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Broadcast of First-Ever Documentary on Canadian Muslims

A unique project that represents the history and dynamics of the
Canadian Muslim community, the three-part educational series was created by
producer Michael Milo at the Division of Media and Technology of University
of Saskatchewan. It is hosted by internationally-renowned singer/songwriter
Dawud Wharnsby Ali and written by educator Saira Rahman.

The three-part series chronicles the history, religious life and
contributions of Muslims in Canada's multicultural fabric.

"At any given mosque throughout the country, you might find up to fifty
different ethnic and cultural groups. The Muslim community in Canada is a
microcosm of Canada's multicultural make-up and the videos try to celebrate
that diversity," said producer Michael Milo.

"A New Life in a New Land fills a critical gap in providing a
well-researched and elegantly presented snapshot of the presence and
contribution of Canadian Muslims," added CAIR-CAN Executive Director Riad



Help Get CAIR's PSA on Local TV Stations

CAIR is asking for the help of local Muslim
activists to promote the distribution and broadcast of the "I am an
American Muslim" television public service announcement (PSA).


CAIR's 30 and 60-second PSA, which is designed to challenged anti-Muslim
bias, features American Muslims of European, African-American, Hispanic,
and Native American heritage. Each person in the PSA states how they and
their families have served America and ends by saying, "I am an American
Muslim." (See the INCITEMENT WATCH below for an example of Islamophobic

The PSA was first distributed by satellite to television public service
directors in June. It will be rebroadcast to television stations nationwide
on Wednesday, July 14.


1. Please call each of your local television stations and ask to speak to
the person who handles public service announcements.

2. Explain to that person why it is important to help reduce anti-Muslim
bias in our society and how this PSA could assist in that goal.

3. Ask that the PSA be recorded from the following satellite feed:

DATE: Wednesday, July 14th
TIME: 2:00pm - 2:15pm ET (11:00am - 11:15am PT)
SATELLITE COORDINATES: C-BAND, AMC 9, Transponder 22, D/L 4140 H

4. Contact Rabiah Ahmed (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 202-488-8787, 202-439-1441)
if the public service director requires a hard copy of the PSA or if you
need more information about the campaign.

Incitement Watch: 'Islam is Rife with Cruelty'


Arsonist Torches Muslim Store in Washington

The Seattle office of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Seattle) today called on local and
national leaders to address the issue of growing Islamophobic prejudice
following an arson attack on a Muslim-owned business in Washington State.
CAIR-Seattle also called on the FBI to investigate the fire as a possible
hate crime.

According to media reports, white crosses and "F U Arab" were spray-painted
inside a Middle Eastern grocery store in Everett, Wash., that was heavily
damaged by an intentionally-set fire early Friday morning. (The owner of
the store is from Pakistan.) Firefighters found a gas can inside the store.
Investigators estimate the damage at $90,000.

SEE: "Everett Arson Might Have Been Hate Crime"

"If a bias motive is proven in this case, it will be yet another indication
that our nation's leaders need to more forcefully address the rising level
of anti-Muslim prejudice in America," said CAIR-Seattle Board Chair Samia

On Wednesday, CAIR's Houston office called on law enforcement authorities
to investigate a bomb attack on an area mosque as a possible bias crime.
Suspects have been apprehended in that case, but the motive has not yet
been established.

Earlier this year in Texas, a man was arrested for threatening an El Paso
Islamic center, an arson suspect was arrested at the scene of a fire at a
Muslim business in San Antonio and vandals scrawled racist graffiti on the
interior of a Lubbock mosque.

Incidents targeting Muslim individuals and Islamic institutions have
occurred recently across America. A Muslim woman driver in Illinois and a
Muslim shopper in California were assaulted at the end of June by attackers
shouting anti-Muslim and racist slurs.

In Florida, vandals wrote "Kill all Muslims" inside the Islamic Community
Center in the Tampa suburb of Lutz. The FBI is also investigating vandalism
and threatening messages targeting the Islamic Community of Southwest
Florida in Charlotte Harbor. In Missouri, vandals painted a Nazi swastika
and the word "die" on an addition under construction at the Islamic
Foundation of Greater St. Louis. Three Miami Islamic centers were vandalized.

In response to these incidents, CAIR published a "Muslim Community Safety
Kit." The safety kit may be obtained by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(Include name, address and phone number when requesting the safety kit.)

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 28 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Seattle, Samia El-Moslimany, 206-409-3407, E-MAIL:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Muslims Applaud Court's Condemnation of Israeli Wall

A prominent national Islamic civil rights and
advocacy group today applauded a ruling by the highest U.N. court that
Israel's wall in the occupied West Bank violates international law and
should be torn down.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) also criticized the Bush
administration for dismissing the International Court of Justice (ICJ)
ruling. (An administration spokesman said today that the issue of the wall
should be addressed through the Middle East peace process.)

In its ruling, the ICJ stated: "The court is of the view that the United
Nations, and especially the General Assembly and the Security Council,
should consider what further action is required to bring to an end the
illegal situation resulting from the construction of the wall."

The court dismissed Israeli arguments that the barrier was essential for
its security and said the wall infringed on Palestinian freedom. It also
ordered Israel to pay reparations to Palestinians directly impacted by the
wall and to return land seized for its construction.

Even the lone dissenting judge on the 15-member panel, American Thomas
Buergenthal, acknowledged that Israel's wall might violate international
law. (The other judges were from China, Madagascar, France, Sierra Leone,
Russia, Britain, Venezuela, the Netherlands, Brazil, Jordan, Egypt, Japan,
Germany, and Slovakia.)

In its statement, CAIR said:

"Today's ruling is a historic victory for international law and justice.
Unfortunately, we once again see our own government swimming against the
tide of world public and legal opinion to defend Israel's neo-Apartheid
policies. How long will America's international image and interests be held
hostage by a powerful domestic lobby for a foreign government? And when
will the Palestinian people deserve inclusion in America's drive for
freedom and justice worldwide?"

The Washington-based group's statement reflected similar comments in
response to the ruling from world leaders. European Union foreign policy
chief Javier Solana said today: "The wall not only results in confiscation
of Palestinian land and causes untold humanitarian and economic hardship,
but also could prejudge future negotiations and hinder a just political
solution to the conflict."

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 28 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

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CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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


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