CAIR-LA Publishes 'Jesus' Ad in California

CAIR-LA Publishes 'Jesus' Ad in California

The Southern California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today announced the publication of an advertisement in local newspapers highlighting Muslim respect for Jesus.

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The ad, headlined "More In Common Than You Think," features a photograph of the Old City of Jerusalem and text reading:

"''Behold (O Mary!)' The Angel said, 'God has chosen you, and purified you, and chosen you above the women of all nations. O Mary, God gives you good news of a word from Him, whose name shall be the Christ (Masih or Messiah), Jesus son of Mary, honored in this world and in the hereafter, and one of those brought near to God.' (Holy Qur'an, 3:45)

"Like Christians, Muslims respect and revere Jesus. Islam teaches that Jesus is one of the greatest of God's prophets and messengers to humankind.

"Like Christians, every day, over 1.3 billion Muslims strive to live by his teachings of love, peace, and forgiveness. Those teachings, which have become universal values, remind us that all of us, Christians, Muslims, Jews, and all others have more in common than we think."

The ad is being published in five Orange County, Los Angeles-area and Northern California community newspapers. It is an outgrowth of CAIR's "Islam in America" advertising campaign. See:

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 26 regional offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.


CAIR condemns Israeli Assassination of Religious leader

CAIR condemns Israeli Assassination of Religious leader

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today condemned the assassination of a wheelchair-bound Palestinian Muslim religious leader, calling it an act of "state terrorism."

Israel killed Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, a 67-year-old quadriplegic and the most prominent Palestinian Islamic figure, in a missile strike outside a Gaza City mosque on Monday.

In its statement, CAIR said:

"We condemn this violation of international law as an act of state terrorism by Ariel Sharon's out-of-control government. Israel's extra-judicial killing of an Islamic religious leader can only serve to perpetuate the cycle of violence throughout the region. The international community must now take concrete steps to help protect the Palestinian people against such wanton Israeli violence.

"We call on the United States to join its allies in condemning this political assassination and to make that condemnation meaningful by cutting the flow American-taxpayer dollars to Israel. It is these tax dollars that pay for the weapons Israel uses to carry out such illegal attacks. American repudiation of Israel's brutal policies could also be demonstrated by the cancellation of Ariel Sharon's upcoming visit to Washington.

"Bland administration statements urging 'restraint by all parties' will only be viewed internationally as tacit approval of Israel's actions and will undermine our moral and legal basis for the war on terrorism.

"Until Israel views Palestinians as human beings, and not just animals to be slaughtered at will during 'hunting season,'* there can be no viable and just resolution to the Middle East conflict. And until America adopts a truly even-handed approach to that conflict, our nation's image will continue to suffer worldwide."

(*Last week, a senior Israeli security official was quoted as saying "hunting season has begun," in reference to assassinations of Palestinians. [Washington Times, 3/18/04])

World leaders have been uniform in their condemnation of Sheikh Yassin's assassination. British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw called the Israeli attack an "unlawful killing." Straw said: "I don't believe Israel will benefit from the fact that this morning an (elderly man) in a wheelchair has been the target of assassination."

European Union foreign ministers said in a statement: "Israel is not…entitled to carry out extra-judicial killings." French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said: "Such acts can only feed the spiral of violence."

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has consistently condemned all terrorist acts, whether carried out by individuals, groups or states.


U.S. Muslims meet Spanish ambassador to offer condolences

U.S. Muslims meet Spanish ambassador to offer condolences

A delegation of American Muslim leaders met today with the Spanish ambassador in Washington, D.C., to offer condolences for the more than 200 people killed in last week's terror attacks on the Madrid train system.

The delegation, organized by the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), expressed the American Islamic community's condemnation of the bombings and told Ambassador Javier Ruperez that Muslims grieve for all those who died.

Ambassador Ruperez said Spain is going through a "very difficult time," and compared the attacks to those carried out in the United States on September 11, 2001. He said the people killed in the train bombings were of 11 different nationalities.

"An apparent goal of the terrorists is to divide the world along religious and national lines," said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, who took part in today's meeting. "The most appropriate response to these vicious attacks is to strengthen and expand relations between people of all faiths and cultural origins."

Meeting participants included the head of the Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations (CCMO), representing more than 50 Islamic centers, mosques and Islamic organizations in the greater Washington metro area.

"We join with all other American Muslims in both condemning the bombings and offering condolences to Ambassador Ruperez and the families of the victims," said Muzammil Siddiqi, member of the executive council of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).

The Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation also sent a letter of condolence to Ambassador Ruperez.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 26 regional offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.