(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/19/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for a hate crime investigation of vandalism targeting a Mississippi mosque.
Officials with the Islamic Center of Hattiesburg say the sign for the mosque was vandalized early Friday morning. The sign was vandalized about a year ago, and in 2014, shots were fired into the facility.
“Whenever any house of worship is vandalized, particularly during a time of rising Islamophobia nationwide, law enforcement authorities should investigate the possibility of a bias motive,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
Hooper noted the police just released video of a person spray-painting an “X” on the door of a mosque in New York and vandals targeted California Muslims with hate graffiti.
Since the beginning of the year, CAIR has called for investigations of possible bias motives for 35 other incidents targeting mosques in Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Kentucky, Georgia, Arizona, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Texas, and a number of other states. By comparison, in the January-March period in 2016, CAIR recorded 19 such incidents.
Earlier this week, CAIR’s Washington, D.C., headquarters received a racist, Islamophobic letter sent from Michigan portraying former President Obama as a monkey and containing a page from an English translation of the Quran smeared with a “foreign substance” that is assumed to be feces.
CAIR recently called for hate crime investigations of bias-motivated incidents targeting Muslims in Georgia, Wisconsin and Texas, part of “almost daily” attacks on American Muslims and other minority groups nationwide in recent months.
Video: CAIR-Georgia Offers Reward for Info on Hate Attack Targeting Muslim Teen
(ATLANTA, GA, 4/17/17) – The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who allegedly ripped the Islamic head scarf (hijab) off a 14-year-old Muslim girl while calling the high school student a "terrorist."
On Friday, April 14, a man reportedly ripped the teenager’s head scarf off as he called her “Terrorist” in the parking lot outside Maggiano’s Restaurant at Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody, Ga. The girl was walking with an adult and two other teenagers when the attack occurred.
The Dunwoody Police Department has agreed to thoroughly investigate the attack.
“We thank local law enforcement for pledging to investigate this despicable attack, which is the latest in a wave of anti-Muslim hate crimes across the nation," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-Georgia. "It is long past time for our political leaders, starting with President Trump, to condemn and combat this wave of Islamophobia."
"We call on the person responsible for this attack to come forward, take responsibility and apologize to the victim and her family," said Mitchell. "If the suspect does so immediately and voluntarily, the family will ask law enforcement to resolve his case without a criminal conviction."
Less than a week ago, another woman was brutally attacked in Milwaukee, Wis., on her way home from prayers.
SEE: Video: CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Attack on Wisconsin Muslim Woman
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/17/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, said today that its Washington, D.C., headquarters has received a racist, Islamophobic letter sent from Michigan portraying former President Obama as a monkey and containing a page from an English translation of the Quran smeared with a “foreign substance” that is assumed to be feces.
SEE: Photos of Letter
The letter, which had an apparently fake return address, will be turned over to law enforcement authorities.
“This is just a sample of the hate targeting American Muslims and other minority groups in the wake of the presidential election,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “These bigoted acts will never stop us from defending the civil rights and religious freedom of all Americans.”
CAIR recently called for hate crime investigations of bias-motivated incidents targeting Muslims in Wisconsin and Texas, part of “almost daily” attacks on American Muslims and other minority groups nationwide in recent months.
(BOSTON, MA, 4/14/17) – The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MA) today condemned racist, pro-Trump graffiti targeting a community center for West African immigrants in Providence, R.I. CAIR-MA is calling for the incident to be investigated as a hate crime.
The graffiti, which read "Trump Rule$ the USA - thank God!" and "Aryan" was left at the headquarters for Inside Higher Ground International, which serves over 100 individuals in the Providence area.
"This cowardly act is the natural consequence of an administration that has consistently demonized immigrants for political gain," said Dr. John Robbins, executive director of CAIR-MA. "It's fitting that the words were written on a dumpster, which is where they belong."
The vandalism took place only a day after an attempted break-in at the Worcester Islamic Center in central Massachusetts. A suspect in that incident has since been arrested:
CAIR recently expressed concern about the “almost daily” attacks on American Muslims and other minority groups nationwide in recent months.