Islamophobia

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People of many faiths will stand in solidarity with Central New York’s Muslims Saturday as they continue to celebrate Ramadan.  A walk to the mosque from Grace Episcopal Church  and an open house is intended to counter an anti-Sharia law march in front of the federal building.

President of the Islamic Society of Central New York Mohmed Khater says people are certainly free to gather and rally.  But he also feels it’s their responsibility to help the larger community understand Islamic ideology.

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A newly formed Jewish peace group is using one night of Chanukah to speak out against Islamophobia and racism.  Central New York residents recently started a chapter of ‘Jewish Voice for Peace’.  The national group is rooted in mid-east peace issues.  But organizer Julie Gozan says sentiments since the election are reason for the Wednesday Night protest.

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  Some of Central New York's Jewish residents took a day of Hanukkah to show solidarity with local Muslims.  More than 30 people gathered at the menorah in Clinton Square to protest against what they call growing Islamophobia.  Mara Sapon-Shevin is against singling out any religion.