After Gaza

I spent Monday glued to the BBC, Reuters, Aljazeera, and Haaretz broadcasts from Gaza. By Tuesday morning we knew that 58 Palestinian demonstrators had been killed by Israeli troops, while a staggering 2,700 had been wounded, including one infant who died from tear gas inhalation.

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CAIR-Philadelphia Condemns Israeli Massacre of Palestinian Civilians Protesting Embassy Move to Jerusalem

The Philadelphia Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Philadelphia) today condemned the Israeli massacre of dozens of Palestinian civilians protesting both the unilateral move of the US embassy to Jerusalem and the 70th anniversary of “The Nakba,” the expulsion by Israel of hundreds of thousands of Arabs out of Palestine during the 1948-49 Arab-Israeli war.

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This is America: Coffee, Waffles, Handcuffs, and the Fight Against Police Brutality

CAIR-PA has joined in the fight to combat police brutality in its endeavors to pursue justice. Our office presently represents a man wrongfully detained by local law enforcement for a period of ten days. The day before officers detained him, he conversed with a coworker about being a proud Muslim, among other things. That coworker reported him to local law enforcement as a potential terror threat. The gentleman was subsequently detained for a period of ten days, nine of which in solitary confinement, though never formally charged with any crime.

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The Legacies of Malcolm X – Free Event

Join CAIR-Philadelphia and the New Africa Center/ICPIC as we honor the life and legacy of slain civil rights icon and Black liberation leader Malcolm X. Malcolm Little, Detroit Red, Malcolm X, El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, whom many affectionately called “Brother Malcolm,” would have celebrated his 93rd birthday next month had he not been brought “too soon to death” at the hail of the assassin’s bullets.

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In Pa., hate crime convictions continue to be an afterthought

Timothy Welbeck, a civil rights attorney for the Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said victims are sometimes afraid to come forward. Some might have questionable immigration status; others have had unfavorable encounters with law enforcement or fear retaliation if they were to speak out. “Many are fearful of coming forward,” Welbeck said. “Even with the increased reports we receive, I would argue it’s only a fraction of what is happening across the state and country.”

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