Kosovo Coverage

Source: No source given.

On April 20, 1999, CAIR announced that more than $300,000
had been collected in a fund-raiser on Sunday, April 18th held by
Muslims in Southern California for the innocent civilians of Kosovo.
Nationwide, American Muslim organizations have collected more than $2
million for Kosovo relief. (April 20, 1999, Council on
American-Islamic Relations)


Kosovo Coverage

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On April 11, 1999, The Houston Chronicle reported that
members of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston and other area
mosques congregated in downtown Houston on Saturday, April 10th to
protest the killing of Muslims in Kosovo and to support the bombing
effort. Syed Mustafa Kamal, regional coordinator for the Kosovo Task
Force, said that similar demonstrations were being held in 50 other
United States cities.


Kosovo Coverage

Source: Los Angeles Times

On April 11, 1999, the Los Angeles Times reported that
the conflict in Kosovo is galvanizing the Muslim community in
Southern California. The 750,000 Muslims in Southern California are
conducting rallies to provide relief to the Muslim refugees. They are
also supportive of the NATO effort, which many believe is shifting
the long-held thought that the U.S. government is hostile to Islam.
Salam al-Marayati, director of the Los Angeles-based Muslim Public
Affairs Council, also pointed to changing American perceptions on
race and ethnicity: “The Kosovo crisis should resonate among European
Americans who now see that Muslims are people who look like them,
with blond hair and blue eyes.”


Kosovo Coverage

Source: The Hartford Courant

On April 10, 1999, The Hartford Courant reported that
members of the Albanian American Muslim Community Mosque in
Waterbury, Connecticut are raising money to send food, clothes, and
medicine to the ethnic Albanian refugees. They are also sending their
prayers. Nick Ozkan, president of the 150-family congregation, stated
that, “prayer is making contact with the All-Powerful because He can
stop what is happening.”


Kosovo Coverage

Source: Los Angeles Times

On April 9, 1999, the Los Angeles Times published an
article about the American Jewish response to the ethnic cleansing in
Kosovo. With images from the region that resonate with 20th century
Jewish experience, the crisis in Kosovo has prompted the Jewish
community to be outspoken in condemning the violence against the
ethnic Albanians. The Anti-Defamation League has sponsored full-page
advertisements supporting the NATO bombing campaign and asking for
donations to help “innocent victims of hatred.” Jewish Federation
chapters across the United States have also run advertisements and
established relief funds.


Kosovo Coverage

Source: Sacramento Bee

On April 7, 1999, the Sacramento Bee reported that local
faith-based and secular groups are stepping up aid to the Kosovar
refugees. Muslim, Christian, and Jewish groups in the area have
provided a great deal of relief to the refugees. Jim Rodgers of the
Catholic Charities of Sacramento expressed that giving money is more
helpful than clothing or food because, “trying to transport goods is
so much more expensive.” Several organizations are collecting funds
for Kosovo: the Sacramento Area League of Associated Muslims, the
American Red Cross/Sacramento Sierra chapter, and the Council of
Jewish Federations.


Kosovo Coverage

Source: Los Angeles Times

On April 2, 1999, the Los Angeles Times reported that
Orange County religious groups are sending food, clothes, medical
supplies, and prayers to the Kosovar refugees. Many of Orange
County’s Islamic centers are holding special prayer services for the
refugees and conducting “dollar campaigns” to help raise the money
necessary to ship the necessary items. Jihan Assaf, spokeswoman for
the Islamic Society of Orange County, stated: “The purpose is to have
a special prayer for all of the people in need there, as well as show
support for the allies and their efforts.”