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Montoursville Area school directors on hot seat

By Mike Reuther Williamsport Sun-Gazette The Facebook rants of a Montoursville Area school director recently prompted district residents to call for her resignation as well as those who appointed her to the school board. Now, a Muslim group has joined the chorus of calls asking Karen Wright and five other board members to step down…. Read more…

Wake Up With WURD, interview with Jacob Bender (audio)

Jacob Bender on WHYY Radio Times (audio)

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Jacob Bender was at WHYY studios on the Radio Times segment “Ballot Talks” to discuss President Obama’s Baltimore Mosque Visit with Marty Moss-Coane.

CAIR Responds to Current Crisis

Following the tragic events in Paris and San Bernardino, the apparent anti-Muslim vandalism at Al-Aqsa Islamic Society mosque in Philadelphia, and the outrageous remarks by presidential candidates, CAIR-Philadelphia and our supporters spoke to numerous media outlets to represent the American Muslim perspective. CAIR director Jacob Bender says Philadelphia Muslims ‘apprehensive’ following attacks – WHYY Interview… Read more…

Jacob Bender on 900AM-WURD (audio)

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CAIR-Philadelphia Executive Director Jacob Bender was interviewed on 900AM-WURD (Talking Drumline program with Barbara Grant) about recent events in the nation and beyond, and the response of the Muslim community in Philadelphia.

Local Muslims React to Mass Shooting

While the motive of the shooters in San Bernardino is still unknown, many are worried that their religion will be a factor in how other Muslims are treated. NBC10’s Lauren Mayk has more from local Muslims working to prevent backlash.

State’s Muslims fear retaliation

November 20, 2015 by Rick Dandes, The Daily Item SUNBURY — The Islamic community in Pennsylvania is living in fear of recrimination and retaliation a week after the massacre in Paris by ISIS jihadists and subsequent terroristic threats against Washington, New York City and elsewhere in the homeland. Jacob Bender, executive director of the Council… Read more…

Local Muslim Leaders React to Paris Attacks

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Leaders from the local Muslim community are reacting to what happened in Paris, all of them condemning the attacks. They call ISIS a legion of psychopaths and murderous criminals.

A Jewish voice for Muslims

by Michael Matza, Philadelphia Inquirer HARRISBURG – Climbing stairs outside the state Capitol, Jacob Bender led about 50 men and women, some in kufis, some in hijabs, many chatting away in Arabic. In his pocket was the string of yellow worry beads he bought years ago in Jerusalem, when he lived in Israel and made… Read more…

Phila. group lobbies state lawmakers about anti-Muslim bias

by Michael Matza Philadelphia Inquirer HARRISBURG – Highlighting what they say is a national increase of anti-Muslim bias, triggered in part by the rhetoric of some Republican presidential candidates, about 50 amateur lobbyists affiliated with the Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations converged at the state capitol to pitch lawmakers on a… Read more…