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Friday, November 11, 2005

ADC Mourns Loss of Mustafa Akkad, Rima Akkad Monla

ADC Press Release: ADC Mourns Loss of Mustafa Akkad, Rima Akkad Monla Washington, DC, November 11, 2005--The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is deeply saddened by the death of Arab-American producer and director Mustafa Akkad. Akkad passed away today after sustaining serious injuries from one of the three terrorist blasts that hit Amman, Jordan hotels this past Wednesday. ADC reiterates its condemnation of the bombings and calls for a thorough investigation and for those responsible to be brought to justice. Akkad, 75, was in the lobby of the Hyatt hotel with Rima Akkad Monla, his 33-year-old daughter who had just arrived from Beirut that same night, when the blast hit the hotel. Rima was instantly killed. The Akkad family, long-time ADC members and supporters, lived in Los Angeles. However, relatives said Akkad will be buried on Sunday in the Syrian city of Aleppo where he was born, while his daughter will be buried in Lebanon, where she resided with her husband. Akkad was executive producer of the famed Hollywood horror films "Halloween," as well as producer and director of both "The Message" and "Lion of the Desert." Akkad told the Associated Press in 1977 that he made the movie "The Message," to "bring the story of Islam to the West." ADC President Mary Rose Oakar said "ADC finds it sad and disturbing that Mustafa, a man who brought the story of Islam to life in his film 'The Message,' was killed by those who call themselves Muslims. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the families and loved ones affected by this latest horrific tragedy." ### For more information, contact ADC Communications Director Laila Al-Qatami at 202-244-2990. _______________________________________________________________________ Celebrate ADC's 25 Years of Dedicated Service to Civil and Human Rights by: CONTRIBUTING TO AND/OR JOINING ADC https://www.adc.org/membership/ American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) 1732 Wisconsin Ave., NW Washington, DC 20007 Tel: 202-244-2990 Fax: 202-244-3196 E-mail: media@adc.org www.adc.org

4 comments:

q8Sultana said...

Are you a member of ADC?

I was in intern there once upon a time :o)

PALFORCE said...

Well, I was back in the days . I went to ADC convention in 2000, then became invloved with Alawda then AAI then just gave up , our community in Alabama are clueless. LOL. Plus, I went back to school and kids and all.

Anonymous said...

Mustapha akkad's Ideas where bigger and greater than we could ever imagine. He wanted people to stand up against opression and injustice. He was a threat to anybody who did not want to see middle east shine again. It is a shame and a tradegy that he got murdered in such a cowardly way. I hope the people that are responsible will suffer today. I truly do not belive that the people who did this to him where muslims. Two High ranking Palestinian officials where also murdered in this horrific bombing. Wich good does his death do to the Muslim comunity?? He had not enough funding to make his dream movies...One about Andalus and one about Slaheddine. Now we muslims can sit and cry about his death, when he lived we did not support his movies and did not fund them.Why didn't the muslim community fund his movies??? THink about Salaheddine movie in 2009 with special effects made by a muslim as great as Moustafa Akkad!! SHAME ON US!!! They killed him before he could make our dreams come true. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFZ2q9_L_9c a youtube documentary about his life and sruggels. May Allah rest his soul in Paradise with his beautiful daughter.

Anonymous said...

Mustapha akkad's Ideas where bigger and greater than we could ever imagine. He wanted people to stand up against opression and injustice. He was a threat to anybody who did not want to see middle east shine again. It is a shame and a tradegy that he got murdered in such a cowardly way. I hope the people that are responsible will suffer today. I truly do not belive that the people who did this to him where muslims. Two High ranking Palestinian officials where also murdered in this horrific bombing. Wich good does his death do to the Muslim comunity?? He had not enough funding to make his dream movies...One about Andalus and one about Slaheddine. Now we muslims can sit and cry about his death, when he lived we did not support his movies and did not fund them.Why didn't the muslim community fund his movies??? THink about Salaheddine movie in 2009 with special effects made by a muslim as great as Moustafa Akkad!! SHAME ON US!!! They killed him before he could make our dreams come true. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFZ2q9_L_9c a youtube documentary about his life and sruggels. May Allah rest his soul in Paradise with his beautiful daughter.