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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 29, 2003
2:18 PM
CONTACT:  Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, e-mail: cair@cair-net.org; or Ms. Hodan Hassan, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, e-mail: hhassan@cair-net.org
Readers of Right-Wing Site Threaten Muslims; Hate E-mails Include: 'kill muslims...f--k all of you...and die real soon'
 
WASHINGTON - April 29 - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today reported that it has received numerous hate-filled and threatening messages from the readers of a right-wing Islamophobic Web site. The Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group is working with the Department of Justice to investigate those messages that contained threats.

Some of the hate messages sent to CAIR from visitors to Worldnetdaily.com include:

1) "I don't say kill (Muslims). But it would be a better world without them!" 2) F--k you; and the one humped camel you rode in on. 3) You are lower than snake sh-t. 4) islam is a scam to keep people down...kill the infidels. f--k that kill muslims...f--k all of you...and die real soon 5) Take the f--king towels off your heads and join the human race, A--HOLES!!!! 6) Please leave My Country...And leave it NOW! 7) Get out of America 8) I have been encouraged by Joe Farah of WorldnetDaily to send this to you...leave this nation and go back to the pile of cow manure you all came from 9) It won't be long before the immigration police will be there to help you go home to the cesspool you came from. 10) GO HOME! Wherever that is, it is not HERE!

CAIR officials say the hate-filled e-mails were prompted by a number of Worldnetdaily.com articles demonizing Muslims and by recent false charges made against CAIR by the site's editor, Joseph Farah.

His most recent articles smeared CAIR in an attempt to support the controversial nomination of Daniel Pipes to the United States Institute of Peace. The nomination of Pipes, who just this week said President Bush was wrong to call Islam a "religion of peace" and refused to condemn the internment of Japanese-Americans in World War II, is opposed by a number of Muslim and Arab-American groups, including CAIR.

Farah falsely claimed CAIR never condemned suicide bombings, called the conviction of the first World Trade Center bombings a "travesty of justice," termed the conviction of Omar Abdel Rahman a "hate crime," and that CAIR's board chairman said the Quran "should be the highest authority in America."

"We never called the conviction of the World Trade Center bombings a 'travesty of justice' and did not call the conviction of Sheikh Omar a 'hate crime,'" said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. "Our board chairman did not say the Quran should be the highest authority in America and we have repeatedly condemned terrorism in all its forms, including suicide bombings," said Awad.

He citied the group's statement of condemnation issued following a bomb attack on a Passover celebration in the coastal city of Netanya last March that left 20 people dead and more than 100 wounded: "We condemn this attack and all other attacks on innocent civilians...This attack is of particular concern coming as it did during a religious observance in which the focus is remembrance of God... To break this cycle of violence and counter-violence, all parties must focus on a political solution based on justice and equality, not force of arms."

Awad also noted that the alleged statement about the Quran by CAIR's board chairman was not in fact a quote. It was a paraphrase of remarks that were either reported inaccurately or wrongly attributed by a reporter at a small California newspaper. CAIR is seeking a retraction from that newspaper.

Farah's attacks also contain a number of other falsehoods and distortions. For example, he distorted the facts in an attempt link a CAIR advisory board member to the first World Trade Center attack.

That person, Imam Siraj Wahhaj, is one of the American Muslim community's most respected leaders and he works with almost all national Islamic organizations. As part of the original World Trade Center case, the prosecutors released a long list of people who "may be alleged as co-conspirators."

That list included anyone who came anywhere near Sheikh Omar. Since Imam Siraj was a leader in the New York community in which Sheikh Omar lived, his name was included on the list. He was never charged with any crime, nor was there any evidence presented that he was involved in the conspiracy in any way. Farah knows this but continues to vilify a respected Muslim leader.

In a past column, Farah claimed, "Islam has been at war with the West, with Christianity, with Judaism...ever since the days of (the Prophet) Muhammad." He also rejected criticism of a Worldnetdaily.com article advocating that, "For every (Israeli) civilian, 100 non-combatant Palestinian adults will be slain, and for every child, 1,000 adults," saying that he found the proposal to be "a very thoughtful and quite responsible contribution to the Middle East debate."

Other editorials on WorldNetDaily.com called the Quran, Islam's revealed text, a "suicide playbook" and recommended air-lifting pigs into Afghan mosques. One Worldnetdaily.com columnist wrote recently: "The only French custom that still survives (following Napoleon's invasion of Egypt) is the aversion to bathing." Another stated: "...freedom and democracy are incompatible with Islam."

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is a mainstream organization that regularly works with national law enforcement authorities, elected officials and other civil liberties and minority groups. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 16 regional offices nationwide and in Canada. Since its founding in 1994, CAIR has defended the civil and religious rights of all Americans.

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