(MIAMI, FL, 7/25/2016) - The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Florida), the state's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today said it has requested the Boca Raton Police Department and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate statements made by Palm Beach Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher about a potential bomb threat targeting the Islamic Center of Boca Raton (ICBR).
Last week, Bucher informed Muslim community leaders of her decision to change an election polling station location from ICBR to a local public library in response to letters and calls received mostly from locals, but also nationwide. Bucher described some of the calls as vulgar and threatening and also mentioned the possibility of a bomb threat against the Islamic center. It does not appear that Bucher ever notified law enforcement of the alleged bomb threat.
Acting on behalf of the Islamic Center of Boca Raton, CAIR-Florida has formally requested from the Boca Raton Police Department and the U.S. Department of Justice to immediately initiate a full investigation of the alleged bomb threat to the designated polling station.
CAIR-Florida's Civil Rights Department, and other national civil rights organizations' lawyers are presently exploring possible legal avenues to address Bucher's removal of the Islamic Center as a polling station.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/25/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities in Nevada to investigate alleged threats and hate vandalism targeting a Muslim family in that state as possible hate crimes.
A Muslim business owner in Pahrump, Nev., reports repeated threats targeting his family and business in the past month and a half, and said hate graffiti was found yesterday on a building in which he operates his business.
The hate graffiti include slurs and threats such as “sand n**ger,” “camel Jockey,” “I will kill you,” and “towel head.” The threats and the hate graffiti are being investigated by the Nye County Sheriff’s Office. (Report #16NY2449)
PHOTOS: Alleged Hate Graffiti
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/25/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today released a new 30-second animated advertisement for ISLAMOPHOBIN® showing the mock-medicine “crushing” Islamophobia.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/20/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate an alleged attack on a Nebraska man by an assailant who reportedly shouted “ISIS” and obscenities at the victim.
The Indian immigrant, who is not Muslim, said he suffered a fractured nose, split lip and a bruised calf after being punched repeatedly. Prior to the assault, the alleged attacker accused the victim of being a “terrorist.” The attacker reportedly shouted: “ISIS (expletive). Get out of my country.”
“We urge law enforcement authorities to investigate this attack as a hate crime and for public officials to repudiate the growing Islamophobia in our society that inevitably leads to violence and discrimination targeting American Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
He noted that the Islamic Center of Omaha has been targeted by vandals a number of times in recent months.