CAIR Calls for Release of UK ‘Bomb Al-Jazeera’ Memo
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/27/2005) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on British authorities to release the full contents of a memo that allegedly revealed plans last year by President Bush to bomb the Arabic television station al-Jazeera in Qatar.
According to media reports, the memo contains detailed information about an April 2004 White House meeting during which British Prime Minister Tony Blair attempted to persuade President Bush not to bomb al-Jazeera.
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“This disturbing allegation damages our nation’s image and undermines America’s promotion of democracy and press freedom in the Middle East,” said CAIR Board Chairman Parvez Ahmed. “One of the best ways to put this issue to rest is to release the memo so that everyone can decide for themselves whether the allegation is credible or part of a conspiracy theory.”
Ahmed added that information relating to national security could be removed from the memo prior to publication.
Earlier this year, CAIR hosted a conference in Washington, D.C., called “Islamophobia and Anti-Americanism: Causes and Remedies,” that brought together scholars, researchers, religious leaders, and community activists to discuss issues related to the twin phenomena of growing anti-Muslim bigotry in the West and increasing anti-American sentiments in the Islamic world.
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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