This evening, the Bay Area relatives of Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir, who was abducted and killed near his home in Jerusalem on Wednesday, will hold a candle light vigil for him.
Palestinians believe the teen was killed in revenge for the deaths of three kidnapped Israelis who were buried just hours before Abu Khdeir’s abduction.
Representatives of the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) and the local Muslim community will join the Abu Khdeir family as they stand for peace and justice in the Holy Land.
“Our message to the community has been clear: no family on either side should have to bear this type of tragedy,” said CAIR-SFBA Executive Director Zahra Billoo. “This Ramadan, we’re encouraging everyone to increase their prayers for peace in the holy land.”
WHAT: Candle Light Vigil for Slain Palestinian Teen
WHEN: July 4th, 2014, 7:30PM-8:30PM
WHERE: Santana Row, at the corner of Stevens Creek Blvd. and Winchester Blvd., Santa Clara
CONTACT: CAIR-SFBA Executive Director Zahra Billoo, zbilloo@cair.com
Ramadan is the month on the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from break of dawn to sunset. The fast is performed to learn discipline, self-restraint and generosity, while obeying God’s commandments. Fasting (along with the declaration of faith, daily prayers, charity, and pilgrimage to Mecca) is one of the “five pillars” of Islam.

CAIR-CA is a chapter of CAIR, 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.