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CAIR-Houston and Free Dr. Aafia Movement Condemn Hostage Taking at Texas Synagogue, Family Attorney says Brother of Aafia Siddiqui is Not the Perpetrator 

(Houston, TX, 1/15/2022) – Today, the Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston) condemned the hostage-taking incident at the Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas.  SEE: SWAT team involved in hostage situation at synagogue near Dallas-Fort Worth  https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/swat-team-involved-incident-synagogue-colleyville-texas-rcna12376 In a statement, CAIR-Houston Board Chair John Floyd, long-time legal counsel for the brother of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, said that his client is not the person responsible for the incident: “We strongly condemn the hostage-taking at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas. This antisemitic attack against a house of worship is unacceptable. We stand in solidarity with the Jewish community, and we pray

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DC: Coalition to Hold News Conference to Call for the Release of Pakistani National Dr. Aafia Siddiqui from Texas Prison

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/12/2021) – On Monday, November 15, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, along with the Elbially Law practice will hold a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to call for the release of Pakistani National Dr. Aafia Siddiqui who is currently imprisoned in Texas.  That news conference is part of the Free Dr. Aafia Washington D.C. Advocacy Day, which is designed to educate members of Congress and their staff about the case. SEE: Free Dr. Aafia Washington D.C. Advocacy Day  http://www.freedraafia.org/  US Protestors Demand Release and Reparations for Dr.

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Community Advisory: CAIR-Texas, MPower Change to Host Discussion with Linda Sarsour on Campaign to Free Aafia Siddiqui Today (Nov. 10) at 7:30 p.m. ET 

(WASHINGTON D.C., 11/10/2021) – Today at 7:30 p.m. ET, the Texas office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Texas) and MPower Change will host a Facebook live discussion on the campaign to free Dr. Aafia Siddiqui.  Joining the Discussion will be:  Linda Sarsour, Executive Director of MPower Change  Marwa Elbially, Dr. Aafia’s Attorney with the Elbially Law Practice  Faizan Syed, Executive Director of CAIR-TX Austin & DFW  WHAT: The Lady in Yellow: The Campaign to Free Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, a Facebook live discussion on the renewed campaign to free Dr. Aafia Siddiqui  WHEN: Wednesday, November 10th at 7:30 p.m. EST  WHERE: https://www.facebook.com/cairtx.dfw https://www.facebook.com/CAIRNational  LIVESTREAM:

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CAIR-DFW: Solidarity Rally Planned to Protest 48-days Solitary Confinement of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui After Attack

(DALLAS, TX, 9/17/2021) – Tomorrow, September 18, the Dallas Fort-Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) will hold a rally at the Federal Medical Center Carswell located in Fort-Worth in support of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, who was wrongly convicted of a crime she did not commit after years of being held in secret U.S. detention overseas.   Rally participants will condemn the prison for failing to protect Dr. Aafia Siddiqui and for locking her in solitary confinement for 48 days after she was the victim of an attack. The rally will be held in front of FMC Carswell together

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CAIR-DFW Calls on FMC to Ensure the Safety of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui After Brutal Inmate Attack and Release Her from Solitary Confinement 

(DALLAS, TX, 8/19/2021) – The Dallas-Fort-Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on the Federal Medical Center (FMC) in Carswell, a United States federal prison in Fort-Worth, to ensure the safety of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui after another inmate allegedly brutally attacked her and to release her from solitary confinement.   CAIR-DFW is also calling on the prison to ensure Dr. Siddiqui’s attorney can continue to regularly meet with her client.    Only July 30, 2021, Dr. Aafia Siddiqui was reportedly attacked in her cell by another

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Breaking: USCMO Condemns Shameful Attempts to Blame Colleyville Synagogue Attack on American Muslim Community

(WASHINGTON, DC – 1/21/2022) – The US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), the nation’s largest umbrella group for American Muslim organizations, today condemned anti-Muslim and anti-Palestinian groups that are attempting to blame the Colleyville synagogue attack on the Muslim community. Last Saturday, a British national took hostages at Beth Israel Congregation Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas. The hostage-taker reportedly exhibited signs of mental instability, made antisemitic remarks, and demanded the release of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, among other demands. National American Muslim leaders and organizations immediately condemned the attack and expressed solidarity with the Jewish community while local Muslim leaders went to the scene

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BREAKING: CAIR Condemns Hostage-Taking at Texas Synagogue, Working with Local Community Leaders to Learn More and Provide Assistance

(WASHINGTON D.C., 1/15/2022) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, condemned today’s hostage-taking incident at the Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, and said it is in contact with local community leaders to learn more about the attack and provide any assistance possible.  SEE: Colleyville synagogue held hostage during livestreamed service; police negotiating with man  https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/crime/article257360862.html In a statement, CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said:   “We strongly condemn the hostage-taking at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas. This latest antisemitic attack at a house of worship is an unacceptable act of evil. We stand

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CAIR OP-ED: What If Our Legal System Gave Muslims and People of Color the Same Breaks Kyle Rittenhouse Received?

If our justice system treated individuals like Imam Jamil al-Amin, Aafia Siddiqui, and Omar Ameen the way it treated Kyle Rittenhouse, the outcomes of their trials may have been radically different.  Now, let’s be clear: white defendants like Rittenhouse are often granted unfair breaks not sanctioned by the law. No one should receive those. But some of the breaks Rittenhouse received–such as protecting him from a 5th Amendment violation–were reasonable and everyone should receive them. If Black and Muslim defendants were similarly afforded all of the rights guaranteed by the Constitution, if they were tried on the basis of solid

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CAIR OP-ED: What If Our Legal System Gave Muslims and People of Color the Same Breaks Kyle Rittenhouse Received? 

NOTE: Media outlets are free to republish this commentary with attribution.  By: Ismail Allison, CAIR National  Last Friday, a jury in Kenosha, Wisconsin found Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty of all five charges brought against him for killing two men and wounding another during unrest sparked by the police shooting of Jacob Blake. It is safe to say that Kyle Rittenhouse received numerous breaks from the criminal justice system–breaks that defendants of color and Muslim often do not receive. The disparate treatment was evident early on. After shooting two men, Rittenhouse was able to fearlessly walk right up to dozens of

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CAIR-Houston to Join Rally Protesting Israel’s Killing of Palestinian Civilians, Ethnic Cleansing, and Apartheid

(HOUSTON, TX, 5/21/2021) – Tomorrow, Saturday, May 22 (from 12-3 p.m.), the Houston office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston) will join local Muslim and Palestinian-led organizations at Galleria/Post Oak and Westheimer Road in Houston to protest Israel’s killing of Palestinian civilians, ethnic cleansing, and apartheid.   SEE: Israel and Hamas claim victory as fragile ceasefire holds https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/5/21/jubilation-in-gaza-as-ceasefire-takes-effect-palestine-israel-live In a statement, CAIR-Houston President and Chairman of Board of Directors John Floyd said:   “A cease-fire is a bare minimum and not enough. We must press demands that America no longer ‘unconditionally supports’ the Israeli government’s use of occupation, violence, apartheid governance on the Palestinian people. We demand that our elected

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