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CAIR-MA Denounces Denial of Entry to Palestinian Harvard Student, Offers Know Your Rights While Traveling Information to Muslim Passengers

(BOSTON, MA, 08/28/19) The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MA), the largest Muslim advocacy and civil rights organization in the United States, today denounced the denial of entry at Boston’s Logan Airport to Ismail B. Ajjawi, an incoming freshman at Harvard University.  As a result of that incident, CAIR-MA reminds local Muslim travelers to use CAIR’s “Know Your Rights as an Airline Passenger” informational guide to protect their civil rights. 

Mr. Ajjawi, an admitted student at Harvard, was denied entry to the US following a multi-hour interrogation on Friday evening.  By his account, he faced questions not about anything he himself had written or said, but about social media comments others had made on his non-political posts which he had neither supported nor commented upon.

SEE: Incoming Harvard Freshman Deported After Visa Revoked

“We’re deeply disturbed by yet another instance of a Muslim denied entry to the US and facing discriminatory treatment,” said John Robbins, Executive Director of CAIR-MA.  “Apparently Harvard students also now need to be smart enough to avoid Logan Airport.”

Additionally, CAIR-MA is recommending that all Muslim airline passengers consult CAIR’s online Know Your Rights as an Airline Passenger guide, which details how to respond to and report discriminatory treatment at the airport.

SEE: Your Rights as an Airline Passenger

Robbins noted that CAIR-MA had recently filed a complaint against the TSA for the sexual abuse of a Muslim passenger at Logan Airport.

SEE: CAIR-MA Files Complaint Against TSA for Sexual Abuse of Muslim Woman at Boston’s Logan Airport

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: John Robbins, Executive Director, CAIR-MA, 617-862-9159,


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