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Local Communities Face Hate Crimes

September 12, 2001

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On September 12, 2001, The San Francisco Chronicle reported on harassment in the Bay Area in the article, "Tolerance put to test in Bay Area; Muslims, mosques, Arabs find themselves targets of threats." Religion reporter Don Lattin wrote, "Yesterday's horrific terrorist attacks in New York and the nation's capital were not just a test of national security, but a test of national tolerance. It was a test of interfaith understanding, a test of whether Americans understand that the average American Muslim does not endorse...

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In the U.S.: Muslims, Sikhs, Arabs, South Asians Face Threats, Violence - Immediate Backlash

September 12, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On September 12, 2001, The New York Times reported on the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on America. "In the face of suspicion and discrimination, Muslims struggled to assert their identities as loyal American citizens and to say that their religion does not approve of violence against innocents. Jews, meanwhile, could not help linking the victimization of Americans to that of Jews in Israel." The article continued, "...Muslim and Arab leaders in the New York area emphasized that they were reacting to the emergency first and...

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U.S. Sikhs Ask for Unity, Work for Increased Understanding

September 12, 2001

Source: New England Sikh Study Circle Press Release

On September 12, 2001, the New England Sikh Study Circle issued a press release regarding the attacks on the U.S. "The Sikh American Community of Boston would like to express our deep pain and shock about the horrific attack on the people and property of the United States." The press release continues, "Sikhs, with their turbans and beards, might be mistaken for associates of certain well-known terrorist leaders...In the past 36 hours since the attack on America began, there have been confirmed reports of Sikhs...

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In the U.S.: Muslims, Sikhs, Arabs, South Asians Face Threats, Violence - Immediate Backlash

September 12, 2001

Source: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On September 12, 2001, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that, "As broadcasters and politicians speculated yesterday that Islamic terrorist groups had orchestrated the deadliest attack on U.S. citizens since Pearl Harbor, many Muslims here prayed for the victims and their families -- and struggled with the fear that they might be targets of retaliation, however undeserved." The article reported that, in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing, "Muslims reported more than 200 incidents of harassment, threats or violence...

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Mosques, Islamic Centers Targets of Backlash

September 12, 2001

Source: American Muslim Council

On September 12, 2001, a press release from the American Muslim Council reported on incidents of physical abuse of Muslims and vandalism against Islamic centers. "...the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center in Herndon Virginia, a suburb of Washington, DC and the Islamic Center in San Francisco, California were vandalized. In old town Alexandria, Virginia, an Islamic bookstore was destroyed...In addition, one cab driver in Manassas, Virginia was chased and assaulted with a bottle as he tried to pick up his daughter from...

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Americans Turn to Religion

September 12, 2001

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On September 12, 2001, The Baltimore Sun reported, "As the shock and horror of yesterday's terrorist attacks began to sink in, churches, synagogues and mosques opened their doors for formal services, shared petition and quiet meditation." The article also made note of an interfaith service with Jews, Muslims, and Christians in Columbia, Maryland. "Under the Star of David, Islam's crescent moon and other symbols of world religions, about 85 people prayed for the victims, their families - and for those responsible for the attacks. 'I...

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Americans Turn to Religion

September 12, 2001

Source: USA TODAY

On September 12, 2001, USA Today reported "People of every faith, and none, brought their pain, fear and helpless sadness to churches, synagogues and mosques. And clergy reached out with comfort -- and cautions." The article explained that, although the Muslim community had joined other religious groups in condemning the attack and helping the victims, "They also warned their own believers to keep a low profile. In the first few days after the attack...Muslims reported more than 200 incidents of harassment, threats and actual violence....

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U.S. Muslim Communities Condemn Terrorist Attacks, Designate "Day of Mourning"

September 11, 2001

Source: No source given.

On September 11, 2001, a joint statement was issued by the American Muslim Political Coordination Council (AMPCC) in condemning the terrorist attacks against the U.S. The statement read, in part: "American Muslims utterly condemn what are apparently vicious and cowardly acts of terrorism against innocent civilians. We join with all Americans in calling for the swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators. No political cause could ever be assisted by such immoral acts."

Groups that signed the AMPCC statement included...

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Muslims Sue AOL for Allowing Anti-Islam Chat

August 31, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On August 31, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that "a muslim subscriber sued America Online...claiming that anti-Islamic insults in AOL's chat rooms violate his civil rights...Saad Noah...visited...chatrooms set aside for discussions of Islamic religious topics...but quit AOL because other members frequently hurled insults against his faith...AOL's contract specifically forbids users from making bigoted or hateful remarks...But Noah claims that AOL Time Warner refused to take action against those who disrupted Islamic chat rooms,...

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Dallas Mosque Runs Free Clinic

August 25, 2001

Source: The Dallas Morning News

On August 25, 2001, the free medical clinic founded by Dr. Amer Shakil at the Dallas Central Mosque opened due to the needs of "the area's large immigrant population." But Shakil notes the clinic's purpose "'is to not only provide health care but to educate [patients] about how to access [other] health care'...Dr. Shakil is a family practice physician...his clinic, which opened in November 2000, serves more than 790 patients and has logged nearly 2,000 visits...Most visitors are Muslim but checkups and other services are open to all...

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US Muslim Groups Protest False Translations of CBS Report

August 24, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On August 24, 2001 The Boston Globe reported that "US Muslim leaders are expressing outrage over an offensive remark which they say was falsely attributed to a Palestinian in a documentary that aired Sunday on CBS's '60 Minutes.' The documentary...examined the militant Islamic organization Hamas, which has claimed responsibility for dozens of suicide bombings...In the documentary, a man...was filmed speaking in Arabic...with a simultaneous translation dubbed over his remarks...The translator quoted [him] as saying 'God would...

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Report Finds Increase in Discrimination against Muslims

August 23, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On August 23, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that "Muslims in the United States reported a rise in civil rights violations in the past year, ranging from women being fired for wearing traditional head coverings to physical and verbal abuse, according to a new report released on Wednesday. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) detailed more than 360 incidents of anti-Muslim violence, stereotyping, bias and harassment in the year ended March 15, 2001, an increase of 15 percent over the previous year."

Report Finds Increase in Discrimination against Muslims

August 22, 2001

Source: Council on American-Islamic Relations

On August 22, 2001, the Council on American-Islamic Relations reported on their report, entitled "Accommodating Diversity," which detailed incidents of anti-Muslim discrimination. The report may be downloaded at http://www.cair-net.org/civilrights. "CAIR issued its first report, called 'A Rush to Judgment,' within a month of the attack on the Murrah Federal Building."

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