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|>In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful|
> - NEWS CONFERENCE -
>EXPLOSIVE DEVICE DESTROYS ILLINOIS MUSLIM FAMILY'S VAN
>CAIR offers reward for info about possible war-related hate crime
>(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/24/2003) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations
>(CAIR) will hold a news conference today to call on federal authorities to
>treat an explosion in a Chicago-area Muslim family's van as a possible
>war-related hate crime. The Washington-based Islamic civil rights and
>advocacy group will also announce the offer of a reward for information
>leading to the apprehension and conviction of the perpetrators.
>WHEN: Monday, March 24, 2:30 p.m. (Central)
>WHERE: Outside the Burbank Police Department, 5650 West 75th Place,
>CAIR has learned that a "Class B" explosive device was thrown into the van
>of the Burbank, Ill., Palestinian Muslim family at about 11 p.m. on
>Saturday, March 22. (Class B explosives are used in commercial-grade
>fireworks.) According to the family, the van's door was blown off,
>shattered glass was thrown up to 30 feet away and a hole was punched in
>the vehicle's floor. They believe the incident is related to the ongoing
>war with Iraq. Family members say they also experienced hostility from
>neighbors following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
>"This incident could have resulted in serious injury or even loss of life.
>Local and national law enforcement authorities must treat this crime with
>the seriousness that it deserves in order to reassure the American Muslim
>community that these types of attacks will not be tolerated. International
>events should never be allowed to divide our nation along religious or
>ethnic lines," said CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Omar Haydar.
>He said CAIR is offering a $2000 reward for information that results in
>the perpetrators being brought to justice. Haydar noted that his group
>recently distributed a "Community Safety Kit" to help protect Muslims in
>North America during the war with Iraq. SEE: http://www.cair-net.org/safetykit
>A number of similar incidents have been reported recently across the
>United States. CAIR attributes these incidents to the pro-war rhetoric
>leading up to the attack on Iraq, coupled with existing levels of
>anti-Muslim bias in American society.
>In other Illinois incidents, an Evanston resident received a mailed death
>threat, a Glendale Heights Islamic center received a phoned bomb threat
>and projectiles were fired at a mosque in Villa Park. In California, four
>Muslim women from the northern part of that state visiting a Venice
>restaurant on Sunday say they were verbally assaulted by another patron
>who made references to raping Muslim women and threatened them with
>physical assault. Death threats were made against Muslim students at San
>Jose State University in Northern California. In Michigan, a Muslim father
>and son report that they were refused service at a Meijer store in Fraser,
>Physical assaults against Muslims have been reported in Northern
>California, Southern California, Georgia, New Jersey, and South Carolina.
>One incident in Yorba Linda, Calif., left a Muslim teenager badly beaten
>by a group that allegedly included white supremacists.
>CAIR is America's largest Islamic civil liberties group. 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.
> - END -
>CONTACT: CAIR-Chicago, Omar Haydar, 312-922-4720, 312-735-3662;
>CAIR-National, Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-MAIL:
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