Volume 95, Issue 9

Friday, September 14, 2001
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Mourners gather in UCC

Fears arise in local Muslim community

Ontario hotels house stranded Americans

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Today's Page 3, normally reserved for news coverage from The Gazette or various wire services, has been turned over to members of the Western community.

In light of the extraordinary and exceptional events we have all witnessed, experienced and shared this week, we felt it appropriate to provide this space as a forum to share your grief, sorrow, shock and, in some cases, hope.

Reader submissions will return exclusively to the Opinions pages of The Gazette when publication resumes, on schedule, next Tuesday. –Aaron Wherry, Editor-in-Chief

"We have to rise above the level of associating a crime with a religious affiliation. A crime is a crime irrespective of the religious affiliation of the one who commits it. No one can dare suggest this crime has been committed under the name of religion. This is a crime against humanity. The truth is that Islam stands for peace."

–Comments from Munir El-Kassem, a spokesperson for Western's Muslim Students' Association.


The Jewish Students' Union at the University of Western Ontario is shocked and saddened by Tuesday's events in New York and Washington. We wish to extend our condolences and sympathies to the victims and their families, especially any members of the UWO community who were directly affected by the attacks.

We hope the on-going rescue efforts will be fruitful in saving as many lives as possible, and that the cities of New York and Washington will find the strength to rebuild and to prosper in the face of adversity.

Furthermore, we hope that the entire North American community will be capable of working together during this time of terrible tragedy.

We urge all members of the University community, Jewish or otherwise, to make use of all services available to help them come to terms with this tragic and horrifying occurrence.


No words can ever express the deep sympathy and sorrow that the Arab Student Association desires to express in light of Tuesday's events. We are paralyzed and shocked.

The ASA condemns these horrible acts.

The ASA would like to send its sincerest sympathy to the families and friends of the victims who innocently died by these inhumane acts. We hope that the truth will be revealed and the perpetrators of this heinous crime will be brought to justice.

The ASA urges and supports all efforts from local to national Arab student associations to work closely with their campuses and communities to find ways to alleviate the pain and suffering, as well as to illustrate our sign of good faiths. We have already illustrated our eagerness through initiating blood drives, general forums, and providing a network of support for anyone (no matter creed, race or religion) throughout the Canadian and London community.

Of course, there has been an increase of concern regarding security among Arab-Canadian students. The ASA urges all ASA members to work closely with the campus administrators and authorities to address their concerns. We and others alike are facilitating the importance of safety and awareness of the consequences of 'guilt by association.'

It is highly imperative that Arab-Canadians highlight the experience of Japanese-Americans after Pearl Harbor. The ASA does not want to see Arab-Canadians, an innocent community, subjected to unjustified abuse when reports of these terrorist attacks are handled irresponsibility. Until the perpetrators are brought to justice, all media reports should be accurate, restrained and sensitive to all the communities who are suffering in this tragedy.

If any student would like to share their concerns, comments or report any form of harrassment or discrimination, please contact the Arab Student Association at ASA_UWO@yahoo.com.

In deep sympathy for the American nation and for all,
Adham Benni, President,
Arab Student Association


With each report coming out of New York and Washington, with each detail slowly emerging from the wounded cities, we began to see what human tragedy really looks like.

What we begin to see, however, is how tragedies often times bring us together, not as members of a certain nationality, a certain religion or a certain culture, but as members of the same human race.

We see countless individuals racing towards blood banks to donate their blood for those in need. We hear stories of brave individuals who risked, and in some cases, lost their lives in attempts to free others from the rubble. We learn of the thousands of emergency workers who are being sent to the sites in attempts to find survivors amongst the ruins.

These are the stories of hope, these are the stories of survival, these are the stories of heroism, these are the stories which help us go on.

If there is anything positive that can ever be taken from such tragedies, it is the immense strength that is built within our communities as citizens of the world in our common hope for relief and for peace.

–Mike Lawless, President University Students' Council


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