(SACRAMENTO, CA, 7/3/14) — This evening, the California relatives of Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir, who was abducted and killed near his home in Jerusalem on Wednesday, will receive condolences and hold a memorial service at SALAM Center in Sacramento.
Palestinians believe the teen was killed in revenge for the deaths of three kidnapped Israelis who were buried just hours before Abu Khdeir's abduction.
Representatives of the Sacramento Valley chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) and the interfaith community will join the Abu Khdeir family as they receive condolences and call for peace and justice in the Holy Land.
“Tragedy after tragedy, my message to the community has been clear: No children on either side should suffer in this conflict,” CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim Elkarra told the Sacramento Bee. “This Ramadan, we're encouraging everyone to increase their prayers for peace in the holy land.”
WHAT: Memorial Service for Slain Palestinian Teen
WHEN: July 3, 2014
7:30 p.m. – Family begins receiving condolences
8 p.m. – Memorial service begins
8:30 p.m. – Breaking of Ramadan fast (iftar meal) and prayer service
WHERE: SALAM Center, 4541 College Oak Dr, Sacramento, CA 95841
CONTACT: CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim Elkarra, 916.441.6269, email@example.com
Ramadan is the month on the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from break of dawn to sunset. The fast is performed to learn discipline, self-restraint and generosity, while obeying God's commandments. Fasting (along with the declaration of faith, daily prayers, charity, and pilgrimage to Mecca) is one of the “five pillars” of Islam.
CAIR-CA is a chapter of CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. 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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CONTACT: CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim Elkarra, 916.441.6269, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR-SV Communications Coordinator Communications Coordinator Maheen Ahmed, 916.605.6099, email@example.com