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Anti-Muslim Incidents Jump 70 Percent in 2003

A report released today by a prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group indicates that anti-Muslim incidents in the United States increased by almost 70 percent in 2003. The Council on American-Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) report – the only annual study of its kind – outlines 1019 incidents and experiences of anti-Muslim violence, discrimination and harassment in 2003, the highest number of Muslim civil rights cases ever recorded by the Washington-based group. According to the

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GA Muslim police officer files discrimination suit

GA Muslim police officer files discrimination suit The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today announced that a Muslim police officer has filed a discrimination lawsuit against the city of Decatur, Ga., over allegations of racial and religious harassment. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division, claims the Muslim officer faced harassment “almost immediately from his start of work.” (The plaintiff is of Mauritian heritage, but was apparently

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FBI probes threat against Texas Muslims

FBI probes threat against Texas Muslims The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today said the FBI is investigating the latest in a series of incidents targeting the Muslim community in Texas. CAIR said the Islamic Center of El Paso in El Paso, Texas, (www.icoep.com) received an e-mailed threat of violence on Sunday, April 18. The e-mail, from a person called “freedom lover,” said that if hostages in Iraq were not freed within three days, “your

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Muslims will see Bush ‘Green Light’ for Assassination

Muslims will see Bush ‘Green Light’ for Assassination A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group said today’s assassination of Palestinian political leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi will create the impression throughout the Muslim world that President Bush gave a “green light” for the killing. Rantisi died following an Israeli missile strike on his car Saturday, just days after President Bush met with Ariel Sharon in the White House. At that meeting, President Bush overturned

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Muslims Launch ‘Hate Hurts America’ Radio Campaign

Muslims Launch ‘Hate Hurts America’ Radio Campaign A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today announced a new campaign designed to counter anti-Muslim hate on radio talk shows. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said the campaign, called “Hate Hurts America,” is based on the premise that the increasing attacks on Islam by conservative talk show hosts nationwide is not only offensive to Muslims and other people of conscience, but also harms the

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Muslim Chaplain cleared of all charges

Muslim Chaplain cleared of all charges The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) tonight welcomed a decision by the U.S. military to dismiss the convictions against a Muslim Army chaplain who was initially suspected of espionage at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba. The decision by Army Gen. James Hill clears the record of Capt. James Yee, who was found guilty in March of noncriminal charges of committing adultery and storing pornography on a government

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