CAIR Condemns Attack on Seattle Jewish Center

Group Says Mideast Conflict Must Not Be 'Transplanted' To America



Jul 29, 2006, 01:00 ET from Council on American-Islamic Relations

    WASHINGTON, July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic
 Relations (CAIR) today condemned an attack on a Jewish community center in
 Seattle, Wash., that left one person dead and several more injured. (A
 statement signed by representatives of the Seattle Muslim community,
 including CAIR-Seattle, is attached below.)
     A lone gunman who reportedly said, "I'm a Muslim American; I'm angry at
 Israel," entered the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle and began
 shooting. The alleged gunman was later arrested.
     In a statement, the Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy
 group said:
     "We condemn this senseless attack on a religious institution and offer
 sincere condolences to the loved ones of those killed or injured. The
 American Muslim and Jewish communities must do whatever is within their
 power to prevent the current conflict in the Middle East from being
 transplanted to this country. We also urge local, state and national law
 enforcement authorities to step up security measures at synagogues, mosques
 and other religious institutions of both faiths."
     CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 32 offices,
 chapters and affiliates nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance
 the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties,
 empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and
 mutual understanding.
     STATEMENT BY SEATTLE MUSLIM COMMUNITY
     The Muslim community of the Greater Seattle area watched in horror as
 news broke of a shooting at the Jewish Federation building. While many of
 the details of this shooting remain to be determined, what is clear is that
 a senseless and ruthless act of violence has taken place and resulted in
 the loss of at least one life.
     We categorically condemn this and any similar acts of violence. We pray
 for the safety and health of those injured and offer our heartfelt
 condolences to the family of the victims of this attack. We also hope that
 the perpetrator of this crime is brought to justice.
     There is no room for such acts of violence in our city and community.
 When one of us is attacked, none of us are safe. We refuse to see the
 violence in the Middle East spill over to our cities and neighborhoods.
     We reject and categorically condemn any attacks against the Jewish
 community and stand in solidarity with the Jewish Federation in this
 tragedy.
     Statement issued by:
 
      Council on American-Islamic Relations, Seattle
       Contact: Rami Al-Kabra, 206-349-5995, roalka00@yahoo.com
 
     Ithna-Ashari Muslim Association of the Northwest
      Contact: Jawad Khaki, iman@iman-wa.org
 
     Muslim Association of Puget Sound
      Contact: Mahmood Khadeer, mhkhadee@hotmail.com
 
     Islamic Educational Center of Seattle
      Contact: Hamid Afsari, ershad@ershad.org
 
     American Muslims of Puget Sound
      Contact: Jeff Siddiqui, jeffsiddiqui@msn.com
 
     Arab American Community Coalition
      Contact: Ibrahim Al-Husseini, info@aacc.org
 
     Islamic Center of Tri-Cities
      Contact: Dr. Mahmoud Al-Hawamdeh, nullah@gmail.com
     CONTACT: CAIR-Seattle President Arsalan Bukhari, 206-384-1565; Rami
 Al-Kabra, 206-349-5995; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim
 Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair-net.org
 
 

SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations
    WASHINGTON, July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic
 Relations (CAIR) today condemned an attack on a Jewish community center in
 Seattle, Wash., that left one person dead and several more injured. (A
 statement signed by representatives of the Seattle Muslim community,
 including CAIR-Seattle, is attached below.)
     A lone gunman who reportedly said, "I'm a Muslim American; I'm angry at
 Israel," entered the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle and began
 shooting. The alleged gunman was later arrested.
     In a statement, the Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy
 group said:
     "We condemn this senseless attack on a religious institution and offer
 sincere condolences to the loved ones of those killed or injured. The
 American Muslim and Jewish communities must do whatever is within their
 power to prevent the current conflict in the Middle East from being
 transplanted to this country. We also urge local, state and national law
 enforcement authorities to step up security measures at synagogues, mosques
 and other religious institutions of both faiths."
     CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 32 offices,
 chapters and affiliates nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance
 the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties,
 empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and
 mutual understanding.
     STATEMENT BY SEATTLE MUSLIM COMMUNITY
     The Muslim community of the Greater Seattle area watched in horror as
 news broke of a shooting at the Jewish Federation building. While many of
 the details of this shooting remain to be determined, what is clear is that
 a senseless and ruthless act of violence has taken place and resulted in
 the loss of at least one life.
     We categorically condemn this and any similar acts of violence. We pray
 for the safety and health of those injured and offer our heartfelt
 condolences to the family of the victims of this attack. We also hope that
 the perpetrator of this crime is brought to justice.
     There is no room for such acts of violence in our city and community.
 When one of us is attacked, none of us are safe. We refuse to see the
 violence in the Middle East spill over to our cities and neighborhoods.
     We reject and categorically condemn any attacks against the Jewish
 community and stand in solidarity with the Jewish Federation in this
 tragedy.
     Statement issued by:
 
      Council on American-Islamic Relations, Seattle
       Contact: Rami Al-Kabra, 206-349-5995, roalka00@yahoo.com
 
     Ithna-Ashari Muslim Association of the Northwest
      Contact: Jawad Khaki, iman@iman-wa.org
 
     Muslim Association of Puget Sound
      Contact: Mahmood Khadeer, mhkhadee@hotmail.com
 
     Islamic Educational Center of Seattle
      Contact: Hamid Afsari, ershad@ershad.org
 
     American Muslims of Puget Sound
      Contact: Jeff Siddiqui, jeffsiddiqui@msn.com
 
     Arab American Community Coalition
      Contact: Ibrahim Al-Husseini, info@aacc.org
 
     Islamic Center of Tri-Cities
      Contact: Dr. Mahmoud Al-Hawamdeh, nullah@gmail.com
     CONTACT: CAIR-Seattle President Arsalan Bukhari, 206-384-1565; Rami
 Al-Kabra, 206-349-5995; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim
 Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair-net.org
 
 SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations