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Interfaith Gathering for Peace

October 17, 2000

Source: The Seattle Times

On October 17, 2000, The Seattle Times reported that as "spasms of deadly violence between Arabs and Jews continued, Jews and Muslims yesterday gathered at separate Seattle-area rallies to voice their support for friends and relatives in the Middle East, and for an end to the fighting. 'God empowers us with peace,' said Rabbi Yechezkel Kornfeld of Congregation Shevet Achim on Mercer Island. 'We must then take that empowerment and actualize it.' About 1,500 people attended the packed Mercer Island service, held at the Herzl-Ner...

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Million Family March Held

October 17, 2000

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On October 17, 2000, The Baltimore Sun reported that "hundreds of thousands of men, women and children gathered at the National Mall yesterday to celebrate family unity and racial and religious harmony in a Million Family March organized by Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam. Spread from the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial, families listened as Farrakhan delivered a rambling three-hour speech that touched on a variety of issues but mostly sounded a theme of the importance of family. 'The family is the basic unit...

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Muslim Bank to Open in Dearborn

October 16, 2000

Source: The Detroit News

On October 16, 2000, The Detroit News reported that "metro Detroit's devout Muslim community will have its own bank soon. Founders of the Amana Bank, which means 'trust' in Arabic, plan to open the financial institution in east Dearborn. Although the bank would serve customers of diverse backgrounds, its officers plan to offer a mortgage program catering to devout Muslims who have religious beliefs that forbid them from paying interest on loans or even collecting interest on savings...Ned Fawaz, a Dearborn businessman who is the...

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American Children Discuss Peace in the Middle East

October 16, 2000

Source: The Denver Rocky Mountain News

On October 16, 2000, The Denver Rocky Mountain News reported that "children at Temple Emanuel in Denver had some advice for world leaders prepared to take part in Middle East peace talks today: Get over it. 'What's so great about some land,' said Erin Cohan, 11. 'You already have some.' Adults and children, at a temple and a mosque, mostly agreed that the flashpoint of the battle, Jerusalem, must be fairly divided. Many were thankful that peace talks appear to be under way, but expectations were low. 'The wound is...

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Effects of Fighting in the Middle East Felt in the U.S.

October 16, 2000

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

October 16, 2000, The Christian Science Monitor reported that "in a white dress shirt and suit pants, Sherif Mohamed stands silently among a crowd of several thousand chanting protesters in the heart of Manhattan, holding up a hand-lettered sign that reads: 'Palestinians are also God's people.' A recent immigrant from Egypt, he wants to be sure that America's Muslim community, its anger and pleas for peace, are heard. But amid the waving Palestinian flags, mock coffins, and mothers in chadors pushing their toddlers,...

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Million Family March Hits the Mall

October 15, 2000

Source: The Washington Post

On October 15, 2000, The Washington Post reported that "Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan's latest fancy is the Rev. Sun Myung Moon and the Unification Church, a relationship three years in the making that culminates Monday, when Farrakhan plans to perform a Moon-like blessing of 10,000 married couples during his Million Family March in Washington. The association is part of Farrakhan's effort to move his message beyond the narrow constituencies that have followed him in the past. It is an evolution that has won the man...

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Effects of Fighting in the Middle East Felt in the U.S.

October 15, 2000

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On October 15, 2000, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "hundreds of Muslims gathered in downtown Atlanta on Saturday to express their solidarity with Palestinians in the Middle East and to call for an end to Israeli military strikes against them. The noisy but orderly demonstration across from CNN Center lasted three hours and attracted approximately 300 protesters, most of them Arab-Americans. Similar protests were held over the weekend in Philadelphia, New York and Washington. 'We are here...

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Million Family March Hits the Mall

October 15, 2000

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On October 15, 2000, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "five years after bringing a multitude of black men to the nation's capital for a day of atonement, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has called for a million families to congregate Monday to seek spiritual strength and political empowerment. Unlike his Million Man March, which focused on African-American males, Farrakhan has urged men, women and children of all races and religions to 'rise above their symbols' and attend the Million...

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Election 2000

October 14, 2000

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 14, 2000, The Boston Globe reported that "Gore was set to have a private meeting...with Arab-Americans in Michigan, but he canceled it so he could head back to Washington for a White House meeting on the Middle East. Normally, a missed meeting with constituents - especially under these circumstances - would not have been noteworthy. But Arab-Americans are 300,000-strong in Michigan, and the state is a critical battleground in the presidential election. 'We are disappointed. We have questions for' Gore, said May Saba,...

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Effects of Fighting in the Middle East Felt in the U.S.

October 14, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 14, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "more than 15,000 people marched to the United Nations on Friday to protest Israel's crackdown on Palestinian demonstrators and to urge President Clinton and others to take a balanced approach to the Mideast dispute. The noisy but peaceful rally, which included grocers, cab drivers, teachers, religious leaders, activists and others from the Muslim community, filled Dag Hammerskjold Plaza. Many displayed grisly photos of children killed in confrontations with Israeli...

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Effects of Fighting in the Middle East Felt in the U.S.

October 13, 2000

Source: American Muslim Council press release

On October 13, 2000, The American Muslim Council issued a press release stating the following: "A group of 1,000 American Muslims convened in front of the White House today for Jumu'ah prayer and a rally denouncing Israel's increased aggression toward the Palestinian people. The event brought together national Muslim organizations which included the American Muslim Council (AMC), the Muslim American Society (MAS), American Muslims for Jerusalem (AMJ), the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), and the Muslim...

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Effects of Fighting in the Middle East Felt in the U.S.

October 13, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 13, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "Ventura County residents and elected officials said they were concerned Thursday about events in the Middle East after an apparent terrorist bomb killed six crewmen aboard a Navy destroyer in Yemen and rioting mobs killed two Israeli soldiers in the West Bank...Ventura County's military base, the combined station at Point Mugu and Port Hueneme, has not been put on alert since the explosion next to the Cole, a destroyer that was pulling into port in Aden, Yemen, said a...

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