The Council on American-Islamic Relations has issued a call for complaints of discrimination on the part of airlines by Muslims who travel to Mecca this year:
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), citing what it called the “airport profiling” of six imams removed from a recent flight, yesterday said Muslims traveling this month to the holy site in Saudi Arabia need to be aware of their rights.
“Given the increase in the number of complaints CAIR has received alleging airport profiling of American Muslims, we believe it is important that all those taking part in this year’s hajj be aware of their legal and civil rights,” said Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR spokesman.
The group has established a toll-free hot line (800/784-7526) for victims of “flying while Muslim,” as Muslims have begun departing for the weeklong hajj, a once-in-a-lifetime obligation to visit the holy city of Mecca, which this year begins Dec. 29.
More evidence that the case of the Six Traveling Imams was a set-up by the imams to set the stage for this kind of effort.
“Ibrahim Hooper,” by the way, is the former Doug Hooper of Duluth, Minnesota.