The Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR) today called on Malcolm Hoenlein, director of the Conference of
Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, to step down from his
post following revelations that he made anti-Muslim comments to an Israeli
In an interview with Israel’s Maariv newspaper, Hoenlein seemed to indicate
that he viewed the growth of the Muslim community in America as a threat.
Hoenlein said: "Europe is the current Moslem battlefield, but America is
their ultimate goal. There are already 10 Moslem schools in New York, and
my feeling is that despite growing post-9/11 awareness, there is still a
degree of naiveté among Americans. I warned against the growing US Moslem
community 10 years ago, but nobody understood it then. It is estimated that
there are currently around 10 million Moslems in the US illegally and the
authorities are finding it very difficult to find them. It's like a game of
cat and mouse."
"These bigoted and inflammatory remarks, which label all American Muslims
as a threat to our nation, are unworthy of a person who represents a
community that has itself been persecuted because of such hate-filled
stereotypes," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Mr. Hoenlein must
either disavow the quoted statements, or he should immediately step down
from his leadership post."
Awad said failure to remove Hoenlein from his position would indicate that
Islamophobic propaganda is accepted by the organizations he represents.
"Interfaith leaders and elected officials must repudiate Mr. Hoenlein’s
remark for giving aid and comfort to hate-mongers. Religious freedom and
ethnic diversity helped make America what it is today. Voices of division
must be condemned by all people of goodwill." said Awad.
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:
The Southern California office of the Council
on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) and the local Muslim community will
hold a news conference today to welcome back the American Muslim citizen
who was recently released from Egypt.
WHEN: Press Conference today, July 25, 2004 at 3:00 p.m. (Pacific)
WHERE: Outside of baggage claim, Bradley International Terminal, LAX
Airport FLIGHT INFO: British Airways Flight 283 (Scheduled to arrive at
2:55 p.m. Call British Airways for up-to-date information.)
CONTACT: CAIR-LA, Sabiha Khan, 714-776-1847, 714-390-0334
SEE: AMERICAN DETAILS EGYPT DETENTION
CAIR-LA announced the release of Abdul Ghafoor Mahboob on Thursday,
July 22. He had been held illegally be Egyptian officials since Friday,
CAIR-LA called on the U.S. and Egyptian governments to release information
about Mahboob's detention. CAIR officials were in contact with the U.S.
Department of State, the American embassy in Cairo and the Egyptian embassy
in Washington, D.C.
According to Mahboob, he was detained at Cairo airport by Egyptian security
personnel. He had been in Egypt studying Arabic and was on his way home
CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 28 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.
CONTACTS: CAIR-LA, Sabiha Khan, 714-776-1847 or 714-390-0334, E-MAIL:
California Man Claims Abuse in Egyptian Jail
An Anaheim family is asking the public for
any information they may have about the disappearance of a University of
California, Los Angeles (UCLA) student who has been missing since Friday,
July 23, 2004.
[Contacts: Shakeel Syed (family friend) 310-384-7791; Sulayman Arain
(brother) 714-473-6855; Mrs. Arain (mother) 714-322-8574; Note: The family
(mother, brother, and sister) is available for interviews.]
Ahmad Arain, 20 years old, was last known to be boarding an MTA bus from
Anaheim, California at the Disneyland bus stop on Friday at 8:30 a.m. He
was on his way to an appointment with an academic counselor at UCLA who
confirmed that Ahmad never showed up. He was last in touch with his mother
by cell phone around 10 a.m. that morning. He was scheduled to return home
at 5:30 p.m. the same day.
The FBI has placed him on the national network of Missing Persons. An
official case has been filed with the UCLA Police Department (Case No:
01-04-001993) and the incident and case number has been reported to the
Anaheim Police Department.
Volunteers have called area hospitals in Los Angeles and Orange County -
with no luck. They have also placed flyers near the MTA Main station in
downtown LA. Special prayers have also been held at some area mosques for
Contacts: Shakeel Syed (family friend) 310-384-7791; Sulayman Arain
(brother) 714-473-6855; Mrs. Arain (mother) 714-322-8574
Representatives of CAIR's Maryland-Virginia office (CAIR-Mid-Atlantic) this
week met with leadership of the Maryland and Virginia/D.C. FBI offices. The
purpose of the meetings was to discuss issues facing the Muslim communities
living in Maryland, Virginia, and the Washington metro area. Among the main
concerns were current civil rights issues and the importance of sensitivity
training for FBI agents and officials.
The meeting also focused on how CAIR Mid-Atlantic could offer religious and
cultural sensitivity training to all members of the FBI and other law
enforcement agencies in the Mid-Atlantic region.