On Wednesday, September 22, the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will hold a noon news conference in
Washington, D.C., in reaction to today’s exclusion from the United States
of Yusuf Islam, an internationally-known Muslim activist and educator.
WHAT: CAIR Reacts to Exclusion of Yusuf Islam from U.S.
WHEN: Noon, Wednesday, September 22, 2004
WHERE: CAIR’s Capitol Hill Headquarters, 453 New Jersey Avenue S.E.,
CONTACT: CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787,
Islam, the former pop singer Cat Stevens, was removed from a plane bound
for Washington from London Tuesday when his name showed up on a U.S. watch
list. The plane was diverted to Maine’s Bangor International Airport. A
department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokesman said Islam was denied
admission to the United States “on national security grounds.” Islam, who
recently spoke out against the massacre of more than 300 people in a
Russian school, will be returned to England on Wednesday.
SEE: “The Former Cat Stevens Gets Plane Diverted”
“When internationally-respected Islamic personalities like Yusuf Islam and
Professor Tariq Ramadan are denied entry to the United States, it sends the
disturbing message that even moderate and mainstream Muslims will now be
treated like terrorists,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad.
DHS officials recently revoked the visa of Tariq Ramadan, an Islamic
scholar who was due to begin teaching at the University of Notre Dame.
SEE: “Muslim Scholar Barred from US Preaches Tolerance”
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 29 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.
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