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Muslims, Jews Gather In S. Fla to Condemn Middle East Violence

January 7, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: MSNBC

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28541319/

Muslims and Jews gathered in South Florida to set aside their differences and call for an end to the violence in the Middle East.

On Tuesday night members of both faiths came together in North Miami Beach to condemn the violence that has claimed hundreds of lives.

They also condemned recent demonstrations in South Florida where supporters of Israel squared off against...

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Tight Security Across Iraq On a Holy Day for Shiites

January 7, 2009

Author: Sam Dagher

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/08/world/middleeast/08iraq.html?ref=middleeast

Millions of Iraqi Shiites celebrated one of the most emotional occasions in their religious calendar Wednesday, accompanied by stringent security measures that included a ban on women entering the area around one of Baghdad’s holiest shrines for fear of suicide bombings.

They also heard...

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Islamic Group Removes Sign

January 6, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: CAIR

http://www.cair.com/PressCenter/AmericanMuslimNews.aspx

The leader of an Islamic group apologized Monday for a sign that showed a swastika inside the Star of David during a demonstration outside the state Capitol. The man carrying the sign, identified only as a college student from Oklahoma City, has been banned from future protests or demonstrations sponsored by the Oklahoma City chapter of the Council on...

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Nearly 1,300 Arrested In Muslim Region Of China

January 5, 2009

Author: Edward Wong

Source: International Herald Tribune

http://www.iht.com/articles/2009/01/05/asia/china.php

The authorities in the western desert region of Xinjiang in China approved the arrests of nearly 1,300 people in the first 11 months of last year on suspicion of "endangering state security," according to a report published Sunday in an official newspaper.

The number of arrests on that particular charge represents an...

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Lutheran Bishops to Tour War-Torn Holy Land

January 5, 2009

Author: Manya A. Brachear

Source: The Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-lutheran-mideast-trip-05-jan05,0,1059155.story

Seeking to amplify mainline Protestant influence on Middle East affairs during the Obama administration, more than half of the nation's Lutheran bishops will launch an unprecedented tour of the war-torn Holy Land on Tuesday.

The pilgrimage, planned for more...

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Holy Land Foundation Court Case Puts Burden On Muslim Charities to Explain Where Money Goes

January 4, 2009

Author: Jason Trahan

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/DN-muslimgifts_04met.ART0.Central.Edition1.4a54563.html

American Muslims are finding it more difficult to donate money to help Palestinian refugees and other Middle Eastern causes because of court decisions showing that some charities were using the money for...

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Afghan Shiites Embrace New Acceptance

January 4, 2009

Author: Pamela Constable

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/03/AR2009010301995.html

For the past week, caravans of cars have raced triumphantly around the Afghan capital, trailing huge green and red banners. Overpasses are draped with black cloth, and loudspeakers blare hypnotic religious chants punctuated with the slow rhythm of clanking chains.

This is...

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Local Leaders With Ties to Gaza React to Conflict

January 4, 2009

Author: Mary Taing

Source: ABC News

http://kaaltv.com/article/stories/S728760.shtml?cat=10226

The violence continues tonight in Gaza.

It’s the eighth day of fighting and Israeli troops are advancing deeper into Gaza City, trying to gain more ground control in the area they say Hamas used to fire rockets into Israel.

More than 500 people have been killed in the crossfire, leaving thousands more desperate for food,...

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Egyptian Women Break New Ground At the Mosque

January 4, 2009

Author: Hadeel Al-Shalchi

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/04/AR2009010400667.html

Amira Khairy is mobbed by housewives kissing her cheeks in greeting as she arrives to give a lesson on reciting the Quran to women at the Al-Sedeeq mosque in a Cairo suburb. Students set up chairs for the class, and soon the hum of chanting female voices fills one of the building's...

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Independent, Tajiks Revel In Their Faith

January 3, 2009

Author: Sabrina Tavernise

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/04/world/asia/04tajik.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

The crowd in the airport parking lot was jubilant despite the cold, with squealing children, busy concession stands and a tangle of idling cars giving the impression of an eager audience before a rock concert.

But it was religion, not rock ’n’ roll, that had drawn...

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MPAC Calls for TSA Investigation Of AirTran for Removal Of Muslim Passengers

January 2, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=761

The Muslim Public Affairs Council today called on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to open an investigation of AirTran Airlines, which removed nine Muslim American passengers from a flight yesterday after two other passengers heard them making what they thought were suspicious remarks about security.
...

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Mideast Conflict Hits Home

January 2, 2009

Author: Annysa Johnson

Source: The Journal Sentinel

http://www.jsonline.com/features/religion/37030949.html

Ali and Heyam Alzaibaq sit glued to the television in their son and daughter-in-law's Brookfield home.

They watch in horror as bombs rain down on their native Gaza, and they dial the phone, over and over, checking their daughters and grandchildren there.

"The children are very worried. Two of them are sick now,...

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