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Anti-Muslim incidents up three-fold in past year

Anti-Muslim incidents up three-fold in past year A report released today by a prominent Islamic advocacy group indicates that reports of anti-Muslim incidents in the United States increased three-fold over the previous year. (Up from 366 validated reports in 2001 to 1125 this year.) The only national study of its kind also shows that almost 60,000 American Muslims have been negatively impacted by U.S. government policies since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The

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Report on American Muslim civil rights to be released

Report on American Muslim civil rights to be released On Tuesday, April 30, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Washington-based Islamic advocacy group, will hold a news conference in the nation’s capital to release its seventh annual report onthe status of Muslim civil rights in the United States, titled “Stereotypes and Civil Liberties.” The report, the only national study of its kind, details incidents and experiences of anti-Muslim violence, stereotyping, discrimination, and harassment during

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Payment, apology for store incident

Payment, apology for store incident Two Muslim women detained after being accused of stealing merchandise have received an apology and a payment from a clothing store in a Meriden mall. May Department Stores Co., the parent of the Lord & Taylor outlet in the Westfield Shoppingtown mall, agreed to apologize and offer a cash settlement. “Settlements of $3,700 were reached with two customers who claimed they were falsely arrested and accused of shoplifting,” May Co.

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Department store chain settles Muslim discrimination complaint

Department store chain settles Muslim discrimination complaint A national department store chain has settled a discrimination complaint by two Muslim shoppers in Connecticut who say they were falsely accused of shoplifting because of their Islamic attire. May Department Stores Company, the parent company of the Meriden, Conn., Lord & Taylor store in which the incident took place, reached the settlement with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Washington-based Islamic advocacy group. That settlement includes

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Israel rally seeks to “spin” brutal occupation say Muslims

Israel rally seeks to “spin” brutal occupation say Muslims A Washington-based Islamic advocacy group said today this afternoon’s rally in support of Israel on Capitol Hill is a desperate attempt to put positive spin on that state’s brutal occupation of another people and to distract attention from recent atrocities committed by Israeli forces in the Occupied Territories. A statement by Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), read in part: (Awad

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U.S. Muslims say “War Crimes” committed in Jenin

U.S. Muslims say “War Crimes” committed in Jenin The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today condemned what it called “war crimes” by Israeli occupation forces in the Palestinian refugee camp in Jenin. According to media reports, the Israelis are preparing to raze the camp using bulldozers. The Washington-based Islamic advocacy group asked that President Bush stop the destruction of Jenin in order to prevent civilian deaths and to keep evidence of atrocities from being destroyed.

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