Muslim Community Condemns Anti-Semitism

In response to news reports about a community event involving students at Muslim American Society of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights organization, today reaffirmed its condemnation of any and all manifestations of anti-Semitism.

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The Tragic and Troubled Road to a Jewish-Muslim Rapprochement

Charleston SC, Pittsburgh PA, Christchurch NZ, and now Poway CA; the roll-call list grows and grows as once again we recoil in horror and anger at the carnage. We should not, however, allow our grief to blind us from the fact that all these crimes were all committed against Jews and Muslims and African Americans by young white men committed to a racist ideology that believes that these three groups pose an existential threat to “White Christian America.”

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Gov. Tom Wolf Appoints CAIR-Philadelphia to PA Census Commission

CAIR-Philadelphia has been invited to join Governor Wolf’s Census 2020 Complete Count Commission to help ensure the fullest possible count of Pennsylvania’s population. Participating in this commission will enable CAIR-PA to safeguard the civil liberties of American Muslims and ensure full participation in the Census -– a crucial data point for resource allocation that everyday impacts the lives of all Pennsylvanians.

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A Passover for Palestine

This Passover, which falls between April 19 – 27, CAIR-Philadelphia, Jewish Voice for Peace, and the Tikkun Olam Havurah (a Reconstructionist Synagogue) are hosting a Passover seder dedicated to the Palestinian struggle for national independence and self-determination. This unique and historical collaboration between social justice activists in both communities is proof that Jews and Muslims are not the eternal enemies some would see us as.

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GOP Rep Branded “Racist Islamophobe” Over Prayer in Front of PA House’s First Muslim Woman

“On this significant day, when Pennsylvanians of all backgrounds could celebrate the swearing-in of the Commonwealth’s first female Muslim House member—thus expanding the tradition of religious freedom so important to the history of this Commonwealth—Republican Representative Stephanie Borowicz chose instead to deliver a thinly veiled attack on the Islamic faith of Representative Johnson-Harrell that failed to meet even the most minimum standards of mutual respect and religious tolerance,” CAIR Philadelphia Executive Director Jacob Bender said.

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CAIR-Philadelphia Congratulates State Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell; Calls for the State House to Censure Rep. Stephanie Borowicz for her Divisive Opening Prayer

The Philadelphia Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Philadelphia) today congratulated State Representative Movita Johnson-Harrell on her election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Rep. Johnson-Harrell — a businesswoman, community activist, and civil servant — was elected to the State House from Philadelphia’s 190th District in a special election and becomes the first Muslim woman serving in the Pennsylvania legislature.

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