Muslim Leaders Protest Muslim Student's Expulsion from White House

June 28, 2001

Source: The American Muslim Council

On June 28, 2001, the American Muslim Council issued a press release reporting that, "Following...the unexpected removal of Abdallah Al-Arian, a 20-year-old college senior and intern...from a...meeting to brief the American Muslim leadership on the President's Faith and Community Based Initiative, White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer reported that: 'The President is very concerned that an action was taken that was wrong, inappropriate and the President apologizes for it on behalf of the White House.' Although we appreciate and accept the...apology, we are nonetheless very concerned by this latest incident, which is part of an alarming trend seemingly targeting American Muslims...We feel that the President needs to initiate an investigation into these types of incidents in order to determine their source(s)."