Pro-Israel lobby seeks to block Muslim from NY commission
Sources tell CAIR that representatives of the pro-Israel lobby are pressuring officials to withdraw the appointment of Omar T. Mohammedi to the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Mohammedi's appointment was announced yesterday by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Mohammedi, a prominent employment discrimination attorney, serves as chair of the 9/11 Coalition for Constitutional and Human Rights and president of the New York Area Muslim Bar Association. He also serves as general counsel for CAIR's New York chapter.
"As in the past, those who oppose Muslim political participation are using falsehoods and distortions to smear Islamic leaders in an attempt to silence our voice in this country. We call on the American Muslim community to send positive messages of support for Mr. Mohammedi's appointment to New York's mayor and Commission on Human Rights," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad.
ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE.)
Contact Mayor Bloomberg and the Commission on Human Rights to offer your support for the appointment of Omar Mohammedi.
SAMPLE LETTER: (Please put in your own words.)
I would like to applaud the appointment of Omar Mohammedi to the New York City Commission on Human Rights. For many years, Mr. Mohammedi has been a tireless champion for the many diverse communities in New York City. His sensitivity to the issues of minorities and immigrants will make him an outstanding advocate for the civil rights of all New Yorkers.
1) Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
New York City, NY 10007
TEL: 212-788-9600 FAX: 212-788-2460
2) Ms. Patricia Gatling
New York City Commission on Human Rights
40 Rector Street
New York City, NY 10006
TEL: 212-306-7722 ALTERNATE PHONES: 212-306-7500; 212-306-7530 - Betsy Herzog; 212-788-2958 Edward Skyler/Lark-Marie Anton FAX: 212-306-7595