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Racist Group Linked to PBS ‘Moderate Muslims’ Documentary

CAIR calls on producers to repudiate group’s ‘hate-filled agenda’

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/28/07) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on the producers of a PBS-sponsored documentary on “moderate Muslims” to repudiate their alleged ties to a racist group that seeks to impose prison terms for “adherence to Islam” and that questions whether women and African-Americans should be allowed to vote.

David Yerushalmi, the president and founder of the Society of Americans for National Existence (SANE), recently published an online article in which he claims to be the attorney for Frank Gaffney, Alex Alexiev and Martyn Burke, the producers of the controversial PBS documentary “Islam vs. Islamists: Voices from the Muslim Center.”

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The taxpayer-supported documentary linked to the founder of SANE has been criticized as agenda-driven and biased. An article in the Arizona Republic newspaper quoted the executive producer for the PBS series that funded the documentary as saying the film had “serious structural problems (and). . .was irresponsible because the writing was alarmist, and it wasn’t fair.” (4/10/07)

In February of this year, SANE offered a policy proposal that states in part:

“Whereas, adherence to Islam as a Muslim is prima facie evidence of an act in support of the overthrow of the US. [sic] Government through the abrogation, destruction, or violation of the US Constitution and the imposition of Shari’a on the American People. . .It shall be a felony punishable by 20 years in prison to knowingly act in furtherance of, or to support the, adherence to Islam.”

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Other articles on the SANE website make racist statements such as:
“There is a reason the founding fathers did not give women or black slaves the right to vote.”

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Another SANE article states: “Is there something unique about the Black American (or, at least the Black New Yorker) that leads him to murder so disproportionately and to most often kill and victimize his own? Do we see patterns of Black culture that arise out of Africa and the wanton murder of blacks by blacks there? Why have the colonized blacks of the African continent, after having acquired their freedom and independence, so willingly slaughtered their own and live in despicable disease and squalor despite a land of enormous riches while Indians of the Indian sub-continent have successfully moved from British rule to democracy and relative civility even in a country that still maintains social inequalities as a fact of their culture?”

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“The producers of ‘Islam vs. Islamists’ should cut all ties to this racist group and repudiate its hate-filled agenda,” said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “American taxpayers should not be forced to fund, even unknowingly, those who promote religious and racial intolerance.”

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 33 offices, chapters and affiliates 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.

CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:; CAIR Communications Coordinator Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, E-Mail:


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