(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.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/21/16) – On Monday, July 25, the Council on American-Islamic (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will hold a news conference with local Muslim and interfaith leaders near the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia to urge convention attendees to focus on promoting civil rights, assisting refugees fleeing conflicts and seeking policing reforms designed to decrease racial profiling.
At the news conference, CAIR will also announce the release of a new animated television commercial for its ‘ISLAMOPHOBIN’ public awareness campaign to challenge anti-Muslim bigotry.
WHAT: CAIR News Conference at Democratic National Convention
WHEN: Monday, July 25, 10 a.m.
WHERE: The Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
(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 the Department of Transportation (DOT) to investigate a possible bias motive for the removal of a Muslim passenger from an American Airlines flight in December of 2015.
[NOTE: CAIR filed its DOT complaint after having previously attempted to resolve the matter directly with the airline.]
In a letter to the DOT’s Aviation Consumer Protection Division, CAIR alleges that the Muslim passenger was singled out for monitoring and subsequent removal from an American Airlines flight in Charlotte, N.C., after a flight attendant publically announced his name and seat number, and stated several times that she “will be watching” him during the flight.
The flight attendant reportedly said: “Mohamed Ahmed, Seat 25-A: I will be watching you.” She did not did not make a similar announcement about any other passenger. When the Muslim passenger, Mohamed Ahmed Radwan, asked the flight attendant about her statements, she allegedly accused him of being “too sensitive.” After reporting the incident to two other American Airlines employees, Radwan was informed that he must be removed from the flight because the flight attendant who made the announcement was “uncomfortable.”
In CAIR’s letter to the DOT, Staff Attorney Maha Sayed wrote:
(BOSTON, MA, 7/21/16) - The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MA) today invited Michael Goodman, a conservation commissioner for the town of Easton, Mass., to meet with his Muslim neighbors at the Islamic Center of New England – Sharon.
Mr. Goodman recently posted a series of anti-Muslim posts on social media, including calls for direct violence against Muslim civilians.
"We welcome Mr. Goodman to come meet his Muslim neighbors so that he can recognize the common values that unite all people of faith," said CAIR-MA Executive Director Dr. John Robbins. "His statements – which effectively advocate for genocide against an entire group of people because of their faith – are beneath the dignity of an elected official, and we hope that this chance for genuine engagement will allow him to see the truly harmful nature of these views."
Robbins questioned whether an elected official who espoused such views could genuinely fulfill his vows to serve and protect all of his constituents, especially those who identify as Muslim.