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Nelson “Madiba” Mandela, Symbol of 20th Century Triumph of the Oppressed, Passes Away at Age 95

 Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, December 6, 2013

ADC Mourns the Loss of Nelson Mandela

ADC Mourns the Loss of Nelson Mandela

Washington, DC | | December 5, 2013 -

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) joins South Africa and the entire world in mourning the loss of Nelson “Madiba” Mandela today. Mandela passed away at his home at the age of 95. Through non-violent organizing and negotiations, Mandela was able to defeat the Apartheid regime that had been oppressing black South Africans since 1948. While Mandela was endearingly referred to as “the father of the nation” by South Africans, we at ADC would like to honor and celebrate his legacy left on the last decade, as the global father in the fight for civil rights and democracy.

Prior to ascending to presidency, Mandela began his mission as a community advocate and organizer against Apartheid in the township of Soweto, located outside of Johannesburg. While enduring numerous police raids on his law office and multiple arrests, most notably being the 27-year stint on Robben Island, Mandela never lost sight of his mission to dismantle the institutionalized racism of the Apartheid regime.

Mandela’s unconventional vision of a “rainbow nation” with a one-man, one-vote electoral democracy serves as a beacon for contemporary civil-rights movements. As an Arab-American grassroots advocacy organization, we have deeply embodied and supported the efforts of Mandela and others in the struggle for liberty and equality through the years.

The dedication and patience Mandela displayed in his fight against Apartheid didn’t just end in South Africa. As a spoken advocate for Palestinian self-determination and against the illegal Israeli occupation in Palestine, Mandela’s work to end Apartheid on a global scale is not yet complete. While we join the world in mourning the loss of Mandela, we, as advocates for civil rights and democracy, must continue Mandela’s legacy in achieving an end to the current Apartheid policies affecting Palestinians today.

Rest in Peace from the Arab American community,

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U.S. Muslim Group Calls Nelson Mandela's Death a Loss for All Humanity


CAIR: U.S. Muslim Group Calls Nelson Mandela's Death a Loss for All Humanity

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/5/13) -

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said that the death of Nelson Mandela is a loss for all humanity and that the South African leader will remain an example to those fighting for human rights.

In a statement reacting to news of Mandela's death,
CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

"Throughout his life, Nelson Mandela served as an example of strength in adversity to all those fighting for freedom and justice. His legacy of uncompromising perseverance in the face of bigotry and injustice will live on for generations to come.

"He was a unique historic figure. From his jail cell, he demonstrated vision and courage, and taught the world the true meaning of steadfastness. Outside his cell, he demonstrated statesmanship, reconciliation and pragmatism. 

"As the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: 'For every day on which the sun rises, there is a (reward) for the one who establishes justice among people.'"  

CAIR cited the famous Mandela quote: "I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.


CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,


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