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U.S. Attorney at CWRU
Steve Dettelbach speaks about the Justice Department's Arab & Muslim Initiative to CWRU law students


 
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Part of Steve Dettelbach’s job is to connect with Muslim and Arab communities. That gets tougher when a Florida pastor sets fire to the Koran. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia has more on a visit by the U.S. attorney for Northern Ohio with Case Western Reserve's law students to discuss the Justice Department's Arab and Muslim outreach initiative.

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Steve Dettelbach told a room full of law students and members of the Muslim Student Association that the Justice Department wants to engage their entire community, not just small, vocal pockets.  The approach is designed to reduce both radicalization and unfair stereotyping.
Dettelbach notes that it's the Arab AND Muslim initiative, not Arab SLASH Muslim.  Given the disparate communities involved, from African-American Muslims to Arab Christians, he says it's an outreach program that needs to do more than just open a dialogue.
Before the talk, Dettelbach spoke with members of Case Western's Muslim Student Association to find out about the atmosphere on campus.  Gazy Khan is president of the group, and sees little reason for alarm in University Circle.
Dettelbach is a self-described "nice Jewish boy" who grew up in Northeast Ohio. He stresses that he knows the challenges of immigrants, but not of Arabs and Muslims in the U.S.

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