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CAIR Calls for Release of All Iraq Hostages


(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/30/05) – A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today called for the immediate release of five people, including one American, taken hostage recently in Iraq. Four of the hostages are Christian aid workers and the fifth is a German archaeologist.

In its statement, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said:

“We call for the immediate and unconditional release of every hostage currently held in Iraq and urge all parties to refrain from actions that may harm or endanger civilians, whether Western or Iraqi.”

This year, CAIR launched a public service announcement (PSA) campaign, called “Not in the Name of Islam,” designed to clearly disassociate Islam from the violent acts of a few Muslims. The PSAs were distributed nationwide and viewed by millions of Americans. Arabic and Urdu subtitled versions were also made available to television stations in Muslim countries. The CAIR PSA campaign was an outgrowth of an online petition drive of the same name.

CAIR also coordinated the recent release of a fatwa, or Islamic religious ruling, condemning terrorism and religious extremism issued by American Muslim scholars and endorsed by hundreds of Islamic groups and institutions.

To read the fatwa, go to:

To read the “Not in the Name of Islam” petition, go to:

To view the CAIR PSA, go to:

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

To read CAIR’s Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to:

CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:


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