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A year has passed since President Obama addressed the Muslim world in his Cairo speech, viewed at the time as a potential turning point in U.S.-Muslim relations. Consistent with a Gallup survey of several majority-Muslim countries, in my recent reporting, American Muslims have consistently told me that they are disappointed — though still hopeful — about the actions that have followed those words.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has issued a detailed statement on the areas that have improved or still need improvement, both in America’s domestic and foreign policy, and also among America’s Muslim communities. Some excerpts:

The Israel-Palestine issue was once again thrust onto the international stage this week as Israel demonstrated its blatant disregard for international law. We concur with Secretary Clinton that the situation in Gaza is “unsustainable.” We concur with the president when he called the Palestinian people’s situation “intolerable.” We believe the administration could be much stronger in its response toward Israel’s illegal settlements and creation of what amounts to a vast open-air prison in Gaza. Our nation must now work to end the inhumane and illegal siege on Gaza.


American Muslims have not been sitting idle since the Cairo speech. We recognize that a more perfect union requires that we roll up our sleeves and do the hard work of undoing the stain placed on our faith by hateful extremists. Throughout the last year CAIR and other American Muslim groups have communicated their ideas, support and concerns to the administration.

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