(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/10/2017) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned bomb attacks on Coptic churches in Egypt that left dozens dead and many more wounded.
In a statement, CAIR said:
“We condemn these cowardly attacks on Egypt's Coptic Christians and urge people of all faiths to join together in repudiating the religious and political extremism that leads deluded individuals to carry out such heinous crimes, whether directed at churches, synagogues, mosques, or other houses of worship.”
(ANAHEIM, CA, 4/9/17) – The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today called for hate crime charges to be considered following an alleged bias-motivated attack on a Muslim woman in downtown Los Angeles Saturday by a man who reportedly shouted racial slurs and beat her in the head.
The victim told a local media outlet that she believes she was targeted because of her religious attire (hijab). The man reportedly told her to “go back to her country” and made death threats. She suffered serious injuries, including a head wound. A suspect was arrested.
“The alleged bias statements made by the suspect indicate the need to consider hate crime charges in this case,” said CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush. “Hate attacks on ordinary Muslims, and particularly on Muslim women, are becoming all too common around the country and must be addressed by state and national leaders.”
On Friday, CAIR condemned an allegedly pro-Trump anti-immigrant arson attack on a North Carolina store that included a note warning of plans to “torture” immigrants and was signed “White America” and claiming that President Trump "is our nation builder for whites."
Video: CAIR Condemns Pro-Trump, Anti-Immigrant Arson Attack on North Carolina Store
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/7/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned an allegedly pro-Trump anti-immigrant arson attack on a North Carolina store that included a note warning of plans to “torture” immigrants and was signed “White America” and claiming that President Trump "is our nation builder for whites."
Along with the arson attack, investigators say one of the Charlotte, N.C., store’s windows was broken with a rock and the note was left near the door.
“We condemn this disturbing attack and urge state and national political leaders to view it in the context of the unprecedented spike in hate incidents nationwide targeting immigrants, South Asians, Muslims, and members of other minority groups,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
Hooper noted that CAIR recently decried what it termed the Trump administration’s “deafening silence” on a growing number of anti-Muslim incidents in recent days, part of trend that began during the recent presidential campaign and accelerated following the November 8 election.
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(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/6/2017) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, tonight welcomed the international community’s recognition of the ongoing genocide against the Syrian people by the brutal Assad regime and its allies.
In a statement issued following an attack on Syrian military facilities by American cruise missiles in response to the recent deadly chemical attack on Syrian civilians, CAIR said:
“This limited attack will not end the ongoing genocide that has resulted in the death, injury, rape, torture, and displacement of millions of innocents Syrians whose only ‘crime’ was seeking freedom and self-determination, but it is a welcome recognition of the genocidal actions carried out for six years by the murderous Assad regime and its allies.
“Our nation must now join with its international partners in implementing real measures - not just symbolic or reactionary steps - that will finally help stop the wholesale slaughter and violent displacement of the Syrian people.
“The United States must lead an international effort to set up a no-fly zones and safe-zones for civilians, and to impose economic and diplomatic sanctions on any individual, group or government that has a role in the continuing genocide.”
CAIR said it hopes recent statements by President Trump also signal a reversal of the administration’s negative stance regarding Syrian refugees.
Earlier this week following the deadly gas attack, CAIR called on President Trump to fulfill his promise to establish “safe zones” to protect Syrian civilians.