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NJ Muslims Christians to Show Interfaith Solidarity

(JERSEY CITY, NJ, 1/19/05) – On Wednesday, January 19, the New Jersey
office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ), along with
other local Christian and Muslim groups,* will hold a noon news conference
in Jersey City to issue a call for interfaith solidarity following the
brutal murder of an Egyptian Coptic Christian family.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 19, Noon
WHERE: Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson, 2 Exchange Place, Jersey
City, New Jersey (SEE: )
CONTACT: CAIR-NJ, 973-785-3050 or 908-209-7440

(* Groups scheduled or invited to take part in the news conference include:
CAIR-NJ, CAIR-New York, American Muslim Union, National Council of
Churches, United Methodist Church, North American Coptic Orthodox Church,
Islamic Circle of North America, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination
Committee-NJ, and the Egyptian American Group.)

The bodies of Hossam Armanious, 47, his wife, Amal Garas, 37, and their two
children, Monica, 8, and Sylvia, 15, were found in their home last Friday.
The victims died of multiple stab wounds. No suspect has been identified.

Investigators are focusing robbery as a possible motive because no money or
jewels were found in the home. Relatives say they suspect a religious
argument on the Internet may have prompted the killings. A funeral for the
family on Monday included disturbing displays of religious hostility.


On Monday, CAIR-NJ offered condolences to the loved ones of the family and
asked that the possible bias motive be thoroughly investigated.

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 30 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.

To read CAIR’s Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to:

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CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:;
Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:


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