CAIR-NY Welcomes Charges Against Alleged Killer of Queens Imam and Associate, Urges Hate Crime Probe

CAIR logo(NEW YORK, N.Y., 8/16/16) – The New York Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the announcement of charges of murder in the first degree brought against the alleged killer of a Queens imam (religious leader) and his associate.

CAIR-NY also urged the New York Police Department (NYPD) and the district attorney to continue the investigation of a possible hate motive.

SEE: Man Charged in Murder of Imam, Assistant Felt ‘Hatred’ Toward Muslims (NY Post)

Imam Ala Uddin Akonjee and his associate Tara Uddin Miah were executed in broad daylight on Saturday, August 13. Both victims wore Islamic attire and had just finished prayer services at the local Mosque at the time of the shooting on the corner of Liberty Avenue and 79th Street.

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CAIR Demands Apology from NY GOP Senate Candidate for Linking New Mosque to Crime

CAIR NY logo(NEW YORK, NY, 8/16/16) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today demanded an apology from Wendy Long, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in New York for a series of tweets linking the conversion of a Catholic church in Syracuse, N.Y., into a mosque to crime in that community.

Long tweeted a photo of a boarded up house near Masjid Isa Ibn Maryam, which was converted from a Catholic church into a mosque last year. She tweeted: "Neighborhood where the mosque displaced the church. Crime, prostitution, money laundering."

She also tweeted a photo of two Muslim women walking down the street, with the text: "Catholic Charities takes federal tax dollars to resettle the refugees we can't screen. Leaves the Catholics to ISIS."

In another tweet with a photo of the mosque, Long wrote: "Welcome to Syracuse: Holy Trinity Church, beautiful church of German and Italian immigrants, is now a mosque."

According to the Syracuse Post-Standard: “Long said she had no independent proof that such crimes are on the rise in the neighborhood since the mosque opened. When asked if she believes there's a direct link between the rising Muslim refugee population and crime, Long said, ‘Probably not.’”

SEE: GOP Senate Candidate Wendy Long Links Rising Crime with Syracuse Mosque

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CAIR to Announce Reward for Info on Shootings of NY Imam, Associate

CAIR logoNew York Islamic Leadership Council will announce effort to assist families of victims

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/14/16) – On Monday, August 15, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will join a community news conference about the shooting deaths Saturday of a New York imam (religious leader) and his associate to announce a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator.

[MEDIA NOTE: Monday’s news conference will be livestreamed on CAIR’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CAIRNational/ ]

Police have released a sketch of the suspect and video surveillance of the shootings.

Video: CAIR-NY President Speaks Out About Shooting of Queens Imam, Associate (MSNBC)

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CAIR Says Trump’s Plan to Subject Immigrants to an Ideological ‘Test’ Violates American Values

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/15/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, said today that GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s newly-announced proposal to subject immigrants to an ideological “test” is a violation of American values.

In a speech today in Ohio, Trump also repeated his demand that the ill-defined hot button term “radical Islamic terrorism” be used to describe America’s ongoing struggle against deviant groups like ISIS.

In a statement, CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw said:

“In today’s speech, Donald Trump proposed an ideological ‘test’ to ensure that potential immigrants support American values. American values include the right to hold unpopular or non-majority opinions. Trump himself would likely not gain entry into the United States if tested for basic American values of tolerance and pluralism, given that his proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States and his views on Latinos are in complete contradiction to America’s traditions of ethnic diversity and religious freedom.  

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