CALIFORNIA MUSLIMS JOIN MANZANAR PILGRIMAGE
ANAHEIM: On Saturday, April 28, the Los Angeles Area and Sacramento Valley offices of the Council on American-Islamic Relations coordinated with the Manzanar Committee and the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) to bring members of the California Muslim community for a one-day pilgrimage to the Manzanar National Historic Site.
Visitors listened to speakers who narrated their families’ stories of internment at Manzanar during World War II, when the US government ordered more than 120,000 Japanese Americans to be detained at 11 military-style camps, without ever allowing them any due process of law. Not a single internee was ever charged or convicted.
“An entire community was unjustly detained during World War II, only because of their Japanese ancestry,” said CAIR-LA Area Executive Director Hussam Ayloush at the conclusion of the trip. “Americans must remember what can happen during a time of war and rampant propaganda. We should let history be our guide and not allow our government to repeat the same injustices, this time against American Muslims and Arabs, as we continue with the ‘War on Terror.’