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Tampa civil rights group warns Muslims to talk to FBI only with lawyer present listen

10/20/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: CAIR, FBI, Sami Osmakac, Hassan Shibly, entrapment

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A local civil rights group is issuing an “urgent warning” to Muslims not to talk to the FBI unless their lawyer is present; the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR-Florida, says it stems from a prominent New Tampa Muslim being questioned at home.

For more, WMNF interviewed, Hassan Shibly, an attorney and executive director of CAIR-Florida.

Later this week we’ll air the 2nd half of this interview in which Shibly emphasizes the danger of entrapment and outlines the case of Sam...

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Tampa teen beaten by Israeli police wants American kids to know things are tough in Palestine listen

07/24/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Tariq Khdeir, Tariq Abukhdeir, Palestine, Israel, West Bank, Jerusalem, CAIR

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A Tampa teenager became the center of the firestorm between Israel and Palestine when he was beaten by Israeli police shortly after his cousin was killed by Israeli extremists; Tariq Abukhdeir is back home now and he’s healing from his wounds.

Wednesday night I sat down with Tariq and his mother at their East Tampa townhouse. It’s on a quiet, suburban street not far from the Florida Fairgrounds. On his living room sofa, Tariq Abukhdeir told me about his first encounter with military polic...

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Tariq Khdeir enthusiastically welcomed home to Tampa; he says remember Palestinians who died listen

07/17/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Tariq Khdeir, Palestine, Tampa, tampa international airport, Israel, CAIR, Hassan Shibly

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Tariq Khdeir has returned home to Tampa; the teenager who was beaten unconscious by Israeli police was welcomed by dozens of exuberant friends, family and supporters late Wednesday night at Tampa International Airport. photos here

In videos and photos taken shortly after his beating two weeks ago, Khdeir’s face appeared bruised and swollen. But as he and his immediate family walked off the airport tram into the welcoming arms o...

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Max Blumenthal criticizes U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) for inaction on Tampa teenager beat up by Israeli police listen

07/14/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Tariq Abu Khdeir, kathy castor, Max Blumenthal, Gaza, West Bank, Palestine, Israel, Hassan Shibly, CAIR, Tariq Khdeir

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The Tampa teenager who was allegedly beat up by Israeli Police could be on his way home as early as this week; Tariq Khdeir was beaten and jailed and remains on house arrest in East Jerusalem.

But a well-known author is questioning how much help the Khdeir family is getting from their federal representatives from Florida. Max Blumenthal’s latest article in AlterNet is called “[Fl...

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CAIR Florida reacts to release of injured Tampa teenager from Israeli jail listen

07/07/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Hassan Shibly, CAIR, Florida, Palestine, Israel, Tariq Abu Khdeir, Tariq Khdeir

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A teenager from Tampa was released yesterday from a prison in Israel. He’s now on house arrest. Tariq Khdeir told reporters he was beaten up by two Israeli police on Friday in an attack captured on video.

The Associated Press reports that today Israeli police said a border policeman had been temporarily suspended from special operations and transferred to a different position until the completion of an investigation into the apparent police beating of Tariq Khdeir. The AP says Khdeir trave...

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CAIR holds press conference to discuss local Arab-American teen beaten and detained by Israeli Forces listen

07/07/14 Rob Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Tags: CAIR, Tariq Khdeir, Israeli Forces

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Today on the Last Call Rob Lorei airs CAIR's press conference about a local Arab-American teen, Tariq Khdeir who was beaten and detained by Israeli Forces.



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Same-sex couple denied divorce in Tampa and new developments on Florida shooting of a young Chechen man by FBI agent listen

05/15/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Hassan Shibly, CAIR, Ibragim Todashev, Same-sex marriage

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Today on Radioactivity, we discuss a story taking place here in Tampa, where a Hillsborough circuit judge has refused to grant a divorce to same-sex couple originally married in Massachusetts. The women seeking divorce plan to appeal and Rob Lorei speaks to the attorneys handling their case - Brett Rahall and Ellen Ware.

Later Rob speaks with Hassan Shibly, chief executive director of Counsel on American Islamic-Relations (CAIR) Florida Chapter about the latest update on a shooting that ...

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Homeless in Tampa get a Day of Dignity listen

12/16/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: homeless, poverty, CAIR, charity

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People living on the streets and some of Tampa’s working poor were given supplies to help them get by this winter. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) partnered with other local agencies at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park just outside of downtown Sunday to offer health screenings, clothing and other necessities during Tampa’s first Day of Dignity.

“The services are there. They may not be able to reach out to them or go to these places. It’s good to have, it’s like all in one u...

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Burned pages from Quran found outside Tampa office of CAIR

09/12/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Tampa, Hassan Shibly, told WMNF he found burnt pages from the Quran outside the CAIR Tampa office Thursday morning.

He later posted a photo of the charred remains on Facebook.

Another CAIR employee, Samantha Bowden, posted on Facebook that she found it when she stepped out of her car in the morning. She said a report was filed with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, but it was not yet considered a crime becau...

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Grieving father demands answers in the shooting death of Ibragim Todashev listen

08/13/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The father of a man killed by law enforcement officers while being questioned about his relationship with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects is looking for answers about why his son was shot multiple times. During a press conference Tuesday at the Council on American-Islamic Relations office in Tampa, Abdulbaki Todashev spoke publicly about his son.

“I came to America to rely on [the] American legal system, that I will be able to pursue and achieve the justice for my son… I hope and...

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