National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

September 11, 2011

In commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the extraordinary September 11, 2001 tragedy that befell thousands in New York, the fields of Pennsylvania, and the nation's capital, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations remains ever mindful of the unending pain in the hearts of those who survived. It is in this solemn spirit that the Council is honored to reprint what its Founding President and Chief Executive Officer wrote and distributed widely at that time in reaction to the tragedy.

Statement by Dr. John Duke Anthony, Founding President and CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

The National Council, an American educational organization, is deeply shocked and saddened by the unconscionable attacks in New York City and our nation's capital, and the intended attack that failed and came to ground in western Pennsylvania, on September 11, 2001. The attacks were the work of criminals whose murderous and suicidal acts have nothing whatsoever in common with the basic values of the Arab culture and the Islamic faith.

We join Americans, Arabs, South Asians, and people of every faith and nationality in our desire to see those responsible for these acts of terrorism brought swiftly to justice. We mourn the victims and extend heartfelt condolences to their grieving families, loved ones, and friends.

We join President Bush and other national leaders in deploring all incidents of hatred and defamation directed against Muslims and individuals of Arab and South Asian origin. We urgently call for the tolerance and understanding that are among our country's founding ideals. Together with millions of other Americans, the National Council testifies to the extraordinary richness of Arab and Islamic culture and the core values of peace and moderation in both traditions.

The National Council remains steadfast in its mission to foster mutual understanding and respect for our two peoples' values, customs, heritages, moral principles, and religious beliefs. In the face of the national tragedy that has befallen the United States, the need to strengthen the bonds of friendship and cooperation between our two peoples is more pressing than ever. The Council will continue to work strenuously towards this goal.

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