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VA Lecture on Muslim Identity in the West

WHAT: Tariq Ramada of Freibourg University, Switzerland, will be speaking on "In Search of a Muslim Identity in the West." The event is sponsored by the George Mason University’s Islamic studies program.

WHEN: October 9, 2003 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Harris Theater,
Fairfax, Va.

CONTACT: 703-993-1261


House of Representatives Condemns Bigotry Against Arabs, Muslims

The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a resolution condemning violence and bigotry against Americans of Muslim, Arab or South Asian background.

By a voice vote, the measure also acknowledged "the many contributions of Arab Americans, Muslim Americans, South Asian Americans, and Sikh Americans to the nation," and called upon US law enforcement agencies "to work vigorously to prevent discriminatory backlash crimes" against members of those groups.

A similar resolution was adopted by the US Senate in May.

The House legislation, introduced earlier this year by California Representative Darrell Issa, came in response to a surge of attacks across the United States committed against people perceived to be Muslim, Arab or South Asian following the September 11, 2001 terror attacks...

ACTION REQUESTED: CAIR urges Muslims and all people of conscience to contact their representatives and thank them for supporting H.Res. 234. You may visit to email your representative.


CAIR Condemns Israeli Attack on Syria

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful


(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/5/03) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group, today condemned Israel's attack Sunday on Syria and urged President Bush to join the international community in demanding an end to such strikes.

In its statement, the group said:

"Israel's attack was a clear violation of international law and of Syria's national sovereignty.

"Just as we condemned yesterday's suicide bombing in Haifa, we also condemn Israel's aggression against Syria. This reckless action demonstrates Israel's complete disregard for the norms of international conduct. It can only serve to perpetuate the tragic cycle of violence that has engulfed the Middle East for so many years.

"We urge President Bush to dissuade Israel from carrying out such counterproductive attacks in the future. He should also end his administration's one-sided support for Israel's brutal actions against the Palestinian people. It is this imbalance in foreign policy that continues to harm America's image and interests worldwide.

"Our government must become a real advocate for a comprehensive political solution that takes into account the rights of all parties to the conflict."

CAIR, American's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 16 regional offices nationwide and in Canada.

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