CAIR-NY Fund-Raising Dinner Honors Media

By C, Delinda | Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, December 31, 2001 | Go to article overview

CAIR-NY Fund-Raising Dinner Honors Media


C, Delinda, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs


CAIR-NY FUND-RAISING DINNER HONORS MEDIA

"Honoring Integrity in the Media" was the theme for the Council on American-Islamic Relations-NY sixth annual fund-raising dinner Oct. 6 at the Interchurch Center in New York City. In his welcoming speech CAIR spokesman and New York City firefighter Kevin James described the many educational outreach events CAIR had held since the Sept. 11 attack.

A fact little known outside the Muslim community, he said, is that a number of the New York firefighters, fire marshalls, police officers, emergency medical technicians, doctors and nurses who worked countless hours in the aftermath of the World Trade Center attack were Muslims. Others raised funds and donated food and blood for the victims. James reminded the audience that nearly 500 of those killed or missing were Muslims.

The Muslim heroes who responded to the World Trade Center were sickened by what they saw just like everyone else. James asked the media to "Please don't add to our pain by painting our community as wild-eyed fanatics and terrorists. No matter how they cloak themselves, the terrorists' only religion is hatred, whether they be Osama bin Laden or IRA bombers, or the Baruch Goldsteins and Timothy McVeighs of the world."

New York lawyer Arshad Masjid gave advice to Muslims who may find themselves questioned by the FBI. "Most law enforcement officers are open, honest people," he said. Masjid told a story about one interrogation that lasted for almost two hours. When asked why it had taken so long, the Muslim who was visited admitted the questioners had been invited for tea and seemed to be having a wonderful time.

Ghazi Y. Khankan, executive director of CAIR-NY, introduced the CAIR award recipients, each of whom said a few words about their work.

The first recipient was Moustapha Akkad, producer/director of the films "The Message" and "The Lion of The Desert" (available through the AET's Book Club). …

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