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JW v State 14-1511 pgs. 500-501

JW v State 14-1511 pgs. 500-501

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UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Depanment State Case No. F~2014-11262 Doc No.C05500593 Date 05/29/2015
cobtairied Judicial waicii, Inc. via FOIA
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September 13, 2012
USE Outreach and Engagement Post Benghaxl Attack Domestic Religious/Community Group Statements and Actions Arab and Muslim American Groups. N55/GE. WH/OPE, and State (NEA, DRL, OIC) reached out
numerous community contacts resulting number positive statement including from nearly all
maior Muslim American groups. copies the statements are attached the accompanying
document. Next Steps need leverage these statements for overseas communication and
follow-up with key issuing organizations encourage additional actions and possible press
appearances.
Statements from other Faith and Ethnic Communities. WH/OFBNP helped mobilile the domestic taith community after the Benghazi attacks. Groups
from the World Evangelical Alliance, lhe American Bap Churches the Religious Action Center
til Reform Judaism and many others Issued positive statements. N55/GE reached out the Sikh
and Paitlstanl American communities. who also issued positive statements. Copies the
statements are attached the accompanying document. Next Steps: same above.
State DRL, IRF, and the for International Religious Freedom Suzan Johnson Cqok reached
out approximately domestic Muslim and Christian organixatlons with whom they have
regular contact, including the Coptic Christian community the United States. Special Envoy
Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitlsm Hannah ltosienthal and team spoiie with domestic
groups. DRL continued reach out International human rights activists and organizations,
induding Coptic activists and others Egypt. State encouraged the groups condemn the
attack that killed Ambassador Stevens and others Libya the strongest possible terms.
lnte alth Press Conference. Following DNSA McDonoughs call, WH/OPE and Special Envoy the
OIC llashad Hussein further engaged imam Magid (Islamic Society North America). who held
press conlerence with Rabbi David Sapperstein Union for Reform Judaism), Reverend Weldon
Gadtly (interfaith Alliance). and Ambassador Auiall Libya. After making statements condemning
the both the violence and the video, these and other leaders spoke foreign pressl Including
Arabic and Dari. State/PA recorded these interviews. The laotage was subsequently distributed
our Embassies overseas and also sent via satellite directly media Muslim majority countries.
Diplomatic Outreach
Following Spedal Envoy Hussains engagement, theplc lsued strong statement condemning the
lilm and the attacks. Special Envoy Hussaln also spoke with the Saudi Ambassador communicate
the importance constructive response from t.he Kingdom, which home Islams two holiest
mosques. NS$]Europe engaged the Turkish government. which issued statement condemning the violence. number other countries have issued condernnations.
This document speci cally captures USG eiinrts engage outside voices encourage public statements that (1)
denounce the attackand/or (1) make clear that the anti-Muslim lilm does not reflect American. This ilsrdoes
not capture thetoIaIIty the USGS engagement and public alialrs elforts following the attack Bengharl.
UNCLASSIFIED. U.S. Department State Case No. F-2014-11282 Doc No. 005800593 Date D5/25/2
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UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case 92014-11252 Doc coseoosaa Date. 05/292015
Speech International Religious Freedom. DNSA Mcbonough spoke Conference Catholic
Bishops Catholic University America where commended positive state ironr CCB and urged
other faith leaders speak out against hateful and divisive messages.
Congressional outreach. Representative Keith Ellison issued strong statement and VouTube
video. Next Step. oth these items need disseminated overseas.
International Religious/Community Leader Engagement
Special Envoy Hussein engaged Shaykh Hamza Vusui (US) and Shaykh Abudullah Binbayyah
(Mauritania) who condemned the violence and are working responses. Both leaders have strong
connections throughout the Muslim World, with whom they are engaging.
NSS/GE and State officers Na, SCA, and EUR discussed steps officers posts can take
engage local religious and community contacts. NSSIGE has provided State talking points support
this engagement. Iiertt Steps: State officers will engage overseas contacts encourage issuance pcrsitive statements and media appearances.
Embassy Kabul and ISAF released Joint statement tailored the Afghan audienoe that called for
calm and reiterated our commitment tolerance along with our condemnation all violence. state Department Eid Reception. September 13, Secretary Clinton and few guests will speak the previously scheduled Eid event. State/PA will interview selected guests. encouraging them
make positive statements that can used overseas.
State Department Public Diplomacy Efforts
State/PA sending out ALDAC with the text the Secretan/s remarks for their use and
ampli cation, which addresses religious tolerance: Some have sought justify this vicious
behavior, along with the protest that tool: place our Embassy Cairo yesterday. response
Inflammatory material posted the intomet. Americas commitment religious tolerance goes
bad; the very beginning our nation. But let clear there justification for this,
none. Violence Illre this way honor religion faith. And long there are those who
would take Innocent life the name God, the world will never know true and lasting peace.
tSCC digital outreach team has done engagements. All them have been the events
Benghaxi and have relied their entirety the Presidents remarks, the Secretarys remarks and
the condolences the President Ubya. These are: Arabic: engagements; Somali:
engagements; Urdu: engagements.
State: also pushing out video footage highly politiciied, often anti American sites and looking
for additional footage that may amplify our desired message (for example, there are stories
supposed solidarity marches Libya support our murdered folks but State hasnt seen any
actual footage which could used that con rms that they have already occurred) and that could used new video messaging appropriate.
UNCLASSIFIED US. Department State Case No. F-2014-11262 Doc No. CO58DO593 Date: 05/29/2015
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