Tuesday, April 16, 2013

  • CAIR: Anti-Islamic Hate Crime Rate Differs Greatly Among States 
    The 2010 surge [in anti-Muslim hate crime] was stimulated by opposition to construction of the Park51 Islamic center near Ground Zero in New York, efforts like Oklahoma's to ban the supposed threat of Sharia Law being used in state courtrooms and the cacophonous political rhetoric that the issues spawned, said Corey Saylor, legislative director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil liberties group.
  • CAIR-MI: Area Muslims Tout Successes (Detroit News)
    The struggles and triumphs of Muslim-Americans were examined Sunday at an annual banquet for a civil rights and advocacy group. And to highlight this year's theme -- "Upholding Our Constitution: Defending Our Faith" -- at the 13th annual banquet of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Michigan, the group touted recent successes or advocacy.
    • CAIR-OK, Muslim Advocacy Group, Hosts Annual Awards Dinner
      A Christian minister and a Muslim youth advocate were presented special awards at the 2013 banquet of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, held at Oklahoma City's Marriott Hotel Northwest.
CAIR Action Alert #690:
Ask Senate to Drop Israel Visa Waiver Exemption Making U.S. Muslims 'Second-Class Citizens'
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/15/13) -- The nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today urged Americans who are concerned about equality under the law tocontact their congressional representatives and ask them to drop a provision from theU.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013 that would make American Muslims and Arab-Americans "second class citizens" who could legally be subject to Israel's policy of ethnic and religious profiling.
Taking a few minutes to contact Congress is worth your time. Build local civil rights and interfaith coalitions on this issue. This is a major test for our legal and democratic system.
To contact Congress on this issue, sign our letter or add your own message
For more information on the bill, go to S.462 - United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) says the bill, introduced by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), would allow Israel the unique privilege of continuing its "practice of routinely refusing to allow Americans of Arab ethnicity or Muslim backgrounds to enter their country or the occupied territories it controls." As the U.S. Department of State notes in its official travel advisory: "US citizens ... of Arab or Muslim origin have experienced significant difficulties in entering or exiting Israel or the West Bank."
The bill, which has 17 Senate co-sponsors, grants Israel entry into the 37-nation visa waiver program provided only that Israel "has made every reasonable effort, without jeopardizing the security of the State of Israel, to ensure that reciprocal travel privileges are extended to all United States citizens." No other nation has been granted a similar exemption to the equal treatment of American citizens regardless of faith or ethnicity.
In a statement, CAIR said:
"If this bill becomes the law of the land, American Muslims and Arab-Americans would be turned into second-class citizens who could be legally subjected to Israel's well-documented ethnic and religious profiling. It is unprecedented that any nation would diminish the rights of its own citizens in order to facilitate the discriminatory practices of a foreign government.
"We urge Americans of all faiths and backgrounds to contact their congressional representatives and demand that they drop this attempt at creating a two-tiered system of legal protection for American citizens."
CAIR is 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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