House Condemns Bigotry Against Arab-Americans
WASHINGTON (Sept. 15) - The House of Representatives Saturday condemned violence against Arab-Americans in the wake of terror attacks in New York and Washington.
Reports of vandalism, threats and other kinds of bias incidents have increased as the federal probe into the air attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon pointed toward a Middle Eastern connection and the group of militants led by Saudi-born exile Osama bin Laden.
In response, Rep. David Bonior, a Michigan Democrat, introduced a nonbinding resolution condemning acts of ''bigotry and violence'' against Arab-Americans, American Muslims and South Asians. The measure was approved unanimously.
President Bush has also appealed for tolerance. ''(We) should not hold one who is a Muslim responsible for an act of terror,'' Bush said Thursday.