American Muslims Collecting Funds to Help Repair Damaged Churches in Palestine


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Palestinian churches damaged following Pope’s comments on Islam

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/20/2006) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on Muslims in America and worldwide to donate to help repair Palestinian churches damaged following recent remarks by Pope Benedict XVI perceived as critical of Islam and the Prophet Muhammad.

SEE: Churches Targeted Over Pope’s Comments

CAIR is urging Muslims to help repair the churches in the West Bank and Gaza by sending a donation to the Catholic Near East Welfare Association. SEE: (Earmark donations for: “Palestine Damaged Churches”)

On Thursday, September 21, CAIR’s Florida office will hold a news conference at the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg to deliver seed money to repair the churches.

WHAT: CAIR-FL to Deliver Seed Money for Repair of Palestinian Churches
WHEN: Thursday, September 21, 2006, 2 p.m.
WHERE: Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg, 6363 9th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Florida
CONTACT: CAIR-Tampa Executive Director Ahmed Bedier, 813-731-9506

“Our campaign is designed to send the message that attacks on any houses of worship are not acceptable and will not be tolerated,” said CAIR-Tampa Executive Director Ahmed Bedier.

In a statement released following the Pope’s remarks, CAIR called for increased dialogue and outreach efforts aimed at building better relations between Christianity and Islam. CAIR’s statement read in part: “Let us all continue the interfaith efforts promoted by the late Pope John Paul II, who made great strides in bringing Muslims and Catholics together for the common good.”

CAIR has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.