WHAT: On Friday, October 29, the Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR) will hold a news conference in Washington, D.C., at which American
Imams will call for the release of all hostages currently being held in
Iraq. The Muslim religious leaders will also refute the claims of
hostage-takers who say they are acting in the name of Islam.
WHEN: Friday, October 29, 10 a.m.
WHERE: CAIR’s Capitol Hill Headquarters, 453 New Jersey Avenue S.E.,
CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org
More than 150 foreigners have been kidnapped this year in Iraq and about
one-third of them have been killed. The most recent kidnap victims have
included a Japanese traveler, a Polish woman who has lived in Iraq for
decades, drivers from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, and Margaret Hassan, the
director of a foreign relief organization working in Iraq.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, recently launched an
online petition drive designed to disassociate Islam from the violent acts
of a few Muslims.
SEE: CAIR “NOT IN THE NAME OF ISLAM” PETITION