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CAIR-NY Attends U.N. Seminar on Islamophobia


(NEW YORK, NY, 12/8/04) – Representatives of the New York Office of the
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) and the Muslim Public
Affairs Council (MPAC) yesterday attended a United Nations seminar on


The seminar, “Confronting Islamophobia: Education for Tolerance and
Understanding,” was part of the U.N.’s “Unlearning Intolerance” series. It
brought together academics and activists from around the world to discuss
the growing phenomenon of anti-Muslim bias. CAIR-NY representatives brought
several points to the attention of the assembly, including the need to
better define who is an “Islamophobe.”

“This seminar was a productive first-step toward confronting the rising
tide of Islamophobia worldwide,” said Wissam Nasr, executive director of
CAIR-NY. “We need to reach out to those who harbor anti-Muslim prejudice
and help them realize that Islam is not their enemy, but is in fact a way
of life that emphasizes peace and freedom.”

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 29 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.

CONTACT: CAIR-NY, Wissam Nasr, 212-870-2002 or 917-751-1017


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