WBEZ 91.5: Executive Director Ahmed Rehab blasts a racist greeting card [AUDIO]

Listen to CAIR-Chicago’s Executive Director Ahmed Rehab on WBEZ discuss a greeting card that portrays a Muslim doll as a terrorist.

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WBBM Newsradio: Local Muslims outraged by card [AUDIO]

Listen to CAIR-Chicago’s Executive Director Ahmed Rehab on WBBM 105.9 discuss a greeting card that portrays a Muslim doll as a terrorist.

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WGN 9: Card causing controversy among Muslim community [VIDEO]

Muslim leaders are blasting a greeting card that portrays a doll as a terrorist.

The card caught the attention of Chicago’s Council on American Islamic relations

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Rusty Humphries Show: Ahmed Rehab shares Muslim community’s reactions to the Boston bombings

Listen to Ahmed Rehab on the Rusty Humphries show talk about the Muslim community’s reactions to the Boston bombings.

The Rusty Humphries show is a nationally syndicated right wing talk show that is ranked as the 9th most popular in national syndication.

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WBEZ, Worldview: Ahmed Rehab discusses the history of Egyptian cinema

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Egypt’s film industry has been around since the late 1800’s, producing films not just for an Egyptian audience but for countries throughout the Arab world. In many ways Egyptian films have reflected the country’s political reality, whether you’re looking at the 1930’s and issues of censorship or films produced in the post-colonial years. Film contributor Milos Stehlik and Ahmed Rehab, Executive Director of CAIR-Chicago, tell us about some of Egypt’s most well-known directors and take us through the history of Egypt’s film industry.

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State of Belief Radio: Taking back Islam from extremists with “My Jihad”

Learn more about the My Jihad campaign here.

The well-organized and well-funded campaign to inflame fear of and hostility toward Muslims and Islam has been well-documented. But that doesn’t make having to see Pamela Geller, et. al.’s indefensible ads posted in mass transit systems across the country any easier. It’s the kind of rhetoric that creates a polarization that makes collaboration in the service of fighting extremism impossible.

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WBEZ, Worldview: Ahmed Rehab on the politics behind Egypt’s possible IMF loan

Egypt had reached an initial agreement for a loan with the International Monetary Fund back in November, but after a series of violent protests, President Morsi postponed the tax increases that would be needed in order to meet the austerity measures required to secure the IMF loan. It’s unclear what will happen. Ahmed Rehab, executive director of CAIR-Chicago, joins to discuss the political implications.

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CLTV: Controversial ‘My Jihad’ ads part of educational campaign

CLTV reports on the ‘MyJihad’ ad campaign, a nationwide public education campaign sponsored by CAIR-Chicago. The campaign aims to give a different meaning of the word ‘jihad.’

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ABC 7: CAIR-Chicago launches an attention-getting campaign

CAIR-Chicago launches an attention-getting campaign, the theme: ‘My Jihad.’ The Council says this is part of a national public education campaign seeking to share the proper meaning of jihad as believed and practiced by the majority of Muslims.

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WGN 9: Nationwide ‘My Jihad’ ad campaign launches in Chicago

WGN reports on the launch of the controversial ‘My Jihad’ ad campaign. CAIR-Chicago says the meaning of the word ‘jihad’ has been distorted by Muslims as well as non-Muslim extremists and they’ve launched a nationwide campaign that is beginning here in Chicago to get out the real meaning of the word ‘jihad.’

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Fox News: Ahmed Rehab debates Sean Hannity and Zuhdi Jasser on Egypt

On November 27th, 2012, CAIR-Chicago Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab appeared on Fox News’ Hannity to discuss the latest protests in Egypt against President Mohamed Morsi.

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Chicago Public Radio: Ahmed Rehab on the continuing Egyptian crisis

On Monday, Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi appeared to have reached a deal with the country’s top judicial authorities that would limit the scope of the self-appointed powers he’d taken last week. Morsi’s power grab had set off a series of violent protests in Egypt over the last few days. Ahmed Rehab, Executive Director of CAIR-Chicago, explains the political implications.

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WGN 9 Radio: Ahmed Rehab discusses racist CTA ads, sheds light on Jihad

Ahmed Rehab, Executive Director of the Chicago Office of the  Council on American-Islamic Relations, discusses the racist CTA ads, and sheds light on the meaning of Jihad that many Americans and the media may not know. Continue reading

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WGN 9: ‘Jihad’ ads on CTA buses spark outrage


CHICAGO—Some controversial ads are now on the sides of buses and CTA stations, and they’re sparking outrage in the Muslim community.

The ad reads “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat jihad.”

It’s already been running in other cities including New York, Detroit and Washington D.C. The ad is financed by Pamela Geller, a conservative blogger with an organization called the American Freedom Defense Initiative.

Several Muslim groups in Chicago say the ad campaign is racist.

“When you say defeat jihad, she’s essentially saying defeat all Muslim,” says Ahmed Rehab, Executive Director, CAIR Chicago. “It’s incredibly misinformed.” Continue reading

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CBS 2: CAIR-Chicago hosts Presidential debate viewing party

On October 22nd, 2012, CAIR-Chicago held a public viewing of the 3rd Presidential debate. CAIR-Chicago staff and community members comment on the candidates positions on various foreign policy issues.

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Al-Ahram: ‘Don’t take the bait’

In an exclusive interview, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Ahmed Rehab tells Gihan Shahine how Muslims should react to the current wave of anti-Islamic bigotry

How do you assess the recent US-made anti-Islam film and the French cartoons ridiculing the Prophet Mohamed? Are they an exercise in freedom of speech as the Western argument goes or are they an insult designed to humiliate and offend Muslims?

They are both. Freedom of speech can be misused to insult and humiliate. But it is still freedom of speech. The problem is not so much the insult to Islam, since ridiculing an idea or belief is protected as free speech in the West. Rather, the problem is the bigotry and hateful stereotypes peddled through the ridicule of the Prophet Mohamed, who is used as a proxy symbol for Muslims worldwide. In so far as the hateful stereotypes against Muslims constitute hate speech, we have a moral responsibility to call it what it is. Most commentators in both the West and the Muslim-majority countries fail to make this distinction — yelling in one of two equally wrong directions and essentially missing the point.

Do you see the recent attacks on Muslims and Islam as indications that the West is caught up in a new wave of Islamophobia?

There is no doubt that since 9/11, the West has been struggling with a disturbing rise in Islamophobia. The recent film is not a standalone case but is a manifestation of a broader trend that is especially apparent on websites, blogs, YouTube, and the social media where Muslims or Islam are bashed in vulgar terms and images. Above and beyond the general trend, there is a unique and distinct organised network of dedicated anti-Muslim propagandists who feed into it and in many cases instigate it. Several people involved in the making or marketing of the film are plugged into this organised Islamophobia network in the US that has been responsible for several other hate campaigns against Muslims which have also drawn large public responses.

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The Arab Spring pulses here too

By TARA WEINBERG

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The Arab Spring has touched Amira Kefi, Essam El Hashani and Ahmed Rehab. They carry it around with them daily though they are far from the uprisings that changed theirs and many others’ lives.

They wonder what is ahead for the countries they came from. They take great joy in recalling the excitement the upheavals gave them. And like many of those in Chicago who straddle two worlds, they do their best to keep their balance in challenging times.

All are from North Africa but live in Chicago. All practice Islam and love soccer. And all have been involved in revolutions in the past year – Kefi in Tunisia, El Hashani in Libya and Rehab in Egypt.

Kefi, El Hashani and Rehab are excited by the new level of political consciousness they see all around them in their home countries. Even if the current political situation deteriorates, ordinary Tunisians, Libyans and Egyptians are awake now to their political power. “We are not satisfied even now with the [Tunisian] government. We are preparing for the next revolution,” says Kefi.

As Tunisia’s government tries to find its feet, Egypt moves on from its first democratic elections and Libya staggers towards its first parliamentary vote, North Africans in Chicago reflect on the results of the ‘Arab Spring’. Kefi, El Hashani and Rehab speak about the difficult struggle for freedom in their home countries and recognize the long road they must still travel to realize the potential offered by each revolution. Continue reading

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Chicago Public Radio: Ahmed Rehab talks about Muslim film protest violence

Ahmed Rehab, CAIR-Chicago Executive Director, speaks to WBEZ’s Worldview about the violence and anti-American protests throughout the Muslim world that has resulted from an amateur anti-Muslim film. Continue reading

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VIDEO: Fox 32 – Muslim grave site desecrated, CAIR-Chicago responds

CAIR-Chicago Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab, speaks out against anti-Muslim rhetoric which has contributed to hate crimes against Muslims.

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Chicago Public Radio: Islamic rights group sounds alarm over grave desecration

Muslim rights groups are sounding the alarm over another incident that they fear may show a rise in anti-Islamic sentiment in Illinois. A Muslim man visiting a grave Thursday at Evergreen Cemetery in southwest suburban Evergreen Park reportedly found another grave covered with graffiti. Apparently written in black marker, the scrawlings repeated the derogatory term “raghead,” and insulted the Islamic prophet Mohammed.

“We’re calling on this crime to be charged as a hate crime, but we’re waiting for the results of the investigation,” said Ahmed Rehab, Executive Director of the Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Rehab said CAIR has contacted the mayor of Evergreen Park, the Cook County State’s Attorney, and the FBI. Continue reading

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