(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 1/11/17) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today called for a hate crime investigation of anti-Islam hate graffiti targeting the home of a Bayonne pastor.
The messages, spray-painted on Pastor Joseph Basile’s home included “F**k Islam” were found on the outside of his home, on the snow and on the nearby road.
“This act of vandalism was clearly directed at the local Muslim community, which has faced fierce opposition to its efforts to build a community center in the area,” said CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues. “All Americans must be able to practice their faith and worship as they choose without fear of harassment or intimidation. We urge state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate this incident as a possible hate crime.”
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/10/17) - The Maryland Outreach Department of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed news that the Rockville City Police Department's Criminal Investigation Unit is investigating anti-Semitic incident targeting a Montgomery County school teacher as a hate crime.
After hanging a 'Black Lives Matter' banner from her condo, the woman's car was pelted with eggs, a tree outside her residence defaced with toilet paper and an anti-Semitic, racist note referencing gold stars that Jews were forced to wear during WWII was left on her car windshield.
"This is an example of hatred and intolerance that has no place in American society," said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry. "We urge law enforcement to conduct a thorough and swift investigation, and do their due diligence to swiftly bring the perpetrators to justice."
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/9/16) -- On Wednesday, January 11, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will join a coalition of human rights activists, torture survivors, Guantanamo attorneys, 9/11 family members, and members of diverse faith communities at a "Rally to Close Guantanamo and End Islamophobia" (11:30 a.m.) outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., followed by a march (12:15 p.m.) to the Senate Building.
It was 15 years ago this month that the Bush administration opened the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay.
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“For fifteen years, we as a nation have stood by and watched our government indefinitely detaining prisoners at Guantanamo without charge or trial,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert S. McCaw. “As Americans, we must join together and loudly reject the injustice being committed in our name and speak out for those who cannot.”