In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CAIR OFFERS CONDOLENCES ON DEATH OF U.S. HOSTAGE IN IRAQ
Islamic advocacy group calls for immediate release of all hostages
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/10/06) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today offered its condolences to the family of Tom Fox, an American peace activist taken hostage in Iraq late last year.
Fox, 54, of Clearbrook, Va., was one of four Christian Peacemaker Teams workers kidnapped in Baghdad last November. His body was found near Baghdad on Thursday.
SEE: FBI: Body of U.S. Hostage Found in Iraq
In a statement, CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
“We offer the American Muslim community’s sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of Tom Fox, and call for the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages in Iraq. There can be no excuse or justification for harming a person whose only goal was to serve the cause of peace and justice for people of all faiths.”
In December of last year, CAIR held an interfaith news conference in Washington, D.C., to call for the release of the Christian Peacemakers Teams workers. At that news conference, CAIR Board Chairman Parvez Ahmed called the workers “longtime friends of the Muslim community.” He said, “Taking hostages and threatening to kill them brings no honor to Islam, Muslims or to the people of Iraq.”
CAIR also sent a delegation to Iraq to appeal for the release of American journalist Jill Carroll who was abducted January 7th while on assignment for the Christian Science Monitor newspaper.
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 32 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.
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