Arar: This is What They Did to Me
	- Muslim Brotherhood Says Member Tortured (UPI)
* JAILED TX IMMIGRANT TELLING HIS STORY (KXAN)
* LIMITS PUT ON NEW MUSLIM CHAPLAIN (Boston Globe)
	- Lawyer Says Guantanamo Detainees Tortured (AP)
* KORAN CONTROVERSY AT ONE POLICE PLAZA (NY Newsday)
	- Sikhs Want Classroom Mention (Mercury News)
* MOSQUE PLANS WINS APPROVAL IN NJ (Phil. Inquirer)
* EL ISLAM: NURTURING LATINO MUSLIMS
* JOB OPENING: PRISON IMAM
* PIPES MEETS WITH PROTEST (Yale Daily News)
	- Ads Spark Controversy (Stanford Daily)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: FASTING BRINGS FORGIVENESS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Whoever fasts in the 
month 
of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping for a reward from God, all 
his 
previous sins will be forgiven."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 3, Hadith 125

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The dinner, with the theme "Muslims in America: A Defining Moment," 
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MORE US MUSLIMS RUN FOR OFFICE
Danna Harman, Christian Science Monitor, 11/7/03
http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/1107/p13s03-uspo.html

STERLING, VA. - They have precious little IN common, if truth be told. 
She: 
a petite private-school principal and mother of three. He: a suave 
immigration lawyer with a faint streak of peroxide in his hair. She's a 
Democrat; he's a Republican. She was born in the US, the daughter of an 
educated immigrant from Kashmir. He, a Palestinian, was born in 
Bethlehem 
and came to the United States as a refugee, without knowing a word of 
English.

And yet, Afeefa Syeed and Kamal Nawash, who each ran in local elections 
in 
Virginia Tuesday (she was running for the Potomac seat on the Loudoun 
County Board of Supervisors; he wanted to be a state senator from the 
31st 
District) have more in common than both having lost their races.

As two of only a handful of Muslims running for elected office in the 
US 
this year, Ms. Syeed and Mr. Nawash's singular bids underscore the 
general 
lack of Muslim participation in political life in America.

But because there were two more Muslim candidates running for office in 
Virginia this year than five years before - and two more than 10 years 
ago 
- Syeed's and Nawash's bids also point to a new trend.

"More and more of us are realizing that it is time for Muslims to stop 
shying away from the political process," says Mukit Hossain, a 
Bangladeshi-American businessman and director of the Platform for 
Active 
Civil Empowerment (PACE), a new Muslim political action committee. "The 
way 
to advance our agenda is in the traditional American way: by gaining 
more 
political power."

Muslim Americans first began running for office in sizable numbers only 
in 
the 1990s, says Agha Saeed, national chairman of the American-Muslim 
Alliance, a civic education organization. But by the time elections 
rolled 
around in 2000, close to 700 Muslim Americans were candidates for a 
variety 
of offices.

That year, 153 Muslims - split almost equally between African-Americans 
and 
immigrants - were elected, including four to state senates and 
assemblies. 
And Muslims were coming out in increasingly large numbers to vote and 
support "their" candidates…

"The question is, what are Muslim issues?" asks Syeed, a religious 
woman 
who wears a traditional head covering and who helped found one of the 
only 
Muslim elementary schools in the state, Al Fatih Academy.

She ran on a purely local platform, rarely making reference to her 
religion. "I don't need to," she says. "I am clearly a Muslim and that 
speaks for itself. I need to explain what I want to do for the 
community."

"Muslim issues" can certainly include hate crimes and racial profiling, 
but 
they go much beyond that, she argues.

"Muslims are mainly coming to a crossroads where we realize that 
community 
issues are our issues. The Middle East is important, but not as 
important 
to us here as urban sprawl. This is my home. The place where I am 
raising 
my children," she says. "I want to make that clear, and I think it's 
important for non-Muslims to see me making that clear..."

SEE ALSO:

PAK-AMERICANS OPPOSE JINDAL
Chidanand Rajghatta, Times of India, 11/6/03
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/xml/uncomp/articleshow?msid=269207

WASHINGTON: Carrying domestic and regional vitriol overseas, 
Pakistani-Americans have jumped into the US gubernatorial fray with 
gusto 
by opposing Indian-American Republican candidate Bobby Jindal because 
"he 
could be a future threat for Pakistani interests in the US."

Instead, the Pakistani American Congress (PAC) and an organisation 
calling 
itself "Patriot Muslim Americans (PMA)" have asked its supporters to 
back 
Jindal's Democratic opponent Kathleen Blanco, "a friend of our cause," 
in 
the November 15 election for the governorship of Louisiana.

"Blanco is a close friend of Pakistani community. She understands our 
issues and supports our cause. She is in favour of immigrants, opposes 
discrimination in any form or fashion, is against profiling on the 
basis of 
religion, looks or ethnicity," PAC president, M Ashraf Abbasi, said in 
an 
appeal to supporters.

Abbasi described Jindal, an American of Indian origin who is himself 
son of 
first generation immigrants, as "an Indian... a highly prejudiced 
person."

Abbasi claimed that the Pakistani-American Congress had raised $50,000 
for 
Blanco's campaign in Lake Charles "in just one hour," according to an 
account on a Pakistani website.

Pakistani-Americans had put up 15,000 highway signs in the south and 
set up 
calling booths in four major cities, he added.

"It is hard doing all this in the state of fasting but we are doing it 
as a 
religious duty as well," Abbasi was quoted as saying…

Latest polls from Louisiana show Jindal and Blanco locked in a 
statistical 
tie with around 42 per cent votes each.

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LIMITS PUT ON NEW MUSLIM CHAPLAIN
Charlie Savage, Boston Globe, 11/7/2003
http://www.boston.com/news/world/articles/2003/11/07/limits_put_on_new_muslim_chaplain/

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba -- The US military has made plans to bring a new 
Muslim chaplain to the base where it is holding some 660 accused terror 
suspects, but he will not be allowed to come into contact with the 
"enemy 
combatants" being detained here without trial.

In September, the former Muslim chaplain, Captain James "Yousef" Yee, 
was 
arrested. He has been charged with disobeying an order -- reportedly 
for 
smuggling classified information off the base.

Major General Mitchell LeClaire, second in command of the interrogation 
operation, said yesterday that the military has arranged for a 
replacement 
to be in Guantanamo Bay by early December.

However, while the new chaplain will continue Yee's role of advising 
command staff on Islamic practices, he will minister only to Muslim 
soldiers and will not meet with detainees, as Yee did.

LeClaire added that it "was not [Yee's] job" to counsel detainees. "It 
was 
never his job officially," he said. "I can't say it was with the 
approval 
of his commander."

The news that the detainees will not have access to a replacement 
Muslim 
counselor comes amid growing international concern over their 
psychological 
condition…

SEE ALSO:

LAWYER SAYS GUANTANAMO DETAINEES TORTURED
Associated Press, 11/8/03
http://abcnews.go.com/wire/World/ap20031008_216.html

CANBERRA, Australia Oct. 8 - The U.S. military has tortured terrorist 
suspects held without charge at the Guantanamo Bay military prison, an 
Australian lawyer representing some of the suspects claimed Wednesday.

U.S.-based Richard Bourke, who has been working for almost two years on 
behalf of dozens of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, said American military 
officials were using old-fashioned torture techniques to force 
confessions 
out of prisoners.

The methods "clearly" fell under the definition of torture under 
international conventions, he told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio 
in 
an interview from the United States.

"They are engaging in good old-fashioned torture, as people would have 
understood it in the Dark Ages," he said…

"One of the detainees had described being taken out and tied to a post 
and 
having rubber bullets fired at them. They were being made to kneel 
cruciform in the sun until they collapsed," he said…

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EX-CIA AGENT TALKS ABOUT 'EXTRAORDINARY RENDITIONS'
CBC, 11/6/03
http://media.cbc.ca:8080/ramgen/cbc.ca/thecurrent/media/200311/20031106thecurrent_sec2.rm 


GO TO MINUTE 13

CIA RENDITIONS
http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/2003/200311/20031106.html

The case of Maher Arar has shocked many people in Canada and the U.S. 
especially the suggestion that authorities may have sent him to Syria 
knowing full well he would be tortured. But it turns out this may not 
be an 
isolated case. There's even a name for what happened to Arar. 
"Extraordinary rendition", "illegal rendition", or just plain 
"rendition" - 
The practice of shipping suspects off to countries that have no 
restraints 
on applying torture to get information. It's a nasty business. But now 
some 
are saying it may be common practice within the ranks of U.S. 
intelligence 
agencies.

Robert Baer was a CIA operative from 1976-1997. He's also the author of 
"See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on 
Terrorism". Robert Baer joined us from Washington, D.C.

SEE ALSO:

THIS IS WHAT THEY DID TO ME
MAHER ARAR, Counterpunch, 11/6/03
http://counterpunch.org/arar11062003.html

I am here today to tell the people of Canada what has happened to me.

There have been many allegations made about me in the media, all of 
them by 
people who refuse to be named or come forward. So before I tell you who 
I 
am and what happened to me, I will tell you who I am not.

I am not a terrorist. I am not a member of al-Qaida and I do not know 
any 
one who belongs to this group. All I know about al-Qaida is what I have 
seen in the media.

I have never been to Afghanistan. I have never been anywhere near 
Afghanistan and I do not have any desire to ever go to Afghanistan. 
Now, 
let me tell you who I am…

There was a small opening in the ceiling, about one foot by two feet 
with 
iron bars. Over that was another ceiling, so only a little light came 
through this.

There were cats and rats up there, and from time to time the cats peed 
through the opening into the cell. There were two blankets, two dishes 
and 
two bottles. One bottle was for water and the other one was used for 
urinating during the night. Nothing else. No light.

I spent 10 months, and 10 days inside that grave.

The next day I was taken upstairs again. The beating started that day 
and 
was very intense for a week, and then less intense for another week. 
That 
second and the third days were the worst.

I could hear other prisoners being tortured, and screaming and 
screaming. 
Interrogations are carried out in different rooms.

One tactic they use is to question prisoners for two hours, and then 
put 
them in a waiting room, so they can hear the others screaming, and then 
bring them back to continue the interrogation.

The cable is a black electrical cable, about two inches thick. They hit 
me 
with it everywhere on my body.

They mostly aimed for my palms, but sometimes missed and hit my wrists 
-- 
they were sore and red for three weeks. They also struck me on my hips, 
and 
lower back. Interrogators constantly threatened me with the metal 
chair, 
tire and electric shocks.

The tire is used to restrain prisoners while they torture them with 
beating 
on the sole of their feet. I guess I was lucky, because they put me in 
the 
tire, but only as a threat…

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MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD SAYS MEMBER TORTURED
United Press International, 11/7/03
http://washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20031106-113823-4594r.htm

CAIRO, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- The outlawed Muslim Brotherhood Organization 
said 
Thursday Egyptian police tortured to death one of its members three 
days 
after he was arrested.

The group said in a statement Masaad Mohammed Katab, 43, died at the 
hands 
of torturers in a detention center in Cairo.

Lawyer Abdel Monem Maksoud said police handed over Katab's body to his 
family Thursday and asked them to bury him discreetly without seeking 
to 
identify the cause of death.

Maksoud told UPI Katab worked as an accountant at the syndicate of 
engineers and was in good health when he was arrested last Sunday at 
his 
home in Cairo's Giza neighborhood…

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JAILED IMMIGRANT TELLING HIS STORY
http://www.kxan.com/Global/story.asp?S=1514709

Imagine walking into a government office to attend to some business and 
being deported or thrown in jail.

KXAN News 36 was the first to tell you that was happening to some 
Central 
Texans under the patriot act. Now one former prisoner is free to come 
home 
and speak out about his experience.

"The ankle ones come here, then the handcuffs, then they put a chain 
around 
your waist to put the handcuffs so you can't put your hands properly," 
jailed Central Texan Sarmad Ansari said, "I never dreamed of anyone 
being 
legal status and going through this."

Then this long time Central Texas hi-tech worker and dad went to INS to 
correct a lapsed visa.

"The new act tells me if I go outside the U.S., I have to go over and I 
did 
that," Ansari said.

"He comes into your office, an honest person to tell you, 'This is an 
honest mistake and I'm here to correct it,' and they just throw him in 
jail 
for three weeks," Mohsin Lari with the Muslim Community Support Service 
said…

"I never expected this and never heard of anything like this in the 
U.S. 
period," Ansari said…

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KORAN CONTROVERSY AT ONE POLICE PLAZA
Daryl Khan, Newsday, 11/7/03
http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/newyork/politics/nyc-reli1107,0,4012989.story

A Koran installed in the lobby of police headquarters has raised 
concerns 
about a breach in the constitutional wall separating church and state, 
and 
underscores the influential role religion plays in the culture of the 
department.

The department's installation of a religious text in a public space 
comes 
on the heels of a chief justice in Alabama who over the summer refused 
to 
comply with a court order to remove a monument to the Ten Commandments 
in a 
state building in Montgomery.

Although that controversy was blanketed with coverage, there are 
hundreds 
of less publicized incidents, like this one, that blur the division of 
church and state.

The Koran is displayed atop a brass pedestal and ensconced in a glass 
cube 
in front of the official police seal near the Hall of Heroes. Its 
installation coincides with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Traditionally, the department, staffed by a majority of Irish and 
Italian 
police officers, was considered a de facto Catholic organization. But 
the 
installation of the Koran, the holy book of Islam, speaks to a more 
recent 
development and equally powerful force - the push for diversity at the 
Police Department and an attempt to be sensitive at a time when global 
events have caused Muslims and Arabs to be cast under suspicion.

As the city changed in recent years, the department was pressured to 
change. The commitment to religion spread from Catholic or Protestant 
sects 
to other religions like Islam and Judaism…

One police chaplain, Imam Izak-El Mu'eed Pasha from Masijd Malcolm 
Shabazz 
in Harlem, spearheaded the installation. He said police work makes 
religion 
a central part of police life.

"By the nature of the job they have to have some faith," he said. 
"There's 
no way to do it without having faith."

Pasha said it would be "wrong" for the department to more rigidly 
enforce 
the separation between church and state.

"Without them having faith I think you would have a different Police 
Department that probably would not be able to serve all its people in 
the 
best way," he said…

SEE ALSO:

SIKHS WANT CLASSROOM MENTION OF FAITH'S FOUNDER
Lisa Fernandez, San Jose Mercury News, 11/7/03
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/7205246.htm

An influential Sikh organization is calling on Sikh children to ask 
their 
teachers today if they can read a short explanation about the birthday 
of 
their religion's founder, Guru Nanak.

As immigrant groups continue to assimilate, there is an understandable 
desire for them to want others to know about their customs, culture and 
religion.

But while Bay Area school officials say they support teaching students 
the 
region's multiculturalism, they are also concerned the request could 
cross 
the boundaries between church and state. They fear it could serve as a 
precedent for inviting other religious groups to use the classroom as a 
pulpit...

The classroom talks are intended to come one day before the 25 million 
Sikhs around the world will celebrate the birth of Guru Nanak, whose 
teachings started the monotheistic religion in India 534 years ago...

The three paragraphs written by Singh's organization appear more 
historical 
than religious. The letter doesn't proselytize or call for anyone to 
convert to Sikhism. But it criticizes Hinduism's caste system, and 
lauds 
Sikhs for promoting a religion of equality…

A better solution, Haynes suggested, would be for schools to invite 
academics to teach about religion, or have world culture teachers 
instruct 
the class during appropriate times. Haynes pointed out various Muslim 
organizations that have developed successful school-appropriate 
curriculum.

One such organization is Islamic Networks Group in San Jose, which for 
nearly 10 years has sent certified and rigorously tested volunteers 
into 
Bay Area middle and high schools to supplement textbook lessons on 
Islam…

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MOSQUE PLANS WINS APPROVAL IN VOORHEES
Edward Colimore, Philadelphia Inquirer, 11/7/03
http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/7203808.htm

A mosque construction proposal that sparked months of controversy was 
unanimously approved by the Voorhees Zoning Board last night after 
hours of 
debate.

The approval of the mosque site plan clears the way for construction by 
spring if no appeals are filed.

Zia Rahman, managing director of the group that plans to build the 
mosque, 
said: "I think it's excellent. I think the board was very 
compassionate. I 
think the community as a whole will be very much together."

Nearly 150 people filled the hearing room of the municipal building, 
some 
welcoming the mosque and urging approval, others expressing concern 
about 
parking and traffic problems and the loss of tax revenue.

"I have the feeling there is an element out there that doesn't want it 
built for the wrong reason," said Mike Santosusso, 34, of Voorhees, 
before 
the meeting. "I've used the intersection, so this could affect me 
traffic-wise, but that's not important enough to turn it down."

But Ed Holland, 60, who lives two blocks from the site, said mosque 
proponents had chosen "the wrong time and wrong place. It's not the 
right 
place because there's already too much traffic there, and it's a safety 
hazard. It's also not a tax ratable. I would be opposed to a Baptist or 
a 
Catholic church there" for that reason.

Holland said in an interview before the meeting that the timing was 
wrong, 
too, because of unrest in the world.

"As long as I see terrorist warnings and terrorist bombers, this is not 
the 
right time. It's an insult to every soldier" who has died in Iraq, he 
said.

"Why do we have Homeland Security? How do 15 families disrupt a whole 
community of people? I think a lot of people want to be politically 
correct…"

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AGENCY: Department of Justice
LOCATION: Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons, USP Lee County
CLASSIFICATION CODE: R - Professional, administrative, and management 
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PIPES MEETS WITH PROTEST AT TALK
BESS HINSON, Yale Daily News, 11/7/03
http://www.yaledailynews.com/article.asp?AID=24009

Amid campus-wide controversy, Middle East Forum Director Daniel Pipes 
spoke 
yesterday on the Middle Eastern conflict. Nearly 200 members of the 
Yale 
community, including a large number of protestors, attended the talk.

At least a third of those in attendance protested Pipes by wearing 
black 
clothing and black gags across their mouths…

Yale Coalition for Peace and Muslim Students' Association member Saqib 
Bhatti '04 said the protest was organized earlier this week because 
Pipes 
has publicly made derogatory comments about "brown-skinned peoples" and 
Muslims, and is a founder of CampusWatch.org, which he said has been 
used 
as a tool to silence dissent on campuses.

"Our intent was to be respectful of his presence but to still voice 
opposition," Bhatti, who is also a member of Students for Justice in 
Palestine, said. "We thought the gag was a powerful visual image that 
can't 
be ignored…"

Diplomat in Residence Charles Hill, who was scheduled to answer 
questions 
along with Pipes, said after the presentation that he disagreed with 
Pipes' 
stance.

"Pipes' view is that diplomacy has failed and is hopeless," Hill said. 
"I'm 
much more positive. I think diplomacy has brought tremendous successes. 
The 
key to this is the suppression of terrorism. When you get close to 
peace, 
terrorists will literally blow up any chance of peace."

In a November 2002 issue of the New York Post, Pipes wrote a column 
titled 
"Profs Who Hate America." The article named Director of Cytogenetics 
Services at the Yale School of Medicine Mazin Qumsiyeh and Yale 
Professor 
Glenda Gilmore as two professors who fit this description.

Qumsiyeh said during the talk that both he and Gilmore received hate 
mail 
as a result of the column.

"We don't hate America, we just don't like American policy in the 
Middle 
East," Qumsiyeh said…

SEE ALSO:

ADS SPARK CONTROVERSY THROUGHOUT CAMPUS
Vauhini Vara, Stanford Daily, 11/6/02
http://daily.stanford.edu/daily/servlet/tempo?page=content&id=12253&repository=0001_article

A group of students began circulating an e-mail petition yesterday 
asking 
for the recall of Daily Editor in Chief Ramin Setoodeh, after The Daily 
decided to continue running a series of controversial advertisements 
from a 
pro-Israeli group.

The ads, which have run in many college newspapers nationwide, have 
attracted campus attention over the past two weeks for claims some 
students 
say are anti-Palestinian. One ad depicts Israelis lighting candles in 
remembrance of Sept. 11 victims, under the words, "On September 11, 
2001, 
Israelis mourned in Tel-Aviv." Next to it is a photo showing 
Palestinian 
men and children cheering, beneath the text, "On September 11, 2001, 
Palestinians celebrated in Lebanon."

Each of the ads claim, "There are two sides to every story, but only 
one 
truth."

"The advertisement suggests that all Palestinians are inhumane and they 
revel in the shedding of innocent blood," wrote the group, called the 
Coalition for Justice, in a letter that members of the Stanford 
community 
signed.

The coalition contends that the ad violates The Daily's advertising 
policy, 
which states that the newspaper will refrain from printing any ad that 
"casts aspersions on individuals or groups on the basis of race, 
religion, 
sexual preference, national origin, age, physical disability, or other 
invidious grounds…"

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FL BUS DRIVER HAS HISTORY OF BIAS SAY STUDENTS
School and bus company allegedly ignored previous incidents

(JACKSONVILLE, FL, 11/10/2003) - The Florida office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) today revealed that the driver who 
recently prevented Muslim children from boarding a school bus in 
Jacksonville had allegedly engaged in similar discriminatory behavior 
several times in the past. The Islamic civil rights group made that 
claim 
after completing a preliminary investigation into the incidents.

CAIR-FL has also been notified that the office of the Florida Attorney 
General is initiating an investigation into these complaints.

On Friday, October 31, CAIR-FL called for an investigation of two 
incidents 
in which some 20 Muslim middle school students were either removed from 
or 
kept from boarding school buses in Jacksonville, Fla.

SEE: GROUPS CALL FOR PROBE AFTER MUSLIM KIDS KICKED OFF BUS
http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/110203/met_13937527.shtml

Some of those involved in the incidents now tell CAIR-FL that the 
driver 
kept Muslim students from boarding the bus on several previous 
occasions. 
On each of those occasions, after reluctantly picking up the Muslim 
students, the driver allegedly turned the bus around mid-route and 
brought 
the children back to the school before ordering them off the bus.

Only after intervention from school staff were the children allowed to 
remain on the bus and be driven home. The Muslim students also allege 
that 
the bus driver frequently directed profanity at them.

"It is unconscionable that those in positions of authority took no 
action 
to prevent this harassment and intimidation," said Altaf Ali, executive 
director of CAIR-FL. "The behavior of this bus driver should be 
repudiated 
in the strongest possible terms, followed by disciplinary actions."

The students also vehemently denied the bus company's claim that they 
were 
being "riotous" on the bus. In fact, two of the 20 students on the bus 
had 
reportedly raised their hands and asked the driver why she did not pick 
up 
siblings who were left behind at the school.

CAIR-FL is demanding that the Duval County School District investigate 
this 
new information thoroughly and hold the bus company accountable for the 
improper acts of its drivers. The group is also calling on relevant 
local, 
state and federal agencies to join the investigation of the complaints.

To date, the Duval County School board and the bus company have not 
offered 
an explanation as to why another bus driver refused to pick the same 
group 
of Muslim students from their bus stop on Friday, October 31.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in 
Washington, D.C., and has 25 offices and chapters nationwide and in 
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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 11/10/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: THE ESSENCE OF FASTING
* SUPPORT CAIR'S $1 MILLION DURING RAMADAN CAMPAIGN
  	- Register online for CAIR's DC Dinner 11/29
* CAIR-NY: MUSLIMS ORGANIZE RAMADAN FOOD DRIVE
* SUPREME COURT TO HEAR GUANTANAMO APPEALS (AP)
	- Supreme Court Rejects Appeal from Charity (AP)
	- Prison Religious Rights Law Ruled Illegal (AP)
* INTEGRATE RELIGIOUS, MORAL TRADITIONS (Denver Post)
        - First Non-White Elected To Hamtramck City Council (AP)
        - Muslim Holy Day Could Become a Holiday (Free Press)
* SHOCKING IMAGES SHAME US FORCES (Al Jazeerah)
* DISTORTIONS BEING USED TO ATTACK ISLAM (Star Tribune)
	- Pipes Defends Website Amidst Protests (Yale Herald)
	- Evangelicals Who Giftwrap Islamophobia (Guardian)
* GERKEN, SZOLLOSI SHOWN THE DOOR FOR CRITICIZING PATRIOT ACT
	- Patriot Act Gets Criticism (Balt. Sun)
	- Gore Criticizes Bush Approach to Security (Wash. Post)
* RESTAURANT'S OWNER ALLEGES BIAS IN COMPLAINTS (NYT)
* EX-PROFESSOR BEWAILS CONDITIONS (AP)
	- Demand Humane Treatment of Canadians Abroad
* ISLAM FINDS NEW CONVERTS IN RWANDA (AFP)
* RE-REGISTRATION REMINDER FOR IMMIGRANTS
* TURNING THE PAGE ON IRAQ'S HISTORY (CSM)
	- Americans Sow Seeds of Hatred (Guardian)	
	- Mossad: Invasion Has Created A Holy War (Indep.)
	- U.S. Woos Iranian Group in Iraq (Wash. Post)
	- Another American Casualty: Credibility (Wash. Post)
* TALK TO U.S. MUSLIM SOLDIERS IN IRAQ

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HADITH OF THE DAY: THE ESSENCE OF FASTING

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Fasting is not [just 
abstaining] from eating and drinking, but also from vain speech and 
foul 
language. If one of you is being cursed or annoyed, he should say: 'I 
am 
fasting, I am fasting.'"

Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 3, Number 132A

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REGISTER ONLINE FOR CAIR'S DC DINNER 11/29
Rep. from D.C.'s Mayor's office to attend dinner

Registration is now available online for CAIR's Ninth Annual 
Fundraising 
Dinner on November 29th (the weekend after Eid ul-Fitr) in Washington, 
D.C. 
The dinner, with the theme "Muslims in America: A Defining Moment," 
will 
feature presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich as one of its main 
speakers.

Ken Saunders, director of the mayor's office of human rights for the 
District of Columbia, will be attending the dinner on behalf of the 
executive office of the Mayor.

WHERE: Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons
Corner/Vienna, VA

COST: CAIR dinners always quick to sell out so get you tickets now!
Tickets: $55/$85 per couple R.S.V.P. by Nov. 24, 2003. No children 
please. 
(Limited babysitting with prior notice only - $10 per child.)

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NY MUSLIMS ORGANIZE RAMADAN FOOD DRIVE
http://www.cair-ny.com/fd2003.shtml

WHAT: CAIR-NY, in partnership with ICNA Relief, is beginning its first 
annual Ramadan Food Drive. What better time to reach out to others with 
love and assistance than in the month of Ramadan. PLEASE GIVE 
GENEROUSLY! 
Each family should donate at least three non-perishable food items.

Participating mosques and organizations in all five boroughs of New 
York 
City will collect and distribute food to needy New Yorkers. Sponsoring 
organizations include the Arab American Family Support Center, the 
Council 
of Pakistan Organizations, Muslim American Society/MAS, the New York 
Area 
Muslim Bar Association, Muslim Consultative Network, and Women In Islam 
Inc.

CAIR­NY is also urging mosques and other Muslim organizations around 
America to sponsor their own local Ramadan Food Drives as part of the 
Islamic obligation to help all who are in need.

For information on collection or distribution sites, please contact 
CAIR-NY at
212-870-2002.

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SUPREME COURT TO HEAR GUANTANAMO APPEALS
Anne Gearan, Associated Press, 11/10/03
http://breakingnews.iol.ie/news/story.asp?j=85342692&p=85343398

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court will hear its first case arising from 
the 
government's anti-terrorism campaign following the Sept. 11 attacks, 
agreeing Monday to consider whether foreigners held at a U.S. Navy base 
in 
Cuba should have access to American courts.

The appeals came from British, Australian and Kuwaiti citizens held 
with 
more than 600 others suspected of being Taliban or al-Qaida foot 
soldiers. 
Most were picked up in U.S. anti-terrorism sweeps in Afghanistan 
following 
the attacks of two years ago.

The court combined the men's appeals and will hear the consolidated 
case 
sometime next year.

Lower courts had found that the American civilian court system did not 
have 
authority to hear the men's complaints about their treatment...

ALSO SEE:

SUPREME COURT REJECTS APPEAL FROM CHARITY
Gina Holland, Associated Press, 11/10/03
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/politics/7227391.htm

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday from an 
Islamic 
charity whose assets were impounded three months after the terrorist 
attacks.

The Global Relief Foundation argued that the government put it out of 
business without proof the Illinois-based charity was funneling money 
to 
terrorists.

Justices refused to consider whether it was unconstitutional or illegal 
for 
the government to freeze the foundation's bank accounts. Since the 
attacks 
on Sept. 11, 2001, the United States and other governments have frozen 
the 
assets of several groups they claim assist groups like al-Qaida.

Global Relief has not been charged with a terror-related crime. It has 
said 
it provides humanitarian relief in about 20 different nations, mainly 
those 
with large Muslim populations.

Foundation attorney Roger C. Simmons of Frederick, Md., told the court 
in a 
filing that the government has ``instilled a fear in the Muslim 
community 
that they are being persecuted for their religious beliefs.''

Simmons said a lower court ruling against it would allow the government 
to 
shut down charities like the Red Cross or United Way for giving aid in 
terrorist hot spots, or freeze the assets of an American who buys 
illegal 
drugs, because terrorism is funded by illegal drug sales...

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PRISON RELIGIOUS RIGHTS LAW RULED ILLEGAL
John Nolan, Associated Press, 11/7/03
http://www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/National/AP.V2873.AP-Prison-Religion.html

CINCINNATI - A federal appeals court Friday declared unconstitutional a 
3-year-old law that gives inmates the right to gather for worship and 
follow religious dietary practices.

The federal law, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons 
Act, 
prohibits governments from limiting the religious freedom of people in 
prisons and other federally funded institutions unless there is a 
compelling reason.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the law violates the 
separation 
of church and state because it has ``the primary effect of advancing 
religion.''

The ruling by a three-judge panel applies only to Ohio, Michigan, 
Kentucky 
and Tennessee. Several other federal courts around the country have 
found 
the law to be constitutional.

In seeking to have the law thrown out, Ohio prison officials said they 
were 
worried that inmates were using the law as a guise for gang meetings...

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INTEGRATE RELIGIOUS, MORAL TRADITIONS
Frederick M. Denny, Denver Post, 11/9/03
http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~75~1749620,00.html

The recent Japha Ethics Symposium at the University of Colorado at 
Boulder 
was appropriately concerned more with habits and actions in the "real 
world" than with ethical theory as such.

It was refreshing for a theoretically oriented academician like me to 
hear 
successful, professional business folk as well as scholars with applied 
interests in other fields addressing ethics in relation to real worlds: 
business, medicine, information technology, advertising, the 
environment, 
religion and spirituality, animal rights and animal welfare, journalism 
and 
educational curricula.

The academic study of religion can be a rather theoretically 
preoccupied 
field, even though its subject matter is human beings. Still, I felt 
slightly out of place addressing a largely business-oriented audience 
on 
integrating religious and moral traditions into work. And although I 
care 
deeply about religious and moral authenticity in my fellow humans, I 
struggle neither to be a preacher nor a trespasser into fields for 
which I 
am not qualified - in this case, business. But religious studies 
provide an 
insight nonetheless.

Since its origins in Arabia, Islam has been an extremely business- 
friendly 
religion. The Koran contains many references to commerce, trade, 
benevolent 
uses of assets, investments and returns. Muhammad was a long-distance 
trader on the ancient caravan routes. So successful and honorable was 
he 
that his employer, Khadija - a Meccan businesswoman some 15 years older 
- 
proposed marriage. The two wed and enjoyed a long, happy life 
together...

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FIRST NON-WHITE ELECTED TO HAMTRAMCK CITY COUNCIL
Associated Press, 11/8/03
http://www.mlive.com/newsflash/michigan/index.ssf?/newsflash/get_story.ssf?/cgi-free/getstory_ssf.cgi?g6970_BC_MI--IntegratingHamtra&&news&newsflash-michigan

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (AP) - For years, it seemed to many ethnic minorities 
that 
they were unwelcome in this heavily Polish enclave.

But last week, Bangladeshi-American Shahab Ahmed broke through the 
divide. 
He became the first non-white to be elected to the Hamtramck City 
Council, 
the Detroit Free Press reported.

"It's not a victory only for me. It's victory for those who were 
stopped in 
1999," Ahmed told the newspaper. "In the end, we won -- they lost."

Following complaints of discrimination in the 1999 election, the 
Justice 
Department sent monitors during 2001 elections for mayor and city 
council. 
Observers also were sent to monitor the treatment of Arab-American 
voters 
this year.

State law allows residents who register as challengers to challenge 
anyone 
they believe isn't a registered voter based on citizenship, age or 
residency, but officials said the only people to be questioned about 
their 
citizenship in 1999 were Arab-Americans and Asian-Americans.

When Ahmed and his family moved to Michigan from Sylhet in Bangladesh, 
he 
spoke no English. Although he had studied business administration in 
Bangladesh, his first job in Detroit was busing tables. Eventually, he 
and 
his brothers opened a restaurant...

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MUSLIM HOLY DAY COULD BECOME A SCHOOL HOLIDAY
Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 11/10/03
http://www.freep.com/news/religion/holid10_20031110.htm

The room was divided.

On the left side of the Crestwood High School library sat mostly Arab 
Americans. On the right sat mostly parents of European descent.

For hours last week, they tussled at a public meeting over whether to 
make 
Eid -- the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan -- a school holiday.

Tonight, the school board of the Crestwood School District in Dearborn 
Heights could vote on whether to give students the day off.

If it does, Crestwood would become part of a growing number of school 
districts nationwide that accommodate religious needs of Muslim 
populations. At the same time, some parents in Dearborn Heights say 
their 
district calendar shouldn't make exceptions for Muslim holidays.

In recent years, Arab Americans, mostly Muslim, have moved into 
Dearborn 
Heights from neighboring Dearborn. About a third of the district's 
3,300 
students are of Arab descent...

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SHOCKING IMAGES SHAME US FORCES
Yvonne Ridley and Lawrence Smallman, Al Jazeerah, 11/10/03
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/6B135A01-B99C-41C1-B36A-53197281D21E.htm

Fearful women and children are bound by US soldiers

A series of shocking pictures revealing US soldiers tying up Iraqi 
women 
and children in their own home has provoked international outrage.

The occupying forces have now come under renewed fire for their 
treatment 
of ordinary Iraqis as shown in the pictures published today by 
Aljazeera.net.

CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, is conducting an 
investigation and seeking advice before taking further action.

"This kind of image increases resentment of American troops in Iraq and 
can 
also play a major part in demoralising troops who are having to tie up 
small children.

"We are seeking to raise this issue further in the appropriate arena," 
said 
Washington CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper...

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DISTORTIONS BEING USED TO ATTACK ISLAM
Fedwa Wazwaz, Star Tribune, 11/9/03
http://www.startribune.com/stories/1519/4197103.html

Since the tragic event of 9/11, Islam has been attacked as a religion 
that 
promotes hatred and violence.

Under the banner of fighting Wahabbism, a distortion campaign was 
launched 
maligning Muslim individuals, organizations, beliefs and political 
positions.

According to these critics, Wahabbism is a violent, extremist sect of 
Islam 
practiced in Saudi Arabia. There are Sunni Muslims and Shia Muslims, 
but 
there is no school of jurisprudence called Wahhabi Muslims even in 
Saudi 
Arabia.

Taking advantage of the fact that most Americans know little about 
Islam 
and have no interaction with Muslims, these self-styled experts or 
preachers became kings in the land of the blind distorting and 
manipulating 
verses from the Qur'an and quotes from Muslims to prove their hatred is 
based on "evidence."

 >From the Christian right, this distortion campaign was led by such 
personalities as Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell, Jerry Vines and Pat 
Robertson. This camp doesn't trust God to fulfill his Biblical 
prophecies, 
so they are supporting the brutal expansionist policy of Israel at the 
expense of the Palestinian people, hoping to speed along and fulfill 
Jesus' 
second coming. Their argument that Islam promotes violence and hatred 
is 
backed by cut-and-paste quotes from the Qur'an devoid of historical, 
linguistic or any broader context...

Another camp that attacks Islam and Muslims are the neoconservatives 
and 
the pro-Israeli zealots. After making sweeping generalizations 
associating 
many Muslims and Muslim organizations with Wahibbism, they argue that 
they 
are being politically correct since it's Muslim extremists that they 
are 
against, not Muslims or Islam in general...

Daniel Pipes, most notable of these critics, figures a marginalization 
of 
Muslims in America is a win for Israel...

ALSO SEE:

PIPES DEFENDS WEBSITE AMIDST PROTESTS
Steven Engler, Yale Herald, 11/7/03
http://www.yaleherald.com/article.php?Article=2621

Yale is considered by many to be one of the most politically active 
colleges in the country. Thursday's speech by Daniel Pipes, the 
director of 
the Middle East Forum (MEF) and newest member of the United States 
Institute for Peace, proved no exception to evoking displays of 
activism as 
he addressed a crammed Linsly-Chittenden Hall on the current situation 
in 
the Middle East at the inaugural event of the Middle East Forum at Yale 
College.

The event did not go unprotested, however, as over 30 students wearing 
black gags challenged Pipes's controversial views on the 
Israeli-Palestinian conflict and freedom of speech on his website, 
campuswatch.org. Until recently the site listed college professors who 
spoke out against the war in Iraq, including several Yale professors.

A decade since the Oslo and Camp David Accords of 1993, Pipes 
maintained 
that two problems have caused the situation in the Middle East to 
disintegrate: First, that the Palestinians never accepted Israel's 
statehood through diplomacy; and second, that populations don't 
subscribe 
to agreements their country's leaders make.

Pipes asserted that the Camp David Accords, reached in 1993 between 
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and former Israeli Prime Minister 
Yitzhak Rabin, were premature. "Diplomacy was not only ineffective," he 
said, "but counterproductive." Pipes argued that the Palestinian people 
never truly recognized Israel's statehood. "Only when the Palestinians 
accept that destroying Israel is not an option will diplomacy be 
effective..."

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THE EVANGELICALS WHO LIKE TO GIFTWRAP ISLAMOPHOBIA
Giles Fraser, Guardian, 11/10/03
http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1081349,00.html

It all sounds innocent enough. Operation Christmas Child "is a unique 
ministry that brings Christmas joy, packed in gift-filled shoeboxes, to 
children around the world". Over the past 10 years, 24 million 
shoeboxes 
have been delivered, making it the world's largest children's Christmas 
project. Every US president since Ronald Reagan has packed a shoebox 
for 
Operation Christmas Child. In the UK, thousands of schools, churches 
and 
youth clubs are doing the same. Some will fill their boxes with 
dried-out 
felt tip pens and discarded Barbie amputees. Others spend serious money 
on 
the latest GameBoy or Sony Walkman.

But what many parents and teachers don't know is that behind Operation 
Christmas Child is the evangelical charity Samaritan's Purse. Their aim 
is 
"the advancement of the Christian faith through educational projects 
and 
the relief of poverty". And a particularly toxic version of 
Christianity it 
is. This is the same outfit that targeted eastern Europe after the fall 
of 
the Berlin Wall and was widely condemned for following US troops into 
Iraq 
to claim Muslims for Christ.

It's run by the Rev Franklin Graham - chosen by George Bush to deliver 
the 
prayers at his presidential inauguration - who has called Islam "a very 
wicked and evil religion". Graham, the son of the evangelist Billy 
Graham, 
is from the same school of thought as General William Boykin, US deputy 
undersecretary of defence for intelligence, who described America as 
waging 
a holy war against "the idol" of Islam's false god and "a guy called 
Satan" 
who "wants to destroy us as a Christian army..."

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GERKEN, SZOLLOSI SHOWN THE DOOR AS GOVERNMENT CENTER SECURITY SAYS NO 
TO 
CRITICS OF PATRIOT ACT
Tom Troy, Toledo Blade, 11/9/03
http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2003111070143

Two Toledo councilmen and a small group of citizens holding a banner 
were 
kicked out of Government Center yesterday while holding a news 
conference 
raising questions about the USA Patriot Act.

An Ohio Highway Patrol trooper held Councilman Pete Gerken's elbow as 
he 
escorted him to the front exit of the building.

Also ordered to leave was Councilman Frank Szollosi and the group 
called 
Citizens for Individual Rights and Freedoms, whose members unfurled a 
banner criticizing the USA Patriot Act as "unpatriotic."

Mr. Gerken, who pulled his arm away from the trooper, said afterward 
that 
many news events have taken place in the lobby of Government Center, 
including one only 24 hours earlier on the subject of electric rates, 
in 
which he participated.

"This is an elected official in the building talking about an issue 
pending 
before council," Mr. Gerken said about himself. "This was not an 
overtly 
political press conference." He said he would protest to the Ohio 
Building 
Authority, which owns Government Center...

ALSO SEE:

PATRIOT ACT GETS CRITICISM FROM ALL SIDES
Michael Hill, Baltimore Sun, 11/9/03
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/opinion/7209252.htm

It seems impossible that something called the Patriot Act could manage 
to 
get a bad name for itself. But that's exactly what has happened to this 
legislation hastily passed in the weeks after Sept. 11, 2001.

The act has had no more effective critics than America's librarians 
who, 
under its provisions, can be required to tell federal officials what 
books 
people are checking out.

Their rising ire tripped up the recent pro-Patriot Act speaking tour by 
Attorney General John Ashcroft, forcing him to go public with 
information 
he had classified saying federal law enforcement had not used these 
powers 
to go snooping in any libraries.

But the damage was done. Criticism of the Patriot Act has come from all 
parts of the political spectrum. Some 200 local governments have 
adopted 
resolutions opposing it. The attacks essentially sank a proposed 
Patriot 
Act II when its details were leaked earlier this year -- though 
individual 
provisions have been proposed by the Bush administration...

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GORE CRITICIZES BUSH APPROACH TO SECURITY
Rick Weiss, Washington Post, 11/10/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A20026-2003Nov9.html

In his second major policy speech in three months, former vice 
president Al 
Gore took aim yesterday at what he said was the Bush administration's 
exploitation of the terrorist attacks of 2001 to justify an 
undemocratic 
suspension of domestic freedoms and to create a government built on 
"secrecy and deception."

Looking energized and fit, Gore told 3,000 cheering supporters in 
Washington's DAR Constitution Hall -- and innumerable others who 
watched on 
C-Span and on a live Internet webcast -- that President Bush was taking 
the 
wrong approach to protecting the nation from terrorist threats...

Gore, who described himself as "a recovering politician," urged 
Congress to 
repeal the Patriot Act, with its broad enhancements of government 
powers 
that allow federal agents to "sneak and peek" at citizens' private 
records; 
enter citizens' homes in secret; and hold citizens indefinitely without 
access to legal counsel or a hearing before a judge...

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EX-PROFESSOR BEWAILS CONDITIONS
Vickie Chachere, Associated Press, 11/8/03
http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/democrat/news/local/7211980.htm

TAMPA - The attorney for former professor Sami Al-Arian said Friday he 
is 
hiring a psychiatrist to evaluate whether Al-Arian's confinement at a 
federal prison is inflicting mental harm.

Attorney William Moffitt's move comes even as a federal judge said 
Friday 
no laws have been broken and Al-Arian's rights have not been violated 
by 
his confinement in a high-security unit.

Moffitt is seeking to have Al-Arian moved from the confinement unit at 
Coleman federal prison, about 80 miles north of Tampa. Moffitt and 
Al-Arian 
argue that the conditions there are so oppressive it is interfering 
with 
Al-Arian's right to help defend himself on charges he helped finance 
terrorist attacks in Israel.

Al-Arian has complained of not having adequate access to his attorneys, 
not 
being allowed visits with his family and not having the proper tools to 
review documents in his case.

Recently, he also has complained that prison officials have made it 
difficult for him to observe the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. He also 
complained that he's not allowed to wear a watch, so he does not know 
when 
it is the proper time to pray...

ALSO SEE:

DEMAND HUMANE TREATMENT AND RELEASE OF CANADIANS ABROAD

(Ottawa, Canada) ­ The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR-CAN) is calling on all Canadians to demand that their government 
secure the safety and release of Canadian citizens detained abroad. 
Abdallah alMalki and Arwad Al-Bouchi are being held in Syria and Ahmad 
Abou 
El Maati is being held in Egypt.

The situation of Abdallah alMalki is particularly troubling.  Recent 
reports indicate that he has been subjected to severe torture and 
ill-treatment.  He is said to be in poor health and has lost a lot of 
weight.

CAIR-CAN is gravely concerned that all three individuals have been 
denied 
their fundamental rights.  All the individuals have been detained 
without 
charge, without access to legal representation and, in many cases, 
disallowed any consular access.

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED
1. CONTACT Prime Minister Jean Chrétien and Foreign Affairs Minister
Bill Graham and demand that they:

* make representations to the Syrian and Egyptian government to ensure 
that 
the detained Canadians are treated humanely and not subjected to any 
torture or ill-treatment and that they are given immediate access to 
Canadian consular officials, lawyers, relatives and adequate medical 
treatment
* insist that the Canadians are released unless they are charged with a 
recognizable criminal offence and given a prompt and fair trial

Prime Minister Jean Chrétien
Tel: 613-992-4211
Fax: 613-941-6900
E-mail: pmo@pm.gc.ca

Minister of Foreign Affairs Bill Graham
Tel: 613-992 5234
Fax: 613-996-960
E-mail: Graham.B@parl.gc.ca

2. CONTACT your local MP and demand that they take up this issue 
urgently 
in the House of Commons. Obtain the name and full contact information 
of 
your Member of Parliament by calling
(613) 992-4793, or by typing your postal code at:
www.parl.gc.ca/information/about/people/house/PostalCode.asp?Source=SM

3. WRITE a letter to the editor of your local newspaper to express your 
concern over the detention of Canadian citizens.

4. COPY Canada@cair-net.org on all correspondence.

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RESTAURANT'S OWNER ALLEGES BIAS IN COMPLAINTS ON MUSIC
Debra West, New York Times, 11/10/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/10/nyregion/10JOUR.html

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. - The trouble began after Sept. 11, 2001, said 
Dr. 
Syed A. Nayeem, the owner of Maison Lafitte, a restaurant in a 
Georgian-style mansion here with sweeping views of the Hudson River.

Dr. Nayeem, an Indian-born Muslim, said that shortly after a family of 
Indian immigrants held a wedding celebration at the restaurant, he 
received 
an anonymous letter complaining about the noise and saying that the 
authorities in Ossining, the town that includes Briarcliff Manor, had 
been 
notified. Then came repeated visits from the town building inspector 
and 
the police, he said.

Now Dr. Nayeem is suing Ossining in Federal District Court in White 
Plains. 
He claims that he is being discriminated against by the town, which is 
enforcing a little-used cabaret law that prohibits restaurants and bars 
from playing music without a license...

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ISLAM FINDS NEW CONVERTS IN RWANDA IN WAKE OF GENOCIDE
Helen Vesperini, Agence France Presse, 11/9/03

Long a marginalised tiny minority, Rwanda's Muslims have grown 
considerably 
in number and stature in the 10 years since the genocide of 1994.

Like many of his compatriots, Isaac, a lanky young stonemason, 
converted 
after the bloody events of that year, when he was a soldier in the 
Rwandan 
Patriotic Front, a Tutsi-led rebellion that is now the dominant force 
in 
government.

"I converted after my unit came into Kigali and I saw how many of my 
fellow 
Tutsis has been hidden, and therefore saved, by Muslims," he told AFP 
between sips of a soft drink in the populous Nyamirambo district of the 
capital.

According to the current government, up to a million people were killed 
over 100 days in 1994 during an orchestrated campaign by the Hutu 
government to rid the country of its Tutsi minority.

At the time, about 1.2 percent of the population were of the Islamic 
faith, 
which was introduced to Rwanda in around 1900 by Arab traders and 
translators working with the German military.

One of those to swell this proportion to the current estimate of 10 
percent 
is former Roman Catholic Jean-Pierre Sagahutu, who now works as a taxi 
driver...

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RE-REGISTRATION REMINDER FOR IMMIGRANTS

Re-registration Reminder: As part of ongoing requirements associated 
with 
the special registration program (National Security Entry-Exit 
Registration 
System or "NSEERS"), individuals are required to re-register annually 
with 
a local immigration office within 10 days of the one year anniversary 
date 
of their initial registration. Individuals who fail to comply with 
re-registration or any of the special registration requirements may be 
subject to civil and/or criminal penalties.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Special Registration Update - 
Approaching Annual Deadlines & Other Registration Requirements: 
http://www.aclu.org/Files/OpenFile.cfm?id=14196

South Asian Network (SAN)-"SPECIAL REGISTRATION" (NSEERS) REMINDER: 
ANNUAL 
RE-REGISTRATION DEADLINES APPROACHING
http://www.southasiannetwork.org/Alerts.htm

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TURNING THE PAGE ON IRAQ'S HISTORY
Christina Asquith, Christian Science Monitor, 11/4/03
http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/1104/p11s01-legn.html

BAGHDAD - For 15 years, high school history teacher Abtsam Jassom has 
dutifully taught 20th-century history according to the Baath Party. In 
it, 
America was the greedy invader, every Iraqi war was justified and 
victorious, and Zionists were the cause of world suffering.
Now, however, with the ouster of former President Saddam Hussein, US 
officials say teachers will finally be free to teach a more factual 
account 
of historical events. But the question is: Whose account will that be?

The first indicator of what a Saddam-free education will look like is 
arriving this month, as millions of newly revised textbooks roll off 
the 
printing presses to be distributed to Iraq's 5.5 million schoolchildren 
in 
16,000 schools. All 563 texts were heavily edited and revised over the 
summer by a team of US-appointed Iraqi educators. Every image of Saddam 
and 
the Baath Party has been removed.

But so has much more - including most of modern history. Pressured for 
time, and hoping to avoid political controversy, the Ministry of 
Education 
under the US-led coalition government removed any content considered 
"controversial," including the 1991 Gulf War; the Iran-Iraq war; and 
all 
references to Israelis, Americans, or Kurds...

ALSO SEE:

AMERICANS SOW SEEDS OF HATRED
Patrick Graham, Guardian, 11/9/03
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1080989,00.html

Sarab rolls up her sleeve and looks at the thick scar across her upper 
arm. 
The eight-year-old says she was playing in the bathroom of her house 
when 
the shots were fired but cannot remember anything else.

'It is their routine,' said her grandfather, Turk Jassim. 'After the 
Americans are attacked, they shoot everywhere. This is inhuman - a 
stupid 
act by a country always talking about human rights.'

Last September, US forces shot dead Sarab's two-year old sister, Dunya, 
and 
wounded two other girls in her family, 13-year-old Menal and 16-year 
old 
Bassad. The family belongs to the Albueisi tribe who farm the rich land 
along the Euphrates river south of Falluja. The Albueisi fought against 
the 
British and even Saddam Hussein found them difficult to control. Since 
April, at least 10 members of the tribe have been killed by US forces, 
including five policemen.

While the US authorities maintain that resistance attacks are carried 
out 
by former Baathists and supporters of Saddam, they continue to ignore 
the 
tribal nature of the insurgency which has grown steadily over recent 
months. Deeply conservative clans like the 50,000-strong Albueisi have 
codes of honour which they complain the American army ignores at 
checkpoints and during raids on houses...

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MOSSAD CHIEF: INVASION HAS CREATED A HOLY WAR
Kim Sengupta and Kendah El-Ali, Independent, 11/9/03
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/story.jsp?story=461945

A former chief of Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service, has accused 
the 
United States and Britain of lack of foresight over the Iraq invasion 
and 
warned of even greater violence unless the civic infrastructure is 
established quickly.

Major General Danny Yatom said the presence of Western forces in Iraq 
has 
presented the opportunity for a holy war, or jihad, by Islamists in a 
country surrounded by Muslim neighbours.

Speaking during a visit to London, Gen Yatom said: "Colin Powell has 
always 
said that if the coalition went into Iraq, they had to get out. But it 
seems America did not have such a plan in place. They are lacking such 
a 
plan, and that is what is urgently needed now."

The failure to restore basic amenities such as water and power has been 
one 
of the biggest obstacles to winning over the Iraqi people to "show that 
the 
democratic system works," said Gen Yatom, whose visit was organised by 
the 
group Friends of Hebrew University...

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IN A DELICATE BALANCING ACT, U.S. WOOS IRANIAN GROUP IN IRAQ
Karl Vick, Washington Post, 11/9/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A17287-2003Nov8.html

KHALIS, Iraq - Listed as a terrorist organization by the United States 
and 
bombed by U.S. warplanes during Operation Iraqi Freedom, the armed 
Iranian 
opposition group known as People's Mujaheddin remains in its customary 
quarters about 50 miles north of Baghdad. The sprawling, dun-colored 
compound is named Camp Ashraf, and the 3,800 men and women inside are 
technically prisoners of the United States.

But it's not entirely clear who's in charge there, as quickly became 
evident one recent day when a car rolled to a stop at the main gate.

The driver was approached by a slender, bespectacled man in green 
fatigues 
who identified himself as Mohammad Hassan, an officer of the 
mujaheddin. 
After asking whom the driver came to see, Hassan phoned to confirm the 
appointment with another mujaheddin official inside the compound. The 
barrier was then lifted by a mujaheddin sentry who emerged from one of 
three tidy guard trailers.

In the shade under camouflage netting, three U.S. soldiers watched the 
encounter. "They challenge, we don't," explained one...

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ANOTHER AMERICAN CASUALTY: CREDIBILITY
Zbigniew Brzezinski, Washington Post, 11/9/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A14360-2003Nov7.html

Forty years ago, an important emissary was sent to France by a 
beleaguered 
president of the United States. It was during the Cuban missile crisis 
and 
the emissary was a tough-minded former secretary of state, Dean 
Acheson. 
His mission was to brief French President Charles de Gaulle and solicit 
his 
support in what could become a nuclear war involving not just the 
United 
States and the Soviet Union but the entire NATO alliance and the Warsaw 
Pact.

At the end of the briefing, Acheson said to de Gaulle, "I would now 
like to 
show you the evidence, the photographs that we have of Soviet missiles 
armed with nuclear weapons." The French president responded, "I do not 
wish 
to see the photographs. The word of the president of the United States 
is 
good enough for me. Please tell him that France stands with America."

Would any foreign leader today react the same way to an American 
emissary 
sent abroad to say that country X is armed with weapons of mass 
destruction 
that threaten the United States? It is unlikely. The recent conduct of 
U.S. 
foreign policy, by distorting the threats facing America, has isolated 
the 
United States and undermined its credibility. It has damaged our 
ability to 
deal with issues in North Korea, Iran, Russia and the West Bank. If a 
case 
ever needs to be made for action against a truly imminent threat, will 
any 
nation take us seriously?...

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TALK TO U.S. MUSLIM SOLDIERS IN IRAQ
Islamonline, 11/9/03
http://www.islamonline.net/english/In_Depth/Iraq_Aftermath/2003/11/article_03.shtml

WHAT: IslamOnline will host a live dialogue with a Muslim US soldier in 
Iraq. Join us live on Tuesday, November 11, 2003 at 17:30 GMT, or 
submit 
your questions ahead of time at spotlightoniraq@islam-online.net.

Sergeant Mohammed Omar Masry (a.k.a. Omar Amin) is a 24-year-old US 
Army 
Civil Affairs Sergeant in Baghdad. He is assigned to the 354th Civil 
Affairs Brigade, a Civil Affairs Unit that belongs to the Special 
Operation 
Command field, out of Maryland.

His unit was activated in March for Operation Iraqi Freedom and he 
expects 
to stay in Iraq for a year.

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Fax: 202-488-0833
E-mail: cair@cair-net.org
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Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2003 13:58:03 -0500
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Subject: CAIR-NET: Congress to Hold Ramadan Iftar Nov. 12

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 11/11/03

				-- MEDIA ADVISORY --

CONGRESS TO HOLD RAMADAN IFTAR NOV. 12
Fast breaking hosted by Conyers, Meeks, Kucinich, Sanchez, Lee

WHAT: On Wednesday, November 12, the House of Representatives and 
leaders 
of the American Muslim community will hold a Ramadan iftar, or fast 
breaking, on Capitol Hill.

The iftar is being co-hosted by Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-MI), Rep. 
Gregory 
Meeks (D-NY), Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), 
and 
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA).

"This important event will provide an excellent opportunity for elected 
officials and congressional staffers to learn more about the American 
Muslim community and the significance of Ramadan," said Hasan Mansori, 
governmental relations coordinator for the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations (CAIR). "It will also send a message of tolerance and respect 
for 
religious diversity."

The Capitol Hill iftar will include breaking of the fast with water and 
dates, the call to prayer (adhan), the Islamic sunset prayer (maghrib), 
an 
ecumenical prayer by a Muslim religious leader, and remarks by the 
congressional hosts.

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

WHEN: Wednesday, November 12, 4:45 - 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: House Judiciary Committee Hearing Room, 2141 Rayburn House 
Office 
Building, Washington, D.C.

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

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

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

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CAIR
Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C.  20003
Tel: 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726
Fax: 202-488-0833
E-mail: cair@cair-net.org
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Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2003 14:47:16 -0500
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Subject: CAIR-NET: Vandals Target Virginia Islamic Center

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 11/11/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: MODERATION IN ALL THINGS
* SUPPORT CAIR'S $1 MILLION DURING RAMADAN CAMPAIGN
  	- Register online for CAIR's DC Dinner 11/29
* MUSLIM FAMILY NEEDED TO ADOPT SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD
* VANDALS TARGET VIRGINIA ISLAMIC CENTER
* INCITEMENT WATCH: "WE ARE AT WAR WITH ISLAM" (T & D)
* FL BUS DRIVER HAS HISTORY OF BIAS (News 4)
* MI MUSLIMS KILLED IN ACCIDENT AFTER IFTAR (Mich. Daily)
* DETROIT SCHOOLS CLOSE FOR RAMADAN-END FEAST (AP)
	- A Time of Fasts and Feasting (Chicago Tribune)
	- Room for Prayer in NJ School (Bergen Record)
* MUSLIMS CHANGE HOW THEY GIVE (Daily Herald)
* HALF OF AMERICANS SAY WAR NOT WORTHWHILE (AP)
* JUSTICES AT GUANTANAMO (Wash. Post)
* UNFAIR TILT TOWARD ISRAEL (Wash. Post)
* MUSLIM DEFENDS U.S., LAND HE LOVES (Newsday)
* VISA RULES KEEP THOUSANDS FROM U.S. (Wash. Post)
	- Scholar Confronts 'Ugly Face Of America' (WP)
* POINTING THE CAR TOWARD MECCA (NY Times)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: MODERATION IN ALL THINGS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once asked a companion: "(Is 
it 
true) that you fast all day and stand in prayer all night?" The 
companion 
replied that the report was indeed true. The Prophet then said: "Do not 
do 
that! Observe the fast sometimes and also leave (it) at other times; 
stand 
up for prayer at night and also sleep at night. Your body has a right 
over 
you, your eyes have a right over you and your wife has a right over 
you."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 7, Hadith 127

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SUPPORT CAIR'S $1 MILLION DURING RAMADAN CAMPAIGN

Donate generously to the campaign. To donate online, go to: 
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/millionforislam.asp (NOTE: Scholars says 
CAIR 
is able to receive ZAKAT donations.)

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REGISTER ONLINE FOR CAIR'S DC DINNER 11/29
Rep. from D.C.'s Mayor's office to attend dinner

Registration is now available online for CAIR's Ninth Annual 
Fundraising 
Dinner on November 29th (the weekend after Eid ul-Fitr) in Washington, 
D.C. 
The dinner, with the theme "Muslims in America: A Defining Moment," 
will 
feature presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich as one of its main 
speakers.

Ken Saunders, director of the Mayor's office of human rights for the 
District of Columbia, will be attending the dinner on behalf of the 
executive office of the Mayor.

WHERE: Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons
Corner/Vienna, VA

COST: CAIR dinners always quick to sell out so get you tickets now!
Tickets: $55/$85 per couple R.S.V.P. by Nov. 24, 2003. No children 
please. 
(Limited babysitting with prior notice only - $10 per child.)

FOR MORE INFORMATION, call 202-488-8787 or e-mail: 
register@cair-net.org

ACTION REQUESTED:

REGISTER FOR CAIR'S DINNER BY GOING TO:
https://www.cair-net.org/2003dinner-register.asp

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MUSLIM FAMILY NEEDED TO ADOPT SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD

Adoption STAR - a NYS Authorized non-profit child placing agency is 
seeking 
a Muslim family for a baby (sex unknown) that will be born at the end 
of 
November with spina bifida (http://www.sbaa.org/). CONTACT: (716) 
691-3300 
-- ask for Sara in the Special Needs department.

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VANDALS TARGET VIRGINIA ISLAMIC CENTER
Muslim civil rights group asks FBI to investigate incident

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/11/03) - The Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR) today called on the FBI to investigate vandalism at a Virginia 
Islamic center as an anti-Muslim hate crime.

Officials of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) in Sterling, 
Va., 
say vandals painted an obscene anti-Islamic statement in large letters 
on 
the back of the center's 15-passenger van. The vandalism, currently 
under 
investigation by the Loudoun County Sheriffs Department, was discovered 
Monday morning.

ADAMS has been targeted by vandals in the past. Immediately following 
the 
9/11 attacks, violent messages were spray-painted on the walls, carpets 
and 
doors of another facility used by ADAMS in Sterling. Last year, two 
teenagers were charged for spray-painting a wall of the nearly 
completed 
mosque with Nazi swastikas and racial obscenities. Arsonists also 
attempted 
to burn the center's sign.

"Anti-Muslim hate crimes must be treated with the seriousness they 
deserve 
at both the local and national levels," said CAIR Communications 
Director 
Ibrahim Hooper. "American Muslim communities should be able to worship 
in 
peace, without the threat of attack by those whose minds have been 
filled 
with hatred and bigotry."

CAIR has received reports of similar attacks on American Muslims (or 
those 
perceived to be Muslim) and Islamic institutions. Those incidents 
included 
a stabbing attack on a Muslim woman in Virginia who was called a 
"terrorist 
pig," an arson attack on a Georgia mosque, a cross burning at a 
Maryland 
Islamic school, the kidnapping and beating of a Massachusetts pizza 
delivery man whose attackers thought he was Muslim, and the shooting of 
a 
Sikh man in Arizona who may have been mistaken for an Arab. Similar 
incidents have been reported in a number of other states.

Some of those charged and convicted of anti-Muslim hate crimes have 
received relatively light sentences. An Illinois man got off with just 
two 
years probation and "anger management" classes after he bombed a Muslim 
family's van. In Florida, a man was sentenced to just 12 years in 
prison 
for plotting to attack some 50 Islamic institutions in that state.

CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726

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INCITEMENT WATCH: "WE ARE AT WAR WITH ISLAM"

A fairy tale: Peace in the Middle East
Rush Button, Times and Democrat, 11/11/03
http://www.thetandd.com/articles/2003/11/11/news/news5.txt

The editorial page cartoon in the Sunday T&D was a caricature of 
President 
George W. Bush sitting, reading a bedtime story to a child. The caption 
is, 
"And the Baghdadians lived happily ever after."

On the cover of the book, Fairy Tales is printed in large letters. I 
guess 
this brought many ironic and, perhaps bitter smiles, because, as many 
know 
full-well, this satirical cartoon with its rather blatant sarcasm is no 
joke.

Neither the people of Baghdad nor any of the people of the Middle East, 
including Israel, will truly live happily ever after because of the 
character of the Muslim cultures which dominate that area. These 
cultures 
war among themselves, but they hate the "infidels" of Israel and 
America 
far more. They unite under the Islamic banner.

One needs only to take even a casual look at the history, or read the 
Bible, to gain some understanding of the nature of those who inhabit 
the 
Middle East. These people are descendants of men who have fought each 
other 
and everyone else for thousands of years.

"Muslim allegiance is to Islam, never a country -- not even a Muslim 
country! He will take advantage of all his host country's culture 
offers, 
but will at the same time, despise it and work towards its ultimate 
downfall." Though many Americans fail to recognize it, we are at war 
with 
Islam…

ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be firm, but POLITE. Hostile letters may 
be 
used to further defame Islam and Muslims.)

Send a letter to the editor to: (Include your phone number for 
verification.)

Letters Editor
The Times and Democrat
P.O. Drawer 1766
Orangeburg, SC 29116

FAX: (803) 533-5595

E-MAIL: newsinfo@timesanddemocrat.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org, buttonrl@aol.com

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ISLAMIC GROUP: BUS DRIVER HAS HISTORY OF BIAS
News 4 Jax, 11/10/03
http://www.news4jax.com/education/2626332/detail.html

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida office of the Council on 
American-Islamic 
Relations said Monday its investigation of two incidents where Muslim 
middle-school students were denied rides on school buses found the 
driver 
had been involved in previous discrimination.

Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist said that his office has begun 
an 
investigation into the claims by the students at Fort Caroline Middle 
School that a driver made them leave the bus last month for 
discriminatory 
reasons.

About 20 Muslim students claim they were kicked off a bus on Oct. 29, 
then 
prevented from boarding the same bus two days later.

The bus company -- First Student -- claimed that those students weren't 
following directions and were being verbally abusive to the bus driver.

The students "vehemently" denied that they were being unruly, according 
to 
the American-Islamic Council. It said that two of the 20 students on 
the 
bus had reportedly raised their hands and asked the driver why she did 
not 
pick up siblings who were left behind at the school…

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ACCIDENT PROMPTS PETITION FOR TRAFFIC LIGHT ON PLYMOUTH ROAD
Victoria Edwards, Michigan Daily, 11/11/03
http://www.michigandaily.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/11/11/3fb07a9f58220

As a result of the tragedy involving Norhananim Zainol and Teh Nanni 
Roshema, two University students killed Sunday night, there has been 
discussion about petitioning for a streetlight on Plymouth Road, in 
front 
of the Islamic Center of Ann Arbor, said Ann Arbor Police Lt. Gregory 
O'Dell.

"There were discussions today with several groups of people about the 
intersection. It is certainly something being looked at, at this 
point," 
O'Dell added.

Muslim Students Association President Omar Khalil said members of the 
Muslim community have already begun to meet with city officials about 
measures that must be taken to ensure that accidents like this are not 
repeated…

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SUBURBAN DETROIT SCHOOLS CLOSE FOR RAMADAN-END FEAST
Associated Press, 11/11/03
http://www.mlive.com/newsflash/michigan/index.ssf?/newsflash/get_story.ssf?/cgi-free/getstory_ssf.cgi?g7345_BC_MI--Ramadan-Schools_1068551822&&news&newsflash-michigan

DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. - The Crestwood School District is canceling 
classes on the Muslim feast day of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of 
the 
monthlong Ramadan fast.

Superintendent Oscar Brown on Monday scheduled a staff development day 
on 
Nov. 25. He said he was "responding to a few issues," including the 
risk 
that not enough students would attend classes to officially qualify as 
an 
instruction day under state attendance laws.

"We do provide for staff development throughout the course of the year, 
and 
there are provisions in the collective bargaining agreement for that," 
Brown told The Detroit News. "And, if it is timely, it makes sense for 
any 
school district to schedule those days when you might have a low 
attendance 
day."

Schools around the country close for Christmas, and many schedule 
breaks 
for the week after Easter. Some also cancel class on Jewish or Muslim 
holidays if they expect high absence rates.

Schools in nearby Dearborn, which has the state's largest concentration 
of 
Arab Americans, began closing on Eid al-Fitr in 2001….

ALSO SEE:

A TIME OF FASTS AND FEASTING
Emilie Le Beau, Chicago Tribune, 11/11/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/chi-0311110044nov11,1,1260964.story

Basketball practice for Ibrahim B. is more than layups and jump shots. 
During the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Ibrahim is at basketball 
practice 
when it's time to break his fast. Like many Muslims, Ibrahim doesn't 
eat or 
drink from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, which this year began Oct. 
27. 
"When it comes time to break the fast, my coach lets me go and get a 
drink 
and eat a little snack," says Ibrahim, 12, of Naperville.

Ibrahim says fasting during basketball season can be tough. "I get 
really 
thirsty," he says. "But my coach knows that and he lets me go easy." 
And 
after Ibrahim comes home from practice, he can enjoy iftar, the evening 
meal eaten after sunset.

Evening meals during Ramadan often are a time of celebration among 
families. Ibrahim says his older brother and sister return home from 
college on the weekends during the Muslim holy month. "We all eat 
together 
and talk and have fun," he says.

Ibrahim is the only student at his school observing Ramadan. He says 
his 
teachers are supportive. During lunch break, they let him stay inside 
and 
study instead of going to the lunchroom and watching the other kids 
eat. 
"They try not to tempt me with food or talk about food during that 
time," 
he says…

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SCHOOLS CONFRONT A NEW FORM OF AN OLD DILEMMA
John Chadwick, Bergen Record, 11/11/03
http://www.bergenrecord.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjcxN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXkzJmZnYmVsN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk2NDUwNDM0

Yasmeen Elsamra looks like a typical 12-year-old girl: Nike sneakers 
and a 
denim dress.

But on her head is a Muslim scarf, and in her backpack is a 
multicolored 
prayer rug showing the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.

Last month, the seventh-grader made a request that stunned school 
officials 
in her town of Cliffside Park.

She wanted to pray in school

"I asked if I could have a place to pray during lunch period," said 
Yasmeen, who attends School 6. "And they told me that church is 
separate 
from state."

But within a few days, schools Superintendent Robert Paladino concluded 
that the school must go along with the request. So he told the 
principal to 
find a room where Yasmeen could pray…

A spokesman for CAIR, the Muslim advocacy group, said many public 
schools 
are accommodating Muslims and experiencing few problems.

"You have to achieve a balance," Ibrahim Hooper said. "As long as 
students 
have the opportunity to pray, we think the details can be reasonably 
worked 
out between the individual schools and the families…"

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FEARS ABOUT CHARITIES FORCE MUSLIMS TO CHANGE HOW THEY GIVE
Madhu Krishnamurthy, Daily Herald, 11/11/03
http://www.dailyherald.com/mchenry/main_story.asp?intID=37936130

It's the time of year when Bina Raheem of Lindenhurst is inundated with 
mail from Muslim charity groups seeking donations.

Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, and it's a 
holiday 
ritual for her and her husband, Kareem, to sift through the hopefuls 
and 
single out the most deserving to receive the couple's required 
contribution.

Their money was likely destined for widows, orphans and the destitute 
in 
troubled regions of the "Muslim world." But no more says Raheem, a 
Pakistani-American who has lived here for 27 years.

"During Ramadan, we used to allot money to different funds every year," 
Raheem said. "Post 9/11, my husband doesn't give to any of the 
(international) charities because he is really afraid of being (put) on 
a 
list that goes directly to the government."

Instead, Raheem is giving to Averroes Academy, an Islamic school in 
Northbrook where she is the business manager…

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HALF OF AMERICANS SAY WAR NOT WORTHWHILE
Associated Press, 11/11/03
http://www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/Intl/AP.V8559.AP-War-Opinion.html

WASHINGTON - Amid increasing attacks against U.S. forces in Iraq, a 
growing 
number of Americans, including men and independent voters, say the war 
in 
Iraq was not worthwhile, according to a survey released Monday.

Half of Americans, 49 percent, say the war was not worth it, compared 
to 48 
percent who say it was, according to a survey conducted this month by 
the 
Annenberg Public Policy Center.

That's a change from results in October, when 52 percent of Americans 
polled nationwide said the situation in Iraq was worth going to war 
over, 
while 43 percent said it was not.

The latest survey was conducted Nov. 1 through Nov. 9, a period when 
news 
of U.S. helicopters being shot down in Iraq gained wide attention.

Shifts in opinion were seen in most demographic groups, but were 
strongest 
among men, independents and political moderates and people with incomes 
of 
less than $35,000 per year, the survey found. The poll of 738 adults 
had a 
margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points…

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JUSTICES AT GUANTANAMO
Washington Post, 11/11/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A24514-2003Nov10.html

THE SUPREME COURT agreed yesterday to consider whether federal courts 
have 
any power over the military's war-on-terrorism detainees at Guantanamo 
Bay, 
Cuba. The decision was something of a surprise. The court's prior 
precedents make it clear that U.S. courts have no jurisdiction over 
non-Americans detained abroad, and lower court judges unanimously have 
deemed this case law as precluding their review of the Guantanamo 
detentions. Any assertion of jurisdiction by the courts would open a 
huge 
can of worms about where exactly to draw the jurisdictional lines. 
Federal 
judges shouldn't be overseeing foreign and military affairs. But the 
court's announcement yesterday ought to be a wake-up call to the 
military.

It is often a mistake to read much into a decision merely to hear a 
case; 
the justices could simply have taken the matter because the case is of 
sufficient importance that they felt obliged to resolve it from the 
top. 
But it's also possible that some of the justices, like many other 
Americans, are alarmed by the administration's obstinate refusal to be 
governed by reasonable rules at Guantanamo, where it is holding about 
660 
people. Indeed, the Bush administration has all but taunted the courts 
to 
step in. From the beginning, it has refused to comply with the strict 
terms 
of the Geneva Convention, which requires that detainees be given 
hearings 
before they are designated "unlawful combatants." It has refused to 
disclose who is being held or under what standards. There is no 
remotely 
neutral forum in which inmates can argue any claim they might have that 
they are being held in error. None of the detainees has a lawyer. And 
the 
much-ballyhooed system of military tribunals that the administration 
announced two years ago has, so far, resulted in zero trials, with only 
a 
handful ostensibly scheduled. The administration effectively asks 
Americans 
to tolerate the indefinite detention of large numbers of people with no 
charge, no accountability and no seeming urgency about making the rule 
of 
law into a reality…

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UNFAIR TILT TOWARD ISRAEL
Michael Lerner and Cornel West, Washington Post, 11/11/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A24513-2003Nov10.html

In mid-September, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) joined 
Democratic Rep. Howard Berman of Los Angeles and several dozen other 
congressional Democrats in an extraordinary attempt to stop debate in 
the 
presidential primaries about America's approach to Middle East 
conflict. In 
a letter to candidate Howard Dean, the liberal Democrats criticized 
Dean's 
statement that if the United States wanted to play a positive role in 
bringing Israel and Palestine to peace, it would have to take a more 
neutral stance.

Pelosi and others insisted that these words were a violation of 
America's 
traditional tilt toward Israel, and that they could be interpreted as 
abandoning the U.S. commitment to Israel's survival. Of course Dean had 
neither intended nor implied any such thing. In fact, Dean has not been 
particularly courageous on Middle East peace issues, so the public 
hand-slap sent a powerful message: Democrats can be against the war in 
Iraq, but they dare not question America's almost blind support for 
Ariel 
Sharon's government.

Privately, some Democrats say they are doing this to ensure that their 
party does not lose the support of Jewish campaign contributors, who 
play a 
disproportionate role in the finances of the party…

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MUSLIM DEFENDS U.S., LAND HE LOVES
Dennis Duggan, Newsday, 11/11/03
http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/newyork/columnists/ny-nyduggvr3536784nov11,0,7013808.column 


It took 14 surgeries, one of them lasting 11 hours, to repair the 
damage 
done to Sgt. Wasim Khan's right leg when a rocket-propelled grenade 
tore 
into his ammunition truck during a June battle in Iraq.

Then there were two more surgeries to repair an eye. Khan, 27, still 
has 
marks on his arms and other parts of his body hit by shrapnel.

But the worst damage was to his leg, where, Khan says, "It looked as 
though 
someone had spooned out a big chunk of it."

That was repaired by doctors who took a muscle from his thigh, 
implanted it 
in the open wound and then covered it with a skin graft. Two skin 
grafts 
failed to work, but a third was successful…

Khan has been in the Army for more than five years and still has two 
more 
years to go. He talks about signing on for another stint because he 
loves 
being in the Army and especially with the First Armored Division 
soldiers 
who were his tent mates. And he is proud now to be an American citizen, 
taking the oath at a ceremony in the hospital. "If you choose to live 
in a 
country, then you are obligated to defend it," he said…

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POST-9/11 VISA RULES KEEP THOUSANDS FROM COMING TO U.S.
Lee Hockstader, Washington Post, 11/11/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A24116-2003Nov10.html

AUSTIN - More than two years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 
2001, 
a thicket of new rules governing the granting of visas to foreigners is 
dissuading thousands of people from coming to the United States and 
generating protests from research universities, medical institutions, 
multinational corporations and the travel industry.

Because of the new regulations, American universities have lost 
students 
and scholars; corporations have suffered production delays, friction 
with 
customers and personnel problems; and foreign tourists and 
conventioneers 
have decided by the thousands to take their business elsewhere.

Increasingly, U.S. leaders in education, business and science are 
warning 
that the procedural obstacles thrown up to screen security threats have 
fostered a bureaucratic "culture of no" that discounts the benefits 
that 
foreigners bring to the United States.

Bush administration officials defend the new rules, saying they are 
keeping 
terrorists from entering the country…

The most significant include a requirement for face-to-face interviews 
for 
hundreds of thousands of visa-seekers who previously were excused from 
such 
interviews, and the withholding of visas for certain categories of 
people 
until the FBI runs name checks to determine that they do not appear to 
be a 
threat. That process can take months…

ALSO SEE:

A SCHOLAR CONFRONTS 'UGLY FACE OF AMERICA'
Washington Post, 11/11/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A23944-2003Nov10.html

TORONTO - Muzaffar Iqbal, a Canadian professor, recalls his stomach 
tightening as a U.S. immigration officer took his passport, bearing 
stamps 
from Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Kazakhstan, and ran it through a 
scanner 
last December. Then the man said: "Come with me, sir."

Iqbal, who was born in Pakistan in 1954 and moved to Canada in 1979, 
had 
been invited to Washington by Georgetown University's Center for 
Christian-Muslim Understanding, to take part in planning a conference.

But now he was being diverted. At a facility at Toronto's Pearson 
Airport 
where travelers go through U.S. immigration checks, he was led down a 
corridor of temporary offices. He came to a room where 10 other people 
were 
waiting in various states of agitation.

Iqbal knew that a few months earlier, officials in Ottawa had issued a 
travel advisory that U.S. immigration officials were paying special 
attention to Canadians born in Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan and Syria. 
(Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen were later added to the list.) 
Canadians 
protested. The minister of natural resources, Herb Dhaliwal, who was 
born 
in India, called the policy "the ugly face of America…"

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POINTING THE CAR TOWARD MECCA
Teresa Riordan, New York Times, 11/10/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/10/technology/10patent.html

The Koran requires Muslims to pray five times a day while facing Mecca, 
the 
birthplace of the prophet Muhammad. Traditionally muezzins climb the 
minarets of mosques to call out prayer time, but in the modern world 
the 
devout are not always within earshot.

Frank Deworetzki, an inventor for Mannesmann, in Frankfurt, offers a 
solution. Two weeks ago Mr. Deworetzki patented a navigational system 
for 
automobiles that not only shows the driver where he or she is headed 
but 
also shows the direction of Mecca at all times.

Moreover, the system can be programmed to play prayer calls at the 
appropriate times. During Ramadan, the month of daytime religious 
fasting, 
which begins today in the United States, the system alerts drivers to 
the 
time of sunrise and sunset, wherever they may be. Mr. Deworetzki could 
not 
be reached for comment, and the system does not seem to be available 
yet. 
It is patent No.6,633,813.

David M. Thimmig, the patent lawyer who shepherded the application 
through 
the patent office for Siemens, which owns Mannesmann, said the patent 
was 
much broader than simply a way to know the location of Mecca…

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 11/12/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: A SUPERIOR PROVISION
* SUPPORT CAIR'S $1 MILLION DURING RAMADAN CAMPAIGN
  	- Register online for CAIR's DC Dinner 11/29
* SPECIAL REGISTRATION (NSEERS) DEADLINES
* CAIR-NJ HOSTS GRANT-WRITING WORKSHOP
* ANTI-ISLAMIC MESSAGE PAINTED ON VA VAN (Leesburg Today)
	- VA Muslim Girl Scout Troop Ramadan Service Project
* EX-DETAINEE DETAILS FEARFUL PATH TO SYRIA (Wash. Post)
	- Detainee Yearns to Stay in U.S. (Bergen Herald)
* ELIMINATING MISCONCEPTIONS OF ISLAM (Iowa State Daily)
	- CAIR-Ohio: Islam-Bashing Cartoon (ABJ)
	- Extremists the Problem (Wichita Eagle)
* U.N. SAYS BARRIER WILL DISRUPT 600,000 LIVES (NY Times)
	- Israel May Soon Take Path U.S. Can't Follow (AJC)
	- Trip to Israel: Facts, Friction (St. Pete Times)
* U.S. TROOPS ARREST IRAQI FOR CRITICIZING THEM (Reuters)
	- War Killed 55,000 Iraqi Civilians (Al-Jazeerah)
	- U.S. Troops Kill Five Civilians in Iraq (AP)
	- Skepticism About U.S. Deep - Poll (Wash. Post)
	- CIA Report Warns Iraqis Supporting Resistance (AP)
	- Forces Fire At Iraqi Official's Car (Reuters)
* CARTER CHIDES U.S. ON RIGHTS (AJC)
* SPEECH RESONATES WITH SPIRIT RAMADAN (Free Press)
	- Ramadan Boosts Ties Among Muslim Students (VOA)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: A SUPERIOR PROVISION

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once asked Bilal to join him 
in 
his morning meal. Bilal declined the invitation because he was fasting. 
The 
Prophet then replied: "We are eating our provision and Bilal's superior 
provision is in Paradise. Did you know, Bilal, that…the angels ask 
forgiveness for (someone who is fasting) as long as people eat beside 
him?"

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 640

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SUPPORT CAIR'S $1 MILLION DURING RAMADAN CAMPAIGN

Donate generously to the campaign. To donate online, go to: 
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/millionforislam.asp (NOTE: Scholars says 
CAIR 
is able to receive ZAKAT donations.)

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REGISTER ONLINE FOR CAIR'S DC DINNER 11/29

Registration is now available online for CAIR's Ninth Annual 
Fundraising 
Dinner on November 29th (the weekend after Eid ul-Fitr) in Washington, 
D.C. 
The dinner, with the theme "Muslims in America: A Defining Moment," 
will 
feature presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich as one of its main 
speakers.

WHERE: Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons
Corner/Vienna, VA

COST: CAIR dinners always quick to sell out so get you tickets now!
Tickets: $55/$85 per couple R.S.V.P. by Nov. 24, 2003. No children 
please. 
(Limited babysitting with prior notice only - $10 per child.)

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Special Registration Update - Approaching Annual Deadlines & Other 
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CAIR-NJ HOSTS TWO-DAY GRANT-WRITING WORKSHOP

WHAT: Each year, our federal government allocates millions of dollars 
to 
various agencies, at the federal, state, and local level in the form of 
grants to a broad-range of groups. Currently, under the Federal Faith 
and 
Community Based Initiative, our government is interested in funding 
faith 
and community-based organizations' programs and projects. Come to our 
two-day workshop to not only learn about the grant-writing process, but 
to 
actually write your own grants.

WHEN: December 12-13, 2003

WHERE: Islamic Educational Center of North Hudson (Internet connections 
and 
printing available)

To register, visit: https://www.123signup.com/event?id=dvrd
For more information, contact CAIR-NJ at cair@cair-nj.org. (Limited 
seating)

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VAN SPRAY PAINTED WITH ANTI-ISLAMIC MESSAGE IN STERLING
Leesburg Today, 11/12/03
http://www.leesburg2day.com/current.cfm?catid=6&newsid=8006

Nov 12, 2003 -- A Muslim society van was vandalized earlier this week 
and 
the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is investigating the matter as a 
hate 
crime. It is the third time the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Mosque 
has 
been targeted by vandals.

Sheriff's office spokesman Kraig Troxell said the van was parked at the 
All 
Dulles Area Muslim Society Mosque on Sugarland Road in Sterling and was 
spray painted with an "obscene anti-Islamic" message between 5 p.m. on 
Sunday and 8 a.m. Monday.

"We are committed to finding perpetrators of crimes of this nature," 
said 
Loudoun Sheriff Stephen O. Simpson. "The sheriff's office has not and 
will 
not tolerate acts of hatred in Loudoun County."

Troxell said that last November two Sterling juveniles faced multiple 
charges after their arrest in connection with hate-based graffiti that 
was 
discovered on the center in September.

"Another incident occurred after 9-11 when their location in the 
Community 
Plaza was vandalized. No arrests have been made in that incident," 
Troxell 
said.

Yasir Syeed, who serves on the organization's community relations 
committee, said the recent vandalism was disheartening. He said ADAMS 
is a 
transparent organization that works for peace and bettering 
communities. 
ADAMS has existed in the area for more than 20 years.

"We know this isn't what the community is about," Syeed said. "It's a 
good 
community we live in and this area is great. We look forward to finding 
out 
who did it..."

SEE ALSO

VA MUSLIM GIRL SCOUT TROOP RAMADAN SERVICE PROJECT

ADAMS Girl Scouts Brownie Troop #5186 would like to announce our annual 
Ramadan Service Project:

Baby Bundle Gifts!!

Last year, during the month of Ramadan, the ADAMS community generously 
donated diapers, baby wipes, medicine, clothing, gift certificates, 
books, 
and toys for needy families in our community. With your support, our 
troop 
was able to give gift-filled bundles to TEN families.

Please donate NEW items only, as these are GIFTS for babies two years 
and 
under.

Until Saturday, November 29, our Baby Bundle Gifts donation box will be 
stationed near the ADAMS Administration Office.

This is truly a wonderful opportunity for our young Muslim girls to 
witness 
sadaqah (giving) and shukr (thankfulness to Allah). Please give 
generously, 
as this project helps local families!

May Allah (SWT) accept our deeds during this blesed month!

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EX-DETAINEE DETAILS FEARFUL PATH TO SYRIA
DeNeen L. Brown, Washington Post, 11/12/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A28261-2003Nov11.html

OTTAWA - On the luxury jet that flew Maher Arar from the United States 
to 
the Middle East, where he was certain he would be tortured, members of 
a 
U.S. "special removal team" put him in shackles, served him dinner and 
asked whether he minded if they watched a movie.

"They put me in the back and made me watch a CIA movie," Arar said 
Tuesday 
in an interview here. But Arar, a dual citizen of Canada and Syria, who 
was 
arrested in New York last year and deported on accusations he was a 
terrorist, remembered that he was not interested in the movie.

"At that time," Arar recalled, "I was thinking of what would happen 
once I 
arrived in Syria and how am I to avoid torture."

Arar, 33, spent 10 months in a Syrian prison, where he said he was 
beaten 
with an electric cable, forced to sign confessions that he had been to 
Afghanistan and kept in a cell he called a grave. U.S. officials have 
said 
that Arar, who was arrested on Sept. 26, 2002, was seized as part of a 
secret procedure known as "rendition," in which terrorism suspects are 
turned over to foreign countries known to torture people in their 
custody.

Arar was released from the Syrian prison and flown back to Canada last 
month. At a news conference last week, he described his torture and 
maintained his innocence of any involvement in terrorist activity...

ALSO SEE:

YOUNG DETAINEE YEARNS TO STAY IN AMERICA
Suzanne Travers, Bergen Herald, 11/10/03
http://www.bergen.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjcxN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXkyJmZnYmVsN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk2NDUwMzc4

Elias Attie was a junior at Manchester Regional High School last 
February, 
taking U.S. history, geometry, French. His father and uncle owned a 
coffee 
shop on Belmont Avenue in Haledon; his aunt was a former councilwoman 
in 
Prospect Park, where Attie, a Lebanese national, has lived since 1998. 
He 
thought it would take only a couple of hours to go with his father to 
the 
immigration offices in Newark, to be fingerprinted and photographed for 
the 
special registration program required for men from 25 mostly Muslim and 
Middle Eastern nations.

Instead, "they took my father away," Elias said in a phone interview 
Sunday.

Told his asylum appeal had been denied, Elias' father, Ricardos Attie, 
was 
detained at the Elizabeth Detention Center. Because he was under 18, 
Elias 
could not be housed at the center.

He spent the night in a Newark hotel with two immigration officers, and 
was 
flown the next day to Georgia to a juvenile detention facility. He has 
been 
there ever since...

Elias turns 18 today, and, no longer a minor, leaves the Georgia 
facility 
to join Ricardos at the Elizabeth Detention Center, a prison-like 
warehouse 
where immigrants await deportation, or rulings on their cases. 
Immigration 
officials in Newark would not confirm Elias Attie's transfer, saying 
that 
for security reasons, they do not discuss detainee travel until it is 
completed...

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TWIN'S CONDITION UPGRADED TO GOOD
Beatriz Terrazas, Dallas Morning News, 11/11/0303
http://www.dallasnews.com/localnews/stories/111203dnmettwins.61bf4.html

A month after surgery separated him from his twin brother, Ahmed 
Ibrahim 
was upgraded from guarded to good condition Tuesday.

His condition had been downgraded last week after doctors at Children's 
Medical Center placed a shunt in his lower back to drain fluid.

His brother, Mohamed, remains in good condition, according to the 
hospital's Web site.

On Monday, both boys were fitted with protective headbands.

The boys are in good spirits, said Jeanne Pomatto, chief executive 
officer 
of Arizona-based Cranial Technologies, who did the fitting...

The event is sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations and 
the 
Islamic Association of North Texas.

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ELIMINATING MISCONCEPTIONS OF ISLAM
Dana Schmidt, Iowa State Daily, 11/10/03
http://www.iowastatedaily.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/11/10/3faef85a9a420

The Muslim Student Association hopes to shatter misconceptions about 
Islam 
this week when it hosts Islam Awareness Week.

"[Islam] is the second largest religion, and it is also a misunderstood 
religion," said Saddam Khattak, president of the Muslim Student 
Association. "We want to give the message that Islam is not the enemy."

Adeel Ahmed, media secretary of the Muslim Student Association, said 
the 
purpose of the awareness week is to promote Islam and interaction 
between 
Muslims and non-Muslims.

The Muslim Student Association will hold an event each day this week to 
promote awareness and to educate the community about Islam. All events 
are 
open to everyone in the Ames and ISU communities...

ALSO SEE:

ISLAM-BASHING CARTOON BASED ON STEREOTYPES
Julia A. Shearson, Akron Beacon Journal, 11/12/03
http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/news/editorial/letters/7241353.htm

Chip Bok's Oct. 24 editorial cartoon on Islam was inflammatory. It 
implied 
that there are only two kinds of Muslims in the world: bad Muslims and 
worse Muslims.

One frame, which Bok labeled ''Radical Islam,'' showed a burning World 
Trade Center with the second plane about to strike. The cartoon's other 
frame, which Bok labeled ''Moderate Islam,'' showed the Malaysian prime 
minister's repugnant remark that ''Jews rule the world.'' Bok's cartoon 
is 
dangerous propaganda and should be debunked for the false dilemma it 
portrays. Why is it, when it comes to Islam, even intelligent people 
feel 
the need to perpetuate stereotypes?

I presume the cartoon's underlying, albeit largely lost, message is 
that 
moderate Muslims need to do more to counter the voices of extremism and 
hatred. Yet isn't this a task for us all? Why do we keep bashing Islam 
and 
all Muslims for the sins of some Muslims? In a world with little peace, 
hate has many origins. Honest self-reflection would show that some 
Christians also espouse the theory that Jews rule the world. In fact, 
these 
ideas originated not in the Islamic world, but in Europe, where they 
were 
carried to their diabolic extreme.

Clearly, there is enough blame to go around. Let's encourage and 
embolden 
moderate Muslims instead of bashing them. Muslims everywhere are doing 
their part to foster the compassion and mercy taught by their faith. 
They 
do not expect to be singled out for praise, but neither do they expect 
to 
be constantly depicted as terrorists and anti-Semites. How would 
Americans 
like it if we were judged solely by the remarks and behavior of a few 
of 
our own misguided politicians? Can you imagine if we blamed all 
Louisianians -- or for that matter, all Christians -- for the 
anti-Semitism 
of David Duke? We have enough problems as it is; let's stop the 
scapegoating.

This is a time of national crisis. Our troops are in harm's way, and 
billions of our tax dollars are being spent, purportedly, to bring 
peace 
and stability to Afghanistan and Iraq, two Muslim countries. Shouldn't 
we 
at least show a modicum of respect for the inhabitants of those 
nations? 
Our soldiers are; they are fighting and dying for them.

Julia A. Shearson is the Director of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations in Cleveland, Ohio.

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EXTREMISTS THE PROBLEM
Sharfuddin Shah, Wichita Eagle, 11/12/03
http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/news/editorial/7237817.htm

I was disheartened to read Cal Thomas' column "Religion at heart of 
hatred 
of America" (Oct. 22 opinion pages). Islam is a religion of peace. 
Muslims 
are peaceful people, like Christians and Jews.

We read comments by extremists and see actions by extremists in every 
religion. Mr. Mahathir made anti-Semitic remarks while Lt. Gen. William 
Boykin made anti-Islam remarks. They both need to be condemned by 
peace-loving people. People like Thomas and Rep. Todd Tiahrt, 
R-Goddard, 
make it worse by taking sides. Tiahrt has disappointed many of his 
constituents in the 4th Congressional District by defending Gen. 
Boykin.

We continue to hear from President Bush, national security adviser 
Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of State Colin Powell that we are 
fighting a 
war against terrorism, not against Islam and Muslims. Ninety percent of 
the 
Muslim population of 1.2 billion around the world believes the Bush 
administration in this regard. Gen. Boykin should be removed from his 
government position, as he has spoken against the official policy of 
the 
Bush administration...

Sharfuddin Shah, a retired physician, is president of the board of 
trustees 
of the Islamic Society of Wichita.

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BBC APPOINTS MAN TO MONITOR 'PRO-ARAB BIAS'
Tom Leonard, Telegraph, 11/11/03
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/11/11/nbbc11.xml

The BBC has appointed a "Middle East policeman" to oversee its coverage 
of 
the region amid mounting allegations of anti-Israeli bias.

Malcolm Balen, a former editor of the Nine O'Clock News, has been 
recruited 
in an attempt to improve the corporation's reporting of the Middle East 
and 
its relationship with the main political players.

Mr Balen, who left the BBC three years ago, will work full-time with 
the 
official title of "senior editorial adviser".

It is the first time the corporation has made such an appointment. 
Insiders 
say it is a signal that senior executives feel that the Middle East is 
an 
area over which the BBC needs to take particular care.

Relations between the corporation and the Israeli government hit a low 
point this summer when the latter "withdrew co-operation" in protest at 
a 
BBC documentary about the country's weapons of mass destruction...

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U.N. ESTIMATES ISRAELI BARRIER WILL DISRUPT LIVES OF 600,000
Greg Myre, New York Times, 11/12/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/12/international/middleeast/12MIDE.html

JERUSALEM, Nov. 11 - The route for Israel's planned boundary barrier 
would 
put nearly 15 percent of West Bank land on the Israeli side and disrupt 
the 
lives of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, according to a United 
Nations report released Tuesday.

The report is based on calculations made after Israel presented its 
first 
detailed map of the barrier last month. Israeli officials questioned 
the 
accuracy of the report, by the United Nations Office for the 
Coordination 
of Humanitarian Affairs, and said the government was still assessing 
how 
many Palestinians would be affected...

The barrier, which includes an electronic fence, concrete walls, 
trenches 
and other obstacles, is intended to block Palestinian attackers and is 
not 
a political border, Israel insists. It veers into the West Bank to 
protect 
Jewish settlements, Israel says.

But Palestinians say the path amounts to confiscation of land and sets 
a 
boundary as a matter of fact that would make it difficult to establish 
a 
viable Palestinian state...

ALSO SEE:

ISRAEL MAY SOON TAKE PATH U.S. CAN'T FOLLOW
Jay Bookman, Atlanta Journal Constitution, 11/10/03
http://www.ajc.com/opinion/content/opinion/bookman/index.html

Israel stands today at an important crossroads, trying to decide which 
of 
three roads it will travel.

If it chooses one road, the United States will be able to walk proudly 
alongside Israel as its friend, ally and, if necessary, its protector 
against any that threaten its security.

But if Israel chooses either of the remaining two routes, it will 
repudiate 
the shared values and strategic interests that have united Israelis and 
Americans for decades. Those Americans who count themselves as friends 
of 
Israel have an obligation to make that danger clear.

The issue, of course, is the fate of 3.5 million Palestinians on the 
West 
Bank and the Gaza Strip. Ever since the Camp David accords of 1978, 
official U.S. and Israeli policy has been based on the expectation that 
land could be exchanged for peace. Under that formula, Palestinians 
would 
recognize Israel's right to exist and live in peace; in return, Israel 
would abandon settlements in the occupied territories and allow 
creation of 
a Palestinian state...

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TRIP TO ISRAEL: FACTS, FRICTION
Susan Taylor Martin, St. Pete Times, 11/11/03
http://www.sptimes.com/2003/11/11/Worldandnation/Trip_to_Israel__facts.shtml

Last month, nine members of Congress stood on the House floor and 
expressed 
strong support for Israel, including its recent bombing of Syria and 
the 
construction of a controversial security fence.

The lawmakers had something in common besides their pro-Israel remarks: 
All 
had traveled to the Jewish state this summer as guests of the American 
Israel Education Foundation. They were among an unusually large number 
of 
House members - 49, or 11 percent of the total - who visited Israel on 
trips paid for by the foundation, an arm of the powerful American 
Israel 
Public Affairs Committee.

The weeklong trips, which included at least 26 spouses and other 
guests, 
cost more than $363,000. The purpose was to give lawmakers "first-hand 
experience in the complex issues" of the Middle East, said Rebecca 
Dinar, 
spokeswoman for AIPAC, the leading pro-Israel lobbying organization.

Critics, though, say such visits give a less than balanced view of the 
Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Instead, they say, the trips increase the 
already massive congressional support for Israel and make it even 
harder to 
hold constructive dialogue on U.S.-Israeli relations or the Mideast 
conflict.

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U.S. TROOPS ARREST IRAQI FOR CRITICISING THEM
Reuters, 11/11/03
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/24by7panews/page.cfm?objectid=13613560&method=full&siteid=50143

Baghdad - American soldiers handcuffed and firmly wrapped masking tape 
around an Iraqi man's mouth as they arrested him for speaking out 
against 
occupation troops.

Asked why the man had been arrested on Tuesday and put into the back of 
a 
Humvee vehicle on Tahrir Square, the commanding officer told Reuters at 
the 
scene: "This man has been detained for making anti-coalition 
statements."

He refused to say what the man said.

A U.S. military spokesman said he had no immediate information on the 
incident.

U.S. politicians and military commanders often say they toppled Iraqi 
leader Saddam Hussein so that Iraqis can enjoy free speech and 
democracy 
after years of iron-fisted rule.

Another U.S. soldier swore at Iraqis as he ordered them to move back. 
School teachers and young students looked on...

ALSO SEE:

WAR KILLED 55,000 IRAQI CIVILIANS
Shaista Aziz, Al-Jazeerah, 11/11/03
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/3FF27CFC-764F-441B-A0D6-FB5B3BAF0704.htm

The invasion, war and occupation of Iraq has cost up to 55,000 civilian 
lives, according to a shocking new report published by a UK-based 
charity.

Now the medical charity is lobbying the American and British 
governments to 
focus urgently on the healthcare needs of the Iraqi population, 
following 
the invasion of the country.

Medact's report, highlighting the devastating impact of war on the 
Iraqi 
population, reveals that between 22,000 and 55,000 Iraqi civilians died 
during the bombing of the country.

The report titled, Continuing Collateral Damage: the Health and 
Environmental costs of War on Iraq, says the American and British 
occupiers 
are obliged under international law to ensure the healthcare needs of 
the 
population are met.

One of the co-authors of the report, Dr Sabya Faruq, told Aljazeera.net 
that the situation across Iraq was desperate...

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U.S. TROOPS KILL FIVE CIVILIANS IN IRAQ
Associated Press, 11/12/03
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/breaking_news/7243037.htm

FALLUJAH, Iraq - U.S. troops opened fire on a truck carrying live 
chickens 
near the tense town of Fallujah, killing five civilians aboard the 
vehicle, 
including a father and his two sons, relatives said Wednesday.

The shooting took place at a roadblock Tuesday night, they said. 
Fallujah 
is the site of numerous anti-American attacks and U.S. soldiers in the 
area 
have been on a high state of alert...

On Wednesday, reporters saw U.S. troops delivering one body from an 
Army 
ambulance to waiting families. In the morgue, reporters saw several 
bodies 
with what appeared to be gunshot wounds.

A spokesman for the U.S. military in Baghdad had no immediate 
information 
on the attack...

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SKEPTICISM ABOUT U.S. DEEP, IRAQ POLL SHOWS
Walter Pincus, Washington Post, 11/12/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A27979-2003Nov11.html
	
More than half of Baghdad's residents said they did not believe the 
United 
States would allow the Iraqi people to fashion their political future 
without the direct influence of Washington, according to a Gallup poll.

With the Bush administration holding consultations on the future of the 
U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council, recent analyses of the poll 
data, 
which were gathered three months ago, highlight the roots within that 
city's populace of many of the concerns the U.S.-led coalition now 
faces 
there.

Only 5 percent of those polled said they believed the United States 
invaded 
Iraq "to assist the Iraqi people," and only 1 percent believed it was 
to 
establish democracy there.

Three-quarters of those polled said they believed the policies and 
decisions of the Iraqi Governing Council -- whose members were 
appointed in 
July by Coalition Provisional Authority Administrator L. Paul Bremer -- 
were "mostly determined by the coalition's own authorities," and only 
16 
percent thought the council members were "fairly independent..."

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REPORT WARNS IRAQIS SUPPORTING RESISTANCE
Pauline Jelinek, Associated Press, 11/11/03
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/7243429.htm

WASHINGTON - A new top-secret intelligence report warns that Iraqis are 
losing faith in U.S.-led occupation forces, a development that is 
increasing support for the resistance, officials said Wednesday.

CIA and White House officials refused to confirm the existence of the 
report, which comes to light amid high-level meetings here on the 
situation 
in Iraq. Two other senior U.S. officials said the report paints a 
worrisome 
picture of the political and security situation there.

It suggests spiraling violence and a lack of confidence in the 
U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council may be bringing efforts to a 
turning 
point, sending more Iraqis over to the side of insurgents fighting 
occupation troops, said two officials speaking on condition of 
anonymity...

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U.S. FORCES FIRE AT IRAQI OFFICIAL'S CAR, HIT DRIVER
Reuters, 11/12/03
http://famulus.msnbc.com/FamulusIntl/reuters11-12-065403.asp

BAGHDAD - U.S. troops fired at the car of an Iraqi Governing Council 
member 
Wednesday, wounding his driver in the foot, a council statement said.

The statement said Mohammad Bahr al-Uloum, an independent Shi'ite 
Muslim 
cleric, was not hurt when U.S. forces mistook his car for a stolen 
vehicle 
while he was being driven across a Tigris river bridge in Baghdad.

"A U.S. forces spokesman apologized to Mr Bahr al-Uloum and to the 
Governing Council, and said that an investigation was ongoing," the 
statement said.

Bahr al-Uloum, an elderly scholar who returned from exile in London and 
assumed a seat on the U.S.-appointed council, has been a critic of 
American 
policy in Iraq, saying Iraqis should assume a larger security role.

Earlier this week, U.S. forces shot and killed the mayor of Sadr City, 
a 
poor Shi'ite suburb of Baghdad, saying he had refused to stop for a 
security check and tried to wrestle a gun away from a soldier...

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CARTER CHIDES U.S. ON RIGHTS
Mark Bixler, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 11/12/03
http://www.ajc.com/news/content/news/1103/12carter.html

Former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday civil liberties have eroded 
in 
the United States since Sept. 11, 2001, and that, in turn, has 
emboldened 
governments worldwide to abuse human rights under the guise of fighting 
terrorism.

The Bush administration set a bad precedent by indefinitely detaining 
680 
foreign nationals captured in Afghanistan at a U.S. naval base in Cuba, 
Carter said. The Supreme Court agreed this week to review the legality 
of 
the detentions.

Carter also said the United States sent a worrisome signal by rounding 
up 
hundreds of Arabs and Muslims in this country for breaking immigration 
law 
in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. Many were held for months with no 
formal charges...

The Bush administration contends the measures help it fight the war on 
terrorism, but some critics worry the United States is losing its moral 
authority to criticize human rights violations...

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SPEECH RESONATES WITH SPIRIT AND OPPORTUNITY OF RAMADAN
David Crumm, Detroit Free Press, 11/12/03
http://www.freep.com/news/religion/crumm12_20031112.htm

To this non-Muslim, Ramadan always sounded austere: absolutely no food 
or 
water during daylight hours for a whole month as one solemnly reflects 
on 
the value of one's life and the plight of the world's poor.

But the month is so much more for Muslims, and Zayd Allebban, 25, a 
Wayne 
State University law student from Dearborn, set out to change my 
understanding of Ramadan in a night. The real focus of Ramadan isn't on 
physical endurance and goes beyond somber meditation, he told me as he 
welcomed me just after nightfall last week.

"We see this really as a month of opportunity," he said. "This is a 
perfect 
month to turn your life around, if you need to do that. Families are 
together. At night, people usually go home to break the fast with their 
families and then many of them gather at masjids, mosques, to listen 
and 
talk and learn. Some nights, my friends and I will move from a lecture 
to a 
pastry shop or cafe along Warren Avenue and we'll go on until 2 a.m. 
with 
coffee and pastries, talking about our lives."

We soon were talking over grilled lamb, rice, bread and vegetables at a 
Dearborn restaurant...

SEE ALSO:

Ramadan Observance Strengthens Ties Among America's Muslim Students
Written by Faiza Elmasry
Voiced by Faith Laipidus
http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=A2C89CA5-A1A2-4211-A46806AAA05C93D1

On October 27, Muslims around the world started observing Ramadan, the 
ninth month of the Muslim calendar, during which Muslims refrain from 
eating, drinking and personal desires throughout the daylight hours. 
University Muslim Student Associations across the United States host 
all 
kinds of religious, cultural and social activities during Ramadan. 
These 
activities are meant to strengthen the ties among the Muslim student 
community and some of them are open to non-Muslims as well.

Muslim students at George Mason University (GMU) in Virginia get 
together 
for the fast-breaking meal of the day, the Iftar. Junior Farah Abdi, 
public 
relation officer of the Muslim Student Association, says the group 
organizes Ramadan's Iftar five evenings a week, Monday through Friday.

"Iftar is actually very popular," she said. "We have 150-200 a day, 
because 
there are a lot of students on campus around that time and they look 
forward to breaking their fasting together."

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* REP. CONYERS HOSTS RAMADAN IFTAR ON CAPITOL HILL
* CONYERS, LOCAL MUSLIMS CELEBRATE RAMADAN ON CAPITOL HILL (AP)
* CONYERS HOSTS FIRST CONGRESSIONAL RAMADAN IFTAR (Rep. Conyers)
* ECUMENICAL PRAYER AT THE BREAKING OF FAST

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

REP. CONYERS HOSTS RAMADAN IFTAR ON CAPITOL HILL
Islamic fast-breaking dinner to become annual event

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/13/2003) - Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) last night 
hosted 
a Ramadan iftar, or fast breaking, on Capitol Hill attended by more 
than 
130 elected officials, congressional staffers, American Muslim leaders, 
and 
ambassadors from Islamic-majority nations.

The iftar, held in the House Judiciary Committee Hearing Room, was 
co-sponsored by Reps. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), 
Loretta 
Sanchez (D-CA), and Barbara Lee (D-CA). It featured the breaking of the 
fast, the Islamic sunset prayer (maghrib), an ecumenical prayer, and 
remarks by Rep. Conyers.

In his remarks, Rep. Conyers said: "Welcome, everyone, to our first 
ever 
Ramadan Iftar, where we join our Muslim brothers and sisters in 
breaking 
the fast. I am also pleased to announce that we plan to hold this 
important 
event every year, and look forward to doing so with CAIR (the Council 
on 
American-Islamic Relations)…By partaking in this religious tradition, 
we 
hope to promote the toleration, understanding, and acceptance of all 
religions and religious cultures and to celebrate religious diversity, 
one 
of the many great principles that our country was founded upon." (See 
full 
text below.)

In her prayer prior to the iftar meal, Afeefa Syeed, the head of 
Al-Fatih 
Academy in Herndon, Va., said: "Guide us, Oh Lord, to know that unity 
is 
not a luxury or a choice. Help us learn that we must raise our children 
in 
a land that embraces all who seek righteousness, decency, and 
steadfastness. Freedom is our most precious heritage - help us to be 
passionate in its perseverance and practice." (See full text below.)

"We thank Representative Conyers for his leadership in building a 
positive 
relationship between elected officials and the American Muslims 
community," 
said Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations (CAIR). CAIR helped facilitate the event and provided the 
iftar meal.

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

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CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: 
cair@cair-net.org; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: 
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CONYERS, LOCAL MUSLIMS CELEBRATE RAMADAN ON CAPITOL HILL
DEE-ANN DURBIN, Associated Press, 11/12/03

A room normally reserved for congressional hearings echoed with Arabic 
calls to prayer Wednesday as House lawmakers joined about 75 local 
Muslims 
for a Ramadan feast.

Guests prayed at sundown before breaking their daylong fast at an 
elaborate 
spread that included stuffed grape leaves, dates and a foot-high 
replica of 
the Capitol carved in white chocolate. Muslims fast from sunrise to 
sunset 
during the holy month of Ramadan, which ends Nov. 25.

Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit, was among the organizers of the event, 
which 
was held in the House Judiciary Committee hearing room. Conyers is the 
top 
Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.

"We're working on behalf of religious tolerance," Conyers said. "It is 
critical that that be done, because America is still a melting pot. We 
are 
a nation of immigrants."

Conyers said he was saddened a recent report from the State 
Department's 
advisory group on Arab and Muslim affairs that said few people in Arab 
and 
Muslim nations believe Americans share their values.

Conyers said U.S. policy after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks hasn't 
helped 
the United States' image, and he drew hearty applause when he 
criticized 
"the despicable Patriot Act." Conyers said the act has allowed the 
Department of Justice to arrest Muslims, keep them separated from their 
families and hold them without charges, and that many in Congress are 
now 
pressing for changes.

"You cannot fight terrorism by employing unconstitutional tactics," 
Conyers 
said. "We have to observe the constitution, in war and in peace alike."

Conyers added that he is trying to strengthen hate crimes legislation 
to 
make it easier for prosecutors to target those who deface mosques, 
synagogues and churches.

Conyers said Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich was 
among 
those who helped sponsor the event, but Kucinich didn't attend 
Wednesday 
evening. Rep. Darrell Issa, a California Republican who is the grandson 
of 
Lebanese immigrants, did attend, along with the ambassadors of Kuwait, 
Malaysia, Yemen, Pakistan and Senegal.

Amina Makhdoom, 27, a consultant who lives in Falls Church, Va., said 
it's 
meaningful to have members of Congress recognize her religion "in such 
a 
positive and warm way."

"At a time like this, it goes a longer way than it might have two years 
ago," Makhdoom said.

Assil Ahmad, 25, who lives in Fairfax, Va., and is the son of Pakistani 
immigrants, said it's good for people outside his faith to watch him 
pray 
and understand what Ramadan is all about.

"The more that Muslims insert themselves into mainstream life in 
America, 
the better it is for everyone," he said.

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PRESS RELEASE

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

IMMEDIATE 
RELEASE: 

CONTACT: Dena Graziano, 202-226-6888
November 13, 
2003 


CONYERS HOSTS FIRST CONGRESSIONAL RAMADAN IFTAR

Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member of the House Judiciary 
Committee, issued the following statement at the first Congressionally 
hosted Ramadan Iftar last night:

"Welcome, everyone, to our first ever Ramadan Iftar, where we join our 
Muslim brothers and sisters in breaking the fast. I am also pleased to 
announce that we plan to hold this important event every year, and look 
forward to doing so with CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations).

Events like this evenings are important because they help us learn more 
about the American Muslim community and the significance of Ramadan to 
the 
Muslim people by engaging in this traditional religious custom during 
the 
Holy Month. By partaking in this religious tradition, we hope to 
promote 
the toleration, understanding, and acceptance of all religions and 
religious cultures and to celebrate religious diversity, one of the 
many 
great principles that our country was founded upon.

I was saddened to learn today that President Bush's commission on 
public 
diplomacy recently noted that in nine Muslim and Arab nations only 12 
percent of the people surveyed believed that "Americans respect 
Arab/Islamic values." This is an unfortunate finding and we are here 
tonight to promote change. We are here tonight to show the world that 
we 
believe that the way to bring about a change in the way the Muslim, 
Arab, 
and all other nations view Americans is to show the world that we 
absolutely do not tolerate religious intolerance and ignorance in any 
form.

I find it necessary to remind many of my Christian and Jewish friends 
that 
the Islamic religion is one of the three great Abrahamic faiths; that 
it is 
a religion that promotes peace and unity. In fact, a recent study has 
shown 
that the Islamic faith is the fastest growing religion in the United 
States 
today.

The truth is that Christianity and Islam share so much in common. The 
story 
of the earth's creation in the Book of Genesis is much like the story 
of 
creation in the Qur'an. The Qur'an contains similar verses as the Ten 
Commandments. There is the shared belief in one god, who is omnipotent 
and 
omniscient and in the existence of the human soul.

There is no question that Arabs and Muslims are facing an unprecedented 
level of discrimination in America. It is our common purpose to fight 
this 
discrimination wherever it rears its ugly head."

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ECUMENICAL PRAYER AT THE BREAKING OF FAST
November 12, 2003 Halls of Congress, Washington DC
Written and presented by Afeefa Syeed

I begin with the name of God; the God of Abraham, Moses, Jesus and 
Muhammad. The God who is the source of Peace, of Kindness, of 
Sustenance 
and is the One we turn to in times of anxiety and despair.

Oh Lord, we have come together to break our fast today. We have been 
without food or drink. We ask you now to help us during this blessed 
month 
to see beyond ourselves.

Let us know peace, salaam, and guide us to now know how to act with 
peace. 
We remember that your Prophet told us "Making peace between two people 
is 
an act of remembering God." "The stronger one is not the one who can 
wrestle better, but the one who can control his anger."

Your words, Dear Lord, are "Let there be neither harming nor 
reciprocating 
harm." Help us remember to work for peace - to not let our busy 
schedules 
give us reason to be non active

Show us how we can practice patient perseverance, sabr. Teach us not 
just 
how to wait, but to persevere proactively through whatever may come. 
Let us 
know that it is an act of worship to patiently persevere.

Lead us to be thankful, to show shukur in large and small ways. Remind 
us 
that by thanking one another, we remember You.

During this month, Dear Lord, guide us to practice sadaqa - helping 
others 
in whatever manner we are able. Your Prophet taught us that each 
person's 
every joint must perform an act of kindness every day the sun comes up. 
To 
act justly between people is a kindness, to help a man with his mount, 
lifting him onto it or hoisting his belongings is a kindness, a good 
word 
is charity, and removing a harmful thing from the road is charity.

We beseech you, Oh Lord, to help us remember those actions that are 
most 
loved by You: to gladden the hearts of fellow human beings, to feed the 
hungry, the help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful 
and 
to remove the sufferings of the injured.

Help our leaders, Dear God, to be tolerant, kind, understanding, 
truthful, 
and reverent so we may as a nation be tolerant, kind, understanding, 
truthful, and reverent.

Guide our leaders to remember the words of your prophet: "Whosoever 
sees an 
unjust action, let him change it with his hand, and if he is not able 
to do 
so, then with his tongue, and if he is not able to do so, then within 
his 
heart let him protest."

Our nation is great. Our nation is vast. Guide us, Oh Lord, to know 
that 
unity is not a luxury or a choice. Help us learn that we must raise our 
children in a land that embraces all who seek righteousness, decency, 
and 
steadfastness. Freedom is our most precious heritage - help us to be 
passionate in its perseverance and practice.

Guide us, Lord, to put our faith into action.

Amen.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 11/13/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: TARAWEEH PRAYERS
* SUPPORT CAIR'S $1 MILLION DURING RAMADAN CAMPAIGN
  	- Register online for CAIR's DC Dinner 11/29
* MUSLIM GROUPS URGE SUBSTANTIVE TALKS WITH BUSH (Fox News)
* CAIR-CAN PETITIONS FOR PUBLIC INQUIRY INTO ARAR CASE
* ATTORNEY GENERAL INVESTIGATING FL BUS INVESTIGATION (AP)
	- Group Calls Mosque Vandalism Hate Crime (Wash. Post)
* FBI REPORTS HATE CRIMES DOWN IN 2002 (AP)
	- FBI's Reach Into Records Is Set to Grow (NY Times)
* FIRED MUSLIM TOUR GUIDE FILES LAWSUIT (Roll Call)
* CALIF. HACKER SENTENCED IN AL JAZEERA SITE ATTACK (Reuters)
* DETAINEES GET TOLL-FREE HOTLINE FOR LEGAL, OTHER HELP (AP)
	- Detained Mom to Be Deported (Chicago Tribune)
	- From Baghdad to Brooklyn and Back (Salon.Com)
* GROUPS DECRY IMMIGRATION RULE (Wash. Post)
	- Immigrant Registration Decried (Newsday)
* THE RESPONSIBILITY OF RAMADAN (Detroit Free Press)
* SOMEONE'S PUTTING HER FOOT DOWN ABOUT A STAMP (LA Times)
* MUSLIM BABY IN NEED OF FAMILY

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HADITH OF THE DAY: TARAWEEH PRAYERS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once offered prayer in the 
mosque 
(during Ramadan) and many people prayed with him. The next day, he did 
the 
same thing and more people prayed with him. When the people gathered on 
the 
third night, the Prophet did not come out to pray with them. In the 
morning, he said: "Nothing prevented me from coming out to (pray with) 
you, 
save that I feared that (the taraweeh prayer) would be made obligatory 
for 
you."

Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 2, Number 27

Note: Mosques hold special prayers during Ramadan, called taraweeh, 
which 
are performed after the daily nighttime prayer. The Prophet would 
encourage 
people to perform taraweeh prayers during Ramadan, but he did not make 
them 
obligatory.

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SUPPORT CAIR'S $1 MILLION DURING RAMADAN CAMPAIGN

Donate generously to the campaign. To donate online, go to: 
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/millionforislam.asp (NOTE: Scholars says 
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REGISTER ONLINE FOR CAIR'S DC DINNER 11/29

Registration is now available online for CAIR's Ninth Annual 
Fundraising 
Dinner on November 29th (the weekend after Eid ul-Fitr) in Washington, 
D.C. 
The dinner, with the theme "Muslims in America: A Defining Moment," 
will 
feature presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich as one of its main 
speakers.

WHERE: Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons
Corner/Vienna, VA

COST: CAIR dinners always quick to sell out so get you tickets now!
Tickets: $55/$85 per couple R.S.V.P. by Nov. 24, 2003. No children 
please. 
(Limited babysitting with prior notice only - $10 per child.)

FOR MORE INFORMATION, call 202-488-8787 or e-mail: 
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ACTION REQUESTED:

REGISTER FOR CAIR'S DINNER BY GOING TO:
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MUSLIM GROUPS URGE SUBSTANTIVE TALKS WITH BUSH
Peter Brownfeld, Fox News, 11/13/03
http://foxnews.com/story/0,2933,102949,00.html

WASHINGTON - President Bush is willing to pose for pictures with 
American 
Muslims and publicly praise Islam, but developing a substantive 
relationship with the Bush administration will take much more work, say 
some Muslim-American groups.

"We need to see regular, productive, policy-based meetings," Ibrahim 
Hooper, communications director of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations (search), told Foxnews.com.

Last month, Bush hosted an Iftaar dinner (search) at the White House to 
honor the start of the holy month of Ramadan.

The event was attended by much of the Muslim diplomatic community and 
some 
Muslim-American leaders, but some critics say notably absent were many 
of 
the nation's top Muslim leaders. They say Bush excluded those 
representatives from the dinner to avoid being broached about 
lamb-and-potato policies ranging from the Patriot Act to aid for 
Israel...

"We need to see real policy meetings in order to see the Iftaar meeting 
as 
credible," added Hooper.

The White House denies the accusations, and Muslim-Americans that did 
attend the dinner say the president's relationship with their 
organizations 
is warm and productive...

Among the priorities to discuss with the administration, Turaani and 
Hooper 
say civil liberties top their lists...

Muslim-Americans say they also worry about U.S. foreign policy in 
several 
regions. Hooper said Muslim-Americans are concerned about the 
continuing 
bloody conflict in Chechnya and the ongoing dispute between India and 
Pakistan over Kashmir.

Bush has been careful not to characterize the war on terror as one 
against 
Muslims, and has regularly praised Islam and explained some of its 
central 
tenets to the American people. Neither Hooper nor Turaani expressed 
concern 
over events in the war on terror...

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PETITION PARLIAMENT FOR PUBLIC INQUIRY INTO ARAR CASE

(OTTAWA, CANADA, 11/13/03) - The Canadian Council on American-Islamic 
Relations (CAIR-CAN) is calling on all Canadians to petition parliament 
to 
hold a public inquiry into the Maher Arar case. Canadian Muslims should 
distribute and sign the petition at Taraweeh, Jumu'ah and Eid prayers.

Recent reports indicate that Canadian security agencies - the RCMP and 
CSIS 
- were complicit in Maher Arar's detention, deportation and year-long 
imprisonment.

Being protected from torture is a basic human right.  It is critical to 
know exactly what role our security agencies played in the Arar case. 
Moreover, Canadians must feel secure knowing that this tragedy will 
never 
happen again.

ACTION REQUESTED

1. DOWNLOAD a copy of the petition that is ready for immediate use at
http://www.caircan.ca/downloads/Arar_Petition.pdf. To be accepted,
Parliamentary petitions must meet strict requirements and follow a
standardized format.

2.  PHOTOCOPY the second page as many times as required.  Obtain at 
least 
25 signatures for the Petition. Names must be signed, not printed, and 
the 
petitioner may give his/her full address or simply the city and 
province.

3.  Mail the petition to CAIR-CAN who will present it with Maher Arar
and Monia Mazigh to the Prime Minister.

Mail to: CAIR-CAN, P.O. Box 13219, Ottawa, ONT, K2K 1X4

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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ATTORNEY GENERAL INVESTIGATING JACKSONVILLE BUS INVESTIGATION
Associated Press, 11/13/03
http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/7251934.htm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Florida Attorney General's Office said it is 
investigating allegations that Muslim students were removed from one 
Duval 
County school bus and kept from boarding another.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations and the American Civil 
Liberties 
Union requested the investigation into allegations that that two 
different 
First Student bus drivers singled out Muslim students on Oct. 29 and 
Oct. 
31...

The children, who are from 10 to 14 years old, are recent immigrants 
from 
the Middle East and Central Asia, including some from Iraq and 
Afghanistan.

Duval County school officials are also investigating the allegations.

First Student regional operating Manager John Ziegler said in a 
statement 
that students were abusive toward a driver...

ALSO SEE:

GROUP CALLS MOSQUE VANDALISM A HATE CRIME
Maria Glod, Washington Post, 11/13/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A28531-2003Nov11.html

Vandals painted a crude anti-Islamic slur on a van owned by the All 
Dulles 
Area Muslim Society in Sterling over the weekend, and the 
District-based 
Council on American-Islamic Relations called on authorities to 
investigate 
the incident as a hate crime.

The graffiti was discovered Monday morning on the center's 15-passenger 
van, according to council spokesman Ibrahim Hooper.

Vandals have targeted the center's mosque, on Sugarland Road in 
Sterling, 
on at least two other occasions.

In September 2002, swastikas and ethnic slurs were spray-painted on the 
outside of the mosque. On another occasion, vandals tried to burn down 
the 
mosque's sign.

Hooper said the incident was among several recent assaults on American 
Muslims or Muslim institutions. Earlier this year, a Muslim woman was 
stabbed in the back outside a Fairfax County shopping center and said 
her 
attacker called her a terrorist.

"It's the result of a barrage of anti-Islamic rhetoric," Hooper said, 
adding that the All Dulles Area Muslim Society center is a "symbol of 
the 
Islamic presence in the community..."

Hooper said the council has asked the FBI to investigate the vandalism. 
An 
FBI spokesman did not immediately return a call for comment.

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FBI REPORTS HATE CRIMES DOWN IN 2002
Associated Press, 11/12/03
http://abcnews.go.com/wire/Politics/ap20031112_1414.html

WASHINGTON - Hate crimes were down sharply in 2002 following a spike 
the 
year before that was blamed in part on anti-Muslim and Middle Eastern 
sentiment after the Sept. 11 attacks.
The 7,462 hate crime incidents reported to the FBI in 2002 represented 
a 
drop of nearly 25 percent from the 9,730 reported in 2001, the agency 
said 
Wednesday. The number also was below the 8,063 incidents recorded in 
2000.

There were 155 hate crime incidents listed as anti-Islamic last year, 
down 
sharply from the 481 reported in 2001, when the nation suffered its 
worst-ever terrorist attack at the hands of Muslim extremists.

In addition, there were 622 hate crime incidents listed in 2002 against 
ethnic groups that include people of Middle Eastern descent, down from 
1,500 in 2001. There were 931 anti-Jewish incidents in 2002, slightly 
below 
the number in 2001.

Arab-American and Muslim advocates agreed that hate crimes dropped from 
2001 to 2002. But they said these people still suffer disproportionate 
discrimination in the wake of the Sept 11 attacks and the Iraq war.

"There's an uneasy relationship between the Muslim community and law 
enforcement," said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations...

Hooper said that even if anti-Islam hate crime has waned, people who 
appear 
Arab or Muslim still are confronted more often than in the past with 
indignities such as lack of service or tougher scrutiny at airports.

"It's more your everyday, run-of-the-mill discrimination that Muslims 
are 
feeling," he said...

ALSO SEE:

F.B.I.'S REACH INTO RECORDS IS SET TO GROW
Eric Licthblau, New York Times, 11/12/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/12/politics/12RECO.html

WASHINGTON - A little-noticed measure approved by both the House and 
Senate 
would significantly expand the F.B.I.'s power to demand financial 
records, 
without a judge's approval, from car dealers, travel agents, 
pawnbrokers 
and many other businesses, officials said on Tuesday.

Traditional financial institutions like banks and credit unions are 
frequently subject to administrative subpoenas from the Federal Bureau 
of 
Investigation to produce financial records in terrorism and espionage 
investigations. Such subpoenas, which are known as national security 
letters, do not require the bureau to seek a judge's approval before 
issuing them.

The measure now awaiting final approval in Congress would significantly 
broaden the law to include securities dealers, currency exchanges, car 
dealers, travel agencies, post offices, casinos, pawnbrokers and any 
other 
institution doing cash transactions with "a high degree of usefulness 
in 
criminal, tax or regulatory matters."

Officials said the measure, which is tucked away in the intelligence 
community's authorization bill for 2004, gives agents greater 
flexibility 
and speed in seeking to trace the financial assets of people suspected 
of 
terrorism and espionage. It mirrors a proposal that President Bush 
outlined 
in a speech two months ago to expand the use of administrative 
subpoenas in 
terrorism cases.

Critics said the measure would give the federal government greater 
power to 
pry into people's private lives...

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FIRED MUSLIM TOUR GUIDE FILES LAWSUIT
Suzanne Nelson, Roll Call, 11/13/03
http://www.rollcall.com/pub/49_53/news/3602-1.html

An Iranian-born American citizen who claims she was fired from the 
Capitol 
Guide Service last year because of her national origin and Muslim faith 
has 
taken her case to federal court. Afssar Pari Delfani worked for the 
guide 
service as a tour guide from March 1998 to September 2002, when she was 
terminated because of her "race, national origin and religion, and also 
by 
reprisal," according to her complaint.

"During my tenure at the [guide service], I was subjected to 
differential 
treatment than my white, American-born, non-Muslim coworkers. Beginning 
in 
early 2002, I complained to managers and supervisors at [the guide 
service] 
about the differential treatment," Delfani stated in court documents. 
"In 
response [the guide service] retaliated against me by unfairly 
criticizing 
my performance and unjustifiably disciplining me."

She filed the case in U.S. District Court in late April, requesting a 
jury 
trial and reinstatement to her position with back pay, benefits and 
unspecified compensatory damages.

Last week Judge Richard Roberts ordered sealed the Capitol Guide 
Service 
Board's motion to dismiss the complaint and subsequent documents. Those 
filings would have revealed the government's position on a potentially 
highly visible case.

Surprisingly, Delfani's lawyer didn't oppose the government's motion to 
seal the pretrial documents, a judicial decision that is unusual if not 
unprecedented for a case brought under the Congressional Accountability 
Act. She is represented by Patricia Cresta-Savage, who declined to 
comment 
on the case or the recent order.

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CALIF. HACKER SENTENCED IN AL JAZEERA SITE ATTACK
Reuters, 11/13/03

LOS ANGELES - A Los Angeles-area man has been fined and sentenced to 
community service for hacking into the Web site of satellite

TV network Al Jazeera during the U.S.-led war in Iraq and rerouting 
visitors to a page featuring an American flag and the motto "Let 
Freedom Ring."

At a sentencing hearing on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Howard Matz 
told 
Web designer John William Racine II: "I don't think of you as an evil 
person ... but this was a crime. It wasn't just a childish prank."

Matz sentenced Racine, 24, to 1,000 hours of community service and a 
$2,000 
fine. Racine, also known as John Buffo, vowed to the judge that he 
would 
never do such a thing again.

Prosecutors said the Qatar-based Arabic television broadcaster did not 
respond to U.S. government inquiries about whether the hacking caused 
it 
any financial losses.

Racine posed as an Al Jazeera employee to get a password to the 
network's 
site, (http:/www.aljazeera.net), then redirected visitors to a page he 
created that showed an American flag shaped like a U.S. map and the 
patriotic motto, court documents said.

In June, Racine pleaded guilty to wire fraud and unlawful interception 
of 
an electronic communication.

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DETAINEES GET TOLL-FREE HOTLINE FOR LEGAL, OTHER HELP
Wayne Parry, Associated Press, 11/12/03
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-nj--detainees-hotline1112nov12,0,4239391.story

NEWARK, N.J. - Detainees being held on immigration charges in some 
county 
jails in New Jersey will soon be able to call a toll-free number to 
reach 
legal help on the outside.

The system is designed to reduce the isolation many detainees 
experienced 
after more than 1,200 were arrested in the investigation into the Sept. 
11, 
2001 terror attacks. Most were held in jails in New Jersey and New 
York.

The toll-free number, 1-877-818-4845, will start working Thursday for 
detainees being held in the Passaic County Jail in Paterson, one of two 
facilities that have housed the largest numbers of detainees in New 
Jersey 
over the past two years. Sheriff Jerry Speziale agreed to change a 
policy 
that blocked inmates at the jail from dialing toll-free numbers.

Under the old system, the only way detainees could reach help on the 
outside was to make collect calls that cost at least $1.35 for the 
first 
minute. A 10-minute call to a local exchange in the Paterson area 
easily 
cost more than $5.

"The whole point is to try to have some real contact with the detainees 
while they're still inside the system," said Jeannette Gabriel, an 
immigrant rights activist with the New Jersey Civil Rights Defense 
Committee, which is implementing the hotline with the state chapter of 
the 
Council on American Islamic Relations...

A caller reaching the hotline while it is staffed during business hours 
will speak with a volunteer who will take information, determine 
whether 
the caller needs a lawyer and help arrange for one, and contact family 
members if necessary.

During off-hours, a caller will reach a voice-mail system, and a 
volunteer 
will try to contact the caller at the jail within 24 hours.

"They did suffer a lot in the past from the lack of legal 
representation," 
said Magdy Mahmoud, president of the CAIR-NJ chapter. "A collect call 
was 
the only possible means of contact from the jail, and a high percentage 
of 
the calls were rejected" by recipients...

ALSO SEE:

DETAINED MOM TO BE DEPORTED
Shia Kapos, Chicago Tribune, 11/12/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/women/chi-0311120025nov12,1,7012231.story

A Palestinian mother was ordered to return to her homeland Friday, more 
than five months after she was jailed for requesting asylum in the 
United 
States.

Lina Daqa, 29, and her husband, Abdel Raouf, 34, sought asylum because 
they 
said their home in the war-torn West Bank was too dangerous for them 
and 
their two young children, ages 3 and 5.

The parents, who attorneys say have valid visitors' visas, and their 
children have been living in Palos Hills the past three years.

Daqa was detained at O'Hare International Airport on May 27 upon her 
return 
from visiting her village.

Her attorney, Reem Odeh, expressed disappointment after last week's 
decision by a Chicago immigration judge to deport her.

"It's devastating to this family," Odeh said, adding that Daqa will be 
flown to the Middle East later this week. "She's being sent back but 
she 
has nowhere to go. Her town has been captured."

The Chicago Arab community had criticized Daqa's detention, saying it 
was 
arbitrary and unnecessary because Daqa did not pose a threat to the 
community. Daqa's husband was not detained and awaits a hearing on his 
asylum request.

Daqa has been held at the Kenosha County Jail and was allowed 
once-a-week 
visits--separated by a glass partition--with her husband and children.

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FROM BAGHDAD TO BROOKLYN AND BACK
Jen Banbury, Salon.com, 11/13/03
http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2003/11/13/deportee/index_np.html

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Anas Hamadi is the only Iraqi I've met who wears shorts 
around Baghdad. He dresses as though he's just returning from an 
afternoon 
at Coney Island with his wife and son, or heading out for a summer 
stroll 
around his Brooklyn neighborhood. But here we are in Baghdad, not 
Brooklyn, 
sitting at a kitchen table, drinking iced coffee and smoking 
cigarettes. 
Anas is telling me -- in English that contains at least as much New 
York 
accentuation as it does Iraqi -- why he's here and not in the home he 
owns 
in Bensonhurst. It's an ugly, sad story involving his mystifying 
arrest, 
lengthy, often abusive incarceration, and eventual deportation.

As Anas talks, the sound of explosions and gunfire occasionally rumbles 
in 
through the open kitchen door. Though it's not an unfamiliar background 
noise these days, the loudest bombs make us both pause and exchange 
raised-eyebrowed "what the fuck?" expressions. The sounds remind me 
that 
I'm not always sure what I'm doing here. But at least I'm here by 
choice. 
And at least I have the option to go home...

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GROUPS DECRY IMMIGRATION RULE
Michael Powell, Washington Post, 11/13/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A33650-2003Nov12.html

NEW YORK - A coalition of legal advocacy groups said Wednesday that a 
federal program requiring males from 25 predominantly Muslim nations to 
register with the Immigration and Naturalization Service has resulted 
in 
the arrest and deportation of thousands of laborers, students and 
parents 
for what are characterized as minor, often technical violations.

The group studied 219 men, of whom about 110 faced deportation, and 
found 
that not one has been charged with having a connection to al Qaeda or 
other 
terrorist organizations. About 80 percent of the deportees had 
overstayed 
their visas or had pending applications for green cards and other 
papers. 
About half left behind wives and children in this country.

Visitors from these 25 countries are required to re-register again this 
year, a process that begins Thursday. "This program has resulted in the 
expulsion of working-class Muslim immigrant communities," said Saurav 
Sarkar, an organizer with Asian American Legal Defense and Education 
Fund 
here. "This program has set a very dangerous precedent for what happens 
when government decides that Muslims are suspect..."

ALSO SEE:

IMMIGRANT REGISTRATION DECRIED
Mae M. Cheng, Newsday, 11/13/03
http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/bronx/nyc-nyimmi133539466nov13,0,2931999.story

There were long lines and daylong waits at local immigration offices - 
along with a flurry of detentions - after federal authorities last year 
began requiring male immigrants from 25 countries to register their 
presence in the United States.

Now these immigrants, mainly people from Arab and Muslim nations who 
are 
limited to temporary stays in this country, must soon re-register...

Under the program, begun last November, 83,519 immigrants had 
registered 
themselves as of Sept. 30.

Those remaining in the United States now are required to re-register 
within 
10 days of the anniversary of their initial registration or face 
possible 
arrest or deportation. They may face one-on-one questions, in addition 
to 
verifying information like their address and immigration status...

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THE RESPONSIBILITY OF RAMADAN
Jewel Gopwani, Detroit Free Press, 11/13/03
http://www.freep.com/news/cfp/4/trama13_20031113.htm

The days may feel shorter, but the afternoons drag on for Eram 
Chaudhry.

When 1 p.m. rolls around for the Troy High School senior, she knows 
that it 
has been more than seven hours since she has eaten and it will be at 
least 
another four hours until she sits down for her next meal.

That's the sacrifice she and Muslims around the world make during the 
Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

For Muslim students like Chaudhry, it's a month when they focus on 
self-control by avoiding food between sunrise and sunset -- all while 
handling the pressures of school.

So far, this Ramadan has helped Chaudhry break her habit of scarfing 
down a 
bagel in the six minutes between her mid-morning classes.

But when it started on Oct. 27, Chaudhry readied herself for a 
grumbling 
stomach...

To help, she avoids seeing food by doing homework in the library during 
lunch or turning her head when she smells the aroma of pizza in the 
hall -- 
which tips her off that she's about to walk by a classroom holding a 
pizza 
party.

But the hunger pangs aren't only a reminder that Chaudhry hasn't eaten 
in 
hours...

"It's a reminder of responsibility," she said...

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SOMEONE'S PUTTING HER FOOT DOWN ABOUT A STAMP
Lolita Harper, LA Times, 11/10/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/pilot/columnists/la-dpt-allowed10nov10,1,7025381.story

It is that time of year again. Time to give thanks for the good fortune 
of 
having clothes on your back, food in your cupboards and a healthy 
spirit 
running through your veins.

It is a time of thanksgiving, when people come together in joy and 
festivity. A time to pray and be grateful and to distribute your wealth 
to 
those less fortunate.

So why is such a holiday striking a chord with people?

Because I am not talking about Thanksgiving or Christmas. The above 
holiday 
is the Eid - a festival celebrated during the new moon at the 
conclusion of 
Ramadan. And Ramadan is an Islamic holiday, or a Muslim holiday, as 
many 
refer to it.

The United States Postal Service has released a commemorative stamp to 
honor this holiday. It can be found in your local post office, right 
next 
to stamps that honor Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza.

It is boiling the blood of some of our most respected local 
residents...

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MUSLIM BABY IN NEED OF FAMILY

Adoption S.T.A.R. Inc. - a New York State Authorized Non-Profit Child 
Placing agency in Buffalo, NY(www.adoptionstar.com) is seeking a Muslim 
family in the USA (must be a home-study approved family) for the 
following 
case:

A newborn baby (sex unknown) due to be born the third week of November 
with 
Spina Bifida, Chiari II Malformation, and Meningomyelocele (Chiari II 
and 
Meningomyelocele are all related to the type of Spina Bifida present).

The family MUST be open to ALL of the spectrum of special needs that 
this 
baby will and/or may have. The baby's birth parents are a Muslim couple 
from Northern Iraq (Kurds) and would like a Muslim family that will 
have a 
closed adoption. Adoption STAR requires all families to be open to at 
least 
meeting the birth couple and sending them updates about the child if 
they 
so chose (before they sign legal surrenders) - as of now they do not 
want 
these things.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in this case, please contact 
me 
at (716) 691-3300 (ask for Sara in Special Needs department) or via 
email 
sara@adoptionstar.com

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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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Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2003 20:52:55 -0500
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Subject: CAIR-NET: U.S. Mosques Urged to Raise $1000 for Islam Campaign

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR ACTION ALERT #402

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED:

1. Organize a fundraising effort after Friday prayers at your mosque or 
center. Set a goal of at least $1,000. Explain why community support is 
so 
important to CAIR's work.
2. Donate generously to the campaign yourself. Go to: 
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/millionforislam.asp
3. Ask all your friends, relatives and colleagues to donate and become 
members of CAIR.
4. Attend CAIR's fundraising dinner in Washington, D.C. on November 
29th. 
To register online, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/asp/2003dinner.asp

				--- CLIP AND FAX/MAIL/E-MAIL ---

___YES, my Islamic center/mosque will raise $__________ for CAIR.

Name of Center:
Contact Person:
Address:
City:
State:
ZIP:

Phone:
Fax:
E-Mail:

FAX FORM TO: 202-488-0833
E-MAIL: cair@cair-net.org
MAIL TO: CAIR Ramadan Campaign, 453 New Jersey Avenue S.E., Washington, 
D.C., 20003

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EACH MOSQUE IN AMERICA URGED TO RAISE $1,000 FOR ISLAM CAMPAIGN

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/13/2003) - Alhamdulillah (praise be to God), an 
Islamic center in Milwaukee, Wis., recently raised $25,000 for CAIR's 
"$1 
MILLION FOR ISLAM IN RAMADAN" fundraising campaign. Another center in 
Maryland has agreed to donate one-half of the proceeds from their 
annual 
dinner to CAIR. All Islamic centers and mosques nationwide are being 
asked 
to do their part in supporting CAIR's work by raising at least $1,000 
for 
the campaign. SEE: http://www.cair-net.org/asp/millionforislam.asp

CAIR intends (inshallah) to raise $1 million during Ramadan, the month 
of 
giving, and culminating with the national fundraising dinner 
(http://www.cair-net.org/asp/2003dinner.asp) on November 29 in 
Washington, 
D.C. (Scholars says CAIR is able to receive zakat donations.) NOW is 
the 
time to show your support for CAIR. Funds raised during the campaign 
will 
be used to defend the civil and religious rights of Muslims, defend 
against 
defamatory attacks on Muslims and Islam and promote greater 
understanding 
of Islamic beliefs and practices.

SOME OF THE IMPORTANT WORK CAIR HAS DONE IN THE RECENT PAST:

* CAIR'S PUBLIC LIBRARY PROJECT - CAIR's library project is designed to 
place accurate and objective information about Islam in more than 
16,000 
public libraries nationwide. SEE: http://www.libraryproject.org/

* CAIR'S "ISLAM IN AMERICA" AD CAMPAIGN - CAIR's campaign to counter 
attacks on Islam following the 9/11 terror attacks. These 
professionally-produced ads ran on the editorial page of the New York 
Times. SEE: http://www.americanmuslims.info/

* CHALLENGING MUSLIM-BASHERS AND ISLAMOPHOBES - CAIR took the lead on 
challenging the bigoted views of Islamophobes such as Daniel Pipes, 
Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and most recently, Gen. 
Boykin in the Pentagon.

* DEFENDING YOUR RELIGIOUS AND CIVIL RIGHTS - In addition to political 
activism, CAIR has developed a series of guides designed to educate 
employers, educators, health care workers, prison officials, law 
enforcement personnel about Islamic religious practices.

REMEMBER:

* All CAIR services are FREE OF CHARGE to those in need.
* CAIR provides FREE publications such as the Ramadan Publicity Kit and 
the 
Community Safety Kits, to Islamic centers and Muslim activists.
* Tens of thousands of Muslims have received and use CAIR's "Know Your 
Rights" pocket guide.
* CAIR has defended thousands of Muslims who were victims of 
discrimination.
* CAIR provides information about Islam to hundreds of media outlets in 
this country and worldwide.

			- PLEASE ANNOUNCE, POST AND DISTRIBUTE -

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453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C.  20003
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Fax: 202-488-0833
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From:"cair@cair-net.org" <cair@cair-net.org>
To:cair-net@cair.biglist.com
Subject: CAIR-NET: Important Notice - Special Call-In Re-Registration
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2003 12:01:44 -0500

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

SUPPORT CAIR'S $1 MILLION DURING RAMADAN CAMPAIGN 
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/millionforislam.asp 
Scholars says CAIR is able to receive ZAKAT donations. 

REGISTER ONLINE FOR CAIR'S DC DINNER 11/29  
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/2003dinner.asp

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CAIR ACTION ALERT #403

ANNOUNCEMENT - SPECIAL CALL-IN RE-REGISTRATION

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/14/03) - (NOTE: The following information does 
not
constitute legal advice.) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR) is calling on all local imams, khatibs and community leaders to 
make
the announcement below about the special call-in registration. (Please
announce after Friday prayers.) The registration was initiated in 2002 
by
what is now called U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). 
This
announcement should also be posted in a prominent location in all 
mosques,
Muslim schools and Islamic centers.

			-- ANNOUNCEMENT --

REMINDER FOR IMMIGRANTS TO RE-REGISTER

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) would like to remind 
all
non-citizen men who previously registered with U.S. immigration 
authorities
to visit their nearest immigration office and re-register. This applies 
to
individuals who have complied with the special call-in registration 
program
(NSEERS) that was initiated in 2002. The re-registration period is 
between
10 days before and 10 days after the date that you have initially
registered. This notice applies to all individuals who are currently
residing in the U.S. and have not left the United States for an entire
year. 

Visit for detailed information about the registration program, go to: 

http://uscis.gov/graphics/shared/lawenfor/specialreg/index.htm 
http://www.aclu.org/ImmigrantsRights/ImmigrantsRights.cfm?ID=14185&c=22

CAIR urges all those who are potentially affected by this special 
call-in
registration requirement to consult an immigration lawyer as soon as
possible to determine both your current immigration status and what may
happen when you re-register. If you are not sure of your status, you 
must
speak with a lawyer. Contact your local CAIR chapter if you need
assistance. SEE: http://www.cair-net.org/asp/chapters.asp

CAIR strongly disagrees with the nature and implementation of this 
policy,
but it is absolutely essential that those who meet the registration
criteria visit the nearest immigration office for re-registration. 
Failure
to re-register MAY MAKE YOU DEPORTABLE.

Although hundreds of people were detained during the last round of
registrations and many others reported mistreatment, hundreds more have
registered without serious incident and have thereby protected 
themselves
from deportation proceedings.

CAIR has filed a lawsuit against the Attorney General and organized
demonstrations and other legal actions to protest the special 
registration
method of implementation. CAIR continues to document cases of abuse and
harassment through an online form that is available at 
www.cair-net.org. 

		  - PLEASE ANNOUNCE, POST AND DISTRIBUTE -

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453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E. 
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Fax: 202-488-0833 
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From:"cair@cair-net.org" <cair@cair-net.org>
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Subject: CAIR-NET: Vandals Target Canadian Mosque
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2003 14:57:47 -0500

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful 

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 11/14/03 

* HADITH OF THE DAY: LAYLAT AL-QADR (NIGHT OF POWER)
* SUPPORT CAIR'S $1 MILLION RAMADAN CAMPAIGN 
 	- Register online for CAIR's DC Dinner 11/29
* CAIR-CAN: VANDALS TARGET CANADIAN MOSQUE
* CAIR-DFW HOSTS RECOGNITION BANQUET 
        - National Racial Profiling Hearing in Texas
* IMMIGRANT FACES LONG COURT WAIT (Orlando Sentinel)
        - CAIR-NJ: Legal Services for Detainees (NY Times)
        - Efforts Working for Immigrant Rights (Tenn.)
* PROTEST BACKS JAILED NEW YORK DOCTOR (Post-Standard)
* SECURITY VERSUS LIBERTY (St. Pete Times)
* GENERAL ABUSED RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH (Indy Star)
* EX-ISRAEL SECURITY CHIEFS PUSH FOR TRUCE (AP)
	- Israeli Memo Admits Flouting "Road Map" (Reuters)
* 3 U.S. GIS FACE CHARGES IN POW ABUSE CASE (AP)
	- 30 Media Outlets Protest Treatment in Iraq (E&P)
	- Pentagon Limits Funeral Coverage (Wash. Post)
* ICCI 6TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN CALIFORNIA
* VA COURSE IN ISLAMIC LAW
* PANEL ON ROLE OF GLOBAL MEDIA IN DIPLOMACY

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HADITH OF THE DAY: LAYLAT AL-QADR (NIGHT OF POWER)

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Search for the Night of
Power in the odd-numbered nights of the last ten days of Ramadan."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 3, Hadith 234

“We have revealed this (Quran) in the Night of Power. And what will 
make
you understand what the Night of Power is! The Night of Qadr is better 
than
one thousand months. The angels and the Spirit (Gabriel) come down with
every decree, by the leave of their Lord. That night is the night of 
Peace,
till the break of dawn.”

The Holy Quran, Chapter 97 (Al-Qadr)

“We revealed this Quran in a blessed night (Laylat al-Qadr); for We 
wanted
to forewarn mankind. In that night every matter is decided wisely.”

The Holy Quran, 44:3-4

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SUPPORT CAIR'S $1 MILLION DURING RAMADAN CAMPAIGN 

Donate generously to the campaign. To donate online, go to:
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/millionforislam.asp (NOTE: Scholars says 
CAIR
is able to receive ZAKAT donations.) 

--- 

REGISTER ONLINE FOR CAIR'S DC DINNER 11/29 

Registration is now available online for CAIR's Ninth Annual 
Fundraising
Dinner on November 29th (the weekend after Eid ul-Fitr) in Washington, 
D.C.
The dinner, with the theme "Muslims in America: A Defining Moment," 
will
feature presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich as one of its main 
speakers. 

WHERE: Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons 
Corner/Vienna, VA 

COST: CAIR dinners always quick to sell out so get you tickets now! 
Tickets: $55/$85 per couple R.S.V.P. by Nov. 24, 2003. No children 
please.
(Limited babysitting with prior notice only - $10 per child.) 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, call 202-488-8787 or e-mail: 
register@cair-net.org 

ACTION REQUESTED: 

REGISTER FOR CAIR'S DINNER BY GOING TO: 
https://www.cair-net.org/2003dinner-register.asp 

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VANDALS ATTACK EDMONTON MOSQUE
Islamic center vandalized twice since September

(OTTAWA, CANADA - 14/11/2003) - On Saturday, November 15, the Canadian
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN), along with the Muslim
Community of Edmonton (MCE), will hold a press conference to urge law
enforcement authorities to treat an attack on a local mosque as a hate
crime. (A number of elected officials will also take part in the news
conference.)

WHERE: MCE Mosque, 10721 - 86 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
WHEN: Saturday, November 15, 11 a.m.

According to local Islamic leaders, three young people drove up to the
Muslim Community of Edmonton mosque in a red car on Tuesday and threw a
large brick through the front glass door. The attackers then allegedly
drove around the block twice observing the damage and laughing.

This is the second act of vandalism targeting the mosque since 
September.
In the earlier incident, the large anchored sign that identifies the 
mosque
was torn out of the front lawn and dragged several blocks away before 
being
dumped in someone’s yard.

In a joint statement released today, CAIR-CAN Executive Director Riad
Saloojee and MCE President Usama Al-Shiraida said:

“Such acts of bigotry and intolerance are never acceptable. This 
senseless
attack is particularly hurtful coming as it does during the month of
Ramadan when Muslims are engaged in special acts of religious devotion.

"We call on local and national law enforcement authorities to 
investigate
this disturbing incident as a hate crime. We also call on our city and
elected officials to issue a strong condemnation of the hatred and 
bigotry
that can lead to such acts of intimidation.”

CAIR, North America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, is
headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 25 offices and chapters
nationwide and in Canada.

                               -END-

CONTACT: Usama Al-Shiraida (President, MCE) at 403-915-0817; Naeem 
Saloojee
(CAIR-CAN) at 613-254-9704; E-mail: canada@cair-net.org; Riad Saloojee,
613-795-2012

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CAIR-DFW HOSTS RECOGNITION BANQUET 

The Dallas/Fort Worth office Council on American Islamic Relations
(CAIR-DFW) recently organized a successful recognition banquet titled,
“Eternal Gratitude”, to honor those who contributed their time and 
efforts
in the separation surgery of the Egyptian twins, Mohamed and Ahmed 
Ibrahim. 

More than 350 people attended the recognition banquet in the 
International
Ballroom, at the Fairmont Hotel in down town Dallas. Honorable State
Representative Terry Hodge, attended the banquet and complimented the
Muslim community for organizing the event. 

Four organizations were recognized for their efforts in assisting with 
the
Egyptian twins’ separation surgery. They were: Medical City of Dallas,
Children’s Medical Center, Dallas Morning News and The World Cranofacia
Foundation.  

Media outlets covered the event including Aljazeera Network, who will 
in
turn rebroadcast the event through its satellite channel to its Arabic
speaking audience worldwide. 

ALSO SEE: 

NATIONAL RACIAL PROFILING HEARING

WHAT: CAIR­DFW is encouraging everyone to attend the National Racial
Profiling Hearing to defend our rights in America at local and federal
levels.

Experts as and people who were personally profiled will testify before
Presiding Judge Timothy K. Lewis (3d. Cir. ret.)

WHEN: Saturday November 15th, 2003 from 10am-7pm

WHERE: Brookhaven Community College
, 3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, TX 75244, Room B-304

Please note: IFTAR will be provided at 5:30 p.m. Food contributions are
welcomed. For more information and direction, click on
http://www.amnestyusa.org/events/fall2003hearings.html

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IMMIGRANT FROM IRAQ FACES LONG COURT WAIT
Pedro Ruz Gutierrez, Orlando Sentinel, 9/14/03 
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orange/orl-locroses14111403nov14,1
,971645.story

Iraqi-born computer engineer who was arrested six years ago after he 
sent
roses to his estranged wife and now faces deportation must wait another 
11
months to find out if the U.S. government will expel him.

Immigration Court Judge Rafael Ortiz-Segura on Thursday said he will 
hear
arguments in the case against Kussay Al-Sabunchi, 39, next October. At 
a
preliminary hearing Thursday in Orlando, Ortiz-Segura cited a backlog 
of
6,000 cases involving foreigners as the reason for the delay in hearing
Al-Sabunchi's case. He is one of three judges who hear cases at the
immigration court off South Semoran Boulevard.

"Eleven more months of stress. Eleven months of fear," Al-Sabunchi said
after the hearing. "You don't know what to expect." Al-Sabunchi, a
naturalized Canadian citizen and IBM employee, remains free until his 
Oct.
22, 2004, court date...

ALSO SEE:

LEGAL SERVICES FOR DETAINEES
Ian Urbina, New York Times, 11/14/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/14/nyregion/14MBRF3.html

Starting this week, prisoners in the Passaic County Jail who have been
accused of immigration violations will be able to dial a toll-free 
number,
(877) 818-4845, to get help obtaining a lawyer. Since the Sept. 11 
terror
attacks, thousands of people have been questioned about their 
immigration
status and hundreds have been detained, sometimes for long periods. But
advocacy groups for the immigrants say that low-income detainees have
difficulty getting lawyers because phone calls from jail are costly and
toll-free numbers are generally unavailable. The New Jersey Civil 
Rights
Defense Committee and the state chapter of the Council on American 
Islamic
Relations helped start the toll-free service in Passaic and hope to get
Hudson, Bergen and Middlesex County jails to allow it. Along with 
helping
callers to obtain a lawyer, volunteers for the service will also relay
direct information from the detainees to family members.  

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SOME LOBBYING EFFORTS ARE WORKING FOR IMMIGRANTS RIGHTS ORGANIZATION 
Anita Wadhwani, Tennessean, 11/13/03
http://www.tennessean.com/local/archives/03/11/42414647.shtml

Immigrants like Nabil Bayakly say they are on the front lines of the
state's newest civil rights struggle: the defense of immigrants' 
rights.

Bayakly, a former university professor and leader of a Memphis Muslim
organization, was shackled, fingerprinted and sent to jail in January 
when
he tried to comply with a federal law to register with immigration
authorities.

Part of the federal Patriot Act required a visit to immigration offices 
by
thousands of men from countries identified as having terrorist ties.

Bayakly had held valid visas since he immigrated to the United States 
from
Lebanon 25 years ago. At the time he was required to register; however, 
he
was late in filing updated paperwork, a problem that would have been
considered minor in pre-Sept. 11 days that has led to an increasing 
number
of deportations, according to immigration attorneys and civil liberties
advocates.

Last month, after a flurry of e-mails, letters and phone calls 
organized by
a new immigrants rights organization, a judge took the extraordinary 
step
of canceling Bayakly's deportation under a little-used legal provision 
that
clears the way for him to apply for citizenship because he has been in 
the
United States for more than 10 years and has good moral character...

For more information about the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Coalition convention, call: 615-846-6672 or visit their Web site at:
www.tnimmigrant.org.

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PROTEST BACKS JAILED DOCTOR 
John O'Brien, Post-Standard, 11/14/03
http://www.syracuse.com/news/poststandard/index.ssf?/base/news-13/1068803975
283560.xml

The supporters of a Manlius oncologist accused of illegally shipping 
money
to Iraq will release a written statement from him today, calling on 
"noble
people" to challenge corrupt government officials. 

Dr. Rafil Dhafir wrote the statement from his jail cell for a news
conference in Syracuse - one of eight across the country in which peace
activists will protest what they say are people being wrongly targeted 
by
federal prosecutors for trying to help poor people in Iraq. Dhafir's
supporters will hold their news conference at noon today at St. Lucy's
Gymnasium at 425 Gifford St. 

Dhafir was charged in February with illegally sending money to Iraq 
through
his DeWitt-based charity, Help the Needy. He's also accused of 
defrauding
Medicare out of $274,000 through his former Rome oncology practice, and
evading $400,000 in federal income tax payments by falsely writing off
donations to the charity. 

Dhafir, 55, of 5408 Springview Drive, wrote in the one-page statement 
that
noble people should be grateful to their maker and for living in "this
great place on earth." But they have to try to improve their 
surroundings,
he wrote. 

"Are we grateful when we (acquiesce) to the bigots and racists 
masquerading
as law enforcers and keep silent?" Dhafir wrote. 

The statement makes no reference to himself or his charges, but the 
message
was meant to include all people who are wrongly accused, according to 
Madis
Senner, a leader of Dhafir's supporters. 

Dhafir's supporters have set up a Web site, at
http://www.jubileeinitiative.org/FreeDhafir.htm 

They want the Iraqi sanctions charges to be dropped because Dhafir was 
only
trying to help oppressed people. The tax evasion and Medicare fraud 
charges
are the result of the government targeting him and "shaking the tree" 
for
any other charges it could find, Senner said. 

----- 

SECURITY VERSUS LIBERTY
St. Petersburg Times, 11/14/03
http://www.sptimes.com/2003/11/14/Opinion/Security_versus_liber.shtml

Holding terrorism suspects outside U.S. territory to keep them away 
from
jurisdiction of the American legal system sets a risky precedent.

The war on terrorism has finally arrived at the doorstep of the U.S.
Supreme Court.

This term, the court has accepted the appeals of two groups of 
prisoners
from the Afghanistan conflict and has other cases before it that stem 
from
the Bush administration's treatment of terrorist suspects. Up to this
point, the federal appellate courts have largely allowed the 
administration
to bend the rules of due process in the name of national security. Now 
the
high court has the opportunity to set some limits. 

Twelve Kuwaitis, two Britons and two Australians held at Guantanamo 
Bay,
Cuba, are challenging their open-ended detention and the 
administration's
refusal to provide them hearings before a tribunal. To date, they have 
had
no way to challenge the legitimacy of their captivity. All have been
detained for at least 18 months without charge...

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GENERAL ABUSED RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH
Indianapolis Star, 11/13/03
http://www.indystar.com/articles/2/092256-5982-021.html

Indiana's very own Mike Pence has sent a letter to Defense Secretary 
Donald
Rumsfeld, supporting Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin "in the wake of the
controversy that has developed around his expressions of his personal
Christian faith." Pence urged the Defense Department to ignore those 
who
have called for an investigation of Boykin, saying criticism of his 
remarks
was evidence of religious intolerance, and comparing him "to George
Washington, among others."

What were these "expressions of personal faith" that Congressman Pence
supports? According to numerous news reports, Boykin told one group 
that
terrorists are "after us because we are a Christian nation." He told
another a story about a Somali Muslim who claimed that Allah would 
protect
him from the Americans, saying, "Well, you know what I knew, that my 
God
was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God, and his was an
idol..."

With all due respect to Congressman Pence, the criticisms leveled at
Boykin, as I understand them, concern the man's judgment and obvious
bigotry, not his religious beliefs. When a high-ranking military 
officer
charged with conduct of important wartime duties expresses contempt for 
the
religious beliefs of 1.2 billion inhabitants of the planet, there is 
cause
for concern. When the remarks are made at a time when the United States 
is
trying desperately to convince our allies in the Middle East that this 
is
not a war against Islam, they undermine American foreign policy...

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EX-ISRAEL SECURITY CHIEFS PUSH FOR TRUCE
Jason Keyser, Associated Press, 11/14/03
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3387491,00.html

JERUSALEM - In unusually bold criticism, four former Israeli security
chiefs warned Friday that the country is headed for disaster unless 
Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon reverses course and moves quickly to settle the
conflict with the Palestinians.

The warnings by former directors of the vaunted Shin Bet agency come a 
time
when Sharon is weighing whether to accept a Palestinian offer of a 
truce
that would not be accompanied by a Palestinian crackdown on militant
groups. In the past, Sharon has rejected such a plan.

Israel's security services are reportedly divided, with the military in
favor and the current Shin Bet chief opposed. The military believes a
cease-fire is a step in the right direction and is ready to minimize
operations, including halting targeted killings of Palestinian 
militants,
the Maariv daily reported Friday. The Shin Bet fears armed groups will 
use
the lull to reorganize for more attacks.

Sharon hasn't made a final decision, Maariv said, but the outcome could
well determine the direction of the conflict. Palestinian Prime 
Minister
Ahmed Qureia wants to persuade the militants to halt attacks and then 
get
Israel to agree to a truce. Qureia, and other leaders before him, have 
said
they cannot order a crackdown for fear of setting off internal 
fighting...

ALSO SEE:

ISRAEL GOVT MEMO ADMITS FLOUTING "ROAD MAP" - SOURCE
Dan Williams, Reuters, 11/12/03
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L12478833.htm

JERUSALEM - A secret Israeli memorandum says the country has failed to
honour commitments under a U.S. peace plan to evacuate illegal settler
outposts and has sought "in every way to whitewash their existence and
build more.”

Government sources on Wednesday quoted the memorandum as saying: "We
promised the United States that we would dismantle the outposts and 
have
not done so. That is our Achilles' heel."

"International criticism is growing because of our lack of creative 
ideas for getting out of the conflict," it said.

Israel lacked credibility when it claimed to be fulfilling its 
obligations
under a U.S.-backed plan for ending three years of fighting with the
Palestinians, the memorandum said...

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3 U.S. GIS FACE CHARGES IN POW ABUSE CASE
Associated Press, 11/14/03
http://www.abcnews.go.com/wire/World/ap20031114_372.html

CAIRO, Egypt - U.S. military prosecutors have decided to prosecute 
three
American soldiers from Pennsylvania on charges of abusing Iraqi 
prisoners
of war, a U.S. Army spokesman said Friday.

Maj. Victor Harris, spokesman for the Kuwait-based U.S. Land Forces
Component Command, said the three will be formally charged on Saturday 
in
an arraignment hearing at Camp Doha, Kuwait, which is under the command 
of
the Third U.S. Army.

The charges grew out of an alleged incident May 12 at a U.S. detention
facility, Camp Bucca, in southern Iraq. The three soldiers, from the 
320th
Military Police Battalion, based in Ashley, Pa., are accused of 
punching
and kicking Iraqi POWs while escorting them to Camp Bucca.

Following an inquiry into the alleged incident, U.S. military 
investigators
recommended bringing charges, which have since been filed by the Third
Army's commanding general, Lt. Gen. David D. McKiernan. Saturday will 
be
the first time the charges are formally read out to the accused 
soldiers.

The soldiers have said they acted in self-defense, that conditions were
chaotic at Camp Bucca, and that guards had been harassed and assaulted
daily by unruly prisoners...

ALSO SEE:

30 MEDIA OUTLETS PROTEST TREATMENT IN IRAQ 
Editor & Publisher, 11/13/03
http://www.editorandpublisher.com/editorandpublisher/headlines/article_displ
ay.jsp?vnu_content_id=2027078

NEW YORK -- In two separate letters to the Pentagon, the press claims 
that
U.S. troops are harassing journalists in Iraq and sometimes 
confiscating
equipment, digital camera disks and videotapes.

The Associated Press Managing Editors (APME) wrote a letter of protest 
to
Larry Di Rita, acting assistant secretary of defense for public 
affairs.
Some soldiers' actions "appear intended to discourage journalists from
covering the continued military action in Iraq," wrote APME President
Stuart Wilk, also vice president/managing editor at The Dallas Morning
News...

APME asked the Pentagon to immediately take steps to end confrontations
between journalists and soldiers.

Separately, 30 media organizations, lead by The Associated Press, fired 
off
their own letter to Di Rita, saying they have "documented numerous 
examples
of U.S. troops physically harassing journalists," according to a report 
in
Thursday's Boston Globe. The letter was signed by representatives from 
CNN,
ABC, The Boston Globe, Newhouse News Service, and many others...

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PENTAGON LIMITS FUNERAL COVERAGE 
Steve Vogel, Washington Post, 9/14/03 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A38338-2003Nov13.html

The Army tightened rules yesterday on press coverage of funerals at
Arlington National Cemetery, directing that reporters be kept far 
enough
away from the graveside that they would likely be unable to hear a
chaplain's eulogy. 

Reporters will be restricted to a roped-in "bullpen" that is generally 
far
enough away that words spoken at graveside cannot be heard, officials 
said. 

Jack Metzler Jr., the superintendent of Arlington National Cemetery, 
said
the cemetery will be following rules that were already in the books but 
had
not been strictly observed in recent years. "We're just enforcing what 
was
already in place," he said. 

The order to enforce the restriction came from Army officials at the
Pentagon, Metzler said. He said the order came in response to a 
complaint,
but he declined to provide details... 

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ICCI 6TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The ICCI, Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry, will host its 6th
annual conference on Saturday, December 13th, 2003 in Santa Clara, CA.

Please, click on the following link to view the event announcement:
http://www.islamic-commerce.org/info/6thann_conf_flyer.pdf

The event typically draws around hundreds of Professionals, Executives, 
and
Investors from the Silicon Valley and the Globe.

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3RD ANNUAL WINTER PROGRAM-ISLAMIC LAW: A DISCIPLINED ART 

WHAT: Is Islamic Law a scientific discipline or a nuanced art? What are 
the
major complexities of Islamic Law and how did they originate? How has 
it
developed over the centuries? What is its relevance in contemporary 
Western
society?

This 4-day course set in the backdrop of the nation’s legal 
fountainhead
aims to examine in-depth these important questions relevant to the 
American
Muslim mind.  By offering an approach that encourages literacy and 
critical
thinking within this sophisticated discipline, the Winter Program will
introduce students to the ocean of Islamic Law through the cutting-edge
scholarship of its classically trained instructors.

***BONUS*** In addition to the standard classes, ALIM instructors are
preparing papers on contemporary Islamic Legal matters to be presented 
and
discussed for the first time at this event. This is an unprecedented
opportunity for any individual interested in seeking knowledge and
contributing to the American Islamic discourse.

Instructors: Dr. Abdul-Hakim Jackson, Dr. Muneer Fareed, Dr. Ali 
Sulaiman
Ali, Dr. Taha Jabir Al-Alwani (Tentative).

Program Topics: History of Islamic Law, Usul al-Fiqh, Issues in Islamic
Law, Applications of Islamic Law in America, Law and Morality, Madhabs 
and
Authority.

Target Audience: Young professionals, undergraduate, and graduate 
students

Tuition: $170/non-student, $300/couple, $125/student. Tuition includes 
meals, snacks, and program materials. Early registration period ends 
November 30, 2003. Starting December 1, an additional $25 will be added 
to
the registration fee.

WHERE: The All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center, Sterling, VA
(Suburb of Washington, DC), 46903 Sugarland Road, Sterling, VA 20164

WHEN: Saturday December 27, 2003 thru Tuesday December 30, 2003

Contact: Diba Rab (240) 994-0843 or Irfan Murtuza (301) 523-7314

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PANEL ON THE ROLE OF GLOBAL MEDIA IN PUBLIC DIPLOMACY

WHAT: A panel of distinguished media experts and Islamic scholars will
discuss the capacity of the US, Muslim and Arab world medias to inform 
and
misinform audiences on the complex realities and centuries old
misconceptions, and explore means to leverage such capacity towards
cooperation rather than confrontation. The event is titled, “Distorted
Images: The Role of Global Media in Public Diplomacy. Misperceptions
Between America, and the Muslim & Arab Worlds”

Keynote Address: Amb. Edward Djerejian 
Chairman, U.S. advisory Group on Public Diplomacy for the Arab and 
Muslim
World. Former Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, 
and
former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Syria.

Panel Moderator: Harold Pachios
Former chairman and current member of the US Advisory Commission on 
Public
Diplomacy. 

Panel Members: 

Dr. Hassan Ibrahim 
National Director, Muslim Public Affairs Council
Ms. Joyce Davis
Deputy Foreign Editor, Knight-Ridder News Agency
Hafiz Al-Mirazi
Bureau Chief, Al-Jazeera Satellite Channel
Martin Walker
Chief International Correspondent, UPI. Washington, DC Bureau.

WHEN: November 20, 2003, 12:00 noon-1:30 p.m. panel program
                                                              
WHERE: Loy Henderson Auditorium.  U.S. Dept of State.

To Register by Phone call: 202-647-0488
Registration Form Please Visit www.state.gov/s/p/of/c9197.htm

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 11/17/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: GOD LOVES FORGIVENESS
* SUPPORT CAIR'S $1 MILLION DURING RAMADAN CAMPAIGN
  	- Register online for CAIR's DC Dinner 11/29
* ACTION ALERT: THANK SPONSORS OF CONGRESSIONAL IFTAR
* CAIR-CHICAGO: TURKEYS DONATED TO LOW INCOME FAMILIES
	- CAIR-FL: Balancing Freedom and Security
* IKEA LAUNCHES RAMADAN PR CAMPAIGN (Toronto Star)
	- NJ: Schools Adding Eid to Day-off List (AP)
	- Three Faiths Find Much to Share (KC Star)
* REACHING OUT AT RAMADAN (San Jose Mercury News)
* TV STATION PULLS U.S. SHOW ON ISLAM (Toronto Star)
* IMMIGRANT CRACKDOWN SHATTERS MUSLIMS' LIVES (Chicago Trib)
	- Deportees Face Bleak Future (Chicago Tribune)
	- Swept Up Despite Adherence to the Law (Chicago Trib)
	- Politician at Center of Policy (Chicago Trib)
	- Immigrants Reminded to Obtain Advanced Parole (USCIS)
* CANADA MOSQUE VANDALISM FEEDS FEARS (Edmonton Journal)
	- Two Held in Bias Attack on Pakistani Teens (NY Newsday)
	- Va. Group Is Battling 9/11 Backlash (Wash. Post)
	- MN Man Pleads Guilty To Killing Cab Driver (KARE 11)
* BILL'S ACADEMIC INTERFERENCE ANTI-AMERICAN (Daily Bruin)
* A PREPPY WASP'S CONVERSION TO ISLAM (Boston Globe)
	- Muslim Scholar Raises Hackles in France (NY Times)
* JUDGE REJECTS SAUDI TERRORIST LINK (Wash. Post)
* THE COURT AND GUANTÁNAMO (New York Times)
	- Court to Rule on 'Enemy Combatant' Label (AP)
* EX-SECURITY CHIEFS TURN ON SHARON (Wash. Post)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: GOD LOVES FORGIVENESS

A wife of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) asked him what 
prayers 
she should say on Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Power) if she knew which 
night 
it was. The Prophet told her to say: "O God, Thou art forgiving and 
lovest 
forgiveness, so forgive me."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 641

We revealed this Quran in a blessed night (Laylat al-Qadr); for We 
wanted 
to forewarn mankind. In that night every matter is decided wisely."

The Holy Quran, 44:3

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SUPPORT CAIR'S $1 MILLION DURING RAMADAN CAMPAIGN

Donate generously to the campaign. To donate online, go to: 
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/millionforislam.asp (NOTE: Scholars says 
CAIR 
is able to receive ZAKAT donations.)

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REGISTER ONLINE FOR CAIR'S DC DINNER 11/29

Registration is now available online for CAIR's Ninth Annual 
Fundraising 
Dinner on November 29th (the weekend after Eid ul-Fitr) in Washington, 
D.C. 
The dinner, with the theme "Muslims in America: A Defining Moment," 
will 
feature presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich as one of its main 
speakers.

WHERE: Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons
Corner/Vienna, VA

COST: CAIR dinners always quick to sell out so get you tickets now!
Tickets: $55/$85 per couple R.S.V.P. by Nov. 24, 2003. No children 
please. 
(Limited babysitting with prior notice only - $10 per child.)

FOR MORE INFORMATION, call 202-488-8787 or e-mail: 
register@cair-net.org

ACTION REQUESTED:

REGISTER FOR CAIR'S DINNER BY GOING TO:
https://www.cair-net.org/2003dinner-register.asp

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THANK SPONSORS OF CONGRESSIONAL IFTAR,
Elected officials reached out to American Muslim community

ACTION ALERT #404

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/17/2003) - CAIR is urging member of the 
American's 
Islamic community to contact the sponsors of last week's Ramadan iftar 
on 
Capitol Hill and thank them for their leadership in reaching out to 
Muslims 
and showing respect for Islam.

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) hosted the iftar, which was attended by more 
than 
130 elected officials, congressional staffers, American Muslim leaders, 
and 
ambassadors from Islamic-majority nations. The iftar, held in the House 
Judiciary Committee Hearing Room, was co-sponsored by Reps. Gregory 
Meeks 
(D-NY), Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), and Barbara Lee 
(D-CA).

In his remarks, Rep. Conyers said: "Welcome, everyone, to our first 
ever 
Ramadan Iftar, where we join our Muslim brothers and sisters in 
breaking 
the fast. I am also pleased to announce that we plan to hold this 
important 
event every year, and look forward to doing so with CAIR (the Council 
on 
American-Islamic Relations)…By partaking in this religious tradition, 
we 
hope to promote the toleration, understanding, and acceptance of all 
religions and religious cultures and to celebrate religious diversity, 
one 
of the many great principles that our country was founded upon."

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED:

1) Take a minute to call or send a note of appreciation. CONTACT the 
sponsors of the iftar to thank them for their leadership in reaching 
out to 
Muslims and showing respect for Islam. Calls are best, followed by 
faxes 
and then e-mails.

The Honorable John Conyers, Jr, 2426 Rayburn Building, Washington, DC 
20515
TEL: 202-225-5126  FAX: 202-225-0072  E-MAIL: 
John.Conyers@mail.house.gov
URL: http://www.house.gov/conyers/

The Honorable Gregory W. Meeks, 1710 Longworth House Office Building,
Washington, D.C. 20515
TEL: 202-225-3461  FAX: 202-226-4169  E-MAIL: congmeeks@mail.house.gov
URL: http://www.house.gov/meeks/

The Honorable Dennis J. Kucinich, 1730 Longworth HOB, Washington, DC 
20515
TEL: 202-225-5871 FAX: 202-225-5745

The Honorable Loretta Sanchez, 1230 Longworth House Office Building,
Washington, D.C. 20515
TEL: 202-225-2965  FAX: 202-225-5859  E-MAIL: loretta@mail.house.gov
URL: http://www.house.gov/sanchez/home.html

The Honorable Barbara Lee, 1724 Longworth HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515
TEL: 202-225-2661  FAX: 202-225-9817  E-MAIL: 
Barbara.Lee@mail.house.gov
URL: http://www.house.gov/lee/

2) CONTACT your elected representatives to ask that they take part in 
next 
year's iftar.
GO TO: http://capwiz.com/cair/dbq/officials/

3) COPY all correspondence to: cair@cair-net.org or fax 202-488-0833

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MUSLIMS DONATE TURKEY TO LOW INCOME FAMILIES

CAIR-Chicago is co-sponsoring the Third Annual Chicago Muslim Community 
Turkey Drive. Turkeys will be donated on Nov. 26 to low income 
children/families at McCosh Elementary School in Chicago. McCosh's 
population of 1200 students is more than 90 percent low-income and 
nearly 
100% African-American.

Last year, the Chicago Muslim community donated 200 turkeys to McCosh; 
this 
year the school needs 600. The cost of each turkey is approximately 
$15. 
Please send your donation to:

CAIR-Chicago
7667 West 95th Street
Suite 304
Hickory Hills, IL 60457

Make a note on your donation that it is for the "Ramadan Turkey Drive."

Donations must be received by Monday, November 24. Donations are tax 
deductible.

Anyone who wishes to participate in the actual distribution of turkeys 
to 
the families on Wednesday, November 26 is welcome at the school (6543 
South 
Champlain Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60637); please contact CAIR-Chicago 
at 
312-922-4720 to make arrangements.

SEE ALSO:

TOWN MEETING: BALANCING FREEDOM AND SECURITY

ANTI-TERRORIST LEGISLATION AND THE BILL OF RIGHTS: FOCUS ON INDIVIDUAL 
PRIVACY

WHEN: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2003, 7 - 9 PM.
WHERE: New St. Augustine Beach City Hall
½ mile south of Rt. 312 on Anastasia Blvd.

SPEAKERS:

HANK COXE, FLORIDA BAR ASSOCIATION
PAUL PEREZ, US ATTORNEY, FLORIDA MIDDLE DISTRICT
DAVID SHOAR, CHIEF, ST. AUGUSTINE POLICE
DR. PARVEZ AHMED, COUNCIL ON AMERICAN-ISLAMIC RELATIONS

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters

FREE AND  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Parvez Ahmed
CAIR-Florida
www.cair-florida.org
pahmed@cair-florida.org

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NOD TO RAMADAN A TREND IN RETAILING
Leslie Scrivner, Toronto Star, 11/17/03
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1069026905254&call_pageid=968350130169&col=969483202845

When does a minority know it's become part of mainstream culture? When 
temples and mosques are as much a part of the cityscape as churches? 
When 
Muslim women wear head coverings without attracting stares? When a home 
furnishings company recognizes that shoppers spend not only at 
Christmas, 
but also at Diwali, Ramadan and Chanukkah?

In a new public relations campaign, IKEA has highlighted Ramadan, the 
month-long Muslim fast that began Oct. 27. The campaign shows women 
wearing 
hijab and South Asian dress, photos of Mecca, sweet trays used for 
end-of-fast celebrations, and a text explaining the religious meaning 
of 
the holiday.

The series of photographs showing IKEA carpets, candles, table settings 
and 
gifts for children - ways of decorating the home for the holiday - is 
not a 
nationwide mail-out campaign but will be on the IKEA Canada Web site 
today 
(http://www.ikea.ca).

It's a first for IKEA and part of a trend by retailers to acknowledge 
minority celebrations.

Hudson's Bay Company, for the first time this fall, included Ramadan 
greetings in flyers for The Bay, Zellers and Home Outfitters, plus 
posters 
and door signs. It will do the same for Chanukkah and other holidays...

While it's clear retailers are looking at Muslims as consumers, the 
overall 
message is welcome, said Riad Saloojee, executive-director of the 
Council 
on American-Islamic Relations Canada. "What I like is that Muslims are 
humanized, as are our cultures and traditions, and we are portrayed 
strictly as part of Canadian culture," he said. "It's not a foreign 
celebration..."

SEE: http://www.ikea.ca/ms/en_CA/about_ikea/eid.pdf

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SCHOOLS SLOWLY ADDING MUSLIM HOLIDAY TO DAY-OFF LIST
Wayne Parry, Associated Press, 11/14/03
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-nj--schools-islamicho1114nov14,0,5339719.story

IRVINGTON, N.J. -- Add Eid to the list of religious holidays that can 
get 
students a day off from school in some communities.

This Essex County district will become one of only a handful of 
districts 
in the nation to close schools on a major Islamic holiday, the 
Eid-al-Fitr 
on Nov. 26. Paterson and Trenton schools also close that day.

Public schools across the nation have traditionally closed for major 
Christian holidays including Christmas and several days before or after 
Easter, and many also close for Jewish holidays as well.

Now, with Islam emerging as one of the fastest-growing religions in the 
United States, some school districts with significant Muslim 
populations 
are recognizing the Eid holidays.

"Up to now, the major holidays have either been Christian or Jewish," 
said 
Frank Belluscio, a spokesman for the New Jersey School Boards 
Association. 
"But now we're diversifying, and I'm sure this is something we'll see 
other 
districts doing in the future."

Irvington, 2.9-square-mile community adjacent to Newark, is the latest 
to 
give students off for the Eid, which celebrates the end of Ramadan, the 
holiest month of the year for Muslims...

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THREE FAITHS FIND MUCH TO SHARE
Melodee Hall Blobaum, Kansas City Star, 11/17/03
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/7279439.htm

Common ground has been more plentiful than faith differences in a 
unique 
partnership involving a Johnson County synagogue, a midtown mosque and 
a 
Roman Catholic church on the Paseo.

For three years, some members of Al-Inshirah Islamic Center, 3664 
Troost 
Ave.; Congregation Beth Torah, 6100 W. 127th St. in Overland Park; and 
St. 
Monica Catholic Church, 1600 the Paseo, have worshipped, talked and 
learned 
together, discovering that what they share far exceeds what separates 
them...

A coordinator from St. Monica said she had found herself less tolerant 
of 
people who had negative attitudes toward other faiths. Darcus 
Marzett-Hullaby said she felt protective toward the members of 
Al-Inshirah 
and Congregation Beth Torah...

The partnership dates to the fall of 2000 and is one of 17 coordinated 
by 
Kansas City Harmony's Congregational Partners, according to program 
coordinator Janet Moss.

Such partnerships are designed to break down barriers between urban and 
suburban congregations. Though the partner congregations generally 
embark 
on a shared service project, the primary goal is increasing 
understanding 
among the faith communities.

Most of the partnerships match congregations from the same faith but of 
different socioeconomic or cultural backgrounds, Moss said. The 
three-way 
partnership is the only one that matches congregations from three 
faiths: 
Judaism, Islam and Christianity...

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REACHING OUT AT RAMADAN
Kim Vo, San Jose Mercury News, 11/12/03
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/7264249.htm

As the sun sets Sunday, members of the South Bay Islamic Association 
will 
gather for their evening prayer and eat their first meal of the day. 
Seated 
among them will be Catholics and scientists, Buddhists and businessmen, 
and 
others who live in the same community but do not share the same faith.

After the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, as the nation grieved and hateful 
calls filled the Islamic Association's answering machine, Muslim 
leaders 
realized they needed to educate people about their faith. Since then, 
the 
Islamic Association has held bazaars at the Santa Clara fairgrounds and 
open houses at its downtown San Jose mosque.

In an attempt to foster a deeper understanding of Islam, this year the 
mosque has invited people to iftaar, the act of breaking the daylight 
fast. 
Muslims refrain from food, drink and sensual pleasures from sunrise to 
sunset during the holy month of Ramadan...

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil rights group, is 
encouraging the nation's 7 million Muslims to use Islam's holiest month 
to 
enlighten people about the religion. Muslims believe that it was during 
Ramadan -- the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar -- that God 
revealed the Koran to the Prophet Muhammad.

Muslims are reaching out in other ways, too. Some mosques are 
delivering 
Thanksgiving baskets to veterans and the poor. Others are collecting 
cans 
for food banks, said Ibrahim Hooper, who belongs to the council. Not 
only 
is this what Muslims should be doing -- charity is a pillar of Islam -- 
but 
it's a smart move, he said.

It ''lets our neighbors meet actual Muslims, because it's our 
experience 
that prejudice rises from ignorance...''

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TV STATION PULLS U.S. SHOW ON ISLAM
Toronto Star, 11/15/03
http://www.torontostar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&call_pageid=971358637177&c=Article&cid=1068678614401

An American evangelist's television series on Islam in America was 
cancelled by a Toronto television station CTS after the first program 
because Muslims complained his tone and demeanour amounted to 
incitement of 
hatred.

San Antonio-based pastor John Hagee's "tone in his comparison of what 
Christians believe according to the Bible and what Muslims believe 
according to the Qur'an" violated the code of ethics of CTS (Crossroads 
Television Systems), said program manager Rob Sheppard in a letter of 
apology to a Muslim group.

Sheppard told WorldNetDaily he believes Hagee's primary intent was not 
to 
preach from his religious convictions but to incite hatred.

"It was a tonal thing," he said. "You could see what he was trying to 
do by 
his tone and body language.''

It wasn't so much his exact words, Sheppard said, but Hagee's inference 
that Muslims cannot be loyal Americans.

CTS pulled the final two of three programs in the series, titled 
``Islam in 
America," according to Sheppard.

The program manager said his station's actions - a letter of apology to
Muslims and a warning to Hagee's group - was prompted by up to 100 
letters 
of complaint from viewers.

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IMMIGRATION CRACKDOWN SHATTERS MUSLIMS' LIVES
Cam Simpson, Flynn McRoberts and Liz Sly, Chicago Tribune, 11/16/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-0311160374nov16,1,7753684.story

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- The 75 passengers on the Icelandair jet sat 
strapped 
to their seats, cloth bands cinching their arms to their waists for all 
but 
the final descent of the three-leg, 20-hour flight.

Struggling to feed themselves, they spilled rice and meat onto the 
floor of 
the cabin. A trip to the bathroom required the escort of a federal 
agent.

After the plane screeched to a halt in the sweltering July heat, U.S. 
officials herded the men off the jet and onto the soil of their native 
Pakistan. The purpose of the flight: deportation. Why them? Their 
nationality.

Some of the men had been jailed for months before they were tossed out 
of 
America. Some had been convicted of crimes. All had been in the U.S. 
illegally. But the chief reason many were singled out is they were from 
one 
of the Muslim countries targeted by American officials trying to foil 
another Sept. 11...

Four planes filled with deported Pakistanis had preceded Akbar's 
flight, 
starting in June 2002, and one more has followed.

To assess the impact of the immigration crackdown, the Tribune tracked 
passengers on the July flight to the dusty villages and teeming cities 
of 
Pakistan.

Their stories illustrate how the campaign has ruptured families, 
separating 
men from their U.S.-citizen wives and children. They show how the 
government effectively put a premium on catching scofflaws from mostly 
Muslim nations while allowing hundreds of thousands of violators from 
other 
countries, including convicted criminals, to wander free...

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TORN FROM FAMILIES AND JOBS, DEPORTEES FACE BLEAK FUTURE
Flynn McRoberts, Liz Sly and Cam Simpson, Chicago Tribune, 11/17/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-0311170077nov17,1,81373.story

NEW YORK -- Suleman Faqih was jolted awake just before dawn last 
January, 
when federal agents entered his bedroom and stuck a flashlight in his 
face. 
"Get up!" they told him as he lay in bed. "Let's go!"

Bleary-eyed, the 23-year-old complied, pulling on jeans and a sweater. 
The 
agents handcuffed him and led him into the hallway of his family's home 
in 
Queens, where his mother stood in her nightgown. She, too, was cuffed.

As he was taken away from the three-story brick town house he grew up 
in 
after coming to America at the age of 10, Faqih hoped it was all a 
terrible 
case of mistaken identity, that he'd soon be back home. Back to his 
bedroom, with the Aerosmith sticker on the side of his Dell computer. 
Back 
to the cell phone store he and his cousin had just opened on the Upper 
West 
Side.

But Faqih did not go home. In July, after 185 days in jail, he was 
shuffled 
onto a plane filled with other deportees--75 men the Tribune tracked to 
Pakistan to gauge the impact of the Bush administration's post-Sept. 11 
crackdown against illegal immigrants from predominantly Muslim 
nations...

The stories of Faqih and the other men on the July flight to Pakistan 
reflect not only the selective nature of the government's new 
immigration 
initiatives, but the toll they have taken on individuals and 
families...

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SWEPT UP DESPITE HIS ADHERENCE TO THE LAW
Flynn McRoberts, Chicago Tribune, 11/17/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0311170076nov17,1,7753911.story

CHARLOTTE -- Few people appreciate the new realities of homeland 
security 
more than the employees of Worldwide Flight Services. Preparing cargo 
loads 
for airlines flying out of the international airport here, they are on 
the 
front line of the nation's efforts to prevent another terrorist attack.

But they never imagined that effort would sweep up their friend and 
former 
colleague, Raja Saleem.

Jane Hefner, a trainer at Worldwide, shook her head when told recently 
that 
Saleem had been deported to his homeland of Pakistan.

"I hate that," Hefner said in her soft Southern drawl. "I truly believe 
that boy wouldn't have done anything."

To Hefner and Saleem's other co-workers at Worldwide, he was a 
gentleman 
and a hard worker, an employee so expert at their computer system that 
he 
taught his superiors a thing or two.

"I wish there was something we could do to help him," Hefner said. "It 
makes me sick to even hear it. . . . I would hate to go to another 
country 
and be treated the way he was treated here..."

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ASPIRING POLITICIAN AT CENTER OF POLICY
Cam Simpson, Chicago Tribune, 11/16/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0311160375nov16,1,212670.story

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- In less than a year, Kris Kobach went from serving 
on a 
city council in Kansas and teaching law to the inner circle of 
policymaking 
at the Justice Department, where he was a principal architect of one of 
the 
most far-reaching immigration measures since the Sept. 11 attacks.

Now the 37-year-old is back in his hometown of Overland Park, Kan., and 
teaching again at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He's also 
running 
for a Republican nomination to Congress, campaigning on the work he did 
during his 22-month stint for Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft...

Kobach, a law school professor with degrees from Harvard, Yale and 
Oxford, 
won election in the upper-middle-class Kansas City suburb of about 
160,000 
people in April 1999. Within about a year, Kobach ran unsuccessfully in 
the 
GOP primary for the Kansas Senate.

A year after that, in 2001, he resigned his City Council seat to take a 
White House fellowship, a highly competitive, yearlong program for 
professionals with promise. The non-partisan program allows fellows to 
see 
the system from the inside. Alumni include Secretary of State Colin 
Powell...

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IMMIGRANTS REMINDED TO OBTAIN ADVANCED PAROLE BEFORE TRAVELING ABROAD

WASHINGTON, DC - U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) 
reminds 
immigrants to obtain Advanced Parole before traveling abroad.

Advanced Parole (Form I-131-- Application for Travel Document) is 
permission to re-enter the United States after traveling abroad, and 
allows 
for the continuation of processing for an adjustment of status to that 
of 
lawful permanent resident.

Travel outside of the United States without advance parole may have 
severe 
consequences for certain immigrants who are in the process of adjusting 
their status.  Such immigrants may be unable to return to the United 
States 
and their applications may be denied.

The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 
stipulates that immigrants who depart the United States after being 
unlawfully present in the United States for certain periods can be 
barred 
from admission to lawful permanent resident status, even if they have 
obtained Advance Parole.  Those immigrants who have been unlawfully 
present 
in the United States for more than 180 days, but less than one year are 
inadmissible for three years; those who have been unlawfully present 
for a 
year or more are inadmissible for 10 years.  Immigrants, who are 
unlawfully 
present, depart the U.S. and subsequently re-enter under a grant of 
parole, 
may nevertheless be ineligible to adjust their status.

USCIS urges all immigrants with pending applications for adjustment of 
status to consult its National Customer Service Center at 
1-800-375-5283, 
www.uscis.gov, an immigration attorney, or an immigration assistance 
organization accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals before 
making 
any travel plans.

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VANDALISM FEEDS FEARS
Don Thomas, Edmonton Journal, 11/16/03
http://www.canada.com/edmonton/edmontonjournal/story.asp?id=D892033B-00EE-4C92-9298-77ED8739F4FE

EDMONTON - Police, city leaders and members of Edmonton's Islamic 
communities Saturday condemned the repeated vandalism of a south-side 
mosque and appealed for help in finding the culprits.

A brick was hurled through a window at the entrance of the Muslim 
Community 
of Edmonton mosque at 10721 86th Ave. at noon Wednesday. A lone 
worshipper 
saw two men and a woman laugh as they drove off in a small red car and 
then 
circle the block twice before leaving.

In mid-September, the sign in front of the mosque was torn down and 
dumped 
a few blocks away.

Mosque president Usama Al-Shiraida said Saturday the incidents have 
raised 
fear in the mosque, which is a community support centre as well as a 
place 
of worship for 300 to 500 Muslims.

"A lot of people are worried because they feel they are being targeted 
for 
their religious beliefs," he said.

"We have summer schools and Sunday schools in this mosque, and so a lot 
of 
them are afraid for their children as well.

"I can't say with 100-per-cent confidence that these pointless acts 
were 
motivated by hate. However, given the large number of violent acts 
against 
North American Muslim institutions over the last few years, it isn't 
surprising that the majority of our community feels that way."

Edmonton police are investigating and are expected to assign their new 
hate 
crimes unit to the case later this week.

Coun. Michael Phair said it's crucial that Edmontonians do everything 
to 
prevent a repetition.

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TWO HELD IN BIAS ATTACK AGAINST PAKISTANI TEENS
Bryan Virasami, Newsday, 11/17/03
http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/queens/nyc-nyhate173546039nov17.story

A group of Hispanic teenagers, two of them yelling "You're Taliban," 
beat 
up a pair of Pakistani-born brothers after they left their mosque in 
Corona, police said, in what community leaders called the worst 
instance of 
bias-related violence in that area since a flurry of such incidents 
shortly 
after Sept. 11, 2001.

"They said, 'You're Taliban'," said Javad, 17, who suffered a large 
bruise 
below his left eye, a bump on his head and a gash over one eye. His 
brother, Junaid, 16, also required treatment for minor injuries. Both 
were 
treated at Elmhurst Hospital Medical Center and released. They asked 
that 
their last name not be released, saying they feared recrimination...

At first, they thought the slurs they heard were someone's idea of a 
joke. 
But a few minutes later the Hispanic boys who had yelled at them 
returned 
with five of their friends...

Early yesterday, detectives from the Hate Crime Task Force arrested 
Alex 
Batista, 16, of 41-16 12th St. in Long Island City and Ivan Pracido, 
18, of 
40-40 100th St., Corona. Both were charged with hate crime assault and 
aggravated harassment, police said.

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N. VA. GROUP IS BATTLING THE 9/11 BACKLASH
C. Woodrow Irvin, Washington Post, 11/16/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A46626-2003Nov15.html

Early last month, a man stabbed a Muslim woman outside the Springfield 
Plaza shopping center and called her a terrorist. Last weekend, vandals 
painted an anti-Islamic slur on a van owned by one of Northern 
Virginia's 
largest Muslim community organizations.

Muslims are not the only ethnic group in the area experiencing a 
backlash. 
Latinos say they are worried about stricter immigration regulations, 
such 
as a new Virginia law requiring applicants for driver's licenses to 
prove 
that they are in the country legally.

Concerned about such tensions, civic and religious leaders in the 
McLean 
area are trying to start a series of community discussions that they 
hope 
will help ease the anxieties.

The next meeting, scheduled for Dec. 4, is sponsored by the Northern 
Virginia Community Resilience Project, a federally funded program 
started 
after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to help people in the 
Washington area cope.

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MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO KILLING CAB DRIVER
KARE 11, 11/15/03
http://www.kare11.com/news/news-article.asp?NEWS_ID=55114

A man who had been out of prison for less than two months when he shot 
a 
cab driver to death pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Friday.

The killing of 28-year-old Mohamed Ahmed Salah on August 8 prompted an 
outcry from the Somali community and demands for more protections for 
cabbies.

Twenty-five-year-old Salvador Anthony Pacheco of Anoka, expressed no 
emotion during his plea hearing Friday but did say through his attorney 
that his memories about the night of the shooting weren't clear because 
he 
had been drinking and using prescription drugs.

The victim's wife and relatives watched and listened through an 
interpreter 
to the proceedings.

Under a plea agreement, Pacheco will get 27 years and one month in 
prison. 
His formal sentencing before Hennepin County District Judge Tony Leung 
is 
set for December 12...

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BILL'S ACADEMIC INTERFERENCE ANTI-AMERICAN
Daily Bruin, 11/13/03
http://www.dailybruin.ucla.edu/news/articles.asp?id=26303

Academic freedom - the driving concept behind the mission of 
universities - 
is under attack in Congress.

Why? Because apparently universities are unfairly anti-American.

A bill that has garnered little public debate or press coverage would 
call 
for the government to more closely scrutinize international and foreign 
language studies programs at American schools. Having already passed 
unanimously in the House of Representatives, if the bill becomes law it 
would establish a board to monitor these programs, which could be 
threatened with reduced funding if they are determined to be too 
anti-American.

In the post-Sept. 11, 2001 United States, millions of Americans are - 
perhaps understandably - sensitive to criticism of their government and 
its 
policies, especially when such criticism seems unfair. But just because 
government officials, and the powerful lobbyists and donors to whom 
they 
pander, don't like what some professors say about U.S. policy doesn't 
mean 
these officials can impose their will on academia.

The sponsors of the bill say they are defending the United States from 
anti-American ideas. But the idea that the government should play any 
type 
of oversight role in regulating public discourse at universities is 
more 
typical of the Soviet Union than of the United States.

Language changes made to the bill prevent the oversight board from 
"mandating, directing or controlling" the curriculum at universities. 
This 
means the infringement on academic freedom is now less extreme than it 
had 
been. But the bill is still unacceptable.

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A PREPPY WASP'S CONVERSION TO ISLAM
Beth Carney, Boston Globe, 11/16/2003
http://www.boston.com/news/globe/magazine/articles/2003/11/16/seeing_the_light/

Fourth-graders at Milton Academy have just completed a year studying 
the 
Middle East, and they are celebrating with a party. Tables at the 
private 
school are spread with plates of hummus, falafel, and dried fruit. 
Children 
are posing for photos in head scarves and robes. A bazaar has been set 
up 
in a classroom, where guests are encouraged to haggle over the price of 
postcards and tiny souvenir cedar trees.

About a dozen students from the Islamic Academy of New England have 
joined 
the Milton class as part of an exchange. After lunch, a teacher from 
the 
small Muslim school in Sharon, known to his students as Mr. Mahboob, 
leads 
the noon prayer in the gym.

Wearing a long black tunic, a skullcap, and leather socks, the teacher 
goes 
through the ritual of bowing, standing, kneeling, and lowering his 
forehead 
to the floor while praising Allah in Arabic. Behind him, students from 
both 
schools arrange themselves in segregated rows, boys in front of girls, 
and 
try to follow along...

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A MUSLIM SCHOLAR RAISES HACKLES IN FRANCE
Elaine Sciolino, New York Times, 11/16/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/16/international/europe/16RAMA.html

AINT-DENIS, France, Nov. 13 - Of all the Muslim leaders in Europe, 
perhaps 
none has more visibility - and more faces - than Tariq Ramadan.

To many experts on Islam, Mr. Ramadan, a 41-year-old, Swiss-born 
philosophy 
professor, is a respectable scholar who promotes a moderate, tolerant 
version of Islam from his headquarters in Geneva and in his lectures 
around 
the world.

To his Muslim followers in the rough suburbs of France, he is a 
spiritual 
guide whose passionate speeches and cassette tapes inspire them to 
throw 
themselves and their beliefs into Western society like a "bomb," as he 
says 
on one cassette tape, even as he tells them to become model, 
law-abiding 
citizens.

To a number of French intellectuals, he is a dangerous demagogue whose 
words have multiple meanings and are laced with anger and 
anti-Semitism.

"So Who Is Tariq Ramadan?" reads Friday's front-page headline in the 
daily 
tabloid Le Parisien. Below the headline, there is a color photo of a 
pensive Mr. Ramadan, a hand on his bearded chin...

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JUDGE REJECTS SAUDI TERRORIST LINK
Carol D. Leonnig, Washington Post, 11/15/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A42764-2003Nov14.html

Plaintiffs in a massive lawsuit against Saudi leaders have not provided 
compelling evidence that individual members of the Saudi royal family 
knowingly funded al Qaeda's Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a 
federal 
judge ruled yesterday as he dismissed the victims' claims against two 
of 
the desert kingdom's princes.

The $1 trillion lawsuit, filed by more than 900 victims' family members 
and 
some injured firefighters and rescue workers, argued that several Saudi 
leaders and investment organizations helped fund the terrorist attacks 
and 
should be held responsible.

They charged that Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, as Saudi defense 
minister 
and leader of Islamic affairs, funded charities that he knew subsidized 
Osama bin Laden's terrorist organization. They claimed that Prince 
Turki 
al-Faisal, director of the Saudi Department of General Intelligence, 
helped 
the royal family strike a deal to pay bin Laden protection money so he 
would not carry out terrorist strikes inside Saudi Arabia or work to 
bring 
down the Saudi government.

But U.S. District Judge James Robertson ruled that Sultan and Turki 
were 
immune from these specific claims in American courts. He said the 
princes, 
who asked earlier this year to be dismissed from the case, allegedly 
gave 
money to charities such as the International Islamic Relief 
Organization, 
the Muslim World League and the World Assembly of Muslim Youth, in 
their 
official capacity as high-ranking government officials...

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THE COURT AND GUANTÁNAMO
New York Times, 11/17/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/17/opinion/17MON2.html

The Supreme Court took a welcome step when it agreed last week to 
decide 
whether the Guantánamo detainees could challenge their status in 
civilian 
courts. Over the objections of the Bush administration, the justices 
will 
review a lower court's refusal to hear their claims. The Supreme Court 
should hold that the detainees have a right to a legal proceeding to 
challenge their confinement.

Hundreds of detainees have been held at a naval base in Guantánamo Bay, 
Cuba, since their capture in the Afghanistan war, with no idea of when 
they 
will be released. Those who may have been captured in error have had no 
chance to make that case. After more than a year and a half, 16 of the 
detainees are suing. They are not asking for full-blown civilian 
trials, 
but they argue that they should be given a chance to contest their 
detainment before an impartial tribunal.

The administration had urged the Supreme Court not to hear the case, 
arguing that the detainees' status is "constitutionally committed to 
the 
executive branch." The administration contends that the Guantánamo base 
is 
not part of the United States, and it invokes a 1950 Supreme Court 
decision 
holding that federal courts lack jurisdiction over the military 
detention 
of foreigners outside the United States.

When the Supreme Court rules next year, it should vindicate two 
important 
legal principles. First of all, it must send a forceful message that 
the 
detainees have a right to challenge their confinement before a 
tribunal. 
Given the absolute control the United States exerts over the Guantánamo 
naval base, and the terms of the 1903 lease giving it that control, it 
is 
disingenuous for the government to argue that the detainees are outside 
its 
jurisdiction...

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COURT TO RULE ON 'ENEMY COMBATANT' LABEL
LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press, 11/17/03

NEW YORK (AP) - A federal appeals judge said Monday it would be ``a sea 
change'' in the Constitution to allow the Bush administration to 
designate 
a U.S. citizen suspected in an alleged dirty bomb plot as an enemy 
combatant.

In a critical showdown between the government and civil rights lawyers, 
two 
members of a three-judge federal panel seemed hesitant to embrace the 
government's reasoning for why Jose Padilla, 33, should be held 
indefinitely without access to a lawyer and without being charged…

Judge Barrington D. Parker Jr. said he believed the power to designate 
a 
U.S. citizen as an enemy combatant rested with Congress, rather than 
the 
president.

Giving such power to the executive branch with only limited review by 
the 
courts, he said, would be ``a sea change in the constitutional life of 
this 
country and ... unprecedented in civilized society.''

Said Judge Rosemary S. Pooler, another member of the panel: ``If, in 
fact, 
the battlefield is the United States, I think Congress has to say that, 
and 
I don't think they have yet.'' Later, she added, ``As terrible as 9/11 
was, 
it didn't repeal the Constitution…''

The judges weren't expected to issue their ruling for weeks if not 
longer. 
While two of three judges expressed doubts about the government's 
arguments, they could still opt to refer the case to another court, as 
Wesley suggested.

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EX-SECURITY CHIEFS TURN ON SHARON
Molly Moore, Washington Post, 11/15/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A42821-2003Nov14.html

JERUSALEM -- Four former chiefs of Israel's powerful domestic security 
service said in an interview published Friday that the government's 
actions 
and policies during the three-year-old Palestinian uprising have 
gravely 
damaged the country and its people.

The four, who variously headed the Shin Bet security agency from 1980 
to 
2000 under governments that spanned the political spectrum, said that 
Israel must end its occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, that 
the 
government should recognize that no peace agreement can be reached 
without 
the involvement of the Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, and that it 
must 
stop what one called the immoral treatment of Palestinians.

"We must once and for all admit that there is another side, that it has 
feelings and that it is suffering, and that we are behaving 
disgracefully," 
said Avraham Shalom, who headed the security service from 1980 until 
1986. 
"Yes, there is no other word for it: disgracefully. . . . We have 
turned 
into a people of petty fighters using the wrong tools."

The statements to Israel's largest-circulation Hebrew-language daily 
newspaper, Yedioth Aharonoth, added to recent public criticism of Prime 
Minister Ariel Sharon by Israeli political, military and civic leaders 
for 
his failure to stop terrorism or negotiate peace as the uprising enters 
its 
fourth year.

Members of the Sharon government said they would not comment directly 
on 
the statements...

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CAIR
Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
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Tel: 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726
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Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2003 14:22:41 -0500
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Subject: CAIR-NET: Only 6 Days Left to Register for CAIR's DC Dinner

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR ACTION ALERT #405

ONLY 6 DAYS LEFT TO REGISTER FOR CAIR'S DC DINNER
Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich to offer keynote speech

WHY ATTEND CAIR'S DINNER?

* Attacks on Muslims and Islam are multiplying daily
* Civil and religious rights are under attack as never before
* Muslims must support their institutions	
* CAIR is one of the last lines of defense for your rights
* Your children and their children must be able to practice their faith

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/18/2003) - Registration for CAIR's Ninth Annual 
Fundraising Dinner on November 29th in Washington, D.C., closes after 
next 
Monday. (CAIR's dinners have often been sold out in the past, so ACT 
NOW to 
reserve your place.)  The dinner, with the theme "Muslims in America: A 
Defining Moment," features presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich as 
the 
keynote speaker.

Other featured speakers include Rep. Nick J. Rahall II (D-WV), Imam 
Siraj 
Wahhaj, CAIR Board Chairman Omar Ahmad, Rafael Narbaez, and comedian 
Azhar 
Usman. The dinner will also include presentations of the CAIR 2003 
Islamic 
Community Service Awards.

WHERE: Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons 
Corner/Vienna, VA
COST: Tickets: $55/$85 per couple R.S.V.P. by Nov. 24, 2003
No children please. (Limited babysitting with prior notice only - $10 
per 
child.)

For more information, call 202-488-8787 or e-mail: 
register@cair-net.org

ACTION REQUESTED:

REGISTER FOR CAIR'S DINNER BY GOING TO:
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/2003dinner.asp

Those who prefer mail-in registration may fill out the form below and 
send 
it to: FAX - 202-488-0833  E-MAIL - register@cair-net.org

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____ YES, I will attend. Enclosed is my check, payable to CAIR, in the 
amount of $______ for _____ seats.

___ SORRY, I will not be able to attend. But I would like to support 
CAIR's 
important work defending the image of Islam and the rights of Muslims 
by 
sending a donation of $______.  (Kindly reply by November 24, 2003.)

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 11/18/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: INTENTIONS
* SUPPORT CAIR'S $1 MILLION DURING RAMADAN CAMPAIGN
  	- Register online for CAIR's DC Dinner 11/29
* SAMPLE EID NEWS RELEASE FOR USE BY LOCAL COMMUNITIES
	- CAIR-CAN Offers Islam Awareness Course
* MUSLIM EXODUS UNRAVELS TIGHTKNIT ENCLAVES (Chicago Trib)
* NEW ISLAMIC STUDIES PROGRAM INAUGURATED (Daily Stanford)
	- Dept. Looks For Professor to Teach Islam (Nebraskan)
* MD MOSQUE TO WELCOME THE PUBLIC (Herald-Mail)
* 'RAMADAN HAS BRIMMED WITH BLOOD' (Washington Post)
* PATRIOT ACT USURPS AMERICANS' LIBERTIES (News Journal)
	- U.S. PATRIOT Act Affects Library Policies (The Penn)
	- Patriot Act Becomes Frighteningly Real (Tennessean)
	- Blues, Aetna Help Hunt Terrorists (Detroit News)
* ISRAELI ARMY ENGAGED IN FIGHT OVER ITS SOUL (Wash. Post)
* AMERICANS TURN TIKRIT INTO IRAQ'S OWN WEST BANK (Indep.)
	- US's 'Iron Hammer' Code Name Used By Nazis (Reuters)
* THREAT TO RESCIND MOSQUE PERMIT IN FRANCE (AFP)
* CHICAGO MUSLIMS HOST ANNUAL RAMADAN INTERFAITH IFTAR
* D.C. MUSLIMS SERVE HOMELESS (MSW)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: INTENTIONS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Every action is based 
on 
the intention (behind it), and everyone shall have what he intended."

Fiqh-us-Sunnah, 1.27A

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SUPPORT CAIR'S $1 MILLION DURING RAMADAN CAMPAIGN

Donate generously to the campaign. To donate online, go to: 
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/millionforislam.asp (NOTE: Scholars says 
CAIR 
is able to receive ZAKAT donations.)

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REGISTER ONLINE FOR CAIR'S DC DINNER 11/29

Registration is now available online for CAIR's Ninth Annual 
Fundraising 
Dinner on November 29th (the weekend after Eid ul-Fitr) in Washington, 
D.C. 
The dinner, with the theme "Muslims in America: A Defining Moment," 
will 
feature presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich as one of its main 
speakers.

REGISTER FOR CAIR'S DINNER BY GOING TO:
https://www.cair-net.org/2003dinner-register.asp

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SAMPLE EID NEWS RELEASE FOR USE BY LOCAL COMMUNITIES

ACTION REQUESTED: Modify the materials below for distribution to local 
media outlets. Make sure to send a copy to the main daily newspaper 
"city 
desk," TV station "assignment desk," radio station "news director," and 
Associated Press local bureau "daybook editor." Call each outlet to 
obtain 
contact information.

SEE ALSO: "CAIR RAMADAN 2003 PUBLICITY KIT"
http://www.cair-net.org/ramkit/

SEND COPIES of local media advisories to CAIR at: cair@cair-net.org

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

[Insert Your Local Organization Name and Address Here]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE								

				- MEDIA ADVISORY -

LOCAL MUSLIMS MARK END OF RAMADAN WITH PRAYERS, BAZAAR

WHAT: On November 25, 2003 (date may vary, see below), the Muslim 
community 
in [insert name of city or area] will celebrate the end of the 
month-long 
fast of Ramadan with communal prayers and a multicultural bazaar. 
(Ramadan 
is the month on the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain 
from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from break-of-dawn to 
sunset.)
		
The prayers mark the beginning of the Eid ul-Fitr (EED-al-FITTER) 
holiday, 
in which Muslims exchange social visits and seek to strengthen bonds of 
brotherhood. During this holiday, Muslims greet each other by saying 
"Eid 
mubarak" (EED-moo-BAR-ak), or "blessed Eid," and "taqabbalallah 
ta'atakum," 
or "may God accept your deeds."
		
The multicultural bazaar will feature games for children, Islamic 
books, 
and food and clothing from around the Muslim world. The bazaar is free 
and 
open to the public. People of all faiths are encouraged to attend and 
sample the diversity of Islamic culture. (NOTE - There are [insert 
estimate 
of local Muslim population] Muslims in [insert city or area].)

WHEN: November 25, 2003 (*Because Ramadan is a lunar month, the actual 
date 
is governed by sighting of the new moon. Eid could occur on December 
5th if 
the new moon is seen on the night of the 4th.) Prayers are held early 
in 
the morning. Ask local coordinators for exact dates and times.
	
Community gathers at ____ a.m.
Prayers begin at ____ a.m.
Bazaar opens at ____ a.m. and lasts until ____ p.m.

WHERE:	Prayers - Address:
		Bazaar - Address:

CONTACT: For more information, call _________________ at ______________
(not for publication), or call _____________________ at ______________ 
(for 
publication).

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Each year, Muslims from America and many different 
countries come to the prayers in the colorful dress. The prayers 
themselves 
are quite visual, with worshipers arranged in neat rows and bowing in 
prayer in unison. Participants exchange embraces at the conclusion of 
the 
prayers.

NOTE: Because this is a religious service, reporters and photographers 
of 
both sexes should dress modestly. That means no shorts for men or short 
skirts for women. Some communities may ask female reporters and 
photographers to put a scarf over their hair while in the actual prayer 
area. Photographers should arrive early to get into position for the 
best 
shots. Photographers are also advised not to step directly in front of 
worshipers and to seek permission for close-up shots. Shots of shoes 
removed for prayer, and rear-angle shots of prostrating worshipers, are 
considered inappropriate.

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CAIR-CAN OFFERS ISLAM AWARENESS COURSE TO STAFF AT FRENCH SCHOOL
Teacher: Muslim women "can't go out, swim, talk on the phone, choose a 
husband" and can be "burned" if she disobeys her family

(OTTAWA, CANADA - 18/11/2003) - Alhamdulillah (to God belongs all 
praise), 
CAIR-CAN has offered a sensitization course on Islam to all teachers at 
an 
Ottawa French elementary school after a teacher misinformed her class 
about 
women in Islam.

During a dictation in class entitled "Le Calife de Baghdad," the 
teacher in 
question spoke to the class about the mistreatment of Muslim Women in 
the 
Islamic faith. Specifically, she mentioned that women in Islam are not 
allowed to go out, swim, talk on the phone, listen to the radio, watch 
television or say no to their husbands or their husband's family. 
Moreover, 
she indicated that if a Muslim woman does anything bad or disobeys her 
husband or family, she gets whipped or burned, that she does not have 
the 
right to divorce, and that if a man wishes to marry a Muslim girl, she 
is 
obligated to accept.

CAIR-CAN intervened, together with a parent of the Muslim child. The 
school 
offered the child an apology, invited CAIR-CAN Chair Sheema Khan to 
deliver 
a presentation on Islam and Muslim practices to all the staff at the 
school 
and permitted a Muslim teacher to speak to the class and remedy the 
misconceptions presented regarding Muslim women.

In a special thank you to CAIR-CAN, the parent wrote: "Thanks to 
CAIR-CAN's 
professional advice, commitment and support, we were able to clarify 
misconceptions and provide more accurate information of Islam and 
Muslims. 
The indispensable guidance CAIR-CAN provided clearly solidified our 
position and developed a more fluid dialogue with the school 
system....Once 
again, thank you CAIR-CAN for your dedication and remarkable work!"

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MUSLIM EXODUS FROM U.S. UNRAVELS TIGHTKNIT ENCLAVES
Flynn McRoberts, Chicago Tribune, 11/18/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-0311180129nov18,1,7819222.story

On the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Shakeel Ahmed loaded 
his 
wife and five children into the family's green 1994 Mercury mini-van, 
their 
years in America reduced to a pair of cardboard boxes stuffed with 
children's clothes.

The rest they left behind: a television, furniture, pots and pans, 
blankets 
and pillows. Ahmed figured he had little time to waste because word had 
spread through the sweet shops and mosques around Devon Avenue, the 
heart 
of Chicago's South Asian community, that the federal government was 
deporting illegal immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries.

As he drove down Devon for the last time, Ahmed's thoughts turned to a 
cabdriver friend who had left with his family just two days before. 
Another 
companion they'd played cricket with in Washington Park had left months 
earlier.

Now it was his turn...

But the targeting of men from Muslim countries in the aftermath of the 
Sept. 11 attacks affected more than just the men who were deported and 
their families. It sent aftershocks rumbling through the American 
neighborhoods where they lived and, in many cases, thrived...

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NEW ISLAMIC STUDIES PROGRAM INAUGURATED
Albert Chiou, Daily Stanford, 11/18/03
http://daily.stanford.edu/tempo?page=content&id=12444&repository=0001_article

Amidst growing violence, tension and intolerance on an international 
level, 
the Muslim world must choose between reformation, restoration or 
reinterpretation, according to a lecture given yesterday by John 
Esposito, 
a professor of Religious and International Affairs at Georgetown 
University 
and the chair of Georgetown's Center for the Study of Islam and 
Democracy. 
The talk was the inaugural lecture for the new Abbasi Program in 
Islamic 
Studies.

The program, the result of a post-Sept. 11 surge of student demand for 
courses about the Muslim world, seeks to expand Stanford's curriculum 
in 
Islamic Studies, though it will not grant degrees. It will also sponsor 
research, academic conferences and public lectures, like the one given 
by 
Esposito.

Esposito also spoke about a change in attitude toward Islam and the 
West's 
growing fascination with the Muslim world.

"Thirty years ago when we talked about Islam, it was out there," he 
said. 
"There was the Western world and there was Islam. Look at the 
difference 
between then and now."

Esposito's lecture, entitled "The Future of Islam," was given in front 
of a 
full house in Tresidder Union's Oak Lounge...

ALSO SEE:

DEPARTMENT LOOKS FOR PROFESSOR TO BRING KNOWLEDGE OF ISLAM
Krystal Overmyer, Daily Nebraskan, 11/18/03
http://www.dailynebraskan.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/11/18/3fb9a9724aaf6

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is on the lookout for a religions 
professor with expertise in Islam, hoping to capture student and public 
interest in Islamic studies and other religions since Sept. 11, 2001.

The professor, who hopefully would begin teaching in fall 2004, would 
bring 
more breadth to the Judeo-Christian coursework dominating the 
Department of 
Classics and Religious Studies, said Sidnie Crawford, professor and 
chairwoman of the department...

A search committee will begin informally interviewing about 50 
applicants 
in late November and likely will bring two to five candidates for 
on-campus 
interviews in January, she said.

Crawford said the department had seen an influx of students in the past 
three or four years. The history department's History of Islam course, 
offered through the religious studies minor, is consistently full, she 
said. And Crawford's own Judaism, Christianity and Islam course, 
offered 
for the first time this fall, filled immediately, she said...

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MOSQUE TO WELCOME THE PUBLIC
Marlo Barnhart, Herald-mail, 11/18/03
http://www.herald-mail.com/?module=displaystory&story_id=67371&format=html

The blessings of Ramadan will be shared with people of all faiths when 
The 
Islamic Society of Western Maryland opens its mosque to the general 
public 
Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.

"It is a time of obedience and respect for Allah and also for personal 
reflection," said Dr. Shahab Siddiqui, a Hagerstown physician and one 
of 
the organizers of the open house.

Food will be served, so those who plan to attend are encouraged to call 
ahead so organizers can make sure there will be enough.

Ramadan is a month-long opportunity for spiritual enhancement and soul 
redemption within the Islamic community. Part of the observance calls 
for 
fasting - no food or water - during daylight hours...

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RAMADAN: A TIME FOR REFLECTION OR FOR DESTRUCTION?
Richard Leiby, Washington Post, 11/18/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A54667-2003Nov17.html

"I saw heads flung far from motionless bodies, eyes plucked from their 
sockets, corpses trampled in the dust. . . .What flames of vengeance 
flickered over these corpses! How men's hearts rejoiced at this hideous 
spectacle!"

So reported a Muslim scribe after a great military victory over the 
Christian Crusaders near the end of the month of Ramadan. It was 1187 
and 
both sides were joined in a holy war that spanned centuries; this time 
the 
sultan Saladin wiped out the Frankish army and went on to reclaim 
Jerusalem 
for Islam.

That triumph over what Muslims considered an infidel occupation force 
still 
resonates among extremists like Osama bin Laden, whose communiques 
suggest 
that he's reliving the Crusades. And in light of recent bombings linked 
to 
al Qaeda and rising attacks against coalition troops in Iraq since 
Ramadan 
began there on Oct. 27, some scholars, military and terrorism experts 
see 
signs of what they call a Ramadan offensive -- an effort by radicals to 
parlay a heightened atmosphere of religious zeal into violence.

The last 10 days of Ramadan -- the holiest period, a period of 
seclusion 
and reflection -- began Saturday. "Religious sentiments are most 
intense 
during that last 10 days, and when someone wants to exploit it, that is 
the 
best time to do it," says Seyyed Hossein Nasr, an Iranian-born 
professor of 
Islamic studies at George Washington University...

COMMENTS MAY BE SENT TO: letters@washpost.com
COPY TO: leibyr@washpost.com, cair@cair-net.org

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PATRIOT ACT: IT SOUNDS NICE, BUT IT USURPS AMERICANS' LIBERTIES
http://www.news-journal.com/news/newsfd/auto/feed/news/2003/11/16/1069041663.27404.1014.0746.html

You likely know it as the USA Patriot Act. Given the eloquence of the 
full 
name and the catchiness of the acronym, who could be against such a 
law?

Well how about Robert K. Corbin, the former president of the National 
Rifle 
Association?

He's just one of many conservatives aligned with others ranging from 
the 
American Civil Liberties Union to lawmakers on both sides of the 
political 
fence who decry the impact of the Patriot Act on all Americans' civil 
liberties.

Attorney General Robert Ashcroft has mounted an effort to bolster 
support 
for the law he sought in the weeks after Sept. 11. His pitch: "We have 
used 
these tools to provide the security that insures liberty."

But a growing chorus of voices from all sections of the political choir 
have begun to question whether the Patriot Act diminishes our liberties 
more than it secures them...

ALSO SEE:

U.S. PATRIOT ACT AFFECTS LIBRARY POLICIES
Ashley Gurbal, The Penn, 11/17/03
http://www.thepenn.org/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/11/17/3fb8eb25e78bd

The effects of the terrorist attacks Sept. 11, 2001, have prompted new 
policies at Stapleton Library.

The legislation brought about by the attacks, The Uniting and 
Strengthening 
America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and 
Obstruct 
Terrorism (USA PATRIOT) Act, was signed into law Oct. 26, 2001. The 
131-page document aims to make it easier for law enforcement officials 
to 
obtain any information necessary to prevent terrorism.

"If the FBI suspected a library user of being engaged in terrorist 
activities, they can request the information of what they've borrowed, 
but 
we don't have that data here," said Liz Evans, associate dean of the 
university library. "That data is housed at the electronic database 
server 
in Shippensburg."

Stapleton Library staff has a policy that they must adhere to, should 
intelligence officials request information...

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A KNOCK AT THE DOOR, AND PATRIOT ACT BECOMES FRIGHTENINGLY REAL
Dwight Lewis, Tennessean, 11/17/03
http://www.tennessean.com/opinion/columnists/lewis/archives/03/11/42564634.shtml?Element_ID=42564634

The feds came with a subpoena:

It told Mary Lieberman that she would appear in U.S. District Court in 
Knoxville Nov. 17, 2002, with all of her files on her Iraqi-born 
clients, 
containing names, addresses, telephone numbers and all personal 
information.

It was a year ago tomorrow, and it was a day Mary Lieberman, executive 
director of Bridge Refugee & Sponsorship Services in Knoxville, will 
never 
forget.

''They wanted everything about everybody,'' Lieberman told me over the 
telephone Thursday afternoon from her Knoxville office. ''I think 
anybody 
who received a subpoena like that would look at it twice and bonk 
themselves on the head a few times and try to remember what country 
they 
lived in, and that's kind of what I did.''

The files the government wanted under the USA Patriot Act covered a 
wide 
range of personal things, Lieberman said. Her organization is an 
ecumenical, nonprofit group that helps refugees and people who have 
been 
granted asylum become and stay self-sufficient...

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BLUES, AETNA HELP HUNT TERRORISTS
Amy Lee, Detroit News, 11/16/03
http://www.detnews.com/2003/metro/0311/16/a01-326428.htm

Two giant health insurers -- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and 
Aetna 
-- have scoured the records of millions of patients, employees and 
health 
care providers in search of terrorists.

Company representatives said the Blues have checked 6 million Michigan 
files and Aetna has checked 13 million nationwide, including 18,000 in 
Michigan.

The insurers said they were required by the U.S. government to search 
their 
massive databases. "I wouldn't say we were asked. We are legally 
obligated 
to look to see whether we are somehow receiving any transaction of 
goods 
and services" with a suspected terrorist, said Blues spokeswoman Helen 
Stojic.

The government, however, says that's not true: All the government 
demands 
is that companies don't do business with terrorists.

Since last spring, the Blues' computers have spit out the names of 
about 
6,000 Michigan residents who matched names, addresses or other keywords 
on 
the federal government's list of terror suspects...

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ISRAELI ARMY ENGAGED IN FIGHT OVER ITS SOUL
Molly Moore, Washington Post, 11/18/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A54448-2003Nov17.html

JERUSALEM -- The hunt for suspected militants sent Sgt. Lirom Hakkak 
bashing his way through a wall into a Palestinian family's threadbare 
living room, his slender frame sweating under nearly 35 pounds of body 
armor and combat gear, his M-16 rifle ready.

He noticed the grandmother first, her creased face so blanched with 
terror 
that she appeared on the verge of collapse. A middle-aged couple 
huddled 
close by, trembling.

"They could be my parents," Hakkak, the 22-year-old son of an Israeli 
poet, 
recalled thinking. In that split second of recognition, he said, "you 
really feel disgusting. You see these people and you know the majority 
of 
them are innocent and you're taking away their rights. You also know 
you 
must do it."

With the Israel Defense Forces in the fourth year of battle with the 
Palestinians, the most dominant institution in Israeli society is also 
embroiled in a struggle over its own character, according to dozens of 
interviews with soldiers, officers, reservists and some of the nation's 
preeminent military analysts.

Officers and soldiers have begun publicly criticizing specific tactics 
that 
they consider dehumanizing to both their own troops and Palestinians. 
And 
while they do not question the need to prevent terrorist acts against 
Israelis, military officials and soldiers are speaking out with 
increasing 
frequency against a strategy that they say has forsaken negotiation and 
relied almost exclusively on military force to address the conflict...

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AMERICANS TURN TIKRIT INTO IRAQ'S OWN WEST BANK
Phil Reeves, Independent, 11/18/03
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=464771

It is the West Bank and Gaza Strip, but transported to Iraq. A town is 
imprisoned by razor wire. The entrance is guarded by soldiers, 
protected by 
sand bags, concrete barricades and a machine-gun nest.

Only those people with an identification card issued by the occupation 
authorities are allowed in or, more importantly, out.

"Hey, this is just like Gaza, isn't it?" a fiery-eyed young Iraqi 
policeman 
shouted at us from behind the chest-high, three-layer wire coils which 
separate his home from the rest of the surrounding dead-flat Iraqi 
landscape, Sunni Triangle heartland. "We're not happy. Not happy!"

This is Awja, the wealthy enclave outside Tikrit where Saddam Hussein 
grew 
up. It has long been a centre of pro-Saddam, anti-American sentiments, 
home 
to the ousted dictator's closest tribesmen, his cronies and his 
relatives. 
The United States military says it is also the source of persistent 
violent 
insurgency.

The Americans, accompanied by selected journalists and cameramen, have 
been 
conducting dozens of operations in the past few days, mounting 
house-to-house raids, and firing off several 500lb satellite-guided 
missiles in an effort to show the world and the guerrillas that they 
are 
now getting tough...

ALSO SEE:

US'S 'IRON HAMMER' CODE NAME 1ST USED BY NAZIS
Reuters, 11/18/03	
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/military/20031118-0917-iraq-hammer.html

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military's code name for a crackdown on 
resistance in 
Iraq was also used by the Nazis for an aborted operation to damage the 
Soviet power grid during World War Two.

"Operation Iron Hammer" this week launched the 1st Armored Division's 
3rd 
Brigade into the roughest parts of Baghdad to ferret out the attackers 
who 
have killed scores of U.S. troops since Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was 
ousted in April.

A Pentagon official said the name was chosen because of the "Old 
Ironsides" 
nickname of the 1st Armored Division. He was unaware of any connection 
to 
any Nazi operation.

"Eisenhammer," the German for "iron hammer," was a Luftwaffe code name 
for 
a plan to destroy Soviet generating plants in the Moscow and Gorky 
areas in 
1943, according to Universal Lexikon on the www.infobitte.de Web site.

A researcher at Britain's Imperial War Museum confirmed the existence 
of 
Eisenhammer...

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THREAT TO RESCIND MOSQUE PERMIT IN STRASBOURG
Agence France Presse, 11/18/03

The authorities in Strasbourg, eastern France, have threatened to 
rescind a 
building permit for a new city mosque if Muslim leaders there fail to 
fulfil a number of "republican" principles.

In a letter sent last week authorising the mosque's construction, the 
city 
hall said these principles include the use of the French language for 
preaching, a tough stand against delinquency among Arab immigrants and 
a 
liberal position on the Islamic headscarf.

"We don't want to block things, but we want our principles to be 
respected," Robert Grossman, deputy mayor of Strasbourg from the 
centre-right UMP party of President Jacques Chirac told AFP Tuesday.

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CHICAGO MUSLIMS HOST ANNUAL RAMADAN INTER-FAITH IFTAR

The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIO), an 
umbrella 
organization representing over 400,000 Muslims throughout Chicagoland, 
will 
host its annual inter-faith Iftar (breaking of fast) on Wednesday, 
November 
19, 2003 at 4:00 PM at the Islamic Cultural Center in Northbrook, 
Illinois.

Attendees will include leaders and representatives of Chicago's diverse 
religions including the Muslim, Catholic, Protestant and Jewish 
communities. The Iftar and associated Muslim Maghrib (sunset) prayer 
will 
be followed by dinner and the main program, including featured 
speeches.

A featured event will be the presentation of the CIO's Excellence in 
Citizenry award to Mohammed Hussain.  Mr. Hussain is a Chicago Muslim 
who 
received great acclaim in the national media for returning over 
$230,000.00 
in designer jewelry accidentally left in his taxicab to its rightful 
owner.

Contact: Farhan Younus, Esq., Chair, Media Relations Committee, 
fyounus@ciogc.org, Ph. 630-926-5566

NOTE: ATTENDANCE IS BY INVITATION ONLY

PLEASE CONTACT: Farhan Younus, fyounus@ciogc.org, Ph. 630-926-5566

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D.C. MUSLIMS CALL ON MUSLIMS TO SERVE DURING THE MONTH OF RAMADAN

WHAT: The Muslim Society of Washington, DC is encouraging Muslims to 
join 
us in an effort to provide dinner for homeless women in the Washington, 
DC 
metropolitan area. Last year Rev. Graylan Hagler, Pastor of The 
Plymouth 
Congregational Church and Imam Johari Abdul Malik, Muslim Chaplain of 
Howard University and Director of Outreach for Dar Al Hijrah Islamic 
Center 
joined together, in an interfaith service to the needy, Muslims and 
Christians during the month of Ramadan and leading up to Thanksgiving. 
This 
year the partnership will continue at the First Congregational Church 
in 
downtown Washington, DC.

We are strongly encouraging Muslims to volunteer in this program. This 
is 
an opportunity for Muslims to meet the objective of Ramadan by serving 
the 
community in need. Muslims are invited to break fast and have Iftar at 
the 
center.

WHERE: 10 & G St, NW (Next to the MLK library) in the basement of the 
church. Convenient to the Gallery Place Metro Station (Red, Green and 
Yellow line)

Volunteers should enter facilities through rear parking lot.
For more information please contact:
First Congregational Church dinner hotline at 202- 737- 9311
or visit www.mswdc.org

CONTACT PERSON:

Imam Johari email Imamjohari@mswdc.org or telephone 202-345-5233
*The Dinner Program occurs Sunday through Thursday every week.
Those who wish to prepare food please arrive at 3pm
Those who wish to serve please arrive at 5pm

** Children are welcome to attend.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

SUPPORT CAIR'S $1 MILLION DURING RAMADAN CAMPAIGN
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/millionforislam.asp
Scholars says CAIR is able to receive ZAKAT donations.

REGISTER ONLINE FOR CAIR'S DC DINNER 11/29
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CAIR ACTION ALERT #406

ASK DR. LAURA TO APOLOGIZE FOR 'ANTI-MUSLIM TIRADE'
Dr. Laura: 'This is a class on morals…What is the point of going to a 
mosque?'

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/19/2003) - CAIR today called on 
nationally-syndicated 
radio talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger to apologize for an 
"anti-Muslim tirade" on her November 17th program. ("Dr. Laura's" radio 
program is heard by 12 million listeners on some 270 stations 
nationwide.) 
Muslims who contacted CAIR said Schlessinger's remarks crossed the line 
from legitimate commentary on terrorism to Islamophobic bigotry.

The offensive comments came in response to a mother who asked whether 
her 
16-year-old daughter should take part in a Catholic High School class 
field 
trip to a local mosque. The purpose of the field trip was to have the 
students in a "moral themes" class learn how "Muslims are treated" in 
America.

Schlessinger said in her response: "This is a class on morals. What is 
the 
point of going to a mosque?...You're joking of course…How many 
Americans 
have tortured and murdered Muslims…I think you ought to stand up 
against 
this class and this teacher. This is despicable. You tell him you are 
willing to go to the mosque only if it is one that has done its best to 
route out terrorists in its midst…instead of complaining…I am horrified 
that you would let her go…I am so sick and tired of all the 
Arab-American 
groups whining and complaining about some kind of treatment…What 
culture 
and what religion were all the murderers of 9/11…they murdered 
us….That's 
the culture you want your daughter to learn about?"

(To listen to Schlessinger's response, go to: 
http://www.drlaura.com/listen/ Click on November 17, and then on "Dr. 
Laura 
9." There is a charge for access.)

"Dr. Laura's anti-Muslim tirade demonstrates a level of hostility 
toward 
Islam that should be of concern to her program's audience and 
sponsors," 
said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. "It has been our 
experience that one-on-one interactions with ordinary American Muslims 
are 
the best way to dispel Islamophobic stereotypes and promote religious 
tolerance. It is a pity that Dr. Laura would interfere with that 
learning 
process by dissuading a student from visiting a mosque."

Hooper noted that Schlessinger also confused Arab-Americans and Muslims 
in 
her comments. (Many Arab-Americans are Christian.)

In 2002, CAIR sent a letter to Schlessinger asking for a clarification 
of 
her on-air claim that there is a "Muslim plan" to take over the world. 
When 
Schlessinger's extremist views have been confronted in the past, she 
has 
often responded by attacking the source of the challenge, instead of 
dealing with the substance of the complaints.

ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE. Hostile comments WILL be used 
to 
further defame Islam and Muslims.)

Contact Dr. Laura to ask that she apologize for her remarks and engage 
the 
American Muslim community in a positive dialogue.

CONTACT:

Dr. Laura Schlessinger
15260 Ventura Blvd, Suite 500
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403-5307

TEL: 818-461-5403
FAX: 818-461-5440
E-MAIL: manton@premiereradio.com
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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 11/19/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: A WISE PROPHET
* SUPPORT CAIR'S $1 MILLION DURING RAMADAN CAMPAIGN
         - Register online for CAIR's DC Dinner 11/29
* INCITEMENT WATCH: IS CARTOON VEILED ATTACK ON ISLAM?
* THANK CHICAGO TRIBUNE FOR SERIES ON MUSLIMS
         - United Agrees to Civil Rights Training (Reuters)
* SEATTLE MUSLIMS HOLD IFTAR TO SUPPORT CAPT. YEE
         - Capt. Yee: A Family's Ordeal (Olympian)
* NASHVILLE CHRISTIANS 'REVERT' TO ISLAM (Nashville Scene)
* U.S. MUSLIMS ARE BEING HEARD BY BUSINESSES (Orlando Sentinel)
         - More Muslim Candidates May Run in U.S. (AP)
* 'ENEMY COMBATANT' SHAM (NY Times)
         - Meanwhile 4,000 Miles Away In Guantanamo (Indep.)
* GROUPS AIR WORRIES ABOUT CIVIL LIBERTIES (Atlanta Journal)
* PROTEST OVER REGISTRATION (Newsday)
* 9/11 AND THE ISRAELI CONNECTION (iuniverse.com)
         - School Expels Student for Embracing Islam (Islamonline)
* GIS RAZING HOMES OF SUSPECTED IRAQI INSURGENTS (KRT)
* NEWSDAY QUEENS PROFILE: JAWED ANWAR (NY Newsday)
* ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF BALTIMORE HOSTS FAMILY EID EVENT
* DC-AREA MUSLIMS TO MARK END OF RAMADAN WITH PRAYERS

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HADITH OF THE DAY: A WISE PROPHET

A man once came the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) distraught 
because 
he had intentionally broken his Ramadan fast. The Prophet asked him: 
"Is it 
possible for you to feed 60 poor people (to make up for breaking the 
fast)?" The man said he was too poor. The Prophet then told him to sit, 
and 
a basket of dates was brought out. The Prophet said to the man: "Give 
this 
in charity." The man said: "To someone poorer than us? There is no 
family 
in this city poorer than mine!" The Prophet laughed until his molars 
could 
be seen and said: "Go and feed your family with it."

Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 3, Number 139E

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Donate generously to the campaign. To donate online, go to: 
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CAIR 
is able to receive ZAKAT donations.)

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REGISTER ONLINE FOR CAIR'S DC DINNER 11/29

Registration is now available online for CAIR's Ninth Annual 
Fundraising 
Dinner on November 29th (the weekend after Eid ul-Fitr) in Washington, 
D.C. 
The dinner, with the theme "Muslims in America: A Defining Moment," 
will 
feature presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich as one of its main 
speakers.

REGISTER FOR CAIR'S DINNER BY GOING TO:
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INCITEMENT WATCH: IS CARTOON VEILED ATTACK ON ISLAM?
http://www.creators.com/comics_show.cfm?next=8&ComicName=bc

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is calling on 
syndicated 
cartoonist Johnny Hart to clarify the content of his November 10 "B.C." 
comic strip. That strip shows a stone-age character making what appears 
to 
be veiled and overt negative references to the Muslim world or Islam. 
("B.C." is carried by more than 1300 newspapers worldwide. The comic 
strip 
has more than 100 million readers.)

In the beginning of the strip, one character is seen walking toward an 
outhouse with the crescent symbol on it. There is also a crescent in 
the 
sky. (The crescent moon has come to be a symbol for Islam.) Next, the 
words 
"SLAM" appear. In the following panel, the character is inside the 
outhouse 
and he says "Is it me, or does it stink in here?"

Hart is no stranger to controversy. The cartoonist, who describes 
himself 
as a "professing Christian," has been quoted as saying that America was 
founded as a "Christian nation." (Editor & Publisher, 4/13/96) His 
comic 
strip frequently carries a proselytizing message. SEE: 
http://www.wghsuccess.com/

In 1996, Los Angeles Times editors temporarily moved the strip to the 
religion page because of its overtly religious content. A Times editor 
wrote in explanation of the move: "While we respect affirmations of 
personal religious faith, we are also aware that aggressively urging 
such 
affirmations on others who have not sought them may be considered 
proselytizing and inappropriate for the comics page." (The Sacramento 
Bee, 
4/14/96)

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Creators Syndicate
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Los Angeles, CA 90045
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THANK CHICAGO TRIBUNE FOR SERIES ON MUSLIMS

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - CAIR is urging Muslims to contact the editors of 
the 
Chicago Tribune and thank them for their in-depth series on issues of 
concern to the American Muslim community. The articles examine the 
selective nature of the government's new immigration laws.

The three-part series was featured on the front page of the Chicago 
Tribune. Sunday's article, "Targeted Deportation" looked at how 
immigration 
crackdowns focus on selected nationalities. The second article, 
"Unfamiliar 
Ground" tells the stories of the deportees who have returned to native 
lands more foreign than America. The last article, "Exodus to Canada" 
features Muslim enclaves in America who are now empty amid the fear of 
government.

To read the full series and view additional photos online, visit:
www.chicagotribune.com/immigration

Write letters of support to: bdold@tribune.com, fmcroberts@tribune.com, 
lsly@tribune.com, csimpson@tribune.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

SEE ALSO:

UNITED AIRLINES AGREES TO CIVIL RIGHTS TRAINING
Reuters, 11/19/03

WASHINGTON, Nov 19 (Reuters) - United Airlines agreed on Wednesday to 
provide employee civil rights training in response to accusations that 
it 
discriminated against passengers who were, or were thought to be, of 
Middle 
Eastern or South Asian descent.

While the Transportation Department did not issue a formal finding of 
discrimination it noted that United did violate federal bias laws in 
some 
cases and ordered the carrier to not do it again.

United admitted no wrongdoing but to resolve the allegations and avoid 
litigation agreed to spend at least $1.5 million to provide three years 
of 
annual civil rights training for its employees who work with the 
public.

It was the second case against a major U.S. airline to grow out of 
similar 
racial, ethnic and religious discrimination complaints lodged by 
passengers 
soon after the Sept. 11, 2001 hijack attacks on New York and 
Washington…

In the United case, the department said it investigated the treatment 
of 
air travelers who "were or were perceived to be of Arab, Middle Eastern 
or 
Southeast Asian descent and/or Muslim."

The agency's aviation enforcement group said its investigation of 
passenger 
complaints found that "in a few instances" the airline had unlawfully 
removed passengers from flights or denied boarding based on race, 
nationality or religion…

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SEATTLE MUSLIMS HOLD IFTAR TO SUPPORT CAPT. YEE

WHAT: On Thursday, November 20, the Seattle chapter of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Seattle) will hold an "iftar," or 
breaking 
of the Ramadan fast, to seek justice for Captain James Yee, of Olympia.

Yee was arrested by military authorities and held without charges for 
over 
a month. "We had no notification of his detainment and had no knowledge 
of 
his whereabouts for several days. It was only through our own 
investigation 
that we located him," said Joseph Yee, father of Captain Yee. "It was 
several weeks before he was even permitted phone contact with his 
family. I 
definitely feel that his inequitable treatment is a result of his faith 
and 
ethnicity."

Huda Suboh, Yee's wife, who learned of her husband's arrest on the 
television news, eight days after frantically searching for him, will 
address the gathering, as will friends of Yee and leaders of the Muslim 
community.

Now charged with "mishandling documents," Yee's detention security 
status 
was recently downgraded from maximum to low. "The notion that you would 
keep an officer in maximum security based on these charges is 
preposterous," said Yee's civilian defense attorney, Eugene R. Fidell, 
a 
nationally known expert in military justice.  Washington Post, 
10/25/2003

"The two minor charges, which remain to be proven, have not warranted 
maximum security, solitary confinement or a court-martial," said 
Cecilia 
Chang, President of Justice for New Americans (www.j4na.org), the 
organization that led the successful campaign resulting in the release 
of 
Dr. Wen Ho Lee, the Los Alamos scientist. "Captain Yee should be set 
free 
pending the resolution of the charges."

At the event, Muslims will be encouraged to support justice for Captain 
Yee 
by contributing towards his mounting legal costs. For Muslims, Ramadan, 
especially the last ten days, is a time of intensified worship through 
prayer, charity and good deeds. Imam Mohammad Joban, a spiritual leader 
from Olympia and a friend of Yee's explained, "Ramadan is the month of 
caring and mercy, and a person's reward for his or her good deeds is 
multiplied.  Muslims are encouraged to emulate God. God is Just; 
Muslims 
should strive to establish justice, aiding those who are oppressed." 
Donations may be sent to Joseph Yee/Chaplain James Yee, c/o 
CAIR-Seattle, 
P.O. Box 7411, Bellevue, Washington 8008

A NEWS CONFERENCE addressing the unfair treatment of captain Yee will 
be 
held at 5:30 pm, following the iftar.  CAIR-Seattle will be joined by 
other 
civil and human rights organizations including the American-Arab 
Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) - Seattle Chapter, Arab American 
Community Coalition, Eastside Asian Pacific Islanders, Hate Free Zone 
Campaign of Washington, Japanese American Citizen League ­ Seattle 
Chapter, 
Justice for New Americans and the Organization of Chinese Americans ­ 
Greater Seattle Chapter.

WHEN: Thursday, November 20, 2003. Iftar - 4:30 p.m.
News conference is at 5:30 pm

WHERE: Islamic School of Seattle, 720 25th Avenue,
Seattle, Washington 98122

SEE ALSO:

A FAMILY'S ORDEAL
Ron Soliman, The Olympian, 11/11/18
http://www.theolympian.com/home/news/20031118/frontpage/152111.shtml

On Sept. 11, Huda Yee waited at Sea-Tac International Airport for five 
hours for a reunion that never happened.

Her husband, James, an Army chaplain, was to meet her and their 
3-year-old 
daughter, Sarah. Huda and Sarah had just gotten off a flight from 
Syria, 
where they had stayed with her family during James' military assignment 
in 
Cuba.

They hadn't seen each other since the previous November, and looked 
forward 
to time together at their apartment in Olympia.

James never arrived. A day earlier, he'd been arrested at Jacksonville 
Naval Air Station, when he allegedly tried to fly home with classified 
information. As a Muslim and an Army chaplain, his job was counseling 
suspected al-Qaida and Taliban fighters who are detained at Camp X-Ray, 
the 
U.S. military-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Voice mail greeted Huda's repeated, frantic calls to James' cell phone. 
Tearful pleas to airport officials drew no explanation.

Yee learned the whereabouts of her husband from the national news 
networks 
on Sept. 20.

More than two months later, Yee has some information about her husband 
and 
the charges the military has leveled against him. But still missing is 
the 
answer to her most important question: When is her husband coming 
home?...

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NASHVILLE CHRISTIANS 'REVERT' TO ISLAM

TRUE BELIEVERS
Islam is the second-largest religion in the world, and it's bringing 
new 
people to the faith--including some local Christians
Joseph Sweat, Nashville Scene, 11/20-26/03
http://www.nashvillescene.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?story=This_Week:News:Cover_Story

On a recent Friday afternoon at the Al-Mahdi Islamic Center on 12th 
Avenue 
South, a young Christian man stood before several hundred shoeless, 
kneeling men and repeated these Arabic words: "Ashhadu an la ilaha illa 
Llah, wa ashhadu anna Muhammad rasulu Llah." ("I testify that there is 
no 
God but God, and I testify that Muhammad is God's messenger.") With 
those 
words of the shahadah--the declaration of faith--this man turned from 
Christianity and embraced Islam. It's a scene that few Nashvillians may 
realize is happening in their midst, but Imam Abdul Hakim, the leader 
at 
the Islamic Center, estimates that it has taken place in Metro 
Nashville 
area mosques as many as 500 times in the past few years…

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AMERICAN MUSLIMS ARE BEING HEARD BY BUSINESSES THAT OFFER PRODUCTS 
SHAPED 
BY THEIR FAITH
Mark I. Pinsky, Orlando Sentinel, 11/18/03
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/lifestyle/orl-livmuslimculture18111803nov18,1,3490825.story

The trio of 8-year-old girls, all students at the Muslim Academy of 
Central 
Florida, display their favorite dolls -- Zainab, Shadie and Tracy.

Each doll is different, but none looks much like Barbie. These are 
Islamic 
dolls, dressed in modest but elegant, embroidered dresses, with the 
traditional headscarves known as hijabs. The dolls are gifts from 
relatives.

"I like that she has lots of hijabs, and that she's Muslim," says Ayea 
Atiya of Orlando, who sat with friends Laya Alkahlil and Sarah Huq...

Like millions of evangelical Christians who adhere to strong 
traditional 
values, Muslims often feel turned off or shut out by America's flashy, 
violent and sexualized mainstream popular culture.

Music, movies, television, stand-up comedy, fashion, fiction, toys, Web 
sites and even greeting cards are not about them -- at least until 
recently...

Now, like evangelical Christians before them, the much smaller American 
Muslim community is creating cultural alternatives, or at least 
convincing 
mainstream companies that they are a fast-growing market that deserves 
attention. The Muslim market has arrived, from Hallmark to hip-hop, 
dolls 
to dresses.

"These things are the Islamic expression of universal desires," says 
Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations. "They demonstrate that human beings are human beings. 
Whatever 
their faith, they have the same wants and desires."

Taken together, Hooper says, they are "a sign that the Muslim community 
is 
coming into its own in the United States and North America."

"Twenty or thirty years ago these kinds of things wouldn't have the 
economic support they have now," he says. But at an estimated 5 million 
to 
6 million, Muslims in this country are reaching critical commercial and 
cultural mass...

ALSO SEE:

MORE MUSLIM CANDIDATES MAY RUN IN U.S.
Deborah Kong, Associated Press, 11/19/03
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2003/11/19/national1420EST0650.DTL

BURLINGAME, Calif. - In his run for Congress, friends have advised Maad 
Abu-Ghazalah to change his name. Get rid of "Abu" because it will 
remind 
people of Osama bin Laden, they've told him.

But Abu-Ghazalah can't imagine doing that, and his full name -- 
alongside a 
picture of the Statue of Liberty -- remains on the red, white and blue 
signs stacked in his campaign headquarters for this Bay Area 
district...

Abu-Ghazalah's candidacy may be a hopeful sign for Muslim-American 
groups, 
which believe Islamic candidates are slowly returning to the political 
scene after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks blunted their progress.

In the 2000 election, about 700 candidates ran and 153 were elected, 
according to the American Muslim Alliance, a national civic group based 
across the San Francisco Bay in Newark.

But by 2002, that number dropped to about 60 candidates. For this 
month's 
elections, the alliance doesn't yet have exact figures. National 
chairman 
Agha Saeed says it's likely that only a handful of Muslim candidates 
were 
on the ballot, but adds that's largely because it was an election 
off-year...

The candidates span a range of ethnicities -- Asian, black, Arab -- and 
are 
both Republican and Democrat. In this year's races, Bangladeshi 
immigrant 
Shahab Ahmed became the second nonwhite person ever elected to a 
council 
seat in Hamtramck, Mich., a largely Polish city. In Houston, Pakistani 
real 
estate developer M.J. Khan is headed to a city council runoff next 
month...

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'ENEMY COMBATANT' SHAM
New York Times, 11/19/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/19/opinion/19WED3.html

The Bush administration insists that it can hold American citizens in 
secret as long as it wants, without access to lawyers, simply by 
calling 
them "enemy combatants." A New York federal appeals court heard a 
challenge 
to that policy this week by the so-called dirty bomber, Jose Padilla. 
The 
administration's position makes a mockery of the Constitution and puts 
every American's liberty at risk. It is important that the court strike 
it 
down, and give Mr. Padilla the rights he has been denied.

Mr. Padilla is an American citizen who was taken into custody in 
Chicago in 
May 2002. The government suspects him of being part of a "dirty bomb" 
plot 
by Al Qaeda, but it has not charged him. Instead, it has labeled him an 
enemy combatant and locked him up in a naval brig in South Carolina. He 
has 
been held there nearly 18 months, with no indication of when he will be 
tried or released. He has not been allowed to meet with a lawyer, 
despite a 
lower court ruling that he should be.

Of all the post-Sept. 11 denials of civil liberties, the enemy 
combatant 
doctrine is among the worst. It gives the president untrammeled 
authority 
to lock up Americans merely by asserting that they are part of a 
terrorist 
plot. In its argument to the United States Court of Appeals for the 
Second 
Circuit this week, the government insisted that military-style rules 
like 
the enemy combatant doctrine now apply to American citizens, even on 
American soil, because Al Qaeda has "made the battlefield the United 
States..."

ALSO SEE:

MEANWHILE 4,000 MILES AWAY IN GUANTANAMO BAY
Andrew Buncombe, Independent, 11/19/03
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=465110

The Guantanamo Bay prison camp - established after the terror attacks 
of 11 
September and the war in Afghanistan - was meant to be a temporary 
detention centre, somewhere to hold the "worst of the worst".

Almost two years later, the camp has been transformed into a de facto 
permanent facility where 660 adults and three children are kept in a 
legal 
black hole, cut off from the outside world and with no idea whether 
they 
will ever be charged with a crime or released. Critics claim the 
prison, 
which operates with hardly any independent scrutiny, has become a live 
experiment in long-term interrogation where experts constantly seek to 
hone 
and improve their techniques...

Guantanamo Bay and the nine Britons held there have become the focus of 
increasing tension between Britain and the US and will be a subject of 
talks between George Bush and Tony Blair this week.

It was announced in the summer that two of the Britons, Moazzam Begg, 
35, 
and Feroz Abbasi, 23, were among six prisoners selected to be tried by 
military tribunals, a process outside the normal judicial process and 
without the protection usually offered to defendants. In this process 
Mr 
Bush would act in effect as the ultimate arbiter on what would happen 
to 
the prisoners if convicted...

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GROUPS AIR WORRIES ABOUT CIVIL LIBERTIES
Rebecca Carr, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 11/19/03
http://www.ajc.com/news/content/news/1103/19civilliberties.html

Washington --- An array of civil liberties groups criticized the 
Patriot 
Act on Tuesday, saying the legislation violates constitutional 
protections 
and is cloaked in "an aura of secrecy."

But most of the groups testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee 
also conceded that the government's most controversial actions in its 
war 
on terrorism do not actually stem from the Patriot Act.

"The phrase 'the Patriot Act' has become a symbol or a shorthand 
reference 
to the government's response to terrorism" since the Sept. 11, 2001, 
terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, said James Dempsey, 
executive 
director of the Center for Democracy and Technology, a Washington-based 
nonprofit dedicated to promoting civil liberties in digital 
communications...

For example, it was President Bush's decision to hold Jose Padilla, a 
U.S. 
citizen accused of plotting with the al-Qaida terrorist network to 
detonate 
a radioactive bomb in the United States, as an enemy combatant in a 
military jail without access to an attorney or his family. Yet the 
Patriot 
Act is often cited as the reason for Padilla's status, Dempsey said...

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PROTEST OVER REGISTRATION
Mae M. Cheng, Newsday, 11/19/03
http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/bronx/nyc-nyprot183548256nov18,0,816475.story

Dozens of immigrants and civil rights advocates gathered outside 
federal 
immigration offices in downtown Manhattan yesterday to demand an 
immediate 
end to a year-old program that requires male visitors from 25 countries 
to 
register with authorities.

The protest brought out men who said they endured terrifying abuse at 
the 
hands of immigration officials when they complied with the registration 
requirement earlier in the year. Put in place more than a year after 
Sept. 
11, 2001, the annual registration rule applies to temporary male 
immigrants 
from 24 predominantly Arab or Muslim countries, as well as North Korea.

Mian Ahmen, 45, who emigrated from Pakistan in 1998 and lives in the 
Midwood section of Brooklyn, said his February visit to the Manhattan 
immigration office landed him in wrist shackles as he was questioned 
for 
about two hours.

He was detained for 11 more hours, without food or water, until it was 
ascertained he had no connections to terrorists, he said. Ahmen, who is 
in 
the county illegally, was also put in deportation proceedings even 
though 
he was trying to obtain legal permanent status as an immigrant and 
still is...

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THE TERROR ENIGMA: 9/11 AND THE ISRAELI CONNECTION
Justin Raimondo, Iuniverse.com,
http://www.iuniverse.com/bookstore/book_detail.asp?&isbn=0-595-29682-3&siteID=qyyQ46zAw3o-DgZp17Aih6aZOdIl9R2qfA

Foreign spies of a friendly country were trailing the 9/11 hijackers. 
Why 
didn't they warn us? This book will change how you think about 9/11.

9/11 - what did the Israelis know, and when did they know it?

With information culled from mainstream sources, author Justin Raimondo 
shows in this eye-opening book that Israel's spies in the United States 
had 
been watching the 9/11 terrorists. As the terrorists were planning the 
biggest and deadliest terrorist attack in American history, Israeli 
agents 
in the U.S. were watching them 24/7 - living literally "next door to 
Mohammed Atta," according to one account.

Did Israeli intelligence have foreknowledge of 9/11?

As one law enforcement source close to the investigation told Fox News, 
the 
real question is: how could they not have known?

But if they knew, then why didn't they tell us?

ALSO SEE:

ISRAELI SCHOOL EXPELS STUDENT FOR EMBRACING ISLAM
Samer Khuwayera, IslamOnline, 11/19/03
http://www.islam-online.net/English/News/2003-11/19/article04.shtml

NABLUS - An Israeli boarding school has kicked out a female student for 
embracing Islam and wearing hijab.

The students and teachers of the 'Zionist Youths' boarding school came 
to 
their classes to find their 15-year-old Jewish colleague wearing the 
Muslim 
headscarf in a sign that she has converted to Islam, according to the 
Israeli daily Maariv newspaper.

The school's headmaster tried in vain to dissuade the student from her 
decision and get her taking off hijab and decided to expel her.

The student, who requested anonymity, told the daily that she was 
offended 
by the headmaster's conversation, adding that she was ready to leave 
the 
school which she liked most.

"Religion, as far as I am concerned, is more important than school," 
she said.

"I took offence at the headmaster's remarks, not only for myself but 
for 
all Muslims. If a Jewish student in France, for instance, was expelled 
for 
wearing his kippa (Jewish scull cap), the action would be right away 
condemned as anti-Semitism," she added.

"I understand a student expelled for his/her misbehavior or being dull 
and 
inactive," she said, criticizing the school's decision as "racist that 
stirs up feelings of hatred".

She said she was born and brought up in the former Soviet republic 
Kazakhstan to a Jewish mother and a Christian father in an atmosphere 
that 
"respects Islam."

"As years went by, I have reached to the conclusion that Islamic values 
suit me fine," she said.

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GIS RAZING HOMES OF SUSPECTED IRAQI INSURGENTS
Jeff Wilkinson, KRT News Service, 11/18/03
http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/index.ssf?/base/news-11/1069138364307900.xml

TIKRIT, Iraq -- In a tactic reminiscent of Israeli crackdowns in the 
West 
Bank and Gaza, the U.S. military has begun destroying the homes of 
suspected guerrilla fighters in Iraq's Sunni Triangle, evacuating women 
and 
children, then leveling their houses with heavy weaponry.

At least 15 homes have been destroyed in Tikrit as part of what has 
been 
dubbed Operation Ivy Cyclone II, including four, leveled Sunday by 
tanks 
and Apache helicopters, that allegedly belonged to suspects in the Nov. 
7 
downing of a Black Hawk helicopter that killed six Americans.

Family members at one of the houses, in the village of al Haweda, said 
they 
were given five minutes to evacuate before soldiers opened fire.

The destruction of the homes is part of a sharp crackdown on insurgents 
in 
the so-called Sunni Triangle, where guerrillas have downed at least two 
U.S. helicopters -- one a Chinook in Fallujah on Nov. 2, killing 16 
U.S. 
soldiers, and the other the Nov. 7 downing of the Black Hawk. On 
Saturday, 
two more helicopters crashed, after one of them may have been fired 
upon, 
killing 17.

U.S. forces struck dozens of targets yesterday, killing six guerrillas 
and 
arresting 21 others, the military said. The operation is expected to 
continue through tomorrow, said Col. James Hickey, commander of the 1st 
Brigade of the 4th Infantry Division...

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NEWSDAY QUEENS PROFILE: JAWED ANWAR
Sheila McKenna, Newsday, 11/19/03
http://www.newsday.com

ROLE

Founder, publisher and editor-in-chief of Muslims Weekly, a 
Queens-based 
newspaper published in English (www.muslimsweekly.com); on Oct. 23, won 
six 
Independent Press Association awards at the 2003 ethnic and community 
press 
awards ceremony.

BIOGRAPHY

42; native of Pakistan, where he earned a master's degree in journalism 
from the University of Karachi; moved to New York City in 1998; worked 
as 
an editor for Pakistan News; founded Muslims Weekly in December 1999; 
married, five children; lives in Jamaica.

FOCUS

"Ours is a multi-ethnic Muslim newspaper focusing mainly on the Muslim 
community, but we also address non-Muslims. For its non-Muslim readers, 
it 
is one of the best newspapers for understanding Islam and Muslims in 
America. For Muslims, it is a good source of information on what is 
happening locally, nationally and internationally. We are also 
educating 
the Muslim community on how to live in a plural society like America 
and 
how to reach out to other communities and their neighbors to build a 
better 
understanding and relationship."

COMMITMENT

"Journalism and publishing is my hobby, profession, business and 
mission. I 
work 16 to 18 hours every day to excel in it. I want to be fruitful in 
the 
society and the country in which I am living. I want to contribute 
something big, something special, and something that can make my inner 
self 
happy."

GOALS

"To be a publisher of a daily newspaper like Newsday. ... I'd love to 
take 
the idea of Muslims Weekly and turn it into a daily newspaper..."

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ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF BALTIMORE HOSTS FAMILY EID EVENT

WHAT: Eid skate and bowling event. Cost is $10 with a $5 rebate at the 
skate rink. Cost includes skate rental, bowling shoes two hours of 
skating 
and two hours of unlimited bowling. Men will skate for two hours while 
women bowl and then reverse. Music provided by Native Deen.

WHEN: Thursday, November 27, 2003

WHERE: Shake and Bake Family fun Center located at 1601 Pennsylvania 
Ave
(410) 669-9100

TIME: 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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DC-AREA MUSLIMS TO MARK END OF RAMADAN WITH PRAYERS
Event includes multicultural bazaar, blood drive, and food drive for 
the needy

INVITED: Democratic Presidential Candidates

WHAT: On Tuesday Nov 25, 2003 (most likely) or Wednesday Nov 26, 2003
(Based on moon sighting), the Muslim community in the Washington DC 
Metro 
area will celebrate the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan with 
communal 
prayers and a multicultural bazaar. Ramadan is the month on the Islamic 
lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other 
sensual pleasures from break-of-dawn to sunset.

The prayers mark the day Eid ul-Fitr (eed-al-fitter) holiday, in which
Muslims exchange social visits and seek to strengthen the community 
feeling. During this holiday, Muslims greet each other by saying "Eid
Mubarak" (eed-moo-bar-ak), or "blessed Eid."

The multicultural bazaar will feature rides and games for children, 
Islamic 
books and clothing, and foods from around the Muslim world. The bazaar 
is 
open to the public. People of all faiths are encouraged to attend and 
sample the diversity of Islamic culture. There will be an exhibit and 
Open 
House for Churches, Synagogues, and other Religious groups 2-5 p.m.  
(There 
are approximately 7 million Muslims in America and some 1.3 billion 
worldwide.)

WHEN: Tue Nov 25 (Most Likely) or Wed Nov 26, 2003 (Based on moon 
sighting)
1st prayer: Community gathers at 7:45 a.m.; 1st Prayer begins at 8:00 
a.m.
2nd prayer: Community gathers at 9:00 a.m.; 2nd Prayer begins at 9:15 
a.m.
3rd prayer: Community gathers at 10:15 a.m.; 3rd Prayer begins at 10:30 
a.m. Festival and Bazaar begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. Open 
House for Churches, Synagogues, and other Religious groups 2-5pm

WHERE: Prayer and Bazaar: DC Armory, 2001 E. Capitol St. Washington DC
20003. Next to RFK Stadium, Please check in at Media Desk

CONTACT: Primary Contact Rizwan: 703-624-6352, Secondary Contact: 
Shirin 
Elkoshairi - 571-217-9286

MAIN SPONSORS: ADAMS, Dar Al-Hijrah, Masjid Muhammad, Manassas Mosque, 
and 
MAV Local Co-Sponsors: Masjidush-Shura, Howard University Muslim 
Community, 
Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations of the Washington DC Metro 
Area, DC Council of MSA's, Islamic Schools Council of Greater 
Washington 
Area National Co-Sponsors:  CAIR, MPAC, MAS, MSA National

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Muslims from America and many different countries 
come 
to prayers in colorful and cultural clothing.  The prayers themselves 
are 
quite visual, with worshippers arranged in neat rows and bowing in 
prayer 
in unison.  Participants exchange embraces at the conclusion of the 
prayers.

NOTE: Because this is a religious service, reporters and photographers, 
male or female, should dress modestly.  That means no shorts for men or 
short skirts for women.  Photographers should arrive by 8:45a.m. or 
10:00 
a.m. to get into position for best shots for either prayer.  
Photographers 
are advised not to step directly in front of worshippers and to ask 
permission for close-up shots.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 11/20/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: GLORY BE TO GOD
* ONLY 4 DAYS LEFT TO REGISTER FOR CAIR'S DC DINNER
	- Rep. Lee Sends Letter of Support to CAIR
  	- Ramadan Campaign Raises $180K Online
* CAIR CONDEMNS ISTANBUL BOMBINGS
* QUOTE OF THE DAY: PIPES SAYS FREE IRAQ NOT U.S. GOAL
* ANTI-MUSLIM ATTACK BY 'HORRIFIED' LAURA (New York Post)
	- Dr. Laura Elicits Muslim Criticism (UPI)
* COMPANIES TRY MARKETING TO MUSLIMS AMID RAMADAN (PR Week)
       - Postal Service Issues Eid Stamp as Framed Art
* DEARBORN CHARGES ARABS AT HIGHER RATE SINCE 9/11 (AP)
* IMMIGRATION GROUP BLASTS BUSH POLICIES (Newsday)
* ACROSS THE WORLD, YOUNGSTERS ON SAME PAGE (Wash. Post)
* OTTAWA HANDED ARAR FILE TO U.S. (Globe and Mail)
	- Top Aide Approved Sending Suspect to Syria (Wash. Post)
* US HAWK ADMITS INVASION WAS ILLEGAL (Guardian)
	- Proof of Iraq-Qaeda Link, or Not? (NY Times)
	- Destruction of Iraqi Homes Within 'Rules of War'(KR)
* PRESENTERS SHED LIGHT ON FEMALE'S LIFE IN ISLAM (Collegian)
* SPEAKER MAKES CASE FOR ISLAM AND HIP-HOP (Daily Ilini)
* CSID BANQUET: "THE ROAD TO DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ

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HADITH OF THE DAY: GLORY BE TO GOD

The Prophet Muhammad's (peace be upon him) companions once said to him: 
"The rich achieve the highest degrees of prestige and permanent 
pleasures 
(in this life and the life to come)." The Prophet asked: "How is that?" 
His 
companions replied: "The rich pray as we pray, and strive in God's 
Cause as 
we do, and spend from their surplus wealth in charity, while we have no 
wealth (to spend)." The Prophet then said: "Shall I not tell you a 
deed, by 
doing which, you will catch up with those who are ahead of you and 
supersede those who will come after you…That deed is to recite 'glory 
be to 
God' ten times, and 'praise be to God' ten times, and 'God is great' 
ten 
times after every prayer."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Hadith 341

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ONLY 4 DAYS LEFT TO REGISTER FOR CAIR'S DC DINNER 11/29!
Congresswoman Barbara Lee Sends Letter of Support to CAIR

Registration for CAIR's Ninth Annual Fundraising Dinner on November 
29th in 
Washington, D.C., closes after next Monday. (CAIR's dinners have often 
been 
sold out in the past, so ACT NOW to reserve your place.) The dinner, 
with 
the theme "Muslims in America: A Defining Moment," features 
presidential 
candidate Dennis Kucinich as the keynote speaker.

In a letter to CAIR, CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA LEE writes: "While I could 
not 
be there in person, I am happy to provide my support for your 
organization's mission of enhancing communication among communities and 
offering a voice for Muslims in the United States…

"As an African American, I am all to aware of the perils of racial 
profiling and prejudice, forces that have been reawakened in recent 
years 
and directed against many Muslims in America, among others. Your focus 
on 
civil rights issue is very well timed; we must all speak out against 
actions and statements that sacrifice those liberties. Your activism is 
badly needed.

"In conclusion, let me wish you well in your annual meeting banquet and 
in 
your larger mission in support of political participation and the 
preservation of civil liberties."

WHERE: Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons 
Corner/Vienna, VA

COST: Tickets: $55/$85 per couple R.S.V.P. by Nov. 24, 2003
No children please. (Limited babysitting with prior notice only - $10 
per 
child.)

REGISTER FOR CAIR'S DINNER BY GOING TO:
https://www.cair-net.org/2003dinner-register.asp

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RAMADAN CAMPAIGN RAISES $180K ONLINE

CAIR's Million in Ramadan Campaign has raised over $180,000 online! 
You, 
too, can support an organization that works to empower and protect the 
American Muslim community.

Please, donate generously to the campaign. Every donation counts!

Support us by donating online at:
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/millionforislam.asp

To view a short video on CAIR, go to www.cair-net.org

(NOTE: Scholars says CAIR is able to receive ZAKAT donations.)

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CAIR CONDEMNS ISTANBUL BOMBINGS

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/20/03) - The Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR), a Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group, 
today 
condemned bomb attacks in Istanbul, Turkey, that killed at least 27 
people 
and wounded hundreds. The suicide truck bombs exploded outside a 
London-based bank and at the British consulate.

In its statement, CAIR said:

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms these heinous acts of 
terrorism. We also condemn similar bombings at two Turkish synagogues 
on 
Saturday that left 23 people dead. No cause can be served by acts of 
terrorism and no faith can tolerate those who use such cruel and 
inhumane 
tactics."

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in 
Washington, D.C., and has 16 regional offices nationwide and in Canada.

					- END -

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

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: PIPES SAYS FREE IRAQ NOT U.S. GOAL
http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2003/11/18/lion_s_den/index.html

"We have no, no moral responsibility to the Iraqi people…Our moral 
responsibility is to ourselves. I very much disagree with the name 
'Operation Iraqi Freedom.' It should have been 'Operation American 
Security'…Our goal is not a free Iraq…Our goal is an Iraq that does not 
endanger us."

-- Presidential Appointee Daniel Pipes

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ANTI-MUSLIM ATTACK BY 'HORRIFIED' LAURA
New York Post, 11/20/03
http://www.nypost.com/entertainment/11292.htm

An Islamic group is demanding that radio host Dr. Laura Schlessinger 
apologize - for calling Muslims "murderers" on her nationally 
syndicated show.

On Monday, a caller asked Schlessinger whether her teenage daughter 
should 
accompany her "moral themes" class on a field trip to a local mosque to 
learn "how Muslims are treated" in America.

"This is a class on morals. What is the point of going to a mosque?" 
Schlessinger asked. "You're joking of course . . . I think you ought to 
stand up against this class and this teacher.

"This is despicable," Schlessinger continued. "You tell [the teacher] 
you 
are willing to go to the mosque only if it is one that has done its 
best to 
route out terrorists in its midst . . . "

Schlessinger then said she was "horrified" that the woman would allow 
her 
daughter, a Catholic High School student, to visit the mosque.

"I am so sick and tired of all the Arab-American groups whining and 
complaining about some kind of treatment . . . What culture and what 
religion were all the murderers of 9/11?

"They murdered us," Schlessinger said. "That's the culture you want 
your 
daughter to learn about?"

"It's very disturbing," Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on 
American-Islamic 
Relations (CAIR) told The Post...

ALSO SEE:

DR. LAURA ELICITS MUSLIM CRITICISM
United Press International, 11/19/03

WASHINGTON - Talk show host Laura Schlessinger, who has previously 
drawn 
fire from gay groups, now is being criticized for an allegedly 
anti-Muslim 
tirade.

The Council on American Islamic Relations in Washington is asking the 
nationally syndicated personality, who calls herself "Dr. Laura," to 
apologize for her Nov. 17 program.

The council said it received complaints from Muslims who said 
Schlessinger's remarks crossed the line from legitimate commentary to 
bigotry.

Her comments were in response to a mother who asked whether her 
16-year-old 
daughter should take part in a field trip to a local mosque...

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COMPANIES TRY MARKETING TO MUSLIMS AMID RAMADAN
Anita Chabria, PR Week, 11/20/03
http://www.prweek.com

LOS ANGELES: The Muslim holiday of Ramadan, which ends with Eid 
ul-Fitr, or 
the Feast of Fast-Breaking, is gaining ground as a target of PR 
campaigns 
and product launches aimed at reaching ethnic audiences.

Companies from Ikea to Hallmark are staging low-key efforts around the 
holiday, which began this year on October 26 and will continue to 
November 25.

Hallmark this year launched a series of Eid ul-Fitr greeting cards, 
which 
it says have garnered strong sales as well as coverage from newspapers 
around the country, despite deliberate attempts at a low-profile 
launch...

Ikea's Canadian outlets also crafted a campaign around entertaining 
during 
Ramadan, featuring items such as trays for serving sweets. That 
campaign, 
however, was not carried over to the US, where only a single 
non-specific 
holiday catalog is the focus of winter-season initiatives.

PR efforts around Ramadan also extend beyond corporations, as members 
of 
the House of Representatives hosted the first-ever 'iftar,' or 
fast-breaking, on Capitol Hill last week. Some in the Muslim community 
expressed concern that the holiday could be exploited, but the 
attention 
was generally viewed as a sign of positive outreach.

ALSO SEE:

U.S. POSTAL SERVICE ISSUES EID STAMP AS FRAMED ART
	
The U.S. Postal Service and ArtSelect are proud to issue the EID stamp 
as 
framed art because it serves to highlight to Americans and people 
throughout the world the business, educational and social contributions 
of 
the 7 million Muslims in the United States whose cultural heritage has 
become an integral part of the fabric of America. Part of the U.S. 
Postal 
Service s Holiday Celebrations series, the Eid stamp commemorates the 
two 
most important festivals on the Islamic calendar: Eid al-Fitr Feast of 
the 
Fast-Breaking, and Eid al-Adha, The Feast of the Sacrifice.

Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated on November 25th this year. Because 
Ramadan 
is a lunar month, the actual date is governed by sighting of the new 
moon, 
so the exact date for Eid may vary. Eid al-Adha will be observed 
tentatively on February 1, 2004.

Coming immediately after Ramadan, a month of daily fasting from just 
before 
first light until sunset, Eid al-Fitr is especially festive. Cards are 
exchanged, special prayers are offered, and Muslim families visit each 
other s homes to feast and exchange gifts. To view and purchase our Eid 
stamp as framed art for your home or as a gift go to: 
www.postalartgallery.com

About the Artist: Calligrapher Mohamed Zakariya of Arlington, Va., 
employed 
traditional methods and instruments to create the stamp design.  This 
handsome gold and blue stamp features the greeting many Muslims 
exchange 
during holiday time: Eid mubarak. Literally, the phrase means blessed 
festival. It can be paraphrased as May your religious holiday be 
blessed.

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DEARBORN CHARGES ARABS AT HIGHER RATE SINCE 9/11
Associated Press, 11/20/03
http://www.mlive.com/newsflash/michigan/index.ssf?/newsflash/get_story.ssf?/cgi-free/getstory_ssf.cgi?g8604_BC_MI--ArabsCharged&&news&newsflash-michigan

DEARBORN, Mich. - Since the Sept. 11 attacks, the number of Middle 
Easterners charged with offenses in this heavily Arab community has 
risen 
9.3 percent, while charges against others have dropped 6.7 percent.

Even with the change, the rate at which Arabs are charged is close to 
their 
share of Dearborn's population of 67,000 - about a third.

Middle Easterners accounted for 36 percent of prosecutions from 
September 
2002 to September 2003, up from 32 percent in the year before the 
attacks.

The Detroit News analyzed 100,000 district court records and compared 
those 
with Middle Eastern or Muslim names to those without.

City officials say any increase in charges against Middle Easterners is 
the 
byproduct of ramped-up ordinance enforcement that began long before 
Sept. 
11. They say police and housing inspectors go out of their way to 
ensure 
that race never plays a role in how local justice is meted out...

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IMMIGRATION GROUP BLASTS BUSH POLICIES
Bart Jones, Newsday, 11/20/03
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-liimmi203551527nov20,0,43769.story 


The head of the nation's largest immigration lawyers group blasted the 
Bush 
administration's policies, saying they've done little to make us more 
secure after the September 2001 terrorism attacks and have trampled 
over 
the Constitution.

In a speech in Westbury on Tuesday night, Jeanne A. Butterfield, 
executive 
director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said the 
federal 
government has unfairly targeted immigrants from Arab and Muslim 
nations by 
locking them up without due process, denying them proper legal defense 
and 
threatening deportation for things as minor as failing to file a change 
of 
address within 10 days.

"Our government has cloaked all of these measures in unprecedented 
secrecy 
- closed hearings, secret detentions, secret evidence," Butterfield 
said at 
the 20th anniversary awards dinner of the Hempstead-based Central 
American 
Refugee Center, which honored her.

Garrison Courtney, a spokesman for the U.S. Immigration and Customs 
Enforcement agency, said the government had carried out no secret 
detentions and trials, or otherwise denied immigrants their rights. He 
said 
a controversial "special registration" program had required immigrants 
from 
148 countries to come into immigration offices for interviews. 
Butterfield 
contended that the program resulted in numerous deportations of Arabs 
and 
Muslims who had nothing to do with terrorism.

Courtney added that the government's immigration reforms were 
working...

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FROM ACROSS THE WORLD, YOUNGSTERS ON SAME PAGE
Caryle Murphy, Washington Post, 11/20/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A61834-2003Nov19.html

"Hello friend. I am Naveed. I want to be your friend. . . . I love to 
play 
cricket. I like to watch cartoons like tweety and Mickey Mouse."

"Sweet Megan Fitzgerald, It's me, Maria. I am waiting for your 
letter....say my love and regards to your Mama and Papa."

"I have some pets in my house, like buffalo and hens. Rukhsar."

The letters are written in pencil on white, lined paper. They are 
adorned 
with colorful, hand-drawn flowers and animals. And for students at 
National 
Presbyterian School, the notes from their Pakistani pen pals are an 
intriguing window on a faraway world.

Last spring, students at the Northwest D.C. school began corresponding 
with 
their peers at two schools -- one for boys and one for girls -- in the 
tiny 
village of Martinpur, about 200 miles south of Lahore. It was the first 
step in a fledgling "sister school" relationship between the 
Presbyterian-run American and Pakistani schools...

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OTTAWA HANDED ARAR FILE TO U.S.
Paul Koring and Jeff Sallot, Globe and Mail, 11/20/03
http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20031120.wxarar1120/BNStory/National/

Washington and Ottawa - Solicitor-General Wayne Easter admitted 
Wednesday 
that Canada provided U.S. intelligence agencies with a dossier of 
information about Maher Arar, the Canadian who was subsequently 
arrested 
and deported to Syria where he was tortured for months.

After meeting yesterday in Washington with U.S. Attorney-General John 
Ashcroft, Mr. Easter made the admission when he insisted that Canada 
was 
not alone in giving information to the Americans.

The dossier on Mr. Arar "didn't just come from Canada alone," Mr. 
Easter 
said, without indicating which other nations had provided the Americans 
with information about Mr. Arar...

Although he refused to explain what threat - if any - Mr. Arar posed to 
national security in either Canada or the United States, he emerged 
from 
the meeting with Mr. Ashcroft saying the United States remains certain 
that 
it did the right thing by deporting him to Syria.

Mr. Ashcroft chose not to join Mr. Easter at a postmeeting news 
conference...

Supporters of Mr. Arar said they have always suspected the Canadian 
government helped the Americans. "We have always believed this was the 
case, but finally Mr. Easter has admitted some information was passed," 
said Riad Saloojee, the executive director of the Canadian section of 
the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations.

The questions now are: "What was that information? Was it determinative 
in 
the decision to deport him to Syria?" Mr. Saloojee said...

ALSO SEE:

TOP JUSTICE AIDE APPROVED SENDING SUSPECT TO SYRIA
Dana Priest, Washington Post, 11/19/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A59678-2003Nov18.html

A senior Justice Department official personally approved sending a 
Syrian-born Canadian citizen suspected of terrorist links to Syria last 
year after consulting with CIA officials, according to U.S. officials.

Then-Deputy Attorney General Larry D. Thompson, in his capacity as 
acting 
attorney general, signed the highly unusual order, citing national 
security 
and declaring that to send the man, Maher Arar, home to Canada would be 
"prejudicial to the interests of the United States," according to the 
officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Arar, who holds dual Canadian and Syrian citizenship, was en route to 
Canada, where he lives, from a trip to Tunisia when he was detained on 
Sept. 26, 2002 by immigration officials at John F. Kennedy 
International 
Airport in New York. Arar, who was questioned at the airport because 
his 
name appeared on a government watch list, was kept in a New York jail 
for 
more than 10 days and then sent to Syria via Jordan...

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US HAWK ADMITS INVASION WAS ILLEGAL 	
Oliver Burkeman and Julian Borger, Guardian, 11/20/03
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1089158,00.html

International lawyers and anti-war campaigners reacted with 
astonishment 
yesterday after the influential Pentagon hawk Richard Perle conceded 
that 
the invasion of Iraq had been illegal.
In a startling break with the official White House and Downing Street 
lines, Mr Perle told an audience in London: "I think in this case 
international law stood in the way of doing the right thing."

President George Bush has consistently argued that the war was legal 
either 
because of existing UN security council resolutions on Iraq - also the 
British government's publicly stated view - or as an act of 
self-defence 
permitted by international law.

But Mr Perle, a key member of the defence policy board, which advises 
the 
US defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, said that "international law ... 
would have required us to leave Saddam Hussein alone", and this would 
have 
been morally unacceptable.

French intransigence, he added, meant there had been "no practical 
mechanism consistent with the rules of the UN for dealing with Saddam 
Hussein..."

ALSO SEE:

MORE PROOF OF IRAQ-QAEDA LINK, OR NOT?
Douglas Jehl, New York Times, 11/20/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/20/politics/20MEMO.html

WASHINGTON - Late last month, a top Pentagon official fired off the 
latest 
salvo in the politically charged debate about whether there were links 
between Saddam Hussein's government and the Qaeda terrorist network.

The Oct. 27 memorandum from Douglas J. Feith, under secretary of 
defense 
for policy and planning, to the Senate intelligence committee listed 50 
points of raw intelligence that, he said, pointed to an operational 
link 
between Iraq and Al Qaeda.

The letter itself was highly classified, but its contents were reported 
over the weekend by The Weekly Standard, a journal with close ties to 
administration hawks. At a time when Democrats have been crowing about 
the 
administration's failure so far to find illicit weapons in Iraq, 
conservatives have seized on the claim as evidence that, because of its 
ties to Al Qaeda, Iraq did indeed pose a real danger to the United 
States...

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DESTRUCTION OF IRAQI HOMES WITHIN 'RULES OF WAR,' SPOKESMAN SAYS
Jeff Wilkinson, Knight Ridder, 11/18/03
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/7293440.htm

TIKRIT, Iraq - The decision to destroy at least a dozen homes belonging 
to 
family members of guerrilla suspects in and around Tikrit was "within 
the 
rules of war" and was approved by the commander of the 4th Infantry 
Division and probably by the overall commander for U.S. forces in Iraq, 
a 
spokesman for the division said Tuesday.

But some military officers acknowledged that the tactic had caused 
debate 
over whether it would inflame opposition rather than tamp it down. One 
officer referred to the demolitions as "unprecedented."

The destruction of the homes is a sensitive issue because the tactic 
resembles a controversial Israeli practice of destroying the houses of 
families of suicide bombers in the West Bank and Gaza. The U.S. State 
Department previously has denounced the Israeli actions.

U.S. forces destroyed the homes on Sunday and Monday, after evacuating 
women and children, as part of an aggressive crackdown on anti-U.S. 
guerrilla forces. Those forces have shot down at least two helicopters 
in 
recent weeks and planted scores, if not hundreds, of roadside bombs in 
the 
area known as the Sunni Triangle.

Military officials on Tuesday lowered the number of houses destroyed to 
12 
from 15. There was no information on whether more houses had been 
destroyed 
Tuesday as U.S. forces pressed their offensive...

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PRESENTERS SHED LIGHT ON FEMALE'S LIFE IN ISLAM
Lindsay Robinson, Collegian, 11/20/03
http://www.collegian.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/11/20/3fbc507c82f76

Differently colored hijabs, the headscarves Muslim women are required 
to 
wear, shrouded the hair of four unique women Wednesday night on campus.

Even though these women all had different skin colors and 
nationalities, 
they were bonded by the shared religion of Islam. The four united to 
present, "A Look Into the Lives of Muslim Women" in the Lory Student 
Center.

The presentation's goal was to educate people about way of life for 
females 
in the Islam religion and dispel the common misconception that Islam 
oppresses women.

Huma Babak, who graduated from CSU in 2003 with a degree in computer 
science, said she was on the panel because she wanted to remove 
misconceptions about Islam, and she expressed concern at the fact that 
Islam is thought to oppress women...

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SPEAKER MAKES CASE FOR ISLAM AND HIP-HOP
Sandy Kofler, Daily Illini, 11/20/03
http://www.dailyillini.com/nov03/nov20/news/stories/news_story06.shtml

Hip-hop and Islam aren't usually thought to be associated with one 
another, 
but Hesham Samy Alim proved otherwise during his presentation Wednesday 
night at the University.

Alim, a visiting scholar at Duke University, is devoted to studying 
hip-hop 
culture. Various Muslim, African-American and other registered 
organizations invited him to the University to give his presentation, 
"Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim: Uncovering the Hidden Histories of 
African-American Muslim Movements in the Hip-Hop Nation." The lecture 
focused on Islam's place in the medium of hip-hop - a relationship 
between 
religion and music that greatly lacks public acknowledgement, Alim 
said.

"I remember mentioning this topic to one of my colleagues and having 
them 
laugh," Alim said. "They're like, 'What? Islam and hip-hop culture? 
What's 
going on, how are these two even compatible?' It shouldn't be as 
surprising 
as it is. It's only surprising because it's so misunderstood."

Alim said that many pioneers of hip-hop music were influenced by 
Islamic 
teachings and that the two share a bond in social protest...

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CSID BANQUET: "THE ROAD TO DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ

"The Road to Democracy in Iraq: The Role of Religion in Politics"

On November 22, CSID will hold a fundraising dinner on the subject of 
democracy in Iraq featuring talks by prominent experts on Iraq and the 
prospects for democracy in the region.

More information on the Iraq dinner, go to:
http://www.islam-democracy.org/Iraq_dinner_invitation.asp

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 11/21/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: ONLY GOOD ASCENDS TO GOD
* ONLY 3 DAYS LEFT TO REGISTER FOR CAIR'S DC DINNER
  	- Rep. Honda Sends Letter of Support to CAIR
  	- Ramadan Campaign Raises $188K Online
* CAIR-AZ: GRAD SUES MESA AIR FOR DISCRIMINATION
* MUSLIMS WELCOME POSSIBLE END OF 'SPECIAL REGISTRATION'
* CAPT. YEE'S BACKERS PRESS FOR HIS RELEASE (Seattle Times)
* 'B.C.' CARTOON RAISES A STINK (Washington Post)
* ANTI-MUSLIM KILLER DUCKS DEATH IN PLEA DEAL (NY Post)
* MUSLIMS CLEAR UP MISPERCEPTIONS ABOUT ISLAM (DOS)
	- CA Church Reaches Out To Unite Faiths (LA Times)
	- Hindus in India Fast In Solidarity With Muslims (AP)
* ISLAMIC HOLIDAY CAN BUILD BRIDGES (Contra Costa Times)
	- MS Islamic Center Offers Charity (Sun Herald)
* GEN. FRANKS CONSTITUTION MAY NOT SURVIVE ATTACK (Newsmax)
* 35 INJURED AS ATTACKERS BOMB MOSQUE IN INDIA (AFP)
	- Karadzic Wanted Bosnian Muslims Killed (Reuters)
* CHICAGO MUSLIMS DONATE GENEROUSLY DURING RAMADAN
* CSID BANQUET DINNER IN VA

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HADITH OF THE DAY: ONLY GOOD ASCENDS TO GOD

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "If anyone gives in 
charity 
something equal to a date from his honestly earned money--for nothing 
ascends to God except good--then God will take it in His Right (Hand) 
and 
bring it up for its owner as anyone of you brings up a baby horse, 
until it 
becomes like a mountain...Nothing ascends to God except good."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 9, Number 525B:

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ONLY 3 DAYS LEFT TO REGISTER FOR CAIR'S DC DINNER 11/29!
Congresswoman Michael M. Honda Sends Letter of Support to CAIR

Registration for CAIR's Ninth Annual Fundraising Dinner on November 
29th in 
Washington, D.C., closes after next Monday. (CAIR's dinners have often 
been 
sold out in the past, so ACT NOW to reserve your place.) The dinner, 
with 
the theme "Muslims in America: A Defining Moment," features 
presidential 
candidate Dennis Kucinich as the keynote speaker.

In a letter to CAIR, CONGRESSMAN MICHAEL HONDA writes: "This banquet 
provides an important opportunity to recognize CAIR for its dedicated 
efforts to promote better understanding and cooperation between Muslims 
and 
non-Muslims in America. CAIR's vigorous commitment to social justice 
and 
civil rights will help us to achieve respect and tolerance among all of 
America's people.

"CAIR continues a tradition of excellence in condemning bigotry and 
hatred. 
Over sixty years ago Lieutenant General John DeWitt, as commander of 
Western Defense Command questioned the patriotism of Japanese 
Americans, 
promulgating the false concept of a fifth column within our borders. 
Unfortunately, President Roosevelt heeded the advice of General DeWitt. 
The 
hysteria propagated by General DeWitt and those of his ilk contributed 
to 
the unjust loss of civil liberties of 120,000 Japanese Americans.

"Today, another Lieutenant General, William Boykin promotes bias and 
religious insensitivity. My colleague Congressman John Conyers 
introduced 
H. Res. 419, which I a proud to co-sponsor. This resolution condemns 
Lt. 
General William Boykin's remarks and asks the President to clearly 
censure 
and reassign them. Today more than ever, we must join together against 
those who promote prejudiced views, whether here at home or abroad.

"CAIR has worked diligently with Members of Congress to educate and 
advocate on behalf of American Muslims. I extend best wishes for a 
successful and enjoyable evening."

WHERE: Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons 
Corner/Vienna, VA.

COST: Tickets: $55/$85 per couple R.S.V.P. by Nov. 24, 2003
No children please. (Limited babysitting with prior notice only - $10 
per 
child.)

REGISTER FOR CAIR'S DINNER BY GOING TO:
https://www.cair-net.org/2003dinner-register.asp

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RAMADAN CAMPAIGN RAISES $188K ONLINE

CAIR's Million in Ramadan Campaign has raised over $180,000 online! 
You, 
too, can support an organization that works to empower and protect the 
American Muslim community.

Please, donate generously to the campaign. Every donation counts!

Support us by donating online at:
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/millionforislam.asp

To view a short video on CAIR, go to www.cair-net.org

(NOTE: Scholars says CAIR is able to receive ZAKAT donations.)

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CAIR-AZ: GRAD SUES MESA AIR GROUP FOR DISCRIMINATION

PHOENIX, ARIZONA, 11/21/03 - An Iranian American graduate of Mesa Air 
Group 
partner San Juan College filed a suit with the U.S. District Court for 
the 
District of Arizona on Monday, November 17, 2003, alleging religious, 
national origin, and ancestry discrimination.

Frank Nickman began First Officer training in Mesa Air Group's two-year 
Aviation Degree Program at San Juan College/Mesa Airlines Professional 
Pilot Development in January 2001. He was the only student of Iranian 
national origin and the only Muslim at the school. Although Mr. Nickman 
graduated at the top of his class and maintained constant honor roll 
status, Mesa Air Group failed to hire him despite their own record of 
hiring ninety-eight percent of graduates from this program.

In the suit, Mr. Nickman alleges he was subject to discrimination and 
racial remarks by Mesa Air Group employees even prior to the events of 
September 11th.  Such remarks included:  "Go back to wherever the heck 
you 
came from,"  "You should be glad we let you live in this country," and 
"Financial aid is for Americans first and foreign nationals second." 
His 
complaints were met with tactics of intimidation and retaliation.

Following the attacks, the suit claims statements and actions of 
discrimination intensified, despite complaints to upper management, to 
include: "What cave have you been hiding in?" "If you don't get hired 
by 
Mesa, you can always train to be a terrorist," "The Osama Bin Laden 
Scholarship Fund is paying for your training," and a nickname was given 
to 
Mr. Nickman of "terrorist in training."  In addition, Mr. Nickman was 
asked 
by instructors in front of other student whether he had been 
interviewed by 
the FBI yet, what his "real" name was, where he was "really" from, and 
whether he was a practicing Muslim.

					-END-

Questions may be directed to Frank Nickman at 714-222-0909 or Deedra 
Abboud 
with CAIR-AZ at 602-262-CAIR (2247)

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NOTE: Those subject to the present special registration guidelines 
should 
still contact an immigration attorney to discuss their legal status. 
SEE: 
http://uscis.gov/graphics/shared/lawenfor/specialreg/

MUSLIMS WELCOME POSSIBLE END OF 'SPECIAL REGISTRATION'

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/19/2003) - A prominent national Islamic civil 
rights 
organization today welcomed an apparent decision of the Bush 
administration 
to eliminate a visitor registration program that primarily targeted 
Muslim 
men and drew complaints from civil liberties groups.

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was 
reacting to media reports that the Department of Homeland Security 
Government may announce an end to the special registration program 
within 
days. A new system, using photographs and fingerprints to log entries 
and 
exits at ports of entry will be introduced in January.

The special registration program, instituted last year, required 
nonimmigrant males from 25 Muslim-majority nations to register with 
immigration authorities or face detention and deportation. A little 
known 
provision of the program requires annual re-registration. Critics view 
the 
re-registration requirement, and the entire registration process, as 
being 
designed to create "deportation traps" targeting Muslims and of little 
value in promoting national security

SEE: "U.S. Set to Revise How It Tracks Some Visitors"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A1806-2003Nov20.html

"We would applaud the elimination of the special registration program 
because it singled out visitors based on their religion and national 
origin, alienated law-abiding visitors and did little or nothing to 
improve 
national security," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. "Like all 
Americans, Muslims are concerned about national security and will 
support 
any measures that treat all visitors equally."

Awad added that any new screening procedures should not be based on 
religion, ethnicity or national origin.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in 
Washington, D.C., and has 25 regional offices and chapters nationwide 
and 
in Canada.
					
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CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: 
cair@cair-net.org; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: 
rahmed@cair-net.org

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MUSLIM CHAPLAIN'S BACKERS PRESS FOR HIS RELEASE
Janet I. Tu, Seattle Times, 11/21/03
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2001797413_yee21m.html

With impassioned pleas for civil justice, about 100 local Muslims and 
civil-rights activists gathered last night in Seattle calling for the 
pre-trial release of Capt. James Yee, a former Fort Lewis Army Muslim 
chaplain accused of mishandling classified documents.

Yee was arrested Sept. 10 in Jacksonville, Fla., after federal agents 
said 
the chaplain was found with sketches of the Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, 
military 
prison to which he was assigned. They also said he had documents 
concerning 
captured Taliban and al-Qaida fighters, to whom he ministered, and 
their 
U.S. interrogators. Initial reports, many citing unidentified 
government 
sources, said Yee was being held on suspicion of sedition and 
espionage.

But on Oct. 10, military authorities formally charged Yee with 
considerably 
less serious offenses: disobeying a general order by taking classified 
material home and transporting classified material without proper 
security 
containers.

"Captain Yee has already been tried and convicted in the media before 
there 
were even charges brought against him," said Samia El-Moslimany, vice 
chairwoman of the Seattle chapter of Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, 
which sponsored yesterday's event. "He was basically branded as a spy 
and 
traitor to his country. We think this is happening because he's Muslim 
and 
Chinese American..."

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CARTOON RAISES A STINK
Gene Weingarten, Washington Post, 11/21/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A2184-2003Nov20.html

Did Johnny Hart -- the beloved creator of "B.C." and one of the most 
widely 
read cartoonists on Earth -- sneak a vulgar defamation of Islam into 
the 
comics pages last week?

The question was raised yesterday by the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations (CAIR), a Washington-based civil rights group, in an e-mail 
to 
its membership.

Hart and his syndicate say no -- that a simple, straightforward joke is 
being misconstrued. That may well be true, but the 73-year-old 
cartoonist's 
history of evangelizing his Christian beliefs through his comic cavemen 
have left many people doubtful.

The cartoon, which appeared Nov. 10 in more than 1,200 newspapers 
worldwide 
-- including The Washington Post -- shows a caveman entering an 
outhouse at 
night, and then saying, from inside, "Is it just me, or does it stink 
in 
here?"

The first public questioning of this cartoon arose in a 
washingtonpost.com 
chat Tuesday, when a reader noted that the cartoon seemed to make no 
sense, 
except metaphorically. The reader noted that the cartoon contained six 
crescent moons -- three in the sky, and three on the outhouse door -- 
and 
wondered if this might have been a veiled slur on the world's 1 billion 
practicing Muslims...

Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR's spokesman, underscored the stealth: "I think the 
reason there might not have been initial complaints is that it's so 
cryptic. If you know who the cartoonist is, what he's done in the past, 
then it becomes clear. Otherwise, it's just an unfunny joke."

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SICKO KILLER DUCKS DEATH IN PLEA DEAL
Denise Buffa, New York Post, 11/20/03
http://www.nypost.com/cgi-bin/printfriendly.pl

The sick suspect who shot four men dead in Brooklyn and Queens last 
year to 
avenge the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers admitted yesterday he's 
a 
serial killer, and will go to jail for the rest of his life in order to 
avoid the death penalty.

Larme Price, who told police he had killed to punish people who 
appeared to 
be of Middle Eastern descent, admitted in court yesterday he blew away 
Guyana native John Freddy, 43, in an Ozone Park market on Feb. 8, 2003 
- 
launching his shooting spree with a .40-caliber handgun.

Price, an unemployed 31-year-old who has a history of mental illness 
and 
arrests, also admitted to blasting Indian immigrant Sukhjit "Sammy" 
Khajala, 50, at a Mill Basin minimart two hours later.

He said he continued the bloodshed on March 10, when he killed 
Urkraine-born Albert Kotlyar, 32, in a Bedford-Stuyvesant laundry. He 
also 
admitted killing Mohammed Abdo Nasser Ali, 54, 10 days later in a Crown 
Heights store.

As part of the deal struck between the Brooklyn DA's Office and Capital 
Defenders Office, and approved by Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Neil 
Firetog, Price will get life without parole for first-degree murder 
when he 
is sentenced in February...

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MUSLIMS SEEK TO CLEAR UP MISPERCEPTIONS ABOUT ISLAM
David Shelby, Washington File, 11/19/03
http://usinfo.state.gov/usinfo/products/washfile.html

Washington -- The holy month of Ramadan offers Muslim Americans a 
unique 
opportunity to share their religion with non-Muslim Americans, 
according to 
Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR).

Speaking as a guest on the November 19 "Global Exchange" television 
program, Awad said, "I believe that Ramadan is the best opportunity for 
Muslims to teach others about Islam because everybody wants to know 
what 
this month is all about."

CAIR is a Washington based advocacy group that seeks to promote a 
positive 
image of Islam and Muslims in America and present an Islamic 
perspective on 
issues of importance to the American public.

The group carries its message through newsletters, on its Web site, and 
in 
books and media information materials that it distributes to thousands 
of 
libraries and press organizations through its network of 25 regional 
offices, and through mosques and Islamic centers around the country...

ALSO SEE:

CHURCH REACHES OUT TO UNITE FAITHS
Joshua Pelzer, Los Angeles Times, 11/21/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/clv/la-clv-fastbreak21nov21,1,1101726.story

CLAREMONT - Omar Ahmed never knew fasting was something Muslims and 
Christians had in common or that Christianity has so many 
denominations.

But a recent ecumenical gathering of area Muslims and Christians set 
him 
straight...

Omar Hartzler - a retired missionary to Africa - had a good 
understanding 
of Islam, but not the specific forms of worship...

Hartzler and about 20 others from the Claremont United Methodist Church 
joined area Muslims to celebrate the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, 
which 
celebrates God's revelation of the Koran - Islam's holy book - to the 
prophet Muhammad.

Worshipers participated in the traditional fast-breaking meal at a 
private 
Muslim home in Claremont, which followed a potluck dinner held at the 
church a week prior. The church hosted more than 60 Muslims and 
Christians 
who sat and ate together as part of a church outreach effort to other 
faiths...

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HINDUS IN NORTHERN INDIA FAST IN SOLIDARITY WITH MUSLIMS
Babu lal Sharma, Associated Press, 11/21/03

LUCKNOW, India - In a region of northern India plagued by bitter 
Hindu-Muslim relations, some Hindus have observed the monthlong Ramadan 
fast in solidarity with their Muslim neighbors.

Shruti Sharma, who stays at a women's hostel with four Muslim 
residents, is 
among 14 Hindus partaking in the dawn-to-dusk fasting.

"The fast has no religious overtone," she told The Associated Press on 
Friday. "This is a mark of solidarity with our Muslim friends."

Muslims and Hindus in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state have been at 
loggerheads over plans by Hindu fundamentalists to construct a temple 
in 
Ayodhya town on the site of a 16th-century mosque, destroyed by a Hindu 
mob 
in 1992.

The mosque's demolition triggered violence in which an estimated 2,000 
people died across the country.

"It looks very nice that our Hindu friends also keep fast with us. This 
has 
built a special bond between us," said Nuzhat Khan, one of the Muslim 
women 
at the hostel in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh's capital.

This camaraderie is also reflected in social gatherings, as some 
organizations in Lucknow have sponsored programs for both Hindus and 
Muslims to sit together to break their fast in the evening...

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ISLAMIC HOLIDAY CAN BUILD BRIDGES
Contra Costa Times, 11/20/03 
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/living/people/teens/7307533.htm

Here I am, working an eight-hour weekend shift at Jamba Juice. Watching 
all 
these refreshing drinks being made, yet know that I cannot have a 
single sip.

Why? I am fasting during the Islamic month of Ramadan.

Ramadan is honored during the ninth month in the Hijra (Islamic) 
calendar. 
More than 1 billion Muslims participate in this holy month, in which 
parts 
of the Qu'ran were revealed to the prophet Mohammed.

Fasting is a big part of it. One of the purposes of fasting is to learn 
self-control. Fasting also helps a person become more spiritual. 
Another 
benefit is realizing or developing sympathy for the poor, who cannot 
afford 
to eat a great deal.

As you can imagine, it is different to fast in the United States than 
in an 
Islamic country. Here, you are one of the few people you are with on a 
daily basis who are fasting.

And during lunch at your basic public high school, it's not easy to 
watch 
friends debate whether to go to Panda Express or to In-N-Out. It is 
also 
sometimes tough having to sit through a lesson on imaginary numbers 
when 
you have not eaten and did not drink anything all day...

ALSO SEE:

ISLAMIC CENTER OFFERS CHARITY
Kat Bergeron, Sun Herald, 11/21/03
http://www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/living/7314495.htm

One of the five tenets, or "pillars," of Islam is charity, and 
following 
that dictate, congregates of The Biloxi Islamic Center are bringing 
food 
and clothing to their mosque throughout Ramadan, the monthlong holy 
observance that includes fasting, reflection and prayer.

On Saturday, they will set up tables at the center on Keller Avenue and 
distribute the food and clothing to South Mississippi's less fortunate.

"Anyone who needs this is welcome," said Sabree Rashid, the center's 
Sura 
board chairman. "Because this is the first year we are doing this as a 
community, we don't know who or how many will come. We hope to respond 
to 
needs and build on this program bigger and better each year.

"By fasting through Ramadan, we get a small sample of what it is like 
to 
want and to need, because we're fasting from sunrise to sunset with no 
food 
or water. We experience hypoglycemia, tiredness and weakness and hunger 
pangs. We can relate to being poor and without food and we want to help 
others overcome it, even if on a small scale like our care packages."

In the past, individual congregates have donated items to the needy 
during 
Ramadan, but the center has decided an organized effort would reach 
more 
people...

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GEN. FRANKS DOUBTS CONSTITUTION WILL SURVIVE WMD ATTACK
John O. Edwards, NewsMax.com, 11/21/03
http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2003/11/20/185048.shtml

Gen. Tommy Franks says that if the United States is hit with a weapon 
of 
mass destruction that inflicts large casualties, the Constitution will 
likely be discarded in favor of a military form of government.

Franks, who successfully led the U.S. military operation to liberate 
Iraq, 
expressed his worries in an extensive interview he gave to the men's 
lifestyle magazine Cigar Aficionado.

In the magazine's December edition, the former commander of the 
military's 
Central Command warned that if terrorists succeeded in using a weapon 
of 
mass destruction (WMD) against the U.S. or one of our allies, it would 
likely have catastrophic consequences for our cherished republican form 
of 
government.

Discussing the hypothetical dangers posed to the U.S. in the wake of 
Sept. 
11, Franks said that "the worst thing that could happen" is if 
terrorists 
acquire and then use a biological, chemical or nuclear weapon that 
inflicts 
heavy casualties.

If that happens, Franks said, "... the Western world, the free world, 
loses 
what it cherishes most, and that is freedom and liberty we've seen for 
a 
couple of hundred years in this grand experiment that we call 
democracy."

Franks then offered "in a practical sense" what he thinks would happen 
in 
the aftermath of such an attack...

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35 INJURED AS ATTACKERS BOMB PACKED MOSQUE IN WESTERN INDIA.
Agence France Presse, 11/21/03

Unidentified attackers on motorcycles hurled bombs at a mosque Friday 
in 
the western Indian state of Maharashtara, leaving about 35 people 
injured, 
police and officials said.

Earlier reports had put at 26 the number of people hit by the blasts in 
the 
state's Parbhani town but the United News of India (UNI) newsagency 
quoting 
senior officials said the number of reported injured was at least 35.

The police said at least three men on motorbikes hurled the explosives 
at 
the ancient mosque just as worshippers were dispersing from Friday 
prayers 
in Parbhani, some 400 kilometres (250 miles) east of Bombay.

Maharashtara state Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhubjal, who is also 
in 
charge of domestic security, however, said only two men were involved 
in 
the attack, adding the injured were being treated for superficial 
injuries...

So far, nobody has claimed responsibility for the attack, which came 
five 
days before the start of the annual Eid al-Fitr Muslim religious 
festival, 
which marks the end of the month of Ramadan...

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KARADZIC WANTED SREBRENICA MUSLIMS KILLED - WITNESS.
Reuters, 11/21/03	
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L21415092.htm

THE HAGUE-  Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic told a local 
politician "all the Muslims need to be killed" days before the 1995 
Srebrenica massacre of up to 8,000 Muslim men and boys, the Hague 
tribunal 
heard on Friday.

Miroslav Deronjic, a former Bosnian Serb politician who has pleaded 
guilty 
to war crimes at the tribunal, said he met Karadzic - one of the 
court's 
most wanted men - in early July 1995, shortly before Serbs attacked the 
U.N.-declared "safe area" of Srebrenica in eastern Bosnia.

Krstic was convicted of genocide in 2001 and jailed for 46 years for 
the 
Srebrenica massacre, Europe's worst atrocity since World War Two. His 
appeal is due to begin next week.

The International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia has charged 
Karadzic and his military commander Ratko Mladic - to whom Krstic 
reported 
- with genocide for the massacre in Srebrenica during the 1992-5 
Bosnian war.

Along with Karadzic, Mladic is the Hague's top fugitive...

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CHICAGO MUSLIMS DONATE GENEROUSLY DURING HOLY MONTH OF RAMADAN

The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIO), an 
umbrella 
organization representing over 400,000 Muslims throughout Chicagoland, 
proudly announces that Muslim-American organizations throughout 
Chicagoland 
are conducting food drives and fundraisers for Chicago's needy.  The 
food 
drives are a part of the celebration of the Islamic holy month of 
Ramadan. 
Ramadan is the month on the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims 
abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from break of dawn 
to 
sunset. Ramadan began on October 27, 2003.  Eid ul-Fitr 
(EED-al-FITTER), or 
"feast of fast breaking" is tentatively set for November 25, 2003.

Among other initiatives, Muslim-American mosques and community groups 
are 
collecting food for donation to local food banks and holding 
fund-raisers 
for local food pantries.  This includes a fundraiser for distribution 
of 
Thanksgiving turkeys at a school on Chicago's South Side.  Such 
efforts, 
which have taken place for several years, highlight the emphasis in 
Islam 
on giving to the less fortunate.  The Noble Quran repeatedly exhorts 
Muslims to charity with statements like: "The parable of those who 
spend 
their wealth for the sake of Allah is that of a grain of corn: it grows 
seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains. For Allah grants 
manifold 
increase to whom He wills. And Allah is All-Embracing, Infinite and 
All-Knowing." [2:265]

Kareem Irfan, Chairman of the CIO stated, "Muslims throughout 
Chicagoland 
are opening their hearts and their pocketbooks during Ramadan, this 
holiest 
of months.  Charity is a basic tenet of Islam and it is by giving 
generously that we enrich our community and fulfill our social contract 
with our neighbors."

The following is a list of some food drives and fund raisers taking 
place 
in Chicagoland:

Islamic Cultural Center (ICC -Northbrook) & Universal School ICC has 
raised 
funds to provide five meals for 200 people at the Christian Industrial 
League (homeless shelter offering variety of services).  Students from 
Universal School (a private Muslim school located in Bridgeview, IL) 
will 
serve the food every Sunday at the Christian Industrial League.

Mosque Foundation, Bridgeview	
Contact Oussama Jammal: (708) 636-2003 x201
The mosque has raised funds which it intends to donate to a food pantry 
in
Worth, IL.

Muslim Education Center School	
Contact Principal Habeeb Quadri: (847) 470-8801. Students from both the 
Full -Time school and the MEC Sunday School will; Host an Interfaith 
Iftaar 
with Students from Loyola Academy and Jewish High School; Students 
volunteer weekly at the Molloy School for children with disabilities 
and 
will celebrate the Eid Holiday with Molloy students; Student Council 
members are volunteering at soup kitchens; and All students are 
participating in a school-wide canned food drive. The food will be 
delivered to the Chicago Food Depository and the Morton Grove Fire 
Department.

Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) and Inner City Islamic Center 
(ICIC) Contact Amina Peterson: (773) 434-4626. Have jointly established 
food pantry serving Chicago land and surrounding areas which is open 
for 
food distribution Sundays from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Appointments 
and 
drop-off services are also available to those in need. Participants are 
often referred to additional community resources to meet the variety of 
needs they may have in addition to food. The Pantry offers nutrition 
education to all participants through workshops and literature.

Muslim Society of Glendale Heights
Members of the congregation are collecting canned foods which will be 
donated to the Food Pantry maintained by the Inner-City Muslim Action 
Network.  Nine hundred canned food items were donated last year.

Islamic Foundation -Villa Park	
Contact Toni Khatib: (708) 609-0874. Ramadan Service Project for the 
Islamic Foundation Muslim Cub Scouts:  Collecting requested items for 
the 
seriously ill children at the Ronald McDonald House at Loyola 
Hospital.  The Cub Scouts will deliver the gifts Nov. 29-30.

Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America
Contact Munir Chaudry: (773) 283-3708. Sabeel Food Pantry was 
established 
to reach out to those individuals and families who are in need of 
assistance and to help supplement their necessities by providing 
nutritious 
food and other consumables.

Muslim Bar Association
Contact Kamran Memon: (312) 786.0200, ext'n 14 Muslim-American 
community 
Turkey Drive for the needy families of McCosh Elementary School in 
Chicago.  Two hundred turkeys were donated last year.

For further information, contact: Farhan Younus at fyounus@ciogc.org or 
at 
630-926-5566.

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CENTER OF THE STUDY OF ISLAM & DEMOCRACY BANQUET DINNER

WHAT: The Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy (CSID) is hosting 
the 
CSID banquet dinner, on Saturday, November, 22 in Alexandria, VA just 
outside Washington DC. They have invited three prominent Muslim 
scholars 
and experts to address the question of:

The Road to Democracy in Iraq
The Role of Religion in Politics

Laith Kubba, National Endowment for Democracy
Abdelaziz Sachedina, University of Virginia
Merve Kavakci, Turkish Ex-Parliamentarian
Louay Safi (CSID, Moderator)

Enjoy the debate and wonderful Afghani food while helping to support 
CSID, 
and strengthen the voice of moderation, reason, and freedom in the 
Muslim 
world.

WHEN:  Saturday, November 22, 2003 - 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

WHERE: The Afghan Restaurant, 2700 Jefferson Davis Highway (route 1), 
Alexandria, Virginia (1 mile South of Crystal City) in Alexandria, 
Virginia

Tickets are $60/person and $100/couple (Students are $30/person and 
$50/couple) For More Information, to reserve a seat, or to buy a table, 
please call 202-276-7994, e-mail: masmoudi@islam-democracy.org, or Fax 
to:  202-222-0295

You may join/donate online at: 
http://www.islam-democracy.org/get_involved.asp

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 11/23/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: RESPECT COVENANTS
* ONLY 1 DAY LEFT TO REGISTER FOR CAIR'S DC DINNER
	- Rep. Tubbs Sends Letter of Support to CAIR
	- Ramadan Campaign Raises $215K Online
* ACTION ALERT: COMMUNITY URGED TO PURCHASE EID STAMPS
* BUSH'S REMARK ABOUT GOD ASSAILED (Wash. Post)
	- Inaction Over General's Remarks (LA Times)
	- New Clergy Group Opposes Bush Re-Election (AP)
* INCITEMENT WATCH: MUSLIM CAMPS TRAIN CHILDREN TO KILL (BP)
* STUDENTS, OFFICIALS DEFEND ISLAMIC SCHOOL (Cox News)
	- Muslim SUNY Student's Expulsion Protested (NYT)
* YOUNG MUSLIMS IN EUROPE: GENERATION M (Newsweek)
* MUSLIMS, CHINESE-AMERICANS RALLY FOR CAPT. YEE (AP)
	- Mr. Padilla's Hearing (Wash. Post)
* MUSLIMS LOOK FORWARD TO EID AL-FITR (Kansas City Star)
	- Clergy Hold Hope For World (Press Enterprise)
- Muslims Ready to Celebrate Eid (St. Pete Times)
	- Mendhi: Designing Women (Chicago Tribune)
* SPECIAL REGISTRATION WILL REPORTEDLY STOP (NY Times)
* LOCAL MUSLIMS CONDEMN TERRORISM (NC Times)
* U.S. SEEKS ADVICE FROM ISRAEL ON IRAQ (LA Times)
* F.B.I. SCRUTINIZES ANTIWAR RALLIES (NY Times)
* AMJ HOSTS DISCUSSION ON ISRAELI WALL

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HADITH OF THE DAY: RESPECT COVENANTS

Narrated Anas ibn Malik - "Seldom did the (Prophet Muhammad, peace be 
upon 
him) address us without saying: 'There is no faith in one who is not 
trustworthy and there is no religion in someone who does not respect 
his 
covenant.'"

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 4

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ONLY 1 DAY LEFT TO REGISTER FOR CAIR'S DC DINNER 11/29!
Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones Sends Letter of Support to CAIR

Registration for CAIR's Ninth Annual Fundraising Dinner on November 
29th in 
Washington, D.C., closes after next Monday. (CAIR's dinners have often 
been 
sold out in the past, so ACT NOW to reserve your place.) The dinner, 
with 
the theme "Muslims in America: A Defining Moment," features 
presidential 
candidate Dennis Kucinich as the keynote speaker.

In a letter to CAIR, CONGRESSWOMAN STEPHANIE TUBBS JONES writes: "I 
would 
like to extend congratulations to you on the occasion of your annual 
fundraising dinner Muslims in America: A Defining Moment. The title of 
your 
banquet dinner reflects on the importance of your organization's work 
at 
this point in American history.

"The current climate for civil rights and freedom of speech is 
reminiscent 
of earlier eras in which our government, under the banner of national 
security persecuted groups such as Japanese Americans, suspected 
Communist 
sympathizers, and African Americans.

"This history has taught that abuses of power are wrong and 
antithetical to 
American values. Yet, in the 21st Century, history has repeated. 
Legitimate 
concerns about national security have again been turned against 
specific 
groups in our society to abrogate the right we hold most dear.

"I commend CAIR for its work in educating the public about Muslim 
communities and its defense of civil rights. CAIR's advocacy is fully 
supportive of the Constitutional principles articulated by our 
country's 
founders, and which we must work together to strengthen and uphold. I 
wish 
you much success in your endeavors."

WHERE: Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons 
Corner/Vienna, VA.

COST: Tickets: $55/$85 per couple R.S.V.P. by Nov. 24, 2003
No children please. (Limited babysitting with prior notice only - $10 
per 
child.)

REGISTER FOR CAIR'S DINNER BY GOING TO:
https://www.cair-net.org/2003dinner-register.asp

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RAMADAN CAMPAIGN RAISES $215K ONLINE

CAIR's Million in Ramadan Campaign has raised over $215,000 online! 
You, 
too, can support an organization that works to empower and protect the 
American Muslim community.

Please, donate generously to the campaign. Every donation counts!

Support us by donating online at:
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/millionforislam.asp

To view a short video on CAIR, go to www.cair-net.org

(NOTE: Scholars says CAIR is able to receive ZAKAT donations.)

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CAIR ACTION ALERT! COMMUNITY URGED TO PURCHASE EID STAMPS

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/23/03) - The Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR) wishes to remind the Muslim community that Eid Stamps are 
available 
for purchase at local post offices or online.

CAIR has received a few complaints that post offices were stating that 
they 
were not carrying the stamp anymore. However, CAIR has looked into this 
issue and found that some postal workers were not aware that the Eid 
stamp 
is a regular issue stamp.

ACTIONS REQUESTED:

1. Make sure the Eid stamp is available at your local post office. Ask 
to 
talk to a supervisor if an employee says it is not being issued.

2. Buy the Eid stamp and encourage others to buy it. The stamp is 
available 
at the Postal Store (www.usps.com), or by calling toll free
1-800-STAMP-24.

3. Use the Eid stamp on all correspondence.

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BUSH'S REMARK ABOUT GOD ASSAILED
Alan Cooperman, Washington Post, 11/22/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A4697-2003Nov21.html

Evangelical Christian leaders expressed dismay yesterday over President 
Bush's statement that Christians and Muslims worship the same god, 
saying 
it had caused discomfort within his conservative religious base. But 
most 
predicted that the political impact would be short-lived.

At a news conference with Prime Minister Tony Blair in England on 
Thursday, 
a reporter noted that Bush has often said that freedom is a gift from 
"the 
Almighty" but questioned whether Bush believes that "Muslims worship 
the 
same Almighty" that he does.

"I do say that freedom is the Almighty's gift to every person," the 
president replied. "I also condition it by saying freedom is not 
America's 
gift to the world. It's much greater than that, of course. And I 
believe we 
worship the same god."

Bush's remarks sent immediate shock waves through Christian Web sites 
and 
radio broadcasts. A Baptist Press report quoted Richard D. Land, 
president 
of the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, the 
nation's 
largest Protestant denomination, as saying that Bush "is simply 
mistaken."

"We should always remember that he is commander in chief, not 
theologian in 
chief," Land said in a telephone interview yesterday. "The Bible is 
clear 
on this: The one and true god is Jehovah, and his only begotten son is 
Jesus Christ..."

Sayyid M. Syeed, secretary general of the Islamic Society of North 
America, 
responded to Bush's statement with a single word: Alhamdullah, Thanks 
be to 
God.

"We read again and again in the Koran that our god is the god of 
Abraham, 
the god of Noah, the god of Jesus," he said. "It would not come to the 
mind 
of a Muslim that there is a different god that Abraham or Jesus or 
Moses 
was praying to."

ALSO SEE:

BUSH'S INACTION OVER GENERAL'S ISLAM REMARKS RILES TWO FAITHS
Johanna Neuman, LA Times, 11/23/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-boykin23nov23,1,1999740.story

WASHINGTON - More than a month has passed since the disclosure that a 
fundamentalist Christian policymaker at the Pentagon had disparaged 
Muslims 
for worshipping idols.

Yet to U.S. diplomats charged with selling America to the Arab world, 
the 
remarks by Lt. Gen. William G. "Jerry" Boykin are an albatross they 
cannot 
seem to shake.

"I get calls from officials in Arab countries every day about Boykin," 
said 
James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute. "They are 
stunned 
nothing has happened."

While the Pentagon investigates Boykin's remarks, the passage of time 
is 
turning the episode into a no-win dilemma for the Bush administration, 
pitting its need to reach out to the Arab world against the sentiments 
of 
fundamentalist Christians, who form a core constituency heading into an 
election year.

Both camps are livid about the White House response to Boykin's remarks 
- 
President Bush has distanced himself but has not taken any steps to 
remove 
him - and profess amazement that the matter has not yet been resolved 
in 
their favor...

Some critics say they are not gunning for Boykin's dismissal, but 
rather 
his removal from a position of such sensitivity in the Arab world.

Among other things, he helps oversee the hunt for Al Qaeda's Bin Laden 
and 
Iraq's Saddam Hussein.

"You can even promote him to general in charge of counting shoes for 
Third 
Infantry Division if you want," said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the 
Council of American Islamic Relations...

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NEW CLERGY GROUP OPPOSES BUSH RE-ELECTION
Sharon Theimer, Associated Press, 11/22/03
http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-ap-preachers-politics,0,6743904.story

WASHINGTON - Aiming to become the Christian Coalition of the left, 
liberal 
and moderate religious leaders are founding a political group to oppose 
President Bush's re-election and try to turn their congregations into 
election-year activists.

The Clergy Leadership Network will help churches, temples and mosques 
develop voter registration programs, run its own get-out-the-vote 
drives 
and, if it can generate enough money, air issue ads, the Rev. Albert 
Pennybacker, the group's president and chief executive and former 
president 
of the Interfaith Alliance, said Friday.

The group, which comprises Jews, Muslims and Christians, will counter 
the 
conservative voice of Christian groups such as the Christian Coalition, 
said Pennybacker, who belongs to the Disciples of Christ.

The network's leaders stop short of saying they want a Democrat in the 
White House after next year's elections, but make it clear they want a 
change in leadership, both the president and the Republican-controlled 
Congress.

Among other issues, the network contends the Bush administration has 
unacceptably interfered in the separation of church and state through 
programs such as its ``faith-based initiatives.'' The program offers 
federal money to religious organizations for work with the homeless and 
drug addicts and alcoholics...

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INCITEMENT WATCH: MUSLIM CAMPS TRAIN CHILDREN TO KILL, DOCUMENTARY SAYS
David Roach, Baptist Press News, 11/21/03
http://www.sbcbaptistpress.org/bpnews.asp?ID=17150

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Extremist Islamic camps in the Middle East train 
more 
than 10,000 Arab children each year how to commit suicide bombings, 
perpetuate other acts of violence and develop hatred toward Jews, 
according 
to "The New Barbarians," a documentary produced by filmmaker, Caryl 
Matrisciana, who is a Southern Baptist.

Samuel Shahid, who teaches Islamic studies at Southwestern Baptist 
Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, warns though, that only a 
small 
percentage of Muslims engage in violence toward Jews. In fact, videos 
like 
The New Barbarians may cause viewers to inappropriately caricature all 
Muslims as violent, Shahid said.

Any church or individual that chooses to show The New Barbarians, added 
Shahid, must tell viewers that the majority of Muslims in the Middle 
East 
seek a peaceful resolution to conflict with the Jewish people.

The documentary, released earlier this year, also contends that a 
significant number of the 1.6 million Muslims in the United States 
financially support the Middle Eastern camps.

Matrisciana, who has more than 20 years experience as a filmmaker, 
produced 
The New Barbarians by compiling footage from Arab television, news 
reports 
and other documentaries. This footage shows the graphic aftermath of 
terrorist bombings and details how Islamic camps are training Arab 
children 
as young as 5 years-old to use machine guns, slit human throats, hijack 
cars and strap explosives to themselves, Matrisciana told Baptist 
Press...

"This religion [Islam] of such cruelty and mayhem is motivating tiny 
little 
children to blow themselves up as human bombs to get a position in 
Islamic 
paradise. ... Ultimately, I compare the worldview of the Creator God 
with 
the worldview of Islam," she said…

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STUDENTS, OFFICIALS DEFEND ISLAMIC SCHOOL
Eunice Moscoso, Cox News Service, 11/21/03
http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/news/content/coxnet/headlines/1121_muslimschool.html

Leesburg, Va. -- A small Islamic graduate school, tucked in the corner 
of a 
suburban, red-brick industrial park, has come under fire on Capitol 
Hill 
for alleged ties to extremist groups and a terrorism-financing 
operation.

But the school's president and students say the charges are unfounded 
and 
"downright un-American..."

The school's president, Taha Alalwani, has been named in a recently 
released affidavit as one of the leaders of a group of companies and 
charities that the government suspects is funneling money to support 
Islamic terrorist groups. The document was written by David Kane, an 
investigator with the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and 
Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.

Alalwani denies the charges and his attorney Nancy Luque said the 
investigation was "a lot like McCarthyism..."

ALSO SEE:

MUSLIM SUNY STUDENT'S EXPULSION IS PROTESTED
Sabrina Tavernise, New York Times, 11/22/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/22/nyregion/22STUD.html

Groups of legal advocates and students protested the arrest and 
expulsion 
of a State University of New York Maritime College student yesterday, 
claiming the college singled out the student, a Muslim from Nigeria, 
after 
he argued with a college official to lower his tuition. The Bronx-based 
college denied it had called the authorities, citing privacy laws that 
prohibit academic institutions from disclosing information about their 
students.

The case has become a rallying point for immigrant advocacy groups, who 
say 
it is an example of the heightened scrutiny immigrants have received 
since 
the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Under federal rules, in 
particular 
a regulation requiring immigrants from 25 countries to register in a 
special process with federal authorities, thousands of immigrants could 
face deportation.

"This case exemplifies conditions within schools where administrators 
are 
able to abuse their authority by threatening foreign students," said 
Monami 
Maulik, an immigrant advocate who has taken up the case and led a rally 
yesterday outside 26 Federal Plaza in Lower Mahattan.

The student, Sulaiman Oladokun, 28, has been in a New Jersey jail since 
March, when agents from the Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested him in 
the 
college library. About two weeks after his arrest, the college expelled 
him. It was two months before he was scheduled to graduate. He is being 
held by immigration authorities on charges that he falsified his 
Nigerian 
college records, a charge he denies. Mr. Oladokun's United States 
student 
visa was issued based on his Nigerian academic record, Ms. Maulik 
said...

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GENERATION M
Europe: A young generation of homegrown Muslims is challenging the 
region's 
self-image
Carla Power and Christopher Dickey, Newsweek, 12/1/03
http://www.msnbc.com/news/997156.asp

Dec. 1 issue - The debate about where or whether Islam belongs in 
Europe 
has become a conversational genre. To ban or not to ban headscarves in 
schools? Terrorism versus civil liberties? Whither multiculturalism? 
All 
worthy questions, you may say, but what do they have to do with 
charcuterie?

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MUSLIMS, CHINESE-AMERICANS RALLY IN DEFENSE OF GUANTANAMO DETAINEE
Associated Press, 11/22/03
http://www.komotv.com/stories/28441.htm

SEATTLE - Muslim and Chinese-American advocates are calling for the 
pretrial release of Army Capt. James Yee, a former Muslim chaplain at 
the 
Guantanamo Bay prison who is charged with mishandling classified 
information.

A Chinese-American who converted to Islam after graduating from West 
Point, 
Yee was arrested Sept. 10 in Jacksonville, Fla., after federal agents 
said 
they found him carrying sketches of the military prison at Guantanamo 
Bay, 
Cuba, where he counseled al-Qaida and Taliban prisoners.

Agents also said Yee had documents concerning captured Taliban and 
al-Quaida fighters to whom he had ministered, and their U.S. 
interrogators.

Once a chaplain at Fort Lewis, Wash., Yee was charged Oct. 10 with 
disobeying a general order by taking classified material home and 
transporting classified information without proper security containers.

The penalty for each charge is two years in prison and military 
dismissal. 
Yee is being held at a naval brig in Charleston, S.C.

His wife, Huda Suboh, 29, lives in Olympia with the couple's two young 
children, and said it has angered her to hear people refer to her 
husband 
as an alleged spy...

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MR. PADILLA'S HEARING
Washington Post, 11/23/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A7261-2003Nov22.html

AT LAST, a federal appeals court has treated the government's assertion 
of 
an unbridled power to detain U.S. citizens with the skepticism it 
deserves. 
Last week in New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit 
heard 
oral arguments in the case of Jose Padilla, an American citizen 
arrested 
domestically by civilian law enforcement who has been held 
incommunicado 
for the past year and a half as an "enemy combatant." The government 
believes that Mr. Padilla was planning a "dirty bomb" attack on behalf 
of 
al Qaeda. Since being whisked into military custody in May 2002, he has 
not 
been allowed to speak even to his lawyers or to respond in any forum to 
the 
allegations against him. The claim of essentially unchecked executive 
power 
to lock up American nationals is perhaps the single most dangerous 
position 
the Bush administration has taken since the Sept. 11 attacks. So the 
evident difficulty the three-judge panel had with the government's 
position 
is welcome.

Unfortunately, the judges focused on the wrong aspects of the 
government's 
assertion. They aggressively questioned whether the military has the 
authority to hold a citizen as an enemy combatant at all. This is a 
question the Supreme Court has long since answered. The laws of war and 
the 
American constitutional tradition alike recognize that part of fighting 
wars is capturing soldiers on the other side…

The problem here is not that Mr. Padilla is being held as an enemy 
combatant; it is that the government is denying him any meaningful 
process 
for examining the accuracy of its allegation...

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MUSLIMS LOOK FORWARD TO EID AL-FITR
Helen T. Gray, Kansas City Star, 11/22/03
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascitystar/living/religion/7320544.htm

Thousands of Muslims from throughout the region will begin their 
celebration of the end of Ramadan with communal prayer early next week 
at 
the Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd., Overland Park.

The Eid al-Fitr celebration will take place Tuesday or Wednesday, 
depending 
on the ending of Ramadan, which will be determined by the sighting of 
the 
new moon. In Islam, Ramadan is the ninth month of the lunar calendar.

During the month, Muslims abstain from food, drink and sexual relations 
from dawn to sunset. The fast is one of the Five Pillars, or 
fundamental 
obligations, of Islam, and Eid al-Fitr is one of the two major Islamic 
holidays. The other, Eid al-Adha, is held in connection with hajj, the 
pilgrimage to Mecca...

For information on the date of the celebration, call the Islamic 
Society of 
Greater Kansas City at (816) 763-2267.

ALSO SEE:

CLERGY ON RAMADAN HOLD HOPE FOR WORLD
Sharyn Obsatz, Press-Enterprise, 11/22/03
http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_NEWS_ninter23.a1390.html

FONTANA - They stood in a circle, holding hands, heads bowed in prayer. 
Muslim, Christian and Jew, men and women, united by fellowship and a 
love 
of good food.

Twenty people gathered for an interfaith Ramadan dinner Saturday 
evening at 
the Fontana home of Aslam Abdullah, editor of the Minaret and the 
Muslim 
Observer, and his wife, Amtul Aziz.

Before a meal of meat curry and beef kabobs, they sat in the living 
room, 
shaking their heads in frustration over the recent suicide bombings in 
Turkey and Iraq.

"It makes me very sad to see what's happening," said Parveen Imdad 
Ahmad, a 
Pakistani Muslim immigrant who lives in Upland and works at Patton 
State 
Hospital near Highland. "So many people get up in the morning to fast 
and 
are killed by their own people."

Adherents of different religions follow different pathways to the same 
God, 
said the Rev. Gilford Bisjak of Highland Congregational Church.

"When we are destroying each other and using our religion as a 
rationale, 
then we're really betraying the essential principles of our faith," he 
said...

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MUSLIMS READY TO CELEBRATE RAMADAN EID
Waveney Ann Moore, St. Petersburg Times, 11/23/03
http://www.sptimes.com/2003/11/23/Neighborhoodtimes/Muslims_ready_to_cele.shtml

ST. PETERSBURG - In this country, the everyday world doesn't stop for 
Muslims during Ramadan, when obligation requires that they abstain from 
eating, drinking and other sensual pleasures from sunrise to sunset.

Monday or Tuesday, though, life should resume its normal rhythm for 
Muslims 
in the Tampa Bay area with the sighting of the new moon that signals 
the 
end of Islam's holiest month and the beginning of the three-day 
festival, 
Eid al-Fitr...

In some predominantly Muslim countries, schools and offices close 
during 
Ramadan. For American Muslims, there still is work to be done, business 
luncheons to attend and decisions to be made. During the month of 
fasting, 
Dr. Mouhannad Budeir, a dentist in Northeast Shopping Center, works 
through 
his lunch hour...

The timing of Ramadan is dictated by the moon, so the days of fasting 
are 
shorter in winter and fall months. Conversely, they drag on in the 
summer. 
Aquil recalled the Ramadan he worked outdoors in 90-degree weather. A 
longtime convert, these days there's no avoiding the business lunches 
and 
dinners that come with his executive responsibilities and community 
commitments...

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DESIGNING WOMEN
Kimberly Palmer, Chicago Tribune, 11/23/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/lifestyle/q/chi-0311230485nov23,1,6137407.story

Afia Parveen, a beautician at the salon Great Cuts on Devon Avenue, 
keeps 
her dark hair partially covered with a white scarf as she shows a 
customer 
photos of the different designs she has drawn on people's bodies. Her 
salon 
is quiet, with just a few customers getting their eyebrows shaped and 
hair cut.

But in a few days, the salon will be transformed into henna central. 
"Just 
for the end of Ramadan, there are more than 100 people here. We had to 
hire 
an extra girl just to do mendhi," says Parveen, who is 19 and who 
recently 
moved to Chicago from Pakistan. She plans to work until 1 a.m. and move 
customers into the front and back rooms of the salon, which is 
decorated 
with photos of elaborate henna, also known as mendhi, on brides' hands 
and 
feet.

Henna is the practice of decorating the body with an herbal stain that 
lasts for about two weeks. Although henna can be used on any festive 
occasion, the celebration at the end of Ramadan, known as Eid 
Al-Fitrah, is 
one of the most popular times to apply the dye. It begins this week, 
depending on when the moon is sighted. Henna is not often applied 
during 
Ramadan, a month of fasting, abstention and introspection...

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SPECIAL REGISTRATION FOR ARAB IMMIGRANTS WILL REPORTEDLY STOP
Rachel L. Swarns, New York Times, 11/2/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/22/politics/22REGI.html

WASHINGTON - The Homeland Security Department has decided to stop a 
program 
that required thousands of Arab and Muslim men to register with 
immigration 
authorities after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, officials said on 
Friday.

Hoping to hunt down terrorists, immigration officials fingerprinted, 
photographed and interviewed 85,000 Muslim and Arab noncitizens from 
November 2002 to May 2003 under the program. The effort, the largest to 
register immigrants in decades, required annual reporting. Men from 
Iran, 
Iraq, Libya, Sudan and Syria began going to immigration offices for a 
second round of registrations this month.

Officials have acknowledged that most of the Arabs and Muslims who have 
complied with the requirements had no ties to terrorist groups. Of the 
85,000 men who went to immigration offices early this year, as well as 
tens 
of thousands screened at airports and border crossings, 11 had links to 
terrorism, officials said.

The program was sharply criticized by civil liberties groups and 
advocates 
for immigrants. The critics said it did little to find terrorists and 
alienated the very communities that could help uncover terrorists. 
Advocates for immigrants have also complained that immigration 
officials 
have done little to publicize the second round, touching off waves of 
confusion and anxiety.

Government officials said questions had arisen about the effectiveness 
of 
the program. They said an announcement about ending it might be made as 
early as next week...

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LOCAL MUSLIMS CONDEMN TERRORISM
Sam Hamod, North County Times, 11/22/03
http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2003/11/22/opinion/commentary/11_21_0321_36_34.txt

"To kill one innocent person is to kill all of mankind; to save one 
innocent person is to save all of mankind," according to the Koran. The 
Muslim holy book also states, "You Muslims are brothers in faith with 
the 
Jews and Christians; they are also people of the book."

Two major synagogues and a mosque were destroyed by terrorists in 
Turkey 
last week. More than two dozen people were killed, more than 40 homes 
destroyed and hundreds of Jews and Turks were wounded in the blasts.

The Turkish news service reports that two Anatolian Turks who had 
trained 
in Afghanistan with al-Qaida are the primary suspects. The Turkish 
government and the Muslim religious leaders in Turkey were outraged by 
this 
cruel and criminal act and condemned the bombings.

Islam forbids the killing of innocent people. Muslims condemn the 
bombings 
of the synagogues. I have spoken with religious leaders from Turkey, 
Egypt, 
Syria, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia and they all agree with this 
condemnation 
of the evil men who perpetrated this unholy act of terrorism...

As everyone is aware today, many times the people who perpetrate these 
acts 
claim they are Muslims. Unfortunately, we cannot stop them from making 
such 
claims. But serious Muslims condemn them and their actions. They are 
not 
true Muslims if they do such evil deeds against innocent civilians. In 
this 
case it was a double sin because it was a day of Sabbath for the 
Jews...

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U.S. SEEKS ADVICE FROM ISRAEL ON IRAQ
Esther Schrader and Josh Meyer, Los Angeles Times 11/22/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/la-fg-usisrael22nov22,1,7715171.story

WASHINGTON - Facing a bloody insurgency by guerrillas who label it an 
"occupier," the U.S. military has quietly turned to an ally experienced 
with occupation and uprisings: Israel.

In the last six months, U.S. Army commanders, Pentagon officials and 
military trainers have sought advice from Israeli intelligence and 
security 
officials on everything from how to set up roadblocks to the best way 
to 
bomb suspected guerrilla hide-outs in an urban area...

The contacts between the two governments on military tactics and 
strategies 
in Iraq are mostly classified, and officials are reluctant to give the 
impression that the U.S. is brainstorming with Israel on the best way 
to 
occupy Iraq. Cambone said there is no formal dialogue between the two 
allies on Iraq, but they are working together.

Indeed, the U.S. is loath to draw any comparison between what it says 
is 
its liberation of Iraq and what the international community has 
condemned 
as Israel's illegal occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

But Israeli and American officials confirm that with extremists 
carrying 
out suicide bombings and firing rocket-propelled grenades and missiles 
on 
U.S. forces in Iraq, the Pentagon is increasingly seeking advice from 
the 
Israeli military on how to defeat the sort of insurgency that Israel 
has 
long experience confronting...

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F.B.I. SCRUTINIZES ANTIWAR RALLIES
Eric Lictblau, New York Times, 11/23/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/23/national/23FBI.html

WASHINGTON - The Federal Bureau of Investigation has collected 
extensive 
information on the tactics, training and organization of antiwar 
demonstrators and has advised local law enforcement officials to report 
any 
suspicious activity at protests to its counterterrorism squads, 
according 
to interviews and a confidential bureau memorandum.

The memorandum, which the bureau sent to local law enforcement agencies 
last month in advance of antiwar demonstrations in Washington and San 
Francisco, detailed how protesters have sometimes used "training camps" 
to 
rehearse for demonstrations, the Internet to raise money and gas masks 
to 
defend against tear gas. The memorandum analyzed lawful activities like 
recruiting demonstrators, as well as illegal activities like using fake 
documentation to get into a secured site.

F.B.I. officials said in interviews that the intelligence-gathering 
effort 
was aimed at identifying anarchists and "extremist elements" plotting 
violence, not at monitoring the political speech of law-abiding 
protesters.

The initiative has won the support of some local police, who view it as 
a 
critical way to maintain order at large-scale demonstrations. Indeed, 
some 
law enforcement officials said they believed the F.B.I.'s approach had 
helped to ensure that nationwide antiwar demonstrations in recent 
months, 
drawing hundreds of thousands of protesters, remained largely free of 
violence and disruption...

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AMJ HOSTS DISCUSSION ON ISRAELI WALL

AMJ invites you to attend a presentation titled, "The Israeli Wall: 
Security or Apartheid," an eyewitness testimony and analysis by 
Catherine 
Cook, Senior Analyst and Media Coordinator, Middle East Research and 
Information Project.

WHEN: Monday, November 24th, 7:30 pm

WHERE: Marvin Center Amphitheater, 3rd Floor
               George Washington University
               800 21st St. NW
               Washington, DC 20052

Sponsored by: Islamic Alliance for Justice

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 11/24/03

* VERSE OF THE DAY: HONOR AND BLESSINGS
* LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR CAIR'S DC DINNER
  	- Rep. Hinchey Sends Letter of Support to CAIR
  	- Ramadan Campaign Raises $223K Online
* STEREOTYPING HURTS THE WAR (Washington Times)
* EID MUBARAK FROM CAIR
* CAIR-OHIO: MUSLIMS SHARE FEAST WITH NEIGHBORHOOD
* IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE EID (Star Tribune)
	- MD: Behind Bars, a Recast Ramadan (Wash. Post)
	- VA Muslims Reach Out in Ramadan (Virginian-Pilot)
	- FL: Ramadan Ends on Somber Note (Sun-Sentinel)
	- Muslim Holiday Testing Schools (Chicago Tribune)
* BUS DRIVERS SUSPENDED OVER HEADDRESSES (NY Newsday)
	- Ban on Headscarfs in Singapore Remain (AFP)
* SOUTH AFRICAN MUSLIMS SCOFF AT US DINNER (IOL)
* CAUGHT IN THE IMMIGRATION WEB (Daily Herald)
* MD: ISLAMIC LIBRARY OPEN HOUSE

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VERSE OF THE DAY: HONOR AND BLESSINGS

As for man, when his Lord tries him through giving him honor and 
blessings, 
he says: "My Lord is bountiful to me." But when He tries him through 
restricting his subsistence, he says: "My Lord has humiliated me."

Nay! But you did not show kindness to the orphan, nor did you encourage 
each other in feeding the poor. Greedily you lay your hands on the 
inheritance of the weak, and you love wealth with all your hearts.

Nay! You should know, when the earth will be pounded to powder, your 
Lord 
will come, with angels standing in ranks, hell shall be brought in 
sight. 
On that Day man will remember his deeds, but how is that remembrance 
going 
to profit him?

The Holy Quran, 89:15-23

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LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR CAIR'S DC DINNER 11/29!
Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey Sends Letter of Support to CAIR

Registration for CAIR's Ninth Annual Fundraising Dinner on November 
29th in 
Washington, D.C., closes after next Monday. (CAIR's dinners have often 
been 
sold out in the past, so ACT NOW to reserve your place.) The dinner, 
with 
the theme "Muslims in America: A Defining Moment," features 
presidential 
candidate Dennis Kucinich as the keynote speaker.

In a letter to CAIR, CONGRESSMAN MAURICE D. HINCHEY: "CAIR has done an 
outstanding job educating the American public about Islam and Islamic 
perceptions. American Muslims are a rapidly growing community making 
wonderful contributions to the United States. As CAIR recognizes, 
however, 
there are deep misunderstandings and misrepresentations of Islam that 
exist 
in the United States. This makes CAIR's mission one of the most 
important 
undertakings in our country today.

"We were deeply disturbed when reports surfaced of anti-remarks made by 
Lieutenant General William G. Boykin, President Bush's Deputy 
Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence and War-Fighting Support. 
Lt. 
Gen. Boykin characterized our current anti-terrorism efforts as a 
religious 
struggle and made disparaging and hostile remarks toward Islam and 
Muslims 
in public forums while in uniform. His remarks do not reflect most 
Americans' views on Islam, yet they server as a dangerous reminder that 
anti-Islam beliefs are prevalent, even at high levels of this 
government...

"It is tragic that Muslims in America continue to be unfairly targeted 
and 
stereotyped. There are now an estimated 7 million Muslims residing in 
the 
U.S. The vast majority of these people have brought with them 
traditions 
and diverse ideas that have made a tremendously positive impact on our 
community. We should embrace this community and learn from its 
members..."

WHERE: Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons 
Corner/Vienna, VA.

COST: Tickets: $55/$85 per couple R.S.V.P. by Nov. 24, 2003
No children please. (Limited babysitting with prior notice only - $10 
per 
child.)

REGISTER FOR CAIR'S DINNER BY GOING TO:
https://www.cair-net.org/2003dinner-register.asp

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RAMADAN CAMPAIGN RAISES $223K ONLINE

CAIR's Million in Ramadan Campaign has raised over $223,000 online! 
You, 
too, can support an organization that works to empower and protect the 
American Muslim community.

Please, donate generously to the campaign. Every donation counts!

Support us by donating online at:
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/millionforislam.asp

To view a short video on CAIR, go to www.cair-net.org

(NOTE: Scholars says CAIR is able to receive ZAKAT donations.)

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STEREOTYPING HURTS THE WAR
Lynne Bernabei and David Cole, Washington Times, 11/23/03
http://washingtontimes.com/op-ed/20031123-111636-6208r.htm

All nineteen of the hijackers on September 11 were Arab Muslim men from 
foreign countries. That fact, together with intelligence that Al Qaeda 
consists largely of Arab Muslim men, has sparked the most widespread 
campaign of ethnic profiling that this country has seen since the 
treatment 
of Americans and immigrants of Japanese descent during World War II. 
But 
just as ethnic profiling did not work then to identify true threats to 
the 
nation's security, so the country's current round of profiling has not 
worked to identify real terrorists, and has instead obstructed efforts 
to 
find those who truly threaten us.

By drawing a wide net of suspicion over virtually every Muslim and Arab 
man 
in this country, the government wastes its resources and misdirects its 
attention. Instead of doing investigative work to come up with a set of 
real suspects, the Government declares an entire community to be 
suspicious, and then proceeds to search for the proverbial needle in a 
haystack...

We have not interned Arabs and Muslims in the same numbers as the 
Japanese 
during World War II. But we have indulged the same kind of ethnic 
stereotyping by treating large numbers of human beings as suspect not 
for 
their individual actions but for their ethnic or religious identity.

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EID MUBARAK

CAIR's staff and board wish everyone a blessed Eid ul-Fitr. May God 
accept 
your deeds.

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MUSLIMS SHARE FEAST WITH NEIGHBORHOOD
Kevin Eigelbach, Cincinnati Post, 11/24/03
http://www.cincypost.com/2003/11/24/rama112403.html

Members of the Cincinnati Muslim community took their faith to the 
streets 
Sunday night in Over-the-Rhine.

They invited local residents, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, to observe 
the 
end of Ramadan, a month long time of abstinence and spiritual 
reflection.

They set up tents on 15th Street between Elm and Pleasant streets, 
beside 
the Malik Islamic Center, and served a meal of chicken, rice, green 
beans 
and pita bread...

During Ramadan, which doesn't officially end until Tuesday morning, 
believers abstain from food, drink, sex, candy and other sensual 
pleasures 
during the daylight hours.

"It really tests your will, and makes you a stronger, better person," 
said 
Tarif Hourani, a Syrian native who lives in Dayton.

Hourani serves on the board of directors for the new Cincinnati branch 
of 
the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which sponsored the feast 
along 
with the Malik mosque and the Muslim Student Association of the 
University 
of Cincinnati.

Joseph Strohmeier, who works for the council's national headquarters in 
Washington, said mosques ought to do this every week, not just during 
Ramadan.

It's all about loving your neighbor, he said, an idea that Islam and 
Christianity hold in common.

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IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE EID
Allie Shah, Star Tribune, 11/24/03
http://www.startribune.com/stories/1405/4229707.html

Add this to the list of Hallmark holidays: Eid al Fitr.

This year, the greeting card company introduced a small line of cards 
to 
mark the Muslim holiday celebrating the end of the monthlong fasting 
season 
of Ramadan. The appearance of Eid cards is yet another sign that the 
holiday is gaining mainstream recognition in America.

The cards, featuring several colorful designs, appeared in 500 retail 
stories nationwide, including those in the Twin Cities. The demand was 
certainly there. As of this week, the cards are "pretty much sold out," 
said Deidre Parkes, publicist for Hallmark Cards, which is based in 
Kansas 
City. There are no plans to print more cards in time for Eid al Fitr 
(pronounced EED ul FITHer) next week, but Hallmark will probably sell 
them 
again next year. Hallmark.com also offers a few e-cards.

It's good business, with Muslims now the fastest-growing religious 
group in 
the United States, including tens of thousands in Minnesota.

It's not hard anymore to scroll through Yahoo! Greetings and other 
Internet 
sites to find cards wishing "Ramadan Kareem" (Blessed Ramadan) and "Eid 
Mubarak" (Happy holiday). IKEA, the trendy furniture store, created ads 
for 
its Canadian Web site this year that show Muslims gathering in their 
well-decorated homes to celebrate Eid. Women with scarves covering 
their 
hair are shown entertaining with trays of dates and other sweets, and 
children play with toys advertised as "Eid gifts..."

"Obviously, we see it as a positive sign that there is a recognition of 
the 
Muslim community and its buying power in the United States," said 
Ibrahim 
Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington, D.C. 
But 
the downside, he said, is that the gain for big businesses such as 
Hallmark 
may mean a loss for Muslim-owned small businesses that have created a 
niche 
by selling Eid cards and other holiday-related items...

ALSO SEE:

BEHIND BARS, A RECAST RAMADAN
Robin Shulman, Washington Post, 11/24/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A8813-2003Nov23.html

A handful of inmates took mops to the day's grime on the floor of the 
cafeteria of the Maryland Correctional Training Center in Hagerstown. 
They 
unfurled large fringed carpets and laid them out, overlapping at the 
edges, 
to make a rectangle of space for prayer.

Then about 150 men kicked off their Timberland boots and Converse 
running 
shoes and plastic slip-ons. Moving onto the carpet, some of them in 
jeans, 
some in sweats, some in tunics, the men formed perfect lines and began 
nightly Ramadan prayer under the watch of two corrections officers. 
"Allah 
akbar" -- God is great -- they said in one voice.

For the past month, Muslims have been observing Ramadan among family 
and 
friends, altering their daytime routines to fast, pray and give alms to 
the 
poor and enjoying huge meals at night. But for Muslims in prison, a 
place 
where many convert and learn the requirements of a new faith, the 
rituals 
of Ramadan are squeezed among the rules and routines of institutional 
life.

This is Jamaine Johnson's first Ramadan since becoming Muslim in 
September. 
Johnson, 22, who is from the Bronx, N.Y., was convicted of crack 
cocaine 
possession and auto theft last spring.

In many ways, his observance of Ramadan is not very different from that 
of 
other Muslims. He has been waking early in the morning for required 
prayer. 
He leaves his cell to perform ablutions over the bathroom sink down the 
hall: water on his hands, mouth, nostrils. Back in his cell, he lays 
out a 
towel as a prayer rug. He kneels on it and thinks of God and speaks the 
Arabic words he has learned.

But there are things he cannot do. The last 10 days of Ramadan are the 
holiest period, a time of reflection surrounding the Night of Power, 
when 
the Koran was revealed to Muhammad. Outside, devout Muslims spend those 
nights in the mosque. But inmates cannot leave their cell tiers except 
at 
certain times, and the chapel on the prison grounds is too small 
anyway...

Several other issues involving food remain unsettled. At some prisons, 
the 
breakfast provided to inmates before dawn isn't large enough to sustain 
them until dusk, said Khadija Athman, the civil rights adviser at the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations, an advocacy group…

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RAMADAN ALLOWS LOCAL MUSLIMS TO REACH OUT
Steven G. Vegh, Virginian-Pilot, 11/24/03
http://home.hamptonroads.com/stories/story.cfm?story=62705&ran=32643

NORFOLK - Rachel Clark, a junior at Old Dominion University, admits 
that 
before last week, she had only a vague idea of what happens during 
Ramadan, 
the annual religious holiday observed for hundreds of years by millions 
of 
Muslims around the world.

But like those millions, Clark found herself at sunset last Thursday at 
"iftar," joining in Muslim classmates' breaking of the Ramadan fast.

  Her hosts, the Muslim Student Association and the Muslim Community of 
Tidewater, held the event specifically to give non-Muslims an 
opportunity 
to meet Muslims and participate in a basic aspect of Islam. The dinner 
at 
ODU's Webb Center drew about half a dozen non-Muslims.

For Clark, a Norfolk native, the evening offered insights that she said 
many lack. "A lot of Americans hear the words 'Ramadan' and 'Muslim' 
and 
don't understand," she said.

While broad ignorance about Muslims doubtlessly existed in America for 
years before Sept. 11, 2001, the deadly events on that day gave Muslims 
in 
the United States a sudden reason to be concerned about how they were 
viewed by a non-Muslim public...

"These types of events humanize us," said Rabiah Ahmed of the Council 
on 
American-Islamic Relations. The national Muslim advocacy group 
distributes 
a "Ramadan publicity kit," listing different ways Muslim congregations 
can 
engage the public…

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RAMADAN ENDS ON SOMBER NOTE FOR S. FLORIDA MUSLIMS
James D. Davis, Sun-Sentinel, 11/24/03
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-eid24nov24,0,6175694.story

For many American Muslims, this has been a painful Ramadan.

On one hand, their fellow Americans have been fighting Muslims in Iraq.

On the other, their fellow Muslims in Iraq have been laying bombs and 
serving as suicide bombers.

All of it during a month reserved for prayer, fasting and 
self-restraint.

Ramadan ends this week with Eid ul-Fitr, a celebration for having 
fulfilled 
Ramadan duties. But for South Florida Muslims, the dilemmas will 
remain.

Somber thoughts at the end of a month meant to make people grow 
spiritually. During Ramadan, the prophet Muhammad is said to have 
received 
the Quran via dictation from Allah. In honor of the event, Muslims are 
required to fast, pray and read the Quran...

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MUSLIM HOLIDAY TESTING SCHOOLS
Oscar Avila, Chicago Tribune, 11/24/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-0311240226nov24,1,5132238.story

DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. -- In this quiet Detroit suburb with a growing 
Muslim population, shopkeepers lure Thanksgiving shoppers by offering 
turkeys killed in accordance with the teachings of Islam. Students in 
the 
school cafeterias can choose pizza with halal pepperoni.

But when parents and officials in the Crestwood School District 
suggested 
giving students Tuesday off for the Muslim holiday of 
Eid-al-Fitr--which 
marks the end of Ramadan--a firestorm erupted.

School board members complained the superintendent had not consulted 
them 
on the matter, and a small but vocal group of parents argued that 
Muslims 
should follow the traditions of other immigrants and not expect special 
treatment.

"There is already some animosity because the demographics of Dearborn 
Heights are changing a lot faster than make people comfortable," said 
Jumana Judeh, mother of two children in the district. "These kinds of 
issues make those growing pains worse."

After emotional discussions, the district this month decided to join a 
handful of others nationwide that have made Eid a day off for all 
students, 
regardless of their religion...

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WOMEN BUS DRIVERS SUSPENDED OVER HEADDRESSES
Herbert Lowe, NY Newsday, 11/24/03
http://www.nynewsday.com/nyc-busfinal1124,0,3056676.story

Four female MTA bus drivers have lost their routes because they refused 
to 
cover or stop wearing their traditional Muslim headdresses while on 
duty, 
attorneys and advocates said yesterday.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's demands represent religious 
and 
gender discrimination and is an overreaction to fears stemming from the 
terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the attorneys said.

"The MTA's position that our clients wear baseball hats to cover their 
khimars is not only an affront to Islam but has no legal or moral 
basis," 
attorney Lonnie Hart Jr. said at a news conference. "The MTA has failed 
to 
cite any legitimate reason for their discriminatory practices."

The MTA first objected to the headdress when Malikah Alkebulan began 
working for the authority in March 2002, Hart said. In May, Alkebulan 
and 
Deirdre Small filed a federal lawsuit in Brooklyn that seeks more than 
$20 
million in damages, Hart said. It also alleges that they were suspended 
even as male Muslims operate MTA buses while wearing headdresses 
without 
reprisal.

"There is a feeling out there that women are easier to intimidate and 
women 
are easier to approach and made to relent and give up," said another 
attorney, Armani Scott. "They picked the wrong women..."

ALSO SEE:

BAN ON MUSLIM HEADSCARFS IN SINGAPORE SCHOOLS TO REMAIN
Agence France Presse, 11/24/03

SINGAPORE- The controversial ban on girls wearing Islamic headscarfs in 
Singapore schools will remain because it promotes racial harmony, 
Deputy 
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in comments released on Monday.

In an interview with the Malay language Berita Harian newspaper, Lee 
said 
the "main unhappiness" among the city-state's minority Muslim-Malay 
population was the school restriction on the headscarf, or tudung, but 
defended the ban.

"We are especially concerned for the students because at a young age 
any 
marks or distinction on any group of students can make others look at 
them 
differently," Lee said, according to a transcript released by the 
government.

"This can easily make them feel different and cause them to be 
segregated 
from the rest."

Lee said lifting the school tudung ban could weaken Singapore's 
multi-racial society, which is predominantly ethnic Chinese with 
significant Malay and Indian minority populations...

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SOUTH AFRICAN MUSLIMS SCOFF AT US DINNER
Farook Khan, Ndivhuwo Khangale and Peter Fabricius, IOL, 11/24/03
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?click_id=6&art_id=vn20031124044413782C363531&set_id=1

American efforts to build bridges with the South African Muslim 
community 
by inviting representatives to dinner on Monday night have been met 
with 
outrage.

The "Iftaar Dinner", as it is being called by the American government, 
was 
introduced at US missions worldwide last year. It is part of a new 
White 
House initiative to get Muslims to understand that the US is not 
anti-Islam. Iftaar is at sunset, when Muslims break their daily fast 
during 
the holy month of Ramadan, which is expected to end with the sighting 
of 
the new moon on Tuesday.

But Muslims around South Africa are mortified at the suggestion of 
breaking 
bread with Americans, whose policies they find offensive, with some in 
Durban remarking they would rather drink poison.

Muslim Youth Movement national president Naeem Jeenah has called on all 
Muslims not to accept the Americans' invitation.

'We don't see how Muslims can break the fast with the same people who 
oppressed them'

"This is simple a public relations job and photo opportunities for 
Americans. We don't see how Muslims can break the fast with the same 
people 
who oppressed them for years...

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CAUGHT IN THE IMMIGRATION WEB
Burt Constable, Daily Herald, 11/23/03
http://www.dailyherald.com/search/main_story.asp?intid=37948280

Schaumburg cosmetologist Habeeba Zainab wants her husband back, even if 
it 
means pouring out her most private thoughts in a letter to immigration 
officials.

"Our relatives and friends, they say he not a good-looking person -- 
'Why 
you marry?' But I know …" Zainab writes in broken English. "He is good 
to 
me. He is gentle man. He is healthy, and hard worker. I don't care if 
he is 
not look so beautiful. I want a man who looks after me."

Native Pakistani Amir Hussain Shah promised, "I will take care of you." 
And 
he did take care of his often-sick wife -- right up until the U.S. 
government stuck him in prison for five months and deported him.

Shah was one of thousands of Muslims deported in a sweeping immigration 
crackdown targeting men from Islamic nations, the Chicago Tribune 
reported 
last week. The dragnet grew out of terrorist fears, but, according to 
the 
report, none of the thousands of men deported was charged with 
terrorism...

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EID DINNER AND ISLAMIC LIBRARY OPEN HOUSE

WHAT: Eid celebration and dinner featuring the grand opening of the 
CAPITAL-AREA ISLAMIC LIBRARY.

WHEN: Saturday, December 6. Library Open house from 3-7 p.m. and dinner 
at 
7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Open house is at MSA Musallah, 0204 Cole Field House. Dinner is 
at 
the University of Maryland, College Park Grand Ballroom

Tickets $10 individual, $5 student/child
See participating organizations to purchase a ticket. Seating is 
limited.

For more information and directions, visit http://www.msa-umd.org or 
call 
(301) 389-0107

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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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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MOTIVE FOR NEW CHARGES AGAINST MUSLIM CHAPLAIN QUESTIONED

(SEATTLE, WA, 11/25/03) - The Seattle chapter of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Seattle) tonight applauded the release 
of 
Capt. James Yee pending trial, but questioned the government's motives 
in 
bringing new charges that appear designed to harm his reputation among 
supporters.

Yee, the former Muslim chaplain in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, was charged 
Tuesday with adultery and storing pornography on a government computer. 
He 
was detained in September and later charged with mishandling classified 
documents in a case that initially portrayed him as engaging in 
espionage.

Huda Sobuh, Captain Yee's wife, told CAIR-Seattle: "I believe 
emphatically 
that my husband is innocent of all these charges. I stand by him. It is 
clear to me the U.S. government only wants to destroy his reputation 
and 
his family. They will not succeed."

"These new allegations, including as they do serious violations of 
Islamic 
moral principles, have the odor of a smear campaign about them," said 
Ibrahim Mohamed, CAIR-Seattle chairman. "A cynical person might 
question 
the government's motivation for bringing these charges after having 
failed 
to back up earlier leaks pointing to espionage and support for 
terrorism."

"To bring adultery into a case that began with public allegations of 
aiding 
the enemy is really outrageous, and the type of thing that can give 
military justice a bad name," said Eugene Fidell, Yee's civilian 
attorney. 
Fidell had asked President Bush to release Yee for the Eid ul-Fitr 
holiday, 
which began Tuesday in most parts of the Muslim world, marking the end 
of 
Ramadan.

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

					- END -

CONTACT: CAIR-Seattle, Samia El-Moslimany, 206-409-3407, E-MAIL: 
samia@cair-seattle.org; CAIR-National, Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 
202-744-7726, E-MAIL: cair@cair-net.org

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

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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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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 11/27/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: THANKSGIVING
* STILL A FEW PLACES LEFT FOR CAIR'S DC DINNER
	- Ramadan Campaign Raises $256K Online
* LIBRARY PROJECT: CANADIAN MUSLIMS DONATING BOOKS
	- CAIR-NY: Empowerment Through Activism
	- CAIR-MD: Cross-Burners Sentenced
	- CAIR-CAN: The Muslim Experience in Canada
	- CAIR-CAN: Deliver Us from Suspicion (Globe & Mail)
	- CAIR-San Antonio: Holidays Point to Tolerance
	- CAIR-Ohio: Many Hate Crimes Unreported
* EXTRA CREDIT FOR RAMADAN FAST DRAWS PROTEST (LA Times)
	- School District Files Response to Hijab Lawsuit (AP)
	- Teacher Fired For Anti-Arab Remarks (New York Sun)
* MUSLIMS VOTERS ARE ANGRY -- AND THEY MATTER (BusinessWeek)
* YEE'S SUPPORTERS RELIEVED, OUTRAGED (Pacific News Service)
	- Muslim Chaplain Faces New Charges (Seattle Times)
* MAKING THE EID STAMP STICK (NY Newsday)
	- Gov. Dean's Statement on Eid
	- President Bush's Eid Greetings
* EID COVERAGE ROUNDUP
	- Breaking Fast with Lesson in Giving (Chicago Trib)
	- Feasts Cap Month of Fasting (Chicago Tribune)
	- Muslims Rejoice in Their Blessings (LA Times)
	- Prayers Mark the End of Ramadan (Miami Herald)
	- Muslims End Ramadan with Ceremony (SF Chronicle)
* ACLU HELPS IMMIGRANTS RE-REGISTER (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
* INTERFAITH GROUP TO ADMIT MUSLIMS (Milwaukee Journal)
	- KY: U.S. Muslims Called Best Hope (Courier-Journal)
* DEFINING 'PRACTICING MUSLIM' IS DIFFICULT (Kansas City Star)
	- Daniel Pipes: Offensive Questioning (National Post)
* FAITH AND FREEDOM WRAPPED UP IN A HEADSCARF (London Times)
	- Europe's Muslims Treated as Outsiders (Wash. Post)
	- Mosque Attacked in Northern France (AFP)
	- French School Expels Girl for Wearing Head Scarf (AP)
* ISRAELI UNIVERSITIES CHANGE TO KEEP ARABS OUT (Haaretz)
* VERSES FROM QURAN REMOVED FROM IRAQ SCHOOL BOOKS (FT)
	- Soldier Accused of Beating Iraqi: 'It is war' (AP)
* DC LECTURE: "PILGRIMAGES: THE HEART OF ISLAM"

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HADITH OF THE DAY: THANKSGIVING

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "If anyone says in the 
morning, 'O God! Whatever favor has come to me, it comes from Thee 
alone…To 
Thee praise and thanksgiving are due,' he will have expressed full 
thanksgiving for the day. And if anyone says the same in the evening, 
he 
will have expressed full thanksgiving for the night."

Sunan of Abu-Dawood, Hadith 2395

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STILL A FEW PLACES LEFT FOR CAIR'S DC DINNER

There are still a few places left for CAIR's Ninth Annual Fundraising 
Dinner on November 29th in Washington, D.C. (CAIR's dinners have often 
been 
sold out in the past, so ACT NOW to reserve your place.) The dinner, 
with 
the theme "Muslims in America: A Defining Moment," features 
presidential 
candidate Dennis Kucinich as the keynote speaker.

WHERE: Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons 
Corner/Vienna, VA.

COST: Tickets: $55/$85 per couple R.S.V.P. by Nov. 24, 2003
No children please. (Limited babysitting with prior notice only - $10 
per 
child.)

TO REGISTER FOR CAIR'S DINNER, call 202-488-8787 or e-mail: 
register@cair-net.org

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RAMADAN CAMPAIGN RAISES $256K ONLINE

CAIR's Million in Ramadan Campaign has raised over $256,000 online! 
You, 
too, can support an organization that works to empower and protect the 
American Muslim community.

Please, donate generously to the campaign. Every donation counts!

Support us by donating online at:
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/millionforislam.asp

To view a short video on CAIR, go to www.cair-net.org

(NOTE: Scholars says CAIR is able to receive ZAKAT donations.)

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT
http://www.cair-net.org/libraryproject/

MUSLIMS DONATING BOOKS, TAPES TO LIBRARIES
Vancouver Sun, 11/26/03
http://www.canada.com/vancouver/

At mosques throughout Greater Vancouver Tuesday, the B.C. Muslim 
Association appealed for help in its effort to donate books and 
cassettes 
about Islam to all 260 public libraries in the province.

More than one-third of B.C.'s library districts, including those in 
Surrey, 
Richmond, Victoria, North Vancouver and Port Moody, have accepted the 
educational package.

The association hopes the material will teach Muslims and non-Muslims 
about 
Islam.

The books and cassettes being distributed to B.C. libraries include:

- The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality? by Prof. John Esposito (Oxford 
University Press).
- The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Islam by Yahiya Emerick. 
(Alpha Books).
- Celebrating Ramadan by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith (Holiday House).
- Gender Equity in Islam by Prof. Jamal Badawi (American Trust 
Publications).
- Silent No More: Confronting America's False Images of Islam by U.S. 
Congressman Paul Findley (Amana Publications).
- The Life of the Last Prophet (audio) by Yusuf Islam (formerly known 
as 
Cat Stevens). (Mountain of Light Productions).
- Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People by Jack Shaheen 
(Olive 
Branch Press).
- Islam: Empire of Faith. Three-hour TV series by Robert Gardner. (PBS)

SEE ALSO:

CAIR-NY: EMPOWERMENT THROUGH ACTIVISM
Watch this energizing TV special on Pakistan Television's PTV PRIME 
Sunday
November 30, 2003 at 9:30 p.m.

(New York City, New York) - On Sunday November 30, 2003 at 9:30 pm EST, 
PTV 
PRIME will air a portion of the Council on American-Islamic Relations: 
Empowerment Through Activism.

This powerful event will present vital information to the public on 
topics 
such as civil rights in America, fighting back the Patriot Act, 
political 
activism, and the morality questions we as a nation face in the 
aftermath 
of the invasion of Iraq.

Speakers include Nihad Awad, Executive Director of the national office 
for 
the Council on American-Islamic Relations and Yvonne Ridley, 
international 
war correspondent and most recently Senior Correspondent for Al-Jazeera 
TV.

DISHNETWORK: Channel 616
WHEN: Sunday November 30, 2003
TIME: 9:30 PM Eastern Standard Time

For more information on the Council on American-Islamic Relations New 
York, 
a part of the largest Islamic Civil Rights Advocacy organization in 
America 
please contact: Sister Firdos Abdul Munim, Civil Rights Coordinator or 
Brother Ghazi Kankhan, Executive Director (212) 870-2002.

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CAIR-MD: CROSS-BURNERS SENTENCED

Two Maryland juveniles who burned a cross at Dar-us-Salaam Mosque and 
al-Huda School in College Park this past July were sentenced on Monday, 
November 24th by Judge Wallace of the Prince George's County Juvenile 
Courts. CAIR-Maryland Executive Director Seyed Rizwan Mowlana addressed 
Judge Wallace describing the impact this incident had on the community.

At the request of Imam Safi Khan and the administration of the school, 
CAIR-Maryland asked the judge to allocate most of the community service 
hours mandated on the juveniles towards working with the Muslim 
community.

The two juveniles showed remorse and apologized to the Muslim community 
during their sentencing.

The juveniles were sentenced to probation, 100 hours of community 
service 
(the majority of which will be supervised by CAIR-Maryland), victims 
awareness training, anger management training, and writing a letter of 
apology to the Muslim community of College Park. The juvenile's parents 
were ordered to meet with the Muslim community to learn more about 
Islam.

Judge Wallace called this act an "embarrassment" to Americans and made 
it 
very clear to the perpetrators that any violation of their probation 
will 
result in jail time.

In a statement, CAIR-Maryland said: "We would like to take this 
opportunity 
to thank the FBI and the Prince George's County Police Department and 
Fire 
Department for their good work and cooperation in response to the 
Muslim 
community. We would also like to thank the members of our coalition, 
ACLU 
of Maryland, NAACP-Maryland, Progressive Maryland, CASA of Maryland, 
SMART 
(Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Taskforce), the Episcopalian Church of 
College Park, and County Councilman Tom Hendershot for their support 
and 
show of solidarity."

CONTACT: CAIR-Maryland, Rizwan Mowlana, 301.672.9355 or 301.986.1900

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THE MUSLIM EXPERIENCE IN CANADA, PART II
GoingGlobal.tv, 11/27/03
Dr. Sheema Khan (Chair of CAIR-CAN) will be appearing on TVO's Going
Global on the 27th of November, 2003.

Last month, the first of this season's Going Global specials featured a 
debate between six diverse Muslim Canadians on how Muslims have been 
treated in Canada since 9/11. The program generated so much feedback 
that 
we decided to continue the conversation. Part two of "The Muslim 
Experience 
in Canada" will reunite Zafar Bangash, Mazen Chouaib, Mohamed Elmasry, 
Tarek Fatah, Sheema Khan and Irshad Manji to discuss whether Islam as 
it is 
practiced today is compatible with the key values of western liberal 
democratic societies. Join us as we continue to debate the Muslim 
Experience in Canada by logging on to our Chat and Message Board to 
voice 
your opinion.

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DELIVER US FROM SUSPICION
Sheema Khan, Globe and Mail, 24/11/2003
http://www.caircan.ca/oped_more.php?id=665_0_10_0_M
Sheema Khan is the Chair of CAIR-CAN

For Muslims, the month of Ramadan is a special time to purify the 
spirit 
through fasting, charity and extra prayers. We reflect deeply upon the 
Koran, expressing gratitude for the many blessings we often take for 
granted. Whether the favours are tangible (e.g. health, food, shelter) 
or 
intangible (peace, personal security), the heartfelt sentiment is best 
captured by the phrase: "There but for the grace of God go I."

Earlier this month, I was waiting in a doctor's office with two 
flu-ridden 
children. It was Nov. 11 and, at 11 a.m., the busy staff stopped all 
work 
and stood respectfully to a solemn rendition of O Canada broadcast on 
CBC 
Radio. One silver-haired patient sang with deep conviction. My 
beautiful 
country, I thought. A beacon of light in a world filled with so much 
darkness. One of the few places where a worried mother can get prompt 
medical attention for her sick children, despite our current 
health-care 
concerns.

As we observed two minutes of silence, my six-year-old son asked what 
was 
happening. I tried to explain the significance of remembering the 
efforts 
of those who had died in conflict.

But it's also important to remember that while Canadian soldiers were 
fighting tyranny overseas, many were battling the tyranny of 
discrimination 
here in Canada.

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HOLIDAYS POINT TO TOLERANCE
Sarwat Husain, Express News, 11/22/03
http://news.mysanantonio.com/story.cfm?xla=saen&xlb=370&xlc=1088263
Sarwat Husain, a board member of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations-San Antonio, can be reached at sanantonio@cair-net.org.

"In the name of God, the most gracious, most merciful God of the 
prophets 
Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Mohammed."

That would be an appropriate greeting for the end of this Ramadan, 
because 
the holiday that celebrates that end falls so close to Hanukkah and 
Christmas this year.

While Eid al-Fitr literally means "breaking of the fast," it also means 
a 
day of joy, recurring happiness and festivities for Muslims.

The Eid is marked by the coming of the new moon, because Muslims follow 
the 
lunar calendar. The first day of the month of Shawwal, the 10th month 
in 
the calendar, is expected to take place Tuesday.

It is a good time to look at the three faiths behind the holidays and 
make 
a resolution that anti-Semitic, anti-Islamic and anti-Christian 
activities 
are equally bad…

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MANY U.S. HATE CRIMES GO UNREPORTED, OFFICIALS SAY
Columbus Dispatch, 11/25/03
http://www.columbusdispatch.com

While FBI statistics indicate hate crimes have dropped since 2001, the 
incidents often go unreported, various Ohio officials testified 
yesterday.

During a fact-finding meeting of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 
Jad 
A. Humeidan, executive director of the Ohio chapter of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, said crimes directed at Arabs and Muslims 
increased 15 percent last year and more than 10 percent this year.

"The numbers are still going up," he said.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien suggested Ohio law be changed to 
add 
additional jail time if an assault or other crime is motivated by hate.

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EXTRA CREDIT FOR RAMADAN FAST DRAWS PROTEST
David Pierson, Los Angeles Times, 11/27/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-fast27nov27,1,4369010.story

A seventh-grade world history teacher in Covina outraged Christian 
groups 
when they learned that he offered extra credit to students who chose to 
fast in the tradition of Ramadan to learn about Islam.

Len Cesene at Royal Oak Intermediate School told his students earlier 
this 
month that they could raise their grades if they fasted for one to 
three 
days during the daytime and wrote a half-page summary of their 
experiences 
to explore the theme of sacrifice.

A week later, some students' parents complained to evangelical radio 
show 
host Bob Morey of KPLS-AM (830), who helped organize a rally Monday 
afternoon that drew several hundred people...

Officials with the Charter Oak Unified School District said the extra 
credit assignment has been offered for 10 years without a complaint. 
Students can participate only with parental approval, and an 
alternative 
assignment was offered to students who decided not to fast.

"We think the assignment was clear, was within the state educational 
standards and supports what was in the textbook," said district Supt. 
John 
Roach.

Cesene "didn't say to do it while thinking about Allah, Jesus or 
Buddha," 
Roach added.

Sabiha Khan, a spokeswoman for the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, 
said of the protest: "It goes to show how irrational some peoples' 
fears 
are and how deep ignorance of Islam is."

Khan said she doesn't believe that Morey and his supporters represent 
the 
general attitude of Americans toward Islam. "He's part of the new 'bash 
Islam' industry," she said.

Morey, who also runs a Christian ministry named Faith Defenders, said 
immigration should be halted until stronger safeguards to prevent 
terrorism 
are introduced.

He also says the more than 6 million Muslims who live in the United 
States 
should be registered.

ACTION REQUESTED:

Send a letter of support for the school to: letters@latimes.com
COPY TO: jroach@cousd.k12.ca.us, dfrick@cousd.k12.ca.us, 
cair@cair-net.org, 
socal@cair.com

SEE ALSO:

SCHOOL DISTRICT FILES RESPONSE TO FEDERAL LAWSUIT
Associated Press, 11/26/03

Muskogee school officials defend their decision to suspend an 
11-year-old 
Muslim girl who wore her religious headscarf to school.

In a brief filed Monday in federal court, Muskogee school attorney D.D. 
Hayes argued that the family of Nashala Hearn didn't give the school 
system 
time to resolve problems with their dress code policy before they filed 
a 
federal lawsuit Oct. 28.

"We haven't made a final decision, so we think this lawsuit is 
premature," 
Hayes said. "I don't think there was a complete exhaustion of the 
student's 
due process. It stopped abruptly."

Nashala Hearn is Muslim and wears a hijab as part of her religion.

She was suspended for wearing the scarf because officials believe it 
violates the districtwide dress code.

The district argues that Nashala Hearn never told officials at that 
Benjamin Franklin Science Academy she was Muslim or that her religion 
required her to wear her hijab.

The school dress code bars students from wearing any hats in the school 
building.

There was a conference on Sept. 11 between Nashala Hearn and school 
Principal Cheryl Hallum, the brief said, "but (the district) denies" 
that 
Nashala Hearn was told she would no longer be able to wear the hijab.

The school initially sought an in-school detention for the head-wear 
violation, but the family refused and a three-day suspension was 
implemented, the brief states.

On Oct. 15, the school signed an agreement with Nashala's father, 
Eyvine, 
allowing her to return to school wearing a certain head wear and not 
get 
any further suspensions…

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TEACHER FIRED AFTER ALLEGED ANTI-ARAB REMARKS FOLLOWING 9/11 ATTACKS
KATHLEEN LUCADAMO New York Sun, 11/26/03
http://www.nysun.com/

The Education Department quietly fired a Jewish elementary teacher for 
reportedly making anti-Arab remarks to her second-grade class after the 
September 11 terror attacks, The New York Sun has learned.

Parents at P.S. 102 in Brooklyn accused teacher Deborah Schwartz of 
telling 
her class of 7-year-olds that Muslims were to blame for the attacks on 
the 
twin towers.

The school system launched an investigation into her actions a month 
after 
the attacks and she was placed on desk duty.

She remained on the payroll until this summer - nearly two years later 
- 
when they fired her without any fanfare, she said…

She is appealing the decision with a private lawyer and searching for a 
job 
at a yeshiva, she said. She is also part of a suit against a former 
Brooklyn superintendent for allegedly favoring "young, slim, 
attractive, 
Italian women."

The executive director of the Association of Orthodox Jewish Teachers, 
Max 
Zakon, said he warns Orthodox Jewish teachers to "tread lightly" when 
it 
comes to discussing the Middle East in public schools.

"The teacher is wrong if she made anti-Arab remarks. I understand if 
she 
said something in the heat of the moment, but it wasn't wise to get 
into 
that topic," Mr. Zakon said. "We try to avoid conflict at all costs…"

"We are pleased with the final outcome," said a spokeswoman for the 
Education Department, Margie Feinberg. "We only want the best teachers 
for 
our children."

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MUSLIMS ARE ANGRY -- AND THEY MATTER
Lorraine Woellert Edited by Richard S. Dunham, BusinessWeek, 12/1/03
http://www.businessweek.com/premium/content/03_48/c3860049_mz013.htm?se=1

The 2000 election cycle was a heady time for Muslim voters. Although 
courted by both major parties, Muslim groups gave George W. Bush their 
first-ever Presidential endorsement. The clincher: His pledge to repeal 
a 
Clinton-era law making it easier for prosecutors to use secret evidence 
in 
terrorism cases. Now, concerned that their civil rights are being 
trampled 
in the war on terrorism, Muslims plan to make their presence felt again 
at 
the polls next year -- but this time, many will vote against Bush. In a 
Zogby poll last summer, 78% of Arab-American Muslims gave Bush poor 
grades: 
Only 10% favored his reelection. ``Muslims will trend more Democrat 
than 
Republican in the next election,'' predicts Omar Ahmad, chairman of the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

A shift could hurt Bush. America's estimated 5 million Muslim voters 
are a 
sliver of the electorate, but their impact is multiplied because they 
are 
concentrated in swing states such as Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey, and 
Florida. Indeed, activists boast that some 65,000 Florida Muslim votes 
put 
Bush over the top in 2000...

Islamic leaders are deeply disappointed with the Administration's 
performance. In the wake of September 11, Bush backed off his promise 
to 
repeal the Secret Evidence Act as the Administration detained hundreds 
of 
Arab Americans, shut down Muslim charities, and expanded surveillance 
powers under the Patriot Act.

Bush took another hit in June. Lieutenant General William G. Boykin, 
deputy 
under secretary of defense for intelligence, speaking of his meeting 
with a 
Muslim Somali warlord, said: ``I knew that my God was a real God and 
his 
was an idol.'' Bush distanced himself from the remarks but has ignored 
calls for Boykin's resignation. ``It's going to be very difficult for 
the 
Muslim community to vote for President Bush again,'' says Tahir Ali, 
author 
of an upcoming book on Muslims in American politics.

Republicans will try to stem defections by emphasizing the conservative 
views they share with Muslims, including opposition to abortion and gay 
marriage. GOP strategist Grover G. Norquist sees short-term damage but 
says 
Muslims and other "communities of faith" will trend Republican. "Some 
votes 
will move, but not as much as some may fear," he says.

Still, thousands or even hundreds of votes in a battleground state can 
be 
significant. So don't be surprised to see the White House try patching 
things up before Ramadan '04.

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JAMES YEE'S SUPPORTERS: WE'RE RELIEVED, OUTRAGED
Pueng Vongs, Pacific News Service, 11/26/03
http://news.pacificnews.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=868db9fa70f7049008926a7bc03acc52 


Editor's Note: Captain James Yee, the Army chaplain at Guantanamo Bay, 
was 
freed after spending almost 3 months in military prison on espionage 
charges. But his release is bittersweet to his family and supporters. 
Yee 
is now charged with downloading pornography and adultery, charges many 
say 
are outrageous and false.

Joyful relatives and friends of Capt. James Yousef Yee, the former Army 
chaplain at Guantanamo Bay who was accused of espionage, welcomed his 
release after nearly three months in military prison, but they lashed 
out 
at authorities for bringing new charges of adultery and downloading 
pornography on a government-issued computer.

Deeply suspicious, Yee's supporters describe the new charges as an 
attempt 
by the government to discredit the captain and cover up its failure to 
produce a credible case against him. Yee was accused last October of 
disobeying orders and stealing classified information on behalf of 
suspected members of al Qaeda and Taliban he counseled in the 
Guantanamo 
base prison…

SEE ALSO:

MUSLIM CHAPLAIN LET OUT OF PRISON, FACES NEW CHARGES
Ray Rivera and Janet I. Tu, Seattle Times, 11/26/03
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2001801237_yee26m.html

An Army Muslim chaplain accused of mishandling classified documents 
while 
serving at the U.S. prison camp in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, was charged 
yesterday with making a false official statement, committing adultery 
and 
storing pornography on his government computer.

The additional charges came on the same day Capt. James Yee was 
released 
from a naval brig in South Carolina, where he had been held since his 
arrest almost three months ago. An Army spokesman said the commander 
determined there was "no reason to hold him."

Yee's defense team characterized the new charges as an attempt by the 
military to salvage a deteriorating case against the chaplain, formerly 
stationed at Fort Lewis.

"I don't know why the government would pursue these charges, except for 
the 
fact that it's embarrassed by the implosion of charges it originally 
asserted against my client," said Eugene Fidell, his lead attorney…

"This is so ludicrous," said Ibrahim Mohamed, board chairman of the 
Seattle 
chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which recently 
launched a campaign on behalf of Yee. "This is totally out of character 
for 
a Muslim chaplain, a person who's dedicated his life to teaching others 
about Islam. I hope this is not out of desperation, that they're hoping 
to 
have anything that will stick…"

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MAKING THE EID STAMP STICK
Martin C. Evans, Newsday, 11/27/03
http://www.newsday.com/mynews/ny-lieid273561337nov27,0,6392459.story

Habeeb Ahmed is so enthusiastic about a commemorative stamp - gold 
calligraphic swooshes on a field of Prussian blue - that he buys them 
by 
the thousands, and even sells them from the back of his car.

The 37-cent stamp is a point of pride for many American Muslims because 
its 
Arabic inscription commemorates the two holiest times in the Islamic 
calendar, including Eid ul-Fitr, which began Tuesday.

"I tell people, they made stamps for us, why don't we use them?" said 
Ahmed, a medical technologist who lives in Searingtown.

But he worries that unless more people use the stamp, which was issued 
only 
10 days before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center 
and 
Pentagon, opposition from groups such as The Free Congress Foundation, 
a 
conservative think tank in Washington, will persuade the postal service 
to 
discontinue it.

So he buys the stamps from the main post office in Hicksville and 
encourages area Muslim professionals to dispense with their postage 
meters 
and use the stamp exclusively…

Interest in the stamp rises strongly during the month of Ramadan, said 
Ahmed, who sold more than 1,000 of the stamps at a post-Ramadan prayer 
gathering Tuesday at the Islamic Center. The stamps feature the phrase 
"Eid 
Mubarak," which means "happy holiday" in Arabic.

The end of Ramadan brings on Eid ul-Fitr - days of feasting and visits 
to 
the homes of relatives and friends, which marks the end of Ramadan's 
monthlong daytime fasting.

But as is true in Christian and Jewish communities, wide differences in 
tradition exist in the area's Muslim communities. For families with 
roots 
in countries with strong Islamic traditions, Eid ul-Fitr is a 
particularly 
religious time. But for immigrants from Turkey, which has been under a 
consciously secular government since the 1920s, Eid ul-Fitr is more 
likely 
to be called "Seker Bayrami" - the "Candy Holiday."

So far, there is no indication that the United States Postal Service 
has 
any plans to stop printing the stamp anytime soon. As of early October, 
119 
million had been printed - about half as many as the Hanukkah and 
Kwanzaa 
stamps, said Rita Peer, a postal service spokeswoman.

"There is no plan to discontinue the Eid stamp at this time," Peer said 
in 
an e-mail message yesterday...

SEE ALSO:

GOVERNOR DEAN'S STATEMENT ON EID-AL-FITR

With the coming of the new moon, Muslims across America and around the 
world mark the end of Ramadan.  This celebration, known as Eid-Al-Fitr, 
is 
a day of joy, thanksgiving, and charity.  Governor Howard Dean, M.D. 
issued 
the following statement today:

Eid Mubarak! As Muslims around the world celebrate the end of the holy 
month of Ramadan, a month of fasting, charity, and reflection, I join 
you 
in praying for peace and understanding.

Freedom of religion is a founding principle of our nation. America has 
prospered and flourished and is now the greatest democracy on earth, in 
part, because we have welcomed people of all faith traditions.  Muslims 
are 
as diverse as America, representing every race and ethnicity, and are 
an 
integral part of the fabric of our nation.

We are at a time in our nation's history when we need people of 
goodwill, 
people of conscience, to come together to promote peace - as Islam 
teaches. 
Real understanding - real progress - can only come about when we are 
all 
willing to look beyond our differences and embrace our common humanity.

During this joyous time of year, as families of many faiths and 
traditions 
gather together to celebrate and offer thanksgiving, I join all 
Americans 
in praying for peace and harmony in America and throughout the world.

Salaam Alaikum!

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PRESIDENT BUSH'S EID GREETINGS
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2003/11/20031124-10.html

Greetings From the President to Muslims Celebrating Eid Al-Fitr
The Festival of Breaking the Fast

This festival marks the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan, the 
holiest 
period of the Islamic year. Eid al-Fitr is a time to give thanks to God 
for 
the blessings of renewed faith, to perform acts of charity, and to 
share 
traditional food and good wishes with family and friends.

Islam is a religion that inspires its followers to lead lives based on 
justice, compassion, and personal responsibility.

During this joyful season, I encourage people of all faiths to reflect 
on 
our shared values: love of family, gratitude to God, a commitment to 
religious freedom, and respect for the diversity that adds to our 
Nation's 
strength. By working together to advance peace and mutual 
understanding, we 
help build a future of promise and compassion for all.

Laura joins me in sending our best wishes for a joyous celebration.

Eid mubarek.

GEORGE W. BUSH

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EID COVERAGE ROUNDUP

Breaking Fast with a Lesson in Giving (Chicago Tribune)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/women/chi-0311250381nov26,1,4844956.story 


Feasts Cap Month of Fasting (Chicago Tribune)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0311260111nov26,1,1345150.story 


Muslims Rejoice in Their Blessings (Los Angeles Times)
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-eid26nov26,1,4118299.story

Prayers Mark the End of Ramadan (Miami Herald)
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/local/states/florida/counties/broward_county/7351030.htm 


Muslims End Ramadan with San Jose Ceremony (San Francisco Chronicle)
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/11/26/BAG7T3B1701.DTL 


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ACLU TRYING TO HELP IMMIGRANTS RE-REGISTER
Michelle K. Massie, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 11/25/03
http://www.post-gazette.com/localnews/20031125aclu1125p4.asp

Prompted by phone calls from Arab and Muslim immigrants who were 
confused 
by information about registration deadlines, the American Civil 
Liberties 
Union of Pennsylvania has begun a campaign to inform male immigrants 
that 
they must re-register with the federal government.

As part of national security safeguards put in place after the Sept. 11 
attacks, those who had to report for last year's special registration 
are 
required to re-register every year within 10 days of the anniversary of 
their original signup.

Officials from the ACLU said yesterday that the federal government has 
done 
a poor job of notifying people about the requirement and that some of 
those 
affected may be missing deadlines…

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INTERFAITH GROUP TO ADMIT MUSLIMS
TOM HEINEN, Milwaukee Journal, 11/25/03
http://www.jsonline.com/lifestyle/religion/nov03/188031.asp

Representatives of 11 denominations and faith groups that oversee the 
Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee have voted to admit the 
city's 
Islamic Society to full membership, the first addition in three 
decades, 
conference officials said Tuesday.

Coming the same week as Thanksgiving and the Eid al-Fitr, or feast of 
fast 
breaking, the announcement was a symbol of how Muslim-Americans are 
trying 
to get more involved in and be better understood by society.

"The Muslim community used to be isolated," Mequon physician Waleed 
Najeeb 
said Tuesday as an estimated record crowd of 4,000 to 5,000 Muslims 
flowed 
in and out of the Milwaukee County Sports Complex in Franklin. "Now, 
almost 
every week we have interfaith functions. Either we go out, or they come 
to 
the Islamic Center, all faiths - Judaism, Christianity, Islam."

Muslims gathered Tuesday at the start of the Eid al-Fitr to give thanks 
for 
a successful Ramadan, a month of fasting, with two successive communal 
prayer sessions and sermons by acting Imam Ziad Hamdan.

The Milwaukee decision reflects a trend since Sept. 11, 2001, in New 
York, 
Chicago and other cities to include Muslims and other faiths, said the 
Rev. 
Shanta Premawardhana, National Council of Churches associate general 
secretary for interfaith relations…

SEE ALSO:

AMERICAN MUSLIMS CALLED BEST HOPE
PETER SMITH, The Courier-Journal, 11/26/03
http://www.courier-journal.com/localnews/2003/11/26ky/met-front-ramadan11270-6292.html

More than 1,000 Louisville-area Muslims celebrated the largest festival 
of 
their religious calendar yesterday, as a prayer leader said educated 
American Muslims represent the best hope for those in impoverished, 
embattled Islamic countries.

"Those who are coming of age in the West are perhaps the best 
generation 
that the Muslim Ummah (community) has yet produced," Ibrahim Syed told 
the 
crowd gathered for prayers at the Holiday Inn on Fern Valley Road. "You 
are 
highly educated, observant of an Islam largely unrestricted by the 
cultural 
baggage that suffocates so many Muslim countries."

Syed's talk came amid observances of Eid ul-Fitr (pronounced 
Eed-al-Fitter), the "feast of fast-breaking." The festival marks the 
end of 
the holy month of Ramadan, in which observant Muslims abstain from 
food, 
water and sex during daylight hours.

The festival drew American-born Muslims as well as a rainbow of recent 
immigrants. Some men wore jeans and leather jackets, while others 
sported 
business suits and still others wore robes from their native lands, 
ranging 
from white to black to a variety of pastels. Some wore fezzes or 
turbans; 
others baseball caps and ski hats.

Women wore long robes and head coverings ranging from white "hijabs" to 
embroidered headscarves, with some also covering their faces with 
scarves. 
As is customary, men and women were separated by a curtain during the 
prayer and sermon.

The large crowd reflects the growth of the Muslim community, estimated 
at 
5,000 to 10,000. There are at least five mosques in Louisville, but 
Muslims 
try to hold one large communal gathering for the Eid, said one of the 
organizers, Asadullah Nawabi…

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DEFINING 'PRACTICING MUSLIM' IS DIFFICULT
FARRUKH HASAN, Kansas City Star, 11/26/03
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/

I didn't realize that following a religion could be so complicated 
until 
someone called me during the month of Ramadan and asked whether I was a 
"practicing Muslim."

I know I am a Muslim, but how practicing only the One above can judge.

Before I could answer, she added that a newly arrived international 
student 
wanted to know whether there was a mosque he could go to for Friday 
prayers. The mosque? I certainly know that. When had I visited it last 
though? Actually, it is not compulsory for women, but Muslim men must 
attend Friday prayers. But I go there when there is a potluck. I hope 
that 
counts…

Someone also asked me once whether I was a Wahabi. I didn't know there 
were 
so many categories of being a Muslim. Not just Shia or Sunni, but 
Wahabis 
and non-Wahabis, fundamentalists and nonfundamentalists, terrorists and 
nonterrorists. I felt quite alarmed not knowing whether I was a Wahabi. 
I 
could clearly see my grandmother smiling complacently and saying: "This 
is 
what you get for not paying attention when I used to talk to you. Now 
you 
will never know whether you are a Wahabi or not!"

It seems everything these days has to be neatly classified and 
categorized. 
But religion? I wanted to tell the caller, well, I do try to pray five 
times every day, fast throughout the month of Ramadan, give 2.5 percent 
to 
charity every year, and certainly do not consume pork or alcohol.

I hope this is sufficient to classify me as a practicing Muslim.

But I didn't just in case she took me as a fundamentalist or something.

SEE ALSO:

OFFENSIVE QUESTIONING
Kevin Ranville, National Post (Canada), 11/26/03
http://www.nationalpost.com

Re: Identifying Muslim Moderates, Daniel Pipes, Nov. 25.

Though I am not a Muslim myself, I found some of Mr. Pipe's 
recommendations 
on what is acceptable Muslim doctrine and practice to be a little 
offensive. I agree that some of his points are necessary for global 
security; condoning violence, for example, should not be an acceptable 
part 
of any religion.

Other of Mr. Pipe's points however, such as not allowing Muslims to 
define 
who is and who is not a true Muslim, are simply infringing on their 
basic 
freedoms of religion, opinion and thought. Outsiders should not force 
anyone to redefine sacred traditions for the sake of political 
correctness, 
or simple disagreement. Any attempt to do so would only produce more 
militant zealots.

Every major religion, if it is true to its traditions, has teachings 
that 
others find offensive. Evangelical Christianity, for example, teaches 
that 
the only way to get to Heaven is to accept Jesus Christ as saviour, and 
that those who don't are going to Hell -- a very offensive position to 
outsiders.

I'm sure Christians would be in an uproar if they were asked to 
redefine 
this doctrine because some fanatical group, claiming to be Christian, 
blew 
up a building in the name of Jesus Christ. Shouldn't Muslims be 
extended 
the benefit of the doubt as well, when the purity of their faith is 
tarnished by zealots?

Religion, by its very nature, is offensive. Even atheism as a religious 
choice is offensive to some. This is why laws were created to protect 
freedom of religion. If all religion was agreeable and inoffensive, no 
protective laws would be required. If we, as a free society, expect our 
freedoms to be respected and protected, we must extend the same respect 
and 
protection to everyone, even those we blatantly disagree with. As long 
as 
nobody is starting violent wars over their doctrinal differences, we 
should 
simply let people believe what they want to believe.

Kevin Ranville, Winnipeg.

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FAITH, RIGHTS AND FREEDOM WRAPPED UP IN A HEADSCARF
Charles Bremner, The Times (London), 11/27/03
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-909690,00.html

PASSIONS over assertive Islam were stirred again yesterday by two women 
a 
continent apart, who each decided to make a public statement by wearing 
the 
hijab, the Muslim head-covering.

In Qatar, the switchboard of al-Jazeera television was flooded with 
calls 
after Khadija Ben Ganna, the satellite channel's star presenter, 
appeared 
swathed in a bright salmon-coloured veil. Mrs Ben Ganna, an Algerian, 
said 
that she had decided to become the station's first broadcaster to adopt 
Muslim garb after she had "defeated the Devil" in a struggle with her 
faith.

Ibrahim Helal, Editor-in-Chief of al-Jazeera, said that Mrs Ben Ganna 
was 
free to do as she wanted. "We received positive calls praising this 
decision and we had some negative opinions inside the channel," he 
said. "I 
heard one producer talking about how it might be misunderstood that we 
were 
transforming into an Islamic channel. This is not the case."

Opinion took the opposite side in France, where Dahria Bouhali was 
expelled 
from a murder jury in Bobigny, in the outskirts of Paris. Dominique 
Perben, 
the Justice Minister, ordered her removal after she had donned the 
hijab in 
mid-trial.

The veil has become an explosive subject in France, which is home to 
Europe's biggest Muslim population, with more than 70 per cent of the 
public in favour of Government moves to enforce a ban in schools and 
perhaps in state buildings.

The publicity over the two women's dress decisions testified to the 
emotions around the symbols of Islam as the more militant wing of the 
religion is espoused by more of its moderate, "Westernised" members. 
The 
question goes far beyond women's dress to the roots of competing 
historic 
religions and the recent struggle between the Western and radical 
Muslim 
systems.

In Europe, the hijab question has become an outlet for a confused 
debate 
over immigration, intolerance and national identity. In Britain, more 
women 
than ever are donning the hijab, which is accepted as a routine part of 
a 
multicultural landscape. The same acceptance applies in Spain, the 
Netherlands and Denmark.

The French media report with incredulity on the existence of British 
police 
officers in Muslim dress and the hijab is fuelling argument in Sweden, 
Belgium and Germany.

Germany's 16 Lander are divided over whether the head cover should be 
tolerated in public schools, after the constitutional court ruled in 
September that individual states had the right to introduce laws to ban 
it.

The Muslim practice of veiling the head, neck and throat is called 
hijab. 
The word comes from the Arabic hajaba, meaning to hide from view

Headscarves have several names, such as abaya in Arab countries, chador 
in 
Iran and ohrni in Trinidad and Tobago

The Koran states: "O Prophet! say to your wives and your daughters and 
the 
women of the believers that they let down upon them their 
over-garments; 
this will be more proper, that they may be known, and thus they will 
not be 
given trouble."

SEE ALSO:

EUROPE'S MUSLIMS TREATED AS OUTSIDERS
Keith B. Richburg, Washington Post, 11/27/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A16652-2003Nov26.html

Fatima Yaakoub, 24 years old, born in Morocco, living in the 
Netherlands 
since she was 12, says she wants nothing more than to fit in. She works 
hard, cleaning offices in the early mornings, going to college during 
the 
day, taking English classes on weekends -- trying to get ahead, trying 
to 
do what is expected of a good citizen in her adopted homeland.

But three years ago, she began wearing a head scarf, the sign of a 
devout 
Muslim woman, and got a rapid education on how much of an outsider she 
remains.

Whenever she left her largely Muslim immigrant neighborhood, she 
discovered 
that the scarf, known in Arabic as a hijab, marked her as a subjugated 
Muslim woman, a foreigner, or buitenlander in Dutch. And since the 
terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the discovery of al Qaeda 
cells 
among Western Europe's 15 million Muslims, Yaakoub has found that the 
scarf 
raises suspicions among native Dutch that she is a terrorist, a threat.

"They treat me like trash," Yaakoub said…

Yaakoub's experience offers a glimpse into the conflict between 
Europe's 
historically Christian, increasingly secular societies and the large -- 
and 
often alienated -- Muslim populations.

Many of the Muslims were invited here three decades ago as cheap 
temporary 
workers who would one day go home. But they stayed on and became an 
integral part of European society, making Islam the continent's 
second-largest religion. Today it is common to see a mosque near a 
medieval 
church; Arab restaurants and food stores abound on inner-city streets.

Muslims represent the fastest growing-group in Europe, a boom fueled by 
high birth rates as much as immigration. But on average they remain far 
behind the traditional populations economically and socially…

While Europe is slowly moving away from its Christian roots, with 
church 
attendance in decline, many of its Muslims cling strongly to their 
faith 
and are asserting their right to live openly according to their 
religious 
beliefs. For governments that hold that religion and government must be 
separate, this can bring important policy challenges and accusations of 
favoritism…

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MUSLIM MOSQUE ATTACKED IN NORTHERN FRANCE
Agence France Presse, 11/26/03

Vandals tried to set alight to a mosque in northern France Tuesday 
night 
and scrawled two swastikas on its walls, police in the port of Dunkirk 
said.

The attackers sprayed an inflammable liquid over the doors of the Omar 
al-Farouk mosque in Dunkirk town centre and set it on fire, but the 
blaze 
was quickly put out. No-one was in the building at the time.

Police called to the scene found two upside-down swastikas on the 
outside wall.

"This is the first time there has been an act of violence and an arson 
attempt against a mosque in Dunkirk. Whoever did it chose the end of 
Ramadan to make his point," said Bahssine Saaidi, president of the 
regional 
Islamic council.

"But the friendly relations which we enjoy with the Jewish and 
Christian 
communities must not be allowed to suffer," he said.

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FRENCH SCHOOL EXPELS 12-YEAR-OLD FOR REFUSING TO REMOVE ISLAMIC HEAD 
SCARF
Associated Press, 11/27/03

A French school on Thursday expelled a 12-year-old girl who refused to 
remove her Islamic head scarf in class, a family acquaintance said.

The girl of Moroccan origin was the latest pupil caught in a 
wide-ranging 
debate in France over the nation's separation of state and church and 
rules 
that forbid "ostentatious" symbols of religion in public schools.

Thomas Milcent, a convert to Islam who has been advising the girl's 
parents, said a disciplinary commission at the Charles-Walch school in 
Thann, in eastern France's Upper Rhine region, expelled her for 
"aggravated 
proselytizing and disturbing public order."

School authorities refused to comment. The school's regulations forbid 
pupils from wearing head gear, including berets and caps.

Several girls have been expelled from public schools this year for 
wearing 
the scarves.

Politicians are divided on whether France needs a law to enforce bans 
on 
wearing head scarves in schools and public offices.

Some proponents argue that Islamic fundamentalists are encouraging 
women 
and girls to wear head scarves, chipping away at France's secular 
foundations.

But opponents fear a law would marginalize France's estimated 5 million 
Muslims, the largest Muslim community in Western Europe.

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UNIVERSITIES RETURN TO APTITUDE EXAMS TO KEEP ARABS OUT
Relly Sa'ar, Haaretz, 11/27/03
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/365572.html

There's no politically correct spin to put on it, and the facts speak 
for 
themselves: As soon as Israel's top university administrators noticed 
that 
the big winners from admissions policy changes were not Jewish 
youngsters 
from low-income towns, but rather Arabs, they reverted back to the old 
admissions system.

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EDUCATION MINISTER HITS AT USAID OVER TEXTBOOK POLICY
Charles Clover, Financial Times, 11/24/03
http://news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1069493436562

Ala'din Alwan, Iraq's minister of education, has criticised the US 
Agency 
for International Development (USAID) for attempting to limit or ban 
Islamic religious references in experimental Iraqi school teaching 
materials paid for by the agency.

"Decisions about education in Iraq must be Iraqi decisions," said Dr 
Alwan, 
who added he was not consulted about the move. He said he would be 
reviewing the programme - a $4m (€3.3m, £2.4m) accelerated learning 
project 
for 500 students - in coming days.

The controversy started a few weeks ago when a western consultant 
working 
for USAID asked Iraqi ministry of education experts to remove verses 
from 
the Koran from experimental teaching materials for Arabic grammar, and 
replace them with neutral content. One of the experts disclosed this to 
the 
FT on the condition he not be named…

SEE ALSO:

U.S. SOLDIER ACCUSED OF BEATING IRAQI PRISONERS SAYS, 'IT IS WAR'
http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2003-11-25-iraq-soldier_x.htm

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - One of four American MPs charged with beating 
prisoners 
of war at a detention camp in Iraq said Tuesday: "We were doing our 
jobs. 
... It is war. It is not back home where everybody is safe."

Shawna Edmondson, a 24-year-old Army reservist, accepted a demotion and 
a 
discharge rather than face a court martial, and returned to her 
hometown in 
northeastern Pennsylvania last week.

Three other members of Edmondson's Military Police unit refused to 
accept a 
plea bargain and are on restricted duty in Kuwait. They could go to 
jail if 
convicted of abuse and misconduct.

Fellow soldiers testified that the four Pennsylvania reservists punched 
and 
kicked prisoners who were being brought to an American camp in southern 
Iraq on May 12. One prisoner suffered a broken nose.

One soldier said that during the attack, a beaten prisoner was 
"screaming 
for his life." Another testified that Edmondson told her that the 
attack 
was to "teach the prisoner a lesson on how to treat women..."

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DC LECTURE: "PILGRIMAGES: THE HEART OF ISLAM"

SPONSOR: The Washington National Cathedral
PARTICIPANTS: Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Islamic scholar
DATE: 7:30 p.m., December 2, 2003
LOCATION: Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts 
Avenues NW, Washington, D.C.
CONTACT: Steven Gotfried, 202-537-6248 or 703-475-2332

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Annual Fundraising Dinner in Washington, D.C., is sold out. The dinner,
with the theme "Muslims in America: A Defining Moment," features
presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich as the keynote speaker.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 11/28/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: THIS WORLD AND THE NEXT 
* CAIR'S DC DINNER SOLD OUT
	- Online Donations Still Needed - $270K Raised
* NC MUSLIM SHARES WEALTH EVERY THANKSGIVING (AP)
	- Canadian Muslims, Jews Toast Eid at Dinner (Spectator)
* CANADA MOVES TOWARD ENFORCING ISLAMIC LAW (Ottawa Citizen)
* GUANTANAMO: A MONSTROUS FAILURE OF JUSTICE (IHT)
	- Muslim Chaplain to Have Limited Role (Orlando Sentinel)
	- Don’t Send Detainees Back to China (Human Rights Watch) 
* NY MUSLIM CENTER LOOKS FORWARD AND REACHES OUT (NY Newsday)
* IL POLICE UNDERREPORTING HATE CRIMES (Daily Southtown)
* CHECHNYA DUTY HARDENS RUSSIAN POLICE (Washington Post)
* HEARTS AND MINDS - US STYLE (Aljazeera)
	- Muslim Soldier Prays on Army Base in Iraq (AFP)
	- Palestinians Stranded at Iraq Border (DPA)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: THIS WORLD AND THE NEXT

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “(The comparison of) 
this
world to the next is similar to when one of you dips his finger…in the
ocean and then looks at (the amount of water) stuck to it.”

Sahih Muslim, Hadith 1330

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CAIR’S DC DINNER SOLD OUT 

Alhamdulillah (praise be to God). For the fifth year in a row, CAIR's
Annual Fundraising Dinner in Washington, D.C., is sold out. The dinner,
with the theme "Muslims in America: A Defining Moment," features
presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich as the keynote speaker.

WHEN: Saturday, November 29th 
WHERE: Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons
Corner/Vienna, VA.

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STORE OWNER SHARES HARD-EARNED WEALTH EVERY THANKSGIVING 
Associated Press, 11/28/03

MARION, N.C. (AP) - Anwer Gillani knows hunger and hard times. 

As a child in Bangladesh, Gillani had nothing, and often, no food. 

Both his parents had died by the time he was 24, so he decided to try a 
new
life in America. 

Gillani waited tables in Chicago, working his way up through 
management. In
1982, he moved to McDowell County and made his fortune as an owner of
convenience stores. 

Now 49, with a wife, Nasim, and a 19-year-old son, Samir, Gillani owns
eight stores in the county. 

But he hasn't forgotten what it feels like to have an empty belly. 

Eight years ago, Gillani, along with former Marion Police Chief Frankie
Poteat and husband-and-wife philanthropists Harold and Jo Shuman, 
started
cooking Thanksgiving dinners for those who would otherwise go without. 

The first year, they served 150 meals of turkey, stuffing, mashed 
potatoes,
green beans, rolls and cranberry salad. 

This year, they delivered 1,400… 

He and his family also help each year with the cooking, packaging and
delivering, assisted by 60 volunteers, including teachers, firemen,
McDowell County sheriff's deputies, Marion police officers, the 
district
attorney and the county magistrate. 

This year, the group served dinner at a new senior center. But most 
meals
are delivered for those who can't leave home… 

Samir Gillani, a business major at Georgia State University, brought a 
pack
of friends with him Thursday to help with the dinner. The family 
members
had their Thanksgiving-type dinner on Tuesday, on a Muslim holiday 
called
Eid, which marks the end of the monthlong Ramadan. 

"Eid is our way of giving thanks to God for everything you have," Samir
said. "Thanksgiving is an American tradition. Cooking these meals (for
others) is our way of celebrating it." 

SEE ALSO:

MUSLIMS AND JEWS TOAST END OF RAMADAN AT GALA DINNER 
Sharon Boase, Hamilton Spectator, 11/27/03 
http://www.hamiltonspectator.com

Hamilton's Muslim and Jewish communities took an unprecedented step 
toward
friendship last night. 

Among the 1,200 Eid-el-Fitr revellers at a gala dinner at Carmen's were
three representatives of the city's Jewish community, happily enjoying
their specially ordered kosher meals. 

Hamilton Muslim Association president Javid Mirza invited Hamilton 
Jewish
Federation (HJF) executive director Gerald Fisher to the annual dinner 
that
marks the end of Ramadan, Islam's holiest month, with feasting and
merrymaking. 

"I believe that human beings are human beings," Mirza said. 

"Once we get to know each other, we'll prove that old theory that it 
really
is just a fear of the unknown." 

With Fisher were HJF president Dr. Bonnie Loewith and Dr. David Somer,
vice-president of community relations. 

More than 50 nationalities representing different faiths were in the 
crowd,
which included Federal Heritage Minister Sheila Copps. 

Adults greeted each other with a handshake or an embrace. The children,
some in traditional outfits, scurried around with friends, fuelled by 
the
positive energy that filled the room... 

Another initiative brought Mirza and Fisher together. Both are members 
of
an interfaith committee of the Strengthening Hamilton's Community
Initiative, launched in the wake of 9/11 and the shocking destruction 
of
the Hindu Samaj Temple… 

"Relationships have developed out of that committee," Fisher said. 
"It's
been very positive…" 

Mirza would like to arrange a dinner meeting between members of the 
city's
Jewish community and members of the local Palestinian and Lebanese
communities. "When there's food involved, everything always works 
great." 

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CANADA MOVES TOWARD ENFORCING ISLAMIC LAW
Bob Harvey, Ottawa Citizen, 11/28/03
http://www.canada.com/ottawa/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=bc2d76f2-9de2-
45ec-969d-ad32faccf0c5
 
Canadian Muslims have taken a giant step toward persuading Canadian 
courts
to ratify decisions made under Islam's sharia law.

Muslim leaders elected a 30-member council in October to establish a
judicial tribunal to be known as the Islamic Institute of Civil 
Justice. It
will establish committees across the country to arbitrate in marital
breakups and other civil or business disputes, and then submit the
agreements under sharia law to secular courts for ratification...

What makes it possible for Muslim committees to get Canadian legal
recognition of settlements according to sharia law is the recent 
changes in
provincial arbitration acts, which make it possible for Muslim 
committees
to enforce settlements.

Syed Mumtaz Ali, a pioneering Canadian Muslim lawyer, told the Canadian 
Law
Times that until now Canadian Muslims were excused from following 
sharia
law because it was impractical.

"But the concession given by sharia is no longer available to us 
because
the impracticality has been removed."

"Thirty years ago, Canadian courts said nobody could usurp their
jurisdiction, but now the trend is to go the other way, because the
litigation process is too expensive," said Don Short, a Toronto lawyer 
who
specializes in arbitration and mediation.

Under the Ontario Arbitration Act, the courts intervene in arbitrated
settlements only to enforce awards, and in such cases as unfair 
treatment
of partners in the settlement.

Jamal Badawi, the spiritual leader of the Islamic Association of the
Maritime provinces, said Muslims in the U.S. and Britain already have
similar juristic councils that render decisions which are routinely 
upheld
by the courts…

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GUANTANAMO: A MONSTROUS FAILURE OF JUSTICE 
Johan Steyn, International Herald Tribune, 11/28/03
http://www.iht.com/articles/119350.html

The following was adapted by the IHT from the 27th F.A. Mann Lecture,
delivered in London on Tuesday. Lord Steyn is a Lord of Appeal in 
Ordinary,
one of 12 judges who sits on Britain's highest court. 

The most powerful democracy is detaining hundreds of suspected foot
soldiers of the Taliban in a legal black hole at the U.S. naval base at
Guantanamo Bay, where they await trial on capital charges by military
tribunals. 

Democracies must defend themselves. Democracies are entitled to try
officers and soldiers of enemy forces for war crimes. But in times of 
war,
armed conflict or perceived national danger, even liberal democracies 
adopt
measures infringing human rights in ways that are wholly 
disproportionate
to the crisis. One tool at hand is detention without charge or trial.
Ill-conceived, rushed legislation is passed granting excessive powers 
to
executive governments which compromise the rights and liberties of
individuals beyond the exigencies of the situation. Often the loss of
liberty is permanent. Even in modern times terrible injustices have 
been
perpetrated in the name of security on thousands who had no effective
recourse to law. Too often courts of law have denied the writ of the 
rule
of law with only the most perfunctory examination… 

SEE ALSO:  

NEW MUSLIM CHAPLAIN TO HAVE LIMITED ROLE AT GUANTANAMO
Matthew Hay Brown, Orlando Sentinel, 11/28/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-chaplain28nov28,1,59342
21.story

A new Muslim chaplain is expected here early next month but, unlike his
predecessor, he will not be allowed to meet with the 660 suspected
terrorists now held at Camp Delta, officials said.

The new chaplain will replace Army Capt. James Joseph Yee, who was 
arrested
in September after he allegedly was found carrying a map of the 
cellblocks
and a list of detainees.

Yee was released from a military brig Tuesday, but he faces new charges 
of
adultery at the naval base and viewing pornography on his government
computer there. 

Yee's release came one day after his lawyers sent a letter to President
Bush complaining about his confinement and urging that he be freed 
until
his criminal case could be resolved.

Officials have not named Yee's replacement, but they have been clear 
about
the new chaplain's role.

"His mission will be to be the advisor to the commander of the Joint 
Task
Force and to provide for the needs of the Joint Task Force members, not 
the
detainees," said Gen. Mitchell R. LeClaire, deputy commander of Joint 
Task
Force-Guantanamo.

Yee had advised the task force and the detainees. In addition to 
advising
Maj. Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller on religious and cultural sensitivity and
counseling service members as an Army chaplain during his 10 months 
here,
Yee met with prisoners to offer what he called "a sympathetic ear…"

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U.S.: DON’T SEND DETAINEES BACK TO CHINA
Human Rights Watch, 11/26/03
http://www.hrw.org/press/2003/11/us112603.htm
 
(New York, November 26, 2003) The United States should abandon reported
plans to send Uighur detainees currently held at Guantánamo Bay to 
China,
where they are likely to face mistreatment and possibly torture, Human
Rights Watch said today. 

More than a dozen ethnic Uighur separatists were apprehended in 
Afghanistan
and transferred to the U.S. military detention facility at Guantánamo 
Bay
in Cuba. They were reportedly training in Afghanistan with Uighur 
groups
seeking independence or greater autonomy from China for the 
northwestern
province of Xinjiang. 

China has a long and well-documented history of repression of the 
Uighurs,
a Muslim, Turkic-speaking community. The government has systematically
tortured and otherwise mistreated suspected separatists. The death 
penalty
has been used against those found guilty of separatist activities after
trials that do not meet international fair trial standards… 
 

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JAMAICA MUSLIM CENTER LOOKS FORWARD AND REACHES OUT
Grace Watkins, Newsday, 11/28/03
http://www.newsday.com/mynews/ny-nynabe283562088nov28,0,7396166.story

It started back in the late 1970s in a small Queens apartment - people
gathering to pray and share the word of Allah.

But soon the apartment on Highland Avenue in Jamaica was too small. So 
in
1981 the group moved into the basement of member Tahoor Ahmed's home on
167th Street.

And still the people just kept coming and praying five times a day 
until
finally, in 1983, the group became incorporated as the Jamaica Muslim
Center. 

By 1985, Mohammad Billah, using membership donations, purchased a 
nearby
house at 85-37 168th St. for $161,000 to accommodate the 150 regularly
attending Muslims. In 1991, the center bought the adjacent property, 
85-31
168th St., for about $175,000 and knocked down the walls to expand 
further.

Recently finishing even more renovations, which cost about $1 million, 
the
Jamaica Muslim Center celebrated its new and improved facility. On hand
were Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-Brooklyn and Queens), Assemb. 
William
Scarborough (D-St. Albans) and City Councilmen Leroy Comrie (D-St. 
Albans),
James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) and John Liu (D-Sunnyside).

Jamaica Muslim Center is now a 9,000-square-foot, two-story building 
with
2,000 registered members and 13,000 to 18,000 non-members who come to 
pray.
In fact, it is not unusual for police from the 107th Precinct to close 
off
Gothic Drive and Highland Avenue on special days of worship because of 
the
masses of Islamic worshipers…

Although its focus is to serve Muslims, the center strives to reach out 
to
all people. "We want to share ourselves and have interfaith projects,"
Hassan said.

This became even more pressing after Sept. 11, 2001.

"When they hijacked those planes, they also hijacked our religion. They 
did
us a disservice," Halim said. "People think that Islam is about 
violence.
We have to change this. The Muslims here are peace-loving people. [The
al-Qaida] do not represent Islam. It is like [the Christian] Waco," he
added, referring to the 1993 shootout and fire at a Texas compound that
left 80 Branch Davidian cult members led by David Koresh dead...

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POLICE IN ILLINOIS UNDERREPORTING HATE CRIMES 
Jonathan Lipman and Chris Hack, Daily Southtown, 11/24/03
http://www.dailysouthtown.com/southtown/dsnews/241nd4.htm

The annual report on hate crimes committed in Illinois may give a tally
that's far below the number of incidents that actually occur.

State law directs all local police to report hate crimes to the 
Illinois
State Police, which forwards the data to the FBI. 

No one is enforcing the requirement.

Only 59 of Illinois' 1,099 crime-fighting agencies filed hate crime
information in 2002, according to the FBI. The agency uses the numbers 
in
the national hate crimes report, which was released earlier this month.

According to the state and FBI figures, 199 hate crimes were reported 
in
Illinois in 2002. But at least 26 hate crimes went unreported from just
four law enforcement agencies in the Chicago suburbs alone…

In the news, not in the report…

This year, Palos Park police charged an Orland Park man with a hate 
crime
in August after he allegedly shouted racial slurs while attacking a 
black
man.

Eric Nix was sentenced to two years probation after Burbank police 
arrested
him in March and charged him with a hate crime for bombing a Muslim
family's van.

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CHECHNYA DUTY HARDENS RUSSIAN POLICE
Susan B. Glasser, Washington Post, 11/28/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A17494-2003Nov27.html 

Coming home from Chechnya to the placid streets of this provincial 
capital,
Sergei Myasnikov and the other men in his elite Russian police unit 
thought
only of losing themselves in alcohol. They were quick to anger, bitter 
over
money they believed they were entitled to and never received, and 
resentful
about having to fight a war that few of them supported.

"We were gorging ourselves on vodka like pigs when we came home," 
Myasnikov
recalled. He observes law enforcement from the sidelines now, because 
his
skull was blown apart in a Chechen ambush and patched back together 
with a
plastic plate. And what he notices is a police force far different from 
the
one he joined a decade ago. "I see how they change in Chechnya," he 
said.
"When they come back, they're like zombies."

Myasnikov was a cop, not a warrior, but in Russia today, after nearly a
decade of on-again, off-again combat in Chechnya, there is less and 
less
difference between the two. Police units from every region of Russia 
have
been dragged into the conflict, lured and often coerced into what the
officers call "business trips" with the promise of extra money. Using
police as well as army troops is part of a Russian government strategy 
to
depict the war, to its public and the world, as a limited 
anti-terrorist
operation. 

Assigned to maintain law and order in Russia's fragile emerging 
democracy,
the country's traffic cops and riot squads and foot patrolmen have 
instead
spent years being schooled in the lawlessness and disorder of one of 
the
world's most brutal civil wars. Like Myasnikov, they come back to 
civilian
Russia changed, a new breed of angry, disillusioned police officers who
moonlight as mercenaries.

To human rights activists, this constitutes a menace that may become 
one of
the lasting legacies of the Chechen war throughout the rest of Russia. 
They
fear the consequence for creation of democratic institutions when the
guarantors of the law have themselves been accused of serious war-zone
abuses by human rights groups and, very occasionally, prosecutors.

"For eight years, almost the entire militia of Russia have been to
Chechnya. They are used to killing and to illegal violations, and they
bring that back with them," said Lev Ponomaryov, leader of the group 
For
Human Rights.

In a gritty suburb of Moscow, Chechen drama students were attacked in 
their
dorm, in 2001 and again in 2002, by a squad of organized-crime police 
who
said they had returned a week earlier from Chechnya and "wanted revenge 
for
their friend who died there," recounted Rustam Milkeyev, one of the
students.

In the Russian industrial city of Perm, 1,000 miles northeast of the 
war,
ordinary traffic cops ask for bribes in halting Chechen when they stop
someone from Chechnya, said Chechen businessman Aslanbek Dinayev. "The 
only
way out is just to pay," he said.

In Nizhny Novgorod, an officer, just back from Chechnya, recently 
opened
fire on a crowd of civilians in the Volga River city; his bosses said 
he
did it because he thought he heard a Muslim man speaking...

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HEARTS AND MINDS - US STYLE
Scott Taylor, Aljazeera, 11/27/03
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/84B9680B-55DF-4562-AFF3-093E94D3FBCB.
htm

As American troops exit the former Presidential Palace complex in 
Tikrit,
the last thing they see emblazoned above the arched gateway is the 4th
Infantry Division motto: Strike First. 

Since the last of the organised Iraqi military resistance was crushed 
in
late April, these expansive palace grounds have been the headquarters 
for
the US 4th Division. 

As the birthplace of ousted president Saddam Hussein, Tikrit has proven 
to
be a hotbed of Iraqi resistance throughout the US occupation. 

I asked my escort Specialist Jack Craig, a military policeman from
Minnesota, how he correlated the "strike first" directive with the US
military's current policy of attempting to win the "hearts and minds" 
of
the local population.

"Actually, I see 'hearts and minds' as a tactical doctrine. To me, it 
means
that's where we should aim first," said Craig. " Shoot them in the body 
or
in the head, but just make sure you shoot them first…"

From his humourless expression, I presumed that he wasn't joking. 

"We have two major factors effecting the ability for some of our troops 
to
understand restraint," said Eddie Calis, the civilian security adviser 
at
the US airbase at Kirkuk, in northern Iraq.

"One problem is that a lot of our soldiers are shit-scared and want to 
get
out of here alive, no matter what that entails. 

"The second and much less widespread issue is that of misplaced
patriotism," said Calis, giving as an example one of the soldiers 
stationed
at the Kirkuk airfield will soon be rotated back to America, and who 
feels
that he has yet to fulfil his national duty.

"Every day he complains that he has not yet had the opportunity to kill 
an
Iraqi, and do his bit for the war," explained Calis. 

"On several recent occasions he has initiated provocation deliberately 
with
local drivers at the gate, and I only hope that [this soldier] will be 
sent
home before he fulfils his quest at the cost of an innocent life…"

SEE ALSO:

MUSLIM CALL TO PRAYER ECHOES ACROSS US ARMY BASE IN SADDAM'S HOMETOWN 
Patrick Moser, Agence France Presse, 11/28/03

After the call to prayer echoed Friday across a US army base in the 
heart
of Iraq's combat zone, US army Sergeant Mesahchai Whitaker took off her
combat boots and walked into a mosque. 

Having swapped her kevlar helmet for a head scarf, she knelt on the
carpeted floor, facing Mecca. The only woman at the Al-Hara al-Gabir
mosque, she prayed at a distance from the other faithful. 

Whitaker, 43, was also the only US soldier to attend Friday prayers at 
the
small mosque within the palace compound that serves as the 4th Infantry
Division's Iraq headquarters in the hometown of ousted president Saddam
Hussein. 

As she prayed, the sound of mortar echoed outside, a reminder that the 
US
army base is located right by the center of Tikrit, a cauldron of
anti-American violence, 180 kilometers (110 miles) north of Baghdad. 

The other worshippers all work at the base, some as members of the
US-trained Iraqi Civilian Defense Corps and others as civilian 
contractors
catering for the troops. 

"It's a wonderful experience, as a Muslim to be here," said Whitaker, 
from
New Jersey, whose parents converted to the Islamic faith before she was
born. 

But since she arrived in Iraq seven months ago, she has never been to a
mosque outside US military bases. Much as she'd like to, the risk is 
too
high. "We're still at war," she said. 

Other than verses from the Koran and a few phrases she has picked up in
Iraq, Whitaker speaks no Arabic and has little contact with other
worshippers. 

She also said none of her fellow soldiers have given her a hard time 
over
her religion, though some have expressed curiosity about it. 

"I don't think most soldiers understand Islam," she said, as she put on 
her
desert boots on her way out of the mosque, which overlooks the Tigris
river. 

"They may have a hard time adjusting, sometimes ignorance is bliss,
sometimes it brings on fear," said Whitaker, the mother of a 
22-year-old
daughter… 

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MORE THAN 400 PALESTINIANS STRANDED AT IRAQ BORDER WITH JORDAN
Deutsche Presse-Agentur, 11/28/03

Geneva-- The United Nations refugee organisation UNHCR expressed 
concern in
Geneva on Friday about the fate of more than 400 Palestinians stranded 
in
camps on the Iraqi and Jordanian border.

The 427 refugees, previously living in exile in Iraq, join an estimated
1,800 refugees - mostly ethnic Kurds who fled Iraq's Al Tash refugee 
camp -
in eastern Jordan.

The UNHCR warned that Jordan's capacity to absorb more refugees is 
reaching
its limit, while appealing to Egypt and Lebanon to grant permission for
re-entry to Palestinians holding travel documents.

"The situation at the border will be particularly acute for the
Palestinians, unaccustomed to the hardships of camp life, and facing 
into a
cold winter," UNHCR spokesman Kris Janowski cautioned…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CAIR RAMADAN CAMPAIGN TOPS $1 MILLION
More than 1,000 turn out for fundraiser in DC

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/30/2003) - The Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR) today announced that the group's Ramadan fundraising campaign 
topped 
its goal of $1 million dollars at a standing-room-only banquet last 
night 
attended by more than 1,000 people, including presidential candidate 
Dennis 
Kucinich and Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV).

In their speeches, both Kucinich and Rahall encouraged American Muslims 
to 
participate in the political process. Kucinich said America and the 
world 
are currently at "a defining moment," the theme of CAIR's banquet. A 
number 
of other elected officials sent letters of support for the dinner.

"We would like to thank all those who helped us reach our fundraising 
goal," said CAIR Board Chairman Omar Ahmad. "These added resources will 
enable us to continue and expand our work defending civil rights and 
promoting a positive image of Islam."

He said the dinner was so popular that some attendees were willing to 
stand 
in the back of the banquet hall throughout the program. "This 
demonstrates 
the commitment of those who support CAIR's important work," said Ahmad.

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

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 11/30/03

* VERSES OF THE DAY: KIND WORDS AND FORGIVENESS
* VA MUSLIM REFUGEE FAMILY IN NEED
* INCITEMENT WATCH: AUTHOR SAYS PROPHET MUHAMMAD BROKE
* IMMIGRANT REGISTRATION QUESTIONED (Press Enterprise)
	- Algerian-Born Detainee a Victim of Excess (Wash. Post)
	- High-Profile Lawyer Pleads Al-Arian's Case (Tampa 
Trib) 

* ADL SUPPORTS CAIR ANALYSIS OF CARTOON (Wash. Post)
	- Reviewer Slams Daniel Pipes' 'Militant Islam'
* AL: TELLING CHILDREN ABOUT DIFFERENT TRADITIONS (Times Daily)
	- PA Scouts Take a Journey for Faith (Phil. Inquirer)
	- Tariq Ramadan: The Reformer (Boston Globe)
* HELEN THOMAS: RAID ON ARAB TV HARDLY DEMOCRATIC (Hearst)
	- U.S. Funds Iraqi TV (AP)
* ARMY RESERVIST ACCUSED OF INSUBORDINATION (AP)
* GUANTANAMO TEENS WAIT DECISION ON THEIR FATE (AP)
	- At Guantanamo, an Espionage Case Fizzles (NY Times)
	- Teen Captives of U.S. Share Special Jail (Mercury News)
* FRANCE TO PASS LAW BANNING HEAD SCAVES? (BBC)

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VERSES OF THE DAY: KIND WORDS AND FORGIVENESS

The parable of those who spend their wealth in the way of God is that 
of a 
grain that sprouts into seven ears, each bearing one hundred grains. 
God 
gives manifold increase to whom He wishes. God has boundless knowledge.

Those who spend their wealth in the cause of God, and do not follow 
their 
charity with reminders of their generosity or injure the feeling of the 
recipient, shall get their reward from their Lord; they shall have 
nothing 
to fear or to regret.

Kind words and forgiveness are better than charity followed by injury.

The Holy Quran, 2:261-263

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VA MUSLIM REFUGEE FAMILY IN NEED

A family from Afghanistan has recently been brought to Fairfax County, 
Va., 
as refugees. The father passed away, leaving the 33-year-old mother 
with 7 
children ages 5-13. The family is in need of food, clothing and 
emotional 
support. They speak Pashto and Urdu. The oldest girl speaks a little 
English.

For information about how you can help this family, e-mail: 
shoma@prodigy.net

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INCITEMENT WATCH: AUTHOR SAYS PROPHET MUHAMMAD BROKE TREATY

Radical Islam in the wake of 9/11
Jason Livingood, Campus Report, 11/25/03
http://www.campusreportonline.net/main/articles.php?id=30

Kenneth R. Timmerman, author of Preachers of Hate: Islam and the War on 
America…said that 80 percent of the mosques in the United States are 
Saudi-controlled. Saudi government-regulated children's textbooks, in 
turn, 
teach that Jews are "the sons of monkeys and pigs," Timmerman told the 
crowd…

In Arabic, Arafat recalled the story of the Al-Hudaybiyya agreement 
between 
the Prophet Mohammad and the Meccan tribe of Quraish, in which Mohammad 
pledged peace for 10 years with the Quraish, whose forces were stronger 
than his at the time.

Mohammad used the peace to gather and strengthen his forces for 18 
months, 
then he broke the treaty by attacking and slaughtering the Quraish. 
Mohammad justified his act by arguing that since the name he signed on 
the 
agreement was not "Mohammad, Prophet of Allah", he was not bound by the 
terms of the accord.

ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE. Hostile comments WILL be used 
to 
further defame Islam and Muslims.)

Contact Kenneth Timmerman to express your concerns about his biased and 
inaccurate statements.

SEE: 
http://www.insightmag.com/main.cfm?include=detail&storyid=87131#timmerman

CONTACT: ktimmerman@insightmag.com
COPY TO: prodriguez@insightmag.com, sstanley@insightmag.com, 
mal.kline@academia.org, cair@cair-net.org

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND:

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) never broke any agreement, 
regardless of strength or weakness. There is not one shred of evidence 
to 
back up this false allegation.

With reference to authorities such as Ibn Ishaq, Ibn Saad, Al-Hakim and 
Bukhari, the following is an outline of the events surrounding the 
Treaty 
of Hudaybiah:

1) The Prophet and his companions were prevented by the pagan Arabs 
from 
performing their pilgrimage to Mecca (Umrah). Instead of fighting, and 
despite the willingness of his followers to enforce their religious 
rights, 
the Prophet chose a peaceful settlement.

2) Two years later, the pagan Arabs broke the treaty by attacking and 
killing 20 allies of the Muslims as they slept. It is internationally 
recognized that when one party breaks a treaty, the other party is 
released 
from its obligations.

3) Even after this attack, no bloody revenge was taken against those 
who 
broke the treaty. In fact, when the Muslims finally entered Mecca, 
amnesty 
was granted to nearly all former enemies. The Quran states: 'Yes, 
whoever 
fulfills his pledge and fears Allah much; verily, then Allah loves 
those 
who are the pious.' 3:76. Also: 'And fulfill (every) covenant.' 17:34

In 1996, U.S. News & World Report editor-in-chief Mortimer Zuckerman 
also 
claimed the Prophet Muhammad had a "doctrine" of deceit in making 
treaties 
with enemies while he was weak and violating them when he was strong. 
In 
the magazine's June 24, 1996, issue, this claim was retracted. The 
editors 
wrote: "...We deeply regret any ambiguity in the language; Mr. 
Zuckerman 
meant no insult. He was referring to Mr. Arafat's reference to the 
Prophet 
and did not intend to state that this was the doctrine of the 
Prophet...it 
was the Meccans, not the prophet Muhammad, who broke the peace of 
Hudaybiah 
of 628."

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IMMIGRANT REGISTRATION QUESTIONED
Sharyn Obsatz, Press-Enterprise, 11/29/03
http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_NEWS_nmuslim30.580e3.html

Dozens of Inland men from predominantly Muslim or Arab countries are 
re-registering with immigration authorities, even as the U.S. 
Department of 
Homeland Security debates the overall effectiveness of the registration 
program.

A year after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, U.S. authorities 
launched the controversial program aimed at tracking foreign students, 
tourists and temporary workers from 25 countries where al-Qaida or 
other 
terrorist groups operate.

"Homeland Security is continuing to evaluate…the best way to accomplish 
the 
job," Homeland Security spokesman Bill Strassberger said by phone last 
week 
from the Washington, D.C., area. "As of today, there's been no change."

Thousands of visa-holders nationwide are required to revisit 
immigration 
offices within 10 days of the anniversary of their initial 
registration. 
The program applies to men from certain Middle Eastern, African and 
Asian 
counties, ranging from Morocco to North Korea, from Egypt to Indonesia.

Officials originally said they would expand the registration program to 
visa-holders from other countries. But the expansion never occurred, 
leading some to view the registration as biased…

Corona resident Hussam Ayloush said that even though he opposes the 
program, he is advising people to re-register so they cannot be 
penalized 
later. He said by phone that rumors of a possible program suspension 
might 
mislead people into thinking that they don't have to re-register -- a 
mistake that could make them vulnerable to deportation.

"We think this is part of a continuous, unfair pattern of confusing, 
targeting and intimidating immigrants who happen to be from Muslim and 
Arab 
backgrounds," said Ayloush, who heads the Southern California chapter 
of 
the Council on American-Islamic Relations…

ALSO SEE:

ALGERIAN-BORN DETAINEE SEEN AS VICTIM OF EXCESS
Michael Powell, Washington Post, 11/29/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A20028-2003Nov28

BATAVIA, N.Y. -- Benamar Benatta sits in a whitewashed cell, lost in a 
post-Sept. 11 world.

Jailed the night of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, 
the 
Algerian air force lieutenant with an expired visa has spent the past 
26 
months in federal prisons, much of that time in solitary confinement -- 
even though the FBI formally concluded in November 2001 that he had no 
connection to terrorism.

Since the government first took Benatta into custody, the United States 
has 
apprehended and released about 760 domestic detainees. More than 80 
prisoners have been released from the military jail where alleged al 
Qaeda 
and Taliban fighters are held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It appears that 
no 
detainee has been locked up as long as Benatta, although it is 
impossible 
to know because of secrecy surrounding some material witnesses who may 
still be in government custody.

He remains behind bars, awaiting a deportation hearing, unable to post 
a 
$25,000 bond…

Benatta was among the 1,200 or so men detained by U.S. law enforcement 
agents in the frenzied weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist 
attacks. 
He had a most unfortunate résumé: An Algerian and a Muslim, he was an 
avionics technician, and -- like most of the others -- he lacked proper 
immigration papers…

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HIGH-PROFILE LAWYER TO PLEAD AL-ARIAN'S CASE
Elaine Silverstrini, Tampa Tribune, 11/29/03
http://tampatrib.com/floridametronews/MGA7BZH8LND.html

TAMPA - Sami Al-Arian's new attorney has dedicated his professional 
life to 
holding the U.S. government to the principles it espouses to the rest 
of 
the world.

William Moffitt recently began representing the former University of 
South 
Florida professor accused of being a leader in the Palestinian Islamic 
Jihad. Moffitt is passionate in his defense of Al-Arian, having long 
spoken 
out on issues of race and political freedom.

"I've always felt that in times of crises, we sometimes pick out people 
to 
be made the devils," said Moffitt, 54, who is a past president of the 
National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.

The organization claims more than 10,000 members and describes its 
mission 
as ensuring "justice and due process for persons accused of crime or 
other 
misconduct."

As the group's president, Moffitt testified before Congress about 
racial 
disparities in the nation's drug laws and asked the United Nations to 
investigate racial bias in the U.S. justice system. He says he knows 
what 
it feels like to face hostility because of politics and race.

Moffitt received his bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma 
in 
1971, where he was the first black elected student body president.

"I remember the death threats I used to get," he said…

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CRYPTIC ATTACK OR POLITICALLY CORRECT CRACKDOWN?
Abraham H. Foxman, Washington Post, 11/29/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A20301-2003Nov28.html

U.S. Muslim leaders are right to be outraged about the anti-Muslim 
message 
that can be inferred from Johnny Hart's recent "B.C." comic strip.

Were it not for his history of using "B.C." to denigrate other faiths, 
including unambiguous slights against Judaism, Hart's argument that his 
Nov. 10 strip was not intended as an anti-Muslim slur might hold at 
least a 
shred of credibility. Yet, as anyone familiar with "B.C." knows, Hart 
has 
shamelessly used his medium to promote his strongly Christian outlook 
while 
casting aspersions on other faiths.

Taken in this context, the outhouse cartoon's message is clear. It is 
nothing more than a thinly veiled attack on the Muslim faith -- one 
that 
must be forcefully condemned by cartoonists, journalists and most 
importantly, responsible readers.

The writer is national director of the Anti-Defamation League.

ALSO SEE:

MILITANT ISLAM REACHES AMERICA
Daniel Pipes, Sydney Morning Herald, 11/29/03
http://www.smh.com.au/

We are so impressed with academic qualifications that it is easy for 
PhDs 
and professorships to disguise breathtaking intellectual sloppiness. 
Read 
this piece of slack, journalistic hackery and be amazed. Repeatedly, 
Pipes 
makes large claims about the nature of modern Islam based on second- or 
third-hand accounts and relying, too often, on only one dubious source. 
If 
this was a thesis submitted for consideration by his peers, it would be 
sent back with a brusque "Rewrite and research". Pipes's claim to fame 
is 
that after September 11, he was said to be the one person who predicted 
the 
rise of militant Islam. In reality, if this book is an indication, he 
belongs to that tradition of American fear-mongering, which started 
with 
the Salem witch trials and which often produces insular hysteria as a 
self-fulfilling prophecy…

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HOW TO TELL CHILDREN ABOUT DIFFERENT RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS
Katherine Lee, Times Daily, 11/29/03
http://www.timesdaily.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20031129/NEWS/311290301/1004

Holiday time is storytelling time, and holiday stories are often 
stories of 
the miraculous. So when children get involved in festive celebrations, 
the 
question often arises: How do you tell stories of the supernatural to 
minds 
too young to comprehend?

Religious traditions often evolve around miracles that are key to one's 
faith. Jews celebrate Hanukkah, with its story of the small flask of 
oil 
that lighted the temple for eight days.

Christians have the story of the Virgin Birth, and the story of 
Christ's 
resurrection. Muslims consider the Quran a miraculous work in itself, 
as 
well as the story of the prophet Mohammed's ascension into heaven. 
Throw 
Santa into the mix, and storytelling time can be confusing.

So how do you teach children to believe in the miracles of your own 
religion, warn them against believing in false ones and show respect 
for 
those of other faiths?

Experts say you simply tell the story…

Altaf Ali, director of the central Florida chapter of the Council for 
American-Islamic Relations, said it's sometimes difficult to emphasize 
to 
young children the miraculous origins of the Quran.

"It's a little abstract," he said. "We try to tell them about the 
tangible 
things in the Quran, like the idea that everyone has two angels that 
sit on 
their shoulders and protect them. Telling them things like that 
complements 
the stories they hear in school, like fairy tales and other things…''

ALSO SEE:

SCOUTS TAKE A JOURNEY FOR FAITH
Rusty Pray, Philadelphia Inquirer, 11/29/03
http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/local/7371949.htm

MOORESTOWN - In the all-purpose room of the Baker School on West Maple 
Avenue here yesterday, Judaism and Islam met face-to-face - and 
exchanged 
business cards.

"Are you free Sunday mornings?" Rabbi Gary M. Gans asked Zia Rahman. 
"I'm 
interested in having you come speak to my congregation."

"Anything I can do to help people understand," Rahman, managing trustee 
of 
the American Muslim Community in Voorhees, said after accepting the 
invitation to visit Gans' Congregation Beth Tikvah in Marlton.

"The fact that we have a Jew and a Muslim in the same teaching center - 
that's not happening often enough," Gans said.

Two of the world's great religions - so alike and yet so antagonistic - 
came together here yesterday because of the Ten Commandments Hike, a 
program to promote religious tolerance and understanding sponsored by 
the 
Burlington County Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

About 145 scouts, troop leaders and parents - some from as far away as 
S
Springfield, Va. - took part in the all-day event…

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THE REFORMER
Laura Secor, Boston Globe, 11/30/2003
http://www.boston.com/news/globe/ideas/articles/2003/11/30/the_reformer/

When Tariq Ramadan delivers a lecture, the room is invariably packed to 
capacity. Afterwards, dozens of young Muslim men are likely to throng 
the 
stage, seeking his definitive guidance on everything from veiling to 
animal 
rights to how to live with dignity in a secular society.

"What I am doing with them is at the same time important and 
dangerous," 
Ramadan says of his work with these young men. "It could be dangerous 
if 
you let them think you have the answers. I try to tell them, `I am not 
what 
I'm saying. I'm only trying to be."'

At age 41, Ramadan, an elegant, Swiss-born intellectual, imam, and 
activist, has become a magnet for young Muslims in France, Switzerland, 
and 
Belgium. He's done it partly by making himself personally accessible to 
the 
devotees who purchase audiotapes of his lectures and often travel for 
miles 
just to hear him speak. And he's also done it with his unstinting 
criticism 
of their community's inclination toward insularity.

Outside the Muslim community, Ramadan is the object of both admiration 
and 
suspicion. He's the Muslim Martin Luther, the American and French press 
have sometimes rhapsodized: He advocates that European Muslims use 
their 
unique experiences to lead a movement toward reform within Islam. He is 
"two-faced," critics reply: He sounds like a moderate, having adopted a 
vocabulary that he knows will be accepted by secular Westerners, but he 
is 
actually herding Francophone Muslims down the path of extremism…

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RAID ON ARAB TV NETWORK HARDLY A DEMOCRATIC MOVE
Helen Thomas, TheBostonChannel.com, 11/29/03
http://www.thebostonchannel.com/helenthomas/2667834/detail.html

WASHINGTON -- The raid by the U.S.-appointed Iraqi officials on an Arab 
television network bureau in Baghdad and the ban on its broadcasts 
hardly 
fits my idea of how to spread democracy in the Middle East.

Isn't that the first thing dictators do -- shut down broadcast outlets 
and 
newspapers? For those in power, tolerating a free press is difficult, 
even 
in a democracy.

As a foreign occupier in Iraq, we are proving that it is intolerable.

The terrible irony here is that we pride ourselves on offering a model 
to 
the rest of the world on how to design -- and live by -- our 
constitutional 
freedoms.

Journalists around the globe have been taught to emulate our approach 
to 
newsgathering, hopefully in an atmosphere free of government 
restraints.

At the same time, we're snuffing out news outlets we don't like…

ALSO SEE:

U.S. FUNDS IRAQI TV NETWORK IN BATTLE AGAINST 'HOSTILE' ARAB NEWS 
STATIONS
Jim Krane, Associated Press, 11/28/03
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2003/11/28/international1630EST0578.DTL 


One of the chief U.S. weapons in the battle to win Iraqi hearts and 
minds 
is Al-Iraqiya -- a Pentagon-funded TV station with an optimistic, 
pro-American slant.

Announcers on Al-Iraqiya, which reaches 85 percent of Iraqis, decry the 
guerrillas attacking U.S. military and Iraqi civilian targets as 
"terrorists."

Problem is, those Iraqis fortunate enough to have satellite dishes 
consider 
Al-Iraqiya stodgy and slow on breaking news. They prefer Al-Jazeera and 
Al-Arabiya, the flashy Gulf-based stations where anti-American fighters 
are 
branded "resisters."

Recently, condemnation has focused on the Qatar- and Dubai-based 
networks. 
The U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council shut down Saudi-owned 
Al-Arabiya 
for "inciting murder" by broadcasting a voice said to belong to Saddam 
Hussein. The State Department approved of the temporary closure but 
groups 
advocating press freedom were enraged by it.

Americans and their allies also show little love for Al-Jazeera…

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ARMY RESERVIST ACCUSED OF INSUBORDINATION
Associated Press, 11/28/03
http://apnews.excite.com/article/20031128/D7V3R9TG0.html

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - An Army reserve officer faces insubordination charges 
after he questioned the legality of a waiver that his battalion was 
asked 
to sign allowing their third deployment to a war zone since January 
2002.

Capt. Steve McAlpin of 401st Civil Affairs Battalion was notified in a 
memorandum Wednesday that he was being removed from the unit's battle 
roster. Members of the 401st will be deployed for duty overseas on Dec. 
3.

McAlpin said he could face other punishment, including a court martial 
and 
losing rank, over the charges.

In the memorandum, Lt. Col. Phillip Carey, commander of the 401st, 
charges 
McAlpin with having a "negative attitude" toward the 401st and with 
being 
"insubordinate towards the leadership" of the unit.

McAlpin, 44, said he questioned the waiver last Saturday during a 
teleconference with Col. Guy Sands, commander of the McAlpin's parent 
unit, 
the 360th Civil Affairs Brigade. McAlpin asked whether the battalion 
may be 
violating federal law by not allowing combat troops a required 12-month 
"stabilization period" at home…

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IN GUANTANAMO, TEENAGERS PASS TIME WITH SOCCER, MOVIES, WAITING 
DECISION ON 
THEIR FATE
Frank Griffiths, Associated Press, 11/29/03
http://www.diario.com.mx/nota.asp?notaid=1953217aeae3ea320e3d51c6ce4fe804

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - It looks like a summer camp with 
manicured lawns, a dusty soccer field and a library of kids' movies, 
but 
the fenced compound of Iguana House holds three teenagers accused of 
fighting alongside Afghanistan's ousted Taliban.

Human rights advocates say the U.S. military should long ago have 
released 
the boys, between the ages of 13 and 15, but detention mission 
commander 
Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller said this week their freedom is being held up 
at 
higher levels.

Soldiers guard them day and night, never shutting their bedroom doors 
and 
monitoring them on wide-angle mirrors on the walls. The bathroom 
remains 
open, a small curtain covering part of the doorway for privacy.

"We're concerned that a prolonged separation from their families may 
cause 
a deterioration in their mental health," said Jo Becker, of the New 
York-based group Human Rights Watch.

The boys, who wear orange jumpsuits, undergo more than an hour of group 
therapy twice a week and also meet with psychiatrists.

Miller recommended in August that they be sent back to their home 
countries. The request is awaiting approval by the Pentagon and other 
agencies, Miller said, adding he expects a decision soon…

ALSO SEE:

AT GUANTANAMO, AN ESPIONAGE CASE SEEMS TO FIZZLE
Neil A. Lewis, New York Times, 11/30/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/30/weekinreview/30P2ST.html

IT became clear last week that the case against Capt. James J. Yee fell 
far 
short of what several senior defense officials had originally 
suggested: a 
major espionage plot at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba.

Instead, the military announced that it was releasing Captain Yee, the 
former Muslim chaplain at Guantanamo, after confining him for nearly 
three 
months on suspicion of espionage activities. And the military suddenly 
found itself vulnerable to the allegation that it had fecklessly taken 
aim 
at him because of his Muslim faith.

Captain Yee was one of three Muslims, all American, at Guantanamo who 
were 
arrested on suspicion of espionage. The other two were translators, who 
also had contact with the prisoners. They remain locked up.

Unnamed officials were quoted in news articles suggesting an 
extraordinary 
scenario: Wily enemies were using Muslims as a fifth column at 
Guantanamo. 
And Captain Yee had an extraordinary history; he was a Chinese-American 
graduate of West Point who had converted to Islam and returned to the 
Army 
as a chaplain…

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TEEN CAPTIVES OF U.S. SHARE SPECIAL JAIL
Carol Rosenberg, San Jose Mercury News, 11/30/03
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/world/7380420.htm

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL STATION, Cuba - They don't wet their beds and 
their 
jailers haven't seen them cry. But U.S. soldiers guarding the three 
youngest terror suspects here say the boys -- ages 13 to 15 -- 
experience 
typical adolescent mood swings amid their strict schedule of study, 
sports 
and prayer.

Since May, U.S. troops have segregated the three teens in a 
concrete-block 
building that suggests a cross between a seafront cottage and a halfway 
house.

They refer to their captives as ''juvenile enemy combatants'' and call 
their jail ''Iguana House.''

It is all part of a careful effort to treat the boys differently from 
the 
650-plus adult prisoners in Camp Delta, the Pentagon's prison for 
Al-Qaida 
and Taliban suspects.

Commanders won't identify the boys or their nationalities. But they say 
the 
boys wear orange jumpsuits, pray five times a day, amuse themselves 
with 
National Geographic videos -- and undergo interrogations, like any 
other 
captive here…

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'HEADSCARF BILL' MOOTED IN FRANCE
BBC News, 11/29/03
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3248614.stm

Raffarin is trying to unite a divided party French Prime Minister 
Jean-Pierre Raffarin has announced plans that could in effect ban 
Muslim 
women from wearing headscarves in public institutions.

Mr Raffarin told a meeting of his governing UMP party on Friday that he 
plans to introduce a bill that would be aimed at protecting women.

He did not directly refer to the vexed issue of headscarves in schools.

Calls to ban them have increased in recent years, amid signs of growing 
militancy among Muslims in France.

Muslim girls wearing headscarves have been expelled from public schools 
- 
which have the authority to ban "ostentatious signs of religion".

Expelled girls have denied that they are proselytising, and say they 
should 
be free to wear what their religion dictates.

However a motion approved by 90% of UMP delegates at Friday's meeting 
near 
Paris called for a bill that would "explicitly ban the ostentatious 
wearing 
of any political or religious sign" in public schools.

In his address to the meeting, Mr Raffarin said the bill was designed 
to 
defend secularism and protect "all women from fundamentalist 
pressures…"

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

U.S. MUSLIMS APPLAUD END OF REGISTRATION PROGRAM
Islamic group says new system should be free of religious bias

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/1/2003) - The Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR) today applauded the Bush administration's decision to end a 
visitor 
registration program that primarily targeted Muslim men and drew 
complaints 
from minority and civil liberties groups. CAIR also said any new 
visitor 
screening system should be free of religious or racial bias.

The Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group's 
statement 
came following an announcement made this morning by the Department of 
Homeland Security eliminating the National Security Entry Exit 
Registration 
System, or NSEERS. A new system will focus on individuals instead of on 
"broad categories" of people. Those who were subject to NSEERS must 
still 
register as they enter or leave the country.

SEE: "Homeland Security Ends Registration"
http://www.newsday.com/news/politics/wire/sns-ap-registering-foreigners,0,4421390.story

In a statement, CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad said: "Today's 
announcement will no doubt bring relief to thousands of people who are 
anxious about being singled out and discriminated against when visiting 
the 
United States. We appreciate the government's decision to eliminate the 
special registration program, which has done little to promote security 
and 
has alienated thousands of law-abiding visitors to our nation. Any new 
screening procedures should not be based on religion, ethnicity or 
national 
origin, but instead reflect the American values of equal justice and 
religious freedom."

In December of last year, CAIR, along with several other civil rights 
groups, filed a lawsuit asserting that immigration authorities 
unlawfully 
arrested large numbers of people in Los Angeles as they came forward to 
voluntarily comply with special registration requirements.

The special registration program required nonimmigrant males from 25 
Muslim-majority nations to register with immigration authorities or 
face 
detention and deportation. A little known provision of the program 
required 
annual re-registration. Critics viewed the re-registration requirement, 
and 
the entire registration process, as being designed to create 
"deportation 
traps" targeting Muslims and of little value in promoting national 
security.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has received 
numerous complaints from Muslims who felt discriminated against since 
the 
start of the program last year. For background on the Special 
Registration 
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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 12/1/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: A SEED OF FAITH
* CAIR'S LIBRARY PROJECT
* CAIR-DC: GRANT WRITING/PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP
	- CAIR-NJ Grant-Writing Workshop
	- CAIR Fundraiser Tops $1 Million (Wash. Times)
* PATRIOT ACT AUTHOR HAS CONCERNS (Los Angeles Times)
	- New Surveillance Fuel Debate In CA (Boston Globe)
	- An Un-American Activity (St. Pete Times)
* ND: ENDING RAMADAN FAR FROM HOME (Grand Forks Herald)
	- NY: Muslims Share Family Dinner (Newsday)
       	- UT: Zakat - An Act of Charity (Salt Lake Tribune)
* FRANKLIN GRAHAM TRAVELS TO SUDAN (AP)
* IRAQI TOWN DEVASTATED AS US RESPONDS TO ATTACK (AFP)
	- Poll: Most Iraqis Mistrustful of Coalition (AFP)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: A SEED OF FAITH

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon) said: "On the Day of Resurrection 
I 
will intercede and say, 'O my Lord! Admit into Paradise (even) those 
who 
have faith equal to a mustard seed in their hearts.'"

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 9, Hadith 600

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT

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

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

To sponsor a library call, 1-800-392-7876 ext. 320 or for more 
information 
about the project, visit: www.libraryproject.org.

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SPEAKER: Dr. Khalifah Ramadan

WHEN: SATURDAY & SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20-21, 2003
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WHERE: Al-Huda Islamic School, 5301 Edgewood Rd, College Park, MD
COST: $95 Per person ($10 discount for 2 or more form the same 
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For further information contact: Khalid Iqbal at 202-488-8787 or e-mail 
ki@cair-net.org

SEE ALSO:

CAIR-NJ HOSTS GRANT-WRITING WORKSHOP

WHAT: Each year, our federal government allocates millions of dollars 
to 
various agencies, at the federal, state, and local level in the form of 
grants to a broad-range of groups. Our government is currently 
interested 
in funding faith and community-based organizations' programs and 
projects.

Come to our two-day workshop to not only learn about the grant-writing 
process, but to actually write your own grants. Dr. Khalifah Ramadan, a 
national expert in grant-writing, will guide participants in developing 
their project programs and in writing and applying for their own 
grants.

WHEN: December 13-14, 2003 (Grant-writing preview session with Dr. 
Ramadan 
Friday, December 12, 8-9:30PM at the Islamic Center of Passaic County.)

WHERE: Islamic Educational Center of North Hudson (Internet connections 
and 
printing available)

To register, visit: https://www.123signup.com/event?id=dvrd. For more 
information, visit our website www.cair-nj.org or contact CAIR-NJ at 
cair@cair-nj.org. Seating is limited.

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CASH FOR CAIR
Washington Times, 12/1/03
http://www.washtimes.com/national/inpolitics.htm

The Council on American-Islamic Relations topped its goal of raising $1 
million at a Saturday night banquet in Washington attended by more than 
1,000 people - including Democratic Reps. Dennis J. Kucinich of Ohio 
and 
Nick J. Rahall II of West Virginia.

Both Mr. Kucinich and Mr. Rahall "encouraged American Muslims to 
participate in the political process," according to CAIR, America's 
largest 
Islamic advocacy group.

"We would like to thank all those who helped us reach our fund-raising 
goal," CAIR Chairman Omar Ahmad said yesterday. "These added resources 
will 
enable us to continue and expand our work defending civil rights and 
promoting a positive image of Islam."

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PATRIOT ACT AUTHOR HAS CONCERNS
Richard B. Schmitt, Los Angeles Times, 11/30/03
http://www.latimes.com/la-na-justice30nov30,1,632079.story

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department's war on terrorism has drawn 
intense 
scrutiny from the left and the right. Now, a chief architect of the USA 
Patriot Act and a former top assistant to Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft are 
joining the fray, voicing concern about aspects of the administration's 
anti-terrorism policy.

At issue is the government's power to designate and detain "enemy 
combatants," in particular in the case of "dirty bomb" plot suspect 
Jose 
Padilla, the Brooklyn-born former gang member who was picked up at a 
Chicago airport 18 months ago by the FBI and locked in a military brig 
without access to a lawyer.

Civil liberties groups and others contend that Padilla - as an American 
citizen arrested in the U.S. - is being denied due process of law under 
the 
Constitution.

Viet Dinh, who until May headed the Justice Department's Office of 
Legal 
Policy, said in a series of recent speeches and in an interview with 
The 
Times that he thought the government's detention of Padilla was flawed 
and 
unlikely to survive court review.

The principal intellectual force behind the Patriot Act, the 
terror-fighting law enacted by Congress after the Sept. 11, 2001, 
attacks, 
Dinh has steadfastly defended the Justice Department's anti-terrorism 
efforts against charges that they have led to civil-rights abuses of 
immigrants and others. While the Patriot Act does not speak to the 
issue of 
enemy combatants, his remarks still caught some observers by 
surprise...

ALSO SEE:

NEW SURVEILLANCE GUIDELINES FUEL DEBATE IN CALIFORNIA
Bobby Caina Calvan, Boston Globe, 11/30/03
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2003/11/30/new_surveillance_guidelines_fuel_debate_in_california/

SACRAMENTO -- Federal authorities may now have broad powers under the 
USA 
Patriot Act to monitor the public in its fight against terrorism, but 
guidelines distributed last month by the California attorney general's 
office contradict the surveillance methods used by federal agencies -- 
and 
advise local police to observe stricter state limits when it comes to 
spying on the public.

"Put bluntly, it is a mistake of constitutional dimension to gather 
information for a criminal intelligence file where there is no 
reasonable 
suspicion" of criminal activity, the guidelines state.

The guidelines, entitled "Criminal Intelligence Systems: A California 
Perspective," were prompted by concerns over law enforcement responses 
to 
antiwar protests...

The 134-page document was distributed with little fanfare to every 
police 
department and sheriff's office. It is hardly a concise list of dos and 
don'ts, but rather a lawyerly analysis of some of the existing laws 
governing privacy, free expression, and intelligence gathering by law 
enforcement.

The guidelines say that proper "boundaries" and oversight "are critical 
to 
maintaining the appropriate balance between public safety and 
fundamental 
rights such as free speech, assembly, and privacy."

Activists and civil libertarians applauded release of the guidelines...

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AN UN-AMERICAN ACTIVITY
St Petersburg Times, 11/30/03
http://www.sptimes.com/2003/11/30/Opinion/An_un_American_activi.shtml

When Attorney General John Ashcroft announced in May 2002 that he was 
lifting restrictions on domestic spying by the FBI - rules that had 
been 
put in place in response to the bureau's excesses during the 1960s and 
'70s 
- he promised the sweeping new powers would be used only "for the 
purpose 
of detecting and preventing terrorism."

Now we know better. A classified FBI intelligence memorandum has 
recently 
come to light demonstrating that the FBI is using this new authority to 
spy 
on nonviolent antiwar demonstrators. Ashcroft seems to be ushering us 
back 
to the bad old days of J. Edgar Hoover, when the FBI made enemies of 
those 
who engaged in political dissent and civil disobedience.

As reported by the New York Times, the FBI has been collecting detailed 
information on the tactics and organization of antiwar protesters and 
has 
asked local policing agencies to report any suspicious activities to 
the 
FBI's counterterrorism operation.

The agency claims it is only interested in identifying individuals who 
would engage in violence at demonstrations, but the memorandum 
describes an 
array of lawful actions used by peaceful demonstrators. For example, 
the 
memorandum instructs local law enforcement about the "innovative 
strategies" of protesters such as the videotaping of arrests to 
intimidate 
police and the use of the Internet to organize and raise funds...

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ENDING RAMADAN FAR FROM HOME
Tu-Uyen Tran, Grand Forks Herald, 12/1/03
http://www.grandforks.com/mld/grandforks/news/7384798.htm

The prayer leader stood erect before a small group of worshippers all 
facing roughly east towards the city of Mecca.

In Arabic, he solemnly called them to prayer, praising God the greatest 
and 
the highest.

Outside the meditation room at UND's International Center, it was a 
frosty 
and completely ordinary Tuesday morning in Grand Forks. But for the 
dozen 
worshippers inside it was one of the year's most holy days.

Nov. 25, was Eid al-Fitr, both a day of prayer and a day of celebration 
ending the holy month of Ramadan.

Around the world, wherever Muslims predominate, Eid is a major holiday 
in 
the way that Christmas is a major holiday here.

The small Muslim community here can only make the best of it...

ALSO SEE:

MUSLIMS SHARE FAMILY DINNER
Jennifer Sinco Kelleher and Indrani Sen, Newsday, 12/1/03
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-ligall013565814dec01,0,2351283.story 


Though many still had refrigerators full of turkey leftovers, about 300 
Muslim families from Suffolk County came out last night for another 
celebratory dinner - Eid Milan, the "family dinner" that commemorates 
the 
close of Ramadan, the month of fasting, self-discipline and prayer that 
ended last week.

For the first time, the annual event organized by the Selden-based 
Islamic 
Association of Long Island was so large that it had to be held at a 
hotel, 
the Wyndham Wind Watch in Hauppauge, instead of a mosque.

The families were joined at the buffet-style feast of Pakistani 
curries, 
rice, fried chicken and halal meats by County Executive-elect Steve 
Levy 
and by Suffolk County Police Commissioner John C. Gallagher - a sign, 
some 
guests said, of the growing influence of the Islamic community...

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THE ZAKAT: AN ACT OF CHARITY, A TAX AND A TITHE
Hebah Al-Disi and Joel Addams, Salt Lake Tribune, 11/30/03
http://www.sltrib.com/2003/Nov/11302003/commenta/115655.asp

As a young Muslim girl living in Jordan, Hebah Al-Disi was taught from 
an 
early age by her father to appreciate Zakat, the Islamic charity-tax 
similar to tithes and offerings in other religions.

During the last days of Ramadan one year, she accompanied her father in 
giving Zakat to a poor family. After a half an hour driving, they 
reached a 
poor area in the suburbs of Amman, Jordan. They parked their car and 
continued the trip on foot because there was no street to the apartment 
of 
the family.

"Here we are, Hebah," announced her father. He pointed to a very small, 
one-room apartment. "This is the place."

He knocked, and a young girl opened the door, peered out, and ran 
inside 
calling to her mother, "Some people came to visit us! I think they are 
Zakat donors!" The girl's mother soon appeared with a wide smile on her 
face...

Zakat, the Islamic religious tax, is paid annually by Muslims around 
the 
world, usually during the month-long fast of Ramadan. Zakat is the 
fourth 
pillar of Islam and is considered as important as regular prayer, 
fasting 
and pilgrimage to Mecca...

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FRANKLIN GRAHAM TRAVELS TO SUDAN
Tim Whitmire, Associated Press, 11/30/03
http://newsobserver.com/nc24hour/ncnews/story/3083540p-2804729c.html

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Evangelist Franklin Graham, long an outspoken critic 
of 
Sudan's Islamic government, hopes to encourage peace with a holiday 
season 
visit to the war-ravaged African country.

Graham plans to travel to the Sudanese capital of Khartoum this month, 
along with a shipment of shoeboxes filled with gifts from American 
children 
that is part of his annual "Operation Christmas Child." He was invited 
by 
the Sudanese government and is to meet with the country's president, 
Omar 
el-Bashir, and faith leaders during a visit that he said will last less 
than a week.

Details of the visit, including the precise dates Graham will be in 
Sudan 
and where he will visit, are still being worked out.

Graham, the son and successor of Billy Graham, has been involved in 
international aid for decades through his Samaritan's Purse charity. He 
said there are high hopes that a comprehensive peace settlement in 
Sudan's 
long-running civil war will be signed early next year...

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DEVASTATION IN IRAQI TOWN AS US RESPONDS TO ATTACK WITH DEADLY 
BOMBARDMENT
Rouba Kabbara, Agence France Presse, 12/1/03

SAMARRA, Iraq - The Iraqi town of Samarra was partly devastated Monday 
after ambushes of US troops sparked a massive response backed up by 
helicopters in which local officials said eight civilians were killed 
and 
dozens more wounded by US fire.

US commanders initially said they killed 46 Iraqi people, all of them 
insurgents, in the clashes on Sunday afternoon and evening, but later 
upped 
their toll to 54 without explaining whether the additional dead were 
insurgents or civilians.

The town's police chief, Colonel Ismail Mahmud Mohammed, said the 
guerrillas who attacked the US forces, wounding five soldiers and a 
civilian according to a US toll, had withdrawn by the time the 
Americans 
returned fire.

He charged that the US troops had fired indiscriminately using all the 
weapons in their arsenal.

Anguished residents, including middle-aged men, could be seen hugging 
each 
other in grief after the carnage on the streets, which tribal leaders 
warned would only increase support for Washington's foes in the mainly 
Sunni Muslim town.

Graffiti expressing support for the ousted Sunni-dominated regime of 
Saddam 
Hussein covered the walls of the city after the prolonged 
bombardments...

ALSO SEE:

MOST IRAQIS MISTRUSTFUL OF US-LED COALITION, POLL FINDS.
Agence France Presse, 12/1/03
http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=7989

The vast majority of Iraqis are deeply mistrustful of the US-led 
coalition 
that is occupying their country, even if they're happy Saddam Hussein 
is 
history, suggests the preliminary results of a major public opinion 
poll 
released Monday.

Fewer than one percent of the 3,244 Iraqis interviewed by Oxford 
Research 
International, in conjunction with Oxford University's sociology 
department, bemoaned the fall of Saddam's regime after the March 
invasion.

But 79 percent said they have no confidence in the US-led forces now 
occupying Iraq, according to a summary of the poll's findings released 
Monday by Oxford Research International, a private research 
organization.

Seventy-three percent had a similar lack of trust in the Coalition 
Provisional Authority, led by Paul Bremer.

On the other hand, 70 percent had confidence in Iraq's religious 
leaders, 
and 54 percent in their "mukhtars" or local leaders.

Oxford Research International said its survey was "the first truly 
representative national study in the recent history of the country," 
with a 
total of 46 fieldworkers fanning out across Iraq for a month from 
mid-October.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 12/2/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: KINDNESS BRINGS PROSPERITY
* CAIR'S LIBRARY PROJECT
* DEBATE RAGES OVER 'LACKAWANNA SIX' SENTENCING (Buffalo News)
	- Al-Arian Transcripts Questioned (St. Pete Times)
* CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM BATTLE FOR AFRICAN SOULS (NY Times)
	- Pope: Islam and Christianity Unite to Fight Terror (AGI)
	- Incitement Watch: Islam for Catholics (Wash. Times)
* UPDATE ON CLAIM THAT PROPHET MUHAMMAD BROKE TREATY
* REGISTRATION OF MUSLIMS, ARABS HALTED (Wash. Times)
	- Government Ends Foreign Registration Program (KR)
	- U.S. Ends Special Registration (Cox)
	- Registration Ends For Foreign Men (Orlando Sentinel)
* MYSTERY SHROUDS INSURGENTS KILLED BY US (AFP)
	- Combat Leader Gives Inside Skinny on Battle (SFTT)
	- Iraqis Deny US Accounts of Fight (Independent)
	- Iraqis Dispute Claim of 54 Killed (San Fran Chronicle)
	- Losing Hearts and Minds (Time)
	- This War Not Against Terrorists (Atlanta Journal)
* REPRIMANDED FOR MARRIAGE TO IRAQI (AP)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: KINDNESS BRINGS PROSPERITY

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Treating those under 
one's 
authority well produces prosperity, but an evil nature produces evil 
fortune."

Sunan of Abu-Dawood, Hadith 2450

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT

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

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

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

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SENTENCING DEBATE RAGES OVER 'LACKAWANNA SIX'
Dan Herbeck, Buffalo News, 12/1/03
http://www.buffalonews.com/editorial/20031201/1051591.asp

They never built a bomb, never hijacked an airliner and, as far as the 
U.S. 
Justice Department can determine, never made any plans to commit an act 
of 
terrorism.

But the local Yemeni-Americans known as the "Lackawanna Six" are all 
going 
to prison, in a case that has ignited much debate over the Bush 
administration's war against terrorism.

The sentencing will begin Wednesday afternoon when Mukhtar al-Bakri 
appears 
before District Judge William M. Skretny.

Under federal sentencing guidelines, al-Bakri is expected to be sent to 
federal prison for 10 years. In the following two weeks, the others 
will be 
sentenced, and when it is all done, the six are expected to receive 
sentences that will total at least 52 years.

All six have admitted that in spring 2001, they traveled to 
Afghanistan, 
received training at a camp run by the al-Qaida terrorist network and 
heard 
speeches by al-Qaida's leader, Osama bin Laden. The men have never been 
accused of planning or engaging in any act of terrorism.

The prosecution has been hailed as a triumph for law enforcement by 
President Bush, U.S. Attorney General John D. Ashcroft and FBI Director 
Robert S. Mueller III, but critics call it an example of America 
putting 
people in jail for "thought crimes" and "guilt by association."

"It's the first time in American history where people are going to 
prison 
for going to a training camp," said David D. Cole, a Georgetown 
University 
law professor who recently published "Enemy Aliens: Double Standards 
and 
Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism," a book about how the 
war 
on terrorism has affected civil liberties. "It's wrong. . . . It's 
unconstitutional…"

ALSO SEE:

AL-ARIAN TRANSCRIPTS QUESTIONED
Graham Brink, St. Petersburg Times, 12/2/03
http://www.sptimes.com/2003/12/02/Tampabay/Al_Arian_transcripts_.shtml

TAMPA - One of Sami Al-Arian's co-defendants says federal prosecutors 
misinterpreted and distorted the taped conversations used to indict him 
on 
terrorism charges.

In a 51-page court motion, Sameeh Hammoudeh provides his own 
transcripts of 
many of the conversations, offering the first verbatim glimpse into a 
handful of the 200 or so conversations in the indictment.

If accurate, Hammoudeh's translations paint a mundane picture of him 
talking about his family, personal finances and charity fundraising - a 
sharp contrast to the prosecutors' portrayal of an active fundraiser 
for a 
deadly terrorist organization…

Hammoudeh, hoping to be released on bail from federal prison, says 
prosecutors don't understand the Arabic dialect being used in the 
conversations. The prosecutors also cast a sinister light on innocent 
exchanges, he says…

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CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM BATTLE FERVENTLY FOR AFRICAN SOULS
Ned Martel, New York Times, 12/2/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/02/arts/television/02MART.html

Add Africa to the list of dangerous arenas where Christianity and Islam 
are 
clashing. Anyone charting global hot spots may know as much, but 
viewers of 
"Battle for Souls," on the Discovery Times Channel tonight, can get a 
lesson in compounded pain. The continent is already gasping through 
pandemics of poverty and AIDS, so bloodshed among true believers seems 
to 
inflict new lacerations on broken limbs.

"Battle for Souls" leads viewers into the riotous troubles with a focus 
on 
unrest in Nigeria. Christians dominate that nation's southern region; 
Muslims have large communities in the north. In the overlapping central 
strip, missionaries and evangelical Christians can count conversion 
successes, aided by Western methods of population mapping and televised 
Gospel messages.

Some Muslims in the area have shored up their resolve with stricter 
adherence to the Koran. Interpretations include sentences like death by 
stoning for adulterers and amputations for thieves.

Intensity on each side has led to unrest in the streets, including 
church 
burnings. Victimization and retaliation have begun a violent interplay, 
and 
the program shows how blame can be assigned to aggressors in both 
faiths. 
The Muslim and the Christian avenues to salvation might be seen as 
peacefully parallel in some parts of the Northern Hemisphere, but the 
African paths have dangerous bends. "Islam and Christianity do seem set 
on 
a collision course," says Philip Jenkins, a Penn State professor of 
history 
and religion…

SEE ALSO:

POPE: ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY UNITE TO CONDEMN TERROR
Agenzia Giornalistica Italia, 12/2/03
http://www.agi.it/english/news.pl?doc=200312021437-1088-RT1-CRO-0-NF82

Vatican City - The "name of God" must not be used to incite violence 
and 
terrorism, to promote hatred and exclusion. The Pope asked this, on 
receiving various Muslim leaders who came for a meeting organised by 
the 
Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue. According to the 
Pontiff, 
the dialogue between Islam and Christianity is, "necessary to build 
bridges 
between individuals, peoples, and cultures." And for this today it is 
"especially urgent to follow dialogue, understanding, and cooperation 
between the great world religions, in particular Christianity and 
Islam."

Last Sunday at the Angelus, the old Pope sent an appeal to the great 
religions against violence and terrorism, and this morning he repeated 
that 
"religion is called to build bridges between individuals peoples and 
cultures, to be a sign of hope for humanity." "All men and women of 
good 
will should unite to repeat that, "the holy name of God is never used 
to 
incite violence and terrorism, to promote hatred and exclusion." "The 
continued dialogue and cooperation that is proceeding between religions 
will help Christians and Muslims to be always more concrete instruments 
for 
peace in our world." The Pope today also greeted representatives of 
international Catholic organisations, meeting in Rome to reflect on 
"how 
Christian values can lead away from violence towards peace."

ALSO SEE:

INCITEMENT WATCH: ISLAM FOR CATHOLICS
Julia Duin, Washington Times, 12/1/03
http://www.washtimes.com/culture/20031201-091332-2655r.htm

Catholics - as well as other Christians - need to know a lot more about 
Islam, say two authors of a book of 100 questions and answers on the 
topic. 
However, the outlook on Muslims from "Inside Islam: A Guide for 
Catholics" 
is hardly favorable.

One of the authors, Daniel Ali of Burke, the founder of 
Christian-Islamic 
Forum, is a Kurdish convert from Islam to Christianity. Co-author 
Robert 
Spencer is a Catholic researcher who also wrote "Onward Muslim 
Soldiers," a 
history of jihad.

"We wanted Catholics to become informed about Islam because not only is 
Islam the church's chief rival in terms of religion but Islam is a 
serious 
threat to the peace and well-being of the Western world in general," 
Mr. 
Spencer said.

Islam and the Roman Catholic Church each number about 1 billion 
adherents, 
although Islam, he says, is growing faster because of proselytizing.

"There's an unwillingness by Muslims to coexist as equals with other 
religions, and they conduct a very energetic worldwide missions 
campaign," 
he said. "Instead of Europe being Catholic as it was in the Middle 
Ages, in 
terms of demographic trends, it's set to be come Muslim Europe..."

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UPDATE ON CLAIM THAT PROPHET MUHAMMAD BROKE TREATY

An 11/30/03 Incitement Watch headlined "Author Says Prophet Muhammad 
Broke 
Treaty" referenced an article appearing to quote Kenneth R. Timmerman, 
author of "Preachers of Hate: Islam and the War on America," as saying 
the 
Prophet Muhammad broke the Treaty of Hudaibiya.

SEE: http://www.campusreportonline.net/main/articles.php?id=30

Many people contacted Insight Magazine to express their concerns about 
this 
false claim. (Timmerman is a senior writer for that publication. 
Insight is 
the sister publication of the Washington Times.)

SEE: 
http://www.insightmag.com/main.cfm?include=detail&storyid=87131#timmerman

In response to those e-mails, an Insight editor claimed the article in 
question does not "quote Ken as saying anything of the sort."

After some research, CAIR learned that Timmerman made similar claims in 
his 
book. He wrote:

"Muslims refer to the 'painful' concessions the Hudaibiya agreement 
contained and note that Muhammad removed the words 'messenger of Allah' 
from beneath his signature, thus making it an 'inferior peace 
agreement.' 
Just two years after signing the peace, Muhammad attacked Mecca and 
slaughtered all the members of the Quraish, in direct violation of the 
treaty. Since then, 'Hudaibiya' has been taken to mean a temporary 
peace or 
tactical agreement, intended to be swept aside whenever expedient."

Kenneth Timmerman, "Preachers of Hate," Page 197

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND:

The Prophet Muhammad never broke any agreement, regardless of strength 
or 
weakness. There is not one shred of evidence to back up this false 
allegation.

With reference to authorities such as Ibn Ishaq, Ibn Saad, Al-Hakim and 
Bukhari, the following is an outline of the events surrounding the 
Treaty 
of Hudaybiah:

1) The Prophet and his companions were prevented by the pagan Arabs 
from 
performing their pilgrimage to Mecca (Umrah). Instead of fighting, and 
despite the willingness of his followers to enforce their religious 
rights, 
the Prophet chose a peaceful settlement.

2) Two years later, the pagan Arabs broke the treaty by attacking and 
killing 20 allies of the Muslims as they slept. It is internationally 
recognized that when one party breaks a treaty, the other party is 
released 
from its obligations.

3) Even after this attack, no bloody revenge was taken against those 
who 
broke the treaty. In fact, when the Muslims finally entered Mecca, 
amnesty 
was granted to nearly all former enemies. The Quran states: 'Yes, 
whoever 
fulfills his pledge and fears Allah much; verily, then Allah loves 
those 
who are the pious.' 3:76. Also: 'And fulfill (every) covenant.' 17:34

In 1996, U.S. News & World Report editor-in-chief Mortimer Zuckerman 
also 
claimed the Prophet Muhammad had a "doctrine" of deceit in making 
treaties 
with enemies while he was weak and violating them when he was strong. 
In 
the magazine's June 24, 1996, issue, this claim was retracted. The 
editors 
wrote: "...We deeply regret any ambiguity in the language; Mr. 
Zuckerman 
meant no insult. He was referring to Mr. Arafat's reference to the 
Prophet 
and did not intend to state that this was the doctrine of the 
Prophet...it 
was the Meccans, not the prophet Muhammad, who broke the peace of 
Hudaybiah 
of 628."

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REGISTRATION OF MUSLIMS, ARABS HALTED
Audrey Hudson, Washington Times, 12/1/03
http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20031201-115121-4339r.htm

A federal immigration program targeting men from Middle Eastern 
countries 
for mandatory registration was abruptly ended yesterday by the Homeland 
Security Department.

The National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) had been 
criticized by Muslims and Arabs for singling out such a limited group, 
despite the fact that all the hijackers involved in the September 11 
attacks were Muslim.

Asa Hutchinson, the Department of Homeland Security's undersecretary 
for 
border and transportation security, told reporters that the change was 
not 
a response to criticism from civil liberties and minority-advocacy 
groups.

He said eliminating NSEERS was a first step toward implementing a full 
entry-exit system called US-VISIT. The system will use biometrics to 
identify travelers by their right and left index fingerprints, and 
digital 
photographs. Personal and travel information also will be collected.

US-VISIT goes online in January at 115 airports and 14 seaports. It is 
expected to be fully operational by 2005…

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) last December sued the 
government, claiming immigration authorities unlawfully arrested large 
numbers of people in Los Angeles as they came forward to comply with 
the 
registration requirements.

"Today's announcement will no doubt bring relief to thousands of people 
who 
are anxious about being singled out and discriminated against when 
visiting 
the United States," said Nihad Awad, CAIR executive director…

ALSO SEE:

GOVERNMENT ENDS FOREIGN REGISTRATION PROGRAM
Shannon Mccaffery, Knight Ridder, 12/2/03
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/7389483.htm WASHINGTON -

The Bush administration is ending a controversial anti-terrorism 
program 
that required thousands of Middle Eastern men in the United States to 
register with the government at regular intervals.

But visitors from the 25 "countries of concern" targeted by the 
National 
Security Entry Exit Registration System (NSEERS) will still face 
additional 
scrutiny when they enter or leave the country. And more than 13,000 men 
may 
be deported as a result of the program, most because they overstayed 
their 
visas.

Launched after the Sept. 11 attacks, NSEERS has drawn sharp criticism 
from 
immigration and civil liberties advocates, who said it discriminated 
against male immigrants based solely on their national origin

The program required men from 25 countries that have terrorist ties to 
go 
to U.S. immigration offices and be fingerprinted, photographed and 
interviewed. Some 83,519 complied.

None who registered have been charged with terrorism-related crimes. 
But 
the government does claim that the program stopped some with terrorist 
connections from entering the country, and 143 foreigners were jailed 
after 
it was found that they were wanted for other crimes…

Those who registered when the program began in September 2002 were 
facing 
deadlines to re-register, creating fresh anxiety in Arab and Muslim 
communities, where there was widespread fear that the program was being 
used as a deportation trap.

Advocates on Monday expressed relief that the program's most onerous 
mandates had been eliminated…

Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, said the program had "done little to promote security and 
has 
alienated thousands of law-abiding visitors."

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U.S. ENDS SPECIAL REGISTRATION FOR MIDEAST VISITORS
Julia Malone, Cox News Service, 12/2/03
http://www.news-journal.com/news/content/coxnet/headlines/1202_registeration.html

WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration suspended a controversial program 
on 
Monday that required foreign visitors from 25 mostly Muslim countries 
to 
register periodically with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The procedure will be replaced with an automated border watch system, 
known 
as the US-VISIT Program, which is scheduled to begin tracking the 
arrival 
and departure of foreign visitors at U.S. airports starting in January.

"This change will allow us to focus our efforts on the implementation 
of 
US-VISIT while preserving our ability to interview some visitors when 
necessary," said Asa Hutchinson, undersecretary for border and 
transportation security.

The decision cancels the National Security Entry/Exit Registration 
System 
(NSEERS), under which temporary visitors from the Middle East and other 
Muslim areas were asked to check in at immigration offices 30 days 
after 
arriving in the United States.

Those here for longer periods were required to re-register after a year 
here…

"Today's announcement will no doubt bring relief to thousands of people 
who 
are anxious about being singled out and discriminated against when 
visiting 
the United States," said Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council 
on 
American-Islamic Relations, in a statement.

The council and other civil rights groups sued the government after a 
large 
number of Muslims who voluntarily registered in Los Angeles were 
arrested 
for immigration violations…

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REGISTRATION ENDS FOR FOREIGN MEN
Kelly Brewington, Orlando Sentinel, 12/2/03
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/nationworld/orl-asecregistration02120203dec02,1,5139580.story

The federal government today will end a controversial program that 
required 
more than 80,000 men from predominantly Muslim countries to be 
fingerprinted, questioned and photographed by immigration officials.

Since the program began in November 2002, 83,519 men have registered 
and 
13,799 have been named in deportation proceedings.

None, however, has been charged with terrorist activity, prompting loud 
protests from advocates.

A spokesman at the Department of Homeland Security said Monday that the 
termination of the program was not a response to the backlash.

"This is something we have been looking at for some time," said Bill 
Strassberger. "We've asked if this is the most effective use of our 
resources. We decided when registering people domestically, it would be 
better to use the information we received on individuals rather than 
targeting specific broad groups or categories of people…"

Altaf Ali, director of the Florida chapter of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, said there is confusion in Muslim 
communities 
about how the new program will work.

"Getting information from the Department of Homeland Security is like 
pulling teeth out of a tiger's mouth," he said. "We tried to get 
information on how many people were detained, and they wouldn't tell 
us. We 
want to know if the new system will be another form of profiling, by 
singling people out on their race and religion."

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MYSTERY SHROUDS WHEREABOUTS OF BODIES OF 54 INSURGENTS SAID KILLED BY 
US
Agence France Presse, 12/1/03
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/afp/20031201/wl_mideast_afp/iraq_unrest_samarra_031201203113&e=3

SAMARRA, Iraq - The US military said it believed 54 insurgents were 
killed 
in intense exchanges in the northern Iraqi town of Samarra the previous 
day 
but commanders admitted they had no bodies.

The only corpses at the city's hospital were those of ordinary 
civilians, 
including two elderly Iranian pilgrims and a child.

US Brigadier General Mark Kimmit told a Baghdad press conference that 
54 
militants had been gunned down, 22 wounded and one arrested.

But challenged about what had happened to the bodies, Kimmit said: "I 
would 
suspect that the enemy would have carried them away and brought them 
back 
to where their initial base was."

Asked about reports from senior police and hospital officials in the 
town 
of eight civilians killed and dozens more wounded, the US general 
insisted: 
"We have no such reports whether from medical authorities or police…

ALSO SEE:

A COMBAT LEADER GIVES THE INSIDE SKINNY OF THE BIGGEST BATTLE SINCE THE 
WAR 
ENDED
http://www.sftt.org/cgi-bin/csNews/csNews.cgi?database=Special%20Reports%20Hack.db&command=viewone&op=t&id=92&rnd=16.346899020788562

The convoy which was attacked while driving through Samara was not a 
supply 
convoy as reported, but was carrying large amounts of new Iraqi 
currency to 
stock local Iraqi banks and US greenbacks used to pay for goods and 
services the US forces need to accomplish their missions in Iraq. This 
convoy was heavily guarded by Abrams Tanks and Bradley Fighting 
Vehicles. 
It was akin to a huge Brinks Truck delivery.

The reports of 54 enemy killed will sound great on the home front, but 
the 
greater story is much more disturbing and needs to be told to the 
American 
Public.

When we received the first incoming rounds, all I could think of was 
how 
the hell did the Iraqis (most of these attackers being criminals, not 
insurgents) find out about this shipment? This was not broadcast on the 
local news, but Iraqi police knew about it. Bing, Bing Bing, You do the 
math.

Of greater importance in the scale of the attack and the coordination 
of 
the two operations. Iraqi Rebel Guerilla Units elements still retain 
the 
ability to conduct synchronized operations despite the massive 
overwhelming 
firepower "Iron Hammer" offensive this month.

Hack, most of the casualties were civilians, not insurgents or 
criminals as 
being reported…

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IRAQIS DENY US ACCOUNTS OF FIERCE FIGHT WITH 'GUERRILLAS'
Phil Reeves, Independent, 12/2/03
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=469253

To Ali Abdullah Amin, the accusations and denials that were yesterday 
flying about the latest battle between the occupiers and occupied of 
Iraq - 
the fiercest engagement, some say, since the early days of the US-led 
invasion - were irrelevant.

He was not interested in whether the American military was telling the 
truth when it said that its troops had killed 54 "attackers" - 
shorthand 
for Iraqi guerrillas who carried out a double ambush against a US 
convoy in 
the Sunni town of Samarra on Sunday which turned into a running fire 
fight.

Nor was he wondering about the denials made by Iraqi hospital officials 
and 
policemen, in the face of what the Americans have presented as a 
crushing 
defeat for the pro-Saddamists, Baathists, ex-soldiers and other 
fighters 
who are violently opposing their presence.

Iraqi officials say only eight people died, including a 71-year-old 
Iranian 
pilgrim called Fathollah Hejazi, whose charred passport they were 
showing 
to all-comers. The old man had, it seems, come to visit the ancient 
gold-domed Shi'ite mosque in this once-peaceful town on the banks of 
the 
Tigris…

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IRAQIS DISPUTE CLAIM OF 54 KILLED
Vivienne Walt, San Francisco Chronicle, 12/2/03
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2003/12/02/MNGLP3E5LF1.DTL

Samarra, Iraq -- U.S. commanders said Monday they had killed up to 54 
insurgents in the fiercest battle since Saddam Hussein's government 
fell 
nearly eight months ago, but townspeople disputed that claim, saying 
only 
eight were killed in the battle Sunday, most of them noncombatants.

Military officials said the simultaneous attacks against two convoys in 
this city about 70 miles north of Baghdad were a highly synchronized 
operation involving heavy munitions and requiring precise knowledge of 
the 
American convoys' schedules.

"This was a coordinated effort,'' said Col. Frederick Rudesheim, 
commander 
of the 4th Infantry Division's 3rd Brigade, whose tanks drove into two 
ambushes as they escorted trucks carrying large amounts of the new 
Iraqi 
currency to branches of the Radifan Bank on opposite ends of town. He 
said 
30 to 40 insurgents attacked each convoy. "There was a concerted effort 
by 
the enemy to deal a significant blow to coalition forces," Rudesheim 
added.

But with Samarra's hospital still filled with casualties, residents 
told a 
starkly different story. In a mix of rage and grief, residents lashed 
out 
at the brigade's soldiers, accusing them of firing randomly into 
crowded 
market areas in the center of the city, killing civilians, including 
two 
Iranians believed to be pilgrims visiting a Shiite mosque in town…

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LOSING HEARTS AND MINDS
Brian Bennett, Time Magazine, 12/8/03
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101031208-552124,00.html

Mohammed Ali Karam wants to kill a U.S. soldier. He doesn't love Saddam 
Hussein, and he was happy in April when U.S. Marines rolled through his 
Baghdad neighborhood on their way to liberate the capital. But he 
turned 
against the Americans the night he saw his brother Hussein, 27, take 
two 
bullets in the neck. At 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 17, Karam says, he and three 
of 
his brothers were driving to a neighborhood where the pumps were 
working in 
order to get water for their home. Hussein, in the passenger seat, 
talked 
excitedly about having his new suit tailored for his upcoming wedding. 
That's when 82nd Airborne paratroopers, crouched in an observation post 
across the street, opened fire--after rounds struck their position, 
they 
say. Three of the brothers ran to the safety of a creek bed, but 
Hussein 
didn't make it. In the car, said Karam, the soldiers found 
Hussein--gurgling blood through his throat--but no weapons. Hussein 
died on 
the way to the hospital--three days before his wedding.

U.S. troops face a difficult task in trying to root out the violent 
insurgents who want to drive them out of Iraq. But in pursuing this 
deadly 
enemy, the Americans are frequently guilty of excesses that are turning 
ordinary Iraqis into foes. Bush's Thanksgiving visit meant little to 
Iraqis, who cite three areas of concern: the killing of innocents, the 
"disappearance" of countrymen detained by U.S. forces, and the 
destruction 
of buildings, including family homes. The last tactic, justified by 
U.S. 
commanders as legitimate demolition of military targets, is criticized 
by 
human-rights groups like Amnesty International as smacking of 
collective 
punishment...

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THIS WAR NOT AGAINST TERRORISTS
Jay Bookman, Atlanta Journal Constitution, 12/1/03
http://www.ajc.com/opinion/content/opinion/bookman/index.html

 From the beginning, the Bush administration's inability to talk 
straight 
about its Iraq policy has generated deep and valid suspicion. Good 
policy 
doesn't need to be defended by deception; the truth will do just fine.

We didn't get the truth a year ago, when Bush officials implausibly 
claimed 
that Saddam Hussein posed a dire threat to U.S. security. We're not 
getting 
the truth today, as President Bush and others depict our struggle in 
Iraq 
as some sort of defense of the American homeland…

Our men and women in uniform are not fighting for their lives against 
international terrorists in Iraq. They are not fighting the people who 
attacked us on Sept. 11, nor are they fighting allies of those people.

Instead, the guerrillas who are launching mortars at our military 
bases, 
attacking our troops on patrol or hiding booby traps on Iraqi highways 
are 
native Iraqis who are trying to evict American troops from their 
country. 
Despicable and cowardly as their tactics are, the Iraqi resistance is 
almost entirely Iraqi.

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REPRIMANDED FOR MARRIAGE TO IRAQI
Bill Kaczor, Associated Press, 12/1/03
http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20031201/APN/312010880

PENSACOLA, Fla. - A Florida National Guard soldier has been reprimanded 
and 
will be discharged over his marriage to an Iraqi woman while on a foot 
patrol in Baghdad, his lawyer said Monday.

Sgt. Sean Blackwell, 27, is being punished for divulging the time and 
location of the patrol to his bride, Ehdaa, and the Iraqi judge who 
married 
them, but he avoided a possible court-martial for dereliction of duty 
and 
disobeying orders, said Pensacola attorney Richard Alvoid.

"The more they punish him, the more negative publicity the military 
likely 
will receive," Alvoid said. "He is guilty of falling in love."

Alvoid had no information on a second Florida guardsman, Cpl. Brett 
Dagen, 
37, who married another Iraqi woman in a double ceremony during a break 
on 
the same patrol Aug. 17 after their commanding officer tried to block 
the 
weddings. Both women are physicians…

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MUSLIM GROUP SUES CONGRESSMAN FOR DEFAMATION

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/3/2003) – A prominent national Islamic civil 
rights
organization today announced that it has filed a defamation lawsuit 
against
a congressman from North Carolina who falsely claimed the group is “the
fund-raising arm of Hezbullah.”

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) filed the lawsuit 
Tuesday
in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in response to 
an
October 2003 Charlotte Observer newspaper article in which Rep. Cass
Ballenger (R-NC) claimed the stress of living near CAIR in Washington,
D.C., caused the breakup of his marriage.
 
Ballenger said that proximity to CAIR “bugged the hell” out of his 
wife. He
said his wife also objected to women “wearing hoods” going in and out 
of
CAIR's Capitol Hill headquarters. (NOTE: Many CAIR staffers wear
religiously-mandated headscarves, or hijab.) At the time of the 
article’s
publication, CAIR attributed Ballenger’s statements to “Islamophobic
hysteria.”

In its lawsuit, CAIR said Ballenger’s defamatory statements harmed the
group’s reputation and were not protected speech because he did not 
make
them within the scope of his role as a member of the House of
Representatives. The suit says Ballenger’s claim that CAIR raised funds 
for
terrorists was made “with actual malice, wrongful and willful intent to
injure…and with reckless disregard for its truth or falsity.” CAIR is
seeking $2 million in compensatory and punitive damages, together with
costs and attorney’s fees.

“With this lawsuit, we are sending a clear message to all those who 
make
malicious and defamatory statements against American Muslims or their
institutions that they will be held accountable in a court of law,” 
said
Arsalan Iftikhar, CAIR's director of legal affairs.

Ballenger, who serves on the House International Relations Committee, 
has
angered African-American and women's groups with previous bigoted
statements. Last December, Ballenger said African-American 
Congresswoman
Cynthia McKinney stirred in him “a little bit of a segregationist 
feeling.
I mean, she was such a b-tch.” In another incident, many people were
offended by a black lawn jockey -- long a symbol of racial 
insensitivity --
in Ballenger's front yard. 

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in
Washington, D.C., and has 25 regional offices and chapters nationwide 
and
in Canada.
					
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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful 

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 12/3/03 

* HADITH OF THE DAY: A LIVING SOUL
* CAIR'S LIBRARY PROJECT 
* LEADER STEPS FORWARD TO REVIVE ISLAMIC GROUP (Chicago Trib)
	- African-American Voices in Islam Debate (KR)
* ISLAMIC COUNCIL SUES BALLENGER FOR DEFAMATION (Roll Call)
	- Muslim Group Sues N.C. Congressman Over Remarks (AP)
	- Muslim Group Sues Congressman (UPI)
* FL RESIDENTS SET UP PROFILING HOTLINE (Orlando Sentinel)
* REGISTRATION ENDS; SUSPICIONS LINGER (SF Chronicle)
	- US Announces New Foreign Traveler Program (VOA)
* MUSLIMS FEEL NEED TO RECONNECT (UPI)
* SABBATICAL USED TO PROMOTE UNITY (Gleaner News)
	- The God Of Abraham, Jesus, Muhammad (Beliefnet.com)
	- A Hands-On Lesson About The Islamic Faith (LA Times)
* GA STORE IS MIDEASTERNERS' CUP OF TEA (Atlanta Journal)
	- ‘Castle’ Author Publishes ‘Mosque’ (Post-Gazette)
* U.S.-BORN TERROR SUSPECT TO GET ACCESS TO LAWYER (AP)
* U.S. FIRES GUANTANAMO DEFENSE TEAM (Guardian)
	- A Guantanamo-Size Hole in the Constitution (Find Law)
	- Special Reports: People the Law Forgot (Guardian)
	- Secrecy Shrouds Detainees in U.S. (Atlanta Journal)
* ORIGINS OF THE MIDDLE EAST CRISIS (Sac. Bee)
	- Poster Art With Palestinian Perspective (Wash. Post)
* U.S. ARMY USES BULLDOZE THREAT (Reuters)
* FRENCH JUROR DISMISSED FOR WEARING HEADSCARF (Reuters)
* HELP FREE REBIYA KADEER (AI)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: A LIVING SOUL

A funeral procession once passed in front of the Prophet Muhammad 
(peace be
upon him) and he stood up out of respect. When he was told the person 
in
the coffin was Jewish and not Muslim, he said: "Was it not a living 
(soul)?"

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 2, Hadith 399

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT 

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

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

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

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NEW LEADER STEPS FORWARD TO REVIVE ISLAMIC GROUP
Geneive Abdo, Chicago Tribune, 12/3/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-0312030246dec03,1,2777501.story

Three months after W. Deen Mohammed resigned from the Chicago-based
American Society of Muslims, a preacher from New Jersey has vowed to
reconstitute the group and accelerate the integration of its 1.5 
million
African-American members into the country's broader Islamic community.

Mustafa El-Amin, a longtime Mohammed supporter and the imam of the 
Ibrahim
mosque in Newark, said Tuesday that he will make a formal announcement 
on
Dec. 21 at Rutgers University of his plan to revive the 28-year-old 
society.

Leaders in the group and Islamic experts said it is uncertain if 
El-Amin,
who has Mohammed's support, can revive the society. Since Mohammed's
resignation in late August, many imams have left the organization, and 
it
is unclear if they will return or form breakaway groups.

"I will openly state my intentions and ask others to join me in what I
understand and know to be Imam Mohammed's hopes for the ASM," said 
El-Amin,
a high school history teacher. "Whatever shortcomings there were, we 
will
correct. I will continue the commentary on the Koran and the life of 
the
prophet Mohammed, and I will stress that [Muslims in America] are one
Islamic community, although we have distinct backgrounds..."

SEE ALSO:
 
VOICES OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSLIMS OFTEN LEFT OUT OF ISLAM DEBATE
Matthai Chakko Kuruvila, Knight Ridder, 12/2/03
http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/newssentinel/7396826.htmhttp://www.fortwayne

SAN JOSE, Calif. - In the midst of an impoverished East Oakland
neighborhood as concerned with the war on drugs as the war in Iraq lie
answers to a question roiling the country since Sept. 11, 2001: Can 
Islam
and the United States co-exist?

They can, say members of a largely African-American mosque there, 
offering
their decades-old history as proof. But that history is often ignored 
and
misconstrued.

Perhaps no group of Americans can speak about Islam and the United 
States
with the same intimacy or authority as African-American Muslims. But 
their
voice - and story - frequently is missing in the national conversation
about Islam after Sept. 11, 2001.

In some ways, it is a question about what is Islam, and what is Middle 
East
politics, says Faheem Shuaibe, the imam, or spiritual leader, of the 
East
Oakland mosque, Masjidul Waritheen...

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ISLAMIC COUNCIL SUES BALLENGER FOR DEFAMATION
Amy Keller, Roll Call, 12/3/03
http://www.rollcall.com/pub/1_1/breakingnews/3780-1.html
 
The Council of American-Islamic Relations filed a $2 million defamation
lawsuit Tuesday against Rep. Cass Ballenger (R-N.C.) in response to a 
slew
of negative remarks the Congressman made about the group earlier this 
year.

“With this lawsuit, we are sending a clear message to all those who 
make
malicious and defamatory statements against American Muslims or their
institutions that they will be held accountable in a court of law,” 
said
Arsalan Iftikhar, the council’s director of legal affairs.

The group is seeking $2 million in compensatory and punitive damages,
together with costs and attorney’s fees.

Ballenger's office declined to comment saying that it did not know the
details of the lawsuit.

In October, The Charlotte Observer ran a story in which Ballenger, 77,
claimed that the stress of living near the council’s headquarters in
Washington, D.C., caused the breakup of his 50-year marriage.

Ballenger — who announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election 
after
nine terms in Congress — said his home’s proximity to the council after 
the
Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks “bugged the hell” out of his wife and 
the
couple worried that the group was so close to the Capitol that “they 
could
blow the place up.”

The council said in a press statement today that it has also taken 
issue
with Ballenger’s claim that the group is “the fundraising arm for
Hezbollah,” saying that the Congressman’s “defamatory statements harmed 
the
group’s reputation” and were not protected speech because he did not 
make
them within the scope of his role as a House Member...

The Speech or Debate Clause contained in Article 1, Section 6 of the
Constitution protects speech and actions directly related to the
legislative function of a lawmaker.

The courts, however, have rejected the Speech or Debate Clause defense 
in
cases involving press releases. In the 1979 Supreme Court case 
Hutchinson
v. Proxmire, the court held that statements made by then-Sen. William
Proxmire (D-Wis.) in newsletter and press releases were not protected 
under
the Speech or Debate Clause.

The statements at the center of the controversy involved Proxmire’s
awarding of his “Golden Fleece Award of the Month” in 1975 to a 
behavioral
scientist conducting research on behalf of a federal agency. Proxmire
called the scientist’s research “nonsense” and a waste of tax dollars — 
and
the researcher sued Proxmire for libel.

While the court did not find Proxmire’s statements libelous — because 
they
were not made with “actual malice” — it said he could not use the 
Speech or
Debate Clause defense because the statements at issue were not made as 
part
of the core legislative process…

Ballenger also stirred up controversy a year ago when he said that
then-Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) had brought out “a little bit of a
segregationist feeling” in him.

“I mean, she was such a bitch,” said Ballenger, who later apologized 
for
what he called “pretty stupid remarks…”

SEE ALSO:

MUSLIM GROUP SUES N.C. CONGRESSMAN OVER TERRORISM REMARKS
Associated Press, 12/3/03
http://www.newsday.com/news/politics/wire/sns-ap-congressman-lawsuit,0,51031
58.story

An American Muslim advocacy group has filed a defamation lawsuit 
against
North Carolina Rep. Cass Ballenger, who accused the group of funding
terrorists and breaking up his 50-year marriage over the stress of 
living
nearby.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, which promotes Muslim civil
rights, said it filed the lawsuit against the 76-year-old Republican in 
the
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. 

Ballenger said in an October interview with The Charlotte Observer that 
the
council, located across the street from his Capitol Hill home, was a
"fund-raising arm" for terrorist groups. He said he had reported the 
group
to the CIA and FBI…

The lawsuit claims Ballenger's statements harmed the council's 
reputation
and were not protected speech because he made them in an interview 
rather
than in his role as a member of Congress.

Ballenger spokesman Preston Hartman said officials in the congressman's
office had not seen the lawsuit, and had no immediate comment.

In the newspaper interview, Ballenger said that after the 2001 
terrorist
attacks, his wife was anxious about all the activity at the group's
headquarters, including people unloading boxes and women "wearing 
hoods,"
or headscarves, going in and out of the office building - located just 
a
few blocks from the U.S. Capitol...

Ballenger has been in hot water before. Last December, he drew 
criticism
when he said then-Rep. Cynthia McKinney, a black Democrat from Georgia
known for her abrasive style, had stirred in him "a little bit of a
segregationist feeling."

He later apologized.

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MUSLIM GROUP SUES CONGRESSMAN
United Press International, 12/03/03
http://interestalert.com/brand/siteia.shtml?Story=st/sn/12030000aaa02cc6.upi

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- A Muslim civil rights organization has 
filed a
defamation suit against a North Carolina congressman for linking the 
group
to Hezbollah.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations filed the suit Tuesday in 
U.S.
District Court for the District of Columbia in response to an October 
2003
Charlotte Observer article in which Rep. Cass Ballenger, R-N.C., 
claimed
the stress of living near CAIR in Washington, contributed to the 
breakup of
his marriage.

Ballenger said that proximity to CAIR "bugged the hell" out of his 
wife. He
said his wife also objected to women "wearing hoods" going in and out 
of
CAIR's Capitol Hill headquarters.

Many CAIR staffers wear religiously mandated headscarves, or hijab.

At the time of the article's publication, CAIR attributed Ballenger's
statements to "Islamophobic hysteria."

In its suit, CAIR said Ballenger's defamatory statements harmed the 
group's
reputation and were not protected speech because he did not make them
within the scope of his role as a member of the House of 
Representatives.

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PINE HILLS RESIDENTS SET UP HOTLINE TO COMBAT PROFILING
Kelly Brewington, Orlando Sentinel, 12/3/03 
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orange/orl-locprofiling03120303dec
03,1,2358256.story

Civil-rights activists joined Pine Hills residents Tuesday to launch a
hotline where people can complain about racial profiling, part of a
grass-roots campaign to stop discrimination.

Led by the national group Association of Community Organizations for 
Reform
Now (ACORN), a handful of residents spoke out against what they called
excessive police profiling of ethnic minorities in the west Orange 
County
neighborhood....

With the support of Central Florida Hispanic advocacy group Latino
Leadership, state Sen. Gary Siplin, D-Orlando, and the Florida chapter 
of
the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the group said it would 
track
individual complaints and meet with law enforcement to discuss its 
concerns.

The hotline, 407-254-5912, is also the phone number for ACORN's Orlando
headquarters. Organizers said the number would be linked to its own
voice-mail system to compile discrimination complaints. ACORN members 
said
they want the effort to give them a more concise measure of complaints,
rather than relying on anecdotal stories.

But tales of racial and ethnic profiling exist beyond the Pine Hills
neighborhood, they said. Atif Fareed with the Council on 
American-Islamic
Relations discussed the findings of a recent study that showed 
escalating
discrimination complaints from Muslims throughout Florida.

This year alone, the agency has received more than 100 discrimination
complaints from Muslims, he said. In 2002, that figure was 78, an 
increase
of 95 percent from 2001. Before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, 
the
organization logged just 12 anti-Muslim complaints.

"President Bush says he wants to liberate the Iraqis, while Muslims in 
the
United States, who are citizens, are being harassed," he said...

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REGISTRATION ENDS; SUSPICIONS LINGER
Anastasia Hendrix, San Francisco Chronicle, 12/3/03 
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/12/03
/MNGSE3EQ5O1.DTL

Expecting to be interviewed and photographed, men arriving at the San
Francisco office of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement 
on
Tuesday to reregister themselves as visa holders from Middle Eastern
countries instead were handed a letter telling them that they were no
longer required to do so.

The letter, described as "walkaway papers" by one Department of 
Homeland
Security official, explained that the government had immediately 
suspended
the law mandating that men from predominantly Muslim and Arab countries
register with immigration officials once a year.

Immigration attorneys, advocates and activists regarded the decision as 
an
important victory but said concerns and resentments still linger about 
how
the program, known officially as the National Security Entry/Exit
Registration System, had been handled.

As of Oct. 30, 83,519 men had voluntarily reported to immigration 
offices
for special registration. Of those, 143 were arrested on criminal 
charges
and 23 remained in custody.

Government officials said the decision to suspend the requirement was 
made
after careful review, and a determination that while the program has 
proven
valuable, another program called US-VISIT will better meet security 
needs.
That program is expected to be in place by the end of the year and will
collect biometric and other information from most visitors who enter 
and
leave the country...

SEE ALSO: 

US ANNOUNCES NEW FOREIGN TRAVELER IDENTITY PROGRAM
Nick Simeone, Voice of America, 12/2/03
http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=1EF3EC8D-D047-42AE-AA809AB07AE1B
E8E

Beginning next month, everyone traveling to the United States with a 
U.S.
visa will be fingerprinted and photographed upon arrival. It's part of 
an
expanded homeland security program intended to better monitor the half
billion foreigners who legally arrive in the United States during a 
typical
year, and to keep out anyone who may be on a terrorist watch list. A
program that had been used to track people arriving from some parts of 
the
world had proven controversial. 

If you're coming to the United States on a U.S. visa, be prepared to be
fingerprinted and photographed when you arrive at an air or seaport
beginning January 5. 

"It's a comprehensive entry-exit system where we will know who has 
arrived,
what is the purpose of their visit and have they departed the United
States," said Bill Strasberger, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security, which is expanding a program that has been used to 
track
foreigners arriving from 25 Middle Eastern countries. "Overstays have 
been
a problem in the past. This really is not that much different from 
systems
that have already been in place in many countries around the world..." 

----- 

MUSLIMS FEEL NEED TO RECONNECT  
United Press International, 12/3/03
http://www.beliefnet.com/story/136/story_13664.html
 
Washington- Relations between the West and the Islamic world are being
redefined and some Muslim scholars say the current period is perhaps 
the
most important since the crusades in determining these relations.

"Iraq will play a major role in redefining relations between the 
followers
of the world's two major faiths," says Mowahid Hussain Shah, a 
political
adviser to the Pakistani government told United Press International.

Shah and others say Muslims accepted the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan 
as a
logical consequence of the terrorist attacks on the United States on 
Sept.
11, 2001. "Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was living in Afghanistan. 
He
had his camps there. Most Muslims also believed that the Taliban were
asking for trouble by taking on everybody," says Faiz Rehman, former 
media
director of the Washington-based American Muslim Council.

Both Shah and Rehman say, however, most Muslims don't see a link 
between
Sept. 11 and Iraq. Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, D-Ohio, a Democratic
presidential candidate, endorses this view. Speaking at a fundraising
dinner last Saturday for the Council of American Islamic Relations,
Kucinich said after Sept. 11, the Islamic world was ready to receive
America with an "open heart" but "at a time when we needed to reach 
out,
America stepped back..."

-----

MORRISON HOPES TO USE SABBATICAL TO PROMOTE UNITY
Judy Jenkins, Gleaner News, 12/3/03
http://www.courierpress.com/ecp/gleaner_news/article/0,1626,ECP_4476_2473166
,00.html

Northwest of Damascus, Syria, on the mountain of Seidnaya, stands an
ancient monastery that has seen its share of miracles. 

According to legend, the Blessed Virgin once appeared there in the form 
of
a gazelle to shame an emperor for wanton killing. 

But a quieter miracle of human compassion and understanding takes place
there every day, and it has had a profound effect on the Rev. Gordon
Morrison, rector of the 200-year-old St. Paul's Episcopal Church here. 

Morrison, an Oakland, Ind. native whose adult life has brought him 
numerous
ties with the Middle East, personally witnessed the amazing revelation 
last
summer while visiting his son in Syria. 

As the minister noted in an August article that first appeared in the 
state
Episcopal diocesan newsletter and later was reprinted in Syria's 
national
newspaper, "At that shrine, Muslims and Christians worship together...

ALSO SEE:

THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, JESUS, AND MUHAMMAD 
Jack Miles, Beliefnet.com, 12/3/03
http://www.beliefnet.com/story/136/story_13658_1.html

A week ago, President Bush scandalized some of his evangelical fans by
innocently asserting, during his trip to England, that Muslims and
Christians worship the same God. Richard Land, speaking for the
scandalized, has now rebuked the President for what Land calls playing
“theologian-in-chief.”

Land writes: “When President Bush concludes that Muslims and Christians
worship the same God, he is simply mistaken.” In my view, Bush is, at 
least
on this point, a better theologian than his evangelical critic.  

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A HANDS-ON LESSON ABOUT THE ISLAMIC FAITH
Shideh Abedi, Los Angeles Times, 12/2/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/opinion/la-le-merrell2.5dec02,1,517
4187.story 

Re "Extra Credit for Ramadan Fast Draws Protest," Nov. 27: World 
history
teacher Len Cesene and the Royal Oak Intermediate School officials
displayed an all-encompassing vision of our world by introducing an
optional assignment (the fasting experience) to their students. 
Hands-on
lessons are the best way for students to learn about life.

The real point of fasting is to promote self-control as well as empathy
toward our fellow hungry men. Any act that promotes such invaluable 
lessons
in life is good for all of us regardless of the source. I believe that 
your
coverage of these types of events will create an opportunity for a 
timely
and healthy discussion about the basis of our faiths and will result in 
a
greater understanding. 

----- 

CLARKSTON STORE AIMS TO BE MIDEASTERNERS' CUP OF TEA
Jill Sabulis, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 12/3/03
http://ajc.com/news/content/news/atlanta_world/bazaar/120303.html

>From the plate glass front of the small houseware store she tends in
Clarkston, Layla Karim sees little more than the asphalt parking lot of
Clarkston Village shopping center, with cars parked higgledy-piggledy, 
some
lined up for grocery loading at Thriftown just up the strip.

But listen in on conversations with Karim's customers and a shopper 
gets a
glimpse of this former Iraqi refugee's window into a much wider world.

On an ordinary day, Karim might bounce from attending a young woman 
from
Eritrea to a Syrian man to a family of Bosnians --- and dozens of
nationalities in between. She greets them like old friends and then
scurries to find the item they seek --- a wooden paddle for pressing
designs into bread; a "water set" of pitcher and glasses with "Welcome" 
in
Arabic script etched in gold; a hard-to-find Pakistani perfume called
Kashmir; a VHS copy of a classic Iraqi movie. 

International Houseware is aimed at filling the needs of Clarkston's 
many
Middle Eastern and African refugees and immigrants. On a tour of the 
store,
Karim will describe an item by its popularity with the diverse shoppers 
who
stop by her store. "That's for the Jordanians," she'll say. Or, "The
Somalians really like those."

A particular emphasis here is placed upon tea and coffee implements. 
There
are kettles in all shapes and sizes, including the Turkish ibrik, a
long-handled, narrow-necked copper pot originally intended for brewing 
on
hot desert sand...

ALSO SEE:

'CATHEDRAL,' 'CASTLE' AUTHOR FOLLOWS UP WITH 'MOSQUE'
Karen MacPherson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 12/2/03
http://www.pittsburgpostgazette.com/books/reviews/20031202maccaulay1202fnp5.
asp

Thirty years ago, David Macaulay wrote and illustrated his first 
children's
book, "Cathedral," which offered a fresh way to view architecture. It 
won a
Caldecott Honor and launched him on a career as one of the top 
children's
book authors and illustrators.

Over the years, Macaulay has published a number of books on 
architecture,
including "Castle" (another Caldecott Honor book), "Pyramid" and 
"Mill."
 
Worried that he was getting trapped in a literary formula, Macaulay 
turned
to other types of picture books, including "Black and White," which won 
the
1990 Caldecott Medal.

With his newest book, "Mosque" (Houghton Mifflin, $18, ages 8 up), 
Macaulay
-- who trained as an architect at the Rhode Island School of Design -- 
has
returned to his architectural roots. In richly detailed drawings and
compelling text, "Mosque" tells the story of the design and 
construction of
a fictional mosque in 16th- century Istanbul...

----- 

U.S.-BORN TERROR SUSPECT TO GET ACCESS TO LAWYER 
Associated Press, 12/2/03 
http://www.msnbc.com/news/1000486.asp?0cv=CB10

WASHINGTON, —  Reversing course, Pentagon officials have decided to 
allow a
U.S.-born terrorism suspect access to a lawyer, the Defense Department
announced Tuesday. 
 
The Pentagon statement said that allowing Hamdi access to a lawyer “is 
not
required by domestic or international law and should not be treated as 
a
precedent.” 

The Defense Department will make arrangements over the next few days 
for a
lawyer to visit Yaser Esam Hamdi “subject to appropriate security
restrictions,” a Pentagon statement said. Hamdi is being held as an 
“enemy
combatant,” a designation the Bush administration says denies him 
rights to
a lawyer or a trial.

The Supreme Court is considering whether to hear an appeal from a 
public
defender, Frank Dunham, who challenged Hamdi’s detention and wanted to 
act
as his lawyer.

Dunham had asked the Supreme Court to decide if the government has
unconstitutionally imprisoned Hamdi without access to attorneys and 
without
charges being filed against him...

----- 

U.S. FIRES GUANTANAMO DEFENSE TEAM 
James Meek, The Guardian, 12/3/03 
http://www.guardian.co.uk/guantanamo/story/0,13743,1098618,00.html

A team of military lawyers recruited to defend alleged terrorists held 
by
the US at Guantanamo Bay was dismissed by the Pentagon after some of 
its
members rebelled against the unfair way the trials have been designed, 
the
Guardian has learned. 

And some members of the new legal defence team remain deeply unhappy 
with
the trials - known as "military commissions" - believing them to be 
slanted
towards the prosecution and an affront to modern US military justice. 

Of the more than 600 detainees at the US prison camp at Guantanamo, 
none
has been charged with any crime, and none has had access to a lawyer,
although some have been in captivity of one kind or another for two 
years. 

But the US has repeatedly promised that at least some of the prisoners 
will
be charged and tried by military commissions, an arcane form of 
tribunal
based on long-disused models from the 1940s. 

When charged, a prisoner will be assigned a uniformed military defence
lawyer. The prisoners have a theoretical right to a civilian lawyer, 
but
the US has placed financial and bureaucratic obstacles in the way of
this... 

ALSO SEE:

A GUANTANAMO-SIZE HOLE IN THE CONSTITUTION
Joanne Mariner, Find Law, 12/1/03
http://writ.findlaw.com/mariner/20031201.html 
 
Visit the official U.S. Navy website for Guantanamo Bay and the first 
thing
you'll see is a picture of a gigantic American flag planted firmly on 
Cuban
soil. The picture confirms the obvious: that this forty-five square 
mile
chunk of territory, geographically part of Cuba, is under direct and
exclusive American control.

The United States has occupied Guantanamo Bay for over a century. U.S.
Marines first wrested control of Guantanamo from Spain in 1898, at the
outset of the Spanish-American war. The American government later
formalized its power over the territory via agreements signed with Cuba 
in
1903 and 1934, back when the Cuban Republic was an obedient client 
state.

A single clause in these agreements reserves "ultimate sovereignty" 
over
the territory to Cuba. Except for the right to an annual rent -- money 
that
the current Cuban government refuses to accept -- Cuba's formal 
sovereignty
has little practical value. No matter how unhappy the Cuban authorities 
may
be with the United States, their putative "tenant," they are unable to
evict U.S. forces from the island.

Cuban sovereignty over Guantanamo exists only in the abstract. Yet it 
is,
for the U.S. government, a convenient legal fiction. In the current
litigation over the fate of the hundreds of detainees held on 
Guantanamo,
the government's position is premised on the fact that Guantanamo is
technically foreign soil. Because Guantanamo is part of Cuba, argues 
the
government, it is beyond the reach of American courts...

--- 

SPECIAL REPORTS: PEOPLE THE LAW FORGOT 
Guardian, 12/3/03
http://www.guardian.co.uk/guantanamo/0,13743,1000982,00.html

It is almost two years since the Guantanamo prison camp opened. Its 
purpose
is to hold people seized in the 'war on terror' and defined by the Bush
administration as enemy combatants - though many appear to have been
bystanders to the conflict. Images of Camp Delta's orange-jumpsuited,
manacled detainees have provoked international outrage. But the real 
horror
they face isn't physical hardship, it is the threat of infinite
confinement, without trial or access to legal representation. James 
Meek
has spent the past month talking to former inmates and some of those
involved in operating the Pentagon's Kafkaesque justice system. He has
built an unprecedented picture of life on the base, which we present in
this special issue... 

--- 

SECRECY SHROUDS TALLY OF DETAINEES IN U.S.
Rebecca Carr and George Edmondsom, Atlanta Journal Constitution, 
12/3/03
http://www.ajc.com/news/content/news/1203/03detainees.html

Washington - Reports that the Defense Department is about to release 
scores
of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay raise questions about the status of
thousands of people who have been detained in the United States since 
the
Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Government officials say nearly all of those detained have been 
deported. 

But civil liberties groups say it is hard to know because of the 
secrecy
surrounding the detentions...

By the government's count, nearly all the 762 foreigners detained on
immigration charges during the investigation of the attacks by al-Qaida
have been deported. About 50 people are being held as material 
witnesses in
pending investigations. And three suspected terrorists, including two
American citizens, are being held as enemy combatants by the military.

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ORIGINS OF THE MIDDLE EAST CRISIS: WHO CAUSED PALESTINIAN DIASPORA?
George Bisharat, Sacremento Bee, 11/30/03
http://www.sacbee.com/content/opinion/story/7887277p-8825984c.html

In early October, I meandered the shores of Lake Geneva, Switzerland 
with
easy-laughing Mahmoud. We were bleary-eyed from international travel, 
and
from many hours of animated discussions at our conference.

Scholars, lawyers and activists had converged to explore ways to 
implement
the rights of Palestinians to return to and regain their homes, seized 
by
Israel in 1948. This fate had befallen Villa Harun ar-Rashid, the 
Jerusalem
home of my late grandfather, Hanna Ibrahim Bisharat. We had been 
inspired
by accounts of successful campaigns for housing restitution for 
refugees
and other dispossessed peoples in Bosnia, South Africa and Rwanda.

The sky was leaden, the wind off the slate lake bracing. But the 
fountain
at the end of the lake lofted exuberant white plumes of water toward 
the
heavens, and seemed to elevate with them our hopes and dreams for a 
more
just and peaceful future.

Little did we suspect that in other conference rooms across the same 
city,
Israelis and Palestinians had been conducting covert, informal 
negotiations for two years toward what are now touted as the "Geneva 
Accord." The agreement, while envisioning a Palestinian state in the 
West
Bank and Gaza Strip, studiously avoids mention of the very rights 
Mahmoud
and I, and many others, are fighting to protect. The negotiators, 
prominent
private citizens, include former Israeli Justice Minister Yossi Beilin 
and
former Palestinian Information and Culture Minister Yasser Abed Rabbo.

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has vehemently attacked the 
unofficial
pact, and the negotiators have been condemned as irresponsible 
meddlers...

ALSO SEE:

POSTER ART, PAINTED WITH A PALESTINIAN PERSPECTIVE
Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, 12/3/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A29918-2003Dec2.html

Dan Walsh, a graphic arts collector and political consultant from 
Silver
Spring, is at his most intense when the subject is Palestine. He has 
poured
his life, time and money into promoting understanding of this most 
troubled
piece of real estate on planet Earth. He has studied, and is fluent in,
Arabic, he has visited the West Bank and worked with the PLO. Even 
though
he conducts business at home in a T-shirt and shorts, when he talks 
about
Israel and Zionism, he is unmasked as a type-A politics junkie who 
speaks
and thinks at a supersonic clip.

"Have you read Herzl?" he asks, barely pausing for an answer before he
begins quoting chapter and verse from Theodor Herzl's "The Jewish 
State,"
one of the seminal documents of the back-to-Palestine Zionist movement. 
The
1896 text laid out, in detail, how European Jews would acquire property 
in
what eventually became Israel; how they would organize their 
communities,
cultivate the land, raise their standard of living and escape the toxic
anti-Semitism rampant throughout Europe. But it also passed rather 
blithely
over the question of what would become of people who were already 
living in
the Promised Land. And from that core problem -- two peoples, one land 
--
comes the subject matter of Walsh's most fascinating obsession: the
political posters of Palestine... 

Dan Walsh's collection of Palestinian poster art can be seen at
www.liberationgraphics.com.

----- 

US ARMY USES BULLDOZE THREAT TO GET IRAQIS TO TALK
Andrew Hammond, Reuters, 12/3/03
http://famulus.msnbc.com/FamulusIntl/reuters12-03-025019.asp?reg=MIDEAST

HAWIJA, Iraq - When U.S. soldiers found explosives in the house of Aziz
Abdel-Wahhab and his elderly wife during a raid in the Iraqi town of
Hawija, they proposed swift and direct punishment -- demolishing the
building.

"This house is the heart of terrorism and if you're going to harbour
terrorism we're going to remove you from the community," said 1st
Lieutenant Steve Brignoli, explaining the order to destroy the 
one-storey
stone house in a Hawija suburb.

"This will be a show of force, to embolden the local authorities."

The explosives were found during a major operation by the 173rd 
Airborne
Brigade, which sent more than a thousand troops into Hawija on Tuesday 
to
hunt for guerrillas in the town west of the strategic oil hub of 
Kirkuk...

----- 

FRENCH JUROR DISMISSED FOR WEARING HEADSCARF
Reuters, 12/3/03
http://straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/world/story/0,4386,221960,00.html

France's justice minister has ordered a court near Paris to replace a
female juror for wearing a headscarf, the ministry said last week, 
adding
fuel to a debate about the place of religious symbols in public life.

Justice Minister Dominique Perben asked the court in Bobigny, northeast 
of
Paris, to dismiss the woman who had appeared without the headscarf 
during
the jury selection phase but wore it at the start of the trial Nov. 24.

"Informed of this incident, Dominique Perben immediately asked the 
court to
request the replacement of this juror," the ministry said in a 
statement.
The court had complied with his instructions, it added.

Perben said wearing a headscarf was contrary to the principles of
impartiality and independence under the law.

French law imposes strict religious neutrality in public institutions 
but
the government has been split on whether to ban headscarves. France is 
home
to Europe's largest Muslim minority with about 5 million people...

----- 

ASK YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TO HELP FREE REBIYA KADEER
Amnesty International, 12/3/03
http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/action/index.asp?step=2&item=10463

Urge your Representative to sign a congressional letter circulated by
Representatives Tom Lantos and Frank Wolf on Rebiya Kadeer's behalf. 
The
letter urges President Bush to press for the release of this prominent
businesswoman and human rights advocate when the president meets with 
Prime
Minister of China Wen Jiabao on December 9, 2003. 

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful 

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 12/4/03 

* HADITH OF THE DAY: TEARS ARE A MERCY FROM GOD
* CAIR'S LIBRARY PROJECT 
* CAIR-NJ: IMMIGRANT RIGHTS ADVOCATES START HOTLINE 
	- CAIR-GA: Area Muslims Cheer End of Registration
* COURT STRIKES DOWN PART OF ANTI-TERROR LAW (Reuters)
	- Criminal Knowledge Must Be Proven (Wash. Post)
* CENSUS: U.S. ARAB POPULATION IS SURGING (AP)
	- Arab-American Count in Toledo Too Low (Toledo Blade)
* ISLAMIC GROUP SUES CONGRESSMAN FOR REMARKS (Wash. Post)
	- Muslim Group Suing Ballenger (Charlotte Observer) 
	- Islamic Group Sues US Lawmaker (AFP)
* DANIEL PIPES DRAWS PROTEST IN ILLINOIS (Daily Illini)
	- Students Protest Controversial Speaker 
	- Daniel Pipes Spews Hate
* POLL: IRAQ WAR DID NOT REDUCE TERROR THREAT
	- Geyer: Occupied Iraq Inspires Terror (UPS)
* US EXPORTS SHACKLES, ELECTRO-SHOCK TECHNOLOGY (AI)
* ACLU: PATRIOT ACT ALLOWS LIMITLESS SECRET SEARCHES (AP)
* YEE ATTORNEY WILL RAISE 'DOUBLE STANDARD' (LA Times)
* FRANCE IN HOT DEBATE OVER MUSLIM SCARVES (Chicago Trib)
* VA: MULTICULTURAL ISSUES DISCUSSION (Wash. Post)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: TEARS ARE A MERCY FROM GOD

When the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was questioned about 
crying
over the death of his granddaughter, he said: "(Weeping) is a mercy 
that
God has placed in the hearts of His servants. And surely God bestows 
mercy
upon those who are merciful among His servants."

Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 4, Number 21

----- 

CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT 

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

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

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

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IMMIGRANT ADVOCATES START HOTLINE FOR THOSE FACING FBI OR BCIS 
QUESTIONING
WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press, 12/4/03

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Immigrants facing a knock at the door by the FBI or
federal immigration agents can now call a toll-free hotline to learn 
their
legal rights and possibly get someone to come over and help.
   
But one of the key services the volunteers hope to offer _ observing 
the
questioning as a civilian witness _ sets up a clash with federal
authorities, who said such outsiders are not permitted to sit in on
interrogations.
   
The New Jersey Civil Rights Defense Committee implemented the hotline 
with
the state chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations.
   
Volunteers who speak Spanish, Arabic and Urdu in addition to English 
will
quickly remind the caller what their legal rights are, said Eric 
Lerner, a
spokesman for the committee.
   
"They tell them they have the right not to be interviewed, and they 
have
the right to refuse entry if (agents) don't have a warrant," he said.
   
The number is 1-888-655-2225.
 
If the immigrant consents to let agents into the house, a volunteer may
offer to be present to watch the questioning, Lerner said. If the 
person is
taken into custody, the volunteer would immediately spread the word in 
the
community, Lerner said…

The hotline is the second set up within the past month by immigrant
advocates in New Jersey. In November, a toll-free number, 
1-877-818-4845,
was launched for immigrants being detained in some county jails, 
enabling
them to reach legal help on the outside…
   
The system was designed to reduce the isolation many detainees 
experienced
after more than 1,200 were arrested during the investigation into the 
Sept.
11, 2001 terror attacks. Most were held in jails in New Jersey and New 
York.

SEE ALSO:

AREA MUSLIMS CHEER END OF REGISTRATION
RICK BADIE, Atlanta Journal, 12/4/03
http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/gwinnett/1203/04muslims.html

Gwinnett County's Muslim community of 20,000 applauded news Monday that 
the
Bush administration had ended a controversial program that required 
foreign
visitors from 25 Muslim-majority nations to register with the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security.

"I can tell you, a lot of people here are happy," said Yosof Burke, a
Lilburn resident and president of the local Council on American-Islamic
Relations.

The registration program will be replaced with an automated border 
watch
system, the US-VISIT Program. It's scheduled to begin tracking arrivals 
and
departures of foreign visitors at U.S. airports in January. Atlanta's
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is a test site for the system. 

The special registration, implemented after the terrorist attacks of 
Sept.
11, 2001, required boys and men either to register with immigration
authorities or face detention and deportation. The provision also 
called
for an annual reregistration, which was set for January.

Defenders of the program deemed it necessary in the fight against
terrorists.

Immigrant advocates generally called the mandate an unsettling 
proposition
because men who posed no threat stood the chance of being jailed and
deported for infractions such as overstaying a visa…

When the program started, the Council on American-Islamic Relations
encouraged Muslims visiting the United States to abide by it.

But it also offered caution:

"Tell people when you go --- just in case you get locked up," recalled
chapter president Burke.

"We tried to educate people on what to do," he said. "We didn't have 
near
as many problems here in Atlanta as other cities like Los Angeles, but 
then
again, they have a bigger Muslim community."

Rumors that the special registration might be drawing to a close began
circulating among Gwinnett Muslims a month or so ago. The local chapter 
of
the Council on American-Islamic Relations sent out electronic messages 
when
the change in law was announced Monday. The organization plans to post
fliers at mosques to spread the word.

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U.S. COURT STRIKES DOWN PART OF ANTI-TERRORISM LAW 
Reuters, 12/3/03

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Wednesday struck 
down
part of a 1996 federal anti-terrorism law, saying the government's
definition of what constituted "material support" to foreign terror 
groups
was too vague.
 
At issue is a statute that was the first to criminalize offering 
"material
support" to foreign terror groups. That law was the precursor to the
controversial 2001 Patriot Act which expanded the government's
intelligence-gathering powers and increased penalties for activities
classified as terrorist. 
In their decision, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an earlier
preliminary ruling that prohibited the provision of "personnel" and
"training" to groups designated by the United States as "terrorist
organizations." 

The court also ruled that before applying the law the government must 
prove
beyond a reasonable doubt that a donor to a group branded as a "foreign
terrorist organization" knew of its unlawful activities. 

"The prohibition on providing "training" and "personnel" is 
impermissibly
overbroad and thus void for vagueness under the First and Fifth
Amendments," the court ruled. 

That "personnel" provision was used to indict "American Taliban" John
Walker Lindh and six people in Buffalo, New York knows as the 
"Lackawanna
Six," said David Cole, a lawyer for the Center for Constitutional 
Rights
which brought the case. 

He added the ruling that covers the Western states in the 9th Circuit 
could
make it tougher for the Bush administration to prosecute individuals
charged with aiding designated terrorist groups. 

"Virtually all of the terrorism criminal prosecutions since 9/11 have
relied on this material support statute and many of them have relied on 
the
provision regarding 'personnel." Cole said… 

SEE ALSO:

KNOWLEDGE OF ACTIVITY MUST BE PROVED FOR CONVICTION 
Charles Lane, Washington Post, 12/4/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A33176-2003Dec3.html

A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that the government cannot 
convict
groups or individuals of violating a federal law against "material 
support"
for terrorist organizations unless it proves beyond a reasonable doubt 
that
they knew the organizations were involved in terrorist activity. 

The 2 to 1 ruling by a three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based 
U.S.
Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit would make it more difficult for 
the
government to win guilty pleas and jury verdicts under a 1996 statute 
that
federal authorities have recently invoked to convict some U.S. citizens 
of
aiding al Qaeda. 

"Without the knowledge requirement," Judge Harry Pregerson wrote for 
the
panel majority, "a person who simply sends a check to a school or 
orphanage
run by [a U.S.-designated terrorist group] could be convicted under the
statute, even if that individual is not aware of the [group's] 
designation
or of any unlawful activities undertaken by the [group]..." 

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CENSUS: U.S. ARAB POPULATION IS SURGING
Associated Press, 12/3/03
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/census/2003-12-03-census-arabs_x.htm

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Arab population in the United States has nearly
doubled in the past two decades, according to the Census Bureau's first
report on the group. 

Experts cited liberalized U.S. immigration laws and unrest in the 
Middle
East that led many people to come to America. 

The bureau counted nearly 1.2 million Arabs in the United States in 
2000,
compared with 860,000 in 1990 and 610,000 in 1980. About 60% trace 
their
ancestry to three countries: Lebanon, Syria and Egypt. 

While earlier Arab immigrants came from countries with large Christian
populations, newer arrivals come from heavily Muslim countries such as 
Iraq
and Yemen… 

Almost half of the Arabs in the United States live in five states -
California (190,890), New York (120,370), Michigan (115,284), New 
Jersey
(71,770) and Florida (77,461)... 

Arab-Americans say their population is larger than that reported by the
Census Bureau, but many are reluctant to fill out government forms 
because
they came from countries with oppressive regimes. 

SEE ALSO:

ARAB-AMERICAN COUNT IN TOLEDO AREA IS FAR TOO LOW, LEADERS SAY
IGNAZIO MESSINA, Toledo Blade, 12/4/03
http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20031204/NEWS17/112040
124

Lucas and Monroe counties are among the areas in the United States with
higher than average Arab populations, according to a first-ever Census
Bureau report released yesterday that identifies where they live.

Without surprise to many, the Detroit and Dearborn, Mich., areas north 
of
Toledo led the nation in the number of people who described themselves 
as
Arab in the 2000 census.

But some people think the published census figures are way below the 
actual
number of Arabs living in those areas.

About 1.2 percent of the people living in Lucas County are of Arab 
decent,
according to the census bureau. Of the 5,250 people in the county who
reported Arab ancestry, 3,018 said they were Lebanese.

"Most of the Arabs that are here have been here for generations," said 
Omar
Salhab, president of the Greater Toledo Association of Arab Americans. 
"We
suffered back home like many did, and we came to this country looking 
for
the same things other people looked for: freedom, freedom of religion, 
and
of course, opportunities."

Mr. Salhab thinks the census figures for Arabs in the Toledo area are
extremely low. It has generally been believed that the number of Arabs 
in
the city falls between 10,000 to 15,000, he said…

Recognition is usually accompanied with pride and honor. But for Arabs
living in America, it also includes a bit of the jitters.

Before the census, Arab-American groups lobbied to be included as an
individual group, but since Sept. 11, 2001, and subsequent passage of 
the
USA Patriot Act, some say the figures could be used by law-enforcement
agencies to focus racial profiling.

"The positive is that it allows Arabs to see where the populations are 
to
put more resources in those areas and that should be looked at 
favorably,"
said Ahmad Al-Akhras, president of the Ohio Chapter of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations in Columbus.

"The downside of this, and not to say the census was profiling, but 
maybe
it will allow overzealous law-enforcement groups to focus on these 
groups
more. We know the Justice Department is profiling Arabs and from that 
point
it might be some concern…"

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ISLAMIC GROUP SUES CONGRESSMAN FOR REMARKS 
Carol D. Leonnig, Washington Post, 12/4/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A33545-2003Dec3.html

The country's largest Islamic civil liberties group has sued a North
Carolina congressman, saying that he defamed the organization when he
called it "the fund-raising arm for Hezbollah" and said that the stress 
of
living near its Washington headquarters had contributed to the breakup 
of
his marriage. 

The Council on American-Islamic Relations filed the suit Tuesday 
against
Republican Cass Ballenger based on comments he made in an Oct. 4 
article in
the Charlotte Observer. Earlier Tuesday, Ballenger, 76, had announced 
that
he would retire after nine terms in Congress and 38 consecutive years 
in
public office. 

In the Observer article, Ballenger was quoted as saying that when the
council moved into a Capitol Hill office on the same block of New 
Jersey
Avenue SE as his townhouse, it "bugged the hell" out of his wife, 
Donna. He
said that she grew increasingly nervous about the group's presence 
after
the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and that women wearing "hoods" 
were
entering and leaving its office. He also told the newspaper that he had
reported the group to the FBI and the CIA. 

"Diagonally across from my house, up goes a sign -- CAIR the 
fund-raising
arm for Hezbollah," Ballenger was quoted as saying. "That's 21/2 blocks
from the Capitol . . . and they could blow it up…" 

"His statements are a symptom of what we see as rising anti-Muslim
rhetoric," said Arsalan Iftikhar, CAIR's director of legal affairs. 
"This
sends a message that if you make unlawful, disparaging remarks, we will
hold you accountable." 

Ballenger's Washington office said yesterday that he had no comment on 
the
lawsuit. Calls to Donna Ballenger, who now lives in their Hickory, 
N.C.,
home, were not returned… 

After the announcement of his retirement, Ballenger told North Carolina
reporters that his remarks in the Observer were meant to explain his 
wife's
unhappiness in Washington and their breakup, and did not reflect his 
own
opinions about the Muslim organization. 

"I was quoting my wife's feelings," he said, according to the Raleigh 
News
& Observer. "I couldn't give a hoot about the Muslims across the 
street." 

In October, however, the Associated Press quoted Ballenger as saying 
that
he objected to the council's presence. "The only difference I have is 
that
building across the street," Ballenger told the wire service. "In my
opinion, it should never have been leased" to the council. 

Ballenger has a history of making blunt and controversial statements. 
Last
December, he infuriated African Americans and women's groups when he 
said
that Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) had stirred in him "a little bit of 
a
segregationist feeling. . . . I mean, she was such a bitch." Ballenger
later apologized... 

In 1995, Ballenger explained to a Washington Post reporter how he 
solicited
donations from manufacturing company owners by telling them that if
Republicans took over the House, he would help limit workplace safety
regulations at their plants. "And I'd say, 'I need some money.' And --
whoosh! -- I got it," Ballenger said. 

He also refused to remove a statuette of a black-faced lawn jockey from 
the
front yard of his Hickory home. An aide painted the jockey's face with
white primer after Ballenger's apology to McKinney. 

SEE ALSO:
  
MUSLIM GROUP SUING BALLENGER
TIM FUNK, Charlotte Observer, 12/4/03
http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/7409248.htm 

WASHINGTON - A leading American Muslim civil rights group has filed a
defamation lawsuit against Rep. Cass Ballenger for linking the group to
terrorists during an October 2003 interview with The Charlotte 
Observer.

The Hickory Republican blamed the breakup of his 50-year marriage 
partly on
the stress of living near the group's Capitol Hill headquarters, which 
was
so close to the U.S. Capitol that he and his wife worried "they could 
blow
the place up."

The Council on American-Islamic Relations said in its suit -- filed 
Tuesday
in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia -- that these 
and
other comments by Ballenger, 76, damaged its reputation and good name.

"(Ballenger's) statement was calculated to ... hold CAIR up to public
scorn, hatred and ridicule," said the lawsuit, which asks for $2 
million to
compensate the group for damages and to punish Ballenger...

Ballenger has a history of making controversial statements. A year ago, 
he
apologized after an Observer article quoted him saying that then-Rep.
Cynthia McKinney, an African American from Georgia known for her 
abrasive
style, had stirred in him "a little bit of a segregationist feeling. I
mean, she was such a bitch."

In the Observer's October article about Muslims and his marriage, 
Ballenger
was quoted as saying that his Washington townhouse's proximity to CAIR
after Sept. 11, 2001, "bugged the hell" out of his wife, Donna.

"Diagonally across from my house, up goes a sign -- CAIR the 
fund-raising
arm for Hezbollah," Ballenger said. Hezbollah is a Lebanese militia 
group
the United States has labeled a terrorist organization. "I reported 
them to
the FBI and CIA."

Ballenger said in the post 9-11 environment in Washington, his wife was
anxious about all the activity at CAIR, including people unloading 
boxes
and women "wearing hoods," or headscarves, going in and out of the 
office
building on New Jersey Avenue. "That's 2 1/2 blocks from the Capitol," 
he
added, "and they could blow it up…"

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ISLAMIC GROUP SUES US LAWMAKER
Agence France Presse, 12/3/03

An Islamic group said Wednesday it had sued a US lawmaker from North
Carolina over statements in which he blamed the organization for the
failure of his marriage and accused them of raising money for 
militants.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations said it filed the suit 
Tuesday in
US District Court in Washington over remarks by Representative Cass
Ballenger published October 4 on the front page of the Charlotte 
Observer. 

In the article, Ballenger blamed the stress of living near CAIR's
headquarters for the break-up of his 50-year marriage, and accused the
group of raising money for Hezbollah militia in Lebanon.

He also told the paper that CAIR's office was "two and a half blocks 
from
the Capitol, and they could blow it up…"

CAIR said in a statement it was suing for two million dollars, claiming
Ballenger made the statement with "with actual malice, wrongful and 
willful
intent to injure" the group's reputation.

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CONTROVERSIAL SPEAKER DRAWS CROWD AT FOELLINGER 
Kali Bhandari, Daily Illini, 12/4/03
http://www.dailyillini.com/dec03/dec04/news/stories/news_story01.shtml

About 1,000 people went through 150 chanting and sign-waving 
protesters,
metal detectors, back pack searches and University police to see one
speaker Wednesday evening.

Daniel Pipes, director of the Middle East Forum and a member of the
presidentially-appointed board of the U.S. Institute of Peace, was 
brought
to Foellinger Auditorium by IllinIPAC (Illinois-Israel Public Affairs
Committee), as well as other groups, to speak on the 
Israeli-Palestinian
conflict. 

His organization specifically requested the heavy security presence, 
said
Monika Pandya, Foellinger Auditorium manager. 

Dean of Students William Riley said the security for the event "was 
more
than would be typical for a speaker here at Foellinger." 

Pipes opened his speech referring to the Oslo Accords, a series of
agreements negotiated between the Israeli government and the Palestine
Liberation Organization signed on Sept. 13, 1993, and said they had 
failed.

He said the failure of the Oslo Peace Accords, and the second Intifada
began because Israeli leadership made two mistakes.

"The first Israeli mistake was to believe that the Palestinians had 
given
up the dream of destroying Israel," he said.

Soon after the beginning of the speech, a couple protesters ducked in 
the
auditorium and shouted "Free Palestine!" 

Pipes ignored the outburst and continued, saying the Israelis made
concessions generously in the assumption that the Palestinians had 
given up
the ambition of making Israel extinct. He said this assumption was 
wrong.
Attempts to win peace by giving the Palestinians aid and money have 
also
failed, he said…

Kenneth Cuno, director of the program in South Asian and Middle Eastern
Studies, was present at the lecture, and said curiosity drew him to the
lecture. He said he felt Pipes had missed a few things in his speech.

"In order to make his point, he left out an awful lot," Cuno said,
referring to a statement in Pipes' speech that the Palestinians wanted 
to
destroy Israel and thus should be dealt with on those terms.

Cuno said opinion polls in both Palestinian territories and in Israel
showed that many people on both sides wanted peace, not the destruction 
of
the other side. 

"He's a polemicist, an extremist, and he's going to leave out some 
stuff to
say the moon is made of green cheese," he said…

After ending his formal speech, Pipes criticized The Daily Illini for
printing opinion columns and editorials coming out against his views.

"No student newspaper has treated me in such a biased and one-sided 
fashion
as the DI," Pipes said.

SEE ALSO:

STUDENTS PROTEST CONTROVERSIAL SPEAKER 
Maureen Wilkey, Daily Illini, 12/4/03 
http://www.dailyillini.com/dec03/dec04/news/stories/news_story02.shtml

"Borders kill people," read the sign graduate student Gabriel Cortez 
held
at a rally for peace Wednesday evening outside Foellinger Auditorium.

About 150 people gathered for a rally and candlelight vigil for victims 
of
oppression worldwide. The rally coincided with a speech given by Daniel
Pipes, a commentator on issues in the Middle East. Many students said 
that
Pipes' messages are anti-Muslim and anti-immigration.

"We should all be able to see both sides of the issue," said senior in 
LAS
and Justice for Palestine President Sara Bokhari. Bokhari helped 
organize
the rally in the hopes that students could gain an understanding of the
Palestinian viewpoint before hearing Pipes' speech.

"By seeing both points of view, people can better educate themselves 
about
the situation (in the Middle East)."

Baseer Tajuddin, a senior in LAS and president of the Muslim Students
Association, said Pipes' message affects all people, not just Muslims 
and
Palestinians.

"This vigil is for everyone and is meant to promote peace rather than
(simply) to protest Pipes himself," Tajuddin said…
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EXPERT SPEWS HATE
Daily Illini, 12/2/03 
http://www.dailyillini.com/dec03/dec02/opinions/stories/letter03.shtml

Daniel Pipes touts himself as being a leading expert on the Middle 
East,
yet he launches tirades against Muslims and Arabs at every chance he 
gets
and promotes false information. He makes claims about Jerusalem not 
being a
city of importance to Muslims (this is false) and fabricated the 
following
statement in a New York Post opinions piece, "Muslims are only 4 
percent of
Denmark's 5.4 million people but make up a majority of the country's
convicted rapists." This statement was also false according to Danish
politicians Elisabeth Arnold and Elisabeth Gerner Nielsen who know the
demography of Denmark far better than does Pipes. In the same
aforementioned article, Pipes continued to slander all Muslims and 
vilify
them. When he has had the opportunity to comment on the positive 
aspects of
Muslims, he denied that these exist. And he never misses an opportunity 
to
condemn positive portrayals of Muslims such as the PBS documentary,
"Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet." Daniel Pipes is not only biased, but 
also
a bigot and I am ashamed he has been invited to promote hateful and
close-minded ideas on our campus.

Demian Kogan 
Senior in LAS

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POLL: MORE PEOPLE DON'T BELIEVE IRAQ WAR REDUCED TERROR THREAT
Associated Press, 12/3/04
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2003-12-03-iraq-poll_x.htm

WASHINGTON (AP) - A growing number of Americans, seven in 10, doesn't 
think
the war in Iraq has reduced the threat of terrorism, according to a 
poll
out Wednesday. 

Fewer than half felt that way in April, during the war. President Bush 
and
members of his administration frequently say the efforts in Iraq are
central to winning the war on terror. 

The poll by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the 
University
of Maryland also found strong support, 71%, for the United Nations to 
take
the lead in helping establish a stable government in Iraq. That's up 
from
half who felt that way in April… 

The poll of 712 people was conducted by Knowledge Networks from Nov. 
21-30
and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage 
points.

SEE ALSO: 

IRAQ WAR'S DANGEROUS TENTACLES REACH BEYOND COUNTRY'S BORDERS
Georgie Anne Geyer, Universal Press Syndicate
http://www.uexpress.com/georgieannegeyer/?uc_full_date=20031206

WASHINGTON -- American war-planners believe they are managing a 
conflict
that is largely contained within Iraq, one that will end when we have
defeated a finite number of enemy combatants there. They also think we 
are
drawing into Iraq foreign terrorists whose cause can be defeated there.

But more and more evidence, as many of us feared, indicates that 
instead
the flow is going the other way -- that occupied Iraq has become the
exporter and inspiration of terrorism to neighboring countries and 
beyond.

Take the recent bombings in Istanbul of the Jewish synagogues and the
British consulate general and bank. At first, it was reasonable to
speculate that the acts were a continuation of the internal Kurdish
terrorism that has so long rent Turkey. But the Turkish government has
clearly said no; these violent truck bombings were indeed related to
al-Qaida, and most of the terrorists involved in the attacks had 
traveled
at some time to Afghanistan, Pakistan or Iran for training.

Moreover, CNN just reported from Turkish intelligence agency sources 
that
they considered the attacks "an extension of the war in Iraq into 
Turkey."

Those sources also said there has been a proliferation of weapons being
smuggled from Iraq into neighboring countries such as Jordan, Saudi 
Arabia
and Turkey, including surface-to-air missiles that could be used 
against
airliners in those countries.

The American position on the war has been that Iraq is "the front line 
in
the war against terrorism," but the real configuration of the struggle 
is
far more diffuse and complicated. A front line presupposes a 
traditional
war in which enemies face one another and one side will eventually 
vanquish
the other; but the war in Iraq takes on a more cellular structure, in 
which
cells form, re-form, break up and then re-form again, often in 
protective
coloring…

The real danger is that Iraq, rather than being the cemetery for 
terrorism,
has become, as those of us who know the area long predicted, the 
incubator
of it…

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US EXPORTS $20 MILLION OF SHACKLES, ELECTRO-SHOCK TECHNOLOGY
Amnesty International, 12/2/03
http://www.amnestyusa.org/countries/usa/document.do?id=F7CE0B13E65E100085256
DF00050B882

(Washington, DC) - A new Amnesty International report charges that in 
2002,
the Bush Administration violated the spirit of its own export policy 
and
approved the sale of equipment implicated in torture to Yemen, Jordan,
Morocco and Thailand, despite the countries' documented use of such 
weapons
to punish, mistreat and inflict torture on prisoners. The US is also
alleged to have handed suspects in the 'war on terror' to the same
countries.

The total value of US exports of electro-shock weapons was $14.7 
million in
2002 and exports of restraints totaled $4.4 million in the same period. 
The
Commerce and State Departments approved these sales, permitting 45
countries to purchase electro-shock technology, including 19 that had 
been
cited for the use of such weapons to inflict torture since 1990.

The report - The Pain Merchants - also reveals that the US approved the
2002 export to Saudi Arabia of nine tons of Smith & Wesson leg-irons.
Former prisoners in Saudi Arabia have stated that their restraints were
stamped with the name of Smith & Wesson. In a 2000 Amnesty 
International
report, Phil Lomax, a UK national who was held for 17 days in 1999,
recounted how shackles used in Malaz prison in Riyadh, were made in the 
US:
"When[ever] we were taken out of the cell we were shackled and 
handcuffed.
The shackles were very painful. They were made of steel... like a 
handcuff
ring. The handcuffs were made in the USA..."

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PATRIOT ACT ALLOWS LIMITLESS SECRET SEARCHES, ACLU ARGUES
SARAH KARUSH, Associated Press, 12/4/03

DETROIT - The USA Patriot Act gives federal agents unlimited and
unconstitutional authority to secretly seize library reading lists and
other personal records, civil liberties advocates told a judge.

A U.S. district judge in Detroit heard arguments Wednesday in the first
legal challenge to the part of the Patriot Act that lets agents obtain 
such
things as library lists and medical information.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit in July on behalf 
of
the Muslim Community Association of Ann Arbor and five other nonprofit
groups. The U.S. government argued that the case be dismissed, saying 
there
is no basis for the plaintiffs' complaints since the provision being
challenged has never been used. 

Judge Denise Page Hood said she would issue a written opinion on the
government's motion but did not say when.

The lawsuit names Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director 
Robert
Mueller as defendants.

The ACLU says that Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which allows the FBI
access to any "tangible things," including books and documents obtained
through an order from a secret court, does not require investigators to
show probable cause...

Ann Beeson, the ACLU's associate legal director, told the court that 
the
range of things that could be sought under the Patriot Act was 
"limitless."

"It could even be used to demand a personal journal from an 
individual,"
she said.

The FBI must request a Section 215 order from the Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance Court, a secret body set up in 1978 to govern the 
surveillance
of foreign powers and alleged foreign agents…

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ARMY CHAPLAIN'S LAWYER GETS SECRET DATA
Richard A. Serrano, Los Angeles Times
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-yee4dec04,1,746502.stor
y 

When Army Capt. James Joseph Yee goes to a military court hearing here 
next
week, the government may find itself faced with the same accusation it 
has
leveled against the Muslim chaplain who ministered to detainees at the 
U.S.
Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba: Mishandling classified material.

That odd turn of events occurred this week when Yee's hearing was 
abruptly
delayed after military authorities discovered they had compromised 
secret
intelligence by giving classified material to Yee's defense team. One 
of
Yee's lawyers, a civilian, has not yet obtained government security
clearance.

That lawyer, Washington-based attorney Eugene R. Fidell, head of the
nonprofit National Institute of Military Justice, said Wednesday that 
he
would raise a "double-standard" issue when the military court's 
preliminary
hearing, known as an Article 32 examination, gets underway here Monday. 

"I don't see how they can proceed on this against Chaplain Yee," Fidell
said. "If they don't know what's classified and what isn't, how is a
chaplain supposed to know? And if they don't properly mark things that 
are
classified, how can they prosecute Chaplain Yee for the same thing?"

But Army Lt. Col. Bill Costello, spokesman for the U.S. Southern 
Command,
which oversees the Guantanamo camp for suspected terrorists, said 
although
the government "inappropriately" turned over classified material to 
Fidell,
prosecutors quickly notified authorities and retrieved it…

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FRANCE IN HOT DEBATE OVER MUSLIM SCARVES
Tom Hundley, Chicago Tribune, 12/4/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0312040141dec04,1,1073787
.story

LILLE, France -- For the Muslims of this industrial city, the dream was 
a
modest one: a school of their own. Not a Koranic school or a haven for
fundamentalist teaching but a classical French lycee.

They wanted a high school that not only would meet all the requirements 
set
by the national Education Ministry but also where their daughters would
feel comfortable wearing a traditional Muslim head covering banned in 
many
schools.
 
Eight years in the planning, the dream was transformed into 
blackboards,
books, chemistry labs and computers this September when the Lycee 
Averroes
greeted its first class of 14 students.

But the school now finds itself in the midst of what has become the 
great
head scarf controversy, a furious national debate over the meaning of
secularism in French society and whether the laws that established a
century-old balance between church and state in predominantly Catholic
France need to be rewritten.

The debate has united the extremes of the French political spectrum, 
with
left and right in rare agreement--for entirely contradictory 
reasons--on
the need for a new law banning head scarves. At the same time, France's
fractious Muslim community has found an ally of sorts in the Roman 
Catholic
Church, which has come out strongly against any changes in existing 
law.

Since 1989, when three girls were expelled from their high school in 
Creil
for wearing head scarves, the debate has been a recurring feature of 
the
French political landscape. But this year it reached a new intensity 
with
the opening of the Lycee Averroes and the expulsion of the media savvy
Levy-Omari sisters from their suburban Paris high school.

Lila, 18, and Alma, 16, come from a family in which their mother is a
non-practicing Catholic of Algerian origin and their father a 
non-observant
Jew. The sisters are converts to Islam and have enthusiastically 
embraced
its most conservative style of dress. Their school calls their 
headdress a
provocation.

Since then, the French media have been filled with stories about
head-scarf-wearing medical students who refuse to treat male patients,
conservative Muslim husbands who won't allow wives to be seen by male
physicians and a civil servant who suddenly embraced the scarf and 
refused
to shake hands with her male colleagues.

Last week, Justice Minister Dominique Perben ordered a court near Paris 
to
dismiss a female juror who did not wear a head scarf during jury 
selection
but began wearing one once the trial began.

Perben said that wearing the scarf violated the principles of 
"impartiality
and independence" under the law…

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RESIDENTS TO DISCUSS MULTICULTURAL ISSUES
Washington Post, 12/4/03

Fairfax County officials are inviting residents in the Annandale area,
including the surrounding communities of Springfield, Alexandria, Falls
Church and Burke, to attend a multicultural dialogue Wednesday at 
Thomas
Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

The dialogue, called "Many Roads, One Community," will be from 6:30 to 
9:30
p.m. at the school, 6560 Braddock Rd., Alexandria. 

Organized by representatives of different faith groups in the 
community,
the dialogue will be facilitated by George Mason University's Institute 
for
Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

Officials said residents from various ethnic groups, faiths and 
cultures
will explore how to build a stronger and more resilient community for 
today
and the future. Questions to be addressed include: Since the Sept. 11,
2001, terrorist attacks, how has your community changed? What do we 
want to
understand about one another? How can we build one resilient community?

The free event is open to the public. To register or get more 
information,
call the Fairfax County Community Resilience Project at 703-533-5388.

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CAIR ACTION ALERT #407

PAUL HARVEY SAYS ISLAM 'ENCOURAGES KILLING'
Islamic civil rights group seeks on-air apology

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/5/2003) - The Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR) is calling for an on-air apology from syndicated radio 
commentator 
Paul Harvey who said on his Thursday program that Islam "encourages 
killing."

Harvey, who has 24 million weekly listeners on some 1,600 radio 
stations in 
this country and around the world, made that claim during his Thursday 
noon 
commentary.

In that segment, Harvey described the bloody nature of cock fight 
gambling 
in Iraq and said: "Add to the thirst for blood a religion which 
encourages 
killing, and it is entirely understandable if Americans came to this 
bloody 
party unprepared."

TO LISTEN TO THE SEGMENT, GO TO: http://www.paulharvey.com/
Click on the Thursday noon program. The section with the offensive 
quote 
begins at 6:53. The quote itself begins at 8:25.

"We had hoped that a respected broadcast professional like Mr. Harvey 
would 
not join the growing number of Islamophobic hate-mongers in our 
society," 
said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. "He falsely 
attributes to 
Islam two things that are specifically prohibited by our faith, murder 
and 
cruelty to animals." (Islam also prohibits gambling.)

Hooper quoted the Prophet Muhammad, who said one of the "biggest of 
(the 
great sins)" is "to murder a human being." (Sahih Al-Bukhari, 9:10) He 
also 
cited the Quran, Islam's revealed text, which states that when someone 
takes another's life, "it would be as if he slew all mankind." (Quran, 
5:32)

On animal cruelty, the Prophet said: "A woman was punished [by God] 
because 
of a cat. She had neither provided it with food nor drink, nor set it 
free 
so that it might eat the creatures of the earth." (Sahih Muslim, Hadith 
1047)

In another tradition related by the Prophet, a man was rewarded by God 
for 
helping a thirsty animal. The man, who had just climbed down a well to 
get 
water for himself, saw a dog panting and licking mud because of 
excessive 
thirst. He went down the well again and filled his shoe with water for 
the 
dog. God thanked him for that deed and forgave his sins.

After relating that story, the Prophet was asked: "Is there a reward 
for us 
in serving animals?" He replied: "Yes, there is a reward for serving 
any 
(living being)." (Sahih Al-Bukhari, 3:646)

In other Islamic traditions, the Prophet prohibited capturing young 
birds 
because of the distress caused to their mother, and rebuked his 
companions 
who burnt an ant hill.

Hooper also cited the Quran, which says: "There is no beast that walks 
on 
earth and no bird that flies on its two wings that is not [God's] 
creature…Unto their Sustainer shall they [all] be gathered." (Quran, 
6:38)

In 1999, Harvey issued an on-air apology to Muslims for remarks 
suggesting 
that Islam was a "fraudulent religion." The apology came after hundreds 
of 
concerned Muslims called, faxed and e-mailed both Harvey's office and 
that 
of ABC Radio Networks, his program's syndicator.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in 
Washington, D.C., and has 25 regional offices and chapters nationwide 
and 
in Canada.
					
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IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be firm but POLITE.)

Contact Paul Harvey to ask that he apologize on-air for his remarks.

CONTACT:

Mr. Paul Harvey
333 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60601-4005

Phone: (312) 899-4085
Fax: (312) 899-4088

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 12/7/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: LAWFUL EARNINGS
* ISLAM NO BAR TO ECONOMIC GROWTH - U.S. STUDY (Financial Times)
* MUSLIMS PROMOTE TOLERANCE AT DU EVENT (Denver Post)
	- Seminary Is Reaching Out to Muslims (LA Times)
	- Do All Religious Paths Lead to the Same God? (Newhouse)
* TOUGH NEW TACTICS TIGHTEN GRIP ON IRAQ TOWNS (NY Times)
	- Combat Casualty Count Doubted (Knight Ridder)
	- Non-Approved Ammunition Used in Iraq (Army Times)
* US AIR RAID KILLS 9 CHILDREN IN AFGHANISTAN (Independent)
	- Afghan Village Angry After Gunship Attack (AP)
* ARAB WAITER OUSTED FROM FUNDRAISER CLAIMS BIAS (Wash. Post)
	- Terrorism Jars Jewish, Arab Party Loyalties (Wash. Post)
	- Arab-Americans Are Difficult to Count (Houston Chron)
* TAKING THE INTIFADA TO THE FOOTBALL FIELD (Los Angeles Times)
* GUANTÁNAMO CHAPLAIN AND HIS WIFE SPEAK OUT (New York Times)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: LAWFUL EARNINGS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was asked what type of earning 
was 
best, and he replied: "A man's work with his hands and every (lawful) 
business transaction."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 846

The Prophet also said: "A truthful and trustworthy merchant is 
associated 
with the prophets..."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 850

And also: "There was a merchant who would lend to the people, and 
whenever 
his debtor was in difficult circumstances, he would say to his 
employees, 
'Forgive him so that God may forgive us.' So, God forgave him."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 3, Hadith 292

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ISLAM NO BAR TO ECONOMIC GROWTH: U.S. STUDY
Alan Beattie, Financial Times, 12/7/03
http://news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1069493785165 


There is no evidence that Islam restricts economic growth, according to 
new 
research that casts doubt on the widely-held belief that Muslim 
societies 
are intrinsically less conducive to capitalism than those dominated by 
other religions.

The study, by Marcus Noland at the Institute for International 
Economics 
think-tank in Washington, reviewed growth in developing countries over 
the 
past few decades and found no evidence that countries with large Muslim 
populations grew more slowly, or had lower productivity growth.

Looking at growth within three religiously mixed countries - India, 
Malaysia and Ghana - only Malaysia showed statistically significant 
lower 
growth within its Muslim population.

"Islam does not appear to be a drag on growth or an anchor on 
development 
as alleged," the paper concludes.

Excluding the effects of oil production, which dominates the Islamic 
Middle 
East, or studying Muslim Arab countries separately made no difference 
to 
the results. Conventional economic fundamentals such as the level of 
education and the share of investment and government in the economy - 
which 
were found to be unrelated to the prevalence of Islam - mattered far 
more 
for economic success.

"If one is concerned about economic performance in predominantly Muslim 
regions or countries, conventional economic analysis may yield greater 
insight than the sociology of religion," the study says.

Mr Noland said his results aroused suspicion, bordering on disbelief, 
among 
colleagues when he first produced them.

The study, started just after the September 11 attacks on the US, "had 
a 
very long gestation because of that", he said.

The view that particular religious affiliations affect growth has been 
a 
fertile ground for sociologists since the pioneering work of Max Weber, 
the 
German sociologist.

Some sociologists have argued that the tendency of Islamic education to 
rely on reiteration of a finite set of information, together with the 
disapproval of lending money at interest, has restricted innovation and 
growth in Muslim countries.

In contrast to the highly successful Islamic civilisations around the 
turn 
of the first millennium, the fact that Muslims are relatively poor in 
the 
modern world has reawakened interest in the links between Islam and 
economic success.

http://www.iie.com/publications/wp/2003/03-8.pdf

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MUSLIMS PROMOTE TOLERANCE AT DU EVENT
Zachery Kouwe, Denver Post, 12/7/03
http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~6439~1814603,00.html

Tayseer Zuaiter never expected to be on a list of suspected terrorists. 
But 
the Denver Muslim and restaurant owner was detained at Denver 
International 
Airport last month because his name popped up on an FBI database.

After security officials questioned him for several hours, Zuaiter was 
allowed to fly to Las Vegas for a business conference. As it turns out, 
the 
man officials were looking for has no left arm.

"Sept. 11 was a wake-up call for all Muslims in this country," Zuaiter 
said.

More than two years after the terrorist attacks on New York City and 
the 
Pentagon, some Americans still harbor a fear of Islam and Muslims.

"Muslims are known by the three B's: bomber, billionaire or belly 
dancer," 
said Dr. Liyakat Takim, a professor of religion at the University of 
Denver. "We need to overcome these stereotypes."

Takim and other Muslim leaders continued their quest to teach Americans 
about Islam on Saturday by hosting a conference at DU's Graduate School 
of 
International Studies.

Attending the symposium were several elementary and high school 
teachers as 
well as other educators interested in teaching students about Islam in 
America.

"We hope they take the content back to the classroom so we can maximize 
awareness and promote tolerance," said George Brown a DU professor who 
helped organize the conference.

Denver's Muslim leaders have recently started pushing their communities 
to 
reach out and educate others about Islam.

"Most Muslims are law-abiding, peace-loving citizens," said Khalid 
Daraiseh, a local businessman who is active in the Muslim community. 
"The 
community is working so hard to promote a dialogue..."

SEE ALSO:

SEMINARY IS REACHING OUT TO MUSLIMS
Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, 12/6/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-muslim6dec06,1,2110963.story

One of the nation's leading evangelical Christian seminaries has 
launched a 
federally funded project for making peace with Muslims, featuring a 
proposed code of ethics that rejects offensive statements about each 
other's faiths, affirms a mutual belief in one God and pledges not to 
proselytize.

The $1-million project, initiated by Fuller Theological Seminary in 
Pasadena, is being hailed by both sides as a pioneering attempt to ease 
continuing conflict. But, in an illustration of sharp theological 
divides, 
some conservative evangelicals are challenging the ethics code and 
asserting that they do not believe in the same God as Muslims.

Tensions between Muslims and evangelical Christians have been 
aggravated by 
a series of negative remarks about Islam by national evangelical 
leaders 
since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Those included the 
characterization of Islam by evangelist Franklin Graham as an evil 
religion, and assertions by the Rev. Jerry Falwell that the Prophet 
Muhammad was a terrorist and by the former president of the Southern 
Baptist Convention, the nation's largest Protestant denomination, that 
Muhammad was a "demon-possessed pedophile."

The Fuller project, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of 
Justice, 
is intended to develop practical peacemaking practices for Christians 
and 
Muslims, publish a book about them and train local communities in their 
use. It is the latest of several efforts that Fuller has launched since 
Sept. 11 to build bridges with Muslims.

"We hope to lead a large portion of evangelical Christians into a 
better 
understanding of Islam," said Sherwood Lingenfelter, Fuller's provost 
and 
senior vice president. "After 9/11 there was a great deal of hostility 
in 
the Christian community toward Muslims. It is important for Christians 
to 
gain a respect for them and treat them with dignity and not assume 
they're 
all terrorists."

He said the wary view of Islam by many evangelical Christians was 
rooted in 
part in their commitment to Israel. Many believe that the physical 
presence 
of the state of Israel is required for Christ's return and therefore 
vigorously defend Israel from perceived Islamic enemies, he said. 
Others, 
including many at Fuller, disagree that Israel would play any special 
role 
in the second coming, he said.

Muslim leaders, who regard tensions with evangelical Christians as one 
of 
their greatest interfaith challenges, say they are delighted by the 
Fuller 
initiative…

Muslims, many of them associated with the Islamic Center of Southern 
California, broached the idea of an ethics code after Fuller invited 
them 
to join the peacemaking initiative. Maher Hathout of the Islamic center 
said Muslims needed to be assured that they would be treated with 
respect 
because of pain over previous remarks by evangelical leaders and 
Fuller's 
own history of proselytizing in Islamic countries.

"The community knows about Fuller and will definitely ask questions" 
about 
the joint project, Hathout said.

Some conservative Christians decried parts of the proposed ethics code 
and 
predicted that it would bring an uproar from their ranks.

"For Fuller to declare that Christians and Muslims worship the same God 
would be a radical departure, not only from the evangelical tradition 
but 
also the tenets of orthodox Christianity," said John Revell, a 
spokesman 
for the Southern Baptists' executive committee. He also questioned 
whether 
evangelical Christians who signed the proposed code against offensive 
statements and proselytizing would compromise their religious 
obligation to 
"speak truth in love" and "spread the good news of Jesus Christ…"

The controversy over whether Muslims and Christians worship the same 
God 
recently flared anew when President Bush affirmed a shared belief with 
Muslims at a London news conference last month - a view that was 
immediately disavowed by conservative evangelicals…

David Augsburger, the project director at Fuller, said he hopes the 
exchanges will have a positive ripple effect here and abroad.

"We're engaged in a conflict that is probably going to last through the 
next two generations," Augsburger said.

"Because the major rhetoric on this is religious, it is highly 
important 
for us to seek to transform the floor of understanding between our two 
major groups," he said.

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DO ALL RELIGIOUS PATHS LEAD TO THE SAME GOD? BUSH REMARK RENEWS OLD 
DEBATE
MARK O'KEEFE, Newhouse News Service, 12/5/03
http://www.newhousenews.com/archive/okeefe120503.html

He's the commander in chief, not the theologian in chief. Nonetheless, 
President Bush stepped into a centuries-old religious controversy when 
he 
recently said of Muslims and Christians, "I believe we worship the same 
God."

Do we?

The question has reignited lively polemics at a time when three of the 
world's major faiths -- Judaism, Christianity and Islam -- are 
variously 
engaged in conflicts fueled by religion, in the Middle East and 
elsewhere…

Some Muslims are tired of the spiritual jabs. Azizah al-Hibri, founder 
of 
KARAMAH, an organization of Muslim women lawyers for human rights, 
finds it 
"incredibly possessive, a not too holy quality, to argue that the God 
of 
one's religion belongs to it alone and no other."

Islam has a more inclusive approach, Ahmed said. He quotes Sura 10, 
verse 
47 of the Quran, the Muslim holy book: "To every people was sent an 
apostle 
to teach them in their own language, in their own country, making 
things 
clear..."

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TOUGH NEW TACTICS BY U.S. TIGHTEN GRIP ON IRAQ TOWNS
DEXTER FILKINS, New York Times, 12/7/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/07/international/middleeast/07TACT.html

BU HISHMA, Iraq, Dec. 6 - As the guerrilla war against Iraqi insurgents 
intensifies, American soldiers have begun wrapping entire villages in 
barbed wire.

In selective cases, American soldiers are demolishing buildings thought 
to 
be used by Iraqi attackers. They have begun imprisoning the relatives 
of 
suspected guerrillas, in hopes of pressing the insurgents to turn 
themselves in.

The Americans embarked on their get-tough strategy in early November, 
goaded by what proved to be the deadliest month yet for American forces 
in 
Iraq, with 81 soldiers killed by hostile fire. The response they chose 
is 
beginning to echo the Israeli counterinsurgency campaign in the 
occupied 
territories.

So far, the new approach appears to be succeeding in diminishing the 
threat 
to American soldiers. But it appears to be coming at the cost of 
alienating 
many of the people the Americans are trying to win over. Abu Hishma is 
quiet now, but it is angry, too.

In Abu Hishma, encased in a razor-wire fence after repeated attacks on 
American troops, Iraqi civilians line up to go in and out, filing 
through 
an American-guarded checkpoint, each carrying an identification card 
printed in English only.

"If you have one of these cards, you can come and go," coaxed Lt. Col. 
Nathan Sassaman, the battalion commander whose men oversee the village, 
about 50 miles north of Baghdad. "If you don't have one of these cards, 
you 
can't."

The Iraqis nodded and edged their cars through the line. Over to one 
side, 
an Iraqi man named Tariq muttered in anger.

"I see no difference between us and the Palestinians," he said. "We 
didn't 
expect anything like this after Saddam fell."

The practice of destroying buildings where Iraqi insurgents are 
suspected 
of planning or mounting attacks has been used for decades by Israeli 
soldiers in Gaza and the West Bank. The Israeli Army has also 
imprisoned 
the relatives of suspected terrorists, in the hopes of pressing the 
suspects to surrender.

The Israeli military has also cordoned off villages and towns thought 
to be 
hotbeds of guerrilla activity, in an effort to control the flow of 
people 
moving in and out.

American officials say they are not purposefully mimicking Israeli 
tactics, 
but they acknowledge that they have studied closely the Israeli 
experience 
in urban fighting. Ahead of the war, Israeli defense experts briefed 
American commanders on their experience in guerrilla and urban warfare. 
The 
Americans say there are no Israeli military advisers helping the 
Americans 
in Iraq.

Writing in the July issue of Army magazine, an American brigadier 
general 
said American officers had recently traveled to Israel to hear about 
lessons learned from recent fighting there.

"Experience continues to teach us many lessons, and we continue to 
evaluate 
and address those lessons, embedding and incorporating them 
appropriately 
into our concepts, doctrine and training," Brig. Gen. Michael A. Vane 
wrote. "For example, we recently traveled to Israel to glean lessons 
learned from their counterterrorist operations in urban areas." General 
Vane is deputy chief of staff for doctrine concepts and strategy, at 
the 
United States Army Training and Doctrine Command…

"You have to understand the Arab mind," Capt. Todd Brown, a company 
commander with the Fourth Infantry Division, said as he stood outside 
the 
gates of Abu Hishma. "The only thing they understand is force - force, 
pride and saving face…"

SEE ALSO:

COMBAT CASUALTY COUNT DOUBTED
Patrick Peterson, KNIGHT RIDDER, 12/6/03
http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/democrat/7427192.htm

GULFPORT, Miss. - An influential Mississippi congressman has raised the 
possibility that the Pentagon has undercounted combat casualties in 
Iraq 
after he learned that five members of the Mississippi National Guard 
who 
were injured Sept. 12 by a booby trap in Iraq were denied Purple Heart 
medals.

The guardsmen were wounded by an artillery shell that detonated as 
their 
convoy passed the tree in which it was hidden, but their injuries were 
classified as "noncombat," according to Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss. 
Taylor, a 
senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, learned of the 
classification when he visited the most seriously injured of the 
guardsmen, 
Spc. Carl Sampson, 35, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 
Washington.

"How could no one have caught this?" Taylor said.

On Nov. 20, shortly after visiting Sampson, Taylor brought the matter 
to 
the attention of Gen. Richard B. Myers, the chairman of the Joint 
Chiefs of 
Staff, and the Purple Hearts quickly were awarded.

But Taylor said the incident raised concerns that Iraq combat 
casualties 
had been understated. He said Myers told him he'd been made aware of 
similar oversights…

Defense Department statistics show that as of Thursday, some 2,150 
service 
members had been wounded in action in Iraq, while 354 were injured in 
nonhostile incidents. Of 441 service members who have died in Iraq, 304 
are 
listed as killed in hostile action; 137 deaths resulted from nonhostile 
action.

A Pentagon spokesman said the decision to award the Purple Heart was 
made 
at a unit level and that he couldn't explain how the misclassification 
occurred…

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NON-APPROVED AMMUNITION USED IN IRAQ

This 5.56mm round has all the stopping power you need - but you can't 
use 
it. John G. Roos, Army Times, 11/24/03
http://www.armytimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-2426405.php

Ben Thomas and three colleagues were driving north out of Baghdad in an 
SUV 
on a clear mid-September morning, headed down a dirt road into a rural 
village, when gunmen in several surrounding buildings opened fire on 
them.

In a brief but intense firefight, Thomas hit one of the attackers with 
a 
single shot from his M4 carbine at a distance he estimates was 100 to 
110 
yards.

He hit the man in the buttocks, a wound that typically is not fatal. 
But 
this round appeared to kill the assailant instantly.

"It entered his butt and completely destroyed everything in the lower 
left 
section of his stomach ... everything was torn apart," Thomas said.

Thomas, a security consultant with a private company contracted by the 
government, recorded the first known enemy kill using a new - and 
controversial - bullet.

The bullet is so controversial that if Thomas, a former SEAL, had been 
on 
active duty, he would have been court-martialed for using it. The 
ammunition is "nonstandard" and hasn't passed the military's approval 
process.

"The way I explain what happened to people who weren't there is … this 
stuff was like hitting somebody with a miniature explosive round," he 
said, 
even though the ammo does not have an explosive tip. "Nobody believed 
that 
this guy died from a butt shot."

The bullet Thomas fired was an armor-piercing, limited-penetration 
round 
manufactured by RBCD of San Antonio…

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US AIR RAID KILLS NINE CHILDREN IN SOUTH AFGHANISTAN
Kim Sengupta, The Independent, 12/8/03
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/asia/story.jsp?story=471134

The United Nations has demanded an immediate investigation into an 
attack 
by an American warplane, which killed nine children playing in the 
compound 
of a house in Southern Afghanistan.

The Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, who faces growing dissatisfaction 
over 
the return of the Taliban as well as the number of civilian casualties 
caused by the US, has expressed concern over the raid.

The American military claim that a former Taliban militant, Mullah 
Wazir, 
who had boasted of attacking aid workers, was killed in the attack on 
the 
town of Makur, near Ghazni. Afghan officials in Ghazni said Mr Wazir 
had 
not been at the building during the raid.

Haji Assadullah, the governor of Ghazni province and an ally of Mr 
Karzai's 
US-sponsored interim government, said: "It has not been ascertained if 
Mullah Wazir was killed or not, although the property did belong to 
him."

The UN expressed its "profound distress" at the attack. It warned that 
the 
deaths would aggravate tensions in Southern Afghanistan where there has 
been an increase in the number of attacks on US and Afghan government 
forces.

Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN special envoy for Afghanistan, called for a 
swift 
inquiry into the deaths and for the outcome to be made public. He said: 
"This incident adds to a sense of insecurity and fear."

A US military spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Bryan Hilferty, said the 
loss 
of innocent lives was "regretted" and that "the tragic incident" was 
being 
investigated. The military added that US a