Join us in our nation's capital for CAIR’s 10th Anniversary banquet dinner, "Building a Better America: A Decade of Dedication." Keynote speakers include Ralph Nader, Presidential Candidate and Siraj Wahaj of MANA.
WHEN: Saturday, October 2, from 6-10 p.m.
WHERE: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road, NW
Washington DC, tel: 202-328-2000 fax: 202-234-0015
Tickets: $55 per person, $85 per couple
Limited babysitting available during the banquet: $10 per child
TO REGISTER, GO TO: http://www.cair-net.org/convention2004
A new Council for the National Interest/Zogby poll commissioned after the publication of reports that AIPAC was being investigated for espionage shows that Americans of all backgrounds and ages strongly believe it acts as a foreign agent for the Israeli government and should be registered as a foreign agent and lose its tax exempt status.
The poll found 61% "strongly or somewhat agree" that AIPAC should be asked to register as a foreign agent and lose its tax exempt status, while only 12% strongly or somewhat disagree that it should. 27% were unsure on the issue.
A majority of people within almost every subgroup agrees. This includes 77% of 18-29-year-olds, 72% of Hispanics, and approximately two-thirds of independent voters, 50-64-year-olds, residents of the West region, Catholics, single adults, parents of children under 17, and men.
15% of Jewish Americans "strongly agreed" and 15% "strongly disagreed" with the statement that AIPAC should register as an agent of a foreign government and thereby lose its tax exempt status. However, 60% were unsure. Three times as many "Born Again Christians" agreed with the results than disagreed, with almost one-third unsure. These are the traditional pro-Israel bases of the Republican Party.
On August 30, it was reported that the FBI interviewed members of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in connection with the passing of classified material to the government of Israel by a Pentagon analyst working in the office of the Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith. Congressman John Conyers (D-Michigan) subsequently called for opening hearings into the leak to investigate whether the Larry Franklin, the Pentagon analyst, was "acting at the behest of his superiors" and whether a "rogue element in the American government may have been working with a foreign government."
Said Eugene Bird, president of CNI, "The poll shows serious doubts that Americans have about the activities of AIPAC. They strongly endorse the position that we have long held, that AIPAC should register as an agent of a foreign government and lose its tax exempt status. For years, Congress has been duped by their illegal activities."
The Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS) called on the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to reverse its recent decision to
revoke the visa of Tariq Ramadan, an Islamic scholar who was due to begin
teaching at the University of Notre Dame this semester.
In a letter to DHS Secretary Tom Ridge, AMSS said that the DHS decision to
revoke a visa previously granted to Ramadan, a well-known Islamic scholar
who is often described as a "moderate" and a "reformer," sends the wrong
message to the Islamic world about America's willingness to listen to what
Muslims have to say, and plays into the hands of extremists.
Ramadan, a citizen of Switzerland, was granted a visa in February following
a lengthy security check. It was revoked July 28, after his family's
belongings had already been sent to the United States. No reason was given
for the revocation. A statement issued by Notre Dame said: "Professor
Ramadan is a distinguished scholar and a voice for moderation in the Muslim
world…We know of no reason his entry should be prevented."
In its letter to Secretary Ridge, AMSS said: “Amidst the growth in
extremism, [Professor Ramadan] stands out as a beacon of reason, calling
Muslims to a peaceful and dignified Islam and as citizens of Western
democracies… Revoking the visa sends the wrong message to the Muslim
world…and will confirm only the arguments of the extremists who argue that
the 'war on terrorism’ is a war on Islam.”
The Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS) is an international
organization of social scientists. It aims to serve the interests of the
larger Muslim community by bringing together Muslim and non-Muslim scholars
in an academic setting to examine and define Islamic perspectives on issues
of global concern that contribute to the prosperity of Muslims around the
globe and the betterment of humanity.
CONTACT: Dr. Rafik Beekun, AMSS President, Professor of Management and
A prominent national Islamic civil rights and
advocacy group today said a Muslim prayer area on the American University
campus in Washington, D.C., was vandalized on the anniversary of the 9/11
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said
Muslim students who went to pray on Saturday at the university's Kay
Spiritual Life Center found a picture of the Great Mosque in Mecca smashed
and a copy of the Quran, Islam's revealed text, damaged. A donation box in
the prayer area was not disturbed. Campus police are investigating the
CAIR called on American University officials and the FBI to investigate the
vandalism as a possible hate crime.
Muslim students had taken part in a 9/11 remembrance ceremony in the
spiritual center on September 10. Student representatives say some 50
people attend Islamic prayers on campus each Friday.
"Since the 9/11 attacks, we have witnessed a disturbing rise in anti-Muslim
rhetoric in our society," said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
"We believe rhetorical attacks on the faith of Islam and on American
Muslims create an atmosphere that breeds these types of incidents."
Hooper also expressed concern about a series of similar incidents of
vandalism reported recently by Muslims nationwide. At the end of August, a
Muslim in Tucson, Ariz., reported that his family's car and a racist note
was taped to the vehicle.
A New York Muslim reported finding his car window smashed with a brick. In
Virginia, a Muslim reported two separate incidents of vandalism to a car.
And in New Jersey, a Muslim found his car's windshield smashed in his
Also in New Jersey, a Muslim driver reported being attacked by a white male
in another car who punched him in the face while he was sitting in his car
at a traffic light. During the incident, the attacker reportedly called the
victim a "terrorist" and a "sand n*gger."
CAIR recently called on the FBI to investigate an intentionally-set fire at
a Muslim store in McAllen, Texas, as a possible hate crime and sought
felony charges in a bias attack on a New York Muslim taxi driver.
In July, two Muslim teenagers in Buffalo, N.Y., say they were targeted by
white teenagers who shouted ethnic slurs and then tried to hit the girls
with their car. 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.
Earlier this year 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 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. A home-made bomb exploded in the mailbox of a Houston,
Texas, Islamic center.
As a response to these and other anti-Muslim incidents, CAIR published a
"Muslim Community Safety Kit." The safety kit may be obtained free of
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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