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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…

CAIR-Philadelphia in the Media

Jacob Bender on The Nick Taliaferro Show WURD, Sept. 24 — Jacob Bender on The Dom Giordano Show WPHT, Sept. 22 – Listen Below: — Jacob Bender in The Delaware News Journal/Delaware Online

Philly Council on American-Islamic Relations responds to boy’s arrest over DIY science project

Jacob Bender, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations here in Philadelphia, attributes Mohamed’s arrest to fear. “CAIR specifically and the Muslim community in general see this as a glaring example of Islamphobia, xenophobia, and anti-Muslim hysteria which has been pushed on the public by any number of media outlets and so-called terrorism experts,”… Read more…

Another reason to welcome the pope

The recent announcement that the Vatican has officially recognized Palestine should be welcome news to those who support peace and justice for all in the Middle East. The Holy See’s recognition of the rights of the Palestinian people follows the historic meeting last summer when Pope Francis brought Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas together at the Vatican for a “Prayer Summit for Peace.”

CAIR-Philadelphia Executive Director Interviewed About Texas Shootings on The Nick Taliaferro Show on WURD Radio (audio)

Executive Director Jacob Bender on Nick Taliaferro Show/WURD (audio)

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CAIR-Philadelphia Responds to Pamela Geller’s Hate Ads with Education (video)