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(6/29/16 - ATLANTA, GA) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic relations today condemned Tuesday's suicide bombings at an international airport in Turkey, which killed over 50 people of various faiths and nationalities.
No group has claimed responsibility but the attack bears the hallmarks of mass-casualty attacks in Paris, Brussels, and Baghdad.
"The fact that these deranged extremists slaughtered people of all backgrounds at an airport in the heart of the Islamic world represents further proof that such murderers do not represent any faith," said CAIR Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell. "We condemn this attack on our brothers and sisters in Turkey, just as we condemn all unjust violence, whether it occurs in Orlando, Chicago or Aleppo."
American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP-Atlanta), CAIR Georgia and other organizations have teamed up with the Red Cross to host a public blood drive on July 14th at Atlanta's Dar-un-Noor Academy in solidarity with all victims of unjust violence around the world, from Chicago to Orlando to Aleppo.
Donors should register onine at redcrossblood.org using the code: dar-un-noor. Participants can also check their eligibility beforehand by using the Red Cross hotline at 1-866-236-3276.
"Atlanta hospitals face an urgent and significant shortage of blood supplies," said CAIR Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell. "We encourage Atlantans of all faiths and backgrounds to donate blood in solidarity with the victims of unjust violence around the world, from Chicago to Orlando to Aleppo."
CAIR Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell and Bob Ross, leader of the Tea Party in Fayette County, sat down together for a joint interview with NPR on June 21.
The two discussed their "unexpected friendship," which arose after Ross attended interfaith dinners at the Islamic Community Center of Atlanta, including an annual Ramadan Interfaith Dinner on June 18th. Listen to the audio at time mark 52:45:
Well over 100 people attended an interfaith dinner June 18 at Fayetteville's Islamic Community Center.
"We were pleased and excited to welcome a capacity crowd into our mosque for an evening of dinner and dialogue," said Mitchell, a Fayetteville resident who serves as a member of the ICCA's Board of Trustees.