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California Professor Suggests Genocide Against Muslims

 

(ANAHEIM, CA, 10/21/2004) - The Southern California office of the Council
on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today called the results of an
investigation into anti-Muslim remarks by a college professor who suggested
genocide against Muslims a "whitewash."

Imperial Valley College (IVC) in Imperial, Calif., failed to reprimand a
business management professor who suggested that "the only way to end
Islamic terrorism is to eliminate the Islamic religion."

Despite the offensive nature of the remarks, the college’s report
recommends little more than the professor "take more care in the future in
linking current events to course material."

Earlier this month, a student in the professor's class initially reported
to CAIR-LA that the professor said, "The only way to end the war on
terrorism is to kill all Muslims." When confronted by the student in class,
the professor allegedly disagreed with the student's statement that most
Muslims are good people and instead said the majority of Muslims are
terrorists.

The student, an attorney of the Hindu faith, says that after he challenged
the professor's bigoted statements, he was told to leave the class for
being "disrespectful."

CAIR requested in an October 8 letter to the college's president that an
investigation of the incident be launched and that appropriate actions be
taken.

Though IVC promised to organize sensitivity training, reinstated the
student in the class and the professor apologized for his "out of context"
remarks, CAIR-LA says the college did not adequately address the
seriousness of the incident. IVC’s report even seemed to equate the
student’s challenge to the offensive remarks with the comments themselves.

"We thank this courageous student for standing up for Islam and Muslims,"
said CAIR-LA Communications Director Sabiha Khan. "Unfortunately, Imperial
Valley College's decision to whitewash this incident sends the message that
suggesting genocide is acceptable on an American college campus."

Khan called on the college to publicly repudiate the professor's remarks
and, at a minimum, issue a formal reprimand.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 29 offices nationwide and in Canada.

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CONTACT: CAIR-LA: Sabiha Khan, 714-776-1847 or 714-390-0334

 

Get Out the Muslim Vote' Centers to Open in Ohio

 

(COLUMBUS, OH, 10/20/2004) – The Ohio office of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio) today announced the opening of "Get
Out the Muslim Vote" election centers in Columbus, Cleveland and
Cincinnati. The centers will use phone banks staffed by volunteers to urge
eligible Muslim voters to go to the polls on November 2.

CAIR's election center in Columbus will also provide information about
voter registration, polling station locations and absentee ballots. Prior
to the election, CAIR-Ohio plans to issue a voter guide detailing the
candidates' stances on issues of importance to the Muslims.

"Ohio is a crucial battleground state in this election and every additional
Muslim voter at the polls helps strengthen the Islamic community’s voice in
the political process," said CAIR-Ohio Executive Director Jad Humeidan. He
said top Muslims concerns in this election include stemming the post-9/11
erosion of civil liberties and promoting a productive American foreign
policy toward the Islamic world.

CAIR-Ohio will be calling Muslim voters from its regional offices on the
following dates:

Columbus (4700 Reed Road, Suite B)
Saturday, October 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.
Sunday, October 24, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.
Saturday, October 30, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.
Sunday, October 31, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.

Cleveland (2999 Payne Ave., Suite 201)
Saturday, October 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.
Sunday, October 31, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.

Cincinnati (2938 Vernon Place)
Tuesday, October 26 thru Friday, October 29, 5-6 p.m.
Saturday, October 30, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, October 31, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

(Anyone wishing to volunteer for a shift on a CAIR-Ohio phone bank may call
614-451-3232 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..}

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 29 regional offices and chapters nationwide and
in Canada.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Ohio Executive Director Jad Humeidan, 614-451-3232 or 614-571-2770, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;
CAIR-Ohio President, Ahmad Al-Akhras, 614-989-5916, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;
CAIR National Communications Director 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.

 

Muslim Community Applauds Ryerson Arrest

 

(Ottawa, Canada - 20/10/2004) - The Canadian Council on American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR-CAN) today expressed its relief that a suspect has been
arrested and charged with mischief and two counts of threatening death in
connection with death threats and hate literature found at Ryerson
University. The suspect also faces hate-crimes charges.

Kevin Haas, 21, was arrested on Monday, October 18, as he was reportedly
posting hate literature outside the Arab Student Association office (ASA).
On October 14, the ASA and the Muslim Student Associations (MSA) received a
note under their door that read, "Those who follow the Islam faith need to
be killed in the worst possible way imaginable."

For more details, see:
http://www.theeyeopener.com/storydetail.cfm?storyid=1366
http://www.caircan.ca/mw_more.php?id=1191_0_7_0_M
http://www.caircan.ca/mw_more.php?id=1192_0_7_0_M

Earlier this summer, CAIR-CAN called on the administration of Ryerson
University and the Toronto police to investigate the hate incidents that
targeted Canadian Muslims at the university. (See:
http://www.caircan.ca/itn_more.php?id=A1101_0_2_0_M)

In June, the multi-faith room at Ryerson University was sprayed with the
words "Die Muslim Die" and Stars of David.

In August, a notice was found signed by a group called "Full Blooded
Israeli Brigades" claiming responsibility the hate graffiti. The message
stated in part: "...We assure the Muslim students at Ryerson University
that we will continue to send messages and that this incident is only the
first of many. We want to let them know that no Muslim student will be safe
and that security isn't going to stop us."

Also in August, flyers were found on bulletin boards at four locations on
campus. One of the flyers reportedly said: "The Islamic infidels have no
belonging in Toronto and in the world at all...we ask that whenever you
spot a Muslim...that you beat them and cause harm to them. Kill these
Islamic infidels."

In a statement issued today, CAIR-CAN wrote:

"Canadian Muslims commend the vigilance of Ryerson's security officers in
apprehending the suspected subject connected with the recent string of hate
threats and literature.

"We hope the arrest at Ryerson University is the beginning of closure to
this disturbing episode. Despite the recent arrest, it is welcome to see
that Toronto Police will continue with their investigation and have not
ruled out the possibility that other individuals may have been involved.

"The criminal charges against Mr. Haas are not, however, sufficient. We are
calling on Ontario's Attorney General Michael Bryant to prosecute this case
as a hate crime."

CONTACT: Abdurahman Salman at 613-254-9704; E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

National Muslim PAC to Announce Presidential Endorsement

 

WHAT: On Thursday, October 21, the American Muslim Task Force Political
Action Committee (AMT-PAC) will hold a news conference in Washington, D.C.,
to announce its decision about endorsement of a presidential candidate.

AMT-PAC is an affiliated political action committee of the American Muslim
Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT). AMT is an umbrella
organization representing American Muslim Alliance (AMA), Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA),
Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Muslim Alliance of North America
(MANA), Muslim American Society (MAS), Muslim Ummah of North America
(MUNA), Muslim Student Association (MSA), Project Islamic Hope (PIH), and
United Muslims of America (UMA). SEE: http://www.americanmuslimvoter.net/

Muslims are a potential swing-voting bloc in key battleground states such
as Ohio and Florida.

WHEN: Thursday, October 21, 10 a.m. (Eastern)

WHERE: National Press Club, Zenger Room, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington
D.C.

CONTACT: Dr. Agha Saeed, 510-299-9313

 

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