(DALLAS, TEXAS, 8/24/16) – Later today, the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) will hold a news conference with local Muslim leaders to welcome the arrest of a man who threatened to decapitate worshipers at a mosque in Watauga, Texas.
WHAT: CAIR-DFW Press Conference
WHEN: Wednesday August 24, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Masjid Al Sahabah, 6005 Chapman Road, Watauga, Texas
Mujeeb Kazi, spokesperson and board member for Masjid Al Sahabah in Watauga, said in a statement:
"The Muslim community of Watauga welcomes the arrest of James Smithey, who threatened to behead Muslims in our mosque. While our community is comprised of peace-loving, compassionate members of society, and have accepted the apology of the caller, it is important for the wheels of justice to turn to safeguard all residents from crime.
(DALLAS, TEXAS, 8/23/16) – The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) today welcomed the arrest of a man who allegedly threatened to decapitate congregants at a mosque in Watauga, Texas.
In a statement, CAIR-DFW Executive Director Alia Salem said:
“Any individual or group seeking to harm or instill fear in a community must be held accountable by law enforcement authorities. We welcome the arrest of this suspect and hope that other like-minded individuals may be deterred from acting similarly knowing this behavior is criminal and not to be taken lightly.”
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The individual arrested was taken into custody Saturday afternoon after turning himself in.
(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 8/23/2016) -- The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) today welcomed the district attorney’s addition of hate crime charges against Stanley Vernon Majors to the original charges of first degree murder, firearm possession after a previous felony and threatening a violent act.
Majors is accused of fatally shooting his next door neighbor, 37-year-old Khalid Jabara, on August 12. The Jabara family reported multiple incidents of harassment, threats ,and other attacks on their ethnicity and perceived religion, including calling them “Dirty Arabs,” “filthy Lebanese,” “Aye-rabs,” and “Moos-lems.” In 2015, Majors ran down and struck Haifa Jabara with his car, causing her serious injuries and forcing her to undergo multiple surgeries and rehabilitation periods.
(ATLANTA, GA, 8/23/16) – Later today, the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) will hold a joint press conference with the Georgia NAACP and several other organizations to announce several updates regarding the blocked mosque in Newton County, Ga., and to respond to the anti-Muslim rhetoric expressed at town hall meetings on the issue last night.
WHAT: CAIR-GA News Conference on Proposed Mosque
WHEN: Tuesday, August 23, 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, 560 Fayetteville Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
Islamophobic rhetoric at last night’s meetings included: "We have already seen bombings and beheadings. Eight years ago our U.S. government got a Muslim president who has put Muslims in power.” Also: “I don’t want these people and these teachings in our community. Were you not watching your television on 9/11/ 01? Have we lost our minds?”