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Muslim celebration tempered by thoughts of innocent victims

by Earle Cornelius Lancaster Online Violent deaths of hundreds of Muslims across the world cast a shadow over Lancaster community’s celebration of Eid al-Fitr, the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Even as they acknowledged that, community leaders who spoke Wednesday to hundreds of Muslims, many wearing colorful chadors and robes, focused on a… Read more…

Philadelphia Adds Muslim Holidays to Public School Calendar

by Chris Fuchs NBC News Following New York City’s lead, Philadelphia will add two Muslim holy days to its school calendar, the city announced this week. The move will affect Philadelphia’s 134,538 public school children who will be given the day off for Eid al-Fitr, celebrated following the month-long observance of Ramadan, and Eid al-Adha,… Read more…

Panel explores Muslim images in media

Bender stated Islamophobia is rooted in the essence of American society. “America has always needed an enemy to justify its military economy,” he said. “Unless we realize the level of hate we instituted, we will not be able to change.”

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…