MEDIA DIGEST: CAIR-Chicago Reflects on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

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CBS 2: Ahmed Rehab Discusses Islamophobia Post 9/11 and How to Move Forward






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Ahmed Rehab, Executive Director of the Chicago Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, joins CBS 2′s Jim Williams to talk about the effect of 9/11 on American Muslims



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WGN: Council on American-Islamic Relations calls for end to scapegoating in wake of 9/11






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The Chicago Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations hopes Americans can move forward 10 years after the 9/11 attacks. Representatives including Muslims, Christians, and Jews say its time to quit feeding into fear and embrace the principles America was founded on.



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NBC 5: Muslim gather to reflect on the tragic events of 9/11 and call for the country to move forward together






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Members of the Chicago Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations joined leaders from different faiths and backgrounds to reflect on 9/11 and call for an end to the fear and discrimination against the Muslim community in the wake of those attacks.



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ABC 7: Muslims, religious leaders honor 9/11 and discuss principles of religious tolerance and pluralism






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Muslim, Jewish and Christians leaders gathered to honor the victims of 9/11 and to address the increase in anti-Muslim discrimination post-9/11.



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CLTV: Muslims gather to honor victims of 9/11, discuss how to move forward






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The Chicago Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations hopes Americans can move forward 10 years after the 9/11 attacks. Representatives, including Muslims, Christians, and Jews, say its time to quit feeding into fear and embrace the principles America was founded on.



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The John Williams Show, CBS Radio:Ahmed Rebab discusses Muslim relations before and after 9/11 on John Williams radio show






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Ahmed Rehab of CAIR-Chicago talks to John Williams about his 9/11 experience and his thoughts on how to move forward.



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WBEZ, NPR: Chicago Muslim group combats ‘Islamaphobia’ in a post-9/11 world






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A Chicago-based Muslim advocacy group says “Islamaphobia” has gotten worse in the U.S. since the terrorist attacks of September 11th.



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Vocalo, Chicago Public Media: Amina Sharif Talks Live In Studio About 9/11 and Islamophobia






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In the wake of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the Vocalo Overdrive team, Luis Perez and Shantell Jamison, asked Amina Sharif of the Chicago Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations about the perception of Muslims in America. Check out what she had to say.



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WBBM: Islamic-American Group: Link Between 9/11, Muslim Religion Must Stop






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Ahmed Rehab of the Chicago Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says many people still are under the false impression that Islam is a radical religion, and that its believers want to change the U.S. into an Islamic state.



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Vocalo, CAIR-Chicago Audio-Documentary: The Media and Islamophobia






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CAIR-Chicago intern, Becky Fogel, created this audio documentary for Vocalo and Chicago Public Media on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks to share perspectives on the media’s role in harboring Islamophobia. Becky interviewed civil rights activists in the Muslim community and had them share their thoughts on how public perception of Muslims has changed since 9/11.



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WJBC: Illinois Muslims hope for tolerance as 9/11 approaches






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As many Americans gear up to mark the tenth anniversary of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, one Chicago-based Muslim group warns that people should be careful not to give all Muslims a bad rap for the attacks. In the days following 9/11 there were reports across the U.S. of violence toward Muslim-Americans. The group, the Chicago Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, hopes the public has learned more about the Islamic faith’s message of peace since that time.


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WDCB News: Area Islamic Group Also Remembers 9/11






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For Muslim Americans, Sunday wasn’t just the anniversary of a terrorist attack on their country. It was also the anniversary of the day that public opinion of the community changed. The Council of American-Islamic Relations in Chicago wants to erase the link between the Muslim faith and the terrorist attacks. CAIR-Chicago’s Amina Sharif spoke with WDCB News reporter Brian O’Keefe.


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Today: Interfaith action can make a change






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With the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy, the United States has been concerned about its image and its relations with the Muslim world.


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ABC 7: CAIR-Chicago takes issue with anti-Muslim coloring book






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“I think it’s very clear that the book has an agenda and is anti-Muslim,” Amina Shariff, CAIR Chicago, said.
“If they are trying to imply subliminally some kind of Christian-Muslim conflict here, I think that that is very dangerous and completely inappropriate.”


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Chicago Tribune: Critics say 9/11 coloring book crosses the line






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Amina Sharif, communications director for the Chicago Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said the book depicts the events of 9/11 and the aftermath in a “slanted” manner, painting Muslims in broad strokes and failing to distinguish extremist radicals from the majority of Muslims.
“It’s hateful, inflammatory and completely inappropriate for children or anyone for that matter,” Sharif said.


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Metro Networks: Islamic Group Doesn’t Like 9-11 Coloring Book






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Communications Coordinator Amina Sharif says she was very offended by the sometimes subtle and sometimes overt anti-Muslim imagery displayed in the book, “it’s dangerous to put it in the hands of children,” she says, “this book gives them the false impression that Muslims are terrorists or paranoid conspiracy theorists.”


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Arab News: 9/11 children’s coloring book sparks controversy






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As the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 tragedy approaches, Wayne Bell, publisher of Really Big Coloring Books, Inc. of Clayton, Missouri, US, has released what he calls a “memorial tribute” coloring book. “We shall never forget: The kids’ book of freedom,” is being described by Bell as a “graphic coloring novel on the events of Sept. 11, 2001.” According to ABC 7 News in Chicago, the coloring book contains the phrase “radical Islamic Muslim extremists,” at least 10 times.


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Le Nouvel Observateur: Les musulmans, des Américains plus comme les autres






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La mort du djihadiste ne lui a fait ni chaud ni froid. ” Mais maintenant on va peut-être pouvoir passer à autre chose “, dit-il. ” Ben Laden a été utilisé pour nous diviser et permettre l’émergence de cette islamophobie “, ajoute Ahmed Rehab, directeur de Cair.



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Welingelichte Kringen: 9/11 kleurboek doet veel stof opwaaien






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Met ‘We Shall Never Forget 9/11. The Kids’ Book of Freedom’, bereikt de Amerikaanse trend van kleurboeken met een politieke boodschap een cynisch hoogtepunt. Volgens uitgever Really Big Coloring Books moet dit informatieve kleurboek jonge kinderen die geboren werden na 11 september 2001, uitleggen hoe belangrijk de gebeurtenissen van die dag wel zijn voor Amerika en de Amerikanen.


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