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CAIR-MI to Call for Probe Into NW Airline’s Treatment of Hajjis

CAIR-MI TO CALL FOR PROBE INTO NW AIRLINE’S TREATMENT OF MUSLIM PILGRIMS

(SOUTHFIELD, MI, 1/14/07) – On January 16, the Michigan office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) will hold a press conference in Dearborn to call for an investigation into the treatment of 40 American Muslim pilgrims who were allegedly denied passage on a January 7th Northwest Airlines flight returning to Michigan.

The pilgrims, including two Imams (Islamic religious leaders), were reportedly denied boarding on Northwest Airlines Flight #51 from Germany to Detroit while returning from the recently-concluded annual Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca. Northwest officials did not provide an explanation for the denial of boarding. CAIR-MI has contacted both Northwest Airlines and the FAA about the incident.

WHAT: CAIR-MI Press Conference to Call for Probe into Treatment of Muslim Pilgrims
WHEN: Tuesday, January 16, 2007, 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: Islamic Center of America, 19500 Ford Road, Dearborn, MI
CONTACT: CAIR-Michigan Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, E-MAIL: dwalid@cair.com

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 32 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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