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On 10th Anniversary of Sept. 11 JA, Muslim American Friendship Grows

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Pacific Citizen
 
John Tateishi was in his car in California when he first heard news of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the radio. Knowing the adverse reaction this could have against Arab and Muslim American communities, Tateishi, who was JACL national director at the time, took immediate action. He turned his car around.
 
"As soon as the FBI announced that this had all the markings of a Middle Eastern terrorist attack and began to identify the first list of the terrorists, I knew there would be a reaction against the Arab and Muslim communities," said Tateishi.
 
He issued a press release to every major news outlet in the country urging the nation not to scapegoat Arab and Muslim communities "because of their racial similarities to the terrorists," and contacted government authorities to remind them of the victimization of Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor.

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