Arab League Sets Up Hotline for Racist Abuse after Terror Attacks
The Arab League said Saturday it has set up a fax and e-mail hotline for Arabs living abroad to report racist abuse suffered in the wake of the September 11 hijacked plane attacks on the United States, reported AFP.
According to polls, one in five Arab Americans say they have experienced some form of discrimination since the attacks, which the FBI has blamed on 19 alleged militant Islamist hijackers with Arabic names.
Arab League chief Amr Moussa set up a desk to deal with any complaints, which can be reached in Egypt by fax on 202-576-1017 or 202-574-0331, by email at aiuàleagueofarabstates.org or by post at the Arab League, Midan Tahrir, Cairo, Egypt, a League statement said.
The Muslim countries meeting Wednesday in Doha denounced in their final communiqué backlashes against Muslims and Arabs in the world in the wake of the attacks.
Western leaders have stressed that the anti-terror war is not aimed against Islam or Muslims, but Muslim and Arab activists in the US frequently report incidents of harassment and assaults.
Arab officials have said that the US has not so far provided solid evidence that the attacks were planned by suspected mastermind Osama bin Laden or any Arab or Muslim – Albawaba.com
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