CAIR: Israeli Flag Taken Down in Ohio Following Protests from Muslims

Groups Tell Mayor Flag Represents Oppression of the Palestinian People



Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from Council on American-Islamic Relations

    WASHINGTON, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The mayor of a Columbus, Ohio, suburb
 has agreed to take down an Israeli flag that flew for a day from the city's
 flagpole.  The flag had been flown as part of the "Days of Remembrance," a
 national commemoration of the mass killing of Jews in Europe during World
 War II.
     Mayor Jim McGregor of Gahanna, Ohio, took the flag down after meeting with
 representatives of the Ohio Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic
 Relations (CAIR-OHIO), Arab Americans of Central Ohio, the Islamic Society
 of Greater Columbus, the Islamic Foundation of Central Ohio, and the Muslim
 Student Association.
     "We want to thank Mayor McGregor for understanding that the desire to
 honor and remember all those who died at the hands of the Nazis is a
 completely separate issue from flying the Israeli flag.  For the Islamic and
 Arab communities in Ohio, that flag is a symbol of the ongoing oppression
 suffered by Palestinian Christians and Muslims," said CAIR-OHIO President
 Ahmad Al-Akhras.
     Al-Akhras cited the fact that more than 700,000 Palestinians were driven
 from their homes and more than 400 Palestinian town and villages were wiped
 off the map by the creation of Israel in 1948.  He also noted that today is
 the fifth anniversary of the Qana massacre in Lebanon during which Israeli
 troops, using American weapons, killed more than 100 Lebanese civilians who
 sought shelter in a U.N. compound.
     "Americans cannot, without a strong sense of hypocrisy, praise the
 principles of Holocaust remembrance on the one hand, and turn a blind eye
 to the daily atrocities committed by Israel on the other," said Andy Amid,
 a founding member of the Islamic Council of Ohio, who also attended the
 meeting.
     There are an estimated 130,000 Muslims in Ohio and some six million
 nationwide.  Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in America.
 
 

SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations
    WASHINGTON, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The mayor of a Columbus, Ohio, suburb
 has agreed to take down an Israeli flag that flew for a day from the city's
 flagpole.  The flag had been flown as part of the "Days of Remembrance," a
 national commemoration of the mass killing of Jews in Europe during World
 War II.
     Mayor Jim McGregor of Gahanna, Ohio, took the flag down after meeting with
 representatives of the Ohio Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic
 Relations (CAIR-OHIO), Arab Americans of Central Ohio, the Islamic Society
 of Greater Columbus, the Islamic Foundation of Central Ohio, and the Muslim
 Student Association.
     "We want to thank Mayor McGregor for understanding that the desire to
 honor and remember all those who died at the hands of the Nazis is a
 completely separate issue from flying the Israeli flag.  For the Islamic and
 Arab communities in Ohio, that flag is a symbol of the ongoing oppression
 suffered by Palestinian Christians and Muslims," said CAIR-OHIO President
 Ahmad Al-Akhras.
     Al-Akhras cited the fact that more than 700,000 Palestinians were driven
 from their homes and more than 400 Palestinian town and villages were wiped
 off the map by the creation of Israel in 1948.  He also noted that today is
 the fifth anniversary of the Qana massacre in Lebanon during which Israeli
 troops, using American weapons, killed more than 100 Lebanese civilians who
 sought shelter in a U.N. compound.
     "Americans cannot, without a strong sense of hypocrisy, praise the
 principles of Holocaust remembrance on the one hand, and turn a blind eye
 to the daily atrocities committed by Israel on the other," said Andy Amid,
 a founding member of the Islamic Council of Ohio, who also attended the
 meeting.
     There are an estimated 130,000 Muslims in Ohio and some six million
 nationwide.  Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in America.
 
 SOURCE  Council on American-Islamic Relations