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(WASHINGTON D.C., 8/19/05) – A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today called on JPMorgan Chase to investigate a credit card solicitation letter addressed to ‘Palestinian Bomber’ that was recently sent to a Corona, Calif.,
Muslim of Palestinian heritage.

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said the recipient of the letter, a 54-year old American citizen, has lived in this country for 51 years and served in the United States Army.

Chase’s form letter was signed by Chief Marketing Officer for Chase Card Services Carter Franke and had the phrase ‘Palestinian Bomber’ in both the address field and salutation.

In a letter sent today to Chase Card Services CEO Rich Srednicki, CAIR National Legal Director Arsalan Iftikhar wrote: “It is quite disheartening to see employees of a multi-national company like Chase, a business with many clients and business partners in the Arab and Muslim world, be this racially insensitive.”

Iftikhar called for an investigation, sensitivity training and a formal apology to the letter’s recipient. JPMorgan Chase has assets of approximately $1.1 trillion and operations in more than 50 countries. SEE:

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.

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

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CONTACT: CAIR Legal Director Arsalan Iftikhar, 202-415-0799 or 202-488-8787; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:


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