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U.S. senator, Muslim group say they have resolved award controversy

U.S. senator, Muslim group say they have resolved award controversy

Sen. Barbara Boxer met with officials from a Muslim advocacy group, and both sides said they had resolved a controversy over Boxer rescinding an honor her office gave a member of the group.
But a spokeswoman for the California Democrat said Wednesday she does not intend to give back the certificate honoring Basim Elkarra, executive director of the Sacramento, California, chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The senator also said the concerns prompting her to rescind his service award earlier this month have not changed.
At the time, Boxer and her staff cited concerns about CAIR's positions on terrorist groups, contending that CAIR had refused to label Hamas and Hezbollah as terrorist organizations. Boxer had been criticized on conservative Web sites for giving the award to Elkarra; she said she did not know her office had done so.
"I'm putting it all behind me, and we're moving ahead to work with the civil rights community to better relations among people of all faiths," Boxer said Wednesday during an interview, without elaborating.
CAIR officials met with Boxer and her staff on Tuesday.
"We have addressed the issues related to this unfortunate and unnecessary incident, and have agreed with Senator Boxer that we should all move forward to build a nation in which people of all faiths work together to promote respect and tolerance," CAIR said in a statement.
CAIR-Los Angeles Executive Director Hussam Ayloush said the group condemns all acts of terrorism.
"We're not a government agency that classifies who's a terrorist and who's not," he said in an interview.


Updated : 2021-07-26 03:12 GMT+08:00