(ST. LOUIS, MO, 2/21/17) – The Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Missouri) and the Imam Council on Metropolitan St. Louis (ICMSTL) - a body that represents 18 Islamic Centers in the Metropolitan area - today condemned the vandalism targeting a historic Jewish cemetery in University City.
The Imam Council will be encouraging Muslim congregations to donate money to help repair damages in the Jewish cemetery.
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In a statement, Imam Mufti Asif Umar said:
“This is a horrific and disgusting act of vandalism which cannot be tolerated. We stand with our Jewish friends who have also faced numerous bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers across the Country. We hope the perpetrators of these crimes are swiftly caught and brought to justice.”
IMCSTL wrote a letter of solidarity to the various Jewish centers in St. Louis.
This comes in the wake of a second round of bomb threats against Jewish community centers around the nation. Over President’s Day, at least 10 centers received bomb threats. CAIR’s national office has offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who made these threats. Over 150 tomb stones were vandalized, knocked over or damaged in the incident.
(COLUMBUS, OH, 2/21/17) - The Ohio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today expressed solidarity with and support for the Jewish community in that state after a wave of bomb threats targeted community centers nationwide, including the Mandel JCC in Cleveland.
Additional threats were reported by community centers in Birmingham, Chicago, St. Paul, Tampa, Albuquerque, Houston, Milwaukee, Nashville, and Buffalo. Yesterday's threats were the latest in a series of bomb threats targeting Jewish community centers nationwide in the last two months. In January, JCC’s in Cincinnati and Columbus were also targeted.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/20/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who threatened to bomb at least 10 Jewish community centers around the nation on the President's Day holiday.
CAIR said the threats targeted community centers in Birmingham, Cleveland, Chicago, St. Paul, Tampa, Albuquerque, Houston, Milwaukee, Nashville, and Buffalo. Today’s threats were latest in a series of bomb threats targeting Jewish community centers nationwide in the last two months.
“It is the duty of American Muslims to offer support to the Jewish community and any minority group targeted in the recent spike in hate crimes nationwide,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “We hope this reward will aid in the swift apprehension and prosecution of the perpetrators.”
He noted the “tremendous level of support” offered to American Muslims by the Jewish community whenever Muslims have been targeted by hate in recent months.
(BIRMINGHAM, AL, 2/19/17) – The Alabama chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Alabama) today called for stepped-up police protection for the state’s Muslim community following emailed threats received by the Birmingham Islamic Society and Huntsville Islamic Center.
Both organizations reported the threats to local law enforcement, the Department of Justice office in North Alabama and the FBI.
CAIR-Alabama said the emails, with the subject line "YOUR ONE WARNING, stated in part, (grammatical and spelling errors maintained) ". . .MUZLIMS MEXICANS BLACKS WE WILL HUNTED NATION WIDE UNTIL ARE ARE DEAD OR GONE. . .PLAN TO RUN OR DIE, THIS IS A KINDNESS THAT WE GIVE YOU ALL WARNING, TAKE IT AND GO .”
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization believes the emailed threats may be part of a mass mailing to mosques nationwide and is urging Islamic institutions to report any such threats to local police and to CAIR at: www.cair.com/report
“We are coordinating with law enforcement authorities to reach out to Muslim community leaders to ensure additional safety measures at this time of increased anti-Muslim bigotry nationwide,” said CAIR-Alabama Executive Director Khaula Hadeed.